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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The annual Champions Gala, honoring the top horsemen and women and the leading horses of the 2017 harness racing season in Quebec, was held Saturday, November 18 at the Hippodrome 3R. The event was sold out well in advance. There were numerous special awards honoring the top men and women in harness racing this past season plus the crowning of the champion horses in stakes races and overnight events. A great time was had by all as track announcer Guy Lafontaine was again superb as the evenings Emcee along with his associate, Daniel Delise. Female Groom of the Year Award went to Joanie Leonard, a member of the Maxime Velaye Team Stable. She was very present throughout the summer to paddocks for the horses of the team. This young woman is very good at her business, efficient and competent. Male Groom of the Year is Maxim Dubuc, a member of the Simon Delisle Team. Highly visible at the paddock in virtually every program, you will see him working on one or more horses with speed, efficiency and skill. A sure bet that Simon Delisle relies on this man. A 4th Star Award went to Sylvain Fontaine. The 4th Star is awarded to a person from the business of harness racing that we do not often talk about, which often goes under the radar, but which is no less deserving. The honor goes to Fontaine, a driver, trainer, busy at the paddock on race days. Rarely one word higher than the other, he does well what he has to do and positions his horses well in the race without brutalizing them. Nicknamed "Balou" for friends, his friends in the paddock cannot be counted anymore. A 4th Star Award went to driver Steeven Genois. He is never discouraged, despite sometimes long periods without a trip to the winner's circle. With the confidence of some trainers helping, he persevered and finally earned his share of victories. With the support of his wife Melanie, Steeven finally sees better days dawning on the horizon. The Excellence Media Award was presented to Carole Dumont for the launch and production of the program "On Track" presented on Videotron as part of the Ma TV series. Carole gives all his heart and all his expertise in the realization of this series of broadcasts that were intended to open to a wide audience the doors of an unknown universe, harness racing. The show was hailed by the industry and the general public. A must see. Trotter of the Year, Lucky Promesses, owned, bred and driven by Jerome Lombart, trained by Andreane Lapierre. Her record at H3R was absolutely sensational. It reads: 22 starts (8-1-0) $ 20,832, record of 1.58.2 taken at Rideau. At home it was 2.00.4. She has had nine straight wins, including Bedford and Rideau. Hats off to Jerome Lombart, who with his patience brought the mare to this high level of performance. The Pacer of the Year, Rainbow Palace, owned and driven by Francis Picard, trained by Dominique Picard, bought for C$7,500 at the Forest City Auction, this daughter of Royal Mattjesty had a year of dreams in 2017 while producing only at home, Her record with us: 21 starts (7-2-5) C$24,102, and especially a record of 1.54.3. Owner of the Year, Kevin Maguire. New category introduced this year. Who other than Kevin Maguire to illustrate the investment in time, money in the industry, which gave him a little this year by crowning his mare Magestic M, winner of the Breeders Cup. A great success that Kevin had in 2017. Previous years have not always been rewarded like this one. Our man nevertheless continued to devote himself to his passion. His statistics at H3R also impressive in 2017, under a record of 75 starts (11-14-8) and C$94,094 in earnings. Trainer of the Year, Francis Richard. New generation, new approach, great talent and extremely friendly personality, a big plus for the industry from the contribution of Francis this year. And the number of owners who trust him is a testament to his talent and expertise. A well-deserved title under a record of 109 (26-16-11) C$142,139. Driver of the Year, Stephane Brosseau. Another outstanding ambassador for the industry. 2017 was the year of the great return to the summit, that of the recognition of many trainers in his talent out of the ordinary to drive with skill the young horses. A combination of events and people will have allowed Stephane to experience a dream year, in a job he loves. His record: 277 (53-55-44) C$297,817, average URS of .355. Personality of the Year, Claude Hamel. HP here, HP there, the HP of Claude Hamel the breeder is now known throughout Canada. The man has given a lot to the industry in recent decades. With his wife Celine Paquin, he has set up a farm which they can be rightly proud. This year again, the HP horses have shone, the most beautiful flagship being so far, the incredible HP Sissy, winner here and in the USA at the highest levels at Yonkers Raceway. And we're not talking about the many horses that Claude is associated with in Ontario, and they too race at the highest level. The Special Achievement Award was presented to François Carignan, the Director of Operations at H3R. The Quebec Jockey Club paid tribute to the man who has worked the Trois-Rivières racecourse throughout the region and in Quebec over the last fifty years. To speak about François is to talk about his passion for the racetrack, the races, the horses and the customers with whom he has developed great relationships over the years, a complicity that is rarely seen. It was a superb way to close a very successful gala. The fifth annual since the revival of the industry by the Quebec Jockey Club. 2017 Champion Horses 2-year-old Filly Trotter Precious CC (Angus Hall - Marion Chocolate - Chocolatier) 2:03.3 Owner: Marie-Andrée Cornoyer Breeder: Raymond Larose Trainer-driver: Claude Beausoleil 2-year-old Colt Trotter Ganymede Lavec (Ganymede - Promising Lavec - Mr Lavec) 2.07 Owner and breeder: Jerome Lombart Trainer: Andrene Lapierre