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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy (LPR), the second leading dash winning driver (319 wins) and third leading money winning driver (C$5 million) in all of Canada this year, returns from the WEG circuit in Toronto, to his home track at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday to compete in seven of the ten races on the program. "I had an opportunity to come back home this Sunday and am taking it," LPR said. "It's my world at H3R. I have many supporters. These are the people who gave me my first chances to race professionally and, of course, I always look forward to coming back and competing." LPR has been on a whirlwind tour as of late. "In the last few week," LPR said. "I've had the chance to race at two tracks I have never be at before, last Friday at Hoosier Park, Indiana in the Breeders Crown and during September at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky. "The weather was not so great at Hoosier Park, but it was a very nice place to compete," LPR added. "And my experience at the Red Mile was super. What a great track it is. I was lucky enough to drive a couple of Rene Allard's horses and during the week to jog a few. It's like racing on a carpet. You can't even hear the sounds of the horse's hooves. "This all gave me a great taste of the Grand Circuit," LPR said. "I hope I can race more in these events next year. I would be very receptive to do it if the opportunity comes about." LPR's talents will be put to the test in the feature race, the Invitational Pace in the eighth race where he will be driving the Allard's Stables Crombie A from post three. Only a two-time winner this season in 25 starts, the Australian-bred 11-year-old stallion by Life Sign draws a good inside post for the first time in six starts for trainer Michel Allard. His main competition will come from the 5/2 morning line favorite, Bali, in post seven for trainer/driver Marie Claude Auger and the Auger Family of Trois-Rivieres. In his last start, Bali, who was driven then by Sylvain Lacaille, wired the field in a romp at H3R, winning by six open lengths in 1:53.3 for his tenth triumph of the season. He has now won three of his last four starts. The other return winner in the field is Sports Authority from the rail for driver Pierre Luc Roy. He wired the field in the mud last week at H3R in 2:00.3 on a sloppy track that allowed three seconds. He has prior miles in 1:54.2 at H3R and earlier this season won in 1:52.4 for trainer Maxime Velaye. Other contenders in the field include National Debt (post eight), Atomic Million AM (post six) and the lone mare in the field, Rainbow Palace (post two). With rain in the forecast for Sunday's program, LPR was reminded about the last time he drove on a sloppy track at H3R, when he won eight races on the program. Can he do that well again? "That was just a super day," LPR said. "I would love nothing more than to have another day like that this Sunday." First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program visit, www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Youaremycandygirl went to the front and never looked back en route to a 40-1 harness racing stunner in the $500,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes. The Ron Burke trained filly bested seven other two-year-old pacing fillies in a sizzling 1:50.4. Driver Louis Philippe Roy opted to blast the daughter of American Ideal out from post-eight and secured the front through a :26.4 opening-quarter. Kendall Seelster, the 4/5 favourite, left from the rail and got the two-hole trip. Youaremycandygirl rolled along through fractions of :55 and 1:23 to lead by a length and a half turning for home. The outer-flow developed at the half, but didn't advance right away, which stalled star filly Percy Blue Chip at the back. In the stretch, Youaremycandygirl showed plenty of determination and stormed home in :27.4 to score by a length and a quarter over Kendall Seelster. Come See The Show finished third, while Percy Blue Chip came from last to finish fourth. "Going into the last turn she did the same as the first turn and put in some bad steps and I couldn't let her go that much," said Roy following the race. "I had a lot of horse in the last turn and I said if I can just get her to go around the last turn she'll be hard to beat. "Behind the gate I was planning to race her from behind, but I changed my mind pretty quick because no one was leaving inside of me." Owned by W. Donovan, Youaremycandygirl did not enter Saturday's contest with the record of a 40-1 shot. The Burke trainee was three for five competing in New York Sires Stakes events. A $150,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Youaremycandygirl earnings soar to $331,545 following her victory Saturday. The combination of Roy and Burke has found success this season at Mohawk and the reinsman is grateful for the opportunity he's received from the sport's leading trainer. "I'm really thankful to him. I don't even know if I've ever talked to him, but he puts a lot of confidence in me and I really appreciate it. The whole team, his brother too, I really appreciate it." A $2 win ticket on Youaremycandygirl returned $82.70, $17.10 and $6.30. The $2 Exacta with Kendall Seelster ($2.90, $2.40) paid $178.00, while the $1 Trifecta including Come See The Show ($3.80) paid $510.80. The $1 Superfecta with Percy Blue Chip returned $1,582.05. Youaremycandygirl Mark McKelvie

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC - The Sunday feature at Hippodrome Trois Riveries / 3R was the Lucien Bombardier Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies. Mr. Bombardier, who is a member of the Canadian Harness Racing Hall of Fame, had a career of over 50 years in the standardbred sport, during which he progressed through the ranks from horseman to administrator/executive to one of the great organizers and "builders" of the sport, especially in his native Quebec. The 1:58.4 winner of the $38,500 event was Azure Seelster, a filly whose breeding Mr. Bombardier, also a stock farm executive, would admire: a daughter of Shadow Play out of Winbak Alice, whose dam Lady Camella was bred to Shadow Play and produced no less than the $1.9M-winning world champion Lady Shadow. While Azure Seelster may have a bit more to accomplish to get in the Lady Shadow category, she already has four victories, including two Ontario Roots victories and the Bombardier. At 3R driver Louis Philippe Roy bided his time early as Lit De Rose, the recent winner of the Prix de l'Avenir 2PF Championship, went to the early lead, then brushed up to take command nearing the 27.4 quarter. The rest was anticlimax, with Roy posting middle splits of 58 and 1:28.4, then drew away from Lit De Rose (driven by his brother Pierre Luc Roy) for a six length victory. The winner, trained by Jacques Dupont, was part of a three-way coupled entry with interlocking ownership; the full ownership of the winner of $50,537 is Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc., 9099 3833 Quebec Inc, 2745 5815 Quebec Inc., and Paul Lehoux. There were enough fast-class trotters to have two divisions of the Invitational, the "Or" (gold) and the "Argent" (silver). In the top class, which went for $8000, the Broadway Hall gelding Unabating had to live up to his name, as he was parked most of the mile, yet still managed to hang on to the wire, stopping the timer in 2:00.1 to run his 2016-17 record to 21 wins in 48 starts. Guy Gagnon, the leading driver in North America in the 300-499 drives category, is the driver and trainer of Unabating for owner Catheline Pelletier. In the $5000 second-level trot, the Kadabra gelding Tuscans Memory had to go the tough first-over route, but she proved