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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 1, 2016 - The Hippodrome 3R enjoyed a splendid opening day program for 2016 that featured warmer than normal weather, a super-fast race oval, high priced winners in nearly every race and a full and competitive program with eleven action packed races. "What a great day to start our new season," said 3R general manager Vincent Trudel. "Our numbers both on track and from simulcasting were the best opening day over the past four years. "The fans came out today and really enjoyed themselves," Trudel said, "And that was important. Our staff worked hard to make everything ready for today and it has paid off. It is a "feel good" way to start off the race meet and we hope it carries over for the season." Race fans hoping for a hidden payoff gem saw an average win price for the eleven races at an impressive $27.00. Of the eleven races, only four favorites were winners and all eleven races were won by different drivers. Usually it takes a few race days before the track surface settles in but opening day the oval was in perfect shape with nine of the eleven races going under 2:00. The fastest mile on the card came in the 9th race pace as C C Nite Raider was able to overcome starting from post seven and getting parked out to the opening quarter mile by April Bandit (Jean Briere) in :27.4 before wiring the field. Driven by Pascal Berube, C C Nite Raider was able to hold on to the lead the rest of the mile to win by a quarter length over Rainbow Palace and April Bandit in 1:57. On the trotting side, Michelangelo and reigning two-time 3R driving champion, Denis St-Pierre, also overcame post seven and wired the field in the eighth race feature trot in 1:58.2. Shipping in from Rideau Carlton, it was the third win this year for Michelangelo, who won with east by three and one-quarter lengths for trainer Chelsea Knapp of Prescott, Ontario. The Hippodrome 3R will race on Sunday's only until May 24, the first of their Tuesday night programs at 7:00 pm. For more information, race results, free programs and live race feeds, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Canada's reigning Horse of the Year made his season debut Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, but Nickle Bag spoiled the party with the nation's fastest harness racing mile of 2016. A strong field of nine older pacers competed in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap pace. State Treasurer, last year's Canadian Horse of the Year, was making his 2016 debut and started from the outside post-nine. Driven by Chris Christoforou, State Treasurer was able to float out and drop in sixth as the even-money favourite. Nickle Bag, the 8-5 second choice, left hard from post-six for Trevor Henry to grab the front and post an opening-quarter of :26. Nickle Bag kept the pace honest in the second-quarter and reached the half in :54.3. Christoforou started up State Treasurer nearing the half and the Dr. Ian Moore trainee was sent first up entering the final turn. However, cover did develop for State Treasurer rounding the final turn, as stablemate Arthur Blue Chip angled out from third at five-eighths. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:22.3, Nickle Bag brought the field into the lane and waved goodbye. The Bill Robinson trainee finished off his mile with a blazing :26.2 final-quarter to win by 4¾ lengths in a career-best 1:49. State Treasurer came off cover in the stretch, but was unable to gain any spots and finished fourth in his season debut, pacing home in :26.4. Mohawk Warrior came from sixth at the top of the lane to finish second, while The Rev turned his two-hole trip into a third-place effort. A six-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag secured his ninth victory of the season Saturday. The Robinson trainee has picked up seven of his nine victories this year in the Preferred. Owned by Linda and Harry Loyens, Nickle Bag surpassed his 2015 earnings total with Saturday's victory. The veteran pacer has banked $167,860 in 15 starts this year, compared to $162,790 in 26 starts last year. Nickle Bag's victory Saturday was his 28th career triumph and it brings his career earnings to $627,490. He paid $5.30 to win. Nickle Bag Although State Treasurer was unsuccessful in his season debut, history shows that may not be a bad thing. The Dr. Moore trainee finished sixth last year in his debut (May 2, 2015 - Preferred Pace) before going onto divisional and Horse of the Year honours. Also on Saturday, the second leg of The Diplomat Series was contested. A group of 13 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two $20,000 divisions. War N Munn continued his WEG Series success with a 1:52 victory in the first division. The Carmen Auciello trainee got away fourth in the field of six for driver Jonathan Drury. Mach Power posted an opening-quarter of :28.3, but was quickly passed in the second-quarter by Shocking Image. The new leader reached the half in :57.2 and led the field around the final turn, while War N Munn charged first up to pull to within a length of the lead at the three-quarter pole. Shocking Image reached the third marker in 1:25.3, but quickly surrendered the lead in the lane to War N Munn. The 2-5 favourite rocketed home in :26.1 for a 2 ¼ length victory. Shocking Image was second, while Mach Power finished third. A son of Stonebridge Regal, War N Munn now has five wins in nine starts this season. The sophomore pacing colt has signature victories this season in The Count B and Youthful Series finals. War N Munn now has seven career victories and earnings of $119,261 for owner George Munnuiksma. His mile of 1:52 knocked three-fifths of a second off his previous career mark. The Auciello trainee paid $2.80 to win. War N Munn In the second division, Gerries Sport got his own way in the middle-half and finished up strong for an impressive victory. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Gerries Sport, the even-money favourite, left from post-seven and touched down on the front just after passing the opening-quarter in :26.1. Flaherty, the 7-5 second-choice, got a two-hole trip behind the favourite. Gerries Sport went unchallenged in the middle-half and posted panels of :55.4 and 1:25.1. The soft middle-half was the turning point, as the public's choice left his rivals behind and charged home in :26.4 for a 3½ lengths victory in 1:52. Flaherty maintained his position to finish second, while Worthy Art was third. A son of Mach Three, Gerries Sport is trained by Richard Moreau for Gerrie Tucker. The three-year-old colt is now two for two to start 2016 after posting three wins in 12 starts as a rookie. Just like War N Munn in the first division, Gerries Sport lowered his lifetime mark by three-fifths of a second. The son of Mach Three now sports a career bankroll of $56,845. Gerries Sport paid $4.20 to win. Gerries Sport The first leg of The Diplomat did not fail, therefore the 10 horses that earned money Saturday night have landed spots in next Saturday's $57,600 final. In order to be eligible to The Diplomat, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2015. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Charlottetown, PE - Eagle Jolt and harness racing driver Marc Campbell won the Saturday night featured event in 1:57.3 at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Eagle Jolt pressed to the front on route to the half in 58.2 after a battle ensued between Bazillion (Brian MacPhee) and Best Risque (Jason Hughes) that posted an opening quarter in a sizzling 27.3. The pacer rolled by the three-quarters in 1:27.1. Eagle Jolt is owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE. Idealic Life (Steven Shepherd) was second with First Art Down (Ken Murphy) completing the triactor. It was the third winner of the night for Campbell after scores earlier with Abner The Great and Casimir Luciano. Kenny Arsenault had four winners on the program. Frill Seeker dominated the open trot in 202.1. Ebbsfleet Stables, Stratford, Ontario, owns the trotter who marked his 25th lifetime victory. Arsenault also recorded top honours with DBS Roscoe for trainer Wendell Shaw and his co-owners Robbie Shaw and Derek Folland. The pacer was impressive in 1:58. His hat-trick came with Cabo Pan Lucas owned by Gary Poulton and Alan Walker, Charlottetown. Arsenault notched the grand-slam aboard Waterside Light for Larry and Kathy Chappell, Marshfield, PE. In other action, Swingirl remains perfect since arriving on PEI. The mare made a sweeping move down the backstretch to secure the win. Corey MacPherson did the driving for the new ownership team RedIslandhorseownersclub of Stratford, PE. For complete results and payouts go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, April 30, 2016 - The finishing touches are all in place as the Hippodrome 3R opens for live racing in 2016 on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm. It is the fourth season of operation under the Quebec Jockey Club, who took 3R out of bankruptcy and has renewed life for the harness racing oval in Trois-Rivieres. Sunday's opening day card has eleven full races headed by both a feature trot and pace. François Carignan, Director of Operations, is pleased to announce that three significant improvements were made for this season. The dining room in the clubhouse has been revamped, is more functional, and will be very inviting for racing fans and horsemen and women. Work in repairing the front the entrance to the paddock has been completed and the lighting on the racetrack for Tuesday night racing has been significantly improved with powerful reflectors added to each of the poles surrounding the track. Tuesday night live racing begins on May 24. The Hippodrome 3R is renowned for its top notch half mile racing surface and banked turns. According to leading reinsman, Mario Charron, the track is ready to go. "I'm excited for the first go-around tomorrow," said Charron, who last season missed tying rival driver Denis St-Pierre by one win on closing day for the driving title. "It is always fun when we start back with live racing in Trois-Rivieres. "I do not have that many live drives opening day," Charron said, "But I am not worried as my trainers are just getting their horses ready to go. I am just happy to be back racing here again. Charron has been qualifying horses over the 3R oval and says, "The race surface is perfect! The winter was not so harsh this year and the track crew has the surface in very good shape. It always takes a few weeks of racing to get the surface in form but right now it is excellent. "I am impressed that Secretary Johanne Létourneau was able to put together eleven races this Sunday," Charron said. "There were not that many qualifying races and now I see horses from Rideau Carlton being entered. It is great to see some new trainers bringing their horses here too. It's a good sign for the start of the race meet." Some of the standout horses returning for the opening day eighth race feature trot are $304,000 career winning trotter, Uncle Freddie, stakes winner from last season, Somoli E, and veteran 3R performers Kim Sorel and Force Naturelle. Along with leading drivers Mario Charron and Denis St-Pierre, Louis-Philippe Roy, the great Gaetan Lamy, Stephane Brosseau and Pascal Berube are all driving opening day. Track announcer Guy LaFontaine will be back in the booth on Sunday with his vibrant and elaborate race calls as the season will officially get underway when Guy calls out "Hippity Hippity Howe BOOM!" for the first race! Those who cannot make it to the Hippodrome 3R Sunday can watch the racing action live for free by visiting www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The second round of the Princess Series highlighted harness racing action Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack.  