CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Peach Martini scooped up another Gold Elimination trophy off a front end effort at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening.
Oakville resident Rick Zeron hustled the three-year-old trotting lass away from Post 5 and reached the :13.1 opening eighth in lock step with Magic Wheel and driver Joe Hudon. Zeron allowed the challenger to lead the field to the :27.1 quarter, but then put Peach Martini back in control.
Comfortably in charge heading by the :57.2 half, Peach Martini was under pressure from former Gold Final winner Lukes Sophie at the 1:26.2 three-quarters and into the stretch, but the fan favourite fought all the way to the wire, halting the teletimer at 1:55.
Magic Wheel rallied from the pocket to earn the second-place share of the $40,000 Gold Elimination purse, while Lukes Sophie settled for third off her overland trip. Oh Sweet Baby and Youlneverwalkalone rounded out the top five.
Zeron conditions Peach Martini for his partners Michael Katz of Thornhill, Stephen Waldman of Toronto and Rojan Stables of Wilmington, DE. The reigning Gold Final champion boasts a sophomore record of three wins, four seconds and one third in eight starts for earnings of $205,571, giving her a two-season bankroll of $501,927.
In her Ontario Sires Stakes career, Peach Martini has captured a total of six Gold Eliminations, getting bested only once in elimination action — in the sophomore season opener at Western Fair Raceway on May 20. The daughter of Striking Sahbra and Armbro Martini captured one Gold Final at two, and added a second trophy to her collection last month at Georgian Downs, circling that five-eighths mile oval on the front in 1:55.
Zeron and Peach Martini will defend their Gold Final title from Post 4 in next Thursday’s $130,000 Gold Final.
With China Pearls scratched out of the Gold Elimination due to sickness, all 10 contestants will return to Mohawk for the Aug. 11 Gold Final. The complete line up for the third Gold Final on the sophomore trotting filly calendar is as follows:
$130,000 Gold Series Final — Thursday, Aug. 11 at Mohawk Racetrack
Post 1 Eagle Canada
Post 2 Lukes Sophie
Post 3 Magic Wheel
Post 4 Peach Martini
Post 5 Shez So Striking
Post 6 Mystic Allure
Post 7 Ally Oop
Post 8 First Flower
Post 9 Youlneverwalkalone
Post 10 Oh Sweet Baby
For complete results please go to: Mohawk Racetrack Results — Aug. 4, 2011