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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club, the only harness racing horsemen's association in North America that is run by horse people and is a not-for-profit group, is hosting the $508,000 Super Sunday in Quebec at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday. The 12-race program will feature eight championship finals for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. It is the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. The finals for three-year-old's each race for a purse of $65,000 and the two-year-old finals each go for $55,000. There is one final for two-year-old trotting fillies that will be a non-wagering event held after the first race on the card Sunday. Post time for Super Sunday is 1:00 pm and joining the leading drivers at the track, Pascal Berube, Stephane Gendron, Stephane Brosseau and Pierre-Luc Roy, will be two of the top drivers in all of Canada, Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy. Both drivers began their careers at the Hippodrome 3R. Filion will be driving two horses that are trained by his father, Hall of Famer Yves Filion, in the finals. They are Celia Bayama (race 7) and Cadillac Bayama (race 9), both of whom are the betting favorites in their respective finals. Filion has a total of five drives in the finals. Louis-Philippe Roy has returned to drive on Super Sunday at the request of his longtime friend, trainer Francis Richard, who has five horses in the finals. They are Genetic Taurus (race 6), Ibiza Panic (race 7), YS Do It Right (race 9), Streakazana (race 10) and HP I Got To Play (race 11). Roy will drive in six of the finals. "It will be nice to see my friends from the track," Roy said. "And I also planned to spend the night in Quebec City with my parents after the races. My good friend Francis (Richard) asked me if I wanted to come and drive all of his horses in the finals, so I thought it would be a good time plan a little trip in Quebec, as I didn't have the chance to go back since Christmas with everything that happened with the Covid." There are two horses who are seeking sweeps of the series and finals. They are Mag N Lady and Acaena De Chakrika. Mag N Lady, a two-year-old trotting filly by Royalty For Life, headlines the non-wagering final. She has won her last three starts, all in the Future Stars Series for trainer-driver and co-owner Jean Francois Maguire of Ontario. In her last start, Mag N Lady set a track record with an amazing 1:59.2 victory, becoming the first two-year-old ever at H3R to trot under 2:00. Acaena De Chakrika goes from post 5 in the 10th race for driver Stephane Brosseau. The filly by Sunshine Beach was last year's two-year-old filly champion. This year she has swept all three preliminary legs, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:56.4 for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City. For a free race program for Super Sunday in Quebec, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Two of the best harness racing drivers in North America, Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy, are returning to the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday to compete in the $480,000 Quebec Championship Finals. It is Super Sunday in Quebec with finals being held for the trotters and pacers in the Breeders Trophy Series and Future Stars Series. The are four Breeders Trophy Finals for the three-year-old's, each with a purse of $65,000 and four Future Stars Finals for the two-year-old's, each with a purse of $55,000. Super Sunday is the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. The Hippodrome 3R is where both Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy began their harness racing careers. Both drivers are now standouts on the WEG (Woodbine Entertainment Group) Circuit in Ontario. "I will be there next Sunday for sure," said Filion, who had raced earlier this month at H3R, driving his father, Yves Filion, horse's in the Future Stars Series. "I always like coming back to drive at H3R." Yves Filion and his Bayama Farms have two top two-year-old pacing colts in Future Stars Final, Cadillac Bayama and Colonel Bayama. Cadillac Bayama will be driven by Filion. Bayama Farms will also have Celia Bayama in the Future Stars Final for the fillies. Filion has had five drives at H3R this season with three wins, one second and one third place finish. His Universal Driving Rating (batting average) UDR is an impressive .600. For Roy, it will be the first time that he has driven at H3R this season. "It will be nice to see my friends from the track," LPR said. "And I also planned to spend the night in Quebec City with my parents after the races. "My good friend Francis Richard asked me if I wanted to come and drive all of his horses in the finals," LPR explained. "So, I thought it would be a good time to plan a little trip in Quebec, as I didn't have the chance to go back since Christmas with everything that happened with the Covid." Both Filion and Roy know they are coming back to their home track and facing some tough drivers. The meets leader, Pascal Berube, sports a UDR of .401, Stephane Gendron has a UDR of .400 and Stephane Brosseau, Pierre-Luc Roy (LPR's older brother), Francis Picard, Steeven Genois and the youngster, Samuel Fillion (LPR's brother-in-law), are all top-class drivers. The draw for post positions for Super Sunday in Quebec is Wednesday afternoon. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Louis-Philippe Roy recently received his second straight Canadian Driver of the Year Award, but it was his success with two other 2019 O'Brien Award winners that most pleased him. The 30-year-old Roy was the regular driver of 2-year-old filly pacer Alicorn and 2-year-old male trotter HP Royal Theo, who each captured divisional O'Brien honors earlier this month. "I'm proud of my season with the young horses," said Roy, who was a standout in Quebec before moving to Ontario's Woodbine-Mohawk circuit in 2017. "I never raced on a big track until I came here, so that was the first adaptation for me. Then after, driving a lot of young horses in the summer, stakes horses, 2-year-olds. That was something I didn't do a lot in my early years. "I learned a lot of it by moving here when I started driving more 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds and teaching them how to race. I feel like I've learned a lot and improved a lot in my last two years with stakes horses. I'm proud of that." Roy has driven four O'Brien winners in the past two seasons, with female pacer Shower Play and male pacer Jimmy Freight both receiving honors in 2018 at age 3. He was the leading driver on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit in 2018. "You need to get those special horses to drive to step up to the Grand Circuit," Roy said. "Any type of competitive guy would tell you that he wants to compete at the highest level. That's for sure something I would like to do. To get there, you need the opportunities. I just want to keep doing good and take any of the opportunities I can get." Roy, who received Canada's Rising Star Award in 2016, won four times on the Grand Circuit in 2019, with four different horses: HP Royal Theo in the William Wellwood Memorial, Lindy The Great in the Caesars Trotting Classic, Alicorn in a division of the Eternal Camnation, and YS Mathis in a division of the Champlain. He finished second in purses among Canadian drivers and third in wins. In 2018, Roy led both categories. Roy is a graduate of the University of Quebec at Rimouski. For the first two years of his driving career, he also worked as a financial analyst for a telecommunications company. For the past three seasons, he has donated a full card's earnings to a food bank in his hometown. For his career, Roy has won 1,467 races and $16.4 million in purses. He is the fourth driver this century to receive Canada's Driver of the Year Award in consecutive years, joining Chris Christoforou, Mark MacDonald, and Sylvain Filion (who did it twice). "It's something I didn't expect to achieve yet but I'm very happy with it," Roy said. "I feel like I realize it more on those kinds of nights, when the awards happen, because in your everyday life you don't realize all the roads you've traveled to get where you're at now. When I look back to where I was five years ago, I'm pretty proud of all the traveling I did." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

MILTON, ON - September 14, 2019 - Hp Royal Theo came off the final turn three-wide and stormed by rivals to win the $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old harness racing trotters on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Ben Baillargeon trained Hp Royal Theo and driver Louis Philippe Roy flipped the script after a narrow loss in last week's elimination to defeat elimination winner Capricornus by a length and three-quarters in a career-best 1:54.2.   The opening-quarter of the race saw fireworks with several leavers, including Port Perry and Beyond Kronos from near the outside of the gate. Beyond Kronos claimed the top spot at an opening-quarter of :27.2, while Port Perry sat second with elimination winner Back Of The Neck right behind and Nylander left parked.   Beyond Kronos led the field up to the half in :56.1. Hp Royal Theo moved out from mid-pack to sit second-over behind Nylander, while Capricornus sat on the eventual winner's back.   The third-station was reached in 1:25.2 with Beyond Kronos creating separation to lead by two-lengths. Nylander began to fade approaching three-quarters, forcing Roy to go three-wide with Hp Royal Theo.   In the stretch, Hp Royal Theo found his best stride and muscled by rivals with a :28.2 last-quarter for the victory. Changing roles from last week, Capricornus couldn't track down his rival and finished second. Back Of The Neck was third, while Port Perry was fourth. Beyond Kronos dropped back to finish sixth.   "He's a freak, I call him the freak," said Baillargeon of Hp Royal Theo. "He doesn't mind fighting. His first qualifier he went :28 the first-quarter and :28 the last-quarter, the speed was always there we just had to manage him. Now he's controlled it and we're going to try to keep it that way."   Hp Royal Theo   A son of Royalty For Life, Hp Royal Theo was bred by Claude Hamel, who shares ownership of the gelding with Michel Damphousse. The rookie moved into the barn of trainer Baillargeon following his qualifying debut with original trainer Jean Tourigny.   "Jean Tourigny did all the ground work and after that we had to work a few quirks he had," said Baillargeon, who also gave credit to his trotter's drivers. "He was a little aggressive, but between Sylvain (Filion) and Louis (Roy) we got it done and now we have a great horse."   Hp Royal Theo is now two for six with $227,600 earned and returned $15.40 to win.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - SEPT. 2, 2019 - Ontario's talented harness racing three-year-old pacing colts wrapped up their Grassroots regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday night and Sugartown picked up his fourth win in the provincial program to finish atop the division standings. Starting from Post 3 with Louis-Philippe Roy in the race bike, Sugartown got away sixth as Silver Beast sprinted out to a :26.4 opening quarter. Through the :54.3 half and 1:22 three-quarters clocked by HP Napoleon the heavy favourite was advancing up the outer lane behind Silas Seelster. Turning for home Sugartown was four lengths behind the leader, but a sharp finishing kick propelled him to a two and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:50.4. HP Napoleon hung on for second and The Regulator came on to be third. "Sugartown is a beautiful horse. He probably could have been a Gold, but his life is easier in the Grassroots," said trainer Richard Moreau. "I really liked Louis's drive for that win." "I was expecting a lot of early speed in the race, so it helped us that he can race good off the pace on a helmet," added Guelph, ON resident Roy. "He's turning into a nice racehorse this year." Puslinch, ON resident Moreau trains Sugartown for W. J. Donovan of Delray Beach, FL. The Sportswriter gelding won four of his five Grassroots starts and finished second by a neck in the other one. Through 19 sophomore starts the pacer has netted seven wins, two seconds and three thirds for earnings of $88,355. Moreau also trained the winner of the first $23,150 division. Late bloomer Legion Seelster made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut from Post 6 and got away smartly, taking a brief turn on the lead before settling in third behind favourite Cliffhanger and Better Moonon Over. As the colts straightened up in the stretch Legion Seelster looked like he was pinned on the rail, but when both Cliffhanger and Better Moonon Over drifted to the right, driver Sylvain Filion sent the gelding through the opening and Legion Seelster hit the wire one length the best in a personal best 1:51.3. Cliffhanger held on for second ahead of Prestige Seelster. The win was Legion Seelster's fifth in five lifetime starts. The Sunshine Beach gelding made his career debut at Grand River Raceway on July 31 and had been flawless in four overnight starts before taking his first crack at the Grassroots colts. "I figured that in his winning streak he deserved a try in the OSS Grassroots," said Moreau. "At the same time it makes him eligible to the class 'horses who participated in the Grassroots' for the rest of the year. To be honest I didn't expect to win in 1:51.3." Legion Seelster learned his early lessons under the tutelage of Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, QC, who shares ownership of the gelding with Ecurie CSL, also of Sorel-Tracy. Dreamfair Moxy scored his third Grassroots win with a 1:52 effort in the second division. The Bettors Delight son and driver Travis Cullen took control early and held off a surging Sportsline for the three-quarter length victory. Fan favourite Priceless Beach settled for third. Jodie Cullen of Dundas trains Dreamfair Moxy for John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON. With three wins and one second in four Grassroots starts, Dreamfair Moxy will head into the Sept. 28 Semi-Finals ranked second with 175 points. The last Grassroots division of the sophomore pacing colts' season went to fan favourite Fast N First who took control early and made it look easy, cruising home a three and one-half length winner in 1:52. Loud Splash closed well to be second and Carsons Shadow rounded out the top three. Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou drove Fast N First to his second straight Grassroots win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of St. George and his partners Ridgeway Racing of Ridgeway and Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON. The Bettors Delight colt started his season with a pair of starts at the Gold Series level before finding his footing in the last three Grassroots events. He heads into the post season ranked fourth with 125 points. "He's just borderline Gold and racing those three top guys up there is pretty tough so we dropped him down and he's gotten brave again and seems good," said MacIntosh. With almost four weeks between Monday's event and the Semi-Finals, Fast N First and his peers will be looking for prep races and MacIntosh said the colt might take a step back up the stakes ladder for his interim effort. "I just read an article where the top five Jug horses aren't going," explained the trainer, who won the 2018 Little Brown Jug with Courtly Choice. "He might go to the Jug, because he's eligible. We might take him there or we might just overnight him, we haven't decided yet. It's a big step up, but when you read the top five Jug horses aren't either eligible or aren't interested in going, you sort of think about that." The Little Brown Jug goes postward in Delaware, Ohio on Sept. 19. Sugartown is also eligible to the historic event. No matter where they do their preparations, the top 20 point earners will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 28 for two $20,000 Semi-Finals. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will then advance to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on Oct. 5. Complete results from Monday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0902wbsbsn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

MILTON,  ON - AUG. 30, 2019 - On Friday evening two-year-old pacing filly Alicorn rewrote the Ontario Sires Stakes history books for the second time this summer, rocketing around Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:50.3 for her second Gold Series victory. Starting from Post 3, regular reinsman Louis-Philippe Roy eased the heavy favourite away from the gate and settled in fourth as Kat took the field of nine to a :27.1 opening quarter. Karma Seelster quickly took control of the lead, but Alicorn was hot on her heels and had taken control by the :55.1 half. Once they had control, Alicorn and Roy stepped up the tempo and powered through a 1:22.4 three-quarters on their way to the 1:50.3 victory. Karma Seelster and Kat finished second and third, two and one-quarter lengths behind the winner. "She's just a big beast in a small body," said Guelph, ON resident Roy. "I was a little concerned with the way I had to use her to get to the front at the half, but when I pulled the plugs down the lane she let me know it was game over." "I was glad to see her get away fourth. Even though she only sat in until just about the quarter pole and then he removed her, I was glad to see her do that. I didn't want to see her get too aggressive behind the gate, because she can take a good hold of you behind the gate," added trainer Chantal Mitchell. "She's always been like that, she knows what she's there to do when she gets in behind the starting car, but when she makes the front she kind of goes to sleep. So it's a Catch-22 with how you want to race a horse like her really, but every time you ask her she gives you more." The mile lowered the filly's own Ontario Sires Stakes record by two-fifths of a second. She won her July 19 Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:51. Friday's victory was Alicorn's second straight at Woodbine Mohawk Park, she captured her Eternal Camnation division last weekend, and her fourth of the season. In seven starts the Bettors Delight daughter has banked $216,889 for owners Windermere Stable LLC of New York, NY and Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA. "I feel like she's getting stronger and stronger. She's feeling better and better after every start," said Hamilton, ON resident Mitchell. "When she gets to the racetrack she just knows how to turn it on, because at home she's a nice quiet little filly and when she gets to the track she's got her game face on." The two-year-old pacing fillies will wrap up their Gold Series regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 30, but before that Alicorn is also eligible to the Champlain Pace on Sept. 7 and the Shes A Great Lady, which sees eliminations on Sept. 14 and the final on Sept. 21. "We'll just see how she comes out of it (Friday's race), because it's a pretty tight schedule from here on to the end of the year," said Mitchell about whether the filly will race in both the Champlain and Shes A Great Lady. "If she were to race in every race she's got, she'd only be getting one week off between now and the end of the Breeders Crown." The other $107,200 Gold Series division went to Temagami Seelster and driver Yannick Gingras, who used a similar strategy from Post 5. The fan favourites got away third, watching P L Notorious roll out to a :26.4 opening quarter, and then followed Rose Run Vantage up the outside, overtaking that filly heading by the :55.1 half. Temagami Seelster led the field to a 1:23.4 three-quarters and when Rose Run Vantage and Peaky Sneaky tried to reel her in down the stretch the filly dug in and held on for a head victory in 1:52. Rose Run Vantage and Peaky Sneaky had to settle for second and third. "About halfway down the lane it looked like they were going by her on the inside and the outside, and then he kicked the plugs and she dug right back in," said trainer Wayne McGean. "She's got a heart, that's for sure." The win was Temagami Seelster's first in Gold Series action. In the first three Gold legs the Sunshine Beach daughter finished second twice and third once. In nine starts the filly has only missed the top three on two occasions, earning $144,913 for McGean, who hails from Sydney Mines, NS and his partners David Mercer and Joseph Lewis of Sydney, NS. "She was riding under the radar," said the trainer. "This evening I told Yannick she's a nice filly. He said, 'Yeah, you drew away from some of the tougher ones', and I said, 'Yeah, but I think she's a tough one too. I think she's a real nice filly.' He said, 'Okay'. And he drove her like she was the best. "She knows what it's all about now I think. She kind of proved tonight that she knows what it's all about," he added. "She was beat halfway down the lane, you know that and I know that right, but once he pulled the plugs then she dug back in." Like Alicorn, Temagami Seelster is eligible to the Champlain and Shes A Great Lady stakes and McGean is also taking a wait and see approach. Both fillies are currently among the top five point earners in the Gold Series division and will be assured of a berth in the Oct. 12 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Complete results from Friday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0830wbsbsn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - August 28, 2019 - The Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot take place this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park and mark the harness racing debut of a driver t-shirt giveaway series on the road to the Breeders Crown. Woodbine Mohawk Park will be hosting a trio of driver t-shirt giveaways over the next month to promote this October's Breeders Crown. Each giveaway will recognize one of the current top-three drivers in the Woodbine standings. Louis Philippe Roy will be first up for the t-shirt giveaway series. The Mont-Joli, Quebec native will be on hand Saturday evening at 6 p.m. to hand out free t-shirts and sign autographs for fans. The t-shirts for the giveaway series will match the racing colours of the driver. Fans will be able to collect t-shirts with the colours of drivers Roy, Sylvain Filion and Bob McClure. The t-shirt giveaway will begin at 6 p.m. on the main floor of the Woodbine Mohawk Park grandstand. Post time for this Saturday's stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment              

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

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The post positions were drawn for Sunday's $200,000C sixth revival of the prestigious harness race, the Prix D'Ete Pace, at the Hippodrome 3R. The Prix d'Ete is only for four-year-old pacers. Jimmy Freight is the richest career earner of the four-year-olds in the Prix d'Ete with $1,248,386C bankrolled and he drew post six. The son of Sportswriter, owned by Adriano Sorella of Guelph, ON and trained in Canada by Richard Moreau (Andrew Harris in the USA), has only one win this season, but it was a lifetime mark of 1:48.1 winning a $100,000C Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Cup at Mohawk Park. He has been racing most of the season against the best older horses in the nation, including Lather Up and McWicked. He has four second place finishes. While racing against the best Free-For-All pacers in North America this season, This Is The Plan can boast finishing second to the best of them. He drew post four and will be driven by Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube. In five of his last six starts, the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has been second in the Sam McKee, The Gerrity, The William Haughton and the Graduate. And the prior start before the Graduate, This Is The Plan won the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final, beating McWicked and Western Fame. This has been his lone win this year for trainer Ron Burke, and it was in a lifetime best clocking of 1:48.2 for the career winner of $1,205,410C. This Is The Plan will race as part of an entry from the Ron Burke Stable with the Well Said gelding, Done Well, a $620,391C career winner. Done Well starts from post three for driver Bob McClure and has also been racing in the top class this year. Earlier this season he won the 41st annual Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. Also starring in the field is the Astronomical stallion, Casimir Richie P, for trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON. Casimir Richie P comes to H3R on a three-race winning streak in the Preferred Pace at Mohawk Park. The razor-sharp Casimir Richie P has won four of his last five starts driving him will be Quebec's own Sylvain Filion. He will need to be sharp on Sunday, having drawn the far outside post eight. Another entry, this one from the Chris Oakes Stable, features tough pacers Hitman Hill and Turbo Hill, both of whom are co-owned by Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON. Hitman Hill makes his debut at H3R shipping in on a two-race win streak and has won three of his last four starts. The American Ideal gelding sports six wins this year, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:49 at Pocono Downs. He drew post 1 and will be driven by Eric Goodell, who makes his driving debut at H3R. Stablemate Turbo Hill, also sired by American Ideal, has been racing mainly at Yonkers Raceway's half mile over and has amazing 11 wins for trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, Chris Oakes son. He has been second in three of his last four starts in the 4-year-old Open and has a record this year of 1:49.4. He drew post position 7 for driver Hunter Oaks, who is also making his debut at H3R. The Downtown Bus has five wins this year for trainer Jeff Gillis, who also co-owns the gelded son of Mach Three. He has been first, second and third in his last three starts at Yonkers and has a record of 1:48 this year, making him the fastest competitor in the field. He drew post five. Pretty Handsome ships in from Georgian Downs where the Mach Three gelding has eight wins and has been first or second the last six starts in the Preferred Pace. He will be driven by Trevor Richie for trainer Andrew McCabe. Pretty Handsome drew post two. He has a record this year of 1:51.1 at Georgian Downs and shows he can win from on or off the pace. $200,000 Prix d'Ete 4YO Pace (post postions listed, not head numbers) 1. Hitman Hill Trainer - Hunter Oakes, Driver - Eric Goodell 2. Pretty Handsome Trainer - Andrew McCabe, Driver - Trevor Ritchie 3. Done Well Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Bob McClure 4.This Is The Plan Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Daniel Dube 5. The Downtown Bus Trainer - Jeff Gillis, Driver - TBA 6. Jimmy Freight Trainer - Richard Moreau, Driver - Louis Philippe Roy 7. Turbo Hill Trainer - Hunter Oakes, Driver - Hunter Oakes 8. Casimir Richie P Trainer- Dr. Ian Moore, Driver - Sylvain Filion With a forecast of sunny skies and 80 degrees, the all-age track record of 1:50.3 co-held by past Prix d'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015), will be in jeopardy with this stellar field. The Prix d'Ete will be the 11th race on the 12-race program Sunday and estimated post time is 4:25 pm. Also, on Sunday at H3R will be the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm Track Notes: Friday's ten-race program at H3R features the third leg of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and the second leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. Top performers include Cesar Duharas (race 2) and Kenogami Coco (race 3). First race post time Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Before a packed crowd at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon, YS Tallia put on a show for the racing fans, setting a track record in capturing her $30,000 Quebec-Bred Series Final. The 8th race saw Lit De Rose (Stephane Gendron) go to the lead in the older pacing mares final with stablemate Lune Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) taking the second spot. Then Miss Rockadali (Guy Gagnon) came first-over at the first quarter in :26.4 and slipped ahead of Lune Bleu into the two-hole. After the half mile marker in :54.4, race favorite at 1/9, YS Tallia with driver Louis Philippe Roy (LPR) came first over and battled with Lit De Rose past the three-quarters in 1:23.3. Once cleared to the lead, YS Tallia opened up on the final and LPR urged the mare on as she won in a romp by six open length set in 1:52.4. Lit De Rose was second with All You Can Dream (Stephane Brosseau) third. Her time of 1:52.4 eclipsed the prior record of 1:54.1 set by My Tallia Ideal in 2015 for older pacing mares. YS Tallia is now the fastest mare ever at H3R and is tied with Duc Dorleans with the fourth fastest mile ever at the track. A five-year-old mare by Western Ideal, YS Tallis is trained by Michel Allard for owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation and paid $2.30 to win. One of the classic battles of the day took place in the 7th race