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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 16, 2016 - On Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R, a little known pacer by the name of Whitemountain Nemo is headlining the sixth race feature pace, going for his fourth straight victory. What makes this story interesting is that until August 23 of this year, Whitemountain Nemo could not pace his way out of a paper bag. The gelded son of Yankee Cam spent the first five years of his life making just 35 starts with three wins and earnings of just over $4,300. He did flash some speed at age four, winning a qualifying race at Trois-Rivieres in 1:59.3, but other than that, he was not a very good racehorse. Now comes owner/trainer Guy Roy into the picture. Roy, from Sorel, QC, takes charge of the horse in mid-August and had done some homework, thanks to advice from his good friend Francis Proulx, who pointed out that Nemo's full brother, White Mountain Top, recently took his lifetime mark at age ten with a 1:49.3 record at Pocono Downs. White Mountain Top is a career winner of $429,000. So as the story goes, Roy brings the horse to his stable and gives him to his son, William, to work on. "He was an extremely nervous horse," Guy said, "And William is quiet and easy going. It made for a beautiful blend. William worked on his splints every day, he made him do a lot of mileage to relax him, which seemed to be working and we gave him a lot of time in the paddock to enjoy himself." The formula began to pay off right away for Guy and William Roy. In his first start for the new stable at 3R on August 23, Whitemountain Nemo sat along the rail for driver Guy Gagnon and then with a quick brush, went to the lead at the half mile pole and then tore away from the field, winning by ten and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.2. The magic continued the very next week with Gagnon in the sulky, only this time Whitemountain Nemo went to the lead right from the start and once on top by the opening quarter mile, tore away from the field once again, only this time he stopped the teletimer in 1:54.3, winning by seven and three-quarter lengths. Was this a fluke for Whitemountain Nemo? Was he just feeling his oats or was this horse making up for years of poor performances? That question was answered this past Thursday when Roy raced Whitemountain Nemo at Rideau Carlton. Now a change in venue and again, moving up in class, facing tougher competition. So once again Gagnon sends Whitemountain Nemo to the lead, clears by the opening quarter mile and wires the field by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.1. This Sunday it will be interesting to see how "Nemo" handles starting from the far outside in post eight. He will also be driven for the first time by Pacal Berube and he will be facing two other return winners in the field. Starting from post two is St Kitts, one of the winningest horses at 3R this season with five wins in her eight starts. She is one of three three-year-olds in the field against older horses. But in her last start on August 30 she did something she had not done before, she refused to get behind the starting gate and got away ninth and then had to requalify last week, which she did and she won in 2:00.3. She will be driven for the first time Sunday by Stephane Brosseau. "She (St. Kitts) has always had a bit of an attitude," explained trainer Maxime Velaye. "and that is what happened that day. She was also in heat and that did not help. She does not like to turn too much before she races so you need to catch the starting gate when it starts moving. "So Jonathan (Lachance) did a really good job to keep her calm," Velaye said, "but it was just bad timing. This will be a big test for her on Sunday. Whitemountain Nemo has been so good and she is racing against the boys, which is always tough. But she keeps improving all season so I'm confident she will finish in the top three and it would not surprise me if she wins." Another filly in the race is the third return winner in the field. She is Skyfall Sena and starts from the rail position for driver Stephane Gendron. The daughter of Goliath Bayama sports three wins this season and in her last start she scored a lifetime mark of 1:58.1. Other contenders in the field include Sagawi (post three), Sheldonthepsychic (post nine) and Shanghai Ben (post seven). Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com where they also have a link to watch the races live on the internet From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 11, 2016 - Without even a tap of the whip, Future Headlines wrote her own headline at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon, scoring an easy triumph in capturing the annual Lucien Bombardier Stake for a purse of $30,600. The stakes race is named after Lucien Bombardier, who was a pioneer for harness racing throughout Canada, especially in the province of Quebec. The race is for two-year-old pacing fillies and has been at the Hippodrome 3R for the past five years, inherited when the Hippodrome de Montreal closed for racing. The stake race is co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada and the Hippodrome 3R. The third race feature started off with D G's Elsa and driver Jonathan Lachance leaving from post four and trying to gain an early advantage over the 1/9 race favorite, Future Headlines and driver Louis-Philippe Roy by the opening turn. Roy was not about to let that happen as he urged his filly to the front and led the field to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. With D G's Elsa right on their back, Future Headlines and Roy led the field to the half mile in :59.1. Then as Kinnderuntouchable (Justin Filion) tried coming first-over to no-avail in the backstretch, Lachance and D G's Else pulled from the pocket at came after Future Headlines at the three-quarters in 1:28.4. It was too little too late as Roy just raised the lines on Future Headlines and the filly scooted away down the stretch, winning by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. D G's Elsa was second with Crazy Alice (Rick Zeron) third. It was the second win in just four lifetime starts for Future Headlines. The daughter of Sportswriter is trained and co-owned by Colin Johnson with Thomas Kyrun, David Heffering and The Beach Stable. She was bred by Tara Hills Stud and paid just $2.10 to win. Her time of 1:58.1 was just one fifth of a second off the stakes record for the Lucien Bombardier Stake at 3R. That record was set by Mo Molly Blue Chip (Denis St Pierre) of 1:58 in 2014. TRACK NOTES: Of all the trainers and drivers competing in ten races at 3R Sunday, only driver Pascal Berube was able to score a driving double, taking both ends of the late daily double. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday, first race post time at 1:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 4, 2016 - Both track and stakes records fell by the wayside at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday during their richest day of racing of the 2016 season with $500,000 in total purses for the Super Sunday program. The race card featured the finals of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers and the Future Stars Series finals for two-year-old trotters and pacers. The most impressive of the track records set was by Wildriverbumblebee and driver Louis-Philippe Roy in the $55,000 final for two-year-old pacing colts, as they stopped the teletimer in 1:54.3, the fastest two-year-old mile ever in the history of the Hippodrome 3R. The eighth race finale saw Yogi Bayama and driver Sylvain Filion fire out from post seven to take the early lead with the 3/5 favorite Makasi (Stephane Brosseau) grabbing the two-hole spot as they sped to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. The on to the half mile in :56.4 and that was when the action began to heat up as Roy and Wildriverbumblebee came first-over and shot right by Yogi Bayama in the backstretch with Brosseau moving right along with Makasi. They raced to the three-quarters in 1:25.4 and then Wildriverbumblebee scooted away from Makasi and opened up in the stretch to win going away in a romp by six open lengths. Makasi held for second place with Yogi Bayama third. Unable to beat Makasi in the last two legs of the series, Wildriverbumblebee was at his best Sunday, shattering Makasi's former track and stakes record of 1:55.2 set two weeks ago. It was the second win this year for the son of Sportswriter, who is trained, owned and was bred by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, QC. Wildriverbumblebee paid $10.80 to win. The third race $65,000 final for three-year-old colts saw last year's series champion and track record hold Wildwild Men and driver Robert Shepherd shoot to the early lead over Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) and cut a torrid first-quarter of :27.4, then a 30 second breather to the half mile marker in :57.4. Tuscans Memory (Sylvain Filion) then tried a first-over move in the backstretch to no avail as they passed the three-quarters in 1:27.4. It was then that Berube pulled the pocket with Holiday Party and came after Wildwild Men, collaring him by the top of the stretch and then came home to win in track record time of 1:58.2 by one and one-quarter lengths. KFB Amigo Cool (Stephane Brosseau) was able to close well for second place with Wildwild Men third. It was the eighth win in thirteen starts this year for Holiday Party. The gelded son of Holiday Road rewrote the track record that he set earlier this season and was co-held with Seeyou Men (2015). He is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal. Holiday Party paid $4.80 to win. She was bred by Jean Cloutier and the Stanstead-Berta Stable of Montreal, QC. Since HP Patriote could not read the odds board to see his rival, Sports Authority, was the overwhelming 1/5 favorite, he went into the 9th race $65,000 final for three-year-old pacing colts with no worries and raced that way for driver Guy Gagnon. The gelded son of Vintage Master sported 10 wins in 12 starts this year and raced just like his record showed. Sports Authority and driver Sylvain Filion took the early lead away from D G's Ninja (Jonathan Lachance) by the opening quarter mile in :28 and seemed comfortable on the lead going to the half mile in :57.2, but Gagnon and HP Patroite were geared up on the outside first-over from the start and had other plans. With tons of momentum, Gagnon sent HP Patriote after Sports Authority and shot right by the race leader to the three-quarters in 1:25.1 and they never looked back, pulling away in the stretch for this 11th win on the season with a two and one-half length triumph in 1:55. Sports Authority held for second with Mr Mach Jimmy (Pascal Berube) third. Trained by Gerald Demers, HP Patriote is co-owned by Les Ecuries GLD, Inc. with Claude Hamel and was bred by Hamel with Celine Paquin. HP Patriote paid $5.90 to win. The fifth race $65,000 final for three-year-old pacing fillies saw HP Sissy and driver Mario Baillargeon easily handle her seven rivals, leading from start to finish, winning by three and one-quarter lengths in a stakes record 1:55.4. Only stablemate HP Pandora (Louis-Philippe Roy) could keep somewhat close to the race leader. Imagine Speed (Stephane Gendron) was third. It was the fourth win this year for the daughter of Up The Credit, who is trained by Beneit Baillargeon for breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff, QC who co-owns the filly with Michel Damphousse. She paid $2.80 to win. Daniel Dube continued his winning ways in the $65,000 Breeders Cup Finale for three-year-old trotting fillies, giving Y A Jailhouse Jodi a perfect second-over trip and a trip to the winner's circle. Auclair Chocolat (Mario Baillargeon) led the field with Y S Suzanne (Carl Duguay) sitting the pocket trip and Artemis Duharas (Pierre Bovay) hung first-over to the opening quarter mile in :29.2. All the while Dube had Y A Jailhouse Jodi sitting second-over and poised to strike out. That came in the backstretch and Y A Jailhouse Jodi moved three-wide and cleared to the lead with ease before drawing off to win by three lengths in 2:01. Sired by Andover Hall, it was the sixth win this year for Y A Jailhouse Jodi, who is trained by Michel Allard, is co-owned by Yves Sarrazin and Rene Allard and was bred by Al Libfeld. She paid $7.40 to win. In the second race $55,000 final for two-year-old pacing fillies, the first stakes races of the day, Yonkers Raceway star and Trois-Riviere native, Daniel Dube pulled off an upset with his Queen Elsa over 1/5 favorite Yaris Bayama (Sylvain Filion). Owned and bred by Dube, he sent the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven right to the lead from the rail and never looked back, cutting fractions of :28, :57.4, 1:27 and then winning by three-quarters of a length over D G's Elsa (Jonathan Lachance) in 1:57. Yaris Bayama, who started from the outside in post eight, had road trouble and never got into the race until they made a three-wide move in the backstretch to get into third place, but it was too little too late. It was a lifetime mark for Queen Elsa, who is trained by Yves Tessier and her time of 1:57 was just one-fifth of a second from the track and stakes record of 1:56.4 that is held by Yaris Bayama two weeks ago. Queen Elsa paid $8.40 to win. Daniel Dube did not come home to 3R just to visit family as he also won the fourth race, the $55,000 final for two-year-old trotting colts with Capteur De Reve. After an early battle to the opening quarter against Sometimes When (Guy Gagnon), Dube settled Capteur De Reve on the lead for good, leading the pack the rest of the one-mile race and winning by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:02.2. The pocket-sitting Sometimes When was second with Yoan Bayama (Yves Filion) third. It was the third win this season for Capteur De Reve. The son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, QC and paid $3.20 to win. The $55,000 final of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting fillies saw Joyce Lavec and driver Pascal Berube take control of the lead from Tarus P V (Stephane Brosseau) after the opening quarter mile and then held the field at bay, winning by one length in 2:04.4. Affirmee (Daniel Dube) was able to close for second place with Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) third. Sired by Mr Lavec, it was the fourth win in just five career starts for Joyce Lavec. She is sired by Mr Lavec and is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner/breeder Jean Berthiaume of Sorel-Tracy, QC. This race was a non-wagering event. TRACK NOTES: Daniel Dube, Pascal Berube and Guy Gagnon each had three driving winners on the day, but all three of Dube's wins were in the Quebec-Bred Series finals. Dany Fontaine was the top trainer on the afternoon sending out two winners from his stable. Owner Claude Hamel reaped the most rewards Sunday as he was the owner or co-owner of two stakes winners on the afternoon. Live racing will resume next Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 1:30 pm. Visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com for more information. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Unable to finish better than 5th place in three prior tries, Bastiano put it all together Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R, winning the fourth and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series. It was perfect timing for the victory as it comes with a spot for Bastiano in the $55,000 final on Sunday, September 4 at 3R for the Future Stars Final. His victory came in the colt division for two-year-olds. Leaving from post two for driver Rheo Filion, Bastiano went right to the early lead. But a stubborn Sometimes When and driver Guy Gagnon came right after Bastiano and Filion and those two raced side by side for rest of the one mile. As they continued to race head and head down the stretch, it was not until the final strides that Bastiano sealed the victory by a quarter length in 2:03.1. Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) was third. It was the maiden victory for Bastiano in just his fifth lifetime start. The gelded son of Angus Hall is trained by Eric Gnocchini, and co-owned by Gnocchini with Paul Lavigne and Gestion Marc Lemay, Inc. of Quebec. In the filly division, Joyce Lavec and driver Pascal Berube won in a romp by the length of the stretch for her third win in just four lifetime starts. But it was not that good at the start of the race as Joyce Lavec broke at the start and spotted the field more than 10 lengths by the opening quarter mile. Once Berube had his filly back on stride, she tore after the race leaders, caught them by the second turn and then pulled away from the field to win by 21 and one-half lengths in a slow 2:09.3. Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) was second with KFB Filante (Jonathan Lachance) third. Trained by Dany Fontaine, Joyce Lavec is a daughter of Mr Lavec, bred and owned by Jean Berthiaume of Sorel-Tracy, QC. Both of the races Tuesday were non-wagering events. Track Notes: Driver Louis-Philippe Roy increased his lead as the top dash winning driver at the Hippodrome 3R this season scoring four winners on the night. Live racing resumes at 3R on Sunday with the final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Coming up Sunday, September 4 will be the finals of both the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-olds and the Future Stars Series for two-year-olds. Eight championship finals with total purses of $480,000. It will be the richest day of racing at 3R this season. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Real Lucky Day didn't need any real luck in making his harness racing pari-mutuel debut a winning one Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R. Competing for the first time in a betting race, a division of the third round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters, Real Lucky Day and driver Stephane Brosseau teamed up to take the lead in the first race by the opening quarter mile and then held the rest of the field at bay in posting a two-length triumph in 2:03. It was the fastest mile by any two-year-old trotter this season at 3R. Trained by Yves Filion for owner/breeder R L Belanger of Laval, Quebec, Real Lucky Day is a colt sired by Donato Hanover from the Self Possessed mare, Norway No Day and paid just $2.40 to win as the wagering favorite. Previous series winner, Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) was second with Yoan Bayama (Yves Filion) third. In the third race filly's division, it was Joyce Lavec and driver Pascal Berube who stole the show as they left from post five, took command of the race and said goodbye to the rest of field as they went on to score in a romp by six and one-quarter lengths in 2:06.3. Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) was second with Taurus P V (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the second win in the Future Stars Series for Joyce Lavec. The daughter of Mr Lavec from the Victory's Force mare, Sam Valley is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner/breeder Jean Berthiaume of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec and paid $3.90 to win. TRACK NOTES: All eyes will be on the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday morning for their special press conference for the drawing of post positions for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Pace for four-year-olds. Hosted by the Quebec Jockey Club, the Prix D'Ete is one of the richest races in all of North America for four-year-olds, the Prix D'Ete is expected to draw none other than the 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, to race in Quebec this Sunday. Wiggle It Jiggleit leads all money winners this season with over $1 million already earned and more than $3 million lifetime for owner George Teague, Jr., driver Montrell Teague (George's son) and trainer Clyde Francis. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 13, 2016 - After a two week break for the Grand Prix auto races throughout the town of Trois-Rivieres, live harness racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. The $200,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters headline the return program with divisions for both the colts and filly. This is the third of four weeks of preliminary round action. The top eight point earners in the series then return to 3R on Sunday, September 4 for their respective $65,000 finals. A maiden performer who has never started in a purse race, is the morning line favorite in the first race division for trotting colts. Real Lucky Day, a son of Donato Hanover, bred and owned by R L Belanger of Laval, Quebec, starts from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau. The Ontario invader has won his last three starts, all in qualifying races, and last week was very impressive at Mohawk Raceway for driver Sylvain Filion, winning by four and one-half lengths in 1:57.3. The competition will be keen in the first race at Real Lucky Day takes on prior winners Capteur De Reve (post 5) and Kinnder Dangerous (post four). Capteur De Reve was first and second in the opening rounds of the Future Stars Series and last week tried his luck in an $18,000 division of the Grassroots Series at Rideau Carlton and raced well in finishing fourth. The trotting fillies get underway in the third race and owning the spotlight is the rivalry of both of the first two divisional winners in the series, Joyce Lavec and Taurus V P. Taurus V P starts from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau and won the opening round, leading from start to finish. But the next week, Taurus V P tried the same tactic on the front end and that worked out for the pocket-sitting Joyce Lavec, who came on strong at the finish for driver Pascal Berube to beat Taurus V P. It will be good to see this rivalry continue. And perhaps lurking in the race and looking for an opportunity score an upset will be Affirmee (post 4), who has been third to both of first two legs of the series. TRACK NOTES: Wiggle It Jiggleit, fresh off his 1:49.1 victory over Always B Miki, All Bets Off and Shamballa in the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park Friday, is expected to head up to 3R for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete next Sunday. The Prix D'Ete is for four-year-old pacers and the post-position draw luncheon takes place Wednesday. On Sunday, the red-hot Strokin is the favorite at the Hippodrome de la Vallée in Saint-Aimé-des-Lacs, Quebec, for their annual Five-Mile Race. Nine pacers will go ten laps around the half-mile oval. In his last start, Strokin set the world record at 3R in their two-mile race and he will be driven again by 3R's leading driver, Louis-Philippe Roy. Strokin is trained by Yves Tessier. Post time Tuesday evening at 3R is 7:00 pm. For a free race program and live video via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 26, 2016 - After grinding it out to the lead by the opening quarter mile, it was a piece of cake for the trotter Holiday Party, who went on to post his sixth straight victory with an easy romp at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday. Competing in the third race colt division of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-olds, Holiday Party was on cruise control once clearing to the lead for driver Pascal Berube, holding the field at bay and then pulling away in the stretch for a three and one-quarter length triumph in 1:58.4. The pocket-sitting KFM Amigo Cool (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Skyflex (Yves Filion) third. Trained by Dany Fontaine for owner Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC, it was the seven win in just eleven starts this year for Holiday Party. The son of Holiday Road was winless at age two in eight starts. He paid just $2.70 to win as the 1/5 betting favorite. This was the fourth and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series that will culminate on Sunday, September 4 with $65,000 finals for both fillies and colts, trotters and pacers. It is then that Holiday Party will try and make it a clean sweep of the series against track record holder Wildwild Men. In the sixth race filly division, Artemis Duharas showed real true grit, making two first-over moves and then coming on at the finish to edge out Y S Suzanne by a head in 2:01.2. Eau Naturelle (Simon Delisle) left quickly out of the starting gate with race favorite Y S Suzanne and trainer/driver Carl Duguay sitting the pocket seat and trainer/driver Pierre Bovay parked out first-over trying for the lead, but there was no passing Eau Naturelle and by the opening quarter mile in :29.2, Bovay had to back off and settle in third place with Artemis Duharas. Then after the half mile marker in 1:00.2, with Eau Naturelle in command, Bovay came back first-over again with Artemis Duharas. They raced that way by the three-quarters in 1:30.4 and around the final turn. Once the three horses straightened out in the stretch, Duguay hit the passing lane with Y S Suzanne and looked to have plenty of trot, but Artemis Duharas dug in some more to win it by a head. Eau Naturelle faded to third. It was the second win this year for Artemis Duharas. The daughter of Andover Hall was bred and is owned by Haras De L Estrie, Inc. of Dunham, QC and paid $7.30 to win. There were two non-wagering divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. The fastest of the two were the fillies as Joyce Lavec and driver Pascal Berube stalked pacesetter Taurus P V (Stephane Brosseau) for most of the mile, then with a late charge in the stretch, came on to win by a half-length in 2:06.2. Affirmee (Guy Corbeil) was third. It was the first wagering start for Joyce Lavec, a daughter of Mr Lavec, who is trained by Dany Fontaine and owned and bred by Jean Berthiaume of Sorel-Tracy, QC. In the colt division, Chapitre Duharas and driver Pierre Bovay was able to grind it out to the lead by the half mile marker over Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion, but then in the stretch, Filion was able to come back with Kinnder Dangerous to win by one length in 2:07.2. Yoan Bayama (Yves Filion) was third. For Kinnder Dangerous, a gelded son of Northern Escort, it was his first win. He is trained, owned and was bred by Denitza Petrova of Les Cedres, QC. TRACK NOTES: 3R's top reinsman, Louis-Philippe Roy, had the hot hands Tuesday, scoring four winners on the program. Live racing resumes at 3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:30 pm. This will be the last live program for two weeks as another type of horsepower comes to town as 3R becomes part of the Grand Prix auto races that take place throughout the entire town of Trois-Rivieres. After Sunday's program, live racing will return at 3R on Tuesday, August 16. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 25, 2016 - Harness racing trainer Dany Fontaine certainly has his work cut out for him on Tuesday night at the Hippodrome 3R as he will be starting four horses, nearly half the field, in the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters. Fontaine, who hails from Lachenaie, Quebec where he has a training facility, will harness his pride and joy this season, Holiday Party, who is going for his sixth straight victory. Holiday Party starts from post nine (in the second tier) in the third race, the fourth and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for the trotting colts and fillies. After Tuesday's final round, the top eight point earners in both the colt and filly divisions return to 3R on Sunday, September 4 for their respective $65,000 finals and Fontaine feels he has a good chance to not just have three of his four colts in the final, but maybe even finish one-two-three in that race. "There is no question that this season Holiday Party has been the best of my colts in the stable," Fontaine said, "But KFB Amigo Cool has been second or third each week and Andovers Choice has the speed to win it all too. Last week driver Guy Gagnon said he (Andovers Choice) was feeling so good that he would have won the race if not for the horses breaking and interfering with him." Winless at age 2 last season in eight starts, Holiday Party showed promise to Fontaine. The son of Holiday Road, owned by Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, was coming into his own late in the season. "In the $41,000 Quebec-Bred Series Final last year," Fontaine explained. "Wildwild Men was so strong there was no one catching him, but Holiday Party found his stride and was a strong third in that track record race. Then we raced him at Mohawk and Woodbine and he was trotting in 1:58, 1:57. So I told Gaetan Bono that it was time to turn him out while he was good and he agreed. "After he spent some time in the field we started back with him this winter," Fontaine explained, "And he got better and better. At my training center I would take him out with the pacers to trainer and he would cut the mile and the pacers had trouble staying up with him going in 2:05. I knew then he would be very good this year." Very good is an understatement for Holiday Road. A winner in six of his ten starts, Holiday Road has a record of 1:57 at Georgian Downs and before coming to 3R for the series, won an $18,000 division of the Ontario Grassroots, also at Georgian Downs. "I also put the trotting hobbles on him," Fontaine said, "Just to remind him to stay on the trot as he kept going faster and faster. Last week he showed that even when interfered with and making a break, he still was able to get back into the race and win it. "Pascal Berube does an excellent job driving Holiday Road," Fontaine added. "He knows the horse very well now and that helps a lot. It will be very interesting when he meets up with Wildwild Men in September in the final. "I think we will do very good Tuesday night with all four of my horses in this race," Fontaine explained. "We finally drew inside post positions for all of them. We have the one, two, four and nine post in the second