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Trois-Rivieres, QC - When Histoire Enchantee comes on the track for the tenth race Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, harness racing fans will see nearly a two-year gap in his racing schedule. That is because the stakes winner at age three in 2017 has made a remarkable comeback for trainer Maxime Velaye. Histoire Enchantee starts from post one for driver Stephane Gendron and is the overwhelming race favorite in the tenth race pace. As a three-year-old, Histoire Enchantee notched six wins with earnings of nearly $100,000. Then disaster struck the son of Shanghai Phil. "Histoire Enchantee was injured with the results of a severe suspensory," explained Velaye. "To make matters worse, it was not even a race injury. He had to be stopped training and immobilized in his stall for about ten months. This is the kind of injury that heals slowly over time. "After his successful season in 2017 at age 3, we stopped with him as usual," continued Velaye. "then we started again in the winter of 2017-2018 to be ready for the Quebec-Bred Series at age four. It was during this period that he was injured. "Then we waited with him because this horse is worth it," Velaye said. "He also proved that we were right, since his return he continues to improve, winning regularly in the 1.56, 1.57 range. His fitness is improving and we are crossing our fingers to make it last. We do not have big plans for him this fall. He will probably race at H3R until closing and then rest up again. We will then prepare him for April next season for the Quebec-Bred Series. That's the best scenario right now." Histoire Enchantee has most certainly been sharp in his comeback season this fall. He has four starts, two wins, the fastest last week in 1 :56.4. Bred to be a winner, Histoire Enchantee is owned and was bred by Guy Corbeil of Mirable. He owns the top mare Eclatante (Bullvons Dream), who has had eight foals, seven of whom have made the races. That makes Histoire Enchantee a full brother to both Clik K ($378,476, 1.50.1); a half brother to Advantage ($ 266,059, 1.51.1), and a full brother to Eternal History ($171,216, 1.51.3). Hoping for a an upset victory in the tenth race Sunday will be Captain Dragon (post 2), Ernie Panic (post 5), and Winoc Jimmy (post 3). For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. First race post time Sunday is 1 :00 pm. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Jimbelina, the lone harness racing mare in the field against eight male rivals, will go for her sixth straight win on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The six-year-old daughter of Big Jim was assigned the far outside post eight in the 5th race Preferred Pace. She is trained by Jean Tourigny and owned by Roland Trudel of Becancour. "She (Jimbelina) really came to me to rest a little," said Tourigny. "But she is racing so well now we will continue with her." Jimbelina hails from a strong family lineage. Her dam, Buddys Gal, had five foals and all of them made the races. Jimbelina has a half-sister, Fast N Fiesty p,5,1:50f, who made $397,000 and a half-brother, Buddy Weiser p,1:52.1f, who made $174,000. "She is a beautiful mare," Tourigny said. "She's really very quiet and easy to get along with." Jimbelina has already shown she can beat the boys, having won a Preferred 3 race her first time over H3R's half mile oval. That was two starts back when she raced from off the pace to win in 1:55.4. When at Georgian Downs Jimbelina showed that she can also overcome post eight, winning on the front end in 1:54.2. So, does that mean she can overcome post eight again on Sunday at H3R? "You never know what may happened on Sunday," Touriney said. Jimbelina's main competition Sunday will come from a trio of male competition in the race. They are Maracasso (post 4), who won last weeks race but was disqualified for going inside the pylons, Mister Big Top (post 5) who was placed 1st in the race, and Surf Report (post 7), who was a game second in last week's top pace. Sunday's program also features a Preferred Pace for Fillies and Mares headed by Uptown Woman (post 7), Sauble Bonnie (post 6) and Rainbow Palace (post 8). There is also a Two-Year-Old Open Pace featuring Solid Man (post 5), Acaena De Chakrika (post 3) and SOS Cupcake (post 1). The 11-race Sunday race card gets underway at 1:00 pm. For a free program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The six-year-old harness racing pacing mare, Jimbelina, was parked out four-wide in the backstretch and around the final turn, yet the mare showed true grit and fortitude in winning at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. Driven by Jocelyn Gendron, Jimbelina won the 6th race F&M Preferred-Handicap Pace by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.2. It was the daughter of Big Jim's fifth straight win and sixth victory of the year. The sixth race co-feature saw Uptown Woman (Pascal Berube) grind it out to the lead over Sauble Bonnie (Stephane Brosseau) to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Then before the half mile in :57.1, Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) came first-over with Better Now (Stephane Gendron) grabbing the second-over cover and Jimbelina and Gendron, the race favorite, third-over. The action then picked up in the backstretch as Gendron started up three-wide with Jimbelina only to be shoved four-wide when Better Now, who wanted out to go around Rainbow Palace, who was not done in first-over position. Jimbelina continued to gain ground despite being four-wide, cleared to the lead at the top of