Driver: Jerome Lombart 2- year- old Filly Pacer Rose Bed (Bayama Leader - Intense - Shanghai Phil) 2:02 Owner-breeder: Guy Corbeil Trainer: Maxime Velaye Driver: Daniel Dube 2-year-old Colt Pacer Stock (Sportswriter - Whycantiforgetyou - The Panderosa) 1:57 Proprietors: Sotirios Anastasopoulos, Gaetan Bono Breeder: Sotirios Anastasopoulos Trainer: Dany Fontaine Driver: Stephane Brosseau 3-year-old Filly Trotter Magestic M (The Majestic Son - Striking Sybil - Striking Sahbra) 2.03.1 Owner - Breeder: Kevin Maguire Trainer: Kevin Maguire Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy 3-year-old Colt Trotter Dream Sensor (Muscle Mass - Nobility - Monte Hall) 2.00.1 Owner-Breeder: Provocative Stable Trainer: Maxime Velaye Driver: Daniel Dube 3-year-old Filly Pacer YS Tallia (Western Ideal - Tallinn Bolero - Arts Conquest) 1.58.4 Owner - breeder: Yves Sarrazin Trainer: Michel Allard Driver: Daniel Dube 3-year-old Colt Pacer Wildriverbumblebee (Sportswriter - Alcor Semalu - Mach Three) 1.59.1 Breeder owner: Dr. John Bradbury Coach: Francis Richard Driver: Stephane Brosseau Older Mare Trotter Artemis Duharas (Andover Hall - Athena Duharas - Victory Force) 2.03.1 Owner - breeder: Haras De l'Estrie Trainer: Manon Levasseur Driver: Raymond Gingras Older Horse Trotter Wildwild Men (Muscle Mass - Seeyouinthecircle - Angus Hall) 1.59.1 Owner: Catheline Pelletier Breeder: Chantal Gravel Coach: Isabelle Darveau Driver: Rob Shepherd Older Mare Pacer HP Sissy (Up The Credit - Monica Blue Chip - Cams Card Shark) 1.55 Owner - breeder: Claude Hamel Trainer: Jean Tourigny Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy Older Horse Pacer Half Billion (Sportswriter - Racey Date - Western Hanover) 1.52.2 Proprietors: Michel Letarte, Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire, Corey Giles Breeder: Hudson Standardbred Trainer: Francis Richard Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy New Track Record Windsun Cheyenne Trainer and owner, Gina Bragagnolo Driver: Stéphane Brosseau 1½ mile, 2.58.1, August 27th, 5th race By Daniel Delisle for the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing fans were greeted with late morning snow showers and temperature just above freezing for the 40th and final day of the 2017 race season at the Hippodrome 3R, but it did not deter fans from coming to the track for closing day. Driver Stephane Brosseau wasted little time in capturing the leading driver honors for the 2017 season. Going into the final race card, Brosseau held a five-win lead, 51 to 46, over rival Stephane Gendron, but after the second race pace, the lead for Brosseau grew. He took Soccer Hanover ($4.00) three-wide in the backstretch after being in eighth place at the half mile, then by the three-quarters they not only looped the field, but cleared to the lead before the top of the stretch for the easy win. Then Stephane Gendron came back with a win in the fifth race pace with Stronski ($11.80) but by this point on the race card, it was too late for Gendron to catch Brosseau. Brosseau won the driving title with 53 wins over 48 for Gendron. Trainer Francis Richard captured his first ever leading trainer title with 26 wins from his stable, six more than Yves Tessier (20). In the co-featured sixth race trot, Ice O Late and driver Sylvain Filion were game enough to go three-wide in the backstretch against first-over Lucky Promesses (Jerome Lombart) and pacesetter R Rkadabra (Pierre Luc Roy) and dug in through the stretch to win by a head in 2:01, paying $9.60 to win. R Rkadabra was second with Torches Angel (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the second straight win and seventh victory on the year for Ice O Late. The five-year-old gelded son of Yankee Glide is trainer by Luc Chouinard for owner Claude Surprenant of Farnham. In the eighth race co-featured pace, it was Arazi (Sylvain Lacaille) who cut the mile from the start, but it was the race favorite, Mister Big Top, who would have his photo taken in the winner's circle. With After Market (Carol Voyer) sitting the pocket trip, Arazi led the field and then at the half mile marker, Code Word (Pascal Berube) came first-over with Mister Big Top and Stephane Gendron second-over, but not for long, as they swept three-wide and blew by the field, winning with ease by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.1. It was the ninth win this year for Mister Big Top. The five-year-old gelded son of Mister Big, trained by Yves Tessier, is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $3.80 to win. Track Notes: Four drivers each had two winners on Sunday. They were Pascal Berube, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron and Francis Picard. Long shots continued at H3R Sunday as 33-1 Miss Sangria and driver Francis Picard upset the field with a 1:58.2 lifetime mark in the first race pace and paid $69.90 to win. While Lucky Promesses did not win today, she did conclude the race season as the winningest horse at H3R in 2017, scoring eight of her ten wins this year at her home track. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday is the 40th and final live harness racing program of the 2017 season at the Hippodrome 3R and it looks very positive for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Francis Richard to respectively win their first leading driver and trainer honors. Brosseau, from L'Assomption, had led the driver colony throughout most of the season, holds a 51 to 46 win lead over rival Stephane Gendron, and as many of us know all too well, you never know what can happened on closing day. Gendron needs five wins to tie Brosseau, but in the tale of the tape, Brosseau has a very big edge. He has drives in nine of the ten races on program. Gendron has only seven drives. Brosseau is listed on four race favorites, Gendron just one. This title could well be decided before midway through the race card. As for Francis Richard, it has become a breakthrough season for the 27-year-old from