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Bold Eagle returns to harness racing action Sunday at Paris-Vincennes, headlining the Prix Rene Balliere (purse €200,000, Gr. I UET Masters Series, 11 starters) with Eric Raffin named to drive the son of Ready Cash, replacing Franck Nivard (suspended since last Saturday). Trainer Sebastien Guarato had secured the services of Raffin before the declaration in the event Nivard remained unlicensed. The likely race favorite will face the 2016 undefeated Your Highness with Bjorn Goop to drive. The field follows: Billie de Montfort, Thomain Your Highness, Goop Booster Winner, Bonne Voltigeur de Myrt, Vercruysse Tiego d’Etang, Charles Bigeon Uhlan du Val, C. Megissier Bold Eagle, Raffin Olmo Holz, Martens Bird Parker, J-P Monclin Amiral Sacha, Gelormini Black d’Avril, Prat The exceptional Sunday card includes seven other top flight trots: Prix Xavier Saint Palais (Gr. II, purse €120,000, monte, 2175 meters) Prix de Grosbois (Q+, purse €90,000, 2850 meters) Prix d’Essai (Gr. I monte, 2175 meters, purse €200,000) Prix du President de la Republique (Gr. I, purse €240,000, 2850 meters) Prix Albert Viel (Gr. I, purse €200,000, 2700 meters) Prix de Grasse (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2700 meters) Prix Raymond Fouard (Gr. III, purse €85,000, 2700 meters) Thomas H. Hicks

Tonight’s Quinte+ (€4.65 million jackpot) Prix Pythia (purse €72,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to 3/1 Valko Jenilat (7m Kepler-Perle du Roc) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie G&F Raffre. The quick winner, timed in 1.12.2kr, held off charging 1.9/1 favorite Akido (6g Love You-Isba) with trainer Franck Nivard the pilot for Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. 17/1 Utinka Selloise (8f Ojipey Vinoir-Merce des Tebe) was a fast finishing third for J-M Bazire. The featured Gr.II Prix Chambon P (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 13 entrants) this evening went to 4/5 favorite Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha). Gabriel Gelormini steered the  impressive winner, timed in 1.12.5kr, for the three length score. Ecurie Sidere is the owner. 11.1/1 Tornado Bello (9m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) took second for Pierre Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and owner/breeder Remi Boucet. This one is a half-brother to Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. 30/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetrot) landed third with J.Cl. Hallais teaming for trainer J.W. Hallais. 2.9/1 second choice Ustinof du Vivier (8g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Sebastien Guarato while 61/1 veteran Olmo Holz (8m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) took fifth money for Christophe Martens. The monte feature was the Gr. II Prix Lavater (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, nine starters) and rallying 12.2/1 Canadien d’Am (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia) scored for Matthieu Mottier, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Edin. A game 1.9/1 favorite second was Cyprien des Bordes (4m Ouragon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir aboard for Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 37/1 Candela (4f First de Retz-Ofara) landed the third spot. On June 2 at Cholet the Prix Abrivert Hippomat Petit Pas Laval (purse €28,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters) went to the 1.14.7kr timed and 3.6/1 odds Bingo d’Attaque (5m Pomerol de Laumac-Lady de la Roche) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard for Ecurie Attaque. This one defeated 7.2/1 Azur des Caillons (6m Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard with 5/2 Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier-Piker Josselyn) home third with trainer J-M Bazire driving for owner Mme. O Roffi-Urano. On June 1 at Boden the featured Scandal Plays Minne (first prize 100,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) resulted in a quick 1.11.2kr victory for 3.2/1 Rocky Winner (8m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) with Jorma Kontio driving. Jorgen Westholm is the trainer and Rocky Winner now shows a career slate of 23-11-9 in 74 starts for 4,681,258SEK earned. 28/1 Special Promise (7m Mr. Pine Chip-Jiving Kemp-Napoletano) claimed second for Santtu Raitala with even-money favorite Victory Bonsai (5m Kadabra-Victory Bouquet-Balanced Image) third with Mika Forss driving. 2/1 Cool Keeper (6m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) took fourth for trainer/driver Leif Witasp ahead of fifth finishing Vasterbo Fantast (6m Mr. Pine Chip-Fassia LB-Supergill) driven by Jimmy H. Andersson. Former US stakes campaigner Corky was unplaced in the field and has only earned 74,400SEK in the last two seasons. Thomas H. Hicks

