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Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Mr Mach Jimmy did not disappoint any of his harness racing fans Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R as the two-year-old gelding scored his third straight victory in the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series. It was the third and final preliminary round of the series and now Mr Mach Jimmy will return next Sunday for his $65,000 divisional final and he will be the betting favorite, despite what post position he draws. Competing in one of three divisions Sunday, Mr Mach Jimmy started from the rail for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Dany Fontaine and led from start to finish, winning by three and one-half lengths in 1:59. Co-favorite, YS Artistic Fella (Stephane Brosseau) made a break right at the start of the race. That was the fastest of the three divisions Sunday. Sagawi (Francis Picard) was second after leaving hard to the lead early and then by the opening quarter mile, had the two-hold trip behind Mr Mach Jimmy. Shanghai Warrior (Clarke Steacy) was third. Owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, it was a lifetime mark for Mr Mach Jimmy, a son of Mach Three. He paid $4.00 to win. The second colt division saw 1/5 wagering favorite Pudong Phil and driver Clarke Steacy get a scare at the three-quarters before scoring an eight and three-quarter length romp in 1:59.2. Going right to the lead from post two, Pudong Phil had only Power Fun (Stephane Brosseau) sitting on his back and no pressure on the outside until after the half mile marker in a mild 1:01. It was then that Chummy Park and Denis St Pierre made it a race by coming first-over. Chummy Park kept grinding it out and by the three-quarters in 1:30.1, had collared pacesetter Pudong Phil and looked him right in the eye. But all Steacy had to do was lift the lines and Pudong Phil shot away from the field to win in a romp. EY Cowboy (Stephane Gendron) was second with HO Patriote (Louis Phillipe Roy) third. It was the maiden victory in three lifetime starts for Pudong Phil. The son of Sportswriter is trained by Mark Steacy for owner/breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable, Inc. of Hudson, QC. He paid $2.40 to win. The lone filly division saw a mild upset as the ¼ favorite, Miss Babe Delight (Mario Ballargeon), was nipped at the wire by Art De Gagnee (Mario Charron) by a nose in 2:00.2. It was all Miss Babe Delight leading most of the entire race with Art De Gagnee sitting on their back until the stretch drive where Charron sent Art De Gagnee into the passing lane and the daughter of Shadow Play used the live cover the entire mile to her advantage. HP Mercedes (Louis Phillipe Roy) was third. It was the second win in six starts for Art De Gagnee. She paid $11.60 to win for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner/breeder Guy Corbell of Mirabel, QC. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday, post time 7:00 pm. Next Sunday, September 6, will be the richest day of racing at 3R this year with the $500,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. Each of the eight divisional races will compete for a purse of $65,000. For more information, free race programs and live video/replays visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 29, 2015 - Trainer Dany Fontaine really likes his two-year-old harness racing pacer, Mr Mach Jimmy....and what's not to like? Since switching from the Ontario Sire Stakes to the Hippodrome 3R, Mr Mach Jimmy in undefeated in two starts, both in the Quebec-Bred Series. The son of Mach Three is the morning line favorite in Sunday's final preliminary round at 3R, starting from the rail in the first race for driver Pascal Berube. "I have had this colt since he was a yearling," Fontaine said. "He was a private purchase by Gaetan Bono from breeder Rejean Lassonde. When did Fontaine know he would have a good racehorse this season? "I first knew he would be good early in the spring," Fontaine said, "He showed me some early speed and had a good attitude and I knew he would be a racehorse. When I would turn him on the training track he was always business. How fast he would go I did not know back then. But towards the summer he was one of the best on the farm." Flashing some good last half's and quarters at Mohawk Raceway early on, Mr Mach Jimmy was facing stiff competition in the Ontario Sire Stakes. The best he could do was a third place finish, race timed in 1:55.4. "In both his first two qualifying races," Fontaine explained, "my horse came