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TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC - Trevor Henry is a quick study, and that fact was the primary reason why he and the Western Ideal stallion Western Fame emerged victorious in the $200,000 Prix d'Ete for four-year-old pacers, the signature race at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres (3R) in Quebec on Sunday. Henry said during the card that he had driven at 3R "only once before, years and years ago," but after the race he noted "I had been watching the starts here today, and the way the car goes it looked like a good spot for me to be leaving, from post five (the stats back his thinking up - 3R is a half-mile track, but posts four and five account for 39% of the winners). So I was thinking about leaving fast from the very start." Western Fame was of the same mind, and he and Henry made the lead before getting into the first turn. Awesomeness defended the pocket, so Roll Away Joe, looped leaving, was stuck outside nearing the 1/4, with Jody Jamieson, behind 1-5 favorite Sintra and starting from the rail (10% winners at 3R), doing his best to extricate himself from a tough situation by giving a tuck to "Joe," then backing out behind the still-parked-from-PP8 Dr J Hanover, just ahead of Lyons Snyder, just past the 27.1 quarter. Since a parked horse was "leading" the outer tier and not belligerently battling for command, Western Fame got a breather on the lead, reaching the half in a very pedestrian 56.3. With Sintra moving three-wide but failing to gain quickly, and Awesomeness in the pocket doing all he could to stay close, Western Fame was required to pace only a pair of 28.2 quarters home to stop the timer in 1:53.2, leaving Awesomeness 1 1/4 lengths behind and Roll Away Joe a further ¾ of a length back in third. Lyons Snyder had to rally four-deep to be along for fifth, ahead of final checkgetter Sintra, who just did not have his "A" game today. Western Fame, who has been there or thereabouts in many of the top races of his division at both three and four, is owned and was bred by the legendary Brittany Farms LLC, and is trained by Jimmy Takter, allowing Takter to combine with Ron Burke for a stranglehold on the Prix d'Ete trophy - Takter won the race that marked the revival of the stake in 2014, and Burke then took it the next two years. (More on this idea at the bottom.) "I wasn't sure how good a spot I was in coming off the third turn, because I knew Sintra would be coming up three-wide to challenge," Henry recounted. "But when we were heading towards the last turn and he was still out three-wide, I started to feel better about my chances." And Trevor Henry and Western Fame felt better and better about those chances the nearer they got to the wire. ****** There were $7500 divisions of Quebec-bred "Coupe de l'Avenir" contests for two-year-old pacers, colts and fillies each going in two sections - the babies' last chance to qualify for September 3's $480,000 day of Q-bred Championships for the eight divisions of two- and three-year-olds. The "Stock market" is certainly bullish at 3R right now, as the Sportsmaker colt Stock again turned in a dominant performance while winning in 1:55.4 as a shower started to pass quickly through. Stock opened his career with an Ontario Roots win, took a division of the opening leg of the Q series, then tried his luck at the Battle Of Waterloo, where he won an elimination before being undone by PP8 in the final. But he certainly bounced back with authority on Sunday, with only G A Speed Sammy able to stay anywhere close to the talented winner, who carried 77% of the win pool and 96% of the place pool. Stock is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner Sotirios Anastaspoulos and Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. and 3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau. Driver Louis Philippe Roy can seemingly do no wrong at 3R - even when it looks like he may have, as it did at the half in the other colt section. Roy kept the pocket shut early with El Muchacho behind a speed duel, then was locked in when the outer tier formed nearing the half, with odds-on favorite Power Fog second-over and looking like a possible sweeper. But the horse who had been two-wide in the speed duel, Determinant, bore out going to the third turn and severely cramped the chances of the outer tier while also giving a clear road to El Muchacho and Louis Phillippe. The Goliath Bayama colt, given this second life, moved to the lead before the ¾ and won nicely for trainer Maguire and the owning partnership of the driver and Ecuries Maguire Inc. Their main concern, in relation to the Championship, was framed by the timer, which stopped at 2:01.1 - a new mark for El Muchacho, now a two-time series winner, but five seconds slower than the clocking posted by Stock. Hall of Famer Mike Lachance was the grand marshal for Prix d'Ete Day, so it seemed appropriate that his buddy from the "French Connection" days of success in the mid-Atlantic area in the 70s, Yves Filion, would be a winners circle visitor in a division of the filly competition, as he overcame post eight with Katniss S BG to win handily in 2:03.2. The daughter of Mach Three, out of a full sister to Wakizashi Hanover, certainly looked like a warrior leader on Sunday, limbed out to a 29.4 quarter on a wet track before taking the lead, rating the middle half as she pleased and then striding home much the best. Filion is the trainer/driver of the two-time series winner for owners Sylvain Descheneaux and Gaston Bibeau. (This race lost some luster when DGs Shadowbell, the only baby of either sex going 2 for 2 to start the series, was scratched; she now has two weeks to get back to her best for the Championship.) In the second cut for the misses, first-time Q-Series winner Lit De Rose thrust herself squarely into the main frame of Championship possibles with a victory in 1:59.1, a personal best. The daughter of Leader Bayama paid a very high price for the lead, being parked in 28.1 before getting the top, then had to keep the speed going - middle fractions of 57.1 and 1:27.1 were required to keep favored La Balafre hung out to dry, driver Dan Dube (a four-time winner on the day) determining that he wanted the front end with his filly. His strategy worked as the hot fractions burned everybody else out, and his filly could coast home well ahead of the opposition for trainer Maxime Velaye and breeder/owner Guy Corbeil. A pair of $8000 Invitationals was also scheduled on the big card, with the trot reuniting driver Louis Philippe Roy, trainer Kevin Maguire, and the winners circle via the twelve-year-old Conway Hall gelding Four Starz Speed, who was parked to a 28.2 quarter to get the lead but turned back all challenges from there in his 1:59 victory. The win was the 52nd of Four Starz Speed's career, which has seen him run up winnings of $831,887. Ecuries Maguire Inc. own the spry graybeard, who is indeed the horse who won his New York Sire Stakes final - in 2008, when he was three. On the pacing side, the day's popular theme of "take the punishment you must to the quarter, as long as you then can control the pace" (see d'Ete, Prix) was again played out, as Louis Philippe Roy reported home first for the fourth time on the day after he and Ufdragons Rocket came home all alone in 1:54.1. The favored Dragon Again gelding was out to a 27.3 quarter, then parked major danger Bali through middle splits of 56.3 and 1:25.2; from there, he could pull away for his 11th victory of the campaign. The winner of $336,513 is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin. FINISHING LINES - The sire of Roll Away Joe, third in the Prix d'Ete, is Roll With Joe, whose name is on a FFA pace held annually at New York's Tioga Downs. This race was held a few hours before the Prix, and was won by Dealt A Winner - the only reason we mention it here is that the 2-3-4 finishers in the race were Rockin Ron, Sunfire Blue Chip, and All Bets Off, who won the 2016, 2014, and 2015 Prix d'Etes, respectively! ... Also, because Dealt A Winner, the longest shot on the board at Tioga, paid $72.50 - and it took Hippodrome 3R, with 11 favorites successful on its 15-race card, until the very last race to have its win mutuels combined reach that figure! (The biggest contributor? Western Fame at $14.80.) From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Harness racing trainer Maxime Velaye says he is on "Cloud 9" that his horse, Sports Authority, is in the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete race at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. The energetic young trainer, who two years ago won his first training title at H3R, has really come of age with his stable and despite his horse being the long shot in the race, is happy just to be in it. "He is feeling great," Velaye said of Sports Authority. "I was very pleased he went a fast mile last week (winning at Rideau Carlton from start to finish in 1:52.4), so he