Trois-Rivieres, QC – On a rare Saturday afternoon (September 17), the Hippodrome 3R hosted the harness racing finals of the Québec regional fairs circuit. The fairs take place in training centers throughout Quebec during the summer months.
The toughest match of the afternoon came in the 7th race pace between Disneyman (Sports journalist) and Mickeymaksomespeed (mickey hanover).
Disneyman and rider Maxim Gaudreault, who you usually see training or owning horses, but not driving them, had taken the lead in the race and was immediately challenged on the outside by Mickeymaksomespeed and catch-driver Ghislain Boisvert, who didn’t is not yet known. as a driver.
Boisvert and Mickeymaksomespeed were the 1/5 favorites and they wanted to take the lead. Maxim Gaudreault and Disneyman said no. They fought neck and neck until the first quarter in :28. Then they fought until the half mile in :57.1.
In the back stretch neither horse nor driver would yield an inch as they were still neck and neck, Mickeymaksomespeed parked first the entire mile. At three quarters in 1:27.1, Jaydens Place (Pascal Berube) joined the fray, coming three wide and was parked on the final corner.
They were three on the track at the start of the stretch, but Disneyman proved to be the strongest as he won by half a length in 1:58.1 over Jaydens Place with Mickeymaksomespeed third.
It was the second win in a row and the fifth of the season for Disneyman. In his previous start, he set a fair record for a 1.5 mile run in 3:09. He is trained by Francis Richard and owned by brother Charles Gaudreault of Gabrielle St Onge and paid $15.90 to win.
The most anticipated race of the day was the 10th and last on the map. This race only included drivers from Regional Fairs.
El Torero (Andrée Pelletier) was first in the lead with SOS Mach Xtreme (Roxanne Viau) sitting in the pocket seat and race favorite Spectrum Seelster and driver Gabrielle St Onge parked first.
El Torero cut fractions of :27.4 and :57.2 while Spectrum Seelster was parked. At three quarters in 1:28.1, Spectrum Seelster had had enough, then in the final corner it was SOS Mach Xtreme and Roxanne Viau who came after El Torero.
These two battled it out on the stretch with SOS Mach Xtreme at odds of 13-1, shocking the field with a one-length triumph in 1:59. El Torero finished second with Ninocredit (Nathalie Migneault) third.
A 12-year-old gelding son of Mach Three, it was the fourth win of the season for SOS Mach Xtreme. He is trained by Michel Audet, who is co-owner with Roxanne Viau. He paid $28.90 to win.
SOS MACH XTREME REPLAY
The Quebec Final was the 8th race pace that saw Clear The Credit (Up The Credit) and driver Steve Gagnon take the lead on the backstretch, going three-quarters into the lead en route to a 10-yard length triumph. 2:02.3. It was his second victory this year for trainer and co-owner Catherine Lafrance with Maxime Dubuc. He paid $2.90 to win.
It seems that every year during the Fair Finals at the H3R, coach Marc Lemay gets into the sulky and wins. This year was the 9th race, which included mainly harness racing coaches. Lemay rode his own horse, Macho Polo (Mach Three) and they cut the field four lengths in 1:58.2, paying $4.10 to win.
Track notes: Steven Gagnon had a driving double and his two wins were with Catherine Lafrance, giving him a practice double. Live racing resumes tomorrow (Sunday September 18) afternoon from 12:00 p.m. Featured will be three favorite events. For a free running program, Click here.
by Steve Wolf, for the Jockey Club of Quebec