tier." The trotting fillies do battle in the sixth race where the race favorite is last week's return winner, Y S Suzanne, who starts from the rail for trainer/driver Carl Duguay. This daughter of Angus Hall was given a perfect drive last week by Duguay, sitting second the entire mile until the top of the stretch when they came after Eau Naturelle (Simon Delisle) and beat them in the final stride to the wire by a nose in a lifetime best 2:01.2. Eau Naturelle is back in the line and goes from post four along with other competitors Elair Chocolat (post eight) and Labeauceronne (post four). There are two non-wagering divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies at 6:30 pm. Opening round return winner Capteur De Reve starts from post five for driver Guy Corbeil in the colt division and Taurus P V, last week's filly division winner, returns and starts again from post one. First race post time Tuesday for the pari-mutuel card is 7:00 pm. For a free race program and live video streaming of the 3R races Tuesday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 24, 2016 - Mr Mach Jimmy, who last year closed out the 2015 season winning the Quebec-Bred Championship Final for two-year-olds, finally got the goose egg off the win column in 2016, capturing a division of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. It took a lifetime best effort of 1:56.2 and the defeat of the red hot Sports Authority for Mr Mach Jimmy to notch his first win of the season after eight straight losses. Starting from the rail in the third race, one of two fourth and final preliminary rounds of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers, Mr Mach Jimmy and driver Pascal Berube were on a mission to get to the lead and not give it up. With Chummy Park (Louis-Philippe Roy) also bent getting the early lead along with a three-wide race favorite, Sports Authority (Mario Charron), it was a three-horse early battle with Mr Mach Jimmy on top in :27.4 to the opening quarter mile and Charron having to take back on Sports Authority to fourth place. Meanwhile, Sagawi and driver Jocelyn Gendron, sitting in third place, took the plunge and came first-over at the half mile marker in :58.1 with Sports Authority grabbing the live second-over cover. But that cover did not last and Charron had to then take Sports Authority three-wide coming into the backstretch. Charron pulled the ear plugs on Sports Authority and he came alongside Mr Mach Jimmy at the three-quarters in 1:26.4, but Mr Mach Jimmy was not to be denied and held off Sports Authority to the wire, winning by one and three-quarter lengths. Magster (Gaetan Lamy) was third. Trained by Dany Fontaine for Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, Mr Mach Jimmy, sired by Mach Three, paid $7.00 to win. In the 11th race second colt division, Louis-Philippe Roy posted his third winner of the afternoon, driving HP Patriote to his fourth straight victory with a ten length romp in 1:57.1. Ey Cowboy and driver Maxim Gaudreault shot to the early lead and led by five lengths at the opening quarter mile in :28.4 and then backed it down by the half mile in 1:00. It was then Roy started HP Patriote first-over and by the backstretch had cleared to the lead and started to open up daylight on the field, winning by the length of the stretch. Dance With Joe (Daniel Dulude) was second with YS Artistic Fella (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the eighth win in just nine starts this year for HP Patriote. The son of Vintage Master is trained by Gerard Demers and is co-owned by Les Ecuries GLD, Inc. with breeder Claude Hamel and paid $2.40 to win. In the filly division there were ten starters in the ninth race as Wild River Swan (Stephane Brosseau) started off the show, leaving from post five like a rocket to the front. But trainer/driver Yves Filion had different ideas with Clodam Bayama as they came after and took the lead away from Wild River Swan at the opening quarter mile in :28.2. Making atones for breaking as the wagering favorite last week, Clodam Bayama led the field to the half mile marker in :58 and then was challenged by HP Pandora and driver Louis-Philippe Roy in the backstretch. It looked as if Roy would clear by the three-quarters in 1:27 but Filion was the sly fox and kept Roy parked out. Then in the stretch Clodam Bayama had just enough left over to hold off both Art Deganee (Mario Charron) and Wild River Swan to win by a half-length in 1:57.4. Owned and bred by Filion's Bayama Farms and Jacques Damours, it was the second win in the series for Clodam Bayama, a daughter of Bettors Delight, who paid $4.30 to win. There were three divisions of the Future Stars Series opening round for two-year-old pacing fillies and colts. The fillies were spotlighted in the sixth race with a bulky field of ten starters on the 3R half mile oval. Kinnderuntouchable, a daughter of Allamerican Native, was able to lead from start to finish for driver Justin Filion, but not with a late scare by D G's Elsa and driver Jonathan Lachance. Sweeping three-wide on the field turn around horses, Lachance and D G's Elsa were on the move, but could not catch Filion and Kinnderuntouchable, who held on to win by a head in 2:03. Chaleurs Melodie (Carl Duguay) was third. Kinnderuntouchable was bred and is owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Les Cedres, QC and paid $8.90 to win. The two colt divisions were non-wagering races with the fastest division going to Histoire Enchantee and driver Marion Charron. The son of Shanghai Phil wired the field but was collared by Majo Lou Beka (Lachance) on the final turn and those two went head and head down to the wire with Histoire Enchantee holding on by a neck in 2:01.3. Joe's Best (Gilles Gendron) was third. Trained by Maxime Velaye, Histoire Enchantee is owned and was bred by Guy Gorbeil of Montreal. The second division saw C L Sports Action and Lachance clear to the lead at the three-quarter pole and then hold off a late charge by Wildriverbumblebee (Roy) to win by one length in 2:02 with Chaleurs Magic (Stephane Gendron) third. Trained by Marie Lachance, the son of Sportswriter was bred and is owned by Ecuries C Leblanc, Inc. of Saint-Eustache, QC. TRACK NOTES: Three time Quebec-Series Champion and track record holder, Atomic Million AM, put on a clinic Saturday in the 10th race pace when he and driver Sylvain Lacaille were parked first-over the entire mile by pacesetter D G's Justlikethat and driver Jonathan Lachance. Despite the extra distance racing on the outside, Atomic Million AM held on in the stretch to fend off 23-1 Apple Pie Angle (Mario Charron) to win by a head in 1:56.3, paying $3.00 to win. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening, first post at 7:00 pm, with the fourth and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. There will also be two divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. They are non-wagering races scheduled to be held at 6:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 19, 2016 - Holiday Party posted his fifth straight victory and was able to overcome an accident marred race, in capturing his division of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday. Competing in the 6th race colt division of the Breeders Cup Series, Skyflex and driver Rheo Filion was leading the race after the opening quarter mile in :29. Then, on the second turn, Slyflex went off-stride on the lead and went to the outside, causing interfering that hampered nearly all of the horses in the field of nine. Once the may lay was cleared, KFB Amigo Cool and driver Stephane Brosseau took command of the race, but driver Pascal Berube was able to get Holiday Party, the 1-4 wagering favorite, back in gear and he closed with a burst of speed to win by one length in 2:02.3. KFB Amigo Cool was second with Holiday Gift (Sylvain Fontaine) third. It was the sixth win in ten starts this year for Holiday Party. The gelded son of Holiday Road is trained by Dany Fontaine for the Gaetan Bono Stable, Inc. of Montreal and paid $2.70 to win. In the fourth race division for fillies, the 1-2 favorite Y A Jailhouse Judy and driver Stephane Gendron made an uncharacteristic break behind the starting gate and never was able to rebound, finishing last. That enabled Eau Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle to scoot right out to the lead from the rail with Y S Suzanne (Carl Duguay) following in second place. Eau Naturelle led the field through the three-quarters when Duguay pulled to the outside for a final challenge. Down the stretch they raced, neck and neck to the wire where Y S Suzanne just got up at the wire to win by a nose in 2:01.3. Clair Chocolat (Guy Gorbeil) was third. It was a lifetime mark and the first win in six starts this year for Y S Suanne. The daughter of Angus Hall is trained by Carl Duguay and is owned by Duguay's Elevage Baie De Chaleurs of Port-Daniel, QC, and paid $7.90 to win. The opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters took place Tuesday evening with one division for colt and for fillies. The third race colt division saw Capteur De Reve began his career on a winning note, leading from start to finish with a three-quarter length triumph over a late closing Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) in 2:07.4. Yoan Bayam (Yves Filion) was third. Bred, owned and driven to victory by Guy Corbeil of Ecurie Provoquante of Montreal, Capteur De Reve paid $5.60 to win. He is sired by Muscle Mass and is a nephew of the great Quebec-bred trotter, Maximuscle. In the filly division for two-year-olds, all it took for Taurus P V and driver Stephane Brosseau to win the race was to stay on stride. The daughter of Val Taurus, trained by Serge Nadeau and bred and owned by Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu, QC, was the only horse in the field to stay on gait during the non-wagering race. She was able to wire the field, winning by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:08.1. Affirmee (Guy Corbeil) was second with Muscle Do (Gaetan Lamy) third. TRACK NOTES: Jimbelina, the winningest horse at 3R this season and unbeaten in five starts for driver Roland Trudel, saw her winning ways come to an end in the 5th race pace. Pressured first-over from after the opening quarter mile by Shedonthepyschic (Louis-Philippe Roy), Jimbelina held game on the lead until mid-stretch, when the pocket-sitting Mr Sunshine Boy (Stephane Brosseau) came up the passing lane to nip Jimbelina at the wire by a head in a lifetime best time of 1:58.1. At odds of 17-1, Mr Sunshine Boy paid $36.40 to win. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, first race post time 1:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 18, 2016 - The future stars of harness racing from the Quebec region begin their careers Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R with the start of the $200,000 Future Cup Series. This series is for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies and features four weeks of preliminary round competition with the top eight point earners from both the filly and colt divisions returning on Sunday, September 4 for their $65,000 finals. The trotting colts are on display first in the third race. This is the first time any of these youngsters have raced for a purse and thus one needs to look at their breeding to see who could be an up-and-coming star in the future. That honor could well go to the morning line favorite, Capteur De Reve, who starts from post five for trainer Maxime Velaye. This son of Muscle Mass was bred and and is owned by Ecruie Provoquante of Mirable, QC and will be driven by Guy Corbeil. Capteur De Reve's dam (mother) is Noblesse, who is a half-sister to non-other than three time Quebec-bred Series Champion, Maximuscle, who is racing later in the program in the eighth race. Capteur De Reve has also finished a strong second in a qualifier last week at Rideau Carlton in 2:04. With just three fillies entered, the filly division will be non-wagering and the race will be held right after 5th race on the program. Making her debut to pari-mutuel racing will be the younger full sister to Maximuscle, Affirmee. She is also owned and bred by Ecruie Provoquante, trained by Velaye and will start from post three for Corbeil. She has also been race-timed in 2:04. So we have a brother and two sisters and their nephew, all racing on the same program at 3R Tuesday. There are also two divisions of the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting fillies and colts. In the fourth race first division for trotting fillies is another full sister to Maximuscle in Éclair Chocolat from post six. She was third in the opening round of the series. The race favorite is Y A Jailhouse Rock and driver Stephane Gendron from post five. They are attempting to make a clean sweep of the series, having won both opening round legs. The daughter of Andover Hall, trained by Michel Allard and co-owned by Yves Sarrazin and Rene Allard, is on a roll, having won five of her last six starts. Other contenders in the field include Y S Suzanne (post three) and Eau Naturelle (post one). The colts do battle in the sixth race where Holiday Party (post 9) is the heavy favorite and is on a tear, with a four-race win streak on the line for trainer Dany Fontaine and driver Pascal Berube. This son of Holiday Road has won five of nine starts for Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:57. Missing from the lineup is track record holder Wildwild Men, who had also won two legs of the series. Post time is 7:00 pm Tuesday. For a free race program and live video feed of the race card, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July11, 2016 - On Tuesday evening the Hippodrome 3R is hosting the Quebec/Eastern Ontario Regional Driving Championship with the eight top harness racing drivers from the region competing in six races to determine two finalists. Those two finalists then go on to the Raceway at Western Fair on Friday, October 14 for the finals to determine who will represent Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, which is being hosted in Canada. Nominated for the first time to the tournament is Louis-Philippe Roy, who has emerged as the hottest driver on the Quebec and Eastern Ontario Circuit this season. Roy is not only the leading driver this season at the Hippodrome 3R, but also leads the driving colony at Rideau Carlton. How does it feel to Roy to be invited to the tournament as the leading driver at two tracks this year? "I think this all allows me to be known and noticed," Roy said. "So it might help me to have the opportunities to drive more horses in different locations. "When I started to drive," Roy explained, "my main goal was not really to be the leading driver at a track, but to drive horses every day and earn a living this way. It is going very good this year." Driving at two tracks that are more than a three-hour drive between them can be very taxing not only for the driver, but the car too. "Last year I did 70,000km (44,000 miles) with my car," Roy said. "Now that I have moved near Montreal, I