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Fields Set For Second Ben Hur Cup

Published: June 22, 2019 2:53 pm ET

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Hippodrome 3R is sure to have a packed house on Sunday as the track hosts the Ben Hur Cup II and three divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers.

The Ben Hur Cup II will feature world-class drivers Doug McNair from Ontario taking on Louis-Philippe Roy of Quebec in an eight-race competition.

Last year Sylvain Filion beat Roy in the final race on the program and the tournament may be that close again Sunday.

The morning line gives a slight edge to McNair, but anything can happen on race day. The eight-race competition will take place in races three through 10, which is the last race of the day. Scoring will be as follows: 1st – 8 points, 2nd – 7 points, 3rd – 6 points, etc. and an average of the drivers score on the day will be used for a scratched horse.

A meet and greet session with both drivers starts at 12:00 noon and both drivers will be introduced to the crowd after the second race. There is a winner-take-all cash prize of $3,000C for the Ben Hur Cup II.

“I think it’s gonna be really tight,” Louis-Philippe Roy said. “If it was hockey, I would say LPR in seven games. I got beat by Sylvain (Filion) last year in the very last game too, so I have now the experience of a Game 7 in the Ben Hur Cup, that will make the difference.”

The Ben Hur Cup II is the main attraction Sunday, sharing the spotlight with three divisions of the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers in the first, second and sixth race. The sixth race will be part of the Ben Hur Cup II.

The sixth race is the lone division of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacing horses, with both return winners from last week entered and each will be driven by the Ben Hur Cup drivers.

Three-time Quebec-Bred Champion, Atomic Million AM, has the rail and is the 5/2 morning line favourite. He has won his last two starts and will be driven by Doug McNair.

Bred, owned and trained by Daniel Martin of Gatineau, the son of Million Dollar Cam does his best racing on the front end and rarely loses when starting from post one.

The other return winner is former Quebec-Bred Series Champion, McKinney, who starts from post seven for driver Louis-Philippe Roy.

Last week McKinney sat a two-hole trip behind Kinnder Jackson, then shot to the lead and drew off to win by five and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.4. It was his fourth winner of the year for trainer Francis Richard and co-owners Kyle Follows, Daniel Knechtel and Arpad Szabo of Ontario.

Other top opponents in the race are Kinnder Jackson (post four) and HP Patriote (post five).

The mares two divisions get underway in the first race where both of last weeks winners, YS Tallia and Lit De Rose go head and head.

YS Tallia, a series champion in 2017, is the class of the field. The five-year-old Western Ideal mare was given a perfect drive by Stephane Gendron last week, scoring by three and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.3, the fastest mile at 3R this season. She is trained by Michel Allard for breeder/owner Yves Sarrazin of Presentation. This week she will be driven on Sunday by Louis-Philippe Roy from post two.

Lit De Rose goes from post six and she is another Series champion (2017). Trained by Maxime Velaye, the four-year-old daughter of Leader Bayama came off the pace last week to win with ease in 1:56.1 for breeder/owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. She will be driven again by Stephane Gendron.

The second race is the second mares division, headlined by Lune Bleu from post one. She is also trained by Velaye and bred and is owned by Corbiel. She was the one that cut the mile for YS Tallia last week. Among her competition is Miss Rockadali (post four), who cut the mile for Lit De Rose one week ago.

Post time for the first race is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit quebecjockeyclub.com. To view the entries, click one of the following links:

Hippodrome 3R: Sunday Entries || Sunday Program Pages (courtesy TrackIT)

(with files from the Quebec Jockey Club)


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