Day At The Track

Aileron (8g Scarlet Knight-Quacelle-Jackpot du Relais) took the weekend’s Kincsem Park featured Geza Sennyey Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) clocked in 1.15.2kr and reined by Sandor Varga. Joseph Rutkai trains and owns the winner through his Prolongo Trading. The legendary Stefan Melander bred Aileron and won the Hambletonian with Scarlet Knight. He was off at 1.9/1. The 10.3/1 odds Milady Amok (7g Scarlet Knight-Balett Amok-Defi d’Aunou) was second for Csaba Lakatos with 7.7/1 Alexander UR (6g Infinitif-Hoity Toity Face-Enjoy Lavec) was home third for Ferenc Nagy III. Aileron Prior winners of this classic winter race for aged trotters follows: Sennyey Memorial Winners from 2010 2010 NOIR DESIR (FRA) 1800 19.6 Lakatos Csaba  9 stpm  Pine Chip - Courtoirade    II. Taylor Boko (SWE III. What a Man (SWE)    Teny.: Albert Cayron, Franciaország  2011 IMIKE 1800 15.6 Kovács Dóra  9 stpher  Valley Guardian - Astalavista     II. Simb Illusion (SWE)  III. Magna Charta    Teny.: Varga Lajos, Budapest  2012 KISKARCSI 1800 22.6 Lakatos Csaba  8 pher Castleton Magic - Best Love     II. Magna Charta 8  8 pher Castleton Magic - Best Love    +II. Youp Lucswolle (NED)    Teny.: MÁM Rt., Mezőhegyes 2013 MASTERPIECE 1800 16.3 Márton Lajos  7 pm Tony Oaks - Fairplay     II. Rose’s La Nena (SWE) III. Wale (SWE)    Teny.: AMMA Rt., Budapest  2014 PRETTY PAPER (USA) 1800 15.6 Szűcs Attila  6 stpk Credit Winner - Anticipation     II. Ollyan nincs III. Night Lady    Teny.: Maple Hill Standardbred Farm, New Jersey, USA  2015 RINETTE STREAMLINE (SWE) 1800 15.8 Lakatos Csaba  8 pk Kashner Hanover - Keys Praise     II. Night Lady  III. Ollyan nincs    Teny.: Strömline AB, Moheda, Svédország  2016 CREDITS BY MYSELF (GER) 1800 16.3 Dejan Katanic  10 stpm Credit Winner - Me myself I    II. Grumetti (GER)  III. Milliondollar Lux (ITA)    Teny.: Elisabeth Olivier van and der Veen, Németország  2017 MILLIONDOLLAR LUX (ITA) 1800 17.5 Csordás Emil  11 stpm Ganymede - Dadaumpa Jet     II. Rinette Streamline (SWE)  III. Orderly (SWE)    Teny.:  Lux Srl., Olaszország  2018 VICTORY KNICK (SWE) 1800 17.1 Csordás Emil 6 vlpher Cantab Hall - Lapponia Knick     II. Conway Boko (NED) III. Underpaid Hanover (USA)    Teny.:  Knick AB és Sprufa AB, Svedala, Svédország  2019 PIERA DEL BAR (ITA) 1800 15.7 Fazekas Imre  10 stpk Abano As - Exile Bar     II. Part Two (FIN) III. Rocky HR (CRO)    Teny.:  AZ Agr. Truccone Luigi, Olaszország On the undercard was the Hitves DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with victory earned by 1.1/1 Pan Globe Jaycee (6f Muscles Yankee-Impala Jaycee-Othello Vivant) timed in 1.15.8kr and reined by Goran Zolnaji. The Germany bred winner scored in her first 2019 start after winning two straight in 2018 in Hungary. She drew off from her competition and was impressive. 20.8/1 Lingot AT (5m Jasmin d’Odyssee) took second for Juhasz Balazs and third was 7.6/1 Ugolino Ans (7g Yankee Glide-Cristina Ans-Bon Vivant).    Pan Globe Jaycee Later in the program was the Globus DIJ (purse 600,000HUF, 2400 meters autostart) and 7/1 Disney HR (7f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) scored in 1.18.3kr with Andrea Fazekas at the lines, Juhasz Balazs trains this winner as well as second finishing 1.5/1 Rocky HR (8g Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) that he piloted. 9.5/1 Samuel Becket AT (8m Diablo Va Bene) took thirds for Tibor Hajnal. The top two are from the successful SJs Photo mare, Times.Disney HR Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Ursa Caf (7f Explot Caf-Crismar-Campo Ass) took today’s Pr. Encat (purse 55,000€, 2250 meters autostart) at Milano La Maura. Timed in 1.13.2kr the winner had Antonio DiNardo as her pilot, she a winner of over 338,000€. Deimos Racing S (7g Quite Easy-Athena Haleryd-Pine Chip) was a game second for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti, ahead of Sonia (9g Donato Hanover-Ele Code-Uronometro) with Rebe Legati up. Toscarella (8f Varenne-Day Love Blue-Ganymede) took fourth for Mas Castaldo. Ursa Caf  The Ursa Caf pedigree is shown below. . Gaet, Blodbanken files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

