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Trois-Rivieres, QC – The first two-year-old event of the harness racing season in Quebec took place Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the second race pace with colts going against filly pacers. The 1/5 overwhelming favorite, Too Soon BG and driver Francis Picard, took command of the race by the opening quarter mile in a speedy :28.1. Platine Alpha and driver Carol Voyer sat the pocket trip but was six lengths back of the leader as they raced past the half mile in :58.1. Too Soon BG kept his huge lead on the field until the three-quarters in 1:28.1. That was when Platine Alpha began to close the gap, collaring Too Soon BG and passing him by to win going away by two lengths in 2:00.3. Too Soon BG held for second place with SG Alexia (Sylvain Grenier) third. It was a record mile for Platine Alpha. The daughter of Control The Moment from the Big Jim mare, Ma Terre, is trained by Sylvain Tremblay and was bred and is owned by the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan. She paid $7.40 to win. Driver Carol Voyer made it a driving double as he was able to send Keepall right to the lead in the third race Preferred Trot and wire the field by two lengths in 1:59.1. Keepall kept the field at bay throughout the race. Race favorite Ice O Late (Francis Picard) came first-over at the half mile marker but could not gain ground on the race leader. EAU Naturelle (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Ice O Late third. Keepall is also trained by Sylvain Tremblay and owned by the Alpha Stable with Gino Curadeau. The six-year-old son of Angus Hall paid $4.80 to win. Sophies Cam and driver Stephane Brosseau lived up to their favorite status in the sixth race Mares Preferred Pace, leading from start to finish in 1:59.1. It was her third win this season for trainer Carl Duguay. The six-year-old mare by Yankee Cam was bred and is owned by Yvanhoe Landry of Carleton-Sur-Mer. She paid $4.80 to win. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Friday afternoon, first race post time at 4:00 pm. Next weekend will feature three days of live harness racing action at H3R as the track will race Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time Saturday and Sunday is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The aptly named harness racing trotter, Ice O Late, had no issues being quarantined during the pandemic and has emerged as the horse to beat at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Ice O Late headlines the third race Preferred Trot at H3R and comes into the race off an impressive 2:01 triumph last week in his first start of the 2020 season. With Francis Picard in the sulky for trainer and co-owner Luc Chouinard, Ice O Late closed from fifth place last week to win with ease by three and one-quarter lengths. He starts from post three on Sunday. Chouinard co-owns Ice O Late, an eight-year-old gelding by Yankee Glide with Daniel Lamarre. Hoping to pull off an upset will be Rideau Carleton invader, Keepall (post 5), Holiday Party (post 4) and Voodoo Man (post 2). The first two-year-old pari-mutuel race takes place Sunday with the second race pace for colts and fillies. Too Soon BG, a son of Betterthancheddar, has won both of his early "baby" races, the fastest last week in 2:04.2 with Francis Picard in the sulky. Too Soon BG was bred and is owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy and is trained by Eric Milot. Another standout is Platine Alpha from post three. She is sired by Control The Moment, trained by Sylvain Tremblay and will be driven by Carol Voyer. Platine Alpha was bred and is owned by the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan and was second last week to Too Soon BG. The top mares at H3R go at it again in the Preferred Pace, the sixth race on the program. Last week's return winner, Sieras Rose, is handicapped with post 8 and starts alongside rival Sophies Cam (post 7). Other contenders include Uptown Woman (post 3) and Uno Cincuenta (post 4). Post time for the Sunday afternoon card is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The game warhorse Caroluzzo, teamed up with veteran harness racing driver Richard Simard, the Black Cat, to score an upset victory in the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Friday afternoon. The fifth race feature saw Caroluzzo, at odds of 9-1, go right to the lead from the rail for Simard as R Rkadabra (Stephane Gendron) sat the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. With the race favorite, Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) breaking stride and out of the race, Holiday