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Trois-Rivieres, QC - American Wiggle, in his debut at the Hippodrome 3R on Opening Day Sunday, gave notice to his 29 competitors in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete later this season that he is ready for action with an impressive score in the Invitational-Handicapped Pace. Mother Nature was not cooperative as constant rains made the track sloppy with a three-second allowance. It was the sixth opening day at H3R for the Quebec Jockey Club that purchased the track in 2012. The grounds were first developed for horse racing back in 1830. The seventh race co-feature pace saw D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) determined to take the early lead but was parked out by El Torero (Denis Audet) to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Then Ninoscredit and driver Maxim Gaudreault tried coming first-over against D J Power to no avail as they passed the half mile marker in :58.4. As they came off that turn was when driver Stephane Brosseau moved to the outside with American Wiggle and the complexion of the race changed. Brosseau moved three-wide with American Wiggle and by the three-quarters in 1:28.3, they were able to get a minor breather behind pacesetter D J Power. Then on the final turn, Brosseau came out again with American Wiggle to challenge D J Power and they blew by them in the stretch to win going away by four lengths in 1:59.4 over the sloppy track. El Torero was third. It was the first start of the year first start ever at the Hippodrome 3R for American Wiggle. The four-year-old gelded son of American Ideal is trained and co-owned by Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord with Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. American Wiggle paid $4.20 to win. For defending leading driver from last year, Stephane Brosseau, the eighth race Invitational-Handicapped Trot capped the afternoon as he won it with a tough Torches Angel in 2:03. It was R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy that led the field early on, tripping the opening quarter teletimer in :29.1 with Torches Angel following his cover. Then Brosseau came first-over after the half mile in 1:01 with Rocky Boy (Marc Bellanger) following their second-over cover. Torches Angel was able to clear to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:32.2 but Rocky Boy kept the pressure on around the final turn and in the stretch until Torches Angel kicked in another gear and won with ease by two lengths. Rocky Boy was second and Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) finished third. For Torches Angel, one of only two mares in the field against holder horses, it was third win this year for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francois Morin of Beauceville, QC, paying $4.10 to win. The victory was the third winner on the day for Stephane Brosseau, who led all drivers on the wet afternoon. Track Notes: The first race pace saw Machin A Trick and driver Pierre Luc Roy, the older brother of Canada's top driver, Louis-Philippe Roy, lead from start to finish over the sloppy track, digging in throughout the stretch to win by a neck over race favorite Fortune Fella in 2:01.2 and paid $5.80 to win. Trainer Manon Lamothel was the only trainer to send out two winners on the day, both driven by Daniel LaFlamme. For more information, visit Live racing resumes next Sunday, May 6, first race post time at 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With the finishing touches being done in removing the passing lane, adding a new HDTV broadcasting system, a new food catering company, a revamped website and new post times, the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track is ready to begin its live race season on Sunday. The track will race 40 live dates this Spring, Summer and Fall, primarily on Sunday afternoons, Tuesday evenings (starting May 29) and one special Thursday night race program on August 9. The new post time for Sunday's will be 12:50 pm and Tuesday evenings (plus the one Thursday card) will be 6:30 pm. Race fans can get a free program for the Hippodrome 3R race cards at and wagering on the program can be done via most online wagering websites. There are nine races scheduled for opening day, including both an Invitational-Handicapped Pace and Trot. The leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, and leading trainer, Francis Richard, from last season will both be in action Sunday, looking to defend their titles. The seventh race co-feature top pace has nine starters headlined by the morning line favorite at 5-2, American Wiggle (post 8), who is eligible to the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at H3R on August 19. He will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Trained and co-owned by Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord with Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, American Wiggle is a gelded four-year-old son of American Ideal with a record of 1:51 taken at Vernon Downs last year. In his first two starts of the year he has raced in the top class at Rideau Carlton with little success but was race timed last week in 1:53.4. Second choice is Highpoint Chip, a local favorite and eight-time winner last year for trainer Isabelle Bineti. He will be driven by Pascal Berube from post seven and was impressive in both his qualifying wins at H3R. Other contenders include Mister Big Top (post two), D J Power (post five) and Glass Shadow (post nine). Bineti also trains the favorite in the eighth race co-feature trot as Holiday Party heads the field from post seven and will be driven by Berube. This five-year-old gelding by Holiday Road has but one victory last year for the Groupe Holiday Party Stable of Portneuf but has come back stronger in 2018. Racing at Woodbine, Holiday Road took his lifetime mark back in February with a 1:55.2 triumph. Starting alongside in post six is one of the toughest trotting mares in Quebec, Torches Angel for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Yves Tessier. The eight-year-old mare by Angus Hall has a win, second and third in her last three starts at Rideau Carlton, the victory a 1:58.2 score. Looking for the upset victory will be Rocky Boy (post one), R Rkadabra (post four) and Tuscans Memory (post two). Track Notes: Mother Nature is not cooperating with opening day Sunday. Weather forecast is for 80% chance of rain throughout the day. A total of 30 four-year-old pacers have remained eligible to the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, including Little Brown Jug winner, Filibuster Hanover and Breeders Crown winner, Bekhams Z Tam. The final nomination payment is due on May 15. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau says he is ready to defend his driving title when the Hippodrome 3R opens for the 2018 race season on Sunday, April 29. "It would be great if I can take the title again," Brosseau, who hails from L'Assomption, Quebec. "I am already off to a good start this year and am the third leading driver at Rideau Carlton." Last year Brosseau, 48, captured his first driving title at the Hippodrome 3R and sealed the deal on closing day of the 2017 race card, pulling away from rival Stephane Gendron with two wins. Brosseau won the title with 53 wins to Gendron's 48 victories. "I am feeling good from this winter," Brosseau said. "I am driving well, already have ten wins at Rideau and look forward to 3R opening for the season." In only 90 starts this year, Brosseau has 12 wins, 9 second and 20 third place finishes. As for the new change this season of removing the "passing lane" at the Hippodrome 3R, Brosseau has mixed feelings. The passing lane allows a horse sitting in second place to move to the left of the lead horse and have unobstructed clearance down the stretch. "I do not think I like not having the passing lane," Brosseau explained. "It means a big change in driving tactics for the start of the race and especially on the last turn for the finish wire. It could be a little dangerous out there." "I understand it has gone over OK at Yonkers Raceway," Brosseau said. "Perhaps it can be better this season too at H3R. Maybe they will have some 1 1/16th or longer distance races too, which would be good. What can help Brosseau the most this season at the Hippodrome 3R? "Maybe just keep LPR (Louis-Philippe Roy) away from H3R this season," Brosseau laughed. "Then I know I would have a great season. He is doing so well again, leading driver in all of Canada." On Saturday morning, eight qualifying races were held at H3R and driver Pascal Berube had the hot hats, winning four of the races. "The track has been good the last two Saturday's," Berube said. "I hope we have plenty of horses in the box for opening day on Sunday and the weather is good." There are new post times at the Hippodrome 3R this season. Sunday's afternoon program will begin at 12:50 pm and the Tuesday evening racing will start at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The annual Champions Gala, honoring the top horsemen and women and the leading horses of the 2017 harness racing season in Quebec, was held Saturday, November 18 at the Hippodrome 3R. The event was sold out well in advance. There were numerous special awards honoring the top men and women in harness racing this past season plus the crowning of the champion horses in stakes races and overnight events. A great time was had by all as track announcer Guy Lafontaine was again superb as the evenings Emcee along with his associate, Daniel Delise. Female Groom of the Year Award went to Joanie Leonard, a member of the Maxime Velaye Team Stable. She was very present throughout the summer to paddocks for the horses of the team. This young woman is very good at her business, efficient and competent. Male Groom of the Year is Maxim Dubuc, a member of the Simon Delisle Team. Highly visible at the paddock in virtually every program, you will see him working on one or more horses with speed, efficiency and skill. A sure bet that Simon Delisle relies on this man. A 4th Star Award went to Sylvain Fontaine. The 4th Star is awarded to a person from the business of harness racing that we do not often talk about, which often goes under the radar, but which is no less deserving. The honor goes to Fontaine, a driver, trainer, busy at the paddock on race days. Rarely one word higher than the other, he does well what he has to do and positions his horses well in the race without brutalizing them. Nicknamed "Balou" for friends, his friends in the paddock cannot be counted anymore. A 4th Star Award went to driver Steeven Genois. He is never discouraged, despite sometimes long periods without a trip to the winner's circle. With the confidence of some trainers helping, he persevered and finally earned his share of victories. With the support of his wife Melanie, Steeven finally sees better days dawning on the horizon. The Excellence Media Award was presented to Carole Dumont for the launch and production of the program "On Track" presented on Videotron as part of the Ma TV series. Carole gives all his heart and all his expertise in the realization of this series of broadcasts that were intended to open to a wide audience the doors of an unknown universe, harness racing. The show was hailed by the industry and the general public. A must see. Trotter of the Year, Lucky Promesses, owned, bred and driven by Jerome Lombart, trained by Andreane Lapierre. Her record at H3R was absolutely sensational. It reads: 22 starts (8-1-0) $ 20,832, record of 1.58.2 taken at Rideau. At home it was 2.00.4. She has had nine straight wins, including Bedford and Rideau. Hats off to Jerome Lombart, who with his patience brought the mare to this high level of performance. The Pacer of the Year, Rainbow Palace, owned and driven by Francis Picard, trained by Dominique Picard, bought for C$7,500 at the Forest City Auction, this daughter of Royal Mattjesty had a year of dreams in 2017 while producing only at home, Her record with us: 21 starts (7-2-5) C$24,102, and especially a record of 1.54.3. Owner of the Year, Kevin Maguire. New category introduced this year. Who other than Kevin Maguire to illustrate the investment in time, money in the industry, which gave him a little this year by crowning his mare Magestic M, winner of the Breeders Cup. A great success that Kevin had in 2017. Previous years have not always been rewarded like this one. Our man nevertheless continued to devote himself to his passion. His statistics at H3R also impressive in 2017, under a record of 75 starts (11-14-8) and C$94,094 in earnings. Trainer of the Year, Francis Richard. New generation, new approach, great talent and extremely friendly personality, a big plus for the industry from the contribution of Francis this year. And the number of owners who trust him is a testament to his talent and expertise. A well-deserved title under a record of 109 (26-16-11) C$142,139. Driver of the Year, Stephane Brosseau. Another outstanding ambassador for the industry. 2017 was the year of the great return to the summit, that of the recognition of many trainers in his talent out of the ordinary to drive with skill the young horses. A combination of events and people will have allowed Stephane to experience a dream year, in a job he loves. His record: 277 (53-55-44) C$297,817, average URS of .355. Personality of the Year, Claude Hamel. HP here, HP there, the HP of Claude Hamel the breeder is now known throughout Canada. The man has given a lot to the industry in recent decades. With his wife Celine Paquin, he has set up a farm which they can be rightly proud. This year again, the HP horses have shone, the most beautiful flagship being so far, the incredible HP Sissy, winner here and in the USA at the highest levels at Yonkers Raceway. And we're not talking about the many horses that Claude is associated with in Ontario, and they too race at the highest level. The Special Achievement Award was presented to François Carignan, the Director of Operations at H3R. The Quebec Jockey Club paid tribute to the man who has worked the Trois-Rivières racecourse throughout the region and in Quebec over the last fifty years. To speak about François is to talk about his passion for the racetrack, the races, the horses and the customers with whom he has developed great relationships over the years, a complicity that is rarely seen. It was a superb way to close a very successful gala. The fifth annual since the revival of the industry by the Quebec Jockey Club. 2017 Champion Horses 2-year-old Filly Trotter Precious CC (Angus Hall - Marion Chocolate - Chocolatier) 2:03.3 Owner: Marie-Andrée Cornoyer Breeder: Raymond Larose Trainer-driver: Claude Beausoleil 2-year-old Colt Trotter Ganymede Lavec (Ganymede - Promising Lavec - Mr Lavec) 2.07 Owner and breeder: Jerome Lombart Trainer: Andrene Lapierre Driver: Jerome Lombart 2- year- old Filly Pacer Rose Bed (Bayama Leader - Intense - Shanghai Phil) 2:02 Owner-breeder: Guy Corbeil Trainer: Maxime Velaye Driver: Daniel Dube 2-year-old Colt Pacer Stock (Sportswriter - Whycantiforgetyou - The Panderosa) 1:57 Proprietors: Sotirios Anastasopoulos, Gaetan Bono Breeder: Sotirios Anastasopoulos Trainer: Dany Fontaine Driver: Stephane Brosseau 3-year-old Filly Trotter Magestic M (The Majestic Son - Striking Sybil - Striking Sahbra) 2.03.1 Owner - Breeder: Kevin Maguire Trainer: Kevin Maguire Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy 3-year-old Colt Trotter Dream Sensor (Muscle Mass - Nobility - Monte Hall) 2.00.1 Owner-Breeder: Provocative Stable Trainer: Maxime Velaye Driver: Daniel Dube 3-year-old Filly Pacer YS Tallia (Western Ideal - Tallinn Bolero - Arts Conquest) 1.58.4 Owner - breeder: Yves Sarrazin Trainer: Michel Allard Driver: Daniel Dube 3-year-old Colt Pacer Wildriverbumblebee (Sportswriter - Alcor Semalu - Mach Three) 1.59.1 Breeder owner: Dr. John Bradbury Coach: Francis Richard Driver: Stephane Brosseau Older Mare Trotter Artemis Duharas (Andover Hall - Athena Duharas - Victory Force) 2.03.1 Owner - breeder: Haras De l'Estrie Trainer: Manon Levasseur Driver: Raymond Gingras Older Horse Trotter Wildwild Men (Muscle Mass - Seeyouinthecircle - Angus Hall) 1.59.1 Owner: Catheline Pelletier Breeder: Chantal Gravel Coach: Isabelle Darveau Driver: Rob Shepherd Older Mare Pacer HP Sissy (Up The Credit - Monica Blue Chip - Cams Card Shark) 1.55 Owner - breeder: Claude Hamel Trainer: Jean Tourigny Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy Older Horse Pacer Half Billion (Sportswriter - Racey Date - Western Hanover) 1.52.2 Proprietors: Michel Letarte, Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire, Corey Giles Breeder: Hudson Standardbred Trainer: Francis Richard Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy New Track Record Windsun Cheyenne Trainer and owner, Gina Bragagnolo Driver: Stéphane Brosseau 1½ mile, 2.58.1, August 27th, 5th race By Daniel Delisle for the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing fans were greeted with late morning snow showers and temperature just above freezing for the 40th and final day of the 2017 race season at the Hippodrome 3R, but it did not deter fans from coming to the track for closing day. Driver Stephane Brosseau wasted little time in capturing the leading driver honors for the 2017 season. Going into the final race card, Brosseau held a five-win lead, 51 to 46, over rival Stephane Gendron, but after the second race pace, the lead for Brosseau grew. He took Soccer Hanover ($4.00) three-wide in the backstretch after being in eighth place at the half mile, then by the three-quarters they not only looped the field, but cleared to the lead before the top of the stretch for the easy win. Then Stephane Gendron came back with a win in the fifth race pace with Stronski ($11.80) but by this point on the race card, it was too late for Gendron to catch Brosseau. Brosseau won the driving title with 53 wins over 48 for Gendron. Trainer Francis Richard captured his first ever leading trainer title with 26 wins from his stable, six more than Yves Tessier (20). In the co-featured sixth race trot, Ice O Late and driver Sylvain Filion were game enough to go three-wide in the backstretch against first-over Lucky Promesses (Jerome Lombart) and pacesetter R Rkadabra (Pierre Luc Roy) and dug in through the stretch to win by a head in 2:01, paying $9.60 to win. R Rkadabra was second with Torches Angel (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the second straight win and seventh victory on the year for Ice O Late. The five-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide is trainer by Luc Chouinard for owner Claude Surprenant of Farnham. In the eighth race co-featured pace, it was Arazi (Sylvain Lacaille) who cut the mile from the start, but it was the race favorite, Mister Big Top, who would have his photo taken in the winner's circle. With After Market (Carol Voyer) sitting the pocket trip, Arazi led the field and then at the half mile marker, Code Word (Pascal Berube) came first-over with Mister Big Top and Stephane Gendron second-over, but not for long, as they swept three-wide and blew by the field, winning with ease by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.1. It was the ninth win this year for Mister Big Top. The five-year-old gelded son of Mister Big, trained by Yves Tessier, is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $3.80 to win. Track Notes: Four drivers each had two winners on Sunday. They were Pascal Berube, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron and Francis Picard. Long shots continued at H3R Sunday as 33-1 Miss Sangria and driver Francis Picard upset the field with a 1:58.2 lifetime mark in the first race pace and paid $69.90 to win. While Lucky Promesses did not win today, she did conclude the race season as the winningest horse at H3R in 2017, scoring eight of her ten wins this year at her home track. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday is the 40th and final live harness racing program of the 2017 season at the Hippodrome 3R and it looks very positive for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Francis Richard to respectively win their first leading driver and trainer honors. Brosseau, from L'Assomption, had led the driver colony throughout most of the season, holds a 51 to 46 win lead over rival Stephane Gendron, and as many of us know all too well, you never know what can happened on closing day. Gendron needs five wins to tie Brosseau, but in the tale of the tape, Brosseau has a very big edge. He has drives in nine of the ten races on program. Gendron has only seven drives. Brosseau is listed on four race favorites, Gendron just one. This title could well be decided before midway through the race card. As for Francis Richard, it has become a breakthrough season for the 27-year-old from Cambridge who has held a trainer's license only since 2009. He holds a seven win lead over Yves Tessier, 26 to 19. Tessier has four entered on Sunday, Richard has two entered and thus no way can Tessier catch Richard. When he was just age 18, Francis Richard left Quebec to go Ontario to learn to become a trainer and learn he did working for David Menary, a dominant force on the WEG circuit. He stayed for five years and learned his trade well. "I must credit the trust of the owners who have supported me," Richard said. "Especially in the beginning as it was Brian Paquet who helped set the tone for my future. I owe Brian a lot, he really gave me my first chance, and still today, he supports me by sending me his young horses, it's a spinning wheel. "I think because of my success with Brian Paquet," Richard added. "It helped also attracted others owners and during the last year there have been many including ICR Racing, brothers Desrochers, MM Letarte and Allaire, John Bradbury, Steve Perreault, SOS farm, Carole Lévesque, all these people, each in their own way supported and have given me a chance. " "Every victory this season has its special meaning," Richard said. "All of them are important, from a victory at the Breeders' Cup Final to a 'maiden', these are all beautiful moments. I have a hard time separating all of this, and in this business, it's the win that counts the most and the progress of a particular horse." On the racetrack Sunday, Lucky Promesses, the winningest horse this season at H3R, will try for her 11th victory of the year with eight wins coming at her home track for owner, breeder, driver Jerome Lombart of Bromont. The four-year-old mare by Lucky Fool starts from post two in the sixth race co-feature trot for trainer Andreane Lapierre and faces a tough task going against