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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The $276,000C new Quebec-Bred Series gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Frid14ay night with three opening round harness racing divisions for older trotters. The series was changed for this year to allow all trotters and pacers age four and older that were eligible to compete in the series. Prior to this change the series was only open for four and five-year-olds. There will be three weeks of preliminary competition followed by $30,000C finals on Sunday, July 14. The very first race on the program Friday is the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotters. Featured are three former champions, Seeyou Men (post 4), Holiday Party (post 5) and Capteur De Reve (post 3). Seeyou Men ships in from Mohawk Raceway for trainer Daniel Martin and is the morning line favorite at 5/2. A $252,000c career winner has 16 starts this season and nearly $50,000c won in 2019. Track record holder Holiday Party was a game second last week at H3R in the Preferred-Handicap Trot while Capteur De Reve, who could become a four-time champion if he can win the final, comes into the race off a dismal performance in his first start of the year last week. Other contenders include Kinnder Dangerous (post 2), who two starts back won his 2019 debut with a 1:58.4 triumph at H3R, Sultan D Or (post 6) is the winningest horse at H3R this season with four wins in five outings. Rideau Carleton invader, Sometimes When (post 1) rounds out the field. The sixth race is the second division for trotting horses and sees the return of three-time champion Maximuscle (post two), now trained by Michel Allard for Allard Racing. Shipping back to Quebec from Pocono Downs, Maximuscle shows one win this year in 1:56. Track record holder and Quebec champion Wildwild Men (post 6) will be in the hunt for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon and also entered is long-time H3R Open Trot contender and track record holder Caroluzzo (post 3). Rounding out the field are SOS Irresistable (post 1), SG Goliath King (post 4) and KFB Amigo Cool (post 5). The lone mares division takes place in the third race and is headlined by former champion Y S Suzanne (post 6). Trained and co-owned by Blake Curran, Y S Suzanne ships in from Rideau Carleton where she was second by a head in 1:58.4. She has five wins so far in 2019. Lucky Promises (post 5) comes back to her home track and is now being trained by Francis Richard. She will be driven by Steeve Genois, who campaigned her at Saratoga Raceway in the USA. Another good mare in the field is last year's Quebec-Bred Champion Precieuse CC (post 4), who has one win in four starts this season, 1:59 lifetime mark. Also entered are Vanilla Star (post 1), Montanaalaska (post 2) and EAU Naturelle (post 3). The older pacers in the Quebec-Bred Series get underway on Sunday at H3R with four divisions. For a free race program for Friday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club has announced that this year's Ben Hur Cup II driver challenge will be Ontario vs Quebec as harness racing driving stars Doug McNair takes on Louis Philippe Roy at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, June 23. Last year, the inaugural Ben Hur Cup featured Sylvain Filion defeating Roy in the very last race of the competition. The tournament takes place in eight races and the drivers get to select which horse they drive in each of the races. They must also select horses by post position so that they have one drive from all eight posts. It's a winner-take-all prize of $3,000C that goes to the champion of the Ben Hur Cup II. Here is the Take of the Tape for the two drivers. TALE OF THE TAPE (as of USTA stats from 6/12/19)                       Doug McNair           Louis Philippe Roy Age                       30                                   30 Weight                155 lbs                         140 lbs Years Driving       12                                   12 Lifetime Drives   18,605                              6,377 Lifetime Wins      3,234                              1,278 Lifetime $$           $46,391,486                   $12,870,262 2019 Wins             59                                   127 2019 Money         $803,016                         $1,424,325 2019 UDRS            .238                               .284 "Since the competition is keeping the same process as last year," Louis Philippe Roy said. "It's hard to try to pick a competitive horse from every post position. That makes this great tournament so challenging!" Roy was quick to fire off the first salvo to McNair. "Dougie can be very sulky when I beat him on the golf course or on the racetrack," laughed Roy. "So, I'll try to keep him in the competition until the very last races. That way he'll be nice to be around for the early part of the race card!" "The only time Louie beats me in golf," Doug McNair said. "Is when we play a foursome and his brings a partner that plays well." Will being at Roy's home track