Posted: Jun 26, 2021 12:46 p.m. ET
Rivalries make harness racing the exciting sport it has been in North America for over 200 years, and Sunday at 3R Hippodrome the rivalries continue.
Since the start of the race meet at 3R, Mickeymaksomespeed, Dreydl Hanover and Alittlebitaswagger have faced each other at the disabled’s preferred pace and these three exceptional performers get back to it once again on Sunday.
Despite a fifth place last week against his two rivals, Dreydl Hanover is the favorite of the 5/2 morning line in the seventh joint race on Sunday for driver Samuel Fillion.
An 11-year-old gelding by Cams Card Shark, Dreydl Hanover has won the favorite pace the previous two weeks, the fastest at 1:54, which was the fastest mile at 3R this season. He starts from post two for coach Francis Richard.
Mickeymaksomespeed starts from post seven and last week he showed his ability to break out of the beat and won the preferred pace by a thin nose in 1:56. Prior to that, Mickey Hanover’s four-year-old stallion owned, bred and trained by Michel Allard won in 1: 54.2 and finished second and third in this class. It will again be piloted by Jonathan Lachance.
Alittlebitaswagger took only one victory in the favorite rivalry for owner-trainer Charles Gaudreault, a score of 1: 55.2, but nine-year-old gelding Santanna Blue Chip also finished third by just one header on the week. last in front of Mickeymaksomespeed. Before that, he had finished second twice in this class. He will have Francis Picard in the sulky.
Rivalries are not limited to horses, but also to mares as Fancy Girl, Sophies Cam and YC Easy face off on Sunday in the sixth Preferred-Handicap Mares Pace race.
Fancy Girl is the position six favorite for driver Francis Picard, having finished a second game by a neck Friday against Platinum Alpha. Sophies Cam (Post 4) returns to racing wars and was an eight-time winner last year. YC Easy (Post 7) won in this class and finished third twice. Wild River Swan (Post 8, a star at 3R last season) debuts in 2021 in the best race for mares.
The first time after the race is at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. For a free racing program, visit hippodrome3r.ca. To consult the registrations for the Sunday card, click on the following link: Sunday registrations – Hippodrome 3R
(Quebec jockeys club)