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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Mother Nature was not cooperative at all Sunday for closing day of the 2018 harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R. In fact, it was downright miserable through the entire card as the rains caused the start of the races to be delayed as the track was scraped. The foul weather did not hamper Canada's leading driver, Louis Philippe Roy from having a great day as he won four of the ten races on the card. The seventh race Preferred Pace saw D J Power and driver Pierre Luc Roy, a 9-1 long shot, take on his younger brother, Louis Philippe Roy with Hooter Shooter. D J Power was first on the lead after the starting gate pulled away. Driver Francis Picard left from the outside with Rainbow Palace to grab to two-hole spot with Hooter Shooter getting away in third place. After they went the opening quarter mile in :30.4, LPR came first-over with Hooter Scooter and looked to take the lead, but brother Pierre Luc Roy had other ideas and parked out his brother to the half mile in 1:01.4. Down the backstretch, Hooter Scooter stayed game on the outside past the three-quarters in 1:32.1 and D J Power was not giving up an inch. On the final turn it looked as if Hooter Scooter had had enough, but once in the stretch he came back again but could not catch D J Power who won by one length in 2:02.2. Hooter Scooter was second with Rainbow Palace third. It was the tenth win of the season for D J Power, a seven-year-old gelding by Major In Art. He is owned and trained by Jean Marc Roy of Mont-Joli and paid $21.90 to win. The eighth race Preferred Trot saw EAU Naturelle and driver Simon Delisle grab the early lead, held it until the opening quarter mile as Dance Hall George came first up for driver Francis Picard. They cleared to the front after the half mile marker. Dance Hall George and Picard then led the field until the three-quarters when Delisle came back on the outside with EAU Naturelle and those two battled neck and neck around the final turn and down the stretch with EAU Naturelle winning by a half length in 2:08.1. Dance Hall George was second with Capteur De Reve (Pierre Luc Roy) third. Also trained by Simon Delisle, it was the seventh win this year for EAU Naturelle. The five-year-old mare by Windsong Espoir is owned by Chantal Auger, Raymond Bouffard, Rejean Page and Anne Delisle. She paid $12.30 to win. For the second straight year, Stephane Brosseau captured the leading drivers title with 50 wins. Pascal Berube was second with 45 wins. Also winning the training title for the second straight year is Francis Richard. He also led early on this season and finished out the race season with 27 winners from his stable. His nearest rival was Maxime Velaye with 17 wins. There was a special winner's circle retirement ceremony for the 14-year-old pacer Windham Hanover. The son of Mach Three had a record of 1:54 and career earnings of $254,019. All Standardbred race horses must retire from racing when they turn age 15. Track notes: Closing day was also the second day of "whipless" racing. Both Francis Richard and Nathalie Migneault had training doubles. The Hippodrome 3R and its Off-Track-Betting parlors throughout Quebec, will be open seven days a week featuring simulcasting of the best in harness and thoroughbred racing. Visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com for more information. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The curtain closes on the 2018 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R (H3R) on Sunday with the second "whipless" racing card, the return of Canada's leading money winning and dash leader, Louis Philippe Roy, plus the leading driver and trainer awards. The last two days of the H3R race meet is featuring "whipless" racing. The drivers are not carrying whips as the Quebec Jockey Club that runs H3R is conducting the experiment as they seek stricter whipping rules for 2019. Quebec native Louis Philippe Roy (LPR) returns for closing day and is listed to drive in nine of the ten races on program. He wants to be involved in the "whipless" racing and is a major advocate of changes in harness racing to attract new people in becoming race fans and owners. Driver Stephane Brosseau has been the leading driver at H3R since opening day back in April. Going into Sunday's closing day card, he leads Pascal Berube 49 to 45. Berube, who has been red hot as of late, has a tall order in trying to catch Brosseau. Berube has nine drives Sunday, while Brosseau has just six drives. The training title is all wrapped up as Francis Richard will win his second title at H3R. He currently has 25 wins from his stable, while his nearest rival, Maxime Velaye has 17 wins. The closing day program has two co-feature events with a Preferred Pace and Trot. The pacers go first in race seven where Rainbow Palace, the lone mare in the field, goes for her second straight win against the boys from post six for driver Francis Picard. She is taking on rivals Windsun Cheyenne (post five) and Hooter Shooter (post three). The eighth race Preferred Trot is a wide-open affair with a full field of nine starters. The lone return winner in the field if SG Goliath King (post four) for driver Stephane Gendron. They are moving up in class and face Holiday Party (post seven), Jamigo (post eight) and EAU Naturelle (post five). Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday is closing day for the live harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R. It is also the second race program that will feature "whipless" racing. And, Canada's leading money winning and dash leading driver in 2018, Louis Philippe Roy, is also coming back to his home track to drive. He has nine drives in the ten races on the program. "I was pleased when I heard that the Quebec Jockey Club were making efforts to adapt the sport to today's reality," Roy said. "And I wanted to support and participate in trying to find the best for all of us. "In the best of all worlds," Roy explained. "Our sport wouldn't require a whip and by the way, the whip wouldn't be a problem for the image of our sport. On the other hand, it is possible that it is essential to the good functioning of harness racing, and if so, use of the whip should be strictly framed and minimized, in order to please a maximum of possible future fans." Other drivers that competed last Sunday without whips had this to say. Stephane Gendron said "I'm going to live with it, no problem." Pierre Luc Roy explained "It's a habit to get used to not having a whip. Some moments with the mount that you took advantage of using a whip you now must drive it differently. One thing is, we are all equal in every race without a whip." Pascal Berube was not positive about the experiment. "Very bad," Berube said. "All the driver drove with their lines down and it's very dangerous." Even some race fans chimed in. Andre Germain of Trois-Rivieres said after the races last Sunday. "I have more than 55 years as a fan and gambler," Germain explained. Races without whips are very good. It brings a different strategy to the races. The drivers must work with the horses to bring out the strength in them. It did affect my wagers negatively because the drivers must adapt to the horses now." Paul, from Trois-Riveres said, "I have been following racing all my life, about 60 years now. I am not in favor in racing without whips. I do not want to see anyone hurt a horse, but I know the drivers need to have a whip with them to only stimulate the horse and make it pay attention." On a final note, Louis Philip Roy is ready to go "whipless" on Sunday. "Like the other drivers that tried it last week," LPR added. "I will be in a better position after competing on Sunday, to give my opinion and recommendations on what would be the best decision for our sport and its future." First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R featured the first race program without the use of whips on Sunday and all 11 races went without a hitch. The experiment of "whipless" racing will also take place next Sunday, which is closing day for the 2018 season. H3R's leading driver the past two years, Stephane Brosseau, put on a clinic on handling a trotter without a whip in the sixth race Preferred Trot with Upvote Hanover. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was first off the starting gate from post five, grabbing the early lead with Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) sitting in the pocket-seat and R Rkadabra and driver Franics Picard stuck coming first-over. They raced past the opening quarter mile in :28.2 as Holiday Party held firm to his lead. R Rkadabra was parked out and following his outside cover was Upvote Hanover as they past the half mile marker in :59.3. Then in the backstretch, Brosseau moved Upvote Hanover three-wide and they were able to clear past R Rkadabra before the three-quarters in 1:30 and kept gaining ground on race leader Holiday Party. In the stretch, Upvote Hanover kicked in another gear for Brosseau as they pulled away and won by two lengths in 2:00.2. Second at 17-1 was EAU Naturelle (Simon Delisle) with Holiday Party third. It was the third straight win and tenth victory on the year for Upvote Hanover. The four-year-old gelded son of Kadabra is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $4.30 to win. Rainbow Palace, the lone mare against seven male rivals, was able to show her heels to the boys, wiring the field for driver Francis Picard in 1:58.1. That was the fastest mile on the below freezing race card. Chaleurs Ad (Berube) was first on the lead with Rainbow Palace challenge on the outside and then taking the lead after a speedy opening quarter mile in :27.4. Rainbow Palace then led the way to the half mile in :58 with Hooter Scooter (Stephane Brosseau) coming first-over and giving cover to D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) second-over. Then in the backstretch, driver Stephane Gendron took Ufdragons Rocket three-wide as they tried to loop the field past the three-quarters in 1:28.1. Coming down the stretch, Ufdragons Rocket began to fade and Rainbow Palace was able to hold off Hooter Scooter to win by a neck. Chaleurs Ad was third. Sired by Royal Mattjesty, Rainbow Palace is trained by Dominique Picard and owned by Francis Picard of Warwick. She paid $8.60 to win. Track Notes: Both Pascal Berube and Pierre Luc Roy had driving doubles and both Yves Tessier and Stephane Hubert had training doubles. Next Sunday is the final live race card of the 2018 season at the Hippodrome 3R and will also feature "whipless" racing. Both the leading driver and trainer awards will be presented. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R on Sunday will for the first time in Quebec harness racing history, feature "whipless" racing and the drivers have their work cut out for them in both the co-feature trot and pace as they are very competitive events. Also, for the first time this season, the race favorites in both co-feature events will be starting from post eight. The sixth race Preferred-Handicap Trot is headlined by invader Upvote Hanover, who will be driven by H3R's leading driver for the second straight season, Stephane Brosseau. Upvote Hanover from post eight, comes to H3R on a two-race win streak at Rideau Carleton, where in his last start the son of Kadabra, trained by Yves Tessier, won in 157.4. He will be seeking his 10th win of the year for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. Jamigo goes from post six for driver Daniel Laflamme and has been a local favorite, winning two of his last three starts in this class. R Rkadabra is last week's return winner in this class and most certainly driver Francis Picard will not need a whip as this son of Kadabra is a front-end speedster. The race also spots the return of H3R regular Caroluzzo (post three); Holiday Party (post five) and Capteur De Reve (post four). Ufdragons Rocket, despite handicapped with post eight, is the seventh race trot top choice after coming from off the pace in his last start for driver Stephane Gendron, and winning in 1:56.1 after a valiant closing effort from fifth place at the top of the stretch. The Dragon Again nine-year-old sports ten wins this year for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francois Morin, who seek a trainer/owner double in the feature events. He will be challenged by Hooter Scooter (post four) for driver Stephane Brosseau. He was a 1:56.4 victor in his last start. Clever Thing (post five) was a big upset winner last week at 16-1 for driver Tyler Jones and Rainbow Palace (post six) may be the lone mare in the field, but she has beaten her male rivals three times this season. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. This is the second to last live race card for the 2018 season. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - For the last two days of the live harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R, the drivers in all the races both this Sunday and next Sunday, will drive without whips. The Quebec Jockey Club, which oversees the racing at H3R, announced last week that they were going to experiment with "whipless" racing the last two days of the race meet. In North America, whipless racing has taken place at a few tracks including Plainridge Racetrack and the former Indiana Downs years ago. Australia was to go whipless in 2017, but that move has been put on hold while more research is done. Norway is the only country in Europe that has banned whipping in all harness racing and that began some 40 years ago in the 1970's. Whips, crops, willow switches and sticks have been used to guide and train animals since man first domesticated horses, cows, oxen and sheep. "This is an experiment of pari-mutuel racing without whips," said Director of Racing Murielle Thomassin. "There will be absolutely no whips allowed on the track these two special days. "There is no surprise that this year the population is tired of cruelty on animals," Thomassin continued. "The Quebec Jockey Club is ready to change with the society and evolve in a sport where the horse is our pride and joy. We must respect and protect them at all cost." Some of the drivers competing this Sunday at H3R gave their opinions on the upcoming trial of whipless racing. "I agree with strict rules for the use of the whip," said Daniel Laflamme. "We need the whip to control the horse in certain circumstances. It's our only working tool to bring the horse back to order and protect us." "I do not feel good about not having a whip," Jocelyn Gendron explained. "It is our way to be able to stimulate a horse without abusing the whip. To remove it completely may be dangerous." "I am happy that the QJC is taking steps to increase the customer base and the vitality of the races," said Pierre Luc Roy. "I also agree that measures need to be taken to reduce the use of the whip, however I do not believe that removing the whip is a good idea." "It is OK for a test day for two," Pascal Berube said, "but not for all of next year. It's not a solution to make racing more appealing." "If it will help the racetrack then I am happy to drive without a whip," Simon Delisle said. "We will see this Sunday how it goes. "The public does not like the whip." There are 11 races this Sunday for the first day of whipless racing at H3R. "We will see how the racing goes these two days without whips," Thomassin said. "We will study the races themselves and the wagering patterns too and maybe come up with some changes for the 2019 harness racing season in Quebec." First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - R Rkadabra, who had not been able to go gate-to-wire in his last four harness racing starts, was able to return to winning form, holding off Jamigo to win the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. The sixth race feature saw R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy shoot out to the early lead by four lengths. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was the race favorite and got away in second place as R Rkadabra cut a :28.1 opening quarter mile. R Kadabra and Roy were in easy command of the race approaching the half mile mark as Daniel Laflamme came first-over with Jamigo into a half in :59.2. Jamigo and Laflamme kept inching their way towards R Rkadabra at the three-quarters in 1:30.1. R Kadabra and Roy were now hard pressed by Jamigo as Holiday Party and Pascal Berube came three-wide to mount a challenge. Once starting down the stretch it looked as if Jamigo would be able to catch and beat R Rkadabra, but that was not happening today as R Rkadabra kicked in another gear and held off Jamigo by a neck in 2:02. Holiday Party was third. It was the fifth win on the year for R Rkadabra, a ten-year-old gelding by Kadabra, who is trained by Isabelle Binet and is owned by Gestion Mark Lemay, Inc. of Quebec City and he paid $13.60 to win. The long shot of the day came in the 8th race pace when Clever Thing and driver Tyler Jones was able to grind it out first-over against Allstar Seelster (Stephane Brosseau) and then held off D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) to win by a half-length in 1:58.1. Sent off at odds of 16-1, Clever Thing paid $34.70 to win in posting his tenth win of the year for trainer Francis Guillemette. Jones and Gullemette co-own the eight-year-old gelding by Stonebridge Regal. Track Notes: Starting next week at H3R the drivers will forgo their whips as the last two days of the race season will be competed without whips. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Jamigo headlines the sixth race Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday as the son of Amigo Hall goes for his third straight harness racing victory. Last year Jamigo won seven times and with three live race programs left at H3R, he currently has five wins and a good chance at either tying or beating last year's seven wins. The past two starts have been big wins for Jamigo and owner/trainer Manon Lamothe. His regular driver, Daniel Laflamme, is back in the sulky once again. Not a strong leaver at the start of his races, Jamigo makes up for it as very good closer. In his last start he stalked the leaders in fourth place and then rallied late to win by a neck. The prior start he made his move on the outside in the backstretch, trotted to the lead by the top of the stretch and won with ease by three and one-half lengths. "Jamigo had allergy problems this summer," said Laflamme. "And now he is in great shape." Will starting from the rail post position help him this Sunday? "The rail post position can help him on Sunday," Laflamme said. He will lose less ground after the start." The morning line favorite is former track record holder and Quebec Series Champion, Seeyou Men. He starts from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau. In his last three starts, Seeyou Men has won twice, the fastest a 1:57.4 triumph at Rideau Carleton. In post six is R Rkadabra, whom nearly every week has cut super-fast early fractions and is expected to do the same on Sunday. Other contenders include Stonebridge Alert (post three) who is moving up in class after a strong win last week, Dance Hall George (post two), Holiday Party (post four and Powerful Glare (post seven). This will be the last race card at H3R where drivers will be allowed to use whips in the race. The last two programs at H3R there will no whips allowed in the races. This is a special trial being done by the Quebec Jockey Club. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The photo finish camera at the Hippodrome 3R worked overtime Sunday as four of the eleven races, including both the Preferred Trot and Pace, needed the camera to declare the winner. The first tight finish came in the third race Preferred Trot. The headstrong R Rkadabra and driver Stephane Brosseau cut the mile from the start as usual with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) sitting the pocket seat. At the half mile marker, driver Daniel Laflamme was first-over with the 10-1 Jamigo but not gaining much ground on the leaders. As they started down the backstretch, Berube elected to pull the pocket with Holiday Party and go after R Rhadabra past the three-quarter mile marker. Laflamme used the outside cover for Jamigo and then tipped three-wide on the turn and then it was Holiday Party and Jamigo fighting to the wire with Jamigo winning by a neck in 2:01. Dance Hall George (Francis Picard) was third. It was the fifth win this year for Jamigo. The ten-year-old gelding by Amigo Hall is trained and owned by Manon Lamothe of Terrebonne. He paid $22.50 to win. Again, the photo finish camera was needed in the eighth race Preferred Pace. Allstar Seelster and driver Tyler Jones began the show, stuffing Winsun Cheyenne (Pascal Berube) in the pocket seat after battling to the first quarter in :27.2. Comfortable on the lead, Allstar Seelster led to the half in :56.4 as Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) came first-over with Hoosier Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) second-over. Race favorite Ufdragon Rocket (Stephane Gendron) was boxed in along the rail in fourth place. After the three-quarters in 1:26, Allstar Seelster was still in command as Hooter Scooter tipped out three-wide around the final turn. As the field started down the stretch, driver Stephane Gendron masterfully moved off the rail with Ufdragon Rocket and weaved past four horses to win by a head over Windsun Cheyenne in 1:56.1. Allstar Seelster was third. A nine-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again, Ufdragon Rocket is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. It was his tenth victory of the year and he paid $4.90 to win. Track Notes: Three drivers scored driving triples on the afternoon. They were Pascal Berube, Daniel Laflamme and Francis Picard. Elizabeth Carrier led all trainers with two wins.....it was announced yesterday by the Quebec Jockey Club that on the 18th and 25th of November, the last two race days of the season will be whipless, no whips allowed for the drivers.....live racing resumes next Sunday, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club management has announced that the drivers will go 'whipless' in all the harness races held at the Hippodrome 3R on November 18 and November 25. "This is an experiment of pari-mutuel racing without whips," said Director of Racing Murielle Thomassin. "There will be absolutely no whips allowed on the track these two special days. "There is no surprise that this year the population is tired of cruelty on animals," Thomassin continued. "The Quebec Jockey Club is ready to change with the society and evolve in a sport where the horse is our pride and joy. We must respect and protect them at all cost." Over the past ten years a few tracks, Plainridge Raceway and Indiana Downs, have experimented with different forms of 'whipless' racing. The biggest movement was announced in 2016 when Harness Racing Australia voluntarily decided to phase out and ban the whip. Not just in races - but on training tracks and stables, too. "We will see how the racing goes these two days without whips," Thomassin said. "We will study the races themselves and the wagering patterns too and maybe come up with some changes for the 2019 harness racing season in Quebec." Track Notes: Live racing at H3R gets underway Sunday at 12:50 pm first post. Featured will be both a Preferered Trot (race 3) and a Preferred Pace (race 8). For more information and to get a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was Francis Picard Day at the Hippodrome 3R as the harness racing driver won five races on the program including the final of the Quebec Plus Series. Despite pouring rain that listed the track as sloppy with a three second allowance, Picard could do no wrong on the racetrack. In the ninth race final of the Quebec Plus Series for 3, 4 and 5-year-old pacers, it was a battle from start to finish. Encore Panic (Jocelyn Gendron) started off the show taking the early lead to the opening quarter mile when stablemate/entry Ernie Panic and Francis Picard came shooting to the lead before the half mile marker. It was then that Pierre Luc Roy had the race favorite, Lune Bleu, on the move first-over and they raced that way through the backstretch and the three-quarters, going head and head for the lead. As they started down the stretch, Picard and Ernie Panic dug in once again, putting away Lune Bleu and then holding off the late charge by Hercule J M (Pascal Berube) to win by a half-length in 2:02.2. Encore Panic was third with Lune Bleu fourth. It was the fifth win this season for Ernie Panic. The four-year-old stallion by Mach Three is trained by Francis Richard and was bred and is owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec City. He paid $7.90 to win. In the fourth race Preferred Pace a real dogfight took place between Allstar Seelster and Wild River Swan, Tyler Jones vs Jocelyn Gendron. It was Allstar Seelster that took the early lead but Jones had Wild River Swan on the bit and they took command after a :28.3 opening quarter mile. Then it was Jones and Allstar Seelster coming back by the half mile in :58 and retaking the lead away from Wild River Swan and from there the race was history. Jones had momentum with Allstar Seelster and they pulled away from the field, leading by five lengths at the three-quarters in 1:28 with Wild River Swan beginning to fade. Then in the stretch, Allstar Seelster won with ease by five and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.4 over the muddy track. Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) was second with Hooter Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the sixth win this year for Allstar Seelster. The seven-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella is trained by Marc Andre Simoneau and owned by Aurel Harvey Et Fils, Inc. of Riviere-Malbaie. He paid $15.80 to win. Track Notes: H3R leading trainer Francis Richard also had a big day, sending out three winners on the afternoon. He now holds a 24 to 17 lead over Maxime Velaye. Leading driver Stephane Brosseau had one win and now leads the driver standing with 46 wins to Pascal Berube's 38. Live racing resumes next Sunday, first race post time 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R all eyes will be on the three-year-old harness racing pacing filly, Lune Bleu (Blue Moon in French), who will seek to make a clean sweep in the $10,000 final of the Quebec-Plus Series. The daughter of Big Jim starts from post two for trainer Maxime Velayee and she is seeking to win her third straight race for driver Pierre Luc Roy. A six-time winner this year, Lune Blue raced just four times at age 2 and never won a race. "She was very sick just before her first qualifying race," Maxime Velaye explained. "It was right before her first qualifier and she never fully recovered after that. She had shown me some speed and some grit when training down." Now at age 3 Lune Bleu is making up for lost time for owner/breeder Guy Gorbeil of Mirbel. Two starts back she took her lifetime mark at H3R with a 1:58.3 triumph. "She has been raced timed in 1:57.1," Velaye added. "And I think if she is pressed on she can go that fast in Sunday's Final." Her main rivals in the race will be the entry from the Francis Richard Stable of Encore Panic and Ernie Panic, both of whom were bred and are owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec City. Encore Panic drew post three for driver Jocelyn Gendron and won an opening round of the series in a lifetime best 2:00.1. The four-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella also has good early gate speed. Ernie Panic goes from post seven for driver Francis Picard and also has early gate speed. Sired by Mach Three, the four-year-old has a record of 2:00.2 taken three starts back and has four wins this season. "We will definitely need some luck this Sunday," said Francis Richard. "The two fillies get to draw for the inside posts. My two horses don't mind racing in the mud and they both have got early gate speed. "I think Encore is the best right now," Richard added. "Just because he has a better post position. He didn't race that much this summer and now with three starts in a row he should be in better racing shape. "I can not count out Ernie too," Richard explained. "He has Francis Picard driving him and he has done a great job with him. He knows the horse very well and I wouldn't be surprised at all if they get the job done." Then there is Hercule J M in post six for driver Pascal Berube. Last week the five-year-old gelded son of Goliath Bayama upset the field at 7-1, closing from sixth place in the backstretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.4. Rounding out the field is the other filly in the race, Somebeachbythesea (post one); Indigo Seelster (post four), Determinant (post six) and Art Of The Master (post eight). The two top pacing mares at H3R this season, Rainbow Palace and Wild River Swan will do battle again this Sunday in the fourth race. Rainbow Palace goes from post five for driver Francis Picard. She was the top mare at H3R last year and is seeking to retain her title although last week she suffered defeat to Wild River Swan. Wild River Swan has eight wins on the year for H3R's leading trainer Francis Richard and goes from post four for driver Jocelyn Gendron. She has yet to finish worse than second in her last nine starts. Of the male rivals in the field, Solid Performance (post two) and Allstar Seelster (post one) could be factors in the race. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Pierre Luc Roy, the older brother of Canada's leading driver, Louis Philippe Roy, had his best day of the season at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, not only winning four races, but two of them were the co-feature second leg of the Quebec Plus Series. Roy started out the day winning the third race, the first division of the Quebec Plus Series with Lune Bleu ($2.90). Roy and Lune Bleu took the early lead away from Ernie Panic (Francis Picard) by the opening quarter mile and was home free from there, winning by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.2. Ernie Panic was second with Y C Easy (Carl Duguay) third. It was the second straight win for the three-year-old filly by Big Jim. She is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. Later in the program, the ninth race, Roy would score his fourth winner of the day, capturing the other Quebec Plus Series leg with Hercule J M ($16.20). Race favorite, Encore Panic (Jocelyn Gendron) led from the start, then in the backstretch Art Of The Master (Stephane Gendron) came first-over with Roy and Hercule J M following second-over, then three-wide going to the three-quarters with Indigo Seelster (Daniel LaFlame) four-wide on the final turn. As they straightened out for the stretch drive, it became a two-hole race as Roy and Hercule J M was able to hold off Indigo Seelster to win by a neck in 1:59.4. Encore Panic was third. A five-year-old gelding by Goliath Bayama, Hercule J M posted his third win this year. He is trained, owned and was bred by Jacques Mercier of Ste-Helene-De-Kamouraska. Newcomer Talbotcreek Suzie ($4.70), the lone mare in the field, crushed her six male opponents in the 7th race Preferred Trot. R