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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Babidibou, the Quebec trotting champion last year, looks to have turned the tide in his 2020 harness racing season and headlines the final preliminary round of the Breeders Trophy Series Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Due to conflicts with other events at the racetrack, post time this Friday is moved back to 1:00 pm. This is the last shot that the three-year-old trotters have to earn points to be one of the eight finalists in the $65,000 series finale at H3R on Sunday, September 27, which is Super Sunday in Quebec. Babidibou is a three-year-old gelded son of Royalty For Life who is trained by Maxime Velaye for co-owners Isidore Russo of Montreal and Guy Gorbeil of Mirabel. Last year he earned over $51,000. "He has gotten much stronger since the beginning of the year," said Maxime Velaye. "Only in the first round of series did he make a break. We made a few little changes to try and keep him a bit "safer". Then last week he got to chase a hot pace and just get up in a fast mile." A fast mile it was last week as Babidibou benefited from getting live cover and came from off the pace to win the second leg in a lifetime best 1:57.2 clocking. Also, in the race Friday is trainer-driver Yves St Jacques's Frido PV who goes from the rail. He is the one that cut all the fractions in the second leg only to get beaten at the wire by a neck to Babidibou. He also has three wins this season for owner-breeder Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu. "I'm currently in Toronto," Velaye explained. "With the other half of my stable. But my team in Quebec said that Babidibou is feeling good and ready to go. I have an excellent team in Quebec which is part of the stables success each year. They are Elsa Richer, Stephane Bardier and the big boss Guy Corbeil." The Velaye Stable Team has a busy day at H3R Friday as Miss Melodie goes in the fifth race from post two in the $10,000 Breeders Trophy Series for the trotting fillies. Miss Melodie won the opening round division in a mild 2:03.4 for driver Stephane Gendron. "The best quality this filly has is that she does not make breaks," Velaye said. "But she needs to improve her speed to be able to compete with the top fillies because they go around 2:00." Sired by Prestidigitator, Miss Melodie sports two wins this year for Velaye. She was bred and is owned by Determination of Montreal. Kinnder High Class (post 4) is the morning line favorite and in the second leg of the series she wired the field for driver Pierre Luc Roy in 2:00.3. HP Starlette (post 3) is also a good filly who shows strong closing ability and a record of 1:56.4 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. "It will be a big surprise if she beats them Friday," Velaye added. "If everyone else has trouble staying on stride, maybe we can sneak in another win like the other one. She will capitalize on the others misbehavior." Horse people and fans are reminded of the change in post time this Friday to 1:00 pm instead of 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - There were two $10,000 divisions of the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old trotters Friday at the Hippodrome 3R and the race favorites in each division broke stride. The fastest division belonged to the colts who competed in the sixth race. With favorite Babidibou out of the race early, it was Kenogame Coco and driver Stephane Brosseau who went right to the early lead with Laval Titan (Pascal Berube) sitting the pocket-seat to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Brosseau was able to back down the speed to the half mile in :59.3 and that was when the action began to heat up as Frido PV and trainer/driver Yves St Jacques came first-over against Kenogami Coco. Those two raced neck and neck to the three-quarters in 1:28.4. On the final turn, Berube fanned three-wide with Laval Titan and that made it a three-horse race to the finish, but Kenogami Coco proved to be too tough, pulling away in deep stretch for a two and one-half length triumph in 1:58.3. Laval Tital was second with Frido PV third. It was the first win of the year in six starts for Kenogami Coco. The gelded son of Wheeling N Dealin is trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder-owner Jane Francois and Marie Claude Reid of Anjou. The winner paid $7.20 to win. In the third race, the $10,000 filly division of the Breeders Trophy Series, 23-1 long shot Anotherdeal and driver Sylvain Lacaille went right to the early lead with Miss Melodie (Stephane Gendron) sitting the two-hole pocket seat. The 1/9 race favorite, Kinnder High Class with driver Pierre Luc Roy came charging up first-over, but before the opening quarter mile, Kinnder High Class broke stride and was out of the race. Anotherdeal had things her own way on the front end until the top of the stretch when Gendron moved Miss Melodie to the outside and went on to win in 2:03.4. Finishing second with a remarkable comeback was Kinnder High Class, losing by just one and one-lengths. Anotherdeal was third. It was a lifetime mark for Miss Melodie. The daughter of Prestidigitalor is trained by Maxime Velaye for breeder-owner Determination Stable of Montreal. She paid $7.10 to win. Unbeaten Enavant ($3.40) became the winningest horse at H3R this season, scoring his fifth straight win in the seventh race pace for driver Stephane Gendron and H3R's leading trainer Maxime Velaye. Enavant covered the one-mile race in a lifetime best 1:56.4. Track Notes: With a driving double Friday, Stephane Gendron moved within one win of leading driver Pascal Berube, 22-21. Daniel Laflame also had a driving double. Trainer Maxime Velaye also had a double and leads the training standings with 10 wins. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured will be the opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. There are two divisions for the colts and the fillies. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing trainer Maxime Velaye will try and achieve a training feat not done at all this season at the Hippodrome 3R. That is to send out the winner in both the Preferred Trot and Pace features on Sunday afternoon. Velaye's first opportunity is his best one as he sends out the race favorite, Capteur De Reve, in the third race Preferred Trot. The only trotter ever to win four Quebec-Bred Championship starts again from the rail. It was last week that Capteur De Reve was able to lead from start to finish over a sloppy H3R track to win in 2:03.1. "He (Capteur De Reve) only knows H3R as the only half mile he has ever raced on," Velaye said. "He is versatile and can handle any size track, but he likes H3R the best." It was the sixth win this year for the five-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass and a far cry from his record of 1:55.1 this season for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns the top trotter. Former track record holder and Quebec Champion, Seeyou Men (post four) will try again to defeat Capteur De Reve. Last week with driver Francis Picard, Seeyou Men was a game second after coming first-over again Capteur De Reve. Also entered is Volare (post 2), who nearly took the lead away from Capteur De Reve last week, but made a costly break at the opening quarter mile. Completing the field are two top mares, Missionoftheheart (post 5) and Talbotcreek Suzie (post 3), who is moving up in class after winning the Preferred III class last week. Velaye then sends out the former stake's winner Histoire Enchantee, also from the rail, in the seventh race Preferred Pace. This five-year-old gelding by Shanghai Phil won nearly $100,000 at age 3 before injuring himself and now two years later has come back for Velaye in winning form with three wins, the fastest in 1:56.4. "I am so happy with how he has come back to the races," Veyale said. "I think we will race both of them a few more times after the end of the season here and then give them a nice rest for the winter." It will be a challenge for Histoire Enchantee has he takes on last week's winner, Surf Report (post 2), who led from start to finish on the sloppy track last week in 2:00.1 (four second allowance). He will have Tyler Jones back in the sulky again. The morning line favorite is National Debt (post six), who has done most of his racing this season at Rideau Carleton Raceway for trainer Yves Tessier and driver Pascal Berube. National Debt has done very well again in 2019 with an impressive 13 wins and has won three of his last four starts and has a record of 1:51.4. Return winners in the field include Hooter Shooter (post 5) for driver Francis Picard and Maracasso (post 4) for trainer/driver Carol Voyer and rounding out the field is Abbleby Hanover (post 3). The 11-race program on Sunday starts at 1:00 pm. This is the second to last live race program at H3R before the end of the 2019 race season. Next week on closing day the track will honor the leading Driver and Trainer of the race meet along with a special blanket presentation to Chinnys Wings, who is 14-year-olds and will be retiring from racing come January 1, 2020 when he turns age 15. For more information, a free race program and to watch the H3R races live via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A sloppy, rain-soaked track did not discourage Capteur De Reve from leading start to finish in the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. Despite a four second allowance due to poor track conditions, Capteur De Reve and driver Stephane Gendron left from post one in the third race feature and was able to parked out Volare (Tyler Jones) to the opening quarter. Tried as he did to get to the lead, Volare broke stride and had to be taken back to last place. As the field came to the half mile marker, Capteur De Reve was comfortably on the lead with Missionoftheheart (Jocelyn Gendron) sitting on their back in second place. It was then that driver Francis Picard moved Seeyou Men first-over and began to gain ground on Capteur De Reve as they approached the three-quarters. Tried as he did, Seeyou Men could not collar Capteur De Reve as those two fought down the stretch with Capteur De Reve winning by three-quarters of a length in 2:03.1. Missionoftheheart was third. It was the sixth win this season for Capteur De Reve. The five-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass is the only trotter ever to win four Quebec-Bred Championships. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who also bred the horse. He paid $2.70 to win. Talbotcreek Suzie ($5.10) was able to win the ninth race Preferred 3 Trot for driver Pascal Berube, who ended the day with two wins as did driver Tyler Jones. TRACK NOTES: Live racing resumes at H3R next Sunday, October 3 starting at 1:00 pm. This will be the second to last race day at H3R this season. For more information, race results, free programs and more, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieries, QC - Having had to take nearly two years off from the races due to injuries, has not slowed Histoire Enchantee at all as the five-year-old harness racing pacer headlines the Preferred Pace at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. The gelded son of Shanghai Phil at age three was a terror on the racetrack, having won nearly $100,000 in purses with a record of 1:50.1. Histoire Enchantee is still owned by his breeder, Guy Gorbeil of Mirabel and he is trained by Maxime Velaye. "Histoire Enchantee was injured with the results of a severe suspensory," explained Velaye. "To make matters worse, it was not even a race injury. He had to be stopped training and immobilized in his stall for about ten months. This is the kind of injury that heals slowly over time. "After his successful season in 2017 at age 3, we stopped with him as usual," continued Velaye. "then we started again in the winter of 2017-2018 to be ready for the Quebec-Bred Series at age four. It was during this period that he was injured. Since his remarkable comeback this year, Histoire Enchantee sports three wins in six starts with two second place finishes. His currently record mile this season is 1:56.4, but he seems to get a little faster with every start. On Sunday, Histoire Enchantee starts from the far outside in post eight for driver Stephane Gendron, who has driven him in all of his starts this year. He is listed as the morning line favorite and rightly so, having won three of his last four starts and was second last week, timed in 1:55.1. Histoire Enchantee shows early gate speed that should help him overcome his outside post position against a stellar field of competition. Rivals in the eighth race feature include Appleby Hanover (post one), who has won three of his last four starts; Kinnder Jackson (post two), Surf Report (post three) and Hooter Shooter (post 7). Post time Sunday at H3R is 1:00 pm. For additional information, a free race program, or to views the races live via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - When Histoire Enchantee comes on the track for the tenth race Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, harness racing fans will see nearly a two-year gap in his racing schedule. That is because the stakes winner at age three in 2017 has made a remarkable comeback for trainer Maxime Velaye. Histoire Enchantee starts from post one for driver Stephane Gendron and is the overwhelming