will not be surprised on Sunday following a fast pace." A gelded son of Sportswriter from the Good New Scooter mare, Alcyon Semalu, a 100% producer from six foals, Sports Authority is a half-brother to the $436,000 winner, Style Semalu (p, 5, 1:51). Sports Authority is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and will start from post seven in the 14th race feature. "I am hoping he will do really well on Sunday." Velaye said. "He has shown the speed in the past. I just need him to do it for four quarter miles and I think he can do it. "I'm really on Cloud 9 right now," Velaye smiled. "It is an honor for me to compete against the best four-year-old's in the business. You always dream about being in a big race like the Prix D'Ete, but now it is no longer a dream but reality. I am proud to represent Trois-Rivieres because we are the local stable." It is a tall order that Velaye and Sports Authority are hoping to do well in the Prix D'Ete. The 2-1 race favorite, Sintra, comes to H3R with seven wins in ten starts and a record of 1:47.2 taken July 1. Just two weeks ago in his last start he won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:48.4. Other contenders include Dr J Hanover, the fastest horse ever in Canada with a record of 1:46.4, Awesomeness, who just won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:50 and then there is the local hometown favorite, Sports Authority, who drew outside in post seven for driver Pierre-Luc Roy. "I am hoping for a "wicked" first half mile," Velaye said as he gave his thoughts on how the race should go. "I'm guessing the #8 horse, Dr J Hanover, is not going to back off from such an outside post and he has shown good early speed in the past. "So, there is a good chance some of the inside horses will leave hard too," Velaye explained. "And if my horse can stay inside and save some ground, he can grab a piece of the pie in the stretch. Plus, I almost forgot, we will most certainly need a lot of luck too! "I remember Dan Dube had Duc D'Orleans in the Prix D'Ete in 2014 and he was the local favorite and long odds and Dan gave him a perfect drive that day and they finished second," Velaye recalled. "Maybe my horse can have the same kind of trip. I am confident that Pierre-Luc will give him the perfect drive." Velaye said he was too young to remember the glory days of the Prix D'Ete back at Blue Bonnet Raceway, "but I have seen many photos of the great horses that have won the race and the huge crowds that would come out to the races back then," Velaye said. "I am hoping that the race fans from all around Quebec and especially Trois-Rivieres," Velaye said. "will come out this Sunday and be cheering loud for us. We can most certainly use that energy to help us score an upset. Just like it would happen in the movies, anything can happen." Track Notes: None of the eight drivers in the big race have ever won the Prix D'Ete before. Trainer Ron Burke is going for his third straight Prix D'Ete victory and Jimmy Takter won it in 2014 with Sunfire Blue Chip. The special 15-race program starts at 2:30 pm. Also on the card are four divisions of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers with two colt and two filly divisions. Harness racing Hall of Famer, Michel "Mike" Lachance, is the Grand Marshal for this year's Prix D'Ete. He won the Prix D'Ete back to back with Matt's Scooter in 1988 and Goalie Jeff in 1989. Driver James MacDonald, fresh off capturing the World Driving Championship Friday night, will be at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, driving Awesomeness in the Prix D'Ete. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It's no surprise that Sintra has been made the 2-1 morning line favorite in Sunday's C$200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R for four-year-old pacers. The gelded son of Mach Three has been nearly perfect this season for trainer Dave Menary, winning seven of his ten starts so far and now drawing the rail for Sunday's Prix D'Ete makes him the horse to beat. Owned by Brad Gray of Dundas, Michael Guerriero of Brampton and Menary Racing Inc. of Rockton, Ontario, Sintra will have Jody Jamieson once again doing the driving. In their last start, two weeks ago in the Preferred Pace at Mohawk Raceway, Sintra came from fifth place at the top of the stretch, kicked in a :25.4 last quarter mile and posted a 1:48.4 triumph. Two starts back from that he scored his lifetime best mile with a 1:47.2 romp in capturing the $240,000 Graduate Series Final at the Meadowlands. While Sintra has raced against and beaten everyone in the field except for Sports Authority, it will still take a big effort to win on Sunday. Awesomeness, from post three for driver James MacDonald, won his last start at Mohawk in a lifetime best 1:50. Brittany Farm's Western Fame (post 5) for driver Trevor Henry, is one of two in the race for trainer Jimmy Takter and in his last start, Western Fame was second by a nose in a dead heat at Yonkers Raceway in 1:53.1. Lyons Snyder, also from the Takter Stable, is the 4-1 second choice from post two and will have Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, in the sulky. And drawing the far outside in post eight is Dr J Hanover, who earlier this season became the fastest Canadian winner ever with his monster 1:46.4 triumph at Mohawk. He will be driven by Doug McNair and in the past, has shown great leaving ability, even from post eight. Rounding out the field is another contender in Roll Away Joe from the Ron Burke Stable. He goes from post four for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. Trainer/driver Stephane Pouliot will start his son of Mach Three, Stonebridge Beach from post six. The long shot in the field is a local horse, Sports Authority, starting from post seven for trainer Maxime Velaye. This son of Sportswriter, owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel, is coming off a strong 1:52.4 victory at Rideau Carlton. He will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy, the older brother of Louis-Philippe. Trainer Ron Burke is going for his third straight victory in the Prix D'Ete, having won last year in a classic battle with Rockin Ron over Wiggle It Jiggleit in 1:52 over a sloppy track. The prior year he won with All Bets Off, tying the all-age track record in 1:50.3 that was first set by Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014. The Prix D'Ete was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2014. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matts Scooter and a host of other top pacers had won the Prix D'Ete when it was held at the old Blue Bonnets Racecourse. There are four divisions of the third and final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies on Sunday. This is the last chance for the youngsters to earn points towards the C$55,000 finals on Sunday, September 3. 14th Race $200,000 Prix D'Ete 1. Sintra (Jody Jamieson) 2-1 2. Lyons Snyder (Daniel Dube) 4-1 3. Awesomeness (James MacDonald) 5-1 4. Roll Away Joe (Louis-Philippe Roy) 5-1 5. Western Fame (Trevor Henry) 6-1 6. Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Pouliot) 10-1 7. Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy) 12-1 8. Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair) 6-1 Track Notes: H3R's leading driver this season, Stephane Brosseau, is just three wins away from his 3,000th career victory. He has ten drives on Sunday's program. The 15-race program on Sunday has a later first race post time of 2:30 pm with the Prix D'Ete scheduled to go off at 7:00 pm. Hall of Famer Michel Lachance, who won back to back Prix D'Ete's with Matt's Scooter in 1988 and Goalie Jeff in 1989, is the Grand Marshal this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC – James MacDonald, the representative of host country Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, added his sixth win of the tournament at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec Wednesday night to widen his lead in the contest, and the trip to the fifth and final venue, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park on Prince Edward Island for racing Friday, looks more and more like a triumphant “home stretch” for the 31-year-old, for he is a native of the Island province, and he may be well receiving the driving crown at the place where it all started for him. Hippodrome 3R is appreciative of having the honor of hosting eleven of the world’s best drivers in their fourth stop on their five-stop West-to-East journey across Canada in the World Driving Championship, which is held every two years in conjunction with the World Trotting Conference; Canada was selected as host in honor of the country’s 250th anniversary of being a home for horse racing. The standings going into the card: James MacDonald                                            Canada                 144 points           (five wins) Mika Forss                                                          Finland                 130 points           (three wins) Marcus Miller                                                    United States     123.5 points       (three wins) Shane Graham                                                  Australia              97 points            (one win) Dexter Dunn (defending champion)                   New Zealand      93 points Noel Baldacchino                                                 Malta                    90 points Eirik Hoitomt                                                      Norway                89.5 points          (one win) Bjorn Goop                                                         Sweden                86 points             (one win) Gerhard Mayr                                                    Austria                  83 points Mark Purdon                                                     New Zealand      69 points Rik Depuydt                                                       Belgium                68 points Here is a description of the four races at the Quebec half-mile oval, all contested at 1 1/16 miles: RACE ONE ($4000 pace): Dexter Dunn, James MacDonald, and Marcus Miller were all 2-1 in the betting, and those three drivers and their horses – respectively, Imagine Speed, Ninoscredit, and Maracasso --were 1-2-3 at the quarter, though Dunn and Imagine Speed had to pay a 27 price to get to the front. The field stayed in that order until a half-mile remained, when Gerhard Mayr moved Eataam Whosurboy first-over to challenge the leader, and with a strong move with 3/8 remaining Eataam Whosurboy got in gear and started a move that carried him to the lead nearing the far turn. The key to the race was the horse with the cover behind Eataam Whosurboy – who was nobody, which allowed Miller and Maracasso to get out behind him and then move after the new leader, with MacDonald and Ninoscredit pinned in as the two horses went by. Ninoscredit came on well in the stretch, but Maracasso had the jump on him and sustained to the wire, winning by a length in 2:06.1 over the 1 1/16 miles to give Marcus Miller his fourth win of the tournament. “I wasn’t sure if I’d get that kind of trip when we left the gate,” Miller noted after the race. “But I was able to get out behind the horse who went to the lead and could keep James (MacDonald) in. I was able to keep going and win, but MacDonald got out and finished second – he’s tough, driving very well now.” DRIVERS’ ORDER OF FINISH: Miller, MacDonald, Mayr, Dunn, Depuydt, Baldacchino, Goop, Graham, Purdon, Forss, Hoitomt. LEADER BOARD AFTER FIRST 3R RACE: MacDonald 157, Miller 141.5, Forss 132, Graham and Dunn 101. RACE TWO ($4600 trot): When you work out a second-over trip from post eleven – the third trailer – on a half-mile track, you know things are going your way – and you are making things go your way. Native son James MacDonald managed to work out a second-over trip with Federal Strike in this event, following Abundasass and driver Bjorn Goop. Both were out much of the 1 1/16-mile distance, but worked their way to the front spots down the backstretch the final time. It looked for a moment as if MacDonald might not get clearance – that pesky Marcus Miller again – but this time Miller’s horse backed off, and Federal Strike moved out and took it from there, going by Abundasass as the slight favorite and winning by 1 ¼ lengths, with the added-distance time of 2:08.1 declared a 3R track record, since the books and Standardbred Canada had no record of a race over the distance listed. “I can’t believe I worked out a trip like that,” a disbelieving/euphoric MacDonald said after the contest. “But I know the respect that Bjorn Goop has earned and is given in Sweden and Europe, and when I found a way I could follow him, I figured – I hoped that would be able to carry me up. He did and then my horse got his chance, and we won.” Asked if he felt in a commanding position by now, MacDonald put his game face back on and said, “Still have to grind it out – lots of great drivers out there.” DRIVERS ORDER OF FINISH: MacDonald, Goop, Forss, Miller, Mayr, Graham, Hoitomt, Dunn, Baldacchino, Purdon, Depuydt. LEADER BOARD AFTER 3R RACE TWO: MacDonald 175, Miller 149.5, Forss 142, Graham 107, Dunn 105. RACE THREE ($4200 pace): “The Finnish Lion,” Mika Forss, looked like everything was going his way. His pacer Shanghai B G, the slight 2-1 favorite, got away in the pocket behind a strong pacesetter in Jolt’s Prayer (Dexter Dunn), saw waves of challenger fell back, then looked to move his move on the far turn. “And my horse felt good.” And then his sulky broke. “My sulky seat started to break on me, and I had to hold on (to the sulky),” Forss noted after the race. Despite being driven literally one-handed (and perhaps accounting for his bearing out in the stretch), Shanghai B G was able to rally, and he was just up at the – well, finish line for the Finnish Lion, the 1 1/16 miles in 2:06.1. “That’s never happened to me in all of my career,” the veteran Forss noticed after the race, which provided his fourth victory of the tournament. It also boosted him back into second, a half-point ahead of Marcus Miller, who was on Forss’s back throughout but could do no more than keep his 24-1 shot going for third. MacDonald was in the parked tier and rallied for fifth. DRIVERS ORDER OF FINISH: Forss, Dunn, Miller, Mayr, MacDonald, Purdon, Hoitomt, Graham, Baldacchino, Goop, Depuydt. LEADER BOARD AFTER 3R RACE THREE: MacDonald 182, Forss 160, Miller 159.5, Dunn 118 (no wins but five seconds in the tournament), Graham 111. RACE FOUR ($4400 pace): Nobody wanted to leave anything anywhere but on the track for the last local race, and the field was stacked two- (or more-) deep the entire way. But Noel Baldacchino, from the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta, used the physics to his advantage: he and Tidewater Tomahawk drafted behind the pacesetting Danzig Moon in the pocket, then moved out,  was already past the former leader when he made a stretch break, and drew off, winning by 3¼ lengths over the favored Hard Rock, closing well to give defending champ Dexter Dunn his sixth second of a winless tournament, with that MacDonald guy from Canada working his way through with 23-1 shot Winoc Jimmy for third. It was the first win of the tournament for Baldacchino, and oddly Tidewater Tomahawk, who was the program choice, returned $16.30 to win. DRIVERS ORDER OF FINISH: Baldacchino, Dunn, MacDonald, Depuydt, Hoitomt, Forss, Goop, Purdon, Miller, Graham, Mayr. AFTER THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE TOURNAMENT: James MacDonald                                            Canada                 192 points           (six wins) Mika Forss                                                          Finland                 166 points           (four wins) Marcus Miller                                                    United States     162.5 points       (four wins) Dexter Dunn (defending champion)                  New Zealand      131 points Noel Baldacchino                                              Malta                    120 points           (one win) Shane Graham                                                  Australia              113 points           (one win) Bjorn Goop                                                         Sweden                111 points           (one win) Gerhard Mayr                                                    Austria                  109 points Eirik Hoitomt                                                      Norway                108 points           (one win) Rik Depuydt                                                       Belgium                85 points Mark Purdon                                                     New Zealand      83.5 points FINISHING LINES – Also featured during the card was the draw for Sunday’s $200,000 Prix d’Ete, for the leading four-year-old pacers in North America. The entrants, with their post positions and listed drivers: 1, Sintra (Jody Jamieson); 2, Lyons Snyder (Daniel Dube); 3, Awesomeness (driver TBA); 4, Roll Away Joe (Louis Philippe Roy); 5, Western Fame (Trevor Henry); 6, Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Pouliot); 7, Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy); 8, Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair). Bali went one of the fastest miles in Hippodrome 3R history when he won a $3800 pace in 1:53.1 for Team Auger, sprinting home in 56.1 under the guidance of the track’s leading driver, Stephane Brosseau … In a $4200 trot, the mare Lucky Promesses won her seventh straight start, here in 2:01.2 for breeder/trainer/driver Jerome Lombart. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Eight top four-year-old pacers in North America have entered the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete that will take place this Sunday, August 20, at the Hippodrome 3R. The post-position draw for the big race will be done live at H3R tonight (Wednesday)to in the winner's circle after the fourth race on the program. H3R is hosting tonight, the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship in races 5, 6, 7 & 8. Heading the Prix D'Ete horses is Sintra from the Dave Menary Barn. The son of Mach Three has won $222,000 this year and in his last start won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:48.4. The fastest of the horses entered is Dr J Hanover from the barn of Tony Alagna. Earlier this season he became the fastest Canadian winner of all-time with his 1:46.4 triumph at Mohawk Raceway. Michael Vanderkept's Awesomeness comes into the race off a lifetime best 1:50 victory at Mohawk. Also entered off a lifetime best mile is local favorite Sports Authority in 1:52.4 at Rideau Carlton this past weekend. And the Jimmy Takter Stable has two top horses entered, Western Fame and Roll Away Joe. "What a great field we have for our Prix D'Ete race," said Claude Vevesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "Top drivers and top horses will make for a superb race on Sunday." Here are the horses entered in alphabetical order: Awesomeness (TBA) Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair) Lyons Synder (Daniel Dube) Roll Away Joe (Louis-Philippe Roy) Sintra (Jody Jamieson) Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy) Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Bouliot) Western Fame (Trevor Henry) The entry box for the remainder of the 15-race card Sunday will be closed Thursday morning at 11:00 am. There will also be the third leg of the C$220,000 Future Star Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. There is a special first race post time Sunday of 2:30 pm and the Prix D'Ete is scheduled to be raced at 7 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - On Wednesday night the Hippodrome 3R is hosting the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship with four events, but after the fourth race on the program there will be some live excitement as the draw for this Sunday's C$200,000 Prix D'Ete will take place in the winner's circle. The Prix D'Ete, one of the richest races in North America for four-year-old pacers, is expecting an all-star cast of performers. The names of the eight highest money winners this season will be announced Wednesday afternoon and the post-position draw will take place after the fourth race that evening. "We wanted to add a little extra excitement to our World Driving Championship Night Wednesday," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club that hosts the Prix D'Ete. "The Prix D'Ete is our showcase racing event of the 2017 season." This year, post time has been changed this Sunday, Prix D'Ete Day. The first race post time is 2:30 pm and the Hippodrome 3R will feature a special 15-race live program. The Prix D'Ete is scheduled to go off at 7:00 pm. In addition to the Prix D'Ete this Sunday, the track also is featuring the third and final preliminary round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. They will be vying for points to be eligible for the $55,000 finals on September 3. First race post time Wednesday evening is 7:15 pm for the World Driving Championship fourth leg at H3R. There will be a meet and greet for race fans with all eleven drivers in the Grandstand starting at 6:15 pm and the opening night ceremonies and introduction of the drivers from around the world gets underway at 6:50 pm. The four WDC events are races 5 thru 8 on the program. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS RIVIERES, Quebec - The Hippodrome 3R will host leg four of the five-stop World Driving Championship this Wednesday, August 16, and an evaluation of the drivers' likely performance in the four races through an evaluation of the track's knowledgeable morning line reveals some interesting patterns - ones that could help reshape or shape the standings before the final leg at Charlottetown two days afterwards. The World Driving Championship is held every two years in conjunction with the World Trotting Conference, which in 2017 is being staged in Canada, as the country celebrates its 250th anniversary of horse racing. The two drivers to watch in the H3R harness competition figure to be James MacDonald, representing host country Canada, and Noel Baldacchino, from the tiny (316 square kilometers) Mediterranean island of Malta. The races to be used for the competition at H3R are races 5 through 8 - with, unusually, MacDonald drawing the favorite in the first two races and Baldacchino in the latter two in the random draw matching drivers and horses. In just as strange a coincidence, two other drivers have drawn the second choices in consecutive races. Dexter Dunn, a New Zealander and the defending World Driving Champion, was evaluated as second behind Baldacchino's horses in races 7 and 8, and Marcus Miller, of the United States, is second choice to MacDonald's sulky assignments in races 5 and 6. The full projection, understandably, finds Baldachino and MacDonald rated as the top two, with the former having a one-point edge based on their other two mounts. Dunn is rated third and Miller fourth - but Miller would do well to get as many points as he can from his first two drives, as his horses in the final two races are both evaluated to be - last, eleventh! Then again, Miller already is in the lead after the first leg of the series, and morning lines have been known on occasion to not always reflect how the racing takes place. Plus, we have yet to find a racehorse that could read the morning line in a program to see how they might do! Post time at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday is 7:15 pm. The entire race card will be simulcast, not only throughout North America, but also to Australia and New Zealand. H3R is also holding a meet and greet for the race fans with all eleven drivers starting at 6:15 pm and the opening ceremonies for the night will start on the racetrack at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit or From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Fields are now set for the fourth leg of the harness racing 2017 World Driving Championship, set for Wednesday, August 16 at Hippodrome 3R in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The WDC will kick off with its first leg on Saturday, August 12 at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta. To view the draw and complete information for the first leg, click here. The Championship will then continue on Monday, August 14 with the second leg, which will take place at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario. To view the draw and complete information for the second leg, click here. The third leg will take place on Tuesday, August 15 at Georgian Downs in Innisfill, Ontario. To view the draw and the complete information for the third leg, click here.  Eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will compete in the fourth of five legs.  Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The Hippodrome 3R leg consists of four races, with the WDC races slated for Races 5-8. Each race will feature 11-horse fields. Here are the entries for the World Driving Championship races.   World Driving Championship - Race 1 (3R - Race 5) Purse: $4,000 – 1 mile, Pace (Eight horses on the gate; three trailers) Approx. Post time: 8:54 P.M.   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Loves A Challenge - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 2. Eataam Whosurboy - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 3. Negligent Hanover - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 4. Lacaille Gabe - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 5. Maracasso - Marcus Miller (USA) 6. Ninoscredit - James MacDonald (Canada)  7. Imagine Speed - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 8. Taylor B Swift - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 9. First Shot - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 10. Cabernet Seelster - Shane Graham (Australia) 11. Fire Luck - Mika Forss (Finland)   World Driving Championship - Race 2 (3R - Race 6) Purse: $4,000 – 1 mile, Trot (Eight horses on the gate; three trailers) Approx. Post time: 9:24 P.M.   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. (PP5) Holiday Spirit - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 1A. (PP7) Tymal Recap - Marcus Miller (USA) 2. (PP1) SOS Justice - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 3. (PP2) Kim Sorel - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 4. (PP3) Chinnys Wings - Mika Forss (Finland) 5. (PP4) Crown Point - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 6. (PP6) Echos Funky Claude - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 7. (PP8) Tuscans Memory - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 8. (PP9) Y S Suzanne - Shane Graham (Australia) 9. (PP10) Abundasass - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 10. (PP11) Federal Strike - James MacDonald (Canada)    World Driving Championship - Race 3 (3R - Race 7) Purse: $4,200 – 1-1/16 miles, Pace (Eight horses on the gate; three trailers) Approx. Post time: 9:54 P.M.   