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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 1, 2016 - The Hippodrome 3R enjoyed a splendid opening day program for 2016 that featured warmer than normal weather, a super-fast race oval, high priced winners in nearly every race and a full and competitive program with eleven action packed races. "What a great day to start our new season," said 3R general manager Vincent Trudel. "Our numbers both on track and from simulcasting were the best opening day over the past four years. "The fans came out today and really enjoyed themselves," Trudel said, "And that was important. Our staff worked hard to make everything ready for today and it has paid off. It is a "feel good" way to start off the race meet and we hope it carries over for the season." Race fans hoping for a hidden payoff gem saw an average win price for the eleven races at an impressive $27.00. Of the eleven races, only four favorites were winners and all eleven races were won by different drivers. Usually it takes a few race days before the track surface settles in but opening day the oval was in perfect shape with nine of the eleven races going under 2:00. The fastest mile on the card came in the 9th race pace as C C Nite Raider was able to overcome starting from post seven and getting parked out to the opening quarter mile by April Bandit (Jean Briere) in :27.4 before wiring the field. Driven by Pascal Berube, C C Nite Raider was able to hold on to the lead the rest of the mile to win by a quarter length over Rainbow Palace and April Bandit in 1:57. On the trotting side, Michelangelo and reigning two-time 3R driving champion, Denis St-Pierre, also overcame post seven and wired the field in the eighth race feature trot in 1:58.2. Shipping in from Rideau Carlton, it was the third win this year for Michelangelo, who won with east by three and one-quarter lengths for trainer Chelsea Knapp of Prescott, Ontario. The Hippodrome 3R will race on Sunday's only until May 24, the first of their Tuesday night programs at 7:00 pm. For more information, race results, free programs and live race feeds, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Patience's is a virtue and harness racing driver Pascal Berube listened to that proverb Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the fifth race feature trot and he came away with a victory aboard SOS Striking Monte. Starting from the rail, SOS Striking Monte got away in second place as the top mare, Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras), left quickly to take early command of the race. By the opening quarter mile in :30.1, Kim Sorel was already under pressure on the outside from The Great Bambino (Jonathan Lachance), but The Great Bambino went off-stride. That allowed Gingras to back off the early speed and slow the field down to the half mile marker in 1:03.3. Then it was that Force Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle coming three-wide in the backstretch to push Kim Sorel to the three-quarters in 1:34.4 and was gaining ground on the final turn. But once they straightened out in the stretch for the final drive to the wire, the very patient Pascal Berube moved SOS Striking Monte to the passing lane and they shot by the race leaders and went on to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:04.4. Kim Sorel held for second over Force Naturelle. Trained by Guy Royl and owned by Frances Proulex of Saint-Pie-De-Guire, QC, it was the third win this year for SOS Striking Monte. The four-year-old mare by Striking Sahbra paid $5.70 to win as the betting favorite. Two drivers, Stephane Brosseau and Steeven Genois each had the 'hot hands' at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, each winning three races on the program. Next Sunday will be the final day of the season for live racing at the Hippodrome 3R. The track will be open seven days of a week for simulcasting all year long. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. By Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club 

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – After having a chance to view the entries and race program for Sunday’s 4th annual Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R, we asked the drivers how they felt their odds might be to win the tournament. And we got some very interesting responses. Sunday’s tournament will be a great display of horsemanship from nine of the best drivers this season. The nine drivers will compete in eight races (2nd through 9th) with $3,000 in cash prizes for the top three finishers. And the race fans can get in the action too! There will be a meet and greet starting at 12:15 pm for the fans plus a contest to predict the top three finishers with more than $500 in cash prizes to the winners. Joining special guest drivers Simon Allard and Robert Shepherd will be 3R’s top reinsman, Pascal Berube, Stephane Brosseau, Mario Charron, Jocelyn Gendron, Stephane Gendron, Denis St. Pierre, and Louis-Philippe Roy. “It will be a very good tournament,” said 3R’s leading driver, Denis St. Pierre. “I don’t think I have a chance to be in the top three, but I would have to say my odds of winning are at 6-1. Louis-Philippe Roy, Robert