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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  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - In a stunning first-over challenge against Four Starz Speed, Jamigo, a 10-1 long shot, was able to grind it out and post an upset victory to win the Invitational Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The eighth race feature got underway with Dance Hall George (Gaetan Lamy) shooting to the early lead with R Rkdabra (Pascal Berube) right on their back. Then by the opening quarter mile in :28.2, trainer/driver Kevin Maguire had the veteran 12-year-old Four Starz Speed on the move and brushing to the lead. After backing down the pace slightly going to the half mile in :59, Four Starz Speed was challenged first-over by Jamigo and driver Daniel Laflamme. And as the field entered the backstretch, Laflamme rated Jamigo on the outside, just a neck shy of collaring race leader Four Starz Speed. Tuscans Memory (Mario Charron) was following the outside flow of Jamigo to stay in contention. Then, with a bold three-wide move going to the three-quarters, KFB Amigo Cool and driver Stephane Brosseau entered the fray with all three horses just heads apart at the three-quarters in 1:29.3. Around the final turn and still stuck three-wide, KFB Amigo Cool could not keep up with the race leaders and as they came down the stretch, Jamigo was able to dig deep and show true grit as he not only collared Four Starz Speed, but beat him to the wire for LaFlamme, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.4. Tuscans Memory was third. For Jamigo, a nine-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall, it was his seventh victory this year for owner/trainer Manon Lamothe of Terrebonne. Jamigo, who earlier this season has won three of four starts at the Hippodrome 3R, was returning to Quebec after racing in the USA. He has won his last start at Pocono Downs in 1:57.2 before shipping home for Sunday's Invitational Trot. Jamigo paid $22.70 to win. Track Notes: The biggest upset on the day was in the ninth race pace. The 1-2 favorite, Matts Phil and driver Stephane Gendron tried leading from start to finish, but the pocket-sitting 22-1 Washington Hanover and driver Pascal Berube, waiting until the final turn to pull the pocket and catch Matts Phil at the wire, winning by a half-length in 1:57.2, paying $46.20 to win. It was also a driving double on the day for Pascal Berube. Also scoring driving doubles were Gaetan Lamy and Steeven Genios. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday with first race post time at 12:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Glass Shadow, who has been winless in his last 14 starts, pulled off a stunning upset at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, wiring the field in the Invitational Pace for driver Gaetan Lamy at odds of 23-1, paying $49.70 to win. Leaving from post five, veteran driver Gaetan Lamy sent Glass Shadow right to the lead with Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) grabbing the two-hole spot and the 8/5 favorite, Ufdragons Rocket and driver Stephane Gendron, parked out first-over from the start. Gendron tried to urge Ufdragons Rocket to the front, but Lamy and Glass Shadow said no as they sped to the opening quarter in :57.1. Gendron tried again with Ufdragons Rocket as they went to the half, but again Glass Shadow said no. They went to the half mile in :55.3. They raced the same, only now Crombie A and driver Stephane Brosseau had joined the hunt in second over position, UFdragons Rocket was still game being parked out from the start as they sped to the three-quarters in 1:25.3. Lamy opened up a little daylight with Glass Shadow as they started down the stretch, but started to bear out as Ufdragons Rocket began to fade as Rainbow Palace came up the passing lane and Crombie A found room to mount a challenge. But Lamy and Glass Shadow were the best today, holding off Crombie A to win by a half-length in 1:55.2. Rainbow Palace was third. The last time Glass Shadow had won a race, was back on April 30 at H3R. Trained and owned by Marc Andre Cormier of Princeville, it was the fifth win this year for the six-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play. Track Notes: With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80's, H3R's half mile oval was razor sharp as five horses (half of the race card) registered lifetime marks. The fastest mile on the program came in the seventh race pace, as Solid Performance and driver Pascal Berube pulled away from the field in the backstretch, winning by eleven and one-quarter lengths in 1:54.2, making it a trainer/owner double for Marc Andre Cormier Live racing will resume 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 - Every season there is a pacing or trotting mare that excels beyond their class and at the Hippodrome 3R, such is the case in 2017 between Lucky Promesses and Rainbow Palace. Just last week, the trotting mare, Lucky Promesses, saw her nine-race winning streak, mostly against male competitors, come to end going against the best trotters at the track and this Sunday, Rainbow Palace will once again see if she can show her heels to her male rivals in the