Cantab Hall colts take Mohawk series leg
August 09, 2012
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Wheeling N Dealin, a rookie son of Cantab Hall, has stamped himself as a top contender heading into the $50,000 Bridger Trotting Series final on Monday (Aug. 20) at Mohawk. The bay remains perfect in three outings to start his young career as he took his $30,000 division in the second round of the Bridger Trotting Series on Thursday evening at Mohawk. Trained by Dustin Jones, Wheeling N Dealin stopped the timer in 1:59.1.
Home Brew (Mike Saftic) alertly left the gate to strike the front before the opening station in :28.2. Wheeling N Dealin was in the pocket with Schoolhouse Rock (Randy Waples) sitting third. Home Brew continued to lead past the half in :58.3, but Filion angled Wheeling N Dealin out of the pocket and attacked Home Brew before three-quarters in 1:29.3.
Turning for home, Wheeling N Dealin was under a comfortable hand-drive by Filion as the bay marched away from his rivals to win by 4 3/4 lengths. Schoolhouse Rock finished second with Lets Leavem (Anthony MacDonald) third. Wheeling N Dealin paid $2.80 to win as the favorite.
"What I like best about him is that he's so handy,” Filion said following the win. "Anything I ask him to do, he does it. He had a lot left in the tank tonight and he did it all on his own. I think he's got a bright future.”
Owned by Ecurie Synergie, Wheeling N Dealin has $34,000 in the bank.
A $100,000 yearling purchase, Wheeling N Dealin will look to continue his winning ways when he participates in the rich final.
In the other division, Hobsons Choice and Randy Waples found victory lane in 2:01.4. The son of Cantab Hall came from off-the-pace through panels of :29.4, 1:00.3 and 1:31.2, before Waples found racing room late in the mile to score the win by one lenght. Post time favorite Kinetic King (Roger Mayotte) finished second with longshot Rolls Blue Chip (Tom Durand) completing the triactor.
Hobsons Choice celebrated his first lifetime win for trainer Clark Beelby and owner Coyote Wynd Farms. A $50,000 yearling purchase, Hobsons Choice increased his rookie bankroll to $23,160. He paid $10.20 to win.