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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    

Coral Springs, FL – It was announced today by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), that Charles Keller III, whose Yankeeland Farm produced Hambletonian winners Muscles Yankee (1998) and Yankee Paco (2000), has been voted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. In addition, two veteran publicists, David Carr and Jerry Connors, were also voted as inductees into the Communicators Hall of Fame. Keller took over the helm of Yankeeland Farm after the 1990 death of his father, Charlie Keller Jr., of New York Yankees fame. Keller’s father purchased the farm in Frederick, Md., in 1955 and assembled the mares and bred the progeny that contributed to the farm’s success over several decades.  Keller has been a director of the Hambletonian Society since 2000 and is a member of the executive committee, for which he was chairman from 2013 through this spring, following the passing of John Cashman Jr. Keller was a director of the United States Trotting Association (USTA) for five terms and an active member of the Finance Committee. He is a current trustee of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. David Carr joined the USTA as a publicist and staff writer for Hoof Beats magazine in 1982. Three years later, he proposed the creation of the information and research department, developed it into a superb resource for those writing about the sport of harness racing, and is now head of that department. Jerry Connors has had a passion for harness racing since he was a child and few in the industry can duplicate his memory of racing and events in the sport. A “jack of all trades,” Connors has worked at numerous racetracks and industry organizations throughout his career as a publicist and administrator. He has been an USHWA director for 23 years, and is a licensed judge, track announcer and race charter.  Keller, along with horseman Bruce Nickells, who was previously announced as the senior-elect to the Hall of Fame, will join Carr and Connors at the USHWA Dan Patch Awards dinner on Sunday, March 6, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as their first introduction as harness racing’s newest members of the Hall of Fame. The actual induction ceremony takes place on Sunday, July 3, at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. By Steven Wolf, for the United States Harness Writers Association

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 20, 2015 - For the second straight week and fourth time in his last five starts, Maximuscle broke at the start of a race as the wagering favorite. This time it was the in co-feature trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and rival Caroluzzo was there to take advantage of it. The third race saw driver Mario Charron unable to keep Maximuscle on stride at the start of the race as Beer Maggs (Kevin Maguire) shot to the early lead from post seven. His lead was short lived as Caroluzzo and driver Stephane Gendron came after the leader and took command at the opening quarter mile in a quick :28.2. Caroluzzo then led to the half mile marker in :58.4 as Vival Angus (Gaetan Lamy) came first-over and Maximuscle, who also broke stride again on the second turn, had regrouped at the half mile and was back in the hunt. Going down the backstretch, Gendron and Caroluzzo were back to back down the pace a little to the three-quarters in 1:31.1, but that then enabled Vival Angus to stay in contention and Maximuscle, still three-wide, was gaining ground on the leaders. Then in the stretch drive, Caroluzzo put away the field in winning by two and one-half lengths in 2:01. Beer Mags was second and Maximuscle, who made a valiant comeback, was third. It was the sixth win this year for Caroluzzo. The six-year-old stallion by Musclesextronair is trained by Daniel Martin and was bred and is owned by Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, QC, paying $7.60 to win. In the first race feature trot, Aworthy Bi and driver Gaetan Lamy, made a bold three-wide move from sixth place in the backstretch, sweeping the field to collar pacesetter Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras) by the top of the stretch. With the pocket-sitting SOS Striking Monte (Pascal Berube) going to the passing lane, they looked to be the winners of the race, but with every stride down the stretch, Aworthy Bi kept gaining ground and nipped SOS Striking Monte at the wire by a neck in 2:01. Kim Sorel was third. Trained and co-owned by Elisabeth Carrier of St-Jean-Chrysostome, QC, it was the fourth win this year for Aworthy Bi, a five-year-old gelded son of Equinox Bi. He paid $6.60 to win. In addition to winning the co-feature trot, driver Stephane Gendron had the hot hands Sunday with a driving triple. Live racing resumes next