the stretch and then went on to victory. Sauble Bonnie was second with Rainbow Palace third. Jimbelina is trained by Jean Tourigny for owner Roland Trudel of Becancour and paid $3.30 to win. It took a long inquiry by the judges before declaring race winner Maracasso (Carol Voyer) disqualified and placed last after skipping over pylons on the final turn in the 7th race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the horses. Maracasso had gone on the win by four and one-half lengths in 1:55.3 before the disqualification. Mister Big Top (Jocelyn Gendron), an 18-1 long shot was moved to first place with Surf Report (Tyler Jones) placed second and Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) placed third. Mister Big Top is trained by Yves Tessier and paid $39.30 to win. Track Notes: Driver Pascal Berube led all horseman on the day with a driving triple. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday, September 22, first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After posting his sixth victory of the harness racing season last week, Surf Report returns to head Sunday's Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R. Starting from post five in the seventh race feature, Surf Report was able to find outside cover last week for driver Tyler Jones and close from fourth place at the top of the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.2. The seven-year-old gelded son of Sportswriter is trained by Armand Rousseau for owner Dany Nadeau of Sorel-Tracy and has finished on the board in nearly half of his 30 starts this year. Rival Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 6) will seek to turn the tables this Sunday. Last week he was the one who raced first-over, giving Surf Report the ideal second-over coverage that he won off of. Outlaw Turn N Burn is trained and driven by Francis Picard. Despite his outside post position 8, Kinnder Jackson won't be ignored in this race. Two starts back he tore away from the field to take a lifetime mark of 1:54.1 for driver Pierre Luc Roy. Stock (post 4) will provide plenty of competition as he was raced timed in 1:54.4 in his last start and prior to that he was a 1:56.3 winner for driver Pascal Berube. Stock was a Quebec Series Champion at age 2. The well-matched field also includes D J Power (post 7), a recent 1:55.3 winner, Maracassi (post 1), who two starts back won in 1:54.1, Mister Big Top (post 2), Bali (post 3) and Ninocredit (post 9, second tier). Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to watch the races live from H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club played host Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R to the $480,000 Championship harness racing finals for the Breeders Cup Series and Future Stars Series. It was the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec with purses totaling over $500,000 for the afternoon. Each series featured four divisions for trotter and pacers. Here is a breakdown of each of the Championship Finals. $65,000 Three-Year-Old Colt Trot Final It was a two-horse race from the start with track record hold Cesar Duharas and driver Pascal Berube shooting to the early lead with race favorite Only For Justice (Stephane Brosseau) grabbing the early two-hole spot by the opening quarter mile in :28.3. Brosseau moved Only For Justice to the outside by the half mile in :59, but Berube and Cesar Duharas stuffed them back into the pocket. Then by the three-quarters in 1:27.2, Brosseau came back again and this time on the final turn had collared Cesar Duharas, who then went off-stride, allowing Only For Justice to win with ease in a romp by 12 3/4 lengths in 1:57.3. Money Hill (Sylvain Filion) was second with Triomphe Duharas (Denis Gueriel) third. Only For Justice is now a repeat Quebec Champion, having won the final at age 2 and now at age 3. Sired by Justice Hall, it was Only For Justice's fourth win this year for trainer Dany Fontaine and the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal who bred and owns the gelding. He paid $3.10 to win. $65,000 Three-year-old Filly Trot Final Kinderunbelievable and driver Pierre Luc Roy put in an unbelievable performance to beat pacesetter Choo Choo Bleu (Sylvain Filion). Choo Choo Blue left first from the starting gate with My Lady Hall (Louis Philippe Roy) grabbing the two-hole spot past the opening quarter mile. Then coming to the half mile was when Pierre Luc Roy took Kinderubelievable first-over, giving race favorite Cor Leo (Stephane Gendron) second-over live cover. Choo Choo Blue would not let Kinderunbelievable pass them by down the backstretch and around the final turn. Then in the stretch, with horses fanning out all around them, Kinderunbelievable dug in with true grit and went on to win by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.3. Choo Choo Blue was second with Cor Leo third. It was the third win this year for Kinderunbelievable, who is sired by Archangel. It was her third straight win for breeder, owner, trainer Dentiza Petrova of Melbourne. She paid $5.40 to win. $65,000 Three-year-old Colt Pace Final Race favorite Ashleysbest saw his three-race winning streak come to an end as D Gs De Vito and Jonathan Lachance used a big brush in the backstretch to pass by the favorite en route to scoring a one and one-half length victory. Ashleysbest (Pascal Berube) shot to the lead from post seven and cut the mile with fractions of :26.2 and :55.1 before Lachance and D Gs De Vito came flying first-over in the backstretch to take command by the three-quarters in 1:23.3. HP Napoleon (Stephane Brosseau) tried to follow the move of D Gs De Vito