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Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was the first time the horse ever raced on a half mile track, it was the first-time driver Ricky Macomber ever came to Quebec, the same goes for the trainer, his wife Jamie Macomber. None of these new situations hampered 9-1 Beckhams Z Tam, who scored an upset victory in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The tenth race harness racing feature saw Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philip Roy) go to the early lead with stablemate Eddard Hanover (Stephane Brosseau) sitting in second place. But on the move on the outside from the start was driver Trevor Henry with Blood Line and as they could not find a place to duck in, they went after Filibuster Hanover to the opening quarter mile in :26.3. Ricky Macomber was then able to slip out and came up second-over behind Blood Line with Beckhams Z Tam and Western Joe (Doug McNair) was third-over on the outside as the field sped to the half mile marker in :54.1. Then things got a little crazy in the backstretch as Macomber moved Beckhams Z Tam three-wide and was not only able to clear by Blood Line, but also pass by Filibuster Hanover to take the lead past three-quarters in 1:23.2. As they started down the stretch, 15-1 American Wiggle and driver Guy Gagnon were able to close in on Beckhams Z Tam, but it was too little too late as the winner scored by one and one-half lengths in 1:52.1. Filibuster Hanover was third. "When we found room and got into second-over position going to the half mile," Said driver Ricky Macomber. "I felt pretty confident, I knew we could make that big move in the backstretch." Beckhams Z Tam is a four-year-old stallion by Always A Virgin. This was his second win of the season for trainer Jamie Macomber and the Z Tam Stables of New York, NY. He paid $21.10 to win. "After we got second over position," Macomber explained. "I waited until the backside and then flipped three-deep and continued on going. "My wife had more confidence in racing him on a half mile track than I did." Macomber admitted. "Now after the race I feel pretty good about it." "He (Beckhams Z Tam) made the ship so well from Indiana to Quebec," trainer Jamie Macomber said. "He has eaten all his food, drank more water than I have ever seen him do and that made me feel confident and that he was in good shape. "I did warm him up pretty hard," Macomber added. "I was really mad with myself for doing it, but he responded well. I also need to thank Ron Burke, as he was the one last winter who convinced me to enter Beckhams Z Tam in the Prix D'Ete." In the third race, the colt division of the Breeders Cup Series, Play Jet Ray was the overwhelming 1/9 favorite for driver Guy Gagnon and the son of Shadow Play raced like it. Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) shot to the lead from post five, but just as he cleared to the lead, out came Gagnon with Play Jet Ray, taking command at the quarter mile in :28. He then held the field at bay, cutting fractions of :57 and 1:25.4 before cruising home to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.3. Kinnder Jackson was second with D Gs Onceuponatime (Jonathan Lachance) third. It was the sixth win this year for Play Jet Ray, who is trained by Dany Fontaine and is owned by Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal and paid just $2.10 to win. In the ninth race filly division of the Breeders Cup Series it was Lit De Rose and catch-driver Trevor Henry going wire-to-wire against their nine rivals. Starting from post two, Henry beat out All You Can Dream (Stephane Brosseau) to the early lead, a costing speed duel in :26.4 to the opening quarter mile. Once settled in, Lit De Rose cut the mile to the half in :57 and the three-quarters in 1:26.3 as Brosseau came back out after the leaders again at the top of the stretch. But Henry was able to find a little speed from Lit De Rose, who held off All You Can Dream to win by a half length in 1:57. Sharks Summrshandy (Louis Philippe Roy) was third. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of Leader Bayama and her second win this year for trainer Maxime Velaye. She was bred and is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and paid $5.00 to win. Track Notes: Driver Louis Philippe Roy was in his usual prime form and led all drivers with four winners on the afternoon program. Live racing resumes at H3R Tuesday night with five trotting stakes events. There will be three divisions of the third round of the Future Stars Series for three-year-old's and two divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's. Post time Tuesday evening is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a forecast of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70's, the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track record of 1:50.3 will be in jeopardy Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete pace for four-year-old's. The record was first set in the first revival of the Prix D'Ete in 2014 by Sunfire Blue Chip. It was then equaled in the 2015 Prix D'Ete by All Bets Off. There are eight starters in the 10th race feature and the early favorites are the entry from the Ron Burke Stable of Eddard Hanover (post one) and Filibuster Hanover (post three) could be the one to do it. Eddard Hanover has H3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, in the bike. In his last start he not only won at Pocono Downs in 1:51.1, and had a :27.3 last quarter mile. Filibuster Hanover gets the driving services of Canada's leading reinsman, Louis Philippe Roy. Filibuster Hanover was a game third place finisher in the Sam McKee Memorial that was won by Western Joe. He is the richest competitor in the field with lifetime earnings of $1,269,000. Western Joe would have been the race favorite if not for drawing the far outside post eight. This son of Western Ideal sports nine wins on the year and will be driven by Doug McNair. Western Joe is seeking his third