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The three-day Arqana-Trot Deauville Sale is complete and quite an event it was, particularly in the first and third sessions. The sale topper at 400,000 euro ($462,000US) was hip 377, the 2017 foaled filly by Charly du Noyer-Reethi Rah Jet, the dam (bred by Jean Etienne Dubois) having produced the champion Bold Eagle. This one and several other sales leaders appeared Friday. Another late sale top 20 was hip 436 Haut Brion (colt, 2017 by Bold Eagle-Christa Maris) at 240,000 euro ($277,000US). A great looker he is. The Top 20 follow along with total sale results that illustrate growth in the demand for FR trotting stock. Top 20 1. Lot 0377 : HUNTER VALLEY CHARLY DU NOYER / REETHI RAH JET Vendeur : Etre, Acheteur : SAS LANGLAIS BLOODSTOCK 0377 400 000 € 2. Lot 0093 : HERE I AM READY CASH / COME ON JET Vendeur : Etre, Acheteur : SAS LANGLAIS BLOODSTOCK 0093 320 000 € 3. Lot 0108 : HEROE WINNER READY CASH / ALTESSE WINNER Vendeur : Ecouché, Acheteur : Anonyme 0108 240 000 € 4. Lot 0436 : HAUT BRION BOLD EAGLE / CRISTA MARIS Vendeur : Ecouché, Acheteur : ECURIE THOMAS BERNEREAU 0436 240 000 € 5. Lot 0067 : HAVILAH READY CASH / ULZHANE Vendeur : Ecouché, Acheteur : SAS LANGLAIS BLOODSTOCK 0067 180 000 € 6. Lot 0047 : HAND FULL READY CASH / SIRENE DE MAI Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : Stall Courant AB 0047 170 000 € 7. Lot 0423 : HARPER DU FER BIRD PARKER / VICTORY PRIDE Vendeur : Ecouché, Acheteur : BRINI RACING TEAM 0423 160 000 € 8. Lot 0117 : HIGH LIFE READY CASH / BUSY BEE JET Vendeur : Etre, Acheteur : SAS LANGLAIS BLOODSTOCK 0117 150 000 € 9. Lot 0437a : HAVANA MARCEAUX VERY NICE MARCEAUX / COSMIC GIRL Vendeur : Brun Jean, Acheteur : FONTEYNE Florent-Henri 0437a 150 000 € 10. Lot 0472 : HERA D'ATOUT BOLD EAGLE / TOPAZE D'ATOUT Vendeur : Sassy, Acheteur : ECURIE THOMAS BERNEREAU 0472 140 000 € 11. Lot 0342 : HOLD ON WILLIAMS BOLD EAGLE / MISS WILLIAMS Vendeur : Trois Rivières, Acheteur : ECURIE THOMAS BERNEREAU 0342 120 000 € 12. Lot 0037 : HAKA READY CASH / UNE FILLE D'AMOUR Vendeur : Ecouché, Acheteur : DREAM HORSE AGENCY 0037 110 000 € 13. Lot 0066 : HAVANE JULRY READY CASH / SENSATION JULRY Vendeur : Julry, Acheteur : REGOURD Gérard 0066 110 000 € 14. Lot 0449 : HEAVEN'S PRIDE BRILLANTISSIME / QUEENLY PRIDE Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : SAUQUE Frédéric 0449 110 000 € 15. Lot 0459 : HELIOS DES CHAMPS BOLD EAGLE / REBECCA DES CHAMPS Vendeur : Champs, Acheteur : LEBLANC Franck 0459 110 000 € 16. Lot 0071 : HEART JEWEL PRODIGIOUS / TOPAZE BOURBON Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : BIGEON William 0071 100 000 € 17. Lot 0112 : HEROS DE LA COTE READY CASH / SPICY JET Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : BIGEON Jean-Luc 0112 100 000 € 18. Lot 0068 : HAWAIENNE MAZA READY CASH / AVENTURA Vendeur : Etre, Acheteur : SAS LANGLAIS BLOODSTOCK 0068 90 000 € 19. Lot 0370 : HOUSTON DE BLARY BIRD PARKER / ANNABA DE BLARY Vendeur : Blary, Acheteur : SAUQUE Frédéric 0370 90 000 € 20. Lot 0505 : HIGH ROCK DE LOU BOLD EAGLE / AOSTA DE LOU Vendeur : Lou, Acheteur : ECURIE THOMAS BERNEREAU 0505 90 000 € Segments Total   Type Présentés Vendus % Vente Enchères Ench. + Am. Prix moyen Médian Top Price ► 2018   496 344 69,35 % 10 216 500 € 10 324 500 € 29 699 € 19 000 € 400 000 € ► 2017   468 335 71,58 % 8 237 500 € 8 237 500 € 24 590 € 16 000 € 300 000 € ► 2016   455 308 67,69 % 6 203 500 € 6 281 500 € 20 141 € 15 000 € 190 000 € ► 2015   459 298 64,92 % 6 035 000 € 6 055 000 € 20 252 € 15 000 € 155 000 € The catalog link follows: http://www.arqana-trot.com/catalogue-listing/ventes-de-yearlings-selectionnes-2018 Next year at this time we will see glimpses of performance and possible careers in the spotlight. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Monday evening’s Sweden International Yearling Sale at Wenngarn Castle produced exciting bidding and an average of 424,204SEK (41,448 euro) for 88 yearlings and stallion shares sold. There were 101 numbers presented for sale including seven stallion shares (Father Patrick 2, Creatine, Donato Hanover, Trixton and Muscle Hill). The top seven sellers are shown below (six yearlings and one share) with two yearlings each by Maharajah and Muscle Hill. The yearling co-leaders were the colts Habrik Am (Bold Eagle-Tamela Celeber-Cantab Hall) and Heffner Am (Muscle Hill-She Loves You-Love You), both selling for 1.6SEK million. Tamela