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Harness racing driver Pierre-Luc Roy, the older brother of O'Brien award winning driver, Louis-Philippe Roy, had important life choices to make last fall with the arrival of a second child. He chose to prioritize his small family and, to the surprise of many fans and colleagues, he stopped racing horses on September 27, the day of the Quebec finals at the Hippodrome 3R for 2 and 3 years. A choice with which he lives well with. However, things have changed since then, and he is now looking forward to taking over the lines again. Roy had a good season in 2020, by his standards of recent years, with monetary gains of almost $170,000, almost thirty victories and all with fewer starts than in previous years, because of his decision to stop racing. The statistic that will be remembered above all was his URS (batting average) at .317, the third best at H3R for drivers who have worked in at least 100 races. "I am all the more proud of this average," Roy explained. "As it was achieved without the contribution of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. In the past years, I often drove on the fair circuit, especially in Gaspesie, it helped me in my statistics. In 2020, the average is excellent, and without the input of racing at the fairs." "In 2020, I also had the honour of driving the horses of trainer Denitza Petrova," Roy said. "It was a big plus in my statistics. This allowed me to win two finals on September 27, one with Kinnder High Class, the other with Kinnder Dangerzone. It's really nice to drive for Denitza. "We kept in touch during the winter," Roy added. "She kept me up to date on new births, progress in training, etc. I obviously wish I had the chance to keep driving for her last season." With his wife Maude Larouche, Pierre-Luc has been working for a few years now to raise their own foals. They currently have four broodmares on their farms and the first concrete results may well come this year. "It's a lot of work," Roy said. "But it's a way for me to stay in touch with the horses, without taking hours and hours of training. Maude does most of the work, and I'll throw my hat off to her. It's still nine heads that you have to take care of seven days a week." Roy has the mare Norvena Hanover (Western Ideal) and her two-year-old is training in Ontario with brother Louis-Philippe. It's a Sunshine Beach and it's going very well and according to Pierre-Luc, it's already rendered in 2.28. A second mare is Sheissuchadream (Art Major), and she also has a foal by Sunshine Beach and her progress is a little slower. This mare also had in 2020 a filly by Bettorthancheddar. The third mare is Signet (Sportswriter) and she has just given birth to a filly by Shadow Play. The 4th mare is JK Soundofmusic (Bettors Delight ) has just brooded by Jimmy Freight. It is owned by brother Louis-Philippe. Talking to Pierre-Luc, we see that all facets of the horseman trade interest in him. All facets of his 'father's job too. Like many young households, work-family-leisure balance is part of his daily life. Well supported by his wife, happy in his role as the breeder of two 2-year-olds in training, he looks forward to the coming season with optimism. A discreet optimism, like the man, a true gentleman. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With the 2020 stakes season over for a three-year-old trotting filly, what's a filly then to do? If that filly is named Kinnder High Class, then you jump up in class and take on the best trotters in Quebec. That's what Kinnder High Class is doing on Sunday (Nov. 8) at the Hippodrome 3R. It comes as no surprise that owner, breeder and trainer Denitza Petrova of Melbourne is racing her filly against the best mares and horses at H3R. Kinnder High Class is having a dream season and is currently on a four-race winning streak. The Royalty For Life daughter sports eight wins in just eleven starts this year. Two starts back, Kinnder High Class won her $65,000 Quebec Championship Final in 1:58, a track record for trotting fillies. Then last week, the beautiful chestnut filly with the white blaze beat a solid field of older rivals in 1:59.2, drawing away after being parked out first-over for most of the one-mile race. "I feel confident racing her on Sunday," Petrova explained. "Only because I feel that she feels confident. She came out of the race very good, like she knows she did good." Throughout the regular season Petrova used Pierre Luc Roy as the regular driver on Kinnder High Class and he did very well with her, winning seven of her eight victories. But after winning the Quebec Championship Final, Roy announced his early retirement from driving horses. Now Petrova needed to find another driver for her top filly. "Well, I asked Samuel Fillion to drive Kinnder High Class," Petrova said. "Because when I had to qualify my two-year-old, Kinnder Dangerzone, in a Circuit Regional day this summer, Pierre Luc Roy couldn't be there that day, so I asked him who he would suggest me to use for a green 2-year-old and who will actually listen to what I have to say (I am very picky and specific with my 2-year-olds). Pierre Luc suggested Samuel Fillion, and I looked at how he drove and I really liked him. "I am able to communicate with Samuel," Petrova added. "And he is very nice to talk to and has the confidence needed and seems to be able to adjust to any horse. He did a super job qualifying Kinnder Dangerzone. "He drove her to perfection last Sunday," Petrova said. "Nothing else to say. He just did a perfect job." "Denitza asked me to take over driving her horses," Fillion said." Right after Pierre Luc announced he was no longer driving horses the week before last. "I took my time with Kinnder High Class last Sunday," Fillion explained. "When I asked her for it, she gave me speed. I think she has not yet shown all her talent, Pierre Luc and Denitza did a nice job with her. The filly is amazing." Once the Hippodrome 3R closes for the season at the end of November, Petrova has plans for Kinnder High Class. "For the rest of the year," Petrova explained. "I want to give her some more starts, most probably in Ontario. About the breeding side, for sure I will not change my mind. When I trained her down as a 2-year-old, I was always thinking while I was jogging or training her that whatever she does she is a keeper as a broodmare. So, no timeline, whenever her racing ends, that's what she will do. Petrova recently purchased the trotting stallion, Northern Escort, who will be Kinnder High Class's first stallion. "Yes, of course I will breed her to Northern Escort," Petrova said. "But also, to others down the line." As for Sunday's eighth race Preferred-Handicapped Trot, Kinnder High Class has been made the morning line favorite from post four as she goes for her fifth straight win. She will be tangling with a newcomer to H3R in Dr Spengler (post 3) for driver Stephane Brosseau. The six-year-old gelding by Powerful Emotion has been racing at Mohawk Park where last week he was second in 1:57.2 on a good track and has three wins this year for the Richard Moreau Stable. The tough mare Precieuse CC (post 5), Sir Chopin (post 7) and Keepall (post 6) will all put Kinnder High Class to the test on Sunday. "I believe in her chances," said Fillion about Kinnder High Class. "She has a great post position and she can finish very strong. I hope we will have a good race. Honestly, she is very fast. We don't know her limit yet and she wins with ease." First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Very often a young girl dreams of getting a pony for her very own. But how about a harness racing stakes winning stallion? Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, Quebec had those dreams of getting a horse as a child in Communist Bulgaria. Later her family moved to Quebec where she started riding lessons and eventually turned to harness racing where she had become a blossoming owner, trainer and breeder. Then came the stallion Northern Escort and Denitza fell head over heels for the Ontario Sire Stakes champion. Sired by Kadabra, Northern Escort was a top three-year-old on the Ontario circuit, winning eight times with earnings of more than $200,000 in 2012. Having to overcome injuries the next few years, Northern Escort ended his racing career in 2016 with lifetime earnings of $280,000, 17 wins and a record of 1:55.3 at Yonkers Raceway's half mile oval. To see Northern Escort win the Ontario Sire Stakes Championship Final click on this link, https://youtu.be/DRpKoovvPag Denitza first saw Northern Escort at Yves Filion's Bayama Farms in 2013. "Yves had given him a break," Deniza explained of Northern Escort. "And he had bred a couple of his mares to him. I always followed him racing when he was two and three. I liked him. He never made breaks and raced well. "I had bred my mare Majestic Joy to Justice Hall," Denitza said. "But it did not take. It was mid-July and I wanted to get my mare bred, so Yves son, Justin Filion, who was training the horse, suggested I breed her (Majestic Joy) to Northern Escort. But he was not a commercial stallion, just resting from an injury. "So, I went to see the stallion and fell in love with him," Denitza said. "He was the gentlest stallion you could ever be around. He was charming, perfect looking and I knew I loved this horse. Even without knowing how well his foals would race for me." "The resulting breeding was Kinnder Dangerous and I was so happy with this perfect foal at birth, Denitza added. "So, as I raised him, he was just a perfect example of what we wanted in a trotter. And despite being a late foal, he made the races." Kinnder Dangerous went on to become a Quebec champion, taking a record of 1:58.1h at the Hippodrome 3R and earning more than $75,000 before he tragically passed away. "I liked him (Kinnder Dangerous) so much," Denitza explained. "That I wanted to find Northern Escort and buy him, but he had been sold, but I found him. I wanted him (four years ago) as my stallion. "I ended up getting another breeding to him in Indiana for Majestic Joy," Denitza said. "And that next foal was Kinnder Dangerzone." The two-year-old son of Northern Escort went undefeated in four starts this year, taking a record of 2:01.1h, earning $38,200 and was the Quebec-bred champion for his age group. But wait, more credit needs to go the broodmare Majestic Joy as between Kinnder Dangerous and Kinnder Dangerzone, when Denitza did not know where Northern Escort was, there were two other foals born. The second foal was named Kinderunbelievable, sired by Archangel. She went on to become a Quebec Champion too last year, taking a record of 1:59.3h with earnings of $52,000. Then there is the beautiful chestnut filly that Denitza named Kinnder High Class and she was sired by Royalty For Life. Although winless in seven starts as a two-year-old, Kinnder High Class showed she had promise as she was second in the $55,000 Quebec Championship. She then blossomed into a stakes winner at age three this season, winning seven times, earning more than $68,000, and setting a track record in capturing her Quebec Championship final (one race after her half-brother won his division), with a lifetime mark of 1:58.1h. Majestic Joy is now a 100% producing mare with four Quebec Champion foals and more on the way. Denitza has a yearling filly by Lindy's Tru Grit from Majestic Joy. There is also a foal by her side, a colt, sired by Wheeling N Dealin and she is safe in foal to Muscle Mass and will, of course, be bred back to Northern Escort this winter. "I always had in the back of my mind that I would own him one day," Denitza said of Northern Escort. "And now I am amazed how great his foals are for me. I wanted to get him somehow. "I had told my boyfriend about Northern Escort," Denitza laughed. "Maybe 20 times a day how much passion I had for him. He said "go get him, you love him so much. Follow your heart, go ahead. And I did it. I am so thankful he said this. And all this took place before Kinnder Dangerzone even raced and won the final. "I asked him to be a partner with me on the horse," Denitza said. "And he said yes." Her boyfriend is Franck Innocenti, who happens to be the owner of Apzara, which runs national equestrian shows. "So, I searched and found Northern Escort in New York," Denitza said. "And I made a deal with the owner to purchase him and he was shipped to Toronto. Franck and I drove to Toronto and we picked him up. And then my dream came true when we brought him back to the farm. "You could not imagine how happy I was," Denitza said. "Like a ten-year-old girl getting her first pony. "I have so much confidence in Northern Escort," Denitza explained. "As much as any stallion in breeding commercially. We now want to get a few broodmares to breed to him and we want our foals to be both Ontario and Quebec eligible. I do not know yet if we will just breed our mares or breed outside mares. "When I first had Northern Escort four years ago my friend, Mona Lisa Pagliericci, who was managing her breeding farm in Quebec," Denitza said. "She wanted to see if he could mount a dummy and get his semen tested. When he came off the truck, Mona Lisa saw him and she said he was such a beautiful stallion. "Then the next week," Denitza added. "Mona Lisa said he was just a sweetheart, took right to the dummy and was the gentlest horse and despite never being in the breeding shed before, he was perfect and also that his semen was very strong. Mona Lisa said that aside from her top stallion, Garland Lobell, he was the next best stallion she had ever worked with. I had to sell him and he went to Indiana. That was when I was able to breed him again to Majestic Joy and that foal was Kinnder Dangerzone." So, the stallion of Denitza Petrova's dream is now back in her barn and the next week his son goes undefeated and wins the Quebec Championship Final at the Hippodrome 3R. "I would dream of how great Kinnder Dangerzone could be and now before the Quebec finals," Denitza explained. "I get the stallion and then win two finals. I was just so ecstatic that I cried for happiness. It was all so emotional, and both foals from the same mare. She now has three Quebec champions from two different stallions. "What I also love about Northern Escort is that his foals have the same