Reaching Improbable Heights
Published: December 8, 2012 9:30 am ET
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If you don’t believe in fairy tales, read no further. You won’t want to know about a trotter's incredible journey from obscurity to harness racing’s biggest stage, and the two small-time owners from small-town Quebec still pinching themselves after the ride of a lifetime. Too Disney. Utterly implausible.
And yet it happened, to Luc Blais and Judy Farrow, the Quebec duo that bred the diminutive dynamo Intimidate, kept him despite a racing-industry collapse in Quebec that cost countless other standardbreds their lives, developed and emboldened him on a track far from the spotlight, took a huge financial risk to race him against the best three-year-old trotters in North America, and were rewarded with one of the biggest prizes in the sport, the $546,987 Breeders Crown.