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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Competing on a sloppy, rain-soaked track did not hamper the efforts of harness racing driver Stephane Gendron, as the Quebec City resident posted his first driving quadruple of the season at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Gendron did not get into gear until the fourth race pace, winning with D G's Machbeach ($16.70) in 2:01.3. He then won the fifth race pace with Hard Rock ($9.70) in 1:59.3, the seventh race with Ufdragons Rocket ($3.40) in 1:59.2 and then capped the afternoon, capturing the eighth race Invitational Trot with Caroluzzo. And that last race took a photo finish to declare the winner. It was R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy getting to the front early from post one as Gendron left with the race favorite Caroluzzo and settled right into second place to the opening quarter in a speedy :28.4. Content to sit the pocket trip through the half mile marker in :59.2, Gendron waited until the backstretch to come out and go after R Rkadabra, who was not giving up his lead without a battle to the three-quarters in 1:30.1 and all the while, Jamigo and driver Daniel Laflamme, were stalking the duo in third place. Around the final turn, Caroluzzo has the lead but Jamigo was edging closer as they started down the stretch. With every stride to the wire, Jamigo kept closing in on Caroluzzo, but Caroluzzo held game to the wire, winning over Jamigo by a long nose in 2:01.3. Ice D Late (Sylvain Lacaille) was third. It was the sixth win this year for Caroluzzo. The eight-year-old stallion by Musclesextrodinair is trained by Daniel Martin and is owned by Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, paying $4.90 to win. The victory was the second of the day for trainer Daniel Martin. Lucky Promesses extended her lead as the winningest horse at H3R this season, winning the sixth race trot in 2:04.3. Bred, owned and driven to victory by Jerome Lombart of Bromont, Lucky Promesses posted her tenth win of the year and her eighth at H3R. The four-year-old mare by Lucky Fool, is trained by Andreane Lapierre and paid $7.30 to win. She won in a romp by eight and three-quarter lengths. Track Notes: With just two race programs left for the 2017 race season, Stephane Brosseau holds a diminishing lead over the red hot Stephane Gendron, 51 to 44, for the top driver honors while Francis Richard's 24 wins from his stable puts him in strong contention to capturing the training title with Yves Tessier at 18, Jean Tourney 16, and both Michel Allard and Maxime Velaye at 15 each. Live racing resumes at H3R next Sunday, first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - National Debt, a top stakes contender at age 3 and 4, has resumed his winning ways once against and goes for his fourth straight win Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the Invitational Pace. It won't be a walk in the park for the C$348,000 career winner as he has drawn the far outside and starts from post eight in the eighth race on H3R's half mile oval. Now age six, the gelded son of Allamerican Native, bred by Winbak Farm and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville, is trained by Yves Tessier and will be driven by Stephane Gendron. In his past two victories, National Debt has raced over sloppy tracks, but that has not hindered his performance, winning last week at Rideau Carleton in 1:55.1. Two starts back he won at H3R in 1:57.1. "He is a very good horse with a big heart," said driver Stephane Gendron. "This Sunday's race features many good horses. He will face a lot of traffic starting from the outside in post eight. In all three of his prior wins, National Debt has won from off the pace and usually never leaves early, even from inside post positions. "I think he can beat them on Sunday," Gendron added. "It will all depend on how the race is run. In his first win of this streak, he paced the final quarter at Rideau in :27.4. As long as I can put him in the right spot, he will be very good in here." The race favorite is Quebec Champion Wildriverbumblebee, who was scratched sick at H3R back on October 8. He has drawn post seven for driver Stephane Brosseau and is on a five-race winning streak for trainer Francis Richard and owner/breeder Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton. The lone three-year-old is going against older horses, but has had an amazing short season in 2017. He has only nine starts with seven wins. In his last start he won the C$50,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Final at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52.1 and back on September 11, took his lifetime mark with 1:51.2 triumph, also at Mohawk. The third return winner in the field is Atomic Million AM, who starts from post nine in the second tier for driver Mario Charron. This three-time Quebec-Series Champion at age 2, 3 and 4, is on a two-race winning streak for owner/trainer/breeder Alain Martin of Gatineau, and is moving up in class to take on the best pacers at H3R. Other contenders include Bali (post five) who has won two of his last three starts, Glass Shadow (post one), who two starts back won the Invitational at H3R and the lone mare in the field of nine, Rainbow Palace (post three), who has won this season at H3R in 1:54.3. 