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TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC - Two-year-old Quebec-bred harness racing trotters get their first taste of local stakes action at the Hippodrome 3R during this Friday's twilight card (4 p.m.), with the first preliminaries, each worth $10,000, of the Coupe de L'Avenir for both colts and fillies. The filly event drew a field of five, with each of two stables having two entrants, so it is being conducted as a non-betting race. Jerome Lambert, whose mare Promising Lavec is also the dam of the 2019 older Q-bred champion mare Lucky Promesses, has the only winner in the field, a daughter of Angus Hall and Promising Catch named X O X O, who won in 2:05.1 here at first asking, and draws post four Friday. There are seven colts entered in the third race division for males, three of them trained by Melanie Boulienne and owned by the partnership of Ecurie Largo Inc. and Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. The coupled entry are the morning line favorites in their race, with Piranha First (post five, driver Pascal Berube) and Dealinwithmywife (post seven, Steeven Genois) both already showing winning miles. Co-featured on the card is the seventh race $4500 Preferred handicap trot, with a full field of nine to face the starter. Precieuse CC has been installed the early favorite from the rail for owner/trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil after overcoming a tough trip to be third in her last start. We have mentioned Lucky Promesses and Precieuse CC already, and indeed much of the Friday night card is an endorsement that the Quebec-bred trotters go on to successful careers as older horses. Precieuse CC was ther champion of her class in 2017 and 2018, and as mentioned Lucky Promesses won a title last season. Also with that distinction in the feature race is Babidibou, a three-year-old who took top honors in his group last year, and Caroluzzo, who set the local track record for 1 1/2 miles. Others on the card who have won Quebec crowns are Claudi P V (race one), Holiday Party (race five), and even a pacer, Stock (race nine). When they say that you're watching the stars of tomorrow today at Hippodrome 3R, you can see that they really mean that statement. FINISHING LINES - The final of four cards that 3R is hosting in the absence of the regional circuit in this COVID year will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday; on Sunday at 1 p.m., the three-year-old pacers will race in the second preliminary of their Trophee Des Eleveurs competition. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Both Yves Filion and Jonathan Lachance scored harness racing driving doubles in the opening round of the $230,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. There were four divisions of the opening round of the series that feature three legs of preliminary competition with the top eight-point earners returning for their respective $55,000 final on Sunday, September 27 at H3R. Hall of Famer Yves Filion started off the show winning the third race first division for the fillies with 11-1 long shot Celia Bayama. The 1/9 favorite, CL Sportsextreme (Guy Gagnon) took the lead away from Paltine Alpha (Carol Voyer) after a :28.1 opening quarter mile. After the half mile in :58.2, CL Sportsextreme looked very comfortable on the lead, passing the three-quarters in 1:28.1. Filion, who sat in the back of the pack with Celia Bayama finally got into the hunt on the final turn, sweeping three-wide from sixth place. Then as they reached the top of the stretch, CL Sportsextreme made a costly break and was pulled into the infield as the field came down the stretch. Filion and Celia Bayama had the most momentum and came on in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.1. Ibiza Panic (Francis Picard) was second with Nikita Sena (Steeven Genois) third. It was the maiden victory for Celia Bayama after three lifetime starts. The daughter of Bettor's Delight, a homebred from the Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, is trained by Filion and paid $25.00 to win. The sixth race second division for the fillies saw D Gs Magicmoment and driver Jonathan Lachance sit the pocket trip, then move to the lead over SOS Faline (Stephane Brosseau) and led the rest of the one-mile pace, winning by a half length over SOS Faline with SG Alexia (Sylvain Grenier) third. It was also the maiden victory after four lifetime starts for D Gs Magicmoment. Sire by Control The Moment, D Gs Magicmoment is trained by Guylaine Fortin for breeder-owner Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin and paid just $2.10 to win. The fastest of the colt division went to Cadillac Bayama with trainer/driver Yves Filion in the seventh race. It was the race favorite YS Do It Right and driver Stephane Brosseau who took the lead away from Gordro Outofhisway (Pierre Luc Roy) after a :28.4 opening quarter and :59 half mile with Filion and Cadillac Bayama sitting in third place waiting to make their move. That move came at the three-quarters in 1:29.3 as Filion came first-over against Brosseau and Cadillac Bayama was up to the task but took an intense stretch drive battle before Cadillac Bayama got up at the wire by a neck over YS Do It Right in 1:58.1. Godro Outofhisway was third. It was the second straight win after three lifetime starts for Cadillac Bayama. He is sired by Sunshine Beach and bred and owned by Bayama Farms, paying $5.10 to win. The fourth race first division for the colts saw race favorite D Gs Runforhim and driver Jonathan Lachance lead from start to finish in a slow 2:03.4. Yves Filion made a late bid with Colonel Bayama and was second by one length with Moobeam Godro (Pascal Berube) third. A colt by Sportswriter, D Gs Runforhim posted his maiden victory after three lifetime starts for trainer Guylaine Fortin, who co-owns and bred the colt with Daniel Surprenant. He paid $3.80 to win. Track Notes: Ironically, in the last race at H3R Sunday, the winner was Eclat De Rire ($2.80), who was the Quebec Champion last year in this division. He scored a lifetime mark of 1:56.1. In addition to Filion and Lachance scoring driving doubles, so did Stephane Gendron, who is now tied with Pascal Berube at 23 wins each in the driver standings. Both Filion and Fortin had training double along with the leading trainer this meet, Maxime Velaye. Next weekend will be the last three-day weekend of live harness racing at H3R. Friday (4:00 pm) will feature the opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters, Saturday (1:00 pm) is the final day of racing for the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit and Sunday (1:00 pm) is the second leg of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Future Stars Series gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with four opening round divisions for two-year-old harness racing pacers headlined by three top contenders from Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil. Hall of Famer Yves Filion is no stranger to H3R and his homebred Bayama Standardbreds have always been top performers in the sport. This Sunday is no exception for the famed horseman. There will be three rounds of preliminary competition in the Future Stars Series with the top eight point earners eligible for their respective $55,000 finals on Sunday, September 27. Filion's Celia Bayama heads the third race first division of the series for two-year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Bettor's Delight starts from post six with Filion in the sulky. Although winless in three starts this year, Celia Bayama has shown exceptional speed in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots, raced timed in 1:56 and 1:56.2 at Mohawk Park and Grand River Raceway. She will be taking on recent H3R winners Platine Alpha (post 4), Nikita Sena (post 2) and the second choice in the race, CL Sportsextreme (post 1), who already boasts two Grassroot wins in 1:57 and 1:56.2. The sixth race second filly division does not feature a Bayama horse, but is headlined by D Gs Magicmoment from post one. This Control The Moment filly, trained by Guylaine Fortin and to be driven by Jonathan Lachance, was third in its last start at Mohawk Park, raced timed in 1:54.3 and already shows a qualifying win in 1:58.2. Her main competition will come from SOS Faline (post 5), who has two wins at Rideau Carleton Raceway, the fastest in 1:56.2. The colts get underway in the Future Stars Series in the fourth race where Colonel Bayama starts for Filion from the rail and faces a formidable foe in D Gs Runforhim (post 5). Both colts show sub-two-minute speed despite being winless. The top contender on the afternoon program for Yves Filion goes from post six in the seventh race second colt division and his name is Cadillac Bayama. Last week at Mohawk Park Cadillac Bayama, with Filion's son Sylvain in the sulky, won his division of the Grassroots Series in 1:53.4. The colt by Sunshine Beach takes on another Mohawk Park invader named YS Do It Right (post 5), who was second in 1:53.2, showing a last quarter mile in :27. The nine-race card gets underway at 1:00 pm Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - There were two $10,000 divisions of the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old trotters Friday at the Hippodrome 3R and the race favorites in each division broke stride. The fastest division belonged to the colts who competed in the sixth race. With favorite Babidibou out of the race early, it was Kenogame Coco and driver Stephane Brosseau who went right to the early lead with Laval Titan (Pascal Berube) sitting the pocket-seat to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Brosseau was able to back down the speed to the half mile in :59.3 and that was when the action began to heat up as Frido PV and trainer/driver Yves St Jacques came first-over against Kenogami Coco. Those two raced neck and neck to the three-quarters in 1:28.4. On the final turn, Berube fanned three-wide with Laval Titan and that made it a three-horse race to the finish, but Kenogami Coco proved to be too tough, pulling away in deep stretch for a two and one-half length triumph in 1:58.3. Laval Tital was second with Frido PV third. It was the first win of the year in six starts for Kenogami Coco. The gelded son of Wheeling N Dealin is trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder-owner Jane Francois and Marie Claude Reid of Anjou. The winner paid $7.20 to win. In the third race, the $10,000 filly division of the Breeders Trophy Series, 23-1 long shot Anotherdeal and driver Sylvain Lacaille went right to the early lead with Miss Melodie (Stephane Gendron) sitting the two-hole pocket seat. The 1/9 race favorite, Kinnder High Class with driver Pierre Luc Roy came charging up first-over, but before the opening quarter mile, Kinnder High Class broke stride and was out of the race. Anotherdeal had things her own way on the front end until the top of the stretch when Gendron moved Miss Melodie to the outside and went on to win in 2:03.4. Finishing second with a remarkable comeback was Kinnder High Class, losing by just one and one-lengths. Anotherdeal was third. It was a lifetime mark for Miss Melodie. The daughter of Prestidigitalor is trained by Maxime Velaye for breeder-owner Determination Stable of Montreal. She paid $7.10 to win. Unbeaten Enavant ($3.40) became the winningest horse at H3R this season, scoring his fifth straight win in the seventh race pace for driver Stephane Gendron and H3R's leading trainer Maxime Velaye. Enavant covered the one-mile race in a lifetime best 1:56.4. Track Notes: With a driving double Friday, Stephane Gendron moved within one win of leading driver Pascal Berube, 22-21. Daniel Laflame also had a driving double. Trainer Maxime Velaye also had a double and leads the training standings with 10 wins. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured will be the opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. There are two divisions for the colts and the fillies. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The harness racing stakes season continues at the Hippodrome 3R this Friday with the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old trotters and trainer Denitza Petrova has high hopes for her Kinnder High Class. Petrova, who has emerged into a top trainer on the Quebec circuit, starts her three-year-old filly in the third race $10,000 first division of the Breeders Trophy Series. Her Kinnder High Class, whom she bred, owns and trains, starts from post six and is the morning line favorite as the beautiful chestnut filly by Royalty For Life is unbeaten this year with three straight wins. "I always had lots of confidence in Kinnder High Class from day one," said Petrova. "She was not an easy trotter to shoe, but my blacksmith did a really great job, we worked together hours and hours. As a two-year-old, Kinnder High Class was winless in seven starts. "Last year she missed her first elimination," Petrova explained, "So time was against us. But she made just enough points to make it to the $55,000 final. And she finished a very strong second." Kinnder High Class is from one of Petrova's top broodmares, Majestic Joy, who has been a 100% producer as her first two foals were stakes winners Kinnder Dangerous 4,1:58.1 ($80,000) and Kinderunbelievable 3,1:59.3 ($52,000), who last year was the Breeders Trophy Final champion. And there is also a two-year-old, Kinnder Dangerzone, who will be racing soon in the Future Stars Series. Petrova also owns another top broodmare named Witch Way. "She (Kinnder High Class) was always in the shadows," Petrova said. "Not noticed by anyone but me, which is okay since I knew her dam (Majestic Joy) gives big talented trotters and they really get it together as three-year-old's, just like Kinder Unbelievable did. That's why I don't push them as two-year-olds. "Kinnder High Class ended her two-year-old season sound and fresh, very few starts," Petrova explained. "And she had a very nice last race, can't ask for better. She grew a lot during the winter and got a lot more mature mentally also. She is a beautiful intelligent chestnut filly, even though they are not liked by many (chestnut trotting fillies), she is going well for now." Well that might be an understatement when it comes to Kinnder High Class. Her first start was nothing to brag about, coming from off the pace and winning in 2:05. Then her next start she wired the field in a respectable 2:02.2. Then her last start, all at H3R, she cut loose for driver Pierre Luc Roy and cruised to a 2:00.1 triumph. "Can she beat her own record this Friday" Petrova pondered. "Only time will tell. Her half-brother Kinnder Dangerzone, who is also a full brother to Kinnder Dangerous (R.I.P), is also a very big massive colt. The biggest one of the dam. If things go well for him, he should qualify soon, but I will be very conservative with him, as he is to me very talented." And what does Kinnder High Class's driver have to say about the filly? "This filly is much more mature and focused on the job at hand," Roy said. "Last year she was more fragile at the start of the race while at age three she is strong from start to finish. This is why she finished strong at age 2, but was still far from the leaders. "Yes, she will get better this season I'm sure. Roy added. "It's the last quarter and her last half mile strength that makes me think so." Kinnder High Class faces some competition in the race from recent winner Miss Melodie (post 5), Anotherideal (post 1) and SOS Playhard (post 3). The colts get underway in their $10,000 opening round division in race six where Kenogami Coco heads the way from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau. Last year this gelded son of Wheeling N Dealin posted three wins with earnings of nearly $50,000 for trainer Dany Fontaine. He has prepared for the start of the series with a qualifying win at Mohawk Park in 1:56.4 and in his last start at Hanover Raceway, was third in his elimination for Dream Of Glory Series. The local favorite will be last year's $55,000 Future Stars Series Final winner, Babidibou, from post two for driver Stephane Gendron. This gelded son of Royalty For Life has won his last two starts, the fastest in a lifetime mark of 2:00.2 last week at H3R for trainer Maxime Velaye. Another standout is Rideau Carleton Raceway invader Frido PV in post six for trainer/driver Yves St Jacques. This son of Muscle Mass comes into the race off a 1:57 lifetime mark. Other horses to watch in the race include the entry of Laval Titan (post 3) and Tuscan Titan (post 8). There are three preliminary rounds of competition with the top eight-point earners from each division returning to H3R on Sunday, September 27 for their respective $65,000 finals. Track Notes: Undefeated Enavant goes for his fifth straight win on Friday. He starts from post nine in the seventh race pace. On Sunday the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers gets started at H3R with four opening round divisions. Post time Friday is 4:00 pm and Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Michel Allard's Mickeymaksomespeed was the most impressive winner at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, winning one of the four opening round divisions of the Breeders Trophy Series. The series features three rounds of preliminary competition with the $65,000 finals for the top eight point earners on Sunday, September 27. The race favorite in the fourth race first division for the colts, Mickeymaksomespeed did not disappoint for driver Steeven Genois. Parked out to the opening quarter mile by Shanghaigold (Alain Filion), Mickeymaksomespeed then wired the field. Cutting fractions of :56.4 to the half and 1:25.3 to the three-quarters, Mickeymaksomespeed breezed home to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.4. Eclat De Rire (Stephane Gendron) was second with Brutus Bayama (Tyler Jones) third. It was the sixth win in just seven starts this year for Mickeymaksomespeed. The homebred son of Mickey Hanover is trained and owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt and paid $3.20 to win. In the seventh race second division for the colts it was all Whitecookie, the 1/9 overwhelming favorite, holding the field at bay from the start for trainer/driver Marie Claude Auger. The gelded son of Windfall Blue Chip shot out to the early lead, cutting fractions of :28.3, :59.1 and 1:28 before pulling away from the field to win by four and one-half lengths in 1:56.4. HP I Got Toplay (David Pilon) was second with Retour Au Jeu (Stephane Gendron) third. Co-owned by Auger with Pierre Marc Longpre of Trois-Rivieres, it was the second win this year for Whitecookie, who paid just $2.10 to win. The fastest division for the fillies was in the third race where Acaena De Chakrika and driver Stephane Brosseau were able to lead from start to finish in 1:57. She won by one and one-quarter lengths over the pocked-sitting Zar E IP (Pascal Berube). Lotus Sena (Stephane Gendron) was third. It was a lifetime mark and the first win in nine starts this year for Acaena De Chakrika, a filly by Sunshine Beach, trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder-owner Diane Lepine of Quebec City. She paid $3.90 to win. The opening round for the fillies started in the first race where Godiva Lovely Lady and driver Stephane Brosseau scored an upset win at odds of 8-1. Sweeping three-wide on the final turn, Godiva Lovely Lady was able to collar pacesetter YS Big Girl (Carl Duguay) and first-over Quoi (Stephane Gendron) to win by two lengths in 2:00. Quoi was second with Perfect Romi (Sylvain Lacaille) third. The 1/5 race favorite, On Route, broke at the start of the race. It was the first career win for Godiva Lovely Lady, a daughter of Badlands Hanover. She is trained by Lyne Asselin for breeder-owner Raymond Larose of St-Henri-De-Levis. Godiva Lovely Lady paid $18.90 to win. Track Notes: The highest win price of the 2020 season took place in the second race pace when Gutsy Greg and driver/trainer Joel Gagnon wired the field at odds of 44-1 by a head over 60-1 The Platinum Guy. Gusty Greg paid $91.20 to win. Driver Stephane Brosseau had a double. The stakes action at H3R continues next weekend with the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old trotter on Friday and next Sunday is the opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Sunday afternoon will kick-off the 2020 harness racing stakes season in Quebec with the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. There are three preliminary rounds of competition culminating with $65,000 finals on Sunday, September 27. The opening round Sunday has two divisions, two for colts and two for fillies. The fillies get underway in the first race where Perfect Romi (post 5) is the morning line favorite despite being winless in four lifetime starts. The daughter of Perfect Union was a game second last week at Grand River Raceway, timed in 1:57.4. She was bred and is owned, trained and driven by Sylvain Lacaille of St-Paul-De-Joliette. Perfect Romi will be taking on On Route (post 3) who has won her last two starts at H3R, YS Big Girl (post 2) and Lady D Morgan (post 7). The third race second division for fillies features the impressive Zar E IP (post 1) for owner-trainer Pierre Leclerc of Louiseville. This daughter of Up The Credit was unraced at age two and is now making up for lost time. With Pascal Berube driving, Zar E IP sports four wins in six starts, the fastest a 1:56 lifetime mark just last week at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Her competition includes Lotus Sena (post 6), who two starts back won at H3R in 1:57.2, Acaena De Charkrika (post 4) and N C Rockabye (post 2). The colts are featured in the fourth race by Mohawk Raceway invader, My Bettors Del (post 1), who despite being winless in seven starts this year, was third last week by only a neck in 1:51.4. The Bettors Delight homebred colt will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Unbeaten Mickeymaksomespeed (post 3) is unbeaten in six starts this year, the fastest a record 1:54 triumph at Rideau Carleton for breeders, owner, trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. Other retun winners in the field include Eclat De Rire (post 7) and Shanghaigold (post 2). The seventh race second division for the colts is headlined by Retour Au Jeu (post 6), who is on a two-race winning streak for trainer Maxime Velaye and breeder-owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. The son of He's Watching scored back-to-back 1:56 lifetime marks, winning from both on and off the pace. Whitecookie (post 4), a 1:54.4 winner earlier this season for owner, trainer and driver Marie Claude Auger, comes into the series off a head loss in 1:51.4 at Mohawk last week. Other contenders include PLD Needy (post 2) and Kinnder Big Boss (post 7). Track Notes: The Quebec Regional Fair Circuit took place at H3R Saturday afternoon. There were three amateur driving challenges won by Nancy Auger, Mathieu Desrochers and Roxanne Viau. Live racing resumes Sunday afternoon, first race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It took the harness racing photo finish camera in order to declare the winner of the third race Preferred-Handicap Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Friday. Sir Chopin, a 22-1 longshot for owner, trainer and driver Kevin Maguire, was the first out of the gate and led nearly every step of the one-mile trot. The spoiler for the upset win was one of the mares in the race, Missionoftheheart, who sat in along the rail the entire race for driver Stephane Gendron. As horses moved to the outside in the backstretch, Gendron kept Missionoftheheart on the inside, caught up to Sir Chopin after the three-quarters and then collared the pacesetter at the wire to win by a nose in 2:00.3. Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) was third. It was the second win of the season for Missionoftheheart. The six-year-old mare by Manofmanymissions is owned and trained by Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt and paid $6.10 to win. In the second race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the mares, driver Samuel Fillion gave D Gs Fairystars a textbook drive in scoring a mile upset. The nine-horse field was well matched as Twice An Angel (Stephane Gendron) was parked out going for the early lead by 70-1 longshot Bemmol Kalie and driver Daniel Laflamme to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Once settled on the lead, Twice An Angel was able to back down the pace to the half mile in :59.2, but that drew a first-over challenge from Hammering Haley (Stephane Brosseau) who forced Twice An Angel to pick up the pace. At this point in the mile, D Gs Fairystar was in eighth place, fourth over on the outside. As they raced down the backstretch, Brosseau dropped Hammering Haley into the pocket seat with Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) left first-over and grinding it out against Twice An Angel. Meanwhile Fillion got D Gs Fairytale into high gear, moving three-wide into second over position at the three-quarters in 1:28.2. Coming around the final turn, D Gs Fairystar continued to gain ground, fanning three-wide at the top of the stretch. Then with a final late kick, Fillion urged D Gs Fairystar to collar Twice An Angel before the wire to win by a long neck in 1:58. Y C Easy was third. It was the third win this year for D Gs Fairystar. The four-year-old mare by Mach Three is trained by Guylaine Fortin, who co-owns and bred the horse with Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin. She paid $10.00 to win. The fastest mile of the afternoon came in the seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the older horses. The race belonged to Speed To Market and driver Pascal Berube from the very start. With Maracasso (Carol Voyer) dogging the race leader, Speed To Market paid no never mind to Maracasso as he cut fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:26.2 before pulling away in the stretch for a three and one-half length triumph in 1:56.1. Brunos From Mars (Pierre Luc Roy) was second with Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) third. It was the second straight win and fifth of the season for Speed To Market. The five-year-old gelded son of Betterthancheddar is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $6.60 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron led all drivers with a triple on the day. Maxime Velaye led all trainers with two wins and is now the leading trainer at H3R with eight wins. Unbeaten Enavant ($2.80) became the winningest horse at H3R this season, winning the 4th race pace Friday, his fourth victory of the year. On Saturday the H3R hosts the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races. Featured will be both young horses and young men and women competing towards their professional harness racing licenses. Post time is 1:00 pm. Then on Sunday is the start of the Quebec-Bred stakes series. There will be four divisions of the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers. There are two divisions for both the colts and the fillies. Post time is 1:00 pm Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R kicks-off a three-day weekend of harness racing action starting Friday afternoon with the best pacers and trotters in Quebec The track is hosting three Preferred-Handicap events on the eight-race program. The action gets underway Friday in the second race, the Preferred-Handicap Mares Pace. Returning from victory in last Sunday's event is Hammering Haley (post 6) for driver Stephane Brosseau. She led from start to finish last week in 1:59.4 over a sloppy track and is the 5/2 morning line favorite. Also, in the race is rival Wild River Swan (post 8), who came up just a head shy of beating Hammering Haley last week. Other contenders include Sieras Rose, a recent 1:58 winner, Y C Easy (post 4) and Twice An Angel (post 2). The Preferred-Handicap trotter do battle in race three where Precieuse CC (post 7) is the early favorite. She is one of four mares in the race against the horses. Precieuse CC will be driven by her owner/trainer Claude Beausoleil. They won two starts back at H3R in 1:57.4. Other horses to watch are Upvote Hanover (post 6), Missionoftheheart (post 8), Lucky Promesses (post 4) and Sir Chopin (post 5). The older horse will compete in the seventh race when the Rideau Carleton invader, Speed To Market (post 5) is the early favorite. He ships in off an impressive 1:56.1 triumph for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Yves Tessier and will be going for his fifth win of the year. Last week's 1:56.4 return winner, D J Power, gets handicapped off his triumph, and starts from post eight for driver Samuel Fillion. Other contenders include Windsun Cheyenne (post 4), Maracasso (post 7) and Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 6). Track Notes: The reason all the Preferred races are on Friday is that on Sunday starts the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers and there are four divisions. On Saturday is the third round of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. Friday's card starts at 4:00 pm and racing on both Saturday and Sunday begin at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Despite racing over a rain-soaked harness racing track with a two-second allowance, Hammering Haley was at her best on the front end, capturing the Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. It was the race favorite, Wild River Swan (Francis Picard) who took the early over Hammering Haley and driver Pierre Luc Roy by the opening quarter mile in :29.1. The lead changed right away as Roy quarter-moved with Hammering Haley to take command. They went by the half mile marker in :59.3 as D Gs Fairystars (Stephane Brosseau) was first-over to challenge and following the outside flow second-over was Godiva Mackiavelyc (Stephane Gendron). D Gs Fairystars tried her best but could not pass by Hammering Haley past the three-quarters in 1:29. At this point Wild River Swan was boxed in behind Hammering