Invitational Pace. Rainbow Palace is a five-year-old mare by Royal Mattjesty from the Cambest mare, Matilda Hall, who was unraced. She is owned and driven by Francis Picard of Warwick and trained by his brother, Dominique. They purchased Rainbow Palace as a yearling at the Forest City Sale in London in 2013 for $7,500. She was consigned by Winbak Farm. As a two-year-old, Rainbow Palace showed early signs of excellence at H3R, taking a record of 1:59 and then finishing third in the 2014 Lucien Bombardier Stakes. Then at age three, and not eligible for the Quebec-Bred Series, Rainbow Palace had to distinguish herself in overnight races for young horses, and she excelled, taking a record of 1:56.3. The results were so encouraging that the Picard brothers tried her three times at Mohawk Raceway, where she was race timed in 1:53. They even tried her in the Grassroots Series at Hanover Raceway, where she finished fifth. Then last year, Rainbow Palace had to race mainly against male rivals at H3R where she lowered her record to 1:56. But 2017 saw a faster and more assertive Rainbow Palace at H3R. She currently has six wins, going mainly against male rivals in the Invitational Pace and has now won her last two starts. It was just two starts back that she was at her best, moving first-over from third place at the three-quarters and then coming on to win by a neck over Sports Authority in a blazing 1:54.3. "I always knew," Francis Picard said. "I would say that I had a very powerful mare, and now I know that I am dealing with a very fine and talented racehorse. When the time comes, I will not be at all embarrassed to allow her a second career as a broodmare. She belongs to a good bloodline and should produce foals that will succeed." Rainbow Palace has the rail in Sunday's eighth race feature. Of the eight male rivals she faces, she has beaten four of them this season and is the 5/2 morning line favorite to win again. At her current pace, she is well in line as a top candidate for the coveted title of the season's best pacer. With one more victory, she will be tied with Lucky Promesses as the winningest horse at H3R this season. But there are eight rivals who will be all out to stop her winning ways on Sunday. Bali, from post two, is also on a two-race win streak. Trained and driven by Marie Claude Auger, Bali was a 1:54.4 winning last week at Rideau Carlton. Ufdragons Rocket from post three is the winningest horse in the field this year with 12 victories for trainer Yves Tessier. Last week he also won at Rideau Carlton in a lifetime best 1:53.1. Sports Authority (post 6) returns after a brief layoff after losing that neck decision to Rainbow Palace and Highpoint Chip (post eight) moves back to the top class after scoring two straight wins at H3R, the fastest a 1:54.3 triumph for trainer/driver Pascal Berube. Rounding out the field are Crombie A (post four), Glass Shadow (post five), Pieraz (post seven) and Whitemountain Nemo (post nine), all of whom have won this year at H3R. First race post time is 12:30 pm. For a free race program for Sunday's ten-race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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

Trois-Rivieres, QC --- This Sunday (Sept. 10) eight 2-year-old pacing fillies will battle it out at the Hippodrome 3R in the annual Lucien Bombardier Stakes, going for a purse of C$38,5200. And this year, the field is highlighted by four return winners in the eighth race feature. One of the pioneers of horse racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, QC, Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (CSHS). The following year, at age 86, Bombardier became the first honorary director of the CSHS. His appointment by the board of directors in January 1993 was in recognition of achievement and contribution to the Society and the Standardbred industry. Bombardier was also honored in 1985 when he was recognized for his life-long devotion to the industry as the recipient of the Society's General Achievement Award for his excellence, leadership and contribution to the breeding industry and by his election into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame the following year. Bombardier started training and driving harness horses at agricultural fair meetings in Quebec at an early age. In the early 1940s, he left a business career to open a large racing stable at Richelieu Park in Montreal and in 1953 he accepted an executive position with Blue Bonnets. During 25 years in racetrack management he played a role in developing many changes and innovations that helped make harness racing a major sport industry and earned him an enviable reputation on both sides of the border. He also served as a director of Harness Tracks of America and the Canadian Trotting Association. At age 68 Bombardier retired from Blue Bonnets and embarked upon a new career when he became an executive with Angus Farms in Bedford, QC, one of the province's most successful breeding establishments. Bombardier died in 1995 and was honored each year at the Hippodrome de Montreal with the running of the Lucien Bombardier Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. With sponsorship from Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club, the Hippodrome 3R revived the stakes race in 2011. This year's stakes event features Azure Seelster, starting from post four for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. This daughter of Shadow Play has already won three of her six starts for trainer Jacques Dupont. In just her last start she won a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Mohawk Raceway in 1:54.3 by three and one-half lengths. Earlier this season at Grand River Raceway's half mile oval, Azure Seelster took her lifetime mark with a 1:54.3 score. Azure Seelster is part of a three-horse entry with Miss Rockadali (post five) and Katniss S BG (post seven) who are both trained by Yves Filion. Miss Rockadali is the weakest of the entry, but Katniss S BG was second last week in the C$55,000 Future Stars Series and prior had won two preliminary rounds of the series. Lit De Rose is the second choice in the race and rightly so. This daughter of Leader Bayama, trained by Maxime Velaye and owned and bred by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel, is on a three-race winning streak. Last week was the biggest win of her early career, three wins in just five starts, as she led from start to finish over a sloppy track at H3R to capture the C$55,000 Future Stars Final. She did it in 2:02, but the following start showed she can also win in 1:59.1. Lit De Rose will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy. A newcomer to H3R, Cold Creek Lacey, goes from post two for driver Stephane Brosseau. In her last start, the Shanghai Phil filly wired the field at Kawartha Downs in 1:58. She is trained by Craig Barssi. Kiss My Shadow is the fourth return winner and is saddled with starting from post eight for driver Guy Gagnon and trainer and co-owner Chantal Mitchell. Last week at Flamboro Downs, Kiss My Shadow took a lifetime mark of 2:00.4. Completing the field are D Gs Shadowbell (post one), who has won three of her last four starts for driver Jonathan Lachance and Liisawithtwoeyes, who starts from post three for driver Stephen Gendron and trainer Francis Richard. Post time is 12:30 pm and for a free race program or information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The Hippodrome 3R hosted its richest race program of the 2017 season Sunday with the C$480,000 Championship Finals of the Breeders Cup Series and the Future Stars Series for two and three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. There were eight finals with the three-year-old divisions going for C$65,000 each and the two-year-old's racing for C$55,000 each. Unlike prior years, there were no track records set due to a misty rain throughout the afternoon that turned the track sloppy by the sixth race. Here are all the divisional final winners. 3YO Colt Pace C$65,000 Final - Perhaps the most exciting of the eight championship finals started out with Noplay (Stephane Pouliot) shooting to the early lead with race favorite C L Sportsaction (Jonathan Lachance) in the pocket to the opening quarter mile in :28.4. Lachance was not content in the pocket and pulled first-over, giving outside cover to Wildriverbumblebee (Stephane Brosseau) as Western Phil (Scott Young) filled the two-hole gap. Then in the backstretch, Brosseau moved three-wide with Wildriverbumblebee and was able to clear to first-over on the final turn and showing true grit, was able to come on in the stretch to win by one and one quarter lengths in 1:59.1. Noplay was second with Western Phil third. Last year, Wildriverbumblebee set the track record in the championship final and now has added his second title. The son of Sportswriter, trained by Francis Richard for owner/breeder Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, posted his third straight win and fifth victory in just seven starts this year. He paid $6.80 to win. 3Y0 Filly Pace C$65,000Final - After three lead changes by the opening quarter mile, YS Tallia and driver Daniel Dube took control of the race from the 1/5 favorite, Yaris Bayama (Sylvain Filion) and kept the lead the rest of the race to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:58.4 over Yaris Bayama. Kinnderuntouchable (Justin Filion) was third. Unraced at age two, it was the fourth win this year for YS Tallia. The daughter of Western Ideal is trained by Michel Allard and was bred and is owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation and paid $7.20 to win. 3YO Colt Trot C$65,000 Final - Capteur De Reve and driver Daniel Dube captured the championship final for the second straight year with an easy 2:00.1 triumph. Following 16-1 pacesetter Bastiano (Stephane Gendron) from the start, Dube waited until the three-quarter mile pole to go after Bastiano and cleared on the final turn, then opened up in winning by eight and one-quarter lengths over Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) with Sometimes When (Guy Gagnon) third. It was the second straight win and third victory on the year for the son of Muscle Mass. Capteur De Reve is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who owns and bred the colt. He paid $2.80 to win. 3YO Filly Trot C$65,000 Final - Magestic M, unraced at age 2, winless in eight starts this year, picked the perfect spot to end her maiden status with