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Allard Bros. Invade 3R Sunday

Published: July 7, 2017 3:18 pm ET

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The Allard brothers, trainer Rene and driver Simon, are invading the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday with five of their horses entered on the program.

It has been another great year for Rene and Simon. Rene is the second leading trainer in the U.S., behind the top Ron Burke Stable. Just last week, top Invitational horse Keystone Velocity won the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at Pocono Downs with Simon driving.

Simon has been racing very well at both Pocono Downs and Harrah’s Philadelphia and sports 151 wins this year and $1.8 million in earnings while competing against top drivers George Napolitano, Jr., David Miller and Tim Tetrick.

With their father Michel the trainer of record in Quebec, the Allards have five horses racing on Sunday and Simon has eight drives on the program.

Sunday’s program has four divisions of the second round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. After the third preliminary round, the top eight point earners in the series return on Sunday, September 3 for their respective $65,000 finals.

"With my dad having five racing Sunday, both my brother and I are coming to H3R," said Rene. "We love to go home when we can and see our friends, family and race fans."

The series kicks off in the third race for the colts, where a classic matchup will take place between Wildriverbumblebee takes on C L Sportaction.

Dr. John Bradbury’s Wildriverbumblebee starts from post two for driver Stephane Brosseau. In his first start of the season, the sophomore colt by Sportswriter was in peak form, leading from start to finish in 1:56. Now trained by Francis Richard, Dr. Bradbury bred and owns Wildriverbumblebee, who was last year’s Future Stars Champion at age two.

Wildriverbumblebee is the 3-1 second choice in the race as the morning line favourite is C L Sportsaction from post six for driver Jonathan Lachance.

Also sired by Sportswriter, C L Sportsaction has been razor sharp this season for trainer Mario Lachance and the C Leblanc Stable. He has won five of his seven starts and is on a two-race win streak. In his last start, he struck gold in the Ontario Sires Stakes at Mohawk, winning in a lifetime best 1:52.4. His prior start was at H3R where he won by seven and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.4.

Also in the race is Western Phil (Post 3), who was second to Wildriverbumblebee last week and Histoire Enchantee (Post 4), who has been second in his last two starts.

The seventh race is the second division for the colts and featured is another great battle between Rebel Voyager and Doc Semalu.

Rebel Voyager starts from post five for driver Stephane Gendron. Last week in the opening round he exploded with an impressive wire-to-wire triumph in 1:57.4 for trainer Francis Richard. It was the son of Shanghai Phil’s ninth win this year for the ICR Racing Group, who and bred the horse.

Doc Semalu goes from post two for trainer/driver and Hall of Famer, Yves Filion. Last week the son of Mach Three was able to get a third-place cheque against Wildriverbumblebee.

The three-year-old fillies get started in the fifth race where Ys Tallia takes on Yaris Bayama.

Ys Tallia is a daughter of Western Ideal, bred and owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. Unraced at two, she is coming off her best mile ever last week when she won the $50,000 consolation race of the James M Lynch Memorial in a lifetime best 1:51.4 mile for driver Simon Allard. She starts from post five.

“YS Tallia won in 1:51.4 last Saturday against some of best three-year-old fillies in North America,” Rene Allard said. “And this week we had the option of going in the PA All-Stars or the Quebec Series and we went for the Quebec stake since the owner and breeder, Yves Sarrazin, is from Quebec. It’s also with great pride that we race her at home for both the race fans and as Yves will be there and he is one of my biggest owners.”

We will have to wait and see if YS Tallia wins and if Simon Allard will do his tribute to Herve Filion and stand in the sulky and and flash his Superman shirt.

It will not be a “walk in the park” for YS Tallia, as Yaris Bayama will be tough to beat. She starts from post four for trainer, driver and breeder, Yves Filion, of Bayama Farms. Another one sired by Sportswriter, Yaris Bayama won $231,000 last year at age two. Last week she was parked out the entire mile but still held on to finish second to Future Headlines in 1:57.3.

The second division for fillies is the eighth race where last year’s champion, Queen Elsa, starts from post one for driver Steeven Genois against last week’s winner D Gs Elsa, who goes from post three for driver Jonathan Lachance.

Last week D Gs Elsa notched her third straight win in just five starts for trainer Guylaine Fortin, who co-owns and bred the daughter of Shanghai Phil with Daniel Surprenant.

In all of her three straight wins, D Gs Elsa led from start to finish, the fastest a lifetime best 1:57.2 mile at H3R.

Queen Elsa has yet to regain her winning form from last year and is winless in eight starts this season, racing mainly in New York. Also in contention will be Sophies Cam (post four).

First race post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m. For entries, click the following link: Sunday Entries - Hippodrome 3R.

(with files from 3R)

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