Haley. Then, as they started down the stretch, daylight opened on the rail and Wild River Swan came charging through, but it was too late as a determined Hammering Haley held off Wild River Swan, winning by a head in 1:59.4. Way Over (Simon Delisle) was third. It was the third win this season for Hammering Haley. The five-year-old mare by Shanghai Phil is trained and co-owned by Francis Richard with Gaston Bibeau and Charles Marquis. She paid $6.90 to win. In the fourth race Two-Year-Old Pace, Realxample, a colt by So Surreal, upset the field at odds of 6-1, using two moves and some true grit in the victory. Loud (Marc Bellanger) shot right out to the early lead with Realxample leaving for driver Richard Veilleux and grabbing the two-hole spot by the opening quarter mile. Loud led the field past the half and through the backstretch when Veilluex vacated the pocket trip with Realxample to come after Loud. Those two raced neck and neck around the final turn and down the stretch until Realxample wore the pacesetter down and won by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.3. Full Power Sena (Steeven Genois) was third. It was the maiden victory for Realxample after five lifetime starts. He is trained by Alain Veilluex and owned by La Ferme Drummond, Inc. of Saint-Hugues and paid $15.40 to win. Track Notes: The Hippodrome 3R will have a full weekend of live harness racing next week as the track hosts the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit on Saturday. Friday post time is 4:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday post time is 1:00 pm. Next Sunday kicks-off the Quebec-Bred stakes with the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. There are three rounds of preliminary competition for each age, sex and gait. There will be $65,000 finals for the three-year-old's and $55,000 finals for the two-year-old's, all being held on Sunday, September 27. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After her very impressive victory last week in the Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R, Wild River Swan has returned to take on the top mares again on Sunday afternoon. Last Sunday, Wild River Swan was letting no one pass her by in leading from start to finish for driver Francis Picard. She just hung on at the wire to win by a neck in 1:56, her fastest winning time in two years. Trained and owned by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, Wild River Swan is a seven-year-old mare by Sportswriter. She is a full sister to Quebec bred champion Wildriverbumblebee p.3.1:51.2 ($117,000). Last week's triumph was just the third start of the year for Wild River Swan, who had shown improvement in each of her first two starts. "I was very pleased with her mile last week, said Dr. John Bradbury. "Surprised, yes and no. She trained super all spring. "For Wild River Swan there is no secret to her training," Bradbury added. "Keep her happy and she'll race good for you. Mrs. Swan has her routine which consists of spending a major part of her day outside. Right now, because of the hot weather she sleeps out. So far everything seems good for tomorrow." Looking to rain on Wild River Swan's parade Sunday will be invader D Gs Fairy Stars. She starts from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau and two starts back at Rideau Carleton, she came from off the pace to win in a lifetime best 1:55.3. Other contenders in the field include Y C Easy (post 8) and Godiva Mackiavelyc (post 7), both of whom were victorious two starts back at H3R. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres - Samuel Fillion has emerged as a driving force in the driver's colony at the Hippodrome 3R this season as he drove the 7-1 D J Power to an upset victory in the Preferred-Handicap Pace Friday afternoon. Getting away in second place behind pacesetter Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) after the start of the 4th race co-feature, Fillion knew he had to stay in place until the right moment. They went to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Still leading at the half mile marker in :58.3, Outlaw Turn N Burn faced his first challenge from Surf Report (Martin Gingras) who came first-over followed by the race favorite, Windsun Cheyenne (Pascal Berube), who was going for his third straight win in the top class at H3R. Heading down the backstretch the final time, Outlaw Turn N Burn was still in command as Berube sent Windsun Cheyenne three-wide but had trouble getting by Surf Report at the three-quarters in 1:27.3. It was than that Fillion made his winning move. Pulling from the pocket-trip approaching the final turn, Fillion took D J Power to the outside as Windsun Cheyenne was stalled three-wide. Fillion urge his pacer on and as they started down the stretch, D J Power had all the momentum he needed to get the job done. Winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4 over Outlaw Turn N Burn and a late closing Brunos From Mars (Pierre Luc Roy) was third. For D J Power, a nine-year-old gelded son of Major In Art, it was his third win this season, all at H3R for trainer and owner Jean Marc Roy of Mont-Joli. D J Power paid $17.40 to win. Fillion now has eight wins at H3R this meet. In the 5th race Preferred-Handicap Trot co-feature it was all Keepall from the very start. With regular pilot Carol Voyer in the sulky, Keepall left like a rocket and took early command of the race and was never headed, winning by one and one-quarter length in 1:59.2. Missionoftheheart (Stephane Gendron) tried two moves in coming after Keepall to no avail but held for second place with Lucky Promesses (Pascal Berube) third. It was the second straight win and fourth of the season for Keepall. The six-year-old gelding by Angus Hall is trained by Sylvain Tremblay for owners the Alpha Stable and Gino Curadeau. He paid $3.60 to win as the betting favorite. Track Notes: Both Samuel Fillion and Stephane Gendron scored driving doubles. With a training double on Friday, Maxime Velaye moved into a tie for the lead in the trainer standings. He now has seven wins along with Charles Gaudreault. Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon, first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured will be return winner Wild River Swan (post 4) heading the 6th race Preferred-Handicap Mares Pace against Godiva MacKiaveluc (post 7) and Y C Easy (post 8). For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club (QJC), sent a notice to all harness racing people in Quebec on Wednesday, stating that the OJC board members felt the risks are too great right now to allow spectators to attend the races at the Hippodrome 3R this season. "If admitting spectators were to lead to more cases of Covid-19 and the racecourse was then forced to suspend racing, it would be catastrophic for the industry, its jobs and even its survival," said Claude Levesque. For the moment, the Club Jockey will continue to apply the same policy that is currently in progress, i.e. presenting races without spectators and continuing to apply to the paddock the same protocol approved a few weeks ago by the Public Health of Quebec. Two-year-old goes against older horses Harness racing fans will take notice of the first race Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. It's a trotting event that features a two-year-old, X O X O (that's its name), taking on older horses. Something you don't see every day. Breeder, owner and driver, Jerome Lombart of Bromont, owns just two broodmares, yet almost every year he has young horses ready to race. Over the years Lombart has a track record, his horses have won series championships at H3R and now he has high hopes for X O X O (the symbol for hugs and kisses). "She's a filly that does everything you want her to do well from the very beginning when I tamed her," Lombart said. "It doesn't guarantee anything, but at least it's going in the right direction. "The dam of this filly," Lombart explained. "Is Promising Lavec, and she gives offspring which generally go well at 2 years old. Sometimes things go bad at 3, however. These days I only count on Promising Lavec and Fauvette Gale for my foals. The first gives more calm horse, the second more speed but less calmness." X O X O is from the mare Promising Lavec, who is also the dam of Lucky Promesses, who also races Friday in the fifth race Preferred Trot. "X O X O is the half-sister of Lucky Promesses," Lombart said. "She's is sired by Lucky Fool, not by Angus Hall. In fact, the last three offspring of Promising Lavec are by Angus Hall (Silky Lavec, X OXO and a filly born this year that I called La Bromontoise). "And the good progress of X O X O," Lobart added. "prompted me to pay for its Ontario Sire Stakes eligibility. But there is still a long way to go. Keep in mind that last Saturday X O X O beat only two opponents. We will have a better idea this week." X O X O starts from the rail. She is trained by Andreane Lapierre and in her first career start last week in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit, led from start to finish in 2:05.3. On Friday she goes against That's Hooligan (post 5), a four-year-old return winner, along with three-year-old winners Miss Melodie (post 2) and Indi (post 4). The fourth race Preferred-Handicap Pace has a full field of eight featuring the dominant Windsun Cheyenne, who has won this class the last two starts in 1:56.2 and 1:55.3. He won from post seven last week so being handicapped with post eight on Friday should not hinder his chances of making it three-straight wins for H3R's leading driver Pascal Berube. Also, in the field are rivals Hooter Shooter (post 7), the return of Surf Report (post 5) and D J Power (post 4), who has the red-hot young driver Samuel Fillion in the sulky. Then in the fifth race is the Preferred-Handicap co-feature trot headlined by two return winners in Missionoftheheart (post 6) and Keepall (post 5). Missionoftheheart was the best of her career last week at H3R, leading from start to finish for driver Stephane Gendron in a lifetime record mile of 1:58.2. The six-year-old mare by Manofmanymissions is trained by co-owner Michel Allard and romped last week by four and one-quarter lengths. Keepall has won his last starts at H3R, the fastest in 1:59.1 for driver Carol Voyer and trainer Sylvain Tremblay. He already has three wins this season. Post time on Friday is 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Scoring a training double at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday afternoon, Charles Gaudreault took command of the trainer standings for the 2020 season. Gaudreault's first victory from his stable took place in the second race two-year-old pace and it was all Moonbeam Godro, who made his pari-mutuel debut a winning one for driver Pascal Berube. Leaving from post four, Berube sent the colt by So Surreal to the front, taking command from Erins Somewhere (Marc Belander) by the opening quarter mile and never looked back. Race favorite Realxample (Richard Veilleux) tried coming first-over in the backstretch but to no avail as Moonbeam Gordro won by a half-length in 2:03. Realxample was second with Erins Somewhere third. Moombeam Godro is owned and trained by Charles Gaudreault. He paid $6.70 to win. Gaudreault struck gold again in the third race feature, the Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace. Sophies Cam (Stephane Brosseau) was first on the lead with Hammering Haley (Francis Picard) grabbing the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Last week's return winner, T C Easy and driver Steeven Genois then swung to the outside and cleared to the lead before the half mile in :57.1. That was when Hammering Haley came back out to challenge for the lead with Sieras Rose (Pierre Luc Roy) second over. But before the three-quarters in 1:26.4, Hammering Haley was able to drop into the two-hole behind Y C Easy, leaving Sieras Rose parked out first-over. It was a four-horse battle down the stretch but Sieras Rose was up to the task for Roy, collaring the race leaders and going on to win by one-quarter