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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

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Anyone with a promising four-year-old pacer this season, nominations for the 2018 $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R, must be made by Thursday, March 15. 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        

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Harness racing trainer Maxime Velaye says he is on "Cloud 9" that his horse, Sports Authority, is in the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete race at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. The energetic young trainer, who two years ago won his first training title at H3R, has really come of age with his stable and despite his horse being the long shot in the race, is happy just to be in it. "He is feeling great," Velaye said of Sports Authority. "I was very pleased he went a fast mile last week (winning at Rideau Carlton from start to finish in 1:52.4), so he will not be surprised on Sunday following a fast pace." A gelded son of Sportswriter from the Good New Scooter mare, Alcyon Semalu, a 100% producer from six foals, Sports Authority is a half-brother to the $436,000 winner, Style Semalu (p, 5, 1:51). Sports Authority is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and will start from post seven in the 14th race feature. "I am hoping he will do really well on Sunday." Velaye said. "He has shown the speed in the past. I just need him to do it for four quarter miles and I think he can do it. "I'm really on Cloud 9 right now," Velaye smiled. "It is an honor for me to compete against the best four-year-old's in the business. You always dream about being in a big race like the Prix D'Ete, but now it is no longer a dream but reality. I am proud to represent Trois-Rivieres because we are the local stable." It is a tall order that Velaye and Sports Authority are hoping to do well in the Prix D'Ete. The 2-1 race favorite, Sintra, comes to H3R with seven wins in ten starts and a record of 1:47.2 taken July 1. Just two weeks ago in his last start he won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:48.4. Other contenders include Dr J Hanover, the fastest horse ever in Canada with a record of 1:46.4, Awesomeness, who just won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:50 and then there is the local hometown favorite, Sports Authority, who drew outside in post seven for driver Pierre-Luc Roy. "I am hoping for a "wicked" first half mile," Velaye said as he gave his thoughts on how the race should go. "I'm guessing the #8 horse, Dr J Hanover, is not going to back off from such an outside post and he has shown good early speed in the past. "So, there is a good chance some of the inside horses will leave hard too," Velaye explained. "And if my horse can stay inside and save some ground, he can grab a piece of the pie in the stretch. Plus, I almost forgot, we will most certainly need a lot of luck too! "I remember Dan Dube had Duc D'Orleans in the Prix D'Ete in 2014 and he was the local favorite and long odds and Dan gave him a perfect drive that day and they finished second," Velaye recalled. "Maybe my horse can have the same kind of trip. I am confident that Pierre-Luc will give him the perfect drive." Velaye said he was too young to remember the glory days of the Prix D'Ete back at Blue Bonnet Raceway, "but I have seen many photos of the great horses that have won the race and the huge crowds that would come out to the races back then," Velaye said. "I am hoping that the race fans from all around Quebec and especially Trois-Rivieres," Velaye said. "will come out this Sunday and be cheering loud for us. We can most certainly use that energy to help us score an upset. Just like it would happen in the movies, anything can happen." Track Notes: None of the eight drivers in the big race have ever won the Prix D'Ete before. Trainer Ron Burke is going for his third straight Prix D'Ete victory and Jimmy Takter won it in 2014 with Sunfire Blue Chip. The special 15-race program starts at 2:30 pm. Also on the card are four divisions of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers with two colt and two filly divisions. Harness racing Hall of Famer, Michel "Mike" Lachance, is the Grand Marshal for this year's Prix D'Ete. He won the Prix D'Ete back to back with Matt's Scooter in 1988 and Goalie Jeff in 1989. Driver James MacDonald, fresh off capturing the World Driving Championship Friday night, will be at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, driving Awesomeness in the Prix D'Ete. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It's no surprise that Sintra has been made the 2-1 morning line favorite in Sunday's C$200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R for four-year-old pacers. The gelded son of Mach Three has been nearly perfect this season for trainer Dave Menary, winning seven of his ten starts so far and now drawing the rail for Sunday's Prix D'Ete makes him the horse to beat. Owned by Brad Gray of Dundas, Michael Guerriero of Brampton and Menary Racing Inc. of Rockton, Ontario, Sintra will have Jody Jamieson once again doing the driving. In their last start, two weeks ago in the Preferred Pace at Mohawk Raceway, Sintra came from fifth place at the top of the stretch, kicked in a :25.4 last quarter mile and posted a 1:48.4 triumph. Two starts back from that he scored his lifetime best mile with a 1:47.2 romp in capturing the $240,000 Graduate Series Final at the Meadowlands. While Sintra has raced against and beaten everyone in the field except for Sports Authority, it will still take a big effort to win on Sunday. Awesomeness, from post three for driver James MacDonald, won his last start at Mohawk in a lifetime best 1:50. Brittany Farm's Western Fame (post 5) for driver Trevor Henry, is one of two in the race for trainer Jimmy Takter and in his last start, Western Fame was second by a nose in a dead heat at Yonkers Raceway in 1:53.1. Lyons Snyder, also from the Takter Stable, is the 4-1 second choice from post two and will have Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, in the sulky. And drawing the far outside in post eight is Dr J Hanover, who earlier this season became the fastest Canadian winner ever with his monster 1:46.4 triumph at Mohawk. He will be driven by Doug McNair and in the past, has shown great leaving ability, even from post eight. Rounding out the field is another contender in Roll Away Joe from the Ron Burke Stable. He goes from post four for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. Trainer/driver Stephane Pouliot will start his son of Mach Three, Stonebridge Beach from post six. The long shot in the field is a local horse, Sports Authority, starting from post seven for trainer Maxime Velaye. This son of Sportswriter, owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel, is coming off a strong 1:52.4 victory at Rideau Carlton. He will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy, the older brother of Louis-Philippe. Trainer Ron Burke is going for his third straight victory in the Prix D'Ete, having won last year in a classic battle with Rockin Ron over Wiggle It Jiggleit in 1:52 over a sloppy track. The prior year he won with All Bets Off, tying the all-age track record in 1:50.3 that was first set by Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014. The Prix D'Ete was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2014. 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, Matts Scooter and a host of other top pacers had won the Prix D'Ete when it was held at the old Blue Bonnets Racecourse. There are four divisions of the third and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies on Sunday. This is the last chance for the youngsters to earn points towards the C$55,000 finals on Sunday, September 3. 14th Race $200,000 Prix D'Ete 1. Sintra (Jody Jamieson) 2-1 2. Lyons Snyder (Daniel Dube) 4-1 3. Awesomeness (James MacDonald) 5-1 4. Roll Away Joe (Louis-Philippe Roy) 5-1 5. Western Fame (Trevor Henry) 6-1 6. Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Pouliot) 10-1 7. Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy) 12-1 8. Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair) 6-1 Track Notes: H3R's leading driver this season, Stephane Brosseau, is just three wins away from his 3,000th career victory. He has ten drives on Sunday's program. The 15-race program on Sunday has a later first race post time of 2:30 pm with the Prix D'Ete scheduled to go off at 7:00 pm. Hall of Famer Michel Lachance, who won back to back Prix D'Ete's with Matt's Scooter in 1988 and Goalie Jeff in 1989, is the Grand Marshal this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Eight top four-year-old pacers in North America have entered the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete that will take place this Sunday, August 20, at the Hippodrome 3R. The post-position draw for the big race will be done live at H3R tonight (Wednesday)to in the winner's circle after the fourth race on the program. H3R is hosting tonight, the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship in races 5, 6, 7 & 8. Heading the Prix D'Ete horses is Sintra from the Dave Menary Barn. The son of Mach Three has won $222,000 this year and in his last start won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:48.4. The fastest of the horses entered is Dr J Hanover from the barn of Tony Alagna. Earlier this season he became the fastest Canadian winner of all-time with his 1:46.4 triumph at Mohawk Raceway. Michael Vanderkept's Awesomeness comes into the race off a lifetime best 1:50 victory at Mohawk. Also entered off a lifetime best mile is local favorite Sports Authority in 1:52.4 at Rideau Carlton this past weekend. And the Jimmy Takter Stable has two top horses entered, Western Fame and Roll Away Joe. "What a great field we have for our Prix D'Ete race," said Claude Vevesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "Top drivers and top horses will make for a superb race on Sunday." Here are the horses entered in alphabetical order: Awesomeness (TBA) Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair) Lyons Synder (Daniel Dube) Roll Away Joe (Louis-Philippe Roy) Sintra (Jody Jamieson) Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy) Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Bouliot) Western Fame (Trevor Henry) The entry box for the remainder of the 15-race card Sunday will be closed Thursday morning at 11:00 am. There will also be the third leg of the C$220,000 Future Star Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. There is a special first race post time Sunday of 2:30 pm and the Prix D'Ete is scheduled to be raced at 7 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

August 15, 2017 - It’s just 25 days away from the September 9th Gr. II harness racing feature The Prix d’Ete at Paris-Vincennes. This classic event is also the Trotting Masters Final and the 2017 version likely will bring about the last contest at Vincennes matching perhaps the world’s best trotter Bold Eagle against the veteran class-master Timoko. They have faced off eight times before with Bold Eagle winning seven in which Timoko was second in four of those. Their last battle was in the 2017 Elitloppet Final where Timoko scored decisively with Bold Eagle fourth. Bold Eagle, conditioned by Sebastien Guarato for owner Pierre Pilarski, has already posted two wins in the Grand Prix d’Amerique and has 15 Gr. I victories. Timoko, now age 10, is the wealthiest French trotter of all time and a two-time Elitloppet winner for trainer Richard Westerink. The Prix d’Ete is always quite a race but, this, year, it simply cannot be missed. Thomas H. Hicks  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - On Wednesday night the Hippodrome 3R is hosting the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship with four events, but after the fourth race on the program there will be some live excitement as the draw for this Sunday's C$200,000 Prix D'Ete will take place in the winner's circle. The Prix D'Ete, one of the richest races in North America for four-year-old pacers, is expecting an all-star cast of performers. The names of the eight highest money winners this season will be announced Wednesday afternoon and the post-position draw will take place after the fourth race that evening. "We wanted to add a little extra excitement to our World Driving Championship Night Wednesday," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club that hosts the Prix D'Ete. "The Prix D'Ete is our showcase racing event of the 2017 season." This year, post time has been changed this Sunday, Prix D'Ete Day. The first race post time is 2:30 pm and the Hippodrome 3R will feature a special 15-race live program. The Prix D'Ete is scheduled to go off at 7:00 pm. In addition to the Prix D'Ete this Sunday, the track also is featuring the third and final preliminary round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. They will be vying for points to be eligible for the $55,000 finals on September 3. First race post time Wednesday evening is 7:15 pm for the World Driving Championship fourth leg at H3R. There will be a meet and greet for race fans with all eleven drivers in the Grandstand starting at 6:15 pm and the opening night ceremonies and introduction of the drivers from around the world gets underway at 6:50 pm. The four WDC events are races 5 thru 8 on the program. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The management of the Hippodrome 3R and the Quebec Jockey Club have announced that there will be post time changes for the World Driving Championship (WDC) night on Wednesday, August 16 and for the Prix D'Ete Day on Sunday, August 20. For the special Wednesday program on WDC Night, the first race post time will be 7:15 pm (normally 7:00 pm). The H3R is hosting the fourth leg of the WDC with 11 drivers competing in four championship races. All four of the WDC races, which are the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th races on the program, will be held at an extra distance of 1 1/16th mile (1,710 meters) due to the large number of starters on a half mile track. The entire nine-race card is also being simulcasting throughout Australia and New Zealand. As a special part of the WDC evening, after the 4th race the drawing of post positions for the Prix D'Ete race on Sunday will be drawn live from the winner's circle. The Prix D'Ete is H3R's premier event and one of the richest races (C$200,000) just for four-year-old pacers, in North America. Post time for the race card at H3R on Prix D'Ete Day has been moved to 2:30 pm, two hours later than normal. H3R and the Quebec Jockey Club will feature 15 live races that day, with the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete to be the 14th race on the program, with a post time of 7:00 pm. Also on the program will be the third preliminary round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. "We have made these changes in post time to better present our premier race day, the Prix D'Ete, and for the World Driving Championship program, which is being simulcast to Australia and New Zealand." said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "We are very excited in Quebec to be hosting a division of the World Driving Championship," Levesque said. "What a super week of racing we will have in Trois-Rivieres with these world-renowned drivers from around the globe coming to our track and then on Sunday our Prix D'Ete premier race day." Horsemen and women are reminded that the entry box for Wednesday's World Driving Championship program closes on Friday, August 11 at 11:00 am. Also, that the horses for the Prix D'Ete race itself, must be declared by 11:00 am Wednesday, August 16. The entry box for the remainder of the Sunday program will stay open until 11:00 am Thursday, August 17. It should be noted that Lasix is not allowed for horses in the province of Quebec. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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