Hall Bro continued his domination of the $400,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-olds, posting his third straight victory in the series Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R. The gelded son of Blissful Hall is the only horse left in the series that could make it a clean sweep of all four preliminary rounds and then the $65,000 finals on Sunday, September 7. He has just one more elimination round to win and then the final. Starting from the rail in the seventh race second division for pacing colts and geldings, driver Stephane Brosseau was content to leave at the start of the race and get a two-hole trip behind pacesetter My Lucky Bluejeans (Denis St Pierre). Hall Bro followed My Lucky Bluejeans through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.2 before coming on the attack, collaring My Lucky Bluejeans in late stretch and blowing by him for a one and one-quarter length triumph in 1:56. My Lucky Bluejeans held for second place with Bali (Marie Auger) third. It was the fifth win in ten starts this year for Hall Bro. He is trained by Antonio Valente for owner/breeder Fernard Broduer of Laval, QC and paid a generous $3.40 to win as the betting favorite. The first race, first division for colt pacers saw Jefferson Tare (Pascal Berube) return to his winning ways after two straight photo finish losses to Hall Bro. Jefferson Tare ($3.00) led from start to finish for his seventh win in ten starts this year in 1:57.1. The pocket-sitting D Gs Machbeach (Denis St Pierre) was second with Bad Magic (Mario Charron) third. The closest finish in the series took place in the 6th race division for trotting colts for a purse of $8,250 with nine starters in the field. Monster Mass, who raced along the rail in fifth place nearly the entire mile, was able to weave his way through the field at the top of the stretch for driver Claude Larose and post a head triumph in 2:03.3 at odds of 11-1. Helping the situation was that four of the nine starters made breaks, enabling Larose and Monster Mass access to mount their attack in defeating Jardinier (Marie Auger) in the photo. Pacetter Somoli E (Jerome Lombart) was third. It was the fourth win on the year for the son of Muscle Mass and his first victory in the series. He paid $24.10 to win. Another long shot prevailed in the second race first $7,500 division for three-year-old pacing fillies as Thrill Chaser, who was saddled with having to start from the far outside in post position eight, made a superb three-wide move in the backstretch for driver Marie Auger, collared race leader Canaco Xenia (Sylvain Lacalle) at the top of the stretch and then blew the field away in the stretch to win by four and one-half lengths. Sent off at odds of 13-1, Thrill Chaser certainly lived up to her name, paying $28.80 to win and scoring a lifetime mark of 1:59.4 for Auger, who also owns and trains the daughter of Rambaran. Delirium (Stephane Gendron) was second with C L Infinite (David Pilon) finished third. The ninth race second filly division saw an oddity of sorts as the race favorite and pacesetter Champagne Shower (Denis St Pierre) took the field to the opening quarter mile in :28, they then cut perfect :30 seconds fractions the rest of the one mile race of :58 and 1:28 to finish the mile in 1:58 and winning in a romp by eight open lengths. Raiponce (Marie Auger) sat the pocket trip to be second with Tango Bayama (Rheo Filion) third. It was the third win this year for the daughter of Santana Blue Chip, who is trained by Helene Fillion for owner/breeder Sotirious Anastaopoulos of QC. Champagne Shower paid $2.80 to win. The third race filly trot division saw Lucyll Bro ($5.60) and driver Stephane Gendron lead from start to finish by four open lengths in 2:07.1. Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) sat the two-hole trip and finished second with Victoria D Morgan (Marie Auger) third. It was the maiden victory for Lucyll Bro, a daughter of Federal Fleet. She is trained and owned by Marc Lemay of Quebec, QC. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information contact www.quebecjockeyclub.com. ' From the Quebec Jockey Club
With ideal weather and stakes competition, there were plenty of fast mile and hotly competitive racing at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon for the second preliminary round of the $400,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers and trotters. The series features four preliminary rounds of competition, each division going for a purse of $7,500 with the top eight point earners returning on Sunday, September 7 for the $65,000 finals in each of the four divisions for colts and fillies. The colts were the main stars on Sunday with the fastest mile of the day coming in the second race, the first division for three-year-old pacers. That’s when Atomic Million Am and driver Sylvain Lacalle, after enjoying a two-hole trip behind pacesetter My Lucky Bluejeans through quarters of :27, :55 and 1:23.2, popped the pocket at the three-quarters and went on to win by one length in 1:53.1. Bali (Marie Claude Auger) was