Party (Pascal Berube), came first-over and tried to steal the lead from Caroluzzo and those two began battling it out as they passed the half mile marker in 1:00. Those two continued to duel in the backstretch with the rest of the field trying to catch up. By the three-quarters in 1:29, Caroluzzo held game and forced Holiday Party to drop into second place. On the final turn Caroluzzo and Simard began to pull away from the field to score a three and three-quarter length victory in 2:00.1. The 60-1 long shot, Stonebridge Alert (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Aworthy Bi (Daniel Laflamme) third. It was the second straight win for Caroluzzo, an 11-year-old stallion by Musclesextrodinair, who was bred and is owned by Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne. Caroluzzo paid $20.10 to win. The Sunday Program at H3R features the first two-year-old race of 2020 in Quebec. The second race pace features six starters bred by many great champions including He's Watching, Control The Moment, Shanghai Phil, So Surreal, Western Mustang and Betterthancheddar. The third race Preferred Trot sees the return of Ice O Late off his 2:01 triumph last week. There is also a Mares Preferred Pace for the sixth race and it features return winner Sieras Rose (post 8). Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau led all drivers on the day with three winners. Trainers Francis Richard and Maxime Velaye both had two winners from their stable. Live racing resumes on Sunday. 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 - This past Sunday, 23-year-old Samuel Fillion scored his first victory as a professional harness racing driver and now he is hungry for more. Competing in the last race Sunday, Fillion, who hails from Mont-Joli, led from start to finish with the pacer D J Power, winning in 1:56.2 at the Hippodrome 3R. Fillion was patient. He was able to get to the front with D J Power, then rate the best fractions for his horse, keeping his composure as he did last year on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. Driving harness horses the past five years at the fairs has seasoned Fillion in his quest to become a professional driver. Last year he blossomed and earned his license, starting in 87 races with 18 wins, 11 seconds and 14 third place finishes, good enough for a strong Universal Driving Rating (UDR) or batting average of .331. Now comes 2020 and Fillion is off to a great start. In four drives he has one win and two third place finishes and his UDR is an impressive .416. "The racing world is sometimes cruel," Fillion said. "I heard comments that I was not able to win a race at H3R. Now it's done and I'll do my best not to be last again. "On Sunday, Fillion explained. "I thought I was going a long way behind Pascal Berube (Stock), but the opposite happened. I know this horse well, I even jogged him last week and I knew he was good, and on Sunday afternoon he showed it to everyone. I am very happy that this first victory is behind me. I will do my best to justify the confidence of the people who will put my name on their horses." Fillion has earned the respect of owners and trainers that on Friday's program at H3R he has three drives and one drive on Sunday, back aboard D J Power. "My father had racing horses when he was young," Fillion said. "My grandfather was a blacksmith at that time. After several years without horses, my dad bought a gelding, Classic Mondial. I was 14 when I start taking care of this horse. He performed well and that gave us the taste to continue and to buy others. "Now," Fillion added. "I also have the opportunity to learn with my father-in-law, Jean-Marc Roy, and my brothers-in-law Louis-Philippe Roy and Pierre-Luc Roy, and I am very grateful for their expertise they share with me." Fillion has a drive in the fifth race Preferred Trot on Friday. It's aboard Lucky Promesses from the far outside post eight. A tough position for any horse to overcome. Last week Fillion was able to get a third-place finish with Lucky Promesses. From the outside post this week, Fillion will need to find some good live cover to help keep him in the hunt. "The mare raced well last week for her first start of the year," Fillion said. "despite her post 8 this week if she had a good mile in her she can do well. We will see." The race favorite is stablemate Holiday Party (Pascal Berube), who was second in the top trot last week. Isabelle Binet trains both horses. "He is a young man from the same place as me," said driver Pascal Berube of Samuel Fillion. "I lent him Fortune Fella for a final in Trois Rivières two years ago, and he won. There are not many horses