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Trois-Rivieres, QC - In the final strides to the wire, Farmers Tan was able to catch and defeat Wrangler Cash to win the Preferred Pace harness racing feature at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The sixth race saw Farmers Tan and owner, trainer, driver Carol Voyer of Lac-Kenogami leave from post five and take command of the race from Wrangler Cash and driver Pascal Berube by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Berube quickly quarter moved and put Wrangler Cash back on the lead. Coming to the half mile, Jocelyn Gendron came first-over with Somewhere Bettor and following their outside cover was Hooter Shooter with driver Stephane Gendron. They went past the half mile in :57.2. With Somewhere Bettor beginning to fade by the three-quarters in 1:22.3, Farmers Tan now had clearance to come after Wrangler Cash and those to set up for a classic stretch drive to the finish. Wrangler Cash and Berube tried as much as they could to hold off Farmers Tan in the stretch and it came to the final strides to wire as Farmers Tan and Carol Voyer surged ahead of Wrangler Cash to win by a head in 1:55.2. It was a dead heat for third place between Hooter Shooter and D J Power. A four-year-old gelding by Always A Virgin, it was the sixth win this year for Farmers Tan. He paid $5.70 to win. Sieras Rose ($5.80) returned to winning form for driver Pascal Berube in winning the fifth race Preferred-Handicapped Pace for the Fillies and Mares. Unable to find a seat going to the opening quarter mile, Berube was content to sit first-over as Hammering Halley (Stephane Gendron) cut the mile to the opening quarter mile in :28.2. With Shemaksmefelunreal (Samuel Fillion) in the two-hole spot and Sieras Rose parked out, they went by the half mile marker in :58.1. Then in the backstretch, Berube urged Sieras Rose on and she responded by taking the lead by the three-quarters in 1:27.2. Then came pressure on the outside by Wild River Swan (Franis Picard), who actually got a head up on the leader before fading. Godiva Mackiavelyc (Carol Voyer) came three-wide from fifth place around the final turn and was nearly able to collar Sieras Rose as they started down the stretch, but Sieras Rose was the strong horse, going on to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.2. Godiva Mackiavelyc was second with Hammering Haley third. It was the third win this year for Sieras Rose, an eight-year-old mare by No Pan Intended. She is trained and co-owned by the former race secretary at H3R, Johanne Dechamplain with Steve Perrault, both of Mont-Joli. Track Notes: Three drivers all scored doubles on Sunday. They were Pascal Berube, Jocelyn Gendron and Francis Picard. Notching a training double was Alain Martin. Live racing will resume at H3R next Friday, first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R hosts a Preferred Trot on Friday and every horse in the harness racing field has a shot at winning the race. All eyes will be on Keepall, last week's return winner from the Preferred Trot. He will start from post four in the seventh race feature for driver Pascal Berube, who drove him for the first-time last week. A six-year-old gelding by Angus Hall, Keepall led from start to finish last week at H3R, barely holding off the late charge of the lone mare in the field, Precieuse CC, to win by a nose in a lifetime best 1:58. "He is a very fast horse," said Pascal Berube. "He's also competitive as he doesn't seem to want to be passed when he's leading the pack." A five-time winner this year, Keepall is trained by Sylvain Tremblay of Metabetchouan. Tremblay's Alpha Stable co-owns Keepall with Gino Curadeau of Fermon. "Last week I drove him for the first time," Berube said. "And I really believed in his chances of winning. This week he has similarly the same opposition but the race was tight last week that anyone can win this event. "Last week was very close," Berube added. "I knew I had won and Precieuse CC was ahead of us on the other side of the finish line." Keepall came to the stable of Sylvain Tremblay right before the Covid-19 pandemic started. "I bought the horse in February," Tremblay explained. "I brought him to the stable in March and started training him. By the time I started racing him in June he was in great shape. "He is a horse that loves to train," Tremplay said. "With us he works every day. He found it difficult at first, but quickly got used to it. No problem in sight now." As for last week's nose victory, Tremplay says the race was too close. "It was very