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 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 - Sunday's ninth race Silver Invitational Pace at the Hippodrome 3R looks to be a wide-open affair with nine starters including four horses who have won this class during the season. The lone return winner in the field is Mister Big Top from post five for trainer Yves Tessier and driver Stephen Gendron. Tessier, it should be noted, is currently the third leading percentage rainer in all of Canada this season. His UTR (universal training rating) is a very impressive .422 between the Hippodrome 3R and Rideau Carlton in 2017. He is also the third leading trainer this year at H3R (15 wins) and 4th in the standing at Rideau Carlton (39 wins). Owned by Francois Morin of Beaucevile, Mister Big Top sports seven wins this year, his fastest a 1:54.3 lifetime mark at Rideau Carlton. Most recently he tuned up for Sunday's race with an easy 2:00.1 qualifying win at H3R. But prior to that, on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit at Bedford, Mister Big Top scored a decisive triumph in a 1.5 mile extra distance race with a 2:58 victory. Back on July 30, Mister Big Top and Gendron won the two-mile race at H3R in 4:06.1. The race favorite is Bali, despite having to start from the far outside in post eight for driver Stephane Brosseau. Brosseau is the leading driver this season with 45 wins, giving him a commanding lead over Stephane Gendron in second place with 32 wins. Bali, in his last two starts has had his head handed to him at Rideau Carlton with two 6th place finishes. But prior to that he has two straight wins and also has seven wins on the year, the fastest a lifetime best 1:53.1 triumph right at H3R. The horse that sports the most second place finishes this year is Solid Performance in post four. This eight-year-old gelded son of Armbro Deuce has 11 second place finishes and four wins. He will be driven for the first time by David Pilon. Just two starts back, Solid Performance won at H3R in 1:54.2. H3R's leading trainer, Francis Richard with 22 wins, sends out Matt's Phil from post two with Pierre Luc Roy handing the driving. Matt's Phil sports six wins and three second place finishes this season and in his last seven starts has been either first or second. Highpoint Chip, trained and driven by Pascal Berube, starts from post seven and has won three of his last four starts, all at H3R, the fastestd a 1:54.3 victory. Rounding out the competitive field are Pantheon Seelster (post one), Lyons Josephjnr (post three), Arazi (post six) and My Buddy Mason (post nine). First race post time is 12:30 pm. For a free race program for Sunday's races, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - There was no world record set in the special two-mile race at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, but there was plenty of racing action in the four-lap event. Sea Donkey and driver Pascal Berube took the early lead away from Northern Juno (Denis Audet) after the opening quarter in :28.2. Then Audet came right back to the front with Northern Juno and led the field to the half mile in 1:00.2 and the three-quarters in 1:32. Then Louis-Philippe Roy came first-over with Ninoscredit before the mile in 2:03.2, but was unable to take command away from Northern Juno as they went 2:35.4 to the 1 ¼ mile. At the 1 ½ mile mark in 3:07, the action heated up as Stephane Brosseau took CF Sting Rei three-wide in front of the grandstand. They were followed by Mister Big Top (Stephane Gendron) and Tiguan Seelster (Stephane Lareau). In the backstretch the final time, it was the three Stephane's in command with CF Sting Rei (Brosseau) clearing to the lead, leaving Mister Big Top first over at the 1 ¾ mile mark at 3:36.3 and Tiguan Seelster trying to follow his cover. Then Gendron urged Mister Big Top and they blew right by CF Sing Rei and pulled away from the field to win by six and three-quarter lengths. CF Sting Rei was second with Tiguan Seelster third. The time of the race was 4:06.1, well off the world record set last year by Strokin in 4:02.4. For Mister Big Top, it was the fourth win this year for the five-year-old gelded son of Mister Big. He is trained by Yves Tessier and is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville, paying $4.80 to win. There were six divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old colt and filly pacers. Each sex had three divisions. The fastest mile of all the freshman pacers took place in the 12th race, the last race of the program. Power Fog and driver Jocelyn Gendron was able to grind out the early lead over Challenge Magic (Louis-Philippe Roy) to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Then had things their own way until Lucky Match (Yves Filion) came first-over after the half mile in 1:00, then as the pace picked up, dropped in behind Power Fog, getting a breather to the three-quarters in 1:30.1. Then the action heated up as Filion pulled out of the pocket and came after Power Fog, but Gendron's colt was able to dig in