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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Prominent equine veterinarian and harness racing breeder, owner and trainer, Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, saw his mare, Wild River Swan, return to winning form at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. Driven by Francis Picard, Wild River Swan started from the rail in the third race Preferred Pace for fillies and mares. Once the seven-year-old mare by Sportswriter left out of the gate, the race was pretty much over. Godiva Mackiavelyc (Carol Voyer) left from post five and dropped right into the two-hole and sat tight as Wild River Swan cut the mile to the quarter in :27.4. Wild River Swan was full of herself as went by the half mile marker in :58.1. Race favorite Sieras Rose (Pascal Berube) sat in third place as Kiss Me Bad (Steeven Genois) came first-over but could gain no ground before breaking stride. Past the three-quarters in 1:27.1, Picard and Wild River Swan was already pulling away from the field, going on to win by four open lengths in 1:57.3. Sieras Rose was second with Sophies Cam (Stephane Brosseau) closing for third place. It was the fourth win this year for Wild River Swan. She paid $7.20 to win. The biggest upset mile of the day came in the eighth race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the horse as Somewhere Bettor and driver Jocelyn Gendron upset the field at odds of 36-1. The race saw an early dogfight for the led between Famers Tan (Carol Voyer) the race favorite and Wrangler Cash (Pascal Berube) as those two sped to an opening quarter mile in :26.4 before Berube backed up with Wrangler Cash. Farmers Tan continue to cut the mile, going to the half in :55.1 with Mickeymaksomespeed (Steeven Genois) sitting the two-hole spot. In the backstretch, Stephane Brosseau came three-wide with Hooter Shooter and by the three-quarters in 1:25.1, had collared Farmers Tan. And following the outside flow of the race was the longest shot on the board, Somewhere Bettor. Coming down the stretch, Somewhere Bettor gained ground with every stride, caught Hooter Shooter in deep stretch to win by half a length in 1:55. DJ Power (Samuel Fillion) was third. It was the lifetime mark for Somewhere Bettor. The four-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight is trained and owned by Yannick Martel of L'Assomption and paid $74.50 to win. In the fifth race Preferred-Handicap Trot, Sir Chopin (Carol Voyer) went to the lead with Voodoo Man (Jocelyn Gendron) and Wildwild Men (Steeven Genois) all in a battle. Then Wildwild Men went off-stride and scattered the back of the pack. Race favorite, Severus Hanover (Stephane Brosseau) then charged right to the lead at the half mile in :59.1 and three-quarters in 1:29.1 and it was then that Capteur De Reve and driver Stephane Gendron came after Severus Hanover, catching him on the final turn and then coasting to the wire by three lengths in 1:59.2. Severus Hanover held for second with Sir Chopin third. It was the fifth win this year for Capteur De Reve, the four-time Quebec-bred Champion. The six-year-old gelded by Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who also bred the horse. He paid $8.60 to win. Track Notes: Francis Picard had the hot hands with a driving triple Sunday. Serge Houde led the trainers with a double. With no more Friday live racing this season, racing will resume next Sunday at H3R with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Severus Hanover had little trouble overcoming a slow track with a three second allowance due to rain as he scored a harness racing romp in capturing the Preferred-Handicap Trot Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Driven by Stephane Brosseau, Severus Hanover started the seventh race feature going right out to the early lead with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) grabbing the two-hole spot and forcing Bucketlist Hanover (Jocelyn Gendron) to take back to third place as they went to the opening quarter mile in :28.2. Severus Hanover led the field past the half mile marker in :59.3. That was when Bucketlist Hanover tried again and came first-over, giving Capteur De Reve (Stephane Gendron) a good second-over journey. In the backstretch, Brosseau asked Severus Hanover for a little more and the trotter started to pull away from the field at the three-quarters in 1:31. Then in the stretch Severus Hanover turned it on even more, winning by seven and one-half lengths in 2:01.3. Precieuse CC held for second place and Keepall (Pascal Berube), who made a break at the start of the race, rebounded to finish third. It was the seventh win this year for Severus Hanover. He is a nine-year-old gelding by Explosive Matter, trained and owned by Yannick Martel of L'Assumption. He paid $5.30 to win. The fastest mile of the day was in the sixth race pace where Spiderman Hanover ($5.90) and driver Stephane Gendron were able to over-come the sloppy track and wire the field in 2:00.3. It was the third straight win and sixth of the season for Spiderman Hanover, a seven-year-old Western Ideal gelding, trained and owned by Marc Lemay of Quebec City. Spiderman Hanover won by one length over