for the Ben Hur Cup II be a big advantage for him over McNair? "I think that if Doug stays focus," Roy said. "The fact that it's my home track won't make a big difference, but that's if and only if he stays focused." "I don't mind coming for competitions like this," McNair added. "I know Louie will be the fan favorite, it's his hometown. But I can tell you that he will not have any of Richard Moreau horses to drive, so he cannot look for any help there. "I know that last year, Sylvain Filion beat him pretty good," McNair said. "He made him look like a rookie at the end of the day." Being back home in Quebec for the Ben Hur Cup II, Roy already has plans for celebrating. "I plan to celebrate my win in the Ben Hur Cup by going to Quebec City over the night as it is Quebec National Day on Monday, June 24th," Roy explained. "And they will have concerts and other special events on Sunday night. I don't know how Doug is going to try to forget his loss." The post position draw for the Sunday, June 23 Ben Hur Cup II races takes place on Wednesday, June 19. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Appleby Hanover put in a super gusty first-over mile in capturing the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. The feature race began with three-horses racing three-wide to the opening quarter mile. It was Surf Report (Tyler Jones) who took the lead away from Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard), who had taken the lead from D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy). They went by the opening quarter mile in :27.2. As the field came past the grandstand the second time, it was driver Stephane Gendron coming first-over with Appleby Hanover and they were nearly able to collar Surf Report past the half mile marker in :56.3. With Bali (Stephane Brosseau) racing second-over and race favorite Ufdragons Rocket (Pascal Berube) third-over, it was still Surf Report battling with Appleby Hanover at the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Coming down the stretch was when Appleby Hanover was able to find another gear, wearing down Surf Report and going on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.2. Surf Report held for second place with Ufdragons Rocket third. It was the third straight win this year for Appleby Hanover, a six-year-old stallion bu Well Said, trained and co-owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. His mile was the fastest of the afternoon. Sent off at odds of 7-1, Appleby Hanover paid $16.70 to win. Sultan D Or saw his four-race winning streak come to a close in the 7th race trot. Unbeaten in four starts this year, Sultan D Or started from post nine in the second tier and has problems getting behind the starting gate and was never in the hunt. Massmade and driver Stephane Brosseau upset the field at 8-1, winning in 1:59 and paying $18.20 to win. Sultan D Or is still the winningest horse at H3R this season. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau led all drivers Sunday with three wins while Marc Andre Simoneau was the leading trainer with two wins from his stable. All nine of the races Sunday were timed in under 2:00. Management at the Quebec Jockey Club has announced that the Hippodrome 3R will host the Quebec Regional Fair Finals on Saturday, July 13 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. That weekend there will be live racing at the track on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - One of only two mares in the field against six male rivals, Talbotcreek Suzie and driver Stephane Brosseau showed their heels to the field in capturing the 8th race Preferred-Invitational Trot Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Leaving from post five, Brosseau sent Talbotcreek Suzie right to the front with Missionoftheheart (Tyler Jones) leaving and grabbing the two-hole seat. Then before the opening quarter mile in :28.3, driver Justin Filion came first-over with Kinnder Dangerous, but they were unable to clear to the lead and ended up parked first-over the entire mile. Talbotcreek Suzie was able to maintain control as they passed the half mile marker in :57.3 with Kinnder Dangerous sitting right on her shoulder. They raced down the backstretch and past the three-quarters in 1:27.3. Then on the final turn, driver Pascal Berube had Holiday Party in high gear as they circled four-wide with plenty of speed. Down the stretch, Kinnder Dangerous began to fade, Holiday Party continued to close well but Talbotcreek Suzie was game to the wire, winning by a head over Holiday Party with Missionoftheheart third. For Talbotcreek Suzie, a seven-year-old mare by Angus Hall, it was her fourth victory of the season for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francis Morin of Beauceville. She paid $8.50 to win. Harness racing trainer/driver, RichardTalbotcreek "The Black Cat" Simard, made a triumph return to racing Friday, winning the 5th race trot with Orlys Fury ($22.50). It was back on April 20 that Simard fell with a horse at the farm and broke his wrist. This was his first pari-mutuel drive since the accident. Simard also trains Orlys Fury. Pierre Luc Roy led all drivers Friday with two wins. Yves Tessier was tops for the trainers as he also has two winners. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured in the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace is Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 8), who has won two of his last three starts, Requested (post 6), the winningest horse at H3R last season and Appleby Hanover (post 2), who is going for his third straight win. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Three-time Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Capteur De Reve begins his 2019 season Friday night at Hippodrome 3R as one of the main attractions in the Preferred-Handicap Trot feature. The five-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass starts from post one in the eighth race feature for trainer Maxime Velaye and the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns the champion trotter. Capteur De Reve is seeking to become the first horse ever to win four consecutive Quebec Champions when he begins in the Quebec-Bred series that gets underway at H3R next week on Friday, June 14. There will be three weeks of preliminary competition and then a $30,000 final on Sunday, July 14. The only other horse that could also win four Quebec-Series Champions is the pacer, Wildriverbumblebee. In preparing for the racing season, Capteur De Reve competed in two qualifying races at H3R, winning last week in 2:01.1 with an 18 ¾ length romp. Stephane Gendron, H3R's leading driver, will be in the sulky. "We got a lot of snow this winter, too much snow," said trainer Maxime Velaye. "He (Capteur De Reve) did have a lot of time off from last season and he actually lost a little bit of weight during the winter. He was kind of "overweight" at the end of last season. Maybe that was one of the reasons he did not finish the year that well," Velaye laughed. A career winner of $206,000C, Capteur Du Reve has Velaye smiling this year. "I know this is going to sound a bit cocky," Velaye said. "But I think considering how well he has done the past three years, that Capteur De Reve will have an outstanding season. He has been training very strong this spring and is so easy going at the farm and I know he is in much better shape than last year." That is saying a lot as Capteur De Reve starts off his 2019 season racing against some formidable foes. Rival Kinnder Dangerous from last year, was assigned the eight post on Friday after he nosed out Missionoftheheart last start with a super impressive 1:58.4 triumph in his first start of the season. Kinnder Dangerous is driven by Justin Filion for trainer/owner/breeder Denitza Petrova. Missionoftheheart is also entered (post 6) and last Sunday scored a 2:01 triumph on a sloppy track and the prior start was second by a nose to Kinnder Dangerous. Then there is Holiday Party in post seven and two starts back he won in this class in 2:00. "I really think he can handle this field," Velaye added. "But all the other horses in the race already have a couple of starts and his last real race was back in November 2018. So, I wish for him to get a nice trip and finish his mile strong for Stephane Gendron and maybe we might see him in the winner's circle." Currently, Velaye has 13 horses in his stable and he hopes that we will see all of them racing at the Hippodrome 3R this season. Velaye was the leading trainer three years ago at H3R, but since then he has watched Francis Richard rise to the top and lead all trainers the last two years. "I hope I can come back and win the training title this year," Velaye added, "But I know my friend Francis Richard has got more horses than I do and he has some really nice ones too. So, he is going to be tough to beat again. The only thing I can do is try my best and see how it goes." Post time for the Friday 10-race program begins at 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Riveres, QC – Three-time Quebec-Bred Champion, Atomic Million AM, showed he still has plenty of speed at age 8, easily winning the Preferred Pace Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. Racing over a rain-soaked track labled good with a two-second allowance, driver Marie Claude Auger sent Atomic Million AM right to the front in the sixth race feature. Going to the opening quarter mile in :27.3, the pocket-sitting Windsum Cheyenne with driver Stephane Gendron, pulled the pocket to challenge Atomic Million AM and Auger forced Gendron to take his horse right back into the pocket trip. They raced to the half mile in :57.1 as Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) came first-over and despite a valiant effort, was unable to collar the race leader down the backstretch and to the three-quarter mile marker in 1:26.3. Around the final turn, Auger let Atomic Million AM have his head and the gelded son of Million Dollar Cam pulled away from the field in the stretch, winning by four and three-quarter open lengths in 1:56.4. Ufdragon Rocket (Pascal