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Cable Wise AS (3/14/18 male. Bold Eagle-Gabby’s Dream-Dream Vacation) led the September 9-10 ITS Yearling Sale bringing 175,000€ from Scuderia Bivans.   Bivans also bought the 145,000€ priced Cash Wind (m, Ready Cash), the second among sale toppers.   Overall there were 199 lots offered for sale with 159 selling (79.4%) for 5,441,000€, an average of 34,437€.   The offspring by Muscle Hill, Ready Cash, Bold Eagle and Readly Express were the sire sale leaders based on median.          by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The annual Arqana Trot Yearling Sale at Deauville has been completed with good results. There were 328 lots sold at an average 25,077€ with gross proceeds in excess of 8.2€ million. There were five lots sold for over 100,000€ led by sons of Ready Cash, Bold Eagle, Carat Williams and Bird Parker. Catalog pages of the two sale toppers are attached. The third sale session featured yearlings sired by first and second crop stallions. 120 lots sold in session three for an average of 38,658€ (gross sales 4,639,000€). Offspring of Charly du Noyer and Cristal Money averaged 42,000€ and 33,500€respectively. 15 lots by Carat Williams sold for an average of 38,000€ led by hip 416, Iceman du Klau and the offspring by Django Riff and Dollar Macker were well sold. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The UET Trotting Masters Finale was the day’s featured event (purse 380,000€, Gr. II International, 2700 meters, 12 starters) at Paris-Vincennes and quite a strategic race it was. At the end Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) scored timed in 1.11.9kr reined by Orjan Kihlstom for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. The victory increased his life earnings to 3,111,396€ with 171,000€ secured today. Propulsion, bred in the USA by Cane Run Farm’s owners and Bluestone Farm was away toward the back and advanced third on the outer after Cleangame moved third wide for J-M Bazire on the backside to attack the race leaders. Mindyourvalue WF (6g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners) had gained the front from Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet). The Eagle was used hard to initially reach the front past the stands from Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines). Even-money favorite Cleangame reached the front albeit he stayed in the two-path entering the lane and appeared to be holding off his attackers when he went offstride in late stretch. He passed the line first and his dq enabled Propulsion to gain the victory as the 1.7/1 second choice over 63/1 Bahia Quesnot and reinsman/trainer Junior Guelpa that was also clocked in 1.11.9kr. 9/2 odds Bold Eagle was third for Bjorn Goop and trainer Sebastien Guarato timed in 1.12kr. The 71/1 Mindyourvalue WF held fourth and 33/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) was fifth for Eric Raffin. The other check earners were 48/1 Milligan’s School and 114/1 Bel Avis. The pace was rated evenly until it picked up in the final 500 meters (1.12.6kr was the clocking with 500 remaining). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Solvalla last weekend hosted the E3 eliminations for harness racing colts and fillies, each event raced over 1640 meters autostart with 100,000SEK to the winners. Photo shows the finalists and their post positions. The elims for colts and geldings went to 1.3/1 Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) timed in 1.11.1kr with Johan Untersteiner aboard for trainer Jerry Riordan and owners Team Snyder and Aetnos Djos. Easy So Easy was second. This winner now has three 2019 victories in five outings. Winner’s pedigree is shown below: The other two colt division winners were the 1.12.1kr timed and 5/2 odds Beller (3m Scarlet Knight-Oki I Can-Amer I Can) reined by Torbjorn Jansson to his fifth win in eight 2019 starts. Even-money favorite Global Adventure (3m SJs Caviar-Platinum Shine-Viking Kronos) took the third male division for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath clocked in 1.11.6kr, his sixth 2019 score in seven appearances. The three filly splits went to 12.6/1 Global Anarchy (3f SJs Caviar-Celebrity Tribute) timed in 1.12.6kr with Joakim Lovgren her pilot; the 10.2/1 MargaretaSjohammar (3f Make It Happen-Gunnel Sjohammar-Mythical Lindy) took the second female division for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson, her third victory in seven 2019 starts; division three for the fillies saw 1.2/1 Mascate Match (3f Muscle Mass-Captivation-Conway Hall) score for trainer/driver Pekka Korpi clocked in 1.12.6kr for her sixth 2019 victory in seven appearances. Action on August 14 at Solvalla promises to highlight great trotting action as photos show post draws: by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet),sent off