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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Friday night 10-race harness racing program at the Hippodrome 3R features a Preferred Handicap Pace and watch out for Cooking The Speed. This three-year-old filly by So Surreal was a lightly raced two-year-old, but was in championship form when she won the $55,000C Future Stars Series final. This year Cooking The Speed is nearly in identical form as last year and thus trainer Michel Allard and Allard Racing want her in prime shape for this year's $65,000C Breeders Cup Final that will take place on Sunday, September 8 at H3R. Cooking The Speed has the breeding that can make her a winner. She is the first foal from the great raceway mare, Cooking The Books, who raced for six years, won $479,734 with a record of 1:51.4. "I claimed her (Cooking The Books) and then she got injured," explained Michel's son, Rene Allard. "She was a good raceway mare so we bred her to So Surreal and got Cooking The Speed. "Cooking The Speed was very good in training in south Florida," Allard said. "I had her down to 1:56 and then sent her to Pocono Downs. She had trouble handling the turns there, so I sent her to my Dad to teach her how to get around the short turns. "We have a pony track at our farm in Quebec," Allard said. "He made some equipment changes and worked with her and she became excellent on a half mile track." It seems that Michel Allard got the job done well as Cooking The Speed has $54,405C in earnings and a hopeful big payday coming on September 9. On Friday, Cooking The Speed is the only filly in the nine-horse field. It will not be a walk in the park for Cooking The Speed as she faces a very tough older rival named Lit De Rose. A winner of half of her eight starts this year, Lit De Rose starts from the far outside in post 8 for driver Stephane Brosseau. The Leader Bayama mare has won three of her last five starts, including a lifetime best 1:53 nose triumph at Rideau Carleton Raceway just two starts back. Other good mares in the field include return winner Wild River Swan (post 7) and Uptown Girl (post 6). Cooking The Speed will be driven by Tyler Jones and is listed at odds of 5-1. "I think she will race very well on Friday," Rene Allard said. "And all the credit for this filly belongs to my father. He really did a fantastic job with her. And, Cooking The Books had a Betterthancheddar colt foaled this spring and I think he will be very good. We just have to wait and see. Right now, we want his older sister to get ready to race for big money next week." There will be eight Championship Finals at H3R on Sunday, September 8 with nearly $500,000C in purse money on the line. Post time Friday evening is 7:00 pm. For a free race program or to see the races live from H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The main action during the two-day meet at St-Aimé-des-Lacs, Quebec on Saturday/Sunday came on the latter card, with the most spectacular event being the obliteration of the track trotting record, as 21st century-born Bermudian Kiwon Waldron guided Missionoftheheart, a five-year-old daughter of Manofmanymissions, to a 1:59.4 victory in the Invitational handicap trot.   The mare, who won by 18 lengths, knocked two seconds off the old SAdL standard of 2:01.4, set by Revonah Hanover in 2013.   Waldron, who was discovered racing ponies in his native land by vacationing members of Team Allard, won twice on the Sunday card, and now has a driving record of 10-7-2-0, which translates to a UDR of .811.   The $10,000Cl five-mile Casino Charlevoix event was won by Appleby Hanover and driver Dany Mainguy, completing a big day for trainer Michel Allard, who is also the trainer of Missionoftheheart.   Dany Mainguy and the six-year-old son of Well Said led the entire five-mile journey, drawing clear of Bet I Can Fly to win by 15 lengths in 11:31. It was a repeat victory for Appleby Hanover in the 5 Milles after being elevated to victory over a disqualified Montana Ben in last year's race.   by Jerry Connors, for the Quebec Fair Regional Circuit

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The $276,000C new Quebec-Bred Series gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Frid14ay night with three opening round harness racing divisions for older trotters. The series was changed for this year to allow all trotters and pacers age four and older that were eligible to compete in the series. Prior to this change the series was only open for four and five-year-olds. There will be three weeks of preliminary competition followed by $30,000C finals on Sunday, July 14. The very first race on the program Friday is the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotters. Featured are three former champions, Seeyou Men (post 4), Holiday Party (post 5) and Capteur De Reve (post 3). Seeyou Men ships in from Mohawk Raceway for trainer Daniel Martin and is the morning line favorite at 5/2. A $252,000c career winner has 16 starts this season and nearly $50,000c won in 2019. Track record holder