Record 40 nominations to Prix D'Ete
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A record number of 40 four-year-old pacers have been nominated to the $200,000 sixth renewal of the Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday, Aug. 18.
There have been a record number of nominees every year since the race was revived six years ago. Last year 38 horses were nominated.
Headlining the list of nominees by money won last year is Little Brown Jug winner Courtly Choice. The son of Art Major banked $910,603 with a lifetime best mile of 1:47.1. He races for trainer Blake MacIntosh and co-owners Winbak Farm, Mac And Helm Stables, Ecuries Daniel Plouffe Inc. and Touch Stone Farms.
The Prix D’Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt’s Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D’Ete.
In the past five editions of the Prix D’Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) won in 1:50.3.
Then in 2016, Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit came to H3R for the Prix D’Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half-mile of the race, he was second in an upset to Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D’Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable.
Trainer Jimmy Takter notched his second Prix D’Ete triumph in 2017 (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first) with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2.
Last year it was the biggest upset in the Prix D’Ete as Beckhams Z Tam and driver Ricky Macomber paid $21 to win in 1:52.1.
“We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have entered this year’s Prix D’Ete,” said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. “Of the 40 pacers entered, just seven have lifetime earnings of under $100,000. The revival of this Grand Circuit event has developed to become the great race it was before.”
The second highest money winner in the field from last year who is nominated is O’Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight. The son of Sportswriter is trained in Canada by Richard Moreau. Jimmy Freight earned $748,466 for owner Adriano Sorella.
Other contenders include last year’s Tattersalls winner American History; Hayden Hanover, Thinkbig Dreambig, This Is The Plan, Springsteen, Nutcracker Sweet, Done Well, Grand Teton and Shnitzeldosomethin.
Quebec co-owned nominees include Quebec-bred Sire Stakes champion Stock, plus Courtly Choice, Phantom Seelster, Talbotcreekwhiskey, Torrin Hanover and Springsteen.
“I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the weekend of Aug. 18,” Levesque added. “We want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality.”
The next nomination payment to remain eligible to the Prix D’Ete is April 15.
2019 Prix D’Ete nominees (after March 15 payment):
Casimir Richie P
Odds On Lauderdale
Rush To Judgement
Simple Kinda Man
The Downtown Bus
This Is The Plan
Thor De Vie