race favorite in the tenth race pace. As a three-year-old, Histoire Enchantee notched six wins with earnings of nearly $100,000. Then disaster struck the son of Shanghai Phil. "Histoire Enchantee was injured with the results of a severe suspensory," explained Velaye. "To make matters worse, it was not even a race injury. He had to be stopped training and immobilized in his stall for about ten months. This is the kind of injury that heals slowly over time. "After his successful season in 2017 at age 3, we stopped with him as usual," continued Velaye. "then we started again in the winter of 2017-2018 to be ready for the Quebec-Bred Series at age four. It was during this period that he was injured. "Then we waited with him because this horse is worth it," Velaye said. "He also proved that we were right, since his return he continues to improve, winning regularly in the 1.56, 1.57 range. His fitness is improving and we are crossing our fingers to make it last. We do not have big plans for him this fall. He will probably race at H3R until closing and then rest up again. We will then prepare him for April next season for the Quebec-Bred Series. That's the best scenario right now." Histoire Enchantee has most certainly been sharp in his comeback season this fall. He has four starts, two wins, the fastest last week in 1 :56.4. Bred to be a winner, Histoire Enchantee is owned and was bred by Guy Corbeil of Mirable. He owns the top mare Eclatante (Bullvons Dream), who has had eight foals, seven of whom have made the races. That makes Histoire Enchantee a full brother to both Clik K ($378,476, 1.50.1); a half brother to Advantage ($ 266,059, 1.51.1), and a full brother to Eternal History ($171,216, 1.51.3). Hoping for a an upset victory in the tenth race Sunday will be Captain Dragon (post 2), Ernie Panic (post 5), and Winoc Jimmy (post 3). For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. First race post time Sunday is 1 :00 pm. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club played host Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R to the $480,000 Championship harness racing finals for the Breeders Cup Series and Future Stars Series. It was the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec with purses totaling over $500,000 for the afternoon. Each series featured four divisions for trotter and pacers. Here is a breakdown of each of the Championship Finals. $65,000 Three-Year-Old Colt Trot Final It was a two-horse race from the start with track record hold Cesar Duharas and driver Pascal Berube shooting to the early lead with race favorite Only For Justice (Stephane Brosseau) grabbing the early two-hole spot by the opening quarter mile in :28.3. Brosseau moved Only For Justice to the outside by the half mile in :59, but Berube and Cesar Duharas stuffed them back into the pocket. Then by the three-quarters in 1:27.2, Brosseau came back again and this time on the final turn had collared Cesar Duharas, who then went off-stride, allowing Only For Justice to win with ease in a romp by 12 3/4 lengths in 1:57.3. Money Hill (Sylvain Filion) was second with Triomphe Duharas (Denis Gueriel) third. Only For Justice is now a repeat Quebec Champion, having won the final at age 2 and now at age 3. Sired by Justice Hall, it was Only For Justice's fourth win this year for trainer Dany Fontaine and the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal who bred and owns the gelding. He paid $3.10 to win. $65,000 Three-year-old Filly Trot Final Kinderunbelievable and driver Pierre Luc Roy put in an unbelievable performance to beat pacesetter Choo Choo Bleu (Sylvain Filion). Choo Choo Blue left first from the starting gate with My Lady Hall (Louis Philippe Roy) grabbing the two-hole spot past the opening quarter mile. Then coming to the half mile was when Pierre Luc Roy took Kinderubelievable first-over, giving race favorite Cor Leo (Stephane Gendron) second-over live cover. Choo Choo Blue would not let Kinderunbelievable pass them by down the backstretch and around the final turn. Then in the stretch, with horses fanning out all around them, Kinderunbelievable dug in with true grit and went on to win by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.3. Choo Choo Blue was second with Cor Leo third. It was the third win this year for Kinderunbelievable, who is sired by Archangel. It was her third straight win for breeder, owner, trainer Dentiza Petrova of Melbourne. She paid $5.40 to win. $65,000 Three-year-old Colt Pace Final Race favorite Ashleysbest saw his three-race winning streak come to an end as D Gs De Vito and Jonathan Lachance used a big brush in the backstretch to pass by the favorite en route to scoring a one and one-half length victory. Ashleysbest (Pascal Berube) shot to the lead from post seven and cut the mile with fractions of :26.2 and :55.1 before Lachance and D Gs De Vito came flying first-over in the backstretch to take command by the three-quarters in 1:23.3. HP Napoleon (Stephane Brosseau) tried to follow the move of D Gs De Vito to no avail as the winner went on to score in 1:54.1. HP Napoleon was second with Angers Bayama (Sylvain Filion) third. It was a lifetime mark for D Gs De Vito as the gelded son of Sportswriter notched his fourth win this year. Trained by Antonio Valente, D Gs De Vito was bred and is owned by Daniel Suprenant of Saint-Valentin and paid a generous $19.50 to win. His clocking was the fastest mile on the 14-race card. $65,000 Three-year-old Filly Pace Final Hall of Famer Yves Filion sent Akita Bayama right to the lead and barely held off a very determinded Cooking The Speed (Louis Philippe Roy) to win by a neck in a lifetime best 1:57.1. Cooking The Speed was trying for her second championship victory and despite being parked out first-over from the half mile, was a valient second. Audi Bayama (Sylvain Filion), part of the entry for trainer Yves Filion, was third. It was the second win in just five starts this year for Akita Bayama. The Sportswriter daughter was bred and is owned by Filion's Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil. She is co-owned with Jacques Damours of Laval and paid $2.90 to win. $55,000 Two-year-old Colt Pace Final Whitecookie (Marie Claude Auger) saw his undefeated six-race winning streak come to an end at the hands of Eclat De Rire and driver Stephane Gendron. Going right to the lead as usual was Whitecookie with Eclat De Rire sitting right on their backs for nearly the entire mile. It was not until the three-quarters that Gendron pulled the pocket with Eclat De Rire as the rest of the field was fanning three and four-wide for the drive to the finish. In the stretch, Eclat De Rire was able to collar Whitecookie and pass them by to win