World-class drivers for Hippodrome 3R tourney
June 02, 2016
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The most competitive field of world class drivers ever to grace a harness racing oval in the province of Quebec, will be at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday for their inaugural All-Star Drivers Tournament.
Hall of Famer John Campbell, American sensation Tim Tetrick, 2015 Driver of the Year in the USA Yannick Gingras, Yonkers sensation Daniel Dube, 2015 Driver of the Year in Canada Sylvain Filion, world driving champion Jody Jamieson and 3R's leading reinsmen from 2015, Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron, are the stars that will be performing.
They will battle in eight All-Star races Sunday with $10,000 in prize money on the line.
"What a super group of top drivers we have for this first time event," said Vincent Trudel, general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. "Never before has such a tournament like this with many of the best drivers in the world taken place not only in Quebec, but many tracks throughout racing. It will be very exciting for our fans, our horsemen and our staff to see this competition Sunday."
The post positions were drawn earlier in the afternoon. All eight of the drivers will each start once from posts 1 through 8 on the afternoon card. The point system is 1st 50 points, 2nd 25 points, 3rd 12 points, 4th 8 points, 5th five points, 6th two points and those that finish 7th and 8th get no points. If a driver loses a horse due to a scratch, that driver will get an average of his points from their other seven drives that day.
For both Campbell and Tetrick, it will be their first time ever driving at the Hippodrome 3R.
"I am very pleased with how the post-position draw came out today," said Trudel. "I want to thank all the trainers and owners who entered their horses today for the tournament on Sunday.
"We were hoping to have at least nine races on the program," Trudel added, "and we have 10 full fields, which is very encouraging. I also must thank the drivers for taking time from their busy schedules to come to 3R to participate. We feel this is a great event that will help promote the Hippodrome 3R and our strong growing race program in Quebec."
Post time is 1:30 p.m. but race fans will be treated to an autograph session with the eight drivers in the Clubhouse from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, then a special on-track introduction of all the drivers. The competition begins in the second race.
Race fans that come to the track will also be able to compete in a special contest to pick the winner of the tournament. All that is needed is to selection the winning driver and deposit the entry form in the drum for that driver. After the tournament, one winning name from the driver that finishes 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be drawn to share in $500 cash. (Hippodrome 3R)