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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Before a packed crowd at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon, YS Tallia put on a show for the racing fans, setting a track record in capturing her $30,000 Quebec-Bred Series Final. The 8th race saw Lit De Rose (Stephane Gendron) go to the lead in the older pacing mares final with stablemate Lune Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) taking the second spot. Then Miss Rockadali (Guy Gagnon) came first-over at the first quarter in :26.4 and slipped ahead of Lune Bleu into the two-hole. After the half mile marker in :54.4, race favorite at 1/9, YS Tallia with driver Louis Philippe Roy (LPR) came first over and battled with Lit De Rose past the three-quarters in 1:23.3. Once cleared to the lead, YS Tallia opened up on the final and LPR urged the mare on as she won in a romp by six open length set in 1:52.4. Lit De Rose was second with All You Can Dream (Stephane Brosseau) third. Her time of 1:52.4 eclipsed the prior record of 1:54.1 set by My Tallia Ideal in 2015 for older pacing mares. YS Tallia is now the fastest mare ever at H3R and is tied with Duc Dorleans with the fourth fastest mile ever at the track. A five-year-old mare by Western Ideal, YS Tallis is trained by Michel Allard for owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation and paid $2.30 to win. One of the classic battles of the day took place in the 7th race Quebec-Bred Championship Final for three-year-old trotting colts. Race favorite Seeyou Men and driver Stephane Brosseau left from the rail to take the early command with Kinnder Dangerous (Pierre Luc Roy) grabbing the two-hole spot. Then Maximuscle (LPR) came first-over and pressed the first quarter to :28. Unable to clear to the lead, Maximuscle hung game on the outside with Capteur De Reve and driver Stephane Gendron taking the second-over trip past the half mile in :57. Down the backstretch Gendron moved three-wide with Capteur De Reve past the three-quarters in 1:26.4 and came right after pacesetter Seeyou Men. These two then went head and head around the final turn and down the stretch until Capteur De Reve showed he was the stronger horse, drawing off to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58. Seeyou Men was second with Kinnder Dangerous third. Capteur De Reve became the first horse ever to win four Quebec-Bred Championship Finals and he did it in four-straight years at ages 2, 3, 4 and 5. The brilliant gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by the Provoquante Stable of Mirable. He paid $10.80 to win. Later on the card, in the 10th race, Atomic Million AM tied Capteur De Reve, scoring his fourth Quebec-Bred Series final with a game wire-to-wire triumph. Leading from the start for driver Guy Gagnon, Atomic Million AM cut fractions of :26.2, :56 and 1:25.4 before Kinnder Jackson, driven by LPR, came after them on the final turn and looked to make a race of it down the stretch, but Atomic Million AM was too strong, winning by one length in 1:55. C L Art Magic (Daniel LaFlamme) was third. An eight-year-old gelding by Million Dollar Cam, it was his fifth straight win, all at H3R, making him the winningest horse this season. He is trained, owned and was bred by Alain Martin of Gatineau and paid $3.00 to win. Driver Louis Philippe Roy wasted little time making his way to the winner's circle as he drove Lucky Promesses to victory in the 3rd race $30,000 Quebec-Bred Final for older trotting mares. Leaving from post four, Roy sent Lucky Promesses right to the front, cut fractions of :28.4, :59.4, 1:28.4, all the while holding the field at bay, then crossed the finish two and one-quarter lengths in front in 1:58.4. Y S Suzanne (Guy Gagnon) was second with Kascara Rose (Stephane Brosseau) third. A six-year-old mare by Lucky Fool, it was the second straight win and third victory on the year for Lucky Promesses, who is trained by Francis Richard and co-owned by Bruno Morin of St-Lazare-De-Bellechasse with Danny Genois of Quebec City. She paid $3.40 to win. There were four divisions of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old fillies and colt pacers on Sunday. The first filly division (2nd race) saw Cooking The Speed ($6.80), who started in the second tier in post nine, find early clearance before the half mile marker and shot to the lead for driver Stephane Gendron and never looked back, winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. Akita Bayma (Yves Filion) was second with Jazz (Pierre Luc Roy) third. It was the daughter of So Surreal's second straight win. She is trained by Michel Allard, who co-owns Cooking the Speed with Allard Racing of Saint-Esprit. The second filly division was the 11th race where both Moneymakehersmile and HP Xanadu played major hardball for most of the one-mile race. Moneymakehersmile and driver Pascal Berube went to the lead with Majelyca (Francis Picard) in the two-hole. Then HP Xanadu came first-over for driver Stephane Brosseau and collared Moneymakehersmile and those two went head and head down the backstretch, around the final turn and down the stretch all the way to the wire with Moneymakehersmile barely holding on for a neck triumph in 1:58. Majelyca was third. It was a lifetime mark for Moneymakehersmile, a Mach Three filly, trained by Dany Fountain for owner-breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese. She paid $37.30 to win in her second triumph of the season. The first colt division was the 4th race and Y S Sunshine with LPR in the sulky was able to wire the field after cutting fractions of :26.2, :57 and 1:26.2, then held off D Gs De Vito (Jonathan Lachance) by a half length to win in 1:54.2. Ashleysbest (Pascal Berube) was third. It was the first win in three starts for YS Sunshine. The gelded son of Sunshine Beach is trained by Michel Allard for breeder-owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. He paid $4.70 to win. Y S Sunshine was the Future Stars final champion last ye for ar. The second colt division saw three lead changes after a :27.1 first quarter and :56.4 half before HP Napoleon and driver Stephane Brosseau clear to the lead for good by the three-quarters in 1:26. The gelded son of Big Jim then drew away from the field, winning by five and one-half open lengths in 1:55.2. GA Speed Gaby (Guy Gagnon) was second with Sunshine Lou (Pascal Berube) third. Trained by Francis Richard owner Claude Hamel, who bred the colt with Celine Paquin, both of Ayers Cliff. He paid $3.20 to win. Track Notes: Both LPR and Stephane Gendron each had driving triples. Michel Allard led all trainers on the day with three wins from his stable. Live racing resumes next Friday at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. The Breeders Cup Series takes a week off and will resume with the second round of preliminary action Friday, July 26. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The 2018 O'Brien Award winning driver, Louis Philippe Roy, who also led all drivers in Canada last year in wins and money won, returns to his home town on Sunday for the $120,000C Quebec-Bred Series Finals. There are 11 races on Sunday's program and Roy is listed to drive in nearly every race. The stakes packed program has four $30,000C finals for the Quebec-Bred Series plus four divisions of the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. Of the eight stakes races on Sunday, LPR is listed to drive in seven of them. He has only one morning line favorite, YS Tallia (post 7) in the 8th race $30,000C final for pacing fillies. She has dominated the series and is going for her fourth straight triumph. There are two trotters and one pacer who could become the first ever to win four Quebec championships. They are Capteur De Reve, Maximuscle and Atomic Million AM. Capteur De Reve goes for his fourth straight title in the seventh trot final. Now age 5, the son of Muscle Mass will have a very tough task as he starts from the outside in post seven for driver Stephane Gendron. Last week he beat the odds-on favorite, Seeyou Men, who drew post one. Maximuscle goes from post three for driver Louis Philippe Roy in trying for his fourth straight title. Then in the tenth race, Atomic Million AM heads the final for older pacing horses and starts from post five for driver Guy Gagnon. Undefeated at H3R this season, Atomic Million AM goes for his fifth straight win this year for trainer, owner and breeder, Alain Martin. Now age eight, the son of Million Dollar Cam boasts four wins in six starts this year, his fastest mile coming last week with a 1:54.1 triumph, the fastest mile at H3R this season. First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. Festival of Racing Saturday The Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races took place at the Hippodrome 3R Saturday afternoon. The fairs are where many of the two-year-old pacers and trotters start their career and nearly half of the 13 races Saturday were for the "babies". The fairs are also where the young men and women in Quebec get their first starts as drivers and trainers. Competing on Saturday were Samuel Fillion, Steven Gagnon, Jimmy Gagnon and Christian Gagnon. Also, on the fair circuit are Michel Berube, Mathieu Desrochers, Kevin Montmarquette, and Michel Lefebvre, all hopefully to become professionals at the races. There was also a young announcer, 15-year-old Louis Desrochers of Warwick, who called the second race trot and did a superb job, calling the race in both French and some English. One newcomer to Canada traveled all the way from Bermuda for his first pari-mutuel drive and he won. Kiwon Waldron, age 19, hails from Hamilton, Bermuda where he has been driving Standardbred ponies. In the third race he was able to lead from start to finish in 2:05.4 with the pacer Shemaksmefelunreal, who is sired by Sunshine Beach from the No Pan Intended mare, Dreamfair Orchid. She is trained by Michel Allard and owned by Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. "I watched Kiwon drive last winter when I was in Bermuda," Rene Allard said. "I saw him win the FFA race there. He is a natural and I saw good talent in him and asked him to come to Quebec this summer and get more experience driving Standardbreds. He has a very bright future." Waldron made it a driver-trainer double with Michel Allard, winning the 8th race pace with Jeffs Journey in 1:59.2. Other two-year-old winners on the program were the trotter Major Bay (Amigo Hall - B Cor Bonita) in 2:08 for driver David Pilon and trainer Francis Richard; the pacer Saloon Magic (He's Watching - Ok Bravo) in 2:05 for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Marc Andre Simoneau; a trot to the filly Muscle Beauty (Muscle Mass - Ocean Mist Beauty) for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Serge Nadeau in 2:09.1. The final two-year-old race was the fastest of the day. Sophie's Destiny, a daughter of Delmarvalous - Tina's Bliss, cut all the fractions and won by a dozen lengths in 2:03.2. She was driven by Stephane Brosseau, who trains the filly. There was also an exhibition Monte (under saddle) trot race held with four contestants. The winner was R Rkadabra with jockey Anne-Marie Demers in 2:06.2 over Marie-Eve Jean riding VictoryCari. In the tenth race a track record was set as the race for pacers was only a half-mile long. Allstar Seelster ($3.30) and driver Stephane Brosseau led from start to finish, parking out Too Much Duncan (Pierre Luc Roy) to a :26.3 first quarter. Allstar Seelster went on to win by four open lengths in :55.1. The world record is :54.2. The highest win price of the season was set in the 9th race pace when driver Eric Beausoleil upset the field with Flashjack Soleil at odds of 36-1. They won the race in 2:00 and paid $74.20 to win. Stephane Brosseau led all drivers with three wins. There were three trainers, Francis Richard, Michel Allard and Marc Andrea Simoneau, who each had two winners from their stable. Throughout the afternoon on Saturday, fans were treated to special drawings, rides in a double-seat sulky and rides in the starting gate. There was also free balloon art and face painting for the children. The Festival of Racing continues on Sunday. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a very impressive first-over performance against Choo Choo Blue, Claudi P V and driver Pascal Berube scored a big upset at odds of 9-1 in the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series at Hippodrome 3R. The series features three weeks of preliminary competition for three-year-old trotters and pacers with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $65,000C finals. The second race first division for three-year-old trotting fillies with a purse of $10,000C saw Choo Choo Blue and driver Jocelyn Gendron shoot to the early lead after the opening quarter mile in :30 with My Lady Hall (Serge Nadeau) grabbing the two-hole spot after leading to the first quarter mile. Choo Choo Blue led to the half mile in 1:00.3 before Claudi P V and Berube started up first-over with Cor Leo (Stephane Gendron) second over. As they passed the three-quarters in 1:31, the two race favorites, Justice Society (Stephane Brosseau) and Kinderunbelievable (Justin Filion), who made early breaks in the race, came charging three-wide on the final turn to come after Choo Choo Blue. But it was Claudi P V who was the strong horse, grinding it out against Choo Choo Blue and coming on in the stretch to win by one length in 2:02.1. Cho Choo Blue was second with Justice Society third. Claudi P V paid a handsome $20.50 to win. It was the first victory in five starts this year for the daughter of Holiday Road. She is trained by Serge Nadeau and is co-owned by Nadeau with breeder Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu. In the $10,000C fifth race division for the trotting colts, it was all race favorite Only For Justice and driver