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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  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Harness racing driver Matt Kakaley makes his debut in Quebec this Sunday and it could be a grand appearance as he drives race favorite All Bets Off in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The Grand Circuit showcase for four-year-old pacers headlines a superb 12-race program that also has the second round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers with four divisions. For Matt Kakaley, it will be his first time driving at the Hippodrome 3R. "This will be first time I have been to Quebec," Kakaley said, "but I really look forward to the experience. I also do not speak French at all, but I am sure everything will work out OK." Kakaley has been the steady driver of All Bets Off for the past two seasons. The $1.4 million winning son of Bettor's Delight, trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, LLC and The Panhellenic Stable, has been competing against the best older horses in harness racing this season and doing quite well. All Bets Off starts from post four and is coupled with stablemate Limelight Beach as the 5/2 morning line favorites. "All Bets Off has been the best horse I have driven all year." Kakaley said. "He's my favorite horse and Ronnie (Burke) put me on him all last year. He's pretty much my drive because he is special to me." Kakaley has kept All Bets Off "off" the front end this year and it has been working out OK with two wins, five seconds and two third place finishes in just 12 starts. His biggest score of the year came in the Flamboro Downs Confederation Cup where All Bets Off set the all age track record in 1:50.4 in his elimination race, then went on to win the final the following week. Kakaley says that All Bets Off can still leave if they want to. "We've been racing him from off the pace on the big tracks," Kakaley said. "He can still leave if we want to." Who does Kakaley think are the major contenders in the race? "I think my horse is definitely the one to beat," Kakaley said. Big Boy Dreams qualified really well at Pocono Downs for this. Limelight Beach really raced well last week at Hoosier Park. He had a lot of road traffic and still got a check. He has such great gate speed that post six won't stop him from getting the lead easily." All Bets Off is Kakaley's only drive of the day of the 12 races at the Hippodrome 3R. "That does not bother me one bit," Kakaley said. "I can enjoy myself, watch some of the races, get All Bets Off ready and if we can win the Prix D'Ete it will make for a great day." Prix D'Ete Notes: The 13-year-old trotter, Pablo Angus, who trotted in 1:56 on 7-8-08 to set the all-age track trot record which was equaled exactly six years later by Michelangelo last season, is in the 4th race on Sunday -- and recently this amazing old timer has set three all-age track trot records for driver Mario Charron within the last two months, June 27 at Saint Hughes in 2:01, July 11 at Saint Esprit in 2:00 and July 25 at Ormstown in 2:04.1. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. Tomorrow afternoon race fans can get the free program for Prix D'Ete card at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – The Ron Burke Stable entry of All Bets Off and Limelight Beach headline many of the top four-year-olds in harness racing that have entered the $200,000 second annual renewal of the Prix D’Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. Canada’s premier pacing event for many years, the Hippodrome 3R management revived the race last year for four-year-old only as part of the Grand Circuit and in 2014 saw Sunfire Blue Chip erase the prior track record by nearly three seconds with a 1:50.3 triumph. “This year’s field,” said 3R General Manager Vincent Trudel, “could very well break that record. Our forecast is for a beautiful sunny and warm day and our track will be lighting fast Sunday afternoon. Our race secretary has assembled a great program for our fans.” All Bets Off, a career winner of $1.4 million, is the star attraction. He starts from post four for driving sensation Matt Kakaley. The son of Bettors Delight comes into the race off two strong second place finishes and was race timed in 1:49.1 at both Hoosier Park and the Meadowlands. Earlier this season he also won the Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs, setting the track record in his elimination race in 1:50.4. The second part of the Burke entry, Limelight Beach, drew post six but has early gate speed as shown three starts back when he won at Yonkers Raceway in 1:51.4 and the Hippodrome 3R has a brand new slanted starting gate. Limelight Beach will be driven by talented Mark MacDonald. Big Boy Dreams starts from post two for driver Simon Allard and was purchased at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands for $265,000 by trainer Rene Allard with the Prix D’Ete their main goal in mind. He comes into the race off an impressive qualifying win at Pocono Downs in 1:50.2. Jimmy Takter was the trainer of Sunfire Blue Chip, last year’s Prix D’Ete winner and he wants to win another one this year with Somewhere In L A. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has been first or second in his four of his last five starts and has a record this year of 1:50.4. Somewhere In L A drew post three and will be driven by Trois-Rivieres most famous native son, Daniel Dube. Trainer Justin Jones gets back in the race bike and will drive his Winds Of Change from the rail. They will ship in from Ontario where Winds Of Change was third in his last start in 1:50.2. Rounding out the field is the local favorite, Boomboom Ballykeep for trainer Richard Moreau. They start from post five and in the bike will top reinsman Mario Ballargeon. They have had it rough the last few weeks but back on July 25, Boomboom Ballykeel won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:49.3 and the son of Mach Three knows the 3R oval. Prior to the revival of the Prix D’Ete at 3R, the race was initially known as the Prix d’Automne and was won by older horses such as the great