Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The future equine stars of harness racing will be in the limelight at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with the opening round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for pacing colts and fillies. There are four divisions on the program, two for fillies and two for colts. After three weeks of preliminary competition, the top eight point earners in each division will return to 3R on Sunday, September 6 for their respective $65,000 finals. The colts do battle in the second and fourth races. The early standout in the colt division is Mr Mach Jimmy. He starts from the rail in the second race as the 5/2 morning line favorite despite being winless in five starts. Sired by Mach Three, Mr Mach Jimmy has been racing mainly at Mohawk Raceway and even though he is still a maiden, he has been race timed in 1:55.4 twice, one being a third place finish in an $18,000 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes. He will be driven by Pascal Berube. The fourth race second colt division shines the spotlight on local performer Sagawi. Sired in Quebec by Goliath Bayama, Sagawi enters the series off an impressive 2:01 triumph at 3R in late July. In that race he wired the field for driver Francis Picard. Two other contenders in the field who are still both maidens are Cronos from post three for driver Marie Claude Auger and Chummy Park from post four and he will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. The fillies are in the limelight in the first and fifth races on the Sunday program. The first race is a wide-open affair with the early favorite's role going to the Bayama Farms Xena Bayama from post four. Trained and driven by Yves Filion, Xena Bayama starts from post five. The homebred daughter of Leader Bayama won at 3R two starts back and last week was race timed in 2:01.3. In the fifth race fans may get to see the early favorite to sweep the series in HP Sissy. She starts from post three for driver Guy Gagnon and after six starts she is still a maiden but with great speed. Sired by Up The Credit, HP Sissy has been racing mainly at Mohawk where she was second in her last start by a head in 1:56.3. Earlier this season she has been race timed as fast as 1:54.4 for trainer Jean Tourgny. HP Sissy made her debut at 3R back on June 28 where she raced against older horses and was fourth, timed in 2:01.2 so we know she can handle a half mile track. Track Notes: There will be a press conference for the drawings of post positions for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete field on Thursday, August 20 starting at 10:30 am. The emcee for the event will be track announcer Guy LaFontaine. All Bets Off, one of the leading candidates for the Prix D'Ete, was second in the $300,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Friday. His stablemate, Limelight Beach, was fifth. Both horses hail from the Ron Burke Stable and are expected to be entered in the Prix D'Ete. Trainer Rene Allard has committed Big Boy Dreams to race in the Prix D'Ete. He is hoping to make it a double next weekend as he hopes to win the Gold Cup & Saucer on Prince Edward Island Saturday and then will come right to Trois-Rivieres for the Prix D'Ete. From The Quebec Jockey Club
It's been over a decade since harness racing driver Sylvain Filion won his first and only Breeders Crown championship. On Saturday night at Woodbine, he'll have half a dozen chances to make a return trip to the winner's circle.
Though it didn't happen in a Breeders Crown elimination, Rebeka Bayama's impressive, 1:48.4 track-record tying performance at Woodbine in an Open Mare prep on Friday night established her as a top harness racing contender for the US$600,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace Final on Oct. 27.
Two sophomores, colt pacer Michael's Power and colt trotter Intimidate, along with mare pacer Rebeka Bayama were supplemented to their respective harness racing divisions by the noon deadline on Monday, Oct. 15.
Harness racing drivers Scott Zeron, Mario Ballargeon and Sylvain Filion all scored a double each tonight Friday the 18th of Novermber at Woodbine Raceway. The biggest win of the night was the Leader Bayama mare Rebeka Bayama scoring with Sylvain Filion driving her to victory in the $42,000 fillies and mares open.