Kadabra and Francis Picard went to the early lead as always with Talbotcreek Suzie in the two-hole. Then by the half mile marker, driver Stephane Gendron sent Talbotcreek Suzie to the lead and they never looked back, winning in a romp by seven lengths in 1:58. Seeyou Men (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) third. It was the 8th win this year for the six-year-old mare by Angus Hall. She is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francis Morin of Beauceville. Wild River Swan ($13.90) turned the tables on Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard), keeping her rival in the two-hole in the 6th race pace for driver Jocelyn Gendron as he wired the field with Wild River Swan, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.4 over Rainbow Palace. The battle between these two top mares at H3R is tied now 1-1. Track Notes: Next week, the Quebec Jockey Club will host the $10,000 final of the Quebec Plus Series for 3, 4 and 5-year-old pacers. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information, contact www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The final leg of the Quebec Plus Series for 3,4, and 5-year-old harness racing pacers takes place on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with two divisions. Owners, trainers and drivers will be seeking points to be one of the eight finalists going for $10,000 in the final next week at H3R. The first division features the horse that may well sweep the series, Lune Bleu (Blue Moon in French), who will start from the rail for driver Pierre Luc Roy. One of only two fillies in the race against the boys, Lune Bleu was at her best last week for trainer Maxime Velaye. The daughter of Big Jim was able to wire the field in a lifetime best 1:58.3, the fastest mile in the series so far. "She's not the biggest filly," said Velaye of Lune Bleu. "but believe me she has her little character. Fortunately, because it is probably this small side battler who makes a good quality racehorse. I think she has improved throughout the year. She had a few more difficult moments in the middle of the summer which resulted in breaking pace, but since then she has recovered from the hair of the beast, as they say. I even think that, like many mares and fillies, the cooler temperatures suit her." It was Lune Bleu's fifth win in 13 starts for breeder/owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. According to Velaye it was a good performance. "I do not claim anything," Velaye said. "but her mile last week in 1.58.3 is a very good performance under the circumstances. It was windy, it was cold, we were in the last race, but none of that seemed to bother her. So, I'm hopeful she'll answer with another good mile this week." A strong contender in the race will be Ernie Panic (post three) who won two starts back in 2:00.3 along with Determinant (post five). In the ninth race second division it looks like a battle will take place between two stable mates, Encore Panic (post five) and Flash Panic (post one). Both are conditioned by H3R's leading trainer, Francis Richard and were bred and is owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec City. Encore Panic will be driven by Jocelyn Gendron and this four-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella is on a two-race win streak, winning both starts going wire to wire. The fast of the two wins was last week in the opening round of the series, a 2:00.1 lifetime mark. Flash Panic will be driven by Francis Picard. The three-year-old filly by Sportswriter has four wins so far this year, the fastest a 1:57 triumph at H3R. Other contenders include Somebeachbythesea (post two), Art Of The Master (post six) and Hercule J M (post seven). The trotters own center stage in the seventh race Preferred event. Returning to try for his third straight win is last week's winner and former Quebec Series Champion, Seeyou Men. He goes from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau and last week won with ease in 2:00.1 and the prior week scored in 1:57.4 at Rideau Carleton. Another Quebec Series Champ, Capteur De Reve, starts from post two for driver Pierre Luc Roy. He has won three of his last five starts, all in this class. Rideau invader Talbotcreek Suzie (post one) will be a factor having won three of her last four starts for trainer Yves Tessier. Holiday Spirit (post three), the front-end crazy R Rkadabra goes from post four, return winner Ghradelli Lindy (post five) and another Quebec Series Champion, Holiday Party, rounds out the field from post seven. The two top pacing mares at H3RB this season, Rainbow Palace and Wild River Swan, renew their rivalry in the sixth race. Rainbow Palace took a week off after beating Wild River Swan and she will go from post four for driver Francis Picard. Wild River Swan did race last week and won in 1:57. She will start from post three for driver Jocelyn Gendron. First race post time is 12:50 pm on Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It took the photo finish camera to declare the winner, second and third place in the Quebec Plus Series opening round for three, four and five-year-old harness racing pacers Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The fifth race