Shepherd and Stephane Gendron will be the tough ones.” “I have been in three tournaments before,” said Robert Shepherd, “And they can be very exciting and super competitive. I won a father-son tournament on PEI and it was great. For this tournament I think my odds of winning are 5-1.” “It will be tough,” said Stephane Gendron, “We will need to have some racing luck. I see my odds at 5-1.” “You can’t win it unless you are in it,” said Simon Allard, quoting the great Herve Filion. “It is great to be invited to compete and my first glance at the race entries I would say I am 9/5 odds to win it. You have to think positive. Then I looked at the actual race program and now I think I would have a better chance to win at bingo!” “I am very honored to be in the tournament,” said Jocelyn Gendron, “You have to think you can be the winner because you never know how the racing will go. I am confident so let’s say odds of 3-1.” “I think I drew very well for the tournament,” said Louis-Phillipe Roy. “I have good positions with the right horses so if I have some racing luck I could have a good chance to win. I say my odds are 7/2.” “My odds should be around 6-1,” said Pascal Berube. “I have two strong drives but the rest are so so. You never know how things will turn out so I hope I can make it to the top three.” “I have two or three horses that I may be able to do well with.” Said Mario Charron. “It is great to be in the tournament. It is a nice reward for the top drivers and it is always a good competition. I would have to say my odds are around 10-1. Of course I will need some luck to do well. In tournaments like this you never know how things will go. Sometimes the favorites get into a fight and you can pick up some good points. I know for sure it will be great racing action for the fans.” “I’m not too excited about tomorrow’s tournament,” said Stephane Brosseau. “It is great to be part of it but I fear my odds of winning are very high. I don’t think I have a shot. I am in it but I could be 99-1 odds. I’m gonna need some luck for sure and I will give it by best! According to the morning line odds, the tournament favorites would be Louis-Phillipe Roy, Robert Shepherd and Stephane Gendron. Either way Sunday’s tournament promises to be full of exciting racing action in every race. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  by Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Harness racing fans in Quebec are in for a special treat this Sunday as the Hippodrome 3R will host its 4th annual Drivers Tournament. The tournament will feature nine top drivers competing in nine races on the program with more than $3,000 in cash and prizes to the winners of the competition. And the race fans will also be involved in the competition. First there will be a meet and greet with all the drivers before the race program gets underway at 12:15 pm. Fans can get autographs and photographs with their favorite drivers plus they will have the opportunity to try and correctly select the first three official finishers in the tournament for cash prizes. Special guest drivers are Simon Allard and Robert Shepherd along with the seven leading drivers this season at the Hippodrome 3R. They are Denis St. Pierre, Mario Charron, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron, Jocelyn Gendron, Pascal Berube and Louis-Philippe Roy. Perhaps the “rising star” of the race meet has been Louis-Philppe Roy, 25, of Mont-Joli, Quebec, who enters the tournament for the first time. “As it's only my second year as a professional driver,” Roy explained, “I didn't expect to among the top drivers in 3R this year, but some trainers had confidence in my driving skills, they gave me a chance to show it and it turned out to be a very good year. “Being in the tournament is kind of a wrap-up of this good year,” Roy said. “And I'm very happy that tournament includes the 7 top drivers as it allows me to be in it. “The draw today will tell a lot,” Roy explained, “I just need some racing luck and to get on some good horses to drive. There are some great drivers among these guys, and it will be exciting to compete against them in the tournament. If I am fortunate enough to win, then that would be the greatest. I am honored just to be in the tournament.” The point system for the tournament that will be used is 1st place 50 points, 2nd place 25 points, 3rd place 12 points, 4th place 8 points, 5th place 5 points and 6th place 2 points. Each of the drivers will start from a different post position in the nine selected races. Prior winners of the tournament were Jody Jamieson 2014, Yannick Gingras 2013 and Daniel Dube 2012. First race post time for the first race Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. By Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Starting off in the very first race with a track record, the Hippodrome 3R featured its richest day of harness racing in 2015 with the $500,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers Sunday. Sunny skies and warm temperatures were the order of the day for the jammed packed crowd around the half mile oval. The 12-race program featured four divisions for two-year-olds, each with a purse of $55,000, and four divisions for three-year-olds, each