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Wins have been hard to come by, but that hasn't diminished This Is The Plan's performances in the eyes of his owners. After all, if not for history's co-fastest horse Lather Up and defending Horse of the Year McWicked, the 4-year-old gelding would have plenty more to show for his efforts. This Is The Plan has won one of 12 races this year, with his triumph coming in the Ben Franklin Pace on June 29. Since then, he has been runner-up to Lather Up three times (Graduate championship, William R. Haughton Memorial, Sam McKee Memorial) and McWicked once (Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial). Overall, This Is The Plan has six second-place finishes in his past seven starts. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding will try to get back to the winner's circle Sunday (Aug. 18) in the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec. There is no Lather Up, but plenty of competition, including O'Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight and Confederation Cup champ Done Well. This Is The Plan will start from post four with driver Dan Dube at the lines for trainer Ron Burke. He is 5-2 on the morning line, part of the favored entry with stablemate Done Well. "We can't complain, he's been super," said Mark Weaver, who is a member of This Is The Plan's ownership group. "Ronnie has thought all along he would be a good fit for us just because he is so handy. He's been able to leave (the starting gate) and put himself in a good position. Unfortunately, when Lather Up comes moving to the front there's not much you can do except try to hold on for second. That's what he's been able to do, which is fine." This Is The Plan has won eight of 45 career races and earned $1.19 million. He was purchased by the Burke Brigade last September and paid immediate dividends with wins in the Matron Stakes (in a dead heat) and Progress Pace. He also finished third in the Breeders Crown. This season, he is No. 2 in purses among older male pacers, with $551,618. Only Lather Up is richer, with $677,448. "Nowadays, especially for the 4-year-olds, so much money is on the smaller tracks," said Weaver, who shares ownership of This Is The Plan with Mike Bruscemi (as Weaver Bruscemi LLC), Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. "We try to acquire horses that we think can get around the turns. He can leave and get around smaller tracks so well. That was one of the reasons we were interested in him last year." Done Well joined the Burke stable at the same time as This Is The Plan. He began this season well, with a second in a preliminary round of the Graduate Series and wins in his Confederation Cup elimination and the final. He was found to be sick following a fourth-place finish in the Camluck Classic and has been off the board in his past six starts. During that stretch, he has started from post eight twice, post nine twice and post 11 once. For his career, Done Well has won nine of 32 races and $533,245. He is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Wingfield Brothers. Done Well will start the Prix d'Ete from post three with driver Bob McClure. "To start the year, Done Well was super and This Is The Plan was drawing bad and having bad racing luck," Weaver said. "Now the last month and a half, it's kind of flip-flopped. (Done Well) has been racing against the best and has gone through a couple little ups and downs. But he's certainly a factor. "We like our horses, we like our posts, we like our drivers, so we'll take our chances from there." Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday at Hippodrome 3R. The Prix d'Ete is race 11 on the card. Following is the field. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Hitman Hill-Eric Goodell-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 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The three-year-old trotter, Cesar Duharas, showed that his amazing harness racing track record performance in 1:56.1 at the Hippodrome 3R (H3R) on July 26 was no fluke as the gelded son of Muscle Massive won a division of the Breeders Cup Series again on Friday at H3R. Competing in the $10,000C second race, the third and final leg of the series, driver Pascal Berube wasted no time getting Cesar Duharas right to the early lead with El Bleu (Stephane Brosseau) sitting right on their backs to the opening quarter mile in :29.2. The rest of the field was already five lengths behind the leaders. Opening up on the field some more, Cesar Duharas pasted the half mile mark in :59 with El Bleu still able to stay close in second place. Then after the three-quarters in 1:27.3, Cesar Duharas started to pull away from El Bleu and went on to win in a romp by eight and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.3. El Bleu held for second with Money Hill (Yves Filion) third. It was the second straight win in just five lifetime starts for Cesar Duharas. He is trained by Denis Gueriel and was bred and is owned by Haras De L Estrie, Inc. of Dunham. He paid $2.30 to win. After this weekend, the top eight money winners from both the Breeders Cup Series and the Future Stars Series will return to H3R on Sunday, September 8, for their respective finals with total purses that day at $500,000C. In the eighth race filly division of the Breeders Cup for a purse of $10,000, it was Kinderunbelievable and driver Pierre Luc Roy scored a mild upset over Cor Leo and driver Stephane Gendron. Cor Leo cut the mile from the start and after the half mile, Roy came after them on the outside and was able to duck into the two-hole, then after the three-quarters, Roy came after the leader again and this time, after the final turn, was able to collar Cor Leo and then go on to win by one length in a lifetime best 1:59.3. Cor Leo was second with Claudi P V (Pascal Berube) third. Bred, owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, it was the second win this year for the daughter of Archangel who paid $12.30 to win. In the third race first $7,500C division of the Future Stars Series Friday for two-year-old trotting colts, Major Bay and driver Jocelyn Gendron pulled off an upset victory over 1/5 favorite Kenogami Coco (Tyler Jones). Major Bay cut the entire mile with Kenogami Coco sitting the pocket trip and then Major Bay held him off in the stretch to win by one length in 2:04.1. Master Gale (Jerome Lombart) was third. Sire by Amigo Hall, it was a lifetime mark and the second straight win and third victory in just four career starts for Major Bay. He is trained by Francis Richard for Ferme Auclair-Ecurie Francis Richard, Inc. and Jan Christophe of Auclair. He paid $6.00 to win. The fifth race second colt trot division saw a real dogfight take place early on as Babidibou (Stephane Gendron) would not give the lead away to 1/5 favorite Tuscan Titan (Guy Gagnon) as those two pulled away from the field and battled past a :28.2 opening quarter mile. It looked as if Gagnon could not get his colt to settle down into the two-hole and then he went off-stride. That left Babidibou and Gendron all alone on the lead. They strolled to the half in 1:00.4, the