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Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was just last week that the two-year-old harness racing filly named Behavenmyself was a maiden, having yet to win a race in seven starts. Then she raced last Sunday and history was made. Competing in the opening round of the new Quebec Plus Series at H3R, Behavenmyself and driver Pascal Berube tore off after the lead and got it by the opening quarter and duo never looked back, winning in a romp by ten open lengths in 1:56.2. The clocking made for a new track record for two-year-old pacing fillies and now Behavenmyself is back for the second round of the series and race fans will be out to see if she can repeat her track record effort. Sired by Badland's Hanover, Behavenmyself will start from post five for trainer and co-owner Gerald Demers of GLD Inc. of St-Andre-Avelin, who selected the filly last year at the London Sale. "Last year, in London, I bought this filly by Badlands Hanover," Demers said. "My girlfriend and I every year let ourselves be seduced by one of the yearlings in the sale. In 2017, it was her, Behavenmyself, and I paid $15,000 to get her. "My friend Jean-Roch (Marois) had told me before the auction," Demers explained." That he would go in with me for the colt or filly of my choice. What was done. I liked her conformation very much. She was already 18 months old and built like a racehorse. "In addition, I have had a lot of success in the past with the Badland Hanover's as older horses," Demers said," but I had never had a young colt or filly by this stallion. "It was me who trained her early on and because she had a lot of stakes in Ontario," Demers said. "I sent her to my sister-in-law, Isabelle Darveau, for the racing season. "The successes," Demers said "I must admit, were below expectations, which explains why we decided to register her for H3R in the new Québec Plus Series. A move that we do not regret of course. "She's not a big eater," Demers explained. "except when she's at home. We must believe that she was used to us and she had difficulty adapting to the outside. One thing is certain, here she is in good shape and should make another big mile on Sunday." It's won't be a walk in the part this week for Behavenmyself. Starting from post eight is the Mach Three colt, Dernier Essai, who was a strong winner last week for trainer Maxime Velaye. He wired the field in 1:58.2 and will be driven again by Pierre Luc Roy. Other contenders include Angelo Benjo (post six) and Esprit Dequipe (post one). For one of the few times this season there is a Preferred Pace just for mares in the fourth race and featured are two of the best mares to have raced at H3R this season. Rainbow Palace will be taking on Wild River Swan in a rare meeting of the quality race mares. Rainbow Palace is perhaps the top pacing mares at H3R. The last few seasons she has raced mainly against the top male pacers at the track with good success. She starts from post three for driver Francis Picard and last week was able to wire the field at H3R in 1:55.1. Wild River Swan starts alongside Rainbow Palace in post four and will be driven by Jocelyn Gendron. She is the full sister to Quebec Champion Wildriverbumblebee and has won three of her last four starts and two-in-a-row at H3R. Last week the daughter of Sportswriter wired the field in the finals of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit in 1:57 and the prior week also won in 1:56.4. There is also a Handicap Preferred Trot in race eight that features past winners Capteur De Reve (post three), Rocky Boy (post two) and two return winners moving up in class, R Rkadabra (post six) and Missonoftheheart (post seven), who is going for her fourth straight win. All the action at H3R gets underway at 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The new Quebec Plus Series kicked off at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with two divisions for two-year-old pacers and a track record was set in the series. The new series is only for those horses eligible to the Quebec Series that did not earn more than $7,500 as of September 10, 2018. In the eighth race second division, it was a cavalry charge for the early lead as Esprit Dequipe (Pierre Luc Roy) was in front early with Majeyca (Sylvain Lacaille) on the outside going for the lead. Then from the outside three-wide came the 1/9 race favorite Behavenmyself and driver Pascal Berube and they cleared to the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28.4. Behavenmyself then led the field through fractions of :58.4 and 1:28.1 with no one able to keep up with the filly. Then in the stretch Behavenmyself opened up on the field, winning by an impressive ten lengths in 1:56.2, a new track record. Esprit Dequipe was second with D Gs Fairystars (Stephane Brosseau) third. The previous track record for two-year-old pacing fillies was 1:56.4 set by Yaris Bayama in 2016. Sired by Badlands Hanover, Behavenmyself is trained by Gerard Demers. It was her maiden victory after eight starts, mainly in the Ontario Grassroots Series. She is owned by Les Ecuries GLD, inc. of St-Andre-Avelin with Jean Roch Marois of St-Joachim-De-Shefford and paid just $2.10 to win. The victory was one of three on the afternoon for driver Pascal Berube. The sixth race, first division of the Quebec Plus Series, saw Dernier Essai and driver Pierre Luc Roy able to lead from start to finish in 1:58.2 by two lengths over Blackjack Soleil (Claude Beausoleil) with Angelo Benjo (Pascal Berube) third. It was the maiden victory for Dernier Essai, a colt by Mach Three, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $3.60 to win. The seventh race Open Handicap Trot saw Holiday Party ($7.40) and driver Pascal Berube able to lead from start to finish with an easy three length triumph in 1:58.2. Seeyou Men and driver Jocelyn Gendron caused interference in the race, breaking stride while going for the lead on the first turn. Holiday Party and 44-1 Holiday Spirit (Stephane Brosseau) cleared the incident and then raced first and second the rest of the race. Capteur De Reve (Pierre Luc Roy) was third. It was the fifth win this year for Holiday Party, who is trained by Isabelle Binet and owned by the Groupe Holiday Party Partnership of Portneul. Track Notes: Driver Francis Picard had the hot hands at H3R, leading all drivers with four winners on the afternoon program. With three wins from his stable on Sunday, Francis Richard took the lead in the training standing with 15 wins, Michel Allard is now in second with 13 and Maxime Velaye is third with 12 wins. Next Sunday, the Hippodrome 3R will host the 2018 Quebec Regional Fair Finals with ten championship races and more than $40,000 in purses. Post time is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Harness racing returned to Woodbine Racetrack on a frigid Monday night in Rexdale, Ont. with four-year-old trotting mare Canbec Kadence winning the track's first race of the new year. Judges rated the track five seconds off in the blustery conditions for Woodbine's season opener with temperatures dropping 15 degrees below zero, but feeling much colder with the windchill. A full field of 10 trotters four years old and younger that were non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime comprised the $17,000 first race. Driver James MacDonald pulled Canbec Kadence from the pocket and sent her to the lead at the half-mile mark en route to a 2:03 triumph. Bop Too The Top (Sylvain Filion) finished one length back in second over George S P (Daniel Potvin) while early leader Ocean Mist Beauty (Chris Christoforou) trailed four lengths behind in fourth.   Canbec Kadence paid $9.90 to win as 4-1 fourth choice. Favourite Muscle On Broadway (Paul MacDonell) made a break in stride taking himself out of contention when trying to challenge the winner just past the midway mark. Woodbine's first winner in 2014 is trained by Gerard Demers for owners Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff, Que. and Les Ecuries GLD Inc. of Cambridge, Ont. The homebred Kadabra-Cr Firefly mare earned just her second career win. Demers doubled up during the 12-race card with another trotting mare, Whimzical Britt, scoring a 2:01.2 triumph two races later with Billy Davis Jr. aboard. MacDonald and Davis Jr. also ended the night with two wins each while O'Brien Award nominee Doug McNair and Keith Oliver scored three times to share the early lead in the Woodbine driver standings. Live harness racing returns to Woodbine on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:25 p.m. To view Monday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Monday Results - Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca 

