Trois-Rivieres, QC – Last year was an incredible harness racing season for local star Platinum Alpha. Bred, owned and trained by Sylvain Tremblay and his Alpha stable in Métabéchouan, Platine Alpha won nine times last season, some of them against older horses.

Platinum Alpha and owner-breeder-trainer Sylvain Tremblay (Photo Manon Tremblay)

That’s not the case in 2022. In fact, Platine Alpha still hasn’t won a race after five starts and could be ready to break away on Sunday in the Mares Open Handicap Pace at Hippodrome 3R according to Tremblay.

“A good start to the season,” said Tremblay. “Great qualifying at Rideau Carleton and in the first race she didn’t finish like we used to. Big limp then.

“Everything is healed and she is training very well,” added Tremblay. “The form is back and she is ready to win. The Rideau track is not easy at the start of the season. Often very hard like cement.

This will be the last H3R start for Platinum Alpha. After its race on Sunday, Platine Alpha and Stella Alpha will race in Toronto.

“Platinum and Stella will both go to Cassandra Lecourt’s stable,” Tremblay said. “

“After her race on Sunday, she will stay in Toronto with her partner Stella at the Cassandra Lecourt stable. Stella is going for Gold and Platinum has some great classes she can compete in and they should both meet our expectations.

“Stella will be back to compete in the Breeders Trophy Series at H3R this summer,” said Tremblay.

Platinum Alpha starts from position six in the sixth racing function. Her main rivals will be You Rock Girl Kir (position 4) for the driver Steve Genois. They won this race last week. Also, a contender will be Shemaksmefelunreal (post 5) for pilot Kiwon Waldron.

Spectrum Seelster has enjoyed great success since opening H3R for the season and is climbing the ladder of success again, taking the class lead in the 8and Preferred Handicap Pace breed.

Currently on a two-fight winning streak, Spectrum Seelster is moving from post five to driver Stephane Brosseau, who led him in his two previous wins, fastest in 1:56. The six-year-old gelding by mach three is trained by Jean-Francios Reid for owners Charles, Daniel and Maxim Gaudreault.

The other contenders in the peloton are Mickeymaksomespeed (position 6) for driver Kiwon Waldron and Goldinthebadlands (position 8) for driver Marie-Claude Auger.

The start time for the first race on Sunday at H3R is 12:00 p.m. For a free running program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca.

by Steve Wolf, for the Jockey Club of Quebec