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Trois-Rivieres, QC - After having perhaps the best harness racing season of her career in 2020, owner-trainer-breeder Denitza Petrova from Melbourne is looking forward to kicking off the 2021 meet at the Hippodrome 3R on Friday with her Kinnder High Class. Last year as a three-year-old, Kinnder High Class came into her own scoring an impressive 10 wins in just 13 starts including a dramatic track record 1:58.1 performance and a victory in the $65,000 Breeders Trophy Series final. Then she capped it off going to Mohawk Park for her last start of the year, winning in 1:56.2. Sired by Royalty For Life, Kinnder High Class was driven by regular pilot Samuel Fillion last Saturday in her qualifying race at H3R where she finished third, timed in 2:04, last quarter mile in :30.1. "I thought her qualifier was perfect," Petrova explained. "She did everything I wanted her to do. I did not want to go a fast mile, I just wanted her to follow and close well, which she did. Where she finished, I did not care as long as her confidence was there. Samuel (Fillion) said after the race that she is perfect and very strong. "She did not grow that much over the winter," Petrova said. "But she did fill out more and it is all muscle. She is so muscular now. There is no reason she should not do excellent this season. She was perfect at the end of last season. We did not really push her last year. She does not have that many starts so I am confident she will do well again. "At Mohawk Park for her last start in 2020," Petrova recalled, "She really had everything going against her yet she took it all in stride and scored a lifetime mark that I think she will beat this year. She had to travel nine hours in the trailer, she never raced on a big track before and she never raced under the lights before. "So, she went from racing on a sunny, half mile," said Petrova. "To the big track at Mohawk and under the lights. Yet she was perfect and scored her fastest win yet. She was very mature. And it was also Samuel's first time ever driving at Mohawk too. I think she was super in that she compensated for all of that." Kinnder High Class will need to be ready as she is going against a field of seven male rivals in the 5th race Preferred-Handicap Trot. She drew post six and is the 5/2 morning line favorite with Fillion in the sulky. Also in the lineup is Franks Angel (post 7), who won the qualifying race that Kinnder High Class was in last week. Track record holder Wildwild Men (post 8) is also in the field for trainer-driver Guy Gagnon. Other contenders include Frido PV (post 5), Captain Krupnik (post 3) and Keepall (post 1). How does Petrova feel about racing against the boys this year? "I was kind of expecting that she would have to race against the older male trotters from now on," Petrova said. "It may be tough in her first start but I think she is ready to take them on and do well." Undefeated track record holder Kinnder Dangerzone is another standout performer from last year for Petrova. The homebred half brother to Kinnder High Class raced just four times last year, but was the Two-Year-Old Colt Trotting Champion in Quebec and rewrote the track record for his age last year in winning the $55,000 Future Stars Final in 2:01. "Hopefully Kinnder Dangerzone will qualify next week at H3R," Petrova added. "He looks like a monster for this season. He grew more, filled out more and is now stronger than ever. I am very excited for him this year. "He is very playful and I can see he wants to race. He is still very green. He only had four starts as a two-year-old. I have to say he was greener than green last year," Petrova laughed. How do the two-year-old's stack up for Petrova this season? "I have three two-year-old's in my stable this year, all trotters, Petrova added. "The best bred of them is Kinnder Triplecrown. She is bred by Lindy's Tru Grit, who may not be a household name, but she is from my foundation mare, Majectic Joy, so that makes Kinnder Triplecrown a half sister to both Kinnder High Class and Kinnder Dangerzone. And she will continue to make Majectic Joy a 100 percent producing mare." Petrova is usually at times too busy to even make the one-hour drive from her farm in Melbourne to Trois-Rivieres. "I have seven race horses in my stable for this year," Petrova explained. "And they will keep me busy enough along with the broodmares that I board and own. It's also breeding season and we have foals that were born, so it is very active at the farm. I am fortunate that I can go and see Kinnder High Class race on Friday because of the late post time." Post time for the special opening day card Friday is 5:30 pm. After Friday, the next race date will be Sunday, May 16 with first race post time at 12:30 pm. For a free race program and information about H3R, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - On a beautiful