Day At The Track

April 25, 2018 - Today’s featured 4th leg of the GNT Paris-Turf (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2625 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) was at Agen La Garenne and the result was a dead-heat victory shared by 29/1 Aribo Mix (8g Reve des Vallees-Hardness) handicapped 25 meters and reined by trainer Dominik Cordeau. Ecurie Saint Hilaire owns the now 10 time winner for €294,780 earned. The 3/5 favorite and 50 meter handicapped Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’arrive du Gers) rallied on the pegs for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, the 31st career win for the now winner of €1,488,372. 47/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) was third for trainer/driver Christophe Feyte after racing at the front, ahead of 24/1 Baronne de Bapre (7f Prodigious) for Frederic Closier and 5.4/1 Cavalleria (6f Prodigious) teamed by trainer Nicolas Ensch, this one penalized 25 meters. Race time of Aribo Mix was 1.13.0kr with Aubrion du Gers clocked in 1.12.3kr. The field raced three wide in a close pack during the last lap before some separation took place in the lane. Thomas H. Hicks

April 24, 2018 - The Prix Masina (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 three year old females) began the top harness racing action this evening and it went to 26/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up and Quick-Ravissante Jo) timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc trains this one for owner Emmanuel Baziller, and Ted now has three wins in 13 starts for €147,380 earned. 11/1 Fantastic Life (3f Prodigious-True Life) took second driven by breeder Jean Philippe Dubois for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 78/1 Fipsie de Guez (3f Tango Quick-Utsie de Guez) has third for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. 3/5 favorite Fly With Us was a dq. The co-feature Tuesday evening at Vincennes was the Prix Paule Karle (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 three year old colts) and 2/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) scored in 1.15kr for driver Franck Niavrd. This Sebastien Guarato trainee is owned by Scuderia Bivans Srl, was bred by Ecurie Dream With Me, and now has five wins in eight career starts for €146,950. 1.9/1 Fajor du Lorault (3m Vaillant Cash-Native du Lorault) was a close second for Francois Lecanu and trainerFrederic Heon. with 6.4/1 Fantissime (3m Ready Cash-Invre de Victoire) took third with Yoann Lebourgeois up for breeder/trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederic Sauque. The Gr. I International Olympiatravet takes place at Aby on Saturday with a nice field at the start. Thomas H. Hicks

April 21, 2018 - V75 action Saturday was at Umaker (SWE) featuring first the Berth Johanssons Memorial (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 2/1 Diamanten (5m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) scored for Erik Adielsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson. Forspro B owns this career winner 21 times in 30 starts for earning of 5,866,911SEK. Race time today was 1.13.6kr. 5/1 Muscle Hustle (5m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and 2/1 Makethemark (4m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Cantab Hall) was third for Ulf Ohlsson, ahead of 40/1 Milligan’s School  (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo). The V75 Gold was the Olympiatravet Trial #4 (200,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) and 13/1 Beau Mec (11m Jag de Bellouet-Extreme Lady-Meadow Gallant) was victorious timed in 1.11.6kr and teamed by Carl Johan Jepson for trainer Lars Wikstrom. 1.9/1 Cruzado dela Noche (6m Muscle Massive-Alidate-Credit Winner) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stefan Melander with third earned by 60/1 Explosive de Vie (7g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) with Kevin Oscarsson the pilot for trainer Jim Oscarsson. Other interesting Umaker wins included first the V75 Silver (150,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) that 4/1 Qahar QC (7g Scipion du Gautier-Mumma QC-Enjoy Lavec) won for Ulf Ohlsson clocked in 1.13.8kr. The Bronze V75 (purse to winner 125,000SEK, 1640 meters autostart) went to quick 1.11kr timed Disco Volante (5g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) also with Ohlsson up, this for trainer Stefan Melander and owner Stall Courant AB. On April 21 at Forus the impressive Ferrari B.R. (5m Muscles Yankee-Bauxite-SJs Caviar-Whitesand Hall-Victory Dream) took the Kjell Hakonsens Minne over 1600 meters timed in 1.10.6kr. Per Oleg Midtfjeld teamed the winner to a three length score to earn 100,000NOkr first money. Midtfjeld has been a prominent trainer/driver for years that included the former Zweig Memorial winner Cromwell, a son of Credit Winner. Pingus Vang and Donatomite were next to the line, no match for the winner who last year won in a 1:52.2 mile rate over 2100 meters. Ferrari B.R. is expected to race in the Copenhagen Cup hoping to create an Elitloppet invite. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 21, 2018 - 5.2/1 Villam Ville (4g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) rallied to score an easy 1.17.5kr timed harness racing victory in Saturday’s 600,000Huf Soldo DIJ, raced over 1900 meters autostart. Imre Fazekas trains and drive the winner that Pimri owns. Uzsorasno (5f Maximus Lindy) got up for second driven by Balazs Juhasz and third was Vital RG (4m SJs Photo) with Tibor Hajnal aboard. Trencsen (6m Ata Star L) took the fourth check for Laszlo Kolozsi. The undercard included several interesting victories, first in the Evi Amator Kupa Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) where Beatrix Galindo AT (5f Tony Oaks-Boa Vista Vita-Just Had A Vision) scored for Zoltan Gyolai and trainer Istvan Papp. Animal Trade Racing of Szerbia owns this 1.18.5kr timed winner. Earlier the Cicero DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to Urzulina (5f Maximus Lindy-Ciccolina Fling-Supergill) clocked in 1.18.2kr for driver/trainer Tibor Hajnal. Napsugar owns this one that Kabala Menes Kft bred. Another Kabala Menes Kft product won the Dalias DIV (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) as White Lady (4f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) scored in 1.17.5kr with Dejan Katanic driving for SRB trainer Mihajlo Kuzmanov. White Lady has three wins and a placing in only four HU career starts. Thomas H. Hicks