difficult to say whether he won or not last week, it was so close at the finish," Tremblay added. "I did love the way he fought until the end. He is an incredible starter. He is playful and always in a good mood." Keepall will need to be in a good mood again on Friday as he goes against rival Precieuse CC, who starts from post two for owner, trainer and driver Claude Beausoleil. A five-year-old mare by Angus Hall, Precieuse is a former Quebec-bred champion. This year she has three wins and a tough second place finish to Keepall. Bucketlist Hanover (post 3) is the fastest in the field with an impressive lifetime mark of 1:53.3 taken this year. He has four wins for trainer Gilles Boucher and will be driven by Jocelyn Gendron. Last week he was parked out first-over against Keepall and finished fourth by only three-quarters of a length after the tough journey. Capteur De Reve (post 5) was also in that tight photo finish last week, finishing third by just a head to Keepall. He is a four-time Quebec-bred champion for trainer Maxime Velaye and will be driven by Stephane Gendron. Rounding out the field is newcomer Severus Hanover (post 1), who has been racing around the Ontario circuit for trainer-owner Yannick Martel. He won two starts back in 1:57.2 at Kawartha Downs and will be driven on Friday by Stephane Brosseau. Severus Hanover sports five wins this year. Track Notes: First race post time is 4:00 pm. Coming up on Sunday at H3R is the annual Lucien Bombardier Pace for two-year-old fillies that will race for a purse of $33,800. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a bold three-wide move in the backstretch, Windsun Cheyenne and harness racing driver Pascal Berube were able to capture the Preferred-Handicap Pace for the second straight week at the Hippodrome 3R. The seventh race feature saw race favorite Maracasso and driver Carol Voyer go three-wide on the first turn to take command of the race with D J Power (Samuel Fillion) sitting the pocket-seat and Always A Diamond (Steeven Genois) stuck first-over. They went by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. By the half mile marker in :55.4, Voyer had Maracasso in command of the race and was leading by three lengths until the backstretch. That was when Berube swung out three-wide with Windsun Cheyenne and started to gait ground on Maracasso past the three-quarters in 1:25.2. At the top of the stretch Maracasso began to fade as D J Power shot up the inside, but they could not catch Windsun Cheyenne as he went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:56.2. Jeffs Journey (Stephane Gendron) closed well to be second with D J Power third. The oldest competitor in the field at age ten, Windsun Cheyenne is sired by Cam's Card Shark and is trained and owned by Gina Bragagnolo of Lavaltrie. It was his second straight win and third of the season for Windsun Cheyenne, who paid $8.70 to win. Scoring a driving triple on the day, Pascal Berube moved into sole position of first place among the driver standings with 15 wins. Stephane Gendron is in second place with 13 wins. Trainers Michel Allard and Charles Gaudreault had one win each Friday and now are tied with Maxime Velaye for the early lead in the trainer standings with five wins each. Defending champion Francis Richard and Pierre Leclerc each have four wins. Track Notes: The Hippodrome 3R has live racing all weekend long. On Saturday is the second round of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit with an eight-race program. Then on Sunday is another eight-race card. Post time both days is 1:00 pm. For a free race program for each day, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club plays host to a three-day weekend of harness racing action at the Hippodrome 3R. Friday, Saturday and Sunday the half mile oval will see 24 races for the trotters and pacers. Friday's program starts late afternoon with a 4:00 pm post. Then on Saturday it's the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit day at H3R and another full card of action Sunday. Both Saturday and Sunday's programs get underway at 1:00 pm. While it is still early in the racing season at H3R, the three standouts among the driving colony are in a dogfight for control of the lead as well as the training ranks too. Three-time defending driving champion, Stephane Gendron, is currently tied with Pascal Berube as the winningest drivers, each with 12 victories. Following in a close third place is Stephane Brosseau with 11 wins. All three drivers have been top contenders at the track for many years. And the trainers have a