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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 27, 2016 - Until last week, most racing fans in Quebec never heard of a two-year-old pacing colt by the name of Makasi. Now he's the talk of the province and rightly so. After becoming the fastest two-year-old pacing colt in the history of the Hippodrome 3R, Makasi returns to 3R Sunday to compete in the fourth and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series. Once Sunday's final round is complete, the top eight point earners in the series will return on Sunday, September 4 in the $55,000 finals for each division by gait and gender. Also that day will be the four $65,000 finals of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers and trotters. Makasi, who was winless in the first two starts of his young career, really wowed them at 3R last Sunday. Trained by Helene Fillion for owner/breeder Tony Infilise of Hudson Standardbred Stable, Inc. of Hudson, QC, Makasi was being driven by none other than Yannick Gingras, who was at 3R for the Prix D'Ete Day. Gingras sent the son of Shanghai Phil after the early lead, clearing to the front at the opening quarter mile and then they never looked back, opening up by the top of the stretch and with a :28.2 final quarter mile, winning in a romp by seven open lengths in 1:55.2. That clocking was a full second off of the previous track record. Infilise, no stranger in harness racing as the owner of top pacers including the great three-year-old, Sunshine Beach and Makasi's sire, Shanghai Phil, may have another champion in Makasi. "I purchased her dam, Hazel (by The Panderosa) for $25,000 in Lexington," Infilise, the former president of the Quebec Jockey Club said. "She raced in the Grand Circuit at age 2 in the She's A Great Lady, Champlain Stake, Robert Stewart, Bluegrass, getting checks but no wins other than some Quebec stakes. She did make over $100,000 with a record of 1:53.1. "Hazel has thrown some very talented foals," Infilise added, "but some had either bad luck or specific issues, but they did have speed and were great gaited. I thought that Shanghai Phil crossed well with Western Hanover line mares so I bred her back and got Makasi. "Mark Steacy trained him down early," Infilise explained, "and he looked decent, but it was only when he qualified that we saw something special in the way he just wanted to go and he came home in that race in :26.2 without any urging in his first and only qualifier. "I expected him (Makasi) to do well (at 3R) based on what he showed in his two Gold Cup appearances at Mohawk," Infilise said, "but didn't expect a track record last Sunday, but nevertheless I was very proud as the breeder and owner. And where did the name Makasi come from? "I actually named him after a sailboat belonging to a good friend," Infilise said. "It is Swahili meaning tough, hard, strong, resilient." Now Makasi will be put to the test in the eighth race Sunday against nine rivals and starts from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau, who has never driven the colt before. His competition will hope to keep up this time as Wildriverbumblebee (post eight) put in a valiant effort last week for driver Louis-Philippe Roy, coming first-over and gaining within a half-length on the leader at the three-quarters before fading. Other hopefuls in the race are Yogi Bayama (post eight), who won last week at 3R in 1:59.1, C L Sportsaction (post 3) and Mach Déjà vu (post six). "I would prefer him to race from off the pace this week," Infilise explained, "as he is still very green and we don't want to instill bad habits. The field is both larger and tougher but that shouldn't be a problem for driver Stéphane Brosseau. Our objective is to give him a chance to win and qualify for the final on September 4th. I'm very pleased to have bred and own him. He looks like his sire and is about the same size as Shanghai Phil at age two." The pacing fillies do battle in two divisions Sunday. The fourth race first division is headed by Chaleurs Melodie from post six for trainer Carl Duguay and driver Daniel Dube. The Omar Khayam daughter posted her maiden victory last week at 3R in capturing her division of the Future Stars Series, wiring the field in 2:00. She takes on Vee Breeze (post five), Shanghai Lady (post four) and HP Celina Shadow (post seven). The sixth race second division features the second track record holder this season in Yaris Bayama from post two for trainer/driver Yves Filion. This daughter of Sportswriter has been sensational this season with three wins in just five lifetime starts for the Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, who bred and own her. Not only did Yaris Bayama take the lead after the opening quarter mile and wiring the field, she won with ease by two and one-half lengths in 1:56.4, making her the fastest two-year-old pacing filly in 3R history. Prior to that she won a $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best 1:52.4, that combined with last week's track record mile, makes her the overwhelming favorite on Sunday. Her rivals include Queen Elsa (post five), who was second last week to Yaris Bayama for owner and breeder Daniel Dube and Kinnderuntouchable (post one), who was third in that race. Post time is 1:30 pm Sunday. For a free race program and live video feed of the race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 23, 2016 - After the big Prix D'Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, live racing continues tonight with more stakes action. The fourth and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old colt and filly trotters takes place. After Tuesday's two divisions, the top eight point earners for each gender will return for the Super Sunday Finals on September 4. That day there will be four $55,000 finals for the two-year-olds and four $65,000 finals for the three-year-olds. Kinnder Dangerous is the horse to beat in the colt division. With Real Lucky Day not in the box, Kinnder Dangerous headlines the field with one win and two second place finishes. The gelded son of Northern Escort starts from post three for driver Justin Filion and trainer Denitza Petrova and should have it easy against only three rivals in the non-wagering race that will take place at 6:45 pm before the first race. The fillies do battle between the 5th and 6th races. Joyce Lavec looms the strong horse, having won two of her three starts this season, both in the Future Stars series. She starts from post five