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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Appleby Hanover put in a super gusty first-over mile in capturing the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. The feature race began with three-horses racing three-wide to the opening quarter mile. It was Surf Report (Tyler Jones) who took the lead away from Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard), who had taken the lead from D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy). They went by the opening quarter mile in :27.2. As the field came past the grandstand the second time, it was driver Stephane Gendron coming first-over with Appleby Hanover and they were nearly able to collar Surf Report past the half mile marker in :56.3. With Bali (Stephane Brosseau) racing second-over and race favorite Ufdragons Rocket (Pascal Berube) third-over, it was still Surf Report battling with Appleby Hanover at the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Coming down the stretch was when Appleby Hanover was able to find another gear, wearing down Surf Report and going on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.2. Surf Report held for second place with Ufdragons Rocket third. It was the third straight win this year for Appleby Hanover, a six-year-old stallion bu Well Said, trained and co-owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. His mile was the fastest of the afternoon. Sent off at odds of 7-1, Appleby Hanover paid $16.70 to win. Sultan D Or saw his four-race winning streak come to a close in the 7th race trot. Unbeaten in four starts this year, Sultan D Or started from post nine in the second tier and has problems getting behind the starting gate and was never in the hunt. Massmade and driver Stephane Brosseau upset the field at 8-1, winning in 1:59 and paying $18.20 to win. Sultan D Or is still the winningest horse at H3R this season. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau led all drivers Sunday with three wins while Marc Andre Simoneau was the leading trainer with two wins from his stable. All nine of the races Sunday were timed in under 2:00. Management at the Quebec Jockey Club has announced that the Hippodrome 3R will host the Quebec Regional Fair Finals on Saturday, July 13 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. That weekend there will be live racing at the track on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Riveres, QC – Three-time Quebec-Bred Champion, Atomic Million AM, showed he still has plenty of speed at age 8, easily winning the Preferred Pace Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. Racing over a rain-soaked track labled good with a two-second allowance, driver Marie Claude Auger sent Atomic Million AM right to the front in the sixth race feature. Going to the opening quarter mile in :27.3, the pocket-sitting Windsum Cheyenne with driver Stephane Gendron, pulled the pocket to challenge Atomic Million AM and Auger forced Gendron to take his horse right back into the pocket trip. They raced to the half mile in :57.1 as Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) came first-over and despite a valiant effort, was unable to collar the race leader down the backstretch and to the three-quarter mile marker in 1:26.3. Around the final turn, Auger let Atomic Million AM have his head and the gelded son of Million Dollar Cam pulled away from the field in the stretch, winning by four and three-quarter open lengths in 1:56.4. Ufdragon Rocket (Pascal Berube) was second with Windsum Cheyenne third. It was the first win of the 2019 season after three starts for Atomic Million AM. He was bred and is owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau. The bargain of the day at the betting windows was Atomic Million AM going off at odds of 3-1 and paid a generous $8.60 to win. Track Notes: Requested, the winningest horse at H3R last year, gave notice he is back in the hunt again in 2019, winning the Preferred II Pace with ease for driver Jocelyn Gendron in 1:57.3 on the off-track. He paid a generous $12.30 to win. Stephane Gendron led all drivers on Sunday with four winners. Michel Allard led all trainers with two wins. Gendron now leads all drivers at the meet with 12 wins. Isabelle Binet leads the training ranks with 6 wins from her stable. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Friday evening, first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R adds live harness racing on Friday nights beginning this week. First race post time will be 7:00 pm with an eight-race program carded. Something unique takes place on Friday night in the very first race as the ten-year-old pacing mare, Persistent, returns to racing after being a broodmare since 2014. Persistent starts from post one in the first race for driver Stephen Gendron and owner/trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit, he is the father of Rene and Simon Allard. Back in the day, Persistent was a good raceway mare with lifetime earnings of more than $226,000 and a race record of 1:50.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia. She competed regularly at both Harrah's and Yonkers Raceway. Now, as a broodmare, Persistent, sired by Western Ideal, also did well. Her very first foal, a filly by Bettor's Delight named Persistent Bettor, has a record of 1:54 with earnings of $42,853. The next foal was a full sister named Persistent Xample, who won a qualifier in 1:57. There are two other foals, one is a two-year-old, the other just a yearling. According to Michel Allard, "She should be very comfortable on the track at Trois-Rivières and she seems to have rediscovered after all these years off, the pleasure of competing." Upvote Hanover, fresh off his impressive triumph last week, returns to headline the 7th race Preferred-Handicap Trot. The week the five-year-old gelding by Kadabra starts from the far outside in post eight. Last week Upvote Hanover was at his best for regular driver Stephane Brosseau, getting parked out first-over for half the mile and still having enough kick to pull away from the field with a three and one-half length romp. He has now won two of his last three starts for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. Other contenders in the race include Rocky Boy (post 7), Wildwild Men (post 6) and Holiday Party (post 5). For a free race program or additional information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Last Sunday afternoon the Quebec Jockey Club hosted opening day for the harness racing season in Quebec at the Hippodrome 3R racetrack. Mother Nature cooperated with beautiful sunny skies, dry and warming temperatures. And despite some last minute fenagling, the new whipping rules were adhered to without a hitch. In fact, driver Stephane Gendron seemed to make fun of the new rule as he drove five winners on the afternoon and barely lifted his whip in all five victories. Designed by management at the Quebec Jockey Club (QJC) and agreed with by the horseman, the new whipping rules call for drivers to keep both hands in the handholds at all times. Drivers must limit the use of the whip at all times while on the racetrack. Drivers can never reach back to whip a horse. All whipping movement must be done from the wrist. The forearm must remain must be parallel to the track when the whip is used. These rules were presented to the Quebec Racing Commission, who oversees the judges that work at the track. They came back and said they could not administer them and that the QJC could not, on their own, come up with and administer penalties on horsemen. "We were so excited about having the new rules in place," said Murielle Thomassin, General Manager of Racing, at the Hippodrome 3R. "We wanted everything in place for opening day and now this problem. Luckily, we were able to circumvent the situation and have the new rules in place and also be in compliance with the Quebec Racing Commission. The QJC saw that the Quebec Government rules towards animal abuse fell in line with the new whipping rules they had designed and that they could still have the new rules put in place and not supersede the Quebec Racing Commission's jurisdiction. "It took quite a bit of work," Thomassin explained. "Including getting every single driver competing in the races last Sunday to sign off on a document that they totally understood and would abide by the new whipping conditions. And every driver signed off on them. "The Quebec Government rules for animal abuse are much more severe than that of the Quebec Racing Commission," Thomassin added. "Now, if a race fan or a racetrack manager wishes to file an animal abuse charge against one of the drivers for improper use of the whip, the Government in Quebec will launch an investigation and if found guilty, that horseman will face a criminal charge and the fines that go with it, not just a fine or suspension from the judges." Every driver that now competes at the Hippodrome 3R must sign the agreement in order for them to be able to drive. "The important issue here is being in compliance with both the Quebec Government rules and the Quebec Racing Commission," said Thomassin. "We had thousands of race fans come out last Sunday for opening day, they watched and wagered on our ten races and enjoyed a great return of live racing in Quebec. There were no issues with excessive use of the whip by our drivers. Our horsemen agreed to the new rules and we should be fine moving forward." From the Quebec Jockey Club          

