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GUELPH, ON --, harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership operation, will welcome special guest Daniel Dube to its Open House on May 12. Dube will join a collection of top drivers showcasing's two-year-old hopefuls. The Quebec native celebrated his 9,000th win on March 17 at Yonkers Raceway. Having driven horses to more than $121,000,000 (CDN), Dube is one of the top 20 all-time money winning drivers in harness racing. Among the many standout horses he has steered are Horse Of The Year winners Gallo Blue Chip (2000) and Rock N Roll Heaven (2010). "I've known Anthony for a long time, said Dube. "When he approached me about attending their Open House, I was intrigued. Driving in the stakes program in New York I was impressed with what I saw from's videos of their New York eligible horses," he said. "Another good friend of mine, Scott Di Domenico, owns a piece of one of them and will be training all four this summer, so I am looking forward to going with the babies. Its going to be a lots of fun," said Dube. Clients of and newcomers of all ages are welcome to attend the event at Tomiko Training Centre (210 Campbellville Rd., Hamilton) and drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. During the Open House, guests are invited to meet the horses of and chat with owners Anthony and Amy MacDonald, their staff, clients, and industry professionals. The event will showcase many of the engaging features of, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of horses in training. The Open House broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m., when the horses will train on the racetrack. Dube and fellow drivers will steer the young colts and fillies, while TV commentators preview the horses' pedigrees. The broadcast will include live interviews and video features and be streamed at starting at 10:00 a.m. EST A catalogue will be available on The on May 10, detailing all horses for which fractions are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Several prizes will be awarded throughout the event, including one-percent fractions of the horses. Onsite purchasing will be available for horses and merchandise. Payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. Hot and cold drinks will be sold as a fundraising effort by Racing Under Saddle Ontario. Lunch is available to purchase from the Gastro Grub Food Truck. Now in its fourth year, is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation based in Guelph, ON. There are currently 130 Standardbred horses owned by nearly 700 people from 11 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome non-horse-people to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $100), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Complete Open House event details and the RSVP form are available here. For more information, contact Kelly at or (519) 465-7908.   Kelly Spencer

Harness racing driver Daniel Dube is hoping for business as usual when Western Fame competes in Saturday's (April 20) $662,800 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship at Yonkers Raceway, where the 6-year-old stallion has won four of five starts in the event and led nearly every step of the way. He knows it might not be that easy. "I'd like to think I'm going to go around the track like I usually do but for big money somebody is going to take a shot," Dube said. Dube and Western Fame will start the Levy championship from post five. Western Fame has seven wins and two second-places finishes in his past 11 races at Yonkers. He finished seventh in last year's Levy final. For his career, Western Fame has won 20 of 73 starts and earned $1.15 million. He was trained by Jimmy Takter before heading to the stable of Rene Allard at the end of last year. Dube and Allard have teamed to win three of the past four Levy championships. "(Post) five is really good, it's a perfect spot for my horse. I'm happy with that," Dube said, adding about Western Fame's work in the series, "He's been doing it nice and easy. "He's got a lot of good qualities; he's quick off the gate and he's quick turning for home. He's just a nice horse. He's strong. I hope he keeps going that way. If he doesn't get sick or something he should be good." Western Fame finished the Levy's five preliminary rounds with a series-best 350 points. Ideal Jimmy was second with 325 points thanks to three wins and two seconds. But the 6-year-old gelding did not fare well in the draw and will start Saturday from post eight, which has produced only 14 winners in 508 tries (2.8 percent). Last week, Ideal Jimmy and driver Brent Holland started from post six in their preliminary division and led from start to finish. "He's razor sharp, but from (post) eight you've got to have a lot of luck," said Ideal Jimmy's trainer, Erv Miller. "It's pretty hard to get out of there on the lead from the eight hole, but you never know. We'll see what happens. "He's a very handy horse, which he showed the last start. He can do what he needs to do. He's been real good racing from behind too. We'll just have to see how it works out. He's really come into his own. He's really good now. He's real sharp for the final, but the eight hole makes it tough." Of the eight Levy finalists, all but two competed in all five of the prelims. JJ Flynn skipped last week's round and Rodeo Rock sat out April 6. Rodeo Rock, who starts Saturday from post six, returned last week with a second-place finish behind Western Fame. "I would have liked to draw a little bit closer (inside) but it's not a horrible position," said Andy McCarthy, who drives Rodeo Rock. "Hopefully things get mixed up pretty good the first half. I think that's a possibility. I don't know what (Holland) will do with Ideal Jimmy. He leaves the gate so fast, he might take a chance. "It could be a bit of a rush into that first turn. A lot of horses can leave fast and I think they're all going to try to push for a good position there early. I just hope they don't line up. I've got to hope they mix it up pretty good the first three-eighths of a mile and see what happens after that." Rodeo Rock won his first two rounds in the series before a third-place finish on March 30. "He was very good the first two weeks," McCarthy said. "I probably drove him bad that third week. I should have pushed off harder and tried to trip him out a little more, but I came first over. He got just a little tired at the end of the mile. "I thought he raced terrific last week. I had to come first up out of the third turn into a very fast back half and he didn't lose ground. He kept pacing." Racing at Yonkers begins at 6:50 p.m. (EDT). The Levy championship is race 11 on the card. The card also includes the $401,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker championship for older female pacers (race nine). For complete Saturday night entries, click here. Following is the field for the $662,800 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing championship. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Anythingforlove A        Joe Bongiorno - Jennifer Bongiorno 2-More The Better N       Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan 3-JJ Flynn                       Tim Tetrick - Josh Green 4-The Downtown Bus -   Tim Tetrick - Jeff Gillis 5-Western Fame             Dan Dube - Rene Allard 6-Rodeo Rock                 Andrew McCarthy-Robert Cleary 7-The Wall                      Andy Miller - Nick Surick 8-Ideal Jimmy                 Brent Holland - Erv Miller Ken Weingartner

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 16, 2019 -- Say this much for harness racing driver Dan Dube...he appreciates timing. Approaching his latest driving milestone for a while, Dube coordinated it just right, stylishly winning Saturday night's (March 16th) opener of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. His open-length romp with favored Western Ace ($4.40) not only served as the 9,000th win of his career, but threw down the Free-For-All series gauntlet as the fastest local mile (1:51.1) of the season. From post position No. 4 in the first of a half-dozen, $50,000 divisions, Western Ace gave nothing else a shot through intervals of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:24.1. The two-length lead off the final turn became 5¾ lengths at the wire, helped by his fast feet and a scattering behind after a nasty break by Windsong Leo (George Brennan). Somewhere in L A avoid the happenstance to end us second, with Mach it So (Brent Holland), Lyons Steel (Mark MacDonald) and Don Domingo N (Matt Kakaley) settling for the remainder. For Western Fame, a 6-year-old son of Western Ideal co-owned by Go Fast and B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski & Gilbert Short and trained by Rene Allard, it was his first win a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.80, the triple returned $110 and the superfecta paid $967. Western Fame The Quebec-born Dube, turning 50 this June, was the main driver of Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip (2000) and Rock N Roll Heaven (2010). His career purse earnings exceed $119 million. :"He (Western Fame) was ready for this mile," Dube said. "I thought he'd race well. I heard something behind me (field scattering), but I was in front by a few lengths so I wasn't worried about it. "I'm obviously happy to get to this (9,000) number. When I came down from Canada, I never thought I'd have the success I've had." Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 14, 2019 - Slowly but surely, harness racing Dan Dube is inching toward his latest milestone. Favored An the Thunderolls ($5.30) was a Yonkers Raceway off-the-pace winner in Thursday night's (March 14th) $10,000, thrd-race pace (1:56.3), giving Dube an 8,998th career driving victory. The Quebec-born Dube, turning 50 this June, has career purses in excess of $119 million...not to mention a congratulatory sign waiting for him. For the third consecutive night, the Raceway parachuted past the million-dollar handle plateau, as the dozen races attracted a total of $1,172,527. It was the fifth seven-figure program of the season. A reminder that this Friday and Saturday evenings (March 15th and 16th) begin the Blue Chip Matchmaker (five divisions) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (six divisions), respectively. The lasses go for $40,000 per race, while the lads chase $50,000 each. The finalized program pages for those races accompany this release. Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - She's done all she can do. Now, she hopes the Horse of the Year voters are in her corner. Shartin N became the first older pacing female to earn $1 million in a single season by taking the $175,000 TVG Mares Pace in 1:50.3 in a dominant performance over a sloppy track at the Meadowlands Saturday night on the biggest night of racing on the fall calendar, as four TVG Finals as well as the Fall Final Four for 2-year-olds were contested. The 5-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin was used hard into the first turn by driver Tim Tetrick, putting 2-1 second choice Caviart Ally in the pocket. Shartin N was permitted to rate the second fraction in :29.2 as Blue Moon Stride made progress racing first-over, getting within a neck of the eventual winner nearing three-quarters, which was timed in 1:23.2. The 4-5 favorite then turned it on, sprinting clear of Caviart Ally as Blue Moon Stride faded. At the wire, Shartin N was 1¾ lengths clear of a fast-closing Apple Bottom Jeans, who was 55-1 on the tote board. Pure Country was third. "She's been great. It's been a great trip with her," said Richard Poillucci, who owns the horse with Jo Ann Looney-King, wife of trainer Jim King Jr. "It was a little tough in the beginning with (her going off stride) when we got her here but she's just been an incredible mare." "McWicked has been a tremendous horse," said Poillucci when the subject of Horse of the Year was brought up. "I'm just happy that she's done what she's done." Shartin N, who won the Breeders Crown four weeks ago, paid $3.60 as the 4-5 public choice and has won 19-of-24 starts this year, good for earnings of $1,053,236. Earlier in the evening, in the $175,000 TVG Mares Trot, Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover sealed up divisional honors by holding off the late-charging Hannelore Hanover by a neck in 1:52.4. Celebrity Ruth was third. Driver Daniel Dube hustled Emoticon Hanover to the lead in the abbreviated five-horse field with Hannelore Hanover racing right behind. Over a track rated 'good' as heavy rains fell, the moderate fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:25.4 set the stage for a sprint to the wire. "Everything went well with those fractions," said Dube in the winner's circle. "But I was not sure I had it won because (Hannelore Hanover) is a great horse, but my horse was good to the wire." Emoticon Hanover trotted her final quarter in :27, and it was just enough, as Hannelore Hanover - who started the year six-for-six but is now six-for-13 - was in tight quarters in mid stretch. Nearing the wire, Ice Attraction started to flatten a bit after grinding toward the leader during the final half-mile, allowing Hannelore enough room for one final surge. But she would come up just short. Trained by Luc Blais, Emoticon Hanover, a 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Emmylou Who, returned $4.00 as the even-money favorite. She has now won 22-of-53 lifetime starts and earned $1,454,576 for owners Determination of Montreal. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 18, 2018-Dan Dube does not discriminate. He and Jack Vernon ($8.40) went the distance Sunday afternoon (Nov. 18th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $54,800 Open Handicap Trot. The previous evening, Dube and Gokudo Hanover wired 'em in the week's marquee pace. Back to 'Jack,' who won a several-horse harness racing scrum for the early lead, then gave nothing else a shot. The nine-horse feature (one came up ill) served as the opener of seven added-distance 'French' trots. From post position No. 4, Jack Vernon stuffed Gruden (Brian Sears) in behind, setting up shop before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. It was a :57.1 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters before invading 3-2 favorite I Know My Chip (Jim Marohn Jr.) made his second move. Wide early into a four-hole, I Know My Chip came first-up, but the bid was both brief and ineffective. Meanwhile, Jack Vernon was gone, widening past the 1:55.3 milepost and opening four lengths in and out of the final turn. He finished\ it off by 2¼ lengths, getting the mile-and-a-quarter in 2:25. Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett) offered late foot to wind up second, with Gruden, Lean Hanover (Jordan Stratton) and Lord Cromwell (Matt Kakaley) settling for the minors. I Know My Chip backpedaled to last. For second choice Jack Vernon, a 5-year-old Muscle Hill gelding owned by Mr. (Andy) Miller Stable and trained by Mrs. (Julie) Miller, it was his 10th win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $66, the triple returned $466.50 and the superfecta paid $2,828. Technical difficulties resulted in the cancellation of the 'New York, New York Double' for Sunday afternoon. The next Sunday matinee is Nov. 25th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 17, 2018 - His driver made the correct choices before and during the race, as Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube, $13.80) rolled Saturday night (Nov. 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from assigned post position No. 5, Gokudo Hanover eschewed any earl three-hole, He moved to the lead around Techtor Hanover (Jordan Stratton), paying a :26.2, opening-quarter-mile privilege. After a snappy :55.1 intermission, Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno) made his second move, first-up from third. However, Gokudo Hanover was more than up to it, passing a 1:23 three-quarters and owning a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, He then finished it off, whipping Techtor Hanover by a length in a season's-best-matching 1:52. Theartofconfusion A (Brent Holland) was a rallying third, with I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan) and Mach it So settling for the minor moolah. For third choice Gokudo Hanover, a 6-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding co-owned (as Triple D Stables) by (trainer) Scott DiDomenico, James Craparotta and Par Berry Racing, it was his seventh win in 19 seasonal starts (sixth in last nine tries). The exacta paid $94, the triple returned $418.50 and the superfecta paid $2,207. For his part, Dube selected the winner after being triple-listed on the early overnight sheet. The Raceway offers a Sunday (Nov. 18th) matinee, with a first post of High Noon. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Emoticon Hanover (Daniel Dube) went back to back with Breeders Crown trophies to win the $250,000 race on a sloppy track by three-quarters of a length on Saturday night. Caprice Hill (Brian Sears) was on the lead at the first :27.1 quarter, before being quickly overtaken by Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) just past that milestone. Ariana G held the lead to the :56.4 half, trailed by Emoticon Hanover and Broadway Donna. Broadway Donna was up to engage her on the outside just past the half, but Ariana G held that lead to the 1:25.2 three quarters before Ice Attraction came up on the outside to make a try for the lead. While those two were looking for the finish line, Emoticon Hanover came charging on the outside to pass them both for the win in 1:54.1 The winner is trained by Luc Blais and owned by Determination. Ice Attraction was second, and Caprice Hill was third. "She's nice right now, she's good," said winning trainer Daniel Dube. "We went to the passing lane last week, we went to the outside today. She does everything right, she is more relaxed. She is a special mare." By Ellen Harvey, For The Breeders Crown

FREEHOLD, NJ -- October 8, 2018 -- Freehold Raceway hosted two divisions of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's Homegrown Pace for 2-year-olds on Saturday (Oct 6). The first division of the Homegrown Pace for 2-year-old pacing fillies was held as a non-betting race before the regularly scheduled card.   The Mark Harder trainee Surreality captured the $21,000 purse in 1:56.4. George Brennan and Surreality left from the rail position to lead the way every step of the mile. This is win number six and boosts her lifetime earnings to $83,361 for owners Joseph Jannuzzelli, Mark Harder and Dawn Colucci all New Jersey natives. Hurrikane Lori Ann finished second with Miss Raggedy Ann coming in third. The second division was for the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers with a purse of $25,000. This division was won by odds-on favorite Hurrikane Emperor for trainer John McDermott Jr. Driver Dan Dube sent the Hurrikane Kingcole colt out of the gait to take the lead and never relinquish it stopping the clock in 1:55.1.   Hurrikane Emperor continued his winning ways for owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasis Investment Group and George Viemo banking $226,900 in lifetime earnings.   