Celeber was a world class trotting mare in Europe and the USA. Sale catalog link: https://yearlingsale.se/katalog/ by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The La Capelle racetrack in France featured Gr. II Prix de la Communaute de Communes Thierache Centre (total purse 100,000 euro, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starters in this 2nd leg of the Challenge du Trot Grand Vitesse, a UET Masters Series test)  and it was a superb race won by Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) clocked in 1.10.8kr and reined by Franck Nivard. Sebastien Guarato trains the champion for Pierre Pilarski and he was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. The Eagle left alertly, yielded to Un Mec d’Heripr and then regained the lead for the duration. The Eagle now has 41 wins in 54 career starts for 4,266,670 euro earned. He was off as the 1/10 favorite with 11/1 Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) second for Franck Ouvrie. The 32/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore) was third for P-Y Verva, trainer Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin. 17/1 Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Antoine Lherete and owner Ecurie Quick Star. Titty Jepson was fifth at 47/1. On the La Capelle undercard was the Prix de Cagnes sur Mer (purse 25,000 euro, 2750 meters, 15 starters) and 8.9/1 Bonefish Life (g Quatre Juillet-Izakaline) scored in 1.14.5kr for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer C.F. Kamminga and owner H.J. DeBoer. 8/1 Bequin d’Ali (7g Little Crack) was next for Bjorn Goop and 1.4/1 favorite Bilbao d’Ecajeul (7g Quaker Jet) was third for Romain Derieux. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Vincennes, FR - The even-money Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was an almost gate to wire harness racing winner for driver Franck Nivard of today’s Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere at Vincennes (200,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters). He was timed in an evenly rated 1.10.3kr. At top stretch the Eagle fought off when seemed liked apparent challengers and then drew off for an easy victory over 33/1 Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. Third was 1.6/1 Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) with trainer J-M Bazire up for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. 8/1 Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) held fourth with J.Ph. Monclin at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. The winning Eagle now shows 40 career wins in 53 starts for 4,221,670 euro earned. Race fractions were 1.08.9kr with 1500 remaining, 1.10.1kr at the 1000 and 1.10.2kr with 500 meters to go. by Thomas H. Hocks, for Harnesslink

Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) worked his way to the front near the quarter mile station after away fourth, and proceeded on before sprinting away from his opposition in late stretch for a three length score over the sloppy racetrack, following pre-program rains, in the Gr. I International Grand Criterium de Vitesse Nice-Matin at Cagnes sur Mer (purse €200,000, 1609 meters autostart, 13 starters). Race time was a new record 1.08.9kr (1:50.88 mile rate) easily lowering the mark set last year by Timoko of 1.09.5, and previously 1.09.6kr.by Varenne in 2002. The 2/5 favorite is owned by Pierre Pilarski and is trained by Sebastian Guarato, Jean-Etienne Dubois bred the champion now with 38 wins in 50 starts for €4,041,620 earned. 12/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore), with Nicolas Ensch up for trainer Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin, sat the pocket and leading early and finished there timed in 1.09.2. Third was 168/1 Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonote d’Aunou) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner Mauricette DeSousa, timed in 1.09.4kr. 4.4/1 Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash) was fourth for J.Ph. Monclin clocked in 1.09.5 and placed fifth was 26/1 Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle) driven by Bjorn Goop and clocked in 1.09.8kr after being parked first up.. Une Serenade was fifth to the line and a dq for interference. Prix de Paris winner Bird Parker, a slow starter today, tried to contest leading Bold Eagle near the three quarter mark with a three wide move but was no match and flattened late.  