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Racemup claimed the early lead and converted it to a harness racing victory in the Rideau Carleton Raceway Preferred Pace on Sunday, Mar. 28.     Marie-Claude Auger sent her gelding away quickest of the leaving pack, reaching the top in a quarter of 27.1 and parking out Vanilla Malted (Clarke Steacy) in doing so. Racemup cruised to a half in 57.2 but was besieged by Vanilla Malted going to three-quarters in 1:26.   Vanilla Malted retreated turning for home, and the leader opened up four lengths on the field. 3/5 favourite National Debt (Pascal Berube) surged late, but the remaining racetrack was insufficient. Racemup survived for a 1:55.4 victory. National Debt was a head short in second, and Avatar J (Guy Gagnon) came from the backfield for show.   RACEMUP REPLAY     Racemup is now 23-for-96 lifetime with just shy of $235,000 in earnings. Victor Puddy trains the six-year-old son of Whatayasay for Gordon McDonald and Christopher Boland of Ottawa.   Mr Contestant came from well back in the co-feature Preferred Trot in a fast-closing victory.   Early leader Wildwild Men (Richard Simard) flew off the car and maintained full power, creating a seven-length cushion from the rest of the field. Stephane Brosseau dropped Mr Contestant into sixth and was more than 15 lengths off the front going by the quarter in 28.2.    He moved the gelding to the outside and began to chip away at the lead going by the half in 58.4. He made headway on the cover of Undercover Strike (Gagnon), reducing the gap to under five lengths at the three-quarters in 1:28.4.   Wildwild Men stayed on well, but Mr Contestant found another gear in the stretch and went by his cover, pocket-sitter Crossfit (Auger), and the leader to win by a half-length in 2:00.1. Crossfit got up for second, and Wildwild Men held third.   MR CONTESTANT REPLAY     Mr Contestant, a six-year-old gelding by Winning Mister, surpassed the $200,000 mark in career earnings with the win; it also brought his lifetime tally to 17-for-95. John Macmillan co-owns and trains for partner 2099551 Ontario Inc.    For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Mr Contestant went from buried in the three-hole to victory lane at 25-1 in Rideau Carleton Raceway’s co-featured harness racing Preferred trot on Sunday, Mar. 7.   Driver Stephane Brosseau tucked the six-year-old gelding into third starting from the rail. They sat there behind leader Lmc Mass Gem (Jacques Beadoin) and pocket-sitter Pasadena Star (Stephane Pouliot) through fractions of 28.2, 59, and 1:28.2.    His patience was rewarded as the inside path was vacated, allowing Mr Contestant to fly up the rail and pass all four in front of him to win by a neck in 1:58.1. Pasadena Star nearly outpaced him to the line but fell short. Crossfit (Marie-Claude Auger) stayed on after his first over effort to grab third. Lmc Mass Gem faded to fifth.       That was Mr Contestant’s 16th win from 92 lifetime, and it brought him to just a few thousand dollars shy of $200,000 in career earnings. The John Macmillan-trained son of Winning Mister also recorded his first win of 2021, paying $54.40.   Racemup took the other co-feature, overcoming a taxing front-end trip to go all the way in the Preferred Handicap.   Driver Marie-Claude Auger refused to take a seat through the first turn, driving on to take the lead going past the quarter in 26.4. Luke and Duke (Guy Gagnon) then provided almost immediate first-over pressure, hurrying Racemup to a half in 55.4. Auger carved out a mild breather to the three-quarters in 1:25.1 and sprinted out to a one-and-a-half-length lead in the stretch.   National Debt (Pascal Berube) threw in his hat with a late rally, as did Officer Jones (Ryan Guy) and Dreydl Hanover (Samuel Fillion), but Racemup had just enough to survive the cavalry charge and win by a neck in 1:55. National Debt surged for place, and Officer Jones edged Dreydl Hanover for show.       Racemup, a six-year-old gelding by Whataysay, increased his tally to 22 wins from 94 starts lifetime and surpassed $225,000 in earnings with that victory. Gordon Mc Donald and Christopher Boland of Ottawa own the Victor Puddy trainee. The horse paid $4.60 to win.   Richard Simard had four winners on the huge 15-race card: Twin B Fearless in the third, Atomic Million Am in the fifth, Sos Justified in the eighth, and Lunar Lunch in the ninth. Two trainers scored three: Macmillan, along with his preferred victory, captured the fourth race with Dylans Bank and the 13th with Vanilla Malted; Anne Turenne conditioned Twin B Fearless in the third, as well as the aforementioned Sos Justified and Lunar Lunch.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Pascal Berube had held the lead for most wins at the Hippodrome 3R nearly the entire race season starting in June. Berube recently moved his stable to Toronto and could not be at H3R on Sunday, closing day, to defend his lead. He was up by four wins over Stephane Brosseau going into Sunday's final card. And Brosseau made a great challenge, winning three races and just needing a victory with Bali in the eighth race pace, but it was not to be as they were boxed in most of the race and finished third. Thus, without having to drive at all, Pascal Berube won the driving title, 52 to 51 over Stephane Brosseau. "I wish I could have been at H3R today," Berube said. "It is a beautiful track that I hold dear in my heart. But I am very happy to hear this news." As for the training title, that went to Francis Richard for the fourth straight year. He had 33 wins from his stable this season. Maracasso was able to survive two major challenges and still hang tough in winning the fifth race Preferred-Handicapped Pace for the older horses. Farmers Tan (Carol Voyer) was the first on the early lead but was challenged early by Maracasso and driver Stephane Gendron, who pressed on to take command in a swift :26.2 first quarter. There was no chance for a breather as Maracasso led the field to the half mile in :55.3 and then Wrangler Cash and driver Francis Picard came first-over to challenge. In the backstretch