home in around :55 flat the last half, one last quarter in :26.3. I knew he was very good, but since he was eligible to the Quebec-Bred Series, I figured to bring him here and let him race, let him get brave and he has really come around. Who does Dany Fontaine see as the best this Sunday in the Quebec-Bred Series? "I don't think we will have a problem with anybody in the race," Fontaine said. "I think he is a little bit better than the other colts in the race. He is in the top three at least. We will see more from him this Sunday and then the following week in the final. "Last week his driver, Pascal Berube," Fontaine said, "came off the bike and told me all he had to do was ask him and he pulled away from the other colt." On Sunday Mr Mach Jimmy will face a tough challenge from both YS Artistic Fella and Sagawi. In his debut last week at the Hippodrome 3R, YS Artistic Fella was an easy winner, wiring the field in 1:59. He starts from post four for driver Stephane Brosseau. Sagawi, who starts from post six, was second last week to YS Artistic Fella and the prior week won in the opening round of the series in 2:00.3. He will be driven by Francis Picard. The third race, second colt division of the series on Sunday, is headed by Pudong Phil from post two for driver Clarke Steacy. Pudong Phil was a game second to Mr Mach Jimmy last week. The lone filly division in the fifth race has nine starters featuring HP Mercedes (post 9), Miss Babe Delight (post 1) and an entry from the Helene Filion Stable of Whysantanna (post 3) and Flysantanna (post 4). Track Notes: Trainer Dany Fontaine is looking to start seven horses on the program at 3R on Sept. 6 for the $500,000 Quebec-Bred Finals Day and is moving his operation from Mohawk to Montreal this weekend to prepare for next week's big day. He also trains Miss Babe Delight, KFB Amigo Cool, Tuscans Memory, Holiday Party, National Trace and Mach On The Beach, all of whom will be in the $500,000 finals. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information, free program and live video visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Rivalries are what can make harness racing great and an early rivalry is in the making as Tuscans Memory again takes on Panamas Boy in the second round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters Wednesday at the Hippodrome 3R. In their opening round first meeting last week, Tuscans Memory was given a perfect drive by Pascal Berube, following the excellent cover behind Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) and collaring him at the wire for a half length triumph. Now the two colts will lock horns again in the 4th race second division of the series. Tuscans Memory starts from post five with Panamas Boy inside of him in post four. Both youngsters have good leaving ability so the early form of the race shapes up the same as last week. It will be a dash to the finish and may the best horse win. Also to be considered in the race are EAU Naturelle (post one) and SOS Christina (post three). The first race first division on the program is highlighted by two newcomers to Trois-Rivieres in Sass and Defi Normand. Sass, saddled with drawing the outside post eight for driver Clark Steacy, is still a maiden after five starts but shows all seconds and thirds in his last four starts in the Ontario Sire Stakes and has been race timed I 1:59. Defi Normand ships in off a strong third place finish in the OSS at Georgian Downs, race timed in 2:01. He starts from post six for driver Pierre Bovay. First race post time Wednesday is 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. Prix D'Ete Notes: Daniel Dube will be returning home for the Prix D'Ete and has committed to drive Somewhere In L A for trainer Jimmy Takter. Owner Jeff Bamond said today that they will not be sending Ideal Cowboy to the Prix D'Ete. "While we had a great time last year and looked forward to returning this year, he (Ideal Cowboy) is just not good enough right now." From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - She may not have been the fastest winner of the four divisions of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series opening round for two-year-old pacers at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, but HP Mercedes may have been the most impressive winner on the day. The daughter of Art Colony was given a brisk drive by Louis Philippe Roy and HP Mercedes responded with a six and three-quarter length romp in the first race division for fillies. Official Week and driver Carl Duguay left from the rail with the 1/5 race favorite Xena Bayama and