feature saw Encore Panic and driver Jocelyn Gendron shoot to early lead as Flashjack Soleil went off-stride before the start. Courage (Simon Delisle) grabbed the two-hole spot and they raced that way to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. As they came to the half mile in :57.3, Determinant and driver Tyler Jones came first-over with Classic Terror (Pascal Berube) second over. Then at the three-quarters in 1:28, Berube sent Classic Terror three wide and Hercule J M (Pierre Luc Roy) was flowing the flow and came four-wide around the final turn. It was then a race to the finish with Encore Panic and Gendron holding on to win by a long nose in 2:00.1. Determinant was a game second, holding off Hercule J M by a nose for third place. It was the fourth win this season for Encore Panic ($14.20) and the four-year-old gelding by Artistic Fella posted a lifetime mark for trainer Francis Richard and owner/breeder Brian Paquet of Quebec City. For the driver Jocelyn "The Showman" Gendron, it was one of his three winners on the afternoon card. In the 11th race second division of the Quebec Plus Series the race belonged to Lune Bleu and driver Pierre Luc Roy as they led from start to finish with a lifetime mark of 1:58.3. Ernie Panic (Francis Picard) tried as he could, but could not catch Lune Blue and had to settle for second place with Somebeachbythesea (Richard Veilleux) third. It was the fifth win on the year for the three-year-old filly by Big Jim. She is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner/breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. She paid $4.40 to win. The Preferred Trot saw R Rkadabra and driver Francis Picard shoot right out to a four-length lead on the field in the third race co-feature. Past the opening quarter mile in :28, R Rkadabra spread out the field with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) second past the half mile marker in :57.4. Then the action heated up in the backstretch as Seeyou Men and driver Stephane Brosseau started up first-over but right before the three-quarters in 1:28.2, Pascal Berube left the two-hold, came first-over and forced Brosseau and Seeyou Men to go three-wide around the final turn. Once starting down the stretch, Seeyou Men showed he was the strong horse, pulling away with a two-length triumph in 2:00.1. Holiday Party was second with R Rkadabra third. A six-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass, Seeyou Men is a former track record holder and Quebec-Bred Champion. It was his sixth win this year for trainer Daniel Martin. He is co-owned by Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel and breeder Chantel Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover. He paid $4.20 to win. Live racing resumes next Sunday at H3R with the continuation of the Quebec Plus Series. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The opening round of the new Quebec Plus Series takes center stage at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday for 3,4, and 5-year-old pacers. The Quebec Plus Series is for horses that were eligible to Quebec-Bred Series earlier this season and were non-winners of $7,500 as of early September. There will be two weeks of preliminary rounds followed by $10,000 finals. The fifth race has a field of nine horses going to post in the first round for the pacers. The morning line favorite is Hercule J M from post eight for driver Pierre Luc Roy. The only five-year-old in the field, this gelded son of Goliath Bayama has two wins this year. Three starts back he took his lifetime mark with a 1:58.4 triumph at H3R. Westernize from post four for driver Francis Picard won two starts back in 2:00 should be heard from in this race along with Art Of The Master (post six) and Classic Terror (post seven). The pacing fillies and mares in the Quebec Plus Series is highlighted by Flash Panic, who drew the rail in the non-wagering division that will be held after the first race Sunday. Sired by Sportswriter, Flash Panic will be driven by Stephane Gendron for trainer Francis Richard. She sports four wins this year and two starts back wired the field in a lifetime best 1:57. The prior week she also won in 1:58.2. Her main contenders are Lune Bleu (post two), also a four-time winner this year, Feu D Artifice (post three) and Y C Easy (post four). The top trotters at H3R will compete in the third race Preferred Class with three return winners in the field. Three-time Quebec-Bred Series champion, Capteur De Reve, heads the field from the rail for regular pilot Pierre Luc Roy. He won this class in his last start in 2:00 and has now won four of his last six starts for trainer Maxime Velaye. Seeyou Men has returned to his winning way for trainer Daniel Martin and goes from post four. In his last start at Rideau Carleton, Seeyou Men had a great trip and parlayed it into a 1:57.4 triumph, his fifth of the year. Also entered are return winner Broadway Malija (post six) who scored at H3R last week in 2:00; Holiday Party (post three), a 1:58.2 winner two starts back, R Rkadabra (post two) and Jamigo (post five). First race post time is 12:50 pm and for a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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