Jean-Pierre Dubois

Jean Pierre Dubois wins two

January 30, 2015 - Jean-Pierre Dubois was a double winner tonight at Cagnes sur mer, scoring with his Classical Love and Comtesse Flore. The Prix Lurabo (€17,000 purse, 2925 meters, 11 starters – three year-old females) produced a win for  pacesetting Classical Love (3f Repeat Love – Just In Love) at 3.9/1 odds for owner/driver Dubois and trainer Patrick Chevrier in 1.20.9kr. 3/2 favorite Cool Be Williams (3m Korean-Petra Williams) was a rapidly closing second for Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. 8/1 Cristal de Max (3m Gazouillis-Lamelle) ended third for driver Florence Lecellier and owner/trainer Eric Ledoyen. Dubois was back several races later to win the Prix Mon Tourbillon (€17,000 purse, 2925 meters, 9 starters) with his Comtesse Flore (3f Sam Bourbon-Topaze de Fael-Coktail Jet) at 6.6/1 odds. Patrick Chevrier also trains this one. Favorite Cilaria Paradise (3f Sam Bourbon-Nisis Williams) was second for pilot Christophe Martens ahead of Candy du Poncelet (3f Memphis du Rib-Goodness) with trainer Matthieu Verva driving. The winner was clocked in 1.18.7kr over the extended distance. The feature of the evening was the Prix Kazire de Guez (€42,000 purse, European 11 starters, 2150 meters autostart) and 2.1/1 odds Sahara Fairytale (6f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow) took the victory for teamster Christophe Martens. Victor Martens trains for Swedish owner Canberra HB, 8/1 Une Serenade (7f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) was second for trainer/driver Serge Peltier with Italy’s Potenza OM (6f Yankee Slide-Fiancee di Jesolo) home third at 7/2 for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini. Thomas H. Hicks  

Heinz Wewering

Wewering's birthday - Prix de I’lle de France field

January 29, 2015 - The greatest German harness racing driver Heinz Wewering celebrated his 65th birthday last Sunday. The career driving winner of 16,761 races, Wewering was born in Recklinghausen in 1950 and went on to win eight German Derby’s (Noble Stardom 1981 Flight Pride 1983 Diamond Way 1985 Toppino 1987 Chergon 1990 Gringo 1997 Oscar Schindler Sl 2001 Unikum 2010), and was the European Championship Driver in 1993 and 1997. He also won the World Driving Championship in1998. Wewering won almost 300 Grand Prix events including with Diamond Way (Orsi Mangelli 1985), Campo Ass (European Championship and Citta 'di Montecatini 1993), Nuke it Linsay (European Championship, Citta' di Montecatini and V. Di Capua 1999) and Oscar Schindler Sl (Continental 2002). Next Sunday at Paris-Vincennes is the UET Masters Series 2015 Gr. I Prix de I’lle de France (monte, €200,000 purse, 2175 meters, 13 starters) with the field led by Roxane Griff, a winner now of €2,911,818. This will be her third straight Sunday start after winning the Prix de Cornulier and finishing sixth in the Prix d’Amerique, both of these at 2700 meters. Thomas H. Hicks  

Kesaco Phedo

It was quite a day for sire Kesaco Phedo

January 29, 2015 - Secret de Chenu (9g Kesaco Phedo - Liberte de Chenu) captured today’s Quinte+ Prix de Langeais (€88,000 purse, 2850 meters, 18 starters, Q+ jackpot €4.9 million) at Vincennes clocked in 1.15.1kr and reined by Alexandre Abrivard  at 21/1for harness racing trainer J-M Bazire. Bazire was second driving another trainee, Trophee de Jaba (8g Kesaco Phedo-Otika Vita, that was the 2.2/1 favorite despite a 25 meter handicap. Uppercut Orange (7m Jag de Bellouet-Mimi L’Abeille) was third at 5.8/1 for trainer/driver J.L.C. Dersoir. The Q+ exact order payoff is shown below:  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.900.000 € - Numéro plus : 1210   Ordre :       10.800,00€   Désordre :       90,00€   Bonus 4 :       €   Bonus 4sur5 :       €   Bonus 3 :       €   Secret de Chenu It was quite a day for sire Kesaco Phedo, a 1998 son of Caballio in Blue, and winner of US$2,328,789. Often forgotten, this stallion was quite a racehorse, winning the Criterium des # ans, Prix d’Amerique, Prix de Bourgogne twice and the Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur twice. The Prix de Feucherolles (€36,000 purse, 2175 meters, 15 starters five year-old females) went to Alexia (5f Prodigious - Ilexia) with Julien Dubois teaming for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The 7.3/1 odds easy winner scored in 1.13.9kr over 17/1 Alizea des Bordes (5f Korean-Koquine de Herce) and Alexandre Abrivard for owner/trainer J.E. David. The Mathieu Mottier driven Aube de la Nade (5f Oakwood du Closet-Luna Pop) was third at 5.6/1. The winner’s dam Ilexia (Cezio Josselym-Arazia-Fakir du Vivier) is also dam of Official Secret 1:56.3 mile rate, Quel Secret 1:57.3 and Pacha 1:58.2. Ave Avis (5m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) was victorious in the Gr. III Prix de Verdun (€105,000 purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters). Clocked in 1.14kr the 2/1 favorite was handled by trainer J-M Bazire. Alienor de Godrel (5f Orlando Vici-Julietta) was second for trainer/driver Franck Anne at 6.5/1 and owner Ecurie AB Trot. Norway’s Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) was third at 3.8/1 for teamster Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen. The Prix des Chambery (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) resulted in victory for Tell Me No Lies (6g Offshore Dream-B Glorious) clocked in 1.15kr. The 9/1 outsider was driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner KLV Holding AB. 19/1 Viking du Pilet (6g Kuodro Wild-Indra du Pilet) was second for Franck Ouvrie with third to 22/1 Vanquero Phedo (6g Le Retour-Imparable) and reinsman Damien Bonne. Thomas H. Hicks