TORONTO, November 22 - The final four preliminary divisions of the Autumn Series for three-year-olds were featured on the 12-race programme Friday evening at Woodbine. Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters and sophomore pacing colts and geldings each clashed in a set of $15,000 divisions. After finishing second in the opening round, post time favourite Doubledown Gass (Reg Gassien) redeemed himself with a 1:56.3 victory. Gassien and Doubledown Gass led from start-to-finish through panels of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.3, before using a :30-second final quarter to seal the win. Lets Leavem (Chris Christoforou) finished second, with Popeda (Sylvain Filion) third. Gassien also trains, owns and bred the youngster, who enjoyed his fifth career tally. His bankroll now sits at $61,863. He paid $6.40 to win. One race later, Sir William celebrated his fifth career tally due to disqualification of Rock Of Cashel. Random Dynasty, driven by James MacDonald, was the quickest to the to lead past the opening quarter in :28.4 and the half in :59.3. Around the final turn, heavily-favoured Ozzy Ozzy (Jody Jamieson) began the first-over attack, but Rock Of Cashel angled out of the pocket before three-quarters in 1:29.1. Turning for home, Rock Of Cashel had command while Ozzy Ozzy appeared to be trotting by, but make a break in stride due to interference. Rock Of Cashel quickly regained the lead en route to the victory in 1:59. Following the win, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) judges ruled that Rock Of Cashel interfered with Ozzy Ozzy. As a result, Rock Of Cashel was placed from first-to-fifth. That allowed, Sir William to be second-placed first for driver Sylvain Filion. The son of Muscle Mass increased his bankroll to $38,439 for trainer Gerard Demers and owner Robert Montgomery. He paid a handsome $58.60 to win. Later on the card, Ja El Pocketrocket (Doug McNair) won the first of the two pacing divisions. The son of Santanna Blue Chip came from off-the-pace through panels of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.1, before wearing down tempo-setter Lyonsparkhavenlake (Sylvain Filion) in deep stretch to score in 1:55.2. Tauranga (Chris Christoforou) finished second, with Lyonsparkhavenlake third. Trained by Barry Treen for owner Leonard Gamble, Ja El Pocketrocket enjoyed his seventh career victory as his bankroll now sits at $77,510. He paid $6.10 to win as the second choice. In the other split, Thorn In Your Side went gate-to-wire in 1:52.1. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, the son of Mach Three led through panels of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.1, before getting the jump on post time favourite Alexas Jackpot (Jody Jamieson) en route to the victory. Alexas Jackpot came from off the pace to finish second, with Sea Harrier (James MacDonald) third. Trained by Carmen Auciello for owner High Stakes Inc, Thorn In Your Side earned his ninth career victory as his bankroll grew to $80,977. He paid $6.70 as the second choice. All four Autumn Series finals for three-year-olds of both gaits and sexes will take place next Friday, November 29. Greg Gangle

ELORA, ON - Driver Brad Forward and trainer Gerard Demers teamed up to capture two Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events at Grand River Raceway on Friday, July 19. The horsemen, both from Cambridge, kicked off their winning weekend with Tag Up And Go in the fourth $12,857 division. Forward tucked the three-year-old trotting colt in behind pacesetter Euro Man through the opening stages of the mile and then stepped out at the half to take control and cruise home to an impressive seven and one-quarter length win in 1:58.1. Euro Man settled for second and Photo Mass was two more lengths back in third for trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood and his partner Thomas Kyron of Toronto. The clocking was a new personal best for Tag Up And Go, who is trained by Demers for Lise Darveau of Cambridge and Andre Hebert of Papineauville, QC. The Angus Hall gelding was also a winner in the July 1 Grassroots event at Clinton Raceway and currently sits second in the division point standings with three events remaining. Two races later Forward and Demers were back in the winner's circle with division leader Two Doors Down, who sailed along on the front end to a one length score in 2:00. Doubledown Gass and Wanna Be Like Sim rounded out the top three. Robert Montgomery of Carp owns In Conchnito gelding Two Doors Down, who is flawless through three Grassroots starts for a point tally of 150. The other Grassroots divisions were captured by Olly Warrawee (2:00.2); Next To Go (2:00.1); Hadrien Duharas (1:59.4); Super Duke (1:59.2); and Muscle On Broadway (2:00). The three-year-old trotting colts make their fourth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on Aug. 13, while Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, July 22 with Gold Series action for the two-year-old trotting colts. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more: Sandra Snyder  

As part of their special Canada Day harness racing program, Clinton Raceway rolls out the red carpet for 57 three-year-old trotting colts on Monday, July 1.

The talented Primrose Lane trotting stallion - Kadabra - proved to be a trotting powerhouse in the eighth of 12 races - the featire $130,000 Gold Final - at the Woodbine harness racing meeting tonight (Monday October 8) in Ontario, Canada.

Gerard Demers is bucking the Ontario trend at a time when the harness racing industry in the province is about to enter its most delicate phase. The threatened demise of the slots at racetracks programme in Ontario next March has made many harness racing folk nervous.

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