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And the winners are ...at Saturday nights Quebec Gala des Champions held virtually at the Hippodrome 3R.   What a party! What a Gala! What class! What pictures! And a host Guy Lafontaine who carried the animation on his shoulders in a very professional way. 2020 has taken H3R to another level in terms of broadcasting. Well done to the technical team and to Ms. Murielle Thomassin, Director of Racing Operations at H3R, for orchestrating this unforgettable season.   Trainer of the Year   Francis Richard   Some might argue that it is easy to rack up the wins when a trainer has several top horses in his stable. But others will argue that twelve horses often equal twelve problems. Francis's winning recipe in 2020 was the same: a lot of teamwork, he will be the first to say it. A job that is so demanding that his stable is made up mostly of young horses, often just starting out. The lessons learned in Ontario from David Menary will have once again served Francis in the difficult art of bringing horses to the photographer. This is the fourth straight year that Francis has been the leading trainer at H3R.   Driver of the Year   Pascal Berube   Pascal's background serves him well and makes him one of the most popular drivers of a wide variety of trainers and owners. This is what sets him apart from many of his colleagues: he drives horses from almost all stables with equal success. In addition, he is second to none when it comes to throwing his horses in front of the peloton and especially advancing them under the wire. Widely favorite horses, he doesn’t drive dozens and that’s his strength:in getting the best out of each of his mounts. A great and beautiful year for him in 2020.   Rookie of the Year   Samuel Fillion   At the end of the 2019 season, when Samuel finally obtained his license to drive in professional races, was difficult. The victories did not come, his nervousness was palpable. Until the start of this season and a notable win with DJ Power, he is off to a good start, with a season that has elevated him to the best at H3R. And it’s not over yet, you can say. With more and more drives for top teams, Samuel has acquired great experience which serves him better and better. He is also learned from the best as he is a brother-in-law of driving greats Louis-Philippe Roy and Pierre Luc Roy.   Groom of the Year   Wendy St-Pierre   Behind every great man, they say, hides a woman who makes him great! The Marc-André Simoneau team can be counted lucky to have this rare pearl in its ranks, in Wendy St-Pierre. The tireless, competent, passionate Wendy is, with talent and skill recognized by her peers. When we think of the success of the Simoneau team, we inevitably think of the skill and dedication of Marc-André's wife, Wendy. A groom, who makes all these little things that go unnoticed but make a difference.   Breeder of the Year   Denitza Petrova   Great year for the Kinnder Stable! Not one, but two Quebec finals champions, and a track record in the books for the 3-year-old filly Kinnder High Class and an undefeated 2YO season for Kinnder Dangerzone! Kinnder has become, thanks to the flair and hard work of its leader, a winning and high quality trademark. And the future looks even brighter, if possible, with Denitza's acquisition of sire Northern Escort, who has been the source of many of the team's successes in the past. Better still, thanks to this acquisition, breeders in the Quebec  province will also be able to benefit from this champion line.   Trotter of the Year   Kinnder High Class 10 (7-1-1) $ 52,933, record 1.58.1 Denitza Petrova stable   Denitza Petrova's top filly, skillfully driven by Pierre-Luc Roy and later by Samuel Fillion, was a serious contender for this title by virtue of her eight victories, all won before our eyes, including the one won in the Quebec Championship final which earned her a track record, 1.58. 1. A remarkable progression for this Chestnut blonde girl from Royalty For Life, whose mane flapping in the wind, has gone viral. In 2019, in seven small starts, no victory, but as it often happens with trotters, second hand, explosion, blossoming of a talent that the most discerning observers had had a hunch about. She was also the winningest horse at H3R this sason.   Pacer of the Year   Forward 7 (7-0-0) $ 11,950 1.54.3 Determination Stable - Guy Corbeil Trainer: Maxime Velaye Driver: Stéphane Gendron   The incredible story of this pacemaker will have struck everyone's mind, not only at H3R but also across Canada, as he continued in Toronto, his winning streak to 11 wins and a record 1.49.4. A worthy son of Somebeachsomewhere, paid $260,000 as a yearling, his career was going nowhere until he ended up with Guy Corbeil. There, they cured his colic problems and waited patiently for the blossoming of his talent that no one thought was very big. And that is precisely what happened. With remarkable patience and skill, he was instilled with confidence and the results were evident.   Owner of the Year   Brian Paquet   Brian Paquet's history with horses goes back several decades. Breeder and owner, he has made his trademark, the Panics, a proud standard. Each year, a good half-dozen of the product of his breeding arrives in the races, often in the stable of his trusted man, Francis Richard. Who says breeding, says inexact science and Mr. Paquet faces the good as well as the less good with the phlegm that characterizes him. A golden owner, said Francis Richard. An owner who gives each horse the chance to show off.   Personality of the Year   Dominique Michel   The tragedy experienced this year by Dominique and her husband Daniel Martin is difficult to measure as the impact of this cardiovascular accident was significant and the consequences of which are still difficult to measure. This brave Dominic faced the storm with courage, resilience, sometimes stoicism. The appointment to this prestigious title, the leaders of the Quebec Jockey Club hope that it will serve as an encouragement for the future, because, one can imagine, the road of Dominique will be still difficult for the months to come. This appointment wishes to salute her immense courage which arouses the admiration of all horse people.   