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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

January 1, 2017 - Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet), at 3/10 odds and teamed by Franck Nivard, rallied from a second tier spot around the final bend and prevailed in a stretch long battle with pacesetter Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces), at 5.5/1 and reined by Bjorn Goop, to win the Gr. II Grand Prix de Bourgogne (purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 International starters). Bourgogne is the third “B” leading to the Prix d’Amerique. Sebastien Guarato trains Bold Eagle for Pierre Pilarski, the owner. Jean-Etienne Dubois bred and early developed the now 30 times a winner in 34 starts for career earnings of 2,293,500€. Timoko is trained by owner Richard Westerink and was bred by Paul Van Klaveren. The superb veteran Timoko now has 31 victories in 91 starts for 4,301,058€ earned after his €30,000 today for finishing second. Booster Winner (6m Love You-Quille Viretaute) closed well to land third at 57.2/1 for Eric Raffin, and he earned a spot in the Prix d’Amerique as did Timoko. Booster Winner is trained by Sebastien Guarato for breeder/owner Ecurie Winner. 22/1 Princess Grif was fourth for Roberto Andreghetti and fifth was 25/1 Voltigeur de Myrt with Lorenzo Donati up. Race time was 1.12.1kr off rated fractions (1.07.9kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11.1kr at the 1000 mark, 1,12.9 with 500 remaining) with a quick finish. The Bourgogne was spectacularly presented and attracted a fine family audience for the International trotting showcase this New Years Day. Ten entrants for the Prix d’Amerique are now in line for that classique the last Sunday of January. Thomas H. Hicks  

Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet), off at 1/10 odds, held off determined 7.9/1 Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) to win the Gr. I Championnat Europeen for harness racing 5 Year-Olds (purse €100,000, 2100 meters autostart) clocked in 1.13.8kr off slow fractions at Paris-Vincennes. Franck Nivard teamed the Sebastian Guarato trained winner that Pierre Pilarski owns. Jean-Etienne Dubois bred Bold Eagle, now with 28 wins in 32 starts for €2,155,300 earned. Bold Eagle and Bolero Love traded the lead on several occasions before Bold Eagle took over in the second lap and appeared to draw clear mid-stretch until Bolero Love surged late for Gabriel Gelormini to get within a half-length on the line. Guarato trains Bolero Love for owner Mme. Mauriette De Sousa. Ecurie D bred Bolero Love. Third was 15/1 Baltic Charm (5m Password-Ilikovo) that closed strongly for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and owner St. Szwarc. Jean-Philippe Dubois bred Baltic Charm. 62/1 Nelson Nora (5f Muscles Yankee-Lindy’s Holiday) was fourth for Bjorn Goop and 53/1 Booster Winner (5m Love You-Quille Viretaute) landed fifth for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Guarato. The top three in this contest were bred by the Dubois family and Sebastian Guarato trains them all. Sire Ready Cash’s offspring had quite a rainy evening at Vincennes as the three Gr. I events all went to sons of Ready Cash, Bold Eagle in the Championnat European for 5 Year-Olds, Readly Express in the Grand Prix de L’UET and Django Riff in the Championnat European for 3 Year-Olds. The Quinte+ Prix Bohemia also went to a five year-old Ready Cash son, Cash Gamble. Thomas H. Hicks

Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) easily won today’s Gr. II Prix Louis Jarel (purse €120,000, 2175 meters volt start, nine entrants) at Paris-Vincennes, his first appearance after breeding season, for harness racing  trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The winner was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois and was timed in 1.10.8kr. 12.8/1 Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) was two lengths beaten second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Guarato and owner Antonio De Sousa. Ecurie D bred this one. Third was 50.1/1 Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) with David Thomain up for Guarato and owner/breeder Philippe Dauphin. 9.7/1 Baltic Charm was fourth for Eric Raffin and 2.7/1 second choice Bird Parker was fifth, reportedly affected by an injury. Bold Eagle waited near the back early and circled opponents for an easy win without requiring driver Nivard to urge him on. Billie de Montfort rallied nicely to be third behind Bolero Love. Baltic Charm also closed well in the late going. The fractions were steady (1.10.6 at 1500 to go; 1.12kr at the 1000; 1.11.7kr with 500 remaining) with a quick final 500 to finish in 1.10.8kr, as noted above. Thomas H. Hicks

Reportedly the 2016 Prix d’Amerique winner Bold Eagle will resume harness racing action on June 11 at Paris-Vincennes in the €120,000 purse Prix Louis Jariel over 2175 meters. That event will serve as a prep for the June 26 Prix Rene Balliere and the July 21 Prix Sables d’Olonne. If all goes well next up for the champion son of Ready Cash would be the August 22 Prix Jockey at Vincennes and then the Criterium for five year-olds. Bold Eagle’s return, sooner than expected, is good for summer racing action in France and will capture global trotting attention. 17 have declared early for next Saturday’s Gr. II test at Vincennes, including Bird Parker, Elitloppet starter Billie de Montfort and Sweden Cup elimination second place finisher Brillantissime.   N° Cheval S/A   Dist.   Entraîneur Musique Record Général Earnings 1 Boogie Danover  M5 - 2175   S. Provoost 0aDaDa8a(15) 1'14"7 61 190 € 2 Balade Danover  F5 - 2175   S. Provoost DaDa1a2aDa 1'15"1 61 600 € 3 Balisto de May  M5 - 2175   C.-A. Mary 2a8a8aDa(15) 1'12" 86 360 € 4 Baline de la Fye  F5 - 2175   S. Hardy 1a7a4a1a0a 1'13"7 87 070 € 5 Biwa Nectar  M5 - 2175   E. Ruault 4aDa1a9a(15) 1'12"3 218 380 € 6 Barrio Josselyn  M5 - 2175   J.-M. Bazire 3a6a2a0a5a 1'11"4 227 610 € 7 Bœing du Bocage  M5 - 2175   F. Leblanc 10aDa3a3a3a 1'12"4 248 110 € 8 Baltic Charm  M5 - 2175   S. Guarato 2a4a1a3a1a 1'11" 298 150 € 9 Beau Gamin  M5 - 2175   S. Guarato 9a2a(15)5a4a 1'12"6 349 040 € 10 Briac Dark  M5 - 2175   F. Anne 7a1a4Dista(15)2a 1'12"3 368 130 € 11 Black d'Avril  M5 - 2175   F. Prat 10a8a10a5aDa 1'11"1 473 570 € 12 Boléro Love  M5 - 2175   S. Guarato 2a2a1aDa2a 1'10"8 477 780 € 13 Belina Josselyn  F5 - 2175   J.-M. Bazire 3a1aDa1a1a 1'11"1 490 930 € 14 Brillantissime  M5 - 2175   Ph. Allaire 8a2a9a5a4a 1'11" 883 365 € 15 Bird Parker  M5 - 2175   Ph. Allaire 1a1aDa4a5a 1'10"8 974 880 € 16 Billie de Montfort  F5 - 2175   S. Guarato 8a4a0a2a6a 1'09"7 1 190 860 € 17 Bold Eagle  M5 - 2175   S. Guarato 2a1a1a1a(15) 1'10"5 1 781 800 €   Thomas H. Hicks

It was announced this week that Bold Eagle will make a 2016 return to harness racing earlier than initially planned. The Sebastien Guarato trainee, owned by Pierre Pilarski, is expected to be at the start June 11 in the Gr. II Prix Louis Jariel at Sables d’Olonne as a first prep to the later Five Year-Old Criterium. The fan favorite’s early return bodes well for trotting popularity in the summer and early fall seasons.   Thomas H. Hicks

Sunday’s harness racing entrants are now 12 as the Grand Prix de Paris (Gr. I UET Masters Series, purse €400,000, 4150 meters) awaits to determine if Bold Eagle can capture the FR Trotting Triple Crown. The field is shown below as it now stands: The reduced field size means that the event will not be the Quinte+ race of the day. While it’s unlikely that Bold Eagle will be denied, his primary adversary, Timoko, could be a factor although he was unplaced in a previous Grand Prix de Paris attempt and may be better at middle distances. Bird Parker could be a factor as could Lionel albeit he has made breaks in his last two starts. Nevertheless, the race will draw world-wide attention by racing fans and the media. Tuesday’s European Trotting Action Trotting action Tuesday in France and Belgium caught my attention, first at Cagnes-sur-mer as the Prix Selfon (purse €20,000, 2925 meters, 14 starters) went to fast-closing 23/1 odds Duo Denfer (3m Sam Borubon-Nina Madrik) clocked in 1.18.2kr for driver Kevin Vanderschelden for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The photo-determined winner bested 2.4/1 favorite Dalton (3m Rocklyn-Quadra Sport) and trainer/driver Romain Derieux. Third was 7.5/1 Denderah (3f Rieussec-Onile de Brevol). The winner’s dam Nina Madrik was a career winner of US$587,995 and is also dam of A Nous Deux 1:55.4 (US$383,952). At Mons Ghlin the featured Prix Centre Pompidou (purse €7,200, 1750 meters autostart, 8 international starters) went to 2/2 favorite Ru de l’Airou (11g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville) for owner/driver Sven Hoste, timed in a sharp 1.12.2kr. 21/1 Circus Brolin (10g Johnnie Walker N-Pandora Brolin) was second for Piet Van Pollaert ahead of the 55 time winner and 12/1 Onyx d’Em (14g Urane Sautonne-Besilia) with Rik Dupuydt up. The veteran race winner recorded his 30th victory in 139 starts, now for earnings in excess of €787,000. Also at Mons Ghlin the Prix Journal Eurotierce (purse €6,000, 2300 meters autostart, 10 international starters) went to Italy’s 3/1 odds Severino (5m Dominatore d’Orio-Ujane di Basse) timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Giuseppe Ruocco and owner/trainer Johanna Lindqvist. 3.9/1 Best Well (8f Love You-Ushi Dragon) was next for Nico d’Haenen with third to 1.4/1 favorite Bullseye (8g Love You-BWT Spirit) with Rik Dupuydt up. Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris card at Paris-Vincennes will be an interesting one, beyond the featured Triple Crown final leg. The Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard (monte, €120,000 purse, 2700 meters) includes €469,000 career earner Bilibili (5m Niky-Quetty du Donjon-Coktail Jet) and the Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne (purse €105,000, 2700 meters) has Bugsy Malone (5m Ready Cash-Night Captain-Goetmals Wood) at the start. The Prix d’Avenches (purse €80,000, 2700 meters for mares) includes well-regarded Alexia (6f Prodigious-Ilexia-Cezio Josselyn) and the day’s opener is the Prix des Pays Nordiques for coldbloods going 2100 meters autostart for €20,000. Thomas H. Hicks

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