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Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) reined by J.P. Carreras won Saturday’s Premi ID Jet Mab at Hipodrom Torre del Ram (400€ to winner, 2100 meters autostart, International) timed in 1.17.3kr, his 44 th consecutive win in Spain (eight in 2019) and he now sports 76 career wins in 138 appearances for life earnings of 686,216€.   Cuadra Sa Farola owns the champion of Spain, and a multiple Gr. I winner in Europe.   Trebol, from post seven, followed cover from the 600 meters mark and surged forward with 400 meters remaining to draw clear in the lane.   Ultra du Lovet and Caviar d’Occqagnes finished second and third.   His win streak exceeds the prior record of 42 set by the coldblood champion Jarvsofaks.   Thomas H. Hicks

May 5, 2019 - Groupe level and fast class racing continued on today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing program and Jean Michel Bazire was again on stage for part of it. The Gr. II Prix Albert Demarcq (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, five year olds) saw the 3.2/1 Eugenito du Noyer (5m Saxo de Vandel-Pakarina) score timed in 1.12.5kr off even fraction with Eric Raffin at the lines for trainer J.M. Baudouin and owner Ecurie Ostheimer. This victory increased the winner’s life earnings to 188,620€ with this his sixth career victory in 27 starts.  The 25 meter handicapped and 1.2/1 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was second for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 3/2 second favorite Excellent (5m Real de Lou) was third with Alexandre Abrivard teaming, as they relegated 12/1 Elite du Ruel and 34/1 El Villagio to the fourth and fifth positions. Eugenito du Noyer The Gr. II Prix Kerjacques (purse 100,000€, 200 meters, International starters) brought a fine field of veteran campaigners, that were no match for the Jean-Michel Bazire trained and reined Cleangame (7g Ouragon-Red Bell), that scored timed in 1.12.6kr for his 24th victory in 39 starts, now for 825,470€ earned. Jean-Michele Rancoule is the owner. Cleangame closed out the victory swiftly after the clocking with 500 meters remaining was 1.14.4kr. He was off at 1.8/1 odds. Second was 9/1 Carat Williams (m Prodigious-Miss Williams) for driver David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 5.9/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) gamely held third with Alexandre Abrivard teaming for trainer Bazire and owner Rancoule. 60/1 Cash Gamble and 6.3/1 Anzi des Liards took the fourth and fifth checks. The Elitloppet invitee Uza Josselyn finished eighth. Cleangame The Prix du Rouergue (purse 64,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European starters) saw Jean Michel Bazire win again with his trainee Super Fez (8m Love You-Lucia FI). Off at 1.7/1 Super Fez was super sharp and an easy winner, timed in 1.10.7kr with a quick final brush after being at 1.11.1kr with 500 meters remaining. The Scuderia Cumana Group owned stallion scored his seventh win in 35 starts and raised his life earnings to 382,644€. The 4.6/1 second finisher was also a Bazire trainee, Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) was his name. Alexandre Abrivard teamed this fine trotteur that has eight wins in 14 outings since moving in from Norway. Third home was 20/1 Ardente du Clos (9f Reve des Vallees) with Matthieu Abrivard the pilot. Ce Bello Romain at 4/1 and 8/1 Cicero Noa completed the top five finishers. Super Fez   Thomas H. Hicks  