Following a scratch, a group of 11 three-year-old pacing fillies competed in a pair of $20,000 second leg divisions. Leg one winner American Curves skipped the second round, which opened the door for two new winners. In the first division, Noone To Depend On scored a 16-1 upset victory in a flashy 1:51.4 for Jody and Carl Jamieson. Party In Rome, the 5-2 second choice, cut out fractions of :28 and :56.4 before Lay Lady Lay, the heavy 1-5 favourite, came out from fourth to challenge first up entering the final turn. The top two choices waged war to the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4, while Noone To Depend On and Jamieson sat patiently in third. In the stretch, Party In Rome put away Lay Lady Lay, but Noone To Depend On clearly had more energy than the roughed up leader and cruised by to score a 3 ¾ lengths victory. Party In Rome held on for second, while Lay Lady Lay was third. A daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, Noone To Depend On was winless in three attempts this season entering Friday's Princess Series leg. All three of her previous starts were in the Blossom Series. Noone To Depend On now has three victories in 21 career starts and $66,980 earned for owners Carl and Brandy Jamieson. The sophomore pacing filly established a new career-mark with her 1:51.4 victory and paid $34.90 to win. Noone To Depend SodwanaBay prevailed in a stretch battle with Divas Image to win the second division in 1:53.4 at odds of 14-1. Driven by Rick Zeron, SodwanaBay left from post two and got away second. Sports Expert and driver Doug McNair found the front and went uncontested through fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26. In the stretch, SodwanaBay came off the pylons from second and Divas Image followed from third to blow by the leader. The two fillies slugged it out to the wire with Sodwana Bay holding off her rival by a neck for the win. Danish N Coffee finished third. Trained by Eric Adams, SodwanaBay now has two victories in eight starts this season. The sophomore pacing filly is a daughter of the late No Pan Intended, who passed away Friday. SodwanaBay, who was winless in six starts as a rookie, now has a new career-mark and earnings of $30,960 for owners Millar Farms. She paid $31.90 to win. In order to be eligible to the Princess Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2015. SodwanaBay The $57,400 Princess Series Final will take place next Saturday (May 7). Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack with an 11-race program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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Charlottetown, PE - The field is set for the feature event Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time for the action packed 14 dash program is 6pm. The top class is scheduled to post at 9:20pm. Fresh off an opening night victory, Bazillion will look to continue his winning ways for owner Kent Livingston. The six-year-old son of Village Jolt comes in winning four of his last five victories, in which he has laid down all of the numbers. Regular reinsman Brian MacPhee will drive for trainer Trevor Hicken. Bazillion is not the only horse with a streak on the line, Brain, Kevin and Lillian Ladner's Best Risque makes her return to the Charlottetown oval and will put her perfect season on the line when she puts her six race win streak to the test. The nine-year-old daughter of Cammibest will lose her regular pilot, but gain the services of Jason Hughes. The field of seven includes Brodys Leona, Smiley Bayama, Eagle Jolt, First Art Down and Idealic Life. A full field of eight Open trotters will go post ward in Race 4 on the evening seeing the return of veteran Caliban Hanover to the track from Post 8, the winner of over $14,000 last year for owner Wendell MacDonald will have trainer Ronnie Gass in the driver's seat. Frill Seeker has been dubbed the morning line favorite from Post 2 for the Ebbsfleet Stable and trainer, driver Kenny Arsenault, The winner of over $8,500 last season is making his first start of the 2016 campaign off a qualifier in 2:02. The race will also feature newcomer Sun Of A Victory, the main land invader from the Chuckie Symes barn will get the services of Gary Chappell as he makes his first start since arriving from the Ontario circuit. Prince Edward Island's hottest driver, Corey MacPherson will have nine drives on the 14-dash card. MacPherson who has 21 wins from 56 starts in 2016 is 10 ahead of the next closest driver, Marc Campbell. For race programs, top picks and live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Bo Ford, for Red Shores  

Wanaka overcame post position ten to win the harness racing Celias Counsel Trotting Series final Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A full field of ten three-year-old trotting fillies met up to contest the $33,200 Celias Counsel final. Trainer Paul Reid swept the second leg of the series and sent out a pair of starters, including the 4/5 favourite Flowers N Songs. However, Reid was not the only trainer to send out multiple starters, as John Box sent out 5 trotting fillies. Wanaka entered the final with a victory and third-place finish in the preliminary legs, but the Shannon Henry trainee had to deal with the far outside post-ten starting spot. The Bax trainees all pushed forward at the start looking for the front, while Flowers N Songs and driver Doug McNair dropped in seventh and Wanaka and driver Trevor Henry took back to find a seat in eighth. After an opening-quarter of :28.3, Bax trainee Hills Angel cleared to the front ahead of stablemate Moonlight Cocktail. The lead was short lived, as Treasurer Gifts K powered up from fifth to take the lead at the half in :58.2. Flowers N Songs angled to the outside trotting down the backstretch and made the long first-over journey to take the lead just before reaching three-quarters in 