Stephane Brosseau. They sat an early pocket-seat to Triomphe Dunharas and driver/trainer Denis Gueriel and then burst to the lead after the opening quarter mile in :28. Once on top there was no looking back for Only For Justice, as Brosseau kept his colt easily on the lead, holding the field at bay to the half mile in :59 and the three-quarters in 1:28.4. In the stretch, Only For Justice kept on trotting to win with ease by five open lengths in 1:57.4. Cesar Duharas (Pascal Berube) closed to be second with Triomphe Dunharas third. Sired by Justice Hall, it was the second win in five starts for trainer Dany Fontaine and the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal, who also bred Justice Hall. He paid just $2.10 to win and is now a career winner of $146,469C. In the eighth and final race on the program, G A Speed Sammy and driver Stephane Gendron wore down Maracasso (Carol Voyer) in the stretch and posted a 1:54.1 lifetime mark. That mile tied G S Speed Sammy with Atomic Million AM as the co-fastest winners at H3R this season. G A Speed Sammy posted his sixth win in eight starts this year for Yves Tessier and owner-breed Alain Carrier of St-Henri-De-Levis and paid $4.20 to win. Track Notes: Two drivers, Pascal Berube and Stephane Gendron each had driving doubles Friday. On Saturday, the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Regional Fair which will feature a family fun day at the track with 13 races beginning at 1:00 pm. Special activities on Saturday for the race fans include drawings for rides in a two-seat sulky on the racetrack, rides in the starting gate, plus drawings for dining-room packages and betting vouchers. There will be a live horse on display at the entrance to the track for fans to take photos with and specially for the children there will be balloon sculptors and face painting, etc. And all the events are FREE for the patrons. In addition to the live racing, the track will also have a special Monte Race (racing under saddle) with trotters. The Quebec-Bred Series for older horses culminates on Sunday with four $30,000C final for the trotters and pacers plus the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Atomic Million AM became the fastest harness racing pacer in Quebec this season in scoring his fourth straight win at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Competing in one of three divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series for older horse pacers, Atomic Million AM was sent off as the betting favorite in the second race division for driver Guy Gagnon. Starting from post five, Gagnon shot Atomic Million AM right to the early lead with Kinnder Jackson (Jocelyn Gendron) sitting right on their backs through the opening quarter mile in :26.3 and past the half mile marker in :56.2. Then the action began to heat up as Gendron pulled the pock with Kinnder Jackson and came after Gagnon and Atomic Million AM. Down the backstretch those two raced neck and neck past the three-quarters in 1:25.1 and continued stride for stride to the top of the stretch. It was then that Atomic Million AM showed his back class and dug in down the stretch, pulling away for a one and one-quarter length triumph in 1:54.1. Kinnder Jackson held for second place with C L Art Magic (Daniel Laflamme) third. Atomic Million AM, an eight-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam, it was his fourth win in six starts this year for breeder, owner and trainer, Alain Martin of Gatineau. He paid $3.60 to win. Now tied with the trotter, Sultan D Or, for most wins this season at H3R, Atomic Million AM will now headline the $30,000 Finals of the Quebec-Bred Series at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday, July 14. A three-time series champion, Atomic Million AM could become the first horse ever to win four series finals. The third race was the first of two division of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacing mares and former champion, YS Tallia ($2.10) proved to be much the best once again. The five-year-old mare by Western Ideal, driven by Tyler Jones, was an easy winner. She led from start to finish in a romp by six open lengths in 1:55.3. Vee Breeze (Jonathan Lachance) was second with Lune Bleu (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the third straight win and fourth of the season for YS Tallia, who is trained by Michel Allard for owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. Lit De Rose ($3.90) could not be bested on the front-end in capturing the sixth race second series division for older mares. Driven by Stephane Gendron, Lit De Rose wired the field by one and one-half lengths in 1:56.2. The pocked-sitting Sharkes Summrshandy (Pascal Berube) was second with Miss Rockadali (Guy Gagnon) third. It was the second win in four starts for Lit De Rose. The four-year-old mare by Leader Bayama is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner-breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. Track Notes: Driver Jocelyn Gendron led all on Sunday with a driving double. Live racing resumes on Friday at the Hippodrome 3R, first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Seeyou Men has beaten everyone in the field the past two starts and the former Quebec-Bred Series two-time harness racing champion will try to make it three straight scores on Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Seeyou Men starts from the rail Friday in the third and final preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotters. It's the eighth race co-feature on Friday and there are nine starters in the race. While Seeyou Men is a shoo-in to make the $30,000 final on Sunday, July 14, others in the field will not only be vying to beat Seeyou Men, but also to earn much needed points to make next weeks final. Trained by Daniel Martin for breeder Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover, who co-owns the seven-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, Seeyou Men was off to a rough start in 2019 until this series at the Hippodrome 3R. He had but one win in 16 starts this year and with the return to H3R, has scored two very impressive victories. Both were parked out the entire mile scores. Seeyou men also has six second place finishes this year to go with his three wins, so he has been usually in contention in most of his races. "Of course, Mohawk is a stronger track that 3R," trainer Daniel Martin said. "But he likes the half mile track. In Toronto he was not lucky with post positions but he still got many second-place finishes. "The opposition is strong at 3R," Martin added, "But with a week break in racing will most certainly help him. We will see the results tonight." On Friday, Seeyou Men will also face his toughest rival in the series, and it's his younger full brother Wildwild Men. Due to the fact that both horses are still owned by Pelletier and Gravel, they will race coupled as an entry on Friday, but Wildwild Men, who is