three-quarters in 1:32.1 and came home a 12 and one-quarter length winner in a lifetime best 2:02.4 mile. Tuscan Titan rebounded to finish second with HP Muscle Dancer (Jocelyn Gendron) third. Trained by Maxime Velaye for Isidore Russo of Montreal and Guy Corbeil of Mirabel, it was the first career win for the son of Royalty For Life in four starts and he paid $6.10 to win. The lone filly division of the Future Stars Series for $10,000C saw the race favorite, Emotions Durables and driver Tyler Jones, lead from start to finish and win by one length over SOS Trumper (Jocelyn Gendron) in 2:04.3. Kinnder High Class (Pierre Luc Roy) was third. For the daughter of Wheeling N Dealing, it was her third straight win in four lifetime starts for owner/trainer Cassandra Lecourt of St-Victoria De Sorel. She paid $5.10 to win. Pacal Berube and H3R's leading driver Stephane Gendron each has driving doubles Friday. Both Francis Richard, H3R's leading trainer and Maxime Velaye both sent out two winners on the night. Six of the ten races on Friday saw lifetime mark scored. Track Notes: A late driver change in the Prix d'Ete on Sunday as Eric Goodell is not coming to H3R and he will be replaced on Turbo Hill by Jonathan Drury. That makes the six leading purse money drivers in all of Canada competing in the Prix d"ete. They are: 1. Sylvain Filion ($3,480,641), 2. Louis Philippe Roy ($3,116,294), 3. Bob McClure ($2,881,807), 4. Trevor Henry ($2,550,734), 5. Doug McNair ($2,176,471) and 6. Jonathan Drury ($2,176,550). Post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to watch the H3R races, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The post positions were drawn for Sunday's $200,000C sixth revival of the prestigious harness race, the Prix D'Ete Pace, at the Hippodrome 3R. The Prix d'Ete is only for four-year-old pacers. Jimmy Freight is the richest career earner of the four-year-olds in the Prix d'Ete with $1,248,386C bankrolled and he drew post six. The son of Sportswriter, owned by Adriano Sorella of Guelph, ON and trained in Canada by Richard Moreau (Andrew Harris in the USA), has only one win this season, but it was a lifetime mark of 1:48.1 winning a $100,000C Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Cup at Mohawk Park. He has been racing most of the season against the best older horses in the nation, including Lather Up and McWicked. He has four second place finishes. While racing against the best Free-For-All pacers in North America this season, This Is The Plan can boast finishing second to the best of them. He drew post four and will be driven by Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube. In five of his last six starts, the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has been second in the Sam McKee, The Gerrity, The William Haughton and the Graduate. And the prior start before the Graduate, This Is The Plan won the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final, beating McWicked and Western Fame. This has been his lone win this year for trainer Ron Burke, and it was in a lifetime best clocking of 1:48.2 for the career winner of $1,205,410C. This Is The Plan will race as part of an entry from the Ron Burke Stable with the Well Said gelding, Done Well, a $620,391C career winner. Done Well starts from post three for driver Bob McClure and has also been racing in the top class this year. Earlier this season he won the 41st annual Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. Also starring in the field is the Astronomical stallion, Casimir Richie P, for trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON. Casimir Richie P comes to H3R on a three-race winning streak in the Preferred Pace at Mohawk Park. The razor-sharp Casimir Richie P has won four of his last five starts driving him will be Quebec's own Sylvain Filion. He will need to be sharp on Sunday, having drawn the far outside post eight. Another entry, this one from the Chris Oakes Stable, features tough pacers Hitman Hill and Turbo Hill, both of whom are co-owned by Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON. Hitman Hill makes his debut at H3R shipping in on a two-race win streak and has won three of his last four starts. The American Ideal gelding sports six wins this year, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:49 at Pocono Downs. He drew post 1 and will be driven by Eric Goodell, who makes his driving debut at H3R. Stablemate Turbo Hill, also sired by American Ideal, has been racing mainly at Yonkers Raceway's half mile over and has amazing 11 wins for trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, Chris Oakes son. He has been second in three of his last four starts in the 4-year-old Open and has a record this year of 1:49.4. He drew post position 7 for driver Hunter Oaks, who is also making his debut at H3R. The Downtown Bus has five wins this year for trainer Jeff Gillis, who also co-owns the gelded son of Mach Three. He has been first, second and third in his last three starts at Yonkers and has a record of 1:48 this year, making him the fastest competitor in the field. He drew post five. Pretty Handsome ships in from Georgian Downs where the Mach Three gelding has eight wins and has been first or second the last six starts in the Preferred Pace. He will be driven by Trevor Richie for trainer Andrew McCabe. Pretty Handsome drew post two. He has a record this year of 1:51.1 at Georgian Downs and shows he can win from on or off the pace. $200,000 Prix d'Ete 4YO Pace (post postions listed, not head numbers) 1. Hitman Hill Trainer - Hunter Oakes, Driver - Eric Goodell 2. Pretty Handsome Trainer - Andrew McCabe, Driver - Trevor Ritchie 3. Done Well Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Bob McClure 4.This Is The Plan Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Daniel Dube 5. The Downtown Bus Trainer - Jeff Gillis, Driver - TBA 6. Jimmy Freight Trainer - Richard Moreau, Driver - Louis Philippe Roy 7. Turbo Hill Trainer - Hunter Oakes, Driver - Hunter Oakes 8. Casimir Richie P Trainer- Dr. Ian Moore, Driver - Sylvain Filion With a forecast of sunny skies and 80 degrees, the all-age track record of 1:50.3 co-held by past Prix d'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015), will be in jeopardy with this stellar field. The Prix d'Ete will be the 11th race on the 12-race program Sunday and estimated post time is 4:25 pm. Also, on Sunday at H3R will be the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm Track Notes: Friday's ten-race program at H3R features the third leg of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and the second leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. Top performers include Cesar Duharas (race 2) and Kenogami Coco (race 3). First race post time Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Million-dollar winner's Jimmy Freight and This Is The Plan headline a field of eight four-year-old harness racing pacers that will do battle in the $200,000C Prix d'Ete Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R. The post position draw for the Grand Circuit race will take place Thursday at 12:00 noon at a special press conference