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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Due to an overflow of harness racing horses, the Quebec Jockey Club today (May 11) has announced it will add a special Friday race program this week at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 3:00 pm. "Over the past two weeks," said Murielle Thomassin, director of racing for H3R, "We have held 27 qualifying races and ten races on opening day. I have received phone calls from horse people in Ontario asking if they can come and race. So, the Quebec Jockey Club board of trustees has decided to add this additional Friday race card this week. We will race Friday at 3 pm and Sunday at 12:30 pm." There will be a double-draw at H3R on Wednesday (May 12). The entry box will open at 9 am and close at 11 am. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The track maintenance crew at the Hippodrome 3R had the half mile racing oval in prime shape for opening day of the 2021 harness racing season. Mickymaksomespeed and driver Richard "The Black Cat" Simard took full advantage of the fast track, sizzling to the lead and never looking back in the 7th race Preferred Pace feature. Simard left with Mickymaksomespeed from post five and had a three-length lead on the field by the opening quarter in :27.2, then led to the half mile in :56.4. Then they opened up at the three-quarters in 1:26 and was leading by six open lengths at the top of the stretch. Going to the wire, Mickeymaksomespeed and Simard were on cruise control, crossing the wire five and one-half lengths in front of the pocket-sitting Big Petes Style (Marie Claude Auger) with Maracasso (Stephane Gendron) third. Mickeymaksomespeed covered the one-mile race in a blazing 1:54.2. MICKEYMAKESOMESPEED REPLAY   Now age 4, Mickeymaksomespeed is a son of Mickey Hanover and is trained, owned and bred by Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit and paid $5.10 to win. It was his first start of the 2021 season. In the fifth Preferred-Handicap Trot, Keepall (Pascal Berube) went right out to the early lead with track record holder WildWild Men (Guy Gagnon) leaving from post eight and getting a two-hole tuck as they went by the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Going to the half mile marker, Severus Hanover, an 11-1 long shot, came first-over for driver Stephane Brosseau and started after the race leader past the half in :59. At the three-quarters in 1:29, Severus Hanover kept the pressure on, wearing down Keepall and in the stretch, Severus Hanover dug in and cruised to a one and one-half length triumph in 1:59.2. Wildwild Men closed well to be second with Keepall third. SEVERUS HANOVER REPLAY   It was the first win in three starts this year for Severus Hanover, a ten-year-old gelding by Explosive Matter, who is trained and owned by Yannick Martel of L'Assomption. He paid $25.00 to win. Kinnder High Class (Samuel Fillion), the race favorite, was never in the hunt, broke stride in the backstretch and pulled up, not finishing the race. Trainer Denitza Petrova later said that the mare broke her trotting hobble and that she was OK physically. Both Arrhythmogenic (Daniel St Pierre) and Big Diamond (Stephane Gendron) fought tooth and nail for control of the lead from the start of the 6th race Preferred-Handicap Pace. Arrhythmogenic had the early lead, Big Diamond took over at the quarter in :28. Then by the half in :57.1, Arrhythmogenic came after the lead again but dropped back in the pocket and then came out again at the three-quarters in 1:27.1. Now entering the hunt was Topsill Beach and driver David Pilon, who tipped three-wide at the three-quarters and was parked that way around the final turn before drawing off to win by three lengths in 1:56.3. Big Diamond was second with Arrhythmogenic third. For the five-year-old mare by Shadow Play, it was her second win in five starts for H3R four-time defending champion trainer Francis Richard, who's stable owns the mare. She paid $7.30 to win. Track Notes: Both Pascal Berube and Stephane Brosseau had driving triples and Yannick Martel a training double on the card. Racing will resume at H3R next Sunday, May 16 with first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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

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  

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  

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    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - On Wednesday morning, the Quebec Jockey Club will feature the first day of the harness racing qualifying races at the Hippodrome 3R livestream on Facebook. The qualifying race will begin at 11:00 am and the races will feature live race calls from track announcer Guy Lafontaine. To watch the live qualifiers, click here. The Hippodrome 3R's top drivers will be in attendance including Stephen Brosseau, Pascal Berube, Richard Simard, Samuel Fillion, Sylvain Lacaille and Marc Belanger. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Late Monday afternoon the Quebec Jockey Club received word from the Quebec Health Ministry that harness racing can resume at the Hippodrome 3R. Track officials were scrambling to get qualifying races set for Wednesday and Saturday. Official word on when the track will open for live racing will be decided shortly. There will no spectators allowed for live racing or qualifiers. "We are so pleased that we can start racing again," said Murielle Thomassin, director of racing at the Hippodrome 3R. "Now we have to make sure we have enough horses qualified to fill the opening day card and we will be back in business. "As soon as we have worked out a date for opening day," Thomassin added. "We will of course let everyone know. It's exciting that we can race again but a lot of work now has to be done before opening day." For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club was again forced to cancel holding qualifying races at the Hippodrome 3R because of the pandemic. The Quebec Ministry of Health has yet to approve the return of live racing. The Hippodrome 3R is scheduled to open on Sunday, May 2. "We are trying our best," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "Murielle Thomassin heads our group that is constantly pressuring the government to allow us to start racing again. "During our race meet last year we did not have one case of Covid," Levesque added. "We did all the proper protocols with our horse people and it worked. We should be able to open for racing." Director of Racing at the Hippodrome 3R, Murielle Thomassin, is optimistic that racing will return for opening day. "We are not postponing open day," Thomassin said. "We are continuing to talk with health officials both locally and in the province and are hopeful they will give us permission to race for next week's scheduled qualifying races. "If we can hold qualifiers next week," Thomassin added. "We will have enough horses ready to race on May 2." For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Management at the Quebec Jockey Club has announced that the harness racing qualifiers scheduled for Saturday, April 10 have been cancelled at the Hippodrome 3R. "We have not yet received permission from the Quebec government to start racing due to Covid-19," said Director of Racing Murielle Thomassin. "Fortunately, we scheduled three weeks of qualifying racing in April, just in case we could not get underway this weekend." The Hippodrome 3R is scheduled to start its 2021 racing season on Sunday, May 2. "We are hopeful that we will get permission to race soon," Thomassin added. "We raced last year from June to November without any Covid cases. We have all the protocols in place again for this year. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Harness racing driver Pierre-Luc Roy, the older brother of O'Brien award winning driver, Louis-Philippe Roy, had important life choices to make last fall with the arrival of a second child. He chose to prioritize his small family and, to the surprise of many fans and colleagues, he stopped racing horses on September 27, the day of the Quebec finals at the Hippodrome 3R for 2 and 3 years. A choice with which he lives well with. However, things have changed since then, and he is now looking forward to taking over the lines again. Roy had a good season in 2020, by his standards of recent years, with monetary gains of almost $170,000, almost thirty victories and all with fewer starts than in previous years, because of his decision to stop racing. The statistic that will be remembered above all was his URS (batting average) at .317, the third best at H3R for drivers who have worked in at least 100 races. "I am all the more proud of this average," Roy explained. "As it was achieved without the contribution of the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. In the past years, I often drove on the fair circuit, especially in Gaspesie, it helped me in my statistics. In 2020, the average is excellent, and without the input of racing at the fairs." "In 2020, I also had the honour of driving the horses of trainer Denitza Petrova," Roy said. "It was a big plus in my statistics. This allowed me to win two finals on September 27, one with Kinnder High Class, the other with Kinnder Dangerzone. It's really nice to drive for Denitza. "We kept in touch during the winter," Roy added. "She kept me up to date on new births, progress in training, etc. I obviously wish I had the chance to keep driving for her last season." With his wife Maude Larouche, Pierre-Luc has been working for a few years now to raise their own foals. They currently have four broodmares on their farms and the first concrete results may well come this year. "It's a lot of work," Roy said. "But it's a way for me to stay in touch with the horses, without taking hours and hours of training. Maude does most of the work, and I'll throw my hat off to her. It's still nine heads that you have to take care of seven days a week." Roy has the mare Norvena Hanover (Western Ideal) and her two-year-old is training in Ontario with brother Louis-Philippe. It's a Sunshine Beach and it's going very well and according to Pierre-Luc, it's already rendered in 2.28. A second mare is Sheissuchadream (Art Major), and she also has a foal by Sunshine Beach and her progress is a little slower. This mare also had in 2020 a filly by Bettorthancheddar. The third mare is Signet (Sportswriter) and she has just given birth to a filly by Shadow Play. The 4th mare is JK Soundofmusic (Bettors Delight ) has just brooded by Jimmy Freight. It is owned by brother Louis-Philippe. Talking to Pierre-Luc, we see that all facets of the horseman trade interest in him. All facets of his 'father's job too. Like many young households, work-family-leisure balance is part of his daily life. Well supported by his wife, happy in his role as the breeder of two 2-year-olds in training, he looks forward to the coming season with optimism. A discreet optimism, like the man, a true gentleman. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The return of harness racing to the province of Quebec is just around the corner as the Hippodrome 3R will begin with qualifying races in April leading towards opening day on Sunday, May 2. "I think we are in good shape to start on May 2," Said H3R Racing Director Murielle Thomassin. "Everything looks to be on schedule. "We have already applied to the Quebec government to allow us to start the races," Thomassin said. "Right now, all our OTB's (Off-Track Betting) are still closed since October because of Covid-19. We were able to race last season without spectators and I am sure that is the way we will have to start this season too." Also, a big problem the track faces is snow. "All the snow has been removed from the track since last week," Thomassin explained. "All we need is for the track to dry now. Then again, the forecast for this weekend is more snow and rain, but we are ready to handle it. Our track crew is very good." Provided Mother Nature cooperates to some degree, H3R will try and offer horse people the opportunity to qualify three times before the start of the pari-mutuel race season. Those tentative dates (weather permitting) are April 10, 17 and 24, all Saturdays. For a complete calendar of race dates and qualifiers, click here. Throughout the season that goes until Sunday, November 7, H3R will race every Sunday, post time 12.30 pm and on Fridays from June 11 through August 27, post time at 4:00 pm. In June the stakes races in Quebec will begin to take place for the two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. Both the Breeders Trophy Series (3YO's) and Future Stars Series (2YO's) will have three preliminary legs followed by a final for the top eight-point earners. All eight of the finals will be held on Sunday, September 12. This is the richest day of racing in all of Quebec with more than $500,000 in purses. The Quebec-Bred Series for the older trotters and pacers was not held last year but is hopeful to return in 2021. "It could happen this year," Thomassin explained. "The Quebec Jockey Club (QJC) board will decide on that after our season gets underway. If we can again have spectators for the races, if the ban is lifted and we can reopen our OTB's, if our handle is better, and it was great last year thanks to HPI, I am positive they will bring back the series. "I think with most everyone scheduled to have had at least one vaccination shot by June 24 in Quebec," Thomassin stated. "We now can see a little light at the end of the tunnel. We might even be able to have racing fans in the stands again, which would be the best." In 2020, die-hard H3R fans would drive to the backstretch of the track and park their cars near the fence so they could watch the races live. "We made sure we had the outside speakers on last season," Thomassin laughed. "So that those fans in the backstretch area could hear Guy Lafontaine's race calls. I recently got a phone call from one fan who asked if they could come back for the races this year. When I told him not yet, he said that was OK as he would just drive to the backstretch and watch." For more information about the upcoming harness racing season at H3R, click here. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

It is harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy who expresses himself in near disbelief after it has been pointed out in recent days, the fact that his mounts have earned him to date the sum of $25 million. "I had absolutely no idea of this statistic," Roy explained. "It was the leaders of Woodbine (Mohawk) who discovered and pointed it out. It's nice, but it's a step and I hope there will be more! " Long road ahead Considering that LPR's career began very modestly on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit in 2008, it is a long road, literally and figuratively, that the native of Mont-Joli has travelled. And of the $25M earned, the six years of driving exclusively on the Regional Circuit counted for $44,000 of the $25M! But as he himself says with his usual humility, you have to walk well before you run! "Today, at the age of 31, I aspire above all to a more stable life," Roy recently said. "When I go back in my head all these years of moving, first to Gaspesie, then from Gaspesie to Trois-Rivieres, then to Rideau, then finally to the Toronto area, it's a lot of hours on the road, by car, in all weathers. I'm not saying no to moving at some point with a horse from the Grand Circuit, but that's not my current stage. I aspire to a quieter life, to come home (Guelph) with the person who shares my life." "I am very attracted to young horses, foals and 2- and 3-year-old fillies," Roy said. "I love working with these kind of couriers. That's kind of what pushed me to quietly detach myself from Richard (Moreau), who owns a stable more focused on condition horses and claimers. Of course, by making this choice I win fewer races, I make less money, but my current priority is elsewhere. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with and for Richard. What an accomplished horseman! But it was a conscious choice and I live well with my decisions." The Roy Stable Many racing fans may not know it, but our man has also become a man of horses in recent years. Or could we say, once again a complete horseman who spends his time with young horses. "Some time ago," Roy explained. "I sent the foals and fillies that I bought to my good friend Chantal Mitchell. They were there and I was completely deferring to her and her team. Things have changed. Currently, I train eight horses: six 2 year-olds and two 3 year-olds that I bring back this year. I obviously can't do all this work on my own, so I hired Eric Nadeau. We are both there in the morning at the stable and I can count on him and his background of experiences gleaned here and there." "I love this life," Roy said. "It's closer to what I wanted to do. And that doesn't stop me from driving at night and with Eric, I can rely on someone who is serious and hard-working. It's very stimulating with young horses: we try, we make mistakes, we learn, we rejoice in success. It is also one of the attractions of driving for other trainers, young horses. When you disembark the sulky after a race, you don't just hand over the lines. We discuss and I give my point of view to the trainer for the development of his protege." On the way to other heights No doubt in the minds of the people who have followed Louis-Philippe's career since his beginnings. This stage, carried out last week to the guides of a protégé of Jean Tourigny, is just one more step towards other summits. With the talent he possesses, and seriousness, he will continue to shine on Canada's largest racing circuit, and will stand out. That is what we wish him for 2021. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club

Talking to Quebec harness racing owner, breeder, trainer and driver, Guy Corbeil, is a rewarding experience because this man has his principles, his views, his ways of doing things, his philosophy. So, it is not surprising that when we discuss with him the subject of the super horse that is Enavant, he is not asked to give us the feelings that inhabit him. Enavant, now five, is sired by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Ideal mare, Lady Be Great. Unraced until age four, Enavant closed out his undefeated 11 for 11 season last September, taking a lifetime mark of 1 :49.4 at Woodbine Mohawk Raceway. He was the winningest horse of the year at the Hippodrome 3R with seven straight wins before heading to Ontario. Guy Corbeil co-owns Enavant with Determination Stable. He is an easy horse "Now he (Enavant) is an exceptional horse in many ways," Corbeil stated. "His personality makes it possible to saddle and ride him, which some of my employees have done so far. It requires a minimum of maintenance. Think about it; he wears no bandages, no boot of any kind, because with him, everything is not big enough, or long enough. Currently the obstacles it carries are at its maximum. In short, the individual, the horse himself, is a kind of phenomenon. "It doesn't guarantee anything, "Corbeil added. "I've learned over the years with horses that things can change quickly. Today, everything's fine, tomorrow, we don't know. You have to be humble, keep your head cool and your feet are screwed to the ground. A necessary form of realism. I don't like to ignite. If Enavant earns $50,000 in 2021, that'll be okay. If he can race with the best and stand out, that's okay too. I'm lucky to have got my hands on such a horse, I certainly could not afford to pay for him at auction ($260,000) as a yearling. For 2021, we've paid a lot of stakes already and he'll race at that level if he can prove himself. Otherwise, it'll be okay as well. I'd love to see him race at The Meadowlands on Hambo Day. It would be for me the realization of an old dream. But maybe it won't happen. » Preparation "Right now he is in the works, " Corbeil said about Enavant. "Will he be ready in June? In July or August? He'll tell me. There is no pressure on it. When Max (Velaye) tells me we're late, I often take it back to tell him, no, Max, we're not late, we're just later! It's the horse that dictates the pace. The only decision that has been made so far is that at some point he will qualify. What happens next? I don't really know. I'm into horses to have fun. "When I stopped him last fall, many people were telling me why stop a horse that is 11 in 11? I didn't want him to start the 2021 season in the best class. I wanted at that time and I still want him to start at a lower level, such as non-winners of $50,000 for life. He's entitled to it. If I had kept him racing, he wouldn't have been allowed to. He currently has $46,950 in the bank. It'll make it a less rigorous start." Racing Enavant at H3R "In an ideal world," Corbeil explained. "I would always like my horses to race in Trois-Rivieres. I'm never in a hurry to go anywhere else and I only go if the horses can't make it home. We train several horses on the farm: sometimes I think it's too much. But hey, it's now March, the winter hasn't been too hard and spring will come soon with the adrenaline of seeing the foals we're preparing, on the track and having success. It's a beautiful time of year. "For "E" now it's time that will tell us if he's a champion or if he's capped and will just be a good horse," Corbeil added. "If that's what happens, it's going to be, period! No one will die from it and the sun will still rise the next day." For racing enthusiasts in Quebec, it's easy to imagine that it will be interesting if Enavant continues to develop as a champion. We wish it to Guy Corbeil, his team, and to us finally, because it makes us live a beautiful 'trip'. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The 2021 Prix d'Ete Grand Circuit race normally held in August at the Hippodrome 3R racetrack in Quebec, has been canceled for 2021. The Quebec Jockey Club made the announcement today, citing that due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of being able to have spectators at the racetrack starting this fall, it was in the best interest to cancel the race for 2021. The race was also cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. "Preparing for such a big event in these difficult times is unrealistic," said Murielle Thomassin, Director of Racing at H3R. "But I am confident next year will be brighter and a much different story." One of the richest races in North America restricted to just four-year-old's, the Prix d'Ete dates back to 1966 at Blue Bonnets Raceway in Montreal. Over the years many world champions won the prestigious race. The stakes race ended when Blue Bonnets closed in 1992 and was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club in 2014. The Hippodrome 3R is scheduled to start the 2021 harness racing meet on Sunday, May 2. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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