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November 14, 2016 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix du Languedoc (purse €95,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.12.6kr timed ands 5.3/1 odds Valko Jenilat (7m Kepler-Perle du Roc) with Eric Raffin driving for Ecurie G&F Raffre and harness racing trainer Sebastien Guarato. 4/1 Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) took second for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy with 35/1 Alienor de Godrel (6f Orlando Vici-Julietta) third for trainer Franck Anne and driver David Thomain. 5.7/1 Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel) was fourth. The Quinte+ exact order ticket paid €5,066 for a €2 wager. The featured monte Gr. II Prix Louis Tillaye (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) this day went to 1.14.9kr timed and 5.6/1 odds Dhikti Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanque) with Anthony Barrier in the irons. Philippe Allaire is owner/trainer of the colt bred by Jean-Pierre Guay. The 1/5 favorite Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was second for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois and owner Olivier Henri Thomas. Allaire also trains Dollar Macker. Third was 13.2/1 Dragon d’Avril (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Sirene d’avril) for Antoine Lamy and trainer/owner Sebastien Houyuet. Race fractions were modest (1.16.3kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.8kr at the 1000; 1.15.3kr with 500 meters remaining). The sire Thorens Vedaquais 1:56.2 (US$729,796) is by Cygnus d’Odyssee, a son of Workaholic, and the dam is Muntanyetai  by Cezio Josselyn (by Armbro Goal) from a Florestan mare. Thomas H. Hicks

October 25, 2015 - Agora (6f Prodigious-Ibiza des Brisants) won tonight’s Prix Isara (purse €82,000. 2850 meters, 14 starters aged six-ten) for harness racing driver Eric Raffin and breeder/owner Francis Tardieu at 7.6/1 odds. Second was 13/1 Thoury le King (9g Melchior Jet-Karina de Thoury) for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer/owner J.Ph. Raffegeau. Third was 4.2/1 Vignia la Ravelle (7f Diamant Gede-Jirania la Ravelle) with Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines. The winner was clocked in 1.14.1kr over the petite piste at Paris-Vincennes. The Gr. III Prix California (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, eight starters) resuled in a 1.13.9kr score for the 0.5/1 favorite Brissac (5m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Jannibelle). J-M Bazire piloted the Jean-Alain Eliphe trainee that he also owns. This one now has 17 wins in 42 outings for over €305,000 earned. 35/1 Boide Jenilou (5g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) was second with Anthony Barrier driving and third was 6.5/1 Coup Droit (4m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) with Robin Bakker up for Paul Hagoort, trainer for Stable Why Not. The Gr. III Prix Timocharis (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters – three year-old fillies) went to 2.7/1 favorite Delia du Pommereux (3f Niky-Neune du Pommereux) with Franck Nivard at the lines, timed in 1.15.6kr. Second was 15/1 Diamond Crown (3f Repeat Love-Ma Crown) for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Lady O’Reilly. Ecurie D was the breeder. Third went to 4.2/1 Desiree (3f Ready Cash-Richesse d’Orient) for trainer/driver Alain Laurent and breeder/owner Etienne Desmet. Thomas H. Hicks  

Valko Jenilat (7m Kepler-Perle du Roc) took today’s Q+ Enghien featured Prix de Buenos-Aires (purse €120,000, 4150 meters, 15 International starters) clocked in 1.17.1kr, stepping home by three lengths for harness racing driver Eric Raffin. Off at 5.4/1 the winner is trained by Sebastian Guarato for Ecurie G&F Raffre. Second was 2/1 Tiego d’Etang (9m Chaillot-Harolene) was second in a close battle, for Charles J.Bigeon and trainer Christian Bigeon. 12.6/1 Alienor de Godrel (6f Orlando Vici-Julietta) was third for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Ecurie AB Trot. 9.4/1 Swedishman (10g Gogo-Valgana) was fourth for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Gaylor Chaudemanche. 20/1 Bahia Quesnot was fifth for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard. The Enghien Prix Montmartre (purse €55,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European entrants) went to 21.3/1 odds Pingus Vang (9g SJ’s Photo-New Wonder) for J-M Bazire and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 4.8/1 Super Ariel (7f Super Arnie-Orika Lep) was second for Matthieu Abrivard in a close finish with 6.1/1 Rooibus (7m Rotation-Miss Tessami) for Eric Raffin. Bjorn Goop trains Rooibus for B.S. Stable HB. The race was clocked in 1.13.5kr. 1.3/1 favorite Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) easily took the Prix de Rome (purse €85,000, 2875 meters, 15 European starters) as the Philippe Allaire owned and trained lass was timed in 1.14.8kr. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the winner to her sixth win in ten career starts now for €263,050 and she’s emerging as a good one, as was her dam. 92/1 United Love (3m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) rallied to be second for Eric Raffin. 18/1 Dream Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Let’s Go Darling) held third for driver/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Francoise Laroche bred this one. Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing 3/10 favorite Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) overcame a 25 meter handicap to easily win today’s Prix des Sables-d’Olonne clocked in 1.11.3kr (mile rate 1:54.72) over his 2800 meter journey (1.74 miles). Eric Raffin was again at the lines for trainer Sebastian Guarato, owner Pierre Pilarski and breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois. Bold Eagle scored his 25th win in 28 starts, now for career earnings of €1,948,300. 21.5/1 Akim du Cap Vert (6m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) took second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne with 9.4/1 Baltic Charm (5m Passwrod-Ilikova) home third for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Guarato, owner St. Szwarc and breeder Jean-Philippe Dubois. 9/1 Alderman and 41/1 Beau Gamin were next. Bold Eagle was away alertly in the bulky field and eventually secured a pocket position where he remained until the final turn. Then he rapidly accelerated to the front and drew off.     Thomas H. Hicks

Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) easily won today’s Gr. I harness racing UET Masters Series Prix Rene Balliere (purse €200,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 entrants with one scratching, Booster Winner) with Eric Raffin piloting for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The dominant winner was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois. Raffin left alertly with the 3/10 favorite from post seven and after 500 meters secured the front from then fast leading Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) and Bjorn Goop, off at 3/1 odds. The previously 2016 undefeated Your Highness took the pocket and remained that way to the line for trainer Fabrice Soukoy and owner PV Racing Stable HB. Under urging she could not threaten the winner and held gamely for second ahead of tough 10.4/1 odds Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) and driver Gabrielle Gelormini and 41.4/1 fourth finishing Tiego d’Etang (9m Chaillot-Harolene) with Charles J. Bigeon aboard. Olmo Holz, Voltigeur de Myrt and Billie de Montfort were the next three to finish. Time of the race was 1.10.8kr after rated fractions (1.06.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.09.7kr at 1000; 1.11.5kr at 500 to go). The winning Bold Eagle now has career earnings of €1,925,800 and 24 victories in 28 career outings. He won his second straight after spring stud duty and he has earned €928,000 in 2016. Thomas H. Hicks

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

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