Bret Hanover. The marquee event at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal was converted into a race for 3-year-old pacers in 1970 and remained one of the major North American stakes in the division until its last running in 1992. Past winners included Cam Fella, Niatross, Albatross, Strike Out, Abercrombie, Matts Scooter and Beach Towel. Prix D’Ete Notes: There will be four divisions of the second round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers as part of the 12-race extravaganza race program Sunday. The race program is available free of charge by visiting www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - "There is no way that I am not sending a horse to the Hippodrome 3R and try and win the Prix D'Ete again," said Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter. Last year Takter sent Sunfire Blue Chip for the inaugural revival of the Prix D'Ete. Despite drawing the far outside eight post, Sunfire Bluechip and driver Yannick Gingras were able to overcome the bad post and the top competition plus a rainy track surface in setting the all-age track record with a 1:50.3 triumph. This year the Prix D'Ete race, which is restricted to four-year-old pacers only and is part of the national Grand Circuit, is on Sunday, August 23, a month earlier than last year. A total of 19 horses have remained eligible to the race and the top eight money earners in 2015 that enter will get behind the starting gate for the $200,000 race. "I am sorry that I cannot come up for the race again this year," Takter explained, "the race day is in conflict with the stakes races at Tioga Downs and I have more entered there so I must be there that day." But just like last year, Takter is sending another outstanding pacer to Quebec in Somewhere In L A. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is a career winner of $642,000 and has been racing against the best in the sport week in week out. Two starts back he was second in the Roy Davis Memorial at The Meadows and in his prior start he won at Yonkers Raceway, wiring the field in 1:52 for driver Daniel Dube. The Prix D'Ete is one of the richest races of the year for four-year-olds at $200,000 and there are some other trainers and owners who would like to win it. "We will see how Ideal Cowboy races this Saturday night," said owner Jeff Bamond. "I think if he comes out of the race OK then we will send him to the Prix D'Ete. We had a wonderful time last year when Mach It So finished fourth." Ideal Cowboy goes at Yonkers Raceway Saturday in their four-year-old open pace. The Ron Burke Stable has two top horses eligible for the Prix D'Ete in All Bets Off and Limelight Beach. "They are both racing tonight in the $300,000 Dan Patch Stake at Hoosier Park," said co-owner Mark Weaver. "If everything goes well I would think we would send both of them to the Prix D'Ete." It will be interesting after this weekend's racing action to see who will be traveling up to Trois-Rivieres in Quebec for the Prix D'Ete. "My only question about the Prix D'Ete," said trainer Jimmy Takter, "is who will drive my horse? That will be an interesting decision next week as I usually use Corey Callahan or Daniel Dube with Somewhere In L A." That decision and a few more will all have to be made by next Wednesday, August 19 before noon when they close the entry box for Sunday's program on Prix D'Ete Day. Other top contenders eligible to the Prix D'Ete include Luck Be Withyou, Big Boy Dreams, Mattamerican and National Debt. First race post time on Prix D'Ete Day is 1:30 pm. Also on the race program will be the final leg of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacing colts. From The Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Live harness racing returns to the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday evening with the start of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters. The last half of the racing season will be highlighted by the second renewal of the Prix D'Ete on Sunday, August 23 for a purse of $200,000 featuring the best four-year-old pacers in North America. On Wednesday there are two divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series. They will compete in three preliminary rounds with the top eight point earners throughout the series returning on Sunday, September 6 for their respective $65,000 finales. The first race first division is headed by Panamas Boy from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau. This son of Crazed may have just two lifetime starts but he is already in the record books having won a qualifier two starts back at Mohawk Raceway in an impressive clocking of 1:59.4, the last quarter a speedy :28.4 for trainer Jacques DuPont and owner/breeder Gestion Levesque 2005 Inc., QC. Other contenders include EAV Naturelle from post two for driver Mario Charron, who is fresh off scoring is 2,000th career victory, Tuscans Memory (post 7) and Dolly PV from post one. The third race second division spotlights return winner Wildwild Men from post three for driver Robert Shepherd. This gelded son of Muscles Mass already has five starts this season and two wins for trainer Isabelle D'Darveau. His last start was a victorious effort at Georgian Downs in an $18,000 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes in 2:00.3. Three starts back he also won an $18,000 OSS division. But it will not be a walk in the park for Wildwild Men as faces some stiff competition from KFB Amigo Cool in post four along with Skyflex in post five. Post time Wednesday is 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. The Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – Headed by the 2014 Dan Patch and O’Brien Award winning Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year, McWicked, harness racing’s top crop from last year have made the final nomination payment for the $200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The rich final, restricted to just 19 four-year-olds in 2015, is set for Sunday, August 23 on 3R’s half mile oval with the top eight money winners this season at time of entry getting their nose on the starting gate. Mr. Consistent of 2014, McWicked, hails from the Casie Coleman Stable and is owned by Ed James SSG Stable of North Boston, NY. The colt won 12 of 23 races and hit the board a total of 21 times.  