Day At The Track

Francis Picard has big night at H3R

12:22 PM 31 Aug 2019 NZST
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Driver Francis Picard had the hot hands Friday photo
Uptown Woman and driver Pascal Berube photo

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was Francis Picard Night at the Hippodrome 3R Friday as the harness racing driver won four of the ten races on the program.

Picard started out in second race with Ernie Panic ($7.00), then the fifth race with Hawaiian Five Roll ($3.50), the sixth race with Honeymoon Dechafra ($3.90) and then wrapped up the night in the tenth race with Guinness Panic ($3.70).

Uptown Woman strutted her stuff for driver Pascal Berube as the Mach Three mare was able to wire the field in winning the Filly & Mare Preferred-Handicap Pace.

Berube sent Uptown Woman out of the starting gate in the ninth race feature but was parked to the opening quarter mile by Thrillogy (Marie Claude Auger) in :28 seconds.

From there is was all Uptown Woman as she cut the mile past the half in :58.2, three-quarters in 1:26.2 and went on to win going away by two and one-half lengths in 1:56.1.

Race favorite, Lit De Rose (Stephane Gendron) started from post eight, had road trouble, wove their way through the field and grabbed second place. Thrillogy was third.

Trained by Isabelle Binet, it was the fourth win this year for Uptown Woman, who is owned by the Uptown Woman Group of Portneuf. She paid $7.40 to win.

H3R's leading trainer, Francis Richard, sent out three winners from his stable.

Track Notes: Live racing resumes Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R. The main event takes place in the ninth race Preferred Handicap Pace where Atomic Million AM returns to try for his seventh win of the season. He ships back to H3R off a 1:54.2 win at Rideau Carleton. Other contenders include three return winners, D J Power (post 2), Ufdragons Rocket (post 4) and Kinnder Jackson (post 5). Atomic Million AM starts from post seven. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit

From the Quebec Jockey Club

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