Day At The Track
Harness racing

Pascal Berube holds on to win driving title

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Pascal Berube had held the lead for most wins at the Hippodrome 3R nearly the entire race season starting in June. Berube recently moved his stable to Toronto and could not be at H3R on Sunday, closing day, to defend his lead. He was up by four wins over Stephane Brosseau going into Sunday's final card. And Brosseau made a great challenge, winning three races and just needing a victory with Bali in the eighth race pace, but it was not to be as they were boxed in most of the race and finished third. Thus, without having to drive at all, Pascal Berube won the driving title, 52 to 51 over Stephane Brosseau. "I wish I could have been at H3R today," Berube said. "It is a beautiful track that I hold dear in my heart. But I am very happy to hear this news." As for the training title, that went to Francis Richard for the fourth straight year. He had 33 wins from his stable this season. Maracasso was able to survive two major challenges and still hang tough in winning the fifth race Preferred-Handicapped Pace for the older horses. Farmers Tan (Carol Voyer) was the first on the early lead but was challenged early by Maracasso and driver Stephane Gendron, who pressed on to take command in a swift :26.2 first quarter. There was no chance for a breather as Maracasso led the field to the half mile in :55.3 and then Wrangler Cash and driver Francis Picard came first-over to challenge. In the backstretch those two battled neck and neck to the three-quarters in 1:25.2 with neither horse giving way. Then after the final turn and starting down the stretch, Maracasso proved to be much the best, fending off Wranglers Cash in the stretch to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:56. Dreydl Hanover (Samuel Fillion) was a fast closing third. It was the fourth win of the year for Maracasso, an eight-year-old gelding by Lis Mara. He is trained by Sylvain Tremblay for the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan. He paid $10.60 to win. The third race Preferred-Handicapped Trot saw Sir Chopin and owner-trainer-driver Carol Voyer of Kenogami make it two straight wins in the top trotting class. Keepall (Stephane Gendron) cut the mile from the start with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) sitting the pocket seat until the half mile. Then Sir Chopin and Voyer came first-over, collaring Keepall in the backstretch and then by the three-quarters took the lead and never looked back. At the top of the stretch Sir Chopin pulled away from the field to win with ease by five and one-half lengths in 1:59.1. Dr Spengler (Stephane Brosseau) closed for second place with Eau Naturelle (Simon Delisle) third. A five-year-old gelded son of Lucky Fool, it was the third win this year for Sir Chopin, who paid $7.00 to win. The biggest upset of the day came in the sixth race Preferred-Handicap race for the Fillies and Mares. It was a three-horse battle for early control of the lead between Fancy Girl (Francis Picard), Shemaksmefelunreal (Sylvain Lacaille) and race favorite Wild River Swan (Samuel Filion) to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Wild River Swan won the battle and cut the mile to the half in :57.1 when Sophies Cam and driver Stephane Brosseau started up first-over with Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) second-over. Then in the backstretch, Sophies Cam charged right by Wild River Swan as did Y C Easy to the three-quarters in 1:27.1. From there Sophies Cam drew off from the field and won with ease by one and a half lengths in 1:57.4. Kiss Me Bad (Steven Gagnon) closed to be second with Y C Easy third. Sent off at odds of 9-1, Sophies Cam returned a generous $21.90 to win. It was the daughter of Yankee Cam's seventh win of the year for trainer Carl Duguay and owner-breeder Yvanhoe Landry of Carleton-Sur-Mer. Then in the seventh race pace, the 14-year-old Onyx VA gave it his all for trainer-driver Claude Beausoleil, cutting the mile and parking out race favorite Soleil Gretzky (Stephane Brosseau) until the stretch as Soleil Gretzky ($2.80) won in 1:58.3 and Onyx VA faded to fourth place. After the race, in a fitting tribute, all of the racing equipment was removed from Onyx VA in the winner's circle and then the horse was presented a special retirement blanket from the staff of the Quebec Jockey Club. Owned his entire race career by Andre Larcoque of Lourdes-De-Joliette, Onyx VA, sired by Electric Stena, will now enjoy a life of luxury in his retirement. He ends his career with 47 lifetime wins and earnings of more than $300,000. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau led all drivers with three wins on the day. Carl Duguay led all trainers with a double. This was the final day of live racing at H3R for the 2020 season. The track and OTB outlets throughout Quebec will be open seven days a week for simulcasting through the winter. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Gilles Barrieau, Harness racing

Barrieau trainees sweep features

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – With one final surge at the wire, The Rev stuck his nose in front to win the $2,900 preferred harness racing pace Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Screen Test (Driven by Corey MacPherson) was first to the lead in the featured pace and led through the first three-stations with well rated fraction of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:28.3. The Rev and trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau sat in the pocket and sprinted home in the final panel to hit the wire on top by a nose in 1:55.3 in his 44th lifetime win for owner Jeff Skinner of Nova Scotia. Screen Test was second in that photo while Soccer Hanover (Marc Campbell) was third. Cheeky Little Minx and trainer-driver Barrieau prevailed in a tight photo with Mile Hill Willie (Kenny Arsenault) in the $2,450 Open trot stopping the clock in 1:58.3. Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia co-owns the winning trot mare with Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. Windemeredontuworry (Marc Campbell) was third. Barrieau had two others wins on the day for a driving quadruple as Sports Royalty scored in 1:56.1 for trainer Wendy MacRae and Here Comes Red was a winner in 1:59.1 from the Wade Sorrie stable. Jason Hughes had a driving triple on the day including a 1:59 first-up victory with Clever Thing for trainer Kyle Wilkie. Hughes also had a pair of wins from his own stable with Jeb (1:57.3) and Warrawee Ulla (1:57.1). Another pilot with three trips to the historic winner’s circle was Ken Murphy as he won with Gia Diamond (1:57.4) for trainer Cyril MacDonald, Theycallmedude (1:57.1) for trainer Trevor Hicken and Evening Maelstrom (2:00.1) from the Clifford Murphy stable. Live racing continues Saturday Nov. 28 with a 12:30 P.M. opening post time. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Harness racing