Yves Filion dropping into the two-hole to the opening quarter mile in :29.3. Then Filion moved to the lead with Xena Bayama and took control. At the half mile in 1:01.3, Roy decided to make a race of it with HP Mercedes and they came first-over, grinding it out until they had collared Xena Bayama before the three-quarters in 1:32.2. It seemed that once HP Mercedes looked Xena Bayama in the eye, she kicked in another gear and blew by the race leader, taking command and then the duo strolled to the wire in a romp in 2:02.2. Xena Bayama held for second with Official Week third. It was the maiden victory in five starts for HP Mercedes. She is trained by Jean Tourgny for owners Claude Hamel and Ayer Cliff of QC. HP Mercedes paid $10.90 to win. The fastest mile in the series opening was clocked in the fifth race second division for fillies as HP Sissy and driver Guy Gagnon, the 1/5 overwhelming favorite, did not disappoint her backers. Stung to the opening quarter mile in :29 by Whysantanna (Gilles Gendron), once HP Sissy settled on the lead there was no looking back on the field. She led to the half in 1:00.3 and held the field at bay as Skyfall Sena (Pascal Berube) came out underneath Art De Gagnee (Mario Charron) in the backstretch, but neither could mount a challenge past the three-quarters in 1:30.2. The on the turn for home, HP Sissy let out a notch and pulled away for a four and one-half length victory in 1:59.2. Skyfall Sena was second with Art De Gagnee third. Sired by Up The Credit, it was the first pari-mutuel victory for the homebred HP Sissy. She made it a training double for Jean Tourgny and co-owners Claude Hamel and Ayer Cliff of QC and paid $2.60 to win. The second race first colt division was pretty much over after the start as Mr Mach Jimmy and driver Pascal Berube left from the rail and never really had to look back. The gelded son of Mach Three cut fractions of :28.4, 1:00.2 and 1:30.1 before coming home in :29.3 for a one and one-half length triumph in 1:59.4. The pocket-sitting Shanghai Warrior (Clarke Steacy) was second with EY Cowboy (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the maiden victory for Mr Mach Jimmy, who is trained by Dany Fontaine for Ecurie Gartan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. He paid $3.70 to win. The fourth race second colt division saw race favorite Sagawi and driver Francis Picard lead from start to finish in 2:00.3. After the first quarter in :29, HP Patriote (Guy Gagnon) came first-over at the half mile in :59 and went after Sagawi. They were nearly stride-for-stride before the three-quarters in 1:28.3 when HP Patriote went off-stride. Sagawi then went on to win by and easy two and three-quarter lengths in 2:00.3 with Cronos (Marie Claude Auger) second and Mister Godro (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the second win in just four lifetime starts for Sagawi. The son of Goliath Bayama is trained and owned by Andre Crete of Warwick, QC and paid $5.20 to win. Track Notes: Live racing resumes on Wednesday with two divisions of the $200,000 second rounds of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters. Next Thursday at 10:30 am there will be a press conference at the Hippodrome 3R for the post-position draw for the second annual renewal of the Prix D'Ete with a purse of $200,000. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - If the race was a prizefight, they would have called it over at the top of the stretch, as Wildwild Men was already up by eight lengths and only then poured it on as he won one of two opening divisions of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday. And in doing so, Wildwild Men set a track record. Starting from post three, driver Robert Shepard sent the gelding son of Muscle Mass to the front and never had to look back. Holding the field at bay, Wildwild Men cut fractions of :30.2, 102.4 and 1:32.3 with his nearest rival, the pocket-sitting Y S Suzanne (Stephane Brosseau), in second place by the top of the stretch by eight lengths. Then for good measure, Wildwild Men kicked in a :29.4 last quarter mile to stop the teletimer in 2:02.2, winning by 14 and one-half lengths. His time set the track record two-year-old gelded trotters. Red Monster (Guy Gagnon) was third. It was the second straight win and third on the year for Wildwild Men. He is trained by Isabella D'Darveau for owners Catheline Pelletier and breeder Chantal Gravel, QC. Wildwild Men paid $2.40 to win. In the first race, first division of the series, Tuscans Memory was driven a perfect drive by Pascal Berube in catching the pacesetter and race