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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing Standardbred owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, Ontario is one of the industry's most prominent and outgoing Standardbred owners in the sport. His top racehorse, Jimmy Freight, races this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000C Prix d'Ete race for four-year-olds and Sorella will be there to watch his son of Sportswriter do his thing, and Sorella is bringing five friends with him to help root Jimmy Freight on. "I'm extremely happy with Jimmy Freight, Sorella added. "He's been tough all year long and I wouldn't trade him for anyone. He's a 1.2-million-dollar earner. He's been hitting the board over 90% of his races, and racing vs the best." Jimmy Freight drew post six for the Prix d'Ete and will, of course, have Louis Philippe Roy in the sulky. He is listed as the second choice in the race at odds of 3-1. The entry of This Is The Plan and Done Well are the 5/2 morning line favorite. "I expect him to be as good as he's always been on a half," Sorella explained. "He's versatile and has raced on every size track and all over NA. He's not afraid of anyone, and neither am I." A six-figure purchase from Iowa as an undefeated Sportswriter colt by Sorella. Jimmy Freight has been a big money maker for Sorella and the Jimmy Freight team. And Jimmy Freight also has a big following on Social Media, thanks to Sorella, with fans cheering him on from around the world. "Our team does a great job, Sorella said. "From his caretaker Lynn Cameron in Canada and Leo Herrera in the States, to his trainers Richard Moreau locally and Andrew Harris out of New Jersey. It also nice to see Louis Roy and Richard Moreau have a real nice animal racing in their home province of Quebec. And for the fans, they will get to see what I think will be a great race." This year Jimmy Freight scored his lifetime mark at Mohawk Raceway, winning the $100,000 Gold Cup in a sizzling 1:48.1 over the great McWicked. With great weather predicted for Sunday's Prix d'Ete, the track record at H3R will be in jeopardy. The all-age record of 1:50.3 is co-held by previous Prix d'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Hitman Hill-Jonathan Drury-Hunter Oakes-7/2 2-Pretty Handsome-Trevor Henry-Andrew McCabe-6/1 3-Done Well-Bob McClure-Ron Burke-5/2 4-This Is The Plan-Dan Dube-Ron Burke-5/2 5-The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair-Jeff Gillis-4/1 6-Jimmy Freight-Louis Roy-Richard Moreau-3/1 7-Turbo Hill-Hunter Oakes-Hunter Oakes-7/2 8-Casimir Richie P-Sylvain Filion-Dr. Ian Moore-5/1 Sunday's race card also features three divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers plus there is a Preferred Pace and Trot on the 12-race program. The Prix d'Ete will be the 11th race on Sunday. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to watching the races live at H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Wins have been hard to come by, but that hasn't diminished This Is The Plan's performances in the eyes of his owners. After all, if not for history's co-fastest horse Lather Up and defending Horse of the Year McWicked, the 4-year-old gelding would have plenty more to show for his efforts. This Is The Plan has won one of 12 races this year, with his triumph coming in the Ben Franklin Pace on June 29. Since then, he has been runner-up to Lather Up three times (Graduate championship, William R. Haughton Memorial, Sam McKee Memorial) and McWicked once (Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial). Overall, This Is The Plan has six second-place finishes in his past seven starts. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding will try to get back to the winner's circle Sunday (Aug. 18) in the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec. There is no Lather Up, but plenty of competition, including O'Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight and Confederation Cup champ Done Well. This Is The Plan will start from post four with driver Dan Dube at the lines for trainer Ron Burke. He is 5-2 on the morning line, part of the favored entry with stablemate Done Well. "We can't complain, he's been super," said Mark Weaver, who is a member of This Is The Plan's ownership group. "Ronnie has thought all along he would be a good fit for us just because he is so handy. He's been able to leave (the starting gate) and put himself in a good position. Unfortunately, when Lather Up comes moving to the front there's not much you can do except try to hold on for second. That's what he's been able to do, which is fine." This Is The Plan has won eight of 45 career races and earned $1.19 million. He was purchased by the Burke Brigade last September and paid immediate dividends with wins in the Matron Stakes (in a dead heat) and Progress Pace. He also finished third in the Breeders Crown. This season, he is No. 2 in purses among older male pacers, with $551,618. Only Lather Up is richer, with $677,448. "Nowadays, especially for the 4-year-olds, so much money is on the smaller tracks," said Weaver, who shares ownership of This Is The Plan with Mike Bruscemi (as Weaver Bruscemi LLC), Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. "We try to acquire horses that we think can get around the turns. He can leave and get around smaller tracks so well. That was one of the reasons we were interested in him last year." Done Well joined the Burke stable at the same time as This Is The Plan. He began this season well, with a second in a preliminary round of the Graduate Series and wins in his Confederation Cup elimination and the final. He was found to be sick following a fourth-place finish in the Camluck Classic and has been off the board in his past six starts. During that stretch, he has started from post eight twice, post nine twice and post 11 once. For his career, Done Well has won nine of 32 races and $533,245. He is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Wingfield Brothers. Done Well will start the Prix d'Ete from post three with driver Bob McClure. "To start the year, Done Well was super and This Is The Plan was drawing bad and having bad racing luck," Weaver said. "Now the last month and a half, it's kind of flip-flopped. (Done Well) has been racing against the best and has gone through a couple little ups and downs. But he's certainly a factor. "We like our horses, we like our posts, we like our drivers, so we'll take our chances from there." Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday at Hippodrome 3R. The Prix d'Ete is race 11 on the card. Following is the field. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Hitman Hill-Eric Goodell-Hunter Oakes-7/2 2-Pretty Handsome-Trevor Henry-Andrew McCabe-6/1 3-Done Well-Bob McClure-Ron Burke-5/2 4-This Is The Plan-Dan Dube-Ron Burke-5/2 5-The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair-Jeff Gillis-4/1 6-Jimmy Freight-Louis Roy-Richard Moreau-3/1 7-Turbo Hill-Hunter Oakes-Hunter Oakes-7/2 8-Casimir Richie P-Sylvain Filion-Dr. Ian Moore-5/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The post positions were drawn for Sunday's $200,000C sixth revival of the prestigious harness race, the Prix D'Ete Pace, at the Hippodrome 3R. The Prix d'Ete is only for four-year-old pacers. Jimmy Freight is the richest career earner of the four-year-olds in the Prix d'Ete with $1,248,386C bankrolled and he drew post six. The son of Sportswriter, owned by Adriano Sorella of Guelph, ON and trained in Canada by Richard Moreau (Andrew Harris in the USA), has only one win this season, but it was a lifetime mark of 1:48.1 winning a $100,000C Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Cup at Mohawk Park. He has been racing most of the season against the best older horses in the nation, including Lather Up and McWicked. He has four second place finishes. While racing against the best Free-For-All pacers in North America this season, This Is The Plan can boast finishing second to the best of them. He drew post four and will be driven by Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube. In five of his last six starts, the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has been second in the Sam McKee, The Gerrity, The William Haughton and the Graduate. And the prior start before the Graduate, This Is The Plan won the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final, beating McWicked and Western Fame. This has been his lone win this year for trainer Ron Burke, and it was in a lifetime best clocking of 1:48.2 for the career winner of $1,205,410C. This Is The Plan will race as part of an entry from the Ron Burke Stable with the Well Said gelding, Done Well, a $620,391C career winner. Done Well starts from post three for driver Bob McClure and has also been racing in the top class this year. Earlier this season he won the 41st annual Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. Also starring in the field is the Astronomical stallion, Casimir Richie P, for trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON. Casimir Richie P comes to H3R on a three-race winning streak in the Preferred Pace at Mohawk Park. The razor-sharp Casimir Richie P has won four of his last five starts driving him will be Quebec's own Sylvain Filion. He will need to be sharp on Sunday, having drawn the far outside post eight. Another entry, this one from the Chris Oakes Stable, features tough pacers Hitman Hill and Turbo Hill, both of whom are co-owned by Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON. Hitman Hill makes his debut at H3R shipping in on a two-race win streak and has won three of his last four starts. The American Ideal gelding sports six wins this year, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:49 at Pocono Downs. He drew post 1 and will be driven by Eric Goodell, who makes his driving debut at H3R. Stablemate Turbo Hill, also sired by American Ideal, has been racing mainly at Yonkers Raceway's half mile over and has amazing 11 wins for trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, Chris Oakes son. He has been second in three of his last four starts in the 4-year-old Open and has a record this year of 1:49.4. He drew post position 7 for driver Hunter Oaks, who is also making his debut at H3R. The Downtown Bus has five wins this year for trainer Jeff Gillis, who also co-owns the gelded son of Mach Three. He has been first, second and third in his last three starts at Yonkers and has a record of 1:48 this year, making him the fastest competitor in the field. He drew post five. Pretty Handsome ships in from Georgian Downs where the Mach Three gelding has eight wins and has been first or second the last six starts in the Preferred Pace. He will be driven by Trevor Richie for trainer Andrew McCabe. Pretty Handsome drew post two. He has a record this year of 1:51.1 at Georgian Downs and shows he can win from on or off the pace. $200,000 Prix d'Ete 4YO Pace (post postions listed, not head numbers) 1. Hitman Hill Trainer - Hunter Oakes, Driver - Eric Goodell 2. Pretty Handsome Trainer - Andrew McCabe, Driver - Trevor Ritchie 3. Done Well Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Bob McClure 4.This Is The Plan Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Daniel Dube 5. The Downtown Bus Trainer - Jeff Gillis, Driver - TBA 6. Jimmy Freight Trainer - Richard Moreau, Driver - Louis Philippe Roy 7. Turbo Hill Trainer - Hunter Oakes, Driver - Hunter Oakes 8. Casimir Richie P Trainer- Dr. Ian Moore, Driver - Sylvain Filion With a forecast of sunny skies and 80 degrees, the all-age track record of 1:50.3 co-held by past Prix d'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015), will be in jeopardy with this stellar field. The Prix d'Ete will be the 11th race on the 12-race program Sunday and estimated post time is 4:25 pm. Also, on Sunday at H3R will be the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm Track Notes: Friday's ten-race program at H3R features the third leg of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and the second leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. Top performers include Cesar Duharas (race 2) and Kenogami Coco (race 3). First race post time Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