Jerry Riordan

Varenne mare wins for Jerry Riordan

January 27, 2015 - The Monday January 26 Vincennes card continued the excellent Prix d’Amerique weekend of harness racing. The Prix D’Issoice (€37,000 purse, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) went to the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned Sylvester America (4m Varenne-Armbro Voice) clocked in 1.14.9kr and reined by Bjorn Goop. The even-money,  Chuck Sylvester namesake, favorite defeated Suerte’s Cage (Igor Font - Fuanziska’s Cage) for Roberto Vecchione for trainer H.K. Ehlert at 48/1 with third to 10/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (4m Magnificent Rodney - Nymphe du Dollar) with trainer Sylvain Roger at the lines. Winner’s dam Armbro Voice by Garland Lobell is also dam of Laurel America (US$341,000), Michael America (US$113,000) and Red Rose America (US$261,000), each developed by Riordan. Une de Villetot (7f Canada-Oste) took the Prix de Rethal (€48,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) at 38/1 for owner, trainer, driver Sebastian Baude timed in 1.14.9kr. 45/1 Una Fix (7f Kiwi-J’y Pense) ended second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie ahead of 63/1 Uka Pellois (7f Coktail Jet-Lady Square) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Rony Kuiper in this Quinte+ event. The Prix de Fleurance A (€33,000 purse, 2200 meters, 13 starters) produced a 1.18.4kr victory for well-bred Cottie Cash (3f Sam Bourbon -Kidea) for Jerome Ruaults up for trainer Philippe Allaire. This 1.8/1 favorite handled Crista Maris (3f Kiwi-Prima Maris) for trainer, driver Sylvain Roger at 9/1 with third to Crazy Queen (3f Let’s Go Along-Rydding Star) and Julien Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The winner is from the Extreme Dream mare Kidea (from a Workaholic dam), dam of double Prix d’Amerique winner Ready Cash plus Suricate (US$169,000) and Upper Class (US$398,000). The lightly raced three year-olds also contested the Prix de Fleurance B (€33,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters) and Julien Dubois teamed Café Rossa (3f Let’s Go Along -Lee Nova) to the win clocked in 1.16.6kr. The 2.7/1 winner is trained by Philippe Moulin for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 36/1 Chapella Phedo (3f Little Crack-Romanaisa Phedo) was second for Franck Nivard ahead of 2.9/1 odds Carla Love (3f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnas) with trainer J-M Bazire aboard. Tuesday at Vincennes continued with a card that included European eligible events and first-time training win for Julien Dubois. Summaries follow: The Prix de Vittel A (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) went to Primula Brazza (6f Oiseau de Feux -Erbanoza Brazza) trained by Fabrice Souloy and reined by Roberto Andreghetti. The 2.3/1 favorite was clocked in 1.15.5kr in defeat of Voila Marine (6f Infant du Bossis-Lady Danae) with David Thomain up for trainer/owner Franck Harel. 9/1 Vany des Loyaux (6f Vivaldi de Chanu-Morie des Loyaux) was third for owner/trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Prix de Laval (€70,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) went to 3/2 odds Aupiquaria (5f Goetmals Wood -Illys Way) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire, clocked in a sharp 1.12.5kr. This Quinte+ event saw 9/1 Ardente du Clos (5f Reve des Vallees-Lumiere du Clos) end second for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 50/1 Roxanne Bar (5f Explot Caf-Guendalina Bar) was third for Roberto Andrghetti and trainer Catello Savarese. The Divine Miss F (5f Kiss Francis-Fast Wise As) was a 25/1 fourth for Pierre Vercruysse with fifth to 19/1 Ruguaida Dei Rex (5f Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex) for reinsman Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Arnold W. Mollema. The Prix de Laval was the Quinte+ race of the day. The Prix de Sarlat (€44,000 purse, 2700 meters. 18 European starters) went to owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois and his 28/1 Always Perfect (5m Prodigious-Oh Butterfly), his first training win. Scoring in 1.16.1kr the winner defeated Atout de Montbrun (5g Otello Pierji-Dame Montbrun) with trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard and American Charm (5m Password-Question de Charme) at 45/1 for reinsman Jean-Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Thomas Hicks

