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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Due to an insufficient number of horses entered, management at the Hippodrome 3R has cancelled the live harness racing card for Tuesday, June 19. The race program will be made up on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Coming up this Sunday, June 24, is the inaugural Ben Hur Cup featuring two of Quebec's top drivers in head to head competition. The Champion is none other than two-time O'Brian Award winner Sylvain Filion. The Challenger is Canada's leading dash and money winning driver this year, Louis-Phillipe Roy. After Wednesday's draw, each driver will take turns selecting a horse to drive in the eight-race competition. There will also be a special meet and greet with both world-class drivers in the Grandstand at the Hippodrome 3R beginning at 11:30 am. Post time on Sunday is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

MILTON, ON -- A force to reckon on the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots circuit last season, Rene Dion trainee Shower Play makes her harness racing Grand Circuit debut Saturday, June 16 in the $415,000 Fan Hanover Final on the Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Owned by Rene Dion along with partners Susie Kerwood and Martin Leveillee, the three-year-old filly by Shadow Play from the Bettors Delight mare Alice Emily has made only seven starts in her career, with five coming from an abbreviated freshman campaign resulting in three wins and two seconds. "We staked her a little bit in Ontario," co-owner Kerwood said. "As a two-year-old--she was a $15,000 yearling [and] even though we liked her a lot, we just put her in a few stakes. Sometimes when you put them in a lot of stakes, you want to try to make them and they aren't quite ready for it. We staked her conservatively and said 'if she's good enough, she's going to make the money anyway.'" Shower Play, earning $54,962 in her career, capped her two-year-old season on Sept. 1 with a 10-length victory in a division of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series in 1:53. She scratched sick from her next start on Sept. 18 and went away until her three-year-old season. "We just had viruses going through the barn and with two-year-olds you can treat them all you want, but sometimes you race them and they don't come back well," said Kerwood. "We just thought highly enough of her to shut her down and start her up next year." Training in Quebec over the winter, poor weather and track conditions delayed Shower Play's three-year-old debut. Not wanting to "train her for the sake of training her because the track wasn't good or the weather wasn't allowing it," Kerwood said Shower Play has returned to the races just a little bigger. "She always was very strong, but she's more mature looking. She's a big, absolutely beautiful--she's a stunning filly. She's got a very nice size to her. She was maybe a little babyish last year, but this year I find that she's just bigger and more rugged." Shower Play returned to the track May 25 with a 1:56.2 qualifying effort at Woodbine Mohawk Park and won six days later in her first pari-mutual start of the year with an off-the-pace 1:52.2 performance. "I wasn't really sure how much she was up to [in her debut]," Kerwood said. "The one thing about her is that she's tough. I think when she's within striking position, she's the type of filly that gives all she's got. I'm not going to say I was surprised when she did what she did, [but] it was a good effort. [Louis-Philippe Roy] loved her and that's half the battle right there." Her following start was the elimination for the Fan Hanover, drawing against world champion Youaremycandygirl as well as local stars Percy Bluechip and Kendall Seelster. "Usually what we do [is] we take it one race at a time, and the way she raced [in her debut], we weren't sure how many fillies were actually going to be in the Fan Hanover so we kind of just took a gamble and put her in," Kerwood said. "We maybe would have liked to have another start in her before the Fan but it just didn't work out that way." Sitting off a swift pace set by Youaremycandygirl and Ubettorgo Go, Shower Play stormed from last to finish second to Kissin In The Sand in a dead heat with Im Trigger Happy "Going into it I was like 'Oh boy, she drew into the tough division, but I think she can qualify,'" Kerwood said. "Nothing surprises me about her because she is such a nice, strong filly, [but] how fast she is I don't know. I wasn't really surprised--she raced so tough; you look in the program, it looked like