Day At The Track
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Field set for 400,000€ Prix de Paris

The field was set this day for Sunday’s Gr. I International Prix de Paris at Paris-Vincennes, the marathon race, for a purse of 400,000€ and raced over 4150 meters (nearly 2.5 miles). Davidson du Pont, Bahia Quesnot and Delia du Pommereux are the headliners in the 15 horse lineup. Sebastien Guarato and Jean Michel Bazire have each entered two race participants. Guarato’s Face Time Bourbon opted out and is being pointed toward the March 6 Prix Selection at Vincennes that carries a 200,000€ and is raced over 2200 meters distrance handicap for four to six year-olds. LeTrot held it pre-race press event this morning with a number of trainer participants on hand.   Press event Pierre VercruysseJunior Guelpa The Prix de Paris, established in 1962, has a storied history and represents the third leg of the FR Triple Crown during the Vincennes Winter Meet. The fastest winner was Up And Quick with a 1.13.8kr score over 4150 meters in 2014. The race distance was lengthened from 3200 meters to its current 4150 meters in 1994. There have been several three-time race winners – Jardy, Vourasie, Bellino II and five double-winners – Belina Josselyn, Up And Quick, Eleazar, Une de Mai and Querido II. There have been two American-bred winners, both after export, Apex Hanover in 1965 with Maria Burdova up and Timothy T in 1974. These were then owned in Russia and Italy. LeTrot, Wikipedia chart files/photos by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Eric Raffin, harness racing

Prix d'Avenches to Hacker Boy

The day’s Vincennes featured harness racing event Wednesday was the monte Gr. III Prix d’Avenches (purse 70,000€, 2175 meters for four year0olds). The 5.1/1 odds Hacker Boy (4g Akim du Cap Vert-Orestane Girl) sustained his stretch long drive to secure the 1.12.4kr timed victory with Eric Raffin in the irons. He won his second straight, and for the career, now posting life earnings of 91.920€. Yves Dreux is the winning breeder/owner and trainer. The 8.5/1 Hora Bot Eur Moel (4f Prodigious) was a game second for jockey Guillaime Martin and trainer Arnaud Desmottes. Third home was 52/1 outsider Hopla des Louanges (4f Gazouillis) in rein to Damien Bonne for trainer Franck Leblanc. Hacker Boy On the card was also the Prix du Chesnay (purse 67,000€, 2850 meters distance handicapped for 7-11 year-olds) with that victory to the 25-meter handicapped and 5.1/1 odds Crusoe d’Anama (9g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Mario Xuereb. This was his 10th career score now for 443,250€ earned. The 5.3/1 odds and also 25-meter penalized performer, Duel du Gers (8g Quaker Jet), was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. Third home was 3/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Dexter Chatho (8g Un Amour d’Haufor) with Charles J. Bigeon aboard for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. Crusoe d’Anama 16 top trotters remain declared for Sunday’s Prix de Paris as shown below. The final field will be set on Thursday. For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

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Sennyey Memorial held at Kincsem Park

The superb Saturday card at Kincsem Park saw 1.2/1 odds Unno del Duomo (8m Ganymede-Irma del Duomo-Lemon Dra) rally at the top stretch to then draw off for the 1.15.6kr victory in the featured Geza Sennyey Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). Harness racing driver Sandor Kolozsi teamed the first time 2021 winner in HU for trainer Dora Kovacs. He has five wins in Hungary in seven career starts there. The 5.7/1 Alexander UR (7g Infinitif-Hoity Toity Face-Egon Lavec) was second for Lajos Marton and owner Prolongo. 7.3/1 Promo Kemp (7m Muscle Hill-Armbro Waikki-Garland Lobell) was third after setting the pace, with Istvan Papp at the lines for stable Prolongo (Joszef Rutkai). This one was bred by Steve Stewart and partners in Lexington, KY. Unno del Duomo   On the undercard was the Globus DIJ (purse 665,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and 1.6/1 Longines (7f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song) sat the pocket before wearing down pacesetting Zapato (6m Frullino Jet), reined by Tibor Hajnal. Gyorgy Horvath teamed the winner for trainer Imre Fazekas as the Kornelius Heitmann bred mare won for the 19th time in 24 career starts and she was game to the wire from her covered position. Third was Unika Vik (8f Cantab Hall) for Laszlo Kolozsi. Longines    The Evi Amator Kupa (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) was won in 1.17.0kr by the Andrea Fazekas reined Lingot AT (6m Jasmin d’Odyssee-Likviditus-Gills Victory). Balasz Jukasz trains the 9/2 odds winner that was bred by Animal Trade Racing Team of Szerbia. Lingot AT Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Adrien Lamy, harness racing

