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A total 31 top class trotteurs have been engaged to Sunday’s (February 9) Grand Prix de France (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, purse 350,000€) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes including the Prix d'Amerique stalwarts Face Time Bourbon, Davidson du Pont and Belina Josselyn. This group also includes Bold Eagle, Billie de Montfort, Vituvio and Propulsion. The shorter distance could assist the veteran performers. J-P Dubois’ Classic Connection was engaged and he is also listed in Saturday’s Prix de Munich on Saturday. He won on the Amerique card in impressive fashion in 1.11.4kr over 2100 meters. Classic Connection Perhaps this victory is a signal for the future. Ther winners’ dam Crys Dream foaled a nice Tactical Landing filly on January 10 at Arcadia Farm in Kentucky. Congrats to Marie Ortolan and veterinarian Dr. Justin Murray. Crys Dream (12f Taurus Dream-Crystas Image-Balanced Image) was a 12 time winner in 21 career starts for US$997.378 in life earnings. C4 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350,000€  Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2020 Course Internationale Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (G à V), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. The Sunday (February 9) Paris-Vincennes card also includes the Gr. I monte Prix des Centaures (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters distance handicap, four to six year olds). This group of 41 engaged includes Face Time Bourbon, Feeling Cash, Fado du Chene, Evangelina Blue and Etonnant, the latter that races superbly against Bilibili last weekend. We will know on Thursday which event Face Time Bourbon will contest. J-P Dubois’ Classic Connection was also engaged and he is also listed in Saturday’s Prix de Munich on Saturday. He won on the Prix d'Amerique card in impressive fashion.   C7 - PRIX DES CENTAURES 200,000€    Groupe I - Monté - 2200m - Grande piste Pour 4, 5 et 6 ans (G, F et E), hongres exclus, les 4 ans ayant gagné au moins 38.000, les 5 et 6 ans au moins 45.000. - Avance de 25 m. aux 4 ans. Sont seules admises à monter les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Prix de la Cote d’Azur (Gr. III International, purse 120,000€, 2900 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) at Cagnes sur Mer in France saw 3.7/1 Elsa de Belfonds (6f Tornado Bello-Talfa) score off a 25-meter handicap. She was away on the lead for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch, then yielded to the pocket before escaping in the lane to draw clear. Ecurie Thomas Levesque owns this now 11-time career winner for 353,690€ earned. Race time was 1.14.2kr. The 2.7/1 favorite and 50-meter handicapped Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana) was a game second for Ecurie Skytten, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and pilot Franck Ouvrie. The 31/1 Black d’Arjeanc (9g Prince d’Espace-Perle de Riviere), penalized 25 meters, was third with Eric Raffin up for trainer Nicolas Ensch. 50-meter handicapped Voltaire Gifont (6m Quaker Jet-Realm of Fancy) was fourth with trainer Pietro Gubellini up on this 88/1 outsider. The 44/1 Beffe Am (9g Enjoy Lavec) was fifth for Franck Marty. This race was the Quinte+ race of the day and the exact order winning tickets paid 95,586.00€ to six recipients. The Q+ pool was 3,716,532€ and the total of all pools on this race exceeded 8,091,000€. Yesterday at Cagnes sur Mer three year olds contested the Prix de la Cote Saint Andre (purse 18,000€, 2160 meters autostart) and it went to Hawai Island (3f Bold Eagle-Viva Island-Goetmals Wood-Island Dream) with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Kevin Vanderschelden. This was her second career victory and now she has earned 14,450€. Hidden Face (3f Brillantissime-Conquette A Deux) was second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch for Ecurie le Tremont. Jean Pierre Dubois also bred this one. Hers and Mine (3f Bold Eagle-A Nous Deux) was third for Loris Garcia at the lines for breeder/owner JBD and trainer Vanderschelden. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Prix de Lille (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) was the Quinte+ race of the day at Paris-Vincennes and the upper class field was dominated by Jean Michel Bazire trainees. JMB won the event driving 8/10 favorite Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) to a 1.11.2kr score. He was near the fast fractions throughout and took the lead at about the halfway mark from Orlando Jet. Dorgos now has 20 career wins and 520,180€ earned. The 3.9/1 Colonel (8g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) was a rallying second for Nicolas Bazire, trainer JMB and owner Ecurie des Charmes. Third was JMB trainee and 21/1 Dreambreaker (7g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) for Alexandre Abrivard. 49/1 Clif du Pomereux and 24/1 Ange de Lune completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 3,594.90€ to 491 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 5,716,595€ and over 11,362,000 was wagered on the race. Four year olds were on stage for the Gr. II Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, eight starters) with upset victory to 8.7/1 Green Grass (4f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling). Mathieu Mottier piloted the winner for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. Frederic Brouilloux bred the now eight time winner for 405,400€ earned. Race time was 1.14.1kr off slow, rated fractions. The 8/10 favorite Gu d’Heripre (4m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre) was a very game second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Philippe Billard. 32/1 Gamble River (4m Un Mec d’Heripre) was third for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Guarato. 4.8/1 Gotland (4m Ready Cash-Sanawa), the early head of this class, was fourth for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 11/1 Gallant Way (4m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) was fifth for trainer Allaire and pilot David Thomain. The afternoon’s highlight was the Gr. II monte Prix du Calvados (purse 130,000€, 2850 meters, International eligibles) and veteran Bilibili (9m Niky-Quetty du Bonjon) rallied late to score in 1.13kr as the even-money favorite. The victory was his 13th in a storied career that has produced earnings of 1,510,600€, and this win ensures a place in the 650,000€ purse Prix de Cornulier a week before the Prix d’Amerique. Bilibili was ridden by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon, now the LeTrot President. Bilibili won this race in 2019 (timed in 1.12.4kr) and 2018 and he finished second in 2017. He also won the Prix de Cournulier in 2019 timed in 1.11.2kr and he was third in the monte classic in 2017 and 2018. Today the 9/1 Bilooka du Boscail (9f Look de Star) was a super game second with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. 9/1 Etore de Bruyere (6f Kenor de Cosse) took third for Adrian Lamy. 14/1 Catalogne was fourth for Mathieu Mottier ahead of Evening Star. Today’s early afternoon Prix de Vic Sur Cere (purse 59,000€, 2800 meters, European eligibles) went to 1.14.5kr timed Short In Cash (6m Ready Cash-Shorthanded Sallyt-Lindy Lane) as he rallied strongly in the lane for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop for Stall Nikkanen Oy. This is a nice horse and the victory raised his career earnings to 165,030€. The dam’s pedigree follows. The Bucket List F (6m Raja Mirchi-Global Keepsake) was second with Franck Ouvrie up. Speedy Face (6m Joke Face) was third with Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Adrian Kolgjini.   