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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing trotter Sultan D'Or and driver Sylvain Lacaille rocked the tote board at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, winning the sixth race trot at odds of 135-1. It was the highest win payoff, $272.10 to win, $79.40 to place and $15.10 to show across the board, in the eight-year history of H3R since its revival from bankruptcy by the Quebec Jockey Club. The prior record win payoff was $204.50 by Classic Mondiale (Pierre Luc Roy) in 2016. The sixth race saw Sultan D'Or and Lacaille get away in sixth place from post eight until the field reached the backstretch when Lacaille moved Sultan D'Or to the outside, found live cover and then tipped three-wide, looping the field. Then on the final turn, Sultan D'Or was first-over against race leader Mr Logan Mirox (Michel Audet), and they worn him down by the finish wire with Sultan D'Or winning by three-quarters of a length in 2:02. Mr Logan Mirox was second with SOS Turbo (Tyler Jones) third. It was the fifth win this year for Sultan D'Or. The ten-year-old gelded son of Newtown is owned and trained by Pierre Turcotte of Trois-Rivieres. Sultan D'Or never started in a harness race until he was eight years old. It took until the fifth race on Sunday before harness racing driver Pascal Berube did not win a race. Why? Because Berube did not have a drive in the fifth race. The Portneuf-Station resident was at his best in winning the first four races on the program, especially the third race featured Preferred Pace with Hooter Shooter. The short field of just five starters in the third race Preferred Pace saw Surf Report (Tyler Jones) go right to the lead with race favorite Maracasso (Carol Voyer) leaving but then taking a tuck behind Surf Report to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Voyer then pulled the pocket and came first-over against Surf Report by the half mile marker in :56. The action heated up as Maracasso could not pass by Surf Report as Berube moved second-over with Hooter Shooter. By the three-quarters in 1:25.1, Voyer cleared to the lead with Maracasso but now had to contend with Hooter Shooter and Berube on the final turn. Hooter Shooter had a full head of steam and collared Maracasso as they came down the stretch and hung game to win by a half length in 1:55. Maracasso was second with Histoire Enchantee (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the ninth win this year for Hooter Shooter. Sire by Badlands Hanover, the six-year-old gelding is owned and trained by Marc Andre Simoneau of Trois-Rivieres and paid $6.00 to win. Berube was not done yet on the afternoon card as he won the ninth race with Bemmo Image ($5.10), making it five wins on the program. Track Notes: Trainer Marc Andre Simoneau sent out two winners from his stable to lead all trainers. Live racing resumes next Sunday, October 27 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, free race program and to view the H3R live via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing fans were greeted with late morning snow showers and temperature just above freezing for the 40th and final day of the 2017 race season at the Hippodrome 3R, but it did not deter fans from coming to the track for closing day. Driver Stephane Brosseau wasted little time in capturing the leading driver honors for the 2017 season. Going into the final race card, Brosseau held a five-win lead, 51 to 46, over rival Stephane Gendron, but after the second race pace, the lead for Brosseau grew. He took Soccer Hanover ($4.00) three-wide in the backstretch after being in eighth place at the half mile, then by the three-quarters they not only looped the field, but cleared to the lead before the top of the stretch for the easy win. Then Stephane Gendron came back with a win in the fifth race pace with Stronski ($11.80) but by this point on the race card, it was too late for Gendron to catch Brosseau. Brosseau won the driving title with 53 wins over 48 for Gendron. Trainer Francis Richard captured his first ever leading trainer title with 26 wins from his stable, six more than Yves Tessier (20). In the co-featured sixth race trot, Ice O Late and driver Sylvain Filion were game enough to go three-wide in the backstretch against first-over Lucky Promesses (Jerome Lombart) and pacesetter R Rkadabra (Pierre Luc Roy) and dug in through the stretch to win by a head in 2:01, paying $9.60 to win. R Rkadabra was second with Torches Angel (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the second straight win and seventh victory on the year for Ice O Late. The five-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide is trainer by Luc Chouinard for owner Claude Surprenant of Farnham. In the eighth race co-featured pace, it was Arazi (Sylvain Lacaille) who cut the mile from the start, but it was the race favorite, Mister Big Top, who would have his photo taken in the winner's circle. With After Market (Carol Voyer) sitting the pocket trip, Arazi led the field and then at the half mile marker, Code Word (Pascal Berube) came first-over with Mister Big Top and Stephane Gendron second-over, but not for long, as they swept three-wide and blew by the field, winning with ease by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.1. It was the ninth win this year for Mister Big Top. The five-year-old gelded son of Mister Big, trained by Yves Tessier, is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $3.80 to win. Track Notes: Four drivers each had two winners on Sunday. They were Pascal Berube, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron and Francis Picard. Long shots continued at H3R Sunday as 33-1 Miss Sangria and driver Francis Picard upset the field with a 1:58.2 lifetime mark in the first race pace and paid $69.90 to win. While Lucky Promesses did not win today, she did conclude the race season as the winningest horse at H3R in 2017, scoring eight of her ten wins this year at her home track. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With morning line favorite Wildriverbumblebee scratched sick for his second straight start, the Invitational Pace at the Hippodrome 3R became a wide-open affair, except that no one told that to Bali, who led from start to finish with ease in the eighth race feature. Leaving quickly from post five, Bali and driver Sylvain Lacaille sped to the opening quarter mile in :27.2 with Glass Shadow (Pierre Luc Roy) sitting the pocket trip and Crombie A (Brett Macdonald) parked out first-over. Crombie A put pressure on Bali and they went to the half mile marker in a quick :55.4 and then once they reached the backstetch, Bali and Lacaille started to open up on the field. They led by three and one-half lengths at the three-quarters as no one else could try and mount a challenge until National Debt and driver Stephane Gendron made a three-wide brush going into the final turn. But that effort was futile as Bali and at his best for Sylvain Lacaille and they won going away by six open lengths in 1:53.3. National Debut barely held off Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) for place and show. Not only was it the tenth win this year for Bali, a six-year-old geled son of Dali, but also his third victory in his four starts for trainer Marie Claude Auger. Bali was bred and is owned by Denise Auger of Trois-Riveres and paid $6.70 to win. Caroluzzo and driver Stephane Gendron has little trouble wiring the field in the seventh race feature trot, winning by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:00. It was his fifth win this year for trainer Daniel Martin and owner Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, paying $6.20 to win. Track Notes: Driver Steeven Genois has the hot hands at H3R Sunday, scoring a driving triple. It was the first time this season that Genois has scored three winners on the race program. Live racing resumes next Sunday with first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information visit, www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, October 21, 2016 - It may only be for the first two races on the program, but harness racing fans at the Hippodrome 3R will be able to welcome back leading driver Louis-Philippe Roy on Sunday. Roy, whose 56 wins this season should easily stand up through the rest of the race meet that concludes on Sunday, November 13, is making a brief appearance at 3R in the first and second races before heading off to drive the full card at Rideau Carlton. "Yes, I will be at 3R this Sunday for the first two races," Roy said. "I am coming to drive Iron Phil in the first race and M G Kudos in the second. Owners Eric De Champlain and Nathalie Migneault asked me to be there to drive their horses. I am doing it for them as they have been a big part of my career when I was driving just in the fairs. It does not conflict with any races at Rideau." Roy's lead for the driving title may be sewed up at 3R. Pascal Berube is second with 34 wins but he did not have any wins last week at 3R while Stephane Gendron has been red hot, scoring driving triples or better the last few weeks and is at 32 wins. "As they say," Roy laughed, "catch me if you can." Roy is also the leading driver at Rideau Carlton and holds a 112 to 103 lead against Guy Gagnon. Both of the horses Roy is driving at 3R Sunday are the race favorites. Last Sunday, trainer Yves Tessier sent out three winners and took over the lead as top trainer at 3R, 21 to 20, over last year's champion Maxime Velaye. Velaye, who primarily trains young horses may not be able to catch the red-hot Tessier, whose Universal Training Rating (UTR) is at a very impressive .556. Also having a red-hot stable this season is trainer Alain Martin, whose UTR is at .743. Tessier has only one horse entered at 3R at Sunday. Stephane Gendron is enjoying some extra bonus money at 3R for his driving efforts. The Tour du champeau, sponsored locally by Gentilly Ford autos, offers a $100 bonus to any driver who can win three races on the program at 3R. If no one does, the bonus rises $25 per race card. But as of late, Gendron seems to take home the bonus money every week. Gendron is also closing in on his 4,000th career win. Going into Sunday's card he has 3,977 career victories. Driver/trainer Sylvain Lacaille is recuperating from his race accident, suffering mainly from fractured ribs and hopes to be in action before the end of the year. "I should be back to racing in November if all goes well." Lacaille said, "But I have to confess that my ribs still hurt. In my free time I delegate the work around the stable but I do not do too much. I'm looking forward to come back to racing." Sunday is Hot Dog Day at the Hippodrome 3R with a $2 special that includes two hot dogs and a soft drink. For a free Sunday race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 30, 2016 - Three time Quebec-Bred Series Champion and former track record holder, Atomic Million AM, returned to his home track for the last Tuesday evening race card of the 2016 season and breezed home an easy winner for driver Sylvain Lacaille. Headlining the eighth race feature pace, Lacaille sent the five-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam right to the front from post five and they never had to look back, wiring the field with ease by four and one-half lengths in 1:56. Reel (Jonathan Lachance) was second with Bali (Marie Claude Auger) third. It was the fifth win this year for Atomic Million AM, three of those victories coming at the Hippodrome 3R for owner, breeder and trainer Alain Martin of Gatineau, QC. Sent off at a generous 1-2 odds, Atomic Million AM paid $3.10 to win. The matchup between the two winningest horses at 3R this season, St Kitts and Jimbelina, never materialized in the fourth race as St Kitts refused to get behind the starting gate for driver Jonathan Lachance and was declared a non-starter. Meanwhile, Jimbelina (Stephane Brosseau) stung EY Cowboy (Louis-Philippe Roy) to the opening quarter mile but could not catch them in the stretch with EY Cowboy ($4.30) winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.3. Whitemountain Nemo ($4.10) looked like he was shot out of a cannon in the second race pace for driver Guy Gagnon, leading by three to five lengths the entire mile and then pouring it on in the stretch to score by seven and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.3. It was the second straight win and a lifetime mark for the seven-year-old gelding by Yankee Cam. TRACK NOTES: Both Louis-Philippe Roy and Guy Gagnon had driving triples Tuesday. Wednesday afternoon will be the post position draws for Super Sunday at 3R featuring more than $500,000 in purses with eight championships finals. There will be four $65,000 finals in the Breeders Crown Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers and four $55,000 finals for the Future Stars Series for two-year-olds. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – It only took until the first of four $30,000 Quebec-Bred Series finals Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R to see a stakes record surpassed. The Series Finals, for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers got underway in the third race for older trotters and Seeyou Men with catch-driver Guy Gagnon, stole the limelight from three-time champion, Maximuscle, with a stakes record and lifetime mark of 1:57. Maximuscle, who was making his final appearance in the series after four years, was up to his bad habit of breaking stride at the start of the race. This enabled Gagnon to send Seeyou Men right to the lead and they never really had to look back. Through fractions of :29, :59.1, and 1:28.1, Seeyou Men easily fended off a minor challenge in the backstretch from Me The Boss (Louis-Philippe Roy) and then pulled away in the stretch to win by three and one-half lengths, the last quarter mile in :28.4. Me The Boss was second with Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) third. Maximuscle had recovered and nearly caught the field, finishing fourth. It was the third win in seven starts this year for Seeyou Men. The four-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass is trained by Isabelle Darveau for owners Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel and Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover, QC, paying $6.90 to win. The time of 1:57 is the fastest trotting mile ever in the history of Quebec-Bred Series. The previous stakes record was 1:57.3 set last year by Maximuscle. The gustiest race on the card came in the sixth race finale for older trotting mares as SOS Revange and driver Gaetan Lamy put on a driving show for the race fans. Unable to get on-stride for the start of the race, SOS Revange spotted the field 25 lengths right at the start. Fortunately, Double Chance and driver Sylvain Lacaille played hardball with Kim Sorel (Martin Gingras) as those two battled head and head to the opening quarter mile in :28.1 with Gingras finally backing off. But back on-stride and flying three-wide was Lamy and SOS Revange around the second turn, staying parked out three-wide to the half mile in :59.1 before being able to clear the field and take the lead. Opening up by two lengths in the backstretch, SOS Revange and Lamy kept their lead intact past the three-quarter mile marker in 1:29.1. Then in the stretch, SOS Revange began to tire but still had enough trot left to hold off SOS Afterthestorm (Francine Morrissette) and win by three-quarters of a length in 1:29.1.  Viva Bayama (Denis St Pierre) was third. Trained by Jean Tourigny for owners Claude Hamel, Michel Damphousse and Jean Claude Vinette of QC, it was the fourth win in just six starts this year for SOS Revange, a four-year-old mare by Kadabra. She paid $9.40 to win. Voodoo Charm and driver Mario Charron picked the perfect spot to get her first win of the 2016 season after four starts, capturing the eighth race $30,000 Quebec-Bred Series finale for pacing mares. The overwhelming 1-2 betting favorite, Chaleurs Fantasy, left from post two for owner/breeder/trainer/driver Carl Duguay and was challenged immediately for the lead by Charron and Voodoo Charm, with Charron backing off into third place by the opening quarter mile in :28.3. Then right before the half mile in :59, Charron came back with Voodoo Charm and locked horns once again with Chaleurs Fantasy, only this time they were able to not only collar the race leader, but clear to the front at the three-quarters in 1:28. From there it seemed to be a walk in the park for Voodoo Charm and Mario Charron as they won with ease by three open lengths in 1:58.3. HP Rubis Joyce (Louis-Philippe Roy) had been following Voodoo Charm second-over and was able to get second place money with Chaleurs Fantasy third. Trained by Maxime Velaye, Voodoo Charm is a four-year-old mare by Ponder, who had captured the championship last year at age 3. She is owned by Yvan Mondous, Guy Corbeil, Alexandre Morin and Francois Laverdiere of QC and paid $6.50 to win. The fastest mile of the day, as expected, was in the ninth race finale for older pacers as for the second straight year, Atomic Million AM showed his dominance in the series, leading from start to finish for driver Sylvain Lacaille. With the rail to their advantage from the start, Lacaille sent the five-year-old gelding by Million Dollar Cam right to the lead and held off an early challenge by C L Art Magic (Yves Filion) to the first quarter in :27. Then Lacaille was able to give Atomic Million AM a little breather to the half mile in :56 as Killer Thriller (Guy Gagnon) came first-over and gave Half A Billion (Louis-Philippe Roy) great second-over cover. That lasted to the three-quarters in 1:24.1 when Roy sent Half A Billion three-wide to make a challenge on the final turn but Atomic Million AM proved to be much the best, holding off C L Art Magic for second and Half A Billion third, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:53.3. Trained by Alain Martin, it was the third win this year for Atomic Million AM. He is owned and was bred by Martin of Gatineau, QC and paid $3.90 to win. TRACK NOTES: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday evening, first race post time at 7:00 pm. For a free race program and free internet feed of the race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.   From the Quebec Jockey Club 

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Harness racing driver Sylvain Lacaille had the hot hands at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening, scoring a hat trick, three winners on the race program. And he did it by the fourth race on the program. The biggest of his three triumphs came in the third race pace where he led from start to finish with Heroes Sena in 1:59.1. It was the maiden victory for the three-year-old filly by Western Terror who is trained and owned by Serge Nadeau of Scott, QC. She also went off at odds of 8-1 and paid a generous $18.20 to win. Heroes Sena is eligible to the upcoming $450,000 Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers that gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, July 3. Another impressive winner Tuesday who is eligible for the Breeders Cup Series is Sports Authority for driver Mario Charron. This three-year-old pacing colt by Sportswriter is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Determination Stable of Montreal, QC and paid just $2.40 to win as the 1/5 wagering favorite. Charron sent Sports Authority to the front over Chummy Park (Louis-Philippe Roy) and the duo never had to look back again. While Chummy Park and Roy tried to come after the leader at the top of the stretch, Charron just lifted the line on his colt and he scooted away to win by two open lengths in 2:00.3. His last quarter mile was an impressive :28.4. Sports Authority is now on a three-race winning streak and it will be interesting to see how fast the colt can go when Charron asks him for some real speed. TRACK NOTES: The post position draws takes place Wednesday afternoon for the $140,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers this Sunday at 3R. There are four divisions, each racing for a purse of $35,000. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The opening round of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers saw one favorite victorious but another a half-length short of victory on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. With sunny skies, warm temperatures and a packed house, race fans were treated to an exciting race card highlighted by two divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series. The series features four preliminary rounds with the top eight point earners coming back for their respective $30,000 finals on Sunday, June 26. The horses were first up in the sixth race with track record holder and two-time series champion, Atomic Million AM, the 4/5 race favorite from post seven for driver Sylvain Lacaille. And they did not disappoint the crowd despite getting stung early by Mach On The Beach (Pascal Berube) to the opening quarter mile in :27.4 before taking command for good. After the half mile in :57.1, C L Art Magic and driver/trainer Yves Filion came first over and started to gain ground on the race leader to the three-quarters in 1:26.2. Then, Atomic Million AM and Lacaille felt the pressure and kicked in a :28.3 final quarter mile to hold off both C L Art Magic for second and Mach On The Beach a close third. The margin was victory was just a half-length and the time of the race, the fastest mile on the program in 1:55. It was the second straight win on the year for Atomic Million AM. The five-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam is owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau, QC and paid $3.80 to win. There were ten four and five-year-old mares that went to post in the ninth race Quebec-Bred Series opening round and all eyes were on Bayama Farms Wanada Bayama and trainer/driver Yves Filion. The four-year-old Western Ideal mare came to 3R just for the series off a 1:59 qualifying win at Rideau Carlton. Prior to that, in March, she scored a 1:51.4 triumph at Woodbine Race Course in capturing the $54,400C final of the HPIBet.com Series. So rightly so she was the overwhelming 1/9 wagering favorite from post seven. The only trouble with that was that a 13-1 long shot by the name of Chaleurs Fantasy can't read the tote board. Trained and driven by Carl Duguay, Chaleurs Fantasy left from post four and took the early lead away from Big Bertha (Stephane Brosseau) before the opening quarter in :28.4. The five-year-old mare by Omar Khayam then led the field to the half mile marker in :58.4 and that was when Filion, who had been sitting in fifth place, came first-over and started grinding their way towards the race leaders. By the three-quarters in 1:27.3, it looked as if Wanda Bayama would show her class and collar Chaleurs Fantasy before the stretch drive, but that did not happen. Duguay kept his mare in gear and despite Wanda Bayama gaining ground with every stride, could not catch Chaleurs Fantasy by the finish wire as they won by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.3. Hawaiian Drummond (Richard Veilleux) was third. It was the first start of the year for Chaleurs Fantasy, who was bred and is owned by Elvage Daie De Chaleurs of Port-Daniel, QC. She paid $29.20C to win. 3R NOTES: Night live racing gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R this Tuesday with first race post time at 7:00 pm. Featured on the ten race program is the opening round of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. There are three divisions, one for horses and two for mares. The highlight will be the first-time matchup between track record holders and series champions Maximuscle and Seeyou Men. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 15, 2016 - Perhaps it was returning to his home track at the Hippodrome 3R, perhaps it was drawing an inside post on a half mile track, perhaps it was competing against an easier field of competition, but any way it does not matter to Atomic Million AM as long as he got that goose-egg off the win column. Entering the tenth race at 3R Sunday on a five-race losing streak, owner/trainer Alain Martin of Gatineau, QC was worried that his champion pacer may have lost his winning ways, but after the race was finishes, Martin had nothing to worry about anymore. Driven by Sylvain Lacaille, Atomic Million Am started from post three but once the starting gate pulled away, the five-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam was on the lead for good in the one mile race. To the opening quarter mile in :28 over a track rated good after earlier rains and with a two second allowance, Atomic Million AM stuffed SOS Mach Extreme (Stephane Brosseau) into the pocket seat and led the field past the half mile in :59 and the three-quarters in 1:29.1. On the final turn for home, Brosseau came after the race leaders but it was too little too late as Atomic Million AM kicked in a :29.1 last quarter mile to win by an easy by two and one-half open lengths in 1:58.2. SOS Mach Extreme was second with D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) third. It was the fastest mile on the afternoon program as Atomic Million AM was sent off as the overwhelming 1/5 wagering favorite, paying $2.40 to win. Now Atomic Million AM seems poised to stay at the Hippodrome 3R for the upcoming Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-olds. He won the championship last year, setting a track record in 1:52.3 and also won the championship at age three. The series gets underway next Sunday, May 22 with the first of four $6,500 preliminary rounds. The top eight point earners then return on Sunday, June 26 for the $30,000 final. If his performance Sunday is any indication that Atomic Million AM is happy to be back at the Hippodrome 3R, then a third straight championship is well within his grasp. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 8, 2016 - Even though there were four return winners from last week's opening day card, it was the invader from Rideau Carleton, Beach Runner A M, who supported his race favorite status with a tough victory in the 10th race feature pace. Racing over a track labeled "good" with a two second allowance due to rain and cold blustery weather, driver Sylvain Lacaille took no chances with Beach Runner A M as they went right to the lead and held it the entire one mile race, holding off a late charge by C C Nite Raider (Pascal Berube) to win by a neck in 2:00.4. Matt's Phil (Francis Picard) was third. It was the second win in six starts this year for Beach Runner A M, a nine-year-old gelded son of Beach Of Faith, who is trained and owned by Alain Martin of Gatineau, Quebec. The winner paid $4.10 (CAN) for the victory. For Lacaille, the victory was one of two winners on the afternoon card as he also won the third race trot with Jewels In The Sand ($3.20). The total handle, simulcasting and on-track numbers continued to rise over prior year at the Hippodrome 3R. Sunday's total handle was up 52.8%, simulcasting up 385% and on-track handle, despite the inclement weather, was up 7.9%. "It is great to see positive numbers over last year in our total handle, on-track and simulcasting again today." Said Vincent Trudel, general manager at 3R. "We had not great weather this afternoon and was going against the Meadowlands big afternoon race program. We will continue to work on having full race fields and adding more simulcast tracks to carry our race product." Live racing resumes next Sunday, May 15 with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – The $250,000 Quebec-Bred Series for harness racing three-year-old pacers gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with three opening round divisions. This series takes place throughout the month of July and then the top eight point earners return for the $65,000 finals on Sunday, September 6. Headlining the first of two filly divisions in the third race is the seasonable debut of Kinnder Elegane from post six for driver Justin Filion. This lightly raced daughter of Allamerican Native made only three starts last year as a two-year-old, but she won two of those starts that were both in this same series, the fastest a lifetime best 1:57.4. Trained, owned and bred by Denitza Petrova of Les Cedres, QC, Kinnder Elegance prepped for her debut today with a qualifying win at 3R in 2:00.2. Other contenders include HP Rubis Joyce (post 5) and No Panic (post 2). The colts do battle in the fifth race with Sugarsam in post seven the early favorite for driver Denis St Pierre. This gelded son of Sportswriter is the fastest horse in the field, shipping in after competing in stakes action at Mohawk Raceway, winning two starts back in a blazing 1:52 for trainer Helene Filion. Also starting from the outside is Killer Thriller in post eight for driver Sylvain LaCaille, who has been in the money the last four weeks. And there is a three-horse entry of HP Rayan Art Jules (post one), SOS Justified (post two) and HP Black Shadow (post nine). The second filly division is the sixth race and the overwhelming favorite is Voodoo Charm from post seven for driver Mario Charron. This daughter of Ponder just posted her lifetime mark last start at Mohawk Raceway with a three and one-length triumph in 1:53.4 for trainer Maxime Velaye. Voodoo Charm will be put to the test against contenders Miss Bro (post 6) and Big Bertha (post 4). First race post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - There were three divisions of the opening round of the $125,000 Quebec-Bred Series Sunday at the harness racing meeting at the Hippodrome 3R and all three winners did it leading from start to finish. The series is for four and five-year-old mares and horses. After three rounds of elimination competition the top eight point earners returned to 3R on Sunday, June 14 for the $35,000 finals. Atomic Million Am and driver Sylvain Lacalle were the overwhelming 1/9 wagering favorite and they nearly got caught at the wire in the fifth race division for older horses. Leaving from post three, Lacalle sent Atomic Million right to the front with Bali (Stephanie Brosseau) sitting right on their backs through fractions of :27.4, then a soft second quarter of :59.3. D J Power (Louis Roy) tried slowly to work his way first-over but could only manage to get in third place by the three-quarters in 1:26.4. And as they started down the stretch, Bali tried to come after the leaders in vain as Atomic Million Am went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:55.3. Bali Held for second with My Lucky Bluejeans (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the third win in five starts for Atomic Million AM. The four-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam is owned and trained by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC and paid just $2.10 to win. The first division, second race, for older mares saw Victoria Semalu and driver Stephane Brosseau ease out to the early lead from post four and quickly stuffing early challenger Lutetia Semalu (Stephane Polliot) into a backseat trip. Victoria Semalu and Brosseau then had quite the easy time, cutting fractions of :27.3, :57.1, 1:26.4 and then came home to romp by six open lengths in 1:56.1. Lutetia Semalou held her position to finish second with C L Royal Star (Jocylen Gendron) third. It was the second win in five starts for Victoria Semalu, who is trained by Dany Fontaine and owned by the Ercuie Gaeton Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. She paid $2.60 to win. The sixth race second division for mares saw the biggest romp of the day as Champagne Shower and driver Denis St Pierre held nothing back in wiring the field by eleven lengths! Starting from post five, Pierre sent Champagne Shower to the lead and held the field at bay with fractions of :28.4, :59.4 and the picked up the pace, leading by five lengths at the three quarters in 1:28.1. She then gave Pierre a :28.3 final quarter and pulled away from the field, winning in 1:56.4. Hawaiian Drummond (Mario Charron) was second with Cyndalianne Duc (Pierre Desjardis) third. Paying just $2.10 to win, it was the four-year-old daughter of Santana Blue Chip's third win this year and third victory in her last four starts for trainer Yves Tessier and owner/breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese, QC. Live racing resumes Wednesday with the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotters. Post time is 7:00 pm. For more information go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com.   From the Quebec Jockey Club

It was a show that fans at Red Shores Charlottetown won't soon forget.   Jody Jamieson started early and he finished late, winning five races and four of the eight legs of the National Driving Championship, good enough for 96 points and his fifth berth in the World Driving Championships.   "It feel's actually amazing, I'm super pumped about it," Jamieson said about getting to represent his country one more time.   The two-time World Driving Champion got the ball rolling early in the competition winning the first two heats with C J Bluefin in 1:58.2 and followed that up in the second heat with Oppies Lifes Line.   "I don't like to say anything bad about a guys horse but, No one wanted to drive C J Bluefin, I talked to the owners nephew and he told me what he liked about him. With that knowledge going forward, it just worked out and the horse stepped up for me."   Jamieson followed that up with a second, third and second before rhyming off another victory aboard Solanos Dragon in Race 8. With two races to go and him and Islander Marc Campbell in a dog fight, Campbell picked up the win in Race 9 while Jamieson finished second.   Heading into the final leg Jamieson was on top by 10 points with 81 to Campbell's 71. When the horses crossed the wire in the final heat, it was over. Jamieson was a going away winner aboard Perfect Escape in 1:55.4 for owner Jack Kennan and trainer Jackie Matheson.   "I didn't even know what to say," Jamieson said about going under the wire and knowing he was going to represent Canada one more time. "I was just thinking about how long I'm going to stay in Australia and who's coming with me."   Jamieson treated a packed house to a special tribute as he paraded Perfect Escape in front of the fans at the fence.   "I like to show the fans the winning horse. I think people appreciate almost being able to touch a horse," said Mr. Canada. "I'm always trying to build a fan base and it starts from one person and builds from there."   Jamieson said he didn't expect to win five races coming into the card, but things worked out.   "I was just trying to do the right thing in every race, trying to navigate through some horses and hope I had some stock down by the wire, and that's what happened."   The Moffat, Ont native picked up his fifth victory in the evening finale, the$ 5, 000 Builders Cup aboard Modern Xhibit.   Marc Campbell finished second with 81 points. Brandon Campbell was third with 42. Billy Davis Jr. ( 39 ), Ryan Ellis ( 33 ), Guy Gagnon ( 32 ), Jim Marino ( 31 ) and Sylvain Lacaille ( 19 ) rounded out the competition.   The hometown hero Campbell didn't disappoint winning three races of the NDC himself. He rounded out his night with a grand slam winning the $ 25, 000 Founders Cup aboard Wazzup Wazzup in 1:53. Up The Credit cut out all the numbers of :27.3, :56.2, 1:24.4 before Maritime hopeful D Gs Camme cleared to the lead. Wazzup Wazzup made a final lunge at the wire to win in 1:53 for his owners the Rolling Hills Racing Stables and trainer Corey Johnson. D Gs Camme finished second and All Turain was third.   The fans were also taken by storm in Race 7, the $3, 000 claimer Whitesand Artist fired off a new track record for aged pacing mares winning by 16 lengths in 1:53.4 for Billy Davis Jr. and owner -trainer Neil Bambrick. The nine-year-old daughter of Artiscape who knocked three seconds off of her lifetime mark erased a 20 year-old track record taken in 1994 by Gold Cup and Saucer winner Little Black Book.   The total handle on the program was $55,151. As for Jamieson when he was asked when he would be back to P.E.I.   "I want to win the Gold Cup and Saucer so bad, It's a real tough race to win. Just ask Marc Campbell he thought he was going to win his second this year but it didn't work out for him. He's lucky enough he's got one," laughed Jamieson. "It's the race I want to win."   by Bo Ford, for Red Shores  

The question of who will wear the red and white of Canada at the 2015 World Driving Championship will be answered Tuesday night at Red Shores Charlottetown. Eight of the best drivers from their respective regions will gather in Charlottetown to contest the National Driving Championships presented by Standardbred Canada, P.E.I Harness Racing Industry Association, P.E.I. 2014 Inc. and Red Shores. Post-time for the special 12-dash card is 7 p.m. The competition to see who can fulfill the dream of representing their country will get underway in Race 3. This year's NDC is a little different than previous, this year Standardbred Canada held a draft to allow the drivers to pick the horses they wanted to drive. Two-time World Driving Champion Jody Jamieson has selected to drive the rail horse C J Bluefin, a favourite heading into the National Driving Championship, Jamieson will have to fend off seven other foes. Sylvain Lacaille took his first round selection in Race 3, selecting the two-entry Caughfoolinaround for owner Maggie Mccarthy and trainer Roy Reynolds. Quebec native Guy Gagnon had the first overall selection and took Umiztagoodthing in Race 10 from Post 5. Todd Walsh trains the five-year-old Modern Art gelding who took a lifetime best in his last race of 1:56.4. The Alberta representative, and son of former Island horseman Sanford Campbell, had the second selection in the draft. Brandon Campbell chose post 2 starter in Race 5 All Out. With two second place finishes in his last two starts, the Clarkie Smith trainee is listed as the morning line favourite. B.C. native and the second representative from the Western Region, Jim Marino had the seventh overall pick he landed the 5-2 favourite Playful Patty in Race 4. Owned by Taylor Mcguigan the newcomer to Charlottetown will look to make her mark on Tuesday night. The third overall selection went to 'The Rocketman' Billy Davis Jr. Making his first trip to P.E.I., the second entrant from Ontario will look to keep the NDC crown in Ontario, the place it has been for the past three events. Davis selected Ton Of Luck for the Ultimate Stables. Leaving from Post 5 in the sixth race, the three-year-old daughter of Camluck finished third in her last start pacing in 1:57.4. The 'Flying Pilot' Ryan Ellis had the fourth overall selection and drafted Mcdaisy Cutter for owners John and Stephen Quinn of Charlottetown. The daughter of McArdle has a no-worst-than second record in her last four starts. The hometown pride, Marc