Trois-Rivieres, PQ --- Daniel Dube, a native son of Trois-Rivières now competing in the New York area as a professional harness racing driver, can’t wait to come to his hometown and Hippodrome 3R this summer.
"It is a pleasure for me each time I return to the Hippodrome 3R to race,” Dube said. “This is where I started my career. I never missed the opportunity to go there when we visit my family and my wife's family. And the revival of Prix d’Été will surely be another opportunity to return."
In the racing world, Dube needs no introduction. In both Canada and the United States, he has won multiple championships and many of the most prestigious races in the sport such as the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug. Last summer, he paid a visit to the Trois-Rivières racetrack and he won in 1:52.4 with the horse Duc Dorleans, the fastest mile in the history of Hippodrome 3R.
"The track at Trois-Rivières is fast, there is no doubt,” Dube said. “It compares favorably with the best tracks in North America. The Prix d’Été should draw the attention of the best 4-year-old pacers in America, because it will be a great event. Several trainers, including the accomplished Ron Burke, who has raced some horses in Charlottetown in the Gold Cup & Saucer, will be interested by a purse of C$200,000 in the new Prix d’Été. If I get an opportunity to have a drive, I will certainly be there."
A reminder that Sunday (Sept. 21) is a date to put on the agenda for all harness racing fans who want to see the best drivers and the best 4-year-old pacers in North America at the Hippodrome 3R.
Horsemen are reminded that nominations for the C$200,000 Prix D’Ete and the C$50,000 consolation race must be postmarked by Saturday (March 15). For more information about the race, nomination forms and conditions go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com.