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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Mother Nature was not cooperative at all Sunday for closing day of the 2018 harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R. In fact, it was downright miserable through the entire card as the rains caused the start of the races to be delayed as the track was scraped. The foul weather did not hamper Canada's leading driver, Louis Philippe Roy from having a great day as he won four of the ten races on the card. The seventh race Preferred Pace saw D J Power and driver Pierre Luc Roy, a 9-1 long shot, take on his younger brother, Louis Philippe Roy with Hooter Shooter. D J Power was first on the lead after the starting gate pulled away. Driver Francis Picard left from the outside with Rainbow Palace to grab to two-hole spot with Hooter Shooter getting away in third place. After they went the opening quarter mile in :30.4, LPR came first-over with Hooter Scooter and looked to take the lead, but brother Pierre Luc Roy had other ideas and parked out his brother to the half mile in 1:01.4. Down the backstretch, Hooter Scooter stayed game on the outside past the three-quarters in 1:32.1 and D J Power was not giving up an inch. On the final turn it looked as if Hooter Scooter had had enough, but once in the stretch he came back again but could not catch D J Power who won by one length in 2:02.2. Hooter Scooter was second with Rainbow Palace third. It was the tenth win of the season for D J Power, a seven-year-old gelding by Major In Art. He is owned and trained by Jean Marc Roy of Mont-Joli and paid $21.90 to win. The eighth race Preferred Trot saw EAU Naturelle and driver Simon Delisle grab the early lead, held it until the opening quarter mile as Dance Hall George came first up for driver Francis Picard. They cleared to the front after the half mile marker. Dance Hall George and Picard then led the field until the three-quarters when Delisle came back on the outside with EAU Naturelle and those two battled neck and neck around the final turn and down the stretch with EAU Naturelle winning by a half length in 2:08.1. Dance Hall George was second with Capteur De Reve (Pierre Luc Roy) third. Also trained by Simon Delisle, it was the seventh win this year for EAU Naturelle. The five-year-old mare by Windsong Espoir is owned by Chantal Auger, Raymond Bouffard, Rejean Page and Anne Delisle. She paid $12.30 to win. For the second straight year, Stephane Brosseau captured the leading drivers title with 50 wins. Pascal Berube was second with 45 wins. Also winning the training title for the second straight year is Francis Richard. He also led early on this season and finished out the race season with 27 winners from his stable. His nearest rival was Maxime Velaye with 17 wins. There was a special winner's circle retirement ceremony for the 14-year-old pacer Windham Hanover. The son of Mach Three had a record of 1:54 and career earnings of $254,019. All Standardbred race horses must retire from racing when they turn age 15. Track notes: Closing day was also the second day of "whipless" racing. Both Francis Richard and Nathalie Migneault had training doubles. The Hippodrome 3R and its Off-Track-Betting parlors throughout Quebec, will be open seven days a week featuring simulcasting of the best in harness and thoroughbred racing. Visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com for more information. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday is closing day for the live harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R. It is also the second race program that will feature "whipless" racing. And, Canada's leading money winning and dash leading driver in 2018, Louis Philippe Roy, is also coming back to his home track to drive. He has nine drives in the ten races on the program. "I was pleased when I heard that the Quebec Jockey Club were making efforts to adapt the sport to today's reality," Roy said. "And I wanted to support and participate in trying to find the best for all of us. "In the best of all worlds," Roy explained. "Our sport wouldn't require a whip and by the way, the whip wouldn't be a problem for the image of our sport. On the other hand, it is possible that it is essential to the good functioning of harness racing, and if so, use of the whip should be strictly framed and minimized, in order to please a maximum of possible future fans." Other drivers that competed last Sunday without whips had this to say. Stephane Gendron said "I'm going to live with it, no problem." Pierre Luc Roy explained "It's a habit to get used to not having a whip. Some moments with the mount that you took advantage of using a whip you now must drive it differently. One thing is, we are all equal in every race without a whip." Pascal Berube was not positive about the experiment. "Very bad," Berube said. "All the driver drove with their