Day At The Track

Winless driver Steeve Genois takes five at 3R

12:16 AM 22 Aug 2014 NZST
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Steeven Genois holds the "Le 5 Milles" race trophy he won

When it comes to winning races at the Hippodrome 3R this past year, harness racing driver Steeven Genois had had quite a dry spell….until Tuesday evening that is, when he cut loose to win five of the ten races on the program.

Genois, who had won just five races at 3R all year before he exploded on Tuesday, had not won a race between October 13, 2013 and May 18, 2014. That includes 28 straight losses and 23 more at Rideau Carlton.

His winning streak at 3R Tuesday began in the third race with G Zattara ($13.00) in 1:58 which kicked off a four-race win streak with victories aboard Fortune Fever ($4.10) in 1:57.4 for race four; Ken U Sing ($10.20) in race five in 1:59.4 and race six with Coraggio Hanover ($4.70) in 1:57.3. Genois then took a break but came back in the eighth race to win with Winoc Jimmy ($3.30) in 1:56.4.

Perhaps it was the freshening that Genois and his horses got at the local regional races. Gorragio Hanover had won twice on consecutive days (Aug. 9 & 10) at the Hippodrome St. Aime des Lacs and then won again last night. Fortune Fever also won there and Fortune Fever also won twice in one day at Nouvelle on July 27 at the regionals.

“I thought when looking at the program before the races,” said Genois, “I was not thinking I was going to win five races but I did have one good horse that I knew well and the others I was not so confident about. I have never won five races on a program in my life.”

Many know of Steeven Genois as he was the 2011 winner of Quebec’s oldest horse race (1910), the “Le 5 Milles” at St-Aimes with Treasure Island.

Did you hear what the 3R track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, said after your scored your fifth win of the evening with Winoc Jimmy? He asked “Where is the party going to be tonight Steeven Genois?”

“Yes, I did hear the track announcer,” Genois said. “The announcer is very funny. But no I did not make it a party after races.

“I want to say thank you,” said Genois, “to all owners who had confidence in me and gave me chance with their horses last night.”

From the Ontario Jockey Club

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