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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The record number of nominees for the $200,000 2017 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R continues as just one of the 33 horses originally nominated have dropped out. The prior record for nominees to the Prix D'Ete was 28. Off the 32 four-year-old pacers still eligible (and there is one more nomination fee due May 15), the Ron Bruke Stable hopes to have a three-peat in the Prix D'Ete with Check Six. The Burke Stable won the race last year with Rockin Ron and the year before with All Bets Off. Check Six, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, scored 11 wins in 24 starts last year with a record of 1:50 and victories in the $561,000 Pennsylvania Classic, the $252,000 PASS Final, $200,000 Monument Circle, a division of the Bluegrass Stake and was second in the Adios Pace and third in the Meadowlands Pace and the Breeders Crown. Other contenders include Western Fame, a $449,774 winner by Western Ideal for trainer Jimmy Takter, who won the 2014 Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Bluechip. Western Fame was a divisional winner of the Bluegrass Stake last season and was second in the Little Brown Jug final. Easy Lover Hanover ($359,772), was a 15-time winner last year for trainer Ben Wallace with his biggest win in the $314,000 Progress Pace, Lyons Snyder ($330,396) was a 1:49 victor in 2016 and Roll Away Joe (321,681), won the $250,000 NYSS Final and four NYSS events last year, are all major contenders for the race. Quebec owned nominees include Quebec-bred champions HP Patriote and Sports Authority, Endeavor and Stonebridge Beach. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Brett Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers won the Prix D'Ete. In 2014, the Quebec Jockey Club revived the Prix D'Ete, making it the tracks premier race in all of Quebec and one of the richest races in North America only for four-year-old pacers. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club 2017 Prix D'Ete Nominees (after April 15, 2017 payment) AMERICAN PASSPORT ANOTHER DAILY COPY ARSENIC ARTMAGIC AWESOMENESS BIG TOP HANOVER CHECK SIX DAY TRADE HANOVER DR J HANOVER EASY LOVER HANOVER ENDEAVOR GERRIES SPORT HP PATRIOTE LYONS SYNDER MAGNUM J MISSILE J MR WIGGLE PANTS NOCTURNAL BLUECHIP PRETTY BOY HILL ROLL AWAY JOE ROLLAROUNDTHEWORLD SECRECY SEELEY MAN SINTRA SPIDER MAN HANOVER SPORTS AUTHORITY STOLEN GLIMPSE STONEBRIDGE BEACH TALK SHOW VORACITY WESTERN FAME    

Trois-Riveres, Quebec - With constant rains ending and a hopeful prediction of sunny skies and warming temperatures, track management at the Hippodrome 3R (H3R) are ready for opening day on Sunday, April 23. With a new post time of 12:50 pm, H3R kicks off the 2017 race season with a nine-race live program featuring both an Open Pace and Trot. "It is very good that we have nine strong races for Sunday," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club that run the Hippodrome 3R. "We have full fields," Levesque said. "The tracks seem to be OK and ready for racing and I am excited that the wagering will be strong too. We have over 100 reservations already for the dining room and we are crossing our fingers for a great start on opening day." And the drivers and trainers at H3R are ready for action. Driver Stephane Gendron, who was second to Roy last season, is looking forward to this season as he is just 13 wins away from scoring his 4,000th career victory. "Yes, I am ready for the new season," said Gendron for this Sunday. "It will be very exciting and I look forward to winning my 4,000th. That will be very special to me." "The racetrack its really ok." Said Pascal Berube, the third leading driver at 3R last season, who has been competing in the recent qualifying races. "I am very surprise because one week before it was just ok and the weather was very bad. For this season, I am take each race program one by one and need some luck and to drive the best horses possible. It is so great to have live racing back again at H3R." Last year's leading trainer, Yves Tessier, is ready for action opening day with three horses entered and all three are the race favorites in their respective events. Tessier's Torches Angel heads the fifth race Open Trot from post six for driver Pierre Luc Roy. The seven-year-old mare by Angus Hall is taking on all male rivals but recently at Rideau Carlton Raceway, Torches Angel sports two wins, the fastest in 1:57.2. Also in the field is Owner/breeder Michael Gagnon's $100,000 career winner, Caroluzzo, from post four for driver Stephane Gendron. Caroluzzo, the 2016 Trotter of the Year at H3R, has not raced since December and has two semi-decent qualifying races at H3R. Other contenders include Coco Dino (post 2), Rocky Boy (post 5) and Ghiradelli Lindy (post 3). In the eighth race Open Pace, Tessier's Bazinga Brad, is the 5/2 morning line favorite despite starting from post eight. He recently won at Rideau Carlton in 1:54.4 and will have the driving services of Stephane Gendron. He will face seven-time winner last year, Matts Phil (post four) for driver Francis Picard. Last week Matts Phil looked very sharp, winning a qualifying race at H3R in 1:58 over the half mile oval. Also in contention will be the Marc Andre Cormier entry of Glass Shadow (post one) and Solid Performance (post six), who is coming in from Rideau Carlton off two strong second place finishes. He may be winless in nine starts this year, but has seven second place finishes. Race fans attending H3R will find improvements to the dining room with new special menus, a day care center for children, and on the wagering side, there will be Superfecta wagering in every race plus the late Daily Double has been moved to the middle of the race program in the 6th and 7th races. Later this season will start the $1.2 million Quebec-bred series for two, three, four and five-year-old trotters and pacers, the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament (June 4 and drivers to be named soon), a special Wednesday night program on August 16 featuring the World Driving Championship and then on Sunday, August 20 the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. Tuesday night racing will remain with post time at 7:00 pm and gets underway on June 6. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A record number of 32 four-year-old pacers have been nominated to the $200,000 4th renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The race will be held on Sunday, August 20. Headlining the list is Check Six, who last year won an impressive $1,070,789 for the Ron Burke Stable. Burke and company will be seeking their third straight Prix D'Ete victory in 2017. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Brett 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 three editions of the Prix D'Ete at 3R, 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 last year, 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. "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 into the great race it was before." The Ron Bruke Stable hopes to have a three-peat with Check Six in the Prix D'Ete, having won the race last year with Rockin Ron and the year before with All Bets Off. Check Six, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, scored 11 wins in 24 starts last year with a record of 1:50 and victories in the $561,000 Pennsylvania Classic, the $252,000 PASS Final, $200,000 Monument Circle, a division of the Bluegrass Stake and was second in the Adios Pace and third in the Meadowlands Pace and the Breeders Crown. Other contenders include Western Fame, a $449,774 winner by Western Ideal for trainer Jimmy Takter, who won the 2014 Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Bluechip. Western Fame was a divisional winner of the Bluegrass Stake last season and was second in the Little Brown Jug final. Easy Lover Hanover ($359,772), was a 15-time winner last year for trainer Ben Wallace with his biggest win in the $314,000 Progress Pace, Lyons Snyder ($330,396) was a 1:49 victor in 2016 and Roll Away Joe (321,681), won the $250,000 NYSS Final and four NYSS events last year, are all major contenders for the race. Quebec owned nominees include Quebec-bred champions HP Patriote and Sports Authority, Endeavor and Stonebridge Beach. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the week of August 16 and August 20," Levesque added, "as we are hosting a division of the World Driving Championship and then our Prix D'Ete. We want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." Last year just 24 nominated to the Prix D'Ete. The prior record was 28 nominees in both 2014 and 2015. The Hippodrome 3R is also gearing up for their 2017 opening day on Sunday, April 23. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club .2017 Prix D'Ete Nominees (after March 15, 2017 payment) AMERICAN PASSPORT ANOTHER DAILY COPY ARSENIC ARTMAGIC AWESOMENESS BIG TOP HANOVER CHECK SIX DAY TRADE HANOVER DR J HANOVER EASY LOVER HANOVER ENDEAVOR GERRIES SPORT HP PATRIOTE LYONS SYNDER MAGNUM J MISSILE J MR WIGGLE PANTS NOCTURNAL BLUECHIP PRETTY BOY HILL ROLL AWAY JOE ROLLAROUNDTHEWORLD SECRECY SEELEY MAN SINTRA SPIDER MAN HANOVER SPORTS AUTHORITY STOLEN GLIMPSE STONEBRIDGE BEACH TALK SHOW TODDLER TANTRUM VORACITY WESTERN FAME    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - For anyone with a promising four-year-old pacer, nominations for the 2017 $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R, must be made by 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 20. New this year 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 last year, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for Team Teague 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. The 2017 race season gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, April 23 with a new post time of 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Management at the Hippodrome 3R has released its new race dates, stakes schedule and special events for the 2017 race season. There will be forty live race days and nights at 3R this season and opening day comes early to Trois-Rivieres on Sunday, April 23 and the season goes through to Sunday, November 5. The highlight of the season will be the annual $200,000 Prix D'ete for four-year-old Standardbred pacers on Sunday, August 20. This is the fourth renewal of the most prestigious stakes race in the history of Canada. Last year, Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, was upset by Rockin Ron over a sloppy track in one of the most dramatic races in 3R history. First nomination payment must be made by March 15, 2017. New for the 2017 Prix D'Ete is that horses that finish 6th through 8th place will be getting a check for $1,000. Post time on Sunday's program has changed to 12:50 pm and post time for Tuesday nights live program remains at 7:00 pm. The first Tuesday program takes place on May 30th. There will be two major driver's tournaments this season. The second annual All-Star Tournament takes place on Sunday, June 4 and will again feature world class drivers participating. Then on a lone special Wednesday night program set for August 16, the Hippodrome 3R will play host to a division of the World Driving Championship. This special competition takes place once every two years and brings together the top drivers from around the world. Featured will be the reigning champion, Dexter Dunn from New Zealand, along with Canada's representative, Brandon Campbell. For the first time at 3R, there will also be a special live racing program on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 9. Post time has been set for 12:50 pm. The Quebec Sire Stakes program for 2, 3,4 & 5-year-old pacers and trotters gets underway starting May 14 with the Quebec Series four and five-year-old pacers and May 30 for the trotters. There will be three weeks of preliminary rounds with all the finals to be held on Sunday, June 25. Both the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old's and the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's are featured throughout July. The finals of all eight divisions, which is annually the richest race program of the season at 3R, is set for Sunday, September 3. The Lucien Bombardier Stakes for two-year-old fillies will take place on Sunday, September 10th. This year 3R will also feature an $8,000 Open Trot and Pace each week provided the races can be filled. Further details about the race meet will be forthcoming. For more information and the 2017 stakes calendar, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 27, 2016 - Until last week, most racing fans in Quebec never heard of a two-year-old pacing colt by the name of Makasi. Now he's the talk of the province and rightly so. After becoming the fastest two-year-old pacing colt in the history of the Hippodrome 3R, Makasi returns to 3R Sunday to compete in the fourth and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series. Once Sunday's final round is complete, the top eight point earners in the series will return on Sunday, September 4 in the $55,000 finals for each division by gait and gender. Also that day will be the four $65,000 finals of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers and trotters. Makasi, who was winless in the first two starts of his young career, really wowed them at 3R last Sunday. Trained by Helene Fillion for owner/breeder Tony Infilise of Hudson Standardbred Stable, Inc. of Hudson, QC, Makasi was being driven by none other than Yannick Gingras, who was at 3R for the Prix D'Ete Day. Gingras sent the son of Shanghai Phil after the early lead, clearing to the front at the opening quarter mile and then they never looked back, opening up by the top of the stretch and with a :28.2 final quarter mile, winning in a romp by seven open lengths in 1:55.2. That clocking was a full second off of the previous track record. Infilise, no stranger in harness racing as the owner of top pacers including the great three-year-old, Sunshine Beach and Makasi's sire, Shanghai Phil, may have another champion in Makasi. "I purchased her dam, Hazel (by The Panderosa) for $25,000 in Lexington," Infilise, the former president of the Quebec Jockey Club said. "She raced in the Grand Circuit at age 2 in the She's A Great Lady, Champlain Stake, Robert Stewart, Bluegrass, getting checks but no wins other than some Quebec stakes. She did make over $100,000 with a record of 1:53.1. "Hazel has thrown some very talented foals," Infilise added, "but some had either bad luck or specific issues, but they did have speed and were great gaited. I thought that Shanghai Phil crossed well with Western Hanover line mares so I bred her back and got Makasi. "Mark