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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Even before the question of whether the tortoise could beat the hare took place, the bigger question was whether the mares could beat the horses. That question will be answered Friday at the Hippodrome 3R as Precieuse CC and Eau Naturelle takes on a field of five male rivals in the seventh race Preferred-Handicap Trot feature. Precieuse CC starts from post three for owner, trainer, driver Claude Beausoleil of Notre-Dame-Des-Prairies. She has raced against male competition the past two years will good success. Already this season the five-year-old mare by Angus Hall has three wins, the fastest a 1:57.3 score at H3R, all against male competition. At ages 2 and 3 Precieuse CC was the Quebec Champion for her age, gait and gender. Two starts back in this class she was a game second place finisher by a nose to Keepall in 1:58. This week she again faces the best trotters of the season. Eau Naturelle is the other mare in the field and starts from post one for driver Simon Delisle. Two starts back the daughter of Windsong Espoir won the Preferred 3 class in 2:00.3 on a sloppy track. Last week's top trot winner, Severus Hanover, starts alongside Precieuse CC in post four. He was given a perfect drive by Stephane Brosseau and responded with a 1:59 triumph, his sixth victory of the season for trainer-owner Yannick Martel of L'Assomption. Also in the field is Capteur De Reve (post 7) for driver Stephane Gendron. Now age six, the gelded son of Muscle Mass is a four-time Quebec Champion for trainer Maxie Velaye. He was second to Severus Hanover last week and the prior to that had notched his fourth win of the year in 2:00.1 on a sloppy track. Rounding out the well-matched field are Keepall (post 6) with driver Pascal Berube, Bucketlist Hanover (post 5) for driver Jocelyn Gendron, and Sir Chopin (post 2) with trainer-driver Carol Voyer. First race post time Friday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

This Sunday the Hippodrome 3R will host the first pari-mutuel race for two-year-olds of the 2014 harness racing season. Six young trotters will go to post in the first race at 1:00 pm. It’s the girls against the boys as three fillies will go again three colts and the morning line favorite is a filly named Allie’s Gift at odds of 5/2. Allie’s Gift has had just one start behind the starting gate on May 24 but she performed like a champion for trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil. The daughter of Holiday Road led from start to finish in a qualifying race at Hippodrome 3R, winning in a romp by twenty one and three-quarter lengths in 2:06.2. The brown filly is owned by Ecuries Richelieu, Inc. of Venise-En, Quebec and was bred by LMN Bred Stables of Ohio. The second choice in the race at odds of 3/1 is another qualifying race winner, a colt, name William Star from post six. He is co-owned, trained and driven by Jean Francois Magure. This son of Windsong Espoir won his prior qualifying race by three-quarters of a length at Hippodrome 3R in 2:09.3. He is co-owned by Magure with Yves Ringuel and David Lapierre of Quebec. The winningest horse of the 2014 season at Hippodrome 3R, track record holder The Platinum Guy, puts his five-race winning streak on the line in the ninth race Sunday. Going in the extra distance event at one and one-sixteenth mile, The Platinum Guy set the track record back on May 20 with a time of 2:04.4. His track record was tied last week by Adkins Hanover. The Platinum Guy starts from post four for driver Denis St Pierre and they are the 3-1 second choice in the race. The race favorite is San’s Frontiere from post two at odds of 5/2. He is making only his second start this year. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For more information visit the track website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

In 2013, trainer Claude Beausoleil sent out Canada's first two-year-old qualifying winner with trotter Special Agent Man at Hippodrome 3R. This year, he's done it again with that colt's younger half-sister. Trotting filly Allies Gift was Canada's first two-year-old qualifying winner of 2014 on Saturday at Hippodrome 3R. She won the first race by 21-3/4 lengths in 2:06.2 over another freshman filly, Play The High Note. Bred by Ohio's LMN Bred Stables Inc., Allies Gift is a Holiday Road filly out of the Conway Hall mare Minor Skirmish. She was purchased for $8,500 at the Canadian Yearling Sale by Ecuries Richelieu Inc. of Venise-En-Quebec, Que. To read the rest of this story click here.

Sudbury Downs wrapped up its 2011 harness racing 'Ontario Sires Stakes' season with a track record performance by two-year-old trotting filly Majestic Taglet.

Fresh off a Gold Final victory with sophomore trotting filly Peach Martini, Oakville resident harness racing trainer driver Rick Zeron shipped a pair of two year-old trotting fillies to Flamboro Downs on Sunday and added a Grassroots win and runner-up finish to his list of accomplishments for the weekend.

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