Cambridge who has held a trainer's license only since 2009. He holds a seven win lead over Yves Tessier, 26 to 19. Tessier has four entered on Sunday, Richard has two entered and thus no way can Tessier catch Richard. When he was just age 18, Francis Richard left Quebec to go Ontario to learn to become a trainer and learn he did working for David Menary, a dominant force on the WEG circuit. He stayed for five years and learned his trade well. "I must credit the trust of the owners who have supported me," Richard said. "Especially in the beginning as it was Brian Paquet who helped set the tone for my future. I owe Brian a lot, he really gave me my first chance, and still today, he supports me by sending me his young horses, it's a spinning wheel. "I think because of my success with Brian Paquet," Richard added. "It helped also attracted others owners and during the last year there have been many including ICR Racing, brothers Desrochers, MM Letarte and Allaire, John Bradbury, Steve Perreault, SOS farm, Carole Lévesque, all these people, each in their own way supported and have given me a chance. " "Every victory this season has its special meaning," Richard said. "All of them are important, from a victory at the Breeders' Cup Final to a 'maiden', these are all beautiful moments. I have a hard time separating all of this, and in this business, it's the win that counts the most and the progress of a particular horse." On the racetrack Sunday, Lucky Promesses, the winningest horse this season at H3R, will try for her 11th victory of the year with eight wins coming at her home track for owner, breeder, driver Jerome Lombart of Bromont. The four-year-old mare by Lucky Fool starts from post two in the sixth race co-feature trot for trainer Andreane Lapierre and faces a tough task going against another top mare, Torches Angel (Stephane Brosseau) in post seven, who ships in off a 1:58 triumph at Rideau Carleton, along with Ice O Late (Sylvain Lacaille), a 1:59 winner last out. In the co-featured eighth race pace there are two strong return winners who are conditioned by the top trainers this year. Mister Big Top ships home from Rideau for trainer Yves Tessier after scoring a 1:56 triumph, his eighth victory of the year. He starts from post six for driver Stephane Gendron. Trainer Francis Richard sends out Matts Phil from post three with Pierre Luc Roy in the sulky. Last week at H3R Matts Phil posted his seventh win of the year, wiring the field in 1:58.4. Other contenders in the field include D Gs Machbeach (post one), return winner After Market (post two) and Arazi (post five). In honor of the closing day of the race season the first 500 fans to come to the track will get a free race program. There will also be free drawings to win t-shirts and hockey tickets plus free coffee and hot chocolate and two for one hot dog specials. First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday, November 12th, will mark the end of the "live" harness races at the Hippodrome 3R for the 2017 season. A season that started on April 23rd, but does not really end this Sunday as there is still the wonderful year-end gala Championship Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 18. The awards dinner will honor the top horsemen, women and horses that competed throughout the season at the Hippodrome 3R. The dinner begins at 5:00 pm and runs throughout the night. The Emcee for the affair is non-other that track announcer, Guy Lafontaine. Tickets are only C$35 per person. According to the chairman of the dinner, H3R's Francois Carignan, there are only a few tickets left to the affair and people interested in attending must contact him at the racetrack ASAP. The gala dinner will be held on the second floor of the casino, adjoined to the racetrack. This kind of event is essential to all segments of harness racing in Quebec. It allows horse people to fraternize after a long season, it highlights the merits of each other, it allows leaders, often to make some important announcements for the coming season. It is fashionable to honor first the winners of the finals of the three-major series presented at the racetrack during the season, namely in order, the Quebec-Bred Series with their four finals for horses of 4-5 years, the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old's and the Future Stars Series for the two-year-old's. This will be the first time since the introduction of the gala that we will honor the winners of the Quebec Spring Series Finals. An important addition. This part of the gala, held before the big dinner, will end with the recognition of the only track record established this year. It will then be trophies awarded to the most deserving: some are known, because of their statistics for 2017, others are not. The selection committee was composed of H3R leading administrators, Murielle Thomassin, Francois Carignan, Guy Lafontaine, Johanne Letourneau and Daniel Delisle. The awards include the groom of the year, the owner of the year (new category), the 4th star, an Excellence Media awards (new), the trotter of the year (the most victories at H3R in out of the series), the pacer of the year (same conditions), the trainer of the year, (statistics on November 12th), the driver of the year (same conditions), and the personality of the year. Anyone wishing to get some of the last tickets to the gala dinner Saturday, November 18, must contact Francois Carignan at H3R at +1 819-374-6734. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The highest win payoff of the 2017 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R was recorded Sunday as The Rocket Man and trainer/driver Michel Audet blasted to the lead in the backstretch and then held off Bel Gazou to win by a head at odds of 55-1, paying $112.00 to win. The sixth race trot saw Federal Strike and driver Sylvain Fontaine go out to the early lead with The Rocket Man and Audet sitting on the outside in fifth place going to the opening quarter mile. Then by the half mile marker, The Rocket Man had a slight lead over Federal Strike and then took command in the backstretch as Federal Strike began to fade. As the came to the finish, Federal Strike caught a second wind and nearly collared The Rocket Man. Bel Gazou (Louis-Philippe Roy) closed with a burst of speed but it was too late to catch The Rocket Man. Federal Strike was third. Time for the one-mile race on off track was 2:04.4. The payoff was the first $100 plus winner to come in at H3R this season. The Rocket Man is a four-year-old gelded son of Manofmanymissions and is owned by Rexanne Viau of Bertheirville. It was his fourth win this year. With one of the most amazing racing efforts of the year at H3R, National Debt and driver Stephane Gendron swept three and four-wide in the backstretch, and came on to win the eighth race Invitational Pace going away. Getting away in last place at the start of the race, National Debut could see them all as Atomic Million AM (Mario Charron) led the field with Glass Shadow (Stephane Brosseau) sitting in the place to the opening quarter mile in :28. As they came to the half mile in :58.2, National Debt was still in last place, but horses began to come out to challenge, but that was not fast enough for National Debt and Gendron as they tipped three-wide heading to the backstretch. Then before the three-quarter mile marker in 1:28.1, Gendron was forced four-wide with National Debut and the pacer responded by circling the field on the final turn and collaring Atomic Million despite being three-wide. Coming down the stretch, National Debt was bearing out but still had plenty of pace left to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. Glass Shadow was second with Atomic Million AM third. It was the tenth victory of the season for National Debt, a six-year-old stallion trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $5.70 to win. Track Notes: With next Sunday closing day for the 2017 live harness racing meet at H3R, it looks like both the driving and training titles are not wrapped up. Driver Stephane Brosseau holds a diminishing 51-46 lead over Stephane Gendron for the dash winning title. With two victories from his stable Sunday, Frances Richard looks to hold up as the leading trainer at H3R. He leads 26-19 over Yves Tessier, who also had a winner. Drivers Pascal Berube, Stephane Gendron and Louis-Philippe Roy all had two winners on the program Sunday. Post time next Sunday for the final live race card of the season is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy (LPR), the second leading dash winning driver (319 wins) and third leading money winning driver (C$5 million) in all of Canada this year, returns from the WEG circuit in Toronto, to his home track at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday to compete in seven of the ten races on the program. "I had an opportunity to come back home this Sunday and am taking it," LPR said. "It's my world at H3R. I have many supporters. These are the people who gave me my first chances to race professionally and, of course, I always look forward to coming back and competing." LPR has been on a whirlwind tour as of late. "In the last few week," LPR said. "I've had the chance to race at two tracks I have never be at before, last Friday at Hoosier Park, Indiana in the Breeders Crown and during September at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky. "The weather was not so great at Hoosier Park, but it was a very nice place to compete," LPR added. "And my experience at the Red Mile was super. What a great track it is. I was lucky enough to drive a couple of Rene Allard's horses and during the week to jog a few. It's like racing on a carpet. You can't even hear the sounds of the horse's hooves. "This all gave me a great taste of the Grand Circuit," LPR said. "I hope I can race more in these events next year. I would be very receptive to do it if the opportunity comes about." LPR's talents will be put to the test in the feature race, the Invitational Pace in the eighth race where he will be driving the Allard's Stables Crombie A from post three. Only a two-time winner this season in 25 starts, the Australian-bred 11-year-old stallion by Life Sign draws a good inside post for the first time in six starts for trainer Michel Allard. His main competition will come from the 5/2 morning line favorite, Bali, in post seven for trainer/driver Marie Claude Auger and the Auger Family of Trois-Rivieres. In his last start, Bali, who was driven then by Sylvain Lacaille, wired the field in a romp at H3R, winning by six open lengths in 1:53.3 for his tenth triumph of the season. He has now won three of his last four starts. The other return winner in the field is Sports Authority from the rail for driver Pierre Luc Roy. He wired the field in the mud last week at H3R in 2:00.3 on a sloppy track that allowed three seconds. He has prior miles in 1:54.2 at H3R and earlier this season won in 1:52.4 for trainer Maxime Velaye. Other contenders in the field include National Debt (post eight), Atomic Million AM (post six) and the lone mare in the field, Rainbow Palace (post two). With rain in the forecast for Sunday's program, LPR was reminded about the last time he drove on a sloppy track at H3R, when he won eight races on the program. Can he do that well again? "That was just a super day," LPR said. "I would love nothing more than to have another day like that this Sunday." First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program visit, www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Competing on a sloppy, rain-soaked track did not hamper the efforts of harness racing driver Stephane Gendron, as the Quebec City resident posted his first driving quadruple of the season at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Gendron did not get into gear until the fourth race pace, winning with D G's Machbeach ($16.70) in 2:01.3. He then won the fifth race pace with