07/17/2014 8:54AM

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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