by one length in a lifetime mark of 1:58.4. Whitecookie was second with PLD Needy (Pascal Beurbe) third. It was the second straight win and third victory in five starts for the daughter of Leader Bayama. He is trained by Maxime Velaya for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirable and paid $5.40 to win. $55,000 Two-year-old Filly Pace Final Acenda De Chakrika picked the perfect time to score a lifetime mark as the daughter of Sunshine Beach led from start to finish for driver Stephane Brosseau in 2:00.2. The pocket-sitting Lotus Sena (Pascal Berube) was second with Godiva Lovely Lady (Simon Delisle) third. Acenda De Charkrika won by one and one-quarter lengths. Trained by Daniel Martin for breeder/owner Diane Lepine of Quebec City, it was the second win this year for Acenda De Chakrika, who paid $5.00 to win. $55,000 Two-year-old Colt Trot Final Babidibou and driver Stephane Gendron made it three straight wins as the colt by Royalty For Life wired the field with ease in a lifetime mark of 2:02.1. Kenogami Coco (Stephane Brosseau) tried coming first-over but could not gain ground on the winner and was second by one and three-quarter lengths. HP Muscle Dancer (Sylvain Filion) was third. Trained by Maxime Velaye for co-owners Isidoro Russo of Montreal and Guy Corbiel of Mirable, Babidibou paid $3.50 to win. $55,000 Two-year-old Filly Trot Final Emotions Durables and driver Tyler Jones went right to the front with HP Starlette (Stephane Brosseau) in second after the start, but coming off the first turn, HP Starlette went off-stride and scattered the field, allowing Emotions Durables to open up on the field. Despite a strong come-back from Kinnder High Class (Pierre Luc Roy), Emotions Durables held the field at bay, winning by one and one-half lengths in a lifetime best 2:03.1. Muscle Fern Jacky (Francis Picard) was third. It was the fourth win in just six starts for the daughter of Wheeling N Dealin, who is owned and trained by Cassandra Lecourt of Ste-Victoire De Sorel. She paid $4.50 to win. It was also the first championship victory for Tyler Jones. The Preferred-Handicap Trot saw USA invader Volare ($4.40) and driver Louis Philippe Roy lead from start to finish in 1:57.3 for trainer Michel Allard and owner Rene Allard. Track Notes: Trainer Maxime Velaye had his best day ever as a trainer at H3R, sending out five winners from his stable, two of them championship winners. Driver Stephane Gendron also had the same results, five winners, two in championships. Owner/breeder Guy Corbeil had three winners, two in the championships. Live racing resumes next Sunday, September 15 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Seeyou Men had a perfect trip in the Quebec-Bred Series for older harness racing trotters at the Hippodrome 3R Friday, but Capteur De Reve had other ideas in scoring an upset victory. Driver Stephane Gendron had a big night with four winners. This was the third and final preliminary round in the Series before next weeks $30,000 finals on Sunday, July 14. Seeyou Men and driver Stephane Brosseau were the overwhelming 1/9 race favorite in the eighth race co-feature and there was no place or show wagering on the race. It was Capteur De Reve and driver Stephane Gendron who left like a rocket out of the starting gate and Seeyou Men had to be content to enjoy the two-hole trip in second place. Capteur De Reve went to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.4. He then blacked down the pace as they went past the half mile marker in :59.2. Then Kinnder Dangerous (Pierre Luc Roy) came first-over with Maximuscle (Tyler Jones) grabbing the second-over spot after going off-stride at the start of the race. Down the backstretch Capteur De Reve continued to be the strong horse, passing the three-quarter pole in 1:29.2 as Kinnder Dangerous could not gain ground on the outside, but also boxed in SeeYou Men along the rail. As they came down the stretch, Seeyou Men finally had room to trot along the rail but it was too late as Capteur De Reve had plenty of trot and went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.3. Seeyou Men was second. It was the first win of the season in four starts for Capteur De Reve. The five-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass is a three-time Quebec Series champion and is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns him. He paid $12.00 to win. In the older trotting mares division, race six, it was Lucky Promesses and driver Francis Picard who stole the show from the rail. Quickly leaving and taking command of the race with Eau Naturelle (Simon Delisle) sitting in second place, Lucky Promesses held off a first-over Kascara Rosa (Stephane Brosseau) at the half mile and three-quarters. Then coming down the stretch, Lucky Promesses started to bear out and allowed Eau Naturelle to come up the rail and near collar the leader. But Lucky Promesses was her best Friday and held on for the victory by a neck over Eau Naturelle with a late closing Y S Suzanne (Guy Gagnon) third in the photo. The time of the race was 1:59.3. It was the second win this year for Lucky Promesses, who is trained by Francis Richard for owners Bruno Morin of St-Lazare-De-Bellechasse and Dany Genois of Quebec City. The six-year-old daughter of Lucky Fool paid $10.10 to win. The first two-year-old race of the season took place in the third race with a real slugfest between pacesetter Gaudi Kir (Windfall Blue Chip) and Eclat De Rire (Leader Bayama) in the backstretch as those two paced a final half mile in :58.2 en route to Eclat D Rire winning by a half length in 2:01. Eclat De Rire ($2.80) is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. Track Notes: Both Yves Tessier and Maxime Velaye had training double and Stephane Gendron drove their winners. Live racing resumes Sunday at 1:00 pm. Featured will be three divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers. Featured will be Atomic Million AM going for his fourth straight victory. The mares two divisions are headlined by YS Tallia and Lit De Rose. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Three-time Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Capteur De Reve begins his 2019 season Friday night at Hippodrome 3R as one of the main attractions in the Preferred-Handicap Trot feature. The five-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass starts from post one in the eighth race feature for trainer Maxime Velaye and the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns the champion trotter. Capteur De Reve is seeking to become the first horse ever to win four consecutive Quebec Champions when he begins in the Quebec-Bred series that gets underway at H3R next week on Friday, June 14. There will be three weeks of preliminary competition and then a $30,000 final on Sunday, July 14. The only other horse that could also win four Quebec-Series Champions is the pacer, Wildriverbumblebee. In preparing for the racing season, Capteur De Reve competed in two qualifying races at H3R, winning last week in 2:01.1 with an 18 ¾ length romp. Stephane Gendron, H3R's leading driver, will be in the sulky. "We got a lot of snow this winter, too much snow," said trainer Maxime Velaye. "He (Capteur De Reve) did have a lot of time off from last season and he actually lost a little bit of weight during the winter. He was kind of "overweight" at the end of last season. Maybe that was one of the reasons he did not finish the year that well," Velaye laughed. A career winner of $206,000C, Capteur Du Reve has Velaye smiling this year. "I know this is going to sound a bit cocky," Velaye said. "But I think considering how well he has done the past three years, that Capteur De Reve will have an outstanding season. He has been training very strong this spring and is so easy going at the farm and I know he is in much better shape than last year." That is saying a lot as Capteur De Reve starts off his 2019 season racing against some formidable foes. Rival Kinnder Dangerous from last year, was assigned the eight post on Friday after he nosed out Missionoftheheart last start with a super impressive 1:58.4 triumph in his first start of the season. Kinnder Dangerous is driven by Justin Filion for trainer/owner/breeder Denitza Petrova. Missionoftheheart is also entered (post 6) and last Sunday scored a 2:01 triumph on a sloppy track and the prior start was second by a nose to Kinnder Dangerous. Then there is Holiday Party in post seven and two starts back he won in this class in 2:00. "I really think he can handle this field," Velaye added. "But all the other horses in the race already have a couple of starts and his last real race was back in November 2018. So, I wish for him to get a nice trip and finish his mile strong for Stephane Gendron and maybe we might see him in the winner's circle." Currently, Velaye has 13 horses in his stable and he hopes that we will see all of them racing at the Hippodrome 3R this season. Velaye was the leading trainer three years ago at H3R, but since then he has watched Francis Richard rise to the top and lead all trainers the last two years. "I hope I can come back and win the training title this year," Velaye added, "But I know my friend Francis Richard has got more horses than I do and he has some really nice ones too. So, he is going to be tough to beat again. The only thing I can do is try my best and see how it goes." Post time for the Friday 10-race program begins at 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 all eyes will be on the three-year-old harness racing pacing filly, Lune Bleu (Blue Moon in French), who will seek to make a clean sweep in the $10,000 final of the Quebec-Plus Series. The daughter of Big Jim starts from post two for trainer Maxime Velayee and she is seeking to win her third straight race for driver Pierre Luc Roy. A six-time winner this year, Lune Blue raced just four times at age 2 and never won a race. "She was very sick just before her first qualifying race," Maxime Velaye explained. "It was right before her first qualifier and she never fully recovered after that. She had shown me some speed and some grit when training down." Now at age 3 Lune Bleu is making up for lost time for owner/breeder Guy Gorbeil of Mirbel. Two starts back she took her lifetime mark at H3R with a 1:58.3 triumph. "She has been raced timed in 1:57.1," Velaye added. "And I think if she is pressed on she can go that fast in Sunday's Final." Her main rivals in the race will be the entry from the Francis Richard Stable of Encore Panic and Ernie Panic, both of whom were bred and are owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec City. Encore Panic drew post three for driver Jocelyn Gendron and won an opening round of the series in a lifetime best 2:00.1. The four-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella also has good early gate speed. Ernie Panic goes from post seven for driver Francis Picard and also has early gate speed. Sired by Mach Three, the four-year-old has a record of 2:00.2 taken three starts back and has four wins this season. "We will definitely need some luck this Sunday," said Francis Richard. "The two fillies get to draw for the inside posts. My two horses don't mind racing in the mud and they both have got early gate speed. "I think Encore is the best right now," Richard added. "Just because he has a better post position. He didn't race that much this summer and now with three starts in a row he should be in better racing shape. "I can not count out Ernie too," Richard explained. "He has Francis Picard driving him and he has done a great job with him. He knows the horse very well and I wouldn't be surprised at all if they get the job done." Then there is Hercule J M in post six for driver Pascal Berube. Last week the five-year-old gelded son of Goliath Bayama upset the field at 7-1, closing from sixth place in the backstretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.4. Rounding out the field is the other filly in the race, Somebeachbythesea (post one); Indigo Seelster (post four), Determinant (post six) and Art Of The Master (post eight). The two top pacing mares at H3R this season, Rainbow Palace and Wild River Swan will do battle again this Sunday in the fourth race. Rainbow Palace goes from post five for driver Francis Picard. She was the top mare at H3R last year and is seeking to retain her title although last week she suffered defeat to Wild River Swan. Wild River Swan has eight wins on the year for H3R's leading trainer Francis Richard and goes from post four for driver Jocelyn Gendron. She has yet to finish worse than second in her last nine starts. Of the male rivals in the field, Solid Performance (post two) and Allstar Seelster (post one) could be factors in the race. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The final leg of the Quebec Plus Series for 3,4, and 5-year-old harness racing pacers takes place on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with two divisions. Owners, trainers and drivers will be seeking points to be one of the eight finalists going for $10,000 in the final next week at H3R. The first division features the horse that may well sweep the series, Lune Bleu (Blue Moon in French), who will start from the rail for driver Pierre Luc Roy. One of only two fillies in the race against the boys, Lune Bleu was at her best last week for trainer Maxime Velaye. The daughter of Big Jim was able to wire the field in a lifetime best 1:58.3, the fastest mile in the series so far. "She's not the biggest filly," said Velaye of Lune Bleu. "but believe me she has her little character. Fortunately, because it is probably this small side battler who makes a good quality racehorse. I think she has improved throughout the year. She had a few more difficult moments in the middle of the summer which resulted in breaking pace, but since then she has recovered from the hair of the beast, as they say. I even think that, like many mares and fillies, the cooler temperatures suit her." It was Lune Bleu's fifth win in 13 starts for breeder/owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. According to Velaye it was a good performance. "I do not claim anything," Velaye said. "but her mile last week in 1.58.3 is a very good performance under the circumstances. It was windy, it was cold, we were in the last race, but none of that seemed to bother her. So, I'm hopeful she'll answer with another good mile this week." A strong contender in the race will be Ernie Panic (post three) who won two starts back in 2:00.3 along with Determinant (post five). In the ninth race second division it looks like a battle will take place between two stable mates, Encore Panic (post five) and Flash Panic (post one). Both are conditioned by H3R's leading trainer, Francis Richard and were bred and is owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec City. Encore Panic will be driven by Jocelyn Gendron and this four-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella is on a two-race win streak, winning both starts going wire to wire. The fast of the two wins was last week in the opening round of the series, a 2:00.1 lifetime mark. Flash Panic will be driven by Francis Picard. The three-year-old filly by Sportswriter has four wins so far this year, the fastest a 1:57 triumph at H3R. Other contenders include Somebeachbythesea (post two), Art Of The Master (post six) and Hercule J M (post seven). The trotters own center stage in the seventh race Preferred event. Returning to try for his third straight win is last week's winner and former Quebec Series Champion, Seeyou Men. He goes from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau and last week won with ease in 2:00.1 and the prior week scored in 1:57.4 at Rideau Carleton. Another Quebec Series Champ, Capteur De Reve, starts from post two for driver Pierre Luc Roy. He has won three of his last five starts, all in this class. Rideau invader Talbotcreek Suzie (post one) will be a factor having won three of her last four starts for trainer Yves Tessier. Holiday Spirit (post three), the front-end crazy R Rkadabra goes from post four, return winner Ghradelli Lindy (post five) and another Quebec Series Champion, Holiday Party, rounds out the field from post seven. The two top pacing mares at H3RB this season, Rainbow Palace and Wild River Swan, renew their rivalry in the sixth race. Rainbow Palace took a week off after beating Wild River Swan and she will go from post four for driver Francis Picard. Wild River Swan did race last week and won in 1:57. She will start from post three for driver Jocelyn Gendron. First race post time is 12:50 pm on Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club that manages the Hippodrome 3R will see their new series, the Quebec Plus Series, get underway this Sunday with two divisions for two-year-old pacers, one for colts and one for fillies. The series is for two, three, four and five-year-old horses that were eligible for the Quebec Series this summer, but did not make more than $7,500 this season as of September 10. There will be two preliminary rounds for $4,000 and then a $10,000 final on October 7. Fillies will race against colts. Due to lack of entries there will no series for the two-year-old trotters. The series gets started in the sixth race first division and is headed by trainer Maxime Velaye's Dernier Essai, which translates to English as Last Test. This son of Mach Three starts from post four for driver Pierre Luc Roy. "He has been dropping seconds since his first qualifier," Maxime Velaye explained. "I think the reason he has yet to win a race is because he was beat by better horses." In the $55,000 Future Stars Final last week, Dernier Essai finished fifth and was race timed in 1:57.3, his fastest clocking yet. "It is a great idea to have this Quebec Plus Series," Velaye said. "To give these young horses, and I talking for myself as my horse is VERY VERY green, and this series will help him a lot. I think he is the one to beat (and is still VERY green) but he is learning from every start he made so far." And where did this name, Dernier Essai, come from? "His name came from the movie The Longest Yard," Velaye explained. "with Adam Sandler, and in French the movie title was Dernier Essai and his owner, Guy Corbeil of Mirabel, just loved that movie." Other horses to watch in the first division include Angelo Benjo (post five) with driver Jonathan Lachance and Moneymakehersmith (post two) for driver Stephane Brosseau. The second division is the eighth race and the morning line favorite is the filly Behavenmyself, who starts from post two for owners Jean-Roch Marois and the GLD Stables. This daughter of Badlands Hanover has never raced at H3R, and her career so far in Ontario has been competing in the Grassroots for trainer Gerald Demers. While she has no wins in seven starts she has been race-timed in under two-minutes, the fastest in 1:55.3. She will be driven by Pascal Berube. Likely contenders in the race include Esprit Dequipe (post one) for driver Pierre Luc Roy, Lovelouguys (post seven) with driver Jocelyn Gendron and D Gs Fairystars (post nine) for driver Jonathan Lachance. The Open Handicap Trot in the seventh race will be perhaps one of the best races of the day. Capteur De Reve (post eight) is the favorite because he won this class his last two starts and shows for trainer Maxime Velaye that he can win from on or off the pace. The competition will be fierce with Rocky Boy (post seven) back in gear, Broadway Maija (post six) was second last week and the return of Fortunes Friend (post four) who returns from Rideau Carleton off a 1:59 victory. Also, of note, Precieuse CC, fresh off her triumph in the $65,000 Breeders Cup last week, faces the best trotters for driver/trainer Claude Beausoleil. Precieuse CC was given the rail as she is the only three-year-old in the field. She is going for her third straight win. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Despite not being able to be a snowbird and spend the winter in Florida, trainer Maxime Velaye says the top trotter in his harness racing stable, Capteur De Reve, is ready for the 2018 season and makes his debut Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. Last year Capteur De Reve was the champion three-year-old cot trotter of the year in Quebec. He posted four wins on the season, including an eye-popping 1:55 lifetime mark in winning a $95,000 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes at Mohawk Raceway. He also captured the $65,000 final of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R. "Neither of us got to spend the winter in Florida," trainer Maxime Velaye laughed. "We spent a nice winter at the farm in Mirabel. He (Capteur De Rebe) did grow and really filled out this winter and now he looks amazing. "I think he will have a great season," Velaya explained. "He has made just 21 starts lifetime over the past two seasons and that makes room for him to continue to improve. He is the kind of horse that is still learning and gets more mature every year." On Sunday, Capteur De Rebe faces a tough task in his 2018 debut. He has the far outside post eight in the 9th race Invitational-Handicapped trot and will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy. His competition includes Rocky Boy, the 5/2 favorite from post five for driver Marc Belanger. In his last start at H3R, Rocky Boy and Belanger cruised the half mile oval with a 1:57 score that tied his lifetime mark and is the fastest trotting mile so far this season. In post seven is lone mare in the field, Torches Angel for driver Stephane Brosseau. She has won her last two starts at H3R and three of her last four starts. Other return winners in the field include Caroluzzo (post one) and Neon Lights (post nine). "I look for him (Capteur De Reve) to be lucky with his post tomorrow," laughed Velaye. "We know we would get the eight post because of his good earnings in his last five starts. I want him to race good and finish strong in the last quarter." The top pacers are in action in the seventh race where Rainbow Palace, again the lone mare in the field of nine, starts from post seven and is coming off a super strong win in her last start. She will be driven by Francis Picard and on May 13 was able to wire the field in 1:55 for her first win in three starts. Rainbow Palace will have it tough having to go against return winners HP Patriote (post two), Onyx VA (post four) and Mister Big Top (post five). There will be a major announcement Sunday from the Quebec Jockey Club at the Hippodrome 3R about a special upcoming event on Sunday, June 24. First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program just visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The Hippodrome 3R hosted its richest race program of the 2017 season Sunday with the C$480,000 Championship Finals of the Breeders Cup Series and the Future Stars Series for two and three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. There were eight finals with the three-year-old divisions going for C$65,000 each and the two-year-old's racing for C$55,000 each. Unlike prior years, there were no track records set due to a misty rain throughout the afternoon that turned the track sloppy by the sixth race. Here are all the divisional final winners. 3YO Colt Pace C$65,000 Final - Perhaps the most exciting of the eight championship finals started out with Noplay (Stephane Pouliot) shooting to the early lead with race favorite C L Sportsaction (Jonathan Lachance) in the pocket to the opening quarter mile in :28.4. Lachance was not content in the pocket and pulled first-over, giving outside cover to Wildriverbumblebee (Stephane Brosseau) as Western Phil (Scott Young) filled the two-hole gap. Then in the backstretch, Brosseau moved three-wide with Wildriverbumblebee and was able to clear to first-over on the final turn and showing true grit, was able to come on in the stretch to win by one and one quarter lengths in 1:59.1. Noplay was second with Western Phil third. Last year, Wildriverbumblebee set the track record in the championship final and now has added his second title. The son of Sportswriter, trained by Francis Richard for owner/breeder Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, posted his third straight win and fifth victory in just seven starts this year. He paid $6.80 to win. 3Y0 Filly Pace C$65,000Final - After three lead changes by the opening quarter mile, YS Tallia and driver Daniel Dube took control of the race from the 1/5 favorite, Yaris Bayama (Sylvain Filion) and kept the lead the rest of the race to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:58.4 over Yaris Bayama. Kinnderuntouchable (Justin Filion) was third. Unraced at age two, it was the fourth win this year for YS Tallia. The daughter of Western Ideal is trained by Michel Allard and was bred and is owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation and paid $7.20 to win. 3YO Colt Trot C$65,000 Final - Capteur De Reve and driver Daniel Dube captured the championship final for the second straight year with an easy 2:00.1 triumph. Following 16-1 pacesetter Bastiano (Stephane Gendron) from the start, Dube waited until the three-quarter mile pole to go after Bastiano and cleared on the final turn, then opened up in winning by eight and one-quarter lengths over Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) with Sometimes When (Guy Gagnon) third. It was the second straight win and third victory on the year for the son of Muscle Mass. Capteur De Reve is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who owns and bred the colt. He paid $2.80 to win. 3YO Filly Trot C$65,000 Final - Magestic M, unraced at age 2, winless in eight starts this year, picked the perfect spot to end her maiden status with an upset victory for driver Louis Philippe Roy. Vanilla Star (Richard Simard) had led the field most of the one mile race until Roy came first-over with Majestic M in the backstretch, wearing down Vanilla Star to win by three lengths in a lifetime first victory in 2:03.1. Justice For Eva (Sylvain Filion) was third. The daughter of Majestic Son is trained by Kevin Maguire and bred and owned by the Maguire Stable of Sainte-Marie. Sent off at 8-1 odds, Magestic M paid $18.30 to win. Race favorite, HP Run Like Mom, had trouble getting behind the starting gate and was never a factor in the race. 2YO Colt Pace C$55,000 Final - Stock with driver Stephanie Brosseau were perhaps the most impressive winner on the day. The 1/9 favorite sped out to a quick :27.3 opening quarter mile from post two and then toyed with the field, opening up in the backstretch and then pulling away with ease to win by 10 open lengths in 1:57. Phil D'Orleans (Sylvain Filion) was second with G A Speed Sammy (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the second straight win and fifth victory in six starts for the son of Sportswriter. He is trained by Dany Fontaine, bred by Sotirios Anastaopoulus of Sainte-Therese and co-owned with the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal. Stock went off as the overwhelming 1/9 favorite and paid $2.10 to win. 2YO Filly Pace C$55,000 Final - Despite the sloppy track, driver Daniel Dube and Lit De Rose had little trouble with the footing as they led from the start, holding the field at bay in wiring the field and winning by five and one-half lengths in 2:02. Katniss S GB (Sylvain Filion) was second with D G's Shadowbell (Jonathan Lachance) third. It was the third straight win in five starts for the daughter of Leader Bayama. Lit De Rose is owned and was bred by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and paid $3.90 to win. 2YO Colt Trot C$55,000 Final - With both race favorites going off-stride before the start, it became a wide-open final as Magic Relief (Sylvain Lacaille) led the field until the pocket sitting Yankee Photo (Pascal Berube) came first-over in the backstretch but could not collar Magic Relief. Meanwhile, Jerome Lombart had Ganymede Lavec on the move along the rail, then swung to the outside and just got up at the wire at odds of 17-1 to win by a three-quarters of a length in 2:07. Yankee Photo was second with Magic Relief third. The son of Ganymede was winless in five starts going into the final for trainer Andreane Lapierre. He is owned and bred by Jerome Lombart of Bromont and paid $36.40 to win. 2YO Filly Trot C$55,000 Final - Precieuse CC and trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil make a clean sweep of the Future Stars Series, leading from start to finish in a lifetime record mile of 2:03.3, winning by three and one-half lengths. Stand For Justice (Sylvain Filion) was second with Papillon Bleu (Peirre Luc Roy) third. It was the fourth win in five starts for the daughter of Angus Hall, who is owned by Marie Andree Cournoyer of Chicoutimi. Precieuse CC paid $2.60 Track Notes: Daniel Dube led all drivers with three victories on the afternoon, all in championship finals. Trainer Maxime Velaye has two training wins in the finals, both with Dube driving. Due to the inclement weather, the fastest mile on the day was set in the very first race by Stock, in 1:57. There is no more live racing on Tuesday's, the next live racing card is Sunday, post time 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Harness racing trainer Maxime Velaye says he is on "Cloud 9" that his horse, Sports Authority, is in the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete race at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. The energetic young trainer, who two years ago won his first training title at H3R, has really come of age with his stable and despite his horse being the long shot in the race, is happy just to be in it. "He is feeling great," Velaye said of Sports Authority. "I was very pleased he went a fast mile last week (winning at Rideau Carlton from start to finish in 1:52.4), so he will not be surprised on Sunday following a fast pace." A gelded son of Sportswriter from the Good New Scooter mare, Alcyon Semalu, a 100% producer from six foals, Sports Authority is a half-brother to the $436,000 winner, Style Semalu (p, 5, 1:51). Sports Authority is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and will start from post seven in the 14th race feature. "I am hoping he will do really well on Sunday." Velaye said. "He has shown the speed in the past. I just need him to do it for four quarter miles and I think he can do it. "I'm really on Cloud 9 right now," Velaye smiled. "It is an honor for me to compete against the best four-year-old's in the business. You always dream about being in a big race like the Prix D'Ete, but now it is no longer a dream but reality. I am proud to represent Trois-Rivieres because we are the local stable." It is a tall order that Velaye and Sports Authority are hoping to do well in the Prix D'Ete. The 2-1 race favorite, Sintra, comes to H3R with seven wins in ten starts and a record of 1:47.2 taken July 1. Just two weeks ago in his last start he won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:48.4. Other contenders include Dr J Hanover, the fastest horse ever in Canada with a record of 1:46.4, Awesomeness, who just won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:50 and then there is the local hometown favorite, Sports Authority, who drew outside in post seven for driver Pierre-Luc Roy. "I am hoping for a "wicked" first half mile," Velaye said as he gave his thoughts on how the race should go. "I'm guessing the #8 horse, Dr J Hanover, is not going to back off from such an outside post and he has shown good early speed in the past. "So, there is a good chance some of the inside horses will leave hard too," Velaye explained. "And if my horse can stay inside and save some ground, he can grab a piece of the pie in the stretch. Plus, I almost forgot, we will most certainly need a lot of luck too! "I remember Dan Dube had Duc D'Orleans in the Prix D'Ete in 2014 and he was the local favorite and long odds and Dan gave him a perfect drive that day and they finished second," Velaye recalled. "Maybe my horse can have the same kind of trip. I am confident that Pierre-Luc will give him the perfect drive." Velaye said he was too young to remember the glory days of the Prix D'Ete back at Blue Bonnet Raceway, "but I have seen many photos of the great horses that have won the race and the huge crowds that would come out to the races back then," Velaye said. "I am hoping that the race fans from all around Quebec and especially Trois-Rivieres," Velaye said. "will come out this Sunday and be cheering loud for us. We can most certainly use that energy to help us score an upset. Just like it would happen in the movies, anything can happen." Track Notes: None of the eight drivers in the big race have ever won the Prix D'Ete before. Trainer Ron Burke is going for his third straight Prix D'Ete victory and Jimmy Takter won it in 2014 with Sunfire Blue Chip. The special 15-race program starts at 2:30 pm. Also on the card are four divisions of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers with two colt and two filly divisions. Harness racing Hall of Famer, Michel "Mike" Lachance, is the Grand Marshal for this year's Prix D'Ete. He won the Prix D'Ete back to back with Matt's Scooter in 1988 and Goalie Jeff in 1989. Driver James MacDonald, fresh off capturing the World Driving Championship Friday night, will be at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, driving Awesomeness in the Prix D'Ete. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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