game and turned back a closely-packed group at the wire to tally in 2:00.3. Jocelyn Gendron had sulky duty behind the six-time seasonal winner for trainer Pierre Ouellette Jr. and the ownership of 9172-3161 Quebec Inc. Contrasting the trotting situation, the Invitational pace did not fill this week, so the Royal Mattjesty mare Rainbow Palace, who defeated "the boys" in the August 27 Invite, was able to get into the top fast-class pace of the day, worth $3800, via an AE condition, and Rainbow Palace took full advantage of the opportunity, as the Dominique Picard-trained distaff was quarter-moved by owner/driver Francis Picard and increased her margin in the last stanza, finishing by herself in 1:55.4. FINISHING LINES - Mister Big Top set a track record of 2:58 for 1½ miles on the pace Saturday at the Bedford regional oval on Saturday while winning the $5000 Serie de L'Estrie Finale, defeating Maximus Decimus and thereby reversing a decision occurring over a mile the previous Monday at the Brome regional track. Mister Big Shot knocked 2/5 of a second off the Bedford mark for the extended distance, set by Bali a year minus a day earlier ... Bedford, located near the Quebec-New York-Vermont border (and not far from where Lucien Bombardier grew up), is generally considered the fastest of the Quebec regional circuit tracks, and six miles in 2:00 or less Saturday supported this belief, with the quickest a 1:56 victory for Chaleurs Magic and driver Dany Mainguy. Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC --- This Sunday (Sept. 10) eight 2-year-old pacing fillies will battle it out at the Hippodrome 3R in the annual Lucien Bombardier Stakes, going for a purse of C$38,5200. And this year, the field is highlighted by four return winners in the eighth race feature. One of the pioneers of horse racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, QC, Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (CSHS). The following year, at age 86, Bombardier became the first honorary director of the CSHS. His appointment by the board of directors in January 1993 was in recognition of achievement and contribution to the Society and the Standardbred industry. Bombardier was also honored in 1985 when he was recognized for his life-long devotion to the industry as the recipient of the Society's General Achievement Award for his excellence, leadership and contribution to the breeding industry and by his election into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame the following year. Bombardier started training and driving harness horses at agricultural fair meetings in Quebec at an early age. In the early 1940s, he left a business career to open a large racing stable at Richelieu Park in Montreal and in 1953 he accepted an executive position with Blue Bonnets. During 25 years in racetrack management he played a role in developing many changes and innovations that helped make harness racing a major sport industry and earned him an enviable reputation on both sides of the border. He also served as a director of Harness Tracks of America and the Canadian Trotting Association. At age 68 Bombardier retired from Blue Bonnets and embarked upon a new career when he became an executive with Angus Farms in Bedford, QC, one of the province's most successful breeding establishments. Bombardier died in 1995 and was honored each year at the Hippodrome de Montreal with the running of the Lucien Bombardier Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. With sponsorship from Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club, the Hippodrome 3R revived the stakes race in 2011. This year's stakes event features Azure Seelster, starting from post four for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. This daughter of Shadow Play has already won three of her six starts for trainer Jacques Dupont. In just her last start she won a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Mohawk Raceway in 1:54.3 by three and one-half lengths. Earlier this season at Grand River Raceway's half mile oval, Azure Seelster took her lifetime mark with a 1:54.3 score. Azure Seelster is part of a three-horse entry with Miss Rockadali (post five) and Katniss S BG (post seven) who are both trained by Yves Filion. Miss Rockadali is the weakest of the entry, but Katniss S BG was second last week in the C$55,000 Future Stars Series and prior had won two preliminary rounds of the series. Lit De Rose is the second choice in the race and rightly so. This daughter of Leader Bayama, trained by Maxime Velaye and owned and bred by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel, is on a three-race winning streak. Last week was the biggest win of her early career, three wins in just five starts, as she led from start to finish over a sloppy track at H3R to capture the C$55,000 Future Stars Final. She did it in 2:02, but the following start showed she can also win in 1:59.1. Lit De Rose will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy. A newcomer to H3R, Cold Creek Lacey, goes from post two for driver Stephane Brosseau. In her last start, the Shanghai Phil filly wired the field at Kawartha Downs in 1:58. She is trained by Craig Barssi. Kiss My Shadow is the fourth return winner and is saddled with starting from post eight for driver Guy Gagnon and trainer and co-owner Chantal Mitchell. Last week at Flamboro Downs, Kiss My Shadow took a lifetime mark of 2:00.4. Completing the field are D Gs Shadowbell (post one), who has won three of her last four starts for driver Jonathan Lachance and Liisawithtwoeyes, who starts from post three for driver Stephen Gendron and trainer Francis Richard. Post time is 12:30 pm and for a free race program or information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - This Sunday the Hippodrome 3R will host its richest harness racing program of the 2017 season with the finals for the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old's and the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's, with C$480,000 in purses. There are eight championship events for the trotters and pacers, colts and fillies. The four Breeders Cup Finals will each race for C$65,000 and the four Future Stars Finals each go for C$55,000. The attractive purses have also drawn some of the sports top drivers back to their "stomping grounds" including last year's leading driver at H3R, Louis-Philippe Roy, two-time O'Brien Award winner, Sylvain Filion and Trois-Rivieres native Daniel Dube. All three will be driving in most of the finals. In fact, some of the races feature brothers Louis-Philippe and Pierre-Luc Roy and Sylvain and Justin Filion going head-to-head and one race has father-son, Yves and Sylvain Filion, battling against each other. The Future Stars Final for two-year-old pacing colts begins the show in the first race where Stock starts from post two trainer Dany Fontaine and has won four of his five lifetime starts, the fastest a 1:54.2 victory in his elimination division of the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway. The second race switches to the Breeders Cup Final for three-year-old trotting fillies featuring Capteur De Reve (post one) taking on Kinnder Dangerous (post five). Each have beaten the other in the preliminary rounds. Two-year-old trotting fillies battle in their Future Stars Final in race three headlined by Precieuse CC (post one), who is seeking to make a clean sweep of the series. She has three wins in her four starts. The Breeders Cup Final for three-year-old trotting fillies is the fifth race. Affirmee (post seven) won two of the three legs leading towards the final for trainer Maxime Velaye. The sixth race features the Future Stars Final for two-year-old trotting colts. The race favorite is Nobodynojustic (post