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Trois-Rivieries, QC - Having had to take nearly two years off from the races due to injuries, has not slowed Histoire Enchantee at all as the five-year-old harness racing pacer headlines the Preferred Pace at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. The gelded son of Shanghai Phil at age three was a terror on the racetrack, having won nearly $100,000 in purses with a record of 1:50.1. Histoire Enchantee is still owned by his breeder, Guy Gorbeil of Mirabel and he is trained by Maxime Velaye. "Histoire Enchantee was injured with the results of a severe suspensory," explained Velaye. "To make matters worse, it was not even a race injury. He had to be stopped training and immobilized in his stall for about ten months. This is the kind of injury that heals slowly over time. "After his successful season in 2017 at age 3, we stopped with him as usual," continued Velaye. "then we started again in the winter of 2017-2018 to be ready for the Quebec-Bred Series at age four. It was during this period that he was injured. Since his remarkable comeback this year, Histoire Enchantee sports three wins in six starts with two second place finishes. His currently record mile this season is 1:56.4, but he seems to get a little faster with every start. On Sunday, Histoire Enchantee starts from the far outside in post eight for driver Stephane Gendron, who has driven him in all of his starts this year. He is listed as the morning line favorite and rightly so, having won three of his last four starts and was second last week, timed in 1:55.1. Histoire Enchantee shows early gate speed that should help him overcome his outside post position against a stellar field of competition. Rivals in the eighth race feature include Appleby Hanover (post one), who has won three of his last four starts; Kinnder Jackson (post two), Surf Report (post three) and Hooter Shooter (post 7). Post time Sunday at H3R is 1:00 pm. For additional information, a free race program, or to views the races live via the internet, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

As the summer starts begins to wind down, Hudson Phil (Shanghai Phil) has emerged as the clear-cut front-runner for Horse of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jackie Greene-trained pacer has been the track's superstar in 2019 and on Saturday night, the four year old won the Open Pace for the eighth time this season. Jay Randall has been the regular driver for Hudson Phil in his local starts this year and the veteran reinsman wasted no time powering the standout pacer out to the early lead in Saturday's $15,000 Open. Hudson Phil sizzled through a first quarter of 26.2 before clicking off a half in 55.2 but didn't face his first challenge until checking in at three quarters in 1:23.3 when Major Crocker A (Billy Dobson) drew alongside to confront the big favorite. Hudson Phil rebuffed him around the final turn but Major Crocker A had one surge left in him and closed again in the stretch before coming up second-best in the 1:51.1 mile. Lockton Luck A (Mark Beckwith) finished third to extend his "on the board" streak to six. Hudson Phil's ten wins have led to over $100,000 in earnings in his monster 2019 campaign. Live racing resumes on Tuesday evening at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Batavia, NY --- Saratoga Raceway regular Hudson Phil traveled four hours west on the 90 for his first-ever harness racing start at Batavia Downs and the trip was worth his while. He won the $12,500 Open Handicap pace in gate to wire fashion at the Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 3). Hudson Phil (Jim Morrill Jr.) flew off the wings and took command with Lucan Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) drafting close behind. After going to the quarter in :27.2, Morrill grabbed leather and backed the second panel off to a meager :29 as the rest of the field finally caught up. As they started on the second circuit Upfront Countryboy (Drew Monti) pulled first up on the outside to pass the gapped Adonis Bay (John Cummings Jr.) and then dropped back into third to save ground. The race moved into the last turn and Monti pulled Upfront Countryboy out again and aggressively started driving him as they headed into the stretch. Hudson Phil was still in command but Upfront Countryboy was closing with every step. Lucan Hanover, who had been following the leader the entire mile, was now full of pace but had nowhere to go and was locked on the pylons. Hudson Phil stayed strong on the point and held off all challenges to win by a neck in 1:53.3. Hudson Phil ($2.30) has now earned $86,832 for owner Kellogg Racing Stables on the strength of his eight 2019 wins. Jackie Greene trains the 4-year-old son of Shanghai Phil-Hazel. The $11,000 Open II was a very entertaining race. Cultural Paradise (Kyle Cummings) was cruising along smartly on the lead at the half in a moderate split of :56.1, before taking the race to the head of the stretch looking like a winner. But Iammbrightside N (Dave McNeight Jr.), who had been drafting on the outside for a half-mile, pulled three-wide at the three-quarters and was under a full head of steam. Cultural Paradise and Iammbrightside N battled side by side all the way to the wire where Iammbrightside N got the advantage by a neck in 1:53.3. It was the 33rd lifetime win for Iammbrightside N ($12.20) who is owned by Mirussa Russo and trained by Dave Russo. Several horsemen had multiple winners on Saturday night. Jim Morrill Jr., Dave McNeight III and Billy Davis Jr. all had three winners on the evening while trainer Dave Russo also sent two horses to the Purple Haze winner's circle. The New York Sire Stakes glamour division; the 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings will invade Batavia Downs on Sunday when live racing resumes to vie for $117,400 in total purses. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Trois-Rivieres - With sunny skies and warm temperatures, the conditions were perfect for a harness racing track record to be set at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and Hudson Phil made it happen. In the opening round first division of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts, Hudson Phil put on a show of speed with a four-length romp in 1:53.2 for driver Stephane Brosseau. The third race got underway with Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) and Play Jet Hay (Guy Gagnon) battling for the early lead. Filion was able to clear to the front with Kinnder Jackson and then Gagnon came right back to take control with Play Jet Hay in :26.4 for the opening quarter mile. Then it was Hudson Phil's turn to speed things up. As they came off the second turn, Play Jet Hay bared out and made a slight break in stride and allowed just enough room for Brosseau to squeeze between the two horses and take the lead to the half mile marker in :55.2. With Kinnder Jackson in second place, Gagnon continued on the outside with Play Jet Bay and pressed Hudson Phil to the