The race card before the exhilarating sprinter classic included a Republican Guard performance and wins by Duke de Carless (Nicolas Montagne up), Cirrus Atout (Gabriele Gelormini driving), American Jet (Romain Derieux the trainer/driver), and Baronne de Bapre (Stephane Cingland), all in upper level contests, the fastest clocked in 1.14kr over the off track early in the day. But, in race six for amateurs in the Prix du Club de l’Eco Nice Matin, a 14 horse field racing 1609 meters autostart for €10,000, posted a 1:55.83 winning time by 3/1 Best Jenilou (7g Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenikou) reined by Mlle Morgane Le Vexier for trainer David Bekaert and owner Mauricette De Sousa. This team defeated Artiste and Auchille d’Udon. Franck Nivard - Bold Eagle - Grand Critérium de Vitesse Nice-Matin -Cagnes-sur-Mer Thomas H. Hicks  

November 15, 2017 - Bold Eagle takes on 15 harness racing rivals Sunday at Paris-Vincennes as the path to the 2018 Prix d’Amerique really begins. There were 31 originally engaged that included Nuncio and other Swedish stalwarts, but these are not in the final draw. However, well-regarded Belina Joselyn, Billie de Montfort and Bird Parker will give it a go against the Eagle. Recent winners are Vincennes were (on November 14) 18/1 Dayana Berry (4f Scipion du Goutier-Idee du Corta) in the €70,000 Prix Laetita raced over 2850 meters by 11 starters. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the 1.15.1kr timed J-M Bazire owned and trained mare. 5/1 Diamond Crown (4f Repeat Love-Ma Crown) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Lady O’Reilly owns this Ecurie D bred product. Also on the card was the €70,000 Prix de France de Football that went to 2.4/1 Desir Castelets (4m Quaker Jet-Ophelie Jet) with Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Luc Roelens, Race time was 1.14.1kr over the 2850 meter voltstart distance with 11 contestants. Prix de Bretagne Thomas Hicks

August 15, 2017 - It’s just 25 days away from the September 9th Gr. II harness racing feature The Prix d’Ete at Paris-Vincennes. This classic event is also the Trotting Masters Final and the 2017 version likely will bring about the last contest at Vincennes matching perhaps the world’s best trotter Bold Eagle against the veteran class-master Timoko. They have faced off eight times before with Bold Eagle winning seven in which Timoko was second in four of those. Their last battle was in the 2017 Elitloppet Final where Timoko scored decisively with Bold Eagle fourth. Bold Eagle, conditioned by Sebastien Guarato for owner Pierre Pilarski, has already posted two wins in the Grand Prix d’Amerique and has 15 Gr. I victories. Timoko, now age 10, is the wealthiest French trotter of all time and a two-time Elitloppet winner for trainer Richard Westerink. The Prix d’Ete is always quite a race but, this, year, it simply cannot be missed. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 6, 2017 - Saturday, the very accomplished Bold Eagle (purse €180,000, 2300 meters autostart, 12 starters) scored at Mons Ghlin for harness racing driver Franck Nivard timed in 1.13.4kr over an off track at 1/10 odds, holding off 19/1 stablemate Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) and David Thomain by a diminishing length. Sebastien Guarato owns this pair, the first owned by Pierre Pilarski and bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois, the second owned by Philippe Dauphin. 49/1 Booster Winner (6m Love You-Quille Viretaute) took third for Christophe Thierry and trainer Guarato. Ecurie Winner owns this one. Quick Fix and Zorro Photo finished fourth and fifth in a field outclassed by the top two. Bold Eagle now has posted 37 trotting victories in 43 starts for career earnings of €3,426,020. Bold Eagle The same day at Enghien was the monte Prix de Forges-les-Eax (purse €70,000, 2875 meters, nine starters) and the 1.17.2kr timed winner was 2.4/1 Dreole Verderie (4g Kalusphenio-Reole Verderie) with Eric Raffin in the irons. 47/1 Coranie Lebel (5f Quido du Goutier-Star Lebel) rallied to be second ahead of the 3/5 favorite Jerry Mom (4m Ready Cash-Graziella) that rallied for the three spot. Dreole Verderie Yesterday the Enghien action was focused on the Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse €85,000, 1609 meters, ten starters). The punters liked 2/5 favorite Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) and he won the race on disqualification of Varieta’Luis (3m Ideal Luis) that rallied past the roughed up pacesetter than Enrico Bellei drove for trainer Marco Smorgon and owner Scuderia Bivans SRL. Race time was 1.12.2kr. 34/1 Espoir des Vaux (3g Ubriaco-Marina des Vaux) was placed second, and 8/1 Euro du Chene (3m Neoh Jiel-Oseille du Chene) was placed third, a length back. The turf action this Sunday was leg 12 of the Trophee Vert raced at Carentan, the Prix Maurice de Folleville (purse €45,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). 3.7/1 Bugsy Malone (6g Ready Cash-Night Captain) overcame a 50 meter penalty to win for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This team extinguished the handicap quickly, open a lengthy lead mid-race, and held game for victory as he tired and swerved to the fan side in the lane. Time was a good 1.16kr on the grass and Bugsy won for the 17th time in 33 career starts now for €522,810 earned. 51/1 Univers de Marzy (8h Look de Star-Lovelie de Marzy) was second for Clement Duvaldestin and 7.4/1 Bon Copan (6m Love You-Haie) landed third. The prior week’s Trophee Vert at La Gacilly went to Bolt and driver Christophe Gallier but he was not entered today. Last week there was also a turf contest at Brehal for €35,000 purse and favored Authorized took that one for Pierre Levesque. Sweden’s Saturday V75 action was at Rattvik. The V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner) went to 1.8/1 Seedorf OMF (6g Algiers Hall-Indy’s Lindy-SJs Caviar) timed in 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart for Orjan Kihlstrom, driving for trainer Stig H. Johansson, another great active legend in the sport. The featured event of the day was the Gr. II National for 300,000SEK to the winner of the 2660 meter test. 4.9/1 Trot Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Melody Not-Coktail Jet) scored timed in 1.13.5kr for Jan Norberg, driving for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. Thomas H. Hicks

July 6, 2017 - The affect of Bold Eagle’s performance on the racetrack has translated to harness racing statistical leadership in the first half of 2017 in the categories of stallion, breeder and owner purse earnings. Ready Cash, breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois and owner Pierre Pilarski lead their peers due to Bold Eagle. Based on race wins the leaders are stallion Ready Cash, breeder Jean-Yves Lucuyer and owner Jean-Paul Marmion. Congratulations to all, and let’s hope Bold Eagle’s career continues to bring positive press to the trotting horse and influences the gene pool globally. Stallion Leaders Stallion Races Wins Places Earnings Ready Cash 916 125 147 4.339.390 € Love You 893 108 145 2.954.585 € Prodigious 956 105 151 2.793.710 € Ganymède 764 87 98 1.930.770 € Coktail Jet 874 82 137 1.679.195 € Jag de Bellouet 828 81 139 1.980.340 € Look de Star 747 74 129 1.722.225 € Saxo de Vandel 719 72 132 1.549.850 € Orlando Vici 937 65 143 1.564.250 €  Gazouillis 824 63 133 1.451.500 €    Breeder Leaders Breeders Ranked on Wins Wins Earnings Écurie Jean-Yves Lécuyer 47 825.560 € Jean-Philippe Dubois 44 860.850 € Écurie des Charmes 43 1.022.200 € Rémi Boucret 37 619.220 € Jean-Etienne Dubois 35 1.624.370 € Haras des Coudraies 33 532.220 € Louis Baudron 30 878.450 € S.C.A. La Barbottière 30 577.140 € Hugues Rousseau 26 636.900 € Écurie Rib 25 703.010 €   FR Breeders – First Half 2017 Ranked on Earnings Breeder Name Earnings Wins Jean-Etienne Dubois 1.624.370 € 35 Écurie des Charmes 1.022.200 € 43 Louis Baudron 878.450 € 30 Jean-Philippe Dubois 860.850 € 44 Écurie Jean-Yves Lécuyer 825.560 € 47 Écurie Yvan Bernard 742.880 € 24 Écurie Rib 703.010 € 25  Hugues Rousseau 636.900 €  26  Rémi Boucret 619.220 €  37  S.C. Élevage de Folleville 618.220 €  13    Owners Ranked on Wins: Owners Name Horses Starts Wins Places Earnings Écurie Jean-Paul Marmion 59 281 51 44 730.840 € Écurie des Charmes 72  306 41  50  767.610 € Écurie Danover 74  535  41  64  644.300 €  Écurie Victoria Dreams 73  337  35  59  792.550 €  Mauricette De Sousa 69 305 31 49 708.080 €  Écurie Sylvain Roubaud 54  299  30  62  671.360 €  Écurie Christian Boisnard 81  562  28  77  544.300 €  Écurie Luck 49  211  27  36  657.170 €  Écurie Christian Bigeon 44  148  25  39  621.570 €  Écurie Romuald Mourice 53  304  25  48  462.510 €    Owners Ranked on Earnings :  Owners Name Earnings Wins Écurie Pierre Pilarski 1.227.890 € 11  Écurie Loïc-Désiré et Matthieu Abrivard 862.870 €  24  Jean-Yves Rozé 826.350 €  17  Écurie Victoria Dreams 792.550 €  35  Écurie des Charmes 767.610 €  41  Écurie Jean-Paul Marmion 730.840 €  51  Claude Guedj 708.790 €  18  Mauricette De Sousa 708.080 €  31  Philippe Allaire 706.820 €  15 Écurie Rib 703.140 €  19  Thomas H. Hicks

