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Stakes record set in $120,000 Quebec Finals

09:09 AM 27 Jun 2016 NZST
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It was standing room only at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday
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Seeyou Men and driver Guy Gagnon set stakes record with 1:57 triumph
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SOS Revange and driver Gaetan Lamy win their $30,000 Quebec-Bred Series finale
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Voodoo Charm and Mario Charron win Quebec-Bred Final for second straight year
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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – It only took until the first of four $30,000 Quebec-Bred Series finals Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R to see a stakes record surpassed.

The Series Finals, for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers got underway in the third race for older trotters and Seeyou Men with catch-driver Guy Gagnon, stole the limelight from three-time champion, Maximuscle, with a stakes record and lifetime mark of 1:57.

Maximuscle, who was making his final appearance in the series after four years, was up to his bad habit of breaking stride at the start of the race. This enabled Gagnon to send Seeyou Men right to the lead and they never really had to look back.

Through fractions of :29, :59.1, and 1:28.1, Seeyou Men easily fended off a minor challenge in the backstretch from Me The Boss (Louis-Philippe Roy) and then pulled away in the stretch to win by three and one-half lengths, the last quarter mile in :28.4. Me The Boss was second with Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) third. Maximuscle had recovered and nearly caught the field, finishing fourth.

It was the third win in seven starts this year for Seeyou Men. The four-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass is trained by Isabelle Darveau for owners Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel and Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover, QC, paying $6.90 to win.

The time of 1:57 is the fastest trotting mile ever in the history of Quebec-Bred Series. The previous stakes record was 1:57.3 set last year by Maximuscle.

The gustiest race on the card came in the sixth race finale for older trotting mares as SOS Revange and driver Gaetan Lamy put on a driving show for the race fans.

Unable to get on-stride for the start of the race, SOS Revange spotted the field 25 lengths right at the start.

Fortunately, Double Chance and driver Sylvain Lacaille played hardball with Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras) as those two battled head and head to the opening quarter mile in :28.1 with Gingras finally backing off.

But back on-stride and flying three-wide was Lamy and SOS Revange around the second turn, staying parked out three-wide to the half mile in :59.1 before being able to clear the field and take the lead.

Opening up by two lengths in the backstretch, SOS Revange and Lamy kept their lead intact past the three-quarter mile marker in 1:29.1. Then in the stretch, SOS Revange began to tire but still had enough trot left to hold off SOS Afterthestorm (Francine Morrissette) and win by three-quarters of a length in 1:29.1.  Viva Bayama (Denis St Pierre) was third.

Trained by Jean Tourigny for owners Claude Hamel, Michel Damphousse and Jean Claude Vinette of QC, it was the fourth win in just six starts this year for SOS Revange, a four-year-old mare by Kadabra. She paid $9.40 to win.

Voodoo Charm and driver Mario Charron picked the perfect spot to get her first win of the 2016 season after four starts, capturing the eighth race $30,000 Quebec-Bred Series finale for pacing mares.

The overwhelming 1-2 betting favorite, Chaleurs Fantasy, left from post two for owner/breeder/trainer/driver Carl Duguay and was challenged immediately for the lead by Charron and Voodoo Charm, with Charron backing off into third place by the opening quarter mile in :28.3.

Then right before the half mile in :59, Charron came back with Voodoo Charm and locked horns once again with Chaleurs Fantasy, only this time they were able to not only collar the race leader, but clear to the front at the three-quarters in 1:28.

From there it seemed to be a walk in the park for Voodoo Charm and Mario Charron as they won with ease by three open lengths in 1:58.3.

HP Rubis Joyce (Louis-Philippe Roy) had been following Voodoo Charm second-over and was able to get second place money with Chaleurs Fantasy third.

Trained by Maxime Velaye, Voodoo Charm is a four-year-old mare by Ponder, who had captured the championship last year at age 3. She is owned by Yvan Mondous, Guy Corbeil, Alexandre Morin and Francois Laverdiere of QC and paid $6.50 to win.

The fastest mile of the day, as expected, was in the ninth race finale for older pacers as for the second straight year, Atomic Million AM showed his dominance in the series, leading from start to finish for driver Sylvain Lacaille.

With the rail to their advantage from the start, Lacaille sent the five-year-old gelding by Million Dollar Cam right to the lead and held off an early challenge by C L Art Magic (Yves Filion) to the first quarter in :27.

Then Lacaille was able to give Atomic Million AM a little breather to the half mile in :56 as Killer Thriller (Guy Gagnon) came first-over and gave Half A Billion (Louis-Philippe Roy) great second-over cover.

That lasted to the three-quarters in 1:24.1 when Roy sent Half A Billion three-wide to make a challenge on the final turn but Atomic Million AM proved to be much the best, holding off C L Art Magic for second and Half A Billion third, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:53.3.

Trained by Alain Martin, it was the third win this year for Atomic Million AM. He is owned and was bred by Martin of Gatineau, QC and paid $3.90 to win.

TRACK NOTES: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday evening, first race post time at 7:00 pm. For a free race program and free internet feed of the race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  

From the Quebec Jockey Club 

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