for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Dany Fontaine and goes against rivals Taurus P V (post 2) and Muscle Do (post one). PRIX D'ETE NOTES: Sunday's Prix D'Ete, despite the rain later in the day, was a big success according to 3R General Manager, Vincent Trudel. "Whenever we can get 5,000 people to come out to the track," Trudel said, "it is a great day. Having Hall of Famer Benoit Cote as our special Grand Marshal of the Prix D'Ete was so good. So many fans greeted him and wanted to shake his hand. And even with the rain, what a excellent Prix D'Ete race it was. Rockin Ron and Wiggle It Jiggleit gave the fans a super race. I am so pleased that the Teague Stable brought their world champion to Quebec for all the race fans to see." For driver Yannick Gingras, the home coming brought him his second Prix D'Ete win with Rockin Ron. He also won the Prix D'Ete in 2014 with Sunfire Blue Chip. There is no doubt that if it did not rain that the all-age track record of 1:50.3 would have been broken. The race time of 1:52 by Rockin Ron over the sloppy track was still a track record for four-year-old geldings. Wiggle It Jiggleit's trainer, Clyde Frances, gave 3R management a pair of the world champions horse shoes that will be given away in a special drawing on Super Sunday, September 4. Despite his loss in the Prix D'Ete, Wiggle It Jiggleit still remains #1 in the North American Top Ten Poll. Track management at 3R went game on the wagering for the Prix D'Ete despite the five-horse field with win wagering only, exacta and trifecta betting. Rockin Ron paying $30.40 to win was higher than the trifecta payoff of $30.20 while the exacta paid a generous $16.30. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - They race horses for a reason and that was very evident Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R as 14-1 Rockin Ron was able to defeat the 1/9 overwhelming favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit (WIJI) in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers. It took a herculean effort by Rockin Ron and driver Yannick Gingras over a sloppy, rain-soaked track to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague, covering the one-mile race in 1:52. The 10th race feature saw Gringras, the sports leading money winning driver and a native of Quebec, fly to the early lead from post five to take control with WIJI content to sit in the two-hole going to the opening quarter mile in :27. They raced Indian-style to the half mile marker in a mild :56.3 and that was when the action heated up for the nearly 5,000 race fans that came to 3R to see the World Champion WIJI perform despite the rain. As they started down the backstretch, Teague came after Rockin Ron with WIJI and those two pulled away from the field, racing neck and neck, stride for stride to the three-quarters in 1:26 and then around the final turn. As they straighten out for the stretch drive, it seemed that everyone held their breath to see if WIJI could come back and win again as he has done so often in his career, but it was not to happen today. Coming to the wire, Gringras knew he and Rockin Ron would be victorious and did a fist-pump in triumph as they came to the finish, winning by one and one-half lengths. Rockin In Heaven (Jody Jamieson) was third with Rock N Roll World (Daniel Dube) fourth and ASAP Hanover (Louis-Philippe Roy) fifth. "Obviously Wiggle It Jiggleit was the best horse in the race," Gringas said. "Everyone knew that but we got a little advantage when I was able to get right to the lead and control the race. "I knew it was the only way I could win the race if they came first-over," Gringras explained, "If they had sat behind me maybe they could have beaten us, but I was backing it down and forced his hand. I knew the only way I could beat him was to get him to come first-over." Sired by Real Desire, Rockin Ron is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and the RTC Stables, Inc. of Canonsburg, PA. Rockin Ron paid $30.40 to win. Rockin Ron, who earlier this season was undefeated at 10 straight wins, picked the perfect time for win number 11 in the Prix D'Ete. His last week was also in defeating WIJI in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. He now sports 11 wins and C$424,000 in earnings this season. It is the second straight year that the Burke Stable has won the Prix D'Ete, scoring last year with All Bets Off. "Yannick drove Rockin Ron has perfect as he could," said trainer Mickey Burke. "WIJI pulled and tried to come after him and those two put on a hellva show. I'm glad it worked out the way it did and the great crowd here got to see a heck of a race." Burke did not know what racing plans were in store for Rockin Ron. Rockin Ron's time of 1:52 over the sloppy track was the third fastest mile in the history of 3R behind the last two Prix D'Ete's that were won in 1:50.3 by Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). TRACK NOTES: The Hippodrome 3R trackman, Sylvain Blais did a superb job with the racing surface Sunday as despite the rain, two tracks records were set early on the program before the downpours and seven of the winners on the day recorded lifetime marks. Both track records came in the third round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. Yannick Gingras scored his first of three winners on the day in the third race Future Stars division for colts. He sent Makasi to the lead by the opening quarter mile and never looked back, scoring in 1:55.2 in his maiden victory. Trained by Helene Fillion for owner/breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC, Makasi is sired by Shanghai Phil and paid $2.40 to win. The previous track mark was set 23 years ago by Canaco Score (1993) and was tied by Hall Bro in 2013. It was the longest standing record at 3R. Then in the next division for pacing fillies, Canada's newest hall of famer, Yves Filion, also led from the quarter mile to the finish with Yaris Bayama in 1:56.4. The daughter of Sportswriter, trained by Yves and owned and bred by Filion's Bayama Farms, has been razor sharp all season. It was Yaris Bayama's third win in five starts and last week she had won the C$105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Her clocking erased the prior record of 1:57.3 held by HP Sissy in 2015. Yaris Bayama paid just $2.10 to win. The other colt division was won also won by Filion with Yogi Bayama ($2.10) in 1:59.1 and the filly division went to Carl Duguay's Chaleurs Melodie ($6.70), driven to victory by Daniel Dube in 2:00. Live racing resumes at 3R on Tuesday evening, first race post time at 7:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Southwind Frank turned the tables on rival Marion Marauder (Muscle Hill), winning Saturday's $500,000 Colonial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, for harness racing 3-year-old trotters by a half-length in 1:52.4. Bar Hopping (Muscle Hill) finished third and Sutton was fourth. Marion Marauder got the better of Southwind Frank in the Aug. 6 Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, beating him by a nose, but this time the winner's circle trip went to Southwind Frank. In the Colonial, Sutton took the lead as the field left the gate, with Southwind Frank second as they reached the opening quarter in :27.1. Yannick Gingras moved Southwind Frank, the 6-5 favorite, to the front exiting the first turn and led the field to the half in :56.4. By then, the 8-5 Marion Marauder and driver Scott Zeron already were on the move first up, but were unable to get past Southwind Frank. The time to three-quarters was 1:24.3. "I was glad to be inside on the (first) turn and save a little ground," said Gingras, driving Southwind Frank for trainer Ron Burke. "I wanted to control the race, so I moved to the lead. I got some decent fractions and that definitely didn't hurt. "At the half, when (Marion Marauder) came, I would have liked to had him a little further away than first over. But I kicked the plugs on my horse on the backstretch and in the last turn he felt pretty strong trot-wise. In the stretch, there were no anxious moments. It was half a length, but it was a measured half a length." Despite the victory, Gingras thought Southwind Frank was not at his best. "He was better (tonight); I don't know about much better," Gingras said. "I think he's a better horse than this even. I just believe in this horse so much and I don't think we've seen the best of Southwind Frank. That just goes to show you how dominant of a horse he is. He still gets the job done." Southwind Frank has won six of nine races this year and earned $910,023. For his career, the son of Muscle Hill-Flawless Lindy has won 17 of 21 starts and banked $1.69 million. The colt is owned by the Southwind Frank Partners. Southwind Frank With three different leaders in the last 50 yards of the $200,000 Consolation I, it wasn't until the shadow of the wire until the Yankee Glide colt Lagerfeld finally took final control to win by a neck over Iron Mine Bucky in 1:53.2, a personal best, with Hollywood Highway just another half-length back in third. Iron Mine Bucky was out to the entire :27.4 quarter to get the lead, then hung early challenger Dominion Beach through fast middle splits of :55.2 and 1:23.3, with Hollywood Highway and Lagerfeld racing two-three along the inside behind the duel, moving inside and outside, respectively, for the stretch drive. Hollywood Highway surged to the lead midstretch but couldn't sustain his bid, with Iron Mine Bucky fighting back to the front, but Yannick Gingras had enough trotter in the last strides to earn the triumph. Lagerfeld, who won the 2015 PA Sire Stakes championship and a 9-2 proposition here, is trained by Jimmy Takter, and with this win he topped the half-million dollar mark career-wise, with his total now at $522,443 for the ownership of Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. Mavens Way surged past stablemate Double L Lindy in the final strides to win the $100,000 Consolation II by a neck in 1:54.1. Lima Cadillac was third. Driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt, Mavens Way won for the second time in seven races this year and pushed his seasonal earnings to $93,447. The colt is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., Mal and Janet Burroughs, T L P Stable and Esa Hietakangas. The son of Muscle Hill-Doris Deo has won three of 16 lifetime starts and earned $141,724. Mavens Way, the 9-5 favorite, was sixth in the first half of the race as Lima Cadillac took the field to the marker in :56.4. Mavens Way worked his way to the front heading around the last turn, but went wide and hung in the stretch, allowing Double L Lindy to take the lead on the inside. Mavens Way's late burst, though, secured the victory. PHHA/Pocono also contributed to this report Ken Weingartner

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 20, 2016 - Without the other "Big Three" to contend with this weekend, Wiggle It Jiggleit could very well have an easy time Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R.ham Racing fans throughout Quebec will have the rare chance to see this world champion performer in their backyard. The Prix D'Ete is just for four-year-old pacers and Team Teague is taking full advantage of the opportunity for what many consider to be an easy payday. Just don't try and tell that to the other four contenders in the race. Wiggle It Jiggleit comes into the Prix D'Ete off a dramatic comeback victory in the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park where he defeated rivals Always B Miki, All Bets Off, Shamballa and Freaky Feet Pete. None of those rivals are in the race on Sunday. The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year is the current money winner leader in 2016 with more than $1 million bankrolled this season. He sports 11 wins in 17 starts, four seconds and two third place finishes, thus he has never finished off the board this season. Owned by George Teague, Jr. and the Teague Racing Partnership of Delaware, WIJI starts from the rail on Sunday in the 10th race feature with George Teague's son, Montrell, handling the lines as he has done all season long. Most figure that WIJI, a son of Mr. Wiggles, will go off at odds of 1-9 and rightly so off his past performances and uncanny ability to dig in when most horses would back off. "What I am most pleased about him right now," said owner George Teague, Jr. "Is that he has settled down into a groove and is relaxed more when he races. It took a few starts but I think he is at his best now and last week really showed it." "He (WIJI) arrived in good shape," said trainer Clyde Francis. "It took us around 12 hours to get to Quebec (I got a little lost finding the training center outside of Montreal) but once we arrived, WIJI was feeling pretty good. He ate up all his feed and this morning I jogged him and he was ready to go a mile. He will be in top shape for tomorrow." Is WIHI a sure bet? Perhaps, but then again, the other four rivals in the short field cannot read a program. Rival Rockin Ron from post five, beat