TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 19, 2014 - This Sunday the Quebec Jockey Club that runs the harness racing track Hippodrome 3R, which is half way between Montreal and Quebec City in the town of Trois-Rivieres, is hosting the revival of one of Canada's most prestigious races, the Prix D'Ete. The Grand Circuit race carries a purse of $200,000 and many of the best four-year-old pacers in North America have entered. Eight horses will go a mile on 3R's half mile oval. There is more to just a rich purse and good horses at the Hippodrome 3R. They have initiated a city and province-wide movement to bring back harness racing, which has been raced at this track for nearly 150 years. This past Thursday was the launch of Prix D'Ete Weekend and working with the city, the province tourism board, also with local farms (crops, not horses) to get only fresh locally grown vegetables, even honey, for their menus, the team at 3R have put together a great program that is sure to grow every year. Thursday featured a press conference with the drawing of post positions for the big race on Sunday. A local horse owner (Jean Tourigny) that has a training facility for Standardbreds nearby 3R, has generously offered everyone that is bringing a horse to race in the Prix D'Ete to board them on his farm and stay there for free. "It is so great how our horsemen, the city of Trois-Rivieres and Salon de Jeux Trois-Rivieres, a subsidiary of Loto-Quebec, has come out in support of our Prix D'Ete weekend," said Vincent Trudel, the general manager of 3R. "It shows that harness racing is still a popular sport and industry in Quebec and we look forward to an exciting weekend at 3R." Saturday is Family Day and the Quebec Jockey Club is rolling out the red carpet to the community. From 11 am to 8 pm there will be sulky trips around the racetrack with professional drivers, a BBQ, children's farmyard with more than 25 different animals, pony rides, tours of the race paddock area and workshops with veterinarians, farriers and race judges. The live racing card Saturday night starts at 7:30 pm. Then on Sunday at 10:30 am the track opens up for Prix D'Ete Day. At 11:30 am Saturday there will be a Meet and Greet with many of the great drivers competing in the Prix D'Ete, some of whom are coming to 3R for the first time. Hall of Famer David Miller, this past Thursday's Little Brown Jug winner, native son, Yannick Gingras, along with the return of Trois-Rivieres Daniel Dube, Ontario's top drivers Jody Jamieson, James MacDonald, Scott Zeron and Doug McNair along with 3R's leading driver Denis St Pierre. There is a chance that another Hall of Famer, Jimmy Takter, will also be at the Meet and Greet. It will be a wonderful opportunity for racing fans in Quebec to get to meet these world class horsemen and then at 1:00 pm watch them compete in ten great races culminating with the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. The Prix D'Ete is the richest race of the year in North America for four-year-old pacers and has attracted a super competitive field. Feature are Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip who is on a four-race winning streak, Mach It So has won three of his last four starts, Locally owned Sunshine Beach has $940,000 in career earnings, Apprentice Hanover is the highest money earner this year with $350,000 bankrolled for trainer Ben Wallace. The hometown favorite is all-age track record holder at 3R, Duc D'Orleans. His record of 1:52.4 set last year is more than likely going to be rewritten on Sunday with the caliber of horses in the field. Rounding out the competition are early season sensation Captive Audience, Casie Coleman's tough pacer Lucan Hanover and five-time winner this season, Si Semalu. The 3R half mile track has been razor sharp this season and the young Quebec-Bred horses improving every year with 16 track records set or tied this season. It all makes for a superb gala weekend at the Hippodrome 3R and throughout Trois-Riviere. And with a good showing it will be the start of planning for a bigger and better Prix D'Ete Weekend in 2015. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Eight of the top four-year-old harness racing pacers in North America will do battle this Sunday in the $200,000 revival of the Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R and their connections learned today what post-positions they have. The Prix D’Ete is the richest race in North America this year for four-year-old pacers and many of the nation’s top harness racing drivers will be coming to Quebec province to compete on the race card. “What a great field that has entered our revival of the Prix D’Ete,” said Vincent Trudel, the general manager of the Hippodrome 3R. “We could not have asked for a more competitive field. I am sure that Duc D’Orleans track record of 1:52.4 will be in jeopardy this Sunday and that our racing fans and horsemen are going to see a superb world-class race.” Headlining the field of eight starters will be Apprentice Hanover from the Ben Wallace Stable. The son of Somebeachsomewhere enters the race off of a lifetime mark performance last week at Mohawk Raceway in 1:49.2. Jody Jamieson will do the driving and they drew post 5. World renowned trainer Jimmy Takter has entered his top pacer, Sunfire Blue Chip, who is on a four-race winning streak including a 1:49.2 triumph in the $50,000 Open at Pocono Downs in his last start. Yannick Gingras returns to his home track to drive Sunfire Blue Chip. They did not fare well in the draw and will start from the outside in post 8. The local favorite and all-age track record holder at the Hippodrome 3R is Duc D’Orleans, who starts from post 4. Back in 2013 he became the only horse ever to break the 1:53 mark at 3R, going in 1:52.4. He will be driven by native son Daniel Dube. Captive Audience leaves from post 7 for driver James MacDonald. The son of Art Major was an early season sensation and has recently being going against the best pacers at Mohawk. Lucan Hanover hails from the talented Casie Coleman Stable and starts from post 3. This son of Western Ideal has but one win this year but has been super game all season. Last week he was second by a nose on Yonkers half mile oval in 1:58 going extra distance at 1 1/16th mile and the prior week he won at Yonkers in 1:51.1. He will be driven by David Miller. Mach It So starts from post 6 for trainer P J Fraley and ships to 3R having won three of his last four starts, the fastest a 1:48.2 lifetime mark at Pocono Downs. The Mac Three gelding will be handled by Scott Zeron. Sunshine Beach drew the rail and is the highest money earner in the field at $913,702, so a victory would in the Prix D’Ete would make him a millionaire. He is locally co-owned by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Montreal and has a record this year of 1:49 at Mohawk Raceway. He will be driven by Doug McNair. Si Semalu comes into the race after two sharp efforts at Mohawk Raceway, finishing second last week and the prior week posting his fifth win on the season for trainer Isaac Waxman in 1:52. He drew well with post two and will be driven by local star Denis St Pierre. Here is the field in post-position order with driver and trainer: Sunshine Beach (Doug McNair) Mark Steacy Si Semalu (Denis St Pierre) Isaac Waxman Lucan Hanover (David Miller) Casie Coleman Duc D’Orleans (Daniel Dube) Jacques Dupont Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) Ben Wallace Mach It So (Scott Zeron) P J Fraley Captive Audience (James MacDonald) Corey Johnson Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) Jimmy Takter There will be no consolation race. Initially known as the Prix d’Automne and won by older horses such as the three-time Horse of the Year Bret Hanover, the marquee event at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal was converted into the Prix D’Ete race for 3-year-old pacers in 1970 and remained one of the major North American stakes in the division until its last running in 1992. Past winners included Cam Fella, Niatross, Albatross, Strike Out, Abercrombie, Matts Scooter and Beach Towel. The Prix D’Ete weekend gets underway Saturday evening with a special live race program beginning at 7:30 pm. Sunday’s Prix D’Ete race card first race post time is 1:00 pm. For additional information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 13, 2014 - Track management at the Hippodrome 3R has announced today that there will be both an Invitational Trot and Pace on Sunday, September 21. Each race will vie for a purse of $15,000. For this big weekend, the Hippodrome 3R is hosting a special Saturday night live racing program that will begin at 7:30 pm. The $250,000 Prix D'Ete will be held Sunday afternoon, September 