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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Claude Levesque is the president of the Quebec Jockey Club, a prominent harness racing owner and breeder, and he is excited for the start of the 2021 race season at the Hippodrome 3R. "There is not that much to say," Levesque laughed. "Except that we are very excited to get our race meet underway and that we are ready to race! The Hippodrome 3R opening day Friday card gets underway with a special post time of 5:30 pm. A free race program is available at www.hippodrome3r.ca. "The weather forecast for Friday is excellent," Levesque added. "Our racetrack surface is in prime shape. We have ten races, all with full fields of eight horses and I know that our horse people are ready to return to racing. "All that we are missing is our race fans," Levesque said. "And maybe we will be able to add them by mid-summer, but we are not counting on that. It would be great as racing is not the same without race fans cheering. I am glad we are able to start racing. We will be the only track in all of Canada racing Friday. "Most important," Levesque added. "Is that we will continue to do Covid protocols in our race paddock. I am proud of all our employees and our horse people who did safe practice as we did not have one Covid case all last season and we want the same again this season. "We also want to see how many horses are entered for our qualifying races on Saturday," Levesque explained. "If there are a lot more horses coming here to qualify, we might even consider racing two days next week, Friday and Sunday. But we have to wait and see on that." For opening day, there are two Preferred pacing and one Preferred trot on the race card. The 7th race Preferred 1 pace features nine-time race winner last year, Mickeymakesomespeed from post five for driver Richard Simard and trainer Michel Allard. Mickeymakesomespeed won his qualifying race last week at H3R in 1:59.4 by three and one-quarter lengths and takes on Big Petes Style (post 1), also a qualifying winner last week in 1:59.4, Woodbine invaders Solid Man (post 6) and Take The Deal (post 7). The Preferred-Handicap Trot is race five and spotlighted is the top mare, Kinnder High Class (post 6), who won 10 of 13 starts and set a track record last season at H3R. She is the lone mare in the field and goes against track record holder Wildwild Men (post 8), Franks Angel (post 7) and Pompano Park shipper, Captain Krupnik (post 3). Trainer Francis Richard, who will be gunning for his fifth straight training title at H3R, is back in action along with last season's leading driver, Pascal Berube. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. The website is in both French and English. From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, ON - Woodbine Mohawk Park reminds all horsepeople that training is now being offered five-days-a-week (Tuesday-Saturday) from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign-up for the next week of training at Woodbine Mohawk Park (May 11-15) will open this Saturday afternoon (May 8) at 3 p.m. Each training day will be split into three sessions with a maximum of 50 horses in the first two sessions and 48 in the final session. Sign-up will be required to train at Woodbine Mohawk Park and trainers are limited to a maximum of 10 horses per day. The training session times are listed below: Session One: 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Session Two: 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Session Three: 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The sign-up links for each day next week are listed below: Training - Tuesday, May 11 Training - Wednesday, May 12 Training - Thursday, May 13 Training - Friday, May 14 Training - Saturday, May 15 All Paddock COVID-19 protocols will be in place for training hours, including the requirement to have all people wearing a mask. Only Trainers and essential licensed personnel will be permitted through the Security check point and all individuals are reminded to complete the COVID-19 Screening Form before arriving. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2021 Spring harness racing season swings into full gear Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval will host a full 12-dash program starting at 6 P.M. with a brand new wagering menu, TV graphic's package, Paddock Cam and a power packed field in the feature pace. Part of the excitement has the Jackpot Hi-5 being offered at both Island tracks this season with an industry low takeout of 15% and a single winner format. The wager requires the customer to pick the first five finishers in the correct order and if there is a single winner they will receive not only the payout from the day's current pool but also the full jackpot that has built up from previous events at Charlottetown. The Jackpot Hi5 will make its debut at Summerside on May 24th. Red Shores has also reduced the minimum bet amounts for the Superfecta, Pick 4 and Jackpot Hi5 as they now will have a $0.20 minimum bet option. The race 11 feature will see the return of James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation winner Avatar J to Island racing as Danny MacDonald resumes the training duties of the son of American Ideal for owners Jody Sanderson of Cornwall and Ontario's Dean Larkin. Gilles Barrieau picks up the drive aboard the post 2 starter in the $3,200 preferred pace. Screen Test rides a three-race win streak into the event with Corey MacPherson at the controls for trainer Ron Gass while