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Trois-Rivieres, QC - In the final strides to the wire, Farmers Tan was able to catch and defeat Wrangler Cash to win the Preferred Pace harness racing feature at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The sixth race saw Farmers Tan and owner, trainer, driver Carol Voyer of Lac-Kenogami leave from post five and take command of the race from Wrangler Cash and driver Pascal Berube by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Berube quickly quarter moved and put Wrangler Cash back on the lead. Coming to the half mile, Jocelyn Gendron came first-over with Somewhere Bettor and following their outside cover was Hooter Shooter with driver Stephane Gendron. They went past the half mile in :57.2. With Somewhere Bettor beginning to fade by the three-quarters in 1:22.3, Farmers Tan now had clearance to come after Wrangler Cash and those to set up for a classic stretch drive to the finish. Wrangler Cash and Berube tried as much as they could to hold off Farmers Tan in the stretch and it came to the final strides to wire as Farmers Tan and Carol Voyer surged ahead of Wrangler Cash to win by a head in 1:55.2. It was a dead heat for third place between Hooter Shooter and D J Power. A four-year-old gelding by Always A Virgin, it was the sixth win this year for Farmers Tan. He paid $5.70 to win. Sieras Rose ($5.80) returned to winning form for driver Pascal Berube in winning the fifth race Preferred-Handicapped Pace for the Fillies and Mares. Unable to find a seat going to the opening quarter mile, Berube was content to sit first-over as Hammering Halley (Stephane Gendron) cut the mile to the opening quarter mile in :28.2. With Shemaksmefelunreal (Samuel Fillion) in the two-hole spot and Sieras Rose parked out, they went by the half mile marker in :58.1. Then in the backstretch, Berube urged Sieras Rose on and she responded by taking the lead by the three-quarters in 1:27.2. Then came pressure on the outside by Wild River Swan (Franis Picard), who actually got a head up on the leader before fading. Godiva Mackiavelyc (Carol Voyer) came three-wide from fifth place around the final turn and was nearly able to collar Sieras Rose as they started down the stretch, but Sieras Rose was the strong horse, going on to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.2. Godiva Mackiavelyc was second with Hammering Haley third. It was the third win this year for Sieras Rose, an eight-year-old mare by No Pan Intended. She is trained and co-owned by the former race secretary at H3R, Johanne Dechamplain with Steve Perrault, both of Mont-Joli. Track Notes: Three drivers all scored doubles on Sunday. They were Pascal Berube, Jocelyn Gendron and Francis Picard. Notching a training double was Alain Martin. Live racing will resume at H3R next Friday, first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Severus Hanover had little trouble overcoming a slow track with a three second allowance due to rain as he scored a harness racing romp in capturing the Preferred-Handicap Trot Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Driven by Stephane Brosseau, Severus Hanover started the seventh race feature going right out to the early lead with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) grabbing the two-hole spot and forcing Bucketlist Hanover (Jocelyn Gendron) to take back to third place as they went to the opening quarter mile in :28.2. Severus Hanover led the field past the half mile marker in :59.3. That was when Bucketlist Hanover tried again and came first-over, giving Capteur De Reve (Stephane Gendron) a good second-over journey. In the backstretch, Brosseau asked Severus Hanover for a little more and the trotter started to pull away from the field at the three-quarters in 1:31. Then in the stretch Severus Hanover turned it on even more, winning by seven and one-half lengths in 2:01.3. Precieuse CC held for second place and Keepall (Pascal Berube), who made a break at the start of the race, rebounded to finish third. It was the seventh win this year for Severus Hanover. He is a nine-year-old gelding by Explosive Matter, trained and owned by Yannick Martel of L'Assumption. He paid $5.30 to win. The fastest mile of the day was in the sixth race pace where Spiderman Hanover ($5.90) and driver Stephane Gendron were able to over-come the sloppy track and wire the field in 2:00.3. It was the third straight win and sixth of the season for Spiderman Hanover, a seven-year-old Western Ideal gelding, trained and owned by Marc Lemay of Quebec City. Spiderman Hanover won by one length over Dredyl Hanover and Blackjack Soleil. Track Notes: Both Stephane Brosseau and Francis Picard had the hot hands on Friday, each scoring a driving triple. Yannick Martel led the trainers with two wins. Live racing resumes at H3R Sunday afternoon, first race post time at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Even before the question of whether the tortoise could beat the hare took place, the bigger question was whether the mares could beat the horses. That question will be answered Friday at the Hippodrome 3R as Precieuse CC and Eau Naturelle takes on a field of five male rivals in the seventh race Preferred-Handicap Trot feature. Precieuse CC starts from post three for owner, trainer, driver Claude Beausoleil of Notre-Dame-Des-Prairies. She has raced against male competition the past two years will good success. Already this season the five-year-old mare by Angus Hall has three wins, the fastest a 1:57.3 score at H3R, all against male competition. At ages 2 and 3 Precieuse CC was the Quebec Champion for her age, gait and gender. Two starts back in this class she was a game second place finisher by a nose to Keepall in 1:58. This week she again faces the best trotters of the season. Eau Naturelle is the other mare in the field and starts from post one for driver Simon Delisle. Two starts back the daughter of Windsong Espoir won the Preferred 3 class in 2:00.3 on a sloppy track. Last week's top trot winner, Severus Hanover, starts alongside Precieuse CC in post four. He was given a perfect drive by Stephane Brosseau and responded with a 1:59 triumph, his sixth victory of the season for trainer-owner Yannick Martel of L'Assomption. Also in the field is Capteur De Reve (post 7) for