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Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday (Sept. 27) the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Championship Finals with eight events for two and three-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. It is the richest day of racing in all of Quebec with purses on the 12-race program totaling more than $500,000. The Future Stars Series Finals for two-year-old's each race for a purse of $55,000 while the Breeders Trophy Series Finals for three-year-old's race for $65,000 each. Adding to the race program is the return of world class drivers Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy to their home track. Sylvain Filion will compete in nine of the twelve races presented, including five finals, Louis-Philippe Roy in ten of the twelve races and six of the finals. No doubt they come to spice up and enhance the quality of the show offered with their presence. Here is a brief synopsis of the eight championship finals Sunday. 2YO Filly Trot Final - With only four entered, this race will be non-wagering, held after the 1st race. Also, the race is non-wagering because of Mag N Lady (Royalty For Life). She starts from post one, has swept all three legs of the series, and last week became the first two-year-old filly to trot under two minutes in the history of H3R with a track record 1:59.2 mile for trainer-driver Jean Francios Maquire. 2YO Colt Trot Final - 3rd race - Kinnder Dangerzone (Northern Escort) is the colt to beat. Has swept all three legs of the series with ease for driver Pierre-Luc Roy and owner, trainer, breeder Denitza Petrova. Hall Win (Angus Hall) in post two has a win in the series when not going against Kinnder Dangerzone. He will be driven by Pierre-Luc's younger brother, Louis-Philippe Roy. 2YO Filly Pace Final - 7th race - Sylvain Filion has come back home to H3R to drive dad's horses (Yves) and he is aboard Celia Bayama (Bettor's Delight), who ships back to H3R after taking lifetime mark at Mohawk Park with 1:54 score in Grassroots action. She has won three of her last four starts. CL Sportsexteme (Sportswriter) has been very sharp with Jonathan Lachance in the sulky. 2YO Colt Pace Final - 9th race - Yves Filion's coupled entry of Cadillac Bayama (Sylvain drives) and Colonel Bayama (Yves drives) looms way over this field. Cadillac Bayama won two legs of the series and has been super competitive in the Grassroots, race timed last week in 1:52. Colonel Bayama just won in series and they will take on contenders YS Do It Right (Louis-Philippe Roy) and The Light Speed (Pascal Berube). 3YO Filly Trot Final - 2nd race - Another Denitza Petrova standout is Kinnder High Class (post 3). Filly by Royalty For Life won two legs of the series and last week scored lifetime best 2:00 win against older trotters. Rivals include HP Starlette (post 6) and Lindas Pride (post 7). 3YO Colt Trot Final - 6th race - Kenogami Coco (Wheeling N Dealin) ships back to H3R after scoring two impressive wins in the Grassroots at Mohawk Park, the fastest in 1:56.2. Last year's 2yo winner, Babidibou, who was last year's champion has also been very sharp and Frido PV is also a decent contender. 3YO Filly Pace Final - 10th race - Tough call here as last year's champion, Acaena De Chakrika (Sunshine Beach) takes on Streakazana (Western Paradise). Streakazana is on an impressive three-race winning streak, beating Acaena De Chakrika last week. Two top fillies plus Zar E IP (Up The Credit) will make this a tough race. 3YO Colt Pace Final - 11th race - Saving the best for last. Eclat De Rire (Leader Bayama) is the defending 2019 champion and just made it to the final. Stablemate/entry Retour Au Jeu (He's Watching) is the sharper of the two, having won three of his last four starts, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:54.2. Mickeymaksomespeed (Mickey Hanover) just popped at H3R in 1:54.2 and has won three of his last four starts. Whitecookie (Windfall Blue Chip) and HP I Got To Play (Shadow Play) are also contenders in this tough field. First race post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. Track Notes: Live racing takes place Friday at H3R with first race post time at 4:00 pm. Four former Quebec Series Champions, with a total of eight titles among them, are competing. They are Capteur De Reve (Fri post six in race four), the only trotter to win 4 championships -- 2016 2TC/G, 2017 3TC/G, 2018 4-5TH/G, 2019 4+T/HG; Precieuse CC (post four race four) 2017 2TF, 2018 3TF; Holiday Party (race six post three) 2016 3TC/G, and Stock (race seven post three) 2017 2PC/G. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - At the Facebook Live post-position draw Wednesday afternoon for the Super Sunday race card Sunday (Sept. 27) at the Hippodrome 3R, Claude Levesque, Chairman of the Quebec Jockey Club, announced that four additional Friday race dates have been added to the 2020 schedule. It was welcome news at the H3R Quebec City OTB where the press conference was held. "The Quebec Jockey Club is pleased that despite Covid-19 not allowing spectators at the track to view and wager on live racing," Levesque said. "The increases in simulcast wagering have been very strong and that the horse people in Quebec will enjoy four extra days of live racing this year." H3R was to conclude live racing on Friday's on October 9 and will now add four more Friday's, October 16, 23, 30 and November 6. "There are two conditions to the extra four days of racing," Levesque added. "That the bars and therefore the betting houses we have are not closed by Public Health. And second is that there are obviously enough horses to fulfill these additional programs." Post time on Fridays is 4:00 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Two of the best harness racing drivers in North America, Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy, are returning to the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday to compete in the $480,000 Quebec Championship Finals. It