Berube) was second with Windsum Cheyenne third. It was the first win of the 2019 season after three starts for Atomic Million AM. He was bred and is owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau. The bargain of the day at the betting windows was Atomic Million AM going off at odds of 3-1 and paid a generous $8.60 to win. Track Notes: Requested, the winningest horse at H3R last year, gave notice he is back in the hunt again in 2019, winning the Preferred II Pace with ease for driver Jocelyn Gendron in 1:57.3 on the off-track. He paid a generous $12.30 to win. Stephane Gendron led all drivers on Sunday with four winners. Michel Allard led all trainers with two wins. Gendron now leads all drivers at the meet with 12 wins. Isabelle Binet leads the training ranks with 6 wins from her stable. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Friday evening, first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Sultan D Or was able to sustain a dramatic comeback in the stretch to remain unbeaten in 2019 with his fourth straight victory Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Driven by Jocelyn Gendron, Sultan D Or worked his way to the lead by the opening quarter mile in the fifth race trot and held his ground the entire one-mile race. Stonebridge Alert and driver Pascal Berube were able to mount a three-wide move on the final turn and collared Sultan D Or in mid stretched and looked to be the winner when Sultan D Or dug in and came back at the wire to win by a nose. Aworthy Bi (Daniel Laflamme) was third. A late blooming ten-year-old gelded son of Newtown, Sultan D Or is owned and trained by Pierre Turcotte of Trois-Rivieres and paid $5.40 to win as the wagering favorite. The time of the race was 2:01.1, a lifetime mark for Sultan D Or. In the 8th race Preferred-Handicapped Trot, Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion barley held off a late-charging Missionoftheheart (Stephane Gendron) to win by a head in 1:58.4. Jamigo (Daniel Laflamme) was third. It was the first start of the season for the five-year-old gelding by Northern Escort, who was bred, owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. The 8-1 longshot paid $19.80 to win. Track Notes: Horsewoman Marie Claude Auger of Trois-Riveres led all drivers and trainers in wins Friday night. She scored a driving triple and had a training double. Quebec Champion racing Saturday Three-time Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Atomic Million AM, returns to the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday afternoon to headline the 6th race Preferred Pace. Now age 8, Atomic Million AM is a homebred star for owner/trainer/breeder Alain Martin of Gatineau. The $289,000 career winner by Million Dollar Cam has a lifetime mark of 1:53.2. He starts from post 6 for driver Marie Claude Auger and is the morning line favorite. It will not be an easy mile for Atomic Million AM as he faces a formattable foe fin Outlaw Turn N Burn, who has won the Preferred Pace the last two weeks for trainer Francis Richard. Last week Outlaw Turn N Burn gave racing fans a classic race to the finish, edging rival Surf Report by a head in 1:55, the fastest mile of the race meet. Outlaw Turn N Burn starts from post five and Surf Report alongside him in post four. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - For the past 25 years, Pascal Berube and Isabelle Binet work side-by-side in their barn, Pascal does the driving and Isabelle the training for their harness racing stable. One of the stars of the stable is stakes champion Holiday Party, who headlines the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Friday evening. "Holiday feels really good this season," Berube said. "He was turned out for a while this winter and now he looks in peak form and ready to go." In three start this season, Holiday Party has a third place, second place and last week a victory in the top class at the Hippodrome 3R. That victory was an easy one for Berube, as the duo left from post five, went right to the lead and never looked back, breeze to the wire by three and one-half lengths in 2:00. When asked about the race on Friday, Berube said. "I worry a little about Talbotcreek Suzie (post 7). She shows very fast speed and may be perfect for a half mile track like Trois-Rivieres. Also, in the well-matched field is the great closer, Rocky Boy (post 8), Rideau Carleton invader, Wings Of Ballykeel and the 2019 debut of Denitza Petrova's Kinnder Dangerous. At age three, Holiday Party was a terror on the racetrack. He totally dominated the three-year-old trotting ranks. At one point he was on a six-race winning streak, mostly with Berube doing the driving. In the $65,000C Breeders Cup Final that season, not only did Holiday Party win with Berube driving, but they set the track record with a 1:58.2 triumph. Holiday Party has come a long way considering he made eight starts at age 2 and had no wins that first season of racing. He now sports career earnings of $191,000C for the Holiday Party Stable of Portneuf. As for Berube and Binet, they have a very exciting summer season ahead of them with a stable full of promising racehorses. They are also very proud of their 21-year-old son, Olivier, who is a promising hockey star. Pascal loves hockey and plays whenever he gets spare time and is a very good goalie. Earlier on the program, in the fifth race, the undefeated and winningest horse this season at the Hippodrome 3R, Sultan D Or, goes for his fourth straight victory in 2019. The ten-year-old gelded son of Newtown starts from post two for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Racing from both on and off the pace, Sultan D Or has returned this year in good form for owner/trainer Pierre Turcotte of Trois-Rivieres. Post time Friday night is at 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - For the sixth straight year a record number of four-year-old pacers have been nominated to the $200,000C renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday, August 18. A total of 29 nominees for the final surpassed the 2018 record of 27 nominees. The top eight money winners in 2019 at entry time will compete in the $200,000C final. Headlining the list of nominees is Courtly Choice, a million-dollar career winning son of Art Major, who won $910,000 last year with a record of 1:47.1 for trainer Blake MacIntosh. His top victories last year were in the Little Brown Jug and the Meadowlands Pace. Courtly Choice is already off to a great start in 2019, having won two of his three starts. Last week he won the $100,000 Commodore Barry Pace in 1:49.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. In the past five editions of the Prix D'Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then in 2016, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D'Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable. In 2017, the Jimmy Takter Stable posted their second Prix D'Ete victory (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first), with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2. Last year it was an upset in the Prix D'Ete as driver Ricky Macomber scored with Beckhams Z Tam at odds of 9-1 ($21.10) in 1:52.1. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have entered in this year's Prix D'Ete," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "The revival of this Grand Circuit event has developed to the great race it was before. This year especially because we have a record number of horses eligible and they are the best in North America." The Ron Burke Stables Done Well is another major early contender. The gelded son of Well Said has two wins in three starts this year. Last week he scorched the half mile oval at Flamboro Downs, winning the $139,000C Confederation Cup in 1:50.2. The week prior he won his elimination division in 1:51.4 over a sloppy track. O'Brien award winner Jimmy Freight is nominated and he is a career winner of $941,000. The gusty son of Sportswriter was a game second last week to Done Well in the Confederation Cup. Prix D'Ete eligibles who won last week include Thinkbig Dreambig, who scored at the Meadowlands in 1:50.2, Hitman Hill at Pocono Downs in 1:50.1 and Trump Nation at the Meadowlands in 1:49.3. Quebec-owned nominees include Courtly Choice and Stock. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the weekend of August 18," Levesque added, "as we want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." For more information visit http://www.quebecjockeyclub.com/. 2019 Prix D'Ete Nominees (after May 15, 2019 payment) American History Bounding Dragon Casimir Richie P  Courtly Choice Done Well Dragonology Ghost Dance Hayden Hanover Hitman Hill Jimmy Freight Kwik Talkin Minnie Vinnie Nutcracker Sweet Pedro Hanover Pretty Handsome Rush To Judgement Shnitzledosomethin Simple Kinda Man Skyway Quinton Springsteen Stock Talbotcreekwhiskey The Downtown Bus Thinkbig Dreambig This Is The Plan Thor De Vie Topville Olympian Trump Nation Turbo Hill From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It took the photo finish camera at the Hippodrome 3R to declare the winner of the 7th race Preferred-Handicap Pace Sunday. And the winner, with a repeat performance from last week, was Outlaw Turn N Burn, who edged out Surf Report at the wire by a long nose. The race began with Bali and driver Stephane Brosseau doing a form reversal from post one and shot right out to the lead with Chaleurs Ad (Jocelyn Gendron) sitting the pocket seat in second with Surf Report and driver Tyler Jones hung out to dry first-over in third place. Past the opening quarter mile in :27.4, Bali continued to lead the field with Chaleurs Ad in second and Surf Report floating first-over with Mister Big Top (Stephane Gendron) racing second over. The half mile went in :57.1 as the field remained in those same positions heading down the backstretch. They reached the three-quarters in 1:25.3, Bali began to show he was tiring as Surf Report kept going on the outside to the take the lead and from the back of the back, Outlaw Turn N Burn with Picard, three-wide with momentum. Down the stretch it turned into a two-horse race as Surf Report head the lead with Outlaw Turn N Burn gaining with every stride down the stretch and passing Surf Report at the wire. The one-mile race went in 1:55 with Bali hanging on for third place. It was the second straight win and third of the season for Outlaw Turn N Burn. The six-year-old gelding by Blue Burner is trained by defending two-time champion, Francis Richard and is owned by The Perle Royale Stable of Montreal. He paid $5.10 to win as the wagering favorite. Rainbow Palace ($8.10), the top pacing mare at the Hippodrome 3R the past two years, scored her first win of the season in her third start, wiring the field for owner/driver Francis Picard in 1:56.1. Last week's winner in the Fillies & Mares Preferred-Handicap, Uptown Woman (Pascal Berube), was second with Jens Credit (Stephane Gendron) third. Trained by Dominique Picard and owned by Francis of Warwick, Rainbow Palace is a seven-year-old mare by Royal Mattjesty. Track Notes: Three drivers each had doubles on Sunday. They were Francis Picard, Stephane Gendron and Pascal Berube. One trainer sent out two winners that was Serge Houde. Live racing resumes on Friday at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - When it comes to training trotters in harness racing, it takes plenty of patience's. No one knows that better than owner/trainer Pierre Turcotte of Trois-Riviere as his trotter, Sultan D Or, won the second race Friday night at the Hippodrome 3R to remain undefeated in 2019 with his third straight win. You see, Sultan D Or is a ten-year-old gelding by Newtown who never won a betting race until age 9 last year. Turcotte has owned Sultan D Or since the horse was a two-year-old. He did not race at age 2, tried briefly at ages 3 to 8 but due to injuries and always breaking stride before finally winning a race last year and now he is undefeated in 2019. Driven by Jocelyn Gendron, Sultan D Or left from post seven and took command of the race by the opening quarter mile in :29.2. They were immediately challenged on the outside by Mr Logan Mirox (Michel Audet) who kept the pressure on to the half mile in :59.1 and then to the three-quarters in 1:30.4. Around the final turn Sultan D Or was nearly collared but dug in some more coming down the stretch as Mr Logan Mirox began to fade. Gendron and Sultan D Or held game to the finish, winning by a half length over a late charing Aworthy Bi (Daniel Laflamme) with Abundasass (Stephane Brosseau) third. Time of the one-mile race was 2:03.2. Sultan D Or is now the leading race winner at H3R this season. He paid $8.80 to win. The seventh race Preferred-Handicap Trot saw former Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Holiday Party, lead from start to finish for driver Pascal Berube, winning with ease by three lengths in 2:00 over 25-1 Dance Hall George (Francis Picard) and Jamigo (Daniel Laflamme). It was the first win this year in three starts for Holiday Party. The six-year-old gelded son of Holiday Road is trained by Isabelle Binet for the Holiday Party Stable of Portneuf. He paid $7.60 to win. Pascal Berube led all drivers with three wins while Isabelle Binet led all trainers with two wins. Track Notes: Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon with a ten-race program, first race post time at 1:00 pm. The seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace is highlighted by the return of last week's winner, Outlaw Turn N Burn, who will start from post six. Last week he got a perfect drive by Francis Picard, scoring from a two-hole trip to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Also, in the field Sunday are Windsun Cheyenne (post 7) and Mister Big Top (post 6). For a free Sunday race program or other information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R adds live harness racing on Friday nights beginning this week. First race post time will be 7:00 pm with an eight-race program carded. Something unique takes place on Friday night in the very first race as the ten-year-old pacing mare, Persistent, returns to racing after being a broodmare since 2014. Persistent starts from post one in the first race for driver Stephen Gendron and owner/trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit, he is the father of Rene and Simon Allard. Back in the day, Persistent was a good raceway mare with lifetime earnings of more than $226,000 and a race record of 1:50.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia. She competed regularly at both Harrah's and Yonkers Raceway. Now, as a broodmare, Persistent, sired by Western Ideal, also did well. Her very first foal, a filly by Bettor's Delight named Persistent Bettor, has a record of 1:54 with earnings of $42,853. The next foal was a full sister named Persistent Xample, who won a qualifier in 1:57. There are two other foals, one is a two-year-old, the other just a yearling. According to Michel Allard, "She should be very comfortable on the track at Trois-Rivières and she seems to have rediscovered after all these years off, the pleasure of competing." Upvote Hanover, fresh off his impressive triumph last week, returns to headline the 7th race Preferred-Handicap Trot. The week the five-year-old gelding by Kadabra starts from the far outside in post eight. Last week Upvote Hanover was at his best for regular driver Stephane Brosseau, getting parked out first-over for half the mile and still having enough kick to pull away from the field with a three and one-half length romp. He has now won two of his last three starts for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. Other contenders in the race include Rocky Boy (post 7), Wildwild Men (post 6) and Holiday Party (post 5). For a free race program or additional information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was the first time ever that Outlaw Turn N Burn had ever been to the Hippodrome 3R and he turned it into a big victory Sunday in the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace. With driver Francis Picard in the sulky, Outlaw Turn N Burn left from post four but was unable to grab the early lead away from Chaleurs Ad (Jocelyn Gendron), who forced Picard to stuff Outlaw Turn N Burn into the two-hole by the opening quarter mile in :27.3. They raced that way to the half mile marker in :56.4 as Surf Report, going for his third straight win at H3R for driver Tyler Jones, came first-over to challenge. Racing down the backstretch, Jones was unable to collar Chaleurs Ad on the front-end, so coming into the final turn, Rose Run Slider (Stephane Gendron) was coming three-wide to loop the field, but Picard had other ideas, pulling the pocket with Outlaw Turn N Burn. As they came down the stretch, Outlaw Turn N Burn just pulled away strongly at the finish to win by two lengths in 1:56.1. Chaleurs Ad held for second place with Windsun Cheyenne (Marie Claude Auger) third. It was the first win in seven starts this year. The winner's circle was packed with people for the owners, the Perle Royale Stable, was celebrating in grand style with the victory. Outlaw Turn N Burn paid $10.30 to win. In the seventh race Preferred-Handicapped Trot, it was the 3/5 race favorite, Upvote Hanover and driver Stephane Brosseau coming first-over against pacesetter Holiday Party (Pascal Berube). Upvote Hanover and Brosseau were able to clear by the race leader on the final turn and then pull away for a two and three-quarter length triumph in 2:01. Rocky Boy (Marc Belanger) made a bold three-wide move from sixth place on the final turn and closed well to be second. Holiday Party was third. Trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francis Morin of Beauceville, it was the second win this year for Upvote Hanover, who paid $3.30 to win. Track Notes: Driver Pascal Berube was the hot driver at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday as he scored a quick three wins, capturing both ends of the daily double and also the third race. Isabelle Binet led all trainers with two wins. The Hippodrome 3R begins Friday night live racing this week on May 24. First race post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club       Steven Wolf Steven Wolf Consulting (954) 654-3757 stevenwolf1956@gmail.com      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Last year was a banner season for the harness racing pacer, Requested, who was the winningest horse of the season at the Hippodrome 3R and now makes his 2019 debut Sunday. The six-year-old stallion by Badlands Hanover posted eight wins in his 12 starts last year for owner and trainer, Jean Ducharme of Crabtree. All of his starts were at the Hippodrome 3R. On Sunday Requested starts from the second tier in post nine in the eighth race Preferred-Handicapped Pace and will be driven by Simon Delisle. Requested's normal driver, Francis Picard, is committed to driver Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 4). It will most certainly not be a walk in the park for Requested as he faces stiff competition from HP Patriote (post five) and Surf Report (post eight). A former Quebec-Bred Series Champion, HP Patriote is trained by Gerard Demers for the GLD, Inc. Stable and Claude Hamel. The eight-year-old gelded by Vintage Master is shipping back to the Hippodrome 3R off an impressive 1:54 triumph at Rideau Carleton Raceway's five-eighths mile track. It was his third win this season. Surf Report is unbeaten in his first two starts at the Hippodrome 3R with Tyler Jones in the sulky. They have teamed together for owner-trainer Francis Guillemettel of Trois-Rivieres and make a formattable pair. A seven-year-old gelding by Sportswriter, Surf Report has four wins this year. Last week he was super impressive with Jones, holding the field at bay the entire one-mile race, winning by three and one-half lengths in 1:55. Surf Report has won both his last two starts on the front end and with having to start from the far outside in post eight, may be expected to go after the lead again. H3R regular, Bali, goes from post seven and other contenders include Windsun Cheyenne (post 6) and Rose Run Slider (post 3). The seventh race Preferred Handicapped