The cream of the crop among the Quebec province four and five-year-old trotters and pacers will be on display at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday in the $35,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series. Four divisional finals headline the ten-race program that gets underway at 1:00 pm.
The third race first $35,000 divisional final is for trotting mares and headlining the field is Ocean Mist Beauty. Despite having to start from the far outside in post position 8, the four-year-old daughter of Kadabra is on a two-race winning streak in the series and was second in the opening round.
Trained by Richard Moreau and driven by Stephane Brosseau, Ocean Mist Beauty has also won her last two starts by impressive margins of six and ten and one-quarter lengths, while leading from start to finish nearly every week. She has three wins this year for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal and her fastest winning time this season is 2:00.2.
Her main competition will come from Canbec Kangourou, a four-year-old mare by Amigo Hall, who was the Quebec Sire Stakes Champion last year with five wins and earnings of $40,000. She is the only one to have beaten Ocean Mist Beauty in the series and also has two wins and one second place finish. She will start from post six for driver Jocelyn Gendron.
Another major contender in the field is La Neuvilloise from post two. She also scored two wins and a second in the series and has yet to finish worse than third in her four starts this year for owner/trainer Noel Ferland, who bred the mare.
The trotting horses are in the limelight in the fifth race $35,000 final and featured is undefeated Decret Justiciale, who will be seeking to make a clean sweep of the entire series.
The five-year-old gelded son of Justice Hall is the only horse in the series to have won all three preliminary rounds and has nearly led from start to finish in each leg for driver/trainer Denis Filion. The fastest win this year for Decret Justiciale was last week when he won in a romp by six and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.1. Owned by Danielle Levac of St. Augustin-Mirabel, QC, Decret Justiciale has 17 career wins.
It will not be a cake-walk for Decret Justiciale in the final as there are numerous contenders in the field. Domino Cybele raced in only the last two legs of the series and did not face decret Justiciale as he is also undefeated in two starts, the fastest a 1:59.2 lifetime mark last week. He starts along side Decret Justiciale in post four for owner/trainer/driver Guy Gagnon.
Other contenders include Ken P V (post 2), Caroluzzo (post 6) and Excel PV (post 7).
The fastest division in the series will take place in the sixth race pace final for older horses. Here is where four recent winners, Duc Dorleans, McKinney, Primeride, Histoire Eternelle and Lucky Nadotremblay will all face-off for the winner’s share of the $35,000 purse.
Duc Orleans is the slight 5/2 morning line favorite and is the all-age track record holder at Hippodrome 3R. Only that title did not hold up last week as Duc Dorleans cut all the fractions only to get nipped at the wire by McKinney in 1:54.2. Duc Dorleans starts from post five for new driver Stephane Brosseau.
Last week’s victory by McKinney was his second win this year for driver Denis St. Pierre and he will be seeking that special two-hole trip once again from post six. Two starts back Primeride was able to lead from start to finish in 1:54.4 in the series and has won three of his last six starts. He starts from post seven.
The tenth race final $35,000 Quebec-Bred Series on the program features pacing mares and the 5/2 favorite is My Tallia Ideal from post six for driver Denis St. Pierre. My Tallia Ideal is the only mare in the field that has won twice in the series, both times leading from start to finish.
She will start from post six and has three wins this year for trainer Michel Allard. The four-year-old mare by Western Ideal was bred and is owned by Gestion Mario Audel, Inc, of Yves Sarrazin, QC.
Her main rivals will include return winner D G’s Laurie (post 4), last year’s Quebec Sire Stakes queen, Lady Valentine (post one) and the entry of Shanghai Mimi (post 3) and Racey Miss (post 8) from the Marcel Barreau Stable.
For more information please visit the Hippodrome 3R website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com.
From the Quebec Jockey Club