Day At The Track

A total of 35 trotteurs have declared for next Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris, the marathon test that is the finale of the French Triple Crown. The race will be held at Paris-Vincennes. The declarations include Face Time Bourbon, Davidson du Pont, Delia du Pommereux and Bahia Quesnot. The distance is 4150 meters, nearly 2.5 miles, and the purse is 400,000€ ($486,000US). Last week’s Face Time Bourbon driver controversy is apparently over with Eric Raffin named as his driver by trainer Sebastien Guarato. C4 - PX D'AMERIQUE RACES ZETURF PX DE PARIS 400 000€  Groupe I - Attelé - 4150m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2021 Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. En cas d'élimination, les chevaux ayant obtenu une priorité de participation dans le Prix d'Amérique sont maintenus en priorité. En cas d'élimination, les gains des chevaux déclarés partants sont calculés sur les bases suivantes : chevaux âgés de 4 ans (H), gains réels majorés de 30 %, chevaux âgés de 5 ans (G), gains réels majorés de 20 %, chevaux âgés de 6 ans LeTrot files by Thomas H. HIcks, for Harnesslink      

It has been reported by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent that affter the defeat Sunday afternoon in the Prix de France, where Face Time Bourbon finished second, his regular driver, Björn Goop, was sacked by the main owner, Italian Antonio Somma. Somma has long been unsatisfied with Goop as the driver of maybe the world’s best trotter at present, and just after the race, Somma wrote on Twitter that Goop was sacked. Today Somma was interviewed on the French racing television channel Equidia and said that Sebastian Guarato, who trains Face Time Bourbon, was free to pick any of these five drivers in the future to drive the top trotter: Eric Raffin, Gabriele Gelormini, Yoann Lebourgeois, Matthieu Abrivard and Franck Nivard. Sebastian Guarato had already made his choice and made it public, that Eric Raffin is the new driver of Face Time Bourbon. “Raffin is an obvious choice,” Guarato said. “He has driven Face Time Bourbon twice in races and has won both times.” Eric Raffin will drive Face Time Bourbon on March 6 in the Prix de Selection at Vincennes. Björn Goop has driven Face Time Bourbon in 29 races and has 24 wins and four seconds. On Jan. 31, Face Time Bourbon (with Goop) was an easy winner of the famous Prix d’Amerique for the second year in a row. From the USTA

The feature Group I on the bill for Sunday's meeting at the Paris-Vincennes Hippodrome, the Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson - Critérium des Jeunes is the first major event for 3-year-old trotters. The purse is 170,000€ ($204,000US). Here are some keys to get to know this great race better. 1 - This is the first Group I reserved for the youngest trotters. In 2021, the promotion born in 2018 will be on the track. All members of this generation have a name beginning with an "I". 2 - The number of winners with Ready Cash as sire : Avila in 2013 and Django Riff in 2016. Himself a Group I winner in 2008, the best French stallion will be able to count this year on Italiano Véro , one of the favorites. of the ordeal. In total, he claims four committed products. 3 - The fillies have won the last three editions ( Folelli in 2018, Green Grass in 2019 and Havana d'Aurcy in 2020). Since 2000, the males have counted 11 winners against 10 for the fillies. 4 - The number of victories of Unforgettable, the best current filly of the 3-year-old promotion. She has just signed her four consecutive victories after needing several races to win for the first time. 6 - The number of titles accumulated by Philippe Allaire and Thierry Duvaldestin in this Group I. The two coaches each have three successes and are the most capped in this area in the 2021 entry list. This year, Philippe Allaire has three entries ( It's Now Or Never , Inoui Danica and Italiano Véro ) and Thierry Duvaldestin one ( In The Money ). 9 - Nine years ago, champion Vanika du Ruel set the race record by completing the 2700m in the kilometer reduction of 1'13''6. 