Two of the top harness racing drivers in North America, Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy, will be plying their trade at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec for the track's $471,000 Super Sunday (Sept. 12) race program.
Super Sunday features eight championship finals at H3R. The four finals for the three-year-old trotters and pacers each have a purse of $60,000. The four finals for the two-year-olds each have a purse of $50,000.
The race card also features two $10,000 Invitational events, one for the trotters and one for the pacers.
The Super Sunday program is the richest horse racing day in all of Quebec.
Both Filion and Roy are Quebec natives who started their careers racing on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit and then at the Hippodrome 3R before heading to stardom in Ontario.
Between the two drivers, they have won a total of seven O’Brien Awards. Filion has won the O’Brien Award four times and Roy three times. Filion has 9,466 career wins, while Roy has 1,770 career wins.
Roy has drives in all 12 of the races Sunday at H3R, while Filion will compete in nine of the races. Filion is listed to drive four morning line favourites while Roy is listed on two race favourites.
Roy will drive Aladdin Du Lac in the two-year-old colt pace final. Roy bred and co-owns the Sunshine Beach colt. Filion will drive two horses owned, trained and bred by his father, Hall of Famer Yves Filion. They are Celia Bayama in the three-year-old filly pace final and Cadillac Bayama in the three-year-old colt pace final. Both horses are the morning line favourites.
Post time for the 12-race program on Sunday is 12:10 p.m. For a free race program, visit hippodrome3r.ca.
To view Sunday's harness racing entries, click on the following link: Sunday Entries - Hippodrome 3R.
(With files from Quebec Jockey Club)