Hippodrome 3R Invite To Caroluzzo

Published: June 27, 2017 10:12 pm EDT

Driver Stephane Gendron switched tactics with Caroluzzo and it paid off as they held off a strong closing effort in the passing line by Four Starz Speed to win the Invitational Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening.

The sixth race feature saw Four Starz Speed and trainer/driver Kevin Maguire get parked by Caroluzzo before grabbing the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28.4. Gendron then moved back to the front with Theregoesthegroom (Denis Filion) stalking them in third place.

Past the half mile marker in :59.1, Filion then came first-over with Theregoesthegroom, rating him on the outside just like he did last week in a winning effort. They went to the three-quarters in 1:30.1.

Then in the sprint to the wire, Theregoesthegroom was running out of gas, but Maguire then shot up the passing lane with Four Starz Speed, looked Caroluzzo in the eye, but Caroluzzo was the strong horse and held on to win by a half a length in 2:00. Theregoesthegroom was third.

It was the third time this year that Caroluzzo has won the Invitational Trot. The last time was on May 14, when he also wired the field.

An eight-year-old chestnut stallion by Musclesextrodinair, Caroluzzo is owned and was bred by Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne and paid $3.80 to win.

Winning by the length of the stretch performances took place Tuesday by Giddy Up Blackfly (Pierre-Luc Roy) in the first race pace by ten lengths in 1:56.3, then in the third race trot, HP Run Like Mom (Stephane Brosseau) crushed the field by 19-1/4 lengths in a lifetime mark of 2:00.4.

Stephane Gendron had the hot hands in the sulky Tuesday, scoring three winners on the card. The race favourite won in the first eight of the nine races on the program.

This coming Sunday, July 2, will be the opening round of the $220,000 Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. They will compete in three preliminary rounds with the top eight point earnings returning on September 3 for their respective $65,000 finals.

First race post time on Sunday is 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.

(Quebec Jockey Club)

To view results for Tuesday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – Hippodrome 3R.

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