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Upsets and super action at Vincennes

March 23, 2019 - Today Vincennes, the Prix Jean Cabrol (purse 64,000€, 2700 meters, 12 European starters), although not a groupe level race, brought out some top-level harness racing stars. Victory went to the 2.7/1 second choice Chica de Joudes (7f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love) with owner/trainer Alain Laurent at the lines.  The winner recorded his 11th career victory in 38 starts now for 423,920€ earned. Race time was 1.12.7kr off slow fractions (the leader was at the 1000 meters to go post in 1.14.2kr). 75/1 Cicero Noa (7g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) rallied to get second for Christophe Martens and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. He nipped the 3/5 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) by a nose for second, this one driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer J-M Bazire and in the death around the final bend and into the lane. He could not close on the winner. Looking Superb was second in the Prix d’Amerique after winning the Prix Tenor de Baune to earn an Amerique starting spot. Fourth today was 15/1 Titty Jepson (7f Varenne-Lama di Costa) with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. The J-M Bazire teamed Dreambreaker was 10th and off at 20/1 odds. Chica de Joudes The Prix Robert Auvray (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) brought out top flight five year olds and 6.1/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) scored timed in 1.12.5kr for Alexandre Abrivard. L.Cl. Abrivard bred, trains and owns the winner that now has six career wins in 28 appearances for 232,860€ earned. The 3/2 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was second, handled by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 41/1 outsider Extra Light (5f Village Mystic) was third for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer Stephane Meunier. 4.7/1 Eridan (5m Ready Cash) was fourth for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato and fifth was 12/1 Eclipse Danica (5f Hasting) driven by Bryan Coppens for trainer Pierre Vercruysse. Excellent The Prix de Gueugnon (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) showcased the return to France of today’s 2/1 favorite City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) handled by Robin Bakker. Erwin Bot trains the winner for Gerrits Recycling BVBA. City Guide has won now five straight in 2019 and today was his third win in France in seven starts. His career earnings reached 92,430€. Race time was 1.14.9kr off slow fractions (1.17.8kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.17.3kr at the 1000 and 1.16.1kr with 500 meters remaining) as City Guide that ground his way to the front past the grandstand, was well rated on the front by Bakker and powered away in the lane. City Guide was impressive and has improved significantly in recent months. Zakk Wise (4m Equinox Bi-Sorority Wise) took second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. 6.8/1 Falco d’Heripre (4m Goetmals Wood) was third ahead of 37/1 Great Gatsby As (4m Abano As) that Bot also trains, this one owned by L.G. Gerrits. City Guide   Daida de Vandel Wins Gr. II Prix Louis Forcinal at Vincennes; Cleangame Wins Again Groupe level action returned to Vincennes this day beginning with the Prix Louis Forcinal (Gr. II monte, 100,000€ purse, 2700 meters, nine starters). Victory went to 9/1 Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou-Gallia de Vandel) impressively, with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Charles Germain. She won for the eighth time in 35 career starts now for 307,880€ earned. Race time was 1.13.3kr as speed increased throughout the race (1.15.9at 1500 meters remaining; 1.15kr at the 1000; 1.14kr with 500 meters to go). The 2/5 favorite Dexter Fromentro (6m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) held second in a photo with Camille Levesque up for trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque. Third was 4.3/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) with Mathieu Mottier the jockey for trainer/owner J.Ph. Mary. Daida de Vandel The Quinte+ Prix du Bos de Vincennes (Gr. III, 90,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) saw the J-M Bazire entry (two of the three) at the line together timed in 1.12.1kr. The 2/5 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) was up in the final stride, after making a three wide move from sixth in the final turn, for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie J-M Rancoule for his 23rd victory in 37 career starts, now for 757,970€ in life earnings. 8.8/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moore) was a game second after making the pace with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Bazire and owner Rancoule. 22/1 Anzi des Liards (9g Look de Star-Nausccaa du Sud) took third for Romain Derieux and trainer David Bekaert. 11/1 Tessy d’Ete and 21/1 Bel Avis completed the top five finishers, the latter also a Bazire trainee that Nicolas Bazire teamed for New Blue 1 LLC of the USA. There were 3087 winning Q+ exact order tickets that paid 423.60€ for the 2€ wager. The Q+ pool was 4,621,691€nd the total of the race pools (all wagers including Q+) was 9,158,000€. Cleangame (outside)   Costa Haufor Wins Q+ Prix Maia at Vincennes Costa Haufor (7f Saphir d’Haufor-Santa Haufor) took Friday evening’s Paris-Vincennes featured Quinte+ Prix Maia (purse 48,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap) at 9/2 odds, with Charles J. Bigeon driving. This Christian Bigeon bred and owned trainee scored his eighth victory in 35 career starts now for 226,990€ earned. Race time was 1.12.9kr as the winner overcame a 25 meter handicap. 9/1 Bambrina Fortuna (8f Buvetier d’Aunou-Jina Fortuna) was second for J-M Bazire and owner/trainer Pierre Alain Rynwalt-Boulard. Third went to 25 meter penalized and 4.6/1 Comtesse du Clos with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard. Croisette and Carina du Porhoet completed the WQ+ exact order top five that paid 32,017€ to the 18 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool this day was 3,710,412€ and the total of all Q+ race pools was 7,287,000€. Costa Haufor Today the ATG V75 action was in Norway at Momarken where the V75 Gold (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to 20.6/1 Cokstile (6m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) reined by Lars Anvar Kolle for trainer Jan Kristian Waaler, timed in 1.11kr. The 6.4/1 Donatomite (7g Donato Hanover-Malvictorian-Malabar Man) was second for Frode Hamre and third was 44.7/1 The Last Ticket (8m Thai Tanic). Pastor Bob and Lionel finished fourth and fifth. Thomas H. Hicks