second with My Lucky Bluejeans (Denis St Pierre) third. It was the third straight win and eighth victory in ten starts for Atomic Million AM. The gelded son of Million Dollar Cam, trained, owned and bred by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC, just missed tying the track record for colt pacers by two fifths of a second. It was a case of switching tactics with the same results in the fourth race second colt pacer division. This week it was Jefferson Tare and driver Pascal Berube who cut the mile with Hall Bro (Stephan Brosseau) taking the two-hole trip through the first quarter in :27.1, the half in :56.4 and that was when Brosseau took Hall Bro first over to press the pace to the three-quarters in 1:25.4. DJ Power (Stephane Gendron had come first-over and then ducked into the two-hole spot. As they started down the stretch, Jefferson Tare dug in and was able to hold off DJ Power but could not keep Hall Bro from scoring a head triumph in 1:54.3. It was the second straight win and fourth victory this year for Hall Bro. The gelded son of Blissful Hall is trained by Antonio Valente for breeder/owner Fernand Brodeur of Laval, QC. He paid $7.40 to win despite being the betting favorite last week. In the lone three-year-old trotting filly division, Viva Bayama and driver/trainer Yves Filion made it two straight in the series with an impressive 2:04 victory. The daughter of Muscle Mass, bred and owned by the Filion’s Bayama Farms Inc. of Quebec, moved to the lead after the opening quarter mile and held off a game first-over Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) to win by one length. The pocket-sitting Lucyll Bro was third. It was the second win in four starts for Viva Bayama and a lifetime mark. She paid $2.90 to win. The trotting colts were featured in two divisions with Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron having little trouble leading from start to finish in 2:02 to win by one length over the pocket-sitting Andovers Touch (Stephane Brosseau) with SOS Gasland (Pascal Berube) third. It was the fourth win in six starts this year for Maximuscle, a son of Angus Hall who is trained by Eric Valiquette for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. He paid $3.00 to win. The second division for colt trotters saw Bouffon P V and driver/trainer Yves St Jacques shoot out to the early lead and sting the 3/5 race favorite, Somoli E and owner/driver Jerome Lombart to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Once on top, Somoli E was then challenged first-over by Monster Mass (Claude Larose, but Somoli E was up to the task and by the finish wire he won by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.1. Monster Mass was second with Horatio Drummond (Richard Velleux) third. Sired by Mr Lavec, it was the second straight win and fourth of the season of Somoli E, who paid $3.30 to win. There were three divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. The first division saw Champagne Shower and driver Denis St Pierre lead from gate to wire with ease in 1:57.3 by three and one-half lengths over Raiponce (Marie Claude Auger) and Astro Maggs (Denis Audet). It was the daughter of Santana Blue Chip’s second win this year for trainer Helen Filion. She paid $3.20 to win for owner Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese, QC. The second division saw My American Tallia and driver Stephane Gendron take the lead away from Night Fall (Sylvain Lacalle) at the opening quarter mile and then lead the rest of the mile race, drawing away in the stretch to win by three and one-half lengths in 1:58.2. Night Fall was second with Bemmol Kalie (Melanie Plourde) third. Delirium and driver Stephane Gendron posted the fastest of the filly divisions in the ninth race, scoring by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.1 over Tango Bayama (Rheo Filion) with pacesetter Canaco Xenia (Sylvain Lacalle) third. Delirium benefited from a two-hole trip behind Canaco Xenia until the three-quarters when they came first-over, collared the leader on the final turn and then pulled away in the stretch. It was the second win this year for the daughter of Artistic Fella. Delirium paid just $2.20 to win as the overwhelming 1/5 betting favorite. She is owned and was bred by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening as the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