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Stephane Gendron got off to a superb start opening day at the Hippodrome 3R, scoring a driving quintuple including a victory in the co-feature Preferred Pace with Mister Big Top. It was a picture-perfect afternoon for racing with sunny skies and a large crowd came out to the track for opening day. Gendron started off the day on a winning note, capturing the first race pace with Gusty Greg ($9.10) in 1:57.3. He scored again in the fourth race trot with SG Goliath King ($13.10) in 2:00.2. In the eighth race Preferred Pace it was Too Much Duncan and driver Marc Belanger shooting out to the early lead from post seven over Chaleurs Ad (Jocelyn Gendron) to the opening quarter in :28.2. Chaleurs Ad and Gendron quarter moved to take command and Mister Big Top with Stephane Gendron, sat patiently in third place, content to allow the other to fight for the lead. By the half mile marker in :58.3, Two Much Duncan and Belanger came first-over and were unable to collar Chaleurs Ad as they raced down the backstretch. Stephane Gendron finally made his move from third place at the three-quarters in 1:27.4 and tipped three-wide as they raced around the final turn. With Chaleurs Ad still in command of the race, Gendron was able to urge Mister Big Top on the stretch and they won by one length over Chaleurs Ad in 1:57.3. Bali (Dany Mainguy) was third. It was the second win in eight starts this year for Mister Big Top. The seven-year-old gelded son of Mister Big, trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francis Morin of Beauceville, paid $8.00 to win. Stephane Gendron capped the late daily double, winning the ninth race pace with Bettor Now ($2.90) in 2:00.1 and then the tenth pace with My Lucky Bluejeans ($14.20) in 2:00.1 to sweep the last three races on the program for his five winners on the day. In the second race Preferred Trot, Jamigo and driver Daniel Laflamme took advantage of costly breaks by the two wagering favorites and came home a big winner at odds of 19-1. It was track record holder Wildwild Men (Jocelyn Gendron) was on top of the field early with Lagerfeld (Raymond Gingras) sitting the two-hole pocket trip with Jamigo sitting in third place. They went past the opening quarter mile in :29.1, then the half mile in :59.3. Then in the backstretch, Lagerfeld went off-stride, leaving Wildwild Men with a three-length lead at the three-quarters in 1:28.4 and then he went off-stride. That left a wide-open gap for driver Daniel Laflamme and he went right to the lead with Jamigo and held on in the stretch to win by one length in 2:00.2 over Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) with R Rkadabra (Stephane Gendron) third. Trained and owned by Manon Lamothe of Terrebonne, it was the first start this year for Jamigo, an 11-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. Going off at odds of 19-1, Jamigo paid $41.50 to win. That was the highest win payoff of the afternoon. TRACK NOTES: Stephane Gendron led all drivers with his five wins while not one other driver or trainer on the ten-race program could tally more than one win. Of the ten races, favorites only scored twice on the day. Live racing resumes next Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday is closing day for the live harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R. It is also the second race program that will feature "whipless" racing. And, Canada's leading money winning and dash leading driver in 2018, Louis Philippe Roy, is also coming back to his home track to drive. He has nine drives in the ten races on the program. "I was pleased when I heard that the Quebec Jockey Club were making efforts to adapt the sport to today's reality," Roy said. "And I wanted to support and participate in trying to find the best for all of us. "In the best of all worlds," Roy explained. "Our sport wouldn't require a whip and by the way, the whip wouldn't be a problem for the image of our sport. On the other hand, it is possible that it is essential to the good functioning of harness racing, and if so, use of the whip should be strictly framed and minimized, in order to please a maximum of possible future fans." Other drivers that competed last Sunday without whips had this to say. Stephane Gendron said "I'm going to live with it, no problem." Pierre Luc Roy explained "It's a habit to get used to not having a whip. Some moments with the mount that you took advantage of using a whip you now must drive it differently. One thing is, we are all equal in every race without a whip." Pascal Berube was not positive about the experiment. "Very bad," Berube said. "All the driver drove with their lines down and it's very dangerous." Even some race fans chimed in. Andre Germain of Trois-Rivieres said after the races last Sunday. "I have more than 55 years as a fan and gambler," Germain explained. Races without whips are very good. It brings a different strategy to the races. The drivers must work with the horses to bring out the strength in them. It did affect my wagers negatively because the drivers must adapt to the horses now." Paul, from Trois-Riveres said, "I have been following racing all my life, about 60 years now. I am not in favor in racing without whips. I do not want to see anyone hurt a horse, but I know the drivers need to have a whip with them to only stimulate the horse and make it pay attention." On a final note, Louis Philip Roy is ready to go "whipless" on Sunday. "Like the other drivers that tried it last week," LPR added. "I will be in a better position after competing on Sunday, to give my opinion and recommendations on what would be the best decision for our sport and its future." First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. 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 - The photo finish camera at the Hippodrome 3R worked overtime Sunday as four of the eleven races, including both the Preferred Trot and Pace, needed the camera to declare the winner. The first tight finish came in the third race Preferred Trot. The headstrong R Rkadabra and driver Stephane Brosseau cut the mile from the start as usual with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) sitting the pocket seat. At the half mile marker, driver Daniel Laflamme was first-over with the 10-1 Jamigo but not gaining much ground on the leaders. As they started down the backstretch, Berube elected to pull the pocket with Holiday Party and go after R Rhadabra past the three-quarter mile marker. Laflamme used the outside cover for Jamigo and then tipped three-wide on the turn and then it was Holiday Party and Jamigo fighting to the wire with Jamigo winning by a neck in 2:01. Dance Hall George (Francis Picard) was third. It was the fifth win this year for Jamigo. The ten-year-old gelding by Amigo Hall is trained and owned by Manon Lamothe of Terrebonne. He paid $22.50 to win. Again, the photo finish camera was needed in the eighth race Preferred Pace. Allstar Seelster and driver Tyler Jones began the show, stuffing Winsun Cheyenne (Pascal Berube) in the pocket seat after battling to the first quarter in :27.2. Comfortable on the lead, Allstar Seelster led to the half in :56.4 as Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) came first-over with Hoosier Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) second-over. Race favorite Ufdragon Rocket (Stephane Gendron) was boxed in along the rail in fourth place. After the three-quarters in 1:26, Allstar Seelster was still in command as Hooter Scooter tipped out three-wide around the final turn. As the field started down the stretch, driver Stephane Gendron masterfully moved off the rail with Ufdragon Rocket and weaved past four horses to win by a head over Windsun Cheyenne in 1:56.1. Allstar Seelster was third. A nine-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again, Ufdragon Rocket is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. It was his tenth victory of the year and he paid $4.90 to win. Track Notes: Three drivers scored driving triples on the afternoon. They were Pascal Berube, Daniel Laflamme and Francis Picard. Elizabeth Carrier led all trainers with two wins.....it was announced yesterday by the Quebec Jockey Club that on the 18th and 25th of November, the last two race days of the season will be whipless, no whips allowed for the drivers.....live racing resumes next Sunday, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Cooking The Speed just held on at the finish to beat Giggle Hanover and capture the C$32,700 Lucien Bombardier Stakes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. One of the pioneers of harness racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, QC, Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society. The race is also co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada. Cooking The Speed, driven by Stephane Gendron, was the wagering favorite and raced like it. Leaving from post two, Gendron sent the daughter of So Surreal right to the front with Hurryupatthebeach (Pascal Berube) following their cover in second place to the first quarter in :29.2. At the half mile in an easy 1:00.3, Giggle Hanover (Pierre Luc Roy) came first-over