Trois-Rivieres, QC – The second highest gain of the year at Hippodrome 3R was in the 7e $10,000 Breeders Trophy Series third leg race for three-year-old fillies on Sunday (August 21) as Got Charlie (sports editor) and driver-coach Daniel Dulude upset the field at 36-1.
It was Shesrockandfame and pilot Samuel Fillion who were the first to lead the 7e racing co-feature with race favorite Majo Sport Bella (Jonathan Lachance), undefeated, in the pocket seat in the first quarter mile in: 28.4.
Sports Impression (Stephane Brosseau) started first, giving Got Charlie second cover, the longest shot on the board, as they passed the half in: 59.1.
They raced down the back stretch with Major Sport Bella still stuck on the rail, then Dulude took Got Charlie three wide at three quarters in 1:29.1.
Around the final corner, Got Charlie was cleared by Sports Impression and kept Major Sport Bella trapped as they came after Shes Rockandfame.
Early in the stretch, Lachance found clearance and tried to come after Got Charlie, who had momentum and won by a length and a quarter in 1:59. Majo Sport Bella finished second with Shes Rockandfame third.
It was Got Charlie’s first victory in his third start in life. She didn’t run as a two-year-old for owner-breeder Bruno Lepage of Beauharnois and paid $75.60 to win.
I HAVE CHARLIE REPLAY
Entering Sunday’s third and final leg of the Breeders Trophy series for three-year-old colts and geldings at 3R Racecourse, Aladdin (shadow theater) had only one second-place finish in the series and needed a big mile to be eligible for the $65,000 finale on Sept. 12.
Not only did Aladdin and rider Samuel Fillion win the joint race, they established themselves as the horse to beat in the final.
The $10,000 5e the race started with Aladdin starting from post two with Chikaboom (Francis Picard) also moving from post seven. Fillion forced Picard to sit behind him in the first quarter mile clocking 27.3.
Then approaching the half mile, Kiwon Waldron came in first with Ritchie Alpha, giving second cover to Jack Panic and driver Robert Shepherd beyond the half mile in :58. Then on the straight, Shepherd s moved to three with Jack Panic at three quarters in 1:28.
At the top of the stretch, the horses were down to three at the start of the stretch, but Aladdin proved to be the strongest horse, kicking in a :28.2 final quarter mile to win by a length and a half in 1:56.2. Jack Panic finished second with Chikaboom third.
It was the second straight win and fifth win in eight starts this year for Aladdin. Trained by Maxime Velaye, Aladdin was bred and owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and paid $4.20 to win as the betting favorite.
It was a special victory on Sunday for coach Maxime Velaye.
“I felt very good with the win today,” explained Velaye. “Especially because it was my 200th win as a coach, so that made the win more special. We haven’t decided where he will start next. It will either be at H3R or Rideau Carleton before he doesn’t go to the final.
The sixth Preferred-Handicap Pace race saw an excellent finish as the Snap Test (Test flight) and driver Stéphane Brosseau took part in the two-hole trip as Goldinthebadlands (Jonathan Lachance) cut the mile with the entry of stablemate Hooter Shooter (Steeven Genois) was first, then race favorite Siddhartha (Samuel Fillion) moving three ways in the final corner.
As the peloton descended the stretch, Goldinthebadlands started to pay off and it gave Brosseau just enough room to squeeze inside with Snap Test and win by a neck in 1:56. Goldinthebadlands finished second with Hooter Shooter third.
It was the third straight win, all at H3R, for Snap Test and his fifth win of the season. He is a trainer and joint owner of Jack Reid with Michel Letarte and Jean Allaire. He paid $5.00 to win.
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Track notes: Stéphane Brosseau led all drivers on Sunday with a hat-trick at the wheel. Samuel Fillion and Robert Shepherd each had doubles. Live racing resumes next Friday August 26th at H3R with the third leg of the Future Stars series for trotting two-year-old colts and fillies, start time at 4:00 p.m. For more information, Click here.
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By Steve Wolf, for the Jockey Club of Quebec