Chocolate Swirl (To be driven by David Dowling) has the outside post 5 after winning the final preferred pace of the season in February. Race analyst Peter MacPhee places Avatar J firmly on top of the Post Time Picks. "Avatar J was razor sharp at Rideau back in March and check out all those brisk closing quarters," MacPhee said. "Don't forget he won 10 races last year and Gilles gets along very well with him so we think they hit the wire first." Also in that preferred field are Mantario (Kenny Arsenault) and Bugsy Maguire (Austin Sorrie). Burn Out Hanover is the favourite in the race 12 finale but must overcome the outside post 7 for driver Barrieau and owner-trainer Jeff Holmes of Orwell. Other top entries are Hunger Pangs (Ryan Desroche) and Winter Blast (Dowling). The Race Day broadcast with Vance Cameron, Lee Drake and Peter MacPhee airs at 5:30pm AST with the pre-game and special guest Jennifer Doyle. Doyle is the leading trainer at Charlottetown. Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After having perhaps the best harness racing season of her career in 2020, owner-trainer-breeder Denitza Petrova from Melbourne is looking forward to kicking off the 2021 meet at the Hippodrome 3R on Friday with her Kinnder High Class. Last year as a three-year-old, Kinnder High Class came into her own scoring an impressive 10 wins in just 13 starts including a dramatic track record 1:58.1 performance and a victory in the $65,000 Breeders Trophy Series final. Then she capped it off going to Mohawk Park for her last start of the year, winning in 1:56.2. Sired by Royalty For Life, Kinnder High Class was driven by regular pilot Samuel Fillion last Saturday in her qualifying race at H3R where she finished third, timed in 2:04, last quarter mile in :30.1. "I thought her qualifier was perfect," Petrova explained. "She did everything I wanted her to do. I did not want to go a fast mile, I just wanted her to follow and close well, which she did. Where she finished, I did not care as long as her confidence was there. Samuel (Fillion) said after the race that she is perfect and very strong. "She did not grow that much over the winter," Petrova said. "But she did fill out more and it is all muscle. She is so muscular now. There is no reason she should not do excellent this season. She was perfect at the end of last season. We did not really push her last year. She does not have that many starts so I am confident she will do well again. "At Mohawk Park for her last start in 2020," Petrova recalled, "She really had everything going against her yet she took it all in stride and scored a lifetime mark that I think she will beat this year. She had to travel nine hours in the trailer, she never raced on a big track before and she never raced under the lights before. "So, she went from racing on a sunny, half mile," said Petrova. "To the big track at Mohawk and under the lights. Yet she was perfect and scored her fastest win yet. She was very mature. And it was also Samuel's first time ever driving at Mohawk too. I think she was super in that she compensated for all of that." Kinnder High Class will need to be ready as she is going against a field of seven male rivals in the 5th race Preferred-Handicap Trot. She drew post six and is the 5/2 morning line favorite with Fillion in the sulky. Also in the lineup is Franks Angel (post 7), who won the qualifying race that Kinnder High Class was in last week. Track record holder Wildwild Men (post 8) is also in the field for trainer-driver Guy Gagnon. Other contenders include Frido PV (post 5), Captain Krupnik (post 3) and Keepall (post 1). How does Petrova feel about racing against the boys this year? "I was kind of expecting that she would have to race against the older male trotters from now on," Petrova said. "It may be tough in her first start but I think she is ready to take them on and do well." Undefeated track record holder Kinnder Dangerzone is another standout performer from last year for Petrova. The homebred half brother to Kinnder High Class raced just four times last year, but was the Two-Year-Old Colt Trotting Champion in Quebec and rewrote the track record for his age last year in winning the $55,000 Future Stars Final in 2:01. "Hopefully Kinnder Dangerzone will qualify next week at H3R," Petrova added. "He looks like a monster for this season. He grew more, filled out more and is now stronger than ever. I am very excited for him this year. "He is very playful and I can see he wants to race. He is still very green. He only had four starts as a two-year-old. I have to say he was greener than green last year," Petrova laughed. How do the two-year-old's stack up for Petrova this season? "I have three two-year-old's in my stable this year, all trotters, Petrova added. "The best bred of them is Kinnder Triplecrown. She is bred by Lindy's Tru Grit, who may not be a household name, but she is from my foundation mare, Majectic Joy, so that makes Kinnder Triplecrown a half sister to both Kinnder High Class and Kinnder Dangerzone. And she will continue to make Majectic Joy a 100 percent producing mare." Petrova is usually at times too busy to even make the one-hour drive from her farm in Melbourne to Trois-Rivieres. "I have seven race horses in my stable for this year," Petrova explained. "And they will keep me busy enough along with the broodmares that I board and own. It's also breeding season and we have foals that were born, so it is very active at the farm. I am fortunate that I can go and see Kinnder High Class race on Friday because of the late post time." Post time for the special opening day card Friday is 5:30 pm. After Friday, the next race date will be Sunday, May 16 with first race post time at 12:30 pm. For a free race program and information about H3R, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

