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Trois-Rivieres, QC - The eight finalists have been declared for Sunday's $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old harness racing pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. The draw for post position will take place at the racetrack Tuesday evening after the fourth race on the betting program. Trainers Ron Burke and Richard Moreau, each have two horses from their stable entered in the big race. Burke has Filibuster Hanover and Eddard Hanover while Moreau has entered Modern Reflection and American Wiggle. Also entered is Western Joe for trainer Chris Choate. He has won his last two starts including the $260,000 Sam McKee Memorial against the best pacers in North America and the prior week won at the Meadowland in 1:47.3. Since the Prix D'Ete's revival at the Hippodrome 3R four years ago, the race has been won twice by Ron Burke horses and twice by Jimmy Takter trainees. Here is the field in alphabetical order with tentative drivers: American Wiggle (Tr. Richard Moreau, Dr. Louis Philippe Roy) Beckhams Z Tam (Tr. Jamie Macomber, Dr. Ricky Macomber) Blood Line (Tr. Jimmy Takter, Dr. Trevor Henry) Eddard Hanover (Tr. Ron Burke, Dr. Stephane Brosseau) Filibuster Hanover (Tr. Ron Burke, Dr. Louis Philippe Roy) Miso Fast (Tr. Virgil Morgan, Jr., Dr. Daniel Dube) Modern Reflection (Tr. Richard Moreau, Dr. Louis Philippe Roy) Western Joe (Tr. Chris Choate, Dr. Doug McNair) The post position draw takes place Tuesday evening at H3R after the fourth race on the betting card. Final drivers for the race will be declared by Wednesday morning. Post time for Tuesday's card is 6:30 pm and features five divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. For more information and a free program for Tuesday night, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The past ten days the city of Trois-Riveres was host to the Grand Prix auto racing week with races throughout the streets of the city. Now that the car races are over, what are two Grand Prix drivers to do? How about coming to the Hippodrome 3R Thursday night and competing in a harness horse race with real horsepower. The Grand Prix drivers are Quebec native, Andrew Ranger, a double champion of the NASCAR Pinty's Series (2007 and 2009) along with having won four times at the Grand Prix 3R in Pinty's and LP (Louis-Philippe) Dumoulin, who leads the NASCAR Pinty's Series, was Series Champion and Grand Prix 3R winner in 2014. They both will be wearing their racing colors in a special exhibition race at H3R after the 7th race on the wagering card. The match is being called The Horse Power Challenge. Both auto drivers will have double-seater jogging carts and professional harness racing drivers will sit alongside the car drivers and "coach" them along. Ranger will be in the race with Imagine Speed and his "coach" is none other than Pocono Downs leading driver, Simon Allard. Dumoulin will be driving Official Color and his coach is H3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau. Also, on the racing card Thursday evening is the $120,000 finals of the Quebec-bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters and pacers, four $30,000 finals. There are also three $6,500 divisions of the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. Post time is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a rare Thursday night racing card, the Hippodrome 3R has spiced up the harness racing program that will feature seven stakes races, including four $30,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series. Post time is 6:30 pm for the 10-race program that starts right off in the first race with the $30,000 Final for four and five-year-old pacing mares. Featured are two Quebec-Bred Champions, Queen Elsa and HP Sissy. Queen Elsa starts from post five for driver Stephane Gendron while rival HP Sissy starting alongside in post five for driver Stephane Brosseau. Both horses have yet to win a race during the series but have the back class to be the favorites. Their main competition will be return winner Art De Gagnee (post 1) and Wild River Swan (post 8). The 6th race final for trotting mares is headed by EAU Naturelle, who is on a three-race winning streak for trainer/driver Simon Delisle. They will face a challenge from arch rival Y S Suzanne in post three for driver Guy Gagnon. A real battle will take place in the 7th race final for pacing horses where last years three-year-old champion, Wildriverbumblebee, goes against Dance With Joe (post 5) and C L Sportaction (post 3). Wildriverbumblebee is coming off a 1:54 score at Rideau Carleton for driver Guy Gagnon. The 8th race is the last $30,000 final and is it for trotting horses. Kinnder Dangerous (post 2) is the slight favorite for driver Justin Filion but faces a stellar field including past champion, Holiday Party (post 1), who won the Invitational Trot at H3R in his last start for driver Pascal Berube. Last year's three-year-old champion, Capteur De Reve, goes from five along with return winners Orlys Dream (post 6) and KFB Amigo Cool (post 4). Also, on the program is the third preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters. The second race is the first of two divisions for the colts. Yankee Photo (post 6) is the early favorite going against Orlys Fury (post 3) and Sir Chopin (post 5). The 5th race second division features return winners SG Goliath King from post five for trainer/driver Sylvain Grenier taking on Nobodynojustice (post 1), who was a winner in the last leg of the series. The fillies do battle in the third race where series leg winner Kinnder Prediction (post 2) with driver Justin Filion takes on Stand For Justice (post one) and Montanaalaska (post 5). For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R will host its first Tuesday evening card of the season May 29 and popular harness racing drivers Guy Gagnon and Richard Simard will be joining the colony for this evening. First race post time is new for this season at 6:30 pm. Guy Gagnon has drives in seven of the eight races while Richard Simard has three drives. Both drivers have been competing regularly at Rideau Carleton Raceway, where Louis-Phillipe Roy is the leading driver with Gagnon second and both Richard Simard and H3R's own Stephane Brosseau are tied for fourth place. At H3R, Brosseau is having a great start to the race meet with 14 wins in the first five days of the season. His "batting average" or UDRL is a very impressive .530. Brosseau has drives in six of the races Tuesday evening. The main event Tuesday takes place in the seventh race pace where Dance With Joe will take on the red hot Appleby Hanover. Dance With Joe and driver Jocelyn Gendron start from post five and returns from Rideau off a 1:54.4 triumph, his first of the season in four starts. The five-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe had a perfect trip in that mile for trainer Christine Davignon. He is the 5/2 morning line favorite. Appleby Hanover returns to race on just two days rest. He raced at H3R on Sunday and now starts from post eight on Tuesday night for driver Tyler Jones. The young reinsman has gotten along very well with Appleby Hanover as they are going for their third straight win. Two weeks ago, Appleby Hanover scored in 1:58.1 for Jones, but last week was something special. Sitting a two-hole trip to Sea Donkey, Jones pulled Appleby Hanover first-over in the backstretch the second time, collared the race leader by the three-quarters, cleared to the lead on the final turn and went on to win by a half-length in 1:55.1. It was a lifetime mark for Appleby Hanover, a five-year-old gelding by Well Said. He is trained and owned by Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. For a free race program for Tuesday evening, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC - The Sunday feature at Hippodrome Trois Riveries / 3R was the Lucien Bombardier Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies. Mr. Bombardier, who is a member of the Canadian Harness Racing Hall of Fame, had a career of over 50 years in the standardbred sport, during which he progressed through the ranks from horseman to administrator/executive to one of the great organizers and "builders" of the sport, especially in his native Quebec. The 1:58.4 winner of the $38,500 event was Azure Seelster, a filly whose breeding Mr. Bombardier, also a stock farm executive, would admire: a daughter of Shadow Play out of Winbak Alice, whose dam Lady Camella was bred to Shadow Play and produced no less than the $1.9M-winning world champion Lady Shadow. While Azure Seelster may have a bit more to accomplish to get in the Lady Shadow category, she already has four victories, including two Ontario Roots victories and the Bombardier. At 3R driver Louis Philippe Roy bided his time early as Lit De Rose, the recent winner of the Prix de l'Avenir 2PF Championship, went to the early lead, then brushed up to take command nearing the 27.4 quarter. The rest was anticlimax, with Roy posting middle splits of 58 and 1:28.4, then drew away from Lit De Rose (driven by his brother Pierre Luc Roy) for a six length victory. The winner, trained by Jacques Dupont, was part of a three-way coupled entry with interlocking ownership; the full ownership of the winner of $50,537 is Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc., 9099 3833 Quebec Inc, 2745 5815 Quebec Inc., and Paul Lehoux. There were enough fast-class trotters to have two divisions of the Invitational, the "Or" (gold) and the "Argent" (silver). In the top class, which went for $8000, the Broadway Hall gelding Unabating had to live up to his name, as he was parked most of the mile, yet still managed to hang on to the wire, stopping the timer in 2:00.1 to run his 2016-17 record to 21 wins in 48 starts. Guy Gagnon, the leading driver in North America in the 300-499 drives category, is the driver and trainer of Unabating for owner Catheline Pelletier. In the $5000 second-level trot, the Kadabra gelding Tuscans Memory had to go the tough first-over route, but she proved game and turned back a closely-packed group at the wire to tally in 2:00.3. Jocelyn Gendron had sulky duty behind the six-time seasonal winner for trainer Pierre Ouellette Jr. and the ownership of 9172-3161 Quebec Inc. Contrasting the trotting situation, the Invitational pace did not fill this week, so the Royal Mattjesty mare Rainbow Palace, who defeated "the boys" in the August 27 Invite, was able to get into the top fast-class pace of the day, worth $3800, via an AE condition, and Rainbow Palace took full advantage of the opportunity, as the Dominique Picard-trained distaff was quarter-moved by owner/driver Francis Picard and increased her margin in the last stanza, finishing by herself in 1:55.4. FINISHING LINES - Mister Big Top set a track record of 2:58 for 1½ miles on the pace Saturday at the Bedford regional oval on Saturday while winning the $5000 Serie de L'Estrie Finale, defeating Maximus Decimus and thereby reversing a decision occurring over a mile the previous Monday at the Brome regional track. Mister Big Shot knocked 2/5 of a second off the Bedford mark for the extended distance, set by Bali a year minus a day earlier ... Bedford, located near the Quebec-New York-Vermont border (and not far from where Lucien Bombardier grew up), is generally considered the fastest of the Quebec regional circuit tracks, and six miles in 2:00 or less Saturday supported this belief, with the quickest a 1:56 victory for Chaleurs Magic and driver Dany Mainguy. Quebec Jockey Club  

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