An exceptional racing program highlighted Sunday’s Paris-Vincennes celebration of the Middle East featuring Lebanon and Turkey, as described in a section below. The groupe level races began with the Prix du Pontavice de Heussey (monte Gr. III, 90,000€, 2175 meters, European eligibles). 1.4/1 favorite Boss du Meleuc (9g Lucky Blue-Rafale du Meleuc) scored timed in 1.11.kr for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Yannick Alain Briand. The winner secured his 20th career win in 70 starts now for 788,100€ earned. The 3.9/1 Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec) was next for trainer Robert Bergh and with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. 26/1 Eros de Chene was third for P.Ph. Ploquin with 10/1 Exotica de Retz home fourth. Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes continued its policy of affinity events with a novelty, this the Feast at the 100% Oriental Hippodrome. This 2020 edition presented gourmet tables with couscous, tagines, mint tea, Lebanese and Turkish specialties; dance performances; oriental music; and Bedouin village -the world of the Sahara with carpets, lanterns, copper lamps, veils, palm trees. The atmosphere also entertained the little ones with the free activities of Superdimanche (mini commentators, rodeo racing, pony baptisms (from 1pm to 5.30pm), pedal sulkys, stable tours, workshops pedagogical stake). The race named the Prix de Fete 100% Orientale (purse 43,000€) went to 16/1 Egerie Quesnot (6f Sam Bourbon) with Matthieu Abrivard up timed in 1.14.7kr. This was the day’s Quinte+ race and there were 20 exact order winning tickets that each paid 46,384.20€. The Q+ pool reached 4,935,606€ and over 10,644,000€ was wagered in the race (all wagering pools). Egerie Quesnot The Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (Criterium des Jeunes Gr. 1, purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) was the racing showcase of this day and victory was earned by 1.1/1 favorite Havana d’Aurcy (3f Royal Dream-Avila) as she scored for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire for breeder/owner Cyril Lelarge. Havana won for the sixth time in 10 starts now for 253,200€ earned. The 14/1 Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) was second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Bazire. 9/1 Heartbreaker One (3m Alto de Viette) was placed third due to a rival miscue dq, with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Luc Roelens. 48/1 Hora Beji and 10/1 Heavens Pride completed the top five. Havana d’Aurcy Replay - https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-02-16/7500/6   The Prix d’Orthez (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, European four year olds) was the next groupe level event and Italy showed up strongly. Even money favorite Always EK (4m Filipp Roc-Nike EK) scored in 1.15.6kr with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Scuderia Efflebi, his third win in France and his life earnings are now 104,826€.   The 25/1 stablemate Aramis EK (4m Nad Al Sheba) was next for the same owner and trainer and with reinsman Pietro Gubellini. Gamble River, off at 4.3/1 odds, was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Gerard Manzi. Always EK The Prix d’Arras (purse 51,000€, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) saw 1.14.3kr timed and 2.6/1 odds Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) score gamely for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Jan Lyng. Moni Viking has five wins in 14 outings in France and today lifted his life earnings to 241,041€. 15/1 Dream Cash took second for Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 2.1/1 Desperado (7g Kesaco Phedo) was third, this one also a Bazire trainee, for pilot Alexandre Abrivard, Moni Viking The program completed with the coldbloods competing in the Prix des Trotteurs Sang Froid (purse 18,000€, 2100 meters autostart) with the victory to 10/1 HV Tuuri (10m Turo-HV Kipina) handled by Iikka Nurmonen for trainer Ossi Normonen. HV Tuuri LeTrot, PMO., JMB files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The first of three groupe level contests this day at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes was the Gr. III monte Prix Holly du Locton (purse 60,000€, 2175 meters, three year old females) and 3.3/1 Harley Rock (3f Bird Parker-Victoire du Biwetz) prevailed in 1.14.9kr for jockey Benjamin Rochard and breeder/owner/trainer Tony LeBeller. She won for third time in four career starts now for 55,350€ earned. The 1.8/1 Happiness Ellis (3f Opus Viervil) was second with Mathieu Mottier aboard. Horee d’Ar (3f Uriel Speed) was third for jockey Damien Bonne and breeder/owner/trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Harley Roc The three year old males contested the Gr. III monte Prix Edouard Marcillac (purse 60,000€, 2175 meters) and the game front striding 3.7/1 Hudson Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Beilsa Vedaquaise) held on to score in 1.14.2kr with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. Philippe Allaire owns and trains this J.P. Guay bred youngster that posted his third career win now for 67,680€ earned. The 2.6/1 Heart of Gold (3m Bird Parker-Corsica) was second for David Thomain and owner/trainer Allaire. 