This Week: Zweig Memorial and Zweig Memorial filly trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; Gold Cup and Saucer final, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI; Artiscape, Roll With Joe, and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Prix d'Ete, Hippodrome 3R, Trois Rivieres, Quebec. Schedule of events: A busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off on Saturday (Aug. 17) at Vernon Downs with the $330,000 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters and the $135,000 Zweig Memorial Filly Trot for 3-year-old filly trotters. There will also be a $35,000 consolation in the filly division. Saturday's Grand Circuit action will also be featured by Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, which will host the C$60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final for older pacers. On Sunday (Aug. 18), Grand Circuit racing will be contested at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.) Artiscape for older pacing mares, the $175,000 (est.) Roll With Joe for older pacing males, and a $40,000 (est.) leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Also on Sunday, Hippodrome 3R will contest the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian tracks are available at this link. Last time: Just when one thought they had seen it all, a first quarter in :24.4, a favorite who looked hopelessly beaten in the stretch, came a Phoenix out of the ashes as Lather Up showed what the heart of a champion can do even when a victory seemed out of the question. Lather Up and Montrell Teague captured the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Linscott Photography. With a final time of 1:47.2, Lather Up turned in a stunning performance to capture the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Aug. 9). After equaling the world record with a 1:46 performance three starts ago, Lather Up continued his record-setting trend with a 1:47.2 final time to equal the overall track record at Harrah's Hoosier Park and Dan Patch Stakes record set by Sweet Lou in 2014. The sparks were flying early as Lather Up surged away from the wings of the gate from post four but was forced to settle for a spot along the rail in third as Filibuster Hanover, with Yannick Gingras in the bike, was a step quicker and grabbed the front from post five. Scott Zeron also gave Jimmy Freight marching orders but with everyone on a mission to the front, eventually settled for a pocket trip. As the field straightened away down the backside, driver Montrell Teague gave Lather Up the green light and he quickly ranged up to grab command just before the half in :53.3. The scorching pace continued as Lather Up led the field through the third station in 1:21.3 but Brian Sears and McWicked were on the attack first-over with Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick in tow. McWicked powered past Lather Up and appeared to be the winner but Lather Up wasn't finished. In a remarkable rally, Lather Up used a :25.2 final quarter and the inside passing lane to quite literally, pace away from the field. Lather Up finished 2-1/2 lengths to the good while McWicked held on gamely for second. Endeavor and Sam Widger came flying late to round out the trifecta. As the heavy 1-5 favorite, Lather Up returned $2.60 to his backers at the betting windows. For Lather Up, he recorded his fourth consecutive victory and eighth win from 11 seasonal starts. The 4-year-old homebred son of I'm Gorgeous-Pocket Comb is owned by Gary and Barbara Iles. It was recently announced that a 50 percent interest of Lather Up was sold to a group headed by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions. Dexter Dunn and Bettor's Wish won the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park. JJ Zamaiko photo. Dexter Dunn hails from Down Under in New Zealand and traveled to the United States less than a year ago. He had never been to MGM Northfield Park, but arrived on Saturday (Aug. 10) full of confidence to drive race favorite Bettor's Wish in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. He went to the gate on the heels of losing two straight photos in the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and $285,362 Cane Pace. Bettor's Wish started from post three and went to the lead around the initial turn. He set pedestrian fractions of :28.2 and :57. Dunn urged Bettor's Wish in the third quarter and he responded, posting times of 1:24.1 and 1:50.3. The colt pulled away by 3-1/2 lengths from his closest competitor, Captain Victorious (Yannick Gingras). Bettor's Wish (Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star) is owned by the partnership of trainer Chris Ryder, Bella Racing Ltd, Fair Island Farm and Bettors Wish Partners. Saturday's victory was the 11th lifetime score for Bettor's Wish. The win makes the Ryder trainee harness racing's newest millionaire, pushing his earnings to $1,096,600. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 721; 2. Yannick Gingras - 536; 3. David Miller - 414; 4. Dexter Dunn - 404; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 309. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 663; 2. Tony Alagna - 282; 3. Jim King Jr. - 274; 4. Marcus Melander - 249; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 221. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 182; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 127.1; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 114.6; 4. Courant Inc. - 107.5; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 101.2. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Tioga Downs. Yonkers will contest eliminations for the Messengers Stakes and Yonkers Trot, the second legs of the Pacing and Trotting Triple Crown, along with eliminations in the companion Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot. Woodbine Mohawk Park will contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old pacers, along with eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers and the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters. Tioga Downs will offer Reynolds Memorial divisions for 2-year-olds. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Million-dollar winner's Jimmy Freight and This Is The Plan headline a field of eight four-year-old harness racing pacers that will do battle in the $200,000C Prix d'Ete Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R. The post position draw for the Grand Circuit race will take place Thursday at 12:00 noon at a special press conference at the racetrack. One of the richest races in North America restricted to just four-year-olds, the Prix d'Ete dates back to 1966 at Blue Bonnets Raceway in Montreal. Over the years many world champions won the prestigious race. The stakes race ended when Blue Bonnets closed in 1992 and was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club in 2014. Here are the eight horses, trainers and drivers in alphabetical order. Casimir Richie P Trainer- Dr. Ian Moore, Driver - Sylvain Filion Done Well Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Bob McClure Hitman Hill Trainer - Chris Oakes, Driver - Eric Goodell Jimmy Freight Trainer - Richard Moreau, Driver - Louis Philippe Roy Pretty Handsome Trainer - Andrew McCabe, Driver - Trevor Henry The Downtown Bus Trainer - Jeff Gillis, Driver - Daniel Dube This Is The Plan Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Daniel Dube Turbo Hill Trainer - Chris Oakes, Driver - Hunter Oakes A record 16 horses entered the Prix d'Ete and only the top eight money earners in 2019 make it into the race. The remaining eight horses that did not get in the race will receive their nomination fees back. They are American History, Kiwi Talkin, Pedro Hanover, Shnitzledosomethin, Springsteen, Stock, Talotcreekwhiskey and Thor De Vie. There will be two coupled entries in the race. Done Well and This Is The Plan from the Ron Burke Stable and Hitman Hill and Turbo Hill, both of whom are co-owned by Tom Hill. Also, on Sunday at H3R will be the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The harness racing horses eligible for the $200,000C Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R must be entered in the race office at the track by 11:00 am on Wednesday. The post position draw for the race will take place at a special press conference at the Hippodrome 3R on Thursday morning starting at 11:00 am with the draw taking place at 12:00 noon. The phone number and fax for the race office at H3R is 819-376-4453 Fax 819-374-3585. The Prix D'Ete, once the richest and most prestigious race in Canada, was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2013. The inaugural revival saw Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip set the all-age Canadian and track record at 3R in 1:50.3. That record was tied the following year with All Bet's Off scoring for the Ron Burke Stable. Then Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for Team Teague in 2016, only to come up second best to the Burke's Stable's Rockin Ron in a classic battle over a sloppy track in 1:52. In 2017 it was the Jimmy Takter Stable winning the Prix D'Ete for the second time as Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wired the field in 1:53.2. Then this past year, Ricky and Jamie Macomber stole the show in an upset with their pacer Beckhams Z Tam in 1:52.1. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With less than three weeks currently separating us from the 2019 Prix D'Ete Grand Circuit race at the Hippodrome 3R, it is a reminder that only the highest eight money winning horses this year will make it to the final. With a purse of $200,000C, the Prix D'Ete is one of the richest races of the season restricted to just four-year-old pacers. Taking a look at the horses that could be coming to Quebec on August 18, we also note there are some important races remaining to come by then, but all in all, few of them are reserved just for four-year-olds. The list below was last updated on Thursday, August 1 as per the USA earnings of the 29 horses remaining eligible to the Prix D'Ete. 1. This Is The Plan (Burke Racing) $498,097 2. Jimmy Freight (Richard Moreau) $172,454 3. The Downtown Bus (Jeff Gillis) $129,408 4. Done Well (Burke Racing) $119,914 5. Turbo Hill (Hunter Oaks) $117,150 6. Courtly Choice (Blake Macintosh) $105,100 7. Skyway Quinton (Travis Alexander) $89,000 8. Casimir Richie P (Ian Moore) $68,192 9. Hayden Hanover (Julie Miller) $66,950 10.Shnitzledosomethin (Dylan Davis) $56,850 11.Hitman Hill (Chris Oaks) $55,080 12.Trump Nation (Andrew Harris) $51,975 13.Dragonology (Nick Surick) $49,465 14.Pretty Handsome (Andrew McCabe) $49,329 15.Simple Kinda Man (Allard Racing) $43,450 16.Thinkbig Dreambig (Nancy Johansson) $41,815 17.Thor De Vie (Ed Hart) $41,365 18.Pedro Hanover (Corey Giles) $34,721 19.American History (Tony Alagna) $33,661 20.Talbotcreekwhiskey (Luc Blais) $24,557 21.Topville Olympian (Chris Oakes) $23,440 22.Springsteen (Allard Racing) $17,250 23.Rush To Judgement (Dave Menary) $10,696 The remaining six horses, Bounding Dragon, Kwik Talking, Stock, Nutcracker Sweet, Ghost Dance and Minnie Vinnie are eligible but all have earnings of under $10,000 each. The horses in the final that finish sixth through eighth will each receive $1,000C. This weekend many of the Prix D'Ete contenders are coming in major stakes races and special overnight events at the Meadowlands on Saturday. They include Courtly Choice, Done Well, Hayden Hanover, Shnitzledosomethin, This Is The Plan and Trump Nation. Both The Downtown Bus and Turbo Hill are in the four-year-old Open at Yonkers Raceway, while Hitman Hill and Dragonology race at Pocono Downs. The entry box closed at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 14 and the draw of post positions will take place at a special breakfast at the Hippodrome 3R on Thursday morning, August 15. The Prix D'Ete, once the richest and most prestigious race in Canada, was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2013. The inaugural revival saw Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip set the all-age Canadian and track record at 3R in 1:50.3. That record was tied the following year with All Bet's Off scoring for the Ron Burke Stable. Then Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for Team Teague in 2016, only to come up second best to the Burke's Stable's Rockin Ron in a classic battle over a sloppy track in 1:52. In 2017 it was the Jimmy Takter Stable winning the Prix D'Ete for the second time as Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wired the field in 1:53.2. Then this past year, Ricky and Jamie Macomber stole the show in an upset with their pacer Beckhams Z Tam in 1:52.1. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - For the sixth straight year a record number of four-year-old pacers have been nominated to the $200,000C renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday, August 18. A total of 29 nominees for the final surpassed the 2018 record of 27 nominees. The top eight money winners in 2019 at entry time will compete in the $200,000C final. Headlining the list of nominees is Courtly Choice, a million-dollar career winning son of Art Major, who won $910,000 last year with a record of 1:47.1 for trainer Blake MacIntosh. His top victories last year were in the Little Brown Jug and the Meadowlands Pace. Courtly Choice is already off to a great start in 2019, having won two of his three starts. Last week he won the $100,000 Commodore Barry Pace in 1:49.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. In the past five editions of the Prix D'Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then in 2016, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D'Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable. In 2017, the Jimmy Takter Stable posted their second Prix D'Ete victory (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first), with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2. Last year it was an upset in the Prix D'Ete as driver Ricky Macomber scored with Beckhams Z Tam at odds of 9-1 ($21.10) in 1:52.1. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have entered in this year's Prix D'Ete," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "The revival of this Grand Circuit event has developed to the great race it was before. This year especially because we have a record number of horses eligible and they are the best in North America." The Ron Burke Stables Done Well is another major early contender. The gelded son of Well Said has two wins in three starts this year. Last week he scorched the half mile oval at Flamboro Downs, winning the $139,000C Confederation Cup in 1:50.2. The week prior he won his elimination division in 1:51.4 over a sloppy track. O'Brien award winner Jimmy Freight is nominated and he is a career winner of $941,000. The gusty son of Sportswriter was a game second last week to Done Well in the Confederation Cup. Prix D'Ete eligibles who won last week include Thinkbig Dreambig, who scored at the Meadowlands in 1:50.2, Hitman Hill at Pocono Downs in 1:50.1 and Trump Nation at the Meadowlands in 1:49.3. Quebec-owned nominees include Courtly Choice and Stock. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the weekend of August 18," Levesque added, "as we want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." For more information visit http://www.quebecjockeyclub.com/. 2019 Prix D'Ete Nominees (after May 15, 2019 payment) American History Bounding Dragon Casimir Richie P  Courtly Choice Done Well Dragonology Ghost Dance Hayden Hanover Hitman Hill Jimmy Freight Kwik Talkin Minnie Vinnie Nutcracker Sweet Pedro Hanover Pretty Handsome Rush To Judgement Shnitzledosomethin Simple Kinda Man Skyway Quinton Springsteen Stock Talbotcreekwhiskey The Downtown Bus Thinkbig Dreambig This Is The Plan Thor De Vie Topville Olympian Trump Nation Turbo Hill From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After a brutal winter and now constant springtime rains, harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau is ready for some sunshine and to defend his driving title at the Hippodrome 3R, which opens for their 2019 race season on Sunday, May 5. The weather has been hard for everyone," Brosseau said. "It's a long winter, too much snow and rain. Fortunately, I have been able to drive at Rideau Carleton and that has really kept me in shape for the start of the Hippodrome 3R meet." Brosseau, who hails from L'Assomption, is shooting for his third straight driving title at H3R. The spry reinsman will turn 50 come July 21. He already has had 104 drives, 18 wins and an impressive Universal Driving Rating of .353. "I have some good trainers who have been giving me good horses to drive," Brosseau said. "I am driving for both Matt McDonald and Yves Tessier with some success." On the eve of starting another season of races in Trois-Rivieres, the local champion decided to take a few days of rest under the warm sun of Florida. "It was a Saturday night and raining," Brosseau recalled. "The forecast was for rain all week long, so I told my wife I was going to get someone to take care of my horses and jog them for a few days and we are taking off for Pompano Beach in Florida. I raced at Rideau on Sunday and Monday morning was on the plane to Florida. "I called my good friend Jacques Dupont (we worked together in Pompano a few winters), Brosseau said. "And not only did we get away for some sun for a few days, but Jacques asked me if I would qualify two of his horses at Pompano Park, one of them being his good trotter, Dream Nation. That was a nice bonus." Dream Nation, a son of Archangel, did very well in the Ontario Sire Stakes for Dupont last year, winning six of his ten starts with earnings of $157,000 and a record of 1:55.3. Brosseau not only won the qualifier at Pompano Park in 1:57.3 with Dream Nation, but also won another qualifier for Dupont with the pacer Better Than Cash in 1:57.2. Dream Nation is the property of Jacques Dupont (Orleans stable), Claude Levesque, CSL Stable (Sylvain Descheneaux) and Marc Camirand. "It will be interesting to see