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Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes

Abe turns in an honest effort in Saturday's Quarter Horse feature at Indiana Grand.

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Uriel Cervantes rode Abe to a convincing 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $116,800 Sterlie Bertram Memorial Stakes (R) for Indiana-bred 3-year-olds at Indiana Grand.

Owned and trained by Randy Thompson, Abe covered 400 yards in :20.005. The homebred son of the Bono Jazz stallion Jazz Be First banked the $64,240 winner's share of the purse from his third win in 14 starts and second stakes victory.

"He broke really good and was out by himself early," said Cervantes. "He was feeling a little alone on the front, so I had to switch sticks and tell him we weren't done here yet. He responded and raced very well tonight."

Thompson is one of Indiana Grand's leading Quarter Horse owners, having won leading owner honors in 2012 and '13. He campaigned Air Born Leader, a horse homebred Leader Of The Class gelding who earned $470,616 from 48 starts from 2010-16.

"I wouldn't be able to do this without good help," said Thompson after the race. "I owe a lot of my success to good help in the barn."

"Abe has had a slow start to this season, but he's finished up well for us," said Thompson's assistant, Shelby Weintraut.

Raced exclusively at Indiana Grand, Abe has earned $208,733. His 2-year-old record included a victory in the Gordon Mobley Futurity (R) for Indiana-bred juveniles.

One Smart Jess finished second and was followed by Valiantinecandyrocks, I Like Beer, Nacho Binez, Cause For Corona, Stoneburner, Rarely A Tres, RK The Magician, and Get Used To Me.

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