17/1 Hugh de Banville (3m Akin di Cap Vert) was a distant third for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Franck Anne. Hudson Vedaquais The Gr. III Prix de Nevers (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters) drew a large talented field of older trotteurs with 2.1/1 Violetto Jet (6m From Above-Nocciolaia Jet) the winner reined by Franck Niavrd for Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaele and trainer Philippe Billard. Violetto won his third straight and eighth in France now for life earnings of 353,942€. The 28/1 Elvis du Vallon (6m Reve de Beylev) followed for Charles Cuiller and third home was 5.3/1 Velvet Gio (6g Nad Al Sheba) for Gabriele Gelormini. 25/1 Portland and 9/1 Calina completed the top five. Well regarded Classic Connection was a miscue dq late in the stretch drive. Violetto Jet The Quinte+ race this day was the Prix de Chateaurenard (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European) and 15/1 Diablo du Noyer (7m Jasmin de Flore-Une et Indivisible) scored impressively timed in 1.13.5kr with Eric Raffin at the lines. William Bigeon trains the winner for Claude Guedj as he raised his life earnings to 365,050€. The 9/1 Dostoievski (7g Ganymede) rallied for a nose beaten second with Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 4.1/1 Cyrell d’Atom (8g Otello Pierji) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois beaten less than a half length. The next two on the line were off at 57/1 and 88/1 respectively and that set up a Q+ exact order payoff of 146,477.80€ for four winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,691,474€ and over 8,136,000€ was wagered on the race. Diablo du Noyer LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

This day’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix Jean Boillereau (purse 53,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) at Cagnes sur Mer. 7.7/1 Bulle de Laumont (9f Hand du Vivier-Ozo de Laumont) rallied from far back off a 25 meter handicap to score in 1.12.4kr. Stephane Cingland teamed his trainee to victory for owner Andre Pigace, the 22nd career victory for this nice mare that now sports life earnings of 462,780€. Josaine Pigace bred this winner. The 8.7/1 Cash des Caillons (8g Paris Haufor) was second for Eric Raffin and 2.3/1 Angle of Attack (8g Scarlet Knight) took third for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Robert Bergh. 8.4/1 Black d’Arjeanc and 8.7/1 Conchitana Jenilou completed the top five. The Q+ exact order winning tickets paid 2,263.80€ and there were 157 of them. The Q+ pool was 3,570,910€ and the total wagered on this race reached 7,712,000€. Bulle de Laumont On Sunday there are three groupe level contests and an event for the coldbloods: Gr. III Prix Beur FM (purse 90,000€, 2175 meters, European) Gr. I Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (purse 170,000, 2700 meters, three year olds) Gr. III Prix d’Orthez (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, four year olds) Prix Tortteurs Sang Froid (purse 18,000€, 2100 meters autostart, coldbloods) LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 3/2 favorite Danae de Corbery (7f Quel Amour Dudel-Riventosa) took this day’s Quinte+ Prix de Senlis (purse 43,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Franck Ouvrie was the winning pilot for owner/trainer Yann Docquin. The winner was timed in 1.11.7kr as she recorded victory number eight in 34 starts now for 170,280€. The 9/1 Comete des Vaux (8f Singalo) was a distant second for L.J. Legros and 4.4/1 Ugolinast (7f Civil Action) was third for Santo Mollo. 