City Loft and the red hot driver, Denis St Pierre, go for their third straight win in the sixth race feature at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening.
A three-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play, City Loft was feeling his oats last time out as Pierre sent the youngster right to the front from post seven and they wired the field in a lifetime best clocking of 1:57.3.
Pierre, who currently has an impressive Universal Driving Rating (UDR) or “batting average” of .450 at the Hippodrome 3R, will start with City Loft from post three. City Loft is trained by Francis Richard.
Other contenders in the race are Shanghai Bem (post 7) for driver Pierre Luc Roy and F G L Rapide (post 5) for driver Francis Picard.
On Tuesday’s program there are four horses making their 2014 debuts at 3R off winning qualifiers. Three of them are actually making their career debuts. Two of them are the two-year-old trotters Tia Maria Seelster in race one, post position one and the pacer, Windsong Lassie, in race three, post position three.
The third is the pacer Boogie Panic, who is in race two starting from post seven.
The fourth one making its 2014 is unique is Hay Hay Charlay, who has not lost a race in 378 days! He lost his 2013 debut on that day, then won on July 28, 2013 and hasn’t raced since then, and is making his comeback at 3R on Tuesday.
Also of note, the trotter, Little Paco, who starts from post five in the first race, might not look like much with a second in a 2:02.1 mile in his last start, but the track trotting record at the regional track, Saint Esprit, was 2:03 at the start of the 2014 season. Now Little Paco, in his second heat of the day at Saint Esprit, carved out blazing fractions of :29.1; :59.4, and 1:30 before getting caught at the wire by Keystone Bounty. Thus he could well be a contender Tuesday at 3R.
From the Quebec Jockey Club