at the racetrack. One of the richest races in North America restricted to just four-year-olds, the Prix d'Ete dates back to 1966 at Blue Bonnets Raceway in Montreal. Over the years many world champions won the prestigious race. The stakes race ended when Blue Bonnets closed in 1992 and was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club in 2014. Here are the eight horses, trainers and drivers in alphabetical order. Casimir Richie P Trainer- Dr. Ian Moore, Driver - Sylvain Filion Done Well Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Bob McClure Hitman Hill Trainer - Chris Oakes, Driver - Eric Goodell Jimmy Freight Trainer - Richard Moreau, Driver - Louis Philippe Roy Pretty Handsome Trainer - Andrew McCabe, Driver - Trevor Henry The Downtown Bus Trainer - Jeff Gillis, Driver - Daniel Dube This Is The Plan Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Daniel Dube Turbo Hill Trainer - Chris Oakes, Driver - Hunter Oakes A record 16 horses entered the Prix d'Ete and only the top eight money earners in 2019 make it into the race. The remaining eight horses that did not get in the race will receive their nomination fees back. They are American History, Kiwi Talkin, Pedro Hanover, Shnitzledosomethin, Springsteen, Stock, Talotcreekwhiskey and Thor De Vie. There will be two coupled entries in the race. Done Well and This Is The Plan from the Ron Burke Stable and Hitman Hill and Turbo Hill, both of whom are co-owned by Tom Hill. Also, on Sunday at H3R will be the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The harness racing horses eligible for the $200,000C Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R must be entered in the race office at the track by 11:00 am on Wednesday. The post position draw for the race will take place at a special press conference at the Hippodrome 3R on Thursday morning starting at 11:00 am with the draw taking place at 12:00 noon. The phone number and fax for the race office at H3R is 819-376-4453 Fax 819-374-3585. The Prix D'Ete, once the richest and most prestigious race in Canada, was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2013. The inaugural revival saw Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip set the all-age Canadian and track record at 3R in 1:50.3. That record was tied the following year with All Bet's Off scoring for the Ron Burke Stable. Then Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for Team Teague in 2016, only to come up second best to the Burke's Stable's Rockin Ron in a classic battle over a sloppy track in 1:52. In 2017 it was the Jimmy Takter Stable winning the Prix D'Ete for the second time as Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wired the field in 1:53.2. Then this past year, Ricky and Jamie Macomber stole the show in an upset with their pacer Beckhams Z Tam in 1:52.1. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Unbeaten two-year-old harness racing colt, Whitecookie, posted his fifth straight win with another impressive victory in a second-round division of the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R Thursday evening. Owned, trained and driven to victory by Marie Claude Auger of Trois-Rivieres, the son of stallion Windfall Blue Chip never had an anxious moment in the one-mile pacing race. Leaving from post one in the fourth race, Auger sent Whitecookie right to the front with HP Beach Dragon (Stephane Brosseau) leaving sharply from post eight and grabbing the two-hole spot behind Whitecookie. They raced that way the rest of the mile with HP Beach Dragon looking to mount a challenge on the final turn. That only urged Whitecookie on, who won with ease by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.2, the last quarter mile on the half mile track in :28.4. HP Beach Dragon was second with Eclat De Rire (Stephane Gendron) third. The time of the race tied the lifetime mark for Whitecookie, who paid $3.00 to win. There are three preliminary rounds for the Future Stars Series with the finals for their respective divisions on Sunday, September 8 at H3R with a purse of $55,000C in each final for the two-year-olds. In the ninth race second colt division, the 1/9 favorite, My Bettors Dell, made it two straight wins in the series, wiring the field for driver Stephane Brosseau by two lengths in 1:59.4. Retour Au Jeu and driver Stephane Gendron was second with Jeu De Puissance (Simon Delisle) third. The son of Bettor's Delight is trained by Jacques Dupont for owners Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation and Jam Audet, Inc. of Portneauf. He paid just $2.10 to win. The sixth race was the lone filly division in the Future Stars and as expected by the tote board, Lotus Sena was the race favorite and she raced like one. Driven by H3R's leading driver, Stephane Gendron, Lotus Sena led every step of the way out of the starting gate. She went on to pull away from the field after the three-quarters and winning in a romp by six and one-half open lengths in 2:02.1. SOS Cupcake (Daniel Laflamme) was second with Acaena De Chakbika (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of Windfall Blue Chip and her third straight win in just four lifetime starts. She is trained, owned and was bred by Serge Nadeau of Scott and paid $3.20 to win as the wagering favorite. After the seventh race on the program, the second annual Horse Power Challenge took place on the racetrack between NASCAR drivers Andrew Ranger and LP Dumoulin in an exhibition event. Last year Ranger won the inaugural race in double-seater jogging carts. This year Ranger competed with coach Jocelyn Gendron, driving Cooking The Speed and Dumoulin was with his coach from last year, Stephane Brosseau with Missionoftheheart. It was Ranger and Gendron that went to the early lead and a dogfight ensued as Dumoulin and Brosseau came right away on the outside, but could not clear to the lead. The race was for three-quarters of a mile, going the first quarter in :32.2, the half mile in 1:03.4 and that was when Missionoftheheart had enough parked on the outside and settled back into second place as Ranger and Gendron won by three lengths in 1:38.3. Stephane Brosseau led all drivers with three winners on the program. Marie Claude Auger had a driving and training double. With one win Thursday, Francis Richard took the lead in the H3R Trainer Standings 16 to 15 over Michel Allard. Track Notes: Live racing takes a week off due to the auto Grand Prix in Trois-Rivieres and resumes next Friday, August 16 for the Prix D'Ete weekend at H3R. Friday evening's card features the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters and pacers. Then on Sunday, August 18 it is the 6th renewal of the $200,000C Prix D'Ete, featuring many of the top four-year-old pacers in North America. Also, on the card will be the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. For more information, a free program and to watch the races live at H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club          