is Super Sunday in Quebec with finals being held for the trotters and pacers in the Breeders Trophy Series and Future Stars Series. The are four Breeders Trophy Finals for the three-year-old's, each with a purse of $65,000 and four Future Stars Finals for the two-year-old's, each with a purse of $55,000. Super Sunday is the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. The Hippodrome 3R is where both Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy began their harness racing careers. Both drivers are now standouts on the WEG (Woodbine Entertainment Group) Circuit in Ontario. "I will be there next Sunday for sure," said Filion, who had raced earlier this month at H3R, driving his father, Yves Filion, horse's in the Future Stars Series. "I always like coming back to drive at H3R." Yves Filion and his Bayama Farms have two top two-year-old pacing colts in Future Stars Final, Cadillac Bayama and Colonel Bayama. Cadillac Bayama will be driven by Filion. Bayama Farms will also have Celia Bayama in the Future Stars Final for the fillies. Filion has had five drives at H3R this season with three wins, one second and one third place finish. His Universal Driving Rating (batting average) UDR is an impressive .600. For Roy, it will be the first time that he has driven at H3R this season. "It will be nice to see my friends from the track," LPR said. "And I also planned to spend the night in Quebec City with my parents after the races. "My good friend Francis Richard asked me if I wanted to come and drive all of his horses in the finals," LPR explained. "So, I thought it would be a good time to plan a little trip in Quebec, as I didn't have the chance to go back since Christmas with everything that happened with the Covid." Both Filion and Roy know they are coming back to their home track and facing some tough drivers. The meets leader, Pascal Berube, sports a UDR of .401, Stephane Gendron has a UDR of .400 and Stephane Brosseau, Pierre-Luc Roy (LPR's older brother), Francis Picard, Steeven Genois and the youngster, Samuel Fillion (LPR's brother-in-law), are all top-class drivers. The draw for post positions for Super Sunday in Quebec is Wednesday afternoon. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Mickeymaksomespeed rebounded from his miscue last week and crushed a field of older harness racing pacers Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. One of only two three-year-old's in the seventh race, Mickeymaksomespeed and driver Steeven Genois bided their time as City Of The Year (Dany Mainguy), Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) and Stock (Pascal Berube) all battled it out for control of the race. Once past the opening quarter mile in :27.3, it was Stock in front with Outlaw Turn N Burn sitting the pocket trip. Then at the half mile marker in :56.4, it was Mickeymaksomespeed and Genois coming first-over and breezing to the lead. Mickeymaksomespeed held nothing back, pulling away from the field at the three-quarters in 1:25.2 and cruising to a 1:54.3 triumph. The other three-year-old in the field, Eclat De Rire (Stephane Gendron), was parked out four-wide on the final turn and was able to close to be second by three and one-half lengths. Blackjack Soleil (Eric Beausoleil) was third. It was the eighth win in ten starts for Mickeymaksomespeed. The son of Mickey Hanover was bred and is owned and trained by Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt and paid $7.50 to win. Both Mickeymaksomespeed and Eclat De Rire were prepping for next week's $65,000 Breeders Trophy Series Final where the two will battle one again. It is Super Sunday in Quebec with eight championship finals and $500,000 in purses, the richest day of racing for the year in Quebec. Sunday was National Caretaker Appreciation Day at the Hippodrome 3R. A blanket for each winning horse and gift bag for the groom was presented in each race. Every groom in the race paddock received a coupon for a free meal at the Paddock Restaurant and every groom was mentioned by name in the post parades. There were two races for two-year-old's Sunday. The 5th race pace saw SOS Faline ($29.10) and driver Stephane Brosseau sweep three-wide in the backstretch, stayed parked out past the three-quarters and around the final turn yet the daughter of Sportswriter showed true grit, coming on in the stretch to win by a half-length in 2:00.2. Brosseau is the trainer. The colt pace in race one was action-packed from the start as Godro Outofhisway (9.40) with driver Pierre-Luc Roy left out of the gate and never looked back. The Light Speed (Simon Delisle) tried early to get the lead away but had to settle for the pocket-trip. Godro Outofhisway then held the field at bay, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02. He is sired by Betterthancheddar and trained by Charles Gaudreault. Track Notes: Pierre-Luc Roy had the hot hands at H3R Sunday, scoring a driving triple. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday afternoon with first race post time at 4:00 pm. Quebec Super Sunday with eight championship finals for two and three-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies, is set for September 27. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - While this year's national Caretakers Appreciation Day is virtual, the Hippodrome 3R will be honoring all caretakers throughout the race card on Sunday that starts at 1:00 pm. The initiative by Standardbred Canada is more than worthy in celebrating the work that is done every day by the caretakers of the horses. Caretakers are the foundation of the harness racing industry and these men and women are deserving of the tribute being paid to them. Standardbred Canada has been focusing on caretakers through the country the past weeks leading towards this weekend's celebration. For the province of Quebec, caretakers Mathieu Nadeau (https://standardbredcanada.ca/news/9-11-20/faces-racing-mathieu-nadeau.html) and Clara Mary Corbin (https://standardbredcanada.ca/news/8-27-20/faces-racing-clara-mary-corbin.html) , were highlighted. Every caretaker in the race paddock Sunday will receive a coupon for a meal in the paddock restaurant. Each caretaker will be named for each horse that races on Sunday. Caretakers are the closest people to the horses, every day from early morning to late at night, especially on race days, they are devoted to their steeds and deserve all the recognition they can get. On the racetrack Sunday, the seventh race is the feature event where two top three-year-old pacing colts, Eclat De Rire (post 6) and Mickeymaksomespeed (post 9), will take on older horses as they are prepping for their $65,000 Quebec Championship Final next Sunday, Sept. 27. Eclat De Rire is the 2019 two-year-old Quebec champion and the son of Leader Bayama won a division of the Breeders Trophy Series in a lifetime best 1:56.1. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner-breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. Mickymaksomespeed never raced at age two for owner, breeder and trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. The Mickey Hanover colt has made up for lost time this year with seven wins in nine starts. He won two legs of the Breeders Trophy Series, the fastest in 1:55 and prior to that took a lifetime mark of 1:53.3 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The two colts will take on some tough competition going against Bali (post 3), Stock (post 8) and return winner Blackjack Soleil (post 2). Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Mag N Lady not only crushed the field in winning her $10,000 division for the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R Friday, but also smashed the track record for two-year-old trotting fillies by nearly two seconds. Starting from post one for trainer-driver Jean Francois Maguire in the non-wagering race, Mag N Lady led every step of the one-mile race, cutting fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:28 before rolling away from the field, winning by 14 and one-half lengths in 1:59.2. Finishing a distance second was XOXO (Jerome Lombart) with New Road (Steeven Genois) third. The previous track record for two-year-old trotting fillies was 2:01.1 and was co-held by Meganou (2014) and Claudi PV (2018). For Mag N Lady, it was her third straight win in the Future Stars Series. The Royalty For Life daughter is owned by Maguire with Julie Malenfant and Richard Legris and Pascale Maguire. She will now headline her $55,000 division of the Super Sunday Quebec Championship finals on Sunday, Sept. 27 at H3R. All eight of the finals will take place next week with more than $500,000 in total purses. In the first race $10,000 third leg division for the two-year-old trotting colts, undefeated Kinnder Dangerzone also made it a clean sweep of the three preliminary rounds, leading from start to finish. With Pierre-Luc Roy in the sulky, Kinnder Dangerzone was parked first-over past the opening quarter mile in :29.2 before taking command with Incredible Hall (Stephane Brosseau) following them in second place. They raced that way the rest of the mile with Kinnder Dangerzone holding off Incredible Hall to win by one length in 2:03.2. Hall Win (Kevin Maquire) was third. Sired by Northern Escort, it was third straight win for the unbeaten Kinnder Dangerzone, who is trained, owned and was bred by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. He paid $3.60 to win. In the sixth race, Streakazana ($5.80) and driver David Pilon swept three-wide in the backstretch, was parked out around the final turn and still was able to beat older pacers with a 1:58.4 triumph. It was her third straight win and fifth of the season. She was prepping for her $65,000 final next week at H3R. Petrova and Roy made it a double at H3R Friday as Kinnder Dangerzone's half-sister, Kinnder High Class, beat older rivals in the seventh race trot. The three-year-old filly by Royalty For Life chewed up a field of older trotting foes, winning with ease in 2:00 by three and one-half lengths. She paid $4.30 to win. Track Notes: H3R's leading driver Pascal Berube extended his lead Friday with a driving triple. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, which is National Caretakers Appreciation Day. All caretakers will be announced with their horses in each post parade and each caretaker will receive a coupon for a free meal in the Paddock Restaurant. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Quebec's top two and three-year-old trotters and pacers will be on display at the Hippodrome 3R Friday as the youngsters are preparing for Super Sunday next week. Friday is the third and final leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. The top eight point earners in the series return for their respective $55,000 finals next Sunday, September 27. Super Sunday in Quebec will be the richest day of racing in the province with nearly $500,000 in purses. The first race of the day is the $10,000 colt division of the Future Stars Series. Featured is Kinnder Dangerzone from post seven for driver Pierre-Luc Roy. The son of Northern Escort has been razor sharp for owner, breeder and trainer Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, winning his last two starts in the series and will seek to make a clean sweep of the preliminary rounds. Other contenders in the race include Hall Win (post 1), Aoki (post 8) and Incredible Hall (post 5). The $10,000 filly division is a non-wagering race held after the first race. Mag N Lady (post 1) is the standout in the four-horse field. The daughter of Royalty For Life has won both her starts in the series, scoring last week by distancing the field in 2:02, just missing the track record for her age, gait and gender. She is trained and driven by Jean Francois Maquire, who co-owns the filly with Julie Maquire, Richard Legris and Pascale Maquire. Then the action turns to some of the top contending three-year-old's in next Sunday's finals as they take on older horses in prepping for the finals. The third race Preferred Trot spots Babidibou, the 