Agen la Garenne, harness racing

Harness racing action at Agen la Garenne

March 21, 2019 - The 1.3/1 favorite DC (5f Great Challenger-Quite A Beauty) took Thursday’s Grand Prix d’Ardeuil AOC Buzet (purse 32,000€, 2625 meters, 15 European starters) at Agen la Garenne. This race was the day’s Quinte+ event and the 1.13.9kr timed victory by CD, reined by Nicolas Bazire for owner/trainer J-M Bazire, was his first in France and increased his life earnings to 113,097€. 6.1/1 Massive Attach (6m Pine Chip-Ibis SE) was second for trainer/driver Olivier Raffin. Ahead of third finishing 15/1 Dauphin du Lot (6g Laetenter Diem) with trainer B. Muel aboard. 9.1/1 Ulberto (8m Broadway Hall-Depuis Blue) and 50.8/1 Damour Jiel (6m Rombaldi) comoleted the top five, setting up a 8,143.20€ payoff for a 2€ ticket. There were 94 winning tickets and the Q+ pool reached 3,120.578€. The total of all pool of this Q+ race was 6,354,000€. CD On the same card was the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 38,000, 2625 meters, 12 European starters) with the 1.13.3kr timed victory earned by 3.3/1 Cap de Narmont (7m Islero de Bellouet-Sissi de Narmont) with Denis Brossard driving, to his 13th career win in 58 appearances. 52.5/1 Casting de Chenu  for Pierre Pellerot and 69.9/1 Byron du Klau with Olivier Raffin up, completed the top three finishers. Cap de Narmont Say Wolvega this day their featured event was the 10,000€ purse Championnat d’Hivier Finale. Raced over 2600 meters autostart by nine starters, the victory went to 16.6/1 Dream Gibus (6g Love You-Qualite Gibus) reined by trainer Mme. Anne Lahmann for owner Drafsport Lehmann. The 2.2/1 second favorite Ditto Quick (6g Cezio Josselyn) was second for owner/driver Sven Hoste and third was 8.3/1 Dillinger Gentil (6g Kiwi) for Micha Brower.  The race favorite, 3/5 odds Brio de Janeiro, was a dq. Dream Gibus Thomas H. Hicks

Aero King,Harnss racing

Aero King wins at Enghien

Aero King (9g Hooper) took Tuesday’s Enghien featured Prix Bernard Simonard (monte, apprentice jockeys, 58,000€ purse, 2875 meters, 11 starters) clocked in 1.13kr and ridden by Maxime Tijou.   Off at 4.4/1 odds, Aero King won for the 10th time in 85 starts, now for 437,270€ earned. Mme. Virginie Moquet trains the winner. 3.6/1 Delcieux de Cebe (6g Gazouillis) was second with Mlle.   Oceane Briand aboard for trainer Franck Leblanc, and 2.8/1 Carla du Chatelet with third with Maxime Gilbert in the irons for trainer Sebastien Guarato.   On the same card lightly raced three year olds contested the Prix du Pont Saint-Michel (purse 41,000€, 2875 meters, eight starters) with victory to the 9/10 favorite Great Zeus (3f Niky-Tine de Villeneuve) handled by Eric Raffin.   Gregory Thorel trains the 1/19kr clocked winner that scored for the second time in three career starts. 7/1 Gaston du Roc (3m Quirky Jet) was close second for Patrice Toutain and 4/1 Great Father (3m Opus Viervil) rallied for third with Nicolas Roussel up.   Great Zeus                   - LeTrot photo   At Mons Ghlin this day was the featured Prix Shanghai (7,200€ purse, 2300 meters autostart, nine International starters). 17.2/1 outsider Ultimate du Rib (11g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pelois) scored timed in 1.14.9kr, his 16 th career victory in 128 starts now for 551,352€ earned.   Gert Sucaet teamed the trainee of Christophe De Groote. 4.1/1 Truman Dairpet (12g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) took second for Piet Van Pollaert and third was the 5/10 favorite Goofy Greenwood (6g Russel November-Chatooga River) with trainer H.W. Langeweg Jr. at the lines. Ustang Ludois, Buzz Mearas and Banker Transs R followed the top three home in this good field.   Ultimate du Rib       -LeTrot photo   Later in that card the Prix Melbourne (6,000€, 2300 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 2.7/1 Elencio (5m Love You-Olencia) score, timed in 1.14.8kr for pilot Joseph Verbeeck and breeder/owner/trainer Alphons Vanberghen.   Racing also was held this day at Hyeres with the feature race being the Prix du Restaurant “le Porquerollais” (purse 37,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap).   12.2/1 odds Avocat des Loyeau (9g Meaulnes du Corta) was victorious for owner/trainer/driver Laurent Freneau timed in 1.14.6kr.   This winner recorded his 12 th career win now for 182,890€ earned. 40.2/1 Venezia de Mai was second for Anthony Laignon, overcoming a 25 meter handicap, and 10.4/1 Bichon del Green was third.   The 1.9/1 Colonel Bond was fourth, he too 25 meter handicapped, as was 1.8/1 Auch that finished sixth.   Avocat des Loyaux   Note that the great French gelding Aubrion du Gers has received and accepted an invitation to the 2019 Elitloppet. Trainer Jean Michel Bazire announced the acceptance and that he is a double winner of the event. It is not known whether Bazire will travel to Sweden to drive his champion that has been driven by another double Elitloppet winner Joseph Verbeeck in other ventures outside of France. Readly Express, Propulsion and Dijon were previously invited to the 2019 Elitloppet.     It was also rumored that Bjorn Goop could drive Bold Eagle in his anticipated race at Enghien in the Prix l’Atlantique, that is scheduled for April 20.   This is Enghien’s only Gr. I event and it carries a purse of 170,000€ (2150 meters autostart is the distance).   Bold Eagle won the 2017-2018 editions of the race that has historically drawn the best trotteurs then racing in Europe. Winners since 2004 are shown below.         Thomas H. Hicks

Aileron,Harness racing

Aileron takes Kincsem Park feature

Aileron (7g Scarlet Knight-Quacelle-Jackpot de Relais) took today’s featured Janos Brody Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap, 12 entrants with one scratch) timed in 1.16.1kr.   The recent harness racing import from France (last start at Vincennes February 21) was reined by Imre Fazekas for trainer Jozsef Rutkai for owner Prolongo. Aileron, off at 2.2/1 odds, overcame a 20 meter penalty, quickly caught his rivals and raced in the death seat before moving to the front entering the final turn from which he moved to an eventual three length score.   The 20 meter handicapped and 11.4/1 Victory Knick (7g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) rallied late for second with Joze Sagaj aboard for trainer Emil Csordas.   Third was 2/1 Timoteo (7m Abano As-Ghirlanda As-Diamond Way) reined by Veljko Mazsity up. Milliondollar Lux and game pacesetter Sanger Ms took the fourth and fifth purse checks.   Unfortunately this classic race resulted in fines and suspensions for irregular whipping and failure to comply with post parade instructions.   The winner was ordered to inspection for doping.   There were two interesting races on the undercard. The Koppany DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.6/1 favorite Urzulina (6f Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) from post one timed in 1.20.6kr with Csaba Lakatos up. Kabala Menes Kft bred this winner.   Urzulina         -Kincsem Park photo   On a sad note, the exceptional Supergill (1985 by Super Bowl-Winky’s Gill-Bonefish) died this week in Italy at age 34. He was a US$500,000 yearling in 1986 and stood at stud for six years at Castleton Farm before export to Italy. Supergill (3, 1:53.3; US$664,194), an eight time winner in 22 starts at age two and three (at two, winner of Peter Haughton Memorial, second in E H Harriman Challenge Cup; at three, second in Breeders' Crown, Stanley Dancer Trot, third in World Trotting Derby), was a sire titan.   He sired sons who also were successful in the breeding barn, like Malabar Man, Toss Out, the sire of Robert Bi, and Current Cast, but also the world record filly Giant Diablo, dam of D’One.   Supergill is probably one of the best broodmare sires in recent years, with horses like Mosaique Face, Blur, Civil Action, Corleone Kosmos, More Chips, Look MP, Jalopy (dam of Panne de Moteur), Egon Lavec, Tycoon Conway Hall, Ravenna, Occhione Jet, First Lavec, and Couch Doctor.   Supergill at his Italian Home Stud Allevamenti Toniatti   Earlier in the Ali DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) saw 4.9/1 Iago d’Amore (3m Mago d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro) score an impressive 1.16.5kr victory in his first 2019 appearance. Mitja Slavic teamed the Zoltan Ozvar trainee that Branislav Mukity bred in Szerbia. He was away second behind the previously unbeaten Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) that Andrea Fazekas drove for trainer Imre Fazekas, also making her first 2019 start, after recording ten straight wins in 2017-2018. Longines led until mid-stretch when Iago d’Amore powered past for a four length score.   Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s V75 harness racing card in Sweden was at Mantorp. The big races were the STL Gold worth 200,000SEK to winner of the 2140 meters autostart event contested by seven upper level campaigners.   The 1.13.1kr timed winner was 3.4/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M-Red Xing) with Carl Johan Jepson aboard.    This was the first 2019 appearance for the now 11 time career winner of 2,212,543SEK. Second was 7.3/1 Vasterboonthenews (11g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) with Orjan Kihlstrom up and third was 3.7/1 Milligan’s School (6m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) for Ulf Eriksson.   This one was bred in the USA (Ohio) by Dick and Joyce McClelland.   The co-featured Kjell P Dahlstroms Minne (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, nine starters) saw the 1.8/1 favorite Zack’s Zoomer (5m Deweycheatumnhowe-Passageway-Angus Hall) score timed in 1.14.1kr.   The Stall TZ owned and Stefan Melander trained winner secured his 15 th career victory with Orjan Kihlstrom up this day, in 37 starts now for 2,712,260SEK earned, with this first 2019 start.   Brittany Farms bred Zack’s Zoomer last raced in the USA for Erv Miller in October 2017. 12.9/1 Catch My Love (5f Symphonic Hanover-Give Me Your Love-Pine Chip) took second ahead of 4/1 Transcendence (5g Maharajah-Full Authority-Scarlet Knight).   Thomas H. Hicks

March 15, 2019 - Today was the finale of the harness racing Winter Meet at Cagnes-sur-Mer and there was a good lineup of trotting action that began with the Prix de Syracuse (purse 27,000€, 2925 meters, 13 European starters). In this race the 5/10 favorite Popeye Diamant (8g Love You-Jasmin Diamant) won again timed in 1.14.5kr, his fourth win in eight starts in France. Gerhard Biendl trains and drove the winner for Stall M.S. Diamanten as he increased his career earnings to 154,789€. 3.4/1 Ursus Caf (6m Toss Out-Nespola Caf) was two lengths back second for Enrico Bellei, and third was 8.3/1 Callicot du Vivier (7g Repeat Love-Kalika du Vivier) with trainer Y-A Briand at the lines. Popeye Diamant The Cagnes-sur-Mer Winter Meet finale feature today was the Gr. III Prix de Vincennes (purse 80,000€, 2925 meters, 11 starters). The 4.9/1 odds Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier-Ozo de Laumont) scored timed in 1.13.8kr with trainer Stephane Cingland aboard for owner Josiane Pigaue, her 18th career win in 52 starts that raised career earnings to 306,830€. 78.6/1 Creative Castel (f Pomerol de Laumac) was second for J.Ch. Feron, the pilot for trainer Nicolas Ensch. 2.7/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede) took third for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy, ahead of the 2/1 favorite Calle Crown (5m Great Challenger) with David Bekaert up. 2.9/1 Bolt (8m Prince Gede) was fifth for Junior Guelpa in this competitive field. Bulle de Laumont To watch a replay of this race click here.             Today’s featured trot at Mauquenchy was the Prix de la Societe des Courses de Bihorel (purse 29,000€, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) and 1.6/1 favorite Moni Viking (6m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) prevailed with Bryan Coppens teaming for trainer Pierre Vercruysse. The winner is owned in Norway by Jan Lyng and racing barefoot today he recorded his third victory in 10 starts in France, now for 186,629€ earned for the career. 12.6/1 Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) rallied for second handled by David Thomain for trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA, this one a full-brother to Traders. 19.5/1 Concerto Cointerie (g Quopeck) took third for Nicolas Dromigny ahead of 4.2/1 Caresse (7f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover) reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Bjorn Goop. Moni Viking Earlier in the week it was announced that the 2019 Prix d’Amerique winner, Belina Josselyn, was sidelined until Fall Season due to injury. Belina also won the Prix de Paris marathon event that completed the France Triple Crown events. She was the first mare in 20 years to win the Amerique. The injury statement follows (translated): Wednesday, late in the morning, Jean-Michel Bazire gave news of his champion, Bélina Josselyn (eight years old), victim of a slight crack of the rudimentary internal metacarpal of the anterior left. "At the end of the meeting, I felt that she had lost some flexibility, but I thought the whole rest would do her good," says JMB. But we saw a little mark on the result of the control radio that she passed; This is a small crack. Nothing serious, he adds, even if his spring season is cancelled. " Heroic, this winter, in Vincennes, during which time she won the Grand Prix of America and the Paris Marathon, the ballerina of the French trot could be reviewed in the fall, in the province. "If all goes well, she will be re-started in September or October," said Bazire. Belina will have six weeks of stall rest due to the injury. Thomas H. Hicks

