Team France & Team America

Team France wins over Team America

Harness racing driver Pierre Levesque teamed 7.7/1 Vroum Vroum (7g Mambo King-Meline) to a close win in the fourth and final Drivers Cup leg today at Paris Vincennes, clocked in 1.12.3kr in the Prix Bergerac (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters). The top five finishers were from Team France which generated 51 points this day versus 14 for Team America. Total points of the four legs (two at Yonkers, two at Vincennes) were 160 for Team France and 103 for Team America. Second today was 11.4/1 Vilhisvinta (7f Fortuna Fant-Histoire d’Amour) for Matthieu Abrivard with even-money favorite Veloute (7m Offshore Dream-Ozo de Plainville) third home for Franck Ouvrie. Nicolas Ensch drove Vilvaldi d’Amboise to a fourth place finish ahead of Uppy de Vive and Pierre Vercruysse. Thomas H. Hicks

Bold Eagle

Phenomenal Bold Eagle does it again

Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) easily won today’s Gr. I harness racing UET Masters Series Prix Rene Balliere (purse €200,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 entrants with one scratching, Booster Winner) with Eric Raffin piloting for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The dominant winner was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois. Raffin left alertly with the 3/10 favorite from post seven and after 500 meters secured the front from then fast leading Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) and Bjorn Goop, off at 3/1 odds. The previously 2016 undefeated Your Highness took the pocket and remained that way to the line for trainer Fabrice Soukoy and owner PV Racing Stable HB. Under urging she could not threaten the winner and held gamely for second ahead of tough 10.4/1 odds Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) and driver Gabrielle Gelormini and 41.4/1 fourth finishing Tiego d’Etang (9m Chaillot-Harolene) with Charles J. Bigeon aboard. Olmo Holz, Voltigeur de Myrt and Billie de Montfort were the next three to finish. Time of the race was 1.10.8kr after rated fractions (1.06.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.09.7kr at 1000; 1.11.5kr at 500 to go). The winning Bold Eagle now has career earnings of €1,925,800 and 24 victories in 28 career outings. He won his second straight after spring stud duty and he has earned €928,000 in 2016. Thomas H. Hicks

Reine du Zack

Reine du Zack wins Q at Paris

Tonight’s Quinte+ was the Prix RMC at Paris-Vincennes (purse €48.000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) and the 1.13.1kr timed winner was 15.8/1 outsider Reine du Zack (6f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Giulia Grif) with trainer Marco Smorgon aboard. Italy’s Scuderia Trotto Italia owns the winner that defeated 7.3/1 Archangel AM (6g Going Kronos-No More Time) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Third was 2.4/1 Red Team Rex (6m Cantab Hall-Calamity Rex) with J-M Bazire driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Fredrik Holth of Norway. On the good evening card, the Prix Lydia (purse €54.000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.13.5kr time,d 4/5 odds favorite, Black Rock (5m Prince Gede-Only Love) with trainer Thomas Levesque at the lines for Ecurie des Charmes. 6.4/1 Bari (5m Ganymede-Magicienne) took second for Alexandre Abrivard ahead of 21/1 Black Atout (5m Prodigious-La Laqune) with Pierre Vercruysse driving. City Sees (4f Sam Bourbon-Dolly du Buisson) took the Prix Sappho (purse €52,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse (Team France Drivers Cup captain) timed in 1.14.7kr. 3/2 odds favorite Calencia (4f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was home second for Eric Raffin with 54/1 Catsokette (4f Pad d’Urzy-Geteane) third for Gabriele Gelormini. The Prix Hygica (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed, 1.3/1 odds favorite Donttellmeanymore (7g Andover Andover-Possessive Lilly). J-M Bazire was the pilot for the well-regarded Fabrice Souloy trainee that is owned by Wallen Invest. 8/1 Vanetta d’Azur (7f Lejacque d’Houlbec-Nammetta de Line) took second for Arnaud Desmottes with third to 25/1 Voice Dream (7f Love You-Lovely de Paris) and driver Gabriele Gelormini. Thomas H. Hicks

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Drivers Cup third Leg to Team France