WIJI back on May 15 in the Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs. At that time the son of Real Desire was undefeated in ten starts this season. Trained by Ron Burke and part of an entry in the race with Rock N Roll World, Rockin Ron starts from post five. The gelded son of Real Desire has yet to win a race since beating WIJI, but still has earned $324,000 this season and was fourth to WIJI in a leg and the final of the Graduate Series. "There are not many horses that can beat Rockin Ron out of the starting gate," said his driver, Yannick Gingras. "Starting from post five I plan on leaving hard and seeing how it develops. I really want to be on the lead early. With a five-horse field strategy is the key and I think the race will be won or lost by position by the opening quarter mile. Stablemate Rock N Roll World goes from post four for driver Daniel Dube. Dube is a native of Trois-Rivieres and Gringras also grew up in Sorel, Quebec. Both are world class drivers and will have the home town crowd rooting them on. Rock N Roll World is sired by Rocknroll Hanover and just pasted the $100,000 mark in earnings this season with just two wins. He was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Final, pacing his mile in 1:48, so he is also a contender in this race. In peak form coming into the Prix D'Ete is Rockin In Heaven from post three for driver Jody Jamieson. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven is trained by Dr. Ian Moore and in his last two starts at Mohawk Raceway he was victorious in 1:50.4 and 1:51.2. He has $105,000 in earnings this year. "He (Rockin In Heaven) has picked the perfect time to come into form," said Jamieson. "He won his last two starts both on the front end and from behind and we did not enter this race to go for second place money. If he feels good enough behind the gate, we might leave and see how the race goes early on, but WIGI or not, we came here to win it." The long shot of sorts in the field is ASAP Hanover. This son of Somebeachsomewhere drew post two in the Prix D'Ete for local driving sensation Louis-Philippe Roy, made only one start at age 3 and has but two wins this year, one of them coming three starts back at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best clocking of 1:50.2. He is trained by Sean Mehlenbacher of Ontario, who decided to take a chance with young driver Louis-Philippe Roy. "I had read some stories of how Roy was driving very well at 3R and Rideau Carlton," Mehlenbacher explained, "but last week he impressed me a lot with his win in the Gold Cup & Saucer and I like having the leading driver at a track drive my horses. "We did not come all the way from Ontario to race for fifth place money," Mehlenbacher said. "I was real pleased my horse drew post two and despite finishing 10th last week as he was never able to get into the race, he is feeling good and I think he will be heard from on Sunday." The Hippodrome 3R track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, sees the short field capable of breaking the all-age track record of 1:50.3 that is co-held by Prix D'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). "I think the forecast for rain will hold off until after the races Sunday afternoon," Lafontaine said. "And with a fast track and a rich purse, they will be flying around the 3R oval and will break the track record. I predict it will be Wiggle It Jiggleit by a nose over Rockin In in 1:49.2." TRACK NOTES: There are four divisions, two for colts and two for fillies, of the third leg of the Future Stars Series for pacers on the Sunday program. Standouts include Makasi (race 3) for driver Yannick Gingras, who despite being winless in two starts, was race timed at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52.3 and 1:53.4. He takes on Wildriverbumblebee, who in his last start won a leg of the series at 3R in 1:57.4. The fourth race for fillies features Yaris Bayama for trainer Yves Filion. She will be driven by Yves son, Sylvan Filion, and last week won the $105,000 final of the Grassroots Series at Mohawk in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Most simulcasting outlets and ADW's will be carrying the 3R race program Sunday with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For a free race program for Sunday, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club          

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It might be a short field with just five horses going to post Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, but the drivers coming to compete are some of the best in all of harness racing. Yannick Gingras leads the pack as the top money winning driver in the world this season and the last few years. The Quebec native not only will drive Rockin Ron in the Prix D'Ete, but is also driving in other races on the program and won the first revival of the Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014, setting the Canadian track record with a 1:50.3 triumph. "It's definitely great coming home to Quebec," Yannick Gingras said. "I will get to see my family and friends again and that is always good. As for racing Rockin Ron against Wiggle It Jiggleit, earlier this season Rockin Ron was 10 for 10 and beat WIJI in the Confederation Cup so maybe we can do it again Sunday!" Local driving sensation, Louis-Philippe Roy, is have a breakthrough year as he is the leading driver at the Hippodrome 3R and is in second place at Rideau Carlton. In addition, he recently won an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division and last week won an elimination division for the Gold Cup and Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park and will be in the final Saturday night on Prince Edward Island and then fly right back to race at 3R. "I'm very happy to get a drive in the Prix D'Ete." Roy said. "Two weeks ago I never thought I was going to drive in both the Gold Cup and Saucer on Saturday and the Prix D'ete on Sunday. I'm so grateful to the trainers and owners that have given me these opportunities. "For sure the Prix D'Ete will be the biggest purse I have ever raced for," Roy added. "From what I remember the biggest purses I had ever raced in was last year in the Quebec Series Finals for $65,000. This is going to be so great." Montrell Teague is making his first journey to Quebec and the Hippodrome 3R. He was the 2015 USHWA Dan Patch Rising Star Award winner for his superb efforts last season with Wiggle It Jiggleit. "I usually have to adapt as it seems we go to a different track