Jewels In the Sand, the youngest competitor in the field at age 4 and one of four mares in the harness racing event, showed her heels to her eight rivals in winning the seventh race feature pace at Hippodrome 3R Tuesday. It was the first Tuesday evening program of the summer meet.
Guard Dog and driver Stephane Pouliot was the even money favorite from the wagering fans and they went right out to go to the lead over a stubborn Lukes Devon (Frances Picard) to the opening quarter mile in :28.4.
As soon as they settled down after the quarter mile, trainer/driver Sylvain Lacalle moved first-over with Jewels In The Sand, who started from post 8 and they bullied their way to lead after the half mile marker in 1:00.3. From there Jewels In The Sand was feeling her oats and she held the field at bay past the three-quarters in 1:29.3 and then pulled away in the stretch to win in a romp by four and three-quarter lengths. Guard Dog was able to hold off Lukes Devon for second and third place respectively.
The time of the race was 2:00, a lifetime mark for Jewels In the Sand. The daughter of Sand Vic is owned by Kelly Duval Lacalle and Rejean Boucher and it was her third win in ten starts this year.
After the first four days of the race meet and 41 races, the average win price per race remains high at $13.30 and the percentage of winning favorites is only at 29.2%.
Hippodrome 3R is now featuring live racing every Sunday at 1 pm and Tuesday at 7 pm. For more information visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com.
From the Quebec Jockey Club