Hunter Valley tops at Vincennes

Hunter Valley (4f Charly du Noyer-Reethi Rah Jet) rallied for a 1.13.4kr timed victory in the Gr. III Prix d’Orthez (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European four year olds) at Vincennes. Harness racing driver Adrien Lamy teamed the Tomas Malmqvist trainee for Ecurie Hunter Valley. Jean Etienne Dubois bred the winner that is a half-sister to Bold Eagle. Hunter Valley, off at 3.3/1 odds, won for the fourth time for 113,500€ in career earnings. The winning sire is a son of Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) that was a 12 time winner of 839,790€. 15/1 odds Bolero Gar (4m Varenne-Nike Gar) was a dead-heat second for pilot Alexandre Abrivard. 1.9/1 Hatchet Man (4m Goetmals Wood-Suricate) was dead-heat second too with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Kevin Tebirent. 8/41 Beautiful Colibri (4f Ready Cash-Gilly LB) was fourth for Francois Lagadeuc and owner/trainer Allaire. Hunter Valley On the card was the Gr. III Prix du Pontevice de Heessey (monte Gr. III, European, 2175 meters) and 5.3/1 odds Carly (9g Rolling d’Heripre-Thea de Jelma) scored in a quick 1.10.2kr with Mathieu Mottier in the irons. Thierry Duvaldestin trains this now 22 time career winner for 709,410€ earned. Michel Nadji owns this one that defeated the 8/10 odds favorite Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove) with Eric Raffin the jockey for trainer Franck Leblanc. 6.6/1 Dreambreaker (8g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) was third with J-Y Ricart up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Carly For full results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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In The Money (3m Cristal Money-Destinee Cash), off at 9/1 odds, took the Gr. I Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year-olds) at Vincennes timed in 1.13.4kr. The winner sustained a steady stretch rally for breeder/owner/trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. This was his fifth career win now for 189,500€ earned. Duvaldestin raced the winner’s sire to earnings of 523,330€, he a son of Coktail Jet-Making Money). Second was the 1.2/1 odds Italiano Vero (3m Ready Cash-Baraka d’Henlou) with David Thomain up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 6.4/1 odds Invincible Cash (3m Ready Cash-Urawa Turgot) was third for driver David Bekaert and trainer Ludovic Peltier. Fourth was Its Now Or Never (3f Charly du Noyer-Deep Purple) with Francois Lagadeuc up for breeder/trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Gitte Poulsen-Allaire. The well regarded Inoubliable did not finish. In The Money LeTrot files/photo For full results, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

A total of 35 trotteurs have declared for next Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris, the marathon test that is the finale of the French Triple Crown. The race will be held at Paris-Vincennes. The declarations include Face Time Bourbon, Davidson du Pont, Delia du Pommereux and Bahia Quesnot. The distance is 4150 meters, nearly 2.5 miles, and the purse is 400,000€ ($486,000US). Last week’s Face Time Bourbon driver controversy is apparently over with Eric Raffin named as his driver by trainer Sebastien Guarato. C4 - PX D'AMERIQUE RACES ZETURF PX DE PARIS 400 000€  Groupe I - Attelé - 4150m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2021 Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. En cas d'élimination, les chevaux ayant obtenu une priorité de participation dans le Prix d'Amérique sont maintenus en priorité. En cas d'élimination, les gains des chevaux déclarés partants sont calculés sur les bases suivantes : chevaux âgés de 4 ans (H), gains réels majorés de 30 %, chevaux âgés de 5 ans (G), gains réels majorés de 20 %, chevaux âgés de 6 ans LeTrot files by Thomas H. HIcks, for Harnesslink      

It has been reported by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent that affter the defeat Sunday afternoon in the Prix de France, where Face Time Bourbon finished second, his regular driver, Björn Goop, was sacked by the main owner, Italian Antonio Somma. Somma has long been unsatisfied with Goop as the driver of maybe the world’s best trotter at present, and just after the race, Somma wrote on Twitter that Goop was sacked. Today Somma was interviewed on the French racing television channel Equidia and said that Sebastian Guarato, who trains Face Time Bourbon, was free to pick any of these five drivers in the future to drive the top trotter: Eric Raffin, Gabriele Gelormini, Yoann Lebourgeois, Matthieu Abrivard and Franck Nivard. Sebastian Guarato had already made his choice and made it public, that Eric Raffin is the new driver of Face Time Bourbon. “Raffin is an obvious choice,” Guarato said. “He has driven Face Time Bourbon twice in races and has won both times.” Eric Raffin will drive Face Time Bourbon on March 6 in the Prix de Selection at Vincennes. Björn Goop has driven Face Time Bourbon in 29 races and has 24 wins and four seconds. On Jan. 31, Face Time Bourbon (with Goop) was an easy winner of the famous Prix d’Amerique for the second year in a row. From the USTA

The feature Group I on the bill for Sunday's meeting at the Paris-Vincennes Hippodrome, the Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson - Critérium des Jeunes is the first major event for 3-year-old trotters. The purse is 170,000€ ($204,000US). Here are some keys to get to know this great race better. 1 - This is the first Group I reserved for the youngest trotters. In 2021, the promotion born in 2018 will be on the track. All members of this generation have a name beginning with an "I". 2 - The number of winners with Ready Cash as sire : Avila in 2013 and Django Riff in 2016. Himself a Group I winner in 2008, the best French stallion will be able to count this year on Italiano Véro , one of the favorites. of the ordeal. In total, he claims four committed products. 3 - The fillies have won the last three editions ( Folelli in 2018, Green Grass in 2019 and Havana d'Aurcy in 2020). Since 2000, the males have counted 11 winners against 10 for the fillies. 4 - The number of victories of Unforgettable, the best current filly of the 3-year-old promotion. She has just signed her four consecutive victories after needing several races to win for the first time. 6 - The number of titles accumulated by Philippe Allaire and Thierry Duvaldestin in this Group I. The two coaches each have three successes and are the most capped in this area in the 2021 entry list. This year, Philippe Allaire has three entries ( It's Now Or Never , Inoui Danica and Italiano Véro ) and Thierry Duvaldestin one ( In The Money ). 9 - Nine years ago, champion Vanika du Ruel set the race record by completing the 2700m in the kilometer reduction of 1'13''6. 2016 - Year in which the Critérium des Jeunes became the Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson, in tribute to a great horseman, breeder for a long time at the head of Haras des Coudraies and President of the parent company from 1986 to 1994. During the he current winter meeting in Vincennes, the colors of the Ecurie Comte Pierre de Montesson have won twice thanks to Fiable . 2700 - In meters, the distance to be covered in this Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson - Critérium des Jeunes. This is the so-called "classic" Paris-Vincennes course which requires combining speed and endurance. Before 1995, the event was contested over a shorter distance, varying between 2100 and 2300 meters. From LeTrot Media

