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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The $276,000 Quebec-Bred Series got underway for four-year-old and older harness racing trotters and two full brothers, Seeyou Men and his younger brother, Wildwild Men, both won their respective opening round divisions at the Hippodrome 3R Friday. The Quebec-Bred Series is for older trotters and pacers with three weeks of preliminary action and then $30,000C finals on Sunday, July 14. The first division for older trotters was the first race on the program and saw Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion go right to the front from post two with rival Capteur De Reve (Stephane Gendron) sitting on their backs after Sometimes When (Guy Gagnon) made a costly early break. Kinnder Dangerous led the field around the second turn and coming past the stands he was unchallenged until 1/5 race favorite Seeyou Men came first-over and started to press towards the lead at the half mile in :59.4. Around the turn and heading down the backstretch, Seeyou Men and Brosseau could not pass Kinnder Dangerous and those two were head and head at the three-quarters in 1:29. On the final turn it looked like Filion had Kinnder Dangerous on the lead for good but Seeyou Men was not done yet, Brosseau asked his horse for me and it dug in and came on to win by a long neck over Kinnder Dangerous with the pocket-sitting Capteur De Reve grabbing third place. The one-mile trot went in 1:59. Kinnder Dangerous was found guilty of skipping over three pylons on the final turn and was placed sixth as Capteur De Rene was placed second and Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was placed third. It was the second win this year for Seeyou Men, who is trained by Daniel Martin, bred and co-owned by Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. The seven-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass paid $2.60 to win. In the sixth race second division, it was Wildwild Men and driver/trainer Guy Gagnon grinding it out past Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) to the opening quarter mile in :28.2. They raced that way past the half mile in :59.1 and it was then that SG Goliath King and driver Jocelyn Gendron came first over and pressed the leader to the three-quarters in 1:29.3. Then after the final turn, Wildwild Men put away SG Goliath King and easily held off Caroluzzo in the stretch to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.1. Caroluzzo was second with SG Goliath King third. Race favorite Maximuscle was unable to make it to the starting gate and never was able to catch the field. For track record holder Wildwild Men, it was his third win this season and it made for a stakes double for breeder and co-owner Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, as they also have Seeyou Men. Wildwild Men paid $4.40 to win. The lone Quebec-Bred Series for the trotting mares took place in the third race where EAU Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle were able to lead from start to finish. Outkicking Montanaalaska (Stephane Brosseau) to gain the early lead, Delisle was challenged right away by Precieuse CC and driver/trainer Claude Beausoleil on the outside to the opening quarter mile in :29. Precieuse CC looked to clear to the lead and then went off-stride and was out of the race. Precieuse CC was content on the front end to the half mile marker in 1:00 when a dogfight was looming as Lucky Promesses (Steeve Genois) came first-over in the backstretch and those two hooked up past the three-quarters in 1:30.1. Then as they started down the stretch EAU Naturelle was the strong horse, winning by one length in 2:00.3. Lucky Promesses held for second with Y S Suzanne (Guy Gagnon) third. It was the first win in six starts this year for Precieuse CC, a four-year-old mare by Angus Hall who is owned by Chantal Auger-Maxime Dubuc of Portneuf, Raymond Bouffard of Quebec and Anne Delisle of Deschambault. She paid $6.60 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau, Marie Claude Auger and Carol Voyer each had driving doubles Friday. Carol Voyer also had a training double. In the second race pace, Sylvain Gagnon drove Northern Trophy to a 1:59 triumph at odds of 23-1, resulting in the highest payoff of the race meet at $49.80. On Sunday it will be the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers with four divisions, two for mares and two for horses. Headlining the fields are Atomic Million AM, Sports Authority, Stock, Chaleurs Fantasy, Beach Runner AM, McKinny and YS Tallia. Post time is 1:00 pm. For a free program for Sunday's race card or any general information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - One of only two mares in the field against six male rivals, Talbotcreek Suzie and driver Stephane Brosseau showed their heels to the field in capturing the 8th race Preferred-Invitational Trot Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Leaving from post five, Brosseau sent Talbotcreek Suzie right to the front with Missionoftheheart (Tyler Jones) leaving and grabbing the two-hole seat. Then before the opening quarter mile in :28.3, driver Justin Filion came first-over with Kinnder Dangerous, but they were unable to clear to the lead and ended up parked first-over the entire mile. Talbotcreek Suzie was able to maintain control as they passed the half mile marker in :57.3 with Kinnder Dangerous sitting right on her shoulder. They raced down the backstretch and past the three-quarters in 1:27.3. Then on the final turn, driver Pascal Berube had Holiday Party in high gear as they circled four-wide with plenty of speed. Down the stretch, Kinnder Dangerous began to fade, Holiday Party continued to close well but Talbotcreek Suzie was game to the wire, winning by a head over Holiday Party with Missionoftheheart third. For Talbotcreek Suzie, a seven-year-old mare by Angus Hall, it was her fourth victory of the season for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francis Morin of Beauceville. She paid $8.50 to win. Harness racing trainer/driver, RichardTalbotcreek "The Black Cat" Simard, made a triumph return to racing Friday, winning the 5th race trot with Orlys Fury ($22.50). It was back on April 20 that Simard fell with a horse at the farm and broke his wrist. This was his first pari-mutuel drive since the accident. Simard also trains Orlys Fury. Pierre Luc Roy led all drivers Friday with two wins. Yves Tessier was tops for the trainers as he also has two winners. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured in the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace is Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 8), who has won two of his last three starts, Requested (post 6), the winningest horse at H3R last season and Appleby Hanover (post 2), who is going for his third straight win. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - When the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track opens on Sunday, May 5 for the start of its 2019 race season, fans and horseman will be in for some different driving tactics with the new whipping rules. "Many will remember that we featured no whips at all on the last two days of the 2018 race meet," said Director of Racing Murielle Thomassin. "We learned a lot from those two days and have worked with our horsemen to come up with these new harsher rules for use of the whip at the Hippodrome 3R." Starting this season drivers must 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 perpendicular to the track when the whip is used. For any infractions of the new rules, a driver can receive demerit points. The point system will not go into effect until the third race program at H3R. Once a driver has accumulated more than three points, that driver is suspended from driving on the next race card. After a driver receives their first suspension, they will be put on probation and suspended from the next race card each time they receive an additional demerit point. Any driver who receives any demerit points during the last month of racing at H3R, those points will carry over to the 2020 race season. The demerit points will be awarded by a committee of three people who will be appointed by the Director of the Quebec Jockey Club. There will be no appeal mechanism. Neither the Director General nor the Director of the track and no members of the Board of Directors at the QJC will be able to reverse a decision of the committee. "We realized last season that drivers need to carry a whip with them at all times on the racetrack," Thomassin explained. "It is a tool they need to control the horse, but any abuse of the whip will no longer be tolerated." With the start of the new meet there are also changes in post times and race days. Sunday afternoon will remain the same only with a new post time of 1:00 pm. Starting May 24, the Hippodrome 3R will feature Friday evening racing this season with first race post time at 7:00 pm. "We have tried mid-week racing in the past," Said Thomassin. "But the Tuesday and Wednesday night were not working out and now we are trying Friday evenings. We also one Thursday evening program on August 8." There will be a new on-track TV show called The Winner's Circle, that will begin at noon on live race days Sunday and Friday's at 6:00 pm. It is a new format, new content, new presentation too. The show will be broadcast exclusively in the betting rooms and on the usual sites of HPI and H3R. Track announcer Guy Lafontaine will continue to assume his role as descriptor and main animator, Ghislain Paquet will have the heavy task, essential however, the analysis of races and Daniel Delisle will be bringing everyone up on the latest news from the industry.   The team at H3R has Ms. Murielle Thomassin in the lead for the new TV show. The Summer Prize on the stakes schedule at H3R is none other than the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers set on Sunday, August 18. The richest racing card of the season will take place on Sunday, September 8 with the finals of the Breeders Cup and Future Stars Series for two and three-year-old pacers and trotters. The leading drivers and trainers at H3R will be back on opening. Stephane Brosseau goes for this third straight driving title and faces rivals Stephane Gendron, Guy Gagnon, Pascal Berube, Pierre Luc Roy and Francis Picard. The two-time leading trainer, Francis Richard, will be back to defend his title against Maxime Velaye, Isabelle Bineti, Kevin Maquire, Yves Tessier and Michel Allard. The classic Ben Hur Challenge, pitting two of the top drivers in the sport in head-to-head competition will again take place at H3R. Sunday's opening day card features ten races and both a Preferred Trot in the second race and a Preferred Pace in the eighth race. The trot is headlined by former track record holder and Quebec champion, Wildwild Men, taking on former champion, Holiday Party. While on the pacing side, Quebec Champions Stock and HP Patriote go against the top pacing mare the last two seasons at H3R, Rainbow Palace. For a free race program and other information, please visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After a brutal winter and now constant springtime rains, harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau is ready for some sunshine and to defend his driving title at the Hippodrome 3R, which opens for their 2019 race season on Sunday, May 5. The weather has been hard for everyone," Brosseau said. "It's a long winter, too much snow and rain. Fortunately, I have been able to drive at Rideau Carleton and that has really kept me in shape for the start of the Hippodrome 3R meet." Brosseau, who hails from L'Assomption, is shooting for his third straight driving title at H3R. The spry reinsman will turn 50 come July 21. He already has had 104 drives, 18 wins and an impressive Universal Driving Rating of .353. "I have some good trainers who have been giving me good horses to drive," Brosseau said. "I