“I knew he was the best trotter I ever had,” Bier said. “He went in (1):58.2 and came home in :28.2 (seconds) by himself. Regular horses can’t do that. I was like: Wow.”
Bier bought Modern Family for $110,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. He owns the 4-year-old with Charles Dombeck and Richard Poillucci.
|Modern Family won his first three starts this year at Dover Downs.|
Modern Family is 3-for-3 this year for Bier. On Friday night, he races in the first round of the Horse & Groom series at the Meadowlands. Modern Family and driver Tim Tetrick will start from post four in the second of two $18,000 divisions. His split includes Super Bowl series winner Windsun Galliano.
The second leg of the series is March 8 and the final is March 16.
Unraced at age 2, the horse won four of 20 starts and earned $67,772 last season while in the stable of trainer Tony Alagna. Modern Family appeared in a number of stakes finals and/or eliminations, including the Breeders Crown, Canadian Trotting Classic, Simcoe, Beal Memorial and Matron, but was unable to break through for a major victory.
“I called Tony before the sale and asked him about the horse,” Bier said. “He said they liked him a lot, had high hopes for him, and it just didn’t work out. I was prepared to go $100,000, or a little more. It was well worth it.”
Modern Family is a son of stallion Cantab Hall and the first foal out of the mare Domestic Diva. His dam is a full sister to 2003 New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Glide About and a half-sister to multiple-stakes-winners Maven and Lanson.
This year, Modern Family opened the campaign with a 16 length win in a conditioned race at Dover Downs, and then moved into the Open Handicap. He won his first try in the Open Handicap by one length over He’s Spooky in 1:54.2 over a sloppy track and was victorious by 1-1/4 lengths over He’s Spooky in 1:53.1 on Feb. 20.
“That was a huge mile,” Bier said. “It was 31 degrees, the wind was blowing; that’s a great mile at Dover.”
Bier drove Modern Family in his three races at Dover, but will turn over the lines to Tetrick at the Meadowlands because of a flare up of chronic back woes. Bier has enjoyed success at the Big M in the past few years, winning the 2012 Clyde Hirt series and finishing second in the Exit 16W with Special T Rocks and finishing second with Higher And Higher in the Cape & Cutter series final. In 2011, he won the Super Bowl with Alcarine.
Modern Family is scheduled to race in the Maturity for 4-year-old trotters and the Cutler Memorial following the Horse & Groom series.
“I think he can go (1):52 or better up there,” Bier said. “I love to race at the Meadowlands, but I want to come up there to win, or at least have a shot. I feel strongly this horse will do well in the (Horse & Groom) series. I couldn’t find anything this year for the (other) series at the Meadowlands, so this is my only shot.
“This horse is a true professional. And he can go.”