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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 27, 2016 - With all nine starters in the ninth race field having won a race or two in their last three starts, the Hippodrome 3R feature pace promises plenty of racing action. SOS Mach Extreme has the honor of being the morning line favorite from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Francis Richard. Despite the six-year-old gelded son of Mach Three finishing off the board in his last start at Rideau Carlton, he has been strong in all his starts at 3R this year. He has won two of his last three starts at 3R, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:55.4 back on May 24 when he romped by nine open lengths for owners Guillaume Desrochers of Warwick, Michel Letarte of Boucherville and Jean Allaire of Montreal, QC. OK Ebury comes into this match on a two-race win streak since returning to 3R and starts from the rail for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. My Buddy Mason (post 4) and Glass Shadow (post 9) also come off victories in their last start. Other contenders in the field include Sold Performance (post 2), Bestofbest Hanover (post 5) and Applie Pie Angel (post 7). The top trotters do battle in the eighth race with two return winners heading the field, but neither one of them are the morning line favorite. That honor belongs to Pridecrest from post seven for owner/trainer/driver Guy Gagnon. The four-year-old gelding by Angus Hall invades the Hippodrome 3R from Rideau Carlton where he has been second in his last two starts and back on May 22 took his lifetime mark with a 1:56.4 triumph. The other two return winners in the field are Jewels In The Sand (post 5) for driver Sylvain Lacaille, who won at 3R last start in 2:00.4 and Out Of The Hat (post 8) was victorious in 2:00 at 3R last week for trainer/driver Stephane Pouliot. For a free race program and free internet feed of the race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 19, 2016 - He was the only horse in the field without a victory in 2016, but since he cannot read a race program, it did not matter to Sugarsam, who was able to grind out an impressive victory in capturing his division of the Quebec-Bred Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. It was the fourth and final preliminary round of the series for four and five-year-old pacers. Entering the race winless in ten starts in 2016, Sugarsam started from post two for driver Stephane Brosseau. Now age 4, Sugarsam was the Quebec-Bred Series Champion last year at age 3 and the gelded son of Sportswriter still holds a track record at 3R at age 2. The third race saw the heavy favorite, C L Art Magic and trainer/driver Yves Filion, go off-stride right at the start from the rail. D G's Justlikethat and driver Jonathan Lachance shot to the early lead with Mach On The Beach (Pascal Berube) sitting right on their back to the opening quarter mile in :28 and then to the half mile in :57.2. It was then that Brosseau started Sugarsam first-over with Electric Western (Richard Simard) sitting on their backs second-over. Sugarsam began to grind his way towards the race leaders and then at the three-quarters in 1:25.4, Simard made a bold move three-wide with Electric Western and also three-wide was C L Art Magic and Filion, who had recovered from their early break. It was a wall of horses coming down the stretch but the game Sugarsam and Brosseau proved to be the strong horse, edging out a head triumph in 1:55.3 over D G's Justlikethat second and Mach On The Beach third. Sugarsam is trained by Yves Tessieri for owner/breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese, QC and paid $7.30 to win. In the eighth race division of the series for pacing mares, the race belonged to Chaleurs Fantasy and trainer/driver Carl Duguay from the very start. Sending Chaleurs Fantasy right to the lead from post five, Duguay cut fractions of :28.2, :59.1 and 1:28.4 with Voodoo Charm (Mario Charron) right on their backs. Hawaiian Drummond (Richard Veilleux) tried in vain to come first-over. On the final turn Charron swept to the outside with Voodoo Charm to mount a challenge, but it was not good enough as Chaleurs Fantasy sped away in the stretch to a two and one-half length triumph in 1:57.1. Voodoo Charm was second with Hawaiian Drummond third. Now victorious in three of the four preliminary rounds of the series, Chaleurs Fantasy will be the mare to beat in next Sunday finale. She is a five-year-old mare by Omar Khayam and was bred and is owned by Elevage Baie Des Chaleurs of Port-Daniels, QC and paid $4.80 to win. TRACK NOTES: Half A Billion and driver Louis-Philippe Roy tore up the racetrack at 3R Sunday, winning the 9th race pace by half the distance of the stretch in a sizzling 1:53.2, the fastest mile of the year at 3R. It was one of three victories on the afternoon for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. Live racing resumes at 3R on Tuesday evening with first race post time at 7:00 pm. Next Sunday, June 26, will be the $35,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Patience's is a virtue and harness racing driver Pascal Berube listened to that proverb Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the fifth race feature trot and he came away with a victory aboard SOS Striking Monte. Starting from the rail, SOS Striking Monte got away in second place as the top mare, Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras), left quickly to take early command of the race. By the opening quarter mile in :30.1, Kim Sorel was already under pressure on the outside from The Great Bambino (Jonathan Lachance), but The Great Bambino went off-stride. That allowed Gingras to back off the early speed and slow the field down to the half mile marker in 1:03.3. Then it was that