Quebec-Bred Championship Final for three-year-old trotting colts. Race favorite Seeyou Men and driver Stephane Brosseau left from the rail to take the early command with Kinnder Dangerous (Pierre Luc Roy) grabbing the two-hole spot. Then Maximuscle (LPR) came first-over and pressed the first quarter to :28. Unable to clear to the lead, Maximuscle hung game on the outside with Capteur De Reve and driver Stephane Gendron taking the second-over trip past the half mile in :57. Down the backstretch Gendron moved three-wide with Capteur De Reve past the three-quarters in 1:26.4 and came right after pacesetter Seeyou Men. These two then went head and head around the final turn and down the stretch until Capteur De Reve showed he was the stronger horse, drawing off to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58. Seeyou Men was second with Kinnder Dangerous third. Capteur De Reve became the first horse ever to win four Quebec-Bred Championship Finals and he did it in four-straight years at ages 2, 3, 4 and 5. The brilliant gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by the Provoquante Stable of Mirable. He paid $10.80 to win. Later on the card, in the 10th race, Atomic Million AM tied Capteur De Reve, scoring his fourth Quebec-Bred Series final with a game wire-to-wire triumph. Leading from the start for driver Guy Gagnon, Atomic Million AM cut fractions of :26.2, :56 and 1:25.4 before Kinnder Jackson, driven by LPR, came after them on the final turn and looked to make a race of it down the stretch, but Atomic Million AM was too strong, winning by one length in 1:55. C L Art Magic (Daniel LaFlamme) was third. An eight-year-old gelding by Million Dollar Cam, it was his fifth straight win, all at H3R, making him the winningest horse this season. He is trained, owned and was bred by Alain Martin of Gatineau and paid $3.00 to win. Driver Louis Philippe Roy wasted little time making his way to the winner's circle as he drove Lucky Promesses to victory in the 3rd race $30,000 Quebec-Bred Final for older trotting mares. Leaving from post four, Roy sent Lucky Promesses right to the front, cut fractions of :28.4, :59.4, 1:28.4, all the while holding the field at bay, then crossed the finish two and one-quarter lengths in front in 1:58.4. Y S Suzanne (Guy Gagnon) was second with Kascara Rose (Stephane Brosseau) third. A six-year-old mare by Lucky Fool, it was the second straight win and third victory on the year for Lucky Promesses, who is trained by Francis Richard and co-owned by Bruno Morin of St-Lazare-De-Bellechasse with Danny Genois of Quebec City. She paid $3.40 to win. There were four divisions of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old fillies and colt pacers on Sunday. The first filly division (2nd race) saw Cooking The Speed ($6.80), who started in the second tier in post nine, find early clearance before the half mile marker and shot to the lead for driver Stephane Gendron and never looked back, winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. Akita Bayma (Yves Filion) was second with Jazz (Pierre Luc Roy) third. It was the daughter of So Surreal's second straight win. She is trained by Michel Allard, who co-owns Cooking the Speed with Allard Racing of Saint-Esprit. The second filly division was the 11th race where both Moneymakehersmile and HP Xanadu played major hardball for most of the one-mile race. Moneymakehersmile and driver Pascal Berube went to the lead with Majelyca (Francis Picard) in the two-hole. Then HP Xanadu came first-over for driver Stephane Brosseau and collared Moneymakehersmile and those two went head and head down the backstretch, around the final turn and down the stretch all the way to the wire with Moneymakehersmile barely holding on for a neck triumph in 1:58. Majelyca was third. It was a lifetime mark for Moneymakehersmile, a Mach Three filly, trained by Dany Fountain for owner-breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese. She paid $37.30 to win in her second triumph of the season. The first colt division was the 4th race and Y S Sunshine with LPR in the sulky was able to wire the field after cutting fractions of :26.2, :57 and 1:26.2, then held off D Gs De Vito (Jonathan Lachance) by a half length to win in 1:54.2. Ashleysbest (Pascal Berube) was third. It was the first win in three starts for YS Sunshine. The gelded son of Sunshine Beach is trained by Michel Allard for breeder-owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. He paid $4.70 to win. Y S Sunshine was the Future Stars final champion last ye for ar. The second colt division saw three lead changes after a :27.1 first quarter and :56.4 half before HP Napoleon and driver Stephane Brosseau clear to the lead for good by the three-quarters in 1:26. The gelded son of Big Jim then drew away from the field, winning by five and one-half open lengths in 1:55.2. GA Speed Gaby (Guy Gagnon) was second with Sunshine Lou (Pascal Berube) third. Trained by Francis Richard owner Claude Hamel, who bred the colt with Celine Paquin, both of Ayers Cliff. He paid $3.20 to win. Track Notes: Both LPR and Stephane Gendron each had driving triples. Michel Allard led all trainers on the day with three wins from his stable. Live racing resumes next Friday at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. The Breeders Cup Series takes a week off and will resume with the second round of preliminary action Friday, July 26. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The 2018 O'Brien Award winning driver, Louis Philippe Roy, who also led all drivers in Canada last year in wins and money won, returns to his home town on Sunday for the $120,000C Quebec-Bred Series Finals. There are 11 races on Sunday's program and Roy is listed to drive in nearly every race. The stakes packed program has four $30,000C finals for the Quebec-Bred Series plus four divisions of the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. Of the eight stakes races on Sunday, LPR is listed to drive in seven of them. He has only one morning line favorite, YS Tallia (post 7) in the 8th race $30,000C final for pacing fillies. She has dominated the series and is going for her fourth straight triumph. There are two trotters and one pacer who could become the first ever to win four Quebec championships. They are Capteur De Reve, Maximuscle and Atomic Million AM. Capteur De Reve goes for his fourth straight title in the seventh trot final. Now age 5, the son of Muscle Mass will have a very tough task as he starts from the outside in post seven for driver Stephane Gendron. Last week he beat the odds-on favorite, Seeyou Men, who drew post one. Maximuscle goes from post three for driver Louis Philippe Roy in trying for his fourth straight title. Then in the tenth race, Atomic Million AM heads the final for older pacing horses and starts from post five for driver Guy Gagnon. Undefeated at H3R this season, Atomic Million AM goes for his fifth straight win this year for trainer, owner and breeder, Alain Martin. Now age eight, the son of Million Dollar Cam boasts four wins in six starts this year, his fastest mile coming last week with a 1:54.1 triumph, the fastest mile at H3R this season. First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. Festival of Racing Saturday The Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races took place at the Hippodrome 3R Saturday