another top mare, Torches Angel (Stephane Brosseau) in post seven, who ships in off a 1:58 triumph at Rideau Carleton, along with Ice O Late (Sylvain Lacaille), a 1:59 winner last out. In the co-featured eighth race pace there are two strong return winners who are conditioned by the top trainers this year. Mister Big Top ships home from Rideau for trainer Yves Tessier after scoring a 1:56 triumph, his eighth victory of the year. He starts from post six for driver Stephane Gendron. Trainer Francis Richard sends out Matts Phil from post three with Pierre Luc Roy in the sulky. Last week at H3R Matts Phil posted his seventh win of the year, wiring the field in 1:58.4. Other contenders in the field include D Gs Machbeach (post one), return winner After Market (post two) and Arazi (post five). In honor of the closing day of the race season the first 500 fans to come to the track will get a free race program. There will also be free drawings to win t-shirts and hockey tickets plus free coffee and hot chocolate and two for one hot dog specials. First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Riveres, QC - He's on a five-race winning streak and now Wildriverbumblebee is returning to his home track at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday to take on older rivals in the Invitational Pace. The lone three-year-old is facing five older male rivals and one tough mare as Wildriverbumblebee has his work cut out for him once again in the eighth race co-feature race. It's not the first time he has faced older rivals. His five-race win streak began back on August 6 at Rideau Carlton where he was able to leave and get a perfect two-hole trip, drawing off in the stretch to win in 1:54.1. Since then, it was all stakes races and all victories. Owned and bred by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Easton, Wildriverbumblebee is a son of Sportswriter from the Mach Three mare, Alcor Semalu. His record this season is seven wins in just nine starts with one second place finish. His is trained by Francis Richard, whose Universal Training Rating at H3R is a very impressive .425, mainly because of Wildriverbumblebee's success this season. On Sunday, he starts from the outside in post seven for driver Stephane Brosseau, the leading driver at H3R this season. Wildriverbumblebee's current winning streak includes not only one leg, but also the C$65,000 final of the Breeders Cup Series at H3R, then it was two legs of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Series, taking his lifetime mark of 1:51.2 at Mohawk Raceway. Then last week was the icing on the cake as he won the C$50,000 Grassroots final at Mohawk in 1:52.1. "I am very happy," said trainer Francis Richard." "and also blessed to have him in my barn." It seems that Wildriverbumblebee has no issues in traveling hours on end for his races. On his five-race winning streak he has been at H3R, Rideau Carlton, Georgian Downs and Mohawk Raceway. That's a lot of road travel time in the horse trailer. "He travels very well," Richard said. "He's had a good week now. He shipped home from Mohawk in very good shape for Sunday's race." What training schedule does Richard do for Wildriverbumblebee between all the shipping to different tracks? "It is never the same every week," Richard explained. "I go with how he is feeling. He does get time in the paddock every morning." With no more stakes races on his schedule for three-year-olds, Wildriverbumblebee now has to face older horse in overnight races, which is no easy task. On Sunday, he will be going against Team Allard's Crombie A, who starts from post five for driver Mario Charron. Crombie A, two starts back, was second to Glass Shadow in the Invitational Pace at H3R. Also in the race is return winner, National Debt, for driver Stephane Gendron. Last week National Debt won at Rideau Carlton in 1:54 for his seventh win this season for trainer Yves Tessier, who is currently the second leading percentage trainer in all of Canada at .428. Other contenders in the field include the lone mare, Rainbow Palace (post six), who is seeking her seventh win on the year, Mr Mach Jimmy (post four) and Highpoint Chip (post one), who is gunning for his ninth win this year for trainer/driver Pascal Berube. "It's a nice group of horses," Richard said. "It's always tougher going against older horses. I think my colt will do fine even from the outside post. He has shown he can race well on the lead or from behind." Sunday's strong race card at H3R also features an Invitational Trot in the ninth race where Jamigo seeks a repeat performance. After a dismal performance at Rideau Carlton last week, Jamigo looks to rebound back at his home track. Two starts back the eight-year-old gelded son of Amigo Hall beat the best at H3R in 1:59.4. He will start from post seven for driver Daniel Laflamme and they are going for their eighth win this year. Torches Angel, one of just two mares in the field of nine, is coming off a 1:58 score at Rideau Carlton last week for trainer Yves Tessier and goes from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau. Other contenders include Moonbeam Hall for driver/trainer Pascal Berube. He has been second or first in his last three starts at H3R but for the second straight start, drew poorly with post eight again. Veteran trotter, Four Starz Speed (post six) is the oldest competitor in the field at age 12 but still has plenty of trot, finishes second in his last two outings for driver/trainer Kevin Maquire. Post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, had the hot hands Sunday afternoon, scoring four winners on the program, including the feature pace. Brosseau, who now holds a 49 to 35-win lead over Stephane Gendron for the 2017 driving title, scored his driving quadruple with victories in the 3rd, 7th , 9th and 10th races on the program. Brosseau's most impressive victory came in the ninth race feature, the Silver Invitational Pace. Both Highpoint Chip (Pascal Berube) and race favorite, Bali (Brosseau), left from posts six and seven respectively, but once Highpoint Chip looked to settle in on the rail, he broke stride and that allowed Brosseau to have the easy lead with Bali, going to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Brosseau and Bali held the field at bay as they led to the half mile in :56.2, then to the three-quarter mile marker in 1:25. Coming down the stretch with a seven length lead, Brosseau and Bali coasted to the wire, winning by five and one-half lengths in 1:56. Mister Big Top (Stephane Gendron) was second with Pantheon Seelster (Steeven Genois) third. It was the eighth win of the year for Bali. The six-year-old gelded son of Bali is trained by Marie Claude Auger and is owned and was bred by Denise Auger of Trois-Rivieres and co-owned with Emilie Auger of Welland, ON. Bali paid $4.50 to win. It was the third time this season that Brosseau has scored a driving quadruple. Track Notes: Driver Stephanie Gendron also had a good day in the sulky with a driving triple as the two reinsman combined to win seven of the ten races on the program. Live racing resumes at H3R next Sunday, October 8 with first race post time at 12:30 pm and H3R will also feature a special Monday live race card on Thanksgiving Day, October 9m with first race post time also at 12:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Glass Shadow, who has been winless in his last 14 starts, pulled off a stunning upset at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, wiring the field in the Invitational Pace for driver Gaetan Lamy at odds