Campbell was saddled with the eighth overall pick, and if that wasn't bad enough, his first pick in the draft also won't line up behind the starting gate. Campbell selected Panacotta from Post 1 in Race 8 but he made a break on Saturday, and after a questionable review it was deemed Panacotta had broken equipment after his break and not before, putting him on the qualifying list. So instead 'King Campbell' will look towards the ninth overall selection in the draft, Rash B Havior. The four-year-old Lis Mara gelding played a contributing factor in gaining Campbell the victory in the Altantic Regional Driving Championship. The pair went right down the highway in the Championship winning in 1:56.4, a new lifetime mark. The Champion will be decided during eight of the 12 races on the card. The event concludes in Race 10. The special Tuesday card will also feature the $ 25, 000 Founders Cup and the $5,000 Builders Cup. Wazzup Wazzup has drawn into Post 6 for trainer Corey Johnson. The six-year-old son of Life Sign is owned by the Rolling Hills Racing Stables of Uxbridge, ON. Tuesday night he will gain the survives of the Maritimes top driver Marc Campbell. Only beaten a neck, pacing his own mile in track record time, 1:50.4, in the 55th running of The Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer, Wazzup Wazzup is the morning line favourite. He picked up a lifetime mark of 1:49 just three starts ago before landing on P.E.I. for the Gold Cup and Saucer trial. Millionaire pacer Up The Credit, winner of the James 'Roach' MacGregor memorial on Friday night of Old Home Week will look to knock off the runner-up in the Gold Cup and Saucer. A winner of over $ 1.3 million in career earning, the six-year-old Western Terror horse has drawn into Post 3 for trainer and co-owner Carl Jamieson along with Tomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison. Jody Jamieson will do the driving. The trio of Jody, Carl and Up The Credit have been a dynamic one in the past winning the $1.5 million dollar North American Cup in 2011. A winner of this year's Governors Plate in track record fashion of 1:53 at Red Shores Summerside, D Gs Camme moves into Post 4, fresh off of a 1:52.2 victory on Gold Cup night in the final of the Premier's Pace. A winner of four-in-a-row, the four-year-old son of Blissfull Hall will look to continue his winning ways for the ownership group of Hal and Quentin Bevan, Tom Clark and Ronnie Matheson. Gilles Barrieau will make the trek from Saint John, NB to handle the driving duties for trainer Jackie Matheson. All Turain, Ultimate Luck, Astor and Mach Wheel round out the power packed field of seven starters. The 12th race on the card will feature the $ 5, 000 Builders Cup. The race will recognize the local contribution by two local horsemen to the sport of harness racing on P.E.I. Those two horsemen are Doug Hill of Startford, PE and Eric Johnston of Summerside, PE. Modern Xhibit in-line to Jamieson has been listed as the morning line choice from Post 3. The Jonah Moase trainee was a winner in this years Walter Dale Memorial in Fredericton and also finished fourth in the Governor's Plate. The field also includes, Narragansett, Red Magician, Blissfull Bro, Cabo Pan Lucas, Machinthesand, Red Rock and Windemere Express. Please note. There is not live racing Thursday at Red Shores Charlottetown. Live racing returns Wednesday to Red Shores Summerside at 7pm and Saturday in Charlottetown at 6pm. For information on race dates go to www.redshores.ca by Bo Ford, for Red Shores  

It feels like the big show has just ended at Red Shores' Charlottetown, but in less then a week another show will take centre stage. The National Driving Championship, presented by Standardbred Canada, P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Assotiation , P.E.I. 2014 inc. and Red Shores, goes on Tuesday, August 26, with eight drivers from around Canada representing their respective regions. A new twist has been added to this years NDC format. Rather than the usual format for assigning drivers, Standardbred Canada will conduct a 'draft' for the eight races, similar to a hockey pool style draft. This provides the drivers direct involvement in determining the horses they will drive when they draft their horses. Red Shores' will play host to Premiers from around Canada for the night of power packed action which includes the Founders Cup Invitational for a purse of $25, 000 and the $ 5,000 Builders Cup in recognition of Doug Hill of Charlottetown and Eric Johnston of Summerside. The winner of this year's event will have the honour of representing Canada on the world stage in Australia for the 2015 World Driving Championship. The field is made up of two drivers from the Western region, the Quebec/Eastern Ontario region, the Atlantic region and two from Ontario. Here is an in-depth look at this year's competitors. A two-time World Driving Champion, Jody Jamieson, will be back to represent the Ontario region and look to gain his fifth berth in the World Driving Championships. Jamieson was the winner of the Ontario Regional in May at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Moffat, Ont. resident is a winner of just under 7000 races, 2014 marks his 20th year with his drivers licence and over that time he has compiled more then 39,200 drives. Along with his two World Driving Championships, Jamieson has two North American Cup victories, two in the $ 1 million Metro Pace and a Little Brown Jug to his resume. In 2009, he returned a Canadian record 796 winners back to the winner circle in a single season. The Nova Scotia native is a three-time O'Brien award winner for Driver of the Year, He has banked over $ 105 million in career purses and this season he has over 180 wins and over $3 million earned. His stablemate from Ontario is Billy Davis Jr. He was the runner up to Jamieson at the Ontario Regionals. He made his move to Ontario in May 2009 for his home in Langley, British Columbia and things have skyrocketed for the man known as 'The Rocketman' ever since. Davis recently picked up his 1700 win on August 12 at Mohawk. The son of O'Brien award winner Bill Davis has been dawning the silks for eight years and has over 11,800 trips behind a starting gate and he has just shy of $15 million in career earnings. Davis returned home to B.C. last November and picked up victories in the $ 75, 000 Mary Murphy Breeders stake and the $ 75, 000 Robert Murphy Breeders stake. Earlier that year he picked up his first Ontario Sire Stake Super Final