three-quarters in 1:23.4. Then by the stretch drive, Play Jet Bay had enough and began to fade as Hudson Phil went on to win by three and one-half lengths. Play Jet Bay held for second with The prior record for a three-year-old colt was 1:54.1, set by Eveil Dun Champion in 2014. The gelding record was not broken as that is still held by Duc D'Orleans at 1:52.4 in 2013. This was the first track record to be broken this season at H3R. A son of Shanghai Phil, Hudson Phil is trained by Mark Steacy and was bred and is owned by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson. Hudson Phil paid $2.70 to win. He was a winner of $171,000 last year and this was his second win in eight starts this year. The 1:53.2 clocking was the fastest mile this year at H3R. The ninth race second division of the Breeders Cup Series for colts saw last year's champion, Stock, wire the field with ease for driver Stephane Brosseau. Stock went right to the lead from post five and held the field at bay through the opening quarter mile in :27.4 and to the half mile in :57. Then in the backstretch, Brosseau asked Stock for a little more and the son of Sportswriter pulled away to a ten-length lead after the three-quarters in 1:25.2 and then went on to win in a huge romp by 15 and three-quarters lengths in 1:54.2. Big Mach (Guy Gagnon), who made a break at the start, then rebounded, came first-over in vain but held for second place with Challenge Magic (Jocelyn Gendron) third. It was the second win in nine starts this year for Stock. He is trained by Dany Fountaine and was bred by Sotirios Anastaspoulo of Sainte-Therese and co-owned with Ecurie Gaetan Bono of Montreal. He paid just $2.10 to win. The first division of the Breeders Cup for fillies was the fifth race that started off with Lune Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) parking out Butterfly GB (Guy Gagnon) until nearly the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Then Butterfly BG led the field past the half mile in :57.4 as D Gs Shadowsbell and driver Jonathan Lachance came after them first-over and the two horses sped to the three-quarters in 1:26.4. D Gs Shadowsbell could not give up and pressed Butterfly BG on the outside until they started down the stretch. It was then that Butterfly BG proved to be the stronger filly, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.2. Lune Bleu was third. It was a lifetime mark for Butterfly BG and the daughter of Sportswriter's second win in nine starts for Gagnon, who also trains the filly. She was bred and is owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy and paid $2.50 to win as the wagering favorite. In the second division, eighth race for the fillies it was all Katniss S BG and driver Pascal Berube. They led from start to finish, had Lit De Rose (Pierre Luc Roy) come first-over and challenge but never was able to collar the leader. Katniss S BG won by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:57 with Miss Rockadale (Guy Gagnon) second with Lit De Rose third. It was the second win in eight starts this year for Katniss S BG. She is sired by Mach Three, trained by Richard Moreau and was bred and is co-owned by Sylvain Descheneaux and Gaston Bibeau or Sorel-Tracy. Katniss S BG paid just $2.30 to win. Pascal Berube led all drivers with a triple on the afternoon and Dany Fontaine sent two winners out from his stable. Track Notes: The opening round of the Breeders Cup for three-year-old trotters kicks off Tuesday evening. There is a full field of ten colts that will battle it out in the fifth race, while only three fillies entered the first race and will compete in a non-wagering race between the 4th and 5th races on the program. First post is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club        

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Rebel Voyager and driver Stephane Gendron, who had yet to race against the favorite, Wildriverbumblebee, led from start to finish, and took the sting out of unbeaten Wildriverbumblebee at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The eighth race was one of two divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. After today's race, the top eight point earners throughout the series return to H3R Sunday, September 8 for their C$65,000 finals. The colt division saw Rebel Voyager, a 12-1 long shot and Gendron fly out to the early lead, by five open lengths at the first quarter in :27.3. Majo Lou Beka (Mario Lachance) was a distance second place. Still leading by three lengths at the half mile in :57.1 was when driver Stephane Brosseau came first-over with Wildriverbumblebee to take on Rebel Voyager. Unlike last week, Wildriverbumblebee was unable to collar Rebel Voyager as passed the three-quarters in 1:26.1. On the final turn, Wildriverbumblebee has had enough and began to fade, eventually finishing in sixth place. Rebel Voyager was still well in-hand for Gendron and went on to win with ease by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.3. C L Sportaction (Jonathan Lachance) was second with Noplay (Melanie Plourde) finishing third. It was the ten victory in 20 starts this year for Rebel Voyager and the time tied his lifetime mark set at Woodbine earlier this year. The chestnut gelding by Shanghai Phil, who is trained by Francis Richard and was bred and is owned by the ICR Racing Stable of Pefferlaw. In the third race filly division of the Breeders Cup Series, YS Tallia was sent off as the overwhelming 1/9 betting favorite and gave her backers at the betting window quite a scare until the final strides to the wire. The race start saw Chaleurs Melodie (Carl Duguay) leave from post six with 20-1 Kinnderuntouchable (Justin Filion) also leaving from post seven and those two went head to head for the early with Chaleurs Melodie breaking stride. Filion then has control of the race after a :28.3 opening quarter mile and then led the field to the half mile marker in :59.1 and that is when YS Tallia with Gaetan Lamy in the sulky, coming first-over against Kinnderuntouchable. They raced neck and neck past the three-quarters in 1:29.2 with Kinnderuntouchable holding off YS Tallia around the final turn. As the two started down the stretch, YS Tallia began to bear out and Kinnderuntouchable tried to dig in but could not as YS Tallia was able to win by a half-length in 1:59.1. Sophies Cam (Pierre-Luc Roy) was third. Duguay filed an objection again Filion for interference on the first turn but it was disallowed by the judges. It was the third victory this year for YS Tallia, a daughter of Western Idea, who is trained by Michel Allard for owner/breeder Yves Sarrazin of Le Presentation. She paid just $2.10 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron had the hot hands among the drivers at H3R Sunday with a driving triple. It was the third time this year that Gendron posted a driving triple. In the 9th race, driver Simon Delisle pulled off the biggest upset of the year, winning with Calgary Seelster at odds of 41-1, paying $84.80 to win. It was the fastest win on the card