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FANTASTIC UNDERCARD AT VINCENNES

January 24, 2015 - The Prix Ready Cash (€60,000 purse, 2850 meters, 18 European harness racing six year-old males and geldings) went to Rooibus (6m Rotation-Miss Tresami) ) in 1.14.6kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Off at 5/1 the winner handled another 5/1 shot, Italy’s Paparazzi (6g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo) with Adrian Kolgjini up. 2.3/1 favorite Princes di Paggio (6m Varenne-Moon Shadow) was third for Franck Nivard. The Prix Varenne (€55,000 purse, 2175 meters, monte with eight European starters) went to Scoot To Score (6g Quite Easy-Twilight Sund) at 19/1. Vincent Martens trains the winner and Jonathan Carre was up as he scored in 1.14.4kr to defeat Valentino Neige (6g Norman Jet-Notre Neige) and Mathieu Mottier. Viking Dream was third for Eric Raffin. Bjorn Goop teamed the Daniel Reden trainee Call Me Keeper (5m Pine Chip-Aliza Keeper), at 1.2/1 odds, to victory in the Prix de Chateaubriant (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters). Stall Zet owns the winner. Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) was second for Frank Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen, ahead of Aventin Belri (5m Fortuna Fant-Kolarkie) at 13/1. Time was 1.14.5kr. The Prix Offshore Dream (€70,000 purse, 2700 meters, 11 European monte starters) went to 1.7/1 Argan du Loulay (5m Jam Pridem-Ma Bella Ile) with Alexandre Abrivard up for J-M Bazire, trainer. The winner scored in 1.14.1kr over As de Godisson (5g Gai Brillant-Deese de Godisson) and David Thomain. Astre Blanc was third at 26/1 for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Sebastian Guarato. The final of the sunny afternoon at Paris-Vincennes (Prix Moni Maker) was the second drive of the day for US reinsman Yannick Gingras and first at the volt start. Teaming Franck Anne’s Bahira Buissunay at 22/1, Gingras found an excellent starting spot and was away nicely until the false-start siren sounded. On the second start the mare was among a cluster of horses trying to depart from the inside and she was forced toward the back. The race developed with three tiers and when Gingras  sought to make a backside brush on the petite piste his mare made a miscue and was disqualified. At least he had two volt experiences and will likely have a bit more luck when it counts tomorrow. Thomas H. Hicks

January 24, 2015 - Erik Adielsson put Sweden’s veteran On Track Piraten (7g Kool du Caux-Monrovia) on the front early and led throughout to record a three length harness racing score timed in 1.12.2kr in this Gr. III Prix du Luxembourg (€110,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+). The Stall Morkermassa owned campaigner is trained by H.R. Stromberg and he was off as 1.9/1 favorite. Un Fille d’Amour (7f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) was second at 11.5/1 for David Thomain with Ru de l’Airou (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee) third at 31/1 for Pierre Levesque. Backfire was fourth for Jos. Verbeeck driving. The winner finished briskly after an even pace (fractions 1.11.2kr at 1500; 1.13.1kr at 1000l 1.13.1kr at 500 and 1.12.2kr at finish). The race record was set in 2011 by Rapide Lebel in 1.10.9kr. Turbo Jet took the 2014 edition. Yannick Gingras driven SHT’s Playmate raced well but finished eighth timed in 1.13.2kr for trainer Anders Lindqvist. This mare was in the Arqana Trot sale last evening but did not achieve reserve. Gingras first mount Pershing Bi was a scratch in the second race. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 23, 2015 - Friday night concluded the three-session harness racing Arqana Trot Prix d’Amerique Sale.  In the final program 150 catalogued resulted in 61 sold for gross proceeds of €1,870,000. The total sale saw 221 sold from 347 offered (after outs) for gross of €3,514,000, an average of €15,900. Prior year 165 sold from 286 offered, totaling €3,316,200 for an average of €20,098. Friday session included some high-class racehorses and prospects, many of which worked out Friday morning and their efforts were filmed for night session playback. The leading horse sold are listed below: Hip    Horse     Buyer    Price 302 Radieux (m, Love You - Dordogne), Campus RPF, €180,000 315 Armstrong Jet (m, Love You - Jenny Jet), Ecurie du Graal, €175,000 336 A Nous Trois (m, Orlando Vici - Quallis), Neuilly Bloodstock, €150,000 290 Conga (f, Goetmals Wood - See You Soon), Sylvain Vidal, €115,000 Tom Hicks