Dredyl Hanover and Blackjack Soleil. Track Notes: Both Stephane Brosseau and Francis Picard had the hot hands on Friday, each scoring a driving triple. Yannick Martel led the trainers with two wins. Live racing resumes at H3R Sunday afternoon, first race post time at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After her very impressive victory last week in the Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R, Wild River Swan has returned to take on the top mares again on Sunday afternoon. Last Sunday, Wild River Swan was letting no one pass her by in leading from start to finish for driver Francis Picard. She just hung on at the wire to win by a neck in 1:56, her fastest winning time in two years. Trained and owned by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, Wild River Swan is a seven-year-old mare by Sportswriter. She is a full sister to Quebec bred champion Wildriverbumblebee p.3.1:51.2 ($117,000). Last week's triumph was just the third start of the year for Wild River Swan, who had shown improvement in each of her first two starts. "I was very pleased with her mile last week, said Dr. John Bradbury. "Surprised, yes and no. She trained super all spring. "For Wild River Swan there is no secret to her training," Bradbury added. "Keep her happy and she'll race good for you. Mrs. Swan has her routine which consists of spending a major part of her day outside. Right now, because of the hot weather she sleeps out. So far everything seems good for tomorrow." Looking to rain on Wild River Swan's parade Sunday will be invader D Gs Fairy Stars. She starts from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau and two starts back at Rideau Carleton, she came from off the pace to win in a lifetime best 1:55.3. Other contenders in the field include Y C Easy (post 8) and Godiva Mackiavelyc (post 7), both of whom were victorious two starts back at H3R. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - That statement is said often for many people, but it is devilishly true for Warwick's horseman, Francis Picard. At almost 54 years of age, he has kept his youthful air, his calm: there is a quiet force within him which inspires many trainers to make him their regular harness racing driver at the Hippodrome 3R over the past few years. This is particularly the case for three-time Quebec's Leading Trainer, Francis Richard, who Picard catch-drives for at H3R. "Catch driving, I really like it," Picard says. While talking to Francis, it becomes clear that driving horses is his passion: "At one time in my life, when I was younger," Picard reminisced. "I almost made horses my livelihood. But at that time, I was also starting a great career in construction. I remember Dan Dube, then in Quebec, who encouraged me to stay with racing. I passed close by but it didn't happen. "For several years," Picard explained. "I was satisfied with the horses in my stable to drive, to train with my brother or my father. I got a lot of satisfaction from it. Then, in the past few years, several drivers have left for other skies, and suddenly, I found myself with more demands, but above all, more quality horses to drive. This is what really makes a difference in the end. The more victories you drive, the more people notice you and the more trainers you attract. There is no secret. The average UDRS (Universal Driving Rating) is what ultimately counts. If you win 50 races a year, but drive in 800 races, it's not great. "My luck these years is driving for Francis Richard's stable," Picard said. "He is an A team that works hard, in a team and that needs results. It's fun for me to try to contribute with the experience I've gained over all these years. It's a working team, but also a team of friends and I'm happy to be a part of it often. When you can add your grain of salt, go with a suggestion and it works, it's rewarding and I love it. And this year, I am in better shape than ever, having solved some health problems." To echo this growing popularity of Francis Picard, he will drive in all eight races this Friday. "I am happy with this situation," Picard added. "I have a good relationship with everyone, I talk to everyone and life is good for me, despite the special period we are going through. Believe me, wearing the mask in the paddock like last Friday is something. Fortunately, on the track, we can lower the mask a little. " You can't leave this gentleman without asking him about Rainbow Palace, his star mare who continuously beat her male rivals in the H3R Open Pace ranks. She already has a filly by Shadow Play by her side and the family is anxiously awaiting confirmation of a new gestation by Big Jim. On Friday, Picard will be back aboard Outlaw Turn & Burn, who is trained by his brother, Dominique Picard. Outlaw Turn & Burn starts from post two in the seventh race co-feature Preferred Pace. Last week Picard gave Outlaw Turn & Burn a perfect two-hole trip and the seven-year-old gelded son of Blue Burner responded at the top of the stretch and came on to win by a half-length in 1:56.1. Outlaw Turn & Burn takes on 1:56.1 return winner Hooter Shooter (post 5), Maracasso (post 6) and a newcomer from the USA, Always A Diamond. Then in the sixth race Preferred Trot, Picard is driving Ice O Late, the aptly named horse, who was a 2:01 winner at H3R in late June. Other contenders in the field include Caroluzzo (post 4), Eau Naturelle (post 5) and Keepall (post 8). Post time Friday is 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Maracasso and trainer/driver Carol Voyer were able to steamroll over the field to capture the Preferred Pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The fifth race feature first saw Ninoscredit and driver Stephane Gendron leave from the rail for the early lead. Voyer also had Maracasso on the move from post four, but Gendron was not going to let them get to the lead with ease and parked them out to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Voyer pressed the issue with Maracasso and they took command by the half mile in :55.1. From that point on Maracasso took off, leading the field by three lengths in the backstretch. At the three-quarters in 1:24, Maracasso was still in command. Stock and driver Pascal Berube moved three-wide in the backstretch and was able to get behind Maracasso and gave a game effort, closing within a half length as Maracasso went on to win in 1:54.4. Ninocredit was second. It was the seventh win this year for Maracasso. The seven-year-old gelded son of Lis Mara is owned by the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan and he paid $5.40 to win. Jimbelina, the long mare in the field, saw her five-race win streak come to close, finishing fifth. The Filly & Mares Preferred Pace saw Uptown Woman ($6.30) and driver Pascal Berube pulled the pocket at the three-quarters on pacesetter Sauble Bonnie and then scoot away from the field to win in a romp by six and one-quarter lengths in 1:57. Solid Man ($3.40), after overcoming going wide into the first turn, was an easy winner in the Two-Year-Old Open Pace, wiring the field by two and one-half lengths in 1:59.2. Histoire Enchantee ($2.10) continued his remarkable comeback after being away from the races for nearly two years, winning the tenth race pace in 1:56.4 for his third straight win. He was driven by Stephane Gendron for trainer Maxime Velaye. Francis Picard led all the drivers with a triple and H3R's leading trainer, Francis Richard, sent out two winners. Track Notes: The final stop of the Regional Fair Circuit in Quebec took place Saturday at Ormstown. The track record for 1 ½ mile race was broken by the pacer Hooter Shooter, who went in 3:11.1 for driver Sam Filion and owner/trainer Marc Andre Simoneau. The old record was 3:12.3 set by Strokin (LPR) on July 16, 2016. This was the fifth track record broken this year on the circuit. Next Sunday, H3R will host the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit Championships. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was Francis Picard Night at the Hippodrome 3R Friday as the harness racing driver won four of the ten races on the program. Picard started out in second race with Ernie Panic ($7.00), then the fifth race with Hawaiian Five Roll ($3.50), the sixth race with Honeymoon Dechafra ($3.90) and then wrapped up the night in the tenth race with Guinness Panic ($3.70). Uptown Woman strutted her stuff for driver Pascal Berube as the Mach Three mare was able to wire the field in winning the Filly & Mare Preferred-Handicap Pace. Berube sent Uptown Woman out of the starting gate in the ninth race feature but was parked to the opening quarter mile by Thrillogy (Marie Claude Auger) in :28 seconds. From there is was all Uptown Woman as she cut the mile past the half in :58.2, three-quarters in 1:26.2 and went on to win going away by two and one-half lengths in 1:56.1. Race favorite, Lit De Rose (Stephane Gendron) started from post eight, had road trouble, wove their way through the field and grabbed second place. Thrillogy was third. Trained by Isabelle Binet, it was the fourth win this year for Uptown Woman, who is owned by the Uptown Woman Group of Portneuf. She paid $7.40 to win. H3R's leading trainer, Francis Richard, sent out three winners from his stable. Track Notes: Live racing resumes Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R. The main event takes place in the ninth race Preferred Handicap Pace where Atomic Million AM returns to try for his seventh win of the season. He ships back to H3R off a 1:54.2 win at Rideau Carleton. Other contenders include three return winners, D J Power (post 2), Ufdragons Rocket (post 4) and Kinnder Jackson (post 5). Atomic Million AM starts from post seven. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - There were four opening round harness racing divisions of the $267,000 Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers and YS Tallia and McKinney were the fastest of all, with YS Tallia scoring the fastest mile this season at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The 8th race second divisions for older mares started off with Lune Bleu and driver Pierre Luc Roy taking command with the overwhelming 1-9 favorite YS Tallia and driver Stephane Gendron dropping into second place by the opening quarter mile in :28.2. Gendron then came out briefly with YS Tallia as if he was going to quarter move to the lead, but backed it off and settled back into the two-hole. They went by the half mile in :57.4. Gendron just waited and at the three-quarters in 1:26.3, he had YS Tallia out of the pocket-trip and scooting to the lead. She kept rolling on in the stretch to win by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:54.3. Lune Bleu was second with Vee Breeze (Pascal Berube) third. A five-year-old mare by Western Ideal, YS Tallia is trained by Michel Allard and bred and owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. She paid only $2.10 to win. In the fifth race, second division for older horses Kinnder Jackson and driver Justin Filion sped away to the early lead with McKinney sitting the pocket-trip to the opening quarter mile in :27. Filion and Kinnder Jackson led the field through the half mile in :56.2 as Rose Run Slider (Jocelyn Gendron) started up first-over with Majo Lou Beka (Jonathan Lachance) second-over. As they raced down the backstretch, driver Francis Picard pulled the pocket with McKinney and started to come after race leader Kinnder Jackson through the three-quarters in 1:25.2. McKinney proved to the ultimate strong horse as he took the lead away from Kinnder Jackson as they started down the stretch and then pull away for a five and three-quarter length romp in 1:54.4. Kinnder Jackson held for second with Beach Runner A M (Marie Claude Auger) third. It was the fourth win of the year for McKinney, who was a prior Quebec Champion in 2014. The nine-year-old gelding by Santanna Blue Chip is trained by Francis Richard for Ontario owners Robert Kyle Fellows, Daniel Knechtel and Arpad Szabo. He paid $3.00 to win. The second race, first division for the horses saw three-time Quebec Champion Atomic Million AM lead from start to finish for driver Guy Gagnon. D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) made a race out of it late, coming first-over on the final turn and finished second by one length. The time of the mile was 1:56.2. HP Patriote (Jonathan Lachance) was third. It was the second straight win in four starts this year for Atomic Million AM. The eight-year-old gelding by Million Dollar Cam was bred and is owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau. He paid just $2.20 to win. The third race, first mares division, saw the 1-2 race favorite, Miss Rockadali and driver Guy Gagnon grind it out against Imagine Speed (Tyler Jones) to take command after the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Miss Rockadali then led the field to the half mile marker in :27.3 with Imagine Speed sitting the pocket-trip and All You Can Dream (Stephane Brosseau) coming up first-over with Lit De Rose (Stephane Gendron) grabbing the second-over cover. Down the backstretch they went as Imagine Speed began to fade and Brosseau ducked into the two-hole spot with All You Can Dream at the three-quarters in 1:26.4. That left Lit De Rose first-over and still on the move as the hit the top of the stretch. Miss Rockadali tried her best but was not match for Lit De Rose, who closed well at the finish to win by one and one quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Miss Rockadaili was second with All You Can Dream third. It was a lifetime mark for Lit De Rose, a four-year-old mare by Leader Bayama who is trained by Maime Velaye for breeder/owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. Lit De Rose was a Quebec Champion at H3R at age two in 2017. She paid a handsome $17.70 to win Sunday. Track Notes: Pascal Berube, Guy Gagnon and Stephane Gendron all had driving doubles Sunday. Live racing resumes next Friday, post time is 7:00 pm. Featured will be the second round of the $267,000C Quebec-Bred Series for four-year-old and older trotters. For more information, visit www.quebectrottingclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It took the photo finish camera at the Hippodrome 3R to declare the winner of the 7th race Preferred-Handicap Pace Sunday. And the winner, with a repeat performance from last week, was Outlaw Turn N Burn, who edged out Surf Report at the wire by a long nose. The race began with Bali and driver Stephane Brosseau doing a form reversal from post one and shot right out to the lead with Chaleurs Ad (Jocelyn Gendron) sitting the pocket seat in second with Surf Report and driver Tyler Jones hung out to dry first-over in third place. Past the opening quarter mile in :27.4, Bali continued to lead the field with Chaleurs Ad in second and Surf Report floating first-over with Mister Big Top (Stephane Gendron) racing second over. The half mile went in :57.1 as the field remained in those same positions heading down the backstretch. They reached the three-quarters in 1:25.3, Bali began to show he was tiring as Surf Report kept going on the outside to the take the lead and from the back of the back, Outlaw Turn N Burn with Picard, three-wide with momentum. Down the stretch it turned into a two-horse race as Surf Report head the lead with Outlaw Turn N Burn gaining with every stride down the stretch and passing Surf Report at the wire. The one-mile race went in 1:55 with Bali hanging on for third place. It was the second straight win and third of the season for Outlaw Turn N Burn. The six-year-old gelding by Blue Burner is trained by defending two-time