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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 www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A large field of ten three-year-old trotting colts and geldings headline the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. There are three preliminary rounds of competition in the Breeders Cup Series culminating with the top eight point earners in the series eligible for the $65,000 finals in their respective divisions on Super Sunday, September 9. Last year's returning champion, Ganymede Lavec, seeking to regain his winning form of last year that saw him at his best in the $55,000 Future Stars final for breeder, owner and driver Jerome Lombart of Bromont, pulling off a big upset at odds of 17-1. Trained by Andreane Lapierre, Ganymede Lavec is sired by Ganymede and will start from post six in the fifth race feature. Ganymede Lavec is just getting his season underway, making his second start of the year on Tuesday. The race favorite is Nobodysjustce from post post four for driver Guy Gagnon. This gelded son of Justice Hall posted three wins last year, the fastest in 2:00 at Mohawk Raceway. Nobodysjustice has not fared that well this season as he has yet to win in six tries for trainer Dany Fontaine. Last week he raced in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Dresden Raceway and was fourth, racetimed in 2:01.4. With ten starters on a half mile oval, eight will go behind the starting gate and the other two will start behind the horses in posts one and two respectively. Other contenders in the large field include SG Goliath King (post seven), Yankee Photo (post 10), who is the only return winner in the field, coming off a lifetime best 2:01.1 victory at Saratoga Raceway, and Orlys Fury (post five). While the colts have a full field of ten starters, the filly division was not that fortunate. They had only three entered in the opening round and will race in a non-wagering heat between the 4th and 5th races on the program. Featured is last year's returning champion, Precieuse CC from post two for trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil. This daughter of Angus Hall had four wins in six starts last year. She has not fared that well in her lone start this year. The main rival in the race will be Denitza Petrova's Kinnder Prediction, who starts from post one and rounding out the short field is Montanalaska (post three). First race post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Due to a motorcycle event next to the racetrack, management at the Hippodrome 3R has moved post time on Tuesday night to 7:15 pm. The action on the harness racing track will also be furious as the third leg of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters will take place in two divisions. This is the last chance for horses to earn points to be one of the eight finalists that will race for $30,000 on a special race night, Thursday, August 9 at H3R. The mare's division comes first in the third race as Y S Suzanne will seek revenge against EAU Naturelle for handing her a nose defeat in the second leg. Y S Suzanne will once again try and lead from start to finish for driver Guy Gagnon. The five-year-old mare by Angus Hall has been razor sharp for trainer Blake T Curran, who co-owns the mare with Jason Jamison of Ontario. She has won two of her last three starts, including a 1:56.2 lifetime mark three starts back and has four wins this year. She will start from post three. EAU Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle pulled off a major upset victory last week over Y S Suzanne at odds of 22-1. Delisle timed it perfectly, getting up in the final stride to the wire in 2:00.4, a lifetime mark for the five-year-old Windsong Espoir mare. It was her third win this year. The horses do battle in the sixth race where once again we see the rivalry continue between Kinnder Dangerous, Capteur De Reve, Holiday Party and now added to the list, KFB Amigo Cool. Kinnder Dangerous is now the hot horse, winning his last start in the series with a very impressive wire-to-wire victory in a lifetime mark of 1:58.1 for driver Justin Filion. Starting from post two on Tuesday, Kinnder Dangerous and Filion will look to once again cut the mile and play catch us if you can. Bred, owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, Kinnder Dangerous has two wins and two seconds in his four starts so far in 2018. Capteur De Reve hopes to put a stop to Kinnder Dangerous winning ways from post six for driver Pierre Luc Roy. It was two starts back that he was able to beat Kinnder Dangerous and will need that effort and maybe a little more from trainer Maxime Velaye. KFB Amigo Cool was a strong second last time out for driver Stephane Brosseau and they could be a factor in the race from post three. Please remember that post time Tuesday is 7:15 pm, not 6:30 pm and for a free race program for Tuesday, just visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

JULY 8, 2018 - The three-year-old fillies were flying around Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon, sending track records toppling throughout the $144,350 Kin Pace program. Setting the tone for the afternoon in the first race, and first Grassroots division, trotter Ezee Tiguan and driver-trainer Lyle MacArthur held off a fast-closing Stormont Charlotte to reach the wire in a track record 2:00.3. P L Layla was four lengths back in third. The victory was a satisfying one for fan favourites MacArthur and Ezee Tiguan, who were caught at the wire in the June 7 season opener and had to settle for second. St. George Brant resident MacArthur conditions the Angus Hall miss for Linda Wellwood of St. George Brant and Tammy Aspden of Caistor Centre, Ontario. The record fell for a second time after the third $14,450 division, captured by Melanie G in 2:00. In rein to Louis Philippe Roy, the fan's top choice cruised along on the front end, finishing three lengths ahead of Power And Grace and Shotgun Sally. "She is a nice size filly, a bit aggressive. The inside post for sure helped," said trainer Richard Moreau of Melanie G, who lined up at Post 3. "We have been working on her front gait and it seems like it worked out," the Puslinch resident continued, adding that his success with Melanie G is at least in part due to the mentorship of trotting specialist Per Henriksen. "He didn't suggest anything specific on this horse, but he has shared so much knowledge with me over the years I have known him." Moreau conditions Angus Hall daughter Melanie G for Mary Anne Lauzon and breeder Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell, Ontario. Sunday's track record effort was the filly's first lifetime victory. Two races later Clinton Raceway fans were once again applying their erasers to the track record page as Gotta Pay To Play rocketed around the half-mile oval to an eight and one-half length victory in 1:59.3. Frick and Dalliance Seelster battled into second and third behind the fan favourite. Driver-trainer Wayne Henry piloted Gotta Pay To Play to her second straight victory for his Henry Stable of Arthur, Ontario. A Gold Series winner at two, the Windsong Espoir daughter seems to be back on track after a lacklustre start to her sophomore season. "She had to have an operation on her throat; it seems to have worked," Henry explained. "She's a real good half-miler. She can trot a turn as fast as a straight-away." The other Grassroots division went to Miller Time, who was able to ease down the stretch to a 16 length victory after her main rivals broke stride around the final turn. The Windsong Espoir daughter and Travis Henry hit the wire in 2:01.3, well ahead of fan favourite Magics Lucky Charm and Trevor Henry and Agent Thirteen and Wayne Henry. "She can trot a half and she's honest, she doesn't make breaks, so that's pretty much her forte," said trainer Mark Etsell. "She tries and she's honest, two aspects you really like in a trotter." The win was Miller Time's third of the season for Rockwood resident Etsell and his partner Chaun Tan of Cambridge, Ontario. The afternoon's rich finale, the $60,900 Kin Pace Final, saw the record setting continue as heavy favourite Write Me A Song reeled off a gate-to-wire score in 1:54.3. Katniss S BG tucked in behind Write Me A Song at the start and crossed the wire one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner. Askmysecretary, who, like Write Me A Song, won her elimination last weekend, finished four more lengths back in third. "Everything went well. It was a little tighter this week, but when you've got a final like that you're going to go a big mile, it was a big effort," said owner-trainer Jack Darling of the record setting mile. Campbellville resident Mike Saftic piloted the three-year-old pacing filly to the win, subbing for regular reinsman Jody Jamieson whose transportation arrangements fell through on Friday. "He had this plan, it's his son's birthday party today, but he had a guy that was going to fly him to Clinton just for her race and then fly him back for the party, and then something happened that he couldn't get the plane," explained Exeter native Darling, who currently resides in Cambridge, Ontario. "So I got Mike Saftic last night to come take over. It was lucky because Mike had driven her, I think, two or three starts ago (June 23) so he knew her. It worked out well." Sportswriter daughter Write Me A Song will make her next start in the July 20 Gold Series event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, August 5 with the fourth Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing colts. Complete results for the July 8 Kin Pace program are available at http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0708clntnn.dat. From the Ontatio Sire Stakes     -30-       Photo attached 1: Gotta Pay To Play and Wayne Henry rewrote the three-year-old trotting filly track record winning their $14,450 Grassroots division at Clinton Raceway in 1:59.3 on Sunday, July 8. (AG Photography)       Photo attached 2: Write Me A Song captured the $60,900 Kin Pace Final in a track record 1:54.3 on Sunday, July 8. Mike Saftic piloted the three-year-old pacing filly to the win for Exeter native Jack Darling who owns and trains the Sportswriter daughter. 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Columbus, MN - The Saturday night (June 30) harness racing program at Running Aces was filled with impressive performances and fast miles, but the $11,000 featured Open Handicap Trotters stole the show, with a thrilling contest and a sparkling new Track record mile.   The razor sharp mare Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) fired fast from her outside post 6, with the super Stallion Banker Volo (Rick Magee) surging fast from the next door spot, and these two squared off early.   Magee yielded to let Silverlode cut the speedy fractions of 27.2, 55.4 and 1:24, while Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) settled away in pylon position third. Silverlode held the field at bay, until Banker Volo angled to the outside just before turning for home. Banker Volo and Silverlode were in deep battle as they straightened out for the stretch drive.    Pridecrest began his own attack along the inside, and Silverlode could not fend off the barrage from both sides. It was down to Banker Volo and Pridecrest with 100 yards to go,   Pridecrest took a slight advantage along the inside, and Banker Volo tried again with a desperate lunge right on the line. It would not be enough, as Pridecrest had gotten his nose to the wire first, by the slimmest of margins.   The teletimer read 1:53.4, to record the fastest trotting mile in the history of Minnesota and Running Aces. The previous record (1:54.1) had been established almost exactly 1 year ago by Banker Volo.   Pridecrest is a super-talented 6 year old gelding by Angus Hall out of the Westgate Crown mare Spilled Milk, he now has 24 career wins and earnings of $214,779. Pridecrest ($6.20) is owned by Christopher Schick and trained by Leading Trainer Kathleen Plested.   Also on the Saturday program, Dream Chasin completed a 3-race win streak by capturing the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace class-A, in a lifetime best mile of 1:53.3 with driver Nick Roland aboard for owners Michelle and Gregory Budach.   Dream Chasin ($4.20) dominated the affair from gate-to-wire. The $6,800 class-B division went to Frewil Dakota Sven ($2.80), who picked up his first win of the season with a lifetime best mile in 1:54.1 for trainer/driver Brady Jenson and owners Brian and Kim Larson.   Driver Steve Wiseman had another big night, winning half the races on the card with his grand-slam. Wiseman also completed the sweep of the late Pick-3.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces on Sunday, July 1, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT with a $7,500 Guarantee in the 50 cent late Pick-4 wager, and The Dan Patch FFA eliminations are just one week away, on Sunday, July 8.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Rivalries are great in all sports whether it be hockey, football, baseball or harness racing. And a major rivalry will continue Tuesday night at the Hippodrome 3R with the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. There are two divisions, one for the mare's and one for the horses and it is in the fifth race horse division that the rivalry will continue once again between Kinnder Dangerous, Holiday Party and Capteur De Reve. These three horses have been battling for weeks and all three have captured one of their meetings. Capteur De Reve, after two unsuccessful attempts in the Invitational-Handicapped Trot (he had post 8 both weeks), came to life in the opening round of the series for trainer Maxime Velaye. It was an epic battle with rival Kinnder Dangerous as these two went head and head from after the half mile marker with Capteur De Reve digging in at the finish for a 2:00.1 triumph. "He is feeling great," Velaye said of Capteur De Reve. "Oh yeah is he ready for round 2 and I am pretty sure that Kindder Dangerous and Holiday Party will also be ready to battle." This week, Capteur De Reve drew post six for driver Pierre Luc Roy and they are the morning line favorite. "I was super happy that he was back to his old self last start," Velaye explained. "We made a couple changes in shoeing and his bridle and put a head pole inside. So that combined with the super drive of Pierre Luc was the ingredients for our success two weeks ago." Kinnder Dangerous has his best starting position of season, drawing post two for driver Justin Filion. They lost their last start to Capteur De Reve by three-quarters of a length. Prior to that they were second also to Holiday Party in the Invitational-Handicapped. In his first start of the season the four-year-old son of Northern Star not only won but scored a lifetime mark of 1:59.1 for owner, breeder, trainer Denitza Petrova. And there is also Holiday Party who starts from post five for driver Pascal Berube. After winning two starts back in the Invitational Trot, he was third to Capteur De Reve and Kinnder Dangerous. The trotting mares get underway in the third race where odds on favorite will be Y S Suzanne, who starts from the rail for driver Guy Gagnon. This superb mare by Angus Hall is trained and co-owned by Blake Curran of Perth, Ontario with Jason Jamieson. She now sports lifetime earnings of over $146,000. Shipping back to H3R for the series from Rideau Carlton, Y S Suzanne is on a two-race winning streak. Just two starts back the five-year-old mare took her lifetime mark at Rideau in 1:56.2 and at H3R she led from start to finish in 2:00.2. Other contenders in the race include Lucky Promesses (post 4), who was second to Y S Suzanne in their last start, Vanilla Star (post 3), a 2:01 winner in a qualifying race at H3R and Eau Naturelle (post two). Post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) goes gate-to-wire to win the Saturday night (June 23) featured pace ($10,000) at Tioga Downs. Dragin The Wagon ($7.10) charged out of the gate from his outside position and put up all the fractions (:27.3, :571, 1:25.2, 1:55.0). Trained by Jeff Byron for owners Cary, David, and Michael Cantelon, Dragin the Wagon was pressured a little at the top of the stretch by second place finisher Noble Anthony (Atlee Bender), but the gelding found another gear and won easily. SR Radar finished third. Dragin The Wagon is an 8-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. It was his third win of the season and his 42nd career victory. Mike Merton won three races on the night. His wins were with Jupiter Johnny ($3.70), Commentary ($7.60), and Odds In Play ($13.20). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (June 24) featuring three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Also Tioga Downs, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, and the Harness Horse Breeders' of NYS are joining together once again to host its Annual "Scholarship Race". It will be after race 2. The 15 race card starts at 1:00 p.m. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Guy Gagnon was on a tear at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening, winning five of the nine races on the program. Gagnon started off like a rocket, winning the first race with Missionoftheheart in 2:01.3, then the second race with Mrs Dragonfire in 2:00. In the third race, the mares division of the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters, it was all Y S Suzanne and Guy Gagnon for his third straight win on the night. Lucky Promesses and trainer/driver Jerome Lombart were able to out leave Y S Suzanne and take early command of the lead, but Gagnon wanted his mare back on top and they were by the opening quarter mile in :29. From that point on, Y S Suzanne and Gagnon led to the half in :59.4 and the three-quarters in 1:29.3 before Lombart pulled the pocked going into the final turn and nearly caught up with Y S Suzanne at the top of the stretch. But Y S Suzanne kicked in another gear and went on to win by one length in 2:00.2. Lucky Promesses was second with EAU Naturelle (Simon Delisle) third. The Future Stars Champion in Quebec at age 2, Y S Suzanne is now 5. She is a daughter of Angus Hall, trained by Blake Curran and owned by Jason Jamieson and Blake Curran of Perth, Ontarion. It was her fourth win this year and she paid just $2.10 to win as the overwhelming race favorite. Gagnon then scored his fourth winner of the night in the sixth race with Yoshi in a lifetime best 2:00.2. The seventh race was the horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series and surprising to the wagering crowd, last year's three-year-old champion, Capteur De Reve and driver Pierre Luc Roy were the winners at odds of 8-1, but what a race it was. Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion left and got the lead away from Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) as they went to the opening quarter in :28.4. Then by the half mile in 1:00.3, it was Captuer De Reve and Roy coming first-over. Captuer De Reve was able to grind his way and collar Kinnder Dangerous at the three-quarters in 1:31.2 as Berube took Holiday Party three wide around the final turn. Kinnder Dangerous was back on top as they started down the stretch and battled Capteur De Reve head and head right to the finish and with a final surge, Capteur De Reve won by a neck in 2:00.1. Holiday Party was just one length back in third place. It was the first win in three starts for Capteur De Reve. The gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel. He paid an amazing $18.10 to win. Gagnon then picked up his fifth winner of the night in the eighth race with Beachrunner AM in 1:56.1. Gagnon is now tied with driver Stephane Brosseau as the only two drivers this season to score five winners on a program. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, first race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information and a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The trotters own the spotlight at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening with the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-olds. There are two divisions, one each for mares and horses. After three weeks of preliminary competition, the top eight point earners in the series will come back on Thursday, August 9 for the $30,000 finals. The mares are up first in the third race where Y S Suzanne, who was the Future Stars Champion at age 2, comes home to H3R from Rideau Carleton Raceway. In her last start, the five-year-old mare by Angus Hall crushed the field by nine and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.3. She has three wins this season and will start from post two for driver Guy Gagnon. HP Run Like Mom also has three wins this season, all at H3R, the fastest a 2:01.1 score. She goes from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. Other contenders include Lucky Promesses (post five), EAU Naturelle (post one) and Vanilla Star (post four). A classic rivalry continues in the seventh horse division as Holiday Party again takes on Kinnder Dangerous and Capteur De Reve. These three have gone head to head the last tw three fo weeks with Holiday Party and Kinnder Dangerous scoring wins while Capteur De Rene, last year's three-year-old champion, finally draws a decent post five after having the eight-hole last two starts. Holiday Party comes into the race off a 1:59.1 triumph. The son of Holiday Road is now 5 and two years back from the Breeder's Cup champion at age three. He will start from post three for driver Pascal Berube. Kinnder Dangerous goes from post six for driver Justin Filion. He was a winner two starts back in 1:59.1 and was second last week to Holiday Party. Capteur De Reve will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy and should show vast improvement from his last two starts with a much better post position. Capteur De Reve was last year's three-year-old champion. Other contenders include Majesti Sweetson (post one), Orly's Dream (post two) and Sometimes When (post four). Post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau may have scored four winners at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, but the fastest mile on the day belonged to driver Jocelyn Gendron and National Debt in the Invitational-Handicap Pace. For the second straight week defending driving champion Stephane Brosseau was the best among the driving colony with four victories on the program. His wins came three straight, the 5th, 6th , 7th and then won the co-feature trot in race 9. Brosseau nearly made it four straight wins in the 8th race co-feature pace. The race began with the only mare in the field of eight, Rainbow Palace and driver Francis Picard shooting to the early lead, but they then gave way to D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) at the opening quarter mile in :27.4. And already on the move on the outside was Brosseau with the race favorite American Wiggle. They worked their way to the front and cut the mile to the half in :57. It was then that driver Jocelyn Gendron came first-over with National Debt and started grinding their way towards the race leader. In the backstretch, National Debt collared American Wiggle but could not pass them by at the three-quarters in 1:26. American Wiggle then gained ground on the final turn and took the lead away from National Debt. But that was only briefly as after they started down the stretch, National Debt was the strong horse, winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:55. American Wiggled barely held off Rainbow Palace for second place. It was the fifth win this year for National Debt ($5.50), a seven-year-old stallion by Allamerican Native. He is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. Trainer Yves Tessier also trained the winner of the 9th race co-feature trot. It was none other than R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy scooting to the early with Stephane Brosseau and race favorite Torches Angel leaving from post eight and getting the two-hole trip by the opening quarter mile in :28.1. R Rkadabra then cut the mile to the half in :58.3 and was solid on the lead going into the backstretch. Before the three-quarters in 1:28.1, Brosseau moved Torches Angel to the outside and then the lead by the final turn. They then pulled away for an easy win by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) closed well to be second with Rocky Boy (Marc Belanger) third. It was win number four on the day for driver Stephanie Brosseau and the second training score of the afternoon for Yves Tessier as he sent out the winners in both co-feature races. An eight-year-old mare by Angus Hall, it was the second straight win and fourth victory on the year for Torches Angel, who paid $4.00 to win. It was also an owner double for Morin Beauceville. Track Notes: With no rain and sunny skies, fans saw the H3R track in s good shape. In the very first race, Soccer Hanover ($7.80) and driver Pascale Berube came first-over from the half mile and wore down pacesetter and race favorite Rain Gage (Daniel Laflamme) at the wire to win by a half-length and tied his lifetime record in 1:57.1. The Hippodrome 3R website, www.quebecjockeyclub, now features a live feed of the harness races. Live racing resumes next Sunday, post time at 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - American Wiggle, in his debut at the Hippodrome 3R on Opening Day Sunday, gave notice to his 29 competitors in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete later this season that he is ready for action with an impressive score in the Invitational-Handicapped Pace. Mother Nature was not cooperative as constant rains made the track sloppy with a three-second allowance. It was the sixth opening day at H3R for the Quebec Jockey Club that purchased the track in 2012. The grounds were first developed for horse racing back in 1830. The seventh race co-feature pace saw D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) determined to take the early lead but was parked out by El Torero (Denis Audet) to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Then Ninoscredit and driver Maxim Gaudreault tried coming first-over against D J Power to no avail as they passed the half mile marker in :58.4. As they came off that turn was when driver Stephane Brosseau moved to the outside with American Wiggle and the complexion of the race changed. Brosseau moved three-wide with American Wiggle and by the three-quarters in 1:28.3, they were able to get a minor breather behind pacesetter D J Power. Then on the final turn, Brosseau came out again with American Wiggle to challenge D J Power and they blew by them in the stretch to win going away by four lengths in 1:59.4 over the sloppy track. El Torero was third. It was the first start of the year first start ever at the Hippodrome 3R for American Wiggle. The four-year-old gelded son of American Ideal is trained and co-owned by Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord with Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. American Wiggle paid $4.20 to win. For defending leading driver from last year, Stephane Brosseau, the eighth race Invitational-Handicapped Trot capped the afternoon as he won it with a tough Torches Angel in 2:03. It was R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy that led the field early on, tripping the opening quarter teletimer in :29.1 with Torches Angel following his cover. Then Brosseau came first-over after the half mile in 1:01 with Rocky Boy (Marc Bellanger) following their second-over cover. Torches Angel was able to clear to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:32.2 but Rocky Boy kept the pressure on around the final turn and in the stretch until Torches Angel kicked in another gear and won with ease by two lengths. Rocky Boy was second and Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) finished third. For Torches Angel, one of only two mares in the field against holder horses, it was third win this year for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francois Morin of Beauceville, QC, paying $4.10 to win. The victory was the third winner on the day for Stephane Brosseau, who led all drivers on the wet afternoon. Track Notes: The first race pace saw Machin A Trick and driver Pierre Luc Roy, the older brother of Canada's top driver, Louis-Philippe Roy, lead from start to finish over the sloppy track, digging in throughout the stretch to win by a neck over race favorite Fortune Fella in 2:01.2 and paid $5.80 to win. Trainer Manon Lamothel was the only trainer to send out two winners on the day, both driven by Daniel LaFlamme. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. Live racing resumes next Sunday, May 6, first race post time at 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With the finishing touches being done in removing the passing lane, adding a new HDTV broadcasting system, a new food catering company, a revamped website and new post times, the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track is ready to begin its live race season on Sunday. The track will race 40 live dates this Spring, Summer and Fall, primarily on Sunday afternoons, Tuesday evenings (starting May 29) and one special Thursday night race program on August 9. The new post time for Sunday's will be 12:50 pm and Tuesday evenings (plus the one Thursday card) will be 6:30 pm. Race fans can get a free program for the Hippodrome 3R race cards at www.quebecjockeyclub.com and wagering on the program can be done via most online wagering websites. There are nine races scheduled for opening day, including both an Invitational-Handicapped Pace and Trot. The leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, and leading trainer, Francis Richard, from last season will both be in action Sunday, looking to defend their titles. The seventh race co-feature top pace has nine starters headlined by the morning line favorite at 5-2, American Wiggle (post 8), who is eligible to the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at H3R on August 19. He will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Trained and co-owned by Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord with Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, American Wiggle is a gelded four-year-old son of American Ideal with a record of 1:51 taken at Vernon Downs last year. In his first two starts of the year he has raced in the top class at Rideau Carlton with little success but was race timed last week in 1:53.4. Second choice is Highpoint Chip, a local favorite and eight-time winner last year for trainer Isabelle Bineti. He will be driven by Pascal Berube from post seven and was impressive in both his qualifying wins at H3R. Other contenders include Mister Big Top (post two), D J Power (post five) and Glass Shadow (post nine). Bineti also trains the favorite in the eighth race co-feature trot as Holiday Party heads the field from post seven and will be driven by Berube. This five-year-old gelding by Holiday Road has but one victory last year for the Groupe Holiday Party Stable of Portneuf but has come back stronger in 2018. Racing at Woodbine, Holiday Road took his lifetime mark back in February with a 1:55.2 triumph. Starting alongside in post six is one of the toughest trotting mares in Quebec, Torches Angel for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Yves Tessier. The eight-year-old mare by Angus Hall has a win, second and third in her last three starts at Rideau Carlton, the victory a 1:58.2 score. Looking for the upset victory will be Rocky Boy (post one), R Rkadabra (post four) and Tuscans Memory (post two). Track Notes: Mother Nature is not cooperating with opening day Sunday. Weather forecast is for 80% chance of rain throughout the day. A total of 30 four-year-old pacers have remained eligible to the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, including Little Brown Jug winner, Filibuster Hanover and Breeders Crown winner, Bekhams Z Tam. The final nomination payment is due on May 15. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Once the stakes season is over for most three-year-old harness racing horses, if they have the breeding and are tops in their class, they can go to the stud barn, but if they are a gelding, then they must face the tough task of racing against older and more established foes. Such is the case for the trotter, Kinnder Dangerous, who on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, will once again face much older and seasoned rivals in the Invitational Trot. The difference here is that Kinnder Dangerous has already done this and in his last start he not only raced against the best trotters in Quebec, but he beat them. Owned, bred and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, Kinnder Dangerous not only overcame starting from the outside in post seven two weeks ago, but raced over a sloppy, rain-soaked track with a three-second allowance and was able to close from sixth place approaching the final turn to beat his older rivals by two lengths in 2:01.4. He will be put to the task once again on Sunday, only this time the three-year-old gelded son of Northern Escort, has even a worse post position, the eight-hole to start from. "Is he ready to go this Sunday?" Said Petrova. "I most certainly hope so. It is tough not having a race for him every week, so I hope he will be OK." Petrova and her significant other, Justin Filion, who drives Kinnder Dangerous, own a beautiful training facility in Melbourne with a half mile track where they train the Kinnder Stable. Named after the Kinder Chocolate Surprise eggs with a toy inside, a childhood passion of Petrova's, she has had a strong success with her small breeding and racing operation. This past year she was a perfect four for four with her homebreds making it to the races with Kinnder Dangerous the best of them all. He currently sports four wins, two second place and one third place finish in just eight starts and on Sunday will be the 5/2 morning line favorite in the Invitational Trot, despite having to start from post position eight. He also rewarded his backs, going off nearly at 13-1 and paying $27.90 to win. Does the sloppy track surface help Kinnder Dangerous? "I don't think that makes a difference to him," Petrova said. "He got a nice trip in his last start from Justin and then used his strength and quick speed for the end of the race and was just super. Most of his wins this year came on fast tracks." Earlier this season, Kinnder Dangerous took his lifetime mark in the Breeders Cup Series for Filion at H3R, scoring a 1:59.3 triumph. "He is a very big horse," Petrova explained, "but he can handle a half mile track and once he is asked, he can really take off and hold his speed. "I guess he had better get used to starting from outside positions," Petrova laughed. "He is still young and I know he will improve with time. He is that type of horse with a smart head. With not so many starts I am pretty sure he is going to get better and better." One of the main contenders that Kinnder Dangerous will have his work cut out for him is Caroluzzo from post six for driver Stephane Gendron. The only other return winner in the eighth race feature trot, Caroluzzo was at his best last week at H3R as Gendron took the eight-year-old son of Musclesextrodinair right to the front from post five and never looked back, wiring the field by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.1 for this fifth triumph this season. Another standout is Jamigo from post seven for driver Daniel Laflamme. The nine-year-old son of Angus Hall sports seven wins already this season and last month won the Invitational Trot in 1:59.4. First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - In a stunning first-over challenge against Four Starz