and following their outside cover was D Gs Fairystars (Jonathan Lachance). In the backstretch, Lachance sent D Gs Fairystars three-wide and the three horses raced that way past the three-quarters in 1:30.2. As the three horses started down the stretch, D Gs Fairystars began to fade and it looked as if Giggle Hanover would wear down Cooking The Speed, but Gendron was able to find another gear as Cooking the Speed dug in and held on to win by a half length over Giggle Hanover in 1:59.2. Hurryupatthebeach was third. It was the second win this year for Cooking The Speed, who is trained by Michel Allard and is owned by Allard Racing, Inc. and Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt. She paid $5.00 to win. There were two $10,000 Finals of the new Quebec Plus Series and the third race was the final for two-year-old pacers and track record holder Behavenmyself made it a clean sweep of the series. Driven by Pascal Berube for trainer Gerald Demers, Behavenmyself took the early lead away from Dernier Essai (Pierre Luc Roy) by the opening quarter mile in :27.3 and was never seriously challenged again. Berube and Behavenmyself then cut fractions of :57.2 and 1:28.1 before pulling away in the stretch to win by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. Dernier Essai was second with Angelo Benjo (Jonathan Lachance) third. Sired by Badlands Hanover, Behavenmyself now won both preliminary rounds and the final and she is now on a three-race winning streak. She is owned by Les Ecuries GLD, Inc. of St-Andre-Avelin with Jean Roch Marois of St-Joachim-De-Shefford and paid just $2.10 to win as the overwhelming race favorite. In the $10,000 Quebec Plus Final for two-year-old trotters, the day belonged to Justice For Narnia and trainer/driver Sylvain LaCaille. Leaving from the rail, LaCaille sent Justice For Narnia right to the lead and they never looked back, wiring the field in a huge romp by 16 and one-half lengths in 2:07.1. That's Hooligan (Jean Paul Rousse) was second with El Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) third. A colt by Justice For Hall, it was the maiden victory for Justice For Narnia, who is co-owned by Lacaille of St Paul De Joliette with Benoit Gagnon of Montreal. The race was a non-wagering event. Track Notes: Pascal Berube once again was the leading driver with three winners on the program. Live racing continues at H3R next Sunday with first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC --- This Sunday, October 7, two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies pacing fillies will battle it out at the Hippodrome 3R in the annual Lucien Bombardier Stakes, going for a purse of C$32,700. One of the pioneers of horse racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, QC, Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (CSHS). The following year, at age 86, Bombardier became the first honorary director of the CSHS. His appointment by the board of directors in January 1993 was in recognition of achievement and contribution to the Society and the Standardbred industry. Bombardier was also honored in 1985 when he was recognized for his life-long devotion to the industry as the recipient of the Society's General Achievement Award for his excellence, leadership and contribution to the breeding industry and by his election into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame the following year. Bombardier started training and driving harness horses at agricultural fair meetings in Quebec at an early age. In the early 1940s, he left a business career to open a large racing stable at Richelieu Park in Montreal and in 1953 he accepted an executive position with Blue Bonnets. During 25 years in racetrack management he played a role in developing many changes and innovations that helped make harness racing a major sport industry and earned him an enviable reputation on both sides of the border. He also served as a director of Harness Tracks of America and the Canadian Trotting Association. At age 68 Bombardier retired from Blue Bonnets and embarked upon a new career when he became an executive with Angus Farms in Bedford, QC, one of the province's most successful breeding establishments. Bombardier died in 1995 and was honored each year at the Hippodrome de Montreal with the running of the Lucien Bombardier Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. With sponsorship from Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club, the Hippodrome 3R revived the stakes race in 2011. The eighth race Lucien Bombardier Stakes is headlined by Future Stars Champion, Cooking The Speed, who will start from post two for driver Stephane Gendron. Trained by