The third 2021 harness racing day at Kincsem Park yielded a competitive card led by the featured Erika DIJ (purse 665,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). Here the 2.7/1 odds Adamo Fling (5m Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) scored in 1.19.9kr for trainer/driver Emil Csordas, his second 2021 victory. Zsozsoka (6f Yankee Mustang-Intelligent Star-Oaklea Bluejay) was second for Laszlo Kolozsi with third to Acclos FIU (5m SJs Photo-Elegant Lady-Mill H) for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. Adamo Fling In the Hitves DIJ (purse 500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) the 1.19.5kr clocked winner was 1.4/1 Aurora (5f Frullino Jet-Lezer-Baltic Bet) with Gyorgy Horvath the pilot for trainer Imre Fazekas. 2/1 Baraka SS (4f Panne de Moteur-Wale-Center Field) was second for Emese Vezer and trainer Csordas. Third was 3.2/1 Angelina Jolie (5f PJ Punjab-Siberie-Lejacque d’Houlbec) for Laszlo Veres. Aurora Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today’s Gr. I International Prix de France (purse 400,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European Masters Trot Series 2021) saw 13/1 Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) rally late to capture the Speed Race in 1.09.8kr off quick fractions (1.06.7kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.07.3kr at the 1000; 1.08.6kr with 500 meters remaining) set mostly by second finishing 2/10 odds favorite Face Time Bourbon (6m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) with Bjorn Goop up for Scuderia Bivans Srl and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Eric Raffin teamed the winner, for breeder/owner Noel Lolic and trainer Sylvain Roger, as she won for the 14th time in her career now for 1,311,220€ earned. She was positioned seventh at the 1000-meter mark before moving forward. She rolled past a tired FTB to win by a half-length. The 31/1 odds Aetos Kronos (5m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) followed the winner after being eighth at the 1000. He rallied strongly in the lane for pilot Franck Nivard, trainer Jerry Riordan and Team Snyder AB. Bahia Quesnot gamely lasted for fourth at 45/1 odds for Junior Guelpa after forcing the pace early against FTB but could not secure the lead, yielding to the pocket as Billie de Montfort faded. 50/1 Feliciano (6m Ready Cash) was fifth ahead of 110/1 Frisbee d’Am and a distant 97/1 Billie de Montfort. Delia du Pommereux     mid-stretch J-P Barjon (left) presents the Prix de France trophy to the connections of the winning daughter of Niky, a horse he raced and sire of monte champion Bilibili. To watch the race replay, click here.   For full results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 2.1/1 odds Zerozerosette Gar (6m Wishing Stone-Nadir Gar) captured the 59,000€ purse Prix Gras Savoye Wills Towers Wilson this day at Vincennes. Racing over 2100 meters autostart the winner scored in 1.11kr for Eric Raffin, trainer Vitale Ciotolo and Scuderia Nininni as he won for the fifth time in France now for 198,368€ in career earnings. This versatile talented trotter now has three attele wins and two at the monte. The 10/1 Marcello Web (6g Raja Mirchi-Astoria Amour) was second for Christophe Martens and 25/1 Festif Charmant (6g Love You) took third for Damien Bonne in a blanket finish. Zerozerosette GarEric Raffin For full results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Hirondelle Sibey (4f Gazouillis-Celina de Chatelet), off at 2.1/1 odds, took the Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel Saturday at Paris-Vincennes (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, four-year olds) timed in 1.14.5kr. Eric Raffin teamed this J-M Baudouin trainee for Ecurie Le Rivage as the winner scored for the seventh time in her career now for 369,100€ earned. Hohneck (4m Royal Dream-Caranca) took second with Franck Nivard up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Hanna des Molles (4f Village Mystic-Ultimate Jet) was third with Alexandre Abrivard at the lines. Hirondelle Sibey In the Prix de Munich (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European 6-11 year-olds) the 7/10 favorite Violetto Jet (7m From Above-Norciolaia Jet) scored in 1.12.4kr with Franck Nivard up for trainer Philippe Billard. The 12/1 Fric du Chene (6m Nobody du Chene) rallied for second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Julien Le Mer. Unique Juni (8f Uptown Yankee) took third with Eric Raffin teaming for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Violetto Jet In the Prix de Rambouillet (purse 58,000€, 2175 meters, 7-10 year-olds) the 11/1 odds Esperanza Idole (7f Quido du Goutier-Fan Idole) scored in 1.12kr. Thisone won for the 11th time in her career now for 251,210€ earned. She is from the superior champion stakes winner Fan Idole. Adrien Ernault piloted the winner for owner/trainer Noel Langlois.   