to drive in the early days of our career, so I wanted to help him and we needed someone to drive Lucky Promesses." Other contenders in the field include Caroluzzo (post one), who was a 2:02.4 winner last week and is moving up in class, the front-end speedster R Rkadabra (post three) and Voodoo Man (post six). When asked who his favorite driver is in harness racing, Fillion was a little bias. "Louis-Philippe Roy is my favorite driver," Fillion said of his brother-in-law. "He started in fairs like me and now he's one of the best drivers in all of Canada. Also, I like his style and the way he sits on the bike." First race post time on Friday is 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Pascal Berube scored a driving double on opening day Wednesday at the Hippodrome 3R and he hopes this is a sign of a good racing season to come. Berube, along with his wife, trainer Isabelle Binet, has a small but powerful stable for the summer/fall race meet. They call themselves Team B. "Of course, we would like to have some more horses to train," Berube explained. "But I am happy with the five horses we currently have. They are fit and ready to go." Currently Team B has five horses in their stable. Holiday Party, Lucky Promesses, Stock, Fortune Fella and Uptown Woman. On opening day Wednesday, Berube won with Stock, who was very impressive at odds of 7-1, leading from start to finish in 1:58.2. This Sunday (1:00 pm post), Team B has four horses entered. Uptown Woman is one of the favorites in the Mares Preferred Pace, along with Stock returning to race Sunday and former Quebec-Bred Champion, Holiday Party and Lucky Promesses, are featured in the Preferred Trot for Team Berube-Binet. Berbue will drive Holiday Party and Samuel Fillion will drive Lucky Promesses as they are both in the same race. This season Berube said he does not have two-year-old's in training. "I am fortunate to get some good catch-drives," Berube said. "I must thank the owners and trainers that have faith in me to drive their horses. I am kept busy driving at both H3R and at Rideau Carleton Raceway." Berube has a catch-drive in the sixth race Preferred Pace with G A Speed Sammy for trainer Yves Tessier. They take on top local pacers Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 1), Hooter Shooter (post 5) and Matts Tuition (post 4). He will also drive Gucci Eyepatch (race 1), and Heaven For Sure (race 4). As for competing at the races Wednesday without any spectators to cheer the horses and driver on, it was same as usual for Berube. "It is just like racing in qualifiers but with purses," Berube said. "I feel sorry for the owners who like to be at the track and watch their horses' race live from the grandstand. For the driver it's the same job." "We did order customized masks for us to wear during the pandemic," Berube added. "They were made by Manon Lemelin and look very cool." Look for the Blue, Black and White Team B masks this season at H3R as they may be in the winner's circle a lot. For a free Sunday race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club       Steven Wolf Steven Wolf Consulting (954) 654-3757 stevenwolf1956@gmail.com      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club saw sunny skies and perfect temperature for the opening day of the 2020 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday afternoon. There were eight races held without any spectators allowed at the track. Horse people in the race paddock followed all safety protocols as mandated by the Quebec Racing Commission. The seventh race Preferred Pace was the spotlight of the racing card and the overwhelming 2/5 favorite, Sports Authority, did not let his fan down. Driven by Tyler Jones for trainer Cassandra Lecourt, Sports Authority scooted to the early lead with Lookin Ata Winner (Martin Morel) sitting the pocket trip. Bali (Stephane Brosseau) was caught first-over early and had to back off the pace after the opening quarter went in :27.2. Past the half mile in :57.1, Jones was still in control of the race with Sports Authority as G A Speed Sammy and driver Pascal Berube came first-over to challenge and they raced head and head to the three-quarters in 1:25.4. Once on the final turn, Sports Authority put away G A Speed Sammy and tore away from the field, winning in a romp by six and one-half lengths in 1:54.4. G A Speed Sammy held for second with Appleby Hanover (Richard Simard) third. It was the first win in three starts for Sports Authority. The seven-year-old gelded by Sportswriter is owned by the trainer, Cassandra Lecourt of Mirable. He paid $2.90 to win. Track Notes: Both Pascal Berube and Jonathan Lachance had driving doubles on the day. The very first race showed that the H3R oval is in great condition as the pacer Mickeymaksomespeed and driver Dany Mainguy wired the field in 1:57.1. It was the first pari-mutuel start for the three-year-old colt by Mickey Hanover that was bred and is owned by Michel Allard of Saint Espirt. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Steeven Genois, a Quebec native, will be back in action full-time at the Hippodrome 3R starting with opening day on Wednesday. The Quebec Jockey Club is conducting a 40-day race meet that will go until early November of 2020, racing primarily on Fridays (4:00 pm) and Sundays (1:00 pm). The special Wednesday card is also National Quebec Day. The 32-year-old reinsman from Levis, Quebec, Genois had a banner year competing at Saratoga Raceway in upstate New York in 2019. He scored 78 wins in the USA with a personal record of more than $600,000 in purse earnings with the horses he drove. Off to a slow start at Saratoga at the beginning of 2020, Genois made a tough decision to return to Quebec after the start of the pandemic in North America. "I was there (Saratoga) at the start of the season," explained Genois. "but because of the Covid19 I came home to Quebec until the boarder reopens. Now I have changed my mind and intend to stay in Quebec for the summer." Genois will be competing in four of the eight races on opening day at H3R. And yes, race fans, it's Steeve, not Steve. He explained that his mom liked the name but wanted it different for her son. "It is nice to be back home," Genois said. "and to be with my friends. Actually, the two driving colonies, H3R and Saratoga are very similar. Excellent competition at both tracks. If I am asked, I will also go and drive at Rideau Carleton Raceway too. Once the H3R season is over I will most likely go back to Saratoga." Genois first started driving in Quebec back in 2007 and made the choice to drive at Saratoga in 2018. It took him a while to get into the swing of things at that track and by 2019 was a sought-after driver by trainers at the track. Ready to compete on opening day at H3R, Genois noted that it will be different without race fans in the stands. "I am just very happy that racing has returned in Quebec," Genois noted. "It will be different going on the track to drive without any race fans. At H3R the fans are usually right on the fence, watching and cheering, and they usually get a lot of fans to the races. Now it will be very quiet until race fans are allowed to attend again." Trainer Francis Richard, who will be trying for his fourth straight training title at H3R, has five starters going to post on opening day. "I think it will be strange," said Richard about having live racing without any fans watching. "Sort of like the qualifying races we have but for purse money. It will be a little weird I think." The leading driver at H3R, Stephane Gendron, who is also going for his fourth straight driving title, is not competing on opening day and is expected to start defending his driving title on Sunday's race program. There is a Preferred Pace headlining the Wednesday program in the seventh race. Featured is Sports Authority (post 2), who was second last week at Rideau Carleton in the Preferred Pace, missing by a half length for driver Tyler Jones, timed in 1:54. Also in the field are standouts G A Speed Sammy (post 6); Bali (post 3) and Outlaw Turn & Burn (post 7). Post time for the opening day program is 4:00 pm Wednesday. Then H3R races Fridays and Sundays for the rest of the season. For more information, including a free race program for Wednesday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R will conduct its first draw of the 2020 harness racing season on Monday, June 22 for the special opening day program on Wednesday, June 24, which is National Quebec Day. First race post time on opening day is 4:00 pm. The condition sheet can be accessed via www.standarbredcanada.ca. Entries must be made by 11:00 am Monday. With approvals set in place with the Quebec Racing Commission, the Quebec Jockey Club will run a 40-day race meet at H3R. After the special Wednesday program, live racing will take place Sunday's at 1:00 pm and Friday's at 4:00 pm. "It will be tight drawing Monday for Wednesday," said Director of Racing Murielle Thomassin. "But we should be fine as we have eight qualifying races Saturday and already had seven qualifying races this past Wednesday." As per the Quebec-Bred Series at H3R, Thomassin is awaiting final approval from the Quebec Racing Commission of the revised stakes schedule. H3R features stakes series for two, three-year-old and older horses, both on the trot and pace. "At the start of the race season we will limit ourselves to eight races per card," Thomassin explained. "and we will then see how the situation evolves. Housing 64 horses in the paddock with all the required mandatory distance respected, is a logistical problem. "It should also be noted," Thomassin added. "that the collaboration of all the horse people has been very much appreciated to date. Everyone seems to understand that we have to comply with exceptional measures and people willingly submit to them. So much the better. What we do not want is to have to stop the races, failing to comply with the directives of Public Health." Saturday's qualifying races will be featured on Facebook Live on the Hippodrome 3R page starting at 10:00 am. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club has received approval from the Quebec Racing Commission to begin spectator-less harness racing at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday, June 24, which is National Quebec Day in the province. The regular season will feature Sunday afternoon racing at 1:00 pm every Sunday through November 8. The special Wednesday opening day race program will have a 4:00 pm first race post time. Then the schedule will return to Friday afternoon racing through October 9, also with a 4:00 pm post time. "With qualifying races being held on Wednesday (tomorrow) and Saturday," explained Murielle Thomassin, Director of Racing at H3R, "we should have more than enough horses to fill our first race program. Plus, horse people competing at Rideau Carleton will want to come back to H3R. We want to showcase our races during the week at 4:00 pm so fans can see our product before the start of the Mohawk Park program." Both Stephane Gendron and Francis Richard, the leading driver and trainer respectively at H3R for the past three seasons, will both be in action at the qualifiers Wednesday. "We have all our Covid-19 protocol's in place for tomorrow morning," Thomassin added. "And all our horse people are prepared to handle the necessary procedures for safe distancing while in the race paddock." The Quebec-Bred race series for two, three-year-old and older horses will still take place and those revised dates will be released soon. For more information go to www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing horse people and fans will be able to have live harness racing at the Hippodrome 3R this season and a date will soon be announced according to the Quebec Jockey Club. Talks are nearly completed between the Government of Quebec, the RACJ (Liquor Control, Racing and Gaming) and H3R on approvals of all Covid-19 protocols to allow the racetrack to reopen with 'fanless" racing. "We can now say that our approaches with the Quebec government have been successful," Explained Claude Levesque, Chairman of the Board of the Quebec Jockey Club. "We now have the ear of the decision makers and they know our concerns in re-opening the racetrack is imminent," Levesque added. "We need everyone to please remain attentive. The good news is coming very soon." Murielle Thomassin, Director of Racing at H3R stated the following message, "Everyone should know that when we have the OK, it will take about two weeks before the start of the racing season. It is a requirement of the CMPA (Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency) that they have to make sure that their employees are safe, that the sanitary measures are well implemented, that everything is finally in place. For our part, there will obviously also be stages to be crossed such as making the racetrack available to horse people for training, then a calendar for qualifying races. Then the season can start. "When we get the green light," Thomassin added, "in addition to putting all the sanitary measures in place, we will have to review the calendar among other things and make sure that we will properly adapt our schedule for the race season." The Quebec Jockey Club wanted to remind everyone that its primary mission is the racing Standardbred horses. If other activities, as was always the case, can be held without disturbing the race calendar, without altering our image of the racetrack, without breaking our infrastructure, then these activities can be held, and only under these conditions. Track management has been working with outside professionals in finding other uses for the facility on non-race days. Levesque added: "Let people be reassured. The Quebec Jockey Club's mission is always to race at H3R and this objective remains clear to all members. It is our brand image and we want to keep it." From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - At the end of the day, it is a determined chairman of the board at the Quebec Jockey Club that we have been able to hear over the last few days. Indeed, Claude Levesque and the members of his staff are work tirelessly, trailing the authorities, to get approval to have harness racing at the Hippodrome 3R soon. According to Mr. Levesque, "It is very important to mobilize and reach out to as many contacts as possible with the government authorities. The Board meets every Wednesday morning at 9 am, and all members make a point of participating. There is a determination among all to get racing at H3R started as soon as possible this summer. There are no doors that we have not knocked on, no contacts that we have neglected. We even hired a public relations firm, a kind of lobbying company with the government. "Let people be reassured," Levesque added. "We want racing as soon as possible, and we'll be ready. Different scenarios were put together: for example, eight races cards, with eight horses, one groom/person per horse, drivers dressing in their cars before showing up at the paddock. The neighboring province of Ontario, which has received permission from its government, has put in place a number of measures of its own. "It is the Ministry of Health or if you prefer the Department of Public Health that will ultimately give its approval," Levesque added. "Without this authorization, it is impossible to proceed. We also count on the cooperation of our racing commission, which is essential for a return to the track. We are also in contact with other jurisdictions across Canada that could support us if necessary. Murielle Thomassin, our Director of Racing for the QJC is also doing an important job in all of these steps. The town hall of Trois-Rivières is also one of our contacts and supporters. "If we could get the Public Health OK tomorrow, we could quickly make qualifications and we'd be ready to race," Levesque explained. "Of course, the races would be done without spectators present at the racetrack, but we could rely on our television network to broadcast them and promote the sport. Incidentally, the inter-track betting works well on HPI, better than we could have anticipated and it will be even better when the harness races resume all over Canada and the United States. "We would like," Levesque explained. "for our horse people and our fans too, to be the first to return to the track; if not, it certainly won't be for lack of trying. But I am hopeful that we will be able to do so in a few weeks. We must not let down on our persistence and continue to follow up with the decision-making bodies." As it can be seen, the leaders of the Quebec Jockey Club, led by Claude Levesque, are at work for the return of harness racing in Quebec. Rest assure they shall continue to be persistence and everyone should try to stay positive and be ready when the word "GO" is given. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Since the arrival of COVID-19, we, the Board of Directors of the Quebec Jockey Club, have made every effort to ensure the health of everyone by complying with the confinement and gathering prohibition issued by the government. We are working on acceptable solutions to meet the needs of the industry. A request to hold closed-door races at the Hippodrome 3R was made today to the Ministry of Public Security. We are therefore awaiting their response. However, we are announcing today our decision to cancel the 2020 Prix d'été race. The travel of horses coming mainly from the United States and the fact that the event attracts a large number of spectators makes it a crowd gathering event which is prohibited. All horses nominated in the Prix d'été will be reimbursed shortly. As for Quebec stakes payments, we will keep the schedule intact as we are hopeful that these events will take place in 2020. The race dates will be revised as needed. Thank you for your understanding, Quebec Jockey Club, Board of Directors      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The second nomination payment of $1,000 is due for the 2020 $200,000 Prix d'Ete for four-year-old pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. The race takes place on Sunday, August 23, 2020. The second payment must be post marked by Wednesday, April 15. There were 30 horses nominated to the first payment. All nominations payments must be made in order to remain eligible. There are no supplemental payments allowed for the Prix D'Ete. For the first time there will also be a $50,000 consolation race on the same day for those horses that do not make it to the final. The final will feature the eight-top money-winning