tight competition too. Maxime Velaye leads the pack with five wins and tied for second with four wins each are three-time defending trainer champion Francis Richard, Michel Allard, Charles Gaudreault and Pierre Leclerc. Also, to be recognized, is driver Carol Voyer, who this year has had a limited number of drives (16), and has been outstanding with a Universal Driving Rating (baseball average) of .500, which would be tops in any league. All of these drivers and most of the trainers will be back in action on Friday and will be put to the test in the seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace feature race. Windsun Cheyenne has been made the 5/2 mild favorite from post seven for driver Pascal Berube. Last week the 10-year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark was able to show his heels to his younger competitors, leading from start to finish in 1:55.3. In that race Windsun Cheyenne started from the rail and having the outside post seven could well hinder his chances for a repeat victory having to face some tough company Friday. Hooter Shooter gets handicapped and starts from post eight for driver Stephane Brosseau. Two starts back he won the Preferred in 1:56.1, but that was from the rail. Hooter Shooter, unlike Windsun Cheyenne, has raced well in the past from outside posts. D J Power is a force to be reckoned with and has the rail for pilot Samuel Fillion. Fillion has two wins, the fastest in 1:56.2, and a game second last week with D J Power, who has found new life this season racing on the front end. Outlaw Turn & Burn (post 9), Maracasso (post 6) and Always A Diamond (post 5) figure to also provide some strong competition in the race. For a free race program for each day this weekend, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Pascal Berube stole the show at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon, scoring a driving triple. It was his first hat-trick of the 2020 season. There was plenty of racing action in the second race pace for two-year-old colts and fillies. The 1-2 race favorite Platine Alpha (Carol Voyer) was first on the lead with 16-1 Write One (Pascal Berube) sitting the pocket seat and then with a bold three-wide move, Too Soon BG and driver Stephane Brosseau took command by the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Right away Berube came out and to the lead with Write One, who led to the half mile in :59.4. Then in the backstretch, Platine Alpha came first-over and collared Write One by the three-quarters in 1:29.3. Those two fillies then duked it out on the final turn and in the stretch, Write One proved to be the best, winning by one and one-quarter length in 1:59.1 over Platine Alpha with Full Power Sena (Steeven Genois) third. It was the second lifetime start and first pari-mutuel victory for Write One. The Sportswriter filly from the Die Laughing mare Tug River Della, is trained and owned by Francois Leconte of Hyacinthe and paid $34.30 to win. She is the 12th foal from the mare and a half-sister to Rub N Tug p,1:50.3 ($474,000), Della Cruise p,1:50.3 ($312,000) and a full sister to Bet On Brett p,1:50.1 ($168,000). Berube also won with Pez Dispencer in the 6th race pace in 1:56.4 and the 5th race pace with PLD Needy in a lifetime best 1:59.1. Another big battle took place in the seventh race Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace and the photo finish camera was needed to declare the winner. Shemaksmefelunreal and driver Stephane Brosseau took command early with Hammering Haley (Francis Picard) in the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Sieras Rose (Pierre Luc Roy) came first-over at the half mile in :59.3, giving Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) second-over cover. Then in the backstretch, Genois sent Y C Easy three-wide by the three-quarters in 1:28.2. Those three horses continued to battle it out on the final turn and then in the stretch Y C Easy and Genois looked to move ahead but Hammering Haley was not done yet and those two had to wait for the photo finish in 1:58.1. Y C Easy won by a nose over Hammering Haley with Sieras Rose third by a half-length. It was the first win in nine starts this year for Y C Easy, a five-year-old mare by Sportswriter, who is trained and owned by Carl Duguay of Trois-Rivieres. She paid $14.40 to win. Track Notes: Undefeated Mickeymaksomespeed (Stephane Gendron) posted his fourth straight win Sunday with a 1:58.1 triumph for breeder, owner and trainer Michel Allard. Three of his wins have come at H3R, tying him with Zar E IP and SOS Turbo as the winningest horses this meet. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Friday at 4:00 pm. Friday's card kicks-off another three-day weekend of live racing. Saturday will be the second round of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. Saturday and Sunday's race cards begin at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a late scratch and the field shortened to just five starters, Windsun Cheyenne picked a perfect opportunity to upset 1/5 favorite Hooter Shooter in the Preferred Pace at the Hippodrome 3R Friday afternoon. Starting from the rail, driver Pascal Berube sent Windsun Cheyenne right to the lead and never looked back. With Outlaw Turn & Burn (Francis Picard) sitting right on their backs, Windsun Cheyenne cut fractions of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:26.3. Hooter Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) tried coming first-over to no avail, failing to gain any ground on the leaders. On the final turn, Picard urged Outlaw Turn & Burn to come after Windsun Cheyenne, but they were unable to collar the race leader, who went on to win by one length in 1:55.3. Always A Diamond (Steeven Genois) was third. The oldest horse in the field at age 10, Windsun Cheyenne is sired by the recently deceased Cam's Card Shark. It was his second win this year and 26th career win. He is trained and co-owned by Gina Bragagnolo of Lavaltrie and paid $10.20 to win. After being parked out three-wide on the first turn from post 8, race favorite Keepall and driver Carol Voyer led the field the rest of the one-mile race in capturing the Preferred Trot. Keepall held the field at bay and came on in the stretch to win by two lengths in 2:00.2. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was second with Eau Naturelle (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the third win of the season, second in the Preferred Trot for Keepall. He is a six-year-old gelding by Angus Hall, trained by Sylvain Tremblay for the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan and Gino Curadeau of Formont. He paid $5.10 to win. The highest win payoff of the 2020 season took place Friday as Godiva Mackiavelyc and driver Steeven Genois upset the field in the fourth race pace at 25-1 odds, paying $52.50 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron led all the drivers on Friday with three wins. Trainer Maxime Velaye had two wins. Live racing resumes Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R. First race post time is 1:00 pm. Featured will be the 7th race Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace with the return of Twice An Angel (post 6) who last week was an impressive 1:56.4 winner and will be driven by Maxim Gaudreault. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Spotting race leader Hammering Haley a six-length lead going into the backstretch the final time, Twice An Angel and driver Stephane Gendron proved to be too tough in capturing the 6th race Mares Preferred at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The sixth race feature began with Hammering Haley and driver Francis Picard leaving from post one and shooting out to a three-length lead by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Sitting second was Sophies Cam (Stephane Brosseau) with Twice An Angel in third place. Going by the half mile pole in :56.4, Hammering Haley was still in command by three lengths as Gendron moved Twice An Angel to the outside and slowly began picking up the pace. Then in the backstretch Twice An Angel nearly collared Hammering Haley as Picard pulled the earplugs and his mare was able to park out Twice An Angel past the three-quarters in 1:26.3 and kept her out around the final turn. Then as they straighten out for the stretch drive, Twice An Angel showed why she was bet down as the even money favorite, pulling away for a three length triumph over Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) with Hammering Haley third. It was the second win this year for Twice An Angel. She is a seven-year-old mare by Dragon Again. Trained and co-owned by Charles Gaudreault with Maxim Gaudreault. She paid $4.00 to win. The two-year-old pacers were on display in the second race where GA Speed Arthur and driver Pascal Berube was able to come first-over in the backstretch to collar stablemate GA Speed Semy (Alain Carrier) and then beat Ibiza Panic (Francis Picard) to the wire in a close head triumph in 2:01.2. GA Speed Semy was third. It was the first career start for GA Speed Semy and thus a lifetime mark. The colt is sired by Sunshine Beach