Eight entered in Sunday's Prix d'Ete
August 16, 2017
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Eight top 4-year-old pacers in North America have entered the $200,000© Prix D'Ete that will take place on Sunday at Hippodrome 3R.
The post-position draw for the big race will be done live at H3R Wednesday night in the winner's circle after the fourth race on the program. H3R is hosting on Wednesday the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship in races 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Heading the Prix D'Ete horses is Sintra from the Dave Menary barn. The son of Mach Three has won $222,000 this year and in his last start won at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:48.4.
The fastest of the horses entered is Dr. J Hanover from the barn of Tony Alagna. Earlier this season he became the fastest Canadian winner of all-time with his 1:46.4 triumph at Mohawk Raceway. He comes into the race off a break in the Cane Pace on Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands.
"Your guess is as good as mine," Alagna told harnessracing.com when asked about Dr. J Hanover's Cane miscue. "He's never done that before. No idea. I don't think he's ever made a break in his life. We don't really know so we are just going to put it behind us."
Michael Vanderkept's Awesomeness comes into the race off a lifetime-best 1:50 victory at Mohawk. Also entered off a lifetime-best mile is Sports Authority in 1:52.4 at Rideau Carlton this past weekend.
The Jimmy Takter Stable has two top horses entered, Western Fame and Roll Away Joe.
"What a great field we have for our Prix D'Ete race," said Claude Vevesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "Top drivers and top horses will make for a superb race on Sunday."
Here are the horses entered in alphabetical order:
Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair)
Lyons Synder (Daniel Dube)
Roll Away Joe (Louis-Philippe Roy)
Sintra (Jody Jamieson)
Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy)
Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Bouliot)
Western Fame (Trevor Henry)
The entry box for the remainder of the 15-race card Sunday will be closed Thursday morning at 11 a.m. There will also be the third leg of the $220,000 Future Star Series for 2-year-old pacing colts and fillies.
There is a special first race post time Sunday of 2:30 p.m. and the Prix D'Ete is scheduled to be raced at 7 p.m. (with files from Hippodrome 3R)