He finished the season on a three-race win streak, which included the Breeders Crown and a stakes-record triumph in the Progress Pace. His other major victories included the included the Delvin Miller Adios and Max C. Hempt Memorial. His time of 1:47.3f in the Hempt at Pocono Downs is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track. McWicked is just getting geared up for the 2015 season and recently won a qualifying race at Pocono Downs in 1:52.2. Next on the list is All Bets Off. This son of Bettors Delight won $911,000 last year and is already on a roll in 2015. He recently won his elimination division and then the $200,000 final of the Confederation Cup. Big Boy Dreams, winner last year of the Windy City Pace, was purchased during the off season for $265,000, and is now trained by Rene Allard who has set their sights on the Prix D’Ete. Already this season the son of If I Can Dream, has won back to back Open events at both Yonkers and Pocono Downs, the fastest an impressive 1:49.4. Another outstanding four-year-old nominated is He’s Watching, who set the world record last season with his 1:46.4 triumph in the Meadowlands Pace. The list keeps looking stronger with outstanding performers Limelight Beach, Luck Be Withyou and Somewhere In L A also eligible to the Prix D’Ete. “This is a superb list of top horses for this year’s Prix D’Ete,” said Vincent Trudel, general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. “It is safe to say that with this caliber of great horses eligible, the all-age track record of 1:50.3 set last year in the Prix D’Ete by Sunfire Blue Chip, will most certainly be in jeopardy. “We are looking forward to having a great Prix D’Ete weekend August 22 and 23,” Trudel said. “We want to invite everyone to come out to beautiful Trois-Rivieres for our live harness racing and enjoy our wonderful Quebecois hospitality!” From the Quebec Jockey Club Final Nominees 2015 Prix D’Ete All Bets Off Arthur Blue Chip Atomic Million Am Bettorever Big Boy Dreams Boomboom Ballykeel Electric Western He’s Watching Ideal Cowboy Limelight Beach Luck Be Withyou Mattamerican McWicked National Best Somewhere In LA Three Of Clubs Titus Seelster Unlocked Winds Of Change

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The return of superstar harness racing driver, Gaetan Lamy, headlines Sunday's opening day card at the Hippodrome 3R. The Hippodrome 3R starts its 2015 season, the first of 41 race programs with a new Sunday post time of 1:30 pm. The track, which is open year-round for simulcasting, will race Sunday afternoons and new this season, on Wednesday evenings (post time 7:00 pm) through October 25. There is one special Saturday live race program, August 22, which is the day before the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. There will also be full simulcasting of the Hippodrome 3R races throughout North America at racetracks and on most every wagering site. Gaetan Lamy, now 68, is scheduled to compete in six of the ten races opening day Sunday, including the second race feature with Vahinde C C. This will be Lamy's first drive back at his native Trois-Rivieres, when he has won the driving title over the year a total of 19 times. Returning to professional driving after retiring in 2010, Lamy "got the itch" to drive and competed in some Quebec fairs in 2014 and now wishes to return to professional driving. Lamy was the 1992 O'Brien Award winner as Canada's Driver of the Year. Over his superb career he has 6,698 career wins and his UDR (Universal Driving Rating) an impressive .318. The defending driving champion at the Hippodrome 3R in 2014 was Denis St. Pierre and he has returned to defend his title. But ironically, last year's leading trainer, Eric Valiquette, does not have a horse entered on the opening day program."I am fit and ready for the start of the new season," said leading driver Denis St. Pierre. "It will be a good thing that Gaetan Lamy is returning to race at 3R this meet. He is a great driver, he will add to the competition and I love that." The $1 million plus Quebec-Bred Series gets started next week with the older horse divisions. The $200,000 Prix D'Ete on Sunday, August 23, has the richest and fastest four-year-olds in the nation eligible for the rich purse. Top horses nominated include 2014 Dan Patch & O'Brien award winner, McWicked, along with He's Watching, All Bets Off, Limelight Beach, Always B Miki and Somewhere In LA. "We are very excited about our new season at Hippodrome 3R," said Vincent Trudel, the racetrack general manager. "The return of Gaetan Lamy is great news as he will most certainly be a welcome addition to our driver colony. "The Quebec-bred Series we know will be much more competitive this season," Trudel said, "And this year's Prix D'Ete is going to feature world champion performers right here at 3R. We also have our new slanted starting gate arriving soon and many great promotions for our racing fans. We are ready to open the doors on Sunday!" From The Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – The richest and fastest harness racing pacing colts of the 2014 season in North America have been nominated to the second annual revival of the $200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The $200,000 Prix D’Ete is restricted to four-year-old pacers only and the race will be held on Sunday, August 23. It is the richest harness horse race in all of Quebec and one of the richest races for four-year-olds in the sport. Headlining the list of the 28 four-year-olds that features six of the top ten money winning three-year-olds from last year is $1,472,937 winner McWicked. He was voted the Dan Patch award and the O’Brien award as North America’s top three-year-old pacing colt of the year in 2014. Last year he was victorious in the Breeders Crown, the Hempt Memorial, the Adios Pace and the Progress Pace for trainer Casie Coleman and Ed James SSG Stable. He is joined by other world class performers All Bets Off, He’s Watching, Always B