Day At The Track

Vernissage Grif (6m Varenne-Dalis Grif-Park Avenue Joe) took the final and his elimination of the Grand Premio Citta di Montecatini in Italy(purse 154,000€ for the final and 13,080€ in each of two elims, 1640 meters autostart) with harness racing trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. He is owned by Gennaro Riccio and was timed in 1.10.6kr in the final and 1.10.2kr in his elim. Second in both was Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif-May Glade Font SM-Yankee Glide) handled by Roberto Vecchione for trainer Holger Ehlert. Third in the final was Arazi Boko (13g Varenne-Laura Kemp) handled by Andrea Farolfi in the final for trainer Gocciadoro, five lengths back of the winner. Arazi Boko took the second elim timed in 1.12.2kr defeating Chief Orlando (7m Orlando Vici-Muto Bonita-Felix Santana) and Zlatan (5m Napoleon Bar-Nastassia Bi) that has teamed by G.P. Minnucci. Finale replay Vernissage Grif (6) elim one Elim one replay Arazi Boko (5) second elim Elim two replay On the fine card was also the PR Criterium Toscano (purse 22,000€, 1640 meters autostart, two year olds) that went to 1.17.1kr timed Callisto (2m Nad Al Sheba-Medley d’Italia) with Antonio Greppi up for Ettore Vairano. Caffe Time Bi (2m Manofmanymissions-The Starlet Lux) took second for trainer/driver Riccardo Pezzatini. Third home was Clooney Grad (2m Napoleon Bar-Grevola Grad) with Roberto Vecchione up. Gaet, Ippodromo Sesana Montecatini files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Csak a szel (2f Ken Warkentin-Nana-Tony Oaks) took today’s Janos Szaky Memorial (purse 1,100,000HUf, 1800 meters repulostart) at Kincsem Park. Due to heavy rain and a heavy racetrack the harness racing starting gate was not used. The winner was away third before making a three wide move in the final lap to gain the front draw off. Trainer Imre Fazekas was the driver for owner C’est la Guerre that also campaigned the mare Nana to many fast-class wins. Race time was 1.25.4kr, well off the 1.20.6kr stake record set in 2017 by Zeal di Girifalco. The victory by driver Fazekas followed his driving wins in 2016, 2018 and 2019 in this race. Those wins were teamed with Villam Ville, Aurom Ville and Bazsiville.            .Csak a szel Second in this race was 6.2/1 Chokito (2f Yankee Mustang-Virgi-Americas Dust) with Laszlo Kolozsi her trainer/driver and third home was 6.9/1 Crazy Dream (2m Offshore Dream) with trainer Mihal Paun aboard.   On the undercard Very Nice Photo (6f SJs Photo-Jasmin Diamant) took the Zold Kiraly Handicap (500,000Huf purse, 1900 meters repulostat) clocked in 1.20.2kr with Emese Vezer up for trainer Emil Csordas.   Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Paris-Vincennes card today included four Gr. II events and two are reported as follows. The Prix Guy Deloison (Gr. II, purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, three-year olds, European) saw the 11/1 odds Hanna des Molles (3f Village Mystic-Ultimate Jet) score in 1.15.1kr with Alexandre Abrivard up for owner J.L. Beraud and trainer L.L. Abrivard. Hanna des Molles won for the fourth time in her career and she now has 79,720€ earned. 5.6/1 Hirondelle Sibey (3f Gazoulills-Celina du Chatelet)) captured second for Eric Raffin and J.M. Baudouin. 4.4/1 odds Havanaise (3f Ricimer) was third for reinsman F.P. Bossuet. Hanna des Molles Monte performers then battled in the Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (Gr. II, 2175 meters, purse 85,000€, monte) and the 6/10 favorite Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Roy with Royale Star) prevailed in 1.11.4kr with Eric Raffin in the irons. Philippe Allaire trains this now nine time winner for Carlos Lerner. Cash now has 940,110€ in life earnings. 17/1 Fun Quick (5m Carpe Diem-Activity Quick) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Maik Esper and Ecurie Quick Star. 7.5/1 Fado du Chene (5m Singalo-Star du Chene) finished third for jockey P.Ph. Ploquin, trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj. Feeling Cash Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry), off as the 5/10 favorite, took Friday’s Prix Pierre Plazen (Gr. II, 85,000€, 2700 meters, European) at Paris-Vincennes for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner/breeder Michel Aladenice. It was his fourth career victory now for life earnings of 240,170€. Race time was 1.16.6kr off a very pedestrian pace. The 4,2/1 Heaven’s Pride (3m Brillantissime-Queenly Pride) was second for David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Francky Defosse. 4.3/1 odds Kuyt F Boko (3m Conway Hall-Gala dei Bessi) took third handled by Robin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort and Stall Why Not. A good crowd was present at Vincennes where attendance was limited to 5,000 people. Hooker Berry In a non-graded event, the Prix de Molay (purse 32,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European eligibles), the first time in FR starters Bo C (6m Maharajah-Dreaming Again) scored as the 5/10 favorite timed in  quick 1.11.3kr for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. The victory raised his career earnings to 110,684€. 