Hard Rock ($9.70) in 1:59.3, the seventh race with Ufdragons Rocket ($3.40) in 1:59.2 and then capped the afternoon, capturing the eighth race Invitational Trot with Caroluzzo. And that last race took a photo finish to declare the winner. It was R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy getting to the front early from post one as Gendron left with the race favorite Caroluzzo and settled right into second place to the opening quarter in a speedy :28.4. Content to sit the pocket trip through the half mile marker in :59.2, Gendron waited until the backstretch to come out and go after R Rkadabra, who was not giving up his lead without a battle to the three-quarters in 1:30.1 and all the while, Jamigo and driver Daniel Laflamme, were stalking the duo in third place. Around the final turn, Caroluzzo has the lead but Jamigo was edging closer as they started down the stretch. With every stride to the wire, Jamigo kept closing in on Caroluzzo, but Caroluzzo held game to the wire, winning over Jamigo by a long nose in 2:01.3. Ice D Late (Sylvain Lacaille) was third. It was the sixth win this year for Caroluzzo. The eight-year-old stallion by Musclesextrodinair is trained by Daniel Martin and is owned by Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, paying $4.90 to win. The victory was the second of the day for trainer Daniel Martin. Lucky Promesses extended her lead as the winningest horse at H3R this season, winning the sixth race trot in 2:04.3. Bred, owned and driven to victory by Jerome Lombart of Bromont, Lucky Promesses posted her tenth win of the year and her eighth at H3R. The four-year-old mare by Lucky Fool, is trained by Andreane Lapierre and paid $7.30 to win. She won in a romp by eight and three-quarter lengths. Track Notes: With just two race programs left for the 2017 race season, Stephane Brosseau holds a diminishing lead over the red hot Stephane Gendron, 51 to 44, for the top driver honors while Francis Richard's 24 wins from his stable puts him in strong contention to capturing the training title with Yves Tessier at 18, Jean Tourney 16, and both Michel Allard and Maxime Velaye at 15 each. Live racing resumes at H3R next Sunday, first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With morning line favorite Wildriverbumblebee scratched sick for his second straight start, the Invitational Pace at the Hippodrome 3R became a wide-open affair, except that no one told that to Bali, who led from start to finish with ease in the eighth race feature. Leaving quickly from post five, Bali and driver Sylvain Lacaille sped to the opening quarter mile in :27.2 with Glass Shadow (Pierre Luc Roy) sitting the pocket trip and Crombie A (Brett Macdonald) parked out first-over. Crombie A put pressure on Bali and they went to the half mile marker in a quick :55.4 and then once they reached the backstetch, Bali and Lacaille started to open up on the field. They led by three and one-half lengths at the three-quarters as no one else could try and mount a challenge until National Debt and driver Stephane Gendron made a three-wide brush going into the final turn. But that effort was futile as Bali and at his best for Sylvain Lacaille and they won going away by six open lengths in 1:53.3. National Debut barely held off Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) for place and show. Not only was it the tenth win this year for Bali, a six-year-old geled son of Dali, but also his third victory in his four starts for trainer Marie Claude Auger. Bali was bred and is owned by Denise Auger of Trois-Riveres and paid $6.70 to win. Caroluzzo and driver Stephane Gendron has little trouble wiring the field in the seventh race feature trot, winning by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:00. It was his fifth win this year for trainer Daniel Martin and owner Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, paying $6.20 to win. Track Notes: Driver Steeven Genois has the hot hands at H3R Sunday, scoring a driving triple. It was the first time this season that Genois has scored three winners on the race program. Live racing resumes next Sunday with first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information visit, www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - National Debt, a top stakes contender at age 3 and 4, has resumed his winning ways once against and goes for his fourth straight win Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the Invitational Pace. It won't be a walk in the park for the C$348,000 career winner as he has drawn the far outside and starts from post eight in the eighth race on H3R's half mile oval. Now age six, the gelded son of Allamerican Native, bred by Winbak Farm and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville, is trained by Yves Tessier and will be driven by Stephane Gendron. In his past two victories, National Debt has raced over sloppy tracks, but that has not hindered his performance, winning last week at Rideau Carleton in 1:55.1. Two starts back he won at H3R in 1:57.1. "He is a very good horse with a big heart," said driver Stephane Gendron. "This Sunday's race features many good horses. He will face a lot of traffic starting from the outside in post eight. In all three of his prior wins, National Debt has won from off the pace and usually never leaves early, even from inside post positions. "I think he can beat them on Sunday," Gendron added. "It will all depend on how the race is run. In his first win of this streak, he paced the final quarter at Rideau in :27.4. As long as I can put him in the right spot, he will be very good in here." The race favorite is Quebec Champion Wildriverbumblebee, who was scratched sick at H3R back on October 8. He has drawn post seven for driver Stephane Brosseau and is on a five-race winning streak for trainer Francis Richard and owner/breeder Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton. The lone three-year-old is going against older horses, but