Michel Allard, the filly by So Surreal pulled up a major upset in her maiden victory, capturing the C$55,000 Future Stars Final with a 1:57.3 triumph. Another standout is Better Now, who drew the rail for driver Stephane Brosseau. The daughter of Betterthancheddar, trained by Pierre Ouellette, sports two wins this year in eight starts, the biggest victory a division of the Grassroots in Ontario in 1:59.1. Giggle Hanover goes from post four for driver Pierre Luc Roy and two starts back finished in a dead heat for win at Mohawk Park in 1:54.1. It was the third win this year for the daughter of Well Said who is trained by Dominic Gladu. There are also two $10,000 finals of the Quebec Plus Series. El Bleu, who won both elimination heats heads the two-year-old trot field while track record holder, Behavenmyself, who also won both elimination heats is the standout in the two-year-old pace field. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm and for a free race program or information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A packed house came out Sunday afternoon to the Hippodrome 3R for the tracks richest harness racing program of the season headed by eight Quebec Series Finals for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. For Super Sunday there was $512,000 in total purses over the 12-race program. Here is a breakdown of each of the eight championship divisions. $65,000 3YO Colt Pace - The fasted mile on the afternoon came in the colt division that turned out to be a two-hole race between Kinnder Jackson (Louis Philippe Roy) and track record holder Hudson Phil (James MacDonald). It was Kinnder Jackson that was first on the lead with Stock (Stephane Brosseau) in second place past the opening quarter in :27.3. MacDonald came first-over with Hudson Phil and going past the half mile in :56.4, nearly got the lead, but Roy kept them parked out. Then in the backstretch, the dogfight continues with Hudson Phil a head up on the outside at the three-quarters in 1:25. But on the final turn Kinnder Jackson took the lead back and was up over a length as they started down the stretch. It was then that Hudson Phil found another gear for MacDonald and they collared Kinnder Jackson before the wire to win by a half length in 1:54.1. Stock was third. Trained by Mark Steacy, it was the fifth win this year for Hudson Phil, who was bred and is owned by Tony Infilise's Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson. He paid $5.10 to win. $65,000 3YO Filly Pace - Driver Stephane Brosseau left quickly with All You Can Dream with race favorite Katniss S BG and driver Louis Philippe Roy sitting in second place as they went by the opening quarter mile in :27.2 and the half mile in :57.1. Then in the backstretch, Roy pulled the pocket and sent Katniss S BG to the front with Sharks Summershandy (Pascal Berube) following on the outside past the three-quarters in 1:27.2. Then in the stretch Katniss S BG was an easy winner by two lengths in 1:57. Sharks Summrshandy was second with Butterfly BG (Guy Gagnon) third. Sired by Mach Three, it was the fifth win this year for Katniss S BG. She is trained by Richard Moreau and was bred and is co-owned by Sylvain Descheneaux and Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. She paid $3.40 to win. $65,000 3YO Colt Trot - It was race favorite Nobodynojustice and driver Guy Gagnon who was not going to let anyone take the lead away from them. SOS Irresistable and driver Daniel Laflamme tried early on and those two played hardball, neck and neck, to the quarter mile in :29 and the half mile in :58 with neither horse giving way. Then in the backstretch, SG Goliath King and trainer/driver Sylvain Grenier got into the mix first-over and at the three-quarters in 1:29.4 they could not pass Nobodynojustice. As they came down the stretch Nobodynojustice could not maintain the lead and SG Goliath King came on to win by a half length in 2:02. SOS Irresistable was third. Owned and bred by Grenier of Saint-Rene, it was the fourth win this year for the son of Lucky Fool. SG Goliath King paid $7.20 to win. $65,000 3YO Filly Trot - Montanaalaska and driver Guy Gagnon was first on the lead with Precieuse CC and driver/trainer Claude Beausoliel following in second place as they went to the quarter in :29.2, the half mile in 1:00.2 and the three-quarters in 1:32.1. With no one challenging from the back of the pack, Beausoliel waited until the final turn and pulled Precieuse CC from the pocket and came after Montanaalaska. Those two locked horns coming down the stretch with Precieuse CC the stronger horse, going on to win by one length in 2:03.3. Montanaalaska was second with Stand For Justice (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the second win and a lifetime mark for Precieuse CC, who is sired by Angus Hall and is owned by Marie Andree Cournoyer of Chicoutimi. She paid $6.10 to win. $55,000 2YO Colt Pace - It was Ginness Panic and driver Louis Philippe Roy who shot out to the early lead and cut fast fractions of :27.1 and :55.4 with Dernier Essai (Sylvain Filion) trying to keep up in second place. Then in the backstretch Stephane Gendron came first-over with YS Sunshine and the not only collared Guinness Panic, but past them by before the three-quarters in 1:25.1. YS Sunshine then kicked in another gear for Gendron and pulled away in the stretch to win by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:55, a track record for two-year-old pacing geldings. GA Speed Gary (Guy Gagnon) was second with Guinness Panic third. It was the fourth win this year for YS Sunshine. The son of Sunshine Beach is trained by Michel Allard and was bred and is owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. He paid $3.30 to win. The previous track record was 1:56.4 set by Sugarsam in 2014. $55,000 2YO Filly Pace - The biggest upset of the day came when Cooking The Speed and driver Stephane Gendron won at odds of 18-1. Hurryupatthebeach (Pascal Berube) cut the mile with Cooking The Speed sitting the pocket seat through fractions of :27.4 and :57.3. Jody Jamieson was already on the move with Better Now and as he approached the leaders in the backstretch, Gendron pulled the pocket with Cooking The Speed and the action heated up past the three-quarters in 1:27.3. All three horses were stacked three-wide around the final turn and as they started down the stretch, Hurrayupatthebeach began to fade as Cooking The Speed found another gear, winning by one length over Better Now in 1:57.3. Hurryupatthebeach was third. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of So Surreal who is trained by Michel Allard and is co-owned and bred by Allard Racing of Saint-Esprit. She paid $38.90 to win. $55,000 2YO Colt Trot - The 1/5 favorite, Cesar Dunharas and trainer/driver Stuart Sowerby went right to the lead with Mister Sky (Francis Picard) trying to follow the live cover in second place to the opening quarter mile in :30. Then at the half mile marker in 1:01.1, Stephanie Brosseau came first-over with Only For Justice but was unable to gain ground as Cesar Dunharas went to the three-quarters in 1:31. On the final turn Only For Justice found another gear and gained on Cesar Dunharas, collared him in the stretch and came on to win by a quarter length in 2:01.3. Mister Sky was third. It was the second straight win and a lifetime mark for Justice For All. The gelded son of Justice Hall is trained by Dany Fontain for breeder/owner Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal. He paid $14.30 to win. $55,000 2YO Filly Trot - Claudi P V and driver Pascal Berube were the only one in the field to stay trotting and thus was an easy winner by five and one-half lengths in 2:01.1. Stablmate My Lady Hall (Jocelyn Gendron) was second with the 1/9 favorite, Kenogami Darling (Guy Gagnon), who was going for her fourth straight win, broke at the start. My Lady Hall led the field through fractions of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:29.3 with Claudi P V in pursuit. Then coming down the stretch, My Lady Hall made a break and Claudi P V blew by her for the win by 15 and one-quarter lengths. It was the second win and a lifetime mark for the daughter of Holiday Road, who is trainer and co-owned and bred by Serge Nadeau with Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu. She paid $9.70 to win. The Open Handicap Pace saw former Quebec Series Champion, Atomic Million AM ($3.80) and driver Guy Gagnon wire the field with ease in 1:54.2. Another Quebec Series Champion, Capteur De Reve ($6/90) and driver Pierre Luc Roy, were able to wire the field in winning the Open Handicap Trot in 1:59.1. Track Notes: Driver Stephane Gendron and trainer Michel Allard each had two wins in the championship finals and driver Louis Phillipe Roy has two wins, one in the finals. Live harness racing resumes at H3R next Sunday, September 16, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The pacers are in the limelight at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening headlined by Hooter Shooter going for his third straight win in the 7th race feature. Starting from post nine in the second tier, Hooter Shooter has been red hot for trainer and co-owner Marc Andre Simoneau and Jean Fontaine, both of Trois-Rivieres. A five-year-old gelded son of Badlands Hanover, Hooter Shooter will be driven by Stephane Gendron. In