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) firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
In spite of unpleasant weather conditions, a colorful show took place at the Hippodrome de Quebec on Sunday afternoon (June 26). Several harness racing fans braved the bad weather to cheer on their favorites and bet more than $40,000 for the second consecutive week.
The Quebec Jockey Club seeks urgent changes to rules governing OTBs (Quebec, June 22, 2011) - The Quebec Jockey Club (QJC) wishes to clarify that the only betting parlour sanctioned by the QJC is the one operating at the Hippodrome in Quebec City.
The 2011 harness racing season of the Hippodrome de Quebec has really begun on the right hoof. A crowd of more than 2,500 people took up on an invitation of the Quebec Jockey Club to witness a 10-races card on Sunday afternoon (June 19) in a rural atmosphere and the sound of Roland Martel orchestra, composed of 17 musicians.