Sunday, 1:54.4, and the sixth win of the year for Calgary Seelster. Live racing resumes at H3R on Tuesday evening with the third and final round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. There are three division but due to short fields they will be non-wagering races held after the 2nd, 4th and 6th races on the betting card. First post is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Duc Dorleans, smartly handled by Wally Hennessey, won Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace on Sunday night (December 4), stopping the timer in a season's best 1:50.1. (He also had a 1:50.1 win over the larger Mohawk seven-eighths oval.) The six year-old son of Shanghai Phil scored by 1 1/4 lengths over the late charging Sing For Me George (Kevin Wallis) with Rockntouch (Mickey McNichol) third, 2 1/4 lengths away. Abreathofreshart was fourth while Pop Cop, prominent much of the way, earned the minor award in the septet. At the outset, Pop Cop, leaving from the rail, and Here Come William, post five, got into a very heated war ear;y with Pop Cop refusing to yield through an opener in :25.4. At this stage, Duc Dorleans (post six) was also on the prowl as the Hummer Starting Gate sped away but smartly took a seat in third, three lengths off the sizzling pace. With a half in :53.4, positions remained unchanged but, on the backside, Hennessey sent Duc Dorleans sprinting forward and to a short lead around the final turn and past the third station in 1:21.3. In the lane, Duc Dorleans edged past the stubborn Pop Cop, drew clear at mid-stretch and then held off the five wide surge of Sing For Me George, who was dead last turning for home. In the winner's circle, Hennessey said, "being outside of those two that were in a dig-fight early was a blessing because they opened up some daylight, allowing me to tuck in third. "Yes, he does like the front end, but I wasn't about to get into a war that I wasn't going to be able to win. When I asked him on the backstretch, he responded like the good horse he is. It was a good team effort this time around." Trained by Jacques Dupont for Gestion Levesque 2005, Inc. and Les Ecuries Dorleans, Duc Dorleans now boasts $616,270 in career earnings--$66,168 this year. As the even money proposition on the tote-board, Duc Dorleans returned a mutuel of $4.00. In the $10,000 Open 2 Pace, Whogoesfirst, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, survived some early sizzling fraction on the front end--:26.1, :54.2 and 1:23--to take top honors in 1:51.2, holding off the late surge along the pylons by Legal Spike (Ricky Macomber, Jr.) to hit the line a half-length to the good. No Bad Dreams (Dave Ingraham) used a menacing brush on the backside during the third quarter--moving from seventh to second--to finish third, a length away. Major Deagan, far back early, paced the fastest final panel of all--:27.2--to finish a fast closing fourth while Winyard Hanover, prominent most of the way, picked up the nickel in the field of nine. In a post-race interview, Hennessey said, "I really didn't want to go :54 and a piece to the half...but the horse sure did. Then I thought that he might not have that much left in the tank late, so this was a surprisingly good mile." Whogoesfirst, an eight year-old gelded son of Cambest, won for the third time this year and 27th time career-wise to send his lifetime bounty to $446,478--$56,458 this year. The winner, owned by the S&P Racing Stable along with trainer Luanne Case, was second choice on the tote-board and returned $9.20 to win. In the $8,500 Condition/Claiming ($20,000) pace, Blue Hour Power, driven by Ricky Macomber, survived a rugged beginning before taking command after a :27.2 opener, and posted subsequent panels of :55.4 and 1:23.4 before sealing the issue with a :27.2 sprint home to score in 1:51.1. Trained by Jamie Macomber for Wilber Eash, Blue Hour Power, a five year-old son of Sand Shooter, pinned a 3½ length defeat on Respectable Dream (John Mac Donald) with The Best of Joel (Kevin Wallis) a ground saving third, 5¼ lengths away. Grande Seelster, prominent early while looping the field for the early lead form post nine, was fourth while Owosso Flash finished fifth in the field of nine. Blue Hour Power won for the 10th time this semester, pushing his seasonal bounty to $94,980 and $606,111 lifetime. Off as the 2 to 5 favorite on a drop down in class, Blue Hour Power paid $2.80 to win. In the better for the bettor department, one fortunate player cashed in on a 20 cent Pentafecta ticket worth $6,303.92 when amateur driver Billy Muggleston steered B Cor Thomas ($18.80) to upset victory in the second of two events for the Florida Amateur Driving Club. The nine year-old altered son of Mutineer scored in a lifetime best 1:56.2 for his fourth win of the year. Rush N Supreme (Mitchell Walker), off at 5 to 1, finished second, favored Czech It Out (Fred Cohen) 3 to 2 on the tote-board, was third and JLs Too Hot Taj, 64 to 1, was fourth and Holiday Spirit, 19 to 1, completed the Pentafecta bonanza order of finish. The winner is owned and trained by Fannie Saul-Beaulieu and the win pushed his seasonal bounty to $23,219, his best season ever. The other amateur event went to Total Freedom with Dein Spriggs in the bike. This six year-old daughter of Crazed, owned and trained by Leopold Sawyers, used a :28.2 kick home to get by a stubborn Global Power (Mitchell Walker) by three-parts-of-a-length in 2:00 for her fourth win of the year. New Scent (Dennis Whittemore) overcame the outside nine post to finish third while Blueridge Empire and Act Of Valor picked up the final two awards. Pompano Park's leading driver, Wally Hennessey, had another huge night, scoring five wins on the 10 race program. Racing continues of Monday night with post time set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Both track record holders from last week, Makasi and Yaris Bayama, were able to repeat with victories in their respective divisions of the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. It was the fourth and final week of competition in the series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Now the top eight point earnings from the four legs will return on Sunday, September 4 for their respective $55,000 finals. Also that day will be the $65,000 finals for the three-year-old trotters and pacers. Next Sunday will be the richest day of the year at 3R with more than $500,000 in total purses for their Super Sunday Finales Day with eight stakes races on the program. Makasi stole the show last week at 3R with his 1:55.2 triumph in the colt division of the Future Stars Series. That mile as the fastest ever in the history of the Hippodrome 3R for a two-year-old. He did not have to go as fast this Sunday, but still was very impressive. Leaving from post five in the eighth race colt division, driver Stephane Brosseau, handling the homebred son of Shanghai Phil for the first time, had little trouble getting the early lead and going to the opening quarter mile in :28. They led to the half mile in :57.4 with C