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Make It Come True won another tight harness racing Snowshoe Pacing Series leg in last-to-first fashion at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Mar. 19.   Ed Hensley brought his gelding straight to the back, trailing through the quarter in 27.2 and going first up at the half 56.4. The horse eliminated some of the gap before three-quarters in 1:25.4 but progressed little in the first half of the stretch.   Make It Come True started to make inroads at the eighth pole, but his wings truly unfolded with 1/16th to go as he stormed home and shot by the top two to win by a short nose in 1:54.3. He broke the heart of Lyons Liberty (James MacDonald), who finished second. Bettors Donttell (Mike Saftic) vied for the win but settled for third. The winner paid $4.50.   MAKE IT COME TRUE REPLAY     Make It Come True's repeat in the second leg improved his lifetime record to four-from-20 and his earnings to just shy of $50,000. Ashleigh Hensley trains the Captaintreacherous gelding for Bradley Maxwell of Guelph, Fred Kruszelnicki of Brooks, and Kenneth Frieder of Devon.   Major Makover avenged a first leg defeat in the second division, also coming from off the pace.   He left modestly with Louis-Philippe Roy at the lines, tucking into third prior to the turn. Roy sat contently through an opening quarter in 26.3, but a lively outside flow saw him shuffled to fourth by the half in 56 and seventh at three-quarters in 1:24.4.   Roy stickhandled the colt through traffic, found room with less than an eighth to go, and uncorked a glut of late pace to get by the two leaders and win by a length in 1:53.2. Modern Rock (James MacDonald) finished second, and P L Ozzy (Brett MacDonald) used a similar move to the winner to take third. A win ticket returned $8.80 for $2.   MAJOR MAKOVER REPLAY     Major Makover earned his second lifetime win from 12 tries and upped his career bankroll to more than $70,000 lifetime. Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, Touchstone Farms Inc. of Guelph, Ozzie Mackay of Moncton, and Blake MacIntosh own the son of Art Major. MacIntosh also trains the horse.   The card also featured a $30,000 Preferred Handicap pace for fillies and mares. A persistent Ivana Flybye N (Jody Jamieson) captured it by driving on through a 27.2 opening quarter, maintaining the lead through 56 and 1:23.3 middle splits, and repelling late attackers to win by a head in 1:52. She paid $5.40. So Much More was second, and Gias Surreal took show.   IVANA FLYBYE N REPLAY     Ivana Flybye N is four for her last four, all at Mohawk, and 17-for-51 lifetime. Carmen Auciello trains the seven-year-old pacing daughter of American Ideal for owner Mt Stables Ontario Inc. of Scarborough.   Woodbine Mohawk Park will race next on Friday, Mar. 20, hosting 11 races beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

A week off didn't stifle Wheels On Fire's fine form as the gelding went all the way for the third straight start in Woodbine Mohawk Park's $34,000 Preferred pace on Saturday, Mar. 13.   Driver Doug McNair launched the six-year-old out to secure the engine early and they attained it prior to the turn. McNair crafted panels of 27.3, 56.1, and 1:24 before former Canadian Pacing Derby champion Sintra (Jody Jamieson) made his voice heard from first-up turning for home.   Sintra made headway at the top of the lane, but Wheels On Fire was brimming with pace and put away the rest of the field with relative ease. McNair sheathed the whip well before they crossed the line two lengths the best for a 1:51.3 score. Sintra was second, and Rockme Rollme (Travis Cullen) converted his pocket trip into show money. The winner paid $8.60.       Wheels On Fire has now won three of his four 2021 starts and 25 of 71 lifetime. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Brad Grant of Milton and trained by Richard Moreau.   Also on the card, Louis-Philippe Roy tripled with wins aboard Pointomygrandson in the opener, Villefranche As in the second, and Im The Muscle in the sixth.   Woodbine Mohawk Park is back in action on Monday, Mar. 15.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Woodbine Mohawk Park contested the first leg of the Blizzard Series on Thursday, Mar. 11, with Louis-Philippe Roy winning two of the three divisions.   Roy expressed his unwillingness to take a hole with Filter Hanover in the first division by driving on from post seven, clearing to the front past the quarter in 28.4. The duo then carved out middle fractions of 57 and 1:26.2 as Filter Hanover and pocket rider Laila Blue (Doug McNair) separated themselves from the rest of the field. Filter Hanover had more late pace and survived a late rush to win by three quarters of a length in 1:57.1. Laila Blue had to settle for second, and Perfect Mia was third best.       That was Filter Hanover's sixth win from 26 appearances, and it increased her lifetime earnings to more than $60,000 for owners 9228 2599 Quebec Inc, Roger Bourgeois, Serge Leonard, and Jean Dessureault. Corey Johnson trains the daughter of Bettors Delight. She paid $4.90 to win.   