Jaydens Square (vintage master) emerged victorious in a last-lap battle to win the 3-mile three-mile race at Saint-Joseph de Lepage on Saturday (July 23).
The nine-year-old took third place as the five-horse field settled in for the long journey. Pilot Stéphane Gendron expended some of the gelding’s energy to graze the front halfway through the second mile and took command.
Gendron was forced to put the gelding on a disc before the last lap as Stellar Feller (Maxim Gaudreault) blew the pocket. The pair threw themselves into the final circuit and Jaydens Place took a decisive advantage on the final corner to take the victory in a total time of 6:32.2.
Stellar Feller fought valiantly and finished second by a length and a half. Tobins Terror (Antoine Desrochers) finished four and a half lengths behind the winner in third position.
It was the second long-distance run of Jaydens Place’s 163-start career; he finished ninth over a mile and sixteenth at The Raceway at Western Fair District in 2021. Michel Audet trains him for Francois Morin of Beauceville. The gelding won $237,849 and won 18 times. It is listed again four days from today.
Gendron participated in breaking the track record earlier in the card with Mickeymaksomespeed (mickey hanover), who crushed his rivals in the Pace Invitational. He led throughout and finished 14 lengths on the wire in 1:55.2 to claim the second Ninoscredit (Francis Picard) record. Ever Again (Desrochers) finished third.
Ninoscredit set the previous standard of 1:55.4 in 2019.
Hippodrome 3R regular Mickeymakesomespeed has won 18 times and grossed $70,341 in 47 starts for owner/breeder Michel Allard, who trains the five-year-old stallion.
Gendron’s two wins were also the first outings of the year for the reins with more than 23,000 starts and 4,235 wins. His mounts will face off in the second Bay Derby elimination at Nouvelle on July 27.
St. Joseph de Lepage will be in action again on Saturday August 6th.
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by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink