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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Michel Allard's Mickeymaksomespeed was the most impressive winner at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, winning one of the four opening round divisions of the Breeders Trophy Series. The series features three rounds of preliminary competition with the $65,000 finals for the top eight point earners on Sunday, September 27. The race favorite in the fourth race first division for the colts, Mickeymaksomespeed did not disappoint for driver Steeven Genois. Parked out to the opening quarter mile by Shanghaigold (Alain Filion), Mickeymaksomespeed then wired the field. Cutting fractions of :56.4 to the half and 1:25.3 to the three-quarters, Mickeymaksomespeed breezed home to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.4. Eclat De Rire (Stephane Gendron) was second with Brutus Bayama (Tyler Jones) third. It was the sixth win in just seven starts this year for Mickeymaksomespeed. The homebred son of Mickey Hanover is trained and owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt and paid $3.20 to win. In the seventh race second division for the colts it was all Whitecookie, the 1/9 overwhelming favorite, holding the field at bay from the start for trainer/driver Marie Claude Auger. The gelded son of Windfall Blue Chip shot out to the early lead, cutting fractions of :28.3, :59.1 and 1:28 before pulling away from the field to win by four and one-half lengths in 1:56.4. HP I Got Toplay (David Pilon) was second with Retour Au Jeu (Stephane Gendron) third. Co-owned by Auger with Pierre Marc Longpre of Trois-Rivieres, it was the second win this year for Whitecookie, who paid just $2.10 to win. The fastest division for the fillies was in the third race where Acaena De Chakrika and driver Stephane Brosseau were able to lead from start to finish in 1:57. She won by one and one-quarter lengths over the pocked-sitting Zar E IP (Pascal Berube). Lotus Sena (Stephane Gendron) was third. It was a lifetime mark and the first win in nine starts this year for Acaena De Chakrika, a filly by Sunshine Beach, trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder-owner Diane Lepine of Quebec City. She paid $3.90 to win. The opening round for the fillies started in the first race where Godiva Lovely Lady and driver Stephane Brosseau scored an upset win at odds of 8-1. Sweeping three-wide on the final turn, Godiva Lovely Lady was able to collar pacesetter YS Big Girl (Carl Duguay) and first-over Quoi (Stephane Gendron) to win by two lengths in 2:00. Quoi was second with Perfect Romi (Sylvain Lacaille) third. The 1/5 race favorite, On Route, broke at the start of the race. It was the first career win for Godiva Lovely Lady, a daughter of Badlands Hanover. She is trained by Lyne Asselin for breeder-owner Raymond Larose of St-Henri-De-Levis. Godiva Lovely Lady paid $18.90 to win. Track Notes: The highest win price of the 2020 season took place in the second race pace when Gutsy Greg and driver/trainer Joel Gagnon wired the field at odds of 44-1 by a head over 60-1 The Platinum Guy. Gusty Greg paid $91.20 to win. Driver Stephane Brosseau had a double. The stakes action at H3R continues next weekend with the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old trotter on Friday and next Sunday is the opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Sunday afternoon will kick-off the 2020 harness racing stakes season in Quebec with the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. There are three preliminary rounds of competition culminating with $65,000 finals on Sunday, September 27. The opening round Sunday has two divisions, two for colts and two for fillies. The fillies get underway in the first race where Perfect Romi (post 5) is the morning line favorite despite being winless in four lifetime starts. The daughter of Perfect Union was a game second last week at Grand River Raceway, timed in 1:57.4. She was bred and is owned, trained and driven by Sylvain Lacaille of St-Paul-De-Joliette. Perfect Romi will be taking on On Route (post 3) who has won her last two starts at H3R, YS Big Girl (post 2) and Lady D Morgan (post 7). The third race second division for fillies features the impressive Zar E IP (post 1) for owner-trainer Pierre Leclerc of Louiseville. This daughter of Up The Credit was unraced at age two and is now making up for lost time. With Pascal Berube driving, Zar E IP sports four wins in six starts, the fastest a 1:56 lifetime mark just last week at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Her competition includes Lotus Sena (post 6), who two starts back won at H3R in 1:57.2, Acaena De Charkrika (post 4) and N C Rockabye (post 2). The colts are featured in the fourth race by Mohawk Raceway invader, My Bettors Del (post 1), who despite being winless in seven starts this year, was third last week by only a neck in 1:51.4. The Bettors Delight homebred colt will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Unbeaten Mickeymaksomespeed (post 3) is unbeaten in six starts this year, the fastest a record 1:54 triumph at Rideau Carleton for breeders, owner, trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. Other retun winners in the field include Eclat De Rire (post 7) and Shanghaigold (post 2). The seventh race second division for the colts is headlined by Retour Au Jeu (post 6), who is on a two-race winning streak for trainer Maxime Velaye and breeder-owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. The son of He's Watching scored back-to-back 1:56 lifetime marks, winning from both on and off the pace. Whitecookie (post 4), a 1:54.4 winner earlier this season for owner, trainer and driver Marie Claude Auger, comes into the series off a head loss in 1:51.4 at Mohawk last week. Other contenders include PLD Needy (post 2) and Kinnder Big Boss (post 7). Track Notes: The Quebec Regional Fair Circuit took place at H3R Saturday afternoon. There were three amateur driving challenges won by Nancy Auger, Mathieu Desrochers and Roxanne Viau. Live racing resumes Sunday afternoon, first race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It took the harness racing photo finish camera in order to declare the winner of the third race Preferred-Handicap Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Friday. Sir Chopin, a 22-1 longshot for owner, trainer and driver Kevin Maguire, was the first out of the gate and led nearly every step of the one-mile trot. The spoiler for the upset win was one of the mares in the race, Missionoftheheart, who sat in along the rail the entire race for driver Stephane Gendron. As horses moved to the outside in the backstretch, Gendron kept Missionoftheheart on the inside, caught up to Sir Chopin after the three-quarters and then collared the pacesetter at the wire to win by a nose in 2:00.3. Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) was third. It was the second win of the season for Missionoftheheart. The six-year-old mare by Manofmanymissions is owned and trained by Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt and paid $6.10 to win. In the second race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the mares, driver Samuel Fillion gave D Gs Fairystars a textbook drive in scoring a mile upset. The nine-horse field was well matched as Twice An Angel (Stephane Gendron) was parked out going for the early lead by 70-1 longshot Bemmol Kalie and driver Daniel Laflamme to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Once settled on the lead, Twice An Angel was able to back down the pace to the half mile in :59.2, but that drew a first-over challenge from Hammering Haley (Stephane Brosseau) who forced Twice An Angel to pick up the pace. At this point in the mile, D Gs Fairystar was in eighth place, fourth over on the outside. As they raced down the backstretch, Brosseau dropped Hammering Haley into the pocket seat with Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) left first-over and grinding it out against Twice An Angel. Meanwhile Fillion got D Gs Fairytale into high gear, moving three-wide into second over position at the three-quarters in 1:28.2. Coming around the final turn, D Gs Fairystar continued to gain ground, fanning three-wide at the top of the stretch. Then with a final late kick, Fillion urged D Gs Fairystar to collar Twice An Angel before the wire to win by a long neck in 1:58. Y C Easy was third. It was the third win this year for D Gs Fairystar. The four-year-old mare by Mach Three is trained by Guylaine Fortin, who co-owns and bred the horse with Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin. She paid $10.00 to win. The fastest mile of the afternoon came in the seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the older horses. The race belonged to Speed To Market and driver Pascal Berube from the very start. With Maracasso (Carol Voyer) dogging the race leader, Speed To Market paid no never mind to Maracasso as he cut fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:26.2 before pulling away in the stretch for a three and one-half length triumph in 1:56.1. Brunos From Mars (Pierre Luc Roy) was second with Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) third. It was the second straight win and fifth of the season for Speed To Market. The five-year-old gelded son of Betterthancheddar is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $6.60 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron led all drivers with a triple on the day. Maxime Velaye led all trainers with two wins and is now the leading trainer at H3R with eight wins. Unbeaten Enavant ($2.80) became the winningest horse at H3R this season, winning the 4th race pace Friday, his fourth victory of the year. On Saturday the H3R hosts the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races. Featured will be both young horses and young men and women competing towards their professional harness racing licenses. Post time is 1:00 pm. Then on Sunday is the start of the Quebec-Bred stakes series. There will be four divisions of the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers. There are two divisions for both the colts and the fillies. Post time is 1:00 pm Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R kicks-off a three-day weekend of harness racing action starting Friday afternoon with the best pacers and trotters in Quebec The track is hosting three Preferred-Handicap events on the eight-race program. The action gets underway Friday in the second race, the Preferred-Handicap Mares Pace. Returning from victory in last Sunday's event is Hammering Haley (post 6) for driver Stephane Brosseau. She led from start to finish last week in 1:59.4 over a sloppy track and is the 5/2 morning line favorite. Also, in the race is rival Wild River Swan (post 8), who came up just a head shy of beating Hammering Haley last week. Other contenders include Sieras Rose, a recent 1:58 winner, Y C Easy (post 4) and Twice An Angel (post 2). The Preferred-Handicap trotter do battle in race three where Precieuse CC (post 7) is the early favorite. She is one of four mares in the race against the horses. Precieuse CC will be driven by her owner/trainer Claude Beausoleil. They won two starts back at H3R in 1:57.4. Other horses to watch are Upvote Hanover (post 6), Missionoftheheart (post 8), Lucky Promesses (post 4) and Sir Chopin (post 5). The older horse will compete in the seventh race when the Rideau Carleton invader, Speed To Market (post 5) is the early favorite. He ships in off an impressive 1:56.1 triumph for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Yves Tessier and will be going for his fifth win of the year. Last week's 1:56.4 return winner, D J Power, gets handicapped off his triumph, and starts from post eight for driver Samuel Fillion. Other contenders include Windsun Cheyenne (post 4), Maracasso (post 7) and Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 6). Track Notes: The reason all the Preferred races are on Friday is that on Sunday starts the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers and there are four divisions. On Saturday is the third round of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. Friday's card starts at 4:00 pm and racing on both Saturday and Sunday begin at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Despite racing over a rain-soaked harness racing track with a two-second allowance, Hammering Haley was at her best on the front end, capturing the Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. It was the race favorite, Wild River Swan (Francis Picard) who took the early over Hammering Haley and driver Pierre Luc Roy by the opening quarter mile in :29.1. The lead changed right away as Roy quarter-moved with Hammering Haley to take command. They went by the half mile marker in :59.3 as D Gs Fairystars (Stephane Brosseau) was first-over to challenge and following the outside flow second-over was Godiva Mackiavelyc (Stephane Gendron). D Gs Fairystars tried her best but could not pass by Hammering Haley past the three-quarters in 1:29. At this point Wild River Swan was boxed in behind Hammering Haley. Then, as they started down the stretch, daylight opened on the rail and Wild River Swan came charging through, but it was too late as a determined Hammering Haley held off Wild River Swan, winning by a head in 1:59.4. Way Over (Simon Delisle) was third. It was the third win this season for Hammering Haley. The five-year-old mare by Shanghai Phil is trained and co-owned by Francis Richard with Gaston Bibeau and Charles Marquis. She paid $6.90 to win. In the fourth race Two-Year-Old Pace, Realxample, a colt by So Surreal, upset the field at odds of 6-1, using two moves and some true grit in the victory. Loud (Marc Bellanger) shot right out to the early lead with Realxample leaving for driver Richard Veilleux and grabbing the two-hole spot by the opening quarter mile. Loud led the field past the half and through the backstretch when Veilluex vacated the pocket trip with Realxample to come after Loud. Those two raced neck and neck around the final turn and down the stretch until Realxample wore the pacesetter down and won by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.3. Full Power Sena (Steeven Genois) was third. It was the maiden victory for Realxample after five lifetime starts. He is trained by Alain Veilluex and owned by La Ferme Drummond, Inc. of Saint-Hugues and paid $15.40 to win. Track Notes: The Hippodrome 3R will have a full weekend of live harness racing next week as the track hosts the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit on Saturday. Friday post time is 4:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday post time is 1:00 pm. Next Sunday kicks-off the Quebec-Bred stakes with the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. There are three rounds of preliminary competition for each age, sex and gait. There will be $65,000 finals for the three-year-old's and $55,000 finals for the two-year-old's, all being held on Sunday, September 27. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After her very impressive victory last week in the Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R, Wild River Swan has returned to take on the top mares again on Sunday afternoon. Last Sunday, Wild River Swan was letting no one pass her by in leading from start to finish for driver Francis Picard. She just hung on at the wire to win by a neck in 1:56, her fastest winning time in two years. Trained and owned by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, Wild River Swan is a seven-year-old mare by Sportswriter. She is a full sister to Quebec bred champion Wildriverbumblebee p.3.1:51.2 ($117,000). Last week's triumph was just the third start of the year for Wild River Swan, who had shown improvement in each of her first two starts. "I was very pleased with her mile last week, said Dr. John Bradbury. "Surprised, yes and no. She trained super all spring. "For Wild River Swan there is no secret to her training," Bradbury added. "Keep her happy and she'll race good for you. Mrs. Swan has her routine which consists of spending a major part of her day outside. Right now, because of the hot weather she sleeps out. So far everything seems good for tomorrow." Looking to rain on Wild River Swan's parade Sunday will be invader D Gs Fairy Stars. She starts from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau and two starts back at Rideau Carleton, she came from off the pace to win in a lifetime best 1:55.3. Other contenders in the field include Y C Easy (post 8) and Godiva Mackiavelyc (post 7), both of whom were victorious two starts back at H3R. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres - Samuel Fillion has emerged as a driving force in the driver's colony at the Hippodrome 3R this season as he drove the 7-1 D J Power to an upset victory in the Preferred-Handicap Pace Friday afternoon. Getting away in second place behind pacesetter Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) after the start of the 4th race co-feature, Fillion knew he had to stay in place until the right moment. They went to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Still leading at the half mile marker in :58.3, Outlaw Turn N Burn faced his first challenge from Surf Report (Martin Gingras) who came first-over followed by the race favorite, Windsun Cheyenne (Pascal Berube), who was going for his third straight win in the top class at H3R. Heading down the backstretch the final time, Outlaw Turn N Burn was still in command as Berube sent Windsun Cheyenne three-wide but had trouble getting by Surf Report at the three-quarters in 1:27.3. It was than that Fillion made his winning move. Pulling from the pocket-trip approaching the final turn, Fillion took D J Power to the outside as Windsun Cheyenne was stalled three-wide. Fillion urge his pacer on and as they started down the stretch, D J Power had all the momentum he needed to get the job done. Winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4 over Outlaw Turn N Burn and a late closing Brunos From Mars (Pierre Luc Roy) was third. For D J Power, a nine-year-old gelded son of Major In Art, it was his third win this season, all at H3R for trainer and owner Jean Marc Roy of Mont-Joli. D J Power paid $17.40 to win. Fillion now has eight wins at H3R this meet. In the 5th race Preferred-Handicap Trot co-feature it was all Keepall from the very start. With regular pilot Carol Voyer in the sulky, Keepall left like a rocket and took early command of the race and was never headed, winning by one and one-quarter length in 1:59.2. Missionoftheheart (Stephane Gendron) tried two moves in coming after Keepall to no avail but held for second place with Lucky Promesses (Pascal Berube) third. It was the second straight win and fourth of the season for Keepall. The six-year-old gelding by Angus Hall is trained by Sylvain Tremblay for owners the Alpha Stable and Gino Curadeau. He paid $3.60 to win as the betting favorite. Track Notes: Both Samuel Fillion and Stephane Gendron scored driving doubles. With a training double on Friday, Maxime Velaye moved into a tie for the lead in the trainer standings. He now has seven wins along with Charles Gaudreault. Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon, first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured will be return winner Wild River Swan (post 4) heading the 6th race Preferred-Handicap Mares Pace against Godiva MacKiaveluc (post 7) and Y C Easy (post 8). For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club (QJC), sent a notice to all harness racing people in Quebec on Wednesday, stating that the OJC board members felt the risks are too great right now to allow spectators to attend the races at the Hippodrome 3R this season. "If admitting spectators were to lead to more cases of Covid-19 and the racecourse was then forced to suspend racing, it would be catastrophic for the industry, its jobs and even its survival," said Claude Levesque. For the moment, the Club Jockey will continue to apply the same policy that is currently in progress, i.e. presenting races without spectators and continuing to apply to the paddock the same protocol approved a few weeks ago by the Public Health of Quebec. Two-year-old goes against older horses Harness racing fans will take notice of the first race Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. It's a trotting event that features a two-year-old, X O X O (that's its name), taking on older horses. Something you don't see every day. Breeder, owner and driver, Jerome Lombart of Bromont, owns just two broodmares, yet almost every year he has young horses ready to race. Over the years Lombart has a track record, his horses have won series championships at H3R and now he has high hopes for X O X O (the symbol for hugs and kisses). "She's a filly that does everything you want her to do well from the very beginning when I tamed her," Lombart said. "It doesn't guarantee anything, but at least it's going in the right direction. "The dam of this filly," Lombart explained. "Is Promising Lavec, and she gives offspring which generally go well at 2 years old. Sometimes things go bad at 3, however. These days I only count on Promising Lavec and Fauvette Gale for my foals. The first gives more calm horse, the second more speed but less calmness." X O X O is from the mare Promising Lavec, who is also the dam of Lucky Promesses, who also races Friday in the fifth race Preferred Trot. "X O X O is the half-sister of Lucky Promesses," Lombart said. "She's is sired by Lucky Fool, not by Angus Hall. In fact, the last three offspring of Promising Lavec are by Angus Hall (Silky Lavec, X OXO and a filly born this year that I called La Bromontoise). "And the good progress of X O X O," Lobart added. "prompted me to pay for its Ontario Sire Stakes eligibility. But there is still a long way to go. Keep in mind that last Saturday X O X O beat only two opponents. We will have a better idea this week." X O X O starts from the rail. She is trained by Andreane Lapierre and in her first career start last week in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit, led from start to finish in 2:05.3. On Friday she goes against That's Hooligan (post 5), a four-year-old return winner, along with three-year-old winners Miss Melodie (post 2) and Indi (post 4). The fourth race Preferred-Handicap Pace has a full field of eight featuring the dominant Windsun Cheyenne, who has won this class the last two starts in 1:56.2 and 1:55.3. He won from post seven last week so being handicapped with post eight on Friday should not hinder his chances of making it three-straight wins for H3R's leading driver Pascal Berube. Also, in the field are rivals Hooter Shooter (post 7), the return of Surf Report (post 5) and D J Power (post 4), who has the red-hot young driver Samuel Fillion in the sulky. Then in the fifth race is the Preferred-Handicap co-feature trot headlined by two return winners in Missionoftheheart (post 6) and Keepall (post 5). Missionoftheheart was the best of her career last week at H3R, leading from start to finish for driver Stephane Gendron in a lifetime record mile of 1:58.2. The six-year-old mare by Manofmanymissions is trained by co-owner Michel Allard and romped last week by four and one-quarter lengths. Keepall has won his last starts at H3R, the fastest in 1:59.1 for driver Carol Voyer and trainer Sylvain Tremblay. He already has three wins this season. Post time on Friday is 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Scoring a training double at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday afternoon, Charles Gaudreault took command of the trainer standings for the 2020 season. Gaudreault's first victory from his stable took place in the second race two-year-old pace and it was all Moonbeam Godro, who made his pari-mutuel debut a winning one for driver Pascal Berube. Leaving from post four, Berube sent the colt by So Surreal to the front, taking command from Erins Somewhere (Marc Belander) by the opening quarter mile and never looked back. Race favorite Realxample (Richard Veilleux) tried coming first-over in the backstretch but to no avail as Moonbeam Gordro won by a half-length in 2:03. Realxample was second with Erins Somewhere third. Moombeam Godro is owned and trained by Charles Gaudreault. He paid $6.70 to win. Gaudreault struck gold again in the third race feature, the Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace. Sophies Cam (Stephane Brosseau) was first on the lead with Hammering Haley (Francis Picard) grabbing the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Last week's return winner, T C Easy and driver Steeven Genois then swung to the outside and cleared to the lead before the half mile in :57.1. That was when Hammering Haley came back out to challenge for the lead with Sieras Rose (Pierre Luc Roy) second over. But before the three-quarters in 1:26.4, Hammering Haley was able to drop into the two-hole behind Y C Easy, leaving Sieras Rose parked out first-over. It was a four-horse battle down the stretch but Sieras Rose was up to the task for Roy, collaring the race leaders and going on to win by one-quarter of a length in 1:58. Hammering Haley was second with Y C Easy third. It was the second win in five starts this year for Sieras Rose. The eight-year-old mare by No Pan Intended is owned by Steve Perreault of Mont-Joli and paid $5.40 to win. With his two training wins, Charles Gaudreault is now the leading trainer at H3R with seven wins. Serge Nadeau also had two training wins and moved into a tie for second place in the trainer standings with five wins along with Michel Allard and Maxime Velaye. Track Notes: Both Pierre Luc Roy and Pascal Berube scored driving doubles and Berube and now leads the driver standings at H3R with 17 wins. Live harness racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Friday, July 30 with first race post time at 4:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Claudi P V and owner/trainer/driver Serge Nadeau of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu tipped three-wide on the final turn of the third race trot and came charging down the stretch at odds of 47-1 in winning at the Hippodrome 3R Saturday afternoon. R Rkadabra (Marc Lemay) cut the early fractions with Stonebridge Alert (Steeven Genois) dogging them from the start. When Stonebridge Alert was parked out against a determined R Rkadabra, Nadeau took advantage of the speed duel, tipping Claudi P V second over and then three-wide after the three-quarter mile marker. Despite being parked out three-wide on the final turn, Claudi P V kept her momentum going and pulled away at the finish, winning by one and one-half lengths over Stonebridge Alert with Lucky Promesses (Pascal Berube) third. The time of the one-mile race was 2:00.3, a lifetime mark for Claudi P V. She is a four-year-old mare by Holiday Road and was bred by Scott-Marcel Brouillard, who co-owns the horse with Nadeau. Across the board Claudi VP paid $96.60, $42.10 and $11.90. It was the highest win payout this season at the Hippodrome 3R and Claudi P V's first win in three starts this year. Serge Nadeau make it a training double in the very next race for two-year-old pacers. His Windfall Blue Chip filly, Nikita Sena, made her pari-mutuel debut a winning effort in a romp. She led from the start for driver Steeven Genois, scoring an eight and three-quarter length triumph in 2:04.2. She paid just $2.10 to win for owner/breeders Nadeau and Scott-Yannick Corriveau of Quebec City. The eighth race was the Ladies Driver Challenge Pace with eight-woman drivers and the contest began with a Calvary charge for control of the early lead. Driver Lena Ouellet left with Adamncam and would not let anyone pass her by as Fortune Fella (Caroline Maheux) was first-over and Old Fashioned Gal (Guylaine Gagnon) was parked out three-wide past the opening first quarter mile in :28.2. Still parked out three-wide around the second turn, Fortune Fella broke stride and carried Fortune Fella way wide and out of the race. Adamncam was alone on the lead past the half mile in :59. Then in the backstretch the race favorite Open Water with driver Johanne Letourneau came charging first-over and blew by Adamncam and Heaven For Sure (Gabrielle St Onge) by the three-quarters in 1:30 and then was home free, winning by two lengths in 2:00.3. Heaven For Sure was second with Angelo Benjo (Jessica Turenne) third. For winning driver Johanne Letourneau of St Edouard De Lotbin, it was her first victory ever at H3R. She had not driven in a race since 2008. A 12-year-old gelded son of Artiscape, it was the second win this year for Open Water. He is trained by Sylvain Fontaine and paid $3.40 to win. Track Notes: Live harness racing continues at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with an eight-race program starting at 1:00 pm. Featured will be the third race Mare Preferred-Handicap Pace where Y C Easy (post 3) will try again for an upset victory like she did last week at 6-1 odds. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a bold three-wide move in the backstretch, Windsun Cheyenne and harness racing driver Pascal Berube were able to capture the Preferred-Handicap Pace for the second straight week at the Hippodrome 3R. The seventh race feature saw race favorite Maracasso and driver Carol Voyer go three-wide on the first turn to take command of the race with D J Power (Samuel Fillion) sitting the pocket-seat and Always A Diamond (Steeven Genois) stuck first-over. They went by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. By the half mile marker in :55.4, Voyer had Maracasso in command of the race and was leading by three lengths until the backstretch. That was when Berube swung out three-wide with Windsun Cheyenne and started to gait ground on Maracasso past the three-quarters in 1:25.2. At the top of the stretch Maracasso began to fade as D J Power shot up the inside, but they could not catch Windsun Cheyenne as he went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:56.2. Jeffs Journey (Stephane Gendron) closed well to be second with D J Power third. The oldest competitor in the field at age ten, Windsun Cheyenne is sired by Cam's Card Shark and is trained and owned by Gina Bragagnolo of Lavaltrie. It was his second straight win and third of the season for Windsun Cheyenne, who paid $8.70 to win. Scoring a driving triple on the day, Pascal Berube moved into sole position of first place among the driver standings with 15 wins. Stephane Gendron is in second place with 13 wins. Trainers Michel Allard and Charles Gaudreault had one win each Friday and now are tied with Maxime Velaye for the early lead in the trainer standings with five wins each. Defending champion Francis Richard and Pierre Leclerc each have four wins. Track Notes: The Hippodrome 3R has live racing all weekend long. On Saturday is the second round of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit with an eight-race program. Then on Sunday is another eight-race card. Post time both days is 1:00 pm. For a free race program for each day, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club plays host to a three-day weekend of harness racing action at the Hippodrome 3R. Friday, Saturday and Sunday the half mile oval will see 24 races for the trotters and pacers. Friday's program starts late afternoon with a 4:00 pm post. Then on Saturday it's the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit day at H3R and another full card of action Sunday. Both Saturday and Sunday's programs get underway at 1:00 pm. While it is still early in the racing season at H3R, the three standouts among the driving colony are in a dogfight for control of the lead as well as the training ranks too. Three-time defending driving champion, Stephane Gendron, is currently tied with Pascal Berube as the winningest drivers, each with 12 victories. Following in a close third place is Stephane Brosseau with 11 wins. All three drivers have been top contenders at the track for many years. And the trainers have a tight competition too. Maxime Velaye leads the pack with five wins and tied for second with four wins each are three-time defending trainer champion Francis Richard, Michel Allard, Charles Gaudreault and Pierre Leclerc. Also, to be recognized, is driver Carol Voyer, who this year has had a limited number of drives (16), and has been outstanding with a Universal Driving Rating (baseball average) of .500, which would be tops in any league. All of these drivers and most of the trainers will be back in action on Friday and will be put to the test in the seventh race Preferred-Handicap Pace feature race. Windsun Cheyenne has been made the 5/2 mild favorite from post seven for driver Pascal Berube. Last week the 10-year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark was able to show his heels to his younger competitors, leading from start to finish in 1:55.3. In that race Windsun Cheyenne started from the rail and having the outside post seven could well hinder his chances for a repeat victory having to face some tough company Friday. Hooter Shooter gets handicapped and starts from post eight for driver Stephane Brosseau. Two starts back he won the Preferred in 1:56.1, but that was from the rail. Hooter Shooter, unlike Windsun Cheyenne, has raced well in the past from outside posts. D J Power is a force to be reckoned with and has the rail for pilot Samuel Fillion. Fillion has two wins, the fastest in 1:56.2, and a game second last week with D J Power, who has found new life this season racing on the front end. Outlaw Turn & Burn (post 9), Maracasso (post 6) and Always A Diamond (post 5) figure to also provide some strong competition in the race. For a free race program for each day this weekend, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Pascal Berube stole the show at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon, scoring a driving triple. It was his first hat-trick of the 2020 season. There was plenty of racing action in the second race pace for two-year-old colts and fillies. The 1-2 race favorite Platine Alpha (Carol Voyer) was first on the lead with 16-1 Write One (Pascal Berube) sitting the pocket seat and then with a bold three-wide move, Too Soon BG and driver Stephane Brosseau took command by the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Right away Berube came out and to the lead with Write One, who led to the half mile in :59.4. Then in the backstretch, Platine Alpha came first-over and collared Write One by the three-quarters in 1:29.3. Those two fillies then duked it out on the final turn and in the stretch, Write One proved to be the best, winning by one and one-quarter length in 1:59.1 over Platine Alpha with Full Power Sena (Steeven Genois) third. It was the second lifetime start and first pari-mutuel victory for Write One. The Sportswriter filly from the Die Laughing mare Tug River Della, is trained and owned by Francois Leconte of Hyacinthe and paid $34.30 to win. She is the 12th foal from the mare and a half-sister to Rub N Tug p,1:50.3 ($474,000), Della Cruise p,1:50.3 ($312,000) and a full sister to Bet On Brett p,1:50.1 ($168,000). Berube also won with Pez Dispencer in the 6th race pace in 1:56.4 and the 5th race pace with PLD Needy in a lifetime best 1:59.1. Another big battle took place in the seventh race Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace and the photo finish camera was needed to declare the winner. Shemaksmefelunreal and driver Stephane Brosseau took command early with Hammering Haley (Francis Picard) in the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Sieras Rose (Pierre Luc Roy) came first-over at the half mile in :59.3, giving Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) second-over cover. Then in the backstretch, Genois sent Y C Easy three-wide by the three-quarters in 1:28.2. Those three horses continued to battle it out on the final turn and then in the stretch Y C Easy and Genois looked to move ahead but Hammering Haley was not done yet and those two had to wait for the photo finish in 1:58.1. Y C Easy won by a nose over Hammering Haley with Sieras Rose third by a half-length. It was the first win in nine starts this year for Y C Easy, a five-year-old mare by Sportswriter, who is trained and owned by Carl Duguay of Trois-Rivieres. She paid $14.40 to win. Track Notes: Undefeated Mickeymaksomespeed (Stephane Gendron) posted his fourth straight win Sunday with a 1:58.1 triumph for breeder, owner and trainer Michel Allard. Three of his wins have come at H3R, tying him with Zar E IP and SOS Turbo as the winningest horses this meet. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Friday at 4:00 pm. Friday's card kicks-off another three-day weekend of live racing. Saturday will be the second round of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. Saturday and Sunday's race cards begin at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Riveres, QC - Of the two Gaudreault brothers involved in harness racing, Maxim and Charles, Maxim is certainly the least well known. The oldest member of the family, while maintaining his passion for horses and harness racing, also works full time for the family business, as associate foreman in steel structures. At age 30, Maxim diligently takes care of his little family, which already has two toddlers. We do not have to go back in history to know that to date the locality of Bas-du-Fleuve has been the starting point for great careers like that of Pascal Berube or that of the Roy brothers. "I really like racing, horses," said Maxim. "The barrier thrill, the competition, the camaraderie that also reigns on the Regional Fair Circuit in particular, these are all reasons for me to love driving in races. "I grew up in Mont-Joli and as far as I can remember," Maxim recalled, "Louis-Philippe Roy and I were friends. We played minor league hockey together, and when the hockey season ended, we headed to the golf club. His parents or mine drove us and the two families were friends. "One day," Maxim said. "Louis-Philippe's father picked up an old gray racing mare (mother by Laag), named Silverdust. The idea was to make her a saddle horse, but when we learned that she had raced in the past, we started training her. Obviously, it was not easy, but we managed to get it down to 2.15. From there, our parents started buying horses and we were addicted to racing. "It's not because he's my friend," Maxim said. "but this LPR is a gifted one, whatever the sporting discipline: hockey, golf, even table tennis, he excelled and always excels in everything. He was always gifted in his studies which led him to a university degree. He chose accounting, he might as well have chosen medicine or IT. His talent is unlimited. "I am not surprised at the heights he has already achieved in horse racing," Maxim added. "Not surprised but still impressed that a little guy from here is a Canadian champion, and twice rather than once! "The horses I have loved the most so far," Maxim said. "I see two. A little mare named Pepite Dor ... we paid for her $1,500 and she won over $30,000 for us. And the other good first horse from our stable, Pan Larceny, which amateurs have often seen at the Hippodrome 3R. Among other things, Pepite Dor allowed me to take my driving test. These are little things that cannot be forgotten." With a short vacation from construction work, Maxim has decided to get back in the race bike and drive in some races at H3R. "We are on vacation for two weeks," Maxim explained. "It will undoubtedly be for me the only opportunities this year to drive in races. That's why I'll be at H3R on Sunday to drive. "Professional racing is not the Regional Fair Circuit, Maxim explained. "People are more competitive, harder if you will, especially for outsiders like me. But I'm here to have fun: I love to win, that's for sure, but I don't want to do it by harming anyone. It's not my livelihood unlike others, so I can understand them to be more serious. " Fans are invited this Sunday to attend the Trois-Rivieres races at 1 p.m. sharp. The usual platforms of HPI or RTN are there to make this possible at home or in the betting salons of Quebec, which have resumed their activities. Maxim will drive in three races: at the third race with Heaven For Sure, the 4th race aboard Whitemountain Nemo and finally in the 7th race with Twice An Angel. And the man is no stranger to the circle of winners that he has already reached 79 times in 570 races. He is not an apprentice. And above all, in the eyes of his many friends, he is a damn good guy. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a late scratch and the field shortened to just five starters, Windsun Cheyenne picked a perfect opportunity to upset 1/5 favorite Hooter Shooter in the Preferred Pace at the Hippodrome 3R Friday afternoon. Starting from the rail, driver Pascal Berube sent Windsun Cheyenne right to the lead and never looked back. With Outlaw Turn & Burn (Francis Picard) sitting right on their backs, Windsun Cheyenne cut fractions of :27.3, :57.4 and 1:26.3. Hooter Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) tried coming first-over to no avail, failing to gain any ground on the leaders. On the final turn, Picard urged Outlaw Turn & Burn to come after Windsun Cheyenne, but they were unable to collar the race leader, who went on to win by one length in 1:55.3. Always A Diamond (Steeven Genois) was third. The oldest horse in the field at age 10, Windsun Cheyenne is sired by the recently deceased Cam's Card Shark. It was his second win this year and 26th career win. He is trained and co-owned by Gina Bragagnolo of Lavaltrie and paid $10.20 to win. After being parked out three-wide on the first turn from post 8, race favorite Keepall and driver Carol Voyer led the field the rest of the one-mile race in capturing the Preferred Trot. Keepall held the field at bay and came on in the stretch to win by two lengths in 2:00.2. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was second with Eau Naturelle (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the third win of the season, second in the Preferred Trot for Keepall. He is a six-year-old gelding by Angus Hall, trained by Sylvain Tremblay for the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan and Gino Curadeau of Formont. He paid $5.10 to win. The highest win payoff of the 2020 season took place Friday as Godiva Mackiavelyc and driver Steeven Genois upset the field in the fourth race pace at 25-1 odds, paying $52.50 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron led all the drivers on Friday with three wins. Trainer Maxime Velaye had two wins. Live racing resumes Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R. First race post time is 1:00 pm. Featured will be the 7th race Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace with the return of Twice An Angel (post 6) who last week was an impressive 1:56.4 winner and will be driven by Maxim Gaudreault. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - That statement is said often for many people, but it is devilishly true for Warwick's horseman, Francis Picard. At almost 54 years of age, he has kept his youthful air, his calm: there is a quiet force within him which inspires many trainers to make him their regular harness racing driver at the Hippodrome 3R over the past few years. This is particularly the case for three-time Quebec's Leading Trainer, Francis Richard, who Picard catch-drives for at H3R. "Catch driving, I really like it," Picard says. While talking to Francis, it becomes clear that driving horses is his passion: "At one time in my life, when I was younger," Picard reminisced. "I almost made horses my livelihood. But at that time, I was also starting a great career in construction. I remember Dan Dube, then in Quebec, who encouraged me to stay with racing. I passed close by but it didn't happen. "For several years," Picard explained. "I was satisfied with the horses in my stable to drive, to train with my brother or my father. I got a lot of satisfaction from it. Then, in the past few years, several drivers have left for other skies, and suddenly, I found myself with more demands, but above all, more quality horses to drive. This is what really makes a difference in the end. The more victories you drive, the more people notice you and the more trainers you attract. There is no secret. The average UDRS (Universal Driving Rating) is what ultimately counts. If you win 50 races a year, but drive in 800 races, it's not great. "My luck these years is driving for Francis Richard's stable," Picard said. "He is an A team that works hard, in a team and that needs results. It's fun for me to try to contribute with the experience I've gained over all these years. It's a working team, but also a team of friends and I'm happy to be a part of it often. When you can add your grain of salt, go with a suggestion and it works, it's rewarding and I love it. And this year, I am in better shape than ever, having solved some health problems." To echo this growing popularity of Francis Picard, he will drive in all eight races this Friday. "I am happy with this situation," Picard added. "I have a good relationship with everyone, I talk to everyone and life is good for me, despite the special period we are going through. Believe me, wearing the mask in the paddock like last Friday is something. Fortunately, on the track, we can lower the mask a little. " You can't leave this gentleman without asking him about Rainbow Palace, his star mare who continuously beat her male rivals in the H3R Open Pace ranks. She already has a filly by Shadow Play by her side and the family is anxiously awaiting confirmation of a new gestation by Big Jim. On Friday, Picard will be back aboard Outlaw Turn & Burn, who is trained by his brother, Dominique Picard. Outlaw Turn & Burn starts from post two in the seventh race co-feature Preferred Pace. Last week Picard gave Outlaw Turn & Burn a perfect two-hole trip and the seven-year-old gelded son of Blue Burner responded at the top of the stretch and came on to win by a half-length in 1:56.1. Outlaw Turn & Burn takes on 1:56.1 return winner Hooter Shooter (post 5), Maracasso (post 6) and a newcomer from the USA, Always A Diamond. Then in the sixth race Preferred Trot, Picard is driving Ice O Late, the aptly named horse, who was a 2:01 winner at H3R in late June. Other contenders in the field include Caroluzzo (post 4), Eau Naturelle (post 5) and Keepall (post 8). Post time Friday is 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club    

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