after a torrid stretch drive to win by a half-length in 2:00. Big Mach (Mario Charron) was third. Sired by Power Park, it was the second win in four starts for Power Fog, who is trained by Dominic Gladu for owner/breeder Gilbert Sauve, paying $5.10 to win. In the fifth race, Louis-Philippe Roy and Phil Dorleans, the full brother to $800,000 winner Duc Dorleans, was able to lead from start to finish and hold off a bold three-wide move by G A Speed Sammy (Alain Garrier) in the backstretch, to win in 2:01.3. Leader Tonight (Mario Charron) was third. A son of Shanghai Phil, it was the maiden win for Phil Dorleans, who is trained by Jacques Dupont for owner/breeders Dorleans Stable and Gestion Levesque. He paid $2.40 to win. The seventh race division saw Louis-Philippe Roy return to the winner's circle with a colt that his co-owns with trainer Kevin Maguire named El Muchacho. Following pacesetter Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) in second until the backstretch, Roy then moved first-over with El Muchacho, clearing to the lead and winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:02. Kinnder Jackson was second with last week's winner, Chloes Master, the heavy favorite, finishing third. It was the second win in four starts for the colt by Goliath Bayama, who went off at odds of 9-1 and paid $20.50 to win. The fastest of the fillies was D Gs Shadowbell, who notched her second straight win for driver Jonathan Lachance and trainer Mario Lachance in the third race. The heavy favorite, Hammering Haley (Louis-Philippe Roy), cut the mile early on but Lachance came first-over with D Gs Shadowbell and took command for good before the half mile marker and went on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:00.4. Hammering Haley was second with Liisawithtwoeyes (Stephane Gendron) third. The daughter of Shadow Play is owned and bred by Daniel Surprenant and paid $9.20 to win. Next came a real nail-bitter to the in the fourth race as return winner Le Balafre and driver Stephane Brosseau went right to the lead from post seven. Following their cover was the 4/5 favorite Katniss S BG and trainer/driver Yves Filion. Filion was content to sit the pocket trip until the three-quarters, when they came first-over to challenge. Those two battled neck and neck around the final turn along with the fast closing Lit De Rose (Pierre Luc Roy). As they came to the wire, Katniss S BG just got up by a neck over La Balafre with Katniss S BG third by a half-length in 2:01.1. It was a lifetime mark for the Mach Three filly, who was bred and is co-owned by Sylvain Descheneauz and Gaston Bibeau, paying $3.60 to win. Katniss S BG, is named after the Katniss Everdeen character in the very popular Hunger Games. The last filly division was the eighth race where Road To Lea (Stephane Brosseau) led early in the mile, then gave way to a determined Miss Rockadali (Yves Filion) until the backstretch, when Butterfly GB (Stephane Gendron) came first-over and cleared to the lead. Then Brosseau found clearance with Road To Lea and moved three-wide and was able to not only collar race favorite, Butterfuly GB, but pass them by and went on to win by four lengths in 2:01.2. Lune Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) was second with Butterfly BG third. Sired by Holiday Road, it was the maiden victory for Road To Lea. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder/owner Gaetan Bono Stable and paid $6.60 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron has the hot hands for the afternoon, scoring three winners on the card. All six of the Future Star Series saw lifetime marks for the winners. This was the last Sunday race card as the Hippodrome 3R takes a two-week break while the Grand Prix auto races take place in Trois-Rivieres. Live racing resumes on Wednesday, August 16 when H3R hosts the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship with a special first race post time of 7:15 pm. Then on Sunday, August 20 is the fourth revival of the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete with a special first race post time of 2:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand, harness racing is held at various distances that can range from sprints of a half mile to extra distance races as long as five miles. But in North America nearly 99% of all harness racing events are held at just one mile with a few exceptions, and one of those exceptions is taking place at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday. The eleventh race for pacers Sunday at H3R will go the extra distance at two miles and has 12 horses entered. And yet this race is only a "prep" for the upcoming August 13 five-mile race called 'Le 5 Milles' at the regional fair track of St-Aime des Lacs in Charlevoix, Quebec, where the horse will have to do ten laps. This year the Le 5 Milles, one of the oldest stakes races in the sport, will feature its 106th edition. It is one of the oldest stakes races in North America. Last year's two-mile winner, Strokin, set the world record on a half mile track at H3R with his victory in 4:02.4. Strokin is not entered in this year's event, but Sea Donkey, who won this race in 2014, is back to try again. He