what kind of shape the horses are in this Sunday," Brosseau said. "It has been very tough for many horsemen in Quebec with the heavy rains and flooding. Everyone has had a hard time getting their horses ready. "I am happy that the Hippodrome is opening for the season," Brosseau said. "But there is still the problem of both the Hippodrome 3R and Rideau Carleton each racing on Sunday. I have to judge depending on my drives at both tracks, how long I can stay at 3R to drive and then leave for Rideau to drive there. It is tough for me; I want to drive in every race I can." Brosseau was fortunate to get a drive last year in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete aboard Ron Burke's Eddard Hanover and finished a respectable fourth place. "Driving in the Prix D'Ete is something very special to me," Brosseau explained. "Growing up in Quebec and going to see the world's best horses come to Montreal for the Prix D'Ete was always exciting. I thank Ron Burke for giving me the drive and I can only hope he will call upon me to drive one of his top horses this year again." The $200,000 Prix D'Ete takes place on Sunday, August 18 this season. It is the top stakes event of the season at H3R and annually has drawn the best four-year-old pacers in racing to Trois-Rivieres. "I love racing at the Hippodrome 3R," Brosseau stated. "Five years ago, I was just racing here and doing OK. These last two years, driving at both the Hippodrome and at Rideau Carleton have really worked out well for me. I can only hope it will continue to be good again this season." Track Notes: There are new post times at H3R this season. Sunday post time will be 1:00 pm. This season H3R will be racing on Friday evenings beginning May 24 with post time at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This weekend the second nomination payment is due for the 2019 $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. The race takes place on Sunday, August 18. The second payment must be post marked by Monday, April 15. There was a record 40 horses nominated to the first payment. All nominations payments must be made in order to remain eligible. There are no supplemental payments allowed for the Prix D'Ete. To make sustaining nomination payments, owners/trainers can click here or go on www.quebecjockeyclub.com to get the necessary payment/nomination forms. From the Quebec Jockey Club Listing of the 40 horses that made the first payment AMERICAN HISTORY BOUNDING DRAGON CASIMIR RICHIE P COURTLY CHOICE DECOY DONE WELL DRAGONOLOGY GHOST DANCE GRAND TETON HAYDEN HANOVER HIDDEN DELIGHT HITMAN HILL JIMMY FREIGHT KWIK TALKIN MINNIE VINNIE NUTCRACKER SWEET ODDS ON LAUDERDALE PEDRO HANOVER PHANTON SEELSTER PRETTY HANDSOME ROCKAPELO ROCKATHON RUSH TO JUDGEMENT SHADOW CAT SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN SIMPLE KINDA MAN SKYWAY QUINTON SOMEBADDUDE SPRINGSTEEN STOCK TALBOTCREEKWHISKEY THE DOWNTOWN BUS THINGBIG DREAMBIG THIS IS THE PLAN THOR DE VIE TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN TORRIN HANOVER TRUMP NATION TURBO HILL WES DELIGHT      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A record number of 40 four-year-old harness racing pacers have been nominated to the $200,000 sixth renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday, August 18. In the sixth year of the revival of the Prix D'Ete, it has been a record number of nominees entered every year. Last year it was 38 horses nominated. Headlining the list of nominees by money won last year is Little Brown Jug winner, Courtly Choice. The son of Art Major won $910,000 with a record mile of 1:47.1. He races for trainer Blake MacIntosh and co-owners Winbak Farm, Mac and Helm Stables, Daniel Plouffe, Inc. and Touch Stone Farms. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. In the past five editions of the Prix D'Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then in 2016, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D'Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable. Trainer Jimmy Takter notched his second Prix D'Ete triumph in 2017 (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first), with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2. Last year it was the biggest upset in the Prix D'Ete as Beckhams Z Tam and driver Ricky Macomber paid $21.00 to win in 1:52.1. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have entered in this year's Prix D'Ete," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "Of the forty pacers entered, just seven have lifetime earnings of under $100,000. The revival of this Grand Circuit event has developed to become the great race it was before." The second highest money winner in the field from last year who is nominated is O'Brien Award winner, Jimmy Freight. The son of Sportswriter is trained (in Canada) by Richard Moreau. Jimmy Freight won $834,000 for owner Adriano Sorella. Other contenders include last year's Tattersalls winner, American History ($600,000); Hayden Hanover, Thinkbig Dreambig, This Is The Plan, Springsteen, Nutcracker Sweet, Done Well, Grand Teton and Shnitzeldosomethin. Quebec co-owned nominees include Quebec-bred Sire Stakes champion Stock, plus Courtly Choice, Phantom Seelster, Talbotcreekwhiskey, Torrin Hanover and Renee Allard's Springsteen. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the weekend of August 18," Levesque added, "as we want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." The next nomination payment to remain eligible to the Prix D'Ete is April 15, 2019. The Hippodrome 3R is also gearing up for their 2019 opening day on Sunday, April 28. For more information visit http://www.quebecjockeyclub.com/. 