am driving for both Matt McDonald and Yves Tessier with some success." On the eve of starting another season of races in Trois-Rivieres, the local champion decided to take a few days of rest under the warm sun of Florida. "It was a Saturday night and raining," Brosseau recalled. "The forecast was for rain all week long, so I told my wife I was going to get someone to take care of my horses and jog them for a few days and we are taking off for Pompano Beach in Florida. I raced at Rideau on Sunday and Monday morning was on the plane to Florida. "I called my good friend Jacques Dupont (we worked together in Pompano a few winters), Brosseau said. "And not only did we get away for some sun for a few days, but Jacques asked me if I would qualify two of his horses at Pompano Park, one of them being his good trotter, Dream Nation. That was a nice bonus." Dream Nation, a son of Archangel, did very well in the Ontario Sire Stakes for Dupont last year, winning six of his ten starts with earnings of $157,000 and a record of 1:55.3. Brosseau not only won the qualifier at Pompano Park in 1:57.3 with Dream Nation, but also won another qualifier for Dupont with the pacer Better Than Cash in 1:57.2. Dream Nation is the property of Jacques Dupont (Orleans stable), Claude Levesque, CSL Stable (Sylvain Descheneaux) and Marc Camirand. "It will be interesting to see what kind of shape the horses are in this Sunday," Brosseau said. "It has been very tough for many horsemen in Quebec with the heavy rains and flooding. Everyone has had a hard time getting their horses ready. "I am happy that the Hippodrome is opening for the season," Brosseau said. "But there is still the problem of both the Hippodrome 3R and Rideau Carleton each racing on Sunday. I have to judge depending on my drives at both tracks, how long I can stay at 3R to drive and then leave for Rideau to drive there. It is tough for me; I want to drive in every race I can." Brosseau was fortunate to get a drive last year in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete aboard Ron Burke's Eddard Hanover and finished a respectable fourth place. "Driving in the Prix D'Ete is something very special to me," Brosseau explained. "Growing up in Quebec and going to see the world's best horses come to Montreal for the Prix D'Ete was always exciting. I thank Ron Burke for giving me the drive and I can only hope he will call upon me to drive one of his top horses this year again." The $200,000 Prix D'Ete takes place on Sunday, August 18 this season. It is the top stakes event of the season at H3R and annually has drawn the best four-year-old pacers in racing to Trois-Rivieres. "I love racing at the Hippodrome 3R," Brosseau stated. "Five years ago, I was just racing here and doing OK. These last two years, driving at both the Hippodrome and at Rideau Carleton have really worked out well for me. I can only hope it will continue to be good again this season." Track Notes: There are new post times at H3R this season. Sunday post time will be 1:00 pm. This season H3R will be racing on Friday evenings beginning May 24 with post time at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Mother Nature was not cooperative at all Sunday for closing day of the 2018 harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R. In fact, it was downright miserable through the entire card as the rains caused the start of the races to be delayed as the track was scraped. The foul weather did not hamper Canada's leading driver, Louis Philippe Roy from having a great day as he won four of the ten races on the card. The seventh race Preferred Pace saw D J Power and driver Pierre Luc Roy, a 9-1 long shot, take on his younger brother, Louis Philippe Roy with Hooter Shooter. D J Power was first on the lead after the starting gate pulled away. Driver Francis Picard left from the outside with Rainbow Palace to grab to two-hole spot with Hooter Shooter getting away in third place. After they went the opening quarter mile in :30.4, LPR came first-over with Hooter Scooter and looked to take the lead, but brother Pierre Luc Roy had other ideas and parked out his brother to the half mile in 1:01.4. Down the backstretch, Hooter Scooter stayed game on the outside past the three-quarters in 1:32.1 and D J Power was not giving up an inch. On the final turn it looked as if Hooter Scooter had had enough, but once in the stretch he came back again but could not catch D J Power who won by one length in 2:02.2. Hooter Scooter was second with Rainbow Palace third. It was the tenth win of the season for D J Power, a seven-year-old gelding by Major In Art. He is owned and trained by Jean Marc Roy of Mont-Joli and paid $21.90 to win. The eighth race Preferred Trot saw EAU Naturelle and driver Simon Delisle grab the early lead, held it until the opening quarter mile as Dance Hall George came first up for driver Francis Picard. They cleared to the front after the half mile marker. Dance Hall George and Picard then led the field until the three-quarters when Delisle came back on the outside with EAU Naturelle and those two battled neck and neck around the final turn and down the stretch with EAU Naturelle winning by a half length in 2:08.1. Dance Hall George was second with Capteur De Reve (Pierre Luc Roy) third. Also trained by Simon Delisle, it was the seventh win this year for EAU Naturelle. The five-year-old mare by Windsong Espoir is owned by Chantal Auger, Raymond Bouffard, Rejean Page and Anne Delisle. She paid $12.30 to win. For the second straight year, Stephane Brosseau captured the leading drivers title with 50 wins. Pascal Berube was second with 45 wins. Also winning the training title for the second straight year is Francis Richard. He also led early on this season and finished out the race season with 27 winners from his stable. His nearest rival was Maxime Velaye with 17 wins. There was a special winner's circle retirement ceremony for the 14-year-old pacer Windham Hanover. The son of Mach Three had a record of 1:54 and career earnings of $254,019. All Standardbred race horses must retire from racing when they turn age 15. Track notes: Closing day was also the second day of "whipless" racing. Both Francis Richard and Nathalie Migneault had training doubles. The Hippodrome 3R and its Off-Track-Betting parlors throughout Quebec, will be open seven days a week featuring simulcasting of the best in harness and thoroughbred racing. Visit for more information. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The curtain closes on the 2018 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R (H3R) on Sunday with the second "whipless" racing card, the return of Canada's leading money winning and dash leader, Louis Philippe Roy, plus the leading driver and trainer awards. The last two days of the H3R race meet is featuring "whipless" racing. The drivers are not carrying whips as the Quebec Jockey Club that runs H3R is conducting the experiment as they seek stricter whipping rules for 2019. Quebec native Louis Philippe Roy (LPR) returns for closing day and is listed to drive in nine of the ten races on program. He wants to be involved in the "whipless" racing and is a major advocate of changes in harness racing to attract new people in becoming race fans and owners. Driver Stephane Brosseau has been the leading driver at H3R since opening day back in April. Going into Sunday's closing day card, he leads Pascal Berube 49 to 45. Berube, who has been red hot as of late, has a tall order in trying to catch Brosseau. Berube has nine drives Sunday, while Brosseau has just six drives. The training title is all wrapped up as Francis Richard will win his second title at H3R. He currently has 25 wins from his stable, while his nearest rival, Maxime Velaye has 17 wins. The closing day program has two co-feature events with a Preferred Pace and Trot. The pacers go first in race seven where Rainbow Palace, the lone mare in the field, goes for her second straight win against the boys from post six for driver Francis Picard. She is taking on rivals Windsun Cheyenne (post five) and Hooter Shooter (post three). The eighth race Preferred Trot is a wide-open affair with a full field of nine starters. The lone return winner in the field if SG Goliath King (post four) for driver Stephane Gendron. They are moving up in class and face Holiday Party (post seven), Jamigo (post eight) and EAU Naturelle (post five). Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R featured the first race program without the use of whips on Sunday and all 11 races went without a hitch. The experiment of "whipless" racing will also take place next Sunday, which is closing day for the 2018 season. H3R's leading driver the past two years, Stephane Brosseau, put on a clinic on handling a trotter without a whip in the sixth race Preferred Trot with Upvote Hanover. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was first off the starting gate from post five, grabbing the early lead with Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) sitting in the pocket-seat and R Rkadabra and driver Franics Picard stuck coming first-over. They raced past the opening quarter mile in :28.2 as Holiday Party held firm to his lead. R Rkadabra was parked out and following his outside cover was Upvote Hanover as they past the half mile marker in :59.3. Then in the backstretch, Brosseau moved Upvote Hanover three-wide and they were able to clear past R Rkadabra before the three-quarters in 1:30 and kept gaining ground on race leader Holiday Party. In the stretch, Upvote Hanover kicked in another gear for Brosseau as they pulled away and won by two lengths in 2:00.2. Second at 17-1 was EAU Naturelle (Simon Delisle) with Holiday Party third. It was the third straight win and tenth victory on the year for Upvote Hanover. The four-year-old gelded son of Kadabra is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $4.30 to win. Rainbow Palace, the lone mare against seven male rivals, was able to show her heels to the boys, wiring the field for driver Francis Picard in 1:58.1. That was the fastest mile on the below freezing race card. Chaleurs Ad (Berube) was first on the lead with Rainbow Palace challenge on the outside and then taking the lead after a speedy opening quarter mile in :27.4. Rainbow Palace then led the way to the half mile in :58 with Hooter Scooter (Stephane Brosseau) coming first-over and giving cover to D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) second-over. Then in the backstretch, driver Stephane Gendron took Ufdragons Rocket three-wide as they tried to loop the field past the three-quarters in 1:28.1. Coming down the stretch, Ufdragons Rocket began to fade and Rainbow Palace was able to hold off Hooter Scooter to win by a neck. Chaleurs Ad was third. Sired by Royal Mattjesty, Rainbow Palace is trained by Dominique Picard and owned by Francis Picard of Warwick. She paid $8.60 to win. Track Notes: Both Pascal Berube and Pierre Luc Roy had driving doubles and both Yves Tessier and Stephane Hubert had training doubles. Next Sunday is the final live race card of the 2018 season at the Hippodrome 3R and will also feature "whipless" racing. Both the leading driver and trainer awards will be presented. For more information, visit 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 From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Perhaps a preview of the $65,000 Breeders Cup final for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts will take place at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday. There may be only seven entered in the 8th race, the second round of the Breeders Cup Series for a purse of $10,000, but what a tough field it is. Featured will be Hudson Phil from post two for driver Clarke Steacy. Currently on a two-race winning streak, Hudson Phil just won an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division at Rideau Carleton last week in 1:52.3. The prior week he sizzled at H3R, setting a track record with his 1:53.2 