Tonight’s Prix Maria (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) at Paris-Vincennes was the third leg of the harness racing Drivers Cup between Team America and Team France. The first two legs were held in March at Yonkers Raceway and Team America won both legs decisively to take a points lead of 85 vs. 38 for Team France. Today reversed the score as Team France earned a 42 vs. 24 margin to close the gap after three legs to 109 for Team America vs. 89 for Team France. On the individual ledger Jordan Stratton has 33.5 points to lead Nicolas Ensch with 27 and Jason Bartlett with 26.5. Today’s race went to 3.9/1 Bambou de Calvi (5g Korean-Gramonde) with Nicolas Ensch up for Ecurie Mexique Ranch timed in 1.14.4kr. 4.3/1 Be Love Desbois (5m Love You-Jacotte) took second for Franck Ouvrie with third to 24/1 Azaro du Caux with Jason Bartlett up. The final leg is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Paris-Vincennes as part of a classic laden program. Thomas H. Hicks

J-M Bazire teamed 9.4/1 Utinka Selloise (8f Ojipey Vinoir-Merecedes Tebe) to victory in Wednesday’s Quinte+ Gran National du Trot du Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 2575 meters distance handicap, 16 starters), a Gr. III harness racing event at Reims. The Q+ jackpot was €2.4million. The winner scored in a quick 1.12.2kr over 2600 meters, overcoming a 25 meter handicap to defeat non-penalized 16.1/1 Attila du Gabereau (6g Mercenaire-Lola du Gabereau) handled by trainer Matthieu Abrivard. 66/1 Topaze Jef (8f Islero de Bellouet-Katie Gourdonnaise) was third for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer J-M Baudouin and owner/breeder Julie Freyssenge, this one also handicapped 25 meters. Also at Reims, the Prix duChampagne de Castelnau (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed, 7.3/1 odds Conway Fortuna (7m Conway Hall-Saratpga Yankee) and driver Dominik Locqueneux. Henk Grift trains the winner for Gerrits Recycling BV of Holland. 5.2/1 Ugo du Fosse (8g Diable Indien-Mynda du Fosse) was second for Francois Levcanu and trainer Fabrice Legros, with third to 40/1 Another (6m Kool du Caux-Calmness) with Aymeric Thomas up for trainer Ch.A. Mary. Another US-sired performer took the Prix de Journal l’Union (monte, purse €30,000, 2575 meters, 13 European starters). 16.3/1 Tokio Hotel Hall (6m Andover Hall-La Star Bi) scored in 1.14.6kr for Julien Raffestin, trainer Vincent Martens and Swedish owner Johan Sjostrand. 40/1 Un Beau Jour (8g Lilium Madrik-Limo Sna) took second for Tino Aguiar, also owner/trainer, with 33/1 Single Max (10g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) home third for Jonathan Vanmeerbeck The Reims wrap-up was the Prix Fernand Floribert Dubois (purse €22,000, 2575 meters) with victory to 1.13.7kr timed, 3.3/1 odds, Brandeis Jet (5m Coktail Jet-Qasida Jet) handled by trainer Pierre Vercruysse. 30/1 Beverly Jiel (5f Flash de Jiel-Rhea Jiel) took second money for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer J.L. Dersoir, with third to 5.8/1 Beguin d’Ali (5g Little Crack-New Star de Foot) with Nico d’Haenens aboard. At Gelsenkirchen, the US-sired winners this day continued in the Prix de Bochun Allemagne (purse €4,500, 2000 meters autostart, 12 international starters) as the 1.15.3kr winner, at 3/5 odds, was Frank W (4m Federal Flex-Zoe Eden) reined by trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr., for Stall Bot. 6.8/12 Fury Boko (4m Donato Hanover-My Fire Bi) landed second for Erwin Bot, also trainer, for owner Gerrits Recycling BV. Also at Gelsenkirchen, the Prix de Recklinghausen (purse €4,500, 2000 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to 1.16kr timed, 2.8/1 odds Velten Black Jack (3g RC Royalty-Wanda Kievitshof) with Michael Nimczyk and trainer Arnold J. Mollema. 13.2/1 Fiores Greenwood (4m Russel November-Victoria Transfer) was second. Thomas H. Hicks

