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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The six-year-old harness racing pacing mare, Jimbelina, was parked out four-wide in the backstretch and around the final turn, yet the mare showed true grit and fortitude in winning at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. Driven by Jocelyn Gendron, Jimbelina won the 6th race F&M Preferred-Handicap Pace by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.2. It was the daughter of Big Jim's fifth straight win and sixth victory of the year. The sixth race co-feature saw Uptown Woman (Pascal Berube) grind it out to the lead over Sauble Bonnie (Stephane Brosseau) to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Then before the half mile in :57.1, Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) came first-over with Better Now (Stephane Gendron) grabbing the second-over cover and Jimbelina and Gendron, the race favorite, third-over. The action then picked up in the backstretch as Gendron started up three-wide with Jimbelina only to be shoved four-wide when Better Now, who wanted out to go around Rainbow Palace, who was not done in first-over position. Jimbelina continued to gain ground despite being four-wide, cleared to the lead at the top of the stretch and then went on to victory. Sauble Bonnie was second with Rainbow Palace third. Jimbelina is trained by Jean Tourigny for owner Roland Trudel of Becancour and paid $3.30 to win. It took a long inquiry by the judges before declaring race winner Maracasso (Carol Voyer) disqualified and placed last after skipping over pylons on the final turn in the 7th race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the horses. Maracasso had gone on the win by four and one-half lengths in 1:55.3 before the disqualification. Mister Big Top (Jocelyn Gendron), an 18-1 long shot was moved to first place with Surf Report (Tyler Jones) placed second and Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) placed third. Mister Big Top is trained by Yves Tessier and paid $39.30 to win. Track Notes: Driver Pascal Berube led all horseman on the day with a driving triple. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday, September 22, first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Ufdragons Rocket and driver Pascal Berube had just one goal in Sunday's Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R, go to the front and hold on the entire mile race and that is just what they did. Leaving from post four in the ninth race feature, Berube and Ufdragons Rocket battled early and took the lead away from D J Power (Louis Philippe Turcotte) at the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Then coming to the half mile marker, driver Jonathan Lachance came first-over with the race favorite, Atomic Million AM, and they helped press the lead to the half in :57.3 with Kinnder Jackson (Pierre Luc Roy) following second-over. Roy was not content following cover, so he moved Kinnder Jackson three-wide in the backstretch, but was unable to pass by Atomic Million AM as they raced three-wide with Ufdragons Rocket still in control past the three-quarters in 1:26. Then as the field started down the stretch, Lachance found another gear for Ufdragons Rocket, who went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:54.4. DJ Power was second with Atomic Million AM third. It was the second straight win and fourth on the season for Ufdragons Rocket. The oldest competitor in the field at age 10, the gelded son of Dragon Again is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $7.10 to win. The fastest mile on the day was in the tenth race pace where trainer/driver Carol Voyer went wire-to-wire with Maracasso ($13.40) in 1:54.2. Track Notes: H3R's leading driver, Stephane Gendron, led all drivers with two wins and leading trainer, Francis Richard, has three winners from his stable. This past Friday was the last Friday night racing card of the season. The Hippodrome 3R will now race on Sunday afternoons only through November 3. $480,000C Championships Finals next Sunday Next Sunday, September 8, the Quebec Jockey Club will host the $480,000C Quebec-Bred finals for both the Breeders Cup and Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R. There will be eight championship races, four Breeders Cup Finals for the three-year-old pacers and trotters with each division racing for a purse of $65,000C. There will also be four Future Stars Finals for the two-year-old trotters and pacers, each division racing for a purse of $55,000C. Post time next Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was Francis Picard Night at the Hippodrome 3R Friday as the harness racing driver won four of the ten races on the program. Picard started out in second race with Ernie Panic ($7.00), then the fifth race with Hawaiian Five Roll ($3.50), the sixth race with Honeymoon Dechafra ($3.90) and then wrapped up the night in the tenth race with Guinness Panic ($3.70). Uptown Woman strutted her stuff for driver Pascal Berube as the Mach Three mare was able to wire the field in winning the Filly & Mare Preferred-Handicap Pace. Berube sent Uptown Woman out of the starting gate in the ninth race feature but was parked to the opening quarter mile by Thrillogy (Marie Claude Auger) in :28 seconds. From there is was all Uptown Woman as she cut the mile past the half in :58.2, three-quarters in 1:26.2 and went on to win going away by two and one-half lengths in 1:56.1. Race favorite, Lit De Rose (Stephane Gendron) started from post eight, had road trouble, wove their way through the field and grabbed second place. Thrillogy was third. Trained by Isabelle Binet, it was the fourth win this year for Uptown Woman, who is owned by the Uptown Woman Group of Portneuf. She paid $7.40 to win. H3R's leading trainer, Francis Richard, sent out three winners from his stable. Track Notes: Live racing resumes Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R. The main event takes place in the ninth race Preferred Handicap Pace where Atomic Million AM returns to try for his seventh win of the season. He ships back to H3R off a 1:54.2 win at Rideau Carleton. Other contenders include three return winners, D J Power (post 2), Ufdragons Rocket (post 4) and Kinnder Jackson (post 5). Atomic Million AM starts from post seven. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R hosts a stake filled race card including the Breeders Cup Series and three Preferred events on Sunday. This will be the last live race program as the harness racing track will take a ten-day hiatus as the Grand Prix Auto Week is taking place in Trois-Rivieres. Heading the 11-race program are four $7,500 divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers with two divisions for colts and two for fillies. This is the second round of the series that features three legs and then the $65,000C finals on Sunday, September 8. The colts are in action starting in the second race where Ashleysbest (post 5) is the top contender. Trained by Sylvain Cote, Ashleysbest has won four of his last five starts for owner/breeder Marc Herbert of Masham. The son of Shanghai Phil, who is driven by Pascal Berube, sports five wins in eight starts this year, the fastest a lifetime best 1:55.2 triumph at H3R. Other contenders in the race include D Gs De Vito (post 6) and GS Speed Gaby (post 2). The second colt division is the third race headlined by HP Napoleon from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. This gelded son of Big Jim has won his last two starts for trainer Francis Richard, the fastest a 1:51 lifetime mark at Mohawk Raceway, winning a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots. His last start at H3R was a 1:55.2 romp by five and one-half lengths in the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series. HP Napoleon is owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer'S Cliff. Hamel bred the colt with Celine Paguin, also of Ayer'S Cliff. Also, in the field is YS Sunshine (post 2), who was the fastest division winner in the Breeders Cup Series so far, grinding out a 1:54.2 victory for driver Stephane Brosseau. The son of Sunshine Beach will be driven by Jonathan Lachance. The first division for fillies is the fourth race where HP Xanadu is the morning line favorite despite drawing the far outside post eight for driver Stephane Brosseau. The daughter of Sunfire Blue Chip was second in the opening round of the series. Other hopefuls in the race are Akita Bayama (post 6), Better Now (post 2) and Black Elektra (post 5). The second filly division is race seven with ten starters in the field. Cooking The Speed (post 9) is on a two-race win streak for trainer Michel Allard and Allard Racing that bred and owns the filly. She won her opening round of the Breeders Cup in 1:57.4. She will face tough competition from Moneymakehersmile (post 6), who is on a three-race winning streak; Esprit Dequipe (post 3), who is undefeated this season with five straight wins. This daughter of Big Jim is tied with the top pacer Atomic Million AM as the two winningest horses at H3R this season. The Preferred-Handicap events begin in race six for the trotters where Capteur De Reve will try for his third straight win. He has won his last two starts from both on and off the pace, which will help him as he was assigned the outside post eight position. Other standouts in the field include three-time Quebec champion, Maximuscle (post 1), the mare Precieuse CC (post 4), Holiday Party (post 5) and Kinnder Dangerous (post 7). Atomic Million AM in post seven. This warhorse, now age eight, is on a five-race winning streak for owner, breeder and trainer, Alain Martin of Gatineau and will be driven by Jocelyn Gendron. The fastest horse this season after his 1:54.1 triumph two starts back, Atomic Million AM does all his racing on the front end and has not been bested the last two months. Looking to end his five-race win streak will be Kinnder Jackson (post 6), who has been second to Atomic Million AM in his last two starts. Macktwowilldew (post 8) is coming off a 1:54.4 triumph at Rideau Carleton and Saulsbrook Peach (post 5) shows a 1:53.2 victory two starts back. The fillies and mares take to the track in the tenth race where last year's Pacing Mare of the Year at H3R, Rainbow Palace, goes from post eight for driver Francis Picard. She won two starts back at H3R with a 1:57 triumph. She takes on Lit De Rose (post 1) and Uptown Woman (post 7) who won her last start at H3R in 1:56.1. First race post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. A free program is available by going to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. The next live race card will be a special Thursday night program starting at 7:00 pm and it will feature the second annual NASCAR Race Night, where NASCAR drivers will compete in an exhibition race in double-seater jog carts. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was just two weeks ago that Only For Justice set the track record at the Hippodrome 3R for three-year-old trotters in 1:57.4, and now Cesar Duharas shattered that record with a 1:56.1 triumph Friday evening in the second round of the Breeders Cup Series. The entry of Only For Justice and stablemate Clevisse, were the overwhelming 1/9 favorite in the eighth race $10,000C division for trotting colts, but both horses went off-stride after the start of the race. Cesar Duharas left hard from the outside post seven position for driver Pascal Berube and shot to the early lead with no one close behind him. He led the field by the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.4. They then opened up on the field at the half mile in :57.2 with Mister Sky (Marie Claude Auger) a distance second. Past the three-quarters in 1:26.2, Cesar Duharas poured it for Berube, winning in a rout by 29 and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Mister Sky was second with SOS Turbo (Tyler Jones) third. Only For Justice finished fifth. It was the first win this year in four starts for Cesar Duharas and a lifetime mark for the gelded son of Muscle Massive from the Cantab Hall mare, Cleopatra Duharas. Trained by Denis Gueriel for owner/breeders Haras De L Estrie, Inc. of Dunham, Cesar Duharas paid $20.00 to win. The time of 1:56.1 was just one-fifth of a second from the all-age trotting record at H3R of 1:56 that is co-held by both Pablo Angus (2008) and Michelangelo (2014). Cor Leo, making only her second lifetime start, scored a 15-1 upset victory in capturing her $10,000C division of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting fillies. Starting from the far outside in post position eight, Cor Leo and driver Stephane Gendron were able to get away in fourth place after the start of the fourth race. My Lady Hall with trainer/driver Serge Nadeau in the sulky were the early race leader with Choo Choo Blue (Jocelyn Gendron) in second place and Justice Society (Stephane Brosseau) on the outside in third. After the opening quarter mile in :29.1, Brosseau continued on the outside with Justice Society, challenging My Lady Hall for the lead past the half mile marker in 1:00.1. All the while, Cor Leo was stalking the leaders in fourth place. As they started down the backstretch, Justice Society started to overtake My Lady Hall and then came Cor Leo into the hunt, going briefly three-wide. Justice Society cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:30.3 with Cor Leo gaining on the outside with every stride. Coming down the stretch, Cor Leo was able to collar Justice Society and go on to win the race by three-quarters of a length in 2:01. Justice Society was second with Choo Choo Blue third. It was the second lifetime start and first victory for Cor Leo, a daughter of E L Titan, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Proviquante Stable of Mirabel. Cor Leo paid $32.20 to win. There are three weeks of preliminary competition in the Breeders Cup Series. The top eight point earners will return to compete in their respective divisions with a purse of $65,000C on Sunday, September 8. Track Notes: Pascal Berube led all drivers on Friday with three winners. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, which will be the last live racing day until Thursday, August 8 due to the Grand Prix auto race week in Trois-Rivieres. Sunday's card is jam packed with great racing including four divisions of the second round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers plus a Preferred Trot, Preferred Pace and a Filly & Mare Preferred Pace. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies got underway at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with four $7,500C opening round divisions. After three weeks of preliminary competition, the top eight point earners in the series will return to H3R on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $55,000C finals. The fastest of the four divisions came in the sixth race, the second colt division as Ontario invader, My Bettors Del, had an easy time wiring the field. Leaving from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau, My Bettors Del out kicked Eclat De Rire (Stephane Gendron) for the early lead by the opening quarter mile in :29. From there he cut fractions of :59.2 and 1:30, holding the field at bay. He won by three lengths in 1:59.1. Eclat De Rire was second with Kinnder Big Boss (Justin Filion) third. Trained by Jacques Dupont, My Bettors Del is a colt by Bettors Delight, who is co-owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation with the breeder, Jam Auden, Inc. of Portneut. He paid the mandatory $2.10 to win. It was his first pari-mutuel win in four starts. The first colt division was the third race and there was little doubt on who the winner would be. The race fans made Whitecookie and overwhelming 1/9 favorite and he raced just like it. Starting from the rail for driver Marie Claude Auger of Trois-Rivieres who also trains and owns Whitecookie, the son of Windfall Blue Chip, went right to front, held the field at bay the entire one-mile race and went on to win by four and one-half lengths in 2:01.2. Retour Au Jeu (Stephane Gendron) was second with PLD Needy (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the third straight win for the unbeaten Whitecookie. He paid just $2.20 to win. The rain clouds opened up for the fourth race, the second Breeders Cup division for fillies, making the track labeled "good". That had no effect on Acaena De Chakrika. The daughter of Sunshine Beach, with Stephane Brosseau in the sulky, came first-over early to grab the lead by the opening quarter mile and led the rest of the race, winning by one length in 2:02.2. SOS Cupcake and driver Daniel Laflamme made a race of it, coming after Acaena De Chakrika on the final turn, but could not collar the race winner and was second. Three Star Sena (Pascal Berube) was third. It was the first victory for Acaena De Chakrika, who is trained by Daniel Martin and was bred and is owned by Diane Lepine of Quebec City. She paid $6.00 to win. In the second race, the first Future Stars division for the fillies, a real battle ensued in the backstretch as Cant Fight Fate (Tyler Jones) was on the lead and Lotus Sena was sitting in the two-hole for driver Pascal Berube when Berube decided to come first-over. Cant Fight Fate went head and head with Lotus Sena, but on the final turn, Lotus Sena took command and went on to win by two lengths in 2:03.4. Cant Fight Fate was second with Whitemountain Ruby (Francis Picard) third. It was the maiden victory in three lifetime starts for Lotus Sena. The daughter of Windfall Blue Chip is trained by Serge Nadeau of Scott, who also bred and owns Lotus Sena. She paid $9.80 to win. Track Notes: Carol Voyer led all drivers and trainers Sunday, sending out and driving two winners. Driver Stephane Brosseau also had a driving double, winning two of the Future Stars divisions and Pascal Berube had a driving double. As part of National Caretakers Apperception Day, the name of every groom was announced in the post parade. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Friday evening, July 26 with the second leg of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters. The pacers go on Sunday. For more information, a free race program or to view the races live at H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - For the past 25 years, Pascal Berube and Isabelle Binet work side-by-side in their barn, Pascal does the driving and Isabelle the training for their harness racing stable. One of the stars of the stable is stakes champion Holiday Party, who headlines the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Friday evening. "Holiday feels really good this season," Berube said. "He was turned out for a while this winter and now he looks in peak form and ready to go." In three start this season, Holiday Party has a third place, second place and last week a victory in the top class at the Hippodrome 3R. That victory was an easy one for Berube, as the duo left from post five, went right to the lead and never looked back, breeze to the wire by three and one-half lengths in 2:00. When asked about the race on Friday, Berube said. "I worry a little about Talbotcreek Suzie (post 7). She shows very fast speed and may be perfect for a half mile track like Trois-Rivieres. Also, in the well-matched field is the great closer, Rocky Boy (post 8), Rideau Carleton invader, Wings Of Ballykeel and the 2019 debut of Denitza Petrova's Kinnder Dangerous. At age three, Holiday Party was a terror on the racetrack. He totally dominated the three-year-old trotting ranks. At one point he was on a six-race winning streak, mostly with Berube doing the driving. In the $65,000C Breeders Cup Final that season, not only did Holiday Party win with Berube driving, but they set the track record with a 1:58.2 triumph. Holiday Party has come a long way considering he made eight starts at age 2 and had no wins that first season of racing. He now sports career earnings of $191,000C for the Holiday Party Stable of Portneuf. As for Berube and Binet, they have a very exciting summer season ahead of them with a stable full of promising racehorses. They are also very proud of their 21-year-old son, Olivier, who is a promising hockey star. Pascal loves hockey and plays whenever he gets spare time and is a very good goalie. Earlier on the program, in the fifth race, the undefeated and winningest horse this season at the Hippodrome 3R, Sultan D Or, goes for his fourth straight victory in 2019. The ten-year-old gelded son of Newtown starts from post two for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Racing from both on and off the pace, Sultan D Or has returned this year in good form for owner/trainer Pierre Turcotte of Trois-Rivieres. Post time Friday night is at 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - When it comes to training trotters in harness racing, it takes plenty of patience's. No one knows that better than owner/trainer Pierre Turcotte of Trois-Riviere as his trotter, Sultan D Or, won the second race Friday night at the Hippodrome 3R to remain undefeated in 2019 with his third straight win. You see, Sultan D Or is a ten-year-old gelding by Newtown who never won a betting race until age 9 last year. Turcotte has owned Sultan D Or since the horse was a two-year-old. He did not race at age 2, tried briefly at ages 3 to 8 but due to injuries and always breaking stride before finally winning a race last year and now he is undefeated in 2019. Driven by Jocelyn Gendron, Sultan D Or left from post seven and took command of the race by the opening quarter mile in :29.2. They were immediately challenged on the outside by Mr Logan Mirox (Michel Audet) who kept the pressure on to the half mile in :59.1 and then to the three-quarters in 1:30.4. Around the final turn Sultan D Or was nearly collared but dug in some more coming down the stretch as Mr Logan Mirox began to fade. Gendron and Sultan D Or held game to the finish, winning by a half length over a late charing Aworthy Bi (Daniel Laflamme) with Abundasass (Stephane Brosseau) third. Time of the one-mile race was 2:03.2. Sultan D Or is now the leading race winner at H3R this season. He paid $8.80 to win. The seventh race Preferred-Handicap Trot saw former Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Holiday Party, lead from start to finish for driver Pascal Berube, winning with ease by three lengths in 2:00 over 25-1 Dance Hall George (Francis Picard) and Jamigo (Daniel Laflamme). It was the first win this year in three starts for Holiday Party. The six-year-old gelded son of Holiday Road is trained by Isabelle Binet for the Holiday Party Stable of Portneuf. He paid $7.60 to win. Pascal Berube led all drivers with three wins while Isabelle Binet led all trainers with two wins. Track Notes: Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon with a ten-race program, first race post time at 1:00 pm. The seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace is highlighted by the return of last week's winner, Outlaw Turn N Burn, who will start from post six. Last week he got a perfect drive by Francis Picard, scoring from a two-hole trip to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Also, in the field Sunday are Windsun Cheyenne (post 7) and Mister Big Top (post 6). For a free Sunday race program or other information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was the first time ever that Outlaw Turn N Burn had ever been to the Hippodrome 3R and he turned it into a big victory Sunday in the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace. With driver Francis Picard in the sulky, Outlaw Turn N Burn left from post four but was unable to grab the early lead away from Chaleurs Ad (Jocelyn Gendron), who forced Picard to stuff Outlaw Turn N Burn into the two-hole by the opening quarter mile in :27.3. They raced that way to the half mile marker in :56.4 as Surf Report, going for his third straight win at H3R for driver Tyler Jones, came first-over to challenge. Racing down the backstretch, Jones was unable to collar Chaleurs Ad on the front-end, so coming into the final turn, Rose Run Slider (Stephane Gendron) was coming