seven), who was a winner in the series but most recently has a win in 2:00 and a second in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Series. Two-year-old pacing fillies go at it in the seven race Future Stars Final where the Guy Corbeil owned, Maxime Velaye trained entry of Lit De Rose (post two) and Lune Blue (post five) head the field. Lit De Rose is the strongest of the two, having won her last two starts, the fastest a 1:59.1 romp at H3R in the last leg of the series. The fastest of the finals will be the eighth race final of the Breeders Cup for three-year-old pacing colts. Here is where last year's champion and track record holder, Wildriverbumblebee, starts from post seven and in his last start set a lifetime mark of 1:53 in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Georgian Downs. This may also be the toughest division as nearly every starter in the field has been racing very well. The ninth race is the last of the finals with the three-year-old pacing fillies battling it out in the Breeders Cup Final. Y S Tallia (post four) and Yaris Bayama (post three) renew their rivalry from the preliminary rounds. Post time is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It's not often that you see a much older trotter that can still show his heels to younger rivals, especially in the Invitational ranks, but that is the case when it comes to Four Starz Speed at the Hippodrome 3R. Come this Sunday, the 12-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall will seek his eighth victory of the year at H3R, starting from post seven for trainer/driver Kevin Maguire in the 7th race Invitational Trot. Last week was win number seven for Four Starz Speed, who was able to lead from start to finish for driver Louis-Philippe Roy, winning by three open lengths in 1:59. He is listed as the 7/2 third choice in the morning line. Owned by the Maguire Stable of Sainte-Marie, doing well, winning races and making money has been the standard year-in-year out for Four Starz Speed. Last year, at age 11, he posted an impressive 13 wins with earnings of $54,784. He already has bankrolled $39,889 this year with his seven wins, seven second and two third place finishes in just 20 starts and could well surpass his earnings from last year. Career-wise, Four Starz Speed has won $831,887. But once again it will not be an easy walk-in-the-park for Four Starz Speed faces some stiff competition, especially from Unabating. From the barn of Guy Gagnon and owned by Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, Unabating had five wins and five seconds in his 14 starts this year. He is the 5/2 morning line favorite in the race. A nine-year-old gelding by Broadway Hall, Unabating ships back to H3R after back to back second place finishes at Rideau Carlton and prior to that, he had won the Invitational Trot at H3R, also in 1:59. Guy Gagnon will do the driving from post four. The lone mare in the field, Torches Angel, goes from post five for driver Pierre Luc Roy. She was second to Four Starz Speed last week. Sports Authority, who had the long shot hopes of Trois-Rivieres behind him in the Prix D'Ete last week, but finished last in the race, is back in the eighth race to headline the Invitational Pace. He starts from post six and is the 5/2 favorite in the race. Moving up in class for the first time in the Invitational is Tidewater Tomahawk off the strength of two strong wins against lesser. He starts from the rail for driver Daniel Mondou. Track Notes: There is also an extra distance race in the sixth Sunday for pacers, as a large field of eleven starters will go at one and one-half miles, three laps around the H3R half mile oval. Driver Stephane Brosseau, needs just one win to reach the 3,000-win career mark, but most likely that will come at the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit on Saturday, but Brosseau will still be honored Sunday at H3R for his special achievement. Coming up on Sunday, September 3, will be the Quebec-Bred Championship Day with four $65,000 finals for three-year-old's and four $55,000 finals for two-year-old trotters and pacers. It is annually the richest day of race at H3R during the season with total purses on the program of more than C$500,000. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 7 - Summer Travel became North America's fastest two-year-old of the season with a dominating 1:50.3 harness racing performance in Monday's $39,800 Dream Maker Final at Mohawk Racetrack. The son of Western Ideal improved to three for three by putting on a show against five rivals in the series finale. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Summer Travel got away third in the early stages, while Trump That moved up to take the lead away from Albergo Hanover at the opening-quarter in :27.4. Summer Travel got his cue to go entering the backstretch and rushed to the lead, posting a half of :56.1. The Casie Coleman trainee proceeded to pace back-to-back :27.1 quarters to leave his rivals well behind and pull off a sensational 9¾ lengths victory in a stakes record 1:50.3. Trump That finished second, while Albergo Hanover was third. A $35,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, Summer Travel appears to be the next big star for his connections of West Wins Stable, Mac Nichol and Calhoun Racing Limited. "He's been impressive since day one," said Coleman. "He's really special. He shows a ton of speed. "I was worried about him, he's got a bit of a high stepping gait to him. I loved him as a yearling, but then when he had his gait I was a little bit worried about that, but it's obviously not slowing him down any." Coleman, who has trained many top colts, had high praise for where Summer Travel ranks at this point. "None of them had done what Summer Travel's done this early and he's doing it so easy, like you could see the plugs were in tonight. I've had a little bit of sickness, allergies that I've been battling with him and he's honestly not even 100 per cent yet, but I'm going to have him 100 per cent when it's time next month." Coleman confirmed that Summer Travel is being pointed towards the Grand Circuit events coming up at Mohawk, including the Nassagaweya, Champlain and Metro. Summer Travel paid $2.70 to win. Summer Travel While the Dream Maker Series concluded Monday, the Pure Ivory Series for two-year-old trotting fillies kicked off with a pair of $14,000 divisions. Conway Hall filly Shazamm was able to power by rivals in the stretch to win the first division in 1:58 for driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Renaldo Morales III. A $12,000 Harrisburg purchase, Shazamm was coming into Monday's start off a victory on July 31 at Ocean Downs in Maryland. The rookie trotting filly now has two wins in three starts and $16,775 earned for owner Dan Clements. Shazamm paid $14.90 to win. Shazamm Rick Zeron trainee Courtney Hanover broke through with a strong 1:56.3 winning performance in the second split. The daughter of Cantab Hall converted off a two-hole trip to break her maiden and post the nation's fastest two-year-old trotting mile of the season. Courtney Hanover, who had been racing in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes recently, was a $47,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg and is now one for four with $10,500 banked for owners Rick Zeron Stables, Paul Marion, Bruno Dipoce and Howard Taylor. She paid $13.10 to win. Courtney Hanover The second leg of the Pure Ivory will take place next Monday (August 14). Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - There was no world record set in the special two-mile race at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, but there was plenty of racing action in the four-lap event. Sea Donkey and driver Pascal Berube took the early lead away from Northern Juno (Denis Audet) after the opening quarter in :28.2. Then Audet came right back to the front with Northern Juno and led the field to the half mile in 1:00.2 and the three-quarters in 1:32. Then Louis-Philippe Roy came first-over with Ninoscredit before the mile in 2:03.2, but was unable to take command away from Northern Juno as they went 2:35.4 to the 1 ¼ mile. At the 1 ½ mile mark in 3:07, the action heated up as Stephane Brosseau took CF Sting Rei three-wide in front of the grandstand. They were followed by Mister Big Top (Stephane Gendron) and Tiguan Seelster (Stephane Lareau). In the backstretch the final time, it was the three Stephane's in command with CF Sting Rei (Brosseau) clearing to the lead, leaving Mister Big Top first over at the 1 ¾ mile mark at 3:36.3 and Tiguan Seelster trying to follow his cover. Then Gendron urged Mister Big Top and they blew right by CF Sing Rei and pulled away from the field to win by six and three-quarter lengths. CF Sting Rei was second with Tiguan Seelster third. The time of the race was 4:06.1, well off the world record set last year by Strokin in 4:02.4. For Mister Big Top, it was the fourth win this year for the five-year-old gelded son of Mister Big. He is trained by Yves Tessier and is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville, paying $4.80 to win. There were six divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old colt and filly pacers. Each sex had three divisions. The fastest mile of all the freshman pacers took place in the 12th race, the last race of the program. Power Fog and driver Jocelyn Gendron was able to grind out the early lead over Challenge Magic (Louis-Philippe Roy) to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Then had things their own way until Lucky Match (Yves Filion) came first-over after the half mile in 1:00, then as the pace picked up, dropped in behind Power Fog, getting a breather to the three-quarters in 1:30.1. Then the action heated up as Filion pulled out of the pocket and came after Power Fog, but Gendron's colt was able to dig in after a torrid stretch drive to win by a half-length in 2:00. Big Mach (Mario Charron) was third. Sired by Power Park, it was the second win in four starts for Power Fog, who is trained by Dominic Gladu for owner/breeder Gilbert Sauve, paying $5.10 to win. In the fifth race, Louis-Philippe Roy and Phil Dorleans, the full brother to $800,000 winner Duc Dorleans, was able to lead from start to finish and hold off a bold three-wide move by G A Speed Sammy (Alain Garrier) in the backstretch, to win in 2:01.3. Leader Tonight (Mario Charron) was third. A son of Shanghai Phil, it was the maiden win for Phil Dorleans, who is trained by Jacques Dupont for owner/breeders Dorleans Stable and Gestion Levesque. He paid $2.40 to win. The seventh race division saw Louis-Philippe Roy return to the winner's circle with a colt that his co-owns with trainer Kevin Maguire named El Muchacho. Following pacesetter Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) in second until the backstretch, Roy then moved first-over with El Muchacho, clearing to the lead and winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:02. Kinnder Jackson was second with last week's winner, Chloes Master, the heavy favorite, finishing third. It was the second win in four starts for the colt by Goliath Bayama, who went off at odds of 9-1 and paid $20.50 to win. The fastest of the fillies was D Gs Shadowbell, who notched her second straight win for driver Jonathan Lachance and trainer Mario Lachance in the third race. The heavy favorite, Hammering Haley (Louis-Philippe Roy), cut the mile early on but Lachance came first-over with D Gs Shadowbell and took command for good before the half mile marker and went on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:00.4. Hammering Haley was second with Liisawithtwoeyes (Stephane Gendron) third. The daughter of Shadow Play is owned and bred by Daniel Surprenant and paid $9.20 to win. Next came a real nail-bitter to the in the fourth race as return winner Le Balafre and driver Stephane Brosseau went right to the lead from post seven. Following their cover was the 4/5 favorite Katniss S BG and trainer/driver Yves Filion. Filion was content to sit the pocket trip until the three-quarters, when they came first-over to challenge. Those two battled neck and neck around the final turn along with the fast closing Lit De Rose (Pierre Luc Roy). As they came to the wire, Katniss S BG just got up by a neck over La Balafre with Katniss S BG third by a half-length in 2:01.1. It was a lifetime mark for the Mach Three filly, who was bred and is co-owned by Sylvain Descheneauz and Gaston Bibeau, paying $3.60 to win. Katniss S BG, is named after the Katniss Everdeen character in the very popular Hunger Games. The last filly division was the eighth race where Road To Lea (Stephane Brosseau) led early in the mile, then gave way to a determined Miss Rockadali (Yves Filion) until the backstretch, when Butterfly GB (Stephane Gendron) came first-over and cleared to the lead. Then Brosseau found clearance with Road To Lea and moved three-wide and was able to not only collar race favorite, Butterfuly GB, but pass them by and went on to win by four lengths in 2:01.2. Lune Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) was second with Butterfly BG third. Sired by Holiday Road, it was the maiden victory for Road To Lea. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder/owner Gaetan Bono Stable and paid $6.60 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron has the hot hands for the afternoon, scoring three winners on the card. All six of the Future Star Series saw lifetime marks for the winners. This was the last Sunday race card as the Hippodrome 3R takes a two-week break while the Grand Prix auto races take place in Trois-Rivieres. Live racing resumes on Wednesday, August 16 when H3R hosts the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship with a special first race post time of 7:15 pm. Then on Sunday, August 20 is the fourth revival of the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete with a special first race post time of 2:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 24 - The harness racing 'Photo Finish Camera' was put to good use to determine the winner of Monday night's Dream Maker Series opening leg at Mohawk Racetrack. Summer Travel held off inside rival Trump That by the smallest of margins to win the seven-horse $14,000 first leg. Coming in off an impressive 1:51.4 victory in his career debut, Summer Travel and driver Louis Philippe Roy got away fourth in the early-going, while Trump That went to the front for driver Jody Jamieson. Trump That posted soft opening-fractions of :28.3 and :58.4, which forced Roy to come first up just before the half with the heavy-favourite. Summer Travel cleared to command entering the far turn and ramped up the tempo by taking the field down to three-quarters in 1:26.3. In the stretch, Summer Travel was in full flight trying to stay ahead of his rival, but Trump That wasn't going away quietly and came charging with a late bid up the rail. The rookies hit the line together in 1:53.4. It took roughly five-minutes for Summer Travel to be declared the winner in a tight photo-finish. A son of Western Ideal, Summer Travel is trained by Casie Coleman for owners West Wins Stables, Mac Nichol and Calhoun Racing Limited. The $35,000 Harrisburg purchase is now two for two with $14,000 earned to start his career. Trump That, who is trained by Dave Menary, was one for one coming into Monday's Dream Maker leg. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere was an $80,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase for owners Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. Dragon Time, who is also trained by Menary, finished third, while Courtly Choice finished fourth for trainer Blake MacIntosh. Summer Travel paid $2.40 to win. Summer Travel The second leg of the Dream Maker Series is scheduled for next Monday (July 31). Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. An Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg for two-year-old filly trotters and a $34,000 Preferred Trot highlight the 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Canadian's leading money winning driver this season, Louis-Philippe Roy, is returning to his home track at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday for the start of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. But there is more at stake than just driving and winning races for LPR. "Aside from the racing," Roy said. "I like seeing my family, my friends, the racing fans and hopefully have a little bit of success on the track!" Success has come big time this year for Roy, who in addition to being Canada's leading money winning driver, he is also second in Canada in races won this year. But there is more to Roy just coming to drive in the stakes races this Sunday at H3R. He is also part owner of El Muchacho, who starts from the rail in the third race, the first colt division of the Future Stars Series. The son of Goliath Bayama from the Run The Table mare, Maple Lady, is co-owned by Roy with trainer Kevin Maguire. "I'm good friends with Kevin for a few years now," Roy explained. "We're not exactly from the same place in life, but we met in harness racing and developed a good friendship. "The last two years we went on vacations together in Dominican Republic and Cuba," Roy added. "And we often talked about buying a horse together. We bought this horse as a yearling through a private sale. I taught him his first lessons with Stephane Brosseau for a few months, and then Kevin had him at his farm since then. "The name, El Muchacho," Roy explained. "comes from one of these trips we went on, because Kevin's father-in-law was with us on that trip and used to call every guy down there Muchacho and it was funny. So that is where his name came from." El Muchacho won his first start on the Quebec fair circuit in 2:09.1. He has not faired that well in his next two starts and is listed at 6-1 for Sunday's race. He will face some formidable foes including Chloes Master (post five), who was bred and is owned by Daniel Dube. This gelding by Vintage Master has been raced timed his last two starts at Mohawk Raceway and Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2. Also in the race is the undefeated Lucky Match (post 6) for trainer/driver Yves Filion and recent H3R winner, Power Fog (post 7) for driver Jocelyn Gendron. "Driving babies is double duty," Roy said. "You want to teach them to race and also want to get the best result with them, especially in stakes races. Sometimes it's hard to combine both, but it's just more challenging. I like to try to develop them, especially when trainers give you a 100% confidence, because I understand that's it's a long process to get them to the races and that they have put a lot of time and work in them." The second colt division is the fourth race and it is highlighted by the Sportswriter colt, Stock, who starts from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. Trained by Dany Fontaine, Stock has already showed his winning ability as he just won a C$19,150 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Series at Mohawk Raceway in 1:55, the last quarter in a speedy :27.43. Also in the race is Phil Dorleans (post 5), who is a full-brother to pacing great, Duc Dorleans, p,5, 1:48.4 ($631,720), was second in the ONSS Grassroots in 1:56.2 and won a qualifying race at Mohawk Raceway in 1:57.4. This son of Shanghai Phil from the Shipps Purser mare, Legende Dorleans, will be driven by Roy for trainer Jacques Dupont. Another winner in the field is Kinnder Jackson (post nine) for driver Justin Filion. This colt by Allamerican Native is from the 100% producing mare, Lotsa Moxie, for owner, breeder and trainer Denitza Petrova. The fillies get underway in the 6th race where the Mach Three daughter, Katniss S BG starts from post seven for trainer/driver Yves Filion. She was second in her last start at Rideau Carlton in 1:59.1, but paced her last quarter mile in :27.2. Two return winners in the field are Super Spring (post one) and Liisawithtwoeyes (post eight). The seventh race features the undefeated Butterfly BG (post six), who is already going for her third straight win for trainer Daniel Martin. This daughter of Sportswriter recently won at H3R in 2:02.4 and will be driven by Stephane Gendron. Other hopefuls include Road To Lea (post three), who was timed in 1:57.1 at Georgia Downs in the ONSS Grassroots and Pacotille (post seven), who has two wins already on the Quebec Fair Circuit. After three weeks of preliminary rounds in the Future Stars Series, the top eight point earners will return for their respective C$55,000 finals on Sunday, September 3. Sunday's eight race Invitational Pace features the return of Half A Billion, who starts from post eight for driver LPR and is going for his seventh straight win. He has not raced for trainer Francis Richard since July 2 when he won in 1:53.4 and is taking on rival Sports Authority (post five), who won his last start at H3R in 1:54.4. First race post time is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

JUNE 27, 2017 - Harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy piloted two Ontario Sires Stakes winners at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening during a sophomore trotting colt contest that saw all three winners collect their first-ever Gold Series trophy. Roy's first victory came in the second $67,200 Gold division with LMC Mass Gem, who survived a tough trip to secure his second lifetime and first Ontario Sires Stakes victory. Starting from Post 9, LMC Mass Gem never saw the rail, touring the Mohawk oval alongside pacesetter and fan favourite R First Class through fractions of :27.1, :55.2 and 1:24.3. In the stretch LMC Mass Gem managed to trot away from a tired R First Class to a two and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:55.1. Dream Massive finished third. "I probably gave him the worst trip you can have and he kept going on," said Roy, with a rueful chuckle, from the winner's circle. "He (does) not have a real lot of speed, but he can carry on that speed for a while. "In the stretch I thought in my mind I was probably going to beat Sylvain (Filion with R First Class), because I seen his horse was a little bit more tired than mine, and I knew mine can carry his speed, like I said, for long," added the Mont-Joli, QC native. "But I thought that some were going to come too, but I didn't hear them until late stretch, so I was happy with the win." Roy crafted the victory for trainer Nick Gallucci of Brantford and owner Loredana Cirillo of Kleinberg, ON. A Grassroots competitor during his two-year-old season, LMC Mass Gem finished third in the sophomore Gold Series season opener at Flamboro Downs on May 21, which puts the son of Muscle Mass in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard with 62 points. LMC Mass Gem Roy, who currently leads all drivers in both the Ontario Sires Stakes and Mohawk Racetrack standings, scored his second win in the last Gold Series division, guiding Magic Night to an identical 1:55.1 clocking from Post 9. The Kadabra colt led from start to finish, posting fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:26.3 on his way to a three and one-half length triumph over Scene A Magician and Northern Major. "He's got so much