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Eight 4yo’s to battle in $200,000 Prix D’Ete

05:57 AM 18 Sep 2014 NZST
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Many of the best four-year-old harness racing pacers in North America will do battle this Sunday in the $200,000 revival of the Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R.

The drawing for post positions will take place at a special media function at the Hippodrome 3R on Thursday at 11:00 am.

The Prix D’Ete is the richest race in North America this year for four-year-old pacers and many of the nation’s top harness racing drivers will be coming to Quebec province to compete on the race card.

Headlining the field of eight starters will be Apprentice Hanover from the Ben Wallace Stable. The son of Somebeachsomewhere enters the race off of a lifetime mark performance last week at Mohawk Raceway in 1:49.2. Jody Jamieson will do the driving.

World renowned trainer Jimmy Takter has entered his top pacer, Sunfire Blue Chip, who is on a four-race winning streak including a 1:49.2 triumph in the $50,000 Open at Pocono Downs in his last start. Yannick Gingras returns to his home track to drive Sunfire Blue Chip.

Also entered are Captive Audience; local favorite and Hippodrome 3R all-age track record holder, Duc D’Orleans; Casie Coleman’s Lucan Hanover; PJ Fraley’s Mach It So, who has won three of his last four starts; Si Semalu and Sunshine Beach, the richest pacer in the field with career earnings of $971,037.

“What a great field that has entered our revival of the Prix D’Ete,” said Vincent Trudel, the general manager of the Hippodrome 3R. “We could not have asked for a more competitive field. I am sure that Duc D’Orleans track record of 1:52.4 will be in jeopardy this Sunday and that our racing fans and horsemen are going to see a superb world-class race.”

Here is the field in alphabetical order:

Apprentice Hanover

Jody Jamieson

Benjamin Wallace

Captive Audience

James MacDonald

Corey Johnson

Duc Dorleans

Daniel Dube

Jacques Dupont

Lucan Hanover

David Miller

Casie Coleman

Mach It So

Scott Zeron

Paul Fraley

Si Semalu

Doug McNair

Isaac Waxman

Sunfire Blue Chip

Yannick Gingras

Jimmy Takter

Sunshine Beach

Chris Christoforou

Mark Steacy

There will be no consolation race.

Initially known as the Prix d’Automne and won by older horses such as the three-time Horse of the Year Bret Hanover, the marquee event at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal was converted into the Prix D’Ete race for 3-year-old pacers in 1970 and remained one of the major North American stakes in the division until its last running in 1992. Past winners included Cam Fella, Niatross, Albatross, Strike Out, Abercrombie, Matts Scooter and Beach Towel.

The Prix D’Ete weekend gets underway Saturday evening with a special live race program beginning at 7:30 pm. Sunday’s Prix D’Ete race card first race post time is 1:00 pm.

For additional information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.

From the Quebec Jockey Club

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