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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - They race horses for a reason and that was very evident Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R as 14-1 Rockin Ron was able to defeat the 1/9 overwhelming favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit (WIJI) in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers. It took a herculean effort by Rockin Ron and driver Yannick Gingras over a sloppy, rain-soaked track to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague, covering the one-mile race in 1:52. The 10th race feature saw Gringras, the sports leading money winning driver and a native of Quebec, fly to the early lead from post five to take control with WIJI content to sit in the two-hole going to the opening quarter mile in :27. They raced Indian-style to the half mile marker in a mild :56.3 and that was when the action heated up for the nearly 5,000 race fans that came to 3R to see the World Champion WIJI perform despite the rain. As they started down the backstretch, Teague came after Rockin Ron with WIJI and those two pulled away from the field, racing neck and neck, stride for stride to the three-quarters in 1:26 and then around the final turn. As they straighten out for the stretch drive, it seemed that everyone held their breath to see if WIJI could come back and win again as he has done so often in his career, but it was not to happen today. Coming to the wire, Gringras knew he and Rockin Ron would be victorious and did a fist-pump in triumph as they came to the finish, winning by one and one-half lengths. Rockin In Heaven (Jody Jamieson) was third with Rock N Roll World (Daniel Dube) fourth and ASAP Hanover (Louis-Philippe Roy) fifth. "Obviously Wiggle It Jiggleit was the best horse in the race," Gringas said. "Everyone knew that but we got a little advantage when I was able to get right to the lead and control the race. "I knew it was the only way I could win the race if they came first-over," Gringras explained, "If they had sat behind me maybe they could have beaten us, but I was backing it down and forced his hand. I knew the only way I could beat him was to get him to come first-over." Sired by Real Desire, Rockin Ron is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and the RTC Stables, Inc. of Canonsburg, PA. Rockin Ron paid $30.40 to win. Rockin Ron, who earlier this season was undefeated at 10 straight wins, picked the perfect time for win number 11 in the Prix D'Ete. His last week was also in defeating WIJI in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. He now sports 11 wins and C$424,000 in earnings this season. It is the second straight year that the Burke Stable has won the Prix D'Ete, scoring last year with All Bets Off. "Yannick drove Rockin Ron has perfect as he could," said trainer Mickey Burke. "WIJI pulled and tried to come after him and those two put on a hellva show. I'm glad it worked out the way it did and the great crowd here got to see a heck of a race." Burke did not know what racing plans were in store for Rockin Ron. Rockin Ron's time of 1:52 over the sloppy track was the third fastest mile in the history of 3R behind the last two Prix D'Ete's that were won in 1:50.3 by Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). TRACK NOTES: The Hippodrome 3R trackman, Sylvain Blais did a superb job with the racing surface Sunday as despite the rain, two tracks records were set early on the program before the downpours and seven of the winners on the day recorded lifetime marks. Both track records came in the third round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. Yannick Gingras scored his first of three winners on the day in the third race Future Stars division for colts. He sent Makasi to the lead by the opening quarter mile and never looked back, scoring in 1:55.2 in his maiden victory. Trained by Helene Fillion for owner/breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC, Makasi is sired by Shanghai Phil and paid $2.40 to win. The previous track mark was set 23 years ago by Canaco Score (1993) and was tied by Hall Bro in 2013. It was the longest standing record at 3R. Then in the next division for pacing fillies, Canada's newest hall of famer, Yves Filion, also led from the quarter mile to the finish with Yaris Bayama in 1:56.4. The daughter of Sportswriter, trained by Yves and owned and bred by Filion's Bayama Farms, has been razor sharp all season. It was Yaris Bayama's third win in five starts and last week she had won the C$105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Her clocking erased the prior record of 1:57.3 held by HP Sissy in 2015. Yaris Bayama paid just $2.10 to win. The other colt division was won also won by Filion with Yogi Bayama ($2.10) in 1:59.1 and the filly division went to Carl Duguay's Chaleurs Melodie ($6.70), driven to victory by Daniel Dube in 2:00. Live racing resumes at 3R on Tuesday evening, first race post time at 7:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 20, 2016 - Without the other "Big Three" to contend with this weekend, Wiggle It Jiggleit could very well have an easy time Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R.ham Racing fans throughout Quebec will have the rare chance to see this world champion performer in their backyard. The Prix D'Ete is just for four-year-old pacers and Team Teague is taking full advantage of the opportunity for what many consider to be an easy payday. Just don't try and tell that to the other four contenders in the race. Wiggle It Jiggleit comes into the Prix D'Ete off a dramatic comeback victory in the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park where he defeated rivals Always B Miki, All Bets Off, Shamballa and Freaky Feet Pete. None of those rivals are in the race on Sunday. The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year is the current money winner leader in 2016 with more than $1 million bankrolled this season. He sports 11 wins in 17 starts, four seconds and two third place finishes, thus he has never finished off the board this season. Owned by George Teague, Jr. and the Teague Racing Partnership of Delaware, WIJI starts from the rail on Sunday in the 10th race feature with George Teague's son, Montrell, handling the lines as he has done all season long. Most figure that WIJI, a son of Mr. Wiggles, will go off at odds of 1-9 and rightly so off his past performances and uncanny ability to dig in when most horses would back off. "What I am most pleased about him right now," said owner George Teague, Jr. "Is that he has settled down into a groove and is relaxed more when he races. It took a few starts but I think he is at his best now and last week really showed it." "He (WIJI) arrived in good shape," said trainer Clyde Francis. "It took us around 12 hours to get to Quebec (I got a little lost finding the training center outside of Montreal) but once we arrived, WIJI was feeling pretty good. He ate up all his feed and this morning I jogged him and he was ready to go a mile. He will be in top shape for tomorrow." Is WIHI a sure bet? Perhaps, but then again, the other four rivals in the short field cannot read a program. Rival Rockin Ron from post five, beat WIJI back on May 15 in the Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs. At that time the son of Real Desire was undefeated in ten starts this season. Trained by Ron Burke and part of an entry in the race with Rock N