Holiday Party was a game second last week at H3R in the Preferred-Handicap Trot while Capteur De Reve, who could become a four-time champion if he can win the final, comes into the race off a dismal performance in his first start of the year last week. Other contenders include Kinnder Dangerous (post 2), who two starts back won his 2019 debut with a 1:58.4 triumph at H3R, Sultan D Or (post 6) is the winningest horse at H3R this season with four wins in five outings. Rideau Carleton invader, Sometimes When (post 1) rounds out the field. The sixth race is the second division for trotting horses and sees the return of three-time champion Maximuscle (post two), now trained by Michel Allard for Allard Racing. Shipping back to Quebec from Pocono Downs, Maximuscle shows one win this year in 1:56. Track record holder and Quebec champion Wildwild Men (post 6) will be in the hunt for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon and also entered is long-time H3R Open Trot contender and track record holder Caroluzzo (post 3). Rounding out the field are SOS Irresistable (post 1), SG Goliath King (post 4) and KFB Amigo Cool (post 5). The lone mares division takes place in the third race and is headlined by former champion Y S Suzanne (post 6). Trained and co-owned by Blake Curran, Y S Suzanne ships in from Rideau Carleton where she was second by a head in 1:58.4. She has five wins so far in 2019. Lucky Promises (post 5) comes back to her home track and is now being trained by Francis Richard. She will be driven by Steeve Genois, who campaigned her at Saratoga Raceway in the USA. Another good mare in the field is last year's Quebec-Bred Champion Precieuse CC (post 4), who has one win in four starts this season, 1:59 lifetime mark. Also entered are Vanilla Star (post 1), Montanaalaska (post 2) and EAU Naturelle (post 3). The older pacers in the Quebec-Bred Series get underway on Sunday at H3R with four divisions. For a free race program for Friday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Appleby Hanover put in a super gusty first-over mile in capturing the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. The feature race began with three-horses racing three-wide to the opening quarter mile. It was Surf Report (Tyler Jones) who took the lead away from Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard), who had taken the lead from D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy). They went by the opening quarter mile in :27.2. As the field came past the grandstand the second time, it was driver Stephane Gendron coming first-over with Appleby Hanover and they were nearly able to collar Surf Report past the half mile marker in :56.3. With Bali (Stephane Brosseau) racing second-over and race favorite Ufdragons Rocket (Pascal Berube) third-over, it was still Surf Report battling with Appleby Hanover at the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Coming down the stretch was when Appleby Hanover was able to find another gear, wearing down Surf Report and going on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.2. Surf Report held for second place with Ufdragons Rocket third. It was the third straight win this year for Appleby Hanover, a six-year-old stallion bu Well Said, trained and co-owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. His mile was the fastest of the afternoon. Sent off at odds of 7-1, Appleby Hanover paid $16.70 to win. Sultan D Or saw his four-race winning streak come to a close in the 7th race trot. Unbeaten in four starts this year, Sultan D Or started from post nine in the second tier and has problems getting behind the starting gate and was never in the hunt. Massmade and driver Stephane Brosseau upset the field at 8-1, winning in 1:59 and paying $18.20 to win. Sultan D Or is still the winningest horse at H3R this season. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau led all drivers Sunday with three wins while Marc Andre Simoneau was the leading trainer with two wins from his stable. All nine of the races Sunday were timed in under 2:00. Management at the Quebec Jockey Club has announced that the Hippodrome 3R will host the Quebec Regional Fair Finals on Saturday, July 13 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. That weekend there will be live racing at the track on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R adds live harness racing on Friday nights beginning this week. First race post time will be 7:00 pm with an eight-race program carded. Something unique takes place on Friday night in the very first race as the ten-year-old pacing mare, Persistent, returns to racing after being a broodmare since 2014. Persistent starts from post one in the first race for driver Stephen Gendron and owner/trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit, he is the father of Rene and Simon Allard. Back in the day, Persistent was a good raceway mare with lifetime earnings of more than $226,000 and a race record of 1:50.