trained and driven by Guy Gagnon, will start from post seven. Both horses are sired by Muscle Mass from the Angus Hall mare, Seeyouinthecircle. Wildwild Men, who still owns the track record at H3R at age 2, is now six years old and also has three wins this season. He won an opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series, the same weekend his older brother won his division. Last week he was a game second place finisher to Seeyou Men. Also, in contention in the race will be former Quebec-Bred champions Maximuscle (post 4), Holiday Party (post 3), Capteur De Reve (post five) along with Kinnder Dangerous (post 8) and Caroluzzo (post 6). The older mare trotters are featured in the sixth race where Kascara Rose renews her rivalry with Lucky Promesses. Kascara Rosa, now age 9 and sired by Kadabra, goes from post four for trainer Yves Tessier and owner/breeder Jean Dessureaudt of Candiac. In her last start, Kascara Rosa was a game third in the series and the prior week, she beat her younger rivals with a 2:00.1 triumph, her fourth win this year. She will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Lucky Promesses starts from the rail for driver Francis Picard. The six-year-old mare by Lucky Fool is trained by Francis Richard for owners Bruno Morin of St-Lazare-De-Bellechasse and Danny Genois of Quebec and has just one win this year. But the mare does have two second place finishes in the series. Last start she nearly wired the field and the prior week came first-over and held game until the wire. Other contenders include Eau Naturelle (post 5), who won an opening round division, former Quebec Series champion, Y S Suzanne (post 6) and Precieuse CC (post 3). The first two-year-old race of the season takes place in the third race where five "babies" make their first-ever pari-mutuel starts. The early favorite is Eclat De Rire (Burst Out Laughing in English) from post four for trainer Maxime Velaye. This colt was bred and is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. It is a half brother to Lune Bleu (Blue Moon in English), who compete Sunday at H3R in Quebec-Bred Series. The colt is sired by Leader Bayama from the No Pan Intended mare, Eloge, and was a winner last week at H3R in a qualifying race, pacing the last quarter mile in :29.3 in a 2:05.2 triumph. Other sires represented in the race are Windfall Blue Chip, Shanghai Phil, and Sunshine Beach. 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 - Harness racing driver William Roy, age 22, scored his first pari-mutuel victory Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, leading from start to finish with Arsenal De Chafra in the second race pace. A resident of Sorel-Tracy, Roy learned his trade through his father, trainer Guy Roy. Involved in harness racing since birth, Roy said he wanted to be just like his father. "Growing up I wanted to become a great trainer like my father," Roy explained. "But he put me in the sulky right away for the experience and I liked it." After attending the Cegep de Sorel-Tracy College, Roy works during the day as a concierge for the city of Sorel-Tracy. He has two horses with his father and co-owner Francis Prouix. Starting from post six on Sunday with Arsenal De Chafra, Roy left from post six, easily made the lead and held it the entire one-mile race, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:01.1. It was not only the first pari-mutuel victory for Roy, but also for Arsenal De Chafra. He is a four-year-old gelding by Power Park, trained and owned by Francis Prouix of Saint Pie-De-Guire and paid $6.00 to win. In the fourth race Preferred Pace, it was Saulsbrook Peach and driver Jocelyn Gendron having little trouble handling the field. Leaving from post four, Saulsbrook Peach was parked out going to the lead by Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) in a :27.4 opening quarter mile. Once in command, the rest was easy as Gendron kept Saulsbrook Peach in the lead past the half mile in :57.3, the three-quarters in 1:26.4 before coasting home to win by two lengths in 1:55.1. Kinnder Jackson (Pierre Luc Roy) was a game second with Outlaw Turn N Burn third. The oldest competitor in the field at age 10, Saulsbrook Peach is sired by Royal Mattjesty, trained by Guy Gagnon, owned by Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel and paid $3.20 to win. Track Notes: Two-time Quebec-Bred Champion, Stock), who is nominated to the $200,000C Prix D'Ete at H3R on Sunday, August 18, captured the 8th race pace in 1:55.3 for driver Pascal Berube, paying $10.70 to win. Jocelyn Gendron lead all drivers on Sunday with three winners. Trainer Guy Gagnon sent out two winners from his stable. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday evening with the third and final preliminary round of the $276,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four-year-old and older trotters. First race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC – Lagerfeld, who had shared the 1:58.2 fastest winning trot time of the year at Hippodrome 3R with See You Men, claimed that distinction outright on Friday evening at the Trois Rivieres oval, closing to a 1:58 harness racing victory in the $5000 Preferred trotting feature. Trainer/driver Raymond Gingras, who shares ownership in the winning son of Yankee Glide with John and Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman, had Lagerfeld racing behind cover until the far turn, where he moved up sharply to contend with pacesetter Missionoftheheart. Lagerfeld proved the best in the latter stages, defeating the frontrunner by 1¾ lengths while raising his lifetime bankroll to $744,614. The $4000 co-featured trot went to the Muscle Mass mare Massmade, with the heavy favorite seizing command at the ¾ and remaining in control to the wire in 2:00.1. A winner in this class here on June 9, Massmade looks headed towards the highest level of local trotting stock after the victory for driver Pascal Berube, who guided three winners on the night, trainer Yves Tessier, and owner Francois Morin. In a $4000 Preferred event for pacing mares, Wild River Swan also had to travel the difficult first-over route, yet she still was able to hold off strong late rusher Uptown Woman by a half length in posting a 1:57.2 triumph. Jocelyn Gendron drove the daughter of Sportswriter for trainer Francis Richard and owner Dr. John Bradbury, and the victory should keep the winner tight for upcoming Quebec Plus Series battles with divisional leader YS Tallia and other major contenders. The sharp racing fans were dialed in on Friday night at 3R – second choice Broncos Sena won the first race and paid $5.90, and then the last nine races were all won by the public choice. On Sunday the featured $6000 Preferred pace gathers together six tough customers, five of which have already won in 1:56 or better at 3R this year, and YS Tallia’s 1:54.2 seasonal fastest clocking could be in jeopardy given good weather. For more information and a free race program, please visit www.québecjockeyclub.com.    Club Jockey du Quebec