March 15, 2019 - The great gelding Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) returned to harness racing action today at Caen, winning the Prix de Cauvicourt (purse 32,000€, 2200 meters autostart, 14 starters in this Quinte+ event). Owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the now 42-time winner in just 66 starts to the 1.13.2kr timed victory. His career earnings reached 2,197,179€ with today’s win. Marie Brigette Anty bred this champion. The 1/5 favorite left the gate from post one and was away third between horses before gaining the lead that he did not relinquish. 25.1/1 Blues de Landiers (8g Phlegyas-Mega des Landiers) rallied for second and 17.7/1 Clif de Pommereux (7m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) took third with David Thomain up for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 19.6/1 Dreammoko (6m Timoko) took fourth ahead of 32.6/1 Alamo du Goutier. The Quinte+ payoff for a winning 2€ ticket was 1844.60€. There were 495 winning tickets and the Q+ pool was 3,883,229€. The race total pools, all bets, reached 8,029,000€. Aubrion du Gers For the Race Replay click here.   On the same card was the Prix de Canapville (purse 31,000€, 2450 meters, 13 European starters) and the 1.12.7kr timed winner was 2.1/1 Very Kronos (5m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) with Erik Adielsson at the lines for trainer Svante Bath and owner Kjell Johansson. The winners career earnings increased to 133,507€ as Very Kronos won his first race in France in two starts. 10.4/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for breeder/owner/trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 5.6/1 Current Affair (5f Love You-Global Future) secured the third check with David Thomain aboard for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. 2.2/1 Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was fourth for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. The pace in this race was contested initially by Spickleback Face (5g Raja Mirchi-No Finish Line) that Robert Bergh trains and Frabck Nivard teamed. Very Kronos For the race replay click here.    Thomas H. Hicks

March 10, 2019 - Today top trotting action was at Padova (Italy) with two co-featured harness racing events. The Gr. III Grand Premio Citta di Padova (purse 40,040€, 1640 meters autostart) saw Zabul FI (4m Ganymede-Sole del Rio-Varenne) score timed in 1.12kr over the half-mile track, with Andrea Farolfi aboard for trainer Mauro Baroncini. The winner sat the pocket before emerging for stretch surge that increased his career earnings to 205,996€. Zlatan (4m Napoleon Bar-Nastassia Bar) was second after racing parked out for driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Zante Laser (4f Maharajah-India di Jesolo-Toss Out) was third. The other top race was the Grand Premio Padovanelle (purse 40,040€, 1640 meters autostart) and veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) benefitted from a pocket trip engineering by driver Alessandro Gocciadoro to win timed in 1.12.3kr. Sonia (8f Donato Hanover-Ele Cod-Uronometro) was second for driver Rene Legati, with third to Viola Trio (5f Nad Al Sheba-Face Trio-Toss Out). On Saturday March 9 the V75 Gold in Sweden was at Farjestad (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with victory to 1.4/1 favorite On Track Piraten (11g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), his second straight Gold win in 2019. Rikard N. Skoglund teamed the Hans R. Stromberg trainee that scored in 1.13.1kr, for the 45 time in a 144 race career now for 17,516,005 SEK earned. 9.3/1 Phantasm SOA (6m Cromwell-Uiver H-Uver LB) took the second check for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Anders Lundstrom. Third went to the 89.5/1 longshot Rocky Winner (11m Credit Winner) reined by Oskar J. Andersson for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Today at Kalmar 2/1 Muscle Hustle (6m Muscle Mass-Crown Lauren-Cantab Hall) scored in the Stayerserien (35,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart) timed in 1.14.3kr with trainer Robert Bergh at the lines. Bergh and Ecurie des Charmes own Muscle Hustle that won for the 15th time in 47 career starts now for 3,945,230€ earned. He last raced in October 2016 in Canada before export. He is being pointed for a possible Elitloppet appearance in late May. Thomas H. Hicks

March 9, 2019 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured trot was the Ezerjo DIJ (purse 600,000€, 2400 meters autostart, seven starters) and the 1.17.2kr timed winner was 2.3/1 odds Zseda (4f Frullino Jet-Filigran-Witsends Speedy) reined by Csaba Lakatos. He co-owns the winner with Napsugar and Zseda was bred by Kabala Menes Kft. The 5/2 second favorite Disney HR (6f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) was second for Balazs Juhasz and third went to 3.4/1 Timoko RL (6m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal). Trotting action resumes on March 17 and that program includes the fast class Janos Brody Memorial. Below are the remaining fast class events scheduled for 2019 including the Magyar Trotting Derby on June 30th. Zseda Thomas H. Hicks

