Glass Shadow, who had been winless in his last 14 starts, pulled off a big upset at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday (September 17), as he wired the field in the Invitational Pace for driver Gaetan Lamy at odds of 23-1. He returned $49.70 to win.
Leaving from Post 5, veteran driver Lamy sent Glass Shadow right to the lead. Rainbow Palace (driven by Francis Picard) grabbed the two-hole spot while the 8-5 favourite, Ufdragons Rocket (Stephane Gendron), was parked out first-over from the start.
Gendron tried to urge Ufdragons Rocket to the front, but Lamy and Glass Shadow said ‘no,’ as they sped to the opening quarter in :27.1. Gendron tried again with Ufdragons Rocket as they went to the half, but again Glass Shadow said ‘no.’ They went to the half mile in :55.3.
They raced the same, only now Crombie A and driver Stephane Brosseau had joined the hunt in second-over position. UFdragons Rocket was still game after having been parked out from the start, as they sped to the three-quarters in 1:25.3.
Lamy opened up a little daylight with Glass Shadow as they started down the stretch, but they started to bear out as Ufdragons Rocket began to fade. At the same time, Rainbow Palace had come up the passing lane and Crombie A had found room to mount a challenge.
Although, Lamy and Glass Shadow were ultimately the best in the dash, as they held off Crombie A to win by a half-length in 1:55.2. Rainbow Palace was third.
Glass Shadow’s last victory had come on April 30 at Hippodrome 3R. Trained and owned by Marc Andre Cormier of Princeville, Glass Shadow’s Sunday effort was the fifth win of his 2017 campaign. Glass Shadow is a six-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play.
With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s, H3R’s half mile oval was razor sharp, as five horses (half of the race card) registered lifetime marks.
The fastest mile on the program came in the Race 7 pace, as Solid Performance and driver Pascal Berube pulled away from the field in the backstretch and went on to win by 11 and one-quarter lengths in 1:54.2, which made it a trainer/owner double for Marc Andre Cormier
Live racing will resume at H3R next Sunday and first-race post time will be at 12:30 p.m.
(Quebec Jockey Club)