Day At The Track

Upset win for Claudi P V in Breeders Cup Series

01:07 PM 13 Jul 2019 NZST
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Claudi P V (#1A) with driver Pascal Berube upset the field at 9-1 in the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series at H3R. photo
Only For Justic and driver Stephane Brosseau fly to the finish at H3R. photo

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a very impressive first-over performance against Choo Choo Blue, Claudi P V and driver Pascal Berube scored a big upset at odds of 9-1 in the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series at Hippodrome 3R.

The series features three weeks of preliminary competition for three-year-old trotters and pacers with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $65,000C finals.

The second race first division for three-year-old trotting fillies with a purse of $10,000C saw Choo Choo Blue and driver Jocelyn Gendron shoot to the early lead after the opening quarter mile in :30 with My Lady Hall (Serge Nadeau) grabbing the two-hole spot after leading to the first quarter mile.

Choo Choo Blue led to the half mile in 1:00.3 before Claudi P V and Berube started up first-over with Cor Leo (Stephane Gendron) second over.

As they passed the three-quarters in 1:31, the two race favorites, Justice Society (Stephane Brosseau) and Kinderunbelievable (Justin Filion), who made early breaks in the race, came charging three-wide on the final turn to come after Choo Choo Blue.

But it was Claudi P V who was the strong horse, grinding it out against Choo Choo Blue and coming on in the stretch to win by one length in 2:02.1. Cho Choo Blue was second with Justice Society third.

Claudi P V paid a handsome $20.50 to win. It was the first victory in five starts this year for the daughter of Holiday Road. She is trained by Serge Nadeau and is co-owned by Nadeau with breeder Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu.

In the $10,000C fifth race division for the trotting colts, it was all race favorite Only For Justice and driver Stephane Brosseau. They sat an early pocket-seat to Triomphe Dunharas and driver/trainer Denis Gueriel and then burst to the lead after the opening quarter mile in :28.

Once on top there was no looking back for Only For Justice, as Brosseau kept his colt easily on the lead, holding the field at bay to the half mile in :59 and the three-quarters in 1:28.4.

In the stretch, Only For Justice kept on trotting to win with ease by five open lengths in 1:57.4. Cesar Duharas (Pascal Berube) closed to be second with Triomphe Dunharas third.

Sired by Justice Hall, it was the second win in five starts for trainer Dany Fontaine and the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal, who also bred Justice Hall. He paid just $2.10 to win and is now a career winner of $146,469C.

In the eighth and final race on the program, G A Speed Sammy and driver Stephane Gendron wore down Maracasso (Carol Voyer) in the stretch and posted a 1:54.1 lifetime mark.

That mile tied G S Speed Sammy with Atomic Million AM as the co-fastest winners at H3R this season. G A Speed Sammy posted his sixth win in eight starts this year for Yves Tessier and owner-breed Alain Carrier of St-Henri-De-Levis and paid $4.20 to win.

Track Notes: Two drivers, Pascal Berube and Stephane Gendron each had driving doubles Friday.

On Saturday, the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Regional Fair which will feature a family fun day at the track with 13 races beginning at 1:00 pm.

Special activities on Saturday for the race fans include drawings for rides in a two-seat sulky on the racetrack, rides in the starting gate, plus drawings for dining-room packages and betting vouchers.

There will be a live horse on display at the entrance to the track for fans to take photos with and specially for the children there will be balloon sculptors and face painting, etc. And all the events are FREE for the patrons.

In addition to the live racing, the track will also have a special Monte Race (racing under saddle) with trotters.

The Quebec-Bred Series for older horses culminates on Sunday with four $30,000C final for the trotters and pacers plus the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers.

From the Quebec Jockey Club

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