2019 Quebec Champion two-year-old, trying his luck against the best trotters in the area. He starts from post four for driver Stephane Gendron and is on a two-race win streak, the fastest a 1:57 lifetime best mile for trainer Maxime Velaye and co-owners Isidoro Russo and Guy Corbeil. Then in the sixth race pace, the three best fillies for Sunday's finals, go head and head. Lotus Sena (post 1) won an opening round of the series for driver Stephane Gendron. In post six is Acaena De Chakrika who has two straight wins in the series, the fastest in 1:56.4 and in post seven is her rival Streakazana, who is also on a two-race win streak. The seventh race trot is somewhat of an oddity as a three-year-old filly is the favorite over eight older horses. That filly is Kinnder High Class, the older half sister to Kinnder Dangerzone who is in the first race. Starting from the rail, Kinnder High Class won her last start with an impressive first-over mile in the series, winning in a romp by seven and one-half lengths in a lifetime best 1:59.4. She sports five wins in eight starts this year for Denitza Petrova. Post time Friday is 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Hall of Famer Yves Filion made another successful visit to the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, guiding Colonel Bayama to victory in the final leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. Now the eight top point earners in the series will return to H3R on Sunday, September 27 for the $55,000 finals. It is Super Sunday with more than $500,000 in purses making it the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. Leaving from post five in the $10,000 first race for the colts, Filion and Colonel Bayama were parked out to the opening quarter mile by D Gs Runforhim (Jonathan Lachance) in :28.3. Filion was able to back down the pace to the half mile in :59.3 as The Light Speed (Simon Delisle) came first-over with Major Damage (Steeven Genois) second-over. Colonel Bayama continued to lead the field to the three-quarters in 1:30.1 and then held off all contenders down the stretch to win by a half length in 2:00.4. The Light Speed was second with D Gs Runforhim third. It was the maiden victory for Colonel Bayama. The colt by Sunshine Beach had been second in the first two rounds of the series. He is trained by Filion and co-owned and bred by Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil and Jacques Damours of Saint-Bruno. He paid $6.30 to win. The rains came before the 8th race $10,000 filly division and the track was sloppy with a two second allowance but that did not matter to Got Sexy Scars and driver Stephane Gendron. Leaving from post three, Got Sexy Scars went to the early lead and parked out Platine Alpha (Carol Voyer) past the opening quarter mile in a speedy :28.2. Then the pace was pressed as GA Speed Sammy (Pierre-Luc Roy) came three-wide and they raced that way past the half in :59.1. The pace did not slow down from there as SOS Faline (Stephane Brosseau) then came three-wide in the backstretch as they reached the three-quarters in 1:29.2. It seemed then that Got Sexy Scars had enough and pulled away from the field, winning by two and one-half lengths in 2:00. SOS Faline was second with JS Miss Cornelia (Sylvain Lacaille) was third. It was the lifetime mark and the second win this season for Got Sexy Scars. She is sired by Sportswriter and trained by Gilles Gendron for owner-breeder Bruno Lepage of Beauharnois. She paid $5.80 to win. Track Notes: After a fast half mile, driver Jessica Turenne bolted to the lead and never looked back with Uncle Bill ($9.90), winning the Lady Drivers Challenge with the beautiful roan pacer in 1:57.4 by the length of the stretch. The fourth race pace was the Trainers Challenge and trainer Francis Richard wired the field with Guinness Panic ($3.80) in 1:58. Francis Richard led all horse people Friday with a training triple. Live racing resumes next Friday at H3R with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It took the photo finish camera to declare Babidibou the winner over Frido PV by a nose in the third leg of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old trotters at the Hippodrome 3R Friday. The top eight point earners in the series will now return on Sunday, September 27 for the $65,000 finals and that means another rematch between Babidibou and Frido PV. The first race was the colt division of the series for a purse of $10,000 and as expected it was Frido PV and trainer-driver Yves St Jacques shooting to the early lead by the opening quarter mile in :30. Avoiding breaking horses, Babidibou and driver Stephane Gendron were able to move into second place and follow the live cover as Frido PV led past the half mile in an easy 1:01.2. Down the backstretch Tuscan Titan (Stephane Brosseau) challenged first-over past the three-quarters in 1:31.2 before going off-stride. On the final turn Gendron came out with Babidibou and they hooked up again Frido PV in a stride-for-stride race to the wire with Babidibou getting up by a nose in the final surge at the wire. The time of the race was 2:00. M Rosaire DLV (Martin Gingras) was third. For Frido PV it was the second time the son of Muscle Mass has lost a photo finish to Babidibou. Babidibou, the 2019 Quebec Champion, it was his second straight win and fourth victory of the year. The gelded son of Royalty For Life is trained by Maxime Velaye and co-owned by Isidore Russo of Montreal and Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $2.60 to win. There was a full field of nine three-year-old trotting fillies in the $10,000 fifth race but none could hold a candle to Kinnder High Class, who pulled away from the field at the three-quarters to win by seven and one-half lengths. The started off with a fast pace as 50-1 Muscle Fern Jacky (Francis Picard) flew out of post eight to take the early lead and parked out a stubborn 99-1 Judys Program (Martin Gingras) to the first quarter mile in :28.3. As they came to the half mile in :59.4, Kinnder High Class with Pierre Luc Roy started up first-over with Miss Melodie (Stephane Gendron) grabbing the second-over cover. Down the backstretch driver Richard Simard took Lindas Pride three-wide and then at the three-quarters in 1:30.1, Roy asked Kinnder High Class for more and she responded with a burst of speed, winning in a romp in 1:59.4. Lindas Pride was second with HP Starlette (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was a lifetime mark for Kinnder High Class. The Royalty For Life filly notched her fifth win in eight starts this year for trainer, owner and breeder, Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. She paid just $2.10 to win. Track Notes: The H3R oval was in peak condition Friday as five of the eight race winners registered lifetime marks. Pierre Luc Roy led all horse people with a driving double. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday at 1:00 pm with an 11-race program and featured will be the final leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. There are two $10,000 division. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Babidibou, the Quebec trotting champion last year, looks to have turned the tide in his 2020 harness racing season and headlines the final preliminary round of the Breeders Trophy Series Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Due to conflicts with other events at the racetrack, post time this Friday is moved back to 1:00 pm. This is the last shot that the three-year-old trotters have to earn points to be one of the eight finalists in the $65,000 series finale at H3R on Sunday, September 27, which is Super Sunday in Quebec. Babidibou is a three-year-old gelded son of Royalty For Life who is trained by Maxime Velaye for co-owners Isidore Russo of Montreal and Guy Gorbeil of Mirabel. Last year he earned over $51,000. "He has gotten much stronger since the beginning of the year," said Maxime Velaye. "Only in the first round of series did he make a break. We made a few little changes to try and keep him a bit "safer". Then last week he got to chase a hot pace and just get up in a fast mile." A fast mile it was last week as Babidibou benefited from getting live cover and came from off the pace to win the second leg in a lifetime best 1:57.2 clocking. Also, in the race Friday is trainer-driver Yves St Jacques's Frido PV who goes from the rail. He is the one that cut all the fractions in the second leg only to get beaten at the wire by a neck to Babidibou. He also has three wins this season for owner-breeder Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu. "I'm currently in Toronto," Velaye explained. "With the other half of my stable. But my team in Quebec said that Babidibou is feeling good and ready to go. I have an excellent team in Quebec which is part of the stables success each year. They are Elsa Richer, Stephane Bardier and the big boss Guy Corbeil." The Velaye Stable Team has a busy day at H3R Friday as Miss Melodie goes in the fifth race from post two in the $10,000 Breeders Trophy Series for the trotting fillies. Miss Melodie won the opening round division in a mild 2:03.4 for driver Stephane Gendron. "The best quality this filly has is that she does not make breaks," Velaye said. "But she needs to improve her speed to be able to compete with the top fillies because they go around 2:00." Sired by Prestidigitator, Miss Melodie sports two wins this year for Velaye. She was bred and is owned by Determination of Montreal. Kinnder High Class (post 4) is the morning line favorite and in the second leg of the series she wired the field for driver Pierre Luc Roy in 2:00.3. HP Starlette (post 3) is also a good filly who shows strong closing ability and a record of 1:56.4 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. "It will be a big surprise if she beats them Friday," Velaye added. "If everyone else has trouble staying on stride, maybe we can sneak in another win like the other one. She will capitalize on the others misbehavior." Horse people and fans are reminded of the change in post time this Friday to 1:00 pm instead of 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The three-year-old harness racing pacing colt, Retour Au Jeu (which means Back To Play in French), notched his third straight victory with a lifetime mark of 1:54.2 in winning the $10,000 colt division of the Breeders Trophy Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. This was the final preliminary leg of the series, which will culminate on Sunday, September 27 with the top eight point earners from both the colt and filly divisions competing in their respective $65,000 finals. The seventh race co-feature saw Whitecookie (Marie Claude Auger) leave strongly from post five and cut the mile to the first quarter in :27.2 with Shanghaigold (Alain Filion) sitting the pocket trip. By the half mile marker in :56.2, Brutus Bayama (Tyler Jones) came first-over with Retour Au Jeu (Jonathan Lachance) second-over. Then in the backstretch, Lachance moved Retour Au Jeu three-wide at the three-quarters in 1:25 and they were able to collar race leader Whitecookie. The two leaders then battled down the stretch with Retour Au Jeu the strong horse, coming on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.2. Whitecookie was second with Brutus Bayama third. Sired by He's Watching, Retour Au Jeu posted his fifth win in nine starts for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner-breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $7.70 to win. Acaena De Chakrika continued her dominance of the Breeders Trophy Series for the fillies as she won the first race, first division with ease for driver Stephane Brosseau despite some tough attempts from her competitors. SOS Cupcake with driver Samuel Fillion shot to the early lead and then parked out Acaena De Chakrika past the opening quarter mile in :27.3 and did not let them pass until heading to the half mile. Once on the lead, Acaena De Chakrikad breezed by the half mile in :57.1, but once in the backstretch she was then challenged by a determined Kinnder Lolita (Frances Picard) who collared the 1/9 race favorite at the three-quarters in 1:28.2. Brosseau pulled the ear plugs on Acaena De Chakrikad, then parked out Kinnder Lolita around the final turn and pulled away from the field in the stretch to win by four lengths in 1:59.2. YS Big Girl (Carl Duguay) closed with a ton of speed to be second with Kinnder Lolita third. It was the third straight win for Acaena De Chakrikad. The Sunshine Beach filly is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner-breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City. She paid just $2.10 to win. The fastest of the two filly divisions came in the fifth race where Streakazana was able to beat race favorite Zar E IP. Zar E IP and driver Pascal Berube shot to the early lead with Perfect Romi (Sylvain Lacaille) in the pocket seat to the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Lotus Sena (Stephane Gendron) came first-over before the half mile in :58 with Streakazana second-over. Then in the backstretch, driver Stephane Brosseau moved three-wide with Streakazana at the three-quarters in 1:26.4, cleared to be first-over on the final turn. Then in the stretch Streakazana collared Zar E IP and went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.3. Zar E IP was second with Perfect Romi third. It was the second straight win and fourth of the year for Streakazana, who is sired by Western Paradise and trained by Francis Richard for the MCR Streakazana Group of Charlottetown, PEI. He paid $5.50 to win. Track Notes: In addition to winning both filly divisions, Stephane Brosseau led all driver with three winners. Trainer Francis Richard had two winners. At the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races held at Gaudreault's (4G) farm at St-Joseph-de-Lapage Saturday, the all-age track record for trotters was re-written by Mr Logan Mirox in 2:02.1 for owner-trainer-driver Michel Audet. He was the only trotter in the race. Previous record was 2:03.1 set by Abundasass in 2018. Live racing resumes at H3R on Friday, September 11 with an earlier post time of 1:00 pm. Featured will be the third leg of the Future Stars Series for three-year-old trotters. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A total of six return winners headline the final preliminary round of the Breeders Trophy Series Sunday for three-year-old harness racing pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. After today's races, the top eight point earners in the series will be eligible for the $65,000 finals. There will be both a colt and filly division on Sunday, September 27, Super Sunday at H3R. The lone colt division has a purse of $10,000 for the seventh race and featured are three return winners. The morning line favorite is Mickeymaksomespeed from post one for driver Steeven Genois. This homebred son of Mickey Hanover is seeking to make a sweep of the series after winning the opening two rounds for breeder-owner-trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. Mickeymaksomespeed sports seven wins in eight starts this year for Allard. He led from start to finish in both rounds of the series, last time out scortching the H3R oval in 1:55. He has a record of 1:53.3 taken earlier this season at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Mickeymaksomespeed did not race as a two-year-old and seems to be making up for it this season. The entry of Retour Au Jeu (post 4) and Eclat De Rire (post 9) will be formitable foes for Mickeymaksomespeed. Retour Au Jeu (which means Back To Play in French) will be driven by Jonathan Lachance. He also wired the field in winning his Breeders Trophy elim last time out in 1:55.4 from post seven. The son of He's Watching sports four wins in eight starts this year. Eclat De Rire (which means Burst Out Laughing in French) has Stephane Gendron in the sulky and he was second against Mickeymaksomespeed. The prior week he took his lifetime mark at H3R in 1:56.1. They are both trained by Maime Velaye for owner-breeder Guy Gorbeil of Mirabel. The third return winner in the field is HP I Got Toplay from the far outside in post eight. Sired by Shadow Pay, HP I Got Toplay closed well on the outside to win going away in 1:56.2 last week at H3R. David Pilon gets the drive for trainer Francis Richard and owner-breeders Claude Hamel and Guy Desautels. The fillies go in two $7,500 divisions. The first race features Acaena De Chakrika with driver Stephan Brosseau from post three. This daughter of Sunshine Beach has won both series prelims so far, winning from both on and off the pace, the fastest mile in 1:56.4. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner-breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City. The seventh race second division of the series has three major contenders and the morning line favorite has yet to win in the early rounds. Zar E IP goes from post four for driver Pascal Berube and has been second in both starts in the series against Acaena De Chakrika. The Up The Credit filly sports four wins in eight starts, the fastest a 1:56 clocking at Rideau Carleton. Pierre Leclerc of Louiseville trains and owns Zar E IP and he was the breeder of the horse with Gina Bragagnole. The return winners in the field are Streakzana (post 6) and Godiva Lovely Lady (post 7). Streakzana won with ease last week at H3R in 1:58 and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Godiva Lovely Lady has Steeven Genois driving and they won last week in 1:58.2. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Jockey Club, Claude Levesque, was very happy today to announce that starting next weekend, for the September 11th harness racing program, the purses at the Hippodrome 3R will be increased between 20% and 30%, for all overnight races. "The members of the Quebec Jockey Club in meeting this morning, made this decision," said Levesque, following the good results obtained since the return to racing. The only downside to this announcement," Levesque added. "Is that if Public Health decided to close the bars in Quebec, and therefore our OTB betting houses, we would return to the current purse structure. This increases does not apply to the Coupe de l'Avenir (Future Stars Series) and the Breeders Trophy events, including the finals. "This is great news," Levesque said, "Which we know will delight our horse people." Despite COVID-19, harness racing trainer Denitza Petrova from Melbourne is enjoying one of her best seasons ever as her Kinnder Dangerzone won Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Petrova and her parents left Bulgaria in 1989 and moved to Belgium for three years, where Denitza was able to take a few riding lessons. Her love for horses and farm life never left her dreams. Then the family moved to Quebec, Canada in 1992 and it was not until age 22 that Petrova learned about harness racing and became "hooked" on the sport. The big victory of the day came in the very first race Friday, the $10,000 second leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts. Starting from post four was Kinnder Dangerzone. It was Hall Win and trainer-driver Kevin Maguire going to the early lead with Kinnder Dangerous and driver Pierre Luc Roy sitting in second place until the opening quarter mile in :30.2. Roy then sent Kinnder Dangerzone to the front and the son of Northern Escort led the rest of the one-mile race, winning with ease by two and one-half lengths in 2:03. Hall Win was second with Incredible Hall (Stephane Brosseau) third. Unbeaten in two starts this year, it was a lifetime mark for Kinnder Dangerzone. He paid $3.50 to win. Petrova is not just the trainer of her horses, she also owns them and has bred all of her horses she trains. She runs the entire operation from her farm in Melbourne, which features an excellent half mile training track. For the limited race season in 2020, Petrova's Stable has sent out 24 starts and sports seven wins, four second and one third place finish for a UTR or battle average of .425. Petrova also names all her horses Kinnder because of her love of the Kinder chocolate candy with the toy inside. She has a massive collection of the toy surprises she has gotten over the years. The second division of the Future Stars Series for the fillies saw the top filly, Mag N Lady, win again for trainer-driver Jean Francois Maguire. The daughter of Royalty For Life took the early lead away from X O X O (Jerome Lombart) by the first quarter in :30.4. Then the other three contenders in the field all were off-stride and Mags N Lady went on to win in 2:02 and she distanced the field by as much as 50 lengths. X O X O was second with Justice Balance (Pierre Luc Roy) third. It was the second straight win in the same time for Mag N Lady, who is co-owned by Maguire with Julie Malenfant and Richard Legris. Track Notes: Pierre Luc Roy led all horse people Friday with a driving triple. Sunday features a ten-race program with three divisions of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers. Featured are return winners Acaena De Chakrika, Streakazana, and Godiva Lovely Lady among the fillies along with Retour Au Jeu, Mickeymaksomespeed and HP I Got Toplay for the colts. Post time is 1:00 pm Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The young harness racing trotters own the spotlight at the Hippodrome 3R Friday afternoon with the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-olds. The colts are in the limelight in the very first race with a purse of $10,000. There are eight starters headlined by opening round division winner Hall Win. Starting from post five, Hall Win comes into the race off an easy 2:05.2 maiden victory in the first round of the series for trainer/driver Kevin Maguire. The Maguire Stable of Sainte-Marie owns and bred the son of Angus Hall from the fast-class trotting mare, Beer Maggs. She won $117,000 racing with a record of 1:57.3. Hall Win is her first foal. Another return winner in the field is Kinnder Dangerzone from the red-hot Denitza Petrova Stable. This son of Northern Escort from Petrova's top 100% producing mare, Joy Majestic, is a full brother to the top trotter Kinnder Dangerous 1:58.1 and half brother to Kinnderunbelivable 1:59.3 and Kinnder High Class 2:00.1. He scored his maiden victory in his last start in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit, wiring the field in 2:05 at H3R. He will start from post three for driver Pierre Luc Roy. Other contenders include Incredible Hall (post 6) and the Melanie Boulianne entry of Eyes Of Justice (post 4) and Piranha First (post 8). The fillies do battle in their $10,000 second round in a non-wagering race that will be held between the 1st and 2nd races on Friday. Opening round victor, Mag N Lady, leads the four-horse field for owner, trainer and driver Jean Francois Maguire, who co-owns the daughter of Royalty For Life with Julie Malenfant and Richard Legris. She starts from post two. Last time out Mag N Lady was able to wire the field in a speedy 2:02, winning in a romp by eight and one-half lengths. She has been first, second or third in her first four lifetime starts. Other contenders include X O X O (post 4) and New Road (post 3). Track Notes: The Gaudreault Family, Daniel, Charles, Maxim and Manon Levesque are hosting a Quebec Regional Fair Circuit race day at their farm, Ecurie 4G, at St-Joseph-De-Lapage in Mont-Joli on Saturday. The ten-race card begins at 1:00 pm. Sunday's card at H3R features three divisions of the Breeders Trophy Series second round for three-year-old pacers. First race post time Friday is 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club hosted the second round of the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and the biggest romp of the day came in the third race, first division of the Future Stars Series for the colts as YS Do It Right, the overwhelming 1/9 race favorite, did not disappoint his fans. Leaving from post three, driver Stephane Brosseau sent YS Do It Right to the lead and the race was pretty much over