The rivalry amongst the older harness racing trotting mares in the Quebec-Bred Series at Hippodrome 3R got more intense Sunday as La Neuvilloise turned the tables on Canbec Kangourou with a lifetime record.
Sunday was the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old provience bred trotters and pacers. After next Sunday’s third preliminary round the top eight point earners will return June 7 for the $35,000 finals.
Today’s eighth race co-feature pitted return winners La Neuvilloise and Canbec Kangourou meeting head to head. Canbec Kangourou and driver Jocelyn Gendron left quickly out of the starting gate along with La Neuvilloise also leaving and getting the two-hole spot behind Canbec Kangourou.
They raced that way through the opening quarter mile in a speedy :28.1 and then to half mile in :59.2 and with no one challenging on the outside, Canbec Kangourou took the field to the three-quarters in 1:30. Then as they started down the stretch, driver Stephane Gendron came after the duo with La Neuvilloise and were able to collar them and pass them by before the finish to win by a half length. Mathers Promising (Sylvain Lacalle) was third.
The time for the race was a lifetime mark for La Neuvilloise of 2:01.2. For the daughter of Capole Hill it was her second straight win in three starts this year for owner/trainer Noel Ferland of Neuville, Quebec. Ferland also bred La Neuvilloise.
The fastest mile of the day was also the closed finish of the ten race program and the highest payoff on the day and it all took place in the ninth race division for older pacing horses.
Marie Claude Auger gave Histoire Eternelle a perfect second-over drive and they were able to nip The Real One (Rheo Filion) at the wire for a head victory in 1:55. McKinney (Denis St Pierre) was third.
Sent off at odds of 12-1, Histoire Eternelle paid a generous $27.20 to win. It was a lifetime mark for the five-year-old stallion by Shanghai Phil, who is trained by Eric Valiquette and was bred and is owned by Guy Corbell of Mirabel, Quebec and his first win in three starts this year.
From the Quebec Jockey Club