of 23-1, paying $49.70 to win. Leaving from post five, veteran driver Gaetan Lamy sent Glass Shadow right to the lead with Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) grabbing the two-hole spot and the 8/5 favorite, Ufdragons Rocket and driver Stephane Gendron, parked out first-over from the start. Gendron tried to urge Ufdragons Rocket to the front, but Lamy and Glass Shadow said no as they sped to the opening quarter in :57.1. Gendron tried again with Ufdragons Rocket as they went to the half, but again Glass Shadow said no. They went to the half mile in :55.3. They raced the same, only now Crombie A and driver Stephane Brosseau had joined the hunt in second over position, UFdragons Rocket was still game being parked out from the start as they sped to the three-quarters in 1:25.3. Lamy opened up a little daylight with Glass Shadow as they started down the stretch, but started to bear out as Ufdragons Rocket began to fade as Rainbow Palace came up the passing lane and Crombie A found room to mount a challenge. But Lamy and Glass Shadow were the best today, holding off Crombie A to win by a half-length in 1:55.2. Rainbow Palace was third. The last time Glass Shadow had won a race, was back on April 30 at H3R. Trained and owned by Marc Andre Cormier of Princeville, it was the fifth win this year for the six-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play. Track Notes: With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80's, H3R's half mile oval was razor sharp as five horses (half of the race card) registered lifetime marks. The fastest mile on the program came in the seventh race pace, as Solid Performance and driver Pascal Berube pulled away from the field in the backstretch, winning by eleven and one-quarter lengths in 1:54.2, making it a trainer/owner double for Marc Andre Cormier Live racing will resume at H3R next Sunday, first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It was just one year ago that the two-year-old pacing colt, Wildriverbumblebee, set the track record for his age and gait at the Hippodrome 3R in winning his division of the C$480,000 Quebec Championship finals. He scored a 1:54 victory that day. Now, age 3, Wildriverbumblebee is back again, taking on a stellar field of seven rivals at the Hippodrome 3R as part of the eight championship finals with total purses again at C$480,000. There are four C$65,000 finals of the Breeders Cup Series for the three-year-old trotters and pacers and four C$55,000 finals of the Future Stars Series for the two-year-old's. At nearly C$500,00 in total purses for the ten-race program, it is the richest race card of the year at the Hippodrome 3R. Wildriverbumblebee drew barrier seven in the eighth race final for three-year-old pacing colts and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau, who has done very well with the colt this season. Sired by Sportswriter, Wildriverbumblebee was bred and is owned by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton. He is trained by Francis Richard. Currently on a two-race win streak, Wildriverbumblebee comes home to H3R off an impressive 1:53 lifetime mark in winning a $18,000 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Georgian Downs by four and one-quarter lengths. His prior start was a 1:54.1 triumph in an overnight race at Rideau Carlton. Will the outside post be a problem for Wildriverbumblebee on Sunday? "He (Wildriverbumblebee) is quite a versatile horse," said owner Dr. John Bradbury. "And with Stephane Brosseau driving, he teams up pretty good with him. So, I think that they will be able to cope with starting from post seven." "Wildriverbumblebee dealt good with the shipping to the Toronto area," Dr. Bradbury said. "He was on his "A" game at Georgian Downs." Shipping back and forth between Ontario and Quebec has to be hard on a racehorse but Dr. Bradbury is positive about his colt. For most of the season Wildriverbumblebee has been lightly raced with two-week breaks between some starts. "Wildriverbumblebee is in a good shape right now," Dr. Bradbury explained. "All the shipping done in August has made us decide to race him lighter this season." And it is paying off so far as Wildbumblebee has only 11 lifetime starts with six wins, three second and one third place finish, good for $56,215 in earnings. The three-year-old colt pace program shows it is the most competitive race of the eight championship finals. The race favorite is C L Sportsaction (post two) at 3-1. He was second by a neck in his last two starts at Rideau Carlton, timed in 1:54. Wildriverbumblebee is second choice at 7/2. Rebel Voyager (post six) has beaten Wildriverbumblebee once in the series on July 16 and has an impressive 11 wins in 23 starts for trainer Francis Richard. They were eighth after broken equipment in his last start when Wildriverbumblebee won in 1:53, but prior to that the son of Shanghai Phil has been first or second in his last five starts. Historie Enchantee (post eight) comes in on a two-race winning streak including a lifetime mark of 1:54. Other strong competitors include Western Phil (post three), who was second to Wildriverbumblebee last start and prior had won in 1:54.3 and No Play (post four), who has been second in his last three starts and this year has four wins, four seconds and eight third place finishes in just 15 starts. The track record for three-year-old's may not be surpassed in this race, mainly due to the fact that the record is an amazing 1:52.4 set by Duc D'Orleans in 2013. "Anyone could win this race on Sunday," concluded Dr. Bradbury. "It all depends how the race will unfold." Post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. A free copy of the entire race program is available at From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - At first glance, reaching suc a threshold at the Quebec Regional Fair races at Ayers Cliff, could have seemed disappointing, but according to Stephane Brosseau himself, what a warm welcome the fans who were present there on Saturday, August 26 gave him on scoring his 3,000th career win. As he says, it was a magical moment, intimate, sympathetic that the main interested is not about to forget. "My father was a talented trainer in the 70s and 80s," Stephane said. "And so, did my uncles, Pierre and Jean-Guy Brosseau, from as far back as I can remember I never wanted to do anything other than be a horse driver. On the school benches, it took all my mother's conviction to keep me there until I graduated from school. And as soon as I was able to devote myself to this passion, as soon as I could live my dream, I threw myself totally into harness racing. "My first years were atypical," Stephane explained, "In the sense that I was in the United States, working for my uncle Jean-Guy when the time came for my first tests on the track. Qualifying races at Brandywine, Freehold, Yonkers and a very first victory in 1988, at Blue Bonnets, to the guides of Sexy Skipper, but before I got there, at this first victory, I remember that I finished six times in second place! "It was then the time for my first job as a horseman and driver," Stephane said. "Mostly very competent coaches from whom I learned a lot, people like Simon Pleau, Pierre Touchette, Jean-Louis Deblois, Serge Boulay. I was hoping for more than 700 appearances on the track, more than sixty victories, and it took almost ten years for me to find the numbers, but the massive arrival of some renowned veterans during those years made me undeniably backward in the pursuit of my dreams, of course the Blue Bonnets of the