with. YS Do It Right cut fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.2, increasing his lead by each quarter mile until he strolled home a ten and one-half length winner in 1:56.4. That was the fastest victory of the four divisions Sunday. The pocket-sitting Colonel Bayama (Sylvain Filion) was second with Moonbeam Godro (Pascal Berube) third. It was the maiden victory for YS Do It Right after four lifetime starts. The colt by Bettor's Delight is bred and owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, trained by Francis Richard and paid just $2.10 to win. In the sixth race second colt division, it was a very determined Sylvain Filion who took Cadillac Bayama three-wide to grab the lead at the opening quarter mile in :28.3. From there it was not much of a contest as Cadillac Bayama cut easy fractions and breezed home a one length winner in 1:59.1. The Light Speed (Simon Delisle) was second with Godro Outofhisway (Pierre Luc Roy) third. A winner in three of his four lifetime starts, Cadillac Bayama is sired by Sunshine Beach, trained, owned and bred by Yves Filion and his Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil. He paid $2.10 to win. Driver Sylvain Filion made his trip back to H3R even more enjoyable as he scored a driving triple, winning the eighth race, second division of the Future Stars Series for the pacing fillies. Leaving from post two, Celia Bayama was the overwhelming 1/5 race favorite and raced that way, wiring the field with ease, cutting fractions of :29.1, :59.4, 1:29.1 and then closed with a burst of speed to win by four and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of Bettor's Delight and her second win in five starts. She is owned, bred and trained by Yves Filion for the Bayama Farms. She paid $2.40 to win. A real dogfight took place in the fourth race, the first division of the Future Stars Series for the fillies. The race favorite, YS Downonthebeach and driver Sylvain Filion, went right to the early lead with Shanghaibluebeach (Pierre Luc Roy) sitting the pocket trip to the opening quarter in :28.1. Before the half mile marker in :59, driver Stephane Brosseau came first-over with CL Sportsextreme and battled head and head with YS Downonthebeach until midway in the backstretch when Brosseau dropped CL Sportsextreme into the two-hole by the three-quarters in 1:27. After a short breather, Brosseau asked CL Sportsextreme to go first-over again. With YS Downonthebeach still in control of the race, CL Sportsextreme wore her down in the stretch and then held off a late charge by Platine Alpha (Carol Voyer) to win by a long neck in 1:58. YS Downonthebeach was third. Sired by Sportswriter, it was the third win in five lifetime starts for CL Sportsextreme. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for the Leblanc Stable, Inc. of Saint-Eustache and paid $5.80 to win. Track Notes: Sylvain Filion led all drivers with his triple. Trainers Yves Filion and Francis Richard each had doubles. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday at 4:00 pm. Featured will be the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Last year's two-year-old harness racing Quebec-Bred Champion, Babidibou, was able to outkick race favorite Frido PV to the wire in capturing Friday's $10,000 division of the Breeders Trophy Series at the Hippodrome 3R. It took a lifetime best record for Babidibou and driver Stephane Gendron to beat Frido PV in the second race second leg of the series for three-year-old colt trotters. Frido PV (Richard Simard) cut all the fractions and they were fast in the one-mile event. Leaving from post three, Frido PV took the field to the opening quarter mile in :27.3, the half in :56.3 and the three-quarters in 1:26.2 before Gendron pulled from third place to go after the race leader. Those two ended up locking horns as the came down the stretch with Babidibou eking out a neck triumph at the wire in 1:57.2 with the pocket-sitting Laval Titan (Pascal Berube) third. It was the third win in six starts this year for reigning champion Babidibou, a gelded son of Royalty For Life. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for co-owners Isidoro Russo of Montreal and Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $6.90 to win. The $10,000 filly division featured nine starters in the fourth race with the red-hot stable of Denitza Petrova taking top honors. As expected, Anotherdeal and driver Sylvain Lacaille were the first one on the lead from post seven with Kinnder High Class and driver Pierre Luc Roy making the most of the rail to sit the pocket trip early in second place. Roy wasted no time in moving Kinnder High Class to the lead after an opening quarter mile in 1:00.4. For the rest of the race no one could pass Kinnder High Class as Lindas Pride (Richard Simard) tried coming first-over, but by the three-quarters in 1:30.4 they ended up dropping into the two-hole spot. On the final turn Roy let Kinnder High Class have her head and she trotted away from the field, winning with ease by three lengths in 2:00.3. Lindas Pride was second with the race favorite HP Starlette (Stephane Brosseau) third. Also sired by Royalty For Life, it was the fourth win in six starts this year for Kinnder High Class. She was bred and is owned and trained by Dentiza Petrova of Melbourne and paid $5.40 to win. Unbeaten Enavant ($2.50), the winningest horse at H3R this season, notched his seventh straight win at H3R Friday in the seventh race pace for driver Stephane Gendron and trainer Maxime Velaye with a 1:54.4 triumph. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron had the hot hands Friday scoring a driving triple. Both Maxime Velaye and Francis Richard had training double. Live harness racing resumes at H3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured will be the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers with four divisions, two for colts and two for fillies. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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