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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Guy Gagnon came into the Hippodrome 3R needing just two victories to score his 5,000th career win and it took him until the last race on the program to get the job done. In the fourth race trot he was able to win with ease aboard Irish Master ($3.80) in 2:03.3. It was a romp as they won by nine and one-quarter lengths. Then Gagnon had to wait until the eighth race, the last on the program to get the job done. He was driving Evergreen Artist ($5.00) and they left from post six and led from start to finish, winning with ease by three and three-quarter lengths in a lifetime best clocking of 1:55. "This horse was just bought and it was its first start with the trainer (Francis Richard)," Gagnon explained. "He said that the horse was ready and it was." "5,000 victories you do not that alone," Gagnon said. "I must thank all of the trainers who gave me the drives over the years. I feel very proud and thank everyone who has supported me in my career." It was just two weeks ago that driver Simon Delisle of Dechambault scored a big upset with his trotting mare and sure enough he was able to do it again at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. With a change in tactics from her previous start, trainer/driver Simon Delisle and EAU Naturelle was able to again beat race favorite Y S Suzanne and driver Guy Gagnon in the third and final leg of the Quebec-Bred Series. Now the four and five-year-old trotters must wait until Thursday, August 9 when the top eight-point earners in the series return to H3R for their respective $30,000 finals. In the third race division for mares, Delisle went to the lead with EAU Naturelle instead of looking for cover to come off of later in the race as he had done in his last two starts. With Y S Suzanne on their back in the two-hole, Delisle and EAU Naturelle led the field past the opening quarter in :30.3 and that was when driver Stephanie Brosseau came first-over with and pressed to the half mile in a mild 1:01.3.t Brosseau kept the pressure on EAU Naturelle and they raced as a team going into the backstretch. Then Gagnon pulled out from being Delisle with Y S Suzanne and began to follow HP Run Like Mom and then tipped three-wide and looped around HP Run Like Mom as they passed the three-quarters in 1:31.2. Around the final turn Gagnon tried to gain ground on Delisle but could not. Delisle and EAU Naturelle were strong in the stretch and won with ease by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:00.3. Y S Suzanne was second with Linda's Jewel (Mario Lachance) third. Last time out EAU Naturelle beat Y S Suzanne at odds of 22-1. This time it was at odds of 6-1. It was the third win in eight starts this year for the five-year-old daughter of Windsong Espoir. She is owned by Chantal Auger, Raymond Bouffard, Rejean Page and Anne Delisle, all of Quebec. She paid $15.10 to win. The last time EAU Naturelle and Delisle drew the rail post position as she started from tonight, she also won, leading from start to finish. Simon Delisle scored an even bigger upset victory in the very next race, winning with Scout Says at 14-1, paying $31.50 to win. In the horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series, the rivalry continued between Kinnder Dangerous and Capteur De Reve. The sixth race co-feature began with Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion shooting out to the early lead with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) following their cover in second place to the opening quarter mile in :29. Then as they came to half mile in 1:00.1, driver Pierre Luc Roy came first-over started moving toward the race leaders. Roy did not charge up and try to pass Kinnder Dangerous. He just allowed Capteur De Reve to sit alongside Filion until the three-quarters in 1:28.4. It was then that Filion asked Kinnder Dangerous for more and Capteur De Reve was not only able to match his speed but was also gaining ground. Coming down the stretch it was a two-horse race, neck and neck, head and head to the finish with Capteur De Reve the strong horse, winning by a neck in 1:58.4. Orlys Dream (Mario Lachance) was third. In four meetings this season, the score is tied with both horses having beaten each other twice. For Capteur De Reve, a four-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass, it was his second win in five starts this year. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, paying $6.30 to win. Track Notes: Requested ($3.60) became the winningest horse at H3R this season, scoring his fifth win, all at H3R, in the seventh race for driver Francis Picard. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Guy Gagnon from Gatineau, Quebec, finished at the top of the driver standings to win the 2018 Eastern Ontario / Quebec Regional Driving Championship at Kawartha Downs, near Peterborough, Ontario on Saturday night (June 30) and advances to the National Driving Championship at Grand River Raceway on September 26. Gagnon, a winner of 4,979 races and over $23 million in purse money during his career, finished the competition with 49 points.  In runner up position, and also advancing is Stephane Brosseau, of L’Assomption, Quebec with 41 points. The competition came down to the last race with the six races won by six different drivers.  Gagnon and Brosseau finished 1-2 in the final RDC race and that’s where they landed on the leaderboard. Gagnon and Brosseau will join other six drivers, including Ontario finalists Trevor Henry and Louis-Philippe Roy, Western finalists Kelly Hoerdt and Jamie Gray, and Atlantic finalists Gilles Barrieau and Redmond Doucet at the 2018 National Driving Championship at Grand River Raceway on September 26. The winner of the 2018 NDC will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the World Driving Championship (WDC), and join 2017 World Driving Champion, James MacDonald, in the 2019 WDC in Sweden. Here are the final standings: Guy Gagnon - 49 Stephane Brosseau – 41 Stephane Gendron- 36 Nick Boyd - 33 Reg Gassien -32 Brett MacDonald -31 Jonathan Lachance -29 Richard Simard - 25 Race-by-race recaps of the evening’s six championship races follow. The races were carded as races 1 and 3 and five through eight. RDC Race 1: Driver Nick Boyd blew away the opening race field, winning in a wire-to-wire romp with Gramps in 1:54. Boyd sent the Jennas Beach Boy gelding to the front, putting up fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:24.3 all while being chased by Brett MacDonald and Sup Hanover for second, while Jayda Nicole with Reg Gassien finished third.  “It was pretty simple,” Boyd said of the result after the race. “I had what turned out to be the best horse tonight and he got the job done.”  RDC Race 2: No Panic and Reg Gassien popped pocket on pacesetter Dads Filly (Guy Gagnon) to win in 1:56.4. Ima Holy Terror (Richard Simard)came first over at the half and led the chasing pack to take third with Rocket Gal (Brett MacDonald) rallying for fourth. RDC Race 3: Jonathan Lachance powered to the lead with Lyons William approaching the half, maintained control and kicked clear of his rivals to a 1:53.3 victory over Statement (Stephane Brosseau) and Jetset Charmer (Richard Simard). RDC Race 4: With Burlington (Guy Gagnon) commandeering the field heading to the half and setting a quick tempo on the lead, Judy The Beauty and Stephane Gendron capitalized on the swift fractions and rallied through the center of the track to win in 1:58. Majestic Maggie (Nicholas Boyd), from second over, claimed third. RDC Race 5:  Stephane Brosseau swept off cover with Every Girls Desire</a> turning for the wire and kicked clear to win in 1:##. Badstormanyport (Brett MacDonald), who set the pace, held onto second while Four For Orr (Nicholas Boyd) off a pocket trip held third. RDC Race 6: Guy Gagnon solidified his spot atop the championship standings, catapulting Ok Diablo to the front and to score in 1:56 over Big Sport (Stephane Brosseau) tracking his move in second and Amble Over Hanover (Stephane Gendron), who helped set a quick pace with Its Machademic (Brett MacDonald), holding third.   “I knew if I could get a fast half I’d be okay,” Gagnon said following the race. “Because, as a horse, he likes to finish strong.” by Kathy Wade Vlaar, for Standardbred Canada  

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      

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 betting fans knew that Dance With Joe would not let them down as the 2/5 favorite in the feature pace at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday and he did a fancy three-wide two-step to get the job done. This was the start of Tuesday night racing at H3R this season. The seventh race feature started off with Hot Rock Star and driver Guy Gagnon taking the quick early lead with Matt's Phil (Pierre Luc Roy) sitting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. By the half mile marker in :57.1, Hot Rock Star was pressured on the outside by El Torero and driver Denis Audet with Fortune Fella (Stephane Brosseau) second over and third over in the field was Simard and Dance With Joe. At the three-quarters, Simard swung Dance With Joe three-wide and and just about cleared the field on the final turn as Fortune Fella was also in hot pursuit. As they started down the stretch, Simard got Dance With Joe to kick in just a little more and they went on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Fortune Fella, an 18-1 long shot, was second with El Torero third at 9-1. It was the second straight win this year for Dance With Joe. The five-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe is trained by Christine Davignon and owned by Daniel Dulude of Ste-Martine. He paid $2.80 to win. The fastest mile on the twi-light evening card was impressively scored by Hooter Shooter and driver Stephane Gendron in the 6th race pace. They were parked out first-over from the half mile pole against pacesetter Code Word (Stephane Brosseau), getting the lead by the three-quarters and pulling away from the field to win in 1:55. Guy Gagnon was the only horsemen on the card to score a double. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R will host its first Tuesday evening card of the season May 29 and popular harness racing drivers Guy Gagnon and Richard Simard will be joining the colony for this evening. First race post time is new for this season at 6:30 pm. Guy Gagnon has drives in seven of the eight races while Richard Simard has three drives. Both drivers have been competing regularly at Rideau Carleton Raceway, where Louis-Phillipe Roy is the leading driver with Gagnon second and both Richard Simard and H3R's own Stephane Brosseau are tied for fourth place. At H3R, Brosseau is having a great start to the race meet with 14 wins in the first five days of the season. His "batting average" or UDRL is a very impressive .530. Brosseau has drives in six of the races Tuesday evening. The main event Tuesday takes place in the seventh race pace where Dance With Joe will take on the red hot Appleby Hanover. Dance With Joe and driver Jocelyn Gendron start from post five and returns from Rideau off a 1:54.4 triumph, his first of the season in four starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe had a perfect trip in that mile for trainer Christine Davignon. He is the 5/2 morning line favorite. Appleby Hanover returns to race on just two days rest. He raced at H3R on Sunday and now starts from post eight on Tuesday night for driver Tyler Jones. The young reinsman has gotten along very well with Appleby Hanover as they are going for their third straight win. Two weeks ago, Appleby Hanover scored in 1:58.1 for Jones, but last week was something special. Sitting a two-hole trip to Sea Donkey, Jones pulled Appleby Hanover first-over in the backstretch the second time, collared the race leader by the three-quarters, cleared to the lead on the final turn and went on to win by a half-length in 1:55.1. It was a lifetime mark for Appleby Hanover, a five-year-old gelding by Well Said. He is trained and owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. For a free race program for Tuesday evening, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS-RIVIERES, QC - The trotters take center stage at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon with four return winners in the eighth race feature. Yet, the 5/2 morning line favorite is not a return winner. That honoree is Commissioner Daley, who starts from post five for co-owner, trainer and driver Guy Gagnon. Returning to H3R from Rideau Carlton, Commissioner Daley is having a superb season. The six-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall already sports seven wins, the fastest a 1:57 triumph at Rideau. Two starts back he was able to lead from start to finish in 1:58.2. His main competition will come from Jamigo in post three for driver Danuel LaFlamme. Returning from a long stint in the USA, Jamigo was on a roll at H3R winning three of four starts before leaving Quebec for owner/trainer Manon Lamothe of Terrebonne. In his last start in the USA, Jamigo was able to post a nose victory in 1:57.2, his fastest winning time this year. Four Starz Speed is always a major threat whenever he races. The "old man" of the field at age 12, still can show his heels to his younger rivals. Hailing from the Maguire Stable, Four Starz Speed starts from post four with Kevin Maguire driving. Last week he was second in the Invitational and three starts back he was a winner in 1:59. Both Tuscans Memory (post six) and KFB Amigo Cool (post eight) are return winners moving up in class to take on the best trotters at H3R. Rounding out the nine-horse field are Artemis Duharas (post one), K Rkadbra (post two), Dance Hall George (post seven) and Federal Strike (post nine). First race post time Sunday at 12:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, QC - Lucky Promesses will be put to the toughest test of her career on Sunday when she tried for her tenth straight victory, moving up in class and taking on the best trotters at the Hippodrome 3R in the Invitational. The four-year-old mare by Lucky Fool, is the winningest horse this season at H3R for owner, breeder and driver, Jerome Lombart. Seven of her nine wins have come at H3R and she will start Sunday from post two in the ninth race. She is one of two mares (Torches Angel post six) in the field against six male rivals. Trained by Andreane Lapierre, Lucky Promesses first started her win streak at H3R back on July 4 and has been flawless since then. She took her record at Rideau Carlton with an impressive 1:58.2 score and in her last three starts, all at H3R, has won by a total of 17 lengths. It will not be a "walk in the park" for Lucky Promesses Sunday. She is actually listed at odds of 7-1 due to the stellar field of opponents she faces. The race favorite at 5/2 is Unabating from post five for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon. This nine-year-old gelded son of Broadway Hall is having another banner year for owner Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, sporting six wins and five second place finished in 15 starts already. In his last start he won the Invitational at H3R in 1:59.1. Also making a big jump in class is Capteur De Reve from post eight for driver Pierre Luc Roy. Last week Capteur De Reve captured the $C65,000 final of the Breeders Cup Series at H3R, leading from start to finish in 2:00.1 for trainer Maxime Velaya and the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns the son of Muscle Mass. It was the second straight year that Capteur De Reve has won the Quebec-Bred Series Final, but the colt has never raced well from an outside post. He has three wins this year, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:56.1. Other contenders in the field include the hard-hitting Caroluzzo (post three), Federal Strike (post one), the "old man" of the field, Four Starz Speed (post seven), who won the Invitational two starts back and another promising three-year-old, Kinnder Dangerous (post four). Track Notes: Sunday's feature is the eighth race, the C$38,500 Lucien Bombardier Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The 5/2 favorite is Azure Seelster from post four. She has won three of her six starts and in her last outing, won from post 11 at Mohawk Raceway in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots with an impressive 1:54.4 triumph. The race is sponsored by Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club. Post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program or additional information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The Invitational Trot at the Hippodrome 3R has been the toughest race to win this season and once again it was a newcomer that won the top trot Tuesday evening. This week the honors went to Denis Filion's Theregoesthegroom, who was able to take advantage of a misshape in the backstretch and turn it into a neck triumph. The sixth race feature saw Rocky Boy and driver Marc Belanger fly out to the early lead with last week's return winner, Commissioner Daley and trainer/driver Guy Gagnon grabbing the two-hole spot as they went to the opening quarter in a speedy :28.1. They raced Indian-style until the half mile marker in :57.4 as Caroluzzo and driver Stephane Gendron started up first-over from fifth place but was not gaining ground on the leader. But as Rocky Boy approached the three-quarter pole, he made an uncharacteristic break and driver Marc Belanger has to take him to the outside and out of the race. Guy Gagnon was moving to the outside with Commissioner Daley and was blind switched by both Theregoesthegroom and Filion on the outside and on the inside, it was Four Starz Speed and driver/trainer Kevin Maguire shooting up along the cones and taking the lead as they passed the three-quarters in 1:28.3. Then in a dramatic stretch drive, Theregoesthegroom battled head and head with Four Starz Speed with Theregoesthegroom getting up at the wire by a long neck in 1:59.4. Caroluzzo was third. It was only the second start and first win of the season for Theregoesthegroom, a five-year-old stallion by Muscle Mass, who is co-owned by Denis Filion with Sonia Moderie and Jules Sigler. He paid $12.00 to win. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday afternoon, first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - This season the top trotting ranks seem to switch out every week with a new star emerging at the Hippodrome 3R. And it could be another new face in the limelight come Tuesday evening in the sixth race Invitational. Returning from victory lane last week is Commissioner Daley for trainer, driver and co-owner, Guy Gagnon. The six-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall starts from post three and is seeking his sixth win of the season. Currently on a two-race win streak, Commissioner Daley was able to wire the field last week and barley hold off Caroluzzo to win by a head. The prior week he also led from start to finish at Rideau Carlton with a 1:57.4 triumph. Caroluzzo, who starts from post six for driver Stephane Gendron, had left hard from post five last week and got a perfect trip right behind Commissioner Daley, but could not pass him at the wire. He has won the Invitational earlier this season for trainer Daniel Martin and is the slight morning line favorite Tuesday evening. The closely matched race also features the 2017 debut of Capteur De Reve for trainer Maxime Velaye. The three-year-old colt by Muscle Mass was last year's Quebec-Bred Series Champion at age 2 and is taking on older horses for the first time. Capteur De Reve is prepping for the upcoming Breeders Cup Series at H3R that begins in July. He has qualified twice, finishing second by a head in 2:02.4 and then winning last week in 2:02.4 at Rideau Carlton and could be poised for a big effort. It is not often that three-year-old's take on older horses in their seasonal debut. Both Rocky Boy (post four) and Four Starz Speed (post 5) have won the Invitational at H3R this season and Theregoesthegroom (post 2), an 11-time winner in 2017, is making just his second start this season and will be a factor in the race for trainer, driver and co-owner, Denis Filion. Both the third and fifth race trots Tuesday feature a large number of three-year-old trotters getting ready for the Breeders Cup Series at H3R starting Tuesday, July 4. Each of the three preliminary legs race for $7,500 per division and the finals on September 3 go for $65,000 per division. Post time Tuesday evening is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TRIOS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The 1/5 wagering favorite Y S Suzanne saw her four-race winning streak come to an end Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R as Y A Jailhouse Jodi wore her down in the stretch to pull off an upset victory in the third leg of the Quebec-Bred Series. Seven four and five-year-old trotting mares went to post in the third race, the first of two divisions for mares and horses. It was the overwhelming favorite Y S Suzanne, who had soundly defeated Y A Jailhouse Jodi the last two weeks, who went right out to the early lead for driver Stephane Gendron with Grace And Claire (Sylvain Lacaille) grabbing the two-hole seat to the opening quarter in :29.4. Then before the half mile marker, driver Guy Gagnon sent Y A Jailhouse Jodi first over after Y S Suzanne, past the half mile pole in 1:00.4, Y A Jailhouse Jodi continued to gain ground and was head and head with Y S Suzanne at the three-quarters in 1:30.4. Nearly staying stride-for-stride around the final turn, Guy Gagnon kept after Y A Jailhouse Jodi down the stretch and they were able to collar Y S Suzanne and then beat them to the wire, winning by one-quarter of a length in 2:02. Grace And Claire was third. For Y A Jailhouse Jodi, who was the Quebec-Bred Series Champion last year at age 3, it was the first win in seven starts this year for the four-year-old mare by Andover Hall. She is trained by Michel Allard and co-owners Yves Sarrazin and the Allard Racing Stable. Sent off at odds of 9/2, Y A Jailhouse Jodi paid $11.00 to win. The horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series was a non-wagering race with just four started and was held between the fourth and fifth races on the program. KFB Amigo Cool and driver Stephane Brosseau were quickly on the lead with Holiday Gift (Sylvain Fontaine) grabbing the two-hold seat to the opening quarter mile. Then with a burst of speed, Holiday Party, who won last week's second round for driver Pascal Berube, shot to the lead before the half mile marker. Down the backstretch, Holiday Party, last year's three-year-old colt champion, held command of the race, but then in the stretch, Brosseau came after Holiday Party with KFB Amigo Cool and they were able to nip Holiday Party at the wire by a head in 2:02. Holiday Gift was third. It was the second win in five starts this year for KFB Amigo Cool. The four-year-old ridgling by Amigo Hall is trained by Dany Fontaine, who also trains Holiday Party. KFB Amigo Cool is owned by the KFB Stable. Track Notes: Trainer Michel Allard sent out two winners on the program, also the trainer of Herspeedfromheaven ($7.50) in the fourth race. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, June 18 with first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Live nighttime racing gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday with first race post time at 7:00 pm. The first night program of the season will be highlighted by the opening round of the $100,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotting mares and horses in separate divisions. All four of last year Quebec-Bred Series Champions are in the opening round of the series that features three weeks of preliminary competition followed by the eight top point earners in each class returning on Sunday, June 25. The trotting mares are first in the limelight in the 2nd race where eight lady high steppers will do battle. Owner/trainer Carl Duguay's Y S Suzanne is the morning line favorite from post five. She will be driven by Stephan Gendron, who needs just two wins on Tuesday for his 4,000th career victory. Y S Suzanne comes home to H3R from Saratoga Raceway in New York where she has won her last two starts, the fastest a lifetime equaling mark of 1:58.2 over the half mile oval. The four-year-old mare by Angus Hall sports four wins already this season. Last year's three-year-old Quebec Series Champion, Y A Jailhouse Jody, goes from the rail for driver Guy Gagnon, but is winless so far in four starts this year. Other competitors in the field include last year's mare's champion, SOS Revange (post seven) and EAU Naturelle (post eight). The horses do battle in the fifth race where two Series Champions from last year, Seeyou Men and Holiday Party, take on 2015 champion Wildwild Men and undefeated Le Millenaire. Both Holiday Party and Wildwild Men are track record holders at H3R. Wildwild Men and Seeyou Men will race as an entry for trainer Isabelle Darveau. Both horses are full brothers from the mare Seeyouinthecircle and sired by Muscle Mass. They are both bred by Chantal Gravel, who co-owns them with Catheline Pelletier. Seeyou Men is age 5 and Wildwild Men is age 4. Wildwild Men is the stronger of the two brothers and starts from post three for driver Robert Shepherd. Last time out Wildwild Men was second by a neck at Western Fair in 1:57.3 in just his second start this season. Seeyou Men starts from post six for driver Guy Gagnon and has two wins this year, the fastest a 1:59.3 triumph at Flamboro Downs. Track record holder Holiday Party goes from post two for driver Pascal Berube. A nine-time winner last year made his 2017 debut last week at Rideau Carlton and was fifth, timed in 1:59.2. Le Millenaire drew the rail post position for driver Sylvain Fontaine and is unbeaten this year in two starts, the fastest in 1:59.1. Another return winner in the field is KFB Amigo Cool (post 4) for driver Stephane Brosseau. TRACK NOTES: Fans and horsemen should take note that post time on Tuesday night is 7:00 pm. Track management also announced on Sunday that post time for the Sunday card starting this week will be half an hour earlier at 12:30 pm. This Sunday, June 4, is the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament at H3R featuring last year's inaugural winner, Jody Jamieson, Hall of Famer David Miller, H3R's leading driver this and last season, Louis-Philippe Roy, Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion, Stephane Bouchard and Scott Zeron, all competing in eight tournament races. There will be a special meet and greet for the race fans starting at 11:00 am. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Both Half A Billion and HP Sissy established themselves as the "horses to beat" with repeat victories in the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers. Half A Billion was the fastest of the two series winners as trainer/driver Francis Picard worked out strong cover for his horse against the entry of the two full brothers, Mach On The Beach (Pascal Berube) and Mr Match On Beach (Stephane Brosseau). Mach On The Beach and Berube had cut the mile with Mr Match On The Beach sitting the pocket trip as HP Patriote and driver Guy Gagnon tried in vain to get to the front, giving Half A Billion live cover until the backstretch. It was then that Picard sent Half A Billion around HP Patriote and went after the race leaders, collaring Mach On The Beach around the final turn and then going on to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:57, the fastest mile on the afternoon card. Mr Match On Beach was second with Mach On The Beach third. It was the second straight win and fourth triumph on the year for Half A Billion. Owned by Michel & Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire and Corey Giles, it was the five-year-old gelded son of Sportswriters fourth win on the year. He paid $4.00 as the even money favorite. HP Sissy soundly defeated nine rivals in the second round of the series. With Guy Gagnon in the sulky, HP Sissy left from post three in the sixth race co-feature and was able to outkick Skyfall Sena (Jocelyn Gendron) to the opening quarter mile and never looked back. Holding the field at bay the rest of the one mile race, Gagnon and HP Sissy pulled away from the field around the final turn, winning with ease by five and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.2. The pocket-sitting Skyfall Sena held for second place with HP Mercedes (Richard Simard) third. It was the second straight win and third triumph of the season for HP Sissy. The four-year-old mare by Up The Credit is trained by Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel, who co-owns the mare with Michel Damphousse. She paid $3.80 to win. There is one more week of preliminary competition before the top eight money winners in each division compete in their respective $30,000 finals on June 11. Code Word won for the second straight week as driver Maxime Gaudreault gave the 10th race Invitational Pace, scoring an upset at 13-1 and paying $28.00 to win. TRACK NOTES: Driver Jocelyn Gendron brought in the highest payoff of the season as he won the seventh race pace with Northern Trophy at odds of 33-1. Taking the lead after the opening quarter mile, Gendron would not give way to 1/5 race favorite Hard Rock, putting them away in the backstretch. Northern Trophy paid $69.10 to win. Gendron, along with Guy Gagnon and Francis Picard, all scored driving doubles on the program. Trainers Francis Richard and Charles Gaudreault also had training doubles. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The second round of the $100,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers are the main event at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday with two full fields of ten starters going over the half mile oval. After four weeks of preliminary action, the top eight money earners will return on Sunday, June 11, for their respective $30,000 finals. The older mares are first in the limelight in the sixth race and are once again headed by the entry of HP Sissy and HP Pandora, both of whom are bred and co-owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff. HP Sissy is co-owned by Hamel with Michel Damphousse of Louisville. HP Sissy got the best of her stablemate last week, coming on in late stretch over the sloppy track to win by three-quarters of a length after HP Pandora had led the field from the start. This week, HP Sissy starts from post five and will have the driving services of top reinsman, Guy Gagnon, who makes his first appearance at H3R this year. HP Pandora goes from post two for regular driver Stephen Brosseau. But it will not be a "walk in the park" again for the entry will face some stiff competition from both Drift Panic and Wanda Bayama. Drift Panic starts from post four for driver Francis Picard and trainer Jean Tourigny and last week scored an impressive 1:57.2 qualifying win at H3R by more than 20 lengths, the last quarter in :28.4. Wanda Bayama brings Hall of Famer Yves Filion back to H3R where this mare has been a Sire Stakes champion. The $163,000 career winner has been competing with success at Woodbine and Mohawk Raceway with two wins and a record of 1:52.4. The older horses get underway in the eight race where Half A Billion is the race favorite once again after his impressive six length triumph over the sloppy track last week in the opening round. The five-year-old gelded son of Sportswriter starts from post four for driver Francis Picard and has nearly $40,000 earned already this year for trainer Francis Richards. New to the lineup this week is Rideau Carlton invader, Killer Thriller, who starts from the second tier in post nine. The five-year-old gelded son of Jeremes Jet is on a three-race winning streak with five wins already this year the fastest 1 :53.4 lifetime mark. The two-full brothers from the stable of Dany Fontaine finished second and third last week to Half A Billion. Mach On The Beach, age 5, was second for driver Pascal Berube and they start from post 10 in the second tier, while younger brother Mr Match On Beach, goes from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. Also in the field are top Sire Stakes performers from last season, HP Patriote (Guy Gagnon) from post seven, Sugarsam (Stephane Gendron) post two and Sports Authority (Pierre-Luc Roy) in post eight. The tenth race preferred pace has ten starter also and is headlined by four return winners, Arazi (post four), Code Word (post seven), Royal Kee Wee N (post nine) and Glass Shadow (post ten). First race post time is 12:40 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. TRACK NOTES: After the dust has settled from last week's amazing eight-win track record performance by defending leading driver Louis-Philippe Roy, Roy is back on top of the driver standings at H3R and has an amazing driver rating of .778. Stephane Gendron, who is now just four wins away from his 4,000th career win, is in second place with seven wins and Richard Simard is in third place with six wins. Defending leading trainer, Yves Tessier, is on top again among the trainers with five wins from his stable. Daniel Martin is right behind him with four wins. Daniel LaFlamme is in third place with three wins after sending just four horses to post this meet.   From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 16, 2016 - On Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R, a little known pacer by the name of Whitemountain Nemo is headlining the sixth race feature pace, going for his fourth straight victory. What makes this story interesting is that until August 23 of this year, Whitemountain Nemo could not pace his way out of a paper bag. The gelded son of Yankee Cam spent the first five years of his life making just 35 starts with three wins and earnings of just over $4,300. He did flash some speed at age four, winning a qualifying race at Trois-Rivieres in 1:59.3, but other than that, he was not a very good racehorse. Now comes owner/trainer Guy Roy into the picture. Roy, from Sorel, QC, takes charge of the horse in mid-August and had done some homework, thanks to advice from his good friend Francis Proulx, who pointed out that Nemo's full brother, White Mountain Top, recently took his lifetime mark at age ten with a 1:49.3 record at Pocono Downs. White Mountain Top is a career winner of $429,000. So as the story goes, Roy brings the horse to his stable and gives him to his son, William, to work on. "He was an extremely nervous horse," Guy said, "And William is quiet and easy going. It made for a beautiful blend. William worked on his splints every day, he made him do a lot of mileage to relax him, which seemed to be working and we gave him a lot of time in the paddock to enjoy himself." The formula began to pay off right away for Guy and William Roy. In his first start for the new stable at 3R on August 23, Whitemountain Nemo sat along the rail for driver Guy Gagnon and then with a quick brush, went to the lead at the half mile pole and then tore away from the field, winning by ten and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.2. The magic continued the very next week with Gagnon in the sulky, only this time Whitemountain Nemo went to the lead right from the start and once on top by the opening quarter mile, tore away from the field once again, only this time he stopped the teletimer in 1:54.3, winning by seven and three-quarter lengths. Was this a fluke for Whitemountain Nemo? Was he just feeling his oats or was this horse making up for years of poor performances? That question was answered this past Thursday when Roy raced Whitemountain Nemo at Rideau Carlton. Now a change in venue and again, moving up in class, facing tougher competition. So once again Gagnon sends Whitemountain Nemo to the lead, clears by the opening quarter mile and wires the field by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.1. This Sunday it will be interesting to see how "Nemo" handles starting from the far outside in post eight. He will also be driven for the first time by Pacal Berube and he will be facing two other return winners in the field. Starting from post two is St Kitts, one of the winningest horses at 3R this season with five wins in her eight starts. She is one of three three-year-olds in the field against older horses. But in her last start on August 30 she did something she had not done before, she refused to get behind the starting gate and got away ninth and then had to requalify last week, which she did and she won in 2:00.3. She will be driven for the first time Sunday by Stephane Brosseau. "She (St. Kitts) has always had a bit of an attitude," explained trainer Maxime Velaye. "and that is what happened that day. She was also in heat and that did not help. She does not like to turn too much before she races so you need to catch the starting gate when it starts moving. "So Jonathan (Lachance) did a really good job to keep her calm," Velaye said, "but it was just bad timing. This will be a big test for her on Sunday. Whitemountain Nemo has been so good and she is racing against the boys, which is always tough. But she keeps improving all season so I'm confident she will finish in the top three and it would not surprise me if she wins." Another filly in the race is the third return winner in the field. She is Skyfall Sena and starts from the rail position for driver Stephane Gendron. The daughter of Goliath Bayama sports three wins this season and in her last start she scored a lifetime mark of 1:58.1. Other contenders in the field include Sagawi (post three), Sheldonthepsychic (post nine) and Shanghai Ben (post seven). Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com where they also have a link to watch the races live on the internet From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 30, 2016 - Three time Quebec-Bred Series Champion and former track record holder, Atomic Million AM, returned to his home track for the last Tuesday evening race card of the 2016 season and breezed home an easy winner for driver Sylvain Lacaille. Headlining the eighth race feature pace, Lacaille sent the five-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam right to the front from post five and they never had to look back, wiring the field with ease by four and one-half lengths in 1:56. Reel (Jonathan Lachance) was second with Bali (Marie Claude Auger) third. It was the fifth win this year for Atomic Million AM, three of those victories coming at the Hippodrome 3R for owner, breeder and trainer Alain Martin of Gatineau, QC. Sent off at a generous 1-2 odds, Atomic Million AM paid $3.10 to win. The matchup between the two winningest horses at 3R this season, St Kitts and Jimbelina, never materialized in the fourth race as St Kitts refused to get behind the starting gate for driver Jonathan Lachance and was declared a non-starter. Meanwhile, Jimbelina (Stephane Brosseau) stung EY Cowboy (Louis-Philippe Roy) to the opening quarter mile but could not catch them in the stretch with EY Cowboy ($4.30) winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.3. Whitemountain Nemo ($4.10) looked like he was shot out of a cannon in the second race pace for driver Guy Gagnon, leading by three to five lengths the entire mile and then pouring it on in the stretch to score by seven and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.3. It was the second straight win and a lifetime mark for the seven-year-old gelding by Yankee Cam. TRACK NOTES: Both Louis-Philippe Roy and Guy Gagnon had driving triples Tuesday. Wednesday afternoon will be the post position draws for Super Sunday at 3R featuring more than $500,000 in purses with eight championships finals. There will be four $65,000 finals in the Breeders Crown Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers and four $55,000 finals for the Future Stars Series for two-year-olds. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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