May 4, 2019 - Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font-Invicta d’Italie-Varenne) took today’s harness racing featured Dr. Tamas Borostyankoy (two eliminations for 500,000Huf purse raced over 1800 meters autostart, 1,800,000Huf purse final raced over 1960 meters distance handicap) at Kincsem Park.  Zeal, off at 3/2 odds, won his elimination timed in a quick 1.16.8kr considering a heavy, rain-soaked track, with Veljko Mazsity the driver/trainer. He recorded his second 2019 win in as many starts in defeating Ujrazz! (6m Maximus Lindy) with Laszlo Kolozsi up and Timoko RL (6m Doctor Sugar RL) with Robert Varhidi at the lines. Zeal di Girifalco (elim 1) The second elimination saw 2.4/1 Villam Ville (5g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) score in 1.17.4kr for trainer/driver Goran Zolnaji. He too has two wins in two starts in 2019. Henrik Ibsen AT (m Worship) was second in this elim with Csaba Lakatos aboard and third went to Sanger MS (9g Victory Scream) for driver Boris Kecenovic. Villam Ville (elim 2) The final of the Borostyankoy Handicap saw 1.3/1 Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font) score easily for Veljko Mazsity timed in 1.19.4kr on the heavy going. 14.8 Ujrazz! (6m Maximus Lindy) was second for Laszlo Kolozsi and Villam Ville (5g Beissinger Hanover)at 5.9/1 odds was third for Goran Zolnaji. The veteran class masters competed in the Lajos Matucza Memorial (purse 1,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters – starting car not used due to track conditions). The 1.18.4kr timed victory went to 2.4/1 Aileron (7g Scarlet Knight-Quacelle-Jackpot du Relais) reined by Imre Fazekas for Prolongo Trading and trainer Jozsef Rutkai. Aileron won for second time in three 2019 starts. 56/1 Super Bull (8m Yankee Slide-What A Toy-Alf Palema) was second ahead of 20/1 Time To Say Goodbye (7m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian). Aileron handled the muddy conditions with perfection. Aileron Three year olds were on center stage for the Laszlo Ferge Memorial (purse 1,800,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with the 1.21.2kr timed victory going to 23.5/1 Apollo Creed (3m Vioxx SR-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian). Lajos Marton teamed his trainee to the victory, overcoming a 20 meter handicap. 53/1 Aron K (3m Yankee Mustang-Klementine-LV Glory Bound) took second for trainer/driver Goran Zolnaji and 6/1 Inez Foxx AT (3f Amiral Sunday-Impromtu Hall-Like A Prayer) was third with Boris Kecenovic up for trainer Csaba Lakatos. Ann Bella M (3f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey) was fourth for Branislav Mukity, this one also faced with a 20 meter handicap. Apollo Creed Thomas H. Hicks  

May 5, 2019 - The Groupe I featured Quinte+ Criterium des 4Ans (purse 200,000€, 2850 meters voltstart, 18 starters) went to the 2.7/1 second favorite Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove-Rangoon) with Franck Nivard up for harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Armand Speisser. Falcao won for fifth time in his 23 race career and now has life earnings of 362,030€. Race time was 1.13.2kr off even fractions. 163/1 Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik-Miska des Rondes) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third was 25/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) with Francois Lagadeuc aboard. 8.7/1 Filou d’Auvergne and 24/1 Foxtrot Sea completed the top five. The 2.1/1 favorite Freyja du Pont was among the miscue dq casualties. The Q+ exact order 2€ ticket paid 510,123€ to the three winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 5,560,559€ and the combined pools of all wagers on this race exceeded 11,217,000€. After early rain and sleet the weather turned sunny and the track fast for this classic event. Falcao de Laurme The top flight groupe level action today at Vincennes began early. Eolie de Houelle (5f Goetmals Wood-Sawas de Houelle) took the Gr. III Prix Jean Gauvreau (monte, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, five year olds) with a rallying 1.12.3kr timed victory for jockey Anthony Barrier, trainer/breeder Franck Leblanc and owner Daniel Augereau. She scored for the sixth time in a 30 race career and raised her life earnings to 247,260€. 11/1 Etoile de Bruyere (5f Kenor de Cosse) was second for Damien Bonne, ahead of 20/1 Emilius de Play (5m Hulk des Champs with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. The 1.4/1 favorite Evangelina Blue and 3.3/1 Exotica de Retz were both miscue dq’s. Eolie de Houelle Thomas H. Hicks  

May 4, 2019 - Dante Boko (9g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) took today’s harness racing co-featured V75 Gold at Orebro (200,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart). Trainer Adrian Kolgjini teamed the winner that was timed in 1.10.9kr. The winner scored for the 26th time in 97 career starts and now has life earnings of 8,718,561SEK. Second went to 1.7/1 favorite Charrua Forlan (9g Up Front Larry-Friske Bar-Frisky Frazer) with Emilia Leo aboard for trainer Hans Owe Sundberg. Third was 64/1 Snowstorm Hanover (5m Muscle Massive) with Stefan Melander driving. The other featured event today at Orebro was the Orebro International Stayerlopp (Gr. II, 400,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart). The 1.13.8kr timed victory went to 6.6/1 Mack Dragan (6g Zola Boko-Stons Nettan-Rite On Line) reined by C.J. Jepson for owner/trainer Withelmsson Morgan, as he won for the 19th time in 38 career starts, now for life earnings of 1,697,300SEK. The winner overcame a 20 meter handicap. Second was the 3.4/1 choice On Track Piraten (11g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) that faced a 40 meter handicap and was reined by Rikard N, Skoglund for trainer Hans R. Stromberg. 15/1 Enzo AM (5g Scarlet Knight-Timbe Madrik-Jam Pridem) took third money for pilot Per Nilsson. Mack Dragan The feature for trotting mares today was the Enoch Karlssons Minne (125,000SEK first prize, 2100 meters autostart). The 1.12.1kr timed victory went to 2/1 Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) that Jerry Riordan trains for Italy’s Pietro Gubellini. The winning catch driver was Adrian Kolgjini and Shadow Gar now has 24 career wins in 86 appearances for 5,060,918SEK in life earnings. 10/1 Ginny Weasley (6f Andover Hall-Donepunk-Donerail) took second with Robert Bergh aboard. Third was 8/1 Unique Juli (6f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique-Supergill). Thomas H. Hicks  

May 4, 2019 - Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) took today’s harness racing Gr. I Finlandia AJO at Vermo Helsinki, Finland (purse 190,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters), a length the best at the end, timed in 1.10.5kr (mile rate 1:53.43). Bjorn Goop directed the 1.1/1 favorite to the lead at the 600 meter mark and the race was effectively over. Readly Express, trained by Timo Nurmos, won for the 26th time in 35 career starts and the first money raised his career earnings to 23,011,367SEK. The Bro Byggnads AB owned champion now heads for the Elitloppet later this month. 3/1 Next Direction (6g Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx-SJs Photo) was second for Iikka Nurmonen and 23/1 Chief Orlando (6m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) took third with Antti Teivainen aboard. 10/1 Sorbet and 38/1 Peace Of Mind completed the top five. Readly Express Replay show: The Elitloppet (May 26) invitees to date are: Readly Express, Propulsion, Dijon, Aubrion du Gers, Looking Superb, Uza Josselyn and Double Exposure. Thomas H. Hicks

May 3, 2019 - Jerry Mon (6m Ready Cash-Graziela) took the Friday Quinte+ Prix Bettina (purse 48,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) at Paris-Vincennes with a come from behind five length score timed in 1.11.2kr. Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot for trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA.  It was the second win in France for Jerry Mom and the victory raised his career earnings to 212,896€. He left from post eight and was off at 1.3/1 odds. 20/1 United Love (6m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Bjorn Goop. 46/1 Digne ET Droit (6m The Best Madrik-Plenty Pocket) was third for Tony LeBeller. 6.4/1 Deux Etoiles Gede and 8.3/1 Onceforall Face completed the top five and the Q+ exact order 2€ ticket with those numbers paid 6,846.80€ to the holders of 77 winning tickets. The Q+ pool this day was 4,062,139€ and the total of all race pools exceeded 8,209,000€. On the undercard was the Prix Glauice (purse 47,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters). 4/1 odds Follow Me (4m Volcan d’Urzy-Royale Flower) scored in 1.14.1kr for Eric Raffin and the Jerry Mom connections of trainer Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA.  Follow Me recorded his fifth win in 12 starts in France and increased his career earnings to 83,100€. 7.4/1 Falco du Douet (4m Akin du Cap Vert) was second for Gabriele Gelormini and 13/1 Filou des Tyll (4g Rancho Gede) took the third check with Alexandre Abrivard up. Follow Me The 47,000€ purse Prix Ida (2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) was also on the program and that victory went to the 3/2 odds favorite Feerie Wood (4f Rockefeller Center) with Alexandre Abrivard the reinsman, timed in 1.14kr. 4.8/1 Fiesta des Belver (4f Roi du Coq) was a close second, handled by Gabriele Gelormini. Feerie Wood The upcoming May 5th program at Paris-Vincennes is superb, led by the Gr. I Criterium des 4Ans with entries shown below. The class leader, Face Time Bourbon, at that age opted out of this event to try for the European Championship in Italy. Gr. I Criterium des 4Ans  The May 5 card also includes three other groupe contests: Gr. II monte Prix Jean Gauvreau (100,000€ purse, 2175 meters); Gr. II Prix Albert Demarcq (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters); Gr. II Prix Kerjacques (100,000€ purse, 200 meters international) and the Prix du Rouergue (purse 64,000€, 2100 meters autostart) Thomas H. Hicks  

