Amidst an afternoon of Elite Stakes action at Hippodrome de Montreal, driver Daniel Potvin swept a pair of $35,000 Elite divisions for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings in rein to Pieraz and Onyx V A.
Pieraz took a new lifemark of 1:56.3 after tipping out from sixth and advancing on the pacesetter and odds-on favourite, Quincy Bayama (Sylvain Filion), through panels of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26. With a :30.2 final kick, the 2-1 second-choice claimed victory by half a length. Up Winning (Jacque Hebert) was third.
Pierre Leclerc trains and owns the son of Bolero Master with Gina Bragagnolo of Louiseville, Que. and Philippe Leclerc of Rockwood, Ont. In his debut season, the bay has banked $44,805 and compiled a record of five wins, two seconds and three thirds in 10 starts.
Potvin guided Onyx V A to his third straight victory after recovering from an early miscue. The fan favourite rallied from off the pace to post a two-length win over Faucon Stena (Gilled Dion) in 1:58. Ultra Jummy (Jacques Hebert) came on for third.
The son of Electric Stena improved his record to 5-2-2 in ten starts and increased his earnings to $66,151 for trainer and co-owner Andre Larocque and owner Violine Plante of Lourdes-De-Joliette, Que.
With regular pilot Gilles Dion in tow, Flanagan Beauty romped to a four and a half length score in the lone $40,000 Elite division for two-year-old pacing fillies.
Kakafala (Simon Allard) was the early leader taking the field to the first quarter station in :28, but favourite Culotte (Sylvain Filion) was on the move right away, clearing the front before the half in :57.2. Meanwhile, Flanagan Beauty tipped out from fourth and charged to command by three-quarters in 1:27.4. The 2-1 second choice pulled away from the pack going into the stretch to post a solid 1:57.4 score.
Culotte stayed for second and Kakafala was third.
The Electric Stena miss, who scored her eighth win in 10 outings and lifted her bankroll to $72,900, is conditioned by Pierre Touchette for Michel Flanagan of Repentigny, Que.
With owner Norm Dessureault in the bike, M C Felix extended his win streak to three in the $35,000 division for two-year-old trotting colts (2:01.1).
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