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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    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R will be action packed on Tuesday evening with five divisions of the Future Stars Series plus the drawing of post positions for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete that will be held on Sunday, August 19. The draw for the Prix D'Ete will take place in the winner's circle after the fourth race on the program. The Prix D'Ete is the premier race of the season in Quebec and annually features the best four-year-old pacers in North America. Tuesday night is the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers and highlighted on the card are two undefeated youngsters, Hurryupatthebeach and D Gs De Vito. Hurrayupatthebeach starts from post four in the first race on the card and will be driven by Pascal Berube. The daughter of Up The Credit is unbeaten in four starts already for trainer Pierre Leclerc, who bred and co-owns Hurryupatthebeach with Gina Bragagnlo of Louiseville. In her last start at Rideau Carleton, Hurrayupatthebeach took a lifetime mark with a 1:58.2 triumph. She will opening round winner Majeyca (post 1), Olis Spirit (post 5) and Akita Bayama (post 6) The second filly division is the fifth race, headlined by D Gs Fairystars from post five for driver Jonathan Lachance. She goes against Black Elektra (post 1), Cooking The Speed (post 7) and Flower Sena (post 6). The eighth race third filly division features Better Now from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. This son of Betterthancheddar is a newcomer to H3R for trainer Pierre Ouellette and ships to H3R off an impressive 1:59.1 triumph at Grand River Raceway in a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots. Also contenders in the race are Audi Bayama (post 4), Moneymakehersmile (post 5) and Fancy Girl (post 6). The colts compete in two divisions, the first being the third race where YS Sunshine and driver Stephane Gendron are the early favorite from post five. The son of Sunshine Beach won his opening round division with ease in 2:01.1 and has been race timed at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:55.2. His main competition will come from Guinness Panic (post 6), Blackjack Soleil (post 4) and Sunshine Lou (post 2). Unbeaten D Gs De Vito is featured in the seventh race second division from post two for driver Jonathan Lachance. This son of Sportstwriter won his first pari-mutuel start in 2:01.1 and also won an opening round division of the Future Stars Series. "I think he seems to be a little 'fighter'," Said Lachance, "but it is early in his career and he still has a lot to learn about racing." Competition for D Gs De Vito in the race are Sport Emilio BG (post 3), Riot (post 5) and Angelo Benjo (post 6). The eighth race third filly division features Better Now from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. This son of Betterthancheddar is a newcomer to H3R for trainer Pierre Ouellette and ships to H3R off an impressive 1:59.1 triumph at Grand River Raceway in a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots. Also contenders in the race are Audi Bayama (post 4), Moneymakehersmile (post 5) and Fancy Girl (post 6). Post time is 6:30 pm and for a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

D J Power, who was one of the two harness racing horses to pace in 1:57.1 last time at St-Joseph-de-Lepage in Quebec, raced for the all-age track record, won the first of a two-heat race Sunday in 1:59.   He was scratched from the second heat, so the 10-year-old Washington Hanover, second to D J Power in the first heat, took advantage and won the second heat for driver Pascal Berube in 1:56.4, which is the new all-age track record. Also SOS Mach Xtreme won in 1:58.1. Those were the only sub-2:00 miles of the days races.   Brussebeach, the other horse who went into the day co-holding the 1:57.1 track record, won again Saturday, but he was in a series final at 1 1/2 miles: he won in 3:05.3, far off their track record of 3:01, but he did come his last three quarters in 1:29.1.   At Bedford QUE, probably the fastest of the regional circuit in Quebec, there were no records, although there were five miles under 2:00, including a 1:54.3 by Allstar Seelster.   by Jerry Connors

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Kinnder Jackson with driver Justin Filion, moved first-over against Stock and blew right by them on the final turn in capturing the $10,000 second round of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The eighth race co-feature for three-year-old harness racing pacing colts saw the overwhelming race favorite, 1/5 Hudson Phil, go off-stride for driver Clarke Steacy at the start of the race. That opened the race right away as Big Mach and driver Guy Gagnon shot out to the early lead, but it was last year's champion, Stock, who pressed to the front for driver Stephane Brosseau and led the field at the opening quarter mile in :28. They raced that way past the half in :57.4, but at the three-quarters in 1:27.1, driver Justin Filion was sitting third with Kinnder Jackson and moved him to the outside and the son of Allamerican Native and grabbed control of the lead by the top of the stretch. From that point on, Kinnder Jackson was not going to be caught, drawing off to win by six and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Stock was second with Power Fog (Pierre Luc Roy) third. Kinnder Jackson paid $21.90 to win. Bred, owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, it was the second straight win for Kinnder Jackson and his sixth win in seven starts this year. He is now tied with Requested as the two winningest horses at H3R this year with six wins each. In the second race, the first of the two Breeders Cup divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies, Katniss S BG ($3.00) and driver Pascal Berube make it two straight wins in the series. The daughter of Mach Three, bred and owned by Sylvain Descheneaux and Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy and trained by Richard Moreau saw Lit De Rose and driver Pierre Luc Roy shoot to the early lead by the opening quarter in :27.2. Berube then moved Katniss S BG first-over and with a major burst of speed, took the lead away from Lit De Rose before the half mile in :57.4. From there Berube held the field at bay, leading at the three-quarters in 1:26.4 before opening up to win by five and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Lit De Rose was second with D Gs Shadowbell (Jonathan Lachance) third. The fifth race second filly division saw Butterfly BG ($3.90) and driver Guy Gagnon go wire-to-wire by one length in 1:59.3 over the pocket-sitting Sharks Summrshandy (Pascal Berube) with Perfect Glory (Sylvain Lacaille) a game third after racing first-over in the backstretch. It was the second straight win and third on the season for Butterfly BG. The Sportswriter filly is trained by Gagnon, bred and owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. The Invitational-Handicap Pace in the third race saw the return to H3R of three-time Quebec Champion, Atomic Million AM, and he came home not to lose. Atomic Million AM ($2.50) and driver Guy Gagnon came after Chaleurs Ad (Kevin Maguire) and took command at the quarter mile in :26.2. From there it was all Atomic Million Am. Gagnon kept his steed in control passing the three-quarters in 1:24.4 and then drew off in the stretch for the race fans, winning by four open lengths in 1:53.4. Solid Performance (Pascal Berube) was second with Windsun Cheyenne (Marie Auger) third. It was the third win this year for Atomic Million AM, a seven-year-old gelding by Million Dollar Cam, who now has career earnings of more than $278,000 for breeder, owner and trainer, Alain Martin. Driver Pascal Berube took 9-1 Montana Ben three-wide in the backstretch the final time and looped the field, taking the lead away from Clever Thing (Tyler Jones), then scoring a five and one-half length romp in the two-mile at H3R. The time of the race was 4:06, nearly four seconds slower than the world and track record at H3R. For Montana Ben, the six-year-old gelding by Western Terror posted his first win in 19 starts this year for trainer Marc Andre Simmoneau and paid $21.80 to win. He is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. Brusslebeach (Maxim Gaudreault) was second with Clever Thing third. Track Notes: This was the last live race program at H3R for the next two weeks due to the Grand Prix car racing that takes over most of the town of Trois-Rivieres. The next live program will be a special one on Thursday, August 9, when H3R hosts the $120,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers. There will be four Championship races, each going for a purse of $30,000. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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

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

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

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