May 1, 2019 - The great international harness racing traveler Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) recorded his 43rd consecutive victory this day in Spain, the Premi Mao Especial Nacionals at Hipodrom Municipal de Mao, where the winner earned 300€. Trebol was bred, raised and raced as a youngster in Spain before moving to France with then trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. That team achieved great success including several Groupe level victories such as the Gr. I Kymi Grand Prix that he won twice defeating such stalwarts as Timoko, Maven and Oasis Bi. He exhibited a quick turn of foot and was a superb closer at his best in France and elsewhere on the European Masters Circuit. He remained owned in Spain and returned home in 2017, beginning his win streak September 30, 2017 that has now reached 43, besting the previous all-time winning streak of 42 by a trotter, set by the great coldblood Jarvsofaks. Trebol took a record of 1.11kr and has now earned 685,816€ for the career that has produced 75 lifetime wins in 137 starts. Following is a summary of Trebol’s career and photos of him at his best and most recently in victory at Torre del Ram on April 28. Resumen posiciones   Año 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 A D R Nº Carreras Récord Importe 2019 7                     7 1' 17'' 3 982,00 € 2018 28                     28 1' 15'' 7 3.516,00 € 2017 8       2 1 1         12 1' 11'' 5 17.396,00 € 2016 2   1   2   3         8 1' 11'' 6 166.810,00 € 2015 2 2 3 1 1 1 1         11 1' 11'' 6 214.530,00 € 2014   2 1 3   1 3         10 1' 12'' 7 51.720,00 € 2013 2 1 2   1 3 1         10 1' 13'' 5 110.560,00 € 2012     1 1   1           3 1' 14'' 1 9.540,00 € 2011 8   1               1 10 1' 13'' 6 32.203,00 € 2010 9                     9 1' 15'' 3 69.292,00 €   Trebol draws away in the stretch at Torre del Ram (April 28, 2019 Thomas H. Hicks  

Bel Avis (8m Ganymede-Gloria Maris-Workaholic) roared home for harness racing trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, just as he did in his batteria, to take the 70th edition of the Gran Premio Lotteria (purse 603,000€, 1600 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.3kr over the 1000 meter track at Napoli. Disco Volante (6g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) was second for reinsman Bjorn Goop after a pace setting trip where he parked Vitruvio throughout, and third was Ursa Caf (6f Explot Caf-Crismar) with Antonio Esposito aboard. Bazire and Bel Avis followed Disco Volante from a second over journey before making a three wide surge past the tiring Vitruvio late in the final bend, and it was over. Watch the replay here! Bel Avis                    Bel Avis reached the finale with another furious finish to win the third batteria (purse25,300€, 1600 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.6kr. In this one he was away fourth after a slow start and worked his way toward the leaders before jetting away late. Timone EK (m Mr. Vic-Gemona) with Roberto Vecchione up set the pace and gamely held second, ahead of Vanesia EK (5f Explot Caf-Nike EK) with Pietro Gubellini driving. The other batterias went to (the first) Disco Volante (6g Scarlet Knight) with Goop aboard timed in 1.11.9kr in a gate to wire score over Attack Diablo (9g Blue York Yankee) handled by Fed. Esposito and the third finishing Urlo Dei Venti (6m Mago d’Amore).  Disco Volante with Goop       Gaet photo The second batteria saw Vitruvio (5m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM) win timed in 1.11.5kr with an impressive first up brush to the lead at the 600 meter mark and from then on it a controlled win engineered by the trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. This team defeated Ua Huka (6f Muscles Yankee-Fancy Bi) for Rene Legati and third finishing Ursa Caf (6f Exploit Caf) for Ant. Esposito. Before the finale there was the Lotteria Consolation (purse 33,000€, 1600 meters autostart). Here the front end winner was veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) with Gocciadoro again the driver/trainer. Race time was 1.11.1kr. Vernissage Grif (5m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe) was second and Very Joy (5m Napoleon Bar-Nieves Joy) took the third check ahead of Voltaire Gifont (5m Quaker Jet).   Thomas H. Hicks

The day’s Quinte+ race was at Saint Galmier in the Prix Saint-Etienne Metropole (purse 32,000€, 2650 meters, 15 starters).   This event went to 1.15.4kr timed and 4.1/1 odds Defi de Nay (6g Kiwi) with Martin Cormy at the lines for trainer Mickael Cormy and owner Ecurie Manuel Garcia.   This was the winner’s 12th career victory in 34 starts and it increased his career earnings to 169,910€. 1.3/1 odds Chaud Devant (7g Otello Pierji) was net for Adrien Lamy and 8.2/1 Cross Dairpet (7m Quaker Jet) took third for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy. 8/1 Dixit Danica and 11/1 Bosseuse Rush completed the top five.   The exact order Q+ ticket paid 1,111.40€ to 416 winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 3,261,376€ and the total of all pools on this race exceeded 6,818,000€ This same day at Paris-Vincennes was the Gr. II monte Prix Rene Palyart (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, nine starters) with the 1.12.1kr timed victory to the 4/5 favorite Fadu du Chene (4m Singalo-Star du Chene) with jockey P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons for trainer Julien LeMer and owner/breeder Claude Guedj. Fado du Chene                                  -LeTrot photo The winner scored for the ninth time in 16 career appearances and increased his career earnings to 575,700€. The 2.6/1 odds Ferreteria (4f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) was second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 13/1 outsider Flore de Janeiro (4f Vanishing Point) took third money with Anthony Barrier the jockey for owner/trainer Franck Blandin/ Thomas H. Hicks