2016 - Year in which the Critérium des Jeunes became the Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson, in tribute to a great horseman, breeder for a long time at the head of Haras des Coudraies and President of the parent company from 1986 to 1994. During the he current winter meeting in Vincennes, the colors of the Ecurie Comte Pierre de Montesson have won twice thanks to Fiable . 2700 - In meters, the distance to be covered in this Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson - Critérium des Jeunes. This is the so-called "classic" Paris-Vincennes course which requires combining speed and endurance. Before 1995, the event was contested over a shorter distance, varying between 2100 and 2300 meters. From LeTrot Media

The third 2021 harness racing day at Kincsem Park yielded a competitive card led by the featured Erika DIJ (purse 665,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). Here the 2.7/1 odds Adamo Fling (5m Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) scored in 1.19.9kr for trainer/driver Emil Csordas, his second 2021 victory. Zsozsoka (6f Yankee Mustang-Intelligent Star-Oaklea Bluejay) was second for Laszlo Kolozsi with third to Acclos FIU (5m SJs Photo-Elegant Lady-Mill H) for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. Adamo Fling In the Hitves DIJ (purse 500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) the 1.19.5kr clocked winner was 1.4/1 Aurora (5f Frullino Jet-Lezer-Baltic Bet) with Gyorgy Horvath the pilot for trainer Imre Fazekas. 2/1 Baraka SS (4f Panne de Moteur-Wale-Center Field) was second for Emese Vezer and trainer Csordas. Third was 3.2/1 Angelina Jolie (5f PJ Punjab-Siberie-Lejacque d’Houlbec) for Laszlo Veres. Aurora Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today’s Gr. I International Prix de France (purse 400,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European Masters Trot Series 2021) saw 13/1 Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) rally late to capture the Speed Race in 1.09.8kr off quick fractions (1.06.7kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.07.3kr at the 1000; 1.08.6kr with 500 meters remaining) set mostly by second finishing 2/10 odds favorite Face Time Bourbon (6m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) with Bjorn Goop up for Scuderia Bivans Srl and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Eric Raffin teamed the winner, for breeder/owner Noel Lolic and trainer Sylvain Roger, as she won for the 14th time in her career now for 1,311,220€ earned. She was positioned seventh at the 1000-meter mark before moving forward. She rolled past a tired FTB to win by a half-length. The 31/1 odds Aetos Kronos (5m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) followed the winner after being eighth at the 1000. He rallied strongly in the lane for pilot Franck Nivard, trainer Jerry Riordan and Team Snyder AB. Bahia Quesnot gamely lasted for fourth at 45/1 odds for Junior Guelpa after forcing the pace early against FTB but could not secure the lead, yielding to the pocket as Billie de Montfort faded. 50/1 Feliciano (6m Ready Cash) was fifth ahead of 110/1 Frisbee d’Am and a distant 97/1 Billie de Montfort. Delia du Pommereux     mid-stretch J-P Barjon (left) presents the Prix de France trophy to the connections of the winning daughter of Niky, a horse he raced and sire of monte champion Bilibili. To watch the race replay, click here.   For full results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 2.1/1 odds Zerozerosette Gar (6m Wishing Stone-Nadir Gar) captured the 59,000€ purse Prix Gras Savoye Wills Towers Wilson this day at Vincennes. Racing over 2100 meters autostart the winner scored in 1.11kr for Eric Raffin, trainer Vitale Ciotolo and Scuderia Nininni as he won for the fifth time in France now for 198,368€ in career earnings. This versatile talented trotter now has three attele wins and two at the monte. The 10/1 Marcello Web (6g Raja Mirchi-Astoria Amour) was second for Christophe Martens and 25/1 Festif Charmant (6g Love You) took third for Damien Bonne in a blanket finish. Zerozerosette