afternoon. The fairs are where many of the two-year-old pacers and trotters start their career and nearly half of the 13 races Saturday were for the "babies". The fairs are also where the young men and women in Quebec get their first starts as drivers and trainers. Competing on Saturday were Samuel Fillion, Steven Gagnon, Jimmy Gagnon and Christian Gagnon. Also, on the fair circuit are Michel Berube, Mathieu Desrochers, Kevin Montmarquette, and Michel Lefebvre, all hopefully to become professionals at the races. There was also a young announcer, 15-year-old Louis Desrochers of Warwick, who called the second race trot and did a superb job, calling the race in both French and some English. One newcomer to Canada traveled all the way from Bermuda for his first pari-mutuel drive and he won. Kiwon Waldron, age 19, hails from Hamilton, Bermuda where he has been driving Standardbred ponies. In the third race he was able to lead from start to finish in 2:05.4 with the pacer Shemaksmefelunreal, who is sired by Sunshine Beach from the No Pan Intended mare, Dreamfair Orchid. She is trained by Michel Allard and owned by Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. "I watched Kiwon drive last winter when I was in Bermuda," Rene Allard said. "I saw him win the FFA race there. He is a natural and I saw good talent in him and asked him to come to Quebec this summer and get more experience driving Standardbreds. He has a very bright future." Waldron made it a driver-trainer double with Michel Allard, winning the 8th race pace with Jeffs Journey in 1:59.2. Other two-year-old winners on the program were the trotter Major Bay (Amigo Hall - B Cor Bonita) in 2:08 for driver David Pilon and trainer Francis Richard; the pacer Saloon Magic (He's Watching - Ok Bravo) in 2:05 for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Marc Andre Simoneau; a trot to the filly Muscle Beauty (Muscle Mass - Ocean Mist Beauty) for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Serge Nadeau in 2:09.1. The final two-year-old race was the fastest of the day. Sophie's Destiny, a daughter of Delmarvalous - Tina's Bliss, cut all the fractions and won by a dozen lengths in 2:03.2. She was driven by Stephane Brosseau, who trains the filly. There was also an exhibition Monte (under saddle) trot race held with four contestants. The winner was R Rkadabra with jockey Anne-Marie Demers in 2:06.2 over Marie-Eve Jean riding VictoryCari. In the tenth race a track record was set as the race for pacers was only a half-mile long. Allstar Seelster ($3.30) and driver Stephane Brosseau led from start to finish, parking out Too Much Duncan (Pierre Luc Roy) to a :26.3 first quarter. Allstar Seelster went on to win by four open lengths in :55.1. The world record is :54.2. The highest win price of the season was set in the 9th race pace when driver Eric Beausoleil upset the field with Flashjack Soleil at odds of 36-1. They won the race in 2:00 and paid $74.20 to win. Stephane Brosseau led all drivers with three wins. There were three trainers, Francis Richard, Michel Allard and Marc Andrea Simoneau, who each had two winners from their stable. Throughout the afternoon on Saturday, fans were treated to special drawings, rides in a double-seat sulky and rides in the starting gate. There was also free balloon art and face painting for the children. The Festival of Racing continues on Sunday. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club is hosting a rare three-day weekend of harness racing at the Hippodrome 3R, featuring stakes and special events this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend has been billed as a Festival of Racing. Breeders Cup For Trotters Friday The big weekend kicks off Friday evening with the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. There will be three weeks of preliminary action culminating with the top eight-point earners in the series returning on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $65,000C finals. The opening round features trotting fillies in the second race where rivals Cho Choo Blue (post 2) takes on Kinderunbelievable (post 8). The trotting colts are in action in race five as $141,000C career winner Only For Justice (post 1) and stablemate Clevisse (post 8) race as an entry for trainer Dany Fontaine and the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal, who bred and owners both horses. First race post time is 7:00 pm Quebec Regional Fair Saturday On Saturday, the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Regional Fair which will feature a family fun day at the track with 13 races beginning at 1:00 pm. Special activities on Saturday for the race fans include drawings for rides in a two-seat sulky on the racetrack, rides in the starting gate, plus drawings for dining-room packages and betting vouchers. There will be a live horse on display at the entrance to the track for fans to take photos with and specially for the children there will be balloon sculptors and face painting, etc. And all the events are FREE for the patrons. On the racetrack will be many two-year-old trotters and pacers competing for the first time. There is also a unique half-mile race (10th) featuring top pacers Surf Report (post 6) and Allstar Seelster (post 1). Since there is no record of a half mile race at the Hippodrome 3R, the winner will automatically become the track record holder. In addition to the live racing, the track will also have a special Monte Race (racing under saddle) with trotters. There will be no wagering on the exhibition race that has a purse of $600C donated by Demers Excavation Company. $120,000C Quebec-Bred Series Finals Sunday The Quebec-Bred Series for older horses culminates on Sunday with four $30,000C final for the trotters and pacers plus the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. There are two trotters and one pacer who could become the first ever to win four Quebec championships. They are Capteur De Reve, Maximuscle and Atomic Million AM. Capteur De Reve goes for his fourth straight title in the seventh trot final. Now age 5, the son of Muscle Mass will have a very tough task as he starts from the outside in post seven for driver Stephane Gendron. Last week he beat the odds-on favorite, Seeyou Men, who drew post one. Maximuscle goes from post three for driver Louis Philippe Roy in trying for his fourth straight title. Other contenders in the race include track record holder Wildwild Men (post 8) and Kinnder Dangerous (post 2). Then in the tenth race, Atomic Million AM heads the final for older pacing horses and starts from post five for driver Guy Gagnon. Undefeated at H3R this season, Atomic Million AM goes for his fifth straight win this year for trainer, owner and breeder, Alain Martin. Now age eight, the son of Million Dollar Cam boasts four wins in six starts this year, his fastest mile coming last week with a 1:54.1 triumph, the fastest mile at H3R this season. Other standouts in the race are Kinnder Jackson (post 3), HP Patriote (post 8) and Major Lou Beka (post 2). The mares do battles in the third race trot final headed by Eau Naturelle (post two) against Lucky Promesses and Kascara Rosa. The pacing mares go at it in race eight featuring YS Tallia (post 7) going for her fourth straight win, Lit De Rose (post 6), Lune Bleu (post 1) and All You Can Dream (post 5). The opening round of