Roll World, Rockin Ron starts from post five. The gelded son of Real Desire has yet to win a race since beating WIJI, but still has earned $324,000 this season and was fourth to WIJI in a leg and the final of the Graduate Series. "There are not many horses that can beat Rockin Ron out of the starting gate," said his driver, Yannick Gingras. "Starting from post five I plan on leaving hard and seeing how it develops. I really want to be on the lead early. With a five-horse field strategy is the key and I think the race will be won or lost by position by the opening quarter mile. Stablemate Rock N Roll World goes from post four for driver Daniel Dube. Dube is a native of Trois-Rivieres and Gringras also grew up in Sorel, Quebec. Both are world class drivers and will have the home town crowd rooting them on. Rock N Roll World is sired by Rocknroll Hanover and just pasted the $100,000 mark in earnings this season with just two wins. He was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Final, pacing his mile in 1:48, so he is also a contender in this race. In peak form coming into the Prix D'Ete is Rockin In Heaven from post three for driver Jody Jamieson. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven is trained by Dr. Ian Moore and in his last two starts at Mohawk Raceway he was victorious in 1:50.4 and 1:51.2. He has $105,000 in earnings this year. "He (Rockin In Heaven) has picked the perfect time to come into form," said Jamieson. "He won his last two starts both on the front end and from behind and we did not enter this race to go for second place money. If he feels good enough behind the gate, we might leave and see how the race goes early on, but WIGI or not, we came here to win it." The long shot of sorts in the field is ASAP Hanover. This son of Somebeachsomewhere drew post two in the Prix D'Ete for local driving sensation Louis-Philippe Roy, made only one start at age 3 and has but two wins this year, one of them coming three starts back at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best clocking of 1:50.2. He is trained by Sean Mehlenbacher of Ontario, who decided to take a chance with young driver Louis-Philippe Roy. "I had read some stories of how Roy was driving very well at 3R and Rideau Carlton," Mehlenbacher explained, "but last week he impressed me a lot with his win in the Gold Cup & Saucer and I like having the leading driver at a track drive my horses. "We did not come all the way from Ontario to race for fifth place money," Mehlenbacher said. "I was real pleased my horse drew post two and despite finishing 10th last week as he was never able to get into the race, he is feeling good and I think he will be heard from on Sunday." The Hippodrome 3R track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, sees the short field capable of breaking the all-age track record of 1:50.3 that is co-held by Prix D'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). "I think the forecast for rain will hold off until after the races Sunday afternoon," Lafontaine said. "And with a fast track and a rich purse, they will be flying around the 3R oval and will break the track record. I predict it will be Wiggle It Jiggleit by a nose over Rockin In in 1:49.2." TRACK NOTES: There are four divisions, two for colts and two for fillies, of the third leg of the Future Stars Series for pacers on the Sunday program. Standouts include Makasi (race 3) for driver Yannick Gingras, who despite being winless in two starts, was race timed at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52.3 and 1:53.4. He takes on Wildriverbumblebee, who in his last start won a leg of the series at 3R in 1:57.4. The fourth race for fillies features Yaris Bayama for trainer Yves Filion. She will be driven by Yves son, Sylvan Filion, and last week won the $105,000 final of the Grassroots Series at Mohawk in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Most simulcasting outlets and ADW's will be carrying the 3R race program Sunday with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For a free race program for Sunday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club          

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It might be a short field with just five horses going to post Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, but the drivers coming to compete are some of the best in all of harness racing. Yannick Gingras leads the pack as the top money winning driver in the world this season and the last few years. The Quebec native not only will drive Rockin Ron in the Prix D'Ete, but is also driving in other races on the program and won the first revival of the Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014, setting the Canadian track record with a 1:50.3 triumph. "It's definitely great coming home to Quebec," Yannick Gingras said. "I will get to see my family and friends again and that is always good. As for racing Rockin Ron against Wiggle It Jiggleit, earlier this season Rockin Ron was 10 for 10 and beat WIJI in the Confederation Cup so maybe we can do it again Sunday!" Local driving sensation, Louis-Philippe Roy, is have a breakthrough year as he is the leading driver at the Hippodrome 3R and is in second place at Rideau Carlton. In addition, he recently won an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division and last week won an elimination division for the Gold Cup and Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park and will be in the final Saturday night on Prince Edward Island and then fly right back to race at 3R. "I'm very happy to get a drive in the Prix D'Ete." Roy said. "Two weeks ago I never thought I was going to drive in both the Gold Cup and Saucer on Saturday and the Prix D'ete on Sunday. I'm so grateful to the trainers and owners that have given me these opportunities. "For sure the Prix D'Ete will be the biggest purse I have ever raced for," Roy added. "From what I remember the biggest purses I had ever raced in was last year in the Quebec Series Finals for $65,000. This is going to be so great." Montrell Teague is making his first journey to Quebec and the Hippodrome 3R. He was the 2015 USHWA Dan Patch Rising Star Award winner for his superb efforts last season with Wiggle It Jiggleit. "I usually have to adapt as it seems we go to a different track every week." Teague said. "I usually watch a couple of races before mine and see how they do their post parades, where all the poles are, and see where the car picks the horses up and lets them go. "Each track I race at has different times to be on the track before we race," Teague said. "So I try and stay within the pack just to make sure I do not stray too far away. I usually go a slow trip with him just to show him what size track he's on so he knows what to do. He's always smart enough to pick it up. "He's feeling good and trained great Wednesday." Montrell added. "He seems ready to roll and what a great drawing horse he is. I'm always happy to get the rail in a small field like this. I'm looking forward to coming to Quebec and meeting more harness racing fans." Jody Jamieson is no longer a stranger to the Hippodrome 3R. He is coming to 3R from the WEG circuit in Ontario and is one of the top drivers in the sport. He drove in the Prix D'Ete last year and has captured two driving tournaments at 3R, most recently on June 5, against all an-star field that featured John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gringras, Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion. He