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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Former track record holder and two-time Quebec-Bred Champion Seeyou Men makes a return to the races at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday after a few months in the field. Seeyou Men starts from post four for driver Francis Picard in the third race, which is the featured Preferred Trot. Sired by Muscle Mass, the seven-year-old gelding is trained by Daniel Martin for breeder Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover, who co-owns the horse with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. He currently has $268,000 earned in his career. The last start Seeyou Men made was in the $30,000 Quebec-Bred Series Final at H3R back on July 14 when he finished a game second to rival Capteur De Reve. Then it was rest time according to Daniel Martin. "He has had no injuries," said Martin, "We just wanted to give him a nice break after making 20 starts." Seeyou Men scored his lifetime mark of 1:55.4 this season and last week won his qualifying race at H3R in 2:02.4 by three open lengths. He is listed in the morning line at odds of 7/2. "For this Sunday there is no pressure on Seeyou Men," Martin said. "He always gives everything he has. He is a very good horse." Capteur De Reve is also in the field and starts from the rail for driver Stephane Gendron. He is the only trotter who is a four-time Quebec Series Champion. The five-year-old gelding, also by Muscle Mass, is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns Capteur De Reve. Although winless since August 25 at Rideau Carleton Raceway, Capteur De Reve was second in his last start by a neck in 1:56.4 at Rideau Carleton. The race favorite is none other than Volare from post five for driver Tyler Jones. This five-year-old gelding by Conway Hall won his last start at H3R in the Preferred Trot with a 2:00.2 triumph. He has a record of 1:52.4 and earlier this season won at Yonkers Raceway in 1:57.1. He is trained by Michel Allard for his son, Rene Allard, of Matamoras, PA. Rounding out the field is the lone mare in the contest, Missionoftheheart (post 2) and former Quebec-Bred Champion Holiday Party (post 3). Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program and to view the races live via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Seeyou Men has beaten everyone in the field the past two starts and the former Quebec-Bred Series two-time harness racing champion will try to make it three straight scores on Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Seeyou Men starts from the rail Friday in the third and final preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotters. It's the eighth race co-feature on Friday and there are nine starters in the race. While Seeyou Men is a shoo-in to make the $30,000 final on Sunday, July 14, others in the field will not only be vying to beat Seeyou Men, but also to earn much needed points to make next weeks final. Trained by Daniel Martin for breeder Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover, who co-owns the seven-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, Seeyou Men was off to a rough start in 2019 until this series at the Hippodrome 3R. He had but one win in 16 starts this year and with the return to H3R, has scored two very impressive victories. Both were parked out the entire mile scores. Seeyou men also has six second place finishes this year to go with his three wins, so he has been usually in contention in most of his races. "Of course, Mohawk is a stronger track that 3R," trainer Daniel Martin said. "But he likes the half mile track. In Toronto he was not lucky with post positions but he still got many second-place finishes. "The opposition is strong at 3R," Martin added, "But with a week break in racing will most certainly help him. We will see the results tonight." On Friday, Seeyou Men will also face his toughest rival in the series, and it's his younger full brother Wildwild Men. Due to the fact that both horses are still owned by Pelletier and Gravel, they will race coupled as an entry on Friday, but Wildwild Men, who is trained and driven by Guy Gagnon, will start from post seven. Both horses are sired by Muscle Mass from the Angus Hall mare, Seeyouinthecircle. Wildwild Men, who still owns the track record at H3R at age 2, is now six years old and also has three wins this season. He won an opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series, the same weekend his older brother won his division. Last week he was a game second place finisher to Seeyou Men. Also, in contention in the race will be former Quebec-Bred champions Maximuscle (post 4), Holiday Party (post 3), Capteur De Reve (post five) along with Kinnder Dangerous (post 8) and Caroluzzo (post 6). The older mare trotters are featured in the sixth race where Kascara Rose renews her rivalry with Lucky Promesses. Kascara Rosa, now age 9 and sired by Kadabra, goes from post four for trainer Yves Tessier and owner/breeder Jean Dessureaudt of Candiac. In her last start, Kascara Rosa was a game third in the series and the prior week, she beat her younger rivals with a 2:00.1 triumph, her fourth win this year. She will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Lucky Promesses starts from the rail for driver Francis Picard. The six-year-old mare by Lucky Fool is trained by Francis Richard for owners Bruno Morin of St-Lazare-De-Bellechasse and Danny Genois of Quebec and has just one win this year. But the mare does have two second place finishes in the series. Last start she nearly wired the field and the prior week came first-over and held game until the wire. Other contenders include Eau Naturelle (post 5), who won an opening round division, former Quebec Series champion, Y S Suzanne (post 6) and Precieuse CC (post 3). The first two-year-old race of the season takes place in the third race where five "babies" make their first-ever pari-mutuel starts. The early favorite is Eclat De Rire (Burst Out Laughing in