GarEric Raffin For full results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Hirondelle Sibey (4f Gazouillis-Celina de Chatelet), off at 2.1/1 odds, took the Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel Saturday at Paris-Vincennes (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, four-year olds) timed in 1.14.5kr. Eric Raffin teamed this J-M Baudouin trainee for Ecurie Le Rivage as the winner scored for the seventh time in her career now for 369,100€ earned. Hohneck (4m Royal Dream-Caranca) took second with Franck Nivard up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Hanna des Molles (4f Village Mystic-Ultimate Jet) was third with Alexandre Abrivard at the lines. Hirondelle Sibey In the Prix de Munich (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European 6-11 year-olds) the 7/10 favorite Violetto Jet (7m From Above-Norciolaia Jet) scored in 1.12.4kr with Franck Nivard up for trainer Philippe Billard. The 12/1 Fric du Chene (6m Nobody du Chene) rallied for second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Julien Le Mer. Unique Juni (8f Uptown Yankee) took third with Eric Raffin teaming for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Violetto Jet In the Prix de Rambouillet (purse 58,000€, 2175 meters, 7-10 year-olds) the 11/1 odds Esperanza Idole (7f Quido du Goutier-Fan Idole) scored in 1.12kr. Thisone won for the 11th time in her career now for 251,210€ earned. She is from the superior champion stakes winner Fan Idole. Adrien Ernault piloted the winner for owner/trainer Noel Langlois.   Esperanza Idole Tomorrow is the Gr. I International Prix de France with a field of nine at the start led by Face Time Bourbon and his chief rivals.   Face Time Bourbon About a week ago the dam of Bold Eagle, Reethi Rah Jet) foaled a Ready Cash full brother to the great one, Bold Eagle and he is handsome athletic type. Earlier in the week there were some impressive winners at Vinvcennes. Vincent Ferm (7g Mago d’Amore-Lindyliana Font) took the February 10 Prix d’L’Ille-et-Vilaine (purse 51,000€, 2100 meters autosart, European 7-10 year-olds) in 1.12.3kr. Bjorn Goop teamed this Yves Desmet trainee to his fifth win in France now for life earnings of 210,392€. Vincent Ferm On February 11 the Prix Guy Lux at Leon Zitone (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European 7-11 year-olds) saw even-money favorite Decoloration (8f Prince d’Espace-Maradadi Buissonay) score in 1.12.7kr for Tony Le Beller and trainer/breeder J-M Baudouin. This was her 14th career victory now for 338,410 earned. Decoloration The same day was the Gr. II Prix Jean le Gonidec (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, five year-olds) and 1.4/1 odds Green Grass (5g Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) scored in 1.14.1kr with Mathieu Mottier at the lines. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Sebastien DeWulf. Goldy Mary (5f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was second with trainer Matthieu Abrivard up. Ecurie HM Stable owns this Jean Pierre Dubois bred mare. Third home was Galilee des Pres (5f Travel Jet) Green Grass LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Prix de France « Speed Race » will offer a dazzling harness racing sport climax on Sunday 14 February at Paris-Vincennes. This Group I is the second of the three Ultimate Finals of the Prix d'Amérique Races ZEturf. It is the expected revenge, two weeks after the crowning of Face Time Bourbon in the Prix d'Amérique "Legend Race". The 2100-metre speed course promises an intense and spectacular confrontation. The total purse for the race is 400,000€.   And revenge it will be, since the horses who finished first and second in the Prix d'Amérique "Legend Race" will line up for the start on Sunday next. Face Time Bourbon, winner on January 31, and runner up Davidson du Pont, title holder of the Prix de France "Speed Race", will compete anew on the mythical cinder track of Paris-Vincennes. Last year, in that same race, the latter had beaten his rival. What will happen next Sunday? Everything is possible.   