from the Yankee Skyscraper mare, R Ciao Baby. She is trained and owned by Alain Carrier of St-Henri-De-Levis and paid $3.10 to win. Zar E IP, the lone three-year-old pacing filly racing against four-year-old horses and mares in the 4th race, posted her third straight triumph of the year for driver Pascal Berube. The daughter of Up The Credit, a full sister to Hurryupatthebeach p,2,1:58.2f, won by one length in 1:58.2 over Gambler Panic (Francis Picard) and You Rock Girl Kir (Stephane Brosseau). She paid just $2.10 to win. Zar E IP is now tied with SOS Turbo as the winningest horses at H3R this year, each with three victories. Track Notes: Three drivers had two wins each on Sunday. They were Carol Voyer, Pascal Berube and Stephane Gendron. Also scoring trainer doubles were Carol Voyer and Charles Gaudreault. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday afternoon with first race post time at 4:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This past Sunday, 23-year-old Samuel Fillion scored his first victory as a professional harness racing driver and now he is hungry for more. Competing in the last race Sunday, Fillion, who hails from Mont-Joli, led from start to finish with the pacer D J Power, winning in 1:56.2 at the Hippodrome 3R. Fillion was patient. He was able to get to the front with D J Power, then rate the best fractions for his horse, keeping his composure as he did last year on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. Driving harness horses the past five years at the fairs has seasoned Fillion in his quest to become a professional driver. Last year he blossomed and earned his license, starting in 87 races with 18 wins, 11 seconds and 14 third place finishes, good enough for a strong Universal Driving Rating (UDR) or batting average of .331. Now comes 2020 and Fillion is off to a great start. In four drives he has one win and two third place finishes and his UDR is an impressive .416. "The racing world is sometimes cruel," Fillion said. "I heard comments that I was not able to win a race at H3R. Now it's done and I'll do my best not to be last again. "On Sunday, Fillion explained. "I thought I was going a long way behind Pascal Berube (Stock), but the opposite happened. I know this horse well, I even jogged him last week and I knew he was good, and on Sunday afternoon he showed it to everyone. I am very happy that this first victory is behind me. I will do my best to justify the confidence of the people who will put my name on their horses." Fillion has earned the respect of owners and trainers that on Friday's program at H3R he has three drives and one drive on Sunday, back aboard D J Power. "My father had racing horses when he was young," Fillion said. "My grandfather was a blacksmith at that time. After several years without horses, my dad bought a gelding, Classic Mondial. I was 14 when I start taking care of this horse. He performed well and that gave us the taste to continue and to buy others. "Now," Fillion added. "I also have the opportunity to learn with my father-in-law, Jean-Marc Roy, and my brothers-in-law Louis-Philippe Roy and Pierre-Luc Roy, and I am very grateful for their expertise they share with me." Fillion has a drive in the fifth race Preferred Trot on Friday. It's aboard Lucky Promesses from the far outside post eight. A tough position for any horse to overcome. Last week Fillion was able to get a third-place finish with Lucky Promesses. From the outside post this week, Fillion will need to find some good live cover to help keep him in the hunt. "The mare raced well last week for her first start of the year," Fillion said. "despite her post 8 this week if she had a good mile in her she can do well. We will see." The race favorite is stablemate Holiday Party (Pascal Berube), who was second in the top trot last week. Isabelle Binet trains both horses. "He is a young man from the same place as me," said driver Pascal Berube of Samuel Fillion. "I lent him Fortune Fella for a final in Trois Rivières two years ago, and he won. There are not many horses to drive in the early days of our career, so I wanted to help him and we needed someone to drive Lucky Promesses." Other contenders in the field include Caroluzzo (post one), who was a 2:02.4 winner last week and is moving up in class, the front-end speedster R Rkadabra (post three) and Voodoo Man (post six). When asked who his favorite driver is in harness racing, Fillion was a little bias. "Louis-Philippe Roy is my favorite driver," Fillion said of his brother-in-law. "He started in fairs like me and now he's one