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

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Four-time Quebec Champion, Atomic Million AM, returns to the Hippodrome 3R Sunday to headline the ninth race Preferred-Handicap Pace. After spending the last month at Rideau Carleton, Atomic Million AM returns off an impressive wire-to-wire score at Rideau in 1:53.3, his fastest winning time this year. Bred, owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau, Atomic Million AM sports six wins in eleven starts this year. The eight-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam starts from post seven for driver Jonathan Lachance. Atomic Million AM is also tied with Esprit Dequipe, as the winningest horses at H3R this season, each with five wins. It will not be a walk in the park for Atomic Million AM. Also in the field are three return winners, Ufdragons Rocket (post 4), Kinnder Jackson (post 5) and D J Power (post 2). Ufdragons Rocket is on a two-race winning streak, scoring last week at Rideau in 1:55.2. Kinnder Jackson was at his best last week with a 1:54.1 win at H3R and D J Power is moving up in class after a 1:55.3 triumph in the Preferred 3 class. Also, one to always be aware of in the field, is Hooter Shooter in post six for H3R's leading driver, Stephane Gendron. He was second to Kinnder Jackson last week and prior to that has won this class in 1:54.3. Rounding out the field are Appleby Hanover (post 1) and Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 3). Track Notes: This past Friday was the last Friday evening race card for the 2019 season at H3R. Racing will now be every Sunday, post time 1:00 pm, through Sunday, November 3. For a free race program or to watch the races live from H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Friday night 10-race harness racing program at the Hippodrome 3R features a Preferred Handicap Pace and watch out for Cooking The Speed. This three-year-old filly by So Surreal was a lightly raced two-year-old, but was in championship form when she won the $55,000C Future Stars Series final. This year Cooking The Speed is nearly in identical form as last year and thus trainer Michel Allard and Allard Racing want her in prime shape for this year's $65,000C Breeders Cup Final that will take place on Sunday, September 8 at H3R. Cooking The Speed has the breeding that can make her a winner. She is the first foal from the great raceway mare, Cooking The Books, who raced for six years, won $479,734 with a record of 1:51.4. "I claimed her (Cooking The Books) and then she got injured," explained Michel's son, Rene Allard. "She was a good raceway mare so we bred her to So Surreal and got Cooking The Speed. "Cooking The Speed was very good in training in south Florida," Allard said. "I had her down to 1:56 and then sent her to Pocono Downs. She had trouble handling the turns there, so I sent her to my Dad to teach her how to get around the short turns. "We have a pony track at our farm in Quebec," Allard said. "He made some equipment changes and worked with her and she became excellent on a half mile track." It seems that Michel Allard got the job done well as Cooking The Speed has $54,405C in earnings and a hopeful big payday coming on September 9. On Friday, Cooking The Speed is the only filly in the nine-horse field. It will not be a walk in the park for Cooking The Speed as she faces a very tough older rival named Lit De Rose. A winner of half of her eight starts this year, Lit De Rose starts from the far outside in post 8 for driver Stephane Brosseau. The Leader Bayama mare has won three of her last five starts, including a lifetime best 1:53 nose triumph at Rideau Carleton Raceway just two starts back. Other good mares in the field include return winner Wild River Swan (post 7) and Uptown Girl (post 6). Cooking The Speed will be driven by Tyler Jones and is listed at odds of 5-1. "I think she will race very well on Friday," Rene Allard said. "And all the credit for this filly belongs to my father. He really did a fantastic job with her. And, Cooking The Books had a Betterthancheddar colt foaled this spring and I think he will be very good. We just have to wait and see. Right now, we want his older sister to get ready to race for big money next week." There will be eight Championship Finals at H3R on Sunday, September 8 with nearly $500,000C in purse money on the line. Post time Friday evening is 7:00 pm. For a free race program or to see the races live from H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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