5/1 Eagle Wind (6g Timoko-Quarina) was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. Third was 9/1 Voyage d’Amour (6f Quick Wood) for Eric Raffin and trainer Mike Lenders. Bo C LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The five-year olds contested the Prix Jockey at Paris-Vincennes (purse 85,000€, Gr. II, 2700 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.12.9kr timed victory to Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vincenza). Off at 2.9/1 this Jean Philippe Dubois bred and reined performer recorded her 14th career victory now for life earnings of 377,720€. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. THe 40/1 Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center-Viva Fee) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.C. Abrivard. Third went to 4.9/1 Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) with Jean Michel Bazire up for Ecurie Marechal. Fleche du Yucca Replay The day before at Cagnes sur Mer their Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 46,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, European) saw the 25-meter handicapped Alcoy (6m Ready Cash-Divann) score in 1.12.0kr with Christophe Martens up for Ceke Farms Bvba and trainer Vincent Martens. This was the winners’ eighth career victory now for 409,850€ earned. Two other 25 meter penalized performers trailed the winner. Brooka du Boscal (9f Look de Star) was second for Yves Hurel and Bulle de Laumont (9f Hand du Vivier) was third with Stephane Cingland at the lines. Alcoy LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Antonio Tabac (8m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) captured the Boden featured Scandal Plays Minne in Sweden (2140 meters autostart) with Mika Forss at the lines for trainer Jorgen Westholm and owner Gerth-Ove Karlsson. Antonio was on the lead early and scored in 1.13.2kr by a length at 1.3/1 odds. This was his third 2020 victory in eight starts and he now shows a 21-11-9 slate in 80 lifetime starts for over 3.3SEK million earned. Workout Wonder (8g Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscle Yankee) sat the pocket held second for Magnus A. Djuse at 4.7/1 odds. Top Of The World (9g Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead-Self Possessed) was third at 61.2/1 odds for pilot John Ostman. Antonio Tabac Replay -   ATG, Boden files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Cleangame (8g Ouregon de Celland-Red Bell), off as the 9/10 favorite, reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire took this day’s featured Gr. II International Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (also the Prix d’Europe) at Enghien. Raced over 2875 meters voltstart for a purse of 110,000€ Cleangame won for the 35th time in his legendary career for 1,382,070€ earned. Race time today was 1.14.5kr off a slow rated tempo. 1.2/1 odds Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) was two lengths back second for pilot David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 16/1 Tony Gio (8m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl, four lengths off the winner. 28/1 Carat Williams (8m Prodigious-Miss Williams) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard and fifth home was 50/1 Bel Avis (9g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) with Nicolas Bazire aboard. Cleangame Replay - Interesting fast-class races are ahead on August 15 at Paris-Vincennes that includes four Gr. II events: Prix Guy Deloison (85,000€ purse, 2700 meters, European) Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (monte, 85,000€ purse, 2175 meters) Prix Pierre Plazen (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, European) Prix Jockey (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters) The prior day the Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 46,000€, 2925 meters, European) takes place at Cagnes sur Mer. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Apple Wise As (4f Royalty For Life-Desert Flower K-Sierra Kosmos) took the Premio Citta’ di Torino Filly (purse 80,080€, 2100 meters autostart) at Ippodromo di Vinovo in Italy, timed in 1.14.8kr. Fed Esposito teamed the harness racing winner for Alessandro Gocciadoro. This team defeated stablemate Amber Prad (4f Timoko-Sinead Prad) with Gocciadoro up and third finishing Allegra WF (4f Varenne-Formose Jet) handled by Mario Minopoli Jr. Apple Wise As The companion event, the Pr Citta’ di Torino Male (purse 80,080€, 2100 meters autostart), saw Ari Lest (4m Pascia’ Lest-Natalina Wise) score in 1.12.9kr with Massimiliamo Castaldo the pilot for trainer Gocciadoro. Two Gocciadoro stablemates were second and third, A length back second was Juan Bros (4m Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzorg) with Giuseppe Lombardo driving. Third was Aman You Sm (4m Love You-Emon Santa Fe’ Sm) handled by Fed Espositio. Gaet, Ippodromo di Vinovo files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Trotting action returned to Montecatini Snai Sesana this day in Italy with two GP events. The Grand Prix Societa Terme Filly – Memorial Vivaldo Baldi (purse 50,050€, 2040 meters autostart, three year old females) saw Banirussa Jet (3f Pine Chip-Nagasaki Jet) scored in 1.14.3kr for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. She defeated stablemate Bahamia (3f Maharajah-Nambia) with Federico Esposito teaming for Gocciadoro some three lengths back second. Buena Sverte Bi (3f Yankee Glide-No Its Here) was third with V.P. Dell’Annunziata the pilot for trainer Tiberio Cecere. Babirussa Jet The male division of the GP Societa Terme Mem. Vivaldo Baldi (purse 50,050€, 2040 meters autostart) went to Belzebu’ Jet (3m Wishing Stone-Otero Jet) timed in 1.14.8kr and handled by Vincenzo Luongo for trainer/owner Massimo Firetti. Bengurion Jet (3m Maharajah-Love Me Tender) was two lemgths back second with Marco Smorgon the trainer/driver for Scuderia Bruni Racing Team. Third was Baccani (3m Ideale Luis=Butler’s Choice) with Antonio Di Nardo agt the lines for conditioner Gennaro Casillo. Belzebu’ Jet Gaet, Montecatini Snai Secsana files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 12th leg of the Trophee Vert series was the Grand Prix Super U held at Brehol in France and raced for a 40,000€ purse over 3400 meters distance handicap. The 6/10 favorite and 25-meter penalized Duel du Gers (7g Quaker Jet-Le Chasse Verte) was the winner for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and owner J.M. Rancoule. This was Duel’s 15th career victory, third in a row, and advanced his life earnings to 308,210€. Race time was not recorded. The 18/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Canular (8g Jet Fortuna) was second for driver/trainer Didier Brohier and 26/1 and 25 meter penalized Astor de Rozoy took third for Luc Jean Legros. Clarck Sotho was a 50-meter handicapped fourth and Diango des Charmes was fifth. The next Trophee Vert test on the turf is August 23 at Montier en Doer. A large crowd watched the day’s trotting action. Duel du Gers Replay On the European front, on August 5th at Mantorp, the Kjell P. Dalhstroms Minne (29,829€ total purse, 2140 meters autostart) the 1.11.5kr timed victory went to 1.7/1 Missle Hill (5m Muscle Hill-India Hill) for the Orjan Kihlstrom/Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team. A length back second was 5.7/1 Zarenne FAS (5m Varenne-Miss Muscle FAS) for trainer Jerry Riordan and reinsman M.A. Djuse. Third home was 9.1/1 Into Boko (5m Chocolatier-Sue Boko) for Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. LeTrot, ATG files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Dynamite Marceaux (7f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) took this day’s Gr. II monte Prix de Londres (purse 85,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters) clocked in 1.12.5kr with jockey Christopher Corbin in the irons. Jonathan Groizeau owns and trains the now 11-time winner in 55 career starts. Off at 17/1 odds the winner increased her life earnings to 285,650€ as she won her second straight and now has a 3-3-0 slate in her last six outings. She raced with shoes on. Coreil d’Aure (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and Al Capone Jet (10m Jag de Bellouet) took third with David Thomain up. Caban Prior (8g Sancho Panca) and Evangeline Blue (6f Speedy Blue) completed the top five. Dynamite Marceaux LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Longines (6f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) was an impressive conclusive gate to wire winner of today’s featured Dore DIJ (purse 600,000HUf, 1900 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. Off at 1.5/1 driver Gyorgy Horvath steered Longines directly to the front from pasgt five and she led throughout for an open lengths 1.15.8kr victory, her third in four 2020 starts with one second. For her career the slate is now 18-2-0 in 20 appearances for 4,385,000Huf earned. She was bred in Germany by Kornelius Heitman of Munster and is owned by Pimri i. The 4.1/1 odds Pan Globe Jaycee (4f Muscles Yankee-Impala Jaycee-Othello Vivant) was second for Goran Zolnanji. Third was 3.8/1 Valentino (6g Frullino Jet-Chemise Cobra-Atlas Fighter L) for Ferenc  Nagy II. What a mare Longines is!!! Longines   Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Hidden Texas (3m Brillantissime-Texas Style) scored on a dq of Hailo Dream in the Prix de Jonquilles (purse 27,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap) at Cagnes sur Mer in France. The winner overcame a 25 meter handicap and was handled by Gwenn Junod. Louis Baudron trains this winner for Mauricette De Sousa as he won for the fifth time in his career now for 70,370€ earned. Hussarde (3f Kaisy Dream-Uriska Royale) was placed second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch with Hotesse Darling (3f Quaker Jet-Apple Darling) placed third with Jean Pierre Dubois the pilot. She raced from a 25 meter handicap as did her stablemate Hotika Blue (3f Singalo-Perle d’Aunou) that was placed fourth with David Bekaert at the lines.        