drives Rockin In Heaven from post three, who ships in from Mohawk Raceway where he has won his last two starts, the fastest in 1:50.4. "Anytime I can come back to 3R it's something I look forward to!" Jamieson said. "If there is ever a moment when Rockin In Heaven could beat WIJI in a race, it will be this Sunday at 3R. He's sharp and I'm hoping he can come up big." Last, but not least, is driver Daniel Dube, a native of Trois-Rivieres, who knows the 3R track like the back of his hand. In anticipation of his arrival, trainers and owners at 3R have put him up to drive in ten of the twelve races on the program Sunday. He will have his work cut out for him driving Rock N Roll World, who was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Series Final at the Meadowlands. "I always look forward to coming back to Trois-Rivieres," Dube said. "It was my home and I have so many family and friends to see and will be cheering for me. I will be at my best with Rock N Roll World and maybe I can work a trip and take home the Prix D'Ete trophy this year!" In addition to the Prix D'ete race, the Sunday program has four divisions of the third round in the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. This series has drawn another Quebec native, Sylvain Filion, the leading dash leader and top money winning driver at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario and the reigning champion in 2015. Filion will be driving for his father, Yves Filion, who was just inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Other top drivers on the card this Sunday will be Pascal Berube, Gaetan Lamy, Mario Charron and Stephane Brosseau. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, headlines a short field of five pacers that will do battle Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. Currently ranked #1 in the North American Top Ten Poll and the richest harness horse of the 2016 season with earnings of $1,016,927 (US), Wiggle It Jiggleit, drew post one in the Prix D’Ete. Once the richest and most prestigious race in all of Canada, the Prix D’Ete was dropped from competition in 1992 and was then revived by the Quebec Jockey Club at the Hippodrome 3R two years ago. Prior winners of the Prix D’Ete before coming to 3R included world champion performers Niatross (1980), Cam Fella (1982), Strike Out (1979), Beach Towel (1990), Armbro Emerson (1986) and Romulus Hanover (1972) to name a few. As the Prix D’Ete was an open event in the past, it is now restricted to just four-year-olds. The race was captured by Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014 and by All Bets Off in 2015. Both horses won in identical times of 1:50.3, which was the fastest miles ever in Canada for four-year-old pacers on a half mile track. “It will be very special this year to all the harness racing fans in Quebec to be able to come and see the Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, compete at the Hippodrome 3R,” said Vincent Trudel, general manager at 3R. “To have a world champion in this race is what made the Prix D’Ete so special many years ago and is now happening again this Sunday. It will be very prestigious for our racing program to feature such a great horse.” The post-position draw is as follows: 1 - Wiggle It Jiggleit - Trainer Clyde Francis - Driver Montrell Teague 2 - ASAP Hanover - Trainer Sean Mehlenbacher - Driver Louis-Philippe Roy 3 - Rockin In Heaven - Trainer Dr Ian Moore - Driver Jody Jamieson 4 - Rock N Roll World - Trainer Ron Burke - Driver Daniel Dube 5 - Rockin Ron - Trainer Ron Burke - Driver Yannick Gingras Wiggle It Jiggleit comes into the race with 11 wins in 17 starts and lifetime earnings of $3.2 million. Last week he captured the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in 1:49.1, last quarter mile in an amazing :26 in defeating rivals Always B Miki, All Bets Off and Shamballa. “The draw worked out great again,” George Teague, owner of Wiggle It Jiggleit said. “We can’t wait to come up to Quebec this weekend. Wiggle It Jiggleit is feeling great and from what I hear he will really like racing over 3R’s oval. It will also be special to show him off to the race fans in Quebec.” Rockin Ron hails from the Ron Burke Stable and comes into the race sporting 10 wins in 18 starts, a record of 1:50.1 and earnings this year of nearly $300,000. His stablemate, Rock N Roll World, sports two wins and earnings of nearly $100,000 this season. Rockin In Heaven comes into the Prix D’Ete for trainer Dr. Ian Moore, off an impressive 1:51.2 victory at Mohawk Raceway for driver Jody Jamison. He has three wins and $84,000 won this year. ASAP Hanover has been first, second or third in eight of his 12 starts this year for trainer Sean Mehlenbacker and has a record this season of 1:50.2. Post time Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R on Prix D’Ete Day is 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Opening day for the Hippodrome 3R is right around the corner on Sunday, May 1 and management at Quebec's only pari-mutuel harness racing track is ready to greet fans with some big, positive changes. "From our new All-Star Spring Driver's Tournament with many of the best harness drivers in the world coming to 3R, to our redesigned website, we are ready for a very exciting race season in 2016." Said 3R General Manager Vincent Trudel. The track opens with live racing on Sunday's at 1:30 pm starting May 1 and then adding Tuesday night racing (post time 7:00 pm) beginning on May 24. "We have positive changes set for this season," Trudel added. "In order to boost our simulcast signal, our track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, will be calling the races in both English and French, and we will have our changes, handicapping selections and other broadcast items in both languages as is our website. "We have also hired a new Director of Marketing, Andre Provencher," Trudel said. "To assist us for promotional events, marketing and simulcasting. He is already a welcomed addition to our staff." What Trudel is most excited about for the new season is the All-Star Driver's Tournament set for Sunday, June 5. "We have never had such a lineup of the best drivers in North America racing here at 3R." Trudel gleamed. "Hall of Famer John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gingras, Jody Jamison, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion and our own Denis St Pierre and Mario Charron. What a great tournament this will be. I am so grateful for these driver's taking the time from their busy schedules to come here to Trois-Rivieres." The tournament will comprise of eight races and throughout the day there will be interviews after each race and a special Meet and Greet with all the drivers starting at 12:30 pm. "Just after we announced the tournament and the top drivers in the competition, the dining room at the track was sold out in days." Trudel said. The premier event of the season is the third annual revival of the Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers with a purse of $200,000. Set for Sunday, August 21, this year's Prix D'Ete is headlined by the nomination of the 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. "We are hoping that owner George Teague and Wiggle It Jiggleit have a strong and healthy season," said Trudel, "so that they will come here and race in the Prix D'Ete. The race has had many great horses compete in prior years