Dowling crowned MacDonald Driving Champion

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Only missing the top three once all day, David Dowling came out on top in the annual Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship on Horse Person's Day Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Dowling made just one trip to the historic winner's circle in the eight-race competition but was never far out of the final picture with four seconds, a pair of thirds and a fourth place finish to complete the day with 69 points in the challenge named in honour of a former leading driver at the capital oval. Dowling generously donated his earnings from the eight-race competition to the family of late Red Shores track maintenance worker Ryan Mullaly, who passed away in a tragic traffic accident in August. Corey MacPherson was second in the competition with 65 points while Gilles Barrieau was third at 59 points. MacPherson won the first two races of the competition with Lorne Valley Barb (1:56.4) in a new lifetime best for Barry MacLeod of Cardigan, followed by a win with the Jason Hughes trained Rocknrols Image (1:57.4) in the second leg. Marc Campbell hit the wire first in the third leg with Painted Pony (1:58.1) for the veteran pacer's 40th lifetime win for trainer Raymond White of Belfast. Ten Mile Beach (1:58.3) took Barrieau all the way in the fourth race of the competition from the Brett Leblanc stable. Dowling had his lone victory in the next leg with the Robert Phillips trained Traces Of Purple (1:58.3). Jens Credit (1:57.4) blasted from post 8 to strike the front and take Barrieau to the wire in the sixth race of the challenge for trainer Ryan Perrot. Rockin Indy (1:57.1) was the next winner for driver MacPherson and trainer Troy Murray. The final winner in the MacDonald Driving Championship was Smart Official (1:56.4) for Barrieau and trainer Peter Lanigan. The top class of the day was the $2,500 Steven MacRae Memorial, claimed by Pillage And Burn in 1:56 with Ken Murphy at the lines for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Quebec. Final Point Standings In MacDonald Driving Championship 1 - David Dowling - 69 pts 2 - Corey MacPherson - 65 pts 3 - Gilles Barrieau - 59 pts 4 - Adam Merner - 57 pts 5 - Marc Campbell - 49 pts 6 - Steven Shepherd - 46 pts 7 - Dave Kelly Sr. - 40 pts 8 - Donnie MacNeill - 38 pts by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores        

Onyx VA, harness racing

Special retirement ceremony for Onyx VA

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Over the years, the Quebec Jockey Club at the Hippodrome 3R has made a point of celebrating the retirement of certain harness racing horses who have reached the ripe old age of 14. This has always been done on closing day for the track, which is this Sunday, November 22. All Standardbred race horses must retire on January 1 at age 15. They are still allowed to race but only in amateur and fair events. But this year, the ceremony will take on a special significance for several reasons: Onyx VA, since it is about him that we are talking about, will have had during his life only one owner, André Larocque of Lourdes-De-Joliette. This horse raced at H3R for nine of the twelve years of his long and prolific career. It was at H3R that this career began an it is at H3R that it will end this Sunday, November 22. When we ask this charming gentleman, who is Andre Larocque, to share some of his memories with us, he becomes perplexed, not really knowing which elements, which races to choose: "In my lasting memories, Larocque said. "There is this race at Rideau Carleton in 2014 with Kyle Forgie in the sulky and a victory in the best class in 1:54.3 from 7th position; better still, his mile at H3R, the same year, this time with Stephane Brosseau, a victory in 1.53.4, from one end to the other after having torn the fronts away from DGs Woodstock in :27 seconds. "At 2 years old," Larocque explained. "He had a very fruitful year, successively winning three stakes (two Quebec Elite series, one Quebec Plus series) with Daniel Potvin on the guides. Daniel was my blacksmith at the time, and what a job he did with the colt. These were his three highest paying races in his career, twice for purses of $35,000, once for $25,000. The rest of his life he spent raising a thousand dollars here and there. Small grants in overnites. If you look at his record now, he took 293 starts and made just over $300,000, which works out to $1,000 per start. An iron horse, a clapper. " It was at the turn of the 2000s that André decided to try his luck in breeding, by acquiring a mare, Better Than Good, by The Big Dog. A mare who had never raced but whose family was full of big names: Die Laughing, Dexter Nukes, Silent Majority. This mare, bred to Artist Sena, first gave her Mamzele Leopold ($40,000 and a record 1.56), but the filly was plagued with conformation issues. The second breeding, this time with Electric Sena (Cam Fella), provided him with the colt that became Onyx VA. For the younger ones, know that Electric Sena in his day was quite a horse ($1.1M and a record of 1.48.3). "Then the mare didn't give much," Larocque added. "A few raced, some didn't. But Onyx VA was going to make people forget all that, he was so handsome, efficient and very intelligent. My role, week after week, was to find him a class that would do him justice. After the Quebec race tracks closed, I had no choice but to have him race in Ontario and he excelled on all kinds of tracks, in all kinds of conditions: Rideau, Flamboro, Grand River, London, Woodbine . He had some health problems, but never to prevent him from coming back to the track. He made me very happy, to say the least. "Sunday will be his last start, Larocque said. "I have no plans to go anywhere else next. This is where it all began and this is where it all ends. He will be entitled to a peaceful, deserved retirement. He has his stall, his paddock, his routine and he will now be at rest. For my part, I don't know what the future holds. "I am 69 years old, Larocque said. "And have had my fair share of health issues over the past few months. My hips make it difficult for me to move around, and it is no whim that I asked Claude Beausoleil to take on the role of trainer for the last few weeks. If ever my health allows me, I will not say no to a possible return with another horse. For the moment, my concerns are elsewhere. "I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me over the past twelve years with my horse," Larocque added. "There are stable neighbors, trainers, drivers, lots of people who made this 'trip' with Onyx VA possible. Thank you everyone from the heart." Onyx VA will start on Sunday, in the 7th race. This will be his 294th start. He has recorded 47 career victories. At the end of his race, Claude Beausoleil will lead him to the winner's circle for a small ceremony during which he will be placed a cooler blanket which will officially mark the end of his racing career. And with the 2nd starting position shared, it doesn't say that Onyx VA will be beaten. Track Notes: Racing fans can get a free race program for Sunday by visiting www.hippodrome3r.ca. First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. Simulcasting will continue seven days a week at H3R and all of its OTB outlets in Quebec. Also, on Sunday there are three Preferred events for the trotters and pacers. Francis Richard for the fourth straight year will take top honors as the leading trainer. The leading driver battle continues into Sunday with Pascal Berube (who is not driving Sunday) holds a four-win lead, 52 to 48, over Stephane Brosseau, who has eight drives on the program. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club