There was certainly no lack of excitement at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday for the start of the $400,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers. The action was fast and furious despite earlier rains that labeled the track in “good” condition. The series features four weeks of preliminary rounds for both colts and fillies in each class and then on Sunday, August 7 will be the $65,000 finals for each of the four divisions. The fastest action took place in both $7,500 opening round divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings as Jefferson Tare saw his six-race winning streak come to a close at the hands of Hall Bro. After leaving and grabbing the early lead by the opening quarter mile in :27.4 despite the “off track” conditions, Jefferson Tare and driver Pascal Berube took command, but it was short lived as Stephane Brosseau came right back with the 4/5 race favorite Hall Bro. Those two held the field at bay as they sped past the half mile marker in :58.2. That was when Eveil Dun Champion (Mario Charron) came first-over to challenge to no avail. Then after the three-quarters in 1:28.4, Berube came back out with Jefferson Tare and in the stretch tried his best but could not collar Hall Bro until after the wire in 1:58, losing by a slim neck. Bad Magic (David Pilon) was third. It was the third win this year for Hall Bro, a gelded son of Blissful Hall, who is trained by Antonio Valente and was bred and is owned by Ferme Brodeur. Hall Bro paid $3.80 to win. The first division was the fastest mile of the day as Atomic Million AM and driver Sylvain Lacalle, despite making a break at the start of the race, came back to take command after the opening quarter mile and wired the field winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:57.1. No one was really able to challenge Atomic Million Am as My Lucky Bluejeans (Denis St Pierre) was second with Bali (Marie Claude Auger) third. Sired by Million Dollar Cam, it was the seventh win in nine starts this year for Hall Bro, who was bred and is owned and trained by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC. He paid $2.40 to win. In the first division for trotting colts and geldings, Maximuscle saw his three-race winning streak come to a close as he could only manage a third place finish. The race was won by Somoli E and owner/driver Jerome Lombart and they led from start to finish and barely held off a super game first-over effort by Andovers Touch (Stephane Brosseau) to win by a nose in 2:02.4. It was the third win this year and a lifetime mark for Somoli E, a son of Mr Lavec, who is trained by Andrea Lapierre. He went off at odds of 8-1 and paid $19.40 to win. The second division for trotting colts saw Monster Mass and driver Claude Larose lead from the start and score in a romp by five and one-quarter lengths in 2:05.1 over Jardinier (Marie Claude Auger) and De Pres Mirabel (Rosare Renald). The gelded son of Muscle Mass posted his third win this year for trainer Justin Blais, who is also the owner and co-breeder. He paid $4.30 to win. The highest payoff of the series preliminary rounds Sunday was set in the second division for pacing fillies as Ladylyonne and Stephane Brosseau came from third over at the top of the stretch to win by a neck in 2:00.4 over My American Tallia (Stephane Gendron) with Thrill Chaser (Marie Claude Auger) third. Sent off at odds of 24-1, Ladylyonne paid $51.70 to win in posting her maiden victory after 11 lifetime starts for trainer Dominc Gladu and co-owners Zephirin Lyonnais and Andre Grosso. The first division saw C L Infinite and trainer/driver David Pilon close from fifth place at the top of the stretch and draw off to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.4. Pacesetter Night Fall (Stephane Gendron) was second with Tango Bayama (Rheo Filion) third. It was the first win in five starts on the year for the daughter of Artistic Fella who was bred and is owned by Ecuries Leblanc, Inc. She paid $7.70 to win. There was only one division of three-year-old trotting fillies with ten starters. Half of the field made breaks and after weaving her way around those horses, having started from post ten in the second tier, Viva Bayama blew away the entire field. Trained and driven by Yves Filion, once he had clearance in the backstretch the second time, they sprinted to the outside, looped the field and then drew off to win by ten and one-quarter lengths in 2:04.3. SOS Striking Monte (Francine Morrissette) was second with Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) third. It was the maiden victory in five lifetime starts for Viva Bayama, a daughter of Muscle Mass, who is owned and bred by the Filion’s Bayama Farms, Inc. She paid $3.20 to win. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R, first race post time is 7:00 pm. For more information visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
What would it take to defeat Decret Justiciale at the Hippodrome 3R? The top trotter this season already had won five of his six starts going into Tuesdays feature race, so what would be needed to defeat this formidable foe? How about tying the all age track record for trotters? That’s what it took and that is what Michelangelo and driver Denis St Pierre did Tuesday at the Hippodrome 3R. The third race $6,000 featured trot saw Michelangelo and Pierre shoot right to the early lead and forcing Out Of The Hat (Stephane Pouliot) to take a back seat in the two-hole as they went by the opening quarter mile in :27. Michelangelo was on top and no challengers as they sped by the half mile marker in :57 seconds. It was then that Whitewater Rapids (Guy Gagnon) started a slow march up to challenge first-over and by the three-quarters in 1:26.3 they had still not gained any real ground on