April 21, 2018 - The featured Prix de l’Atlantique Casino Barriere (Gr. I International, purse €200,000, 2159 meters autostart, seven starters) this afternoon at Enghien went to Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) in a fight to the wire as the Franck Nivard teamed and Sebastien Guarato trained champion, that raced on a rated front end, fought back in the lane to head Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) reined by trainer J-M Bazire and fast closing Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) piloted by J.Ph. Monclin for trainer Philippe Allaire.. Race time was 1.13.6kr off slow fractions (1.17kr at the 1000 to go mark 1.15.2 at 500). Billie de Montfort and Akim de Cap Vert completed the top five. Bold Eagle recorded his second straight victory and 39th in a career that now has earned €4,131,620. Thomas H. Hicks

April 20, 2018 - Harness racing action Tuesday evening at Paris-Vincennes included the Prix Henrietta (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.15.7kr victory earned by 1.8/1 Everest Vedaquais (4g Ready Cash-Spandelle) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. J.P. Guay was this one’s breeder. The same card also featured the monte Gr. III Prix Cornelia (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters). 12/1 Caduceas des Baux (6g Mark Speed-Frestina des Baux) scored for Matthieu Abrivard and breeder/owner Jack Dowie. 10/1 Union de Bellar was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and 2.3/1 Bohemian Rhapsody was third for Camille Levesque. Wednesday’s Q+ was at Pontchateau in the Prix de la Ville de Pontchateau (purse €40,000, 2800 meters 18 starters). 25/1 Bemnde Torvic (7g Jag de Bellouet-Roche du Chatelet) scored for J.Ph. Monclin timed in 1.14.9kr. Stephane Meunier trains the winner for Ecurie Auemath. Chasing the winner were 12/1 Actrice Revee and 8.2/1 Baccarat de Niro. Thursday action at Enghien included the featured monte Prix de Fumel (purse €51,000, 2875 meters, nine starters) and 4.3/1 Diamant de Larre (5g Magificent Rodney-Rose de Larre) scored for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and Ecurie la Petteviniere. 9/1 Daelia de Vandel took second for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of 3.7/1 Deauville with Guillaume Martin in the irons. Evening action returned to Paris-Vincennes on Friday. The Prix Alethia (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to the 1.12.1kr quick timed and 7/10  favorite Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire for owner Ecurie J.M. Rancoule. 3.4/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and third was 23/1 Vicomte de Corveil (8g Orlando Vici) wit Franck Nivard up. The Vincennes card also included the Q+ Prix Neptuna (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 1.8/1 Cadix (6f Ready Cash-Mazurka) scored timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Alain Laurent and Ecurie Cheffreville. 8.7/1 Belle d’Hermes (7f Quinoa du Gers) was second for reinsman Franck Nivard and 14/1 Capucine d’Avril (6f Lets Go Along) took the third spot for Franck Ourvrie.The Prix Clarisse (purse €72,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 European starters) closed out the evening top action and 4.1/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) scored for J.Ph. Monclin, owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and the breeder was J.P. Guay. Race time was 1.12.7kr. The winners’ dam is a daughter of Look de Star-Jupilles-Corot, a career winner of €79250, and with Workaholic and Florestan in the maternal family. 19/1 Ducato Bourbon (5m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) was second for Franck Nivard driving the Franck Leblanc trainee for Ecurie Siray. 10/1 Gilda Newport (5f Donato Hanover-Color Schemes) was third for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar. This week the 33 year old driver/trainer/owner Matthieu Abrivard won victory #2000 with Charmeuse Royale at Vincennes. Abrivard has record 14 groupe I victories in his brief career, both monte and sulky. Au trot monté : 4 Prix de Cornulier 2004, 2005, 2006 (Jag de Bellouet), 2017 (Bellissima France) 2 Prix des Centaures en 2004 (Mon Jeu Diam), 2016 (Athéna de Vandel) 2 Prix de Normandie en 2010 (Rombaldi), 2016 (Bellissima France) Prix du Président de la République en 2009 (Rombaldi) Prix d’Essai en 2015 (Carlos des Caux) Au trot attelé : 2 Critérium Continental 2012 (Un Mec d’Héripré) et 2017 (Doria Desbois) Prix de Paris 2010 (Private Love) Prix Albert Viel 2017 (Eros du Chêne) Thomas H. Hicks