will start from post six for driver Pascal Berube. Also in 2015, Sea Donkey won the Le 5 Milles (five miles) race. Over the past two years the world record has been broken in the two-mile race, it was Aaron's Majesty and driver Denis St-Pierre who rewrote the mark in 2015, then rewritten again by Strokin in 2016. The race favorite Sunday is Three Rockets from post 12 for driver Marie Claude Auger. This six-year-old gelding by Mach Three has three wins already this season, the fastest a 1:55.2 lifetime mark taken at Rideau Carlton. He also won a 1 ½ mile race on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit in 3:16 and impressively, was last year's winner of Le 5 Milles. Second choice is Mister Big Top from post ten for driver Stephane Brosseau. He has won in 1:54.3 at Rideau this year and was a game second place finisher in 1:54.1 just last week. "I will see during the course of the race how it goes early on and then will deduce what will be best for the horse," said driver Stephane Gendron. "I love this horse very much, and there is a lot of early speed in the race. I think I have a good chance, because we will be in the hunt starting from post ten, which is in the second tier, and my horse does not leave well. He usually always races from behind and closes strong." Other contenders include 1:57.2 winner last week at H3R, CF Sting Rei (Stephane Brosseau) in post nine and Shanghai Ben (Alain Carrier) from post eight. Also on the program Sunday at H3R are six divisions of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. This is the second of three preliminary rounds leading towards the C$55,000 finals on September 3 for the top eight point earners from each division. There are three of the four return winners back for round two of the series Sunday. They are the filly's D Gs Shadowbell (post 7 third race), LaBalafre (post seven fourth race) and the colt returning is Chloes Master (Post one seventh race). Missing is Stock, who won his division in 1:58.1. The Future Stars divisions are the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 12th races on the program. Track Notes: This is the last live race program at H3R for the next two weeks due to the Grand Prix car racing that takes over most of the town of Trois-Rivieres. The next live program will be on Wednesday, August 16, when H3R hosts the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship, then that Sunday, August 20, is the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete. Post time this Sunday is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Kinnder Dangerous was making his 2017 debut in the opening round of the C$220,000 Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R and the son of Northern Escort wowed the crowd with a 16-1 upset victory. Driven by Justin Filion for owner, breeder and trainer, Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, Kinnder Dangerous was facing last year's two-year-old champion, Capteur De Reve and that made no difference at all. Starting from post position one, Filion sent Kinnder Dangerous right to the front as Capteur De Reve (Stephane Brosseau) left from post five as the 1/5 betting favorite and settled in second place, following Kinnder Dangerous to a speedy :28.2 opening quarter mile. Filion was able to back down the pace to the half mile marker in 1:00 and that flushed the second choice in the race, Sometimes When and driver Guy Gagnon, to come first-over to challenge. Entering the backstretch, it looked as if Sometimes When might be able to collar Kinnder Dangerous, but Filion would not allow it to happen, controlling the lead at the three-quarters in 1:29.3 as Capteur De Reve could not seem to stay close to the leaders as they rounded the final turn. Then in the stretch drive, Filion and Kinnder Dangerous were much the best, holding off Sometimes When and winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.3. Capteur De Reve was third. It was a lifetime mark for Kinnder Dangerous, who paid $34.90 to win. "Yes, I knew he would be very good tonight," said trainer and owner Denitza Petrova. "He had four months off and grew and filled out well and has been training very good. He is a very nice horse, goes very natural and has lots of heart! I think he will be strong in this series." The trotting fillies in the series took center stage in the seventh race where the 1/9 wagering favorite, HP Run Like Mom, scored her third straight win. It was Affirmee and driver Pierre-Luc Roy who shot to the early lead with Taurus P V (Jocelyn Gendron) grabbing the two-hole spot and going quickly to the opening quarter mile in :28.4. They raced Indian-style to the half mile in :59.2. HP Run Like Mom and driver Stephane Brosseau were sitting in third place and they came out first-over in the backstretch and blew by Taurus P V and then collared Affirmee and past them by at the three-quarters in 1:30.4. It was then all HP Run Like Mom, who took off and won by eight and one-half lengths in 2:01.1. Affirmee was second with Lindas Jewel, who was making her first pari-mutuel start, finishing third. Trained by Jean Tourigny, HP Run Like Mom is sired by Kadabra and was bred by Claude Hamel of Ayer'S Cliff, who co-owns the