March 9, 2019 - Saturday’s harness racing trotting action at Cagnes sur Mer showcased the start of the weekend of speed with five of the seven races contested at the unusual 1609 meters (one mile) autostart format. The Prix de Pise (purse 21,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European eligibles six year old females) saw Gina Schermer (6f Varenne-Ellymay) score in gate to wire fashion for Rick Ebbinge, the pilot for trainer Jeruen Engwerda and owner Stal Schermer. She was timed in 1.10.6kr (mile 1:53.4) and the victory increased her career earnings to 84,599€. Ua Huka (6f Muscles Yankee-Fancy Bi) took second with Rene Legati at the lines for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third was Ulena Car (6f Garden Spot-Ghinea Car) with G.P. Minucci up for trainer Lorenzo Baldi. Gina Schermer The other mile distance races also showed speed. The Prix Pisoni (purse 20,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European eligibles) went to the 3/5 favorite Rache HBD (9m Brad’s Photo-Liebe HBD) timed in 1.11.2kr (mile 1:54.6) with Cesare Ferranti aboard for trainer/owner Matteo Rostelli, 33.4/1 Thiago Three (g Naglo) was second for Romain Derieux and Bella de la Basle (8f Echo) took third for pilot Y-A Briand. The winner now has career earnings of 117,606€. The six year old males battled in the Prix de Balogne (purse 21,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European eligible six year old males) with Umberto (6m Broadway Hall-Depuis Blue) victorious for driver Filippo Rocca and trainer Fausto Barelli. Race time was 1.11.2kr (mile 1:54.5) for the now career winner of 86,352€. Muscle Boy AS (6m Muscle Hill-Zelda Per) was second for Cornelia Mayr, trainer Gerhard Mayr and Stall Antonshof. Third went to Unorcs duc Grafa’ (6m Goetmals Wood-Minuit) with Claudio Baldi aboard for trainer Cristian Rizzo. Apprentice drivers contested the Prix de Naples (purse 12,000€, 1609 meters autostart) with Vitinou (10f Jet Fortuna-Hircca) victorious timed in 1.11.8kr (mile 1:55.5). Thomas Audin teamed this Junior Guelpa trainee. Amateur drivers battled in the Prix de Modene (purse 5,500€, 1609 meters autostart) with Cactus du Donjon (7g So Lovely Girl-Reine du Donjon) scoring, timed in 1.12.6kr (mile 1:56.8). Celine Huguet teamed the winner for trainer Guillaume Richard Haguet. On the good harness racing undercard this Grand Criterium de Vitesse day was a selection of races for three, four and five year olds plus the day’s Quinte+ event.  The Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Rome (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters, 15 European starters) with the favorite being 1.2/1 Cash And Go, the brother to Bold Eagle. He was in the hunt early, took a pocket seat, and showed little in the lane as the death seat traveling and 13.7/1 Colonel Bond (7g Revel d’Anama-Miss Margaretha) scored timed in 1.13.8kr. Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot for trainer J.P. Ensch and owner Alain Dutheil. The winner recorded his 13th career win in 56 starts now for 378,050€ earned. 11.8/1 Viking Fromentro (10g Capriccio) was second for Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque, ahead of 12.8/1 Balooka du Boccail (8g f Look de Star) reined by trainer Yves Hurel. 6.8/1 Usain Henna and 16.9/1 Baldi Star completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff for a 2€ ticket was 92,382.20€. There were 18 winning tickets and the Q+ pool was 6,284,172€, setting up total race pools (all bets including the Quinte+) of over 10,039,000€. The Prix de Vichy (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, eight three year old starters) went to the 7/10 favorite Go On Boy (3m Password-Balginette) reined by trainer Romain Derieux to his fourth win in just seven career starts, Race time was 1.15.4krkr for the now earner of 49,420€.  The 3.9/1 Gun Sissi (4m Vabellino) was second with trainer Y-A Briand aboard and 9.7/1 Giorgio Perrine (3g Aladin d’Ecajeul) was third for owner/trainer/driver Anthony Muidebled, who has a great day at CSM along with Derieux. Famous Lady (4f Prodigious-Une Lady de Nappe) took the Prix Var-Matin (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, four year olds) clocked in 1.13.7kr with Eric Raffin the catch-driver of this 5.4/1 odds mare. Nicolas Ensch trains this one for breeder/owner Louis Baudron and the win increased her life earnings to 77,990€. The 9/10 favorite First In Love (4m Goetmals Wood-Just In Love) was second with Loris Garcia aboard for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. Third was 16.2/1 Franklin Park (4g Prince Gede) for the aforementioned Anthony Muidebled, the owner/trainer/driver. The 14.2/1 outsider Ekiango de Nile (5g Olimede-Sophia Saint Juvin) took the Prix du Club de l’Eco (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, five year olds) timed in 1.13.7kr and reined by owner/trainer Anthony Muidebled to victory that raised his life earnings to 123,310€. The 4/5 favorite Elvis du Vallon (5m Reve de Beylev) was second reined by trainer Nicolas Ensch. Third went to 5/1 Eclat de Gloire (5g Tiego d’Etang) with trainer Loris Garcia at the lines. The Prix Club Sante (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, 11 starters) went to the 5/2 favorite Django du Bocage (6g Real de Lou-Plume Bleue) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Romauld Mourice to the 1.13.6kr victory, his 10th in 42 starts for 158,800€ earned. 14.8/1 Dimidisia (6f Phlegyas) was second for trainer/driver Loris Garcia and 4.6/1 Delmonica (6f Prince d’Espace) was third handled by owner/trainer Anthony Muidebled. Thomas H. Hicks

March 10, 2019 - Today’s Gr. I UET Master Series Grand Criterium de Vitesse Nice-Matin (purse 170,000€, 1609 meters autostart, nine harness racing International starters) went to late rallying Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Timo Nurmos and owner Bro Byggnads AB.  The grand champion tied the race record of 1.08.90kr set a year ago by Bold Eagle, and increased his career earnings to 2,201,824€. Goop and Ready Express were away from the gate sixth as Romain Derieux put Dijon (6m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) on the lead with Uza Josselyn (8f Love You-Teza Josselyn) in the pocket for Gabriele Gelormini. Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) fired off the gate from past seven and engaged Dijon, but Derieux did not take back. Dijon parked the Eagle around the first turn and into the backside when Bold Eagle showed weakness. He was being followed by Bahia Quesnot (8g Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) and her pilot Junior Guelpa took up the challenge to Dijon as they battled into the long lane when Dijon looked a winner until Readly Express caught him nearing the official finish post at Cagnes sur Mer and moved ahead by half-length at the extra 1609 meter finish line. Dijon and Bahia Quesnot, both timed in 1.09kr, gamely held second and third with Uza Josselyn fourth clocked at 1.09.2kr. Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was away fifth and finished fifth timed in 1.09.3kr and trying to follow Readly Express. Unique Juni and Bold Eagle was dq’s, the latter pacing in the lane after fading badly. Click here for a video replay   Thomas H. Hicks

March 5, 2019 - Today’s harness racing trotting action at Kuurne Belgium featured the Grand Prix d’Hivier (purse 24,000€, 2875 meters, 16 International starters). The 11.9/1 outsider Panoramic (9g Scarlet Knight-Cartolina Spin) scored timed in 1.16kr for Jules Van Den Putte Jr. and trainer Henk A.J. Grift. The win raised his career earnings to 186,428€ for owners M&G Scicluna. 8.2/1 Valentino Strix (8g Going Kronos) took second money with Joseph Verbeeck aboard and third was 11.6/1 Highness Worthy (8m SJs Photo) for Mme. Hanna Huygens. 5.4/1 Riviera As (9f Cantab Hall-Furtune As) was fourth and the 3/2 favorite Thai Investment was a dq. Panoramic Lightly raced three year old fillies contested the Prix de Pivoines (purse 23,000€, 2150 meters autostart, eight starters) at Cagnes sur Mer. The 5.4/1 Guard’s Fella (3f Royal Dream-Romane’s Fella) scored for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch timed in 1.17.1kr, her second career victory in five outings. 12.1/1 Glace Au Chocolat (3f Village Mystic) was second for trainer/driver Pierrick Le Moel and 3.6/1 Guadalupe (3f Vulcain de Vandel) was third, handled by her trainer Dominick Locqueneux. The 3/5 favorite Gelinotte de Bry (3f Bold Eagle) was fourth for Romain Derieux, after winning her first career start. Guard’s Fella Thomas H. Hicks

March 6, 2019 - This day’s Quinte+ race of the day was the first leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse 85,000€, 2900 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) at Amiens, with victory earned by 8.1/1 Bleu Ciel (8g Milord Drill-Quelle Action) with Adrien Lamy aboard for breeder/owner/trainer Mme. Jean Morice. The winner recorded his 13th career win in 78 appearances and increased his life earnings to 295,650€. The 1.8/1 favorite Cadix (7f Ready Cash-Mazurka) was second for trainer/driver Alain Laurent and Ecurie Cheffreville. Third was 7/1 Diego du Guelier (6m Kepler-Ophelie la Garenne) for Mathieu Mottier and his owner/trainer Dominique Mottier. 17/1 Beerscott and 9/1 Cyriel d’Atom completed the top five and the exact order Q+ 2€ winning tickets returned 10,400.20€. The Q+ pool was 3,766,480€ and the race total pools, including Q+, exceeded 8,240,000€. The field is now set for the Gr. I UET Masters Series Grand Criterium du Vitesse, to be held at Cagnes sur Mer on March 10. Readly Express drew post one with Bjorn Goop to drive for trainer Timo Nurmos. Bold Eagle drew post seven with regular pilot Franck Nivard aboard. Speed weekend begins Saturday with five races scheduled over the 1609 meters distance, unusual in France. The lineup follows for the Grand Criterium of Speed: C6 - GRAND CRITERIUM DE VITESSE NICE-MATIN 170 000€ The speed record for the race was lowered in 2018 by Bold Eagle to 1.08.9kr as he defeated Billie de Montfort and Dijon (both starters in the 2019 edition), besting the 1.09.5kr record set in 2017 by Timoko at 1.09.5kr, that was the fourth win of this classic by the great Timoko. Thomas H. Hicks

March 2, 2019 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing program featured the Tavaszi Handicap (purse 1,100,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap. The 3.8/1 Asterix Evo (7m Broadway Hall-Rompaway Quincy-Tabor Lobell) scored timed in 1.21.1kr with Sandor Turbucz driving for trainer Laszlo Kolozsi, his second victory in three 2019 starts. 3.1/1 Kelvin AT (6m Even Better Odds-Keystone Bluejay-Sierra Kosmos) was second with trainer Csaba Lakatos aboard. The 20 meter handicapped and 8.8/1 odds Uncia (6f Medic Hanover-Fenicia-Yankee Yankee) took third with Branislav Mukity at the lines. Asterix Evo The top undercard race was the Pipacsos DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters) with the veteran Sanger MS (9g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) victorious at 8.1/1 odds, timed in 1.18.1kr. Goran Zolnajz was the driver and also the trainer of Sanger MS that now has three 2019 wins in as many starts. 2.1/1 favorite Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was second with trainer Balazs Juhasz aboard and 16.3/1 Oldtimer Diamant (9g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) took the third check with Andor Angyal driving for trainer Emil Csordas. Sanger MS Also on the wagering card was the Uveg Tigris DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.1/1 favorite Queen Of Korea BD (4f Korean-Queen Cape) prevailed timed in 1.20.7kr for Goran Zolnaji aboard. The Korean daughter, he the sire of now US based Sebastian K, was bred in Romania by Albisor Marius. Of particular interest this day was the reappearance of undefeated Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) that Gyorgy Horvath piloted in a qualifying event. The Imre Fazekas trainee scored in 1.17.5kr on the front from the first step off the gate as she won by some 20 lengths. This fine mare was bred in Germany by Munster based Kornelius Heitmann, and she posted three wins in the fall of her three year old year and another seven straight at age four. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 2, 2019 - With the winter harness racing meet at Vincennes concluded this day, interesting trotting action is moving to other venues. The Cagnes sur Mer winter meet continues and today was the Prix Fan Idole (purse 36,000€, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters). 12.7/1 outsider Antoine du Bourg (9g Oyonnax-Pin Up du Bourg) scored with Christophe Martens aboard, timed in 1.13.64kr. It was his 11th career win in 85 starts, now for 261,575€ earned. 7.2 Bise du Coglais (8f Prince Gede) was second handled by L.G. Richard for trainer Romuald Mourice, and third went to 4/1 Baileyse (8f Opus Viervil). Antoine du Bourg The card also included the Prix Mister Lucker (purse 29,000€, 2925 meters, eight starters) and the 1.14.79 timed winner was 2.2/1 odds Do It Again (6g Singalo-New Creation) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Arnold J. Mollema and owner Draviet Stables. Do It Again Cagnes sur Mer will be on the radar screen next Sunday as it features the Criterium of Speed. The race usually attracts some of the better International sprinters currently racing and this year Bold Eagle and Readly Express are rumored to be starters. Thomas H. Hicks

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March 23, 2019 - Today Vincennes, the Prix Jean Cabrol (purse 64,000€, 2700 meters, 12 European starters), although not a groupe level race, brought out some top-level harness racing stars. Victory went to the 2.7/1 second choice Chica de Joudes (7f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love) with owner/trainer Alain Laurent at the lines.  The winner recorded his 11th career victory in 38 starts now for 423,920€ earned. Race time was 1.12.7kr off slow fractions (the leader was at the 1000 meters to go post in 1.14.2kr). 75/1 Cicero Noa (7g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) rallied to get second for Christophe Martens and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. He nipped the 3/5 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) by a nose for second, this one driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer J-M Bazire and in the death around the final bend and into the lane. He could not close on the winner. Looking Superb was second in the Prix d’Amerique after winning the Prix Tenor de Baune to earn an Amerique starting spot. Fourth today was 15/1 Titty Jepson (7f Varenne-Lama di Costa) with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. The J-M Bazire teamed Dreambreaker was 10th and off at 20/1 odds. Chica de Joudes The Prix Robert Auvray (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) brought out top flight five year olds and 6.1/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) scored timed in 1.12.5kr for Alexandre Abrivard. L.Cl. Abrivard bred, trains and owns the winner that now has six career wins in 28 appearances for 232,860€ earned. The 3/2 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was second, handled by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 41/1 outsider Extra Light (5f Village Mystic) was third for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer Stephane Meunier. 4.7/1 Eridan (5m Ready Cash) was fourth for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato and fifth was 12/1 Eclipse Danica (5f Hasting) driven by Bryan Coppens for trainer Pierre Vercruysse. Excellent The Prix de Gueugnon (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) showcased the return to France of today’s 2/1 favorite City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) handled by Robin Bakker. Erwin Bot trains the winner for Gerrits Recycling BVBA. City Guide has won now five straight in 2019 and today was his third win in France in seven starts. His career earnings reached 92,430€. Race time was 1.14.9kr off slow fractions (1.17.8kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.17.3kr at the 1000 and 1.16.1kr with 500 meters remaining) as City Guide that ground his way to the front past the grandstand, was well rated on the front by Bakker and powered away in the lane. City Guide was impressive and has improved significantly in recent months. Zakk Wise (4m Equinox Bi-Sorority Wise) took second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. 6.8/1 Falco d’Heripre (4m Goetmals Wood) was third ahead of 37/1 Great Gatsby As (4m Abano As) that Bot also trains, this one owned by L.G. Gerrits. City Guide   Daida de Vandel Wins Gr. II Prix Louis Forcinal at Vincennes; Cleangame Wins Again Groupe level action returned to Vincennes this day beginning with the Prix Louis Forcinal (Gr. II monte, 100,000€ purse, 2700 meters, nine starters). Victory went to 9/1 Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou-Gallia de Vandel) impressively, with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Charles Germain. She won for the eighth time in 35 career starts now for 307,880€ earned. Race time was 1.13.3kr as speed increased throughout the race (1.15.9at 1500 meters remaining; 1.15kr at the 1000; 1.14kr with 500 meters to go). The 2/5 favorite Dexter Fromentro (6m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) held second in a photo with Camille Levesque up for trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque. Third was 4.3/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) with Mathieu Mottier the jockey for trainer/owner J.Ph. Mary. Daida de Vandel The Quinte+ Prix du Bos de Vincennes (Gr. III, 90,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) saw the J-M Bazire entry (two of the three) at the line together timed in 1.12.1kr. The 2/5 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) was up in the final stride, after making a three wide move from sixth in the final turn, for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie J-M Rancoule for his 23rd victory in 37 career starts, now for 757,970€ in life earnings. 8.8/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moore) was a game second after making the pace with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Bazire and owner Rancoule. 22/1 Anzi des Liards (9g Look de Star-Nausccaa du Sud) took third for Romain Derieux and trainer David Bekaert. 11/1 Tessy d’Ete and 21/1 Bel Avis completed the top five finishers, the latter also a Bazire trainee that Nicolas Bazire teamed for New Blue 1 LLC of the USA. There were 3087 winning Q+ exact order tickets that paid 423.60€ for the 2€ wager. The Q+ pool was 4,621,691€nd the total of the race pools (all wagers including Q+) was 9,158,000€. Cleangame (outside)   Costa Haufor Wins Q+ Prix Maia at Vincennes Costa Haufor (7f Saphir d’Haufor-Santa Haufor) took Friday evening’s Paris-Vincennes featured Quinte+ Prix Maia (purse 48,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap) at 9/2 odds, with Charles J. Bigeon driving. This Christian Bigeon bred and owned trainee scored his eighth victory in 35 career starts now for 226,990€ earned. Race time was 1.12.9kr as the winner overcame a 25 meter handicap. 9/1 Bambrina Fortuna (8f Buvetier d’Aunou-Jina Fortuna) was second for J-M Bazire and owner/trainer Pierre Alain Rynwalt-Boulard. Third went to 25 meter penalized and 4.6/1 Comtesse du Clos with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard. Croisette and Carina du Porhoet completed the WQ+ exact order top five that paid 32,017€ to the 18 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool this day was 3,710,412€ and the total of all Q+ race pools was 7,287,000€. Costa Haufor Today the ATG V75 action was in Norway at Momarken where the V75 Gold (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to 20.6/1 Cokstile (6m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) reined by Lars Anvar Kolle for trainer Jan Kristian Waaler, timed in 1.11kr. The 6.4/1 Donatomite (7g Donato Hanover-Malvictorian-Malabar Man) was second for Frode Hamre and third was 44.7/1 The Last Ticket (8m Thai Tanic). Pastor Bob and Lionel finished fourth and fifth. Thomas H. Hicks
March 21, 2019 - The 1.3/1 favorite DC (5f Great Challenger-Quite A Beauty) took Thursday’s Grand Prix d’Ardeuil AOC Buzet (purse 32,000€, 2625 meters, 15 European starters) at Agen la Garenne. This race was the day’s Quinte+ event and the 1.13.9kr timed victory by CD, reined by Nicolas Bazire for owner/trainer J-M Bazire, was his first in France and increased his life earnings to 113,097€. 6.1/1 Massive Attach (6m Pine Chip-Ibis SE) was second for trainer/driver Olivier Raffin. Ahead of third finishing 15/1 Dauphin du Lot (6g Laetenter Diem) with trainer B. Muel aboard. 9.1/1 Ulberto (8m Broadway Hall-Depuis Blue) and 50.8/1 Damour Jiel (6m Rombaldi) comoleted the top five, setting up a 8,143.20€ payoff for a 2€ ticket. There were 94 winning tickets and the Q+ pool reached 3,120.578€. The total of all pool of this Q+ race was 6,354,000€. CD On the same card was the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 38,000, 2625 meters, 12 European starters) with the 1.13.3kr timed victory earned by 3.3/1 Cap de Narmont (7m Islero de Bellouet-Sissi de Narmont) with Denis Brossard driving, to his 13th career win in 58 appearances. 52.5/1 Casting de Chenu  for Pierre Pellerot and 69.9/1 Byron du Klau with Olivier Raffin up, completed the top three finishers. Cap de Narmont Say Wolvega this day their featured event was the 10,000€ purse Championnat d’Hivier Finale. Raced over 2600 meters autostart by nine starters, the victory went to 16.6/1 Dream Gibus (6g Love You-Qualite Gibus) reined by trainer Mme. Anne Lahmann for owner Drafsport Lehmann. The 2.2/1 second favorite Ditto Quick (6g Cezio Josselyn) was second for owner/driver Sven Hoste and third was 8.3/1 Dillinger Gentil (6g Kiwi) for Micha Brower.  The race favorite, 3/5 odds Brio de Janeiro, was a dq. Dream Gibus Thomas H. Hicks
Aero King (9g Hooper) took Tuesday’s Enghien featured Prix Bernard Simonard (monte, apprentice jockeys, 58,000€ purse, 2875 meters, 11 starters) clocked in 1.13kr and ridden by Maxime Tijou.   Off at 4.4/1 odds, Aero King won for the 10th time in 85 starts, now for 437,270€ earned. Mme. Virginie Moquet trains the winner. 3.6/1 Delcieux de Cebe (6g Gazouillis) was second with Mlle.   Oceane Briand aboard for trainer Franck Leblanc, and 2.8/1 Carla du Chatelet with third with Maxime Gilbert in the irons for trainer Sebastien Guarato.   On the same card lightly raced three year olds contested the Prix du Pont Saint-Michel (purse 41,000€, 2875 meters, eight starters) with victory to the 9/10 favorite Great Zeus (3f Niky-Tine de Villeneuve) handled by Eric Raffin.   Gregory Thorel trains the 1/19kr clocked winner that scored for the second time in three career starts. 7/1 Gaston du Roc (3m Quirky Jet) was close second for Patrice Toutain and 4/1 Great Father (3m Opus Viervil) rallied for third with Nicolas Roussel up.   Great Zeus                   - LeTrot photo   At Mons Ghlin this day was the featured Prix Shanghai (7,200€ purse, 2300 meters autostart, nine International starters). 17.2/1 outsider Ultimate du Rib (11g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pelois) scored timed in 1.14.9kr, his 16 th career victory in 128 starts now for 551,352€ earned.   Gert Sucaet teamed the trainee of Christophe De Groote. 4.1/1 Truman Dairpet (12g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) took second for Piet Van Pollaert and third was the 5/10 favorite Goofy Greenwood (6g Russel November-Chatooga River) with trainer H.W. Langeweg Jr. at the lines. Ustang Ludois, Buzz Mearas and Banker Transs R followed the top three home in this good field.   Ultimate du Rib       -LeTrot photo   Later in that card the Prix Melbourne (6,000€, 2300 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 2.7/1 Elencio (5m Love You-Olencia) score, timed in 1.14.8kr for pilot Joseph Verbeeck and breeder/owner/trainer Alphons Vanberghen.   Racing also was held this day at Hyeres with the feature race being the Prix du Restaurant “le Porquerollais” (purse 37,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap).   12.2/1 odds Avocat des Loyeau (9g Meaulnes du Corta) was victorious for owner/trainer/driver Laurent Freneau timed in 1.14.6kr.   This winner recorded his 12 th career win now for 182,890€ earned. 40.2/1 Venezia de Mai was second for Anthony Laignon, overcoming a 25 meter handicap, and 10.4/1 Bichon del Green was third.   The 1.9/1 Colonel Bond was fourth, he too 25 meter handicapped, as was 1.8/1 Auch that finished sixth.   Avocat des Loyaux   Note that the great French gelding Aubrion du Gers has received and accepted an invitation to the 2019 Elitloppet. Trainer Jean Michel Bazire announced the acceptance and that he is a double winner of the event. It is not known whether Bazire will travel to Sweden to drive his champion that has been driven by another double Elitloppet winner Joseph Verbeeck in other ventures outside of France. Readly Express, Propulsion and Dijon were previously invited to the 2019 Elitloppet.     It was also rumored that Bjorn Goop could drive Bold Eagle in his anticipated race at Enghien in the Prix l’Atlantique, that is scheduled for April 20.   This is Enghien’s only Gr. I event and it carries a purse of 170,000€ (2150 meters autostart is the distance).   Bold Eagle won the 2017-2018 editions of the race that has historically drawn the best trotteurs then racing in Europe. Winners since 2004 are shown below.         Thomas H. Hicks
Aileron (7g Scarlet Knight-Quacelle-Jackpot de Relais) took today’s featured Janos Brody Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap, 12 entrants with one scratch) timed in 1.16.1kr.   The recent harness racing import from France (last start at Vincennes February 21) was reined by Imre Fazekas for trainer Jozsef Rutkai for owner Prolongo. Aileron, off at 2.2/1 odds, overcame a 20 meter penalty, quickly caught his rivals and raced in the death seat before moving to the front entering the final turn from which he moved to an eventual three length score.   The 20 meter handicapped and 11.4/1 Victory Knick (7g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) rallied late for second with Joze Sagaj aboard for trainer Emil Csordas.   Third was 2/1 Timoteo (7m Abano As-Ghirlanda As-Diamond Way) reined by Veljko Mazsity up. Milliondollar Lux and game pacesetter Sanger Ms took the fourth and fifth purse checks.   Unfortunately this classic race resulted in fines and suspensions for irregular whipping and failure to comply with post parade instructions.   The winner was ordered to inspection for doping.   There were two interesting races on the undercard. The Koppany DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.6/1 favorite Urzulina (6f Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) from post one timed in 1.20.6kr with Csaba Lakatos up. Kabala Menes Kft bred this winner.   Urzulina         -Kincsem Park photo   On a sad note, the exceptional Supergill (1985 by Super Bowl-Winky’s Gill-Bonefish) died this week in Italy at age 34. He was a US$500,000 yearling in 1986 and stood at stud for six years at Castleton Farm before export to Italy. Supergill (3, 1:53.3; US$664,194), an eight time winner in 22 starts at age two and three (at two, winner of Peter Haughton Memorial, second in E H Harriman Challenge Cup; at three, second in Breeders' Crown, Stanley Dancer Trot, third in World Trotting Derby), was a sire titan.   He sired sons who also were successful in the breeding barn, like Malabar Man, Toss Out, the sire of Robert Bi, and Current Cast, but also the world record filly Giant Diablo, dam of D’One.   Supergill is probably one of the best broodmare sires in recent years, with horses like Mosaique Face, Blur, Civil Action, Corleone Kosmos, More Chips, Look MP, Jalopy (dam of Panne de Moteur), Egon Lavec, Tycoon Conway Hall, Ravenna, Occhione Jet, First Lavec, and Couch Doctor.   Supergill at his Italian Home Stud Allevamenti Toniatti   Earlier in the Ali DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) saw 4.9/1 Iago d’Amore (3m Mago d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro) score an impressive 1.16.5kr victory in his first 2019 appearance. Mitja Slavic teamed the Zoltan Ozvar trainee that Branislav Mukity bred in Szerbia. He was away second behind the previously unbeaten Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) that Andrea Fazekas drove for trainer Imre Fazekas, also making her first 2019 start, after recording ten straight wins in 2017-2018. Longines led until mid-stretch when Iago d’Amore powered past for a four length score.   Thomas H. Hicks

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