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The 4.6/1 odds Doctuer d’Erable (7g Ganymede-Rue d’Erable) took today’s Prix du Roussillon at Enghien-Soisy (purse 44,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 14 starters) clocked in 1.13.6kr with David Thomain at the lines.  J.P. Thoman trains this one for Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. The winner scored for the sixth time in 27 starts. 13/1 Divine de Navary (7f Memphis du Rib) took second for Alexandre Abrivard and third was 102/1 outsider Dreamer des Chenu (7g Timoko). The even money favorite Goofy Greenwood was fourth and 109/1 Panoramic was fifth. Docteur d’Erable Yesterday at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Paul Delanoe (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, monte, 2850 meters) went to 1.12.5kr timed Boss de Meuluc (9g Lucky Blue-Rafale di Meleuc) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for owner/trainer Y.A. Briand. This was his 21st career victory that increased his career earnings to 855,600€. The 5.3/1 CabanErable Prior (8g Sancho Panca-Fita Prior) was a good second for jockey Aurelien Desmarres and owner/trainer Sylvain Demarres. Third was the 3/2 favorite Etoile de Bruyere (6f Kenor de Cosse) for Adrian Lamy and trainer Charles Dreux. Boss de Meuluc LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

March 13, 2020 - The 5/2 odds Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeanesse d’Oree) took the Enghien harness racing featured Prix de Pierrefitte sur Seine (purse 58,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European) clocked in 1.13kr with Bryan Coppens at the lines. He began from post 14 and was at the back until a huge move to engage the leader and then gain the lead. He won for the seventh time in France for trainer Pierre Vercruysse and owner Jan Lyng, and he now has career earnings of 293,241€. Divine Mesloise (7f The Beat Madrik) was a game second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Pierre Belloche. Third was Datcha (7f The Best Madrik) for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanul Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s fine Enghien program included the Prix de Geneve (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2875 meters, 11 European starters, four-year olds) that went to 1.13.2kr timed and 1.8/1 odds Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. It was his seventh career victory in 24 starts now for 305,790€ earned. 11/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) rallied for second with Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. 1.8/1 co-favorite Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove) took third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Next up was the day’s Quinte+ race of the day, the Prix du Port de L’Alma (purse 51,000€, 2150 meters, 15 starters). The 1.12.9kr timed victory went to 4.7/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet-Glamour d’Haufor) with Charles J. Bigeon up for breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. It was the winner’s 10th career win in 46 starts now for 248,570€ in life earnings. The 1.9/1 favorite Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) held second for Eric Raffin and third was 44/1 Bel Air (8g Ganymede) handed by P-Y Verva. 12/1 Aron The Baron and 60/1 Panoramic completed the top five and it set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 128,673€ to three winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 2,982,881€ and over 6,608,881€ wagered on the race. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (purse 130,000€, 2875 meters, International UET Masters Series) saw 27/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) score from the pocket with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer J-M Bazire. Race time was 1.12.9kr as the winner scored for the 10th time in 18 starts in France. His career earnings are now 489,654. The stablemate and 4/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) held second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule. 62/1 Cash Gamble (6m Ready Cash-No Way Back) took third for Eric Raffin, ahead of 22/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) and pilot Franck Nivard. Fast class five-year olds contested the Prix de la Porte de Versailles (purse 59,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 10 starters) with victory to 1.8/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop for Germany owner Mme. M. Jauss, his fourth win in France in 11 starts, now for life earnings of 232,282€. Race time was 1.13.3kr. The 2.1/1 Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was placed second with J-M Bazire the trainer/driver. Classic Connection was second and a dq due to a miscue on the line. 18/1 Broadwell (5m Conway Hall-Boria) was placed third with Robin Bakker