from the Quebec Jockey Club
Trois-Rivieres, QC — Harness racing driver Pierre Luc Roy, the older brother of Canada’s leading driver, Louis Philippe Roy, had his best day of the season at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday (Oct. 21), not only winning four races, but two of them were the co-featured second leg of the Quebec Plus Series.
Roy started out the day winning the third race, the first division of the Quebec Plus Series, with Lune Bleu ($2.90).
Roy and Lune Bleu took the early lead away from Ernie Panic (Francis Picard) by the opening quarter and was home free from there, winning by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:59.2. Ernie Panic was second with Y C Easy (Carl Duguay) third.
It was the second straight win for the 3-year-old filly by Big Jim. She is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil.
Later in the program, the ninth race, Roy would score his fourth winner of the day, capturing the other Quebec Plus Series leg with Hercule J M ($16.20).
Race favorite Encore Panic (Jocelyn Gendron) led from the start, then in the backstretch Art Of The Master (Stephane Gendron) came first-over with Roy and Hercule J M following second-over, then three-wide going to the three-quarters with Indigo Seelster (Daniel LaFlame) four-wide on the final turn.
As they straightened out for the stretch drive, it became a two-hole race as Roy and Hercule J M were able to hold off Indigo Seelster to win by a neck in 1:59.4. Encore Panic was third.
A 5-year-old gelding by Goliath Bayama, Hercule J M posted his third win this year. He is trained, owned and was bred by Jacques Mercier.
Newcomer Talbotcreek Suzie ($4.70), the lone mare in the field, crushed her six male opponents in the seventh race Preferred Trot.
R Kadabra and Francis Picard went to the early lead as always with Talbotcreek Suzie in the two-hole. Then by the half-mile marker, driver Stephane Gendron sent Talbotcreek Suzie to the lead and they never looked back, winning in a romp by seven lengths in 1:58. Seeyou Men (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) third.
It was the eighth win this year for the 6-year-old mare by Angus Hall. She is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francis Morin.
Wild River Swan ($13.90) turned the tables on Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard), keeping her rival in the two-hole in the sixth race pace for driver Jocelyn Gendron as he wired the field with Wild River Swan, winning by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:56.4 over Rainbow Palace.
The battle between these two top mares at H3R is tied now 1-1.
Track Notes: Next week, the Quebec Jockey Club will host the C$10,000 final of the Quebec Plus Series for 3, 4 and 5-year-old pacers. First race post time is 12:50 p.m. For more information, contact www.quebecjockeyclub.com.