with a purse of $65,000. The series culminated three weeks of preliminary races with the top eight point earners returning for the finals. The first race final for three-year-old trotting colts saw Seeyou Men and driver Robert Shepherd rewrite their own track record for geldings with a resounding 1:58.4 triumph. Leaving from post five, Shepherd put Seeyou Men right on the lead to the opening quarter mile in :30, then a slight breather to the half in 1:01 with Notrouble Dechafra (Stephane Brosseau) sitting the pocket trip and The Sprinter (Mario Ballargeon) starting up first-over. Before The Sprinter could even mount a challenge, Seeyou Men began to pull away from the field in the backstretch, leading by  lengths at the three-quarters in 1:29.3. They then poured it on in the stretch to win in a romp by eight and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.4. Seeyou Men’s prior track mark was 1:59.3. The Sprinter was second with Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) third. Sired by Muscle Mass, it was a lifetime mark for Seeyou Men, who is trained by Isabella Darveau for co-owner Catheline Pelletier and Chantal Gravel, the breeder of Seeyou Men. He paid $2.50 to win. The second race final for two-year-old pacers saw Mr Mach Jimmy and driver Pascal Berube make it a clean sweep in the series. He wired the field from post two in a lifetime best 1:57.3. The race was not without plenty of excitement as Mr Mach Jimmy was stung early going after the lead from Sagawi (Francis Piscard) to the opening quarter in :27.4. Then after the half in :57.4, Pudong Phil (Clarke Steacy) came first-over, but it was YS Artistic Fella and driver Sylvain Filion who nearly stole the race. Getting away in last place to the opening quarter mile, Filion then took YS Artistic Fella three-wide and nearly looped the entire field by the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Then in the stretch drive, Mr Mach Jimmy was able to hold off YS Artistic Fella to win by a half-length. Sagawi was third. “This is my first win in Quebec-Bred Finals,” Said Pascal Berube. “This colt never allows himself to over exceed. He always has energy to race. In the stretch, I was sure he had enough in him to not be beaten. He's really a good horse and he will keep on improving.” It was the fourth straight win for Mr Mach Jimmy. The altered son of Mach Three is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. He paid $4.20 to win. The fastest mile on the program came in the third race final for three-year-old pacing colts and gelded as Sugarsam and Mach On The Beach put on a speed show. Mach On The Beach left quickly for driver Pascal Berube to the first quarter in :27.4 with SOS Justified (Mario Charron) right on his back. Then at the half mile in :56.2, Sugarsam and driver Denis St Pierre came first-over and gave perfect second-over cover to the 3/5 favorite, Western Bayama (Sylvain Filion). Once they reached the backstretch it became a dogfight as Sugarsam nearly cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:24.3, but Mach On The Beach would not hear of it and came back to take the lead at the top of the lane. Then Sugarsam and Denis St Pierre were able to continue their forward momentum in the stretch to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:53.2. Mach On The Beach was second with SOS Justified third as Western Bayama failed to fire and finished fifth. Sired by Sportswriter, it was the third win this year for Sugarsam. He is trained by Colin Johnson for owner/breeder Sam Anastasopoulos of Saint-Therese, QC and paid $6.60 to win. “This colt (Sugarsam) experienced some difficulties early in the season,” said owner  Sam Anastasopoulos, “but he has put it back together just in time. We have had great expectations for him and he met that this afternoon with that mile in 1:53. We are very proud of him.” Perhaps after seeing his older full brother, Seeyou Men, rewrite his own track record, Wildwild Men was not to be outdone in the final for two-year-old trotting colts and gelding. Leaving from post two, driver Robert Shepherd sent Wildwild Men right to the front with Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) leaving from post six to grab the two-hole trip. Wildwild Men was fired up and shot to the first quarter mile in :28.2. From there Shepherd kept the rest of the field at bay, going to the half in :59.3 and the three-quarters in 1:29, opening up by five lengths by the top of the stretch and winning by eight and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.2. Wildwild Men’s clocking was the fastest mile in track history by any two-year-old trotter. Panamas Boy held for second with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) third. “It always looks easy when you have a good horse,” said driver Robert Shepherd. “It makes you look like you have anything under control. They trot so well and now behave themselves so it does look easy. “When we trained him down (Wildwild Men),” Shepherd said. “He looked like he would be a nice horse. We always thought he was pretty talented. We just didn’t know how deep he really was. He kept showing up every week and proving us wrong.” Wildwild Men has owned the track record with his 2:00.3 triumph