07/17/2014 9:54AM

Mohawk: Bier not expecting miracles in Maple Leaf final

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Modern Family put in his best performance of the year in the $200K Charlie Hill at Scioto Downs.

“I don’t think we’ll ever beat him,” said Daryl Bier, trainer of Modern Family, one of nine opponents of Sebastian K in Saturday’s $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk.

“He’s the greatest horse of this generation.”

For Bier it’s been a bit of a double whammy.

“I married a Swedish girl and my son’s name is Sebastian,” Bier said, “How can I not be a fan of that horse?”

On Saturday, Modern Family will pick up Ron Pierce and look for a big chunk of the purse. Maybe not 50 percent, but there’s enough left in the pie for a horse with such talent.

“He’s as sharp as he’s been all year,” said Bier, despite the fact that Modern Family is coming off his only off-the-board effort of the season in last week’s Maple Leaf Trot eliminations.

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“MacDonald (driver, James) did everything right, it just didn’t work out for us. I would love to have picked our post,” said Bier.

Modern Family has had his share of bad posts but that hasn’t prevented him from finishing first and second 12 times in 14 starts to date in 2014. He’s been close to world records but has had to settle for second behind Sebastian K whenever the two have clashed.

Bier himself is still on the mend with a fractured pelvis suffered in a qualifying accident at Pocono. “It’s been five weeks and it’s not yet healed,” said Bier, hoping that full recovery would come soon.

In last week’s trial, Modern Family yielded the lead two times and then was boxed in through the stretch. With Pierce the pilot this week, it’s unlikely that many moves will need to be made. The horse has extreme early speed and likely can outsprint everyone to the first turn, with the exception of Sebastian K.

Bier had read this week where an owner of a former top trotter believed that Sebastian K would eventually falter or come back to this division.

“They’re out of their minds,” said Bier of the argument. “I think Sebastian K can trot in 1:48 and I’m pretty sure he can beat many of our top pacers.”

The Maple Leaf Trot is race nine of 13 on Mohawk’s Saturday program with first post slated for 7:25 pm.

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Dusty Nathan More than 1 year ago
IF what I've seen of both Modern Family and Sebastian K holds true today, and the foreseeable future, MF will beat SK one day. But only if he is driven as the SECOND BEST trotter in the world. Horses are not machines - and they ALL get beat, sooner or later. One day MF will be sitting in the pocket and somebody, like Market Share, will get caught out first up and throw a 25.4 at SK and YOUR horse will be fresh and brave off a 1:21.4 and go in 1:49. That won't happen off a spaced-out schedule or without a committed catch-driver. Ron Waples did it week in and week out his entire career. ... When you get a horse like this, "luck" has already arrived. Joe Montana didn't need "luck" by the time he arrived in the NFL. He needed to throw bullets into his receivers' jersey numbers. This horse needs a week against SK, then a week in Buffalo sans SK in a $40k Invite (with an appearance fee). Then a week against SK, followed by a week a PcD in a $40k Invite (with an appearance fee). That's how Stanley did it will Nevele Pride. He'd race the killers on Saturday and the following week he'd be at Freestate ($10k purse, $10k cash up front and $2,500 more for Dancer) taking a track record against the LOCALS. The ONLY thing different today is there is MORE money to pay horses like MF if they go to Harrington or OD on an off week. .... About five days ago Ky Derby/Preakness winner California Chrome was invited to go Del Mar (a week from Saturday). His owners said, sure we'll parade and jog CC at Del Mar. It will cost you $50,000 for our fee. . . . It's called "bidness."
Cold More than 1 year ago
remember 2011 when Arch Madness was 2/5 and in beast form? Sebastian most logical winner sure but would not be surprised if he is beat esp with connections picking the one hole and few of these that LOVE Mohawk..No easy half here like the past few races and hope the other drivers attack and someone looks him in the eye in early stretch maybe he quits like he has done in Sweden in some big races...Wouldn't that be "SHOCKING" LOL