Speed, Jamigo, a 10-1 long shot, was able to grind it out and post an upset victory to win the Invitational Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The eighth race feature got underway with Dance Hall George (Gaetan Lamy) shooting to the early lead with R Rkdabra (Pascal Berube) right on their back. Then by the opening quarter mile in :28.2, trainer/driver Kevin Maguire had the veteran 12-year-old Four Starz Speed on the move and brushing to the lead. After backing down the pace slightly going to the half mile in :59, Four Starz Speed was challenged first-over by Jamigo and driver Daniel Laflamme. And as the field entered the backstretch, Laflamme rated Jamigo on the outside, just a neck shy of collaring race leader Four Starz Speed. Tuscans Memory (Mario Charron) was following the outside flow of Jamigo to stay in contention. Then, with a bold three-wide move going to the three-quarters, KFB Amigo Cool and driver Stephane Brosseau entered the fray with all three horses just heads apart at the three-quarters in 1:29.3. Around the final turn and still stuck three-wide, KFB Amigo Cool could not keep up with the race leaders and as they came down the stretch, Jamigo was able to dig deep and show true grit as he not only collared Four Starz Speed, but beat him to the wire for LaFlamme, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.4. Tuscans Memory was third. For Jamigo, a nine-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall, it was his seventh victory this year for owner/trainer Manon Lamothe of Terrebonne. Jamigo, who earlier this season has won three of four starts at the Hippodrome 3R, was returning to Quebec after racing in the USA. He has won his last start at Pocono Downs in 1:57.2 before shipping home for Sunday's Invitational Trot. Jamigo paid $22.70 to win. Track Notes: The biggest upset on the day was in the ninth race pace. The 1-2 favorite, Matts Phil and driver Stephane Gendron tried leading from start to finish, but the pocket-sitting 22-1 Washington Hanover and driver Pascal Berube, waiting until the final turn to pull the pocket and catch Matts Phil at the wire, winning by a half-length in 1:57.2, paying $46.20 to win. It was also a driving double on the day for Pascal Berube. Also scoring driving doubles were Gaetan Lamy and Steeven Genios. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday with first race post time at 12:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Dragin The Wagon captured the harness racing featured trot ($10,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 8). Wisenheimer (Mike SImons) called the shots early, :27.2, :55.4, 1:24.3. Dragin The Wagon (Angus Hall) followed in the pocket until mid stretch. Owned by James, Michael, and David Cantelon, while trained by Jeff Byron, the 7 year-old gelding found himself trapped on the inside. Aaron Byron was able to squeeze by an opening at the cones in mid-stretch. Dragon The Wagin ($4.90) surged to the front to win in 1;54.2 Caulfied (Mike Merton) would charge late and fall just short to settle for second. Picture This (Tom Jackson) finished third. Dragin The Wagon won for the fifth time this season and secured his 36th lifetime victory, Leading driver, Mike Simons won three on the night to get 70 on the season. He won with Ifya Start Me Up ($5.40), Ameliosi ($4.80), and Rockin Show ($14.60). Jim Taggart Jr. won three as well on the night. He won with K J's Caroline ($3.50), Gwally ($6.20), and Justsingalong ($26.20). Tioga Downs returns to live action on Saturday (September 9) with a 14 race card with New York Sire Stakes action, featuring Freshman Pacing Colts and Geldings. It is also Apple Fest at the track with free apple pie slices and apple cider. Post time is 6:50p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) would take the harness racing featured Open II pace ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday night (August 26). Dragin The Wagon (Angus Hall) would fly out of the gate and never look back. Owned by James, Michael, and David Cantelon and trained by Jeff Byron, the 7 year-old would control all the fractions :28.0, :57.1, 1:25.3, 1:54.3 for the victory. Bjanthony (Mickey McNichol) and Zoraze (Fern Paquet Jr.) would both charge late to make it interesting. Both horses ended in a dead heat for second. Dragin The Wagon ($4,00) won for the fourth time this season and earned his 35th career victory. Byron would win two more on the night. His next win was with Warhorse ($12.00) and his final win was with Rose Run Rudi ($5.50) Dein Spriggs won the Billings Driver Club race with Perfect Road ($10.20). Live racing returns on Sunday (August 27), featuring The Crawford Farms Trot, The Joie De Vie Mares Trot and the Artiscape Open Mares Pace. Also on hand will be the Reynolds Stakes races, featuring freshman colts and fillies, trotters and pacers. Corntastic weekend comes to an end on Sunday featuring Western Family Fun Day (Free) and free long sleeve t-shirts. The 12 race card begins at 1 p.m. For more information please go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs    

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