Shorthanded Sally (SE) (104 0,80 +12) m, 2006 1.16,4v 1.14,0a kr 170,434 37 2-5-2 Lindy Lane (US) (106 1,00) 1993 1.10,1a kr 5,994,283 21 11-3-3 At 2, Winner of Valley Victory, William Wellwood. At 3, Winner of American-National, Stanley Dancer Trot, second in Hambletonian. Valley Victory (US) (109 0,98) 1986 At 2, Winner of Breeders' Crown. At 3, Winner of Yonkers Trot. Baltic Speed (US) Speedy Somolli (US) Speedy Crown (US) Somolli (US) Sugar Frosting (US) Carlisle (US) Karen's Choice (US) Valley Victoria (US) Bonefish (US) Nevele Pride (US) Exciting Speed (US) Victorious Lou (US) Noble Victory (US) Lou Sidney (US) Lindiliana (US) 1988 Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1989 for 110,000 USD. Speedy Crown (US) Speedy Scot (US) Speedster (US) Scotch Love (US) Missile Toe (US) Florican (US) Worth a Plenty (US) Petrolianna (US) Texas (US) Super Bowl (US) Elma (US) Victoria Regina (US) Speedy Rodney (US) Victory Prize (US) Ottens Tea (SE) (94 0,79 +19) 1995 1.12,5v 1.12,7a kr 1,010,800 118 14-9-13 Texas (US) (93 1,00) 1974 1.12,0a kr 1,612,940 34 8-6-8 At 3, Winner of Kentucky Futurity, second in Hambletonian, third in Stanley Dancer Trot. Super Bowl (US) Star's Pride (US) Worthy Boy (US) Stardrift (US) Pillow Talk (US) Rodney (US) Bewitch (US) Elma (US) Hickory Smoke (US) Titan Hanover (US) Misty Hanover (US) Cassin Hanover (US) Hoot Mon (US) Goddess Hanover (US) Taroka (SE) (82 0,90) 1980 Tarok (DK) Pay Dirt (US) Florican (US) Impish (US) Tina Virup (DK) Ax Frisco (DK) Coboco (DK) Will Me (SE) Near Me (US) Star's Pride (US) Time Me (US) Wilma Will (SE) Earl's Mr Will (US) Scotchburn (SE) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Delia du Pommereux (6f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) rallied to win today’s Grand Prix du Bourbonnais (Gr. II International, purse 110,000€, 2850 meters, 18 starters) in the final strides for reinsman Franck Nivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic, her 13th career victory now for 883,050€ earned. Delia du Pommereux , off the 2.9/1 favorite, also won this race a year ago clocked in 1.13kr, today it was 1.13.1kr. She was second in 2018 also in the GP Bretagne and Criterium 5 Ans. Today Delia du Pommeraux was forwardly placed early yielding to 3.2/1 second choice Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) that had worked his way to the front after 1200 meters for Eric Raffin. The Sebastien Guarato trained Bold Eagle held gamely for second. Fractions were rated (1.12.7kr with 1500 remaining; 1.12.7kr at the 1000 and 1.13.2kr with 500 meters to go). The 53/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was third with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Guarato. The top three earned Prix d'Amerique invitations. The 107/1 Uza Josselyn (8f Love You-Teza Josselyn) rallied for fourth with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Rene Aebischer and 4/1 Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was fifth for Matthieu Abrivard and the Roger/Lolic team, this one a half-brother to the race winner. 19/1 Bahia Quesnot and 13/1 Valokaja Hindo took the sixth and seventh checks. To watch the race replay, click here.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The journey began exactly a month ago, when Bold Eagle and his harness racing caretaker Hugues Monthule boarded a horse van in the French countryside. The pair made their way to the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, flew into Toronto International on Oct.19 and were ensconced in the woodsy, overgrown Mohawk backstretch by the first race on Breeders Crown elimination night. Flash forward to 10 a.m. Sunday morning (Oct. 27), Pierre Pilarski, Thomas and Sabine Bernereau, and Francois Jamier sat around a high-top table near the front of the Quest Restaurant on the ground floor of the Hilton hotel in Mississauga. Situated about halfway between downtown Toronto and Woodbine Mohawk Park, the hotel was quiet, save for a few families checking out and a handful of early risers enjoying the pool and hot tub, and only a few of the restaurant's tables were occupied. Outside, overnight downpours late in the preceding evening and early that morning gave way to gray, overcast skies. The sharp, cold air left flags in tatters and whipped open hotel doors as high winds gusted through the Eastern Ontario city. Despite the dreary conditions, Bold Eagle's connections sat looking relaxed and content. Bright-eyed and with smiles on their faces, they enjoyed each other's company and cordially entertained the occasional visitors who offered congratulations, accolades, and thanks to the team who brought their champion trotter across the Atlantic to post a dominating victory in the Breeders Crown Open Trot only 11 hours before. While the aftermath proved tranquil, the hours leading up to Bold Eagle's victory were fraught with nerves and stress. Bold Eagle arrived in the Mohawk paddock around 8 p.m. on race night and took his place in a stall in the northwest corner near the test barn. With his cotton-stuffed ears forward and head held up in the crossties, Bold Eagle stood quietly with a black-and-red cooler draped cleanly over his back as the finishing touches were put on his braided forelock. As the time to warm up grew closer, though, the stallion became animated. While longtime caretaker Monthule and trainer Sebastien Guarato began to pull equipment out of the black tack box positioned in the aisle just in front of the stall, Bold Eagle began lowering his head and pawing at the rubber-matted floor. Gentle pats on the shoulder, stern warnings, and kisses on the nose from Monthule helped stem the trotter's eagerness, but Bold Eagle soon grew more excitable. As Breeders Crown winners made their way past to the test barn, Bold Eagle fixed his gaze on them, extended his neck, and delivered deep, loud roars. His demonstrations intensified as the sophomore trotting fillies, stationed in the row across from Bold Eagle's stall, lined up to head out to the track. Jamier, an agent, the Bernereaus, co-owners, and Priscilla Navillod, Bold Eagle's masseuse and dentist, joined Monthule and Guarato as Bold Eagle prepared for his warmup around 9:45 p.m. Absent from the group was Pilarski, who remained in the clubhouse. "He was too nervous to come see 'Bold,' " said Kim Gudmand, a Danish photographer and fan who has followed Bold Eagle around Europe since the trotter's 3-year-old campaign and has become close with the trotter's owners. "He wanted to stay upstairs." "I was nervous, but it was not so much pressure from outside, it was more inside pressure," Pilarski explained via translation by Jamier. "Now (Bold Eagle) is getting on the edge where he is not so easy in front like he used to be. We came over here, so of course there was some pressure. "We arrived (Friday). We were pretty tired (Friday) night. We were at the racetrack," Pilarski said. "We went to downtown Toronto (Saturday) to get lunch and we all tried to get time just to destress. But when we arrived here, we could feel the pressure." In the early years of Bold Eagle's career, the trotter would warm up twice on race day, once with Monthule and once with his driver. Now, the 8-year-old is too excitable on the track and only goes for one light preparation with his driver. Two races after winning a Breeders Crown with Winndevie and immediately after driving McWicked to a fourth-place finish in the Open Pace, Brian Sears met Bold Eagle in the paddock and headed out onto the track with him, led by Monthule and with the rest of the team in close pursuit. The warmup was Sears' first time taking the lines behind Bold Eagle and although he talked briefly with the connections in the days leading up to the race, there was little other prep work the Hall of Famer could do ahead of hopping in the sulky. Sears took Bold Eagle one lap clockwise around the seven-furlong oval during a short break in the rain. Although high-strung, Bold Eagle quickly trotted up on the heels of two other joggers near the end of his lap and slowed to match their pace. Sears took Bold Eagle past the paddock and down the stretch, turned him, and went a short spurt at a quicker tempo before returning Bold Eagle to the hands of Monthule. Sears hopped off the bike outside the paddock door and made a B-line for the front of the paddock, darting down a narrow alley formed by the building's exterior and the parked starting gate. The White Knight's colors were tarnished with wet stone dust and the driver chomped furiously on a piece of gum. "He was alright, pretty grabby," Sears quickly commented before jumping in the bike behind Greenshoe and heading out for another heat. After his warmup, Bold Eagle's attitude changed again. After returning to his stall, Bold Eagle stood with all four feet planted firmly on the ground. Neck bowed and ears pinned back, the trotter put on his game face as the final preparations were made for his start. Boosted by Bold Eagle's work leading up to the