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Shanghai B G - Mika Forss (Finland) 2. Iron Phil - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 3. Noloseblues - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 4. Terror Suspect - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 5. Jolts Prayer - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 6. Orator - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 7. Now What Hanover - James MacDonald (Canada)  8. Dont Tell Mom  - Shane Graham (Australia) 9. Davinci Seelster - Marcus Miller (USA) 10. Tickle My Fantasy - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 11. Old Fashioned Gal - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway)   World Driving Championship - Race 4 (3R - Race 8) Purse: $4,400 – 1-1/16 miles, Pace (Eight horses on the gate; three trailers) Approx. Post time: 10:24 P.M.   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Wine After Five - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 2. Hard Rock - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 3. Jds Caleb Man - Shane Graham (Australia) 4. Danzig Moon - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 5. Tidewater Tomahawk  - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 6. Wild River Swan - Mika Forss (Finland) 7. Appleby Hanover - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 8. Astreos Boy - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 9. P L Gyro - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 10. Winoc Jimmy - James MacDonald (Canada) 11. Road Warrior - Marcus Miller (USA)   Post time for the first race on the card is set for 7:18 p.m EDT. The action off the track includes a meet and greet autograph session for race fans with the WDC drivers starting in the Grandstand at 5:45 pm, Participation 150, a presentation by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame as well as a miniature horse and face painting for kids. After the fourth race, 3R officials will conduct the post position draw for the 2017 Prix d'Ete.   The defending champion, New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Rik Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States. After the Hippodrome 3R leg, the drivers will head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship, which will take place on Friday, August 18 and will be one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. The World Driving Championship – along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown – are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.   Important Links:   Full entries for Wednesday's card (morning line odds to be added when available   Electronic program pages for the World Driving Championship races:   For more information about the 2017 World Driving Championship, visit

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The management of the Hippodrome 3R and the Quebec Jockey Club have announced that there will be post time changes for the World Driving Championship (WDC) night on Wednesday, August 16 and for the Prix D'Ete Day on Sunday, August 20. For the special Wednesday program on WDC Night, the first race post time will be 7:15 pm (normally 7:00 pm). The H3R is hosting the fourth leg of the WDC with 11 drivers competing in four championship races. All four of the WDC races, which are the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th races on the program, will be held at an extra distance of 1 1/16th mile (1,710 meters) due to the large number of starters on a half mile track. The entire nine-race card is also being simulcasting throughout Australia and New Zealand. As a special part of the WDC evening, after the 4th race the drawing of post positions for the Prix D'Ete race on Sunday will be drawn live from the winner's circle. The Prix D'Ete is H3R's premier event and one of the richest races (C$200,000) just for four-year-old pacers, in North America. Post time for the race card at H3R on Prix D'Ete Day has been moved to 2:30 pm, two hours later than normal. H3R and the Quebec Jockey Club will feature 15 live races that day, with the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete to be the 14th race on the program, with a post time of 7:00 pm. Also on the program will be the third preliminary round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. "We have made these changes in post time to better present our premier race day, the Prix D'Ete, and for the World Driving Championship program, which is being simulcast to Australia and New Zealand." said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "We are very excited in Quebec to be hosting a division of the World Driving Championship," Levesque said. "What a super week of racing we will have in Trois-Rivieres with these world-renowned drivers from around the globe coming to our track and then on Sunday our Prix D'Ete premier race day." Horsemen and women are reminded that the entry box for Wednesday's World Driving Championship program closes on Friday, August 11 at 11:00 am. Also, that the horses for the Prix D'Ete race itself, must be declared by 11:00 am Wednesday, August 16. The entry box for the remainder of the Sunday program will stay open until 11:00 am Thursday, August 17. It should be noted that Lasix is not allowed for horses in the province of Quebec. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Hall of Fame harness racing driver, Michel "Mike" Lachance, will be the Grand Marshal for the upcoming C$200,000 Prix D'Ete Grand Circuit race day at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, August 20. Lachance is known throughout harness racing as one of the all-time greatest drivers. Over an illustrious career that spanned more than 50 years, Lachance, now 66, won 10,421 races and purse earnings of $190 million with the horses he has driven, which currently ranks him fourth on the all-time list. He is also inducted in both the Canadian (1993) and United States (1996) Hall of Fame. A native of St. Augustine, Quebec, Lachance was very pleased with the news of this special honor. "I have really done nothing in harness racing these past few years since I retired from racing," Lachance said. "Now, this year I was in Clinton last weekend for Legends Day, which was so great to be at. Before that I attended the Roosevelt Raceway Reunion, which was also very special. Now this weekend I will be at the Hambletonian, and that I know will be very great. "But, I think, nothing will be as special as returning to Quebec and being the Grand Marshal for the Prix D'Ete on August 20," Lachance said. "I look so forward to seeing family members, friends and the racing fans. What a great surprise when Quebec Jockey Club called and told me of this wonderful honor." The Prix D'Ete is one of the richest stakes races currently in harness racing for four-year-old pacers since its revival by H3R four years ago. Prior to that the Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 to 1992, featuring world renowned winners Albatross, Bret Hanover, Niatross, Cam Fella and many other world champions. Michel Lachance himself won back to back Prix D'Ete's with Matt's Scooter in 1988 and Goalie Jeff in 1989 at Blue Bonnets Raceway in Montreal. "What a great time in my life those years were," Lachance explained. "Coming to Quebec and winning with Matt's Scooter in the Prix D'Ete is one of biggest highlights of my career. And then to return and win again the very next year with Goalie Jeff was just super." Michel Lachance will be the center of attention on Prix D'Ete Day at H3R. He will join the eight drivers in the Prix D'Ete in a special autograph and meet and greet with race fans before the start of the race card and, of course, present the Prix D'Ete Trophy to the winning connections. "I have not been back to the Hippodrome 3R since I last drove there, maybe 35 years ago," Lachance recalled. "I look forward to seeing the new track and facility and perhaps some fans who remember when I use to drive in Quebec. It will be so good to be back home and, of course, to watch the Prix D'Ete." This year the Prix D'Ete race day will feature a later post time, starting at 2:30 pm with 15 races on the program. The Prix D'Ete is scheduled to be raced at 6:30 pm. Also on the program will be the third leg of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - There was no world record set in the special two-mile race at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, but there was plenty of racing action in the four-lap event. Sea Donkey and driver Pascal Berube took the early lead away from Northern Juno (Denis Audet) after the opening quarter in :28.2. Then Audet came right back to the front with Northern Juno and led the field to the half mile in 1:00.2 and the three-quarters in 1:32. Then Louis-Philippe Roy came first-over with Ninoscredit before the mile in 2:03.2, but was unable to take command away from Northern Juno as they went 