early 90's. "Fortunately, there was the Prudhomme family," Stephane added. "Marcel Pelletier, a few people like this who allowed me to continue. To move forward, around 1997, it was imperative to take a step backwards to better relaunch my career, so I went to Quebec City, Serge Normandin, and there, too, a complicity was born that always lasted since, that with my good friend Marc-Andre Simoneau. "I had an excellent pass that made it possible for me to come back stronger to Montreal," Stephane said. "Which had become the Montreal Hippodrome in 2002. In 2002, it was my best year, with more than 260 wins and gains that exceeded 2.2 $ million. "In the early 2000s, I convinced two good friends to follow me in Trois-Rivieres," Stephane explained, "And race twice a week, and I am referring to Serge Turenne and Mario Charron. I had to do a lot of things, to find a job outside the races and to try to earn a living for my family. Races at H3R, it's great, but for someone like me, it does not allow me to live by my job. "Of course, at 48," Stephane, of L'Assomption said. "When I take a look at my journey, I imagine that it could have been quite different, if the races in Quebec had been maintained, with three racecourses, even four, races almost every day, purses that allow people to live off their passion. "It's beautiful that I now have 3,000 victories," Stephane continued. "But I am not without saying that under the current conditions, the 4,000th seems very far away." Those who know and appreciate Stephane are very happy with what will happen to him in 2017. Good horses to drive, the support of several of the best stables have propelled this year more than ever to the forefront. His talent and his hands are more recognizable with the young horses. This talent, this skill has always been there, but it was as if we did not appreciate them at their true value. Personally, it has not often happened to me to leave my professional reserve, but today, let me tell you, that Stephane Brosseau, for me, is an accomplished driver to whom I would never hesitate to trust. Here is a competent horseman, a man who knows how to make the most of the horses entrusted to him. Since the early 2000s, he is, in my opinion, one of the dominant forces on the race track. With Pascal Berube and Mario Charron, he has always been there, against all odds, and it can easily be said today that he is identified with H3R at the tracks leading driver. Stéphane is also an excellent ambassador for the industry. He expresses himself well, a quality sought to help sell the sport to which it is so attached. He can clearly and unambiguously identify the reasons for success and failure. He is an emotional man, a passionate man. He does not like to lose, like most people he is thirsty for victories, but this year more than ever, he knew how to keep a cool head and as he told track announcer Guy Lafontaine last Sunday, he tries as much as possible to have fun! We are all pleased that he has reached this enviable threshold of 3,000 victories. Who knows what tomorrow will reserve for him? He still has very good years ahead of him. Just enough that the races continue on a good track. And to his family, Marie-Claude and Philippe, Claudette and Marcel, you can be very proud of Stephane Brosseau! By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The track record for pacers going an extra distance of 1.5 miles was rewritten Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R by Windsun Cheyene and driver Stephane Brosseau. The 6th race ten-horse field saw the 3/5 wagering favorite, Windsun Cheyenne and Brosseau shoot right to the lead from post five and never looked back in the three-lap race. Windsun Cheyenne held the field at bay, winning by three lengths in 2:58.1 over Northern Juno (Denis Audet) with P L Gyro (Andre Champagne) third. The prior track record was 3:02 set by Aarons Mattjesty, also driven by Brosseau, back in 2013. The North American record is 2:56.3 held by Slybye N at Northfield Park in 2003. It was the fifth win this year for Windsun Cheyenne, a seven-year-old gelding by Cam's Card Shark, who is owned and trained by Gina Bragannolo of Lavaltrie. He paid $3.40 to win. Rainbow Palace and driver Francis Picard pulled off the biggest upset victory of the day in the 8th race Invitational Pace. The only mare in field and sent off at odds of 13-1, Picard and Rainbow Palace were able to come first-over from third place on the final turn and nail pacesetter and 4/5 race favorite, Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy), at the wire to win by a neck in 1:54.3. The pocket-sitting Glass Shadow, driven by Stephane Brosseau, was third. For Rainbow Palace, a five-year-old mare by Royal Mattjesty, it was a lifetime mark and her fifth win this year for trainer Dominique D. Picard. Rainbow Palace is owned by Francis Picard of Warwick. She paid $28.80 to win. The Invitational Trot in race seven saw trainer/driver Guy Gagnon go gate-to-wire with the 1/5 favorite, Unabating, in 1:59.1. The nine-year-old gelding by Broadway Hall won with ease in a romp by seven and one-quarter lengths over the 72-1 long shot Federal Strike (Sylvain Fontaine) with Torches Angel (Pierre Luc Roy) third. Track Notes: Harness driver Stephane Brosseau, was honored in the winner's circle at H3R Sunday by track management on achieving his 3,000th career victory Saturday afternoon at Ayer's Cliff on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. Brosseau is the leading dash winning driver this season at H3R. Live racing resumes Tuesday night at H3R when the trotting mare Lucky Promesses goes for her ninth straight win for owner/driver Jerome Lombart. Post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The opening round of the $220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday provided for plenty of excitement for racing fans. In the 3rd race first division of the Future Stars Series for colts, the 6/5 race favorite, Undefeated Lucky Match (Yves Filion) made a break at the start and was never a factor in the race. It was Chloes Master and driver Steeven Genois shooting right to the lead from post five, then stuffing Power Fog (Jocelyn Gendron) into the pocket seat at the opening quarter mile in :29.4. Genois was then able to back down the pace to the half mile. Then in the backstretch, Gendron came out to challenge again to no avail as after the three-quarters, Genois was able to open up on the field with Chloes Master and win by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:01.1. Leader Tonight (Mario Charron) was second with Power Fog third. It was the maiden victory for Chloes Master, a gelded son of Vintage Master, who is a half-brother to Quebec Champion two-year-old, Queen Elsa, a $50,000 winner last year. He is being trained by Michel Allard for owner and Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, one of the top harness racing drivers in the sport. Dube and Guy Boulianne also bred Chloes Master, who paid $6.30 to win. Then in the fifth race, second colt division of the series, it was all Stock and driver Stephane Brosseau, easily leading from start to finish. After the half mile marker, the colt by Sportswriter, opened up on the field, leading by six lengths at the three-quarters and then coasting to the wire by 10 and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. G A Speed Sammy (Alain Carrier) was second with Phil Dorleans (Louis-Philippe Roy) third. Trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos, who co-owns Stock with Gaetan Bono Stable, it was the second straight