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James Kennedy recorded a consecutive driving hat trick here at Cal Expo last Friday, guiding his own trainee I'm An Athlete to victory in the Open II pace, followed by a score behind Scooters Lady and then completing the harness racing triple with The Bearded Lady in the featured Annette Funicello Final. Interestingly, all three wins came from a tracking journey and each race saw Kennedy coming away at the end while rewarding the chalkplayers on each occasion. I'm An Athlete races for Ron Rettig-Zeucchi and was getting come class relief after racing in the Open I in his previous three outings here; Scooter Lady is owned and trained by Marco Rios and was graduating in her eighth start; while The Bearded Lady put in her patented late move to prove clearly best in the Funicello at 60 cents on the dollar. "I've had I'm An Athlete for two years now and while it helped to get some class relief, he went a real strong mile. It should give him some confidence when we move back up to the top level. "I'd only driven Scooters Lady once before and she gave me a real good finish that night, so I thought we had a great chance with the right trip. It worked out for her to be second over and she delivered." Kennedy kept the momentum going with The Bearded Lady in the evening's feature while making it two in the row with the daughter of Mach Tree. "Let's just say she's unique, because she is very mouthy and needs the softest touch possible. "If you noticed, I kept her off the gate so she would be able to relax, because she isn't nearly as good on the front end. She gave me another strong finish and was pretty impressive." Flameon, Silverlode battle in main event Flameon and Silverlode, who have been trading punches at the head of the class, get another chance to settle the score in Friday night's featured $6,000 Open Trot. A 13-race card will be presented under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with first post set for 6:10 p.m. The headliner will go as the third event on the evening. Flameon and Silverlode have been assigned the outside two posts in the field of six, respectively, with Chip Lackey once again guiding the former while Silverlode will again have the services of Luke Plano. The hard-hitting pair have met twice at this young stand, with Silverlode going coast-to-coast in the October 29 Open and holding safe by a head, while Flameon prevailed by a neck after a first-over trip in the most recent top dance two weeks ago. Flameon is a 6-year-old son of Angus Hall who is owned by Mark Anderson and hails from the Gordie Graham barn, while Silverlode is Desomer Stables homebred daughter of British Sterling. Rounding out the field, from the rail out, are the Kennedy Lindsey-conditioned Kickinitwithkohler; The Lehigh Legend from the Gene Vallandingham shedrow; the Sparky Clarke-trained Zoraze; and Windsun Galaxie, who takes his lessons from Lino Pacheco. **** There are two wagers here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which is conducted on the first five races of the night; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which is decided on races 9 through 12 on Friday. By Mark Ratzky, publicity - Cal Expo Harness

Angus Hall son Imperial Count, whose first crop of harness racing two-year-olds race this year are already making an impact. Arriving late for the 2012-13 stud season Imperial Count only served limited numbers, but the ten resulting progeny has already resulted in a two-year-old racing against older company for Alan Clarke, who rates the colt for his great gait and attitude. Alan is looking to get the horse some ring raft before he starts racing against his contemporaries. Imperial Whiz is out of the Gee Whiz II mare Stargo Whiz.   However he is not the only horse by the son of Angus Hall to impress. Nicky Chilcott has one in her own barn on behalf of a syndicate, that she rates very highly. He is out of a Monarchy mare, Duchess of Phoebe. The breeder of Monaro Mia reports the connections of this filly are very impressed with her progress, and she hails from the family of the great mare Tussle, being out of a daughter of Wrestle. It is no surprise that the talent is coming from a broad spectrum of mares, as the son of Angus Hall will cross with the great majority of NZ broodmares, the cross proven with daughters and grand daughters of Sundon, Gee Whiz, Muscles Yankee, Balanced Image, and Continentalman. Imperial Count  was a magnificent 2 & 3yo Sires Stakes winner and was placed in all three 2 & 3yo Sires Stakes Gold & Grand Finals in the tough Ontario based programme in Canada - one in world record time after he created all the speed fractions. Described by his trainer as; "A horse trainers dream, never been sick or lame, never made a break never had a bad day. 26 second gate speed. Very good gaited , very easy to drive.   Mr Reliable!" Imperial Count is back in New Zealand available now for breeding. His fee is $2500 plus GST but discounted for multiple bookings and those that bred to him before. He stands at Barra Equine alongside New Zealand two-year-old of the year One Over Da Moon. Both are avaialble with fresh chilled semen throughout NZ and Australia.  For further information click on this link.

Nichols, N.Y. -- After his dominant win over Open 2 trotters last week, James Cantelon's Dragin the Wagon ($7.00) made a successful jump to harness racing Open 1 company at Tioga Downs, capturing the $13,000 feature on Saturday (September 3) evening in pillar-to-post fashion.   Aaron Byron had the 6-year-old Angus Hall gelding in play from the outset, sprinting clear of Brandos Muscle Man (Mike Merton) in the first few strides of a :27 first quarter. Dragin the Wagon immediately backed the pace down before bracing for the first-over bid of odds-on favorite Its Payday Friday (Mike Simons) up the far side. Dragin the Wagon subsequently parried the challenge of Dragin the Wagon after intermediate splits of :57 and 1:25, digging in through the homestretch to prevail by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54. Its Payday Friday narrowly held second over Brandos Muscle Man, who was hard pressed for racing room from a tight pocket trip.   Jeff Byron trains 30-time winner Dragin the Wagon for owner James Cantelon.   Mike Merton led all drivers for a second consecutive night, taking three of the night's nine races.   LIve racing returns to Tioga Downs on Monday (September 5) afternoon; the 10-race Labor Day card is slated to commence at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Unable to finish better than 5th place in three prior tries, Bastiano put it all together Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R, winning the fourth and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series. It was perfect timing for the victory as it comes with a spot for Bastiano in the $55,000 final on Sunday, September 4 at 3R for the Future Stars Final. His victory came in the colt division for two-year-olds. Leaving from post two for driver Rheo Filion, Bastiano went right to the early lead. But a stubborn Sometimes When and driver Guy Gagnon came right after Bastiano and Filion and those two raced side by side for rest of the one mile. As they continued to race head and head down the stretch, it was not until the final strides that Bastiano sealed the victory by a quarter length in 2:03.1. Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) was third. It was the maiden victory for Bastiano in just his fifth lifetime start. The gelded son of Angus Hall is trained by Eric Gnocchini, and co-owned by Gnocchini with Paul Lavigne and Gestion Marc Lemay, Inc. of Quebec. In the filly division, Joyce Lavec and driver Pascal Berube won in a romp by the length of the stretch for her third win in just four lifetime starts. But it was not that good at the start of the race as Joyce Lavec broke at the start and spotted the field more than 10 lengths by the opening quarter mile. Once Berube had his filly back on stride, she tore after the race leaders, caught them by the second turn and then pulled away from the field to win by 21 and one-half lengths in a slow 2:09.3. Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) was second with KFB Filante (Jonathan Lachance) third. Trained by Dany Fontaine, Joyce Lavec is a daughter of Mr Lavec, bred and owned by Jean Berthiaume of Sorel-Tracy, QC. Both of the races Tuesday were non-wagering events. Track Notes: Driver Louis-Philippe Roy increased his lead as the top dash winning driver at the Hippodrome 3R this season scoring four winners on the night. Live racing resumes at 3R on Sunday with the final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Coming up Sunday, September 4 will be the finals of both the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-olds and the Future Stars Series for two-year-olds. Eight championship finals with total purses of $480,000. It will be the richest day of racing at 3R this season. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 19, 2016 - Holiday Party posted his fifth straight victory and was able to overcome an accident marred race, in capturing his division of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday. Competing in the 6th race colt division of the Breeders Cup Series, Skyflex and driver Rheo Filion was leading the race after the opening quarter mile in :29. Then, on the second turn, Slyflex went off-stride on the lead and went to the outside, causing interfering that hampered nearly all of the horses in the field of nine. Once the may lay was cleared, KFB Amigo Cool and driver Stephane Brosseau took command of the race, but driver Pascal Berube was able to get Holiday Party, the 1-4 wagering favorite, back in gear and he closed with a burst of speed to win by one length in 2:02.3. KFB Amigo Cool was second with Holiday Gift (Sylvain Fontaine) third. It was the sixth win in ten starts this year for Holiday Party. The gelded son of Holiday Road is trained by Dany Fontaine for the Gaetan Bono Stable, Inc. of Montreal and paid $2.70 to win. In the fourth race division for fillies, the 1-2 favorite Y A Jailhouse Judy and driver Stephane Gendron made an uncharacteristic break behind the starting gate and never was able to rebound, finishing last. That enabled Eau Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle to scoot right out to the lead from the rail with Y S Suzanne (Carl Duguay) following in second place. Eau Naturelle led the field through the three-quarters when Duguay pulled to the outside for a final challenge. Down the stretch they raced, neck and neck to the wire where Y S Suzanne just got up at the wire to win by a nose in 2:01.3. Clair Chocolat (Guy Gorbeil) was third. It was a lifetime mark and the first win in six starts this year for Y S Suanne. The daughter of Angus Hall is trained by Carl Duguay and is owned by Duguay's Elevage Baie De Chaleurs of Port-Daniel, QC, and paid $7.90 to win. The opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters took place Tuesday evening with one division for colt and for fillies. The third race colt division saw Capteur De Reve began his career on a winning note, leading from start to finish with a three-quarter length triumph over a late closing Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) in 2:07.4. Yoan Bayam (Yves Filion) was third. Bred, owned and driven to victory by Guy Corbeil of Ecurie Provoquante of Montreal, Capteur De Reve paid $5.60 to win. He is sired by Muscle Mass and is a nephew of the great Quebec-bred trotter, Maximuscle. In the filly division for two-year-olds, all it took for Taurus P V and driver Stephane Brosseau to win the race was to stay on stride. The daughter of Val Taurus, trained by Serge Nadeau and bred and owned by Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu, QC, was the only horse in the field to stay on gait during the non-wagering race. She was able to wire the field, winning by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:08.1. Affirmee (Guy Corbeil) was second with Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) third. TRACK NOTES: Jimbelina, the winningest horse at 3R this season and unbeaten in five starts for driver Roland Trudel, saw her winning ways come to an end in the 5th race pace. Pressured first-over from after the opening quarter mile by Shedonthepyschic (Louis-Philippe Roy), Jimbelina held game on the lead until mid-stretch, when the pocket-sitting Mr Sunshine Boy (Stephane Brosseau) came up the passing lane to nip Jimbelina at the wire by a head in a lifetime best time of 1:58.1. At odds of 17-1, Mr Sunshine Boy paid $36.40 to win. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, first race post time 1:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 18, 2016 - The future stars of harness racing from the Quebec region begin their careers Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R with the start of the $200,000 Future Cup Series. This series is for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies and features four weeks of preliminary round competition with the top eight point earners from both the filly and colt divisions returning on Sunday, September 4 for their $65,000 finals. The trotting colts are on display first in the third race. This is the first time any of these youngsters have raced for a purse and thus one needs to look at their breeding to see who could be an up-and-coming star in the future. That honor could well go to the morning line favorite, Capteur De Reve, who starts from post five for trainer Maxime Velaye. This son of Muscle Mass was bred and and is owned by Ecruie Provoquante of Mirable, QC and will be driven by Guy Corbeil. Capteur De Reve's dam (mother) is Noblesse, who is a half-sister to non-other than three time Quebec-bred Series Champion, Maximuscle, who is racing later in the program in the eighth race. Capteur De Reve has also finished a strong second in a qualifier last week at Rideau Carlton in 2:04. With just three fillies entered, the filly division will be non-wagering and the race will be held right after 5th race on the program. Making her debut to pari-mutuel racing will be the younger full sister to Maximuscle, Affirmee. She is also owned and bred by Ecruie Provoquante, trained by Velaye and will start from post three for Corbeil. She has also been race-timed in 2:04. So we have a brother and two sisters and their nephew, all racing on the same program at 3R Tuesday. There are also two divisions of the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting fillies and colts. In the fourth race first division for trotting fillies is another full sister to Maximuscle in Éclair Chocolat from post six. She was third in the opening round of the series. The race favorite is Y A Jailhouse Rock and driver Stephane Gendron from post five. They are attempting to make a clean sweep of the series, having won both opening round legs. The daughter of Andover Hall, trained by Michel Allard and co-owned by Yves Sarrazin and Rene Allard, is on a roll, having won five of her last six starts. Other contenders in the field include Y S Suzanne (post three) and Eau Naturelle (post one). The colts do battle in the sixth race where Holiday Party (post 9) is the heavy favorite and is on a tear, with a four-race win streak on the line for trainer Dany Fontaine and driver Pascal Berube. This son of Holiday Road has won five of nine starts for Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:57. Missing from the lineup is track record holder Wildwild Men, who had also won two legs of the series. Post time is 7:00 pm Tuesday. For a free race program and live video feed of the race card, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2016 season has seem quite possibly the best trotters in the history of Atlantic Canadian Harness Racing and those trotting stars take to the track again Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 PM for the 12-dash program with Frill Seeker attempting to remain atop the roost of the Open Trot class in race 6. Frill Seeker has drawn post 4 in the $1,950 contest with trainer Kenny Arsenault handling the driving duties, against his five horses and geldings competitors, for owner Ebbsfleet Stable of Ontario. The Angus Hall eight-year-old was a dominant winner in his latest race with a 1:58.3 mile, meaning his rivals need to step up their game to defeat him. Wedgewood was the runner-up in that contest with Gary Chappell again picking up the lines from post 2, while Professor Gordon, who was a force earlier in the season, makes his return to pari-mutuel racing with Vincent Poulton from post 1 after the trotter had equipment problems in his last start on June 16. Other entries include Neal (Brian Andrew), Majian Dillon (Jim Ripley), and Diamond Mine (Willie Murphy). Race 8 will feature the Open Mares trot class for a $1,950 pot with Osprey Impact earning morning line respect fresh off a 1:59.4 victory in last week's Mares Open for driver Walter Cheverie and owner-trainer Paul Larrabee of Belle River. The Federal Flex mare has drawn the rail position but has no slouches to her outside as Red Shores Charlottetown and Summerside track record holder Thunderaway leaves from post 2 for Jason Hughes and Pleasue Girls has post 3 with Adam Merner in the bike as she makes her second start back on the East Coast after a productive winter at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ontario. Tyne Valley (Mark Bradley), Holy Molie Maggie (Corey MacPherson) and Paymenowpaymelater (Gilles Barrieau) round out the field of six. The evening featured pace is in race 11 with Starcastic looking for redemption from post 4 for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Bobbi Jo Gaudet of Charlottetown and Billy MacKenzie of Stratford. In his latest, Starcastic made a break at the start but even with loads of work to do he responded with his last three quarters in 1:26 flat to only be beaten a little over a length by Bazillion - who draws post 2 in this week's Thursday night feature. For entries, results and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

At 71 years young trainer-driver Brian Gath wrote another page in his book of legend, winning the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final for harness racing two-year-old fillies at Tabcorp Park Melton Friday night. A maiden before tonight, Betty Hall is now a Group 1 winner for owners Norm and Joan Visca having produced a shock win in the night’s last Vicbred trotting final, scoring at a staggering $119 on the tote. “I have trained a few Group 1 winners, but there is nothing like training one for good people,” Gath said, who drover Betty Hall a treat, placing her on the back of favourite Illawong Shimmer. When leader Watts Up Rainbow galloped and sent the field scattering, Gath steered Betty Hall wide and then rejoined on Illawong Shimmer’s shoulder. Betty Hall was then the best horse in the straight, winning by a head from Kyvalley Kyrie with Illawong Shimmer a half-neck further back in third. For Gath,  who turns 72 on Tuesday, the victory by the Angus Hall filly out of Nirvana Castle was reward for persistence. “To train one for a Group  1 race, it takes a lot of lot of work and this filly’s had a lot of work from my son (Mathew), Anthony Crossland spent hours on it for me, and myself  of course,” Gath said. The win in a 2:05.7 mile rate has only further fuelled Gath’s love for the sport. “I don’t really want to stop,” Gath said. “I get more pleasure out of training, I’m really happy on the farm working my horses and that. If I’ve got one good enough I will take off to the races, but I enjoy doing it. “For the last 25 years I have been off racing every day nearly and every week and Matty has been at home training, he’s the backbone of our stable.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Endsino became a two-time Group 1 winner tonight at Tabcorp Park Melton courtesy of a stellar Kate Gath drive in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Trotting Mares Final for harness racing four-year-olds. After leading from the pole, Gath handed up at the mile to Aldebaran Deebee, which snookered Endsino’s main danger Sky Petite three-back on the pegs. “It wasn’t that hard, I think most people would have done the same,” Gath said. “It’s pretty simple … if we hold the front Sky Petite goes straight past us, so at some stage we had to find a horse to hand up to. I had a good look around and Aldebaran Deebee is a pretty good horse to follow. I handed up to her at Maryborough on a different horse and she got to the line well, so I thought she was a good choice … with the draw and the run we were just able to win and that’s fantastic.” Endsino (Angus Hall/Jauriol), trained by Gath’s husband Andy, out-sprinted Aldebaran Deebee (Chris Svanosio) up the straight and rated 2:01.7 (last half-mile covered in 60.7) to win by a half-neck, with Val Gardena (Greg Sugars) third and Sky Petite (John Caldow) an unlucky fourth. “She’s been a great horse, she’s already earnt $130,000 before tonight so the money they can make (trotters in Victoria) is terrific. We are so lucky to have her.” Endsino is the third Group 1 winner tonight that graduated from the Pryde’s Easifeed Australasian Premier Trotting Sale. She is raced by passionate trots owners Michael Taranto and Gennaro Sposato. Endsino won the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series Final as a two-year-old in 2014. “She’s funny she come back quite good but her last couple of starts she’s been getting pretty fired up. She wasn’t too bad but she seems to be going through a bit of a growth spurt, so maybe that’s taking its toll on her,” Gath said. Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 25, 2016 - On Sunday afternoon the good trotter Maximuscle will be saying "Au Revoir" to the racing fans at the Hippodrome 3R as his makes his final appearance in the $120,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series. No, the five-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall from the Promising Catch mare, Iceberg Angus, is not retiring from racing, but this is Maximuscle's last Quebec-Bred Championship final that he will ever get to compete in. What makes this such a special race is that currently Maximuscle is the only horses ever in the history of the Quebec-Bred Series to never lose a championship final. He won it at age 2, 3 and 4 and is the race favorite in his finale Sunday. Owned and bred by Guy Corbeil's Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC, Maximuscle is the 5/2 morning line favorite in the third race $30,000 final for trotting horses Sunday. He will be driven by Mario Charron, who has driven the horse for most of its career. Lifetime Maximuscle has 44 starts, 24 wins, 4 second and 4 third place finishes plus over $210,000 in earnings. For the past two seasons he has been trained by Maxime Velaye of Mirabel. "He (Maximuscle) was trained at age 2 and 3 by Eric Valiquette," explained Velaye. "The other trainer was quitting the job and Guy Corbeil called me if I was interested to come back to Quebec and train his stable, which included Maximuscle. "It didn't take me long to think about it," Velaye joked. "My answer right away was yes. I had been in Ontario for seven years and it was time to come back home to Quebec." It was Maximuscle and the Provoquante Stable that helped Velaye win his first training title at the Hippodrome 3R last year. Maximuscle finished the 2015 season with nine wins, mostly at 3R. "He is really a sweetheart around the barn," Velaye said. "He does nothing wrong. The real love story is he and his driver Mario Charron. Mario has driven him most of his career, everytime, every race at 3R. Mario always tells me he is his favorite horse to drive and I can understand why after all those wins!" Velaye says he has no plans for the future for Maximuscle after his race on Sunday. "More than likely he will race some at Rideau Carlton and maybe if he is going good we will try him at Mohawk Raceway too or maybe come back again at 3R if the conditions are right. "It will be sad for me after the race on Sunday," Velaye said. "But perhaps more for Mario and Guy. This horse has been so super but trotters do get better with age so we hope he can race for years to come and do well." When Maximuscle gets behind the starting gate on Sunday he will face two formidable foes in Me The Boss and track record holder from last year and Quebec Series champion 3-year-old, Seeyou Men. Me The Boss has raced against Maximuscle since they both were age two in the Quebec Series. He beat Maximuscle in a preliminary division of the series by a neck, but Maximuscle turned the tables last week in the final preliminary rounds. Me The Boss starts from the rail for driver Louis-Philippe Roy and trainer Francis Richard. Seeyou Men, trained by Isabelle Darveau and driven by Robert Shepherd, starts from post three in the final. He made a clean sweep of the Quebec Series last year at age 3, setting a track record with his 1:58.4 triumph in the final. He lost the first round of the series against Maximuscle by a head, then came back to win a division against Me The Boss. Who does Maxime Velaye see as Maximuscle's biggest threat in the race? "I'm gonna say Me The Boss is the horse I fear the most." Velaye said. "Because he beat us once and I know his trainer will have him ready to rock the house Sunday. I am good friends with his trainer Francis Richard." Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, Velaye tells us we have not seen the last of the Maximuscle family at the Hippodrome 3R. "I have Maximuscle's full brother, Intouchable, and younger sisters, Éclair Chocolat (age 3) and Affirmee (age 2)." Velaye said. "Intouchable got all the tools to make a good horse but he needs to mind his manners. Éclair Chocolat is ready to compete in the Breeders Cup Series at 3R that gets underway July 5 and the little full sister, Affirmee, is only a two-year-old but training very well and she reminds me of Maximuscle a lot." So Maximuscle may be saying "Au Revoir" to the Quebec-Bred Series at the Hippodrome 3R, but trainer Maxie Velaye has plenty of brothers and sisters to carry on the winning tradition in the coming months. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 24, 2016 - Harness racing trainer/driver Carl Duguay is looking for a big racing day at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday as he has two horses competing in the $120,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series. Each of the four finals for four and five-year-olds pacers and trotters race for a purse of $30,000 and Duguay and his family-owned Chaleurs Breeding Farm have the morning line race favorite in one division and the fourth choice in another division. "I like the posts that we drew for Sunday." Duguay said. "It is a good post for Viva Bayama (post 6). I am glad she drew that one. And post two for Chaleurs Fantasy is very good. That is perfect for her. "We have been in the harness racing business for many years." Duguay explained. "My father, Gaston, is 73 and has been in the business for most of his life. It is a family business as my brother Eric is also involved along with myself. "I have just 5 racehorses with me near Trois-Rivieres to race at the Hippodrome 3R." Duguay said. "I train them at We have another 20 horses at our farm in Port-Daniel, Quebec, mostly broodmares and younger horses that Dad and Eric care for. When they are ready to race they send them to me. "The breeding farm name of Elevage Baie Des Chaleurs comes from the region outside of Quebec called Chaleurs Bay." Duguay explained. "It is the arm of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence between Quebec and New Brunswick. It is where we are from in Port-Daniel. "We bred Chaleurs Fantasy and I raced her at age 2 and 3 until after the Quebec-Bred Series at 3R. Then I send her to the USA to Hedi Rohr at Saratoga Raceway and she did very well with her. After the final this Sunday I will send her back to Hedi. She (Chaleurs Fantasy) is the best horse we have ever bred and raced from Chaleurs Farm. A daughter of Omar Khayam, Chaleurs Fantasy has over $100,000 in earnings. Last year she won ten times with a record of 1:53.1. This year she has three wins in four starts. Her only loss was by a slim head in the Quebec-Bred Series to Miss Bro. Last week in the final preliminary round, Duguay and Charleurs Fantasy led from start to finish in 1:57.1 by two and one-half lengths. Duguay sends Viva Bayama out on Sunday as a mild 4-1 long shot from post six in the sixth race final for trotting mares. This daughter of Muscle Mass is also a $100,000 career winner, but not for Duguay, who bought the mare at the end of the season last year. "I claimed Viva Bayama last year after she was done racing in the series at 3R." Duguay explained. "They were racing her in claimers and I got her for $10,000. I was very happy to have her in my stable." Not only has Viva Bayama won the series finals the last two years, she also set the 3R track record at age 3 in 2014. But she has not been as good now at age 5, having just one win in eleven starts. Fortunately, that victory came in a division of the series to enable her to make it into Sunday's finale. "I think she will do very well on Sunday." Duguay said. "I am not driving her. I put Denis St Pierre on her because he knows the mare. He won the final with her last year." So what is this ability that Carl Duguay seems to have with the fillies and mares over the colts and horses?" "I like the mares," Duguay said. "I talk with them," Duguay joked. "They need lots of attention. I think my key to success with the mares is patients. You must have lot of patients with horses, especially mares. You have to really know and understand them." So what does the future hold for the Duguay Stable after this Sunday's Quebec-Bred Series Finals? "I think I have the best three-year-old trotting filly for the Breeders Cup Series that starts at 3R on July 3." Duguay proudly said. "Her name is Y S Suzanne and I predict that she will break the track record at 3R this season." Duguay added, "And not just the filly trot record of Viva Bayama she did last year in 1:59.2, but the colt record too! (Lukes Pierre 1:58.2 in 2003) as I think she is that good. After making only six starts at age 2, Duguay purchased the daughter of Angus Hall from owner/breeder Yves Sarrazin. Her lone victory was a big one last year, in the $41,000 Quebec-Bred Series final at 3R in 2:03.3. "I see this filly has such ability." Duguay said. "I already schooled her at 3R in 2:00 and she gets better every start." And if just one of Carl Duguay's mares win on Sunday or if both can win. What will Carl Duguay do to celebrate? "Ha Ha Ha," Duguay laughed. "If we do well or not on Sunday we will go out to dinner after the races with family and friends and have a very good time!" TRACK NOTES: Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm for the ten race program. The four $30,000 Quebec-Series Finals are races #3 (Horse Trot), race #6 (Mares Trot), Race #8 (Mares Pace) and Race #9 (Horse Pace). There is a free race program and free live video feed for Sunday's races available at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 23, 2016 - The fields have been drawn and set for Sunday's $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series Finals on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with four $30,000 finals for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers. The third race is the first final for trotting horses and despite only six entering the race, three of them could be neck and neck at the finish wire. Maximuscle (post 2) is the morning line favorite and rightly so. He is seeking to become the first horse ever to win all four series finals. He was victorious at age 2, 3 and 4 and this is his last race in the series. Trained by Maxime Velaye and driven through the series all four years by Mario Charron, Maximuscle won two of the three preliminary rounds of the series this season for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. In his last series win he showed a sharp :28.2 last quarter mile, winning in 1:58.2, the fastest winning time this year for the gelded son of Angus Hall. Next in the race is track record holder and series champion from last year, Seeyou Men. This son of Muscle Mass, now age 4, was all the rage last year, sweeping the series and setting the track record with his 1:58.4 triumph for driver Robert Shepherd and trainer Isabelle Darveau. Owned by Catheline Pelletier with breeder Chantal Gravel of Quebec, Seeyou Men won the second round of the series over Maximuscle by a head. Me The Boss starts from post one for driver Louis-Philippe Roy and trainer Francis Richard and he was able to beat Maximuscle in the third leg of the series by a neck and thus is another major contender in the field. The trotting mares do battle in the 6th race with four of the eight finalists having won preliminary rounds, and any of them have the chance to wear the championship crown once the dust settles in their final. SOS Afterthestorm starts from post five for drvier/trainer Francine Morrissette and won the second round in a lifetime mark. Viva Bayama starts from post six for trainer Carl Duguay who is giving up the drive to two-time defending 3R driving champion, Denis St Pierre, who won the final with this mare last year. SOS Striking Monte goes from post seven for driver Pascal Berube. She was so impressive in her last start in the series, breaking stride at the start and then coming back from ninth place to win it all. SOS Revange in post eight for driver Gaetan Lamy had won two of the four preliminary rounds, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:59.2. The eighth race is for the pacing mares and Chaleurs Fantasy from post two is the big favorite for trainer/driver Carl Duguay. She has won three of the four preliminary rounds and was second in the other. She has the fastest win record in the series, 1:57.1 and will be tough once again. Her main rival will be Miss Bro from the rail for driver Pascal Berube. They beat Chaleurs Fantasy two starts back with a very impressive first-over grind it out triumph. Other contenders include last year's series champion, Voodoo Charm (post 7) and Hawaiian Drummond (post 8). The ninth race final division for pacing horses will be perhaps the fastest and most competitive. Track record holder Atomic Million AM looms as the toughest foe in the race from post one for driver Sylvain Lacaille. After finishing first and second in the opening rounds he went back to Rideau Carlton for trainer Alain Martin was was second by a head in back to back starts in 1:53.1. Last week Sugarsam showed he is has returned to winning form, grinding out a very impressive win in 1:55.3 and will start from post three for driver Denis St Pierre. Sugarsam still holds the track record at 3R at age two and was last year's series champion at age 3. Both Electric Western (post 2) and Mach On The Beach (post 8) won divisions of the series too while Half A Billion (post five), whose best outing in the series was only a third place finish, came back last week at 3R in an overnight event and cut loose for driver Louis-Philippe Roy with a six and one-half length romp in 1:53.2, the fastest mile this year at 3R. Other contenders also include D G's Justlikethat (post 7), C L Art Magic (post 6) and Killer Thriller (post 4), all have the ability to upset the field. With a forecast of sunny skies and temperatures perhaps as high as 90f (32c), some of the series and track records at the Hippodrome 3R could well be in jeopardy. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

The Saturday night harness racing card at Running Aces featured the Summit Pace and the Summit Trot . A very large and enthusiastic crowd attended the kickoff to our Summit Father's Day Weekend. The featured seventh Race Summit Pace went to Make Three Wishes ($13.40), a 5 year old mare by Brandon's Cowboy, Owned by Paul Sanders and Trained by Justin Currie, with Nick Roland steering her to victory in 1:53.4. The Summit Trot in race 6 went to favorite Where's The Clicker ($4.80) with Dean Magee aboard, for Trainer Tim Roach and Owner Kyle Larner, in 1:56.3 it was the 4th win this year for the son of Angus Hall. There were 2 divisions of the $15,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pacers in action on Saturday, divided into two groups, A and B, and it was Freedom Reigns (Tim Maier) who will most certainly graduate to group A next time out, after posting his 3rd consecutive sharp winning mile in the $6,000 B group, another life's mark of 1:54.4 tonight. The gelding by Up Front Brad is owned by Janice Molgaard and Nancy Jenson, and trained by Brady Jenson, he paid $2.80 as the heavy favorite. The $9,000 A group went to the filly Cruzin Coco, (by Voracious Hanover) who posted her 4th win 5 starts this year, and a new lifetime mark of 1:54.3 with Steve Wiseman aboard tonight. The razor-sharp filly is owned by Ron Emerson and Mark Holtan, and trained by Joel McDanel. The 3 fillies in the field took not only 1st, but also 3rd (Dag In My Stockings) and 4th (Fancy Little Girl) against the 4 geldings tonight. The .50 cent Jackpot Pick-6 wager was hit tonight, with one lucky patron correctly selecting the sequence of 7-3-4-1-4-4 in races 4 through 9, to take down the entire jackpot of $13,520.15 The next card of live Harness Racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will go to post on Sunday night, June 19 at 6:00 pm CDT with a nice 11 race card. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 14, 2016 - Despite making a break at the start of the race, then having to brush three-wide in the backstretch from seventh place, SOS Striking Monte and driver Pascal Berube would not be denied at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. Competing in the fourth and final preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotting mares, it was a rough start from the beginning for SOS Striking Monte. Breaking stride right out of the starting gate, along with race favorite SOS Revange (Gaetan Lamy), is a tough start for any horse. Double Chance (Sylvain Lacaille) went right to the lead with Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras) in the pocket seat to the opening quarter mile in :29.2. Then at the half mile in 1:01.1, National Trace (Stephane Brosseau) came first-over with Beauty Road (Guy Gagnon) following second-over and then came SOS Striking Monte and Berube third-over after recovering from the early break. Turning into the backstretch, Berube turned SOS Striking Monte loose and the mare came flying three-wide and her momentum carried her to the lead at the three-quarters in 1:32.1. Then down the stretch SOS Striking Monte could not be caught, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.4. Double