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R has a special Thursday night live harness racing program and it is the second annual NASCAR Night at the track with auto racers competing in a harness horse exhibition race. There is also a ten-race wagering program headlined by the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. It's Grand Prix Week in the city of Trois-Rivieres with car races held throughout the town. This has brought back NASCAR drivers Andrew Ranger and LP (Louis-Philippe) Dumoulin to H3R to renew their rivalry in the Horse Power Challenge II, a harness horse exhibition race in double-seating jogging carts with professional harness racing drivers who will be coaches. Last year was the inaugural of the Horse Power Challenge and Quebec native, Andrew Ranger with racing coach Simon Allard, beat LP Dumoulin, a native of Trois-Riveres and coach Stephane Brosseau by one length in 2:31.2. Both NASCAR drivers were eager to go at it again this year. Andrew Ranger, a double champion of the NASCAR Pinty's Series (2007 and 2009) along with having won four times at the Grand Prix 3R in Pinty's and LP (Louis-Philippe) Dumoulin, who leads the NASCAR Pinty's Series, was Series Champion and Grand Prix 3R winner in 2014. They both will be wearing their racing colors in the special exhibition race at H3R after the 6th race on the wagering card. Race fans can meet the two NASCAR drivers to get autographs after the exhibition race. This year Ranger will be in the race with "coach" Jocelyn Gendron. Dumoulin will be with his coach from last year, Stephane Brosseau. Future Stars Series Second Round For the betting fans, the 10-race card Thursday night begins at 7:00 pm. The second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies takes place in races 4, 6 and 9. The first of two colt divisions take place in race 4 where the undefeated Whitecookie goes for his fifth straight victory. The son of Windfall Blue Chip, who is owned, trained and driven by Marie Claude Auger of Trois-Rivieres, starts from the rail as the overwhelming race favorite. He has won twice at Rideau Carleton in 1:58.2 and scored a 2:01.2 triumph by four and one-half lengths in the opening round of the Future Stars Series. His main competition will come from Eclat De Rire (post 3) and Rock & Twist (post 4). The second colt division is race 9 and My Bettors Del (post 4) is the favorite after his impressive three length opening round triumph in 1:59.1, which was his maiden victory. He will be driven by Stephane Brosseau for trainer Jacques Dupont. The son of Bettor's Delight is owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation with Gestion Jam Audet, Inc. of Portneuf. The lone filly division is race 6 where the entry of Lotus Sena (post 2) and Three Star Sena (post 5) head the field. Both fillies show ability as Lotus Sena won the opening round of the series in a ten-length romp in 2:01.4. Three Star Sena was second in 2:00.2 last week at H3R. The large ten-horse field also features return winner Acaena De Chakirka (post 10) and Cant Fight Fate (post 4). For a free race program for Thursday nights program, go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. After Thursday night's special program, live racing will resume on Friday, August 16, which is Prix D'Ete weekend at the Hippodrome 3R. The $200,000C Prix D'Ete takes place on Sunday, August 18. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With less than three weeks currently separating us from the 2019 Prix D'Ete Grand Circuit race at the Hippodrome 3R, it is a reminder that only the highest eight money winning horses this year will make it to the final. With a purse of $200,000C, the Prix D'Ete is one of the richest races of the season restricted to just four-year-old pacers. Taking a look at the horses that could be coming to Quebec on August 18, we also note there are some important races remaining to come by then, but all in all, few of them are reserved just for four-year-olds. The list below was last updated on Thursday, August 1 as per the USA earnings of the 29 horses remaining eligible to the Prix D'Ete. 1. This Is The Plan (Burke Racing) $498,097 2. Jimmy Freight (Richard Moreau) $172,454 3. The Downtown Bus (Jeff Gillis) $129,408 4. Done Well (Burke Racing) $119,914 5. Turbo Hill (Hunter Oaks) $117,150 6. Courtly Choice (Blake Macintosh) $105,100 7. Skyway Quinton (Travis Alexander) $89,000 8. Casimir Richie P (Ian Moore) $68,192 9. Hayden Hanover (Julie Miller) $66,950 10.Shnitzledosomethin (Dylan Davis) $56,850 11.Hitman Hill (Chris Oaks) $55,080 12.Trump Nation (Andrew Harris) $51,975 13.Dragonology (Nick Surick) $49,465 14.Pretty Handsome (Andrew McCabe) $49,329 15.Simple Kinda Man (Allard Racing) $43,450 16.Thinkbig Dreambig (Nancy Johansson) $41,815 17.Thor De Vie (Ed Hart) $41,365 18.Pedro Hanover (Corey Giles) $34,721 19.American History (Tony Alagna) $33,661 20.Talbotcreekwhiskey (Luc Blais) $24,557 21.Topville Olympian (Chris Oakes) $23,440 22.Springsteen (Allard Racing) $17,250 23.Rush To Judgement (Dave Menary) $10,696 The remaining six horses, Bounding Dragon, Kwik Talking, Stock, Nutcracker Sweet, Ghost Dance and Minnie Vinnie are eligible but all have earnings of under $10,000 each. The horses in the final that finish sixth through eighth will each receive $1,000C. This weekend many of the Prix D'Ete contenders are coming in major stakes races and special overnight events at the Meadowlands on Saturday. They include Courtly Choice, Done Well, Hayden Hanover, Shnitzledosomethin, This Is The Plan and Trump Nation. Both The Downtown Bus and Turbo Hill are in the four-year-old Open at Yonkers Raceway, while Hitman Hill and Dragonology race at Pocono Downs. The entry box closed at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 14 and the draw of post positions will take place at a special breakfast at the Hippodrome 3R on Thursday morning, August 15. The Prix D'Ete, once the richest and most prestigious race in Canada, was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2013. The inaugural revival saw Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip set the all-age Canadian and track record at 3R in 1:50.3. That record was tied the following year with All Bet's Off scoring for the Ron Burke Stable. Then Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for Team Teague in 2016, only to come up second best to the Burke's Stable's Rockin Ron in a classic battle over a sloppy track in 1:52. In 2017 it was the Jimmy Takter Stable winning the Prix D'Ete for the second time as Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wired the field in 1:53.2. Then this past year, Ricky and Jamie Macomber stole the show in an upset with their pacer Beckhams Z Tam in 1:52.1. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club hosted four divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R and D Gs De Vito was the fastest second round winner. There were two colt and two filly divisions, each racing for a purse of $7,500C. After the third leg, the eight top point earners will return for the $65,000C finals on Sunday, September 8. The second race, first colt division saw Ashleysbest (Pascal Berube) go right to the early lead as the son of Shanghai Phil was going for his fifth win in six starts for trainer Sylvain Cote. Past the opening quarter mile in :27, Ashleysbest held the field at bay with GA Speed Gaby (Guy Gagnon) sitting the pocket trip to the half mile in :56.3. Through the backstretch Ashleysbest kept up his torrid pace, passing the three-quarters in 1:24.2. Ashleysbest then started to show he was tiring as GA Speed Gaby caught the race leader and D Gs Vito with Jonathan Lachance driving was coming three-wide after the race leaders. All three horses battled it out down the stretch and D Gs Vito showed he was the strong horse, coming on late to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.3. GA Speed Gaby was second with Ashleysbest third. It was a lifetime mark and the third win this year for D Gs De Vito, a gelded son of Sportswriter who is trained by Antonio Valente and was bred and is owned by Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin. He paid $4.80 to win. The second colt division was race three where YS Sunshine and driver Jonathan Lachance shot to the early lead with race favorite HP Napoleon (Stephane Brosseau) dropping into the two-hole spot. After an opening quarter mile in :27.3 and :57.3 half, the action started to pick up as Brosseau pulled the pocket with HPO Napoleon and came after Lachance and YS Sunshine. Past the three-quarters in 1:26.3, HP Napoleon kept grinding it out against YS Sunshine and took over the lead on the final turn. He then went on to win by one length in 1:56.1. Angers Bayama (Yves Filion) closed well to be second with Riot (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the fourth win in eight starts this year for HP Napoleon, a gelded son of Big Jim who is trained by Francis Richard and is owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer'S Cliff. He paid $3.20 to win. The first division for the fillies was race four and it all belonged to Hall of Famer Yves Filion and Akita Bayama. After grind it out to the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28, Black Elektra (Marie Claude Auger) was on the lead with Fancy Girl (Francis Picard) sitting the pocket trip. This all changed as Filion first-up with Akita Bayama and took command of the race. Past the half mile in :58.2 there were no challengers for Akita Bayama to contend with until past the three-quarters in 1:28.4. That was when Better Now and driver Guy Gagnon came charging three-wide and by the middle of the final turn, was first-over and gaining on Akita Bayama. Battling it out down the stretch under urging from Filion, Akita Bayama found another gear and held on to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59. HP Xandu (Brosseau) was second with Better Now third. It was a lifetime mark and the first win in three starts this year for Akita Bayama. The daughter of Sportswriter is trained by Yves Filion and was bred and is owned by Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteil and Jacques Damours of Laval. She paid $5.70 to win. Yves Filion then made it a driving, trainer, owner, breeder double in the second filly division, upsetting the field with 14-1 longshot Audi Bayama. The seventh race began with Cooking The Speed and driver Stephane Gendron getting the lead from Majelyca (Marie Claude Auger) by the opening quarter mile in :28.3. Undefeated Esprit Dequipe (Tyler Jones) came first-over by the half mile in :59.1 as she was seeking her sixth straight win, all at H3R. Following second over was Audi Bayama and Filion. As the field came to the three-quarters in 1:28.4, Filion came three-wide with Audi Bayama, blowing by Esprit Dequipe and then going after Cooking The Speed. Also, going four-wide on the final turn to get into contention was D Gs Fairystars and driver Jonathan Lachance). Down the stretch all three horses battled to the wire with Audi Bayama scoring the win by a neck in a lifetime mark of 1:58.4. D Gs Fairystars was second with Cooking The Speed third. Sired by Sportswriter, the third Sportswriter sired winner of the four division, it was just the second start this year for Audi Bayama and her sixth career race. She paid a healthy $30.40 to win. The sixth race Preferred-Handicap Trot saw Holiday Party (Berube) cut the mile with Capteur De Reve (S. Gendron) grabbing the pocket seat. Then by the half mile, Ice O Late and driver Jocelyn Gendron came first-over with Kinnder Dangerous (Pierre Luc Roy) second over. Despite making a break at the start of the race, Ice O Late was able to grind it out on the outside against Holiday Party and then draw off at the finish to win by two lengths in 2:00.2. Holiday Party was second with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) third. It was the second win this year for the seven-year-old gelding by Yankee Glide. He is trained by Luc Chouinard and is owned by Claude Surprenant of Farnham. He paid $6.20 to win. The eighth race Preferred-Handicap Pace all belonged to Saulsbrook Peach, who led from start to finish for trainer-driver Guy Gagnon in 1:55.3. Saulsbrook Peach held the field at bay for most of the mile, winning by one and three-quarter lengths. Kinnder Jackson (Pierre Luc Roy) had come first-over and held game for second place with Hooter Shooter (Stephane Gendron) third. Atomic Million AM (Jocelyn Gendron) was going for his sixth straight win and despite having a good second-over trip, was unable to keep up with the pace and finished last. For Saulsbrook Peach it was his seventh win this year. He is owned by Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel and paid $3.10 to win. The Filly and Mare Preferred-Handicap Pace saw Lit De Rose and driver Stephane Gendron lead from start to finish, holding off Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) to win by one length in 1:57. Uptown Woman (Pascal Berube) was third. It was Lit De Rose's third win this year for trainer Maxime Velaye and breeder/owner Claude Corbeil of Mirabel. She paid just $2.40 to win. Track Notes: Yves Filion and Stephane Gendron each had driving doubles. Filion also had two training wins as did Francis Richard. Richard is now tied with Michel Allard at 15 wins for leading trainer at H3R with Yves Tessier a close third with 14 wins. The 9th race was the two-mile special pace that saw Appleby Hanover and driver Kevin Waldron from Bermuda winning with ease in 4:07.1. The Hippodrome 3R will be closed for live racing for ten days due to the Grand Prix Auto Race Week in Trois-Riveres. The next live race day will be Thursday, August 8. First race post time at 7:00 pm and it will be NASCAR Race Night with NASCAR drivers coming to H3R to compete in an exhibition race. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R hosts a stake filled race card including the Breeders Cup Series and three Preferred events on Sunday. This will be the last live race program as the harness racing track will take a ten-day hiatus as the Grand Prix Auto Week is taking place in Trois-Rivieres. Heading the 11-race program are four $7,500 divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers with two divisions for colts and two for fillies. This is the second round of the series that features three legs and then the $65,000C finals on Sunday, September 8. The colts are in action starting in the second race where Ashleysbest (post 5) is the top contender. Trained by Sylvain Cote, Ashleysbest has won four of his last five starts for owner/breeder Marc Herbert of Masham. The son of Shanghai Phil, who is driven by Pascal Berube, sports five wins in eight starts this year, the fastest a lifetime best 1:55.2 triumph at H3R. Other contenders in the race include D Gs De Vito (post 6) and GS Speed Gaby (post 2). The second colt division is the third race headlined by HP Napoleon from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. This gelded son of Big Jim has won his last two starts for trainer Francis Richard, the fastest a 1:51 lifetime mark at Mohawk Raceway, winning a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots. His last start at H3R was a 1:55.2 romp by five and one-half lengths in the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series. HP Napoleon is owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer'S Cliff. Hamel bred the colt with Celine Paguin, also of Ayer'S Cliff. Also, in the field is YS Sunshine (post 2), who was the fastest division winner in the Breeders Cup Series so far, grinding out a 1:54.2 victory for driver Stephane Brosseau. The son of Sunshine Beach will be driven by Jonathan Lachance. The first division for fillies is the fourth race where HP Xanadu is the morning line favorite despite drawing the far outside post eight for driver Stephane Brosseau. The daughter of Sunfire Blue Chip was second in the opening round of the series. Other hopefuls in the race are Akita Bayama (post 6), Better Now (post 2) and Black Elektra (post 5). The second filly division is race seven with ten starters in the field. Cooking The Speed (post 9) is on a two-race win streak for trainer Michel Allard and Allard Racing that bred and owns the filly. She won her opening round of the Breeders Cup in 1:57.4. She will face tough competition from Moneymakehersmile (post 6), who is on a three-race winning streak; Esprit Dequipe (post 3), who is undefeated this season with five straight wins. This daughter of Big Jim is tied with the top pacer Atomic Million AM as the two winningest horses at H3R this season. The Preferred-Handicap events begin in race six for the trotters where Capteur De Reve will try for his third straight win. He has won his last two starts from both on and off the pace, which will help him as he was assigned the outside post eight position. Other standouts in the field include three-time Quebec champion, Maximuscle (post 1), the mare Precieuse CC (post 4), Holiday Party (post 5) and Kinnder Dangerous (post 7). Atomic Million AM in post seven. This warhorse, now age eight, is on a five-race winning streak for owner, breeder and trainer, Alain Martin of Gatineau and will be driven by Jocelyn Gendron. The fastest horse this season after his 1:54.1 triumph two starts back, Atomic Million AM does all his racing on the front end and has not been bested the last two months. Looking to end his five-race win streak will be Kinnder Jackson (post 6), who has been second to Atomic Million AM in his last two starts. Macktwowilldew (post 8) is coming off a 1:54.4 triumph at Rideau Carleton and Saulsbrook Peach (post 5) shows a 1:53.2 victory two starts back. The fillies and mares take to the track in the tenth race where last year's Pacing Mare of the Year at H3R, Rainbow Palace, goes from post eight for driver Francis Picard. She won two starts back at H3R with a 1:57 triumph. She takes on Lit De Rose (post 1) and Uptown Woman (post 7) who won her last start at H3R in 1:56.1. First race post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. A free program is available by going to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. The next live race card will be a special Thursday night program starting at 7:00 pm and it will feature the second annual NASCAR Race Night, where NASCAR drivers will compete in an exhibition race in double-seater jog carts. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was just two weeks ago that Only For Justice set the track record at the Hippodrome 3R for three-year-old trotters in 1:57.4, and now Cesar Duharas shattered that record with a 1:56.1 triumph Friday evening in the second round of the Breeders Cup Series. The entry of Only For Justice and stablemate Clevisse, were the overwhelming 1/9 favorite in the eighth race $10,000C division for trotting colts, but both horses went off-stride after the start of the race. Cesar Duharas left hard from the outside post seven position for driver Pascal Berube and shot to the early lead with no one close behind him. He led the field by the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.4. They then opened up on the field at the half mile in :57.2 with Mister Sky (Marie Claude Auger) a distance second. Past the three-quarters in 1:26.2, Cesar Duharas poured it for Berube, winning in a rout by 29 and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Mister Sky was second with SOS Turbo (Tyler Jones) third. Only For Justice finished fifth. It was the first win this year in four starts for Cesar Duharas and a lifetime mark for the gelded son of Muscle Massive from the Cantab Hall mare, Cleopatra Duharas. Trained by Denis Gueriel for owner/breeders Haras De L Estrie, Inc. of Dunham, Cesar Duharas paid $20.00 to win. The time of 1:56.1 was just one-fifth of a second from the all-age trotting record at H3R of 1:56 that is co-held by both Pablo Angus (2008) and Michelangelo (2014). Cor Leo, making only her second lifetime start, scored a 15-1 upset victory in capturing her $10,000C division of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting fillies. Starting from the far outside in post position eight, Cor Leo and driver Stephane Gendron were able to get away in fourth place after the start of the fourth race. My Lady Hall with trainer/driver Serge Nadeau in the sulky were the early race leader with Choo Choo Blue (Jocelyn Gendron) in second place and Justice Society (Stephane Brosseau) on the outside in third. After the opening quarter mile in :29.1, Brosseau continued on the outside with Justice Society, challenging My Lady Hall for the lead past the half mile marker in 1:00.1. All the while, Cor Leo was stalking the leaders in fourth place. As they started down the backstretch, Justice Society started to overtake My Lady Hall and then came Cor Leo into the hunt, going briefly three-wide. Justice Society cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:30.3 with Cor Leo gaining on the outside with every stride. Coming down the stretch, Cor Leo was able to collar Justice Society and go on to win the race by three-quarters of a length in 2:01. Justice Society was second with Choo Choo Blue third. It was the second lifetime start and first victory for Cor Leo, a daughter of E L Titan, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Proviquante Stable of Mirabel. Cor Leo paid $32.20 to win. There are three weeks of preliminary competition in the Breeders Cup Series. The top eight point earners will return to compete in their respective divisions with a purse of $65,000C on Sunday, September 8. Track Notes: Pascal Berube led all drivers on Friday with three winners. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, which will be the last live racing day until Thursday, August 8 due to the Grand Prix auto race week in Trois-Rivieres. Sunday's card is jam packed with great racing including four divisions of the second round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers plus a Preferred Trot, Preferred Pace and a Filly & Mare Preferred Pace. 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 Hippodrome 3R's newest harness racing track record holder, Only For Justice, is back at the track on Friday evening for the second round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters. It was just two weeks ago that Only For Justice became the fastest three-year-old trotter in the history of H3R with an amazing 1:57.4 triumph in the opening round of the series. His time was also the fifth fastest trotting mile ever recorded at the Hippodrome 3R. And at age 2, Only For Justice was the Future Stars Series Champion at H3R. He now has $182,000C in career earnings and great potential for this race season. And what did Only For Justice due with his week off from the Breeders Cup Series? Why he went to Rideau Carleton Raceway and won a $71,467 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Division in 1:56, a new lifetime mark for the gelded son of Justice Hall. Only For Justice now has three wins in six starts for trainer Dany Fontaine and the Gaetan Bono, Inc. Stable of Montreal, who bred and owns the trotter. He is also on a two-race winning streak. Stephane Brosseau will be aboard Only For Justice from post three on Friday in the 8th race $10,000 division for the colts. He is part of any entry for Fontaine and Gaetan Bono, Inc., who also have Clevisse starting alongside Only For Justice in post two. Clevisse has yet to win in 12 starts this year. Another entry is the second choice in the race and coupled are Triomphe Duharas (post one) and Cesar Duharas (post eight), who were third and second respectively against Only For Justice two weeks ago. The fillies are in the limelight in race four with a purse of $10,000C and featured will be the entry from trainer Serge Nadeau of My Claudi P V (post one) and My Lady Hall (post 2). Claudi P V is the better of the two fillies. Sired by Holiday Road, Claudi P V in her last start was able to grind it out first-over again Choo Choo Blue and win by a length in 2:02.1. She will be driven by Pascal Berube. Both fillies were bred by Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu and are co-owned with Serge Nadeau of Scott. My Lady Hall is sired by Angus Hall and is winless in five starts. She will be driven by Nadeau. Rival Choo Choo Blue (post six) raced last week and was able to wire the field in 2:03.1 for her second win this year. Kinderunbelievable (post five) is another contender in the field. The three-year-old pacers will see action in their second round of Breeders Cup competition on Sunday with four $7,500 divisions for fillies and colts. For a free race program, watch the H3R race live or any other information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. After this weekend of racing, the Hippodrome 3R will be closed for live racing until a special Thursday evening program on August 8 due to the Grand Prix Auto Race weekend in Trois-Rivieres. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies got underway at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with four $7,500C opening round divisions. After three weeks of preliminary competition, the top eight point earners in the series will return to H3R on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $55,000C finals. The fastest of the four divisions came in the sixth race, the second colt division as Ontario invader, My Bettors Del, had an easy time wiring the field. Leaving from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau, My Bettors Del out kicked Eclat De Rire (Stephane Gendron) for the early lead by the opening quarter mile in :29. From there he cut fractions of :59.2 and 1:30, holding the field at bay. He won by three lengths in 1:59.1. Eclat De Rire was second with Kinnder Big Boss (Justin Filion) third. Trained by Jacques Dupont, My Bettors Del is a colt by Bettors Delight, who is co-owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation with the breeder, Jam Auden, Inc. of Portneut. He paid the mandatory $2.10 to win. It was his first pari-mutuel win in four starts. The first colt division was the third race and there was little doubt on who the winner would be. The race fans made Whitecookie and overwhelming 1/9 favorite and he raced just like it. Starting from the rail for driver Marie Claude Auger of Trois-Rivieres who also trains and owns Whitecookie, the son of Windfall Blue Chip, went right to front, held the field at bay the entire one-mile race and went on to win by four and one-half lengths in 2:01.2. Retour Au Jeu (Stephane Gendron) was second with PLD Needy (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the third straight win for the unbeaten Whitecookie. He paid just $2.20 to win. The rain clouds opened up for the fourth race, the second Breeders Cup division for fillies, making the track labeled "good". That had no effect on Acaena De Chakrika. The daughter of Sunshine Beach, with Stephane Brosseau in the sulky, came first-over early to grab the lead by the opening quarter mile and led the rest of the race, winning by one length in 2:02.2. SOS Cupcake and driver Daniel Laflamme made a race of it, coming after Acaena De Chakrika on the final turn, but could not collar the race winner and was second. Three Star Sena (Pascal Berube) was third. It was the first victory for Acaena De Chakrika, who is trained by Daniel Martin and was bred and is owned by Diane Lepine of Quebec City. She paid $6.00 to win. In the second race, the first Future Stars division for the fillies, a real battle ensued in the backstretch as Cant Fight Fate (Tyler Jones) was on the lead and Lotus Sena was sitting in the two-hole for driver Pascal Berube when Berube decided to come first-over. Cant Fight Fate went head and head with Lotus Sena, but on the final turn, Lotus Sena took command and went on to win by two lengths in 2:03.4. Cant Fight Fate was second with Whitemountain Ruby (Francis Picard) third. It was the maiden victory in three lifetime starts for Lotus Sena. The daughter of Windfall Blue Chip is trained by Serge Nadeau of Scott, who also bred and owns Lotus Sena. She paid $9.80 to win. Track Notes: Carol Voyer led all drivers and trainers Sunday, sending out and driving two winners. Driver Stephane Brosseau also had a driving double, winning two of the Future Stars divisions and Pascal Berube had a driving double. As part of National Caretakers Apperception Day, the name of every groom was announced in the post parade. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Friday evening, July 26 with the second leg of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters. The pacers go on Sunday. For more information, a free race program or to view the races live at H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This weekend, July 19-21, across Canada has been National Caretaker Appreciation Day with tracks, training facilities and farms all participating and honoring the unsung heroes of harness racing industry. The new initiative has been developed through Standardbred Canada. This Sunday, the Quebec Jockey Club will celebrate and appreciate all the grooms in the province of Quebec. If the term passionate applies to all people who revolve around horses, it is more appropriate to the grooms. They are often the biggest fans. Their work is essential, is done in the shadows and rarely gives rise to the thanks to which they would be entitled. So, this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, the Quebec Jockey Club encourages everyone to recognize and appreciate and show our admiration to the many grooms that care for the horses. Three grooms have been singled out by the Quebec Jockey Club and they will be honored on Sunday. They are Maxime Dubuc, Pamela Gendron and Marie-Pier Paquin. There are also many others who also deserve special appreciation this weekend. On the racetrack this Sunday is the opening round of the $470,000C Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers and trotters. The pacers will be in action with four divisions, two for the colts and two for the fillies. Each division will race for a purse of $7,500C. After three weeks of preliminary races, the top eight point earners in each class will return on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $55,000C finals. First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Both a colt and filly sired by Dan Patch and O'Brien award winner, Wheeling N Dealin, were victorious in the opening round of the $470,000C Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R Friday for trotters. The series features three rounds of preliminary competition for two-year-old trotters and pacers with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $55,000C finals. Each of the two divisions Friday raced for a purse of $10,000C. The sixth race saw the overwhelming 1/5 favorite, Kenogami Coco and driver Stephane Brosseau take the early lead away from Major Bay (Francis Picard) and then led to the finish, winning by one and one-half lengths over Babidibou (Stephane Gendron) with Frido PV (Yves St Jacques) third. The gelded son of Wheeling N Dealing covered the one-mile race in 2:04.2 for his first victory. He is trained by Dany Fontaine and was bred by Jean Francois Reid, who co-owns the gelding with Marie Claude Reid of Anjou. He paid $2.70 to win. In the third race, the filly division of the Future Stars Series, the race was owned from start to finish by Emotions Durables and driver Tyler Jones. Leaving from post four, Jones sent the daughter of Wheeling N Dealin right to the front and the pair never had to look back, winning with ease by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:08. The pocket-sitting Muscle Beauty (Pascal Berube) was second with Anotherdeal (Simon Delisle) third. It was the maiden victory in two lifetime starts for Emotions Durable. She is trained and owned by Cassandra Lecourt of Ste-Victoira De Sorel and paid $7.20 to win. Track Notes: Both Pascal Berube and Stephane Brosseau had driving doubles while trainer Dany Fontaine sent out two winners from his stable. On Sunday there are four $7,500C divisions (two for fillies and two for colts) of the Future Stars Series for the pacers. Standouts include undefeated Whitecookie (post one) in the third race for the colts. The son of Windfall Blue Chip has won twice in 1:58.2, and 1:58.3 at Rideau Carleton Raceway for owner, trainer and driver Marie Claude Auger. Another top colt is the Bettors Delight son, My Bettors Del (post five) in the sixth race. Although winless in three starts this season, he has been racing against the best in Ontario for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation and Gestion Ham Audet, Inc. of Portneuf. My Bettors Del won a qualifier in 1:57 but just last week was second in a $23,500 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division race-timed in 1:54.2. He will be taking on three recent winners, Kinnder Big Boss (post one), Eclat De Rire (post three) and Saloon Magic (post four). 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 $430,000C Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters and pacers gets underway this weekend at the Hippodrome 3R with seven divisions of competition. The series features three weeks of preliminary competition with the top eight point earners in each division returning on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $55,000C finals. The young trotters are first in the spotlight Friday evening with two divisions, one each for the fillies and colts. The fillies see action first in the third race. Muscle Beauty is the early favorite from post six for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Serge Nadeau. This daughter of Muscle Mass, the only foal from the game raceway mare, Ocean Mist Beauty, already has a win in the Quebec Regional Fair last week at H3R. She is co-owned by Nadeau with Scott-Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De Richelieu. She will be taking on three daughters from the great racehorse, Wheeling N Dealin, the best of which is Persue Justice from post five for driver Daniel Laflamme and Miss Sofia (post two) for driver Stephane Gendron. The colts are in action in the sixth race where another foal of Wheeling N Dealin, Kenogami Coco, is the overwhelming favorite from post one. A half-brother to 2,1:59.2 winner Kenogami Darling, Kenogami is trained by Dany Fountaine and was bred by Jean Francois Reid, who co-owns the gelding with Marie Claude Reid of Anjou. He ships to Quebec from Mohawk Raceway, where he finished seventh, timed in 1:59.1, in the $108,000C Ontario Gold Cup. He will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Other contenders include Major Bay (post 5), a son of Amigo Hall, Babidibou (post six), sired by Royalty For Life and Indi (post three), a son of Val Taurus. Post time on Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. On Sunday there are four divisions (two for fillies and two for colts) of the Future Stars Series for the pacers. Standouts include undefeated Whitecookie (post one) in the third race for the colts. This son of Windfall Blue Chip has won twice in 1:58.2, and 1:58.3 at Rideau Carleton Raceway for owner, trainer and driver Marie Claude Auger. Another top colt is the Bettors Delight son, My Bettors Del (post five) in the sixth race. Although winless in three starts this season, he has been racing against the best in Ontario for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation and Gestion Ham Audet, Inc. of Portneuf. My Bettors Del won a qualifier in 1:57 but just last week was second in a $23,500C Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division race-timed in 1:54.2. He will be taking on three recent winners, Kinnder Big Boss (post one), Eclat De Rire (post three) and Saloon Magic (post four). Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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