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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R featured the first race program without the use of whips on Sunday and all 11 races went without a hitch. The experiment of "whipless" racing will also take place next Sunday, which is closing day for the 2018 season. H3R's leading driver the past two years, Stephane Brosseau, put on a clinic on handling a trotter without a whip in the sixth race Preferred Trot with Upvote Hanover. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was first off the starting gate from post five, grabbing the early lead with Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) sitting in the pocket-seat and R Rkadabra and driver Franics Picard stuck coming first-over. They raced past the opening quarter mile in :28.2 as Holiday Party held firm to his lead. R Rkadabra was parked out and following his outside cover was Upvote Hanover as they past the half mile marker in :59.3. Then in the backstretch, Brosseau moved Upvote Hanover three-wide and they were able to clear past R Rkadabra before the three-quarters in 1:30 and kept gaining ground on race leader Holiday Party. In the stretch, Upvote Hanover kicked in another gear for Brosseau as they pulled away and won by two lengths in 2:00.2. Second at 17-1 was EAU Naturelle (Simon Delisle) with Holiday Party third. It was the third straight win and tenth victory on the year for Upvote Hanover. The four-year-old gelded son of Kadabra is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $4.30 to win. Rainbow Palace, the lone mare against seven male rivals, was able to show her heels to the boys, wiring the field for driver Francis Picard in 1:58.1. That was the fastest mile on the below freezing race card. Chaleurs Ad (Berube) was first on the lead with Rainbow Palace challenge on the outside and then taking the lead after a speedy opening quarter mile in :27.4. Rainbow Palace then led the way to the half mile in :58 with Hooter Scooter (Stephane Brosseau) coming first-over and giving cover to D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) second-over. Then in the backstretch, driver Stephane Gendron took Ufdragons Rocket three-wide as they tried to loop the field past the three-quarters in 1:28.1. Coming down the stretch, Ufdragons Rocket began to fade and Rainbow Palace was able to hold off Hooter Scooter to win by a neck. Chaleurs Ad was third. Sired by Royal Mattjesty, Rainbow Palace is trained by Dominique Picard and owned by Francis Picard of Warwick. She paid $8.60 to win. Track Notes: Both Pascal Berube and Pierre Luc Roy had driving doubles and both Yves Tessier and Stephane Hubert had training doubles. Next Sunday is the final live race card of the 2018 season at the Hippodrome 3R and will also feature "whipless" racing. Both the leading driver and trainer awards will be presented. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R on Sunday will for the first time in Quebec harness racing history, feature "whipless" racing and the drivers have their work cut out for them in both the co-feature trot and pace as they are very competitive events. Also, for the first time this season, the race favorites in both co-feature events will be starting from post eight. The sixth race Preferred-Handicap Trot is headlined by invader Upvote Hanover, who will be driven by H3R's leading driver for the second straight season, Stephane Brosseau. Upvote Hanover from post eight, comes to H3R on a two-race win streak at Rideau Carleton, where in his last start the son of Kadabra, trained by Yves Tessier, won in 157.4. He will be seeking his 10th win of the year for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. Jamigo goes from post six for driver Daniel Laflamme and has been a local favorite, winning two of his last three starts in this class. R Rkadabra is last week's return winner in this class and most certainly driver Francis Picard will not need a whip as this son of Kadabra is a front-end speedster. The race also spots the return of H3R regular Caroluzzo (post three); Holiday Party (post five) and Capteur De Reve (post four). Ufdragons Rocket, despite handicapped with post eight, is the seventh race trot top choice after coming from off the pace in his last start for driver Stephane Gendron, and winning in 1:56.1 after a valiant closing effort from fifth place at the top of the stretch. The Dragon Again nine-year-old sports ten wins this year for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francois Morin, who seek a trainer/owner double in the feature events. He will be challenged by Hooter Scooter (post four) for driver Stephane Brosseau. He was a 1:56.4 victor in his last start. Clever Thing (post five) was a big upset winner last week at 16-1 for driver Tyler Jones and Rainbow Palace (post six) may be the lone mare in the field, but she has beaten her male rivals three times this season. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. This is the second to last live race card for the 2018 season. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Perhaps a preview of the $65,000 Breeders Cup final for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts will take place at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday. There may be only seven entered in the 8th race, the second round of the Breeders Cup Series for a purse of $10,000, but what a tough field it is. Featured will be Hudson Phil from post two for driver Clarke Steacy. Currently on a two-race winning streak, Hudson Phil just won an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division at Rideau Carleton last week in 1:52.3. The prior week he sizzled at H3R, setting a track record with his 1:53.2 triumph. Then in post seven is last year's Quebec Champion, Stock, who will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. He has won two of his last three starts and at H3R led from start to finish by 15 and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.2. Kinnder Jackson, from post five, has been a local favorite and he boasts five wins in his six starts this year and last week scored in 1:56.1 for driver Justin Filion. Also, coming off a victory at H3R is D Gs Onceuponatime, who starts from post six for driver Jonathan Lachance. He just won in 1:58. Rounding out the field at Big Mach (post one), who has been a game second in his last two starts, Power Fog (post three), and Chloes Master (post four). The fillies get underway with two $7,500 division in race two where the favorite is Katniss S BG from post six for driver Pascal Berube. She won an opening round division in 1:57. Starting alongside Katniss S BG in post seven is All You Can Dream with driver Stephane Brosseau. She was an impressive winner last week in 1:56.3. Other contenders include Miss Rockadali (post two) and Lit De Rose (post one). The fifth race second division for fillies will be a great battle between Butterfly BG (post one), who wired the field in the first round for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon in 1:56.2. They will be taking on Ontario invader Sharks Summrshandy, who had been competing at Woodbine-Mohawk Park and ships in off a 1:54.2 triumph. Also entered are Lune Bleu (post three) and Roxane (post four), who are tough contenders. There is also a great lineup in the third race, the Invitational-Handicapped Pace. Feature is Three-Time Quebec Champion, Atomic Million AM (post three), shipping in off a 1:53.2 romp by nine lengths at Kawartha Downs. Windsun Cheyenne (post six), who has won two of his last three starts, the fastest a 1:54 score at H3R. Mister Big Top (post four) has won last his two starts, the fastest in 1:56.2. Two-time Quebec Series Champion, Wildriverbumblebee is in post eight and Chaleurs Ad (post one) has won his last two starts and three of his last four races, the fastest in 1:58 on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. And, alas, the lone mare in the field, Quebec Champion HP Sissy, goes against the boys from post seven. She has not yet lived up to her potential from last year, but still is a game performer. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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 www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - He was the two-year-old harness racing champion pacer in Quebec last year and Stock has now returned to defend his title at age three, competing in one of four divisions of the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Up until last week, Stock was not doing as well as he did last year when he won five of his eight starts for trainer Dany Fountaine and owner-breeder Sotiries Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese, who co-owns Stock with Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal. So far in 2018, Stock has just one win in eight starts. But that lone win was in his last start, where the colt by Sportswriter romped by seven opening lengths in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series in a lifetime best clocking of 1:51.4, last quarter mile in :27.3. That mile alone has made Stock the overwhelming favorite in the 9th race, the second of two divisions for colt pacers. He will start from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau and goes against minor foes Challenge Magic (post one), Big Mach (post three) and Classic Terror (post four). The first division is the third race where unbeaten Kinnder Jackson goes for his fifth straight win. This son of Allamerican Native is coming off a lifetime best 1:56 mile in his last start for breeder, owner and trainer Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. He starts from post six for driver Justin Filion. "He came out of his last race in very good shape," Petrova said of Kinnder Jackson. "He is feeling very good. I don't know how he will do from post six and there are some nice horses in his race." "I was really impressed with him last week," said Filion. "He does it so easy and I never pulled the ear plugs on him. Tomorrow is depending on race luck, especially when you have an outside post on