TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 8, 2016 - Even though there were four return winners from last week's opening day card, it was the invader from Rideau Carleton, Beach Runner A M, who supported his race favorite status with a tough victory in the 10th race feature pace. Racing over a track labeled "good" with a two second allowance due to rain and cold blustery weather, driver Sylvain Lacaille took no chances with Beach Runner A M as they went right to the lead and held it the entire one mile race, holding off a late charge by C C Nite Raider (Pascal Berube) to win by a neck in 2:00.4. Matt's Phil (Francis Picard) was third. It was the second win in six starts this year for Beach Runner A M, a nine-year-old gelded son of Beach Of Faith, who is trained and owned by Alain Martin of Gatineau, Quebec. The winner paid $4.10 (CAN) for the victory. For Lacaille, the victory was one of two winners on the afternoon card as he also won the third race trot with Jewels In The Sand ($3.20). The total handle, simulcasting and on-track numbers continued to rise over prior year at the Hippodrome 3R. Sunday's total handle was up 52.8%, simulcasting up 385% and on-track handle, despite the inclement weather, was up 7.9%. "It is great to see positive numbers over last year in our total handle, on-track and simulcasting again today." Said Vincent Trudel, general manager at 3R. "We had not great weather this afternoon and was going against the Meadowlands big afternoon race program. We will continue to work on having full race fields and adding more simulcast tracks to carry our race product." Live racing resumes next Sunday, May 15 with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For more information visit 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.
The next weekend at the Hippodrome de Quebec will be emotional days. Indeed, harness racing fans will enjoy the racing programs on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 while the best horses in province will be on the track as part of the Quebec-bred Series.