Sylvain Filion and Intimidate didn't get much tempo to chase in Monday's $34,000 Preferred Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, but it didn't keep them from finding their way to the winner's circle, scoring in 1:52.4.
The O'Brien Award-winning homebred will look to do the same on Saturday evening as he gets set to make a road trip to Pocono Downs to take on many of sport's top older trotters in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot for trainer Luc Blais.
Knows Nothing shot to the early lead in Monday's main event on closing night at Mohawk Racetrack, and he was able to waltz through sensible panels of :28 and :57.3 before picking up his speed around the final turn when pressed by the first-over Intimidate. Knows Nothing led by just over two lengths at the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1, but Intimidate's :27.1 closing speed was just enough for him to win by a neck over Knows Nothing in 1:52.4. Catch The Dream was third.
Judith Farrow of Hemmingford and Les Ecuries Luc Blais Inc of Lochaber Ouest, Quebec ,bred and own the four-year-old son of Justice Hall-Fabulous Tag. The victory was his seventh of the season from eight appearances.
Mohawk Racetrack's summer meet concluded on Monday with Shadow Baran taking the final dash. The son of Rambaran, driven by Steve Condren, took the finale timed in 1:53.1. The seven-year-old son captured the claiming event for trainer Len Lelonde, Jr and owner Kristina Lalonde.
Sylvain Filion led all drivers at Mohawk during the meet with 106 victories while Jeff Gillis led all trainers with 47 tallies. The Campbellville oval concluded with 84 days of racing.
Mohawk Racetrack, which celebrated its 50th season of live racing, will return to Woodbine Racetrack this Thursday, October 17 with 11 races scheduled.