and the racing fans in Quebec would love the opportunity to see this world champion race on our track." Other stakes at 3R this season include the Lucien Bombardier Pace for two-year-old fillies on Sunday, September 11 and the very popular Quebec-Bred Series for two, three and four-year-old pacers. The Quebec-Bred Series takes place from May through September depending on age with preliminary round and finals in all divisions. Leading driver for the past two years, Denis St-Pierre, is ready for the start of the 3R racing season. "I may be living in Ontario now," St-Pierre said, "But I will be at 3R every time I have the chance to drive mainly in the stakes races. I did this last year and missed some programs but still was able to hang on for the driving title against Mario Charron. He nearly caught me on closing day. "I am so honored to be part of the upcoming driver tournament on June 5," St-Pierre added, "What a great job the management at the Hippodrome 3R has done to have these world class drivers come to Quebec. "It is so important for our race program at 3R to have a tournament of this top class for everyone in North America to have their eyes on," St-Pierre said. "I can't wait for this day as it will be great to compete again these guys. This is very positive for harness racing at 3R and important for all the horsemen and women in Quebec to support." The Hippodrome 3R's top drivers, trainers and owners will be back for the summer meet. Along with Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron, Pascal Berube, Jocelyn Gendron and Louise-Phillip Roy, who is currently the leading driver at Rideau Carlton Raceway, will all be back at 3R. Top trainers returning to 3R include Maxime Velaye, who captured his first driving title last year with an impressive UDR of .443. He will be joined by Jean Tourigny, Yves Tessier, Dany Fontaine and Andre Champagne. "It is very exciting getting ready for this Sunday," Trudel said. "I know the race fans in Quebec are anxious for the return of live racing to Trois-Rivieres and we are ready to show everyone a good time." For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

TROIS-RIVIERES Quebec - The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, headlines the list of 24 four-year-old pacers that have been nominated for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Grand Circuit Stake at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, August 21st. The third annual revival of one of the most prestigious races in the history of Canada, this year's edition of the Prix D'Ete could be the best yet. Wiggle It Jiggleit was sensational in 2015, scoring 22 wins and three second place finishes in his 26 starts. He earned a whopping $2,229,496 in purses, took a record of 1:47.4 and provided what many race fans have voted is one of the greatest races in history when he won the Little Brown Jug in straight heats. Owned by George Teague, Jr. of Delaware, driven by his son, Montrell Teague and trained by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit is sired by Mr Wiggles. "The Prix D'Ete fit perfectly into our race schedule planning." Said George Teague, Jr. "And we hope the season goes well and that we will be in Quebec in August. It would be great to show Wiggle It Jiggleit to the fans at 3R." In the past two editions of the Prix D'Ete at 3R, 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. "With a possible Wiggle It Jiggleit coming to 3R this summer, the track record will be broken." Said a confident 3R General Manager, Vincent Trudel. "I have seen him race last year and he was sensational and super-fast. He will love speeding around our banked turns at 3R. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have nominated to this year's Prix D'Ete." Trudel said. "The revival of this Grand Circuit event is developing into the great race it was before. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres on August 21 for our Prix D'Ete and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." Already on a hot streak in 2016 is the nominated Rockin Ron from the Ron Burke Stable. Undefeated in five starts this year, Rockin Ron has already equaled his lifetime mark of last year in 1:51. And there are a slew of other top colts from last year that have been nominated to the Prix D'Ete. Art Rooney Final and Bluegrass Stakes winner, In The Arsenal, was a tiger last season, notching seven wins, $554,872 in earnings and a record of 1:49.1. Dealt A Winner won $442,389 and set a world record of 1:47.3 in winning the Cane Pace over both Wiggle It Jiggleit and In The Arsenal. Another Ron Burke Stable nominee is My Hero Ron, who won five times last year with earnings of $387,044 and a record of 1:49.2. Other standouts include Rockin In Heaven, Split The House, Rock N Roll World and National Seelster. Quebec owners and trainers are also in the Prix D'Ete hunt as Go Daddy Go and Traceur Hanover are both trained by Rene Allard, Mach On The Beach (Richard Moreau), and Poisonous (Stephane Larocque). There are two more nominations payments due for the Prix D'Ete on April 15 and May 15. There are no supplemental entries allowed. Only the eight top money earners in 2016 at time of entry for the race will be eligible for the Prix D'Ete Final. From the Quebec Jockey Club 2016 Prix D'Ete Nominees A Marcou Story Americanprimetime Arque Hanover Asap Hanover Dealt A Winner Drachan Hanover Dreams Beachboy Go Daddy Go In The Arsenal JJs Delivery K Ryan Bluechip Lyons Levi Lewis Mach On The Beach My Hero Ron National Seelster Poisonous Rock N Roll World Rockin In Heaven Rockin Ron Rodeo Romeo Split The House The Wayfaring Man Traceur Hanover Wiggle It Jiggleit    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, March 3, 2016 - The Hippodrome 3R management team wants every horse owner and trainer in North America to not miss the March 15 nomination payment for the 2016 $200,000 Prix D'Ete. The race is only eligible to four-year-old pacers with the top eight money earners in 2016 at time of entry going into the rich final. The race will be held on Sunday, August 21. Last year's 2nd annual revival of the one-time richest stakes event in all of Canada, saw trainer Ron Burke's All Bets Off tie the all-age track record (first set by Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014) with an amazing 1:50.3 triumph over the 3R half mile oval. Driven by Matt Kakaley, All Bets Off was parked out to the first quarter, settled in on the lead and led the rest of the race. Limelight Beach was second with Somewhere In LA third. To get the nomination form and for the payment schedule, rules and regulations for the Prix D'Ete go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The Ron Burke Stable had a sensational Sunday in Canada as their horses not only finished one-two in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R, but earlier on the afternoon the Burke Stable also finished one-two in the rain-delayed Gold Cup & Saucer Final at Charlottetown Driving Park on PEI. In the Prix D'Ete Grand Circuit race for four-year-old pacers, it was action-packed right out of the starting gate as Limelight Beach (Mark MacDonald) shot like a rocket to the early lead from post six with Somewhere In L A (Daniel Dube) leaving and grabbing the two-hole spot with All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) also on the move on the outside. They flew to the opening quarter mile in :26.2 and Kakaley kept All Bets Off in gear