Force Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle coming three-wide in the backstretch to push Kim Sorel to the three-quarters in 1:34.4 and was gaining ground on the final turn. But once they straightened out in the stretch for the final drive to the wire, the very patient Pascal Berube moved SOS Striking Monte to the passing lane and they shot by the race leaders and went on to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:04.4. Kim Sorel held for second over Force Naturelle. Trained by Guy Royl and owned by Frances Proulex of Saint-Pie-De-Guire, QC, it was the third win this year for SOS Striking Monte. The four-year-old mare by Striking Sahbra paid $5.70 to win as the betting favorite. Two drivers, Stephane Brosseau and Steeven Genois each had the 'hot hands' at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, each winning three races on the program. Next Sunday will be the final day of the season for live racing at the Hippodrome 3R. The track will be open seven days of a week for simulcasting all year long. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. By Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club 

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – After having a chance to view the entries and race program for Sunday’s 4th annual Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R, we asked the drivers how they felt their odds might be to win the tournament. And we got some very interesting responses. Sunday’s tournament will be a great display of horsemanship from nine of the best drivers this season. The nine drivers will compete in eight races (2nd through 9th) with $3,000 in cash prizes for the top three finishers. And the race fans can get in the action too! There will be a meet and greet starting at 12:15 pm for the fans plus a contest to predict the top three finishers with more than $500 in cash prizes to the winners. Joining special guest drivers Simon Allard and Robert Shepherd will be 3R’s top reinsman, Pascal Berube, Stephane Brosseau, Mario Charron, Jocelyn Gendron, Stephane Gendron, Denis St. Pierre, and Louis-Philippe Roy. “It will be a very good tournament,” said 3R’s leading driver, Denis St. Pierre. “I don’t think I have a chance to be in the top three, but I would have to say my odds of winning are at 6-1. Louis-Philippe Roy, Robert Shepherd and Stephane Gendron will be the tough ones.” “I have been in three tournaments before,” said Robert Shepherd, “And they can be very exciting and super competitive. I won a father-son tournament on PEI and it was great. For this tournament I think my odds of winning are 5-1.” “It will be tough,” said Stephane Gendron, “We will need to have some racing luck. I see my odds at 5-1.” “You can’t win it unless you are in it,” said Simon Allard, quoting the great Herve Filion. “It is great to be invited to compete and my first glance at the race entries I would say I am 9/5 odds to win it. You have to think positive. Then I looked at the actual race program and now I think I would have a better chance to win at bingo!” “I am very honored to be in the tournament,” said Jocelyn Gendron, “You have to think you can be the winner because you never know how the racing will go. I am confident so let’s say odds of 3-1.” “I think I drew very well for the tournament,” said Louis-Phillipe Roy. “I have good positions with the right horses so if I have some racing luck I could have a good chance to win. I say my odds are 7/2.” “My odds should be around 6-1,” said Pascal Berube. “I have two strong drives but the rest are so so. You never know how things will turn out so I hope I can make it to the top three.” “I have two or three horses that I may be able to do well with.” Said Mario Charron. “It is great to be in the tournament. It is a nice reward for the top drivers and it is always a good competition. I would have to say my odds are around 10-1. Of course I will need some luck to do well. In tournaments like this you never know how things will go. Sometimes the favorites get into a fight and you can pick up some good points. I know for sure it will be great racing action for the fans.” “I’m not too excited about tomorrow’s tournament,” said Stephane Brosseau. “It is great to be part of it but I fear my odds of winning are very high. I don’t think I have a shot. I am in it but I could be 99-1 odds. I’m gonna need some luck for sure and I will give it by best! According to the morning line odds, the tournament favorites would be Louis-Phillipe Roy, Robert Shepherd and Stephane Gendron. Either way Sunday’s tournament promises to be full of exciting racing action in every race. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  by Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 25, 2015 - In what could be a preview to the $65,000 final of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotting colts September 6 at the Hippodrome 3R, three outstanding freshman will battle this Wednesday. The third and final preliminary of the $200,000 series takes place Wednesday at 3R and after that the top eight point earners get to race in the final. The first race, first division on Wednesday pits three top contenders, all coming off victories in their last start. Leading the field is Wildwild Men from post three for driver Robert Shepherd. In his last start in the series, the gelded son of Muscle Mass set the track record for two-year-old geldings with a 2:02.4 score. It was his third in just six lifetime starts for trainer Isabelle D'Darveau and co-owners Catheline Pelleto and Chantal Gravel, who bred the horse. A winner of three of his last four starts, Wildwild Men does his best racing on the front end, but now faces two formidable foes in Panamas Boy and Sass. Last week Panamas Boy was able to avenge his opening round loss to Tuscans Memory with a 2:02.4 record triumph and starts from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau. Sass broke his maiden last week in the series for driver Clarke Steacy, coming from off the pace to win with ease in 2:03.1, the last quarter mile in :29.4. Sass starts from post seven. The fourth race second division features Tuscans Memory from post six for driver Pascal Berube. This son of Kadabra made his presences know in Quebec with an opening round victory and then a tough loss last week to Panamas Boy. He will not have it easy on Wednesday taking on Defi Normand (post 8), and KFB Amigo Cool in post three. Track Notes: Record handle and attendance were set Sunday on Prix D'Ete Day. Attendance was near 5,000 people, more than ten percent of the population of Trois-Rivieres came out for the superb race card. The track handle showed a 20% increase over last year's revival of the Prix D'Ete. Of the 12 races, nine of them were won by horses on the lead. Seven of the 12 races were won by betting favourites. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Two freshman trotters, Panamas Boy and Tuscans Memory, locked horns once again at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday in the second round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotting colts. This time around Panamas Boy emerged the winner. Last week it was Tuscans Memory's turn to shine but racing strategy's changed drastically Wednesday night. The fourth race second division of the series saw SOS Chico and driver Jocelyn Gendron shot out to the lead from the outside seven post with Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) grabbing the pocket seat. They flew to the opening quarter mile in a sharp :29.2. But flying on the outside first-over was KFB Amigo Cool with Guy Gagnon and they took command of the race to the half mile in 1:01.2. Then as Tuscans Memory and Pascal Berube started up first-over, KFB Amgo Cool went off-stride. SOS Chico then inherited the lead but a persistent Tuscans Memory kept up the challenge to the three-quarters in 1:32.4. And all the while there was Brosseau and Panamas Boy waiting patiently in third place on the rail. On the final turn SOS Chico could not stand the pace and went off-stride, and Brosseau was able to maintain their inside position with Panamas Boy, keeping Tuscans Memory parked out. Those two then went stride-for-stride until the stretch drive when Panamas Boy dug in and held off Tuscans Memory to win by three-quarters of a length in 2:02.4. EAU Naturelle (Mario Charron) was third. It was the second win in four starts for Panamas Boy. The son of Crazed is trained by Jacques DuPont for owner/breeder Gestion Levesque of QC. He paid $5.20 to win. The first race division of the series saw Sass and driver Clarke Steacy end his maiden status with a 2:03.1 victory from post eight. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was stung early getting the lead away from Red Monster (Guy Gagnon) by the opening quarter mile in a quick :29. Then Defi Normand (Peirre Bovay) came first-over and gave outside cover to Sass after the half mile in 1:01.3. In the backstretch Defi Normand collard Holiday Party and took the lead away before the three-quarters in 1:33.2. Sass was still strong on the outside with Red Monster lurking in the shadows. Then in the stretch, Sass was the strong horse, going on to win by one and one-quarter lengths with Defi Normand second and Red Monster third. Trained by Mark Steacy, Sass is sired by Kadabra and was bred and is owned by Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC and paid $3.60 to win. Prix D'Ete Notes - The post-position draw for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete takes place Thursday morning at a special media conference starting at 10:30 am. Already committed to the race are All Bets Off, Limelight Beach, Somewhere In L A, Big Boy Dreams, Boomboom Ballykeel and Winds Of Change. Sunday's first race Prix D'Ete card goes off at 1:30pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Rivalries are what can make harness racing great and an early rivalry is in the making as Tuscans Memory again takes on Panamas Boy in the second round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters Wednesday at the Hippodrome 3R. In their opening round first meeting last week, Tuscans Memory was given a perfect drive by Pascal Berube, following the excellent cover behind Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) and collaring him at the wire for a half length triumph. Now the two colts will lock horns again in the 4th race second division of the series. Tuscans Memory starts from post five with Panamas Boy inside of him in post four. Both youngsters have good leaving ability so the early form of the race shapes up the same as last week. It will be a dash to the finish and may the best horse win. Also to be considered in the race are EAU Naturelle (post one) and SOS Christina (post three). The first race first division on the program is highlighted by two newcomers to Trois-Rivieres in Sass and Defi Normand. Sass, saddled with drawing the outside post eight for driver Clark Steacy, is still a maiden after five starts but shows all seconds and thirds in his last four starts in the Ontario Sire Stakes and has been race timed I 1:59. Defi Normand ships in off a strong third place finish in the OSS at Georgian Downs, race timed in 2:01. He starts from post six for driver Pierre Bovay. First race post time Wednesday is 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. Prix D'Ete Notes: Daniel Dube will be returning home for the Prix D'Ete and has committed to drive Somewhere In L A for trainer Jimmy Takter. Owner Jeff Bamond said today that they will not be sending Ideal Cowboy to the Prix D'Ete. "While we had a great time last year and looked forward to returning this year, he (Ideal Cowboy) is just not good enough right