straight win as he won the Sam McKee Memorial and the prior week took a lifetime mark of 1:47.3 at the Meadowlands. Completing the field that have a shot at breaking the track record include Miso Fast (Daniel Dube) post seven, Blood Line (Trevor Henry) post five, Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber) post two, Modern Reflection (Pascal Berube) post five and American Wiggle (Guy Gagnon) in post four. Only driver Ricky Macomber has never driven at H3R before. Trevor Henry won the Prix D'Ete last year with Western Fame. Trainers Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter, have each won the Prix D'Ete twice over the past four years. Burke with All Bets Off (2015) and Rockin Ron (2016). Takter won with Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and Western Fame (2017). Of the eight drivers in the race, five are from Quebec and seven are from Canada with Ricky Macomber the only driver from the USA. The only return winners in the field are Eddard Hanover and Western Joe. It is the first time this season that Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philippe Roy) will be driven by someone other than Yannick Gingras. Post time is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Whether you are a driver in the race, the trainer of a horse in the race or just an armchair harness racing quarterback, the race scenarios for Sunday's $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers is a tough one to handicap. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. It was in 2011 that the Quebec Jockey Club was formed and purchased the Hippodrome 3R and the Prix D'Ete was brought back as a four-year-old only pace and the first revival was held in 2014. In the past four editions of the Prix D'Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then in 2016, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D'Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable. Last year's Prix D'Ete saw the Jimmy Takter Stable win for the second time (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first), with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2. For 2018, ten entered the Prix D'Ete with Hurricane Beach and Wildriverbumblebee eliminated as the race conditions only allow the first eight highest money winners in 2018. The Ron Burke Stable faired very well in the post position draw for 10th race feature on Sunday. The entry of Eddard Hanover (post 1) and Filibuster Hanover (post 3) loom the morning line favorites at odds of 5/2. Eddard Hanover has H3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, in the sulky. In his last start he won at Pocono Downs in 1:51.1, his first win of the year for the gelded son of Dragon Again. He has great gate speed to insure either cutting the mile or getting a pocket-trip. Eddard Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Lawrence Karr and Weaver-Bruscemi, LLC. Million-dollar winner Filibuster Hanover drew post three and will be driven by Canada's leading driver and local favorite, Louis Philippe Roy. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has $1.269 million in career earnings, $408,000 of that won this year. He can handle a half mile oval as he won the Confederation Cup earlier this year and has a record of 1:48.3 taken at Harrah's Philadelphia. Filibuster Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Joseph Di Scale, Jr., T Silva Stables and Weaver-Bruscemi, LLC. Second choice at 3-1 in the field is Western Joe, who drew the far outside post 8. This son of Western Ideal is in peak form for trainer Chris Choate, having just won the $260,000 Sam McKee Memorial in 2:02 (1 1/8th mile) and prior to that won at the Meadowlands in a lifetime best 1:47.3. Western Joe has nine wins this. He will be driven by Doug McNair, who has driven him in the past, Western Joe likes coming from off the pace and shows the gate speed to overcome his bad post position. He was bred and is co-owned by Anthony Ruggeri of Mamaroneck, NY with Richard Tosies of Hamilton, NJ. Miso Fast at odds of 7/2 also, drew poorly for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and starts from post seven for Trois-Riviere native Daniel Dube in the sulky. This son of Roll With Joe has $789,000 in earning, did not fare well in the Sam McKee, but also has the early speed to try and find cover. He is owned by Winchester Baye Acres of Lancaster, OH. Beckhams Z Tam has shipped in from Indiana for trainer Jamie Rucker Macomber and husband/driver Ricky. This Breeders Crown winner last year drew post two which is a perfect spot for him to get into the flow of the race. He is listed at odds of 4-1 and two starts back took a lifetime mark at Hoosier Park in 1:49. Sired by Always A Virgin, Beckhams Z Tam is owned by the Z Tam Stables of New York, NY. Blood Line is at 5-1 for trainer Jimmy Takter, who, like Burke, is going for his third Prix D'Ete win. Last year he scored with Western Fame, driven by Trevor Henry. Takter has gotten Henry to come back again and drive Blood Line. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has not fared well that well this season with just one victory, a 1:49.3 lifetime mark at the Meadowlands earlier this season. But, as most know, Jimmy Takter places his horses where they can win and he would not have shipped Blood Line to Trois-Rivieres unless he was ready to go a strong mile. He is owned and was co-bred by Diamon Creek Racing, of Wellsville, PA. Rounding out the field are two trainees of Richard Moreau. They are American Wiggle (post 4) at 6-1 and Modern Reflection (post 6) at 7-1. American Wiggle will be driven by Guy Gagnon and four starts back found his winning form with a 1:49.2 lifetime mark victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Since then the American Ideal gelding had a decent second place finish and will need to find live cover to keep him in contention. He is owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy with Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord. Modern Reflection has five