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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club plays host to a three-day weekend of harness racing action at the Hippodrome 3R. Friday, Saturday and Sunday the half mile oval will see 24 races for the trotters and pacers. Friday's program starts late afternoon with a 4:00 pm post. Then on Saturday it's the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit day at H3R and another full card of action Sunday. Both Saturday and Sunday's programs get underway at 1:00 pm. While it is still early in the racing season at H3R, the three standouts among the driving colony are in a dogfight for control of the lead as well as the training ranks too. Three-time defending driving champion, Stephane Gendron, is currently tied with Pascal Berube as the winningest drivers, each with 12 victories. Following in a close third place is Stephane Brosseau with 11 wins. All three drivers have been top contenders at the track for many years. And the trainers have a tight competition too. Maxime Velaye leads the pack with five wins and tied for second with four wins each are three-time defending trainer champion Francis Richard, Michel Allard, Charles Gaudreault and Pierre Leclerc. Also, to be recognized, is driver Carol Voyer, who this year has had a limited number of drives (16), and has been outstanding with a Universal Driving Rating (baseball average) of .500, which would be tops in any league. All of these drivers and most of the trainers will be back in action on Friday and will be put to the test in the seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace feature race. Windsun Cheyenne has been made the 5/2 mild favorite from post seven for driver Pascal Berube. Last week the 10-year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark was able to show his heels to his younger competitors, leading from start to finish in 1:55.3. In that race Windsun Cheyenne started from the rail and having the outside post seven could well hinder his chances for a repeat victory having to face some tough company Friday. Hooter Shooter gets handicapped and starts from post eight for driver Stephane Brosseau. Two starts back he won the Preferred in 1:56.1, but that was from the rail. Hooter Shooter, unlike Windsun Cheyenne, has raced well in the past from outside posts. D J Power is a force to be reckoned with and has the rail for pilot Samuel Fillion. Fillion has two wins, the fastest in 1:56.2, and a game second last week with D J Power, who has found new life this season racing on the front end. Outlaw Turn & Burn (post 9), Maracasso (post 6) and Always A Diamond (post 5) figure to also provide some strong competition in the race. For a free race program for each day this weekend, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Pascal Berube stole the show at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon, scoring a driving triple. It was his first hat-trick of the 2020 season. There was plenty of racing action in the second race pace for two-year-old colts and fillies. The 1-2 race favorite Platine Alpha (Carol Voyer) was first on the lead with 16-1 Write One (Pascal Berube) sitting the pocket seat and then with a bold three-wide move, Too Soon BG and driver Stephane Brosseau took command by the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Right away Berube came out and to the lead with Write One, who led to the half mile in :59.4. Then in the backstretch, Platine Alpha came first-over and collared Write One by the three-quarters in 1:29.3. Those two fillies then duked it out on the final turn and in the stretch, Write One proved to be the best, winning by one and one-quarter length in 1:59.1 over Platine Alpha with Full Power Sena (Steeven Genois) third. It was the second lifetime start and first pari-mutuel victory for Write One. The Sportswriter filly from the Die Laughing mare Tug River Della, is trained and owned by Francois Leconte of Hyacinthe and paid $34.30 to win. She is the 12th foal from the mare and a half-sister to Rub N Tug p,1:50.3 ($474,000), Della Cruise p,1:50.3 ($312,000) and a full sister to Bet On Brett p,1:50.1 ($168,000). Berube also won with Pez Dispencer in the 6th race pace in 1:56.4 and the 5th race pace with PLD Needy in a lifetime best 1:59.1. Another big battle took place in the seventh race Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace and the photo finish camera was needed to declare the winner. Shemaksmefelunreal and driver Stephane Brosseau took command early with Hammering Haley (Francis Picard) in the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Sieras Rose (Pierre Luc Roy) came first-over at the half mile in :59.3, giving Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) second-over cover. Then in the backstretch, Genois sent Y C Easy three-wide by the three-quarters in 1:28.2. Those three horses continued to battle it out on the final turn and then in the stretch Y C Easy and Genois looked to move ahead but Hammering Haley was not done yet and those two had to wait for the photo finish in 1:58.1. Y C Easy won by a nose over Hammering Haley with Sieras Rose third by a half-length. It was the first win in nine starts this year for Y C Easy, a five-year-old mare by Sportswriter, who is trained and owned by Carl Duguay of Trois-Rivieres. She paid $14.40 to win. Track Notes: Undefeated Mickeymaksomespeed (Stephane Gendron) posted his fourth straight win Sunday with a 1:58.1 triumph for breeder, owner and trainer Michel Allard. Three of his wins have come at H3R, tying him with Zar E IP and SOS Turbo as the winningest horses this meet. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Friday at 4:00 pm. Friday's card kicks-off another three-day weekend of live racing. Saturday will be the second round of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. Saturday and Sunday's race cards begin at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Riveres, QC - Of the two Gaudreault brothers involved in harness racing, Maxim and Charles, Maxim is certainly the least well known. The oldest member of the family, while maintaining his passion for horses and harness racing, also works full time for the family business, as associate foreman in steel structures. At age 30, Maxim diligently takes care of his little family, which already has two toddlers. We do not have to go back in history to know that to date the locality of Bas-du-Fleuve has been the starting point for great careers like that of Pascal Berube or that of the Roy brothers. "I really like racing, horses," said Maxim. "The barrier thrill, the competition, the camaraderie that also reigns on the Regional Fair Circuit in particular, these are all reasons for me to love driving in races. "I grew up in Mont-Joli and as far as I can remember," Maxim recalled, "Louis-Philippe Roy and I were friends. We played minor league hockey together, and when the hockey season ended, we headed to the golf club. His parents or mine drove us and the two families were friends. "One day," Maxim said. "Louis-Philippe's father picked up an old gray racing mare (mother by Laag), named Silverdust. The idea was to make her a saddle horse, but when we learned that she had raced in the past, we started training her. Obviously, it was not easy, but we managed to get it down to 2.15. From there, our parents started buying horses and we were addicted to racing. "It's not because he's my friend," Maxim said. "but this LPR is a gifted one, whatever the sporting discipline: hockey, golf, even table tennis, he excelled and always excels in everything. He was always gifted in his studies which led him to a university degree. He chose accounting, he might as well have chosen medicine or IT. His talent is unlimited. "I am not surprised at the heights he has already achieved in horse racing," Maxim added. "Not surprised but still impressed that a little guy from here is a Canadian champion, and twice rather than once! "The horses I have loved the most so far," Maxim said. "I see two. A little mare named Pepite Dor ... we paid for her $1,500 and she won over $30,000 for us. And the other good first horse from our stable, Pan Larceny, which amateurs have often seen at the Hippodrome 3R. Among other things, Pepite Dor allowed me to take my driving test. These are little things that cannot be forgotten." With a short vacation from construction work, Maxim has decided to get back in the race bike and drive in some races at H3R. "We are on vacation for two weeks," Maxim explained. "It will undoubtedly be for me the only opportunities this year to drive in races. That's why I'll be at H3R on Sunday to drive. "Professional racing is not the Regional Fair Circuit, Maxim explained. "People are more competitive, harder if you will, especially for outsiders like me. But I'm here to have fun: I love to win, that's for sure, but I don't want to do it by harming anyone. It's not my livelihood unlike others, so I can understand them to be more serious. " Fans are invited this Sunday to attend the Trois-Rivieres races at 1 p.m. sharp. The usual platforms of HPI or RTN are there to make this possible at home or in the betting salons of Quebec, which have resumed their activities. Maxim will drive in three races: at the third race with Heaven For Sure, the 4th race aboard Whitemountain Nemo and finally in the 7th race with Twice An Angel. And the man is no stranger to the circle of winners that he has already reached 79 times in 570 races. He is not an apprentice. And above all, in the eyes of his many friends, he is a damn good guy. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - That statement is said often for many people, but it is devilishly true for Warwick's horseman, Francis Picard. At almost 54 years of age, he has kept his youthful air, his calm: there is a quiet force within him which inspires many trainers to make him their regular harness racing driver at the Hippodrome 3R over the past few years. This is particularly the case for three-time Quebec's Leading Trainer, Francis Richard, who Picard catch-drives for at H3R. "Catch driving, I really like it," Picard says. While talking to Francis, it becomes clear that driving horses is his passion: "At one time in my life, when I was younger," Picard reminisced. "I almost made horses my livelihood. But at that time, I was also starting a great career in construction. I remember Dan Dube, then in Quebec, who encouraged me to stay with racing. I passed close by but it didn't happen. "For several years," Picard explained. "I was satisfied with the horses in my stable to drive, to train with my brother or my father. I got a lot of satisfaction from it. Then, in the past few years, several drivers have left for other skies, and suddenly, I found myself with more demands, but above all, more quality horses to drive. This is what really makes a difference in the end. The more victories you drive, the more people notice you and the more trainers you attract. There is no secret. The average UDRS (Universal Driving Rating) is what ultimately counts. If you win 50 races a year, but drive in 800 races, it's not great. "My luck these years is driving for Francis Richard's stable," Picard said. "He is an A team that works hard, in a team and that needs results. It's fun for me to try to contribute with the experience I've gained over all these years. It's a working team, but also a team of friends and I'm happy to be a part of it often. When you can add your grain of salt, go with a suggestion and it works, it's rewarding and I love it. And this year, I am in better shape than ever, having solved some health problems." To echo this growing popularity of Francis Picard, he will drive in all eight races this Friday. "I am happy with this situation," Picard added. "I have a good relationship with everyone, I talk to everyone and life is good for me, despite the special period we are going through. Believe me, wearing the mask in the paddock like last Friday is something. Fortunately, on the track, we can lower the mask a little. " You can't leave this gentleman without asking him about Rainbow Palace, his star mare who continuously beat her male rivals in the H3R Open Pace ranks. She already has a filly by Shadow Play by her side and the family is anxiously awaiting confirmation of a new gestation by Big Jim. On Friday, Picard will be back aboard Outlaw Turn & Burn, who is trained by his brother, Dominique Picard. Outlaw Turn & Burn starts from post two in the seventh race co-feature Preferred Pace. Last week Picard gave Outlaw Turn & Burn a perfect two-hole trip and the seven-year-old gelded son of Blue Burner responded at the top of the stretch and came on to win by a half-length in 1:56.1. Outlaw Turn & Burn takes on 1:56.1 return winner Hooter Shooter (post 5), Maracasso (post 6) and a newcomer from the USA, Always A Diamond. Then in the sixth race Preferred Trot, Picard is driving Ice O Late, the aptly named horse, who was a 2:01 winner at H3R in late June. Other contenders in the field include Caroluzzo (post 4), Eau Naturelle (post 5) and Keepall (post 8). Post time Friday is 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Spotting race leader Hammering Haley a six-length lead going into the backstretch the final time, Twice An Angel and driver Stephane Gendron proved to be too tough in capturing the 6th race Mares Preferred at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The sixth race feature began with Hammering Haley and driver Francis Picard leaving from post one and shooting out to a three-length lead by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Sitting second was Sophies Cam (Stephane Brosseau) with Twice An Angel in third place. Going by the half mile pole in :56.4, Hammering Haley was still in command by three lengths as Gendron moved Twice An Angel to the outside and slowly began picking up the pace. Then in the backstretch Twice An Angel nearly collared Hammering Haley as Picard pulled the earplugs and his mare was able to park out Twice An Angel past the three-quarters in 1:26.3 and kept her out around the final turn. Then as they straighten out for the stretch drive, Twice An Angel showed why she was bet down as the even money favorite, pulling away for a three length triumph over Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) with Hammering Haley third. It was the second win this year for Twice An Angel. She is a seven-year-old mare by Dragon Again. Trained and co-owned by Charles Gaudreault with Maxim Gaudreault. She paid $4.00 to win. The two-year-old pacers were on display in the second race where GA Speed Arthur and driver Pascal Berube was able to come first-over in the backstretch to collar stablemate GA Speed Semy (Alain Carrier) and then beat Ibiza Panic (Francis Picard) to the wire in a close head triumph in 2:01.2. GA Speed Semy was third. It was the first career start for GA Speed Semy and thus a lifetime mark. The colt is sired by Sunshine Beach from the Yankee Skyscraper mare, R Ciao Baby. She is trained and owned by Alain Carrier of St-Henri-De-Levis and paid $3.10 to win. Zar E IP, the lone three-year-old pacing filly racing against four-year-old horses and mares in the 4th race, posted her third straight triumph of the year for driver Pascal Berube. The daughter of Up The Credit, a full sister to Hurryupatthebeach p,2,1:58.2f, won by one length in 1:58.2 over Gambler Panic (Francis Picard) and You Rock Girl Kir (Stephane Brosseau). She paid just $2.10 to win. Zar E IP is now tied with SOS Turbo as the winningest horses at H3R this year, each with three victories. Track Notes: Three drivers had two wins each on Sunday. They were Carol Voyer, Pascal Berube and Stephane Gendron. Also scoring trainer doubles were Carol Voyer and Charles Gaudreault. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday afternoon with first race post time at 4:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Despite having to race in windy, raining weather, two-year-old trotting colt Emotions Riches opened some eyes Saturday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R. Competing in the first event on the harness racing program that was dedicated to the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit, Emotion Riches nearly tied the track record for his age, gait and gender. Owned and trained by Cassandra Lecourt of Mirabel, Emotions Riches was driven by Tyler Jones. They started from post five and left some out of the starting gate as Eyes Of Justice (Steeven Genois) was first on the lead. Jones kept Emotions Riches on the outside and was parked out by Eyes Of Justice through a :30.1 first quarter before being able to clear to the lead. Once on top, Emotions Riches kept the field at bay, going to the half mile in 1:01.3 and the three-quarters in 1:32.2 before kicking in a :29.3 last quarter mile and pulling away from the field to win by ten and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.1. Eyes Of Justice was second with Aoki (Herve Kirouas) third. For Emotions Riches, his time of 2:02.1 was just three-fifths of a second from tying the track record of 2:01.3 that is co-held by Jobie Tempest (1993) and Cesar Duharas (2018). The two-year-old son of Wheeling N Dealing paid $5.50 to win. The two-year-old pace in the second race saw Shanghibluebeach and driver Pascal Berube lead from start to finish in 2:04.3. The filly by Shanghai Phil won by four open lengths for owner/trainer Pierre Leclerc of Louisville and paid $4.00 to win. In the 8th race Challenge Cup for Quebec Regional Fair Drivers only, Antoine Desrochers, 32, of Warwick was able to lead from start to finish with Matts Phil in 2:03.3. They won by one and one-quarter lengths over SOS Mach Xtreme (Roxanne Viau) and Lookin Ata Winner (Mario Morel). Matts Phil is trained and co-owned by Antoine with Louis Desrocher. Track Notes: Because of COVID-19, the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit that is usually held at fair tracks throughout Quebec, was canceled for 2020. The Quebec Jockey Club agreed to have four special Saturday programs devoted to horses who would have raced in the fairs. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with a full race program beginning at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau had the hot hands at the Hippodrome 3R Friday afternoon, scoring a driving triple that included a victory in the Preferred Trot. Sent off as the 2-1 betting favorite, Brosseau was patient with Upvote Hanover after the start of the race as Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) went off stride on the lead. After the break, driver Pascal Berube inherited the lead with Lucky Promesses, who may have seemed to be riled up by Precieuse CC as she trotted to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.2. Lucky Promesses cut the mile to the half in :58.1 with Stpattysday (Stephane Gendron) sitting the pocked seat and Upvote Hanover coming first-over for Brosseau and the war horse, Caroluzzo (Pierre Luc Roy) second-over. As the field reached the three-quarter mile pole in 1:28.3, Lucky Promesses was still in the lead as Berube pulled from the pocked with Stpaddysday and came after Lucky Promesses on the final turn. They cleared to the lead with Upvote Hanover still first-over but now gaining ground. Coming off the final turn, Upvote Hanover was able to collar Stpaddysday and beat her to the wire by a long neck in 2:00.1. Eau Naturelle (Steeven Genois) was third. It was the third win this year for the six-year-old gelded son of Kadabra. He is trained by Brosseau for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. It was Upvote Hanover's 22nd career win and he paid $6.80 to win as the mild favorite. For Brosseau, it was his second driving triple of the H3R meeting. 15YO trotter racing on Saturday Chinnys Wings, who is 15 years old, gets another chance at racing Saturday when the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races at H3R starting at 1:00 pm. H3R is hosting four special Saturday Fair Circuit events. A career winner of $382,000 and 45 races, Chinnys Wings starts from post 8 in the third race trot. He is trained and will be driven by Jean Lord and is owned by his wife, Nancy, of Trois-Rivieres. Chinnys Wings is allowed to race on the Fair Circuit until he turns age 17 and that is when he must retire from racing. This is his first start back at the track since December 19. Track Notes: Driver David Pilon and trainer Francis Richard both had doubles on the program Friday. Live racing takes place all weekend at H3R. There are eight races both Saturday and Sunday with 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 - Since the day his harness racing homebred trotter was foaled, owner/breeder Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, knew that this foal was special. And Gagnon gave him a special name, Caroluzzo. The two-time former Quebec champion trotter is now age 11 and you cannot tell that from the way he has been beating his younger rivals at the Hippodrome 3R. On Friday, Caroluzzo headlines the seventh race Preferred-Handicapped Trot and the beautiful chestnut stallion by Musclesextrodinair is seeking his third straight win. Winning is nothing new for Caroluzzo. He's been doing it since he first started the races at age 2. Now let's go back to when Caroluzzo was foaled and how he got his name. "Caroluzzo is the last foal of a mare that I bought in Ontario, named Sardula," explained Gagnon. "But above all, he is the only Quebec offspring of the Musclextrodinair (Muscle Yankee) stallion that I had discovered and purchased in Delaware. The racing industry in Quebec had collapsed in the months before he was born and I no longer knew what I would do with all these mares full of my Quebec stallion. "My mother, Elaine Cote, insisted that we keep her during the winter of 2009," Gagnon said. "Destiny was going to be special for this horse. On March 28, 2009, my grandfather, whom I considered my own father, died suddenly of a heart attack. Our family was obviously in shock. As we were planning the funeral, on April 1st we received a call that Sardula was preparing to have her foal, two weeks ahead of the schedule, the same day my grandfather was cremated. Gagnon owns a farm in Jupiter, Florida and that is where Caroluzzo was foaled. "What a surprise to discover this blond foal with 4 white legs," Gagnon explained. "when you know that the mother was completely black! Of course, we saw a sign into this and we named it after my grandfather, who was named Carolus. "The colt was trained by Jean Beaulieu at 18 months old in Florida," Gagnon said. "but he did not show any particular aptitude according to him. Many laughed "he's very beautiful, it will make a beautiful riding horse!" "At 3 years old," Gagnon added. "we brought him back to Florida because my mother didn't want him to stay alone in Quebec. But Donald Dupont found him so beautiful and well-formed that he insisted on trying him for a few weeks, which I accepted without much hope. "We know the rest, Gagnon smiled. "He is a horse that my mother has carefully raised, it is very calm for a stallion and especially for a trotter. I never thought he would win not one, but two Trotter of the Year championships at Trois-Rivières, in 2015 and 2016. Daniel Martin and Dominique Michel, have been training since his first qualification at Mohawk in 2012. "They take jealous care of him, Gagnon said. "Although he won on different sized tracks in Ontario and Quebec, he loves the half mile track. He is not the fastest one (1:57.2 lifetime mark), but he is a war horse, enduring and that often makes the difference. When you think he had no stakes at 2 and 3, his earnings are close to $200,000 lifetime, which is very respectable with soon 40 career wins." Caroluzzo starts from post six on Friday and is the 3-1 second choice in the race. Last week Caroluzzo was able to lead from start to finish at H3R in 2:00.2, winning in a romp by four open lengths and paid a generous $20.20 to win. "I'm very grateful for the work Stéphane Gendron has made with him over the years," Gagnon said. "He has been his perfect match driver in his success. Richard Simard also makes a good pair with Caroluzzo as evidenced by his latest victory last week. Although he did not have a good season last year, he bounced back this year and we are still as proud as he is not only popular on the track, but in the race paddock too! "It is not uncommon for people to ask to be posed with him," Gagnon said. "it always gives us great pleasure because yes, he is a horse of beauty. We hope being able to race him the rest of his career if possible as he will always represent something special for us, reminding us the love of our late father Carolus Côté. Hoping to put an end to Caroluzzo's winning ways will be the race favorite, Eau Naturelle, who starts from post five for driver Steeven Genois. Last week Eau Naturelle was a game second in her race, timed in 1:59.2. She already has three wins this season. Other competitors include Upvote Hanover (post 7), Stpattysday (post 2) and Precieuse CC (post 1). As a special remembrance this year for Mother's Day, Michael Cote Gagnon took a photo of Caroluzzo and driver Stephane Gendron and had it blown up and wrapped on the sides of his big horse trailer. "I used that picture on my trailer for my mother on Mother's Day," Gagnon said. "It made her cry when she saw that photo as she entered the driveway at my farm in Florida." First race post time Friday afternoon is 4:00 pm. This weekend the Hippodrome 3R is hosting the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit so there will be live racing both Saturday and Sunday with post time at 1:00 pm. For more information and a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club has announced that the 2020 Quebec Harness Racing Stakes Schedule for the Hippodrome 3R season has been approved by the Quebec Racing Commission. There will be three elimination legs and a final for two and three-year-old Quebec-Bred trotters and pacers plus the annual Lucien Bombardier Pace for two-year-old fillies. "We are happy that we were able to come up with a good stakes schedule for our horse people in Quebec," said Murielle Thomassin, Director of Racing at the Hippodrome 3R. "We will see how the season goes this year and maybe we will be able to have a series for the four-year-old and older trotters and pacers in the Fall." The series for three-year-olds has been renamed for this year and will be called the Breeders Trophy Series. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. 2020 Stakes Schedule for Hippodrome 3R Sunday, August 9 - Breeders Trophy Series 3YO Colt & Filly Pace 1st leg - $7,500 Friday, August 14 - Breeders Trophy Series 3YO Colt & Filly Trot 1st leg - $7,500 Sunday, August 16 - Future Stars Series 3YO Colt & Filly Pace 1st leg - $7,500 Friday, August 21 - Future Stars Series 2YO Colt & Filly Pace 1st leg - $7,500 Sunday, August 23 - Breeders Trophy Series 3YO Colt & Filly Pace Pace 2nd leg - $7,500 Friday, August 28 - Breeders Trophy Series 3YO Colt & Filly Trot 2nd leg - $7,500 Sunday, August 30 - Future Stars Series 2YO Colt & Filly Pace 2nd leg - $7,500 Friday, September 4 - Future Stars Series 2YO Colt & Filly Trot 2nd leg - $7,500 Sunday, September 6 - Breeders Trophy Series 3YO Colt & Filly Pace 3rd leg - $7,500 Sunday, September 13 - Future Stars Series 3YO Colt & Filly Pace 3rd leg - $7,500 Friday, September 11 - Breeders Trophy Series 3YO Colt & Filly Trot 3rd leg - $7,500 Friday, September 18 - Future Stars Series 2YO Colt & Filly Trot 3rd leg - $7,500 Sunday, September 27 - Breeders Trophy Series 3YO Colt & Filly Pace FINALS - $65,000 Sunday, September 27 - Breeders Trophy Series 3YO Colt & Filly Trot FINALS - $65,000 Sunday, September 27 - Future Stars Series 2YO Colt & Filly Pace FINALS - $55,000 Sunday, September 27 - Future Stars Series 2YO Colt & Filly Trot FINALS - $55,000 Sunday, October 4 - Lucien Bombardier 2YO Filly Pace - $15,000 added From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Management at the Quebec Jockey Club (QJC) will host four special Saturday race programs beginning this weekend as Quebec Regional Fair events. The four special Saturday's devoted to the Regional Fair races will be July 11 and 25, August 8 and 22. "The fair tracks cannot operate this year at all due to COVID-19," explained Murielle Thomisson, the Director of Racing Operations at H3R. "The Quebec Jockey Club decided to have these four Saturdays at H3R to continue the tradition. These races will also allow non-qualified horses to qualify and race for a purse." The QJC is still working with the Quebec Racing Commission to finalize the changes for the stakes schedule for 2020. The two and three-year-old Quebec-Bred races will have eliminations in August and September and their finals at the end of September. The four-year-old and older Quebec-Bred Series is being re-evaluated and may be held in the fall. For the full racing schedule, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC – The first two-year-old event of the harness racing season in Quebec took place Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the second race pace with colts going against filly pacers. The 1/5 overwhelming favorite, Too Soon BG and driver Francis Picard, took command of the race by the opening quarter mile in a speedy :28.1. Platine Alpha and driver Carol Voyer sat the pocket trip but was six lengths back of the leader as they raced past the half mile in :58.1. Too Soon BG kept his huge lead on the field until the three-quarters in 1:28.1. That was when Platine Alpha began to close the gap, collaring Too Soon BG and passing him by to win going away by two lengths in 2:00.3. Too Soon BG held for second place with SG Alexia (Sylvain Grenier) third. It was a record mile for Platine Alpha. The daughter of Control The Moment from the Big Jim mare, Ma Terre, is trained by Sylvain Tremblay and was bred and is owned by the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan. She paid $7.40 to win. Driver Carol Voyer made it a driving double as he was able to send Keepall right to the lead in the third race Preferred Trot and wire the field by two lengths in 1:59.1. Keepall kept the field at bay throughout the race. Race favorite Ice O Late (Francis Picard) came first-over at the half mile marker but could not gain ground on the race leader. EAU Naturelle (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Ice O Late third. Keepall is also trained by Sylvain Tremblay and owned by the Alpha Stable with Gino Curadeau. The six-year-old son of Angus Hall paid $4.80 to win. Sophies Cam and driver Stephane Brosseau lived up to their favorite status in the sixth race Mares Preferred Pace, leading from start to finish in 1:59.1. It was her third win this season for trainer Carl Duguay. The six-year-old mare by Yankee Cam was bred and is owned by Yvanhoe Landry of Carleton-Sur-Mer. She paid $4.80 to win. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Friday afternoon, first race post time at 4:00 pm. Next weekend will feature three days of live harness racing action at H3R as the track will race Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time Saturday and Sunday is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This past Sunday, 23-year-old Samuel Fillion scored his first victory as a professional harness racing driver and now he is hungry for more. Competing in the last race Sunday, Fillion, who hails from Mont-Joli, led from start to finish with the pacer D J Power, winning in 1:56.2 at the Hippodrome 3R. Fillion was patient. He was able to get to the front with D J Power, then rate the best fractions for his horse, keeping his composure as he did last year on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. Driving harness horses the past five years at the fairs has seasoned Fillion in his quest to become a professional driver. Last year he blossomed and earned his license, starting in 87 races with 18 wins, 11 seconds and 14 third place finishes, good enough for a strong Universal Driving Rating (UDR) or batting average of .331. Now comes 2020 and Fillion is off to a great start. In four drives he has one win and two third place finishes and his UDR is an impressive .416. "The racing world is sometimes cruel," Fillion said. "I heard comments that I was not able to win a race at H3R. Now it's done and I'll do my best not to be last again. "On Sunday, Fillion explained. "I thought I was going a long way behind Pascal Berube (Stock), but the opposite happened. I know this horse well, I even jogged him last week and I knew he was good, and on Sunday afternoon he showed it to everyone. I am very happy that this first victory is behind me. I will do my best to justify the confidence of the people who will put my name on their horses." Fillion has earned the respect of owners and trainers that on Friday's program at H3R he has three drives and one drive on Sunday, back aboard D J Power. "My father had racing horses when he was young," Fillion said. "My grandfather was a blacksmith at that time. After several years without horses, my dad bought a gelding, Classic Mondial. I was 14 when I start taking care of this horse. He performed well and that gave us the taste to continue and to buy others. "Now," Fillion added. "I also have the opportunity to learn with my father-in-law, Jean-Marc Roy, and my