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The 4.6/1 odds Doctuer d’Erable (7g Ganymede-Rue d’Erable) took today’s Prix du Roussillon at Enghien-Soisy (purse 44,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 14 starters) clocked in 1.13.6kr with David Thomain at the lines.  J.P. Thoman trains this one for Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. The winner scored for the sixth time in 27 starts. 13/1 Divine de Navary (7f Memphis du Rib) took second for Alexandre Abrivard and third was 102/1 outsider Dreamer des Chenu (7g Timoko). The even money favorite Goofy Greenwood was fourth and 109/1 Panoramic was fifth. Docteur d’Erable Yesterday at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Paul Delanoe (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, monte, 2850 meters) went to 1.12.5kr timed Boss de Meuluc (9g Lucky Blue-Rafale di Meleuc) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for owner/trainer Y.A. Briand. This was his 21st career victory that increased his career earnings to 855,600€. The 5.3/1 CabanErable Prior (8g Sancho Panca-Fita Prior) was a good second for jockey Aurelien Desmarres and owner/trainer Sylvain Demarres. Third was the 3/2 favorite Etoile de Bruyere (6f Kenor de Cosse) for Adrian Lamy and trainer Charles Dreux. Boss de Meuluc LeTrot, PMU files/photos 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

The 5/10 favorite Bilibili (9m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) stalked the leaders and wore them down in late stretch to win the Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I International Monte, purse 650,000€ 2700 meters, 16 starters) for jockey Alexandre Abrivard clocked in 1.12.1kr off even fractions. Laurent Claude Abrivard trains the winner for breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon as Bilibili repeated his 2019 victory and now has 14 career wins in 45 starts for 1,803,100€ earned. Roxane Grif was also a repeat winner in recent years (2015-16). The 17/1 Etoile e Bruyere (6f Kenor de Cosse) held second for Adrien Lamy and trainer Charles Dreux. Third was 14/1 Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. The 75/1 Carla du Castelets and 31/1 Evangelina Blue completed the top five. The exact order Quinte+ top five payoff was 9.905.60 to 174 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 5,808.430€ and over 11,937,000€ was wagered on the race.  To watch the replay, click here. The time of the race in kilometers was 1'12''1, which did not break last year’s record of 1'11''2, but it was still the 4th best time in the history of the race. Alexandre Abrivard signs a third victory in the Grand Prix de Cornulier, twenty days after being crowned Etrier d'Or for the second time. His trainer Laurent-Claude Abrivard won for the second time with the developer costume (he also won it as a jockey). For owner-breeder Jean-Pierre Barjon, this is a new triumph in one of the two biggest winter races at Paris-Vincennes, he too who saw his colors shine in the Grand Prix d'Amérique with Meaulnes of Corta . The Grand Prix d'Amérique whose 2020 edition is also on the horizon for next week. This time, the father and son Abrivards will be gathered around Excellent , winner of the Ténor de Baune Prize and candidate for the first places. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

This Sunday Bilibili (9m Niky) faces 15 rivals in the harness racing monte classic Gr. I Grand Prix de Cornulier (purse 650,000€, 2850 meters) at Paris-Vincennes as he seeks to defend his 2019 victory. Traders. Fadu du Chene, Feeling Cash and the young mare Fleche Bourbon are in the field. Bilibili tuned up with a January 5th 1.13kr timed score in the Gr. II Prix du Calvados, a race he also won in 2018 and 2019. He won the Cornulier in 2019 clocked in 1.11.2kr, his best since a 1.10.5kr win in the 2017 Gr. I Prix I’Ile de France over the shorter 2175 meter distance. Jean Pierre Barjon bred and owns Bilibili that will have Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Paris-Vincennes groupe action today started early with the Gr. III Prix de Montelimar (purse 66,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters) with victory to 14/1 Gipson Creek (3m Rieussec-Ultifeda) that held strong for a nose score with Alexandre Abrivard aboard for breeder/owner/trainer Nathalie Godin of Switzerland. The 1.14.7kr timed winner recorded his 10th career victory in 13 starts now for 94,074€ in career earnings. The 1.3/1 favorite Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) was a rallying second for reinsman Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc. 14/1 Golfe Juan (3m Jam Pridem) was third for Joann Lebourgeois. The monte specialists were next, competing in the Prix Ceneri Forcinal (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, monte, distance 2175 meters, nine starters). The 7/10 favorite Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) prevailed timed in 1.10.