The final two legs in the harness racing Drivers Cup take place Friday and Sunday at Paris-Vincennes. Friday’s test is the Prix Mara (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, ten starters). Team America earned 85 points in earlier races at Yonkers Raceway versus 47 for Team France. Cracks 10 drivers compete to represent the two nations:  The Team #France with captain Pierre Vercruysse, Franck Ouvrie, Nicolas Ensch, Matthew Abrivard, Pierre Levesque  The Team #America with captain Jason Bartlett, Pat Lachance, Daniel Dube, Jordan Stratton, Tyler Buter The field is shown below: Azaro du Caux, Jason Bartlett Bambou de Calvi, Nicolas Ensch Bois le Roi, Tyler Buter Bettina d’Avril, Pierre Vercruysse Bettina, Jordan Stratton Attention Devant, Daniel Dube Alibi de Folie, Pierre Levesque Amadeo, Pat Lachance Bolide du Guet, Matthew Abrivard Be Love Desbois, Franck Ouvrie Sunday at Vincennes finalizes the Cup with the sixth race Prix du Bergerac (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart). Thomas H. Hicks

Bold Eagle returns to harness racing action Sunday at Paris-Vincennes, headlining the Prix Rene Balliere (purse €200,000, Gr. I UET Masters Series, 11 starters) with Eric Raffin named to drive the son of Ready Cash, replacing Franck Nivard (suspended since last Saturday). Trainer Sebastien Guarato had secured the services of Raffin before the declaration in the event Nivard remained unlicensed. The likely race favorite will face the 2016 undefeated Your Highness with Bjorn Goop to drive. The field follows: Billie de Montfort, Thomain Your Highness, Goop Booster Winner, Bonne Voltigeur de Myrt, Vercruysse Tiego d’Etang, Charles Bigeon Uhlan du Val, C. Megissier Bold Eagle, Raffin Olmo Holz, Martens Bird Parker, J-P Monclin Amiral Sacha, Gelormini Black d’Avril, Prat The exceptional Sunday card includes seven other top flight trots: Prix Xavier Saint Palais (Gr. II, purse €120,000, monte, 2175 meters) Prix de Grosbois (Q+, purse €90,000, 2850 meters) Prix d’Essai (Gr. I monte, 2175 meters, purse €200,000) Prix du President de la Republique (Gr. I, purse €240,000, 2850 meters) Prix Albert Viel (Gr. I, purse €200,000, 2700 meters) Prix de Grasse (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2700 meters) Prix Raymond Fouard (Gr. III, purse €85,000, 2700 meters) Thomas H. Hicks

The June 20 Quinte+ was at Vichy named the Prix de Cograt-Lyonne (purse €38,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters). The 1.15.3kr timed winner was 92.5/1 outsider Tino de Tortiere (9g Baccarat du Pont-Feerie) with Pierre Callier up for harness racing owner/trainer Cl. Bossy. 3/1 Vivaldo Bello (7m Love You-Enfilade) took second for Thierry Duvaldestin, also trainer, and breeder/owner Remi Boucret. Dam Enfilade is the productive produced of Offshore Dream and other hefty money winners. 4.8/1 Verika Dairpet (7f Ludo de Castelle-Pasadena) held third along the pegs for Jean Boillereau. Paris-Vincennes’ Prix Eunyke (purse €41,000, 2100 meters autostart, eight entrants) on Tuesday went to 2.9/1 Douceur de Vivre (3f Rocklyn-Resless) with Jean-Philippe Dubois driving. The Philippe Moulin trainee was bred by Dubois and is campaigned by Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The easy winner was clocked in 1.15.1kr to defeat 13.1/ Diva des Marceaux (3f Ready Cash-Oriane Jolie) with Pierre Vercruysse up. Third was 44/1 Dame d’Yvel (3f Uniclove-Mitchea) that Gabriel Gelormini piloted for owner/trainer M-J Rualt. The June 21 Paris-Vincennes program, included the Prix Echo (purse €37,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.15.4kr timed victory to 9/10 favorite Diego du Guelier (3m Kepler-Ophelie La Garenne) with Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Denise Mottier. 11.4/1 Dusty Wood (3m Goetmels Wood-Oramgette) held well on the pegs to be second for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer/owner Louis Baudron and breeder Etiennette Dubois. Third went to 19.6/1 Diams de Bassiere (3m Ganymede-Menthe Fraiche) for reinsman Sylvain Roger. Thomas H. Hicks  

