Trois-Rivieres, QC – There is over $500,000 in purses up for grabs as Hippodrome 3R hosts its Super Sunday (Sept. 11) Quebec Elevated Championship finals for two- and three-year-old trotters and harness racers.
The big day of racing has brought world-class drivers Daniel Dube and Louis-Philippe Roy home to take part in the 12-race program which begins at noon.
Dube has nine records while Roy has eleven races in which he participates.
Here is a brief summary of the eight finals.
2nd race $55,000 Trotting two-year-old fillies
HP race for Dan (alarm detector) is the position one favorite for driver Robert Shepherd. She has only one win in the series and can wire the field provided she stays in stride. Kenogami Courage (Looks like achpndale) and the pilot Stéphane Brosseau always stays in stride and has a mark of 2:02.1 but must pass from post 8.
4th race $65,000 Trotting three-year-old colts
It may be a small group of just five starters, but four of them all have a chance of winning. Royalty Beer’s entry (Lifetime royalty) and Cleveland Massimo (Muscular mass) will be hard to beat. Royalty Beer (Post 1) is last year’s returning champion and has LPR in the sulky. He has a series record of 1:58.4. Cleveland Massimo (Post 4) will be ridden by Robert Shepherd and has four wins this year, the fastest ever mark of 1:59.3. Also, a competitor is Kenogami Rebel (Post 2) for Stéphane Brosseau with a record this year of 1:57.1.
6th race $65,000 Three-year-old trotting fillies
Returning champion last year and the “princess of the trot” at the H3R this year, Stella Alpha (Lifetime royalty) has been superb this season. His eight wins, including seven at the H3R, are the most of any horse this season. She has a track record of 1h58 and goes from station 2 on Sunday to driver Pascal Bérubé. Her main rival will be HP Felicity (Muscular mass) from post five for pilot Robert Shepherd. She has three seconds in a row and one of those seconds was a loss to Stella Alpha on the show.
7th race $55,000 Two-year-old colts
Until last week’s loss to older horses, Little Diamond (sports editor) has won four straight and is looking to wipe the slate clean. It starts from post 3 for driver William Roy and has a record of 1:58.4. Despite being winless in six starts, Albert Alpha (He is watching) has five seconds in six lifetime starts for driver Pascal Bérubé. They start from position four.
8th Race $65,000 Three-Year-Old Fillies
This is one of the most difficult splits. Majo Sport Bella (sports editor) is the station 2 race favorite for driver Jonathan Lachance. She has just three starts in life and has won two, the fastest in 1:59.3. Then there’s Shes Rockandfame (He is watching) for LPR from the rail. She just got a score of 1:59.1 and can win with or without pace. Other contenders include Got Charlie (Post 8) and Kinder Dirty Diana (Post 4).
9th race $55,000 Trotting two-year-old colts
Augustus (Pub crawl) and Kinnder Thinktwice (Wheeling N Dealin) fought on the show and the two fought twice this season. Sunday is where it really counts. Auguste (station 3) has been razor sharp for driver Pascal Bérubé with two series wins and three second places in his last five starts, the fastest in 2:02.
Kinnder Thinktwice (position 1) has never finished out of the draw in five starts with two wins (non-series) for driver Stéphane Brosseau and she also has a record of 2:02.
10th Race $55,000 Two-Year-Old Fillies
This is where Dube and Roy can face off. Dubé coaches YS Poisson Davril (sports editor) from post 2. She has won two of her last three starts and last week uncorked a lifetime mark of 1:58.4.
Pocahontas Of The Lake (betterthancheddar) departs from post 6 with Roy on the bike. Roy bred the filly and co-owns her with his brother, Pierre-Luc Roy, who rode the filly to the final, leading her to two wins in the series. She has a record of 1:58.2.
The spoiler in the race could be Godiva Shadow Girl (Shadow Play) from post 3 for pilot Robert Shepherd. She won five of her six starts with a record 1:58.2. Other contenders include YS Sensationalcity (Post 8), who is coming off a 2:01.1 triumph and All She Can (Post 1) for driver Samuel Fillion, who has finished second in his last two starts.
11th race $65,000 Three-year-old colts
Super Sunday Grand Finals as Aladdin (shadow theater) with LPR at the wheel, draws pole 8 and enters the final on a three-game winning streak, the fastest at 1:54 mile last week at Rideau Carlton. Then there is Jack Panic (sports editor) from position 6 for the driver Robert Shepherd. They have won two of his last three starts, the fastest with a run of 1:56.4 by 11 and a quarter-length at H3R.
In addition to the eight stake races, the Jockey Club de Québec has also scheduled three $10,000 Invitationals. The 3rd race for trotters, the 5th pace race for horses and the 12th pace race for mares.
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by Steve Wolf, for the Jockey Club of Quebec