Friday evening action at Paris-Vincennes featured a solid program including the Gr. III Prix Antigone for 13 monte performers over the 2850 meter distance (distance handicapped) for a purse of €110,000. The impressive 1.12.8kr timed winner was 4.4/1 Ulka des Champs (8f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) for Eric Raffin as they bested 2.6/1 Botido (5g L’as de Neige-Otida) withMatthieu Mottier up. 23/1 Bijou d’Auvillier (5g Kepler=Olive d’Auvillier) was third ahead of 52/1 Vagabondu Mag, that one timed in 1.12.5kr after a distance penalty. On the same card the Prix Maginus (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.13.6kr timed, 3.8/1 odds Coup de Poker (4m Coktail Jet-Tac Ticienne) for owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. 4.3/1 Caduceus des Baux (4g Mark Speed-Festina des Baux) was next for Matthieu Abrivard with 8/1 Class de Loriol (4f Ready Cash-Orageuse de Margin) third. This was a Pick5 wagering race. The Quinte+ this evening was the Prix Huberta (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.12.9kr winner was 1.3/1 favorite Anzi des Liards (6g Look de Star-Narsicaa du Sud) with Romain Derieux at the lines. 3.6/1 Vivaldo Bello (7m Love You-Enfilade) landed second for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Enfilade is the dam of Offshore Dream and many other good performers. 22/1 Accordeon (6g Baccarat du Pont-Quaba des Corvees) was third for driver Beloit Robin. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 14 Anzi des Liards R. Derieux Ecurie Bkr D. Békaert 2ème 13 Vivaldo Bello F. Nivard R. Boucret T. Duvaldestin 3ème 10 Accordéon B. Robin L. Leduc L. Leduc 4ème 2 Apollo de Souvigné M. Lenoir G. Simon M. Lenoir 5ème 8 Alik Julry J.-P. Gauvin Ecurie Julry J.-P. Gauvin     At Napoli (Agnano) Italy the Amateur Friendship competition began between Italy and the USA. The first event (purse €5,500, 1600 meters autostart) went to Team Italy’s Perche’ Si Jet (7m Pine Chip-Sovrana Jet-Sharif di Jesolo) with Giovanni DeSimone Jr. aboard timed in 1.15.1kr. The five-length win was secured over Matteo and Hannah Miller with third to Paplov and driver Ciro Ciccarelli. The second amateur event went to Obelix Bi (8g Angus Hall-Claudette Bi-Toss Out) for Team USA’s Dein Spriggs. The 1.15.6kr timed winner defeated Ologramma with Antonio Simioli up and third was Oliseo and Ciro Ciccarelli. Another battle is set for April 30 with Hannah Miller’s mount the favorite from post 10. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

This day’s Quinte+ event was the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (leg 4, purse €90,000, 2650 meters, 18 starters) at Le Bouscat, France and it went to 7/2 odds favorite Bahia Quesnot (5f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) for driver Eric Raffin, owner Mlle. Florence Scalici and trainer Cedrik Herserant. Co-favorite Unero Montaval (8g Nem-Heroine du Lar) earned second for Franck Nivard, ahead of 10/1 Buffalo de  Beylev (5m Memphis du Rib-Rafale du Plessis) and trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. 76/1 Tui de Narmont and 7.5/1 Ulster Perrine were fourth and fifth. Race time was a good 1.13.9kr over the extended distance. The same card at Le Bouscat included the Grand Prix Baron d’Ardeuil (purse €25,000, 2550 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and victory went to 3.2/1 LoverFace (8g Love You-Ambra OK) for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Bengt Olsson, timed in 1.15.1kr. The 2/1 Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanadia) landed second for Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and Etoile Sweden HB. Third home was 5.5/1 Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) with Thomas Levesque up, ahead of fourth finishing 11.6/1 odds Only One Glory (8m Ganymede-Eva Kany Gar), that one also from the Souloy training stable. Another weekend race worth watching is in Finland (Seinajoki) on April 30 where ten classy rivals will battle in the €60,000 Seinajoki Race. 2100 meters autostart – The Seinajoki Race, purse €60,000   PP Horse/Driver   Record   Earnings             1 Jeppas Maxi*  /  Torbjörn Jansson   11,8ake   119 548 €             2 Ringostarr Treb*  /  Wilhelm Paal   10,4aly   272 553 €             3 Bret Boko  /  Ari Moilanen   10,3aly   349 210 €             4 Edward Ale  /  Peter Ingves   10,5aly   340 488 €             5 Jontte Boy  /  Tuomas Korvenoja   11,1aly   312 934 €             6 El Mago Pellini*  /  Adrian Kolgjini   10,8aly   564 914 €             7 Quid Pro Quo*  /  Erik Adielsson   10,2aly   731 096 €             8 Twigs Voici*  /  Pekka Korpi   10,6aly   199 725 €             9 Donna di Quattro*  /  Christoffer Eriksson   10,9aly   340 324 €             10 Ed You*  /  Mika Forss   10,1aly   678 575 € by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The much anticipated Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to 4.6/1 Baltic Charm (5m Password-Ilikova) with harness racing horseman Eric Raffin driving. Sebastien Guarato trains this winner for owner Philippe Uzan and the victory increased Baltic Charm’s earnings to over €195,000. 