nominees during the 2020 season. Horses that finish sixth thru eighth place in the final will each receive $1,000. To make the second sustaining nomination payment, owners/trainers can click here or go on www.hippodrome3r.ca to get the necessary payment/nomination forms. From the Quebec Jockey Club Listing of the 30 horses that made the first payment. AIR FORCE HANOVER AMERICAN MERCURY ANGERS BAYAMA BEST IN SHOW BLLACK HOLE BLOOD MONEY BRANQUINHO BRONX SEELSTER CAPTAIN MALICIOUS CAPTAIN TREVOR CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS CAVIART ROCKLAND CAVIART STETSON CENTURY FARROH COVERED BRIDGE DANCIN LOU FLAMEPROOF HANOVER HICKFROMFRENCHLICK HIGHLANDBEACHLOVER LEGION SEELSTER MILITARY SECRET OLLIES ZTAM PROOF RESPECT OUR FLAG ROCKIE GOT FRAMED ROLLWITHPAPAJOE SEMI TOUGH TYGA HANOVER U S CAPTAIN WILD WILD WESTERN    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A total of 30 four-year-old pacers have nominated to the $200,000 Prix d'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, August 23. The Prix d'Ete, once the premier pacing event in all of Canada, will feature the top eight seasonal money winning entrants in the final and for the first time the race will also feature a $50,000 consolation race on the same day for entrants that do not make it in the final. Of the 30 horses nominated, five horses are in the top nine money winning three-year-olds in North America during 2019. Headlining the list with money earned is Dana Parham's recenty purchased American Mercury. The son of American Ideal has won $708,000 and his major victory last season was in the $500,000 Messenger Stake where he defeated the 2019 Dan Patch 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year, Bettor's Wish. Also nominated is $660,000 winner Dancin Lou. This exceptional son of Sweet Lou captured last year's $600,000 Breeders Crown, also defeating Bettor's Wish in the final. Other standout horses nominated include $624,000 winner and the 2019 O'Brien Award winner Century Farroh, winner of the Jenna's Beach Boy, Simcoe and numerous Ontario Sire Stakes in 2019 and the $682,000 Meadowlands Pace winner, Best In Show, who has life earnings of $572,000. Best In Show is by Bettor's Delight from the world champion mare, Put On A Show, and holds the fastest mark in the group at 1:48. Another $500,000 winner from last season is Hickfromfrenchlick. This son of So Surreal was the New York Sire Stakes Champion in 2019, winning 11 of his 15 starts in 2019 and is named after basketball star Larry Bird of French Link, Indiana. Rounding out the top money winners are Proof, who has earned $476,000 for Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing and $404,000 winner, Blood Money, for trainer Nancy Takter. Quebec owned and trained nominees include Captain Malicious and Legion Seelster. Owners and trainers of a horse nominated to the Prix d'Ete must remember that they must also make the April 15 second payment of $1,000 in order to remain eligible to the race. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. Below is the list of the 30 horses that were nominated to the Prix d'Ete. AIR FORCE HANOVER AMERICAN MERCURY ANGERS BAYAMA BEST IN SHOW BLLACK HOLE BLOOD MONEY BRANQUINHO BROX SEELSTER CAPTAIN MALICIOUS CAPTAIN TREVOR CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS CAVIART ROCKLAND CAVIART STETSON CENTURY FARROH COVERED BRIDGE DANCIN LOU FLAMEPROOF HANOVER HICKFROMFRENCHLICK HIGHLANDBEACHLOVER LEGION SEELSTER MILITARY SECRET OLLIES ZTAM PROOF RESPECT OUR FLAG ROCKIE GOT FRAMED ROLLWITHPAPAJOE SEMI TOUGH TYGA HANOVER U S CAPTAIN WILD WILD WESTERN From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club has announced that the 2020 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R, scheduled to start on May 2, has been postponed until further notice. "The racetrack and all of the Off-Track-Betting sites (OTB) in Quebec have been closed," Said Murielle Thomasson, General Manager at the Hippodrome 3R. "Because of the pandemic over the coronavirus-19, we will not hold qualifying races or training at the facility. As soon as we are able to open the facilities again, we will set a new date to start racing. All stakes races will be rescheduled for later in the season." Horse people are reminded that all stakes payments, Prix d'Ete and Quebec-bred series, must be maintained in order to be eligible for the stakes. To make nomination payments, owner/trainers can go to www.standardbredcanada.ca or H3R's new website, www.hippodrome3r.ca, and get the necessary nomination forms. 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  

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