favorite, Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) at the wire by a head. With both Panamas Boy and Tuscans Memory leaving from posts six and seven respectively, Panamas Boy was first on top with Tuscans Memory nestled into the two-hole. As no one else in the field could match strides with them it because a two-hole race and then at the top of the stretch, Berube moved Tuscans Memory out to challenge and they were able to collar Panamas Boy in mid-stretch and nail them at the wire to win by a head in 2:05. EAU Naturelle (Mario Charron) was third. It was the maiden victory for Tuscans Memory, a gelded son of Kadabra, in his third lifetime start for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner/breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. The winner paid $11.90. Track Notes: Coming up this Sunday is the opening round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 26, 2015 - Three-year-old pacers were featured Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome 3R, with an event for each sex in the fourth and final preliminary round of their Quebec-Bred series, with the top horses advancing to their respective $65,000 final on September 6. Trainer Dany Fontaine probably wishes the final was next week, as his Mach On The Beach has really found himself in his last three starts, on Sunday taking a new mark of 1:54.3 in winning the final $7500 colt/gelding elimination. Driver Pascal Berube sent the Mach Three gelding swiftly out of the gate, with the rest of the field of five in a post positional lineup. (Western Bayama, the division's defending champion, was scratched; in fact, trainer Yves Filion had a scratch in each Q-series event -- filly Wanda Bayama, who had won two prelims, was also withdrawn.) Sitting next-to-last early didn't sit too well with odds-on favorite Sugarsam, though, and the meet's leading driver, Denis St Pierre, moved him out midbackstretch to rush at the leader by the 28.1 quarter. Berube played some hardball, though, and while challenging in the middle of the second turn, Sugarsam took some nasty steps and drifted wide (not unprecedented behavior for him), finally settling back in last as Mach On The Beach got to the half in 56.2. At a bad positional disadvantage but game as can be, Sugarsam made another move frontward from about the same spot he had done a half-mile earlier, getting to Mach On The Beach by the 1:25 3/4s. Sugarsam behaved himself around the final bend this time, but he could not get by the determined pacesetter in a bitter stretch duel, with Mach On The Beach hanging on by a neck on the wire. Mach On The Beach didn't race at two and had been off the board in his first 10 career starts in Ontario until making the switch to 3R, where he has a record of 3-2-1-0, and he has shown that he should be competitive in the Championship for Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. Nine of the originally-programmed ten horses went postward in the filly division for $8250, with Voodoo Charm, winner of two of her prelim starts, also favored by the Quebec bettors at 2-5. (In the Quebec program, nine or fewer horses as entrants dictate a purse of $7500; if ten, one division goes for $8250; if 11 or more, the event is split for $7500 a division.) Unlike Sugarsam, Voodoo Charm did get to visit Victory Lane -- but only after a seven-minute inquiry into the action early on the second turn, the turn which had also plagued Sugarsam earlier. Big Bertha and Sylvain Lacaille left the gate quickly to get the lead before the 27.2 opening split, with Mario Charron moving just before the quarter from third with "Voodoo." As Voodoo Charm, who had made an early break in her previous start, started to go around Big Bertha to the lead into the second curve, the two came in very close quarters, and Big Bertha took a small stumblestep, which was the source of the inquiry, but no reason for placing was eventually found. Voodoo Charm went on to post splits of 57.2 and 1:27.4, and despite bearing out slightly in the lane she was strong to the wire, winning by a clear margin over Big Bertha in 1:57.2. The meet's leading trainer, Maxime Velaye, combined with Charron, who earlier had swept the Daily Double, to establish this filly as the favorite for her final for owners Yvan Mondoux, Guy Corbeil, Alexandre Morin, and Francois Laverdiere. Hippodrome 3R will now shift its focus to another type of horsepower for the next two weeks, as the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix auto race will be the focus the next two weeks. The casino and simulcast wagering will be available at 3R during this period, and on the return card Wednesday, August 12, two-year-old trotters will begin their preliminaries in the Quebec-Bred series. Quebec Jockey Club  

On a beautiful autumn Sunday afternoon, the Hippodrome 3R hosted its richest harness racing program of the 2014 harness racing season with the $425,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. There were seven championship finals on the wagering card. It did not take long for the first track record to be rewritten on the racing card as Meganou got the job done in the very first race, the $55,000 final for two-year-old trotters. Driven by Jocelyn Gendron, Meganou left from three and never looked back. The daughter of Kadabra held the field at bay the entire one mile race, leading by four to five lengths at all times. She cut fractions of :30, 1:00.2, 1:31 and coasted home to win by three and one-half lengths in 2:01.1. Intouchable (Simon Allard) was second with Notrouble Dechafra (Stehane Brosseau) third. It was the third straight win and third straight track record performance for Meganou. Only this week Meganou became the fastest two-year-old trotter regardless of gender in the history of the Hippodrome 3R with her 2:01.1 clocking. The mile rewrote her record for fillies that she set last week of 2:02 and surpassed the trotting colt record of 2:01.3 set by Jobie Tempest more than 21 years ago in 1993. Trained by Daniel Martin and owned by Jean Picard of Orford, QC, it was the fourth win this year for Meganou, who paid $3.00 to win. In the second race $65,000 final for three-year-old trotting fillies, track record holder Viva Bayama and trainer/driver Yves Filion waited patiently in fourth place as Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras) cut early fractions of :28.4 and :58.3. Once the field entered the backstretch the second time, Filion made his move first-over with Viva Bayama and the Muscle Mass filly blew past the leaders by the three-quarters in 1:29.1 and won with ease by five open lengths in 2:00.3. Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) was second with Lucyll Bro (Stephane Gendron) third. Owned and bred by Filion’s Bayama Farms, Inc. of Saint-Andre D’Argenteul, QC, Viva Bayama scored her fourth win this year and paid $3.10 to win. Yves Filion did not waste any time coming back to the winner’s circle as he won the very next race, the $55,000 final for two-year-old pacing colts with Western Bayama in a lifetime best clocking of 1:58. Mr Sunshine Boy (Pascal Berube) was first on the lead with Half A Billion (Stephane Gendron) sitting on their backs to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.4. Gendron then came right out and took over the lead by the half mile in :58.1 as the action really heated up with Clinton Panic (Gilles Gendron) coming first-over and race favorite, track record holder Sugarsam (Denis St Pierre) second-over. Pierre then came three-wide around Clinton Panic) and by the three-quarters in 1:28 had closed the gap on Half A Billion but that was when Yves Filion and Western Bayama came into the picture and was three-wide around the final turn. Coming down the stretch, Filion was able to urge Western Bayama on to victory by one and one-half lengths with Half A Billion third and Sugarsam third. Also owned and bred by Bayama Farms, it was just the second win in five lifetime starts for Western Bayama, a son of Lis Mara who paid $6.50 to win. The only two-time Quebec-Bred Series was crowded at 3R today as Maximuscle had little trouble for driver Mario Charron in beating six rivals in the fourth race $65,000 final for three-year-old trotting colts. Clearing to the lead before the opening quarter mile in :29, Charron and Maximuscle were in easy command until after the half mile and then Charron asked for a little more from Maximuscle and the son of Angus Hall responded by kicking in another gear and leaving the rest of the field behind. By the time they reached the top of the stretch Maximuscle was up by five lengths and went on to win in a romp by nine and one-half lengths in 1:59.2. Andovers Touch (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Somoli E (Jerome Lombart) third. Trained by Eric Valiquette, Maximuscle was bred and is owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC and posted his seventh win in ten starts this year, paying $2.80 to win. Native son Daniel Dube, of the top driver in all of harness racing, came back to 3R to compete in the championship program and he did not go home empty handed in the $55,000 final for two-year-old trotting fillies. Driving the 1/5 favorite My Fleet Three from post two, Dube sent the daughter of Mach Three right to the lead and never looked back, cutting fractions of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:28 and then cruising home to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.1. The pocket sitting First Girl (Stephane Gendron) was second with Voodoo Charm (Yves Filion) third. The time of the race was a new track record for filly pacers as My Fleet Three erased her own mark set last week of 1:57.4. Trained by Richard Moreau for breeder/owner Gestion Mario Audet, Inc. of Yves Sarrazin, QC, it was the second win in five lifetime starts for My Fleet Three. She paid $2.60 to win. The 1/5 wagering favorite, Champagne Shower (Denis St Pierre) were unable to maintain their lead at the top of the stretch as Chaleurs Fantasy and driver Stephane Gendron were able to sneak up along the rail and post a 9-1 upset victory in the $65,000 final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Thrill Chaser (Marie Auger), who followed pacesetter Champagne Shower but elected to go to the outside in the stretch, was second with Champagne Shower fading to third place. For Chaleurs Fantasy, a daughter of Omar Khayam, the time of the race, 1:58, was a lifetime mark and the sixth win this year for the Carl Duguay trainee. She won by one and one-quarter lengths for breeder/owner Elevage Baie Des Chaleurs of Port-Daniel, QC. She paid $21.60 to win. The Hippodrome 3R scheduled the fastest division as the last one as the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings battled it out for $65,000. It was not so much as a battle as it looked to be as Atomic Million AM was made the 2/5 favorite and raced just like it for driver Sylvain Lacalle. The gelded son of Million Dollar Cam took the early lead away from rival Hall Bro (Stephane Brosseau) by the opening quarter mile in :27 and then cut fractions of :56 and 1:25.2 before hold off Hall Bro in the stretch to win by one length in 1:54. Bali (Marie Auger) finished third. It was the 9th win in 15 starts this year for Atomic Million AM. He is trained, bred and owned by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC and paid $2.80 to win. The Hippodrome 3R has completed its Tuesday night race schedule this season and is now open just on Sunday’s. There will be one special Saturday night program on September 20, the eve of the Prix D’Ete Sunday with a 7:30 pm post time that Saturday night. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Once again two fields of two-year-old trotting fillies will take their best shot at one of the oldest track records still left at the Hippodrome 3R as the second round of the $300,000 Quebec-Bred Series takes place Sunday afternoon. With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80’s (27 Celsius) for Sunday, the 1993 record of 2:04.3 set by SOS Preference could fall by the wayside. The first $7,500 preliminary round takes place in the third race and another SOS bred horse, SOS Harddrive, could rewrite the record books. She is a return winner from last week’s opening round in the series. The daughter of Taurus Dream won her maiden start after four qualifying efforts, wiring the field in 2:06.4. But she showed a smart :30.1 last quarter mile and any improvement off that effort could rewrite the record. She starts from post two for driver Pascal Berube. The fourth race second filly trot division features the most likely candidate to break the track record. Meganou starts from post three for driver Jocelyn Gendron and last week she won her qualifying race at the Hippodrome 3R in 2:04.4, just one fifth of a second from the tying the track mark. Sired by Kadabra, Meganou already had a record of 2:01 at Mohawk Raceway and two starts back was race timed in 1:58.3 at Georgian Downs in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots with a fifth place finish. The oldest track record on the books at the Hippodrome 3R is for two-year-old pacing fillies and is 1:58.2 set by Caressa way back in 1990. That mark could also be in jeopardy on Sunday. There is one division of the Quebec-bred series for filly pacers and is race two on the program. It features a good match-up between last week’s return winners, Kinnder Elegance and Anna Santanna. Kinnder Elegance starts from post seven for driver Denis St Pierre. Last week the daughter of Allamerican Native scored her maiden victory by wiring the field in 2:00.3 by two and one-quarter lengths from post five. Earlier this season she won a qualifying race at Rideau Carlton in 1:58.4. Anna Santanna is the 5/2 morning line favorite despite having to start from the far outside in post eight for owner/trainer/driver Maire Auger. This filly by Santanna Blue Chip has yet to finish worse than third in her four career starts and last week won for the first time in 200.4 and showed a sharp :28.4 last quarter mile in her victory. The final preliminary round takes place in the fifth race and is for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Headlining the field is the entry from the Yves Filion Stable of Western Bayama and Grand Galop Semalu. Western Bayama showed he is in prime form last week in the opening round of the series by coming from off the pace to win in 1:59 by two open lengths with Filion in the bike. The homebred son of Lis Mara starts from post four and will be driven for the first time by Gilles Gendron. Yves Filion has elected to drive Grand Galop Semalu and they start from post six. This son of Rock N Roll Heaven has been battling the best on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit and two starts back was race-timed at Mohawk Raceway in 1:55 with a final quarter mile in :27.3. Due to a lack of entries, there is no preliminary round this week for two-year-old trotting colts. There will be one more week of preliminary rounds in the Quebec-Bred Series for freshman trotters and pacers and then the top eight point earners will return on Sunday, September 7 for the $55,000 finales.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

Long shots seemed to be the rule of the day at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon for the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters and pacers. The series features three weeks of preliminary rounds of competition with each division racing for a purse of $7,500. The top eight point earners after the preliminary rounds will return for the $55,000 finals in each class on Sunday, September 7. Also on that day will be the $65,000 finals for the three-year-olds. Mother Nature did not cooperate Sunday as intermittent rain storms gave way to sunshine sporadically throughout the racing card. The two-year-old trotting fillies provided long shot winners in both their divisions. The first race saw SOS Harddrive and driver Pascal Berube take no prisoners as they led from start to finish by one length in 2:06.4. The daughter of Tarus Dream is undefeated in three starts and her clocking was a lifetime mark for trainer Jean Teller and owner/breeder Les Ecuries SOS Bedford, Inc. of Stanbridge Station, QC. Notrouble Dechafra (Stephane Brosseau) was second with C L Magic Road (Marie Auger) third. Overlooked by the betting public, SOS Harddrive went off at odds of 11-1 and paid $24.10 to win. The fifth race second division was captured by 13-1 Chamane and driver Marie Auger with an impressive three-wide move on the final turn and then out trotted the field home to win by one and one-half lengths in 2:08.3. D Espoir (Stephane Brosseau) was the race favorite and raced that way, going right to the early lead with Sunrise Linda (Yves Filion) sitting the pocket trip. Double Chance (Serge Nadeau) came first-over at the half mile marker and that gave Chamane perfect second-over cover to tip three-wide from after the three-quarters en route to her maiden victory. Sired by Majestic Son, Chamane is trained by Eric Valiquete for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. She paid $29.60 to win. The third long shot winner in the series came in the third race, the first division for two-year-old pacing colts. Western Bayama and trainer/driver Yves Filion sat in fourth place throughout the mile as HO Bushido Dragjet (Stephane Brosseau) cut the mile and Classic Breeze (Pascal Berube) sat the pocket trip. Then as the field came around the final turn, Filion made his move with Western Bayama and the son of Lis Mara came on with a burst of speed to win by one length over late closing T S Joe (Jocelyn Gendron) with HP Bushido Dragjet third. The time of the race was a lifetime mark of 1:59 in just the second career start for Western Bayama, who was bred and is owned by Filion’s Bayama Farms. Sent off at odds of 10-1, he paid $22.90 to win. The sixth race second colt division saw race favorite Clinton Panic and driver/trainer Yves Filion make it a driver/trainer double on the day as they were able to led from start to finish with a one length triumph in 2:03.1 in a driving rain storm. Mr. Sunshine Boy (Pascal Berube) inherited the pocket-trip when Rocky Beach (Marie Auger) tried a first-over move in vain at the half mile marker as Mr. Sunshine Boy finished second with Rocky Beach third. It was the maiden win in two starts for Clinton