Sunday’s Prix d’Amerique, race six on the Paris-Vincennes card, looks to be a competitive, wide-open affair. Early odds show Up And Quick as 7/2 favorite followed by Texas Charm at 5/1, Uhlan du Val 9/1, Tiego d’Etang 10/1, Roxane Grif 12/1, Aladin d’Ecajeul 13/1 and Timoko 15/1. Horses with US interest, past or present, are considered outsiders with Maven at 50/1, Solvato at 40/1 and Tumble Dust at 25/1. 15 of the 18 participants will race barefoot on the cinder Vincennes surface. The purse is 1,000,000 euros ($1,120,000 US), making it the world's richest harness horse race.   Domenica 25 gennaio- Vincennes 6a Prix d'Amerique Opodo   European Trotting Masters Series 2015 Groupe I Course Internationale 1.000.000. - Attelé. - 2.700 mètres (G. P.) 450.000 et 45 % des entrées, 250.000 et 25 % des entrées, 140.000 e 14 % des entrées, 80.000 et 8 % des entrées, 50.000 et 5 % des entrées, 20.000 et 2 % des entrées, 10.000 et 1 % des entrées. En outre, un objet d'art au propriétaire, à l'éleveur, à l'entraîneur et au driver et un souvenir au lad du gagnant. Pour 4 à 10 ans inclus (B à R), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moin 31.000 au trot attelé depuis le 1er janvier 2014 inclus et ayant pri part à une course depuis le 1er octobre dernier inclus, les 4 à 6 an ayant gagné au moins 180.000, les 7 à 10 ans ayant gagné au moins 250.000. Une priorité de participation au Prix d'Amérique est accordée au gagnant du Critérium Continental 2014 et celui du Prix Ténor de Baun2015, quels que soient leurs gains, ainsi qu'aux six premiers du classement établi à l'issue des Prix de Bretagne, du Bourbonnais, deBourgogne et de Belgique, en fonction du barême suivant qui s'appliquera dans chacune des quatre épreuves précitées : 12 points au 1er, 6 points au 2ème, 4 points au 3ème, 2 points au 4ème, 1 poinau 5ème. En cas d'ex-aequo, les chevaux dont les gains sont les plus élevés sont retenus.(*) En cas d'élimination, les gains des chevaux déclaré. Légende : Déferré = . Déferré postérieur = . Déferré antérieur = . Ferré = . 1 VULCAIN DE VANDELF. NIVARD 1a14Da6a2a5a3aDa1a1a1'11"8(Vinc.) (JAG DE BELLOUET - OPHELIA DE VANDEL) - Propriétaire : R. COHEN - Entraineur : F. NIVARD - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 417450 € 2 TUMBLE DUSTJ. VERBEECK 141a5a1'10"7(Vinc.) (CRAZED - AFFINITY) - Propriétaire : Stall TUMBLE BOYS (SWE) - Entraineur : T. MALMQVIST - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 510169 € 3 VOLTIGEUR DE MYRTG. GELORMINI 5a144a1a5a7a6aDa3a3a1'10"9(Vinc.) (OPUS VIERVIL - MYRTILLE DES BOIS) - Propriétaire : Ecurie DONATI - Entraineur : R. DONATI - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 635795 € 4 SOLVATOO. KIHLSTROM 9a141a3a1'12"4(Vinc.) (DONATO HANOVER - SOLVEIG) - Propriétaire : Ecurie DENCO HB (SWE) - Entraineur : Mme Catharina DENBERGER - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 650686 € 5 OLMO HOLZCH. MARTENS 1a140a8a1a2a2a4a1a5a1'11"1(Vinc.) (URONOMETRO - VEUVE DU KRAS) - Propriétaire : F. DELMOTE (BEL) - Entraineur : V. MARTENS - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 676946 € 6 ALADIN D'ECAJEULM. ABRIVARD 144a1a1a2a2a1a1a2aDa1'10"9(Vinc.) (QUAKER JET - NANCY D'ECAJEUL) - Propriétaire : PH. DEWULF - Entraineur : S. GUARATO - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 714140 € 7 LINDA DI CASEIA. GOCCIADORO 138a125a101a090a2a5a1'13"2(homol) (URONOMETRO - COMTESSE FERM) - Propriétaire : U. MORZENTI (ITY) - Entraineur : A. GOCCIADORO - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 721312 € 8 KADETT C.D.R. BERGH Da145a4a3a3a13DaDaDa1'11"7(Vinc.) (SCARLET KNIGHT - KISS OF LIFE) - Propriétaire : IN THE ZONE AB (SWE) - Entraineur : R. BERGH - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 820722 € 9 MOSAIQUE FACEP. VERCRUYSSE 6a140a9a13Da1'14"2(Vinc.) (CLASSIC PHOTO - IONA L.B.) - Propriétaire : Tommy NILSSON HOLDING AB (SWE) - Entraineur : L. KOLGJINI - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 852998 € 10 UHLAN DU VALC. MEGISSIER 1a140a2a0a2a6a1aDa1a1'10"5(Vinc.) (ISLERO DE BELLOUET - INDIANA BEAUTIFUL) - Propriétaire : J.P. MEGISSIER - Entraineur : C. MEGISSIER - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 949390 € 11 SEVERINOD. BONNE Da146a0a6aDa4a3a1a4a1'11"2(Vinc.) (GOBERNADOR - KATIA DE TILLARD) - Propriétaire : David Michel BONNE - Entraineur : CH. BIGEON - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 959049 € 12 NAPOLEON BARE. BELLEI 140a3a1a1a0a130a2a0a1'10"1(homol) (VARENNE - DALMAZIA) - Propriétaire : Emiliano STECCA (ITY) - Entraineur : CATELLO SAVARESE - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 1045993 € 13 TEXAS CHARMJ. DUBOIS 5a14Da1a0a0a7a0a131a1'09"9(Vinc.) (CYGNUS D'ODYSSEE - KAMELA CHARM) - Propriétaire : Ecurie VICTORIA DREAMS - Entraineur : PH. MOULIN - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 1076530 € 14 MAVENY. GINGRAS 7a140a1'14"3(Vinc.) (GLIDEMASTER - M STEWART) - Propriétaire : Herb A. LIVERMAN (USA) - Entraineur : JIMMY TAKTER - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 1268294 € 15 UP AND QUICKJ.M. BAZIRE 4a142a0a0a1a8a2a1a131'10"6(Vinc.) (BUVETIER D'AUNOU - FICHTRE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie QUICK STAR - Entraineur : F. LEBLANC - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 1291060 € 16 TIEGO D'ETANGCH. BIGEON 2m142a1a7a2a7a3a8a2a1'10"4(Vinc.) (CHAILLOT - HAROLENE) - Propriétaire : F.L. ADAM - Entraineur : CH. BIGEON - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 1592680 € 17 TIMOKOB. GOOP 147a4a6a4a1aDa2a1a1a1'09"9(homol) (IMOKO - KISS ME COULONCES) - Propriétaire : R. WESTERINK - Entraineur : R. WESTERINK - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 2825478 € 18 ROXANE GRIFFE. RAFFIN 1m144a1m3a3m5a2a2m2a1'10"2(Vinc.) (TENOR DE BAUNE - JULIA MESLOISE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie GRIFF - Entraineur : S. GUARATO - Distance : 2700 - Gains : 2891818 €   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

