06/05/2016 11:43AM

Modern takes control of John Longden 6000

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Modern collects his third stakes win of the meet under jockey Richard Hamel in the John Longden 6000.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Modern paid $4.70 for his front-running win in the $75,000 John Longden 6000 at Hastings on Saturday.  The 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up was pretty much over after the first few jumps.

With Richard Hamel aboard, Modern broke alertly and then under no pressure was allowed to go the first quarter-mile in a moderate 22.84 seconds. Crackdown made a move at him at the half-mile pole, but Modern easily repelled the bid and went on to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Crackdown held on well to finish second. Sabado Alegre came from a stalking position to finish third.

“He’s one of the nicest horses I’ve ever ridden,” said Hamel. “He’s got such natural speed. It was a pretty easy ride.”

It was the third straight stakes win at the meet for Modern, who is owned by Swift Thoroughbreds Inc.

“He’s really good right now,” said trainer Dino Condilenios. “I am going to send him to the farm for a week or so, and then decide where we are going to run him next.”

Considering the ease of his win, more than likely Modern will make his next start in the $75,000 Lieutenant Governors on July 1.

“I was thinking of skipping the next one, but now I’m not so sure,” said Condilenios.

The final time over a fast track was 1:15.92.

The late double paid $96.30.

The reason for the large payoff in the double was the big price Avadiva paid for her win in the $50,000 Strawberry Morn for fillies and mares.

Despite winning the $50,000 Brighouse Belles in her first start at the meet, and losing to Arabella’s Muse by a nose in the $50,000 Vancouver Sun, Avadiva was overlooked in the wagering and paid $26.20.

Avadiva broke sharply, but Skyler White Shield took a hold of her and she was sitting just off Macho Babe after a rapid first quarter-mile in 21.89 seconds. She was a length behind the pacesetter at the top of the stretch and then wore down Macho Babe to win by a half-length.  The favorite, Arabella’s Muse, rallied to finish a head behind Macho Babe.

Avadiva showed a new dimension by being able to relax behind the other speed in the 6 1/2-furlong dash.

“We looked at all the speed in the race and thought it would be good to try and ease her off the pace,” said White Shield. “She rated nicely for me.”

Avadiva is owned by Mauro Comensoli  and trained by Robbie Anderson.

The final time was 1:16.63.