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MILTON, November 20, 2020 - Beyond Better and Northern Sultan rallied to harness racing victories in Friday evening's Harvest Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Harvest Series for three-year-old colts and geldings wrapped up with the $51,400 final for pacers and $50,500 final for trotters. Each final saw full fields of ten compete. Beyond Better capitalized on wicked fractions up front rally from fifth and seven lengths off at the head of the lane to score a career-best 1:52 win. Trevor Henry guided the Bob McIntosh trainee to his fifth win in 13 starts this season. Beach Demon did the heavy lifting early, posting sizzling fractions of :27.2, :54.2 and 1:22.2. The torrid pace did in Beach Demon, who gamely hung in for a fourth-place finish. Beyond Better sat fifth throughout and swept by rivals on the far outside with a :28.1 final-quarter to win by a length and a half. Delightful Terror sat fairly close to the hot tempo in third and split through to finish second. Heart On My Sleeve followed Beyond Better's path to a third-place finish. A gelded son of Bettors Delight, Beyond Better moves up to $71,810 in earnings for owners Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables. Unraced at age two, Beyond Better now has back-to-back victories to go along with a pair of runner-up finishes in the two starts prior. Beyond Better returned $5.80 to win. Northern Sultan and driver Chris Christoforou had a similar path to victory, coming from sixth at the top of the stretch for a career-best 1:55.3 victory. The Murray Brethour trainee came into Friday's final off a victory in round two, but was overlooked, scoring a 10-1 upset. Heavy-favourite Moon Bridge had a tough journey from post nine, spending just over the first half of the race parked before touching down on the lead. The public's top choice took the field down to three-quarters in 1:25.2 with pressure being applied. The back field came to life in the lane with Northern Sultan powering up to the victory of three-quarters of a length. Lexus Markus came from well-back in ninth to finish second, extending his unlucky streak of second-place finishes to four in a row. Magics Wizard rallied from seventh to finish third, while Moon Bridge had to settle for fourth. A homebred for Northfields Farm, Northern Sultan is now three for 11 on the season with $57,272 earned. The gelded son of Royalty For Life made just two starts as a rookie. Those that backed the Brethour trained Northern Sultan got back $22.40 for a $2 win ticket. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds that were non-winners of $30,000 in 2020 as of September 30, 2020. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, ON - November 20, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is pleased to offer horseplayers the opportunity to purchase programs and place wagers during each day of live racing through Quick Cash Stop Betting. Quick Cash Stop Betting allows horseplayers to stop by the main entrance and complete quick transactions, including purchasing programs and placing bets through the wagering terminals. All customers are asked to make their transactions in a timely manner and then exit. Customers will not be able to stay for live racing or watch simulcast coverage. The Quick Cash Stop Betting is open during each night of live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park and all day on Saturdays. The hours of operation are listed below: Monday: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Woodbine Mohawk Park is currently closed to spectators while Halton Region is in the Red "control" zone. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday is the final day of harness racing at the Hippodrome 3R for the 2020 season. It will be a total of 44 race days, four extra days than the normal 40-day race meet due to extra simulcasting revenue due to Covid-19. Yet, despite the extra race days, the annual driving title at H3R has yet to be decided as leader Pascal Berube holds a slim four-win lead (52 to 48) over Stephane Brosseau. But on Sunday Brosseau has eight drives and Berube has none. Why no drives for Pascal Berube who did not miss a day of racing all season long at H3R? That's because Berube has moved his stable and base of operations this past week to Toronto. Thus, he is leaving the driving title up to Brosseau, if he can even tie Berube or surpass him with a five-win day. Winning the H3R drivers title on closing day is nothing new for Brosseau. He did it back in 2017, scoring three wins closing day to capture the title from rival Stephane Gendron. As for the leading trainer title, that is already decided and in an unprecedented feat, trainer Francis Richard is capturing his fourth straight H3R title. He goes into Sunday's 10 race card with an 11-win lead, 33 to 22, over Maxime Velaye. Neither Richard nor Velaye have any horses entered at H3R on Sunday. "I feel blessed to be lucky enough year after year to have good owners and good horses in my barn," Francis Richard said. "And a great team behind me. We work hard day in and day out. So, it's a nice reward to get that training title one more time." On the racetrack Sunday there are three Preferred events starting in the third race for the top trotters. Heading the field is last week's upset winner, Sir Chopin (post 5) with owner, trainer and driver Carol Voyer. They face rivals Keepall (post 6), Precieuse CC (post 3) and Caroluzzo (post 2). The fifth race features the Preferred horses where Dreydl Hanover (post 6) will seek a return trip to the winners for driver Samuel Fillion. Last week Drey­dl Hanover was a tiger against this same field, scoring in 1:55.3. Also entered are 4-time Quebec Champion, Atomic Million Am (post 7), City Of The Year (post 2), Maracasso (post 5) and Somewhere Bettor (post 8). The Fillies and Mares do battle in the sixth race where Wild River Swan (post 8) is coming off a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:57.4 with Samuel Fillion in the sulky. She has now won two of her last three starts. She will face rivals Sieras Rose (post 1), Shemaksmefelunreal (post 7) and Y C easy (post 2). The seventh race features the 14-year-old pacer Onyx V A (post 2), who is making the last start of his career as he must retire from racing on January 1, 2021. The Quebec-bred son of Electric Stena was bred and has been owned by Andre Larocque of Lourdes-De-Joliette his entire career. Onyx V A raced every year of his career with 47 victories. After his race, win or lose, trainer-driver Claude Beausoleil will bring Onyx V A back to the winner's circle for a special presentation. Track Notes: Of the 79 horses entered for the final day of racing at H3R, all 79 horses were used for the race program. First race post time Sunday at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club          