driver Stephane Gendron. Now age six, the gelded son of Muscle Mass is a four-time Quebec Champion for trainer Maxie Velaye. He was second to Severus Hanover last week and the prior to that had notched his fourth win of the year in 2:00.1 on a sloppy track. Rounding out the well-matched field are Keepall (post 6) with driver Pascal Berube, Bucketlist Hanover (post 5) for driver Jocelyn Gendron, and Sir Chopin (post 2) with trainer-driver Carol Voyer. First race post time Friday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Somewhere Bettor and driver Jocelyn Gendron blew up the tote board at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, scoring at odds of 68-1 for the biggest win payoff of the 2020 harness racing season. Paying a whopping $139.20 to win, Somewhere Bettor won with ease for Gendron, covering the eighth race one-mile pace in 1:55.2, the fastest mile of the ten-race card Sunday. It was a lifetime mark for the four-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight, who is trained and owned by Yannick Martel of L'assomption. Hooter Shooter and driver Stephane Brosseau swept three-wide at the three-quarters and was able to clear to the lead to win the Preferred-Handicap Pace. The sixth race feature started off with Mickeymaksomespeed (Steeven Genois) getting stung to a speedy opening quarter mile in :26.4 by Maracasso (Pascal Berube) before taking command of the early lead. Going to the half mile marker in :56.2, Mickeymaksomespeed was strong on the front end as Rose Run Slider (Jocelyn Gendron) came first-over with Hooter Shooter second-over. Then before the three-quarters in 1:26.2, Brosseau moved Hooter Shooter three-wide and they were able to clear by Rose Run Slider and then go after Mickeymaksomespeed at the top of the stretch. Hooter Shooter blew by and went on to win with ease by two lengths in 1:56. D J Power (Samuel Fillion) was second with Maracasso third. It was the fifth win this year for Hooter Shooter. The seven-year-old gelding by Badlands Hanover is owned and trained by Marc-Andre Simoneau of Trois-Rivieres and paid $6.40 to win. In the seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the mares, Godiva MacKiavelyc ($13.8) vacated a two-hole trip behind pacesetter Pez Dispenser (Pascal Berube) before the three-quarters and went on to win by one length in 1:57.3. Driven by Carol Voyer for trainer Lyne Asselin, it was the fourth win this year for the six-year-old mare by Mach Three. Sophies Cam (Stepahne Brosseau) was second with Wild River Sawn (Francis Picard) third. Godiva MacKiavelyc is owned and bred by Raymond Larose of St-Henri-De-Levis. In the first race trot, Frido PV ($2.90), the lone three-year-old against older trotters, won for the second straight week for driver Stephane Brosseau in 2:00. The colt by Muscle Mass notched his fifth win this year, leading from start to finish. Another three-year-old that beat older mares Sunday was Shemakmefelunreal ($3.30) who won the fifth race pace for driver Steeven Genois in 1:58.1. The Sunshine Beach filly posted her fourth win this year. Track Notes: Four drivers all had two wins on Sunday. They were leading driver Pascal Berube, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron and Steeven Genois. Marc-Andre Simoneau was the only trainer with two wins. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Severus Hanover, given a perfect drive by Stephane Brosseau, photo'd out Capteur De Reve in capturing the Preferred-Handicap Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Friday. The closely matched race feature three co-favorites, all at odds of 2-1 and Severus Hanover was one of them. The seventh race feature started out with Capteur De Reve and driver Stephane Brosseau shooting to the early lead and was challenged immediately by Keepall and driver Pascal Berube. They went the opening quarter mile in :27.1 as Keepall cleared to the lead. That lead for Keepall was short lived as Brosseau quickly came back with Capteur De Reve on top to the half mile in :58.1. Now coming first-over as they headed to the backstretch was another 2-1 co-favorite, Bucketlist Hanover and driver Jocelyn Gendron and following their outside cover was Severus Hanover. They went to the three-quarters in 1:28.2. As they turned for the stretch drive, Brosseau tipped Serevus Hanover three-wide and despite Capture De Reve having a good lead heading to the finish, Serevus Hanover kept gaining and gaining and went on to win by a neck in 1:59. Capteur De Reve held for second with Bucketlist Hanover third. Sir Chopin was the third co-favorite in the race. It was the sixth win this season for Serevus Hanover. The nine-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter is owned and trained by Yannick Martel of L'assomption. Serevus Hanover paid $6.30 to win. Three drivers each had two winners on the card. They were Stephane Brosseau, Samuel Fillion and Francis Picard. Also, scoring a training double was Francis Richard, the leading trainer at H3R this season going for his fourth straight training title. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the H3R Sunday afternoon with first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured is both a Preferred-Handicap Pace for the horses and the mares. The 3yo colt Mickeymaksomespeed (post 6) heads the 6th race Preferred Pace for the horses. He won his last start at H3R in 1:56. The 7th race for the mare's features return winner Y C Easy (post 8) taking on Wild River Swan (post 9) and Godiva Mackiavelyc (post 4), also a return winner. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With the 2020 harness racing stakes season over at the Hippodrome 3R the main focus in the province of Quebec is now on the overnight racing cards and there is a real slugfest Friday in the Preferred-Handicap Trot. Post time Friday has been switched to 1:00 pm and will remain at that time for the rest of the racing season. The 7th race feature has seven starters and a good case can be made for any of the horses to be able to win the race. New to the line-up from the USA is Northfield Park invader, Chuckiesweetdream (post 3) for trainer Jean Beaulieu and owner Fannie Saul-Beaulieu of Margate, FL. The four-year-old gelded son of Pilgrims Chuckie makes its Canadian debut and will be driven by Francis Picard. Chuckiesweetdream comes into the race off an impressive 1:57.4 victory at Northfield Park by three and one-half lengths. The 5/2 favorite is none other than Capteur De Reve (post 5) for trainer Maxime Velaye and driver Stephane Gendron. The four-time Quebec-bred championship winner was given a perfect second-over drive last week by Gendron and the six-year-old Muscle Mass gelding responded with a 2:00.1 triumph over a good track with a two second allowance. Owned and bred by The Provoquante Stable of Mirable, Capteur De Reve sports four wins this year. Keepall (post 7) renews its rivalry with Capteur De Reve and will be driven by Pascal Berube. In their last two meetings, both horses have won against each other. Completing the field are Bucketlist Hanover (post 6) with Jocelyn Gendron driving, Eau Naturelle (post 1), who is coming off a 2:00.3 triumph last week for driver Steeven Genios, Sir Chopin (post 2) with Samuel Fillion and Severus Hanover (post 4) for driver Stephane Brosseau. In the 8th race pace, special mention goes to the ageless warrior, Onyx A V (post 7), who at the age of 14, must retire from regular pari-mutuel racing come January 1, 2021. The gelded son of Electric Stena has nearly $300,000 in career earnings and a record of 1:53.2. Two starts back he was a winner at H3R in 1:58. He is trained and driven by Claude Beausoleil for owner Andre Larocque of Lourdes-De-Joliette. Onyx V A will still be able to race next year in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. For more information and a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With perfect fall weather in Quebec, Game Of Shadows was at her best in the $33,800 Lucien Bombardier Pace for two-year-old fillies, setting a track record at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. Harness racing driver Louis Philippe Roy not only drove the winner of the feature race, but ended the day with five trips to the winner's circle. The Lucien Bombardier Pace is named after the pioneer of harness racing in not only Quebec, but all of Canada. Bombardier was a prominent owner, breeder, trainer and driver. He also served on the Board of Director of Standardbred Canada., who is a co-sponsor of this annual race. Leaving like a rocket from post four in the 7th race, Game Of Shadows flew to the lead for driver and co-owner Louis Philippe Roy, going to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Platine Alpha (Pascal Berube) was content sitting the two-hole trip. Past the half mile marker in :56, both Game Of Shadows and Platine Alpha began to pull away from the field to the three-quarters in 1:25. Then in the stretch Game Of Shadows pulled away from Platine Alpha and went on to win by four open lengths in 1:54, a track record for her age, gait and gender. The previous track record was set last week by Celia Bayama (Sylvain Filion) in 1:55.3. It is the third track record set this year at H3R. Sired by Shadow Play, Game Of Shadows is trained by Chantel Mitchell and LPR co-owns the filly with 1876472 Ontario, Inc. She was sent off the overwhelming 1/9 favorite and paid $2.30 to win. Her time of 1:54 was two seconds faster than the Preferred Pace for the horses. In the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the horses, it was the pocket-sitting Mickeymaksomespeed ($6.00) and driver Steeven Genois, who sat a pocket seat to pacesetter Farmers Tan (Carol Voyer) through fractions of :27.1 and :57.2. Then before the three-quarters in 1:26.4, Genois pulled the pocket with Mickeymaksomespeed and came after Farmers Tan. Those two raced neck and neck around the final turn until Mickeymaksomespeed worn him down in the stretch and went on to win by one length in 1:56 over Farmers Tan with Maracasso (Pascal Berube) third. The lone three-year-old in the field, Mickeymaksomespeed is sired by Mickey Hanover and was bred and is trained and owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt. Y C Easy ($46.70) upset the field in the 5th race Preferred Pace for fillies and mares. Driven by Steeven Genois, Y C Easy got a perfect second-over trip as Acaena De Chakrika (Stephane Brosseau) battled with Hammering Haley (Louis-Philippe Roy) for control of the lead. Y C Easy came from off the pace to nip Hammering Haley at the wire by a head in 1:56.4. The three-year-old Muscle Mass colt, Frido PV ($2.90), was able to handle older trotters in the 4th race, wiring the field for driver Stephane Brosseau in 1:59.2. Track Notes: H3R's leading trainer the past three season, Francis Richard, had a big day with three winners from his stable, all driven by LPR. Live racing resumes next Friday (Oct. 9) with special post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday seven two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies will battle it out at the Hippodrome 3R in the annual Lucien Bombardier Stakes, going for a purse of $33,800. One of the "pioneers" of horse racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, Que., Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society. The following year, at age 86, Bombardier became the first honorary director of the CSHS. His appointment by the board of directors in January 1993 was in recognition of achievement and contribution to the Society and the Standardbred industry. Bombardier was also honored in 1985 when he was recognized for his life-long devotion to the industry when he was the recipient of the Society's General Achievement Award for his excellence, leadership and contribution to the breeding industry and by his election into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame the following year. Bombardier started training and driving harness horses at agricultural fair meetings in Quebec at an early age. In the early 1940s he left a business career to open a large racing stable at Richelieu Park in Montreal and in 1953 he accepted an executive position with Blue Bonnets which then became the Hippodrome de Montreal. During 25 years in racetrack management he played a role in developing many changes and innovations that helped make harness racing a major sport industry and earned him an enviable reputation on both sides of the border. He also served as a director of Harness Tracks of America and the Canadian Trotting Association. At age 68 Bombardier retired from Blue Bonnets and embarked upon a new career when he became an executive with Angus Farms in Bedford, Que., one of the province's most successful breeding establishments. Bombardier died in 1995 and was honored each year at Hippodrome de Montreal with the running of the Lucien Bombardier Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. With sponsorship from Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club, the Hippodrome 3R revived the stakes race in 2011. The seventh race Sunday is the Lucien Bombardier Pace and the morning line favorite is the Shadow Play filly, Game Of Shadows, who starts from post four for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. Roy is also a co-owner of the filly with 1876472 Ontario, Inc. Chantal Mitchell trains Game Of Shadows, who earlier this season took her lifetime mark of 1:53.2 at Mohawk Park. This will be her first start ever at H3R. Roy will be driving in most of the races at H3R Sunday. Second choice in the race is the Control The Moment daughter, Platine Alpha, who starts from the rail for driver Pascal Berube. She was third last week in the $55,000 Future Stars Series Final, timed in 1:56.2. Platine Alpha is trained by Sylvain Tremblay and is owned and bred by Tremblay's Alpha Stable of Metabechouan. Other contenders in the Lucien Bombardier Stakes include Ibiza Panic (post 6), return winner Shanghaibluebeach (post 5) and SOS Northernbeauty (post 2). Sunday's card also has a Preferred-Handicap Pace for the horses and for the fillies and mares and both feature three-year-old's now facing older horses as the stakes season in Quebec has come to a close in 2020. Mickeymaksomespeed makes that transition in the eighth race as he is the lone three-year-old in the Preferred field. He has won three of his last five starts for owner, breeder and trainer Michel Allard, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:53.3 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The son of Mickey Hanover sports eight wins in eleven starts this year. Also, in the field are return winners Speed To Market (post 4), Guinness Panic (post 5), Farmers Tan (post 7) and Hooter Shooter (post 8). In the fifth race for the fillies and mares, Acaena De Chakrika (post 5) takes on older competition for driver Stephane Brosseau. This daughter of Sunshine Beach nearly swept the entire Breeders Trophy Series, finishing a game second last week in the $65,000 final. She has won three of her last five starts, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:56.4 for trainer Dany Fontaine. Acaena De Chakrika is the morning line favorite, going against top contenders Sophies Cam (post 6), Sieras Rose (post 8) and Y C Easy (post 1). Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Captuer De Reve, one of the only horses to have won four Quebec Championship Finals, showed his winning form again Friday at the Hippodrome 3R with an easy victory in the Preferred Trot. Racing over a slow track due to rain with a two second allowance, the seventh race feature started off as expected with race favorite Keepall (Pascal Berube) going out and taking the early lead. He led the field past the opening quarter mile in :29.2 and then the half mile in 1:00.1 before Bucketlist Hanover (Jocelyn Gendron) came first-over with Capteur De Reve following the outside flow second-over. Then before the three-quarters in 1:29.3, Gendron took Capteur De Reve three-wide and they were able to clear Bucketlist Hanover and come after Keepall. As they started down the stretch, Capteur De Reve proved to be too much for Keepall as he went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.1. Keepall was second with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) third after sitting the two-hole trip. It was the fourth win this year for Capteur De Reve. The six-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner-breeder Provoquante Stable of Mirabel. He paid $6.30 to win. Track Notes: Driver Stephane Brosseau had a driving triple and trainer Carl Duguay a training double on Friday. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday with post time at 1:00 pm. Featured will be the annual Lucien Bombardier Memorial Pace for two-year-old fillies. Bombardier was a pioneer of harness racing in not only Quebec, but all of Canada. The purse is $33,800 and the stake is co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada. Headlining the field is Game Of Shadows (post 4) in the seventh race. She is co-owned by Louis-Philippe Roy, who will be driving in most of the 11 races Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R hosts a Preferred Trot on Friday and every horse in the harness racing field has a shot at winning the race. All eyes will be on Keepall, last week's return winner from the Preferred Trot. He will start from post four in the seventh race feature for driver Pascal Berube, who drove him for the first-time last week. A six-year-old gelding by Angus Hall, Keepall led from start to finish last week at H3R, barely holding off the late charge of the lone mare in the field, Precieuse CC, to win by a nose in a lifetime best 1:58. "He is a very fast horse," said Pascal Berube. "He's also competitive as he doesn't seem to want to be passed when he's leading the pack." A five-time winner this year, Keepall is trained by Sylvain Tremblay of Metabetchouan. Tremblay's Alpha Stable co-owns Keepall with Gino Curadeau of Fermon. "Last week I drove him for the first time," Berube said. "And I really believed in his chances of winning. This week he has similarly the same opposition but the race was tight last week that anyone can win this event. "Last week was very close," Berube added. "I knew I had won and Precieuse CC was ahead of us on the other side of the finish line." Keepall came to the stable of Sylvain Tremblay right before the Covid-19 pandemic started. "I bought the horse in February," Tremblay explained. "I brought him to the stable in March and started training him. By the time I started racing him in June he was in great shape. "He is a horse that loves to train," Tremplay said. "With us he works every day. He found it difficult at first, but quickly got used to it. No problem in sight now." As for last week's nose victory, Tremplay says the race was too close. "It was very difficult to say whether he won or not last week, it was so close at the finish," Tremblay added. "I did love the way he fought until the end. He is an incredible starter. He is playful and always in a good mood." Keepall will need to be in a good mood again on Friday as he goes against rival Precieuse CC, who starts from post two for owner, trainer and driver Claude Beausoleil. A five-year-old mare by Angus Hall, Precieuse is a former Quebec-bred champion. This year she has three wins and a tough second place finish to Keepall. Bucketlist Hanover (post 3) is the fastest in the field with an impressive lifetime mark of 1:53.3 taken this year. He has four wins for trainer Gilles Boucher and will be driven by Jocelyn Gendron. Last week he was parked out first-over against Keepall and finished fourth by only three-quarters of a length after the tough journey. Capteur De Reve (post 5) was also in that tight photo finish last week, finishing third by just a head to Keepall. He is a four-time Quebec-bred champion for trainer Maxime Velaye and will be driven by Stephane Gendron. Rounding out the field is newcomer Severus Hanover (post 1), who has been racing around the Ontario circuit for trainer-owner Yannick Martel. He won two starts back in 1:57.2 at Kawartha Downs and will be driven on Friday by Stephane Brosseau. Severus Hanover sports five wins this year. Track Notes: First race post time is 4:00 pm. Coming up on Sunday at H3R is the annual Lucien Bombardier Pace for two-year-old fillies that will race for a purse of $33,800. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Two track records fell by the wayside as the Hippodrome 3R played host to their Super Sunday featuring eight harness racing series championship finals with purses on the card totaling more than $508,000. It was the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec and Mother Nature cooperated with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Here is a brief description of all eight finals. $55,000 2YO Filly Trot Final - No surprises in this non-wagering division as track record holder Mag N Lady once again distanced the field (the other three in the race all broke stride). Trained, driven and co-owned by Jean Francois Maguire of Ontario with Julie Malenfant, Richard Legris and Pascale Maguire, Mag N Lady covered the one-mile trot in 2:02. New Road (Steeven Genois) was second with XOXO (Jerome Lombart) third. Sired by Royalty For Life, it was the fourth straight win for Mag N Lady, a clean sweep of all three preliminary rounds and the final. She was bred by Jeffrey Gillis and Gerald Stay. $55,000 2YO Colt Trot Final - Undefeated Kinnder Dangerzone made it four for four in his young career as he grinded out an impressive 2:01 triumph. Parked out first-over against pacesetter Eyes For Justice (Steeven Genois), Kinnder Dangerzone and driver Pierre-Luc Roy sat first-over from the opening quarter mile until the backstretch and once on the lead he pulled away from the field to win by four and one-quarter lengths. Hall Win (Louis-Philippe Roy) was second with Eyes Of Justice was third. Sired by Northern Escort, it was a lifetime mark for Kinnder Dangerzone, who was bred and is owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. He paid $3.00 to win. $55,000 2YO Filly Pace Final - Driver Sylvain Filion did not come back to Quebec just for the poutine. He was back at H3R for Super Sunday to drive his dad's horses and he did not disappoint. Leaving with Celia Bayama, they had it easy through a :28.1 quarter and :58.4 half mile before CL Sportsextreme and driver Jonathan Lachance came after them and the two drew away from the field in the backstretch, battling head and head to the three-quarters in 1:26.2. Then Ceila Bayama pulled away and set the track record with a 1:55.3 clocking. CL Sportsextreme was second with Platine Alpha (Pascal Berube) third. The previous record for two-year-old pacing fillies was 1:56.2 set by Behaven Myself (Pascal Berube) in 2018. Trained by Yves Filion, owned and bred by his Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Agenteuil, it was the second straight win and four of the year for the daughter of Bettor's Delight. She paid $2.40 to win. $55,000 2YO Colt Pace Final - Cadillac Bayama (Sylvain Filion), the 1/5 betting favorite, got roughed up early by pacesetter YS Do It Right ($4.90) and driver Louis-Philippe Roy, and had nothing left in the tank in the stretch as YS Do It Right won by one length in a lifetime best mile of 1:55.2. Roy parked out Filion to a :27.2 opening quarter, forcing Filion into the two-hole. Then after a half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:27, Cadillac Bayama could not catch YS Do It Right, who won by one and one-quarter lengths. The Light Speed (Pascal Berube) was third. It was the second win this year for YS Do It Right. The colt by Bettor's Delight is trained by Francis Richard for owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. $65,000 3YO Filly Trot Final - Kinnder High Class ($2.20) was the overwhelming 1/9 favorite and raced like it as she set a track record. The daughter of Royalty For Life went right to the lead for driver Pierre-Luc Roy, held the field at bay through fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.4 and as the field came at her at the three-quarters, she pulled away and scored a three and one-half length triumph in 1:58.1. HP Starlette (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Judy's Program (Sylvain Filion) third. The previous track record for three-year-old trotting fillies was 1:59.2 set by Viva Bayama (Yves Filion) in 2014. It was the third straight win, a lifetime mark and the seventh victory in ten starts this year for Kinnder High Class. It made for an exciting championship double for owner, trainer and breeder Denitza Petrova. Kinnder High Class is from the mare, Majestic Joy, and is a half-sister to Kinnder Dangerzone. $65,000 3YO Colt Trot Final - Babidibou was the reigning champion from last year but was denied a second title as Kenogami Coco ($5.50) was at his best. The gelded son of Wheeling N Dealin was parked out first-over against Frido PV through fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:27.3, all the while giving Babidibou (Stephane Gendron) great second-over cover. All three trotters were in contention coming down the stretch and Kenogami Coco was much the best, winning by one length in 1:57.3. Babidibou was second with Frido PV third. It was the third straight win for Kenogami Coco, who is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner-breeder Jean-Francis & Marie Claude Reid of Anjou. $65,000 3YO Filly Pace Final - The build-up of Acaena De Chakrika vs Streakazana lived up to its hype, but all the glory went to Godiva Lovely Lady ($9.30), who snuck up the inside to win it all in 1:56.4. Acaena De Chakrika (Stephane Brosseau) was parked out to the lead in a :27 first quarter by Godiva Lovely Lady and driver-trainer Guy Gagnon. She then took command and led to the half mile in :57 as co-favorite Streakazana and Louis-Philippe Roy came first-over and pressed the pace to the three-quarters in 1:26.4. Then coming for home as those two began to tire, Gagnon came up the inside for the win by one length over Acaena De Chakrika with Streakazana third. It was the third win this year for Godiva Lovely Lady and a lifetime mark. Sired by Badlands Hanover, she is owned and bred by Raymond Larose of St-Henri-De-Levis. $65,000 3YO Colt Pace Final - It was a Calvary charge from the start as four horses all left hard for the early lead, going three deep around the first turn. It was not until the opening quarter in a speedy :26 that Eclat De Rire (Stephane Gendron), the 2019 Champion, cleared to the lead from HP I Got To Play (Louis-Philippe Roy). Whitecookie (Marie Claude Auger) came first-over and pressed the field to the half mile in :54.2. In the backstretch, Brutus Bayama (Guy Gagnon) popped three-wide at the three-quarters in 1:24 to press the pace. As they came down the stretch, Roy was able to collar Eclat De Rire and go on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:53.3. Brutus Bayama was third. It was a lifetime mark for the colt by Shadow Play. HP I Got To Play is trained by Francis Richard for co-owners/breeders Claude Hamel of Ayer S Cliff and Guy Desautels of Montreal. The winner paid $18.50 in scoring the upset victory. Track Notes: Driver Pierre-Luc Roy had a big day with a driving triple, two of them in championship races. Stephane Gendron, Sylvain Filion, Louis-Philippe Roy and Guy Gagnon each had driving doubles. Denitza Petrova and Francis Richard each had training double, both in the championship races. Live racing resumes next Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. First race post time is 4:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club, the only harness racing horsemen's association in North America that is run by horse people and is a not-for-profit group, is hosting the $508,000 Super Sunday in Quebec at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday. The 12-race program will feature eight championship finals for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. It is the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. The finals for three-year-old's each race for a purse of $65,000 and the two-year-old finals each go for $55,000. There is one final for two-year-old trotting fillies that will be a non-wagering event held after the first race on the card Sunday. Post time for Super Sunday is 1:00 pm and joining the leading drivers at the track, Pascal Berube, Stephane Gendron, Stephane Brosseau and Pierre-Luc Roy, will be two of the top drivers in all of Canada, Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy. Both drivers began their careers at the Hippodrome 3R. Filion will be driving two horses that are trained by his father, Hall of Famer Yves Filion, in the finals. They are Celia Bayama (race 7) and Cadillac Bayama (race 9), both of whom are the betting favorites in their respective finals. Filion has a total of five drives in the finals. Louis-Philippe Roy has returned to drive on Super Sunday at the request of his longtime friend, trainer Francis Richard, who has five horses in the finals. They are Genetic Taurus (race 6), Ibiza Panic (race 7), YS Do It Right (race 9), Streakazana (race 10) and HP I Got To Play (race 11). Roy will drive in six of the finals. "It will be nice to see my friends from the track," Roy said. "And I also planned to spend the night in Quebec City with my parents after the races. My good friend Francis (Richard) asked me if I wanted to come and drive all of his horses in the finals, so I thought it would be a good time plan a little trip in Quebec, as I didn't have the chance to go back since Christmas with everything that happened with the Covid." There are two horses who are seeking sweeps of the series and finals. They are Mag N Lady and Acaena De Chakrika. Mag N Lady, a two-year-old trotting filly by Royalty For Life, headlines the non-wagering final. She has won her last three starts, all in the Future Stars Series for trainer-driver and co-owner Jean Francois Maguire of Ontario. In her last start, Mag N Lady set a track record with an amazing 1:59.2 victory, becoming the first two-year-old ever at H3R to trot under 2:00. Acaena De Chakrika goes from post 5 in the 10th race for driver Stephane Brosseau. The filly by Sunshine Beach was last year's two-year-old filly champion. This year she has swept all three preliminary legs, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:56.4 for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City. For a free race program for Super Sunday in Quebec, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This weekend is Super Sunday (Sept. 27) in Quebec with the Hippodrome 3R hosting eight championship harness racing finals of the Quebec-bred series and three return champions from 2019 will be defending their titles. It is the richest day of racing in Quebec for 2020 with more than $500,000 in purse money on Super Sunday. The three-year-old's compete for purses of $65,000 and the two-year-old's go for $55,000. The first return winner from 2019 is in the 6th race where Babidibou (post 6) defends this trotting title for trainer Maxime Velaye and owners Isidore Russo and Guy Corbeil. The son of Royalty For Life will have his regular pilot Stephane Gendron in the sulky. This year he has won four of eight starts including a lifetime mark of 1:57 in the Breeders Trophy Series. He was a game second against older horses in the Preferred Trot last week and prior to that had won two straight legs of the series. He is listed as the 5/2 second in the race. The race favorite is Kenogami Coco (post 1), who returns to H3R off two straight wins in the Grassroots at Mohawk Park, both in 1:56.2, his lifetime mark. The son of Wheeling N Dealin will be driven by Stephane Brosseau for trainer Dany Fountain and owner-breeder Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Laval. The next return winner is Acaena De Chakrika (post 5) in the 10th race championship for three-year-old pacing fillies. This daughter of Sunshine Beach is seeking to sweep the series after winning all three of her preliminary legs for driver Stephane Brosseau, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:56.4. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner-breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City. The race favorite and rightly so is Steakazana from post six. This daughter of Western Paradise has exploded on the scene at H3R with three straight wins. She has a record of 1:55.3 and last week at H3R defeated a field of older pacing mares in 1:58.4. She is trained by Francis Richard for the MCR Streakazana Group of Charlottetown, PE and will be driven by Louis-Philippe Roy, who has come back home from Ontario to compete on Super Sunday. Perhaps the toughest of all eight championship finals is the 11th race for the three-year-old pacing colts. Here is the entry from trainer Maxime Velaye and owner-breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel of Eclat De Rire (post 2) and Retour Au Jeu (post 4). Eclat De Rire is the defending champion. The son of Leader Bayama sports three wins this year, but none of them came in the series. He barely made the final because he had two seconds and one third place finish in the preliminary rounds. Stephane Gendron will drive Eclat De Rire, who has a mark this season of 1:56.1. His stablemate, Retour Au Jeu, has five wins in ten starts already in 2020 and sizzled in the series two starts back with a lifetime mark of 1:54.2. He has won two rounds and will be driven by Jonathan Lachance. Mickymaksomespeed (post 6) has had a superb season for owner, breeder and trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. This son of Mickey Hanover sports eight wins in just ten starts. Last week he defeated a strong field of older horses, winning with ease in 1:54.3. He has a lifetime mark of 1:53.3 taken at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The field also features Whitecookie (post 5), who won a leg of the series for trainer-driver and co-owner Marie Claude Auger; return winner CL Big Beach (post 7) and HP I Got To Play (post 1). There is no return winner in the 2nd race trot final for the fillies which is headlined by Kinnder High Class (post 3), who has won two straight at H3R. The fourth race Preferred Trot at H3R Sunday nearly saw a triple dead heat finish for win in the fourth race. Keepall and driver Pascal Berube left from post five to take command with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) sitting the two-hole trip and Bucketlist Hanover (Samuel Fillion) to the opening quarter mile in :28. Stuck first-over, Bucketlist Hanover kept the pressure on as Capteur De Rive (Stephane Gendron) took advantage of the second-over cover past the half mile marker in :56.3. By the three-quarters in 1:26.3, Keepall was still strong on the lead but as Bucketlist Hanover was not gaining ground, Gendron went three-wide with Capteur De Reve and they raced three-wide around the final turn into the top of the stretch. Precieuse CC found room to come after Keepall as did Capteur De Reve and those three finished in a photo finish. Keepall ended up winning by a nose in 1:58 over Precieuse CC with Capteur De Reve third by a head. It was a lifetime mark for Keepall, a six-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall, trained by Sylvain Tremblay for the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan and Gino Curadeau of Fermont. The winner paid $10.40. Both Precieuse CC and Capteur De Reve are former Quebec-bred Series Champions. Holiday Party ($15.80), also a former champion, won the 7th race trot in 1:59.4 for driver Pascal Berube. Track Notes: H3R's leading driver, Pascal Berube, had another big day with a driving triple. Live racing resumes Sunday at H3R at 1:00 pm with the $500,000 Quebec Series Championships. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday (Sept. 27) the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Championship Finals with eight events for two and three-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. It is the richest day of racing in all of Quebec with purses on the 12-race program totaling more than $500,000. The Future Stars Series Finals for two-year-old's each race for a purse of $55,000 while the Breeders Trophy Series Finals for three-year-old's race for $65,000 each. Adding to the race program is the return of world class drivers Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy to their home track. Sylvain Filion will compete in nine of the twelve races presented, including five finals, Louis-Philippe Roy in ten of the twelve races and six of the finals. No doubt they come to spice up and enhance the quality of the show offered with their presence. Here is a brief synopsis of the eight championship finals Sunday. 2YO Filly Trot Final - With only four entered, this race will be non-wagering, held after the 1st race. Also, the race is non-wagering because of Mag N Lady (Royalty For Life). She starts from post one, has swept all three legs of the series, and last week became the first two-year-old filly to trot under two minutes in the history of H3R with a track record 1:59.2 mile for trainer-driver Jean Francios Maquire. 2YO Colt Trot Final - 3rd race - Kinnder Dangerzone (Northern Escort) is the colt to beat. Has swept all three legs of the series with ease for driver Pierre-Luc Roy and owner, trainer, breeder Denitza Petrova. Hall Win (Angus Hall) in post two has a win in the series when not going against Kinnder Dangerzone. He will be driven by Pierre-Luc's younger brother, Louis-Philippe Roy. 2YO Filly Pace Final - 7th race - Sylvain Filion has come back home to H3R to drive dad's horses (Yves) and he is aboard Celia Bayama (Bettor's Delight), who ships back to H3R after taking lifetime mark at Mohawk Park with 1:54 score in Grassroots action. She has won three of her last four starts. CL Sportsexteme (Sportswriter) has been very sharp with Jonathan Lachance in the sulky. 