Steacy trained him down early," Infilise explained, "and he looked decent, but it was only when he qualified that we saw something special in the way he just wanted to go and he came home in that race in :26.2 without any urging in his first and only qualifier. "I expected him (Makasi) to do well (at 3R) based on what he showed in his two Gold Cup appearances at Mohawk," Infilise said, "but didn't expect a track record last Sunday, but nevertheless I was very proud as the breeder and owner. And where did the name Makasi come from? "I actually named him after a sailboat belonging to a good friend," Infilise said. "It is Swahili meaning tough, hard, strong, resilient." Now Makasi will be put to the test in the eighth race Sunday against nine rivals and starts from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau, who has never driven the colt before. His competition will hope to keep up this time as Wildriverbumblebee (post eight) put in a valiant effort last week for driver Louis-Philippe Roy, coming first-over and gaining within a half-length on the leader at the three-quarters before fading. Other hopefuls in the race are Yogi Bayama (post eight), who won last week at 3R in 1:59.1, C L Sportsaction (post 3) and Mach Déjà vu (post six). "I would prefer him to race from off the pace this week," Infilise explained, "as he is still very green and we don't want to instill bad habits. The field is both larger and tougher but that shouldn't be a problem for driver Stéphane Brosseau. Our objective is to give him a chance to win and qualify for the final on September 4th. I'm very pleased to have bred and own him. He looks like his sire and is about the same size as Shanghai Phil at age two." The pacing fillies do battle in two divisions Sunday. The fourth race first division is headed by Chaleurs Melodie from post six for trainer Carl Duguay and driver Daniel Dube. The Omar Khayam daughter posted her maiden victory last week at 3R in capturing her division of the Future Stars Series, wiring the field in 2:00. She takes on Vee Breeze (post five), Shanghai Lady (post four) and HP Celina Shadow (post seven). The sixth race second division features the second track record holder this season in Yaris Bayama from post two for trainer/driver Yves Filion. This daughter of Sportswriter has been sensational this season with three wins in just five lifetime starts for the Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, who bred and own her. Not only did Yaris Bayama take the lead after the opening quarter mile and wiring the field, she won with ease by two and one-half lengths in 1:56.4, making her the fastest two-year-old pacing filly in 3R history. Prior to that she won a $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best 1:52.4, that combined with last week's track record mile, makes her the overwhelming favorite on Sunday. Her rivals include Queen Elsa (post five), who was second last week to Yaris Bayama for owner and breeder Daniel Dube and Kinnderuntouchable (post one), who was third in that race. Post time is 1:30 pm Sunday. For a free race program and live video feed of the race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 23, 2016 - After the big Prix D'Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, live racing continues tonight with more stakes action. The fourth and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old colt and filly trotters takes place. After Tuesday's two divisions, the top eight point earners for each gender will return for the Super Sunday Finals on September 4. That day there will be four $55,000 finals for the two-year-olds and four $65,000 finals for the three-year-olds. Kinnder Dangerous is the horse to beat in the colt division. With Real Lucky Day not in the box, Kinnder Dangerous headlines the field with one win and two second place finishes. The gelded son of Northern Escort starts from post three for driver Justin Filion and trainer Denitza Petrova and should have it easy against only three rivals in the non-wagering race that will take place at 6:45 pm before the first race. The fillies do battle between the 5th and 6th races. Joyce Lavec looms the strong horse, having won two of her three starts this season, both in the Future Stars series. She starts from post five for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Dany Fontaine and goes against rivals Taurus P V (post 2) and Muscle Do (post one). PRIX D'ETE NOTES: Sunday's Prix D'Ete, despite the rain later in the day, was a big success according to 3R General Manager, Vincent Trudel. "Whenever we can get 5,000 people to come out to the track," Trudel said, "it is a great day. Having Hall of Famer Benoit Cote as our special Grand Marshal of the Prix D'Ete was so good. So many fans greeted him and wanted to shake his hand. And even with the rain, what a excellent Prix D'Ete race it was. Rockin Ron and Wiggle It Jiggleit gave the fans a super race. I am so pleased that the Teague Stable brought their world champion to Quebec for all the race fans to see." For driver Yannick Gingras, the home coming brought him his second Prix D'Ete win with Rockin Ron. He also won the Prix D'Ete in 2014 with Sunfire Blue Chip. There is no doubt that if it did not rain that the all-age track record of 1:50.3 would have been broken. The race time of 1:52 by Rockin Ron over the sloppy track was still a track record for four-year-old geldings. Wiggle It Jiggleit's trainer, Clyde Frances, gave 3R management a pair of the world champions horse shoes that will be given away in a special drawing on Super Sunday, September 4. Despite his loss in the Prix D'Ete, Wiggle It Jiggleit still remains #1 in the North American Top Ten Poll. Track management at 3R went game on the wagering for the Prix D'Ete despite the five-horse field with win wagering only, exacta and trifecta betting. Rockin Ron paying $30.40 to win was higher than the trifecta payoff of $30.20 while the exacta paid a generous $16.30. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - They race horses for a reason and that was very evident Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R as 14-1 Rockin Ron was able to defeat the 1/9 overwhelming favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit (WIJI) in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers. It took a herculean effort by Rockin Ron and driver Yannick Gingras over a sloppy, rain-soaked track to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague, covering the one-mile race in 1:52. The 10th race feature saw Gringras, the sports leading money winning driver and a native of Quebec, fly to the early lead from post five to take control with WIJI content to sit in the two-hole going to the opening quarter mile in :27. They raced Indian-style to the half mile marker in a mild :56.3 and that was when the action heated up for the nearly 5,000 race fans that came to 3R to see the World Champion WIJI perform despite the rain. As they started down the backstretch, Teague came after Rockin Ron with WIJI and those two pulled away from the field, racing neck and neck, stride for stride to the three-quarters in 1:26 and then around the final turn. As they straighten out for the stretch drive, it seemed that everyone held their breath to see if WIJI could come back and win again as he has done so often in his career, but it was not to happen today. Coming to the wire, Gringras