until they finally cleared to the lead. After a short breather going to the half mile marker in :55.2, it was Somewhere In L A and Dube taking up the chase first-over with Winds Of Change (Dustin Jones) grabbing the second-over trip down the backstretch and to the three-quarters in 1:23. Then as they came around the final turn, All Bets Off was still the strong horse, turning back Somewhere In L A and with Kakaley raising his whip in the air and just lifting the line, All Bets Off scooted home an easy winner by three and one-half lengths in 1:50.3. Limelight Beach was second with Somewhere In L A third. "Once I cleared to the lead," Kakaley said. "I was able to back it down a little. Then when Somewhere In L A came first-over I just pulled the plugs and my horse got stronger. I knew at the start I wanted to get to the front and control the pace and everything worked out perfectly." The time of the race tied the all-age track record at the Hippodrome 3R at 1:50.3, set last year in the revival of the Prix D'Ete by Sunfire Blue Chip. It also tied both Sunfire Blue Chip and Crombie A as the fastest Canadian race by a four-year-old on a half mile oval. "What a great day this has been for the Burke Stable," explained second trainer Mickey Burke. "We finish one-two in the Gold Cup & Saucer and then finish one-two in the Prix D'Ete. We have to come back and do this again next year for sure." A stallion by Bettor's Delight, it was the third win this year for All Bets Off. He is owned by the Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver-Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and the Panhelleni Stable. All Bets Off now sports career earnings of $1,505,481. Coupled with Limelight Beach in the wagering, they paid $3.80 to win. The Prix D'Ete program also featured four divisions of second round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers. YS Artistic Fella made an impressive Quebec debut in the first division, working to the lead at the 1/8 and controlling the pace, then storming home in 28.3 to break his maiden in 1:59, a racing mark. First round prelim winner Sagawi had to settle for second today, 2¾ lengths back, after a pocket trip behind the son of Artistic Fella out of Bolero Tallia (the dam of the 4-5YO pacing mares "Q" Series champion My Tallia Ideal earlier this year). Simon Allard, a provincial native son returning for the day from his base at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, guided YS Artistic Fella for trainer Richard Moreau and owner YvesSarrazin. Mr Mach Jimmy is now 2-for-2 in the Quebec prelims after making every pole a winning one with a 1:59.2 triumph, posting a new mark. However, success did not come easily to driver Pascal Berube and the altered son of Mach Three-Rosebud Stena, as Pudong Phil, in only his second lifetime start, picked a tuck from the outside post eight, then was first-over from the 3/8 and gave the leader all he could handle before "Jimmy" crossed the wire a length to the good for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. HP Sissy and Miss Babe Delight were virtually inseparable the last quarter of the first filly prelim, with "Sissy" proving the more photogenic by a head in a lifetime mark of 1:57.3, just 2/5 of a second short of the divisional track record set by My Fleet Three last year. Miss Babe Delight, coming off a win in an Ontario stake, took advantage of drawing inside her main rival and forced HP Sissy, a daughter of Up The Credit-Monica Blue Chip and a first round winner in Quebec action last week, to sit the pocket through fast numbers for the babies of 28.1, 58.3, and 1:28.4. Driver Guy Gagnon took the winner to the outside at the last-named point and was in a real donnybrook with the pacesetter the rest of the way, and she just got the better of her game rival for trainer Jean Tourigny and owners Claude Hamel and Michel Damphousse. Skyfall Sena, a Goliath Bayama-Bye Bye Pippa N filly who was (a distant) second to HP Sissy in the first round, took advantage of that rival's drawing in the other division by taking the second distaff section on the engine, lowering her mark 7 2/5 seconds to 2:00.3. Skyfall Sena was sent right to the lead by driver Pascal Berube (a Quebec winner with both sexes), put favored Art De Gagnee in behind her, and then held off that rival in the stretch by ¾ of a length (after finishing ½ length ahead of her behind HP Sissy last week) for trainer and owner Serge Nadeau. Prix D'Ete Notes: There are two divisions of the third round of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday. Featured in the first division are three return winners in track record holder Wildwild Men taking on Panamas Boy and Sass. Post time is 7:00 pm. All Bets Off From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Homecoming is always sweet for harness racing driver Daniel Dube and this Sunday will be no exception as the top class driver returns to the Hippodrome 3R for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. Born and raised in Trois-Rivieres, Dube learned his trade on the Quebec racing circuit before venturing out to the USA where he has become one of the leading drivers in North America. He now battles annually with premier reinsman George Brennan and Jason Bartlett for the driving title at Yonkers Raceway, currently the richest racetrack in the sport. Since leaving Quebec and coming to the United States back in 1997, the native son of Trois-Rivieres has tallied 8,162 wins in his career and $99,638,000 million in purses won by the horses he has driven. He is in the top 20 of all-time money winning drivers in harness racing. But it is always special to come home. "It is a pleasure for me each time I return to the Hippodrome 3R to race," Dube said. "This is where I started my career. I never miss the opportunity to go there and visit my family and my wife's family. It's always fun to come back." Dube's primary reason for coming home is to drive Somewhere In L A, who is the 3-1 second choice in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. The race is exclusively for four-year-old pacers and his is one of the best in North America. Trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Somewhere In L A is a gelded son of world champion Somebeachsomewhere, a career winner of $647,000 and just three starts back teamed up with Dube in winning at Yonkers in 1:52. Somewhere In L A will start from post position three in the tenth race feature. "He (Somewhere In L A) is a really nice horse," Dube said, "And Jimmy Takter would not send him up to Quebec if he was not ready to race. With a little racing luck I think we will be OK." The all-age track record was set last year in the inaugural revival of the Prix D'Ete when Sunfire Blue Chip erupted with a 1:50.3 victory, lowering the prior record by nearly three full seconds. Dube was second in the race with Duc D'Orleans. "The track at Trois-Rivieres is fast, there is no doubt," Dube said. "It compares favorably with the best half mile tracks in North America." The quality of horse flesh coming to 3R on Sunday for the Prix D'Ete and with a forecast of sunny and warm weather, last year's track record may fall by the wayside. In addition to Somewhere In L A (post 3), whose lifetime mark is 1:50, also in the race is an entry from the Ron Burke Stable of All Bets Off (post 4), a $1.4 million winner with a record this year in 1:48.3. He is coupled with LimeLight Beach (post six), 1:49.1, Big Boy Dreams (post 2), 1:49.4, Winds Of Change (post one), 1:48.2 and local favorite, Boomboom Ballykeel (post 5), 1:49.3. Dube is not the only Quebecois coming home on Sunday. Also joining him in the driver colony for 3R's premier race day are top drivers Simon Allard, who drives Big Boy Dreams for his trainer/co-owner/brother, Rene Allard, along with Mario Ballargeon. All three are welcomed home by local trainers as Dube has eight drives and both Allard and Ballargeon have six drives each on the day. Prix D'Ete Notes: Three-time Quebec-Bred Sire Stakes champion, Maximuscle, returns to 3R Sunday to headline the eighth race Open Trot feature. He starts from post eight for driver Mario Charron and has yet another impressive season with six wins and one second place finish in just eight starts. All four opening round winners in the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers, have returned Sunday for round two. They are Sagawi, HP Sissy, HP Mercedes and Mr Mach Jimmy. Post time Sunday is at 1:30 pm. To watch the 3R program live and to get a free program for the race card go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Harness racing driver Matt Kakaley makes his debut in Quebec this Sunday and it could be a grand appearance as he drives race favorite All Bets Off in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The Grand Circuit showcase for four-year-old pacers headlines a superb 12-race program that also has the second round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers with four divisions. For Matt Kakaley, it will be his first time driving at the Hippodrome 3R. "This will be first time I have been to Quebec," Kakaley said, "but I really look forward to the experience. I also do not speak French at all, but I am sure everything will work out OK." Kakaley has been the steady driver of All Bets Off for the past two seasons. The $1.4 million winning son of Bettor's Delight, trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, LLC and The Panhellenic Stable, has been competing against the best older horses in harness racing this season and doing quite well. All Bets Off starts from post four and is coupled with stablemate Limelight Beach as the 5/2 morning line favorites. "All Bets Off has been the best horse I have driven all year." Kakaley said. "He's my favorite horse and Ronnie (Burke) put me on him all last year. He's pretty much my drive because he is special to me." Kakaley has kept All Bets Off "off" the front end this year and it has been working out OK with two wins, five seconds and two third place finishes in just 12 starts. His biggest score of the year came in the Flamboro Downs Confederation Cup where All Bets Off set the all age track record in 1:50.4 in his elimination race, then went on to win the final the following week. Kakaley says that All Bets Off can still leave if they want to. "We've been racing him from off the pace on the big tracks," Kakaley said. "He can still leave if we want to." Who does Kakaley think are the major contenders in the race? "I think my horse is definitely the one to beat," Kakaley said. Big Boy Dreams qualified really well at Pocono Downs for this. Limelight Beach really raced well last week at Hoosier Park. He had a lot of road traffic and still got a check. He has such great gate speed that post six won't stop him from getting the lead easily." All Bets Off is Kakaley's only drive of the day of the 12 races at the Hippodrome 3R. "That does not bother me one bit," Kakaley said. "I can enjoy myself, watch some of the races, get All Bets Off ready and if we can win the Prix D'Ete it will make for a great day." Prix D'Ete Notes: The 13-year-old trotter, Pablo Angus, who trotted in 1:56 on 7-8-08 to set the all-age track trot record which was equaled exactly six years later by Michelangelo last season, is in the 4th race on Sunday -- and recently this amazing old timer has set three all-age track trot records for driver Mario Charron within the last two months, June 27 at Saint Hughes in 2:01, July 11 at Saint Esprit in 2:00 and July 25 at Ormstown in 2:04.1. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. Tomorrow afternoon race fans can get the free program for Prix D'Ete card at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – The Ron Burke Stable entry of All Bets Off and Limelight Beach headline many of the top four-year-olds in harness racing that have entered the $200,000 second annual renewal of the Prix D’Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. Canada’s premier pacing event for many years, the Hippodrome 3R management revived the race last year for four-year-old only as part of the Grand Circuit and in 2014 saw Sunfire Blue Chip erase the prior track record by nearly three seconds with a 1:50.3 triumph. “This year’s field,” said 3R General Manager Vincent Trudel, “could very well break that record. Our forecast is for a beautiful sunny and warm day and our track will be lighting fast Sunday afternoon. Our race secretary has assembled a great program for our fans.” All Bets Off, a career winner of $1.4 million, is the star attraction. He starts from post four for driving sensation Matt Kakaley. The son of Bettors Delight comes into the race off two strong second place finishes and was race timed in 1:49.1 at both Hoosier Park and the Meadowlands. Earlier this season he also won the Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs, setting the track record in his elimination race in 1:50.4. The second part of the Burke entry, Limelight Beach, drew post six but has early gate speed as shown three starts back when he won at Yonkers Raceway in 1:51.4 and the Hippodrome 3R has a brand new slanted starting gate. Limelight Beach will be driven by talented Mark MacDonald. Big Boy Dreams starts from post two for driver Simon Allard and was purchased at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands for $265,000 by trainer Rene Allard with the Prix D’Ete their main goal in mind. He comes into the race off an impressive qualifying win at Pocono Downs in 1:50.2. Jimmy Takter was the trainer of Sunfire Blue Chip, last year’s Prix D’Ete winner and he wants to win another one this year with Somewhere In L A. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has been first or second in his four of his last five starts and has a record this year of 1:50.4. Somewhere In L A drew post three and will be driven by Trois-Rivieres most famous native son, Daniel Dube. Trainer Justin Jones gets back in the race bike and will drive his Winds Of Change from the rail. They will ship in from Ontario where Winds Of Change was third in his last start in 1:50.2. Rounding out the field is the local favorite, Boomboom Ballykeep for trainer Richard Moreau. They start from post five and in the bike will top reinsman Mario Ballargeon. They have had it rough the last few weeks but back on July 25, Boomboom Ballykeel won at Mohawk Raceway in 1:49.3 and the son of Mach Three knows the 3R oval. Prior to the revival of the Prix D’Ete at 3R, the race was initially known as the Prix d’Automne and was won by older horses such as the great Bret Hanover. The marquee event at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal was converted into a race for 3-year-old pacers in 1970 and remained one of the major North American stakes in the division until its last running in 1992. Past winners included Cam Fella, Niatross, Albatross, Strike Out, Abercrombie, Matts Scooter and Beach Towel. Prix