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April 29, 2017 - Veteran and former Prix d’Amerique winner Up And Quick (9m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) gained an impressive gate to wire harness racing victory in today’s Gr. II first speed leg of the FR summer, this one named the Criterium de Vitesse de Base Normandie and raced at Argentan. Franck Nivard teamed the Franck Leblanc trainee that is owned and was bred by Ecurie Quick Star. The winner recorded his 14th win in 58 starts for €1,988,540 earned. Today’s event carried a purse of €100,000 and was raced over 1609 meters autostart, clockwise direction. The 5.5/1 barefoot winner bested 2.8/1 and pocket placed Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) reined by David Thomain for Sebastien Guarato, trainer for owner/breeder Philippe Dauphin. Third was the 1.6/1 favorite Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) driven by J.Ph. Monclin for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Target Kronos and Arazi Boko were the next two to the line.  Race time was 1.09.4kr, the mile rate a sizzling 1:51.64. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 22, 2015 - Ecurie Quick Star’s bred and owned Up And Quick (7m Buvetier d’Aunou - Fichtre -Quitron du Coral) secured today’s third Triple Crown event at Paris-Vincennes. The 7/10 favorite drew off comfortably coming off the last bend for J-M Bazire and held safe Anna Mix (5f Ludo de Castelle - Ires) handled by Franck Nivard and Texas Charm (8m Cygnus d’Odyssee - Kamela Charm) with Julien Dubois aboard. Tiego d’Etang (8m Chaillot - Harolene) was home fourth for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Villeroi, Severino and Roxane Griff were disqualified for miscues. The winner, trained at Grobois by Franck Leblanc, also trainer of Anna Mix, won for the 12th time in a career that has not produced earnings of €1,921.060. The Gr. I International UET Master Series Prix de Paris carried a purse of €400,000 with 45% to the winner in this 4150 meter test (2-5/8 miles). Up And Quick was clocked in 5:05.19, a 1.13.5kr rate (1:58.26 mile rate). Bazire kept the winner well placed throughout after gaining an early advantage. He yielded twice before vacating the pocket and riding first up with Texas Charm following him. In the lane there was no serious challenge to the winner after steady fractions (1.14.7kr at 1500, 1.14kr at 1000 and at 500 mark). Replays follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDmPw9VM1Do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6UWZRotUas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzeQtp_7dRM Thomas H. Hicks

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