often travel with people transporting horses. My friends would tell you that I'm an easy shipper, as I can sleep almost anywhere, especially in the car!" Perhaps it is time for Roy to look into a small private plane or perhaps a helicopter like Herve Filion had to go from Freehold Raceway to Yonkers and Roosevelt Raceway during his heyday? "I'm not really sure I can afford that yet!" Roy joked. How does Roy prepare for a tournament such as this? He studies the race program, looks at the horses he has driven before and how others might react to them and then he gets behind the starting gate and throws caution to the wind. "I talked with my colleague at 3R, Daniel Delisle on Sunday." Roy explained. "He told me that my odds were not very good for Tuesday. He listed me as the 8th and last at the end of the tournament. But to say that I won't try to be one of the two finalists would be lying! As they say: Winners find a way. Losers find an excuse. "I know that driver Pascal Berube will be well prepared for Tuesday." Roy laughed. "As he took this Monday afternoon off from his job to focus on the tournament! Professor Delisle told me that Jacques Beaudoin might be the one to beat Tuesday night according to him. "I was also told that Professor Delisle had predicted that Sylvain Filion would finish last in the All-Star Tournament at 3R in June." Roy said. "And Sylvain just lost out the championship to Jody Jamieson in the very last race of the tournament. So maybe I do have a chance!" Roy will need to be at his best and perhaps a little luck on his side never hurts as he will be competing against a top flight group of drivers. Along with Pascal Berube and Jacques Beaudoin, Roy will be facing veteran horsemen Gaetan Lamy, Gord Brown, Guy Gagnon, Sylvain LaCaille and Brett MacDonald. The six tournament races are the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th on the program and post time Tuesday night is 7 pm. There are also three divisions of the second round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. Featured will be the return of opening round winner's Y A Jailhouse Jody (race 1), Holiday Pary (race 3) and Wildwild Men (race 6). For a free race program and live video streaming of the 3R races, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The draw for the Quebec/Eastern Ontario Regional Driving Championship scheduled for Tuesday, July 12 at Hippodrome 3R in Trois Rivieres, Quebec is now complete. Post time for Tuesday’s card of racing is 7:15 p.m. The participating drivers are: Jacques Beaudoin (Rideau Carleton Raceway) Pascal Berube (Hippodrome 3R) Gord Brown (Kawartha Downs) Guy Gagnon (Rideau Carleton Raceway) Sylvain Lacaille (Hippodrome 3R) Gaetan Lamy (Hippodrome 3R) Brett MacDonald (Rideau Carleton Raceway) Louis Philippe Roy (Rideau Carleton Raceway) The RDC races are Races 2, 4, 5 and 7-9. 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, from the Quebec / Eastern Ontario Regional will go on to compete in the National Driving Championship on October 14 at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ontario. They will join the following six drivers in the competition: James MacDonald & Trevor Henry (Ontario Regional) Jason Hughes and Corey MacPherson (Atlantic Regional) Brandon Campbell and Jim Marino (Western Regional) The winner of the NDC will represent Canada in the 2017 World Drivng Championship which will be hosted in Canada next August. A reminder to I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club members to enter the fourth leg of the RDC Handicapping Contest which will open on Saturday, July 9. Your points from the first three contest legs will be added to your point total in this contest. Your challenge is to select the top two drivers from this RDC that will advance to the 2016 National Driving Championship (NDC). SCORING 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: 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) **Number of Starters - 6: 13 (1), 8 (2), 5 (3) 3 (4), 2(5), 1 (6) In the event of a scratch, the driving rep drawn to a horse shall drive the ‘also eligible’ horse. In the event of a horse being scratched and where no horse is available, five (5)* / four (4 points)** 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 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)

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Track record holder Wildwild Men made a triumphant return to the Hippodrome 3R in capturing the third race first division of the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series with a 1:59 victory for driver Robert Shepherd. The series, for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies, features four weeks of preliminary competition with the top eight point earners returning Sunday, September 4 for their respective $65,000 finals. It was KFB Amigo Cool and driver Guy Gagnon battling with Shepherd and Wildwild Men for control of the early lead with KFB Amigo Cool winning the early battle to the opening quarter mile in a quick :27.4. Gagnon then backed back the speed, going to the half mile in :59 as Slyflex and driver Rheo Filion came first-over and boxed in Wildwild Men. They raced that way thru the three-quarters in 1:28.1. Then in the stretch, Shepherd moved Wildwild Men to the passing lane and they shot right by KFB Amigo Cool and went on to win by one and one-half lengths with Skyflex second and KFB Amigo Cool third. It was the first win in five starts this year for Wildwild Men. The gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Isabella Darveau for co-owners Catheline Pelletier and breeder Chantal Gravel of QC. He paid $3.10 to win. The second colt division was a non-wagering race that saw Chatemup Bill and driver Stephane Brosseau parked out Holiday Party and driver Pascal Berube to the opening quarter mile in :28. But once in command of the race, Berube and Holiday Party held the field at bay, cutting the mile to the half in :58.1 and the three-quarters in 1:29.2 before opening up on the field and scoring an eleven and one-half length romp in 1:59.1. Stablemate Andovers Choice (Guy Gagnon) was second with Chatemup Bill third. It was the third straight win and fourth victory in eight starts this year for Holiday Party. The Holiday Road gelding is trained by Dany Fontaine for Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. In the sixth race filly division, Y A Jailhouse Jodi posted her third straight victory, but it was a nail bitter to the wire. The race started off with SOS Christina and driver Gaetan Lamy parking out Y S Suzanne and trainer/driver Carl Duguay to the opening quarter mile in :29.2 before letting Y S Suzanne take command. They led the field past the half mile in 1:01.1 and then in the backstretch, Stephane Gendron was on the move with Y A Jailhouse Jodi, who settled into second place behind Y S Suzanne to the three-quarters in 1:31.4. Then in the stretch, Gendron and Y A Jailhouse Jodi came after Y S Suzanne and Duguay and those two separated from the field and battled neck and neck, head and head to the wire with Y A Jailhouse Jodi getting up in the final strides to win by a neck in 2:02. Éclair Chocolat (Mario Charron) was third. Sired by Andover Hall, it was the third win in five starts this year for Y A Jailhouse Jodi. She is trained by Michel Allard for co-owners Yves Sarrazin and Rene Allard of QC and paid $3.00 to win as the betting favorite. Live racing resumes Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with the second rounds of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies, post time 1:30 pm. For a free race program and live video feed of the 3R races, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 4, 2016 - The trotters claim the stage at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday night with the opening round of the Breeders Cup for three-year-old colts and fillies. There are four weeks of preliminary round competition with the top eight point earners from each division returning on Sunday, September 4 for their respective $65,000 finals. The colts start off the stakes action in the third race where track record hold and last year's two-year-old champion, Wildwild Men, returns to 3R for trainer Isabelle Darveau and driver Robert Shepherd. Last year Wildwild Men tore up the 3R half mile oval, sweeping the series and setting a track record 1:58.2 in the Quebec-Bred series finale. He ended 2015 with five wins and one second place finish in nine starts and will start from post six Tuesday. Co-owned by Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel with breeder Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover, QC, this son of Muscle Mass is not off to the greatest of starts this year. He is winless in four tries, even won in 2:00.1 at Grand River Raceway, only to be placed sixth by the judges. He will be put to the test on Tuesday, having to face some stiff competition in KFB Amigo Cool (post five), who ships in from Ontario Sire Stakes action at Georgian Downs where he was second for $18,000, timed in 1:59.2. Skyflex (post 4), invades from Rideau Carlton where he has been first or second in seven of his eleven starts this year, the fastest a 2:00.1 triumph. Between the fifth and sixth race is a non-wagering second division for the colts. The race was taken off the betting card due to the entry from the Dany Fontaine Stable of Andovers Choice and Holiday Party. Holiday Party starts from post four for driver Pascal Berube and ships in from Georgian Downs where last week he won an $18,000 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes in 1:58. The start before the gelded son of Holiday Road took his lifetime mark with a 1:57 triumph. Andovers Choice will start from post two for driver Guy Gagnon and comes to 3R from Mohawk Raceway where he has been facing older rivals and has two second place finishes in both his starts this year, the fastest timed in 1:57.1. The fillies do battle in the sixth race where last year's series champion, Y S Suzanne starts from post four for trainer/driver Carl Duguay. This daughter of Angus Hall was winless last year until her final start of the season when she won the $55,000 final. She is winless in three starts this year but has been racetimed in 2:00.2-2:01 recently. Other contenders in the field include Y A Jailhouse Jodi from post two, who has won her last two starts for trainer Michel Allard, Eau Naturelle (post 5) and Éclair Chocolat (post 6). Post time Tuesday evening is 7:00 pm. For a free race program and live video feeds of the race card visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 23, 2016 - The fields have been drawn and set for Sunday's $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series Finals on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with four $30,000 finals for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers. The third race is the first final for trotting horses and despite only six entering the race, three of them could be neck and neck at the finish wire. Maximuscle (post 2) is the morning line favorite and rightly so. He is seeking to become the first horse ever to win all four series finals. He was victorious at age 2, 3 and 4 and this is his last race in the series. Trained by Maxime Velaye and driven through the series all four years by Mario Charron, Maximuscle won two of the three preliminary rounds of the series this season for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. In his last series win he showed a sharp :28.2 last quarter mile, winning in 1:58.2, the fastest winning time this year for the gelded son of Angus Hall. Next in the race is track record holder and series champion from last year, Seeyou Men. This son of Muscle Mass, now age 4, was all the rage last year, sweeping the series and setting the track record with his 1:58.4 triumph for driver Robert Shepherd and trainer Isabelle Darveau. Owned by Catheline Pelletier with breeder Chantal Gravel of Quebec, Seeyou Men won the second round of the series over Maximuscle by a head. Me The Boss starts from post one for driver Louis-Philippe Roy and trainer Francis Richard and he was able to beat Maximuscle in the third leg of the series by a neck and thus is another major contender in the field. The trotting mares do battle in the 6th race with four of the eight finalists having won preliminary rounds, and any of them have the chance to wear the championship crown once the dust settles in their final. SOS Afterthestorm starts from post five for drvier/trainer Francine Morrissette and won the second round in a lifetime mark. Viva Bayama starts from post six for trainer Carl Duguay who is giving up the drive to two-time defending 3R driving champion, Denis St Pierre, who won the final with this mare last year. SOS Striking Monte goes from post seven for driver Pascal Berube. She was so impressive in her last start in the series, breaking stride at the start and then coming back from ninth place to win it all. SOS Revange in post eight for driver Gaetan Lamy had won two of the four preliminary rounds, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:59.2. The eighth race is for the pacing mares and Chaleurs Fantasy from post two is the big favorite for trainer/driver Carl Duguay. She has won three of the four preliminary rounds and was second in the other. She has the fastest win record in the series, 1:57.1 and will be tough once again. Her main rival will be Miss Bro from the rail for driver Pascal Berube. They beat Chaleurs Fantasy two starts back with a very impressive first-over grind it out triumph. Other contenders include last year's series champion, Voodoo Charm (post 7) and Hawaiian Drummond (post 8). The ninth race final division for pacing horses will be perhaps the fastest and most competitive. Track record holder Atomic Million AM looms as the toughest foe in the race from post one for driver Sylvain Lacaille. After finishing first and second in the opening rounds he went back to Rideau Carlton for trainer Alain Martin was was second by a head in back to back starts in 1:53.1. Last week Sugarsam showed he is has returned to winning form, grinding out a very impressive win in 1:55.3 and will start from post three for driver Denis St Pierre. Sugarsam still holds the track record at 3R at age two and was last year's series champion at age 3. Both Electric Western (post 2) and Mach On The Beach (post 8) won divisions of the series too while Half A Billion (post five), whose best outing in the series was only a third place finish, came back last week at 3R in an overnight event and cut loose for driver Louis-Philippe Roy with a six and one-half length romp in 1:53.2, the fastest mile this year at 3R. Other contenders also include D G's Justlikethat (post 7), C L Art Magic (post 6) and Killer Thriller (post 4), all have the ability to upset the field. With a forecast of sunny skies and temperatures perhaps as high as 90f (32c), some of the series and track records at the Hippodrome 3R could well be in jeopardy. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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