D’Ete Notes: There will be four divisions of the second round of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacers as part of the 12-race extravaganza race program Sunday. The race program is available free of charge by visiting www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - "There is no way that I am not sending a horse to the Hippodrome 3R and try and win the Prix D'Ete again," said Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter. Last year Takter sent Sunfire Blue Chip for the inaugural revival of the Prix D'Ete. Despite drawing the far outside eight post, Sunfire Bluechip and driver Yannick Gingras were able to overcome the bad post and the top competition plus a rainy track surface in setting the all-age track record with a 1:50.3 triumph. This year the Prix D'Ete race, which is restricted to four-year-old pacers only and is part of the national Grand Circuit, is on Sunday, August 23, a month earlier than last year. A total of 19 horses have remained eligible to the race and the top eight money earners in 2015 that enter will get behind the starting gate for the $200,000 race. "I am sorry that I cannot come up for the race again this year," Takter explained, "the race day is in conflict with the stakes races at Tioga Downs and I have more entered there so I must be there that day." But just like last year, Takter is sending another outstanding pacer to Quebec in Somewhere In L A. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is a career winner of $642,000 and has been racing against the best in the sport week in week out. Two starts back he was second in the Roy Davis Memorial at The Meadows and in his prior start he won at Yonkers Raceway, wiring the field in 1:52 for driver Daniel Dube. The Prix D'Ete is one of the richest races of the year for four-year-olds at $200,000 and there are some other trainers and owners who would like to win it. "We will see how Ideal Cowboy races this Saturday night," said owner Jeff Bamond. "I think if he comes out of the race OK then we will send him to the Prix D'Ete. We had a wonderful time last year when Mach It So finished fourth." Ideal Cowboy goes at Yonkers Raceway Saturday in their four-year-old open pace. The Ron Burke Stable has two top horses eligible for the Prix D'Ete in All Bets Off and Limelight Beach. "They are both racing tonight in the $300,000 Dan Patch Stake at Hoosier Park," said co-owner Mark Weaver. "If everything goes well I would think we would send both of them to the Prix D'Ete." It will be interesting after this weekend's racing action to see who will be traveling up to Trois-Rivieres in Quebec for the Prix D'Ete. "My only question about the Prix D'Ete," said trainer Jimmy Takter, "is who will drive my horse? That will be an interesting decision next week as I usually use Corey Callahan or Daniel Dube with Somewhere In L A." That decision and a few more will all have to be made by next Wednesday, August 19 before noon when they close the entry box for Sunday's program on Prix D'Ete Day. Other top contenders eligible to the Prix D'Ete include Luck Be Withyou, Big Boy Dreams, Mattamerican and National Debt. First race post time on Prix D'Ete Day is 1:30 pm. Also on the race program will be the final leg of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old pacing colts. From The Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Live harness racing returns to the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday evening with the start of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters. The last half of the racing season will be highlighted by the second renewal of the Prix D'Ete on Sunday, August 23 for a purse of $200,000 featuring the best four-year-old pacers in North America. On Wednesday there are two divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series. They will compete in three preliminary rounds with the top eight point earners throughout the series returning on Sunday, September 6 for their respective $65,000 finales. The first race first division is headed by Panamas Boy from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau. This son of Crazed may have just two lifetime starts but he is already in the record books having won a qualifier two starts back at Mohawk Raceway in an impressive clocking of 1:59.4, the last quarter a speedy :28.4 for trainer Jacques DuPont and owner/breeder Gestion Levesque 2005 Inc., QC. Other contenders include EAV Naturelle from post two for driver Mario Charron, who is fresh off scoring is 2,000th career victory, Tuscans Memory (post 7) and Dolly PV from post one. The third race second division spotlights return winner Wildwild Men from post three for driver Robert Shepherd. This gelded son of Muscles Mass already has five starts this season and two wins for trainer Isabelle D'Darveau. His last start was a victorious effort at Georgian Downs in an $18,000 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes in 2:00.3. Three starts back he also won an $18,000 OSS division. But it will not be a walk in the park for Wildwild Men as faces some stiff competition from KFB Amigo Cool in post four along with Skyflex in post five. Post time Wednesday is 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. The Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – Headed by the 2014 Dan Patch and O’Brien Award winning Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year, McWicked, harness racing’s top crop from last year have made the final nomination payment for the $200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The rich final, restricted to just 19 four-year-olds in 2015, is set for Sunday, August 23 on 3R’s half mile oval with the top eight money winners this season at time of entry getting their nose on the starting gate. Mr. Consistent of 2014, McWicked, hails from the Casie Coleman Stable and is owned by Ed James SSG Stable of North Boston, NY. The colt won 12 of 23 races and hit the board a total of 21 times.  He finished the season on a three-race win streak, which included the Breeders Crown and a stakes-record triumph in the Progress Pace. His other major victories included the included the Delvin Miller Adios and Max C. Hempt Memorial. His time of 1:47.3f in the Hempt at Pocono Downs is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track. McWicked is just getting geared up for the 2015 season and recently won a qualifying race at Pocono Downs in 1:52.2. Next on the list is All Bets Off. This son of Bettors Delight won $911,000 last year and is already on a roll in 2015. He recently won his elimination division and then the $200,000 final of the Confederation Cup. Big Boy Dreams, winner last year of the Windy City Pace, was purchased during the off season for $265,000, and is now trained by Rene Allard who has set their sights on the Prix D’Ete. Already this season the son of If I Can Dream, has won back to back Open events at both Yonkers and Pocono Downs, the fastest an impressive 1:49.4. Another outstanding four-year-old nominated is He’s Watching, who set the world record last season with his 1:46.4 triumph in the Meadowlands Pace. The list keeps looking stronger with outstanding performers Limelight Beach, Luck Be Withyou and Somewhere In L A also eligible to the Prix D’Ete. “This is a superb list of top horses for this year’s Prix D’Ete,” said Vincent Trudel, general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. “It is safe to say that with this caliber of great horses eligible, the all-age track record of 1:50.3 set last year in the Prix D’Ete by Sunfire Blue Chip, will most certainly be in jeopardy. “We are looking forward to having a great Prix D’Ete weekend August 22 and 23,” Trudel said. “We want to invite everyone to come out to beautiful Trois-Rivieres for our live harness racing and enjoy our wonderful Quebecois hospitality!” From the Quebec Jockey Club Final Nominees 2015 Prix D’Ete All Bets Off Arthur Blue Chip Atomic Million Am Bettorever Big Boy Dreams Boomboom Ballykeel Electric Western He’s Watching Ideal Cowboy Limelight Beach Luck Be Withyou Mattamerican McWicked National Best Somewhere In LA Three Of Clubs Titus Seelster Unlocked Winds Of Change