a half mile track." Other contenders in the field include two newcomers in Play Jet Bay (post one) and Hudson Phil (post two) who was just second by a nose in 1:51.1 last week in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold division. The fillies see action beginning in the fifth race where H3R's own Lune Bleu goes for her fifth straight win. Last week she once again wired the field for driver Pierre Luc Roy in 2:01.2, the slowest of her four wins this year. She is a daughter of Big Jim, trained by Maxime Velaye and bred and owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. She starts from post two. Her main rival will be the race favorite, Butterfly BG, from post three for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon. She is sired by Sportswriter and was bred and is owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. Butterfly GB was second this past Thursday at Rideau Carleton Raceway and prior to that had won impressively H3R in 1:57. Contenders include Hammering Haley (post seven), D G's Shadowsbell (post four) and Roxane (post one). Katniss S BG is the favorite in the eighth race second Breeders Cup division for fillies. She starts from post three for driver Pascal Berube and ships in from Clinton Raceway where she was second last week in the Ontario-Kid final for $60,000. Also, in the race is the hometown favorite, All You Can Dream, from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau. This filly by Sportswriter has won two of her three lifetime starts the past month at H3R, the fastest in 1:56 in her pari-mutuel debut mile. Other fillies to watch for include Lit De Rose (post seven), Flash Panic (post two) and Miss Rockadali (post five), who ships in from Rideau Carleton off a sharp victory in 1:55.2. First race post time is 12:50 pm Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The future stars of harness racing, the two and three-year-old "babies"as they are called, are getting started at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening with both pacers and trotters in action. In the fourth race pace, a three-year-old returns who was ultra-impressive in her pari-mutuel debut and she goes by the name of All You Can Dream. Owned by Harold and Ariane Duguay of Pabos, All You Can Dream blew away the field last week in her pari-mutuel, winning by 24 lengths in 1:56 for driver Sylvain Filion. The track record for three-year-old fillies is less than a second from her mark, 1:55.1. Harold Duguay was not surprised by how good his Sportswriter filly did. "I was expecting a very good performance, Duguay said. "She had qualified very well and I saw that she could at least break 2.00. I bought her last fall and I trained her all winter. It made me dream a lot because I saw that I had something special in my hands. I have already received some attractive offers but for now I prefer to keep her. She has something special in her." As for the driver, Stéphane Brosseau, who had the privilege of qualifying her the surprise was not great: "I came back better than a minute that morning with a certain ease," Brosseau explained. "I was expecting her to roll around 2.00 and maybe better." On Tuesday, All You Can Dream, will take off from post 2 in the 4th race pace and will race against four-year-old fillies and mares. Its main rival, Butterfly BG, had just won a great victory in two minutes but was disqualified for skipping cones. Sunshine Lou is the first two-year-old on card and this colt by Sunshine Beach starts from post one in the first race on the program and faces a field of six older rivals. He will be driven by Stephane Brosseau and enters its first pari-mutuel race off an impressive wire-to-wire victory in 2:03.2. Sunshine Lou could very well beat his older rivals for trainer Daniel Martin and breeder and co-owner Hudson Standardbred Stable, Dominique Michel and Daniel Martin of QC. Then in the fifth race there are two two-year-old trotters on the program and they are Goodbyeinhereyes and HP Bruxelles. HP Bruxelles starts from post two and is the fastest of the two fillies. She is sired by E L Titain and was bred and is owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer S' Cliff. Trained by Jean Tourigny and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. She was second in her qualifying race and showed a very impressive :29.2 last quarter mile. Goodbyeinhereyes goes from the rail for driver Denis Filion. This filly by RC Royalty is trained by Gabriel Beaumont and owned by Marie Breault of Laval. She was third to HP Bruzelle and trotted her last quarter mile in :30.4. First race post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Paces to fastest mile of season