every week." Teague said. "I usually watch a couple of races before mine and see how they do their post parades, where all the poles are, and see where the car picks the horses up and lets them go. "Each track I race at has different times to be on the track before we race," Teague said. "So I try and stay within the pack just to make sure I do not stray too far away. I usually go a slow trip with him just to show him what size track he's on so he knows what to do. He's always smart enough to pick it up. "He's feeling good and trained great Wednesday." Montrell added. "He seems ready to roll and what a great drawing horse he is. I'm always happy to get the rail in a small field like this. I'm looking forward to coming to Quebec and meeting more harness racing fans." Jody Jamieson is no longer a stranger to the Hippodrome 3R. He is coming to 3R from the WEG circuit in Ontario and is one of the top drivers in the sport. He drove in the Prix D'Ete last year and has captured two driving tournaments at 3R, most recently on June 5, against all an-star field that featured John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gringras, Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion. He drives Rockin In Heaven from post three, who ships in from Mohawk Raceway where he has won his last two starts, the fastest in 1:50.4. "Anytime I can come back to 3R it's something I look forward to!" Jamieson said. "If there is ever a moment when Rockin In Heaven could beat WIJI in a race, it will be this Sunday at 3R. He's sharp and I'm hoping he can come up big." Last, but not least, is driver Daniel Dube, a native of Trois-Rivieres, who knows the 3R track like the back of his hand. In anticipation of his arrival, trainers and owners at 3R have put him up to drive in ten of the twelve races on the program Sunday. He will have his work cut out for him driving Rock N Roll World, who was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Series Final at the Meadowlands. "I always look forward to coming back to Trois-Rivieres," Dube said. "It was my home and I have so many family and friends to see and will be cheering for me. I will be at my best with Rock N Roll World and maybe I can work a trip and take home the Prix D'Ete trophy this year!" In addition to the Prix D'ete race, the Sunday program has four divisions of the third round in the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. This series has drawn another Quebec native, Sylvain Filion, the leading dash leader and top money winning driver at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario and the reigning champion in 2015. Filion will be driving for his father, Yves Filion, who was just inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Other top drivers on the card this Sunday will be Pascal Berube, Gaetan Lamy, Mario Charron and Stephane Brosseau. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, headlines a short field of five pacers that will do battle Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. Currently ranked #1 in the North American Top Ten Poll and the richest harness horse of the 2016 season with earnings of $1,016,927 (US), Wiggle It Jiggleit, drew post one in the Prix D’Ete. Once the richest and most prestigious race in all of Canada, the Prix D’Ete was dropped from competition in 1992 and was then revived by the Quebec Jockey Club at the Hippodrome 3R two years ago. Prior winners of the Prix D’Ete before coming to 3R included world champion performers Niatross (1980), Cam Fella (1982), Strike Out (1979), Beach Towel (1990), Armbro Emerson (1986) and Romulus Hanover (1972) to name a few. As the Prix D’Ete was an open event in the past, it is now restricted to just four-year-olds. The race was captured by Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014 and by All Bets Off in 2015. Both horses won in identical times of 1:50.3, which was the fastest miles ever in Canada for four-year-old pacers on a half mile track. “It will be very special this year to all the harness racing fans in Quebec to be able to come and see the Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, compete at the Hippodrome 3R,” said Vincent Trudel, general manager at 3R. “To have a world champion in this race is what made the Prix D’Ete so special many years ago and is now happening again this Sunday. It will be very prestigious for our racing program to feature such a great horse.” The post-position draw is as follows: 1 - Wiggle It Jiggleit - Trainer Clyde Francis - Driver Montrell Teague 2 - ASAP Hanover - Trainer Sean Mehlenbacher - Driver Louis-Philippe Roy 3 - Rockin In Heaven - Trainer Dr Ian Moore - Driver Jody Jamieson 4 - Rock N Roll World - Trainer Ron Burke - Driver Daniel Dube 5 - Rockin Ron - Trainer Ron Burke - Driver Yannick Gingras Wiggle It Jiggleit comes into the race with 11 wins in 17 starts and lifetime earnings of $3.2 million. Last week he captured the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in 1:49.1, last quarter mile in an amazing :26 in defeating rivals Always B Miki, All Bets Off and Shamballa. “The draw worked out great again,” George Teague, owner of Wiggle It Jiggleit said. “We can’t wait to come up to Quebec this weekend. Wiggle It Jiggleit is feeling great and from what I hear he will really like racing over 3R’s oval. It will also be special to show him off to the race fans in Quebec.” Rockin Ron hails from the Ron Burke Stable and comes into the race sporting 10 wins in 18 starts, a record of 1:50.1 and earnings this year of nearly $300,000. His stablemate, Rock N Roll World, sports two wins and earnings of nearly $100,000 this season. Rockin In Heaven comes into the Prix D’Ete for trainer Dr. Ian Moore, off an impressive 1:51.2 victory at Mohawk Raceway for driver Jody Jamison. He has three wins and $84,000 won this year. ASAP Hanover has been first, second or third in eight of his 12 starts this year for trainer Sean Mehlenbacker and has a record this season of 1:50.2. Post time Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R on Prix D’Ete Day is 1:30 pm. For more information, visit  From the Quebec Jockey Club

