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Pompano Beach, FL -- The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association, has announced the recipients of its 2015 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Mr. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park, longtime Chairman of the Board of the national USHWA organization and an inductee to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame as a Communicator. Each student received $1,000. This years' recipients include Sarah Birkhold of Sarasota, FL, a junior at the University of Florida (Gainesville) majoring in animal science biology with a minor in management agri-business. Sarah is a 2015 member of the Golden Key honor society. She is actively involved in the equine industry, training Standardbreds, participating in rodeo events and involved in equine reproduction. Rebecca Soodeen of West Palm Beach, FL is also a scholarship recipient. This junior and honor student at the University of Florida (major in health science; minor in business administration) has been involved in equine related activities such as being a research assistant for the UF Wildlife Department and volunteer assistant for Bit by Bit Medical Theraputic Riding. "We are delighted to assist Sarah and Rebecca with financing their academic pursuits and wish them continued success," said Florida USHWA Chapter president Steven Wolf. "They are outstanding students and worthy of the scholarships." For 2016, the Finkelson Scholarship program continues with preference for these scholarship awards given to students majoring in journalism, communications or equine related studies. Applicants must be a resident of the state of Florida and currently accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university in the United States. Criteria for selection include community service, academic achievement, and leadership. Fully completed applications must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2016. By Thomas H. Hicks, for the Florida Chapter USHWA

United Kingdom – The UK/Ireland’s leading trainer in 2015, Alexis Laidler, has been dealt an 12 month suspension from racing plus fines from the Stewards of the British Harness Racing Club (BHRC). On Saturday August 22, 2015 at Tir Prince Racecourse, a blood sample was obtained from the horse Merrington CheckM8. Following this sampling, the blood was tested by Laboratoire Des Courses Hippiques (LCH) where the substance Triamcinolone Acetonide was identified, reported and confirmed. The presence of this substance being in breach of Y18 of the BHRC Rules and Regulations. Mrs. Laidler informed the panel that the horse had been treated by a Vet, who had recorded such at the time in the passport, and due to various issues she had entered the horse to race without giving the horse the recommended withdrawal period. In addition to the 12 month suspension from racing, which began on September 20, 2015, Mrs. Laidler is to pay £1500 in fines, all costs to cover testing and hearing expenses and the horse, Merrington CheckM8, must pass a BHRC integrity test prior to being eligible to be entered for racing. The BHRC stated that the original six additional months of suspension that was originally reported in this story, was suspended and thus the suspension is for just 12 months.   Mrs. Laidler has been the leading trainer in the BHRC for the last eight straight years. In 2013 she became the first BHRC trainer to achieve over 100 wins in one season. She is married to William “Rocker” Laidler, who is the leading driver in the UK. According to William Laidler on Facebook, Alexis Laidler did appeal the decision but the Stewards denied the appeal. She will be eligible to return to racing in September 2016. By Steven Wolf, for 

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Even Mother Nature with rains that turned the track sloppy could not put a damper on the final live harness racing card of the season at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. It was a special day for Mirabel resident, Maxime Velayel, as he won his first training title at the Hippodrome 3R. The driving title came down to the very last race on the program and Denis St Pierre, who was not driving on the card, still won the title in a dramatic finish over Mario Charron, 48-47. Charron had a driving triple at 3R Sunday. For Pierre, it is his second straight driving title at the Hippodrome 3R. Velayel came into the final race program of the season leading all trainers with 19 wins. Then with both of Jean Tourigny's (18 wins) horses entered on Sunday late scratches, Velayel won the title before the race program got underway. He closed out the season with 20 wins. "This is my first training title ever," said Velayel. "And how great it is. This is my first season back in Quebec after seven years in Ontario. So great to win this, coming back home and doing what I love. "I had only wished that Mario (Charron) was able to win the last race," Velayel said. "Then he would have been tied for the driving title and we could celebrate our titles together." In the eighth Open Trot feature, Charron and three-time Quebec-Bred Series champion, Maximuscle, showed their heels to the field. They took the lead away from Beer Mags (Kevin Maguire) after an opening quarter mile in a speedy :28.4. They backed off the pace, held the field at bay and then poured it on down the stretch to win with ease by three and one-half