Guy Gagnon from Gatineau, Quebec, finished at the top of the driver standings to win the 2018 Eastern Ontario / Quebec Regional Driving Championship at Kawartha Downs, near Peterborough, Ontario on Saturday night (June 30) and advances to the National Driving Championship at Grand River Raceway on September 26. Gagnon, a winner of 4,979 races and over $23 million in purse money during his career, finished the competition with 49 points.  In runner up position, and also advancing is Stephane Brosseau, of L’Assomption, Quebec with 41 points. The competition came down to the last race with the six races won by six different drivers.  Gagnon and Brosseau finished 1-2 in the final RDC race and that’s where they landed on the leaderboard. Gagnon and Brosseau will join other six drivers, including Ontario finalists Trevor Henry and Louis-Philippe Roy, Western finalists Kelly Hoerdt and Jamie Gray, and Atlantic finalists Gilles Barrieau and Redmond Doucet at the 2018 National Driving Championship at Grand River Raceway on September 26. The winner of the 2018 NDC will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the World Driving Championship (WDC), and join 2017 World Driving Champion, James MacDonald, in the 2019 WDC in Sweden. Here are the final standings: Guy Gagnon - 49 Stephane Brosseau – 41 Stephane Gendron- 36 Nick Boyd - 33 Reg Gassien -32 Brett MacDonald -31 Jonathan Lachance -29 Richard Simard - 25 Race-by-race recaps of the evening’s six championship races follow. The races were carded as races 1 and 3 and five through eight. RDC Race 1: Driver Nick Boyd blew away the opening race field, winning in a wire-to-wire romp with Gramps in 1:54. Boyd sent the Jennas Beach Boy gelding to the front, putting up fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:24.3 all while being chased by Brett MacDonald and Sup Hanover for second, while Jayda Nicole with Reg Gassien finished third.  “It was pretty simple,” Boyd said of the result after the race. “I had what turned out to be the best horse tonight and he got the job done.”  RDC Race 2: No Panic and Reg Gassien popped pocket on pacesetter Dads Filly (Guy Gagnon) to win in 1:56.4. Ima Holy Terror (Richard Simard)came first over at the half and led the chasing pack to take third with Rocket Gal (Brett MacDonald) rallying for fourth. RDC Race 3: Jonathan Lachance powered to the lead with Lyons William approaching the half, maintained control and kicked clear of his rivals to a 1:53.3 victory over Statement (Stephane Brosseau) and Jetset Charmer (Richard Simard). RDC Race 4: With Burlington (Guy Gagnon) commandeering the field heading to the half and setting a quick tempo on the lead, Judy The Beauty and Stephane Gendron capitalized on the swift fractions and rallied through the center of the track to win in 1:58. Majestic Maggie (Nicholas Boyd), from second over, claimed third. RDC Race 5:  Stephane Brosseau swept off cover with Every Girls Desire</a> turning for the wire and kicked clear to win in 1:##. Badstormanyport (Brett MacDonald), who set the pace, held onto second while Four For Orr (Nicholas Boyd) off a pocket trip held third. RDC Race 6: Guy Gagnon solidified his spot atop the championship standings, catapulting Ok Diablo to the front and to score in 1:56 over Big Sport (Stephane Brosseau) tracking his move in second and Amble Over Hanover (Stephane Gendron), who helped set a quick pace with Its Machademic (Brett MacDonald), holding third.   “I knew if I could get a fast half I’d be okay,” Gagnon said following the race. “Because, as a horse, he likes to finish strong.” by Kathy Wade Vlaar, for Standardbred Canada  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Three of the fastest pacers this year at the Hippodrome 3R, Washington Hanover, Rainbow Palace and Hooter Shooter, met head to head in the feature pace, but none of them could keep up with Jann And Dean Sunday afternoon. The seventh race feature started off with Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) dueling early and getting the lead away from Washington Hanover (Pascal Berube) as they raced past the opening quarter mile in :28. Jann And Dean with driver Stephane Brosseau was sitting in third place on the second turn and then decided to come first-over and started grinding their way up to the leaders. By the half mile marker in :58.1, Jann And Dean not only collared Rainbow Palace, but took the lead away on the third turn. From that point on, Brosseau held the field at bay with Jann And Dean through the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Then down the stretch Rainbow Palace tried once more but it too little too late as Jann And Dean went on to win by a half-length in 1:55.4. Rainbow Palace, the lone mare in the field, was second with Washington Hanover third. A five-year-old gelded son of Art Major, Jann And Dean is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. It was Jann And Dean's fourth win this year and he paid $3.90 to win as the second choice in the race. Brosseau and Stephane Gendron each had driving doubles Sunday. Brosseau is not only the defending driving champion, but also has a commanding lead so far this season with 20 wins to 12 for Stephane Gendron in second place. The fastest mile on the card came in the fourth race pace as Fortune Fella ($12.50) went wire-to-wire from post seven for driver Pascal Berube and won in 1:55.3. TRACK NOTES: Due to an insufficient number of horses entered, there will be no live racing this Tuesday, June 19. The make-up day will be Sunday, November 25. Coming up next Sunday will be inaugural Ben Hur Cup featuring the Champion, Sylvain Filion, taking on the Challenger, Louis-Philippe Roy. These two world-class drivers will face-off in eight races where each driver will take turns selecting the horse they will drive. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Riviveres, QC - The start of the stakes season gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers. There is both a mare and horse division on Sunday and headlining their respective divisions are top horses HP Sissy and Wildriverbumblebee. The fifth race is the mare division and ironically the best mare in the race has drawn post eight and that is HP Sissy. Now age five, the returning champion mare, bred and owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer'S Cliff with Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, wil be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Now a career winner ­of $264,000, HP Sissy returns to trainer Jean Tourigny from the Rene Allard Stable. In her last start in the USA, she posted her first win of the 2018 season at Pocono Downs with a 1:53.1 clocking, parked out to the opening quarter from post seven and then wiring the field. At the Hippodrome 3R throughout her entire career, HP Sissy, a daughter of Up The Credit, has almost never lost. She was second in the Future Stars Final at age 2, then was the champion in the Breeder's Cup at age 3 and last year at age 4 was the Quebec-Series Champion. "This series is three legs, plus a final," said Stephane Brosseau. "The important thing is not necessarily the very first start, but the last. If things go well, the mare will be competitive and that's what counts." It may not be a "walk in the park" for HP Sissy on Sunday as she faces some formidable rivals in Skyfall Sena (post one), Ashley's Philly (post two) and Godiva Mackiavelyc (five). The horses do battle in the eight race and there are ten starters in the field, thus posts nine and ten start in the second tier. The race favorite is the red-hot Roll Will Joe son, Dance With Joe. Currently on a three-race winning streak for trainer Christina Davignon, Dance With Joe drew post two for driver Richard Simard. Dance With Joe is age five and is owned by Daniel Dulude of Ste-Martine. Over the past weeks he has posted victories in a lifetime best 1:54.1 at Rideau Carleton Raceway, then came to H3R and rolled off two scores, the best last week when Simard let him loose in the backstretch and he rallied to score by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.2. Dr. John Bradbury of Crookshire-Eaton, bred, owns and at times trains the Quebec champion pacer, Wildriverbumblee. He has prepped for his 2018 pari-mutuel debut Sunday with two sharp qualifying wins at H3R in 1:58.2 and 1:58.1. Wildriverbumble drew post ten for the race and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Now age 4, Wildriverbumblebee is sired by Sportswriter. His past records show he was the champion of the Future Stars Series at age 2 and the Breeder's Cup Series at age 3. Later in the season he went to Toronto where he won the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park in a lifetime best 1:51.2, the fastest record of any of his nine rivals on Sunday. Lifetime, Wildriverbumblebee has but 14 career starts with nine wins, three seconds and one third place finish. At H3R he has raced ten times with six wins. He has also been made eligible for the $200,000 Prix D'ete at H3R on Sunday, August 19. "It is not good that for his first start of the season he draws post 10 in a 10-horse field," said Brosseau. "Worse, his most serious rivals we feel are Dance With Joe and C L Sports Action. They each have around a half dozen starts and also drew the pole and post 2. "The important thing is that the horse (Wildriverbumblebee) performs well," Brosseau added. "and that he is at his maximum capacity on the day of final. This week, he faces horses that are readier then him, but that does not mean that I give them the victory. Certainly not! I do not expect a mile so difficult because of post 10." In addition to Dance With Joe and C L Sportsaction (post one), the race also features Majo Lou Beka (post three), Noplay (post seen) and HP Patriote (post eight). There are three elimination divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series with the top eight point earners returning on Thursday, August 9 for their respective $30,000 finals. Post time on Sunday is 12:50 pm. For more information and a free race program for Sunday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. 