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia. She competed regularly at both Harrah's and Yonkers Raceway. Now, as a broodmare, Persistent, sired by Western Ideal, also did well. Her very first foal, a filly by Bettor's Delight named Persistent Bettor, has a record of 1:54 with earnings of $42,853. The next foal was a full sister named Persistent Xample, who won a qualifier in 1:57. There are two other foals, one is a two-year-old, the other just a yearling. According to Michel Allard, "She should be very comfortable on the track at Trois-Rivières and she seems to have rediscovered after all these years off, the pleasure of competing." Upvote Hanover, fresh off his impressive triumph last week, returns to headline the 7th race Preferred-Handicap Trot. The week the five-year-old gelding by Kadabra starts from the far outside in post eight. Last week Upvote Hanover was at his best for regular driver Stephane Brosseau, getting parked out first-over for half the mile and still having enough kick to pull away from the field with a three and one-half length romp. He has now won two of his last three starts for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. Other contenders in the race include Rocky Boy (post 7), Wildwild Men (post 6) and Holiday Party (post 5). For a free race program or additional information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Cooking The Speed just held on at the finish to beat Giggle Hanover and capture the C$32,700 Lucien Bombardier Stakes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. One of the pioneers of harness racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, QC, Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society. The race is also co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada. Cooking The Speed, driven by Stephane Gendron, was the wagering favorite and raced like it. Leaving from post two, Gendron sent the daughter of So Surreal right to the front with Hurryupatthebeach (Pascal Berube) following their cover in second place to the first quarter in :29.2. At the half mile in an easy 1:00.3, Giggle Hanover (Pierre Luc Roy) came first-over and following their outside cover was D Gs Fairystars (Jonathan Lachance). In the backstretch, Lachance sent D Gs Fairystars three-wide and the three horses raced that way past the three-quarters in 1:30.2. As the three horses started down the stretch, D Gs Fairystars began to fade and it looked as if Giggle Hanover would wear down Cooking The Speed, but Gendron was able to find another gear as Cooking the Speed dug in and held on to win by a half length over Giggle Hanover in 1:59.2. Hurryupatthebeach was third. It was the second win this year for Cooking The Speed, who is trained by Michel Allard and is owned by Allard Racing, Inc. and Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt. She paid $5.00 to win. There were two $10,000 Finals of the new Quebec Plus Series and the third race was the final for two-year-old pacers and track record holder Behavenmyself made it a clean sweep of the series. Driven by Pascal Berube for trainer Gerald Demers, Behavenmyself took the early lead away from Dernier Essai (Pierre Luc Roy) by the opening quarter mile in :27.3 and was never seriously challenged again. Berube and Behavenmyself then cut fractions of :57.2 and 1:28.1 before pulling away in the stretch to win by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. Dernier Essai was second with Angelo Benjo (Jonathan Lachance) third. Sired by Badlands Hanover, Behavenmyself now won both preliminary rounds and the final and she is now on a three-race winning streak. She is owned by Les Ecuries GLD, Inc. of St-Andre-Avelin with Jean Roch Marois of St-Joachim-De-Shefford and paid just $2.10 to win as the overwhelming race favorite. In the $10,000 Quebec Plus Final for two-year-old trotters, the day belonged to Justice For Narnia and trainer/driver Sylvain LaCaille. Leaving from the rail, LaCaille sent Justice For Narnia right to the lead and they never looked back, wiring the field in a huge romp by 16 and one-half lengths in 2:07.1. That's Hooligan (Jean Paul Rousse) was second with El Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) third. A colt by Justice For Hall, it was the maiden victory for Justice For Narnia, who is co-owned by Lacaille of St Paul De Joliette with Benoit Gagnon of Montreal. The race was a non-wagering event. Track Notes: Pascal Berube once again was the leading driver with three winners on the program. Live racing continues at H3R next Sunday with first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