his last two starts, Hooter Shooter seems to not get out of the gate too fast but makes up for it once he gets into gear. In both victories he has come first-over before the half mile marker and by the three-quarters he has the lead and then draws off from the field. He has won his last two starts by a combined total of nine lengths, the fastest a 1:55 triumph last week. Starting from the rail is Appleby Hanover and driver Tyler Jones, the son of Dustin Jones. Young Jones is slowly making a name for himself at H3R, mainly because of Appleby Hanover. This stallion by Well Said, has won two of his last three starts, the fastest a 1:55.1 lifetime mark for owner and trainer, Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit, the father of Rene Allard. Other contenders in the field include Highpoint Chip (post two), Sportsranger (post five) and the always close Fortune Fella (post seven) who has four second place finishes in his six starts this year. Post time is 6:30 pm Tuesday. Also, of note, is that the three-year-old Quebec Champion from last year, Wildriverbumblebee, will make his 2018 debut at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Wildriverbumblebee is also eligible for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, August 19. For a free race program for Tuesday or more information about the Hippodrome 3R, 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 - 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 www.quebecjockeyclub.com. 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 www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The highest win payoff of the 2017 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R was recorded Sunday as The Rocket Man and trainer/driver Michel Audet blasted to the lead in the backstretch and then held off Bel Gazou to win by a head at odds of 55-1, paying $112.00 to win. The sixth race trot saw Federal Strike and driver Sylvain Fontaine go out to the early lead with The Rocket Man and Audet sitting on the outside in fifth place going to the opening quarter mile. Then by the half mile marker, The Rocket Man had a slight lead over Federal Strike and then took command in the backstretch as Federal Strike began to fade. As the came to the finish, Federal Strike caught a second wind and nearly collared The Rocket Man. Bel Gazou (Louis-Philippe Roy) closed with a burst of speed but it was too late to catch The Rocket Man. Federal Strike was third. Time for the one-mile race on off track was 2:04.4. The payoff was the first $100 plus winner to come in at H3R this season. The Rocket Man is a four-year-old gelded son of Manofmanymissions and is owned by Rexanne Viau of Bertheirville. It was his fourth win this year. With one of the most amazing racing efforts of the year at H3R, National Debt and driver Stephane Gendron swept three and four-wide in the backstretch, and came on to win the eighth race Invitational Pace going away. Getting away in last place at the start of the race, National Debut could see them all as Atomic Million AM (Mario Charron) led the field with Glass Shadow (Stephane Brosseau) sitting in the place to the opening quarter mile in :28. As they came to the half mile in :58.2, National Debt was still in last place, but horses began to come out to challenge, but that was not fast enough for National Debt and Gendron as they tipped three-wide heading to the backstretch. Then before the three-quarter mile marker in 1:28.1, Gendron was forced four-wide with National Debut and the pacer responded by circling the field on the final turn and collaring Atomic Million despite being three-wide. Coming down the stretch, National Debt was bearing out but still had plenty of pace left to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. Glass Shadow was second with Atomic Million AM third. It was the tenth victory of the season for National Debt, a six-year-old stallion trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $5.70 to win. Track Notes: With next Sunday closing day for the 2017 live harness racing meet at H3R, it looks like both the driving and training titles are not wrapped up. Driver Stephane Brosseau holds a diminishing 51-46 lead over Stephane Gendron for the dash winning title. With two victories from his stable Sunday, Frances Richard looks to hold up as the leading trainer at H3R. He leads 26-19 over Yves Tessier, who also had a winner. Drivers Pascal Berube, Stephane Gendron and Louis-Philippe Roy all had two winners on the program Sunday. Post time next Sunday for the final live race card of the season is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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