2:35.4 to the 1 ¼ mile. At the 1 ½ mile mark in 3:07, the action heated up as Stephane Brosseau took CF Sting Rei three-wide in front of the grandstand. They were followed by Mister Big Top (Stephane Gendron) and Tiguan Seelster (Stephane Lareau). In the backstretch the final time, it was the three Stephane's in command with CF Sting Rei (Brosseau) clearing to the lead, leaving Mister Big Top first over at the 1 ¾ mile mark at 3:36.3 and Tiguan Seelster trying to follow his cover. Then Gendron urged Mister Big Top and they blew right by CF Sing Rei and pulled away from the field to win by six and three-quarter lengths. CF Sting Rei was second with Tiguan Seelster third. The time of the race was 4:06.1, well off the world record set last year by Strokin in 4:02.4. For Mister Big Top, it was the fourth win this year for the five-year-old gelded son of Mister Big. He is trained by Yves Tessier and is owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville, paying $4.80 to win. There were six divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old colt and filly pacers. Each sex had three divisions. The fastest mile of all the freshman pacers took place in the 12th race, the last race of the program. Power Fog and driver Jocelyn Gendron was able to grind out the early lead over Challenge Magic (Louis-Philippe Roy) to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Then had things their own way until Lucky Match (Yves Filion) came first-over after the half mile in 1:00, then as the pace picked up, dropped in behind Power Fog, getting a breather to the three-quarters in 1:30.1. Then the action heated up as Filion pulled out of the pocket and came after Power Fog, but Gendron's colt was able to dig in after a torrid stretch drive to win by a half-length in 2:00. Big Mach (Mario Charron) was third. Sired by Power Park, it was the second win in four starts for Power Fog, who is trained by Dominic Gladu for owner/breeder Gilbert Sauve, paying $5.10 to win. In the fifth race, Louis-Philippe Roy and Phil Dorleans, the full brother to $800,000 winner Duc Dorleans, was able to lead from start to finish and hold off a bold three-wide move by G A Speed Sammy (Alain Garrier) in the backstretch, to win in 2:01.3. Leader Tonight (Mario Charron) was third. A son of Shanghai Phil, it was the maiden win for Phil Dorleans, who is trained by Jacques Dupont for owner/breeders Dorleans Stable and Gestion Levesque. He paid $2.40 to win. The seventh race division saw Louis-Philippe Roy return to the winner's circle with a colt that his co-owns with trainer Kevin Maguire named El Muchacho. Following pacesetter Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) in second until the backstretch, Roy then moved first-over with El Muchacho, clearing to the lead and winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:02. Kinnder Jackson was second with last week's winner, Chloes Master, the heavy favorite, finishing third. It was the second win in four starts for the colt by Goliath Bayama, who went off at odds of 9-1 and paid $20.50 to win. The fastest of the fillies was D Gs Shadowbell, who notched her second straight win for driver Jonathan Lachance and trainer Mario Lachance in the third race. The heavy favorite, Hammering Haley (Louis-Philippe Roy), cut the mile early on but Lachance came first-over with D Gs Shadowbell and took command for good before the half mile marker and went on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:00.4. Hammering Haley was second with Liisawithtwoeyes (Stephane Gendron) third. The daughter of Shadow Play is owned and bred by Daniel Surprenant and paid $9.20 to win. Next came a real nail-bitter to the in the fourth race as return winner Le Balafre and driver Stephane Brosseau went right to the lead from post seven. Following their cover was the 4/5 favorite Katniss S BG and trainer/driver Yves Filion. Filion was content to sit the pocket trip until the three-quarters, when they came first-over to challenge. Those two battled neck and neck around the final turn along with the fast closing Lit De Rose (Pierre Luc Roy). As they came to the wire, Katniss S BG just got up by a neck over La Balafre with Katniss S BG third by a half-length in 2:01.1. It was a lifetime mark for the Mach Three filly, who was bred and is co-owned by Sylvain Descheneauz and Gaston Bibeau, paying $3.60 to win. Katniss S BG, is named after the Katniss Everdeen character in the very popular Hunger Games. The last filly division was the eighth race where Road To Lea (Stephane Brosseau) led early in the mile, then gave way to a determined Miss Rockadali (Yves Filion) until the backstretch, when Butterfly GB (Stephane Gendron) came first-over and cleared to the lead. Then Brosseau found clearance with Road To Lea and moved three-wide and was able to not only collar race favorite, Butterfuly GB, but pass them by and went on to win by four lengths in 2:01.2. Lune Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) was second with Butterfly BG third. Sired by Holiday Road, it was the maiden victory for Road To Lea. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder/owner Gaetan Bono Stable and paid $6.60 to win. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron has the hot hands for the afternoon, scoring three winners on the card. All six of the Future Star Series saw lifetime marks for the winners. This was the last Sunday race card as the Hippodrome 3R takes a two-week break while the Grand Prix auto races take place in Trois-Rivieres. Live racing resumes on Wednesday, August 16 when H3R hosts the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship with a special first race post time of 7:15 pm. Then on Sunday, August 20 is the fourth revival of the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete with a special first race post time of 2:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand, harness racing is held at various distances that can range from sprints of a half mile to extra distance races as long as five miles. But in North America nearly 99% of all harness racing events are held at just one mile with a few exceptions, and one of those exceptions is taking place at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday. The eleventh race for pacers Sunday at H3R will go the extra distance at two miles and has 12 horses entered. And yet this race is only a "prep" for the upcoming August 13 five-mile race called 'Le 5 Milles' at the regional fair track of St-Aime des Lacs in Charlevoix, Quebec, where the horse will have to do ten laps. This year the Le 5 Milles, one of the oldest stakes races in the sport, will feature its 106th edition. It is one of the oldest stakes races in North America. Last year's two-mile winner, Strokin, set the world record on a half mile track at H3R with his victory in 4:02.4. Strokin is not entered in this year's event, but Sea Donkey, who won this race in 2014, is back to try again. He will start from post six for driver Pascal Berube. Also in 2015, Sea Donkey won the Le 5 Milles (five miles) race. Over the past two years the world record has been broken in the two-mile race, it was Aaron's Majesty and driver Denis St-Pierre who rewrote the mark in 2015, then rewritten again by Strokin in 2016. The race favorite Sunday is Three Rockets from post 12 for driver Marie Claude Auger. This six-year-old gelding by Mach Three has three wins already this season, the fastest a 1:55.2 lifetime mark taken at Rideau Carlton. He also won a 1 ½ mile race on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit in 3:16 and impressively, was last year's winner of Le 5 Milles. Second choice is Mister Big Top from post ten for driver Stephane Brosseau. He has won in 1:54.3 at Rideau this year and was a game second place finisher in 1:54.1 just last week. "I will see during the course of the race how it goes early on and then will deduce what will be best for the horse," said driver Stephane Gendron. "I love this horse very much, and there is a lot of early speed in the race. I think I have a good chance, because we will be in the hunt starting from post ten, which is in the second tier, and my horse does not leave well. He usually always races from behind and closes strong." Other contenders include 1:57.2 winner last week at H3R, CF Sting Rei (Stephane Brosseau) in post nine and Shanghai Ben (Alain Carrier) from post eight. Also on the program Sunday at H3R are six divisions of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. This is the second of three preliminary rounds leading towards the C$55,000 finals on September 3 for the top eight point earners from each division. There are three of the four return winners back for round two of the series Sunday. They are the filly's D Gs Shadowbell (post 7 third race), LaBalafre (post seven fourth race) and the colt returning is Chloes Master (Post one seventh race). Missing is Stock, who won his division in 1:58.1. The Future Stars divisions are the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 