ST-AIME-DES-LACS, QC - Appleby Hanover, a five-year-old son of Well Said, emerged victorious in the $10,000 5 Milles (5 Miles en anglais) Casino-Charlevoix Pace at St-Aime-des-Lacs, Quebec, on Sunday afternoon, placed from second to first after Montana Ben, who beat him to the wire by a head after covering the 8,800-yard marathon distance, was disqualified for causing interference in the ten-circuit race. The time of the 5-mile race was 12:16, well off the track record. Appleby Hanover, who rallied late after having the lead early in the race, did not race at two, but here recorded the tenth victory of his career, and his fourth this year, during which he has set his lifetime mark of 1:55.1h at Trois Rivieres. Dany Mainguy handled the sulky assignment for trainer-owner Michel Allard. The all-time track record for a mile was rewritten on the pace and tied in the trot on the Sunday card of the two-day set. Fastest horse in St-Aimé-des-Lacs history is now Brussebeach, a Shadow Play gelding who had set a since-eclipsed track record at St-Joseph-de-Lepage earlier in the summer, but who now is the outright swiftest St-Aimé-des-Lacs sidewheeler after a 1:56.1 mile while going for all of $900. (A $3500 Invitational pace had a slowish pace and went in only 1:58.3.) Brussebeach was guided by Francis Picard, the only horseman to have a double on the day, for trainer Harold Duguay, co-owner with Dr. John Bradbury. The former local standard was 1:57, set by Bali two years ago. Holiday Party equaled the all-time track record on the trot at the track, which is some 80 miles northeast of Quebec City, with a 2:01.4 victory despite being parked the mile in the $3,500 Invitational, that time matching the 2013 record achieved by the cleverly-named Revonah Hanover. Holiday Party, third on Thursday in his $30,000 Quebec-bred Championship at Hippodrome 3R after setting a fast pace, was handled by Pascal Berube for trainer Isabelle Binet and Groupe Holiday Party. In all, there were five sub-2:00 miles on Sunday, and eight for the two-day meet - not a very common feat on the Quebec Circuit Regionale. by Jerry Connors    

TROS-RIVIERES, Quebec - In a dramatic head and head battle from after the half mile until the finish, Wildriverbumblebee was able to be parked out the last half mile and still collar and defeat a determined C L Sportaction to highlight the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. It was the third race on the program, the first of four divisions of the second round of the C$220,000 Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. It was C L Sportaction and driver Jonathan Lachance who controlled the pace from the start in trying for their third straight win and sixth triumph in just eight starts this year. He cut the mile to the opening quarter in :27.1 with Western Phil (Pascal Berube) sitting on their backs while Wildriverbumblebee and driver Stephane Brosseau sat patiently in third place. Then to the half mile, Lachance was able to back it down to a :30 quarter in :57.1 and that forced Brosseau to come first-over with Wildriverbumblebee. By the backstretch these two horses were neck and neck to the three-quarters in 1:26.2. Around the final turn, Wildriverbumblebee was not to be denied and coming down the stretch they caught C L Sportaction and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.1. Noplay (Stephane Poulout) was able to close well to be third. Now undefeated in two starts this year, Wildriverbumblebee is trained by Francis Richard for breeder and owner, Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton. The son of Sportswriter paid $4.30 to win as the second choice in the race. He was the Futures Stars Series champion last year. Then another classic race took place in the fifth, the first division of the series for three-year-old pacing fillies. YS Tallia and driver Simon Allard were the overwhelming 1/5 wagering favorite, coming into the race off a lifetime best 1:51.4 victory in the $50,000 consolation race of the James M Lynch Memorial at Pocono Downs. They were facing the 8/5 second choice, Yaris Bayama and trainer/driver Yves Filion. She won $231,000 last year but was winless in four starts this year but showed good lines in finishing second twice in stakes events. It was Canadian Hall of Famer, Yves Filion, who went right to the early lead with Yaris Bayama as Simon Allard settled into the two-hole with YS Tallia to the opening quarter mile in :28. Then to the half mile in :58 with no one attempting to come first-over. In the backstretch it looked as if Allard would challenge Yaris Bayama with YS Tallia, but they elected to stay in the pocket past the three-quarters in 1:27.3. Then on the final turn, Allard came after Filion, but YS Tallia started to bear to the outside and could not catch Yaris Bayama and Filion, who won by one-quarter of a length in 1:57. First Kiss (Stephane Gendron) was third. Bred and owned by Filion's Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, it was the first win on the year for the daughter of Sportswriter, who paid $5.40 to win. The second colt division was the seventh race that saw Rebel Voyager and driver Stephane Gendron cut the mile with Doc Semalu (Yves Filion) sitting the two-hole trip and Majo Lou Beka (Jonathan Lachance) sitting in third. They went to the quarter in :27.2, the half in :58.1 and then as they reached the backstretch, Lachance made a bold rush with Majo Lou Beka, who cleared to the lead at the three-quarters in 1:28.4 and never looked back as they won with ease by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.2. Rebel Voyager was second with Doc Semalu third. For Majo Lou Beka, a gelded son of Badlands Hanover, it was his third win on the year for trainer Mario Lachance, who bred the horse, and owner Lynda Fortin of Mirabel. He paid $7.40 to win. The last division saw race favorite D Gs Elsa a late scratch and the race favorite then became Herspeedfromheaven and driver Simon Allard in the eighth race division for fillies. Sired by Rock N Roll Heaven, Herspeedfromheaven shot to the lead with Queen Elsa (Steeven Genois), last year's champion, taking the two-hole spot. They raced Indian-style to the quarter in :28, backdown the half in :59 and then before the three-quarters, as Chaleurs Melodie and Carl Duguay came first-over, so did Genois with Queen Elsa. Queen Elsa was able to get a half-length lead over Herspeedfromheaven and those two ended up battling head and head down the stretch with Herspeedfromheaven holding on to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.1. Chaleurs Melodie was third. Trained by Michel Allard, it was a lifetime mark and the third win this year for Herspeedfromheaven. She is bred and co-owned by Rene Allard with Gilles Fleury, and paid $3.30 to win. Track Notes: Sports Authority ($6.40), who is eligible to the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete in August, was the fastest winner on the program, capturing the Invitational Pace in 1:54.4 for driver Pierre-Luc Roy. Team Allard, trainer/father Michel with trainer/son Rene and driver/son Simon, lead all stables at H3R Sunday with three victories on the day from their barn. On Tuesday, the three-year-old trotting colts and fillies are showcased in the second round of the Breeders Cup Series. Post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The Allard brothers, trainer Rene and driver Simon, are invading the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday with five of their horses entered on the program. It has been another great year for Rene and Simon. Rene is the second leading trainer in the USA, behind the top Ron Burke Stable. Just last week their top Invitational horse, Keystone Velocity, won the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at Pocono Downs with Simon driving. Simon has been racing very well at both Pocono Downs and Harrah's Philadelphia and sports 151 wins this year and $1.8 million in earnings while competing against top drivers George Napolitano, Jr., David Miller and Tim Tetrick. With their father Michel the trainer of record in Quebec, the Allard's have five horses racing on Sunday and Simon has eight drives on the program. Sunday's program has four divisions of the second round of the C$220,000 Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. After the third preliminary round, the top eight point earners in the series return on Sunday, September 3 for their respective C$65,000 finals. "With my dad having five racing Sunday," Rene Allard said. "Both my brother and I are coming to H3R because we love to go home when we can and see our friends, family and race fans." The series kicks off in the third race for the colts, where a classic matchup will take place between Wildriverbumblebee takes on C L Sportaction. Last week in the opening round, Dr. John Bradbury's Wildriverbumblebee starts from post two for driver Stephane Brosseau. In his first start of the season, the sophomore colt by Sportswriter, who is now trained by Francis Richard, was in peak form, leading from start to finish in 1:56. Dr. Bradbury bred and owns Wildriverbumblebee, who was last year's Future Stars Champion at age 2. Wildriverbumblebee is the 3-1 second choice in the race as the morning line favorite is C L Sportsaction from post six for driver Jonathan Lachance. Also sired by Sportswriter, C L Sportsaction has been razor sharp this season for trainer Mario Lachance and the C Leblanc Stable. He has won five of his seven starts and is one a two-race win streak. In his last start, he struck gold in the Ontario Sire Stakes at Mohawk, winning in a lifetime best 1:52.4. His prior start was at H3R where he won by seven and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.4. Also in the race is Western Phil (post 3), who was second to Wildriverbumblebee last week and Histoire Enchantee (post 4), who has been second in his last two starts. The seven race is the second division for the colts and featured is another great battle between Rebel Voyager and Doc Semalu. Rebel Voyager starts from post five for driver Stephane Gendron and last week in the opening round he exploded with an impressive wire-to-wire triumph in 1:57.4 for trainer Francis Richard. It was the son of Shanghai Phil's ninth win this year for the ICR Racing Group, who and bred the horse. Doc Semalu goes from post two for trainer/driver and Hall of Famer, Yves Filion. Last week the son of Mach Three was able to get a third-place check against Wildriverbumblebee. The three-year-old fillies get started in the fifth race where YS Tallia takes on Yaris Bayama. YS Tallia is a daughter of Western Hanover, bred and owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. Unraced at two, she is coming off her best mile ever last week when she won the $50,000 consolation race of the James M Lynch Memorial in a lifetime best 1:51.4 mile for driver Simon Allard. She starts from post five. "YS Tailia won in 1:51.4 last Saturday against some of best three-year-old fillies in North America," Rene Allard said. "And this week we had the option of going in the PA All-Stars or the Quebec Series and we went for the Quebec Stake since the owner and breeder, Yves Sarazin, is from Quebec. It's also with great pride that we race her at home for both the race fans and as Yves will be there and he is one of my biggest owners." We will have to wait and see if YS Tailia wins and if Simon Allard will do his tribute to Herve Filion and stand in the sulky and and flash his Superman shirt. It will not be a "walk in the park" for YS Talilia, as Yaris Bayama will be tough to beat. She starts from post four for trainer, driver and breeder, Yves Filion, of Bayama Farms. Another one sired by Sportswriter, Yaris Bayama won $231,000 last year at age two. Last week she was parked out the entire mile but still held on to finish second to Future Headlines in 1:57.3. The second division for fillies is the eighth race where last year's champion, Queen Elsa, starts from post one for driver Steeven Genois against last week's winner D Gs Elsa, who goes from post three for driver Jonathan Lachance. Last week D Gs Elsa notched her third straight win in just five starts for trainer Guylaine Fortin, who co-own and bred the daughter of Shanghai Phil with Daniel Surprenant. In all of her three straight wins, D Gs Elsa led from start to finish, the fastest a lifetime best 1:57.2 mile at H3R. Queen Elsa has yet to regain her winning form from last year and is winless in eight starts this season, racing mainly in New York. Also in contention will be Sophies Cam (post four). Post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 31, 2015 – Harness racing driver Denis St Pierre, the 2014 driving champion at Hippodrome 3R, swept all three $6500 second round preliminary divisions of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for 4 and 5-year-old pacers today at the mid-province track – and equaled divisional track records in two of the victories. First to add a line to the record books was My Tallia Ideal, a daughter of Western Ideal who shipped to 3R from Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania and promptly won her division of the two for mares, tripping the timer in 1:54.3 to equal the local standard for older pacing mares first set by Sans Frontiere in June 2013. St Pierre hustled the Michel Allard-trained mare, co-owned by breeders Gestion Mario Audet Inc and Yves Sarrazin, out of the gate, taking advantage of drawing inside her main rival Victoria Semalu, a winner last week. With “Victoria” settled in behind “Tallia” before the 27.2 first quarter, St. Pierre was able to rate an easy middle half before sprinted the last panel in 28.1 to beat his main rival by two lengths and tie the track mark. Three races later, the Shanghai Phil gelding Champagne Phil crossed the border east from Ontario and captured today’s only series division for horses and geldings, stopping the timer in 1:53.1. While driver St Pierre slowed the pace after a 27.2 opener with My Tallia Ideal, with Champagne Phil he reached the first marker in that same number, but went on to post fractions of 55.3 and 1:24.4 before going on to win by 2¼ lengths over McKinney. Trained by Francis Picard for owners ICR Racing, Champagne Phil might need to better today’s time next Sunday if he and Atomic Million AM, who won last week and skipped this race, go tête-a-tête tete in the final preliminary. The other of the mares divisions saw Champagne Shower take her second “Q”-series prelim in as many weeks, with St Pierre again taking the shortest way around as the daughter of Santanna Blue Chip won by 2 ½ lengths over Lutetia Semalu, who was second to Victoria Semalu last week, in 1:55.2. Yves Tessier trains the winner, now victorious in three straight starts, for owner-breeder Sotiorios Anastasopoulos. The next two cards of racing at Hippodrome 3R will feature the third preliminary round in the Quebec-Bred Series, with trotters going Wednesday night at 7 p.m. and the pacers back next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The top winners in the preliminary legs will square off in the four series Championships, trot/pace and mare/horse combinations, with $35.000 on the line in each event, on Sunday, June 14. St Pierre would go on to take the tenth and last race for four sulky successes Sunday; no other driver, including 2015 meet leader Stephane Brosseau, had more than one. One of the other six winning drivers was Andre Champagne, and he guided Amazingdream Esa to victory while paying $130.40 for a $2 win bet, double the previous high for the year. Vincent Trudel Quebec Jockey Club        

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