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Harness racing driver Guy Gagnon drove seven horses to victory on Rideau Carleton Raceway's 15-race, Sunday, Mar. 14 card.   Gagnon struck early, taking Wild River Coyotee all the way in the opener. His next win came in the third, with Windson Quincy retaking the lead at the half and storming off to a seven-and-a-half length jog. Gagnon returned to the winner's circle in the sixth after putting his charge, Saskabush Steve, in the pocket and sliding up the passing lane to nab the leader on the line.   He then confidently won the eighth, retaking the lead immediately after losing it at the three-eighths and getting Avatar J home to win by a length and a quarter. The Roadies gave Gagnon his fifth in a very similar fashion to the previous winner. Stelios was his penultimate victor, going all the way on the front to win comfortably. Undercover Strike and Gagnon rode second-over cover to score in the 13th race for the reinsman's final win on the card.   Gagnon was favoured in all but one of the seven; four of his mounts went off at 1/5 or lower.   While he won just under half of the track's races, he didn't win either co-feature. Lestenpercent and Rodney La Framboise came from eighth to first in the Preferred trot after being nine and a half lengths back at the half.   La Framboise found the seven-hole with the six-year-old gelding, sitting well behind the 28.2, 57.2, and 1:28 fractions set by leader Severus Hanover. Lestenpercent joined the outside flow fourth-over, and La Framboise made the three-wide call turning for home. It was the correct one, as Lestenpercent swept past tired foes and won under wraps by a length in 1:58.3. Mr Contestant (Stephane Brosseau) made the last-to-second journey for place money, and Nimbus Deo (Yves Fillion) was third.       Lestenpercent's circling move resulted in his 21st win from 78 outings and upped his bankroll to $106,705 lifetime. The Justice Hall gelding is owned and trained by Paul Laframboise of L'Ange-Gardien. Both driver and trainer broke their seasonal maidens.   Pascal Berube steered National Debt to victory in the Preferred trot, driving on to claim the front and finishing the job from there.   Berube refused a rail seat from post six, urging his 10-year-old stallion on throughout the 27.1 first stanza. They made the top just past the quarter, and Berube cut out middle fractions of 56 and 1:25.1. Vanilla Malted (Clarke Steacy) put in a first-up bid turning for home, but he was no match for National Debt on this occasion. National Debt turned him away and trotted on to a two-and-a-quarter length win in 1:53.4. Officer Jones closed from eighth to second, and journeyman Atomic Million Am collected a third-place cheque.       National Debt is now 67-for-201 lifetime with $615,079 in career earnings. Francois Morin owns the son of Allamerican Native that paid $4.40 to win. Yves Tessier, who is now in his seventh different spell of conditioning the horse, trained him to victory tonight.   Also on the card, Philip Reid acquired his first training win of 2021 as Journalistic took him to victory lane in the 12th race.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

Its Huw You Know and driver Mike Healey went down during the third race at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, Feb. 21.   The condition of both horse and driver is currently unconfirmed after the harness racing accident. Announcer Dave Schriber called during the race that Healey was moving his arms. The reinsman was then off the racetrack before the field came around for the next lap. Its Huw You Know got to his feet after the fall and galloped around the outside of the racetrack. The horse appeared to have fallen into the snowbank on the inside of the track at some point after the incident, and he was later removed and seen standing on the live broadcast.   Seeyou Men was attempting to clear to the front coming around the first turn when he hooked wheels with leader Sir Chopin. The pair drifted out and backed into Its Huw You Know, who then fell. The Preferred event was declared a no contest. No further information is available at this time.    Guy Gagnon won his fourth of five races later in the card as he and Luke And Duke made short work of the Preferred Handicap field.   Gagnon, Rideau's leading driver of 2020, sent the nine-year-old Mach Three gelding marching early from post six. Racemup got away best and hung out Luke And Duke, who made the front midway through the first turn and set a quick 27.3 first panel. Gagnon then produced a perfect second-quarter breather, bringing his mount to the half in 58 and accelerated again to hit the three-quarters in 1:26. Racemup took his shot turning for home, pulling out of the pocket, but the leader had far too much. Luke And Duke put away the challenger with mild urging and coasted to a one-and-a-quarter length victory. Racemup held on for place and Officer Jones converted a three-hole trip into show money. The winner paid $3.20.     Gagnon co-owns with Jean Laroche and trains Luke and Duke, who they claimed on Aug. 23rd, 2020. The horse now has 29 wins and more than $180,000 in earnings lifetime.   Rideau Carleton held 13 races on Feb. 21. The track has no more scheduled race dates.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Harness racing returned to Ontario on Feb. 16 as horses and horsepeople braved snowstorms and freezing temperatures to contest the province's first races of 2021 at The Raceway at Western Fair District and Rideau Carleton Raceway. While racing itself was the unquestionable winner of the night, driver Guy Gagnon was a very close second as Rideau Carleton's leading driver of 2020 won six of the track's 13 races on the evening. Heza Handy Man became the first winning Standardbred of the 2021 Ontario season, taking The Raceway's opener with a brush-and-crush 2:00.4 effort. Driver Mike Horner popped the pocket just past the quarter in 28.2 and took a breather with a half in 1:00. He repelled pressure from Yannick Seelster as they hit three-quarters in 1:00.3 and pulled away to a length-and-a-half victory with a 30.1 final panel. The four-year-old horse by Big Jim notched his 10th lifetime win for owner and trainer Mark Horner. Yannick Seelster finished a game second and Atthebeach Hanover circled up late for third. Heza Handy Man paid $7.00 to win. Minutes later, Sos Justified became the second victor of the year as Pascal Berube and he swept by late to score in the first race at Rideau Carleton in 1:58.3. The nine-year-old, Anne Marie Turenne-trained gelding secured his 28th win lifetime, paying $13.60. Senior K posted a 28.4 first quarter, but Badstormanyport brushed by at 3/8s, hitting the half in :58.1 and third quarter in 1:28. Sos Justified went to the outside and grinded down Badstormanyport, who finished second, for a half-length win. Matts Tuition found late pace and finished third. Matthew Mcdonald and Makayla Romano own the son of Art Colony who has now earned more than $225,000. The N/W $50000 Lifetime feature race at Western fair saw a heated battle in the stretch between leader Spectrum Seelster and pocket-sitter Curious Cortez; the latter proved to be a head better, winning in 2:01. Spectrum Seelster took the early lead under orders from driver and co-owner Travis Cullen setting the first three panels in 29.0, 1:01.2, and 1:31.2 with little opposition. Curious Cortez sat second from the start, drifted off the rail at the head of the lane and emerged victorious with heavy urging by Colin Kelley. The five-year-old gelding by Big Jim and conditioned by Jared Bako makes it 10 wins and more than $50,000 in earnings for owners Christopher Jewitt and John Gray. Spectrum Seelster held on bravely to finish second and Harry G capitalized on a rail trip to finish third. Guy Gagnon won his second - and possibly easiest - of the night in Rideau Carleton's first of two Preferred races. He sent Seeyou Men to the engine from post six in a 28.1 first quarter, and then set well-rationed 1:00, 1:30, and 1:59.3 splits in a dominant performance. Trainer Catheline Pelletier trains and co-owns the nine-year-old Muscle Mass gelding with Chantal Gravel, who also bred him. He has now earned more than $325,000 and won 30 races lifetime for Pelletier and Gravel. He paid $14.80 in a two-and-a-quarter length win over Crossfit, who finished second, and Vero Amore Bi, who finished third. Gagnon completed a sweep of the Preferred events in race 10, setting Luke and Duke up nicely with a pocket trip and rallied in the final quarter to win comfortably by three lengths in 1:56.1. Racemup led for the first three panels, setting quarter times of 28.1, 57.3, and 1:27, but he was unable to stop Luke And Duke, who came off cover and soared by in mid-stretch. Racemup settled for place, and Avatar J faded to third after a first-up challenge. Gagnon also co-owns with Jean Laroche and trains the nine-year-old son of Mach Three, whose earnings now top $175,000 lifetime and whose wins total 28. He paid $6 to win. The night's combined 24 races were the first since Ontario entered a state of emergency on December 23. Western Fair handled $539,668 and Rideau Carleton saw $376,083 come through their virtual windows. Ontario's next track to reopen will be Woodbine Mohawk Park on Feb. 18. Regulars Louis-Philippe Roy and Doug McNair each scored twice at The Raceway. For full race results, click here.  by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

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

HANOVER, ON -  Driver Guy Gagnon and trainer Dany Fontaine teamed up to win two divisions of the two-year-old trotting colt Grassroots harness racing season finale at Hanover Raceway on Saturday night. Gagnon and Fontaine kicked off their successful outing in the second $22,450 division with Kenogami Coco. Starting from Post 3 Gagnon sent the Wheeling N Dealin son straight to the front and never saw a challenge, cruising through fractions of :30, 1:02 and 1:32.3 on their way to a three and one-half length victory in 2:03.3. Les Nessman finished second and Marbellos rounded out the top three. "Coco is a nice colt," said Fontaine, adding that he was not surprised by the young trotter's victory. "All winter he trained good, all the time." Fontaine trains Kenogami Coco for owner-breeders Jean Francois and Marie Claude Reid of Anjou, QC. Saturday's win was the gelding's first in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program and boosted him from thirty-third in the division standings to eleventh with 62 points. The top 20 point earners will compete in the Sept. 27 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final advancing to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Oct. 5. In addition to the OSS program Kenogami Coco also spent the summer competing in the Future Stars Series at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres where he won two legs and finished second in the Sept. 8 final. In seven starts he boasts a record of three wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $38,462. Gagnon and Fontaine recorded their second Grassroots win in the third division with Laval Titan, who got away second from Post 6 and took command just after the :30.2 opening quarter. Comfortably in command through a 1:01.2 half and a 1:31.4 three-quarters, Laval Titan dug in down the stretch to secure a one-half length victory over fan favourite Ripped And Ready in 2:02.2. Franks Angel was well behind the duelling leaders in third. "He's a big horse and I knew he was good on a half, the only thing I was not sure is if he run at the gate, but when I saw him starting at the gate and he take the front, for sure the race is finished," said Fontaine of the gelding, who made early breaks in three of his first four lifetime starts. "He's starting to come mature now at the end of the season." Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC bred and owns Laval Titan, who hit the board for the first time in the Sept. 3 Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park and finishes just above his stablemate in tenth spot with 67 points. Fontaine is hoping the E L Titan son can maintain his steady form through the Semi-Final and deliver on the promise he demonstrated through his early lessons. "I'm very happy about him; about both you know, but him because all winter he showed me he was good - we staked him everywhere that horse. He has very nice conformation, big horse, everything, but he takes some time to come mature," said Fontaine. "He's coming, he's not perfect, but he's coming; just in time for the finals." Former Walkerton resident Mark Etsell won the last division with Secrets Justice, who was also making his first appearance in the winner's circle. Starting from Post 3 Etsell settled the gelding in fourth as Mr Arch rolled out to a :30.3 quarter and then sent Secrets Justice up the outer lane heading for the 1:01.2 half. The pair remained in the outer lane as Mr Arch trotted by the 1:31 three-quarters, but in the stretch they succeeded in wearing the pacesetter down. At the 2:01.2 finish it was Secrets Justice with a head in front, leaving Mr Arch to settle for second and fan favourite Awesomedabra well back in third. "He toughed it out today," said Etsell. "When I saw the draw I said we're in the toughest division - the horse that beat us last time (Awesomedabra) and then the two-horse (Mr Arch), he beat us in Georgian - but it all worked out so that was good." Etsell trains and drives Secrets Justice for owner-breeder Dave Husul, Arlene Husul and Nancy D'Hulster of Langton, ON. With one win and one third in Grassroots action the Justice Hall gelding wraps up the regular season tied with Kenogami Coco for eleventh in the standings. The other division went to Enduring Strength, who carved out fractions of :31, 1:03 and 1:33.3 and then battled down the stretch to a nose victory in 2:04.2. Remember Titans finished second but was placed back to fifth for causing interference in the stretch, so Youboozeyoulose was elevated to the runner-up spot with Northern Flame moving up to third. Mario Baillargeon trains and drives Angus Hall son Enduring Strength for fractional ownership group's Enduring Strength group of Guelph, ON. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club is hosting a rare three-day weekend of harness racing at the Hippodrome 3R, featuring stakes and special events this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend has been billed as a Festival of Racing. Breeders Cup For Trotters Friday The big weekend kicks off Friday evening with the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. There will be three weeks of preliminary action culminating with the top eight-point earners in the series returning on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $65,000C finals. The opening round features trotting fillies in the second race where rivals Cho Choo Blue (post 2) takes on Kinderunbelievable (post 8). The trotting colts are in action in race five as $141,000C career winner Only For Justice (post 1) and stablemate Clevisse (post 8) race as an entry for trainer Dany Fontaine and the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal, who bred and owners both horses. First race post time is 7:00 pm Quebec Regional Fair Saturday On Saturday, the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Regional Fair which will feature a family fun day at the track with 13 races beginning at 1:00 pm. Special activities on Saturday for the race fans include drawings for rides in a two-seat sulky on the racetrack, rides in the starting gate, plus drawings for dining-room packages and betting vouchers. There will be a live horse on display at the entrance to the track for fans to take photos with and specially for the children there will be balloon sculptors and face painting, etc. And all the events are FREE for the patrons. On the racetrack will be many two-year-old trotters and pacers competing for the first time. There is also a unique half-mile race (10th) featuring top pacers Surf Report (post 6) and Allstar Seelster (post 1). Since there is no record of a half mile race at the Hippodrome 3R, the winner will automatically become the track record holder. In addition to the live racing, the track will also have a special Monte Race (racing under saddle) with trotters. There will be no wagering on the exhibition race that has a purse of $600C donated by Demers Excavation Company. $120,000C Quebec-Bred Series Finals Sunday The Quebec-Bred Series for older horses culminates on Sunday with four $30,000C final for the trotters and pacers plus the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. There are two trotters and one pacer who could become the first ever to win four Quebec championships. They are Capteur De Reve, Maximuscle and Atomic Million AM. Capteur De Reve goes for his fourth straight title in the seventh trot final. Now age 5, the son of Muscle Mass will have a very tough task as he starts from the outside in post seven for driver Stephane Gendron. Last week he beat the odds-on favorite, Seeyou Men, who drew post one. Maximuscle goes from post three for driver Louis Philippe Roy in trying for his fourth straight title. Other contenders in the race include track record holder Wildwild Men (post 8) and Kinnder Dangerous (post 2). Then in the tenth race, Atomic Million AM heads the final for older pacing horses and starts from post five for driver Guy Gagnon. Undefeated at H3R this season, Atomic Million AM goes for his fifth straight win this year for trainer, owner and breeder, Alain Martin. Now age eight, the son of Million Dollar Cam boasts four wins in six starts this year, his fastest mile coming last week with a 1:54.1 triumph, the fastest mile at H3R this season. Other standouts in the race are Kinnder Jackson (post 3), HP Patriote (post 8) and Major Lou Beka (post 2). The mares do battles in the third race trot final headed by Eau Naturelle (post two) against Lucky Promesses and Kascara Rosa. The pacing mares go at it in race eight featuring YS Tallia (post 7) going for her fourth straight win, Lit De Rose (post 6), Lune Bleu (post 1) and All You Can Dream (post 5). The opening round of the Breeders Cup Series for the pacers takes place in races 2, 4, 9 and 11. Featured will be top colts and fillies Cooking Up The Speed (race 2), Ashleysbest (race 4) who goes for her fourth straight win, YS Sunshine (race 4), GA Speed Gaby (race 9), HP Napoleon, who comes to H3R off a 1:51 win at Woodbine and Bettor Now (race 11). First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver William Roy, age 22, scored his first pari-mutuel victory Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, leading from start to finish with Arsenal De Chafra in the second race pace. A resident of Sorel-Tracy, Roy learned his trade through his father, trainer Guy Roy. Involved in harness racing since birth, Roy said he wanted to be just like his father. "Growing up I wanted to become a great trainer like my father," Roy explained. "But he put me in the sulky right away for the experience and I liked it." After attending the Cegep de Sorel-Tracy College, Roy works during the day as a concierge for the city of Sorel-Tracy. He has two horses with his father and co-owner Francis Prouix. Starting from post six on Sunday with Arsenal De Chafra, Roy left from post six, easily made the lead and held it the entire one-mile race, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:01.1. It was not only the first pari-mutuel victory for Roy, but also for Arsenal De Chafra. He is a four-year-old gelding by Power Park, trained and owned by Francis Prouix of Saint Pie-De-Guire and paid $6.00 to win. In the fourth race Preferred Pace, it was Saulsbrook Peach and driver Jocelyn Gendron having little trouble handling the field. Leaving from post four, Saulsbrook Peach was parked out going to the lead by Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) in a :27.4 opening quarter mile. Once in command, the rest was easy as Gendron kept Saulsbrook Peach in the lead past the half mile in :57.3, the three-quarters in 1:26.4 before coasting home to win by two lengths in 1:55.1. Kinnder Jackson (Pierre Luc Roy) was a game second with Outlaw Turn N Burn third. The oldest competitor in the field at age 10, Saulsbrook Peach is sired by Royal Mattjesty, trained by Guy Gagnon, owned by Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel and paid $3.20 to win. Track Notes: Two-time Quebec-Bred Champion, Stock), who is nominated to the $200,000C Prix D'Ete at H3R on Sunday, August 18, captured the 8th race pace in 1:55.3 for driver Pascal Berube, paying $10.70 to win. Jocelyn Gendron lead all drivers on Sunday with three winners. Trainer Guy Gagnon sent out two winners from his stable. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday evening with the third and final preliminary round of the $276,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four-year-old and older trotters. First race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - There were four opening round harness racing divisions of the $267,000 Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers and YS Tallia and McKinney were the fastest of all, with YS Tallia scoring the fastest mile this season at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The 8th race second divisions for older mares started off with Lune Bleu and driver Pierre Luc Roy taking command with the overwhelming 1-9 favorite YS Tallia and driver Stephane Gendron dropping into second place by the opening quarter mile in :28.2. Gendron then came out briefly with YS Tallia as if he was going to quarter move to the lead, but backed it off and settled back into the two-hole. They went by the half mile in :57.4. Gendron just waited and at the three-quarters in 1:26.3, he had YS Tallia out of the pocket-trip and scooting to the lead. She kept rolling on in the stretch to win