wins this year and will have the driving services of Pascal Berube in the bike. The gelded son of Rockin Image is owned by Adriano Sorella of Milton, ON and was third in 1:50.4 last week at Mohawk Raceway. Just last month Modern Reflection posted back-to-back victories at Mohawk, the fastest in 1:51. He also shows great early gate speed when called upon. There is the field for the fifth revival of the Prix D'Ete. Now, who will win it? Also, on the race card Sunday are two $10,000 divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. Play Jet Ray was a game second place finisher in the opening round of the series back in July and will be tough from post two for driver Guy Gagnon in the third race. Also, in the race is Kinnder Jackson (post 5) who has won his last two starts and six of his seven starts this season. The fillies do battle in the ninth race where Sharks Summrshandy (post 6) is the slight favorite facing All You Can Dream (post 4) and the entry from trainer Maxime Velaye of Lit De Rose (post 2) and Lune Blue (post ten). Post time is 12:50 pm Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Dan Dube will return to his hometown for Sunday's C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers at Quebec's Hippodrome 3R and is hoping Miso Fast can add to the numerous winning moments he's enjoyed at the half-mile racetrack during his career. Dube grew up in Trois-Rivieres and began his career at Hippodrome 3R, which was then known as Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres. He was a top driver and trainer in Quebec before making a name for himself as a driver in the U.S., first with the 1997 Rising Star Award and later with Horse of the Year winners Gallo Blue Chip and Rock N Roll Heaven. The 49-year-old Dube, who ranks 16th in history with $116 million in purses and 24th in wins with 8,912, has made it a point to compete at Hippodrome 3R every year since the facility reopened in 2012 following a four-year hiatus. He is making his fifth appearance in the Prix d'Ete, which was resurrected in 2014, and is the only driver to appear in all five editions of the event. His best finish came in 2014 when he was second with Quebec-bred star Duc Dorleans. "It's fun to go back home and see my friends and family," Dube said. "It always brings back good memories, for sure. It would be fun to win (the Prix d'Ete). You want to win every race, and it is always fun to win big races, but that's my hometown so it would be extra special." Dube has driven Miso Fast once previously, finishing fifth in a division of the Graduate Series at The Meadowlands. Miso Fast started from post 11, in the second tier, in a 12-horse field that raced 1-1/8 miles. He was beaten by 1-1/4 lengths. "I was locked in, but when I got room late he was flying," Dube said. "I really like him. He's a nice little horse." Miso Fast, trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. for owner Winchester Baye Acres, will start the Prix d'Ete from post seven and is 7-2 on the morning line. The stallion has won 10 of 46 career races and earned $776,867. Two of his three wins this season came in preliminary rounds of the Graduate Series and he finished second in the final. The Ron Burke-trained entry of Filibuster Hanover and Eddard Hanover is the 5-2 favorite in the Prix d'Ete. Western Joe, coming off a win in the Sam McKee Memorial, is 3-1. Burke and trainer Jimmy Takter both have won the Prix d'Ete twice. Takter captured last year's race with Western Fame, who was driven by Trevor Henry. The duo reunites Sunday with Blood Line, who is 5-1. "We got the seven hole, but other than that I like his chances," Dube said. "He should be good for that track. He's quick and he's fast. Not every horse takes the turns good, but I think it won't be a problem for him. "I hope he lives up to his name." Following is the field in post-position order for the Prix d'Ete, which is race 10 at Hippodrome 3R with a planned 3:50 p.m. (EDT) post time. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Eddard Hanover-Stephane Brosseau-Ron Burke-5/2 2-Beckhams Z Tam-Ricky Macomber Jr.-Jamie Macomber-4/1 3-Filibuster Hanover-Louis Roy-Ron Burke-5/2 4-American Wiggle-Guy Gagnon-Richard Moreau-6/1 5-Blood Line-Trevor Henry-Jimmy Takter-5/1 6-Modern Reflection-Pascal Berube-Richard Moreau-7/1 7-Miso Fast-Dan Dube-Virgil Morgan Jr.-7/2 8-Western Joe-Doug McNair-Chris Choate-3/1 Coupled entry: Eddard Hanover (1) and Filibuster Hanover (1A) by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

This Week: Zweig Memorial and Zweig Memorial filly trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; Gold Cup and Saucer final, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI; Artiscape, Roll With Joe, and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Prix d'Ete, Hippodrome 3R, Trois Rivieres, Quebec. Schedule of events: A busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off on Friday (Aug. 17) at Vernon Downs with the $350,000 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters and the $178,000 Zweig Filly Trot for 3-year-old filly trotters. There will also be an $80,000 consolation in the open division. Saturday's (Aug. 18) Grand Circuit action will be featured by Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, which will host the C$60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final for older pacers. On Sunday (Aug. 19), Grand Circuit racing will be contested at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.) Artiscape for older pacing mares, the $175,000 (est.) Roll With Joe for older pacing males, and a $40,000 (est.) leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Also on Sunday, Hippodrome 3R will contest the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian tracks are available at this link. Last time: On a gorgeous Friday evening (Aug. 10) in which it appeared a presence from above intervened to provide perfect conditions, Lazarus N, the Wonder from Down Under, anointed himself as a true superstar with an impressive 1:48.4 