To watch the live video (in French), click here.    by Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - On Saturday evening (Nov. 28) at 7:00 pm the annual Gala des Champions awards presentations for the 2020 harness racing season in Quebec will take place with a virtual show on Facebook Live Hippodrome 3R page. It is this evening that racing fans will be able to attend the special edition of the Gala des Champions, pandemic obliged. Obviously, not a big gathering, not even a simple gathering, but a celebration that aims to unite everyone, amateurs or professionals of the industry, in front of their computer screens with track announcer Guy Lafontaine being the host of the show. Setting up such an organization in a time of a pandemic has not been easy. Ms. Murielle Thomassin, Director of Racing at H3R, has already been working on this project for several weeks, assisted by the technical team at the racecourse. "With the season being so special in so many ways," Thomassin explained. "I wanted to be sure to recognize the most deserving achievements among our horse people in the industry. It was important for me, for the Quebec Jockey Club as well, to show our admiration and gratitude to all these people." Inspired by what is happening at the O'Brien Awards by Standardbred Canada, H3R took up the formula. A committee of people close to the racing show presented this year, selected names for each of the nine categories. Here are the nominees in each category. Trainer of the Year Francis Richard Maxime Velaye Driver of the Year Pascal Berube Stephane Brosseau Rookie of the year Samuel Fillion Steven Gagnon Caretaker of the Year Dominique Michel Wendy St-Pierre Breeder of the year Claude Hamel Denitza Petrova Trotter of the Year Kinnder High Class 10 (7-1-1) $ 52,933, record 1.58.1 Denitza Petrova stable Precious CC 10 (1-2-1) $ 8,313, 1.57.3 (as of November 1) Claude Beausoleil stable Pacer of the year Forward 7 (7-0-0) $ 11,950 1.54.3 Determination Stable - Guy Corbeil Coach: Maxime Velaye Driver: Stephane Gendron Mickeymaksomespeed 11 (7-0-0) $ 18,999 1.54.3 (as of November 1) Michel Allard stable Coach: Michel Allard Driver: Steeven Genois Owner of the year Brian Paquet Denitza Petrova The Gala de Champions starts promptly at 7 pm Saturday evening and can be viewed live on the Hippodrome 3R Facebook Page. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Pascal Berube had held the lead for most wins at the Hippodrome 3R nearly the entire race season starting in June. Berube recently moved his stable to Toronto and could not be at H3R on Sunday, closing day, to defend his lead. He was up by four wins over Stephane Brosseau going into Sunday's final card. And Brosseau made a great challenge, winning three races and just needing a victory with Bali in the eighth race pace, but it was not to be as they were boxed in most of the race and finished third. Thus, without having to drive at all, Pascal Berube won the driving title, 52 to 51 over Stephane Brosseau. "I wish I could have been at H3R today," Berube said. "It is a beautiful track that I hold dear in my heart. But I am very happy to hear this news." As for the training title, that went to Francis Richard for the fourth straight year. He had 33 wins from his stable this season. Maracasso was able to survive two major challenges and still hang tough in winning the fifth race Preferred-Handicapped Pace for the older horses. Farmers Tan (Carol Voyer) was the first on the early lead but was challenged early by Maracasso and driver Stephane Gendron, who pressed on to take command in a swift :26.2 first quarter. There was no chance for a breather as Maracasso led the field to the half mile in :55.3 and then Wrangler Cash and driver Francis Picard came first-over to challenge. In the backstretch those two battled neck and neck to the three-quarters in 1:25.2 with neither horse giving way. Then after the final turn and starting down the stretch, Maracasso proved to be much the best, fending off Wranglers Cash in the stretch to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:56. Dreydl Hanover (Samuel Fillion) was a fast closing third. It was the fourth win of the year for Maracasso, an eight-year-old gelding by Lis Mara. He is trained by Sylvain Tremblay for the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan. He paid $10.60 to win. The third race Preferred-Handicapped Trot saw Sir Chopin and owner-trainer-driver Carol Voyer of Kenogami make it two straight wins in the top trotting class. Keepall (Stephane Gendron) cut the mile from the start with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) sitting the pocket seat until the half mile. Then Sir Chopin and Voyer came first-over, collaring Keepall in the backstretch and then by the three-quarters took the lead and never looked back. At the top of the stretch Sir Chopin pulled away from the field to win with ease by five and one-half lengths in 1:59.1. Dr Spengler (Stephane Brosseau) closed for second place with Eau Naturelle (Simon Delisle) third. A five-year-old gelded son of Lucky Fool, it was the third win this year for Sir Chopin, who paid $7.00 to win. The biggest upset of the day came in the sixth race Preferred-Handicap race for the Fillies and Mares. It was a three-horse battle for early control of the lead between Fancy Girl (Francis Picard), Shemaksmefelunreal (Sylvain Lacaille) and race favorite Wild River Swan (Samuel Filion) to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Wild River Swan won the battle and cut the mile to the half in :57.1 when Sophies Cam and driver Stephane Brosseau started up first-over with Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) second-over. Then in the backstretch, Sophies Cam charged right by Wild River Swan as did Y C Easy to the three-quarters in 1:27.1. From there Sophies Cam drew off from the field and won with ease by one and a half lengths in 1:57.4. Kiss Me Bad (Steven Gagnon) closed to be second with Y C Easy third. Sent off at odds of 9-1, Sophies Cam returned a generous $21.90 to win. It was the daughter of Yankee Cam's seventh win of the year for trainer Carl Duguay and owner-breeder Yvanhoe Landry of Carleton-Sur-Mer. Then in the seventh race pace, the 14-year-old Onyx VA gave it his all for trainer-driver Claude Beausoleil, cutting the mile and parking out race favorite Soleil Gretzky (Stephane Brosseau) until the stretch as Soleil Gretzky ($2.80) won in 1:58.3 and Onyx VA faded to fourth place. After the race, in a fitting tribute, all of the racing equipment was removed from Onyx VA in the winner's circle and then the horse was presented a special retirement blanket from the staff of the Quebec Jockey Club. Owned his entire race career by Andre Larcoque of Lourdes-De-Joliette, Onyx VA, sired by Electric Stena, will now enjoy a life of luxury in his retirement. He ends his career with 47 lifetime wins and earnings of more than $300,000. Track Notes: Stephane Brosseau led all drivers with three wins on the day. Carl Duguay led all trainers with a double. This was the final day of live racing at H3R for the 2020 season. The track and OTB outlets throughout Quebec will be open seven days a week for simulcasting through the winter. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Over the years, the Quebec Jockey Club at the Hippodrome 3R has made a point of celebrating the retirement of certain harness racing horses who have reached the ripe old age of 14. This has always been done on closing day for the track, which is this Sunday, November 22. All Standardbred race horses must retire on January 1 at age 15. They are still allowed to race but only in amateur and fair events. But this year, the ceremony will take on a special significance for several reasons: Onyx VA, since it is about him that we are talking about, will have had during his life only one owner, André Larocque of Lourdes-De-Joliette. This horse raced at H3R for nine of the twelve years of his long and prolific career. It was at H3R that this career began an it is at H3R that it will end this Sunday, November 22. When we ask this charming gentleman, who is Andre Larocque, to share some of his memories with us, he becomes perplexed, not really knowing which elements, which races to choose: "In my lasting memories, Larocque said. "There is this race at Rideau Carleton in 2014 with Kyle Forgie in the sulky and a victory in the best class in 1:54.3 from 7th position; better still, his mile at H3R, the same year, this time with Stephane Brosseau, a victory in 1.53.4, from one end to the other after having torn the fronts away from DGs Woodstock in :27 seconds. "At 2 years old," Larocque explained. "He had a very fruitful year, successively winning three stakes (two Quebec Elite series, one Quebec Plus series) with Daniel Potvin on the guides. Daniel was my blacksmith at the time, and what a job he did with the colt. These were his three highest paying races in his career, twice for purses of $35,000, once for $25,000. The rest of his life he spent raising a thousand dollars here and there. Small grants in overnites. If you look at his record now, he took 293 starts and made just over $300,000, which works out to $1,000 per start. An iron horse, a clapper. " It was at the turn of the 2000s that André decided to try his luck in breeding, by acquiring a mare, Better Than Good, by The Big Dog. A mare who had never raced but whose family was full of big names: Die Laughing, Dexter Nukes, Silent Majority. This mare, bred to Artist Sena, first gave her Mamzele Leopold ($40,000 and a record 1.56), but the filly was plagued with conformation issues. The second breeding, this time with Electric Sena (Cam Fella), provided him with the colt that became Onyx VA. For the younger ones, know that Electric Sena in his day was quite a horse ($1.1M and a record of 1.48.3). "Then the mare didn't give much," Larocque added. "A few raced, some didn't. But Onyx VA was going to make people forget all that, he was so handsome, efficient and very intelligent. My role, week after week, was to find him a class that would do him justice. After the Quebec race tracks closed, I had no choice but to have him race in Ontario and he excelled on all kinds of tracks, in all kinds of conditions: Rideau, Flamboro, Grand River, London, Woodbine . He had some health problems, but never to prevent him from coming back to the track. He made me very happy, to say the least. "Sunday will be his last start, Larocque said. "I have no plans to go anywhere else next. This is where it all began and this is where it all ends. He will be entitled to a peaceful, deserved retirement. He has his stall, his paddock, his routine and he will now be at rest. For my part, I don't know what the future holds. "I am 69 years old, Larocque said. "And have had my fair share of health issues over the past few months. My hips make it difficult for me to move around, and it is no whim that I asked Claude Beausoleil to take on the role of trainer for the last few weeks. If ever my health allows me, I will not say no to a possible return with another horse. For the moment, my concerns are elsewhere. "I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me over the past twelve years with my horse," Larocque added. "There are stable neighbors, trainers, drivers, lots of people who made this 'trip' with Onyx VA possible. Thank you everyone from the heart." Onyx VA will start on Sunday, in the 7th race. This will be his 294th start. He has recorded 47 career victories. At the end of his race, Claude Beausoleil will lead him to the winner's circle for a small ceremony during which he will be placed a cooler blanket which will officially mark the end of his racing career. And with the 2nd starting position shared, it doesn't say that Onyx VA will be beaten. Track Notes: Racing fans can get a free race program for Sunday by visiting www.hippodrome3r.ca. First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. Simulcasting will continue seven days a week at H3R and all of its OTB outlets in Quebec. Also, on Sunday there are three Preferred events for the trotters and pacers. Francis Richard for the fourth straight year will take top honors as the leading trainer. The leading driver battle continues into Sunday with Pascal Berube (who is not driving Sunday) holds a four-win lead, 52 to 48, over Stephane Brosseau, who has eight drives on the program. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday is the final day of harness racing at the Hippodrome 3R for the 2020 season. It will be a total of 44 race days, four extra days than the normal 40-day race meet due to extra simulcasting revenue due to Covid-19. Yet, despite the extra race days, the annual driving title at H3R has yet to be decided as leader Pascal Berube holds a slim four-win lead (52 to 48) over Stephane Brosseau. But on Sunday Brosseau has eight drives and Berube has none. Why no drives for Pascal Berube who did not miss a day of racing all season long at H3R? That's because Berube has moved his stable and base of operations this past week to Toronto. Thus, he is leaving the driving title up to Brosseau, if he can even tie Berube or surpass him with a five-win day. Winning the H3R drivers title on closing day is nothing new for Brosseau. He did it back in 2017, scoring three wins closing day to capture the title from rival Stephane Gendron. As for the leading trainer title, that is already decided and in an unprecedented feat, trainer Francis Richard is capturing his fourth straight H3R title. He goes into Sunday's 10 race card with an 11-win lead, 33 to 22, over Maxime Velaye. Neither Richard nor Velaye have any horses entered at H3R on Sunday. "I feel blessed to be lucky enough year after year to have good owners and good horses in my barn," Francis Richard said. "And a great team behind me. We work hard day in and day out. So, it's a nice reward to get that training title one more time." On the racetrack Sunday there are three Preferred events starting in the third race for the top trotters. Heading the field is last week's upset winner, Sir Chopin (post 5) with owner, trainer and driver Carol Voyer. They face rivals Keepall (post 6), Precieuse CC (post 3) and Caroluzzo (post 2). The fifth race features the Preferred horses where Dreydl Hanover (post 6) will seek a return trip to the winners for driver Samuel Fillion. Last week Drey­dl