Miki, Limelight Beach and Somewhere In L A among the top ten money winners from 2014. Three of the horses nominated are million dollar lifetime winners, McWicked, He’s Watching and All Bets Off. And if speed counts for anything, then the Prix D’Ete eligibles for 2015 have that too, as five of the six fastest three-year-old pacing colts last year were also nominated. There are 12 horses nominated with a race record of 1:50 or faster. He’s Watching, with his amazing 1:46.4 world record performance in the Meadowlands Pace final, which ties him as a co-fastest harness race horse ever, heads the lineup followed by McWicked’s  1:47.3 world record mile at Pocono Downs, Always B Miki (1:47.4), Luck Be With You (1:48) and All Bets Off (1:48.3). “With this caliber of horses nominated,” said 3R General Manager Vincent Trudel, “the Hippodrome 3R track record set last year by Sunfire Blue Chip in 1:50.3 in the Prix D’Ete could easily be broken. What a great group of horses we have that have been nominated.” Jimmy Takter trained Sunfire Blue Chip, who was driven in the Prix D’Ete by local favorite, Yannick Gingras. Takter hopes to return once again to vie for the Prix D’Ete trophy as his stable has nominated Somewhere In L A, who last year won over $500,000 with a record of 1:50. The top four leading money winner trainers in 2014 all have horses nominated to the Prix D’Ete. They are Ron Burke, Jimmy Takter, Erv Miller and Casie Coleman. “We could not be more pleased with such top horses nominated to the Prix D’Ete,” Trudel added, “There are still two more nomination payments that must be made in April and May, but I am sure that most of these horses will remain eligible. It will also be exciting as this season we have purchased a new starting car with a slated gate that will make the races even more competitive.” There is also a local flavor to the race as seven of the horses entered have Quebec-based connections. They are Atomic Million AM, Bettorever, Big Boy Dreams, Boomboom Ballykeel, Electric Western, Titus Seelster and Vance Bayama. “It is shaping up that we can look forward to an exciting live race meet at 3R,” Trudel said. “The race fans will not only get to see the best horses compete in the Prix D’Ete, but with the new starting gate, our $1 million Quebec-bred series, the drivers tournament and the special promotions we have planned throughout the season, opening day on Sunday, May 3 cannot arrive fast enough.” From the Quebec Jockey Club Here are the 28 horses nominated in alphabetical order: All Bets Off Always B Miki Arthur Blue Chip Atomic Million AM Best Said Bettorever Big Boy Dreams Boomboom Ballykeel Electric Western Fort Knox He’s Watching Jet Airway Limelight Beach Luck Be Withyou Mattamerican McWicked Melmerby Beach National Debt Roger Mach EM Silverhill Shadow Somewhere In L A Speckled Door Three Of Clubs Titus Seelster Unlocked Vance Bayama Whiskey N Pie Winds Of Change

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, March 5, 2015 - The Hippodrome 3R management team wants every horse owner and trainer in North America to not miss the March 15 nomination payment for the 2015 $200,000 Prix D'Ete. The race is only eligible to four-year-old pacers with the top eight money earners in 2015 at time of entry going into the rich final. The race will be held on Sunday, August 23. Last year's revival of the one-time richest stakes event in all of Canada saw trainer Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip rewrite the all-age track record at 3R with an amazing 1:50.3 mark over the 3R half mile oval. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Sunfire Blue Chip's clocking erased the prior record by nearly two full seconds and he started the race from post eight. "Not only was it great to come back to my home track and win the Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Blue Chip," said Gingras, but it was so special to win in front of my family and friends. I can't want to come back and compete in the Prix D'Ete again this year." There is a big resurgence of major stakes for four-year-old pacers in 2015 with the new formats for the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs and the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands and Tioga Downs. They will take place in May and June. Last year the Prix D'Ete was the richest race in North America for four-year-old pacers. 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, February 9, 2015 – The Hippodrome 3R harness racing track in Quebec is ready to ring in the New Year with great racing and improvements for the 2015 season. The half mile oval will feature 40 days and nights of live racing action along with a robust stakes schedule and special events throughout the season. Opening day will be Sunday, May 3. Starting right off the bat, the track will switch from Tuesday night live racing to Wednesday nights for 2015 and will feature 15 live race cards under the lights with first race post time at 7:00 pm. Sunday afternoons will still be the mainstay of the season with 25 programs and a new post time of 1:30 pm, a half hour later then in 2014. And speaking of the Prix D’Ete, the Hippodrome 3R’s premier stakes event will take place in 2015 on Sunday, August 23. The race not only saw the great Sunfire Blue Chip and driver Yannick Gingras cruise the track in 1:50.3, but that clocking lowered the all-age track record by a full two seconds. The Prix D’Ete will once again be for four-year-old pacers with the top eight nominated horses with the highest money earned in 2015 eligible for the race. And speaking of track records, 2014 was a banner season as 19 track records were either rewritten or equaled during the race meet and the action looks to be even better for 2015. The Hippodrome 3R will again host the Quebec-Bred Series for two, three and four-year-olds in 2015 with more than $1,000,000 in prize money on the line. The purse structure for the meet will remain the same in 2015 as it was in 2014, which was a 50% increase over the prior year. “We are anxiously awaiting for opening day on Sunday, May 3,” said Vincent Trudel, general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. “We