Roy won the second division too, retaking the lead at three-eighths with Big Myrtle and once again fending off a late rush.   Happy Looker (Sylvain Filion) drove on to assume command by the quarter in 28.2, but Roy moved Big Myrtle almost instantly and acquired front end control before the half in 57.3. Big Myrtle carved out a 1:26.1 three-quarters and then repelled a stretch siege from Nice Kitty Hanover to win by three quarters of a length in 1:55.3. Nice Kitty Hanover took second, and Patricia Mae passed a tired foe late for third.       Big Myrtle is now four-for-17 lifetime with earnings totaling $61,740 for owners Doug Millard and Chantal Mitchell. Mitchell does the training on the Big Jim mare that paid $4.10 to win.   In the third division, Ruby On Rails wore down Larjon Leah to deny Roy a Blizzard Series sweep on the evening.   Roy again demanded the front, leaving second-fastest but pressing on to the lead before the quarter in 28.3. Nectar came out of third down the backside and took the top, leading through fractions of 58 and 1:27. Bob McClure activated Ruby On Rails from the backfield approaching the final turn, marching first up. This triggered Roy, who left the pocket and went after Necater. Larjon Leah passed that opponent, but Ruby On Rails persisted down the lane and eventually defeated Larjon Leah to win by a half-length in 1:55.3. Larjon Leah was second, and Nectar held on for third.       Ruby On Rails has now won three races from 12 lifetime attempts and collected more than $30,000 in earnings for owners and breeders Millar Farms of Stouffville. Nick Galluci conditions the four-year-old Bettors Delight mare.   Roy missed out on a Blizzard Sweep, but he turned in a driving triple performance regardless. McClure also went for three, scoring in the third, seventh, and eighth.   Also on the card was an accident in the first race. Dont Dilly Dally was leading through the far turn, but he went rough-gaited, prompting harness racing driver Roy to slow him down. Just Plain Needy, who was behind them, struck Roy’s wheel and fell, ejecting driver Doug McNair. Red Dirt Fulofhart was tripped up in the incident too, falling to his knees, but he quickly got up and continued  pacing; reinsman James Macdonald also went to the ground but came out of it on his feet. All other horses and drivers avoided the incident. Justa Bandit, the 4/5 favourite, went on to win the race.   Dont Dilly Dally and Roy stayed up throughout the incident. McNair was seemingly unscathed as he got up on his own power and drove in the next race, but he later booked off, according to a tweet by Mark McKelvie, Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Communications and Content Manager. Macdonald booked off his remaining drives and was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.   Woodbine Mohawk Park resumes racing on Friday, Mar. 12 with 11 races, kicking off at 7:00 p.m. EST.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

It is harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy who expresses himself in near disbelief after it has been pointed out in recent days, the fact that his mounts have earned him to date the sum of $25 million. "I had absolutely no idea of this statistic," Roy explained. "It was the leaders of Woodbine (Mohawk) who discovered and pointed it out. It's nice, but it's a step and I hope there will be more! " Long road ahead Considering that LPR's career began very modestly on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit in 2008, it is a long road, literally and figuratively, that the native of Mont-Joli has travelled. And of the $25M earned, the six years of driving exclusively on the Regional Circuit counted for $44,000 of the $25M! But as he himself says with his usual humility, you have to walk well before you run! "Today, at the age of 31, I aspire above all to a more stable life," Roy recently said. "When I go back in my head all these years of moving, first to Gaspesie, then from Gaspesie to Trois-Rivieres, then to Rideau, then finally to the Toronto area, it's a lot of hours on the road, by car, in all weathers. I'm not saying no to moving at some point with a horse from the Grand Circuit, but that's not my current stage. I aspire to a quieter life, to come home (Guelph) with the person who shares my life." "I am very attracted to young horses, foals and 2- and 3-year-old fillies," Roy said. "I love working with these kind of couriers. That's kind of what pushed me to quietly detach myself from Richard (Moreau), who owns a stable more focused on condition horses and claimers. Of course, by making this choice I win fewer races, I make less money, but my current priority is elsewhere. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with and for Richard. What an accomplished horseman! But it was a conscious choice and I live well with my decisions." The Roy Stable Many racing fans may not know it, but our man has also become a man of horses in recent years. Or could we say, once again a complete horseman who spends his time with young horses. "Some time ago," Roy explained. "I sent the foals and fillies that I bought to my good friend Chantal Mitchell. They were there and I was completely deferring to her and her team. Things have changed. Currently, I train eight horses: six 2 year-olds and two 3 year-olds that I bring back this year. I obviously can't do all this work on my own, so I hired Eric Nadeau. We are both there in the morning at the stable and I can count on him and his background of experiences gleaned here and there." "I love this life," Roy said. "It's closer to what I wanted to do. And that doesn't stop me from driving at night and with Eric, I can rely on someone who is serious and hard-working. It's very stimulating with young horses: we try, we make mistakes, we learn, we rejoice in success. It is also one of the attractions of driving for other trainers, young horses. When you disembark the sulky after a race, you don't just hand over the lines. We discuss and I give my point of view to the trainer for the development of his protege." On the way to other heights No doubt in the minds of the people who have followed Louis-Philippe's career since his beginnings. This stage, carried out last week to the guides of a protégé of Jean Tourigny, is just one more step towards other summits. With the talent he possesses, and seriousness, he will continue to shine on Canada's largest racing circuit, and will stand out. That is what we wish him for 2021. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club

Lyons Liberty sailed past the top four in Woodbine Mohawk Park's top condition on Thursday, Feb. 25.   There was copious harness racing action up front; Hes Swift won the early duel and took the driver's seat, but Lobel Bruiser pulled the trigger after a 28 opening panel. The latter took over at the half in 56.1 and had no time for a breather, setting a 1:24.3 three-quarter time while maintaining a one-and-three-quarter length advantage.   Lyons Liberty grabbed golden second-over cover, rode it to the head of the stretch, and quickly outkicked it. James Macdonald asked for pace and Lyons Liberty supplied plenty of it, shooting to the top under light urging and coasting to a two-length win in 1:53.1.       His third lifetime win in this N/W 2 or $30,000 lifetime event came just a fifth of a second shy of his lifetime mark. The son of American Ideal has earned $44,532 for Threelyonsracing of Brantford on 19 starts. Tony Beaton has trained the horse since its return to Ontario in October 2020. A win ticket returned $4.00.   One race prior, 7/5 favourite Hp Starlette won the N/W 2 or $20,000 lifetime class in a similar move, but it took much longer for her to seal the deal than Lyons Liberty.   Rjs Invictus led through the half in 29 and 59.1 fractions with the field single-file behind him. Hp Starlette went first-up passing five-eighths and made it from fifth to second by the three-quarters in 1:29. Her and Rjs Invictus threw down in a close stretch drive, but Louis-Phillipe Roy sent her into another gear in the final eighth of a mile. She proved a length too good for Rjs Invictus, who finished second. Modern Mass followed Hp Starlette in the outside flow and closed for show.       Hp Starlette took her third lifetime victory in 1:57.3 for trainer Jean Tourigny. The four-year-old trotting mare by Muscle Mass has now earned more than $75,000 for owners/breeders Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Guy Desautels of Montreal. She paid $4.90 to win.   Tourigny is off to a hot start to the season, winning four races from seven starters so far. He moved to Ontario last season and ranks among the top conditioners in 2021.   Mohawk will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 26.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With perfect fall weather in Quebec, Game Of Shadows was at her best in the $33,800 Lucien Bombardier Pace for two-year-old fillies, setting a track record at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. Harness racing driver Louis Philippe Roy not only drove the winner of the feature race, but ended the day with five trips to the winner's circle. The Lucien Bombardier Pace is named after the pioneer of harness racing in not only Quebec, but all of Canada. Bombardier was a prominent owner, breeder, trainer and driver. He also served on the Board of Director of Standardbred Canada., who is a co-sponsor of this annual race. Leaving like a rocket from post four in the 7th race, Game Of Shadows flew to the lead for driver and co-owner Louis Philippe Roy, going to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Platine Alpha (Pascal Berube) was content sitting the two-hole trip. Past the half mile marker in :56, both Game Of Shadows and Platine Alpha began to pull away from the field to the three-quarters in 1:25. Then in the stretch Game Of Shadows pulled away from Platine Alpha and went on to win by four open lengths in 1:54, a track