Hanover was a tiger against this same field, scoring in 1:55.3. Also entered are 4-time Quebec Champion, Atomic Million Am (post 7), City Of The Year (post 2), Maracasso (post 5) and Somewhere Bettor (post 8). The Fillies and Mares do battle in the sixth race where Wild River Swan (post 8) is coming off a wire-to-wire triumph in 1:57.4 with Samuel Fillion in the sulky. She has now won two of her last three starts. She will face rivals Sieras Rose (post 1), Shemaksmefelunreal (post 7) and Y C easy (post 2). The seventh race features the 14-year-old pacer Onyx V A (post 2), who is making the last start of his career as he must retire from racing on January 1, 2021. The Quebec-bred son of Electric Stena was bred and has been owned by Andre Larocque of Lourdes-De-Joliette his entire career. Onyx V A raced every year of his career with 47 victories. After his race, win or lose, trainer-driver Claude Beausoleil will bring Onyx V A back to the winner's circle for a special presentation. Track Notes: Of the 79 horses entered for the final day of racing at H3R, all 79 horses were used for the race program. First race post time Sunday at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club          

Trois-Rivieres, QC - What better way to celebrate your 58th birthday then winning the opening race co-feature at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and paying $26.30 to win. That's story for owner, trainer and driver Carol Voyer of Lac-Kenngami as he scored an upset victory in Sir Chopin in the first race Preferred Trot. Keepall and driver Pascal Berube started off the race shooting to the early lead with Sir Chopin and Voyer grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Severus Hanover (Stephane Brosseau) started up first-over at the half mile in :58.3 with Caroluzzo (Stephane Gendron) following the live cover. Then on the turn, Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) flushed out of third place to come first-over but could not gain on the lead by the three-quarters in 1:28.3. It was then that Voyer came after Keepall on the final turn and those two battled neck and neck down the stretch in a classic battle with Sir Chopin winning by a half length over Keepall in 1:59.3. Severus Hanover was third. A five-year-old gelding by Lucky Fool, it was the second win this year for Sir Chopin. Across the board, Sir Chopin paid $26.30, $7.00 and $36.20 to show. Interesting that the show price was higher than the win price. In the fifth race Preferred Pace co-feature, it was Samuel Fillion and Dreydl Hanover taking the lead away from Marracasso (Stephane Gendron) by the first quarter in :27.1. From that point on, Fillion was able to keep Dreydl Hanover in front the rest of the one-mile pace, cutting the mile to the half in :56.2 and the three-quarters in 1:26.1. Somewhere Bettor (Jocelyn Gendron) made a valient first-over move, but could not catch the lead as they went on to win by two lengths in 1:55.3. Somewhere Bettor held for second with the pocket-sitting Maracasso third. It was the sixth win this year for Dreydl Hanover. The ten-year-old gelding by Cam's Card Shark is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville and paid $8.10 to win. The 8th race Fillies and Mares Preferred Pace saw Samuel Fillion make it a driving double as he won with Wild River Swan ($7.00) in 1:57.4. After taking the early lead from Godiva Mackiavelyc (Carol Voyer), Wild River Sawn led the rest of the race, winning by one and one-half lengths over Shemaksmefelunreal (Sylvain Lacaille) with Godiva Mackiavelyc third. Also celebrating a birthday on Sunday was driver Steeven Genois (32), who won the 7th race trot with Choo Choo Blue ($4.50) in 2:01.2. Track Notes: Both Samuel Fillion and Pascal Berube had driving doubles on the program. Next Sunday is the final race day of the 2020 season at H3R. There will be a special ceremony for the pacer, Onyx VA, who at age 14 will be retired from regular pari-mutuel racing on January 1, 2021. He may be seen again next season but only allowed to race in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. Next week the leading driver award is still undecided as Pascal Berube holds a strong lead with 52 wins, Stephane Brosseau is second at 48 wins and Stephane Gendron has 45 wins and the title winner will be decided next week. Trainer Francis Richard has an 11-race lead over Maxime Velaye and should have no trouble winning his fourth straight training title at H3R. Post time next Sunday is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - On Sunday the 11-year-old Quebec-bred harness racing stallion, Caroluzzo, takes on younger rivals in the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R, seeking his 40th career victory. A true warhorse, Caroluzzo has raced every year of his career for owner-breeder Michael Cote Gagnon and trainer Daniel Martin. In fact, Gagnon has been with Caroluzzo since the day the special son of Musclesextrodinair was foaled and knew from day one that his colt was something special. "Caroluzzo is the last foal of a mare that I bought in Ontario, named Sardula," explained Gagnon. "But above all, he is the only Quebec offspring of the Musclextrodinair (Muscle Yankee) stallion that I had discovered and purchased in Delaware. We then named the foal after my grandfather (Carol), who had passed away right before the foal was born. I knew I had to keep and race this foal." And now, Caroluzzo has given Gagnon nine straight years of racing excitement and 39 wins along the way. He has won multiple times every season. The latest triumph was just last week at H3R when Caroluzzo and driver Stephane Gendron wired the field in 2:00.3. "We expected a good performance from him in that group last week." Gagnon said. "He will soon be 12 years old; he is not as formidable as when he was six or seven when he won the title of Trotter of the Year in 2015 and 2016 in Quebec." Gagnon says it is the stable of Daniel Martin that keeps Caroluzzo in racing form and they pretty much let the stallion dictate his work schedule. "Daniel, Dominique and Carolann take care of him like a Prince," Gagnon laughed. "Monsieur Caroluzzo has the nicest stall and doesn't jog until he's awake. Sometimes they send me videos of him snoring! He has a gargantuan appetite and horsemen used to kid about his "thinness". My mother wants him to have a specific diet. "Besides his feet," Gagnon said, "Which sometimes gives work to the team, he does not require special care. He's a solid, good old warrior." On Sunday Caroluzzo is moving up in class to the Preferred Trot and drew post three in the first race co-feature. He will be facing some formidable foes including the entry from trainer Yannick Martel of Severus Hanover (post 2) and Dr Spengler (post 5). Rounding out the field are Sir Chopin (post 1), Keepall (post 4), Precieuse CC (post 6) and Eau Naturelle (post 7). "This week it will be harder," Gagnon said. "But he was still beating this class two years ago. However, he should always be considered by bettors, he scores well and never breaks. Especially when it's Stephane Gendron who's driving him, it's an incredible duo." Being a handsome chestnut stallion with four white feet and a white blaze, has Michael Cote Gagnon ever considered putting Caroluzzo out to stud? "My mother (Elaine Cote) has dreamed of making him a breeder for a long time," Gagnon explained. "He is a superb stallion, a perfect conformation and a good temperament. We might be surprised at the results since he is descended from Muscle Yankee and his dam is from a branch that gave Pure Ivory ($1,442,000 and the mare of Hambletonian winner, Forbidden Trade). "I am open to proposals," Gagnon added. "If breeders from here in Quebec, like Denitza Petrova, Claude Hamel or Guillaume Cayer-Richard, show interest. I myself am looking to buy a good mare for breeding." Also, on Sunday, H3R features a Preferred-Handicapped Pace in the fifth race that has two entries in it. The race favorite is the entry from trainer Alain Martin of Atomic Million Am (post 8) and Wrangler Cash (post 6). Last week Atomic Million Am (who is a four-time Quebec Champion), won this class, leading from start to finish by three open lengths in 1:55.3. He will again be driven by Sylvain Lacaille. Wrangler Cash won the Preferred two starts back for driver Pascal Berube. Other contenders are Farmers Tan (post 7), Maracasso (post 5) and Dreydl Hanover (post 1). First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - On a beautiful sunny day in Quebec, Kinnder High Class continued her harness racing winning ways, capturing her fifth straight win with a romp in the Preferred-Handicapped Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The lone three-year-old filly competed against the top mares and horses at H3R and defeated them soundly for driver Samuel Fillion. The eighth race co-feature saw Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) go right out to the early lead with Keepall (Stephane Gendron) trying for the early lead but settling for the two-hole spot by the opening quarter mile in :28.2. Beausoleil gave Precieuse CC a breather going to the half mile in :59.2. That was when Samuel Fillion took Kinnder High Class from fourth place and started up on the outside. As Kinnder High Class worked her way towards pacesetter Precieuse CC, Fillion took his time, collaring the mare at the three-quarters in 1:29.1 and then Kinnder High Class shot by the leader and opened up on the field. Coming down the stretch, Kinnder High Class extended her lead to four and one-half lengths, stopping the teletimer in 1:58.4. Precieuse CC was second with Sir Chopin (Carol Voyer) third. "While watching the race," said trainer Denitza Petrova. "I was more nervous than usual, not because of the class jump, but because I kinda felt the pressure that all eyes are on her because of the jump in class." It was the second fastest mile in Kinnder High Class's career and her ninth win in just 12 starts this year for owner, breeder and trainer Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. The nine wins by far makes Kinnder High Class the winningest horse at H3R this season. The daughter of Royalty For Life paid $3.20 to win. "She looked so good at the beginning," Petrova said. "And Samuel looked so confident but still she was far off the leaders at the half mile. As the race goes on, I felt excited and when she exploded, I was in shock! I think Samuel never even pulled the ear plugs on her. She is just unreal and I am the luckiest and proudest girl ever! "He (Samuel) took his time with Kinnder High Class," Petrova added. "And did not pushed her. He drives her so well." The ninth race Preferred-Handicapped Pace saw four-time Quebec Champion Atomic Million Am and driver Sylvain Lacaille led from start to finish with ease, going the one-mile race in a speedy 1:55.3. The pocket-sitting Maracasso (Stephane Gendron) held for second with the first-over Hooter Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the third win this year for Atomic Million Am. The nine-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam was bred and is owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau and paid $3.10 to win. It was the 44th career win for Atomic Million Am. Track Notes: Sylvain Lacaille had the hot hands at H3R Sunday, scoring a driving triple. Samuel Fillion had a driving double. Trainers Alain Martin and Marc Andre Simoneau each had doubles. Live racing resumes next Sunday, which is the second to last day of racing at H3R this year. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With the 2020 stakes season over for a three-year-old trotting filly, what's a filly then to do? If that filly is named Kinnder High Class, then you jump up in class and take on the best trotters in Quebec. That's what Kinnder High Class is doing on Sunday (Nov. 8) at the Hippodrome 3R. It comes as no surprise that owner, breeder and trainer Denitza Petrova of Melbourne is racing her filly against the best mares and horses at H3R. Kinnder High Class is having a dream season and is currently on a four-race winning streak. The Royalty For Life daughter sports eight wins in just eleven starts this year. Two starts back, Kinnder High Class won her $65,000 Quebec Championship Final in 1:58, a track record for trotting fillies. Then last week, the beautiful chestnut filly with the white blaze beat a solid field of older rivals in 1:59.2, drawing away after being parked out first-over for most of the one-mile race. "I feel confident racing her on Sunday," Petrova explained. "Only because I feel that she feels confident. She came out of the race very good, like she knows she did good." Throughout the regular season Petrova used Pierre Luc Roy as the regular driver on Kinnder High Class and he did very well with her, winning seven of her eight victories. But after winning the Quebec Championship Final, Roy announced his early retirement from driving horses. Now Petrova needed to find another driver for her top filly. "Well, I asked Samuel Fillion to drive Kinnder High Class," Petrova said. "Because when I had to qualify my two-year-old, Kinnder Dangerzone, in a Circuit Regional day this summer, Pierre Luc Roy couldn't be there that day, so I asked him who he would suggest me to use for a green 2-year-old and who will actually listen to what I have to say (I am very picky and specific with my 2-year-olds). Pierre Luc suggested Samuel Fillion, and I looked at how he drove and I really liked him. "I am able to communicate with Samuel," Petrova added. "And he is very nice to talk to and has the confidence needed and seems to be able to adjust to any horse. He did a super job qualifying Kinnder Dangerzone. "He drove her to perfection last