to no avail as the winner went on to score in 1:54.1. HP Napoleon was second with Angers Bayama (Sylvain Filion) third. It was a lifetime mark for D Gs De Vito as the gelded son of Sportswriter notched his fourth win this year. Trained by Antonio Valente, D Gs De Vito was bred and is owned by Daniel Suprenant of Saint-Valentin and paid a generous $19.50 to win. His clocking was the fastest mile on the 14-race card. $65,000 Three-year-old Filly Pace Final Hall of Famer Yves Filion sent Akita Bayama right to the lead and barely held off a very determinded Cooking The Speed (Louis Philippe Roy) to win by a neck in a lifetime best 1:57.1. Cooking The Speed was trying for her second championship victory and despite being parked out first-over from the half mile, was a valient second. Audi Bayama (Sylvain Filion), part of the entry for trainer Yves Filion, was third. It was the second win in just five starts this year for Akita Bayama. The Sportswriter daughter was bred and is owned by Filion's Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil. She is co-owned with Jacques Damours of Laval and paid $2.90 to win. $55,000 Two-year-old Colt Pace Final Whitecookie (Marie Claude Auger) saw his undefeated six-race winning streak come to an end at the hands of Eclat De Rire and driver Stephane Gendron. Going right to the lead as usual was Whitecookie with Eclat De Rire sitting right on their backs for nearly the entire mile. It was not until the three-quarters that Gendron pulled the pocket with Eclat De Rire as the rest of the field was fanning three and four-wide for the drive to the finish. In the stretch, Eclat De Rire was able to collar Whitecookie and pass them by to win by one length in a lifetime mark of 1:58.4. Whitecookie was second with PLD Needy (Pascal Beurbe) third. It was the second straight win and third victory in five starts for the daughter of Leader Bayama. He is trained by Maxime Velaya for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirable and paid $5.40 to win. $55,000 Two-year-old Filly Pace Final Acenda De Chakrika picked the perfect time to score a lifetime mark as the daughter of Sunshine Beach led from start to finish for driver Stephane Brosseau in 2:00.2. The pocket-sitting Lotus Sena (Pascal Berube) was second with Godiva Lovely Lady (Simon Delisle) third. Acenda De Charkrika won by one and one-quarter lengths. Trained by Daniel Martin for breeder/owner Diane Lepine of Quebec City, it was the second win this year for Acenda De Chakrika, who paid $5.00 to win. $55,000 Two-year-old Colt Trot Final Babidibou and driver Stephane Gendron made it three straight wins as the colt by Royalty For Life wired the field with ease in a lifetime mark of 2:02.1. Kenogami Coco (Stephane Brosseau) tried coming first-over but could not gain ground on the winner and was second by one and three-quarter lengths. HP Muscle Dancer (Sylvain Filion) was third. Trained by Maxime Velaye for co-owners Isidoro Russo of Montreal and Guy Corbiel of Mirable, Babidibou paid $3.50 to win. $55,000 Two-year-old Filly Trot Final Emotions Durables and driver Tyler Jones went right to the front with HP Starlette (Stephane Brosseau) in second after the start, but coming off the first turn, HP Starlette went off-stride and scattered the field, allowing Emotions Durables to open up on the field. Despite a strong come-back from Kinnder High Class (Pierre Luc Roy), Emotions Durables held the field at bay, winning by one and one-half lengths in a lifetime best 2:03.1. Muscle Fern Jacky (Francis Picard) was third. It was the fourth win in just six starts for the daughter of Wheeling N Dealin, who is owned and trained by Cassandra Lecourt of Ste-Victoire De Sorel. She paid $4.50 to win. It was also the first championship victory for Tyler Jones. The Preferred-Handicap Trot saw USA invader Volare ($4.40) and driver Louis Philippe Roy lead from start to finish in 1:57.3 for trainer Michel Allard and owner Rene Allard. Track Notes: Trainer Maxime Velaye had his best day ever as a trainer at H3R, sending out five winners from his stable, two of them championship winners. Driver Stephane Gendron also had the same results, five winners, two in championships. Owner/breeder Guy Corbeil had three winners, two in the championships. Live racing resumes next Sunday, September 15 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - For his entire young harness racing career, Whitecookie has never tasted defeat when purse money was on the line. Undefeated is six starts, Whitecookie is the overwhelming favorite to win his $55,000 division of the Future Stars Series Championship Final at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. There are eight championship finals Sunday, four for three-year-olds (Breeders Cup Series), each with a purse of $65,000 and four Future Stars Series finals for two-year-old. Total purses on the day are over $500,000 and it is the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. Whitecookie is a two-year-old colt by Windfall Blue Chip from the Team Hanover mare, Teamtress. He has the pedigree to be the winner he is. Teamtress has had 12 foals, Whitecookie is number 11 and there is a yearling. But from the 11 foals of racing age, 9 of them have race records of under 1:59.1, including Whitecookie's million dollar winning half-sister, Pancleefandarpels, who won $1,057,244 with a record of p,7,1:50.1. Another half-sister, Seamstresforthepan, won $431,957 with a record of p,5,1:52.4. In his last start, the third leg of the series, Whitecookie was at his best for owner, trainer and driver Marie Claude Auger of Trois-Rivieres. Leading from start to finish, Whitecookie