12th races on the program. Track Notes: This is the last live race program at H3R for the next two weeks due to the Grand Prix car racing that takes over most of the town of Trois-Rivieres. The next live program will be on Wednesday, August 16, when H3R hosts the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship, then that Sunday, August 20, is the C$200,000 Prix D'Ete. Post time this Sunday is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - After making a costly break at the start of his last race and finishing up the track, Nobodynosjustice and driver Stephane Brosseau made amends to race fans Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R. Competing in the second round of the C$220,00 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies, Nobodynosjustice was sent off as the overwhelming favorite in the fifth race division for colts, but it was a tough mile until the stretch drive. It was last week's return winner, Y A Muscle Mass and trainer/driver Rosaire Renaud who shot right out to the early lead with Yankee Photo (Pascal Berube) following right behind them in second place and Nobodynosjustic in third place. By the opening quarter mile, Brosseau then sent Nobodynosjustic to the outside, but they could not pass by Y A Muscle Mass, who parked the race favorite around the second turn, and kept them parked out past the half mile and around the third turn. But Brosseau was patience with his colt and once in the backstretch was able to not only collar Y A Muscle Mass, but pass him to take the lead after the three-quarter mile marker. From there they were able to pull away towards the finish, winning by two and one-half lengths in 2:05.3. Y A Muscle Mass was second with Yankee Photo third. Sire by Justice Hall, Nobodynosjustic is trained by Dany Fontaine and was bred and is owned by Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal, paying $3.30 to win. There were two non-wagering filly divisions held with the fastest of the two winners going to the undefeated Precieuse CC and trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil, who led from start to finish, holding off a late charge by the pocket-sitting Magic Lady (Yves Filion), to win by a neck in 2:04.1. Kinnder Prediction (Justin Filion) was third. Now 2 for 2 in her brief career, Precieuse CC is a daughter of Angus Hall, owned by Marie Andree Cournoyer of Chicoutimi. The other filly division saw Lucky's Dream (Jerome Lombart) cut the mile with Papillon Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) sitting right on his back until the backstretch when Roy pulled the pocket and took the lead away before the final turn as Stand For Justice (Stephane Brosseau) came first-over to challenge. Then in the stretch drive, Papillon Bleu was able to hold the challengers at bay, winning by one length in 2:06.1. Stand For Justice was second with Lucky's Dream third. Sired by Muscle Mass, it was the maiden victory for Papillon Beau, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns the filly. The ninth race Invitational Trot saw a classic finish as even money favorite Unabating and driver Guy Gagnon were parked out three-wide at the three-quarters as Four Starz Speed (Kevin Maguire) led the field with Ghiradelli Lindy (Richard Simard) hanging game first-over. Around the final turn and starting down the stretch, Gagnon and Unabating ($4.00) were able to wear down Four Starz Speed to win by a neck in 1:59. Dance Hall George (Mario Charron) had broken stride at the start, was in the last place, and rebounded to not only catch the field, but finish third. Track Notes: This was the last Tuesday night card until August 22. There will be a special Wednesday night live program on August 16 when H3R will host the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship. Live racing resumes this Sunday at H3R with first race post time at 12:30 pm featuring the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old colt and filly pacers. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It has been said in harness racing that a young trotter is better off building up stamina, strength and be sure of foot, and that the speed will soon follow. That analogy will again be put to the test at the Hippodrome 3R on Tuesday evening with the second round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies. In the opening round of the series last week, the old proverb came true for 76-year-old owner and driver Rosaire Renaud as his newest star of the stable, Y A Muscle Mass, beat eight rivals and will try it again on Tuesday. Last week Y A Muscle Mass and Renaud went right to the lead and never looked back, winning by three-quarters of a length in a slow time of 2:09.4 over a fast track. But there is no prize money for speed, only for those that stays on gait and cross the finish line first. That's what Y A Muscle Mass did last week. The son of Muscle Mass goes from the rail on Tuesday for trainer Manon Renaud and provided his minds his manners and stays on-stride, can win again. His rivals have good speed but were unable to stay on-stride last week and are back to try again. Nobodynosjustice (Stephane Brosseau) was the favorite last week and won already this season in 2:02.2. But he failed to stay trotting at the start last week and was up the track. Nobodynosjustice goes from post six. Yankee Photo starts from post five and last week he did stay on gait, but was sent first-over by driver Pascal Berube against Y A Muscle Mass and could not get to him and was third. SG Goliath King goes from post three and last week was a game second to Y A Muscle Mass. The fillies drew ten entries and according to the rules of the Quebec Racing Commission, must split into two fields of five that will be held as non-wagering races during the Tuesday program. The first division takes place after the third race and is headed by Luckys Dream (post four) and Stand For Justice (post one). The second division goes after the fifth race and features last week's return winner, Precieuse CC, who starts from post five. Last week this daughter of Angus Hall was able to lead from post eight for driver/trainer Claude Beausoleil, take a tuck in third place and then brush to the lead in the backstretch, going on to win by two open lengths in 2:06, the last quarter in a very impressive :29.4. Also in the race is Yves Filion's Magic Lady, who starts from post two. She was the betting favorite last week, followed Precieuse CC in the backstretch, but could not catch her, finishing second. There is another competitive field set for the Invitational Trot Tuesday in the ninth race. Four Starz Speed (post 4) returns off his wire-to-wire victory for trainer/driver Kevin Maguire. Also back is Unabating, who was the race favorite last week, but suffered broken equipment and was never in the hunt. Caroluzzo returns after a week's rest, but drew post eight for driver Stephane Gendron. Rideau Carlton invader, Ghirardelli Lindy, brings his two-race win streak to H3R, as does Dance Hall George (post one), who is moving up the ranks to the top trot. Post time Tuesday is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The opening round of the $220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday provided for plenty of excitement for racing fans. In the 3rd race first division of the Future Stars Series for colts, the 6/5 race favorite, Undefeated Lucky Match (Yves Filion) made a break at the start and was never a factor in the race. It was Chloes Master and driver Steeven Genois shooting right to the lead from post five, then stuffing Power Fog (Jocelyn Gendron) into the pocket seat at the opening quarter mile in :29.4. Genois was then able to back down the pace to the half mile. Then in the backstretch, Gendron came out to challenge again to no avail as after the three-quarters, Genois was able to open up on the field with Chloes Master and win by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:01.1. Leader Tonight (Mario Charron) was second with Power Fog third. It was the maiden victory for Chloes Master, a gelded son of Vintage Master, who is a half-brother to Quebec Champion two-year-old, Queen Elsa, a $50,000 winner last year. He is being trained by Michel Allard for owner and Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, one of the top harness racing drivers in the sport. Dube and Guy Boulianne also bred Chloes Master, who paid $6.30 to win. Then in the fifth race, second colt division of the series, it was all Stock and driver Stephane Brosseau, easily leading from start to finish. After the half mile marker, the colt by Sportswriter, opened up on the field, leading by six lengths at the three-quarters and then coasting to the wire by 10 and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. G A Speed Sammy (Alain Carrier) was second with Phil Dorleans (Louis-Philippe Roy) third. Trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos, who co-owns Stock with Gaetan Bono Stable, it was the second straight win to remain