On a smaller distance, ideal for speed surprises, the other exciting parameter will be the actual timed speed. Will the Race record fall? Kool du Caux, with 1'09"8, has been the title holder for some time now, since 2007.If we bear in mind that Face time Bourbon has already trotted twice in 1'09"8 over that same course, the existing record is in great danger. In addition to those two inescapable favourites, Face Time Bourbon and Davidson du Pont, other contenders, namely Délia du Pommereux and Bahia Quesnot, who finished 4th and 5th, respectively in the Prix d'Amérique "Legend Race", have legitimate ambitions. This beautiful casting will be completed by Billie de Montfort who loves sprints, by Aetos Kronos the gifted Swedish horse, who will bring an international flavour to the race, and also by Romanesque and Frisbee d'Am.      Face Time Bourdon (left) and Davidson du Pont PIERRE HERME, A PATRON OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE DRAW OF PLACES AT THE AUTOSTART In this race with mobile autostart, places behind the car are essential. The draw for the start of the Prix de France was held under the auspices of the Excellence of the pastry art "à la française" and the Excellence of trotting. Pierre Hermé, Pastry World Champion and horse racing aficionado, has honoured with his presence the draw of numbers behind the autostart. The king of the Macaron had a lucky hand for Face Time Bourbon who obtained n°2, considered as one of the most favourable numbers, whereas Davidson du Pont with n°8, on the outside, was not that lucky… Jean-Michel Bazire, Davidson du Pont's trainer and driver had no hard feelings about it. He told Pierre Hermé :"I admire you. Let me tell you that your rose cake is the best in the world! Number 8 is certainly not ideal but my horse is in top form and has recovered very easily after his recent efforts". Björn Goop, driver of Face Time Bourbon, observed: "Number 2 is all right, even though I was hoping for n°3 or n°4. It's sad for Davidson du Pont and his number 8 but Jean-Michel Bazire, at any place, knows the best tactics " ' Yesterday’s draw, live, HERE     FOLLOW THE RACE LIVE The race will be available online, live, on LeTROT.com, prixdameriqueraces.com, Equidia Racing 1, and on Facebook Live @Equidia.   From LeTrot Media

The field is set for Sunday’s 2021 Prix de France, the “Speed Race” at Paris-Vincennes. Nine participants will compete over the 2100 meters autostart course for a total purse of 400,000€. The race began in 1956 with only Jamin, Ourasi and Eleazar being three -time winners. This field in post position order is shown below with the drivers/trainers noted: Romanesque (Martens/DeCock) Face Time Bourbon (Goop/Guarato) Feliciano (Thomain/Allaire) Bille de Montfort (Gelormini/Guarato) Delie du Pommereux (Raffin/Roger) Frisbee d’Am (Barrier/Westerink) Bahia Quesnot (Guelpa) Davidson du Pont (J-M Bazire) Aetos Kronos (Nivard/Riordan) Jean-Michel Bazire GoopWesterink The fastest race winner is Kool de Caux with a 1.09.8kr clocking in 2007. Belina Josselyn posted the next fastest in 1.10.2kr. There have been six North American winners, the last by Moni Maker in 1999. The others are Great Lullwater, Elaine Rodney (in 1964-65), Elma, Classical Way (driven by John Simpsomn Jr.) and Sea Cove. The last 12 years resuts follows: LeTrot, Wikipedia files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Five groupe level contests were on stage for the Sunday Vincennes program, the first being the Gr. III Prix de Rouen (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, six-year olds) that 8.7/1 odds Forum Meslois (6m Timoko-Teflosa Mesloise) won. Gabriele Gelormini was the pilot for trainer Denis Belloche as Forum won for the tenth time for 207,530€ in life earnings. The 6.6/1 For Your Madrik (6m Up And Quick-Quela Madrik) was second for Eric Raffin, and third was 35/1 Filou d’Auvergnie (6m Real de Lou) with Franck Nivard up. Forum Meslois Aged classmasters (age 4-11) battled in the Prix de la Marne (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 4-11 year olds International, 2700 meters) with the 1.12.5kr clocked victory to even-money odds Moni Viking (8m Maharajah-Jeunesse Foree). Matthieu Abrivard teamed this Pierre Vercruysse trainee for owner Jan Lyng. This was the eighth win for Moni Viking now for 647,453€ earned. 