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Birthday boy's victorious at H3R Sunday

10:10 AM 16 Nov 2020 NZDT
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Driver Carol Voyer with Sir Chopin (#4 on the outside) celebrated his 58th birthday in grand style beating Keepall in the Preferred Trot. photo
Owner Francois Morin with Dreydl Hanover, Jessica Theroux Turgeon and winning driver Samuel Fillion. photo

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

From the Quebec Jockey Club

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