by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:54.3. Lune Bleu was second with Vee Breeze (Pascal Berube) third. A five-year-old mare by Western Ideal, YS Tallia is trained by Michel Allard and bred and owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. She paid only $2.10 to win. In the fifth race, second division for older horses Kinnder Jackson and driver Justin Filion sped away to the early lead with McKinney sitting the pocket-trip to the opening quarter mile in :27. Filion and Kinnder Jackson led the field through the half mile in :56.2 as Rose Run Slider (Jocelyn Gendron) started up first-over with Majo Lou Beka (Jonathan Lachance) second-over. As they raced down the backstretch, driver Francis Picard pulled the pocket with McKinney and started to come after race leader Kinnder Jackson through the three-quarters in 1:25.2. McKinney proved to the ultimate strong horse as he took the lead away from Kinnder Jackson as they started down the stretch and then pull away for a five and three-quarter length romp in 1:54.4. Kinnder Jackson held for second with Beach Runner A M (Marie Claude Auger) third. It was the fourth win of the year for McKinney, who was a prior Quebec Champion in 2014. The nine-year-old gelding by Santanna Blue Chip is trained by Francis Richard for Ontario owners Robert Kyle Fellows, Daniel Knechtel and Arpad Szabo. He paid $3.00 to win. The second race, first division for the horses saw three-time Quebec Champion Atomic Million AM lead from start to finish for driver Guy Gagnon. D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) made a race out of it late, coming first-over on the final turn and finished second by one length. The time of the mile was 1:56.2. HP Patriote (Jonathan Lachance) was third. It was the second straight win in four starts this year for Atomic Million AM. The eight-year-old gelding by Million Dollar Cam was bred and is owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau. He paid just $2.20 to win. The third race, first mares division, saw the 1-2 race favorite, Miss Rockadali and driver Guy Gagnon grind it out against Imagine Speed (Tyler Jones) to take command after the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Miss Rockadali then led the field to the half mile marker in :27.3 with Imagine Speed sitting the pocket-trip and All You Can Dream (Stephane Brosseau) coming up first-over with Lit De Rose (Stephane Gendron) grabbing the second-over cover. Down the backstretch they went as Imagine Speed began to fade and Brosseau ducked into the two-hole spot with All You Can Dream at the three-quarters in 1:26.4. That left Lit De Rose first-over and still on the move as the hit the top of the stretch. Miss Rockadali tried her best but was not match for Lit De Rose, who closed well at the finish to win by one and one quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Miss Rockadaili was second with All You Can Dream third. It was a lifetime mark for Lit De Rose, a four-year-old mare by Leader Bayama who is trained by Maime Velaye for breeder/owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. Lit De Rose was a Quebec Champion at H3R at age two in 2017. She paid a handsome $17.70 to win Sunday. Track Notes: Pascal Berube, Guy Gagnon and Stephane Gendron all had driving doubles Sunday. Live racing resumes next Friday, post time is 7:00 pm. Featured will be the second round of the $267,000C Quebec-Bred Series for four-year-old and older trotters. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The class of the field and three-time Quebec Series Champion, Atomic Million AM, heads one of the four opening round harness racing divisions of the $267,000 Quebec-Bred Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. A big change for the series this year is that the series is now open to pacers and trotters ages four and older. Prior to that the series was only open to four and five-year-olds. After three preliminary rounds, the top eight point earners will race in $30,000 finals on Sunday, July 14. Atomic Million AM drew the rail in the second race, the first of two divisions for older horses. With three championships already under his belt, the eight-year-old gelding by Million Dollar Cam is the odds-on favorite to sweep the series and become perhaps the first pacer ever to win four championships. Bred, owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau, Atomic Million AM, Atomic Million AM is the class of the field, having lifetime earnings of $292,405C and a lifetime record of 1:50.3. He gave notice in his last start that he is ready to take on all comers as he wired the field at H3R in 1:56.4 on an off-track (2 seconds). He will be driven by Guy Gagnon on Sunday. The field also features Sports Authority from post three. This gelded son of Sportswriter is coming off a 1:54 second place finish at Tioga Downs in the USA for trainer Marc Major and is now in the barn of Stephane Poullet and will be driven by Melanie Plourde. Other contenders include former Quebec Series champions, HP Patriote (post 2) and Stock (post five), with DJ Power (post four) and SOS Shanghaiavprince (post 6) to round out the field. The fifth race is the second division for older horses and featured is $501,000C career winner McKinney, who is also a former Quebec-Bred Champion. He starts from post three for driver Francis Picard. Now trained by Francis Richard, McKinny ships back to Quebec from Ontario, where he is off to another great season, having already won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52. He will face Rideau Carleton invaders, Beach Runner A M (post 4) and Majo Lou Beka (post 6), along with Bali (post 1), Kinnder Jackson (post 2) and Rose Run Slider (post 5). The four-year-old and up mares divisions start in the third race where former champions Charleurs Fantasy (post 3) meets up with Lit De Rose (post 6). The race favorite at 5/2 is Skyfall Sena (post 5), also owned and trained by Alain Martin and shows a 1:56.2 score last month at Kawartha Downs. The eighth race is the second mares' division and is headed by YS Tallia (post 5) for driver Stephane Gendron. She is a five-year-old mare by Western Ideal with more than $217,000C in lifetime earnings. She is shipping back to Canada from the USA and is trained by Michel Allard for breeder/owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. Other contenders include Lune Bleu (post 2) and Butterfly BG (post 1). For a free race program for Sunday's ten-race card, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The $276,000 Quebec-Bred Series got underway for four-year-old and older harness racing trotters and two full brothers, Seeyou Men and his younger brother, Wildwild Men, both won their respective opening round divisions at the Hippodrome 3R Friday. The Quebec-Bred Series is for older trotters and pacers with three weeks of preliminary action and then $30,000C finals on Sunday, July 14. The first division for older trotters was the first race on the program and saw Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion go right to the front from post two with rival Capteur De Reve (Stephane Gendron) sitting on their backs after Sometimes When (Guy Gagnon) made a costly early break. Kinnder Dangerous led the field around the second turn and coming past the stands he was unchallenged until 1/5 race