On a beautiful autumn Sunday afternoon, the Hippodrome 3R hosted its richest harness racing program of the 2014 harness racing season with the $425,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. There were seven championship finals on the wagering card. It did not take long for the first track record to be rewritten on the racing card as Meganou got the job done in the very first race, the $55,000 final for two-year-old trotters. Driven by Jocelyn Gendron, Meganou left from three and never looked back. The daughter of Kadabra held the field at bay the entire one mile race, leading by four to five lengths at all times. She cut fractions of :30, 1:00.2, 1:31 and coasted home to win by three and one-half lengths in 2:01.1. Intouchable (Simon Allard) was second with Notrouble Dechafra (Stehane Brosseau) third. It was the third straight win and third straight track record performance for Meganou. Only this week Meganou became the fastest two-year-old trotter regardless of gender in the history of the Hippodrome 3R with her 2:01.1 clocking. The mile rewrote her record for fillies that she set last week of 2:02 and surpassed the trotting colt record of 2:01.3 set by Jobie Tempest more than 21 years ago in 1993. Trained by Daniel Martin and owned by Jean Picard of Orford, QC, it was the fourth win this year for Meganou, who paid $3.00 to win. In the second race $65,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies, track record holder Viva Bayama and trainer/driver Yves Filion waited patiently in fourth place as Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras) cut early fractions of :28.4 and :58.3. Once the field entered the backstretch the second time, Filion made his move first-over with Viva Bayama and the Muscle Mass filly blew past the leaders by the three-quarters in 1:29.1 and won with ease by five open lengths in 2:00.3. Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) was second with Lucyll Bro (Stephane Gendron) third. Owned and bred by Filion’s Bayama Farms, Inc. of Saint-Andre D’Argenteul, QC, Viva Bayama scored her fourth win this year and paid $3.10 to win. Yves Filion did not waste any time coming back to the winner’s circle as he won the very next race, the $55,000 final for two-year-old pacing colts with Western Bayama in a lifetime best clocking of 1:58. Mr Sunshine Boy (Pascal Berube) was first on the lead with Half A Billion (Stephane Gendron) sitting on their backs to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.4. Gendron then came right out and took over the lead by the half mile in :58.1 as the action really heated up with Clinton Panic (Gilles Gendron) coming first-over and race favorite, track record holder Sugarsam (Denis St Pierre) second-over. Pierre then came three-wide around Clinton Panic) and by the three-quarters in 1:28 had closed the gap on Half A Billion but that was when Yves Filion and Western Bayama came into the picture and was three-wide around the final turn. Coming down the stretch, Filion was able to urge Western Bayama on to victory by one and one-half lengths with Half A Billion third and Sugarsam third. Also owned and bred by Bayama Farms, it was just the second win in five lifetime starts for Western Bayama, a son of Lis Mara who paid $6.50 to win. The only two-time Quebec-Bred Series was crowded at 3R today as Maximuscle had little trouble for driver Mario Charron in beating six rivals in the fourth race $65,000 final for three-year-old trotting colts. Clearing to the lead before the opening quarter mile in :29, Charron and Maximuscle were in easy command until after the half mile and then Charron asked for a little more from Maximuscle and the son of Angus Hall responded by kicking in another gear and leaving the rest of the field behind. By the time they reached the top of the stretch Maximuscle was up by five lengths and went on to win in a romp by nine and one-half lengths in 1:59.2. Andovers Touch (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Somoli E (Jerome Lombart) third. Trained by Eric Valiquette, Maximuscle was bred and is owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC and posted his seventh win in ten starts this year, paying $2.80 to win. Native son Daniel Dube, of the top driver in all of harness racing, came back to 3R to compete in the championship program and he did not go home empty handed in the $55,000 final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Driving the 1/5 favorite My Fleet Three from post two, Dube sent the daughter of Mach Three right to the lead and never looked back, cutting fractions of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:28 and then cruising home to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.1. The pocket sitting First Girl (Stephane Gendron) was second with Voodoo Charm (Yves Filion) third. The time of the race was a new track record for filly pacers as My Fleet Three erased her own mark set last week of 1:57.4. Trained by Richard Moreau for breeder/owner Gestion Mario Audet, Inc. of Yves Sarrazin, QC, it was the second win in five lifetime starts for My Fleet Three. She paid $2.60 to win. The 1/5 wagering favorite, Champagne Shower (Denis St Pierre) were unable to maintain their lead at the top of the stretch as Chaleurs Fantasy and driver Stephane Gendron were able to sneak up along the rail and post a 9-1 upset victory in the $65,000 final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Thrill Chaser (Marie Auger), who followed pacesetter Champagne Shower but elected to go to the outside in the stretch, was second with Champagne Shower fading to third place. For Chaleurs Fantasy, a daughter of Omar Khayam, the time of the race, 1:58, was a lifetime mark and the sixth win this year for the Carl Duguay trainee. She won by one and one-quarter lengths for breeder/owner Elevage Baie