10/1 Unar Bi (7f Toss Out) was fourth for Robin Bakker and 20/1 Dwelling Heights (7f Quaker Jet) was fifth with Franck Nivard up. The exact order Q+ payoff was 763.40€ with 1,120 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,400,210€ and over 7,385,000€ was wagered on this race. Danae de Corbery The prior day at Vincennes saw the Prix de Chambord (purse 59,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) go to 43/1 Calle Crown (6m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) clocked in a quick 1.11.1kr. Pierre Vercruysse was his pilot for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Calle Crown raised his life earnings to 266,404€. Calle out battled the 1.1/1 favorite Vipera Killer Gar (6f Varenne-Uakland) in the lane, the latter reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Vitale Ciotolo. 11/1 Ghazi BR (6m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was third for Alexandre Abrivard driving for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Calle Crown At Krieau Austria that day was the Prix US-Isle of Capril Amateur (purse 3,000€, 2100 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 3.2/1 Traffic Lux (8g Self Possessed-Buena di Jesolo) score for owner/driver Milan Kovacevic for trainer Sascha Fischer, timed in 1.18.4kr. 3.6/1 Madness (6g Brandy dei Fiori) was second for Martin Jelleschiutz and 3.6/1 Pik Dame (6f November) was third for Mme Nadja Reiserba, Traffic Lux This race brought attention to the upcoming FEGAT World Amateur Championship that is scheduled for February 22-26 at Florida’s Isle Pompano Park. LeTrot, PMU, FEGAT files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Unique Vil (7m Conway Hall-Debroah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) took the weekend Kincsem Park featured Imike DIJ (purse 600,000€, 1960 meters distance handicap) with a 1.18.1kr timed victory. He was handicapped 40 meters and reined by trainer Istvan Papp, off at 12.4/1 odds. Two other 40 meter penalized trotters followed the winner with second to 7.7/1 Milliondollar Lux (14m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) handled by Ferenc Nagy III. Third was 3/1 Victory Knick (8g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) with Emil Csordas aboard. Unique Vil Horsemen and women and their horses were honored at the annual Gala held at Kincsem Park. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDIK1v5GhkY&feature=emb_logo Kincsem Park files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Davidson du Pont (7m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont), off at 1.3/1 as favorite, and reined expertly by his trainer Jean Michel Bazire, held off the magnificent late rush from 2.4/1 Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) to win the Gr. I Grand Prix de France (International UET Masters Series, purse 350,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes on Sunday clocked in 1.11.1kr. Davidson, away alertly and raced on the front, is owned by his breeder Albert Rayon and he now has earned 1,297,310€ from 13 victories in 41 starts. Bazire had not driven Davidson since March 2, 2019 when he was second to Face Time Bourbon in the Prix de Selection when he was timed in 1.10.1kr and was handicapped 25 meters that day. Today, Face Time, driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Scuderia Bivans Srl, was away third behind pocket sitting Uza Josselyn and then moved to third in the second tier but he was blocked until it was too late to catch Davidson that Bazire rated perfectly. Face Time closed stoutly with impressive late speed. 20/1 Delia du Pommereux (7f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) made a late rush to earn third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 99/1 Bahia Quesnot (9f Scipion du Goutier) held fourth for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa after making a death seat challenge to Davidson during the contest. To watch the race replay, click here.  The 23/1 Vitruvio (6m Adrian Chip) was fifth for Alessandro Gocciadoro, nosing out 11/1 Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash) with Eric Raffin up. 35/1 Billie de Montfort was seventh ahead of 281/1 veteran Valko Jenilat and 39/1 Uza Josselyn. Davidson du Pont   Bazire and Goop The Grand Prix de France was the Quinte+ race of the day and 420 exact order winning tickets each returned 5,841.20. The Q+ pool was 7,253,687€ and the total wagered on the race (all pools) was 14,004,000€. Next up in two weeks is the Grand Prix de Paris, a marathon event raced over 4150 meters for a 350,000€ purse, that completes the Triple Crown of the Winter Meet at Paris-Vincennes, of which there will not be a 2020 champion. The 2019 Paris edition went to Belina Josselyn that today was a miscue dq early in the race. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 6.9/1 mild long shot, Evangelina Blue (6f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) stormed home in deep stretch to win today’s Gr. I monte Prix des Centaures (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters, nine starters) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes Sunday. Mathieu Mottier was the jockey for owner/trainer J.Ph. Mary as Evangelina Blue won for the eighth time in 29 career starts, now for 621,500€ earned. Race time was 1.12.1kr and the winner was clocked in 1.11.7kr over her final 500 meters. The race fractions follow (1.06.4kr with 1500 meters remaining; 1.09.5kr at the 1000; 1.12.8kr at the 500 meters to go mark). To watch the race replay, click here. The 8/10 favorite Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was a game second for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. 8.8/1 Gospel Pat (4m Uriel Speed) was third with David Thomain in the irons for trainer Allaire. 18/1 Goforme de Houelle (4f Icare de Pouline) was fourth for Adrien Lamy and trainer/owner/breeder Franck Leblanc. Evangelina Blue by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Florida Sport (5f Tornado Bello-Victoria Sport) took the Gr. II Prix Jean de Gomidec (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters) at Vincennes clocked in 1.12.3kr. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Donimique Blond trainee for Ecurie Bruni. Florida Sport earned her sixth career victory now for 237,980€ earned. Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vincenza) was second after staging a furious stretch rally for Jean Philippe Dubois and trainer Philippe Moulin. Ecurie Victoria Dreams owns this mare. Third was Freya du Pont (5f Quinoa du Gers-Parade du Pont) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire the pilot. Well regarded Fleche Bourbon was an early miscue dq. Florida Sport The Prix Guy Lux et Leon Zitrone (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European eligibles) led the undercard and Dear Friend (7f Orlando Vici-Juventas Broline) rallied late along the pegs to score her second straight win in France. Johan Untersteiner teamed the winner, that he also trains, for owner S.F. Mauro. Timed in 1.13.2kr Dear Friend now has 331,745€in career earnings. Dayana Berry (7f Scipion du Goutier-Idee du Corta) was second handled by Alexandre Abrivard for owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Datcha (7f The Best Madrik) took third with Yoann Leborugeois up for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Dear Friend On Sunday a great Vincennes program features the Gr. I International Grand Prix de France with a lineup of 14 for the world’s best trotteurs. Face Time Bourbon will seek to repeat his Amerique victory, this time from post eight behind the mobile barrier, against rivals Davidson du Pont, that Jean Michel Bazire will drive, Belina Josselyn, Bold Eagle, Uza Josselyn, Vituvio and Billie de Montfort. 15:55 C5 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2020 Course Internationale Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (G à V), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. The program also includes the Gr. I monte Prix des Centaures. Feeling Cash and Evangelina Blue headline this nine horse field of four to six year olds. 14:35 C3 - PRIX DES CENTAURES 200 000€ Groupe I - Monté - 2200m - Grande piste Pour 4, 5 et 6 ans (G, F et E), hongres exclus, les 4 ans ayant gagné au moins 38.000, les 5 et 6 ans au moins 45.000. - Avance de 25 m. aux 4 ans. Sont seules admises à monter les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

A total 31 top class trotteurs have been engaged to Sunday’s (February 9) Grand Prix de France (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, purse 350,000€) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes including the Prix d'Amerique stalwarts Face Time Bourbon, Davidson du Pont and Belina Josselyn. This group also includes Bold Eagle, Billie de Montfort, Vituvio and Propulsion. The shorter distance could assist the veteran performers. J-P Dubois’ Classic Connection was engaged and he is also listed in Saturday’s Prix de Munich on Saturday. He won on the Amerique card in impressive fashion in 1.11.4kr over 2100 meters. Classic Connection Perhaps this victory is a signal for the future. Ther winners’ dam Crys Dream foaled a nice Tactical Landing filly on January 10 at Arcadia Farm in Kentucky. Congrats to Marie Ortolan and veterinarian Dr. Justin Murray. Crys Dream (12f Taurus Dream-Crystas Image-Balanced Image) was a 12 time winner in 21 career starts for US$997.378 in life earnings. C4 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350,000€  Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2020 Course Internationale Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (G à V), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. The Sunday (February 9) Paris-Vincennes card also includes the Gr. I monte Prix des Centaures (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters distance handicap, four to six year olds). This group of 41 engaged includes Face Time Bourbon, Feeling Cash, Fado du Chene, Evangelina Blue and Etonnant, the latter that races superbly against Bilibili last weekend. We will know on Thursday which event Face Time Bourbon will contest. J-P Dubois’ Classic Connection was also engaged and he is also listed in Saturday’s Prix de Munich on Saturday. He won on the Prix d'Amerique card in impressive fashion.   C7 - PRIX DES CENTAURES 200,000€    Groupe I - Monté - 2200m - Grande piste Pour 4, 5 et 6 ans (G, F et E), hongres exclus, les 4 ans ayant gagné au moins 38.000, les 5 et 6 ans au moins 45.000. - Avance de 25 m. aux 4 ans. Sont seules admises à monter les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes saw some powerful Groupe tests on Sunday. The Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw the 9/10 favorite Falcao de Laurma (5m Uniclove-Rangoon) scored timed in 1.11.8kr for reinsman Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Armand Speisser owns this winner of now 520,230€ in life earnings off his six career victories.  The 9/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik) took second for pilot Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Richard Westerink. Follow You (5m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) was third for pilot Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Falco de Laurma, Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin  The Prix de La Pais”Rouen” (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, six year old European eligibles) produced a 1.12.9kr timed victory for even-money favorite Violetto Jet (6m From Above-Nocciolaia Jet) and pilot Franck Nivard. The win raised his life earnings to 313,442€ for owner Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaele and trainer Philippe Billard. 33/1 Zelou (6m Love You) was second for David Thomain and trainer Billard. Billard also trains the third finishing Vash Top (6f Ready Cash) that Francois Lagadeuc handled. Violetto Jet, Franck Nivard driving for Philippe Billard The Gr. III Prix de L’Amite Franco-Afraicaine (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters) brought together a solid field of aged trotteurs and in this one the 1.12.9kr timed winner was 3.4/1 Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana) with Franck Ouvrie driving for Ecurie Skytten and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. The victory raised Earl’s career earnings to 714,610€. 10/1 Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger) was second for Christophe Martens and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Third went to 9/1 Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec) that Bjorn Goop reined for trainer Robert Bergh, 28/1 Tessy d’Ete and 50/1 Eridan completed the top five. Earl Simon, Franck Ouvrie up, a game winner   The final groupe event on the Sunday Vincennes program was the Prix Indienne (Gr. IIIm purse 80,000€, monte, 2200 meters, European eligibles) and the impressive 5.2/1 odds winner was Ezalyo Smart (6m Prince Gede) with jockey Mathieu Mottier in the irons for Ecurie Smart and trainer Cyrille Buhigne. This victory increased the winners’ lifetime earnings to 221,580€ with this his sixth win in 51 career starts. The 8/10 favorite Egro Jenilou (6g Village Mystic) rallied for Eric Raffin and trainer Louis Baudron but could not reach the winner in deep stretch. 2.3/1 Fuego de Houelle (5g Rieussec) was third for Adrien Lamy and trainer Franck Leblanc, he a proven exceptional trainer of monte performers. Ezalyo Smart, Mottier up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Dr. Paul Spears of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company and Hanover Shoe Farms spoke on Tuesday at Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary on “Breeding a Derby Champion” to an enthusiastic audience of trotting breeders and trainers (National Trotting Breeders’ Association of Hungary “UTOE”). The program was part of an ongoing series of educational events arranged by the UTOE. Dr. Spears focused his remarks on pedigree analysis and the factors that have proven successful in the USA and at Hanover Shoe Farms. He illustrated that success using the profile of Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit, also a multiple fast-class winner in Europe. The UTOE’s Karoj Kotun (Breeding Manager) and Dr. Attila Balogh (President) presented Dr. Spears with a gift of thanks for his work to benefit Hungarian breeders. Thanks also to the other team members that made this educational event successful:  István Pacsi - CEO of two companies Kincsem Nemzeti Loverseny Kft (racing organizer) and Magyar Loversenyfogadast Szervezo Kft (wagering company) Rezső Szecsi - Vice President of UTOE  Botond Kovacs - works with the racecourse company Andrea Fazekas - amateur driver, works with UTOE György Horvath - driver, breeder (left to right – Mr. Karoj Kotun, Dr. Paul Spears, Dr. Attila Balogh)   It was a packed house to hear Dr. Paul Sears speak. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

For the third time in a row, Bilibili and harness racing jockey Alexandre Abrivard won the Prix de l’Ile de France, a Group I under saddle race, at Vincennes Sunday afternoon (Feb. 2) and was timed in a new world record 1.52.3 (mile rate). A 9-year old French trotter, Bilibili is under saddle specialist. In fact, all his lifetime earnings of more than $2 million were won in under saddle races. Bilibili was the 1-5 favorite to win this 1/5-16 mile event which has a standing start. A victory also added 100,000 Euro to as a bonus for Bilibili winning the three biggest under saddle races during the winter meeting. Although he won, Bilibili had to fight for the victory, as outsider Etonnant, with Eric Raffin in the saddle, was hard to get by. Etonnant was in command from start and with half-mile to go, it seemed that Bilibili would have a very tough task to catch him. But going down the stretch Etonnant started to fade and Bilibili was now flying. Bilibili trotted the last fraction in :27.3 and and won by a length. Bilibili is sired by Niky and his grandson is Viking’s Way, the grandsire of Ready Cash. He is owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon, recently elected chairman of the French Le Trot-organization, and is trained by Laurent-Claude Abrivard, the father of the his rider. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

Racing resumed today at Kincsem Park following their exceptional New Year’s Eve celebration and the featured Evnyito DIJ (purse 600,000HUf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to 1.17.9kr timed and 16/1 odds Vital RG (6m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park). Tibor Hajnal teamed the winner to his eighth win in 32 starts in Hungary. The 1.2/1 favporite Alexander UR (6g Infinitif) overcame a 20 meter handicap and rallied for second with Sandor Varga aboard. Another 20 meter penalized trotter, Pierra del Bar (11f Abano As), ended third with Balazs Juhasz at her lines. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Vincennes, France – Following the outside cover of Davidson Du Pont, harness racing driver Bjorn Goop and Face Time Bourbon weaved their way around horses and was able to post a two-length triumph to win the 100th Grand Prix d’Amerique race at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes Sunday. It was the 19th victory in just 22 career starts for Face Time Bourbon. The five-year-old son of two-time Prix d’Amerique winner, Ready Cash, is now harness racing newest international trotting star. The race began with a Calvary charge for control of the early lead with horses racing three-wide for the first half mile of the 1.67-mile race (2,700 meters). Billie De Montfort (Gabriele Gelormini) held the early lead, then Excellent (Alexandre Abrivard) got to the front and Propulsion (Orjan Kihlstrom) was able to drop into the two-hole along the rail. And all the while there was Davidson Du Pont and driver Franck Ouvire parked out first-over and not giving up an inch. Meanwhile, Goop and Face Time Bourbon were following their cover second over. Excellent then went off-stride and that allowed Looking Superb (David Thomain) a brief time on the lead, but as they finally reached the top of the stretch, Davidson Du Pont, parked the mile, was in the lead, but Goop moved down along the rail and passed them by with Face Time Bourbon for the victory in 1’11’50. Davidson Du Pont held for the second place with the mare, Belina Josselyn (Jean-Michel Bazire), last year’s Prix d’Amerique winner, finishing third. Bold Eagle was never in the hunt and finished 10th in the field of 18 starters. Ringostarr Treb, making his final start before going to the stud barn, make a break and finished last. Trained by Sebastien Guarato, Face Time Bourbon is owned by Scuderia Bivans SLR. It was his sixth straight win. He went off at odds of 4.9-1 odds. Before the Prix d’Amerique race, everyone at the track was treated to an unbelievable show on the racetrack celebrating American soldiers coming to help France in World War I. The crowds were so packed that is was impossible to try and get on the track apron to watch the show. Luckily for most, it was broadcast on all three jumbo screens in the infield. It was a presentation that left many speechless, amazed and proud to be part of this special day’s events. On the track were the following: 100 children dressed in driver colors with helmets 100 Horse costume parade and dance 100 Harley-Davidson motorcycles parade, each with an American Flag 100 cheerleaders in USA outfits carrying Prix d’Amerique and American Flags Introduction of the 18 drivers in the Prix d’Amerique race, each driver came through the throngs of crowds, holding the hand of a child dressed in USA colors. Drivers giving Hi-Fives to fans, posing for selfies and then were escorted off the track on two-seater Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Before the Prix d’Amerique race there was an outstanding performance of horsemanship by the French Royal Lancers. They performed precision riding with both lances and sabers while their special band played. There was also a very strong undercard at Vincennes with seven Graded Stakes. Total purses for the day was over 1.6 million euros. Major sponsors of this year’s Prix d’Amerique included Case IH Agriculture, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Lalique, RMC Sports Talk Radio, Gras Savoye, Lenotre Paris, FRM (Medicale), 20 Minutes and Printemps Nation. 100,000€ Prix Harley-Davidson This Groupe II stake was monte (racing under saddle) going 2700 meters (1.67 miles). It was a standing start and once the word go was given, jockey Mathie Mottier came charging from the far outside with Fame Music to take a commanding six length lead. As the field settled down, Flicka De Blary and jockey Camille Levesque went on the outside and had to settle for a pocket trip behind Fame Music as those two held a five-length lead over the field. Then as they came around the final turn, Fame Music went off-stride and was pulled to the inside of the track. That left Flicka De Blary and Levesque all alone in the lead and they held that lead through the stretch to win by six open lengths in 1”14’10. Flicka De Blary is a five-year-old mare by Sam Bourbon. She is trained by Thomas Levesque for the Levesque Stable. Flicka De Blary was the 2-1 favorite. 100,000€ Prix Case This Groupe II stake was another monte event but longer in distance at 2,850 meters (1.77 miles). The race belonged to Emir De Robomard and jockey Julien Raffestin who took the early lead away from Aribo Mix (Guillaume Martin) and then led the field nearly the entire race. As they charged down the stretch, Canan Prior and jockey Aurelien Desmarres kept gaining ground and collared Emir De Robomard at the wire to win by a half-length in 1’13’80. It was the 21st win for the eight-year-old son of Sancho Panca, who is owned and trained by Sylvain Desmarres. He went off at odds of 4-1. 100,000€ Prix RMC Sports Talk Another Grade II stake, only this race went behind the starting gate with 14 starters. Gotland (Eric Raffin) was first to leave the cut the mile until halfway through the race when Green Grass (Mathieu Mottier) came first-over, giving live cover to Gu D’Heripre (Franck Nivard). Then in a classic stretch drive to the wire, Gu D’Heripre was able to hold off a late charge by the race favorite, Gunilla D’Atout (Bjorn Goop), to win by a neck in 1’11’60. For Gu D’Heripre, a four-year-old son of Coktail Jet, it was a lifetime mark for trainer Philippe Billard and the D’Heripre Stable. He was the second choice in the race at odds of 4-1. TRACK NOTES: John Campbell, President and CEO of the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Society has been in Paris this week for the big race and was overheard saying that plans are in the works for Bold Eagle to come back to America and race. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink