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July 5, 2017 - Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Vincennes at Vichy (purse €42,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.15.4kr timed victory went to rallying on the stands side 3.9/1 Cronos d’Hameline (5g Echo-Rhea d’Hameline) reined by Matthieu Abrivard. 16/1 Black Rain (6f Niky-Quibble) was a close second for Alexandre Abrivard. 6.3/1 Cachou d’Occagnes (5m Islero de Bellouet-Jazza Bourbon) was third for harness racing trainer/driver Franck Nivard. Exact order payout for this Q+ was €6,334. Also at Vichy was the Prix Hotel de Barcelone (purse €40,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.14.3kr winner was the 5/10 favorite Avrik de Guez (7g Joker de Rozoy-Quoumbaya du Guez) in rein to J-M Bazire for trainer J.Ph. Ducher. 10/1 Very Very Fast (8g Quaro-Nocturne de Bresse) was second for owner/trainer/driver Benjamin Goetz. Third was 7/1 Anduro des Landes (7g Kesaco Phedo-Odemeraude) for Sebastien Hardy, the breeder/owner/trainer/driver. At Lisieux was the Prix Equip-Horse (purse €25,000, 2725 meters, 13 starters). This event went to 1.15.9kr timed and 1/5 favorite Cheltenham (5m Baccarat du Pont) teamed by Clement Duvaldestin for Ecurie Augustin Normand and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 16/1 Basque d’Iraty (6g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) was next for Anthony Barrier and third was 40/1 Concerto du Ruel (5g Prince Gede) for trainer/driver Franck Anne. On the past weekend in SWE were several interesting winners. The July 1 Silver Division at Bergsaker (220,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.11.6kr timed and 3.9/1 Whitehouse Express driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden. This six year-old son of Yankee Glide-Miss Garland-Garland Lobell is a half-brother to the great SJ’s Photo. On the same card the Gr. I Fillies (925,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 16/1 Violet Bi (3f Equinox Bi-Fidui Bi-Lemon Dra) and she scored in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson and owner Easy KB. 49/1 Callela Lisbeth and 57/1 White Lightning trailed the winner. On July 4 at Bolnas was the Bengt Ivarssons (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.12.4kr timed winner was even-money favorite Delicious (8f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. The same day and venue also hosted the Norrlands GP (35,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.13.9kr timed winner was 3.8/1 Valley Brodde (4g Ready Cash-Valeris-SJ’s Caviart) again reined by Kihlstrom, this time for trainer Roger Walmann. Milligan’s School was second. On July 5 at Landesberg was the Berncancerfondens (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) and the 1.10.7kr clocked winner was 1.9/1 Canari Match (5m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostral-Joel l’Amoroso), again for Kihlstom, Reden and Stall Zet. Food Money took second for Ulf Ohlsson. Thomas H. Hicks

May 27, 2017 - Bjorn Goop teamed his trainee, the 1.3/1 favorite Sauveur (7m Echo-Operah Bob) to victory in today’s co-featured Gr. II Harpers Hanover (purse €97,792, 3140 meters distance handicapped, 15 starters, 500,000SEK to winner). Timed in a sharp 1.11.99kr over the extended distance the pride of Hammab AB raised his career earnings to over €502,000. 6.7/1 Sorbet (6m Super Photo Kosmos-Alter Bound) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and the Daniel Reden/Stall  Zet team. 42/1 Linus Boy (5g Zola Boko-Recos Lady) took third for Johnny Takter and trainer Timo Nurmos, who has an Elite starter tomorrow. Bottnas Commander, El Mago Pellini and Butler were the next three to the line, the latter a Ready Cash son owned and trained by Anders Lindqvist. Sauveur Tomorrow is the big day featuring the €640,000 total purse 2017 Benders Elitloppet with two eliminations and a final. 16 entrants will compete with each race contested over 1609 meters (one mile) autostart. The Solvalla track is quick as evidenced by Saturday’s action. Be there!!! Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Gr. I International Ulf Thoresens at Jarlsberg Norway went to 1.1/1 Sauveur (6m Echo-Operah Bob) with harness racing trainer Ake Lindblom driving for owner Hammab AB of Sweden. Timed in 1.11.23kr the winner secured the winners’ share of the €105,300 purse in the 2100 meter autostart event that was part of the V75 wagering card. 9.5/1 Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral) took second for driver Wim Paal and trainer Holger K. Ehlert. Third was the game 18.4/1 Rod Stewart (6m Love You-Valley Lane) for Tom Erik Solberg and trainer Jerry Riordan for Italian owner Cezziano Ceccaroni. 43/1 Repay Merci (8m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) was fourth for trainer/driver Knud Monster and Denmark owner Stald Repay. Papagayo E and Anna Mix were the next two across the line. The undercard included the Anders Jahres (400,000Nokr to the winner, 2100 meters autostart) and the 1.11.7kr timed winner was Je T’Aime Express (5f Symphonic Hanover-Je T’Aime Marran-Sugarcane Hanover) for driver Peter Untersteiner. Second went to DD’s Hitman (5f Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) and driver Peter Ingves with third to Spirit Real (5f Supergill-Civetta Real-Park Avenue Joe) handled by Tom Erik Solberg. Thomas H. Hicks

December 22, 2015 - The Quinte+ was the Prix de la Tramblade (purse €66,000, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) and the 1.14kr winner was 19.1/1 Tabrouk de Payre (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Oreade de Payre) owned and trained by J-Y Touillet and driven by Pierre Vercruysse. 3/1 Un de Mai (7g Echo-Loyale) was second for teamster Franck Nivard, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. 17.1/1 odds Midsummer King (10g King Lavec-Pietra) was third with Junior Guelpa up for owner J-Ch Sorel. Akayama (5f Prodigious-Hirosaka) took the Prix de Marenees-Oleron (purse €64,000, 2700 meters 11 European starters) timed in 1.13.9kr for David Thomain and trainer Alain Roussel. This 1.3/1 odds favorite defeated 4.2/1 Ninepoints Lucy (5f Spotlite Lobell-Lucky Kelly) driven by Gabriel Gelormini for trainer Jorgen Westholm and owner Bengt Johansson. Third was 18.3/1 outsider Aigrette (5f Vivaldi de Chenu-Jomina). On December 22 at Paris-Vincennes the €85,000 purse Prix Pierre Giffard (2700 meters, 13 European monte starters) went to 4.1/1 Tayson de Houelle (8g Insert Gede-Irina de la Frette) for jockey Eric Raffin, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Pricing Power. 1.8/1 favorite Ugolin du Maine (7g Hugo du Bossis-Oriane du Maine) was a close second for Franck Nivard ahead of the outdistanced 12.9/1 Topaze Royale (8f Light Up de Vonnas-Lea Royale) for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The winner was clocked in 1.13.5kr. The Prix de la Reole (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 16 monte performers) at Paris Vincennes went to the 1.1/1 favorite Canadian d’Am (3m Ready Cash-Kanadia) reined by Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc training for Laurent Edin. 23.6/1 Codrag de Bellouet (3g Jag de Bellouet-Odra de Bellouet) was next for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 4.2/1 Camarade Sympa (3g Legs du Clos-Mona du Vivier) ended third for David Thomain. The Prix des Hortensias, groupe A, for a purse of €34,000 over 2700 meters, drew 14 two year-old fillies with the 1.17.2kr winner being 2.1/1 odds Dokha Vedaquaise (2f Prodigious-Sestriere). Yoann Lebourgeois drove this winner for Philippe Allaire. 4.1/1 Duchesse de Jiel (2f Oiseau de Feux-Quilea Jiel) was  second for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer J.L. Dersoir. Third was 11.6/1 Danae Quesnot (2f Rocklyn-Megara) teamed with Eric Raffin. Draft Life (2f Ubriaco-Maflymede) at 3.8/1 odds took the Prix des Hortensias (B) for teamster C. Beurel and owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 13 two year-olds traveled 2700 meters in this event for a purse of €34,000. Draft Life was timed in 1.16.7kr to defeat 17.8/1 Douchka Love (2f Love You-Shucca) handled by Bernard Piton for Yves Boireau trainer for Jean-Pierre Dubois. 26.7/1 Decadence (2f Invar-My Lady Way) was third for driver/trainer/owner Tony Le Beller. At Bordeaux-Le Bouscat the Grand Prix de Noel (purse €30,000, 2650 meters, 16 European starters) was won by 29.9/1 Topaze de Landerie (8f Legs du Clos-Onee Line) for driver J-Ph Monclin. 1.6/1 favorite Vivaldo Bello (6m Love You-Enfilade) was second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin (this one from the dam of Offshore Dream, Prix d’Amerique double winner) and 6.8/1 Ursa Major (7f Ganymede-Good Way) landed third for owner Ecurie Danover. The winner was clocked in a solid 1.14.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks

October 19, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.35 million) was the Prix de Pomarez (purse €52,000, 2875 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.14.6kr victor was 6.1/1 odds Un de Mai (7g Echo-Loyale) driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Emmanuele Ruault and Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. 9.2/1 Vermeil Somolli (6g Olimede-Quitalia Somolli) was second for Ecurie Somolli and trainer/driver J.P. Fichaux. Vintage (6m Mckname-Shadline( was third at 2,2/1 odds for driver Pierre Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Mme. Daniele Gozlan. The Q+ without jackpot paid €3,768 for a €2 wager. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 17 Un de Mai F. Nivard Ecurie Cte P de Montesson E. Ruault 2ème 3 Vermeil Somolli J.-P. Fichaux Ecurie Somolli J.-P. Fichaux 3ème 1 Vintage P. Levesque Mme D. Gozlan M. Lenders 4ème 7 Un Cher Ami P.-Y. Verva Mme M. Jacquault E. Audebert 5ème 4 Voilà Péo D. Bonne Mlle A. Orriere M. Lecourt    Rapports (pour 2€)     Tirelire 3.350.000 € - Numéro plus : 0541       Ordre :       3.768,00€       Désordre :       31,40€       Bonus 4 :       7,80€       Bonus 4sur5 :       3,00€       Bonus 3 :       3,00€                     The €70,000 purse Prix de Palais Royal (2875 meters, 11 starters) went to the 1.15.7kr winner 13.3/1 odds Blues d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard. 1.8/1 favorite Bugsy Malone (4g Ready Cash-Night Captain) was second for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire and reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois ahead of third finishing Black Charm (4m Prodigioius-Podana) at 3.4/1 for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Charms. The Prix de Bezons (purse €68,000, 2875 meters, 13 monte starters) this day at Enghien-Soisy went to David Thomain and his mount 7.2/1 Brut de la Cote (4g Kepler-Ombria Mai Fu) clocked in 1.16.5kr for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 38/1 Beautiful Dussac (4g And Arifant-Olympe de Dussac) for trainer/jockey P-Y Verva and Ecurie Griff. 124/1 outsider Bandoneon (4g Jaguar Bethune-Quoba des Corvees) was third for Leo Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks    

Dean Davis, Monica Drago, Nadine Habke, Deb Sweney and Dr. Dan Wilson will be recognized as part of the Wall of Fame ceremonies at Northfield Park on Sunday, August 10, 2014. The banquet festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. Dean Davis is the newest recipient of Northfield Park's Distinguished Owner Award. Davis has had success in harness racing on and off the racetrack. He has made tremendous contributions to the sport, earning respect as a loyal and encouraging owner with a keen eye for young racing prospects. His racing stock has been extremely successful. Davis has owned such prominent horses as Lisa Mac, Blastaway Sahbra, Gramma Gordie and his pride and joy, Dunkster. Davis convinced Northwestern Ohio trainer Ivan Sugg's son, Kurt, to go out on his own and helped the younger Sugg throughout his career launch. The two have been an owner/trainer team since 1995. "He's treated me like a son," described Kurt of their relationship. Monica Drago and Deb Sweney will be recognized with the Outstanding Caretaker Awards. They are very important to their stables' operations, and both exude passion and dedication toward their craft. Drago, a native of Stockholm Sweden, works for 2004 Wall of Fame Inductee Clair Umholtz. At the barn each morning by 5:15 a.m., she is responsible for the same five horses every day. Monica can be found in the Umholtz barn seven days a week, usually leaving by 2:00 p.m. She often returns at night to groom one of her horses or catch-paddock. Her cooperative nature and knowledge of horses makes her an asset to Umholtz and to the entire horse scene at Northfield Park. "Everyone on the backstretch knows that Monica is the best," Clair Umholtz flatly stated. Outstanding Caretaker Deb Sweney has been a groom at Northfield for 22 years. She has worked for Kathy Shermak, John Lee, Don McKirgan, Ray Crawford, Mike Weller, Mark Deaton and, since 2007, Tye Loy, a 2010 Wall of Fame Inductee. Deb is at the Loy barn by 7:00 a.m., usually six days a week, and stated she is done by 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. She gets Sundays off. Sweney, consistent with her quiet and unassuming nature, is known as a caring groom with a soft touch. She goes the extra mile and truly loves horses. "She can work anybody under the table," stated Loy, echoing the sentiments of co-workers and former employers who extol her work ethic. Nadine Habke will be the recipient of the Willie C. Banks Ideal Employee Award. Loyalty, dedication, ability and desire are sought-after qualities in an ideal employee, and Nadine embodies them all. Her ability is unquestioned, and when one talks to Nadine, it becomes very clear how much she likes outriding and how strong her dedication is to the sport of racing and to Northfield Park. The outrider at Northfield since 2001, Habke's proven competence has earned the respect and confidence of the driver-trainer colony. Summed up Aaron Merriman, the nation's leading dash driver: "She is completely awesome. I cannot say enough good things about her." Dr. Dan Wilson will receive the John Lee Good Fellowship Award. He has been a fixture on the Northfield backstretch for nearly 40 years. Wilson is known as an extremely honest and skilled veterinarian who cares deeply about horses and horsemen. "There is no nicer person than Doc. He comes to the barns every day with a smile on his face, always asking how he can help," said Amy Hollar, Northfield Park Track Representative for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association. "In the 14 years he has been our vet, I have never seen him have a bad day." Northfield Park's Wall of Fame Banquet is a triennial event. Candidates are nominated and considered by the Wall of Fame Trustees. Once a consensus is reached among the trustees, additional input and final approval is sought from the track's Wall of Fame Advisory Committee. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Dan Noble also will be recognized for their National Dash Driving Championships at the August 10th banquet. The highlight of the evening will be the induction of five new members into the Northfield Park Wall of Fame. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Top-flight action occurred this past weekend with victories by Timoko, Nahar and Napoleon Bar in high-level graded action. Replays of these exciting events are with the photos Other interesting action also took place over the past few days. On June 14, Santo Mollo scored with Sir Robert, a four year-old son of Adrian Chip, in the Prix d’Hermonville at Enghien, a European event for three year-old males. Purse was €55,000 in the 2875 meter contest, timed in 1.16.7kr. Chart follows June 14, 2014 Enghien, Prix d’Hermonville, European three year-old males, €55,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.7kr 1st Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip-Lindos de Gloria), Santo Mollo trainer/driver, Italy, 37.1 2nd Beguin Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ingeniosite), Pierre Belloche trainer/driver, 10/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filandia), Enrico Bellei, Italy, 12/1 4th Sciacallo OM (3m Yankee Slide-My Kinda Tribute), Jos. Verbeeck, 21/1 5th Bo Pou Rafal (3m Job d’Udon-Liana Pou Rafal), Emanuelle Allard, 21/1 Same day at Kuovola open mares contested the Jouni Kaikko Memorial for a purse of €21,000. 11 starters traveled 2100 meters autostart. The Quite Easy mare Venice was victorious with USA’s  Beatgoeson Hanover third, she driven by Bjorn Goop for US-based trainer Nifty Norman. Chart follows. June 14, 2014 Kuovola, Jouni Kaikko Memorial, €21,500, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.14kr 1st Venice (5f Quite Easy-Vivace), Mika Forss up for trainer Heikki Korhonen 2nd Solec Rivelliere (8f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver 3rd Beatgoeson Hanover (6f Andover Hall-Beat The Wheel), Bjorn Goop up, trainer R. Nifty Norman On June 15 at Rambouillet trotting on the turf was featured. The €32,000 Prix de L-Echo Republicain attracted 18 entrants and Jean-Etienne Dubois scored with his Very Well Jet, a son of Love You from Encombevineuse by Workaholic, she a 1992 foal and dam of 15 foals including Kinder Jet (US$631,659 by Full Account), Quaro (US$721,720 by Kiwi), Avila (US$650,389 by Ready Cash), Rivoli Jet (US$149,467 by Goetmals Wood), Ulzhane (US$115,712 by Offshore Dream) and Very Well Jet. Quite a production record! June 15, 2014, Rambouillet, Prix de L’Echo Republicain, €32,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters 1st Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 3/1 odds, 10th win for €223,070 2nd Tango de le Manza (7g Chaillot-Ines de le Manza), Antoine Wiels, 13/1 odds, J-P Marmion trainer 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune, 4/1 odds, Sebastian Guarato trainer Also on June 15 Ringostarr Treb won the Pris Presidente Della Republica at Triese Italy. Roberto Vecchione teamed the four year-old son of Classic Photo to his 11th career victory in 1.17.5kr over 2060 meters on the half-mile track. Purse was €45,100. Chart and pedigree of top three finishers follow: Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsclo-Supergill), 11 wins in 27 starts for €88,917 Red Baron (4m Majestic Son-Check and Balance-Balanced Image) Roi de Coeur (4m Love You-Copacabana OK-Record OK) Sunday at Hamburg Germany the €30,000 Hamburg Cup went to emerging Banks with trainer Michael Larsen. He covered the 1680 meter autostart distance in a sharp track record 1.09.9kr, also a German record, as he scored by over five lengths. The gelded five year-old son of Abano As-Brisana-Diamond Way now has 11 wins in 14 career starts, the other three outings being second place finishes. His career earnings are €70,860. Canadian bred I Won’t Dance was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren with Aida Boko third for Robin Bakker. Chart is shown below. Heinz Wewering piloted his trainee Abano Boy in this event but was off the board. Second dam of the winner is Image of Beauty, a daughter of Balanced Image and US$246,687 winner of the Canadian Breeders Championship and 16 victories in 31 starts. She’s also dam of Italian Derby winner Avril, a winner of US$500,771, and a full-sister to Dr. Robert Johns, winner of €288,016 and victorious in Ontario Sires Gold Final at age two.   BILD Hamburg-Pokal / SUPER-SIEG-WETTE GARANTIEAUSZAHLUNG 2.500 Euro  Internationales offenes Rennen 30.000 EUR - 1.680 Meter - Autostart                    1 Banks 9,9 Larsen,Michael 1680  53   5j. br. W Abano As - Brisana Bes.: Rothe,Erich/Schäfer,Uwe - Zü.: Brandt,Jörg - Tr.: Larsen,Michael  2 I Won't Dance 10,5 Lövgren,Joakim 1680  24   8j. dbr. W Angus Hall - Do Si Do Hanover Bes.: Nilsson,Jens - Zü.: .USA - Tr.: Lövgren,Joakim  3 Aida Boko 10,8 Bakker,Robin 1680  26   7j. dbr. S From Above - Staro Almighty Bes.: Gerrits Recycl.Group - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Hagoort,Paul  4 Politiken 10,9 Friis,Morten 1680  118   7j. br. W Ens Snapshot - Goldie Hawn Bes.: Stald Fribo - Zü.: .Dänemark - Tr.: Friis,John  5 Top of the Rocks 11,1 Biendl,Gerhard 1680  63   9j. dbr. H Love You - On the Rocks Bes.: Stall Teddy - Zü.: Zietz,Antje - Tr.: Biendl,Gerhard  6 Ariane Beemd 11,3 Vlieger,Rob T. de 1680  299   7j. br. S Passing Renka - Pinky Bes.: Merwestaal Moer.B.V. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Vlieger,Rob T. de  7 Attrape Moi 11,6 Bot,Robbin 1680  362   7j. schwbr. H Orlando Vici - Make my pay day Bes.: Willemsen,M.A.M. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Kamminga,Cees F.  8 Abano Boy 11,7 Wewering,Heinz 1680  311   8j. dbr. H Abano As - Countess Diamond Bes.: Jurisic,Branislav - Zü.: H+W Landwirtschaft u. - Tr.: Wewering,Heinz  9 Shali's Alesi 12,6 Spengler,Roman 1680  407   7j. br. H Alesi OM - Shalis Pointe Bes.: Franz/Gestüt Aschau - Zü.: Adelberger,Prof.Dr.Otto - Tr.: Spengler,Roman   News of Hanke dis.RL 9 Gustavsson,Kenneth 1680  800   9j. kbr. H Muscles Yankee - Lady Louise Bes.: Hanke,Jürgen - Zü.: Hanke,Jürgen - Tr.: Meyer,Kurt   On June 16 action returned to France at Vichy and Agen le Passage. The Prix de Cognat-Lyonne for €35,000 over 2850 meters distance handicap drew 17 starters. Tamaya de Bohet scored at almost 10/1 odds in this one, the day’s Quinte+ race of the day. Timed in 1.15.8kr the daughter of Lets Go Along defeated a host of longshots such that there were no exact order winning tickets on the top five finishers. June 16, 2014 Vichy, Prix de Cognat-Lyonne, €35,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Tamaya de Bohet (7f Lets Go Along-Lady Extreme), J-M Gaudin  trainer/driver, 9.5/1, 2850 meters 2nd Skirring The Best (8g Jow du Vro-Kiara de Busset), Serge Peltier up, 49/1, 2850 meters 3rd Ragtime Bourbon (9g Defi d’Aunou-Urika Speed), A. Thomas up, 129/1, 2875 meters 4th Tefiaroa de Nay (7f Kieyton-Moorea de Nay), D. Cordeau trainer/driver, 64/1, 2850 meters 5th Quo Williams (10m Chaillot-Karima Williams), Eric Raffin, 19/1, 2875 meters The same day at Agen le Passage Norton Jet scored in the €30,000 Prix Faustin Semeillon over 2625 meters in 1.15.8kr. The son of Crown’s Invitation won for the first time in France and for the 10th time in his career, now for earnings of 149,636 for trainer/driver Matthieu Varin, who on post-race interview stated that his Italian import has shown recent improvement. June 16, 2014 Agen le Passage, Prix Faustin Semeillon, European €30,000, 2625 meters, 16 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Norton Jet (7m Crown’s Invitation-Smo’Dra-Florida Pro), Matthieu Varin trainer/driver, 21/1, Italy, 10th win for €149,636 2nd Royal de Vaiges (9g Indy de Vive-Helice des Brouets), Denis Brossard trainer/driver, 15/1 3rd Twist des Pleignes (7g Gazouillis-Ibiza des Pleigres), Arnaud Barre, 37/1 4th Qualicubat (10g Kiwi-Cialia d’Urgare), Olivier Raffin, 8.3/1 5th Rubis de la Porte (9g Hand du Vivier-Hakarina Prail), Damien Laisis, 26/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslinkcom

David Bekaert steered the Philippe Mortagne trained and owned Tempo de Carless to a convincing victory in today's 32,000e feature at Hyeres, France. The seven year-old son of Grisbi de Carless recorded his ninth career win for lifetime earnings of 202,830e. Veteran mares Scarlet Turgot and Global Midnight ended second and third as they could not overcome 25 meter handicaps. May 1, 2014 Hyeres, Prix President Verignon, 32,000e, 2750 meters distance handicap, European, 12 starters, 1.15.2kr 1st Tempo de Carless (7m Grisbi de Carless-Joie de Carless-Ahmes), David Bekaert up for Philippe Mortagne trainer, 1.3/1, 2750 meters, ninth career win 2nd Scarlet Turgot (8f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massey), Y. A. Briand trainer/driver, 5.5/1, 2775 meters 3rd Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business), Christophe Martens up for trainer Vincent Martens, 2.8/1, 2775 meters, Sweden Yesterday at LeMans, Speedy Horse took their featured Prix Paris-Turf in 1.15.2kr over 2850 meters for trainer/driver Sebastien Baude. Undercard events saw victories posted by Biche des Clois in a three year-old fillies event and four year-old mare Alexia also scored for Eric Raffin aboard the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable favorite. Race summaries follow. April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix Paris-Turf, 35,000e, 2850 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.15.2kr 1st Speedy Horse, (8m Kid Blue-Etoile de l'Anxure-Princess d'Yurac), Sebastien Baude trainer/driver, his ninth win for 244,380e in lifetime earnings 2nd Sicoussa de Barb (8f Kepler-Goie Melodie), Franck Blandin trainer/driver, 6.8/1 3rd Tzarine Fac (7f Echo-Nougara), David Thomain up for Sebastian Guarato, trainer, 2/1 April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix de la Federation Regionale des Courses Anjou-Maine-Center-Quest, females, 22,000e, 1.16.9kr 1st Biche des Clois (3f Rolling d'Heripre-Moon d'Eronville-Vikings Way), Mathieu Mottier up for Denise Mottier, 4.6/1 2nd Blue Grass (3f Ready Cash-Princesse Natacha-Gai Brillant),Jerome Ruaults up for Philippe Allaire, 2/1 3rd Belle Libertine (3f Sam Bourbon-Libertine Bourbon-Extreme Aunou), Patrick Chevrier driver/trainer, Ecurie D owner/breeder, 45/1 April 30, 2014 LeMans, Prix du G.I.E. Hipposarthe, monte, 20,000e, 2950 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Alexia (4f Prodigious-Ilexia-Cezio Josselyn), Eric Raffin up, Philippe Moulin trainer for Ecurie Victoria Dream, 1.4/1 2nd Amour du Loup (4g Lilium Madrik-Parodie Gin), A. Lherete up for Franck Anne trainer, 7/1 odds 3rd Asly de Florange (4g Kuadro Wild-Easy Perrine), Mlle. M. Grolier jockey/trainer, 10/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Cam's Card Shark, one of the leading stallions of his generation, has just been retired from stud duty, but hopes are high in Ohio that one of his greatest progeny can carry on his dynamic legacy in the breeding shed. Shark Gesture, whose earnings in excess of $2.8 million are the most of the more than 1,700 racehorses that Cam's Card Shark sired and one of the fastest with a speed mark of 1:48.1s, will be represented by a crop of two-year-olds this season. Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, Ohio, is standing the big, dark brown stallion.  "Shark Gesture is the total package," Abby Stables' Teresa Maddox told Harness Racing Update."   Shark Gesture developed into a horse for the ages. A $110,000 yearling purchase by Norm Smiley, Shark Gesture raced from two to four, posting some impressive victories.  He was retired to the breeding shed due to an injury and stood as a stallion in Ontario for the 2008 season. Later that year, when the injury had fully healed and he trained excellently, Shark Gesture returned to the races and started three times. But it was as a six- and seven-year-old that he excelled, earning over $1.8 million. He beat some of the best aged pacers, including the likes of Foiled Again, Mister Big, Art Official, Boulder Creek, Artistic Fella, Shadow Play and Won The West 12 times, including by more than 10 lengths in the Hoosier Cup.  Maddox said because Shark Gesture disappeared from the breeding scene for three years people may be confused about his history.  "He really hasn't gotten a fair shake as a stallion," Maddox said. "If you go back and look at some of his races, he was phenomenal. He's well-mannered, he's intelligent and was a bear on the racetrack. It's just a breath of fresh air to have him in Ohio. We welcomed him with open arms." Shark Gesture can be seen in action on his page at www.abbystables.com . His web page comes complete with race footage, photos, pedigree, articles and both a downloadable and digital breeding contract.  "There is no reason because he had 44 foals that raced from his first and only crop as a stallion, standing in Ontario and bred to mostly Ontario-bred mares, that people should have forgotten about him because he went back to the races," said Smiley. "He is still a good horse.  This year he has two-year-olds that are training and I've got good reports on them. Trainer Fred Grant has a colt by Shark Gesture out of Boca Babe.  Fred owns the dam and owns a piece of the colt and said, 'he's very good-gaited, very sound, very willing and has lots of speed. I just love him.'" Trainer David Miller, currently training a two-year-old Shark Gesture filly named Hex, described her as a "big, strong, great-gaited, intelligent filly who is showing excellent speed." Another trainer, Jenny Melander, has a nice sturdy black filly named When Sharks Fly and echoed Miller's comments about Shark Gesture's offspring. "His foals are big and sturdy, with heart, speed, intelligence and strength," she said.   Shark Gesture is truly an anomaly. How many horses return to the races two years after retiring and earn almost twice as much, facing battled-hardened competitors? In total, he posted 31 sub-1:50 miles, 16 of those 1:49 or better and four of those sub-1:49. As a 2-year-old, he won the Bluegrass Stakes (recording a freshman mark of 1:51.3), the Simpson Stakes and an elimination of the Breeders Crown.  At three, he won the Breeders Crown, the Tattersalls Pace (with a sophomore speed mark of 1:49.1), the Bluegrass Stakes, the Simpson Stakes and the Progress Pace. In an abbreviated four-year-old season, he won the New Hampshire Sweepstakes. In his return to the races, he won the William R. Haughton Memorial two years in a row, the Canadian Pacing Derby Final (with a lifetime mark of 1:48.1), the Graduate Series twice, the Dan Patch Invitational Pace and the Bettor's Delight. He broke track records at Tioga Downs and Hoosier Park and tied the track record when he won the Canadian Pacing Derby. "He's won all the big races, beat all the good horses," Maddox said. "He beat Foiled Again (the top aged pacer last year) more than once. He beat Won The West. He's beat them all at one point or another. His owners believed in him so much, they told us the story (of why he retired and then returned to the races) and it was just a no-brainer for us." 2010 Graduate Final William R. Haughton Memorial Smiley recalled why he bought Shark Gesture. Even though he was big and growthy, Smiley liked him, viewing him six times. "There are certain horses you go to the auction and put a price on and you go to that price or a few bucks more," Smiley said. "With him I said I was buying him, period."  Smiley subsequently offered shares to his brother, Gerald, and Thomas and Louis Pantone. Typical of a Cam's Card Shark offspring, Shark Gesture grew into his body from two to three. He stood about 17 hands high and had a long stride. Early in Shark Gesture's two-year-old season, he won the Bluegrass in 1:51 3/5, but he was still developing and growing. As a three-year-old, he did some amazing things, none more so than winning the Breeders Crown only a week after he fell down in a mishap in his elimination race for the final. He finished third and was moved up to second, but Norm Smiley and trainer Erv Miller feared the colt might not survive the accident. Once the bike and equipment were removed, Shark Gesture stood up and walked off as if nothing had happened, although he did have some cuts and abrasions. Driver Brian Sears, Miller, Smiley and the horse's vet shook their heads in disbelief. "If that's not a tough horse, I don't know what is," Smiley said.   A week later, he won the Breeders Crown with George Brennan, who would become his principle driver, steering him in what was a clean trip, racing on or near the pace. "Nobody knew that horse like Georgie," Smiley said.  "George was tremendous with that horse from the first time he drove him." Shark Gesture raced only eight times in an abbreviated four-year-old season and was retired, his notable victory in the New Hampshire. Some of the notable offspring from the 32 starters from his first crop as a sire include stakes winner Piston Broke, 1:49.2s ($291,131) and Best Ears, 1:49.4f, ($188,483). After Shark Gesture recovered from his injury and trained solidly, Norm Smiley made the decision to bring the horse back to the races. It would prove to be a shrewd decision. In 2009 at the age of six, Shark Gesture came into his own, racing 29 times and winning seven, including the Haughton Memorial and Canadian Pacing Derby and topping all pacers with more than $900,000 in earnings. At age seven, he raced 12 times and winning seven, notably the Graduate, Bettors Delight, Dan Patch (by a whopping 10½ lengths), and repeating in the Haughton.  He finished second by a length in the Franklin. He was retired at the end of the season.  "He was just amazing," Norm Smiley said. "This horse never got the respect he deserved. He was a tremendous racehorse." By Perry Lefko, for Harness Racing Update

This Sunday, the 2014 Super Bowl security detail will include horses that found their new careers through the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. The Newark Mounted Police Department has nine of SRF’s horses, and the force is in the saddle protecting the public. Coincidentally, many of these horses have been around the oval at the adjacent Meadowlands Racetrack during their racing careers. The photo accompanying this story features Officer Camacho riding 11-year-old Allentown (aka ‘Chief’) and Officer Schroeder with 16-year-old Cunning Liar (aka ‘Commander’) pictured in the middle. At pre-game events and on game-day, additional Newark Mounted Patrol SRF horses may include, 18-year-old Blue Hoodlum, eight-year-old Shark Chaser, five-year-old Uthinkithinkurkidn, 11-year-old Prince Juniper, seven-year-old Echo of Thunder, 15-year-old Miracle Man, and 11-year-old YF Avenger. They serve many notable events throughout the city like the Super Bowl. The SRF is in its 25th year giving dignity and life to racehorses in need of a stable future. Nearly 2,600 adoptions have been made to loving homes for pleasure, and competitive riding, and driving disciplines. Every horse adopted out by SRF is followed-up for life. One hundred and ninety horses are currently in the SRF’s care, of which 110 are unadoptable and will remain in SRF’s full-care for life. To adopt, help by making a tax-deductible contribution, or to sponsor a horse in need, contact SRF at admin@srfmail.com, 732-446-4422, or visit this award-winning organization at adoptahorse.org and be sure to ‘like us’ on Facebook. From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation

Today marked the first session of the annual Grand Prix d'Amerique Mixed Sale conducted by Arqana Trot. Comprised of young, lightly raced and unraced stock, the initial session saw 71 horses offered of which 62%, or 44, sold for an aggregate value of 251,500 euro, an average of 5,716 euro. Sale topper was hip 53, the three year-old colt Bold de Tonnerre (by Diamant Gede) that brought 15,000 euro off a qualifying effort at La Capelle. Session #2 on Thursday is comprised of only stallion shares, including those of Goetmals Wood, Password, Quaker Jet, Royal Dream, Sam Bourbon, Texas Charm, The Best Madrik, Timoko and Up And Quick. Racing continued at Paris-Vincennes and Cagnes sur Mer on Tuesday-Wednesday with much European influence in races so designated. The feature today at Cagnes sur Mer was the 55,000 euro purse Prix Une de Mai over 2925 meters with 17 starters. This Quinte+ race of the day (jackpot 3.15 million euro) went to Tailor handled by trainer Yannick Briand. Tailor increased career earnings to over 189.000 euro with the 1.14.2kr win, his 13th lifetime victory. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was 15,470 euro for a two euro wager. January 22, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix Une de Mai, 55,000 euro purse, 2925 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ with 3.15 million euro jackpot  1.14.2kr 1st Tailor (7m Intrepide-Une Gamine-Hetre Vert), Yannick A. Briand driver/trainer, 2.7/1, 13th career win for 189,940 euros won 2nd Roller Quick (9m Derby du Gite-Arquebuse-Florestan), Jean Uroz trainer/driver at 7.3/1 3rd Superdu Chatelet (8g Jag de Bellouet-Jaina du Chatelet-Jet du Vivier), Roland Jaffrelot up at 16/1 Three year-olds competed in the Prix du Perigord today on the shore at Cagnes sur Mer with Busquesda taking victory at 18/1 for Laurent Fresneau. Favored Blanco du Biwetz was second for Christophe Martens with Black Blues third for Jean-Pierre Dubois. Black Blues is cataloged to sell Friday at the Arqana Trot Prix d'Amerique Sale. January 22, 2014, Cagnes sur mer - Prix du Perigord, 16,000 euro purse, 2125 meters, 9 starters  1.17.9kr 1st Busquesda (3f Repeat Love-Quelette-Hasting), Laurent Fresneau trainer/driver/owner, 18/1 odds 2nd Blanco du Biwetz (3m Orlando Vici-Lio du Biwetz-Capriccio), Christophe Martens up at 3/2 3rd Black Blues (3m Sam Bourbon-Scarlet Lady-Kaisy Dream), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner at 3/1 The Prix de Pont-Audemer showcased European males on Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes for a 58,000 euro purse over the sprinter distance of 2100 meters autostart. The Peter J. Strooper trained Duke Of Greenwood prevailed for reinsman Hugo Langeweg, Jr. in 1.14kr in a front-stepping score. The German registered trotter increased his earnings to over 101,000 euro. Jos. Verbeeck was second with a son of Ready Cash named Alto de Viette that closed strongly for second at 20/1 ahead of Renoir Dany and Italy's Marco Smorgon, off at 15/1. Another Italian performer was fifth, that being the Infinitif colt Rue du Bac, he from Ici by Diamond Way. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Pont-Audemer, European males, 58,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters  1.14kr 1st Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg, Jr. up for trainer P.J. Strooper and owner Michel F. Rothengatter, his third win for 101,836 euro (Germany) 2nd Alto de Viette (4m Ready Cash-Mini Ceinture-Dahir de Prelong), Jos. Verbeeck up at 20/1 3rd Renoir Dany (4m Varenne-Nikita November-Viking Kronos), Marco Smorgon up at 15.1 (Italy) 4th Amazon du Floriange (4g Echo-Peoleta-Ganymede), Loic Guinoiseau up at 12/1 5th Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way), Eric Raffin up at 4/1, bred by Scuderia Bolgheri (Italy) European monte practitioners contested the 62,000 euro Prix de Dieppe over 2700 meters. Mathieu Abrivard prevailed with his partner, the seven year-old mare Tuanita d'Occagnes in 1.14.4kr. The mare recorded her fifth career win and increased earnings to over 227,000 euro. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Dieppe, European monte, 62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 16 starters 1.14.4kr 1st Tuanita d'Occagnes (7f Tenor de Baune-Juanita d'Occagnes-Quadrophenio), Mathieu Abrivard up at 7.2/1; her fifth career win for 227,740 euros lifetime 2nd Tsar de Houelle (7g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte-Granit), Franck Nivard up at 4.3/1 for trainer Franck Leblanc 3rd Surlando de Viette (8g Quadrophenio-Jolimira-Workaholic), Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier up at 37/1 Another European event, the 90,000 euro Prix de Mironde with 17 starters, went to the Franck Nivard teamed Vulcain de Vandel in 1.14.2kr over the classic 2700 meter distance. German invader Dream Magic BE was a good second for Josef Franzl at 35/1. He's by Dream Vacation from a Defi d'Aunou mare. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Mironde, European, 90,000 euro purse, 17 starters  1.14.2kr 1st Vulcain de Vandel (5m Jag de Bellouet-Ophelia de Vandel-Defi d'Aunou), Franck Nivard up at 2.2/1; his seventh career win for 179,550 euro 2nd Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla-Defi d'Aunou), Josef Franzl aboard the German invader at 35/1 3rd Vicomte Boufarcaux (5m Oh James-Olympe du Bouford-Eclat de la Crau), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 71/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

Pompano Beach, FL --- The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association, has announced the award winners for the 2013 harness racing season. They will be honored at the association’s 23rd annual Hall of Fame awards dinner on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Deerfield Beach. Elected to the chapter’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes special individuals who have been outstanding leaders within the industry for more than ten years and who have contributed to the betterment of the Standardbred Industry, are two longtime harness racing driver/trainers, Lucien Fontaine of Coconut Creek and Mark O’Mara of Parkland. Being inducted into the Communicators’ Corner of the Hall of Fame, which is presented to an outstanding individual who had devoted his or her print or broadcast career to promoting the harness racing industry goes to former Isle Pompano Park Marketing Director, Steven Wolf, of Coral Springs. Three horses will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for their outstanding racing and/or stallion/broodmare careers. They are former stakes and Invitational pacer, I’d Like To Win, Florida’s leading pacing stallion, Six Of Diamonds and the former world and track record holding trotter, Tweedle Dum. Winner of the Delvin G. Miller Award, which recognizes someone or an organization whose life in harness racing reflects dedication and integrity furthering the growth of the sport, goes to Jody Dancer of Pompano Beach, the wife of the late Hall of Famer, Stanley Dancer. The William Popfinger Award for developing an outstanding juvenile pacer goes to Tom Audley of Bell, a previous winner of this award. The Stanley Dancer Award, which recognizes achievements of a trainer who has been continuously outstanding in the development of trotters, goes for the second time to Kim Sears of Osteen. The Frances Dodge Van Lennep Award, which recognizes an outstanding female who has made great contributions to the sport, goes to Michele Hallett of Margate. Winner of the R.D. Ricketts Award, presented to an owner whose contributions to Florida racing have been outstanding, is Victoria Howard and her step-father, Peter Roccasano, of Boca Raton  and the winner of the Dana Irving Award for breeding excellent juvenile performers in 2013 is Laurie Poulin of Okeechobee. The Peter Haughton Award for the best newcomer to Pompano Park goes to transplanted Californian Ed Hensley, a leading reinsman at west coast venues, Hoosier Park and now in Florida. The Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award, presented annually to an outstanding individual who has always contributed positively to the sport, goes to Isle Pompano Park Vice President and General Manager Rob Wyre and the Florida USHWA Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Isle Pompano Park chef Joe Harvella. The annual Caretaker of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding individual who over his or her career has dedicated untiring time and efforts caring for the horses in the stable(s) they worked for. This year’s honoree will be announced shortly. In addition to the Florida USHWA chapter’s awards, presentations will also be made by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association to the owners of the top 2- and 3-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers from the 2013 season and the annual Breeder of the Year Award. The Florida Amateur Driving Club will also present their year-end awards. Tickets are $75 per person for the full course dinner that begins at 6:00 pm with a one-hour open bar with appetizers. Tables of ten are available. For more information, to purchase tickets, or place a congratulatory ad in the program book, please contact Rosie Huff at the Florida Standardbred Breeders Office at 954-972.5400, rhuff@myfsboa.com, or Steven Wolf at 954-654-3757, stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. From the Florida Chapter of USHWA

The precocious stars of the A generation have very much been in the limelight in recent weeks, with the first two Group Ones of the Winter Series, the Criterium des 3 Ans and Prix des Vincennes having been the headline acts of December's racing at Vincennes. But French racing gives all those with genuine talent a chance to shine, and some of the A-generation's later developers will front for the group III Prix de Croissanville (72,000 euros) over 2175m. This race has recently been where many of future stars of the track get their first get a taste of the big time, this year's renewal is one of two feature events on Thursday's card at the Temple du Trot. The richest horse of the U-generation Univers de Pan won this race in 2012 while Criterium des 5 Ans winners Roc Meslois (winner 2009) and the ill-fated Scoop d'Yvel (runner up 2010) are recent graduates of the race. The most likely in this group to go onto bigger things is Alcest du Goutier,the winner of six of just 12 starts since beginning his racing with a second in a 3YO race in Durtal, west of Paris in March last year. He then won three in a row for trainer Jacques Bruneau before a fourth in his first visit to Vincennes in May. After a 3 month break he resumed with a win in Vincennes which has elevated him to the lucrative intermediate ranks, and he gained his first win in the higher grades last time out on December 21, a performance which has seen him installed as an early favourite. Vying for early favouritism is Frank Anne's Atout du Lerre., who has won four of his first ten starts. Anne who is well known for his ability to win big races with young horses, has used a patient approach with the son of Oakwood du Closet). However being a gelding he is also not eligible for the Classiques, and so his appearances have been naturally restricted. Another interesting runner from one of the more prominent stables is Jean Etienne Dubois' American Eagle who was second in a 76,000 euro race in Vincennes three weeks ago. The son of Offshore Dream has won two of his 20 starts, with his last win in July in Cabourg. Dominique Lefaucheux' Amazar de Florange is another attracting early money, although he has only won once in his first 20 outings, but French handicappers would have been encouraged with his second placing behind Alceste du Goutier last time of asking. The co-featured event is the Group III Prix de Mauriac, a 78,000 euro race for 5YO mares over 2700m with Sylvain Rogers' Valse Mika being the early favourite. The daughter of NIky was a last start winner, her sixth victory in only 24 attempts early in her 5YO career. Vuelta de Lys has won two of her last four starts, including last time out in Vincennes at the end of December, and is also attracting a lot of early money. The daughter of Insert Gede has won four of her 15 starts for trainer Jean-Luc Bigeon. Master reinsman Jean Michel Bazire has also brought Vadapolina gradually through the grades in his usual fashion, and with a win two starts back, her fifth in 21 starts, handicappers have been quick to support her chances. The richest mare in the race is Daniel Delaroche's Via de Villeneuve has amassed earnings of 141,790 euros despite having only won one race in 31 attempts. PRIX DE CROISSANVILLE Vincennes  09/01/13 Group 3 2175 4 € 72 000 1 Arno de Bossens (4h One du Rib - Quaifa du Rib) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 2 Ambre Atout (4g Coktail Jet - Maya d'Atout) Dr: Pierre Belloche Tr: Pierre Belloche 3 Athos des Elfes (4h Ganymede - Lazio du Bourg) Dr: Joel Van Eeckhaute Tr: Joel Van Eeckhaute 4 Alpha Galbe (4h Nomade du Digeon - Nereide Galbe) Dr: Benoit Robin Tr: Laurent Leduc 5 Amazar de Florange (4h Echo - Paoleta) Dr Franck Nivard: Tr: Dominique Lefaucheux 6 Ajaccio de Bengale (4h Mentor du Goutier - Orange de Bengale) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 7 Arginio des Godins (4g Norginio - Oceane Fiere) Dr: Baptiste Masseguin Tr: Francisco Criado 8 Ambrogoal des Baux (4h Ouragan de Celland - Milady des Baux) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 American Eagle (4h Offshore Dream - Paradise's Key) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 10 Alceste du Goutier( 4h Quido du Goutier - Matsuyama) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Jacques Bruneau 11 Acteur de Larre (4h Paisy Dream - Qasidamika) Dr: Sylvain Roger Tr: Sylvain Roger 12 Atout du Lerre (4g Oakwood du Closet - Haquikmie) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne PRIX DE MAURIAC Vincennes  09/01/13 Group 3 2700m 5m 74,000 1 Vadapolina (4m Quaro - Miska des Rondes) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2 Vuelta du Lys (4m Insert Gede - Ivresse du Lys) Dr: William Bigeon Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 3 Vallee Secrete (4m Goetmals Wood - Libre Allure) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4 Vodka Lemon (4m Full Account - Pink Panther) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Julien Rosenzweig 5 Venus de Bailly (4m Chaillot - Oceane de Bailly) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Vanna Coletto (4m Lejacque d'Houlbec - Paloma du Donjon) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Eric Clouet 7 Vignia la Ravelle (4m Diamant Gede - Jirania la Ravelle) Dr: Eric Gilles Blot Tr: Eric Gilles Blot 8 Valse Mika (4m Niky - Ellamika) Dr: Sylvain Roger Tr: Sylvain Roger 9 Vigna Nobile (4m Goetmals Wood - Envieuse) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 10 Valeska Jet (4m Nuage de Lait - Ocarina Jet) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 11 Via de Villeneuve (4m Jet Fortuna - Akara) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Daniel Delaroche by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

Apprentice riders feature at Vincennes today in the Prix Yvonnix Bodin, a Group III monte worth 105,000 euros. For handicappers, the first four home in the Group II Prix Paul Buquet at the end of November will be at the forefront of their minds. Sebastien Guarato's Rubis Dairpet, who will be ridden by Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier, is the form horse and the early favourite for the race. Equally adept in the bike of the saddle, the son of Kaiser Sozer is a late developer from the super competitive R generation, who has won a very respectable 22 wins from 82 starts with 18 of them from coming since he turned six. In doing so he has earned 567,960 euros even though he is only just inside the top-20 of the French horses foaled in 2005, such is the money available throughout the entire careers of trotters in the Republique. But his last six races have been under saddle and he has won three of them including his first group II, the aforementioned Prix Paul Buquet. He followed that up with a second to Rapide du Digeon in the Group III Prix Auguste Francois a fortnight ago. Thierry Raffegeau's fellow R-generation journeyman has won half as many races in one more attempts, with them equally dispersed over his career. The gelded son of Urfist des Pres has nevertheless won just over half a million euros racing in a career which was spent mainly in the provinces until graduating to the lucrative intermediate classes at Vincennes as a seven-year-old. He will be ridden by Maxim Yvon. Jean Baptiste Bossuet 's Ratio Thieben, who will be ridden by daughter Beatrice, is yet another from the R-generation and a gelded son of Tenor de Baune was third in the Prix Paul Buquet, and is another who doesn't win out of turn with just 12 victories in 88 starts. But handicappers will probably have taken into account the fact that he figures frequently among the placegetters (two thirds in his last four starts). A third of his wins occured this time last year, when he had four wins in five starts - two at Vincennes. But perhaps the horse to take note of is the ride of Mathieu Daougabel, Torre Crepin, who has just completed his first season as an aged horse and looks like a horse on the rise. A monte specialist, the six-year-old gelded son of Capriccio won the group III Prix de l'Ile d'Oleron four starts back and has been fourth in his three starts since, all in good company. The fourth horse, who is figuring in the early markets is yet another eight-year-old, Ryswick d'Avril a gelded son of Carpe Diem who is from the barn of Patrice Lebouteiller . He was a last start winner and has two wins in his last four starts and will be ridden by Madamoiselle Marion Lemonnier. PRIX YVONNICK BODIN Vincennes  29/12/13 Group 3 monte, apprentices €105,000 1 Rescousse de Barb (8m L'As de Viretaute - Gaie Melodie) Rd: Justin Cerisier Tr: Guillaume Moinon 2700 2 Saphir du Cebe (7g Kepler - Irma Saint Jean) Rd: Marie Bacsich Tr: Franck Leblanc 2700 3 Sylvie de Betan (7m Ludo de Castelle - Kiss Me de Betan) Rd: Anthony Tintillier Tr: David Haon 2700 4 Saphir de Morge (7h Guenor - Folie de Morge) Rd: Cedric Terry Tr: Franck Terry 2700 5 Poeme des Dombes (10h Gazouillis - Une Ardechoise) Rd: Elisabeth Allaire Tr: Hein Van Den Hende 2700 6 Ryswick d'Avril (8g Carpe Diem - La Grandcopaise) Rd: Marion Lemonnier Tr: Patrice Lebouteiller 2700 7 Sakura Jiel (7m Buvetier d'Aunou - Milady Jiel) Rd: Guillaume Martin Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 2700 8 Raison Jenilou (8g Hermes de Pericard - Jolly Jenil) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron 2700 9 Petit Javanais (10h Diamant Gede - Grande Java) Rd: Xavier Bonnefoux Tr: Gregoire Houel 2700 10 Ratio Thieben (8g Tenor de Baune - In Brasilia) Rd: Beatrice Bossuet Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet 2700 11 Torre Crepin (6g Capriccio - Lanaka) Rd: Mathieu Daougabel Tr: Bruno Marie 2700 12 Twist des Caillons (6h Jam Pridem - Heyra des Caillons ) Rd: Laura Gautherot Tr: Hubert Hardy 2700 13 Sogo (7g Baccarat du Pont - Govive ) Rd: Charlene Rochefort Tr: Franck Leblanc 2700 14 Rapide du Digeon (8g Urfist des Pres - Gerveine Barbes) Rd: Maxime Yvon Tr: Thierry Raffegeau 2700 15 Rubis Dairpet (8g Kaiser Soze - Betty de la Noe) Rd: Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2700   by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

Today's excellent Paris-Vincennes card was headlined by two Gr. II events. The Prix Une de Mai for juvenile fillies (Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters). The race went to 9/1 upsetter Billie de Montfort (2f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) in 1.13.7kr for Eric Raffin. The Sebastian Guarato trained, Philippe Dauphin owned filly remained undefeated in five starts, now with earnings of 97,200 euro. She closed stoutly to get by 2/1 favorite Be My Girl (2f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream) handled by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner G. Poulsen-Allaire. This one now has five scores in six starts for 151,950 euro. Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane-Korean) was third for Franck Nivard ahead of Bassanc de Marlu (2f Sam Bourbon-Jessie de Vonnas-Podosis) reined by her owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Dubois has recorded 35 wins in 129 starts since May 1st including four graded wins (he has been 69 times 1-2-3). The Prix de Damville (Q+ race of the day, 70,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters) was up next as the Quinte+ jackpot was 1.5 million euro today. Valse Mika (4f Niky-Ellamika-Malouin) won this event in 1.14.6kr for Sylvain Roger (trainer/driver) with a strong closing brush for the filly owned by Ecurie La Petteviniere. Her earnings increased to 133,350 euro with this her sixth career win. Victoria du Jouan (4f Insert Gede-Jirondelle-Coktail Jet) held second for Wm. Bigeon and third went to Vega du Noyer (4f Kiwi-Mansourah-Dream With Me). The prestigious Prix Jules Lemonnier (120,000 euro purse, International Gr. II UET Masters Series, monte, 2175 meters, 14 starters) included big-time career winners and perhaps showcased those that may contest the Prix de Cornulier a week prior to the 2014 Prix d'Amerique. Today 15/1 Save The Quick (7f Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchesse-Blue Dream) gained attention as she scored in a quick 1.11.5kr for Mathieu Mottier, in the irons for conditioner Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Quick Star. The splits were fast in this event (1.09.2kr at the 1500, 1.10.4kr at the 1000 and 1.11.6kr at the 500) before they sprinted home. Her career earnings are now 1,557,474 euro with this her 13th lifetime win. 5/1 Singalo (7m Goetmals Wood-Ingala-Buvetier d'Aunou) raced well and held second for David Thomain. Louis Baudron owns and trains Singalo, last years' Prix de Cornulier winner, and a career winner of over 1.1 million euro. 3/1 Quarry Bay (9f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarelle-Fakir du Vivier) also battled throughout and gained third along the pylons for Ms. Camille Levesque. Mike Lenders trains Quarry Bay for Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Veteran Paladin Bleu (10m Jag de Bellouet- Una Picolina-Ianthin) was fourth for Ms. Margot Groli ahead of 2/1 favorite Roxane Griff (8f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancha Panca)with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. She's a career winner of over 1.7 million euro but today appeared to be disinterested in the challenge until the very late going. The Prix de Strasbourg (80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters) was up next and Quartz de Fleurier (9g Hooper-Urzeile-Jorky) proved the best at 27/1 for P-Y Verva. He scored in 1.15kr for his 15th lifetime win. Pedro Vici (10g Hulk des Champs-Eau de Loir-Lutin d'Isigny) was home second for Wm. Bigeon ahead of Starter du Rib (7g Ganymede-Jiviger-Sancho Panca) and J.L.C. Dersoir. He's owned by Ecurie Rib and conditioned by Joel Hallais, a leading monte trainer. The Prix de Brive-La-Gaillarde (54,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters on the petit piste) showcased three year old males and 3/1 odds Akeste du Goutier (3m Quido du Goutier-Matsayama-Sebrazac) took the easy victory (his sixth career score) for Matthieu Abrivard. Amazar de Florange (3m Echo-Pauleta-Ganymede) secured second for Franck Nivard ahead of As Dore (3m Coktail Jet-Dragee d'Or-Passionnant) handled by Dominik Locqueneux. Note that the two graded events on today's card were won by offspring of Jasmin de Flore (1997 foal by Vivier de Montfort-Etoile du Pasteret-Mon Tourbillon). He won the Prix Jacques Vauloge, Criterium des 4ans, Prix de Milan, Prix de Selection and Criterium des 5ans during a successful career on the racetrack. His close-in pedigree shows no standardbred bloodlines, an 83% French trotter mix and 4% inbreeding coefficient. Tomorrow the 240,000 euro purse Criterium Continental headlines the Paris-Vincennes card. Louis Baudron's Village Mystic may be the favorite in what promises to be a competitive affair (18 starters) over 2100 meters. 1. Princess Grif (F.Nivard) 2. Village Mystic (L.Baudron) 3. Vanika du Ruel (F.Anne) 4. Victoire (M.Mottier) 5. Pascia' Lest (E.Bellei) 6. Voltigeur de Myrt (D.Loqueneux ) 7. Vera Pierji (T.Duvaldestin) 8. Vaux le Vicomte (J.M.Bazire) 9. Dreams Take Me (J.Takter) 10. Porthos Amok (E.Raffin) 11. Indigious (E.Adielsson) 12. Votka Bleu (A.Barrier) 13. Voyage de Reve (J.Dubois) 14. Volcan d'Urzy (J.Ph.Dubois) 15. Viking de Val (E.Lambertz) 16. System Performance( F.Ouvrie) 17. Vigove (P.Vercruysse) 18. Viva Island (J.P.Dubois) by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

BLACKY the horse had a starring role in the funeral of his doting owner Beverly McDonnell in England. Bev, who had a lifelong passion for horses, requested that her beloved horse play a key part in her funeral, which was held at Poole Crematorium on Saturday, November 9. Family and friends were urged to dress up in their party clothes and bring a carrot for Blacky. Bev, of Avon Run Road, will be remembered for her “bubbly, strong and inspirational” personality, who was determined to stay positive and give hope to others. An accomplished rider and trainer, the 32-year-old was devastated when doctors advised her to give up horse riding because of the strain it would place on her bones. But she bought and decorated a carriage and started offering horse-drawn carriage rides along the beach to raise money for charity. And she also managed to compete in this year’s New Forest Show, coming sixth in a strong field, and travelled to Birmingham for the Horse of the Year Show just a fortnight before she passed away. (reprinted with permission by the Daily Echo at www.bournemouthecho.co.uk)

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