triumph. Then in post seven is last year's Quebec Champion, Stock, who will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. He has won two of his last three starts and at H3R led from start to finish by 15 and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.2. Kinnder Jackson, from post five, has been a local favorite and he boasts five wins in his six starts this year and last week scored in 1:56.1 for driver Justin Filion. Also, coming off a victory at H3R is D Gs Onceuponatime, who starts from post six for driver Jonathan Lachance. He just won in 1:58. Rounding out the field at Big Mach (post one), who has been a game second in his last two starts, Power Fog (post three), and Chloes Master (post four). The fillies get underway with two $7,500 division in race two where the favorite is Katniss S BG from post six for driver Pascal Berube. She won an opening round division in 1:57. Starting alongside Katniss S BG in post seven is All You Can Dream with driver Stephane Brosseau. She was an impressive winner last week in 1:56.3. Other contenders include Miss Rockadali (post two) and Lit De Rose (post one). The fifth race second division for fillies will be a great battle between Butterfly BG (post one), who wired the field in the first round for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon in 1:56.2. They will be taking on Ontario invader Sharks Summrshandy, who had been competing at Woodbine-Mohawk Park and ships in off a 1:54.2 triumph. Also entered are Lune Bleu (post three) and Roxane (post four), who are tough contenders. There is also a great lineup in the third race, the Invitational-Handicapped Pace. Feature is Three-Time Quebec Champion, Atomic Million AM (post three), shipping in off a 1:53.2 romp by nine lengths at Kawartha Downs. Windsun Cheyenne (post six), who has won two of his last three starts, the fastest a 1:54 score at H3R. Mister Big Top (post four) has won last his two starts, the fastest in 1:56.2. Two-time Quebec Series Champion, Wildriverbumblebee is in post eight and Chaleurs Ad (post one) has won his last two starts and three of his last four races, the fastest in 1:58 on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. And, alas, the lone mare in the field, Quebec Champion HP Sissy, goes against the boys from post seven. She has not yet lived up to her potential from last year, but still is a game performer. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres - With sunny skies and warm temperatures, the conditions were perfect for a harness racing track record to be set at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and Hudson Phil made it happen. In the opening round first division of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts, Hudson Phil put on a show of speed with a four-length romp in 1:53.2 for driver Stephane Brosseau. The third race got underway with Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) and Play Jet Hay (Guy Gagnon) battling for the early lead. Filion was able to clear to the front with Kinnder Jackson and then Gagnon came right back to take control with Play Jet Hay in :26.4 for the opening quarter mile. Then it was Hudson Phil's turn to speed things up. As they came off the second turn, Play Jet Hay bared out and made a slight break in stride and allowed just enough room for Brosseau to squeeze between the two horses and take the lead to the half mile marker in :55.2. With Kinnder Jackson in second place, Gagnon continued on the outside with Play Jet Bay and pressed Hudson Phil to the three-quarters in 1:23.4. Then by the stretch drive, Play Jet Bay had enough and began to fade as Hudson Phil went on to win by three and one-half lengths. Play Jet Bay held for second with The prior record for a three-year-old colt was 1:54.1, set by Eveil Dun Champion in 2014. The gelding record was not broken as that is still held by Duc D'Orleans at 1:52.4 in 2013. This was the first track record to be broken this season at H3R. A son of Shanghai Phil, Hudson Phil is trained by Mark Steacy and was bred and is owned by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson. Hudson Phil paid $2.70 to win. He was a winner of $171,000 last year and this was his second win in eight starts this year. The 1:53.2 clocking was the fastest mile this year at H3R. The ninth race second division of the Breeders Cup Series for colts saw last year's champion, Stock, wire the field with ease for driver Stephane Brosseau. Stock went right to the lead from post five and held the field at bay through the opening quarter mile in :27.4 and to the half mile in :57. Then in the backstretch, Brosseau asked Stock for a little more and the son of Sportswriter pulled away to a ten-length lead after the three-quarters in 1:25.2 and then went on to win in a huge romp by 15 and three-quarters lengths in 1:54.2. Big Mach (Guy Gagnon), who made a break at the start, then rebounded, came first-over in vain but held for second place with Challenge Magic (Jocelyn Gendron) third. It was the second win in nine starts this year for Stock. He is trained by Dany Fountaine and was bred by Sotirios Anastaspoulo of Sainte-Therese and co-owned with Ecurie Gaetan Bono of Montreal. He paid just $2.10 to win. The first division of the Breeders Cup for fillies was the fifth race that started off with Lune Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) parking out Butterfly GB (Guy Gagnon) until nearly the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Then Butterfly BG led the field past the half mile in :57.4 as D Gs Shadowsbell and driver Jonathan Lachance came after them first-over and the two horses sped to the three-quarters in 1:26.4. D Gs Shadowsbell could not give up and pressed Butterfly BG on the outside until they started down the stretch. It was then that Butterfly BG proved to be the stronger filly, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.2. Lune Bleu was third. It was a lifetime mark for Butterfly BG and the daughter of Sportswriter's second win