an upset victory for driver Louis Philippe Roy. Vanilla Star (Richard Simard) had led the field most of the one mile race until Roy came first-over with Majestic M in the backstretch, wearing down Vanilla Star to win by three lengths in a lifetime first victory in 2:03.1. Justice For Eva (Sylvain Filion) was third. The daughter of Majestic Son is trained by Kevin Maguire and bred and owned by the Maguire Stable of Sainte-Marie. Sent off at 8-1 odds, Magestic M paid $18.30 to win. Race favorite, HP Run Like Mom, had trouble getting behind the starting gate and was never a factor in the race. 2YO Colt Pace C$55,000 Final - Stock with driver Stephanie Brosseau were perhaps the most impressive winner on the day. The 1/9 favorite sped out to a quick :27.3 opening quarter mile from post two and then toyed with the field, opening up in the backstretch and then pulling away with ease to win by 10 open lengths in 1:57. Phil D'Orleans (Sylvain Filion) was second with G A Speed Sammy (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the second straight win and fifth victory in six starts for the son of Sportswriter. He is trained by Dany Fontaine, bred by Sotirios Anastaopoulus of Sainte-Therese and co-owned with the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal. Stock went off as the overwhelming 1/9 favorite and paid $2.10 to win. 2YO Filly Pace C$55,000 Final - Despite the sloppy track, driver Daniel Dube and Lit De Rose had little trouble with the footing as they led from the start, holding the field at bay in wiring the field and winning by five and one-half lengths in 2:02. Katniss S GB (Sylvain Filion) was second with D G's Shadowbell (Jonathan Lachance) third. It was the third straight win in five starts for the daughter of Leader Bayama. Lit De Rose is owned and was bred by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and paid $3.90 to win. 2YO Colt Trot C$55,000 Final - With both race favorites going off-stride before the start, it became a wide-open final as Magic Relief (Sylvain Lacaille) led the field until the pocket sitting Yankee Photo (Pascal Berube) came first-over in the backstretch but could not collar Magic Relief. Meanwhile, Jerome Lombart had Ganymede Lavec on the move along the rail, then swung to the outside and just got up at the wire at odds of 17-1 to win by a three-quarters of a length in 2:07. Yankee Photo was second with Magic Relief third. The son of Ganymede was winless in five starts going into the final for trainer Andreane Lapierre. He is owned and bred by Jerome Lombart of Bromont and paid $36.40 to win. 2YO Filly Trot C$55,000 Final - Precieuse CC and trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil make a clean sweep of the Future Stars Series, leading from start to finish in a lifetime record mile of 2:03.3, winning by three and one-half lengths. Stand For Justice (Sylvain Filion) was second with Papillon Bleu (Peirre Luc Roy) third. It was the fourth win in five starts for the daughter of Angus Hall, who is owned by Marie Andree Cournoyer of Chicoutimi. Precieuse CC paid $2.60 Track Notes: Daniel Dube led all drivers with three victories on the afternoon, all in championship finals. Trainer Maxime Velaye has two training wins in the finals, both with Dube driving. Due to the inclement weather, the fastest mile on the day was set in the very first race by Stock, in 1:57. There is no more live racing on Tuesday's, the next live racing card is Sunday, post time 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It was just one year ago that the two-year-old pacing colt, Wildriverbumblebee, set the track record for his age and gait at the Hippodrome 3R in winning his division of the C$480,000 Quebec Championship finals. He scored a 1:54 victory that day. Now, age 3, Wildriverbumblebee is back again, taking on a stellar field of seven rivals at the Hippodrome 3R as part of the eight championship finals with total purses again at C$480,000. There are four C$65,000 finals of the Breeders Cup Series for the three-year-old trotters and pacers and four C$55,000 finals of the Future Stars Series for the two-year-old's. At nearly C$500,00 in total purses for the ten-race program, it is the richest race card of the year at the Hippodrome 3R. Wildriverbumblebee drew barrier seven in the eighth race final for three-year-old pacing colts and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau, who has done very well with the colt this season. Sired by Sportswriter, Wildriverbumblebee was bred and is owned by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton. He is trained by Francis Richard. Currently on a two-race win streak, Wildriverbumblebee comes home to H3R off an impressive 1:53 lifetime mark in winning a $18,000 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Georgian Downs by four and one-quarter lengths. His prior start was a 1:54.1 triumph in an overnight race at Rideau Carlton. Will the outside post be a problem for Wildriverbumblebee on Sunday? "He (Wildriverbumblebee) is quite a versatile horse," said owner Dr. John Bradbury. "And with Stephane Brosseau driving, he teams up pretty good with him. So, I think that they will be able to cope with starting from post seven." "Wildriverbumblebee dealt good with