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YONKERS, N.Y. – When HP Sissy’s name appeared in the entries for the $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Feb. 14), trainer Mike Ohol’s colleagues on the Western New York circuit voiced their skepticism. “A couple guys up there were telling me, ‘what are you going down there for,’ ” Ohol said, but the harness racing trainer remained steadfast. “You don’t know until you try it.” Ohol campaigned HP Sissy to a 13-win season in 2019. The Up The Credit mare also placed 14 times and earned $116,493 while making the majority of her 37 starts at Buffalo and Batavia Raceways. All but two of her starts last year came at the Open level. Ohol acquired HP Sissy as a project in January 2019. Although the mare won the $50,000 Coupe des Eleveurs at Hippodrome 3R as a 3-year-old in 2016 and competed on the Grand Circuit in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series as a 5-year-old, HP Sissy went just 2-for-27 in 2018 racing for Rene Allard and Benoit Baillargeon. “She was racing up in Canada and we thought she would be a good buy because she was down in class and she showed a lot of back class,” Ohol said. “If we could get her and turn her around, we thought she could be a heck of a horse.” Despite his high aspirations, Ohol’s first impression of HP Sissy could only be described in expletives. She was high-strung, difficult to handle, and hard to control on the track. However, over time, Ohol and HP Sissy formed a bond. “The more I started working with her and watching her - I pay attention to everything they do in the barn. I feel a horse out like they feel you out - we just seemed to click and once I turned her one time, I said, ‘my god, this horse is pretty fast.’ She just goes.” Ohol’s formula for success with HP Sissy is patience and care. His strategy is focused on managing HP Sissy’s natural speed and not overtraining her. “I don’t let anybody else jog her, I do it all myself. I don’t want anybody else roughing her up. When she gets in an attitude, she just wants to take off on you. I can keep her a little more relaxed and when she gets too hot, I just take her off the track and walk her around a little bit and take her in the barn. She’s got a routine,” Ohol said. “She’ll get to going in the barn,” he continued. “You have to try to keep her relaxed. Don’t bring too many horses around her, she’s always the first one to eat, otherwise she starts kicking the walls down. She wants to be the queen.” With HP Sissy’s record, she may have earned that right. HP Sissy captured the Filly and Mare Open seven times at Buffalo Raceway from February through July before moving on to Batavia, where she took another four features. Ohol ranks her performance Sept. 18 among her best. Starting from post five in a six-horse field, HP Sissy left around rival Lady London and made the lead entering the backstretch the first time. She led at every call and under Drew Monti pistol grips, kicked away from the field in the final quarter to post a 3-length win in 1:53.3. HP Sissy repeated the effort one week later with a 1:53.4 score. “She went to Batavia, she had two wins in a row,” Ohol said. “She won in 1:53.3 and Drew Monti was driving her and he never let her go. He said, ‘Mike, I don’t know how fast she would have gone if I would have let her go. I was hanging onto her the whole mile and she just pulled away from the field. They couldn’t touch her.’ ” HP Sissy’s biggest win in 2019 came Oct. 4, when she shipped to Yonkers to take a $22,000 overnight in gate-to-wire fashion in 1:54.0 with Dan Dube in the sulky. HP Sissy raced through the end of November and reemerged in a qualifier at Buffalo Raceway Jan. 24, posting a 2:02.3 win over a sloppy track with a 3-second variant. “I gave her a couple weeks off in November, but she’s a hard horse to even turn out because she’s just hard on herself,” Ohol said. “I feel she’s better off jogging a little bit. She seems more happy if she’s out on the track doing things instead of out in the field. If you turn her out, she runs up and down the fence. She just seems happy when she’s on the track and doing her thing.” In HP Sissy’s first start of 2020, the 7-year-old posted a 1:57.0 win in the Buffalo distaff feature Feb. 5. In that effort, HP Sissy dueled with Protect Blue Chip, parking that rival through fractions of :28.0, :57.0, and 1:27.0. While the plugs were pulled on Protect Blue Chip before the half, driver Denny Bucceri didn’t get to work on HP Sissy until passing the three-quarters, kicking out the plugs and going to a right-handed whip. Turning for home, HP Sissy still dealt with Protect Blue Chip while Carly Girl angled three-wide and Lady London looked to the passing lane. Despite the onslaught, HP Sissy held off her challengers by a half-length. With her victory, HP Sissy punched her ticket to the Hilltop. “I was extremely happy with her because a horse left against her and she parked that horse who had just won the week before,” Ohol said. “That’s why I thought, if I’m going to go to Yonkers, this is the time to take her because I feel she’s sharp right now.” HP Sissy will be reunited with Dan Dube and the pair will start from an assigned post one in the Valentine’s Day feature. The pair are 7-1 on the morning line. HP Sissy’s rivals include Robyn Camden, who rides a 4-race win streak for Rene Allard and will start from post five as the 5-2 morning line choice. Imprincessgemma posted a win and two seconds in this class to cap her 2019 season last fall. She returns of a qualifying win at Freehold Feb. 8 in which she utilized a :27.0 final quarter to stop the clock in 1:55.4. She and Joe Bongiorno are 4-1 on the morning line. Sandy Win finished second in this race last week for trainer Chuck Connor, Jr. Eric Goodell will drive from post three as a 4-1 morning line. Cay’s Blessing won a local Preferred in December and started her 2020 campaign with consecutive runner-up finishes in the Filly and Mare Open Handicap for Jason Bartlett and Rich Banca. Wishy Washy Girl and Betterb Chevron complete the lineup. “I’m hoping I do good with (HP Sissy); I don’t want to brag, but I think she’s up to the task to give a good race,” Ohol said. “I trained her a little different this week. I hope I didn’t over-train her. I trained her a couple trips instead of just one. I knew I was going down there and was going to be in kind of tough, so I gave her a little extra this week. I don’t think I overdid it, I just trained her within herself. You don’t have to force her to go, she goes.” Ohol expects Dan Dube to utilize HP Sissy’s early speed from her inside post. “Let me tell you, when that gate opens up, look out. She just goes. She went a quarter in :27 at Saratoga, and that’s a half-mile track. If you do sit in a hole with her and pull her out, you better be ready because as soon as you pull on that right line, she’s in high gear; she wants out.” Ohol said. “The gate opens up and she’s on top by the first turn, usually by a length or two. Dube told me last year when I came down there, he said he loved driving her because when that gate opens, she’s gone. You can get to the front, set the pace, an then they have to catch her. “We’ll see what happens. We’ll see if she’s up to the task. You’re up against the best horses there, but she’s raced against them before and done well.” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 7:05 p.m.  By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Lougazi continued to use his patented late charge to the wire and once again it paid off in a harness racing victory as he captured the $13,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (Feb. 5).   First over and sitting third past the half mile marker, Lougazi made steady progress to the front and took command at the top of the stretch, beating a closing Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) by a length in 1:58.3 over the good track. Wilberforce (John Cummings Jr.) took third.   "Anytime we are within four lengths of the lead, I am feeling pretty good about our chances," driver Ray Fisher Jr. said of Lougazi and his closing tactics. "We stick to the same game plan every week. There's only one way to race him."   Owned by Mary Warriner and trained by Ryan Swift, it was the first win in two tries this season for the 6-year-old gelded Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade). The win jacked his career earnings to $206,543.   HP Sissy (Denny Bucceri) made Protect Blue Chip go the long mile in the co-featured $12,000 Class A-Open for the distaff pacers and those precious extra strides proved to the the difference.   Handing out the parking ticket for the entire mile, HP Sissy turned back the late challenge by a stubborn Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) to score the half length decision in 1:57.0.   Off the wings, HP Sissy and Protect Blue Chip were both intent in cutting the mile and neither gave an inch. With fractions of :28.0, :57.0 and 1:27.0, HP Sissy was able to nudge ahead at the top of the stretch but Protect Blue Chip stayed within striking distance and made a late bid again but came up a half length short. Lady London (Fisher Jr.) was third.   Owned by the Finocchario's Dream Stable and trained by Mike Ohol, HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip) is a 7-year-old mare that has now produced $373,629 in lifetime earnings.   David McNeight III had a driving triple with Bucceri and Fisher Jr. collecting two each. Sabrina Shaw had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. There's a $6,000 guarantee in the Pick 5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, entries, results, simulcast schedule and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Batavia, NY --- With the final weekend of harness racing at hand, the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (UNY USHWA) has announced the horses of the meet for 2019. Pacer of the Meet-Back Is Black (Western Terror-Magic Moments) 1:52.1 ($242,850) Black Is Back started his year with a tag and ended up a top-class pacer. After being claimed for $20,000 at Saratoga Raceway back in May, Black Is Back found his way into the barn of trainer Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. through a private purchase by his current owners Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr. He made his first start at Batavia Downs in July, soon won the $12,500 Open I pace and then never looked back. For the season at Batavia, Black Is Back made 13 starts with five wins, two seconds and three thirds, all in Open I company and did not miss a single check the entire meet earning him $44,565 in the process. He finished in the money 77% of the time and his best win time at the Downs was 1:53.1. For the entire year Black Is Back has made 26 starts with 10 wins, four seconds and four thirds for $79,765 in purses with a mark of 1:52.2. Trotter of the Meet-Lougazi (Lou's Legacy-Winning Blade) 1:56.1 ($198,483) Lougazi made an encore performance this year as he was the 2018 Batavia Downs Trotter of the Meet. During the 2019 season in Genesee County, Lougazi made 16 starts with five wins, four seconds and three thirds and much like his side-wheeling counterpart Black Is Back, Lougazi made all his starts in Open I company as well. Lougazi had a very high 75% in the money average too and his $50,500 in purses was the highest amount earned by any overnight Standardbred competing at the meet this year. His career best year also included a new lifetime mark of 1:56.1 taken at Batavia in September. Overall in 2019 Lougazi has made 34 starts with nine wins, 10 seconds and five thirds with $94,000 in earnings. Mary Warriner owns Lougazi who is trained by Ryan Swift. Mare of the Meet-HP Sissy (Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip) 1:52.1 ($367,629) HP Sissy was purchased privately in January by John and Sally Finnocchario and became the star of the Finnocchario's Dream Stable. She went on to win 13 races out of 37 starts and made $116,493 racing at tracks across New York State. In July HP Sissy made her first of 13 starts at Batavia Downs and ended up winning four Open I paces for fillies and mares, besides finishing second three times and third four more and made $41,375 in purses along the way. She wound up in the money 85% of the time which was the highest percentage of hitting the board of any horse racing at the meet. Her fastest win time at the Downs was also her seasonal mark; 1:53.3. Mike Ohol is the trainer of HP Sissy. All the connections of Black Is Back, Lougazi and HP Sissy will receive their awards in the Purple Haze Winner's Circle at Batavia Downs between races on Saturday (Dec. 14) during the UNY USHWA Night of Distinction. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for UNY USHWA

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Guy Gagnon and his filly Tuggingoncredit invaded the Hippodrome 3R for the first time on Sunday and the two-year-old harness racing pacer came away with the Lucien Bombardier Trophy. The seventh race feature, with a purse of $29,400, saw Gagnon leave with Tuggingoncredit to take the early lead after a quick battle with Hit By A Bus (Yves Filion), by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Tuggingoncredit then breezed on the lead the rest of the one-mile race, pulling away more and more past the half mile in :57, then the three-quarters in 1:26.1. By the top of the stretch Tugginoncredit and Gagnon blew the field away, winning by six open lengths in 1:56.3. Mia Culpa (Jocelyn Gendron) was second with Sophie's Destiny (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was a lifetime mark for Tuggingoncredit and the daughter of Up The Credit's fourth lifetime win in eight starts. She is trained by Gagnon and co-owned by Guy Gagnon, Inc., Louis Latulippe, Inc. and Bruno Blouin, Inc., all of Quebec. She paid $3.10 to win as the betting favorite. One of the "pioneers" of horse racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, Que., Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society. With sponsorship from Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club, the Hippodrome 3R revived the stakes race in 2011. Trainer/driver Carol Voyer rated a perfect Maracasso ($3.90) on the front end to capture the sixth race Preferred-Handicap Pace in a speedy 1:54.4, the fastest mile on the card Sunday. It was Maracasso's ninth win of the season and his third straight victory. The fifth race Preferred-Handicap Trot saw Volare ($3.90) and driver Tyler Jones take command by the opening quarter mile and then led the rest of the mile race, winning with ease in 2:00.2. Track Notes: Trainer/driver Carol Voyer led all drivers and trainers on Sunday with two wins. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information and full race results, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - There are 20 two-year-old pacing fillies entered in the third round of the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, but only one of them is undefeated. Most of the fillies racing Sunday in the two divisions will be vying for points to be one of the eight finalists for the $55,000 Future Stars Series Final at H3R on Sunday, September 9 except for the undefeated filly, Hurrayupatthebeach, who has already won two legs of the series. Unbeaten Hurrayupatthebeach will be going for her sixth straight win on Sunday. The daughter of Up The Credit headlines the fourth race, which is the first of the two ten-horse fields for the fillies. A homebred filly from the Somebeachsomewhere mare, Blue Beach Girl, Hurryupatthebeach was bred by her trainer, Pierre Leclerc of Louisville and is co-owned by Leclerc with Gina Bragagnole of Lavaltrie. She is a first foal from Blue Beach Girl. One of the people that know Hurryupatthebeach better than most is her driver, Pascal Berube. He has driven her in four of her five wins. The duo starts from the rail on Sunday. "Pierre (Leclarc) told me one month before her first qualifier," Said Berube, "that he felt he had a good one." In her only qualifying race, with Berube driving, Hurryupatthebeach actually lost the race. She was third by only three-quarters of a length after a strong closing effort. Since then she went right to the pari-mutuel races and has yet to lose. She races mainly on the lead but there is a reason for that. She has a record of 1:58.2 taken at Rideau Carleton, but it was her last start at H3R that perhaps is most impressive. In that race Hurryupatthebeach broke stride before the start from post four. She was able to regroup for Berube, came first-over and took the lead after the opening quarter mile. She then crushed the field, winning by her largest margin yet, eight and three-quarter lengths in 1:59.4. "She's good for sure," Berube said. "And she can race from either on or off the pace. So, for the moment she races on the lead because I don't have any better horses that can cut the mile for me." While Hurryupatthebeach has beaten most of the other fillies in the field, it will not be a walk in the park on Sunday as she faces Better Now for the first time. Sired by Betterthancheddar, Better Now starts from the second tier in post ten for driver Stephane Brosseau. She has won her last two starts, last week it was a three and one-quarter length triumph in the second round of the Future Stars Series with 2:00 score. The prior start was an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots victory at Grand River Raceway in 1:56.1. She has also been timed in 1:55.2 and 1:56.2 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Trained by Pierre Ouellette, Better Now is co-owned by Ouellette of Joliette with Ecurie Largo, Inc. of Laval. The second filly division is the eighth race and the morning line favorite hails from the stable of Hall of Famer, Yves Filion. Her name is Audi Bayama, a daughter of Sportswriter, bred and owned by Filion's Bayama Farms. In just her first lifetime start she came out with a 2:00.1 triumph with Filion in the sulky and last week was third to Better Now in the Future Stars Series. She starts from post six. Another standout in the field is Majelyca from post four for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Sired by Windfall Blue Chip, Majelyca was soundly defeated last week against Hurryupatthebeach, but prior starts show her winning two-straight, including her record of 2:02.1 taken in the opening round of the series. The colts do battle in the sixth race, also with ten starters and featured is another undefeated two-year-old named D Gs De Vito. This son of Sportswriter is three for three on the season for trainer Guylaine Fortin and breeder/owner Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin. He starts from post three. While not yet showing any leaving ability for driver Jonathan Lachance, D Gs De Vito has been grinding his way to victory, having gone first-over in all three of his wins and overpowering his opponents. His fastest victory has been in last week's second round of the Future Stars with a 2:00.1 triumph. Other contenders include GA Speed Gaby (post two), Guinness Panic (post four) and Sunshine Lou (post ten). Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After the fourth race Tuesday night, management from the Hippodrome 3R and the Quebec Jockey Club, drew the post positions for Sunday's $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers. 1. Eddard Hanover (Stephan Brosseau) 2. Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber) 3. Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philippe Roy) 4. American Wiggle (Louis Philippe Roy) 5. Blood Line (Trevor Henry) 6. Modern Reflection (Louis Philippe Roy) 7. Miso Fast (Daniel Dube) 8. Western Joe (Doug McNair) Trainer Ron Burke has two horses in the Prix D'Ete, Eddard Hanover and Filibuster Hanover and Richard Moreau also has two horses entered, American Wiggle and Modern Reflection. Team Burke and Jimmy Takter (Blood Line) are each seeking their third Prix D'Ete victory in the past five years as these two stables have dominated the race the past four years. Finals odds and driver selections will be done Wednesday morning. There were five divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series Tuesday evening for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. The undefeated Hurryupatthebeach ($2.10) gave everyone a scare at the start of the first race, first division of three for the fillies. The daughter of Up The Credit, driven by Pascal Berube, broke stride at the start of the race from post four. Esprit DeQuipe (Pierre Luc Roy) took the early lead with Majelyca (Marie Claude Auger) grabbing the two-hole seat. But by the opening quarter mile in :28.2, Hurryupatthebeach and Berube came charging back into the race and took the lead away from Esprit Dequipe and the race was all but over at that