lines down and it's very dangerous." Even some race fans chimed in. Andre Germain of Trois-Rivieres said after the races last Sunday. "I have more than 55 years as a fan and gambler," Germain explained. Races without whips are very good. It brings a different strategy to the races. The drivers must work with the horses to bring out the strength in them. It did affect my wagers negatively because the drivers must adapt to the horses now." Paul, from Trois-Riveres said, "I have been following racing all my life, about 60 years now. I am not in favor in racing without whips. I do not want to see anyone hurt a horse, but I know the drivers need to have a whip with them to only stimulate the horse and make it pay attention." On a final note, Louis Philip Roy is ready to go "whipless" on Sunday. "Like the other drivers that tried it last week," LPR added. "I will be in a better position after competing on Sunday, to give my opinion and recommendations on what would be the best decision for our sport and its future." First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - R Rkadabra, who had not been able to go gate-to-wire in his last four harness racing starts, was able to return to winning form, holding off Jamigo to win the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. The sixth race feature saw R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy shoot out to the early lead by four lengths. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was the race favorite and got away in second place as R Rkadabra cut a :28.1 opening quarter mile. R Kadabra and Roy were in easy command of the race approaching the half mile mark as Daniel Laflamme came first-over with Jamigo into a half in :59.2. Jamigo and Laflamme kept inching their way towards R Rkadabra at the three-quarters in 1:30.1. R Kadabra and Roy were now hard pressed by Jamigo as Holiday Party and Pascal Berube came three-wide to mount a challenge. Once starting down the stretch it looked as if Jamigo would be able to catch and beat R Rkadabra, but that was not happening today as R Rkadabra kicked in another gear and held off Jamigo by a neck in 2:02. Holiday Party was third. It was the fifth win on the year for R Rkadabra, a ten-year-old gelding by Kadabra, who is trained by Isabelle Binet and is owned by Gestion Mark Lemay, Inc. of Quebec City and he paid $13.60 to win. The long shot of the day came in the 8th race pace when Clever Thing and driver Tyler Jones was able to grind it out first-over against Allstar Seelster (Stephane Brosseau) and then held off D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) to win by a half-length in 1:58.1. Sent off at odds of 16-1, Clever Thing paid $34.70 to win in posting his tenth win of the year for trainer Francis Guillemette. Jones and Gullemette co-own the eight-year-old gelding by Stonebridge Regal. Track Notes: Starting next week at H3R the drivers will forgo their whips as the last two days of the race season will be competed without whips. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Pierre Luc Roy, the older brother of Canada's leading driver, Louis Philippe Roy, had his best day of the season at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, not only winning four races, but two of them were the co-feature second leg of the Quebec Plus Series. Roy started out the day winning the third race, the first division of the Quebec Plus Series with Lune Bleu ($2.90). Roy and Lune Bleu took the early lead away from Ernie Panic (Francis Picard) by the opening quarter mile and was home free from there, winning by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.2. Ernie Panic was second with Y C Easy (Carl Duguay) third. It was the second straight win for the three-year-old filly by Big Jim. She is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. Later in the program, the ninth race, Roy would score his fourth winner of the day, capturing the other Quebec Plus Series leg with Hercule J M ($16.20). Race favorite, Encore Panic (Jocelyn Gendron) led from the start, then in the backstretch Art Of The Master (Stephane Gendron) came first-over with Roy and Hercule J M following second-over, then three-wide going to the three-quarters with Indigo Seelster (Daniel LaFlame) four-wide on the final turn. As they straightened out for the stretch drive, it became a two-hole race as Roy and Hercule J M was able to hold off Indigo Seelster to win by a neck in 1:59.4. Encore Panic was third. A five-year-old gelding by Goliath Bayama, Hercule J M posted his third win this year. He is trained, owned and was bred by Jacques Mercier of Ste-Helene-De-Kamouraska. Newcomer Talbotcreek Suzie ($4.70), the lone mare in the field, crushed her six male opponents in the 7th race Preferred Trot. R Kadabra and Francis Picard went to the early lead as always with Talbotcreek Suzie in the two-hole. Then by the half mile marker, driver Stephane