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 - It took the winningest harness racing trotter at the Hippodrome 3R last season, Lucky Promesses, to bring an end to HP Run Like Mom's three-race winning streak on Sunday. Lucky Promesses was making just her second start of the year for owner, breeder and driver, Jerome Lombart of Bromont. The five-year-old mare by Lucky Fool scored ten wins in 2017, seven of those wins coming at her home track at the Hippodrome 3R. The sixth race feature started off with Lombart and Lucky Promesses shooting to the early lead from post four with Abundasass (Denis Langlois) getting the pocket-trip in second place as they went to the opening quarter mile in :29.4. Lombart was able to back down the pace past the half mile marker in 1:01.1. It was then that 35-1 long shot, Stonebridge Alert (Jean Lord) moved first-over to challenge with HP Run Like Mom (Stephane Brosseau) getting the live cover second-over. They raced that way through the backstretch as Stonebridge Alert kept the pressure on Lucky Promesses past the three-quarters in 1:31.4. As they started down the stretch, Brosseau had moved three-wide to mount a challenge with HP Run Like Mom. Then down the stretch, Lombart and Lucky Promesses dug in deep and were able to hold off HP Run Like Mom to win by a one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.2 with Stonebridge Alert third. HP Run Like Mom was undefeated this season in three starts going into the race. Trained by Andreane Lapierrel, Lucky Promesses paid $7.40 to win. Track Notes: Driver Stephane Brosseau, who had been razor sharp in the first three race programs with 12 wins, had just one victory in his eight drives on Sunday. He still holds a big lead in the driver standings with his 13 triumphs. Drivers Stephane Gendron and Jocelyn Gendron each had two winners on the day. Live racing resumes next Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From The Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Oh what a difference a year can make. That's the tune that harness racing trainer Jean Tourigny is humming these days since his trotting mare, HP Run Like Mom, is unbeaten in three starts this year. She goes for her fourth straight win on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The four-year-old mare by Kadabra from the Promising Catch mare, Canaco Runner, is co-owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville and was bred by Hamel with Lapharmaciedekedgwick Inc., NB. A five-time winner last year at age three, HP Run Like Mom was headed into the $65,000 final of the Breeders Cup Final as the morning line betting favorite, looking to cap off a pretty good season. That did not happen, in fact the mare broke stride from post eight and was unable to rebound. Then the following week she broke again in a qualifying race, then stayed trotting in the next qualifying race, but that was it, HP Run Like Mom was to be turned out for next season. "She was deconcentrated and lost confidence after going to Toronto to race," Said Tourigny. "She disappointed me at Mohawk. I thought she would be able to trot a mile in 1:54." Before HP Run Like Mom when to Mohawk Raceway, her last start was a 25 and one-half length romp in the Breeders Cup third leg at H3R and she scored a lifetime best 1:59.4 triumph. "Now she is four years old and has really matured," Tourigny explained. "We go week by week with her and we let her decide how fast she wants to go. She is now building up confidence from week to week." Last week was perhaps HP Run Like Mom's best win of the season. With Stephane Brosseau her regular driver, last week she came after the race leader at the half, took command of the lead and held the field at bay in scoring a 2:01.1 triumph. "My father Leo and I," Tourigny added. "trained and raced her mother (Canaco Runner 6, 1:54.4s $443,545) and it makes for me a challenge more to have the honor to take care of her foals that Claude Hamel, Celine Paquin and Michel Damphousse have given me this great opportunity. "I have three teams that help with the care and racing of the horses," Tourigny said. "We have 16 horses in the stable now. Barry Robert and Jules Girard are the main caretakers. Then there is myself, Trudel Rolland and my dad doing the training and my paddock team at the track are Yves Corbin and his daughter Clare. "I must give credit to my dad," Tourigny said. "He comes every morning to train. He is going to be 79 soon. I am so happy to have these great people working with me and, of course, all the owners who have put their trust in me. Without Michel Damphousse, Claude Hamel and Celine Paquin, Rolland Trudel, Brian Paquette, and Steve Garceau, I would be nothing." Tourigny is also excited that his top pacing mare, HP Sissy, is coming back to the stable this weekend to begin prepping for the Quebec-Bred Series at the Hippodrome 3R. She was a prior champion at H3R and went on to race in Toronto and then New York, winning $229,000 with a record of 1:52.1h. HP Run Like Mom is not the morning line favorite in the sixth race trot on Sunday at H3R. She will be tested Sunday, having to start from the far outside in post eight. A The honor of being the morning line favorite goes to another good mare named Lucky Promesses from post four for owner, breeder and driver, Jerome Lombart. This is just the second start this year for the five-year-old