MILTON, ON -  After 40 years of dedication and critical contributions, Racing Secretary Scott McKelvie has announced that he will retire from Woodbine Entertainment on March 31, 2022. Scott joined the then named Ontario Jockey Club in 1981, working his way up to take leadership of the Race Office and has served as the long-time Racing Secretary of Greenwood, Woodbine and Woodbine Mohawk Park since 1992. Through his time at Woodbine, Scott has been influential in creating a competitive year-round racing product and establishing Woodbine's prolific stakes program, including proudly working on all 37 editions of the Pepsi North America Cup. Scott has been a key industry leader throughout his career, contributing to various boards and committees. Scott is a past president and current director of the American Harness Racing Secretaries Association and a current vice-president of the Grand Circuit. "I'm proud to have spent the last 40 years with Woodbine. It has been an outstanding place to work. I would like to thank all my colleagues for their efforts, support and friendship during my career," said McKelvie. "The racing industry is a great community and I'm proud to have met and connected with many wonderful people over the years, including the horsemen and women that I've worked closely with on a day-to-day basis." "Scott's imprint on Standardbred Racing in North America has been immense. We appreciate his great devotion to our sport, his professionalism and great expertise which has helped establish Woodbine Mohawk Park at the top," remarked Jessica Buckley, Senior Vice-President of Standardbred and Thoroughbred Racing. "In addition to his expertise, Scott's steady, kind way with people will be greatly missed day to day. All of us at Woodbine Entertainment, wish to say thank you to Scott and we wish him a wonderful retirement." Scott will continue to lead the Race Office until his retirement at the end of March 2022 and provide contributions to Woodbine's Standardbred operation in the future. From Woodbine Entertainment

Top Canadian legendary harness racing track announcers Frank Salive and  Jean Desautels, were the special guests on Ghislain Paquet's Passion Courses Facebook LIve show. To see and listen to the special broadcast, click here.  

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores will be offering some new betting features that will begin with the start of the meet at both Charlottetown and Summerside tracks. Firstly, Red Shores will now be offering a Jackpot Hi-5 wager during the 2021 racing season. The pool will have an industry low takeout of 15% and will have a single winner format. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires the selection of the first five finishers of the race in correct order. If there is a single winner, they will receive not only the payout from the day's current pool but also the full jackpot that has built up from previous events. "We tested the Pentafecta at the end of our last meet and there was some interest there", said Lee Drake, Manager of Racing and Broadcast. "The single winner Jackpot format is something that will provide the potential for some big prices for the pool." The Jackpot Hi-5 pool will be offered at both Charlottetown and Summerside. The carryover will follow the two tracks to maximize the opportunities to build the carryover and create some big payouts. In addition to this, Red Shores has also reduced the minimum bet amounts required for several pools. The Superfecta, Pick 4 and Jackpot Hi5 now all have a $0.20 minimum bet option. The Jackpot Hi5 and the lower bet minimums will begin with the opening day program at Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday May 8 with a first post of 6pm pm ADT / 5pm EDT. Red Shores Summerside kicks off with the season opener on Monday May 24th at 1pm ADT/12pm EDT. For race dates, post times and live broadcast go to redshores.ca From Red Shores

The deadline to nominate Ontario Sired harness racing yearlings, foals of 2020, to the Ontario Sires Stakes program is Monday, May 17. Yearlings must be registered with Standardbred Canada at the time of nomination and will be eligible to compete in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program at two in 2022 and at three in 2023. To maintain eligibility sustaining payments are due in the two and three-year-old seasons. Ontario Sires Stakes staff members continue to work limited hours and may not be able to respond to calls and messages regarding telephone payments before the May 17 deadline. Yearling owners are encouraged to mail their payments before May 17. Forms can be found here on the OSS website. To confirm the receipt of a payment please send it by registered mail, Priority Post or courier (addresses below) rather than calling the OSS office. Those who prefer to pay by credit card over the telephone should: 1) Call well in advance of the May 17 deadline. 2) Clearly leave a name and telephone number if staff members are unable to answer. 3) Telephone messages regarding credit card payments received before the May 17 deadline will be considered on-time payments even if the deadline has passed before staff members are able to return the call. Please allow 10 to 14 days for your payment to be processed and be aware that payments made through the SC Stakes Online portal are not processed until the May 17 deadline has passed. As payments are processed the names of yearlings nominated will be posted to the OSS website at 2021 Nominated Horses. The Ontario Sires Stakes staff appreciates your patience during this time. For further enquiries please contact ossprogram@ontarioracing.com or 905-854-7808. Mailing Address: Ontario Sire Stakes P.O. Box 160 Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0 Courier Address: Ontario Sire Stakes c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park 9430 Guelph Line Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0 Please note: "Security - Employee Entrance" From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Trois-Rivieres, QC - They are the only racetrack in Canada that will be open for racing when the Hippodrome 3R (H3R) kicks-off their 2021 harness racing season on Friday (May 7). With a special post time of 5:30 pm, H3R will feature a ten-race program with full fields of eight starters in all races, including three Preferred Class events. Heading the driver's colony is return champion Pascal Berube, who narrowly held on to his lead closing day last November, edging Stephen Brosseau by one win, 52 to 51. Brosseau is back opening day along with Stephane Gendron, Guy Gagnon, Francis Picard, Samuel Fillion and Richard Simard. "It's always fun to be successful on the track, Berube said. "And it's my first goal when I'm on the sulky. So, as far as winning the driver's title again, if I'm first in the standings it's great, but otherwise I just want to live up to myself and do my best. "I currently have 6 horses in the stable," Berube added. "And three of them are new horses. I really hope they will live up to our expectations as these are several new owners and I would like for them to enjoy their first experience as owners." Berube has become a popular catch-driver both at H3R and at Rideau Carleton. He has drives in nine of the ten races on the card. On the training side, Francis Richard is the top dog and is going for his fifth straight training title at H3R. Last year he won the title by 11 wins, 33 to 22 over Maxime Velaye. "We are ready of course for the new race season at H3R, Richard said. "I really am looking forward to seeing my trotter that I co-own, Fashion Frenzie. Him, along with a Bettor's Delight colt I co-own named Twin B Powerball, are under the good care of trainer Richard Moreau." Last season at age two, Fashion Frenzie (Archangel) won five of seven starts and $154,000 on the Ontario Sire Stakes Circuit with a record of 1:55.1. He is the pride and joy of the Richard Stable. Other top trainers returning for the 2021 at H3R are Marc-Andre Simoneau, Michel Allard, Denitza Petrova, Charles Gaudreault and Carl Duguay. After Friday's special opening day program, H3R will return to racing on Sunday's, starting May 16, with post time at 12:30 pm. Friday racing resumes June 11 with post time at 4:00 pm. Program Pages are available for the Friday card, courtesy of TrackIt, at this link. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Toronto, ON - May 4, 2021 - Woodbine Entertainment announced today that it has appointed experienced sports executive Michael Copeland as its Chief Commercial Officer as the organization eyes growth opportunities. Copeland joins Woodbine Entertainment after holding several leadership positions in the Canadian sports industry. Most recently, Copeland founded and led his own consulting business focused on issues of growth and transformation in sports and entertainment. Prior to that, Copeland was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Argonauts (2015 to 2018), who under his leadership won a Grey Cup championship in 2017. Before joining the Argos, Copeland was the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Football League for nearly 10 years (2006 to 2015). "With a unique opportunity for substantial growth of our business on the horizon, we are excited to add Michael and his wealth of experience to our senior leadership team," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "In addition to his extensive background in sports and business, Michael is a strong, visionary leader, making him an ideal teammate to lead our commercial efforts as we look to realize those opportunities for growth in a rapidly changing sports marketplace in Canada." As Chief Commercial Officer, Copeland will oversee business development, digital strategy, marketing, sponsorships, broadcast and customer experience strategy. The Western University law and MBA graduate will also play a significant role as Woodbine Entertainment continues its efforts to participate in the emerging sports betting sector in Canada and embarks on the most exciting and ambitious real estate development project in the country. "Woodbine Entertainment is already one of Canada's top sports and entertainment organizations with horse racing and the 50,000 jobs it supports at the centre of it all," said Copeland, who was named a recipient of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 in 2008. "Yet, the opportunity for it to embrace a bold vision for the future and reimagine its position as a Canadian sports and entertainment leader has never been stronger than it is now. "Through the years, I have developed a deep appreciation for the horse racing industry and the people within it as my wife's family was involved in the sport for decades. I am honoured to join an organization that has such a rich history, and an even brighter future." Copeland joins an experienced leadership team at Woodbine Entertainment that also recently added property development expertise by retaining the services of Collaborative Equities and its Managing Principal and prominent developer William Kohn Fleissig to lead its property development portfolio. Fleissig joins Woodbine as one of the most innovative land developers and community builders of the past 20 years. "We have a tremendous opportunity in front of us that has the potential to modernize our business model, strengthen our brand, expand our reach and create new revenue streams that will support the horse racing industry for decades to come," Lawson said. Copeland starts his role with Woodbine Entertainment on May 10. Woodbine Entertainment also confirmed today that Christina Litz, who held the position of Vice President, Media, Digital, Business and Revenue Development since December 2019, has departed the organization to join True North Sports and Entertainment in Winnipeg as its Chief Brand and Commercial Officer. by Jamie Dykstra, for Woodbine Entertainment  

On June 1, 2021, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will implement the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency's (CPMA) decision to lower the thresholds for total carbon dioxide (TCO2). The AGCO will lower the thresholds for TCO2 from 37mmol/L to 36mmol/L, and from 39mmol/L to 38mmol/L for horses registered in the Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) program. Carbon dioxide (CO2) occurs naturally in the blood of horses at varying concentrations. This natural level can be anywhere from 26/27mmol/l to 31/32mmol/l. An elevated TCO2 level is an indicator of the use of alkalizing agents, which may compromise the welfare of the horse when provided in excess, and the integrity of racing by artificially enhancing a horse's performance. Lowering thresholds will help to enhance horse welfare, improve public perception, and uphold the integrity in racing. In addition to lowering thresholds, the AGCO is updating the impacted Rules to enhance the effectiveness of the TCO2 program and clarify that when a sample is not collected, the horse may be scratched at the discretion of the Racing Officials. The Rules will also be updated to reflect the ban on race day medication, which prohibits the administration of medications, drugs and substances to any horse starting 24 hours prior to the post time of the first race of the day they are scheduled to race. Revisions to the rules related to the above are outlined in the Information Bulletin - Revision to the Rules of Racing to Lower TCO2 Thresholds Starting June 1, 2021. From the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario

Grand River Raceway has announced that the racetrack will open for training beginning Friday May 7th. The paddock and racetrack will be open for training every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8am to 12noon. At this time, trainers do not need to sign up in advance as we do not anticipate demand will be such that it would create an unsafe environment in the paddock.  All paddock COVID-19 protocols will be in place during training hours, including the requirement to ensure all attendees wear a mask. Only trainers and essential licenced individuals will be permitted at the facility. All individuals planning to attend, must complete the COVID-19 Screening Form before arriving at Grand River Raceway. The Screening Form, along with protocols, can be found on our website under COVID Screening & Protocols. From Grand River Raceway              

Billy Davis Jr. recorded his 3,000th career harness racing win on Sunday night (May 2) as he directed Vintage Grand to a win in the fifth race at Northfield Park.   "The only disappointing thing about getting three thousand wins was that my family couldn't celebrate it with me because they have to stay in Canada due to Covid-19," Davis Jr. said in reaching the milestone.   He went on to say, "When I was sixty or seventy away, I started to think about it but it really came up quicker on me than I anticipated. I remember when I was one away from two thousand wins, it took me like three weeks to get it," he added with a laugh.   DAVIS' 3000TH WIN REPLAY     Davis Jr. recalled his first career win, guiding Spartacus DJ to the victory back in 2007 at Fraser Downs in British Columbia. "He was trained by my Dad. My father had like fifty four hundred wins. At that time when I got my first, I was living in the moment so I didn't know what to expect down in the future. I guess I knew I could drive a horse though."   The 34-year-old Davis Jr., who resides in Guelph, Ontario, has driven at Buffalo Raceway, Batavia Downs, Flamboro Downs, Mohawk Raceway, Georgian Downs, Kawartha Downs and Mohawk.   In his career, he has won over $22.2 million in purse earnings.   "As I have gotten older, I am not driving as much," Davis Jr. lamented. "I remember racing seven days a week, working, it was exhausting, I am making decent money at Buffalo and Batavia (and now Northfield) and I am not killing myself doing it."   Looking at the future, Davis Jr. said, "I just want to stay consistent and reverent and things will work out good."   by Brian J. Mazurek