those two battled neck and neck to the three-quarters in 1:25.2 with neither horse giving way. Then after the final turn and starting down the stretch, Maracasso proved to be much the best, fending off Wranglers Cash in the stretch to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:56. Dreydl Hanover (Samuel Fillion) was a fast closing third. It was the fourth win of the year for Maracasso, an eight-year-old gelding by Lis Mara. He is trained by Sylvain Tremblay for the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan. He paid $10.60 to win. The third race Preferred-Handicapped Trot saw Sir Chopin and owner-trainer-driver Carol Voyer of Kenogami make it two straight wins in the top trotting class. Keepall (Stephane Gendron) cut the mile from the start with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) sitting the pocket seat until the half mile. Then Sir Chopin and Voyer came first-over, collaring Keepall in the backstretch and then by the three-quarters took the lead and never looked back. At the top of the stretch Sir Chopin pulled away from the field to win with ease by five and one-half lengths in 1:59.1. Dr Spengler (Stephane Brosseau) closed for second place with Eau Naturelle (Simon Delisle) third. A five-year-old gelded son of Lucky Fool, it was the third win this year for Sir Chopin, who paid $7.00 to win. The biggest upset of the day came in the sixth race Preferred-Handicap race for the Fillies and Mares. It was a three-horse battle for early control of the lead between Fancy Girl (Francis Picard), Shemaksmefelunreal (Sylvain Lacaille) and race favorite Wild River Swan (Samuel Filion) to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Wild River Swan won the battle and cut the mile to the half in :57.1 when Sophies Cam and driver Stephane Brosseau started up first-over with Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) second-over. Then in the backstretch, Sophies Cam charged right by Wild River Swan as did Y C Easy to the three-quarters in 1:27.1. From there Sophies Cam drew off from the field and won with ease by one and a half lengths in 1:57.4. Kiss Me Bad (Steven Gagnon) closed to be second with Y C Easy third. Sent off at odds of 9-1, Sophies Cam returned a generous $21.90 to win. It was the daughter of Yankee Cam's seventh win of the year for trainer Carl Duguay and owner-breeder Yvanhoe Landry of Carleton-Sur-Mer. Then in the seventh race pace, the 14-year-old Onyx VA gave it his all for trainer-driver Claude Beausoleil, cutting the mile and parking out race favorite Soleil Gretzky (Stephane Brosseau) until the stretch as Soleil Gretzky ($2.80) won in 1:58.3 and Onyx VA faded to fourth place. After the race, in a fitting tribute, all of the racing equipment was removed from Onyx VA in the winner's circle and then the horse was presented a special retirement blanket from the staff of the Quebec Jockey Club. Owned his entire race career by Andre Larcoque of Lourdes-De-Joliette, Onyx VA, sired by Electric Stena, will now enjoy a life of luxury in his retirement. He ends his career with 47 lifetime wins and earnings of more than $300,000. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau led all drivers with three wins on the day. Carl Duguay led all trainers with a double. This was the final day of live racing at H3R for the 2020 season. The track and OTB outlets throughout Quebec will be open seven days a week for simulcasting through the winter. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday is the final day of harness racing at the Hippodrome 3R for the 2020 season. It will be a total of 44 race days, four extra days than the normal 40-day race meet due to extra simulcasting revenue due to Covid-19. Yet, despite the extra race days, the annual driving title at H3R has yet to be decided as leader Pascal Berube holds a slim four-win lead (52 to 48) over Stephane Brosseau. But on Sunday Brosseau has eight drives and Berube has none. Why no drives for Pascal Berube who did not miss a day of racing all season long at H3R? That's because Berube has moved his stable and base of operations this past week to Toronto. Thus, he is leaving the driving title up to Brosseau, if he can even tie Berube or surpass him with a five-win day. Winning the H3R drivers title on closing day is nothing new for Brosseau. He did it back in 2017, scoring three wins closing day to capture the title from rival Stephane Gendron. As for the leading trainer title, that is already decided and in an unprecedented feat, trainer Francis Richard is capturing his fourth straight H3R title. He goes into Sunday's 10 race card with an 11-win lead, 33 to 22, over Maxime Velaye. Neither Richard nor Velaye have any horses entered at H3R on Sunday. "I feel blessed to be lucky enough year after year to have good owners and good horses in my barn," Francis Richard said. "And a great team behind me. We work hard day in and day out. So, it's a nice reward to get that training title one more time." On the racetrack Sunday there are three Preferred events starting in the third race for the top trotters. Heading the field is last week's upset winner, Sir Chopin (post 5) with owner, trainer and driver Carol Voyer. They face rivals Keepall (post 6), Precieuse CC (post 3) and Caroluzzo (post 2). The fifth race features the Preferred horses where Dreydl Hanover (post 6) will seek a return trip to the winners for driver Samuel Fillion. Last week Drey­dl Hanover was a tiger against this same field, scoring in 1:55.3. Also entered are 4-time Quebec Champion, Atomic Million Am (post 7), City Of The Year (post 2), Maracasso (post 5) and Somewhere Bettor (post 8). The Fillies and Mares do battle in the sixth race where Wild River Swan (post 8) is coming off a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:57.4 with Samuel Fillion in the sulky. She has now won two of her last three starts. She will face rivals Sieras Rose (post 1), Shemaksmefelunreal (post 7) and Y C easy (post 2). The seventh race features the 14-year-old pacer Onyx V A (post 2), who is making the last start of his career as he must retire from racing on January 1, 2021. The Quebec-bred son of Electric Stena was bred and has been owned by Andre Larocque of Lourdes-De-Joliette his entire career. Onyx V A raced every year of his career with 47 victories. After his race, win or lose, trainer-driver Claude Beausoleil will bring Onyx V A back to the winner's circle for a special presentation. Track Notes: Of the 79 horses entered for the final day of racing at H3R, all 79 horses were used for the race program. First race post time Sunday at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club          

