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Photo Finish camera needed for H3R feature

10:38 AM 08 Aug 2020 NZST
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Missionoftheheart (#8) collars Sir Chopin at the wire in the Preferred-Handicap Trot at H3R photo
Photo Finish Missionoftheheart (#8) beats Sir Chopin by a nose
D Gs Fairystar (#5) on the outside for driver Samuel Fillion comes on at the finish to win the Mare Preferred-Handicap Pace at H3R photo
Speed To Market and driver Pascal Berube leading the pack coming down the stretch at H3R. photo
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Trois-Rivieres, QC - It took the harness racing photo finish camera in order to declare the winner of the third race Preferred-Handicap Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Friday.

Sir Chopin, a 22-1 longshot for owner, trainer and driver Kevin Maguire, was the first out of the gate and led nearly every step of the one-mile trot.

The spoiler for the upset win was one of the mares in the race, Missionoftheheart, who sat in along the rail the entire race for driver Stephane Gendron. As horses moved to the outside in the backstretch, Gendron kept Missionoftheheart on the inside, caught up to Sir Chopin after the three-quarters and then collared the pacesetter at the wire to win by a nose in 2:00.3. Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) was third.

It was the second win of the season for Missionoftheheart. The six-year-old mare by Manofmanymissions is owned and trained by Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt and paid $6.10 to win.

In the second race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the mares, driver Samuel Fillion gave D Gs Fairystars a textbook drive in scoring a mile upset.

The nine-horse field was well matched as Twice An Angel (Stephane Gendron) was parked out going for the early lead by 70-1 longshot Bemmol Kalie and driver Daniel Laflamme to the opening quarter mile in :28.1.

Once settled on the lead, Twice An Angel was able to back down the pace to the half mile in :59.2, but that drew a first-over challenge from Hammering Haley (Stephane Brosseau) who forced Twice An Angel to pick up the pace. At this point in the mile, D Gs Fairystar was in eighth place, fourth over on the outside.

As they raced down the backstretch, Brosseau dropped Hammering Haley into the pocket seat with Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) left first-over and grinding it out against Twice An Angel. Meanwhile Fillion got D Gs Fairytale into high gear, moving three-wide into second over position at the three-quarters in 1:28.2.

Coming around the final turn, D Gs Fairystar continued to gain ground, fanning three-wide at the top of the stretch. Then with a final late kick, Fillion urged D Gs Fairystar to collar Twice An Angel before the wire to win by a long neck in 1:58. Y C Easy was third.

It was the third win this year for D Gs Fairystar. The four-year-old mare by Mach Three is trained by Guylaine Fortin, who co-owns and bred the horse with Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin. She paid $10.00 to win.

The fastest mile of the afternoon came in the seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the older horses. The race belonged to Speed To Market and driver Pascal Berube from the very start.

With Maracasso (Carol Voyer) dogging the race leader, Speed To Market paid no never mind to Maracasso as he cut fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:26.2 before pulling away in the stretch for a three and one-half length triumph in 1:56.1. Brunos From Mars (Pierre Luc Roy) was second with Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) third.

It was the second straight win and fifth of the season for Speed To Market. The five-year-old gelded son of Betterthancheddar is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $6.60 to win.

Track Notes: Stephane Gendron led all drivers with a triple on the day. Maxime Velaye led all trainers with two wins and is now the leading trainer at H3R with eight wins. Unbeaten Enavant ($2.80) became the winningest horse at H3R this season, winning the 4th race pace Friday, his fourth victory of the year. On Saturday the H3R hosts the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races. Featured will be both young horses and young men and women competing towards their professional harness racing licenses. Post time is 1:00 pm. Then on Sunday is the start of the Quebec-Bred stakes series. There will be four divisions of the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers. There are two divisions for both the colts and the fillies. Post time is 1:00 pm Sunday. For a free race program, visit

From the Quebec Jockey Club

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