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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Mag N Lady not only crushed the field in winning her $10,000 division for the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R Friday, but also smashed the track record for two-year-old trotting fillies by nearly two seconds. Starting from post one for trainer-driver Jean Francois Maguire in the non-wagering race, Mag N Lady led every step of the one-mile race, cutting fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:28 before rolling away from the field, winning by 14 and one-half lengths in 1:59.2. Finishing a distance second was XOXO (Jerome Lombart) with New Road (Steeven Genois) third. The previous track record for two-year-old trotting fillies was 2:01.1 and was co-held by Meganou (2014) and Claudi PV (2018). For Mag N Lady, it was her third straight win in the Future Stars Series. The Royalty For Life daughter is owned by Maguire with Julie Malenfant and Richard Legris and Pascale Maguire. She will now headline her $55,000 division of the Super Sunday Quebec Championship finals on Sunday, Sept. 27 at H3R. All eight of the finals will take place next week with more than $500,000 in total purses. In the first race $10,000 third leg division for the two-year-old trotting colts, undefeated Kinnder Dangerzone also made it a clean sweep of the three preliminary rounds, leading from start to finish. With Pierre-Luc Roy in the sulky, Kinnder Dangerzone was parked first-over past the opening quarter mile in :29.2 before taking command with Incredible Hall (Stephane Brosseau) following them in second place. They raced that way the rest of the mile with Kinnder Dangerzone holding off Incredible Hall to win by one length in 2:03.2. Hall Win (Kevin Maquire) was third. Sired by Northern Escort, it was third straight win for the unbeaten Kinnder Dangerzone, who is trained, owned and was bred by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. He paid $3.60 to win. In the sixth race, Streakazana ($5.80) and driver David Pilon swept three-wide in the backstretch, was parked out around the final turn and still was able to beat older pacers with a 1:58.4 triumph. It was her third straight win and fifth of the season. She was prepping for her $65,000 final next week at H3R. Petrova and Roy made it a double at H3R Friday as Kinnder Dangerzone's half-sister, Kinnder High Class, beat older rivals in the seventh race trot. The three-year-old filly by Royalty For Life chewed up a field of older trotting foes, winning with ease in 2:00 by three and one-half lengths. She paid $4.30 to win. Track Notes: H3R's leading driver Pascal Berube extended his lead Friday with a driving triple. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, which is National Caretakers Appreciation Day. All caretakers will be announced with their horses in each post parade and each caretaker will receive a coupon for a free meal in the Paddock Restaurant. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Quebec's top two and three-year-old trotters and pacers will be on display at the Hippodrome 3R Friday as the youngsters are preparing for Super Sunday next week. Friday is the third and final leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. The top eight point earners in the series return for their respective $55,000 finals next Sunday, September 27. Super Sunday in Quebec will be the richest day of racing in the province with nearly $500,000 in purses. The first race of the day is the $10,000 colt division of the Future Stars Series. Featured is Kinnder Dangerzone from post seven for driver Pierre-Luc Roy. The son of Northern Escort has been razor sharp for owner, breeder and trainer Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, winning his last two starts in the series and will seek to make a clean sweep of the preliminary rounds. Other contenders in the race include Hall Win (post 1), Aoki (post 8) and Incredible Hall (post 5). The $10,000 filly division is a non-wagering race held after the first race. Mag N Lady (post 1) is the standout in the four-horse field. The daughter of Royalty For Life has won both her starts in the series, scoring last week by distancing the field in 2:02, just missing the track record for her age, gait and gender. She is trained and driven by Jean Francois Maquire, who co-owns the filly with Julie Maquire, Richard Legris and Pascale Maquire. Then the action turns to some of the top contending three-year-old's in next Sunday's finals as they take on older horses in prepping for the finals. The third race Preferred Trot spots Babidibou, the 2019 Quebec Champion two-year-old, trying his luck against the best trotters in the area. He starts from post four for driver Stephane Gendron and is on a two-race win streak, the fastest a 1:57 lifetime best mile for trainer Maxime Velaye and co-owners Isidoro Russo and Guy Corbeil. Then in the sixth race pace, the three best fillies for Sunday's finals, go head and head. Lotus Sena (post 1) won an opening round of the series for driver Stephane Gendron. In post six is Acaena De Chakrika who has two straight wins in the series, the fastest in 1:56.4 and in post seven is her rival Streakazana, who is also on a two-race win streak. The seventh race trot is somewhat of an oddity as a three-year-old filly is the favorite over eight older horses. That filly is Kinnder High Class, the older half sister to Kinnder Dangerzone who is in the first race. Starting from the rail, Kinnder High Class won her last start with an impressive first-over mile in the series, winning in a romp by seven and one-half lengths in a lifetime best 1:59.4. She sports five wins in eight starts this year for Denitza Petrova. Post time Friday is 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Hall of Famer Yves Filion made another successful visit to the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, guiding Colonel Bayama to victory in the final leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. Now the eight top point earners in the series will return to H3R on Sunday, September 27 for the $55,000 finals. It is Super Sunday with more than $500,000 in purses making it the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. Leaving from post five in the $10,000 first race for the colts, Filion and Colonel Bayama were parked out to the opening quarter mile by D Gs Runforhim (Jonathan Lachance) in :28.3. Filion was able to back down the pace to the half mile in :59.3 as The Light Speed (Simon Delisle) came first-over with Major Damage (Steeven Genois) second-over. Colonel Bayama continued to lead the field to the three-quarters in 1:30.1 and then held off all contenders down the stretch to win by a half length in 2:00.4. The Light Speed was second with D Gs Runforhim third. It was the maiden victory for Colonel Bayama. The colt by Sunshine Beach had been second in the first two rounds of the series. He is trained by Filion and co-owned and bred by Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil and Jacques Damours of Saint-Bruno. He paid $6.30 to win. The rains came before the 8th race $10,000 filly division and the track was sloppy with a two second allowance but that did not matter to Got Sexy Scars and driver Stephane Gendron. Leaving from post three, Got Sexy Scars went to the early lead and parked out Platine Alpha (Carol Voyer) past the opening quarter mile in a speedy :28.2. Then the pace was pressed as GA Speed Sammy (Pierre-Luc Roy) came three-wide and they raced that way past the half in :59.1. The pace did not slow down from there as SOS Faline (Stephane Brosseau) then came three-wide in the backstretch as they reached the three-quarters in 1:29.2. It seemed then that Got Sexy Scars had enough and pulled away from the field, winning by two and one-half lengths in 2:00. SOS Faline was second with JS Miss Cornelia (Sylvain Lacaille) was third. It was the lifetime mark and the second win this season for Got Sexy Scars. She is sired by Sportswriter and trained by Gilles Gendron for owner-breeder Bruno Lepage of Beauharnois. She paid $5.80 to win. Track Notes: After a fast half mile, driver Jessica Turenne bolted to the lead and never looked back with Uncle Bill ($9.90), winning the Lady Drivers Challenge with the beautiful roan pacer in 1:57.4 by the length of the stretch. The fourth race pace was the Trainers Challenge and trainer Francis Richard wired the field with Guinness Panic ($3.80) in 1:58. Francis Richard led all horse people Friday with a training triple. Live racing resumes next Friday 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 took the photo finish camera to declare Babidibou the winner over Frido PV by a nose in the third leg of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old trotters at the Hippodrome 3R Friday. The top eight point earners in the series will now return on Sunday, September 27 for the $65,000 finals and that means another rematch between Babidibou and Frido PV. The first race was the colt division of the series for a purse of $10,000 and as expected it was Frido PV and trainer-driver Yves St Jacques shooting to the early lead by the opening quarter mile in :30. Avoiding breaking horses, Babidibou and driver Stephane Gendron were able to move into second place and follow the live cover as Frido PV led past the half mile in an easy 1:01.2. Down the backstretch Tuscan Titan (Stephane Brosseau) challenged first-over past the three-quarters in 1:31.2 before going off-stride. On the final turn Gendron came out with Babidibou and they hooked up again Frido PV in a stride-for-stride race to the wire with Babidibou getting up by a nose in the final surge at the wire. The time of the race was 2:00. M Rosaire DLV (Martin Gingras) was third. For Frido PV it was the second time the son of Muscle Mass has lost a photo finish to Babidibou. Babidibou, the 2019 Quebec Champion, it was his second straight win and fourth victory of the year. The gelded son of Royalty For Life is trained by Maxime Velaye and co-owned by Isidore Russo of Montreal and Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $2.60 to win. There was a full field of nine three-year-old trotting fillies in the $10,000 fifth race but none could hold a candle to Kinnder High Class, who pulled away from the field at the three-quarters to win by seven and one-half lengths. The started off with a fast pace as 50-1 Muscle Fern Jacky (Francis Picard) flew out of post eight to take the early lead and parked out a stubborn 99-1 Judys Program (Martin Gingras) to the first quarter mile in :28.3. As they came to the half mile in :59.4, Kinnder High Class with Pierre Luc Roy started up first-over with Miss Melodie (Stephane Gendron) grabbing the second-over cover. Down the backstretch driver Richard Simard took Lindas Pride three-wide and then at the three-quarters in 1:30.1, Roy asked Kinnder High Class for more and she responded with a burst of speed, winning in a romp in 1:59.4. Lindas Pride was second with HP Starlette (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was a lifetime mark for Kinnder High Class. The Royalty For Life filly notched her fifth win in eight starts this year for trainer, owner and breeder, Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. She paid just $2.10 to win. Track Notes: The H3R oval was in peak condition Friday as five of the eight race winners registered lifetime marks. Pierre Luc Roy led all horse people with a driving double. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday at 1:00 pm with an 11-race program and featured will be the final leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. There are two $10,000 division. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Babidibou, the Quebec trotting champion last year, looks to have turned the tide in his 2020 harness racing season and headlines the final preliminary round of the Breeders Trophy Series Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Due to conflicts with other events at the racetrack, post time this Friday is moved back to 1:00 pm. This is the last shot that the three-year-old trotters have to earn points to be one of the eight finalists in the $65,000 series finale at H3R on Sunday, September 27, which is Super Sunday in Quebec. Babidibou is a three-year-old gelded son of Royalty For Life who is trained by Maxime Velaye for co-owners Isidore Russo of Montreal and Guy Gorbeil of Mirabel. Last year he earned over $51,000. "He has gotten much stronger since the beginning of the year," said Maxime Velaye. "Only in the first round of series did he make a break. We made a few little changes to try and keep him a bit "safer". Then last week he got to chase a hot pace and just get up in a fast mile." A fast mile it was last week as Babidibou benefited from getting live cover and came from off the pace to win the second leg in a lifetime best 1:57.2 clocking. Also, in the race Friday is trainer-driver Yves St Jacques's Frido PV who goes from the rail. He is the one that cut all the fractions in the second leg only to get beaten at the wire by a neck to Babidibou. He also has three wins this season for owner-breeder Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu. "I'm currently in Toronto," Velaye explained. "With the other half of my stable. But my team in Quebec said that Babidibou is feeling good and ready to go. I have an excellent team in Quebec which is part of the stables success each year. They are Elsa Richer, Stephane Bardier and the big boss Guy Corbeil." The Velaye Stable Team has a busy day at H3R Friday as Miss Melodie goes in the fifth race from post two in the $10,000 Breeders Trophy Series for the trotting fillies. Miss Melodie won the opening round division in a mild 2:03.4 for driver Stephane Gendron. "The best quality this filly has is that she does not make breaks," Velaye said. "But she needs to improve her speed to be able to compete with the top fillies because they go around 2:00." Sired by Prestidigitator, Miss Melodie sports two wins this year for Velaye. She was bred and is owned by Determination of Montreal. Kinnder High Class (post 4) is the morning line favorite and in the second leg of the series she wired the field for driver Pierre Luc Roy in 2:00.3. HP Starlette (post 3) is also a good filly who shows strong closing ability and a record of 1:56.4 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. "It will be a big surprise if she beats them Friday," Velaye added. "If everyone else has trouble staying on stride, maybe we can sneak in another win like the other one. She will capitalize on the others misbehavior." Horse people and fans are reminded of the change in post time this Friday to 1:00 pm instead of 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The three-year-old harness racing pacing colt, Retour Au Jeu (which means Back To Play in French), notched his third straight victory with a lifetime mark of 1:54.2 in winning the $10,000 colt division of the Breeders Trophy Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. This was the final preliminary leg of the series, which will culminate on Sunday, September 27 with the top eight point earners from both the colt and filly divisions competing in their respective $65,000 finals. The seventh race co-feature saw Whitecookie (Marie Claude Auger) leave strongly from post five and cut the mile to the first quarter in :27.2 with Shanghaigold (Alain Filion) sitting the pocket trip. By the half mile marker in :56.2, Brutus Bayama (Tyler Jones) came first-over with Retour Au Jeu (Jonathan Lachance) second-over. Then in the backstretch, Lachance moved Retour Au Jeu three-wide at the three-quarters in 1:25 and they were able to collar race leader Whitecookie. The two leaders then battled down the stretch with Retour Au Jeu the strong horse, coming on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:54.2. Whitecookie was second with Brutus Bayama third. Sired by He's Watching, Retour Au Jeu posted his fifth win in nine starts for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner-breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $7.70 to win. Acaena De Chakrika continued her dominance of the Breeders Trophy Series for the fillies as she won the first race, first division with ease for driver Stephane Brosseau despite some tough attempts from her competitors. SOS Cupcake with driver Samuel Fillion shot to the early lead and then parked out Acaena De Chakrika past the opening quarter mile in :27.3 and did not let them pass until heading to the half mile. Once on the lead, Acaena De Chakrikad breezed by the half mile in :57.1, but once in the backstretch she was then challenged by a determined Kinnder Lolita (Frances Picard) who collared the 1/9 race favorite at the three-quarters in 1:28.2. Brosseau pulled the ear plugs on Acaena De Chakrikad, then parked out Kinnder Lolita around the final turn and pulled away from the field in the stretch to win by four lengths in 1:59.2. YS Big Girl (Carl Duguay) closed with a ton of speed to be second with Kinnder Lolita third. It was the third straight win for Acaena De Chakrikad. The Sunshine Beach filly is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner-breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City. She paid just $2.10 to win. The fastest of the two filly divisions came in the fifth race where Streakazana was able to beat race favorite Zar E IP. Zar E IP and driver Pascal Berube shot to the early lead with Perfect Romi (Sylvain Lacaille) in the pocket seat to the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Lotus Sena (Stephane Gendron) came first-over before the half mile in :58 with Streakazana second-over. Then in the backstretch, driver Stephane Brosseau moved three-wide with Streakazana at the three-quarters in 1:26.4, cleared to be first-over on the final turn. Then in the stretch Streakazana collared Zar E IP and went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:57.3. Zar E IP was second with Perfect Romi third. It was the second straight win and fourth of the year for Streakazana, who is sired by Western Paradise and trained by Francis Richard for the MCR Streakazana Group of Charlottetown, PEI. He paid $5.50 to win. Track Notes: In addition to winning both filly divisions, Stephane Brosseau led all driver with three winners. Trainer Francis Richard had two winners. At the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races held at Gaudreault's (4G) farm at St-Joseph-de-Lapage Saturday, the all-age track record for trotters was re-written by Mr Logan Mirox in 2:02.1 for owner-trainer-driver Michel Audet. He was the only trotter in the race. Previous record was 2:03.1 set by Abundasass in 2018. Live racing resumes at H3R on Friday, September 11 with an earlier post time of 1:00 pm. Featured will be the third leg of the Future Stars Series for three-year-old trotters. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A total of six return winners headline the final preliminary round of the Breeders Trophy Series Sunday for three-year-old harness racing pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. After today's races, the top eight point earners in the series will be eligible for the $65,000 finals. There will be both a colt and filly division on Sunday, September 27, Super Sunday at H3R. The lone colt division has a purse of $10,000 for the seventh race and featured are three return winners. The morning line favorite is Mickeymaksomespeed from post one for driver Steeven Genois. This homebred son of Mickey Hanover is seeking to make a sweep of the series after winning the opening two rounds for breeder-owner-trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. Mickeymaksomespeed sports seven wins in eight starts this year for Allard. He led from start to finish in both rounds of the series, last time out scortching the H3R oval in 1:55. He has a record of 1:53.3 taken earlier this season at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Mickeymaksomespeed did not race as a two-year-old and seems to be making up for it this season. The entry of Retour Au Jeu (post 4) and Eclat De Rire (post 9) will be formitable foes for Mickeymaksomespeed. Retour Au Jeu (which means Back To Play in French) will be driven by Jonathan Lachance. He also wired the field in winning his Breeders Trophy elim last time out in 1:55.4 from post seven. The son of He's Watching sports four wins in eight starts this year. Eclat De Rire (which means Burst Out Laughing in French) has Stephane Gendron in the sulky and he was second against Mickeymaksomespeed. The prior week he took his lifetime mark at H3R in 1:56.1. They are both trained by Maime Velaye for owner-breeder Guy Gorbeil of Mirabel. The third return winner in the field is HP I Got Toplay from the far outside in post eight. Sired by Shadow Pay, HP I Got Toplay closed well on the outside to win going away in 1:56.2 last week at H3R. David Pilon gets the drive for trainer Francis Richard and owner-breeders Claude Hamel and Guy Desautels. The fillies go in two $7,500 divisions. The first race features Acaena De Chakrika with driver Stephan Brosseau from post three. This daughter of Sunshine Beach has won both series prelims so far, winning from both on and off the pace, the fastest mile in 1:56.4. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner-breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City. The seventh race second division of the series has three major contenders and the morning line favorite has yet to win in the early rounds. Zar E IP goes from post four for driver Pascal Berube and has been second in both starts in the series against Acaena De Chakrika. The Up The Credit filly sports four wins in eight starts, the fastest a 1:56 clocking at Rideau Carleton. Pierre Leclerc of Louiseville trains and owns Zar E IP and he was the breeder of the horse with Gina Bragagnole. The return winners in the field are Streakzana (post 6) and Godiva Lovely Lady (post 7). Streakzana won with ease last week at H3R in 1:58 and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Godiva Lovely Lady has Steeven Genois driving and they won last week in 1:58.2. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Jockey Club, Claude Levesque, was very happy today to announce that starting next weekend, for the September 11th harness racing program, the purses at the Hippodrome 3R will be increased between 20% and 30%, for all overnight races. "The members of the Quebec Jockey Club in meeting this morning, made this decision," said Levesque, following the good results obtained since the return to racing. The only downside to this announcement," Levesque added. "Is that if Public Health decided to close the bars in Quebec, and therefore our OTB betting houses, we would return to the current purse structure. This increases does not apply to the Coupe de l'Avenir (Future Stars Series) and the Breeders Trophy events, including the finals. "This is great news," Levesque said, "Which we know will delight our horse people." Despite COVID-19, harness racing trainer Denitza Petrova from Melbourne is enjoying one of her best seasons ever as her Kinnder Dangerzone won Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Petrova and her parents left Bulgaria in 1989 and moved to Belgium for three years, where Denitza was able to take a few riding lessons. Her love for horses and farm life never left her dreams. Then the family moved to Quebec, Canada in 1992 and it was not until age 22 that Petrova learned about harness racing and became "hooked" on the sport. The big victory of the day came in the very first race Friday, the $10,000 second leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts. Starting from post four was Kinnder Dangerzone. It was Hall Win and trainer-driver Kevin Maguire going to the early lead with Kinnder Dangerous and driver Pierre Luc Roy sitting in second place until the opening quarter mile in :30.2. Roy then sent Kinnder Dangerzone to the front and the son of Northern Escort led the rest of the one-mile race, winning with ease by two and one-half lengths in 2:03. Hall Win was second with Incredible Hall (Stephane Brosseau) third. Unbeaten in two starts this year, it was a lifetime mark for Kinnder Dangerzone. He paid $3.50 to win. Petrova is not just the trainer of her horses, she also owns them and has bred all of her horses she trains. She runs the entire operation from her farm in Melbourne, which features an excellent half mile training track. For the limited race season in 2020, Petrova's Stable has sent out 24 starts and sports seven wins, four second and one third place finish for a UTR or battle average of .425. Petrova also names all her horses Kinnder because of her love of the Kinder chocolate candy with the toy inside. She has a massive collection of the toy surprises she has gotten over the years. The second division of the Future Stars Series for the fillies saw the top filly, Mag N Lady, win again for trainer-driver Jean Francois Maguire. The daughter of Royalty For Life took the early lead away from X O X O (Jerome Lombart) by the first quarter in :30.4. Then