Panic, a son of Major In Art, who paid $9.90 to win. He was bred and is owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec, QC. The two-year-old pacing fillies competed in the second and fourth races. The first division saw Kinnder Elegance and driver Jocelyn Gendron hold the field at bay as the daughter of Allamerican Native led by three to four lengths the entire mile, winning by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.3. The pocket-sitting Voodoo Charm (Yves Filion) was second with Godiva Bella Oya (Mario Charron) third. It was the first pari-mutuel victory for Kinnder Elegance, who paid $2.30 to win for owner/breeder Dentiza Petrova of Les Cedres, QC. After trading the early lead control with Miss Bro, Anna Santanna and driver Marie Auger stayed in command after the opening quarter mile and won with ease by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:00.4. Miss Bro (Stephane Brosseau) was second with HP Rubis Joyce (Mario Charron) third. Sired by Santanna Blue Chip, it was the maiden victory after four starts for Anna Santanna, who paid $3.90 to win. She is trained and owned by Marie Auger of Trois-Rivieres, QC. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

The Hippodrome 3R will have a special Sunday night race program this weekend in honor of Civic Holiday on Monday. The 7:00 pm first post harness racing card will be highlighted by the final preliminary round of the $400,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers. After Sunday’s fourth round of eliminations, the top eight point earners will return next month on September 7 for the $65,000 finals in each of the four divisions for colts and fillies. This Sunday there is just one division in each category and the action gets underway in the very first race for filly trotters. Returning after a week’s rest is Viva Bayama for trainer/driver Yves Filion. The daughter of Muscle Mass won the first two legs of the series and will start from post three. She was bred and is owned by the Filion’s Bayama Farms of Quebec. Other contenders looking to secure a spot in the final is Lucyll Bro, who won last week’s third round leading from start to finish by four open lengths for driver Stephane Gendron; Bambie Benjo and Éclair Lavec. The fastest of the four divisions will come in the eight race for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Featured will be Hall Bro from the rail. Hall Bro is the only horse in the entire series that has a chance to make a clean sweep in the series. The gelded son of Blissfull Hall has won all three of his preliminary rounds, two of them by a narrow head and neck over rival Jefferson Tare. Jefferson Tare will have it tough in this fourth round as he drew post ten, which makes him start in the second tier for driver Pascal Berube. Another major contender is Atomic Million AM and driver Sylvain Lacalle in post five. They have two wins in the series, including the fastest mile in the series so far, a 1:53.1 triumph that was just two fifths of a second off of the track record for sophomore pacers. In the fifth race filly pace division, Champagne Shower heads the field from post four for driver Denis St Pierre. This daughter of Santana Blue Chip has been razor sharp for trainer Helene Fillion and has won her last three starts and figures to again lead from start to finish. She goes against prior series leg winners My American Tallia (post 8),C L Infinite (post 5) and the consistent Night Fall (post 7), who has finished second in five of her last seven starts. The three-year-old trotting colts and geldings will be featured in the seventh race with a full field of ten starters. Four of the starters have won at least one leg of the series so far. Maximuscle returns after being a sick scratch and starts from post two for driver Mario Charron. In his last start he led from start to finish and was last year’s Sire Stakes champion in his division. Somoli E starts from post nine in the second tier and has won two of his three starts in the series. Also in the second tier is Andovers Touch in post eleven. He made a costly break and was last in last week’s race, but prior to that had been first or second in his last six starts. Monster Mass is another good contender, winning in his last start and finishing first, second or third in his last six starts. After this Sunday’s special holiday night program, racing will return to Sunday afternoon’s with first race post time at 1:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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

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