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca's annual Winter Open House will be an entirely virtual harness racing experience this year, delivered via livestream from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 13. The Open House will showcase many of the engaging features of the award-winning fractional horse racing ownership operation, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of the horses in training. Fifty yearlings will be shown jogging in 10 sets throughout the event, captured by drone camera and presented with graphics and commentary. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. Those who RSVP will be eligible to win one of nine prizes awarded between sets. The RSVP form includes an option to provide a donation (of any amount) for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. The donation unlocks eligibility to win a 10th prize -- a one percent share of U Gotta Be Leaf and free monthly fees for one year. Among the yearling colt's current owners in TheStable.ca are NHL and Toronto Maple leaf alumni Doug Gilmour, Rick Vaive and Shayne Corson. The trio will be featured on the Open House broadcast and will announce the name of the prize winner. A program will be available on The Stable.ca website on December 11, detailing all yearlings featured on the broadcast, and pricing for horses with shares still available for purchase. The program will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Online purchasing is available for shares in horses, gift certificates and merchandise. TheStable.ca is horse racing's fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. Between 100 - 150 Standardbred horses are part of TheStable.ca at any given time, racing in nine jurisdictions throughout North America and Australia. The horses are owned by 800+ people from 13 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership accessible and affordable. This award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation was crafted in 2015 by Anthony and Amy MacDonald of Guelph, ON to remove the traditional barriers to racehorse ownership: cost, access and risk. Communication and customer service are the cornerstones of TheStable.ca. The operation embraces technological solutions to engage audiences, deliver consistent updates about the horses and create an ongoing entertainment experience. From TheStable.ca  

The US Harness Writers Association (USHWA) Canada chapter held its annual meeting via Zoom call November 18, with a change of leadership highlighting the well-attended virtual session. Garnet Barnsdale, the incumbent chapter president, opted not to reoffer for 2020/21, meaning that first-time nominee Ryan Clements was the only person offering for the position of president. Clements received unanimous support and accepted his nomination. Incumbents Dave Briggs and Sydney Weaver were both acclaimed for another year in their respective positions of chapter vice-president and chapter secretary. Melissa Keith was unanimously voted the chapter director for upcoming USHWA National meetings, scheduled for the upcoming Dan Patch Awards Banquet weekend, February 21, 2021 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. Barnsdale helped the Canadian USHWA chapter organize popular initiatives like the Leamington Raceway Youth Handicapping Challenge and the "Miami Madness" betting challenge to break a Manitoba fair track's record handle; he also hosted live prize draws for 2020 USHWA National handicapping contests with son (and USHWA Youth member) Nick "Ace" Barnsdale on Facebook Live. His decision to step back from the leadership position was due to work: "Due to the increasing demands at my full-time job due mainly to the pandemic, I feel I don't have the available time to fulfill the president role to the best of my ability. I am happy that someone like Ryan stepped forward to assume the role of chapter president. He has already shown that he has many fresh and innovative ideas, and it's easy to see the passion that he holds for the industry. I have no doubt whatsoever that he will do an outstanding job." Ryan Clements is well-known as the developer of harness and Thoroughbred racing games Off and Pacing, Catch Driver, Turf Dynasty, and Top Jockey. He is active as a Standardbred owner, trainer, horseplayer, and member of the USHWA Youth Membership Committee. "I am honoured to take on the role as president of USHWA's Canadian chapter," he said. "As someone who has grown up in this industry and having straddled the lines between technology, media, and horse racing industries throughout my career, I value the significant role USHWA will play in the future success of the sport that I love. Our chapter is full of bright and energetic minds, all working towards that same goal of the sport's ultimate success, and I am beyond excited to be a part of the effort."   by Melissa Keith for the USHWA Canada Chapter  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A field of eight drivers will vie for the Paul MacDonald Memorial Trophy on Horse Person's Day Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 11-dash Saturday card gets underway at 12:30 P.M. featuring the MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship honouring the long time top reinsman at the capital oval. The MacDonald Driving Championship, presented by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association, will see eight drivers compete in eight races on the day with the top point earner grabbing the MacDonald Memorial trophy. The event has three criteria to select the drivers with the top four reinsmen earning a spot in Marc Campbell, Gilles Barrieau, Adam Merner and Corey MacPherson. The next two drivers qualify as the top percentage pilots with over 75 starts with Steven Shepherd and David Dowling in that category. The top two drivers by average with between 30 and 75 starts also get an invite with those two being Donnie MacNeil and Dave Kelly Sr. The competition includes races 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10. The afternoon feature in race 11 is billed the Steven MacRae Memorial pace and carries a purse of $2,500. Revenant is the morning line choice with Merner in the driver's seat for trainer Ron Gass and owner Kyla MacDonald of Stanhope. The If I Can Dream six-year-old was third his last start at the preferred level to The Rev and will leave from post 5 on Saturday. Pillage And Burn has post 2 with Ken Murphy in the bike for trainer Trevor Hicken with a streak of eight straight top-three finishes on the line. Shadow Of A Daut has rail control for driver Campbell after circling the field in his latest. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks pegs Pillage And Burn for the top spot in Saturday's feature. "Pillage And Burn has been on a huge tear the past two months and already has eight wins this season. He's also back inside for this start so don't be surprised if he's first or second again." For race programs and a score sheet for the MacDonald Memorial Driving Challenge go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. NOTE - The province of PEI announced mask wearing will be mandatory in indoor public spaces. All harness racing participants will be required to wear masks in the paddock and ship-in barns when competing at Red Shores. The Rev, Blood Money Show Down In Charlottetown CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Rev will have a new contender for the top prize in the Sunday afternoon preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Sunday program has 13-dashes on tap with the $2,900 preferred pace hitting the track in race 12 of the day. The Rev was a winner at the preferred level his last two starts for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Jeff Skinner of Hammonds Plains, N.S. The 43-time winner will leave from the outside in the field of five on Sunday as he looks to duplicate his three-length victory from last week. Blood Money ships in to Charlottetown Sunday from his new base of Saint John, N.B., and has post 2 in the top event. Dr. Mitchell Downey trains, drives and owns the winner of $430,000 who last raced in the Brian Brown barn at The Meadows in Pennsylvania. The four-year-old son of Sweet Lou made the majority of his purse money at age two in the Kentucky Sires Stakes and also won the $213,000 two-year-old pacing colt Matron Final at Dover Downs in Delaware in 2018. Screen Test landed in the two-hole from the start last week and finished in the runner-up spot. Corey MacPherson will steer the pacer again on Sunday from post 3. Soccer Hanover moves back to the preferred level with post 1 getting Marc Campbell aboard while Cowboy Logic occupies post 4 for driver Steven Shepherd. The Sunday Post Time Picks has The Rev as the top selection. "The Rev completely toyed with his rivals last time out with an incredible mile considering the track conditions. Is assigned the outside today and gets a fresh challenger from post 2 so this likely won't be as easy an undertaking." The Open Trot lines up in race 9 and Mile Hill Willie will search for redemption on Sunday for driver Kenny Arsenault, trainer and co-owner Paul Morrison and co-owner John Breau of Shediac Cape, N.B. The Atlantic Champion leaves from post 6 in Sunday's $2,450 class fresh off a third place finish where he made a break in stride halfway through the mile. Other top selections are Cheeky Little Minx (To be driven by Gilles Barrieau) and Glider Man (David Dowling). For live video and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. ​by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

