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Lus Illusion A Determined Winner

September 11, 2019:

Lus Illusion ($7.60) may not have been able to catch second-over cover, but she lifted to victory in Wednesday's (Sept. 11) feature at Grand River Raceway, an $8,200 conditioned pace for fillies and mares....read on

Blais, McClure Reflect On Hambo Win

August 6, 2019:

Prior to Saturday (Aug. 3) afternoon, Luc Blais’ fondest memories of a Hambletonian were from a race 24 years earlier, when Tagliabue won America’s Trotting Classic at The Meadowlands. By Saturday evening, the events of the prior 24 hours would change that....read on

Canada's Hambletonian Hopeful

August 1, 2019:

“You need to be in the race to have a chance. He’s a good horse, he’s healthy and he’s followed the program. He’s faced those kinds of horses before and he’s been competitive...I have a good feeling (about Saturday).”...read on

‘Determination’ Pays Off In Full

February 17, 2019:

When the dust settled from the 2018 O’Brien Awards, trainer Luc Blais and the Determination stable walked away with a very respectable haul. Both of the outfit’s two O’Brien nominees, Emoticon Hanover and Forbidden Trade, emerged with the hardware from their respective divisions. Batting 1.000 never felt so good....read on

Is This Emoticon Hanover's Year?

January 15, 2019:

Is this, finally, Emoticon Hanover's year at the O'Brien Awards? Trainer Luc Blais certainly hopes so....read on

Emoticon Hanover Goes Back-To-Back

October 27, 2018:

It takes a special horse to race in the Breeders Crown, it takes an extra special horse to win a Breeders Crown. That makes a horse like Emoticon Hanover that not only wins but defends a Breeders Crown title almost heavenly....read on

Blais Duo Vs. Stacked Field Sunday

August 10, 2018:

Trainer Luc Blais heads to Sunday’s (Aug. 12) $141,000 Joie De Vie Stakes with the race’s defending champion plus another horse coming off a major win, but not a lot of attention. That’s how it is when a race includes the returning Horse of the Year among a bevy of award-winners to create the most decorated field of female trotters in recent memory, if not ever....read on

A 'Dream' Win For McClure & Blais

August 4, 2018:

Driver Bob McClure made a splash in his limited action on Hambletonian Day by blowing up the toteboard with 50-1 trotting mare Dream Together in the $154,800 Dr. John R. Steele Memorial for older trotting mares....read on

Awol Hanover Tough At Flamboro

December 20, 2017:

Awol Hanover ($9.30) overcame post 8, put away Fluff Me Up on the final turn, and proved a determined 1:57 winner over the late-rallying Fork in Wednesday evening’s (Dec. 20) featured $11,500 Preferred 2 trotting event at Flamboro Downs....read on

Emoticon Hanover Kicks Off 'Crown' Night

October 27, 2017:

Third time's a charm for Emoticon Hanover. In her third Breeders Crown appearance, the four-year-old Luc Blais trainee was victorious in the $250,000 Mares Trot to kick off the 2017 championship weekend on Friday night (October 27) at Hoosier Park....read on

Blais Not Intimidated By Competition

October 27, 2017:

Trainer Luc Blais is feeling good about the horses he has in this year’s $6 million Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park but there’s also a feeling of melancholy....read on

Records Galore For On A Sunny Day; Grand River Closes Meet

September 27, 2017:

In what was the final race of the 2017 meet at Grand River Raceway, On A Sunny Day ($3.30) lived up to favoured billing in the $125,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for three-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday (September 27) evening....read on

Dube Seeks Hambo Breakthrough

August 3, 2017:

Driver Daniel Dube's more than 8,000 wins do not include a Hambletonian or Hambletonian Oaks, but he's been close....read on

Blais Pupils Hambo-Bound?

July 21, 2017:

Trainer Luc Blais’ dream of a Hambletonian Day breakthrough will be tested this weekend....read on

Mission Accomplished For Blais

January 23, 2017:

Luc Blais, who has shared in two O'Brien Awards already as trainer of millionaire trotter Intimidate, says his favourite part of the ceremony is the video highlights of the finalists....read on


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