we were racing in the final. I was really pleased with how well she finished up." Louis-Philippe Roy will drive Shower Play, listed at 8-1 on the morning line, from post-four. Kissin In The Sand, off a 1:51.1 victory in the elimination, goes from post-three as the 5-2 morning-line favourite for trainer Nancy Johansson. "There're a lot of good fillies in the race, [and] I'm just hoping we're going to get a nice trip," Kerwood said. "I think whoever ends up getting the trip is going to win the race. But we're hoping to get a nice trip and to be somewhat close at the top of the stretch, and if she kicks like she can be, I think she can be close." ADMISSION ON NA CUP NIGHT SET AT $10 Woodbine Entertainment has issued a clarification regarding ticket prices for this Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Admission to the Pepsi North America Cup is confirmed at a flat $10.   Fans who pre-purchased tickets through Ticketmaster were charged an additional $5.50 in service fees. Woodbine will offer those individuals with a pre-purchased ticket a cash card for $5.50 upon arrival Saturday. The cash card can be used at wagering terminals and concession stands.   Post time for the first of 15 races on Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Ray Cotolo, for Woodbine Communications

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 - 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

MAY 28, 2018 - Upsets were the name of the game as the three-year-old harness racing trotting colts and geldings made their Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening. The favourites in both $97,200 Gold Series divisions made early mistakes that left the door open for their less celebrated peers, and Jula Downton and Tinas Majesty took full advantage. In the first division fan favourite, and 2017 Grassroots champion, Stormont Ventnor went off-stride as the gate swept away from the field of nine, leaving front-end control to rail sitter Joey Bats. Joey Bats and driver Bob McClure rolled through fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:26.4, maintaining a robust distance in front of pocket-sitter Jula Downton. However, turning for home driver Louis Philippe Roy sent Jula Downton into the outer lane and the colt found a whole other gear, pulling away to a two length victory in a personal best 1:54.3. Run Director closed sharply to finish second and Joey Bats settled for third. "That was the third time I was sitting behind him," noted Roy from the winner's circle. "Last time he had some steering issues and down the stretch I worked on him like maybe half the stretch just to try to get him out and I couldn't get him out, couldn't get him out, and once he cleared he was flying, so I thought tonight if he was going to steer a little bit better that he had a good shot at it." Jula Downton was a Grassroots winner as a two-year-old and also tested his mettle against the Gold Series colts. He arrived in trainer Susanne Kerwood's barn in late April and the Rockwood resident has been impressed with the son of Kadabra and Abbey Craig's progress through a May 14 qualifier, May 19 overnight and Monday's Gold Leg. "He was in Florida all winter and the guy who trained him down there (Tommy Andersson) said he really, really likes him. 'He's a nice big colt, he's strong', he says, and he says, 'I think you're going to like him', and he was right," said Kerwood with a laugh. "He can get on a line a little bit and we've been trying to play with the rigging a little bit," Kerwood continued. "I guess he was a little bit like that last year, that's what Tommy was telling me anyways, that he had a little bit of issues last year too. But you know what, I know one thing, he's fast, so we'll keep trying and hopefully I'll have him straightened out one of these days. He wasn't too bad today, he was better today than he was last week." Kerwood conditions Jula Downton for Karljohan Blank of Delray Beach, Florida. Monday's victory boosted the colt's lifetime earnings to $65,440. In the second division it was favourite Perfetto who broke stride heading for the half, leaving lightly rated Henderson Seelster to carry the field to fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:25.2. Spring Holiday and Tinas Majesty followed Henderson Seelster through the sharp early fractions and when the pacesetter began to falter they tipped into the outer lane. As the colts squared up in the stretch Tinas Majesty had gained a three-quarter length lead and the Majestic Son gelding fought hard all the way to the wire, keeping a very short whisker in front of Winning American. Spring Holiday picked up the third-place finisher's share. Unraced at two, Monday was the first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes start for Tinas Majesty. It was also trainer-driver Dagfin Henriksen's first-ever Gold Series win, and the first Ontario Sires Stakes victory for owner-breeder Shelley Racing Stables of Omemee, Ontario. "He's a homebred, Shelley Racing Stable, they bred this horse," said Henriksen. "And it's the first Gold I ever won. We had some Grassroots winners before, but I never had a Gold winner, so that's exciting." When Tinas Majesty posted his first lifetime victory in an overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on April 26, stopping the teletimer at 1:59, Henriksen was confident that the trotter could compete with the best in Ontario and he was delighted when Monday's finish line photograph proved him right. "He showed me something at two-year-old that I thought he was going to be a decent horse, but I didn't have it in my thoughts that he was going to be a Gold winner first time in the Gold," noted the Cambridge resident. "When he won his maiden - I think that was his third lifetime start or something - when he won his maiden race I could tell I had so much horse left, and I told the owners right after I raced him, I said, 'I think we have a Gold horse, I think he'll be good enough to go in the Gold'." Through six lifetime starts Tinas Majesty now has two wins and two seconds for earnings of $64,800. The second leg of the Gold Series takes place June 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the coming weeks some of the Gold Series competitors will step up to battle North America's best in the Campbellville oval's Goodtimes Stake, with eliminations on June 8 and the final on June 16. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

LONDON, ON....May 26 - The Ron Burke trainee Rockin Ron with Louis-Philippe Roy in the sulky, captured the first edition of the $150,000 Camluck Classic in a track record time of 1:50.1. The son of Real Desire was first off the car leading through an opening panel in :27.1 Evenin Of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno) settled in the pocket with rail starter Sunfire Blue Chip (Trevor Henry) third. Rockin Ron remained on top in comfortable fashion past the half in :55.1 with Easy Lover Hanover (Doug McNair) advancing first-over with Bit Of A Legend (Jordan Stratton) tracking him. Louis Roy began to separate himself from his rivals past three-quarters in 1:23.1 before winning by eight lengths in commanding fashion. Evenin Of Pleasure finished second, while Easy Lover Hanover. "He was as strong at the half as he was at the wire," Roy said following the race. "I wanted to leave hard and make sure I could get everyone behind me. The horse was just terrific tonight and I'm thankful for the drive." The now 34-time winner boasts his career earnings to $1,383,483. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, RTC Stable and J And T Stable. Percy Bluechip won the first of two the two OSS splits going wire to wire in 1:54.3. The filly by Shadow Play took hold of the pace while tracked by Kendall Seelster through fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:26.4. Rounding the final turn, Write Me A Song applied first-over pressure and chased the 1-9 favourite through the lane, while Kendall Seelster, lacking room, kept pace behind in third. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, Percy Bluechip, owned by Shadow Two Stable and James and Wilma MacKenzie, returned $2.10 to win. Wiring the field despite a loose saddlecloth, Big Thong strolled to a 1:55.2 victory in the latter OSS division over pocket-sitter Quite A Sight. Sent the 3-5 favourite, driver James MacDonald positioned the Scott McEneny-trained daughter of Big Jim on the lead, pacing uncontested through a :27.4 opening quarter, :59.1 half and 1:27.3 third quarter. Quite A Sight pulled pocket into the stretch, chasing in second while Cabowabocuttie shot through the inside for third. The $3.40 winner races for owners Michelle McEneny, Teresa Davidson, Martwest Racing Stable and Cora Marshall. Ezee Tiguan, fronting a field of breakers, took command past a :30.2 opening quarter and trotted unchallenged to a 2:02 win in the $24,200 City of London Filly and Mare Trot. She took the top from Miller Time, who sat pocket through splits of 1:00.3 and 1:31 while Candid Hally made a short pursuit first over into the final turn before fading. Owned by Linda Wellwood and Tammy Aspden, the Lyle MacArthur trained-and-driven Angus Hall filly paid $2.70 to win, while Windsong Ophelia rallied through horses to