victory. Davis Jr. will be making his first trip to Red Shores' Charlottetown as he looks to keep the streak of the Ontario region representing Canada alive. A victory in this year's NDC would not be the first time he has represented Canada on the world stage, In 2012 he represented his country in the Prix des Rencontres Internationales de Trotteur Francais in France, which he won. He has over 130 victories this season and has banked just shy of $ 1.5 million in earnings to date this season. With an Ontario region win that will mark the fourth straight year Canada has been represented by an Ontario driver. Gilles Barrieau was the last non-Ontario driver to represent Canada. Heading out west, a young man with strong Island ties, Brandon Campbell was the winner of the Western Regional Driving event at Fraser Downs in April. The son of former P.E.I. horseman Sanford Campbell, this will be Campbell's second attempt at winning the National Driving Championship, he represented the 'West' in 2011 on P.E.I. A winner of over 940 races in his career, Campbell is currently in his 12th year of driving. Campbell called Alberta home from 2003 until 2011 when he made the move to Ontario just after participating in the NDC. He returned back home late in 2012 and since then has become one of the top drivers in Alberta. Campbell has over $ 5.7 million in career earnings. This season he has 62 victories from 420 drives. A win on red soil is sure to be a special one for Campbell. His counterpart from the Western region is Jim Marino. One of the leading drivers at Fraser Downs in his hometown of Surrey, BC, Marino recently surpassed the $10 million mark for career earnings as a driver. He picked up his 1, 800 lifetime driving victory on August 17 at Alberta Downs in the $10 ,000 Alberta Marksman elimination for three-year-old colts. Marino is in his 16th season with his driving tags. This season he has returned 76 of his 467 mounts back to the winner circle. Last season Marino was named the Driver of the Year and Dash winner at the B.C. Standardbred Awards Banquet. He has many major race victories to his credit from his time spent driving in Alberta and B.C., Among that list is BC Sire Stakes finals, Ralph Klein, Mary Murphy and the Robert Millbank. Representing the Quebec/Eastern Ontario region from Gatineau, Que. is Guy Gagnon, he picked up a one point victory in his regional appearance at Hippodrome 3R in June. A winner of over 4300 races is the veteran of the field with 26 years of driving under his belt and over 24, 704 starts. From 2001 until 2012 his earnings were over $1 million each year and over his 26 years he has earned over $ 20 million. He currently sits second in Canada with a .392 UDRS, in 2011 he was nominated as one of three candidates for the O'Brien award for Horsemanship. The Quebec native calls Rideau Carleton his home track and currently sits more then 30 wins ahead at the top of the leader board. Gagnon has 113 victories this season with 102 of those coming at Rideau. His best season came in 2008 when he returned 342 winners back to the winners enclosure and banked over $1.7 million. This will be his second appearance at the NDC, he participated in the 2009 event at Fraser Downs. A runner up to Gagnon in the Quebec/Eastern Ontario region championship, Sylvain Lacaille is back for his second shot at representing Canada at the WDC, he represented Quebec in 2011 at the NDC. From Repentigny, Que, Lacaille has taken a different route to becoming a driver, he drove his first race at the age of seven aboard a pony in which he near fell out of the sulky. Lacaille earned his standardbred tags in 1993 and since than has over 720 lifetime victories and made more than $ 5.5 million in career earnings. The 2013 season was a career best, he hit the 100 win plateau and earned $ 422, 188 in earnings. The Quebec native spends his time between Rideau Carleton and Hippodrome 3R. This season he has 50 wins and has earned over $ 213, ooo from more than 375 drives. Lacaille said prior to the 2011 NDC that he would like to win the WDC representing Canada before he dies. A runner-up in the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship Ryan Ellis has quietly started to leave his mark on Maritime Racing, growing to become one of the primary drivers in the region. The rookie of the field has only been driving since 2007 and rapidly has made his mark at his home track of Truro, winning the driving title in 2011, 2012, 2013 and is well on his way to winning it again this year. He was the leading percentage driver in Canada during the 2012 season batting an astonishing .418. The Brookfield NS native has over 340 victories from 1585 starts. He has a career UDRS of .339 along with more than $ 410,486 in earnings. This season he has eclipsed his wins total from last year with over 45 victories and has earned more money with $52,765. Ellis has made appearances in the year's Gold Cup and Saucer Trial and has also won the Mike MacDonald Consolation with Rare Jewel. Known as 'The Flying Pilot' Ellis is an Air Canada pilot by day and a horsemen by night. He will look to make Nova Scotia proud in his first appearance at the NDC. The winner of the Atlantic Regional Driving Championship and the final participant in the 2014 NDC, is the hometown hero, the king of the Maritimes, Marc Campbell. His second appearance in the NDC couldn't come at a better time, at the top of his game, Campbell is currently the leading driver at both Red Shores' Charlottetown and Summerside, he has 112 wins this season from 486 drives. He started driving in 2004 and is in his 10th season as a driver. He has more than 1240 wins and over $ 2.6 million in lifetime earnings. His resume includes multiple Maritime Breeders and Breeders Crown championships, an O'Brien award for Horsemanship and his biggest moment in harness racing, living out his boyhood dream of winning the Gold Cup and Saucer, a feat he accomplished in 2013. "King Campbell" sure will be at home on Tuesday, his home track is sure to be packed with family and friends, and if that isn't enough. He holds the record for most wins in a single season in Charlottetown, during the 2012 season he notched 130 of them. From a little boy growing up in Orwell, to a young man representing his region on the National stage, Campbell said he wants nothing more than to represent his country at the 2015 World Driving Championships. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

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