three-wide to loop the field, but Picard had other ideas, pulling the pocket with Outlaw Turn N Burn. As they came down the stretch, Outlaw Turn N Burn just pulled away strongly at the finish to win by two lengths in 1:56.1. Chaleurs Ad held for second place with Windsun Cheyenne (Marie Claude Auger) third. It was the first win in seven starts this year. The winner's circle was packed with people for the owners, the Perle Royale Stable, was celebrating in grand style with the victory. Outlaw Turn N Burn paid $10.30 to win. In the seventh race Preferred-Handicapped Trot, it was the 3/5 race favorite, Upvote Hanover and driver Stephane Brosseau coming first-over against pacesetter Holiday Party (Pascal Berube). Upvote Hanover and Brosseau were able to clear by the race leader on the final turn and then pull away for a two and three-quarter length triumph in 2:01. Rocky Boy (Marc Belanger) made a bold three-wide move from sixth place on the final turn and closed well to be second. Holiday Party was third. Trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francis Morin of Beauceville, it was the second win this year for Upvote Hanover, who paid $3.30 to win. Track Notes: Driver Pascal Berube was the hot driver at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday as he scored a quick three wins, capturing both ends of the daily double and also the third race. Isabelle Binet led all trainers with two wins. The Hippodrome 3R begins Friday night live racing this week on May 24. First race post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club       Steven Wolf Steven Wolf Consulting (954) 654-3757 stevenwolf1956@gmail.com      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday is closing day for the live harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R. It is also the second race program that will feature "whipless" racing. And, Canada's leading money winning and dash leading driver in 2018, Louis Philippe Roy, is also coming back to his home track to drive. He has nine drives in the ten races on the program. "I was pleased when I heard that the Quebec Jockey Club were making efforts to adapt the sport to today's reality," Roy said. "And I wanted to support and participate in trying to find the best for all of us. "In the best of all worlds," Roy explained. "Our sport wouldn't require a whip and by the way, the whip wouldn't be a problem for the image of our sport. On the other hand, it is possible that it is essential to the good functioning of harness racing, and if so, use of the whip should be strictly framed and minimized, in order to please a maximum of possible future fans." Other drivers that competed last Sunday without whips had this to say. Stephane Gendron said "I'm going to live with it, no problem." Pierre Luc Roy explained "It's a habit to get used to not having a whip. Some moments with the mount that you took advantage of using a whip you now must drive it differently. One thing is, we are all equal in every race without a whip." Pascal Berube was not positive about the experiment. "Very bad," Berube said. "All the driver drove with their lines down and it's very dangerous." Even some race fans chimed in. Andre Germain of Trois-Rivieres said after the races last Sunday. "I have more than 55 years as a fan and gambler," Germain explained. Races without whips are very good. It brings a different strategy to the races. The drivers must work with the horses to bring out the strength in them. It did affect my wagers negatively because the drivers must adapt to the horses now." Paul, from Trois-Riveres said, "I have been following racing all my life, about 60 years now. I am not in favor in racing without whips. I do not want to see anyone hurt a horse, but I know the drivers need to have a whip with them to only stimulate the horse and make it pay attention." On a final note, Louis Philip Roy is ready to go "whipless" on Sunday. "Like the other drivers that tried it last week," LPR added. "I will be in a better position after competing on Sunday, to give my opinion and recommendations on what would be the best decision for our sport and its future." First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - For the last two days of the live harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R, the drivers in all the races both this Sunday and next Sunday, will drive without whips. The Quebec Jockey Club, which oversees the racing at H3R, announced last week that they were going to experiment with "whipless" racing the last two days of the race meet. In North America, whipless racing has taken place at a few tracks including Plainridge Racetrack and the former Indiana Downs years ago. Australia was to go whipless in 2017, but that move has been put on hold while more research is done. Norway is the only country in Europe that has banned whipping in all harness racing and that began some 40 years ago in the 1970's. Whips, crops, willow switches and sticks have been used to guide and train animals since man first domesticated horses, cows, oxen and sheep. "This is an experiment of pari-mutuel racing without whips," said Director of Racing Murielle Thomassin. "There will be absolutely no whips allowed on the track these two special days. "There is no surprise that this year the population is tired of cruelty on animals," Thomassin continued. "The Quebec Jockey Club is ready to change with the society and evolve in a sport where the horse is our pride and joy. We must respect and protect them at all cost." Some of the drivers competing this Sunday at H3R gave their opinions on the upcoming trial of whipless racing. "I agree with strict rules for the use of the whip," said Daniel Laflamme. "We need the whip to control the horse in certain circumstances. It's our only working tool to bring the horse back to order and protect us." "I do not feel good about not having a whip," Jocelyn Gendron explained. "It is our way to be able to stimulate a horse without abusing the whip. To remove it completely may be dangerous." "I am happy that the QJC is