of the best drivers in all of Canada. Also, I like his style and the way he sits on the bike." First race post time on Friday is 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Pascal Berube scored a driving double on opening day Wednesday at the Hippodrome 3R and he hopes this is a sign of a good racing season to come. Berube, along with his wife, trainer Isabelle Binet, has a small but powerful stable for the summer/fall race meet. They call themselves Team B. "Of course, we would like to have some more horses to train," Berube explained. "But I am happy with the five horses we currently have. They are fit and ready to go." Currently Team B has five horses in their stable. Holiday Party, Lucky Promesses, Stock, Fortune Fella and Uptown Woman. On opening day Wednesday, Berube won with Stock, who was very impressive at odds of 7-1, leading from start to finish in 1:58.2. This Sunday (1:00 pm post), Team B has four horses entered. Uptown Woman is one of the favorites in the Mares Preferred Pace, along with Stock returning to race Sunday and former Quebec-Bred Champion, Holiday Party and Lucky Promesses, are featured in the Preferred Trot for Team Berube-Binet. Berbue will drive Holiday Party and Samuel Fillion will drive Lucky Promesses as they are both in the same race. This season Berube said he does not have two-year-old's in training. "I am fortunate to get some good catch-drives," Berube said. "I must thank the owners and trainers that have faith in me to drive their horses. I am kept busy driving at both H3R and at Rideau Carleton Raceway." Berube has a catch-drive in the sixth race Preferred Pace with G A Speed Sammy for trainer Yves Tessier. They take on top local pacers Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 1), Hooter Shooter (post 5) and Matts Tuition (post 4). He will also drive Gucci Eyepatch (race 1), and Heaven For Sure (race 4). As for competing at the races Wednesday without any spectators to cheer the horses and driver on, it was same as usual for Berube. "It is just like racing in qualifiers but with purses," Berube said. "I feel sorry for the owners who like to be at the track and watch their horses' race live from the grandstand. For the driver it's the same job." "We did order customized masks for us to wear during the pandemic," Berube added. "They were made by Manon Lemelin and look very cool." Look for the Blue, Black and White Team B masks this season at H3R as they may be in the winner's circle a lot. For a free Sunday race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club       Steven Wolf Steven Wolf Consulting (954) 654-3757 stevenwolf1956@gmail.com      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Last week Seeyou Men was unable to collar race winner Capteur De Reve, but this Sunday Seeyou Men was able to grind it out again, this time for an impressive harness racing victory over Capteur De Reve in the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R. Volare (Jocelyn Gendron) went off-stride right at the start of the race and that enabled race favorite Capteur De Reve (Stephane Gendron) to take control of the third race feature right from the start. Talbotcreek Suzie (Pascal Berube) grabbed the pocket-trip as they went to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Then Stephane Gendron backed Capteur De Reve to an easy half mile clocking in 1:00.4. That was when driver Francis Picard came first-over with Seeyou Men with Missionoftheheart (Tyler Jones) following their outside cover. Picard rated Seeyou Men perfectly on the outside, collaring Capteur De Reve by the three-quarters in 1:30 and then by the top of the stretch, grabbed the lead and held off Capteur De Reve to win by one length in 2:00. Missionoftheheart was third. It was the fourth win this year for Seeyou Men. The seven-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass is a former Quebec-bred champion and former track record holder at H3R. He is trained by Daniel Martin, bred by Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover who co-owns Seeyou Men with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. He paid $8.00 to win. National Debt scored the fastest mile on the day as he overpowered a field of five rivals in the seventh race Preferred Pace. Driven by Pascal Berube, National Debt had to grind it out early in the mile as a stubborn Histoire Enchantee (Stephane Gendron) parked them out to the opening quarter mile in :27.1, then to the half in :56. It was then that National Debut finally cleared to the lead. They started to pull away by the three-quarters in 1:25 as National Debt kept his motoring running, stopping the teletimer in 1:54.2. He won by eight lengths over Maracasso (Carol Voyer) with Hooter Shooter (Francis Picard) third. It was the 14th win this season for National Debt. The eight-year-old stallion by Allamerican Native is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $2.60 to win. Steven Gagnon, 26, of Sorel Tracy, won his first professional pari-mutuel race Sunday, scoring a three and one-quarter length romp in the second race pace with Kiss Me Bad ($25.00). Gagnon owns and trains Kiss Me Bad, who scored a lifetime mark of 2:02.2. Gagnon had been competing in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit the past four years. The tote board nearly exploded in the 11th race when Free Proof and owner, trainer, driver Sylvain Fontaine swept five-wide on the final turn and came on to win at odds of 50-1, paying $102.60 to win. Track Notes: Pascal Berube led all drivers on the afternoon with three wins. Trainer Yves Tessier had the hottest stable at H3R sending out three winners on the day. Next Sunday, November 10, will be closing day for the 2019 live harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R. Presentations will be made to the race meets leading driver and trainer and a special blanket presentation will be made to the 14-year-old trotter, Chinnys Wings, who must retire from racing at the end of the year. For full race results, visit www.qubecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing trotter Sultan D'Or and driver Sylvain Lacaille rocked the tote board at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, winning the sixth race trot at odds of 135-1. It was the highest win payoff, $272.10 to win, $79.40 to place and $15.10 to show across the board, in the eight-year history of H3R since its revival from bankruptcy by the Quebec Jockey Club. The prior record win payoff was $204.50 by Classic Mondiale (Pierre Luc Roy) in 2016. The sixth race saw Sultan D'Or and Lacaille get away in sixth place from post eight until the field reached the backstretch when Lacaille moved Sultan D'Or to the outside, found live cover and then tipped three-wide, looping the field. Then on the final turn, Sultan D'Or was first-over against race leader Mr Logan Mirox (Michel Audet), and they worn him down by the finish wire with Sultan D'Or winning by three-quarters of a length in 2:02. Mr Logan Mirox was second with SOS Turbo (Tyler Jones) third. It was the fifth win this year for Sultan D'Or. The ten-year-old gelded son of Newtown is owned and trained by Pierre Turcotte of Trois-Rivieres. Sultan D'Or never started in a harness race until he was eight years old. It took until the fifth race on Sunday before harness racing driver Pascal Berube did not win a race. Why? Because Berube did not have a drive in the fifth race. The Portneuf-Station resident was at his best in winning the first four races on the program, especially the third race featured Preferred Pace with Hooter Shooter. The short field of just five starters in the third race Preferred Pace saw Surf Report (Tyler Jones) go right to the lead with race favorite Maracasso (Carol Voyer) leaving but then taking a tuck behind Surf Report to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Voyer then pulled the pocket and came first-over against Surf Report by the half mile marker in :56. The action heated up as Maracasso could not pass by Surf Report as Berube moved second-over with Hooter Shooter. By the three-quarters in 1:25.1, Voyer cleared to the lead with Maracasso but now had to contend with Hooter Shooter and Berube on the final turn. Hooter Shooter had a full head of steam and collared Maracasso as they came down the stretch and hung game to win by a half length in 1:55. Maracasso was second with Histoire Enchantee (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the ninth win this year for Hooter Shooter. Sire by Badlands Hanover, the six-year-old gelding is owned and trained by Marc Andre Simoneau of Trois-Rivieres and paid $6.00 to win. Berube was not done yet on the afternoon card as he won the ninth race with Bemmo Image ($5.10), making it five wins on the program. Track Notes: Trainer Marc Andre Simoneau sent out two winners from his stable to lead all trainers. Live racing resumes next Sunday, October 27 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, free race program and to view the H3R live via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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

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