With ideal weather and stakes competition, there were plenty of fast mile and hotly competitive racing at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon for the second preliminary round of the $400,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers and trotters. The series features four preliminary rounds of competition, each division going for a purse of $7,500 with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, September 7 for the $65,000 finals in each of the four divisions for colts and fillies. The colts were the main stars on Sunday with the fastest mile of the day coming in the second race, the first division for three-year-old pacers. That’s when Atomic Million Am and driver Sylvain Lacalle, after enjoying a two-hole trip behind pacesetter My Lucky Bluejeans through quarters of :27, :55 and 1:23.2, popped the pocket at the three-quarters and went on to win by one length in 1:53.1. Bali (Marie Claude Auger) was second with My Lucky Bluejeans (Denis St Pierre) third. It was the third straight win and eighth victory in ten starts for Atomic Million AM. The gelded son of Million Dollar Cam, trained, owned and bred by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC, just missed tying the track record for colt pacers by two fifths of a second. It was a case of switching tactics with the same results in the fourth race second colt pacer division. This week it was Jefferson Tare and driver Pascal Berube who cut the mile with Hall Bro (Stephan Brosseau) taking the two-hole trip through the first quarter in :27.1, the half in :56.4 and that was when Brosseau took Hall Bro first over to press the pace to the three-quarters in 1:25.4. DJ Power (Stephane Gendron had come first-over and then ducked into the two-hole spot. As they started down the stretch, Jefferson Tare dug in and was able to hold off DJ Power but could not keep Hall Bro from scoring a head triumph in 1:54.3. It was the second straight win and fourth victory this year for Hall Bro. The gelded son of Blissful Hall is trained by Antonio Valente for breeder/owner Fernand Brodeur of Laval, QC. He paid $7.40 to win despite being the betting favorite last week. In the lone three-year-old trotting filly division, Viva Bayama and driver/trainer Yves Filion made it two straight in the series with an impressive 2:04 victory. The daughter of Muscle Mass, bred and owned by the Filion’s Bayama Farms Inc. of Quebec, moved to the lead after the opening quarter mile and held off a game first-over Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) to win by one length. The pocket-sitting Lucyll Bro was third. It was the second win in four starts for Viva Bayama and a lifetime mark. She paid $2.90 to win. The trotting colts were featured in two divisions with Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron having little trouble leading from start to finish in 2:02 to win by one length over the pocket-sitting Andovers Touch (Stephane Brosseau) with SOS Gasland (Pascal Berube) third. It was the fourth win in six starts this year for Maximuscle, a son of Angus Hall who is trained by Eric Valiquette for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. He paid $3.00 to win. The second division for colt trotters saw Bouffon P V and driver/trainer Yves St Jacques shoot out to the early lead and sting the 3/5 race favorite, Somoli E and owner/driver Jerome Lombart to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Once on top, Somoli E was then challenged first-over by Monster Mass (Claude Larose, but Somoli E was up to the task and by the finish wire he won by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.1. Monster Mass was second with Horatio Drummond (Richard Velleux) third. Sired by Mr Lavec, it was the second straight win and fourth of the season of Somoli E, who paid $3.30 to win. There were three divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. The first division saw Champagne Shower and driver Denis St Pierre lead from gate to wire with ease in 1:57.3 by three and one-half lengths over Raiponce (Marie Claude Auger) and Astro Maggs (Denis Audet). It was the daughter of Santana Blue Chip’s second win this year for trainer Helen Filion. She paid $3.20 to win for owner Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese, QC. The second division saw My American Tallia and driver Stephane Gendron take the lead away from Night Fall (Sylvain Lacalle) at the opening quarter mile and then lead the rest of the mile race, drawing away in the stretch to win by three and one-half lengths in 1:58.2. Night Fall was second with Bemmol Kalie (Melanie Plourde) third. Delirium and driver Stephane Gendron posted the fastest of the filly divisions in the ninth race, scoring by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.1 over Tango Bayama (Rheo Filion) with pacesetter Canaco Xenia (Sylvain Lacalle) third. Delirium benefited from a two-hole trip behind Canaco Xenia until the three-quarters when they came first-over, collared the leader on the final turn and then pulled away in the stretch. It was the second win this year for the daughter of Artistic Fella. Delirium paid just $2.20 to win as the overwhelming 1/5 betting favorite. She is owned and was bred by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening as the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