attitude as he does," Denitza said. "Being gentle and wanting to race with a smart head. I bred one mare, who was very hot on the racetrack, yet her foal is calm, just like her father. "I am just so excited to be able to now breed my mares to him," Denitza said. "And to get another broodmare or two to join the band. It's as if all my dreams have come true these past two weeks." And for those who do not know Denitza Petrova, she names all her foals Kinnder. Why, because as a child Denitza loved the Kinder Candy Eggs that come with a little toy inside. She has an extensive collection of all the toys and still giggles in excitement when she gets a new egg. Just like she does when she talks about getting her dream stallion. by Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The harness racing stakes season continues at the Hippodrome 3R this Friday with the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old trotters and trainer Denitza Petrova has high hopes for her Kinnder High Class. Petrova, who has emerged into a top trainer on the Quebec circuit, starts her three-year-old filly in the third race $10,000 first division of the Breeders Trophy Series. Her Kinnder High Class, whom she bred, owns and trains, starts from post six and is the morning line favorite as the beautiful chestnut filly by Royalty For Life is unbeaten this year with three straight wins. "I always had lots of confidence in Kinnder High Class from day one," said Petrova. "She was not an easy trotter to shoe, but my blacksmith did a really great job, we worked together hours and hours. As a two-year-old, Kinnder High Class was winless in seven starts. "Last year she missed her first elimination," Petrova explained, "So time was against us. But she made just enough points to make it to the $55,000 final. And she finished a very strong second." Kinnder High Class is from one of Petrova's top broodmares, Majestic Joy, who has been a 100% producer as her first two foals were stakes winners Kinnder Dangerous 4,1:58.1 ($80,000) and Kinderunbelievable 3,1:59.3 ($52,000), who last year was the Breeders Trophy Final champion. And there is also a two-year-old, Kinnder Dangerzone, who will be racing soon in the Future Stars Series. Petrova also owns another top broodmare named Witch Way. "She (Kinnder High Class) was always in the shadows," Petrova said. "Not noticed by anyone but me, which is okay since I knew her dam (Majestic Joy) gives big talented trotters and they really get it together as three-year-old's, just like Kinder Unbelievable did. That's why I don't push them as two-year-olds. "Kinnder High Class ended her two-year-old season sound and fresh, very few starts," Petrova explained. "And she had a very nice last race, can't ask for better. She grew a lot during the winter and got a lot more mature mentally also. She is a beautiful intelligent chestnut filly, even though they are not liked by many (chestnut trotting fillies), she is going well for now." Well that might be an understatement when it comes to Kinnder High Class. Her first start was nothing to brag about, coming from off the pace and winning in 2:05. Then her next start she wired the field in a respectable 2:02.2. Then her last start, all at H3R, she cut loose for driver Pierre Luc Roy and cruised to a 2:00.1 triumph. "Can she beat her own record this Friday" Petrova pondered. "Only time will tell. Her half-brother Kinnder Dangerzone, who is also a full brother to Kinnder Dangerous (R.I.P), is also a very big massive colt. The biggest one of the dam. If things go well for him, he should qualify soon, but I will be very conservative with him, as he is to me very talented." And what does Kinnder High Class's driver have to say about the filly? "This filly is much more mature and focused on the job at hand," Roy said. "Last year she was more fragile at the start of the race while at age three she is strong from start to finish. This is why she finished strong at age 2, but was still far from the leaders. "Yes, she will get better this season I'm sure. Roy added. "It's the last quarter and her last half mile strength that makes me think so." Kinnder High Class faces some competition in the race from recent winner Miss Melodie (post 5), Anotherideal (post 1) and SOS Playhard (post 3). The colts get underway in their $10,000 opening round division in race six where Kenogami Coco heads the way from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau. Last year this gelded son of Wheeling N Dealin posted three wins with earnings of nearly $50,000 for trainer Dany Fontaine. He has prepared for the start of the series with a qualifying win at Mohawk Park in 1:56.4 and in his last start at Hanover Raceway, was third in his elimination for Dream Of Glory Series. The local favorite will be last year's $55,000 Future Stars Series Final winner, Babidibou, from post two for driver Stephane Gendron. This gelded son of Royalty For Life has won his last two starts, the fastest in a lifetime mark of 2:00.2 last week at H3R for trainer Maxime Velaye. Another standout is Rideau Carleton Raceway invader Frido PV in post six for trainer/driver Yves St Jacques. This son of Muscle Mass comes into the race off a 1:57 lifetime mark. Other horses to watch in the race include the entry of Laval Titan (post 3) and Tuscan Titan (post 8). There are three preliminary rounds of competition with the top eight-point earners from each division returning to H3R on Sunday, September 27 for their respective $65,000 finals. Track Notes: Undefeated Enavant goes for his fifth straight win on Friday. He starts from post nine in the seventh race pace. On Sunday the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers gets started at H3R with four opening round divisions. Post time Friday is 4:00 pm and Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

On the evening of January 18, Denitza Petrova had a great time in her relatively new harness racing training and breeding career. That evening, which was the Hippodrome 3R Championship Gala Banquet, Denitza saw her efforts recognized and celebrated by the people of her adopted land. "It was an extraordinary moment," she will say, "since it is I as the person we celebrated and not the prowess of one of my horses. It was very moving and very rewarding." From distant Bulgaria, Denitza brought to Quebec something she still has and always has: her passion for horses. "At the time, in the mid-2000s and 2010s, my passion was for horses in general, but when I discovered Standardbred horses, it was mainly towards them that my interest and my passion fell. By chance, I had the opportunity to get to know Mr. André Dagenais, a Standardbred breeder, a trainer and a driver. We are in the Mirabel region and the gentleman really piqued my curiosity. "It was with him that I took my very first lessons on the art of caring for a racehorse and making it perform well," Detnitza explained. "I will never forget the first time when he allowed me to jog my very first horse. An electrifying moment that I will never forget and I must emphasize today that I owe a lot to this gentleman, a trotter expert, in addition. " Fans who have been following the harness races in Quebec for more than ten years probably remember André Dagenais and his "NO", a name which he grafted on all the horses he bred. We remember Gogetno, Martialno, Mcno, Promissingno, etc ... Now, what's 2020 have in store for Denitza Petrova. "For the past few months," Denitza said, "I have been busy preparing, like all my colleagues, for the future season. If my plans hold, I plan to start my 3-year-olds in Ontario this spring, a filly like Kinnder High Class and a foal like Kinnder Big Boss, plus another who didn't really race in 2019 at 2 years old. "This is the plan at the moment but obviously it could change, Denitza added. "I will continue to prepare my 2-olds here on the farm in Melbourne. I have Kinnder Dangerous's full brother by Northern Escort by the name of Kinnder Dangerzone as well as a brother from the Kinnder Jackson family." "I also brought back in the last days of Ontario, Kinnder Unbelievable," Denitza said, "who raced there in a few series for the team of Chantal Mitchell. The mare did well in 2019 with nearly $44,000 in gains and a great victory in the 3-year-old final in September. "In addition," Denitza added. "I have sold Kinnder Jackson to the Ron Burke stable over the past few weeks. He's a good horse, he's been good to me but I'm sure that in this advanced stable, the horse will perform even better. The latest news is that Kinnder Jackson had a first and second in two starts for Burke at Yonkers, the victory in a lifetime mark of 1.52.3. As for the other pillar of the Kinnder team, Kinnder Dangerous, Denitza remained evasive about his future. From this memorable gala evening of January 18, fans will also remember the great generosity of Denitza, who was the winner for the Personality of the Year award, who during her award presentation brought her good friend Cassandra Lecourt, also a finalist, on stage. The two young women attracted praise from everyone. Cassandra and Denitza, both breeders and coaches, represent a very positive outlook for the future of racing in Quebec and their brilliance as much as their endearing personality has not gone unnoticed. In 2019, horses trained by Denitza won just over $90,000 in purses in just 45 starts, for an average of $2,000 per start. This statistic alone speaks volumes for the success of this determined young woman. 2020 looks just as promising. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing trotting filly Kinnder Prediction picked the perfect spot to score her maiden victory, winning a $10,000 opening round leg of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. The daughter of Northern Escort, driven by Justin Filion, left from her rail starting position and shot right to the lead with Montanalaska and Guy Gagnon following them in second place. It was not until the three-quarters mile marker that Gagnon made his move with Montanalaska, coming first-over against Kinnder Prediction. They were able to nearly collar the race leader as they start down the stretch, but Kinnder Prediction and Filion proved to be too strong and went on to win by a half-length in 2:02.4. Montanalaska was second with Precieuse CC (Clauder Beausoleil), last year's two-year-old champion, finishing third. Bred, owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, it was the first win in nine lifetime starts for Kinnder Prediction. Due to only three fillies entering the race, it was held as a non-wagering event. The colt division of the Breeders Cup saw a full field of ten three-year-old's go behind the starting gate. It was SG Goliath King and driver Sylvain Grenier leaving from post seven and grabbing the early lead with race favorite Nobodynosjustice and driver Guy Gagnon sitting the two-hole trip. Then pulling the pocket before the half mile marker, Gagnon send Nobodynosjustic after SG Goliath and Grenier, but Grenier was not giving up the lead and parked out Gagnon through the backstretch and it was not until after the three-quarters that Nobodynosjustice was able to clear to the lead. Gagnon and Nobodynosjustic then had it easy coming home to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:04. SG Goliath King was second and Ganymede Lavec (Jerome Lombart), last year's 2-year-old Champion, was third. It was the first win in seven start this year for Nobodynosjustic. The gelded son of Justice Hall is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner/breeder Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, paying $3.40 to win. Driver Guy Gagnon had the hot hands Tuesday, winning three races on the program. Track Notes: Coming up this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R will be the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. There will be three preliminary rounds with the $65,000 finals on Sunday, September 9. Post time this Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The most impressive victory on the Tuesday evening card at the Hippodrome 3R took place in the second race pace where the three favorites, Mrs Dragonfire, Big Mac and Kinnder Jackson, all were coming off victories and meeting for the first time. A real battle took place as Mrs Dragonfire (Guy Gagnon) was on the front end with Encore Panic (Pierre Luc Roy) in the pocket seat to the opening quarter in :27.2. Then by the half mile mark in :57.2, Stephane Brosseau came first-over with race favorite Big Mach and following their outside over was undefeated Kinnder Jackson with Justin Filion driving. As they started up the backstretch, Filion moved three-wide with Kinnder Jackson and the three-year-old gelding by Allamerican Native blew by the two leaders and was in the lead by the three-quarters in 1:26.1. From there Kinnder Jackson pulled away from the field to win by six and one-quarter lengths in 1:56. Mrs Dragonfire was second with Encore Panic third. It was a lifetime mark for Kinnder Jackson and his fourth straight win, unbeaten this year and all his races at H3R. He was bred and is owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne and paid $9.90 to win. He is now tied with Requested as the winningest horses at H3R this season. Petrova and Filion nearly made it a double on the night as Kinnder Prediction fought head and head with Lindas Jewell (Mario Lachance) for most of the one mile trot and actually won the race. But because Kinnder Prediction went inside some of the plyons, the horse was placed last in the fifth race. Track Notes: The Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers gets back underway at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday with the third leg in the series. After Sunday, the top eight point earners return on a special Thursday night card, August 9 for the $30,000 finals. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - EAU Naturelle and harness racing trainer/driver Simon Delisle picked a perfect spot to be the 22-1 upset winner of the night as they were able to nip the overwhelming favorite, Y S Suzanne by a nose in the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. The third race for mares started off with Y S Suzanne and driver Guy Gagnon going right to the early lead with EAU Naturelle and Delisle sitting right on their backs. Y S Suzanne cut fractions in the one-mile race of :30, 1:00.3 and 1:30 at the three-quarter mile marker. It was then that Delisle moved to the outside and gathered momentum with EAU Naturelle and the mare responded, gaining on the race leader around the final turn. As they started down the stretch, EAU Naturelle kept gaining slowly on the Y S Suzanne and caught her at the wire by a nose in 2:00.1. Lucky Promesses (Jerome Lombart) was third. It was a lifetime mark for EAU Naturelle, a five-year-old daughter of Windsong Espoir who is co-owned by Chantal Auger, Raymond Bouffard, REjean Page and Anne Delisle of Quebec. EAU Naturelle paid $46.60 to win. In the fifth race, the horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series, the race was pretty much over after the start as Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion led from start to finish in a lifetime mark of 1:58.1. With KFB Amigo Cool and driver Stephane Brosseau following them in second place, Kinnder Dangerous cut fractions of :28.2 and :59.1 to the half mile before race favorite Capteur De Reve and driver Pierre Luc Roy was able to flush Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) first-over and they started to go after Kinnder Dangerous. But that plan did not work out as Holiday Party could not advance, forcing Capteur De Reve to go three-wide and they could not catch-up to the leaders. Then after the three-quarters in 1:28.3, Brosseau came after Filion with KFB Amigo Cool but they could not gain any ground as Kinnder Dangerous was the strong horse down the stretch, winning by two and three-quarter lengths. KFB Amigo Cool was second with Capteur De Reve third. It was the second win in four starts this year for Kinnder Dangerous. The four-year-old gelding by Northern Escort was bred and is owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. He paid $5.70 to win. On the evening, excluding the first race which was a disqualification, the next six races all saw the winning horse register a lifetime mark. Both Stephane Brosseau and Guy Gagnon had driving doubles while Alain Martin led all trainers with two wins from his stable. Live race resumes on Sunday at H3R with first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, QC - It is always a tough battle when harness racing horses turn age four. They are no longer colts and fillies but horses and mares. And with age comes the challenge of facing older formattable foes on the racetrack. Such is the case for Kinnder Dangerous. This four-year-old gelded son of Northern Escort is coming off a good season in 2017 where he won five times and was second in the $65,000 Breeders Cup finale. Now he is a big older, a bit more mature and by the looks of his first race back last Sunday at H3R, ready for action according to his breeder, owner and trainer, Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. "Yes, he grew a bit this winter," said Petrova. "He is about 16 hands now and is a robust horse. Last Sunday, with Petrova's significant other, driver Justin Filion, the son of Hall of Famer Yveds Filion, Kinnder Dangerous made his first start of the 2018 season after two decent qualifying efforts. In that race he got away in fourth place and then by the half mile marker, Filion found second-over cover. Then in the backstretch Filion swept three-wide and collared pacesetter Lucky Promesses and driver Jerome Lombart on the final turn. Filion and Kinnder Dangerous were able to clear by Lucky Promesses at the top of the stretch and Kinnder Dangerous then went on to win with ease by three and three-quarter lengths in a lifetime best 1:59.1 clocking. "He was ready to go a good mile," Petrova said. "I knew that, but a race is a race, so you never know. I was very happy with his last half mile." Now Kinnder Dangerous faces the next challenge as he drew post five in Sunday's sixth race Invitational Trot where he faces eight rivals. He is listed as the 4-1 third choice in the field. The favorite is Caroluzzo from post three for driver Stephane Gendron. The nine-year-old scored his first win of the year two starts back in 1:59.4 and last week was three lengths back in Rocky Boy's 1:57.2 score. Also, in the race is Torches Angel (post 7), who has won three of her last five starts with Stephane Brosseau in the sulky and in post eight is rival Capteur De Reve for driver Pierre Luc Roy. He was the champion of the three-year-olds last year. Both horses are prepping for the upcoming Quebec-Bred Series at H3R. Other competitors in the field include HP Run Like Mom (post 4), Holiday Party (post five) and the good mare Lucky Promesses (post two). "The competition is very strong in the Invitational Trot for sure." Petrova said. "He got the job done last year as a three-year-old from post 8. We will see how it goes now. It's just his second start of the year on Sunday." Justin Filion turned age 45 on Thursday and was not surprised by Kinnder Dangerous's big win last week. "I really was not surprised," Filion said. "When he is feeling good he is always a strong closer. The racing season is just getting started and so far, he seems better every time he is on the track. Most of these horses he goes against Sunday are very nice classy trotters, so the competition is strong. Depending on how the race goes, I think he can do good." "His first race gave Justin and me several reasons to glimpse this season with confidence, "Petrova explained. "It was a win in 1.59.1, the last half under one minute and last quarter in :29 seconds. It will be tougher this week, but he must be ready to fight because the Quebec Series will start for him on Tuesday, June 12. " And speaking of birthdays, Petrova was very happy to announce that on May 22, her mare, Majestic Joy, the mother of Kinnder Dangerous, had given birth to a colt, who is a full brother to Kinnder Dangerous. "I had owned the stallion Northern Escort, now in service in Indiana and kept a share so I could continue to breed to him," Petrova said. "The mare is a Quebecer, so we will have a brother to Dangerous who hopefully will race in Quebec in two years." Petrova names all her homebred horses with the first name of Kinnder. It's named after the world-renowned chocolate egg that comes with a little toy inside it. Petrova loves the chocolate since she first came to Quebec from Bulgaria and has a massive collection of the toys. This season Petrova's Stable, with Filion driving, is red hot. In six starts they have three winners, a batting average of .500 and more Kinnder's on the way. But will you see Petrova in the winner's circle or the race paddock on race days? The answer is no. "Since we have the training and breeding farm in Melborne," Petrova said. "There is so much work to do. So, I do the work at the farm while Justin is at the races, if not, we will never get the work done and especially this time of year when we take care of the newborns and I am into the breeding season. But, I never miss a race, always looking on them on my phone. Later this season I will go to the races when things slow down a bit." First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Once the stakes season is over for most three-year-old harness racing horses, if they have the breeding and are tops in their class, they can go to the stud barn, but if they are a gelding, then they must face the tough task of racing against older and more established foes. Such is the case for the trotter, Kinnder Dangerous, who on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, will once again face much older and seasoned rivals in the Invitational Trot. The difference here is that Kinnder Dangerous has already done this and in his last start he not only raced against the best trotters in Quebec, but he beat them. Owned, bred and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, Kinnder Dangerous not only overcame starting from the outside in post seven two weeks ago, but raced over a sloppy, rain-soaked track with a three-second allowance and was able to close from sixth place approaching the final turn to beat his older rivals by two lengths in 2:01.4. He will be put to the task once again on Sunday, only this time the three-year-old gelded son of Northern Escort, has even a worse post position, the eight-hole to start from. "Is he ready to go this Sunday?" Said Petrova. "I most certainly hope so. It is tough not having a race for him every week, so I hope he will be OK." Petrova and her significant other, Justin Filion, who drives Kinnder Dangerous, own a beautiful training facility in Melbourne with a half mile track where they train the Kinnder Stable. Named after the Kinder Chocolate Surprise eggs with a toy inside, a childhood passion of Petrova's, she has had a strong success with her small breeding and racing operation. This past year she was a perfect four for four with her homebreds making it to the races with Kinnder Dangerous the best of them all. He currently sports four wins, two second place and one third place finish in just eight starts and on Sunday will be the 5/2 morning line favorite in the Invitational Trot, despite having to start from post position eight. He also rewarded his backs, going off nearly at 13-1 and paying $27.90 to win. Does the sloppy track surface help Kinnder Dangerous? "I don't think that makes a difference to him," Petrova said. "He got a nice trip in his last start from Justin and then used his strength and quick speed for the end of the race and was just super. Most of his wins this year came on fast tracks." Earlier this season, Kinnder Dangerous took his lifetime mark in the Breeders Cup Series for Filion at H3R, scoring a 1:59.3 triumph. "He is a very big horse," Petrova explained, "but he can handle a half mile track and once he is asked, he can really take off and hold his speed. "I guess he had better get used to starting from outside positions," Petrova laughed. "He is still young and I know he will improve with time. He is that type of horse with a smart head. With not so many starts I am pretty sure he is going to get better and better." One of the main contenders that Kinnder Dangerous will have his work cut out for him is Caroluzzo from post six for driver Stephane Gendron. The only other return winner in the eighth race feature trot, Caroluzzo was at his best last week at H3R as Gendron took the eight-year-old son of Musclesextrodinair right to the front from post five and never looked back, wiring the field by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.1 for this fifth triumph this season. Another standout is Jamigo from post seven for driver Daniel Laflamme. The nine-year-old son of Angus Hall sports seven wins already this season and last month won the Invitational Trot in 1:59.4. First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Driver Justin Filion made a bold, three-wide move after the three-quarter mile mark with 12-1 Kinnder Dangerous, collaring the race leaders and winning the Invitational Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The ninth race co-feature first saw the race favorite, Torches Angel and driver Stephane Brosseau brush by KFB Amigo Cool (Stephane Gendron) to take the early lead over the sloppy, rain-soaked track in :28.3 to the opening quarter mile. After the half mile in :59.2, trainer/driver Kevin Maguire took Four Starz Speed first-over and they were followed on the outside flow by Jamigo (Daniel Laflamme) with Kinnder Dangerous and Filion third over. It was at the three-quarter mile marker in 1:30.2 when Justin Filion sent Kinnder Dangerous three-wide and the trotter not only responded, but brushed by the field to take command at the top of the stretch by a length and then continue on to win by two lengths. Jamigo was second with Artemis Duharas (Raymond Gingras) third. For Kinnder Dangerous, a three-year-old gelded son of Northern Escort, it was his fourth win this year. He was bred and is owned by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. Kinnder Dangerous paid $27.90 to win. In the eighth race Invitational Pace, National Debut show true grit as the race favorite, getting parked out first-over and grinding his way to the winner's circle with a gusty neck triumph. With Wildriverbumblebee scratched from the race due to a fever, the field was reduced to just six starters. It was Crombie A and driver Mario Charron shooting to the early lead with Highpoint Chip (Pascal Berube) sitting on their backs to the opening quarter mile in :28.3. It was at the half mile in :58.4 that Gendron came first-over with National Debt and they started coming after race leader Crombie A. By the three-quarters in 1:27.2, they were just a half-length off the leader, then only a neck as the two started down the stretch. Neck and neck they fought to the finish with National Debt getting up over Crombie A by only a head in 1:57.1, the fastest mile on the sloppy track Sunday. Highpoint Chip was third. Trained by Yves Tessier, it was the eighth win this year for National Debt, a six-year-old stallion by Allamerican Native, owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $3.60 to win. Live racing resumes next Sunday with first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Now unbeaten in his first two starts of the year, Kinnder Dangerous put away all challengers Tuesday at the Hippodrome 3R in the second round of the C$220,000 Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters. Sent off as the 6/5 wagering favorite in the second race first division for colt trotters, Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion went right to the early lead and was challenged immediately by 45-1 long shot Bastiano and driver Stephane Gendron. Those two battled around the first turn until Gendron backed off and took the two-hole spot by the opening quarter mile in :29. Just as Kinnder Dangerous and Filion settled in on the lead, out from third place came Capteur De Reve and driver Pierre-Luc Roy to try and take over the lead. They ended up parked out first-over past the half mile marker in :59.3 and through the backstretch, unable to collar Kinnder Dangerous. By the three-quarters in 1:29.4, Filion gave Kinnder Dangerous his head and he started to pull away from the field, easily holding off Bastiano at the finish for a one and one-quarter length triumph in 2:00. Capteur De Reve was third. Unbeaten in two starts this year, Kinnder Dangerous is sired by Northern Escort and bred, owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, paying $4.50 to win. Petrova was unable to come to H3R to see the race live as she was taking care of a sick foal on the farm. She watched the race on her cell phone. "Omg, I was so nervous as I saw they wouldn't let him have it easy at all," Petrova said. "They kept attacking him, but he held them off. He is doing so well now. Justin told me the track was heavy and they gave one second, so I think he went a super race and he said he did not have to pull his ear plugs yet!" The fifth race Breeders Cup division for three-year-old trotting fillies saw the 1/9 wagering favorite, HP Run Like Mom, have to work to get her fourth straight victory of the season. It was Vanilla Star and driver Richard Simard shooting to the early lead with HP Run Like Mom and driver Stephane Brosseau getting into the two-hole. Vanilla Star led the field to the opening quarter mile in :30.1 and to the half mile in 1:01 before Brosseau started to the outside with HP Run Like Mom. But Vanilla Star was not going to give up the lead and parked out HP Run Like Mom throughout the backstretch, past the three-quarters in 1:31.1 and around the final turn. Then as they came down the stretch, Brosseau urged his filly and HP Run Like Mom responded and pasted by Vanilla Star to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.4. Vanilla Star was second with Moskido (Francis Picard) third. A three-year-old filly by Kadabra, HP Run Like Mom tied her lifetime best mile Tuesday. She is bred by Claude Hamel and co-owned with Michel Damphousse and trained by Jean Tourigny. She paid just $2.10 to win. The sixth race second division of the Breeders Cup Series for fillies saw Affirmee and driver Pierre-Luc Roy wire the field in strange fashion. Leaving from post five, Affirmee and Roy opened up over seven lengths on the field by the opening quarter mile in :29.2. They continued to increase their lead by over ten lengths at the half mile in 1:00.1. Then backed it down to a five-length lead at the three-quarters in 1:32.1 as Magestic M and trainer/driver Kevin Maguire were able to catch up to Affirmee. As they came down the stretch, Affirmee has just enough of a lead to hold off Magestic M to win by one and one-half lengths in 2:03.3. Justice For Eva (Pascale Berube) was third. It was the maiden victory for Affirmee after nine lifetime starts. She is sired by Angus Hall and trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel who also bred the filly. She paid $3.00 to win. Trois-Rivieres native and Canadian Olympic boxer (2012) and undefeated professional boxer (5-0), Simon Kean, was at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday, meeting race fans and signing autographs. Live racing resumes Sunday at H3R with the third and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Post time is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Tros-Rivieres, Quebec - As a child growing up in Communist Rousse, Bulgaria, Denitza Petrova loved horses. Their town had what could best be described as a milk man, who delivered milk to everyone in town with his wagon drawn by draft horses. Denitza fell in love with those draft horses. Petrova said her parents were always worried she could get hurt as all she wanted to do when she was six years old was be around those horses, to pet them, brush them, she just wanted to be with them. And ate age eight, when Denitza came home from school, she would always draw in her book what she called her "dream farm" with lots of horses, and she would tell her parents she would have that farm one day. Well, dream do come true, and Denitza Petrova is living her dream. The family left Bulgaria in 1989 and moved to Belgium for three years, where Denitza was able to take a few riding lessons. Her love for horses and farm life never left her dreams. Then the family moved to Quebec, Canada in 1992 and her dreams became reality. Denitza still loved horses and continued with equestrian riding and learning. "When I was around 22, while still taking riding lessons," Petrova recalled. "I started to learn about harness racing from Andre Dagenais in Mirabel. I had not experience with racehorse, but I had such passion for anything to do with horses. I wanted to do something special with horse and I started to work for him part-time. "Soon enough I was able to do some paddocks at the Hippodrome de Montreal." Petrova said. "I really really loved it and after a few months, he gave me a little trotting mare when he could not pay me anymore as his stable was reduced. "I got that little mare to the races all by myself," Petrova said with pride. "I did not know anything about training and racing, but the people I was around would help me with advice and I learned pretty fast." As time went by, Denitza learned the harness racing sport and got her trainers license. And along the way she met a young horseman by the name of Justin Filion, and they have been together now for five years. And how did Denitza get involved with Justin Filion? "The truth is," Petrova said, "All these years in racing and I never knew him. Saw him here and there in the race paddocks, but we never spoke until I congratulated him on Facebook about a mare he had. We met after that interaction." The two of them then made a big leap and that was when Denitza's childhood dream came true. "Together," Denitza explained, "we purchased Dustin Jones farm in Melbourne, Quebec a few months ago and my dream when I was a child, drawing all those pictures of my beautiful farm with horses became true. "It is a 52-acre farm with a beautiful half mile track on it," Denitza said. "Dustin Jones kept the place very clean, like brand new. It's just amazing that we have this place." And along the away, Petrova learned more and more about the Standardbred Industry, reading and studying pedigrees, getting broodmares and matching them to the right stallion. "I owe a lot to Jean Guy Pepin, Yves Filion, Gary Lemaister and Guy Corbeil," Petrova explained. "These people let me ask them questions all the time about learning to train and breed horses. I was so "green" as they say, that I did not know early on which way on the track you would jog or train a horse." During the early years learning to train horses, Denitza explained that she held a number of different part-time jobs until she was able to train full time. "I should have listened to my mom," Denitza said. "She wanted me to go to college and learn to be a veterinarian. But I didn't and I had other jobs to help pay for the horses. I worked as a bar maid, worked on planes and other different jobs along the way. "I was then able to purchase Majestic Joy," Petrova explained, "who had crazy speed but hurt herself after just a few starts and was finished racing. I had owned her with Jean Guy Pepin but he did not want to get into breeding so I got the mare for myself for free. "It was late June," Petrova said, "I did not want to get rid of her, I wanted a baby from her. It was so late that I knew we had just one shot to get her in