filly with Michel Damphousse of Louisville. In her last three starts, HP Run Like Mom has won by a total of 29 ¾ lengths. Track Notes: There is a real dogfight for the leading driver and trainer standings at H3R. With his driving triple Tuesday, Stephane Brosseau has tied Stephane Gendron for the lead at 21 wins each. Both Francis Richard and Jean Tourigny had one training win Tuesday and Richard holds a slim lead over Tourigny 13 to 12. Live racing resumes Sunday afternoon with first race post time at 12:30 pm. Featured will be the second round of the C$220,000 Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - After scoring an impressive victory last week in the Invitational Trot at the Hippodrome 3R, Theregoesthegroom will try and make it two straight Tuesday evening. A five-year-old stallion by Muscle Mass, Theregoesthegroom starts from post three in the sixth race feature for trainer/driver Denis Filion, who co-owns Theregoesthegroom with Jules Sigler. Last week Filion and Theregoesthegroom were able to grind it out against Four Starz Speed on the final turn as those two battled neck and neck down the stretch with Theregoesthegroom winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.4. It was the first win in just two starts this year for Theregoesthegroom, who was made the 3-1 second choice in the race. The honors of being the 5/2 morning line favorite goes to Caroluzzo from post two for driver Stephane Gendron. It is the best inside post position that Caroluzzo has seen all season long. The eight-year-old son of Musclesextrodinair is the only horse to have won the Invitational Trot at H3R twice this year. Last week he was third to Theregoesthegroom. Caroluzzo is trained by Daniel Martin for owner Michael Cote Gagnon and has been first, second or third all season long in the top trot. Spicey Victor, after two straight wins in lower classes, moves back up to take on the best trotters and drew post one for driver Jocelyn Gendron and trainer Yves Tessier. He has shown in his last two starts that he can win from either on or off the pace. Rounding out the field are Four Starz Speed, who was a game second to Theregoesthegroom last week and starts from post four for driver/trainer Kevin Maguire. Capteur De Reve is the lone three-year-old in the field taking on much older rivals. He was the Future Stars Series Champion last year and is prepping for the upcoming Breeders Cup Series at H3R that begins in July. He starts from post six for driver Pierre-Luc Roy. Rocky Boy rounds out the field from post five for driver Marc Belanger and last won the Invitational Trot back on April 30 in 1:57, the fastest trotting mile this year at H3R. Post time Tuesday evening is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Ask any harness racing trainer what is the most difficult horse to train and they will tell you it's trotting fillies and mares. Owner/trainer Carl Duguay of Deschambault knows this all so well and is very appreciative of his mare, Y S Suzanne, who goes for her fifth straight win Tuesday evening in the third leg of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old mares and horses at the Hippodrome 3R. The daughter of Angus Hall is off to her best season ever for Duguay and currently sports six wins this season and over C$104,000 in career earnings. She starts from post two in the third race Tuesday for driver Stephane Gendron. "I try and keep her relaxed as much as possible," Duguay said about Y S Suzanne's weekly training schedule. "She goes out to jog every day, time in the paddock, just want her to be at ease." Before coming home to Quebec, Y S Suzanne was racing at Saratoga Raceway's half mile oval in New York. The last two years Duguay has given his mare to trainer Heidi Rohr, who has also done well with her. "Heidi does a super job with my mare," Duguay said. "When Heidi sent her back to Quebec for this series she told me about some changes she did in training her and it has really helped." Last week was the first time since her first win this season that any horse has gotten within less than a length of Y S Suzanne at the finish. She won last week by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.1, her slowest winning time this year. "She was in heat last week," Duguay explained. "She was not at her best. She has been feeling much better this week and I think she will race much better tomorrow." Y S Suzanne shows that she can win from both on the off the pace. The last two weeks she led from start to finish. The prior weeks she had good cover and won with ease from off the helmet. Last week regular pilot Stephane Gendron, scored his 4,000th career win with Y S Suzanne. "This mare loves during the race to be held on the bit," Duguay explained. "As long as you never give her her head, she will always race strong. She likes it best to follow another horse." Y S Suzanne was nearly caught last week by Artemis Duharas, who closed well from sixth place on the final turn to be second. She starts again for driver Raymond Gingras from post seven. Another contender in the race is Y A Jailhouse Jody from post three for driver Guy Gagnon. She was second to Y S Suzanne two starts back in the Quebec-Bred Series. The horses