lengths. Beer Mags held for second with Vial Angus (Jocelyn Gendron) third. Time of the race was 2:04.1. It was the ninth win on the year for Maximuscle. The four-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall posted trainer Maxime Velayel's 20th win of the season. Maximuscle is owned and was bred by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC and paid $3.30 to win as the wagering favorite. That victory for Charron put him within one win, 47, of tying Denis St Pierre at 48 for the driving title at 3R. With three wins already on the card, Charron needed only to win the 12th and last race on the program to tie for the title. He was driving Cliff Drummond, the 1/5 favorite and led nearly the entire mile race, losing to a first-over and very determined Montezuma Bluechip and driver Stephane Gendron, by a half length. The tenth race Open Pace was the fastest mile on the sloppy track as race favorite, D Gs Woodstock (Pascal Berube) just held off the pocket-sitting The Platinum Guy (Jonathan Lachance), to win by a short head in 2:01. Akoya (Jocelyn Gendron) was third. It was the seventh win on the year for D Gs Woodstock, an eight-year-old gelded son of Yankee Cam who is trained by Guylaine Fertiel for owner Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin, QC and paid $3.60 to win. The Hippodrome 3R will be open for simulcasting seven days a week featuring the best Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing action in North America. For the simulcast calendar schedule go to By Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

 TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 31, 2015 - Both the year-end leading harness racing driver and trainer titles are on the line at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday, which is also the last day of the 2015 live race meet. Denis St Pierre currently leads Mario Charron for the driving title by just four wins, 48 to 44. St Pierre will not be at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, which opens the door for Charron to take a shot at winning the title. Charron has horses to drive in ten of the 12 races on the program. Just last week Charron became the first driver of the entire season to win five races on one program. This Sunday Charron has a very good chance of surpassing St Pierre for the driving title as he is listed on seven horses that are either the first or second choice on the morning line odds. As for the training title it will be a dogfight between Maxime Velaye, who holds a slim one win lead (19) over Jean Tourigny at 18. Velaye is sending out three horses from his stable on Sunday, the best chance of them for a victory is Maximuscle, who is the race favorite in the 8th race feature trot. Tourigny has just two horses entered, but one of them is the tough filly, Pop Goes Theweasel in the fourth race pace. She is trying for her fourth straight win. It is a very strong 12-race program on Sunday with nine starters in most of the race. Plus the competition for both the driving and training titles will add to the excitement throughout the afternoon. First race post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. After Sunday's program is completed, the Hippodrome 3R will be open seven days a week featuring the best Thoroughbred and Standardbred race programs in North America via simulcasting. For more information go to by Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Pop Goes Theweasel popped for another big harness racing score Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R as the three-year-old filly romped to her third straight victory. Driver Mario Charron was on fire Sunday as he scored five victories on the day and is now four wins away from catching Denis St Pierre (48 wins) for the 2015 driving title at 3R. Currently for the training title Maxime Velaye holds a slim one win lead (19) over Jean Tourigny at 18 wins going into the final day next Sunday. Driven confidently by regular reinsman, Louis-Phillipe Roy, Pop Goes Theweasel started from the rail in the third race feature pace and got away in second place as Classic Breeze (Pascal Berube) shot to the early lead from post six. But by the opening quarter mile in :29.4 on a rain-soaked track with a two second variance, Roy was on the move with Pop Goes Theweasel and the daughter of Mach Three was in command for the rest of the one mile race. Roy was able to slow down the pace with Pop Goes Theweasel to the half mile in 1:01.4 as Monster Magic (Steeven Genois) came first-over with Bemmol Kalie (Gaetan Lamy) following the outside cover. Down the backstretch Monster Magic began to fade and Gamy moved three-wide with Bemmol Kalie and cleared by the three-quarters in 1:32.2. But it was too little too late as Roy merely just raised the lines on Pop Goes Theweasel and the filly pulled away from the field in the stretch to win by seven and one-quarter lengths in 2:01.1. The pocket-sitting Classic Breeze was able to come on for second place with Bemmol Kalie third. It was the seventh win this year for Pop Goes Theweasel. She is owned by Roland Trudel of Becancour, QC and paid $4.20 to win. For more information visit By Steve Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 24, 2015 - It is rare that a horse does not have a good story, usually unknown to the masses. This is the case of the three-year-old pacing filly, Pop Goes Theweasel, who goes for her third straight win