race leader Michelangelo. Even the race favorite Decret Justiciale and driver/trainer Denis Filion, after a quick three-wide move in the backstretch, was in good striking distance second-over, but with a two length lead starting down the stretch, no one was going to catch Michelangelo. He went on to win by an easy four lengths. Out Of The Hat was able to hold on for second with Whitewater Rapids third and Decret Justiciale fourth. Owned and trained by Chelsea Knapp of Brookville, ON, it was the ninth win this year for Michelangelo, a five-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall. His time of 1:56 now ties him with Pablo Angus, who first set the record back in 2008. Michelangelo paid $6.80 to win. Jefferson Tare continued his winning ways with the longest consecutive win streak at Hippodrome 3R this season, winning the fifth race pace for his sixth straight win. The three-old-old gelded son of Jereme’s Jet has been nearly unbeatable and on Tuesday he faced his toughest challenge yet from the pocket-sitting Gastineau and driver Marie Claude Auger. Driver Pascal Berube left from post two with Jefferson Tare as Gastineau was content to take the two-hole trip behind them. Through fractions of :27.1, :57 and 1:27.2 they raced the same way as no one else in the field could keep up or offer a challenge. Coming down the stretch was when Auger came out with Gastineau and sent his horse after Jefferson Tare but Berube got after his colt and despite a valiant effort by Gastineau, Jefferson Tare dug in late and held them off to win by a half-length in 1:57. Shanghai Ben (Peirre Luc Roy) was third by nine and one-quarter lengths. Now 6 for 7 this season, it was a lifetime mark for Jefferson Tare, who is trained by Pierre Leclerc, who co-owns the colt with wife Gina. Jefferson Tare paid $2.30 to win. Live racing resumes at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Although the charted lines may show that he won by four and one-half lengths, it was certainly no easy task for Histoire Eternelle to post his fourth straight win at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday afternoon. The five-year-old gelded son of Shanghai Phil and driver Marie Claude Auger had to do it the hard way, getting parked on the outside the entire one mile race, but they not only got the job done, but did it in impressive fashion. Usually racing on the lead early on, Auger left from post seven in the eighth race feature but there was already two horses on the lead in the front of him. Jolts Prayer and driver Pascal Berube went to the early lead but then gave way to Walbert and driver Stephne Brosseau. And it seemed that Brosseau and Walbert, did not want anyone else to pass them by, not even Histoire Eternelle. Past the opening quarter in :27.3, Histoire Eternelle was stuck on the outside. Then past the half mile marker in :57 and still Walbert was on the lead and Histoire Eternelle was parked first-over on the outside and that same at the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Then the time to play games was over and on the final turn Auger and Histoire Eternelle were able to clear to the lead and then they opened up on the field to win going away in 1:56.1. Cevina De Chakrika (Melane Plourde) was second and Walbert held for third place. It was the fifth win in nine starts for Histoire Eternelle who is trained by Eric Valiquette and is owned and bred by Guy Corbel of Maribel, QC. He paid $2.40 to win. It was the second straight training win for Eric Valiquette, who in the prior seventh race, saw his Maxmuscle post his third straight win, leading from start to finish in 2:00. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Thrill Chaser most certainly lived up to her name Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R as the ably named filly gave harness racing fans a real thrill with her dramatic finish in the ninth race $3,600 pace. Racing over a sloppy, rain-soaked track, the action started off with R L Play Boy (Mario Charron) going to the early lead with World News (Pascal Berube) leaving from post seven and getting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :30.1. Then it was time for the 8/5 race favorite, Iron Phil, and driver Louis Philippe Roy coming first-over and taking command by the half mile maker in 1:02. It was then that owner/trainer/driver Marie Claude Auger started up first-over with Thrill Chaser, who was one of only three females racing against six male rivals. As they raced down the backstretch, Auger rated Thrill Chaser and she worked her way up to the race leaders by the three-quarters in 1:34.3. On the final turn, Thrill Chaser kept grinding it out on the outside against Iron Phil and collared him as they started down the stretch. Then the two horses, despite the inclement weather, locked horns, going neck and neck to the finish with Thrill Chaser winning by a head in 2:04 over Iron Phil with R L Play Boy, who had snuck up the passing lane, a close third. It was the first win in four starts this year for Thrill Chaser. The daughter of Rambaran is co-owned by Auger with Gaston Bibeau of Quebec and paid $7.40 to win. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