Des Chaleurs of Port-Daniel, QC. She paid $21.60 to win. The Hippodrome 3R scheduled the fastest division as the last one as the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings battled it out for $65,000. It was not so much as a battle as it looked to be as Atomic Million AM was made the 2/5 favorite and raced just like it for driver Sylvain Lacalle. The gelded son of Million Dollar Cam took the early lead away from rival Hall Bro (Stephane Brosseau) by the opening quarter mile in :27 and then cut fractions of :56 and 1:25.2 before hold off Hall Bro in the stretch to win by one length in 1:54. Bali (Marie Auger) finished third. It was the 9th win in 15 starts this year for Atomic Million AM. He is trained, bred and owned by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC and paid $2.80 to win. The Hippodrome 3R has completed its Tuesday night race schedule this season and is now open just on Sunday’s. There will be one special Saturday night program on September 20, the eve of the Prix D’Ete Sunday with a 7:30 pm post time that Saturday night. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
With ideal weather and stakes competition, there were plenty of fast mile and hotly competitive racing at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon for the second preliminary round of the $400,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers and trotters. The series features four preliminary rounds of competition, each division going for a purse of $7,500 with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, September 7 for the $65,000 finals in each of the four divisions for colts and fillies. The colts were the main stars on Sunday with the fastest mile of the day coming in the second race, the first division for three-year-old pacers. That’s when Atomic Million Am and driver Sylvain Lacalle, after enjoying a two-hole trip behind pacesetter My Lucky Bluejeans through quarters of :27, :55 and 1:23.2, popped the pocket at the three-quarters and went on to win by one length in 1:53.1. Bali (Marie Claude Auger) was second with My Lucky Bluejeans (Denis St Pierre) third. It was the third straight win and eighth victory in ten starts for Atomic Million AM. The gelded son of Million Dollar Cam, trained, owned and bred by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC, just missed tying the track record for colt pacers by two fifths of a second. It was a case of switching tactics with the same results in the fourth race second colt pacer division. This week it was Jefferson Tare and driver Pascal Berube who cut the mile with Hall Bro (Stephan Brosseau) taking the two-hole trip through the first quarter in :27.1, the half in :56.4 and that was when Brosseau took Hall Bro first over to press the pace to the three-quarters in 1:25.4. DJ Power (Stephane Gendron had come first-over and then ducked into the two-hole spot. As they started down the stretch, Jefferson Tare dug in and was able to hold off DJ Power but could not keep Hall Bro from scoring a head triumph in 1:54.3. It was the second straight win and fourth victory this year for Hall Bro. The gelded son of Blissful Hall is trained by Antonio Valente for breeder/owner Fernand Brodeur of Laval, QC. He paid $7.40 to win despite being the betting favorite last week. In the lone three-year-old trotting filly division, Viva Bayama and driver/trainer Yves Filion made it two straight in the series with an impressive 2:04 victory. The daughter of Muscle Mass, bred and owned by the Filion’s Bayama Farms Inc. of Quebec, moved to the lead after the opening quarter mile and held off a game first-over Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) to win by one length. The pocket-sitting Lucyll Bro was third. It was the second win in four starts for Viva Bayama and a lifetime mark. She paid $2.90 to win. The trotting colts were featured in two divisions with Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron having little trouble leading from start to finish in 2:02 to win by one length over the pocket-sitting Andovers Touch (Stephane Brosseau) with SOS Gasland (Pascal Berube) third. It was the fourth win in six starts this year for Maximuscle, a son of Angus Hall who is trained by Eric Valiquette for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. He paid $3.00 to win. The second division for colt trotters saw Bouffon P V and driver/trainer Yves St Jacques shoot out to the early lead and sting the 3/5 race favorite, Somoli E and owner/driver Jerome Lombart to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Once on top, Somoli E was then challenged first-over by Monster Mass (Claude Larose, but Somoli E was up to the task and by the finish wire he won by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.1. Monster Mass was second with Horatio Drummond (Richard Velleux) third. Sired by Mr Lavec, it was the second straight win and fourth of the season of Somoli E, who paid $3.30 to win. There were three divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. The first division saw Champagne Shower and driver Denis St Pierre lead from gate to wire with ease in 1:57.3 by three and one-half lengths over Raiponce (Marie Claude Auger) and Astro Maggs (Denis Audet). It was the daughter of Santana Blue Chip’s second win this year for trainer Helen Filion. She paid $3.20 to win for owner Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese, QC. The second division saw My American Tallia and driver Stephane Gendron take the lead away from Night Fall (Sylvain Lacalle) at the opening quarter mile and then lead the rest of the mile race, drawing away in the stretch to win by three and one-half lengths in 1:58.2. Night Fall was second with Bemmol Kalie (Melanie Plourde) third. Delirium and driver Stephane Gendron posted the fastest of the filly divisions in the ninth race, scoring by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.1 over Tango Bayama (Rheo Filion) with pacesetter Canaco Xenia (Sylvain Lacalle) third. Delirium benefited from a two-hole trip behind Canaco Xenia until the three-quarters when they came first-over, collared the leader on the final turn and then pulled away in the stretch. It was the second win this year for the daughter of Artistic Fella. Delirium paid just $2.20 to win as the overwhelming 1/5 betting favorite. She is owned and was bred by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening as the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