now." From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - If the race was a prizefight, they would have called it over at the top of the stretch, as Wildwild Men was already up by eight lengths and only then poured it on as he won one of two opening divisions of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday. And in doing so, Wildwild Men set a track record. Starting from post three, driver Robert Shepard sent the gelding son of Muscle Mass to the front and never had to look back. Holding the field at bay, Wildwild Men cut fractions of :30.2, 102.4 and 1:32.3 with his nearest rival, the pocket-sitting Y S Suzanne (Stephane Brosseau), in second place by the top of the stretch by eight lengths. Then for good measure, Wildwild Men kicked in a :29.4 last quarter mile to stop the teletimer in 2:02.2, winning by 14 and one-half lengths. His time set the track record two-year-old gelded trotters. Red Monster (Guy Gagnon) was third. It was the second straight win and third on the year for Wildwild Men. He is trained by Isabella D'Darveau for owners Catheline Pelletier and breeder Chantal Gravel, QC. Wildwild Men paid $2.40 to win. In the first race, first division of the series, Tuscans Memory was driven a perfect drive by Pascal Berube in catching the pacesetter and race favorite, Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) at the wire by a head. With both Panamas Boy and Tuscans Memory leaving from posts six and seven respectively, Panamas Boy was first on top with Tuscans Memory nestled into the two-hole. As no one else in the field could match strides with them it because a two-hole race and then at the top of the stretch, Berube moved Tuscans Memory out to challenge and they were able to collar Panamas Boy in mid-stretch and nail them at the wire to win by a head in 2:05. EAU Naturelle (Mario Charron) was third. It was the maiden victory for Tuscans Memory, a gelded son of Kadabra, in his third lifetime start for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner/breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. The winner paid $11.90. Track Notes: Coming up this Sunday is the opening round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – Latin America, unbeaten in four starts this year, puts her winning streak on the line Wednesday at the Hippodrome 3R. There is also a change in post time this Wednesday with first race post at 1:30 pm instead of 7:00 pm. The three-year-old filly by Cantab Hall keeps improving by nearly one second in time each week and according to driver Stephane Brosseau, “She will keep on improving.” While not eligible for the upcoming Quebec-Bred Series at 3R, Latin America has to grind it out week in, week out, usually against older competition. This Wednesday the bay filly starts from post three and goes against a field that features two other fillies, but the rest are older mares and horses. Purchased as a yearling for $35,000 by Jeff Gillies of Ontario, Latin America did not fare well at age 2. While she showed sub two-minute trotting speed, she did not pick up many checks racing at Mohawk and made just six starts before being turned out by trainer/driver Carl Duguay. Then comes 2015 and with a layoff and switch in venue to the Hippodrome 3R, Latin America has come into her own. “She is racing against too tough of a bunch right now,” Brosseau said. “But she looks pretty decent. She has got speed and a real nice trot.” Apparently she has improved enough after her first three wins that she was purchased last week by Les Ecuries Dorleans, Inc. and Gestion Levesque of QC and is now trained by Jacques DuPont. Last week Latin America was at her best this season, leading from start to finish by three and one-half lengths in 2:02.3. “She does not want to make a break,” Brosseau said, “She seems very sound right now and no problems.” Listed as the 5/2 morning line favorite, Latin America looks to be the best in the field and is the only return winner. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 26, 2015 - Return winner Somoli E heads the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old harness racing trotters at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday. Starting from post four in the first race on the card, Somoli E is the lone return winner in the field. Last week in the opening round he led from start to finish in his division for driver Jerome Lombart with neck triumph in 2:02.3. His main rival will be Andovers Touch from post five for driver Stephane Polliot. Last week Andovers Touch was a game second place finisher to Maximuscle, who was not entered for the second round of the series. Other contenders include SOS Robocop (post 3), SOS Masters Boy (post 2) and Bouffon P V (post 6). Third race, second division for older horses has George S P has the 5/2 morning line favorite from the rail. The five-year-old gelding by Striking Sahbra will be driven by Stephane Brosseau and was third last week to Maxiemuscle. Three starts back he was a winner at Rideau Carlton in 1:59.1. He takes on SOS Ticket Master (post 5) and Victorycari (post 3). The mares get underway in the seventh race with just one division with ten horses in the field. With Viva Bayama taking the week off, the race is a wide-open affair. The 5/2 morning line favorite is Bambie Benjo from post five for driver Rheo Filion. A four-year-old mare by Southwind Lustre, Bambie Benjo was a game second place finisher to Viva Bayama last week and is seeking her maiden victory. She goes against Canbec Kangourou on the rail for driver Jocelyn Gendron who will be expected to try and wire field as she usually does. First race post time on Wednesday is 7:00 pm. For more information about the Hippodrome 3R go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. Vincent Trudel Quebec Jockey Club        

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