Sunday, September 27 at 1:30 pm. For more information visit By Steve Wolf for the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 19, 2015 - This Sunday the Hippodrome 3R features two strong trotting features on their ten-race program, headed by the return of three-time Quebec-Bred Series champion Maximuscle. But will the real Maximuscle show up on Sunday? Plagued by breaks behind the starting gate at the start of three of his last four races, the $191,000 career winner has been giving headaches to his trainer Maxime Velaye and driver Mario Charron. "He (Maximuscle), had this problem when he was younger," said Maxime Velaye. "But these last three breaks, believe it or not, is just bad luck. These things happen, but I am sure he will be alright on Sunday." The four-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall starts from post four in the third race on Sunday. He is listed as the morning line favorite despite making a break at the start of his last race at Rideau Carlton. Maximuscle was able to catch up to the field but finished sixth, race timed in 1:59.4. In his prior start, Maximuscle was able to "mind his manners" at Trois-RIvieres in the Open Trot and wired the field by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.4. That was his seventh win in just eleven starts this year. "Mario (Charron) knows him very well," Velaye added, "He has been driving him nearly his whole career. He (Maximuscle) will be perfect and ready to rock on Sunday!" Maximuscle will have to be at his best Sunday as he faces rival Caroluzzo (post two) with Stephane Gendron in the sulky. The six-year-old stallion by Musclesextrodinar was second to Maximuscle the last time they met at 3R. In his last six starts, Caroluzzo has been first or second. Repeat winners in the field include Beer Maggs (post seven), who wired the field in his last start in 1:59.4 for trainer/driver Kevin Maguire and Meganou (post 1), the lone filly in the race, who in her last start won her $65,000 Quebec-Bred Series final at 3R in 1:59.3. The first race feature trot sports a full field of nine starters and is a wide-open affair. Aworthy Bi (post four) is the lone return winner for driver Gaetan Lamy, winning impressively from post eight last week on a muddy track. He takes the always competitive Kim Sorel (post 5), who has been first, second or third in this class in four of her last five starts. Post time Sunday at 3R is 1:30 pm. For more information visit By Steve Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

Portmarnock, Ireland – It was announced Sunday by the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee that starting in 2016 there will be an “Oaks” division for fillies. The Vincent Delaney Memorial for two-year-old pacers had been an “open” series for both colts and fillies the past four years. It has developed into the richest stakes event in all of Ireland and the UK. According to committee chairman, Derek Delaney, “With an increase every year in fillies nominating to the event, we have decided to create an Oaks division. “The committee is also very grateful to USA’s Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm,” Delaney said, “as they have come forward and are now the official sponsor of the Oaks division. If not for their sponsorship we may not have been able to come up with a separate filly division for next year.” Delaney said that the committee is now restructuring the Vincent Delaney Memorial for 2016 and that there will be some big changes coming forth for the series. “This coming year we will have nearly €45,000 in total purse money,” Delaney explained. “And we will divide it up into advance prep races throughout Ireland and the UK, then the elimination heat races and for the finals. “We calculated that in 2016,” Delaney said, “both the colt and the filly finals could each go for €15,000 and maybe more depending on the number of horses entered in each division.” Delaney said that the committee will most likely drop the consolation race that was held in 2015 and will consider adding a late supplemental fee to the conditions of the race. “We are working diligently at redoing our race conditions for 2016,” Delaney said. “As we want all the breeders and owners aware of what is taking place in our series before the yearling sales. There has been tremendous growth in our breeding program these past years and now perspective owners and breeders can look forward to our race as an extra incentive to buy a filly or colt.” Next year’s Vincent Delaney Memorial will take place Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, 2016. “We have interest now from owners and breeders in not just Ireland and the UK,” said Delaney, “but also in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The growth of this series and its popularity world-wide in the harness racing industry is tremendous and we want to work at making it the best for everyone with these changes.” For more information check out By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial 