L Sportsaction (Jonathan Lachance) sitting in second place and Mach Déjà vu (Pascal Berube) stuck first-over from the start of the race and Yogi Bayama (Yves Filion) second-over. Then in the backstretch, the action heated up as driver Gaetan Lamy took Histoire Enchantee three-wide in the bold move and was able to clear into first-over against Makasi at the three-quarters in 1:27.1. That move woke up Brosseau, who just lifted the lines on Makasi, who started to scoot away from the field and held them at bay down the stretch, easing up at the wire to win by a half length in 1:56.3. The 45-1 long shot, Majo Lou Beka (Mario Lachance) was able to close well for second place with Wildriverbumblebee (Louis-Philippe Roy) third. It was the second straight win in just four lifetime starts for Makasi. He was bred and is owned by Tony Infilise's Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC and paid $2.80 to win. Yaris Bayama, who last week set the track record for two-year-old pacing fillies, nearly rewrote her own record in the sixth race, the second division of the Future Stars Series for fillies. Facing only three rivals after two late scratches in the race, Filion sent the daughter of Sportswriter right to the front. She then cut fractions of :29.1 and :59 to the half before she received a first-over challenge from Queen Elsa (Steeve Genois) with D G's Elsa (Jonathan Lachance) sitting comfortably in second place behind Yaris Bayama. Past the three-quarters in 1:28.4, Yaris Bayama looked very comfortable as Queen Elsa was unable to gain any ground on the race leader. But as they came down the stretch, it became a horse race as Lachance urged D G's Elsa to the passing lane and was gaining ground on Yaris Bayama. But the effort was not good enough, as Yaris Bayama kicked in a :28.1 last quarter mile to win by a half-length in 1:57. Queen Elsa was third. That time was just one-fifth of a second from Yaris Bayama's track record mile last week. It was the third straight win and fourth victory in six starts for Yaris Bayama. The Bayama Farms homebred filly paid just $2.20 to win as the overwhelming 1/9 race favorite. In the fourth race, first division of the Future Stars Series for fillies, HP Celina Shadow and driver Louis-Philippe Roy was able to sit a pocket-seat behind pacesetter Vee Breeze (Gastan Lamy) as race favorite, Chaleurs Melodie (Carl Duguay) made a costly and uncharacteristic break going for the lead on the first turn. Sitting patiently in second place after the opening quarter and then to the half mile, Roy then made his move with HP Celina Shadow at the three-quarter mile marker. They raced as a tandem against Vee Breeze and Lamy around the the final turn. As they stared down the stretch, HP Celina Shadow started to pull away, winning by three and three-quarter lengths in 2:01.3. Vee Breeze was second with Loulou P V (Yves St Jacques) third. It was the pari-mutuel maiden victory for HP Celina Shadow. The daughter of Shadow Play is trained by Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel of Ayers'S Cliff, QC who co-owns the filly with Michel Damphousse. She paid $5.90 to win. TRACK NOTES: Louis-Philippe Roy, the leading driver at 3R this season, increased his lead towards the dash winning title with a driving quadruple Sunday. He now leads all drivers with 51 wins, 25 more than his nearest rival, Pascal Berube at 26 wins. Roy's most impressive win on the day was in the 10th and final race on the card, a 1:54 lifetime mark with Terror Suspect. Tuesday will be the final night racing card of the season at 3R. First race post time is 7:00 pm for the ten race program. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 27, 2016 - Until last week, most racing fans in Quebec never heard of a two-year-old pacing colt by the name of Makasi. Now he's the talk of the province and rightly so. After becoming the fastest two-year-old pacing colt in the history of the Hippodrome 3R, Makasi returns to 3R Sunday to compete in the fourth and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series. Once Sunday's final round is complete, the top eight point earners in the series will return on Sunday, September 4 in the $55,000 finals for each division by gait and gender. Also that day will be the four $65,000 finals of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers and trotters. Makasi, who was winless in the first two starts of his young career, really wowed them at 3R last Sunday. Trained by Helene Fillion for owner/breeder Tony Infilise of Hudson Standardbred Stable, Inc. of Hudson, QC, Makasi was being driven by none other than Yannick Gingras, who was at 3R for the Prix D'Ete Day. Gingras sent the son of Shanghai Phil after the early lead, clearing to the front at the opening quarter mile and then they never looked back, opening up by the top of the stretch and with a :28.2 final quarter mile, winning in a romp by seven open lengths in 1:55.2. That clocking was a full second off of the previous track record. Infilise, no stranger in harness racing as the owner of top pacers including the great three-year-old, Sunshine Beach and Makasi's sire, Shanghai Phil, may have another champion in Makasi. "I purchased her dam, Hazel (by The Panderosa) for $25,000 in Lexington," Infilise, the former president of the Quebec Jockey Club said. "She raced in the Grand Circuit at age 2 in the She's A Great Lady, Champlain Stake, Robert Stewart, Bluegrass, getting checks but no wins other than some Quebec stakes. She did make over $100,000 with a record of 1:53.1. "Hazel has thrown some very talented foals," Infilise added, "but some had either bad luck or specific issues, but they did have speed and were great gaited. I thought that Shanghai Phil crossed well with Western Hanover line mares so I bred her back and got Makasi. "Mark Steacy trained him down early," Infilise explained, "and he looked decent, but it was only when he qualified that we saw something special in the way he just wanted to go and he came home in that race in :26.2 without any urging in his first and only qualifier. "I expected him (Makasi) to do well (at 3R) based on what he showed in his two Gold Cup appearances at Mohawk," Infilise said, "but didn't expect a track record last Sunday, but nevertheless I was very proud as the breeder and owner. And where did the name Makasi come from? "I actually named him after a sailboat belonging to a good friend," Infilise said. "It is Swahili meaning tough, hard, strong, resilient." Now Makasi will be put to the test in the eighth race Sunday against nine rivals and starts from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau, who has never driven the colt before. His competition will hope to keep up this time as Wildriverbumblebee (post eight) put in a valiant effort last week for driver Louis-Philippe Roy, coming first-over and gaining within a half-length on the leader at the three-quarters before fading. Other hopefuls in the race are Yogi Bayama (post eight), who won last week at 3R in 1:59.1, C L Sportsaction (post 3) and Mach Déjà vu (post