sunny day in Quebec, Kinnder High Class continued her harness racing winning ways, capturing her fifth straight win with a romp in the Preferred-Handicapped Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The lone three-year-old filly competed against the top mares and horses at H3R and defeated them soundly for driver Samuel Fillion. The eighth race co-feature saw Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) go right out to the early lead with Keepall (Stephane Gendron) trying for the early lead but settling for the two-hole spot by the opening quarter mile in :28.2. Beausoleil gave Precieuse CC a breather going to the half mile in :59.2. That was when Samuel Fillion took Kinnder High Class from fourth place and started up on the outside. As Kinnder High Class worked her way towards pacesetter Precieuse CC, Fillion took his time, collaring the mare at the three-quarters in 1:29.1 and then Kinnder High Class shot by the leader and opened up on the field. Coming down the stretch, Kinnder High Class extended her lead to four and one-half lengths, stopping the teletimer in 1:58.4. Precieuse CC was second with Sir Chopin (Carol Voyer) third. "While watching the race," said trainer Denitza Petrova. "I was more nervous than usual, not because of the class jump, but because I kinda felt the pressure that all eyes are on her because of the jump in class." It was the second fastest mile in Kinnder High Class's career and her ninth win in just 12 starts this year for owner, breeder and trainer Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. The nine wins by far makes Kinnder High Class the winningest horse at H3R this season. The daughter of Royalty For Life paid $3.20 to win. "She looked so good at the beginning," Petrova said. "And Samuel looked so confident but still she was far off the leaders at the half mile. As the race goes on, I felt excited and when she exploded, I was in shock! I think Samuel never even pulled the ear plugs on her. She is just unreal and I am the luckiest and proudest girl ever! "He (Samuel) took his time with Kinnder High Class," Petrova added. "And did not pushed her. He drives her so well." The ninth race Preferred-Handicapped Pace saw four-time Quebec Champion Atomic Million Am and driver Sylvain Lacaille led from start to finish with ease, going the one-mile race in a speedy 1:55.3. The pocket-sitting Maracasso (Stephane Gendron) held for second with the first-over Hooter Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the third win this year for Atomic Million Am. The nine-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam was bred and is owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau and paid $3.10 to win. It was the 44th career win for Atomic Million Am. Track Notes: Sylvain Lacaille had the hot hands at H3R Sunday, scoring a driving triple. Samuel Fillion had a driving double. Trainers Alain Martin and Marc Andre Simoneau each had doubles. Live racing resumes next Sunday, which is the second to last day of racing at H3R this year. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With the 2020 stakes season over for a three-year-old trotting filly, what's a filly then to do? If that filly is named Kinnder High Class, then you jump up in class and take on the best trotters in Quebec. That's what Kinnder High Class is doing on Sunday (Nov. 8) at the Hippodrome 3R. It comes as no surprise that owner, breeder and trainer Denitza Petrova of Melbourne is racing her filly against the best mares and horses at H3R. Kinnder High Class is having a dream season and is currently on a four-race winning streak. The Royalty For Life daughter sports eight wins in just eleven starts this year. Two starts back, Kinnder High Class won her $65,000 Quebec Championship Final in 1:58, a track record for trotting fillies. Then last week, the beautiful chestnut filly with the white blaze beat a solid field of older rivals in 1:59.2, drawing away after being parked out first-over for most of the one-mile race. "I feel confident racing her on Sunday," Petrova explained. "Only because I feel that she feels confident. She came out of the race very good, like she knows she did good." Throughout the regular season Petrova used Pierre Luc Roy as the regular driver on Kinnder High Class and he did very well with her, winning seven of her eight victories. But after winning the Quebec Championship Final, Roy announced his early retirement from driving horses. Now Petrova needed to find another driver for her top filly. "Well, I asked Samuel Fillion to drive Kinnder High Class," Petrova said. "Because when I had to qualify my two-year-old, Kinnder Dangerzone, in a Circuit Regional day this summer, Pierre Luc Roy couldn't be there that day, so I asked him who he would suggest me to use for a green 2-year-old and who will actually listen to what I have to say (I am very picky and specific with my 2-year-olds). Pierre Luc suggested Samuel Fillion, and I looked at how he drove and I really liked him. "I am able to communicate with Samuel," Petrova added. "And he is very nice to talk to and has the confidence needed and seems to be able to adjust to any horse. He did a super job qualifying Kinnder Dangerzone. "He drove her to perfection last Sunday," Petrova said. "Nothing else to say. He just did a perfect job." "Denitza asked me to take over driving her horses," Fillion said." Right after Pierre Luc announced he was no longer driving horses the week before last. "I took my time with Kinnder High Class last Sunday," Fillion explained. "When I asked her for it, she gave me speed. I think she has not yet shown all her talent, Pierre Luc and Denitza did a nice job with her. The filly is amazing." Once the Hippodrome 3R closes for the season at the end of November, Petrova has plans for Kinnder High Class. "For the rest of the year," Petrova explained. "I want to give her some more starts, most probably in Ontario. About the breeding side, for sure I will not change my mind. When I trained her down as a 2-year-old, I was always thinking while I was jogging or training her that whatever she does she is a keeper as a broodmare. So, no timeline, whenever her racing ends, that's what she will do. Petrova recently purchased the trotting stallion, Northern Escort, who will be Kinnder High Class's first stallion. "Yes, of course I will breed her to Northern Escort," Petrova said. "But also, to others down the line." As for Sunday's eighth race Preferred-Handicapped Trot, Kinnder High Class has been made the morning line favorite from post four as she goes for her fifth straight win. She will be tangling with a newcomer to H3R in Dr Spengler (post 3) for driver Stephane Brosseau. The six-year-old gelding by Powerful Emotion has been racing at Mohawk Park where last week he was second in 1:57.2 on a good track and has three wins this year for the Richard Moreau Stable. The tough mare Precieuse CC (post 5), Sir Chopin (post 7) and Keepall (post 6) will all put Kinnder High Class to the test on Sunday. "I believe in her chances," said Fillion about Kinnder High Class. "She has a great post position and she can finish very strong. I hope we will have a good race. Honestly, she is very fast. We don't know her limit yet and she wins with ease." First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was a beautiful fall afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R for its final Friday race card of the 2020 season and it was also a big day for the rookie harness racing driver Samuel Fillion. Fillion, 23, from Monti-Joli, is in his first season as a professional harness racing driver and is having a super season at the Hippodrome 3R. Including his two victories Friday, he has 23 wins this year. Fillion's most impressive victory came in the sixth race pace. Driving the 6/5 favorite Dreydl Hanover, Fillion left from post seven but there was no spot for him on the lead as City Of The Year (Stephane Brosseau) was also stinging Spider Man Hanover (Stephane Gendron) to the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Dreydl Hanover had to settle for fourth place. Spider Man Hanover was going for his fourth straight win and cut the mile to the half in :58.2. Fillion came first-over with Dreydl Hanover and following their outside cover was Prairie Mystic (Jocelyn Gendron). As the field reached the backstretch, it was a head and head dogfight between Spider Man Hanover and Dreydl Hanover to the three-quarters in 1:27.2 and around the final turn. As they started down the stretch, Spider Man Hanover began to fade. Prairie Mystic tipped three-wide to challenge but Dreydl Hanover would have nothing to do with them, pulling away at the wire to win by two lengths in 1:57.2. Jeffs Journey (Sylvain Lacaille) closed for second with Prairie Mystic third. It was the fourth win this year for Dreydl Hanover. The 10-year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $4.70 to win. Track Notes: Joining Samuel Fillion with a driving double on Friday was Sylvain Lacaille. This was the last Friday afternoon race card for the 2020 season. Live racing continues Sunday at 1:00 pm. The Sunday program features three Preferred races. The pacing mares goes in the 3rd race where last week's return winner, Sieras Rose (post 2) heads the field for driver Pascal Berube. The 5th race is the trotters and returning to H3R is track record holder Wildwild Man (post 1). He still holds the track record for 2yo in 1:58.2 back in 2015. He ships in from Rideau Carleton and faces return winners Severus Hanover (post 6) and Voodoo Man (post 4). The Preferred Pace for the horses features return winner Farmers Tan (post 6) taking on Wrangler Cash (post 4) and Mickeymaksomespeed (post 1). For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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