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Today’s fourth leg of the Trophee Vert harness racing series was at Bernay in the Prix Centre Leclerc Minneval (purse 45,000€, 2800 meters distance handicap, turf) and 14/1 Doberman (6m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) scored in 1.18.9kr for pilot Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Franck Nivard and owner Richard Cohen.   The winner now has life earnings of 402,430€ as he overcame a 50 meter handicap for the victory.   35/1 Bijou du Cruchet (8g Le Retour) was second driven by David Lizee for owner/trainer Yves Lizee.   Third was the 5.2/1 Alamo du Goutier (9g Quido du Goutier) reined by Vincent Hebert, also the owner/trainer. This one also faced a 50 meter handicap at the start. Trophee Vert field at the start          --Equidia photo               Thomas H. Hicks

September 12, 2017 - Harness racing 9/10 favorite Clemenza AM (5g Muscle Hill-No Better Kronos) took the Quinte+ Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri-Duran ay Beaumont de Lomanges (purse €40,000, 2550 meters distance handicap, 14 european starters) scoring timed in 1.15.3kr for reinsman Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Courant AB. The winner earned €18,000 and increased his career earnings to €121,918. 32/1 Twist Lie (10g Indu de Vive) was second overcoming a 25 meters penalty for Eric Audebert. Third was 2.9/1 Charmante Fierte (5f Quaro) for J. Ph. Monclin. Q+ payoffs and winning photo follow. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 25, 2017 - Rafolo (9g Love You-Farola) won the harness racing  featured Prix de Grobois (purse €28,000, 2750 meters autostart, European eligibles) at 3.2/1 odds at Toulouse. Dominik Locqueneux teamed the barefoot Robert Bergh trainee that is owned by J.O. Jensen. The 1/2 odds favorite Very Very Fast (8g Quaro-Nocturne de Bresse) was second for trainer/driver Benjamin Goetz. 36/1 Un Reve d’Haufor (9g Jasmin de Flore-Jolie Haufor) took third for trainer/driver M.X. Charlot. At Cagnes-sur-Mer the featured Prix Mimizan (monte, purse €70,000, 16 European starters, 2250 meters) went to 13.2/1 Vinci Pierji (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Intaille) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Cyril Sevestre owns the winner was clocked in 1.13kr. 23/1 Vittorio de Carly (8g Quaro-Gamine des Sarts) was second for Guillaume Martin and trainer Arnaud Desmottes. 7.9/1 Radieux (7g Love You-Dordogne) was third for Cedrik Terry and trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

Yannick Briand’s trainee Viking Blue (7g Prodigious-Idole Blue)regained winning form today in the €88,000 purse Prix du Chesnay contested by 17 horses over the 2850 meter grande piste at Paris-Vincennes. The winner was timed in 1.13.5kr for driver Dominik Locqueneux. Viking Blue was a dq in his last appearance on February 7 after posting eight straight wins, but today he held the lead gamely at .5/1 odds to best 22/1 Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) and 14/1 Tallien (9g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) Urgos du Cedre and Urus ended fourth and fifth as the Q+ exact order payoff was €5,710 without jackpot, for a wager of €2. On the undercard the Prix de Lens (purse €65,000, monte nine starters) went to 3.3/1 odds Cash du Rib (4g Ready Cash-Quille Castelets) for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, also trainer for Ecurie Jeloca. Timed in 1.16.2kr the winner defeated 10/1 Camarade Sympa handled by Franck Nivard with Castel Black and Clement Frecelle third in a close photo decision. Favorite Coffee d’OIstal ended sixth after going off as the 1.6/1 choice of the punters. The pick-five Prix de Fontainbleau (purse €60,000, 2700 meters) was a great race and Be Bop Haufor (5g Notre Haufor-Ica Haufor) prevailed by a length at 6.2/1 odds after a relentless stretch drive for owner, trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Timed in 1.13.5kr after even fractions the winner defeated fast-closing Shiraz Roc (5m Gigant Neo-Bufera Roc) handled by Mathieu Abrivard at 2/1 and third finishing 75/1 outsider Onceforall Face (5g Viking Kronos-Lemonsoda OM) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Vallro AB of Sweden. 