67/1 Steven del Ronco (5g Ganymede-Ina Effe) took second with third to 26/1 Bambina Magic (5f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic). The hot 0.5/1 favorite Bugsy Malone was a misque’d disqualification as was Boeing du Bocage. Saphire Bi (5f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi) was fourth for David Thomain and fifth was Savannah Bi (5f Ganymede-Dakota Bi) Bilibili (5m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) was an impressive winner in the Gr. II Prix Gras Savoye (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, eight monte starters) timed in 1.13.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. L.Cl. Abrivard trains the Jean Pierre Barjon owned homebred winner, now with over €523,000 earned. Best Of Jets (5m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) was second for Francois Lagadeuc and Biscuit Delavera (5m Ludo de Castelle-Neva du Rosier) was third for Clement Frecelle. Be Mine de Houelle was fourth. Fractions were rated (1.15.7kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.14.1kr at the 1000, 1.14kr at the 500). The Prix de Montauban (purse €65,000,2700 meters, 12 starters) went to 45/1 Coup de Poker (4m Coktail Jet-Tacticienne) reined by owner/trainer Christophe Gallier. He increased career earnings to over €114,000 with the victory timed in 1.13.4kr. The fractions were 1.14.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.4kr at the 1000 and 500 posts. Cash Maker (4g Coktail Jet-Salt Lake City) was second for trainer/driver Sebastien Ernault  as 1.9/1 favorite with third to 54/1 Crin Noir des Baux (4g Que de t’Aime-Perle des Baux) and P-Y Verva. The 2.6/1 second choice Cupidon du Vivier (4m Love You-Odessa du Vivier) was fourth for Eric Raffin. The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.2 million) today at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix de Mende (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) and 2.9/1 Bakchich (5g Quopeck-Paix de Villeneuve) recorded the 1.13.8kr victory for Tony Le Beller. 5/1 Bel Urzy (5m Coktail Jet-Perle d’Urzy) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Antonio De Sousa. Bicolore (5g Look de Star-Oranica) was third at 8/1 and 4/1 Boccaccio was fourth. Be Bop Meslois ended fifth at 11/1. Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Noir-Madone On Wood) was an impressive five length winner as 9/10 favorite , all the way on the front, in the €85,000 purse Prix Vivier de Montfort/Paris-Turf over 2700 meters for 11 monte performers. Leo Abrivard teamed the winner, now with five straight wins and €391,000 earned. Ugolin du Maine (8g Hugo du Bossis-Oriane de Maine) took second for Mathieu Abrivard at 9/1. 73/1 Utopie Imperiale (8f Kepler-Joie Imperiale) was third in this contest ahead of Virgious de Maza. Timed was 1.13.2kr off even fractions (1.13.9kr at 1500; 1.13kr at the 1000; 1.13.1kr at 500 to go). At Nantes the Prix du Souvenir (purse €25,000, 3000 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.16.1kr timed 17.5/1 odds Vintage Dream (7g Password-Ida Bourbon) for Etienne Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 20/1 Vadro du Parc was second ahead of 116/1 outsider Venus Barbes. Thomas H. Hicks

After the Q+ was hit yesterday with favorites Bold Eagle and Timoko at the top of the ticket, today’s Quinte+ jackpot was €2.1 million in the Prix de Senlis (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European entrants). Owner/trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin teamed Valse d’Avignere (7f Look de Star-Hermine d’Avignere) to victory at 7/1 timed in 1.13.3kr in this front-ending score. 19/1 Vestale du Goutier (7f Quido du Goutier-Olympe Pierji) was second for Anthony Barrier with third to 10/1 Princess Kronos (7f Donato Hanover-Malibu Princess) reined by Christophe Martens. Danae Quesnot (3f Rocklyn-Megara) took the Prix d’Oloron (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, nine three year-old filly starters) for Eric Raffin. The winning filly at 9/1 rallied late between rivals for defeat 9/10 favorite Dynamite’s Fella (3f Ready Cash-Romane’s Fella) and driver Franck Nivard. Dynamite is trained by Fabrice Souloy for Hodij Coatings BV. 29/1 Divine Seven (3f Niky-Terre d’Any) stormed down the outside for Alexandre Abrivard to be third, she owned and trained by J-M Bazire. Pacesetter 3.6/1 Douchka Love (3f Love You-Shucca) held fourth for Bernard Piton, trainer Benedetto Marigliano and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The winner and field showed a quick final 500 meters to be timed in 1.17.8kr after very slow fractions (1.19.4kr at 1500 to go; 1.19kr at the 1000 and 500 to go posts). Today’s Prix de Juan les Pins (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, 17 European entrants) went to 12/1 Armess de Guez (6f Fleuron Perrine-Obiana de Guez) with J-M Bazire, the trainer, up for Ecurie Vautors. 