LONDON, ON - November 18, 2020 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is teaming up with some of the province’s best harness racing drivers to spread added Christmas cheer this holiday season. The London oval will play host to the first ever Drivers’ Holiday Challenge in support of Toys for Tots on Sunday, December 20th . Post time for the special program will be 4:45 p.m. (ET). Four top drivers from Woodbine Mohawk Park will take on four of the leading drivers from The Raceway with all driving commissions being generously donated to the charity which will be used to purchase Christmas Toys for children in need. The Raceway will also be matching the driver’s donations. “Toys for Tots is extremely happy to partner with The Raceway at Western Fair District this year. This will be a great opportunity for both our organizations to make a significant impact in our local community,” said Toys For Tots President Robert Krizanec. “It is because of organizations such as The Raceway that will allow children to have a gift under the tree this holiday season.” The inaugural edition of the Drivers’ Holiday Challenge features Woodbine Mohawk Park’s leading drivers Bob McClure, Doug McNair, Louis Phillippe Roy and Trevor Henry as well as top local reinsmen Marc St Louis Jr., Colin Kelly, Tyler Borth and Scott Wray. “Given the current climate we wanted to host an event that was both safe to conduct and would support families during these troubling times,” said Racing Manager Greg Gangle. “We are pleased to team up with Toys for Tots and support their initiative around the holiday season. Also, without the commitment of the drivers this event would not be possible. We applaud their support.” COSA TV, presented by CUJO Entertainment, will provide live coverage of the Drivers’ Charity Challenge program. The broadcast will be available on the COSA TV’s social media platforms, the Facebook pages of both CUJO Entertainment and Harness Racing Update (HRU), as well as the Standardbred Canada website. Toys For Tots (Canada) is a Canadian charity based on local partnerships between Canadian Armed Forces, businesses, and concerned citizenry whose sole focus as an organization is to provide toys for children who are in need. Toys For Tots works to address and prevent specific problems faced by families and their supporting charity organizations by providing toys to children who would otherwise go without during a major religious holiday and provide toys throughout the calendar year to local emergency and social agencies to distribute to children during catastrophic circumstances. From The Raceway

MILTON, ON - November 18, 2020 - With Halton Region currently in the red "control" zone, Woodbine Entertainment has released updated protocols for harness racing owners attending the races at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Starting Thursday (November 19), Woodbine will permit one owner, plus one guest, access to the Woodbine Mohawk Park apron for only the race their horse is competing in. The owner and guest will not be allowed entry to the Grandstand until 10 minutes prior to the race and must exit five minutes after the race. If an owner has another horse racing that evening, the owner and guest must return to their vehicles until 10 minutes prior to their next race. Access to the apron will be gained through the employee entrance (located on the West End beside the Paddock). At the point of entry, each owner shall present their AGCO Licence and undergo screening and a temperature check. Physical distancing must be practiced at all times. When exiting, owners shall exit through the front doors of the grandstand. Access to the grandstand is only for the purpose of traveling to the apron and exiting. Owners must sign-up online prior to attending their race. The sign-up forms for the next four days of racing are listed below. Thursday, November 19, 2020 Friday, November 20, 2020 Saturday, November 21, 2020 Monday, November 23, 2020 by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