win to remain unbeaten. He paid $2.90 to win. The fillies provided big excitement in the sixth race, first division as Sharks Summshandy (Sylvain Lacaille) went to the early lead with Keesha challenging and then Liisawithtwoeyes (Louis-Philippe Roy) going three-wide to take command. Then after the half mile, the 3/5 race favorite, Katniss S BG and trainer/driver Yves Filion, who had broken stride at the start, came first-over with 15-1 La Balafre (Stephane Brosseau) following second over, but the pace was not fast enough for Brosseau as he took La Balafre three-wide to take the lead and then pull away in the stretch to win by two lengths in 2:01.2. Katniss S BG was second with Sharksummrshandy third. It was a lifetime mark and the maiden victory for La Balafre. The daughter of L H Stryker is trained by Jean Tourigny for owner Michel Damphousse and paid $33.30 to win. The seventh race second division for fillies was just as exciting as the first. The 3/5 race favorite, Butterfly BG and driver Stephane Gendron went to the early lead with Miss Rockadali (Yves Filion) grabbing the two-hole spot by the opening quarter mile in a quick :28.4. They raced that way to the half mile marker when 22-1 D Gs Shadowbell and driver Jonathan Lachance came first-over to challenge with Road To Lea (Stephane Brosseau) second over. As they raced down the backstretch to the three-quarters, Brosseau tried the same move that won the prior race with La Balafre, sending Road To Lea three-wide and the filly nearly cleared to the lead on the field turn, setting up three horses across as they came down the stretch. D Gs Shadowbell, who most would think would be tired after racing first-over since the half mile, but the filly dug in for Lachance and came on to win by one and one-half lengths with Butterfly GB second and Road To Lea third in 2:01.3. Trained by Mario Lachance, D Gs Shadowbell is by Shadow Play and was bred and is owned by Daniel Surprenant and paid $46.00 to win. Track Notes: It took until the eighth race Invitational race for top driver Louis-Philipe Roy to bring one home. After being stung by Arazi (Mario Charron) to the opening quarter mile in :27, Sports Authority and driver Pierre-Luc Roy cleared to the lead before the half mile in :55. But there was little rest for the weary as young brother Louis-Philipe Roy was on the move first-over with race favorite Half A Billion. Those two then went head-to-head by the three-quarters in 1:24 before Half A Billion cleared to the lead and won by one and one-half lengths in 1:54.2. Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) nipped Sports Authority for second place. It was the seventh straight win this year for Half A Billion, who paid $3.10 to win. At St-Joseph-De-Lepage racetack in Quebec yesterday, Abundasass broke the 55-year-old track record on the trot when he won for 3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, in 2:03.1. The former track record was set by Anne Gallon in 1962. The 10-year-old Abundance gelding, trained by Marc Andre Simoneau and co-owned by him and Francis Guillemette, is a familiar name to 3R fans. On July 1, he won at St-Hughes; the next day he won in at 3R. A winner at St-Hughes again on July 8, he made his previous start at 3R on July 18, finishing fifth after being elevated to the Invitational-Silver class. Live racing resumes this Tuesday at H3R, post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club        

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Before coming to the Hippodrome 3R back on June 20, the three-year-old trotting filly, HP Run Like Mom, was winless in seven starts, never even finishing in the top three. The daughter of Kadabra then moved into the barn of trainer Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel, who co-owns HP Run Like Mom with Michel Damphousse, and the switch to racing at H3R has resulted with five straight wins. Tuesday evening was the third and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old filly and colt trotters. There were three divisions, all non-wagering races due to short fields. HP Run Like Mom was in the first non-wagering division and driver Stephane Brosseau wasted no time going right to the lead and holding the field at bay by five lengths at the opening quarter mile in :29.4. Then HP Run Like Mom switched into high gear, pulling away from the field to lead by ten lengths at the half mile in :59.3, then 24 lengths at the three-quarters in 1:29.3 and cruised home to win by the length of the stretch, 25 and one-half lengths in a lifetime best clocking of 1:59.4. Lindas Jewell (Mario Lachance) was a distance second with Southern Queen (Mario Charron) third. The time of the race was just two fifths of a second from tying the track record for three-year-old trotting fillies. "She (HP Run Like Mom) was a normal filly as a youngster," Claude Hamel said. "As a yearling, she gave us a fright with a shoulder injury but that healed up well. "So, we then we sent her as a two-year-old to Toronto to Benoit Baillargeon to train since she was eligible for the stakes there," Hamel explained. "Benoit considered her to be special, but she only qualified once at age 2 and we were disappointed. Then at age three, she showed some speed on occasion, one mile in 1:58.4, the last quarter in :28.4, but still not good. It was then that Benoit advised us to bring her back to Quebec and that was the right decision. Jean (Tourigny) took her on and the results have been instantaneous," Hamel said. "Five straight wins, new record of 1:59.4. I think now we will consider sending her to a few stakes in Ontario while we wait for the final here on September 3." The second non-wagering division for colts saw Capteur De Reve post his first win of the 2017 season for driver Pierre Luc Roy with a hard-fought victory over undefeated Kinnder Danerous (Justin Filion) in 1:59.4. It was Bastiano and driver Stephane Gendron going to the early lead with Kinnder Dangerous sitting the pocket trip through a :29.3 first quarter and then backed it down to the half mile in 1:01. That forced driver Pierre Luc Roy come first-over with Capteur De Reve, who collared Bastiano by the three-quarters in 1:30.4 with Filion then moving three-wide on the final turn with Kinnder Dangerous. All three-horses then made it a dash to the wire with Capteur De Reve the strong horse, winning by a neck over Kinnder Dangerous with Batiano third. Sired by Muscle Mass, Capteur De Reve was the series champion last year. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who also bred the colt. In the second filly division, it was the team of driver Pierre Luc Roy and trainer Maxime Velaye returning to the winner's circle, this time with Affirmee. Affirmee shot out to the early lead with Taurus P V (Jocelyn Gendron) following right on their heels as those two horses pulled away from the field by 15 lengths at the opening quarter mile in :29.2. They raced that way past the half mile and the three-quarters with Affirmee pulling away at the finish to win by five open lengths in 2:04.1. Taurus V P was second with Magestic M (Kevin Maguire) third. It was the second straight win for Affirmee, a daughter of Angus Hall, who was also bred and is owned by the Provoquante Stable. The opening round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting fillies and colts got underway Tuesday. In the first division for fillies, it was Precieuse CC and trainer/d river Claude Beausoleil coming first-over against pacesetter Luckys Dream (Jerome Lombart), taking command at the three-quarters and winning by two lengths in 2:06 over race favorite Magic Lady (Yves Filion) with Justice Rules (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the maiden victory for Precieuse CC, a filly by Angus Hall, owned by Marie Andree Counoyer of Chicoutimi. She paid $20.80 to win. Owner, trainer and driver Rosaire Renaud of Mirabel at age 76, made his first drive of the 2017 a winning one with a big upset score in the colt division with Y A Muscle Mass. Leading from start to finish, Renaud and Y A Muscle Mass was able to hold off SG Goliath King (Sylvain Grenier) by three-quarters of a length to win in 2:09.4. Yankee Photo (Pascal Berube) was third. Sire by Muscle Mass, Y A Muscle Mass was overlooked by the bettors and went off at odds of 22-1, paying $46.20 to win. Track Notes: Driver Stephane Brosseau was the top driver of the night, winning four races on the program. It is the first time he has achieved that feat this season. Brosseau widened his lead in the driving standings over Stephane Gendron, 29 to 24. Four Starz Speed, the "old man" of the field in the Invitational Trot Tuesday, showed his heels to his younger rivals, leading from start to finish for driver/trainer Kevin Maguire in 1:59.4, paying $8.70 to win. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday afternoon, first race post time at 12:30 pm. Featured will be the opening round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The trotters are in the limelight Tuesday at the Hippodrome 3R with three divisions of the Breeders Cup Series, two divisions of the Future Stars Series plus an Invitational Trot. There is a total of 13 harness races at H3R Tuesday and eight of them are trotting races. The main focus will be on three races that are not on the wagering program but will be held between races. These are the final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old colt and filly trotters. Due to short fields, these races will be held between wagering races on the program. These young trotters are vying for points in the third and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series. After Tuesday's races, the top eight point earners from both the filly and colt divisions return on Sunday, September 8 for their respective C$65,000 finals. The first division for fillies takes place after the second race and featured is the leading contest to sweep the entire series, HP Run Like Mom, who is going for her fifth straight victory. The daughter of Kadabra starts from post three for trainer Jean Tourigny and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Last week she tied her lifetime best mile with a 2:00.4 triumph. The second division for colts goes after the fourth race where Kinnder Dangerous is also looking to sweep the series. He starts from post three for driver Justin Filion and goes for his third straight win. He has won his last two starts in 2:00 and 1:59.3 for owner/breeder/trainer Denitza Petrova. The third division takes place after the sixth race where Affirmee and driver Pierre-Luc Roy start from post four and heads the field. Last week the son of Angus Hall wired the field for his first win of the season. The two-year-old trotters in the start of the Future Stars Series are featured in the fourth and sixth races. The fillies are first with nine starters in the fourth race. Magic Lady, who drew the rail, is the favorite, having won her baby race last week at H3R for trainer/driver Yves Filion. Another return winner is Poupee (post five) for driver Gaetan Lamy. The colts go in the sixth race headed by Nobodynosjustic from post one for driver Stephane Brosseau. The son of Justice Hall won two starts back at Mohawk Raceway in 2:02.2. The top trotters at H3R will do battle in the eighth race. The early favorite is Unabating, who starts from the far outside in post eight for driver/trainer Guy Gagnon. Last week Unabating made his debut at H3R a memorable one, going first-over against Caroluzzo and grinding out an impressive 1:58.3 triumph. It was his third straight win and will have his work cut out for him starting from the far outside. Torches Angel is the second choice in the race. She is one of three mares in the field and starts from post three for driver Pierre-Luc Roy. She was second to Unabating last week. Other contenders include KFB Amigo Cool (post five), Four Starz Speed (post four) and Wings Of Ballykeep (post one). Post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The question for this Sunday's harness racing card at the Hippodrome 3R is "Who can take the sting out of Wildriverbumblebee?" Undefeated in his first two starts, Wildriverbumblebee looks to make it three straight wins in the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. He heads a field of nine colts and geldings and starts from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau in the eighth race. Can it be Majo Lou Beka (post 4) or Rebel Voyager (post 5), maybe C L Sportaction (post seven) or perhaps Replay (post eight)? Most of the eight rivals in the race have already lost to Wildriverbumblebee. There is a lot at stake in Sunday's race as it is the last preliminary round of the series and points are much needed to insure a spot as only the top eight will go in the $65,000 Championship Finals on Sunday, September 3. Last week Wildriverbumblebee and Brosseau came first-over against race leader C L Sportaction (Jonathan Lachance) and was able to grind it out first-over from the half mile, collaring C L Sportaction at the top of the stretch and then winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.1. "I am pretty pleased with the way Wildriverbumblebee has started his season," said breeder/owner Dr. John Bradbury. "But every race is a new start. There are some pretty nice colts in the 3-year-old division this season. Once the gate is on its way, anything can happen!" Majo Lou Beka won his division last week in 1:57.2 for driver Jonathan Lachance and loom a definite threat to Wildriverbumblebee on Sunday as these two have not yet met face-to-face. Mario Lachance will be driving Majo Lou Beka. Rebel Voyager (Stephane Gendron) was second to Major Lou Beka last week and in the opening round of the series was a 1:57.4 winner. Noplay has the worst of post position with the eight hole but last week was a game third to Wildriverbumblebee. So, it could well be a Calvary charge throughout the race on Sunday as Wildriverbumblebee is already a shoo-in to be in the final, but everyone else in the race will be gunning for him as well as a shot at the $65,000 final in September. The fillies do battle earlier on the card in the third race, also with nine starters. YS Tallia will be the overwhelming favorite in the race as she already sports a major stake win and $43,000 earned this year in eight starts with two wins. She will start from post three for driver Gaetan Lamy and trainer Michel Allard. Last week YS Tallia lost a super game effort against Yaris Bayama by just one-quarter of a length in 1:57. The prior week, the daughter of Western Ideal won the $50,000 consolation race for the James M Lynch Memorial in a lifetime best 1:51.4 for Team Allard. Hoping for the upset victory will be Herspeedfromheaven in post two for driver Mario Charron. Last week Herspeedfromheaven won her division of the series with a game closing effort in a lifetime best mile of 1:59.1. Other possible contenders include First Kiss (post nine), Kinnderuntouchable (post eight) and Charleurs Melodie (post seven). First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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