2019 Prix D'Ete Nominees (after March 15, 2019 payment) AMERICAN HISTORY BOUNDING DRAGON CASIMIR RICHIE P COURTLY CHOICE DECOY DONE WELL DRAGONOLOGY GHOST DANCE GRAND TETON HAYDEN HANOVER HIDDEN DELIGHT HITMAN HILL JIMMY FREIGHT KWIK TALKIN MINNIE VINNIE NUTCRACKER SWEET ODDS ON LAUDERDALE PEDRO HANOVER PHANTON SEELSTER PRETTY HANDSOME ROCKAPELO ROCKATHON RUSH TO JUDGEMENT SHADOW CAT SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN SIMPLE KINDA MAN SKYWAY QUINTON SOMEBADDUDE SPRINGSTEEN STOCK TALBOTCREEKWHISKEY THE DOWNTOWN BUS THINGBIG DREAMBIG THIS IS THE PLAN THOR DE VIE TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN TORRIN HANOVER TRUMP NATION TURBO HILL WES DELIGHT From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club has announced that for the 2019 harness racing season the Hippodrome 3R will be racing on Friday nights along with the normal Sunday's afternoon cards. The 40-day live race meeting gets underway on Sunday, April 28. There will also be one special Thursday night race card on August 8. The complete race season calendar can be found at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. The final day of the race season is Sunday, November 3. "We have tried Tuesday and Wednesday live racing," Said Murielle Thomassin, Director of Racing at H3R. "And it is too tough for people who work to come out to the races so we decided to go with Friday nights and try and take advantage of the start of the weekend." In addition to Friday night racing, post time has changed for this season. Friday night first race post time will be 7:00 pm and on Sunday's post time will be 1:00 pm. The summer prize of the race season, the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers, is set for Sunday, August 18 along with the third leg of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies also on the program. The richest race program of the season will be on Sunday, September 8 with the $480,000 finals for both the Breeders Cup and Future Stars Series. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Anyone with a promising four-year-old pacer, nominations for the 2019 $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R must be made by Friday, March 15. One of only a handful of opportunities restricted to just four-year-old pacers, the Prix D'Ete is the showcase stakes event of the season at the Hippodrome 3R and will take place on Sunday, August 18 in 2019. Continued from 2018 in the conditions for the race is that horses that finish 6th through 8th, will each get $1,000. Only the top eight money winners this season, up until time of entry, will be allowed in the race. To make nomination payments, owner/trainers can go to www.standardbredcanada.ca or to www.quebecjockeyclub.com and get the necessary nomination forms. Please note there are no supplemental payments allowed for the Prix D'Ete. This first nomination payment must be made to be eligible. The Prix D'Ete, once the richest and most prestigious race in Canada, was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2013. The inaugural revival saw Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip set the all-age Canadian and track record at 3R in 1:50.3. That record was tied the following year with All Bet's Off scoring for the Ron Burke Stable. Then Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for Team Teague in 2018, only to come up second best to the Burke's Stable's Rockin Ron in a classic battle over a sloppy track in 1:52. In 2017 it was the Jimmy Takter Stable winning the Prix D'Ete for the second time as Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wired the field in 1:53.2. Then this past year, Ricky and Jamie Macomber stole the show in an upset with their pacer Beckhams Z Tam in 1:52.1. The 2019 race season gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, April 28 with first race post time at 1:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (August 22) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Jamie Macomber, trainer of Beckham's Z Tam; Ryan Clements, creator of Off and Pacing and Catch Driver; Jeanine Gesek, from Pacing for the Cure; and Darin Gagne, from Running Aces. Macomber, the trainer of Beckham's Z Tam, joins to talk about her champion colt who just won the Prix D' Ete at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Macomber will talk about how he has grown since winning the Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park last year, and what the plan may be for the remainder of the season. Clements, the creator of Off and Pacing and Catch Driver, will discuss their new game that they recently created. Catch Driver allows players to be the driver of their horse and make the decisions that could help or be a detriment to your chances of winning. Clements will discuss the thought process that went into making the new game. Gesek, from Pacing for the Cure, joins to discuss their event coming up at Harrah's Philadelphia on September 7. The Pacing for the Cure foundation helps those who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. For more information, visit pacingforthecure.org. The Running Aces segment with track announcer Darin Gagne returns this week to talk about the happenings at the Minnesota track. Gagne will highlight some of the big events coming up and recap last week's events. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was the first time the horse ever raced on a half mile track, it was the first-time driver Ricky Macomber ever came to Quebec, the same goes for the trainer, his wife Jamie Macomber. None of these new situations hampered 9-1 Beckhams Z Tam, who scored an upset victory in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The tenth race harness racing feature saw Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philip Roy) go to the early lead with stablemate Eddard Hanover (Stephane Brosseau) sitting in second place. But on the move on the outside from the start was driver Trevor Henry with Blood Line and as they could not find a place to duck in, they went after Filibuster Hanover to the opening quarter mile in :26.3. Ricky Macomber was then able to slip out and came up second-over behind Blood Line with Beckhams Z Tam and Western Joe (Doug McNair) was third-over on the outside as the field sped to the half mile marker in :54.1. Then things got a little crazy in the backstretch as Macomber moved Beckhams Z Tam three-wide and was not only able to clear by Blood Line, but also pass by Filibuster Hanover to take the lead past three-quarters in 1:23.2. As they started down the stretch, 15-1 American Wiggle and driver Guy Gagnon were able to close in on Beckhams Z Tam, but it was too little too late as the winner scored by one and one-half lengths in 1:52.1. Filibuster Hanover was third. "When we found room and got into second-over position going to the half mile," Said driver Ricky Macomber. "I felt pretty confident, I knew we could make that big move in the backstretch." Beckhams Z Tam is a four-year-old stallion by Always A Virgin. This was his second win of the season for trainer Jamie Macomber and the Z Tam Stables of New York, NY. He paid $21.10 to win. "After we got second over position," Macomber explained. "I waited until the backside and then flipped three-deep and continued on going. "My wife had more confidence in racing him on a half mile track than I did." Macomber admitted. "Now after the race I feel pretty good about it." "He (Beckhams Z Tam) made the ship so well from Indiana to Quebec," trainer Jamie Macomber said. "He has eaten all his food, drank more water than I have ever seen him do and that made me feel confident and that he was in good shape. "I did warm him up pretty hard," Macomber added. "I was really mad with myself for doing it, but he responded well. I also need to thank Ron Burke, as he was the one last winter who convinced me to enter Beckhams Z Tam in the Prix D'Ete." In the third race, the colt division of the Breeders Cup Series, Play Jet Ray was the overwhelming 1/9 favorite for driver Guy Gagnon and the son of Shadow Play raced like it. Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) shot to the lead from post five, but just as he cleared to the lead, out came Gagnon with Play Jet Ray, taking command at the quarter mile in :28. He then held the field at bay, cutting fractions of :57 and 1:25.4 before cruising home to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.3. Kinnder Jackson was second with D Gs Onceuponatime (Jonathan Lachance) third. It was the sixth win this year for Play Jet Ray, who is trained by Dany Fontaine and is owned by Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal and paid just $2.10 to win. In the ninth race filly division of the Breeders Cup Series it was Lit De Rose and catch-driver Trevor Henry going wire-to-wire against their nine rivals. Starting from post two, Henry beat out All You Can Dream (Stephane Brosseau) to the early lead, a costing speed duel in :26.4 to the opening quarter mile. Once settled in, Lit De Rose cut the mile to the half in :57 and the three-quarters in 1:26.3 as Brosseau came back out after the leaders again at the top of the stretch. But Henry was able to find a little speed from Lit De Rose, who held off All You Can Dream to win by a half length in 1:57. Sharks Summrshandy (Louis Philippe Roy) was third. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of Leader Bayama and her second win this year for trainer Maxime Velaye. She was bred and is owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and paid $5.00 to win. Track Notes: Driver Louis Philippe Roy was in his usual prime form and led all drivers with four winners on the afternoon program. Live racing resumes at H3R Tuesday night with five trotting stakes events. There will be three divisions of the third round of the Future Stars Series for three-year-old's and two divisions of the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old's. Post time Tuesday evening is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a forecast of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70's, the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track record of 1:50.3 will be in jeopardy Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete pace for four-year-old's. The record was first set in the first revival of the Prix D'Ete in 2014 by Sunfire Blue Chip. It was then equaled in the 2015 Prix D'Ete by All Bets Off. There are eight starters in the 10th race feature and the early favorites are the entry from the Ron Burke Stable of Eddard Hanover (post one) and Filibuster Hanover (post three) could be the one to do it. Eddard Hanover has H3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, in the bike. In his last start he not only won at Pocono Downs in 1:51.1, and had a :27.3 last quarter mile. Filibuster Hanover gets the driving services of Canada's leading reinsman, Louis Philippe Roy. Filibuster Hanover was a game third place finisher in the Sam McKee Memorial that was won by Western Joe. He is the richest competitor in the field with lifetime earnings of $1,269,000. Western Joe would have been the race favorite if not for drawing the far outside post eight. This son of Western Ideal sports nine wins on the year and will be driven by Doug McNair. Western Joe is seeking his third straight win as he won the Sam McKee Memorial and the prior week took a lifetime mark of 1:47.3 at the Meadowlands. Completing the field that have a shot at breaking the track record include Miso Fast (Daniel Dube) post seven, Blood Line (Trevor Henry) post five, Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber) post two, Modern Reflection (Pascal Berube) post five and American Wiggle (Guy Gagnon) in post four. Only driver Ricky Macomber has never driven at H3R before. Trevor Henry won the Prix D'Ete last year with Western Fame. Trainers Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter, have each won the Prix D'Ete twice over the past four years. Burke with All Bets Off (2015) and Rockin Ron (2016). Takter won with Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and Western Fame (2017). Of the eight drivers in the race, five are from Quebec and seven are from Canada with Ricky Macomber the only driver from the USA. The only return winners in the field are Eddard Hanover and Western Joe. It is the first time this season that Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philippe Roy) will be driven by someone other than Yannick Gingras. Post time is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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