the shipping to the Toronto area," Dr. Bradbury said. "He was on his "A" game at Georgian Downs." Shipping back and forth between Ontario and Quebec has to be hard on a racehorse but Dr. Bradbury is positive about his colt. For most of the season Wildriverbumblebee has been lightly raced with two-week breaks between some starts. "Wildriverbumblebee is in a good shape right now," Dr. Bradbury explained. "All the shipping done in August has made us decide to race him lighter this season." And it is paying off so far as Wildbumblebee has only 11 lifetime starts with six wins, three second and one third place finish, good for $56,215 in earnings. The three-year-old colt pace program shows it is the most competitive race of the eight championship finals. The race favorite is C L Sportsaction (post two) at 3-1. He was second by a neck in his last two starts at Rideau Carlton, timed in 1:54. Wildriverbumblebee is second choice at 7/2. Rebel Voyager (post six) has beaten Wildriverbumblebee once in the series on July 16 and has an impressive 11 wins in 23 starts for trainer Francis Richard. They were eighth after broken equipment in his last start when Wildriverbumblebee won in 1:53, but prior to that the son of Shanghai Phil has been first or second in his last five starts. Historie Enchantee (post eight) comes in on a two-race winning streak including a lifetime mark of 1:54. Other strong competitors include Western Phil (post three), who was second to Wildriverbumblebee last start and prior had won in 1:54.3 and No Play (post four), who has been second in his last three starts and this year has four wins, four seconds and eight third place finishes in just 15 starts. The track record for three-year-old's may not be surpassed in this race, mainly due to the fact that the record is an amazing 1:52.4 set by Duc D'Orleans in 2013. "Anyone could win this race on Sunday," concluded Dr. Bradbury. "It all depends how the race will unfold." Post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. A free copy of the entire race program is available at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - At first glance, reaching suc a threshold at the Quebec Regional Fair races at Ayers Cliff, could have seemed disappointing, but according to Stephane Brosseau himself, what a warm welcome the fans who were present there on Saturday, August 26 gave him on scoring his 3,000th career win. As he says, it was a magical moment, intimate, sympathetic that the main interested is not about to forget. "My father was a talented trainer in the 70s and 80s," Stephane said. "And so, did my uncles, Pierre and Jean-Guy Brosseau, from as far back as I can remember I never wanted to do anything other than be a horse driver. On the school benches, it took all my mother's conviction to keep me there until I graduated from school. And as soon as I was able to devote myself to this passion, as soon as I could live my dream, I threw myself totally into harness racing. "My first years were atypical," Stephane explained, "In the sense that I was in the United States, working for my uncle Jean-Guy when the time came for my first tests on the track. Qualifying races at Brandywine, Freehold, Yonkers and a very first victory in 1988, at Blue Bonnets, to the guides of Sexy Skipper, but before I got there, at this first victory, I remember that I finished six times in second place! "It was then the time for my first job as a horseman and driver," Stephane said. "Mostly very competent coaches from whom I learned a lot, people like Simon Pleau, Pierre Touchette, Jean-Louis Deblois, Serge Boulay. I was hoping for more than 700 appearances on the track, more than sixty victories, and it took almost ten years for me to find the numbers, but the massive arrival of some renowned veterans during those years made me undeniably backward in the pursuit of my dreams, of course the Blue Bonnets of the early 90's. "Fortunately, there was the Prudhomme family," Stephane added. "Marcel Pelletier, a few people like this who allowed me to continue. To move forward, around 1997, it was imperative to take a step backwards to better relaunch my career, so I went to Quebec City, Serge Normandin, and there, too, a complicity was born that always lasted since, that with my good friend Marc-Andre Simoneau. "I had an excellent pass that made it possible for me to come back stronger to Montreal," Stephane said. "Which had become the Montreal Hippodrome in 2002. In 2002, it was my best year, with more than 260 wins and gains that exceeded 2.2 $ million. "In the early 2000s, I convinced two good friends to follow me in Trois-Rivieres," Stephane explained, "And race twice a week, and I am referring to Serge Turenne and Mario Charron. I had to do a lot of things, to find a job outside the races and to try to earn a living for my family. Races at H3R, it's great, but for someone like me, it does not allow me to live by my job. "Of course, at 48," Stephane, of L'Assomption said. "When I take a look at my journey, I imagine that it could have been quite different, if the races in Quebec had been maintained, with three racecourses, even four, races almost every day, purses that allow people to live off their passion. "It's beautiful that I now have 3,000 