of a length in 1:58. Hammering Haley was second with Y C Easy third. It was the second win in five starts this year for Sieras Rose. The eight-year-old mare by No Pan Intended is owned by Steve Perreault of Mont-Joli and paid $5.40 to win. With his two training wins, Charles Gaudreault is now the leading trainer at H3R with seven wins. Serge Nadeau also had two training wins and moved into a tie for second place in the trainer standings with five wins along with Michel Allard and Maxime Velaye. Track Notes: Both Pierre Luc Roy and Pascal Berube scored driving doubles and Berube and now leads the driver standings at H3R with 17 wins. Live harness racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Friday, July 30 with first race post time at 4:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Claudi P V and owner/trainer/driver Serge Nadeau of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu tipped three-wide on the final turn of the third race trot and came charging down the stretch at odds of 47-1 in winning at the Hippodrome 3R Saturday afternoon. R Rkadabra (Marc Lemay) cut the early fractions with Stonebridge Alert (Steeven Genois) dogging them from the start. When Stonebridge Alert was parked out against a determined R Rkadabra, Nadeau took advantage of the speed duel, tipping Claudi P V second over and then three-wide after the three-quarter mile marker. Despite being parked out three-wide on the final turn, Claudi P V kept her momentum going and pulled away at the finish, winning by one and one-half lengths over Stonebridge Alert with Lucky Promesses (Pascal Berube) third. The time of the one-mile race was 2:00.3, a lifetime mark for Claudi P V. She is a four-year-old mare by Holiday Road and was bred by Scott-Marcel Brouillard, who co-owns the horse with Nadeau. Across the board Claudi VP paid $96.60, $42.10 and $11.90. It was the highest win payout this season at the Hippodrome 3R and Claudi P V's first win in three starts this year. Serge Nadeau make it a training double in the very next race for two-year-old pacers. His Windfall Blue Chip filly, Nikita Sena, made her pari-mutuel debut a winning effort in a romp. She led from the start for driver Steeven Genois, scoring an eight and three-quarter length triumph in 2:04.2. She paid just $2.10 to win for owner/breeders Nadeau and Scott-Yannick Corriveau of Quebec City. The eighth race was the Ladies Driver Challenge Pace with eight-woman drivers and the contest began with a Calvary charge for control of the early lead. Driver Lena Ouellet left with Adamncam and would not let anyone pass her by as Fortune Fella (Caroline Maheux) was first-over and Old Fashioned Gal (Guylaine Gagnon) was parked out three-wide past the opening first quarter mile in :28.2. Still parked out three-wide around the second turn, Fortune Fella broke stride and carried Fortune Fella way wide and out of the race. Adamncam was alone on the lead past the half mile in :59. Then in the backstretch the race favorite Open Water with driver Johanne Letourneau came charging first-over and blew by Adamncam and Heaven For Sure (Gabrielle St Onge) by the three-quarters in 1:30 and then was home free, winning by two lengths in 2:00.3. Heaven For Sure was second with Angelo Benjo (Jessica Turenne) third. For winning driver Johanne Letourneau of St Edouard De Lotbin, it was her first victory ever at H3R. She had not driven in a race since 2008. A 12-year-old gelded son of Artiscape, it was the second win this year for Open Water. He is trained by Sylvain Fontaine and paid $3.40 to win. Track Notes: Live harness racing continues at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with an eight-race program starting at 1:00 pm. Featured will be the third race Mare Preferred-Handicap Pace where Y C Easy (post 3) will try again for an upset victory like she did last week at 6-1 odds. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a bold three-wide move in the backstretch, Windsun Cheyenne and harness racing driver Pascal Berube were able to capture the Preferred-Handicap Pace for the second straight week at the Hippodrome 3R. The seventh race feature saw race favorite Maracasso and driver Carol Voyer go three-wide on the first turn to take command of the race with D J Power (Samuel Fillion) sitting the pocket-seat and Always A Diamond (Steeven Genois) stuck first-over. They went by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. By the half mile marker in :55.4, Voyer had Maracasso in command of the race and was leading by three lengths until the backstretch. That was when Berube swung out three-wide with Windsun Cheyenne and started to gait ground on Maracasso past the three-quarters in 1:25.2. At the top of the stretch Maracasso began to fade as D J Power shot up the inside, but they could not catch Windsun Cheyenne as he went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:56.2. Jeffs Journey (Stephane Gendron) closed well to be second with D J Power third. The oldest competitor in the field at age ten, Windsun Cheyenne is sired by Cam's Card Shark and is trained and owned by Gina Bragagnolo of Lavaltrie. It was his second straight win and third of the season for Windsun Cheyenne, who paid $8.70 to win. Scoring a driving triple on the day, Pascal Berube moved into sole position of first place among the driver standings with 15 wins. Stephane Gendron is in second place with 13 wins. Trainers Michel Allard and Charles Gaudreault had one win each Friday and now are tied with Maxime Velaye for the early lead in the trainer standings with five wins each. Defending champion Francis Richard and Pierre Leclerc each have four wins. Track Notes: The Hippodrome 3R has live racing all weekend long. On Saturday is the second round of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit with an eight-race program. Then on Sunday is another eight-race card. Post time both days is 1:00 pm. For a free race program for each day, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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