Uma Francis (3f Exploit Caf-Fashion dei Sogni-Lemon Dra) defeated open harness racing rivals this day to win the Gran Premio Nazionale (purse €220,000, 2250 meters autostart) at Milano, Italy, timed in 1.14.8kr for the length victory over the 1000 meter (5/8 mile) track. Enrico Bellei teamed the winner that defeated United Roc (3f Filipp Roc-Estasi Roc-Princely Fellow) with V-P Dell’Annunziata aboard. Third went to Usque DL (3m Equinox Bi-Gritta Bi-Buvetier d’Aunou), this one the second dam Graphite Rod is a Supergill-Anamosa Hanover daughter. The Gran Premio Nazionale Filly (purse €66,000, 1650 meters autostart) resulting in an easy open-lengths victory for the 1.12.6kr timed Unicka (3f Love You-Bachar-Armbro Goal) teamed also by Enrico Bellei. The second dam of this filly is Dropa, sired by Granit (Ayres-Roquepine). Second in the Filly was Ulala’ Degliulivi (3g Gruccione Jet-Gioiamar-Supergill) with Santo Mollo driving, ahead of third finishing Unique du Kras (3f Varenne-Oljka du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Gran Premio Nazionale 2016 - Uma Francis Thomas H. Hicks

Trotting on the turf continued Sunday at Arras (FR) as the Trophee Vert harness racing series took the form of the Prix Pascal Noe (purse €45,000, 2875 meters, 18 starters). 4.6/1 After River rallied on the fan-side to score for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Gerard Manzi. The six year-old daughter of Quaker Jet-Ogusa de la Merite) defeated 19.6/1 Un Satin Rose (8g Ganymede-Dentelle Rose) with Franck Ouvrie up. Third was 5.2/1 Ambassadeur d’Am (6g Orlando Vici-Halotte des Acres) with Christophe Martens at the lines. Well-regarded Tagada Tagada, off at 8.5/1 odds, finished seventh. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Kincsem Park featured Lady Flame DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to 1.4/1 favorite Sammi MS (5g Chirone Dei-Sparkle N Shine-SJ’s Photo) with Mitja Slavic up for Equine MS SRL (Italy). Marko Slavic is the harness racing trainer of the 1.17.4kr timed winner. 31/1 Salome Bar (5f Ganymede-Acquavite Bar-Crowning Point) overcame a 20 meter handicap to capture second for Bernadett Balogh and trainer Jozsef Rutkai. 16/1 odds Milliondollar Lux (10m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) ended third for Emese Vezer and trainer Emil Csordas. The secondary featured event this day was the Szeptero DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the impressive 1.15.9kr timed winner was 1.3/1 Sanger MS (6g Victory Screamn-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) with Mitja Slavic aboard. Imre Fazekas trains the winner for Pimri Bt and Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs/ Co-favorite Henrik Ibsen AT (4m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposart Sund) took the pace spot of trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal and Animal Trade i. 4.6/1 Oldtimer Diamant (6g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) landed third for Emese Vezer and trainer Emil Csordas. Earlier in the card the Ropke DIJ (purse 360,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 7.2/1 Ujszilvas (3f Connecting People-Jetti Lobell) reined in 1.22.3kr by Andrea Fazekas for trainer Imre Fazekas. The sire Connecting People is a 12 year-old son of Andover Hall-Giant Motion-Giant Victory, and the second dam Trolley Square, by Speedy Somolli, produced Hambletonian winner Deweycheatumnhowe. First dam Giant Motion produced six winners, five with sub 2:00 mile rate records, including Connecting People 1:56.5 mile rate. Thomas H. Hicks

Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) held gamely for Orjan Kihlstrom, harness racing trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet to win the Gr. I UET Masters Series Norbottens Stora Prix at Boden. The 2140 meter autostart test drew ten starters for the €190,629 purse. The winner was US-bred by F.V. Caldwell of Lexington and Bluestone Farm.  Propulsion left from post ten and followed in the outer while Ed You, Nimbus CD, Global Money and Rocky Winner were near the front early. At the halfway point Kihlstrom made a strong three-deep rush and made the front with ease. Down the backside the last time Johnny Takter took a three-wide challenge to Propulsion with veteran On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and got alongside quickly as then the challengers fanned out in the lane. Propulsion held gamely for the 1.11.7kr score ahead of fast closing Sauveur (6m Echo-Operah Bob-Easy Lover) and Ake Lindblom with 9.8/1 On Track Piraten a tough third. Numbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Jiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) and Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune), both at 6.2/1, finished fourth and fifth. Veteran Nahar went off-stride early. Propulsion now has a career slate of 15-2-4 in 30 starts for earnings of 3,404,296SEK. Earlier on the card the US-bred Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) took the V75 Silver Division for 125,000SEK to the winner. Off at 8.7/1 the winner was driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Second was 3.1/1 Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) with driver Erik Adielsson up for Timo Nurmos. Third went to 28/1 Liberty Face (8g Viking Kronos-Armbro Deity-Self Possessed) with trainer Per Linderoth up. Thomas H. Hicks

Paris-Vincennes nocturnal program  was a good one led by the Q+ Prix de Parisien (purse €60,000, 2750 meters, 16 European starters) with the harness racing victory earned by 5.2/1 odds Tobrouk de Payre (9g Meaulnes du Corta-Orcade de Payre) reined by J-Ph Monclin for owner/trainer J-Y Touillet and clocked in 1.13.4kr. The winner rallied past 3.3/1 Tell Me No Lies (7g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) handled by D Fominik Locqueneux for trainer Fabrice Souloy and KLV Holding AB. Third went to 6.2/1 Uliula Bella (8f Jam Pridem-Natholia Bella) with Anthony Barrier teaming for owner/trainer Jean-Paul Marmion. Viva Lover and Unique de l’Iton were next home. The Prix Tolosa (purse €56,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) produced speed in the form of the easy winner and 3/5 favorite Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos) with trainer Conrad Lugauer driving. The owner is Ecurie Th & J Weber-Berchtold from Germany. Time was a sharp 1.10.6kr (mile rate 1:53.60 over the 1.31 miles distance). 13.7/1 Best Buissonay (5m L’Eu du Vernay-Nyota Buissonay) landed second for trainer/driver Joel Ven Eeckhaute with third to 48/1 Attacus (6g Hand du Vivier-Nelocata) driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 37/1 Easytowin was fourth for Dion P. Tesselaar and owner Gerrits Recycling of Holland with fifth to 42/1 Diamond (6g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessiu) and driver Matthieu Abrivard. This one is also from Holland and trained by Paul Hagoort. Curieuse (4f Kaisy Dream-Reine de Flandre) off at 2.7/1 recorded a 1.15.1kr timed victory in the Prix Orontius (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters four year-old mares). Christophe Martens piloted the winner for Vincent Martens, the trainer, and Ecurie Rampur PF. 4.9/1 Coconut Citrus (4f Jag de Bellouet-Quiza Sun) was a close second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L-Cl Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon. 5.7/1 Calencia (4f Quaker Jet-Olencia) took third for Eric Raffin and breeder/trainer/owner Alphonse Varberghen. Three year-old males contested the Prix Coronis (purse €41,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 entrants) and 7/10 favorite Delloro Vedaquaid (3m Ready Cash-Spandelle) prevailed for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire and driver J-Ph Monclin. The breeder was Jean Pierre Guay.  The winner was clocked in 1.16.5kr to defeat 4.3/1 Duc d’Occagnes (3m Goetmals Wood-Quiet Mary) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Franck Nivard and owner J-L Colombier. Third was 23/1 outsidee Dragon Clemaxelle (3g Rodrigo Jet-Uvea d’Eronville) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Phillippe Bengala. Thomas H. Hicks

Spain’s Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) repeated his historic harness racing victory a year ago in this Gr. I UET Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola, Finland. Timed in 1.11.95kr over a rain soaked course on a foggy day the Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou trained and driven veteran increased his career earnings to €654,922 (now with 32 career wins) in this 2100 meter autostart test with a purse of €150,000. Ten international starters were at the start. Trebol was off at 12.3/1 odds and he raced in the outer tier with cover all the way before staging a four wide assault deep in the final bend that ended in a neck score on the line. 11.5/1 Univers de Pan (8m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore) was a fast closing second for Philippe Daugeard and owner Olivier Horvath, this one racing first on the outer until being covered by Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss me Coulonces) and Bjorn Goop at the halfway point. The Richard Westerink owned/trained veteran started on the outside of the first tier and was rough gaited at the start, getting away eighth. Goop then made a bold three wide brush after 800 meters but could not clear the leading Oasis Bi in turn three and thereafter went a brutal trip. He finally passed tiring Oasis By out of turn four but under heavy urging could not hold off the top two. The top three finishers were all timed the same. Mellby Viking finished fourth for Jorma Kontio/trainer Turmo Nimos) and Pascia’Lest was fifth for Pietro Gubellini/trainer Fabrice Souloy. The victory by Trebol was his and Spain’s second Gr. I international victory.  Earlier in the Kouvola card Philippe Daugeard teamed 2.7/1 Solea Rivelliere (10f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere-Pelops) to victory in a 2100 meter autostart contest. This multiple Prix d’Amerique starter was impressive in today’s victory. Thomas H. Hicks  

Robert Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM) teamed by Robin Bakker won today’s Prix de New York at Enghien (purse €115,000. 2150 meters, 12 European starters) clocked in 1.13.7kr. The Paul Hagoort trainee is owned by Holland’s K.K. Bijkerk and was the 1.6/1 favorite. 9.1/1 Africaine (6f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene) was second for Franck Ouvrie, driving for breeder/owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. Third was 7.1/1 Aladin d’Ecajeul (6m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe DeWulf. 110/1 Vincennes was fourth for David Thomain and fifth was 21/1 Sierra Leone for reinsman J.W. Hallais. On the Enghien undercard the Q+ Prix Invalides (purse €52,000, 2875 meters, 18 European starters) produced a blanket finish with 14.1/1 Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) prevailing for the 1.14.5kr win driven by Pierre Levesque. Thomas Levesque is the trainer for Mme. S. Bruni of Italy. 11/1 Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanada) was second for P-Y Verva, trainer Robert Bergh and Ecurie Etoile Sweden HB. Third went to the Franck Ouvrie teamed and 23/1 Vramdau (7m Quido du Goutier-Kiss Me Coulonces) that is trained by Arnold J. Mollema for breeder/owner Paul Van Klauveren.7/1 Pinguis Vang (9g SJ’s Photo-New Wonder) was fourth for Robin Bakker and trainer Fabrice Souloy with fifth to 16/1 Rue du Bac (6m Infinitif-ICI) with David Thomain up, this one also Souloy trained. Thomas H. Hicks

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Harness racing driver Pierre Levesque teamed 7.7/1 Vroum Vroum (7g Mambo King-Meline) to a close win in the fourth and final Drivers Cup leg today at Paris Vincennes, clocked in 1.12.3kr in the Prix Bergerac (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters). The top five finishers were from Team France which generated 51 points this day versus 14 for Team America. Total points of the four legs (two at Yonkers, two at Vincennes) were 160 for Team France and 103 for Team America. Second today was 11.4/1 Vilhisvinta (7f Fortuna Fant-Histoire d’Amour) for Matthieu Abrivard with even-money favorite Veloute (7m Offshore Dream-Ozo de Plainville) third home for Franck Ouvrie. Nicolas Ensch drove Vilvaldi d’Amboise to a fourth place finish ahead of Uppy de Vive and Pierre Vercruysse. Thomas H. Hicks
Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) easily won today’s Gr. I harness racing UET Masters Series Prix Rene Balliere (purse €200,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 entrants with one scratching, Booster Winner) with Eric Raffin piloting for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The dominant winner was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois. Raffin left alertly with the 3/10 favorite from post seven and after 500 meters secured the front from then fast leading Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) and Bjorn Goop, off at 3/1 odds. The previously 2016 undefeated Your Highness took the pocket and remained that way to the line for trainer Fabrice Soukoy and owner PV Racing Stable HB. Under urging she could not threaten the winner and held gamely for second ahead of tough 10.4/1 odds Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) and driver Gabrielle Gelormini and 41.4/1 fourth finishing Tiego d’Etang (9m Chaillot-Harolene) with Charles J. Bigeon aboard. Olmo Holz, Voltigeur de Myrt and Billie de Montfort were the next three to finish. Time of the race was 1.10.8kr after rated fractions (1.06.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.09.7kr at 1000; 1.11.5kr at 500 to go). The winning Bold Eagle now has career earnings of €1,925,800 and 24 victories in 28 career outings. He won his second straight after spring stud duty and he has earned €928,000 in 2016. Thomas H. Hicks
Tonight’s Quinte+ was the Prix RMC at Paris-Vincennes (purse €48.000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) and the 1.13.1kr timed winner was 15.8/1 outsider Reine du Zack (6f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Giulia Grif) with trainer Marco Smorgon aboard. Italy’s Scuderia Trotto Italia owns the winner that defeated 7.3/1 Archangel AM (6g Going Kronos-No More Time) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Third was 2.4/1 Red Team Rex (6m Cantab Hall-Calamity Rex) with J-M Bazire driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Fredrik Holth of Norway. On the good evening card, the Prix Lydia (purse €54.000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.13.5kr time,d 4/5 odds favorite, Black Rock (5m Prince Gede-Only Love) with trainer Thomas Levesque at the lines for Ecurie des Charmes. 6.4/1 Bari (5m Ganymede-Magicienne) took second for Alexandre Abrivard ahead of 21/1 Black Atout (5m Prodigious-La Laqune) with Pierre Vercruysse driving. City Sees (4f Sam Bourbon-Dolly du Buisson) took the Prix Sappho (purse €52,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse (Team France Drivers Cup captain) timed in 1.14.7kr. 3/2 odds favorite Calencia (4f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was home second for Eric Raffin with 54/1 Catsokette (4f Pad d’Urzy-Geteane) third for Gabriele Gelormini. The Prix Hygica (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed, 1.3/1 odds favorite Donttellmeanymore (7g Andover Andover-Possessive Lilly). J-M Bazire was the pilot for the well-regarded Fabrice Souloy trainee that is owned by Wallen Invest. 8/1 Vanetta d’Azur (7f Lejacque d’Houlbec-Nammetta de Line) took second for Arnaud Desmottes with third to 25/1 Voice Dream (7f Love You-Lovely de Paris) and driver Gabriele Gelormini. Thomas H. Hicks
Tonight’s Prix Maria (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) at Paris-Vincennes was the third leg of the harness racing Drivers Cup between Team America and Team France. The first two legs were held in March at Yonkers Raceway and Team America won both legs decisively to take a points lead of 85 vs. 38 for Team France. Today reversed the score as Team France earned a 42 vs. 24 margin to close the gap after three legs to 109 for Team America vs. 89 for Team France. On the individual ledger Jordan Stratton has 33.5 points to lead Nicolas Ensch with 27 and Jason Bartlett with 26.5. Today’s race went to 3.9/1 Bambou de Calvi (5g Korean-Gramonde) with Nicolas Ensch up for Ecurie Mexique Ranch timed in 1.14.4kr. 4.3/1 Be Love Desbois (5m Love You-Jacotte) took second for Franck Ouvrie with third to 24/1 Azaro du Caux with Jason Bartlett up. The final leg is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Paris-Vincennes as part of a classic laden program. Thomas H. Hicks

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