Esperanza Idole Tomorrow is the Gr. I International Prix de France with a field of nine at the start led by Face Time Bourbon and his chief rivals.   Face Time Bourbon About a week ago the dam of Bold Eagle, Reethi Rah Jet) foaled a Ready Cash full brother to the great one, Bold Eagle and he is handsome athletic type. Earlier in the week there were some impressive winners at Vinvcennes. Vincent Ferm (7g Mago d’Amore-Lindyliana Font) took the February 10 Prix d’L’Ille-et-Vilaine (purse 51,000€, 2100 meters autosart, European 7-10 year-olds) in 1.12.3kr. Bjorn Goop teamed this Yves Desmet trainee to his fifth win in France now for life earnings of 210,392€. Vincent Ferm On February 11 the Prix Guy Lux at Leon Zitone (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European 7-11 year-olds) saw even-money favorite Decoloration (8f Prince d’Espace-Maradadi Buissonay) score in 1.12.7kr for Tony Le Beller and trainer/breeder J-M Baudouin. This was her 14th career victory now for 338,410 earned. Decoloration The same day was the Gr. II Prix Jean le Gonidec (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, five year-olds) and 1.4/1 odds Green Grass (5g Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) scored in 1.14.1kr with Mathieu Mottier at the lines. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Sebastien DeWulf. Goldy Mary (5f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was second with trainer Matthieu Abrivard up. Ecurie HM Stable owns this Jean Pierre Dubois bred mare. Third home was Galilee des Pres (5f Travel Jet) Green Grass LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Prix de France « Speed Race » will offer a dazzling harness racing sport climax on Sunday 14 February at Paris-Vincennes. This Group I is the second of the three Ultimate Finals of the Prix d'Amérique Races ZEturf. It is the expected revenge, two weeks after the crowning of Face Time Bourbon in the Prix d'Amérique "Legend Race". The 2100-metre speed course promises an intense and spectacular confrontation. The total purse for the race is 400,000€.   And revenge it will be, since the horses who finished first and second in the Prix d'Amérique "Legend Race" will line up for the start on Sunday next. Face Time Bourbon, winner on January 31, and runner up Davidson du Pont, title holder of the Prix de France "Speed Race", will compete anew on the mythical cinder track of Paris-Vincennes. Last year, in that same race, the latter had beaten his rival. What will happen next Sunday? Everything is possible.   On a smaller distance, ideal for speed surprises, the other exciting parameter will be the actual timed speed. Will the Race record fall? Kool du Caux, with 1'09"8, has been the title holder for some time now, since 2007.If we bear in mind that Face time Bourbon has already trotted twice in 1'09"8 over that same course, the existing record is in great danger. In addition to those two inescapable favourites, Face Time Bourbon and Davidson du Pont, other contenders, namely Délia du Pommereux and Bahia Quesnot, who finished 4th and 5th, respectively in the Prix d'Amérique "Legend Race", have legitimate ambitions. This beautiful casting will be completed by Billie de Montfort who loves sprints, by Aetos Kronos the gifted Swedish horse, who will bring an international flavour to the race, and also by Romanesque and Frisbee d'Am.      Face Time Bourdon (left) and Davidson du Pont PIERRE HERME, A PATRON OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE DRAW OF PLACES AT THE AUTOSTART In this race with mobile autostart, places behind the car are essential. The draw for the start of the Prix de France was held under the auspices of the Excellence of the pastry art "à la française" and the Excellence of trotting. Pierre Hermé, Pastry World Champion and horse racing aficionado, has honoured with his presence the draw of numbers behind the autostart. The king of the Macaron had a lucky hand for Face Time Bourbon who obtained n°2, considered as one of the most favourable numbers, whereas Davidson du Pont with n°8, on the outside, was not that lucky… Jean-Michel Bazire, Davidson du Pont's trainer and driver had no hard feelings about it. He told Pierre Hermé :"I admire you. Let me tell you that your rose cake is the best in the world! Number 8 is certainly not ideal but my horse is in top form and has recovered very easily after his recent efforts". Björn Goop, driver of Face Time Bourbon, observed: "Number 2 is all right, even though I was hoping for n°3 or n°4. It's sad for Davidson du Pont and his number 8 but Jean-Michel Bazire, at any place, knows the best tactics " ' Yesterday’s draw, live, HERE     FOLLOW THE RACE LIVE The race will be available online, live, on LeTROT.com, prixdameriqueraces.com, Equidia Racing 1, and on Facebook Live @Equidia.   From LeTrot Media

The field is set for Sunday’s 2021 Prix de France, the “Speed Race” at Paris-Vincennes. Nine participants will compete over the 2100 meters autostart course for a total purse of 400,000€. The race began in 1956 with only Jamin, Ourasi and Eleazar being three -time winners. This field in post position order is shown below with the drivers/trainers noted: Romanesque (Martens/DeCock) Face Time Bourbon (Goop/Guarato) Feliciano (Thomain/Allaire) Bille de Montfort (Gelormini/Guarato) Delie du Pommereux (Raffin/Roger) Frisbee d’Am (Barrier/Westerink) Bahia Quesnot (Guelpa) Davidson du Pont (J-M Bazire) Aetos Kronos (Nivard/Riordan) Jean-Michel Bazire GoopWesterink The fastest race winner is Kool de Caux with a 1.09.8kr clocking in 2007. Belina Josselyn posted the next fastest in 1.10.2kr. There have been six North American winners, the last by Moni Maker in 1999. The others are Great Lullwater, Elaine Rodney (in 1964-65), Elma, Classical Way (driven by John Simpsomn Jr.) and Sea Cove. The last 12 years resuts follows: LeTrot, Wikipedia files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

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The field was set this day for Sunday’s Gr. I International Prix de Paris at Paris-Vincennes, the marathon race, for a purse of 400,000€ and raced over 4150 meters (nearly 2.5 miles). Davidson du Pont, Bahia Quesnot and Delia du Pommereux are the headliners in the 15 horse lineup. Sebastien Guarato and Jean Michel Bazire have each entered two race participants. Guarato’s Face Time Bourbon opted out and is being pointed toward the March 6 Prix Selection at Vincennes that carries a 200,000€ and is raced over 2200 meters distrance handicap for four to six year-olds. LeTrot held it pre-race press event this morning with a number of trainer participants on hand.   Press event Pierre VercruysseJunior Guelpa The Prix de Paris, established in 1962, has a storied history and represents the third leg of the FR Triple Crown during the Vincennes Winter Meet. The fastest winner was Up And Quick with a 1.13.8kr score over 4150 meters in 2014. The race distance was lengthened from 3200 meters to its current 4150 meters in 1994. There have been several three-time race winners – Jardy, Vourasie, Bellino II and five double-winners – Belina Josselyn, Up And Quick, Eleazar, Une de Mai and Querido II. There have been two American-bred winners, both after export, Apex Hanover in 1965 with Maria Burdova up and Timothy T in 1974. These were then owned in Russia and Italy. LeTrot, Wikipedia chart files/photos by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink    
The day’s Vincennes featured harness racing event Wednesday was the monte Gr. III Prix d’Avenches (purse 70,000€, 2175 meters for four year0olds). The 5.1/1 odds Hacker Boy (4g Akim du Cap Vert-Orestane Girl) sustained his stretch long drive to secure the 1.12.4kr timed victory with Eric Raffin in the irons. He won his second straight, and for the career, now posting life earnings of 91.920€. Yves Dreux is the winning breeder/owner and trainer. The 8.5/1 Hora Bot Eur Moel (4f Prodigious) was a game second for jockey Guillaime Martin and trainer Arnaud Desmottes. Third home was 52/1 outsider Hopla des Louanges (4f Gazouillis) in rein to Damien Bonne for trainer Franck Leblanc. Hacker Boy On the card was also the Prix du Chesnay (purse 67,000€, 2850 meters distance handicapped for 7-11 year-olds) with that victory to the 25-meter handicapped and 5.1/1 odds Crusoe d’Anama (9g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Mario Xuereb. This was his 10th career score now for 443,250€ earned. The 5.3/1 odds and also 25-meter penalized performer, Duel du Gers (8g Quaker Jet), was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. Third home was 3/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Dexter Chatho (8g Un Amour d’Haufor) with Charles J. Bigeon aboard for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. Crusoe d’Anama 16 top trotters remain declared for Sunday’s Prix de Paris as shown below. The final field will be set on Thursday. For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    
The superb Saturday card at Kincsem Park saw 1.2/1 odds Unno del Duomo (8m Ganymede-Irma del Duomo-Lemon Dra) rally at the top stretch to then draw off for the 1.15.6kr victory in the featured Geza Sennyey Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). Harness racing driver Sandor Kolozsi teamed the first time 2021 winner in HU for trainer Dora Kovacs. He has five wins in Hungary in seven career starts there. The 5.7/1 Alexander UR (7g Infinitif-Hoity Toity Face-Egon Lavec) was second for Lajos Marton and owner Prolongo. 7.3/1 Promo Kemp (7m Muscle Hill-Armbro Waikki-Garland Lobell) was third after setting the pace, with Istvan Papp at the lines for stable Prolongo (Joszef Rutkai). This one was bred by Steve Stewart and partners in Lexington, KY. Unno del Duomo   On the undercard was the Globus DIJ (purse 665,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and 1.6/1 Longines (7f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song) sat the pocket before wearing down pacesetting Zapato (6m Frullino Jet), reined by Tibor Hajnal. Gyorgy Horvath teamed the winner for trainer Imre Fazekas as the Kornelius Heitmann bred mare won for the 19th time in 24 career starts and she was game to the wire from her covered position. Third was Unika Vik (8f Cantab Hall) for Laszlo Kolozsi. Longines    The Evi Amator Kupa (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) was won in 1.17.0kr by the Andrea Fazekas reined Lingot AT (6m Jasmin d’Odyssee-Likviditus-Gills Victory). Balasz Jukasz trains the 9/2 odds winner that was bred by Animal Trade Racing Team of Szerbia. Lingot AT Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    
Hunter Valley (4f Charly du Noyer-Reethi Rah Jet) rallied for a 1.13.4kr timed victory in the Gr. III Prix d’Orthez (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European four year olds) at Vincennes. Harness racing driver Adrien Lamy teamed the Tomas Malmqvist trainee for Ecurie Hunter Valley. Jean Etienne Dubois bred the winner that is a half-sister to Bold Eagle. Hunter Valley, off at 3.3/1 odds, won for the fourth time for 113,500€ in career earnings. The winning sire is a son of Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) that was a 12 time winner of 839,790€. 15/1 odds Bolero Gar (4m Varenne-Nike Gar) was a dead-heat second for pilot Alexandre Abrivard. 1.9/1 Hatchet Man (4m Goetmals Wood-Suricate) was dead-heat second too with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Kevin Tebirent. 8/41 Beautiful Colibri (4f Ready Cash-Gilly LB) was fourth for Francois Lagadeuc and owner/trainer Allaire. Hunter Valley On the card was the Gr. III Prix du Pontevice de Heessey (monte Gr. III, European, 2175 meters) and 5.3/1 odds Carly (9g Rolling d’Heripre-Thea de Jelma) scored in a quick 1.10.2kr with Mathieu Mottier in the irons. Thierry Duvaldestin trains this now 22 time career winner for 709,410€ earned. Michel Nadji owns this one that defeated the 8/10 odds favorite Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove) with Eric Raffin the jockey for trainer Franck Leblanc. 6.6/1 Dreambreaker (8g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) was third with J-Y Ricart up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Carly For full results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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