08/30/2014 10:54PM

Mohawk: Modern Legend pulls off shocker in Canadian Pacing Derby

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Modern Legend blew up the tote board at 66-1.

All good things come to an end and on Saturday night the winning streak of Sweet Lou went by the boards as 66-1 longshot Modern Legend pulled the shocker for driver David Miller and trainer-owner David Drew taking the $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk.

With the Ron Burke stable well-represented three of his representatives blasted to the lead with Bettors Edge securing the front from Foiled Again and odds-on favorite Sweet Lou sitting third. Following the :26 opening quarter driver Yannick Gingras was not content to sit pocket and pulled to go by Bettors Edge. No sooner had Foiled Again cleared then Sweet Lou brushed sharply to get the front. The half was :53 flat and the pace continued to be strong as yet again another Burke horse, Clear Vision and driver Brett Miller, put the pressure on Sweet Lou. The three quarters was put up by Sweet Lou in 1:20 1/5, but as soon as he turned for home he immediately bore off the rail.

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That opened the door for everyone with Foiled Again coming to the inside for what would be his third move of the race. Driver David Miller had worked out a perfect trip for Modern Legend and the horse must have sensed it because he simply catapulted off cover and drew off in a 1:47 2/5 mile, a career best for the six-year-old son of Modern Art.

“It’s the race of a lifetime,” said Drew in the winner’s circle after the race. “David (Miller) gave him a great trip.”

For Miller the strategy was simple. “I knew if I could get Brett’s (Miller driving Clear Vision’s cover) he would get me into the race. I fanned him out and he just did the rest,” Miller said

Modern Legend paid $135.70 for the victory finishing ahead of Foiled Again, Clear Vision, Captive Audience and Thinking Out Loud. Sweet Lou finished sixth.

A hard-hitting campaigner, Modern Legend earned more with this victory than he has over the course of 2013-14.

Trixton made his first start after capturing the Hambletonian at the beginning of the month and he was just as impressive capturing the $218,076 Simcoe for three-year-old trotters. Though saddled with post 11 in the second tier driver-trainer Jimmy Takter was able to get the colt out before the half and rallied boldly late to score in 1:52 2/5. The son of Muscle Hill scored his eighth win in 10 trips this year defeating Damfoolrmillionair and P L Hercules in the process.

“He’s such a classy horse. He hadn’t raced for a month and needed a start,” said Takter following the race.

Gettingreadytoroll nearly doubled her career bankroll in taking the $207,689 Simcoe stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Yannick Gingras guided the filly to a 1:49 4/5 mile as a 4-1 offering finishing ahead of favorite Beach Gal and It Was Fascination. The victory gave the Takter stable a sweep of the Simcoe events.

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