January 22, 2015 - Hip 183, a share of Prodigious (Goetmals Wood-Imagine d’Odyssee) led session two at Arqana Trot’s Prix d’Amerique Sale. JLB Management was the buyer.  Other stallion share were in solid demand – Royal Dream €46,000; Quaker Jet at €45,000; and €40,000 for an Up And Quick share. The latter starts Sunday in the Prix d’Amerique. The broodmare Queen Jet (Viking’s Way-Idole), in foal to Prix d’Amerique winner Royal Dream, brought €40,000. Overall 95 head were catalogued in this session with eight outs and 27 RNA’s, leaving 60 sold for €960,500. Total gross sales for the two sessions to date are €1,644,000 for an average of €10,340. Session three takes place Friday evening as part of EXPO. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing card included several races for which European registered trotters were eligible. This is a normal Prix d’Amerique week situation and is good for business and racing quality in my opinion. Each race today was named for PMU international simulcasting partner tracks (e.g., Yonkers Raceway). The featured Prix de la Semaine Internationale (€65,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to Italy’s 2.7/1 favorite Osiride Grif (7m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK) handled by veteran Pierre Levesque in 1.14.9kr. Trained by Nicolas Ensch the winner is owned by Scuderia Winner. Conrad Lugauer’s trained and reined Swedish entrant Freeman T. Porter (8m Korean-Lion Chica) at 12/1 was second, he by the sire of Sebastian K. Eric Raffin piloted Trou Normand (8g Bon Conseil-Jilanska) to third at 9/1. The Quinte + jackpot today was €4.55 million on this event.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.550.000 € - Numéro plus : 2299   Ordre :       5.173,20€   Désordre :       82,80€   Bonus 4 :       35,60€   Bonus 4sur5 :       5,40€   Bonus 3 :       3,60€   The Prix de Hambourg (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 17 European starters) went to Italy’s Roberta Zack (5f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Legacy Grif) with trainer Romain Derieux up at 22/1. Owned by Scuderia Cloudlet Horse Racing the winner scored in 1.17.2kr by a nose over fast finishing Alite de la Cote (5f Quaker Jet-Kelite Jet) at 7/1 for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. A Cappella (5f Prodigious-Kiralla) was third home at 29/1 for teamster David Thomain. Today’s top monte contest was the Prix de Vienne-Krieau (€55,000 purse, 2175 meters, 11 European starters) with the victory to Camille Levesque ridden Vista du Gade (6f Diamant Gede-Bayonne) at 2/1. The pair scored dominantly in a sharp 1.13.3kr for trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 25/1 outsider Va Vole du Lys (6f Oiseau de Feux-Nostelgie du Lys) with Paul-Philippe Ploquin up. 5/1 Manos Invercade (6f Viking Kronos-Menas Sperenza) was home third for Frank Nivard and trainer Svante Bath. The Prix Yonkers Raceway (€60,000 purse, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) produced a score in 1.15.6kr for Sweden’s Fortuna Sund (6f Angus Hall-Nanny As) at 6/1 for teamster Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Peter G. Norman and owner Peter Eriksson. The daughter of Angus Hall defeated Volga du Chatelet (6f Jag de Bellouet-Jalna du Chatelet) that ended second for trainer/driver Pierre-Yves Verva at 15/1 with third to Italy’s 2.6/1 favorite Pleasure Kronos (6f Varenne-Speaks Volume) for Andrea Guzzinati, trainer Cristian Rizzo and Scuderia Cristian SAS, owner. Thomas H. Hicks