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC - With the Quebec Plus series for province-bred older horses taking a week off before its final preliminary round next weekend and its $30,000 Championship races on Sunday, July 14, the focus at Hippodrome 3R this weekend will be on a series on Preferred races, the top non-stakes class - which will feature no fewer than nineteen Quebec Plus Series horses looking to maintain or gain sharp racing form. Two of the winners from Quebec Plus action for trotting mares, Kascara Rosa and Eau Naturelle, will be at opposite ends of the starting gate for Friday's $5000 Preferred feature - Kascara Rose from post one and Eau Naturelle from post six. Also in the field is Lagerfeld, whose 1:58.2 victory here May 26 stands as the co-fastest trot of the year at 3R; he begins from post three. But the early favorite starts just to his inside - Holiday Party, who has a win at the track's top level this year and who was third against males in the Quebec Plus first prelim before making an uncharacteristic break in stride last time. The ten-race Friday card also features a Preferred event for second-level trotters and a Preferred for pacing mares. On Sunday the top contest on a nine-race card will be the $6000 Preferred pace, slotted for race four. Five of the six horses in the field have won in 1:56 or faster already this year over the 3R half-miler; the other, Kinnder Jackson, was second to the good veteran McKinney in a Quebec Plus race in the first prelim round, timed in 1:56. Early favorite in this race is the veteran Saulsbrook Peach, who will begin from post four. The gelding was a 1:55.3 winner when last at the Hippodrome on June 16; last week he was second in a 1:53 mile at Rideau Carleton. Outlaw Turn N Burn, Appleby Hanover, and Surf Report all have won in the local top class this year, and Hooter Shooter brings to this race a three-race winning streak against lesser opposition. A second-level Preferred handicap for pacers and another second-level Preferred trot have also been carded for Sunday. First post for Friday evening's action is slated for 7 p.m., while Sunday afternoon's racing has a 1 p.m. scheduled start.   Club Jockey du Quebec

TROIS RIVIERES QUE - The second annual Coupe Ben Hur, matching talented young harness racing drivers Doug McNair and "hometown hero" Louis Philippe Roy, produced an outstanding contest enjoyed by all concerned on Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres, with McNair having a spectacular day but still edging out the tenacious Roy by only three points, 56-53. The Ben Hur tournament format (each driver must start once from each post once in the other races, and then can pick their own horses, plus the 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 pointsystem) helps to ensure close competition, but it's almost hard to believe that McNair could put up a 7-4-2-0-1 scoresheet and go into the last race with the morning line projection saying he should tie for the title. But Roy stayed near him through the competition with a 7-2-2-2-1 tally, and only four points behind "turning for home," but in the final race Roy finished third and McNair fourth, enabling the Ontarian to join Sylvain Filion as a Coupe Ben Hur winner, with Roy second, oh so close, for the second straight year. (Note neither driver finished worse than fourth in the eight-race competition.) McNair's quartet of wins at 3R was almost matched on the card by Roy's three, as LP won a race outside the competition, and neither driver put a hoof wrong the entire day, displaying their sulky craftsmanship and showing why they are two of the young stars of the game. The card also featured second round action in the Quebec-Plus series for province-bred pacers 4-years-old and older, aiming for spots in their $30,000 Championship races on July 14. Mares went in two $6500 sections to open the card, while the males had one $6500 divisions in this second prelim. YS Tallia, divisional Q-bred champion in 2017, recorded her second straight series victory as the heaviest of favorites, this week with Louis Philippe Roy in the sulky for trainer Michel Allard and owner Yves Sarrazin. Last week the Western Ideal mare YS Tallia went 1:54.3 for the fastest local mile of the year; Sunday, after an early move to the top, she lowered that clocking a tick to 1:54.2; still on her horizon, just a further tick away, is the divisional track record of 1:54.1--which is held by YS Tallia's full sister, My Tallia Ideal. In the second cut for the distaffs, the Big Jim mare Lune Bleu, second to YS Tallia in the first leg, took early control from the pole for driver Stephane Gendron, the track's winningest driver this year, then faced an outside challenge to the three-quarters from race favorite Miss Rockadali. That foe continued to press Lune Bleu through the lane, and then pocketsitter All You Can Dream entered the fray up the rail, but Lune Bleu persevered and won by a neck in 1:56.1, a lifetime best, for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner Guy Corbeil. The Q-bred series for older performers was before this year restricted to 2-5YOs; Atomic Million AM won his division in 2014 (3YO), 2015 (4YO), and 2016 (5YO), but his loss (fifth) as a 2YO prevented from being the only "sweeper." This year, with the change in age eligibility, the Million Dollar Cam gelding Atomic Million AM can become the first horse to win four Championships, and his second straight preliminary win came in 1:55.1 Sunday. This was a Coupe race, and Doug McNair blasted out in :26.4 with the winner, putting favored (by $10) McKinney and Roy in behind him. Controlling the pace from there, Atomic Million AM held off first a hard raw challenge by Majo Lou Beka, then a late charge from 2016 Quebec champion HP Patriote by a length for owner/trainer Alain Martin; McKinney (2014) stayed for third and completed a Trifecta of former champions. The big card also featured a $4500 preferred handicap event on each gait, both races counting in the Coupe. The trotting event was taken by the favored Angus Hall mare Talbotcreek Suzie, who went out right to the lead for McNair, then had her task made easier when early challenger Missionoftheheart broke at the start, leaving Rocky Boy and Roy in the pocket. Talbotcreek Suzie moderated the pace, then picked it up when the plucky Ice O Late pressured her the last half, winning in 2:00.1 by a half-length; Rocky Boy, who had a left rear bandage come unwrapped early in the race, was in tight between horses in early stretch and could do no better than third. Yves Tessier conditions the talented mare for owner Francois Morin. The preferred handicap pace was a capturing of the spirit of competition of the day. McNair got Rainbow Palace right to the lead; Roy got away midpack with cover with Hooter Shooter, then went three-wide before the ¼ up to uncovered position and fought with Hooter Shooter from the half onward. There was virtually no separation between the top two from off the third turn, with the rest of the field halfway back to Montreal; in the stretch battle between the two pairs, favored Hooter Shooter, despite the" impossible" trip, got the better of his rival by 1¼ lengths, the Badlands Hanover gelding winning for the third time, and second straight in this class, in 1:56.2 for trainer/owner Marc Andre Simoneau.   Club Jockey du Quebec

