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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The harness racing limelight will be on the young trotters Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R with the opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's. Before the start of the race card Tuesday, there will be a special ceremony service for Quebec horseman, Mario Lachance, who passed away on Saturday. The Future Stars Series will feature three weeks of preliminary competition with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, September 9 for their respective $55,000 finals. The trotting colts get underway in the third race where a homebred son of Muscle Mass, Cesar Duharas, will be center stage. Trained and driven by Stuart Sowerby, this youngster is shipping in for the Series from Ontario, where just last week he won at Woodbine-Mohawk Park in a sizzling 1:59.4. Bred and owned by Haras De Estrie, Inc. of Dunham, Cesar Duharas will be the heavy race favorite provided he can handle the turns on a half mile track. He will start from post six. One of the contenders in the field include Y A Titan from post eight for driver Stephane Gendron. This son of E L Titain just made his first pari-mutuel start last week at Georgian Downs for trainer Michel Allard and was a game second place finisher. Other hopefuls include SOS Turbo (post one) and Clevisse (post three). The filly's division features an entry from trainer Serge Nadeau of My Lady Hall (post one) and Claudi P V (post two). Both fillies have already won on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. They are co-owned and was bred by Nadeau with Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu. Kinderunbelievable goes from post four for top team of driver Justin Filion and breeder, owner and trainer Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. She is sired by Archangel and is a half sister to the stakes winning and invitational trotter (he races Tuesday in the 7th race), Kinnder Dangerous. Rounding out the field from post three is The Only Somolie for driver, owner, breeder, Jerome Lombart of Bromont. Because of the entry and only four fillies entered in the race, it will be held as a non-wagering event between the 5th and 6th races on the program. First race post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres - With sunny skies and warm temperatures, the conditions were perfect for a harness racing track record to be set at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and Hudson Phil made it happen. In the opening round first division of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts, Hudson Phil put on a show of speed with a four-length romp in 1:53.2 for driver Stephane Brosseau. The third race got underway with Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) and Play Jet Hay (Guy Gagnon) battling for the early lead. Filion was able to clear to the front with Kinnder Jackson and then Gagnon came right back to take control with Play Jet Hay in :26.4 for the opening quarter mile. Then it was Hudson Phil's turn to speed things up. As they came off the second turn, Play Jet Hay bared out and made a slight break in stride and allowed just enough room for Brosseau to squeeze between the two horses and take the lead to the half mile marker in :55.2. With Kinnder Jackson in second place, Gagnon continued on the outside with Play Jet Bay and pressed Hudson Phil to the three-quarters in 1:23.4. Then by the stretch drive, Play Jet Bay had enough and began to fade as Hudson Phil went on to win by three and one-half lengths. Play Jet Bay held for second with The prior record for a three-year-old colt was 1:54.1, set by Eveil Dun Champion in 2014. The gelding record was not broken as that is still held by Duc D'Orleans at 1:52.4 in 2013. This was the first track record to be broken this season at H3R. A son of Shanghai Phil, Hudson Phil is trained by Mark Steacy and was bred and is owned by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson. Hudson Phil paid $2.70 to win. He was a winner of $171,000 last year and this was his second win in eight starts this year. The 1:53.2 clocking was the fastest mile this year at H3R. The ninth race second division of the Breeders Cup Series for colts saw last year's champion, Stock, wire the field with ease for driver Stephane Brosseau. Stock went right to the lead from post five and held the field at bay through the opening quarter mile in :27.4 and to the half mile in :57. Then in the backstretch, Brosseau asked Stock for a little more and the son of Sportswriter pulled away to a ten-length lead after the three-quarters in 1:25.2 and then went on to win in a huge romp by 15 and three-quarters lengths in 1:54.2. Big Mach (Guy Gagnon), who made a break at the start, then rebounded, came first-over in vain but held for second place with Challenge Magic (Jocelyn Gendron) third. It was the second win in nine starts this year for Stock. He is trained by Dany Fountaine and was bred by Sotirios Anastaspoulo of Sainte-Therese and co-owned with Ecurie Gaetan Bono of Montreal. He paid just $2.10 to win. The first division of the Breeders Cup for fillies was the fifth race that started off with Lune Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) parking out Butterfly GB (Guy Gagnon) until nearly the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Then Butterfly BG led the field past the half mile in :57.4 as D Gs Shadowsbell and driver Jonathan Lachance came after them first-over and the two horses sped to the three-quarters in 1:26.4. D Gs Shadowsbell could not give up and pressed Butterfly BG on the outside until they started down the stretch. It was then that Butterfly BG proved to be the stronger filly, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.2. Lune Bleu was third. It was a lifetime mark for Butterfly BG and the daughter of Sportswriter's second win in nine starts for Gagnon, who also trains the filly. She was bred and is owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy and paid $2.50 to win as the wagering favorite. In the second division, eighth race for the fillies it was all Katniss S BG and driver Pascal Berube. They led from start to finish, had Lit De Rose (Pierre Luc Roy) come first-over and challenge but never was able to collar the leader. Katniss S BG won by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:57 with Miss Rockadale (Guy Gagnon) second with Lit De Rose third. It was the second win in eight starts this year for Katniss S BG. She is sired by Mach Three, trained by Richard Moreau and was bred and is co-owned by Sylvain Descheneaux and Gaston Bibeau or Sorel-Tracy. Katniss S BG paid just $2.30 to win. Pascal Berube led all drivers with a triple on the afternoon and Dany Fontaine sent two winners out from his stable. Track Notes: The opening round of the Breeders Cup for three-year-old trotters kicks off Tuesday evening. There is a full field of ten colts that will battle it out in the fifth race, while only three fillies entered the first race and will compete in a non-wagering race between the 4th and 5th races on the program. First post is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The third and final preliminary legs of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old harness racing horses and mares was held Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. This was the most important leg of the series as horses are vying for points to insure they will make the $30,000 finals that will take place on a special Thursday night race card at H3R on August 9. In the third race, the first division of the Quebec-Bred Series for horses, it was 2017 champion Wildriverbumblebee and driver Stephane Brosseau who sped out to the early lead over Dance With Joe (Daniel Dulude). They went to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. Contend to sit the pocket trip, Dance With Joe followed Wildriverbumblebee to the half mile marker in :57.4. And it was then that driver Pascal Berube made his move first-over with HP Patriote as C L Sportaction (Jonathan Lachance) was following second-over. They raced up the backstretch with HP Patriote slowing gaining ground on the leaders to the three-quarter mile post in 1:27. Then the action really heated up. Danel Dulude wisely backed out of the two-hole trip and swung three-wide to try and loop the leaders. As they started down the stretch, Wildriverbumblebee began to fade as HP Patriote still had strong momentum and was able to hold off Dance With Joe to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.1. Wildriverbumblebee held for third place. It was the sixth win this year for HP Patriote, a four-year-old gelding by Vintage Master, who is trained by Gerard Demers and owned by Les Ecuries GLF, Inc. of St. Andre-Avelin and Claude Hamel of Ayers'S Cliff and paid $5.80 to win. HP Patriote was the Quebec-Series champion in 2016 at age three. In the eighth race Quebec-Bred Series for mares it was a story of the lead changing maybe five times during the one mile race. It started out with Queen Elsa (Stephane Gendron) going to the early lead with Skyfall Sena (Jonathan Lachance) getting the pocket-seat, but before the opening quarter mile in :28.1, Imagine Speed (Tyler Jones) was first-over and cleared to the lead, only to have Queen Else and Gendron re-take control of the race. Then after the half mile marker in :58, Art De Gagnee (Pierre Luc Roy) came first-over and as Imagine Speed started to fade in the pocket, and Art De Gagnee dropped into the two-hole, still behind Queen Elsa. In the backstretch, it was Wild River Swan (Francis Picard) ending up first-over at the three-quarters in 1:27. Then Queen Elsa began to fade on the final turn, putting Wild River Swan on the lead with Art De Gagnee coming after her and three-wide from the back of the pack was HP Sissy and driver Stephane Brosseau. But they did not have enough momentum to catch Wild River Swan, who pulled off the upset win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:57.4 over HP Sissy and Art De Gagnee. It was the second win in five starts this year for Wild River Swan. She is the older sister (by one year) of Wildriverbumblebee. Both are sired by Sportswriter from the Mach Three mare, Alcor Semalu. She is trained by Harold Duguay and is owned by Dr. John Bradbury of Brookshire-Eaton. She paid $31.30 to win. Pascal Berube was on fire at H3R Sunday, winning four races on the program. Stephane Brosseau had three wins and trainer Charles Gaudreault sent out two winners from his stable. Track Notes: There is a change in post time for this Tuesday, July 10 at H3R. Post time will be 7:15 pm, 45 minutes later than normal due to a motorcycle event next to the racetrack. Tuesday's card featured the final leg of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. Top trotters entered include Kinnder Dangerous, KFB Amigo Cool, Capteur De Reve, Y S Suzanne and EAU Naturelle. Please remember post time Tuesday is at 7:15 pm. For more information or a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With the finishing touches being done in removing the passing lane, adding a new HDTV broadcasting system, a new food catering company, a revamped website and new post times, the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track is ready to begin its live race season on Sunday. The track will race 40 live dates this Spring, Summer and Fall, primarily on Sunday afternoons, Tuesday evenings (starting May 29) and one special Thursday night race program on August 9. The new post time for Sunday's will be 12:50 pm and Tuesday evenings (plus the one Thursday card) will be 6:30 pm. Race fans can get a free program for the Hippodrome 3R race cards at and wagering on the program can be done via most online wagering websites. There are nine races scheduled for opening day, including both an Invitational-Handicapped Pace and Trot. The leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, and leading trainer, Francis Richard, from last season will both be in action Sunday, looking to defend their titles. The seventh race co-feature top pace has nine starters headlined by the morning line favorite at 5-2, American Wiggle (post 8), who is eligible to the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at H3R on August 19. He will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Trained and co-owned by Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord with Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, American Wiggle is a gelded four-year-old son of American Ideal with a record of 1:51 taken at Vernon Downs last year. In his first two starts of the year he has raced in the top class at Rideau Carlton with little success but was race timed last week in 1:53.4. Second choice is Highpoint Chip, a local favorite and eight-time winner last year for trainer Isabelle Bineti. He will be driven by Pascal Berube from post seven and was impressive in both his qualifying wins at H3R. Other contenders include Mister Big Top (post two), D J Power (post five) and Glass Shadow (post nine). Bineti also trains the favorite in the eighth race co-feature trot as Holiday Party heads the field from post seven and will be driven by Berube. This five-year-old gelding by