last week and lowered it Sunday by more than two full seconds. A full brother to Seeyou Men (Muscle Mass-Seeyouinthecircle by Angus Hall), it was the fourth straight win and fifth victory on the year for Wildwild Men. It was a driving double for Shepherd, a training double for Isabelle Darveau and two wins in the finals for co-owner Catheline Pelletier and breeder Chantal Gravel of QC. Wildwild Men paid $2.60 to win as the 1/5 wagering favorite. The two-year-old filly trot final had just five starters and was held as a non-wagering event between the 5th and 6th races on the program. Driver Sylvain Filion made the most of his catch-drive on Y S Suzanne as he sent the daughter of Angus Hall right to the front and held on the entire mile to win by one length in 2:03.3. Dolly V P (Gaetan Lamy) sat the pocket trip but could not catch Y S Suzanne in the stretch, settling for second place with Eau Naturelle (Mario Charron), making a break at the start and then rebounding, coming first-over for a game third place finish. It was the perfect time for Y S Suzanne to break her maiden with her first victory in six career starts. She is trained by Richard Moreau for owner/breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, QC. A forced change in driving tactics worked out perfectly for Miss Babe Delight in the sixth race final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Leaving for the front from post two, Miss Babe Delight and driver Mario Ballargeon had to give way to a stubborn HP Sissy (Guy Gagnon) by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. HP Sissy then led to the half in :58.3 and the three-quarters in 1:29 as Art De Gagnee (Mario Charron) was first-over challenging the leaders. Then on the turn for home, it became a two-horse race as Ballargeon came out of the pocket with Miss Babe Delight, who usually races on the front end, and collared HP Sissy in the stretch and went on to win by one length. HP Sissy was second with stablemate/entry HP Mercedes (Louis Phillipe Roy) third. “A change of strategy really benefited this filly today,” said driver Mario Baillargeon. “She is a “green filly" when she races on top. I had in mind to take the second position at the start, and I just tried to challenge HP Sissy a little bit before taking the “golden spot”.  I thought I could use the passing lane at the end, but I just had overtook the leader from the outside and she closed very well.” It was a series double for trainer Dany Fontaine, who won earlier with Mr Mach Jimmy and was second with Mach On The Beach. It was also a double for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. and a double for breeder Rejean Lassonde of Le Gardeur, QC. Miss Babe Delight paid $5.10 to win. Meganou, the 2014 champion filly, had just one win in nine starts this year coming into the eighth race final for three-year-old trotting fillies and she returned to winning form for driver Jocelyn Gendron in a big way. Going to the lead from post one, Gendron had Meganou in high gear as she pulled away from the field by the opening quarter mile in :28.2 and never looked back. She cut fractions of :58 to the half mile and 1:27.4 at the three-quarters and went on to win in a romp by nearly the entire length of the stretch, scoring by 15 and one-half lengths in 1:59.3. Her clocking was one fifth of a second from tying the track record. Double Chance (Sylvain Lacaille) was second with Chamane (Simon Delisle) third. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of Kadabra, who is trained by Daniel Martin for owner Jean Picard of Orford, QC and paid $6.60 to win. The 11th race final for three-year-old pacing fillies saw the closest finish on the entire race card as Wanda Bayama and Voodoo Charm put on quite a show. Wanda Bayama (Sylvain Filion) was parked to the quarter mile by Juniper Sena (Pascal Berube) in :27.3. Then after settling in fourth place early, Mario Charron came first-over and slowly started to grind it out at the half mile in :57.3. Then by the three-quarters in 1:27.2., Voodoo Charm dropped in right behind Wanda Bayama, prepping for the stretch drive. And with Mario Charron urging and putting a drive on Voodoo Charm, the filly responded and caught Filion and Wanda Bayama at the wire to win by a nose in 1:57.1. Big Bertha (Guy Gagnon) closed well to be third. Sired by Ponder, it was the seventh win in just nine starts this year for Voodoo Charm. She is trained by Maxime Velaye for onwers Yvan Mondouz, Guy Gorbell, Alexandre Morin and Francois Laverdere, WC and paid $3.20 to win. It was also his fourth straight win. TRACK NOTES: Three-time Quebec-Bred Series champion, Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron, led from start to finish in the Open Trot in 1:57.4. It was his seventh win in eleven starts this year. Live racing will resume at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday, post time 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. By Steve Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 6, 2015 - Once again this season the sun will shine on a Hippodrome 3R special race card Sunday, the $500,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. The forecast Sunday is for sunny skies, no rain and temperature around 28 