Trois-Rivieres, QC – The most successful harnessed racehorse at Hippodrome 3R this season is Stella Alpha (Lifetime royalty) and she started at the overwhelming favorite in the 1/9 race, but was pulled for interference in the stretch against second place HP Felicity (Muscular mass).
It all happened during the 8th Co-Feature Race on Friday afternoon (July 29). This was the second leg of the $10,000 filly division of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old trotters.
Stella Alpha has been written as the “trotting princess” at H3R this season. Trained by Sylvain Tremblay and piloted by Pascal Bérubé, she has 7 victories this season in 13 starts, including 6 directly with H3R and she holds the track record with a mark of 1:58.
The race started with Stella Alpha coming off the rail to take command of the race for Berube. Cleveland Moneyka (Stephane Brosseau) got the pocket trip in second place. Stella Alpha cut fractions of :39.3 and 1:00.4 before anyone shot her.
And that was HP Felicity and pilot Robert Shepherd. They came first down the straight and continued to gain ground after three quarters in 1:31. During this last round, you could see Berube struggling to keep Stella Alpha together.
As they drove home, they were neck and neck when the wheels of the two horses collided. Stella Alpha continued straight but HP Felicity carried and lost ground, finishing second by two lengths. Race time was 2:00 and Cleveland Monkeyka was third.
After the finish, Shepherd went to the judges and filed a misconduct complaint and after seeing all the different angles, which fans could also watch, the judges felt that Stella Alpha had left the path she was following on the stretch and interfered with HP. Congratulations.
It was the second victory this year for HP Felicity. She is trained by Isabelle Darveau and was bred and owned by Claude Hamel and Michel Damphousse. She paid $15.90 to win.
HP FELICITY REPLAY
In race 4 of the $10,000 Breeders Trophy Series for both colt and gelding trotters, it was Royalty Beer (Lifetime royalty), the 2021 Quebec Two-Year-Old Champion who returned to winning form from rider Kevin Maguire, leading from start to finish.
With Sammy Justice (Pascal Berube) sitting on the two-hole course, Royalty Beer cut fractions of :30.3 and 1:01.1 before Kenogami Rebel (Stephane Brosseau) went first with Cleveland Massimo (Robert Shepherd ) second until Kenogami Rebel fell into the two-hole spot, leaving Cleveland Massimo first after three quarters in 1:30.4.
Then in the final stretch Royalty Beer was free at home, winning by a length and a half in 2:00.4 over Kenogami Rebel with Cleveland Massimo, who ran as part of an entry with Royalty Beer, finished third. .
It was the second victory of the season for Royalty Beer, which is trained and co-owned by Jean-François Maguire with the Écurie Maquire de Sainte-Marie. He paid $2.80 to win.
ROYALTY BEER REPLAY
Kiss me badly (Badlands Hannover) and owner-trainer-driver Steven Gagnon flew three wide on the backstretch, clearing the lead at the top of the straight, then posting a four-length run by winning the 9th Mares Preferred Pace race at 7 $000. It was his first victory in five starts this year. The mile time was 1:55.3, a lifetime mark. She paid $13.80 to win.
Track notes: Steven Gagnon and Pascal Bérubé both scored twice. Live racing returns to the H3R on Sunday afternoon with the second leg of the Breeders Trophy series for three-year-old pacers. Featured, the undefeated filly Majo Sport Fella (race 4) and for the colts, Chikaboom (race 7), who in the first round of the series scored in 1: 54.3. The start time for the first race on Sunday is 12:00. For a free running program, Click here.
For full race results, Click here.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink