TROIS-RIVIERES, February 7, 2014 – The Hippodrome 3R racetrack in Trois-Rivières, Quebec made the national harness racing spot light in December when track management announced the revival of one of Canada’s most prestigious race events, the Prix d’Été. They will hold this special race on Sunday, September 21, 2014 and with a guaranteeing purse of $200,000 plus a $50,000 consolation race, making it the richest stakes event in North America for four-year-old pacers. Track management is already talking not only with sponsors for the big event, but also with the Quebec Division of Tourism in hopes of making the Prix d’Été a special weekend of fun activities for racing fans and tourists to come out and celebrate the hospitality of the Quebec people and the long history of harness racing in the province. Currently one of harness racing’s leading drivers, Yannick Gingras, a native of Quebec, summed up the special weekend that Hippodrome 3R is planning. “They are doing such a great job there,” Gingras said. “The racetrack there is very good. It allows the fans to be right up close to the action. Closer than any track I have ever competed at. They have also done a good job on their racing surface as it was an excellent half mile track when I raced there.” Gingras competed at Hippodrome 3R last season in a driver tournament and not only won the event with three wins, but ended the afternoon program with six victories. “The weather for the Prix d’Été race in late September should be wonderful.” Gingras said. “The Three Rivers area is beautiful and just an hour from Quebec City and a little more from Montreal. People who want to come up for the big race weekend will find plenty to do. There is so much history, wonderful food, beautiful scenery, just a fabulous area. “I really hope to have a drive in the Prix d’Été that Sunday.” Gingras said. “I would love to fly up Sunday morning, drive on the race program and depending on my race schedule, maybe enjoy a day or two in my home province.“ Harness driver John Campbell, the sports all time winningest purse earner and president of the prestigious Grand Circuit is super pleased that the Prix d’Été is a Grand Circuit event. “It is great that the Prix d’Été name is being revived,” Campbell said. “The race has such a great history and was so prestigious. As someone who has competed and won the Prix d’Été in the past I am glad they chose to name their race that. “We are so pleased that the management at Hippodrome 3R has developed this race and is going under the umbrella of the Grand Circuit,” Campbell said. “From a marketability standpoint it will be a great asset to the track to be part of the prestigious Grand Circuit. “I am really hoping to have a good horse to drive in the race.” Campbell added. “It’s been a long time since I competed in it. I remember racing Boomer Drummond at Hippodrome 3R and I have won the former Prix d’Été with Direct Flight in 1992. Over the years I have so many friends from Quebec so I am hoping I will have a drive in the Prix d’Été so I can come up and enjoy the hospitality and the racing. “It is great that the horsemen at Hippodrome 3R has come up with this rich stakes race.” Campbell said. “They are showing they are innovative in doing a four-year-old restricted race for pacers and I hope that everyone will nominate for the race and I wish them the very best.” Submitted by the Quebec Jockey Club
Christian Cullen has rewritten the history books in the breeding barn again last season siring a staggering 17 group and listed winners he has been five time New Zealand’s leading sire. His brother Julius Caesar is beginning to stamp himself as a leading sire so much so that Global Stallion Management has raised his fee this season, but South Australian Breeders now have the chance to tap into these incredible bloodlines with their full brother Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods, was only lightly raced, he was a Addington winner as a 3yo and placed twice from only four race starts, and is undoubtedly one of the best bred horses to ever come to South Australia. He is by the breed shaper In The Pocket 1:49.6, the sire of winners of $46 million including champions Christian Cullen, Tupelo Rose, Courage Under Fire, Under Cover Lover and Julius Caesar. In The Pocket by Direct Scooter a sire line that has become one of the most sort after sire lines in world breeding mainly due to his son Matt Scooter. Down under Direct Scooter line stallions include:- Mach Three, Royal Mattjesty, Ok Bye, Stonebridge Scooter, Deal Direct and Direct Flight along with the In The Pocket dynasty lead by Christian Cullen (and now his CC’s sons are sort after at stud both in Australia and across the ditch) and Courage Under Fire. Tiger Woods as mentioned is a full brother to siring sensation Christian Cullen and Julius Caesar but allows breeders access to the champions bloodlines for a fraction of his service fee. Tiger Woods fee for 2013 is just $1000. Tiger Woods' dam, Pleasant Franco 1:59.3, the dam of 4 winners, 3 in 2:00 and progeny earnings of $1.95 million including Christian Cullen 1:54.1 ($1,206,900), Kate's First 1:57.2 ($624,023) and Oscar De La Hoya 1:59.3. Pleasant Franco is one of very few mares to ever have 3 sons at stud at the same time. Tiger Woods commenced he stud career in Tasmania where he sired good winners such as fast class performer Winjammer then was moved to Queensland where he stood at Egmont Park before it closed while in Queensland he served the mother of Slipnslide to produce Tigers Pocket who has won twice and been placed on several other occasion’s. Tiger Woods will stand his third season for Jarrad Harrison at his Skyline Stud at Quorn, some three hours from Globe Derby. Harrison purchased Tiger Woods mainly to serve his own mares but has happily made the sensational bred stallion to outside mares most have those mares have come from the catchment area near Flinders Ranges like Whyalla, Port Pirie Harrison explained. The son of In The Pocket is the first standardbred stallion Harrison has stood on his 20 acre property known as Skyline Stud “ We usually have mares here till they scan positive at 42 days then send them home” Harrison said. “I only serve naturally as we are not set up to collect semen” he added. His oldest progeny bred in SA have just turned yearlings and Harrison is thrilled with the type Tiger Woods throws “They are big strong types” he said Harrison has Tiger Woods in the SAMOS ( South Australian Mares Owners Scheme) which has opened the door to attract mares to breeding barn and while some of the big studs benefit from SAMOS it also helps smaller local studs attract mares to their stallions. Gary Newton
The $13,850 Dr. Gary Budahn Trotting series finale is the featured attraction on a special Wednesday evening of harness racing at the Watch and Wager LLC meeting at Cal Expo. First post is 5 p.m. and the racing action will continue this week with Friday and Saturday night programs.