Celsius (83 Fahrenheit). It is the richest day of racing at 3R in 2015 and some of the track records for the younger horses will be in jeopardy of being broken. The two-year-old finals are for $55,000 each and the three-year-olds go for $65,000 each. Here is a preview of the top contenders in each of the eight finales. Race 1 - $65,000 3YO Colt Trot Final - Seeyou Men (post 5) will be the horse to beat, having won three of seven starts. Beat older horses last week at 3R in 2:00.3. The Sprinter (post 4) may be winless in nine starts this year but has recently showed sub-two minute speed at Mohawk, including race timed in 1:56.4. Champagne Panic (post 3) Also winless in nine starts in 2015 but always stays trotting and should get a good check. Race 2 - $55,000 2YO Colt Pace Final - Mr Mach Jimmy (post 2) was winless this year until trainer Dany Fontaine brought him to 3R for this series and he won all three legs and should take the final as he has yet to be tested. Shanghai Warrior (post 3)/Pudong Phil (post 6) will be a tough entry for trainer Mark Steacy, Pudong Phil romped last week at 3R in 1:59.2. Sagawi (post 1) draws very well and figures to get perfect trip behind Mr Mach Jimmy. He has yet to finish worse than second in his last five starts, all at 3R. Race 3 - $65,000 3YO Colt Pace Final - Mach On The Beach (post 5) may not be the favorite, but he is one of seven horses that trainer Dany Fontaine has entered today. This colt has strong gate speed to get to the front and control the pace and has beaten most of this field this season. Western Bayama (post 6) may be the wagering favorite and comes back to 3R off a super impressive 1:52.3 lifetime mark last week at Mohawk in the ONSS but can't leave which will hamper him in here. Sugarsam (post 3) was last year's 2YO champion but has not been at his best as of late. Usually always races well at 3R. Race 4 - $55,000 2YO Colt Trot Final - Wildwild Men (post 2) needs only to stay trotting and he will score big time in here. Is on three race win streak including track record 2:00.3 triumph last week at 3R. Seems to get faster every start he makes. Holiday Party (post 3)/Tuscans Memory (post 4) entry from Dany Fontaine Stable have been good in this series but cannot keep up with Wildwild Men. Should get second and third place money. Sass (post 1) is in perfect spot for driver Clarke Steacy to try and leave and get good trip behind Wildwild Men but may not have speed to stay close the entire mile. Non-wagering $55,000 2YO Filly Trot Final (between 5th and 6th races) - Dolly V P (post 3) showed she can trot beating older horses last start at 3R by a neck on an off-track. Can win in here by just staying on stride. Lucky Promesses (post 1)/Friendly Lavec (post 6) entry for trainer Andeane Lapeire must stay on stride and if so they could get two good checks in here. SOS Christina (post 2) comes into the final having won with ease on the Quebec Fair Circuit. She just needs to stay on gait. Race 6 - $55,000 2YO Filly Pace Final - Miss Babe Delight (post 2) got nipped at the wire last week by Art De Gagnee after cutting all the fractions. Same happened two starts back against HP Sissy. This filly is better than those lines show and can wire the field in this final. HP Mercedes (post 1)/HP Sissy (post 4) is a very formidable entry from trainer Jean Tourgny. Both have won in the series with HP Sissy impressive on her two-race win streak, beating Miss Babe Delight two weeks ago in 1:57.3. The track record will be in jeopardy in this race. Art De Gagnee (post 5) was given perfect drive last week to nip Miss Babe Delight after slow fractions in 2:00.2. Post may hinder any chance she has in here. Race 8 - $65,000 Final 3YO Filly Trot - National Trace (post 5) gets a slim call in this wide-open race. This has been a very weak division this year and this filly has shown the ability to have beaten most of this field earlier in the series. Meganou (post1) is the reigning champion from last year but has fallen on hard times in 2015 with just one win in nine starts. Still could be in the hunt from the rail. SOS Revange (post 6)/SOS Hardrive entry shows SOS Hardrive as the best of the two. Was good in the series last month and should be able to get a good check in here. Race 11 - $65,000 Final 3YO Filly Pace - Voodoo Charm (post 6) has been very good, winning five of her last six starts, beating male rivals in last overnights at 3R, going 1:56.2 last week. Should not lose in here. HP Rubis Joyce (post 8) has also been sharp, winning three of her last four starts. Far outside post will hinder her winning chances but can still be game for second money. Wanda Bayama (post 2) won two legs of this series and has beaten Voodoo Charm. Good inside post will keep her close to the action. Track Notes: Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. The 10th race is an Open Trot featuring newcomer Unabating from Rideau Carlton taking on Maximuscle, Caroluzzo and R Rkadabra. For free race programs and live video go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. by Steve Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club  

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

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