taking steps to increase the customer base and the vitality of the races," said Pierre Luc Roy. "I also agree that measures need to be taken to reduce the use of the whip, however I do not believe that removing the whip is a good idea." "It is OK for a test day for two," Pascal Berube said, "but not for all of next year. It's not a solution to make racing more appealing." "If it will help the racetrack then I am happy to drive without a whip," Simon Delisle said. "We will see this Sunday how it goes. "The public does not like the whip." There are 11 races this Sunday for the first day of whipless racing at H3R. "We will see how the racing goes these two days without whips," Thomassin said. "We will study the races themselves and the wagering patterns too and maybe come up with some changes for the 2019 harness racing season in Quebec." First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The photo finish camera at the Hippodrome 3R worked overtime Sunday as four of the eleven races, including both the Preferred Trot and Pace, needed the camera to declare the winner. The first tight finish came in the third race Preferred Trot. The headstrong R Rkadabra and driver Stephane Brosseau cut the mile from the start as usual with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) sitting the pocket seat. At the half mile marker, driver Daniel Laflamme was first-over with the 10-1 Jamigo but not gaining much ground on the leaders. As they started down the backstretch, Berube elected to pull the pocket with Holiday Party and go after R Rhadabra past the three-quarter mile marker. Laflamme used the outside cover for Jamigo and then tipped three-wide on the turn and then it was Holiday Party and Jamigo fighting to the wire with Jamigo winning by a neck in 2:01. Dance Hall George (Francis Picard) was third. It was the fifth win this year for Jamigo. The ten-year-old gelding by Amigo Hall is trained and owned by Manon Lamothe of Terrebonne. He paid $22.50 to win. Again, the photo finish camera was needed in the eighth race Preferred Pace. Allstar Seelster and driver Tyler Jones began the show, stuffing Winsun Cheyenne (Pascal Berube) in the pocket seat after battling to the first quarter in :27.2. Comfortable on the lead, Allstar Seelster led to the half in :56.4 as Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) came first-over with Hoosier Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) second-over. Race favorite Ufdragon Rocket (Stephane Gendron) was boxed in along the rail in fourth place. After the three-quarters in 1:26, Allstar Seelster was still in command as Hooter Scooter tipped out three-wide around the final turn. As the field started down the stretch, driver Stephane Gendron masterfully moved off the rail with Ufdragon Rocket and weaved past four horses to win by a head over Windsun Cheyenne in 1:56.1. Allstar Seelster was third. A nine-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again, Ufdragon Rocket is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. It was his tenth victory of the year and he paid $4.90 to win. Track Notes: Three drivers scored driving triples on the afternoon. They were Pascal Berube, Daniel Laflamme and Francis Picard. Elizabeth Carrier led all trainers with two wins.....it was announced yesterday by the Quebec Jockey Club that on the 18th and 25th of November, the last two race days of the season will be whipless, no whips allowed for the drivers.....live racing resumes next Sunday, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was a repeat victory for Behavenmyself at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, but no track record as she did last week in the Quebec Plus Series for two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies. The sixth race co-feature saw Esprit DeQuipe (Jocelyn Gendron) go to the early lead with Blackjack Soleil (Claude Beausoleil) pressing from outside and taking the lead after the opening quarter mile in :28. Dernier Essai (Pierre Luc Roy) had come first-over at the half mile in :57.4 with 1/5 favorite Behavenmyself and driver Pascal Berube following the outside flow and then with a burst of speed, came three-wide in the backstretch and cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:28.1. Behavenmyself then switched to another gear as she started to pull away from the field, winning by seven and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.4. Blackjack Soleil was second with Moneymakehersmile (Stephane Gendron) third. Trained and co-owned by Gerald Demers of St-Andre-Avelin with Jean Roch Marois of St-Joachim-De-Shefford, it was the second straight win for the filly by Badlands Hanover. She paid $2.40 to win. In the second round of the Quebec Plus Series for two-year-old trotters, El Bleu and driver Pierre Luc Roy won for the second straight week. Justice For Narnia (Sylvain Lacaille) cut the mile with El Bleu floating on the outside first-over. Then entering the backstretch for the final time, Berube let El Bleu have his head and the son of E L Titan went right to the front and won by four lengths in 2:03.3. That's Hooligan (Jean Paul Rousse) was second with Justice For Narnia third. Trained by Maxime Velaye for breeder/owner Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, it was a lifetime mark for El Bleu in the non-wagering race. In the eighth race Invitational Trot, R Rkadabra and driver Pascal Berube took off with the lead in usual fashion, leading by three to four lengths until the three-quarters when both Rocky Boy (Marc Belanger) and Capteur De Reve (Pierre Luc Roy) caught the pacesetter and fanned three-wide around the final turn. As they came down the stretch, Capteur De Reve was the strong horse, beating R Rkadabra by a half length in 2:00. Rocky Boy was third. It was the sixth win this year for Quebec Champion Capteur De Reve. The four-year-old son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye for Ecurie Provoquante. He paid $3.00 to win. In the fourth race battle of the pacing mares it was no surprise that Rainbow Palace remains