LONDON, ON — If Stonebridge Tonic had his way, next week’s Super Final would be contested at Western Fair Raceway.
The three-year-old pacing colt scored his second straight victory at the London half-mile on Saturday night, leading the $130,000 Gold Final field from start to finish en route to a one length victory in 1:53.
Lining up behind the number five on the Western Fair starting gate, Stonebridge Tonic once again got off to an explosive start thanks to driver Doug McNair’s impeccable timing. Although Dalhousie Dave did his best to maintain control of the rail, Stonebridge Tonic had taken command of the tempo before the field of seven reached the :27.1 opening quarter.
In last week’s Gold Elimination, Stonebridge Tonic’s tenure at the front of the pack was brief, but this time his rivals opted not to challenge the slick gaited son of Camluck and Glacier Express. Stonebridge Tonic carried on unchallenged through a :56.3 half and then fended off a challenge from Code Word, who led the charge up the outside but was easily held at bay by McNair and the fan’s third choice, who hit the three-quarters in 1:24.3.
Turning for home Stonebridge Tonic was still comfortably in control, Code Word was still attempting to make some headway on the outside, and Dalhousie Dave was all sewn up in the pocket. At the wire, not much had changed as Stonebridge Tonic sailed home to his first Gold Final title, fan favourite Dalhousie Dave was unable to find racing room until very late and had to settle for second, and Code Word earned the third-place spoils with his overland effort.
The 1:53 victory was Stonebridge Tonic’s third lifetime at the Western Fair half-mile. In addition to last week’s 1:52.4 Gold Elimination win, the colt also captured a Gold Elimination at the London oval as a two-year-old.
Through 20 starts this season the Gregg McNair trainee now boasts a record of four wins, two seconds and two thirds for earnings of $243,845. Owners Artana Stables of St. Thomas, ON, Angie Stiller of Arva, ON, Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON and trainer McNair, who makes his home in Guelph, ON, will now be rooting for the colt in next Saturday’s $300,000 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack.
The top 10 point earners through the five regular season events advance to the Super Final, and with his Gold Final victory the consistent Stonebridge Tonic heads into the rich season finale in the number two spot in the division, behind Mach Dreamer, who was scratched out of Saturday’s contest.
Saturday’s performance by the locally owned Stonebridge Tonic wrapped up Western Fair Raceway’s 2010 Ontario Sires Stakes season, which was highlighted by the Oct. 23 Grassroots Championships.
For complete results click: Western Fair Raceway Results — Nov. 6, 2010