Trois-Rivieres, QC – The Prix d’Ete Grand Circuit 2022 race, which was to take place on Sunday August 21 at the Hippodrome 3R de Québec, has been canceled for 2022.

The Jockey Club of Quebec made the announcement today, citing that due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has closed all off track (OTB) betting sites in Quebec and at the racetrack and with the uncertainty of being able to have spectators at the racetrack starting this fall, it was in the best interest to cancel the $200,000 race for 2022. The race was also canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

“Because all our OTBs have been closed since December 20and from last year due to the Covid, we have to further reduce our first race this year,” said Claude Lévesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. “I am convinced that next year will be brighter and a much different story.”

One of the richest races in North America reserved for horses as young as four years old, the Prix d’Ete dates back to 1966 at the Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal. Over the years, many world champions have won the prestigious race. The stakes race ended when Blue Bonnets closed in 1992 and was revived by the Jockey Club of Quebec in 2014.

Hippodrome 3R should provisionally start the 2022 harness racing meeting on Sunday April 30, 2022.

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From the Jockey Club of Quebec