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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 1, 2016 - The richest stakes series of the season at the Hippodrome 3R, $450,000 in combined purses, gets underway Sunday with the opening round of the Breeders Cup for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. There are four weeks of preliminary competition for both pacers (Sunday) and trotters (Tuesday), all culminating on Sunday, September 4 with the top eight point earners returning for the $65,000 finals in all four divisional classes. Sunday features two divisions of both colt and filly pacers. The colts go first in the third and sixth races. HP Patriote heads the third race from post six for driver Guy Gagnon. The son of Vintage Master has won four of his five starts already this season, the fastest a 1:55.4 lifetime mark at Rideau Carlton. He takes on recent 3R winners Mister Gordo (post 4) and Chummy Park (post 5) along with the 2YO Quebec-Bred champion last year, Mr Mach Jimmy (post two). Sports Authority puts his three-race winning streak on the line in the sixth race from post three for driver Mario Charron. The son of Sportswriter has been flawless as of late and yet to be tested at 3R for trainer Maxime Velaye. Ontario shipper, Dance With Joe, will be a fordable foe in post six as will Shanghai Warrior (post one) and EY Cowboy (post 5). The fillies are in the spotlight starting in race eight with last year's 2YO Champion, Miss Babe Delight, starting from post six. This daughter of Bettor's Delight won $65,000 last year for trainer Dany Fontaine and will be driven by Pascal Berube. She has been competing at Mohawk Raceway but is winless in five starts this year. Wild River Swan was very impressive last week in her maiden victory and starts from post four for driver Louis-Phillip Roy. Another return winner in the field is Clodam Bayama (post 5), who also broke her maiden last week at Rideau Carlton with a 1:56.2 triumph. The 11th race second filly division has a very tough entry of HP Pandora (post 3) and HP Sissy (post 6), who both were bred and are co-owned by Claude Hamel and Ayers Cliff of QC. HP Pandora is sired by Mach Three and is trained by Daniel Martin. She won earlier this season at 3R in 1:58.4 while HP Sissy is trained by Jean Tourigny, is shipping in from Mohawk Raceway and took her lifetime mark there in 1:54.2. Their main rivals will be recent 3R winners Star Speed (post 2) and Heroes Sena (post 7). TRACK NOTES: There are 12 races Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. First race post time is 1:30 pm. For a free race program and live video feed via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 20, 2016 - Tuesday evenings race card at the Hippodrome 3R features a large number of eligible three-year-old pacers and trotters to the 2016 Quebec-Bred Series entitled Coupe Des Eleveurs or Breeders Cup. The Breeders Cup series gets underway Sunday, July 3 for pacers and Tuesday, July 5 for the trotters with purses totaling more than $450,000, which includes four weeks of preliminary rounds and then $65,000 finals in each of four divisions set for Sunday, September 4. There are 31 pacing colts, 33 pacing fillies, 24 trotting colts and 16 trotting fillies eligible to the series. One of the early favorites among the pacing colts is Mister Godro, who starts from the rail in the second race Tuesday. This son of Mister Big will be driven by Guy Gagnon for trainer Charles Gaudreault. In his last start at 3R, Mister Godro posted this second straight win wiring the field in a lifetime best 1:59.1. Another hopeful in the 5th race pace is the Sportswriter colt, Sports Authority, who starts from post seven. He hails from the Maxime Velaye Stable and is also on a two-race win streak for driver Mario Charron. He has won his last two starts by a total of ten lengths. All eyes on the series will be anxiously awaiting the return of last year's track record holder and series champion two-year-old, Wildwild Men. Last year he become the fastest two-year-old trotter ever at 3R with his 1:58.2 record. He is winless in three starts so far at Flamboro Downs. Post time Tuesday evening is 7:00 pm. For a free race program and live video feed of the Hippodrome 3R races, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Two-year-old trotter Wildwild Men rewrote a 22-year-old harness racing track record at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday in capturing the first of two elimination divisions of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series. Driven by Robert Shepherd, Wildwild Men traded control of the early lead with Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) and they sped to a quick opening quarter mile in :28.2. Once settled on the lead and in control, Shepherd and Wildwild