Hidden Texas   On August 6 at Enghien the Prix de la Concorde (purse 49,000€, 2875 meters) saw Dona Viva (7f Love You-Kuza Viva) score in 1.14.0lr with Gabriele Gelormini up for Ecurie Lucky 8 Racing and trainer Dominik Locqueneux. Off at 11/1 she defeated 25 meter handicapped Dream de Lasserie and 25 meter penalized Cash du Rib.   Dona Viva   On the same card was the Prix de la Haute Saone (purse 37,000€, 2150 meters autostart) and 1.4/1 odds Vincent Ferm (6g Mago d’Amore-Lindyliana Font) scored in 1.13.1kr with G.P. Minnucci up for trainer Vitale Ciotola and S. Guida Edoardo. 10/1 Eadshot Josselyn was second for driver Eric Raffin.   LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

August 8, 2020  - The 3.1/1 odds Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree-Coktail Jet) rallied boldly to win the harness racing Gr. I International Aby Stora Pris (purse 3,580,000SEK total purse with 2,000,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters autostart, 12 starters). Bjorn Goop trains and drove the winner for Jan Lyng of Norway as he won for the sixth time in nine 2020 starts and 13th career win in 43 appearances now for life earnings of 5,894,440SEK.  Who’s Who (6m Maharajah-Reality Pride-From Above) was second with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Pasi Aikio. Third was Cyber Lane (7g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) with Johan Untersteiner at the lines. Race time was 1.12.4kr with quick later speed. Watch the race here. The time at the 2000 meter post was 1.13.7kr. Cokstile and Pacific Face finished fourth and fifth. Moni Viking   Earlier in the day was the Regnar Thorngrens (220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with a rallying victory to Aramis Bar (4m Napoleon Bar-Guendalina Bar-Bon Vivant) with trainer Bjorn Goop at the lines for owner Forspro AB.   This was his third 2020 win in six outings and 10th in a 21 race career. Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) held gamely from his front trotting duty to be second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Third was Galantis (4m Zola Bokoi) with Johan Untersteiner up. Aramis Bar The Bertil Knutssons Minne (STL Diamantstoet Final, 220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters voltstart) saw Argbiggan (5f Maharajah-Kemp’s Emilie-Enjoy Lavec) score in 1.12.5kr with trainer Rickard Svanstedt up. This was the third 2020 victory in 11 starts for the Lennart Johansson owned mare. Divine (8f Dream Vacation-Barbie Do-Ken Warkentin) was next for Erik Adielsson and third was Princess Kloster (4f Classic Photo-Perfekta Kloster-Carmody Lobell) for Peter Untersteiner. The winner and third mares overcame 20-meter handicaps. Arbiggan   Vagabond Bi (6g Varenne-Felicity Bi-Toss Out) took the STL Bronze Final (purse to winner 220,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.10.8kr with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer David Persson and owner Stall Skaven HG.   Off at 5.5/1 the winner recorded his 14th career victory in 56 starts. Adde SH (5g Nu Pagadi-Fast Allegro-Fast Photo) took second for Peter Untersteiner and Twigs Ceasar (8g Muscle Mass-Twigs Goldie-Texas) took third for Bjorn Goop, also the trainer. Vagabond Bi The STL Silver Final (250,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw Pastor Power (6g Pastor Stephen-Tobina Pazzione-JR Broline) win in 1.11.9kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. He was off at 9.2/1 odds and he won for the 11th time in 42 career starts, Zap di Girifalco (5m Dream Vacation-Bea di Girifalco-Waikiki Beach) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with the third check earned by Man At Work (7g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) for Orjan Kihlstrom. Pastor Power Several other interesting winners today included Stoletheshow (5m Dream Vacation-Abba Hall-Garland Lobell) in the Linsons Stora Sprinterpris (purse 220,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart) for Rikard N. Skoglund timed in 1.10.6kr and off at 5.7/1. Staro Leonardo (6g Make It Happen) was second for Peter Ingves. The Aby Stora Trearingspris (three year olds, purse 125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, nine starters) went to 16.5/1 Hopeusteponalego (3m Donato Hanover-Gliding Phoebe-Yankee Glide) for Orjan Kihlstrom timed n 1.13.4kr. Stall Courant AB owns this one. The Klass II Final (220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.12,4kr timed and 3.1/1 odds Newport Beach (5m Ready Cash-Sugarbush Hanover-Andover Hall) for driver Peter Ingves and trainer Josef Franzi. Gunter Herz owns the winner that now has six 2020 wins in seven starts and 10 career victories in 13 outings. At the start of this exceptional program was the Aby Stora Monte Prix 2020 (125,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) and post 10 Rajesh Face (7g Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) scored easily in a new SWE record 1.10.1kr (mile 1:52.4F). Rajesh Face Thomas H. Hicks  

Saint Malo hosted the 8th Leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2950 meters distance handicap) and 1.2/1 odds Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) scored in 1.15.3kr with Eric Raffin at the lines. Ecurie Marechal owns the now 11- time career winner and Jean Michel Bazire is the trainer. His life earnings reached 264,030€ with this victory. The 3/1 Et Voila de Muze (6m Royal Dream-Nolaila) was second for pilot Hugues Monthule, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Union Stable. Echo de Chanlecy (6g Quinoa du Gers) was third for E.G. Blot, ahead of Balzac de L’Iton with Franck Nivard up and Derby du Dollar was fifth for Gilles Delacour      Fairplay d’Urzy Trotting action on August 4 was at Cabourg before a huge live audience. The featured Prix des Hetres (purse 34,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw the well-regarded 8/10 favorite Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vencenza) score in 1.13.7kr. Jean Philippe Dubois teamed this one for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. She recorded her 13th career victory and increased life earnings to 339,470€. Foxtrot Sea (5m Olitro) was second for Cedrik Megissier, also his trainer. Third home was Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner.        Fleche du Yucca Jean Philippe Dubois won again at Cabourg with 5.6/1 Grande Edition (4f Royal Dream-All Edition) in the Prix des Eglantines (purse 17,000€, 2050 meters autostart). Timed in 1.14.2kr the winner recorded his fourth career win now for 28,130€ earned. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Gina Costardiere (4f Quicky Oa-Petit Costardiere) was second for Adrien Lamy and Great Touch (4f Royal Dream-Touch of Charm) was third with Eric Raffin for trainer Etienne Dubois.       Grande Edition LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) with Bjorn Goop up, took the lead from post seven in the first lap and continued on the lead throughout for an easy 1.11.0kr timed score in today’s Grand Prix de Wallonie  in Belgium (purse 120,000€, 2300 meters autostart, 10 starters). Face TimeBourbon now has recorded 22 career victories in 26 starts for 1,773,900€ earned. He was off at 1/10 odds. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Scuderia Bivans Srl. The 25/1 Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) was a solid second with Christophe Martens teaming this Jean Michel Bazire trainee that Eirik Djuve owns. The 87/1 Viking d’Hermes (11g Sancho Panca-Norina Way) took third for Christophe de Groote, narrowly ahead of fourth finishing 6.9/1 Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) that Hugues Montule piloted for trainer Guarato and owner Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. Bold Eagle earned 9,500€ today and increased his life earnings to 5,000,467€, just behind the all-time earnings record for a FR trotteur set by Timoko at 5,006,731€. Timoko won 36 times in his racing career while Bold Eagle secured 46 victories in 76 starts. Below is a photo gallery of this action today at Hippodrome de Wallonie. Face Time Bourbon Bold Eagle and Hugues Monthule     It was quite a career for Bold Eagle and today’s salute to his accomplishments also gave thanks to longtime lad Hugues Monthule who teamed the champion.   Hippodrome de Wallonie and LeTrot files/photos   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 3/5 odds favorite Espoir du Marney (6g Village Mystic-Queens du Marney) took today’s GP de Savoie (purse 40,000€, 2700 meters distance handicap, There were 16 starters on the turf) at Aix-les-Bains in France, the 11th leg of the Trophee Vert series. Kevin Thommerieux trains and reined the winner for owner Jean Corrompt. Espoir now has 12 career wins in 39 outings for 183,130€. The 21/1 Cognard de Betton (8g Ludo de Castelle) was second for Y.A. Briand and owner Jean Luc Bigeon. 8.1/1 Astor de Rozoy (10m Ready Cash-Natacha de Rozoy) overcame his 25 meter handicap to be third for Luc Jerome Legros. Race time was not reported. Espoir du Marney LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink