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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Both the Open Pace and Open Trot winners last week on opening day at the Hippodrome 3R are returning to headline the harness racing action this Sunday with big hopes of repeat trips to the winner's circle. Solid Performance most certainly lived up to his name last week, coming first-over, grinding his way past pacesetter Bazinga Brad in the backstretch and then opening up on the field in the stretch. His winning time of 1:56.2 was the fastest mile of the program last week and this Sunday at H3R, he will be put to the test once again, drawing the far outside in post 8 for the 8th race co-feature. When owner/trainer Marc-Andre Cormier of Princeville was asked last week after Solid Performance's impressive victory about his preference to come to Trois-Rivieres with his horses. He replied in his own style: "I prefer a journey of 40 minutes than a four-hour trip!" Cormier said. As for the performance of Solid Performance, Cormier was not overly surprised by his victory or his time of 1.56.2. "I had two horses in the class, Cormier said, "but in my mind Solid Performance is a better horse than Glass Shadow. Our main opponent Bazinga Brad, was beatable. Driver Gaetan (Lamy) did very well in addition. And it should not be forgotten that three of our opponents were making their first debut in 2017." Stablemate Glass Shadow, who was third last week, is back again too and starts from post three for driver Richard Simard. Bazinga Brad also returns for driver Stephane Gendron from post six but all eyes will be focusing on a newcomer in the ten-horse field, Onyx V A, who starts from the rail for driver Sylvain Lacaille. Onyx V A is an 11-year-old gelding by Electric Stena, owned and trained by Andre Laracque of Lourdes-De-Joliette. In his last start at Rideau Carlton, he ripped off an impressive 1:54.2 triumph in his first win of the year in eight starts. It is the mare against the horses once again in the 7th race Open Trot Sunday as Torches Angel looks to notch her second straight win this early season. The seven-year-old mare by Angus Hall was given a confident drive by Pierre-Luc Roy, coming first-over at the half against pacesetter Rocky Boy, taking command of the race in the backstretch and then holding a late charge by Caroluzzo to win in 2:02.4. "I was never worried even though the mare (Torches Angel) was fifth at half last week," said trainer Yves Tessier. "Unlike some of her rivals, she already has races in her 2017 luggage and she was ready to fire. In addition, I have a great confidence in her driver Pierre-Luc. This is a talented young man and I have no doubt that he will be able to make his mark this year at H3R if he is given the chance. "I hope that we will have the opportunity to return often to H3R in 2017, with a few others of our proteges," Tessier added. Torches Angel starts from post six with Roy back handling the driving. "Yves' horses (Tessier) are always competitive and I appreciate the chance he gave me." Roy said. "And I have the firm intention of coming to Trois-Rivieres for the 40 programs this season. I made arrangements with my employer and it will be possible." Caroluzzo is back in the race also for driver Stephane Gendron and starts alongside Torches Angel in post five. Driver Stephane Gendron is now just ten wins away from scoring his 4,000th career victory. Post time is 12:50 pm at H3R for the nine-race live program. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Top homebred trotting mare Allerage Star (5,M) has been retired due to a fractured pelvis. Allerage Star, a daughter of Angus Hall out of the trotting mare Starry Eyed (Muscles Yankee), owned by Jeff Gural's Little E LLC, David Stolz, Arthur Geiger and Jason Settlemoir, earned more than $415,000 in 62 career starts. The "quick footed" harness racing mare won 17 of those 62 starts, while finishing first, second or third 36 times.   Allerage Star took a lifetime mark last year of 1:52.3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Allerage Star made her last career start at Harrah's Philadelphia where she finished fourth and was immediately sent to New Bolton Veterinarian Clinic where the x-rays revealed a fractured pelvis. Allerage Star was immediately retired and sent home to Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farm in Stanfordville, New York where she will be bred to Father Patrick.   Jeff Gural noted, "We had a lot of fun with Allerage Star. We thought she was ready for another big year and we staked her pretty heavily, but that's horse racing. I look forward to seeing her babies racing on the track as she had a big heart with plenty of go. Hopefully that will translate into fast offspring."   Allerage Farm has been in the Standardbred breeding industry since the late 1980's. Currently, they have 2 breeding facilities, one in Stanfordville, New York and one in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Allerage Farm has over 100 horses between the 2 locations.   Allerage Farms  

A big camp’s investment and a young man’s persistence both paid off with Une Belle Allure claiming the $60,000 IRT Need For Speed Prince Final at Tabcorp Park Melton. The victory delivered harness racing driver Zac Phillips his first Group 1 success less than a week after his 21st birthday and capped a dominant performance by trainer Anton Golino and owner Pat Driscoll’s Yabby Dam Farms. Having qualified six for the $60,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies, Golino’s crew preceded to fill the first four placings with Une Belle Allure winning by a half-head from favourite Dance Craze, with Nieta 5.7m back in third and My Chimera claiming fourth. “It’s a great thrill,” Golino said. “We worked hard for this, it was a big night, we had a lot of horses in it. It doesn’t always mean that you get the job done, this is satisfying.” That it was his Angus Hall three-year-old who saluted was no surprise to Golino. “I thought she was our best last year as a two-year-old. She had a horrible prep, a few things went wrong, she got sick, she got kicked. We sort of rushed her there and she didn’t probably perform as well as we thought she could. “She’s come back super this season and she’s shown that again tonight.” Phillips guided Une Belle Allure to the front from gate three with Diz Luck on his outside when they settled before Dance Craze joined him at the bell. A 32.3 second quarter sured up the leaders’ control of the race and after a 29.8 third quarter they would have plenty left in the final straight. Dance Craze loomed in Gavin Lang’s hands but Une Belle Allure fought on and when they hit the line a half-head was enough to give Phillips his crowning moment. “It’s a massive thrill. I’ve dreamt of winning a Group 1 for as long as I can remember and to do it on trotting’s night of nights, it really means a lot to me,” Phillips said. “To Anton and the team, for them to give me the opportunity, I really can’t explain how grateful I am to them. “It just shows the quality of people they are, they do a great job with their team and put a lot into the sport.” Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

Amour Angus is regarded as one of the greatest trotting mares ever bred if not the greatest! Amour Angus is by Magna Force from Kenwood Scamper by Texas from Lindys Speedy Lady by Speed Count from Brendina Hanover by Hoot Mon. Thats it, if that means anything to any of you harness racing pedigree fanatics. This great standardbred mare is responsible for changing the breed world-wide producing three sons that are all full brothers and they have impacted the breed profoundly. These three sons are all by Garland Lobell. They are; Angus Hall is now the sire of over $95,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America.  Conway Hall is now the sire of over $80,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America.  Andover Hall is now the sire of over $72,000,000 in progeny earnings in North America.  Amour Angus also produced a full sister to the above three stallions called Emilie Cas El the dam of Trixton who won the Hambletonian and is standing at stud. Trixton was syndicated for huge money before serving a full book of mares in his first crop.. Andover Hall was the two-year-old trotting colt of the year in North America and has proven to be a great sire and now a great sire of sires leaving from his first crop the great Donato Hanover t3,1:50.1 ($3,058,058) himself the sre of over $36,000,000 in progeny earnings from his six crops old enough to race to date. Andover Hall has not only produced Donato Hanover as a $3 million plus earner but his other great son racing in Europe, Nuncio has earnings of over $3 million as well and Nuncio was just named Sweden's 'Horse Of The Year' for 2016. Andover Hall has also left Creatine another great International star that has won over $2 million and is now standing at stud. Andover Hall was made avaliable to New Zealand breeders for the first time by frozen semen two years ago and the resultant 24 live foals are now yearlings and two of those foals are in the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka next Monday the 20th of February. What will they fetch? They should be really sort after with Andover Hall producing some of the richest and finest progeny of any trotting stallion in the world today. Lot 87 – Meantobe (bay colt, Andover Hall - Yankeedoosie) This colt Meantobe is the second  foal from the race winning Muscles Yankee mare Yankeedoosie ( $43,999) who is a full-sister to I Can Doosit ($1,445,774) and Group 3 winner Sno’s Big Boy ($215,309).The second dam is the broodmare gem Sheezadoosie ( $48,632) the dam of 6 to race for 6 winners. Lot 120 – Whatuhot (bay colt Andover Hall / Broadband) Whatuhot is the first foal from the Muscles Yankee mare Broadband ($4,529) who is a full-sister to the Group 3 placed Cyberspace ($27,106). The third Dam is Inda Bank ( $126,410) who is the dam of 7 winners including Yogi Johnson  ($66,681), the Group 1 winner Frozen Funds ($55,049) and The Almighty Johnson ($78,517 to date). Harnesslink Media          

LEBANON, OH. - Tag Up And Go (Trace Tetrick) notched his first local score at Miami Valley Raceway Tuesday (Jan. 24) afternoon, but it certainly wasn't anything new to the well-traveled 7-year-old harness racing son of Angus Hall who now sports 29 career victories. In just his second try at Miami Valley, the Brewer Adams-trainee was a convincing victor over Revenue Agent (Greg Grismore) and Insomniac (Brady Galliers) in the weekly $22,000 Open Trot. The 1:54.3 clocking was the quickest on the trotting gait in the 2-1/2 week old 2017 meet. Tetrick left the gate with authority and save for a brief "give and go" moment with Insomniac at the first quarter pole Tag Up And Go dictated all the fractions. The 6-5 favorite cut fractions of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.2 before sealing the deal with a :29.1 final panel. Revenue Agent seemed hopelessly boxed in around the final bend, but Grismore found a seam in mid-stretch and rallied sharply to grab the place money. Brian Clark co-owns the lifetime winner of $416,775 with Adams Racing LLC. Four divisions of "Claim To Fame" series races were contested by $8000 claiming pacers, plus a pair of splits for $12,500 filly and mare pacers. The $8000 group winners were Grantor Hanover (1:54.4, Jeremy Smith), Oyster Bay (1:55.3, Trace Tetrick), Dunside Art (1:54.3, Mike Oosting) and Turbo Mach (1:53.1, Trace Tetrick). All four qualified for the $20,000 championship leg next Tuesday when they will be joined by Status Quo, Mike's Hope, Peck Blue Chip and Ravenswood Reese in the lucrative final. The final spot in the championship leg will be the winner of a random draw between Perma Grin, Holy Chip and Untouchable One-all of whom tied for ninth in total earnings during the two preliminary legs. Winners in the pair of splits for $12,500 mares were A Little Starstruk (1:55.2, Kayne Kauffman) and Sexy Card Shark (1:55.4, Trace Tetrick). The nine finalists who will chase a $17,900 pot next week are A Little Starstruk, Sexy CardShark, Transit Hanover, Ginger Tree Alexis, Caviart Scarlett, Cenalta Firecracker, Geisha Girl N, Ginger Spice N and either Rescue Team or Auf Wiedersehen, who tied for ninth. Driver Trace Tetrick got a new nickname from announcer Barry Vicroy as he renamed Trace "Touchdown Tetrick" when he scored his six win in the nightcap of the matinee program. Gregg Keidel

DOVER, Del.--- Tag Up And Go, a 7-1 harness racing shot, despite finishing second last time, was best in the stretch, to win the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Dec. .28. Bret Brittingham was at the controls for trainer Amanda Payson in the 1:54.1 score for owners Brian Clark and Adams Racing. Frost Free Hanover (Vic Kirby) challenged in the stretch but had to settle for second. Awsome Valley (George Dennis) was third. The Tag Up And Go victory was his 10th of the campaign and gives the Angus Hall-Tagapine gelding $118,920 won for the season. In one of two $15,000 sub-feature 3,4&5-Year-Old trots, Tony Morgan scooted Uva Hanover along the passing lane to edge front-trotting Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.) at the wire in 1:53.3. Go Byem (Jim Morand), parked-out second for more than the last half mile, was a strong third. Fresh from a wire-to-wire win in his last start, Uva Hanover, starting from post 8 moved up and then took the passing lane to victory giving Tony Morgan, Nort America's all-time second-leading winning driver, his second victory on the card. The win for the five-year-old Cantab Hall-Up Front Laura gelding trained by Linda Toscano finishes with a near six-digit season in 2016, banking $99,000, for Martin Steinberg and Stake Your Claim Stable. He now has earned $430,784 lifetime. Steel Reserve had no trouble posting a 1:56 triumph in the other $15,000 division. Trainer Vic Kirby, who owns the Credit Winner-Iron Lass gelding with Cris Giaccio, took the early lead and led the rest of the way for his seventh win of the year while earning $74,440. Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) was a solid second. Gillie The Kid (Tetrick) was third. Tim Tetrick had a triple while three other drivers visited the winner's circle twice; Vic Kirby, Art Stafford Jr. and Tony Morgan. Marv Bachrad

Buddy Hally ($33.20) unleashed a vicious first-over push through the last three-eighths of a mile in Friday (December 9) evening's co-featured $13,000 fourth-level trotting event at The Meadowlands, putting away Opulent Yankee with ease and evading 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Share for a 1:52.3 harness racing triumph. The 6-year-old Angus Hall gelding floated forward in the initial stages, securing a clear tracking spot behind the top pair of Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) and Waiting On a Woman (Joe Bongiorno) through initial splits of :27.2 and :56.2. With seven-sixteenths to go and a gradually advancing Market Share (Tim Tetrick) improving into the mid-division, Corey Callahan angled Buddy Hally first-over, and they accelerated to press immediately, dueling into a joint lead with Opulent Yankee a quarter from home. Buddy Hally edged clear upon cornering for home, easily powering past Opulent Yankee and holding clear of the chasing Market Share with similar facility, only receiving a few taps of the whip to stay on task for a two-length win. Fashion Creditor (Brett Miller) rallied belatedly down the grandstand side to take third, another 2-1/4 lengths detached. Dylan Davis trains Buddy Hally--now a 16-time winner--for Howard Taylor and NR Holdings, LLC. In the evening's other fourth-level trotting event, I C Caviar ($14.40) used similar tactics en route to a 1:53.3 score, angling first-over from just off the front flight up the far side and wearing down 3-2 favorite Wing Flash (Andy Miller) before edging away to evade the second-over Promise Delivered (David Miller) by 2-1/2 lengths. Brett Miller, who led all drivers with four wins on the evening's 12-race program, drove the 5-year-old Malabar Millennium gelding for trainer Joe Hanney. $39k Pick 4 carryover to Saturday Double-digit upsets from Blush Hanover (31-1) and Jacks to Open (25-1) stymied players in the evening's Late Pick 4 sequence which saw no favorites prevail. As a result, Saturday (December 10) evening's card will feature a Late Pick 4 carryover of $39,173.27, with the sequence beginning in race seven. The closing-race 20¢ Jackpot High Five sports a hefty carryover as well, now standing at $57,161.17. Players combined to wager $2,167,514 on the Friday card. Post time for the first of 13 Saturday events is set for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

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 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 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

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