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Severus Hanover had little trouble overcoming a slow track with a three second allowance due to rain as he scored a harness racing romp in capturing the Preferred-Handicap Trot Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Driven by Stephane Brosseau, Severus Hanover started the seventh race feature going right out to the early lead with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) grabbing the two-hole spot and forcing Bucketlist Hanover (Jocelyn Gendron) to take back to third place as they went to the opening quarter mile in :28.2. Severus Hanover led the field past the half mile marker in :59.3. That was when Bucketlist Hanover tried again and came first-over, giving Capteur De Reve (Stephane Gendron) a good second-over journey. In the backstretch, Brosseau asked Severus Hanover for a little more and the trotter started to pull away from the field at the three-quarters in 1:31. Then in the stretch Severus Hanover turned it on even more, winning by seven and one-half lengths in 2:01.3. Precieuse CC held for second place and Keepall (Pascal Berube), who made a break at the start of the race, rebounded to finish third. It was the seventh win this year for Severus Hanover. He is a nine-year-old gelding by Explosive Matter, trained and owned by Yannick Martel of L'Assumption. He paid $5.30 to win. The fastest mile of the day was in the sixth race pace where Spiderman Hanover ($5.90) and driver Stephane Gendron were able to over-come the sloppy track and wire the field in 2:00.3. It was the third straight win and sixth of the season for Spiderman Hanover, a seven-year-old Western Ideal gelding, trained and owned by Marc Lemay of Quebec City. Spiderman Hanover won by one length over Dredyl Hanover and Blackjack Soleil. Track Notes: Both Stephane Brosseau and Francis Picard had the hot hands on Friday, each scoring a driving triple. Yannick Martel led the trainers with two wins. Live racing resumes at H3R Sunday afternoon, first race post time at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Severus Hanover, given a perfect drive by Stephane Brosseau, photo'd out Capteur De Reve in capturing the Preferred-Handicap Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Friday. The closely matched race feature three co-favorites, all at odds of 2-1 and Severus Hanover was one of them. The seventh race feature started out with Capteur De Reve and driver Stephane Brosseau shooting to the early lead and was challenged immediately by Keepall and driver Pascal Berube. They went the opening quarter mile in :27.1 as Keepall cleared to the lead. That lead for Keepall was short lived as Brosseau quickly came back with Capteur De Reve on top to the half mile in :58.1. Now coming first-over as they headed to the backstretch was another 2-1 co-favorite, Bucketlist Hanover and driver Jocelyn Gendron and following their outside cover was Severus Hanover. They went to the three-quarters in 1:28.2. As they turned for the stretch drive, Brosseau tipped Serevus Hanover three-wide and despite Capture De Reve having a good lead heading to the finish, Serevus Hanover kept gaining and gaining and went on to win by a neck in 1:59. Capteur De Reve held for second with Bucketlist Hanover third. Sir Chopin was the third co-favorite in the race. It was the sixth win this season for Serevus Hanover. The nine-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter is owned and trained by Yannick Martel of L'assomption. Serevus Hanover paid $6.30 to win. Three drivers each had two winners on the card. They were Stephane Brosseau, Samuel Fillion and Francis Picard. Also, scoring a training double was Francis Richard, the leading trainer at H3R this season going for his fourth straight training title. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the H3R Sunday afternoon with first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured is both a Preferred-Handicap Pace for the horses and the mares. The 3yo colt Mickeymaksomespeed (post 6) heads the 6th race Preferred Pace for the horses. He won his last start at H3R in 1:56. The 7th race for the mare's features return winner Y C Easy (post 8) taking on Wild River Swan (post 9) and Godiva Mackiavelyc (post 4), also a return winner. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Captuer De Reve, one of the only horses to have won four Quebec Championship Finals, showed his winning form again Friday at the Hippodrome 3R with an easy victory in the Preferred Trot. Racing over a slow track due to rain with a two second allowance, the seventh race feature started off as expected with race favorite Keepall (Pascal Berube) going out and taking the early lead. He led the field past the opening quarter mile in :29.2 and then the half mile in 1:00.1 before Bucketlist Hanover (Jocelyn Gendron) came first-over with Capteur De Reve following the outside flow second-over. Then before the three-quarters in 1:29.3, Gendron took Capteur De Reve three-wide and they were able to clear Bucketlist Hanover and come after Keepall. As they started down the stretch, Capteur De Reve proved to be too much for Keepall as he went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.1. Keepall was second with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) third after sitting the two-hole trip. It was the fourth win this year for Capteur De Reve. The six-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner-breeder Provoquante Stable of Mirabel. He paid $6.30 to win. Track Notes: Driver Stephane Brosseau had a driving triple and trainer Carl Duguay a training double on Friday. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday with post time at 1:00 pm. Featured will be the annual Lucien Bombardier Memorial Pace for two-year-old fillies. Bombardier was a pioneer of harness racing in not only Quebec, but all of Canada. The purse is $33,800 and the stake is co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada. Headlining the field is Game Of Shadows (post 4) in the seventh race. She is co-owned by Louis-Philippe Roy, who will be driving in most of the 11 races Sunday. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club plays host to a three-day weekend of harness racing action at the Hippodrome 3R. Friday, Saturday and Sunday the half mile oval will see 24 races for the trotters and pacers. Friday's program starts late afternoon with a 4:00 pm post. Then on Saturday it's the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit day at H3R and another full card of action Sunday. Both Saturday and Sunday's programs get underway at 1:00 pm. While it is still early in the racing season at H3R, the three standouts among the driving colony are in a dogfight for control of the lead as well as the training ranks too. Three-time defending driving champion, Stephane Gendron, is currently tied with Pascal Berube as the winningest drivers, each with 12 victories. Following in a close third place is Stephane Brosseau with 11 wins. All three drivers have been top contenders at the track for many years. And the trainers have a tight competition too. Maxime Velaye leads the pack with five wins and tied for second with four wins each are three-time defending trainer champion Francis Richard, Michel Allard, Charles Gaudreault and Pierre Leclerc. Also, to be recognized, is driver Carol Voyer, who this year has had a limited number of drives (16), and has been outstanding with a Universal Driving Rating (baseball average) of .500, which would be tops in any league. All of these drivers and most of the trainers will be back in action on Friday and will be put to the test in the seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace feature race. Windsun Cheyenne has been made the 5/2 mild favorite from post seven for driver Pascal Berube. Last week the 10-year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark was able to show his heels to his younger competitors, leading from start to finish in 1:55.3. In that race Windsun Cheyenne started from the rail and having the outside post seven could well hinder his chances for a repeat victory having to face some tough company Friday. Hooter Shooter gets handicapped and starts from post eight for driver Stephane Brosseau. Two starts back he won the Preferred in 1:56.1, but that was from the rail. Hooter Shooter, unlike Windsun Cheyenne, has raced well in the past from outside posts. D J Power is a force to be reckoned with and has the rail for pilot Samuel Fillion. Fillion has two wins, the fastest in 1:56.2, and a game second last week with D J Power, who has found new life this season racing on the front end. Outlaw Turn & Burn (post 9), Maracasso (post 6) and Always A Diamond (post 5) figure to also provide some strong competition in the race. For a free race program for each day this weekend, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau had the hot hands at the Hippodrome 3R Friday afternoon, scoring a driving triple that included a victory in the Preferred Trot. Sent off as the 2-1 betting favorite, Brosseau was patient with Upvote Hanover after the start of the race as Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) went off stride on the lead. After the break, driver Pascal Berube inherited the lead with Lucky Promesses, who may have seemed to be riled up by Precieuse CC as she trotted to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.2. Lucky Promesses cut the mile to the half in :58.1 with Stpattysday (Stephane Gendron) sitting the pocked seat and Upvote Hanover coming first-over for Brosseau and the war horse, Caroluzzo (Pierre Luc Roy) second-over. As the field reached the three-quarter mile pole in 1:28.3, Lucky Promesses was still in the lead as Berube pulled from the pocked with Stpaddysday and came after Lucky Promesses on the final turn. They cleared to the lead with Upvote Hanover still first-over but now gaining ground. Coming off the final turn, Upvote Hanover was able to collar Stpaddysday and beat her to the wire by a long neck in 2:00.1. Eau Naturelle (Steeven Genois) was third. It was the third win this year for the six-year-old gelded son of Kadabra. He is trained by Brosseau for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. It was Upvote Hanover's 22nd career win and he paid $6.80 to win as the mild favorite. For Brosseau, it was his second driving triple of the H3R meeting. 15YO trotter racing on Saturday Chinnys Wings, who is 15 years old, gets another chance at racing Saturday when the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races at H3R starting at 1:00 pm. H3R is hosting four special Saturday Fair Circuit events. A career winner of $382,000 and 45 races, Chinnys Wings starts from post 8 in the third race trot. He is trained and will be driven by Jean Lord and is owned by his wife, Nancy, of Trois-Rivieres. Chinnys Wings is allowed to race on the Fair Circuit until he turns age 17 and that is when he must retire from racing. This is his first start back at the track since December 19. Track Notes: Driver David Pilon and trainer Francis Richard both had doubles on the program Friday. Live racing takes place all weekend at H3R. There are eight races both Saturday and Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The eighth race Preferred Pace at the Hippodrome 3R was anything but dull for the harness racing fans Sunday afternoon as two horses making three-wide moves during the race woke the crowd up. It was Kinnder Jackson and driver Pierre Luc Roy who started off the show, going to the front with Surf Report (Tyler Jones) sitting on their backs to the opening quarter mile in :27. Then at the half mile mark in :56.1., Appleby