7/1 Spirit Real (5g Supergill-Civetta Real) ended fourth between horses for J-M Bazire and trainer Jerry Riordan after being boxed in the lane and fifth went to the game 39/1 pacesetter Schubert (5m Abano As-Glide Be Nimble) that Pierre Vercruysse teamed for Erwin Bot, trainer for Gerrits Recycling BV of Holland.  €400,000 Grand Prix de Paris 16 horses remain engaged for Sunday’s €400,000 Grand Prix de Paris led by Bold Eagle and Timoko. Expect a few other dropouts on Thursday when the final field is set. Tiego d’Etang and Bird Parker could inflict some damage as Bold Eagle seeks the Triple Crown last won 40 years ago by Bellino II and previously by Jamin and twice by the legenday Gelinotte. Mack Lobell had been euthanized Separately it was announced Monday that Mack Lobell had been euthanized at age 32 at Menhammer Stuteri in Sweden. The son of Mystic Park-Matina Hanover-Speedy Count recorded a slate of 71-10-6 in 94 career starts for earnings of 22,408,640SEK (US$2,638,550 at today’s conversion rate) and a 1.09.7kr record. Mack was developed by Chick Sylvester and driven largely by John Campbell before being sold and exported. He won the Elitloppet twice, in 1988 with Campbell driving timed in 1.11.3kr over Sugarcane Hanover and Napoletano and again in 1990 timed in 1.11kr with Thomas Nilsson aboard defeating Peace Corps and driver Stig H. Johansson. It was a great period of international trotting as Napoletano won the 1989 Elitloppet edition and Peace Corps returned to win in 1991. Interestingly, as the FR Triple Crown fast approaches this coming Sunday, the two previous winners also won the Elitloppet, Jamin in 1959 for Jean Riaud and Gelinotte in both 1956-57 for the legendary horseman Charlie Mills. Also interesting to me is that Mack’s two Elitloppet wins were lightning fast 25 years ago as evidenced by the more recent fastest two winning times of 1.09.5kr by Timoko in 2014 and 1.09.8kr by Exploit Caf in 2008. We will long remember Mack Lobell as a true “World Champion” Thomas H. Hicks

Vichenko Chef (7g Chef du Chatelet-Incertaine Mabon) took today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4 million) €50,000 purse Prix de L’ille-et-Vilaine at Vincennes, in which 18 European participants traveled the 2100 meter course. The winner was timed in 1.12.1kr and Ch. Dreux was the driver and is owner/trainer. Off at 3.4/1 the winner defeated 10.5/1 Viking Dream (7g Iserio-Helfie) and Eric Raffin with third to 6/1 Viking du Pilet (7g Kuadro Wild-Indra du Pilet) and Franck Ouvrie. 37/1 Pike River finished fourth with Antoine Wiels aboard with 165/1 Violine Mourotaise fifth with David Thomain up. Maffioso Face finished eighth in this contest. On this card the monte Prix de Douvres (purse €60,000, 2175 meters, 15 starters with apprentice lad jiockeys) went to 4.5/1 A Mery des Chahains (f Password-Neuit du Plainville) timed in 1.13.8kr for jockey Luca Donati for trainer/owner Cedrik Megissier. 3/2 odds Alexane d’Urzy (f Coktail Jet-Oree Bourbon) was next for Leo Abrivard teaming for L.Cl. Abrivard trainer for Ecurie Augustin Normand. 5.4/1 Aviva Aimef (f Love You-Harmonie du Fosse) was third for Niels Pacha and trainer Mathieu Abrivard. The Europeans contested the €64,000 purse Prix de Bourg-en-Bresse (2700 meters, 12 starters) with Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanadia) recording a 1.14.5kr victory at 2.2/1 odds for Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh and Etoile Sweden HB. Finishing second at 9.5/1 was Rugiada dei Rex (f Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex) with J-M Bazire aboard for trainer Peter G. Norman and owner Arnold Mollema. 6.4/1 Royal Roz (f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc) landed third in the blanket finish with Mathieu Abrivard trainer and driver for owner Scuderia Sant Eusebio. Defi Dream (3m Royal Dream-Quelea MIP) took the Prix de Vibraye (purse €33,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.18.2kr with Franck Nivard up. Fabrice Souloy trains Defi Dream that Ecurie Mexique Ranch owns. 39.2/1 Djimmy de Vive (3m Un Amour d’Haufor-Jezira de Mormal) was second for P-Y Verva and third was 27/1 Django Justice (3g Osvaldo Bello-Perle de Meauce). This afternoon Camille Levesque piloted 7/2 odds Bohemian Rhapsody (5f Angus Hall-Bahama) to victory in the €50,000 purse Prix de la Geneuraye over 2700 meters. 14 contested this monte event. The 1.15.2kr winner is trained by Thomas Levesque and owned by Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 74.3/1 Bambolina (5f Kaiser Soze-Sims Thai) was second for Antoine Lamy and trainer Alain Roussel. 52/1 Brise des Noels  was third with 2.4/1 favorite Belebrine fourth for Eric Raffin. This day the runners were at Cagnes-sur-mer and American trainer Mme Gina Rarick saddled a training winner with 18/1 odds King Driver in the €17,000 purse Prix de la Napoule. Mme Rarick has been writing for The Paulick Report with Alan Shuback, a fabulous diary covering her current experiences at Cagnes-sur-mer. It is well worth reading. Congrats to Mme. Rarick. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 14, 2016 - Dominik Locqueneux teamed 1.7/1 favorite Quick Fix (7g From Above-Glued) to victory in today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €2.3 million) Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur (purse €150,000, 2900 meters, 18 starters) clocked in 1.16kr at Cagnes-sur-Mer. The shoeless winner is trained by Lutfi Kolgjini for Tommy Nilsson Holding AB. 59/1 Une de Bannes (8f Vroum d’Or-Jeune de Bannes) landed second for Christophe Martens with third to 5.6/1 Riff Kronos (6m Dream Vacation-Elaine Kronos) reined by Franck Nivard. 27/1 Potenza OM (7f Yankee Slide-Fiancee du Jesolo) was fourth for Gabriel Gelormini with fifth to 13.8/1 Un Diamant d’Amour (8g Diamant Gede-Havane de la Motte) for driver Eric Raffin. Trebol finished seventh, Truman Dairpet was disqualified and unplaced were Osiride Grif, Berry’s Boy and Africaine. The Prix de Cagnes-sur-Mer (purse €50,000, 2925 meters, 14 European starters) on the undercard went to 1.15.6kr winner Baby Lou Max (5g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) at 3/2 odds for Denis Bekaert, trainer Ph. Mortagne and owner J-D Resson. Second was 11.3/1 Udo’s Oiler (8g Orlando Vici-Carmela Kemp) with trainer Robert Bergh aboard with third to 28/1 Beanhawaii (6g Dream Vacation-Honalulu Lulu) with Christophe Martens driving for trainer Vincent Martens. 17/1 Paparazzi (7g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo was fourth in this Pick 5 event for driver Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 64/1 Team Marceau (9g Opus Viervil-Havane Marceau) finished fifth. The Prix Kaizer Soze (purse €32,000, 2925 meters, 15 European starters) this day at Cagnes-sur-Mer  went to 7.5/1 odds Pike River (9g Likable River-Ocala As) with Antoine Wiels at the reins for trainer Marku Vartiainen and By The River Stable of Finland. 24/1 Urbec Dry (8g Gros Grain-Kismie d’Eronville) for owner/trainer/driver Romuald Mourice was second with 40/1 Ulysse de la Vitar (8m Neoh Jiel-Jeansadnieres) home third. The winner was clocked in 1.16.6kr over a rain soaked raceway. Early wagering on the month end Prix d‘Amerique at Paris-Vincennes indicates interest in Bold Eagle, Up And Quick, Timoko, Robert Bi and Lionel as the wagering top five. Robert Bi (a winner of €944,000) is out in Sunday’s Prix de Belgique but he starts tomorrow at Wolvega over 2620 meters in a distance handicap event with eight of the 13 starters to travel 2600 meters. It was reported by Gaet that Nuncio is an out for the Prix d’Amerique, instead staying in Sweden. 2  17:40 GRAND PRIX W.H. GEERSEN (WOLVEGA WINTER CH./ELITE CH.) Prijzendraverij. (g.l.s.) - 15-01-16, Wolvega  Drafsport - 2600 mtr - Bandenstart  Dotering: € 9.900 ( 4250 2400 1100 600 300 200 150 en 10% fokpremie)     Dimaggio Boko J. de Leeuw 2600 1     Dream Well E. Bot 2600 2     SJs Junior C S. Schoonhoven 2600 3     Radamante T.H. Kooyman 2600 4     Banker Transs R N. D' Haenens 2600 5     Boucher le Blanc F.W. van der Blonk 2600 6     Dex Beuckenswijk H. Ebbinge 2600 7     Crizzly Bear J.V.M.G. Verbeeck 2600 8     Best Well J. Westenbrink 2620 9     Bibi Barosso H.W. Langeweg jr. 2620 10     Your Love Lois A. Bakker 2620 11     Duke of Greenwood M.F. Rothengatter 2620 12     Robert Bi R. Bakker 2620 13   Thomas H. Hicks