champion, Francis Richard and is owned by The Perle Royale Stable of Montreal. He paid $5.10 to win as the wagering favorite. Rainbow Palace ($8.10), the top pacing mare at the Hippodrome 3R the past two years, scored her first win of the season in her third start, wiring the field for owner/driver Francis Picard in 1:56.1. Last week's winner in the Fillies & Mares Preferred-Handicap, Uptown Woman (Pascal Berube), was second with Jens Credit (Stephane Gendron) third. Trained by Dominique Picard and owned by Francis of Warwick, Rainbow Palace is a seven-year-old mare by Royal Mattjesty. Track Notes: Three drivers each had doubles on Sunday. They were Francis Picard, Stephane Gendron and Pascal Berube. One trainer sent out two winners that was Serge Houde. Live racing resumes on Friday at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was the first time ever that Outlaw Turn N Burn had ever been to the Hippodrome 3R and he turned it into a big victory Sunday in the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace. With driver Francis Picard in the sulky, Outlaw Turn N Burn left from post four but was unable to grab the early lead away from Chaleurs Ad (Jocelyn Gendron), who forced Picard to stuff Outlaw Turn N Burn into the two-hole by the opening quarter mile in :27.3. They raced that way to the half mile marker in :56.4 as Surf Report, going for his third straight win at H3R for driver Tyler Jones, came first-over to challenge. Racing down the backstretch, Jones was unable to collar Chaleurs Ad on the front-end, so coming into the final turn, Rose Run Slider (Stephane Gendron) was coming three-wide to loop the field, but Picard had other ideas, pulling the pocket with Outlaw Turn N Burn. As they came down the stretch, Outlaw Turn N Burn just pulled away strongly at the finish to win by two lengths in 1:56.1. Chaleurs Ad held for second place with Windsun Cheyenne (Marie Claude Auger) third. It was the first win in seven starts this year. The winner's circle was packed with people for the owners, the Perle Royale Stable, was celebrating in grand style with the victory. Outlaw Turn N Burn paid $10.30 to win. In the seventh race Preferred-Handicapped Trot, it was the 3/5 race favorite, Upvote Hanover and driver Stephane Brosseau coming first-over against pacesetter Holiday Party (Pascal Berube). Upvote Hanover and Brosseau were able to clear by the race leader on the final turn and then pull away for a two and three-quarter length triumph in 2:01. Rocky Boy (Marc Belanger) made a bold three-wide move from sixth place on the final turn and closed well to be second. Holiday Party was third. Trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francis Morin of Beauceville, it was the second win this year for Upvote Hanover, who paid $3.30 to win. Track Notes: Driver Pascal Berube was the hot driver at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday as he scored a quick three wins, capturing both ends of the daily double and also the third race. Isabelle Binet led all trainers with two wins. The Hippodrome 3R begins Friday night live racing this week on May 24. First race post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club       Steven Wolf Steven Wolf Consulting (954) 654-3757 stevenwolf1956@gmail.com      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The curtain closes on the 2018 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R (H3R) on Sunday with the second "whipless" racing card, the return of Canada's leading money winning and dash leader, Louis Philippe Roy, plus the leading driver and trainer awards. The last two days of the H3R race meet is featuring "whipless" racing. The drivers are not carrying whips as the Quebec Jockey Club that runs H3R is conducting the experiment as they seek stricter whipping rules for 2019. Quebec native Louis Philippe Roy (LPR) returns for closing day and is listed to drive in nine of the ten races on program. He wants to be involved in the "whipless" racing and is a major advocate of changes in harness racing to attract new people in becoming race fans and owners. Driver Stephane Brosseau has been the leading driver at H3R since opening day back in April. Going into Sunday's closing day card, he leads Pascal Berube 49 to 45. Berube, who has been red hot as of late, has a tall order in trying to catch Brosseau. Berube has nine drives Sunday, while Brosseau has just six drives. The training title is all wrapped up as Francis Richard will win his second title at H3R. He currently has 25 wins from his stable, while his nearest rival, Maxime Velaye has 17 wins. The closing day program has two co-feature events with a Preferred Pace and Trot. The pacers go first in race seven where Rainbow Palace, the lone mare in the field, goes for her second straight win against the boys from post six for driver Francis Picard. She is taking on rivals Windsun Cheyenne (post five) and Hooter Shooter (post three). The eighth race Preferred Trot is a wide-open affair with a full field of nine starters. The lone return winner in the field if SG Goliath King (post four) for driver Stephane Gendron. They are moving up in class and face Holiday Party (post seven), Jamigo (post eight) and EAU Naturelle (post five). Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R featured the first race program without the use of whips on Sunday and all 11 races went without a hitch. The experiment of "whipless" racing will also take place next Sunday, which is closing day for the 2018 season. H3R's leading driver the past two years, Stephane Brosseau, put on a clinic on handling a trotter without a whip in the sixth race Preferred Trot with Upvote Hanover. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was first off the starting gate from post five, grabbing the early lead with Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) sitting in the pocket-seat and R Rkadabra and driver Franics Picard stuck coming first-over. They raced past the opening quarter mile in :28.2 as Holiday Party held firm to his lead. R Rkadabra was parked out and following his outside cover was Upvote Hanover as they past the half mile marker in :59.3. Then in the backstretch, Brosseau moved Upvote Hanover three-wide and they were able to clear past R Rkadabra before the three-quarters in 1:30 and kept gaining ground on race leader Holiday Party. In the stretch, Upvote Hanover kicked in another gear for Brosseau as they pulled away and won by two lengths in 2:00.2. Second at 17-1 was EAU Naturelle (Simon Delisle) with Holiday Party third. It was the third straight win and tenth victory on the year for Upvote Hanover. The four-year-old gelded son of Kadabra is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $4.30 to win. Rainbow Palace, the lone mare against seven male rivals, was able to show her heels to the boys, wiring the field for driver Francis Picard in 1:58.1. That was the fastest mile on the below freezing race card. Chaleurs Ad (Berube) was first on the lead with Rainbow Palace challenge on the outside and then taking the lead after a speedy opening quarter mile in :27.4. Rainbow Palace then led the way to the half mile in :58 with Hooter Scooter (Stephane Brosseau) coming first-over and giving cover to D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) second-over. Then in the backstretch, driver Stephane Gendron took Ufdragons Rocket three-wide as they tried to loop the field past the three-quarters in 1:28.1. Coming down the stretch, Ufdragons Rocket began to fade and Rainbow Palace was able to hold off Hooter Scooter to win by a neck. Chaleurs Ad was third. Sired by Royal Mattjesty, Rainbow Palace is trained by Dominique Picard and owned by Francis Picard of Warwick. She paid $8.60 to win. Track Notes: Both Pascal Berube and Pierre Luc Roy had driving doubles and both Yves Tessier and Stephane Hubert had training doubles. Next Sunday is the final live race card of the 2018 season at the Hippodrome 3R and will also feature "whipless" racing. Both the leading driver and trainer awards will be presented. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The photo finish camera at the Hippodrome 3R worked overtime Sunday as four of the eleven races, including both the Preferred Trot and Pace, needed the camera to declare the winner. The first tight finish came in the third race Preferred Trot. The headstrong R Rkadabra and driver Stephane Brosseau cut the mile from the start as usual with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) sitting the pocket seat. At the half mile marker, driver Daniel Laflamme was first-over with the 10-1 Jamigo but not gaining much ground on the leaders. As they started down the backstretch, Berube elected to pull the pocket with Holiday Party and go after R Rhadabra past the three-quarter mile marker. Laflamme used the outside cover for Jamigo and then tipped three-wide on the turn and then it was Holiday Party and Jamigo fighting to the wire with Jamigo winning by a neck in 2:01. Dance Hall George (Francis Picard) was third. It was the fifth win this year for Jamigo. The ten-year-old gelding by Amigo Hall is trained and owned by Manon Lamothe of Terrebonne. He paid $22.50 to win. Again, the photo finish camera was needed in the eighth race Preferred Pace. Allstar Seelster and driver Tyler Jones began the show, stuffing Winsun Cheyenne (Pascal Berube) in the pocket seat after battling to the first quarter in :27.2. Comfortable on the lead, Allstar Seelster led to the half in :56.4 as Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) came first-over with Hoosier Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) second-over. Race favorite Ufdragon Rocket (Stephane Gendron) was boxed in along the rail in fourth place. After the three-quarters in 1:26, Allstar Seelster was still in command as Hooter Scooter tipped out three-wide around the final turn. As the field started down the stretch, driver Stephane Gendron masterfully moved off the rail with Ufdragon Rocket and weaved past four horses to win by a head over Windsun Cheyenne in 1:56.1. Allstar Seelster was third. A nine-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again, Ufdragon Rocket is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. It was his tenth victory of the year and he paid $4.90 to win. Track Notes: Three drivers scored driving triples on the afternoon. They were Pascal Berube, Daniel Laflamme and Francis Picard. Elizabeth Carrier led all trainers