1:27.4. Meanwhile, Henry and Wanaka shadowed the public's choice and got a second-over trip to the top of the lane. In the stretch, Wanaka surged by Flowers N Songs to score a length and a half victory in a career-best 1:56.1. Smash Hit grabbed third, while Moonlight Cocktail was fourth. Following the race, Henry explained his winning strategy from post-ten with Wanaka. "I didn't really want to leave, there was a big entry to the inside of me and I knew there would be no favours," said Henry. "Doug's (McNair) filly I know (isn't) a big leaver, so I thought I would try and get to follow her and it just worked out." Henry noted that he was very confident in his filly, who was 7¾ lengths off the lead at the half. "I figured if I was at least six or eight lengths off at the half she would win" A daughter of Manofmanymissions, Wanaka now has five wins in 11 starts this season for owners Trevor Henry Stables Inc and 1035840 Ontario Inc. The sophomore trotting filly has only missed the board once this season after a third-place finish in two starts as a rookie. With Ontario Sires Stakes season rapidly approaching, Wanaka is primed for a big season locally, but Henry and the connections hope their filly can potentially tackle the Grand Circuit. "She's got the Elegantimage and Casual Breeze if she's good enough." Wanaka's Celias Counsel victory pushes her career earnings over $68,000. She paid $5.90 to win. In order to be eligible to the Celias Counsel, the three-year-old fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2015. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk with an 11-race card. The feature event is two $20,000 divisions of the Princess Series. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Canada's reigning Horse of the Year is set to return to the track Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Dr. Ian Moore trainee State Treasurer will look to start his 2016 harness racing campaign off on a winning note in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap. The seven-year-old son of Real Desire has been assigned the outside spot in a field of nine and will reunite with regular driver Chris Christoforou. State Treasurer put together a dream season last year with nine victories in 19 starts and just shy of $1 million in earnings. The Dr. Moore trainee posted victories in the Molson Pace, Mohawk Gold Cup, US Pacing Championship, Roll With Joe and Canadian Pacing Derby en route to being named the top older pacer in both Canada and the United States. State Treasurer enters his seven-year-old season with a milestone in sight. Just a $6,500 yearling purchase, he is just over $51,000 away from $2 million in career earnings for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. Although State Treasurer has yet to make a start, the veteran pacing stallion has already made headlines this season. Dr. Moore qualified State Treasurer in an eye-popping 1:49.4 on April 15 at Southern Oaks Training Center in Sorrento, Florida. The recorded fractions over the mile-oval at Southern Oaks were :26, :52.3, 1:19.4 and 1:49.4. State Treasurer's competition in Saturday's Preferred includes a stablemate and a trio of Preferred winners this season. Dr. Moore trainee Arthur Blue Chip is making his sixth start of the season from post-five in the Preferred. The five-year-old son of Shadow Play made all five previous starts at Pompano Park and scored two victories along with three runner-up finishes. Nickle Bag, who has six Preferred victories this season, will start from post-six. Ellis Park and Boomboom Ballykeel, who have each scored a Preferred victory in the last month, start from post-seven and eight, respectively. The Preferred Handicap has been carded as the tenth-race on the 11-race program. State Treasurer will not be the only Dr. Moore trainee to appear at Mohawk Saturday. The veteran conditioner sends out three starters in The Diplomat and former New York Sires Stakes standout Rockin In Heaven in an overnight event. Some Gold starts from post-two in the first Diplomat division for Dr. Moore, while Worthy Art and Sutton Seelster will leave from post position three and five in the second split. Rockin In Heaven will make his second start of the season in the evening's fourth-race. The four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven scored victories in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and Empire Breeders Classic last season en route to banking over $367,000. The second leg of The Diplomat Series will feature two $20,000 divisions Saturday night. The Diplomat Series is for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $100,000 last season. The opening-leg of the series failed to fill, as only four horses were entered, but leg two has attracted 13 pacers. Carmen Auciello trainee War N Munn will headline the first division from the rail. The three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal has captured both The Count B and Youthful Series finals this season to help him sport a 2016 bankroll of over $66,000. The first division field of six also includes British Columbia star Kokanee Seelster. The Ming Siu trainee made his first four starts this season at Fraser Downs and captured the $75,000 Keith Linton Memorial on April 3. Unlike War N Munn, Kokanee Seelster is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. The second Diplomat Series division features a strong field of seven Bill Budd trainee Flaherty has won four of eight starts this season and holds a mark of 1:51.3. The son of Up The Credit will start from post-two and has been made the 9/5 morning line choice. Flaherty is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Richard Moreau trainee Gerries Sport won his season debut last week at Mohawk in 1:52.3 and is the 5/2 second-choice on the morning line from post-seven. An Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots star last season, Gerries Sport appears ready to take