knew he and Rockin Ron would be victorious and did a fist-pump in triumph as they came to the finish, winning by one and one-half lengths. Rockin In Heaven (Jody Jamieson) was third with Rock N Roll World (Daniel Dube) fourth and ASAP Hanover (Louis-Philippe Roy) fifth. "Obviously Wiggle It Jiggleit was the best horse in the race," Gringas said. "Everyone knew that but we got a little advantage when I was able to get right to the lead and control the race. "I knew it was the only way I could win the race if they came first-over," Gringras explained, "If they had sat behind me maybe they could have beaten us, but I was backing it down and forced his hand. I knew the only way I could beat him was to get him to come first-over." Sired by Real Desire, Rockin Ron is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and the RTC Stables, Inc. of Canonsburg, PA. Rockin Ron paid $30.40 to win. Rockin Ron, who earlier this season was undefeated at 10 straight wins, picked the perfect time for win number 11 in the Prix D'Ete. His last week was also in defeating WIJI in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. He now sports 11 wins and C$424,000 in earnings this season. It is the second straight year that the Burke Stable has won the Prix D'Ete, scoring last year with All Bets Off. "Yannick drove Rockin Ron has perfect as he could," said trainer Mickey Burke. "WIJI pulled and tried to come after him and those two put on a hellva show. I'm glad it worked out the way it did and the great crowd here got to see a heck of a race." Burke did not know what racing plans were in store for Rockin Ron. Rockin Ron's time of 1:52 over the sloppy track was the third fastest mile in the history of 3R behind the last two Prix D'Ete's that were won in 1:50.3 by Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). TRACK NOTES: The Hippodrome 3R trackman, Sylvain Blais did a superb job with the racing surface Sunday as despite the rain, two tracks records were set early on the program before the downpours and seven of the winners on the day recorded lifetime marks. Both track records came in the third round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. Yannick Gingras scored his first of three winners on the day in the third race Future Stars division for colts. He sent Makasi to the lead by the opening quarter mile and never looked back, scoring in 1:55.2 in his maiden victory. Trained by Helene Fillion for owner/breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC, Makasi is sired by Shanghai Phil and paid $2.40 to win. The previous track mark was set 23 years ago by Canaco Score (1993) and was tied by Hall Bro in 2013. It was the longest standing record at 3R. Then in the next division for pacing fillies, Canada's newest hall of famer, Yves Filion, also led from the quarter mile to the finish with Yaris Bayama in 1:56.4. The daughter of Sportswriter, trained by Yves and owned and bred by Filion's Bayama Farms, has been razor sharp all season. It was Yaris Bayama's third win in five starts and last week she had won the C$105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Her clocking erased the prior record of 1:57.3 held by HP Sissy in 2015. Yaris Bayama paid just $2.10 to win. The other colt division was won also won by Filion with Yogi Bayama ($2.10) in 1:59.1 and the filly division went to Carl Duguay's Chaleurs Melodie ($6.70), driven to victory by Daniel Dube in 2:00. Live racing resumes at 3R on Tuesday evening, first race post time at 7:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 20, 2016 - Without the other "Big Three" to contend with this weekend, Wiggle It Jiggleit could very well have an easy time Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R.ham Racing fans throughout Quebec will have the rare chance to see this world champion performer in their backyard. The Prix D'Ete is just for four-year-old pacers and Team Teague is taking full advantage of the opportunity for what many consider to be an easy payday. Just don't try and tell that to the other four contenders in the race. Wiggle It Jiggleit comes into the Prix D'Ete off a dramatic comeback victory in the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park where he defeated rivals Always B Miki, All Bets Off, Shamballa and Freaky Feet Pete. None of those rivals are in the race on Sunday. The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year is the current money winner leader in 2016 with more than $1 million bankrolled this season. He sports 11 wins in 17 starts, four seconds and two third place finishes, thus he has never finished off the board this season. Owned by George Teague, Jr. and the Teague Racing Partnership of Delaware, WIJI starts from the rail on Sunday in the 10th race feature with George Teague's son, Montrell, handling the lines as he has done all season long. Most figure that WIJI, a son of Mr. Wiggles, will go off at odds of 1-9 and rightly so off his past performances and uncanny ability to dig in when most horses would back off. "What I am most pleased about him right now," said owner George Teague, Jr. "Is that he has settled down into a groove and is relaxed more when he races. It took a few starts but I think he is at his best now and last week really showed it." "He (WIJI) arrived in good shape," said trainer Clyde Francis. "It took us around 12 hours to get to Quebec (I got a little lost finding the training center outside of Montreal) but once we arrived, WIJI was feeling pretty good. He ate up all his feed and this morning I jogged him and he was ready to go a mile. He will be in top shape for tomorrow." Is WIHI a sure bet? Perhaps, but then again, the other four rivals in the short field cannot read a program. Rival Rockin Ron from post five, beat WIJI back on May 15 in the Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs. At that time the son of Real Desire was undefeated in ten starts this season. Trained by Ron Burke and part of an entry in the race with Rock N Roll World, Rockin Ron starts from post five. The gelded son of Real Desire has yet to win a race since beating WIJI, but still has earned $324,000 this season and was fourth to WIJI in a leg and the final of the Graduate Series. "There are not many horses that can beat Rockin Ron out of the starting gate," said his driver, Yannick Gingras. "Starting from post five I plan on leaving hard and seeing how it develops. I really want to be on the lead early. With a five-horse field strategy is the key and I think the race will be won or lost by position by the opening quarter mile. Stablemate Rock N Roll World goes from post four for driver Daniel Dube. Dube is a native of Trois-Rivieres and Gringras also grew up in Sorel, Quebec. Both are world class drivers and will have the home town crowd rooting them on. Rock N Roll World is sired by Rocknroll Hanover and just pasted the $100,000 mark in earnings this season with just two wins. He was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Final, pacing his mile in 1:48, so he is also a contender in this race. In peak form coming into the Prix D'Ete is Rockin In Heaven from post three for driver Jody Jamieson. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven is trained by Dr. Ian Moore and in his last two starts at Mohawk Raceway he was victorious in 1:50.4 and 1:51.2. He has $105,000 in earnings this year. "He (Rockin In Heaven) has picked the perfect time to come into form," said Jamieson. "He won his last two starts both on the front end and from behind and we did not enter this race to go for second place money. If he feels good enough behind the gate, we might leave and see how the race goes early on, but WIGI or not, we came here to win it." The long shot of sorts in the field is ASAP Hanover. This son of Somebeachsomewhere drew post two in the Prix D'Ete for local driving sensation Louis-Philippe Roy, made only one start at age 3 and has but two wins this year, one of them coming three starts back at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best clocking of 1:50.2. He is trained by Sean Mehlenbacher of Ontario, who decided to take a chance with young driver Louis-Philippe Roy. "I had read some stories of how Roy was driving very well at 3R and Rideau Carlton," Mehlenbacher explained, "but last week he impressed me a lot with his win in the Gold Cup & Saucer and I like having the leading driver at a track drive my horses. "We did not come all the way from Ontario to race for fifth place money," Mehlenbacher said. "I was real pleased my horse drew post two and despite finishing 10th last week as he was never able to get into the race, he is feeling good and I think he will be heard from on Sunday." The Hippodrome 3R track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, sees the short field capable of breaking the all-age track record of 1:50.3 that is co-held by Prix D'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). "I think the forecast for rain will hold off until after the races Sunday afternoon," Lafontaine said. "And with a fast track and a rich purse, they will be flying around the 3R oval and will break the track record. I predict it will be Wiggle It Jiggleit by a nose over Rockin In in 1:49.2." TRACK NOTES: There are four divisions, two for colts and two for fillies, of the third leg of the Future Stars Series for pacers on the Sunday program. Standouts include Makasi (race 3) for driver Yannick Gingras, who despite being winless in two starts, was race timed at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52.3 and 1:53.4. He takes on Wildriverbumblebee, who in his last start won a leg of the series at 3R in 1:57.4. The fourth race for fillies features Yaris Bayama for trainer Yves Filion. She will be driven by Yves son, Sylvan Filion, and last week won the $105,000 final of the Grassroots Series at Mohawk in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Most simulcasting outlets and ADW's will be carrying the 3R race program Sunday with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For a free race program for Sunday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club          

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It might be a short field with just five horses going to post Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, but the drivers coming to compete are some of the best in all of harness racing. Yannick Gingras leads the pack as the top money winning driver in the world this season and the last few years. The Quebec native not only will drive Rockin Ron in the Prix D'Ete, but is also driving in other races on the program and won the first revival of the Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014, setting the Canadian track record with a 1:50.3 triumph. "It's definitely great coming home to Quebec," Yannick Gingras said. "I will get to see my family and friends again and that is always good. As for racing Rockin Ron against Wiggle It Jiggleit, earlier this season Rockin Ron was 10 for 10 and beat WIJI in the Confederation Cup so maybe we can do it again Sunday!" Local driving sensation, Louis-Philippe Roy, is have a breakthrough year as he is the leading driver at the Hippodrome 3R and is in second place at Rideau Carlton. In addition, he recently won an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division and last week won an elimination division for the Gold Cup and Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park and will be in the final Saturday night on Prince Edward Island and then fly right back to race at 3R. "I'm very happy to get a drive in the Prix D'Ete." Roy said. "Two weeks ago I never thought I was going to drive in both the Gold Cup and Saucer on Saturday and the Prix D'ete on Sunday. I'm so grateful to the trainers and owners that have given me these opportunities. "For sure the Prix D'Ete will be the biggest purse I have ever raced for," Roy added. "From what I remember the biggest purses I had ever raced in was last year in the Quebec Series Finals for $65,000. This is going to be so great." Montrell Teague is making his first journey to Quebec and the Hippodrome 3R. He was the 2015 USHWA Dan Patch Rising Star Award winner for his superb efforts last season with Wiggle It Jiggleit. "I usually have to adapt as it seems we go to a different track every week." Teague said. "I usually watch a couple of races before mine and see how they do their post parades, where all the poles are, and see where the car picks the horses up and lets them go. "Each track I race at has different times to be on the track before we race," Teague said. "So I try and stay within the pack just to make sure I do not stray too far away. I usually go a slow trip with him just to show him what size track he's on so he knows what to do. He's always smart enough to pick it up. "He's feeling good and trained great Wednesday." Montrell added. "He seems ready to roll and what a great drawing horse he is. I'm always happy to get the rail in a small field like this. I'm looking forward to coming to Quebec and meeting more harness racing fans." Jody Jamieson is no longer a stranger to the Hippodrome 3R. He is coming to 3R from the WEG circuit in Ontario and is one of the top drivers in the sport. He drove in the Prix D'Ete last year and has captured two driving tournaments at 3R, most recently on June 5, against all an-star field that featured John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gringras, Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion. He drives Rockin In Heaven from post three, who ships in from Mohawk Raceway where he has won his last two starts, the fastest in 1:50.4. "Anytime I can come back to 3R it's something I look forward to!" Jamieson said. "If there is ever a moment when Rockin In Heaven could beat WIJI in a race, it will be this Sunday at 3R. He's sharp and I'm hoping he can come up big." Last, but not least, is driver Daniel Dube, a native of Trois-Rivieres, who knows the 3R track like the back of his hand. In anticipation of his arrival, trainers and owners at 3R have put him up to drive in ten of the twelve races on the program Sunday. He will have his work cut out for him driving Rock N Roll World, who was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Series Final at the Meadowlands. "I always look forward to coming back to Trois-Rivieres," Dube said. "It was my home and I have so many family and friends to see and will be cheering for me. I will be at my best with Rock N Roll World and maybe I can work a trip and take home the Prix D'Ete trophy this year!" In addition to the Prix D'ete race, the Sunday program has four divisions of the third round in the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. This series has drawn another Quebec native, Sylvain Filion, the leading dash leader and top money winning driver at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario and the reigning champion in 2015. Filion will be driving for his father, Yves Filion, who was just inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Other top drivers on the card this Sunday will be Pascal Berube, Gaetan Lamy, Mario Charron and Stephane Brosseau. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, headlines a short field of five pacers that will do battle Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. Currently ranked #1 in the North American Top Ten Poll and the richest harness horse of the 2016 season with earnings of $1,016,927 (US), Wiggle It Jiggleit, drew post one in the Prix D’Ete. Once the richest and most prestigious race in all of Canada, the Prix D’Ete was dropped from competition in 1992 and was then revived by the Quebec Jockey Club at the Hippodrome 3R two years ago. Prior winners of the Prix D’Ete before coming to 3R included world champion performers Niatross (1980), Cam Fella (1982), Strike Out (1979), Beach Towel (1990), Armbro Emerson (1986) and Romulus Hanover (1972) to name a few. As the Prix D’Ete was an open event in the past, it is now restricted to just four-year-olds. The race was captured by Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014 and by All Bets Off in 2015. Both horses won in identical times of 1:50.3, which was the fastest miles ever in Canada for four-year-old pacers on a half mile track. “It will be very special this year to all the harness racing fans in Quebec to be able to come and see the Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, compete at the Hippodrome 3R,” said Vincent Trudel, general manager at 3R. “To have a world champion in this race is what made the Prix D’Ete so special many years ago and is now happening again this Sunday. It will be very prestigious for our racing program to feature such a great horse.” The post-position draw is as follows: 1 - Wiggle It Jiggleit - Trainer Clyde Francis - Driver Montrell Teague 2 - ASAP Hanover - Trainer Sean Mehlenbacher - Driver Louis-Philippe Roy 3 - Rockin In Heaven - Trainer Dr Ian Moore - Driver Jody Jamieson 4 - Rock N Roll World - Trainer Ron Burke - Driver Daniel Dube 5 - Rockin Ron - Trainer Ron Burke - Driver Yannick Gingras Wiggle It Jiggleit comes into the race with 11 wins in 17 starts and lifetime earnings of $3.2 million. Last week he captured the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in 1:49.1, last quarter mile in an amazing :26 in defeating rivals Always B Miki, All Bets Off and Shamballa. “The draw worked out great again,” George Teague, owner of Wiggle It Jiggleit said. “We can’t wait to come up to Quebec this weekend. Wiggle It Jiggleit is feeling great and from what I hear he will really like racing over 3R’s oval. It will also be special to show him off to the race fans in Quebec.” Rockin Ron hails from the Ron Burke Stable and comes into the race sporting 10 wins in 18 starts, a record of 1:50.1 and earnings this year of nearly $300,000. His stablemate, Rock N Roll World, sports two wins and earnings of nearly $100,000 this season. Rockin In Heaven comes into the Prix D’Ete for trainer Dr. Ian Moore, off an impressive 1:51.2 victory at Mohawk Raceway for driver Jody Jamison. He has three wins and $84,000 won this year. ASAP Hanover has been first, second or third in eight of his 12 starts this year for trainer Sean Mehlenbacker and has a record this season of 1:50.2. Post time Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R on Prix D’Ete Day is 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Opening day for the Hippodrome 3R is right around the corner on Sunday, May 1 and management at Quebec's only pari-mutuel harness racing track is ready to greet fans with some big, positive changes. "From our new All-Star Spring Driver's Tournament with many of the best harness drivers in the world coming to 3R, to our redesigned website, we are ready for a very exciting race season in 2016." Said 3R General Manager Vincent Trudel. The track opens with live racing on Sunday's at 1:30 pm starting May 1 and then adding Tuesday night racing (post time 7:00 pm) beginning on May 24. "We have positive changes set for this season," Trudel added. "In order to boost our simulcast signal, our track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, will be calling the races in both English and French, and we will have our changes, handicapping selections and other broadcast items in both languages as is our website. "We have also hired a new Director of Marketing, Andre Provencher," Trudel said. "To assist us for promotional events, marketing and simulcasting. He is already a welcomed addition to our staff." What Trudel is most excited about for the new season is the All-Star Driver's Tournament set for Sunday, June 5. "We have never had such a lineup of the best drivers in North America racing here at 3R." Trudel gleamed. "Hall of Famer John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gingras, Jody Jamison, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion and our own Denis St Pierre and Mario Charron. What a great tournament this will be. I am so grateful for these driver's taking the time from their busy schedules to come here to Trois-Rivieres." The tournament will comprise of eight races and throughout the day there will be interviews after each race and a special Meet and Greet with all the drivers starting at 12:30 pm. "Just after we announced the tournament and the top drivers in the competition, the dining room at the track was sold out in days." Trudel said. The premier event of the season is the third annual revival of the Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers with a purse of $200,000. Set for Sunday, August 21, this year's Prix D'Ete is headlined by the nomination of the 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. "We are hoping that owner George Teague and Wiggle It Jiggleit have a strong and healthy season," said Trudel, "so that they will come here and race in the Prix D'Ete. The race has had many great horses compete in prior years and the racing fans in Quebec would love the opportunity to see this world champion race on our track." Other stakes at 3R this season include the Lucien Bombardier Pace for two-year-old fillies on Sunday, September 11 and the very popular Quebec-Bred Series for two, three and four-year-old pacers. The Quebec-Bred Series takes place from May through September depending on age with preliminary round and finals in all divisions. Leading driver for the past two years, Denis St-Pierre, is ready for the start of the 3R racing season. "I may be living in Ontario now," St-Pierre said, "But I will be at 3R every time I have the chance to drive mainly in the stakes races. I did this last year and missed some programs but still was able to hang on for the driving title against Mario Charron. He nearly caught me on closing day. "I am so honored to be part of the upcoming driver tournament on June 5," St-Pierre added, "What a great job the management at the Hippodrome 3R has done to have these world class drivers come to Quebec. "It is so important for our race program at 3R to have a tournament of this top class for everyone in North America to have their eyes on," St-Pierre said. "I can't wait for this day as it will be great to compete again these guys. This is very