with two wins.....it was announced yesterday by the Quebec Jockey Club that on the 18th and 25th of November, the last two race days of the season will be whipless, no whips allowed for the drivers.....live racing resumes next Sunday, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was Francis Picard Day at the Hippodrome 3R as the harness racing driver won five races on the program including the final of the Quebec Plus Series. Despite pouring rain that listed the track as sloppy with a three second allowance, Picard could do no wrong on the racetrack. In the ninth race final of the Quebec Plus Series for 3, 4 and 5-year-old pacers, it was a battle from start to finish. Encore Panic (Jocelyn Gendron) started off the show taking the early lead to the opening quarter mile when stablemate/entry Ernie Panic and Francis Picard came shooting to the lead before the half mile marker. It was then that Pierre Luc Roy had the race favorite, Lune Bleu, on the move first-over and they raced that way through the backstretch and the three-quarters, going head and head for the lead. As they started down the stretch, Picard and Ernie Panic dug in once again, putting away Lune Bleu and then holding off the late charge by Hercule J M (Pascal Berube) to win by a half-length in 2:02.2. Encore Panic was third with Lune Bleu fourth. It was the fifth win this season for Ernie Panic. The four-year-old stallion by Mach Three is trained by Francis Richard and was bred and is owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec City. He paid $7.90 to win. In the fourth race Preferred Pace a real dogfight took place between Allstar Seelster and Wild River Swan, Tyler Jones vs Jocelyn Gendron. It was Allstar Seelster that took the early lead but Jones had Wild River Swan on the bit and they took command after a :28.3 opening quarter mile. Then it was Jones and Allstar Seelster coming back by the half mile in :58 and retaking the lead away from Wild River Swan and from there the race was history. Jones had momentum with Allstar Seelster and they pulled away from the field, leading by five lengths at the three-quarters in 1:28 with Wild River Swan beginning to fade. Then in the stretch, Allstar Seelster won with ease by five and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.4 over the muddy track. Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) was second with Hooter Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the sixth win this year for Allstar Seelster. The seven-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella is trained by Marc Andre Simoneau and owned by Aurel Harvey Et Fils, Inc. of Riviere-Malbaie. He paid $15.80 to win. Track Notes: H3R leading trainer Francis Richard also had a big day, sending out three winners on the afternoon. He now holds a 24 to 17 lead over Maxime Velaye. Leading driver Stephane Brosseau had one win and now leads the driver standing with 46 wins to Pascal Berube's 38. Live racing resumes next Sunday, first race post time 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The opening round of the new Quebec Plus Series takes center stage at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday for 3,4, and 5-year-old pacers. The Quebec Plus Series is for horses that were eligible to Quebec-Bred Series earlier this season and were non-winners of $7,500 as of early September. There will be two weeks of preliminary rounds followed by $10,000 finals. The fifth race has a field of nine horses going to post in the first round for the pacers. The morning line favorite is Hercule J M from post eight for driver Pierre Luc Roy. The only five-year-old in the field, this gelded son of Goliath Bayama has two wins this year. Three starts back he took his lifetime mark with a 1:58.4 triumph at H3R. Westernize from post four for driver Francis Picard won two starts back in 2:00 should be heard from in this race along with Art Of The Master (post six) and Classic Terror (post seven). The pacing fillies and mares in the Quebec Plus Series is highlighted by Flash Panic, who drew the rail in the non-wagering division that will be held after the first race Sunday. Sired by Sportswriter, Flash Panic will be driven by Stephane Gendron for trainer Francis Richard. She sports four wins this year and two starts back wired the field in a lifetime best 1:57. The prior week she also won in 1:58.2. Her main contenders are Lune Bleu (post two), also a four-time winner this year, Feu D Artifice (post three) and Y C Easy (post four). The top trotters at H3R will compete in the third race Preferred Class with three return winners in the field. Three-time Quebec-Bred Series champion, Capteur De Reve, heads the field from the rail for regular pilot Pierre Luc Roy. He won this class in his last start in 2:00 and has now won four of his last six starts for trainer Maxime Velaye. Seeyou Men has returned to his winning way for trainer Daniel Martin and goes from post four. In his last start at Rideau Carleton, Seeyou Men had a great trip and parlayed it into a 1:57.4 triumph, his fifth of the year. Also entered are return winner Broadway Malija (post six) who scored at H3R last week in 2:00; Holiday Party (post three), a 1:58.2 winner two starts