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Starting off in the very first race with a track record, the Hippodrome 3R featured its richest day of harness racing in 2015 with the $500,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers Sunday. Sunny skies and warm temperatures were the order of the day for the jammed packed crowd around the half mile oval. The 12-race program featured four divisions for two-year-olds, each with a purse of $55,000, and four divisions for three-year-olds, each with a purse of $65,000. The series culminated three weeks of preliminary races with the top eight point earners returning for the finals. The first race final for three-year-old trotting colts saw Seeyou Men and driver Robert Shepherd rewrite their own track record for geldings with a resounding 1:58.4 triumph. Leaving from post five, Shepherd put Seeyou Men right on the lead to the opening quarter mile in :30, then a slight breather to the half in 1:01 with Notrouble Dechafra (Stephane Brosseau) sitting the pocket trip and The Sprinter (Mario Ballargeon) starting up first-over. Before The Sprinter could even mount a challenge, Seeyou Men began to pull away from the field in the backstretch, leading by  lengths at the three-quarters in 1:29.3. They then poured it on in the stretch to win in a romp by eight and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.4. Seeyou Men’s prior track mark was 1:59.3. The Sprinter was second with Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) third. Sired by Muscle Mass, it was a lifetime mark for Seeyou Men, who is trained by Isabella Darveau for co-owner Catheline Pelletier and Chantal Gravel, the breeder of Seeyou Men. He paid $2.50 to win. The second race final for two-year-old pacers saw Mr Mach Jimmy and driver Pascal Berube make it a clean sweep in the series. He wired the field from post two in a lifetime best 1:57.3. The race was not without plenty of excitement as Mr Mach Jimmy was stung early going after the lead from Sagawi (Francis Piscard) to the opening quarter in :27.4. Then after the half in :57.4, Pudong Phil (Clarke Steacy) came first-over, but it was YS Artistic Fella and driver Sylvain Filion who nearly stole the race. Getting away in last place to the opening quarter mile, Filion then took YS Artistic Fella three-wide and nearly looped the entire field by the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Then in the stretch drive, Mr Mach Jimmy was able to hold off YS Artistic Fella to win by a half-length. Sagawi was third. “This is my first win in Quebec-Bred Finals,” Said Pascal Berube. “This colt never allows himself to over exceed. He always has energy to race. In the stretch, I was sure he had enough in him to not be beaten. He's really a good horse and he will keep on improving.” It was the fourth straight win for Mr Mach Jimmy. The altered son of Mach Three is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. He paid $4.20 to win. The fastest mile on the program came in the third race final for three-year-old pacing colts and gelded as Sugarsam and Mach On The Beach put on a speed show. Mach On The Beach left quickly for driver Pascal Berube to the first quarter in :27.4 with SOS Justified (Mario Charron) right on his back. Then at the half mile in :56.2, Sugarsam and driver Denis St Pierre came first-over and gave perfect second-over cover to the 3/5 favorite, Western Bayama (Sylvain Filion). Once they reached the backstretch it became a dogfight as Sugarsam nearly cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:24.3, but Mach On The Beach would not hear of it and came back to take the lead at the top of the lane. Then Sugarsam and Denis St Pierre were able to continue their forward momentum in the stretch to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:53.2. Mach On The Beach was second with SOS Justified third as Western Bayama failed to fire and finished fifth. Sired by Sportswriter, it was the third win this year for Sugarsam. He is trained by Colin Johnson for owner/breeder Sam Anastasopoulos of Saint-Therese, QC and paid $6.60 to win. “This colt (Sugarsam) experienced some difficulties early in the season,” said owner  Sam Anastasopoulos, “but he has put it back together just in time. We have had great expectations for him and he met that this afternoon with that mile in 1:53. We are very proud of him.” Perhaps after seeing his older full brother, Seeyou Men, rewrite his own track record, Wildwild Men was not to be outdone in the final for two-year-old trotting colts and gelding. Leaving from post two, driver Robert Shepherd sent Wildwild Men right to the front with Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) leaving from post six to grab the