8.2/1 odds Chica de Joudes (9f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love) was second for trainer/driver Alain Laurent. 6.9/1 Fakir du Lorault (6m Vaillant Cash) was third for Francois Lecanu and 10/1 Blues d’Ourville was fourth ahead of Valokaja Hindo. Moni Viking The Gr. II Prix Ovide de Moulinet (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw 10/1 Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer R.C. Larue. Race time was 1.12.6kr. This handsome colt now has 430,420€ in life earnings from seven victories. 7.4/1 Galius (5m Love You-Star de  Villeneuve) held second for Yoann Lebourgeois and breeder/owner/trainer Severine Raimond. The 12/1 Gitano (5m Uriel Speed) was third for Theo Duvaldestin and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Gelati Cut Top monte players were on stage for the Prix de L’Ile de France (Gr. I International, 200,000€ purse, 2175 meters) and the 8/10 odds favorite Flamme du Goutier (6g Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) scored in a quick 1.10.8kr for jockey Antoine Wiels. Thierry Duvaldestin trains this mare for Ecurie Saint Martin. He recorded career ictory number 13, now for 630,570€ in life earnings. The 2.7/1 Etonnant (7m Timoko-Migraine) was second with Damien Bonne up for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. 13/1 Fado du Chene (6m Singalo-Star du Chene) was third for Paul Philippe Ploquin. Etoile de Bruyere and Jerry Mom completed the top five. Flamme du Goutier The Gr. III monte Prix Indienne (purse 80,000€, 2200 meters, European eligibles) went to 1.12.6kr timed and 12/1 odds Upset Face (5m Joke Face-Iona LB) with jockey Yoann Lebourgeois up. The now first-time winner in France advanced his life earnings to 212,948€ for owner/trainer Adrian Kolgjini. The 2.9/1 odds Fiager de Rodrey (6g Radjah de L’Abbaye) was second for jockey Mathieu Mottier and 2.2/1 All Wise As (5f Varenne-Temple Blue Chip) took third for Alexandre Abrivard. Upset Face The upcoming Speed Race (Prix de France, Gr. I, 400,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart) had 26 initial entrants. The final draw will be Thursday (and is likely to include those listed below) and it should be quite a race, irrespective of the final field makeup. Last year, Davidson du Pont nipped Face Time Bourbon for the victory in 1.11.1kr, followed by Delia du Pommereux, Bahia Quesnot, Vitruvio, Bold Eagle and Billie de Montfort. The all time race time for the Prix de France is 1.09.8kr established by Kool du Vaux in 2007. For full results, click here. LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

A top card was on stage this day at Vincennes, starting with the Prix de Langeais (purse 67,000€, 2850 meters, 7-11 year olds). Here the 5/10 favoite Elie de Beaufour (7g Royal Dream-Pignata) scored in 1.13.1kr for Jean Michel Bazire to record his fourth straight victory and 20th lifetime, now for 438,000€ earned. He overcame a 25 meter handicap for the victory over 12/1 Elu de Dompierre (7m Vanishing Point-Magie de Dompierre) with Damien Bonne at the lines for trainer David Haon. Third was another 25 meter penalized performer, the 6.3/1 Duel du Gers (8g Quaker Jet-La Chasse Verte) handled by trainer Matthieu Abrivard. Elie de Beaufour In the Gr. III Prix de Dozule (monte, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters. European eligible four-year olds) the 49/1 outsider Hispanien (4m Magnificent Rodney-Uniedor) scored in 1.13.4kr for jockey Paul Philippe Ploquin and trainer Didier Brohier. Ecurie Le Rivage owns this first-time winner that now has 136,590€ in life earnings. Second home was 3.7/1 Harley Charentaise (4f Voltigeur de Myrt-Jessie Charentaise) with Adrien Lamy the jockey for trainer Franck Leblanc. Third was 6.3/1 Happiness Ellis (4f Opus Viervil) with Mathieu Mottier up. Hispanien The Prix de Chambery (purse 43,000€, 2850 meters, European six-year olds) saw 10/1 Inspector Bros (6g Pastor Stephen-Zecile Boko-Goetmals Wood) rally late for the 1.13.6kr score with Robin Bakker at the lines. Erwin Bot trains this one for owner Leendert Gerrits. Inspector won his second straight in France and advanced his life earnings to 133,018€. The 97/1 longshot Fan de Phyts (6g Magnificent Rodney-Andalouse du Cedre) was second for trainer/driver P.Y. Verva. Third was 9/1 Ingo (6g Infinitif-Lubby la Marc) for Ganriele Gelormini and owner/trainer Christoffer Eriksson. Inspector Bros LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. HIcks, for Harnesslink  

Three groupe level harness racing contests were the highlights of today’s Paris-Vincennes program, over a rain soaked raceway. First was the Gr. III Prix d’Avignon (purse 70,000€, 2100 meters autostart, four-year old males) and 5/1 Haribo du Loisir (4m Rodrigo Jet-Chacha du Citrus) scored in 1.12.1kr. Leo Abrivard teamed the winner for L.Cl. Abrivard as Haribo took his fourth career win, now for 132,050€ earned. The 33/1 odds Hede Darling (4m Password-Queen Darling) was a good following second for owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer J.A. Hernandez-Navarro. The 113/1 longshot Harim Griff (4m Brillantissme-Bamba Sly) took third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Griff. Haribo du Loisir The Gr. II Prix Paul Viel (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, three-year old males) saw 8/10 odds favorite Italiano Vero (3m Ready Cash-Baraka d;Henlou) score impressively in 1.13.3kr. David Thomain was the winning pilot for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. Italiano won for the sixth time, now for 139,950€ earned. The 2.9/1 Invincible Cash (3m Ready Cash-Urawa Turgot) was second for David Bekaert and trainer Ludovic Peltier. Third was 22/1 Inoui Danica (3m Boccador Simm) with Eric Raffin at the lines for trainer Allaire and Ecurie Normandy Spirit. Italiano Vero The co-featured Prix Roquepine (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, three tear olds fillies racing 2175 meters) went to 2/1 odds Inoubliable (3f Prodigious-Dream Life) with Jean Philippe Dubois up for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. The victory was her fourth straight and it advanced her life earnings to 130,410€. Race time was 1.13.7kr. 45/1 Idylle A Vie (3f Ready Cash-Vie A Deux) was second for Alexis Cheradame and trainer Philippe Billard. 14/1 Its Now Or Never (3f Charly du Noyer-Deep Purple) took third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Philippe Allaire. Inoubliable LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The former Yonkers International winner Zacon Gio (6m Ruty Grif-May Glade Font SAS-Yankee Glide) scored in the Premio Point Vecchio (purse 40,040€, 2020 meters autostart) held at Forenze Visano. Race time was 1.13.5kr for the Roberto Veccione reined winner. Holger Ehlert trains this one that defeated Ulisse Effe (8m Gruccione Jet-Legende dei Bessi-Supergill) with Antonio DiNardo at the lines. Vesna (7f Lebeccio Grif-Immagine Lunare-Toss Out) took third for reinsman Rene Legati. Zacon Gio was away mid-pack this day and then moved to the lead at the halfway mark. He then held gamely for the victory by a diminishing length. Zacon Gio   To watch the race replay, click this link. http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/81873/   Gaet, Firenze Visano files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The harness racing trots returned to Kincsem Park this day after a month break, with the featured Evnyito DIJ (purse 700,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) going to 2.3/1 Zapato (6m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL-Friendly Face) reined by Csaba Lakatos. Race time was 1.19.1kr by the Tibor Hajnal trainee. The 20 meter handicapped Alexandre UR (7g Infinitif-Hoity Toity Face-Egon Lavec), off at 5.1/1 odds, was second for reinsman Lajos Marton, with third to another 20 meter penalized entrant, the 2.5/1 Gideon H Renka (8g Quick Wood-Ulrick Ravestein-Mondo Jo) with Laszlo Szokola up for trainer Tibor Hajnal. Zapato The lineup for 2021 classic races is shown below. The Trotting Derby is set for July 3rd. Kincsem Park files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Prix d'Amérique undercard harness racing action at Vincennes racecourse on Sunday. A Sweet Dance Wins Gr. III Prix Helen Johansson A Sweet Dance (6f Maharajah-Sugar Step), off at 7/1 odds, rallied to win the Gr. III Prix Helen Johansson (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart) today at Vincennes timed in a quick 1.11.0kr. Alexis Prat piloted this Anders Lindqvist trainee for owner S. Kristensson Akorie AB to her second win in France and now for life earnings of 349,119€. The 10/1 odds Dear Friend (8f Orlando Vici) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner, and third home was 2.7/1 Decoloration (8f Prince d’Espace) for Tony Le Beller. Rebella Matters was fourth at 2.1/1 for Jean Michel Bazire. A Sweet Dance To watch the video replay click here. Aetos Kronos wins Gr. II Prix Bold Eagle Aetos Kronos (5m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) rallied in deep stretch to win the Gr. II Prix Bold Eagle (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Vincennes timed in 1.11.8kr. This Jerry Riordan trainee, off at 1.8/1 odds, was driven by Jean Michel Bazire for owner Team Snyder AB to secure his first win in France and increased his life earnings to 757,367€. The 4.6/1 Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet) was a close second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer R.C. Larue and 10/1 Alrajah One (5m Maharajah) was third for Alessandro Gocciadoro. Grand Art at 227/1 and 20/1 Empire earned the fourth and fifth checks. Aetos Kronos  For the replay click here.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Swear. The Comtois horse, a family tradition at Chaux Denis Farm. Two generations later, Danny Pujol, grandson of Alexis, a watchmaker by trade, will satisfy his passion for horses by continuing his grandfather’s Comtois breeding activity. In addition to maintaining the family expertise, Danny will also promote the Comtoise breed across eastern France. Dany still fights today for the maintenance of the traditions and the defense of the current interest in the use of the horse, in the forest, in the fields (harrows), in the vineyard and in the city. Passing on his know-how regarding the coupling Today, in La Chaux Denis, the breeding and use of horses continues in La Chaux Denis with Dany’s children, especially his daughter Sophie, his granddaughter Camille and his son-in-law Frédéric Morin, who in addition to the breeding activity opened a driving school in September 2019. Frédéric has 33 years of experience in the horse trade. He began his career in harness racing and harness racing as a young driver before moving to the National Studs in 1999.  Today he puts all his expertise at your service at the Ecuries de la Chaux Denis in Pont-d’Héry, in order to insist on his know-how in the use and use of horses (traction of animals, work on foot, etc.) . Of course, the March pandemic and containment had an impact on the development of activity. Frédéric emphasizes, however, that the months of July and August were more than satisfactory for customers and visitors, who were very satisfied with the training courses offered. He remembers that classes are aimed at adults and children from 6 years of age, regardless of their level. An internship in February For the February holidays, a discovery course with an adapted cavalry (ponies) is offered from Monday 8 to Saturday 13 and from Monday 15 to Saturday 20 February. It also offers gift certificates for birthdays. But Frédéric recently developed an approach to teaching animals in a workshop with the Besançon University Hospital. Children not only come to ride or harness, but also to various horse-related activities in order to forget their suffering. The stables of Chaux Denis also offer carriage rides alone or with the family, weddings with horses and demonstrations of all kinds (e.g. Roman chariots) or slingshots. Phone. 06.78.42.50.53 or 03.84.37.20.29 or by post.