English) from post four for trainer Maxime Velaye. This colt was bred and is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. It is a half brother to Lune Bleu (Blue Moon in English), who compete Sunday at H3R in Quebec-Bred Series. The colt is sired by Leader Bayama from the No Pan Intended mare, Eloge, and was a winner last week at H3R in a qualifying race, pacing the last quarter mile in :29.3 in a 2:05.2 triumph. Other sires represented in the race are Windfall Blue Chip, Shanghai Phil, and Sunshine Beach. First race post time Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Back in November at the Black Book Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, trainer Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord along with co-owner Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, were looking to buy a racehorse that was something special. That something special is named American Wiggle and Martin is certain that this horse will be the star of his stable in 2018. The purchase price was $55,000. "We saw how good he was in the New York Sire Stakes," Martin explained. "On the night of the $225,000 Final he raced super to finish third. I was also able to talk with Stephane Bouchard, who co-owned the horse and he told how good he really is and then we bought him." Now age four, American Wiggle has $106,000 in earnings and a record of 1:51 taken last year. Last week at the Hippodrome 3R, American Wiggle and driver Stephane Brosseau, were very strong from post eight, moving to second place in the backstretch and then coming on in the stretch to win by four lengths. American Wiggle is back at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday, starting again from post eight in the eighth race co-feature pace. How did American Wiggle come out of the race last week? "He came out of the race just fine." Martin said. "With his races at Rideau Carleton under his belt, he was in perfect shape for last Sunday's race and will be again this Sunday. He is ready now to put in even a better performance. The eight post is not great through." Martin also has high hopes that American Wiggle will develop into the type of horse that could compete in the Hippodrome 3R's premier race, the $200,000 Prix D'Ete on August 19. "If he continues to develop as he has been," Martin said, "We will enter him in the Prix D'Ete. If he can draw a good post and depending on the competition, he could do well in there. You never know. He has been good on a half mile track and that can make a lot of difference." What does Martin like best about American Wiggle? "I really like his confirmation," Martin said. "He is built like a racehorse should be. I also like that he is calm, relaxed and quiet both off and on the track and that when you do ask him for speed, he gives it to you." Martin has 15 horses in his stable and he feels that American Wiggle is the best of all of them. After his race on Sunday at H3R, Martin said he will be taking him to Toronto to race at Mohawk Racetrack. Fans at H3R could see him back in action before the Prix D'Ete. Martin is anxious to see how he will be on the big track. Now for this Sunday, American Wiggle and Brosseau face some new competition in the top racehorse National Debt, who starts from post seven for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Last week at Rideau Carleton, National Debt, a $400,000 career winner, came from off the pace to score in 1:53.2. Other contenders include DJ Power (post six) and the entry from trainer Isabelle Bineti of Washington Hanover (post two) and Highpoint Chip (post 5). There is also a co-featured Invitational-Handicap Trot featuring last weeks return winner, Torches Angel. She starts from post eight for driver Stephane Brosseau and was an easy winner last week over a sloppy track. Her main rivals include Holiday Party (post seven), Rocky Boy (post three) and Four Starz Speed (post six). Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Competing on a sloppy, rain-soaked track did not hamper the efforts of harness racing driver Stephane Gendron, as the Quebec City resident posted his first driving quadruple of the season at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Gendron did not get into gear until the fourth race pace, winning with D G's Machbeach ($16.70) in 2:01.3. He then won the fifth race pace with Hard Rock ($9.70) in 1:59.3, the seventh race with Ufdragons Rocket ($3.40) in 1:59.2 and then capped the afternoon, capturing the eighth race Invitational Trot with Caroluzzo. And that last race took a photo finish to declare the winner. It was R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy getting to the front early from post one as Gendron left with the race favorite Caroluzzo and settled right into second place to the opening quarter in a speedy :28.4. Content to sit the pocket trip through the half mile marker in :59.2, Gendron waited until the backstretch to come out and go after R Rkadabra, who was not giving up his lead without a battle to the three-quarters in 1:30.1 and all the while, Jamigo and driver Daniel Laflamme, were stalking the duo in third place. Around the final turn, Caroluzzo has the lead but Jamigo was edging closer as they started down the stretch. With every stride to the wire, Jamigo kept closing in on Caroluzzo, but Caroluzzo held game to the wire, winning over Jamigo by a long nose in 2:01.3. Ice D Late (Sylvain Lacaille) was third. It was the sixth win this year for Caroluzzo. The eight-year-old stallion by Musclesextrodinair is trained by Daniel Martin and is owned by Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, paying $4.90 to win. The victory was the second of the day for trainer Daniel Martin. Lucky Promesses extended her lead as the winningest horse at H3R this season, winning the sixth race trot in 2:04.3. Bred, owned and driven to victory by Jerome Lombart of Bromont, Lucky Promesses posted her tenth win of the year and her eighth at H3R. The four-year-old mare by Lucky Fool, is trained by Andreane Lapierre and paid $7.30 to win. She won in a romp by eight and three-quarter lengths. Track Notes: With just two race programs left for the 2017 race season, Stephane Brosseau holds a diminishing lead over the red hot Stephane Gendron, 51 to 44, for the top driver honors while Francis Richard's 24 wins from his stable puts him in strong contention to capturing the training title with Yves Tessier at 18, Jean Tourney 16, and both Michel Allard and Maxime Velaye at 15 each. Live racing resumes at H3R next Sunday, first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Driver Stephane Gendron switched tactics with Caroluzzo and it paid off as they held off a strong closing effort in the passing line by Four Starz Speed to win the Invitational Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. The sixth race feature saw Four Starz Speed and trainer/driver Kevin Maguire get parked by Caroluzzo before grabbing the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28.4. Gendron then moved back to the front with Theregoesthegroom (Denis Filion) stalking them in third place. Past the half mile marker in :59.1, Filion then came first-over with Theregoesthegroom, rating him on the outside just like he did last week in a winning effort. They went to the three-quarters in 1:30.1. Then in the sprint to the wire, Theregoesthegroom was running out of gas, but Maguire then shot up the passing lane with Four Starz Speed, looked Caroluzzo in the eye, but Caroluzzo was the strong horse and held on to win by a half a length in 2:00. Theregoesthegroom was third. It was the third time this year that Caroluzzo has won the Invitational Trot. The last time was on May 14, when he also wired the field. An eight-year-old chestnut stallion by Musclesextrodinair, Caroluzzo is trained by Daniel Martin and is owned and was bred by Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne and paid $3.80 to win. Winning by the length of the stretch took place Tuesday by both Giddy Up Blackfly (Pierre-Luc Roy) in the first race pace by ten lengths in 1:56.3, then in the third race trot, HP Run Like Mom (Stephane Brosseau) crushed the field by 19 and one-quarter lengths in a lifetime mark of 2:00.4. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron had the hot hands in the sulky Tuesday, scoring three winners on the card. The race favorite won in the first eight of the nine races on the program. This coming Sunday, July 2, will be the opening round of the C$220,000 Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. They will compete in three preliminary rounds with the top eight point earnings returning on September 3 for their respective C$65,000 finals. First race post time on Sunday is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 30, 2016 - The trotters and pacers headline the second to last live racing program at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. The trotters are in the limelight first in the third race where Caroluzzo, despite finishing off the board in his last two starts, has been installed as the 5/2 morning line favorite from post five for driver Stephane Gendron. A seven-year-old chestnut stallion by Musclesextrodinair, Caroluzzo is trained by Daniel Martin for breeder/owner Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne and sports five wins this season. His last two losses were against top competition with miles going in 1:57. Looking three starts back finds Caroluzzo in winning form with Gendron in the sulky, romping by 12 ¾ lengths in 1:58.3. It will not be a walk in the park for Caroluzzo as he faces a stellar foe in R Rkadabra from post four for driver Steeven Genois. R Rkadabra is a six-time winner this season, recently qualified with an easy win at 3R in 2:01 and prior lines show he can lead the field from start to finish. Other contenders include Aworthy BI (post seven), who is taking a jump up in class after scoring two straight wins at 3R, another return winner in Dreamnwillie (post eight) and Force Naturelle (post six). Three return winners will battle it out in the eighth race pace where D J Power, Bemmol Kalie and Articular will go at it. D J Power starts from the rail for driver Peirre Luc Roy and last week this duo worked out a strong mile in posting a one length score in 1:58.4 before the rains came in. It was the tenth victory this season for the five-year-old gelding by Major In Art. Starting alongside D J Power in post two is return winner Bemmol Kalie for veteran driver Gaetan Lamy. Last week Bemmol Kalie wired the field in 2:00.3 for his fifth win this year. Articular goes from post five for driver Mario Charron and last week they worked out a perfect pocket trip to score in 2:03 over a sloppy track. Other contenders include the top mare, Rainbow Place (post seven) and Shanghai Kang (post three). TRACK NOTES: Trainer Yves Tessier, who holds a three-race lead over defending champion Maxime Velaye, has one starter Sunday, Mr Sunshine Boy in the fifth race. His 23-20 lead should hold through next week. Leading driver, Louis-Philippe Roy, is driving in the first race before heading off to Rideau Carlton. Roy has easily secured his first driving title at 3R with 58 wins. Pascal Berube and Stephane Gendron are tied at 35 wins each for second place. Roy is also leading Guy Gagnon for the driving title at Rideau, 122 to 109. On closing day next week, the Hippodrome 3R will honor two veterans of racing in Quebec, the trotter Pablo Angus and the pacer Charlotte's Tazman, both of whom will be retiring from racing come January 1 as they will turn age 15. Post time this Sunday is 1:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 30, 2016 - Three time Quebec-Bred Series Champion and former track record holder, Atomic Million AM, returned to his home track for the last Tuesday evening race card of the 2016 season and breezed home an easy winner for driver Sylvain Lacaille. Headlining the eighth race feature pace, Lacaille sent the five-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam right to the front from post five and they never had to look back, wiring the field with ease by four and one-half lengths in 1:56. Reel (Jonathan Lachance) was second with Bali (Marie Claude Auger) third. It was the fifth win this year for Atomic Million AM, three of those victories coming at the Hippodrome 3R for owner, breeder and trainer Alain Martin of Gatineau, QC. Sent off at a generous 1-2 odds, Atomic Million AM paid $3.10 to win. The matchup between the two winningest horses at 3R this season, St Kitts and Jimbelina, never materialized in the fourth race as St Kitts refused to get behind the starting gate for driver Jonathan Lachance and was declared a non-starter. Meanwhile, Jimbelina (Stephane Brosseau) stung EY Cowboy (Louis-Philippe Roy) to the opening quarter mile but could not catch them in the stretch with EY Cowboy ($4.30) winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.3. Whitemountain Nemo ($4.10) looked like he was shot out of a cannon in the second race pace for driver Guy Gagnon, leading by three to five lengths the entire mile and then pouring it on in the stretch to score by seven and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.3. It was the second straight win and a lifetime mark for the seven-year-old gelding by Yankee Cam. TRACK NOTES: Both Louis-Philippe Roy and Guy Gagnon had driving triples Tuesday. Wednesday afternoon will be the post position draws for Super Sunday at 3R featuring more than $500,000 in purses with eight championships finals. There will be four $65,000 finals in the Breeders Crown Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers and four $55,000 finals for the Future Stars Series for two-year-olds. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 28, 2016 - Harness racing driver Stephane Gendron had the hot hands in capturing both the pacing and trotting features at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday, ending the program with three winners on the night. The most impressive of the three wins came in the ninth race feature pace with 32-1 long shot Glass Shadow. The race began with a dogfight for early control of the lead by Solid Performance (Guy Gagnon) and race favorite SOS Mach Xtreme (Stephane Brosseau) with Solid Performance winning the battle to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. As they came by the grandstand the first time, Stephane Gendron came first-over with Glass Shadow and began grinding it out as Solid Performance led the field to the half mile in :58.2 and then to the three-quarters in 1:27.3. Then, despite being on the outside for most of the one-mile race, Glass Shadow would not give in, showed true grit and came on in the stretch to win by a head in 1:56.3. Solid Performance was second with SOS Mach Xtreme third. Trained by Charles Gaudreaulti, it was the fourth win this year for Glass Shadow, a five-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play, who paid $66.10 to win. In the eighth race feature trot they were four-wide from the start and around the first turn as Force Naturelle (Simon Delisle) gave way to Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron), who forced the 3/5 favorite, Pridecrest (Guy Gagnon) to take back into second place. They went by the opening quarter mile in a quick :28.3. Caroluzzo then led the field past the half mile in :59.3 as Uncle Freddie (Louis-Phillipe Roy) came first-over to challenge and pressed the leader to the three-quarters in 1:29.1. Then in the stretch drive, Pridecrest could not gain any ground after sitting the pocket trip as Caroluzzo won by two lengths in 1:59. Force Naturelle was third. It was the third win in seven starts this year for Caroluzzo. The seven-year-old son of Musclesextrodinair is trained by Daniel Martin for owner Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, QC and paid $8.60 to win. Track Notes: Wild River Swan showed she is primed and ready to go in the opening round of the $450,000 Breeders Cup Series at 3R next Sunday as she was an upset winner at odds of 9-1 in the fourth race pace. Driven by Guy Gagnon for trainer Dr. John Bradbury, the three-year-old daughter of Sportswriter went three-wide in the backstretch, grinding it out until the top of the stretch when she pulled away for a one and three-quarter length lifetime mark in 2:00.1, paying $21.90 to show. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 20, 2015 - For the second straight week and fourth time in his last five starts, Maximuscle broke at the start of a race as the wagering favorite. This time it was the in co-feature trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and rival Caroluzzo was there to take advantage of it. The third race saw driver Mario Charron unable to keep Maximuscle on stride at the start of the race as Beer Maggs (Kevin Maguire) shot to the early lead from post seven. His lead was short lived as Caroluzzo and driver Stephane Gendron came after the leader and took command at the opening quarter mile in a quick :28.2. Caroluzzo then led to the half mile marker in :58.4 as Vival Angus (Gaetan Lamy) came first-over and Maximuscle, who also broke stride again on the second turn, had regrouped at the half mile and was back in the hunt. Going down the backstretch, Gendron and Caroluzzo were back to back down the pace a little to the three-quarters in 1:31.1, but that then enabled Vival Angus to stay in contention and Maximuscle, still three-wide, was gaining ground on the leaders. Then in the stretch drive, Caroluzzo put away the field in winning by two and one-half lengths in 2:01. Beer Mags was second and Maximuscle, who made a valiant comeback, was third. It was the sixth win this year for Caroluzzo. The six-year-old stallion by Musclesextronair is trained by Daniel Martin and was bred and is owned by Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, QC, paying $7.60 to win. In the first race feature trot, Aworthy Bi and driver Gaetan Lamy, made a bold three-wide move from sixth place in the backstretch, sweeping the field to collar pacesetter Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras) by the top of the stretch. With the pocket-sitting SOS Striking Monte (Pascal Berube) going to the passing lane, they looked to be the winners of the race, but with every stride down the stretch, Aworthy Bi kept gaining ground and nipped SOS Striking Monte at the wire by a neck in 2:01. Kim Sorel was third. Trained and co-owned by Elisabeth Carrier of St-Jean-Chrysostome, QC, it was the fourth win this year for Aworthy Bi, a five-year-old gelded son of Equinox Bi. He paid $6.60 to win. In addition to winning the co-feature trot, driver Stephane Gendron had the hot hands Sunday with a driving triple. Live racing resumes next Sunday, September 27 at 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. By Steve Wolf for the Quebec Jockey Club

On a beautiful autumn Sunday afternoon, the Hippodrome 3R hosted its richest harness racing program of the 2014 harness racing season with the $425,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. There were seven championship finals on the wagering card. It did not take long for the first track record to be rewritten on the racing card as Meganou got the job done in the very first race, the $55,000 final for two-year-old trotters. Driven by Jocelyn Gendron, Meganou left from three and never looked back. The daughter of Kadabra held the field at bay the entire one mile race, leading by four to five lengths at all times. She cut fractions of :30, 1:00.2, 1:31 and coasted home to win by three and one-half lengths in 2:01.1. Intouchable (Simon Allard) was second with Notrouble Dechafra (Stehane Brosseau) third. It was the third straight win and third straight track record performance for Meganou. Only this week Meganou became the fastest two-year-old trotter regardless of gender in the history of the Hippodrome 3R with her 2:01.1 clocking. The mile rewrote her record for fillies that she set last week of 2:02 and surpassed the trotting colt record of 2:01.3 set by Jobie Tempest more than 21 years ago in 1993. Trained by Daniel Martin and owned by Jean Picard of Orford, QC, it was the fourth win this year for Meganou, who paid $3.00 to win. In the second race $65,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies, track record holder Viva Bayama and trainer/driver Yves Filion waited patiently in fourth place as Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras) cut early fractions of :28.4 and :58.3. Once the field entered the backstretch the second time, Filion made his move first-over with Viva Bayama and the Muscle Mass filly blew past the leaders by the three-quarters in 1:29.1 and won with ease by five open lengths in 2:00.3. Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) was second with Lucyll Bro (Stephane Gendron) third. Owned and bred by Filion’s Bayama Farms, Inc. of Saint-Andre D’Argenteul, QC, Viva Bayama scored her fourth win this year and paid $3.10 to win. Yves Filion did not waste any time coming back to the winner’s circle as he won the very next race, the $55,000 final for two-year-old pacing colts with Western Bayama in a lifetime best clocking of 1:58. Mr Sunshine Boy (Pascal Berube) was first on the lead with Half A Billion (Stephane Gendron) sitting on their backs to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.4. Gendron then came right out and took over the lead by the half mile in :58.1 as the action really heated up with Clinton Panic (Gilles Gendron) coming first-over and race favorite, track record holder Sugarsam (Denis St Pierre) second-over. Pierre then came three-wide around Clinton Panic) and by the three-quarters in 1:28 had closed the gap on Half A Billion but that was when Yves Filion and Western Bayama came into the picture and was three-wide around the final turn. Coming down the stretch, Filion was able to urge Western Bayama on to victory by one and one-half lengths with Half A Billion third and Sugarsam third. Also owned and bred by Bayama Farms, it was just the second win in five lifetime starts for Western Bayama, a son of Lis Mara who paid $6.50 to win. The only two-time Quebec-Bred Series was crowded at 3R today as Maximuscle had little trouble for driver Mario Charron in beating six rivals in the fourth race $65,000 final for three-year-old trotting colts. Clearing to the lead before the opening quarter mile in :29, Charron and Maximuscle were in easy command until after the half mile and then Charron asked for a little more from Maximuscle and the son of Angus Hall responded by kicking in another gear and leaving the rest of the field behind. By the time they reached the top of the stretch Maximuscle was up by five lengths and went on to win in a romp by nine and one-half lengths in 1:59.2. Andovers Touch (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Somoli E (Jerome Lombart) third. Trained by Eric Valiquette, Maximuscle was bred and is owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC and posted his seventh win in ten starts this year, paying $2.80 to win. Native son Daniel Dube, of the top driver in all of harness racing, came back to 3R to compete in the championship program and he did not go home empty handed in the $55,000 final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Driving the 1/5 favorite My Fleet Three from post two, Dube sent the daughter of Mach Three right to the lead and never looked back, cutting fractions of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:28 and then cruising home to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.1. The pocket sitting First Girl (Stephane Gendron) was second with Voodoo Charm (Yves Filion) third. The time of the race was a new track record for filly pacers as My Fleet Three erased her own mark set last week of 1:57.4. Trained by Richard Moreau for breeder/owner Gestion Mario Audet, Inc. of Yves Sarrazin, QC, it was the second win in five lifetime starts for My Fleet Three. She paid $2.60 to win. The 1/5 wagering favorite, Champagne Shower (Denis St Pierre) were unable to maintain their lead at the top of the stretch as Chaleurs Fantasy and driver Stephane Gendron were able to sneak up along the rail and post a 9-1 upset victory in the $65,000 final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Thrill Chaser (Marie Auger), who followed pacesetter Champagne Shower but elected to go to the outside in the stretch, was second with Champagne Shower fading to third place. For Chaleurs Fantasy, a daughter of Omar Khayam, the time of the race, 1:58, was a lifetime mark and the sixth win this year for the Carl Duguay trainee. She won by one and one-quarter lengths for breeder/owner Elevage Baie Des Chaleurs of Port-Daniel, QC. She paid $21.60 to win. The Hippodrome 3R scheduled the fastest division as the last one as the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings battled it out for $65,000. It was not so much as a battle as it looked to be as Atomic Million AM was made the 2/5 favorite and raced just like it for driver Sylvain Lacalle. The gelded son of Million Dollar Cam took the early lead away from rival Hall Bro (Stephane Brosseau) by the opening quarter mile in :27 and then cut fractions of :56 and 1:25.2 before hold off Hall Bro in the stretch to win by one length in 1:54. Bali (Marie Auger) finished third. It was the 9th win in 15 starts this year for Atomic Million AM. He is trained, bred and owned by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC and paid $2.80 to win. The Hippodrome 3R has completed its Tuesday night race schedule this season and is now open just on Sunday’s. There will be one special Saturday night program on September 20, the eve of the Prix D’Ete Sunday with a 7:30 pm post time that Saturday night. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

There are four return winners ready to do battle in the ninth race feature pace at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday evening. First race post time at 7:00 pm. While two of the four horses are coming off qualifying race victories, the fourth return winner in the field is not and in fact he is the fastest return winner in the race. That honor goes to Windham Hanover from post seven. The ten-year-old gelded son of Mach Three is trained and driven by Norman Beaudoin and last week at the Hippodrome 3R they teamed up and posted a very impressive wire to wire victory in 1:55.2 by two open lengths in this same class. Last week was the Windham Hanover’s second win on the season, yet the impressive mile was not good enough for the morning line maker at 3R as they have him tabbed as the 4-1 fourth choice in the race. The honors of being the morning line favorite at odds of 5/2 goes to Walks Of Life. This four-year-old grey gelded son of Western Hall is coming off a 1:58.2 win at 3R last week and is making only his third start of the year for trainer Daniel Martin. Walks Of Life will start from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. Other contenders in the field include Hockey Bum (post 2) who just won his qualifying race at 3R in 1:59.4 along with Dagon A Little (post 5) and a returnee from Rideau Carlton, Who Dey. Starting from post six, Who Dey will be driven by Jocelyn Gendron and has been very sharp in his last two starts, finishing second and third but race timed in 1:55.4 and 1:54.2. Completing the field are Pan Larcey (post 1), Montezuma Bluechip (post 4), OK Ebury (post 8) and Beach Runner A M (post 9). From the Quebec Jockey Club

The weather was ideal, the horses were at their best and thus four track records were rewritten at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday in the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers and trotters. And for driver Denis St Pierre it was a banner afternoon as he drove the winners in three of the track records set. The track record setting day began in the second race $7,500 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacing fillies. Kinnder Elegance, the race favorite, did not disappoint betting fans as Denis St Pierre sent the daughter of Allamerican Native to the front, grabbing the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28.4. They then led to the half mile in :58.3 as rival Anna Santanna (Marie Auger) started up first over to challenge. Going to the three-quarters in 1:27.4, Kinnder Elegance held her ground as Anna Santanna kept gaining ground. Then in a dramatic stretch drive, Kinnder Elegance barely held on at the wire to win by a neck over Anna Santanna with First Girl (Maxim Gaudreault) third. The time of the race was 1:57.4 and that erased the 24-year-old track record of 1:58.2 that was set by Caressa. It was a lifetime mark for Kinnder Elegance and her second win in three lifetime starts. She was bred and is owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Les Cedres, QC. The very next race was the first of two divisions of the series for trotting fillies and feeling her oats was National Trace for driver Denis St Pierre. The daughter of Taurus Dream went right out to the lead and gave live cover to C L Magic Road (Marie Auger) through fractions of :29.3, 1:01.1 and 1:32.1 to the three-quarters. Then in the stretch, Auger sent C L Magic Road after National Trace, but it was not good enough as St. Pierre kept his filly going for a one-quarter length triumph in 2:03.2. Champagne Panic (Denis Filion) was third. That clocking rewrote the 21-year-old track record for two-year-old trotting fillies that had been originally set by SOS Preference back in 1993 and had been equaled by Uliane Bayama in 2012. For National Trace it was her maiden victory in her fifth lifetime start for trainer Danny Fontaine. The filly was bred and is owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. She paid $7.80 to win. Then came the fourth race, which was the second Quebec-Bred Series division for two-year-old trotting fillies and it went identical to the previous race. Race favorite Meganou and driver Jocelyn Gendron went out to the early lead with Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) grabbing the two-hole trip from post seven and they went to the opening quarter mile in :30.2. Then by the half mile marker in a slow 1:03.1, Sunrise Linda and driver/trainer Yves Filion decided to have a go at Meganou and came first-over and by the three-quarters in 1:33.1 it looked like the race would be interesting. But Gendron and Maganou would have none of that as he asked his filly for more and she pulled away from the rest of the field and won in a romp by six and one-half lengths over Sunrise Linda and Promesses Imperial. The time of the race you ask? Well it tied the track record that was just set in the prior race, as they also went in 2:03.2 and thus equaled the track record! Sired by Kadabra, it was the second win in seven starts this year for Maganou, who is trained by Daniel Martin and is owned by Jean Picard of Orford, QC. She paid $3.60 to win. The fourth track record on the day came in the fifth race Quebec-Bred series division for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The race started off with an incident as Classic Breeze in post five went off-stride at the very start and interfered with the outside horses. Grand Galop Semalu and trainer/driver Yves Filion went after the early lead with HP Bushido Dragjet (Stephane Brosseau) grabbing the early pocket seat to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.1. Sugarsam and driver Denis St Pierre was interfered with at the start and was more than ten lengths off the leaders in fifth place when he decided to take Sugarsam first-over. By the half mile marker in a mild :59.3, St Pierre had Sugarsam in fourth place and inching their way towards the front. Then by the three-quarters in 1:27.1, Sugarsam was in third place and closing the gap as they raced around the final turn. Then in a dramatic stretch drive, St Pierre was not only able to keep Sugarsam in contention after his long outside journey, but came on late to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:56.4. Grand Galop Semalu was second with Y S Joe (Jocelyn Gendron) third. That clocking proved to be another track record as Sugarsam is a gelded son of Sportswriter and his time surpassed the prior track record of 1:57.1 that was set by Atomic Million Am in 2013. It was the second win in six starts this year for Sugarsam and a lifetime record for trainer Helene Fillion and breeder/owner Sotirios Anastasopoulou of Saint-Theresa, QC. He went off at odds of 16-1 and paid $35.50 to win. The $300,000 Quebec-Bred Series now had just one more weekend of preliminary competition next Sunday, August 30 and then the top eight point earners in the series will return Sunday, September 7 for the $55,000 finals. On that same day 3R will also host the four $65,000 final of the series for three-year-olds. Live racing resumes at 3R on Tuesday evening with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information contact www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

With five race cards under their belts totaling 51 races, Hippodrome 3R is still boasting some of the highest win payoff average in North America harness racing. Currently the average price for a winning horse is $12.48 at Hippodrome 3R. Last year for their entire meet the average win price was a generous $10.65. “We are very pleased with our win payoff average,” said Vincent Trudel, General Manager of the Quebec Jockey Club. “If you can select the winner of the race and on average get a return of $12.48 for a $2 wager, I would think people would really like that. It is currently higher that our meet average last season. “We are working hard at trying to have full fields for every race,” Trudel explained, “and when we can have as many as 11 horses in a race, the fans enjoy the challenge because they know if they can select the winner the payoffs will be very good. Our winning favorite percentage at 37.3% is not bad considering the average win price.” This Tuesday the Hippodrome 3R puts on the lights for their evening card which begins at 7:00 pm. Featured on the ten race program are a pair of three-year-old pacers, Jefferson Tare and D G’s Justlikethat, who are looking to get their careers underway. Both geldings are the favorites in the second race pace. Jefferson Tare is saddled with starting from the far outside in post eight for driver Pascal Berube. This son of Jereme’s Jet never raced as age two but last week in just his second lifetime start, he led from start to finish owner/trainer Pierre LeClerc in 1:59.3 despite being pressured first-over the entire mile. D G’s Justlikethat may be seeking a little revenge against Jereme’s Jet, as last week he was in the same race and had the golden pocket two-hole trip behind Jefferson Tare but came up one length short of victory. Sired by Major In Art, trained by Daniel Martin for owners Gylaine Fortin, Gestion Mairo Audit, Inc., Michel Demphousse and Daniel Martin, D G’s Justlikethat has already one win in two starts this year, winning last week at Hippodrome 3R in 2:00.3. He will be driven from post seven by Stephane Brosseau. Other contenders in the field include Super Deuce AM, Inbox Hanover and Evasive Card Shark. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The second of three preliminary rounds for the Quebec-Bred Series takes place at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday and a real harness racing slugfest is setting up within the older trotting mare division. The series is for Quebec bred four and five-year-old trotters and pacers. There are three weeks of preliminary competition with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, June 7 for their respective $35,000 finals. Sunday’s eight race for trotting mares pits two return winners from last week’s opening round, Canbec Kangourou and La Neuvilleoise. Canbec Kangourou is the 5/2 morning line favorite and starts from post six for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Last week the four-year-old daughter of Amigo Hall scored her first win of the 2014 season, leading from start to finish in a lifetime best clocking of 2:01.2 for owner/trainer Daniel Martin of Quebec City. He co-owns Canbec Kangourou with Michel Damphousse. Also a winner last