point. Hurryupatthebeach then led the rest of the one mile race, pulling away from the field and won by eight and three-quarter lengths in 1:59.4. Akita Bayama (Yves Filion) was second with Olis Spirit (Simon Delisle) third. Now five for five, Hurryupatthebeach is trained and co-owned and bred by Pierre Leclerc with Gina Bragagnolo of Louiseville. The fifth race second filly division saw D Gs Fairystars and driver Jonathan Lachance take the early lead away from Black Elektra (Francis Picard) and then wire the field in 2:02.4. Cooking the Speed (Stephane Gendron) had come first-over and mounted a strong challenge on the outside but ended up second by three-quarters of a length. HP Xanadu (Stephane Brosseau) was third. It was the first career victory for D Gs Fairystars, a daughter of Mach Three, trained and co-bred by Guylaine Fortin with Karine Surprenant of St. Paul. She paid $4.70 to win. The eighth race third filly division went to H3R invader Better Now ($4.00) and driver Stephane Brosseau, who took the lead away from Moneymakehersmile (Guy Gagnon) and then held off a first-over challenge in the backstretch by Audi Bayama (Yves Filion) before pulling away for a three-length triumph in 2:00.1. Moneymake was second with Audi Bayama third. It was the second win in four starts for Better Now, a daughter of Betterthancheddar, trained by Pierre Ouellette, owned by Ecurie Largo, Inc. of Laval and Ecurie Pierreir Ouellette of Joliette. Unbeaten D Gs De Vito ($5.10) and driver Jonathan Lachance won the seventh race second division for the colts. They came first-over against pacesetter Angelo Benjo (Pascal Berube) and took control at the three-quarters and then held off a late challenge by Dernier Essai (Pierre Luc Roy) to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.1. It was a lifetime mark for the son of Sportswriter and his third straight win for trainer Guylaine Fortin and breeder/owner Daniel Suprenant of Saint-Valentin. The third race second colt division was an easy wire-to-wire triumph for YS Sunshine ($3.40) and driver Stephane Gendron. They won by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.1. Guinness Panic (Jonathan Lachance) was second with GA Speed Gaby (Pascal Berube) third. It was the second straight win in the series for the gelded son of Sunshine Beach, trained by Michel Allard for breeder/owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. Track Notes: The highest win payoff in the past two years took place in the race when driver Stephane Gendron upset the field from post nine with CK Magic at odds of 77-1, paying $157.20 to win. Requested (Francis Picard) won the 9th race pace in 1:55.3 and continues to be the winningest horse at H3R this season with seven wins. Driver Jonathan Lachance had the hot hands Tuesday, scoring a driving triple. Post Time Sunday for the Prix D'Ete program starts at 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R will be action packed on Tuesday evening with five divisions of the Future Stars Series plus the drawing of post positions for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete that will be held on Sunday, August 19. The draw for the Prix D'Ete will take place in the winner's circle after the fourth race on the program. The Prix D'Ete is the premier race of the season in Quebec and annually features the best four-year-old pacers in North America. Tuesday night is the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers and highlighted on the card are two undefeated youngsters, Hurryupatthebeach and D Gs De Vito. Hurrayupatthebeach starts from post four in the first race on the card and will be driven by Pascal Berube. The daughter of Up The Credit is unbeaten in four starts already for trainer Pierre Leclerc, who bred and co-owns Hurryupatthebeach with Gina Bragagnlo of Louiseville. In her last start at Rideau Carleton, Hurrayupatthebeach took a lifetime mark with a 1:58.2 triumph. She will opening round winner Majeyca (post 1), Olis Spirit (post 5) and Akita Bayama (post 6) The second filly division is the fifth race, headlined by D Gs Fairystars from post five for driver Jonathan Lachance. She goes against Black Elektra (post 1), Cooking The Speed (post 7) and Flower Sena (post 6). The eighth race third filly division features Better Now from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. This son of Betterthancheddar is a newcomer to H3R for trainer Pierre Ouellette and ships to H3R off an impressive 1:59.1 triumph at Grand River Raceway in a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots. Also contenders in the race are Audi Bayama (post 4), Moneymakehersmile (post 5) and Fancy Girl (post 6). The colts compete in two divisions, the first being the third race where YS Sunshine and driver Stephane Gendron are the early favorite from post five. The son of Sunshine Beach won his opening round division with ease in 2:01.1 and has been race timed at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:55.2. His main competition will come from Guinness Panic (post 6), Blackjack Soleil (post 4) and Sunshine Lou (post 2). Unbeaten D Gs De Vito is featured in the seventh race second division from post two for driver Jonathan Lachance. This son of Sportstwriter won his first pari-mutuel start in 2:01.1 and also won an opening round division of the Future Stars Series. "I think he seems to be a little 'fighter'," Said Lachance, "but it is early in his career and he still has a lot to learn about racing." Competition for D Gs De Vito in the race are Sport Emilio BG (post 3), Riot (post 5) and Angelo Benjo (post 6). The eighth race third filly division features Better Now from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. This son of Betterthancheddar is a newcomer to H3R for trainer Pierre Ouellette and ships to H3R off an impressive 1:59.1 triumph at Grand River Raceway in a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots. Also contenders in the race are Audi Bayama (post 4), Moneymakehersmile (post 5) and Fancy Girl (post 6). Post time is 6:30 pm and for a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - There was a notable difference in the race paddock and the grandstand at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday as many horsemen and women and race fans were mourning the loss of popular harness racing driver and trainer, Mario Lachance. Lachance, 57, of Mirabel, died tragically on Saturday. His horse in the first race at H3R, DGs Frozen, was scratched. His son, Jonathan, courageously drove on this day as it is what his father would have wanted. To honor his memory, Jonathan wore his father's race colors at H3R Sunday. Mario Lachance raced most of his career in Quebec. He had 2,138 wins as a driver with purse earnings of more than $14.4 million. He also trained 313 winners with earnings of $2.9 million. Lachance leaves behind his wife Lynda Fortin, along with sons Matthieu and Jonathan, their spouses, grandsons Raphael and