six). "I would prefer him to race from off the pace this week," Infilise explained, "as he is still very green and we don't want to instill bad habits. The field is both larger and tougher but that shouldn't be a problem for driver Stéphane Brosseau. Our objective is to give him a chance to win and qualify for the final on September 4th. I'm very pleased to have bred and own him. He looks like his sire and is about the same size as Shanghai Phil at age two." The pacing fillies do battle in two divisions Sunday. The fourth race first division is headed by Chaleurs Melodie from post six for trainer Carl Duguay and driver Daniel Dube. The Omar Khayam daughter posted her maiden victory last week at 3R in capturing her division of the Future Stars Series, wiring the field in 2:00. She takes on Vee Breeze (post five), Shanghai Lady (post four) and HP Celina Shadow (post seven). The sixth race second division features the second track record holder this season in Yaris Bayama from post two for trainer/driver Yves Filion. This daughter of Sportswriter has been sensational this season with three wins in just five lifetime starts for the Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, who bred and own her. Not only did Yaris Bayama take the lead after the opening quarter mile and wiring the field, she won with ease by two and one-half lengths in 1:56.4, making her the fastest two-year-old pacing filly in 3R history. Prior to that she won a $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best 1:52.4, that combined with last week's track record mile, makes her the overwhelming favorite on Sunday. Her rivals include Queen Elsa (post five), who was second last week to Yaris Bayama for owner and breeder Daniel Dube and Kinnderuntouchable (post one), who was third in that race. Post time is 1:30 pm Sunday. For a free race program and live video feed of the race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

WILKES-BARRE PA - Phil Your Boots ($10.40) overcame a first-over journey to prove most photogenic in a four-way picture deciding the harness racing $18,000 pacing feature Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:50.1.   A six-year-old gelded son of Shanghai Phil, Phil Your Boots actually left well but yielded the early lead, watching three horses go by him in the first 3/8: first Soto before the 25.4 quarter, then Bushwacker, then quarter-moving favorite Southwind Amazon, who put up middle splits of 54.2 and 1:21.4. Driver Anthony Napolitano then had the unenviable task of going uncovered against his brother George, driving Southwind Amazon, but he and "Phil" wore down the leader past midstretch, then held off a deep Pocono Pike rally by Soto to win by a head, with Southwind Amazon another head behind those two and Bushwacker fourth, only a half-length behind the winner.   Trained by Andrew Harris, Phil Your Boots was purchased by current owner Louis Frascella nearing the end of winter 2015, and when the horse took a three-month hiatus before a summertime campaign last year, his lifetime record would not rate the word "distinguished": seven wins in 65 starts, earnings of $48,877, and a mark of 1:55.1.   But Phil Your Boots is the kind of horse that keep owners dreaming about "the good horse just around the corner": returning in mid-2015 as an $8000 claimer, Phil Your Boots had worked his way up to the Open ranks and taken a mark of 1:49.1 at Dover before year's end, and in total during the last 14 months the pacer's scorecard shows 18 wins in 47 starts and earnings of $195,349.   The victory was the third on the night for driver Anthony Napolitano, of course well-known to Pocono fans, but another driver, now coming to Pocono on Saturdays and quickly making a big impression, is Pat Berry, who also had three wins on the card, two of them paying over $40: P L Haymaker at $48.80 for trainer Ron Burke (Pocono's leading trainer of longshot winners with three $50+ horses at the meet) and Rainbow Romance N at $41.40 for trainer Scott DiDomenico. Berry is tied for the lead in the driving longshot category 100 miles down the PA Turnpike at Harrah's Philly, with three of his four "bombers" constituting half the track's most recent output, and Pat and DiDomenico combined at Philly on May 8 with Twin B Famous, with that $136.20 win mutuel the second-highest of the year at the Harrah's oval.   FINISHING LINES   Pocono Director of Racing Rick Kane reminds all horsemen that on August 20, $2.5M Super Stakes Saturday at Pocono, there are three $50,000 Invitational races also scheduled - for open pacers, open trotters, and filly and mare pacers - and anyone interested in participating in these contests should call him as soon as possible at 570 831 2126.   PHHA / Pocono  

JULY 17, 2016 - When Shanghai Sugar won her Grassroots division at Clinton Raceway on Sunday, Travis Henry and his partners experienced a moment of déjà vu. Last season Henry, Craig Wood and Glen Wark watched their two-year-old pacing filly Tempus Seelster win her July 19 Grassroots division at Georgian Downs and then go on to win her Battle of the Belles elimination at Grand River Raceway one week later. Shanghai Sugar's schedule is the same, and her connections are hoping she can match her stablemate's success. "It's exciting because last year we had kind of the same thing. We bought Tempus Seelster for $10,000 out of the London Sale and she took us on a bit of a ride, she won her Battle of the Belles elim and then she was sick in the Final actually," explained Henry. "So my partner Craig Wood said 'Battle of the Belles take two, I guess.' Hopefully we can get a better result." So far, Shanghai Sugar has followed the same path as Tempus Seelster. Acquired for just $9,000 from the Canadian Open Yearling Sale last fall, the daughter of Shanghai Phil and $563,299 winner Fast Lane Cruizin was Henry's best youngster all winter. "I started with three, and she was the best one out of them all," said the Brantford resident, who conditions the filly for Craig Wood of Waterdown, Glen Wark of St. Catharines and his mother Linda Henry of Brantford, ON. "She just was like an old racehorse the whole time. She loves her work and she has a really great attitude about everything she does." Henry and Shanghai Sugar lined up at Post 5 in the first of three $18,000 Grassroots divisions at Clinton Raceway on Sunday and were sitting fourth when Lady Sherri reached the quarter pole in :30.4. With the favourites stacked up behind him, Henry opted to send Shanghai Sugar up the outside and the filly was sitting second at the 1:01.1 half. After reeling in Lady Sherri, Shanghai Sugar sailed on to a 1:31 three-quarters and then accelerated down the stretch to a four and one-half length victory in 2:00. Odysseus and Lady Sherri paced into second and third. "I tried to quiet her down from her (July 1) qualifier because she was really aggressive, and you don't really want them like that," said Henry of the first-time starter. "So I added the hood with cups so she could kind of see behind her a little bit, and I put ear plugs in