at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. The daughter of Mach Three, who has finished first or second in her last four races, starts from the rail in the third race co-feature for trainer Jean Tourigny and will be driven by Louis-Phillipe Roy. Pop Goes theweasel is owned by Roland Trudel of Becancour, QC and that is where the story begins. In 2012, Trudel went to the Forest City Standardbred Sale looking for bargains as he admits he loves to do. He had already purchased a Kadabra filly that he had a crush on, Sarakadabra. When the bidding was done he had his filly for $10,000, a bit more than he would have liked to have paid, but nonetheless he wanted the filly. It was Claude Beausoleil who was to bring the filly home and Roland was to pick her up the following morning. "I brought my check book," Trudel explained, "Because Claude had bought that Sunday a filly by Mach Three that he had paid $2,500 for. I had the opportunity to see her video and I liked her' swing ' in the paddock. "Once there, I told Claude that I wanted to see her again and what I saw I liked. Give me $500 more and she is yours Claude said. So sooner said than done, I came back with two fillies instead of one. "This year," Claude said, "it's true that sometimes bargains come good. After all, when considering the pedigree of the filly, one is impressed and pleased that her mother had been prolific. My Bell Ami, a Artsplace filly, was sold for $55,000 as a yearling, and has already to her credit three foals, all fillies, with average earnings of over $100,000. "Three out of five in that time," Trudel added. "So this is an excellent family and Mach Three is probably the highest rated stallion in Ontario. So yes, we can speak of a bargain for Claude and me then." The genealogy enthusiasts will also noticed that the brother of Pop Goes Theweasel sold for $26,000 last week in Lexington. Of course, the filly is named after the popular children's nursery rhyme. Unraced at age two, Pop Goes Theweasel has been making up for lost time and last week she blossomed big time. Starting from the rail for Roy, she was given great cover and then came out in the stretch and blew by the field to win going away by two and one-quarter lengths in 1 :57.4. It was her sixth win of the season and a lifetime mark. Pop Goes Theweasel is the 5/2 morning line favorite on Sunday. She will have her work cut out as she faces a steller field that includes recent 3R winners Pro Play (post 2), Classic Mondiale (post five) and Classic Breeze (post six). With just two race days left to the meet at 3R, Denis St Pierre still leads the drivers with 48 wins, which would be tough for either Mario Charron (39) and Stephane Brosseau (37) to catch up to him for the driving title. There is a five-way battle for the trainer title. Maxime Velaye has a slight lead with 18 wins, but Jean Tourigny (17), Dany Fontaine (15), Yves Tessier (15) and Andre Champagne (11), all have a shot at winning the title. This Sunday is the second to last day of live harness racing action at the Hippodrome 3R. The final card of the meet will be Sunday, November 1. For more information visit By Daniel Delisle and Steven Wolf for the Quebec Jockey Club

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

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 17, 2015 - After his impressive performance in his last start at the Hippodrome 3R, Force Naturelle is the force to be beckoned with this Sunday in the fifth race feature trot. The six-year-old gelded son of Victory's Force, was at his best Sept. 27 at 3R as he overpowered the field in the feature trot with a 1:59.3 lifetime mark for trainer/driver Simon Delisle. Owned by Anne Delisle and Carole Levesque of QC, Force Naturelle made a power move first-over at the half mile pole and then blew by the field after the three-quarters, winning by five and one-half length. Now with three weeks rest, Force Naturelle returns to the racing wars and faces many opponents that he defeated in his record mile. The biggest obstacle that he faces is having to start from the far outside in post eight. While Force Naturelle is listed as the 5/2 morning line favorite, he has shown the ability to win from post 8 as his first victory of the season back on May 3 was from the outside post and he won in 2:02. His main competition will be the always consistently good mare, Kim Sorel, who starts from post three and SOS Striking Monte, who has drawn the rail and two starts back won at 3R in a 13 and three-quarters length romp in 2:01.3. This is the second to last week of live racing for the 2015 season at the Hippodrome 3R. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. The racetrack is open year-round for simulcasting. For more information visit by Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - From the photo finish in the first heat of the Hippodrome 3R's 4th annual Drivers Tournament Sunday, to the final deciding heat, the action was fast, furious and muddy throughout the day. When the dust (actually mud as it rained hard prior to the races) settled, harness driver Stephane Gendron squeaked by Louis-Philippe Roy to capture the tournament in the final heat of the eight races of the contest by just one point, 170 to 169. Gendron had won three of the eight races while Roy captured two heats, but it was a fourth place finish in the final race of the competition that sealed the victory for Gendron. Roy, who was driving the 3-4 race favorite, Cliff Drummond, could