Toronto, ON - November 18, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine) announced today the appointment of Mr. Michael Lay, Mr. Mark Saunders and Ms. Ann Straatman to its Board of Directors. "Woodbine is proud to announce the appointment of three new members to our Board of Directors," said Christine Magee, Chair, Woodbine Entertainment Board of Directors. "The Board is excited to work with such outstanding leaders to help fulfil Woodbine's mission to grow the sport of horse racing in Ontario while making a positive impact on the communities that we operate in." Mr. Michael Lay is a Managing Partner and Co-Head of ONCAP, the middle market private equity platform of Onex, who invests and manages capital on behalf of shareholders, institutional investors and high net worth clients from around the world. Prior to joining ONCAP in 2000, Mr. Lay was Head of the Private Equity Group at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Additionally, Mr. Lay is an experienced Board member having served on numerous corporate and not for profit Boards. Mr. Lay is passionate about Thoroughbred racing and has owned and raced horses at Woodbine since 2013. He has a strong interest in working with the Board and Management Team at Woodbine to grow horse racing throughout the province. "As Woodbine continues to unlock the value of the lands that surrounds our racetracks, Michael's leadership experience will greatly benefit our efforts as we continue to take the prudent steps on our pathway towards self-sustainability," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. Mr. Saunders is a retired police officer and most recently, the Chief of Police for the Toronto Police Service. As Chief of Police, Mr. Saunders successfully led the largest municipal Police Service in Canada and fourth largest in North America, helping to keep Toronto safe. As Deputy Chief, Mr. Saunders created and operationalized the "C3" Unit, a unit whose mandate is to investigate cybercrime and provide technology based investigative support throughout the Service. As a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for Outstanding Community Contributions recipient, Mr. Saunders impact within Toronto communities was immense and includes serving on the Board of Directors at Covenant House Toronto, as a Co-Chair of the United Way Campaign Cabinet, Vice-patron of Haven Toronto (formerly The Good Neighbours' Club) and the Honourary Chair of the 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games. "Mark 's passion for creating safe, inclusive spaces, along with his leadership and community engagement expertise will help Woodbine continue to be an active, responsible and valued member of the communities in which we operate," commented Lawson. Ms. Ann Straatman is one of the most prominent people involved in Canadian standardbred racing. As Reproduction Manager at Seelster Farms, the largest Standardbred breeding farm in Canada, Ms. Straatman uses her 25 years of industry experience to skillfully guide the highly successful operation including directly overseeing stallion acquisition, syndication and management; mare reproductive management, mare contracts and client liaison. Additionally, she is the current Sales Manager of London Selected Yearling Sale and President of Forest City Standardbred Sales Inc. since 2006. Ms. Straatman additionally provides leadership to the industry as Chair of the Board of Directors at Standardbred Canada, Chair of the Board of Governors at Western Fair District; Director of The Hambletonian Society, a member of the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association and a member of the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. "Few people contribute to the horse racing industry to the degree that Ann does," said Lawson. "Having her broad expertise on our Board of Directors will greatly benefit our organization by having another industry leader offer her expertise and experience to our strategic planning and decisions." From Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON - November 17, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment has unveiled the lineup for its upcoming Winter Series to be raced at Woodbine Mohawk Park. There are no changes from last year's harness racing Winter Series lineup. Woodbine Mohawk Park will offer six events over the months of December, January and February. The conditions and dates for each series are listed below: Niagara Series 3-Year-Old Pacing Fillies in 2020, Non-Winners of $60,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Saturday, December 12, 2020 Leg 2: Saturday, December 19, 2020 Final: Saturday, December 26, 2020 Valedictory Pacing Series 3-Year-Old Pacing Colts/Geldings in 2020, Non-Winners of $60,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Friday, December 11, 2020 Leg 2: Friday, December 18, 2020 Final: Saturday, December 26, 2020 Blizzard Pacing Series 3 & 4-Year-Old Pacing Fillies/Mares in 2021, Non-Winners of 2 Races or $30,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Thursday, January 14, 2021 Leg 2: Thursday, January 21, 2021 Final: Friday, January 29, 2021 Snowshoe Pacing Series 3 & 4-Year-Old Pacing Colts/Horses/Geldings in 2021, Non-Winners of 2 Races or $30,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Friday, January 15, 2021 Leg 2: Friday, January 22, 2021 Final: Friday, January 29, 2021 Wine & Roses Trotting Series 3 & 4-Year-Old Trotting Fillies/Mares in 2021, Non-Winners of $60,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Thursday, January 28, 2021 Leg 2: Thursday, February 4, 2021 Final: Friday, February 12, 2021 Family Day Trotting Series 3 & 4-Year-Old Trotting Colts/Horses/Geldings in 2021, Non-Winners of $60,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Monday, February 1, 2021 Leg 2: Monday, February 8, 2021 Final: Monday, February 15, 2021 All preliminary legs will be raced for a purse of $17,000, while all finals will have $30,000 in added money. Nominations close on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. The nomination fee for each event is $200 ($160 USD). To view the nomination form and conditions, click here. Nominations can be paid online at www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Standardbred-Nomination/. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2020 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Pascal Berube had held the lead for most wins at the Hippodrome 3R nearly the entire race season starting in June. Berube recently moved his stable to Toronto and could not be at H3R on Sunday, closing day, to defend his lead. He was up by four wins over Stephane Brosseau going into Sunday's final card. And Brosseau made a great challenge, winning three races and just needing a victory with Bali in the eighth race pace, but it was not to be as they were boxed in most of the race and finished third. Thus, without having to drive at all, Pascal Berube won the driving title, 52 to 51 over Stephane Brosseau. "I wish I could have been at H3R today," Berube said. "It is a beautiful track that I hold dear in my heart. But I am very happy to hear this news." As for the training title, that went to Francis Richard for the fourth straight year. He had 33 wins from his stable this season. Maracasso was able to survive two major challenges and still hang tough in winning the fifth race Preferred-Handicapped Pace for the older horses. Farmers Tan (Carol Voyer) was the first on the early lead but was challenged early by Maracasso and driver Stephane Gendron, who pressed on to take command in a swift :26.2 first quarter. There was no chance for a breather as Maracasso led the field to the half mile in :55.3 and then Wrangler Cash and driver Francis Picard came first-over to challenge. In the backstretch those two battled neck and neck to the three-quarters in 1:25.2 with neither horse giving way. Then after the final turn and starting down the stretch, Maracasso proved to be much the best, fending off Wranglers Cash in the stretch to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:56. Dreydl Hanover (Samuel Fillion) was a fast closing third. It was the fourth win of the year for Maracasso, an eight-year-old gelding by Lis Mara. He is trained by Sylvain Tremblay for the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan. He paid $10.60 to win. The third race Preferred-Handicapped Trot saw Sir Chopin and owner-trainer-driver Carol Voyer of Kenogami make it two straight wins in the top trotting class. Keepall (Stephane Gendron) cut the mile from the start with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) sitting the pocket seat until the half mile. Then Sir Chopin and Voyer came first-over, collaring Keepall in the backstretch and then by the three-quarters took the lead and never looked back. At the top of the stretch Sir Chopin pulled away from the field to win with ease by five and one-half lengths in 1:59.1. Dr Spengler (Stephane Brosseau) closed for second place with Eau Naturelle (Simon Delisle) third. A five-year-old gelded son of Lucky Fool, it was the third win this year for Sir Chopin, who paid $7.00 to win. The biggest upset of the day came in the sixth race Preferred-Handicap race for the Fillies and Mares. It was a three-horse battle for early control of the lead between Fancy Girl (Francis Picard), Shemaksmefelunreal (Sylvain Lacaille) and race favorite Wild River Swan (Samuel Filion) to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Wild River Swan won the battle and cut the mile to the half in :57.1 when Sophies Cam and driver Stephane Brosseau started up first-over with Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) second-over. Then in the backstretch, Sophies Cam charged right by Wild River Swan as did Y C Easy to the three-quarters in 1:27.1. From there Sophies Cam drew off from the field and won with ease by one and a half lengths in 1:57.4. Kiss Me Bad (Steven Gagnon) closed to be second with Y C Easy third. Sent off at odds of 9-1, Sophies Cam returned a generous $21.90 to win. It was the daughter of Yankee Cam's seventh win of the year for trainer Carl Duguay and owner-breeder Yvanhoe Landry of Carleton-Sur-Mer. Then in the seventh race pace, the 14-year-old Onyx VA gave it his all for trainer-driver Claude Beausoleil, cutting the mile and parking out race favorite Soleil Gretzky (Stephane Brosseau) until the stretch as Soleil Gretzky ($2.80) won in 1:58.3 and Onyx VA faded to fourth place. After the race, in a fitting tribute, all of the racing equipment was removed from Onyx VA in the winner's circle and then the horse was presented a special retirement blanket from the staff of the Quebec Jockey Club. Owned his entire race career by Andre Larcoque of Lourdes-De-Joliette, Onyx VA, sired by Electric Stena, will now enjoy a life of luxury in his retirement. He ends his career with 47 lifetime wins and earnings of more than $300,000. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau led all drivers with three wins on the day. Carl Duguay led all trainers with a double. This was the final day of live racing at H3R for the 2020 season. The track and OTB outlets throughout Quebec will be open seven days a week for simulcasting through the winter. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – With one final surge at the wire, The Rev stuck his nose in front to win the $2,900 preferred harness racing pace Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Screen Test (Driven by Corey MacPherson) was first to the lead in the featured pace and led through the first three-stations with well rated fraction of 28.4, 58.4 and 1:28.3. The Rev and trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau sat in the pocket and sprinted home in the final panel to hit the wire on top by a nose in 1:55.3 in his 44th lifetime win for owner Jeff Skinner of Nova Scotia. Screen Test was second in that photo while Soccer Hanover (Marc Campbell) was third. Cheeky Little Minx and trainer-driver Barrieau prevailed in a tight photo with Mile Hill Willie (Kenny Arsenault) in the $2,450 Open trot stopping the clock in 1:58.3. Wayne MacRae of Nova Scotia co-owns the winning trot mare with Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. Windemeredontuworry (Marc Campbell) was third. Barrieau had two others wins on the day for a driving quadruple as Sports Royalty scored in 1:56.1 for trainer Wendy MacRae and Here Comes Red was a winner in 1:59.1 from the Wade Sorrie stable. Jason Hughes had a driving triple on the day including a 1:59 first-up victory with Clever Thing for trainer Kyle Wilkie. Hughes also had a pair of wins from his own stable with Jeb (1:57.3) and Warrawee Ulla (1:57.1). Another pilot with three trips to the historic winner’s circle was Ken Murphy as he won with Gia Diamond (1:57.4) for trainer Cyril MacDonald, Theycallmedude (1:57.1) for trainer Trevor Hicken and Evening Maelstrom (2:00.1) from the Clifford Murphy stable. Live racing continues Saturday Nov. 28 with a 12:30 P.M. opening post time. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca.   