It took the very last harness race of the competition for Guy Gagnon to nip Sylvain Lacaille by one point, 68 to 67, to win the Quebec Eastern Regional Driving Championship Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R. Sylvain Lacaille actually had the lead going into the nine race, the last of eight championship division, 57-53 over Gagnon but it took a Hockey Bum to bring victory to Gagnon. Hockey Bum, the race horse that is. Guy Gagnon’s last drive in the competition was aboard Hockey Bum from the rail and the betting favorite and Gagnon were perfect together. They left from the rail, gave perfect two-hole cover to Lacaille and Fire Luck, but in the end it was Gagnon that had the luck as they wired the field by a half length in 1:58. Lacaille was second. But as the competition goes, both drivers, the top two point earnings in the championship, now move on to the finals that will be held on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park on PEI. The series started off with Pascal Berube winning the first division with Androvers Touch ($3.60) in 2:01.3. Then Gagnon got into the hunt with his first win aboard Tommy Abe ($11.20) in a lifetime best of 2:01.2 in the second division. Gagnon then looked like the early runaway winner in the competition as he won again in the third division, guiding Sophies Duke ($3.20) to a lifetime mark of 1:56. Then it was Lacaille coming back in the fourth division, winning with Force Of Fire ($23.70) in 1:59. The fifth division was won by Lil Orphan Cam ($8.40) and driver Stephane Gendron as Lacaille was second drew a little closer in the point standings to Gagnon. Then the tote board nearly exploded in the sixth division as Sylvain Lacaille not only won the race with Show Business in 1:58.3 to narrow the gap against Guy Gagnon, but they were not only the longest shot on the tote board in the race, but the highest payoff of the season at Hippodrome 3R, going off at odds of 97-1. Show Business paid a whopping $197.30 to win in her first victory of the season in four starts. She was in the middle of the pack coming for home but with most of the horse fanning out for the drive home, Lacaille moving right up the passing lane for the upset score. Then in the seventh division Guy Gagnon finished out of the money but Sylvain Lacaille did not and he took the lead in the series 57 to 53. Denis St. Pierre won the race with SOS Grappa ($7.60) in 1:56.4. So it then came down to the final race and try as much a Lacaille did, they could not catch Guy Gagnon by the finish. “I am very happy to represent my region at the National Championships,” said Guy Gagnon, “but I would like to thank all the owners of horses that have allowed us to participate in this event. We always have fun in any driver’s tournament.” “Even though I finished second by a "nose",” said Sylvain Lacaille, “It is a great reward for me to go to Charlottetown. My early season was difficult, but here's a nice compensation.” The overall winner of the Canadian Championship at Red Shores will then represent Canada in the World Driving Championship in Australia in 2015. But the racing action was far from over after the competition was finished as in the last race on the program, a track record was set. Starting from post five in the $6,000 feature trot, Margarita Bi, the only mare in the field against seven male rivals, and driver Denis St Pierre went right to the lead and never looked back. They cut fractions of :29, :58 and 1:27.3 before winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:57.2. That time shattered the 2012 record of 1:59.1 that was held by Oh Sweet Baby. It was the fourth win this year for Margarita Bi, a five-year-old mare by Andover Hall, who is trained by Tiffanee Staley and is owned by Denis St Pierre. She paid $14.40 to win. From the Quebec Jockey Club
The action will be fast and furious on Tuesday night at the Hippodrome 3R as the track hosts the Quebec Eastern Regional Driving Championship. The competition will feature eight championship races starting in race two through race nine. The top two finishers, based on points, will go on to compete in the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Featured in the competition are Pascal Berube, Gord Brown, Mario Charron, Guy Gagnon, Jocelyn Gendron, Stephane Gendron, Sylvain Lacaille and Denis St Pierre. If you follow just the morning line odds then it will be a four-way battle for the two spots as Pascal Berube, Sylvain Lacaille, Mario Charron and Guy Gagnon, are all major contenders. But, driving championships such as this are usually wide-open events and the driver you may least expect to do well can rise to the occasion and surprise everyone in the competition with a big night of racing. The Regional Driving Championships and the National Driving Championship will adapt the point system utilized in the World Driving Championship. Points will be awarded on the order of finish as follows: SCORING Number of Starters 8: 15 (1), 10 (2), 7 (3), 5 (4), 4 (5), 3 (6), 2 (7), 1 (8). Number of Starters 7: 14 (1), 9 (2), 6 (3), 4 (4), 3 (5), 2 (6), 1 (7). • In the event of a horse being scratched or where no horse is available, five (5) points shall be awarded to the driver concerned. If a horse is disqualified or a horse and driver fail to complete the race, they will receive one (1) point. • In the event of a scratch, the driving rep drawn to a horse shall drive the ‘also eligible’ horse. • In the event of a dead heat for any placing in any race the points for the horses involved will be added together and divided equally among the drivers concerned (If there’s a dead heat for third between two horses, the points for third and fourth place will be added and divided among the drivers) The live race program begins at 7:00 pm. For more information about Hippodrome 3R and the Quebec Jockey Club, visit their website at www.ontariojockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
For the third time this harness racing season the track record for pacers at one and one-sixteenth mile at the Hippodrome 3R has been tied and rewritten and once again it is a different horse setting the mark. There has now been five track records either tied or set this season after just 11 race programs at Hippodrome 3R. Their half mile oval has been razor fast this meet. Not only did San’s Frontiere and driver Marie Claude Auger set the record in the ninth race, but they also ended the five-race winning streak of former track record holder The Platinum Guy in the process. The Platinum Guy had started off the season at Hippodrome 3R, setting the track mark at 2:04.4 back on May 20 for driver Stephen Gendron. The record was then tied last week by Adkins Hanover and has now been rewritten by one-fifth of a second by San’s Frontiere in 2:04.3. It was Pan Larceny and driver Pierre Luc Roy who were first on the lead but pressured right away on the outside by Thebestofme and driver Mario Charron as they sped to the opening quarter mile in a quick :27.4. Once settled on the lead, Thebestofme led the field past the half mile marker in :58.4 before Niceandup (Steeven Genios) started up first-over and gave outside cover to San’s Frontiere. They raced that way through the three-quarters in 1:28. Then Auger sent San’s Frontiere to the lead by the top of the stretch with race favorite The Platinum Guy and driver Denis St Pierre hot on their heels but they could not catch San’s Frontiere as they went on to win by one length. Thebestofme was third. It was just the second start this year and first win for San’s Frontiere. The seven-year-old mare by House of Fun is trained by Emile Auger and was bred and is owned by local resident Denis Auger of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. She paid $7.70 to win. The two-year-old pari-mutuel race of the year took place Sunday in the first race with five trotters going to post. William Star, a colt by Windsong Espoir, led at the start for owner/trainer/driver Jean Francois Magure through the opening quarter in :32.1 and the half in 1:05.2. Then the pocket-sitting Flexible and owner/trainer/driver Sylvain Fontaine pulled the pocket and took the lead on the outside before the three-quarters in 1:37. They led until the top of the stretch when Magure came back with William Star and fought off the late charge of Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) to win by a neck in 2:08. William Star paid $10.80 to win. Live racing resumes at Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday and featured will be one of the most exciting race cards of the season with the Eastern Ontario Regional Driving Championships. In the competition are leading reinsman Pascal Berube, Gord Brown, Mario Charron, Guy Gagnon, Jocelyn Gendron, Stephane Gendron, Sylvain Lacaille and Denis St Pierre. They will compete in eight races on the program and the top two finishers, based on points, will go on to compete in the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. For more information about the Hippodrome 3R visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
The draw for the Quebec / Eastern Ontario Regional Driving Championship scheduled for Tuesday, June 17 at Hippodrome 3R is now complete. Post time for Tuesday’s card of racing is 7:00 p.m. The participating drivers are: • Pascal Berube • Gord Brown • Mario Charron • Guy Gagnon • Jocelyn Gendron • Stephane Gendron • Sylvain Lacaille • Denis St. Pierre The RDC races are races 2 through 9. To view Tuesday’s entries, click on one of the following links: Hippodrome 3R – Tuesday Entries – Tuesday program pages. The top two finishers, based on points, will go on to compete in the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. The I Love Canadian Harness Racing will be offering an online Pick 8 Handicapping Challenge on the QEO Regional and it will open on Sunday. We’ll also have three astute handicappers give you their thoughts on how each driver will do. The Regional Driving Championships and the National Driving Championship will adapt the point system utilized in the World Driving Championship. Points will be awarded