mare by Lucky Fool. Last year was her best season ever as she was the winningest horse to race at H3R. She closed out the season with ten wins for trainer Andreane Lapierre, taking a record of 1:58.2 at Rideau Carleton. Other contenders in the race include KFB Amigo Cool (post two), EAU Naturelle (post five) and Abundasass (post three). Track Notes: Defending H3R leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, is off to the best start of his career, winning 12 of the 29 races (41%) held so far at the Hippodrome 3R. His record is 25-12-4-3 and his "batting average" or UDR is an amazing .596. He will be driving in the first eight races at H3R Sunday before heading over to Rideau Carleton. For a free race program for Sunday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau has been on fire early this season and on Sunday he posted a career high of five winners at the Hippodrome 3R. On opening day April 29, Brosseau has three winners, then last week he posted four victories on the card, but this Mother's Day Sunday he was at his best. He started out winning the first race with My Lucky Bluejeans ($3.70) in 1:58.2, the third race with HP Run Like Mom ($2.60) in 2:01.1, the fourth race with Heather Loves NY ($7.00) in 1:57, the fifth race with Hard Rock ($19.50) in 1:58 and capped the day winning the sixth race with Solid Performance ($3.30) in 1:56.3. After the seventh race, Brosseau left the track to head to Rideau Carleton Raceway for their evening program. He ended up winning five of the seven races he competed in at the Hippodrome 3R. The all-time record for driving wins at the Hippodrome 3R is eight, set by Louis-Philippe Roy last year. That was on a 13-race program. Brosseau is now tied with Roy as the only two drivers at H3R to have five winners on a single program. One of the races on program that Brosseau did not win was the seventh race Invitational-Handicap Trot that saw driver Marc Bellanger and Rocky Boy blow away the field. Starting from post five with Rocky Boy, Belanger send the nine-year-old gelded son of Rocky Balboa after the lead and they took it away from Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) before the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Then Belanger was just a passenger as Rocky Boy sped to the half mile in :58.1 and in the backstretch started to pull away from the field by the three-quarters in 1:27.4. They opened up in the stretch and won in a romp by nine and one-quarter open lengths in 1:57. Southwind Voltage (Jocelyn Gendron) was second with Caroluzzo third. It was the first win on the year for Rocky Boy, who is trained by Stephane Beaudoin and co-owned by Belanger and Beaudoin of Trois-Rivieres. He paid $6.00 to win as the wagering favorite. Ironically, Rocky Boy was the fastest trotter of the year at the Hippodrome 3R last year with a lifetime mark of 1:57 a little over one year ago. Track Notes: There are now two horses that are undefeated this season at the Hippodrome 3R. They are Asfastasmysister ($2.40) who won the second race pace for Stephane Gendron and then in the third race trot, HP Run Like Mom ($2.60) and driver Stephane Brosseau were victorious again. Both are three-year-old fillies, each having three straight wins. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday, post time at 12:50 pm. For a free race program and more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau may have scored four winners at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, but the fastest mile on the day belonged to driver Jocelyn Gendron and National Debt in the Invitational-Handicap Pace. For the second straight week defending driving champion Stephane Brosseau was the best among the driving colony with four victories on the program. His wins came three straight, the 5th, 6th , 7th and then won the co-feature trot in race 9. Brosseau nearly made it four straight wins in the 8th race co-feature pace. The race began with the only mare in the field of eight, Rainbow Palace and driver Francis Picard shooting to the early lead, but they then gave way to D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) at the opening quarter mile in :27.4. And already on the move on the outside was Brosseau with the race favorite American Wiggle. They worked their way to the front and cut the mile to the half in :57. It was then that driver Jocelyn Gendron came first-over with National Debt and started grinding their way towards the race leader. In the backstretch, National Debt collared American Wiggle but could not pass them by at the three-quarters in 1:26. American Wiggle then gained ground on the final turn and took the lead away from National Debt. But that was only briefly as after they started down the stretch, National Debt was the strong horse, winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:55. American Wiggled barely held off Rainbow Palace for second place. It was the fifth win this year for National Debt ($5.50), a seven-year-old stallion by Allamerican Native. He