a big step forward in 2016 with a pair of solid qualifying efforts before capturing his season debut. The Diplomat Series divisions are carded as the third and ninth-races on Saturday's card. Post time for Saturday's 11-race program is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 28 - The deadline for nominations to the Alliance Spring Series is this Monday (May 2). A total of 11 events will be contested as part of the Alliance Spring Series. Flamboro Downs, The Raceway at Western Fair, Clinton Raceway, Grand River Raceway and Georgian Downs will all host series races. The Alliance Spring Series offer racing opportunities for $6,000 and $12,000 claimers, along with four-year-olds and younger who are non-winners of $5,000. Flamboro Downs will host two series finals on Confederation Cup night (May 15), while Western Fair will also host a pair of series finals on Molson Pace night (May 27). The nomination fee for each series is $100 ($75 USD) and the Woodbine Entertainment Group will handle all payments. To view the full conditions for each series and nomination form to the Alliance Spring Series, click here. To make payments online, click here. by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - When the Hippodrome 3R opens this Sunday for its 2016 harness racing meet, there will be a new driving force at the half mile oval by the name of Louis-Philippe Roy. The 26-year-old resident of Mont-Joli, Quebec has only been driving professionally since 2008 and after a breakout season at 3R last year, he is coming into his own in 2016. Until last season, Roy averaged just 12 to 20 wins while on the Quebec Fair Circuit and a few drives at the Hippodrome 3R. Then in 2015 he exploded with 58 victories and ended the year with an impressive universal driving rating (battling average) of .351. What does Roy attribute his recent success to? "I don't know," Roy said. "I just take it day by day. I know that in this sport you can be very high one day and get as low the next day. As a driver you really depend on the trainers and owners that get confident in you. As long as they keep giving me opportunities to drive, I think that I can have a really good year." And that is coming true so far for Louis-Philippe Roy in 2016. Currently he is the leading driver at Rideau Carlton Raceway, which is a 200 mile drive (3.5 hours) from 3R, but the long drive has been worth it for Roy, who already this season has 29 wins and a UDR of .387. "I'll be driving every Tuesday at 3R," Roy said, "But Sunday's will be tough as I will have to combine 3R and Rideau, so I might be able to drive a few races at 3R in the afternoon and then at night at Rideau Carlton." During the week days, Roy works at Telus as an analyst on a marketing intelligence team. His true love is harness racing but the job with Telus allows him to pay the bills as he is not ready to give up his day job for harness racing. When asked if he felt that this could be the year at 3R that Louis-Philippe Roy can challenge Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron for the driving title, Roy answered the question with a question. "Can the New York Islanders win the Stanley Cup this year?" Roy explained, "They can, but will they? I would like to think yes, but I'm really not sure." Roy says he really enjoys the atmosphere at the Hippodrome 3R. "I like the "off-track" part of being there. Good people who are friends that love racing." Who does Roy feel will be his biggest assets to get drives at 3R this season? "It's difficult to answer that question," Roy explained, "because there are a lot of trainers that give me drives. I drove a lot for Yves Tessier for the last few months at Rideau and have had success with his horses. At 3R, there are Jean Tourigny, Francis Richard and especially Nathalie Migneault with her husband Eric Dechampain. They have been with me since my debut and gave me my first chance in the fair circuit and on the professional tracks too. "I think this will be a great season at 3R," Roy said, "and want to credit the fact that the Quebec Jockey Club, Vincent Trudel, Francois Carignan and his team are trying things to promote the sport here. It's the same thing with the Circuit Regional (the Quebec Fairs) that try to get new people interested in the sport in every area of the Province. "Things like the upcoming All-Star Drivers Tournament," Roy explained, "are always appreciated by the public, people from here will be happy to see these star drivers, and it should also help 3R get attention from not just the rest of Canada, but in the United States too!" Two of the all-stars in the big tournament June 5, Yannick Gingras and Daniel Dube, cut their teeth at the Hippodrome 3R before heading to the USA east coast. They have both become world renowned leading drivers. Does Roy see himself following their footsteps if the opportunity arises? "I don't plan it for now," Roy said, "but I let things go as they are and if I get an opportunity, I might consider it." While Roy wishes he could be one of the all-star drivers competing in the tournament and that goal could well be within his reach in the coming years, he did comment when asked who he felt would win it. And, as a devoted hockey fan and player, had this to say. "I would like to see any of the drivers win the tournament," Roy explained with a wink and a smile, "Except for Jody Jamieson because he cheers for the Toronto Maple Leafs!" From the Quebec Jockey Club    