24/1 Algue d’Occagnes (6f Odeisis de Vandel-Occa Pierre) was second for Franck Ouvrie with Delphine Flevo (6f Sugar Trader-Volga River) third at 10/1 for Rick Ebbinge. 26/1 Riviera As (f Cantab Hall-Fortune As) was fourth for Gabriele Gelormini. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 3, 2015 - Several Crack Series events took place on Prix de Bourgogne Day at Paris-Vincennes, for sulky and monte finalists, Four year-olds Cloane du Vivier and Caorches, both females, were victorious. Summaries of these events, among them blanket finishes, are shown below. The Prix Django Riff Crack Series (purse €60,000, 2175 meters, nine monte starters) for female 2105 three year-olds went to wide side drifter 1.9/1 Cloane du Vivier (4f Repeat Love-Royale du Vivier) for jockey Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner/breeder Jean Yves Lucuyer. Timed in 1.13.5kr this winner bested 9.5/1 Celina Pollca (4f Kool du Caux-La Canella) and Anthony Barrier for owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. 13/1 Codie de Beaulieu (4f Oyonnax-Melody d’Arcy) was home third. 1.6/1 favorite Caoeches (4f Goetmals Wood-Queensbury) took the Prix Cristal Money Crack Series (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters – females) timed in 1.14.7kr. Franck Nivard reined this winner for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin for Ecurie Augustin Normand. Second was 6.6/1 Cleopatre Turgot (4f Coktail Jet-Nouba Turgot) for trainer/driver Franck Anne. 3/1 Caracas (4f The Best Madrik-Menthe Fraiche) landed third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Mme. Florence Allera. David Thomain teamed 3.1/1 Adorable (6g Prince Gede-Ostiana) to victory in the Prix des Sulky d’Or (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, monte 8 starters) clocked in 1.15.6kr. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner for Mme. M.DF. Fairand. Baltique du Margas (5f Derby du Gite-Matinale du Margas) at 10/1 took the highly competitive Prix Akim du Cap Vert Crack Series (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) clocked in 1.16.6kr as 11 starters were in the picture within four lengths on the damp Paris-Vincennes grande piste. Pierre Levesque drove this winner for trainer J-P Lecourt and owner Mme. A. Lecourt. The Bold Eagle Crack des Cracks (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 9/2 odds, 1.14.3kr timed Utalo de Carentone (8g Kiwi-Maeva d’Harcouel) for trainer/driver Guy Maillard for owner Mme. Mireille Maillard as eight were within 2-1/1 lengths on the line. The Prix Timoko Crack Series (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 3/1 Black d’Arjeanc (5g Prince d’Espace-Perle de Riviere) with Damien Bonne up, timed in 1.13.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 11, 2015 - Saturday the four year-old mares compete at Vincennes in the Gr. II Prix Ariste Hemard with Billie de Montfort the probable favorite for reinsman Eric Raffin. Che Jenilou heads the participants in the Gr. II monte Prix Raoul Balliere. Both of these events carry purses of €120,000. Prix Ariste Hemard (Gr. II, females, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) Bodega Cheneviere, Luc Gaborit Begum Fromentro, Thomas Levesque Bianca des Iles, Mathieu Abrivard Bahia Quesnot, Tony Le Beller Belina Josselyn, J-M Bazire Balva Montaval, David Thomain Blue Grass, Yoann Lebourgeois Bambina Magic, Mathieu Mottier Bardare du Houlbet, R-C Larue Be Mine de Houelle, Franck Nivard Billie de Montfort, Eric Raffin   Prix Raoul Balliere, Gr. II monte three year-olds, €120,000 purse, 2175 meters) Caline de Faco, Philippe Masschaele Campus du Rib, J.L.C. Dersoir Chirlcahua, A. Kloers Conga, Damien Bonne Caline des Plages, Franck Nivard Caline Eide, Mathieu Mottier Carlos des Caux, Mathieu Abrivard Che Jenilou, Eric Raffin   Thomas H. HIcks