know that our 2015 meet will be great. We have created renewed interest in our racing product both locally and via simulcasting and are already working to improve our product this year. “We have signed up more simulcast locations to take our signal in 2015,” Trudel said. “And we are looking to have both harness racing and thoroughbred racing handicapping tournaments throughout our simulcasting off-track-betting network with the overall winners going to the national tournaments. We feel this will be very exciting for our horse players in Quebec.” There will also be a new set of wheels going around the half mile oval at 3R as track management has purchased a brand new Ford F-250 truck that is being outfitted by Howard’s Starting Gate in Ohio. The new starting gate will feature a 12 foot slant from the one post to the eighth position that will enable horses with outside starting positions a more competitive start. Then on October 11, the Hippodrome 3R will feature its third annual Drivers Tournament headlined by return winners Yannick Gingras and Jody Jamieson if possible plus a surprise guest competitor to be named later in the season. “We had a good season of competition in 2014,” Trudel added, “and we expect to improve on that this year. Our colony of drivers, trainers and owners continues to grow in Quebec and thus we feel the competition at our races in 2015 will be that much better.” From the Quebec Jockey Club

This Week: Bluegrass Stakes and Allerage eliminations, The Red Mile, Lexington, Ky. and Jim Ewart Memorial, Scioto Downs, Columbus, Ohio. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Thursday (Sept. 25) at The Red Mile with four divisions in the $336,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Sept. 26) card features five divisions in the $393,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt trotters and three divisions in the $287,600 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers. On Saturday (Sept. 27), The Red Mile will offer a trio of Bluegrass events in the $400,000 (est.) 2-year-old colt pace, the $200,000 (est.) 3-year-old colt pace and the $200,000 (est.) 3-year-old filly pace. The opening week concludes on Sunday (Sept. 28) with $200,000 (est.) Bluegrass races for 3-year-old colt trotters and 3-year-old filly trotters, as well as $10,000 eliminations in the Allerage for open pacers and open trotters. Scioto Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 27) will host the $200,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for open pacers, as part of Ohio Super Night, which will also feature eight Ohio Sire Stakes finals for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair this past week, with the $647,500 Little Brown Jug leading two days of exciting stakes races. Limelight Beach was the winner in the 69th Little Brown Jug. Limelight Beach entered the Jug for 3-year-old pacers winless in 12 starts this year, but the past meant nothing at the Delaware County Fair. Limelight Beach swept two heats to capture the Jug trophy, winning his elimination in 1:51 and taking the final in 1:50.4. The victory gave trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras their first Jug champion. Limelight Beach won the 69th Little Brown Jug, presented by Fazoli's, by 1-1/2 lengths over Let's Drink On It, with Gingras pumping his fist triumphantly at the wire. Limelight Beach drew post No. 1 for the second heat and took advantage of the starting spot, blasting to the front and controlling the action from there. Let's Drink On It and driver Tyler Smith, who won the Jug's other first-round elimination, got away second from post two but would get no closer the rest of the way. Let's Drink On It ended up second. Somewhere In L A -- who tried to collar Limelight Beach with a first-over move on the backstretch -- finished third and At Press Time was fourth. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Wingfield Brothers share ownership of Limelight Beach, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Benear. In other Grand Circuit action over the weekend, the sport's top trotters were showcased in the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Sept. 20. Master Of Law pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as he was able to wear down the overwhelmingly favored Sebastian K late in the stretch. Driven by trainer Jimmy Takter, Master Of Law was able to close off cover to win at 21-1 odds in 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Tipping three-wide late in the lane, Master Of Law surged past his rivals and coasted to the wire to finish two lengths in front of Creatine. Natural Herbie held on gamely to round out the trifecta while Sebastian K faded late in the stretch to finish seventh. Dismissed at the betting windows, Master Of Law returned $44.00 for the victory. Master Of Law, who has now won three of six seasonal outings, is owned by Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms, Adam Victor & Son Stable, and Christina Takter. The gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Posses The Magic has now won nine of 17 lifetime outings and pushed his career bankroll to $331,753. Yannick Gingras put on a driving clinic at his home track at the Hippodrome 3R Sept. 21, winning four of the ten races including the revival of the prestigious Prix D'Ete Pace with Sunfire Blue Chip for a purse of $182,000. By the top of the stretch, Gingras had the lead for good with Sunfire Blue Chip and they went on to win by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:50.3. Local favorite Due D'Orleans (Daniel Dube) closed well to be second with Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) third. It was the fifth straight win for Sunfire Blue Chip. The 4-year-old son of American Ideal is trained by Jimmy Takter and is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab and R A W Equine, Inc. Sent off as the 3-2 wagering favorite, Sunfire Blue Chip paid $5.00 to win. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,225; 2. Tim Tetrick - 670; 3. David Miller - 565.5; 4. Ron Pierce - 465.5; 5. Corey Callahan - 371. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,470.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 977; 3. Erv Miller - 276.5; 4. Tony Alagna - 260: 5. Joe Holloway - 244. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 328.85; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 301.35; 3. Robert Key - 210; 4. 3 Brothers Stable - 207; 5. Brittany Farms - 181. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week in one location, Lexington's historic Red Mile. Featured will be the Kentucky Futurity, the second leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap will be the companion Kentucky Filly Futurity for the sophomore fillies, the Tattersalls Pace and the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, four International Stallion Stakes races for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, and four Allerage contests for open pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