her. "When I popped the ear plugs (today), she kind of just dropped into another gear. She was really good," he added. The Battle of the Belles eliminations are Monday, July 25, with the final slated for Monday, Aug.1. Sandwiched in between is Henry's wedding to Maddi McNiven, who is the daughter of Rob and Tammy McNiven of Embro's Twinbrook Farms and an equine massage therapist based in Cambridge, ON. "That's on the 31st, and Industry Day's on the first, so we're hoping we're racing the day after our wedding, but we'll see," said Henry. The other Grassroots winners at Clinton Raceway on Sunday were Treasures Pearl and OK Jewel. Already the owner of a Grassroots trophy earned in the July 8 opener at Mohawk Racetrack, Treasures Pearl was the favourite in the second division. In spite of a field shorted to four when Mach On and Casimir QT were forced to withdraw due to sickness, the fillies delivered a lively battle, maintaining pressure on pacesetter Shewearsthepants through fractions of :30.2, 1:00 and 1:30.4. Finding a clear path in the stretch Treasures Pearl and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton sprinted to a one-half length victory in 1:59.4. The Joy Luck Club was awarded second and Shewearsthepants was demoted to third as a result of interference in the stretch. The win put Treasures Pearl firmly atop the two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots standings with 100 points. The Sportswriter daughter is trained by Ron Adams of LaSalle for owner-breeder Donald Leschied of South Woodslee, ON. The filly is the first foal from $209,445 winner St Lads Treasure. First time starter OK Jewel and driver Bob McClure also used a late sprint to claim the third Grassroots trophy. The filly reeled in pacesetter and fan favourite P L Kaleidoscope and Menagerie to score the one-half length victory in 2:00.3. Elora resident McClure engineered the win for trainer Tim Jacobson of Midhurst, ON and owner Seaspray Stables Ltd. of Nanaimo, BC. The filly is a Mach Three daughter of $332,983 winner Whitesand Jewel. Shanghai Sugar and OK Jewel will go looking for their second Grassroots trophy, and Treasures Pearl will be after her third, when the two-year-old pacing fillies make their third Ontario Sires Stakes start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 11. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, August 21 when the half-mile oval hosts the three-year-old trotting colts in their fourth Grassroots outing. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Another late charge in the home stretch resulted in another victory for Passion R Virginie as she captured the featured $9,000 pace for the harness racing mares on Wednesday night (May 11) at Buffalo Raceway.   Passion R Virginie has taken full advantage of the long stretch at Buffalo Raceway in posting her fourth come from behind victory in her last six outings.   Nutmegs Yankee (Kevin Cummings) set the tempo as she put up fractions of 28.3, 58.0 and 1:27.4 scoring from the seven post. Things started to fall apart for her however as the field got close to the top of the lane.   Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.) was able to take the lead briefly but Passion R Virginie ($9.10) was rolling three-wide in mid stretch and had a neck in front at the wire to the win in 1:57.2. Mach This Way was a hard-luck second while Charmschooldropout (Todd Cummings) took the show position.   Trained and driven by Shawn McDonough, Passion R Virginie (Shanghai Phil-Decibelle Ray No) is a 9-year-old mare owned by Rocco Stebbins. It was the sixth victory in 15 tries for Passion R Virginie, now a winner of $27,418 in 2016 and $306,896 lifetime.   Beback Jr. finished the night with four wins while Drew Monti, Kevin Cummings and McDonough had two apiece. Kirk Desmond and Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. each had a training double.   Racing will resume on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with an 11-race program slated.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Passion R Virginie unleashed a big rally in the passing lane and then had to sweat out a steward's inquiry before being declared the winner in the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (April 13).   It was the third straight victory for Passion R Virginie who beat Mach This Way by a neck in a seasonal best 1:56.1 over the fast track.   Sitting fifth turning for home, driver Shawn McDonough and Passion R Virginie ($26.60) were just yearning for some room in passing lane. They found a slight opening and took advantage of it with a rush to overtake the stubborn pace-setting Mach This Way (Ron Beback Jr.). Memumsnotnice (Billy Davis Jr.) finished in third.   While the photo showed Passion R Virginie ahead at the wire, there was a steward's inquiry about a possible pylon violation at the top of the stretch. But by the time McDonough and Passion R Virginie even returned to the winner's circle for the photo shoot, the stewards had found no reason for a disqualification and the result stood.   Owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by McDonough, it was the fifth win in 12 starts for the 9-year-old Passion R Virginie (Shanghi Phil-Decibelle Ray No). The win pushed her bankroll to $21,458 this season and $300,856 lifetime.   Davis Jr. finished the evening with a four-bagger while Drew Monti doubled.Trainer JD Perrin conditioned a pair of winners.   Racing continues on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with another 11-race card set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 9, 2016 - Phil Your Boots (Tyler Buter, $7.40) took it to the house Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $24,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. Sent immediately to work from post position No. 5, Phil Your Boots worked around pole-sitting Cyclone Kiwi N (Jason Bartlett) and was on his way. He then led the way (:27.2; :56.1, 1:24.3, 1:52.3), with 11-10 favorite Aslan (Brian Sears) trying it first-up from third. "Phil" owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, then held off Aslan by a length-and-three-quarters. Third went to Cyclone Kiwi N, with Drunken Desire A (Matt Kakaley) and Fameous Western (George Brennan) showing belated interest for the final pay envelopes. For second choice Phil Your Boots, a now-6-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding owned by Louis Frascella and trained by Andrew Harris, he won his seasonal debut. The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $42.20. The Raceway's season continues with a "French-centric" Sunday afternoon (first post 12:10 PM), along with Monday (7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM). Frank Drucker