2YO Colt Pace Final - 9th race - Yves Filion's coupled entry of Cadillac Bayama (Sylvain drives) and Colonel Bayama (Yves drives) looms way over this field. Cadillac Bayama won two legs of the series and has been super competitive in the Grassroots, race timed last week in 1:52. Colonel Bayama just won in series and they will take on contenders YS Do It Right (Louis-Philippe Roy) and The Light Speed (Pascal Berube). 3YO Filly Trot Final - 2nd race - Another Denitza Petrova standout is Kinnder High Class (post 3). Filly by Royalty For Life won two legs of the series and last week scored lifetime best 2:00 win against older trotters. Rivals include HP Starlette (post 6) and Lindas Pride (post 7). 3YO Colt Trot Final - 6th race - Kenogami Coco (Wheeling N Dealin) ships back to H3R after scoring two impressive wins in the Grassroots at Mohawk Park, the fastest in 1:56.2. Last year's 2yo winner, Babidibou, who was last year's champion has also been very sharp and Frido PV is also a decent contender. 3YO Filly Pace Final - 10th race - Tough call here as last year's champion, Acaena De Chakrika (Sunshine Beach) takes on Streakazana (Western Paradise). Streakazana is on an impressive three-race winning streak, beating Acaena De Chakrika last week. Two top fillies plus Zar E IP (Up The Credit) will make this a tough race. 3YO Colt Pace Final - 11th race - Saving the best for last. Eclat De Rire (Leader Bayama) is the defending 2019 champion and just made it to the final. Stablemate/entry Retour Au Jeu (He's Watching) is the sharper of the two, having won three of his last four starts, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:54.2. Mickeymaksomespeed (Mickey Hanover) just popped at H3R in 1:54.2 and has won three of his last four starts. Whitecookie (Windfall Blue Chip) and HP I Got To Play (Shadow Play) are also contenders in this tough field. First race post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. Track Notes: Live racing takes place Friday at H3R with first race post time at 4:00 pm. Four former Quebec Series Champions, with a total of eight titles among them, are competing. They are Capteur De Reve (Fri post six in race four), the only trotter to win 4 championships -- 2016 2TC/G, 2017 3TC/G, 2018 4-5TH/G, 2019 4+T/HG; Precieuse CC (post four race four) 2017 2TF, 2018 3TF; Holiday Party (race six post three) 2016 3TC/G, and Stock (race seven post three) 2017 2PC/G. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - At the Facebook Live post-position draw Wednesday afternoon for the Super Sunday race card Sunday (Sept. 27) at the Hippodrome 3R, Claude Levesque, Chairman of the Quebec Jockey Club, announced that four additional Friday race dates have been added to the 2020 schedule. It was welcome news at the H3R Quebec City OTB where the press conference was held. "The Quebec Jockey Club is pleased that despite Covid-19 not allowing spectators at the track to view and wager on live racing," Levesque said. "The increases in simulcast wagering have been very strong and that the horse people in Quebec will enjoy four extra days of live racing this year." H3R was to conclude live racing on Friday's on October 9 and will now add four more Friday's, October 16, 23, 30 and November 6. "There are two conditions to the extra four days of racing," Levesque added. "That the bars and therefore the betting houses we have are not closed by Public Health. And second is that there are obviously enough horses to fulfill these additional programs." Post time on Fridays is 4:00 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Two of the best harness racing drivers in North America, Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy, are returning to the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday to compete in the $480,000 Quebec Championship Finals. It is Super Sunday in Quebec with finals being held for the trotters and pacers in the Breeders Trophy Series and Future Stars Series. The are four Breeders Trophy Finals for the three-year-old's, each with a purse of $65,000 and four Future Stars Finals for the two-year-old's, each with a purse of $55,000. Super Sunday is the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. The Hippodrome 3R is where both Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy began their harness racing careers. Both drivers are now standouts on the WEG (Woodbine Entertainment Group) Circuit in Ontario. "I will be there next Sunday for sure," said Filion, who had raced earlier this month at H3R, driving his father, Yves Filion, horse's in the Future Stars Series. "I always like coming back to drive at H3R." Yves Filion and his Bayama Farms have two top two-year-old pacing colts in Future Stars Final, Cadillac Bayama and Colonel Bayama. Cadillac Bayama will be driven by Filion. Bayama Farms will also have Celia Bayama in the Future Stars Final for the fillies. Filion has had five drives at H3R this season with three wins, one second and one third place finish. His Universal Driving Rating (batting average) UDR is an impressive .600. For Roy, it will be the first time that he has driven at H3R this season. "It will be nice to see my friends from the track," LPR said. "And I also planned to spend the night in Quebec City with my parents after the races. "My good friend Francis Richard asked me if I wanted to come and drive all of his horses in the finals," LPR explained. "So, I thought it would be a good time to plan a little trip in Quebec, as I didn't have the chance to go back since Christmas with everything that happened with the Covid." Both Filion and Roy know they are coming back to their home track and facing some tough drivers. The meets leader, Pascal Berube, sports a UDR of .401, Stephane Gendron has a UDR of .400 and Stephane Brosseau, Pierre-Luc Roy (LPR's older brother), Francis Picard, Steeven Genois and the youngster, Samuel Fillion (LPR's brother-in-law), are all top-class drivers. The draw for post positions for Super Sunday in Quebec is Wednesday afternoon. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

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