two-hole trip. Wildwild Men was fired up and shot to the first quarter mile in :28.2. From there Shepherd kept the rest of the field at bay, going to the half in :59.3 and the three-quarters in 1:29, opening up by five lengths by the top of the stretch and winning by eight and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.2. Wildwild Men’s clocking was the fastest mile in track history by any two-year-old trotter. Panamas Boy held for second with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) third. “It always looks easy when you have a good horse,” said driver Robert Shepherd. “It makes you look like you have anything under control. They trot so well and now behave themselves so it does look easy. “When we trained him down (Wildwild Men),” Shepherd said. “He looked like he would be a nice horse. We always thought he was pretty talented. We just didn’t know how deep he really was. He kept showing up every week and proving us wrong.” Wildwild Men has owned the track record with his 2:00.3 triumph last week and lowered it Sunday by more than two full seconds. A full brother to Seeyou Men (Muscle Mass-Seeyouinthecircle by Angus Hall), it was the fourth straight win and fifth victory on the year for Wildwild Men. It was a driving double for Shepherd, a training double for Isabelle Darveau and two wins in the finals for co-owner Catheline Pelletier and breeder Chantal Gravel of QC. Wildwild Men paid $2.60 to win as the 1/5 wagering favorite. The two-year-old filly trot final had just five starters and was held as a non-wagering event between the 5th and 6th races on the program. Driver Sylvain Filion made the most of his catch-drive on Y S Suzanne as he sent the daughter of Angus Hall right to the front and held on the entire mile to win by one length in 2:03.3. Dolly V P (Gaetan Lamy) sat the pocket trip but could not catch Y S Suzanne in the stretch, settling for second place with Eau Naturelle (Mario Charron), making a break at the start and then rebounding, coming first-over for a game third place finish. It was the perfect time for Y S Suzanne to break her maiden with her first victory in six career starts. She is trained by Richard Moreau for owner/breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, QC. A forced change in driving tactics worked out perfectly for Miss Babe Delight in the sixth race final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Leaving for the front from post two, Miss Babe Delight and driver Mario Ballargeon had to give way to a stubborn HP Sissy (Guy Gagnon) by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. HP Sissy then led to the half in :58.3 and the three-quarters in 1:29 as Art De Gagnee (Mario Charron) was first-over challenging the leaders. Then on the turn for home, it became a two-horse race as Ballargeon came out of the pocket with Miss Babe Delight, who usually races on the front end, and collared HP Sissy in the stretch and went on to win by one length. HP Sissy was second with stablemate/entry HP Mercedes (Louis Phillipe Roy) third. “A change of strategy really benefited this filly today,” said driver Mario Baillargeon. “She is a “green filly" when she races on top. I had in mind to take the second position at the start, and I just tried to challenge HP Sissy a little bit before taking the “golden spot”.  I thought I could use the passing lane at the end, but I just had overtook the leader from the outside and she closed very well.” It was a series double for trainer Dany Fontaine, who won earlier with Mr Mach Jimmy and was second with Mach On The Beach. It was also a double for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. and a double for breeder Rejean Lassonde of Le Gardeur, QC. Miss Babe Delight paid $5.10 to win. Meganou, the 2014 champion filly, had just one win in nine starts this year coming into the eighth race final for three-year-old trotting fillies and she returned to winning form for driver Jocelyn Gendron in a big way. Going to the lead from post one, Gendron had Meganou in high gear as she pulled away from the field by the opening quarter mile in :28.2 and never looked back. She cut fractions of :58 to the half mile and 1:27.4 at the three-quarters and went on to win in a romp by nearly the entire length of the stretch, scoring by 15 and one-half lengths in 1:59.3. Her clocking was one fifth of a second from tying the track record. Double Chance (Sylvain Lacaille) was second with Chamane (Simon Delisle) third. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of Kadabra, who is trained by Daniel Martin for owner Jean Picard of Orford, QC and paid $6.60 to win. The 11th race final for three-year-old pacing fillies saw the closest finish on the entire race card as Wanda Bayama and Voodoo Charm put on quite a show. Wanda Bayama (Sylvain Filion) was parked to the quarter mile by Juniper Sena (Pascal Berube) in :27.3. Then after settling in fourth place early, Mario Charron came first-over and slowly started to grind it out at the half mile in :57.3. Then by the three-quarters in 1:27.2., Voodoo Charm dropped in right behind Wanda Bayama, prepping for the stretch drive. And with Mario Charron urging and putting a drive on Voodoo Charm, the filly responded and caught Filion and Wanda Bayama at the wire to win by a nose in 1:57.1. Big Bertha (Guy Gagnon) closed well to be third. Sired by Ponder, it was the seventh win in just nine starts this year for Voodoo Charm. She is trained by Maxime Velaye for onwers Yvan Mondouz, Guy Gorbell, Alexandre Morin and Francois Laverdere, WC and paid $3.20 to win. It was also his fourth straight win. TRACK NOTES: Three-time Quebec-Bred Series champion, Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron, led from start to finish in the Open Trot in 1:57.4. It was his seventh win in eleven starts this year. Live racing will resume at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday, post time 1:30 pm. For more information visit By Steve Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 6, 2015 - Once again this season the sun will shine on a Hippodrome 3R special race card Sunday, the $500,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. The forecast Sunday is for sunny skies, no rain and temperature around 28 Celsius (83 Fahrenheit). It is the richest day of racing at 3R in 2015 and some of the track records for the younger horses will be in jeopardy of being broken. The two-year-old finals are for $55,000 each and the three-year-olds go for $65,000 each. Here is a preview of the top contenders in each of the eight finales. Race 1 - $65,000 3YO Colt Trot Final - Seeyou Men (post 5) will be the horse to beat, having won three of seven starts. Beat older horses last week at 3R in 2:00.3. The Sprinter (post 4) may be winless in nine starts this year but has recently showed sub-two minute speed at Mohawk, including race timed in 1:56.4. Champagne Panic (post 3) Also winless in nine starts in 2015 but always stays trotting and should get a good check. Race 2 - $55,000 2YO Colt Pace Final - Mr Mach Jimmy (post 2) was winless this year until trainer Dany Fontaine brought him to 3R for this series and he won all three legs and should take the final as he has yet to be tested. Shanghai Warrior (post 3)/Pudong Phil (post 6) will be a tough entry for trainer Mark Steacy, Pudong Phil romped last week at 3R in 1:59.2. Sagawi (post 1) draws very well and figures to get perfect trip behind Mr Mach Jimmy. He has yet to finish worse than second in his last five starts, all at 3R. Race 3 - $65,000 3YO Colt Pace Final - Mach On The Beach (post 5) may not be the favorite, but he is one of seven horses that trainer Dany Fontaine has entered today. This colt has strong gate speed to get to the front and control the pace and has beaten most of this field this season. Western Bayama (post 6) may be the wagering favorite and comes back to 3R off a super impressive 1:52.3 lifetime mark last week at Mohawk in the ONSS but can't leave which will hamper him in here. Sugarsam (post 3) was last year's 2YO champion but has not been at his best as of late. Usually always races well at 3R. Race 4 - $55,000 2YO Colt Trot Final - Wildwild Men (post 2) needs only to stay trotting and he will score big time in here. Is on three race win streak including track record 2:00.3 triumph last week at 3R. Seems to get faster every start he makes. Holiday Party (post 3)/Tuscans Memory (post 4) entry from Dany Fontaine Stable have been good in this series but cannot keep up with Wildwild Men. Should get second and third place money. Sass (post 1) is in perfect spot for driver Clarke Steacy to try and leave and get good trip behind Wildwild Men but may not have speed to stay close the entire mile. Non-wagering $55,000 2YO Filly Trot Final (between 5th and 6th races) - Dolly V P (post 3) showed she can trot beating older horses last start at 3R by a neck on an off-track. Can win in here by just staying on stride. Lucky Promesses (post 1)/Friendly Lavec (post 6) entry for trainer Andeane Lapeire must stay on stride and if so they could get two good checks in here. SOS Christina (post 2) comes into the final having won with ease on the Quebec Fair Circuit. She just needs to stay on gait. Race 6 - $55,000 2YO Filly Pace Final - Miss Babe Delight (post 2) got nipped at the wire last week by Art De Gagnee after cutting all the fractions. Same happened two starts back against HP Sissy. This filly is better than those lines show and can wire the field in this final. HP Mercedes (post 1)/HP Sissy (post 4) is a very formidable entry from trainer Jean Tourgny. Both have won in the series with HP Sissy impressive on her two-race win streak, beating Miss Babe Delight two weeks ago in 1:57.3. The track record will be in jeopardy