unbeaten. He paid $2.90 to win. The fillies provided big excitement in the sixth race, first division as Sharks Summshandy (Sylvain Lacaille) went to the early lead with Keesha challenging and then Liisawithtwoeyes (Louis-Philippe Roy) going three-wide to take command. Then after the half mile, the 3/5 race favorite, Katniss S BG and trainer/driver Yves Filion, who had broken stride at the start, came first-over with 15-1 La Balafre (Stephane Brosseau) following second over, but the pace was not fast enough for Brosseau as he took La Balafre three-wide to take the lead and then pull away in the stretch to win by two lengths in 2:01.2. Katniss S BG was second with Sharksummrshandy third. It was a lifetime mark and the maiden victory for La Balafre. The daughter of L H Stryker is trained by Jean Tourigny for owner Michel Damphousse and paid $33.30 to win. The seventh race second division for fillies was just as exciting as the first. The 3/5 race favorite, Butterfly BG and driver Stephane Gendron went to the early lead with Miss Rockadali (Yves Filion) grabbing the two-hole spot by the opening quarter mile in a quick :28.4. They raced that way to the half mile marker when 22-1 D Gs Shadowbell and driver Jonathan Lachance came first-over to challenge with Road To Lea (Stephane Brosseau) second over. As they raced down the backstretch to the three-quarters, Brosseau tried the same move that won the prior race with La Balafre, sending Road To Lea three-wide and the filly nearly cleared to the lead on the field turn, setting up three horses across as they came down the stretch. D Gs Shadowbell, who most would think would be tired after racing first-over since the half mile, but the filly dug in for Lachance and came on to win by one and one-half lengths with Butterfly GB second and Road To Lea third in 2:01.3. Trained by Mario Lachance, D Gs Shadowbell is by Shadow Play and was bred and is owned by Daniel Surprenant and paid $46.00 to win. Track Notes: It took until the eighth race Invitational race for top driver Louis-Philipe Roy to bring one home. After being stung by Arazi (Mario Charron) to the opening quarter mile in :27, Sports Authority and driver Pierre-Luc Roy cleared to the lead before the half mile in :55. But there was little rest for the weary as young brother Louis-Philipe Roy was on the move first-over with race favorite Half A Billion. Those two then went head-to-head by the three-quarters in 1:24 before Half A Billion cleared to the lead and won by one and one-half lengths in 1:54.2. Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) nipped Sports Authority for second place. It was the seventh straight win this year for Half A Billion, who paid $3.10 to win. At St-Joseph-De-Lepage racetack in Quebec yesterday, Abundasass broke the 55-year-old track record on the trot when he won for 3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, in 2:03.1. The former track record was set by Anne Gallon in 1962. The 10-year-old Abundance gelding, trained by Marc Andre Simoneau and co-owned by him and Francis Guillemette, is a familiar name to 3R fans. On July 1, he won at St-Hughes; the next day he won in at 3R. A winner at St-Hughes again on July 8, he made his previous start at 3R on July 18, finishing fifth after being elevated to the Invitational-Silver class. Live racing resumes this Tuesday at H3R, post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club        

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Before coming to the Hippodrome 3R back on June 20, the three-year-old trotting filly, HP Run Like Mom, was winless in seven starts, never even finishing in the top three. The daughter of Kadabra then moved into the barn of trainer Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel, who co-owns HP Run Like Mom with Michel Damphousse, and the switch to racing at H3R has resulted with five straight wins. Tuesday evening was the third and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old filly and colt trotters. There were three divisions, all non-wagering races due to short fields. HP Run Like Mom was in the first non-wagering division and driver Stephane Brosseau wasted no time going right to the lead and holding the field at bay by five lengths at the opening quarter mile in :29.4. Then HP Run Like Mom switched into high gear, pulling away from the field to lead by ten lengths at the half mile in :59.3, then 24 lengths at the three-quarters in 1:29.3 and cruised home to win by the length of the stretch, 25 and one-half lengths in a lifetime best clocking of 1:59.4. Lindas Jewell (Mario Lachance) was a distance second with Southern Queen (Mario Charron) third. The time of the race was just two fifths of a second from tying the track record for three-year-old trotting fillies. "She (HP Run Like Mom) was a normal filly as a youngster," Claude Hamel said. "As a yearling, she gave us a fright with a shoulder injury but that healed up well. "So, we then we sent her as a two-year-old to Toronto to Benoit Baillargeon to train since she was eligible for the stakes there," Hamel explained. "Benoit considered her to be special, but she only qualified once at age 2 and we were disappointed. Then at age three, she showed some speed on occasion, one mile in 1:58.4, the last quarter in :28.4, but still not good. It was then that Benoit advised us to bring her back to Quebec and that was the right decision. Jean (Tourigny) took her on and the results have been instantaneous," Hamel said. "Five straight wins, new record of 1:59.4. I think now we will consider sending her to a few stakes in Ontario while we wait for the final here on September 3." The second non-wagering division for colts saw Capteur De Reve post his first win of the 2017 season for driver Pierre Luc Roy with a hard-fought victory over undefeated Kinnder Danerous (Justin Filion) in 1:59.4. It was Bastiano and driver Stephane Gendron going to the early lead with Kinnder Dangerous sitting the pocket trip through a :29.3 first quarter and then backed it down to the half mile in 1:01. That forced driver Pierre Luc Roy come first-over with Capteur De Reve, who collared Bastiano by the three-quarters in 1:30.4 with Filion then moving three-wide on the final turn with Kinnder Dangerous. All three-horses then made it a dash to the wire with Capteur De Reve the strong horse, winning by a neck over Kinnder Dangerous with Batiano third. Sired by Muscle Mass, Capteur De Reve was the series champion last year. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who also bred the colt. In the second filly division, it was the team of driver Pierre Luc Roy and trainer Maxime Velaye returning to the winner's circle, this time with Affirmee. Affirmee shot out to the early lead with Taurus P V (Jocelyn Gendron) following right on their heels as those two horses pulled away from the field by 15 lengths at the opening quarter mile in :29.2. They raced that way past the half mile and the three-quarters with Affirmee pulling away at the finish to win by five open lengths in 2:04.1. Taurus V P was second with Magestic M (Kevin Maguire) third. It was the second straight win for Affirmee, a daughter of Angus Hall, who was also bred and is owned by the Provoquante Stable. The opening round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting fillies and colts got underway Tuesday. In the first division for fillies, it was Precieuse CC and trainer/d river Claude Beausoleil coming first-over against pacesetter Luckys Dream (Jerome Lombart), taking command at the three-quarters and winning by two lengths in 2:06 over race favorite Magic Lady (Yves Filion) with Justice Rules (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the maiden victory for Precieuse CC, a filly by Angus Hall, owned by Marie Andree Counoyer of Chicoutimi. She paid $20.80 to win. Owner, trainer and driver Rosaire Renaud of Mirabel at age 76, made his first drive of the 2017 a winning one with a big upset score in the colt division with Y A Muscle Mass. Leading from start to finish, Renaud and Y A Muscle Mass was able to hold off SG Goliath King (Sylvain Grenier) by three-quarters of a length to win in 2:09.4. Yankee Photo (Pascal Berube) was third. Sire by Muscle Mass, Y A Muscle Mass was overlooked by the bettors and went off at odds of 22-1, paying $46.20 to win. Track Notes: Driver Stephane Brosseau was the top driver of the night, winning four races on the program. It is the first time he has achieved that feat this season. Brosseau widened his lead in the driving standings over Stephane Gendron, 29 to 24. Four Starz Speed, the "old man" of the field in the Invitational Trot Tuesday, showed his heels to his younger rivals, leading from start to finish for driver/trainer Kevin Maguire in 1:59.4, paying $8.70 to win. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday afternoon, first race post time at 12:30 pm. Featured will be the opening round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

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