the Queen of H3R. With Francis Picard in the sulky, Rainbow Palace worked her way first-over against Lit De Rose (Pierre Luc Roy) to take command by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. She led to the half mile in :57.2 as Wild River Swan (Gilles Gendron) came first-over. By the three-quarters in 1:26.2, Wild River Swan had to drop in second place as Rainbow Palace held the field at bay, going on to win by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.2. Wild River Swan was second with Jordies Hope (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the fourth win this year for the six-year-old daughter of Royal Mattjesty, who has raced most of the season against male rivals with much success. Rainbow Palace is trained by Dominique Picard and owned by Francis Picard of Warwick. She paid $3.40 to win. Track Notes: Both Pascal Berube and Pierre Luc Roy had driving triples on the race card. Maxime Velaye had a training double. Next Sunday is the annual Lucien Bombardier Memorial for two-year-old pacing fillies. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was just last week that the two-year-old harness racing filly named Behavenmyself was a maiden, having yet to win a race in seven starts. Then she raced last Sunday and history was made. Competing in the opening round of the new Quebec Plus Series at H3R, Behavenmyself and driver Pascal Berube tore off after the lead and got it by the opening quarter and duo never looked back, winning in a romp by ten open lengths in 1:56.2. The clocking made for a new track record for two-year-old pacing fillies and now Behavenmyself is back for the second round of the series and race fans will be out to see if she can repeat her track record effort. Sired by Badland's Hanover, Behavenmyself will start from post five for trainer and co-owner Gerald Demers of GLD Inc. of St-Andre-Avelin, who selected the filly last year at the London Sale. "Last year, in London, I bought this filly by Badlands Hanover," Demers said. "My girlfriend and I every year let ourselves be seduced by one of the yearlings in the sale. In 2017, it was her, Behavenmyself, and I paid $15,000 to get her. "My friend Jean-Roch (Marois) had told me before the auction," Demers explained." That he would go in with me for the colt or filly of my choice. What was done. I liked her conformation very much. She was already 18 months old and built like a racehorse. "In addition, I have had a lot of success in the past with the Badland Hanover's as older horses," Demers said," but I had never had a young colt or filly by this stallion. "It was me who trained her early on and because she had a lot of stakes in Ontario," Demers said. "I sent her to my sister-in-law, Isabelle Darveau, for the racing season. "The successes," Demers said "I must admit, were below expectations, which explains why we decided to register her for H3R in the new Québec Plus Series. A move that we do not regret of course. "She's not a big eater," Demers explained. "except when she's at home. We must believe that she was used to us and she had difficulty adapting to the outside. One thing is certain, here she is in good shape and should make another big mile on Sunday." It's won't be a walk in the part this week for Behavenmyself. Starting from post eight is the Mach Three colt, Dernier Essai, who was a strong winner last week for trainer Maxime Velaye. He wired the field in 1:58.2 and will be driven again by Pierre Luc Roy. Other contenders include Angelo Benjo (post six) and Esprit Dequipe (post one). For one of the few times this season there is a Preferred Pace just for mares in the fourth race and featured are two of the best mares to have raced at H3R this season. Rainbow Palace will be taking on Wild River Swan in a rare meeting of the quality race mares. Rainbow Palace is perhaps the top pacing mares at H3R. The last few seasons she has raced mainly against the top male pacers at the track with good success. She starts from post three for driver Francis Picard and last week was able to wire the field at H3R in 1:55.1. Wild River Swan starts alongside Rainbow Palace in post four and will be driven by Jocelyn Gendron. She is the full sister to Quebec Champion Wildriverbumblebee and has won three of her last four starts and two-in-a-row at H3R. Last week the daughter of Sportswriter wired the field in the finals of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit in 1:57 and the prior week also won in 1:56.4. There is also a Handicap Preferred Trot in race eight that features past winners Capteur De Reve (post three), Rocky Boy (post two) and two return winners moving up in class, R Rkadabra (post six) and Missonoftheheart (post seven), who is going for her fourth straight win. All the action at H3R gets underway at 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The new Quebec Plus Series kicked off at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with two divisions for two-year-old pacers and a track record was set in the series. The new series is only for those horses eligible to the Quebec Series that did not earn more than $7,500 as of September 10, 2018. In the eighth race second division, it was a cavalry charge for the early lead as Esprit Dequipe (Pierre Luc Roy) was in front early with Majeyca (Sylvain Lacaille) on the outside going for the lead. Then from the outside three-wide came the 1/9 race favorite Behavenmyself and driver Pascal Berube and they cleared to the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28.4. Behavenmyself then led the field through fractions of :58.4 and 1:28.1 with no one able to keep up with the filly. Then in the stretch Behavenmyself opened up on the field, winning by an impressive ten lengths in 1:56.2, a new track record. Esprit Dequipe was second with D Gs Fairystars (Stephane Brosseau) third. The previous track record for two-year-old pacing fillies was 1:56.4 set by Yaris Bayama in 2016. Sired by Badlands Hanover, Behavenmyself is trained by Gerard Demers. It was her maiden victory after eight starts, mainly in the Ontario Grassroots Series. 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. The victory was one of three on the afternoon for driver Pascal Berube. The sixth race, first division of the Quebec Plus Series, saw Dernier Essai and driver Pierre Luc Roy able to lead from start to finish in 1:58.2 by two lengths over Blackjack Soleil (Claude Beausoleil) with Angelo Benjo (Pascal Berube) third. It was the maiden victory for Dernier Essai, a colt by Mach Three, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $3.60 to win. The seventh race Open Handicap Trot saw Holiday Party ($7.40) and driver Pascal Berube able to lead from start to finish with an easy three length triumph in 1:58.2. Seeyou Men and driver Jocelyn Gendron caused interference in the race, breaking stride while going for the lead on the first turn. Holiday Party and 44-1 Holiday Spirit (Stephane Brosseau) cleared the incident and then raced first and second the rest of the race. Capteur De Reve (Pierre Luc Roy) was third. It was the fifth win this year for Holiday Party, who is trained by Isabelle Binet and owned by the Groupe Holiday Party Partnership of Portneul. Track Notes: Driver Francis Picard had the hot hands at H3R, leading all drivers with four winners on the afternoon program. With three wins from his stable on Sunday, Francis Richard took the lead in the training standing with 15 wins, Michel Allard is now in second with 13 and Maxime Velaye is third with 12 wins. Next Sunday, the Hippodrome 3R will host the 2018 Quebec Regional Fair Finals with ten championship races and more than $40,000 in purses. Post time is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - There are 20 two-year-old pacing fillies entered in the third round of the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, but only one of them is undefeated. Most of the fillies racing Sunday in the two divisions will be vying for points to be one of the eight finalists for the $55,000 Future Stars Series Final at H3R on Sunday, September 9 except for the undefeated filly, Hurrayupatthebeach, who has already won two legs of the series. Unbeaten Hurrayupatthebeach will be going for her sixth straight win on Sunday. The daughter of Up The Credit headlines the fourth race, which is the first of the two ten-horse fields for the fillies. A homebred filly from the Somebeachsomewhere mare, Blue Beach Girl, Hurryupatthebeach was bred by her trainer, Pierre Leclerc of Louisville and is co-owned by Leclerc with Gina Bragagnole of Lavaltrie. She is a first foal from Blue Beach Girl. One of the people that know Hurryupatthebeach better than most is her driver, Pascal Berube. He has driven her in four of her five wins. The duo starts from the rail on Sunday. "Pierre (Leclarc) told me one month before her first qualifier," Said Berube, "that he felt he had a good one." In her only qualifying race, with Berube driving, Hurryupatthebeach actually lost the race. She was third by only three-quarters of a length after a strong closing effort. Since then she went right to the pari-mutuel races and has yet to lose. She races mainly on the lead but there is a reason for that. She has a record of 1:58.2 taken at Rideau Carleton, but it was her last start at H3R that perhaps is most impressive. In that race Hurryupatthebeach broke stride before the start from post four. She was able to regroup for Berube, came first-over and took the lead after the opening quarter mile. She then crushed the field, winning by her largest margin yet, eight and three-quarter lengths in 1:59.4. "She's good for sure," Berube said. "And she can race from either on or off the pace. So, for the moment she races on the lead because I don't have any better horses that can cut the mile for me." While Hurryupatthebeach has beaten most of the other fillies in the field, it will not be a walk in the park on Sunday as she faces Better Now for the first time. Sired by Betterthancheddar, Better Now starts from the second tier in post ten for driver Stephane Brosseau. She has won her last two starts, last week it was a three and one-quarter length triumph in the second round of the Future Stars Series with 2:00 score. The prior start was an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots victory at Grand River Raceway in 1:56.1. She has also been timed in 1:55.2 and 1:56.2 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Trained by Pierre Ouellette, Better Now is co-owned by Ouellette of Joliette with Ecurie Largo, Inc. of Laval. The second filly division is the eighth race and the morning line favorite hails from the stable of Hall of Famer, Yves Filion. Her name is Audi Bayama, a daughter of Sportswriter, bred and owned by Filion's Bayama Farms. In just her first lifetime start she came out with a 2:00.1 triumph with Filion in the sulky and last week was third to Better Now in the Future Stars Series. She starts from post six. Another standout in the field is Majelyca from post four for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Sired by Windfall Blue Chip, Majelyca was soundly defeated last week against Hurryupatthebeach, but prior starts show her winning two-straight, including her record of 2:02.1 taken in the opening round of the series. The colts do battle in the sixth race, also with ten starters and featured is another undefeated two-year-old named D Gs De Vito. This son of Sportswriter is three for three on the season for trainer Guylaine Fortin and breeder/owner Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin. He starts from post three. While not yet showing any leaving ability for driver Jonathan Lachance, D Gs De Vito has been grinding his way to victory, having gone first-over in all three of his wins and overpowering his opponents. His fastest victory has been in last week's second round of the Future Stars with a 2:00.1 triumph. Other contenders include GA Speed Gaby (post two), Guinness Panic (post four) and Sunshine Lou (post ten). Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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