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R harness racing track will have a packed house on Sunday as the track hosts the Ben Hur Cup II and three divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers. The Ben Hur Cup II will feature world-class drivers Doug McNair from Ontario taking on Louis-Philippe Roy of Quebec in an eight-race competition. Last year Sylvain Filion beat Roy in the final race on the program and the tournament may be that close again Sunday. The morning line gives a slight edge to McNair, but anything can happen on race day. The eight-race competition will be races 3 through 10, which is the last race of the day. Scoring will be 1st - 8 points, 2nd - 7 points, 3rd - 6 points, etc. and an average of the drivers score on the day will be used for a scratched horse. There is a winner-take-all cash prize of $3,000C for the Ben Hur Cup II, a meet and greet session with both drivers starting at 12:00 noon and both drivers will be introduced to the crowd after the second race. "I think it's gonna be really tight," Louis-Philippe Roy said. "If it was hockey, I would say LPR in 7 games. I got beat by Sylvain (Filion) last year in the very last game too, so I have now the experience of a game 7 in the Ben Hur cup, that will make the difference." The Ben Hur Cup II is the main attraction Sunday, and there are three divisions of the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers, races 1, 2 and 6. The sixth race will be part of the Ben Hur Cup II. The sixth race is the lone division of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacing horses and featured are both return winners from last week and each will be driven by the Ben Hur Cup drivers. Three-time Quebec-Bred Champion, Atomic Million AM, has the rail and is the 5/2 morning line favorite. He has won his last two starts and will be driven by Doug McNair. Bred, owned and trained by Daniel Martin of Gatineau, the son of Million Dollar Cam does his best racing on the front end and rarely loses when starting from post one. The other return winner is former Quebec-Bred Series Champion, McKinney, who starts from post seven for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. Last week McKinney sat a two-hole trip behind Kinnder Jackson, then shot to the lead and drew off to win by five and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.4. It was his fourth winner of the year for trainer Francis Richard and co-owners Robert Kyle Follows, Daniel Knechtel and Arpad Szabo of Ontario. Other top opponents in the race are Kinnder Jackson (post 4) and HP Patriote (post 5). The mares two divisions get underway in the first race where both of last weeks winners, YS Tallia and Lit De Rose go head and head. YS Tallia, a series champion in 2017, is the class of the field. The five-year-old Western Ideal mare was given a perfect drive by Stephane Gendron last week, scoring by three and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.3, the fastest mile at H3R this season. She is trained by Michel Allard for breeder/owner Yves Sarrazin of Presentation. This week she will be driven on Sunday by Louis-Philippe Roy from post two. Lit De Rose goes from post six and she is another Series champion (2017). Trained by Maxime Velaye, the four-year-old daughter of Leader Bayama came off the pace last week to win with ease in 1:56.1 for breeder/owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. She will be driven again by Stephane Gendron. The second race is the second mares division and headlined by Lune Bleu from post one. She is also trained by Velaye and bred and is owned by Corbiel. She was the one that cut the mile last week that YS Tallia scored from in 1:54.3. Also, in the race is Miss Rockadali (post 4). She cut the mile last week that Lit De Rose was able to score from in 1:56.1. Post time for the first race is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Racing against the best trotters in Quebec, Seeyou Men proved to be the strong horse, grinding out an impressive win Friday at the Hippodrome 3R in the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotters. This was the second round of the series and featured just one large field of ten starters in the older horse division. Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion were the first on the lead around the first turn until Wildwild Men and trainer/driver Guy Gagnon came charging up on the outside to take the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28. Seeyou Men and driver Stephane Brosseau got away behind Kinnder Dangerous early. Then by the half mile marker in :58.2, Brosseau came first-over with Seeyou Men and started gaining ground by the three-quarters in 1:28.1 with Capteur De Reve (Stephane Gendron) grabbing the second-over cover. As they came around the final turn, Maximuscle came into the picture for driver Steeve Genois, sweeping three-wide and into contention. Seeyou Men would have the final say as he had cleared to the lead coming down the stretch and then pulled away to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.2. It took the photo finish camera to declare the winner's full brother, Wildwild Men, as the second-place finisher, he was a nose ahead of Capteur De Reve in third place who was a nose ahead of Maximuscle in fourth place. Seeyou Men, trained by Daniel Martin, raced as an entry with his brother, Wildwild Men, both of whom were bred by Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover and are co-owned with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. The entry paid $2.90 to win. In the third race division for the trotting mares, it was the race favorite, Lucky Promesse and driver Steeve Genois, leaving from the rail and going right to the top. Kascara Rosa and driver Stephane Brosseau grabbed the two-hole spot and sat patiently as Lucky Promesse's cut fractions of :29, :59.4 and 1:29.3 to the three-quarters. Y S Suzanne (Guy Gagnon) tried coming first-over in the backstretch but did not have the stamina to hang on the outside and faded back on the final turn. With Y S Suzanne fading as they started down the stretch, that was the cue as Brosseau came out with Kascara Rosa and started to challenge Lucky Promesses down the stretch, collaring the race lead and going on to win by a half length in 2:00.1. Eau Naturelle (Simon Delisle) was third. A nine-year-old mare by Kadabra, Kascara Rosa posted her fourth win on the year for trainer Yves Tessier and