talent, I think if he change his manners he might be probably the best one, going a little bit faster than what he showed tonight," said Roy of Magic Night, adding that the gelding can be a handful on the racetrack. While Mohawk fans may have been surprised with Magic Night's victory - he went off as their fourth choice - trainer Susanne Kerwood had been expecting a strong outing from the young trotter. "He didn't surprise me. I told a few people that I think he can win tonight, actually," said Kerwood. "When he had the ten-hole a couple weeks ago (June 5) here at Mohawk he went right to the top. He just got beat at the wire in 1:55, which I thought was pretty impressive. That's when he really started to impress me." Kerwood conditions Magic Night for fellow Rockwood, ON resident Tommy Andersson, who prepped the gelding for his sophomore season in Florida. Winless in seven starts, at both the Grassroots and Gold Series levels, and plagued by miscues as a two-year-old, Magic Night seems to have found his groove this season. He finished fourth in the Gold Series opener and currently has sole ownership of fourth spot in the standings with 58 points. Although he was a modest $17,000 yearling purchase for Andersson at the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Magic Night has success in his DNA. His mother Bedtime Songs is a half-sister to $1.7 million winner Pampered Princess and $824,457 Ontario Sired star Was It A Dream. "He's a nice big horse, big strong horse, and he's a beautiful animal, just a beautiful animal," added Kerwood, noting that her entire team has contributed to the gelding's current success. "I'm just fortunate to have him in training." Magic Night The other Gold Series trophy went home with Try Try Again, who extended his win streak to five for driver Chris Christoforou Jr. of Campbellville, ON, trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON and his partners Ecuries Daniel Plouffe Inc. of Bromont, QC, Noblock Racing Stable of Collingwood, ON and Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC. The colt was also a Grassroots winner at Mohawk on June 6. Starting from Post 4 Christoforou and Try Try Again were sitting fourth at the :27.2 quarter rung up by On First and heading for the :56.4 half they looked to be in perfect position, following favourite Mass Production up the outside. Unfortunately, for both fans and Try Try Again, the colt was left without a windbreak when Mass Production went off stride. In spite of that set back, Try Try Again was alongside On First by the 1:25.4 three-quarters and the Kadabra son held off Parkhill Nonstop by a length to record the 1:55.3 victory. On First settled for third. "He got a little sleepy there," said Jones from the winner's circle. "Chris thought he was going to draw away and he got a little sleepy at the wire, but he won by a length so that was good. "We've got him covered pretty good, his ears are blocked and that, so I think it's time to put a set of pull-out ear plugs on him," added the trainer. Try Try Again will be looking to make it six straight when the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings return to Mohawk Racetrack for their third Gold Series event on Saturday, July 22. Next up on the Campbellville oval's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are the three-year-old pacing colts, who will compete in their second Gold event on Mohawk's Canada Day program this Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 pm. The colts are slated to battle in Races 2, 6 and 8. Try Try Again OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - HP Sissy is the fastest female harness racing horse this season at the Hippodrome 3R and she will be facing the toughest task of her career on Sunday when she takes on six male rivals in the Invitational Pace feature. HP Sissy has just completed a clean sweep of the Quebec-Bred Series for older mares at H3R, winning all three preliminary rounds and then the $30,000 final. She pretty much overpowered the competition with her fastest mile a 1:54.4 clocking for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. The four-year-old daughter of Up The Credit is on a four-race winning streak and has had a week's rest. She starts from post two Sunday for driver Stephane Brosseau. HP Sissy was bred and is co-owned by Claude Hamel with Michel Damphousse. There are no images of top pacing mares like Shady Daisy or Silk Stocking in trainer Jean Tourigny's mind as a comparison to his decision in entering HP Sissy against the boys on Sunday. "You are talking about two world champions," Jean Tourigny smiled, "That might be too big a comparison to HP Sissy. We just wanted to try her for a week or two in this class before we ship her to Yonkers Raceway to race." HP Sissy is listed as the third choice in the 8th race feature where she will be taking on some formidable foes. The toughest will be the top pacer, Half A Billion, who starts from post five for driver Pierre-Luc Roy, the older brother of Louis-Philippe, who had been driving Half A Billion. Half A Billion will be the overwhelming favorite in the race and rightly so. He also made a clean sweep of the older horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series and two weeks ago set the track on fire in the $30,000 final, stopping the teletimer in 1:52.2. That clocking was the all-age record in the Quebec-Series and the fourth fastest mile ever at H3R. The other three miles coming in H3R's signature race, the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete. Half A Billion is a five-year-old gelding by Sportswriter, trained by Francis Richard and is on a four-race winning streak and sports six wins this year for owners Michel & Francois Letarte, Jean Allire and Corey Giles. Half A Billion was purchased two seasons ago and earned $74,000 last year for the new owners. He now has lifetime earnings of $198,597. It was also the first time that co-owner Francois Letarte ever owned a racehorse. How does Jean Touringy see HP Sissy going against Half A Billion? "We will see how she does on Sunday," Touringy said. "She has always shown me good racing ability since I started training her as a youngster. She has a good way about her. She is a good mare and always goes full out whenever she races." Louis-Philippe Roy, who drove both HP Sissy and Half A Billion to victory in their respective $30,000 finals two weeks ago, summed up the classic match-up this Sunday. "HP sissy can leave so fast and then control the race," Roy explained, "That's part of why she is so good on a half mile. As for Half A Billion, he was so strong last week, plugs in, and I think he can go faster if needed. "I would bet the exactor Half A Billion - HP Sissy... straight!" Roy joked. It's not a two-race horse by any means on Sunday. Of the other five contenders, there are two return winners in the field in Whitemountain Nemo and Highpoint Chip. Whitemountain Nemo starts from post four and is on a two-race win streak, the fastest a 1:55.2 score and Highpoint Chip (post seven) comes off a super closing effort two weeks ago in 1:56.3, his fifth win on the year and is the second choice in the morning line. Also entered are Iron Phil (post one), Art Again (post three) and Bali (post six). Track Notes: Many of the horses that lost to Half A Billion in the recent series are at H3R Sunday. Sports Authority takes a big drop in class and heads the first race Sunday. Mach On The Beach also drops in rank and is featured in the 9th race Preferred Pace (post eight), seeking his first win this year in 19 starts. His younger, full brother, Mr Match On Beach and Sugarsam, are both in the fourth race. First race post time is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Sling-shotting to the lead after a