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Trois-Rivieres, QC - At the end of the harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R, there is a big party and a celebration honoring the leading horses, horsemen and women from the season. Included in these honors is the winningest horse of the year award and right now the horse with the best shot of claiming that title is Requested, who tries for his fourth victory at H3R this season in the fourth race pace. Owned and trained by Jean Ducharme of Crabtree, Requested was winless last season at age four, but has found new life and speed and the winner's circle in 2018. In just four starts this year, Requested, a stallion by Badlands Hanover, has already notched three wins and one second place finish and now has a new lifetime mark of 1:55.3, quite different from his lone qualifying win last year of 2:03.1. Requested goes from post four in the fourth race Sunday and will have driver Francis Picard once again in the sulky. Tabbed as the race favorite, Requested has this year shown that he can race and win from both on and off the pace. His other victories were both in 1:56.2. His main rivals in the race include return winner, Rock Camroller (post 5), who won last week for drier Marie Claude Auger in 1:56.2, Fortune Fella (post 7) and Take The Deal (post 1). The main event takes place in the seventh race pace where three return winners headline the field. Washington Hanover goes from the rail for driver Pascal Berube and last week the ten-year-old gelded son of Real Artist was in prime shape, getting a perfect two-hole trip from Berube and turning it into a 1:55 score. Rainbow Palace, the lone mare in the field, who once again is back in peak form at age six, goes from post two for driver Francis Picard and is coming off a 1:55.2 triumph last week and two starts before that won at H3R in 1:55. Matts Phil is the third return winner and goes from post eight for driver Pierre Luc Roy, who last week drove the eight-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding to a 1:57.1 triumph. Also, to watch out for in the race is Hooter Shooter from post seven. He had won two straight, the fastest in 1:55 for driver Stephane Gendron until finishing third last week. Other contenders include Jann And Dean (post 3) and Onyx VA (post 4) in the well-matched field. TRACK NOTES: Due to a lack of entries, management at H3R was forced to cancel the live race card for Tuesday, June 19. This program will be made up on Sunday, November 25. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm for the eight race program. A free race program is available by visiting www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It's only eleven days until the inaugural Ben Hur Cup driver tournament takes place at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, June 24, where the Champion Sylvain Filion will face-off against the Challenger, Louis-Philippe Roy. These two outstanding harness racing drivers will compete in eight races where the two drivers will take turns selecting the horses they want to drive in each of the races and by post positions so that each driver starts from post one through eight in the competition. The marketing staff at the Hippodrome 3R has come up with a special video commemorating the debut of the Ben Hur Cup with highlights of both Filion's and Roy's careers in harness racing. It's less than three minutes long and well worth viewing. To view the video click https://youtu.be/v4LachSZyTo. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Guy Gagnon was on a tear at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening, winning five of the nine races on the program. Gagnon started off like a rocket, winning the first race with Missionoftheheart in 2:01.3, then the second race with Mrs Dragonfire in 2:00. In the third race, the mares division of the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters, it was all Y S Suzanne and Guy Gagnon for his third straight win on the night. Lucky Promesses and trainer/driver Jerome Lombart were able to out leave Y S Suzanne and take early command of the lead, but Gagnon wanted his mare back on top and they were by the opening quarter mile in :29. From that point on, Y S Suzanne and Gagnon led to the half in :59.4 and the three-quarters in 1:29.3 before Lombart pulled the pocked going into the final turn and nearly caught up with Y S Suzanne at the top of the stretch. But Y S Suzanne kicked in another gear and went on to win by one length in 2:00.2. Lucky Promesses was second with EAU Naturelle (Simon Delisle) third. The Future Stars Champion in Quebec at age 2, Y S Suzanne is now 5. She is a daughter of Angus Hall, trained by Blake Curran and owned by Jason Jamieson and Blake Curran of Perth, Ontarion. It was her fourth win this year and she paid just $2.10 to win as the overwhelming race favorite. Gagnon then scored his fourth winner of the night in the sixth race with Yoshi in a lifetime best 2:00.2. The seventh race was the horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series and surprising to the wagering crowd, last year's three-year-old champion, Capteur De Reve and driver Pierre Luc Roy were the winners at odds of 8-1, but what a race it was. Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion left and got the lead away from Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) as they went to the opening quarter in :28.4. Then by the half mile in 1:00.3, it was Captuer De Reve and Roy coming first-over. Captuer De Reve was able to grind his way and collar Kinnder Dangerous at the three-quarters in 1:31.2 as Berube took Holiday Party three wide around the final turn. Kinnder Dangerous was back on top as they started down the stretch and battled Capteur De Reve head and head right to the finish and with a final surge, Capteur De Reve won by a neck in 2:00.1. Holiday Party was just one length back in third place. It was the first win in three starts for Capteur De Reve. The gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel. He paid an amazing $18.10 to win. Gagnon then picked up his fifth winner of the night in the eighth race with Beachrunner AM in 1:56.1. Gagnon is now tied with driver Stephane Brosseau as the only two drivers this season to score five winners on a program. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, first race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information and a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Two of the top harness racing drivers in all of Canada, Louis-Philippe Roy and Sylvain Filion, will face-off in the inaugural Ben Hur Cup at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, June 24. Check out the specia video by clicking here.  Roy is the currently the leading money and dash winner in all of Canada. The young driving sensation hails from H3R where he started off his great career. Filion, the two-time O'Brien Award winner as the top driver in Canada, is always in the top leader board on the WEG Circuit. Both drivers will compete in eight races that afternoon. Each driver will get to choose the horse they will drive in each race and each driver must chooses a number from 1 to 8 so that they will have a different post position in each of the eight races. The Ben Hur Cup plus bragging rights throughout all of Canada will be won by either Roy or Filion. Roy was very candid how he felt about this tournament. "Not only do I feel confident, I know I will win," bragged Roy. "I don't want to take anything away from Sylvain as he is a great driver, but I'm a way better half-mile driver than he is." Being both drivers started out their careers driving at H3R, who might have the home field advantage at H3R? "I think it will be divided," Roy said. "Sylvain is a charismatic man and I do not know any people that do not like him, so I would say he might have a few more people rooting for him, but I also know that I have a lot of fans that supported me the last few years. How does it feel for Roy, going back home to H3R. He has planned to return but not until July for Breeder's Cup Series. "I'm happy to be there (H3R) and would never expect to be there that soon," Roy explained. "And there will be pressure to perform well, when you do that good in the country, people expect you to do that good forever, but you have to understand that you've been doing that good because you drove good horses, and that you need good horses to keep doing so well." When asked if there may be a wager made between the two drivers on the outcome of the tournament, Roy was talking a little "trash" to Sylvain. "If Sylvain is listening to me, and he better," Roy boasted. "I'm open to any kind of bet, as long as it doesn't involve my significant other Michelle. Even though I know I will win, there is still a very small amount of doubt about it." And what does Sylvain Filion have to say about all of this? "I am very confident I can beat him," Sylvain said with authority. "I think my overall experience says it all. I heard somewhere that he said he was a better half-mile driver than I am. I got some news for him. I was born on a half-mile track. When I first started and got my license it was at the Hippodrome 3R so I am very familiar with the track." Who does Filion feel the fans will side with at the Hippodrome 3R? "That is a good question." Filion replied. "Every time I go there I have so many fans come up to me and talk to me and they are so happy when I come to drive. I think the rooting will be half and half for us as Louie has made a lot of fans the past few years. Maybe the older fans will cheer more for me, the younger crowd for Louie. We will see come race day. "I have such great memories of driving at Three Rivers," Filion added. "I really looking forward to coming there June 24." This reporter then read Roy's statement to Filion about a possible wager on the competition and after he burst out laughing, Filion replied. "That was a good one," Filion said. "I will have to talk with Louie about this. I am open to anything he has to offer. Maybe it is a good idea to ask the race fans what the wager should be." No matter what the wager is between these two great drivers, the action in their eight Ben Hur Cup races will be fast and furious, just like it was between Ben Hur and his Roman adopted brother, Messala. There will be more to come on this great driver competition Sunday, June 24 at the Hippodrome 3R. Post time is 12:50 pm and there will be a meet and greet with both Louis-Philippe Roy and Sylvain Filion for the racing fans at 11:30 am in the Clubhouse. Also, on the race program June 24, will be the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The trotters own the spotlight at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening with the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-olds. There are two divisions, one each for mares and horses. After three weeks of preliminary competition, the top