in nine starts for Gagnon, who also trains the filly. She was bred and is owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy and paid $2.50 to win as the wagering favorite. In the second division, eighth race for the fillies it was all Katniss S BG and driver Pascal Berube. They led from start to finish, had Lit De Rose (Pierre Luc Roy) come first-over and challenge but never was able to collar the leader. Katniss S BG won by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:57 with Miss Rockadale (Guy Gagnon) second with Lit De Rose third. It was the second win in eight starts this year for Katniss S BG. She is sired by Mach Three, trained by Richard Moreau and was bred and is co-owned by Sylvain Descheneaux and Gaston Bibeau or Sorel-Tracy. Katniss S BG paid just $2.30 to win. Pascal Berube led all drivers with a triple on the afternoon and Dany Fontaine sent two winners out from his stable. Track Notes: The opening round of the Breeders Cup for three-year-old trotters kicks off Tuesday evening. There is a full field of ten colts that will battle it out in the fifth race, while only three fillies entered the first race and will compete in a non-wagering race between the 4th and 5th races on the program. First post is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - He was the two-year-old harness racing champion pacer in Quebec last year and Stock has now returned to defend his title at age three, competing in one of four divisions of the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Up until last week, Stock was not doing as well as he did last year when he won five of his eight starts for trainer Dany Fountaine and owner-breeder Sotiries Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese, who co-owns Stock with Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal. So far in 2018, Stock has just one win in eight starts. But that lone win was in his last start, where the colt by Sportswriter romped by seven opening lengths in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series in a lifetime best clocking of 1:51.4, last quarter mile in :27.3. That mile alone has made Stock the overwhelming favorite in the 9th race, the second of two divisions for colt pacers. He will start from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau and goes against minor foes Challenge Magic (post one), Big Mach (post three) and Classic Terror (post four). The first division is the third race where unbeaten Kinnder Jackson goes for his fifth straight win. This son of Allamerican Native is coming off a lifetime best 1:56 mile in his last start for breeder, owner and trainer Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. He starts from post six for driver Justin Filion. "He came out of his last race in very good shape," Petrova said of Kinnder Jackson. "He is feeling very good. I don't know how he will do from post six and there are some nice horses in his race." "I was really impressed with him last week," said Filion. "He does it so easy and I never pulled the ear plugs on him. Tomorrow is depending on race luck, especially when you have an outside post on a half mile track." Other contenders in the field include two newcomers in Play Jet Bay (post one) and Hudson Phil (post two) who was just second by a nose in 1:51.1 last week in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold division. The fillies see action beginning in the fifth race where H3R's own Lune Bleu goes for her fifth straight win. Last week she once again wired the field for driver Pierre Luc Roy in 2:01.2, the slowest of her four wins this year. She is a daughter of Big Jim, trained by Maxime Velaye and bred and owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. She starts from post two. Her main rival will be the race favorite, Butterfly BG, from post three for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon. She is sired by Sportswriter and was bred and is owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. Butterfly GB was second this past Thursday at Rideau Carleton Raceway and prior to that had won impressively H3R in 1:57. Contenders include Hammering Haley (post seven), D G's Shadowsbell (post four) and Roxane (post one). Katniss S BG is the favorite in the eighth race second Breeders Cup division for fillies. She starts from post three for driver Pascal Berube and ships in from Clinton Raceway where she was second last week in the Ontario-Kid final for $60,000. Also, in the race is the hometown favorite, All You Can Dream, from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau. This filly by Sportswriter has won two of her three lifetime starts the past month at H3R, the fastest in 1:56 in her pari-mutuel debut mile. Other fillies to watch for include Lit De Rose (post seven), Flash Panic (post two) and Miss Rockadali (post five), who ships in from Rideau Carleton off a sharp victory in 1:55.2. First race post time is 12:50 pm Sunday. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The future stars of harness racing, the two and three-year-old "babies"as they are called, are getting started at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening with both pacers and trotters in action. In the fourth race pace, a three-year-old returns who was ultra-impressive in her pari-mutuel debut and she goes by the name of All You Can Dream. Owned by Harold and Ariane Duguay of Pabos, All You Can Dream blew away the field last week in her pari-mutuel, winning by 24 lengths in 1:56 for driver Sylvain Filion. The track record for three-year-old fillies is less than a second from her mark, 1:55.1. Harold Duguay was not surprised by how good his Sportswriter filly did. "I was expecting a very good performance, Duguay said. "She had qualified very well and I saw that she could at least break 2.00. I bought her last fall and I trained her all winter. It made me dream a lot because I saw that I had something special in my hands. I have already received some attractive offers but for now I prefer to