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2016 Legend Honourees.  Initially launched as a millennium project, the tradition of honouring Canadian racing legends continues as we acknowledge people and horses whose accomplishments were achieved more than fifty years ago.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will honour these deserving legends at the CHRHF President’s Reception scheduled to take place in the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm.  The reception will also feature the official unveiling of the display boards for the 2015 inductees, as well as the introduction of the 2016 inductees.    Standardbred Legend – Woodlawn Drummond Bred by Clermont Veilleux of Drummondville, Quebec and raced under the ownership of Ecuries Drummond Stables, Woodlawn Drummond made quite a mark for herself in the mid-1960s. In 47 career starts she posted 22 victories and earned $128,592. The bay pacing mare, driven throughout her career by CHRHF member Keith Waples, raced at tracks in Ontario, Quebec and New York State from the age of two through her four-year-old year, often competing against and defeating the best colts of the time. In 1964, at the age of two, she tallied a record of 8-0-0 in 14 starts, including wins in the Canadian Series Stakes at Greenwood Raceway, Connaught Park, Richelieu Park, where she set her  two-year-old mark of 2:06, Trois-Rivieres and Quebec.  The game mare’s best year on the track was as a three-year-old, when she twice defeated Balenzano who was later voted Harness Tracks of America’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year.  It wasn’t just the fillies she dominated, as she also defeated colts Perfect Wave, Fleet Time, Keen Freight, Jerry Hal and Adios Watts on her way to record stats of 12-4-2 in 18 starts for earnings of $78,312 and a lifetime mark of 2:02.1 which she reached three times that year.   Her year concluded with a win in the Lady Maud Stakes at Roosevelt Raceway and being voted the Canadian Trotting Association’s Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year.  Other stakes race wins at three included the Ladyship Stakes at Goshen, NY; La Quebecoise Stakes, Dottie’s Pick Stakes and Gaspe Futurity at Richelieu Park. Woodlawn Drummond concluded her racing career at the end of her four-year-old season after competing against the best older pacers in North America including Bret Hanover (five times), Adios Vic and Cardigan Bay. She managed a solid third place finish in Canada’s oldest harness stakes event, The Canadian Pacing Derby, at Greenwood Raceway, behind H A Meadowland and Timely Knight.  Her year was highlighted by a win in the Canada Pace at Richelieu Park, and a second in the Ryan Memorial at Rideau Carleton for a record of 2-5-2 in 15 starts. As a broodmare her colts Keith Drummond, by Tar Heel and Gerry Drummond by Romeo Hanover saw some success at the track.  Keith Drummond won 11 races for $44,029 in earnings and a lifetime mark of 2:01.4 set as a two-year-old.  Gerry Drummond had 29 wins in his race career and set a mark of 2:04.4 at the age of eight. Thoroughbred Legend - Exterminator He was known as “Old Bones”, a moniker the chestnut gelding was bestowed by his affectionate fans.  Some also called him “The Galloping Hat Rack” or “Old Slim”, based on his tall, scrawny, angular appearance. A writer said “he never won a beauty contest, and certainly did not dazzle in any confirmation photos, but on the track Exterminator was the gritty hero of Thoroughbred’s Golden Age of the ‘20s.” In 1918 he shocked bettors by winning the Kentucky Derby at odds of 30-to-1, the longest shot on the board. The Derby was one of Exterminator’s record 34 stakes victories during an eight-year career that began in Kentucky and Windsor, Ont., and ended in 1924 in Montreal. In his 99th career start the 9-year old gelding pulled up lame. He left a legacy that would never be forgotten, winning 20 times while carrying 130 pounds or more. As he aged he became one of racing’s most popular warriors.  At five he set two world records, winning the 1 ¾ mile Saratoga Cup and the two-mile Autumn Gold Cup at Belmont. He was champion older male in 1920, ’21 and ’22.  Foaled in 1915 at Almahurst Farm, Ky., Exterminator sold for $1,500 at Saratoga’s yearling sale. By age two he was nearly 17 hands; awkward and coarse looking, prompting owner J.C.  Milam to geld him and sell him for $9,000 to Willis Sharpe Kilmer, who was looking for a workhorse to tune up Sun Briar, his 2-year-old champion and Derby favorite.  Sun Briar didn’t train well and Kilmer, under the urging of Churchill Downs president Col. Matt Winn, reluctantly entered the horse he called “the truck horse” or “the goat” for the Derby. In 1924 the gallant old warrior limped off the track after finishing third at Dorval.  Two weeks earlier he notched his 50th and final victory at Blue Bonnets. During his career Exterminator made four starts at Woodbine, winning the Autumn Cup three years in a row while toting between 132 and 137 pounds. He was assigned 134 pounds in the 2 ¼ mile Ontario Jockey Club Cup, which he won handily over a muddy track. “Old Bones” campaigned 13 times in Canada. He died at age 30 and was buried next to his old stable mate Sun Briar. In 1957 he was inducted into Saratoga’s Hall of Fame. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will honour these deserving legends at the CHRHF President’s Reception scheduled to take place Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm in the CHRHF located at Woodbine Racetrack.  The reception will also feature the official unveiling of the display boards for the 2015 inductees, as well as the introduction of the 2016 inductees.    The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, located at Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto, is a national organization dedicated to honouring the best in Canadian horse racing, as we preserve the history and heritage of the sport. Additional details are available at:  www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com by Linda Rainey, for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway and the Board of Directors of the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) have released details and applications for the bursary/scholarship program for local students pursuing agriculture-related studies. College and university credited programs are eligible for up to a twenty-five hundred ($2,500) dollar award. A minimum of five awards will be granted in 2016. The program is designed to provide financial assistance for students residing in Wellington and Perth Counties, and the Region of Waterloo, who are entering, or currently enrolled in, college or university agriculture-related programs. Since its inception in 2006, the GRAS program has awarded $105,500 to 74 students. The Application Form (PDF) is available at http://grandriverraceway.com/scholarships/ All applications must be received no later than July 15, 2016. Successful applicants will be determined by August 15, 2016. Recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony at Grand River Raceway on a race night in September. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