in this race. Art De Gagnee (post 5) was given perfect drive last week to nip Miss Babe Delight after slow fractions in 2:00.2. Post may hinder any chance she has in here. Race 8 - $65,000 Final 3YO Filly Trot - National Trace (post 5) gets a slim call in this wide-open race. This has been a very weak division this year and this filly has shown the ability to have beaten most of this field earlier in the series. Meganou (post1) is the reigning champion from last year but has fallen on hard times in 2015 with just one win in nine starts. Still could be in the hunt from the rail. SOS Revange (post 6)/SOS Hardrive entry shows SOS Hardrive as the best of the two. Was good in the series last month and should be able to get a good check in here. Race 11 - $65,000 Final 3YO Filly Pace - Voodoo Charm (post 6) has been very good, winning five of her last six starts, beating male rivals in last overnights at 3R, going 1:56.2 last week. Should not lose in here. HP Rubis Joyce (post 8) has also been sharp, winning three of her last four starts. Far outside post will hinder her winning chances but can still be game for second money. Wanda Bayama (post 2) won two legs of this series and has beaten Voodoo Charm. Good inside post will keep her close to the action. Track Notes: Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. The 10th race is an Open Trot featuring newcomer Unabating from Rideau Carlton taking on Maximuscle, Caroluzzo and R Rkadabra. For free race programs and live video go to by Steve Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club  

Dublin, Ireland – This Saturday and Sunday the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial harness racing weekend at Portmarnock Raceway has developed into the biggest and richest race weekend in all of the Ireland and the UK. A record 169 horses were entered in the box for the two-day meet. Last year it was 136, a 22% increase.  Purses are at an all-time high at over €80,000 ($87,000 US), a 48% increase over prior year and the final of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial is racing for a record €18,500 this year ($20,000 US), plus a €$4,000 ($4,350US) consolation race. Last year there was just a final for €12,000. “It just amazing how this race has grown,” said Derek Delaney, who with his brother James, had developed this race weekend in memory of their younger brother Vincent, who tragically died in 2011. “This is just the fourth edition of the Delaney Memorial,” Delaney said. “And this Saturday we will have three elimination divisions. It’s just wonderful how big this weekend has grown in such a short time.” The Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial is for two-year-old pacers. Of the three elimination divisions, one is for fillies and two are for colts. The top two finishers from each heat, plus the two fastest third place finisher, return for the final on Sunday. Fillies will draw for inside post positions on the half mile oval. In addition to the Delaney Memorial elims on Saturday there will be two elimination divisions of the Oakwood Stud 3YO Open and on Sunday will be the finals of each of the series. Also Sunday, the inaugural Red John Memorial FFA Junior Pace that drew two full fields, the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial, the Inner-Dominion Trot and Irish-American FFA take place. A total of 24 races over the two day meet. “There is also more to this weekend than just racing,” Delaney added, “We will have special guests from around the world. Drivers George Brennan from the USA and Dexter Dunn from New Zealand will be competing, trainers John McDermott from the USA and Cran Dalgety from New Zealand are coming. “So is the great USA Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston coming back again to call the races,” Delaney added. “And other trainers and horse people from Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Belgium and Sweden are all coming over for my brother’s race weekend. It’s just too much for words.” Derek Delaney heads everything concerning the race weekend. He, along with his brother James, other volunteers and friends, make this weekend extra special for visiting guests. “We will be going on a carriage ride through Dublin on Thursday,” Delaney explained, “then a Viking Splash Tour ride of the city, followed by lunch at the worldly renowned Temple Bar. On Friday we have a tour bus taking everyone out to the country to Oakwood Stud Farm and training facility followed by lunch at a local pub. “Then Friday night, Delaney said, “We have a gala dinner to kick-off the weekend for more than 200 people. On Saturday and Sunday it’s all harness racing at Portmarnock.” And there is more, of course, as the entire weekend also features fund raising for the Saving Dylan Fund, which raises money to fight Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency (MSD), a genetic disease in children that is rapidly degenerative and fatal. Dylan and his family will be part of the festivities throughout the weekend. For more information go to So far more than €15,000 has been raised before the big race weekend. There will be exhibitions of Irish Dancing and music at the races, a ladies dress and hat competition. Plenty of bookies to take bets on the races and this year, due to matching grant funds, a permanent judges stand and announcer booth, a built-in electronic teletimer, new covered grandstand and a new playground area for the children. Considering harness racing was very stagnant for years in Ireland and the UK, the work that Derek Delaney and his crew have done over the past few years is astonishing. They have helped immensely in the revitalization of harness racing for the British Isles. Every year yearling prices have increased. More owners getting into the sport. Top of the line pacers from the USA and trotters from France are being imported for racing and breeding. With estimated crowds to be in the thousands this weekend, little Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Ireland has been transposed into a Little Brown Jug/Elitloppet/Gold Cup & Saucer weekend of its very own. By Steven Wolf

Dublin, Ireland – Led by trainer/driver “Irish” Joe Hanney, American interests have come forth with more than $11,000 in sponsorship money for the Irish American FFA Cup at Portmarnock Raceway on Sunday, August 9. In addition, Heather Vitale introduced Derek Delaney to Adam Bowden and now Diamond Creek Farm in Kentucky will be a new sponsor of Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial starting in 2016. Now the total purses for the Delaney will be at $50,000. The Delaney Memorial, held August 8 & 9, is the richest race in all of Ireland and the UK. “During my recent trip to the USA in March, Irish Joe introduced me to so many people,” said Derek Delaney, who with his brother James, developed the race weekend in memory of their younger brother Vincent, who tragically passed away in 2011. “It’s been crazy ever since I returned from the USA,” Delaney explained, “So many people I met are now helping us with sponsorships. All the credit has to go to my buddy Irish Joe. He introduced me to the people and convinced them how we are working so hard to help build new fans in Ireland, improve our breeding program and enhance our stakes races. “And credit too to Heather Vitale,” Delaney said, “She came for the race last year and promoted us with her video features. This year total purses will be closer to $100,000!” Delaney said he has received sponsorships from Diamond Creek Farm, Nifty Norman Stable, Joe Holloway, American Dream Racing Stable, Bresnahan Racing Stable and American Viking Racing Stable. The Irish American FFA Cup will feature the best pacers in all of Ireland and the UK. “In addition, Joe Hanney introduced me to George Brennan,” Delaney added, “and now George is coming over for my brother’s race this year. How great is that! George is shipping over his special UFO race bike and he will use it over the weekend and then it will auctioned off for charity. Joe has also helped me get donations from so many others for our big auction to help raise money for the Saving Dylan Fund. “We now have race colors from George Brennan, John Campbell, Ron Pierce, Chris Christoforou, Brett Miller and other great items.” Delaney also said that with the growth and interest the past two years in his brother’s race, people are coming for the long weekend festival from all corners of the world. “It is amazing how this little race my brother James and I came up with is attracting people from all over,” Delaney said. “Not only do we have New Zealander Dexter Dunn, the 2015 World Driving Champion coming for the weekend, but also the top trainer in New Zealand, Cran Dalgety and Blood Stock agent and stud farm owner Peter Larkin from Australia. “I have heard from horsemen in Belgium and Sweden who are bringing over horses to race that weekend,” Delaney said. “This is all so fantastic and we are making every effort to make sure that everyone who is traveling from abroad and Europe that they will have a grand time here in Dublin.” The Delaney Memorial Weekend has now been developed into a “mini” Little Brown Jug, Gold Cup & Saucer and Elitloppet, all rolled into one. “This year will be a real festival weekend,” Delaney said. “On Friday, Aug. 7 we will have a bus tour to a breeding farm and training center, then Friday night is our gala dinner for 250 people.  Then Saturday, Aug. 8  is the elimination divisions for the Delaney Memorial and then Sunday the big show with the Delaney Memorial Final, consolation race, the Irish American FFA Cup, the Oakwood Stud for 3YO’s, the Paul Murtagh Memorial for 4YO’s and the inaugural of the “Red” John O’Donovan Memorial. What a grand day of racing this will be!” Derek Delaney also wanted to point out that after the race cards both Saturday and Sunday there will be a party at the Portmarnock Raceway bar and restaurant and he promises there will be no shortages of Guinness nor Irish Cider! Anyone wishing for more information can visit By Steve Wolf, for

Abergele, Wales – “To say I am looking forward to my upcoming trip to the UK and Ireland is an understatement!” Says Harnesslink’s Steve Wolf, who is preparing for a two and one-half week working vacation that will encompass Wales, Scotland, England and Ireland. “This trip will be fantastic,” Wolf said, “From Portmarnock Racetrack in Ireland to the Breeders Crown at Tir Prince in Wales, then Corbiewood in Scotland, York Racetrack in England and back to Ireland for the Delaney Memorial. What an adventure this will be.” Wolf will gear up for the tour at Tir Prince Raceway in Wales and report on the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland which is strictly for British and Irish bred horses. The Breeders Crown UK & Ireland takes place on Tuesday, July 28 with divisions for two, three and four-year-old pacers. “This is shaping up to be the best Breeders Crown ever in the UK,” Wolf said. “There are top horses eligible in every division. I’d have to say if the weather is good, there will be some track records set.” Look for some likely youngsters in the Breeders Crown that could win the Vincent Delaney Memorial the following week, as the last three winners have raced in the Breeders Crown before heading off to Ireland. This is the tenth season for the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland, that travels to different tracks each year. They have a tough task this season in the Vincent Delaney Memorial as the American opposition is greater than it has ever been including 3 RocknRoll Hanover’s, 1 Dragon Again, 1 Well Said, a Western Terror and one Santana Blue Chip. Wolf will be speaking to the chairman of the BHRC and seeing what their plans are for the coming years. He will be speaking with David Wilson, CEO of the Breeders Crown, on how the breeding of British and Irish horses are faring against American imports, and what their plans are for the future. He will be visiting the site where Noel Simpson built the ill-fated Prestayn Raceway in 1963, speaking to people who were there and listening to their views on why it did not succeed. Two of harness racing’s great journalists will be meeting for the first time when Wolf will speak with Bill “Hutchy” Hutchison with regard to the Inter Dominion heats in the UK & Ireland and the future for the trotters in the UK and Ireland. Hutchison, originally from New Zealand, has been in the UK off and on for thirty years writing and promoting harness racing. “This will be an intense trip,” Wolf said, “I look forward to the challenges in helping promote harness racing in the UK and Ireland. When people have such passion for our sport, I want to be able to share that for all my readers. “The growth of harness racing in the UK & Ireland,” Wolf said, “has been tremendous the past few years and their future is very bright. It will be great to tell their story to the rest of Standardbred industry world-wide.” From the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland  

Dublin, Ireland – Tickets are nearly sold out for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial gala dinner on Friday, August 7 at the Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel. This is the kickoff dinner before the big harness racing weekend at Portmarnock Raceway Saturday and Sunday, August 8 & 9. There are only 20 tickets left before the dinner is sold out. Everyone that attends the dinner will get to hear from and meet the USA and New Zealand racing stars who have come over for the weekend. They are USA top reinsman George Brennan, renowned trainer John McDermott and Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston. New Zealander Dexter Dunn, who this year won the World Driving Championship in Australia, New Zealand’s leading trainer Cran Dalgety and USA racing journalists Steve Wolf (Harnesslink) and Heather Vitale (Post Time TV). There is room for just 220 people at this special affair that begins at 7:30 pm. The cost of a ticket is just €40.00 each and it will be a cash bar. “I can’t believe how these tickets are flying out the door,” said race developer and founder, Derek Delaney. “After we announced that George Brennan was coming over from the USA to drive in Vincent’s race, we are nearly sold out. “I may have to talk with the hotel manager and see if we can get a couple of tables in the lobby!” Delaney joked. “If anyone wants to get a ticket they better hurry up.” In order to get tickets to the dinner go to  By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend

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