Hanover (Jocelyn Gendron) came first-over and race favorite Histoire Enchantee (Stephane Gendron) came second-over then three-wide but was unable to clear into first-over position until the three-quarters in 1:25.3 with Kinnder Jackson still on the lead. Taking up the chase with his own three-wide move coming into the final turn was Hooter Shooter and driver Stephane Brosseau. They were able to clear on by both Histoire Enchantee and Kinnder Jackson to take command of the race. In the stretch, Hooter Shooter was then challenged late by Surf Report, but held on for the win by a half length in 1:55.4. GA Speed Gaby (Francis Picard) was third. It was the fastest mile of the afternoon race card as Hooter Shooter, a six-year-old gelded son of Badlands Hanover, posted his eighth win of the year. He is owned and trained by Marc Andre Simoneau and paid $11.50 to win. In the sixth race featured trot it was all Kinderunbelievable and driver Pierre Luc Roy. The Breeders Cup Champion filly by Archangel was sent to the front by Roy over Cor Leo (Stephane Gendron) at the opening quarter mile and then led the field the rest of the one-mile trot. Kinderunbelievable held the field at bay and went on to win by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:01. Cor Leo was second with a late closing game first-over Chinnys Wings (Stephane Brosseau) finishing third. It was the fourth win in nine starts this year for Kinderunbelievable. She was bred and is owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. She paid $3.10 to win. Track Notes: Both Stephane Gendron and Pascal Berube had driving doubles Sunday. Live racing resumes at H3R next Sunday, October 20 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For full results, entries and more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Undefeated Whitecookie posted his sixth straight triumph with an easy three-length triumph in a $7,500C division of the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R. Starting from post four in the third race, the first of two divisions of the Future Stars for two-year-old pacing colts, Whitecookie went right to the lead for owner, trainer and driver, Marie Claude Auger of Trois-Rivieres. Cutting fractions of :28.1, :58.1 and 1:28.1, Whitecookie held the field at bay and then pulled away in the stretch to win in a lifetime best clocking of 1:57. The pocket-sitting Kinnder Big Boss (Pierre Luc Roy) was second with Retour Au Jeu (Stephane Gendron) third. Sired by Windfall Blue Chip, Whitecookie looks to make a clean sweep of the Future Stars Series and will headline the $55,000C final coming up on Sunday, September 8. He paid $2.60 to win. The sixth race second colt division saw Eclat De Rire and driver Stephane Gendron do just what Whitecookie did earlier on the race card, lead from start to finish. Only the fractions were a bit slower for Eclat De Rire, who also pulled away from the field on the final turn, winning by five open lengths in a lifetime best 1:59.4. HP Beach Dragon (Stephane Brosseau) sat the pocket-trip and was second with Beach Bayama (Marc Belanger) third. It was the second win in four lifetime starts for Eclat De Rire, a son of Leader Bayama, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $2.90 to win as the race favorite. It looked like the front end was the place to be Sunday until the seventh race, $10,000C Future Stars division for filly pacers with a field of nine going to post on the half mile track. Lotus Sena and driver Pascal Berube, seeking their fourth straight win for trainer/owner Serge Nadeau, had led the field through fractions of :28.4, 1:01 and 1:31.1. That was when the pocket-sitting SOS Cupcake and driver Stephane Gendron pulled on the right line and came after Lotus Sena and passed her by the top of the stretch. She then went on to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 2:01.4. Lotus Sena was second with Acaena De Chakrika (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the first career victory for SOS Cupcake. The daughter of Shanghai Phil has finished second in her last three starts, moved the stable of trainer Francis Richard and got her first win. SOS Cupcake is owned by the Francis Richard Stable, Inc., Auclair-Gaston Bibeau Farm and Dr. John Bradbury. She paid $4.10 to win as the favorite. Track Notes: Five of the ten races Sunday saw horses score lifetime marks as the H3R track continues to be in perfect shape. Drivers Stephane Gendron and Stephane Brosseau each scored driving doubles. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday, August 30. It will be the last Friday night race card of the season. First race post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R hosts a stake filled race card including the Breeders Cup Series and three Preferred events on Sunday. This will be the last live race program as the harness racing track will take a ten-day hiatus as the Grand Prix Auto Week is taking place in Trois-Rivieres. Heading the 11-race program are four $7,500 divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers with two divisions for colts and two for fillies. This is the second round of the series that features three legs and then the $65,000C finals on Sunday, September 8. The colts are in action starting in the second race where Ashleysbest (post 5) is the top contender. Trained by Sylvain Cote, Ashleysbest has won four of his last five starts for owner/breeder Marc Herbert of Masham. The son of Shanghai Phil, who is driven by Pascal Berube, sports five wins in eight starts this year, the fastest a lifetime best 1:55.2 triumph at H3R. Other contenders in the race include D Gs De Vito (post 6) and GS Speed Gaby (post 2). The second colt division is the third race headlined by HP Napoleon from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. This gelded son of Big Jim has won his last two starts for trainer Francis Richard, the fastest a 1:51 lifetime mark at Mohawk Raceway, winning a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots. His last start at H3R was a 1:55.2 romp by five and one-half lengths in the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series. HP Napoleon is owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer'S Cliff. Hamel bred the colt with Celine Paguin, also of Ayer'S Cliff. Also, in the field is YS Sunshine (post 2), who was the fastest division winner in the Breeders Cup Series so far, grinding out a 1:54.2 victory for driver Stephane Brosseau. The son of Sunshine Beach will be driven by Jonathan Lachance. The first division for fillies is the fourth race where HP Xanadu is the morning line favorite despite drawing the far outside post eight for driver Stephane Brosseau. The daughter of Sunfire Blue Chip was second in the opening round of the series. Other hopefuls in the race are Akita Bayama (post 6), Better Now (post 2) and Black Elektra (post 5). The second filly division is race seven with ten starters in the field. Cooking The Speed (post 9) is on a two-race win streak for trainer Michel Allard and Allard Racing that bred and owns the filly. She won her opening round of the Breeders Cup in 1:57.4. She will face tough competition from Moneymakehersmile (post 6), who is on a three-race winning streak; Esprit Dequipe (post 3), who is undefeated this season with five straight wins. This daughter of Big Jim is tied with the top pacer Atomic Million AM as the two winningest horses at H3R this season. The Preferred-Handicap events begin in race six for the trotters where Capteur De Reve will try for his third straight win. He has won his last two starts from both on and off the pace, which will help him as he was assigned the outside post eight position. Other standouts in the field include three-time Quebec champion, Maximuscle (post 1), the mare Precieuse CC (post 4), Holiday Party (post 5) and Kinnder Dangerous (post 7). Atomic Million AM in post seven. This warhorse, now age eight, is on a five-race winning streak for owner, breeder and trainer, Alain Martin of Gatineau and will be driven by Jocelyn Gendron. The fastest horse this season after his 1:54.1 triumph two starts back, Atomic Million AM does all his racing on the front end and has not been bested the last two months. Looking to end his five-race win streak will be Kinnder Jackson (post 6), who has been second to Atomic Million AM in his last two starts. Macktwowilldew (post 8) is coming off a 1:54.4 triumph at Rideau Carleton and Saulsbrook Peach (post 5) shows a 1:53.2 victory two starts back. The fillies and mares take to the track in the tenth race where last year's Pacing Mare of the Year at H3R, Rainbow Palace, goes from post eight for driver Francis Picard. She won two starts back at H3R with a 1:57 triumph. She takes on Lit De Rose (post 1) and Uptown Woman (post 7) who won her last start at H3R in 1:56.1. First race post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. A free program is available by going to The next live race card will be a special Thursday night program starting at 7:00 pm and it will feature the second annual NASCAR Race Night, where NASCAR drivers will compete in an exhibition race in double-seater jog carts. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R's newest harness racing track record holder, Only For Justice, is back at the track on Friday evening for the second round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters. It was just two weeks ago that Only For Justice became the fastest three-year-old trotter in the history of H3R with an amazing 1:57.4 triumph in the opening round of the series. His time was also the fifth fastest trotting mile ever recorded at the Hippodrome 3R. And at age 2, Only For Justice was the Future Stars Series Champion at H3R. He now has $182,000C in career earnings and great potential for this race season. And what did Only For Justice due with his week off from the Breeders Cup Series? Why he went to Rideau Carleton Raceway and won a $71,467 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Division in 1:56, a new lifetime mark for the gelded son of Justice Hall. Only For Justice now has three wins in six starts for trainer Dany Fontaine and the Gaetan Bono, Inc. Stable of Montreal, who bred and owns the trotter. He is also on a two-race winning streak. Stephane Brosseau will be aboard Only For Justice from post three on Friday in the 8th race $10,000 division for the colts. He is part of any entry for Fontaine and Gaetan Bono, Inc., who also have Clevisse starting alongside Only For Justice in post two. Clevisse has yet to win in 12 starts this year. Another entry is the second choice in the race and coupled are Triomphe Duharas (post one) and Cesar Duharas (post eight), who were third and second respectively against Only For Justice two weeks ago. The fillies are in the limelight in race four with a purse of $10,000C and featured will be the entry from trainer Serge Nadeau of My Claudi P V (post one) and My Lady Hall (post 2). Claudi P V is the better of the two fillies. Sired by Holiday Road, Claudi P V in her last start was able to grind it out first-over again Choo Choo Blue and win by a length in 2:02.1. She will be driven by Pascal Berube. Both fillies were bred by Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu and are co-owned with Serge Nadeau of Scott. My Lady Hall is sired by Angus Hall and is winless in five starts. She will be driven by Nadeau. Rival Choo Choo Blue (post six) raced last week and was able to wire the field in 2:03.1 for her second win this year. Kinderunbelievable (post five) is another contender in the field. The three-year-old pacers will see action in their second round of Breeders Cup competition on Sunday with four $7,500 divisions for fillies and colts. For a free race program, watch the H3R race live or any other information, visit After this weekend of racing, the Hippodrome 3R will be closed for live racing until a special Thursday evening program on August 8 due to the Grand Prix Auto Race weekend in Trois-Rivieres. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies got underway at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with four $7,500C opening round divisions. After three weeks of preliminary competition, the top eight point earners in the series will return to H3R on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $55,000C finals. The fastest of the four divisions came in the sixth race, the second colt division as Ontario invader, My Bettors Del, had an easy time wiring the field. Leaving from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau, My Bettors Del out kicked Eclat De Rire (Stephane Gendron) for the early lead by the opening quarter mile in :29. From there he cut fractions of :59.2 and 1:30, holding the field at bay. He won by three lengths in 1:59.1. Eclat De Rire was second with Kinnder Big Boss (Justin Filion) third. Trained by Jacques Dupont, My Bettors Del is a colt by Bettors Delight, who is co-owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation with the breeder, Jam Auden, Inc. of Portneut. He paid the mandatory $2.10 to win. It was his first pari-mutuel win in four starts. The first colt division was the third race and there was little doubt on who the winner would be. The race fans made Whitecookie and overwhelming 1/9 favorite and he raced just like it. Starting from the rail for driver Marie Claude Auger of Trois-Rivieres who also trains and owns Whitecookie, the son of Windfall Blue Chip, went right to front, held the field at bay the entire one-mile race and went on to win by four and one-half lengths in 2:01.2. Retour Au Jeu (Stephane Gendron) was second with PLD Needy (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the third straight win for the unbeaten Whitecookie. He paid just $2.20 to win. The rain clouds opened up for the fourth race, the second Breeders Cup division for fillies, making the track labeled "good". That had no effect on Acaena De Chakrika. The daughter of Sunshine Beach, with Stephane Brosseau in the sulky, came first-over early to grab the lead by the opening quarter mile and led the rest of the race, winning by one length in 2:02.2. SOS Cupcake and driver Daniel Laflamme made a race of it, coming after Acaena De Chakrika on the final turn, but could not collar the race winner and was second. Three Star Sena (Pascal Berube) was third. It was the first victory for Acaena De Chakrika, who is trained by Daniel Martin and was bred and is owned by Diane Lepine of Quebec City. She paid $6.00 to win. In the second race, the first Future Stars division for the fillies, a real battle ensued in the backstretch as Cant Fight Fate (Tyler Jones) was on the lead and Lotus Sena was sitting in the two-hole for driver Pascal Berube when Berube decided to come first-over. Cant Fight Fate went head and head with Lotus Sena, but on the final turn, Lotus Sena took command and went on to win by two lengths in 2:03.4. Cant Fight Fate was second with Whitemountain Ruby (Francis Picard) third. It was the maiden victory in three lifetime starts for Lotus Sena. The daughter of Windfall Blue Chip is trained by Serge Nadeau of Scott, who also bred and owns Lotus Sena. She paid $9.80 to win. Track Notes: Carol Voyer led all drivers and trainers Sunday, sending out and driving two winners. Driver Stephane Brosseau also had a driving double, winning two of the Future Stars divisions and Pascal Berube had a driving double. As part of National Caretakers Apperception Day, the name of every groom was announced in the post parade. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Friday evening, July 26 with the second leg of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters. The pacers go on Sunday. For more information, a free race program or to view the races live at H3R, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club is hosting a rare three-day weekend of harness racing at the Hippodrome 3R, featuring stakes and special events this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend has been billed as a Festival of Racing. Breeders Cup For Trotters Friday The big weekend kicks off Friday evening with the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. There will be three weeks of preliminary action culminating with the top eight-point earners in the series returning on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $65,000C finals. The opening round features trotting fillies in the second race where rivals Cho Choo Blue (post 2) takes on Kinderunbelievable (post 8). The trotting colts are in action in race five as $141,000C career winner Only For Justice (post 1) and stablemate Clevisse (post 8) race as an entry for trainer Dany Fontaine and the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal, who bred and owners both horses. First race post time is 7:00 pm Quebec Regional Fair Saturday On Saturday, the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Regional Fair which will feature a family fun day at the track with 13 races beginning at 1:00 pm. Special activities on Saturday for the race fans include drawings for rides in a two-seat sulky on the racetrack, rides in the starting gate, plus drawings for dining-room packages and betting vouchers. There will be a live horse on display at the entrance to the track for fans to take photos with and specially for the children there will be balloon sculptors and face painting, etc. And all the events are FREE for the patrons. On the racetrack will be many two-year-old trotters and pacers competing for the first time. There is also a unique half-mile race (10th) featuring top pacers Surf Report (post 6) and Allstar Seelster (post 1). Since there is no record of a half mile race at the Hippodrome 3R, the winner will automatically become the track record holder. In addition to the live racing, the track will also have a special Monte Race (racing under saddle) with trotters. There will be no wagering on the exhibition race that has a purse of $600C donated by Demers Excavation Company. $120,000C Quebec-Bred Series Finals Sunday The Quebec-Bred Series for older horses culminates on Sunday with four $30,000C final for the trotters and pacers plus the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. There are two trotters and one pacer who could become the first ever to win four Quebec championships. They are Capteur De Reve, Maximuscle and Atomic Million AM. Capteur De Reve goes for his fourth straight title in the seventh trot final. Now age 5, the son of Muscle Mass will have a very tough task as he starts from the outside in post seven for driver Stephane Gendron. Last week he beat the odds-on favorite, Seeyou Men, who drew post one. Maximuscle goes from post three for driver Louis Philippe Roy in trying for his fourth straight title. Other contenders in the race include track record holder Wildwild Men (post 8) and Kinnder Dangerous (post 2). Then in the tenth race, Atomic Million AM heads the final for older pacing horses and starts from post five for driver Guy Gagnon. Undefeated at H3R this season, Atomic Million AM goes for his fifth straight win this year for trainer, owner and breeder, Alain Martin. Now age eight, the son of Million Dollar Cam boasts four wins in six starts this year, his fastest mile coming last week with a 1:54.1 triumph, the fastest mile at H3R this season. Other standouts in the race are Kinnder Jackson (post 3), HP Patriote (post 8) and Major Lou Beka (post 2). The mares do battles in the third race trot final headed by Eau Naturelle (post two) against Lucky Promesses and Kascara Rosa. The pacing mares go at it in race eight featuring YS Tallia (post 7) going for her fourth straight win, Lit De Rose (post 6), Lune Bleu (post 1) and All You Can Dream (post 5). The opening round of the Breeders Cup Series for the pacers takes place in races 2, 4, 9 and 11. Featured will be top colts and fillies Cooking Up The Speed (race 2), Ashleysbest (race 4) who goes for her fourth straight win, YS Sunshine (race 4), GA Speed Gaby (race 9), HP Napoleon, who comes to H3R off a 1:51 win at Woodbine and Bettor Now (race 11). First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Seeyou Men has beaten everyone in the field the past two starts and the former Quebec-Bred Series two-time harness racing champion will try to make it three straight scores on Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Seeyou Men starts from the rail Friday in the third and final preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotters. It's the eighth race co-feature on Friday and there are nine starters in the race. While Seeyou Men is a shoo-in to make the $30,000 final on Sunday, July 14, others in the field will not only be vying to beat Seeyou Men, but also to earn much needed points to make next weeks final. Trained by Daniel Martin for breeder Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover, who co-owns the seven-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, Seeyou Men was off to a rough start in 2019 until this series at the Hippodrome 3R. He had but one win in 16 starts this year and with the return to H3R, has scored two very impressive victories. Both were parked out the entire mile scores. Seeyou men also has six second place finishes this year to go with his three wins, so he has been usually in contention in most of his races. "Of course, Mohawk is a stronger track that 3R," trainer Daniel Martin said. "But he likes the half mile track. In Toronto he was not lucky with post positions but he still got many second-place finishes. "The opposition is strong at 3R," Martin added, "But with a week break in racing will most certainly help him. We will see the results tonight." On Friday, Seeyou Men will also face his toughest rival in the series, and it's his younger full brother Wildwild Men. Due to the fact that both horses are still owned by Pelletier and Gravel, they will race coupled as an entry on Friday, but Wildwild Men, who is trained and driven by Guy Gagnon, will start from post seven. Both horses are sired by Muscle Mass from the Angus Hall mare, Seeyouinthecircle. Wildwild Men, who still owns the track record at H3R at age 2, is now six years old and also has three wins this season. He won an opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series, the same weekend his older brother won his division. Last week he was a game second place finisher to Seeyou Men. Also, in contention in the race will be former Quebec-Bred champions Maximuscle (post 4), Holiday Party (post 3), Capteur De Reve (post five) along with Kinnder Dangerous (post 8) and Caroluzzo (post 6). The older mare trotters are featured in the sixth race where Kascara Rose renews her rivalry with Lucky Promesses. Kascara Rosa, now age 9 and sired by Kadabra, goes from post four for trainer Yves Tessier and owner/breeder Jean Dessureaudt of Candiac. In her last start, Kascara Rosa was a game third in the series and the prior week, she beat her younger rivals with a 2:00.1 triumph, her fourth win this year. She will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Lucky Promesses starts from the rail for driver Francis Picard. The six-year-old mare by Lucky Fool is trained by Francis Richard for owners Bruno Morin of St-Lazare-De-Bellechasse and Danny Genois of Quebec and has just one win this year. But the mare does have two second place finishes in the series. Last start she nearly wired the field and the prior week came first-over and held game until the wire. Other contenders include Eau Naturelle (post 5), who won an opening round division, former Quebec Series champion, Y S Suzanne (post 6) and Precieuse CC (post 3). The first two-year-old race of the season takes place in the third race where five "babies" make their first-ever pari-mutuel starts. The early favorite is Eclat De Rire (Burst Out Laughing in English) from post four for trainer Maxime Velaye. This colt was bred and is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. It is a half brother to Lune Bleu (Blue Moon in English), who compete Sunday at H3R in Quebec-Bred Series. The colt is sired by Leader Bayama from the No Pan Intended mare, Eloge, and was a winner last week at H3R in a qualifying race, pacing the last quarter mile in :29.3 in a 2:05.2 triumph. Other sires represented in the race are Windfall Blue Chip, Shanghai Phil, and Sunshine Beach. First race post time Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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