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 16, 2016 -- The potent harness racing team of Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter flexed its muscles Tuesday at The Meadows, sweeping three divisions of the Hickory Smoke, a $163,309 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The pair triumphed with Love Matters, Jimmy William and Reigning Moni. The victory by Love Matters probably was the most significant as he's headed for Saturday's Colonial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and will enter that $500,000 event off a sharp performance. Love Matters and Gingras were on top at the quarter when they released Cufflink Hanover and settled into the pocket behind him. "I thought it was a two-horse race," Gingras said. "There was no point getting into each other (at that point)." Love Matters kicked by Cufflink Hanover in the Lightning Lane and downed him by 2-1/4 lengths, with Mac Deeno third. Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, John Fielding and Herb Liverman campaign Love Matters, who soared over $300,000 in career earnings. Gingras said racing in the Colonial off three days' rest shouldn't be a problem for Love Matters. "He got a good trip and was full of trot in the stretch drive," he reported. "I certainly don't think this afternoon hurt him." Racing backsides team with superstitions. Among the hoariest is that you never name a horse for yourself because the Racing Gods, angered by your hubris, will lay you and your unfortunate animal low. Jimmy William Takter defied that old wives' tale -- "I named him for a very nice guy," he deadpanned -- with Jimmy William, a son of Cantab Hall-Solveig. The colt's credentials are impeccable. He's a full brother to Dontyouforgetit, a half to Shake It Cerry and Uncle Lasse. Together, those three siblings have earned more than $4.1 million -- and still counting, in the cases of Shake It Cerry and Uncle Lasse. For quite a while, though, it appeared that Takter had indeed visited a curse upon his namesake. "He was my most promising colt last year," Takter said, "but he got sick seven times. Every time I pushed him, he got a fever. He's been better this year but not perfect." But Jimmy William began to live up to his pedigree in the Hickory Smoke when he erased a 3-1/2-length deficit in the stretch and captured his first career stake in 1:55.2. Hititoutofthepark, who's also ticketed for the Colonial, was 3/4 lengths back in second, while Alexander Hanover completed the ticket. Solveig's Racing Partners own Jimmy William. Reigning Moni had little trouble fashioning a front-end victory, defeating the rallying Truemass Volo by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:55. Bucketlist Hanover earned show. "He had issues with his knees last year -- he needed surgery on them," Takter said. "He's a good colt. He has very good speed. He was interfered with in his Hambletonian elimination; otherwise he would have made the final." The partnership of KR Breeding, Brixton Medical, Preferred Equine Marketing and Christina Takter owns Reigning Moni, a son of Donato Hanover-All Our Moni. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Terror At Night emerged as the only three-time winner from the preliminary rounds of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies, which held its fourth and final preliminary Sunday night over "good" going at the mountain oval.   Terror At Night and Yannick Gingras had the top in their division in 26.3, and the favorite then yielded to second choice Square Dancer, who go the field by the half in 55.1. Terror At Night moved back to command before the 1:23.1 3/4s and drew off late, winning by four lengths in 1:51.4, equaling her lifetime mark. The daughter of Western Terror, whose only loss in the competition was a second, a half-length back, to $229.20 bomber Shortstory Hanover at Philly in July 13, is trained by Les Givens for owners Nanticoke Racing Inc, Edward Mass III, and Arlene Paisley.   The filly many were touting as the best in the Stallion Series was Kryptos, who had been third behind Pure County despite a rough trip in a Sire Stake, and then was a safe winner in her only StS action. But the 2 to 5 favorite was caught by a nose by 9-1 shot Hug A Dragoness, who had the early lead, yielded and was shuffled back, then was moved back outside by driver Matt Kakaley, just catching the chalk in the shadow of the wire. Trainer Ron Burke is the co-owner of the winner with Sylvia Burke.   Though Kryptos may have been edged out for trainer Nikolas Drennan, the conditioner bounced right back with the Somebeachsomewhere filly Keystone Riptide, who did not seem to mind first-over duty as she drew off to win by 3½ lengths in 1:52.3 for driver George Napolitano Jr.. The winner had two wins and a second in her four preliminaries for owners Joseph Davino, Patrick O'Brien, and Brad Shackman.   As far as the fastest (1:51.3) of Sunday's four stakes visitors to Victory Lane, the Yankee Cruiser filly Graceful Vision, she may well find herself on the outside looking in come the $40,000 PA Stallion Series Championship on Sunday, September 11 at Pocono. Despite successful pocket rocket tactics to tally by 1½ lengths here for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Erv Miller, the latter co-owner with John Kolipoulos, the 9-2 shot had only had one start, a fifth, in the Series before this one, and may have found her form too late to qualify for the final.   Terror At Night, as could be expected, was the leading pointwinner with 130 points; the unofficial list of those behind her gaining automatic qualification to the Championship if declaring in are Keystone Riptide (105), Corona Again (89), Nap's Beach Girl (80), Dismissal (72, the only other two-time prelim winner), Hug A Dragoness (64), and Kryptos (60). If these pointtotals are verified by the PA Harness Commission and everybody declares in, there will need to be a shake of the pills to select two fillies to field the final field of nine - the three tied for the next spot, at 54 points, are Addy Girl, Hooves On First, and Shortstory Hanover.   Sunday's two featured trots at Pocono warrant attention. In the $27,500 winners over handicap trot, 2015 Trotter of the Year Pinkman left strongly for the lead but had a horrible trip, three-wide most of a 27.1 quarter, not clearing until midway from there to the 56.4 half, and then again under attack from pocketpulling Armor Hanover, who broke late on the backstretch, and then Rose Run Parker, who was following "Armor"'s cover and then found himself raw before the 1:25.1 3/4s. The 6 to 5 chalk Pinkman submitted after the heavy pressure as 9 to 5 Rose Run Parker went by early stretch, then held off the late inside charge of Homicide Hunter by a half-length, with Fashion Creditor and Tweet Me also closing to be within a length of the wire, in that order and ahead of Pinkman. The Jailhouse Jesse gelding Rose Run Parker saw his earnings climb to $741,990 for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   In a $20,000 conditioned trot, the "Obrigado Man," trainer Paul Kelley, has another nice one in Crazy About Pat, a Crazed gelding who quarter-moved to command for driver Jim Marohn Jr. and took his second race in his three Pocono starts, tonight just a tick off his 1:53.1 mark et here on July 24. The Patricia Stable owns the career winner of $675,499, a 31% career winner (28 for 91).   PHHA / Pocono  