record for her age, gait and gender. The previous track record was set last week by Celia Bayama (Sylvain Filion) in 1:55.3. It is the third track record set this year at H3R. Sired by Shadow Play, Game Of Shadows is trained by Chantel Mitchell and LPR co-owns the filly with 1876472 Ontario, Inc. She was sent off the overwhelming 1/9 favorite and paid $2.30 to win. Her time of 1:54 was two seconds faster than the Preferred Pace for the horses. In the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the horses, it was the pocket-sitting Mickeymaksomespeed ($6.00) and driver Steeven Genois, who sat a pocket seat to pacesetter Farmers Tan (Carol Voyer) through fractions of :27.1 and :57.2. Then before the three-quarters in 1:26.4, Genois pulled the pocket with Mickeymaksomespeed and came after Farmers Tan. Those two raced neck and neck around the final turn until Mickeymaksomespeed worn him down in the stretch and went on to win by one length in 1:56 over Farmers Tan with Maracasso (Pascal Berube) third. The lone three-year-old in the field, Mickeymaksomespeed is sired by Mickey Hanover and was bred and is trained and owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt. Y C Easy ($46.70) upset the field in the 5th race Preferred Pace for fillies and mares. Driven by Steeven Genois, Y C Easy got a perfect second-over trip as Acaena De Chakrika (Stephane Brosseau) battled with Hammering Haley (Louis-Philippe Roy) for control of the lead. Y C Easy came from off the pace to nip Hammering Haley at the wire by a head in 1:56.4. The three-year-old Muscle Mass colt, Frido PV ($2.90), was able to handle older trotters in the 4th race, wiring the field for driver Stephane Brosseau in 1:59.2. Track Notes: H3R's leading trainer the past three season, Francis Richard, had a big day with three winners from his stable, all driven by LPR. Live racing resumes next Friday (Oct. 9) with special post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday seven two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies will battle it out at the Hippodrome 3R in the annual Lucien Bombardier Stakes, going for a purse of $33,800. 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, Que., Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society. 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 when he was 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 which then became the Hippodrome de Montreal. 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, Que., one of the province's most successful breeding establishments. Bombardier died in 1995 and was honored each year at 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. The seventh race Sunday is the Lucien Bombardier Pace and the morning line favorite is the Shadow Play filly, Game Of Shadows, who starts from post four for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. Roy is also a co-owner of the filly with 1876472 Ontario, Inc. Chantal Mitchell trains Game Of Shadows, who earlier this season took her lifetime mark of 1:53.2 at Mohawk Park. This will be her first start ever at H3R. Roy will be driving in most of the races at H3R Sunday. Second choice in the race is the Control The Moment daughter, Platine Alpha, who starts from the rail for driver Pascal Berube. She was third last week in the $55,000 Future Stars Series Final, timed in 1:56.2. Platine Alpha is trained by Sylvain Tremblay and is owned and bred by Tremblay's Alpha Stable of Metabechouan. Other contenders in the Lucien Bombardier Stakes include Ibiza Panic (post 6), return winner Shanghaibluebeach (post 5) and SOS Northernbeauty (post 2). Sunday's card also has a Preferred-Handicap Pace for the horses and for the fillies and mares and both feature three-year-old's now facing older horses as the stakes season in Quebec has come to a close in 2020. Mickeymaksomespeed makes that transition in the eighth race as he is the lone three-year-old in the Preferred field. He has won three of his last five starts for owner, breeder and trainer Michel Allard, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:53.3 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The son of Mickey Hanover sports eight wins in eleven starts this year. Also, in the field are return winners Speed To Market (post 4), Guinness Panic (post 5), Farmers Tan (post 7) and Hooter Shooter (post 8). In the fifth race for the fillies and mares, Acaena De Chakrika (post 5) takes on older competition for driver Stephane Brosseau. This daughter of Sunshine Beach nearly swept the entire Breeders Trophy Series, finishing a game second last week in the $65,000 final. She has won three of her last five starts, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:56.4 for trainer Dany Fontaine. Acaena De Chakrika is the morning line favorite, going against top contenders Sophies Cam (post 6), Sieras Rose (post 8) and Y C Easy (post 1). Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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

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