finish second and Miller Time held third. Following a front battle between tempo-setter Just Jewel and Sicario venturing first over after a slow start, Edstone jimmied his way in between horses around the final turn and found room to angle to the center of the track and reel in leader Daylon Phantom to win at 9-1 in the $25,200 City of London Trot. The three-year-old gelding by Glidemaster sat in the pocket while Just Jewel and Sicario carved times of :29.3, :59.2 and 1:29.2 on the lead. Trevor Henry tipped the Shannon Henry trainee off the rail rounding the final turn while Daylon Phantom circled to the lead from second over into the lane. Once shown racetrack, Edstone rallied through the center of the course and nabbed Daylon Phantom at the wire in 2:01.1. Owned by Trevor Henry Stables Inc., Shaun Baines, Dave Hudson and James Dennie, Edstone paid $17.90 to win. Luc Blais trainee and 3-2 second choice Sweet Toujours, owned by Determination Inc., swept back to the top in the stretch, taking the $28,200 City of London Filly and Mare Pace in 1:56. Following a :28.2 opening quarter, James MacDonald circled the three-year-old Mach Three filly to the lead and soon resigned to the pocket as Shadowofhersmile ambushed the pacesetter for the front and cleared after a :57.2 half. She held control through three quarters in 1:25.4 and only faced Sweet Toujours as her closest threat into the stretch, with Sweet Toujours pacing by with ease to return $5.10 to win, while Macharita, blindswitched around the final turn, emerged for third. Treasure Writer pushed first over to win the $26,200 City of London Pace in 1:55.4 over pacesetter and 4-5 favourite Blue Moose. Driver James MacDonald tipped the Mike Smith-trained Sportswriter gelding uncovered following a :27.4 opening quarter to press the pace and remained at Blue Moose's side through a :58 half and three quarters in 1:26.2 before powering past the favourite in the stretch to win, with Delorean Seelster finishing third off a pocket trip. Trainer Mike Smith co-owns the $9.70 winner with Brooke Smith. Second-betting choice Champagne Phil scored going wire to wire in the $15,000 Preferred 2 Pace in 1:54.1 over pocket-rider Mohawk Warrior. The eight-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding trained by Dean Nixon set the pace unfettered on the lead, going fractions of :28.1, :58 and 1:26 with Mohawk Warrior on his back. He held control through the lane while The Loan Ranger sneaked through the inside to finish third. Trevor Henry piloted the $4.90 winner for owner Icr Racing. Sitting off a swift pace by odds-on favourite Drunkonaplane, Adore Him, driven by Trevor Henry for trainer Curt Blake and owner Robert Blake, catapulted off the rail to the center of the course and powered through a stampede to claim victory in the $11,000 Preferred 3 Pace going a mile and a sixteenth in 2:02. Drunkonaplane brushed to the front over Bestofthebunch, clicking the first quarter in :27 and maintaining that speed through a half in :54.3. The backfield assembled in chase of Drunkonaplane into the backstretch, with Audreys Dream leading the charge from first over moving to three quarters, timed in 1:24. Audreys Dream overtook the favourite into the lane, but Adore Him fanned to the center of the course and shot through a seam to edge past Audreys Dream in the final strides to score, with Another Great Pick finishing third. The six-year-old Shadow Play gelding returned $6.10 to win. Fading Shadow flew from the grandstand side to take the $11,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred 3 Pace going a mile and a sixteenth in 2:03.3. Driver Scott Coulter positioned the Michael Carther-trained daughter of Shadow Play sixth while Teachers Vet blazed by the quarter in :27. She slowed the pace by the half in :56.2 as Pinky Tuscadero initiated the two-wide flow moving to lap two with the rest of the field bundling into contention passing three quarters in 1:26.3. Sodwana Bay circled off cover to take a narrow lead to the inside of Dazzling Rockette while Fading Shadow began her bid widest of all at the head of the stretch. Fading Shadow, the $16.80 winner owned by Malcom MacPhail, launched by Sodwana Bay in the final strides to score, while Dazzling Rockette finished third in a dead heat with Teachers Vet. Party In Rome wired her competition in the $13,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred 2 Handicap in 1:57. Driver Trevor Henry led with the Gerald Lilley-trained daughter of Big Jim through a :27.3 opening quarter while Southwind Ion sat second. Bourbon Seelster, third at the quarter, pulled first over circling the far turn and pressed Party In Rome on the lead through a :57.1 half and through three quarters in 1:26.1 before retreating in the stretch. Party In Rome, owned by Bill Manes, William Cripps and Steven Papillon, bested pocket-sitter Southwind Ion shaking loose late for second, while Request For Parole rallied off cover for third. She paid $6.20 to win. From Standardbred Canada and The Raceway  

TORONTO, December 21, 2017 - Some people enjoy certain days of the week and right now Thursdays have been pretty good to harness racing driver Louis Philippe Roy. The Mont-Joli, Quebec reinsman steered five winners on Thursday's 10-race program at Woodbine Racetrack. It was the second consecutive Thursday that Roy captured five-races. Roy, who had a drive in all 10-races, made back to back trips to the winner's circle in the evening's second and third races. He first guided claiming pacer Kinda Like Her to a 7-1 upset for Stephen Charlton and then followed that up by finding the line first with Richard Moreau trained three-year-old trotting filly Oceanview Deb at 5-1. The "Hat-Trick" victory for Roy came in the sixth-race behind three-year-old trotting filly and overwhelming favourite Highland Top Hill ($3.20) for Marty Fine. Roy completed the evening by sweeping the late-double with Richard Moreau trained six-year-old pacer Kingsley B ($6.30) and Vernon Cochrane trained claiming pacer Jet Black Cadillac ($17.90). Oceanview Deb and Highland Top Hill were repeat winners for Roy from last week. Roy has won 14 races over the last five-cards of racing at Woodbine. He now has 271 wins on the season at Woodbine/Mohawk and is second in the circuit's driver standings behind Doug McNair (291). Recently named a finalist for the USHWA Rising Star Award, Roy will look to keep things rolling with seven-drives on Friday evening. Live racing continues at Woodbine Friday and Saturday. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, December 14, 2017 - Exactly seven-days after finishing in the runner-up spot five-times, harness racing driver Louis Philippe Roy turned the tables to post a big Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Mont-Joli, Quebec native won five of seven drives on Thursday evening's 10-race card. Roy started his night with a victory in the evening's second-race behind Richard Moreau trained three-year-old trotting filly Oceanview Deb ($3). Victories two and three for the young reinsman would come in the fifth-race behind Des Tackoor trained four-year-old pacer Undrafted ($3.50) and the sixth-race behind Rene Bourassa trained three-year-old pacing filly Restless Hanover ($15.70). Roy hit the "Grand Slam" in the eighth-race with three-year-old trotting filly Highland Top Hill ($2.60) for trainer Marty Fine. He would then double up with Bourassa by steering seven-year-old pacer Independent Spirit ($5.10) to victory in the finale for his fifth-win. Currently second in the WEG driver's standings, Roy now has 262 victories in his first-full season on the Woodbine Circuit. Overall, Roy has 371 victories and $5.6 million in earnings in 2017. Roy will attempt to keep things rolling on Friday evening's 10-race card. He is scheduled to drive in seven-races. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Oceanview Deb - Louis Philippe Roy​ Undrafted - Louis Philippe Roy Restless Hanover - Louis Philippe Roy Highland Top Hill - Louis Philippe Roy Independent Spirit - Louis Philippe Roy Mark McKelvie

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The highest win payoff of the 2017 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R was recorded Sunday as The Rocket Man and trainer/driver Michel Audet blasted to the lead in the backstretch and then held off Bel Gazou to win by a head at odds of 55-1, paying $112.00 to win. The sixth race trot saw Federal Strike and driver Sylvain Fontaine go out to the early lead with The Rocket Man and Audet sitting on the outside in fifth place going to the opening quarter mile. Then by the half mile marker, The Rocket Man had a slight lead over Federal Strike and then took command in the backstretch as Federal Strike began to fade. As the came to the finish, Federal Strike caught a second wind and nearly collared The Rocket Man. Bel Gazou (Louis-Philippe Roy) closed with a burst of speed but it was too late to catch The Rocket Man. Federal Strike was third. Time for the one-mile race on off track was 2:04.4. The payoff was the first $100 plus winner to come in at H3R this season. The Rocket Man is a four-year-old gelded son of Manofmanymissions and is owned by Rexanne Viau of Bertheirville. It was his fourth win this year. With one of the most amazing racing efforts of the year at H3R, National Debt and driver Stephane Gendron swept three and four-wide in the backstretch, and came on to win the eighth race Invitational Pace going away. Getting away in last place at the start of the race, National Debut could see them all as Atomic Million AM (Mario Charron) led the field with Glass Shadow (Stephane Brosseau) sitting in the place to the opening quarter mile in :28. As they came to the half mile in :58.2, National Debt was still in last place, but horses began to come out to challenge, but that was not fast enough for National Debt and Gendron as they tipped three-wide heading to the backstretch. Then before the three-quarter mile marker in 1:28.1, Gendron was forced four-wide with National Debut and the pacer responded by circling the field on the final turn and collaring Atomic Million despite being three-wide. Coming down the stretch, National Debt was bearing out but still had plenty of pace left to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. Glass Shadow was second with Atomic Million AM third. It was the tenth victory of the season for National Debt, a six-year-old stallion trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $5.70 to win. Track Notes: With next Sunday closing day for the 2017 live harness racing meet at H3R, it looks like both the driving and training titles are not wrapped up. Driver Stephane Brosseau holds a diminishing 51-46 lead over Stephane Gendron for the dash winning title. With two victories from his stable Sunday, Frances Richard looks to hold up as the leading trainer at H3R. He leads 26-19 over Yves Tessier, who also had a winner. Drivers Pascal Berube, Stephane Gendron and Louis-Philippe Roy all had two winners on the program Sunday. Post time next Sunday for the final live race card of the season is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy (LPR), the second leading dash winning driver (319 wins) and third leading money winning driver (C$5 million) in all of Canada this year, returns from the WEG circuit in Toronto, to his home track at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday to compete in seven of the ten races on the program. "I had an opportunity to come back home this Sunday and am taking it," LPR said. "It's my world at H3R. I have many supporters. These are the people who gave me my first chances to race professionally and, of course, I always look forward to coming back and competing." LPR has been on a whirlwind tour as of late. "In the last few week," LPR said. "I've had the chance to race at two tracks I have never be at before, last Friday at Hoosier Park, Indiana in the Breeders Crown and during September at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky. "The weather was not so great at Hoosier Park, but it was a very nice place to compete," LPR added. "And my experience at the Red Mile was super. What a great track it is. I was lucky enough to drive a couple of Rene Allard's horses and during the week to jog a few. It's like racing on a carpet. You can't even hear the sounds of the horse's hooves. "This all gave me a great taste of the Grand Circuit," LPR said. "I hope I can race more in these events next year. I would be very receptive to do it if the opportunity comes about." LPR's talents will be put to the test in the feature race, the Invitational Pace in the eighth race where he will be driving the Allard's Stables Crombie A from post three. Only a two-time winner this season in 25 starts, the Australian-bred 11-year-old stallion by Life Sign draws a good inside post for the first time in six starts for trainer Michel Allard. His main competition will come from the 5/2 morning line favorite, Bali, in post seven for trainer/driver Marie Claude Auger and the Auger Family of Trois-Rivieres. In his last start, Bali, who was driven then by Sylvain Lacaille, wired the field in a romp at H3R, winning by six open lengths in 1:53.3 for his tenth triumph of the season. He has now won three of his last four starts. The other return winner in the field is Sports Authority from the rail for driver Pierre Luc Roy. He wired the field in the mud last week at H3R in 2:00.3 on a sloppy track that allowed three seconds. He has prior miles in 1:54.2 at H3R and earlier this season won in 1:52.4 for trainer Maxime Velaye. Other contenders in the field include National Debt (post eight), Atomic Million AM (post six) and the lone mare in the field, Rainbow Palace (post two). With rain in the forecast for Sunday's program, LPR was reminded about the last time he drove on a sloppy track at H3R, when he won eight races on the program. Can he do that well again? "That was just a super day," LPR said. "I would love nothing more than to have another day like that this Sunday." First race post time Sunday is 12:30 pm. For a free race program visit, www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Youaremycandygirl went to the front and never looked back en route to a 40-1 harness racing stunner in the $500,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes. The Ron Burke trained filly bested seven other two-year-old pacing fillies in a sizzling 1:50.4. Driver Louis Philippe Roy opted to blast the daughter of American Ideal out from post-eight and secured the front through a :26.4 opening-quarter. Kendall Seelster, the 4/5 favourite, left from the rail and got the two-hole trip. Youaremycandygirl rolled along through fractions of :55 and 1:23 to lead by a length and a half turning for home. The outer-flow developed at the half, but didn't advance right away, which stalled star filly Percy Blue Chip at the back. In the stretch, Youaremycandygirl showed plenty of determination and stormed home in :27.4 to score by a length and a quarter over Kendall Seelster. Come See The Show finished third, while Percy Blue Chip came from last to finish fourth. "Going into the last turn she did the same as the first turn and put in some bad steps and I couldn't let her go that much," said Roy following the race. "I had a lot of horse in the last turn and I said if I can just get her to go around the last turn she'll be hard to beat. "Behind the gate I was planning to race her from behind, but I changed my mind pretty quick because no one was leaving inside of me." Owned by W. Donovan, Youaremycandygirl did not enter Saturday's contest with the record of a 40-1 shot. The Burke trainee was three for five competing in New York Sires Stakes events. A $150,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Youaremycandygirl earnings soar to $331,545 following her victory Saturday. The combination of Roy and Burke has found success this season at Mohawk and the reinsman is grateful for the opportunity he's received from the sport's leading trainer. "I'm really thankful to him. I don't even know if I've ever talked to him, but he puts a lot of confidence in me and I really appreciate it. The whole team, his brother too, I really appreciate it." A $2 win ticket on Youaremycandygirl returned $82.70, $17.10 and $6.30. The $2 Exacta with Kendall Seelster ($2.90, $2.40) paid $178.00, while the $1 Trifecta including Come See The Show ($3.80) paid $510.80. The $1 Superfecta with Percy Blue Chip returned $1,582.05. Youaremycandygirl Mark McKelvie

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  

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

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

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It's not often that you see a much older trotter that can still show his heels to younger rivals, especially in the Invitational ranks, but that is the case when it comes to Four Starz Speed at the Hippodrome 3R. Come this Sunday, the 12-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall will seek his eighth victory of the year at H3R, starting from post seven for trainer/driver Kevin Maguire in the 7th race Invitational Trot. Last week was win number seven for Four Starz Speed, who was able to lead from start to finish for driver Louis-Philippe Roy, winning by three open lengths in 1:59. He is listed as the 7/2 third choice in the morning line. Owned by the Maguire Stable of Sainte-Marie, doing well, winning races and making money has been the standard year-in-year out for Four Starz Speed. Last year, at age 11, he posted an impressive 13 wins with earnings of $54,784. He already has bankrolled $39,889 this year with his seven wins, seven second and two third place finishes in just 20 starts and could well surpass his earnings from last year. Career-wise, Four Starz Speed has won $831,887. But once again it will not be an easy walk-in-the-park for Four Starz Speed faces some stiff competition, especially from Unabating. From the barn of Guy Gagnon and owned by Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel, Unabating had five wins and five seconds in his 14 starts this year. He is the 5/2 morning line favorite in the race. A nine-year-old gelding by Broadway Hall, Unabating ships back to H3R after back to back second place finishes at Rideau Carlton and prior to that, he had won the Invitational Trot at H3R, also in 1:59. Guy Gagnon will do the driving from post four. The lone mare in the field, Torches Angel, goes from post five for driver Pierre Luc Roy. She was second to Four Starz Speed last week. Sports Authority, who had the long shot hopes of Trois-Rivieres behind him in the Prix D'Ete last week, but finished last in the race, is back in the eighth race to headline the Invitational Pace. He starts from post six and is the 5/2 favorite in the race. Moving up in class for the first time in the Invitational is Tidewater Tomahawk off the strength of two strong wins against lesser. He starts from the rail for driver Daniel Mondou. Track Notes: There is also an extra distance race in the sixth Sunday for pacers, as a large field of eleven starters will go at one and one-half miles, three laps around the H3R half mile oval. Driver Stephane Brosseau, needs just one win to reach the 3,000-win career mark, but most likely that will come at the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit on Saturday, but Brosseau will still be honored Sunday at H3R for his special achievement. Coming up on Sunday, September 3, will be the Quebec-Bred Championship Day with four $65,000 finals for three-year-old's and four $55,000 finals for two-year-old trotters and pacers. It is annually the richest day of race at H3R during the season with total purses on the program of more than C$500,000. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 7 - Summer Travel became North America's fastest two-year-old of the season with a dominating 1:50.3 harness racing performance in Monday's $39,800 Dream Maker Final at Mohawk Racetrack. The son of Western Ideal improved to three for three by putting on a show against five rivals in the series finale. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Summer Travel got away third in the early stages, while Trump That moved up to take the lead away from Albergo Hanover at the opening-quarter in :27.4. Summer Travel got his cue to go entering the backstretch and rushed to the lead, posting a half of :56.1. The Casie Coleman trainee proceeded to pace back-to-back :27.1 quarters to leave his rivals well behind and pull off a sensational 9¾ lengths victory in a stakes record 1:50.3. Trump That finished second, while Albergo Hanover was third. A $35,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, Summer Travel appears to be the next big star for his connections of West Wins Stable, Mac Nichol and Calhoun Racing Limited. "He's been impressive since day one," said Coleman. "He's really special. He shows a ton of speed. "I was worried about him, he's got a bit of a high stepping gait to him. I loved him as a yearling, but then when he had his gait I was a little bit worried about that, but it's obviously not slowing him down any." Coleman, who has trained many top colts, had high praise for where Summer Travel ranks at this point. "None of them had done what Summer Travel's done this early and he's doing it so easy, like you could see the plugs were in tonight. I've had a little bit of sickness, allergies that I've been battling with him and he's honestly not even 100 per cent yet, but I'm going to have him 100 per cent when it's time next month." Coleman confirmed that Summer Travel is being pointed towards the Grand Circuit events coming up at Mohawk, including the Nassagaweya, Champlain and Metro. Summer Travel paid $2.70 to win. Summer Travel While the Dream Maker Series concluded Monday, the Pure Ivory Series for two-year-old trotting fillies kicked off with a pair of $14,000 divisions. Conway Hall filly Shazamm was able to power by rivals in the stretch to win the first division in 1:58 for driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Renaldo Morales III. A $12,000 Harrisburg purchase, Shazamm was coming into Monday's start off a victory on July 31 at Ocean Downs in Maryland. The rookie trotting filly now has two wins in three starts and $16,775 earned for owner Dan Clements. Shazamm paid $14.90 to win. Shazamm Rick Zeron trainee Courtney Hanover broke through with a strong 1:56.3 winning performance in the second split. The daughter of Cantab Hall converted off a two-hole trip to break her maiden and post the nation's fastest two-year-old trotting mile of the season. Courtney Hanover, who had been racing in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes recently, was a $47,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg and is now one for four with $10,500 banked for owners Rick Zeron Stables, Paul Marion, Bruno Dipoce and Howard Taylor. She paid $13.10 to win. Courtney Hanover The second leg of the Pure Ivory will take place next Monday (August 14). Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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