the Breeders Cup Series for the pacers takes place in races 2, 4, 9 and 11. Featured will be top colts and fillies Cooking Up The Speed (race 2), Ashleysbest (race 4) who goes for her fourth straight win, YS Sunshine (race 4), GA Speed Gaby (race 9), HP Napoleon, who comes to H3R off a 1:51 win at Woodbine and Bettor Now (race 11). First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Friday evening the Quebec Jockey Club plays host to the second round of the $276,000 Quebec-Bred Series for older harness racing trotters at the Hippodrome 3R. The main event takes place in the eighth race co-feature, where the storyline is "A Tale of two brothers" as Seeyou Men and Wildwild Men, both full brothers, will race against each other. Last week in the opening round of the series, there were enough entrants to have two divisions, so the two brothers did not have to face each. Such is not the case this Friday as only ten horses were entered and thus one division. Both Seeyou Men and Wildwild Men are sired by Muscle Mass from the Angus Hall mare, Seeyouinthecircle. Seeyou Men is age 7 and Wildwild Men is the younger brother at age 6. They were both bred by Chantal Gravel of St-Cryrille-De-Wendover, who co-owns the two with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. While as youngsters, both horses were raced from the same stable of Isabelle Darveau and were driven by Robert Shepherd, now they are in different stables yet will race as an overwhelming entry on Friday. Both horses are prior Quebec-Bred Champions and Wildwild Men still holds the track record he set at age two. Seeyou Men has drawn post one and Wildwild Men drew post seven. Last week Seeyou Men was the fastest of the Quebec-Bred Series winners, trotting his mile in 1:59 after getting perfect live cover from Kinnder Dangerous. It was his second win this season for trainer Daniel Martin and driver Stephane Brosseau. Wildwild Men last week was able to leave from post six and never look back, winning with ease for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon by two and one quarter lengths in 2:00.1. That was his third triumph of the season. Other contenders in the race include Kinnder Dangerous (post 5), who two starts back won in 1:58.4, Holiday Party (post 6), Caroluzzo (post 9) and Maximuscle (post 3), who just qualified at H3R with a victory in 2:00. The older mares do battle in the third race where last week's opening round winner, Eau Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle, drew the far outside and will have to start from post eight. Last week the six-year-old daughter of Windsong Espoir started from post three and led from start to finish in 2:00.2 for her first win on the year for co-owners Chantal Auger-Maxime Dubuc of Portneuf, Raymond Bouffard of Quebec and Anne Delisle of Deschambault. Her main rival will be Lucky Promesses, who drew the rail for driver Steeve Genois and trainer Francis Richard. Last week she was able to get the live cover from Eau Naturelle, but was unable to close the deal in the stretch and finished second. Ben Hur Cup II Sunday: The Ben Hur Cup II takes place Sunday at H3R with Ontario's Doug McNair taking on Quebec's Louis-Philippe Roy. There are 10 races on the program and races 3 to 10 will be the Ben Hur Cup II plus a winner-take-all cash prize of $3,000C. The point system for the competition is (8 for a 1st, 7 for a 2nd, 6 for 3rd, etc.). There will be a special meet and greet with McNair and Roy starting at 12:00 noon and then a welcome presentation after the 2nd race. If you go by the morning line odds, McNair has a slight edge over Roy, but as everyone knows you never know what will happen on the track. Post time Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track, the Quebec Jockey Club is hosting the Ben Hur Cup II, featuring world-class drivers Doug McNair from Ontario against Louis-Philippe Roy of Quebec. And who better to comment on the race competition than the inaugural Ben Hur Cup Champion, Sylvain Filion. He won the eight-race competition last year with four wins, but due to prior obligations, could not defend his title this year. "I am sorry not to be able to attend this year," Filion explained. "It is a great competition and I hope to get invited back next year. But you do have two top drivers for this year." It was not a romp until the last of the eight races last year. Filion had the lead going into the last race and sealed it with a big romp. "What I remember most from last year," Filion said. "Were the race fans. There were so many people that came out for the competition, I got to see so many friends, family and faces from the past and they really loved the tournament too. It was fun. "Also, in the last race last year I did not know what kind of filly I was driving," Filion explained. "She had just won her maiden in 2:04.3, her name was All You Can Dream and she was so perfect, we won by 24 lengths over LPR. He needed the win to take the competition but that did not happen." Filion really likes the pairing of Doug McNair and Louis-Philippe Roy for the Ben Hur Cup II. "These are two well-matched drivers," Filion said. "They are excellent drivers. Both are about the same size, same age. They have each won big stakes races and have an aggressive style of driving. It will be a really good competition." And, for the biggest question of the story, who does Sylvain Filion feel will win the Ben Hur Cup II on Sunday? "I think they are both excellent drivers," Filion said. "I would want to see who draws the most power and I will leave it at that. The draw means so much," Filion added. "Last year I had some powerful horses that drew well and made it easy for me to win. Power means everything." Sunday's program will also feature the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers. Post time on Sunday at H3R is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or additional information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club has announced that this year's Ben Hur Cup II driver challenge will be Ontario vs Quebec as harness racing driving stars Doug McNair takes on Louis Philippe Roy at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, June 23. Last year, the inaugural Ben Hur Cup featured Sylvain Filion defeating Roy in the very last race of the competition. The tournament takes place in eight races and the drivers get to select which horse they drive in each of the races. They must also select horses by post position so that they have one drive from all eight posts. It's a winner-take-all prize of $3,000C that goes to the champion of the Ben Hur Cup II. Here is the Take of the Tape for the two drivers. TALE OF THE TAPE (as of USTA stats from 6/12/19)                       Doug McNair           Louis Philippe Roy Age                       30                                   30 Weight                155 lbs                         140 lbs Years Driving       12                                   12 Lifetime Drives   18,605                              6,377 Lifetime Wins      3,234                              1,278 Lifetime $$           $46,391,486                   $12,870,262 2019 Wins             59                                   127 2019 Money         $803,016                         $1,424,325 2019 UDRS            .238                               .284 "Since the competition is keeping the