owner/breeder Jean Dessureault of Candiac. She paid $7.70 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau had a driving double, winning both stakes and trainer Yves Tessier sent out two winners on Friday. The Ben Hur Cup II headlines Sunday's 10-race program with Ontario's Doug McNair taking on Quebec's Louis-Philippe Roy with a $3,000C cash prize to the winner of the 8-race competition. In addition, there will be three divisions of the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers as top horses Atomic Million AM taking on McKinney and for the mares, YS Tallia against Lit De Rose. First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Friday evening the Quebec Jockey Club plays host to the second round of the $276,000 Quebec-Bred Series for older harness racing trotters at the Hippodrome 3R. The main event takes place in the eighth race co-feature, where the storyline is "A Tale of two brothers" as Seeyou Men and Wildwild Men, both full brothers, will race against each other. Last week in the opening round of the series, there were enough entrants to have two divisions, so the two brothers did not have to face each. Such is not the case this Friday as only ten horses were entered and thus one division. Both Seeyou Men and Wildwild Men are sired by Muscle Mass from the Angus Hall mare, Seeyouinthecircle. Seeyou Men is age 7 and Wildwild Men is the younger brother at age 6. They were both bred by Chantal Gravel of St-Cryrille-De-Wendover, who co-owns the two with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. While as youngsters, both horses were raced from the same stable of Isabelle Darveau and were driven by Robert Shepherd, now they are in different stables yet will race as an overwhelming entry on Friday. Both horses are prior Quebec-Bred Champions and Wildwild Men still holds the track record he set at age two. Seeyou Men has drawn post one and Wildwild Men drew post seven. Last week Seeyou Men was the fastest of the Quebec-Bred Series winners, trotting his mile in 1:59 after getting perfect live cover from Kinnder Dangerous. It was his second win this season for trainer Daniel Martin and driver Stephane Brosseau. Wildwild Men last week was able to leave from post six and never look back, winning with ease for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon by two and one quarter lengths in 2:00.1. That was his third triumph of the season. Other contenders in the race include Kinnder Dangerous (post 5), who two starts back won in 1:58.4, Holiday Party (post 6), Caroluzzo (post 9) and Maximuscle (post 3), who just qualified at H3R with a victory in 2:00. The older mares do battle in the third race where last week's opening round winner, Eau Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle, drew the far outside and will have to start from post eight. Last week the six-year-old daughter of Windsong Espoir started from post three and led from start to finish in 2:00.2 for her first win on the year for co-owners Chantal Auger-Maxime Dubuc of Portneuf, Raymond Bouffard of Quebec and Anne Delisle of Deschambault. Her main rival will be Lucky Promesses, who drew the rail for driver Steeve Genois and trainer Francis Richard. Last week she was able to get the live cover from Eau Naturelle, but was unable to close the deal in the stretch and finished second. Ben Hur Cup II Sunday: The Ben Hur Cup II takes place Sunday at H3R with Ontario's Doug McNair taking on Quebec's Louis-Philippe Roy. There are 10 races on the program and races 3 to 10 will be the Ben Hur Cup II plus a winner-take-all cash prize of $3,000C. The point system for the competition is (8 for a 1st, 7 for a 2nd, 6 for 3rd, etc.). There will be a special meet and greet with McNair and Roy starting at 12:00 noon and then a welcome presentation after the 2nd race. If you go by the morning line odds, McNair has a slight edge over Roy, but as everyone knows you never know what will happen on the track. Post time Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track, the Quebec Jockey Club is hosting the Ben Hur Cup II, featuring world-class drivers Doug McNair from Ontario against Louis-Philippe Roy of Quebec. And who better to comment on the race competition than the inaugural Ben Hur Cup Champion, Sylvain Filion. He won the eight-race competition last year with four wins, but due to prior obligations, could not defend his title this year. "I am sorry not to be able to attend this year," Filion explained. "It is a great competition and I hope to get invited back next year. But you do have two top drivers for this year." It was not a romp until the last of the eight races last year. Filion had the lead going into the last race and sealed it with a big romp. "What I remember most from last year," Filion said. "Were the race fans. There were so many people that came out for the competition, I got to see so many friends, family and faces from the past and they really loved the tournament too. It was fun. "Also, in the last race last year I did not know what kind of filly I was driving," Filion explained. "She had just won her maiden in 2:04.3, her name was All You Can Dream and she was so perfect, we won by 24 lengths over LPR. He needed the win to take the competition but that did not happen." Filion really likes the pairing of Doug McNair and Louis-Philippe Roy for the Ben Hur Cup II. "These are two well-matched drivers," Filion said. "They are excellent drivers. Both are about the same size, same age. They have each won big stakes races and have an aggressive style of driving. It will be a really good competition." And, for the biggest question of the story, who does Sylvain Filion feel will win the Ben Hur Cup II on Sunday? "I think they are both excellent drivers," Filion said. "I would want to see who draws the most power and I will leave it at that. The draw means so much," Filion added. "Last year I had some powerful horses that drew well and made it easy for me to win. Power means everything." Sunday's program will also feature the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers. Post time on Sunday at H3R is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or additional information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The class of the field and three-time Quebec Series Champion, Atomic Million AM, heads one of the four opening round harness racing divisions of the $267,000 Quebec-Bred Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. A big change for the series this year is that the series is now open to pacers and trotters ages four and older. Prior to that the series was only open to four and five-year-olds. After three preliminary rounds, the top eight point earners will race in $30,000 finals on Sunday, July 14. Atomic Million AM drew the rail in the second race, the first of two divisions for older horses. With three championships already under his belt, the eight-year-old gelding by Million Dollar Cam is the odds-on favorite to sweep