Men backed down the pace as they led the field past the half mile marker in 1:00. Then in the backstretch, Sass and driver Clarke Steacy came first-over to try and mount a challenge, but Wildwild Men would have nothing to do with that and he kicked in another gear after the three-quarters in 1:31.2. By the top of the stretch, Wildwild Men was leading by four and one-half lengths and then poured it on with a :29.1 last quarter mile to win in a romp by six and one-half open lengths in 2:00.3. The prior track record for two-year-old trotters was 2:01.3 set by Jobie Tempest (Claude St-Jacques) in 1993. Trained by Isabelle D'Darveau and co-owned by Catheline Pelletier with breeder Chantal Gravel, it was the third straight win for Wildwild Men. The gelded son of Muscle Mass now has four wins in seven starts this year. He paid just $2.30 to win. In the fourth race, second division, KFB Amigo Cool and driver Guy Gagnon were able to stay on stride and wire the field, scoring an upset over the 1/5 race favorite, Tuscans Memory (Pascal Berube). KFB Amigo Cool went right out to the early lead, stuffing a determined SOS Chico (Jocelyn Gendron) into the pocket seat to the opening quarter mile in :29. KFB Amigo Cool then led to the half mile in 1:01.2 when Berube came first-over with Tuscans Memory. Past the three-quarters in 1:32.3, KFB Amigo Cool would not give ground to Tuscans Memory around the final turn as they battled head and head for the lead. Tuscans Memory then went wide as they started down the stretch and could not catch KFB Amigo Cool, who won by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:03. Defi Normand (Pierre Bovay) was third. Sent off at odds of 6-1, KFB Amigo Cool paid $14.00 to win. It was his maiden victory after four lifetime starts for the ridgling son of Amigo Hall, who is trained by Dany Fontane for owner/breeder Investissement K F B of Sorel-Tracy, QC. This was the third and final preliminary round of the series. Now the top eight point earners from the filly and colt divisions, return on Sunday, September 6 for their respective $65,000 finals. On Sunday the two-year-old pacing colts and fillies compete in their third round of the series. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - She may not have been the fastest winner of the four divisions of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series opening round for two-year-old pacers at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, but HP Mercedes may have been the most impressive winner on the day. The daughter of Art Colony was given a brisk drive by Louis Philippe Roy and HP Mercedes responded with a six and three-quarter length romp in the first race division for fillies. Official Week and driver Carl Duguay left from the rail with the 1/5 race favorite Xena Bayama and Yves Filion dropping into the two-hole to the opening quarter mile in :29.3. Then Filion moved to the lead with Xena Bayama and took control. At the half mile in 1:01.3, Roy decided to make a race of it with HP Mercedes and they came first-over, grinding it out until they had collared Xena Bayama before the three-quarters in 1:32.2. It seemed that once HP Mercedes looked Xena Bayama in the eye, she kicked in another gear and blew by the race leader, taking command and then the duo strolled to the wire in a romp in 2:02.2. Xena Bayama held for second with Official Week third. It was the maiden victory in five starts for HP Mercedes. She is trained by Jean Tourgny for owners Claude Hamel and Ayer Cliff of QC. HP Mercedes paid $10.90 to win. The fastest mile in the series opening was clocked in the fifth race second division for fillies as HP Sissy and driver Guy Gagnon, the 1/5 overwhelming favorite, did not disappoint her backers. Stung to the opening quarter mile in :29 by Whysantanna (Gilles Gendron), once HP Sissy settled on the lead there was no looking back on the field. She led to the half in 1:00.3 and held the field at bay as Skyfall Sena (Pascal Berube) came out underneath Art De Gagnee (Mario Charron) in the backstretch, but neither could mount a challenge past the three-quarters in 1:30.2. The on the turn for home, HP Sissy let out a notch and pulled away for a four and one-half length victory in 1:59.2. Skyfall Sena was second with Art De Gagnee third. Sired by Up The Credit, it was the first pari-mutuel victory for the homebred HP Sissy. She made it a training double for Jean Tourgny and co-owners Claude Hamel and Ayer Cliff of QC and paid $2.60 to win. The second race first colt division was pretty much over after the start as Mr Mach Jimmy and driver Pascal Berube left from the rail and never really had to look back. The gelded son of Mach Three cut fractions of :28.4, 1:00.2 and 1:30.1 before coming home in :29.3 for a one and one-half length triumph in 1:59.4. The