There was certainly no lack of excitement at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday for the start of the $400,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers. The action was fast and furious despite earlier rains that labeled the track in “good” condition. The series features four weeks of preliminary rounds for both colts and fillies in each class and then on Sunday, August 7 will be the $65,000 finals for each of the four divisions. The fastest action took place in both $7,500 opening round divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings as Jefferson Tare saw his six-race winning streak come to a close at the hands of Hall Bro. After leaving and grabbing the early lead by the opening quarter mile in :27.4 despite the “off track” conditions, Jefferson Tare and driver Pascal Berube took command, but it was short lived as Stephane Brosseau came right back with the 4/5 race favorite Hall Bro. Those two held the field at bay as they sped past the half mile marker in :58.2. That was when Eveil Dun Champion (Mario Charron) came first-over to challenge to no avail. Then after the three-quarters in 1:28.4, Berube came back out with Jefferson Tare and in the stretch tried his best but could not collar Hall Bro until after the wire in 1:58, losing by a slim neck. Bad Magic (David Pilon) was third. It was the third win this year for Hall Bro, a gelded son of Blissful Hall, who is trained by Antonio Valente and was bred and is owned by Ferme Brodeur. Hall Bro paid $3.80 to win. The first division was the fastest mile of the day as Atomic Million AM and driver Sylvain Lacalle, despite making a break at the start of the race, came back to take command after the opening quarter mile and wired the field winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:57.1. No one was really able to challenge Atomic Million Am as My Lucky Bluejeans (Denis St Pierre) was second with Bali (Marie Claude Auger) third. Sired by Million Dollar Cam, it was the seventh win in nine starts this year for Hall Bro, who was bred and is owned and trained by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC. He paid $2.40 to win. In the first division for trotting colts and geldings, Maximuscle saw his three-race winning streak come to a close as he could only manage a third place finish. The race was won by Somoli E and owner/driver Jerome Lombart and they led from start to finish and barely held off a super game first-over effort by Andovers Touch (Stephane Brosseau) to win by a nose in 2:02.4. It was the third win this year and a lifetime mark for Somoli E, a son of Mr Lavec, who is trained by Andrea Lapierre. He went off at odds of 8-1 and paid $19.40 to win. The second division for trotting colts saw Monster Mass and driver Claude Larose lead from the start and score in a romp by five and one-quarter lengths in 2:05.1 over Jardinier (Marie Claude Auger) and De Pres Mirabel (Rosare Renald). The gelded son of Muscle Mass posted his third win this year for trainer Justin Blais, who is also the owner and co-breeder. He paid $4.30 to win. The highest payoff of the series preliminary rounds Sunday was set in the second division for pacing fillies as Ladylyonne and Stephane Brosseau came from third over at the top of the stretch to win by a neck in 2:00.4 over My American Tallia (Stephane Gendron) with Thrill Chaser (Marie Claude Auger) third. Sent off at odds of 24-1, Ladylyonne paid $51.70 to win in posting her maiden victory after 11 lifetime starts for trainer Dominc Gladu and co-owners Zephirin Lyonnais and Andre Grosso. The first division saw C L Infinite and trainer/driver David Pilon close from fifth place at the top of the stretch and draw off to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.4. Pacesetter Night Fall (Stephane Gendron) was second with Tango Bayama (Rheo Filion) third. It was the first win in five starts on the year for the daughter of Artistic Fella who was bred and is owned by Ecuries Leblanc, Inc. She paid $7.70 to win. There was only one division of three-year-old trotting fillies with ten starters. Half of the field made breaks and after weaving her way around those horses, having started from post ten in the second tier, Viva Bayama blew away the entire field. Trained and driven by Yves Filion, once he had clearance in the backstretch the second time, they sprinted to the outside, looped the field and then drew off to win by ten and one-quarter lengths in 2:04.3. SOS Striking Monte (Francine Morrissette) was second with Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) third. It was the maiden victory in five lifetime starts for Viva Bayama, a daughter of Muscle Mass, who is owned and bred by the Filion’s Bayama Farms, Inc. She paid $3.20 to win. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R, first race post time is 7:00 pm. For more information visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
After a quarter of a century of driving the leading reinsman at Hippodrome Quebec - Mario Charron - has now branched into the Rideau-Carleton scene and is hoping that both his vast harness racing experience and his talents in the sulky will bring him success at the Ottawa track.