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard the jockey for trainer Sebastien Guarato. This Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin owned mare recorded her 10th career win in 15 starts and raised her life earnings to 369,050€. The 7/2 odds Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. 7.6/1 Ferreteria (4f Goetmals Woos-Avenue Victoria) was third with Mathieu Abrivard up. Yves Boireau trains this one for owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 60/1 Flora de Janeiro and 17/1 Flacca de Blary secured the fourth and fifth checks. Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix d’Avallon (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters). The winner was 3.6/1 Vipera Killer Gar (5f Varenne-Uakland) with a front end victory reined by Eric Raffin. The legendary Anders Lindqvist trains the winner for Scuderia Fioredigio and the time was a sharp 1.10kr (fractions 1.07.7kr at the 1500; 1.08.8kr at the 1000 and 1.09.8kr with 500 meters remaining). The 19/1 Ugolinast (6f Civil Action-Gast) was second for trainer/driver Santo Mollo of Italy. 78/1 Helena du Quattro (5f Un Mec d’Heripre), 28/1 Dynastie Grammont (6f Obrillant) and 99/1 Dream Lane completed the top five and caused an exact order Q+ payoff of 73,125.20 to ten winning ticketholders. The Quinte pool was 4,525,794€ and over 9.01€ million was wagered on the race. The 21/1 Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) took the Gr. I Prix de L’Etoile (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters, 12 starters three to five year olds) clocked in a quick 1.10.2kr (fractions 1.10.3kr at the 1500; 1.09.8kr with 1000 meters remainingl 1.11kr at 500 to go). Philippe Allaire trains the now eight time winner in 26 starts for life earnings of 395,790€. Eciurie des Charmes owns the winner that defeated 6.7/1 Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove-Rangoon) reined by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 57/1 Estola (5f Nectar-Nika) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanuel Rualt and owner Ecurie Comte de Montesson. The 25/1 Excellent (5m Real du Lou) was placed fourth with Alexandre Abrivard up, on the dq of 2.1/1 Good Boy Ligneries. Favorite Fligny, Epic Julry and Elite du Ruel were placed fifth through seventh. The Gr. I Prix de Normandie (purse 200,000€, monte, 3000 meters, 12 starters all five year olds) was a superb race between four excellent five year old trotteurs. At the end it was 8.6/1 Etoile de Bruyere (5f Kenor de Cosse-Reinette du Tijas) prevailing on the line with jockey Adrien Lamy at the controls for owner/trainer Charles Dreux. It was only her fifth score in 31 career starts now for 390,670€ earned. Race time was 1.13.5kr off even fractions. The 16/1 Evening Star (5f Magnificent Rodney-Pay The Bill) was second with Anthony Barrier in the irons for trainer Gregory Thorel. 3.3/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue) was third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer J.P. Mary. Fourth at the line was Exotica de Retz that was an inquiry dq that moved 45/1 Excessive Well (5f Gobernator) and 45/1 Estabane Sacha (5f Gazouillis) to placed fourth and fifth. Early leaders Eye of the Storm went offstride in the final bend and was dq’d. Late in the program was the Prix de Moulins La Marche (purse 67,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) with a field of veteran performers on stage. The 3/5 favorite Calaska de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) scored for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie Vautors. It was her third straight victory and her 21st lifetime in 49 outings now for 438,150€ earned. Race time was 1.13.2kr. The 16/1 Balando (8m Nijinski Blue) rallied for second with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner/trainer Alphone Vanberghen. Third was 5.3/1 Baladin Hongrois with Arnaud Desmottes aboard. Bazire returned a race latter to win as catch driver with 9/2 Flower by Magalou (4f Un Mec d’Heripre) clocked in 1.14.4kr in the 33,000€ purse Prix de Vimoutiers. Two good Vincennes weekends are upcoming with activities for the entire family by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

January 20, 2019 - Today’s Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I International, the World Championship of Trot Monte, purse 650,000€, 2700 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ race of the day at Vincennes) went to fast closing Bilibili (8m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for harness racing trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon.  Bilibili was off at 2.4/1 odds, the second choice, and he recorded victory 12 in 41 career starts now for 1,452,100€ earned (292,500€ today). Bilibili raced back and on the outer throughout before engaging Traders in the lane and surging past to victory. Race time was a quick, record 1.11.2kr off fast steady fractions (1.10.9kr at the 1500 to go post; 1.10.5 at the 1000; 1.10.9kr with 500 meters remaining) set by the leading and then second finishing Traders (7m Ready Cash-Graziella) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Traders won this classic a year ago in a then race record 1.11.3kr. The 12/1 odds Dexter Fromentro (6m Qwerty) was third with Camille Levesque in the irons for Ecurie Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. A pair of outsiders completed the top five with 32/1 Carla du Chatelet (7f Jag de Bellouet) fourth for Francois Lagadeuc and 59/1 Elladora de Forgan fifth with Anthony Barrier up. Etonnant and Alpha Saltor earned the last two checks. Bilibili Laurent Claude Abrivard and Jean Pierre Barjon Prix de Cornulier reception for Bilibili Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon. The recent previous Cornulier winners are listed below: 2018 Traders 1.11.3kr 2017 Bellissima France 1.13kr 2016 Scarlet Turgot 1.12.9kr 2015 Roxane Griff 1.13.3kr 2014 Roxane Griff 1.12.3kr 2013 Singalo 1.12.4kr 2012 Quif de Villeneuve 1.12kr 2011 Olga du Biwetz 1.12.7kr Today’s race was magnificent and Bilibili proved to be a great champion. By the way the Q+ payoff was 3,512.20€ to each of the 461 winning 2€ ticket holders. Thomas H. Hicks

The Saturday Enghien, France superb harness racing card led off with the Prix St. Martin (purse 55,000 euro, 2875 meters, 11 starters) and the 1.15.7kr timed Italian winner was 5.4/1 Zaniah Bi (3f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi) with Gabriele Gelormini up for Edwin Legas training for Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi. The 7.4/1 Fable du Plessis (3f Neutron du Cebe) was second for P.Ph. Ploquin, and third was 32/1 Flicka Luxaxelo (3f Mourotais) for driver Franck Ouvrie. The Prix l’Observatoire (prse 55.000 euro, 2150 meters, 15 starters) went to 1.12.1kr timed and 4.8/1 Capraio (6g Coktail Jet-Une de Bussy) for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. The 5/2 United Love (5m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) was next for David Thomain and trainer Hans Bot, with 39/1 MY King Of Cash (6g Ready Cash-Inside Broline) third for Gabriele Gelormini. Token Bi (6f Equinox Bi) took fourth for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Edwin Legas and Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi, this team a winner earlier. The Saturday Q+ was the Prix Roussillon (purse 48.000 euro, 16 starters, 2150 meters) with a narrow score to 1.12.9kr timed and 15/1 odds Balzac de Sauvigne (7g Lontzac). Michel Lenoir drove and trains the winner that setoff a 25,296 euro exact order payoff. 6.9/1 Romi Mms (8f Turbo Sund) was a game second for J.Ph. Monclin, owner Mitja Slavic (SLO) and trainer Philippe Billard. The 3/1 Azur des Caillons (8m Quaker Jet) was third for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 3.7/1 Baileyse and 6.2/1 Angelo Am completed the Q+ top five. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Washington (purse 120,000 euro, 1609 meters, 12 starters) produced a track and France mile record 1.08.7kr (1:50.60) by the 3/1 winning Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn). Alexandre Abrivard reined the winner for trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. She now has 17 career wins ion 29 starts for 824,924 euro earned. Uza led and the start and parked 1.2/1 favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici) with Franck Nivard up. Eventually she let Un Mec pass after a brutal struggle and the emerged at top of stretch to put the rival away to easily hold off 15/1 Dijon (5m Ganymede) with Romain Derieux up, and 5.9/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede) reined by Gabriele Gelormini. Un Mec salvaged fourth ahead of 10/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore) with David Thomain driving. Un Mec has career earning of almost 1.9 million euro and Billie has over 1.6 million euro on her card. Sunday action in France includes the eighth Trophee Vert led with Bugsy Malone the favporite despite a 50 meter handicap. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

VINCENNES, FR - The 5/2 King Sir Kir (7m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) took Friday evening’s Prix Eudora (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) timed in 1.14kr for driver Alexandre Abrivard. Ecurie I.C. Equine AB owns the L.Cl. Abrivard trainee. 11/1 Tropolini VP (8g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magic) was second for David Thomain, trainer Jeppe Juel and Team Juel. 14/1 Lover Face (10g Love You-Ambra OK) was third with Franck Nivard up. The Prix Tolosa (purse €56,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw 23/1 Capraio (6g Coktail Jet-Une de Bussy) score in a sharp 1.11.1kr. Franck Ouvrie teamed the winner for Ecurie Rhythm and Blues and trainer Rene Aebischer. 4.3/1 Casting de Chenu (6m Baccarat du Pont) with Eric Raffin up, took second. J-M Baudouin trains this one. 8.1/1 Tinamo Jet (6m Naglo-Lituania Jet) was a rallying third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Allevamenti Toniatti. Four year olds contested the Prix Celuta (purse €40,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) with 8.3/1 Eturn Money (4m Satchmo Wood-Uturn Money) victorious clocked in 1.14.3kr. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee that Pierre Pilarski owns and Yvan Bernard bred. Second choice 3/1 Emperor Charm (4m Prodigious-Tender Night) was second for Jean Pierre  Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The 16/1 Edgy Perrine (4g Roc Meslois-Trendy Perrine) took third, handled by Franck Anne for breeder/owner/trainer J.F. Mary. Saturday is the Kymi Grand Prix and Ringostarr Treb and New Direction have been scratch, the former for lameness. At Boden is the V75 action led by the Gr.I UET Masters Norrbottens Stora Pris in which Propulsion is the favorite from post 10. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

January 1, 2018 - New Year’s Day harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes was highlighted by the Prix d’Angouleme (purse €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 European starters). 3.2/1 Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) scored for Eric Raffin timed in 1.12.4kr. Philippe Allaire trains this Jacques Pauc owned winner, one Pauc also bred. 9/1 Capraio (6g Coktail Jet-Une de Bussy) was second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie. 27/1 Zahara Goj (5f Sahara Dynamite-Melinda Sigel) took third for J-M Bazire. The day’s Quinte+ was the Prix du Croise-Laroche (purse €70,000, 2850 meters distance handicap. 17 starters) and this 1.14.2kr timed victory went to 3/2 favorite Babylone Seven (7f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala) with J-M Bazire the breeder/trainer/driver.  10/1 Bacchus d’Elva (7g Quaro) was next for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie and third went to 7/2 Bon Jenilou (7g Love You) driven by trainer Bernard Piton. Bon Grain Tivoli and Boheme du Juille completed the top five. Trainer Anders Lindqvist sent out his and Peter Gerry’s Angel Dark with US based Andrew McCarthy aboard – they finished 11th. Yesterday at Vincennes legendary driver Jean-Michel Bazire was awarded the 2017 dash winning title in France. He booked 231 victories to best Franck Nivard and Eric Raffin and to record his 19th dash winning title, his first at age 27. The racetrack executed a superb salute to Bazire’s accomplishment and he did not disappoint by entering the huge crowd for autographs and selfies. The monte dash winning title went to jockey Alexandre Abrivard with 69 wins. Thomas H. Hicks

December 23, 2017 - A fine holiday harness racing program began today with the Gr. II Prix Une de Mai (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, nine starters) and 18/1 Folelli (2f Timoko-Andrea d’Ecajeul) scored for Alexandre Abrivard driving for breeder/owner/trainer Frederic Prat. Race time was 1.13.7kr. 7.6/1 Fendi la Bise (2f Prince Gede-Una Prima Speed) for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Ecurie AB Trot, the breeder/owner.  5.9/1 Full Option (2f Fast Photo-Stance Van Troje) was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Kevin Tebirent. The top three here look to be fine fillies for the future. The Gr. II Prix Jules Lemonnier (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) was won by the 1.11.7kr timed and 37/1 Athena de Vandel (7f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel) scored for Alexandre Abrivard, trained Cedrik Megessier and breeder/owner Ecurie La Tour de Vandel. 15/1 Valse de Reve (8f Mister President-Nouba Houba) was next for Guillaume Martin and owner/trainer Alain Roussel. Third was 14/1 Attentionally (7f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) for David Thomain. 30/1 El Catwalk and 7.5/1 Uppercut de Manche completed the top five. Today’s Q+ Prix de Strasbourg (purse €88,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) went to 1.13.3kr timed and 2.3/1 Unbridled Charm (9m Password-Intense Action) reined by Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Monclin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Unbridled Charm recorded his 16th career win in 64 starts for €454,170 earned. 10/1 Unero Montaval (9g Nem)  and J-M Bazire and 7.2/1 Violine Mourotaise (8f Le Retour) with David Thomain up were second and third. 39/1 Valse Mika and 34/1 Vouchka were the next pair to the line. The Prix Constant Hervieu (Gr. III, purse €105,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to 3/5 favorite and Bold Eagle brother Cash And Go (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) driven by Franck Nivard. Sebastien Guarato trains the Pierre Pilarski owned performer that now has posted 10 career wins in 22 starts for €318,198 earned. 12/1 Cirrus Atout (5g Look de Star-Ire du Ciel) was second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Guarato. 4.4/1 Comtesse du Chene (5f Quaker Jet-Imperiale du Chene) was third for Matthieu Abrivard and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. Thomas H. Hicks

October 4, 2017 - Uza Josselyn (6f Love You-Teza Josselyn) rallied outside at 7.1/1 to win the harness racing Quinte+ Gr. III Grand Prix Anjou Maine (purse €100,000, 3125 meters distance handicap, 17 starters) timed in 1.14.7kr. Alexandre Abrivard piloted the Swedish owned mare (Ecurie Rhythm & Blues) that is trained by Rene Aebischer. 3/2 favorite and 25 meter handicapped Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was a solid second on the inside for driver Eric Raffin, and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 2/1 second choice and 25 meter penalized Bird Parker was third for J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. 13/1 Apollon de Kacy and 31/1 Bahia Quesnot were the next two to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 13, 2017 - Alexandre Abrivard teamed 8.6/1 Azaro d’Eva (7m Lynx de Bellouet-Iomolly) to victory in Thursday’s Quinte+ at Enghien, the Prix de l’Opera (purse €58,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters). This J-M Bazire owned and trained performer was clocked in 1.14kr. 6.1/1 Venicio Pommereux (8g Love You-Noune du Pommereux) was second, driven by Franck Nivard, for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Third was 86/1 Un Satin Rose (9g Ganymede-Dentelle Rose) for driver Franck Ouvrie. Mind Your Face and Paparazzi completed the top five and the exact order payoff exceeded €45,000 for a two euro wager. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 7, 2017 - Friday night Paris-Vincennes harness racing action featured the Quinte+ Prix Gratia (purse €47,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters). Victory was earned by 2.7/1 Bari (6m Ganymede-Magicienne), racing barefoot for Alexandre Abrivard. L.Cl. Abrivard trains this winner for Marquise de Moratalla. 