Holiday Road has but one victory last year for the Groupe Holiday Party Stable of Portneuf but has come back stronger in 2018. Racing at Woodbine, Holiday Road took his lifetime mark back in February with a 1:55.2 triumph. Starting alongside in post six is one of the toughest trotting mares in Quebec, Torches Angel for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Yves Tessier. The eight-year-old mare by Angus Hall has a win, second and third in her last three starts at Rideau Carlton, the victory a 1:58.2 score. Looking for the upset victory will be Rocky Boy (post one), R Rkadabra (post four) and Tuscans Memory (post two). Track Notes: Mother Nature is not cooperating with opening day Sunday. Weather forecast is for 80% chance of rain throughout the day. A total of 30 four-year-old pacers have remained eligible to the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, including Little Brown Jug winner, Filibuster Hanover and Breeders Crown winner, Bekhams Z Tam. The final nomination payment is due on May 15. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - In a stunning first-over challenge against Four Starz Speed, Jamigo, a 10-1 long shot, was able to grind it out and post an upset victory to win the Invitational Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The eighth race feature got underway with Dance Hall George (Gaetan Lamy) shooting to the early lead with R Rkdabra (Pascal Berube) right on their back. Then by the opening quarter mile in :28.2, trainer/driver Kevin Maguire had the veteran 12-year-old Four Starz Speed on the move and brushing to the lead. After backing down the pace slightly going to the half mile in :59, Four Starz Speed was challenged first-over by Jamigo and driver Daniel Laflamme. And as the field entered the backstretch, Laflamme rated Jamigo on the outside, just a neck shy of collaring race leader Four Starz Speed. Tuscans Memory (Mario Charron) was following the outside flow of Jamigo to stay in contention. Then, with a bold three-wide move going to the three-quarters, KFB Amigo Cool and driver Stephane Brosseau entered the fray with all three horses just heads apart at the three-quarters in 1:29.3. Around the final turn and still stuck three-wide, KFB Amigo Cool could not keep up with the race leaders and as they came down the stretch, Jamigo was able to dig deep and show true grit as he not only collared Four Starz Speed, but beat him to the wire for LaFlamme, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.4. Tuscans Memory was third. For Jamigo, a nine-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall, it was his seventh victory this year for owner/trainer Manon Lamothe of Terrebonne. Jamigo, who earlier this season has won three of four starts at the Hippodrome 3R, was returning to Quebec after racing in the USA. He has won his last start at Pocono Downs in 1:57.2 before shipping home for Sunday's Invitational Trot. Jamigo paid $22.70 to win. Track Notes: The biggest upset on the day was in the ninth race pace. The 1-2 favorite, Matts Phil and driver Stephane Gendron tried leading from start to finish, but the pocket-sitting 22-1 Washington Hanover and driver Pascal Berube, waiting until the final turn to pull the pocket and catch Matts Phil at the wire, winning by a half-length in 1:57.2, paying $46.20 to win. It was also a driving double on the day for Pascal Berube. Also scoring driving doubles were Gaetan Lamy and Steeven Genios. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday with first race post time at 12:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Live nighttime racing gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday with first race post time at 7:00 pm. The first night program of the season will be highlighted by the opening round of the $100,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotting mares and horses in separate divisions. All four of last year Quebec-Bred Series Champions are in the opening round of the series that features three weeks of preliminary competition followed by the eight top point earners in each class returning on Sunday, June 25. The trotting mares are first in the limelight in the 2nd race where eight lady high steppers will do battle. Owner/trainer Carl Duguay's Y S Suzanne is the morning line favorite from post five. She will be driven by Stephan Gendron, who needs just two wins on Tuesday for his 4,000th career victory. Y S Suzanne comes home to H3R from Saratoga Raceway in New York where she has won her last two starts, the fastest a lifetime equaling mark of 1:58.2 over the half mile oval. The four-year-old mare by Angus Hall sports four wins already this season. Last year's three-year-old Quebec Series Champion, Y A Jailhouse Jody, goes from the rail for driver Guy Gagnon, but is winless so far in four starts this year. Other competitors in the field include last year's mare's champion, SOS Revange (post seven) and EAU Naturelle (post eight). The horses do battle in the fifth race where two Series Champions from last year, Seeyou Men and Holiday Party, take on 2015 champion Wildwild Men and undefeated Le Millenaire. Both Holiday Party and Wildwild Men are track record holders at H3R. Wildwild Men and Seeyou Men will race as an entry for trainer Isabelle Darveau. Both horses are full brothers from the mare Seeyouinthecircle and sired by Muscle Mass. They are both bred by Chantal Gravel, who co-owns them with Catheline Pelletier. Seeyou Men is age 5 and Wildwild Men is age 4. Wildwild Men is the stronger of the two brothers and starts from post three for driver Robert Shepherd. Last time out Wildwild Men was second by a neck at Western Fair in 1:57.3 in just his second start this season. Seeyou Men starts from post six for driver Guy Gagnon and has two wins this year, the fastest a 1:59.3 triumph at Flamboro Downs. Track record holder Holiday Party goes from post two for driver Pascal Berube. A nine-time winner last year made his 2017 debut last week at Rideau Carlton and was fifth, timed in 1:59.2. Le Millenaire drew the rail post position for driver Sylvain Fontaine and is unbeaten this year in two starts, the fastest in 1:59.1. Another return winner in the field is KFB Amigo Cool (post 4) for driver Stephane Brosseau. TRACK NOTES: Fans and horsemen should take note that post time on Tuesday night is 7:00 pm. Track management also announced on Sunday that post time for the Sunday card starting this week will be half an hour earlier at 12:30 pm. This Sunday, June 4, is the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament at H3R featuring last year's inaugural winner, Jody Jamieson, Hall of Famer David Miller, H3R's leading driver this and last season, Louis-Philippe Roy, Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion, Stephane Bouchard and Scott Zeron, all competing in eight tournament races. There will be a special meet and greet for the race fans starting at 11:00 am. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Track record holder, Caroluzzo, was given a perfect two-hole trip by driver Stephane Gendron, then used the passing lane to post a quarter length victory over Raising Richard in winning the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. Sent off as a 10-1 long shot, Caroluzzo left to the lead from post four, then by the opening quarter mile in :28.4, gave way to Rocky Boy and driver Marc Bellanger. After going to the half mile in :58.1, driver Richard Simard came first-over with race favorite Raising Richard, who was going for his fourth straight win and they put pressure on Rocky Boy to the three-quarters in 1:28.2. And all the while, Gendron sat patiently with Caroluzzo. As the three horses started down the stretch, Gendron asked Caroluzzo and the seven-time winner last year, responded and held off a game Raising Richard to win in a photo finish with Rocky Boy fading to third place. The time of the mile was 1:59.3 over the "good" track that had a two-second allowance due to earlier rains. For Caroluzzo, who still holds the track record for a 1.5-mile race at H3R in 2013, is now an eight-year-old stallion by Musclesextrodnair. He is trained by Daniel Martin and was bred and is owned by Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, paying $22.20 to win. Stephane Gendron made it a co-feature driving double with Mohawk Raceway invader, Ufdragons Rocket, making the trip worthwhile to Trois-Rivieres Sunday, leading from start to finish in the 10th race Preferred Pace with a 1:58.1 triumph. Ufdragons Rocket was parked out early by Onyx V A (Mario Charron) to a quick opening quarter mile of :27.4, but Gendron was able to back down the pace to almost a walk, going to the half mile marker in :59. Despite a valient first-over effort by HP Patriote (Pascal Berube) in the backstretch, Ufdragons Rocket held the field at bay past the three-quarters in 1:28 and went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths. The pocket-sitting Onyx V A was second with Bali third. It was the sixth win this year for Ufsdragons Rocket, an eight-year-old gelding by Dragon Again. He is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beaceville and paid $2.60 to win as the wagering favorite. Live racing resumes next Sunday afternoon. For more information, visit TRACK NOTES: The first $50+ winner of the meet was Skyfall Sena (Pascal Berube) in the second race pace. The 24-1 long shot wired the field, paying $51.80 to win and was part of a driving quadruple for Berube. Driver Stephane Gendron ended the day with three winners and is now only eight wins away from his 4,000th career win. The final nomination payment for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers is due Monday, May 15. The signature race for H3R will be held on August 20. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Riveres, Quebec - With constant rains ending and a hopeful prediction of sunny skies and warming temperatures, track management at the Hippodrome 3R (H3R) are ready for opening day on Sunday, April 23. With a new post time of 12:50 pm, H3R kicks off the 2017 race season with a nine-race live program featuring both an Open Pace and Trot. "It is very good that we have nine strong races for Sunday," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club that run the Hippodrome 3R. "We have full fields," Levesque said. "The tracks seem to be OK and ready for racing and I am excited that the wagering will be strong too. We have over 100 reservations already for the dining room and we are crossing our fingers for a great start on opening day." And the drivers and trainers at H3R are ready for action. Driver Stephane Gendron, who was second to Roy last season, is looking forward to this season as he is just 13 wins away from scoring his 4,000th career victory. "Yes, I am ready for the new season," said Gendron for this Sunday. "It will be very exciting and I look forward to winning my 4,000th. That will be very special to me." "The racetrack its really ok." Said Pascal Berube, the third leading driver at 3R last season, who has been competing in the recent qualifying races. "I am very surprise because one week before it was just ok and the weather was very bad. For this season, I am take each race program one by one and need some luck and to drive the best horses possible. It is so great to have live racing back again at H3R." Last year's leading trainer, Yves Tessier, is ready for action opening day with three horses entered and all three are the race favorites in their respective events. Tessier's Torches Angel heads the fifth race Open Trot from post six for driver Pierre Luc Roy. The seven-year-old mare by Angus Hall is taking on all male rivals but recently at Rideau Carlton Raceway, Torches Angel sports two wins, the fastest in 1:57.2. Also in the field is Owner/breeder Michael Gagnon's $100,000 career winner, Caroluzzo, from post four for driver Stephane Gendron. Caroluzzo, the 2016 Trotter of the Year at H3R, has not raced since December and has two semi-decent qualifying races at H3R. Other contenders include Coco Dino (post 2), Rocky Boy (post 5) and Ghiradelli Lindy (post 3). In the eighth race Open Pace, Tessier's Bazinga Brad, is the 5/2 morning line favorite despite starting from post eight. He recently won at Rideau Carlton in 1:54.4 and will have the driving services of Stephane Gendron. He will face seven-time winner last year, Matts Phil (post four) for driver Francis Picard. Last week Matts Phil looked very sharp, winning a qualifying race at H3R in 1:58 over the half mile oval. Also in contention will be the Marc Andre Cormier entry of Glass Shadow (post one) and Solid Performance (post six), who is coming in from Rideau Carlton off two strong second place finishes. He may be winless in nine starts this year, but has seven second place finishes. Race fans attending H3R will find improvements to the dining room with new special menus, a day care center for children, and on the wagering side, there will be Superfecta wagering in every race plus the late Daily Double has been moved to the middle of the race program in the 6th and 7th races. Later this season will start the $1.2 million Quebec-bred series for two, three, four and five-year-old trotters and pacers, the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament (June 4 and drivers to be named soon), a special Wednesday night program on August 16 featuring the World Driving Championship and then on Sunday, August 20 the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. Tuesday night racing will remain with post time at 7:00 pm and gets underway on June 6. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 16, 2016 - While leading driver Louis-Philippe Roy is away, Stephane Gendron will play, or in this case at the Hippodrome 3R, win the majority of the races. On Sunday Gendron scored three times on the race program. Since Roy, 3R's leading driver with 56 wins this season, has elected to drive only at Rideau Carlton, where he is also the leading driver with 109 wins, Stephane Gendron has been more than happy to fill the gap, averaging three to four wins at 3R every Sunday. This Sunday Gendron started off right in the first race pace, winning with Strokin ($3.10) in 1:58, then the fifth race pace aboard Whitemountain Nemo ($2.50) in 1:57.3, which was the fastest mile on the afternoon program and then sixth race trot in the rain with Mentzer Hanover ($2.90) in 2:04.3. Gendron is currently in third place in the 3R driving standings at 32 wins, just two behind second place Pascal Berube (34), who did not win on Sunday. Beach Runner A M became the winningest horse at the Hippodrome 3R this season, leading from start to finish for driver Mario Charron in the 10th race feature over a sloppy, rain-soaked track in 2:00. It was the seventh win this season at 3R for the nine-year-old gelding by Beach Of Faith and his eighth win on the year. He is trained, owned and was bred Alain Martin of Gatineau, QC, paying $4.80 to win. The seventh victory at 3R this year by Beach Runner A M broke a tie with St Kitts and Holiday Party as the winningest horse this meet. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday, first race post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 15, 2016 - On closing day, Sunday, November 13, the staff and management at the Hippodrome 3R will be honoring two harness racing "war horses" who will be retiring from racing. They are the trotter, Pablo Angus and the pacer Charlotte's Tazman. It is mandatory in North American harness racing that all horses must retire from racing when they turn age 15. All horses celebrate their "official" birthday on January 1 each year. Both of the upcoming "retirees" are racing this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. Pablo Angus starts from post six in the ninth race trot. This longtime veteran of the racing wars is sired by Fortuna Winner from the Garland Lobell mare, Heliante. He was bred by the Fermes Angus Farms of Bedford, QC and is owned by Mario Bourgea of Stanbridge East, QC. He is one of the best trotters ever bred in Quebec. A career winner of $818,000, Pablo Angus give true meaning to the phrase "war horse" as he has raced every year of his career. The only season he did not win a race was in 2011 when he made just one start. At age two, three and four, Pablo Angus was a major stakes winner, mainly at his home track, the Hippodrome de Montreal where at age four he took his lifetime mark of 1:53.2. Then at ages five, six and seven he traveled to New York where he won in the Open Trots numerous times at both Yonkers and Saratoga Raceways. In the past few years, Pablo Angus has remained in Quebec and still is competitive both at 3R and on the Quebec Fair Circuit. Trained by Gerald Woodberry and will be driven by Pascal Berube, Pablo Angus is a mild 4-1 odds in his race on Sunday. The old veteran and still show his heels to his much younger rivals and might surprise on Sunday. Charlotte's Tazman has not had as big a career at the races as Pablo Angus has. The gelded son of Largo from the Big Towner mare, Tasmania Hanover, does boast career earnings of over $112,000 and has a lifetime mark of 1:53.4. He was bred by Alfred Moeller of Mount Hebron, NB and is owned by Daniel Cochrane of Trois-Rivieres. Charlotte's Tazman raced every year but 2011 during his career. He has grind it out every season and took his record at age three, winning eight times that year in his lone season in the USA at Rockingham Park. He raced most of his career in Canada. Trained by Michel Grenier and with Jonathan Lachance in the sulky on Sunday, Charlotte's Tazman has the difficult task of starting from the far outside in post eight in the second race pace. He, like Pablo Angus, is listed at odds of 4-1 and could be a factor in the race if he can overcome the outside post position. It is befitting that 3R will have special retirement ceremonies for these veterans of harness racing on closing day. Beach Runner A M will have a shot at becoming the winningest horse of the season at 3R Sunday when he goes from post five in the tenth race. He will be driven by Mario Charron for trainer Alain Martin. Post time Sunday at 3R is 1:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 9, 2016 - For the third straight week, Reposession and driver Stephane Gendron struck gold at the Hippodrome 3R with another impressive victory for the two-year-old son of Foreclosure N. It was another big day for driver Stephane Gendron as once again he led all drivers at 3R with three victories on the afternoon. Racing against older horses for the second straight week and starting again from the rail, Gendron changed tactics with Reposession, racing him from off the pace out of the starting gate. Old Fashion Gal (Sylvain Fontaine) started off the race going to the early lead but Dream Of Mattjesty and driver Pascal Berube also had their sights on controlling the pace and took command after a quick opening quarter mile in :28.1. Then as Berube tried to back off the pace to the half mile marker with Dream Of Mattjesty, Gendron came first-over with Reposession before the half mile marker in :59.2. Those two then raced head and head into the backstretch where Reposession overpowered Dream Of Mattjesty and took the lead by the three-quarters in 1:29.2. From there Gendron and Reposession pulled away from the field in the stretch to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:59.2. Old Fashioned Gal came on for second with Stiletto Heels (Marion Charron) third. Winless early this season in the Ohio Sire Stakes, Reposession was purchased by Francois Morin of Beauceville, QC and brought up to 3R where the black gelding has blossomed with his three straight wins. He paid $2.70 to win. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 16, 2016 - On Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R, a little known pacer by the name of Whitemountain Nemo is headlining the sixth race feature pace, going for his fourth straight victory. What makes this story interesting is that until August 23 of this year, Whitemountain Nemo could not pace his way out of a paper bag. The gelded son of Yankee Cam spent the first five years of his life making just 35 starts with three wins and earnings of just over $4,300. He did flash some speed at age four, winning a qualifying race at Trois-Rivieres in 1:59.3, but other than that, he was not a very good racehorse. Now comes owner/trainer Guy Roy into the picture. Roy, from Sorel, QC, takes charge of the horse in mid-August and had done some homework, thanks to advice from his good friend Francis Proulx, who pointed out that Nemo's full brother, White Mountain Top, recently took his lifetime mark at age ten with a 1:49.3 record at Pocono Downs. White Mountain Top is a career winner of $429,000. So as the story goes, Roy brings the horse to his stable and gives him to his son, William, to work on. "He was an extremely nervous horse," Guy said, "And William is quiet and easy going. It made for a beautiful blend. William worked on his splints every day, he made him do a lot of mileage to relax him, which seemed to be working and we gave him a lot of time in the paddock to enjoy himself." The formula began to pay off right away for Guy and William Roy. In his first start for the new stable at 3R on August 23, Whitemountain Nemo sat along the rail for driver Guy Gagnon and then with a quick brush, went to the lead at the half mile pole and then tore away from the field, winning by ten and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.2. The magic continued the very next week with Gagnon in the sulky, only this time Whitemountain Nemo went to the lead right from the start and once on top by the opening quarter mile, tore away from the field once again, only this time he stopped the teletimer in 1:54.3, winning by seven and three-quarter lengths. Was this a fluke for Whitemountain Nemo? Was he just feeling his oats or was this horse making up for years of poor performances? That question was answered this past Thursday when Roy raced Whitemountain Nemo at Rideau Carlton. Now a change in venue and again, moving up in class, facing tougher competition. So once again Gagnon sends Whitemountain Nemo to the lead, clears by the opening quarter mile and wires the field by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.1. This Sunday it will be interesting to see how "Nemo" handles starting from the far outside in post eight. He will also be driven for the first time by Pacal Berube and he will be facing two other return winners in the field. Starting from post two is St Kitts, one of the winningest horses at 3R this season with five wins in her eight starts. She is one of three three-year-olds in the field against older horses. But in her last start on August 30 she did something she had not done before, she refused to get behind the starting gate and got away ninth and then had to requalify last week, which she did and she won in 2:00.3. She will be driven for the first time Sunday by Stephane Brosseau. "She (St. Kitts) has always had a bit of an attitude," explained trainer Maxime Velaye. "and that is what happened that day. She was also in heat and that did not help. She does not like to turn too much before she races so you need to catch the starting gate when it starts moving. "So Jonathan (Lachance) did a really good job to keep her calm," Velaye said, "but it was just bad timing. This will be a big test for her on Sunday. Whitemountain Nemo has been so good and she is racing against the boys, which is always tough. But she keeps improving all season so I'm confident she will finish in the top three and it would not surprise me if she wins." Another filly in the race is the third return winner in the field. She is Skyfall Sena and starts from the rail position for driver Stephane Gendron. The daughter of Goliath Bayama sports three wins this season and in her last start she scored a lifetime mark of 1:58.1. Other contenders in the field include Sagawi (post three), Sheldonthepsychic (post nine) and Shanghai Ben (post seven). Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For a free race program, visit where they also have a link to watch the races live on the internet From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 11, 2016 - Without even a tap of the whip, Future Headlines wrote her own headline at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon, scoring an easy triumph in capturing the annual Lucien Bombardier Stake for a purse of $30,600. The stakes race is named after Lucien Bombardier, who was a pioneer for harness racing throughout Canada, especially in the province of Quebec. The race is for two-year-old pacing fillies and has been at the Hippodrome 3R for the past five years, inherited when the Hippodrome de Montreal closed for racing. The stake race is co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada and the Hippodrome 3R. The third race feature started off with D G's Elsa and driver Jonathan Lachance leaving from post four and trying to gain an early advantage over the 1/9 race favorite, Future Headlines and driver Louis-Philippe Roy by the opening turn. Roy was not about to let that happen as he urged his filly to the front and led the field to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. With D G's Elsa right on their back, Future Headlines and Roy led the field to the half mile in :59.1. Then as Kinnderuntouchable (Justin Filion) tried coming first-over to no-avail in the backstretch, Lachance and D G's Else pulled from the pocket at came after Future Headlines at the three-quarters in 1:28.4. It was too little too late as Roy just raised the lines on Future Headlines and the filly scooted away down the stretch, winning by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. D G's Elsa was second with Crazy Alice (Rick Zeron) third. It was the second win in just four lifetime starts for Future Headlines. The daughter of Sportswriter is trained and co-owned by Colin Johnson with Thomas Kyrun, David Heffering and The Beach Stable. She was bred by Tara Hills Stud and paid just $2.10 to win. Her time of 1:58.1 was just one fifth of a second off the stakes record for the Lucien Bombardier Stake at 3R. That record was set by Mo Molly Blue Chip (Denis St Pierre) of 1:58 in 2014. TRACK NOTES: Of all the trainers and drivers competing in ten races at 3R Sunday, only driver Pascal Berube was able to score a driving double, taking both ends of the late daily double. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday, first race post time at 1:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 4, 2016 - Both track and stakes records fell by the wayside at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday during their richest day of racing of the 2016 season with $500,000 in total purses for the Super Sunday program. The race card featured the finals of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers and the Future Stars Series finals for two-year-old trotters and pacers. The most impressive of the track records set was by Wildriverbumblebee and driver Louis-Philippe Roy in the $55,000 final for two-year-old pacing colts, as they stopped the teletimer in 1:54.3, the fastest two-year-old mile ever in the history of the Hippodrome 3R. The eighth race finale saw Yogi Bayama and driver Sylvain Filion fire out from post seven to take the early lead with the 3/5 favorite Makasi (Stephane Brosseau) grabbing the two-hole spot as they sped to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. The on to the half mile in :56.4 and that was when the action began to heat up as Roy and Wildriverbumblebee came first-over and shot right by Yogi Bayama in the backstretch with Brosseau moving right along with Makasi. They raced to the three-quarters in 1:25.4 and then Wildriverbumblebee scooted away from Makasi and opened up in the stretch to win going away in a romp by six open lengths. Makasi held for second place with Yogi Bayama third. Unable to beat Makasi in the last two legs of the series, Wildriverbumblebee was at his best Sunday, shattering Makasi's former track and stakes record of 1:55.2 set two weeks ago. It was the second win this year for the son of Sportswriter, who is trained, owned and was bred by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, QC. Wildriverbumblebee paid $10.80 to win. The third race $65,000 final for three-year-old colts saw last year's series champion and track record hold Wildwild Men and driver Robert Shepherd shoot to the early lead over Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) and cut a torrid first-quarter of :27.4, then a 30 second breather to the half mile marker in :57.4. Tuscans Memory (Sylvain Filion) then tried a first-over move in the backstretch to no avail as they passed the three-quarters in 1:27.4. It was then that Berube pulled the pocket with Holiday Party and came after Wildwild Men, collaring him by the top of the stretch and then came home to win in track record time of 1:58.2 by one and one-quarter lengths. KFB Amigo Cool (Stephane Brosseau) was able to close well for second place with Wildwild Men third. It was the eighth win in thirteen starts this year for Holiday Party. The gelded son of Holiday Road rewrote the track record that he set earlier this season and was co-held with Seeyou Men (2015). He is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal. Holiday Party paid $4.80 to win. She was bred by Jean Cloutier and the Stanstead-Berta Stable of Montreal, QC. Since HP Patriote could not read the odds board to see his rival, Sports Authority, was the overwhelming 1/5 favorite, he went into the 9th race $65,000 final for three-year-old pacing colts with no worries and raced that way for driver Guy Gagnon. The gelded son of Vintage Master sported 10 wins in 12 starts this year and raced just like his record showed. Sports Authority and driver Sylvain Filion took the early lead away from D G's Ninja (Jonathan Lachance) by the opening quarter mile in :28 and seemed comfortable on the lead going to the half mile in :57.2, but Gagnon and HP Patroite were geared up on the outside first-over from the start and had other plans. With tons of momentum, Gagnon sent HP Patriote after Sports Authority and shot right by the race leader to the three-quarters in 1:25.1 and they never looked back, pulling away in the stretch for this 11th win on the season with a two and one-half length triumph in 1:55. Sports Authority held for second with Mr Mach Jimmy (Pascal Berube) third. Trained by Gerald Demers, HP Patriote is co-owned by Les Ecuries GLD, Inc. with Claude Hamel and was bred by Hamel with Celine Paquin. HP Patriote paid $5.90 to win. The fifth race $65,000 final for three-year-old pacing fillies saw HP Sissy and driver Mario Baillargeon easily handle her seven rivals, leading from start to finish, winning by three and one-quarter lengths in a stakes record 1:55.4. Only stablemate HP Pandora (Louis-Philippe Roy) could keep somewhat close to the race leader. Imagine Speed (Stephane Gendron) was third. It was the fourth win this year for the daughter of Up The Credit, who is trained by Beneit Baillargeon for breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff, QC who co-owns the filly with Michel Damphousse. She paid $2.80 to win. Daniel Dube continued his winning ways in the $65,000 Breeders Cup Finale for three-year-old trotting fillies, giving Y A Jailhouse Jodi a perfect second-over trip and a trip to the winner's circle. Auclair Chocolat (Mario Baillargeon) led the field with Y S Suzanne (Carl Duguay) sitting the pocket trip and Artemis Duharas (Pierre Bovay) hung first-over to the opening quarter mile in :29.2. All the while Dube had Y A Jailhouse Jodi sitting second-over and poised to strike out. That came in the backstretch and Y A Jailhouse Jodi moved three-wide and cleared to the lead with ease before drawing off to win by three lengths in 2:01. Sired by Andover Hall, it was the sixth win this year for Y A Jailhouse Jodi, who is trained by Michel Allard, is co-owned by Yves Sarrazin and Rene Allard and was bred by Al Libfeld. She paid $7.40 to win. In the second race $55,000 final for two-year-old pacing fillies, the first stakes races of the day, Yonkers Raceway star and Trois-Riviere native, Daniel Dube pulled off an upset with his Queen Elsa over 1/5 favorite Yaris Bayama (Sylvain Filion). Owned and bred by Dube, he sent the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven right to the lead from the rail and never looked back, cutting fractions of :28, :57.4, 1:27 and then winning by three-quarters of a length over D G's Elsa (Jonathan Lachance) in 1:57. Yaris Bayama, who started from the outside in post eight, had road trouble and never got into the race until they made a three-wide move in the backstretch to get into third place, but it was too little too late. It was a lifetime mark for Queen Elsa, who is trained by Yves Tessier and her time of 1:57 was just one-fifth of a second from the track and stakes record of 1:56.4 that is held by Yaris Bayama two weeks ago. Queen Elsa paid $8.40 to win. Daniel Dube did not come home to 3R just to visit family as he also won the fourth race, the $55,000 final for two-year-old trotting colts with Capteur De Reve. After an early battle to the opening quarter against Sometimes When (Guy Gagnon), Dube settled Capteur De Reve on the lead for good, leading the pack the rest of the one-mile race and winning by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:02.2. The pocket-sitting Sometimes When was second with Yoan Bayama (Yves Filion) third. It was the third win this season for Capteur De Reve. The son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, QC and paid $3.20 to win. The $55,000 final of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting fillies saw Joyce Lavec and driver Pascal Berube take control of the lead from Tarus P V (Stephane Brosseau) after the opening quarter mile and then held the field at bay, winning by one length in 2:04.4. Affirmee (Daniel Dube) was able to close for second place with Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) third. Sired by Mr Lavec, it was the fourth win in just five career starts for Joyce Lavec. She is sired by Mr Lavec and is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner/breeder Jean Berthiaume of Sorel-Tracy, QC. This race was a non-wagering event. TRACK NOTES: Daniel Dube, Pascal Berube and Guy Gagnon each had three driving winners on the day, but all three of Dube's wins were in the Quebec-Bred Series finals. Dany Fontaine was the top trainer on the afternoon sending out two winners from his stable. Owner Claude Hamel reaped the most rewards Sunday as he was the owner or co-owner of two stakes winners on the afternoon. Live racing will resume next Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 1:30 pm. Visit for more information. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Unable to finish better than 5th place in three prior tries, Bastiano put it all together Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R, winning the fourth and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series. It was perfect timing for the victory as it comes with a spot for Bastiano in the $55,000 final on Sunday, September 4 at 3R for the Future Stars Final. His victory came in the colt division for two-year-olds. Leaving from post two for driver Rheo Filion, Bastiano went right to the early lead. But a stubborn Sometimes When and driver Guy Gagnon came right after Bastiano and Filion and those two raced side by side for rest of the one mile. As they continued to race head and head down the stretch, it was not until the final strides that Bastiano sealed the victory by a quarter length in 2:03.1. Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) was third. It was the maiden victory for Bastiano in just his fifth lifetime start. The gelded son of Angus Hall is trained by Eric Gnocchini, and co-owned by Gnocchini with Paul Lavigne and Gestion Marc Lemay, Inc. of Quebec. In the filly division, Joyce Lavec and driver Pascal Berube won in a romp by the length of the stretch for her third win in just four lifetime starts. But it was not that good at the start of the race as Joyce Lavec broke at the start and spotted the field more than 10 lengths by the opening quarter mile. Once Berube had his filly back on stride, she tore after the race leaders, caught them by the second turn and then pulled away from the field to win by 21 and one-half lengths in a slow 2:09.3. Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) was second with KFB Filante (Jonathan Lachance) third. Trained by Dany Fontaine, Joyce Lavec is a daughter of Mr Lavec, bred and owned by Jean Berthiaume of Sorel-Tracy, QC. Both of the races Tuesday were non-wagering events. Track Notes: Driver Louis-Philippe Roy increased his lead as the top dash winning driver at the Hippodrome 3R this season scoring four winners on the night. Live racing resumes at 3R on Sunday with the final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Coming up Sunday, September 4 will be the finals of both the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-olds and the Future Stars Series for two-year-olds. Eight championship finals with total purses of $480,000. It will be the richest day of racing at 3R this season. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Real Lucky Day didn't need any real luck in making his harness racing pari-mutuel debut a winning one Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R. Competing for the first time in a betting race, a division of the third round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters, Real Lucky Day and driver Stephane Brosseau teamed up to take the lead in the first race by the opening quarter mile and then held the rest of the field at bay in posting a two-length triumph in 2:03. It was the fastest mile by any two-year-old trotter this season at 3R. Trained by Yves Filion for owner/breeder R L Belanger of Laval, Quebec, Real Lucky Day is a colt sired by Donato Hanover from the Self Possessed mare, Norway No Day and paid just $2.40 to win as the wagering favorite. Previous series winner, Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) was second with Yoan Bayama (Yves Filion) third. In the third race filly's division, it was Joyce Lavec and driver Pascal Berube who stole the show as they left from post five, took command of the race and said goodbye to the rest of field as they went on to score in a romp by six and one-quarter lengths in 2:06.3. Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) was second with Taurus P V (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the second win in the Future Stars Series for Joyce Lavec. The daughter of Mr Lavec from the Victory's Force mare, Sam Valley is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner/breeder Jean Berthiaume of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec and paid $3.90 to win. TRACK NOTES: All eyes will be on the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday morning for their special press conference for the drawing of post positions for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Pace for four-year-olds. Hosted by the Quebec Jockey Club, the Prix D'Ete is one of the richest races in all of North America for four-year-olds, the Prix D'Ete is expected to draw none other than the 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, to race in Quebec this Sunday. Wiggle It Jiggleit leads all money winners this season with over $1 million already earned and more than $3 million lifetime for owner George Teague, Jr., driver Montrell Teague (George's son) and trainer Clyde Francis. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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