pocket-sitting Shanghai Warrior (Clarke Steacy) was second with EY Cowboy (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the maiden victory for Mr Mach Jimmy, who is trained by Dany Fontaine for Ecurie Gartan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. He paid $3.70 to win. The fourth race second colt division saw race favorite Sagawi and driver Francis Picard lead from start to finish in 2:00.3. After the first quarter in :29, HP Patriote (Guy Gagnon) came first-over at the half mile in :59 and went after Sagawi. They were nearly stride-for-stride before the three-quarters in 1:28.3 when HP Patriote went off-stride. Sagawi then went on to win by and easy two and three-quarter lengths in 2:00.3 with Cronos (Marie Claude Auger) second and Mister Godro (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the second win in just four lifetime starts for Sagawi. The son of Goliath Bayama is trained and owned by Andre Crete of Warwick, QC and paid $5.20 to win. Track Notes: Live racing resumes on Wednesday with two divisions of the $200,000 second rounds of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters. Next Thursday at 10:30 am there will be a press conference at the Hippodrome 3R for the post-position draw for the second annual renewal of the Prix D'Ete with a purse of $200,000. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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

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

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

Due to the Grand Prix auto race that goes throughout the town of Trios Rivieres and is at the Hippodrome 3R next week, there will be no live harness racing at the track this coming Sunday and the following Tuesday. Tonight’s ninth race feature trot saw track record hold Whitewater Rapids show why he is a career earnings of more than $245,000 as he was able to grind it out to the lead by the half mile marker and then hold the field at bay to win by two open lengths in 1:58.3. Owned, trained and driven to victory by Guy Gagnon, the six-year-old stallion by Credit Winner has little trouble racing first-over from the start against pacesetter Next To Go (Denis St Pierre) to the opening quarter mile in :28.3 and then to the half mile in :59.1 before taking over before the three-quarters in 1:29 and then breezing home for the victory. Next To Go head for second place and Erge Baboche (Stephane Brosseau), who closed with a burst of speed to win this race last week, could only come on for third place this evening. It was the 11th career win for Whitewater Rapids, who paid a generous $3.70 to win as the betting favorite. Back on June he set the track record for older stallions with a 1:57.1 triumph. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The trotters are in the limelight once again at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening as track record holder Whitewater Rapids takes on Erge Baboche in the feature race of the night. Last week it was Erge Baboche who emerged on top with a strong closing effort against another track record holder, Margarita Bi, catching the top mare at the wire for a three-quarter triumph in 1:58.2. It was a lifetime mark for the seven-year-old grey stallion by Newtown. Erge Baboche will start from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau and owner/trainer Eric Poisson. They are the 3-1 second choice in the race. The 5/2 morning line favorite is Whitewater Rapids, who on June 10 set the track record for older stallions with a 1:57.1 triumph for owner/trainer/driver Guy Gagnon. The six-year-old son of Credit Winner is a $244,000 career winner and will start from post six. Other contenders in the race are Next To Go (post 4) and Parkhill Jugernaut (post 3). This past Sunday when Viva Bayama rewrote the track record for three-year-old trotting fillies with her impressive 1:59.3, it broke an 18-year-old mark that was set by the trotting filly Emilie Cas El. The former track record holder may not be that familiar a name to many in the sport today but she should be. She is the dam (mother) of this past Saturday’s $1 million Hambletonian Trot winner, Trixton. Emilie Cas El was a top Canadian performer in 1994 and 1995, earning more than $245,000. Then as a broodmare she foaled not only Trixton, but Impressive Kemp, a $500,000 winner and $111,000 winner Highscore Kemp. Due to the Grand Prix auto race that goes throughout the town of Trios Rivieres and at the Hippodrome 3R next week, there will be no live harness racing at the track on Sunday and the following Tuesday. From the Quebec Jockey Club

What would it take to defeat Decret Justiciale at the Hippodrome 3R? The top trotter this season already had won five of his six starts going into Tuesdays feature race, so what would be needed to defeat this formidable foe? How about tying the all age track record for trotters? That’s what it took and that is what Michelangelo and driver Denis St Pierre did Tuesday at the Hippodrome 3R. The third race $6,000 featured trot saw Michelangelo and Pierre shoot right to the early lead and forcing Out Of The Hat (Stephane Pouliot) to take a back seat in the two-hole as they went by the opening quarter mile in :27. Michelangelo was on top and no challengers as they sped by the half mile marker in :57 seconds. It was then that Whitewater Rapids (Guy Gagnon) started a slow march up to challenge first-over and by the three-quarters in 1:26.3 they had still not gained any real ground on race leader Michelangelo. Even the race favorite Decret Justiciale and driver/trainer Denis Filion, after a quick three-wide move in the backstretch, was in good striking distance second-over, but with a two length lead starting down the stretch, no one was going to catch Michelangelo. He went on to win by an easy four lengths. Out Of The Hat was able to hold on for second with Whitewater Rapids third and Decret Justiciale fourth. Owned and trained by Chelsea Knapp of Brookville, ON, it was the ninth win this year for Michelangelo, a five-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall. His time of 1:56 now ties him with Pablo Angus, who first set the record back in 2008. Michelangelo paid $6.80 to win. Jefferson Tare continued his winning ways with the longest consecutive win streak at Hippodrome 3R this season, winning the fifth race pace for his sixth straight win. The three-old-old gelded son of Jereme’s Jet has been nearly unbeatable and on Tuesday he faced his toughest challenge yet from the pocket-sitting Gastineau and driver Marie Claude Auger. Driver Pascal Berube left from post two with Jefferson Tare as Gastineau was content to take the two-hole trip behind them. Through fractions of :27.1, :57 and 1:27.2 they raced the same way as no one else in the field could keep up or offer a challenge. Coming down the stretch was when Auger came out with Gastineau and sent his horse after Jefferson Tare but Berube got after his colt and despite a valiant effort by Gastineau, Jefferson Tare dug in late and held them off to win by a half-length in 1:57. Shanghai Ben (Peirre Luc Roy) was third by nine and one-quarter lengths. Now 6 for 7 this season, it was a lifetime mark for Jefferson Tare, who is trained by Pierre Leclerc, who co-owns the colt with wife Gina. Jefferson Tare paid $2.30 to win. Live racing resumes at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Jefferson Tare continued his winning ways at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday, posting his fifth straight victory in a 1:58 romp for driver Pascale Berube. Leaving from post three in the ninth race pacing feature, Berube sent Jefferson Tare to the lead and the duo never looked back. They cut fractions of :29.2, 1:00 and 1:29.1 and opened up on the field by two lengths at the top of the stretch and pulled away to win by seven open lengths at the finish. Ladylyonne (Stephen Gendron), the lone filly in the field, was second with Snipper Phil (Marie Claude Auger) third. It was the fifth win in six starts this year for Jefferson Tare. The three-year-old gelded son of Jereme’s Jet is trained by Pierre Lecleric, who co-owns Jefferson Tare with Gina Bragagnolol of Louisville, QC. He went off as the overwhelming 1/5 wagering favorite and paid $2.40 to win. Also of note in the sixth race feature trot, Guy Gagnon’s Domino Cybele led from start to finish by one and one-half lengths in 2:01.4. It was the fourth win in five starts for Domino Cybele, a five-year-old gelding by Victory’s Force. He paid $2.70 to win as the betting favorite. Live racing resumes at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information contact www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

With a two week layoff under his belt, Jefferson Tare, the top three-year-old pacer at the Hippodrome 3R, returns in hopes of notching his fifth straight win Tuesday evening. The gelded son of Jereme’s Jet, owned and trained by Pierre Lecleric, has been on a roll since the Hippodrome 3R opened its door this season. He was third in his first start and has not lost going back to May 14. He will start from post three in the ninth race as he moves up the ladder of success for Lecleric and is listed as the 5/2 morning line favorite. Jefferson Tare was most impressive in his last start when he took the lead in the backstretch and rolled to a 1:57.2 victory. Looking to give Jefferson Tare a run for the money will be Snipper Phil (post 5) and Udine Bayama (post 7). The sixth race feature pace features Guy Gagnon’s Domino Cybele from post two, who has won three of his four starts this years. The five-year-old gelded