November 28, 2015 - Dante Boko (5g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) took Saturday’s Quinte+(jackpot €3.45 million) Prix de Chenonceaux at Vincennes for a purse of €100,000. 18 European starters battled over the 2700 meter course with the win going to the Dominik Locqueneux driven, Lutfi Kolgjini trained, Stall Be The Best owned, 2.8/1 odds Dante Boko as he led throughout and was timed in 1.12.3kr. He raced barefoot and sent an even pace (1.12.1kr at 1500 to go mark; 1.12.5kr at 1000; 1.12.7kr at 500). 7/1 Briac Dark (4m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) rallied to be second for trainer/driver Franck Anne with 36/1 Adelia de Melodie (5f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) third for Franck Ouvrie. Beau Gamin and Viking Va Bene took the fourth and fifth spots on the line. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 5 Dante Boko SWE D. Locqueneux Stall Be the Best Lutfi Kolgjini 2ème 8 Briac Dark F. Anne Ecurie Guy Barou F. Anne 3ème 10 Adélia de Mélodie F. Ouvrie P. Lecat S. Meunier 4ème 12 Beau Gamin E. Raffin Ecurie J-Michel Rancoule S. Guarato 5ème 7 Viking Va Bene NOR F. Nivard P. Hauger F. Souloy  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 0141     Ordre :       6.315,20€     Désordre :       90,80€     Bonus 4 :       15,00€     Bonus 4sur5 :       7,50€     Bonus 3 :       5,00€                     Quick Fix (6g From Above-Glued) too today’s €90,000 purse Prix de Quimper over the 2700 course and contested by 14 European starters. Dominik Locqueneux drove the 9.7/1 odds winner for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB. 16/1 Venue de Bailly (6f Chaillot-Oceane de Bailly) was second for driver J-M Bazire ahead of 7/10 favorite Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and P.V. Racing HB. Paparazzi and Prince di Poggio landed the next two spots in the race with the winner clocked in 1.13.8kr. The Prix de Bagnoles de l’Orne (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) went to the 1.13.5kr winner, 28.6/1 Teatro (8m Ganymede-Josette) for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. 1.7/1 favorite Un Diamant d’Amour (7g Diamant Gede-Havane de la Motte) was second for Eric Raffin ahead of 6/1 Tropic du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthuis) for Damien Bonne. The top three all raced shoeless. Thomas H. Hicks    

October 29, 2015 - Dominik Locqueneux piloted the shoeless  1.4/1 odds Montdore(5m Love You-Self Made Woman) to victory in today’s Pick-5 Grand Prix de Reims (purse €28,000, 2600 meters, 14 European entrants). Clocked in 1.15.6kr the winner is trained and owned by Robert Bergh. 5.1/1 odds Ninepoints Lucy (5f Spotlite Lobell-Lucky Kelly) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Jorgen Westholm and Swedish owner Bengt Johansson with third to 23/1 Fortuna Sund (6f Angus Hall-Nanny As) driven by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Peter G. Norman and owner Peter Eriksson, also from Sweden. First dam of the winner is a nine year-old daughter of Self Possessed-Armbro Rouge-Balanced Image and her first foal, Montdore, is now a career winner of over €156,000 Third dam Noah Lobell has produced six winner of US$100,000 or more including Armbro Hinter, a US$650,000 winner. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Paris-Vincennes co-featured Gr. III Prix Aigle Azur (purse €85.000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to 3/5 favorite Dante Boko (5g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) timed in 1.13.4kr for driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Stall Be The Best. Another Kolgjini trainee, 12.5/1 Radieux (5g Love You-Dordogne) was second for driver Mathieu Abrivard and owner Ecurie Kolgjini AB. Third was 24/1 Artiste de Joudes (5m Prodigious-Memory des Joudes) with David Thomain up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Dante Boko impressively led most of the way and steadily increased speed (1.15.8kr at 1500 to go; 1.14.3kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500) to assert himself as a future top-class performer. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_Fw0ZfeaNg The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.55 million) Gran Prix du Portugal (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to Udo’s Oiler (7g Orlando Vici-Carmela Kemp) at 9.9/1 for driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and owner Etoile Sweden HB. The winner scored in 1.14kr by two lengths. 7/1 Unique de l’Iton (7g Capriccio-Majesta de l’Iton) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Hughes Levesque. 15/1 Oudry del Veltri (7f Varenne-Pamela Stra) was third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Johanna Lindqvist. 1.9/1 favorite Belina Josselyn (4f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) easily took the €82,000 purse Prix d’Auvergne over 2700 meters with 14 European participants. This 1.13.5kr winner was teamed by trainer J-M Bazire for owner Yvan Bernard. 8/1 Bahia Quesnot (4f Scipion de Goutier-Queen Ines) was second for reinsman Eric Raffin and 6/1 Balva Montaval (4f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou) was third for Gabriel Gelormini. The Vincennes co-featured Gr. III Prix Alfred Lefevre (monte, purse €100,000, 10 starters over 2850 meters) went to 9.6/1 Volcan d’Occagnes (6g Quido du Goutier-Hermina Beaucea) with Mathieu Abrivard in the irons. This pair scored in 1.13.8kr off even fractions (1.14.1kr at 1500; 1.13.6kr at 1000; 1.13.4kr with 500 to go). Franck Nivard teamed 4.8/1 Veloce du Banney (6g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) for trainer Franck Leblanc to finish second ahead of 13.1/1 Valse de Reve (6f Mister President-Nouba Houba) and Camille Levesque for trainer/owner Alain Roussel. Fourth was 9/10 favorite Uppercut de Manche (7g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit du Manche) with Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHatLh78d6Q Today at Ecommoy on the turf, the Prix de la Ville d’Ecommoy (purse €34,000, 2750 meters, 18 starters) went to 13/1 outsider Udine de la Coudre (7f Fortuna Fanbt-Hakimora) driven by Fabien Gence. 6/1 Titan du Lieuvin (8g Gogo-Milady de Paris) was second for Bertrand Le Beller with 13/1 Uno Dancer (7g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) third. Turf trotting contests continue to attract good crowds at venues throughout France. Also on turf at Alencon was the Prix Serma BTP (purse €40,000, 2625 meters, 18 European starters) and 4.6/1 Sierra Leone (9f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) was the winner for teamster J.Cl. Hallais and trainer J.W. Hallais. 14/1 Viking Dream (6g Iserio-Helfie) was second ahead of 8.5/1 Un Poco Loco (7g Kenya du Pont-Port Vila). On Saturday (September 19) at Kincsem Park the 600,000Huf Uli DIJ over 1960 meters distance handicapped went to Reste Premier (10h Laetenter Diem-Certitude Bertini) that overcame a 20 meter penalty to win in 1.16.6kr for Istvan Papp, trainer Joseph Rutkai and owner Prolongo Kft. Also on the card the US-sired Andorra Gold (7f Andover Hall-Olympics) scored in the Labdarozsa Handicap (purse 360,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) for Csaba Lakatos, trainer/driver, and owners Drimwind 2011 Kft and Ari Pylvakinen timed in 1.19.1kr. Another of Olympics offspring also was victorious this weekend in the US (On The Podium at 1:55.4h winner at Saratoga). Thomas H. Hicks  

August 24, 2015 - Favorite Viking Blue (6g Prodigious-Idde Blue) took today’s Quinte+ Prix de Mortain (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) for teamster Dominik Locqueneux clocked in 1.14.6kr. Yannick A. Briand trains the favorite winner that was off at 1.7/1 odds. 4.8/1 Tina Vivanciere (8f Hermes Perrine-Giga Query) ended second for David Thomain and trainer J-P Thomain with third to 11/1 Volcanissimo (6m Oyonnax-Prime Way Carless) handled by A-A Chavatte. The Q+ jackpot this day was €2.9 million. Una des Ponnes (7f Jag de Bellouet-Inex de Naulliac) took the Prix de Puteaux (purse €82,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) clocked in 1.16.1kr for Adrien Lamy and trainer Bruno Marie. This 6.6/1 odds winner defeated 12.6/1 Ugolin du Maine (7g Hugo du Bossis-Oriane du Maine) and Richard Joly, with third to 9/10 odds favorite Surlando de Viette (9g Quadrophenio Jolimira) for Florian Prioul. At Mantorp SWE today the featured Sprinterkrevaden (50,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to veteran Harry Haythrow (9g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) with Ulf Ohlsson up for owner Birger Johansson clocked in 1.11.2kr as he defeated Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) driven by trainer Peter Untersteiner by an easy three lengths. Another length behind was third finishing Johnny B. Kemp (7m Credit Winner-Sarafina Hall-Garland Lobell) for Jan Ove Olsen aboard for trainer Daniel Reden. Prince Tagg was fourth. The winner earned career victory 11 in 96 starts for earnings now of 4,149,700SEK. Sunday’s action included interesting turf and monte action at Craon, Le Touquet and at Beaumont de Lomagne. The Prix Quest France (purse €28,000, 2775 meters, 17 turf starters) went to 1,24,6kr winner, 3.1/1 odds Vasco de Graux (6g Modern Jazz-Kimie du Pont) for J-Ph Monclin. 