Chance held for second with Kim Sorel third. A five-year-old daughter of Striking Sahbra, it was SOS Striking Monte's second win in five starts this year for trainer Guy Roy and owner Francis Prouix of Saint-Pie-De-Guire, QC. She paid $9.20 to win. In the non-wagering horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series, Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron was able to hold off rival Meet The Boss (Louis-Phillipe Roy) in posting a 1:58.2 triumph. Last week it was Meet The Boss upsetting Maximuscle with a neck triumph, but this time Charron was able to back down the early pace (:29.4 opening quarter) to a 1:01 half mile. It was then that Roy made his move, just like last week, with Meet The Boss and he kept grinding it his way towards the race leader through the three-quarters in a mild 1:30.2. The difference in the race this week was that Maximuscle kicked in a :57.2 last half mile and :28 second final quarter mile to hold off Meet The Boss by three-quarters of a length. The pocket-sitting Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) was third. For Maximuscle, a five-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall, it was his second win in three starts this year for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. On Sunday, June 26, Maximuscle will seek to become the first horse ever to win all four finals of the Quebec-Bred Series in his age and gait division. TRACK NOTES: The field for the 2016 Quebec / Eastern Ontario Regional Driving Championship, scheduled for Tuesday evening, July 12 at the Hippodrome 3R has been confirmed. The participating drivers are: Jacques Beaudoin (Rideau Carleton Raceway) Pascal Berube (Hippodrome 3R) Gord Brown (Kawartha Downs) Guy Gagnon (Rideau Carleton Raceway) Sylvain Lacaille (Hippodrome 3R) Gaetan Lamy (Hippodrome 3R) Brett MacDonald (Rideau Carleton Raceway) Louis Philippe Roy (Rideau Carleton Raceway) Invitations were extended to drivers based on several criteria including their 2015 and 2016 statistics on their circuit. "This promises to be an extremely exciting and competitive drivers' challenge," commented Vincent Trudel, General Manager at 3R. "We have just hosted a very successful All-Star Drivers Tournament which drew a huge crowd. Our fans love these types of events and we look forward to having another driving competition, this time featuring many of our local drivers." The Hippodrome 3R is hosting the Quebec Regional event for the third time after serving as host track in 2008 and 2014. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with the fourth and final preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers. First race post time is 1:30 pm. For a free race program and live racing via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

WASHINGTON, PA, June 8, 2016 -- Tamarind overcame post 9 to collect his third straight harness racing victory -- and fifth in his last six starts -- in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tamarind got away fifth before Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, I Know My Chip, down the backside. The 8-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos cleared easily and went on to score in 1:54. Cue Hall used Tamarind's cover to finish second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Monte Christo Spur rallied for third. Bill Bercury owns and trains Tamarind, who boosted his career bankroll to $838,099. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the special Belmont Day card features the $46,500 Meadows Maturity Trot for mares 4 and up. It goes as race 1, with a 1 PM post time. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Nichols, N.Y. -- Middle-half pressure from P L Houdini would not faze James Cantelon's Dragin the Wagon ($42.60), who withstood a second challenge in the stretch en route to a 20-1 harness racing upset in Friday (June 3) evening's $11,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs.   Fern Paquet, Jr. sent the 6-year-old Angus Hall gelding right to the front, and the pair refused to yield to a first-over challenge from P L Houdini (Scott Coulter) on the clubhouse turn. After dueling through middle fractions of :56.3 and 1:24.3, Dragin the Wagon shook free of a fading P L Houdini and held off a late challenge from pocket rival Here Comes Numbers (Mike Simons), who chased up the pegs in the final sixteenth. Zooming (Mike Merton), favored at 6-5, rallied off stalled cover to take third.   Jeffrey Byron trains Dragin the Wagon, who earned his 27th career win.   In the $11,000 Mares Open Pace, Cracker Coffee ($3.60) made good at odds-on via a pocket trip, following an ambitious pace set by All Charged Up (Tom Jackson) before sprinting out from the pocket in upper stretch to a two-length, 1:52 victory over K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) while All Charged Up faded to third. Mike Merton drove the 7-year-old Six of Diamonds mare for owner LRL Racing, LLC and trainer Amber Buter.   Mike Simons led all drivers with a treble on the 10-race card, teaming up with Talktomecourage N ($10.00, 1:55), Summer Snow ($4.20, 1:52.1), and No Reason At All ($9.70, 1:55.2).   The evening's two first-round $7,500 M&J Oil & Lube late-closing preliminaries went to 3-year-old trotting fillies Anime Hanover ($13.60, Jim Meittinis, 1:59) and Fruition ($10.40, Jackson, 1:56.4).   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 4) evening, with the first of 10 races due off at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

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