June 25, 2015 - Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet), off as 3/10 harness racing favorite, surged from behind three wide cover at top of stretch and scored for Frank Nivard by two lengths timed in 1.10.5kr. Sebastien Guarato trains the Pierre Pilarski owned stallion that was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois. The Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere carries a €200,000 purse and was raced over 2100 meters autostart with ten starters. Fractions were quick and steady (1.10.1kr at 1500 to go; 1.09.7 with 1000 remaining and 1.10.9kr with 500 meter left in the contest). Bold Eagle recorded his 36th career win in 42 starts, now for €3,344,620 earned. 16/1 Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was a solid second for Eric Raffin and trainer Guarato. Third was 8/1 Amiral Sacha (7m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) driven by Gabriele Gelormini, 37/1 DD’s Hitman (6g Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny) and 108/1 Pioneer Gar (8m Varenne-Follia) were fourth and fifth. Thomas H. Hicks

April 22, 2017 - Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) kept on rolling with an easy front-end score at Enghien in the Prix de l’Atlantique (Gr. I UET International, purse €200,000, 2150 meters autostart, 11 starters). Franck Nivard was again the harness racing pilot and the 1.12.2kr timed winner now has 34 wins in 39 career starts for €3,193,300 earned. Sebastien Guarato trains Bold Eagle for Pierre Pilarski and Jean Etienne Dubois bred and early developed the champion. The 1/10 favorite bested 23/1 stablemate Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) that Guarato trains for Philippe Dauphin. Third was 13/1 Ave Avis (7m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Guis) driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ottavia Rolfiu-Urano. Boosters Winner and Duke Of Greenwood took the fourth and fifth positions behind the “exceptionale!!!” champion. A “huge” crowd was on-hand at Enghien-Soisy to see one the greatest perform after more than a two-month layoff. The Q+ on today’s Enghien program was the Prix du Casino Baurnere (purse €60,000. 2150 meters autostart, 15 European starters) and the 4/5 favorite Attacus (7g Hand du Vivier-Nelocata) prevailed for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner J.M. Machet. Attacus recorded his 11th career win in 41 starts for €337,300 earned and he was timed in 1.14.9kr. 9.1/1 Zonguldac (8g Love You-Heartenings Crown) finished second for driver Christophe Martens and Radieux (7g Love You-Dordogne) was third for Dominik Locqueneux and owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Agora and Blues d’Ourville completed the top five. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 19, 2017 - Bold Eagle leads a classy harness racing field of 11 in Saturday’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Prix de l’Atlantique at Enghien. The recent Triple Crown winner, first in 41 years, drew post one in the 2150 meters autostart affair for a purse of €200,000. The lineup follows:   Thomas H. Hicks

April 18, 2017 - Bold Eagle will likely be back in harness racing action Saturday at Enghien in the Gr. I International Prix de l’Atlantique. Over 30 horses have been initially engaged (final draw Wednesday) for the €200,000 purse event contested over 2150 meters autostart. Bold Eagle last completed the Triple Crown victory in France two months ago, the first such accomplishment in 41 years. Now, after a brief time in the breeding shed, he will prepare for the Elitloppet at end of May at Solvalla SWE, which would be his first effort at a mile distance and in a multiple heat affair. That said, the €3,103,500 winning Bold Eagle, would likely face many of the world’s best trotters on Saturday with 11 possible starters having career earnings in excess of €1 million and another three over €900,000. The possible contestants include: Up  And Quick €1,943,540 Tiego d’Etang €1,821,780 Un Mec d’Heripre €1,652,930 Univers de Pan €1,582,070 Pascia’Lest €1,402,611 Akim de Cap Vert €1,298,530 Bird Parker €1,285,530 Billie de Montfort  €1,271,516 Anna Mix €1,082,736 Lionel €1,011,381   Thomas H. Hicks  

A total of 34 upper level trotters have been engaged for Sunday’s Gr. I Prix de Paris, the third leg of the France Triple Crown, and raced over 4150 meters (just over 2.5 miles) for a purse of €400,000. The group, which will be finalized and narrowed on Thursday, includes Bold Eagle, Timoko, Up And Quick, Tiego d’Etang and Voltigeur de Myrt among the largest career money winners. J-M Bazire has named Belina Josselyn and Tornade du Digeon; Philippe Allaire entered Bird Parker and Traders; Daniel Reden named Wild Honey, Lionel, Propulsion, Call Me Keeper and Bold Eagle’s conditioner Sebastien Guarato also entered Valko Jenilat and Beau Gamin. The February 26 Paris-Vincennes program also includes the Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard (monte, purse €120,000, 2700 meters) and the Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne (purse €105,000, 2700 meters). On February 23 will be the Gr. III International Prix du Plateau de Gravelle (purse €110,000, 2100 meters) and the Prix du Cantal (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, European eligibles). Trotting action on February 24-25 is at Enghien. More to follow. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

February 12, 2017 - Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethu Rah Jet) sat third in the outer before rallying around the final bend and drawing off to a four length win for harness racing pilot Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. Jean-Etienne Dubois bred the young champion that now has 32 wins in 37 career starts for €2,923,300 earned. The Grand Prix de France (Gr. I International UET Masters, purse €400,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 entrants) is the second leg of the FR Triple Crown with the Grand Prix de Paris to follow in two weeks. The winner, that won the Prix d’Amerique at end of January, was off as the 3/10 favorite and he bested a game 12.8/1 Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) reined by Bjorn Goop for Richard Westerink, trainer/owner, and breeder Paul Van Klaveren. This veteran champion has 32 victories in 93 starts for €4,401,098 earned, as today he led early and then enjoyed a pocket spot behind noted front runner Un Mec d’Heripre.  81.3/1 Voltigeur de Myrt (8m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois) was third for Lorenzo Donati driving for owner/trainer Roberto Donati. Fourth was 68/1 Call Me Keeper (7m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) that rallied late for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. 21/1 pacesetter Un Me d’Heripre (9m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) was fifth for J-M Bazire ahead of Propulsion and Anna Mix, completing the top seven.  Race time was 1.10.9kf off steady fractions (1.10.1kr at the 1500; 1.10.2kr with 1000 remaining; 1.10.8kr at the 500 remaining post). ..................................................................................... Dollar Macker Takes Gr. I Monte Prix des Centaures at Vincennes February 12, 2017 The classique Gr. I Prix des Centaures (monte, purse €240,000, 2200 meters, 10 starters) was a stunner of sorts, as 5/1 odds Dollar Macker (4m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois were the rabbit, starting fast and opening a substantial lead for owner Mme. Marie Anne Thomas and trainer Philippe Allaire. However, he lasted despite tiring at mid-stretch, and defeated 3/5 favorite Bilibili (6m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) in a close verdict. The latter was ridden by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon. 12/1 Canadien d’Am (5m Ready Cash-Kanadia) was third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Franck Leblanc. 8.5/1 well regarded Booster Winner finished fifth. Fractions were swift early with the winning time 1.11.9kr (1.09.2kr at the 1500 to go post; 1.09.2kr at the 1000; 1.11.2kr with 500 remaining). The Prix des Vosges (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) this afternoon went to 1.13.2kr timed and 2.2/1 odds Attacus (7g Hand du Vivier-Nelocata) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 45/1 Urion de Piervive was second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa and 7.5/1 And de Saint Prest ended third for Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. The fast-class Prix de Juvigny (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 11 European starters) went to 1.14.3kr timed and 2/1 Cantin de l’Eclair (5g Jet Fortuna-Noce Josselyn) handled by Tony LeBeller for Ecurie Éclair. 6/1 Cirrus Atout (5g Look de Star) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, ahead of the 1/2favorite Clever Lymm (5m Korean-Oquidia) reined by Franck Nivard for Ecurie Le Tremont. At program end, Franck Nivard recorded another winter meet driving victory. He scored with 9.6/1 Civka Burka Darby (5f Neoh Jiel-Resille) in the €37,000 purse Prix de Macon raced over 2850 meters by 15 starters. Kenneth de Poorter bred and owns the 1.14.9kr timed mare. 7.5/1 Calypso du Relais and 53/1 Crystal Race were second and third, the latter a five year-old daughter of Goetmals Wood-In Race. ....................................................................................... Darlhey du Rib and Shadow Gar Win Groupe Tests at Vincennes February 12, 2017 Gr. III Prix de Luneville (purse €76,000, 2700 meters, seven starters, monte) was today’s Paris-Vincennes opener and the 2/5 favorite Darlhey du Rib (4f Ganymede-Quille Castelets) was victorious for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and breeder/owner Ecurie Rib. This expert monte team bested 23.7/1 Dollar du Vivier (4m Hand du Vivier-Ta Folie du Vivier) reined by Julien Raffestin. Legendary Jean-Yves Lucuyer bred this one. 4.9/1 Diego de la Criere (4g Paris Haufor) was third for Damien Bonne, also trainer. Race time was 1.15.3kr. The Prix Salam (purse €90,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 12 monte) produced an exciting victory for 9.2/1 Cenora (5f Blue Dream-Nalara) timed in 1.14.2kr with Mathieu Mottier in the irons. Dominique Mottier owns, trains and bred the winner. 4.5/1 Castel Black (5g Ludo de Castelle-Princesse Black) was second for Clement Frecelle and 2.5/1 Catalogne (5f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Jabadie) nearly overcame her distance penalty to be third clocked individually in 1.13.6kr. Dominique Mottier also trains this one and Antoine Dabouis was the jockey. The Prix de Chambord (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to 1.11.5kr quick stepping 23.6/1 Shadow Gar (6f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) with Pietro “Pippo” Gubellini driving. Gubellini is also trainer and owner of the winning mare. 12.6/1 Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier-Pike Josselyn) was a game second for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and 9/2 Blues d’Ourville (6g Password-Pursuit Of Charm) rallied to gain third for Gabriel Gelormini. Fourth was 3.3/1 Scellino Luis (6f Andover Hall-Susy Trio) and Matthieu Abrivard and fifth home was 14.1/1 El Catwalk (6f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) for Franck Nivard. Fractions were fast from the start (1.09.3kr at the 1500 to go mark, 1.10.3kr at the 1000, 1.11.4kr at 500 remaining). ...........................................................................................   Thomas H. Hicks

January 29, 2017 - The exceptional, extraordinaire Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethu Rah Jet) scored a convincing harness racing victory in the 2017 Prix d’Amerique Opodo clocked in 1.11.2kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski, Jean-Etienne Dubois bred Bold Eagle, now with €2,743,300 earned. Belina Josselyn (6f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) was a game second after gaining the lead late in the final bend for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Yvan Bernard. Lionel (7m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) rallied for third for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Daniel Reden and owner Goran Antonsen of Norway. Propulsion, Briac Dark, Call Me Keeper and Booster Winner were next to the line. Fractions were steady and quick over the 2700 meter distance for a purse of €1,000,000 (1.11.8kr at 1500 to go; 1.12kr at the 1000; 1.11.4kr with 500 meters remaining). Princess Grif, Timoko and Univers de Pan contested the early pace. The 1.11.2kr clocking today was a race record, lowering the 1.11.4kr record set by Bold Eagle last year, with only three winning times better than 1.12kr (the third Royal Dream 1.11.9kr when defeating Ready Cash) Opodo America Awards 2017: And two for Bold Eagle! Thomas H. Hicks

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