Maven, with Jimmy Takter aboard, trained today at Paris-Vincennes and impressed observers. Video in French is atttached with this story. She reportedly (by Paris-Turf) trained three 1,600 meter trips including a 500 meter sprint in 1.13.5kr. She will race barefoot on Sunday over the Vincennes surface, as will many other starters. Originally built in 1860, and subsequently rebuilt on several occasions, the track can handle 60,000 spectators and its’ surface is a cinder-like material that the trotters effortlessly float over, almost without sound. Paris-Vincennes has hosted the Prix d’Amerique since 1920 when it was created to honor America for its efforts to save France in WWI. Except for two years during WWII when the facility accommodated American troops and supplies. The fabulous Prix d’Amerique has been raced continuously and, in my opinion, honors America like no other sporting event. Fans from throughout the world make the annual trip to Paris to take in Prix d’Amerique week and cheer for their favorites. Here is the field for the Prix d'Amerique 2015 2700 meters, €450,000 for the winner. 1. Vulcain de Vandel - Franck Nivard 2. Tumble Dust - Jos Verbeeck 3. Voltigeur de Myrt - Gabriele Gelormini 4. Solvato - Örjan Kihlström 5. Olmo Holz - Christophe Martens 6. Linda di Casei - Alessandro Gocciadoro 7. Aladin d'Ecajeul - Mathieu Abrivard 8. Kadett C.D. - Robert Bergh 9. Mosaique Face - Pierre Vercruysse 10. Uhlan du Val - Cédric Megissier 11. Severino - Damien Bonne 12. Napoleon Bar - Enrico Bellei 13. Texas Charm - Julien Dubois 14. Maven - Yannick Gingras 15. Up And Quick - Jean Michel Bazire 16. Tiego d'Etang - Christian Bigeon 17. Timoko - Björn Goop 18. Roxane Griff - Eric Raffin by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink;com