as the 9/10 favorite odds, gamely held off challengers to win today’s Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin, Belgium. Total purse was 150,000€ in this UET Masters Series event raced over 2300 meters autostart with 13 starters. Bold Eagle recorded his 45th career win in 65 starts now for 4,632,820€ in life earnings. Tony Le Beller teamed Bold Eagle for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The 5.4/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger) was a nose back second for Christophe Martens and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. The 4.6/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore) was another length back in third for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Guarato. 28/1 Beau Gamin and 116/1 Bon Copain completed the top five with Bugsy Malone, Tony Gio and Valko Jenilat all dq’s. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

June 23, 2019 - Today’s Q+ Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere at Vincennes (purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International, Quinte+ race) had harness racing champions Bold Eagle, Dijon and Looking Superb in the lineup. Dijon was an early dq and that opened the door for a start to finish victory for Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethiu Rah Jet). Timed in 1.10.2kr, Bold Eagle, off at 2.1/1 and reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owned by Pierre Pilarski, gamely prevailed by a quarter length over the stalking 1.2/1 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) teamed with trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 20/1 Detroit Castelets (6m Neoh Jiel) rallied for third reined by Matthieu Abrivard for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. 30/1 Orlando Jet (6g Orlando Vici) was fourth for Rudi Haller and fifth was 18/1 Tessy d’Ete with Frnack Nivard up. Bold Eagle won for the 44th time in a 63 race career and he now has life earnings of 4,553,620€ with this his fourth consecutive Prix Rene Balliere victory. Bold Eagle This was the day’s Quinte+ race and a winning 2€ exact order ticket paid 4,539.20€ to 485 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 5,637,919€and the total of all pools on this race esxceeded 10,290,000€ Recent winners of the Rene Balliere are shown below Gala Tejy wins 170,000€, Gr. I Prix d’Essai Today’s exceptional card at Paris-Vincennes had three year old monte performers on stage in the Gr. I Prix d’Essai (purse 170,000€, 2175 meters, 15 starters) and the 9/10 favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes-Aurore des Charmes) prevailed clocked in 1.13kr. P. Ph. Ploquin was in the irons for Ecurie Chalon and trainer Christophe Chalon. He scored for the fourth time in a 12 race career and increased his life earnings to 253,640€. Gala Tejy  Gala relentlessly pursued 9/2 Gangster du Wallon (3m Lets Go Along) reined by Benjamin Rochard for owner/trainer Damien Lecroq. 37/1 Gepsonnia (3f Sun Ceravin) was placed third on the dq of Gee. Romain Marty reined Gepsonnia for trainer Cyril Raimbaud. Fleche Bourbon upset winner of Gr. I Prix du President de la Republique The Gr. I monte Prix du President de la Republique (purse 200,000€, 2850 meters, four year olds) was this day’s Vincennes feature race. Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) was a very impressive and easy winner with Alexandre Abrivard her jockey for trainer Sebastien Guarato and breeder/owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. Alexandre Abrivard She won for the eighth time in 13 career starts and raised her life earnings to 279,060€.  Fleche Bourbon 5.3/1 Freeman de Houelle (4m Vigove) took second for trainer Franck Leblanc and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. 13/1 Flicka de Blary (4f Sam Bourbon) was third with Camille Levesque in the irons. Due to a dq the 104/1 outsider Forever Speed (4m Uriel Speed) was placed fourth and 32/1 Fiona Gendreenne was placed fifth. The 5/10 favorite Fado du Chene  and 30/1 Fawley Buissonay were two dq’s in this race. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 2, 2019 - The 9/10 favorite Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) easily won today’s Gr. II Prix Roquepine (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters for harness racing three year old fillies) timed in 1.14.5kr (off modest fractions) at Vincennes with Gabriele Gelormini aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. Frederic Brouilloux bred the now five-time winner in nine career starts for 162,400€ earned. 5.4/1 Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) was second for driver Eric Raffin, breeder/owner Philippe Allaire and owner Gitte Paulsen-Allaire. Third after a dq of Gee was the 11/1 Graine de Crack (3f Booster Winner-Pearl MIP) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Allaire. Placed fourth was 36/1 Gesira (3f Boccador de Simm-Kirine) reined by Alexis Pratt. The 3.1/1 Greenpeace, a recent 410,000€ purchase at the Arqana-Trot Prix d’Amerique Sale from Jean Pierre Dubois, was a miscue dq while ranging up four wide in the first straight. Franck Nivard now owns, trains and drove this filly today. Green Grass Green Grass connections The Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Gironde (purse 54,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). The 25 meter penalized and 6.4/1 Cerenzo (7f Ganymede-Poesie de Vigne) scored timed in 1.15.6kr on the front end for driver Franck Nivard, breeder/owner Ecurie Turbo and trainer Philippe Billard. This winner scored his 10th career win in 45 starts for 321,120€ earned. Ce Bello Romain (7g Jam Pridem) was second at 5.2/1 for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer S.G. Dupont. Third was 9/1 Canular (7g Jet Fortuna) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois that bested fourth finishing 107/1 Benjamine Gede (8f Insert Gede) with Damien Bonne up. Fifth was 16/1 and 25 meter handicapped Cabernet (7g Prince Gede) with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. The Q+ exact order payoff for the 2€ wager was 51,297.80€ and there were 14 winning ticketholders. The Q+ handle this day was 4,618.069€ and the total wagered on the race (all bets) exceeded 9.7€ million. Cerenzo Turbo The co-featured Prix Paul Viel (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters nine starters) saw the 9/10 favorite General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec-Amazone du Parc) prevail for pilot Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Frederic Prat and owner Francis Garner. He scored for the third time in nine outings now for 151,150€ earned. Race time was 1.14.4kr off even fractions. 68/1 Guerria Royal (3m Very Nice Marceaux-Violetta de Retz) took second for trainer/driver Guillermo Roig-Balaguer. Third was 3.1/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) that Philippe Allaire trains for Jean Francois Mary and Anthony Barrier teamed this day. 9/2 Granon Vedaquais (3m Brillantissime-Sestriere) was fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Allaire. General du Parc The Prix d’Avignon (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2100 meters, four year olds) completed groupe action today. Jean Michel Bazire’s trainee Feydeau Seven (4m Redeo Josselyn-Unanime Seven) scored timed in 1.13.1kr as the 1.9/1 favorite, the winner’s seventh career victory in nine appearances. Alexandre Skowronski owns the impressive trotteur. 6.8/1 Fun Quick (4m Carpe Diem-Activity Queen) took second for Yoann Lebourgeois, Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Marc Esper. 25/1 Fiorentina Somolli (4f Love You-Quitalia Somolli) was third to the line for Matthieu Abrivard, ahead of 11/1 Fleu Lila (4g Timoko) for Franck Anne and 19/1Flora Quick (4f Prodigious) with Gabriele Gelormini up. Feydeau Seven Feydeau Seven and connections Thomas H. Hicks

After Bold Eagle finished a disappointing fourth in the first qualification race at Vincennes for the Prix d’Amerique, the winningest harness racing active French trotter will race again on Sunday (Dec. 9) in the second qualification race, the Prix du Bourbonnais. For the first time ever, Bold Eagle will race without all four shoes. Normally he races only with shoes behind, but trainer Sebastian Guarato has decided to try something new by removing the front shoes. Only 12 horses were entered in the Prix du Bourbonnais and just one is trained outside France, Uza Josselyn, a Danish registered mare owned and trained in Switzerland. Among the 12 starters, two have already qualified for the Prix d’Amerique, Delia du Pommereux and Bird Parker, who finished second and third, respectively, in the first qualifier. The three first finishers in the Prix du Bourbonnais will also qualify for a spot in the field for the Prix d’Amerique. Following are the entries for the $135,000 Prix du Bourbonnais: 1 Cash Gamble (SE) – Franck Ouvrie – Philippe Billard 2 Delia du Pommereux – Damien Bonné – Sebastian Roger 3 Briac Dark – Matthieu Abrivard – Thierry Duvaldestin 4 Charly du Noyer – Anthony Barier – Philippe Allaire 5 Uza Josselyn (DK) – Alexandre Abrivard – René Aebischer 6 Carat Williams – David Thomain – Sebastian Guarato 7 Traders – Yoann Lebourgeois – Philippe Allaire 8 Valko Jenilat -Eric Raffin – Sebastian Guarato 9 Voltigeur de Myrt – Lorenzo Donati – Roberto Donati 10 Belina Josselyn – Jean Michel Bazire 11 Bird Parker – Jean Philippe Monclin – Philippe Allaire 12 Bold Eagle – Franck Nivard – Sebastian Guarato. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent Courtesy of The United States Trotting Association

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  

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