Day At The Track

Canadian Round-Up: Intimidate wins at Woodbine

05:15 AM 03 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Returning to the races after a two month layoff, Maple Leaf Trot champion Intimidate was victorious in the $34,000 Preferred Trot featured on Saturday night's harness racing card at Woodbine Racetrack.

With the support of the betting public behind him, Intimidate was sent postward at odds of 8-5 and paid $5.50 to win. Driver Sylvain Filion steered the near-millionaire to the fourth victory of his five-year-old campaign for trainer Luc Blais.

Flanagan Memory (Chris Christoforou) left for the lead over Fearless Man (Rick Zeron) with Intimidate crossing into the three-hole from his post nine starting spot.

The top two trotters traded turns on the lead through opening fractions of :28.1 and :57.2 before Intimidate brushed by, taking over into the final turn and reaching three-quarters in 1:25.2.

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Alberta Sire Stakes Super FInals held

The top performers in the 2014 Alberta Sires Stakes program were featured at Alberta Downs on Saturday afternoon as they faced off in the rich Battle of Alberta Super Finals during one of the province's most anticipated race days of the year.

The quartet of $70,000 Super Finals for the pacing divisions highlighted the action-packed card, which also featured four $15,000 consolation races and a pair of Open events on the undercard.

Two-year-old pacing filly My Villas On Fire kicked off the Super Finals with a sizzling 1:54 track record performance for trainer and driver Jamie Gray. She eclipsed Blue Star Beauty's divisional record, set in 2011, by four-fifths of a second.

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