Sunday," Petrova said. "Nothing else to say. He just did a perfect job." "Denitza asked me to take over driving her horses," Fillion said." Right after Pierre Luc announced he was no longer driving horses the week before last. "I took my time with Kinnder High Class last Sunday," Fillion explained. "When I asked her for it, she gave me speed. I think she has not yet shown all her talent, Pierre Luc and Denitza did a nice job with her. The filly is amazing." Once the Hippodrome 3R closes for the season at the end of November, Petrova has plans for Kinnder High Class. "For the rest of the year," Petrova explained. "I want to give her some more starts, most probably in Ontario. About the breeding side, for sure I will not change my mind. When I trained her down as a 2-year-old, I was always thinking while I was jogging or training her that whatever she does she is a keeper as a broodmare. So, no timeline, whenever her racing ends, that's what she will do. Petrova recently purchased the trotting stallion, Northern Escort, who will be Kinnder High Class's first stallion. "Yes, of course I will breed her to Northern Escort," Petrova said. "But also, to others down the line." As for Sunday's eighth race Preferred-Handicapped Trot, Kinnder High Class has been made the morning line favorite from post four as she goes for her fifth straight win. She will be tangling with a newcomer to H3R in Dr Spengler (post 3) for driver Stephane Brosseau. The six-year-old gelding by Powerful Emotion has been racing at Mohawk Park where last week he was second in 1:57.2 on a good track and has three wins this year for the Richard Moreau Stable. The tough mare Precieuse CC (post 5), Sir Chopin (post 7) and Keepall (post 6) will all put Kinnder High Class to the test on Sunday. "I believe in her chances," said Fillion about Kinnder High Class. "She has a great post position and she can finish very strong. I hope we will have a good race. Honestly, she is very fast. We don't know her limit yet and she wins with ease." First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Wrangler Cash proved to be the strong horse at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, grabbing the lead after the opening quarter mile and then wiring the field in the Preferred Pace. The ninth race feature was raced over a good track due to rain with a two second allowance. Farmers Tan (Carol Voyer) went right to the early lead and was then taken over by Wrangler Cash and harness racing driver Pascal Berube in :28.1 to the first quarter. Wrangler Cash then had it easy on the front end, going to the half mile in :59.2. Dreydl Hanover (Samuel Fillion) was going for his fourth straight win and came first-over but to avail by the three-quarters in 1:28.1. Wrangler Cash went on to win by two lengths in 1:58 with the pocket-sitting Farmers Tan second and Atomic Million Am (Sylvain Lacaille) third. Atomic Million Am was part of an entry with Wrangler Cash. He got away third after the start and was never really in the hunt, sitting on the rail for third place. It was the seventh win this year for Wrangler Cash. The seven-year-old gelding by As Promised is trained and owned by Alain Martin of Gatineau and paid Capteur De Reve ($2.40) and driver Stephane Gendron took full advantage of an early speed duel between Precieuse CC and Voodoo Man, coming first-over late for an easy triumph in the sixth race Preferred Trot. Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) went right to the lead, Jocelyn Gandron also left with Voodoo Man and got parked out first-over to a :28.2 first quarter and :57.4 half mile. Then in the backstretch Gendron came first-over before the three-quarters in 1:27.4, continued to gain ground on Precieuse CC and breezed to a one and one-half length triumph in 1:58.3. Precieuse CC was second with Sir Chopin (Carol Voyer) third. It was the second straight win and sixth victory of the year for Capteur De Reve. The six-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye the Provoquante Stable of Mirable, who also bred the winner. The second race trot saw track record holder Kinnder High Class ($3.40), the lone filly racing against older horses and mares, get parked first-over from the half mile marker against pacesetter Aworthy Bi (Jocelyn Gendron), and with a well-rated drive by Samuel Fillion, pulled away in the stretch to win by two lengths in 1:59.2. Aworthy Bi was second with Bonfire Bash (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the fourth straight win and eighth victory in eleven starts for Kinnder High Class. The three-year-old filly by Royalty For Life is owned, bred and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. Track Notes: There were four drivers who all scored doubles on Sunday. They were David Pilon, Samuel Fillion, Francis Picard and Pascal Berube. The lone trainer that sent out two winners was Alain Martin. Live racing resumes at H3R next Sunday, first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - With a special agreement from the Quebec Jockey Club (QJC), any harness racing broodmares purchased between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020, with proof of the transaction, will be eligible in the Quebec breeding program on certain conditions. No breeder premiums will be awarded to non-Quebec breeders of these mares. This exceptional measure was created in order to increase and improve the Standardbred breeding industry in Quebec. The goal is to create and maintain our jobs in the racing industry. Conditions: The transfer of the mare must be done before December 31st 2020 and must be 100% Canadian owned The mare must come from outside of Quebec to be eligible The foaling must take place in Quebec The mare and her offspring must remain in the province of Quebec from January 1st 2021 until and including  December 31st 2021 Any reasons to leave the province of Quebec during her residency must be approved beforehand by the QJC otherwise the mare's residence and therefore the Quebec status of the offspring could be compromised A $250 nomination fee must be paid to Standardbred Canada by December 31, 2020 or the regular late registration fee will apply The QJC reserves the right to visit farms for inspection purposes The Quebec Jockey Club is trying to continue building up its breeding program in the province, and this special condition now allows any foals born and raised in Quebec to not only be eligible to the Sire Stakes program that their stallion is eligible to, but also for the Quebec breeding program and its stakes and breeder awards. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Following a meeting of the board of directors of the Quebec Jockey Club, the Hippodrome 3R Director of Racing, Murielle Thomassin, was happy to make the following announcement: the current harness racing season will be extended by two additional race days on Sunday, November 15 and Sunday, November 22. These programs will be held provided there are a sufficient number of horses entered and if the weather permits it. "I think that the members of the Board are really aware of the difficulties encountered by our horsemen in this very different year," said Thomassin. "Consequently, these two additional programs are seen by the authorities first and foremost as help for our horse people. The two race days will help our people get through the coming winter. " The official schedule will therefore be modified over the next few days. There will therefore be a race program at 1 p.m. on Sundays, November 1, 8, 15 and 22. Authorization has been received from the Quebec Racing Commission and the Quebec Jockey Club directors hopes wholeheartedly that people will continue to strictly observe Public Health guidelines during these programs. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Prominent equine veterinarian and harness racing breeder, owner and trainer, Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, saw his mare, Wild River Swan, return to winning form at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. Driven by Francis Picard, Wild River Swan started from the rail in the third race Preferred Pace for fillies and mares. Once the seven-year-old mare by Sportswriter left out of the gate, the race was pretty much over. Godiva Mackiavelyc (Carol Voyer) left from post five and dropped right into the two-hole and sat tight as Wild River Swan cut the mile to the quarter in :27.4. Wild River Swan was full of herself as went by the half mile marker in :58.1. Race favorite Sieras Rose (Pascal Berube) sat in third place as Kiss Me Bad (Steeven Genois) came first-over but could gain no ground before breaking stride. Past the three-quarters in 1:27.1, Picard and Wild River Swan was already pulling away from the field, going on to win by four open lengths in 1:57.3. Sieras Rose was second with Sophies Cam (Stephane Brosseau) closing for third place. It was the fourth win this year for Wild River Swan. She paid $7.20 to win. The biggest upset mile of the day came in the eighth race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the horse as Somewhere Bettor and driver Jocelyn Gendron upset the field at odds of 36-1. The race saw an early dogfight for the led between Famers Tan (Carol Voyer) the race favorite and Wrangler Cash (Pascal Berube) as those two sped to an opening quarter mile in :26.4 before Berube backed up with Wrangler Cash. Farmers Tan continue to cut the mile, going to the half in :55.1 with Mickeymaksomespeed (Steeven Genois) sitting the two-hole spot. In the backstretch, Stephane Brosseau came three-wide with Hooter Shooter and by the three-quarters in 1:25.1, had collared Farmers Tan. And following the outside flow of the race was the longest shot on the board, Somewhere Bettor. Coming down the stretch, Somewhere Bettor gained ground with every stride, caught Hooter Shooter in deep stretch to win by half a length in 1:55. DJ Power (Samuel Fillion) was third. It was the lifetime mark for Somewhere Bettor. The four-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight is trained and owned by Yannick Martel of L'Assomption and paid $74.50 to win. In the fifth race Preferred-Handicap Trot, Sir Chopin (Carol Voyer) went to the lead with Voodoo Man (Jocelyn Gendron) and Wildwild Men (Steeven Genois) all in a battle. Then Wildwild Men went off-stride and scattered the back of the pack. Race favorite, Severus Hanover (Stephane Brosseau) then charged right to the lead at the half mile in :59.1 and three-quarters in 1:29.1 and it was then that Capteur De Reve and driver Stephane Gendron came after Severus Hanover, catching him on the final turn and then coasting to the wire by three lengths in 1:59.2. Severus Hanover held for second with Sir Chopin third. It was the fifth win this year for Capteur De Reve, the four-time Quebec-bred Champion. The six-year-old gelded by Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who also bred the horse. He paid $8.60 to win. Track Notes: Francis Picard had the hot hands with a driving triple Sunday. Serge Houde led the trainers with a double. With no more Friday live racing this season, racing will resume next Sunday at H3R with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was a beautiful fall afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R for its final Friday race card of the 2020 season and it was also a big day for the rookie harness racing driver Samuel Fillion. Fillion, 23, from Monti-Joli, is in his first season as a professional harness racing driver and is having a super season at the Hippodrome 3R. Including his two victories Friday, he has 23 wins this year. Fillion's most impressive victory came in the sixth race pace. Driving the 6/5 favorite Dreydl Hanover, Fillion left from post seven but there was no spot for him on the lead as City Of The Year (Stephane Brosseau) was also stinging Spider Man Hanover (Stephane Gendron) to the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Dreydl Hanover had to settle for fourth place. Spider Man Hanover was going for his fourth straight win and cut the mile to the half in :58.2. Fillion came first-over with Dreydl Hanover and following their outside cover was Prairie Mystic (Jocelyn Gendron). As the field reached the backstretch, it was a head and head dogfight between Spider Man Hanover and Dreydl Hanover to the three-quarters in 1:27.2 and around the final turn. As they started down the stretch, Spider Man Hanover began to fade. Prairie Mystic tipped three-wide to challenge but Dreydl Hanover would have nothing to do with them, pulling away at the wire to win by two lengths in 1:57.2. Jeffs Journey (Sylvain Lacaille) closed for second with Prairie Mystic third. It was the fourth win this year for Dreydl Hanover. The 10-year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $4.70 to win. Track Notes: Joining Samuel Fillion with a driving double on Friday was Sylvain Lacaille. This was the last Friday afternoon race card for the 2020 season. Live racing continues Sunday at 1:00 pm. The Sunday program features three Preferred races. The pacing mares goes in the 3rd race where last week's return winner, Sieras Rose (post 2) heads the field for driver Pascal Berube. The 5th race is the trotters and returning to H3R is track record holder Wildwild Man (post 1). He still holds the track record for 2yo in 1:58.2 back in 2015. He ships in from Rideau Carleton and faces return winners Severus Hanover (post 6) and Voodoo Man (post 4). The Preferred Pace for the horses features return winner Farmers Tan (post 6) taking on Wrangler Cash (post 4) and Mickeymaksomespeed (post 1). For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The least that can be said is that harness racing owner and trainer Marc Lemay had a happy hand when he