Timothe, and father Gilles. A full obituary and arrangements will be posted when available. On the racetrack there were four opening round divisions of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies, each division racing for a purse of $7,500. After the three preliminary rounds of the Future Stars Series are completed, the top eight point earners return for their respective $55,000 finals on Sunday, September 9. In the third race, first division of the Future Stars Series for colts, it was a bitter-sweet victory for driver Jonathan Lachance with D Gs De Vito, who was trained by Jonathan's father, Mario Lachance. The race saw Sport Emilio BG and Francis Picard go right to the early lead with SOS Nostoppinmenow (Stephane Gendron) sitting the pocket season. Then before the half mile, Lachance came first over with the 1/5 race favorite D Gs De Vito and they were able to slip into the two-hole spot by the turn. When the field reached the backstretch, Lachance moved D Gs De Vito first-over against Sport Emilio BG, and those two locked horns past the three-quarters and around the final turn. Then in the stretch, D Gs De Vito was the strong horse and with a last quarter mile in :29, beat Sport Emilio BG by a half-length in 2:03. SOS Nostoppinmenow was third. It was the second straight win for GD Gs De Vito. The unbeaten son of Sportswriter paid $2.50 to win. He was bred and is owned by Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin. In the sixth race second colt division, it was all YS Sunshine. This son of Sunshine Beach from the top mare Bolero Tallia, was bred and is owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. Driven by Stephane Gendron, YS Sunshine led from start to finish, holding the field at bay and drawing off in the stretch to win by three lengths in 2:01.2. Guinness Panic (Jonathan Lachance) was second with Angelo Benjo (Rodney La Framboise) third. YS Sunshine is trained by Michel Allard and paid $2.10 to win as the 1/9 wagering favorite. The first of the filly divisions was the fifth race where undefeated Hurryupatthebeach and driver Pascal Berube led from start to finish, scoring with ease by three and one-half lengths in 2:00. Her 2:00 clocking proved to be the fastest of the four divisions. The pocket-sitting D Gs Fairystarts (Jonathan Lachance) was second with Cooking The Speed (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the third straight win for Hurryupatthebeach and a lifetime mark. The daughter of Up The Credit is trained by Pierre Leclerc, who bred and co-owns the filly with Gina Bragagnolo of Louiseville. She paid $3.80 to win. In the eighth race second division of the Future Stars Series for fillies, it was Majekyca and driver Marie Claude Auger giving the early lead away to HP Xanadu and driver Stephane Brosseau. They raced that way until Auger pulled the ear plugs on Majelyca after the three-quarters and they came after HP Xanadu, collared the leader by the top of the stretch and went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 2:02.1. HP Xanadu was second with Broncos Sena (Pascal Berube) third. Trained by Martine Biron, Majelyca is sired by Windfall Blue Chip. She is owned by Bernard Jutras of Becancour, who co-bred her with Biron. She paid $4.60 to win. Track Notes: Requested ($3.70) won the ninth race pace in 1:56 for driver Francis Picard. It was his sixth win at H3R, making him the winningest horse this season. Both Stephanie Brosseau and Stephane Gendron had driving doubles. Coming up Tuesday evening at H3R is the opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies. Post time is 6:30 pm. There is a free program for Tuesday's race card by visiting www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 21, 2017 - You didn't have to be a Yonkers Raceway "sissy" Friday night (July 21st), but it didn't hurt. HP Sissy (Daniel Dube, $9.90) picked off pace-setting Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) late in the lane, winning the harness racing weekly $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The race became a glorified two-speed number, with Sell a Bit N, from post position No. 2, leaving around the pole-dancing HP Sissy. Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett) landed in a three-hole through early intervals of :27.1 and :56.1. Regil Elektra made a second move toward the 1:24 three-quarters, but Sell a Bit N owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Despite getting away rather cheaply, she could not stall the lass directly behind her. "Sissy" was anything but, ducked inside and winning by a half-length in a life-best 1:52.1. Sell a Bit N easily held second, with Lispatty (George Brennan) third. Regil Elektra and tepid 5-2 choice I Said Diamonds (Matt Kakaley) settled for the smaller envelopes. For fourth choice HP Sissy, a 4-year-old daughter of Up the Credit owned by Claude Hamel and trained by Rene Allard, it was her seventh win in 14 seasonal starts (2-for-2 since hitting town). The exacta paid $46, with the triple returned $119.50. Bartlett, who began the night with 6,997 career victories, went 1-for-11 Friday, so the quest for the next milestone continues upstate at Saratoga Saturday night (July 22nd). YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $2,100 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (July 22nd) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,137.14.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - HP Sissy is the fastest female harness racing horse this season at the Hippodrome 3R and she will be facing the toughest task of her career on Sunday when she takes on six male rivals in the Invitational Pace feature. HP Sissy has just completed a clean sweep of the Quebec-Bred Series for older mares at H3R, winning all three preliminary rounds and then the $30,000 final. She pretty much overpowered the competition with her fastest mile a 1:54.4 clocking for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. The four-year-old daughter of Up The Credit is on a four-race winning streak and has had a week's rest. She starts from post two Sunday for driver Stephane Brosseau. HP Sissy was bred and is co-owned by Claude Hamel with Michel Damphousse. There are no images of top pacing mares like Shady Daisy or Silk Stocking in trainer Jean Tourigny's mind as a comparison to his decision in entering HP Sissy against the boys on Sunday. "You are talking about two world champions," Jean Tourigny smiled, "That might be too big a comparison to HP Sissy. We just wanted to try her for a week or two in this class before we ship her to Yonkers Raceway to race." HP Sissy is listed as the third choice in the 8th race feature where she will be taking on some formidable foes. The toughest will be the top pacer, Half A Billion, who starts from post five for driver Pierre-Luc Roy, the older brother of Louis-Philippe, who had been driving Half A Billion. Half A Billion will be the overwhelming favorite in the race and