After having lined up in Post 4 for Race 7, Rocky Boy ($12.90) went to the lead early and didn’t look back. Marc Belanger guided the Stephane Beaudoin trainee to the top off the wings and the race was over from there. While racing over a track labelled ‘fast,’ the eight-year-old Rocky Balboa gelding cut the fractions in :27.4, :56.4 and 1:26.1. He led by one length at the quarter, more than four lengths at the half-mile pole, and more than six and a half lengths at the head of the lane. Rocky Boy sealed the deal with a :30.4 final quarter and posted a six and three-quarter-length margin of victory in 1:57. Torches Angel (driven by Pierre Luc Roy) finished second, while Lindy Ghirardelli (Richard Simard) finished third.
Owned by Marc Belanger and Stephane Beaudoin – both of Trois-Rivieres, QC – Rocky Boy recorded his first victory of the year via the score, which was the 25th of his 130-race career. The bay has now banked more than $156,000 in career purses.
During the next dash (Race 8), Glass Shadow ($6.00) left from Post 3 and made every pole a winning one, en route to a 1:55 win for trainer Marc Andre Cormier and pilot Richard Simard. The six-year-old Shadow Play gelding cut the fractions in :27.2, :57 and 1:25.4. He closed in :29.1 and nailed the wire a quarter length the best. Pantheon Seelster, who was driven by Stephane Brosseau and finished second, was in close pursuit for the duration of the mile. Onyx V A, who was driven by Marie Claude Auger, finished third, more than four lengths in arrears of Glass Shadow.
Owned by Marc Andre Cormier of Princeville, QC, Glass Shadow won his third race of the season via the score and has now reached the winner’s circle after 17 of his 94 career races.