Day At The Track

Front end holds up at the Hippodrome 3R

12:00 PM 25 May 2015 NZST
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Atomic Million AM with Sylvain Lacalle Champagne Shower with Denis St Pierre Victoria Semalu with Stephane Brosseau
Atomic Million AM with Sylvain Lacalle
Champagne Shower with Denis St Pierre
Victoria Semalu with Stephane Brosseau

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - There were three divisions of the opening round of the $125,000 Quebec-Bred Series Sunday at the harness racing meeting at the Hippodrome 3R and all three winners did it leading from start to finish.

The series is for four and five-year-old mares and horses.

After three rounds of elimination competition the top eight point earners returned to 3R on Sunday, June 14 for the $35,000 finals.

Atomic Million Am and driver Sylvain Lacalle were the overwhelming 1/9 wagering favorite and they nearly got caught at the wire in the fifth race division for older horses.

Leaving from post three, Lacalle sent Atomic Million right to the front with Bali (Stephanie Brosseau) sitting right on their backs through fractions of :27.4, then a soft second quarter of :59.3.

D J Power (Louis Roy) tried slowly to work his way first-over but could only manage to get in third place by the three-quarters in 1:26.4.

And as they started down the stretch, Bali tried to come after the leaders in vain as Atomic Million Am went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:55.3.

Bali Held for second with My Lucky Bluejeans (Stephane Gendron) third.

It was the third win in five starts for Atomic Million AM.

The four-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam is owned and trained by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC and paid just $2.10 to win.

The first division, second race, for older mares saw Victoria Semalu and driver Stephane Brosseau ease out to the early lead from post four and quickly stuffing early challenger Lutetia Semalu (Stephane Polliot) into a backseat trip.

Victoria Semalu and Brosseau then had quite the easy time, cutting fractions of :27.3, :57.1, 1:26.4 and then came home to romp by six open lengths in 1:56.1.

Lutetia Semalou held her position to finish second with C L Royal Star (Jocylen Gendron) third.

It was the second win in five starts for Victoria Semalu, who is trained by Dany Fontaine and owned by the Ercuie Gaeton Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. She paid $2.60 to win.

The sixth race second division for mares saw the biggest romp of the day as Champagne Shower and driver Denis St Pierre held nothing back in wiring the field by eleven lengths!

Starting from post five, Pierre sent Champagne Shower to the lead and held the field at bay with fractions of :28.4, :59.4 and the picked up the pace, leading by five lengths at the three quarters in 1:28.1.

She then gave Pierre a :28.3 final quarter and pulled away from the field, winning in 1:56.4.

Hawaiian Drummond (Mario Charron) was second with Cyndalianne Duc (Pierre Desjardis) third.

Paying just $2.10 to win, it was the four-year-old daughter of Santana Blue Chip's third win this year and third victory in her last four starts for trainer Yves Tessier and owner/breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese, QC.

Live racing resumes Wednesday with the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotters. Post time is 7:00 pm. For more information go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com.

 

From the Quebec Jockey Club

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