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After hosting 17 qualifying races over the past week (Wednesday and Saturday) there should be an ample amount of harness racing horses ready to drop in the draw box at the Hippodrome 3R. The first draw of the 2021 season at H3R will take place on Monday, May 3. Entries must be submitted by 11 am. "I think we will be in very good shape for our first draw," said Murielle Thomassin, director of racing at H3R. "We are planning on having at least ten races on opening day next Friday." Opening Day at H3R is set for Friday, May 7 with first race post time at 5:30 pm. After the Friday card, the next live race day will be Sunday, May 16 at 1:00 pm. Thomassin explained why H3R is starting off the season on a Friday, mainly because of a lack of racing in Canada. "There is no doubt about being one of the few racetracks to be running races right now," Thomassin continued. "We have the approval of Public Health, we have the approval of the Quebec Racing Commission, so why not proceed? I honestly think we'll have more than enough horses to at least do a program on Friday and we'll see what happens next. "Let's think about it," Thomassin said. "There are thousands of fans in Canada who are looking forward to getting back to their favourite pastime and fate has it that we are pretty much one of the only ones in the country to run races. That's for sure we'll look carefully at the mutual wagering for this first program and then see how our schedule goes." Saturday featured 11 qualifying races and the star of the day was trainer-driver Marie Claude Auger, who drove three winners on card, including the fastest winner of the day, Big Petes Smile, In the sixth race pace, Auger left with Big Petes Smile from post five. The nine-year-old gelding by Jeremie's Jet held the field at bay from the start, stopping the teletimer in 1:59.4 and winning by four open lengths. Also on the racetrack was the 2020 Trotting Filly of the Year at H3R, Kinnder High Class, who won 10 of 13 starts last season for owner-breeder-trainer Denitza Petrova. She finished a fast closing third as the race was won by Marie Claude Auger with Franks Angel in 2:03.2. Anything else special on Murielle Thomassin's wish list for this season at the Hippodrome 3R? "Oh yes," Thomassin said. "I want the racing fans back in the stands again. I hope this pandemic will get under control so that we can have spectators back at H3R. I miss hearing the cheering crowd when the horses come down the stretch to the finish." For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club announced today (April 30) that the Hippodrome 3R will begin its 2021 harness racing season next Friday, May 7. Post time for the special opening day card will be 5:30 pm. No spectators will be allowed to come to the track. Covid protocols, the same as last season with no positive tests, will be enforced with all horse people and employees. After the opening day Friday program, the Hippodrome 3R will return to its normal racing calendar with the next live date on Sunday, May 16 with post time at 1:00 pm. Friday racing will resume on June 11. The race meet will run through Sunday, November 7 for the 40-day season. This Saturday morning the Hippodrome 3R will host 11 qualifying races starting at 11 am. The races will be live streamed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Hippodrome3R with race calls by track announcer Guy Lafontaine. The race entries are available at www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing. For more information and the full racing calendar for the Hippodrome 3R, visit www.hippodrome3r.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

MILTON, ON -  Woodbine Entertainment today announced the 38th Pepsi North America Cup, originally scheduled for June 19 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 11. This will mark the second consecutive year the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup and its several undercard stakes have been rescheduled due to COVID-19. The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations will now take place on Saturday, September 4. "The Pepsi North America Cup is our signature race at Woodbine Mohawk Park and we fully intended to return this prestigious event to its usual spot in 2021," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "We remain hopeful to resume live racing in May, but felt it was necessary to reschedule this race and others from the start of our stakes season to provide all nominated horses, specifically our local horses not currently racing, with an opportunity to be in top shape for these marquee events." The stacked Pepsi North America Cup undercard of the Fan Hanover, Goodtimes, Roses Are Red, Armbro Flight and Mohawk Gold Cup have all been rescheduled to new dates later in the season. The Fan Hanover and Goodtimes will join the 'Cup' on Saturday, September 11. The Roses Are Red has been moved to Saturday, September 4, Armbro Flight to Friday, September 17 and Mohawk Gold Cup to Saturday, September 18. The Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) schedule will be adjusted to accommodate the new dates for the various rescheduled stakes. The new OSS schedule will be confirmed once live racing resumes in the province. Woodbine has also rescheduled the SBOA Stakes from May 22 to November 13, Somebeachsomewhere Stakes from June 5 to August 28, Simcoe 3-Year-Old Open Pace from September 4 to September 18 and Simcoe 3-Year-Old Open Trot from September 10 to September 25. Along with the rescheduling of several races, Woodbine Mohawk Park is working with The Meadowlands to determine next steps for the Graduate Series and Miss Versatility, as both events were to visit Woodbine Mohawk Park in late-May and early-June. A decision on those events will be announced in the coming days. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

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