keep her. She has something special in her." As for the driver, Stéphane Brosseau, who had the privilege of qualifying her the surprise was not great: "I came back better than a minute that morning with a certain ease," Brosseau explained. "I was expecting her to roll around 2.00 and maybe better." On Tuesday, All You Can Dream, will take off from post 2 in the 4th race pace and will race against four-year-old fillies and mares. Its main rival, Butterfly BG, had just won a great victory in two minutes but was disqualified for skipping cones. Sunshine Lou is the first two-year-old on card and this colt by Sunshine Beach starts from post one in the first race on the program and faces a field of six older rivals. He will be driven by Stephane Brosseau and enters its first pari-mutuel race off an impressive wire-to-wire victory in 2:03.2. Sunshine Lou could very well beat his older rivals for trainer Daniel Martin and breeder and co-owner Hudson Standardbred Stable, Dominique Michel and Daniel Martin of QC. Then in the fifth race there are two two-year-old trotters on the program and they are Goodbyeinhereyes and HP Bruxelles. HP Bruxelles starts from post two and is the fastest of the two fillies. She is sired by E L Titain and was bred and is owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer S' Cliff. Trained by Jean Tourigny and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. She was second in her qualifying race and showed a very impressive :29.2 last quarter mile. Goodbyeinhereyes goes from the rail for driver Denis Filion. This filly by RC Royalty is trained by Gabriel Beaumont and owned by Marie Breault of Laval. She was third to HP Bruzelle and trotted her last quarter mile in :30.4. First race post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Paces to fastest mile of season

Guy Gagnon from Gatineau, Quebec, finished at the top of the driver standings to win the 2018 Eastern Ontario / Quebec Regional Driving Championship at Kawartha Downs, near Peterborough, Ontario on Saturday night (June 30) and advances to the National Driving Championship at Grand River Raceway on September 26. Gagnon, a winner of 4,979 races and over $23 million in purse money during his career, finished the competition with 49 points.  In runner up position, and also advancing is Stephane Brosseau, of L’Assomption, Quebec with 41 points. The competition came down to the last race with the six races won by six different drivers.  Gagnon and Brosseau finished 1-2 in the final RDC race and that’s where they landed on the leaderboard. Gagnon and Brosseau will join other six drivers, including Ontario finalists Trevor Henry and Louis-Philippe Roy, Western finalists Kelly Hoerdt and Jamie Gray, and Atlantic finalists Gilles Barrieau and Redmond Doucet at the 2018 National Driving Championship at Grand River Raceway on September 26. The winner of the 2018 NDC will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the World Driving Championship (WDC), and join 2017 World Driving Champion, James MacDonald, in the 2019 WDC in Sweden. Here are the final standings: Guy Gagnon - 49 Stephane Brosseau – 41 Stephane Gendron- 36 Nick Boyd - 33 Reg Gassien -32 Brett MacDonald -31 Jonathan Lachance -29 Richard Simard - 25 Race-by-race recaps of the evening’s six championship races follow. The races were carded as races 1 and 3 and five through eight. RDC Race 1: Driver Nick Boyd blew away the opening race field, winning in a wire-to-wire romp with Gramps in 1:54. Boyd sent the Jennas Beach Boy gelding to the front, putting up fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:24.3 all while being chased by Brett MacDonald and Sup Hanover for second, while Jayda Nicole with Reg Gassien finished third.  “It was pretty simple,” Boyd said of the result after the race. “I had what turned out to be the best horse tonight and he got the job done.”  RDC Race 2: No Panic and Reg Gassien popped pocket on pacesetter Dads Filly (Guy Gagnon) to win in 1:56.4. Ima Holy Terror (Richard Simard)came first over at the half and led the chasing pack to take third with Rocket Gal (Brett MacDonald) rallying for fourth. RDC Race 3: Jonathan Lachance powered to the lead with Lyons William approaching the half, maintained control and kicked clear of his rivals to a 1:53.3 victory over Statement (Stephane Brosseau) and Jetset Charmer (Richard Simard). RDC Race 4: With Burlington (Guy Gagnon) commandeering the field heading to the half and setting a quick tempo on the lead, Judy The Beauty and Stephane Gendron capitalized on the swift fractions and rallied through the center of the track to win in 1:58. Majestic Maggie (Nicholas Boyd), from second over, claimed third. RDC Race 5:  Stephane Brosseau swept off cover with Every Girls Desire</a> turning for the wire and kicked clear to win in 1:##. Badstormanyport (Brett MacDonald), who set the pace, held onto second while Four For Orr (Nicholas Boyd) off a pocket trip held third. RDC Race 6: Guy Gagnon solidified his spot atop the championship standings, catapulting Ok Diablo to the front and to score in 1:56 over Big Sport (Stephane Brosseau) tracking his move in second and Amble Over Hanover (Stephane Gendron), who helped set a quick pace with Its Machademic (Brett MacDonald), holding third.   “I knew if I could get a fast half I’d be okay,” Gagnon said following the race. “Because, as a horse, he likes to finish strong.” by Kathy Wade Vlaar, for Standardbred Canada  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Three of the fastest pacers this year at the Hippodrome 3R, Washington Hanover, Rainbow Palace and Hooter Shooter, met head to head in the feature pace, but none of them could keep up with Jann And Dean Sunday afternoon. The seventh race feature started off with Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) dueling early and getting the lead away from Washington Hanover (Pascal Berube) as they raced past the opening quarter mile in :28. Jann And Dean with driver Stephane Brosseau was sitting in third place on the second turn and then decided to come first-over and started grinding their way up to the leaders. By the half mile marker in :58.1, Jann And Dean not only collared Rainbow Palace, but took the lead away on the third turn. From that point on, Brosseau held the field at bay with Jann And Dean through the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Then down the stretch Rainbow Palace tried once more but it too little too late as Jann And Dean went on to win by a half-length in 1:55.4. Rainbow Palace, the lone mare in the field, was second with Washington Hanover third. A five-year-old gelded son of Art Major, Jann And Dean is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. It was Jann And Dean's fourth win this year and he paid $3.90 to win as the second choice in the race. Brosseau and Stephane Gendron each had driving doubles Sunday. Brosseau is not only the defending driving champion, but also has a commanding lead so far this season with 20 wins to 12 for Stephane Gendron in second place. The fastest mile on the card came in the fourth race pace as Fortune Fella ($12.50) went wire-to-wire from post seven for driver Pascal Berube and won in 1:55.3. TRACK NOTES: Due to an insufficient number of horses entered, there will be no live racing this Tuesday, June 19. The make-up day will be Sunday, November 25. Coming up next Sunday will be inaugural Ben Hur Cup featuring the Champion, Sylvain Filion, taking on the Challenger, Louis-Philippe Roy. These two world-class drivers will face-off in eight races where each driver will take turns selecting the horse they will drive. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Riviveres, QC - The start of the stakes season gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers. There is both a mare and horse division on Sunday and headlining their respective divisions are top horses HP Sissy and Wildriverbumblebee. The fifth race is the mare division and ironically the best mare in the race has drawn post eight and that is HP Sissy. Now age five, the returning champion mare, bred and owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer'S Cliff with Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, wil be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Now a career winner ­of $264,000, HP Sissy returns to trainer Jean Tourigny from the Rene Allard Stable. In her last start in the USA, she posted her first win of the 2018 season at Pocono Downs with a 1:53.1 clocking, parked out to the opening quarter from post seven and then wiring the field. At the Hippodrome 3R throughout her entire career, HP Sissy, a daughter of Up The Credit, has almost never lost. She was second in the Future Stars Final at age 2, then was the champion in the Breeder's Cup at age 3 and last year at age 4 was the Quebec-Series Champion. "This series is three legs, plus a final," said Stephane Brosseau. "The important thing is not necessarily the very first start, but the last. If things go well, the mare will be competitive and that's what counts." It may not be a "walk in the park" for HP Sissy on Sunday as she faces some formidable rivals in Skyfall Sena (post one), Ashley's Philly (post two) and Godiva Mackiavelyc (five). The horses do battle in the eight race and there are ten starters in the field, thus posts nine and ten start in the second tier. The race favorite is the red-hot Roll Will Joe son, Dance With Joe. Currently on a three-race winning streak for trainer Christina Davignon, Dance With Joe drew post two for driver Richard Simard. Dance With Joe is age five and is owned by Daniel Dulude of Ste-Martine. Over the past weeks he has posted victories in a lifetime best 1:54.1 at Rideau Carleton Raceway, then came to H3R and rolled off two scores, the best last week when Simard let him loose in the backstretch and he rallied to score by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.2. Dr. John Bradbury of Crookshire-Eaton, bred, owns and at times trains the Quebec champion pacer, Wildriverbumblee. He has prepped for his 2018 pari-mutuel debut Sunday with two sharp qualifying wins at H3R in 1:58.2 and 1:58.1. Wildriverbumble drew post ten for the race and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Now age 4, Wildriverbumblebee is sired by Sportswriter. His past records show he was the champion of the Future Stars Series at age 2 and the Breeder's Cup Series at age 3. Later in the season he went to Toronto where he won the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park in a lifetime best 1:51.2, the fastest record of any of his nine rivals on Sunday. Lifetime, Wildriverbumblebee has but 14 career starts with nine wins, three seconds and one third place finish. At H3R he has raced ten times with six wins. He has also been made eligible for the $200,000 Prix D'ete at H3R on Sunday, August 19. "It is not good that for his first start of the season he draws post 10 in a 10-horse field," said Brosseau. "Worse, his most serious rivals we feel are Dance With Joe and C L Sports Action. They each have around a half dozen starts and also drew the pole and post 2. "The important thing is that the horse (Wildriverbumblebee) performs well," Brosseau added. "and that he is at his maximum capacity on the day of final. This week, he faces horses that are readier then him, but that does not mean that I give them the victory. Certainly not! I do not expect a mile so difficult because of post 10." In addition to Dance With Joe and C L Sportsaction (post one), the race also features Majo Lou Beka (post three), Noplay (post seen) and HP Patriote (post eight). There are three elimination divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series with the top eight point earners returning on Thursday, August 9 for their respective $30,000 finals. Post time on Sunday is 12:50 pm. For more information and a free race program for Sunday, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

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