October 20, 2015 - Vea du Vivier (6f Jeanbat du Vivier-Kea du Vivier) won today’s €82,000 purse, 2850 meter Prix Isara at Paris-Vincennes. Thirteen contestants battled in this event timed in 1.14.3kr by the 3.2/1 odds by the Franck Ouvrie teamed winner, trained by St. Meunier for owner Jean Paul Sassier. 2.6/1 Shadow d’Odyssee was second for Eric Raffin and Ecurie Percheronne with third to 2.4/1 Very Nice Marceaux (6m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna) reined by Pierre Vercruysse. Cavalleria (3f Prodigious-Janga) took the Gr. III Prix Timocharis (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) timed in 1.15.8kr for reinsman Eric Raffin at 3.3/1 odds. Sebastien Guarato trains the winner for Ecurie Castagnieria. Favorite 1.4/1 odds Cylee Nevele (3f Sam Bourbon-Quick Nevele) finished second for David Thomain and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 6.6/1 Combattante (3f Sam Bourbon-New York) was a closing third for Pierre Vercruysse for owner/trainer Louis Baudron. The evening’s Paris-Vincennes feature was the Gr. III Prix California (purse €90.000. 2850 meters, 9 starters) and the result was a dominating winning performance by Alderman (5g Phlegyas-Initia) reined by Eric Raffin. The barefoot winner overcame an early rough-gaited period to gain the front and open a nearly 20 length margin before scoring by 10 panels timed in 1.12.8kr. This 3/1 favorite is owned by Ecurie J-P Masselin. 37/1 Alpha Saltor (5m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariene) ended second for Mathieu Abrivard with third to 7/1 Artiste de Joudes (5m Prodigious-Memory de Joudes) with David Thomain up for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 13, 2015 - An excellent trotting card was on stage this evening at Paris-Vincennes. Combattante (3f Sam Bourbon-New York) took the Prix Ophiucus (purse €58,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) as the Eric Raffin piloted filly scored in 1.15.7kr at 6.3/1 odds. Louis Baudron owns and trains the winner that is from New York 1:57.1 (US$145,660), she a daughter of In Love With You-Comtesse d’Aunou-Baltic Speed-Nesmile, the latter dam of Buvetier d’Aunou, Defi d’Aunou, Extreme Aunou and Unispeed. New York previously produced Texas Style 1:57.3 (US$342,277) and is a 100% producer from her first five foals. 15/1 Capucine des Neuzy (3f Rambaldi-Julie a’Aubrac) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and 13/1 Creation (3f Rieussec-Ovation) landed the third spot for trainer/driver J-G Van Eeckhaute. The featured Prix Ludovica (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 11 four year-old starters) this evening went to 4.4/1 odds Babylone Seven (4f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala) timed in 1.14.3kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 25/1 Beaute de Baily (4f Vivaldi de Chorce-Oceane de Bailly) was a close second ahead of Bianca des Iles (4f Open Charm-Itija Paquerie) on the petit course at Vincennes Monte three year-old performers contested the Prix Phact (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters), a Gr. II event, that went to 5.2/1 odds Candela (3f First de Retz-Ofana) clocked in 1.15.2kr for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois in an open-length victory. 17/1 Cincinnati Bond (3f Prince Gede-Miranda d’Odyssee) was next for Anthony Barrier and third was earned by 79/1 outsider Caceaude Noel (3m Corot-Nuit de Noel) ridden by Philippe Masschaele. Vincennes’ Prix Algina for two year-olds (purse €38,000, 2200 meters, 7 starters) resulted in a narrow victory for the Yves Boireau trained Dream Darling (2m Sam Bourbon-Let’s Go Darling) and driver/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois clocked in 1.18.3kr and off at 4.9/1 odds. Let’s Go Darling 1:57.5 (US$370,959) is a daughter of Coktail Jet-Fly Darling-Podosis and Fly Darling is dam of Valse Darling 1:54.3 (US$560,587). The 3/5 favorite Django Riff (2m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) was second, driven by Joseph Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Darwin Maza (2m Coktail Jet-Paloma) was third at 6.1/1 odds for Ecurie de Maza and trainer Sebastien Guarato. At Mons Ghlin Belgium today the featured Prix Journal Eurotierce Belgium (purse €8,400, 2850 meters autostart, 10 entrants) went to 1,2/1 favored class-master Olmo Holz (7m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) driven by trainer Christophe Martens for owner Frans Delmote. The winner scored narrowly in 1.16.5kr over Out of Nowhere (9m Great Challenger-Gladstone) and third finishing Une de Bannes (7f Vroum d’Or-Jeune de Bannes) and reinsman Rik Dupuydt. Thomas H. Hicks