back, R Rkadabra (post two) and Jamigo (post five). First race post time is 12:50 pm and for a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - She's so good, she has to compete against male rivals. That's the story of Rainbow Palace. The lone mare taking on the boys in the third race harness racing feature pace at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. She was voted the top-class performer at H3R last year with seven wins, all against male rivals. And this year she is doing the same again, two wins, two seconds, one third in just six starts. Rainbow Palace goes from post four Sunday for owner and driver Francis Picard of Warwick. His brother, Dominique, is the trainer. She is listed as the 3-1 second choice in the morning line. The fastest mile of the year at H3R is 1:55 and it is held by six horses, Rocky Boy, National Debt, Mister Big Top, Hooter Shooter, Washington Park and, of course, Rainbow Palace. Last week the six-year-old mare by Royal Mattjesty was second to Jann And Dean, the week prior, she won in 1:55.2. She does her best racing when on the lead or near it and seems to thrive when having to race first-over too. This week the favorite in the feature race is Ufdragons Rocket from the far outside in post eight for driver Pierre Luc Roy. This nine-year-old by Dragon Again ships to H3R from Rideau Carleton off a pocket-trip 1:54.3 score, his sixth win of the year for trainer Yves Tessier. Other contenders include the entry from owner/trainer Marc Andre Simoneau of Hooter Shooter (post two) and Pantheon Seelster (post 7) plus Windsun Cheyene, another newcomer from Rideau Carleton, goes from post six. In the seventh race pace, Requested, the 5/2 favorite starting from the rail post position, also driven by Francis Picard, can become the winningest horse so far in 2018 at H3R with four wins. Track Notes: Tonight, Kawartha Downs hosts the Regional Drivers' Championship for Eastern Ontario and Quebec. Eight representatives will fight it out, four from Rideau Carleton, two from Kawartha Downs and two from H3R. They are Stéphane Brosseau and Stéphane Gendron, our two leading drivers this season and last year. The tournament features six races, and in addition to H3R's two representative, other H3R drivers include Richard Simard, Guy Gagnon and Jonathan Lachance. On Tuesday evening at H3R, the sensational three-year-old Sportwriter filly, All You Can Dream, returns after last week's amazing 1:56 mile in her first pari-mutuel start. Post time is 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - At the end of the harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R, there is a big party and a celebration honoring the leading horses, horsemen and women from the season. Included in these honors is the winningest horse of the year award and right now the horse with the best shot of claiming that title is Requested, who tries for his fourth victory at H3R this season in the fourth race pace. Owned and trained by Jean Ducharme of Crabtree, Requested was winless last season at age four, but has found new life and speed and the winner's circle in 2018. In just four starts this year, Requested, a stallion by Badlands Hanover, has already notched three wins and one second place finish and now has a new lifetime mark of 1:55.3, quite different from his lone qualifying win last year of 2:03.1. Requested goes from post four in the fourth race Sunday and will have driver Francis Picard once again in the sulky. Tabbed as the race favorite, Requested has this year shown that he can race and win from both on and off the pace. His other victories were both in 1:56.2. His main rivals in the race include return winner, Rock Camroller (post 5), who won last week for drier Marie Claude Auger in 1:56.2, Fortune Fella (post 7) and Take The Deal (post 1). The main event takes place in the seventh race pace where three return winners headline the field. Washington Hanover goes from the rail for driver Pascal Berube and last week the ten-year-old gelded son of Real Artist was in prime shape, getting a perfect two-hole trip from Berube and turning it into a 1:55 score. Rainbow Palace, the lone mare in the field, who once again is back in peak form at age six, goes from post two for driver Francis Picard and is coming off a 1:55.2 triumph last week and two starts before that won at H3R in 1:55. Matts Phil is the third return winner and goes from post eight for driver Pierre Luc Roy, who last week drove the eight-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding to a 1:57.1 triumph. Also, to watch out for in the race is Hooter Shooter from post seven. He had won two straight, the fastest in 1:55 for driver Stephane Gendron until finishing third last week. Other contenders include Jann And Dean (post 3) and Onyx VA (post 4) in the well-matched field. TRACK NOTES: Due to a lack of entries, management at H3R was forced to cancel the live race card for Tuesday, June 19. This program will be made up on Sunday, November 25. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm for the eight race program. A free race program is available by visiting www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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