The Little Gray (sports editor) continued his streak on Sunday July 1 at Hippodrome 3R, picking up his fifth win in just eight starts this season, earning an easy harness racing win in the Preferred-Handicap Mares Pace.
The only handicapped horse in the race was La Petite Grise, which had to start from the outside at post 8 for the rider Pascal Bérubé.
Race 7 kicked off with Platinum Alpha (Jimmy Gagnon) and Bettimontheriver (Jocelyn Gendron) battling it out for first place with Gagnon forcing Gendron to take the pocket seat in a :28.3 first quarter.
Then Platine Alpha made a bad break, almost falling to the ground, but Gagnon held it down while Gendron was able to miraculously obliterate them with Bettimontheriver.
After the incident, Bérubé came in first with La Petite Grise, the favorite of the race) and broke free at the front, taking the peloton to the half mile in an easy: 59.2.
Then Sieras Rose (Pierre-Luc Roy) came first to challenge with Kiss Me Bad (Steven Gagnon) second, then three down the straight, Fancy Girl and driver Francis Picard. Three quarters was 1:29.1 and that was it for La Petite Grise.
She lit the burners for Bérubé, pulled away from the field and crossed the wire winning by a length and a quarter in 1:58.4. Bettimontheriver finished second with Kahlua Morning (Kiwon Waldron) third.
With his five wins, La Petite Grise is now tied with Windsun Cheyenne and Stella Alpha as the most winning horses this season at H3R.
A four-year-old mare, La Petite Grise is trained and co-owned by Fernand Jodoin with Michel Letendre. She paid $4.60 to win.
From this Sunday, the Hippodrome 3R will be offering a live racing broadcast on the radio. Starting at 11:50 a.m. each Sunday, Montreal Sports radio 91.9 FM, hosted by Sophie Mongeon, will offer live interviews with live race map commentary and interviews with race drivers up to 1:50 p.m. for the next five Sundays. Does Mrs. Mongeon know anything about harness racing? Well, considering that her godfather was the great Hervé Filion, she knows racing.
Track notes: Pierre-Luc Roy, the older brother of racing great Louis-Philippe Roy, returned to racing at H3R in winning form, leading 7-1 Kinnder Dangerzone (Northern Escort) to a lifetime mark of 1:59.3 in the first race. It was the first Kinnder Dangerzone victory in almost two years for owner, trainer and breeder Denitza Petrova. Roy and Francis Picard each scored twice. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday with the first tee time at 12:00 p.m. For a free running program, Click here.
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by Steve Wolf, for the Jockey Club of Quebec