performance in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino before a legion of admirers in his first pari-mutuel engagement in the U.S. Lazarus N anointed himself as a true superstar with an impressive 1:48.4 performance in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. He also owns the distinction of being the only horse to pace sub-1:50 miles in two different hemispheres. "One of the reasons I decided to buy this horse with my brothers was because we are devoutly Catholic," said Duncan Taylor, whose Taylor Made Farms owns the 6-year-old stallion. "First of all his name is Lazarus which represents a miracle, and his dam's name is Bethany, which is the location where the resurrection took place. Then Bethany's sire is Christian Cullen. These factors made it appear as if (purchasing the horse) was meant to be a gift from God." Guided by Yannick Gingras and conditioned by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, left alertly from post position nine to settle into second behind fellow New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend N before the teletimer posted the first quarter-mile split of :26.1. Shortly after the two frontrunners glided around the first turn, Gingras brushed the stallion to the lead and the duo hit the half-mile marker in a measured :54.2. As Lazarus N continued to lead the field of nine to the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, he placed a bit of separation between himself and his rivals. As he rounded the final turn, it seemed the horse would pull away in the stretch to post a facile victory. Halfway down the lane, however, Breeders Crown victor Split The House (Brett Miller) mounted a furious rally which drew him nearly alongside Lazarus N. Proving he already has established a passionate fan base, those in attendance were cheering so loudly for Lazarus N to hit the wire first the words of announcer Steve Cross could scarcely be heard. As the noise of the crowd drowned out all sound, Gingras asked his horse for more. He responded in kind to spurt away from Split The House, as well as a closing McWicked (Brian Sears), to stop the clock in 1:48.4. The stallion paced his last quarter-mile in a stellar :26. "Yannick said this horse only does what you ask of him," Taylor said. "In Thoroughbred racing we would refer to it as not getting to the bottom of them, but in Lazarus' case he is just a very relaxed horse. Jimmy (Takter) keeps telling us how intelligent he is and that characteristic definitely is a part of why he is a special horse. All I know is he is a blessing." After his first U.S. victory, Lazarus N, New Zealand's defending Horse of the Year and that nation's Pacer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, now improves his record to 36 wins from 46 starts. The stallion has now earned more than $2.8 million. As the 1-2 favorite, Lazarus N provided his backers with $3 for their support. Split The House paid $7.20 at odds of 19-1 for his second place finish while McWicked offered his supporters $2.20 for third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 681.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 668.5; 3. David Miller - 364.5; 4. Jordan Stratton - 288; 5. Corey Callahan - 273.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 655.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 484; 3. Tony Alagna - 266; 4. Jim Campbell - 216; 5. Erv Miller -200. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 143.6; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 138.6; 3. Fashion Farms - 129; 4. Vonknoblauch Stable - 117; 5. Robert Key - 110. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Tioga Downs. Yonkers will contest eliminations for the Messengers Stakes and Yonkers Trot, the second legs of the Pacing and Trotting Triple Crown, along with eliminations in the companion Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot. Woodbine Mohawk Park will contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old pacers, along with eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers and the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters. Tioga Downs will offer Reynolds Memorial divisions for 2-year-olds. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand CIrcuit  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After the fourth race Tuesday night, management from the Hippodrome 3R and the Quebec Jockey Club, drew the post positions for Sunday's $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers. 1. Eddard Hanover (Stephan Brosseau) 2. Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber) 3. Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philippe Roy) 4. American Wiggle (Louis Philippe Roy) 5. Blood Line (Trevor Henry) 6. Modern Reflection (Louis Philippe Roy) 7. Miso Fast (Daniel Dube) 8. Western Joe (Doug McNair) Trainer Ron Burke has two horses in the Prix D'Ete, Eddard Hanover and Filibuster Hanover and Richard Moreau also has two horses entered, American Wiggle and Modern Reflection. Team Burke and Jimmy Takter (Blood Line) are each seeking their third Prix D'Ete victory in the past five years as these two stables have dominated the race the past four years. Finals odds and driver selections will be done Wednesday morning. There were five divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series Tuesday evening for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. The undefeated Hurryupatthebeach ($2.10) gave everyone a scare at the start of the first race, first division of three for the fillies. The daughter of Up The Credit, driven by Pascal Berube, broke stride at the start of the race from post four. Esprit DeQuipe (Pierre Luc Roy) took the early lead with Majelyca (Marie Claude Auger) grabbing the two-hole seat. But by the opening quarter mile in :28.2, Hurryupatthebeach and Berube came charging back into the race and took the lead away from Esprit Dequipe and the race was all but over at that point. Hurryupatthebeach then led the rest of the one mile race, pulling away from the field and won by eight and three-quarter lengths in 1:59.4. Akita Bayama (Yves Filion) was second with Olis Spirit (Simon Delisle) third. Now five for five, Hurryupatthebeach is trained and co-owned and bred by Pierre Leclerc with Gina Bragagnolo of Louiseville. The fifth race second filly division saw D Gs Fairystars and driver Jonathan Lachance take the early lead away from Black Elektra (Francis Picard) and then wire the field in 2:02.4. Cooking the Speed (Stephane Gendron) had come first-over and mounted a strong challenge on the outside but ended up second by three-quarters of a length. HP Xanadu (Stephane Brosseau) was third. It was the first career victory for D Gs Fairystars, a daughter of Mach Three, trained and co-bred by Guylaine Fortin with Karine Surprenant of St. Paul. She paid $4.70 to win. The eighth race third filly division went to H3R invader Better Now ($4.00) and driver Stephane Brosseau, who took the lead away from Moneymakehersmile (Guy Gagnon) and then held off a first-over challenge in the backstretch by Audi Bayama (Yves Filion) before pulling away for a three-length triumph in 2:00.1. Moneymake was second with Audi Bayama third. It was the second win in four starts for Better Now, a daughter of Betterthancheddar, trained by Pierre Ouellette, owned by Ecurie Largo, Inc. of Laval and Ecurie Pierreir Ouellette of Joliette. Unbeaten D Gs De Vito ($5.10) and driver Jonathan Lachance won the seventh race second division for the colts. They came first-over against pacesetter Angelo Benjo (Pascal Berube) and took control at the three-quarters and then held off a late challenge by Dernier Essai (Pierre Luc Roy) to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.1. It was a lifetime mark for the son of Sportswriter and his third straight win for trainer Guylaine Fortin and breeder/owner Daniel Suprenant of Saint-Valentin. The third race second colt division was an easy wire-to-wire triumph for YS Sunshine ($3.40) and driver Stephane Gendron. They won by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.1. Guinness Panic (Jonathan Lachance) was second with GA Speed Gaby (Pascal Berube) third. It was the second straight win in the series for the gelded son of Sunshine Beach, trained by Michel Allard for breeder/owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. Track Notes: The highest win payoff in the past two years took place in the race when driver Stephane Gendron upset the field from post nine with CK Magic at odds of 77-1, paying $157.20 to win. Requested (Francis Picard) won the 9th race pace in 1:55.3 and continues to be the winningest horse at H3R this season with seven wins. Driver Jonathan Lachance had the hot hands Tuesday, scoring a driving triple. Post Time Sunday for the Prix D'Ete program starts at 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The eight finalists have been declared for Sunday's $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old harness racing pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. The draw for post position will take place at the racetrack Tuesday evening after the fourth race on the betting program. Trainers Ron Burke and Richard Moreau, each have two horses from their stable entered in the big race. Burke has Filibuster Hanover and Eddard Hanover while Moreau has entered Modern Reflection and American Wiggle. Also entered is Western Joe for trainer Chris Choate. He has won his last two starts including the $260,000 Sam McKee Memorial against the best pacers in North America and the prior week won at the Meadowland in 1:47.3. Since the Prix D'Ete's revival at the Hippodrome 3R four years ago, the race has been won twice by Ron Burke horses and twice by Jimmy Takter trainees. Here is the field in alphabetical order with tentative drivers: American Wiggle (Tr. Richard Moreau, Dr. Louis Philippe Roy) Beckhams Z Tam (Tr. Jamie Macomber, Dr. Ricky Macomber) Blood Line (Tr. Jimmy Takter, Dr. Trevor Henry) Eddard Hanover (Tr. Ron Burke, Dr. Stephane Brosseau) Filibuster Hanover (Tr. Ron Burke, Dr. Louis Philippe Roy) Miso Fast (Tr. Virgil Morgan, Jr., Dr. Daniel Dube) Modern Reflection (Tr. Richard Moreau, Dr. Louis Philippe Roy) Western Joe (Tr. Chris Choate, Dr. Doug McNair) The post position draw takes place Tuesday evening at H3R after the fourth race on the betting card. Final drivers for the race will be declared by Wednesday morning. Post time for Tuesday's card is 6:30 pm and features five divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. For more information and a free program for Tuesday night, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R will be action packed on Tuesday evening with five divisions of the Future Stars Series plus the drawing of post positions for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete that will be held on Sunday, August 19. The draw for the Prix D'Ete will take place in the winner's circle after the fourth race on the program. The Prix D'Ete is the premier race of the season in Quebec and annually features the best four-year-old pacers in North America. Tuesday night is the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers and highlighted on the card are two undefeated youngsters, Hurryupatthebeach and D Gs De Vito. Hurrayupatthebeach starts from post four in the first race on the card and will be driven by Pascal Berube. The daughter of Up The Credit is unbeaten in four starts already for trainer Pierre Leclerc, who bred and co-owns Hurryupatthebeach with Gina Bragagnlo of Louiseville. In her last start at Rideau Carleton, Hurrayupatthebeach took a lifetime mark with a 1:58.2 triumph. She will opening round winner Majeyca (post 1), Olis Spirit (post 5) and Akita Bayama (post 6) The second filly division is the fifth race, headlined by D Gs Fairystars from post five for driver Jonathan Lachance. She goes against Black Elektra (post 1), Cooking The Speed (post 7) and Flower Sena (post 6). The eighth race third filly division features Better Now from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. This son of Betterthancheddar is a newcomer to H3R for trainer Pierre Ouellette and ships to H3R off an impressive 1:59.1 triumph at Grand River Raceway in a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots. Also contenders in the race are Audi Bayama (post 4), Moneymakehersmile (post 5) and Fancy Girl (post 6). The colts compete in two divisions, the first being the third race where YS Sunshine and driver Stephane Gendron are the early favorite from post five. The son of Sunshine Beach won his opening round division with ease in 2:01.1 and has been race timed at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:55.2. His main competition will come from Guinness Panic (post 6), Blackjack Soleil (post 4) and Sunshine Lou (post 2). Unbeaten D Gs De Vito is featured in the seventh race second division from post two for driver Jonathan Lachance. This son of Sportstwriter won his first pari-mutuel start in 2:01.1 and also won an opening round division of the Future Stars Series. "I think he seems to be a little 'fighter'," Said Lachance, "but it is early in his career and he still has a lot to learn about racing." Competition for D Gs De Vito in the race are Sport Emilio BG (post 3), Riot (post 5) and Angelo Benjo (post 6). The eighth race third filly division features Better Now from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. This son of Betterthancheddar is a newcomer to H3R for trainer Pierre Ouellette and ships to H3R off an impressive 1:59.1 triumph at Grand River Raceway in a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots. Also contenders in the race are Audi Bayama (post 4), Moneymakehersmile (post 5) and Fancy Girl (post 6). Post time is 6:30 pm and for a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Entries for the fifth revival of the Prix D'Ete race at the Hippodrome 3R are due by 11:00 am Tuesday morning. The Prix D'Ete purse is $200,000 and will be held on Sunday, August 19. The race is restricted to only four-year-old pacers that have made all three of the prior sustaining payments. There are no supplement entries allowed in the Prix D'Ete and Lasix is not allowed in the province of Quebec. The race is sponsored by the Quebec Jockey Club. The drawing of post position the Prix D'Ete will be done live at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening after the fourth race on the wagering card. For more information on the Prix D'Ete race please contact Murielle Thomassin at mthomassin@clubjockeyduquebec.com or Steven Wolf at stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A near record number of 27 four-year-old harness racing pacers have made the final nomination payment to the $200,000 fifth renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday, August 19. The 27 remaining is just one-horse shy of the record of 28 set last year. Headlining the list of nominees is the unbeaten Filibuster Hanover, who is now four for four in 2018 for the Ron Burke Stable. Burke and company will be seeking their third Prix D'Ete victory in 2018. Of the top ten money winning three-year-old colts and geldings from 2017 that are returning to race in 2018, eight of the ten are nominated to the Prix D'Ete including the first six money winners. The final eight that will race for the $200,000 purse will be the top money earners in 2018 at time of entry. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. In the past four editions of the Prix D'Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then in 2016, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D'Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable. Last year's Prix D'Ete saw the Jimmy Takter Stable win for the second time (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first), with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have nominated to this year's Prix D'Ete," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "The revival of this Grand Circuit event has developed to the great race it was before." This year, Filibuster Hanover, a gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, has been on fire. In his last start, the $150,000 Commodore Barry, he won in a lifetime mark of 1:48.3. That victory sent Filibuster Hanover over the one million dollar mark in career earnings at $1,016,000. Last year he won the Little Brown Jug, The Bluegrass Stakes and the Pegasus Pace while racing against the best three-year-old's in the country all season long. Miso Fast got back to his winning way for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. last week at Mohawk Raceway, winning a division of the Graduate Pace in 1:50.2. He is a son of Roll With Joe, a career winner of $685,000 and a record taken last year of 1:49.2. Western Joe had gotten off to a strong start early this season and already has seven wins for trainer Christopher Choate. This son of Western Ideal has earned $110,000 this year with a record of 1:49.3 taken last season. Other contenders that are eligible include Art Scene, Beckhams Z Tam, Blood Line, Eddard Hanover, Funknwaffles and Photobomber Hanover. Quebec-owned nominees include Quebec-bred Sire Stakes champion Wildriverbumblebee, plus Art Scene, Histoire Enchantee, American Wiggle and Tymal Peacemaker. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the weekend of August 19," Levesque added, "as we want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." For more information visit http://www.quebecjockeyclub.com/. 2018 Prix D'Ete Nominees AMERICAN WIGGLE ART SCENE BAGS TO RICHES BEACH BOOGIE BECKHAMS Z TAM BEYOND DELIGHT BLOOD LINE CALVIN K CLASSIC PRO DREAMFAIR B J EDDARD HANOVER FILIBUSTER HANOVER FUNKNWAFFLES HISTOIRE ENCHANTEE HURRICANE BEACH MISO FAST MODERN REFLECTION NORMANDY BEACH ODDS ON DELRAY PHOTOBOMBR HANOVER ROCK N TONY STEALTH BOMBER SUMMER SIDE TYMAL PEACEMAKER WESTERN HILL WESTERN JOE WILDRIVERBUMBLEBEE From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois- Rivieres, QC - Last year at the Hippodrome 3R, it was a breakout season for harness racing trainer Francis Richard of Cambridge, Ontario and the 27-year-old is looking forward to another big season in 2018. In 2017 Richard sent out 44 winners from his stable with 22 second and 16 third place finishes. His universal driving rating (batting average) was a very impressive .391. Richard won his first ever training title at H3R last season with 26 wins. "It was such a great feeling winning the training title last season," Richard said. "I am from 3R, so winning there made it more special to me as growing up I always went to the races. So far in 2018, Richard is off to an excellent start. Racing at Rideau Carlton Raceway, Richard already has 24 wins, 7 second and 8 third place finishes and his UDR is a superb .519. "Yes, I have been having some good luck at Rideau this season." Richard explained. "I have trained down about a dozen horses for this year plus we have some racehorses now at Rideau. I will be racing both at Rideau and at 3R this summer, depending which classes suits better to my horses." Richard's said he has entered DJ Power and Sporting The Look for opening day Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. "For sure Wildriverbumblebee is among the top horses in my stable for this year," Richard said. "I didn't have the privilege to train him down this winter thought, his owner Dr. John Bradbury is currently training him, but I will get him soon enough." Owned and bred by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Easton, Wildriverbumblebee is a son of Sportswriter from the Mach Three mare, Alcor Semalu. His record last season was seven wins and one second place finish in just nine starts. His race record is 1:51.2 and he is the two-time Quebec Championship winner. Wildriverbumblebee is also nominated to the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R on August 19. Richard is hoping his horse is good enough to be entered. "I don't think words could explain that feeling to be in the Prix D'Ete," Richard said. "It's a big event and I have loved watching it every year. It sure would be a big thrill to be in it and once you're in the race anything can happen." Track Notes: There are nine races carded for Sunday's opening day program, including both an Invitational-Handicap Trot and Pace. The new post time this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R is 12:50 pm. When Tuesday night racing begins that new post time will be 6:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This weekend the second nomination payment is due for the 2018 $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. The race takes place on Sunday, August 19. There was a record 37 horses nominated to the first payment. All nominations payments must be made in order to remain eligible. There are no supplemental payments allowed for the Prix D'Ete. The second payment must be post marked by Monday, April 16 (April 15 is a Sunday). To make sustaining nomination payments, owner/trainers can click on www.standardbredcanada.ca/content/stakes.html or go on www.quebecjockeyclub.com to get the necessary payment/nomination forms. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club (OJC) announced today that due to poor weather and track conditions, opening day for the Hippodrome 3R has been moved to Sunday, April 29. "We have had such bad weather this winter," explained track General Manager Murielle Thomassin. "Snow then warm weather, then rain and now more snow. Our track has not been able to thaw properly and thus our horsemen and women cannot train on it nor have we yet to be able to hold any qualifying races. "The OJC has now decided to move our opening day from April 22 to April 29," Thomassin said. "It just makes common sense to delay an addition week and we are hopeful the weather will get better and we can have the track in good shape and that our trainers can have their horses ready to race." Thomassin said they will reschedule the opening day program for later on this season. "We must, by the rules of the Quebec Racing Commission, have 40 days of live racing at H3R. We will have a date for the makeup day soon." In other news, H3R will have new post times for 2018. Sunday's will be at 12:50 pm and Tuesday evenings will be at 6:30 pm. The QJC, which oversees the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, the tracks premier race of the season for four-year-old pacers, wants to remind owners and trainers of the record 37 horses that were nominated on March 15, that the second payment is due on April 15 to remain eligible to the race. For up to the minute information about racing at H3R, fans can visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. The website is in both French and English. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - When the Hippodrome 3R is ready to begin its 2018 live harness racing meet on Sunday, April 22, racing fans both on track and via simulcasting will be in for some great changes. General Manager Murielle Thomassin has reveled that there is already ongoing work to set up new HD (high definition) television cameras, which will improve the quality of the on-air races this season world-wide and at the OTB (Off-Track-Betting) sites in Quebec. The fiber optic cabling is nearly installed and it is hoping that all will be in place by next month. For fans dining at the track, H3R has retained the services of Mechoui North-South to handle all the food and beverage services for the race meet and any special events at the track. Also, on-track, the popular 50/50 promotion will return and in addition a new kiosk with the theme "How To Bet" will be available for newcomers to help them become familiar with the betting machines and how to wager on the races. Post time has also changed for the new season with Sunday post time at 12:50 pm and Tuesday evenings will start at 6:30 pm. There will also be one special Thursday night race card on August 9 during the Grand Prix Auto Races week. The website at H3R, www.quebecjockeyclub.com, has also been updated with more information both in English and French. The "Summer Prize" or Prix D'Ete, H3R's richest stakes race of the year at $200,000, and has a record 37 four-year-old pacers nominated to the first installment. The race takes place on Sunday, August 19. Throughout the season H3R will host the Quebec Sire Stakes for trotters and pacers with the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-olds, the Breeders Cup for three-year-olds and the Future Stars Series for two-year-olds. The Lucien Bombardier Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies will take place on Sunday, September 9. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A record number of 36 four-year-old pacers have been nominated to the $200,000 fifth renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday, August 19. Headlining the list of nominees is Filibuster Hanover, who won $724,000 last year with a record of 1:48.4 for the Ron Burke Stable. Burke and company will be seeking their third Prix D'Ete victory in 2018. Of the top ten money winning three-year-old colts and geldings from 2017 that are returning to race in 2018, eight of the ten are nominated to the Prix D'Ete including the first six money winners. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. In the past four editions of the Prix D'Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then in 2016, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D'Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable. Last year's Prix D'Ete saw the Jimmy Takter Stable win for the second time (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first), with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have nominated to this year's Prix D'Ete," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "The revival of this Grand Circuit event has developed to the great race it was before." Last year, Filibuster Hanover, a gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, won the Little Brown Jug, The Bluegrass Stakes and the Pegasus Pace while racing against the best three-year-old's in the country all season long. Crawford Farms Funknwaffle is the second highest money winner in 2017 to nominate to the Prix D'Ete. Last year the gelded son of American Ideal bankrolled $595,000 for trainer John Butenschoen on the strength of winning the New York Sire Stakes Final, four NYSS divisions and he was second in the final of the Little Brown Jug. Other contenders include last year's Breeders Crown winner, Beckham's Z Tam, a $512,000 winner in 2017 by Always A Virgin for trainer Jamie Rucker, who in addition to winning the Breeders Crown, also won both of the Indiana Sire Stakes Finals and took a lifetime mark of 1:50.1. Miso Fast ($393,000), a 1:49.2 winner, Rock N Tony ($299,000) also hails from the Ron Burke Stable, Art Scene ($290,000) hails from the Rene Allard Stable, Ohio Sire Stakes Champion last year, Drunk On Your Love ($260,000) for trainer Mark Ford and Classic Pro ($250,000) for trainer Dr. Ian Moore, are all major contenders for the race. Quebec-owned nominees include Quebec-bred Sire Stakes champion Wildriverbumblebee, plus Art Scene, Histoire Enchantee, American Wiggle and Tymal Peacemaker. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the weekend of August 19," Levesque added, "as we want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." Last year the previous record of 33 four-year-old pacers were nominated to the Prix D'Ete. The next nomination payment to remain eligible to the Prix D'Ete is April 15, 2018. The Hippodrome 3R is also gearing up for their 2018 opening day on Sunday, April 22. For more information visit http://www.quebecjockeyclub.com/. 2018 Prix D'Ete Nominees (after March 15, 2018 payment) AIR STRIKE AMERICAN WIGGLE ART SCENE BAGS TO RICHES BEACH BOOGIE BECKHAMS Z TAM BET ON BRETT BEYOND DELIGHT BLOOD LINE CLASSIC PRO CLASSY DRAGON DRAGNET ALERT DREAMFAIR B J DRUNK ON YOUR LOVE EDDARD HANOVER FILIBUSTER HANOVER FUNKNWAFFLES HISTOIRE ENCHANTEE HURRICANE BEACH LAWRENCETOWN BEACH MAROMA BEACH MEADOWBROOK TIGER MISO FAST MODERN REFLECTION NORMANDY BEACH ODDS ON DELRAY PHOTOBOMBR HANOVER R J P ROCK N TONY SPORTS COLUMN STEALTH BOMBER SUMMER SIDE TYMAL PEACEMAKER WESTERN HILL WESTERN JOE WILDRIVERBUMBLEBEE From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Tomorrow, Thursday, March 15 is the final day for anyone with a promising four-year-old pacer to nominate to the 2018 $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. This stakes event is one of only a handful of opportunities restricted to just four-year-old pacers. The Prix D'Ete is the showcase stakes event of the season at the Hippodrome 3R and will take place on Sunday, August 19 in 2018. Continued from 2017 in the conditions for the race is that horses that finish 6th through 8th, will each get $1,000. To make nomination payments, owner/trainers can go to www.standardbredcanada.ca or to www.quebecjockeyclub.com and get the necessary nomination forms. Please note there are no supplemental payments allowed for the Prix D'Ete. This first nomination payment must be made to be eligible. The Prix D'Ete, once the richest and most prestigious race in Canada, was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2013. The inaugural revival saw Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip set the all-age Canadian and track record at 3R in 1:50.3. That record was tied the following year with All Bet's Off scoring for the Ron Burke Stable. Then Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for Team Teague in 2018, only to come up second best to the Burke's Stable's Rockin Ron in a classic battle over a sloppy track in 1:52. Last year it was the Jimmy Takter Stable winning the Prix D'Ete for the second time as Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wired the field in 1:53.2. The 2018 race season gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, April 22 with first race post time at 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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