Hurrikane Emperor is also a dual sires stakes winner as he won the KYSS Final and the NJSS Final earlier this year. Trente Deo was second with Cool Your Heels finishing third. Live racing resumes at Freehold Raceway on Friday, October 12, 2018, with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ -- September 27, 2018 -- The trainer and co-owners of the New Jersey-sired stallion Hurrikane Kingcole enjoyed much success with him as a racehorse and now as a sire. In 2012, Hurrikane Kingcole paced 1:48.1 at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs to equal the then world record for a three-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track. Then in 2015 after going 2 for 2 on the season and posting a 1:49.4 win he suffered a broken splint bone and was retired to stud. On Sunday (Sept 16) at the Red Mile Hurrikane Emperor, son of Hurrikane Kingcole, became a two-state champion for McDermott, Klee, Kuhen and their partners. Already a winner of the New Jersey Sires Stakes final, the John McDermott trainee captured the $250,000 KYSS final for 2-year-old pacing Colts at The Red Mile. Leading every step of the way, Hurrikane Emperor held off the competition to win in a blistering 1:49.3. Jonathan Klee said, "This is a great win for New Jersey breeding, he is now a dual sire stakes champ and has posted the fastest 2-year-old time to date." This win earns Hurrikane Emperor his sixth win in eight starts and brings his earnings to $214,400 for breeder and co-owner Jonathan Klee Racing. He is also owned by Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group, and Lind Racing Stable. McDermott, Klee, Kuhen, and partners have also had success with the Hurrikane Kingcole filly Hurrikane Empress, a full sister to Hurrikane Emperor who won a leg of the KYSS for 3-year-old pacing fillies. As a 2-year-old, Hurrikane Empress was a NJSS champion and the winner of the New Jersey Futurity and Renaissance Final. To date, the filly has eight wins and earnings of over $180,000. McDermott, Klee, Kuhen, and partners are doing an amazing job with their New Jersey-sired horses. The trio has worked hard committing time and money to the New Jersey breeding program and are getting the results they deserve. by Courtney Stafford for the SBOANJ

Dan Dube will return to his hometown for Sunday's C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers at Quebec's Hippodrome 3R and is hoping Miso Fast can add to the numerous winning moments he's enjoyed at the half-mile racetrack during his career. Dube grew up in Trois-Rivieres and began his career at Hippodrome 3R, which was then known as Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres. He was a top driver and trainer in Quebec before making a name for himself as a driver in the U.S., first with the 1997 Rising Star Award and later with Horse of the Year winners Gallo Blue Chip and Rock N Roll Heaven. The 49-year-old Dube, who ranks 16th in history with $116 million in purses and 24th in wins with 8,912, has made it a point to compete at Hippodrome 3R every year since the facility reopened in 2012 following a four-year hiatus. He is making his fifth appearance in the Prix d'Ete, which was resurrected in 2014, and is the only driver to appear in all five editions of the event. His best finish came in 2014 when he was second with Quebec-bred star Duc Dorleans. "It's fun to go back home and see my friends and family," Dube said. "It always brings back good memories, for sure. It would be fun to win (the Prix d'Ete). You want to win every race, and it is always fun to win big races, but that's my hometown so it would be extra special." Dube has driven Miso Fast once previously, finishing fifth in a division of the Graduate Series at The Meadowlands. Miso Fast started from post 11, in the second tier, in a 12-horse field that raced 1-1/8 miles. He was beaten by 1-1/4 lengths. "I was locked in, but when I got room late he was flying," Dube said. "I really like him. He's a nice little horse." Miso Fast, trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. for owner Winchester Baye Acres, will start the Prix d'Ete from post seven and is 7-2 on the morning line. The stallion has won 10 of 46 career races and earned $776,867. Two of his three wins this season came in preliminary rounds of the Graduate Series and he finished second in the final. The Ron Burke-trained entry of Filibuster Hanover and Eddard Hanover is the 5-2 favorite in the Prix d'Ete. Western Joe, coming off a win in the Sam McKee Memorial, is 3-1. Burke and trainer Jimmy Takter both have won the Prix d'Ete twice. Takter captured last year's race with Western Fame, who was driven by Trevor Henry. The duo reunites Sunday with Blood Line, who is 5-1. "We got the seven hole, but other than that I like his chances," Dube said. "He should be good for that track. He's quick and he's fast. Not every horse takes the turns good, but I think it won't be a problem for him. "I hope he lives up to his name." Following is the field in post-position order for the Prix d'Ete, which is race 10 at Hippodrome 3R with a planned 3:50 p.m. (EDT) post time. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Eddard Hanover-Stephane Brosseau-Ron Burke-5/2 2-Beckhams Z Tam-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber-4/1 3-Filibuster Hanover-Louis Roy-Ron Burke-5/2 4-American Wiggle-Guy Gagnon-Richard Moreau-6/1 5-Blood Line-Trevor Henry-Jimmy Takter-5/1 6-Modern Reflection-Pascal Berube-Richard Moreau-7/1 7-Miso Fast-Dan Dube-Virgil Morgan Jr.-7/2 8-Western Joe-Doug McNair-Chris Choate-3/1 Coupled entry: Eddard Hanover (1) and Filibuster Hanover (1A) by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 1, 2018-Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube, $7.40) snapped his rivals at the wire Sunday afternoon (July 1st), winning Yonkers Raceway's hot and steamy $44,000 Open Handicap Trot. The weekly trotting feature, commemorating Canada Day in the Lower 48, was not included in the 'French' four-pack which began the card. Rather, the flat-mile festivities saw lass N F Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.)-assigned outside her half-dozen foes-parked into the second turn and past a :27.1 opening quarter-mile before making the lead. She did rate a :30.1 next substation (:57.2 intermission) as her sister in arms, Weslynn Dancer (Jason Bartlett), moved first-up from fourth. That towed Smalltownthrowdown, unhurried from post position No. 6, within striking distance. N F Happenstance, though, led in and out a 1:26 three-quarters, with a length-and-a-half advantage off the final turn. The leading lady hung tough, but could not stall Smalltownthrowdown. That one edged past late, winning by a neck in 1:55...his fastest purse win time of the season. N F Happenstance held second, with 13-10 favorite DW"S NY Yank (George Brennan) relegated to a pocket third. Weslynn Dancer and Bluebird Jesse (Brent Holland) came away with the minors. For second choice 'Smalltown,' a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin, VIP Internet Stable and Bruce Soulsby, it was his third win in eight seasonal starts (20th career victory). The exacta paid $50.50, the triple returned $163 and the superfecta paid $593. Special props to Brennan for a 10-win weekend (four Friday, five Saturday, one Sunday afternoon) over a 30-race span. Sunday's scheduled rendition of the 'New York, New York Double' was cancelled after Belmont Park deferred to the heat and scrapped its card. The next Sunday matinee is July 15st (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R will feature the inaugural Ben Hur Cup battle between Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy. But that is not the only special races on Sunday. The Ben Hur Cup involves eight races, the 2nd race through the 9th race. Races one and ten are the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers and will feature some very tough competition. The first race is the mare's division and making her return to the Hippodrome 3R is the 2016 Future Stars Champion, Daniel Dube's Queen Elsa. This daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven was bred and is owned by Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, now of Millstone, NJ. Queen Elsa has not fared well this year in the USA with just two wins in 16 starts, but she comes north off a strong 1:56.1 triumph at Harrah's Philadelphia. Queen Elsa will start from post two for driver Stephane Gendron and is the 3-1 morning line second choice. Imagine Speed in post four for driver Tyler Jones is the opening round return winner. She scored her second win in four starts this year for trainer Michel Allard with a neck triumph over Skyfall Sena in 1:57.4 at odds of 16-1. But Imagine Speed, despite her win, is the 7/2 third choice in the race. Skyfall Sena from post six is the morning line favorite. She has been battling tough the last few weeks with four wins on the season and last week was second at Rideau Carleton, race-timed in 1L:55.2. She will be driven by Mario Lachance. The horses get underway in the Quebec-Bred Series in the tenth race where C L Sportaction and driver Jonathan Lachance will take on all comers once again. In his last start in the series the four-year-old stallion by Sportswriter was at his best for Lachance, leading from start to finish in 1:55.2. He sports three wins in six starts for trainer Mario Lachance. Last year's Breeders Cup champion, Wildriverbumblebee makes his second start of the year from post seven for driver Sylvain Filion. In his debut this season he started from the second tier in post ten and never was in contention in the race and finished sixth. He is the second choice in the race. Dance With Joe was third to C L Sportaction and starts Sunday from post three for driver Daniel Dulude. This son of Roll With Joe had scored three straight wins before tangling with C L Sportaction. Other contenders in the ten-horse field are Major Alou Beka (post nine), HP Patriote (post 8) who was the Breeders Cup Champion back in 2016 and Histoire Enchantee (post 4). Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. There will be an autograph session meet and greet with Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy at 11:30 am in the Grandstand. For a free race program for Sunday's card, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

FORT WASHINGTON, MD - Keystone Velocity set a new standard at historic Rosecroft Sunday evening when he set a harness racing track record while winning the second running of the $100,000 Potomac Pace in 1:47.3. Defending champion All Bets Off was 1½ lengths behind the winner in second and Dealt A Winner was third. Keystone Velocity, a 9-year-old gelding trained by Rene Allard and driven by Daniel Dube, shattered the previous track record of 1:48.2 set in 2007 by Nuclear Breeze and equaled in last year's Potomac Pace by All Bets Off. Purchased by Allard, VIP Stable, Earl Hill Jr., and Kapildeo Singh in 2016 after being off the track for nearly two years due to an ownership dispute, Keystone Velocity won for the eighth time in 22 starts this year, adding to wins in the $529,000 finals of the Levy Memorial Pacing Series and $500,000 Ben Franklin at Pocono. The Western Hanover gelding has now earned $800,000 this year. Keystone Velocity returned $14.80. "I had the perfect trip," Dube said. Indeed. While Breeders Crown winner Split The House shot to the front and set an opening fraction of :25.3, Dube paced fourth behind a :53.1 half before picking up the cover of Dealt A Winner down the backstretch. All Bets Off took the lead around the final turn while entering the stretch, but Dube guided Keystone Velocity to the outside and shot past the defending champion inside the final 50 yards. "Second over with those fractions," Dube said. "My horse was really strong today and feeling good. He's a nice horse and he likes that kind of trip. You can tell. At the end of the year to go [1:47.3], that's a nice horse." The Potomac, which boasted three of the top six aged earners this year and three of the first four finishers from last weekend's Breeders Crown, was created just two years ago shortly after The Stronach Group, owners of Rosecroft, purchased the historic Standardbred track from Penn National Gaming. Earlier in the evening, Rocktavius made a bold move to take the lead past a :54.2 half to win the $20,000 Maryland Invitational for driver Matt Kakaley. It was the 4-year-old gelding's second consecutive win and sixth in 20 starts this year. David Joseph

ANDERSON, Ind. - Emoticon Hanover and harness racing driver Daniel Dube went to the front and never looked back to win Friday night's $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot by three-quarters of a length over Caprice Hill in 1:53.4 at Hoosier Park. Pink Pistol was third and Flowers N Songs, who went off stride on the final turn, completed the order of finish in the four-horse field. Emoticon Hanover finished second in last year's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female trotters. A 4-year-old has won four of the last five Breeders Crown events for the mare trotters. Emoticon Hanover is a 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra out of the mare Emmylou Who. She is trained by Luc Blais for owner Serge Godin's Determination Stable. This is Godin's third Breeders Crown trophy. Blais won one previous Crown with Intimidate in 2012. Dube has won six Breeders Crown finals in his career. For the year, Emoticon Hanover has won five of 12 races and earned $373,166. She has won 16 of 37 lifetime starts and earned $1.03 million. Emoticon Hanover was bred by Linda Wellwood, Tammy Aspden, Anne Shunock and Diane Ingham. She paid $2.20 to win as the 1-9 favorite. Emoticon Hanover By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown   -

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The Hippodrome 3R hosted its richest race program of the 2017 season Sunday with the C$480,000 Championship Finals of the Breeders Cup Series and the Future Stars Series for two and three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. There were eight finals with the three-year-old divisions going for C$65,000 each and the two-year-old's racing for C$55,000 each. Unlike prior years, there were no track records set due to a misty rain throughout the afternoon that turned the track sloppy by the sixth race. Here are all the divisional final winners. 3YO Colt Pace C$65,000 Final - Perhaps the most exciting of the eight championship finals started out with Noplay (Stephane Pouliot) shooting to the early lead with race favorite C L Sportsaction (Jonathan Lachance) in the pocket to the opening quarter mile in :28.4. Lachance was not content in the pocket and pulled first-over, giving outside cover to Wildriverbumblebee (Stephane Brosseau) as Western Phil (Scott Young) filled the two-hole gap. Then in the backstretch, Brosseau moved three-wide with Wildriverbumblebee and was able to clear to first-over on the final turn and showing true grit, was able to come on in the stretch to win by one and one quarter lengths in 1:59.1. Noplay was second with Western Phil third. Last year, Wildriverbumblebee set the track record in the championship final and now has added his second title. The son of Sportswriter, trained by Francis Richard for owner/breeder Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, posted his third straight win and fifth victory in just seven starts this year. He paid $6.80 to win. 3Y0 Filly Pace C$65,000Final - After three lead changes by the opening quarter mile, YS Tallia and driver Daniel Dube took control of the race from the 1/5 favorite, Yaris Bayama (Sylvain Filion) and kept the lead the rest of the race to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:58.4 over Yaris Bayama. Kinnderuntouchable (Justin Filion) was third. Unraced at age two, it was the fourth win this year for YS Tallia. The daughter of Western Ideal is trained by Michel Allard and was bred and is owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation and paid $7.20 to win. 3YO Colt Trot C$65,000 Final - Capteur De Reve and driver Daniel Dube captured the championship final for the second straight year with an easy 2:00.1 triumph. Following 16-1 pacesetter Bastiano (Stephane Gendron) from the start, Dube waited until the three-quarter mile pole to go after Bastiano and cleared on the final turn, then opened up in winning by eight and one-quarter lengths over Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) with Sometimes When (Guy Gagnon) third. It was the second straight win and third victory on the year for the son of Muscle Mass. Capteur De Reve is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who owns and bred the colt. He paid $2.80 to win. 3YO Filly Trot C$65,000 Final - Magestic M, unraced at age 2, winless in eight starts this year, picked the perfect spot to end her maiden status with an upset victory for driver Louis Philippe Roy. Vanilla Star (Richard Simard) had led the field most of the one mile race until Roy came first-over with Majestic M in the backstretch, wearing down Vanilla Star to win by three lengths in a lifetime first victory in 2:03.1. Justice For Eva (Sylvain Filion) was third. The daughter of Majestic Son is trained by Kevin Maguire and bred and owned by the Maguire Stable of Sainte-Marie. Sent off at 8-1 odds, Magestic M paid $18.30 to win. Race favorite, HP Run Like Mom, had trouble getting behind the starting gate and was never a factor in the race. 2YO Colt Pace C$55,000 Final - Stock with driver Stephanie Brosseau were perhaps the most impressive winner on the day. The 1/9 favorite sped out to a quick :27.3 opening quarter mile from post two and then toyed with the field, opening up in the backstretch and then pulling away with ease to win by 10 open lengths in 1:57. Phil D'Orleans (Sylvain Filion) was second with G A Speed Sammy (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the second straight win and fifth victory in six starts for the son of Sportswriter. He is trained by Dany Fontaine, bred by Sotirios Anastaopoulus of Sainte-Therese and co-owned with the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal. Stock went off as the overwhelming 1/9 favorite and paid $2.10 to win. 2YO Filly Pace C$55,000 Final - Despite the sloppy track, driver Daniel Dube and Lit De Rose had little trouble with the footing as they led from the start, holding the field at bay in wiring the field and winning by five and one-half lengths in 2:02. Katniss S GB (Sylvain Filion) was second with D G's Shadowbell (Jonathan Lachance) third. It was the third straight win in five starts for the daughter of Leader Bayama. Lit De Rose is owned and was bred by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and paid $3.90 to win. 2YO Colt Trot C$55,000 Final - With both race favorites going off-stride before the start, it became a wide-open final as Magic Relief (Sylvain Lacaille) led the field until the pocket sitting Yankee Photo (Pascal Berube) came first-over in the backstretch but could not collar Magic Relief. Meanwhile, Jerome Lombart had Ganymede Lavec on the move along the rail, then swung to the outside and just got up at the wire at odds of 17-1 to win by a three-quarters of a length in 2:07. Yankee Photo was second with Magic Relief third. The son of Ganymede was winless in five starts going into the final for trainer Andreane Lapierre. He is owned and bred by Jerome Lombart of Bromont and paid $36.40 to win. 2YO Filly Trot C$55,000 Final - Precieuse CC and trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil make a clean sweep of the Future Stars Series, leading from start to finish in a lifetime record mile of 2:03.3, winning by three and one-half lengths. Stand For Justice (Sylvain Filion) was second with Papillon Bleu (Peirre Luc Roy) third. It was the fourth win in five starts for the daughter of Angus Hall, who is owned by Marie Andree Cournoyer of Chicoutimi. Precieuse CC paid $2.60 Track Notes: Daniel Dube led all drivers with three victories on the afternoon, all in championship finals. Trainer Maxime Velaye has two training wins in the finals, both with Dube driving. Due to the inclement weather, the fastest mile on the day was set in the very first race by Stock, in 1:57. There is no more live racing on Tuesday's, the next live racing card is Sunday, post time 12:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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