April 21, 2018 - Today’s featured Seinajoki Race in Finland (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart) went to veteran campaigned Call Me Keeper (8m Pine Chip-Elia Keeper-Credit Winner) timed in 1.12.7kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Call Me Keeper now has earnings of €594,780. Peace of Mind (7f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) took second for Italy’s Alessandro Gocciador, ahead of the Johan Untersteiner piloted Pastor Bob. The week in Scandinavia was interesting. On April 17 at Solvalla Perfect Spirit (4m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) won a 1660 meter voltstart event for 60,000SEK. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the 1.12kr timed winner that SRF Stable owns and Hanover Shoe Farm bred. Daniel Reden now trains this horse that won last year’s Hambletonian on a dq. Muscleman FI was second and Mellby Fantom was third this day. Reportedly Perfect Spirit will next race at Aby on April 27. Also at Solvalla Lionel (8m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) was a dead-heat winner of a 75,000SEK, 2140 meter contest. Goran Antonsen owns and drive Lionel that Daniel Reden trains. He hit the wire with Charrua Forlan (8g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) and driver Hans Owe Sundberg. Third was the Erik Adielsson reined Giveitgasandgo with French Laundry home fourth. Winning Lionel is now 21-10-6 in 61 career starts for 12,802,093 earned. Thomas H. Hicks

April 21, 2018 - Trotting action Saturday was also at Enghien near Paris. The Q+ Prix Casino Barriere Enghien Les Bains (purse €60,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to strong finishing Totoo del Ronco (6m Ganymede-Magic Vision LF) reined by Fernando Minopoli for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Stable Minopoli. Race time was 1.12.8kr off rated fractions. Diamond (8g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) rallied up for second driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Paul Hagoort. Auch (8g Niky) held third for Charles J. Bigeon, The top five was completed by fourth finishing Cathy A Quira (6f Password) driven by J.Ph. Monclin and fifth was Ustang Ledois (10m Joyau dAmour) for Pierre Vercruysse. Four year old females battled in the Prix Ville de Saint-Gratien (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) and after breaking dq’s Estola (4fNectar-Nika) emerged victorious for driver Bjorn Goop, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and Ecurie P. Comte de Montesson. Extasy d’Ourville (4f Tucson-Mona d’Odyssee was second for driver David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato with third to Estelada de Font (4f Orateur) handled by Emmanuel Allard, also the trainer. Erming d’Ouverie and Elisone Mag completed the top five. The four year old males contested the Prix Ville d’Enghien (Gr.II, purse €120,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters) and Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) recovered for a 1.12.8kr timed victory for Franck Ouvrie, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten. Earl Simon won his first five starts and then was surprisingly fifth and second before today’s win. Enino du Pommereux (4m Coktail Jet-Nooure du Pommereux) took second for J-M Bazire, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Etonnant (4m Timoko) held on for third driven by Bjorn Goop. Richard Westerink is trainer/owner of Etonnant who led for much of the race. Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood) and Pierre Vercruysse finished fourth ahead of Eridan (4m Ready Cash) reined by David Thomain. Totoo del Ronco Thomas H. Hicks