favorite Seeyou Men came first-over and started to press towards the lead at the half mile in :59.4. Around the turn and heading down the backstretch, Seeyou Men and Brosseau could not pass Kinnder Dangerous and those two were head and head at the three-quarters in 1:29. On the final turn it looked like Filion had Kinnder Dangerous on the lead for good but Seeyou Men was not done yet, Brosseau asked his horse for me and it dug in and came on to win by a long neck over Kinnder Dangerous with the pocket-sitting Capteur De Reve grabbing third place. The one-mile trot went in 1:59. Kinnder Dangerous was found guilty of skipping over three pylons on the final turn and was placed sixth as Capteur De Rene was placed second and Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was placed third. It was the second win this year for Seeyou Men, who is trained by Daniel Martin, bred and co-owned by Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. The seven-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass paid $2.60 to win. In the sixth race second division, it was Wildwild Men and driver/trainer Guy Gagnon grinding it out past Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) to the opening quarter mile in :28.2. They raced that way past the half mile in :59.1 and it was then that SG Goliath King and driver Jocelyn Gendron came first over and pressed the leader to the three-quarters in 1:29.3. Then after the final turn, Wildwild Men put away SG Goliath King and easily held off Caroluzzo in the stretch to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.1. Caroluzzo was second with SG Goliath King third. Race favorite Maximuscle was unable to make it to the starting gate and never was able to catch the field. For track record holder Wildwild Men, it was his third win this season and it made for a stakes double for breeder and co-owner Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, as they also have Seeyou Men. Wildwild Men paid $4.40 to win. The lone Quebec-Bred Series for the trotting mares took place in the third race where EAU Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle were able to lead from start to finish. Outkicking Montanaalaska (Stephane Brosseau) to gain the early lead, Delisle was challenged right away by Precieuse CC and driver/trainer Claude Beausoleil on the outside to the opening quarter mile in :29. Precieuse CC looked to clear to the lead and then went off-stride and was out of the race. Precieuse CC was content on the front end to the half mile marker in 1:00 when a dogfight was looming as Lucky Promesses (Steeve Genois) came first-over in the backstretch and those two hooked up past the three-quarters in 1:30.1. Then as they started down the stretch EAU Naturelle was the strong horse, winning by one length in 2:00.3. Lucky Promesses held for second with Y S Suzanne (Guy Gagnon) third. It was the first win in six starts this year for Precieuse CC, a four-year-old mare by Angus Hall who is owned by Chantal Auger-Maxime Dubuc of Portneuf, Raymond Bouffard of Quebec and Anne Delisle of Deschambault. She paid $6.60 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau, Marie Claude Auger and Carol Voyer each had driving doubles Friday. Carol Voyer also had a training double. In the second race pace, Sylvain Gagnon drove Northern Trophy to a 1:59 triumph at odds of 23-1, resulting in the highest payoff of the race meet at $49.80. On Sunday it will be the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers with four divisions, two for mares and two for horses. Headlining the fields are Atomic Million AM, Sports Authority, Stock, Chaleurs Fantasy, Beach Runner AM, McKinny and YS Tallia. Post time is 1:00 pm. For a free program for Sunday's race card or any general information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The $276,000C new Quebec-Bred Series gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Frid14ay night with three opening round harness racing divisions for older trotters. The series was changed for this year to allow all trotters and pacers age four and older that were eligible to compete in the series. Prior to this change the series was only open for four and five-year-olds. There will be three weeks of preliminary competition followed by $30,000C finals on Sunday, July 14. The very first race on the program Friday is the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotters. Featured are three former champions, Seeyou Men (post 4), Holiday Party (post 5) and Capteur De Reve (post 3). Seeyou Men ships in from Mohawk Raceway for trainer Daniel Martin and is the morning line favorite at 5/2. A $252,000c career winner has 16 starts this season and nearly $50,000c won in 2019. Track record holder Holiday Party was a game second last week at H3R in the Preferred-Handicap Trot while Capteur De Reve, who could become a four-time champion if he can win the final, comes into the race off a dismal performance in his first start of the year last week. Other contenders include Kinnder Dangerous (post 2), who two starts back won his 2019 debut with a 1:58.4 triumph at H3R, Sultan D Or (post 6) is the winningest horse at H3R this season with four wins in five outings. Rideau Carleton invader, Sometimes When (post 1) rounds out the field. The sixth race is the second division for trotting horses and sees the return of three-time champion Maximuscle (post two), now trained by Michel Allard for Allard Racing. Shipping back to Quebec from Pocono Downs, Maximuscle shows one win this year in 1:56. Track record holder and Quebec champion Wildwild Men (post 6) will be in the hunt for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon and also entered is long-time H3R Open Trot contender and track record holder Caroluzzo (post 3). Rounding out the field are SOS Irresistable (post 1), SG Goliath King (post 4) and KFB Amigo Cool (post 5). The lone mares division takes place in the third race and is headlined by former champion Y S Suzanne (post 6). Trained and co-owned by Blake Curran, Y S Suzanne ships in from Rideau Carleton where she was second by a head in 1:58.4. She has five wins so far in 2019. Lucky Promises (post 5) comes back to her home track and is now being trained by Francis Richard. She will be driven by Steeve Genois, who campaigned her at Saratoga Raceway in the USA. Another good mare in the field is last year's Quebec-Bred Champion Precieuse CC (post 4), who has one win in four starts this season, 1:59 lifetime mark. Also entered are Vanilla Star (post 1), Montanaalaska (post 2) and EAU Naturelle (post 3). The older pacers in the Quebec-Bred Series get underway on Sunday at H3R with four divisions. For a free race program for Friday, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The trotters own the spotlight at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening with five divisions of the Quebec Series for harness racing two and three-year-old trotters. The action begins right in the third race with the Breeders Cup for three-year-old trotting fillies. Montanaalaska seeks her third straight win and starts from post two for driver Guy Gagnon. This daughter of Angus Hall wired the field in 2:00.2 last week at Rideau Carleton and in the second rounds of the Breeders Cup Series, won at H3R in 2:02.4. She is trained by Alain Martin and owned by Michel Grenier of Gatineau. The colts in the second round of the Breeders Cup Series get underway in the sixth race where Johnnys Revenge (post three) takes on Sir Chopin (post one) and Sombre (post five). The second division for colts is in the eighth race where SG Goliath King looks to extend his two-race winning streak for Sylvain Grenier of Saint-Rene. Grenier not only bred and owns the gelded son of Lucky Fool, but is also the trainer and driver. SG Goliath King has now won three of his last four starts and has finished first or second in his last six starts, the fastest a 2:01.2 record at H3R. They will start from post six and go against return winner Yankee Photo (post five) and Nobodynojustice (post three), all of whom have won prior legs of the series. The two-year-old trotters are featured first in the Future Stars Series in race four for the fillies. Newcomer to H3R is Kenogami Darling, who ships in from Toronto off a very impressive victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The daughter of Justice Hall came from off the trot in a $19,500 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroot Stake and won going away by six lengths in 1:59.2. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder Jean Francois of Anjou, who co-owns the filly with Claude Reid of Jonquiere and starts from post six. Kenogami Darling will be taking on return Series winners The Only is Somolie (post seven) and My Lady Hall (post five), who is part of an entry with Claudi P V (post 2). The colts for the Future Stars have nine starters in the ninth race and the early favorite is trainer/driver and Hall of Famer Yves Filion's Money Hill from post seven. This colt by Muscle Hill won his qualifying event at Mohawk in 2:00.3 and in his first start in the Define World Series, was fourth, race timed in 1:58.4. He was bred and is owned by R L Belanger of Laval. Money Hill will go against opening round winner, El Bleu (post nine) and the Dany Fontaine entry of Only For Justice (post one) and Clevisse (post eight). They were both bred and are owned by Gaston Bono, Inc. of Montreal. First race post time is 12:50 pm Tuesday. Anyone wishing to get a free race program can visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The very first race on the harness racing program set the tone of action at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening as it took the photo finish camera to declare the winner of the first of four $30,000 finals for the Quebec-Bred Series. The first race featured the final for four and five-year-old pacing mares and it turned out to be exciting battle between two-time former champion, HP Sissy and Art De Gagnee. Race favorite Skyfall Sena (Guy Gagnon) was first on the lead but Stephane Brosseau wanted control of the race with HP Sissy and took over after a :27.3 opening quarter mile. Then before the half mile in :57, driver Pierre Luc Roy came first-over with Art De Gagnee and pushed HP Sissy for control, but could not pass her by as they raced head and head past the three-quarters in 1:25.4. Art De Gagnee then stuck a head out in front at the top of the stretch, but HP Sissy dug in some more for Brosseau, but it was not good enough as Roy kept after Art De Gagnee, who won the photo finish by a head in 1:56. Skyfall Sena was third. It was a lifetime mark for Art De Gagnee, a five-year-old mare by Shadow Play, owned and trained by Cassandra Lecourt of Ste-Victoire De Sorel. She was bred by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and paid $15.80 to win. The sixth race $30,000 final for the trotting mares saw EAU Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle go right to the front as expected, but a costly break by Lucky Promisses allowed race favorite Y S Suzanne and driver Guy Gagnon to get the two-hole trip. They raced Indian-style past the half and then in the backstretch, Gagnon made his move with Y S Suzanne and came first-over but could not pass by a determined EAU Naturelle as they raced head and head until mid-stretch when Y S Suzanne took over and won by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.3. EAU Naturelle was second with Vanilla Star (Yves St Jacques) third. It was the second Championship Final for Y S Suzanne, who also won at age 2. She is a five-year-old mare Angus Hall, co-owned and trained by Blake Curran with by Jason Jamieson of Perth, ON. She paid $2.40 to win. Wildriverbumble made it three straight championships as he ended up being an easy winner in the 7th race final for the pacing horses. It was Majo Lou Beka an driver Jonathan Lachance that put on a speed show as they left from the rail and opened up on the field immediately, going to the opening quarter mile in :26.4 and then to the half mile in :55.1. Dance With Joe and driver Daniel Dulude and troubles leaving and was in second place but quit after the half mile and that was when Guy Gagnon got Wildriverbumblebee on the move on the outside. They caught up with Major Lou Beka at the three-quarters in 1:24.1 and on the final turn Wildriverbumblebee took command for Gagnon and went on to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:55. HP Patriote (Pascal Berube) was second with C L Sportaction (Brosseau) third. It was the second straight win for Wildriverbumblebee. The four-year-old stallion by Sportswriter is trained by Francis Richard and was bred and is owned by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton. He paid $3.30 to win. The last $30,000 final was the 8th race for the trotting horses and it was quite a battle from the start. Both Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) and Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) wanted the lead and by the opening quarter mile in :27.4, Filion took back into the two-hole with Kinnder Dangerous. Then on the second turn, Pierre Luc Roy started Capteur De Reve up on the outside and they started working their way to the front at the half mile in :58.2. Then by the three-quarters in 1:28, Capteur De Reve was able to collar Holiday Party as Filion and Kinnder Dangerous tried coming three-wide on the final turn. As they came down the stretch, Capteur De Reve proved to be the strong horse and went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.4. Sometimes When (Guy Gagnon) closed well to be second with Holiday Party third. It was the second straight Championship for Capteur De Reve, who won last year at age three. The four-year-old son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by Ecuire Provoquante of Mirabel. He paid $4.80 to win. There were three divisions of the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters Tuesday evening. The first colt division was the second race and saw Yankee Photo and driver Pascal Berube take early control from Sir Chopin (Simon Delisle) after the opening quarter mile in :29.4. From that point on Yankee Photo wired the field, winning by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.1. Sir Chopin was second with Johnny's Revenge (David Pilon) third. It was the second win this season for Yankee Photo. The colt by Muscle Yankee is trained by Gerald Woodberry and was bred and is owned by Mario Gourgee of Stanbridge East and paid $3.90 to win. The second division, fifth race, belonged to SG Goliath King and driver Sylvain Grenier, who led from start to finish by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:03. SOS Irresistable (Daniel Laflamme) tried coming first-over at the opening quarter mile and was parked out the entire mile but still held on for second place. Nobodynojustice (Guy Gagnon) looped the field three-wide at the three-quarters and around the final turn but could not keep the momentum going and finished third. It was the second straight win and third victory on the year for SG Goliath King. The son of Lucky Feel was bred and is owned and trained by Grenier of Saint-Rene and paid $3.40 to win. The lone filly division in the third race saw race favorite Kinnder Prediction (Justin Filion) go off-stride at the start and that left Montanaalaska and driver Guy Gagnon all alone to lead the field with ease and win by five and three-quarter lengths in 2:02.4. Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) was second with Stand For Justice (Brosseau) third. It was a lifetime mark and first career victory for the daughter of Angus Hall. She is trained by Alain Martin for owner Michel Grenier of Gatineau, paying $4.00 to win. In the Horse Power Challenge Race, featuring Grand Prix auto drivers Andrew Ranger vs LP (Louis-Philippe) Dumoulin in double-seater jogging carts, it was Quebec native Andrew Ranger with harness racing coach Simon Allard, beating LP Dumoulin and coach Stephane Brosseau by one length in 2:31.2. Track Notes: Live racing resumes on Tuesday with the second round of the Future Stars Pacing Series for two-year-old's. Also, on Tuesday is the draw for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at H3R on Sunday, August 19. The post draw will be done live Tuesday in the winner's circle. Post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For more information and a free program for Tuesday, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Kinnder Jackson with driver Justin Filion, moved first-over against Stock and blew right by them on the final turn in capturing the $10,000 second round of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The eighth race co-feature for three-year-old harness racing pacing colts saw the overwhelming race favorite, 1/5 Hudson Phil, go off-stride for driver Clarke Steacy at the start of the race. That opened the race right away as Big Mach and driver Guy Gagnon shot out to the early lead, but it was last year's champion, Stock, who pressed to the front for driver Stephane Brosseau and led the field at the opening quarter mile in :28. They raced that way past the half in :57.4, but at the three-quarters in 1:27.1, driver Justin Filion was sitting third with Kinnder Jackson and moved him to the outside and the son of Allamerican Native and grabbed control of the lead by the top of the stretch. From that point on, Kinnder Jackson was not going to be caught, drawing off to win by six and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Stock was second with Power Fog (Pierre Luc Roy) third. Kinnder Jackson paid $21.90 to win. Bred, owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, it was the second straight win for Kinnder Jackson and his sixth win in seven starts this year. He is now tied with Requested as the two winningest horses at H3R this year with six wins each. In the second race, the first of the two Breeders Cup divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies, Katniss S BG ($3.00) and driver Pascal Berube make it two straight wins in the series. The daughter of Mach Three, bred and owned by Sylvain Descheneaux and Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy and trained by Richard Moreau saw Lit De Rose and driver Pierre Luc Roy shoot to the early lead by the opening quarter in :27.2. Berube then moved Katniss S BG first-over and with a major burst of speed, took the lead away from Lit De Rose before the half mile in :57.4. From there Berube held the field at bay, leading at the three-quarters in 1:26.4 before opening up to win by five and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Lit De Rose was second with D Gs Shadowbell (Jonathan Lachance) third. The fifth race second filly division saw Butterfly BG ($3.90) and driver Guy Gagnon go wire-to-wire by one length in 1:59.3 over the pocket-sitting Sharks Summrshandy (Pascal Berube) with Perfect Glory (Sylvain Lacaille) a game third after racing first-over in the backstretch. It was the second straight win and third on the season for Butterfly BG. The Sportswriter filly is trained by Gagnon, bred and owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. The Invitational-Handicap Pace in the third race saw the return to H3R of three-time Quebec Champion, Atomic Million AM, and he came home not to lose. Atomic Million AM ($2.50) and driver Guy Gagnon came after Chaleurs Ad (Kevin Maguire) and took command at the quarter mile in :26.2. From there it was all Atomic Million Am. Gagnon kept his steed in control passing the three-quarters in 1:24.4 and then drew off in the stretch for the race fans, winning by four open lengths in 1:53.4. Solid Performance (Pascal Berube) was second with Windsun Cheyenne (Marie Auger) third. It was the third win this year for Atomic Million AM, a seven-year-old gelding by Million Dollar Cam, who now has career earnings of more than $278,000 for breeder, owner and trainer, Alain Martin. Driver Pascal Berube took 9-1 Montana Ben three-wide in the backstretch the final time and looped the field, taking the lead away from Clever Thing (Tyler Jones), then scoring a five and one-half length romp in the two-mile at H3R. The time of the race was 4:06, nearly four seconds slower than the world and track record at H3R. For Montana Ben, the six-year-old gelding by Western Terror posted his first win in 19 starts this year for trainer Marc Andre Simmoneau and paid $21.80 to win. He is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. Brusslebeach (Maxim Gaudreault) was second with Clever Thing third. Track Notes: This was the last live race program at H3R for the next two weeks due to the Grand Prix car racing that takes over most of the town of Trois-Rivieres. The next live program will be a special one on Thursday, August 9, when H3R hosts the $120,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers. There will be four Championship races, each going for a purse of $30,000. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Guy Gagnon came into the Hippodrome 3R needing just two victories to score his 5,000th career win and it took him until the last race on the program to get the job done. In the fourth race trot he was able to win with ease aboard Irish Master ($3.80) in 2:03.3. It was a romp as they won by nine and one-quarter lengths. Then Gagnon had to wait until the eighth race, the last on the program to get the job done. He was driving Evergreen Artist ($5.00) and they left from post six and led from start to finish, winning with ease by three and three-quarter lengths in a lifetime best clocking of 1:55. "This horse was just bought and it was its first start with the trainer (Francis Richard)," Gagnon explained. "He said that the horse was ready and it was." "5,000 victories you do not that alone," Gagnon said. "I must thank all of the trainers who gave me the drives over the years. I feel very proud and thank everyone who has supported me in my career." It was just two weeks ago that driver Simon Delisle of Dechambault scored a big upset with his trotting mare and sure enough he was able to do it again at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. With a change in tactics from her previous start, trainer/driver Simon Delisle and EAU Naturelle was able to again beat race favorite Y S Suzanne and driver Guy Gagnon in the third and final leg of the Quebec-Bred Series. Now the four and five-year-old trotters must wait until Thursday, August 9 when the top eight-point earners in the series return to H3R for their respective $30,000 finals. In the third race division for mares, Delisle went to the lead with EAU Naturelle instead of looking for cover to come off of later in the race as he had done in his last two starts. With Y S Suzanne on their back in the two-hole, Delisle and EAU Naturelle led the field past the opening quarter in :30.3 and that was when driver Stephanie Brosseau came first-over with and pressed to the half mile in a mild 1:01.3.t Brosseau kept the pressure on EAU Naturelle and they raced as a team going into the backstretch. Then Gagnon pulled out from being Delisle with Y S Suzanne and began to follow HP Run Like Mom and then tipped three-wide and looped around HP Run Like Mom as they passed the three-quarters in 1:31.2. Around the final turn Gagnon tried to gain ground on Delisle but could not. Delisle and EAU Naturelle were strong in the stretch and won with ease by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.3. Y S Suzanne was second with Linda's Jewel (Mario Lachance) third. Last time out EAU Naturelle beat Y S Suzanne at odds of 22-1. This time it was at odds of 6-1. It was the third win in eight starts this year for the five-year-old daughter of Windsong Espoir. She is owned by Chantal Auger, Raymond Bouffard, Rejean Page and Anne Delisle, all of Quebec. She paid $15.10 to win. The last time EAU Naturelle and Delisle drew the rail post position as she started from tonight, she also won, leading from start to finish. Simon Delisle scored an even bigger upset victory in the very next race, winning with Scout Says at 14-1, paying $31.50 to win. In the horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series, the rivalry continued between Kinnder Dangerous and Capteur De Reve. The sixth race co-feature began with Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion shooting out to the early lead with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) following their cover in second place to the opening quarter mile in :29. Then as they came to half mile in 1:00.1, driver Pierre Luc Roy came first-over started moving toward the race leaders. Roy did not charge up and try to pass Kinnder Dangerous. He just allowed Capteur De Reve to sit alongside Filion until the three-quarters in 1:28.4. It was then that Filion asked Kinnder Dangerous for more and Capteur De Reve was not only able to match his speed but was also gaining ground. Coming down the stretch it was a two-horse race, neck and neck, head and head to the finish with Capteur De Reve the strong horse, winning by a neck in 1:58.4. Orlys Dream (Mario Lachance) was third. In four meetings this season, the score is tied with both horses having beaten each other twice. For Capteur De Reve, a four-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass, it was his second win in five starts this year. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, paying $6.30 to win. Track Notes: Requested ($3.60) became the winningest horse at H3R this season, scoring his fifth win, all at H3R, in the seventh race for driver Francis Picard. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Guy Gagnon from Gatineau, Quebec, finished at the top of the driver standings to win the 2018 Eastern Ontario / Quebec Regional Driving Championship at Kawartha Downs, near Peterborough, Ontario on Saturday night (June 30) and advances to the National Driving Championship at Grand River Raceway on September 26. Gagnon, a winner of 4,979 races and over $23 million in purse money during his career, finished the competition with 49 points.  In runner up position, and also advancing is Stephane Brosseau, of L’Assomption, Quebec with 41 points. The competition came down to the last race with the six races won by six different drivers.  Gagnon and Brosseau finished 1-2 in the final RDC race and that’s where they landed on the leaderboard. Gagnon and Brosseau will join other six drivers, including Ontario finalists Trevor Henry and Louis-Philippe Roy, Western finalists Kelly Hoerdt and Jamie Gray, and Atlantic finalists Gilles Barrieau and Redmond Doucet at the 2018 National Driving Championship at Grand River Raceway on September 26. The winner of the 2018 NDC will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the World Driving Championship (WDC), and join 2017 World Driving Champion, James MacDonald, in the 2019 WDC in Sweden. Here are the final standings: Guy Gagnon - 49 Stephane Brosseau – 41 Stephane Gendron- 36 Nick Boyd - 33 Reg Gassien -32 Brett MacDonald -31 Jonathan Lachance -29 Richard Simard - 25 Race-by-race recaps of the evening’s six championship races follow. The races were carded as races 1 and 3 and five through eight. RDC Race 1: Driver Nick Boyd blew away the opening race field, winning in a wire-to-wire romp with Gramps in 1:54. Boyd sent the Jennas Beach Boy gelding to the front, putting up fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:24.3 all while being chased by Brett MacDonald and Sup Hanover for second, while Jayda Nicole with Reg Gassien finished third.  “It was pretty simple,” Boyd said of the result after the race. “I had what turned out to be the best horse tonight and he got the job done.”  RDC Race 2: No Panic and Reg Gassien popped pocket on pacesetter Dads Filly (Guy Gagnon) to win in 1:56.4. Ima Holy Terror (Richard Simard)came first over at the half and led the chasing pack to take third with Rocket Gal (Brett MacDonald) rallying for fourth. RDC Race 3: Jonathan Lachance powered to the lead with Lyons William approaching the half, maintained control and kicked clear of his rivals to a 1:53.3 victory over Statement (Stephane Brosseau) and Jetset Charmer (Richard Simard). RDC Race 4: With Burlington (Guy Gagnon) commandeering the field heading to the half and setting a quick tempo on the lead, Judy The Beauty and Stephane Gendron capitalized on the swift fractions and rallied through the center of the track to win in 1:58. Majestic Maggie (Nicholas Boyd), from second over, claimed third. RDC Race 5:  Stephane Brosseau swept off cover with Every Girls Desire</a> turning for the wire and kicked clear to win in 1:##. Badstormanyport (Brett MacDonald), who set the pace, held onto second while Four For Orr (Nicholas Boyd) off a pocket trip held third. RDC Race 6: Guy Gagnon solidified his spot atop the championship standings, catapulting Ok Diablo to the front and to score in 1:56 over Big Sport (Stephane Brosseau) tracking his move in second and Amble Over Hanover (Stephane Gendron), who helped set a quick pace with Its Machademic (Brett MacDonald), holding third.   “I knew if I could get a fast half I’d be okay,” Gagnon said following the race. “Because, as a horse, he likes to finish strong.” by Kathy Wade Vlaar, for Standardbred Canada  

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