Trotters were in the spotlight Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the Tie Silk Series Final headlining the 10-race harness racing card. A field of ten three-year-old trotting colts and geldings clashed in the $32,200 Tie Silk Series Final. The sophomore trotters not only had to deal with each other, but also rainy and windy conditions. Eddie Green trainee Donicus, 6-5 favourite, was aiming for a series sweep from post-five, but right to his inside was Per Henriksen trainee Muscle Hustle, the 8-5 second choice. Henriksen opted to skip the second leg with Muscle Hustle after the son of Muscle Mass won a leg one division. Donicus and Muscle Hustle trotted out quickly at the start with the Green trainee grabbing the lead and posting an opening-quarter of :27.2. Muscle Hustle and driver Randy Waples sat patiently in the two-hole, as the favourite posted fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.2. Waples pulled on the right line to set up a stretch duel at the top of the lane. Muscle Hustle found top gear quickly and surged by to record a two-length victory in 1:56.2. Donicus' bid at a series sweep was denied, as he finished second. Greg Peck trainee Merchandiser, who won a leg two division, finished third from post-ten. Muscle Hustle was making just his second start of 2016 and fifth overall Monday. The Henriksen trainee now has three career victories and over $33,000 earned for owners Ecurie Bergh Inc. The clocking of 1:56.2 shaved nearly a second off Muscle Hustle's previous career-best. He paid $5.30 to win. Muscle Hustle Three-year-old trotters, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2015, were eligible to the Tie Silk. The weekly $34,000 Preferred Trot saw yet another older trotter find the winner's circle Monday. Charlie Is A Joker benefited from breaks by the two favourties, Fearless Man and Flanagan Memory, to win in 1:55.3 for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. The eight-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall grabbed the early lead, before surrendering the front to Zeus Lightning in the second-quarter. Charlie Is A Joker sat in the two-hole until the top of the lane and surged by in the stretch to win by a length at odds of 9-1. Zeus Lightning held on for second, while Hldontghttoyurdrms finished third. Charlie Is A Joker now has back-to-back victories to improve his season's record to four wins in 13 starts. The veteran trotter has banked $71,000 this season for owners Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin. Monday's victory was the 32nd career score for Charlie Is A Joker and pushes his career earnings over $443,000. He paid $20.50 to win. Charlie Is A Joker While the older male trotters battled early in the card, the Late-Double started with a $24,000 Mares Trot. Many familiar older trotters, including Charmed Life, Rockin With Dewey and Bax Of Life, headlined the field, but a daughter of Muscle Mass making her four-year-old debut stole the show. Muscle Baby Doll shot through late for driver Sylvain Filion with great final-quarter speed to win in 1:54.4 at odds of 10-1. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee was making her debut against older rivals after winning eight of 15 as a three-year-old and banking over $451,000 in her first two seasons on the track. Charmed Life, who took command in the second-quarter, surrendered the lead late and had to settle for second, while Rockin With Dewey finished third. Muscle Baby Doll trotted along fourth for the majority of the mile and used a :27.1 final-quarter to win by a length and a quarter. The daughter of Muscle Mass is owned by F Bellino And Sons LLC and now has 13 career victories. Muscle Baby Doll returned $23.60 to win. Muscle Baby Doll Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Opening day for the Hippodrome 3R is right around the corner on Sunday, May 1 and management at Quebec's only pari-mutuel harness racing track is ready to greet fans with some big, positive changes. "From our new All-Star Spring Driver's Tournament with many of the best harness drivers in the world coming to 3R, to our redesigned website, we are ready for a very exciting race season in 2016." Said 3R General Manager Vincent Trudel. The track opens with live racing on Sunday's at 1:30 pm starting May 1 and then adding Tuesday night racing (post time 7:00 pm) beginning on May 24. "We have positive changes set for this season," Trudel added. "In order to boost our simulcast signal, our track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, will be calling the races in both English and French, and we will have our changes, handicapping selections and other broadcast items in both languages as is our website. "We have also hired a new Director of Marketing, Andre Provencher," Trudel said. "To assist us for promotional events, marketing and simulcasting. He is already a welcomed addition to our staff." What Trudel is most excited about for the new season is the All-Star Driver's Tournament set for Sunday, June 5. "We have never had such a lineup of the best drivers in North America racing here at 3R." Trudel gleamed. "Hall