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Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - There were three divisions of the opening round of the $125,000 Quebec-Bred Series Sunday at the harness racing meeting at the Hippodrome 3R and all three winners did it leading from start to finish. The series is for four and five-year-old mares and horses. After three rounds of elimination competition the top eight point earners returned to 3R on Sunday, June 14 for the $35,000 finals. Atomic Million Am and driver Sylvain Lacalle were the overwhelming 1/9 wagering favorite and they nearly got caught at the wire in the fifth race division for older horses. Leaving from post three, Lacalle sent Atomic Million right to the front with Bali (Stephanie Brosseau) sitting right on their backs through fractions of :27.4, then a soft second quarter of :59.3. D J Power (Louis Roy) tried slowly to work his way first-over but could only manage to get in third place by the three-quarters in 1:26.4. And as they started down the stretch, Bali tried to come after the leaders in vain as Atomic Million Am went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:55.3. Bali Held for second with My Lucky Bluejeans (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the third win in five starts for Atomic Million AM. The four-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam is owned and trained by Alan Martin of Gatineau, QC and paid just $2.10 to win. The first division, second race, for older mares saw Victoria Semalu and driver Stephane Brosseau ease out to the early lead from post four and quickly stuffing early challenger Lutetia Semalu (Stephane Polliot) into a backseat trip. Victoria Semalu and Brosseau then had quite the easy time, cutting fractions of :27.3, :57.1, 1:26.4 and then came home to romp by six open lengths in 1:56.1. Lutetia Semalou held her position to finish second with C L Royal Star (Jocylen Gendron) third. It was the second win in five starts for Victoria Semalu, who is trained by Dany Fontaine and owned by the Ercuie Gaeton Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. She paid $2.60 to win. The sixth race second division for mares saw the biggest romp of the day as Champagne Shower and driver Denis St Pierre held nothing back in wiring the field by eleven lengths! Starting from post five, Pierre sent Champagne Shower to the lead and held the field at bay with fractions of :28.4, :59.4 and the picked up the pace, leading by five lengths at the three quarters in 1:28.1. She then gave Pierre a :28.3 final quarter and pulled away from the field, winning in 1:56.4. Hawaiian Drummond (Mario Charron) was second with Cyndalianne Duc (Pierre Desjardis) third. Paying just $2.10 to win, it was the four-year-old daughter of Santana Blue Chip's third win this year and third victory in her last four starts for trainer Yves Tessier and owner/breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese, QC. Live racing resumes Wednesday with the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older trotters. Post time is 7:00 pm. For more information go to   From the Quebec Jockey Club

Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) became the first three-time winner of the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the five year old harness racing mare went wire-to-wire. Stephane Bouchard piloted the Kyle Spagnola-trained distaffer to a 1:54.3 victory in the $18,000 Friday feature. The defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year at the Spa, Road Bet has now been first or second in five of her six starts in '15. Last week's Open winner It's A Miracle (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was the runner up to Road Bet on Friday while Super Soph (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Road Bet, who was the public's 6-5 betting favorite, won for the 17th time in 61 lifetime starts. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

Victory Ahead (Art Major) secured one of the biggest upsets of the season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday evening. The four year old pacer was making his first start out of the barn of trainer Kyle Spagnola and got away last in the $7,500 conditional-claimer. Driver Stephane Bouchard swung Victory Ahead three wide past the three quarter pole and the third year pacer charged past his rivals in the stretch to record the win at odds of 85-1. It was the second biggest win price of the year at the Spa as Victory Ahead paid $174.50 to win and rounded out a daily double that came back $1704, more than double the previous largest double of the season. The win was one of two on the card for Kyle Spagnola whose All The Bettor (Bettor's Delight) scored a mild upset of his own with Billy Dobson in the bike. Live racing continues on Friday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

The defending Pacing Mare of the Year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway Road Bet (Bettor’s Delight) scored her second Open win of the season on a chilly Friday night in the Spa City. Stephane Bouchard piloted the five year old Kyle Spagnola trainee to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:55 in the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Cherry Bliss (Mark Beckwith) closed to finish second besting Let’s Go Higher (Billy Dobson) who had to settle for the show spot. Road Bet, who became the second mare to win the feature twice in 2015, returned $8.90 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $28.20 and $71, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm.  Mike Sardella

Selena (Anythings Possible) made her return to Saratoga a winning one on Wednesday afternoon. The Heidi Rohr-trained trotter set her lifetime mark at the Spa late last season with a 1:57.1 score and wasted no time returning to the Saratoga Casino and Raceway harness racing winner’s circle after a 1:58 victory for harness racing driver Stephane Bouchard. Selena had two winning qualifiers as preps for Wednesday’s win which was one of three on the card for last year’s leading trainer Heidi Rohr. Selena returned $9.10 to win while besting longshot Gliding To Glory (Austin Siegelman) who was the runner up and Duluth (Jim Devaux) who earned the show spot.  Live racing continues on Thursday at Saratoga with another twilight race card beginning at 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Sapphire City  and harness racing driver Eric Carlson, and Count Me In (George Brennan, $4.80) divided Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night glory, winning the co-featured $35,000 Open Handicaps. Sapphire City annexed the Open Handicap Pace in rallying fashion. Working out a second-over trip from post position No. 6, he was chasing 4-5 choice Doctor Butch (Brian Sears). That one had to wait his turn before making front (:28.2, :58.1), getting around second choice Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube) Sapphire City, towed in behind Classic Gent (Stephane Bouchard), was able to slip to the cones when "Mickey" dropped anchor before a 1:27 three-quarters. Doctor Butch owned a short lead into the lead, but was in trouble from both sides. Sapphire City ducked inside, getting the jump on a from-last Take it Back Terry (Brennan). The former whipped the latter by a half-length in 1:55.1. Doctor Butch faded to third, with Flem N Em N (Jason Bartlett) and Classic Gent rounding out the payees. For fourth choice Sapphire City, a 7-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stable and Jordan Sklut, it was his first win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $108, with the triple returning $334.50. Second choice Count Me In left nothing to chance in the week's marquee trot, going the distance from post No. 3 in equal halves (:27.3, :58, 1:26.4, 1:56). With pole-assigned In Nomine Patri (Jim Marshall III) doing just enough to keep the pocket, two-time defending champ Not Afraid (Dube) was wrangled back in third. The 4-5 fave saw Count Me In widen down the backside, taking a four-length lead in and out of the final turn. Count Me In was a safe winner, holding off Not Afraid by a never-threatened half-length. In Nomine Patri, Murmur Hanover (Pat Lachance) and Dancehall Mistress (Sears) settled for the remainder. For Count Me In, a 6-year-old Full Count gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek, he's now 3-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $10.80, the triple returned $36.60 and the superfecta paid $109.50. The Raceway's live season continues (weather permitting) Monday (7:10 PM), then Tuesday (1 PM) and Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). YONKERS RESCHEDULES FRIDAY DRAW Due to more impending bad weather supposedly descending upon the greater New York area, Yonkers Raceway has rescheduled its draw for the Friday (Feb. 6) program. That draw, originally going Monday (Feb. 2), is now taking place Sunday (Feb. 1). Box closes at 10 AM. Please be advised that as of this writing, there are no other changes to the live racing and draw schedules (updates if/ when necessary). For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. Frank Drucker

Bluebird Jamaican (Southwind Elian) won the Spa Loyalty Claiming Series Final on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The $25,000 Series Final was contested at a distance of 1¼ miles and the distance looked to serve Bluebird Jamaican very well. The Jody Weidman-trained four year old romped in the Series' first leg and was a solid second in leg two before outtrotting his rivals home to win in 2:31.2 in the mile and a quarter Final. Jay Randall piloted Bluebird Jamaican to the biggest win of the young trotter's career who returned $10.40 to win. Passat Blue Chip (Stephane Bouchard) was the race's runner up while Jesse Say More (Jim Devaux) finished third. The two consolation races as part of the series were won by Tymal Breezee (Alek Chartrand) and Net Revenue (Jordan Derue). The Spa Loyalty Pacing Series Final takes place on Saturday and will also be contested for a purse of $25,000. Live racing begins on Saturday night at 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

JK Patriot completed a training double for Sam Schillaci in the $7,490 featured pacing race on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Stephane Bouchard sat behind JK Patriot (Bettor's Delight) as he brushed to lead past the opening quarter and didn't look back before stopping the timer in 1:56. Earlier in the night, Bouchard piloted the Schillaci-trained Khan Blue Chip to a career best score of 1:56.1. Both JK Patriot and Khan Blue Chip had been squaring off against some of the track's top young horses in the Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series in recent weeks. On Thursday, they comprised two-thirds of the driving triple for Bouchard on the night. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Saradella, for Saratoga Raceway  

With no Open Pace on the docket for the evening, the $15,500 Winners Over pace served as the Saturday feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Island Jet (Jereme's Jet) won the Open Pace earlier this season but since changing connections to the stable of trainer Rene Allard, the four-year-old has competed mostly out of town. On Saturday night, Island Jet started from post two and sat third throughout the mile before getting free in the passing lane in the stretch. Driver Stephane Bouchard went to work on Island Jet and he responded, coming on to win in 1:55. The race's 9-5 favorite, Island Jet prevailed for the seventh time this season passing rivals Trigger Finger (Jim Devaux) and Kelly's Noah (Dan Cappello Jr), who finished second and third, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee set to kick off at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Moveoutofmyway (Dontgetinmyway) won his first local Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. After finishing fourth and fifth in his two previous tries at the Spa, the Brittany Robertson-trained Moveoutofmyway drew post position three in Saturday's $17,000 Open. Ending up with a first over journey, the five year old pacer fought gamely to take the lead turning for home before being confronted by the race's favorite Ronny Bugatti (Austin Siegelman) who was trying to go last to first for his second straight feature score. Moveoutofmyway held strong in the stretch and denied Ronny Bugatti the repeat by hitting the wire first in 1:52.3. Stephane Bouchard piloted the winner who returned $8.00 to win. Ronny Bugatti had to settle for second while Trigger Finger (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Harness racing driver Stephane Bouchard swept the two divisions of the Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.  Bouchard piloted both Jokes Jet (Jeremes Jet) and Jojo Jove (Village Jove) to wire-to-wire wins in the $7,500 per division Late Closer Series.  Jeremes Jet became the series' only repeat winner as she went coast to coast in 1:57 at odds of 1-5.  The three year old Geoff Howles-trained filly will likely head into next weekend's Final as the favorite.  Jojo Jove came up just a neck shy of prevailing in last week's leg one but would not be denied while on the engine on Friday night.  Bouchard piloted Jojo Jove to a lifetime mark of 1:57.1 for trainer Dave Byer. Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

 Jokes Jet (Jereme's Jet) was the fastest winner in the three divisions of the Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Geoff Howles-trained filly is having a big year and prevailed for the fifth time in eight local starts this season with reinsman Stephane Bouchard in the sulky. Starting from the outside post in her $7,500 division of the first leg of the Late Closer Series, Jokes Jet went wire-to-wire on Friday to match her lifetime mark in 1:55.3 while upsetting at odds of 11-1. The victory was one of four on the night for Bouchard. The other winners in leg one of the series were longshot Villiam Tell and odds-on favorite Rock N Joe who were both piloted by leading driver Billy Dobson. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Racway

There were three divisions of the first leg of the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night. Young trotters competed for their share of the $7,500 per division purses and Golden Stroke was the evening's big star. The Eve Bergeron-trained trotter has been on a tear since adding trotting hopples last month and won for the third consecutive time on Friday night, setting a lifetime mark of 1:57.3. Driver Stephane Bouchard situated Golden Stroke (Yankee Glide) into the pocket and they surged up the passing lane to record the win in the final strides. The win time was the fastest of three divisions of the series' first leg whose other winners were Jackie Goldstein (Kim Crawford), who set a lifetime mark prevailing in 1:58.2, and The Lindy Treaty (Mark Beckwith), who also set a career best stopping the timer in 1:58. The second leg of the Derue Trot will take place next Friday night with the $30,400 final taking place on Saturday October 18th. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Kid PK (Wearable Art) continued his hot streak on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jim Doherty Jr-trained harness racing trotter missed all of 2013 but has come out strong in his comeback season. After recording two wins early in the summer, Kid PK moved into the winners of 2 but not more than 4 races lifetime class at Saratoga in August and has been on a tear ever since. The four year old pacer was a runner up in each of his first three tries in that class including a pair of starts in which he closed in final quarters of 27 seconds. Kid PK then scored front running victories in two straight heading into Thursday night's try in the $7,490 pacing event. Driver Stephane Bouchard was content to sit the pocket to Rock N Joe (Billy Dobson) who was the runner up to him last week. It was deja  vu for Kid PK who prevailed in 1:55 for the second consecutive Thursday night and was followed at the wire by Rock N Joe once again. Alero Blue Chip (Shawn Gray) completed the trifecta. Kid PK now has five wins in twelve starts in 2014. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Pop I (Andover Hall) won his first ever local Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Harry Landy trains and drives the four year old trotter who rode a two race win streak into Sunday's co-feature. Dismissed at odds of 22-1, Pop I followed the cover of Baby Boy Grin (Stephane Bouchard) throughout the second half of the mile before tracking him down in the final strides of the $17,000 Open Trot. The win for Pop I came in a career best 1:55.2 and the earnings from the win moved the Landy trainee's career bankroll to over the $100,000 mark. Baby Boy Grin was the runner up in the Open for the second consecutive week while the race's favorite Tac's Delight (Billy Dobson) had to settle for third. Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) prevailed in the Fillies and Mares Open for the second straight week in the matinee card's co-feature. Road Bet was driven by Frank Coppola Jr. who piloted for trainer Kyle Spagnola. Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

With an ultra-impressive three-wide sweep from seventh place at the three-quarter mile marker, Crazy About Pat and driver Shawn Gray gave racing fans a thrill in capturing the $17,000 Open Trot Sunday. The seventh race feature saw Baby Boy Grin (Stephane Bouchard) leave the grab the lead by the opening quarter mile in :27.4 with Just Make Believe (Frank Coppola, Jr.) grabbing the two-hole spot. By the half mile marker in :57.4, Baby Boy Grin was on the lead but facing a challenge from first-over Slugfest (Jay Randall) who helped push the pacesetter to the three-quarters in 1:27.1 with the Northern Dude (Bruce Aldrich, Jr.) taking up second-over cover. But it was Crazy About Pat and Gray making their big move three-wide and moving into third place by the top of the stretch and then kicking in a :28.3 last quarter mile to win going away by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Baby Boy Grin held for second place with Slugfest third. Trained by Paul Kelley and owned and bred by Patricia Stable, NY, Crazy About Pat is a four-year-old gelding by Crazed and paid $4.50 to win. By Steve Wolf, for

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