September 8, 2015 - Today’s La Cepiere feature race was the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse €40,000, 2950 meters, 14 European starters) that was also the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €2,900,000. Longshots prevailed and therefore there was no exact order tickets sold. The consolation prize to the ticket holders of the top five in any order paid €3,586 for a €2 wager. 24.1/1 odds Valea Mip (6f Ganymede-Javotte Ducale) won the race clocked in 1.16kr defeating 16.7/1 Un Roi d’Atout (7g Ganymede-Gonilla) and third finishing 105.8/1 Show d’Hermes (9g Tenor de Baune-Gardaia de Talonay). Monday’s top racing action took place at Paris-Vincennes with the Gr. II Prix Ceneri Forcinal (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 monte starters). The decisive winner was 3/10 odds Booster Winner (4m Love You-Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Clocked in 1.11.8kr Booster Winner defeated 22.8/1 Blooma d’Heripre (4f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta Par Favor) ridden by Damien Bonne with 12.5/1 Beauty Turgot (4f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane) home third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Also on the card was the Prix d’Asnieres (purse €46,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 entrants) and the 1.13kr clocked winner was 8.7/1 Braga (4f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Joie) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. 77/1 Brume du Bourg (4f Showtime Bourbon-Malovvia) was second for owner/trainer/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute ahead of 3.4/1 Bombe de Blary (4f Offshore Dream-Florette de Blary) for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. Italy’s Romero (5m Kadabra-Etrille) and trainer/driver Andrea Guzzinati took the Prix de Denain (purse €42,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) timed in 1.14.2kr. Ecurie Louisianna owns this winner that was off at 14/1. 10/1 odds Axel Tily (5g Offshore Dream-Joyeuse Tilly) was second for Pierre Vercruysse with 6.7/1 Dex Beuckenswijk third for reinsman Dominik Locqueneux. Thomas H. Hicks

September 4, 2015 - Eric Raffin teamed 6/1 odds Ufana Nonantaise (7f Kerido du Donjon-Info Nonantaise) to victory in Friday evening’s Quinte+ Prix Adelinda (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) clocked in 1.13.6kr. 12/1 Volute de Clermont (6f Let’s Go Along-Liaison Etrangere) took second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie with the 3.6/1, J-M Bazire teamed Vignia la Ravelle (6f Diamant Gede-Jirania la Ravelle) at the line third. Q+ jackpot was €2.5 million and the non-jackpot exact order payoff was €83,376 for a €2 wager. Two year-old fillies battled in the Prix Ambrosia (€38,000 purse, 2200 meters, seven starters) on the petit course with the 1.18.2kr victory earned by even-money choice Demonia Roma (2f Password-Rome to Paris) with Jos. Verbeeck at the lines for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 2.2/1 Deesse de Gueron (2f Melchoir Jet-Olivia) landed second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne with third to one-time leader 5.3/1 odds Douce Ligneries (2f Love You-Ouragane) driven by owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trained by Yves Boireau. Thomas H. Hicks

August 26, 2015 - Today’s featured Gr. II Orix Guy le Gonidec (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) went to the Eric Raffin driven Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) easily by four lengths timed in 1.13.1kr. Sebastien Guarato trains this Philippe Dauphin owned mare that was off as the 4/5 favorite. 21/1 Bahia Quesnot (4f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) was second for reinsman Mathieu Abrivard with third to 16/1 Balva Montaval (4f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou) driven by Gabriel Gelormini. Also on the afternoon card was the Prix des Cyclamens (€33,000 purse, 2175 meters, 10 two year-old starters) and it was won by 5.1/1 odds Dista Love (2f Royal Dream-Usita Love) driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois, also owner, and trained by Yves Boireau. The 9/10 favorite Deep Purple (2f Prodigious-Ornella Rainbow) was second driven by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. 33,000 purse, 2175 meters, 10 two year-old starters) and it was won by 5.1/1 odds Dista Love (2f Royal Dream-Usita Love) driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois, also owner, and trained by Yves Boireau. The 9/10 favorite Deep Purple (2f Prodigious-Ornella Rainbow) was second driven by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. 36/1 Dame du Campdos (2f Uaukir-La Conseillante) was third in the contest clocked in 1.18.1kr. The winner’s dam is a daughter of Goetmals Wood-Carmensite-Florestan. Carmensita, from 12 foals, has produced three winners of $100,000 or more including Marlene 1:58.5 ($296,318) by Goetmals Wood, Tensita Love 1:58.1 ($114,664) by Love You and Amensito 2:00.3 ($104,702) also by Love You. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 19, 2015 - The featured Gr. II Prix Pierre Gamare for monte performers (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 7 starters) went to favorite 7/10 odds Che Jenilou (3m Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) with Eric Raffin aboard for owner Antonio De Sousa and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 1.17.6kr winner, by five open lengths, rallied late for the win and then held off 12/1 Caennaise (3f Memphis du Rib-Opaline Blanche) ridden by Camille Levesque for trainer Benoit Barassin, with third to 11.7/1 Cadeau de Noel (3m Corot-Nuit de Noel) with Philippe Masschaele up for owner/trainer Pascal Daulier. The Prix de Beaune (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) was today’s secondary feature, the Quinte+ with a €2.4 million jackpot, contested under sunny skies at Paris-Vincennes with the win going to 7.6/1 odds Un Charme Fou (7m Love You-Ma Crown) with Franck Nivard up. Franck Leblanc trains this one for owner Claude Guedy clocked in 1.14.4kr. Ecurie D bred the winner that earned victory 14, now for career earnings in excess of €350,000. 43/1 Umberto de Nacre (7g Korean-Ivana d’Arc) was second for trainer/driver Didier Dauverne with 18/1 odds Totem d’Azur home third for owner/trainer/driver Herve Soinneau. The monte Prix d’Epernay (€55,000 purse, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to 5/2 odds Tess de Villeneuve (8f Goetmals Wood-Joie de Villeneuve) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois clocked in 1.13.7kr. The trainer of the winner is Mme. Severine Raimond. 12/1 Vermeer Jarzeen (6g Oh James-Perle Jarzeene) landed a distant second for Eric Raffin ahead of 38/1 Temia Cayennaise (8f Kepler-Fauvette de Bodean) with Mme. Emilie Le Beller in the irons. Pioneer Gar (6m Varenne-Follia) scored in the Prix des Noailles (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, 16 European contestants) by three-lengths timed in 1.13.8kr. The 3.1/1 winner was teamed by Eric Raffin for trainer Johanna Lindqvist and is owned by Italy’s Scuderia Super Chico SAS. 2.4/1 favorite from Sweden, Tell Me No Lies (6g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Third went to Italy’s 4/1 Paparazzi  (6g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo) trained by Lutfi Kolgjini and reined by Dominik Locqueneux. The Prix du Perigord for five year-olds (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) was won by 20/1 Alexia (5f Prodigious-Ilexia) with Eric Raffin at the lines for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Alexia scored in 1.14.3kr by three lengths defeating 9/1 pacesetter Bearhawaii (5g Offshore Dream-Honalulu Lulu) for trainer/driver Christophe Martens. 9/1 odds Amie d’Andy (5f Coktail Jet-Nanyotiere) was third for trainer/driver P-Y Verva. Today’s Prix d’Antibes for three year-olds (purse €52,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters) went to favorite 9/10 odds Chicago Blues (3m Prodigious-New Orleans) trained by Thierry Duvaldestin and driver Franck Nivard. This colt scored in 1.15.4kr to defeat 9.5/1 Coup Droit (3m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) driven by Robin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort. Third went to 11/1 Capone Face (3m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Antonio De Sousa. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 25, 2015 - Today’s Enghien-Soisy harness racing card included the Gr. III Prix Dominique Savary (purse €82,000, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European entrants) and 2.1/1 odds Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux-Pocahontas) recorded a comfortable front stepping victory for driver Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. The winner closed quickly off soft fractions to be clocked in 1.13.6kr (1.14.3kr at 1000; 1.14kr at 500). Italian registered Rue du Bac (5m Infinitif-Ici) was second at 8.5/1 for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Caramera AB. 7.7/1 odds Tabriz du Gite (8m Ganymede-Kabrizia du Gite) was third for teamster David Thomain. The top three to the line all raced without shoes. The undercard at Enghien was also solid, including the Prix de Picpus (€41,000 purse, 2875 meters, 14 starters) and the 1.16.5kr winner in a blanket finish was 6.9/1 Battambang (4m Roc Meslois-Murcia) clocked in 1.16.5kr for Bernard Piton and trainer/owner J-P Piton. 7.7/1 Boccaccio (4m Carpe Diem-Haria des Champs) was next for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Ronny Kuiper with 11.3/1 Baldwin Jet (4m Sam Bourbon-Jessica Jet) third for trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen and owner Stall Rita. Cabourg’s July 24 (Friday) Quinte+ (€5 million jackpot) Prix Henri Balliere (€36,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.16kr winner Uhlan Darche (7g Olitro-Kalinka du Louvet) at 10.3/1 for F. Lecanu driving for Ecurie Danover. Favorite 1.7/1 Velino d’Auvrecy (6g Memphis du Rib-Everilda) was second for J.Cl. Dersoir and trainer Joel Hallais (owner Ecurie Rib) with 17/1 Under Your Eyes home third for Sebastien Ernault. €753,000 was bet on this race in win and place pools alone. Cabourg’s Prix du Conseil Regional B (€30,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to Buy More Time d’Am (4f Love You-No More Time) at 2.8/1 odds for driver Tony LeBeller, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Behall AB. The winner was timed in 1.16.7kr. 6/1 Blanche de Valace was second for Anthony Dollion with 28/1 Bahia de Bougy at the line third. At Son Pardo (Spain) the Final Torneig 2015 Espagne (€20,000 purse, 2650 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 7/10 favorite Quarass Rose (11g Tarass Boulba-Ugada) clocked in 1.17kr. 43/1 Ribat de Beval was second with 20/1 Tamara du Pont third to the line. Elsewhere this day, at Amiens their Prix Prince Royal (€30,000 purse, 2400 meters autostart, 13 entrants) went to Violet (6m Love You-La Rouge) clocked in 1.14.7kr for Pierre Vercruysse. The 3/10 favorite is owned by J.G.H. DeJong. Seneuse des Ulmes was second at 20/1 for Franck Ouvrie with Truscott de Guepre third at 12/1. At Biarritz the Prix du President de Folleville (€35,000 purse, 3750 meters, 16 European entrants) went to 2/5 favorite Voctania de Viette (6f Prodigious-Isis des Mariniers timed in 1.19.5kr ahead of Tur Winner (8g Kaisy Dream-Isaline Fortiniere) and both trained by E. Varin who also owns the winner. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 25, 2015 - Today’s Enghien harness racing card included the Quinte+ Prix de Plaisance (€56,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 14 European starters) with the Q+ jackpot of €3.55 million. The 1.13.3kre winner was 9/1 Tropic du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthurs) with Eric Raffin piloting for trainer Bruno Bourgoin, the winners’ 15th career score in 61 starts. 7/1 Olimpus Caf (7m Varenne-Evoila Caf) was second for Julien Dubois, trainer Jean-Etienne Le Bec and Ecurie Montaro of Italy. 12/1 Nantucket (9m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady) was third witjh Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Sofia Aronsson and Stall Express of Sweden. The top three finishers raced without shoes. At Vichy this day the Prix Pierre Coulon (€70,000 purse, 2150 meters, 13 International starters) went to 2.1/1 Tabriz du Gite (8m Ganymede-Kabrizia du Gite) for David Thomain and trainer Jean Lelievre, racing barefoot as did the next two finishers. 43/1 Ugo du Loisir (7m Niky-Isla Bonita) was second for owner/trainer/driver Jean-Philippe Ducher ahead of 12/1 Sophie du Vif (9f Jenko-Lavalliere du Vif) handled by owner/trainer Aymeric Thomas. The time of the winner was 1.12.3kr and the beaten field included notables Global Midnight, Probo OP, Nefertite del Rio, Anette du Mirel and Armando Kievitshof. At Aby (SWE) trainer Jerry Riordan enjoyed a successful day with three wins, a second and a third. In a three year-old event Riordan finished first and second, with the winner Tornatore Grif (3m Varenne-Meadowbranch Nan-Pine Chip) handled by Peter Ingves for owner Mauro Prospero of Italy. This 1.15kr victor defeated stablemate Tres Bien IT (3g Daguet Rapide-Imatra Bi-Supergill) for reinsman Frank Nilsson and owners Lisa Riordan and Al. Folli Srl in this  event over 2140 meters autostart with 35,000SEK first money. Riordan stables’ Super Bull (4m Yankee Slide-What A Joy-Alf Palema) won the Molndals Postens (30,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) in 1.11.8kr for reinsman Christoffer Eriksson by six lengths. Mauro Prospero also owns Super Bull. Quantum Gliding and Bennet finished second and third. Prospero owns another Riordan trainee, Superfly Effe (4m Varenne-Chipping Image-Pine Chip), that scored in 1.14.7kr in the Grillnatta (2140 meters autostart, 12,000SEK to winner). Scuderia Gardesana Srl bred this winner. Carbon Launcher and Renoir Bi finished behind the Riordan trainee. Riordan was later third in the Moindals (2640 meters distance handicap, 40,000SEK to winner) with owner Prospero’s Spitfire Effe (4m Varenne-Victorian Bride-Valley Victory, a length behind winner Light Brode (5m Classic Photo-Luck Of the Day-Mr. Lavec) for Lutfi Kolgjini and second place Vasterbo Eclair (4m Echo-Vasterbo Flash-Spotlite Lobell) with Joakim Lovgren driving. On the same Aby card the Coop Forum Kallereds (40,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to US-bred (by Polly and William Hilliard) My Gliding Angel (5f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man-Bedell-Speedy Crown) trained and driven by Bjorn Goop, timed in 1.11.2kr. The winner has a 8-4-3 slate in 24 career starts. Pin Kronos (6f Cantab Hall-Luck Of The Day-Mr. Lavec) was second for teamster Johan Untersteiner and owner Stall Courant AB. Paducah Dream (5f Infinitif-Padme Hanover-Credit Winner) was third for Peter Ingves and trainer/owner Jenny Nordensson. Ecurie Reve Avec Moi bred this one. Thomas H. Hicks  

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