April 15, 2018 - Sunday’s top harness racing action was at Torino, Italy on their 1004 meter oval. The PR Costa Azzurra (purse €154,000, 1600 meters autostart, ten starters) went to Tamure Roc (6f Explot Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.14.1kr and reined by Santo Mollo. This one gained the advantage mid-stretch when leading Dijon went off stride and was taken off course by driver Romain Derieux.  Tamure Roc now has 16 wins in 59 starts in Italy good for €311,726 earned. Timone EK (6m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) gained the second spot for Roberto Andreghetti. Third was Turno di Azzurra (6m Love You-Foga di Azzurra-Lemon Dra) with Fed Esposito at the lines. All three top finishing dams were sired by the exceptional Lemon Dra (1986 male by Sharif di Iesolo-Danea-Acero-Babele-Winter Park) that produced registered foals from 1993-2007 (kidnapped) and from 1997-2006 those foals numbered from 111-150 each year.  The other top Torino event was the PR Citta’ di Torino (purse €88,000, 2060 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.12.6kr timed score earned by Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) reined by Alessandro Gocciadoro, who also campaigned the dam. This one now has eight wins in 23 starts in Italy for €332,377 earned. Second was Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) with Ed. Loccisano up, ahead of Vaprio (4m Adrian Chip-Namibia-Cantab Hall). Jean Pierre Dubois’ Classic Connection was eighth after being parked three wide past the quarter mile mark and then parked in the death seat until tiring. Thomas H. Hicks