is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. Trainer Yves Tessier also trained the winner of the 9th race co-feature trot. It was none other than R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy scooting to the early with Stephane Brosseau and race favorite Torches Angel leaving from post eight and getting the two-hole trip by the opening quarter mile in :28.1. R Rkadabra then cut the mile to the half in :58.3 and was solid on the lead going into the backstretch. Before the three-quarters in 1:28.1, Brosseau moved Torches Angel to the outside and then the lead by the final turn. They then pulled away for an easy win by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) closed well to be second with Rocky Boy (Marc Belanger) third. It was win number four on the day for driver Stephanie Brosseau and the second training score of the afternoon for Yves Tessier as he sent out the winners in both co-feature races. An eight-year-old mare by Angus Hall, it was the second straight win and fourth victory on the year for Torches Angel, who paid $4.00 to win. It was also an owner double for Morin Beauceville. Track Notes: With no rain and sunny skies, fans saw the H3R track in s good shape. In the very first race, Soccer Hanover ($7.80) and driver Pascale Berube came first-over from the half mile and wore down pacesetter and race favorite Rain Gage (Daniel Laflamme) at the wire to win by a half-length and tied his lifetime record in 1:57.1. The Hippodrome 3R website, www.quebecjockeyclub, now features a live feed of the harness races. Live racing resumes next Sunday, post time at 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Back in November at the Black Book Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, trainer Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord along with co-owner Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, were looking to buy a racehorse that was something special. That something special is named American Wiggle and Martin is certain that this horse will be the star of his stable in 2018. The purchase price was $55,000. "We saw how good he was in the New York Sire Stakes," Martin explained. "On the night of the $225,000 Final he raced super to finish third. I was also able to talk with Stephane Bouchard, who co-owned the horse and he told how good he really is and then we bought him." Now age four, American Wiggle has $106,000 in earnings and a record of 1:51 taken last year. Last week at the Hippodrome 3R, American Wiggle and driver Stephane Brosseau, were very strong from post eight, moving to second place in the backstretch and then coming on in the stretch to win by four lengths. American Wiggle is back at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday, starting again from post eight in the eighth race co-feature pace. How did American Wiggle come out of the race last week? "He came out of the race just fine." Martin said. "With his races at Rideau Carleton under his belt, he was in perfect shape for last Sunday's race and will be again this Sunday. He is ready now to put in even a better performance. The eight post is not great through." Martin also has high hopes that American Wiggle will develop into the type of horse that could compete in the Hippodrome 3R's premier race, the $200,000 Prix D'Ete on August 19. "If he continues to develop as he has been," Martin said, "We will enter him in the Prix D'Ete. If he can draw a good post and depending on the competition, he could do well in there. You never know. He has been good on a half mile track and that can make a lot of difference." What does Martin like best about American Wiggle? "I really like his confirmation," Martin said. "He is built like a racehorse should be. I also like that he is calm, relaxed and quiet both off and on the track and that when you do ask him for speed, he gives it to you." Martin has 15 horses in his stable and he feels that American Wiggle is the best of all of them. After his race on Sunday at H3R, Martin said he will be taking him to Toronto to race at Mohawk Racetrack. Fans at H3R could see him back in action before the Prix D'Ete. Martin is anxious to see how he will be on the big track. Now for this Sunday, American Wiggle and Brosseau face some new competition in the top racehorse National Debt, who starts from post seven for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Last week at Rideau Carleton, National Debt, a $400,000 career winner, came from off the pace to score in 1:53.2. Other contenders include DJ Power (post six) and the entry from trainer Isabelle Bineti of Washington Hanover (post two) and Highpoint Chip (post 5). There is also a co-featured Invitational-Handicap Trot featuring last weeks return winner, Torches Angel. She starts from post eight for driver Stephane Brosseau and was an easy winner last week over a sloppy track. Her main rivals include Holiday Party (post seven), Rocky Boy (post three) and Four Starz Speed (post six). Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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