After winning the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio this past Thursday for the first time in his career, one would think that harness racing driver Yannick Gingras could breathe a sigh of accomplishment and perhaps relief from his hectic schedule. Nah, he's not, in fact he is at Hoosier Park Saturday night for their Super Night program and then on Sunday it's off to the Hippodrome 3R in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers. "Lately it never ends," Yannick Gingras said. "One big stakes race program after another, but I love it." Coming to Trois-Rivieres and racing at the Hippodrome 3R is home to native son Yannick Gingras as it also is to fellow driver Daniel Dube. And with a homecoming both drivers are in demand and Dube has drives in nine of the ten races and Gingras in five of the ten races. "It is always fun to come back to Quebec to race but then again for $200,000 makes it even better," Gingras said. "It's going to be a great time. They have some good horses coming to compete and it should be a great day for the track and the fans. "They (3R) has done such a great job bringing back harness racing in Quebec," Gringras said. "They have been getting great publicity and renewed interest in the sport and that is very good. Hopefully they will build on this race and racing will grow." The main reason Yannick Gingras is coming back home to race is because he is the driver of Sunfire Blue Chip, who is the 5/2 morning line favorite in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. The son of American Ideal comes to Quebec on a four-race winning streak for trainer Jimmy Takter and co-owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab and R.A. W. Equine. In his last start at Pocono Downs in a $50,000 Open, Yannick and Sunfire Chip Chip teamed up for a lifetime mark of 1:49.2. The only problem is that the Hippodrome 3R is a half mile track and Sunfire Blue Chip drew the far outside post 8. "I think I have the sharpest horse in the race," Gingras said. "He has won his last four starts and is coming into the race in great form. I know the track at Hippodrome 3R and it is a tough task from the 8-hole. But I know the horse is sharp and we will give it our all. I am not coming home to Quebec just to go around the track twice. "If I was not in the race with Sunfire," Gingras said, "I would have to go with either Lucan Hanover or Mach It So. Lucan is really good on a half mile and has been sharp lately and Mach It So can close so strong. I know he won last month at Yonkers so he can handle a half mile track. "It would be great to see the local favorite do well," Gingras said of Duc D'Orleans, "but he has a tough task ahead of him. He knows this track better than anyone else having raced on it before but he is facing some tough horses he had not gone against before. "I think it will be a great race for bringing back the Prix D'Ete," Gingras said. "I only hope that the weather is good so everyone will come and enjoy it." From the Ontario Jockey Club   Steven Wolf   Director of North American and European Operations  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 19, 2014 - This Sunday the Quebec Jockey Club that runs the harness racing track Hippodrome 3R, which is half way between Montreal and Quebec City in the town of Trois-Rivieres, is hosting the revival of one of Canada's most prestigious races, the Prix D'Ete. The Grand Circuit race carries a purse of $200,000 and many of the best four-year-old pacers in North America have entered. Eight horses will go a mile on 3R's half mile oval. There is more to just a rich purse and good horses at the Hippodrome 3R. They have initiated a city and province-wide movement to bring back harness racing, which has been raced at this track for nearly 150 years. This past Thursday was the launch of Prix D'Ete Weekend and working with the city, the province tourism board, also with local farms (crops, not horses) to get only fresh locally grown vegetables, even honey, for their menus, the team at 3R have put together a great program that is sure to grow every year. Thursday featured a press conference with the drawing of post positions for the big race on Sunday. A local horse owner (Jean Tourigny) that has a training facility for Standardbreds nearby 3R, has generously offered everyone that is bringing a horse to race in the Prix D'Ete to board them on his farm and stay there for free. "It is so great how our horsemen, the city of Trois-Rivieres and Salon de Jeux Trois-Rivieres, a subsidiary of Loto-Quebec, has come out in support of our Prix D'Ete weekend," said Vincent Trudel, the general manager of 3R. "It shows that harness racing is still a popular sport and industry in Quebec and we look forward to an exciting weekend at 3R." Saturday is Family Day and the Quebec Jockey Club is rolling out the red carpet to the community. From 11 am to 8 pm there will be sulky trips around the racetrack with professional drivers, a BBQ, children's farmyard with more than 25 different animals, pony rides, tours of the race paddock area and workshops with veterinarians, farriers and race judges. The live racing card Saturday night starts at 7:30 pm. Then on Sunday at 10:30 am the track opens up for Prix D'Ete Day. At 11:30 am Saturday there