same process as last year," Louis Philippe Roy said. "It's hard to try to pick a competitive horse from every post position. That makes this great tournament so challenging!" Roy was quick to fire off the first salvo to McNair. "Dougie can be very sulky when I beat him on the golf course or on the racetrack," laughed Roy. "So, I'll try to keep him in the competition until the very last races. That way he'll be nice to be around for the early part of the race card!" "The only time Louie beats me in golf," Doug McNair said. "Is when we play a foursome and his brings a partner that plays well." Will being at Roy's home track for the Ben Hur Cup II be a big advantage for him over McNair? "I think that if Doug stays focus," Roy said. "The fact that it's my home track won't make a big difference, but that's if and only if he stays focused." "I don't mind coming for competitions like this," McNair added. "I know Louie will be the fan favorite, it's his hometown. But I can tell you that he will not have any of Richard Moreau horses to drive, so he cannot look for any help there. "I know that last year, Sylvain Filion beat him pretty good," McNair said. "He made him look like a rookie at the end of the day." Being back home in Quebec for the Ben Hur Cup II, Roy already has plans for celebrating. "I plan to celebrate my win in the Ben Hur Cup by going to Quebec City over the night as it is Quebec National Day on Monday, June 24th," Roy explained. "And they will have concerts and other special events on Sunday night. I don't know how Doug is going to try to forget his loss." The post position draw for the Sunday, June 23 Ben Hur Cup II races takes place on Wednesday, June 19. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

MILTON, May 28, 2019 - The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and Graduate Series will take place this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park to kick-off a spectacular month of Grand Circuit action. A group of 16 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into a pair of $85,000 divisions for the Somebeachsomewhere. The Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers and trotters will feature two $99,000 contests with large fields. The Somebeachsomewhere (formerly Burlington) is annually the final prep for many sophomore pacers on their way to the Pepsi North America Cup. 'The Beach' Stakes has seen two of the last three Pepsi North America Cup champions (Betting Line and Lather Up) win divisions. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Century Farroh (PP3, Sylvain Filion) leads the opening division of the Somebeachsomewhere. The son of Mach Three is a perfect three for three this season and comes in off a stunning eight-lengths score in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division last Saturday. Century Farroh, who has won seven of 13 career starts, is no stranger to blowout victories. The Moore student capped off his rookie season with a victory of over seven-lengths in the OSS Grassroots Championship. The first division also features multiple-Grand Circuit winner Captain Trevor (PP2, Andrew McCarthy) from the Tony Alagna barn and a pair of Casie Coleman trainees in Better Up (PP5, David Miller) and Quatrain Blue Chip (PP7, Louis Philippe Roy). The second division promises to be quite the showdown with several prominent sophomores clashing in the early-season Grand Circuit event. Linda Toscano trainee Best In Show (PP4, Bob McClure) delivered a major statement last Saturday with a 1:50.3 victory in an OSS Gold division. The son of Bettors Delight-Put On A Show raced just three-times as a rookie and enters 'The Beach' on a two-race win streak. Best in Show winning an OSS Gold division last Saturday at Mohawk Park     --New Image Media photo O'Brien Award winner Stag Party (PP8, David Miller) finished third to Best In Show in his season debut last weekend. The Casie Coleman trainee will be looking to build momentum for the mid-June classic and is reuniting with driver David Miller, who steered him to victory in last summer's Metro Pace. The second 'Beach' split also features the return of Captain Ahab to Mohawk Park. The Captaintreacherous colt won seven of nine starts as a rookie (five of them at Mohawk Park) and most-recently rallied from seventh to finish third in his season debut at The Meadowlands. Local standouts Bronx Seelster (PP6, Trevor Henry) and Tyga Hanover (PP7, Sylvain Filion) will also compete in the deep second division. Wayne McGean trainee Bronx Seelster finished second to Best In Show in his season debut last Saturday, while Ben Baillargeon student Tyga Hanover is riding a two-race win streak. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes will feature 13 Pepsi North America Cup eligible sophomores. The divisions have been carded as Races 3 and 6 on Saturday's 11-race card. The star power is bright in Saturday's Graduate Series, which features the top four-year-old pacers and trotters. The trotting side features a field of 10, while the pacing side has a field of 12. Superstar Atlanta (PP4, Yannick Gingras) headlines the trotting contest as one of three mares in the field. The Ron Burke trainee will make her second start of the season. Last year's Hambletonian champion won her season debut in a dazzling 1:50.4 on May 6 at Miami Valley before being scratched from the first leg of the Graduate on May 18. A daughter of Chapter Seven, Atlanta sports career numbers of 13 wins and $1.2 million in earnings. She did fail to find the winner's circle in three starts last season at Mohawk Park. Atlanta's rival Manchego (PP8, Scott Zeron) will make her season debut in Saturday's contest. The daughter of Muscle Hill will be making her first start for trainer Nancy Johansson after a successful two-seasons with her Hall of Fame father, Jimmy Takter. Manchego, who has qualified three-times this season, won seven of 14 starts last season and holds career totals of 19 wins and $1.6 million earned in 26 starts. The Graduate Series pacing division has all the makings of a show-stealer, as an overflow field of 12 will clash. The list of stars in the field includes Lather Up, Dorsoduro Hanover, Jimmy Freight and Courtly Choice. Although he is trained south of the border, Lather Up (PP1, Jody Jamieson) is a big fan of racing at Mohawk Park. The Clyde Francis trainee won last Saturday's Preferred to remain undefeated in five starts at the Milton oval. Lather Up winning the Preferred last Saturday at Mohawk Park    --New Image Media photo Award-winners Jimmy Freight (PP5, Roy) and Dorsoduro Hanover (PP2, Gingras) will each make their first starts since finishing second and third in the Confederation Cup. Blake MacIntosh trainee Courtly Choice (PP11, Miller) is coming in hot after a 1:49.1 victory in a $100,000 invitational on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia. Courtly Choice and Lather Up each won first leg divisions of the Graduate on May 4 at The Meadowlands. The Graduate Series divisions have been carded as Races 5 and 7. Saturday's card will also feature three OSS Gold Series divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. Total purses for the 11-race card is $662,800. Post time is 7:10 p.m. To download an early program, click here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

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