the series and become perhaps the first pacer ever to win four championships. Bred, owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau, Atomic Million AM, Atomic Million AM is the class of the field, having lifetime earnings of $292,405C and a lifetime record of 1:50.3. He gave notice in his last start that he is ready to take on all comers as he wired the field at H3R in 1:56.4 on an off-track (2 seconds). He will be driven by Guy Gagnon on Sunday. The field also features Sports Authority from post three. This gelded son of Sportswriter is coming off a 1:54 second place finish at Tioga Downs in the USA for trainer Marc Major and is now in the barn of Stephane Poullet and will be driven by Melanie Plourde. Other contenders include former Quebec Series champions, HP Patriote (post 2) and Stock (post five), with DJ Power (post four) and SOS Shanghaiavprince (post 6) to round out the field. The fifth race is the second division for older horses and featured is $501,000C career winner McKinney, who is also a former Quebec-Bred Champion. He starts from post three for driver Francis Picard. Now trained by Francis Richard, McKinny ships back to Quebec from Ontario, where he is off to another great season, having already won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52. He will face Rideau Carleton invaders, Beach Runner A M (post 4) and Majo Lou Beka (post 6), along with Bali (post 1), Kinnder Jackson (post 2) and Rose Run Slider (post 5). The four-year-old and up mares divisions start in the third race where former champions Charleurs Fantasy (post 3) meets up with Lit De Rose (post 6). The race favorite at 5/2 is Skyfall Sena (post 5), also owned and trained by Alain Martin and shows a 1:56.2 score last month at Kawartha Downs. The eighth race is the second mares' division and is headed by YS Tallia (post 5) for driver Stephane Gendron. She is a five-year-old mare by Western Ideal with more than $217,000C in lifetime earnings. She is shipping back to Canada from the USA and is trained by Michel Allard for breeder/owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. Other contenders include Lune Bleu (post 2) and Butterfly BG (post 1). For a free race program for Sunday's ten-race card, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The $276,000 Quebec-Bred Series got underway for four-year-old and older harness racing trotters and two full brothers, Seeyou Men and his younger brother, Wildwild Men, both won their respective opening round divisions at the Hippodrome 3R Friday. The Quebec-Bred Series is for older trotters and pacers with three weeks of preliminary action and then $30,000C finals on Sunday, July 14. The first division for older trotters was the first race on the program and saw Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion go right to the front from post two with rival Capteur De Reve (Stephane Gendron) sitting on their backs after Sometimes When (Guy Gagnon) made a costly early break. Kinnder Dangerous led the field around the second turn and coming past the stands he was unchallenged until 1/5 race favorite Seeyou Men came first-over and started to press towards the lead at the half mile in :59.4. Around the turn and heading down the backstretch, Seeyou Men and Brosseau could not pass Kinnder Dangerous and those two were head and head at the three-quarters in 1:29. On the final turn it looked like Filion had Kinnder Dangerous on the lead for good but Seeyou Men was not done yet, Brosseau asked his horse for me and it dug in and came on to win by a long neck over Kinnder Dangerous with the pocket-sitting Capteur De Reve grabbing third place. The one-mile trot went in 1:59. Kinnder Dangerous was found guilty of skipping over three pylons on the final turn and was placed sixth as Capteur De Rene was placed second and Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was placed third. It was the second win this year for Seeyou Men, who is trained by Daniel Martin, bred and co-owned by Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. The seven-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass paid $2.60 to win. In the sixth race second division, it was Wildwild Men and driver/trainer Guy Gagnon grinding it out past Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) to the opening quarter mile in :28.2. They raced that way past the half mile in :59.1 and it was then that SG Goliath King and driver Jocelyn Gendron came first over and pressed the leader to the three-quarters in 1:29.3. Then after the final turn, Wildwild Men put away SG Goliath King and easily held off Caroluzzo in the stretch to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.1. Caroluzzo was second with SG Goliath King third. Race favorite Maximuscle was unable to make it to the starting gate and never was able to catch the field. For track record holder Wildwild Men, it was his third win this season and it made for a stakes double for breeder and co-owner Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, as they also have Seeyou Men. Wildwild Men paid $4.40 to win. The lone Quebec-Bred Series for the trotting mares took place in the third race where EAU Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle were able to lead from start to finish. Outkicking Montanaalaska (Stephane Brosseau) to gain the early lead, Delisle was challenged right away by Precieuse CC and driver/trainer Claude Beausoleil on the outside to the opening quarter mile in :29. Precieuse CC looked to clear to the lead and then went off-stride and was out of the race. Precieuse CC was content on the front end to the half mile marker in 1:00 when a dogfight was looming as Lucky Promesses (Steeve Genois) came first-over in the backstretch and those two hooked up past the three-quarters in 1:30.1. Then as they started down the stretch EAU Naturelle was the strong horse, winning by one length in 2:00.3. Lucky Promesses held for second with Y S Suzanne (Guy Gagnon) third. It was the first win in six starts this year for Precieuse CC, a four-year-old mare by Angus Hall who is owned by Chantal Auger-Maxime Dubuc of Portneuf, Raymond Bouffard of Quebec and Anne Delisle of Deschambault. She paid $6.60 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau, Marie Claude Auger and Carol Voyer each had driving doubles Friday. Carol Voyer also had a training double. In the second race pace, Sylvain Gagnon drove Northern Trophy to a 1:59 triumph at odds of 23-1, resulting in the highest payoff of the race meet at $49.80. On Sunday it will be the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers with four divisions, two for mares and two for horses. Headlining the fields are Atomic Million AM, Sports Authority, Stock, Chaleurs Fantasy, Beach Runner AM, McKinny and YS Tallia. Post time is 1:00 pm. For a free program for Sunday's race card or any general information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

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