set his sights on the Spider Man Hanover at the end of June. Since then, the son of Western Ideal continues to impress and accumulate victories. But as it often happens, under appearances which seem without history, hide several tests to arrive at the current results. Northside Downs, Nova Scotia. A different place to look for a quality horse to race at the Hippodrome 3R. Let's listen to Marc Lemay. "We were at the start of the 2020 race season," Lemay explained. "And I was looking for a horse to race at H3R. I regularly checked the horses for sale on the Standardbred Canada (SC) website and a certain Spider Man Hanover caught my attention. I had already noticed the horse in 2019 while racing in Ontario. But Mr. Kennedy, the owner of Spider Man Hanover who had put it up for sale on SC, was asking too much money for me. At one point however, the horse was doing pretty badly and it was this gentleman who contacted me to see if I was still interested. At my price, I said yes! "The first thing we realized was that the horse was very 'hot';" Lemay said. "We have to make him train with a rope and just as he is perfect and pleasant in the stable, he almost goes crazy on the track. It was Pierre-Luc Roy, with his legendary calmness, who managed to understand him and calm him down a bit. "Then, in the daily routine of caring for Spider Man Hanover," Lemay added. "His caretaker, Mélanie Gaudreault, quietly discovered what worked best with him. It didn't happen overnight, but through trial and error she came to the conclusion that we don't harness him. We just tow him and he spends his days outside. "She (Melanie) also fixed several small problems common to crazy horses,"Lemay explained. "Such as breathing. In short, at the present time, the joint efforts of Melanie and Pierre-Luc were leading us to his current successes. And things are also going well with Stéphane (Gendron) his current driver since Pierre-Luc's retirement." When a horse bears the name Hanover, from America's most prestigious breeding farm, it is because the horse by conformation or lineage or both, is not an ordinary specimen. Spider Man Hanover took his first lessons from Brian Brown. In this stable as a two-year-old, he earned more than $220,000 and set a record of 1.51.3. The rest is less glorious and the horse passed through several stables, including Ron Burke's (this is where he made his mark at 1.50.3 as a three-year-old old) before arriving to Mr. Kennedy in Nova Scotia. Since joining Marc Lemay's team, he has already won six times and is currently on a three-race winning streak and will be one of the favorites for the sixth race pace on Friday at H3R with Stephane Gendron in the sulky. In two of his last three starts he led from the start in 1:57. Last week on a sloppy track he won again in 2:00.3. Spider Man Hanover (post 2) will be tested in the feature race as he faces other return winners Dreydl Hanover (post 7) for driver Samuel Fillion who last week wired the field in 1:55.4 and Requested (post 6), who also led from start to finish last week over the sloppy track in 2:01.1. Marc Lemay will also start in the first race Friday his maiden trotter, Muscles Forever. "He was in Jacques Beaudoin's stable at Rideau Carleton," Lemay said. "And I owned a part of him. As he was disappointing, I bought back the shares of the other co-owners. It's a mid-term project in my mind, say for the next season, except that he has surprised me pleasantly since I acquired him. "I see him as a pretty good potential," Lemay added. "And the few starts he has left at H3R will be a good indication of the trotter he could become. On October 16, he finished 3rd with a final quarter in 31.3 in a sea of mud. I am curious to see how he will develop." Despite the outside position, his morning odds are 3/1. Stephane Brosseau will pilot the three-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass. This is the last Friday afternoon race program at H3R this season. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - In the final strides to the wire, Farmers Tan was able to catch and defeat Wrangler Cash to win the Preferred Pace harness racing feature at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The sixth race saw Farmers Tan and owner, trainer, driver Carol Voyer of Lac-Kenogami leave from post five and take command of the race from Wrangler Cash and driver Pascal Berube by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Berube quickly quarter moved and put Wrangler Cash back on the lead. Coming to the half mile, Jocelyn Gendron came first-over with Somewhere Bettor and following their outside cover was Hooter Shooter with driver Stephane Gendron. They went past the half mile in :57.2. With Somewhere Bettor beginning to fade by the three-quarters in 1:22.3, Farmers Tan now had clearance to come after Wrangler Cash and those to set up for a classic stretch drive to the finish. Wrangler Cash and Berube tried as much as they could to hold off Farmers Tan in the stretch and it came to the final strides to wire as Farmers Tan and Carol Voyer surged ahead of Wrangler Cash to win by a head in 1:55.2. It was a dead heat for third place between Hooter Shooter and D J Power. A four-year-old gelding by Always A Virgin, it was the sixth win this year for Farmers Tan. He paid $5.70 to win. Sieras Rose ($5.80) returned to winning form for driver Pascal Berube in winning the fifth race Preferred-Handicapped Pace for the Fillies and Mares. Unable to find a seat going to the opening quarter mile, Berube was content to sit first-over as Hammering Halley (Stephane Gendron) cut the mile to the opening quarter mile in :28.2. With Shemaksmefelunreal (Samuel Fillion) in the two-hole spot and Sieras Rose parked out, they went by the half mile marker in :58.1. Then in the backstretch, Berube urged Sieras Rose on and she responded by taking the lead by the three-quarters in 1:27.2. Then came pressure on the outside by Wild River Swan (Franis Picard), who actually got a head up on the leader before fading. Godiva Mackiavelyc (Carol Voyer) came three-wide from fifth place around the final turn and was nearly able to collar Sieras Rose as they started down the stretch, but Sieras Rose was the strong horse, going on to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.2. Godiva Mackiavelyc was second with Hammering Haley third. It was the third win this year for Sieras Rose, an eight-year-old mare by No Pan Intended. She is trained and co-owned by the former race secretary at H3R, Johanne Dechamplain with Steve Perrault, both of Mont-Joli. Track Notes: Three drivers all scored doubles on Sunday. They were Pascal Berube, Jocelyn Gendron and Francis Picard. Notching a training double was Alain Martin. Live racing will resume at H3R next Friday, first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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