stopped the teletimer in a lifetime best 1:57 clocking. Just three-fifths of a second from the track record. In actuality, Whitecookie did lose one race. It was his first qualifying attempt at the Hippodrome 3R. He was second by three-quarters of a length in 2:03.2. From that point on he has never lost a race. In his last five wins he had led from start to finish. In his first pari-mutuel purse start at Rideau Carleton, Whitecookie came from off the pace to win by a nose in 1:58.2. For this Sunday, Whitecookie and Auger will start from post four in the tenth race championship final. He has beaten everyone in the field except for My Bettors Del (post 3). This son of Bettor's Delight has two wins, both in the series at H3R, the fastest a 1:59.1 clocking. He has been raced timed in 1:54 at Mohawk Park. Other possible contenders are Kinnder Big Boss (post 8) and the entry of Eclat De Rire (post 2) and Retour Au Jeu (post 5) for trainer Maxime Veyale and owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. As for Whitecookie, the possibility of having an undefeated season lay in his hands. And from what Marie Claude Auger has achieved with him this season, the outlook for wiring the field again tomorrow seems like a pretty good bet. First race post time at the Hippodrome 3R is 1:00 pm Sunday. There are 14 races on the program and the championship finals are race 4, 5 and 7 through the 12th race. For a free race program or to view the races live from H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track will feature its richest race program of the 2019 season with its Super Sunday Championship card with more than $500,000C in purses. The Super Sunday program is highlighted by eight championship finals. There are four $65,000C divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers and four $55,000C finals of the Future Stars Series for two-year-olds. All four champions from last year at age 2 are back in the finals again at age 3. They are Only For Justice (race 4), Cooking The Speed (race 8), Claudi PV (race 11) and US Sunshine (race 12). Races 4, 5, 7 thru 12 are the championship finals on Super Sunday. Here is a brief look at the final fields. 4th race Three-year-old colt trot final - Only For Justice seeks a repeat championship starting from the rail for driver Stephane Brosseau. They are facing a tough task against track record holder Cesar Duharas from post six for driver Pascal Berube. Cesars Duharas is on a two-race winning streak. 5th race Two-year-old filly pace final - SOS Cupcake drew the far outside in post eight for driver Stephane Gendron but still shows the speed to be the race favorite and is on a two-race winning streak. Lotus Sena (post 5) will cut the mile and could lead from start to finish. 7th race Two-year-old colt trot final - Babidibou (post 2) has been first or second in his five lifetime starts and has won last two starts from both on and off the pace. Kenogami Coco (post 4) may lead from the start and hold on and Major Bay (post 8) drew poorly but has gate speed to overcome and be a factor. 8th race Three-year-old filly pace final - Cooking The Speed (post 2) is seeking to repeat in the championship final but will have a tough task going against the entry from Yves Filion of Akita Bayama and Audi Bayama. Also, a major factor in the race will be HP Xanadu (post 6), who has been first or second in last five starts. 9th race Two-year-old filly trot final - Emotions Durables (post 5) must stay on stride to win. She broke last start but still rallied to be third and prior had won three straight races. HP Starlette (post 2) and SOS Thumper (post 1) could be a factor is Emotions Durables falters in any way. 10th race Two-year-old colt pace final - Whitecookie has been sensational this season for owner, trainer, driver Marie Claude Auger. The son of Windfall Blue Chip is undefeated in six starts and has beaten nearly everyone in the field. 11th race Three-year-old filly trot final - Claudi P V (post 6) has not raced as well this year as she did last year in winning the championship. Kinderunbelievable (post 5) and Cor Leo (post 3) loom as the two favorites in the race. 12th race Three-year-old colt pace final - Could be the best race of the day. YS Sunshine (post 3) tries for a second championship but face a very tough field that includes Ashleysbest (post 7) who two starts back tied the track record with a 1:52.4 triumph and he enters the race on a three-race winning streak. Other contenders include NP Napoleon (post 6) and GA Speed Gaby (post 8). Post time Sunday for the 14-race program is 1:00 pm. For a free race program and to watch the races from the Hippodrome 3R live, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Ufdragons Rocket and driver Pascal Berube had just one goal in Sunday's Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R, go to the front and hold on the entire mile race and that is just what they did. Leaving from post four in the ninth race feature, Berube and Ufdragons Rocket battled early and took the lead away from D J Power (Louis Philippe Turcotte) at the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Then coming to the half mile marker, driver Jonathan Lachance came first-over with the race favorite, Atomic Million AM, and they helped press the lead to the half in :57.3 with Kinnder Jackson (Pierre Luc Roy) following second-over. Roy was not content following cover, so he moved Kinnder Jackson three-wide in the backstretch, but was unable to pass by Atomic Million AM as they raced three-wide with Ufdragons Rocket still in control past the three-quarters in 1:26. Then as the field started