race, Guarato had been steady all night. The trainer felt confident his trotter would earn a check after training Bold Eagle over the Mohawk oval Thursday (Oct. 24) "I was very satisfied and confident about the fact that he trained well," Guarato said via translation by Jamier. "He handled the turns the right way and he was calm and relaxed and had good energy. I was confident to be one-two-three." A chink in Guarato's armor of confidence finally showed as the trainer watching unnervingly as a Go-Pro was affixed to one of the shafts of Bold Eagle's sulky shortly before race time. Only after being reassured that American History carried the camera in his Open Pace victory earlier in the evening did Guarato's fixation on the device subside. At 10:40 p.m., Guarato and Monthule were at work in Bold Eagle's stall making the final preparations for the race. Sabine Bernereau found a seat on the edge of the tack box while Thomas stood in front of the stall, hands shoved in his pockets, shuffling his feet. Finally, Monthule unhooked the crossties and led Bold Eagle into the aisle. Guarato and Navillod hitched the brand new black-and-red Gorilla race bike to Bold Eagle's harness and tightened the Go-Pro mount a final time. The Gorilla was one of two equipment changes that evening, replacing the Custom model bikes used by Björn Goop and Franck Nivard overseas. Bold Eagle would also race without an undercheck in the Breeders Crown. "He has a tendency to play with it. It was the first time I took it off," Guarato said. Sears donned Pilarski's black-and-red colors, slipped a yellow cap over his helmet, and adjusted his goggles before striding up to Bold Eagle. Tucking the whip under his right arm, Sears clipped the pull-cord for the earplugs in place near his left stirrup, took the lines in his brown-gloved hands, and then came the call from the judge crackling over the paddock's loudspeakers. "Bring 'em out." Monthule led Bold Eagle to the paddock door, Sears hopped in the bike, and the trio made their way out. While the rain had given way for Bold Eagle's warm up, it returned with a vengeance for his race. In combination with high winds blowing down the stretch, the monsoon delayed the start of the 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace as pylons floated up out of their moorings and blew into the center of the track. Earlier in the evening, a wayward pylon forced a recall. Such delays and recalls proved Bold Eagle's undoing before the 2018 Elitloppet elimination. Although there were no such hindrances before the Open Trot, Bold Eagle still appeared agitated in the post parade. He threw his head up and down, darted left, then right, and looked to the grandstand as something caught his eye. Monthule watched from the porch outside the paddock, seeking refuge from the weather under the overhanging roof. Photographers, journalists, and fellow horsepeople - by now, friends - put their hands on his shoulders, hugged him, and wished him luck. Monthule politely accepted each, but his gaze never left his champion on the track. Each time Bold Eagle passed in front of the paddock, Monthule hopped down from his perch and ran to the edge of the track, black-leather shank in hand, ready to lend assistance to Sears if needed. Once, he obliged and Monthule led Bold Eagle up the stretch, past the row of photographers before turning Bold Eagle loose again. Monthule remained out on the track at the end of the line of cameras as Bold Eagle and his 10 rivals faced the gate for the Open Trot. Even as his competitors put their noses on the barrier, Bold Eagle lagged behind from his inside post position, throwing his head and jerking from side to side. However, as he caught the gate, Bold Eagle picked up his head and put his nose to the wings. As the truck sped away, Bold Eagle trotted straight and true, quickest off the car for the first several strides before letting Atlanta, Guardian Angel As, and Lindy The Great dictate the tempo. Reaching the backstretch, Sears yanked on the right line, tipping Bold Eagle's face into the stiff wind. Bold Eagle glided up from a 4 1/4-length deficit to take the lead passing the half. Lindy The Great faded in the pocket while Six Pack tried to follow Bold Eagle's move, but was left without cover, and Atlanta rode the pylons. Bold Eagle straightened away with the lead as Six Pack continued to give chase and Atlanta angled wide. Sears turned the whip onto Bold Eagle's hind end, and as easily as Bold Eagle left the gate, he put up 2 lengths in deep stretch. Sears took three glances over his right shoulder and on the last, realizing he could not be caught, raised his whip in victory. Bold Eagle trotted past the finish post with the plugs still in and his ears pricked as he completed the mile in 1:52.0. A huge smile lit up on Monthule's face and the caretaker thrust both arms straight up over his head as he part-ran, part-skipped, part-jumped up the stretch watching Bold Eagle cross the line. In the clubhouse, Pilarski, the Bernereaus, and Jamier stood pressed up against the glass. They clapped, clamored, and leaned as Bold Eagle neared the finish. Just like Monthule, the quartet threw their hands up as he crossed the line before embracing in a group hug. The pent-up stresses of the evening were instantly lifted, and the heavy rains went unnoticed to the dozens of owners, friends, and fans of Bold Eagle who flooded the track on the way to the winner's circle. Pleas of "clear the track, clear the track," from the outriders as a new batch of horses started their warmups went unheeded as Bold Eagle returned to the winner's circle. Sears threw a Bold Eagle scarf around his neck, "Allez Bold Eagle" and French flags flew, and smiles lit up the night as the cameras clicked away. Back in the paddock, after completing the post-race testing procedures and getting cleaned off, Bold Eagle stomped around with his neck bowed and his ears pinned back, looking none the worse for his dominant display. "I'm very, very happy for Bold, just to get this race in his record. To come here and to win," Pilarski said, looking over his champion. "It's going to make all his fans very happy." Although Bold Eagle is most regarded for his victories in the French classics going 2,700 meters, Guarato praised the trotter's abilities at 1-mile. "The first time he went to Solvalla, he beat the European record. It was amazing. The first time he went to Solvalla, nobody saw that before, what he did there," the trainer said. "The first time he's come here, he's a monster." The Breeders Crown Trot is Bold Eagle's 46th victory and boosts his earnings to $5,692,680. It is the first North American win for the horse, owner, and trainer. Although Bold Eagle and Pilarski had never raced in North America before, Guarato sent Rapide Lebel to a second-place finish behind San Pail in the 2011 Breeders Crown Trot at Woodbine. "I'm extremely satisfied and happy," Guarato said. "This horse brings a lot of happiness to everybody. The last couple of months, he was maybe not as good as he used to be. But he's still a champion and today, to win in front of everybody in North American is huge, huge." Bold Eagle traveled home to France Friday, Nov. 1. He will seek a third victory in the Grand Prix d'Amérique at Vincennes this January. "The plan is to probably race every four weeks to prepare for the Prix d'Amerique," Guarato said." It depends on how he takes the trip back home, but he could race in the Prix du Bourbonnais (Dec. 8) or the Prix du Bourgogne (Dec. 29)." The connections have since stated the Dec. 8 race at Vincennes will be Bold Eagle's next start. The morning after their Breeders Crown win, as Jamier sat with Pilarski and the Bernereaus back at the Hilton, it wasn't too early to dream about the future. "Maybe we'll be back next year," Jamier teased with a smile. by Brandon Valvo, for the Breeders Crown

Friday evening at Paris-Vincennes included the day’s Q+ race and events for lightly raced performers. The first such race was the Prix Ceres (purse 33,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and 25/1 Eagle Eyes (5g First de Retz-Reethi Rah Jet) rallied from nearly last to first in the lane to score timed in 1.13.2kr. This half-brother to Bold Eagle won for the seventh time in 28 career starts now for 89,250€ earned. Bred by Jean Etienne Dubois the winner was reined by Hughes Monthule for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. 3.6/1 Eliot Lucayelo was second for Pierre Vercruysse and 6.3/1 El Costo du Banney took third for Yoann Lebourgeois. In the Prix Salon Cheval Paris 2019 (purse 33,000€m 2850 meters, 13 starters, three year old females) saw 8.5/1 Gourgandine (3f Bold Eagle-Udine-Coktail Jet) scored for pilot Franck Ouvrie, trainer Kevin Vanderschelden, and owner Jean Pierre Dubois timed in 1.15kr. She recorded her second career victory for life earnings of 40,036€. She was four wide to a spot fourth on the pegs and then was shuffled and boxed to tenth off the final bend. Ouvrie find a way to the far outside and she exploded for the win. 6/1 Geisha d’Asbaz (3f Rolling d;Heripre) and 4/1 Geisha Speed (3f Uriel Speed) followed the winner to the line. The Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix Gemma (purse 37,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and it saw mostly longshots galore at the top, so many that there were no exact order winning tickets. And, there were only six disorder winners, those returning 12,943.80€. THe 2.9/1 Deesse Noire scored for Eric Raffin clocked in 1.13.6kr. 17/1 Dolly du Quesne (6f Prodigious) was second for Bjorn Goop ahead of 193/1 Dotka de Loiron (6f Goetmals Wood), 25/1 Darne du Rill (6f Goetmals Wood) and 8.3/1 Dolly de Chenu (6f Carpe Diem). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Hightstown, NJ — Seven of the top 10 horses in last week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll lost their respective Breeders Crown finals this past weekend, resulting in little change in positions, but a tightening in points in the upper half of the rankings. Shartin N (second in the Mare Pace), Greenshoe (second in the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot), and Bettor’s Wish (second in the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding pace) remained 1-2-3 in the rankings. Warrawee Ubeaut, who won the 3-year-old filly pace, also saw her position unchanged at No. 4 but added four first-place votes and gained 110 points to pull within four points of Bettor’s Wish. Mare trot winner Manchego made the biggest position move, going from No. 10 to No. 5 while picking up 108 points. Gimpanzee, the winner of the 3-year-old colt-and-gelding trot, and Tall Dark Stranger, who was second-placed-first in the 2-year-old colt-and-gelding pace, joined the top 10 at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Gimpanzee gained 71 points from a week ago; Tall Dark Stranger, ironically, dropped four points but made up positions as Southwind Ozzi and Atlanta dropped from the top 10 and Lather Up and McWicked each lost nearly 40 points. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which runs weekly through November, does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 23 – 10/29/2019 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Shartin N (17) 6pm 17-14-2-0 $920,177 304 1 2 Greenshoe (11) 3tc 13-10-3-0 $1,277,049 274 2 3 Bettor’s Wish (1) 3pc 17-12-5-0 $1,436,445 255 3 4 Warrawee Ubeaut (4) 3pf 17-12-2-3 $923,898 251 4 5 Manchego (1) 4tm 15-7-0-0 $485,038 189 10 6 Real Cool Sam 2tg 10-9-0-0 $497,774 88 5 7 Gimpanzee 3tc 12-7-1-2 $997,163 82 — 8 Tall Dark Stranger 2pc 9-8-1-0 $717,514 75 — 9 Lather Up 4ph 12-8-1-1 $768,011 65 7 10 McWicked 8ph 16-6-3-3 $1,017,466 58 8 ALSO:  Caviart Ally 50; Atlanta 48; Bold Eagle 31; Dancin Lou 28; Southwind Ozzi 24; Papi Rob Hanover 22; Ramona Hill 18; Amigo Volo 11; Winndevie 9; American History, Forbidden Trade, Six Pack 7; Lyons Sentinel, Reflect With Me 6; Elver Hanover 5; Millies Possesion 2; Captain Crunch, Guardian Angel AS, When Dovescry 1. Bold Eagle received 1 first-place vote. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - France's Bold Eagle made the trip to Canada for the $500,000 (US) Breeders Crown Open Trot a winning one as driver Brian Sears guided the 8-year-old son of Ready Cash to a command performance victory in 1:52 over an off surface at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night. Bold Eagle got away fourth as Lindy The Great jetted to the front in the early stages cutting a :26 2/5 opening quarter while rivals Atlanta and Guardian Angel As settled in behind. Sears wasted little time in going on the offensive with Bold Eagle and turning into the backstretch sent the $5.3 million winning International star on a mission to gain command which he did through a :55 2/5 first half clocking. Six Pack and Ake Svanstedt had left the gate hard from post 10 and waited in the early stages for Bold Eagle to get on the move and then once that happened he was left without cover. Six Pack continued to march forward through three quarters in 1:24 and turning into the stretch was a serious threat. Also looking for a shot was Atlanta and Yannick Gingras as that pair angled out with a shot to track down Bold Eagle. Brian Sears looked confident and comfortable heading into the stretch but he kept asking Bold Eagle to trot and trot he did right through the wire coming a final quarter in :28 flat and scoring in a respectable 1:52 clocking in his first North American appearance. Six Pack was valiant in second with Atlanta up for third. Lindy The Great and Marion Marauder rounded out the top five. Sebastien Guarato trains Bold Eagle who won for the third time this year in just 10 starts. Ecurie P Pilarski owns Bold Eagle who returned $5.70 was the post time favorite. Jean Etienne Dubois bred Bold Eagle. "He was a little tough scoring down. Everything went pretty smooth after that," Sears said. "He dug in down by the wire." "We're very satisfied," said Pierre Pilarski the winning owner. "It was a long trip to come here. I promised John Campbell two years ago and it worked out this year". To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society

Milton, ON -- Harness racing super star Bold Eagle basked in the afternoon sunlight on the tarmac at Toronto Pearson International Airport last Saturday (Oct. 19) led by longtime caretaker and groom Hugues Monthule, who donned a neon-yellow safety vest. Despite a flashy black-and-red cooler draped over the trotter's back and bright red wraps around all four legs up to his knees, it was Bold Eagle's presence that proved eye-catching. Bold Eagle carried his head low and ears straight up under a gray hood. His eyes wide and gleaming, the French trotter took long, languid strides over the pavement. Despite emerging from an eight-hour journey over the North Atlantic Ocean, the French champion looked regal. After clearing customs, Bold Eagle and Monthule boarded a trailer bound for the Woodbine Mohawk Park backstretch. The track's backside would be Bold Eagle's home for the next week as the trotter prepares for his start in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot. The race has been years in the making for owners Pierre Pilarski and Thomas Bernereau. "It dates from 2017 during our first participation in Elitloppet and our meeting with John Campbell. I promised him to come to the Breeders Crown as soon as it was possible," Pilarski said. "It has been two years since John Campbell has invited us to come and compete in this great event with Bold Eagle in North America," Bernereau said. "We had the opportunity between Pocono and Mohawk, and we decided on Mohawk because this race was very well-placed in the program of Bold Eagle. If we come to play this great event with Bold Eagle, it is largely thanks to John Campbell, who convinced us to come and who organized everything so that everything went well." Despite Pilarski's promise, Bold Eagle's voyage seemed unlikely to most until the jumbo jet carrying him lifted into the skies over Frankfurt, Germany bound for Canada. In 67 races, Bold Eagle has only competed outside of his home country six times. He won the Group 1 Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. at the Netherlands' Victoria Park Wolvega in 2015, captured an elimination of Elitloppet in 1:50 before finishing fourth in the Group 1 final in 2017, won the Group 1 Grand Prix de Wallonie in Mons, Belgium in 2017, made a break shortly after the start of the first Elitloppet elimination in 2018, and repeated in the Grand Prix de Wallonie this year. Despite his 4-for-6 record outside France, critics of Bold Eagle cite his Elitloppet defeats as evidence the trotter is not as strong abroad as at home. However, Pilarski and Bernereau reject the notion. "Bold Eagle's win that impressed me the most was his elimination from Elitloppet when he won over his opponents in (1:50). This performance is the most impressive in my eyes," Bernereau said. Bold Eagle's 2018 Elitloppet bid proved disastrous. Travel delays may have doomed the trotter's trip before it even began. However, a recall before the race and a long delay on the track saw Bold Eagle come unraveled. His connections could only look on in dismay as Bold Eagle galloped in the first 200 meters and failed to advance to the final. "In 2018, the plane had been sitting long hours on the tarmac and all the horses of this trip raced badly at Solvalla," Pilarski said. "And then there were these incidents with the autostart. He was not bad because we cannot say that he had a fair chance." "This day was the worst moment of my career as an owner. Everything that could happen to destabilize our champion did happen," Bernereau said. "Bold Eagle is a very nice horse, but when he is in competition mode, he is impatient to start and can quickly go up in pressure. That day, he stayed 20 minutes on the track after a false start, which completely destabilized our champion. Now it's the nature of the races and you have to accept it, but that day everything was against Bold Eagle." Bold Eagle's record in France remains impeccable. The Ready Cash son's career began in the stable of Jean Dubois, where he won eight of his first 10 starts in 2013 and 2014, including the Group 2 Prix Victor Regis. As Dubois looked to retire, Pilarski, Bernereau, and Encurie Fouquette purchased Bold Eagle. "When we bought Bold Eagle, he had shown great potential, he had an exceptional pedigree, but we did not think to buy such a champion," Bernereau said. "I did not think he would be so good, but I sensed he had a special character," Pilarski echoed. Bold Eagle joined the ranks of trainer Sébastien Guarato and his new connections quickly discovered the special horse they had purchased. In his third start for Guarato, Bold Eagle captured his first Group 1 in the Criterium des 3 Ans Dec. 7, 2014. In 2015, Bold Eagle added another three Group 1 successes in the Prix de Selection, Grand Prix de l'U.E.T., and the Criterium Continental. Bold Eagle's career reached new heights in the 2016 Grand Prix d'Amérique. With Franck Nivard in the sulky, Bold Eagle defeated Timoko in the 1,000,000€ French classic and became a household name among harness racing fans worldwide. "The biggest emotion with Bold Eagle was in his first win in the Grand Prix d'Amérique," Bernereau said. "The horse was the favorite, we were very stressed, and Sébastien had lost his father four days before the race, which added a lot of emotion to this great victory." Bold Eagle's Group 1 wins continued to pile up after the 2016 Prix d'Amérique. Entering his Breeders Crown bid, Bold Eagle is 45-for-67 with 21 Group 1 successes and $5,365,180 earned. His resume includes two wins and a second in four Prix d'Amérique appearances, two Grand Prix de France triumphs, and a win in the 2017 Grand Prix de Paris over 4,150 meters that capped a French Trotting Triple Crown. Now, Bold Eagle's connections seek North American success. "Bold Eagle has nothing to prove to us, he has won so many great events and we have so much joy that now all the races we play with him are for fun," Bernereau said. "We come to Mohawk to present him to the North American public. Bold Eagle is very good, but whatever the result, we are here for the pleasure of playing a big test with our great champion. "If we want Bold Eagle's popularity to cross the borders of Europe, it's important to come up against American champions like Une de Mai or Varenne did at their time." A Breeders Crown bid fit perfectly into Bold Eagle's 8-year-old campaign. Lightly raced, he finished sixth in the Prix d'Amérique to start the year before placing third in the Prix de France. However, after being parked the mile by Dijon and being eased to a distant finish in the Group 1 Grand Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes sur Mer March 10, Pilarski doubted his champion. "After the performance in Cagnes sur Mer, I thought to stop racing him, and I was wrong," Pilarski said. "He was ill and was opposed by the future winner of the 2019 Elitloppet." Bold Eagle returned to the races May 5 and finished second in the Group 2 Prix des Ducs de Normandie with Björn Goop taking over the lines from Nivard. Bold Eagle and Goop earned their first victory together in their next start June 23, as Bold Eagle took the Group 1 Prix René Ballière at Vincennes for the fourth consecutive year. "For an old horse that has raced a lot in Vincennes, it is very difficult to be still very efficient on the racecourse of Paris Vincennes," Pilarski said. "Even the great Timoko could not win at the end of his career. This fourth Ballière was important. No horse, not even Ourasi and Bellino II had reached it." "It is always important to win a Group 1 at Vincennes, but this one was important to us because many people already announced the retirement of Bold Eagle while we knew he was very good, but we had to prove it in competition," Bernereau said. Bold Eagle earned another win on the season in the Grand Prix de Wallonie with Tony le Beller in the bike Aug. 4 before finishing third with Goop in the UET Trotting Masters Series Final Sept. 7. Bold Eagle enters the Breeders Crown off a troubled second-place finish in the Group 3 Grand Prix de la Fédération Régionale du Nord Sept. 18. In that start, Bold Eagle squeezed through a narrow opening in the stretch, briefly brushing with rival Anzi des Liards while stablemate Tony Gio stormed to victory with a clear path in the center of the track. After just nine seasonal starts, Bold Eagle shipped to Canada for his attempt at North American glory. His connections feel this is the right time to try it. "This year we have not been to Scandinavia, which allows us to have a fresh horse and in great shape at this time of the year," Bernereau explained. "In other years, Bold Eagle was resting in October after a busy spring and summer." "This year we did not make a great trip by plane because Bold Eagle has had problems with repetitive foot abscess which has prevented us from presenting him in Scandinavia as originally planned," Pilarski said. "Bold Eagle has raced very little this year, his foot problems are over, so let's say the planets are aligned." Bold Eagle trucked from Guarato's stable in Normandy to Frankfurt before flying to Toronto. It is the longest trip of Bold Eagle's life, but he took the journey well according to his connections. "Everything has been very well managed very professionally by (Global Horse Transport's) Christian Rakshys and his teams," Bernereau said. "During this trip, Bold Eagle has always been accompanied by Hugues Monthule, his lad who knows him by heart. "I was in contact with John Campbell and his team who took care of everything. It's really a pleasure to work with people who are available, professional, and listening to horses." While Bold Eagle's biggest victories have come over 2,700 meters from a standing start around the Grande Piste at Vincennes, his start in the Breeders Crown will be one mile behind a mobile starting gate. "Bold Eagle knows how to race all the distances, but I prefer him on the mile," Pilarski said. "He has raced a lot over 2,700 meters and I think he's better going shorter." "To compare Vincennes and Mohawk is very difficult because the races do not run at all the same way," Bernereau said. "I think that on the mile, we cannot make a mistake because you have little time to give your horse a breather." Bold Eagle drew post one and will have Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears in the sulky. The pair are 4-1 on the morning line. Bold Eagle's 10 rivals are Will Take Charge, Mission Accepted, Fiftydallarbill, Guardian Angel AS, Atlanta, Lindy The Great, Dunbar Hall, Southwind Chrome, Six Pack, and Marion Marauder. "It's great to have in the sulky a crack driver who knows the track and the opponents," Pilarski said. "Regardless of what happens, it's going to be a great sporting moment." "It is essential to have one of the best drivers in North America to be competitive," Bernereau said. "In France John Campbell is seen as a legend of the American races. He advised me Brian, who has a lot of experience, who is calm, and who adapts to all the horses. "It would be wonderful, a great moment of joy to present Bold Eagle in his best light to the North American public," Bernereau continued. "Bold Eagle is part of the family and at every race I have a lot of stress and emotion. I hope to be able to share all my emotions with the public that I hope will be present in number." Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds are Friday at Mohawk. The finals for 3-year-olds and older horses are Saturday. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership is the presenting sponsor of this year's Breeders Crown. For Friday's entries, click here. For Saturday's entries, click here. by Brandon Valvo, for the Breeders Crown  

Harnesslink’s North America and Europe editor, Hall of Famer Steve Wolf, is putting his handicapping abilities on the line for the Breeders Crown weekend at Mohawk Park. Here are Steve’s selections with comments for both Friday and Saturday night’s Breeders Crown races. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 6th race $786,000 2YO Filly Trot #1 HYPNOTIC AM – Unbeaten streak came to an end last week in elimination division. Chapter Seven daughter had been flawless before that and feel she can avenge her defeat and wire the field in Breeders Crown final. #2 SISTER SLEDGE – Gingras gave her perfect trip last week and she beat Hypnotic AM. She should get same kind of trip again Friday and could well beat top choice in stretch battle. #5 MS SAVAHHAH BELLE – Gets first time Tim Tetrick, but filly has been so good winning four of last five starts that she figures to get a good trip and should hit the board. 7th race $786,000 2YO Filly Pace #4 NEW YEAR – Going against the big favorite here. This colt has been super for Corey Callahan/Ross Croghan and showed me plenty of true grit to win. Late bloomer has won four of his five lifetime starts and in perfect spot to score from. #1 LYONS SENTINEL – Won with ease in BC elim in 1:50.3. Currently on impressive seven-race win streak and all handicapping logic says this is the top choice. Has won from on and off the pace. #3 PRICELESS – On a four-race win streak and came to Mohawk last week from Hoosier Park and won by over four lengths. In tougher here but should be a contender all the way. 8th race $786,000 2YO Colt Trot #9 REAL COOL SAM – Undefeated with a dead heat score last start. Checking back shows he had the nine post before and won with ease in a Peter Haughton elim. Needs only to overcome outside post to win again. #8 CAPRICORNUS – Has been really competitive in Grand Circuit and needs only to work out live cover from outside post and will close at the finish. #4 AMIGO VOLO – Has been making breaks last two starts, one of which he won the race. As long as this one minds it manners it will have a shot to hit the board. 9th race $786,000 2YO Colt Pace                          #3 PAPI ROB HANOVER – First or second last six starts and has never been off the board. Won BC elim last week with authority. The kind of authority that makes him a repeat winner. #7 TALL DARK STRANGER – Saw unbeaten streak come to an end last week in BC elim. Will be gunning for the lead again and might be able to go all the way. Has been great all season. #4 CATTLEWASH – Raced well for first-time Louis Philippe Roy last week and needs only to get some live cover to be very close in here. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 2nd Race $393,000 Older Mare Pace #1 SHARTIN N – The Queen of Harness Racing saw her 14-race win streak come to a close two weeks ago. Then she wins qualifier with ease in 1:51.1. She is in fit form and ready to blow away this field as she has done all season long. #3 CAVIART ALLY – Was at her best in beating Shartin N two weeks ago. Now she faces her again and should get the trip but as most of the season she just can’t catch her every week. #4 YOUAREMYCANDYGIRL – Raced last week against some great older horses and held her own for third place finish. I see her being able to do the same here. 3rd Race $425,750 Older Mare Trot #4 MANCHEGO – Here is a 99.9% winner. Tough mare has been at her best and on a four-race win streak. She has beaten most of the mares she faces tonight and will do it again. #3 PLUNGE BLUE CHIP – First, second or third every start except when against top pick. Can race well from on or off the pace for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt, just can’t seem to be able to beat Manchego. #10 EMOTICON HANOVER – Far outside post may just force this mare to leave, which she shows doing well every week. Has to get into the fray early to have any shot of getting a good check from post 10. 4th Race $655,000 3YO Filly Trot #9 ONLY TAKE CASH – Liked her last week but was beaten by another good filly. Has no choice but to leave from post nine and force her to press the front. From there she can surprise everyone with a big score. #1 THE ICE DUTCHESS – Logical top choice here after what looked like an easy score. Figures to try and wire the field again but too much on the line and will get pressed hard for control of the lead. #5 WHEN DOVESCRY – Hambletonian Oakes winner keeps racing her heart out all season with good results, just not winning all the time. May cut the mile here but at a price. Can hold on for a check. 5th Race $720,000 3YO Filly Pace #5 WARRAWEE UBEAUT – Last year’s top 2yo filly has reached peak form this year with seven straight wins. She crushed the field last week in BC elim. In case of early speed duel for the lead, this filly can also race from off the pace. #2 SUNNY DEE – This filly can be hot for the lead or sit the pocket trip to try and score form. In perfect post position for a big effort. #3 TREACHEROUS REIGN – Put in poor effort in last start at Red Mile. Rested and should be ready for strong mile in BC Final. Also, can do well from on or off the pace. 6th Race $655,000 Open Horse Pace #8 McWICKED – Last two starts for this world class pacers have been tremendous wins despite hoof problems. He seems to be able to get parked out first-over and grind his opponents down and get his nose up before the wire. Amazing $5 million winner takes another Breeders Crown. #7 DORSODURO HANOVER – Has been seeing the heels of McWicked for most of the season. Seems only to be able to win when McWicked is not in the field. That’s not the case today for this fast class top horse. Second best in here. #2 JIMMY FREIGHT – Gives it his all every week but comes up short at the wire in post cases. Game performer is in front of his home crowd and with good inside post will be heard from in this race as he always is. 7th Race $655,000 3YO Colt Trot #4 GREENSHOE – The horse to beat in here for sure. Top son of Father Patrick is on a five-race winning streak, having beaten most in this field throughout the season. As long as he minds his manners, he will be tough to beat one he gets rolling along. #8 FORBIDDEN TRADE – Hambletonian winner has done OK since big triumph, racing mainly in Ontario Sire Stakes, but tonight he faces the best in the country again. Needs to overcome outside post and get dream trip to have a chance against top choice. #2 DON’T LET’EM – Coming off big score last week in BC elim division and draws very well in here. With gate speed and post two he should cut the mile and may hold on a long way against tough opponents. 8th Race $786,000 3YO Colt Pace #5 BETTOR’S WISH – With 12 wins in his 16 starts, $1,367,000 in earning this season and on a four-race winning streak, Bettor’s Wish is heading towards Dan Patch Award honors and needs only to win tonight to seal it up. He can do it from on or off the pace as he has done most of the season for driver Dexter Dunn. #6 BEST IN SHOW – Meadowlands Pace winner has yet to win since big score in July but seems to be always in the hunt no matter what post he starts from. I see Bob McClure doing it again in here with dramatic race finish. #4 DANCIN LOU – Sports ten wins this year and last two have been super strong. Showed last week how great a closer he is with BC elim win in 1:50.1. 9th Race $655,000 Horse Open Trot #1 BOLD EAGLE – Race fans will now get to see one of the all-time great trotters from Europe here in North America. I have followed Bold Eagle’s career since he was a two-year-old and saw what great speed and ability he has. Should be a like a sprint for him going just one mile in distance and look for him to blow away the field. #6 ATLANTA – Provided this great mare does not quit by the three-quarters, she can be a real tigress in against male opposition. May not be good enough to beat Bold Eagle, but certainly second best. #10 SIX PACK – Game horse needs only to overcome far outside post to be a factor in here. Ake Svanstedt knows what to do to get his horse in the hunt despite starting from post 10 and can be on the board with some racing luck. We know Ake will be gunning him at some point in the mile. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

CRANBURY, NJ/MILTON, ON, October 15, 2019 - Entries for the $6 million Breeders Crown events saw 161 elite harness racing trotters and pacers fill the entry box to qualify for the rich finals on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All purses are US dollars. There were 63 2-year-olds entered, forcing $25,000 eliminations in all divisions for Friday, Oct. 18. Those freshmen who chose to take byes and elimination fields will be available this afternoon. All 2-year-old finals have a purse of $600,000. With 12 entered in the $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt Pace, two colts will be offered byes and a 10-horse elimination will race with the top eight advancing to the final. Post positions for that final will be determined on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the post position draw at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Entries of 13 freshmen trotting colts necessitated three byes and a 10-horse elimination to advance seven to the $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt Trot Final. The $600,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot (17) and $600,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace (21) will have full eliminations on Friday to arrive at a field of 10. In the sophomore divisions, both the $500,000 3-Year-Old Colt Trot and the $550,000 (Est) 3-Year-Old Filly Pace drew an even dozen entries each, so two byes will be issued and 10-horse eliminations conducted for both divisions. The $500,000 3-Year-Old Filly Trot will have two eight-horse eliminations on Saturday, Oct. 20 and the $600,000 (Est) 3-Year-Old Colt Pace with 15 entered will also have two splits to arrive at 10-horse final, which will be drawn Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Press Conference. The following races will go straight to Oct. 26 finals: The $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot has 11 entrants including the foreign invitee Bold Eagle and 4-year-old mare Atlanta. This event will go straight to the final. Post positions will be drawn on Tues., Oct. 22 at the post position draw at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $300,000 Mare Pace attracted seven entries and will go straight to the final. The $500,000 Breeders Crown Pace, with 10 entrants, also goes directly to the final. Two-year-old eliminations will be held Friday, Oct. 18 and the sophomore and open divisions requiring eliminations will race Saturday, Oct. 19. Elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5. Post positions will be drawn on Friday and Saturday after the elimination races, with the exception of the 2-year-old Colt Pace, Crown Pace and Crown Trot. Post time is 7:50 p.m. on Friday and 7:10 p.m. for Saturday. Complete elimination and final fields will be available when byes and elimination draws are finalized. From Mark McKelvie and the Breeders Crown  

Cranbury, NJ --- The wide-open sophomore pacing colt landscape and a sparkling performance in the Ontario Sire Stake 3-year-old filly pace Super Final triggered three supplements to those respective divisions. Trotting mare Custom Cantab will also start in the $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot via the supplemental entry route. Today at noon was also the deadline for world champion Bold Eagle, the lone foreign classic invitee to declare, and his connections have entered him in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot for Saturday, Oct. 26. The connections of Century Farroh and Southwind Ozzi each anted up $62,500 to enter the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, as did the owners of filly pacer Boadicea. Southwind Ozzi has staked a claim to divisional leadership with a seasonal bankroll of $804,435 and recent wins in the Little Brown Jug and Adios. The son of Crown champion Somebeachsomewhere was recently beaten a head Lexington by Dancin Lou in 1:49.4, but a qualifier at Freehold in 1:56.2 satisfied trainer Bill MacKenzie that a supplement was justified. “He was just fine,” stated MacKenzie, who trains for owners Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice, when he dropped off the check after the qualifier at Freehold Raceway. “Basically a training mile.” Century Farroh, who has raced primarily in Ontario, and like Southwind Ozzi did not race in the Breeders Crown as a 2-year-old, has also racked up an impressive record for trainer Ian Moore and owners the Ratchford Stable NS. Though he was third beaten a length in his last start, the Ontario Sire Stake Super Final, which saw a mad dash to the wire and an upset win by B Stoney, Century Farroh has picked up $573,570 this year and certainly earned a start in his divisional Crown event.   Boadicea, a sophomore daughter of Crown champion Big Jim, crushed foes with a 1:49.2 mile in her Ontario final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday. Her record of 11 wins in 18 starts and her sharp recent form for trainer Bill Budd and an exuberant group of Lawrence Stable owners saw her supplemented for $62,500 to the $500,000 3-Year-Old Filly Pace. She will face defending divisional and Crown champion Warrawee Ubeaut among others. Custom Cantab, a 4-year old daughter of Mr Cantab, surged past the million-dollar earnings mark for trainer Chris Beaver with a second-place finish in the $250,000 Harry Harvey Trot to male trotter Mission Accepted. Her ownership of Beaver, Robinson and RBH Ventures will pay $31,250 to start in the $300,000 Mare Trot. Last, but the farthest from least, is foreign invitee Bold Eagle. The 8-year-old son of Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet has won 45 times against the toughest of European competition and banked more than $5 million. He has been invited three times to the Breeders Crown, and his racing schedule and the travel conditions finally aligned for Bold Eagle to ship to Canada for the Crown. He is the first foreign classic winner to accept an invitation since Commander Crowe came triumphantly to the Meadowlands in 2014. Foreign invitees must make up the same schedule of payments as eligible horses and pay the starting fee, but advance directly to the final if there are eliminations, and are placed in the open post position draw. With current driver Bjorn Goop unavailable due to a racing conflict, Hall of Famer Brian Sears has been tapped to drive the European champion.                     Regular entries for all eligible Breeders Crown trotters and pacers are due by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Woodbine Mohawk Park race office. The contestants for the 12 Breeders Crown finals will be determined through elimination races, if needed, this Friday and Saturday nights at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eliminations for all 2-year-old events will be raced on Friday (post time 7:50 p.m.) and eliminations for all 3-year-old and up events will be Saturday (post time 7:10 p.m.). Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for inside post positions 1-5 for the finals. The $6 million Breeders Crown finals will be raced on Friday, Oct. 25 (all 2-year-olds) and Saturday, Oct. 26, (3-year-olds and up) with an early post time of 7 p.m. [EDT] both nights. For more information go to www.Hambletonian.com or https://woodbine.com/mohawk/events/breeders-crown/.  From the Breeders Crown Media Department            

A little less than a week remains to the deadline for potential harness racing supplements to the three-year-old and older Crown races and for world champion Bold Eagle, the sole invitee to the Breeders Crown Trot, to declare. Supplemental entries for 3-year-old and open events are due and payable by 12:00 noon [EDT], Monday, Oct. 14, in the race office of Woodbine Mohawk Park, Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. There are no supplements for the two-year-old races. France's Bold Eagle must also declare by noon on Monday, Oct. 14. All Breeders Crown eligible horses must declare in by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Supplemental declaration amounts are listed below. Click here for more instructions on supplementing: https://www.hambletonian.com/s/How-to-3YO-Open-BC-Supplements.pdf The entrance fee is included in the supplemental amount. A minimum of half the amount of the supplemental fee, minus the entrance fee, will be added to the purse. This one-time supplemental payment makes a horse eligible to all subsequent years' Breeders Crown events under the normal schedule of payments. You can access the Woodbine Mohawk Park Condition Sheet here: https://woodbine.com/mohawk/horsepeople/ Eliminations, if needed, will occur for two-year-olds on Friday, Oct. 18 with a post time of 7:50 pm. [EDT] Three-year-old and open eliminations, if needed, will race Saturday, Oct. 19, with a post time of 7:10 p.m. [EDT] All eliminations will race for a minimum of $25,000. Eliminations occur when more than eleven (11), but less than fourteen (14) horses enter. There will be a single elimination to "qualify" only enough horses that can be accommodated by the number of positions in the front tier of the starting gate as follows: In the Open Trot, the invited winners of the designated foreign "classic" races that are declared, shall automatically advance to the Final regardless of earnings. If eliminations are required and one or more of the foreign invitees automatically advance to the final, the North American-based horse with the highest seasonal money earnings in that year, as determined below, may likewise automatically advance to the final. From the other declared horses, those with the least total earnings in the period from January 1 of that year up to time of declaration, will be selected to race in a single elimination field with no more starters than can score in a single tier with no trailers. Money earnings for races outside of Canada will be calculated at the exchange rate as determined by Standardbred Canada. If there are eliminations, post positions in the Final will be determined by an open draw with the exception that Elimination winners in an order determined by lot, will draw for post positions number one (#1) through five (#5) in the final. All other finalists, including foreign invitees, will be placed in an open draw for the remaining post positions. Those horse(s) that receive a bye into the Final will be in the open draw for post positions in the Final. All horses that start in the Final receive money. All Two-Year-Old races will be held Friday, Oct. 25 with an early post time of 7:00 p.m. [EDT]. Three-Year-Old and Open events will race Saturday, Oct. 26, also with an early post of 7:00 p.m. [EDT] For more information and racing conditions click https://www.hambletonian.com/2019-breeders-crown-information.html, or call 609-371-2211. From Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider has reported that Bold Eagle will be driven by Brian Sears when the star European trotter makes his North American debut in the 2019 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park next month. On Saturday (Sept. 28) morning Sears confirmed that he had been contacted by the connections and committed to the drive. The drive on Bold Eagle became available due to a scheduling conflict with regular driver Björn Goop. "I'm honoured and excited to drive a horse of that stature," said Sears, who leads all active drivers (tied for second all-time with Ron Pierce) with 30 Breeders Crown titles. Earnings-wise, Sears ranks second among active drivers (and fourth all-time) with more than $12.19 million in Breeders Crown earnings. In 2018, Sears won Crown finals with Gimpanzee, Tactical Landing and McWicked. An eight-year-old son of Ready Cash, Bold Eagle has won 45 of 66 lifetime starts with 20 Group 1 trotting victories and two titles in the famed Prix d'Amerique. He's earned more than €4.6 million (C$6.8 million) through his career.   Bold Eagle does have experience racing at the one-mile distance, taking a mark of 1:50f at Sweden's Solvalla Racecourse in his elimination heat of the 2017 Elitlopp, a time that established a European record. He's trained by Sébastien Guarato for owners Pierre Pilarski and Thomas Bernereau.   From Standardbred Canada

The 6.8/1 outsider Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) rallied to win today’s Gr. III Grand Prix de la Federation Regionale du Nord (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters autostart, eight starters) held at La Croise Laroche in France. He was clocked in 1.10.8kr. Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for Scuderia Bivans Srl to his seventh career victory in 51 starts now for life earnings of 867,815€. The winner exploded past early pocket sitter, 1.6/1 Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski, that had followed 47/1 leader Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) until top of the stretch. Bold Eagle was second beaten two lengths. The 8/10 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) with J-M Bazire aboard was away last before making a halfway point move to the death seat alongside Express Jet. But his effort was futile and he finished a tired fourth with Express Jet fifth for Pierre Vercruysse. Bazire’s stablemate, 18/1 Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) rallied late to be third for Alexandre Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Six Trav Oaks events took place this evening at Solvalla, each raced over 2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEK to each winner.  The fastest leg went to Alaska Kronos (3f Trixton-Illinois-Donerail) timed in 1.13.3kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. It was her third career win in seven starts now for 357,500SEK earned. The 6.9/1 winner bested 60/1 Mellby Marissa (3f Maharajah) and 3.1/1 Milady Grace (3f Ready Cash). Recaps of the other five Oaks races are shown below: Race 3 1st Diana Zet (3f Hard Livin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy). 1.13.4kr Driver: Orjan Kihlstrom Trainer: Daniel Reden 2nd – Gina Mearas (3f Cantab Hall) 3rd - 3rd – Osoma (3f Trixton) Fourth win in seven starts. Race 5 1st - Ganga Bae (3f Muscle Hill-Alexia As-Conway Hall), 1.13.6kr Driver: Jorma Kontio Trainer: Stefan Melander at 54/1 2nd – Heavenly May (3f Yarrah Boko) 3rd – Ies Elisabet (3f Super Photo Kosmos) Third win in five career starts for the winner. Race 7 1st - Dontlooseallmoney (3f Bold Eagle-Victory Dancer-Chocolatier), 1.14.5kr Trainer/Driver: Jim Oscarsson  2nd – Kentin Day (3f Ken Warkentin) 3rd – Strangerinthenight (3f Ready Cash) Race 10 1st - No Limit Queen (3f Trixton-Marta Tilly-Kadabra), 1.14.6kr Trainer/Driver: Bjorn Goop 2nd – Golden Girl DT (3f Pojke Kronos) 3rd – Zolly (3f Zola Boko) Third win in six career outings for the winner. Race 12 1st - Award Kronos (3f Father Patrick-Nordic GoldNovember-Viking Kronos), 1.14.7kr Driver: Orjan Kihlstrom Trainer: Daniel Reden 2nd – Mad Princess (3f Nu Pagadi); 3rd – Greta Sisu (3f Explosive Matter) Winner’s fourth victory in six career starts. The September 29 Kriterium and Oaks finalists are shown below. Startlista Svenskt Travkriterium 2640 meter autostart Häst – Tränare 1) Upset Face – Adrian Kolgjini 2) Marvellous Tooma – Frode Hamre 3) Power – Robert Bergh 4) Ubiquarian Face – Adrian Kolgjini 5) Aetos Kronos – Jerry Riordan 6) Usain Töll – Admir Zukanovic 7) Brother Bill – Timo Nurmos 8) Exodus Brick – Jörgen Westholm 9) Bythebook – Svante Båth 10) Djokovic - Mattias Djuse 11) Criterion – Fredrik Wallin 12) Staro Nashville – Joakim Lövgren Startlista Svenskt TravOaks 2140 meter bilstart Häst – Tränare 1) Ganga Bae - Stefan Melander 2) Diana Zet – Daniel Redén 3) Award Kronos – Daniel Redén 4) No Limit Queen – Björn Goop 5) Alaska Kronos – Daniel Redén 6) Heavenly May – Thomas Lönn 7) Kentin Day – Claes Sjöström 8) Golden Girl D.T. – Mats Rånlund 9) Dontloosallmoney – Jim Oscarsson 10) Mad Princess – Peter Untersteiner 11) Mellby Harissa – Robert Bergh 12) Gina Merans – Johan Untersteiner by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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