torrid early pace, Half A Billion and driver Louis-Philippe Roy re-wrote the Quebec-Bred Series all-age record with an amazing 1:52.2 victory Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The record-setting one mile pace was set in the sixth race, the $30,000 final of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old horses. It was Sports Authority and driver Pierre-Luc Roy who set the fast-early fractions, going to the lead from post three and cutting the mile to the opening quarter in :26.3, then to the half mile marker in :55 with Mr Match On Beach (Stephane Brosseau) sitting in second place and Half A Billion in third. It was at the half that Louis-Philippe Roy pulled on the right line and sent Half A Billion after the race leaders and the five-year-old gelding by Sportswriter responded with a burst of speed, clearing to the lead in the backstretch, opening up at the three-quarters in 1:23.3 and winning by nearly the length of the stretch (16 ½ lengths) over Sports Authority with Mr Match On Beach third. The prior record was held in 2015 by three-time Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Atomic Million AM in 1:52.3. The track record for older geldings is 1:52 set by Rockin Ron last year in the Prix D'Ete. "The thing I wanted most in the race with Half A Billion was fast fractions," Roy said. "It was an ideal mile for my horse. Sports Authority was to be feared, but I knew that my horse would respond the second half and once I asked him (Half A Billion) he just took off. He was perfect today thanks to trainer Richard Francis." For Half A Billion, it made for a clean sweep of the Quebec-Bred Series, his fourth straight win and sixth triumph of the year. He is trained by Francis Richard for owners Michel & Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire and Corey Giles, paying just $2.20 to win as the 1/9 wagering favorite. In the $30,000 final for the pacing mares, it was another clean sweep of the series as HP Sissy and driver Louis-Philippe Roy were once again easy winners by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:55. It was Wanda Bayama and trainer/driver/owner Yves Filion that began the ninth race final, shooting to the early lead and then stinging a first-over HP Sissy to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26.4. But Roy and HP Sissy wanted the lead and they eventually got it. Once on top, HP Sissy cut fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.4, holding the field at bay through to the winner's circle. Wanda Bayama was second with Skyfall Sena (Jocelyn Gendron) third. "I don't think that Yves Filion was trying to park me," Roy said. "They were going fast early fractions all day. Once we got to the lead my mare felt fine as she has done all throughout the series." "What a great race," said breeder and co-owner Claude Hamel, "a beautiful effort that made us so happy, a beautiful drive from Louis Philippe, what more can you ask for?" "I expected to win at least two races today," Roy added, "and it is great that it was these two finals." It was the fourth straight win for the Up The Credit four-year-old mare and her fifth win this year. She is trained by Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel, who co-owns HP Sissy with Michel Damphpusse. She paid $2.80 to win. Track Notes: Driver Francis Picard had the hot hands Sunday, scoring a driving triple. On Tuesday evening the third and final preliminary rounds of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotting mares and horses will take place. Heading the mares is Y S Suzanne while Holiday Party is featured in the older horse division. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The spotlight will be on two top pacers this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R as Half A Billion and HP Sissy are the respective favorites in their $30,000 divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old's. Half A Billion heads the sixth race division for horses and goes for a clean sweep of the series, trying for this fourth straight win and sixth triumph of the year. The five-year-old gelded son of Sportswriter sports the fastest mile by any horse so far at H3R this season. Two weeks ago, he won in a romp by six and one-half lengths in 1:53.1 for H3R's leading driver, Louis-Philippe Roy, who is back in the sulky Sunday with Half A Billion from post five. Trained by Francis Richard, Half A Billion is co-owned by Michael & Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire and Corey Giles. "The horse is in a great shape," said trainer Francis Richard, "and he seems to be even better when you spell him a week, like this year. A race is a race and he is facing some formidable opponents, but he has had the pressure to do well as the favorite before and I will do my best to get him ready on Sunday." In their last match-up, rival Sports Authority (Pierre-Luc Roy, older brother of LPR), was second to Half A Billion, his best effort so far this year in four starts. He starts from post three. The entry of full brothers Mr Match On Beach (post 4) and Mach On The Beach (post six) loom tough competition as well as 13-time winner and series champion last year, HP Patriote (post 2), for driver/trainer Gerard Demers. Also, not to be ignored is Sugarsam (post one), who was the Quebec Series Champion back in 2015. The mares do battle in the ninth race where HP Sissy seeks to make it a clean sweep in her division. She starts from post four and will be driven again by Louis-Philippe Roy. Her last start two weeks ago was her best of the 2017 season, moving to the lead for Roy after the opening quarter mile and then holding the field at bay, winning in 1:54.4. The four-year-old daughter of Up The Credit is trained by Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel, who co-owns her with Michel Damphousse. They race as part of an entry with HP Pandora (post five), who is also bred and owned by Hamel. Hoping for the upset win will be the five-year-old mare, Wanda Bayama, who is bred, owned, trained and driven by Bayama Farm's Hall of Famer, Yves Filion. She starts from post three. Another Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Miss Babe Delight, starts from post seven, but has yet to get on track in 2017, winless in 14 starts. First race post time is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It is most certainly looking like the "Year of the Roy" as harness racing hottest new driver, Quebec's 27-year-old Louis-Philippe Roy, soundly defeated many of the top drivers in harness racing with an impressive victory in the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R. Roy was the only driver in the tournament able to score points in all eight tournament races. He ended the day totaling 192 points with Stephane Bouchard second with 144 points and Scott Zeron third with 118 points. "I was not that sure how I would do," Roy said after winning. "I was told that I was the morning line favorite and that the favorite has never won the tournament before and I am very happy with the victory. "I was fortunate to have some good horses today," Roy explained. "They kept me close to the action at the finish and I know that helped a lot with the points." Roy won the 4th race pace with Whitemountain Nemo in 1:55.2. That was his only victory in the tournament, but combined with five second place finishes, one third and one fifth place finish, put his point totals well ahead of the rest of the drivers. Also in the competition was defending champion, Jody Jamieson, Hall of Famer David Miller, Grand Circuit Champion Yannick Gingras, Trois-Rivieres native Daniel Dube and two-time O'Brien award winning driver Sylvain Filion. There was a $10,000 prize offered. Bouchard, who was making his first return to the Hippodrome 