positive for harness racing at 3R and important for all the horsemen and women in Quebec to support." The Hippodrome 3R's top drivers, trainers and owners will be back for the summer meet. Along with Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron, Pascal Berube, Jocelyn Gendron and Louise-Phillip Roy, who is currently the leading driver at Rideau Carlton Raceway, will all be back at 3R. Top trainers returning to 3R include Maxime Velaye, who captured his first driving title last year with an impressive UDR of .443. He will be joined by Jean Tourigny, Yves Tessier, Dany Fontaine and Andre Champagne. "It is very exciting getting ready for this Sunday," Trudel said. "I know the race fans in Quebec are anxious for the return of live racing to Trois-Rivieres and we are ready to show everyone a good time." For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS-RIVIERES Quebec - The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, headlines the list of 24 four-year-old pacers that have been nominated for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Grand Circuit Stake at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, August 21st. The third annual revival of one of the most prestigious races in the history of Canada, this year's edition of the Prix D'Ete could be the best yet. Wiggle It Jiggleit was sensational in 2015, scoring 22 wins and three second place finishes in his 26 starts. He earned a whopping $2,229,496 in purses, took a record of 1:47.4 and provided what many race fans have voted is one of the greatest races in history when he won the Little Brown Jug in straight heats. Owned by George Teague, Jr. of Delaware, driven by his son, Montrell Teague and trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit is sired by Mr Wiggles. "The Prix D'Ete fit perfectly into our race schedule planning." Said George Teague, Jr. "And we hope the season goes well and that we will be in Quebec in August. It would be great to show Wiggle It Jiggleit to the fans at 3R." In the past two editions of the Prix D'Ete at 3R, 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. "With a possible Wiggle It Jiggleit coming to 3R this summer, the track record will be broken." Said a confident 3R General Manager, Vincent Trudel. "I have seen him race last year and he was sensational and super-fast. He will love speeding around our banked turns at 3R. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have nominated to this year's Prix D'Ete." Trudel said. "The revival of this Grand Circuit event is developing into the great race it was before. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres on August 21 for our Prix D'Ete and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." Already on a hot streak in 2016 is the nominated Rockin Ron from the Ron Burke Stable. Undefeated in five starts this year, Rockin Ron has already equaled his lifetime mark of last year in 1:51. And there are a slew of other top colts from last year that have been nominated to the Prix D'Ete. Art Rooney Final and Bluegrass Stakes winner, In The Arsenal, was a tiger last season, notching seven wins, $554,872 in earnings and a record of 1:49.1. Dealt A Winner won $442,389 and set a world record of 1:47.3 in winning the Cane Pace over both Wiggle It Jiggleit and In The Arsenal. Another Ron Burke Stable nominee is My Hero Ron, who won five times last year with earnings of $387,044 and a record of 1:49.2. Other standouts include Rockin In Heaven, Split The House, Rock N Roll World and National Seelster. Quebec owners and trainers are also in the Prix D'Ete hunt as Go Daddy Go and Traceur Hanover are both trained by Rene Allard, Mach On The Beach (Richard Moreau), and Poisonous (Stephane Larocque). There are two more nominations payments due for the Prix D'Ete on April 15 and May 15. There are no supplemental entries allowed. Only the eight top money earners in 2016 at time of entry for the race will be eligible for the Prix D'Ete Final. From the Quebec Jockey Club 2016 Prix D'Ete Nominees A Marcou Story Americanprimetime Arque Hanover Asap Hanover Dealt A Winner Drachan Hanover Dreams Beachboy Go Daddy Go In The Arsenal JJs Delivery K Ryan Bluechip Lyons Levi Lewis Mach On The Beach My Hero Ron National Seelster Poisonous Rock N Roll World Rockin In Heaven Rockin Ron Rodeo Romeo Split The House The Wayfaring Man Traceur Hanover Wiggle It Jiggleit    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, March 3, 2016 - The Hippodrome 3R management team wants every horse owner and trainer in North America to not miss the March 15 nomination payment for the 2016 $200,000 Prix D'Ete. The race is only eligible to four-year-old pacers with the top eight money earners in 2016 at time of entry going into the rich final. The race will be held on Sunday, August 21. Last year's 2nd annual revival of the one-time richest stakes event in all of Canada, saw trainer Ron Burke's All Bets Off tie the all-age track record (first set by Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014) with an amazing 1:50.3 triumph over the 3R half mile oval. Driven by Matt Kakaley, All Bets Off was parked out to the first quarter, settled in on the lead and led the rest of the race. Limelight Beach was second with Somewhere In LA third. To get the nomination form and for the payment schedule, rules and regulations for the Prix D'Ete go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The Ron Burke Stable had a sensational Sunday in Canada as their horses not only finished one-two in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R, but earlier on the afternoon the Burke Stable also finished one-two in the rain-delayed Gold Cup & Saucer Final at Charlottetown Driving Park on PEI. In the Prix D'Ete Grand Circuit race for four-year-old pacers, it was action-packed right out of the starting gate as Limelight Beach (Mark MacDonald) shot like a rocket to the early lead from post six with Somewhere In L A (Daniel Dube) leaving and grabbing the two-hole spot with All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) also on the move on the outside. They flew to the opening quarter mile in :26.2 and Kakaley kept All Bets Off in gear until they finally cleared to the lead. After a short breather going to the half mile marker in :55.2, it was Somewhere In L A and Dube taking up the chase first-over with Winds Of Change (Dustin Jones) grabbing the second-over trip down the backstretch and to the three-quarters in 1:23. Then as they came around the final turn, All Bets Off was still the strong horse, turning back Somewhere In L A and with Kakaley raising his whip in the air and just lifting the line, All Bets Off scooted home an easy winner by three and one-half lengths in 1:50.3. Limelight Beach was second with Somewhere In L A third. "Once I cleared to the lead," Kakaley said. "I was able to back it down a little. Then when Somewhere In L A came first-over I just pulled the plugs and my horse got stronger. I knew at the start I wanted to get to the front and control the pace and everything worked out perfectly." The time of the race tied the all-age track record at the Hippodrome 3R at 1:50.3, set last year in the revival of the Prix D'Ete by Sunfire Blue Chip. It also tied both Sunfire Blue Chip and Crombie A as the fastest Canadian race by a four-year-old on a half mile oval. "What a great day this has been for the Burke Stable," explained second trainer Mickey Burke. "We finish one-two in the Gold Cup & Saucer and then finish one-two in the Prix D'Ete. We have to come back and do this again next year for sure." A stallion by Bettor's Delight, it was the third win this year for All Bets Off. He is owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and the Panhelleni Stable. All Bets Off now sports career earnings of $1,505,481. Coupled with Limelight Beach in the wagering, they paid $3.80 to win. The Prix D'Ete program also featured four divisions of second round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers. YS Artistic Fella made an impressive Quebec debut in the first division, working to the lead at the 1/8 and controlling the pace, then storming home in 28.3 to break his maiden in 1:59, a racing mark. First round prelim winner Sagawi had to settle for second today, 2¾ lengths back, after a pocket trip behind the son of Artistic Fella out of Bolero Tallia (the dam of the 4-5YO pacing mares "Q" Series champion My Tallia Ideal earlier this year). Simon Allard, a provincial native son returning for the day from his base at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, guided YS Artistic Fella for trainer Richard Moreau and owner YvesSarrazin. Mr Mach Jimmy is now 2-for-2 in the Quebec prelims after making every pole a winning one with a 1:59.2 triumph, posting a new mark. However, success did not come easily to driver Pascal Berube and the altered son of Mach Three-Rosebud Stena, as Pudong Phil, in only his second lifetime start, picked a tuck from the outside post eight, then was first-over from the 3/8 and gave the leader all he could handle before "Jimmy" crossed the wire a length to the good for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. HP Sissy and Miss Babe Delight were virtually inseparable the last quarter of the first filly prelim, with "Sissy" proving the more photogenic by a head in a lifetime mark of 1:57.3, just 2/5 of a second short of the divisional track record set by My Fleet Three last year. Miss Babe Delight, coming off a win in an Ontario stake, took advantage of drawing inside her main rival and forced HP Sissy, a daughter of Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip and a first round winner in Quebec action last week, to sit the pocket through fast numbers for the babies of 28.1, 58.3, and 1:28.4. Driver Guy Gagnon took the winner to the outside at the last-named point and was in a real donnybrook with the pacesetter the rest of the way, and she just got the better of her game rival for trainer Jean Tourigny and owners Claude Hamel and Michel Damphousse. Skyfall Sena, a Goliath Bayama-Bye Bye Pippa N filly who was (a distant) second to HP Sissy in the first round, took advantage of that rival's drawing in the other division by taking the second distaff section on the engine, lowering her mark 7 2/5 seconds to 2:00.3. Skyfall Sena was sent right to the lead by driver Pascal Berube (a Quebec winner with both sexes), put favored Art De Gagnee in behind her, and then held off that rival in the stretch by ¾ of a length (after finishing ½ length ahead of her behind HP Sissy last week) for trainer and owner Serge Nadeau. Prix D'Ete Notes: There are two divisions of the third round of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday. Featured in the first division are three return winners in track record holder Wildwild Men taking on Panamas Boy and Sass. Post time is 7:00 pm. All Bets Off From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Homecoming is always sweet for harness racing driver Daniel Dube and this Sunday will be no exception as the top class driver returns to the Hippodrome 3R for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. Born and raised in Trois-Rivieres, Dube learned his trade on the Quebec racing circuit before venturing out to the USA where he has become one of the leading drivers in North America. He now battles annually with premier reinsman George Brennan and Jason Bartlett for the driving title at Yonkers Raceway, currently the richest racetrack in the sport. Since leaving Quebec and coming to the United States back in 1997, the native son of Trois-Rivieres has tallied 8,162 wins in his career and $99,638,000 million in purses won by the horses he has driven. He is in the top 20 of all-time money winning drivers in harness racing. But it is always special to come home. "It is a pleasure for me each time I return to the Hippodrome 3R to race," Dube said. "This is where I started my career. I never miss the opportunity to go there and visit my family and my wife's family. It's always fun to come back." Dube's primary reason for coming home is to drive Somewhere In L A, who is the 3-1 second choice in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. The race is exclusively for four-year-old pacers and his is one of the best in North America. Trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Somewhere In L A is a gelded son of world champion Somebeachsomewhere, a career winner of $647,000 and just three starts back teamed up with Dube in winning at Yonkers in 1:52. Somewhere In L A will start from post position three in the tenth race feature. "He (Somewhere In L A) is a really nice horse," Dube said, "And Jimmy Takter would not send him up to Quebec if he was not ready to race. With a little racing luck I think we will be OK." The all-age track record was set last year in the inaugural revival of the Prix D'Ete when Sunfire Blue Chip erupted with a 1:50.3 victory, lowering the prior record by nearly three full seconds. Dube was second in the race with Duc D'Orleans. "The track at Trois-Rivieres is fast, there is no doubt," Dube said. "It compares favorably with the best half mile tracks in North America." The quality of horse flesh coming to 3R on Sunday for the Prix D'Ete and with a forecast of sunny and warm weather, last year's track record may fall by the wayside. In addition to Somewhere In L A (post 3), whose lifetime mark is 1:50, also in the race is an entry from the Ron Burke Stable of All Bets Off (post 4), a $1.4 million winner with a record this year in 1:48.3. He is coupled with LimeLight Beach (post six), 1:49.1, Big Boy Dreams (post 2), 1:49.4, Winds Of Change (post one), 1:48.2 and local favorite, Boomboom Ballykeel (post 5), 1:49.3. Dube is not the only Quebecois coming home on Sunday. Also joining him in the driver colony for 3R's premier race day are top drivers Simon Allard, who drives Big Boy Dreams for his trainer/co-owner/brother, Rene Allard, along with Mario Ballargeon. All three are welcomed home by local trainers as Dube has eight drives and both Allard and Ballargeon have six drives each on the day. Prix D'Ete Notes: Three-time Quebec-Bred Sire Stakes champion, Maximuscle, returns to 3R Sunday to headline the eighth race Open Trot feature. He starts from post eight for driver Mario Charron and has yet another impressive season with six wins and one second place finish in just eight starts. All four opening round winners in the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers, have returned Sunday for round two. They are Sagawi, HP Sissy, HP Mercedes and Mr Mach Jimmy. Post time Sunday is at 1:30 pm. To watch the 3R program live and to get a free program for the race card go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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