Modern Family collapsed and
died in race paddock after Maple Leaf Trot
Lördag 19 Juli
|Elimination - Final|
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
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
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 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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