will be a Meet and Greet with many of the great drivers competing in the Prix D'Ete, some of whom are coming to 3R for the first time. Hall of Famer David Miller, this past Thursday's Little Brown Jug winner, native son, Yannick Gingras, along with the return of Trois-Rivieres Daniel Dube, Ontario's top drivers Jody Jamieson, James MacDonald, Scott Zeron and Doug McNair along with 3R's leading driver Denis St Pierre. There is a chance that another Hall of Famer, Jimmy Takter, will also be at the Meet and Greet. It will be a wonderful opportunity for racing fans in Quebec to get to meet these world class horsemen and then at 1:00 pm watch them compete in ten great races culminating with the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. The Prix D'Ete is the richest race of the year in North America for four-year-old pacers and has attracted a super competitive field. Feature are Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip who is on a four-race winning streak, Mach It So has won three of his last four starts, Locally owned Sunshine Beach has $940,000 in career earnings, Apprentice Hanover is the highest money earner this year with $350,000 bankrolled for trainer Ben Wallace. The hometown favorite is all-age track record holder at 3R, Duc D'Orleans. His record of 1:52.4 set last year is more than likely going to be rewritten on Sunday with the caliber of horses in the field. Rounding out the competition are early season sensation Captive Audience, Casie Coleman's tough pacer Lucan Hanover and five-time winner this season, Si Semalu. The 3R half mile track has been razor sharp this season and the young Quebec-Bred horses improving every year with 16 track records set or tied this season. It all makes for a superb gala weekend at the Hippodrome 3R and throughout Trois-Riviere. And with a good showing it will be the start of planning for a bigger and better Prix D'Ete Weekend in 2015. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Eight of the top four-year-old harness racing pacers in North America will do battle this Sunday in the $200,000 revival of the Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R and their connections learned today what post-positions they have. The Prix D’Ete is the richest race in North America this year for four-year-old pacers and many of the nation’s top harness racing drivers will be coming to Quebec province to compete on the race card. “What a great field that has entered our revival of the Prix D’Ete,” said Vincent Trudel, the general manager of the Hippodrome 3R. “We could not have asked for a more competitive field. I am sure that Duc D’Orleans track record of 1:52.4 will be in jeopardy this Sunday and that our racing fans and horsemen are going to see a superb world-class race.” Headlining the field of eight starters will be Apprentice Hanover from the Ben Wallace Stable. The son of Somebeachsomewhere enters the race off of a lifetime mark performance last week at Mohawk Raceway in 1:49.2. Jody Jamieson will do the driving and they drew post 5. World renowned trainer Jimmy Takter has entered his top pacer, Sunfire Blue Chip, who is on a four-race winning streak including a 1:49.2 triumph in the $50,000 Open at Pocono Downs in his last start. Yannick Gingras returns to his home track to drive Sunfire Blue Chip. They did not fare well in the draw and will start from the outside in post 8. The local favorite and all-age track record holder at the Hippodrome 3R is Duc D’Orleans, who starts from post 4. Back in 2013 he became the only horse ever to break the 1:53 mark at 3R, going in 1:52.4. He will be driven by native son Daniel Dube. Captive Audience leaves from post 7  for driver James MacDonald. The son of Art Major was an early season sensation and has recently being going against the best pacers at Mohawk. Lucan Hanover hails from the talented Casie Coleman Stable and starts from post 3. This son of Western Ideal has but one win this year but has been super game all season. Last week he was second by a nose on Yonkers half mile oval in 1:58 going extra distance at 1 1/16th mile and the prior week he won at Yonkers in 1:51.1. He will be driven by David Miller. Mach It So starts from post 6 for trainer P J Fraley and ships to 3R having won three of his last four starts, the fastest a 1:48.2 lifetime mark at Pocono Downs. The Mac Three gelding will be handled by Scott Zeron. Sunshine Beach drew the rail and is the highest money earner in the field at $913,702, so a victory would in the Prix D’Ete would make him a millionaire. He is locally co-owned by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Montreal and has a record this year of 1:49 at Mohawk Raceway. He will be driven by Doug McNair. Si Semalu comes into the race after two sharp efforts at Mohawk Raceway, finishing second last week and the prior week posting his fifth win on the season for trainer Isaac Waxman in 1:52. He drew well with post two and will be driven by local star Denis St Pierre. Here is the field in post-position order with driver and trainer: Sunshine Beach (Doug McNair) Mark Steacy Si Semalu (Denis St Pierre) Isaac Waxman Lucan Hanover (David Miller) Casie Coleman Duc D’Orleans (Daniel Dube) Jacques Dupont Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) Ben Wallace Mach It So (Scott Zeron) P J Fraley Captive Audience (James MacDonald) Corey Johnson Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) Jimmy Takter There will be no consolation race. Initially known as the Prix d’Automne and won by older horses such as the three-time Horse of the Year Bret Hanover, the marquee event at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal was converted into the Prix D’Ete race for 3-year-old pacers in 1970 and remained one of the major North American stakes in the division until its last running in 1992. Past winners included Cam Fella, Niatross, Albatross, Strike Out, Abercrombie, Matts Scooter and Beach Towel. The Prix D’Ete weekend gets underway Saturday evening with a special live race program beginning at 7:30 pm. Sunday’s Prix D’Ete race card first race post time is 1:00 pm. For additional information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

