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H3R Awards Gala Saturday on Facebook Live

07:48 AM 28 Nov 2020 NZDT
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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


7 (7-0-0) $ 11,950 1.54.3

Determination Stable - Guy Corbeil

Coach: Maxime Velaye

Driver: Stephane Gendron


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

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