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Only missing the top three once all day, David Dowling came out on top in the annual Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship on Horse Person's Day Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Dowling made just one trip to the historic winner's circle in the eight-race competition but was never far out of the final picture with four seconds, a pair of thirds and a fourth place finish to complete the day with 69 points in the challenge named in honour of a former leading driver at the capital oval. Dowling generously donated his earnings from the eight-race competition to the family of late Red Shores track maintenance worker Ryan Mullaly, who passed away in a tragic traffic accident in August. Corey MacPherson was second in the competition with 65 points while Gilles Barrieau was third at 59 points. MacPherson won the first two races of the competition with Lorne Valley Barb (1:56.4) in a new lifetime best for Barry MacLeod of Cardigan, followed by a win with the Jason Hughes trained Rocknrols Image (1:57.4) in the second leg. Marc Campbell hit the wire first in the third leg with Painted Pony (1:58.1) for the veteran pacer's 40th lifetime win for trainer Raymond White of Belfast. Ten Mile Beach (1:58.3) took Barrieau all the way in the fourth race of the competition from the Brett Leblanc stable. Dowling had his lone victory in the next leg with the Robert Phillips trained Traces Of Purple (1:58.3). Jens Credit (1:57.4) blasted from post 8 to strike the front and take Barrieau to the wire in the sixth race of the challenge for trainer Ryan Perrot. Rockin Indy (1:57.1) was the next winner for driver MacPherson and trainer Troy Murray. The final winner in the MacDonald Driving Championship was Smart Official (1:56.4) for Barrieau and trainer Peter Lanigan. The top class of the day was the $2,500 Steven MacRae Memorial, claimed by Pillage And Burn in 1:56 with Ken Murphy at the lines for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Quebec. Final Point Standings In MacDonald Driving Championship 1 - David Dowling - 69 pts 2 - Corey MacPherson - 65 pts 3 - Gilles Barrieau - 59 pts 4 - Adam Merner - 57 pts 5 - Marc Campbell - 49 pts 6 - Steven Shepherd - 46 pts 7 - Dave Kelly Sr. - 40 pts 8 - Donnie MacNeill - 38 pts by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores        
Trois-Rivieres, QC - Over the years, the Quebec Jockey Club at the Hippodrome 3R has made a point of celebrating the retirement of certain harness racing horses who have reached the ripe old age of 14. This has always been done on closing day for the track, which is this Sunday, November 22. All Standardbred race horses must retire on January 1 at age 15. They are still allowed to race but only in amateur and fair events. But this year, the ceremony will take on a special significance for several reasons: Onyx VA, since it is about him that we are talking about, will have had during his life only one owner, André Larocque of Lourdes-De-Joliette. This horse raced at H3R for nine of the twelve years of his long and prolific career. It was at H3R that this career began an it is at H3R that it will end this Sunday, November 22. When we ask this charming gentleman, who is Andre Larocque, to share some of his memories with us, he becomes perplexed, not really knowing which elements, which races to choose: "In my lasting memories, Larocque said. "There is this race at Rideau Carleton in 2014 with Kyle Forgie in the sulky and a victory in the best class in 1:54.3 from 7th position; better still, his mile at H3R, the same year, this time with Stephane Brosseau, a victory in 1.53.4, from one end to the other after having torn the fronts away from DGs Woodstock in :27 seconds. "At 2 years old," Larocque explained. "He had a very fruitful year, successively winning three stakes (two Quebec Elite series, one Quebec Plus series) with Daniel Potvin on the guides. Daniel was my blacksmith at the time, and what a job he did with the colt. These were his three highest paying races in his career, twice for purses of $35,000, once for $25,000. The rest of his life he spent raising a thousand dollars here and there. Small grants in overnites. If you look at his record now, he took 293 starts and made just over $300,000, which works out to $1,000 per start. An iron horse, a clapper. " It was at the turn of the 2000s that André decided to try his luck in breeding, by acquiring a mare, Better Than Good, by The Big Dog. A mare who had never raced but whose family was full of big names: Die Laughing, Dexter Nukes, Silent Majority. This mare, bred to Artist Sena, first gave her Mamzele Leopold ($40,000 and a record 1.56), but the filly was plagued with conformation issues. The second breeding, this time with Electric Sena (Cam Fella), provided him with the colt that became Onyx VA. For the younger ones, know that Electric Sena in his day was quite a horse ($1.1M and a record of 1.48.3). "Then the mare didn't give much," Larocque added. "A few raced, some didn't. But Onyx VA was going to make people forget all that, he was so handsome, efficient and very intelligent. My role, week after week, was to find him a class that would do him justice. After the Quebec race tracks closed, I had no choice but to have him race in Ontario and he excelled on all kinds of tracks, in all kinds of conditions: Rideau, Flamboro, Grand River, London, Woodbine . He had some health problems, but never to prevent him from coming back to the track. He made me very happy, to say the least. "Sunday will be his last start, Larocque said. "I have no plans to go anywhere else next. This is where it all began and this is where it all ends. He will be entitled to a peaceful, deserved retirement. He has his stall, his paddock, his routine and he will now be at rest. For my part, I don't know what the future holds. "I am 69 years old, Larocque said. "And have had my fair share of health issues over the past few months. My hips make it difficult for me to move around, and it is no whim that I asked Claude Beausoleil to take on the role of trainer for the last few weeks. If ever my health allows me, I will not say no to a possible return with another horse. For the moment, my concerns are elsewhere. "I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me over the past twelve years with my horse," Larocque added. "There are stable neighbors, trainers, drivers, lots of people who made this 'trip' with Onyx VA possible. Thank you everyone from the heart." Onyx VA will start on Sunday, in the 7th race. This will be his 294th start. He has recorded 47 career victories. At the end of his race, Claude Beausoleil will lead him to the winner's circle for a small ceremony during which he will be placed a cooler blanket which will officially mark the end of his racing career. And with the 2nd starting position shared, it doesn't say that Onyx VA will be beaten. Track Notes: Racing fans can get a free race program for Sunday by visiting www.hippodrome3r.ca. First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. Simulcasting will continue seven days a week at H3R and all of its OTB outlets in Quebec. Also, on Sunday there are three Preferred events for the trotters and pacers. Francis Richard for the fourth straight year will take top honors as the leading trainer. The leading driver battle continues into Sunday with Pascal Berube (who is not driving Sunday) holds a four-win lead, 52 to 48, over Stephane Brosseau, who has eight drives on the program. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club
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