Gendron sent Talbotcreek Suzie to the lead and they never looked back, winning in a romp by seven lengths in 1:58. Seeyou Men (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) third. It was the 8th win this year for the six-year-old mare by Angus Hall. She is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francis Morin of Beauceville. Wild River Swan ($13.90) turned the tables on Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard), keeping her rival in the two-hole in the 6th race pace for driver Jocelyn Gendron as he wired the field with Wild River Swan, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.4 over Rainbow Palace. The battle between these two top mares at H3R is tied now 1-1. Track Notes: Next week, the Quebec Jockey Club will host the $10,000 final of the Quebec Plus Series for 3, 4 and 5-year-old pacers. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information, contact www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The final leg of the Quebec Plus Series for 3,4, and 5-year-old harness racing pacers takes place on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with two divisions. Owners, trainers and drivers will be seeking points to be one of the eight finalists going for $10,000 in the final next week at H3R. The first division features the horse that may well sweep the series, Lune Bleu (Blue Moon in French), who will start from the rail for driver Pierre Luc Roy. One of only two fillies in the race against the boys, Lune Bleu was at her best last week for trainer Maxime Velaye. The daughter of Big Jim was able to wire the field in a lifetime best 1:58.3, the fastest mile in the series so far. "She's not the biggest filly," said Velaye of Lune Bleu. "but believe me she has her little character. Fortunately, because it is probably this small side battler who makes a good quality racehorse. I think she has improved throughout the year. She had a few more difficult moments in the middle of the summer which resulted in breaking pace, but since then she has recovered from the hair of the beast, as they say. I even think that, like many mares and fillies, the cooler temperatures suit her." It was Lune Bleu's fifth win in 13 starts for breeder/owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. According to Velaye it was a good performance. "I do not claim anything," Velaye said. "but her mile last week in 1.58.3 is a very good performance under the circumstances. It was windy, it was cold, we were in the last race, but none of that seemed to bother her. So, I'm hopeful she'll answer with another good mile this week." A strong contender in the race will be Ernie Panic (post three) who won two starts back in 2:00.3 along with Determinant (post five). In the ninth race second division it looks like a battle will take place between two stable mates, Encore Panic (post five) and Flash Panic (post one). Both are conditioned by H3R's leading trainer, Francis Richard and were bred and is owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec City. Encore Panic will be driven by Jocelyn Gendron and this four-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella is on a two-race win streak, winning both starts going wire to wire. The fast of the two wins was last week in the opening round of the series, a 2:00.1 lifetime mark. Flash Panic will be driven by Francis Picard. The three-year-old filly by Sportswriter has four wins so far this year, the fastest a 1:57 triumph at H3R. Other contenders include Somebeachbythesea (post two), Art Of The Master (post six) and Hercule J M (post seven). The trotters own center stage in the seventh race Preferred event. Returning to try for his third straight win is last week's winner and former Quebec Series Champion, Seeyou Men. He goes from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau and last week won with ease in 2:00.1 and the prior week scored in 1:57.4 at Rideau Carleton. Another Quebec Series Champ, Capteur De Reve, starts from post two for driver Pierre Luc Roy. He has won three of his last five starts, all in this class. Rideau invader Talbotcreek Suzie (post one) will be a factor having won three of her last four starts for trainer Yves Tessier. Holiday Spirit (post three), the front-end crazy R Rkadabra goes from post four, return winner Ghradelli Lindy (post five) and another Quebec Series Champion, Holiday Party, rounds out the field from post seven. The two top pacing mares at H3RB this season, Rainbow Palace and Wild River Swan, renew their rivalry in the sixth race. Rainbow Palace took a week off after beating Wild River Swan and she will go from post four for driver Francis Picard. Wild River Swan did race last week and won in 1:57. She will start from post three for driver Jocelyn Gendron. First race post time is 12:50 pm on Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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