do battle in a non-wagering division of the series with just four starters going to post between the 4th and 5th races on Tuesday's program. Missing from the lineup is the entry from trainer Isabelle Darveau stable of track record holder, Wildwild Men and his full brother, Seeyou Men, both of whom were Quebec-Bred champions in prior years. "We only planned to race them in the first two legs," Darveau explained. "That was good enough for them to make the final. They are fine and will be rested up now." With Wildwild Men, who won the opening round of the series, and Seeyou Men out this week, it opens the door for last week's winner, Holiday Party to battle with KFB Amigo Cool. In his first start back at H3R, Holiday Party, who last year won nine times and was the Quebec-Bred Series Champion at age 3, made a rare and costly break at the start. He then put it all together last week in defeating Wildwild Men and KFB Amigo Cool with a 1:59.1 triumph. He will start from post two for driver Pascal Berube against KFB Amigo Cool, who starts from post four for driver Stephane Brosseau. First, second and third in his four starts this year, KFM Amigo Cool has been close to the action every start. Also entered are Holiday Gift (post one) and Mc Garreth (post three), who have not been very competitive in the series. One thing is guaranteed in the non-wagering race, and that is the winner trainer's last name will be Fontaine. Both Holiday Party and KFB Amigo Cool are trained by Dany Fontaine while Holiday Gift and Mc Garreth are trained by Michel Fontaine. After Tuesday's third preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series, the top eight point earners will return on Sunday, June 25 for their respective $30,000 finals. Post time Tuesday evening is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Harness racing driver Stephane Gendron reached a major milestone in his career, scoring his 4,000th career win in the sixth race at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. Gendron, 47, of Quebec City, first started driving professionally back in 1989, scoring just 11 wins that first season. His milestone victory came aboard Y S Suzanne in a division of the second round of the $100,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. The 6th race first saw Double Chance and driver Jocelyn Gendron shoot to the early lead from post two, but that lead was short lived by the opening quarter mile as Stephane Gendron had Y S Suzanne, the 2/5 morning line favorite, on the move and soon on the lead. From that point, Y S Suzanne and Gendron held command, despite a game first-over effort after the half mile marker and through the backstretch by Y A Jailhouse Jody ((Guy Gagnon). Coming down the stretch, Gendron and Y S Suzanne were able to hold on to the finish wire, winning by a quarter of a length in 2:01.1 over a late closing Artemis Dunharas (Raymond Gingras) with Double Chance third. Owned and trained by Carly Duguay, it was the fourth straight win and fifth victory on the year for Y S Suzanne. The four-year-old mare by Angus Hall paid $2.80 to win. "I was a little worried as my mare she was not feeling so strong tonight as she usually is," Gendron explained. "I thought that maybe the other mare (Artemis Dunharas) that she beat me, but we were ok. "I am very happy winning my 4,000th race," Gendron said. "It means a lot to me. I do not drive regular around the circuit anymore. I pretty much stay at the Hippodrome 3R, but it is nice to have achieved so many wins. Feels really good." For his career, Stephane Gendron has started in 22,518 races with 4,000 wins, 3,299 second place and 2,876 third place finishes. The horses he has driven have won $13,602,638. An upset took place in the 4th race Quebec-Bred Series for horses as the 1/9 favorite and track record holder, Wildwild Men, went off-stride at the start of the race. His stablemate and full brother, Seeyou Men (Guy Gagnon) took the early lead with KFB Amigo Cool (Stephane Brosseau) sitting second until the half mile when 5-1 Holiday Party and driver Pascal Berube came first-over to challenge and take commend in the backstretch. Wildwild Men and driver Robert Shepherd recovered and caught the field, but it was too late as Holiday Party held on to win by a half-length with Wildwild Men second and KFB Amigo Cool third. The time of the one mile race was 1:59.1. For Holiday Party, a $105,000 winner last year at age three, who set the track record for his age and gait at H3R in being the Sire Stakes Champion, it was his first win in 2017 after three starts. Sired by Holiday Road, Holiday Party is trained by Dany Fontaine for the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal. He paid $12.40 to win. TRACK NOTES: Driver Pascal Berube had the hot hands Tuesday, winning three races on the program. Racetrack superintendent at H3R, Sylvain Blais, who had the track surface in prime shape Sunday, saw three horses take lifetime marks also on Tuesdays program. Next Sunday, the Quebec Jockey Club will host the $30,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacing mares and horses. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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