Saturday’s Gr. III Prix du Luxembourg (€110,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart) drew 15 final entrants, each with career earnings ranging from €407,000 to €752,000. The accomplished group lines up as follows in post-position order, off the mobile barrier. This event is always competitive,  just a notch below the Prix d’Amerique level and often showcases future years’ Amerique starters (those that are males and females, geldings excluded). 1. Ru de l’Airou, Pierre Levesque 2. Global Manhattan, Eric Raffin, SWE 3. Solea Rivelliere, Philippe Daugeard 4. Soleil du Fosse, Thierry Duvaldestin 5. Vagabondu Mag, Mathieu Mottier 6. On Track Piraten, Erik Adielsson, SWE 7. Une Fille d’Amour, David Thomain 8. Beckman, Franck Nivard, SWE 9. Juggle Face, Lutfi Kolgjini, SWE 10. Chelsea Boko, Bjorn Goop, SWE 11. SHT’s Playmate, Yannick Gingras, SWE 12. Remo Gas, Marco Smorgon, ITY 13. Olona OK, G.P. Minnucci, ITY 14. Vincennes, Michel Houel, SWE 15. Backfire, Joseph Verbeeck, SWE by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Illness forced the exit of veteran mare Roxana de Barbray from the Prix d’Amerique on Sunday. Therefore the Vincent Martens trained Olmo Holz will be the 18th starter, instead opting out of the Saturday featured Prix de Luxembourg. Martens reported that Olmo Holz is in good shape following a recent excellent showing at Cagnes sur mer and should be competitive in what was described as a very open edition of the €1,000,000 Prix d’Amerique. List of the field for Sunday's Prix d'Amerique is attached. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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January 30, 2015 - Jean-Pierre Dubois was a double winner tonight at Cagnes sur mer, scoring with his Classical Love and Comtesse Flore. The Prix Lurabo (€17,000 purse, 2925 meters, 11 starters – three year-old females) produced a win for  pacesetting Classical Love (3f Repeat Love – Just In Love) at 3.9/1 odds for owner/driver Dubois and trainer Patrick Chevrier in 1.20.9kr. 3/2 favorite Cool Be Williams (3m Korean-Petra Williams) was a rapidly closing second for Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. 8/1 Cristal de Max (3m Gazouillis-Lamelle) ended third for driver Florence Lecellier and owner/trainer Eric Ledoyen. Dubois was back several races later to win the Prix Mon Tourbillon (€17,000 purse, 2925 meters, 9 starters) with his Comtesse Flore (3f Sam Bourbon-Topaze de Fael-Coktail Jet) at 6.6/1 odds. Patrick Chevrier also trains this one. Favorite Cilaria Paradise (3f Sam Bourbon-Nisis Williams) was second for pilot Christophe Martens ahead of Candy du Poncelet (3f Memphis du Rib-Goodness) with trainer Matthieu Verva driving. The winner was clocked in 1.18.7kr over the extended distance. The feature of the evening was the Prix Kazire de Guez (€42,000 purse, European 11 starters, 2150 meters autostart) and 2.1/1 odds Sahara Fairytale (6f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow) took the victory for teamster Christophe Martens. Victor Martens trains for Swedish owner Canberra HB, 8/1 Une Serenade (7f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) was second for trainer/driver Serge Peltier with Italy’s Potenza OM (6f Yankee Slide-Fiancee di Jesolo) home third at 7/2 for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini. Thomas H. Hicks  
January 29, 2015 - The greatest German harness racing driver Heinz Wewering celebrated his 65th birthday last Sunday. The career driving winner of 16,761 races, Wewering was born in Recklinghausen in 1950 and went on to win eight German Derby’s (Noble Stardom 1981 Flight Pride 1983 Diamond Way 1985 Toppino 1987 Chergon 1990 Gringo 1997 Oscar Schindler Sl 2001 Unikum 2010), and was the European Championship Driver in 1993 and 1997. He also won the World Driving Championship in1998. Wewering won almost 300 Grand Prix events including with Diamond Way (Orsi Mangelli 1985), Campo Ass (European Championship and Citta 'di Montecatini 1993), Nuke it Linsay (European Championship, Citta' di Montecatini and V. Di Capua 1999) and Oscar Schindler Sl (Continental 2002). Next Sunday at Paris-Vincennes is the UET Masters Series 2015 Gr. I Prix de I’lle de France (monte, €200,000 purse, 2175 meters, 13 starters) with the field led by Roxane Griff, a winner now of €2,911,818. This will be her third straight Sunday start after winning the Prix de Cornulier and finishing sixth in the Prix d’Amerique, both of these at 2700 meters. Thomas H. Hicks  
January 29, 2015 - Secret de Chenu (9g Kesaco Phedo - Liberte de Chenu) captured today’s Quinte+ Prix de Langeais (€88,000 purse, 2850 meters, 18 starters, Q+ jackpot €4.9 million) at Vincennes clocked in 1.15.1kr and reined by Alexandre Abrivard  at 21/1for harness racing trainer J-M Bazire. Bazire was second driving another trainee, Trophee de Jaba (8g Kesaco Phedo-Otika Vita, that was the 2.2/1 favorite despite a 25 meter handicap. Uppercut Orange (7m Jag de Bellouet-Mimi L’Abeille) was third at 5.8/1 for trainer/driver J.L.C. Dersoir. The Q+ exact order payoff is shown below:  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.900.000 € - Numéro plus : 1210   Ordre :       10.800,00€   Désordre :       90,00€   Bonus 4 :       €   Bonus 4sur5 :       €   Bonus 3 :       €   Secret de Chenu It was quite a day for sire Kesaco Phedo, a 1998 son of Caballio in Blue, and winner of US$2,328,789. Often forgotten, this stallion was quite a racehorse, winning the Criterium des # ans, Prix d’Amerique, Prix de Bourgogne twice and the Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur twice. The Prix de Feucherolles (€36,000 purse, 2175 meters, 15 starters five year-old females) went to Alexia (5f Prodigious - Ilexia) with Julien Dubois teaming for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The 7.3/1 odds easy winner scored in 1.13.9kr over 17/1 Alizea des Bordes (5f Korean-Koquine de Herce) and Alexandre Abrivard for owner/trainer J.E. David. The Mathieu Mottier driven Aube de la Nade (5f Oakwood du Closet-Luna Pop) was third at 5.6/1. The winner’s dam Ilexia (Cezio Josselym-Arazia-Fakir du Vivier) is also dam of Official Secret 1:56.3 mile rate, Quel Secret 1:57.3 and Pacha 1:58.2. Ave Avis (5m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) was victorious in the Gr. III Prix de Verdun (€105,000 purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters). Clocked in 1.14kr the 2/1 favorite was handled by trainer J-M Bazire. Alienor de Godrel (5f Orlando Vici-Julietta) was second for trainer/driver Franck Anne at 6.5/1 and owner Ecurie AB Trot. Norway’s Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) was third at 3.8/1 for teamster Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen. The Prix des Chambery (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) resulted in victory for Tell Me No Lies (6g Offshore Dream-B Glorious) clocked in 1.15kr. The 9/1 outsider was driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner KLV Holding AB. 19/1 Viking du Pilet (6g Kuodro Wild-Indra du Pilet) was second for Franck Ouvrie with third to 22/1 Vanquero Phedo (6g Le Retour-Imparable) and reinsman Damien Bonne. Thomas H. Hicks
January 27, 2015 - The Monday January 26 Vincennes card continued the excellent Prix d’Amerique weekend of harness racing. The Prix D’Issoice (€37,000 purse, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) went to the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned Sylvester America (4m Varenne-Armbro Voice) clocked in 1.14.9kr and reined by Bjorn Goop. The even-money,  Chuck Sylvester namesake, favorite defeated Suerte’s Cage (Igor Font - Fuanziska’s Cage) for Roberto Vecchione for trainer H.K. Ehlert at 48/1 with third to 10/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (4m Magnificent Rodney - Nymphe du Dollar) with trainer Sylvain Roger at the lines. Winner’s dam Armbro Voice by Garland Lobell is also dam of Laurel America (US$341,000), Michael America (US$113,000) and Red Rose America (US$261,000), each developed by Riordan. Une de Villetot (7f Canada-Oste) took the Prix de Rethal (€48,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) at 38/1 for owner, trainer, driver Sebastian Baude timed in 1.14.9kr. 45/1 Una Fix (7f Kiwi-J’y Pense) ended second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie ahead of 63/1 Uka Pellois (7f Coktail Jet-Lady Square) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Rony Kuiper in this Quinte+ event. The Prix de Fleurance A (€33,000 purse, 2200 meters, 13 starters) produced a 1.18.4kr victory for well-bred Cottie Cash (3f Sam Bourbon -Kidea) for Jerome Ruaults up for trainer Philippe Allaire. This 1.8/1 favorite handled Crista Maris (3f Kiwi-Prima Maris) for trainer, driver Sylvain Roger at 9/1 with third to Crazy Queen (3f Let’s Go Along-Rydding Star) and Julien Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The winner is from the Extreme Dream mare Kidea (from a Workaholic dam), dam of double Prix d’Amerique winner Ready Cash plus Suricate (US$169,000) and Upper Class (US$398,000). The lightly raced three year-olds also contested the Prix de Fleurance B (€33,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters) and Julien Dubois teamed Café Rossa (3f Let’s Go Along -Lee Nova) to the win clocked in 1.16.6kr. The 2.7/1 winner is trained by Philippe Moulin for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 36/1 Chapella Phedo (3f Little Crack-Romanaisa Phedo) was second for Franck Nivard ahead of 2.9/1 odds Carla Love (3f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnas) with trainer J-M Bazire aboard. Tuesday at Vincennes continued with a card that included European eligible events and first-time training win for Julien Dubois. Summaries follow: The Prix de Vittel A (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) went to Primula Brazza (6f Oiseau de Feux -Erbanoza Brazza) trained by Fabrice Souloy and reined by Roberto Andreghetti. The 2.3/1 favorite was clocked in 1.15.5kr in defeat of Voila Marine (6f Infant du Bossis-Lady Danae) with David Thomain up for trainer/owner Franck Harel. 9/1 Vany des Loyaux (6f Vivaldi de Chanu-Morie des Loyaux) was third for owner/trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Prix de Laval (€70,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) went to 3/2 odds Aupiquaria (5f Goetmals Wood -Illys Way) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire, clocked in a sharp 1.12.5kr. This Quinte+ event saw 9/1 Ardente du Clos (5f Reve des Vallees-Lumiere du Clos) end second for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 50/1 Roxanne Bar (5f Explot Caf-Guendalina Bar) was third for Roberto Andrghetti and trainer Catello Savarese. The Divine Miss F (5f Kiss Francis-Fast Wise As) was a 25/1 fourth for Pierre Vercruysse with fifth to 19/1 Ruguaida Dei Rex (5f Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex) for reinsman Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Arnold W. Mollema. The Prix de Laval was the Quinte+ race of the day. The Prix de Sarlat (€44,000 purse, 2700 meters. 18 European starters) went to owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois and his 28/1 Always Perfect (5m Prodigious-Oh Butterfly), his first training win. Scoring in 1.16.1kr the winner defeated Atout de Montbrun (5g Otello Pierji-Dame Montbrun) with trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard and American Charm (5m Password-Question de Charme) at 45/1 for reinsman Jean-Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Thomas Hicks

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