DOVER, Del. --- It was more like a Spring Day with late misty drizzle at Dover Downs where four horses won 1:50 or faster. Ironically, the top purse $27,500 Delaware Special was not one of them. Just A Jolt registered his 10th win the year needing only a 1:51 performance with harness racing driver Vic Kirby holding the reins. Yannick Gingras had a big day with five winning drives. Just A Jolt won his second Del. Special in-a-row upping his seasonal bankroll to $167,930 for owner Janet Hudson. The five-year-old altered son of Village Jolt-Just Wait Kate trained by Jim King left from outside post 7 in the feature and finally took the lead after the half then cruised to victory. The only contest was for second where Don't Ya Know edged Captive Audience (Corey Callahan) for second. Rocknroll Jewel led off the fast day with a 1:49.1 triumph, the fastest win of George Dennis' career, in the 1st race a $20,000-$25,000 Male Claiming Handicap. Dylan Davis conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Michelle's Jewel eight-year-old gelding for owner Tom Lazarro. Raritan Bay (Allan Davis) closed strongly for second in front of Giant Sculpture (Yannick Gingras). Gingras' later guided Lou Frascella's Phil Your Boots home, also in 1:49.1 to win a $20,000 Male Winners-Over pace. It was the Shanghai Phil-Tassagh gelding's 14th success of the season and fourth win in his last five starts for trainer Andy Harris. Snap To It A (Brett Miller) was runner-up. Mister Truth (Ross Wolfenden) was third best. The next fastest clocking came when Gingras driving Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta's Adventure Bound to a 1:50 victory in a $12000 Male pace. Eridanus N (Wolfenden) was second in front of Papa Ray (Alan Davis). Earlier Gingras struck again steering Journeyman to a 1:50.1 conquest in an $18,000 Open for young horses. Ron Burke trains the American Ideal-Cosmic Journey four-year-old owned by Weaver Bruscemi, Collura and Burke Racing. Roland N Rock (Morgan) closed for second with Bad Boy Matt (A. Davis) third. Bill Emmons' Good Luck, a Four Starzzz Shark-Ms Mirabelle four-0year-old, was Gingras' fifth win of the day, a 1:51.4 score over Atta Boy Bones (Art Stafford Jr.) and I Belong With You (Callahan) in a $15,500 3,4&5-Year0Old pace. Pinearosa, a The Panderosa-Pinehaven Amber homebred of Gloria Myers and Carter Racing Stable, trained by Bobby Myers with Ton Morgan driving, chalked up a 1:51.4 win in another $15,500 even for young male horses. Twin B Stingray (Kirby) was the place finisher. Rip N Rock (B.Miller) collected third. Along with Gingras' five bagger, George Dennis and the Brittingham family, owner Elizabeth, trainer Don and driver Brett Brittingham, had two wins on the program. Shine N Shimmer seeks her second straight facing eight rivals in the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap, the Tuesday feature race. DOVER DOWNS’ CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY DRAW SCHEDULE The traditional Christmas Holiday Break Week at Dover Downs features no live racing Dec.19 through Dec. 27. Racing will resume on Monday, Dec. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Again this season, there is no live racing on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Racing will resume on Sunday, Jan. 3 with post time at 5:30 p.m. on Sundays in January and February 2016. Weekday post time is 4:30 p.m.   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Please Norte: Dover Downs’ current draw schedule is: Draw Date                               Race Date Tuesday, Dec. 15        for Monday, Dec. 28 Wednesday, Dec. 16 for Tuesday, Dec. 29 Thursday, Dec. 17               for Wednesday, Dec. 30 Monday, Dec. 28       for Sunday, Jan. 3 Tuesday, Dec. 29      for Monday, Jan. 4 Wednesday, Dec. 30 for Tuesday, Jan. 5 Sunday, Jan. 3   for Wednesday, Jan. 6 Monday, Jan. 4         for Thursday, Jan. 7 Please Note: Draw Schedule For 5 Racing Day in Jan. and Feb. Tuesday for Sunday Wednesday for Monday Thursday for Tuesday Sunday for Wednesday Monday for Thursday $21,000, TWO $15,000 DISTAFFS, ELLIES JET N SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT   Shine N Shimmer, last week’s distaff winner, and veteran Paradise Lost, steps up after a victory, lead the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap pace, the Tuesday, Nov. 15 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Invader Ellies Jet N puts six straight North America win streak on the line.  Post time 4:30 p.m. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer trained by  Doug Lewis with Corey Callahan driving, trainee has won of her last six starts including a near-miss second is program favorite in the nine female field. Fashion Showdown with Ross Wolfenden, finished second, a head back last week. Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella, driven by Marcus Miller, was a close third. . Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers with Allan Davis has won two of last three races. Bob Winkleman’s hard hitting Paradise Lost raced most of his win a week ago on the outside before getting up for the win. Jim Morand will drive this time. Mike Casalino’s Double Joy, a second-place finisher in her last three starts will be driven by Allan Davis from post 2. CC Racing’s Tyra, with Vic Kirby, leaves from post 9 in the second tier. The other contenders are Randall Bendis and Tom Pollock’s Montenegra, piloted by Brett Miller, Handsoffmycookie, a $1.3-million winner has the rail with Tony Morgan driving. There are pair of $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and Mares paces on the 15-race card. In one, Ellies Jet N (Art Stafford Jr.), unbeaten in her six races since arriving from New Zealand for owners Evans, Spedden, Parker and Nanticoke Racing, and stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), is fresh from a win last week. These two starters have drawn inside posts. Plyncardswitroddy (G.Dennis) notched a win last week for George & Tina Dennis and Ask W Stable. Lady Beth (Wolfenden) won her second straight last Wednesday for owners Lorie and trainer Paul Davis. In the other $15,000 division, Nick Surick and Engel sables’ Luvniecestopieces (M.Miller), the only filly in the field, makes her first December start while  Don Reed, Jim Tessmer and trainer George Wagner (Ty Davis). Stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, Ava Destruction (B.Miller) racing for Melissa Cabot and Dennis Olsen and the sharp Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) leaves from post 8 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing, lead the eight-horse field. Marv Bachrad