the pilot. Placed fourth was 28/1 Vanity Luis (5f Ideale Luis) handled by Eric Raffin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The well-regarded and 7/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) held on for Eric Raffin to win today’s Enghien featured Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse 70,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 12 starters). Race time was 1.11.3kr (mile 1:54.66). Jean Pierre Guay bred the winner that Philippe Allaire owns and trains. Gotland now shows nine career wins in 11 starts for 345,100€ in life earnings. The 40/1 Alcide Roc (3m Daguet Rapide-Inga Allmar) was a fast closing second driven by Fili[ppo Rocca for trainer Fausto Barelli and Scuderia Sant Eusebio SNC. Third home was 7.3/1 General du Parc (3m LeJacque d’houlbec) that Alexandre Abrivard teamed for trainer Frederic Prat,. This one battled the winner until giving was late in the lane. Replay: by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

July 27, 2019 - Today’s Enghien-Soisy featured Prix de Washington (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 9/10 favorite Bel Avis (8g Gamymede-Gloria Maris) get up late for the 1.10kr timed victory with harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines. He scored for the 21st time in 58 career starts and the win raised his career earnings to 1,037,663€. New Blue 1 LLC (USA) owns the winner that was bred by Comte de Bellaigue. 12/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) was a head back second for Franck Nivard, owner Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and trainer Philippe Billard, 6.9/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) gamely set the pace for Gabriele Gelormini and held third . 2.3/1 Dijon (6m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) was a disappointing pocket sitting fourth for Romain Derieux and fifth was 15/1 Valko Jenilat (10m Kepler) with Paul Philippe Ploquin up. The fractions were well rated (1.09.9kr with 1000 meters remaining; 1.11.2kr at the 500). Bel Avis The Gr. III Prix de Milan (purse 80,000€, 2150 meters autostart, nine starters) was also on the card as secondary feature.  Victory went to the 9/1 odds Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) timed in 1.11.3kr for a three-length victory. Eric Raffin was the pilot for trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. Feliciano won for the sixth time in 23 career starts now for 269,790€ earned. 4.8/1 Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash) chased for second and the 4/5 favorite Mister F Daag (4m Conway Hall-Miss Love) was third for Robin Bakker. 6.2/1 IDS Boko and 25/1 Florida Sport completed the top five. Feliciano Three year old fillies began the day’s action in the Prix de la Porte Pouchet (purse 53,000€, 2875 meters, nine starters) and the 1.16.6kr clocked winner was 7/10 favorite Galaxie du Goutier (3f Kaisy Dream-Idole de Tugeras) handled by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin for Ecurie Saint Martin. This filly won for the fifth time in nine career starts. 10/1 Gesira (3f Baccarfat de Simm) was second and 9/1 Gazelle du Corta (3f Love You) was third. Galaxie du Goutier Three year old males contested the Prix de Roule (purse 53,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters) with victory to the 6.6/1odds Golfe Juan (3m Kam Pridem) that scored for the third time in eight outings for pilot Yoann Lebourgeois. 3/2 favorite Good Friday (4m Village Mystic-Maflymede) held second after a courageous journey for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Luc Roelens. Thiurd was 23/1 General Sport (3g Kaisy Dream) for M.X. Mestre Suner. Race time was 1.16.6kr. Golfe Juan The day’s e-Q+ was the Prix Dominique Savary (purse 51,000€, 2150 meters, 14 starters) that saw a contested finish led by 6.3/1 Coalinga City (7f Coktail Jet-Mamaora) reined to the 1.12.3kr score by Franck Nivard for trainer Francois Senet. The now seven-time winner is 64 appearances defeated 2.1/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet) and Ch. J. Bigeon and 9/1 Brandeis Jet (8m Coktail Jet-Qasida Jet) with Pierre Vercruysse up. 22/1 Bois de Bosnet and 10/1 Ballais d’Ourvfo completed the exact order top five that paid 4,597.40€. Coalinga City   Best Of Bourbon Wins Prix de Bunny Sur Loire Enghien-Soisy’s Prix de Bunny Sur Loire (monte, purse 49,000€m 2875 meters, 12 starters) was the Thursday featured event this evening and monte specialist Best Of Bourbon (8g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon) won again for Mlle. Mathilde Cullet at 1.4/1 odds. As usual Mlle. Collet went right to the front and never looked back in the 1.14kr timed journey. This Vincent Jarry trained, and Ecurie Nice Nasach owned, performer won for the 11th time in 55 career starts, now for 175,540€ earned. SARL Haras Saint Martin bred the winner that defeated 8.4/1 Diktat du Start (6g Quaker Jet) handled by Matthieu Abrivard and 3.2/1 Delta Fac (6g Tucson) piloted by Franck Nivard. Best of Bourbon For a video replay click on this link.    Thomas H. Hicks  

July 24, 2019 - Harness racing trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse took three victories at Enghien this day including the Quinte+ race of the day and the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin. The Q+ Prix de Picpus (purse 38,000€, 2875 meters, 14 starters) began the streak with victory to 2.9/1 Funky Jet (4m Sam Bourbon-Pine Apple Jet) clocked in 1.14.8kr with trainer Vercruysse at the lines for Ecurie Augustin-Normand. This Jean Etienne Dubois bred trotter now has three wins in three 2019 starts and he is six for seven for the career. His life earnings are now 76,050€. 62/1 Futur du Chene (4g Milord du Chene) was second ahead of 22/1 Franklin Park (4g Prince Gede). 32/1 Fynio du Pommereux (4g Timoko) and 32/1 Falco Somolli (4m Tropic Jet) completed the top five and set up a Q+ payoff of 78,501.80€ to six winning 2€ tickets. The Q+ pool was 2,669,498€ and the handle on the race from all wagers exceeded 5,677,000€. Funky Jet Vercruysse was back shortly for a victory with 3.3/1 Crazy Charm (7g Prodigious-Know How) timed in 1.13.5kr in the Prix du Medoc (purse 58,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters). This one is also owned by Ecurie Augustin-Normand and was bred by Jean Philippe Dubois. He now has 14 career wins in 40 starts for 204,970€ earned. 21/1 Gross Weight (8g Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) took second for Clement Duvaldestin and third went to 3.4/1 All Feeling (9m Otello Pierji) for pilot Eric Raffin. Crazy Charm The day’s feature race was the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin (purse 80,000€, 2875 meters, eight starters) and the 7/10 favorite Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) scored timed in 1.12.9kr for trainer/driver Vercruysse. It was the winner’s second straight victory and he is now a nine-time winner in 25 starts good for 427,775€. Ecurie des As owns Drole de Jet that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. 2/1 Etonnant (5m Timoko-Migraine) was second with Bjorn Goop teaming for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. 10/1 Dascalia (6f Norginio) took third with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Alphonse Vanderghen. Drole de Jet   Thomas H. Hicks     Thomas H. Hicks  

July 20, 2019 - Today’s harness racing card at Enghien was a good one showcasing the Quinte+ race of the day and two groupe events. First was the Q+ Prix Pte Montmartre (purse 58,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and 15/1 Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal) scored timed in 1.13.5kr. Eric Raffin teamed the winner for Stall Panamera Racing and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. The winner now has life earnings of 227,600€. 4/1 Bamour (8g Gazouillis) took second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. 5/2 odds Calvin Borel (9g Super Photo Kosmos)  was third for Marc Elias teaming for owner/trainer Conrad Lugauer. 15/1 Vastertbo Grobois and 59/1 Uncertain Age completed the top five leading to a Q+ exact order payoff of 56,504.40€ for six winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 2,427,144€ and the total wagered on the race was 6,389,000€. The Gr. III Prix de Rome (purse 70,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European starters) produced an upset 28/1 victory for In Your Dreams (3f Donato Hanover-Iron Lady-Taurus Dream) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Bruni Racing Team AM. Her slate is now 2-2-2 in 12 appearances in France for Boireau and in Sweden for Jerry Riordan. In Your Dreams The victory today raised her life earnings to 73,089€. The filly was registered in Denmark and bred by Jean Pierre Dubois from the North American stakes winning Iron Lady. This day she defeated 9/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Phillipe Allaire that entered this race with eight wins in nine career starts. 11/1 General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec) took third for Alexandre Abrivard and 24/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker) was fourth for trainer Allaire and pilot J. Ph. Monclin. In Your Dreams Pedigree Today’s Enghien featured Gr. II Prix Buenos Aires (purse 100,000€, 4150 meters, 12 International starters) went to the very impressive Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) reined by Jean Michel Bazire to the 1.15.5kr timed victory, his 26th in 41 career starts. This 2/5 favorite increased his life earnings to 910,970€. Bazire trains the winner for Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule and Cleangame may be the next Aubrion du Gers for the Bazire team. 9/1 Ceranzo Turbo (7m Ganymede) was second for Franck Nivard and 39/1 Baladin Hongrois (8g Bon Conseil) took third for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. 25/1 Colorado Blue and 13/1 Vertige de Chenu completed the top five to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 13, 2019 - A great harness racing day this was at Enghien with the Q+ and two competitive G.III events on the menu. The action began with the Quinte+ Prix du Palais de Chaillot (purse 58,000€, 2875 meters distance handicap) and even-money favorite Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz) delighted the crowd with his Alexandre Abrivard teamed victory. This J-M Bazire trainee, a career winner 11 times in 33 starts for 226,230€ earned, was clocked in 1.12.9kr as he defeated 4.3/1 Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) and pilot Eric Raffin, with third to 10/1 Doum Jenikou (6g Rancho Gede). 9/1 Baladin Hongrois and 17/1 Belardo completed the top five leading to a short Q+ payoff of 160.40€ to 9,680 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 4,323,741€ and over 8,686,000€ was wagered on the race. Defi de Retz The day’s featured Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles (purse 80,000€, 2150 meters autostart, nine starters) went to 1.11.2kr timed and 12/1 odds Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet), a short nose winner for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie des As. The winner scored his eighth career win in 24 starts now for 391,775€ in life earnings. The 4/5 favorite Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers) was second handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire for owner J.M. Rancoule. 9/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede) closed quickly for third handled by Franck Nivard. 8.9/1 Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici) was fourth for Rudi Haller, ahead of 2.3/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne) and pilot Eric Raffin. This was a superb contest with several lead changes and a stirring finish in deep stretch. Drole de Jet    The Gr. III Prix du Louvre (purse 74,000€, 2875 meters, European eligible) saw 4.8/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) score timed in 1.15.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard up. Laurent Claude Abrivard bred, trains and owns the seven-time career winner in 32 starts that now has life earnings of 305,160€. 2.1/1 Tsunami Diamant (5m Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip) was second for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 26/1 Electra Jet (5m Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) closed for third reined by trainer Pierre Vercruysse for owner Ecurie des AS. 2 .6/1 El Villagio and 9/1 Elena de Piencourt completed the top five. Excellent Another interesting race had an unusual ending, The Prix de Villiers (purse 43,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European eligible) saw 9/1 Very Impressive (4m SJs Caviar-Verify) declared the winner on the late dq of front trotting Hooters USA. The placed winner was teamed by Eric Raffin for trainer C.F. Kamminga and owner Ecurie Hodij Coatings. It was his first win in FR and he now has life earnings of 100,526€. The 19/1 outsider Fredo Griff (4m Love You) was placed second for Mathieu Mottier and 9/1 Innovation Love (4g Love You) was placed third with Robin Bakker up. Norton Commander, the 2/5 favorite, was also a dq. Race time was 1.12.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 6, 2019 - The 9/10 favorite Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) continued his improvement as this full-brother to Traders scored in today’s Enghien harness racing featured Quinte+ Prix de la Manche (purse 80,000€, 2875 meters, 14 European starters) clocked in 1.13.2kr. Pierre Vercruysse teamed the Luc Roelens trainee that is owned by JPB Building BVBA, to his fifth career win in 28 starts in France. His slate for the last eight starts is an impressive 4-3-1 and his life earnings have reached 332,446€. 5.2/1 Cerenzo Turbo (7m Ganymede) was second for Franck Nivard, with 15/1 Colorado Blue (7g Que Je T’Aime) third with Francois Lagadeuc the pilot. 12/1 Bachar and 10/1 Cocktail Julino completed the top five finishers. The Q+ exact order payoff was 744.00€ to 1405 recipients. The Q+ pool was 3,996,436 and 8,547,000€ was wagered on this race. On the undercard was the Gr. III Prix de Berlin (purse 70,000€, 2875 meters, 13 European starters) and 28/1 Godfather (3m Village Mystic-Horsaca) scored a narrow victory with trainer Louis Baudron teaming for owner Mauricette De Sousa. The winner recorded his third win in 13 career starts. Godfather 78/1 Guerner Royal (3m Very Nice Marceaux) and 12/1 Grand Art (3m Prodigious) completed the top three as the 9/10 favorite Aramis Bar was a dq. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 29, 2019 - Today’s Enghien harness racing action featured the Quinte+ Prix du Roussillon (purse 48,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 15 European starters). Conrad Lugauer was back in the winner’s circle with his trainee winner, 28/1 Calvin Borel (9g Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Furan), a horse he also owns, timed in 1.12.4kr. Lugauer won yesterday at Vincennes with Norton Commander. Calvin Borel now has life earnings of 249,476€. 3/1 Calou Renardiere (7g Lets Go Along) took second for Eric Raffin and 7.4/1 Crescendis (7f Querido de Blary) was home third with J.F. Senet the trainer/driver. 21/1 Vasterbo Grosbois and 18/1 Beloit Royal completed the top five. That set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 74,782.40€ for seven winning 2€ ticket holders. The Q+ pool today was 3,848,175€ and the total wagered on the race exceeded 8,172,000€. On the card was also the Prix de l’Observatoire (purse 52,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters) that drew a fine field. The quick timed 1.10.9kr winner was 2.8/1 Violetto Jet (5m From Above-Nocciolara Jet) with Franck Nivard the pilot for trainer Philippe Billard. Violetto Jet The 23,400€ first money improved the winner’s career earnings to 141,492€. The 1.6/1 favorite Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was second with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. 10/1 Docteur d’Erable (6g Ganymede) was third for David Thomain ahead of 3.6/1 Hambo Transs R (5g Love You) and 19/1 Ursa Caf (6m Toss Out). Thomas H. Hicks  

June 15, 2019 - Best Of Bourbon (8g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon) took the Enghien monte featured Prix de la Place Belard (purse 48,000€, 2875 meters distance handicap, 13 monte starters) with another start to finish harness racing score timed in 1.13.5kr (1:58.26 mile rate). Melle Mathilde Collet was the jockey for trainer Vincent Jarry and Ecurie Nice Nasach. He won for the 10th time in a 53 race career to increase life earnings to 153,290€. Off as the 1.6/1 favorite Best Of Bourbon bested 3.6/1 Atout du Hainaut (9g Gazouillis) with Eric Raffin in the irons and 5/1 Barack (8g Ludo de Castelle) with Alexandre Abrivard up. 19/1 Bettina de Tillard and 10/1 Byrh Gede completed the top five in this 1.79 mile event. Best Of Bourbon Thomas H. Hicks  

June 15, 2019 - Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) rallied off cover for Jean Philippe Dubois to win today’s Enghien featured Prix New York (purse 75,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 14 European starters), the harness racing Quinte+ race of the day. Yves Boireau trains the winner for owner/breeder Jean Pierre Dubois as 12/1 Classic Connection won for the third time in 16 starts in France to raise his career earnings to 210,620€. His dam was an exceptional Grand Circuit winner in the US, Race time today was 1.10.9kr off steady fractions. Classic Connection was away from post 12 and secured a pegs position third before moving to the second tier with cover. He surged to a third tier position at top of stretch, gained and held advantage to the line. 6.4/1 Clarck Sotho (7g Oiseau de Feux) held third for Guillaume Martin. 9/1 Cicero Noa and 7.9/1 Viking d’Hermes completed the top five and set up a Quinte+ exact order payoff of 22,097.20€ that 29 winning ticketholders enjoyed. The Q+ pool was 4,100,259€ and the total pools for the Prix New York exceeded 8,802,000€. Classic Connection The undercard’s Prix de la Porte de la Plaine (purse 56,000€, 2875 meters, 16 European starters) was a competitive affair that went to 2.8/1 Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) timed in 1.13.2kr and reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Yves Desmet and owner Ecurie DSM Trotting. He won for the first time in France and increased his career earnings to 84,390€. The 3.7/1 odds City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) took second with Pierre Vercruysse the pilot for trainer Erwin Bot and owner Gerrits Recycling BV. This brother to Classic Connection has recorded five wins in his last seven starts including today. 3.2/1 Emilion (4m Sam Bourbon-Emily de Jesolo) was third for Michael Nimczyk. Lover Boy Thomas H. Hicks  

The 5/10 favorite Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) took today’s Quinte+Prix de L’Oblisque (purse 64,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 14 starters) timed in 1.12.6kr and reined by harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire for Ecurie des Charmes. The 13 time winner in 55 career starts won his second straight and increased his life earnings to 371,950€. The 10/1 Class de Loriol (7f Ready Cash) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, ahead of 39/1 Valfleury (10g Memphis du Rib) driven by Clement Duvaldestin. 12/1 Tinamo Jet and 4.2/1 Nancy America completed the top five and that set up an 871.40€ payoff for 982 winning 2€ ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,963,000€ and the total of all wagering pools on the Q+ race exceeded 8,265,000€ The Prix du Rhone (purse 63,000€, 2150 meters autostart) produced and unexpected result when 2.3/1 Dostoievski and rival 3.3/1 Exit Money crossed the wire first and were both disqualified. Diademe Atout wins on double dq--LeTrot photo That created a victory for 41/1 Diademe Atout (6m Timoko-La Lagune) handled by Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens and Ecurie Olmenhof, the owner. Race time was 1.12.8kr. 13/1 Digne et Droit (6m The Best Madrik) was placed second with Tony LeBeller aboard and placed third was 11/1 Coumba Kuky (7f Matador de Vrie) handled by her trainer Gabriel Angel Pou Pou.   Thomas H. Hicks

April 20, 2019 - The day’s initial groupe test at Enghien-Soisy was the harness racing Quite+ Gr. II Prix Casino Barriere (purse 100,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters, all four year old mares). The 9/10 favorite Freja du Pont (4f Quinoa du Gers-Parade du Pont) scored for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire, her ninth career victory in 15 outings. Race time was 1.16kr off slow fractions. This began a great day for Bazire and increased this winner’s career earnings to 199,650€ for owner Albert Rayon. Celine Bazire bred Freyja du Pont. 11/1 Fanina des Racques (4f Ready Cash) was second with Eric Raffin teaming for owner/trainer Alexandre Buisson. 11/1 Fend la Bise (4f Prince Gede) was third with trainer Franck Anne driving. 15/1 Ferreteria and 107/1 Flore de Janeiro were next to the line. The Q+ payoff for a 2€ was 5,542.60€ paid to 169 winning tickets. The Quinte+ pool was 4,189,036€ and the total of all wagering pools on the Q race exceeded 8,562,000€. Freyja du Pont The day’s featured event was the Gr. I International UET Masters Series Prix de l’Atlantique (purse 170,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 11 at the start after scratching of Bold Eagle). Starting from post 12, the 2.1/1 second wagering choice Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) was just that for pilot and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. The Norwegian invader, owned by Kolbjoern O. Selmer, now has three wins in 10 starts in France and increased his life earnings to 500,082€. Race time was 1.10.6kr off honest fractions (1.12.1kr at 1000 meters to go; 1.10.9kr at the 500) set by 2/1 favorite pacesetter Dijon that ended sixth for Romain Derieux. Bazire was away mid-pack with Looking Superb before a three wide surge to the leaders. It was from then no contest. 3.9/1 Uza Josselyn (8f Love You-Tea Josselyn) vacated the Dijon pocket to be second with Gabriele Gelormini driving for trainer Rene Aebischer. Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede) took third with Franck Nivard up, ahead of 38/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore) and 96/1 Valko Jenilat (10m Kepler). Then it was Dijon and 56/1 Cash Gamble earning the last checks. Looking Superb The Bazire team was back in action in the Prix de la Ville d’Enghien (purse 56,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 12 European fast-class trotteurs). The 4.6/1 Bazire trainee Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) scored timed in 1.11.4kr with Alexandre Abrivard aboard. The Norwegian owned campaigner won for the eighth time in 13 starts in France and now has life earnings of 335,264€. The Bazire trained Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) was placed second and had Eric Raffin at the lines. The 7/2 Prix d’Amerique starter Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici) was placed third for teamster Rudi Haller when placed fourth 6.8/1 Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood) was set back two positions. Nicolas Bazire teamed this JMB trainee. Finishing fifth was 33/1 Usain Henna (9m Super Light) with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. Valokaja Hindo The prestigious Gr. II Prix de la Ville de St. Gratien (purse 100,000€, 285 meters, 12 starters four year old males) was next and, as expected, the 3/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) prevailed but not after a long battle to gain command in the lane. Bjorn Goop teamed this Sebastien Guarato trainee for Scuderia Bivans Srl, as he recorded career win 13 in 15 starts, now for 577,150€ earned. Race time was 1.13.5kr, impressive because the pace was slow and Face Time came from sixth on the outer at the halfway point (fractions 1.16.2kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.14.6kr at the 1000 and 1.14.3kr with 500 meters remaining). 4.9/1 odds Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove) was second for pilot Franck Nivard and third was 43/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) for Francois Lagadeuc. Face Time Bourbon The Prix de l’Argone (purse 63,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 15 European starters) completed the fast-class action today and it went to 4.3/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash-Divann) for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Ceke Farm BVBA. Off at 4.3/1 odds, the winner scored in 1.12.6kr to increase his career earnings to 208,732€. He was impressive in defeating 5.6/1 Broadwell (5m Conway Hall-Boria) handled by Robin Bakker for trainer Erwin Bot and third finishing 6.8/1 Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) that is trained by Jean-Michel Bazire and was reined today by Alexandre Abrivard. Alcoy   Thomas H. Hicks  

April 18, 2019 - Thursday’s Enghien-Soisy harness racing action was led by the Prix de Boulogne (purse 39,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 11 starters) and it was led by the 15/1 outsider Dream The Best (6g Rodrigo Jet-Tania Trinite) with Benoit Rouer aboard for owner/trainer Philippe Rouer. The now six time career winner has increased earnings of 122,860€. 32/1 Diavolo Criscani (6m Nahar de Beval) was second for Christopher Corbineau and third went to 25/1 Dear Money (6g The Best Madrik) handled by trainer Dominik Locqueneux for Ecurie des Charmes. Dream The Best On the same card at Enghien was the Prix de l’Elysee (monte, apprentice jockeys, purse 36,000€, 2875 meters distance handicapped, 13 starters) and the 4.1/1 Best Of Bourbon (8g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon) was a ten-length plus winner for jockey Mlle. Mathilde Collet timed in 1.13.6kr (mile rate 1:58.42 over the one and three quarter mile plus distance). The now eight time winner increased his career earnings to 107,790€. Vincent Jarry trains the winner for Ecurie Nice Nasach. 2.1/1 Dax Gede (6g Saxo de Vandel) was second for Mlle. Emeline Desmigneux and 24/1 Corado des Cambres (7g Quirky Jet) was a very distant third for Mlle. Ludivine Drapier. Best Of Bourbon Replay: The day before at Chartres was the Prix PMU le Triangle A Mainvilliers (purse 15,000€, 2800 meters, 13 three year old starters). The legendary Jean Pierre Dubois teamed even-money favorite Ginger Up (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) to game victory, his first in two career starts following a second place initial outing. He raced in the second tier throughout, advancing from fourth at the halfway point, to the victory that increased his life earnings to 11,000€. 39/1 Groom Nancy (3m Un Mec d’Heripre) was second for trainer/driver Jerome Roullard. Third was 8.5/1 Grizman (3m Jag de Bellouet) for owner/breeder/trainer and pilot Christophe Gallier. Ginger Up At Wolvega was the Prix Van Mossel Autolease (purse 6,600€, 2600 meters, eight starters) with victory to Napa Valley (7g In Dix Huit-Nadja) reined by Mme. Hanna Huygens for trainer Cees F. Kamminga, and owner Tim Osterhof. The win increased career earnings to 169,676€ for this GER registered performer bred by J.P. Dubois. Zaoni (6g Quite Easy) was a close second piloted by Mme. Ronja Walter and third was Flashback (7gn Expo Bi) handled by Mme. Marloes Knopp. Napa Valley Thomas H. Hicks

April 19, 2019 - Tomorrow’s Enghien-Soisy harness racing headliner is the Gr. I International UET Master Series’ Prix de l’Atlantique to be raced over 2150 meters autostart. Now, 11 horses will be at the start. Presumed favorite Bold Eagle has been scratched. The Jean-Michel Bazire trainee Looking Superb (starting from second tier post 11 based on career earnings) along with the top performing Dijon with trainer Romain Derieux the pilot from post six (now in one slot) are likely to be in the hunt.  Comments from the connections of Bold Eagle follow: “The announcement was made on Friday night on Equidia: Bold Eagle will not participate in the Prix de l'atlantic Casino Barrière Enghien-les-Bains, his last blood test having revealed a white blood cell count too high. Thomas Bernereau, co-owner of the winner of two Grand Prix of America, said on Equidia:  "the horse was very well at work but by acquired conscience, so as not to repeat the scheme of Cagnes, we realized this blood sample that revealed this rate very high. The vet is thinking of a viral episode. We prefer to abstain and then we will see if we go on the Prix of the Dukes of Normandy or the Prix René Ballière. In fact, we decided to put this protocol of blood before any potential race.” The Enghien card remains sensational with other races including Face Time Bourbon, Fleche Bourbon, Ferreteria and Orlando Jet among a host of top tier trotteurs. In the days ahead (April 25) in Italy will be the Gran Premio Nazionale and its Filly Division counterpart. The lineups for these prestigious events are shown below. Axl Rose is a likely favorite in the open.   Thomas H. Hicks  

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