has had an amazing short season in 2017. He has only nine starts with seven wins. In his last start he won the C$50,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Final at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52.1 and back on September 11, took his lifetime mark with 1:51.2 triumph, also at Mohawk. The third return winner in the field is Atomic Million AM, who starts from post nine in the second tier for driver Mario Charron. This three-time Quebec-Series Champion at age 2, 3 and 4, is on a two-race winning streak for owner/trainer/breeder Alain Martin of Gatineau, and is moving up in class to take on the best pacers at H3R. Other contenders include Bali (post five) who has won two of his last three starts, Glass Shadow (post one), who two starts back won the Invitational at H3R and the lone mare in the field of nine, Rainbow Palace (post three), who has won this season at H3R in 1:54.3. First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Mario Charron stole the spotlight at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, not only scoring a driving triple over the sloppy track, but his third win came in the feature pace with Atomic Million AM. Charron started off the day capturing the third race with the long shot Winco Jimmy ($25.10), then the fifth race with Onyx V A ($5.90) and capped the day in the eighth race. The eighth race was the Silver Invitational Pace and starting off from the gate was Mister Big Top (Stephane Gendron), who went right to the front with Beach Runner A M (Pierre Luc Roy) grabbing the pocket-seat to the opening quarter mile in :29. Already on the move first-over was Atomic Million AM and Charron, just as they did last week, grinding their way to collar Mister Big Top by the half mile marker in 1:01.3. Atomic Million AM just continued to grind away and cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:32.1 as Mr Mach Jimmy (Stephane Brosseau) who had been second-over, starting to come after the race leader. Atomic Million AM was just too strong in the stretch, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.4. Mr Mach Jimmy was second with the lone mare in the field, Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) third. Now two-for-two since coming back to H3R, it was the third win this year for Atomic Million AM. He is bred, owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau and paid $3.80 to win. He also won the Quebec-Bred Series Finals at age 2, 3 and 4, one of only two horses every to achieve that feat. The seventh race top trot was a real slugfest with Echos Funky Claude (Steeve Genois), Dance Hall George (Mario Charron) and R Rkadabra (Pierre Luc Roy) all vying for the early lead. Parked three-wide, R Rkadabra finally cleared to the lead over Dance Hall George by the opening quarter mile in :29. Then R Rkadabra and Roy led through the half mile in 1:00.2. Then by the backstretch, R Rkadabra started to pull away from the field as Lucky Promesses (Jerome Lombart) came first-over and then Artemis Duharas with Raymond Gingras came charging first-over at the three-quarters in 1:32.4 and was able to collar R Rkadabra around the final turn. Continuing to advance on the race leader, Artemis Duharas and Gingras were able to pull away slowly from R Rkadabra and win by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:05.4. Toga Town (Francis Picard) was third. It was the third win this year for Artemis Duharas, a four-year-old mare by Andover Hall, who is trained by Manon Levasseur and owned and bred by Haras De L Estrie of Dunham. She paid $7.30 to win. Track Notes: The three-year-old trotter, Bastino, showed his heels to older rivals once again Sunday. It was his fourth straight win at H3R and fifth victory of the year for trainer/co-owner/co-breeder Eric Gnocchini of Saint-Sebastian. Live racing resumes next Sunday with first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - He is only one of two horses that has won the Quebec-Bred Series at age 2, 3 and 4 and is now hopefully back to his winning ways at age 6 as Atomic Million AM heads the feature race at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Sired by Million Dollar Cam, trained by Alain Martin, who also bred and owns the gelding, Atomic Million AM starts from post seven in the eighth race Silver Invitational Pace. He will race as part of an entry for the Martin Stable with stablemate Beach Runner A M going from post two. It was at age three that Atomic Million AM was at his best, winning 11 times, taking a record of 1:50.3 at Mohawk Raceway and earning over $100,000. Then at age four he equaled his lifetime mark of 1:50.3, again at Mohawk and with five wins won over $60,000. But the hard miles have taken its toll on the good pacer as this season, Atomic Million AM has but two wins and earnings of only $10,000, but last week there was a return to his old ways upon returning to H3R with a strong seven and one-quarter length romp in 1:59.3. Parked out first-over until the backstretch, Atomic Million AM then started to pull away from the field and opened up in the stretch like the Quebec champion he is. Mario Charron will be in the sulky aboard Atomic Million AM and their chief rival in the race will be stablemate Beach Runner A M. Now age ten, Beach Runner A M will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy and has raced mainly at Rideau Carleton this season. He has rarely missed a week of racing with 29 starts but only two wins, the fastest a 1:54.1 triumph months ago. Another top older contender in the race, also age 10, is C$1,044,203 winner Code Word. This son of Western Terror has not started since the end of May for trainer Charles Gaudreault, but looks to be in prime shape, having won two qualifiers at H3R, the fastest on October 1 in 1:58.3. He starts from post three for driver Simon Delisle. Other contenders include Mister Big Top (post four), Brandons Bandit (post eight), who has won his last two starts, and the top