3.3/1 Balando (6m Nijinski Blue-Quitalia) rallied to gain the second spot for Dominik Locqueneux and breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vamberghen. 24.7/1 Ventura Jiel (8f Neoh Jiel-Oceane Jiel) held third for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luck. On the card was also the Prix Cephens (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) with victory to 1.13.5kr timed and 1.6/1 odds favorite Bob (6m Overtrick-Fee du Houx) reined by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer Mlle. Estelle Dessartre. 6.9/1 Boccaccio (6m Carpe Diem-Hara des Champs) was second for Franck Nivard, also trainer for breeder/owner Jiri Svoboda. Third went to 30.1/1 Balzac de Souvigne (6g Lontzac-Jalna de Souvigne) driven by Michel Lenoir. Thomas H. Hicks    

January 21, 2017 - Today’s Gr. II Prix Pardieu (harness racing monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to Durzie (4f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) at 6.7/1 odds with Alexandre Abrivard up. L.Cl. Abrivard trains this one for Ecurie Augustin Normand. 1.8/1 Darlhey du Rib (4f Ganymede-Quille Castelets) was second for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, respected monte trainer Joel Hallais and owner Ecurie Rib. 18/1 Dona Maza (4f Jag de Bellouet-Rczyana) was third in a photo for Damien Bonne, trainer Sebastian Ernault and Ecurie de Maza. Fractions were quick and steady (1.12.2kr at 1500 to go; 1.12.2kr at the 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500 remaining, 1.13.4kr finish). The Quinte+ Prix Brest (Gr. III purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) went to 12.4/1 Ustie Haufor (9f Niky-Lara du Houlbet) in a late surge for Charles J. Bigeon, and breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. 1.4/1 favorite Avenir de Blay (7g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) held second for owner/trainer/driver Tony LeBeller and fast-rallying 32/1 Rod Stewart (7m Love You-Valley Lane) was third with Gabriel Gelormini teaming for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Graziano Ceccaroni. The winner was timed in 1.14.2kr off steady fractions (1.15.7kr at 1500 to go; 1.14.8kr at 1000 remaining; 1.14.5kr at the 500). The Gr. III Prix PMU Lyon/Prix de Pornichet (purse €78,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) was won by 6.2/1 Uno Dancer (9g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) in rein to Antoine Dabouis for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and breeder/owner Josette Boivin. 3.3/1 Volcan de Bellande (8g Magnificent Rodney-Etoile de Bellande) was second for Mlle. Noemie Hardy and 10.8/1 Verveine du Mony (8f Orlando Vici-Douala) was third for Mlle. Audrey Laroche, trainer Franck Blandin and Ecurie AB Trot. Yesterday at Vincennes was the Prix de Beaucourt (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) and the 1.14.1kr winner was 11.5/1 Coffee Look d’Eam (5g Look de Star-Nidra Pierji) with Anthony Barrier aboard. Second was 4/5 favorite Cash And Go (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet), the full brother to Bold Eagle, reined by Franck Nivard for Sebastien Guarato (trainer) and owner Pierre Pilarski. 11.2/1 Coco Flanel (5g Kaiser Soze-Organza Jet) held third for Yoann Lebourgeois. Thomas H. Hicks

After battling the now age-retired Scarlet Turgot, the superb harness racing six year-olds Bellissima France (6f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) and Bilibili (6m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) battled to line in the Gr. II Prix du Calvados (purse €150,000, 2850 meters) at Vincennes. Both were away toward the end early with Bilibili outside of Bellissima, before Bilibil and Alexandre Abrivard (trainer L.Cl. Abrivard, owner Jean Pierre Barjon) zoomed to the front around the final bend and jetted off to what looked like an insurmountable lead. Bellissima France (driver Matthieu Abrivard, also trainer, owner LD-M Abrivard) escaped her position locked on the pylons and worked toward the top pack, then darted toward the inside and drove past Bilibili on the line. She was clocked in 1.13.6kr off rated fractions (1.14.5kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.14.1kr with 1000 remaining; 1.13.9kr at the 500) and raised her career earnings to €643,330. Bilibili now has earned €590,800.  Bellissima France was off at 1.3/1 and Bilibili at 2.6/1. 8/1 Attentionally (7f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was third for David Thomain and owner/trainer Paul Viel Bellissima France The undercard’s Prix Scarlet Turgot (Crack Series Six Year Olds) went to the 1.14.3kr timed Carabinieri (6m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess) reined by Johan Untersteiner for AB Ybena of SWE and trainer Peter Untersteiner, at 2.6/1 odds. Second was 8.9/1 Scellino Luis (6g Andover Hall-Susy Trio) with Matthieu Abrivard driving for trainer Daniel Reden and Lekeryd AB, also of SWE. King Sir Kir (6m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) landed third at 5.3/1 for J-M Bazire and Sweden’s Ecurie I.C. Equine AB. Italy’s Super Fez (6m Love You-Lucia FI) was fourth for Gabriel Gelormini ahead of Bel Auteur (6m Password-Possession) with Jean Philippe Dubois up. The Bigeon family stable shined toward program end. Costa Haufor (5f Saphir d’Haufor-Santa Haufor) took the Prix de Talence (purse €39,000, 2850 meters) at 7.4/1 for Charles Julien Bigeon at the lines for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. Cybele des Peria (5f Quaker Jet-Miss du Boisnant) took second for Franck Nivard ahead of Comete cdes Vaux (5f Singalo-Queen Marie Vaux) and Yoann Lebourgeois. A race later Ch. J and trainer Christian returned another winner in the Prix Salon de Provence (purse €58,000, 2100 meters autostart) with Aufor de Mire (7g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dix) clocked in 1.13.1kr. A.F. Bigeon owns this one. Auch (7g Niky-Migraine) at 4.4/1 was second for the same connections, Christian Bigeon as driver/trainer/owner. Both of these now have career earnings in excess of €215,000. Third was 21/1 After River (7f Quaker Jet-Ogusa de la Merite) driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastian Guarato. Thomas H. Hicks

December 25, 2016 - The Gr. I Prix de Vincennes (monte, purse €240,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) was the co-headliner on this powerful Christmas Day Paris-Vincennes harness racing program. 3/1 Dragon du Fresne rallied decisively to win for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard timed in 1.15.4kr (fractions 1.14.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.15.2kr at the 1000 mark; 1.15.4kr with 500 remaining). 1.4/1 favorite Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains Dollar Macker for Olivier Henri Thomas. Third went to 5.8/1 Dahlia du Rib (3m Oyonnax-Paasiflore du Rib) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir in the irons for trainer Joel Hallais and breeder/owner Ecurie Rib, both legendary monte developers. 7/1 Celina Polka (4f Kool du Caux-La Canella) secured today’s Gr. II Prix Emil Riotteau (monte, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) timed in 1.14.6kr. Racing barefoot, the winner was teamed by Alexandre Abrivard for owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. 16/1 Cavalleria (4f Prodigious-Janga) was home second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. Third was 11.2/1 Cassandre d’Em (4f Kescao Phedo-Paradisia d’Em) trained by J.P. Alix and Joann Lebourgeois was the pilot. Today’s Prix d’Evreux (purse €46,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 entrants) went to 10.6/1 Betsy du Quenne (5f Quaker Jet-Mon Egerce). The 1.13kr clocked winner was teamed by Damien Bonne for Ecurie Haras de la Copucnne). Fractions were quick (1.09.1kr at 1500 remaining; 1.10.9kr at the 1000; 1.12.8kr at 500 meters to go). 19/1 Bamba des Landes(5f Mourofais-Samba des Landes) took second for Sebastian Hardy and third went to 12/1 Babette de Bannes (5f Kesaco Phedo-Nuit de Bannes) with owner/trainer Herve Soinneau driving. The Prix du Gard (purse €48,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 34.5/1 Un Char Ami (8g Jag de Bellouet-Olygarchy) timed in 1.12.3kr and reined by Mathieu Daougabel. Ecurie D bred this winner. 5.7/1 Viking Fromentro (7g Capriccio-Orminda) was second for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque and third was 22.5/1 Ulysse Marla (8g Nuage de Lait-Kemetcha Maria) with Romain Derieux aboard. Thomas H. Hicks

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