- Modern Family collapsed and
died in race paddock after Maple Leaf Trot
               
Canada 2014    Lördag 19 Juli
     Mohawk Raceway
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  Shocker in Maple Leaf Trot
Intimidate and driver Sylvain Filion, at odds of 45-1, caught Sebastian K in the shadow of the wire to win the C$603,000 Maple Leaf Trot by a nose on Saturday night at Mohawk. The time of the mile was 1:54.2 on a sloppy track. Defending champion Market Share was third...read on
   
       
   Maple Leaf Trotting - Final
 FFAT   1.609 m auto   Purse: $603 000 (301,500-150,750-72,360-48,240-30,150)
  Pris i Us dollar: 280,395 - 126,178 -  60,565 - 40,377 - 25,236
             
 
Race 
 -- Trot, purse $603,000 (EX, P3, TR)
MAPLE LEAF TROT - 3 YEAR OLDS & OLDER.
STARTING FEE $5,000.00 CAD  $4,850.00 USD
   
 
Sta Häst Kön Kusk Tränare Rek Intj Far Mor
1  SEBASTIAN K. H  Åke Svanstedt  Åke Svanstedt 07,7   2 491 749  KOREAN  GABRIELLA K.
2  MARKET SHARE (US) H  Tim Tetrick  Linda Toscano 08,6   3 292 611  REVENUE  CLASSICAL FLIRT
3  INTIMIDATE (US) V  Sylvain Filion  Luc Blais 09,0   643 233  JUSTICE HALL  FABULOUS TAG
4  ARCHANGEL (US) H  Sylvain Filion  Ron Burke 10,4   995 743  CREDIT WINNER  MICHELLE'S ANGEL
5  WISHING STONE (US) H  Randy Waples  Ron Burke 09,2   2 248 046  CONWAY HALL  MEADOWBRANCH MAGIC
6  MISTER HERBIE (US) V  S Condren  Jeffrey Gillis 08,9   1 794 068  HERE COMES HERBIE  INDEPENDENT LASSIE
7  CREATINE (US) H  Mike Lachance  Bob Stewart 09,9   920 337  ANDOVER HALL  BERRY NICE MUSCLES
8  UNDERCOVER STRIKE (US) V  David Miller  Tony Osullivan 10,0   382 863  STRIKING SAHBRA  UNDER THE PINES
9  FLANAGAN MEMORY H  Chris Christoforou  R Dion 10,1   509 501  KADABRA  CLASSY STACY
10  MODERN FAMILY (US) H  Dave Palone  Daryl Bier 09,0   535 548  CANTAB HALL  DOMESTIC DIVA
AE1  WHEELING N DEALIN (US) H  Jody Jamieson  Dustin Jones 11,5   873 462  CANTAB HALL  QUICK CREDIT
   
  Resultat:    
  1. Intimidate 1:54.2 (482)
2. Sebastian K 1:54.2 (12)
3. Market Share 1:54.2 (51)
4. Modern Family 1:54.4 (222)
5. Flanagan Memory 1:54.4 (1306)
Opl: Mister Herbie 1:55.2 (230), Wheeling N Dealin 1:55.4 (1503), Creatine 1:55.4 (637),
Wishing Stone 1:56.0 (719), Archangel dg (279)
Struken: Undercover Strike
   
       
 
Time: 26.4, 57.3, 1:26.4, 1:54.2 (Temperature: 15, Condition: SLOPPY, Variant: 2)
Judges List: Undercover Strike-VET

1st  Intimidate          (b,g,5 - Justice Hall-Fabulous Tag-Tagliabue)
                         Owner: Determination,Westmount-Judith Farrow,Hemmingford,QC
2nd  Sebastian K         (br,h,8 - Korean-Gabriella K-Probe)
                         Owner: Knutsson Trotting Inc,Vero Beach,FL
3rd  Market Share        (b,h,5 - Revenue S-Classical Flirt-Yankee Glide)
                         Owner: Richard S Gutnick,Blue Bell,PA-
                         T L P Stable,Kearny-William J Augustine,Hammonton,NJ
   
       
 
   

Intimidate (right), driven by Sylain Filion upset Sebastian K in the Maple Leaf Trot on Saturday night at Mohawk Raceway.
Shocker in Maple Leaf Trot
Intimidate and driver Sylvain Filion, at odds of 45-1, caught Sebastian K in the shadow of the wire to win the C$603,000 Maple Leaf Trot by a nose on Saturday night at Mohawk. The time of the mile was 1:54.2 on a sloppy track. Defending champion Market Share was third.

Sent postward as the 1/5 favorite, Sebastian K got away in second behind post ten starter Modern Family who was sent hard to the lead over the 'sloppy' rated track to post an opening quarter of :26.4.

In the second quarter, trainer-driver Ake Svandstedt sent Sebastian K to the lead and controlled the race through the middle half with fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.4.

Intimidate got away in sixth and picked up cover in the second-quarter behind Flanagan Memory and was towed around the final turn second-over and just a few lengths away from Sebastian K.

In the stretch, Sebastian K continued to dig in and try to hold off his challengers, but Intimidate in the final stride nailed the heavy favorite to win the 63rd edition of the Maple Leaf Trot in 1:54.2.

Market Share, the 2013 Maple Leaf Trot winner, came off the rail and made a late charge on the far outside to finish third, while Modern Family held on for fourth.

The Maple Leaf Trot victory was the third win in seven starts this season for Intimidate, a 5-year-old son of Justice Hall – Fabulous Tag, and the biggest triumph of his 24 career wins.

"I know (he wasn't supposed to win)," grinned Sylvain Filion, in the winner's circle. "I had a lot of confidence in my horse, he hasn't been exactly 100 percent this year, but Luc (Blais) has done a great job and he had him ready for tonight, he was just amazing. We had kind of a perfect trip and I think the muddy track kind of helped us."

Filion added he was just trying to keep Intimidate in the right spot to take his best shot in the stretch.

"I was just trying to keep focus and keep my horse flat and I knew he was going to kick home for me, but I just didn't know if I was going to go by that Sebastian K."

Intimidate has had an up and down season following a 2013 campaign that saw the Luc Blais trainee win seven times in just nine starts.

"I tip my hat to Luc Blais he did a great job with this horse he was in top shape tonight," said Filion. "So far this year he's been very inconsistent…but he put it all together tonight and it was good timing."

Following the race, Svandstedt commented on Sebastian K's first loss on North American soil.

"It was a heavy track and when we opened that fast it took a lot of energy from our horse. It was too fast, a tough first quarter."

Linda Toscano, trainer of defending 'Trot' champion Market Share, was full of praise for a hard-earned third-place run engineered by Tim Tetrick.

"He had to turn right halfway down the stretch in order to find a clear lane," said Toscano. "He probably cost himself two lengths when he had to do that. He raced as well as a horse could race."

Intimidate's Maple Leaf Trot victory is the first 'Trot' title for both Filion and Blais.

The winner's share of the C$603,000 purse boosts Intimidate's career earnings to over C$943,000 for owners Determination of Westmount, Quebec and Juddith Farrow of Hemmingford, Quebec.

Intimidate now joins the illustrious list of past Maple Leaf Trot champions that includes No Sex Please (1989, '90, 92), Mr Muscleman (2004, '05) and San Pail ('09, '10, '11).

Intimidate paid $96.50, $12.20, with show wagering not offered. He combined with Sebastian K ($2.10) for a (3-1) $309.70 exactor. Adding in third place finisher Market Share, a 3-1-2 triactor returned $388.30, while a 3-1-2-10 (Modern Family) superfecta paid $2,303.05.
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