Day At The Track

Final notes for $200,000 Prix D'Ete at 3R

01:35 AM 22 Sep 2014 NZST
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Prix D'Ete logo 2014.jpg Out Of the Hat, harness racing
Out Of the Hat sets track record at 3R
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If omens mean anything, then Corey Johnson is the trainer to watch Sunday in the Prix D’Ete. Saturday night at Mohawk Raceway his top mare, Voelz Hanover, pulled off a stunning upset in the $286,000 Milton Final at odds of 33-1.

Corey is the trainer of Si Semalu, who drew post two in the Prix D’Ete, is a four-year-old gelded son of Modern Art who has won on a half mile in the past and figures to be a long shot in the race, just like Voelz Hanover.

Sunshine Beach is, in fact, the only horse in the Prix D’Ete field that has never raced on a half mile track. He is also the richest money earner in the field and can surpass the million dollar mark in career earnings with a victory.

Duc D’Orleans, in post five for local owners Geston Levesque, Les Euries D’Orleans, Inc. and Helen Dupont, holds the all-age track record at the Hippodrome 3R of 1:52.4 that he set in 2013.

Meet and Greet with the drivers, trainers and owners of the Prix D”Ete horses will take place in the big tent by the first turn at 11:00 am Sunday morning until 11:45 am.

The 9th race featured Prix D’Ete will go off at approximately 4:00 pm.

This is the first time that David Miller, Jody Jamieson, James MacDonald, Scott Zeron and Doug McNair have ever driven at the Hippodrome 3R.

The Hippodrome 3R oval continues to have a banner season when it comes to its racing oval. Saturday night saw the 17th time in 2014 that a track record has been set or tied.

Saturday night it was Out Of The Hat and trainer/driver Stephane Pouliot who earned the spotlight as they wired the field in the ninth race $6,000 feature trot, scoring by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:57. The pocket-sitting Rocky Boy was second with track record holder Decret Justiciale third.

It was the 8th win this year for Out Of The Hat. The five-year-old mare by Kadabra is owned by Meadowgem Farm and Stehane Pouliot and her time of 1:57 surpassed the prior record of 1:57.2 set earlier this season by Margarita Bi.

From the Quebec Jockey Club

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