rightly so. He also made a clean sweep of the older horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series and two weeks ago set the track on fire in the $30,000 final, stopping the teletimer in 1:52.2. That clocking was the all-age record in the Quebec-Series and the fourth fastest mile ever at H3R. The other three miles coming in H3R's signature race, the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete. Half A Billion is a five-year-old gelding by Sportswriter, trained by Francis Richard and is on a four-race winning streak and sports six wins this year for owners Michel & Francois Letarte, Jean Allire and Corey Giles. Half A Billion was purchased two seasons ago and earned $74,000 last year for the new owners. He now has lifetime earnings of $198,597. It was also the first time that co-owner Francois Letarte ever owned a racehorse. How does Jean Touringy see HP Sissy going against Half A Billion? "We will see how she does on Sunday," Touringy said. "She has always shown me good racing ability since I started training her as a youngster. She has a good way about her. She is a good mare and always goes full out whenever she races." Louis-Philippe Roy, who drove both HP Sissy and Half A Billion to victory in their respective $30,000 finals two weeks ago, summed up the classic match-up this Sunday. "HP sissy can leave so fast and then control the race," Roy explained, "That's part of why she is so good on a half mile. As for Half A Billion, he was so strong last week, plugs in, and I think he can go faster if needed. "I would bet the exactor Half A Billion - HP Sissy... straight!" Roy joked. It's not a two-race horse by any means on Sunday. Of the other five contenders, there are two return winners in the field in Whitemountain Nemo and Highpoint Chip. Whitemountain Nemo starts from post four and is on a two-race win streak, the fastest a 1:55.2 score and Highpoint Chip (post seven) comes off a super closing effort two weeks ago in 1:56.3, his fifth win on the year and is the second choice in the morning line. Also entered are Iron Phil (post one), Art Again (post three) and Bali (post six). Track Notes: Many of the horses that lost to Half A Billion in the recent series are at H3R Sunday. Sports Authority takes a big drop in class and heads the first race Sunday. Mach On The Beach also drops in rank and is featured in the 9th race Preferred Pace (post eight), seeking his first win this year in 19 starts. His younger, full brother, Mr Match On Beach and Sugarsam, are both in the fourth race. First race post time is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Sling-shotting to the lead after a torrid early pace, Half A Billion and driver Louis-Philippe Roy re-wrote the Quebec-Bred Series all-age record with an amazing 1:52.2 victory Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The record-setting one mile pace was set in the sixth race, the $30,000 final of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old horses. It was Sports Authority and driver Pierre-Luc Roy who set the fast-early fractions, going to the lead from post three and cutting the mile to the opening quarter in :26.3, then to the half mile marker in :55 with Mr Match On Beach (Stephane Brosseau) sitting in second place and Half A Billion in third. It was at the half that Louis-Philippe Roy pulled on the right line and sent Half A Billion after the race leaders and the five-year-old gelding by Sportswriter responded with a burst of speed, clearing to the lead in the backstretch, opening up at the three-quarters in 1:23.3 and winning by nearly the length of the stretch (16 ½ lengths) over Sports Authority with Mr Match On Beach third. The prior record was held in 2015 by three-time Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Atomic Million AM in 1:52.3. The track record for older geldings is 1:52 set by Rockin Ron last year in the Prix D'Ete. "The thing I wanted most in the race with Half A Billion was fast fractions," Roy said. "It was an ideal mile for my horse. Sports Authority was to be feared, but I knew that my horse would respond the second half and once I asked him (Half A Billion) he just took off. He was perfect today thanks to trainer Richard Francis." For Half A Billion, it made for a clean sweep of the Quebec-Bred Series, his fourth straight win and sixth triumph of the year. He is trained by Francis Richard for owners Michel & Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire and Corey Giles, paying just $2.20 to win as the 1/9 wagering favorite. In the $30,000 final for the pacing mares, it was another clean sweep of the series as HP Sissy and driver Louis-Philippe Roy were once again easy winners by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:55. It was Wanda Bayama and trainer/driver/owner Yves Filion that began the ninth race final, shooting to the early lead and then stinging a first-over HP Sissy to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26.4. But Roy and HP Sissy wanted the lead and they eventually got it. Once on top, HP Sissy cut fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.4, holding the field at bay through to the winner's circle. Wanda Bayama was second with Skyfall Sena (Jocelyn Gendron) third. "I don't think that Yves Filion was trying to park me," Roy said. "They were going fast early fractions all day. Once we got to the lead my mare felt fine as she has done all throughout the series." "What a great race," said breeder and co-owner Claude Hamel, "a beautiful effort that made us so happy, a beautiful drive from Louis Philippe, what more can you ask for?" "I expected to win at least two races today," Roy added, "and it is great that it was these two finals." It was the fourth straight win for the Up The Credit four-year-old mare and her fifth win this year. She is trained by Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel, who co-owns HP Sissy with Michel Damphpusse. She paid $2.80 to win. Track Notes: Driver Francis Picard had the hot hands Sunday, scoring a driving triple. On Tuesday evening the third and final preliminary rounds of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotting mares and horses will take place. Heading the mares is Y S Suzanne while Holiday Party is featured in the older horse division. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The spotlight will be on two top pacers this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R as Half A Billion and HP Sissy are the respective favorites in their $30,000 divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old's. Half A Billion heads the sixth race division for horses and goes for a clean sweep of the series, trying for this fourth straight win and sixth triumph of the year. The five-year-old gelded son of Sportswriter sports the fastest mile by any horse so far at H3R this season. Two weeks ago, he won in a romp by six and one-half lengths in 1:53.1 for H3R's leading driver, Louis-Philippe Roy, who is back in the sulky Sunday with Half A Billion from post five. Trained by Francis Richard, Half A Billion is co-owned by Michael & Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire and Corey Giles. "The horse is in a great shape," said trainer Francis Richard, "and he seems to be even better when you spell him a week, like this year. A race is a race and he is facing some formidable opponents, but he has had the pressure to do well as the favorite before and I will do my best to get him ready on Sunday." In their last match-up, rival Sports Authority (Pierre-Luc Roy, older brother of LPR), was second to Half A Billion, his best effort so far this year in four starts. He starts from post three. The entry of full brothers Mr Match On Beach (post 4) and Mach On The Beach (post six) loom tough competition as well as 13-time winner and series champion last year, HP Patriote (post 2), for driver/trainer Gerard Demers. Also, not to be ignored is Sugarsam (post one), who was the Quebec Series Champion back in 2015. The mares do battle in the ninth race where HP Sissy seeks to make it a clean sweep in her division. She starts from post four and will be driven again by Louis-Philippe Roy. Her last start two weeks ago was her best of the 2017 season, moving to the lead for Roy after the opening quarter mile and then holding the field at bay, winning in 1:54.4. The four-year-old daughter of Up The Credit is trained by Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel, who co-owns her with Michel Damphousse. They race as part of an entry with HP Pandora (post five), who is also bred and owned by Hamel. Hoping for the upset win will be the five-year-old mare, Wanda Bayama, who is bred, owned, trained and driven by Bayama Farm's Hall of Famer, Yves Filion. She starts from post three. Another Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Miss Babe Delight, starts from post seven, but has yet to get on track in 2017, winless in 14 starts. First race post time is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Both Half A Billion and HP Sissy enjoyed the driving services of Louis-Philippe Roy in winning their respective divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. With plenty of sunshine and warmer weather, the track was lightning fast and it showed on the teletimer. Roy and Half A Billion started off the show in the 5th race Quebec-Bred Series third leg for four and five-year-old pacing horses. It was Mach On The Beach and driver Pascal Berube first to the show from the rail with Sports Authority (Pierre-Luc Roy) leaving and getting the two-hole tuck to the opening quarter mile in :28. But that lead was soon gone as Roy wasted little time moving first-over with Half A Billion, taking the lead at the half mile marker in :56.3, then holding the field at bay to the three-quarters in 1:24.4. He then opened it up in the stretch, winning with ease by six and one-half open lengths in 1:53.1. Sports Authority was able to come on for second place with Mach On The Beach third. Sent off as the overwhelming favorite, Half A Billion paid $2.70 to win. It was the third straight win and fourth victory on the year for the five-year-old gelding by Sportswriter. He is trained by Francis Richard for co-owners Michel & Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire and Corey Giles. His time of 1:53.1 was his fastest win ever on a half mile track and the fastest mile of the season at H3R. It was nearly a repeat performance for Roy in the 8th race mare's division of the Quebec-Bred Series. HP Pandora and driver Stephane Brosseau went out to the early lead with stablemate HP Sissy stalking on the outside and then shooting to the lead in a speedy opening quarter mile in :27. HP Sissy and Roy were then content to lead the field to the half mile in :55.4 and then in the backstretch, Roy kicked out the ear plugs and HP Sissy started to open up on the field to the three-quarters in 1:25.1 and won with ease in 1:54.4 by one and three-quarter lengths. Wanda Bayama (Yves Filion) was a game second with Art De Gagnee (Pierre-Luc Roy) third. The time of the mile was just three fifths of a second off of the track record of 1:54.1 for older mares held by My Tallia Ideal in 2015. It was the third straight win and fourth triumph this year for HP Sissy. The four-year-old daughter of Up The Credit is trained by Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel, who owns the mare with Michel Damphousse. Now the top eight money winners in the series will return on Sunday, June 11 for the $30,000 Quebec-Series Finales for the mares and horses. For Louis-Philippe Roy, it was not a track record setting day for dash wins like two weeks ago, but he still scored three winners on the afternoon to lead all drivers on the day and retain his lead in the driver's standings. TRACK NOTES: For the second straight week, driver Jocelyn Gendron has brought in the highest priced winner of the season. Last week it was Northern Trophy paying $69.10. Sunday Gendron scored in the 2nd race pace with 34-1 Whitemountainheart, who paid $70.80 to win. Driver Stephane Gendron had two winners on the program, including the 9th race Invitational Pace with Ufdragons Rocket and is now only two wins away from scoring his 4,000th career victory. H3R begins night live racing this Tuesday, May 30 with first race post time at 7:00 pm. The first night program is headlined by the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. There are two divisions headlined by track record holder and prior champions Wildwild Men, Seeyou Men, Holiday Party and in the mare's division, Y S Suzanne, SOS Revange and Y A Jailhouse Jody. Next Sunday, June 4, is the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament at H3R featuring last year's inaugural winner, Jody Jamieson, Hall of Famer David Miller, H3R's leading driver this and last season, Louis-Philippe Roy, Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion, Stephane Bouchard and Scott Zeron, all competing in eight tournament races. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Both Half A Billion and HP Sissy established themselves as the "horses to beat" with repeat victories in the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers. Half A Billion was the fastest of the two series winners as trainer/driver Francis Picard worked out strong cover for his horse against the entry of the two full brothers, Mach On The Beach (Pascal Berube) and Mr Match On Beach (Stephane Brosseau). Mach On The Beach and Berube had cut the mile with Mr Match On The Beach sitting the pocket trip as HP Patriote and driver Guy Gagnon tried in vain to get to the front, giving Half A Billion live cover until the backstretch. It was then that Picard sent Half A Billion around HP Patriote and went after the race leaders, collaring Mach On The Beach around the final turn and then going on to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:57, the fastest mile on the afternoon card. Mr Match On Beach was second with Mach On The Beach third. It was the second straight win and fourth triumph on the year for Half A Billion. Owned by Michel & Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire and Corey Giles, it was the five-year-old gelded son of Sportswriters fourth win on the year. He paid $4.00 as the even money favorite. HP Sissy soundly defeated nine rivals in the second round of the series. With Guy Gagnon in the sulky, HP Sissy left from post three in the sixth race co-feature and was able to outkick Skyfall Sena (Jocelyn Gendron) to the opening quarter mile and never looked back. Holding the field at bay the rest of the one mile race, Gagnon and HP Sissy pulled away from the field around the final turn, winning with ease by five and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.2. The pocket-sitting Skyfall Sena held for second place with HP Mercedes (Richard Simard) third. It was the second straight win and third triumph of the season for HP Sissy. The four-year-old mare by Up The Credit is trained by Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel, who co-owns the mare with Michel Damphousse. She paid $3.80 to win. There is one more week of preliminary competition before the top eight money winners in each division compete in their respective $30,000 finals on June 11. Code Word won for the second straight week as driver Maxime Gaudreault gave the 10th race Invitational Pace, scoring an upset at 13-1 and paying $28.00 to win. TRACK NOTES: Driver Jocelyn Gendron brought in the highest payoff of the season as he won the seventh race pace with Northern Trophy at odds of 33-1. Taking the lead after the opening quarter mile, Gendron would not give way to 1/5 race favorite Hard Rock, putting them away in the backstretch. Northern Trophy paid $69.10 to win. Gendron, along with Guy Gagnon and Francis Picard, all scored driving doubles on the program. Trainers Francis Richard and Charles Gaudreault also had training doubles. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Neither rain nor a sloppy track with a five second allowance could put a damper on harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy's 2017 return to the Hippodrome 3R Sunday as he scored a track record eight winners on the card, including the first four races on the program. Roy, the 2016 Future Star O'Brien Award Winner and the leading driver at both H3R and Rideau Carlton last year, now calls Toronto home as he has been competing this year at Woodbine Racecourse and Mohawk Raceway and is currently the second leading dash winning and money winning driver in all of Canada. Roy started off the day scoring an upset win in the very first race with Restless Hanover, paying $15.70 to win. He then completed the Daily Double in the second race with race favorite Trys Little Prince, leading from start to finish, paying $4.50 to win. In the third race Roy was able to get live cover second-over with Surveillance ($5.20), tipping three-wide on the final turn and gunning down race favorite R Rkadabra for the victory. Then in the fourth race, an opening round division of the $100,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacing mares, it was Louis-Philippe Roy once again, this time with race favorite HP Sissy. Skyfall Sena (Jocelyn Gendron) was the first on the lead but right after the opening quarter mile, driver Stephane Brosseau had HP Pandora on the move and in command. They lead past the half mile marker and into the backstretch. It was then that stablemate entry, HP Sissy, and Roy began grinding it out first-over and they were able to wear down the pacesetter on the final turn and sprint home a winner by three-quarters of a length. HP Pandora held for second with Skyfall Sena third. Trained by Jean Tourigny, HP Sissy is a four-year-old mare by Up The Credit, bred and co-owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff with Michel Damphousse of Louisville. She paid just $2.80 to win. Last year HP Sissy was the three-year-old filly champion in Quebec. The only reason that Roy did not win the fifth race, was because he did not have a horse to drive in the race. It was one of two races he was not listed to compete in Sunday. Roy returned to the winner's circle for the fifth time in his first six drives in the 7th race division of the $100,000 Quebec-Bred Series for horses, overpowering the field in the backstretch with favorite Half A Billion in 2:00.3, the fastest mile on the 13-race card. Leaving from the outside in post seven, Roy could not make it to the top and took back with Half A Billion as Mr Match On Beach (Stephane Brosseau) led the field with Sports Authority (Pierre-Luc Roy) in second place at the opening quarter mile. Then by the half mile, Roy came back out with Half A Billion and started grinding it out first-over on the sloppy track. They were not only able to collar Mr Match On Beach in the backstretch, but pass them by before the three-quarter mile marker and then pulled away in the stretch to win in a romp by six lengths. Mach On The Beach (Pascale Berube) was second with stablemate entry Mr Match On Beach third. Trained by Francis Richard for co-owners Michel & Francois Letarte and Jean Allaire and Corey Giles, it was the third win this year for Half A Billion. The five-year-old gelding is sired by Sportswriter and after today's victory, is still $499,645,884 away from earning his name. He paid $3.10 to win. Roy was not done yet as in the ninth race he was driving the race favorite, Code Word, who broke stride after the start of the race over the sloppy track, then came back with a bold three-wide move in the backstretch, was hung three-wide through the final turn and kept on coming on to win the race, paying $2.90 to win for trainer Charles Gaudreault. The day was not over yet for Roy, as he won #7 in the 12th race with Quint Largo ($6.50) for trainer Pierre Ouellette, Jr. over race favorite Marc Hanover. With his seventh win on the day, Roy tied Yannick Gringas (2014) for the most wins ever at H3R on a single race program and then proceeded to break the record in the 13th and final race of the day. Driving the 1/5 favorite, Royal Kee Wee N, Roy took no changes, moving three-wide at the half mile marker, getting parked out around the turn and then clearing to the lead before the three-quarters and drawing away in the stretch for the triumph. TRACK NOTES: Driver Stephane Gendron won the 8th race Preferred Trot for the second straight week with Caroluzzo ($6.80), who led from start to finish. He also drove Updragons Rocket ($3.90) to victory in the Preferred Pace. Gendron is now just five wins away from his 4,000th career victory. Jamigo is the winningest horse so far at H3R this season, posting his third win in four starts on Sunday for driver/trainer Daniel LaFlamme in the tenth race trot. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

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