Trot features the return of longshot winner, Jamigo, from post six. Last week, when the two favorites went off-stride, Jamigo kept his cool and went on to win with ease at nearly 20-1 odds, paying $41.50 to win. Jamingo will take on Upvote Hanover (post 5), Holiday Party (post 7) and Rocky Boy (post 8). Track Notes: The Hippodrome 3R will start Friday night racing next week on May 24 with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Surf Report, a 22-1 long shot, was given a perfect drive by Tyler Jones in capturing the seventh race Preferred Handicap Pace feature at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and paid a handsome $47.60 to win. It was the 15th start of the season for the seven-year-old son of Sportswriter and its second straight win and fourth triumph of the year for trainer Francis Guillemettel of Trois-Rivieres, who owns the horse. Surf Report left from post five and led the entire one-mile race with Jones in the sulky, holding the field at bay throughout the race. He won by three and one-half lengths over Bali (Stephane Brosseau) and Windsun Cheyene (Pierre Luc Roy). Rocky Boy and driver Marc Belander sat a perfect two-hole trip behind pacesetter R Rkadabra (Pascal Berube) in the eighth race feature trot and rallied in the stretch to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:00. R Rkadabra was able to hold for second place with Dance Hall George (Francis Picard) third. It was the first start of the season for Rocky Boy, who is trained and co-owned by Stephane Beaudoini with Marc Belanger. He paid $11.40 to win. Beaudoini led all trainers on Sunday sending out two winners. Track Notes: Leading driver Stephane Gendron led all drivers again with three winners. He now has seven so far after two race days. William Roy made his first pari-mutuel start as a harness racing driver in the sixth race with Buckeye Babe who finished a respectable fifth place. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - On Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, 22-year-old William Roy will make his pari-mutuel debut as a harness racing driver when he drives Buckeye Babe in the sixth race trot. Quebec is known for developing many of the world's greatest drivers and trainers and Roy hopes he too can make a name for himself and for Quebec. A resident of Sorel-Tracy, Roy learned his trade through his father, trainer Guy Roy, and the youngster says he is ready for Sunday's debut. "I'm not really nervous when I think about Sunday," Roy said. "When I do think about the race, I just become really happy and impatient. It's just so exciting and I am ready to race." Involved in harness racing since birth, Roy said he wanted to be just like his father. "Growing up I wanted to become a great trainer like my father," Roy explained. "But he put me in the sulky right away for the experience and I liked it." Growing up in a harness racing family in Quebec, Roy always had his hero drivers to root for and hopefully become as good as when he grew up. "When I was young," Roy explained. "I liked to watch Gill Gendron drive at the old Blue Bonnets Raceway. He was so good and then when that track closed, I started to follow the Green Hornet (Yannick Gingras). He is such a great driver. Now, since his great performances the last few years, I am a big fan of Louis Philippe Roy (no relation)." After attending the Cégep de Sorel-Tracy College, Roy works during the day as a concierge for the city of Sorel-Tracy. He has two horses with his father and co-owner Francis Proux. On Sunday, Roy will start from post position two with Buckeye Babe and they are listed in the morning line at odds of 7/2. "She is a great mare with a winning attitude," Roy said. "She needs to know how to race. She always wants to go hard behind the starting gate with the other horses. We just need to teach her to calm herself behind the gate and she will get better." Buckeye Babe is coming off a long winter layoff and she was impressive in her qualifying race, with Roy driving, finishing second. The four-year-old trotting mare by Manofmanymissions had been prone to making breaks in the past, except when Roy has driven her. We asked Roy does his prefer driving trotters over pacers? "Not especially," Roy explained. "I like pacers better because they go faster, but for the same speed the feeling in the sulky is better with a trotter." Track Notes: There are ten races on Sunday's H3R program with first race post time at 1:00 pm. Driver Stephane Gendron, who exploded on opening day last Sunday winning five of the ten races on the card, is back in action with Mister Big Top in the seventh race Preferred Pace. Last week Mister Big Top stalked the field for Gendron, then closed well in the stretch for the victory. He will face a stiff challenge from post seven against rivals Windsum Cheyenne (post 8) and return winners Surf Report (post 5) and Hooter Shooter (post 6). For more information and a free race program for Sunday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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