This Week: Delaware Grand Circuit, Delaware County Fair, Delaware, Ohio; American-National, Balmoral Park, Crete. Ill; Kindergarten Series, The Red Mile, Lexington, Ky.; Milton Stake final, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Centaur Trot, Kentuckiana Stallion Management and The Elevation, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Prix D'Ete, Hippodrome 3R, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Wednesday (Sept. 17) at Delaware with the $298,100 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers, the $89,475 Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters and two divisions in the $64,646 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Thursday (Sept. 18) card at Delaware is highlighted by the $647,500 Little Brown Jug, the second leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap that day are the $121,000 Miss Versatility final for older trotting mares, the $118,300 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old colt trotters, the $59,445 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters, the $58,045 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $51,000 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly pacers. Balmoral Park will host a pair of Grand Circuit events on Wednesday with the $73,000 American-National for 2-year-old colt trotters and the $57,200 American-National for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Thursday card at The Red Mile will feature four $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly trotters and three $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt trotters. Grand Circuit action at Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 20) with the C$286,000 Milton Stake final for older pacing mares. Hoosier Park on Saturday will host the $250,000 (est.) Kentuckiana Stallion Management for 2-year-old filly pacers, the $225,000 (est.) Centaur for Open trotters, the $200,000 (est.) Kentuckiana Stallion Management for 2-year-old filly trotters and the $150,000 (est.) Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers. Rounding out the busy week of Grand Circuit racing, on Sunday (Sept. 21) Hippodrome 3R will offer the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete for 4-year-old pacers, plus a C$50,000 Prix D'Ete consolation. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Mohawk Racetrack this past Saturday, with the finals of four stakes, led by the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic for sophomore male trotters. Father Patrick, the 1-5 choice with driver Yannick Gingras, scored a popular 1-3/4 length victory in a time of 1:52.4. Father Patrick captured the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic in a time of 1:52.4. Trainer Jimmy Takter held more than a strong hand going into this year's renewal for 3-year-old trotters, sending out Hambletonian winner Trixton and Father Patrick, last year's divisional champion who had been expected to win the Meadowlands showcase event in August but made an unexpected early break. The toteboard reflected that, as Father Patrick was 1-5, Trixton 9-5 when they went behind the gate, while their five rivals ranged from 18-1 to 80-1. The two favorites, both of whom had won eight of their 10 starts this year, were expected to duke it out but this time it was Trixton, driven by Takter, who went off-stride at the start to eliminate himself. It wasn't a walk in the park but the win at least put aside the nightmare of this year's Hambletonian for Father Patrick, a son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream. Parked in fourth for the first half-mile, as Damfoolrmillionair took the field through a quarter in :26.4 and the half in :55.2, Gingras sent Father Patrick up to challenge the pacesetter, took over before the three-quarters was reached in 1:24, then powered home for the win in 1:52.4. E L Titan came on for second, with Harper Blue Chip third. The winner is owned by the Father Patrick Stable. On Monday (Sept. 15), the venerable 10-year-old pacing superstar Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) prevailed in the eighth annual $220,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway in 1:50.2. Foiled Again held off Clear Vision to win the Quillen Memorial in 1:50.2. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, Foiled Again assumed command from his rail post position just past the quarter-mile in :26.3. He led the rich field of eight, whose combined lifetime bankroll is near $15 million, to the half-mile in :55.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.1. Stablemate Clear Vision, who won the 2013 Quillen, received his marching orders from driver Brett Miller at the half-mile and battled first over but could not get closer than a half-length from Foiled Again at the wire. Bettor's Edge finished third. Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing history, boosted his lifetime bankroll to more than $6.6 million. It was his sixth consecutive year in Harrington's marquee event. Clear Vision was making his fourth consecutive start. Both horses are trained by Ron Burke. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,025; 2. Tim Tetrick - 583; 3. David Miller - 506.5; 4. Ron Pierce - 443.5; 5. Corey Callahan - 321. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,335.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 815; 3. Tony Alagna - 245: 4. Erv Miller - 244; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 222. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 291.25; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 263.75; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 187; 4. Robert Key - 185; 5. Bamond Racing - 167.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. There will be eight Bluegrass stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, as well as eliminations in the Allerage for open pacers and trotters. Scioto Downs will also be hosting a Grand Circuit event, the $200,000 (est.) Jim Ewart Memorial for open pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

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