on the order of finish as follows: SCORING Number of Starters 8: 15 (1), 10 (2), 7 (3), 5 (4), 4 (5), 3 (6), 2 (7), 1 (8). Number of Starters 7: 14 (1), 9 (2), 6 (3), 4 (4), 3 (5), 2 (6), 1 (7). • In the event of a horse being scratched or where no horse is available, five (5) points shall be awarded to the driver concerned. If a horse is disqualified or a horse and driver fail to complete the race, they will receive one (1) point. • In the event of a scratch, the driving rep drawn to a horse shall drive the ‘also eligible’ horse. • In the event of a dead heat for any placing in any race the points for the horses involved will be added together and divided equally among the drivers concerned (eg. If there’s a dead heat for third between two horses, the points for third and fourth place will be added and divided among the drivers) From Quebec Jockey Club and Standardbred Canada
A seven-year-old track record was erased Tuesday at Hippodrome 3R when Whitewater Rapids romped to an easy victory in a $5,200 conditioned event for trotters. Whitewater Rapids got away sixth and watched Easy Virtue and Prairie Big John take turns on the lead through fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:27.3 before rushing to the front and drawing clear to win by 6-3/4 lengths in 1:57.1 for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon. Ghirardelli Lindy was a distant second, with Beer Maggs rounding out the top three. The former mark of 1:58.3 for older trotting horses was set by Jason Will on September 5, 2006. Ecuries Guy Gagnon owns the six-year-old son of Credit Winner-Rapid Rail, who improved this year’s record to 4-5-0 from just 15 trips to the track. The 11-time winner lifted his lifetime earnings to $240,493 with the win. It was no easy task but Jefferson Tare and harness racing driver Pascal Berube made it four straight wins at Hippodrome 3R Tuesday in the colt’s toughest mile ever of his young career. The second race pace was correct in making Jefferson Tare the race favorite, but not the way he did it. Virginonthebeach and driver Guy Gagnon left out of the starting gate and right to the front with D G’s Justlikethat (Stephane Brosseau) in second with Jefferson Tare in fourth place as they raced to the opening quarter in :28.1. Then Berube came out with Jefferson Tare but they were unable to get to the front by the half mile marker in :58.2. Berube tried again with Jefferson Tare going to the three-quarters, but Virginonthebeach and Gagnon would have nothing to do with that. Even with a half length lead by the three-quarters in 1:27.1, Jefferson Tare was only a half length in front and still parked out. By the top of the stretch, Virginonthebeach could not stop Jefferson Tare, who took a one length lead and then had to face a new challenge from the pocket-setting D G’s Justlikethat. They came after the duo, but it was too little too late as Jefferson Tare dug in and pulled away for a one and three-quarter length triumph in 1:57.2. D G’s Justlikethat was second and Virginonthebeach held for third place. Trained and co-owned by Pierre Leclerc with Gina Bragagnolo of Louiseville, QC, it was the fourth win in five career starts for the Jefferson Tare, a three-year-old gelded son of Jereme’s Jet. His time of 1:57.2 was a two second improvement off his winning time last week. He paid a generous $3.40 to win. Jefferson Tare is now tied with Discret Justiciale as the only horses at Hippodrome 3R with four straight wins. Live racing resumes on Sunday at Hippodrome 3R at 1:00 pm. For more information go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
On Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R Jefferson Tare will seek to become only the second horse this season to have scored four straight wins during the meet. Only Decret Justiciale has accomplished that feat so far, scoring his fourth straight victory on Sunday at 3R, making a clean sweep of the Quebec-bred Series for older horses with an impressive 1:58.2 win in the $35,000 finale. Jefferson Tare never raced at age 2 and now the three-year-old gelded son of Jereme’s Jet is making up for lost time for trainer and co-owner Pierre Leclerc of Louiseville, QC. Starting from post two in the second race pace on Tuesday, Jefferson Tare will be driven by Pascal Berube and they are the 5/2 morning line favorite. In all three of his victories so far this year, Jefferson Tare has led from start to finish and last week scored a lifetime best 1:59.2 triumph. His main competition will come from Super Deuce AM, who starts alongside Jefferson Tare in post position one. Super Deuce AM was second last week against Jefferson Tare. Other contenders include Virginonthebeach (post 4) and D G’s Justlikethat (post 5) who both have lost in recent weeks to Jefferson Tare. This past Sunday the Hippodrome 3R’s race oval was in prime shape as was the competition. In two of the $35,000 finals of the Quebec-bred Series, the track record for Older Trotting and Pacing Mares were each missed by two fifth of a second. The track record for the extra distance race at one and one-sixteenth mile was tied by the pacer Adkins Hanover ($4.50) in 2:04.4 on Sunday. Driven by Mario Charron, Adkins Hanover had led from start to finish and won by one length. The track record is now co-held with The Platinum Guy, set earlier this season on May 20. For more information about the Hippodrome 3R visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. Live racing is every Sunday at 1:00 pm and Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 28, 2014 - Usually at a harness racing meet there are some of the top barns that compete at a race meet and they have more horses of good quality and thus send out sometimes two and three winners on a race program. Not at the Hippodrome 3R this season. On Tuesday night there were ten races that took place and a different trainer won each race, no training doubles or triples for anyone. It has been very competitive racing this meet with a strong mix of horses from the province and throughout the country. On Tuesday's program, Jefferson Tare came through for betting fans in the second race pace with a 2:01 triumph. The son of Jereme's Jet is trained and owned by Pierre Leclerc of Louiseville, QC and was driven by Pascal Berube. They were parked out to the opening quarter mile by Super Deuce AM and driver Sylvain Lacaille in a speedy :28.3. Once cleared to the lead, Jefferson Tare led to the half mile in 1:00.1 with Inbox Hanover (Marc Belanger) coming first-over and D G's Justlikethat (Stephane Brosseau) following the outside flow to the three-quarters in 1:30.4. But Jefferson Tare proved to be too tough on the front end and went on to win by a half length. Super Deuce AM held for second with D G's Justlikethat finishing third. Jefferson Tare paid $3.60 to win as the betting favorite. In the 10th and final race of the evening, Dancer's Cam, a 22-1 long shot, scored an upset win and paid $46.10 to win. That helped the evening total rise on average win payoff price this season from $12.48 after 51 races to $12.79 after 61 races, which is one of the highest averages in North America. from the Quebec Jockey Club
With five race cards under their belts totaling 51 races, Hippodrome 3R is still boasting some of the highest win payoff average in North America harness racing. Currently the average price for a winning horse is $12.48 at Hippodrome 3R. Last year for their entire meet the average win price was a generous $10.65. “We are very pleased with our win payoff average,” said Vincent Trudel, General Manager of the Quebec Jockey Club. “If you can select the winner of the race and on average get a return of $12.48 for a $2 wager, I would think people would really like that. It is currently higher that our meet average last season. “We are working hard at trying to have full fields for every race,” Trudel explained, “and when we can have as many as 11 horses in a race, the fans enjoy the challenge because they know if they can select the winner the payoffs will be very good. Our winning favorite percentage at 37.3% is not bad considering the average win price.” This Tuesday the Hippodrome 3R puts on the lights for their evening card which begins at 7:00 pm. Featured on the ten race program are a pair of three-year-old pacers, Jefferson Tare and D G’s Justlikethat, who are looking to get their careers underway. Both geldings are the favorites in the second race pace. Jefferson Tare is saddled with starting from the far outside in post eight for driver Pascal Berube. This son of Jereme’s Jet never raced as age two but last week in just his second lifetime start, he led from start to finish owner/trainer Pierre LeClerc in 1:59.3 despite being pressured first-over the entire mile. D G’s Justlikethat may be seeking a little revenge against Jereme’s Jet, as last week he was in the same race and had the golden pocket two-hole trip behind Jefferson Tare but came up one length short of victory. Sired by Major In Art, trained by Daniel Martin for owners Gylaine Fortin, Gestion Mairo Audit, Inc., Michel Demphousse and Daniel Martin, D G’s Justlikethat has already one win in two starts this year, winning last week at Hippodrome 3R in 2:00.3. He will be driven from post seven by Stephane Brosseau. Other contenders in the field include Super Deuce AM, Inbox Hanover and Evasive Card Shark. From the Quebec Jockey Club
The field for the 2014 Quebec-Eastern Ontario Regional Driving Championship scheduled for Tuesday, June 17 at Hippodrome 3R in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, has been confirmed. The participating drivers are: • Pascal Berube • Gord Brown • Mario Charron • Guy Gagnon • Jocelyn Gendron • Stephane Gendron • Sylvain Lacaille • Denis St. Pierre The top two drivers from the eight-race competition will join six other drivers at the 2014 National Driving Championship scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. To read the rest of the story click here.
With just over one week before the end of 2011 Hippodrome de Quebec's harness racing season, a few drivers and trainers have distinguished themselves during the year and are still battling for the championship in their category.