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Unbeaten Hurryupatthebeach goes for 6th win

04:16 AM 26 Aug 2018 NZST
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Undefeated Hurryupatthebeach and driver Pascal Berube win fifth straight race photo

Trois-Rivieres, QC - There are 20 two-year-old pacing fillies entered in the third round of the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, but only one of them is undefeated.

Most of the fillies racing Sunday in the two divisions will be vying for points to be one of the eight finalists for the $55,000 Future Stars Series Final at H3R on Sunday, September 9 except for the undefeated filly, Hurrayupatthebeach, who has already won two legs of the series.

Unbeaten Hurrayupatthebeach will be going for her sixth straight win on Sunday. The daughter of Up The Credit headlines the fourth race, which is the first of the two ten-horse fields for the fillies.

A homebred filly from the Somebeachsomewhere mare, Blue Beach Girl, Hurryupatthebeach was bred by her trainer, Pierre Leclerc of Louisville and is co-owned by Leclerc with Gina Bragagnole of Lavaltrie. She is a first foal from Blue Beach Girl.

One of the people that know Hurryupatthebeach better than most is her driver, Pascal Berube. He has driven her in four of her five wins. The duo starts from the rail on Sunday.

"Pierre (Leclarc) told me one month before her first qualifier," Said Berube, "that he felt he had a good one."

In her only qualifying race, with Berube driving, Hurryupatthebeach actually lost the race. She was third by only three-quarters of a length after a strong closing effort.

Since then she went right to the pari-mutuel races and has yet to lose. She races mainly on the lead but there is a reason for that. She has a record of 1:58.2 taken at Rideau Carleton, but it was her last start at H3R that perhaps is most impressive.

In that race Hurryupatthebeach broke stride before the start from post four. She was able to regroup for Berube, came first-over and took the lead after the opening quarter mile. She then crushed the field, winning by her largest margin yet, eight and three-quarter lengths in 1:59.4.

"She's good for sure," Berube said. "And she can race from either on or off the pace. So, for the moment she races on the lead because I don't have any better horses that can cut the mile for me."

While Hurryupatthebeach has beaten most of the other fillies in the field, it will not be a walk in the park on Sunday as she faces Better Now for the first time.

Sired by Betterthancheddar, Better Now starts from the second tier in post ten for driver Stephane Brosseau. She has won her last two starts, last week it was a three and one-quarter length triumph in the second round of the Future Stars Series with 2:00 score. The prior start was an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots victory at Grand River Raceway in 1:56.1. She has also been timed in 1:55.2 and 1:56.2 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Trained by Pierre Ouellette, Better Now is co-owned by Ouellette of Joliette with Ecurie Largo, Inc. of Laval.

The second filly division is the eighth race and the morning line favorite hails from the stable of Hall of Famer, Yves Filion. Her name is Audi Bayama, a daughter of Sportswriter, bred and owned by Filion's Bayama Farms.

In just her first lifetime start she came out with a 2:00.1 triumph with Filion in the sulky and last week was third to Better Now in the Future Stars Series. She starts from post six.

Another standout in the field is Majelyca from post four for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Sired by Windfall Blue Chip, Majelyca was soundly defeated last week against Hurryupatthebeach, but prior starts show her winning two-straight, including her record of 2:02.1 taken in the opening round of the series.

The colts do battle in the sixth race, also with ten starters and featured is another undefeated two-year-old named D Gs De Vito.

This son of Sportswriter is three for three on the season for trainer Guylaine Fortin and breeder/owner Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin. He starts from post three.

While not yet showing any leaving ability for driver Jonathan Lachance, D Gs De Vito has been grinding his way to victory, having gone first-over in all three of his wins and overpowering his opponents. His fastest victory has been in last week's second round of the Future Stars with a 2:00.1 triumph.

Other contenders include GA Speed Gaby (post two), Guinness Panic (post four) and Sunshine Lou (post ten).

Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit

From the Quebec Jockey Club

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