Itrustyou had his impressive 13-race win streak come to an end Saturday night (February 25) when Modern Legend captured the opening harness racing round of the Cam Fella Pacing Series at Woodbine.
Driver Jack Moiseyev, who swept both $30,000 divisions, guided Modern Legend to the winner’s circle. The four-year-old gelding extended his own win streak to six with the triumph.
Sonic Dancer (Jody Jamieson) clocked the opening quarter in :26.3 before Modern Legend, who was parked-out, took command before the half in :54.2. No one could touch the 2-1 second choice as he passed the three-quarters in 1:23.1.
Modern Legend, who is owned and trained by Dave Drew, opened up on his rivals in the stretch to score by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:51.2. Reibercrombie (Paul MacDonell) finished second with Rock Me Amastreos (Scott Zeron) taking the show dough. Itrustyou (Brett Miller), who made a break at the mid-way point, could not get into the action and finished ninth.
“I am very pleased with Modern Legend,” said Drew following the win. “He did an excellent job. He just eased his way to the front and stayed there when horses started to move up close to him. He moved away and finished very strong. I am very impressed with him.
“He obviously has a great deal of capability and he showed that tonight,” he added.
The homebred son of-Ruby Cam is four-for-four this year. The nine-time career winner, who swept the Autumn Stakes and Snowshoe Series at Woodbine, has earnings of $65,000 in 2012 and $141,085 lifetime.
Modern Legend paid $6.10 to win.
In the other division, the Moiseyev-driven Guns An Roses also started his own win streak. The 5-2 second choice scored his second consecutive victory.
Draconian (Jody Jamieson) was the quickest off the gate, but a parked out Guns An Roses drove on. Before clearing to the front, the Frank Colville trainee passed the quarter pole in :27.2. The four-year-old gelding held command, clocking the half in :56.2 and the three-quarters in 1:24.1, while the 2-5 favourite, Audreys Dream (Scott Zeron), launched an unsuccessful first-over bid for the lead.
Guns An Roses scored the lion’s share of the purse by one and a half lengths, stopping the teletimer in 1:51.3. Leafs And Wings (Randy Waples) got up for second and Audreys Dream finished third.
“I got away pretty soft on the lead,” said Moiseyev of the easy race fractions. “He loves the front end. We got a nice easy half and he was great from there. He was strong.
“He came out of the race good and has been sharp, just got to hope he draws well and gets in with the right bunch for the second leg,” he added.
The son of-Best Lady has three wins in six starts this year. The 11-time career winner has earnings of $42,050 in 2012 and $141,220 lifetime for owners Joanne Colville and Emma Christoforou.
Guns An Roses returned $7.90 to win.
The $40,000 second leg, for four- and five-year-old pacers in 2012, who are non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of midnight December 31, 2011, is slated for Saturday, March 3, with the $100,000 final scheduled for Saturday, March 10.
Live racing returns to the Toronto oval Monday night with a first race post time of 7:10 p.m. The 12-race programme features the $75,000 Don Mills Trotting Series final.
Modern Legend downing Itrustyou:
Guns An Roses: