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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The game warhorse Caroluzzo, teamed up with veteran harness racing driver Richard Simard, the Black Cat, to score an upset victory in the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Friday afternoon. The fifth race feature saw Caroluzzo, at odds of 9-1, go right to the lead from the rail for Simard as R Rkadabra (Stephane Gendron) sat the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. With the race favorite, Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) breaking stride and out of the race, Holiday Party (Pascal Berube), came first-over and tried to steal the lead from Caroluzzo and those two began battling it out as they passed the half mile marker in 1:00. Those two continued to duel in the backstretch with the rest of the field trying to catch up. By the three-quarters in 1:29, Caroluzzo held game and forced Holiday Party to drop into second place. On the final turn Caroluzzo and Simard began to pull away from the field to score a three and three-quarter length victory in 2:00.1. The 60-1 long shot, Stonebridge Alert (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Aworthy Bi (Daniel Laflamme) third. It was the second straight win for Caroluzzo, an 11-year-old stallion by Musclesextrodinair, who was bred and is owned by Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne. Caroluzzo paid $20.10 to win. The Sunday Program at H3R features the first two-year-old race of 2020 in Quebec. The second race pace features six starters bred by many great champions including He's Watching, Control The Moment, Shanghai Phil, So Surreal, Western Mustang and Betterthancheddar. The third race Preferred Trot sees the return of Ice O Late off his 2:01 triumph last week. There is also a Mares Preferred Pace for the sixth race and it features return winner Sieras Rose (post 8). Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau led all drivers on the day with three winners. Trainers Francis Richard and Maxime Velaye both had two winners from their stable. Live racing resumes on Sunday. 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 - On a roll Tuesday night at the Hippodrome 3R were both Dance With Joe and Kinnder Jackson, each scoring their third straight wins at the track. In the third race pace, Dance With Joe and driver Richard Simard unleashed a burst of speed from third-over in the backstretch and looped the field by the three-quarters, then cruised home to win by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.2. It was the third straight win for the five-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe. Trained by Christine Davignon and owned by Daniel Dulude of Ste-Martine, Dance With Joe paid $3.10 to win. It was his third win in six starts this year and the fasted mile on the race card. Undefeated Kinnder Jackson with Justin Filion in the sulky, scored his third straight win with an easy wire-to-wire 2:01 triumph by three-quarters of a length. The three-year-old gelding by Allamerican Native is owned, bred and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne and paid $2.40 to win. In the feature race, the 9-1 long shot, Maximus Decimus and driver Stephane Brosseau traded the lead with My Lucky Blue Jeans (Guy Gagnon) and then took control for good by the half mile marker and never let anyone else pass them by. The race favorite, Hooter Shooter (Stephane Gendron) tried going three-wide in the backstretch the final time but could not catch the leaders. Maximus Decimus went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.3. It was the first win this year for the eight-year-old gelding by Rambaran, who is trained and owned by Charles Gaudreault of Mont-Joli and paid $20.00 to win. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The betting fans knew that Dance With Joe would not let them down as the 2/5 favorite in the feature pace at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday and he did a fancy three-wide two-step to get the job done. This was the start of Tuesday night racing at H3R this season. The seventh race feature started off with Hot Rock Star and driver Guy Gagnon taking the quick early lead with Matt's Phil (Pierre Luc Roy) sitting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. By the half mile marker in :57.1, Hot Rock Star was pressured on the outside by El Torero and driver Denis Audet with Fortune Fella (Stephane Brosseau) second over and third over in the field was Simard and Dance With Joe. At the three-quarters, Simard swung Dance With Joe three-wide and and just about cleared the field on the final turn as Fortune Fella was also in hot pursuit. As they started down the stretch, Simard got Dance With Joe to kick in just a little more and they went on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Fortune Fella, an 18-1 long shot, was second with El Torero third at 9-1. It was the second straight win this year for Dance With Joe. The five-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe is trained by Christine Davignon and owned by Daniel Dulude of Ste-Martine. He paid $2.80 to win. The fastest mile on the twi-light evening card was impressively scored by Hooter Shooter and driver Stephane Gendron in the 6th race pace. They were parked out first-over from the half mile pole against pacesetter Code Word (Stephane Brosseau), getting the lead by the three-quarters and pulling away from the field to win in 1:55. Guy Gagnon was the only horsemen on the card to score a double. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R will host its first Tuesday evening card of the season May 29 and popular harness racing drivers Guy Gagnon and Richard Simard will be joining the colony for this evening. First race post time is new for this season at 6:30 pm. Guy Gagnon has drives in seven of the eight races while Richard Simard has three drives. Both drivers have been competing regularly at Rideau Carleton Raceway, where Louis-Phillipe Roy is the leading driver with Gagnon second and both Richard Simard and H3R's own Stephane Brosseau are tied for fourth place. At H3R, Brosseau is having a great start to the race meet with 14 wins in the first five days of the season. His "batting average" or UDRL is a very impressive .530. Brosseau has drives in six of the races Tuesday evening. The main event Tuesday takes place in the seventh race pace where Dance With Joe will take on the red hot Appleby Hanover. Dance With Joe and driver Jocelyn Gendron start from post five and returns from Rideau off a 1:54.4 triumph, his first of the season in four starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe had a perfect trip in that mile for trainer Christine Davignon. He is the 5/2 morning line favorite. Appleby Hanover returns to race on just two days rest. He raced at H3R on Sunday and now starts from post eight on Tuesday night for driver Tyler Jones. The young reinsman has gotten along very well with Appleby Hanover as they are going for their third straight win. Two weeks ago, Appleby Hanover scored in 1:58.1 for Jones, but last week was something special. Sitting a two-hole trip to Sea Donkey, Jones pulled Appleby Hanover first-over in the backstretch the second time, collared the race leader by the three-quarters, cleared to the lead on the final turn and went on to win by a half-length in 1:55.1. It was a lifetime mark for Appleby Hanover, a five-year-old gelding by Well Said. He is trained and owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. For a free race program for Tuesday evening, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS-RIVERES, Quebec - Last Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, Rocky Boy was feeling his oats in scoring a TKO in the Preferred Trot, and now faces some tough invaders this Sunday as he seeks a repeat performance. There are nine starters in the 7th race co-feature. Rocky Boy and driver Marc Belanger starts from post seven. Last week he was pressured to a blazing :27.4 opening quarter on H3R's half mile oval, and then held the field at bay, winning in a romp by six and three-quarter lengths in 1:57. In any other age or gender division at H3R, that would have been a track record mile. The record for older trotting geldings is 1:56, set by both Pablo Angus (2008) and Michelangelo (2014). Invaders to H3R for the top trot that will give Rocky Boy a tussle include Raising Richard in post five for driver Richard Simard. Raising Richard comes into the contest on a three-race winning streak at Rideau Carlton, the fastest a 1:57 triumph. Raising Richard sports four wins this season in just nine starts. Four Starz Speed is the class of the field with career earnings of $805,000. The old man of the field at age 12, Four Starz Speed recently won at Rideau Carlton in 1:58.4 and has three wins already this season. Torches Angel, the lone mare in the field, was second best to Rocky Boy last week, and starts from post six for driver Pierre-Luc Roy while track record holder, Caroluzzo, goes from post four with Stephane Gendron handling the lines. Sunday's Preferred Pace is a wide-open affair with nine starters in the 10th race. Newcomer Ufdragons Rocket ships in from Mohawk Raceway and goes from post five for driver Stephane Gendron. They have been made the 5/2 race favorite. He did not fare well in his two starts in Toronto, but prior at Rideau Carlton, had won four straight races, the fastest in 1:52.1 and sports five wins this season. The race sees the 2016 top three-year-old pacer and Sire Stakes Champion, HP Patriote, return to H3R, starting from post seven for trainer/driver Gerard Demers. Last season the gelded son of Vintage Master, won an impressive 13 starts. He is making just his second start of the season. Another top three-year-old from last season in the Quebec-Bred Series making his debut Sunday in the Preferred Pace is Sports Authority. He starts from post three for trainer Maxime Velaya and driver Pierre-Luc Roy. Velaya feels that this one will be the big star in the stable this year and have kept him eligible for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete on August 20. As well, HP Patriote is also nominated for the Prix D'Ete. Other contenders in the field include Pantheon Seelster (post 8), Bali (post 6) and Onyx (post 1). For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. TRACK NOTES: Driver Stephane Gendron is now 11 wins away from his 4,000th career win and has six drives Sunday. Both Reposession (race 2) and Jamigo (race 7) will seek to remain undefeated at H3R this season, both with two wins already. First race post time is 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - His nickname is 'The Black Cat' and many horse racing fans know him that way or as driver/trainer Richard Simard and he is ready for plenty of action this season as the Hippodrome 3R opens for live harness racing on Sunday. Simard is a household name in Canadian harness racing. The native of Montreal has had a superb career in the industry. Currently he has 5,695 career wins and earnings as a driver with the horses he has driven at just over $29 million. And this season he is planning on being at the Hippodrome 3R every live race day. Simard has been driving mainly at Rideau Carlton and a few winters at Pompano Park, but announced earlier he will be at H3R this year. "It is a beautiful half mile track." Simard says. "It was on the old track in the 80's when I first started my career. I won by first race in 1982." Already there is a demand at H3R for Simard's services as he has drives in eight of the nine races on the opening day program. One of Simard's drives, is with Joel's Legacy from post four in the fourth race. Simard also trains and owns the pacer. Usually a "catch-driver", Simard has been training and owning horses off and on throughout his career. While his driving statistics are very impressive, he has only 77 career wins as a trainer. "I remember once coming to H3R" in my younger days," Simard recalled. "It was with a really bad horse that kicked all the time. I can't remember its name but I knew he was no good. I remember the trainer was Denis Labelle and I trucked him, paddocked him and drove him. I started in first place and finished last, but make it home alive!" Simard laughed. "Later on down the road I did have a lot of success at H3R driving for the Tourigny Stable." Simard said. "I think it will be very good to be back at Trois-Rivieres full time this season. I showed up some days last year, but I think with the support of some owners and trainers I will do well this summer." Simard once said in an interview that his nickname 'The Black Cat' (Le Chat Noir in his birth province in Quebec) dates to when he would volunteer to drive ill-gaited or aggressive horses, and later, for his driving suit colors dominated by black. Over the years, Simard has overcome some serious accidents on the racetrack and even a ruptured appendicitis and always makes a triumphant return to racing again. Perhaps he is very well-suited to the nickname 'The Black Cat.' Trainer Maxime Velaye set for big season Trainer Maxime Velaye was second in the trainer standings last year to Yves Tessier and had won the title the prior year. He has had a good winter and is ready for H3R action all season long with a barn full of possible stakes winners. "I did have a nice winter," Velaye explained, "but now it's better that spring is here and with the racing season starting I'm really excited about it. We will qualify some horses this Wednesday and plan to start racing them the following week. "Our top four-year-old I got big expectations for," Velaye said, is Sports Authority. I think what we saw last year is just the beginning of something "special" and he has been nominated for the Prix D'Ete right here at H3R too." "We will have some very good young horses at H3R this season." Velaye stated. "Our three-year-old's have been in 2:25 and I have three including the star of the barn, Capteur de Rêves, and he is doing really well. "We have six two-year-old's in training," Velaye added, "and they all have gone in 2:45, but if you ask me to pick who's better for now I say the trotting filly Papillon Bleu by Muscle Mass. She's got all the tools to make it and a pacing filly, Lune Bleu, by Big Jim, and she's gutsy and loves her job. We all know this is still very early in the season to know who is gonna be good or not, but time will tell!" "We are staying very calm until they start racing," Velaye said, "and we will we know what stock we got. It should be a great season at H3R!" Racing gets underway Sunday at 12:50 pm first race post time. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. TRACK NOTES: Management at H3R developed a great :30 ad promoting the start of the new race meet that can be viewed by clicking here: https://youtu.be/V_Di63lJcTQ. Last year's leading driver, Louis-Philippe Roy, will not at be at 3R on Sunday, electing to drive at Rideau Carlton. Three of the nine races Sunday have ten starters and four races have nine starters. New this year is Superfecta wagering in every race on the program and the late Daily Double is now taking place in the 6th and 7th races. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Spending time with the Hippodrome 3R's CEO/General Manager, Joe Faucher, you get a good feeling that the 2017 race season at the Hippodrome 3R is going to be very positive. Faucher has strong ambitions and confidence for the only pari-mutuel racetrack in the province of Quebec that gets underway opening day on Sunday afternoon, April 23. Starting with a main goal of increasing pari-mutuel handle by at least 10% over prior year plus the addition of new wagers, are just some of the new features at the track. An increase in purses for the "Open" and "Preferred" races for both trotters and pacers, a new daycare facility for children, a new dining room caterer, the addition of Food Trucks, world class drivers performing and other innovative events are just some of the highlights of the new season at H3R. According to Faucher, each of the forty live race programs scheduled this year will end with a ten-horse field that will include a Pick-5 wager. The racetrack will put $5,000 into the prize pool in the first program on April 23 and the jackpot will be allowed to grow until the last program in May with a mandatory payment. The process will be resumed in June, and again in the last program of each month of racing with a mandatory payment. Speaking with enthusiasm, Faucher is very pleased that many trainers and owners have confirmed in recent weeks the purchase of horses to compete in the enhanced Invitation Trot and Pace that will be presented each week with a purse of $8,000, and the "Preferred" to race for $5,000. By raising the caliber of horses, Faucher hopes for a better show for the race fans. Already the drivers and trainers are getting ready for the start of the season. With last year's top driver, Louis-Philippe Roy, making his mark in Toronto now on the WEG circuit, Roy will return to H3R on major stakes days to drive, but will not be a regular at the track this season. Hoping to fill that gap will be the return of Richard "The Black Cat" Simard, who has an impressive 6,700 career wins and over $29 million in purses won. He will be joined by H3R regulars, Stephane Gendron, Pascal Berube, Mario Charron, Stephane Brosseau, Sylvain LaCaille and veteran reinsman Gaeton Lamy, who has announced this is his last season of racing. Leading trainer Yves Tessier will be returning to defend his title against Maxime Velaye, Jean Tourigny, Daniel Martin, Alain Martin and Dany Fountain. This season the parents of young families will be offered a daycare service during the presentation of the races, with activities generally popular among young children. This innovation at H3R is likely to be highly prized. A new caterer will be in the dining room throughout the season and to liven up one's appetite, there will be a special food themes each month during the race season with appropriate menus, bringing variety and quality to the dining room. In addition, Faucher is proud to announce this week the arrival of two "food trucks" at the racetrack, a first in the city of Trois-Rivières. As announced during this winter, the Hippodrome 3R will present two major driver tournaments this season. The second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament will be on June 4th with participants as prestigious and interesting as in the first edition. The track will be announcing the names of these stars in the coming weeks. And on a special Wednesday night program on August 16th, 3R will host a division of the World Driving Championship. This is the final division before the tournament heads to Prince Edwards Island for the finals. Fans at H3R will get to see New Zealand's defending champion, Dexter Dunn, take on Canada's Brandon Campbell, USA's Marcus Miller plus top drivers from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Joe Faucer is proud to announce that some sixty people, including twenty-five from Australia, are expected in Trois-Rivières for this grand event. Also, that week, on Sunday, August 20, is the fourth addition of the renewal of the Hippodrome 3R's top event, the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers. This year, a record 33 four-year-old pacers made the first nomination payment to be eligible. The second nomination payment is due April 15. The $1,100,000 Quebec Sire Stakes for two, three, four and five-year-old trotters and pacers will take place throughout the summer with the finals for two and three-year-olds, the richest race card of the season (over $500,000), taking place on Sunday, September 3. The regional fair circuit in the province, "an essential element to the development of racing in Quebec," according to the Faucher, will benefit this year from a $50,000 addition to its budget, now inflated to $275,000 for 2017. It is the fair circuit that helps in developing not only young horses for the pari-mutuel ranks, but also young drivers and trainers. When the Hippodrome 3R opens April 23, it will also feature a new post time for the first race on Sunday's at 12:50 pm. When night racing resumes on Tuesday, June 6 with post time at 7:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 18, 2016 - On Sunday the Hippodrome 3R hosts the final preliminary rounds of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers. Post time is 1:30 pm. Once completed, the top eight point earners from the four preliminary rounds will join the trotters on Sunday, June 26 for their $35,000 finals in their respective divisions per sex and gait. The horses are first on the program in race three and featured are three return winners in the field. The race favorite is C L Art Magic from the rail for driver/trainer Yves Filion. This five-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella has but one second place finish in the series, but last week proved his merit as race favorite by wiring the field at Rideau Carlton in his last start in 1:55.2, the last quarter mile in :28. Mach On The Beach from post four was on his best game last week at 3R for driver Pascal Berube, leading from start to finish in 1:55.4 in his first win of the season for trainer Dany Fontaine. And Electric Western returns from a week's rest in post five for driver Richard Simard. He has scored from off the pace in 1:55 and looms as a major threat in the race for trainer Rene Dioni. Perhaps the horse to fear the most in the field is Sugarsam from post two. Although he is a track record holder at 3R at age 2 and won the Quebec-Bred Series final last year, Sugarsam is winless in ten starts this year for trainer Yves Tessier in 2016. Sugarsam has been second and third in his last two starts at 3R and will be driven for the first time by Stephane Brosseau. He is the class of the field with more than $100,000 in career earnings and could be poised to be the upset winner in this very competitive field. The mares are spotlighted in the eighth race where Chaleurs Fantasy and trainer/driver Carl Duguay looks to rebound from their tough loss last week. Chaleurs Fantasy starts from post five and until last week had been perfect in winning the first two preliminary rounds. Then last week she met up with a very determined Miss Bro and those two battled neck and neck to the wire with Miss Bro getting up in the final strides to win by a head in 1:59. Miss Bro goes from post four for driver Pascal Berube. Also in the race is last year's series champion, Voodoo Charm (post 2), Wanda Bayama (post 6) and HP Rubis Joyce (post 1). TRACK NOTES: There are now 20 four-year-old pacers eligible for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, August 21. Heading the list is none other than the 2015 Harness Horse of the Year and the top pacer already in 2016, Wiggle It Jiggleit. Other top contenders include Rockin Ron, Rodeo Romeo, Rockin In Heaven, In the Arsenal and My Hero Ron. The top eight money earners in 2016 that enter the Prix D'Ete will get their noses on the starting gate. For a free race program and live video feed of the Sunday race program at 3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 29, 2016 - It was a day of upsets in both divisions of the second round of the $120,000C Quebec-Bred Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday for four and five-year-old pacers. Astute wagering fans should have seen the writing on the wall after the first two races produced winners who paid $38.60C and $30.40C. In the 6th race first division of the Quebec-Bred Series for older mares it was a repeat of racing style for both Chaleurs Fantasy and Wanda Bayama only the results came out the same. Yves Filion, after getting parked first-over for the mile last week, took no chances and left from post seven, taking the lead away from Kinnder Elegane (Justin Filion) before the opening quarter mile in :28.4. Once in control of the pace, Yves Filion was able to back off Wanda Bayama, who was the overwhelming 1/5 betting favorite, to a :30 quarter as they breezed by the half mile in :58.4 and that was when trainer/driver Carl Duguay started to give chance on the outside with Chaleurs Fantasy. Down the backstretch they came after the race leader, collaring them by the three-quarters in 1:28.4 and then by the top of the stretch Chaleurs Fantasy cleared to the lead and then blew the field away down the stretch, winning with ease by three open lengths in 1:58. Wanda Bayama held for second with Miss Bro (Pascal Berube) third. Unbeaten in two starts this year, Chaleurs Fantasy is a five-year-old mare by Omar Khayam and is owned and was bred by Elevage Baie Des Chaleurs of Port-Daniel, QC and paid $9.90 to win. Two races later it was "The Black Cat", driver Richard Simard, and Ontario invader, Electric Western, who stole the show with an upset victory in the ninth race horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series. It was race favorite Atomic Million AM and driver Sylvain Lacaille who left sharply from post five and led the field with Electric Western sitting right on their back through fractions of :27.3 and :57.2. Then it was Sugarsam, last year 3YO series champion, who was first to show for driver Denis St-Pierre, grinding his way and forcing Atomic Million AM to the three-quarters in 1:26 and nearly grabbing the lead before the final turn. Those two went neck and neck until the stretch drive when Simard took Electric Western to the passing lane and just got up in the final strides to win by a quarter of a length in 1:55. Atomic Million AM held for second with Sugarsam third. It was the first win in eight starts for Electric Western. The five-year-old gelded son of Electric Stena is trained and co-owned by Rene Dion with Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, Ontario. Electric Western paid $18.30C for the win. TRACK NOTES: On Tuesday night at 3R the older trotters will be in action in the second round of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-olds. Post time 7:00 pm. Next Sunday, June 5, 3R will host its first All-Star Drivers Challenge featuring many of the top drivers in the world coming to Trois-Rivieres. Hall of Famer John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gringras, Daniel Dube, Jody Jamieson, Sylvain Filion and 3R leading drivers from 2015, Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron. They will all compete in eight tournament races with $10,000 in prize money. All of the drivers will be at a meeting and greet with race fans starting at 12:30 pm in the clubhouse area. From the Quebec Jockey Club

A large crowd turned out at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 4) evening for Independence Day festivities, and Bourbon Bay bounced back from a defeat two weeks ago to capture the featured $12,000 Open Trot.   The 4-year-old Sand Vic gelding worked clear of March Awareness (Richard Simard) on the first turn, controlling the terms through a :56.3 initial half while under no pressure.   On the backstretch, lessee/driver John Cummings, Jr. asked Bourbon Bay for a bit more trot, and the response was instant.   Bourbon Bay accelerated through a :28.1 third quarter, drawing clear of his foes off the far turn.   He ultimately amassed 2-1/2 lengths of clearance on his rivals, defeating them in 1:54.2   Grey Ice (Corey Braden) made a late push off the pegs to just take second, while March Awareness tired while chasing, checking in third.   Megan Wilson trains Bourbon Bay, who is now an 18-time winner in 37 career races.   Jim Taggart, Jr. led all drivers with three wins on the nine-race card, earning his second hat trick in as many nights.   He was victorious aboard You the One ($21.80, 1:58), Sweet Kix ($56.00, 1:57.4), and Six Bax ($3.50, 1:55.1).   Live racing returns to Tioga on Sunday (July 5) afternoon, with the first of 11 races slated for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

D G’s Woodstock for the past two weeks has been the fastest pacer at the Hippodrome 3R and this Sunday he just missed tying the track record for older pacers by three-fifths of second. Sent off as the 1/5 betting favorite, driver Denis St Pierre sent the seven-year-old gelded son of Yankee Cam right after the early lead from post seven. But Shanghai B G (Marie Claude Auger) ended up stinging him to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.1 and then D G’s Woodstock took over command and led the field to the half mile marker in :57 and with the exception of Shanghai B G, who was on his back, left the rest of the field in their wake. Past the three-quarters in 1:25.1, it was a two horse race but down the stretch D G’s Woodstock pulled away from Shanghai B G to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:53.4. Shanghai B G was second with Who Dey (Richard Simard) in third but back nearly ten lengths from the winner. His time was just three-fifths of a second from Duc Dorleans track record of 1:53.1 set on May 4th this year. Trained by Guylaine Fortin for owner/breeder Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin, QC, it was the second straight win and third victory on the year for D G’s Woodstock, who paid $2.60 to win. The two-year-old trotting colt, Willam Star, is now unbeaten in two starts for trainer/driver Jean Francois Magure. Competing Sunday in the third race, the son of Windsong Espoir was able to take the early lead away from D’Espoir (Denis St Pierre) before the opening quarter mile and then led the rest of the race, winning with ease by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:05.4. Co-owned by Magure with Yves Ringuet and David Lapierre of Quebec, William Star paid a generous $4.30 to win as the betting favorite. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Pompano Beach, FL...May 10, 2014...Flight Exec and Keystone Wallace proved to be the stars at Pompano Park on Saturday night as the former won the $10,000 Open Pace and the latter took top honors in the $8,500 final of the Isle-Pompano Park Late Closer for three and four year old trotters. Flight Exec was handled by Kevin Wallis and this altered son of Western Ideal carved all the panels--:27, :55 and 1:23--en route to a two length victory over the late charging Cartoonist (Dave Ingraham) in 1:51.3. Neptune Blue Chip (Bruce Ranger), in the garden spot all the way around, finished third with Avantage fourth and Rick's Sign completing the quintet across the line. After the event, driver Kevin Wallis said, "I raced him off the pace last week against Panocchio but he really seems to like the front end of things so I sent him tonight and he felt strong the entire route. The half was a bit faster that I would have liked but Andy's (Santeramo) horse (Rick's Sign) seems to be able to go a long way uncovered so I thought I should keep on going. When we got to the three-quarters, I was concerned about Bruce's horse (Neptune Blue Chip) because he had a perfect trip and Dave's (Cartoonist) because he can get home pretty quickly. All in all, it worked out great for us." For Flight Exec, owned and trained by Linda Wallis, the win was worth $5,000 to send his lifetime bounty to $137,395. The fans that plunked $2 on Flight Exec's nose received $6.00 as the second choice on the tote-board. In the $8,500 final of Isle-Pompano Park Late Closer contested for three and four year-old trotters (NW2), Keystone Wallace, off at 6 to 1 and superbly handled by Mickey McNichol, eked out a photo finish win over the 1 to 2 favorite Dominum Deo, driven by Bruce Ranger, in a lifetime best performance timed in 1:58. Megamass, the longest proposition on the board at 12 to 1, finished third after cutting panels of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:28 for Dave Ingraham while Total Freedom finished fourth. I'm A Pop Star picked up the nickel in the sextet. McNichol sent Keystone Wallace right to the front when the gate opened, only to yield a few strides later to Megamass with I'm A Pop Star hustling up into the fray for Richard Simard followed by Dominum Deo. On the backside, I'm A Pop Star was the first to pull as the pace quickened during that third quarter and Dominum Deo picked up "Pop Star's" cover but was forced into a double bubble move around the final turn as his "live" cover stalled. Turning for home, Keystone Wallace left the coziness of the pocket, put away Megamass in short order but had to dig in late to hold off the surging Dominum Deo. The winning margin was officially a "neck." In a post race interview, driver Mickey McNichol said, "I figured that the two of us (Keystone Wallace and Megamass) would be leaving as we sat one-two last week. All I wanted to do was be close enough to get a decent check as Bruce's horse (Dominum Deo) was really the one to beat. Turning for home, I was confident we would be at least second and 'hoping' that we could stall off Bruce. His horse had the tougher trip...but that's racing luck and it just happened to be on our side tonight." Owned and trained by Doug Miller, Keystone Wallace won for the third time during his career and this payday--his second largest--sent his lifetime bounty to $23,260. As third choice in the wagering, Keystone Wallace paid $14.60 to win. by John Berry, for Isle Pompano Park

Canadian horseman Richard Simard has won almost 5,500 races and $30.1 million in purses, but he would trade everything he has achieved in harness racing to ensure his father beats both cancer and Parkinson's disease.

The always fertile and frequently zany minds of Racebook Manager David Crupi and Trackside Host Gigi Diaz have joined forces again to bring comedic emphasis to the fact that Pompano's harness racing schedule is dropping Tuesdays for the months of April and May.

With the Sunshine Pro-Am Challenge a week away, the two-night harness racing series has been enhanced for harness racing fans on two fronts. First, Pompano Park has announced that both Monday and Tuesday night (March 12 and 13) a randomly drawn 'Legends' race will be carded.

A few days after marking the occasion of his 50th birthday late last November, harness racing driver David Ingraham renewed acquaintances with trotter Jaavos Boy in Florida.

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