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – The center stage will be on the four $35,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers and trotters Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. Culminating the three weeks of preliminary round action will be the top point earners in the month long series. And the very first final on the program is race three for older pacers and it has shaped up to be perhaps the toughest of the four finales. Both Champagne Phil and Atomic Million AM have been battling each other for the past three years and once again meet in the Quebec-Bred Series finale. Champagne Phil comes into the final on a five-race winning streak for trainer Francis Richards and driver Denis St. Pierre. The five-year-old gelded son of Shanghai Phil will start from post five and has been on a tear. Three starts back at Mohawk Raceway he took a lifetime mark of 1:49.4. Meanwhile, Atomic Million AM has been either first or second in his last seven starts for owner/trainer Alan Martin. He has almost never lost at Trois-Rivieres, scoring in 1:55.2 there two starts back. A four-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play, Atomic Million Am starts from post three. With these two high caliber contenders going head and head, the track record of 1:53.1, equaled two starts back by Champagne Phil, could well be broken. “I just finished watching my replays,” said Denis St Pierre Friday, “and I really think I can beat him (Atomic Million AM), I know his weakness. And Champagne Phil is a very very nice horse.” The fourth race is the $35,000 final for older trotters and the overwhelming favorite, who was barred from wagering his last start at 3R, is the undefeated Maximuscle. He starts from post six for driver Mario Charron. Three for three in 2015 for trainer Maxime Velaye, Maximuscle has just bullied his way in the series with no one able to stay close to him. The four-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall has led from start to finish in all three of his races this season, the fastest in 1:57.1. The real race will be for second place, which is worth $8,750. There we will see Andovers Touch (post 8), who won two of the three prelimary rounds when not facing Maximuscle, Somoli E (post 2) and George S P (post 4) in a close matchup. “I do not think another horse can keep close to Maximuscle,” said Mario Charron. “They have not been able to this season. I think he could break the track record with ease (1:56), but the trainer and owner do not want me to push him that hard. There is no need to but if I cut him loose he would break the record. I would go for it but they don’t want to. He is that good a horse.” The sixth race finale for older pacing mares features Champagne Shower going for her fifth straight win. She starts from post three for driver Denis St Pierre. The daughter of Santana Blue Chip seeks to make it a clean sweep of the Quebec-Bred Series for trainer Yves Tessier. Last week Champagne Shower and Pierre cruised to a four and three-quarter length triumph in 1:54.3. That mile tied the track record for older mares.  “She is strong,” Denis St Pierre said. “She passed the test last week as she won well within herself.” My Tallia Ideal (post 7) was the hot mare two starts back when she also won in 1:54.3, tying the track record, but last week she was only second best to Champagne Shower. Others contenders include series division winner Canbec Lindor (post 1) and Lutetia Semalu (post 2). Viva Bayama is the strong horse in the eighth race final for older trotting mares. She sports six wins in just nine starts for trainer Sebastian Giroux and starts from post three for driver Denis St Pierre. The Muscle Mass mare has won her last two starts at Trois-Rivieres the hard way, having to race first-over and grind it out as she has no ability to leave at the start of the race. “My plan will be the same,” Denis St Pierre said, “She cannot leave at all. We will have no choice but to be parked out and sit and wait.” Her main rival is just the opposite of Viva Bayama as Canbec Kangourou (post 5) is hot for the lead at the start of most of her races. She won one of the three preliminary rounds, leading from start to finish, but when facing Viva Bayama, she has been just second best. Canbec Kangourou is driven by Jocelyn Gendron and is expected to try and wire the field again. Denis St Pierre celebrates his 52nd birthday Saturday and would like nothing more as a birthday wish then to have a big day Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. “I think that I could have a big day at 3R Sunday,” Pierre said. “After studying the race program and watching replays I could maybe win six of the races. That would make for a great day after my birthday celebration.” Post time Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R is 1:30 pm. For more information visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trios-Rivieres, Quebec – With a strong first-over burst to take command of the race after the three-quarter mile mark, Champagne Shower tied the track record at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday in scoring her fourth straight win. Competing in the first race division of the $125,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old mares, Champagne Shower and driver Denis St Pierre showed that patience’s is a virtue. It was Victoria Semalu and driver Stephane Brosseau who left quickly from the rail post position to take command and stuff the 3/5 wagering favorite, My Tallia Ideal, who left from post four for driver Stephane Gendron, behind her in second place. They raced to the opening quarter in :27 seconds and then to the half mile marker in :56.4 with no retaliation action from My Tallia Ideal, who last week tied the track record for older mares with a 1:54.3 win in the series. Meanwhile, Denis St Pierre and Champagne Shower sat patiently in third place until the field started down the backstretch. Then at the three-quarters in 1:26.2, he sent Champagne Shower after pacesetter Victoria Semalu and blew by them on the final turn and turned on the afterburners in the stretch to win by four and three-quarter lengths  in 1:54.3. In a close battle for second, place, My Tallia Ideal edged out Victoria Semalu. It was the fifth win this season for Champagne Shower, who is sired by Santana Blue Chip, trained by Yves Tessier and owner/breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Stainte-Terese, QC. She paid $4.40 to win. The time of the race, 1:54.3, now has Champagne Shower tied with both My Tallia Ideal (2015) and Sans Frontiere (2013) as the fastest older mares in Hippodrome 3R history. Another “Champagne” horse, Champagne Phil and winning connections, had little trouble posting his fifth straight victory, leading from start to finish in the third race division of the Quebec-Bred Series for horses in 1:54.1. Driven by Denis St Pierre, Champagne Phil post his seventh win of the year for trainer Francis Richard and the ICR Racing Stable of Pefferlaw, QC and paid just $2.30 to win. Champagne Phil won by one and three-quarter lengths over McKinney (Stephane Brosseau) and Bali (Marie-Claude Auger). Denis St Pierre ended the day not only winning both divisions of the Quebec-Series, but made it a driving triple as he won the ninth race pace with Tilikum ($16.90) in 1:58. This concludes the preliminary rounds of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers. The top eight point earners in each division will return next week for the $35,000 finals on Sunday, June 14. Live racing resumes on Wednesday, post time at 7:00 pm. The Hippodrome 3R is open seven days a week for simulcasting. For more information visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

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