not get the pacer up to the starting gate and got away in ninth place and was unable to make up enough ground during the race and finished sixth. Gendron was fourth with Johnny Day. If Roy had finished once position better in the last race he would have won the tournament. "This was the first time I have ever won a driving tournament," said Stephane Gendron. "It was very exciting today. When you are in a tournament you always have a chance to win, it's the reason why you are there. If you are not in the tournament you have no chance. "I was never sure that I would win today even after I won three of the races," Gendron said. "I did not think my horse in the last heat (Johnny Day) was good enough to get any points but he raced very well and helped me win the tournament." Finishing third in the competition was Mario Charron with 99 points, nipping Robert Shepherd with 98 points. Gaetan Lamy was a late substitute for Simon Allard. Nearly all of the eight races in the tournament saw early dogfights, three-wide moves and exciting stretch drives. The very first race saw Robert Shepherd with Pop Goes Theweasel take an early lead in the tournament with a long nose victory over Tiguan Seelster and driver Mario Charron. Other drivers that won heats of the tournament were Gaetan Lamy and Jocelyn Gendron. 3R Drivers Tournament Point Standings 1st Stephane Gendron 170 2nd Louis-Phillipe Roy 169 3rd Mario Charron 99 4th Robert Shepherd 98 5th Jocelyn Gendron 83 6th Denis St Pierre 74 7th Gaetan Lamy 69 8th Pascal Berube 36 9th Stephane Brosseau 30 Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For more information visit By Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club  

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

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Harness racing fans in Quebec are in for a special treat this Sunday as the Hippodrome 3R will host its 4th annual Drivers Tournament. The tournament will feature nine top drivers competing in nine races on the program with more than $3,000 in cash and prizes to the winners of the competition. And the race fans will also be involved in the competition. First there will be a meet and greet with all the drivers before the race program gets underway at 12:15 pm. Fans can get autographs and photographs with their favorite drivers plus they will have the opportunity to try and correctly select the first three official finishers in the tournament for cash prizes. Special guest drivers are Simon Allard and Robert Shepherd along with the seven leading drivers this season at the Hippodrome 3R. They are Denis St. Pierre, Mario Charron, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron, Jocelyn Gendron, Pascal Berube and Louis-Philippe Roy. Perhaps the “rising star” of the race meet has been Louis-Philppe Roy, 25, of Mont-Joli, Quebec, who enters the tournament for the first time. “As it's only my second year as a professional driver,” Roy explained, “I didn't expect to among the top drivers in 3R this year, but some trainers had confidence in my driving skills, they gave me a chance to show it and it turned out to be a very good year. “Being in the tournament is kind of a wrap-up of this good year,” Roy said. “And I'm very happy that tournament includes the 7 top drivers as it allows me to be in it. “The draw today will tell a lot,” Roy explained, “I just need some racing luck and to get on some good horses to drive. There are some great drivers among these guys, and it will be exciting to compete against them in the tournament. If I am fortunate enough to win, then that would be the greatest. I am honored just to be in the tournament.” The point system for the tournament that will be used is 1st place 50 points, 2nd place 25 points, 3rd place 12 points, 4th place 8 points, 5th place 5 points and 6th place 2 points. Each of the drivers will start from a different post position in the nine selected races. Prior winners of the tournament were Jody Jamieson 2014, Yannick Gingras 2013 and Daniel Dube 2012. First race post time for the first race Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit By Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – With patiences at the start of the race and then getting cover live outside cover, Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron returned to their winning ways Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, winning the feature trot. Having made breaks in three of his last four starts when getting behind the starting gate, driver Mario Charron took his time with Maximuscle at the start of the sixth race feature. He kept the champion four-year-old son of Angus Hall off the starting gate by 20 yards and once the gate pulled away from the field, Maximuscle closed the gap and got away in fifth place. The race action was fierce from the start as R Rkadabra (Steeven Genois) went to the lead but would not allow Beer Maggs (Kevin Maguire) get to the front and the two sped in a dogfight to the opening quarter mile in a blistering :27.4 before Maguire took Beer Maggs into the second spot on the rail. There was no rest on the front end for R Rkadabra as Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) came first-over heading to the half mile with Charron following their live cover second-over with Maximuscle. Caroluzzo pushed R Rkadabra to the half mile in :57.3 and once in the backstretch, the pressure was too much as R Rkadabra began to fade and Caroluzzo took command with Maximuscle challenging on the outside. By the three-quarters in 1:27.2, the two horses were neck and neck around the final turn and then in a dramatic stretch drive, Maximuscle was able to wear down Caroluzzo to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:58.2. Somoli E (Jrome Lombart) closed to be third. It was the eighth win in fourteen starts this year for Maximuscle. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC and paid $3.60 to win as the wagering favorite. Just as exciting as the feature trot was the eighth race pace at a distance of one and one-quarter mile with eleven starters in the field. From the start in the backstretch the fight for control of the lead was a war as Fortune Fever (Steeven Genois) has the rail but was pressured immediately by Charlie Drummond (Daniel Mondou) and from the outside eight post was the 6/5 race favorite, OK Diablo (Denis St Pierre). They went to the first quarter in :28.3 as Pierre settled OK Diablo second over, but after the half mile in :59, Pierre came back with OK Diable three-wide again, clearing Charlie Drummond, but unable to get past race leader Fortune Fever to the three-quarters in 1:28.4. Then the action headed up even more as Kesons Reign and driver/trainer Andre Champagne, who had started from post nine in the second tier and had plenty of road traffic, was able to get to the outside and they came three-wide in the backstretch as they pasted the mile marker in 2:00.2. Kesons Reign was able to clear to the lead by the final turn and then in stretch was still the strong horse, winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:31.1. O Diablo was second with Shesbadtothebone (Pascal Berube) third. It was the fifth win this year for the seven-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty. He is locally owned by Jean Cote and Paul Lacoursiere of Trois-Rivieres, QC and paid $10.60 to win. By Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 3, 2015 - The trotters own the limelight at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with eight going to post in the sixth race feature. While the "hit or miss" antics of Maximuscle behind the starting gate will be the main focal point of the race, there are others in the race that will be ready to pounce on any mistake he makes. Over the past two month the great Maximuscle has come upon hard times for driver Mario Charron, trainer Maxime Velaye and owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. It seems that the four-year-old son of Angus Hall, who won the Quebec-Bred Series Championship at ages 2, 3 and 4 (this year) and is a career winner of $192,000 with a record of 1:54.2 this year, can't stay on stride before the start of a pari-mutuel race. Yet, he goes perfectly fine in a qualifying race. Both trainer and driver are mystified by their top trotter's strange bad habits and are hopeful Maximuscle will behave on Sunday. Despite his antics as of late, he is the 5/2 morning line favorite. Caroluzzo, the 3-1 second choice in the race from post four for driver Stephane Gendron, will be ready to pick up the slack if Maximuscle miss cues again. The six-year-old chestnut stallion by Musclesextrodier has been on a roll as of late, finishing first, second and third in his last six starts for trainer Daniel Martin. Other contenders include Beer Mags (post five), Meganou (post one) and return winner Somoli E (post six). Drivers Tournament October 11 The fourth annual Hippodrome 3R Drivers Tournament finalists will be determined on Sunday's race card. The tournament takes place next Sunday, October 11 with nine of the best drivers in the contest. Special guest invitees are Simon Allard and Robert Shepherd. They will take on the top seven drivers this season at the Hippodrome 3R. Prior winners of the tournament were Jody Jamieson (2014), Yannick Gingras (2013) and Daniel Dube (2012). Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit by Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club  

Lexington, KY - While the first 108 yearling buyers at the upcoming Lexington Select Yearling Sale may not be able to purchase a son or daughter of the world champion stallion Meadow Skipper, they will get the next best thing. A copy of the newly released book, Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story. The unofficial autobiography on the great Meadow Skipper, written by Victoria M. Howard and Bob Marks, will be given to the first 108 yearling buyers at the prestigious sale, compliments of the Lexington Select Yearling Sale Company. The sale begins Monday, October 5 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington. Authors Howard and Marks will be at the sale the entire week starting Sunday at the sale preview day. Their booth will be located next to the Hunterdon Farms consignment and they will autograph each yearling buyers copy. "This is a great thing that the co-sales managers, David Reid and Randy Manges are doing," said co-author Bob Marks. "Both Victoria and I will be at the sale starting this Sunday and signing the books for everyone that gets one." Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story, is an unofficial autobiography of the historical life story of the Standardbred world champion pacer, Meadow Skipper, as told in a unique fashion with commentary by the horse himself. The book features many action photographs of Meadow Skipper during his racing career and his life as the most prominent stallion in the history of the sport since Rysdyk's Hambletonian back in the 1850's. Tate Publishing has issued Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story, and the book can be purchased on their website at The actual Lexington Yearling Sales catalog has been mailed, and it's available for download on the Equineline app and website, and videos have been posted. For more information or interview requests please contact Steven Wolf, publicist, at (954) 654-3757 or send an email to by Steven Wolf  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 27, 2015 - For the ninth time this year, Astreos Boy showed his ability to win races anyway possible, scoring a decisive victory in the co-feature pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The 11th race saw the lone filly in the race, Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) shoot to the early lead from the rail and she was able to hold it until the opening quarter mile in :27.2. That was when Akoya and driver Stephane Brosseau came first-over and took command. Once settle on the lead, Akoya looked comfortable going to the half mile marker in :57.1, but that comfort zone was short lived as race favorite Astreos Boy and driver Denis St Pierre were on the move and coming after the race leader. Down the backstretch the two horses raced neck and neck and then after the three-quarters in 1:26.3, it seemed as if Astreos Boy kicked in another gear as at the top of the stretch he pulled away from not only Akoya, but the rest of the field, winning with ease in 1:56.2. Rainbow Palace was able to close to be second with Shaelas Girl (Louis Philippe Roy) third. It was the second straight win and fifth triumph in the last six starts for Astreos Boy. The three-year-old son of Astronomical is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Louison Morin of Beaucerville, QC and paid $4.40 to win. In the first race feature trot, Force Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle made a bold, three-wide move from fifth place in the backstretch and was able to collar pacesetter Kim Sorel (Denis St Pierre) by the three-quarter mile marker and the pull away in the stretch to win by five and one-half lengths in 1:59.3. It was a lifetime mark and the third win this year for the six-year-old gelded son of Victory's Force. South Star (Pascal Berube) was second with Kim Sorel third. Owned by Anne Delisle, Carole Levesque and Christine D'Auvergne of QC, Force Naturelle paid $21.40 to win. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday with first race post time of 1:30 pm. For more information visit By Steven Wolf for the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 26, 2015 - Astreos Boy seeks his ninth win of the season and headlines the feature pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday on a jammed packed program with 12 races. A three-year-old gelded son of Astronomical, Asteros Boy starts from post six and will have pilot Denis St Pierre in the sulky. Trained by Yves Tessier for owner Louison Morin of Beauceville, QC, Asteros Boy was not eligible for the rich Quebec-Bred Series earlier this season. As a two-year-old he was winless in eight starts but now has made up for lost time at age 3 and Astreos Boy has done it the hard way, having to race against older and seasoned horses. Astreos Boy is on a roll, having won four of his last five starts, all at Trois-Rivieres, and each of his last four victories have been with different drivers. "He (Astreos Boy) is such a nice horse," said Denis St. Pierre. "He is very easy to drive. I really like him because he can leave and also come from behind. He also has a big heart. I love that in a racehorse!" Perhaps his most impressive victory, which was also his fastest, came on Prix D'Ete Day, August 23, with world-renowned driver, Daniel Dube, handling the driving. In that race Astreos Boy has the early lead, gave way at the half mile marker, then not only came back on the lead but pulled away from the field to win by three open lengths in 1:56. Astreos Boy usually races his best on the lead but he has also shown the ability to come from off the pace to win. Always the wagering favorite in nearly all of his 14 starts this year, he is listed as the 3-1 second choice on Sunday. The role of the wagering favorite goes to Akoya from post three for driver Stehane Brosseau at odds of 5/2. The five-year-old gelding by Electric Stena, Akoya has four wins this year for trainer/owner/breeder Elisabeth Pothier of Beloeil, QC. In his last start he led from start to finish at 3R over a sloppy track, winning in a romp by five and one-half lengths in 2:03.3. Earlier this season on July 26, Akoya won at 3R in 1:55.1. Other contenders in the field include the top filly, Rainbow Palace (post one), return winner Dimebag (post seven) and Shaelas Girl (post five). The first race feature trot is headlined by Aworthy Bi going for his third straight win. He starts from post four for driver Gaetan Lamy. Also entered are Kim Sorel (post six) along with return winner Jardinier (post seven). Coming up on Sunday, October 11 is the annual Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R. After this Sunday's race program the eight drivers that will compete will be announced. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit By Steve Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club    

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