11/29/2014 11:10PM

Meadowlands: Intimidate sweeps the field in TVG Trot Final

Derick Giwner
Intimidate won for the 26th time in 43 career starts on Saturday.

Scott Zeron completed an amazing first season at the Meadowlands capturing the $500,000 TVG FFA Trot Final on Saturday night with Intimidate. The five-year-old by Justice Hall, sent off as a 13-1 shot, overtook Market Share near the wire in a 1:51 2/5 mile.

Hot early action proved the downfall of the favorites as Sebastian K, the even money choice, left as expected for Ake Svanstedt but needed a 26 1/5 opening quarter to seat Maven, who started from post ten.

Last week’s Mares Breeders Crown champ Bee A Magician was also in the early mix, but she could not protect the pocket given the hot early speed.

Ron Pierce, guiding second choice Creatine, made a move on the backstretch aiming directly for the front. However, Sebastian K and Svanstedt wanted no part of a pocket trip and the two hooked up in a bitter duel through fractions of 54 1/5 and 1:23.

Arch Madness had worked out a second over trip with Market Share and Intimidate following the lively outer flow.

Creatine surged past the favorite, but Market Share looked like a winner sweeping wide on the final turn with a solid surge. Right behind him was the Luc Blais-trained Intimidate, and he tipped wider into the stretch and gobbled up ground with a vengeance.

Market Share’s lead evaporated in short order and Intimidate and Zeron finished powerfully for the victory. Creatine held on to third with D Ws NY Yank and a late-clearing Maven earning the final checks. Sebastian K weakened after racing with pressure finishing ninth.

“It’s great to finish out the year this way,” said Zeron following the race. “Luc (Blais) told me he tied up last week (in the Breeders Crown). I knew that something had to be wrong because he usually closes in 26 (seconds).”

Ironically Intimidate duplicated his decision over Market Share in the 2012 three-year-old Breeders Crown final at Woodbine. Owned by Determination and Judith Farrow, Intimidate won for the fifth time in 14 starts in 2014 and pushed his seasonal bankroll to $626,450.