eight point earners in the series will come back on Thursday, August 9 for the $30,000 finals. The mares are up first in the third race where Y S Suzanne, who was the Future Stars Champion at age 2, comes home to H3R from Rideau Carleton Raceway. In her last start, the five-year-old mare by Angus Hall crushed the field by nine and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.3. She has three wins this season and will start from post two for driver Guy Gagnon. HP Run Like Mom also has three wins this season, all at H3R, the fastest a 2:01.1 score. She goes from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. Other contenders include Lucky Promesses (post five), EAU Naturelle (post one) and Vanilla Star (post four). A classic rivalry continues in the seventh horse division as Holiday Party again takes on Kinnder Dangerous and Capteur De Reve. These three have gone head to head the last tw three fo weeks with Holiday Party and Kinnder Dangerous scoring wins while Capteur De Rene, last year's three-year-old champion, finally draws a decent post five after having the eight-hole last two starts. Holiday Party comes into the race off a 1:59.1 triumph. The son of Holiday Road is now 5 and two years back from the Breeder's Cup champion at age three. He will start from post three for driver Pascal Berube. Kinnder Dangerous goes from post six for driver Justin Filion. He was a winner two starts back in 1:59.1 and was second last week to Holiday Party. Capteur De Reve will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy and should show vast improvement from his last two starts with a much better post position. Capteur De Reve was last year's three-year-old champion. Other contenders include Majesti Sweetson (post one), Orly's Dream (post two) and Sometimes When (post four). Post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Imagine Speed and her young pilot, Tyler Jones, upset the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old harness racing pacers, scoring a dramatic neck victory at odds of 15-1 over Skyfall Sena and race favorite HP Sissy. The fifth race co-feature for mares saw Jones, the son of top horseman, Dustin Jones, leave with Imagine Speed, but also on the move from the outside was HP Sissy and driver Stephane Brosseau. Brosseau and HP Sissy took command from Imagine Speed before the opening quarter mile in :28. HP Sissy sat comfortably in front past the half mile marker in :58 and it was then that Skyfall Sena with Jonathan Lachance started up first-over but could not gain ground on the race leaders. Then, right at the three-quarters in 1:27.3, Jones pulled out from the pocket-trip with Imagine Speed and came after HP Sissy as Skyfall Sena found another gear and was three-wide going after the leaders. It was a three-horse battle down the stretch as HP Sissy began to fade with Imagine Speed getting up at the wire by a neck over Skyfall Sena with HP Sissy third by only three-quarters of a length. The time of the race was 1:57.4. It was the second win in just four starts this year for Imagine Speed. The five-year-old mare by Ponder is trained by Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit, who co-owns Imagine Speed with Michel Lefebvre of Longueuil. She paid $33.90 to win. The eighth race was the horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series first round. It was Cyclone Joe (Sylvain Lacaille) shooting to the early lead with Noplay (Melanie Plourde) following in second place. As they went around the first turn, Cyclone Joe went off-stride and then Noplay did the same. That allowed C L Sportaction and driver Jonathan Lachance to inherit the lead and they never gave it up. With Majo Lou Beka (Mario Lachance) sitting right on their back, C L Sportsaction led to the quarter in :28.3 and the half mile in :58.4 before the race favorite, Dance With Joe (Richard Simard), who was going for his fourth straight win, came first-over. Down the backstretch as Dance With Joe tried to gain ground, Lachance pulled away a little more with C L Sportsaction. Past the three-quarters in 1:27, Dance With Joe could not longer keep up and C L Sportsaction went on to win by one and one-half lengths over Majo Lou Beka with Dance With Joe third. Wildriverbumblebee (Stephane Brosseau) was making his 2018 debut, but never got into the hunt and finished sixth. For C L Sportsaction, a four-year-old gelded son of Sportswriter, it was his third win in six starts this year for trainer Mario Lachance and the C Leblanc Stable of Saint-Eustache, who also bred C L Sportsaction. He paid $5.80 to win. The Quebec-Bred Series continues with two more legs and then on Thursday, August 9 will be the $30,000 finals for both the pacers and trotters. TRACK NOTES: Not one trainer or driver on the ten race program Sunday were able to score more than one win. On Tuesday night at H3R the trotters start the Quebec-Bred Series with two divisions. The mares are headlined by Y S Suzanne, HP Run Like Mom and Lucky Promesses. The horses feature Holiday Party taking on Kinnder Dangerous and Capteur De Reve. Post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For more information and a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Riviveres, QC - The start of the stakes season gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers. There is both a mare and horse division on Sunday and headlining their respective divisions are top horses HP Sissy and Wildriverbumblebee. The fifth race is