son of Victory’s Force scored a lifetime best 1:58.4 romp last week by six and one-quarter lengths. Post time Tuesday is 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Carnivore capped off a Marc Campbell harness racing driving triple to propel the Island reinsman to victory in Saturday night's Atlantic Regional Driving Championship at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Campbell scored a 1:55.1 win with Carnivore in the final race of the competition for trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farm of Kensington, P.E.I. Campbell finished the competition with 71 points to send him to the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. "I'm feeling really good," Campbell said after the victory. "I had a good line up and the horses raced good. It's always close these kind of things and that's what makes it really exciting." Pictonian Press finished second to put Nova Scotia driver Ryan Ellis into the other spot for the National's with 65 points, while PC Shockwave finished third to give Darren Crowe 55 points, finishing third in the competition. "It started out good and I just had good horses I guess," Ellis said. "After looking at the card I thought I had a shot and the horses came through." Jason Hughes finished fourth in the competition with 50 points, while Gilles Barrieau was fifth with 49 points followed by Todd Trites (41), Brodie MacPhee (31), Ryan Campbell (31) and Kevin Dillon (27). Hughes opened up the competition in race 2 with a 2:01.1 victory aboard Miracleonthehudson to give him the early lead over Silverhill Princess (Todd Trites) and Diagram Hanover (Ellis). Lyndale Royal captured race 3 in a 10-length 1:56.4 score for Ellis over Ok Chivas (Marc Campbell) and Rivervues Legacy (Crowe), giving Ellis the points lead. Ultimate Labamba captured race 4 in 1:58 giving the top spot to Marc Campbell with second going to Just Coastin Along (Hughes) and Whitesand Artist (Gilles Barrieau) third. Rash B Havior delivered as the post time favorite in race 5 to widen the lead for driver Marc Campbell with Bad Date (Crowe) second and The Warden (Brodie MacPhee) third. Dance Hanover captured race 6 to propel Trites into third place with second in that race going to Blu Meadow Willie (MacPhee) and Joachim (Ryan Campbell) third. Race 7 had Darren Crowe bring himself into contention with a 1:57 victory aboard Barrett Jackson ahead of In Cahoots (Barrieau) and Smackwaterjack (Ellis). Its Handsome Hank captured race 8 in 1:59.1 to put Ellis into second place behind Marc Campbell with Roccos Cavallo (Kevin Dillon) second and River Paradise (Hughes) third. Marc Campbell sat out race 10 to see Barrieau score with Keystone Nobility over Tyber Champ (Darren Crowe) with Onehotvett (Ryan Ellis) third. Marc Campbell and Ellis will join Jody Jamieson, Billy Davis Jr., Brandon Campbell, Jim Marino, Guy Gagnon and Sylvain Lacaille in the National Driving Championship. The Summerside card also featured two divisions of the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series with Bunny Mach capturing the first division in 1:56.2 for trainer-driver Hughes and owners Donald and Steven MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Veronicavermillion (Brian MacPhee) was second with Prynne Hanover (Mike McGuigan) third. The second division went to General Luckypercy and Barrieau in 1:56.1 for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jack Brown and Jodilynn Matheson of Charlottetown. Andro Madi (Dale Spence) was second with Dirt Track Momma (Marc Campbell) third. By Nicholas Oakes  

It took the very last harness race of the competition for Guy Gagnon to nip Sylvain Lacaille by one point, 68 to 67, to win the Quebec Eastern Regional Driving Championship Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R. Sylvain Lacaille actually had the lead going into the nine race, the last of eight championship division, 57-53 over Gagnon but it took a Hockey Bum to bring victory to Gagnon. Hockey Bum, the race horse that is. Guy Gagnon’s last drive in the competition was aboard Hockey Bum from the rail and the betting favorite and Gagnon were perfect together. They left from the rail, gave perfect two-hole cover to Lacaille and Fire Luck, but in the end it was Gagnon that had the luck as they wired the field by a half length in 1:58. Lacaille was second. But as the competition goes, both drivers, the top two point earnings in the championship, now move on to the finals that will be held on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park on PEI. The series started off with Pascal Berube winning the first division with Androvers Touch ($3.60) in 2:01.3. Then Gagnon got into the hunt with his first win aboard Tommy Abe ($11.20) in a lifetime best of 2:01.2 in the second division. Gagnon then looked like the early runaway winner in the competition as he won again in the third division, guiding Sophies Duke ($3.20) to a lifetime mark of 1:56. Then it was Lacaille coming back in the fourth division, winning with Force Of Fire ($23.70) in 1:59. The fifth division was won by Lil Orphan Cam ($8.40) and driver Stephane Gendron as Lacaille was second drew a little closer in the point standings to Gagnon. Then the tote board nearly exploded in the sixth division as Sylvain Lacaille not only won the race with Show Business in 1:58.3 to narrow the gap against Guy Gagnon, but they were not only the longest shot on the tote board in the race, but the highest payoff of the season at Hippodrome 3R, going off at odds of 97-1. Show Business paid a whopping $197.30 to win in her first victory of the season in four starts. She was in the middle of the pack coming for home but with most of the horse fanning out for the drive home, Lacaille moving right up the passing lane for the upset score. Then in the seventh division Guy Gagnon finished out of the money but Sylvain Lacaille did not and he took the lead in the series 57 to 53. Denis St. Pierre won the race with SOS Grappa ($7.60) in 1:56.4. So it then came down to the final race and try as much a Lacaille did, they could not catch Guy Gagnon by the finish. “I am very happy to represent my region at the National Championships,” said Guy Gagnon, “but I would like to thank all the owners of horses that have allowed us to participate in this event. We always have fun in any driver’s tournament.” “Even though I finished second by a "nose",” said Sylvain Lacaille, “It is a great reward for me to go to Charlottetown. My early season was difficult, but here's a nice compensation.” The overall winner of the Canadian Championship at Red Shores will then represent Canada in the World Driving Championship in Australia in 2015. But the racing action was far from over after the competition was finished as in the last race on the program, a track record was set. Starting from post five in the $6,000 feature trot, Margarita Bi, the only mare in the field against seven male rivals, and driver Denis St Pierre went right to the lead and never looked back. They cut fractions of :29, :58 and 1:27.3 before winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:57.2. That time shattered the 2012 record of 1:59.1 that was held by Oh Sweet Baby. It was the fourth win this year for Margarita Bi, a five-year-old mare by Andover Hall, who is trained by Tiffanee Staley and is owned by Denis St Pierre. She paid $14.40 to win. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

The action will be fast and furious on Tuesday night at the Hippodrome 3R as the track hosts the Quebec Eastern Regional Driving Championship. The competition will feature eight championship races starting in race two through race nine. The top two finishers, based on points, will go on to compete in the National Driving Championship on August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Featured in the competition are Pascal Berube, Gord Brown, Mario Charron, Guy Gagnon, Jocelyn Gendron, Stephane Gendron, Sylvain Lacaille and Denis St Pierre. If you follow just the morning line odds then it will be a four-way battle for the two spots as Pascal Berube, Sylvain Lacaille, Mario Charron and Guy Gagnon, are all major contenders. But, driving championships such as this are usually wide-open events and the driver you may least expect to do well can rise to the occasion and surprise everyone in the competition with a big night of racing. The Regional Driving Championships and the National Driving Championship will adapt the point system utilized in the World Driving Championship. Points will be awarded on the order of finish as follows: SCORING Number of Starters 8: 15 (1), 10 (2), 7 (3), 5 (4), 4 (5), 3 (6), 2 (7), 1 (8). Number of Starters 7: 14 (1), 9 (2), 6 (3), 4 (4), 3 (5), 2 (6), 1 (7). • In the event of a horse being scratched or where no horse is available, five (5) points shall be awarded to the driver concerned. If a horse is disqualified or a horse and driver fail to complete the race, they will receive one (1) point. • In the event of a scratch, the driving rep drawn to a horse shall drive the ‘also eligible’ horse. • In the event of a dead heat for any placing in any race the points for the horses involved will be added together and divided equally among the drivers concerned (If there’s a dead heat for third between two horses, the points for third and fourth place will be added and divided among the drivers) The live race program begins at 7:00 pm. For more information about Hippodrome 3R and the Quebec Jockey Club, visit their website at www.ontariojockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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