brothers-in-law Louis-Philippe Roy and Pierre-Luc Roy, and I am very grateful for their expertise they share with me." Fillion has a drive in the fifth race Preferred Trot on Friday. It's aboard Lucky Promesses from the far outside post eight. A tough position for any horse to overcome. Last week Fillion was able to get a third-place finish with Lucky Promesses. From the outside post this week, Fillion will need to find some good live cover to help keep him in the hunt. "The mare raced well last week for her first start of the year," Fillion said. "despite her post 8 this week if she had a good mile in her she can do well. We will see." The race favorite is stablemate Holiday Party (Pascal Berube), who was second in the top trot last week. Isabelle Binet trains both horses. "He is a young man from the same place as me," said driver Pascal Berube of Samuel Fillion. "I lent him Fortune Fella for a final in Trois Rivières two years ago, and he won. There are not many horses to drive in the early days of our career, so I wanted to help him and we needed someone to drive Lucky Promesses." Other contenders in the field include Caroluzzo (post one), who was a 2:02.4 winner last week and is moving up in class, the front-end speedster R Rkadabra (post three) and Voodoo Man (post six). When asked who his favorite driver is in harness racing, Fillion was a little bias. "Louis-Philippe Roy is my favorite driver," Fillion said of his brother-in-law. "He started in fairs like me and now he's one of the best drivers in all of Canada. Also, I like his style and the way he sits on the bike." First race 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 - Harness racing driver Pascal Berube scored a driving double on opening day Wednesday at the Hippodrome 3R and he hopes this is a sign of a good racing season to come. Berube, along with his wife, trainer Isabelle Binet, has a small but powerful stable for the summer/fall race meet. They call themselves Team B. "Of course, we would like to have some more horses to train," Berube explained. "But I am happy with the five horses we currently have. They are fit and ready to go." Currently Team B has five horses in their stable. Holiday Party, Lucky Promesses, Stock, Fortune Fella and Uptown Woman. On opening day Wednesday, Berube won with Stock, who was very impressive at odds of 7-1, leading from start to finish in 1:58.2. This Sunday (1:00 pm post), Team B has four horses entered. Uptown Woman is one of the favorites in the Mares Preferred Pace, along with Stock returning to race Sunday and former Quebec-Bred Champion, Holiday Party and Lucky Promesses, are featured in the Preferred Trot for Team Berube-Binet. Berbue will drive Holiday Party and Samuel Fillion will drive Lucky Promesses as they are both in the same race. This season Berube said he does not have two-year-old's in training. "I am fortunate to get some good catch-drives," Berube said. "I must thank the owners and trainers that have faith in me to drive their horses. I am kept busy driving at both H3R and at Rideau Carleton Raceway." Berube has a catch-drive in the sixth race Preferred Pace with G A Speed Sammy for trainer Yves Tessier. They take on top local pacers Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 1), Hooter Shooter (post 5) and Matts Tuition (post 4). He will also drive Gucci Eyepatch (race 1), and Heaven For Sure (race 4). As for competing at the races Wednesday without any spectators to cheer the horses and driver on, it was same as usual for Berube. "It is just like racing in qualifiers but with purses," Berube said. "I feel sorry for the owners who like to be at the track and watch their horses' race live from the grandstand. For the driver it's the same job." "We did order customized masks for us to wear during the pandemic," Berube added. "They were made by Manon Lemelin and look very cool." Look for the Blue, Black and White Team B masks this season at H3R as they may be in the winner's circle a lot. For a free Sunday race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club       Steven Wolf Steven Wolf Consulting (954) 654-3757 stevenwolf1956@gmail.com      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club saw sunny skies and perfect temperature for the opening day of the 2020 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday afternoon. There were eight races held without any spectators allowed at the track. Horse people in the race paddock followed all safety protocols as mandated by the Quebec Racing Commission. The seventh race Preferred Pace was the spotlight of the racing card and the overwhelming 2/5 favorite, Sports Authority, did not let his fan down. Driven by Tyler Jones for trainer Cassandra Lecourt, Sports Authority scooted to the early lead with Lookin Ata Winner (Martin Morel) sitting the pocket trip. Bali (Stephane Brosseau) was caught first-over early and had to back off the pace after the opening quarter went in :27.2. Past the half mile in :57.1, Jones was still in control of the race with Sports Authority as G A Speed Sammy and driver Pascal Berube came first-over to challenge and they raced head and head to the three-quarters in 1:25.4. Once on the final turn, Sports Authority put away G A Speed Sammy and tore away from the field, winning in a romp by six and one-half lengths in 1:54.4. G A Speed Sammy held for second with Appleby Hanover (Richard Simard) third. It was the first win in three starts for Sports Authority. The seven-year-old gelded by Sportswriter is owned by the trainer, Cassandra Lecourt of Mirable. He paid $2.90 to win. Track Notes: Both Pascal Berube and Jonathan Lachance had driving doubles on the day. The very first race showed that the H3R oval is in great condition as the pacer Mickeymaksomespeed and driver Dany Mainguy wired the field in 1:57.1. It was the first pari-mutuel start for the three-year-old colt by Mickey Hanover that was bred and is owned by Michel Allard of Saint Espirt. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Steeven Genois, a Quebec native, will be back in action full-time at the Hippodrome 3R starting with opening day on Wednesday. The Quebec Jockey Club is conducting a 40-day race meet that will go until early November of 2020, racing primarily on Fridays (4:00 pm) and Sundays (1:00 pm). The special Wednesday card is also National Quebec Day. The 32-year-old reinsman from Levis, Quebec, Genois had a banner year competing at Saratoga Raceway in upstate New York in 2019. He scored 78 wins in the USA with a personal record of more than $600,000 in purse earnings with the horses he drove. Off to a slow start at Saratoga at the beginning of 2020, Genois made a tough decision to return to Quebec after the start of the pandemic in North America. "I was there (Saratoga) at the start of the season," explained Genois. "but because of the Covid19 I came home to Quebec until the boarder reopens. Now I have changed my mind and intend to stay in Quebec for the summer." Genois will be competing in four of the eight races on opening day at H3R. And yes, race fans, it's Steeve, not Steve. He explained that his mom liked the name but wanted it different for her son. "It is nice to be back home," Genois said. "and to be with my friends. Actually, the two driving colonies, H3R and Saratoga are very similar. Excellent competition at both tracks. If I am asked, I will also go and drive at Rideau Carleton Raceway too. Once the H3R season is over I will most likely go back to Saratoga." Genois first started driving in Quebec back in 2007 and made the choice to drive at Saratoga in 2018. It took him a while to get into the swing of things at that track and by 2019 was a sought-after driver by trainers at the track. Ready to compete on opening day at H3R, Genois noted that it will be different without race fans in the stands. "I am just very happy that racing has returned in Quebec," Genois noted. "It will be different going on the track to drive without any race fans. At H3R the fans are usually right on the fence, watching and cheering, and they usually get a lot of fans to the races. Now it will be very quiet until race fans are allowed to attend again." Trainer Francis Richard, who will be trying for his fourth straight training title at H3R, has five starters going to post on opening day. "I think it will be strange," said Richard about having live racing without any fans watching. "Sort of like the qualifying races we have but for purse money. It will be a little weird I think." The leading driver at H3R, Stephane Gendron, who is also going for his fourth straight driving title, is not competing on opening day and is expected to start defending his driving title on Sunday's race program. There is a Preferred Pace headlining the Wednesday program in the seventh race. Featured is Sports Authority (post 2), who was second last week at Rideau Carleton in the Preferred Pace, missing by a half length for driver Tyler Jones, timed in 1:54. Also in the field are standouts G A Speed Sammy (post 6); Bali (post 3) and Outlaw Turn & Burn (post 7). Post time for the opening day program is 4:00 pm Wednesday. Then H3R races Fridays and Sundays for the rest of the season. For more information, including a free race program for Wednesday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R will conduct its first draw of the 2020 harness racing season on Monday, June 22 for the special opening day program on Wednesday, June 24, which is National Quebec Day. First race post time on opening day is 4:00 pm. The condition sheet can be accessed via www.standarbredcanada.ca. Entries must be made by 11:00 am Monday. With approvals set in place with the Quebec Racing Commission, the Quebec Jockey Club will run a 40-day race meet at H3R. After the special Wednesday program, live racing will take place Sunday's at 1:00 pm and Friday's at 4:00 pm. "It will be tight drawing Monday for Wednesday," said Director of Racing Murielle Thomassin. "But we should be fine as we have eight qualifying races Saturday and already had seven qualifying races this past Wednesday." As per the Quebec-Bred Series at H3R, Thomassin is awaiting final approval from the Quebec Racing Commission of the revised stakes schedule. H3R features stakes series for two, three-year-old and older horses, both on the trot and pace. "At the start of the race season we will limit ourselves to eight races per card," Thomassin explained. "and we will then see how the situation evolves. Housing 64 horses in the paddock with all the required mandatory distance respected, is a logistical problem. "It should also be noted," Thomassin added. "that the collaboration of all the horse people has been very much appreciated to date. Everyone seems to understand that we have to comply with exceptional measures and people willingly submit to them. So much the better. What we do not want is to have to stop the races, failing to comply with the directives of Public Health." Saturday's qualifying races will be featured on Facebook Live on the Hippodrome 3R page starting at 10:00 am. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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