D G’s Woodstock for the past two weeks has been the fastest pacer at the Hippodrome 3R and this Sunday he just missed tying the track record for older pacers by three-fifths of second.
Sent off as the 1/5 betting favorite, driver Denis St Pierre sent the seven-year-old gelded son of Yankee Cam right after the early lead from post seven.
But Shanghai B G (Marie Claude Auger) ended up stinging him to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.1 and then D G’s Woodstock took over command and led the field to the half mile marker in :57 and with the exception of Shanghai B G, who was on his back, left the rest of the field in their wake.
Past the three-quarters in 1:25.1, it was a two horse race but down the stretch D G’s Woodstock pulled away from Shanghai B G to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:53.4. Shanghai B G was second with Who Dey (Richard Simard) in third but back nearly ten lengths from the winner.
His time was just three-fifths of a second from Duc Dorleans track record of 1:53.1 set on May 4th this year.
Trained by Guylaine Fortin for owner/breeder Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin, QC, it was the second straight win and third victory on the year for D G’s Woodstock, who paid $2.60 to win.
The two-year-old trotting colt, Willam Star, is now unbeaten in two starts for trainer/driver Jean Francois Magure.
Competing Sunday in the third race, the son of Windsong Espoir was able to take the early lead away from D’Espoir (Denis St Pierre) before the opening quarter mile and then led the rest of the race, winning with ease by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:05.4.
Co-owned by Magure with Yves Ringuet and David Lapierre of Quebec, William Star paid a generous $4.30 to win as the betting favorite.
Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com.
From the Quebec Jockey Club