21. "We want to really showcase our excellent racing here at 3R," said Vincent Trudel, general manager of the track. "So we are offering a $15,000 Invitational Trot and Pace on Sunday, in addition to the Prix D'Ete. "Already we have sold out our dining room on Prix D'Ete Sunday," Trudel said, "And reservations are going fast for the Saturday night too. So now that we will have big crowds coming out for the races we also want to have the best horses competing both days." Reminder that Quebec does not allow the use of Lasix! The management at the Hippodrome 3R wants to remind all horsemen and woman looking to race at the track during their Prix D'Ete weekend Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st, that the Quebec Racing Commission does not allow the use of Lasix for horses. From the Quebec Jockey Club
It’s hard to believe, but in just 3½ weeks it will be time for the greatest race in recent Quebec harness racing history, the $250,000 PRIX D’ETE for the world’s standout four-year-old pacers, at the Hippodrome 3R in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, on Sunday, September 21. The top eight seasonal money winners that declare in will be the starters for the main event, the $200,000 Prix d’Ete Championship; if enough other eligible horses declare in for the race, there will be a $50,000 consolation event. Preference will be by 2014 earnings as well for the consolation race. The numbers next to the horses’ names below, listed in order by their current racing “sharpness,” indicates where they stand as of August 25 in seasonal earnings among the 24 eligible (10 of which have earned $500,000+ lifetime and 17 of which have won in their careers in sub-1:50 time). 1. MACH IT SO (2) – The most in-form horse at the present time, with wins in his last three starts. The fastest of those victories was a 1:48.2 victory at Pocono Downs on August 2, the same track where he dead-heated for the win with the classy FFA pacer Golden Receiver this past Saturday. The other win was in 1:51.2, at Yonkers – a half-mile track, just like 3R. 2. SUNFIRE BLUE CHIP (8) – Like all of the other horses trained by Jimmy Takter, this one has been racing strongly, also winning his last three races – 1:50.2 at Yonkers on August 9, 1:50.3 at Saratoga seven days later (they’re both half-mile tracks), and last Sunday a 1:50.2 triumph at Tioga Downs. 3. WORD POWER (4) – Wrote himself a shiny new mark at Pocono Downs two weeks ago when he edged the game veteran Sparky Mark by a head in 1:49.3. 4. CAPTIVE AUDIENCE (3) – Earned himself a spot in the prestigious Canadian Pacing Derby Final this Saturday night at Mohawk; before that he earned checks in five straight Preferred events at the Toronto oval. 5. SUNSHINE BEACH (21) – After setting a world record in defeating Captaintreacherous last year, this locally-trained fellow (Mark Steacy) has but one win this year, but he has had awful luck at the post draws: in starts #2-#5 this year, he had PP6 in a field of 7; 9 in a 9-horse field; 8 in a 10-horse field; and 5 in a 6-horse field. 6. APPRENTICE HANOVER (1) – Hot through May, but tailed off badly since. 7. ROCKIN AMADEUS (9) – Another Takter-trainer horse, took a 1:48.3 mark at Pocono earlier. 8. WINDSONG JACK (6) – A Ron Burke trained horse who defeated good ones at The Meadows and Scioto. 9. MOONLITEONTHEBEACH (13) – Won right away at Yonkers after a recent purchase. 10. DUC DORLEANS (20) – He is the 3R track all-age track record holder (1:52.4); and has 5 wins, 10 of 11 on the board in his 3R career. There will also be racing at the Hippodrome 3R on Saturday evening, September 20, making for a two-day Festival of Racing that will give local fans many samples of the best of harness racing, and many visitors a chance to see the countryside and the local landmarks. Any members of the press who would like to contact the track officials, trainers or owners of the Prix d’Ete horses should contact 3R representative Laurent Sauve at (e-mail) email@example.com or (phone) 450-890-3963 or 514-812-4249. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 28, 2014 - Usually at a harness racing meet there are some of the top barns that compete at a race meet and they have more horses of good quality and thus send out sometimes two and three winners on a race program. Not at the Hippodrome 3R this season. On Tuesday night there were ten races that took place and a different trainer won each race, no training doubles or triples for anyone. It has been very competitive racing this meet with a strong mix of horses from the province and throughout the country. On Tuesday's program, Jefferson Tare came through for betting fans in the second race pace with a 2:01 triumph. The son of Jereme's Jet is trained and owned by Pierre Leclerc of Louiseville, QC and was driven by Pascal Berube. They were parked out to the opening quarter mile by Super Deuce AM and driver Sylvain Lacaille in a speedy :28.3. Once cleared to the lead, Jefferson Tare led to the half mile in 1:00.1 with Inbox Hanover (Marc Belanger) coming first-over and D G's Justlikethat (Stephane Brosseau) following the outside flow to the three-quarters in 1:30.4. But Jefferson Tare proved to be too tough on the front end and went on to win by a half length. Super Deuce AM held for second with D G's Justlikethat finishing third. Jefferson Tare paid $3.60 to win as the betting favorite. In the 10th and final race of the evening, Dancer's Cam, a 22-1 long shot, scored an upset win and paid $46.10 to win. That helped the evening total rise on average win payoff price this season from $12.48 after 51 races to $12.79 after 61 races, which is one of the highest averages in North America. from the Quebec Jockey Club
Shanghai Phil is a proven harness racing Stallion with a very credible performance by his only Ontario crop of 39 foals, 2 YO's in 2012. He has been the leading pacing sire in Quebec for several years and will stand for a fee of $2,000 at Kendal Hills Stud Farm in Campbellcroft, Ontario.
To revive and revitalize the harness racing industry in Quebec, the Quebec Jockey Club is proud to annouce that it has completed the deal to acquire the Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres, which had been closed since December 30, 2008.
With just over one week before the end of 2011 Hippodrome de Quebec's harness racing season, a few drivers and trainers have distinguished themselves during the year and are still battling for the championship in their category.
More than $106,000 in purses will be offered Saturday afternoon at Hippodrome de Quebec for the 15th harness racing program in 2011, announcing a day filled with emotion.
After a short break, live harness racing will resume at Hippodrome de Quebec on Saturday, September 3, for the last stretch of 2011 season. During the next month, racing fans will go through a wide range of emotions. Live horse racing at Hippodrome de Quebec will take place every Saturday and Sunday until September 25. Post time is 1:00 p.m.
On Sunday, August 7, 2011, the Hippodrome de Quebec will rocked by the music of the postwar years. For the first time since he underwent heart surgery on last spring, Guy Emond will sing to the crowd. "In addition to the song, the horse racing is one of my passions and I will be very happy to be there with the Quebec racing fans," said the former sports columnist.
The next weekend at the Hippodrome de Quebec will be emotional days. Indeed, harness racing fans will enjoy the racing programs on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 while the best horses in province will be on the track as part of the Quebec-bred Series.
Starting on Saturday, July 16, the Hippodrome de Quebec will give twice as much fun to harness racing fans, while two racing cards per week are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, with a 1:00 p.m. first-race post time.
Just as he did last week, the four-year old pacer Beach Runner A M stole the show Sunday afternoon (July 10) at the Hippodrome de Quebec, winning one of four Quebec-Bred Series Finals. The son of Beach Of Faith cut tharness racing fractions of 27.4, :57 and 1:26.4 en route to a decisive victory in 1:55.3, setting a season's track record by a one-fifth of a second.
On Sunday, July 10, 2011, racing fans at Hippodrome de Quebec could sink their teeth into a 10-stong harness racing program which will feature a set of four $15,000 Quebec-bred Series Finals for 4-year-old and 5-year-old trotters and pacers.
Inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and his wife Kate) in Quebec city, the four and five-year-old horses took up the challenge with enthusiasm Sunday afternoon (July 3) in Hippodrome de Quebec, in Quebec-bred Series harness racing eliminations.