victories," Stephane continued. "But I am not without saying that under the current conditions, the 4,000th seems very far away." Those who know and appreciate Stephane are very happy with what will happen to him in 2017. Good horses to drive, the support of several of the best stables have propelled this year more than ever to the forefront. His talent and his hands are more recognizable with the young horses. This talent, this skill has always been there, but it was as if we did not appreciate them at their true value. Personally, it has not often happened to me to leave my professional reserve, but today, let me tell you, that Stephane Brosseau, for me, is an accomplished driver to whom I would never hesitate to trust. Here is a competent horseman, a man who knows how to make the most of the horses entrusted to him. Since the early 2000s, he is, in my opinion, one of the dominant forces on the race track. With Pascal Berube and Mario Charron, he has always been there, against all odds, and it can easily be said today that he is identified with H3R at the tracks leading driver. Stéphane is also an excellent ambassador for the industry. He expresses himself well, a quality sought to help sell the sport to which it is so attached. He can clearly and unambiguously identify the reasons for success and failure. He is an emotional man, a passionate man. He does not like to lose, like most people he is thirsty for victories, but this year more than ever, he knew how to keep a cool head and as he told track announcer Guy Lafontaine last Sunday, he tries as much as possible to have fun! We are all pleased that he has reached this enviable threshold of 3,000 victories. Who knows what tomorrow will reserve for him? He still has very good years ahead of him. Just enough that the races continue on a good track. And to his family, Marie-Claude and Philippe, Claudette and Marcel, you can be very proud of Stephane Brosseau! By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - This Sunday the Hippodrome 3R will host its richest harness racing program of the 2017 season with the finals for the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old's and the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's, with C$480,000 in purses. There are eight championship events for the trotters and pacers, colts and fillies. The four Breeders Cup Finals will each race for C$65,000 and the four Future Stars Finals each go for C$55,000. The attractive purses have also drawn some of the sports top drivers back to their "stomping grounds" including last year's leading driver at H3R, Louis-Philippe Roy, two-time O'Brien Award winner, Sylvain Filion and Trois-Rivieres native Daniel Dube. All three will be driving in most of the finals. In fact, some of the races feature brothers Louis-Philippe and Pierre-Luc Roy and Sylvain and Justin Filion going head-to-head and one race has father-son, Yves and Sylvain Filion, battling against each other. The Future Stars Final for two-year-old pacing colts begins the show in the first race where Stock starts from post two trainer Dany Fontaine and has won four of his five lifetime starts, the fastest a 1:54.2 victory in his elimination division of the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway. The second race switches to the Breeders Cup Final for three-year-old trotting fillies featuring Capteur De Reve (post one) taking on Kinnder Dangerous (post five). Each have beaten the other in the preliminary rounds. Two-year-old trotting fillies battle in their Future Stars Final in race three headlined by Precieuse CC (post one), who is seeking to make a clean sweep of the series. She has three wins in her four starts. The Breeders Cup Final for three-year-old trotting fillies is the fifth race. Affirmee (post seven) won two of the three legs leading towards the final for trainer Maxime Velaye. The sixth race features the Future Stars Final for two-year-old trotting colts. The race favorite is Nobodynojustic (post seven), who was a winner in the series but most recently has a win in 2:00 and a second in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Series. Two-year-old pacing fillies go at it in the seven race Future Stars Final where the Guy Corbeil owned, Maxime Velaye trained entry of Lit De Rose (post two) and Lune Blue (post five) head the field. Lit De Rose is the strongest of the two, having won her last two starts, the fastest a 1:59.1 romp at H3R in the last leg of the series. The fastest of the finals will be the eighth race final of the Breeders Cup for three-year-old pacing colts. Here is where last year's champion and track record holder, Wildriverbumblebee, starts from post seven and in his last start set a lifetime mark of 1:53 in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Georgian Downs. This may also be the toughest division as nearly every starter in the field has been racing very well. The ninth race is the last of the finals with the three-year-old pacing fillies battling it out in the Breeders Cup Final. Y S Tallia (post four) and Yaris Bayama (post three) renew their rivalry from the preliminary rounds. Post time is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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