of Famer John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gingras, Jody Jamison, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion and our own Denis St Pierre and Mario Charron. What a great tournament this will be. I am so grateful for these driver's taking the time from their busy schedules to come here to Trois-Rivieres." The tournament will comprise of eight races and throughout the day there will be interviews after each race and a special Meet and Greet with all the drivers starting at 12:30 pm. "Just after we announced the tournament and the top drivers in the competition, the dining room at the track was sold out in days." Trudel said. The premier event of the season is the third annual revival of the Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers with a purse of $200,000. Set for Sunday, August 21, this year's Prix D'Ete is headlined by the nomination of the 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. "We are hoping that owner George Teague and Wiggle It Jiggleit have a strong and healthy season," said Trudel, "so that they will come here and race in the Prix D'Ete. The race has had many great horses compete in prior years and the racing fans in Quebec would love the opportunity to see this world champion race on our track." Other stakes at 3R this season include the Lucien Bombardier Pace for two-year-old fillies on Sunday, September 11 and the very popular Quebec-Bred Series for two, three and four-year-old pacers. The Quebec-Bred Series takes place from May through September depending on age with preliminary round and finals in all divisions. Leading driver for the past two years, Denis St-Pierre, is ready for the start of the 3R racing season. "I may be living in Ontario now," St-Pierre said, "But I will be at 3R every time I have the chance to drive mainly in the stakes races. I did this last year and missed some programs but still was able to hang on for the driving title against Mario Charron. He nearly caught me on closing day. "I am so honored to be part of the upcoming driver tournament on June 5," St-Pierre added, "What a great job the management at the Hippodrome 3R has done to have these world class drivers come to Quebec. "It is so important for our race program at 3R to have a tournament of this top class for everyone in North America to have their eyes on," St-Pierre said. "I can't wait for this day as it will be great to compete again these guys. This is very positive for harness racing at 3R and important for all the horsemen and women in Quebec to support." The Hippodrome 3R's top drivers, trainers and owners will be back for the summer meet. Along with Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron, Pascal Berube, Jocelyn Gendron and Louise-Phillip Roy, who is currently the leading driver at Rideau Carlton Raceway, will all be back at 3R. Top trainers returning to 3R include Maxime Velaye, who captured his first driving title last year with an impressive UDR of .443. He will be joined by Jean Tourigny, Yves Tessier, Dany Fontaine and Andre Champagne. "It is very exciting getting ready for this Sunday," Trudel said. "I know the race fans in Quebec are anxious for the return of live racing to Trois-Rivieres and we are ready to show everyone a good time." For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

HAMILTON, April 25 - The countdown is on to the 2016 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. A showcase event for harness racing's top four-year-old pacers, the $225,000 (estimated) Confederation Cup is set to take place Sunday, May 15. A total of 18 four-year-old pacers remain eligible to this year's Confederation Cup, including last year's U.S Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. The George Teague stable superstar has picked up right where he left off last season, as he has posted four victories in five starts to begin his four-year-old season. The lengthy list of accomplishments for Wiggle It Jiggleit includes victories in The Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug and Matron Stakes. Trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit has earned over $2.3 million during his career. The possibility of a Horse of the Year competing in the Confederation Cup adds more buzz to an already exciting event planned at the Hamilton oval. Fans on track for Confederation Cup night will be able to enjoy an exhibit floor, featuring sampling stations and industry booths, live music, a T-Shirt toss and a parachute drop (weather permitting). Entertainment on the racing surface will also include a Miniature Race, a Racing Under Saddle Race and a Dachshund Dog Race. Meet and greets will follow each on track event. Flamboro will once again host a canned food drive on Confederation Cup night. Fans and horseplayers are asked to bring a canned food item for the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Hamilton for the opportunity to win prizes. The lead up to Confederation Cup night begins a week before with the eliminations (if necessary) on Sunday, May 8. Elimination night lands on Mother's Day and a special Buffet will be offered for the occasion. Also to coincide with Mother's Day, the winner of the Name The Foal contest will be announced. Fans can enter and receive full details regarding the Name the Foal contest by clicking here. Post time for Confederation Cup night (Sunday, May 15) is 6 p.m. For more details regarding all Flamboro Downs events, visit www.FlamboroDowns.com . Below are the names of the 18 horses eligible to the Confederation Cup. ASAP HANOVER AMERICANPRIMETIME DANCINTHESHADOW DRACHAN HANOVER DREAMS BEACHBOY K RYAN BLUECHIP LYONS AGAIN LYONS LEVI LEWIS MACH ON THE BEACH MY HERO RON NATIONAL SEELSTER ROCK N' ROLL WORLD ROCKIN IN HEAVEN ROCKIN RON RODEO ROMEO THE WAYFARING MAN TRACEUR HANOVER WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications (Alliance)

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