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The return of superstar harness racing driver, Gaetan Lamy, headlines Sunday's opening day card at the Hippodrome 3R. The Hippodrome 3R starts its 2015 season, the first of 41 race programs with a new Sunday post time of 1:30 pm. The track, which is open year-round for simulcasting, will race Sunday afternoons and new this season, on Wednesday evenings (post time 7:00 pm) through October 25. There is one special Saturday live race program, August 22, which is the day before the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. There will also be full simulcasting of the Hippodrome 3R races throughout North America at racetracks and on most every wagering site. Gaetan Lamy, now 68, is scheduled to compete in six of the ten races opening day Sunday, including the second race feature with Vahinde C C. This will be Lamy's first drive back at his native Trois-Rivieres, when he has won the driving title over the year a total of 19 times. Returning to professional driving after retiring in 2010, Lamy "got the itch" to drive and competed in some Quebec fairs in 2014 and now wishes to return to professional driving. Lamy was the 1992 O'Brien Award winner as Canada's Driver of the Year. Over his superb career he has 6,698 career wins and his UDR (Universal Driving Rating) an impressive .318. The defending driving champion at the Hippodrome 3R in 2014 was Denis St. Pierre and he has returned to defend his title. But ironically, last year's leading trainer, Eric Valiquette, does not have a horse entered on the opening day program."I am fit and ready for the start of the new season," said leading driver Denis St. Pierre. "It will be a good thing that Gaetan Lamy is returning to race at 3R this meet. He is a great driver, he will add to the competition and I love that." The $1 million plus Quebec-Bred Series gets started next week with the older horse divisions. The $200,000 Prix D'Ete on Sunday, August 23, has the richest and fastest four-year-olds in the nation eligible for the rich purse. Top horses nominated include 2014 Dan Patch & O'Brien award winner, McWicked, along with He's Watching, All Bets Off, Limelight Beach, Always B Miki and Somewhere In LA. "We are very excited about our new season at Hippodrome 3R," said Vincent Trudel, the racetrack general manager. "The return of Gaetan Lamy is great news as he will most certainly be a welcome addition to our driver colony. "The Quebec-bred Series we know will be much more competitive this season," Trudel said, "And this year's Prix D'Ete is going to feature world champion performers right here at 3R. We also have our new slanted starting gate arriving soon and many great promotions for our racing fans. We are ready to open the doors on Sunday!" From The Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – The richest and fastest harness racing pacing colts of the 2014 season in North America have been nominated to the second annual revival of the $200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The $200,000 Prix D’Ete is restricted to four-year-old pacers only and the race will be held on Sunday, August 23. It is the richest harness horse race in all of Quebec and one of the richest races for four-year-olds in the sport. Headlining the list of the 28 four-year-olds that features six of the top ten money winning three-year-olds from last year is $1,472,937 winner McWicked. He was voted the Dan Patch award and the O’Brien award as North America’s top three-year-old pacing colt of the year in 2014. Last year he was victorious in the Breeders Crown, the Hempt Memorial, the Adios Pace and the Progress Pace for trainer Casie Coleman and Ed James SSG Stable. He is joined by other world class performers All Bets Off, He’s Watching, Always B Miki, Limelight Beach and Somewhere In L A among the top ten money winners from 2014. Three of the horses nominated are million dollar lifetime winners, McWicked, He’s Watching and All Bets Off. And if speed counts for anything, then the Prix D’Ete eligibles for 2015 have that too, as five of the six fastest three-year-old pacing colts last year were also nominated. There are 12 horses nominated with a race record of 1:50 or faster. He’s Watching, with his amazing 1:46.4 world record performance in the Meadowlands Pace final, which ties him as a co-fastest harness race horse ever, heads the lineup followed by McWicked’s  1:47.3 world record mile at Pocono Downs, Always B Miki (1:47.4), Luck Be With You (1:48) and All Bets Off (1:48.3). “With this caliber of horses nominated,” said 3R General Manager Vincent Trudel, “the Hippodrome 3R track record set last year by Sunfire Blue Chip in 1:50.3 in the Prix D’Ete could easily be broken. What a great group of horses we have that have been nominated.” Jimmy Takter trained Sunfire Blue Chip, who was driven in the Prix D’Ete by local favorite, Yannick Gingras. Takter hopes to return once again to vie for the Prix D’Ete trophy as his stable has nominated Somewhere In L A, who last year won over $500,000 with a record of 1:50. The top four leading money winner trainers in 2014 all have horses nominated to the Prix D’Ete. They are Ron Burke, Jimmy Takter, Erv Miller and Casie Coleman. “We could not be more pleased with such top horses nominated to the Prix D’Ete,” Trudel added, “There are still two more nomination payments that must be made in April and May, but I am sure that most of these horses will remain eligible. It will also be exciting as this season we have purchased a new starting car with a slated gate that will make the races even more competitive.” There is also a local flavor to the race as seven of the horses entered have Quebec-based connections. They are Atomic Million AM, Bettorever, Big Boy Dreams, Boomboom Ballykeel, Electric Western, Titus Seelster and Vance Bayama. “It is shaping up that we can look forward to an exciting live race meet at 3R,” Trudel said. “The race fans will not only get to see the best horses compete in the Prix D’Ete, but with the new starting gate, our $1 million Quebec-bred series, the drivers tournament and the special promotions we have planned throughout the season, opening day on Sunday, May 3 cannot arrive fast enough.” From the Quebec Jockey Club Here are the 28 horses nominated in alphabetical order: All Bets Off Always B Miki Arthur Blue Chip Atomic Million AM Best Said Bettorever Big Boy Dreams Boomboom Ballykeel Electric Western Fort Knox He’s Watching Jet Airway Limelight Beach Luck Be Withyou Mattamerican McWicked Melmerby Beach National Debt Roger Mach EM Silverhill Shadow Somewhere In L A Speckled Door Three Of Clubs Titus Seelster Unlocked Vance Bayama Whiskey N Pie Winds Of Change

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