60/1 odds Trio du Calorne (8g Nuage Noir-Vallee du Meu) was second, driven by Sebastien Tribourdeau, with 12/1 Silion du Houlbet (9g Hermes de Pericard-Vadie) third for teamster Eric Raffin. The Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (€35,000 purse, 2550 meters, 15 European starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne went to 5.3/1 Tui de Narmont (8m Ipson de Mormal-L’Oree de Narmont_ with trainer/driver Denis Brossard at the lines. 5/2 Ultra des Voirons (7m Bassano-Gaelle des Voirons) was next for Alain Laurent, also owner/trainer. Tagaga Tagada (8f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) finished third for Emmanuel Varin, also owner/trainer. The winner was timed in 1.16.5kr. Back to the turf, at Le Touquet, the Prix Hotel Bar “Les Arcades” (purse €45,000, 2600 meters with 18 starters on grass) went to 5.7/1 Vegas Visais (6g Kid de Chenu-Jadine du Chatelet) for driver Guillaume  Marin and trainer Maxime Bezier that narrowly defeated second place 5.2/1 odds Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) handled by Anthony Barrier for trainer Laurent Simon. Third went to 7/1 Un Satin Rose (7g Ganymede-Dontella Rose) with P-Y Verva up. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 21, 2015 - Robert Bergh’s trainee Going For Gold ZAZ (7m Scarlet Knight-Sprite ZAZ) won today’s Cagnes-sur-mer featured event, the Gr. II International Prix du Departement des Alpes Maritimes carrying a purse of €180,000 and raced over 1609 meters (one mile) autostart. 13 starters contested the event and Dominik Locqueneux rallied the winner, owned in Sweden by Kings Arms/Avesta AB, late in the lane for a length and a half score over 73.3/1 Roller Quick (10m Derby du Gite-Arquebuse) with trainer Jean Uroz up and 5.5/1 Pascia’Lest (6m Varenne-Superiors Sun) with Roberto Andreghetti aboard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Pacesetter Vincennes (7f Spotlite Lobell-Lina Trot) settled for fourth driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Souloy at 9.2/1 and fifth went to 97/1 Nando Font  (8m Yankee Slide-Lady Essie) and trainer/driver Lucio Becchetti. Time for the mile was 1.09.7kr (1:52.15). 2/5 odds favorite Roi du Lupin finished a sluggish seventh beaten more than ten lengths with Stefan Melander’s Standout home eighth. 8/1 Turbo Jet made an early miscue and was disqualified. Replay link follows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2hk25WESVA Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing trainer/driver Richard Westerink showcased lightly raced Cocomoko (3m, Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) today at Le Cepiere and it produced a comfortable win clocked in 1.17.3kr in the Prix Aerocons Tellation (€22,000 purse, seven starters) as the 9/10 favorite. 2.8/1 Cristal des Baux was second ahead of 11.7/1 Carl des Penguen. The winner is worth tracking for the future. At Vincennes the Prix Regulus (€55,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to As Dore (5m Coktail Jet-Dragee d’On) for teamster Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Franck Leblanc. Timed in a sharp 1.12.7kr the 10.1/1 odds winner handled Arpont d’Ostal (5m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine) and J-Ph Mary ahead of third finishing Valmayor (5g Le Retour-Kornnaya du Bac) for Joseph Verbeeck at 4.7/1. The card also featured the Prix Leo (€55,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) resulted in a 1.11.6kr victory for 9.1/1 odds Toopie du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixla de Perthos) and Eric Raffin. Favorite at 1.3/1 odds Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) ended second for Mathieu Mottier with Ucapata third at 14/1. Thomas H. Hicks

February 16, 2015 - Today’s Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet (€120,000, 2700 meters, 7 starters) was an expected victory for 0.5/1 favorite Aladin d’Ecajeul (5m Quaker Jet  -Nancy d’Ecajeul) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The winner, clocked in 1.13.2kr, now has 12 wins in 25 career starts for €818,740 earned for owner Ph. Dewulf. 5/1 Africaine (5f Oiseau de Feux - Italienne) was second for teamster Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. 34/1 Alesia d’Atout (5f Defo d’Aunou - New York Jet) landed third for Mathieu Mottier. Monday’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Cahors (€60,000, 18 European five year-olds, 2700 meters) and the 1.14.7kr winner was Italy’s Roxanne Bar (5f Exploit Caf - Guendalina Bar) at 13/1 for Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Catello Savarese. She rallied off the final bend to gain the lead and sustained her drive to the line. Favorite 1.7/1 odds Action Package (5f Opium - Loumana Flor) was second for Pierre Levesque and trainer Mike Lenders. Italy’s 24/1 Rosemary Gar (5f Donato Hanover - Allstar FC) was third for Mario Minopoli and trainer Salvatore Minopoli. The Prix de Bracieux (€56,000, 18 European starters) ended with victory by 3/1 Falcon Haleryd (6g Varenne - Falnos Ballona) teamed by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Johan Untersteiner. Timed in 1.14.5kr the winner defeated a driving 8/1 King of the World (6m Magnificent Rodney - Queen of Hearts) with Michael Nimczyk up and third place 28/1 Viking du Pilet (6g Kuadro Wild - Indra du Pilet) handled by Franck Ouvrie. The initial engagement for Sunday’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Grand Pris de Paris includes 26 and leading performers Timoko, Up And Quick and Roxane Griff. It looks to be a competitive group. UET Masters Series - Groupe I - International - Attelé - 400.000 € - 4.150 mètres (2.58 miles) - Grande piste Primes : 22 500 €, 12 500 €, 7 000 €, 4 000 €, 2 500 €, 1 000 €, 500 € Prix : 180 000 €, 100 000 €, 56 000 €, 32 000 €, 20 000 €, 8 000 €, 4 000 € Separately the excellent mare Prussia (6f Ken Warkentin - Elvezia-Pine Chip) was named Italy’s Trotter of the Year at ceremonies Sunday at Naples. The Pietro Gubellini trainee won the L’Etain Royal in Finland, the Gran Premio Turilli at Rome and the Gran Premio delle Nazioni at Naples. Thomas H. Hicks

Eric Raffin piloted the Anders Lindqvist trained Anette du Miral to victory in today’s €80,000 Gran Prix du Portugal over the 2700 meter course at Paris-Vincennes. Timed in 1.13.8kr the winner held off Alceste du Goutier with Mathieu Abrivard up and favored Duke of Greenwood handled by Dominik Locqueneux to record her sixth win in 20 starts. The winner, off at 21/1 odds, is a four year-old daughter of Laetenter Diem from Lisa du Mirel and is owned by breeder Mlle. Anette Holmgren. Sixteen contested this European event. Anette du Mirel and Eric Raffin The Gr. III European Prix Radio Alfa for €80,000 went to Uraki des Sarts and teamster Franck Ouvrie. This six year-old son of Niky-Guimauve des Sarts won at 15/1 in 1.13.6kr over 2700 meters, his eighth score in 42 outings for €322,110 earned. Up The Green was second for J-M Bazire with Dream Magic BE home third for Pierre Vercruysse. Uraki des Sarts The Gr. III European Prix Lusojornal for €100,000 brought out nine monte performers in this 2850 meter event. Damien Bonne rallied Uppercut de Manche to victory in 1.13.8kr at 2.9/1 odds to record the winners 14th victory now for earnings of €393,000. Thierry Raffegeau trains the six year-old gelded son of Neutron du Cebe from Nuit de Manche by Coktail Jet. Sourire de Voutre was next for Franck Nivard with third to Ton Reve de Cahot and David Thomain. A large crowd was on hand this day for the Portuguese festivities. Uppercut de Manche wins for Damien Bonne   Entries were announced for the September 27 Frances Bulwarks at Solvalla, a UET Master Series Gr. II test over 2140 meters. Ed You is at the start along with Occhione Jet. France Bulwarks  entries: Bon Frecia (Jorma Kontio) System Performace (Björn Goop) Porthos Amok (Örjan Kihlström) Ed You (Robert Bergh) Tidied Accelerator (Per Lennartsson) Up Date Hoss (Torbjörn Jansson) Occhione Jet (Erik Adielsson) Nouvelle Pelle (Flemming Jensen) On Track Piraten (Johnny Takter) Thomas H. Hicks

Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), with veteran reinsman Joseph Verbeeck aboard, worked out a perfect pocket trip in this 2700 meter autostart contest before closing along the pegs to win the €100,000 Gr. III Grand Prix Federation du Nord in 1.12.8kr at La Capelle. He went off at odds of 8-1. Swedishman was first to the front before yielding to favorite Roi du Lupin handled by Anthony Barrier. Roi du Lupin led into the stretch after holding off a first over bid, from sixth, by the great mare Roxane Griff and Eric Raffin. Roxane Griff was unable to reach the leader and ended a tiring fifth. Roi du Lupin held on bravely for second ahead of Reve de Baylev with Mathieu Abrivard aboard. Quinoa du Gers was fourth for Franck Ouvrie. Swedishman recorded his 24th win now for earnings of €756,300. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner that earlier took the 2013 Grand National du Trot. Gaylor Chaudemanch owns the winner. Race summary and stretch drive video follow. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Grand Prix Federation du Nord, International Gr. III, €100,000, 8 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.12.8kr 1st Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Jos Verbeeck up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Gaylor Chaudemanche, 8.2/1 2nd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol), Anthony Barrier aboard for J-P Marmion owner/trainer, 1.6/1 favorite 3rd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 12.6/1 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede-Tanga du Chalange), Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 33.7/1 5th Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Eric Raffin, 2.4/1 The La Capelle undercard included the Prix du Department de l’Aisne, a European eligible event for €32,000 over 2700 meters autostart. Twelve contested this race and the 1.14.3kr winner was Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma) in rein to Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg of Sweden. The winner scored his 14th victory for earnings of €192,287. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Prix du Department de l’Aisne, European, €32,000, 12 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.14.3kr 1st Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg (SWE), 3.4/1 odds 2nd Tina du Pont (7f Urfist des Pres-Dona du Pont), Thibault Viet up for trainer J-Y Rayon, 2.3/1 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune up for owner/trainer Sebastian Guarato, 1.9/1 favorite by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Ouch, in rein to Christophe Martens, took today’s Quinte+ feature at Le Cepiere, France, covering the 2950 meter course in 1.16.1kr to record a rallying score over 14 European rivals in the Gran Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran for a €40,000 purse. The Danish invader, trained by Vincent Martens, is an eight-year-old gelded son of Ganymede and was off as the 2.1/1 favorite. Thoury le King was second for Alexandre Abrivard ahead of Brasil Boko driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh. The Q+ exact order payoff was €680 for a €2 wager and the jackpot this day was €4.6 million and was not hit, thus carrying over to €4.65 million the next day. Race summary is shown below as well. September 9, 2014 Le Cepiere, Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri, purse €40,000, European, 2950 meters, Q+, 1.16.1kr 1st Ouch (8g Ganymede-Juvel Gill), Christophe Martens for trainer Victor Martens, 2.1/1 odds, Denmark 2nd Thoury le King (7g Melchoir Jet-Kasines de Thoury), Alexandre Abrivard, 6.8/1 3rd Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh, 6.4/1 At Vincennes a familiar name, Ulf Nordin, scored with his two year-old pupil Captain Sparrow at nearly 21/1 odds. The son of Ready Cash-Holly du Locton scored easily in the €32,000 purse Prix 70 Ans du Parisien. Race summary follows: September 9, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix 70 Ans du Parisien, purse €32,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters, 1.18.1kr 1st Captain Sparrow (2m Ready Cash-Holly du Locton), Ulf Nordin trainer/driver, 20.8/1 2nd Cachou de Malac (2m Nahar de Breval-Papeete), A. Gougeon up, 14.5/1 3rd Carlos des Caux (2m Mien-Star Dodienville), Jacques Bruneau up, 6.6/1 The prior day (September 8) at Mantorp (SWE) the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) scored in 1.14.5kr over 2140 meters autostart to capture the 35,000SEK first prize in a three year-old event. Johan Untersteiner drove the winner (now a four time winner in 10 starts) as he defeated two Stefan Melander trainees. Iponema (3f Muscles Yankee-Beachcomber-Conway Hall) was second for Bjorn Goop while the Melander driven Party Boat Hanover (3m Cantab Hall-Princess Cruise-Donerail) took third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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