the other three contenders in the field all were off-stride and Mags N Lady went on to win in 2:02 and she distanced the field by as much as 50 lengths. X O X O was second with Justice Balance (Pierre Luc Roy) third. It was the second straight win in the same time for Mag N Lady, who is co-owned by Maguire with Julie Malenfant and Richard Legris. Track Notes: Pierre Luc Roy led all horse people Friday with a driving triple. Sunday features a ten-race program with three divisions of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers. Featured are return winners Acaena De Chakrika, Streakazana, and Godiva Lovely Lady among the fillies along with Retour Au Jeu, Mickeymaksomespeed and HP I Got Toplay for the colts. Post time is 1:00 pm Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The young harness racing trotters own the spotlight at the Hippodrome 3R Friday afternoon with the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-olds. The colts are in the limelight in the very first race with a purse of $10,000. There are eight starters headlined by opening round division winner Hall Win. Starting from post five, Hall Win comes into the race off an easy 2:05.2 maiden victory in the first round of the series for trainer/driver Kevin Maguire. The Maguire Stable of Sainte-Marie owns and bred the son of Angus Hall from the fast-class trotting mare, Beer Maggs. She won $117,000 racing with a record of 1:57.3. Hall Win is her first foal. Another return winner in the field is Kinnder Dangerzone from the red-hot Denitza Petrova Stable. This son of Northern Escort from Petrova's top 100% producing mare, Joy Majestic, is a full brother to the top trotter Kinnder Dangerous 1:58.1 and half brother to Kinnderunbelivable 1:59.3 and Kinnder High Class 2:00.1. He scored his maiden victory in his last start in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit, wiring the field in 2:05 at H3R. He will start from post three for driver Pierre Luc Roy. Other contenders include Incredible Hall (post 6) and the Melanie Boulianne entry of Eyes Of Justice (post 4) and Piranha First (post 8). The fillies do battle in their $10,000 second round in a non-wagering race that will be held between the 1st and 2nd races on Friday. Opening round victor, Mag N Lady, leads the four-horse field for owner, trainer and driver Jean Francois Maguire, who co-owns the daughter of Royalty For Life with Julie Malenfant and Richard Legris. She starts from post two. Last time out Mag N Lady was able to wire the field in a speedy 2:02, winning in a romp by eight and one-half lengths. She has been first, second or third in her first four lifetime starts. Other contenders include X O X O (post 4) and New Road (post 3). Track Notes: The Gaudreault Family, Daniel, Charles, Maxim and Manon Levesque are hosting a Quebec Regional Fair Circuit race day at their farm, Ecurie 4G, at St-Joseph-De-Lapage in Mont-Joli on Saturday. The ten-race card begins at 1:00 pm. Sunday's card at H3R features three divisions of the Breeders Trophy Series second round for three-year-old pacers. First race post time Friday is 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club hosted the second round of the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and the biggest romp of the day came in the third race, first division of the Future Stars Series for the colts as YS Do It Right, the overwhelming 1/9 race favorite, did not disappoint his fans. Leaving from post three, driver Stephane Brosseau sent YS Do It Right to the lead and the race was pretty much over with. YS Do It Right cut fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.2, increasing his lead by each quarter mile until he strolled home a ten and one-half length winner in 1:56.4. That was the fastest victory of the four divisions Sunday. The pocket-sitting Colonel Bayama (Sylvain Filion) was second with Moonbeam Godro (Pascal Berube) third. It was the maiden victory for YS Do It Right after four lifetime starts. The colt by Bettor's Delight is bred and owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, trained by Francis Richard and paid just $2.10 to win. In the sixth race second colt division, it was a very determined Sylvain Filion who took Cadillac Bayama three-wide to grab the lead at the opening quarter mile in :28.3. From there it was not much of a contest as Cadillac Bayama cut easy fractions and breezed home a one length winner in 1:59.1. The Light Speed (Simon Delisle) was second with Godro Outofhisway (Pierre Luc Roy) third. A winner in three of his four lifetime starts, Cadillac Bayama is sired by Sunshine Beach, trained, owned and bred by Yves Filion and his Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil. He paid $2.10 to win. Driver Sylvain Filion made his trip back to H3R even more enjoyable as he scored a driving triple, winning the eighth race, second division of the Future Stars Series for the pacing fillies. Leaving from post two, Celia Bayama was the overwhelming 1/5 race favorite and raced that way, wiring the field with ease, cutting fractions of :29.1, :59.4, 1:29.1 and then closed with a burst of speed to win by four and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of Bettor's Delight and her second win in five starts. She is owned, bred and trained by Yves Filion for the Bayama Farms. She paid $2.40 to win. A real dogfight took place in the fourth race, the first division of the Future Stars Series for the fillies. The race favorite, YS Downonthebeach and driver Sylvain Filion, went right to the early lead with Shanghaibluebeach (Pierre Luc Roy) sitting the pocket trip to the opening quarter in :28.1. Before the half mile marker in :59, driver Stephane Brosseau came first-over with CL Sportsextreme and battled head and head with YS Downonthebeach until midway in the backstretch when Brosseau dropped CL Sportsextreme into the two-hole by the three-quarters in 1:27. After a short breather, Brosseau asked CL Sportsextreme to go first-over again. With YS Downonthebeach still in control of the race, CL Sportsextreme wore her down in the stretch and then held off a late charge by Platine Alpha (Carol Voyer) to win by a long neck in 1:58. YS Downonthebeach was third. Sired by Sportswriter, it was the third win in five lifetime starts for CL Sportsextreme. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for the Leblanc Stable, Inc. of Saint-Eustache and paid $5.80 to win. Track Notes: Sylvain Filion led all drivers with his triple. Trainers Yves Filion and Francis Richard each had doubles. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday at 4:00 pm. Featured will be the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Last year's two-year-old harness racing Quebec-Bred Champion, Babidibou, was able to outkick race favorite Frido PV to the wire in capturing Friday's $10,000 division of the Breeders Trophy Series at the Hippodrome 3R. It took a lifetime best record for Babidibou and driver Stephane Gendron to beat Frido PV in the second race second leg of the series for three-year-old colt trotters. Frido PV (Richard Simard) cut all the fractions and they were fast in the one-mile event. Leaving from post three, Frido PV took the field to the opening quarter mile in :27.3, the half in :56.3 and the three-quarters in 1:26.2 before Gendron pulled from third place to go after the race leader. Those two ended up locking horns as the came down the stretch with Babidibou eking out a neck triumph at the wire in 1:57.2 with the pocket-sitting Laval Titan (Pascal Berube) third. It was the third win in six starts this year for reigning champion Babidibou, a gelded son of Royalty For Life. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for co-owners Isidoro Russo of Montreal and Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $6.90 to win. The $10,000 filly division featured nine starters in the fourth race with the red-hot stable of Denitza Petrova taking top honors. As expected, Anotherdeal and driver Sylvain Lacaille were the first one on the lead from post seven with Kinnder High Class and driver Pierre Luc Roy making the most of the rail to sit the pocket trip early in second place. Roy wasted no time in moving Kinnder High Class to the lead after an opening quarter mile in 1:00.4. For the rest of the race no one could pass Kinnder High Class as Lindas Pride (Richard Simard) tried coming first-over, but by the three-quarters in 1:30.4 they ended up dropping into the two-hole spot. On the final turn Roy let Kinnder High Class have her head and she trotted away from the field, winning with ease by three lengths in 2:00.3. Lindas Pride was second with the race favorite HP Starlette (Stephane Brosseau) third. Also sired by Royalty For Life, it was the fourth win in six starts this year for Kinnder High Class. She was bred and is owned and trained by Dentiza Petrova of Melbourne and paid $5.40 to win. Unbeaten Enavant ($2.50), the winningest horse at H3R this season, notched his seventh straight win at H3R Friday in the seventh race pace for driver Stephane Gendron and trainer Maxime Velaye with a 1:54.4 triumph. Track Notes: Stephane Gendron had the hot hands Friday scoring a driving triple. Both Maxime Velaye and Francis Richard had training double. Live harness racing resumes at H3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured will be the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers with four divisions, two for colts and two for fillies. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The spotlight is on three-year-old trotters Friday at the Hippodrome 3R as the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the second round of the Trophee Des Eleveurs (Breeders Trophy) Series with two $10,000 divisions. There are three legs of preliminary actions with the top eight point earners winning a spot on the gate in the $65,000 finals on Sunday, September 27. The colts are in the limelight first in the second race with eight starters. The favorite is Kenogami Coco from post seven with Stephane Brosseau in the sulky. This gelded son of Wheeling N Dealin was doing just that two starts back when he won the opening round of the series in 1:58.2. Last week Kenogami Coco took on older horses at H3R and was parked out from the start and was fifth. He is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner-breeder Jean-Frances and Marie-Claude Reid of Anjou. Starting alongside Kenogami Coco is last year's two-year-old champion Babidibou (post six) with Stephane Gendron driving. He was third last week in the Preferred Trot at H3R and broke stride in the opening round of the series. The son of Royalty For Life is trainer by Maxime Velaye for owners Isidoro Russo of Montreal and Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. Frido PV (post 3) is another top contender, shipping in from Rideau Carleton Raceway where last week he in 1:57 for trainer/driver Yves St Jacques. The Muscle Mass colt was third two weeks back in the series. He will be driven by Richard Simard. Other contenders include return winner Laval Titan (post one), Master Gale (post 4) and Genetic Taurus (post 5). The fillies take to the track in the fourth race with nine starters headed by opening round winner Miss Melodie from post five for driver Stephane Gendron. This daughter of Prestidigitator sat an easy pocket trip to Anotherdeal in the series and won by one and one-half lengths in a lifetime best 2:03.4. Miss Melodie was unraced at age two and has two wins this year for trainer Maxime Velaye. She was bred by and is owned by Determination of Montreal. HP Starlett returns to H3R for the first time this season and goes from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. She has won this season in a lifetime best 1:58.4 at Rideau Carleton in the Grassroots Series. She is trained by Daniel Martin for owner-breeders Claude Hamel of Ayers'S Cliff and Guy Desautels of Montreal. Anotherdeal starts from post seven for driver Sylvain Lacaille, Rideau Carleton invader Lindas Pride has post two for trainer/driver Richard Simard and Kinnder High Class starts from the rail for driver Pierre Luc Roy. Track Notes: First race post time Friday is 4:00 pm. On Sunday is the second round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. There are two divisions for each gender. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC – The Mickey Hanover pacing colt Mickeymaksomespeed had won the faster harness racing division (1:55.4) of the first prelim of his Trophee des Eleveurs competition for Quebec-breds, and he had an inside post advantage for his $7500 division of Sunday afternoon’s second preliminary at Hippodrome 3R over his main rivals Eclat De Rire (last year’s divisional champion) and Whitecookie (who won the other first prelim in 1:56.4). Yet the bettors let Mickeymaksomespeed go off at 7-2, well behind Whitecookie (4-5*) and Eclat De Rire (6-5), and “Mickey” rewarded his faithful with a 1:55 victory. Driver Steeven Genois hustled him right to the front, getting a soft :57.4 half after a :28 opener, meeting the long first bid of Whitecookie past the 1:26.3 three-quarters, then drawing clear by 2¼ lengths at the end over second-over Eclat De Rire, who photoed My Bettors Del, a length ahead of the chalk. Unraced at two, Mickeymakesomespeed is making up for lost time at three, with seven wins in only eight starts for trainer/owner Michel Allard. The so-called “other division” of the Trophee des Eleveurs leg produced a 1:55.4 lifetime fastest victory for the Hes Watching gelding Retour Au Jeu despite starting from the outside post seven. Retour Au Jeu was used very hard getting the lead while wide a long way in the :26.4 opener, but he still had the strength to keep the lead in midfractions of :56.4 and 1:25.3 while being hounded by first-over HP I Got Toplay and then resist that opponent by ¾ of a length. The winner, driven by Stephane Gendron, has won four of his last five for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner Guy Corbeil. There were also two $7500 divisions of second round “Eleveur” competition for the sophomore pacing fillies. 2019 divisional champion Acaena De Chakrika confirmed herself as the horse to beat in this section, with the daughter of Sunshine Beach sitting in the pocket for driver Stephane Brosseau, then moving out and overhauling the resilient Zar E Ip by a half-length while lowering her mark to 1:56.4. Acaena De Chakrika went over $50,000 in lifetime earnings with the triumph for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner Diane Lepine. Acaena De Chakrika                                                 --thephotodesk.ca photo The other filly winner in the Q-bred competition was the 1-9* Lotus Sena, third to Acaena De Chakrika and Zar E Ip in her first leg race, here winning in 1:58. The Windfall Blue Chip miss was in control of the proceedings throughout for driver Stephane Gendron and trainer/owner Serge Nadeau. The veteran Badlands Hanover gelding Hooter Shooter got away sixth among seven in the $4500 Preferred handicap pace, but Stephane Brosseau maneuvered him out into the cover flow, and the game pacer kept on coming and coming to catch pacesetter Marcasso at the end of a 1:56 mile. A 14-time visitor to Victory Lane over the last two campaigns, Hooter Shooter is trained by his owner Marc Andre Simoneau.   From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC - Driver Jean Francois Maguire had not won a race for 34 months, and the two-year-old trotting filly Mag N Lady had never won before, but the two looked like regular, no-nonsense harness racing pros in winning the $10,000 filly division of her Coupe de L'Avenir's first preliminary leg during the Friday twilight card at Hippodrome 3R. Maguire, the horse's trainer and co-owner with Julie Malenfant and Richard Legris and a veteran horseman who does not compete that much these days, wasted no time in hustling the daughter of Royalty For Life - Ulittleripper to the top from the outside post in the field of four. She set fractions of :29.3, 1:00.2, and 1:31.1 en route to an 8½ length score in 2:02, not far off the 3R track record of 2:01.2, co-held by Meganou and Claudi P V. Twice second and once third in Ontario Grass Roots races, Mag N Lady has already bankrolled nearly $20,000. It was apparent that a son of Angus Hall was going to win the $10,000 L'Avenir's colt division, but a hot stretch battle revealed that it was Hall Win, a colt out of the mare Beer Maggs, who would emerge first by ¾ of a length over Incredible Hall, taking a maiden mark of 2:05.2 in just his second lifetime start. The youngster is trained and was driven by Kevin Maguire for Ecurie Maguire Inc. Hall Win Team Maguire is also behind the Lucky Fool gelding Sir Chopin, who also took the wire-to-wire route in taking a $4500 Preferred handicap trot in 1:59. Fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28.4 preceded Sir Chopin winning by a length over favored Precieuse CC, who was placed back to last for going inside the pylons, elevating Lucky Promesses to the second spot. The Dragon Again mare Twice An Angel came out of third nearing the three-quarters and caught pacesetting Wild River Swan by a length in taking the $4500 Preferred handicap pace for fillies and mares in 1:57.1. Stephane Gendron was in the sulky behind the winner of $206,536 for trainer Marc Andre Simoneau and owners Charles and Maxim Gaudreault. Finally, an owner with the name "Determination" is a good match with a horse who did not race at two and three, but is coming into his own at age four, having won his first six career starts. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Enavant (which means "onward" in French) came onward from last early to stay undefeated and take a $3500 event in 1:54.3 - the fastest mile of the year at Hippodrome 3R. Driven by Stephane Gendron for trainer Maxime Velaye, Enavant continues to climb the class ladder for Determination (the racing name of Serge Godin), who sold a part of the emerging star to Guy Corbeil earlier this year. FINISHING LINES - Saturday, the Hippodrome will stage the final of four Regional Circuit events it is hosting this year with the circuit affected by COVID. On Sunday, there will be two $7500 divisions for both sexes of three-year-old pacers in the second preliminary of the Trophee des Eleveurs competition. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC - Two-year-old Quebec-bred harness racing trotters get their first taste of local stakes action at the Hippodrome 3R during this Friday's twilight card (4 p.m.), with the first preliminaries, each worth $10,000, of the Coupe de L'Avenir for both colts and fillies. The filly event drew a field of five, with each of two stables having two entrants, so it is being conducted as a non-betting race. Jerome Lambert, whose mare Promising Lavec is also the dam of the 2019 older Q-bred champion mare Lucky Promesses, has the only winner in the field, a daughter of Angus Hall and Promising Catch named X O X O, who won in 2:05.1 here at first asking, and draws post four Friday. There are seven colts entered in the third race division for males, three of them trained by Melanie Boulienne and owned by the partnership of Ecurie Largo Inc. and Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. The coupled entry are the morning line favorites in their race, with Piranha First (post five, driver Pascal Berube) and Dealinwithmywife (post seven, Steeven Genois) both already showing winning miles. Co-featured on the card is the seventh race $4500 Preferred handicap trot, with a full field of nine to face the starter. Precieuse CC has been installed the early favorite from the rail for owner/trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil after overcoming a tough trip to be third in her last start. We have mentioned Lucky Promesses and Precieuse CC already, and indeed much of the Friday night card is an endorsement that the Quebec-bred trotters go on to successful careers as older horses. Precieuse CC was ther champion of her class in 2017 and 2018, and as mentioned Lucky Promesses won a title last season. Also with that distinction in the feature race is Babidibou, a three-year-old who took top honors in his group last year, and Caroluzzo, who set the local track record for 1 1/2 miles. Others on the card who have won Quebec crowns are Claudi P V (race one), Holiday Party (race five), and even a pacer, Stock (race nine). When they say that you're watching the stars of tomorrow today at Hippodrome 3R, you can see that they really mean that statement. FINISHING LINES - The final of four cards that 3R is hosting in the absence of the regional circuit in this COVID year will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday; on Sunday at 1 p.m., the three-year-old pacers will race in the second preliminary of their Trophee Des Eleveurs competition. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Both Yves Filion and Jonathan Lachance scored harness racing driving doubles in the opening round of the $230,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. There were four divisions of the opening round of the series that feature three legs of preliminary competition with the top eight-point earners returning for their respective $55,000 final on Sunday, September 27 at H3R. Hall of Famer Yves Filion started off the show winning the third race first division for the fillies with 11-1 long shot Celia Bayama. The 1/9 favorite, CL Sportsextreme (Guy Gagnon) took the lead away from Paltine Alpha (Carol Voyer) after a :28.1 opening quarter mile. After the half mile in :58.2, CL Sportsextreme looked very comfortable on the lead, passing the three-quarters in 1:28.1. Filion, who sat in the back of the pack with Celia Bayama finally got into the hunt on the final turn, sweeping three-wide from sixth place. Then as they reached the top of the stretch, CL Sportsextreme made a costly break and was pulled into the infield as the field came down the stretch. Filion and Celia Bayama had the most momentum and came on in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.1. Ibiza Panic (Francis Picard) was second with Nikita Sena (Steeven Genois) third. It was the maiden victory for Celia Bayama after three lifetime starts. The daughter of Bettor's Delight, a homebred from the Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, is trained by Filion and paid $25.00 to win. The sixth race second division for the fillies saw D Gs Magicmoment and driver Jonathan Lachance sit the pocket trip, then move to the lead over SOS Faline (Stephane Brosseau) and led the rest of the one-mile pace, winning by a half length over SOS Faline with SG Alexia (Sylvain Grenier) third. It was also the maiden victory after four lifetime starts for D Gs Magicmoment. Sire by Control The Moment, D Gs Magicmoment is trained by Guylaine Fortin for breeder-owner Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin and paid just $2.10 to win. The fastest of the colt division went to Cadillac Bayama with trainer/driver Yves Filion in the seventh race. It was the race favorite YS Do It Right and driver Stephane Brosseau who took the lead away from Gordro Outofhisway (Pierre Luc Roy) after a :28.4 opening quarter and :59 half mile with Filion and Cadillac Bayama sitting in third place waiting to make their move. That move came at the three-quarters in 1:29.3 as Filion came first-over against Brosseau and Cadillac Bayama was up to the task but took an intense stretch drive battle before Cadillac Bayama got up at the wire by a neck over YS Do It Right in 1:58.1. Godro Outofhisway was third. It was the second straight win after three lifetime starts for Cadillac Bayama. He is sired by Sunshine Beach and bred and owned by Bayama Farms, paying $5.10 to win. The fourth race first division for the colts saw race favorite D Gs Runforhim and driver Jonathan Lachance lead from start to finish in a slow 2:03.4. Yves Filion made a late bid with Colonel Bayama and was second by one length with Moobeam Godro (Pascal Berube) third. A colt by Sportswriter, D Gs Runforhim posted his maiden victory after three lifetime starts for trainer Guylaine Fortin, who co-owns and bred the colt with Daniel Surprenant. He paid $3.80 to win. Track Notes: Ironically, in the last race at H3R Sunday, the winner was Eclat De Rire ($2.80), who was the Quebec Champion last year in this division. He scored a lifetime mark of 1:56.1. In addition to Filion and Lachance scoring driving doubles, so did Stephane Gendron, who is now tied with Pascal Berube at 23 wins each in the driver standings. Both Filion and Fortin had training double along with the leading trainer this meet, Maxime Velaye. Next weekend will be the last three-day weekend of live harness racing at H3R. Friday (4:00 pm) will feature the opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters, Saturday (1:00 pm) is the final day of racing for the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit and Sunday (1:00 pm) is the second leg of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old pacers. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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