week is La Neuvilloise, the 3-1 second choice in the race and she starts alongside Canbec Kangourou in post five. The five-year-old mare by Capote Hall also wired the field last week for her first win in two starts this year for owner/trainer Noel Ferland of Neuville, who also bred the mare. Other contenders include Mathers Promise, Green Tea Cybele and Eminente. Niceandup, who lit up the tote board last week in scoring an upset win at odds of 62-1, will seek to prove that her victory last week was not a fluke. She starts from post two in the sixth race pace for older mares in the series. She will be driven by Steeven Genois for breeder/owner Guy Boulianna of Malbaie, QC and last week posted her first win in six starts this year with a lifetime best clocking of 1:57.2. Her main rival will be Racey Miss, who starts from the rail for driver Marcel Barreau. Racey Miss was a close second last week to Lady Valentine and is the 5/2 favorite in the race. Also entered are Lugano, My tallia Ideal, Ulla Bayama, Bella Mster and Impressive Daly. After four days of racing for the new meet at the Hippodrome 3R, the average price per winning horse is still one of the highest in North America at $13.30. The percentage of winning favorites is still low on a national average at 29.2%. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Who says you can’t strike it rich on a $2 harness racing wager? Those who backed Niceandup in the seventh race pace at Hippodrome 3R were believers as the five-year-old mare was the longest shot on the tote board and won at odds of 61-1, paying $125.80 to win on Sunday. Niceandup was competing in one of eight $6,500 divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-olds. She was driven to victory by Steven Genois and was racing in fourth place the entire mile event and was able to outkick the competition in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.2. Shanghai Mimi (Marcel Barrieau), the betting favorite was second with Ulla Bayama (Denis St Peirre) third. It was the first win of 2014 in six starts and a lifetime mark for the daughter of Ontheupandup who was bred, owned and is trained by Guy Boulianne of La Malbaie, Quebec. The Quebec-Bred Series continues for the next two weeks with preliminary rounds and then on Sunday, June 1, the top eight point earners in each division will return for a $35,000 final in each class. There were two divisions in each Sunday for trotters and pacers, mares and horses. The second race first division for pacing mares saw Lady Valentine and driver Sylvain Lacaille lead from start to finish in 1:58.1. Paying a generous $7.00 to win for trainer Chantel Mitchell and owners Yves Rondeau and Robert Vinet, it was  the third win this season for the four-year-old mare by Jeremes Jet. Racey Miss was second with Impressive Daly third. Track record holder Duc Dorleans provided the fastest mile of the Quebec-Bred Series on Sunday as he demolished a field of six rivals, leading from start to finish in 1:54 by one and three-quarter lengths. It was his second win in three outings at Hippodrome 3R. Driven by Frances Picard, Duc Dorleans paid $4.10 to win as he was not the wagering favorite. That honor went to McKinney, who sat a pocket trip but could only muster a second place finish. Histoire Eternelle was third. A four-year-old gelding by Shanghai Phil, Duc Dorleans is trained by Jacques Dupont and is owned by Gestion Levesque. The first division for older pacing horses also saw the winner lead from the start but they did not fly as fast as Duc Dorleans. The Real One was the wagering favorite among the fans and with driver Rheo Filion and they made full use of the rail and won by a half length over Si Semalu and SOS Grappa in 2:00.1. Trained and owned by Helene Filion, it was the first win in five starts this year for the four-year-old gelding by Mach Three. Decret Justiciale had little trouble leading from start to finish in the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotting horses as he won with ease by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:00.4. Driven by his trainer, Denis Filion, it was the first start this year for the five-year-old gelding by Justice Hall. He is owned by  Danielle Levac and paid $3.70 to win. In the second division, Caroluzzo and driver Jocelyn Gendron came first-over against pacesetter SOS Robocop and despite barely getting a head up in front at the three-quarter pole, was still able to out trot everyone to the wire to win by a half length in 2:02.1. Ken P V was second with SOS Robocop third. The five-year-old stallion by Musclesextrodinar is trained by Dan Martin for owner Michael Cote and won for the first time in four starts this year. He paid $2.80 as the wagering favorite. The first division for older trotting mares saw Canbec Kangourou wire the field by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:01.2 over Ocean Mist Beauty and Sexy P V. Driven by Jocelyn St Jaques, it was a lifetime mark for the four-year-old mare by Amigo Hall. She is co-owned by Daniel Martin and Michel Damphousse. Also leading from start to finish in the other older trotting mare division was La Neuvilloise and driver Stephen Gendron. They won by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:04 as the betting favorite, paying $3.50 to win. Mathers Promising was second with Uliane Bayama third. It was the first win in two starts for the five-year-old mare by Capote Hall. She was bred and is owned and trained by Noel Ferland.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

Harness racinmg's 35th edition of the $532,500 Confederation Cup went to the best 3-year-old pacing colt on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 14) at Flamboro Downs, which proved to be Bestofbest Hanover. Drawing post 3 in the final off his fifth-place finish in the first of two eliminations earlier in the day, Bestofbest Hanover shot up the rail to score the 1:52 victory with Jack Moiseyev in the sulky for trainer Daniel Martin.

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