down the stretch, Lachance found another gear for Ufdragons Rocket, who went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:54.4. DJ Power was second with Atomic Million AM third. It was the second straight win and fourth on the season for Ufdragons Rocket. The oldest competitor in the field at age 10, the gelded son of Dragon Again is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $7.10 to win. The fastest mile on the day was in the tenth race pace where trainer/driver Carol Voyer went wire-to-wire with Maracasso ($13.40) in 1:54.2. Track Notes: H3R's leading driver, Stephane Gendron, led all drivers with two wins and leading trainer, Francis Richard, has three winners from his stable. This past Friday was the last Friday night racing card of the season. The Hippodrome 3R will now race on Sunday afternoons only through November 3. $480,000C Championships Finals next Sunday Next Sunday, September 8, the Quebec Jockey Club will host the $480,000C Quebec-Bred finals for both the Breeders Cup and Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R. There will be eight championship races, four Breeders Cup Finals for the three-year-old pacers and trotters with each division racing for a purse of $65,000C. There will also be four Future Stars Finals for the two-year-old trotters and pacers, each division racing for a purse of $55,000C. Post time next Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Four-time Quebec Champion, Atomic Million AM, returns to the Hippodrome 3R Sunday to headline the ninth race Preferred-Handicap Pace. After spending the last month at Rideau Carleton, Atomic Million AM returns off an impressive wire-to-wire score at Rideau in 1:53.3, his fastest winning time this year. Bred, owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau, Atomic Million AM sports six wins in eleven starts this year. The eight-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam starts from post seven for driver Jonathan Lachance. Atomic Million AM is also tied with Esprit Dequipe, as the winningest horses at H3R this season, each with five wins. It will not be a walk in the park for Atomic Million AM. Also in the field are three return winners, Ufdragons Rocket (post 4), Kinnder Jackson (post 5) and D J Power (post 2). Ufdragons Rocket is on a two-race winning streak, scoring last week at Rideau in 1:55.2. Kinnder Jackson was at his best last week with a 1:54.1 win at H3R and D J Power is moving up in class after a 1:55.3 triumph in the Preferred 3 class. Also, one to always be aware of in the field, is Hooter Shooter in post six for H3R's leading driver, Stephane Gendron. He was second to Kinnder Jackson last week and prior to that has won this class in 1:54.3. Rounding out the field are Appleby Hanover (post 1) and Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 3). Track Notes: This past Friday was the last Friday evening race card for the 2019 season at H3R. Racing will now be every Sunday, post time 1:00 pm, through Sunday, November 3. For a free race program or to watch the races live from H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. 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 - The Friday night 10-race harness racing program at the Hippodrome 3R features a Preferred Handicap Pace and watch out for Cooking The Speed. This three-year-old filly by So Surreal was a lightly raced two-year-old, but was in championship form when she won the $55,000C Future Stars Series final. This year Cooking The Speed is nearly in identical form as last year and thus trainer Michel Allard and Allard Racing want her in prime shape for this year's $65,000C Breeders Cup Final that will take place on Sunday, September 8 at H3R. Cooking The Speed has the breeding that can make her a winner. She is the first foal from the great raceway mare, Cooking The Books, who raced for six years, won $479,734 with a record of 1:51.4. "I claimed her (Cooking The Books) and then she got injured," explained Michel's son, Rene Allard. "She was a good raceway mare so we bred her to So Surreal and got Cooking The Speed. "Cooking The Speed was very good in training in south Florida," Allard said. "I had her down to 1:56 and then sent her to Pocono Downs. She had trouble handling the turns there, so I sent her to my Dad to teach her how to get around the short turns. "We have a pony track at our farm in Quebec," Allard said. "He made some equipment changes and worked with her and she became excellent on a half mile track." It seems that Michel Allard got the job done well as Cooking The Speed has $54,405C in earnings and a hopeful big payday coming on September 9. On Friday, Cooking The Speed is the only filly in the nine-horse field. It will not be a walk in the park for Cooking The Speed as she faces a very tough older rival named Lit De Rose. A winner of half of her eight starts this year, Lit De Rose starts from the far outside in post 8 for driver Stephane Brosseau. The Leader Bayama mare has won three of her last five starts, including a lifetime best 1:53 nose triumph at Rideau Carleton Raceway just two starts back. Other good mares in the field include return winner Wild River Swan (post 7) and Uptown Girl (post 6). Cooking The Speed will be driven by Tyler Jones and is listed at odds of 5-1. "I think she will race very well on Friday," Rene Allard said. "And all the credit for this filly belongs to my father. He really did a fantastic job with her. And, Cooking The Books had a Betterthancheddar colt foaled this spring and I think he will be very good. We just have to wait and see. Right now, we want his older sister to get ready to race for big money next week." There will be eight Championship Finals at H3R on Sunday, September 8 with nearly $500,000C in purse money on the line. Post time Friday evening is 7:00 pm. For a free race program or to see the races live from H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Undefeated Whitecookie posted his sixth straight triumph with an easy three-length triumph in a $7,500C division of the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R. Starting from post four in the third race, the first of two divisions of the Future Stars for two-year-old pacing colts, Whitecookie went right to the lead for owner, trainer and driver, Marie Claude Auger of Trois-Rivieres. Cutting fractions of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:28.1, Whitecookie held the field at bay and then pulled away in the stretch to win in a lifetime best clocking of 1:57. The pocket-sitting Kinnder Big Boss (Pierre Luc Roy) was second with Retour Au Jeu (Stephane Gendron) third. Sired by Windfall Blue Chip, Whitecookie looks to make a clean sweep of the Future Stars Series and will headline the $55,000C final coming up on Sunday, September 8. He paid $2.60 to win. The sixth race second colt division saw Eclat De Rire and driver Stephane Gendron do just what Whitecookie did earlier on the race card, lead from start to finish. Only the fractions were a bit slower for Eclat De Rire, who also pulled away from the field on the final turn, winning by five open lengths in a lifetime best 1:59.4. HP Beach Dragon (Stephane Brosseau) sat the pocket-trip and was second with Beach Bayama (Marc Belanger) third. It was the second win in four lifetime starts for Eclat De Rire, a son of Leader Bayama, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $2.90 to win as the race favorite. It looked like the front end was the place to be Sunday until the seventh race, $10,000C Future Stars division for filly pacers with a field of nine going to post on the half mile track. Lotus Sena and driver Pascal Berube, seeking their fourth straight win for trainer/owner Serge Nadeau, had led the field through fractions of :28.4, 1:01 and 1:31.1. That was when the pocket-sitting SOS Cupcake and driver Stephane Gendron pulled on the right line and came after Lotus Sena and passed her by the top of the stretch. She then went on to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:01.4. Lotus Sena was second with Acaena De Chakrika (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the first career victory for SOS Cupcake. The daughter of Shanghai Phil has finished second in her last three starts, moved the stable of trainer Francis Richard and got her first win. SOS Cupcake is owned by the Francis Richard Stable, Inc., Auclair-Gaston Bibeau Farm and Dr. John Bradbury. She paid $4.10 to win as the favorite. Track Notes: Five of the ten races Sunday saw horses score lifetime marks as the H3R track continues to be in perfect shape. Drivers Stephane Gendron and Stephane Brosseau each scored driving doubles. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday, August 30. It will be the last Friday night race card of the season. First race post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Don't try and say his name three times fast, but Babidibou was the fastest Friday in three divisions of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters at the Hippodrome 3R. The favorite over rival Major Bay in the third race, first of two $7,500C colt divisions of the Future Stars, Babidibou and driver Stephane Gendron settled into the pocket seat behind leader Major Bay (Jocelyn Gendron) after the start of the race. The two favorites pulled away from the field by the opening quarter mile and the half mile. Tuscan Titan (Stephane Brosseau) came first-over but was unable to gain ground on the leaders. Then on the final turn, Stephane Gendron pulled Babidibou and came after Major Bay. Those two battled down the stretch with Babidibou coming out on top by a neck in 2:04. Tuscan Titan was third. Babidibou and Major Bay have now faced his other twice and each have won. Their next matchup will be in the $55,000C Future Stars final on Sunday, September 8. That is when all eight finals will take place at H3R with total purses at $480,000C. It was the second straight win for Babidibou, a son of Royalty For Life, who is trained by Maxime Velaye and co-owned by Isidore Russo of Montreal and Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $3.40 to win. The fifth race second colt division saw race favorite Kenogami Coco and driver Stephane Brosseau easily handle the field, going wire-to-wire with a two and three-quarter length triumph in a mild 2:06.4. HP Muscle Dancer (Jocelyn Gendron) was second with Frido PV (Yves St Jacques) third. Sired by Wheeling N Dealin, it was the second career win for Kenogami Coco, who is trained by Dany Fontaine, bred by Jean Francois, who co-owns the gelding with Marie Claude Reid of Anjou. He paid $2.60 to win. The fillies raced in just one division of the Future Stars with nine starters going for a purse of $10,000C. After a recall caused by race favorite, Emotions Durables (Tyler Jones), who was going for her fourth straight win, she went off-stride again as the gate pulled away. This allowed Miss Sofia (Stephane Gendron) to scoot right out to a quick early lead, only she broke stride before the opening quarter. It was HP Starlette and drive Stephane Brosseau who stayed on stride and then led the field the rest of the one-mile trot, winning with ease by five and three-quarter lengths in 2:04.4. Noblesse Duharas (Denis Gueriel), a 99-1 long shot, was second with Emotions Durables making a big comeback to finish third. Sired by Muscle Mass, it was the first career victory in four starts for HP Starlette. She is trained by Daniel Martin for breeder/owners Claude Hamel of Ayer'S Cliff and Guy Desautels of Montreal. She paid $12.50 to win. Track Notes: H3R's leading driver, Stephane Gendron, Pascal Berube and Stephane Brosseau all had driving doubles. H3R's leading trainer, Francis Richard, Denis Gueriel and Maxime Velaye each had training doubles. On Sunday, the Hippodrome 3R hosts the last preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers with three divisions on the ten-race program. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to view the races live for free, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After a record-breaking Prix d'Ete weekend at the Hippodrome 3R, live harness racing resumes Friday evening with the final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. Last Sunday, race fans at H3R were witness to the all-age track record being rewritten by This Is The Plan and driver Daniel Dube in the $200,000C Prix d'Ete for four-year-old pacers. Stopping the teletimer in 1:49.1, This Is The Plan shattered the prior track record of 1:50.3 that was co-held by Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). The time was also the fastest clocking ever on a half mile track in Canada and was just one tick off of the world record. Also, last Sunday, the track record for three-year-old pacers was tied by Ashleysbest and driver Pascal Berube in 1:52.4, equaling the mark first set by Duc D'Orleans in 2013. Friday's card features three division of the Future Stars Series as the young trotter vie for important points to make the $55,000C final on Sunday, September 8. The third race first division for colts features a great match-up between Babidibou (post 4) and Major Bay (post 1). Last week Babidibou crushed the field with a wire-wire 2:02.4 triumph by 12 and one-quarter lengths. It was the first ever win for the son of Royalty For Life, who will be driven again by Stephane Gendron. Major Bay was also a winner last week, also wiring the field in 2:04.1 by one length for driver Jocelyn Gendron. This son of Amigo Hall has won three of his four lifetime starts. The second colt division is the fifth race where Kenogami Coco (post 1) is the overwhelming 4/5 race favorite. Stephane Brosseau will drive the gelded son of Wheeling N Dealin, who was second last week to Major Bay. The fillies do battle in the seventh race with nine starters going for $10,000C. The big favorite is Emotions Durables from post one for driver Tyler Jones. Also sired by Wheeling N Dealin, Emotions Durables is on a three-race winning streak, scoring in identical time of 2:04.2 the last two starts. First race post time on Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Driver Daniel Dube and harness racing assistant trainer Mickey Burke had but one plan going into the $200,000 Prix d'Ete Grand Circuit Stake at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, go to the front no matter what. And that is exactly what Dube did and This Is The Plan was up to the task as the four-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere wired the field and rewrote the all-age track record with an amazing 1:49.1 triumph. This Is The Plan's only challenge came from rival Jimmy Freight (Louis Philippe Roy), who after a :26.2 first quarter, came first-over and challenged This Is The Plan to the half in :54.4 with The Downtown Bus (Doug McNair) second over and Done Well (Bob McClure) sitting the pocket trip. The tempo quickened going down the backstretch and past the three-quarters in 1:21.2, but This Is The Plan was in full control for Dube. McNair came three-wide on the final turn with The Downtown Bus too little too late as This Is The Plan was the strong horse down the stretch, winning by three lengths. The Downtown Bus was second with Jimmy Freight third. The time of the race, 1:49.1, is the fastest half mile track time ever registered in Canada and was just one-fifth of a second from the World Record (Cam's Valentino, Northfield Park 2018 in 1:49). The previous Canadian record of 1:49.2 was held by This Is The Plan's sire, Somebeachsomewhere in 2008, who set the record 11 years, one day from today. The previous all-age track record at H3R was co-held by Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) at 1:50.3, both taking place in the Prix d'Ete. Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, was very pleased with the race. "I am so happy to have won today," Dube said. "And to have all my family and friends here makes it extra special. That was a big mile today, 1:49.1 for my horse. He was so good. My plan was to get to the lead right away and he responded so well." Trained by Ron Burke, it was the third Prix d'Ete that his stable has won (All Bets Off 2015) and (Rockin Ron 2016). This Is The Plan is co-owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, J and T Silva, Purnel & Libb and Larry Karr. It was his second win this year and he paid $4.60 to win as the betting favorite. "We have been very fortunate over the years that the miles have gone our way in the Prix d'Ete," said Mickey Burke. It was our plan all along to go to the front and see what happens and it worked out for us. I thought we looked really good at the start, getting one-two on the rail. "Today's mile really shocked me," Burke said. "I looked at the program last night and saw 1:50.3 and thought that record may stick around for a while. I was pretty wrong. I can't say enough how great this horse is." Driver Louis Philippe Roy was red-hot in the sulky Sunday as he won five of the first six races on the program. There were also seven lifetime marks taken on the 12-race card. The Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers was also on the program and the colts battled in the 9th race for a purse of $10,000 and it sorta was over after the start. Driver Pascal Berube and race favorite Ashleysbest shot out to the early lead and they never looked back, holding the field at bay as they cut fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.3 as Ashelysbest and Berube scored by four and three-quarter lengths in 1:52.4, tying the track record for three-year-olds. Angers Bayama (Sylvain Filion) was second with GA Speed Gaby (Bob McClure) third. It was a lifetime mark for the son of Shanghai Phil, tying the record of Duc D'Orleans set in 2013. Ashleysbest is trained by Sylvain Cote and owned and bred by Marc Hebert of Masham. He paid $5.00 to win in scoring his seventh win in eleven lifetime starts. The first of two $7,500 division of the Breeders Cup Series Friday for three-year-old pacing fillies saw the closest finish of the afternoon as 20-1 long shot Olis Spirit and driver Louis Philippe Roy closed well from the back of the back to nip HP Xandau (Stephane Brosseau) by a long nose in 1:58.3. Akita Bayama (Justin Filion) was also in the photo, third by only a head. It was the maiden victory thus a lifetime mark for Olis Spirit, a daughter of Power Park, trained and owned by Lois Russell of Crabtree. She paid $42.80 to win. Then in the second filly division, the seventh race, it was a real dogfight early on between Espirit Dequipe (Tyler Jones) on the inside and Better Now (LPR) parked on the outside and they fought that way to the quarter in :27.3 and the half in :56. Then in the backstretch, Daniel Dube making a bold three-wide move with Moneymakehersmile and cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Meanwhile, Sylvain Filion with Audi Bayama was closing in on the leader and was four-wide at the three-quarters, cleared to be first-over by the top of the stretch, and collared Moneymakehersmile in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.2. D Gs Airystars (Jonathan Lachance) made a break at the start and rebounded to finish third. It was a lifetime mark for Audi Bayama and the second win in just three starts this season for the filly by Sportswriter. Her time was just one-fifth of a second from the track record of 1:55.1. She is trained by Yves Filion and owned by Bayama Farms, Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil. Audi Bayama paid $6.90 to win. Track Notes: Live racing will resume at the Hippodrome 3R on Friday with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing Standardbred owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, Ontario is one of the industry's most prominent and outgoing Standardbred owners in the sport. His top racehorse, Jimmy Freight, races this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000C Prix d'Ete race for four-year-olds and Sorella will be there to watch his son of Sportswriter do his thing, and Sorella is bringing five friends with him to help root Jimmy Freight on. "I'm extremely happy with Jimmy Freight, Sorella added. "He's been tough all year long and I wouldn't trade him for anyone. He's a 1.2-million-dollar earner. He's been hitting the board over 90% of his races, and racing vs the best." Jimmy Freight drew post six for the Prix d'Ete and will, of course, have Louis Philippe Roy in the sulky. He is listed as the second choice in the race at odds of 3-1. The entry of This Is The Plan and Done Well are the 5/2 morning line favorite. "I expect him to be as good as he's always been on a half," Sorella explained. "He's versatile and has raced on every size track and all over NA. He's not afraid of anyone, and neither am I." A six-figure purchase from Iowa as an undefeated Sportswriter colt by Sorella. Jimmy Freight has been a big money maker for Sorella and the Jimmy Freight team. And Jimmy Freight also has a big following on Social Media, thanks to Sorella, with fans cheering him on from around the world. "Our team does a great job, Sorella said. "From his caretaker Lynn Cameron in Canada and Leo Herrera in the States, to his trainers Richard Moreau locally and Andrew Harris out of New Jersey. It also nice to see Louis Roy and Richard Moreau have a real nice animal racing in their home province of Quebec. And for the fans, they will get to see what I think will be a great race." This year Jimmy Freight scored his lifetime mark at Mohawk Raceway, winning the $100,000 Gold Cup in a sizzling 1:48.1 over the great McWicked. With great weather predicted for Sunday's Prix d'Ete, the track record at H3R will be in jeopardy. The all-age record of 1:50.3 is co-held by previous Prix d'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Hitman Hill-Jonathan Drury-Hunter Oakes-7/2 2-Pretty Handsome-Trevor Henry-Andrew McCabe-6/1 3-Done Well-Bob McClure-Ron Burke-5/2 4-This Is The Plan-Dan Dube-Ron Burke-5/2 5-The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair-Jeff Gillis-4/1 6-Jimmy Freight-Louis Roy-Richard Moreau-3/1 7-Turbo Hill-Hunter Oakes-Hunter Oakes-7/2 8-Casimir Richie P-Sylvain Filion-Dr. Ian Moore-5/1 Sunday's race card also features three divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers plus there is a Preferred Pace and Trot on the 12-race program. The Prix d'Ete will be the 11th race on Sunday. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to watching the races live at H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

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