the mare division and ironically the best mare in the race has drawn post eight and that is HP Sissy. Now age five, the returning champion mare, bred and owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer'S Cliff with Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, wil be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Now a career winner ­of $264,000, HP Sissy returns to trainer Jean Tourigny from the Rene Allard Stable. In her last start in the USA, she posted her first win of the 2018 season at Pocono Downs with a 1:53.1 clocking, parked out to the opening quarter from post seven and then wiring the field. At the Hippodrome 3R throughout her entire career, HP Sissy, a daughter of Up The Credit, has almost never lost. She was second in the Future Stars Final at age 2, then was the champion in the Breeder's Cup at age 3 and last year at age 4 was the Quebec-Series Champion. "This series is three legs, plus a final," said Stephane Brosseau. "The important thing is not necessarily the very first start, but the last. If things go well, the mare will be competitive and that's what counts." It may not be a "walk in the park" for HP Sissy on Sunday as she faces some formidable rivals in Skyfall Sena (post one), Ashley's Philly (post two) and Godiva Mackiavelyc (five). The horses do battle in the eight race and there are ten starters in the field, thus posts nine and ten start in the second tier. The race favorite is the red-hot Roll Will Joe son, Dance With Joe. Currently on a three-race winning streak for trainer Christina Davignon, Dance With Joe drew post two for driver Richard Simard. Dance With Joe is age five and is owned by Daniel Dulude of Ste-Martine. Over the past weeks he has posted victories in a lifetime best 1:54.1 at Rideau Carleton Raceway, then came to H3R and rolled off two scores, the best last week when Simard let him loose in the backstretch and he rallied to score by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.2. Dr. John Bradbury of Crookshire-Eaton, bred, owns and at times trains the Quebec champion pacer, Wildriverbumblee. He has prepped for his 2018 pari-mutuel debut Sunday with two sharp qualifying wins at H3R in 1:58.2 and 1:58.1. Wildriverbumble drew post ten for the race and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Now age 4, Wildriverbumblebee is sired by Sportswriter. His past records show he was the champion of the Future Stars Series at age 2 and the Breeder's Cup Series at age 3. Later in the season he went to Toronto where he won the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park in a lifetime best 1:51.2, the fastest record of any of his nine rivals on Sunday. Lifetime, Wildriverbumblebee has but 14 career starts with nine wins, three seconds and one third place finish. At H3R he has raced ten times with six wins. He has also been made eligible for the $200,000 Prix D'ete at H3R on Sunday, August 19. "It is not good that for his first start of the season he draws post 10 in a 10-horse field," said Brosseau. "Worse, his most serious rivals we feel are Dance With Joe and C L Sports Action. They each have around a half dozen starts and also drew the pole and post 2. "The important thing is that the horse (Wildriverbumblebee) performs well," Brosseau added. "and that he is at his maximum capacity on the day of final. This week, he faces horses that are readier then him, but that does not mean that I give them the victory. Certainly not! I do not expect a mile so difficult because of post 10." In addition to Dance With Joe and C L Sportsaction (post one), the race also features Majo Lou Beka (post three), Noplay (post seen) and HP Patriote (post eight). There are three elimination divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series with the top eight point earners returning on Thursday, August 9 for their respective $30,000 finals. Post time on Sunday is 12:50 pm. For more information and a free race program for Sunday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A near record number of 27 four-year-old harness racing pacers have made the final nomination payment to the $200,000 fifth renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday, August 19. The 27 remaining is just one-horse shy of the record of 28 set last year. Headlining the list of nominees is the unbeaten Filibuster Hanover, who is now four for four in 2018 for the Ron Burke Stable. Burke and company will be seeking their third Prix D'Ete victory in 2018. Of the top ten money winning three-year-old colts and geldings from 2017 that are returning to race in 2018, eight of the ten are nominated to the Prix D'Ete including the first six money winners. The final eight that will race for the $200,000 purse will be the top money earners in 2018 at time of entry. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. In the past four editions of the Prix D'Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then in 2016, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D'Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable. Last year's Prix D'Ete saw the Jimmy Takter Stable win for the second time (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first), with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have nominated to this year's Prix D'Ete," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "The revival of this Grand Circuit event has developed to the great race it was before." This year, Filibuster Hanover, a gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, has been on fire. In his last start, the $150,000 Commodore Barry, he won in a lifetime mark of 1:48.3. That victory sent Filibuster Hanover over the one million dollar mark in career earnings at $1,016,000. Last year he won the Little Brown Jug, The Bluegrass Stakes and the Pegasus Pace while racing against the best three-year-old's in the country all season long. Miso Fast got back to his winning way for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. last week at Mohawk Raceway, winning a division of the Graduate Pace in 1:50.2. He is a son of Roll With Joe, a career winner of $685,000 and a record taken last year of 1:49.2. Western Joe had gotten off to a strong start early this season and already has seven wins for trainer Christopher Choate. This son of Western Ideal has earned $110,000 this year with a record of 1:49.3 taken last season. Other contenders that are eligible include Art Scene, Beckhams Z Tam, Blood Line, Eddard Hanover, Funknwaffles and Photobomber Hanover. Quebec-owned nominees include Quebec-bred Sire Stakes champion Wildriverbumblebee, plus Art Scene, Histoire Enchantee, American Wiggle and Tymal Peacemaker. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the weekend of August 19," Levesque added, "as we want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." For more information visit http://www.quebecjockeyclub.com/. 2018 Prix D'Ete Nominees AMERICAN WIGGLE ART SCENE BAGS TO RICHES BEACH BOOGIE BECKHAMS Z TAM BEYOND DELIGHT BLOOD LINE CALVIN K CLASSIC PRO DREAMFAIR B J EDDARD HANOVER FILIBUSTER HANOVER FUNKNWAFFLES HISTOIRE ENCHANTEE HURRICANE BEACH MISO FAST MODERN REFLECTION NORMANDY BEACH ODDS ON DELRAY PHOTOBOMBR HANOVER ROCK N TONY STEALTH BOMBER SUMMER SIDE TYMAL PEACEMAKER WESTERN HILL WESTERN JOE WILDRIVERBUMBLEBEE From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - On a roll Tuesday night at the Hippodrome 3R were both Dance With Joe and Kinnder Jackson, each scoring their third straight wins at the track. In the third race pace, Dance With Joe and driver Richard Simard unleashed a burst of speed from third-over in the backstretch and looped the field by the three-quarters, then cruised home to win by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.2. It was the third straight win for the five-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe. Trained by Christine Davignon and owned by Daniel Dulude of Ste-Martine, Dance With Joe paid $3.10 to win. It was his third win in six starts this year and the fasted mile on the race card. Undefeated Kinnder Jackson with Justin Filion in the sulky, scored his third straight win with an easy wire-to-wire 2:01 triumph by three-quarters of a length. The three-year-old gelding by Allamerican Native is owned, bred and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne and paid $2.40 to win. In the feature race, the 9-1 long shot, Maximus Decimus and driver Stephane Brosseau traded the lead with My Lucky Blue Jeans (Guy Gagnon) and then took control for good by the half mile marker and never let anyone else pass them by. The race favorite, Hooter Shooter (Stephane Gendron) tried going three-wide in the backstretch the final time but could not catch the leaders. Maximus Decimus went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.3. It was the first win this year for the eight-year-old gelding by Rambaran, who is trained and owned by Charles Gaudreault of Mont-Joli and paid $20.00 to win. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on 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 pacers are in the limelight at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening headlined by Hooter Shooter going for his third straight win in the 7th race feature. Starting from post nine in the second tier, Hooter Shooter has been red hot for trainer and co-owner Marc Andre Simoneau and Jean Fontaine, both of Trois-Rivieres. A five-year-old gelded son of Badlands Hanover, Hooter Shooter will be driven by Stephane Gendron. In his last two starts, Hooter Shooter seems to not get out of the gate too fast but makes up for it once he gets into gear. In both victories he has come first-over before the half mile marker and by the three-quarters he has the lead and then draws off from the field. He has won his last two starts by a combined total of nine lengths, the fastest a 1:55 triumph last week. Starting from the rail is Appleby Hanover and driver Tyler Jones, the son of Dustin Jones. Young Jones is slowly making a name for himself at H3R, mainly because of Appleby Hanover. This stallion by Well Said, has won two of his last three starts, the fastest a 1:55.1 lifetime mark for owner and trainer, Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit, the father of Rene Allard. Other contenders in the field include Highpoint Chip (post two), Sportsranger (post five) and the always close Fortune Fella (post seven) who has four second place finishes in his six starts this year. Post time is 6:30 pm Tuesday. Also, of note, is that the three-year-old Quebec Champion from last year, Wildriverbumblebee, will make his 2018 debut at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Wildriverbumblebee is also eligible for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, August 19. For a free race program for Tuesday or more information about the Hippodrome 3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, QC - Holiday Party and driver Francis Picard brought plenty of cheer to those who supported him at the betting windows Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R as the 13-1 harness racing long shot upset the field in the Invitational-Handicap Trot. The sixth race feature began with the race favorite, Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion, outdueling Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) for the early lead by the opening quarter mile in :28.3. Filion then led the field to the half mile marker in :59 with Kinnder Dangerous as Torches Angel (Jocelyn Gendron) came first-over to challenge with Holiday Party grabbing the second-over cover. They raced down the backstretch the final time with Torches Angel unable to gain ground on the outside against Kinnder Dangerous as they past the three-quarters in 1:29. Then on the final turn was when Picard made his big move with Holiday Park, sweeping three-wide and gaining ground on Kinnder Dangerous as Caroluzzo also found clearance as Torches Angel began to fade and he moved into the mix. The race belonged to Holiday Party as he has good momentum and went on to beat Kinnder Dangerous by one length in 1:59.1. Caroluzzo was third. It was the second victory in nine starts this year for Holiday Party. The five-year-old gelded son of Holiday Road is trained by Isabelle Binet for the Holiday Party Stable of Portneuf and paid $29.20 to win. Track Notes: In the second race pace, Flames Of Sport was making his racing debut from the rail for owner, trainer and driver, David Pilon of Berthierville. The three-year-old colt by Sportswriter went off-stride at the start, spotting the field some lengths from last place. He then was not only able to regroup and catch the field in ninth place, but Pilon took him three-wide going into the backstretch from eighth place and was able to loop the entire field, collar pacesetter and race favorite Hercule J M (Carl Duguay) and beat him to the wire to win by three-quarters of a length and pay $9.20 to win. Both Stephane Brosseau and Francis Picard had driving doubles on the program. Wildriverbumblebee, the 2017 Quebec Champion three-year-old, won his second qualifier at H3R Saturday in 158.1 for breeder, owner and trainer Dr. John Bradbury. Live racing resumes Tuesday night at H3R with first race post time at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, QC - It is always a tough battle when harness racing horses turn age four. They are no longer colts and fillies but horses and mares. And with age comes the challenge of facing older formattable foes on the racetrack. Such is the case for Kinnder Dangerous. This four-year-old gelded son of Northern Escort is coming off a good season in 2017 where he won five times and was second in the $65,000 Breeders Cup finale. Now he is a big older, a bit more mature and by the looks of his first race back last Sunday at H3R, ready for action according to his breeder, owner and trainer, Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. "Yes, he grew a bit this winter," said Petrova. "He is about 16 hands now and is a robust horse. Last Sunday, with Petrova's significant other, driver Justin Filion, the son of Hall of Famer Yveds Filion, Kinnder Dangerous made his first start of the 2018 season after two decent qualifying efforts. In that race he got away in fourth place and then by the half mile marker, Filion found second-over cover. Then in the backstretch Filion swept three-wide and collared pacesetter Lucky Promesses and driver Jerome Lombart on the final turn. Filion and Kinnder Dangerous were able to clear by Lucky Promesses at the top of the stretch and Kinnder Dangerous then went on to win with ease by three and three-quarter lengths in a lifetime best 1:59.1 clocking. "He was ready to go a good mile," Petrova said. "I knew that, but a race is a race, so you never know. I was very happy with his last half mile." Now Kinnder Dangerous faces the next challenge as he drew post five in Sunday's sixth race Invitational Trot where he faces eight rivals. He is listed as the 4-1 third choice in the field. The favorite is Caroluzzo from post three for driver Stephane Gendron. The nine-year-old scored his first win of the year two starts back in 1:59.4 and last week was three lengths back in Rocky Boy's 1:57.2 score. Also, in the race is Torches Angel (post 7), who has won three of her last five starts with Stephane Brosseau in the sulky and in post eight is rival Capteur De Reve for driver Pierre Luc Roy. He was the champion of the three-year-olds last year. Both horses are prepping for the upcoming Quebec-Bred Series at H3R. Other competitors in the field include HP Run Like Mom (post 4), Holiday Party (post five) and the good mare Lucky Promesses (post two). "The competition is very strong in the Invitational Trot for sure." Petrova said. "He got the job done last year as a three-year-old from post 8. We will see how it goes now. It's just his second start of the year on Sunday." Justin Filion turned age 45 on Thursday and was not surprised by Kinnder Dangerous's big win last week. "I really was not surprised," Filion said. "When he is feeling good he is always a strong closer. The racing season is just getting started and so far, he seems better every time he is on the track. Most of these horses he goes against Sunday are very nice classy trotters, so the competition is strong. Depending on how the race goes, I think he can do good." "His first race gave Justin and me several reasons to glimpse this season with confidence, "Petrova explained. "It was a win in 1.59.1, the last half under one minute and last quarter in :29 seconds. It will be tougher this week, but he must be ready to fight because the Quebec Series will start for him on Tuesday, June 12. " And speaking of birthdays, Petrova was very happy to announce that on May 22, her mare, Majestic Joy, the mother of Kinnder Dangerous, had given birth to a colt, who is a full brother to Kinnder Dangerous. "I had owned the stallion Northern Escort, now in service in Indiana and kept a share so I could continue to breed to him," Petrova said. "The mare is a Quebecer, so we will have a brother to Dangerous who hopefully will race in Quebec in two years." Petrova names all her homebred horses with the first name of Kinnder. It's named after the world-renowned chocolate egg that comes with a little toy inside it. Petrova loves the chocolate since she first came to Quebec from Bulgaria and has a massive collection of the toys. This season Petrova's Stable, with Filion driving, is red hot. In six starts they have three winners, a batting average of .500 and more Kinnder's on the way. But will you see Petrova in the winner's circle or the race paddock on race days? The answer is no. "Since we have the training and breeding farm in Melborne," Petrova said. "There is so much work to do. So, I do the work at the farm while Justin is at the races, if not, we will never get the work done and especially this time of year when we take care of the newborns and I am into the breeding season. But, I never miss a race, always looking on them on my phone. Later this season I will go to the races when things slow down a bit." 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 - The betting fans knew that Dance With Joe would not let them down as the 2/5 favorite in the feature pace at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday and he did a fancy three-wide two-step to get the job done. This was the start of Tuesday night racing at H3R this season. The seventh race feature started off with Hot Rock Star and driver Guy Gagnon taking the quick early lead with Matt's Phil (Pierre Luc Roy) sitting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. By the half mile marker in :57.1, Hot Rock Star was pressured on the outside by El Torero and driver Denis Audet with Fortune Fella (Stephane Brosseau) second over and third over in the field was Simard and Dance With Joe. At the three-quarters, Simard swung Dance With Joe three-wide and and just about cleared the field on the final turn as Fortune Fella was also in hot pursuit. As they started down the stretch, Simard got Dance With Joe to kick in just a little more and they went on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:56.1. Fortune Fella, an 18-1 long shot, was second with El Torero third at 9-1. It was the second straight win this year for Dance With Joe. The five-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe is trained by Christine Davignon and owned by Daniel Dulude of Ste-Martine. He paid $2.80 to win. The fastest mile on the twi-light evening card was impressively scored by Hooter Shooter and driver Stephane Gendron in the 6th race pace. They were parked out first-over from the half mile pole against pacesetter Code Word (Stephane Brosseau), getting the lead by the three-quarters and pulling away from the field to win in 1:55. Guy Gagnon was the only horsemen on the card to score a double. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Rocky Boy and harness racing driver Marc Belanger made it back-to-back victories in the Invitational-Handicap Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with another wire-to-wire triumph. Starting in the ninth race feature from the same post five he had in his last start, Rocky Boy really earned his keep on this day. Belanger left from post five but Rocky Boy was to be stung early by the game Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron), who begrudgingly gave up the lead after the opening quarter mile in :28.3. Also parked out three-wide to the opening quarter mile was Holiday Party (Francis Picard), who then was stuck first-over and thus went after the lead from Rocky Boy and pushed the pace to the half mile marker in :57.3. Then in the backstretch, with Caroluzzo in tow, Rocky Boy led the field past the three-quarters in 1:27 and that was more than enough for Holiday Party as he backed off and the co-race favorite at 7/5, Torches Angel (Stephane Brosseau) could not make up any ground. Down the stretch Rocky Boy dug in again and went on to win by three lengths in 1:57.3. Caroluzzo was second with Southwind Voltage (Jocelyn Gendron) grabbing the third spot. It was the second straight win this year for Rocky Boy. The nine-year-old gelded son of Rocky Balboa is trained by Stephane Beaudoin. He paid $4.90 to win and is co-owned by Belanger and Beaudoin of Trois-Rivieres. Top pace of the day took place in the seventh race where Mister Big Top ($11.40) with Jocelyn Gendron in the bike, sat the perfect two-hole trip, got clearance from a game first-over Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) at the top of the stretch and scored a one and one-half length victory in 1:55. It was the fastest mile on the program and the third win this year for Mister Big Top. A six-year-old gelded son of Mister Big, he is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. Rainbow Palace was second and pacesetter Onyx V A (Stephane Brosseau) was third. Trainer Michel Allard was the only horseman on the program to send out two winners Sunday. Track Notes: The first Tuesday night program of the race season at the Hippodrome 3R takes place this Tuesday, May 29, first race post time is 6:30 pm for the eight-race card. Wildriverbumblebee, the 2017 champion 3yo pacers from Quebec, qualified Saturday at the Hippodrome 3R. He had to make two moves in the race and still was able to win for driver Stephane Brosseau in 1:58.3. Wildriverbumblee is owned, bred and trained by Dr. John Bradbury and has been made eligible to the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at H3R on August 19. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Despite not being able to be a snowbird and spend the winter in Florida, trainer Maxime Velaye says the top trotter in his harness racing stable, Capteur De Reve, is ready for the 2018 season and makes his debut Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. Last year Capteur De Reve was the champion three-year-old cot trotter of the year in Quebec. He posted four wins on the season, including an eye-popping 1:55 lifetime mark in winning a $95,000 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes at Mohawk Raceway. He also captured the $65,000 final of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R. "Neither of us got to spend the winter in Florida," trainer Maxime Velaye laughed. "We spent a nice winter at the farm in Mirabel. He (Capteur De Rebe) did grow and really filled out this winter and now he looks amazing. "I think he will have a great season," Velaya explained. "He has made just 21 starts lifetime over the past two seasons and that makes room for him to continue to improve. He is the kind of horse that is still learning and gets more mature every year." On Sunday, Capteur De Rebe faces a tough task in his 2018 debut. He has the far outside post eight in the 9th race Invitational-Handicapped trot and will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy. His competition includes Rocky Boy, the 5/2 favorite from post five for driver Marc Belanger. In his last start at H3R, Rocky Boy and Belanger cruised the half mile oval with a 1:57 score that tied his lifetime mark and is the fastest trotting mile so far this season. In post seven is lone mare in the field, Torches Angel for driver Stephane Brosseau. She has won her last two starts at H3R and three of her last four starts. Other return winners in the field include Caroluzzo (post one) and Neon Lights (post nine). "I look for him (Capteur De Reve) to be lucky with his post tomorrow," laughed Velaye. "We know we would get the eight post because of his good earnings in his last five starts. I want him to race good and finish strong in the last quarter." The top pacers are in action in the seventh race where Rainbow Palace, again the lone mare in the field of nine, starts from post seven and is coming off a super strong win in her last start. She will be driven by Francis Picard and on May 13 was able to wire the field in 1:55 for her first win in three starts. Rainbow Palace will have it tough having to go against return winners HP Patriote (post two), Onyx VA (post four) and Mister Big Top (post five). There will be a major announcement Sunday from the Quebec Jockey Club at the Hippodrome 3R about a special upcoming event on Sunday, June 24. First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program just visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It took the winningest harness racing trotter at the Hippodrome 3R last season, Lucky Promesses, to bring an end to HP Run Like Mom's three-race winning streak on Sunday. Lucky Promesses was making just her second start of the year for owner, breeder and driver, Jerome Lombart of Bromont. The five-year-old mare by Lucky Fool scored ten wins in 2017, seven of those wins coming at her home track at the Hippodrome 3R. The sixth race feature started off with Lombart and Lucky Promesses shooting to the early lead from post four with Abundasass (Denis Langlois) getting the pocket-trip in second place as they went to the opening quarter mile in :29.4. Lombart was able to back down the pace past the half mile marker in 1:01.1. It was then that 35-1 long shot, Stonebridge Alert (Jean Lord) moved first-over to challenge with HP Run Like Mom (Stephane Brosseau) getting the live cover second-over. They raced that way through the backstretch as Stonebridge Alert kept the pressure on Lucky Promesses past the three-quarters in 1:31.4. As they started down the stretch, Brosseau had moved three-wide to mount a challenge with HP Run Like Mom. Then down the stretch, Lombart and Lucky Promesses dug in deep and were able to hold off HP Run Like Mom to win by a one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.2 with Stonebridge Alert third. HP Run Like Mom was undefeated this season in three starts going into the race. Trained by Andreane Lapierrel, Lucky Promesses paid $7.40 to win. Track Notes: Driver Stephane Brosseau, who had been razor sharp in the first three race programs with 12 wins, had just one victory in his eight drives on Sunday. He still holds a big lead in the driver standings with his 13 triumphs. Drivers Stephane Gendron and Jocelyn Gendron each had two winners on the day. Live racing resumes next Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From The Quebec Jockey Club

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