foal. I wanted to breed her to Justice Hall, we did and then she was not in foal and I was very disappointed. "I had such confidence in this mare," Petrova added, "I had to have a foal from her, so Justin told me that his father, Yves Filion, had Northern Escort on the farm and that he has bred a couple of mares between his racing career. He was not a champion but a very classy racehorse. "So, I looked at the horse and then called Yves and he said OK," Petrova said. "We bred her naturally and sure enough he got her in foal. And one year later on June 15, Kinnder Dangerous was born. "It's a real coincidence that this foal came about," Petrova added. "It was not supposed to happen this way. He is by Kadabra, nobody really ever thought of him as a stallion for breeding. But that's how it happened. "I actually was able to buy Northern Escort from his recent owners in Buffalo Raceway," Petrova explained. "I got him in November and bred my mares, but then I got a good offer for him and sold him. He actually now breeds draft horse mares in Indiana and Michigan." All of the horses bred by Denitza Petrova have the first name of Kinnder. It is not taken from the German word Kinder, meaning child, it actually came from the chocolate candy Kinder Surprise. "This kind of candy never existed in Bulgaria or Belgium," Denitza said. "It is a chocolate egg with a toy surprise inside. I loved them, every time I saw them in the store after we moved to Quebec, I begged my mother and had to have one. I think I had the biggest collection ever of Kinder Surprise toys. "So, when I started to breed my own horses," Denitza explained, "I wanted them to have a name that was something from me. So, every horse has the first name of Kinnder." After a decent start at age two where he won a division of the Future Stars Series and was also second and third, Petrova's Kinnder Dangerous has returned for the 2017 season with an impressive first outing that saw him lead from start to finish in 1:59.3, just a second off the track record. "He was a very nice, big strong colt when he was born," Petrova said of Kinnder Dangerous. "And I was amazed that he actually made it to the races last year. I was not expecting that at all. When he was just nine months old he had a very bad case of phenomena and it lasted nearly six months. We thought we might lose him and at the time we knew he would not race at age 2. "We did not put any pressure on him to race at age 2," Petrova said. "He was just getting over it when we started training him. But he came around and raced very well last year for a horse we thought would never come back from being so sick." Petrova and Filion then gave Kinnder Dangerous a full four months in the field this past winter. Looking big and strong and healthy, they brought him back slowly. Then, because they were doing construction on the farm, Kinnder Dangerous stepped on a three-inch nail and that put him back another month in training. "We just got him back racing in time for last week's opening of the Breeders Cup Series," Petrova said. "It was tremendous mile he went last week. He is feeling good, always playing with the other horses in the paddock and he is eating good." Denitza is also looking forward to racing her two two-year-olds this season in the upcoming C$220,000 Future Stars Series at H3R. "I have a filly that just qualified," Petrova said. "Her name is Kinnder Prediction and she is also by Northern Escort and she was second in her first race. I also have an Allamerican Native colt, Kinnder Jackson, and he was third in his first baby race at Trois-Riveres." In the past two years, Denitza has trained five young horses and four of them have now made the races, which is a superb percentage. "I am hopeful that now with my horses racing well," Denitza explained. "That people will start to send me their mares to breed. We have a beautiful farm, a super training track, good help and now are able to take outside horses on the farm. I do all the breeding myself, handle all the foaling. I do everything myself except for doing ultra sound testing and now we have the perfect farm to do it all." Starting out with cheap racehorses, Denitza had no background with horses and learned everything herself to become a professional trainer and breeder. She read a lot and learned the trade very well and loves what she does. And, she will always remember her drawings as a child of her beautiful farm with horses and look back with pride that her dreams have come true. On Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R, Kinnder Dangerous is the 5/2 morning line favorite in second race, one of three Breeders Cup divisions for colt and filly trotters. His main rivals will again be Sometimes When (post seven) and Capteur De Reve (post six) who were second and third respectively against Kinnder Dangerous last week. The fifth and sixth races are both filly divisions and headlining the field is the early sensation, HP Run Like Mom, who is on a three-race winning streak, having won those three races by a total of nearly 30 lengths. She starts from post five in the fifth race for driver Stephane Brosseau. Post time Tuesday is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – The $250,000 Quebec-Bred Series for harness racing three-year-old pacers gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with three opening round divisions. This series takes place throughout the month of July and then the top eight point earners return for the $65,000 finals on Sunday, September 6. Headlining the first of two filly divisions in the third race is the seasonable debut of Kinnder Elegane from post six for driver Justin Filion. This lightly raced daughter of Allamerican Native made only three starts last year as a two-year-old, but she won two of those starts that were both in this same series, the fastest a lifetime best 1:57.4. Trained, owned and bred by Denitza Petrova of Les Cedres, QC, Kinnder Elegance prepped for her debut today with a qualifying win at 3R in 2:00.2. Other contenders include HP Rubis Joyce (post 5) and No Panic (post 2). The colts do battle in the fifth race with Sugarsam in post seven the early favorite for driver Denis St Pierre. This gelded son of Sportswriter is the fastest horse in the field, shipping in after competing in stakes action at Mohawk Raceway, winning two starts back in a blazing 1:52 for trainer Helene Filion. Also starting from the outside is Killer Thriller in post eight for driver Sylvain LaCaille, who has been in the money the last four weeks. And there is a three-horse entry of HP Rayan Art Jules (post one), SOS Justified (post two) and HP Black Shadow (post nine). The second filly division is the sixth race and the overwhelming favorite is Voodoo Charm from post seven for driver Mario Charron. This daughter of Ponder just posted her lifetime mark last start at Mohawk Raceway with a three and one-length triumph in 1:53.4 for trainer Maxime Velaye. Voodoo Charm will be put to the test against contenders Miss Bro (post 6) and Big Bertha (post 4). First race post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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