Day At The Track

Short but classy Preferred Pace at H3R

04:50 AM 20 Oct 2019 NZDT
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Maracasso and trainer/driver Carol Voyer winning at H3R photo

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Throughout the harness racing season, the half mile oval at Trois-Rivieres averages nearly eight starters per race, but this Sunday the track hosts a Preferred Pace with just five starters.

And these five starters have been superb performers all season long. The small field may be one of the most competitive races assembled.

The morning line favorite at 5/2 odds in the third race feature is the hard-hitting pacer Maracasso for trainer/driver Carol Voyer.

This seven-year-old gelded son of Lis Mara is on a three-race winning streak between H3R and Rideau Carleton Raceway. You could almost say it was four-in-a-row except that Maracasso skipped a couple of pylons back on September 15, won the race but was placed last.

A nine-race winner this year, Maracasso and Voyer starts from post four for the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan. Predominately, Maracasso does his best racing on the front end where he has wired the field in nearly all his victories, winning at Rideau in a lifetime best 1:54.2 and just two weeks ago doing the same at H3R in 1:54.4.

Considering that Maracasso was unraced last year, trainer Carol Voyer has done a superb job in bringing back his star pacer for the 2019 season.

Of course, it will not be a walk in the park for Maracasso on Sunday as he faces last week's Preferred winner, Hooter Shooter, who goes from post three for driver Pascal Berube.

Last week at H3R the six-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding posted his eighth win of the year, coming from off the pace, actually was seventh at the three-quarters, and closed to win it all by a half-length in 1:55.4.

Another starter who has missed nearly two years of racing is Histoire Enchantee from post five driver Stephane Gendron. This $100,000 plus winner at the end of his three-year-old season with a record of 1:50.1, was injured and it has taken nearly two seasons for trainer Maxime Velaye to get him back to the races.

This season Histoire Enchantee returned and flourished with three straight wins, the fastest in 1:56.4 and in his debut in the Preferred class saw him finish second in 1:55.1.

Also entered are six-time winner, Surf Report, from post one for driver Tyler Jones and Appleby Hanover in post two, who is also a nine-time winner in 2019.

First race post time is 1:00 pm Sunday. For a free race program and to view the races live on the internet, visit

From the Quebec Jockey Club

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