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Thriving On The Half-Mile Track

Published: June 10, 2015 11:45 am ET

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Many horses tend to thrive when they move from half-mile tracks to larger racing configurations. At Hippodrome 3R in Quebec, a son of Shadow Play is showing the opposite. His pilot, Louis-Philippe Roy, has said, “I can’t tell you what has changed him into a winner, but he seems to like the half-mile track.”

Hippodrome 3R’s media arm has sent out a preview of its Wednesday (June 10) program of racing, and Brussebeach, who is the son of Shadow Play in question, has been profiled. The track’s Wednesday card will kick off with a 7 p.m. first-race post time.

Brussebeach and Roy will team in Race 9, which is the featured pacing event on the card, and will start from Post 3 in the nine-horse contest. The four-year-old will be putting his two-race winning streak on the line. He has been pegged as the 7-2 third choice on the morning line

The bay has found new life since coming to Hippodrome 3R. He has won both his starts for owner/trainer Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, QC. Brussebeach had won eight of his previous 42 starts before tackling the Quebec track. Dr. Bradbury co-owns Brussebeach along with Harold Duguay of Pabos, QC. Roy drove the gelding for the first time last week and was impressed with him.

“Last week he went a huge trip,” Roy said. “I really did not know him before he came to Trois-Rivieres, so I can’t tell you what has changed him into a winner, but he seems to like the half mile track.”

Brussebeach has won his last two starts from both on and off the pace. Both times in 1:58.1.

“I think our main rival will be Windham Hanover (PP1, N. Beaudoin, 5-2),” Roy said. “He is a horse that loves the front and from Post 1 he might be tough to beat in here.”

Race 9 will also feature another return winner, Charlottes Tazman, who will start from Post 4 with driver Denis St Pierre. The 13-year-old veteran was parked out most of the mile last week and still came on for a victory in 1:58.1. The duo has been gauged as the 4-1 fourth choice on the morning line.

To view the harness racing entries for Wednesday at Hippodrome 3R, click the following link: Wednesday Entries – Hippodrome 3R.

(With files from the Quebec Jockey Club)

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