3R in 20 years, was the only driver to win two of the tournament races. Defending champion Jody Jamieson was the only driver not to win one of the races. Three horses took lifetime marks in the tournament. The Hippodrome 3R named the eighth race the "ALS Fight For The Cure" honoring Bouchard, whose son, Olivier, passed away last year in Montreal at age 26 from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). There was a special blanket presentation to the winning horse and 15 members and friends of the Bouchard Family were in the winner's circle. The management at Quebec Jockey Club donated the proceedings from the daily 50/50 drawing to the ALS Foundation in Olivier Bouchard's memory. Roy, the youngest of the eight drivers in the field, currently is the leading money winning driver in all of Canada and is second in dash victories. Last year he was the leading driver not only at the Hippodrome 3R, but also at Rideau Carlton. This year he moved his base of operations to Toronto. "After this afternoon," Roy said. "I will to go Quebec City and celebrate with my friends and then tomorrow fly back to Toronto to race at Mohawk. Then I will be coming back to the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday for the Quebec-Bred Series finals." It was Scott Zeron, who at age 28, the second youngster driver in the tournament, who had the early lead, winning the first race of the tournament with Rainbow Palace in a lifetime mark of 1:55.3. Zeron then was second in the next two races to lead the group with 100 points. But with Roy finishing second five times and Zeron then failing to get points in some of the later races, Roy was able to seal the victory after the eighth race and extended the lead with a second-place finish in the ninth and final race of the tournament. "We had superb weather, a sold-out dining room, good betting handle and great drivers competing," said Quebec Jockey Club president Claude Levesque. "We could not ask for anything more for the tournament. I want to thank all the drivers for taking the time from their schedules to come to H3R and what great gentlemen they are. We also want to thank the owners and trainers for entering their horses in this competition." Total point standings for the tournament were: Louis-Philippe Roy 192; Stephane Bouchard 144; Scott Zeron 118; Daniel Dube 103; Sylvain Filion 94; David Miller 74; Yannick Gingras 65 and Jody Jamieson 39. TRACK NOTES: Live racing resumes Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R, post time 7:00 pm. Featured will be the second round of the $100,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotting mares and horses. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - If the morning line odds are true to form, then Louis-Philippe Roy will win Sunday afternoon's All-Star Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R. Then again, in past tournaments, the driver who is the morning line favorite, has never won. Louis-Philippe Roy (LPR) is the H3R driving champion last year and currently leads all drivers at the track early on this season. He is also the leading money winning driver in all of Canada so far, this year and is second in Canada in dash victories. But come this Sunday, LPR faces many of the world's top harness drivers in the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament at H3R. Included in the line-up are Hall of Famer David Miller, returning tournament champion Jody Jamieson, two-time O'Brien Award Winning Driver of the Year, Sylvain Filion, Trotting Triple Crown winner last year, Scott Zeron, Grand Circuit driving champion Yannick Gingras, recent $529,000 Levy Series Final winning driver and Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube and the return to Quebec after 17 years, Stephane Bouchard, who has 8,576 career wins. All eight drivers will compete in eight tournament races starting at 12:30 pm. The eight races are the 2nd through 9th events and the tournament prize is $10,000. Calculating from the morning line odds, LPR wins the tournament with 149 points, followed by Stephane Bouchard 140 points, Jody Jamieson (112) and Scott Zeron with 97 points. But as these tournaments have shown in the past, the morning line favorites usually do not prevail. Jamieson just got up last year in the last of the tournament races with a second place finish. The "tail of the tape" as they say, belongs to none other than David Miller. Inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame last year, Miller has been the Dan Patch Award Winning Driver of the Year the past two seasons. He leads all drivers in the competition with over 10,200 wins, $212 million in purses won and he is the oldest competitor at age 53. LPR is the youngest of the eight drivers at age 27. Just three years ago he was driving mainly on the Quebec Fair Circuit and the last year has surged to become a national leader. LPR has only 540 career wins and $3.5 million in earnings, more than half of those earnings since January 2017 when he joined the WEG circuit. Two weeks ago, he set a track record at H3R, winning eight of his eleven drives on one card. Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion are hometown favorites at H3R as well as LPR. The morning line stats are interesting in that every driver in the tournament has only one morning line favorite to drive. If that statistic comes true, then the winner of the tournament is the driver who can finish 2nd through 6th the most, earning as many placing points as possible. Points are 1st - 50, 2nd - 25, 3rd - 12, 4th - 8, 5th - 5 and 6th - 2 points. No points for 7th and 8th place. A driver with a horse that is scratched gets the average points they have earned in the tournament. Last year it was Jody Jamieson that won the inaugural tournament because he was the only driver to score points in every race. That was his key to victory. Reading the morning line "points earned" for the tournament is sort of like calling a long race with some interesting turn of events. It starts out with Scott Zeron going to the early lead followed by LPR with Miller stuck first-over and Bouchard second over. Dube then sweeps three-wide and gets in front of Miller, who is tiring. Yannick Gingras, who followed Dube three-wide, gets into second-over position while Zeron still leads the field and LPR sitting good in the pocket-seat. Jamieson then goes three-wide, loops Gingras, but can't get by Zeron as Miller fades to the back and Bouchard ends up following Jamieson with Sylvain Filion getting into the outside flow as they enter the backstretch. Miller, who was shuffled back to last, gets a second wind and follows Filion as LPR finds clearance at the three-quarters and goes after Zeron on the final turn. Coming for home, Filion is three-wide and coming on, Zeron and LPR are neck and neck starting down the stretch. Bouchard looped Miller and followed Filion and then tips four-wide as Dube looks for an opening as Miller and Gingras fade out of the picture. Jamieson gets live cover following LPR. Down to the finish it's LPR winning by a half-length over the late closing Bouchard with Jamieson third over Zeron, Dube and Filion finish in a dead heat for fifth place with Gingras and Miller at the back of the pack. Then again, Jamieson and Filion were not expected to do that well last year and Jamieson won it and Filion was third with John Campbell second. I guess that's why this competition can be so exciting. You never know who can win it! There will be an autograph, meet and greet, with all the drivers in the grandstand at H3R starting at 11:15 am Sunday morning. To watch and wager on the H3R races, visit most any wagering website. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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