Quebec Souvenirs - Duncan MacTavish Remembered
Quebec Souvenirs - Lachance and Feagan
Quebec Souvenirs - The Connaught Cup 1976
Quebec Souvenirs -Howard Portelance
Quebec Souvenirs - Ontario Owners Journey to Quebec
Quebec Souvenirs -Rejean Boily
Quebec Souvenirs - The Larentes
Quebec Souvenirs -Elzear Cournoyer Remembered
READERS COMMENTS :
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Quebec Souvenirs -Keith Waples Wins 8 Consecutive Races
Quebec Souvenirs -5 Mile Races in 1958
The following comment was received from Don Daniels which identifies the trophy presenter as John Beauchemin as gleaned from the Nov. 5,1958 issue of The Harness Horse .
Jim Wallace of Kenton, Manitoba receives trophy from John Beauchemin after Grattan Baker won the annual 5-mile race at Richelieu in 11:5211/5.A Canadian racing tradition-the five-mile race-was upheld at the Richelieu meeting recently when Jim Wallace's Grattan Baker covered the extended route in 11: 5 21/5. Winner of only $570 thus far this season, the nine-year-old gelding had to turn back a field of 12 in the $2,000 test. His closest rival was Bannock Bay, the even money favorite and winner of three "five-milers" earlier this fall, two at Quebec and one at Three Rivers.
Quebec Souvenirs -Robillard and L'Heureux
Today's Quebec Souvenirs recalls a couple of veteran horsemen who both spent a lifetime in the world of harness racing .(Both items from OJC Factbook 1974)
Readers Comments :
HATE TOO CORRECT THE WRITER BUT THE TRUTH NEEDS TO BE TOLD. EMPIRE SONG WAS TRAINED BY A GREAT TROTTING TRAINER MARCEL L,HEUREX UNCLE EFFIE L,HEUREX THE WHOLE L,HEUREX FAMILY WERE VERY CLOSE FRIENDS OF MY FAMILY YOUR TRULY BRIAN LAWSON
Quebec Souvenirs -1964
The following item appeared in the November 11,1964 issue of The Harness Horse
INCREASED HANDLE PROMPTS MANAGEMENT TO EYE MEET EXTENSION TO AT LEAST DECEMBER 4
With wagering up some $12,000 a day over last year, track officials have indicated that the current meeting will be extended until at least December 4.
Helping to keep interest high during the waning weeks of the 1964 season has been the series of two and three-year-old events, the Quebec Standardbred Breeders Assn. Futurities.
The most recent section, a $2,416 test for 2-year-old pacers, proved to be one of the most exciting of the series when Henry Horky's Meadow Wayne just lasted by a head in 2:11 4/5 over Ben's Gift, an earlier winner in the series. Crush Stone Mir was third to the winner now of $6,060 from 5 wins in 16 tries.
The tough 11-year-old gelding Curly Lambert trotted away from 6 foes in the Friday, October 31, main attraction with a spurt in the stretch that left Kindle two and a half lengths in arrears at the end of the 2:062/5 mile. Van Counsel was third another two and a quarter lengths back. Henri Filion was up for owners Mrs. Roger Lareau and Mike Sherman as the altered son of Kilroy acquired his seventh win in 29 appearances this year and pushed his earnings to almost $20,000 for the year, and above $75,000 lifetime.
The faster pacers met on Saturday evening, November 1, but for the third straight week were unable to handle Charles Bastien's Solicitor 6-year-old Collector. Close up until the stretch while first Whirlrod and later Starbound set the pace, Collector surged into the lead turning for home, and at the wire repelled Ted Hanover's final bid by a half-length. The winner paced the test in 2:04 for Philippe Dussault in hiking his season's totals to 10 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds for earnings of $14,319 in 21 starts.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Horky greet their Quebec Standardbred Breeders Assn. 2-year-old Pace winner Meadow Wayne following his head triumph over Ben's Gift in 2:114/5 for Benoit Cote. Taking part also in the ceremonies following the fifth win in 16 starts by the chestnut son of Meadow Al-Lassie De Wayne is sports editor Gus Lacombe (left) and the track's Director of Operations Lucien Bombardier.
Saratoga Wins Quebec's Big Match Race -1947
Quebec Souvenirs -LeBlanc And White
Editor's Note - This is the first new post in a recently added section entitled "Quebec Souvenirs" which will now become a regular feature of Recollections .Future posts will have varied content .
Records Tumble At Blue Bonnets 1955
Remembering Dalyce Blue
REMEMBERING The Track at Three Rivers -Recollections Rerun
Carpet Bagger - "Winning Tired"
Racing In Quebec -The 1940's
By the end of the decade of the 1940's, the volume and quality of harness racing in the Province of Quebec had made great strides . Many factors contributed to its overall success . Perhaps at the root of the rise in popularity of racing was the "keen" fan base that existed in most areas of the Province .This combined with an abundance of good horse people ,all led to a successful outcome which really blossomed in the 1950's and also the years following .It is interesting to note that as far back as 1948, night racing was held at the Quebec City Track .This time frame placed it not far behind the U.S.introduction in 1940 and certainly well ahead of Ontario's much heralded 1961 debut .
The Clubhouse Era Begins
In the early days of harness racing ,fans attended the races mainly to watch the races and of course to bet when the opportunity afforded itself .They were accustomed to high temperatures and humidity in the summer and were willing to "bundle up" against the late fall winds and sometimes rains .Grandstands were open and often in a state of disrepair ,especially at small Town venues. But that was the way it was ,and people who loved the sport and seeing the horses in action took it all in their stride .