There was certainly no lack of excitement at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday for the start of the $400,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers. The action was fast and furious despite earlier rains that labeled the track in “good” condition. The series features four weeks of preliminary rounds for both colts and fillies in each class and then on Sunday, August 7 will be the $65,000 finals for each of the four divisions. The fastest action took place in both $7,500 opening round divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings as Jefferson Tare saw his six-race winning streak come to a close at the hands of Hall Bro. After leaving and grabbing the early lead by the opening quarter mile in :27.4 despite the “off track” conditions, Jefferson Tare and driver Pascal Berube took command, but it was short lived as Stephane Brosseau came right back with the 4/5 race favorite Hall Bro. Those two held the field at bay as they sped past the half mile marker in :58.2. That was when Eveil Dun Champion (Mario Charron) came first-over to challenge to no avail. Then after the three-quarters in 1:28.4, Berube came back out with Jefferson Tare and in the stretch tried his best but could not collar Hall Bro until after the wire in 1:58, losing by a slim neck. Bad Magic (David Pilon) was third. It was the third win this year for Hall Bro, a gelded son of Blissful Hall, who is trained by Antonio Valente and was bred and is owned by Ferme Brodeur. Hall Bro paid $3.80 to win. The first division was the fastest mile of the day as Atomic Million AM and driver Sylvain Lacalle, despite making a break at the start of the race, came back to take command after the opening quarter mile and wired the field winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:57.1. No one was really able to challenge Atomic Million Am as My Lucky Bluejeans (Denis St Pierre) was second with Bali (Marie Claude Auger) third. Sired by Million Dollar Cam, it was the seventh win in nine starts this year for Hall Bro, who was bred and is owned and trained by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC. He paid $2.40 to win. In the first division for trotting colts and geldings, Maximuscle saw his three-race winning streak come to a close as he could only manage a third place finish. The race was won by Somoli E and owner/driver Jerome Lombart and they led from start to finish and barely held off a super game first-over effort by Andovers Touch (Stephane Brosseau) to win by a nose in 2:02.4. It was the third win this year and a lifetime mark for Somoli E, a son of Mr Lavec, who is trained by Andrea Lapierre. He went off at odds of 8-1 and paid $19.40 to win. The second division for trotting colts saw Monster Mass and driver Claude Larose lead from the start and score in a romp by five and one-quarter lengths in 2:05.1 over Jardinier (Marie Claude Auger) and De Pres Mirabel (Rosare Renald). The gelded son of Muscle Mass posted his third win this year for trainer Justin Blais, who is also the owner and co-breeder. He paid $4.30 to win. The highest payoff of the series preliminary rounds Sunday was set in the second division for pacing fillies as Ladylyonne and Stephane Brosseau came from third over at the top of the stretch to win by a neck in 2:00.4 over My American Tallia (Stephane Gendron) with Thrill Chaser (Marie Claude Auger) third. Sent off at odds of 24-1, Ladylyonne paid $51.70 to win in posting her maiden victory after 11 lifetime starts for trainer Dominc Gladu and co-owners Zephirin Lyonnais and Andre Grosso. The first division saw C L Infinite and trainer/driver David Pilon close from fifth place at the top of the stretch and draw off to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.4. Pacesetter Night Fall (Stephane Gendron) was second with Tango Bayama (Rheo Filion) third. It was the first win in five starts on the year for the daughter of Artistic Fella who was bred and is owned by Ecuries Leblanc, Inc. She paid $7.70 to win. There was only one division of three-year-old trotting fillies with ten starters. Half of the field made breaks and after weaving her way around those horses, having started from post ten in the second tier, Viva Bayama blew away the entire field. Trained and driven by Yves Filion, once he had clearance in the backstretch the second time, they sprinted to the outside, looped the field and then drew off to win by ten and one-quarter lengths in 2:04.3. SOS Striking Monte (Francine Morrissette) was second with Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) third. It was the maiden victory in five lifetime starts for Viva Bayama, a daughter of Muscle Mass, who is owned and bred by the Filion’s Bayama Farms, Inc. She paid $3.20 to win. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R, first race post time is 7:00 pm. For more information visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
After a quarter of a century of driving the leading reinsman at Hippodrome Quebec - Mario Charron - has now branched into the Rideau-Carleton scene and is hoping that both his vast harness racing experience and his talents in the sulky will bring him success at the Ottawa track.