April 14, 2018 - 2.4/1 Day Or Night In (6m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) took Saturday’s Jagersro featured L.C. Peterson Broddas 2018 V75 Gold (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) reined by harness racing driver Johan Untersteiner and clocked in 1.11.7kr. The winner now has three 2018 wins in as many starts and 14 career victories in 37 outings. 2.3/1 Dante Boko (8g Going Kronos-Margherita Rose-Abo Volo) was second for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini and 14.3/1 Mindyourvalue WF was home third for Robert Bergh. The winner earned a spot in the Olympiatravet at Aby, a Gr. I event, along with previously named or earned spots to On Track Piraten, Ringostarr Treb, Zenit Brick, Lionel and Takethem. On the undercard at Jagersro was the V75 Silver (purse 150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 3.7/1 Rajesh Face (5m Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) scored for Lutfi Kolgjini, also trainer, timed in1.12kr. 3.9/1 Mister Crowe (8m Conway Hall-Somack-Mack Lobell) was second for Johnny Takter with third to 13.7/1 Springover driven by Peter Untersteiner. The winner scored in this his first 2018 appearances and he now has 11 career wins in 28 outings. The Breeders Course (three year olds, first final, 100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.14.5kr timed and 1.1/1 favorite Smokin Joe (3m Lavec Kronos-Knowledge Face-Viking Kronos) for Lutfi Kolgjini. 7.4/1 Paladin (3m Lavec Kronos-Damaniscotta-Andover Hall) was second for Roger Malmqvist. Earlier on the card the Olympiamonten (50,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Italy’s 1.3/1 Radieux (8g Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos) with Sofia Adolfsson in the irons for trainer Lutfi Kolgini. Scuderia Louisiana SRL bred this winner that scored in 1.12.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 14, 2018 - Recent import from Finland, 19.7/1 Part Two (9f Offshore Dream-Bel Ditto-Wired Pine), rallied late to win the prestigious Pulay Kornel Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) on Saturday at Kincsem Park timed in 1.16.7kr for harness racing trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. Second finishing 5/1 Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) and trainer/driver Imre Fazekas raced in the second tier and took the lead mid-stretch before the final rush by the winner. 2.7/1 Victory Knick (6g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) ended third for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. This one has recorded four wins and a second in his last five HU starts. On the superb undercard the Platter Chatter DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.16.8kr timed and 3/2 odds Timoteo (6m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) teamed by trainer Vlejko Mazsity. 3.4/1 Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi) with Sandor Varga up and 13.7/1 Oldtimer Diamant (8g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonna Lady-Titan Way) were home second and third. The Ipse Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) started off the day’s racing and the 1.17kr timed win went to 4.6/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) for trainer/driver Balszs Juhacz, his second straight score. 5.9/1 Rosamundi (10f Chipmate-Kama Sutra-Lindy’s Crown) was second for Jozef Karai and trainer Csaba Lakatos. Third was 3.7/1 Rocket Boy (5m Even Better Odds-Keystone Bluejay-Sierra Kosmos) handled by Andrea Nagyvary for trainer Imre Fazekas. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 14, 2018 - Three groupe tests and the Q+ Pris de la Lorraine (purse €72,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European entrants) led a superb harness racing  Vincennes Saturday. The Q+ victory was earned by 3.6/1 Blues d’Ourville (7g Password-Pursuit of Charm) with Pierre Houel aboard for trainer Mme. Virginie Lecroq. Race time was a quick 1.11.4kr. 7.7/1 Attaque Parisienne (8f Hulk des Champs) took second for reinsman Sebastian Ernault and owner/trainer Franck Harel, and third was 3.8/1 Blue Story (7f Opium) piloted by Pierre Levesque. 37/1 Eldrick Boko (7m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) and 7.4/1 Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem) with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard up completed the top five The Gr. III Prix Beaumanior (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine European starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed and 3.1/1 Diademe Blue (5g Gazouillis-Pepite d’Or Blue) with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer J.P. Mary. Catherine Dabouic-Mary owns this winner that defeated 2/1 Duke of Carless (5m L’As de Viretaute) and pilot Alexandre Abrivard. 4.3/1 Ezreal Jiel took third with Matthieu Abrivard aboard, ahead of 23/1 Disco des Molands and 8.7/1 Daniel Bon. Five year olds were on stage in the Prix Henri Levesque (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) and the impressive 1.11.6kr timed winner was 6.1/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) reined by trainer Sylvain Roger and owned by breeder Noel Lolic. 18/1 Dragon des Racques (5m Love You-Quinte des Racques) rallied on the pegs for second driven by Alexandre Abrivard and trained by L.Cl. Abrivard. A pack of contenders were next led by 1.7/1 Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) handled by Eric Raffin for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 4.4/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) landed fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Detroit Castelets and Dreammoko were fifth and sixth. Delia du Pommereux The Gr. II Prix Hemine (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, three years olds – monte) went to 2.8/1 Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. This one vaulted to the lead early and kept widening the advantage to score in hand timed in 1.13.3kr.The 7/10 favorite Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) in this race after four straight monte victories, was no match for the winner, and barely held second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 14/1 Fiore de Janiero (3f Vanishing Point) was third in a photo for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Franck Blandin. The Prix de Chelles (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 11 three year old males) went to 3.3/1 Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) timed in 1.16.3kr and reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Yves Boireau trains this winner for Scuderia Winner and he was bred by Jean Pierre Dubois. 7.4/1 Falco d’Heripre (3m Goetmals Wood-Vedetta d’Heripre) held gamely second for J.Ph. Monclin with 5.2/1 Falcao de Laumac (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) third for Clement Duvaldestin. Thomas H. Hicks  

Vanae des Voirons (9f Quido du Goutier-Danae des Voirons) scored at 21/1 and overcame a 25 meter handicap in today’s second leg of the Trophee Vert Tour de France des Trotteurs, today named the Grand Prix du PMU “Le Saint-Cloud” (purse €45,000, 3500 meters distance handicap, 16 starters). Jean Francois David teamed the winner, he also owner and trainer of the now winner of €283,780. Race time was 1.16.2kr for the winning horse. 13/1 Uvinto (10g Invar) was second for Christian Boisnard, the trainer and driver. This one was clocked in 1.17.7kr off a 50 meter penalty. 23/1 Vanderlov (9g Orlando Vici) took third for driver L-M David clocked in 1.17.9kr also from a 50 meter handicap. 1.1/1 favorite and 25 meter penalized Authorized (8g Kaisy Dream) held fourth for Thomas Levesque after leading at top of stretch and fifth was 25 meter handicapped and 16/1 Bingo d’Attaque (7m Pomerol de Laumac)with Stephane Bourlier up. The day’s activities included trotting on the turf at Tours-Chambray for apprentice drivers and a contest for amateur teamsters. Next week action in France includes Friday’s Prix de l’Atlantique (Gr. I International, purse €200,000, 2150 meters autostart) at Enghien. Initially 33 top flight performers have been engaged including Bold Eagle, Bird Parker, Un Mec d’Heripre, Billie de Montfort, Belina Josselyn, Amiral Sacha and many other tough campaigners. This race is a European Trotting Masters 2018 event. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 13, 2018 - The Friday evening program at Paris-Vincennes included the Q+ Prix Eukrate (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and the Gr. II Prix Jean Riaud (purse €115,000, 3535 meters distance handicap, 13 starters). The former went to 12/1 Vanillette (9f Lord du Pin-Etoile de Rivray) reined by Adrien Lamy for trainer Jean Morice. The winner recorded her 10th career victory now for €226,170 earned. 8/1 Ahrima Turgot (8f Prodigious-Night Turgot) was a close second for Mathieu Daougabel driving for trainer Herve Dauougabel. 1.9/1 favorite  Andiamo de Monchel (8g Kiwi) was third for J-M Bazire ahead of 5.5/1 Biniou de Connee (7g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) and 12/1 Bettina de Tillard (7f Ouragon de Cellard). Race time was 1.12.7kr. The Prix Jean Riaud went to 12/1 Beau Gamin (7m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) timed in 1.13.6kr for J-M Bazire the trainer/driver. Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule owns this 11 time career winner now for €631,110 earned. 15/1 Cash Gamble (7m Ready Cash-No Way Back) was second for J.Ph. Monclin teaming for Norway’s Stall T.J. Gamble. 2.8/1 Valko Jenilat (9f Kepler) overcame a 25 meter penalty to capture third with Aric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 25 meter handicapped Traders (6m Ready Cash) at 8.4/1 took fourth for Joann Lebourgeois and 43/1 Tony Gio (6m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) was fifth with Matthieu Abrivard driving. The 25 meter handicapped Uniflosa Bella at 9/1 and 50 meter penalized Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou) at 80/1, a winner of €2,046,040, raced well with the latter clocked in 1/12/9kr Thomas H. Hicks  

April 7, 2018 - Saturday excellent harness racing action took place in the north with Zenit Brick (7g Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) winning the Olympia Trot Elim 2 (purse 400,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.5kr at Solvalla’s 1000 meter oval. Kim Eriksson teamed the winner for trainer Timo Nurmos and owner Anders Bredberg. The 2.2/1 favorite bested 3.3/1 Queer Fish driven by Kaj Widell and 16/1 Shadow Woodland handled by Ulf Ohlsson. At Vermo was the Helsinki AJO raced over 1609 meters autostart for a total purse of €28,600. The 1.11.8kr timed winner was Workout Wonder (6m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) driven by Tommi Kylliainen for trainer Jarno Kauhanen and owner Workout Club. This Kentuckiana Farms bred stallion earned an invitation to the May 5th Finlandia AJO that is a European Trotting Masters event. This day earning the second place check was Midnight Hour handled by Iikka Nurmonen and third was Fire To The Rain reined by Hannu Torvinen. Edward Ale finished fourth. Thomas H. Hicks

April 7, 2018 - Monthly trotting action resumed Saturday at Madinina Martinique on their mixed trots/gallop program on the turf. The Prix de Cabourg (purse €6,000, 2600 meters) went to Vlatou des Saintes (9g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines) for driver Benoit Magdeleine timed in 1.20.9kr. Jean Luc Langeron trains and owns the winner. Rivage du Layon (13g Chaillot) was second for Solene Pach and Usly de Visais (10g Defi d’Aunou) was third for aforementioned J.L. Langeron, the owner/trainer/driver. Earlier, the Prix de Caen (purse €6,000, 2600 meters) was won by Bavarois des Varlet (7g Laetenter Diem-Hera du Varlet), shown below, in a quick 1.17kr for J.L. Langeron driving for trainer/owner Corinne Gleize. Avis Contraire (8g Infant du Bossis) was second reined by Alexandre Faivre with third to Ussein Royal handled by Jean Francois Gate. Thomas H. Hicks