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2021 Prix d'Été Cancelled

Published: January 19, 2021 11:01 am ET

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The Prix d’Été Grand Circuit race, normally held in August at Hippodrome 3R in Québec, has been cancelled for 2021.

The Quebec Jockey Club made the announcement Tuesday (Jan. 19), citing that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of being able to have spectators at the racetrack starting this fall, it was in the best interest to cancel the race for 2021. The race was also cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

“Preparing for such a big event in these difficult times is unrealistic,” said Murielle Thomassin, director of racing at Hippodrome 3R. “But I am confident next year will be brighter and a much different story.”

One of the richest races in North America restricted to just four-year-olds, the Prix d'Été dates back to 1966 at Blue Bonnets Raceway in Montréal. Over the years, many world champions won the prestigious race. The stakes race ended when Blue Bonnets closed in 1992 and was revived by the Québec Jockey Club in 2014.

Hippodrome 3R is scheduled to start the 2021 harness racing meet on Sunday, May 2.

For more information, visit hippodrome3r.ca.

(Québec Jockey Club)


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