Dayson (Conway Hall) shattered the harness racing track record for three year old trotters on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Ron Burke trainee was a dominant force among two year old highsteppers in the New York Sire Stakes last year and has continued his winning ways as a sophomore in 2016. Dayson came to town fresh off his career best score at the Meadowlands on Friday when he trotted to a convincing victory in 1:51.2 with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Gingras was on hand at the Spa on Tuesday and didn't wait long to make his move with the 1-5 betting favorite in the $88,350 New York Sire Stake for three year old colts and geldings. Dayson stretched out his lead around the final turn on major danger Dante (Ake Svanstedt) and trotted away to win by seven lengths. Dayson stopped the timer in 1:54.2 besting the previous track record for three year old geldings by a full second. Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Hall) won the other division of the NYSS on Tuesday as he went wire-to-wire for trainer/driver Dan Daley in a race contested for a purse of $89,950. Smalltownthrowdown scored in 1:54.4 which served as a track record of his own. The 1:54.4 is a record for three year old trotting colts (as opposed to Dayson who set the mark for geldings.) Smalltownthrowdown's convincing victory came at odds of 1-5. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

East Rutherford, NJ --- All The Time (Yannick Gingras) emerged from the pack at the head of the stretch to pull away from the field to win the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday (Aug. 6) at the Meadowlands in 1:52.1 by 3-3/4 lengths. Side Bet Hanover (Corey Callahan) was first to the lead at the quarter-mile pole in :28.1 before being overtaken by Caprice Hill, who put Side Bet Hanover behind her and led the field through the :55.4 half-mile. Celebrity Eventsy (John Campbell) was out to challenge past the half-mile marker but could not get past the leader, who got to the three quarters in 1:24 before the field straightened for home. A trio of fillies were ahead of All The Time with about an eighth of a mile to go were left in her wake as she overhauled them handily in an all-out sprint to the wire. “I was hoping to follow Brian (Sears with Windowshopper),” said Gingras. “I thought his filly was one of the fillies to beat, and they had a little bobble on the backstretch. She felt so strong, she was able to catch the gap really quickly. I was just hoping not to be first-up around the last turn. I figured John would come (with Celebrity Eventsy) and when he did it made my job really easy.” Caprice Hill (Tim Tetrick) was second and Celebrity Eventsy (John Campbell) was third. Broadway Donna (David Miller) was fourth and Side Bet Hanover fifth. All The Time is a daughter of Muscle Hill, trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. It was the sixth Hambletonian Oaks win for Takter and his third in a row. He ties Jan Johnson for the most Oaks wins ever as a trainer. “She was really sharp today,” said Takter. “She had a good week. The timing had to be perfect. I knew I had a ticket that was very strong with a couple good fillies. We pulled the front shoes on her, which I think might have kicked her up a little bit. It was the first time she ever did that. There were three horses in the race that I had tremendous respect for. We were the lucky ones.” by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Ariana G was the most dangerous woman in Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $306,500 Jim Doherty Memorial for harness racing 2-year-old female trotters, rallying in the stretch to beat Chezatter by one length in 1:53.1 at the Meadowlands. That’s All Moni finished third. Ariana G, a daughter of  Muscle Hill - Cantab It All and a full sister to multiple-stakes-winner All The Time, is 4-for-4 this year. She is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, who also bred the filly. Takter also trains That’s All Moni, who is co-owned by Katz and Libfeld with Brittany Farms. Waffle Cone was the race’s early leader, hitting the opening quarter-mile in :28.1, before briefly yielding the top spot to That’s All Moni. Waffle Cone retook the lead by the half, reached in :56.1, before facing pressure from Broadway Idole entering the final turn. Chezatter made a three-wide move coming off the turn and Ariana G, who was fifth in the early goings, followed her before fanning four-wide in the stretch to begin her march through the lane. “I was sweating in the first turn, actually,” said winning driver Yannick Gingras. “I got myself in a bad spot, well, I had the rail so I didn’t have much of a choice with (horses) outside of me there but I was able to get out. After that, I felt I was following the filly to beat, so I was confident from there.” Ariana G, the 3-5 favorite, pushed her career earnings to $215,587 with the victory. She paid $3.20 to win. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Hannelore Hanover posted her sixth consecutive win and 11th in 12 races this year, with a neck victory over Shake It Cerry in Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $188,350 Fresh Yankee for older harness racing female trotters at the Meadowlands. Jewels In Hock finished third. The time for the race, contested at 1-1/8 miles, was 2:05. It equaled the time of last year’s race, won by D’One, also at 1-1/8 miles. Long shot Meadowbranch Wendy was fast off the gate, but driver Yannick Gingras moved the Ron Burke-trained Hannelore Hanover, the 1-9 favorite, to the lead on the first turn. From there, the 4-year-old mare ticked off fractions of :27, :55.4, 1:23.2 and 1:51 to the mile. The time for the mile equaled Hannelore Hanover’s career best. “Yeah, you know, you’ve got to give Shake It Cerry credit; she’s a great mare too,” Gingras said. “Jimmy Takter always has them ready on Hambletonian Day. Ronnie certainly had this mare ready as well. She really dug in hard late.” Hannelore Hanover, a daughter of Swan For All - High Sobriety, is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. She has won 20 of 33 career races and $872,354. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Friday night-before-Hambletonian card at the Meadowlands featured harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters in two divisions of the Townsend Ackerman. Dayson raised his seasonal record to six wins in eight starts, scoring from post 10 as the second choice for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. The gelded son of Conway Hall made the lead at the half and sailed under the wire an easy 4-length winner in a lifetime-best 1:51.2, paying $7.00 to win. Cufflink Hanover, the 6-5 favorite, raced well, but was a non-threatening second. Taco Tuesday got a superb steer from Scott Zeron to record an upset win in the other division. After tipping off cover after going a perfect second-over trip, the Frank Antonacci trainee rallied on the outside to nail 7-5 favorite Hititoutofthepark by a neck in a lifetime-best 1:53.1, paying $21.60 as the fourth choice in the wagering. SWEEP-STEDT: Trainer Ake Svanstedt took both divisions of the races for Hambletonian Amateur Drivers. Blue Muse ($2.80 to win, 1:54.4) was driven by Svanstedt's wife, Sarah, while Peter Arnqvist, one of the top amateur drivers in Sweden, made his Big M debut a winning one with Sky Hanover ($15.60, 1:54). HAMBO TV: The 91st Hambletonian will be televised live Saturday on the CBS Sports Network. The 90-minute program, hosted by Gary Seibel, co-hosted by Dave Brower with interviews being conducted by Justin Horowitz, begins at 4 p.m. with the Hambletonian post time scheduled for 5:15 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,563,177. ... Reminder! Post time on Hambletonian Day is noon. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras had the hot hand at the Meadowlands Friday night, winning seven times on the 13-race program, including the $25,000 featured open handicap with the top trotter in training, Hannelore Hanover. Taking full advantage of being first call for two of the top stables in the game, Gingras won four races for Jimmy Takter and three for Ron Burke. Gingras kept the Burke-trained Hannelore Hanover ($3.20 to win) last in the field of six until picking up live cover at the five-eighths. JL Cruze, who had led from the start, was still going well in the stretch but was bearing out some as Hannelore Hanover charged up on the outside to score by a half-length in 1:51.1, equaling the Big M's track record for 4-year-old trotting mares. IT'S TAKTER'S WORLD: Trainer Jimmy Takter once again dominated the 2-year-old trotting stakes events at the Meadowlands, winning both of the Peter Haughton Memorial Eliminations for colts and geldings and one of two Jim Doherty Eliminations for fillies. Takter actually found a way to win three times in the Haughton, scoring twice in the opening elimination as his King On The Hill (Tim Tetrick, $5.20) got up on the wire to dead heat with stablemate Rubio (Gingras, $2.10) in 1:54.2 before Victor Gio It (Gingras, $6.20) took the other elim in 1:54.4. Ariana G (Gingras, $2.10 to win) remained unbeaten in three starts for Takter with an easy win in the first of two Doherty dashes in 1:54.1. Trainer Trond Smedshammer's Chezatter (David Miller, $9.00) prevented a Takter sweep by taking the other Doherty elim in 1:54.3. AND THE REST: Gingras' other winners came with Sassa Hanover (Burke, $4.00), Classical Annie (Burke, $3.60) and Reigning Moni (Takter, $2.80). ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,498,407. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with two Hambletonian Oaks Eliminations sitting atop the marquee. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Five divisions of the harness racing Pennsylvania Sire Stakes two-year-old trotting fillies were featured in their second preliminary round Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with all five cuts producing new lifetime marks, and the division pitting three of the first round winners providing the fastest victory, a 1:54.4 by That's All Moni.   The victorious daughter of Cantab Hall had to grind uncovered against favored Fine Tuned Lady, but she came her last quarter in 27.4 to overhaul the chalk, who had made the lead in front of the stands, by a neck on the money. Yannick Gingras again successfully teamed with Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter to keep That's All Moni undefeated after a pair of starts for the ownership of Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld.   The other repeat winner was also a daughter of Cantab Hall, Dangle Then Deke, who swung three-wide headstretch under the guidance of Tim Tetrick and stormed her own last split in 28.1 to win by 1¾ lengths over Voxy, who rallied from the pocket. The 6-5 favorite kept her record unblemished after three starts for trainer Dirk Simpson and owner James Bafia.   Sire Explosive Matter also had two progeny among the quintet of Pocono feature winners Tuesday. The first was Chezatter, who was a pocket rocket with a 56.2 last half in her to get a neck up on pacesetting Sienna Hanover in 1:55.2. David Miller handled the winner for trainer Trond Smedshammer and the Purple Haze Stable LLC.   Also an Explosive Matter-sired winner was Yooper, who went her second half in 57 while uncovered to stop the clock in 1:56, 1½ lengths ahead on the horse on her back the last half, Donato Fashion. Matt Kakaley got the driving call from trainer Dean Eckley for owner/breeder Clifford Grundy.   The only other favorite besides Dangle To Deke to win in the event (though's Yooper's $8.20 was the biggest price of the bunch) was the horse to follow "Deke" into the winners circle, the Muscle Massive filly Treviso, who was parked past the ¼ for command, then put in a 28.2 last quarter to win in 1:56.3, extended to win by a nose over the game first-over Princess Aurora. Treviso is trained and driven by Charlie Norris for owners Carrie Norris and Klis Brothers Stable.   FINISHING LINES - Driver Anthony Napolitano, sidelined through injury since a May 31 far turn racing mishap at The Downs, is back and ready for sulky duty, scheduled to drive in qualifiers here tomorrow (Wednesday) and during the next purse card here, scheduled for Saturday. Anthony was second in the Pocono dashwinning derby behind his brother George at the time of the accident, and he was also doing well in expanding his regular sulkysitting to The Meadowlands and Yonkers.   PHHA / Pocono

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