mare, Rainbow Palace (post six). And speaking of mares, Lucky Promesses, who has rattled off nine-straight wins at H3R this season, returns from Rideau Carleton in the seventh race trot. While at Rideau, Lucky Promesses was not so luck, finishing fourth and sixth in two outings. She will start from post five for owner/breeder Jerome Lombart as the four-year-old daughter of Lucky Fool seeks to return to her winning way against return winner, R Rkadabra (post six), along with top contenders Dance Hall George (post four) and Artemis Duharas (seven). First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Driver Justin Filion made a bold, three-wide move after the three-quarter mile mark with 12-1 Kinnder Dangerous, collaring the race leaders and winning the Invitational Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The ninth race co-feature first saw the race favorite, Torches Angel and driver Stephane Brosseau brush by KFB Amigo Cool (Stephane Gendron) to take the early lead over the sloppy, rain-soaked track in :28.3 to the opening quarter mile. After the half mile in :59.2, trainer/driver Kevin Maguire took Four Starz Speed first-over and they were followed on the outside flow by Jamigo (Daniel Laflamme) with Kinnder Dangerous and Filion third over. It was at the three-quarter mile marker in 1:30.2 when Justin Filion sent Kinnder Dangerous three-wide and the trotter not only responded, but brushed by the field to take command at the top of the stretch by a length and then continue on to win by two lengths. Jamigo was second with Artemis Duharas (Raymond Gingras) third. For Kinnder Dangerous, a three-year-old gelded son of Northern Escort, it was his fourth win this year. He was bred and is owned by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. Kinnder Dangerous paid $27.90 to win. In the eighth race Invitational Pace, National Debut show true grit as the race favorite, getting parked out first-over and grinding his way to the winner's circle with a gusty neck triumph. With Wildriverbumblebee scratched from the race due to a fever, the field was reduced to just six starters. It was Crombie A and driver Mario Charron shooting to the early lead with Highpoint Chip (Pascal Berube) sitting on their backs to the opening quarter mile in :28.3. It was at the half mile in :58.4 that Gendron came first-over with National Debt and they started coming after race leader Crombie A. By the three-quarters in 1:27.2, they were just a half-length off the leader, then only a neck as the two started down the stretch. Neck and neck they fought to the finish with National Debt getting up over Crombie A by only a head in 1:57.1, the fastest mile on the sloppy track Sunday. Highpoint Chip was third. Trained by Yves Tessier, it was the eighth win this year for National Debt, a six-year-old stallion by Allamerican Native, owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $3.60 to win. Live racing resumes next Sunday with first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Riveres, QC - He's on a five-race winning streak and now Wildriverbumblebee is returning to his home track at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday to take on older rivals in the Invitational Pace. The lone three-year-old is facing five older male rivals and one tough mare as Wildriverbumblebee has his work cut out for him once again in the eighth race co-feature race. It's not the first time he has faced older rivals. His five-race win streak began back on August 6 at Rideau Carlton where he was able to leave and get a perfect two-hole trip, drawing off in the stretch to win in 1:54.1. Since then, it was all stakes races and all victories. Owned and bred by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Easton, Wildriverbumblebee is a son of Sportswriter from the Mach Three mare, Alcor Semalu. His record this season is seven wins in just nine starts with one second place finish. His is trained by Francis Richard, whose Universal Training Rating at H3R is a very impressive .425, mainly because of Wildriverbumblebee's success this season. On Sunday, he starts from the outside in post seven for driver Stephane Brosseau, the leading driver at H3R this season. Wildriverbumblebee's current winning streak includes not only one leg, but also the C$65,000 final of the Breeders Cup Series at H3R, then it was two legs of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Series, taking his lifetime mark of 1:51.2 at Mohawk Raceway. Then last week was the icing on the cake as he won the C$50,000 Grassroots final at Mohawk in 1:52.1. "I am very happy," said trainer Francis Richard." "and also blessed to have him in my barn." It seems that Wildriverbumblebee has no issues in traveling hours on end for his races. On his five-race winning streak he has been at H3R, Rideau Carlton, Georgian Downs and Mohawk Raceway. That's a lot of road travel time in the horse trailer. "He travels very well," Richard said. "He's had a good week now. He shipped home from Mohawk in very good shape for Sunday's race." What training schedule does Richard do for Wildriverbumblebee between all the shipping to different tracks? "It is never the same every week," Richard explained. "I go with how he is feeling. He does get time in the paddock every morning." With no more stakes races on his schedule for three-year-olds, Wildriverbumblebee now has to face older horse in overnight races, which is no easy task. On Sunday, he will be going against Team Allard's Crombie A, who starts from post five for driver Mario Charron. Crombie A, two starts back, was second to Glass Shadow in the Invitational Pace at H3R. Also in the race is return winner, National Debt, for driver Stephane Gendron. Last week National Debt won at Rideau Carlton in 1:54 for his seventh win this season for trainer Yves Tessier, who is currently the second leading percentage trainer in all of Canada at .428. Other contenders in the field include the lone mare, Rainbow Palace (post six), who is seeking her seventh win on the year, Mr Mach Jimmy (post four) and Highpoint Chip (post one), who is gunning for his ninth win this year for trainer/driver Pascal Berube. "It's a nice group of horses," Richard said. "It's always tougher going against older horses. I think my colt will do fine even from the outside post. He has shown he can race well on the lead or from behind." Sunday's strong race card at H3R also features an Invitational Trot in the ninth race where Jamigo seeks a repeat performance. After a dismal performance at Rideau Carlton last week, Jamigo looks to rebound back at his home track. Two starts back the eight-year-old gelded son of Amigo Hall beat the best at H3R in 1:59.4. He will start from post seven for driver Daniel Laflamme and they are going for their eighth win this year. Torches Angel, one of just two mares in the field of nine, is coming off a 1:58 score at Rideau Carlton last week for trainer Yves Tessier and goes from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau. Other contenders include Moonbeam Hall for driver/trainer Pascal Berube. He has been second or first in his last three starts at H3R but for the second straight start, drew poorly with post eight again. Veteran trotter, Four Starz Speed (post six) is the oldest competitor in the field at age 12 but still has plenty of trot, finishes second in his last two outings for driver/trainer Kevin Maquire. Post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, had the hot hands Sunday afternoon, scoring four winners on the program, including the feature pace. Brosseau, who now holds a 49 to 35-win lead over Stephane Gendron for the 2017 driving title, scored his driving quadruple with victories in the 3rd, 7th , 9th and 10th races on the program. Brosseau's most impressive victory came in the ninth race feature, the Silver Invitational Pace. Both Highpoint Chip (Pascal Berube) and race favorite, Bali (Brosseau), left from posts six and seven respectively, but once Highpoint Chip looked to settle in on the rail, he broke stride and that allowed Brosseau to have the easy lead with Bali, going to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Brosseau and Bali held the field at bay as they led to the half mile in :56.2, then to the three-quarter mile marker in 1:25. Coming down the stretch with a seven length lead, Brosseau and Bali coasted to the wire, winning by five and one-half lengths in 1:56. Mister Big Top (Stephane Gendron) was second with Pantheon Seelster (Steeven Genois) third. It was the eighth win of the year for Bali. The six-year-old gelded son of Bali is trained by Marie Claude Auger and is owned and was bred by Denise Auger of Trois-Rivieres and co-owned with Emilie Auger of Welland, ON. Bali paid $4.50 to win. It was the third time this season that Brosseau has scored a driving quadruple. Track Notes: Driver Stephanie Gendron also had a good day in the sulky with a driving triple as the two reinsman combined to win seven of the ten races on the program. Live racing resumes at H3R next Sunday, October 8 with first race post time at 12:30 pm and H3R will also feature a special Monday live race card on Thanksgiving Day, October 9m with first race post time also at 12:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Sunday's ninth race Silver Invitational Pace at the Hippodrome 3R looks to be a wide-open affair with nine starters including four horses who have won this class during the season. The lone return winner in the field is Mister Big Top from post five for trainer Yves Tessier and driver Stephen Gendron. Tessier, it should be noted, is currently the third leading percentage rainer in all of Canada this season. His UTR (universal training rating) is a very impressive .422 between the Hippodrome 3R and Rideau Carlton in 2017. He is also the third leading trainer this year at H3R (15 wins) and 4th in the standing at Rideau Carlton (39 wins). Owned by Francois Morin of Beaucevile, Mister Big Top sports seven wins this year, his fastest a 1:54.3 lifetime mark at Rideau Carlton. Most recently he tuned up for Sunday's race with an easy 2:00.1 qualifying win at H3R. But prior to that, on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit at Bedford, Mister Big Top scored a decisive triumph in a 1.5 mile extra distance race with a 2:58 victory. Back on July 30, Mister Big Top and Gendron won the two-mile race at H3R in 4:06.1. The race favorite is Bali, despite having to start from the far outside in post eight for driver Stephane Brosseau. Brosseau is the leading driver this season with 45 wins, giving him a commanding lead over Stephane Gendron in second place with 32 wins. Bali, in his last two starts has had his head handed to him at Rideau Carlton with two 6th place finishes. But prior to that he has two straight wins and also has seven wins on the year, the fastest a lifetime best 1:53.1 triumph right at H3R. The horse that sports the most second place finishes this year is Solid Performance in post four. This eight-year-old gelded son of Armbro Deuce has 11 second place finishes and four wins. He will be driven for the first time by David Pilon. Just two starts back, Solid Performance won at H3R in 1:54.2. H3R's leading trainer, Francis Richard with 22 wins, sends out Matt's Phil from post two with Pierre Luc Roy handing the driving. Matt's Phil sports six wins and three second place finishes this season and in his last seven starts has been either first or second. Highpoint Chip, trained and driven by Pascal Berube, starts from post seven and has won three of his last four starts, all at H3R, the fastestd a 1:54.3 victory. Rounding out the competitive field are Pantheon Seelster (post one), Lyons Josephjnr (post three), Arazi (post six) and My Buddy Mason (post nine). First race post time is 12:30 pm. For a free race program for Sunday's races, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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