Stephane Gendron drives 4,000th winner
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His milestone victory came aboard Y S Suzanne in a division of the second round of the $100,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters.
The sixth race first saw Double Chance and driver Jocelyn Gendron shoot to the early lead from post two, but that lead was short lived by the opening quarter mile as Stephane Gendron had Y S Suzanne, the 2-5 morning line favorite, on the move and soon on the lead. From that point, Y S Suzanne and Gendron held command, despite a game first-over effort after the half mile marker and through the backstretch by Y A Jailhouse Jody (Guy Gagnon).
Coming down the stretch, Gendron and Y S Suzanne were able to hold on to the finish wire, winning by a quarter of a length in 2:01.1 over a late closing Artemis Duharas (Raymond Gingras) with Double Chance third.
Owned and trained by Carl Duguay, it was the fourth straight win and fifth victory on the year for Y S Suzanne. The four-year-old mare by Angus Hall paid $2.80 to win.
"I was a little worried as my mare she was not feeling so strong tonight as she usually is," Gendron explained. "I thought that maybe the other mare (Artemis Duharas) that she beat me, but we were ok.
"I am very happy winning my 4,000th race," Gendron said. "It means a lot to me. I do not drive regular around the circuit anymore. I pretty much stay at the Hippodrome 3R, but it is nice to have achieved so many wins. Feels really good."
For his career, Stephane Gendron has started in 22,518 races with 4,000 wins, 3,299 second place and 2,876 third place finishes. (Standardbred Canada)