This third leg of the prestigious Trophee Vert harness racing Series was the Grand Prix de la Ville de Nord Saint Erdre (purse 45,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, 16 starters on the turf) at the hippodrome of the same name.   Victory went to 3.2/1 Beau de Grimoult (8g Pacifique Gede-Quelle Bora) reined by J.F. Senet for trainer Franck Anne and Ecurie de Grimoult. Race time was 1.19.6kr.   The winner recorded career victory 19 in 92 outings, now for 521,100€ in career earnings. 4.4/1 Blues des Landiers (9g Phlegyas) was second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominique Cheradame. Third was the 3/1 odds Vertige de Chenu (10g Lynx de Bellouet) with Eric Raffin at the lines for owner/trainer J.M. Beaudouin.   Thomas H. Hicks

April 27, 2019 - The heavy 1/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) held on for half-length harness racing victory in today’s Gr. II Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, the initial leg of the Challenge Cup Grand Vitesse, held at Argentan. With owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines, the Elitloppet 2019 invitee, won his 44th race in a 68-race career. He now has career earnings of 2,263,447€. The 4.8/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied for second with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner/breeder Philippe Dauphin. 43/1 Tamure Roc (7f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc) took the third check with Santo Mollo at the lines. Aubrion du Gers Earlier in the card was the Prix Texas Charm (monte, purse 25,000€, 2875 meters, 14 starters) and the easy winner was 1.4/1 favorite Napa Valley (7m In Dix Huit-Nadja) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Cees F. Kamminga and owner Tim Oosterhof. The classy performer won for the ninth time in 18 starts in France now for 180,926€ earned. 9/2 Zauni (6m Quite Easy) took second for Mme. Ronja Walter, ahead of 42/1 Cash Drive (7g Reflet Jet) with Mlle. Alexiane Lepage in the irons. Napa Valley Thomas H. Hicks  

April 27, 2019 - At Aby Goteborg, Sweden, today was the harness racing Gr. I UET Masters Series Olympiatravet (purse 271,050€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters). Victory went to the 1.4/1 favorite Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) timed in 1.10.9kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Propulsion won for the 34th time in a 68-race career, this one by a length. 31/1 Handsome Brad (6m Bred de Veluwe-Ulrica M) was second for C.J. Jepson and trainer Ulf Stenstromer. Third was 40/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) for trainer Junior Guelpa. Both were timed in 1.11kr. Day And Night In, Cyber Lane and Utupem completed the top six. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 25, 2019 - The Gran Premio Nazionale Open and Filly divisions took place Thursday at Milano La Maura (1050 meter track) with the Gr. II Nazionale Filly (purse 88,000€, 1650 meters autostart, 14 starters) beginning the harness racing action. In that one Audrey Effe (3f Up And Quick-Simphony Effe-Going Kronos) drew off to an easy 1.13kr score for pilot Andrea Farolfi. Rallying for second was A Sexygirl Par (3f Varenne-Fight For Lux) reined by V.P. Dell’Annunziata. Third went to Alouette (3f Village Mystic-Dordogne-Viki Audrey Effe The Nazionale Open (Gr. I, purse 154,000€, 2250 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to the favored winner Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) clocked in 1.12.3kr. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner to a decisive score over Al Capone Stecca (3m Napoleon Bar-Ombretta Bar-Ganymede) handled by G.P. Minnucci and third finishing Aladin Effe (3m Maharajah-Imperfection Effe-Varenne).  Axl Rose On the undercard was the Gr. III Ettore e Mario Barletta (Gr. III, purse 40,040€, 2700 meters) with that 1.14.2kr timed victory to Showmar (8m SJs Photo-Lucemar-Lemon Dra) with Andrea Guzzinati aboard. He defeated Santiago de Leon (8m Ganymede-Lady Caf-Lindy Lane) with Roberto Vecchione the pilot. Third went to Tornado Del Vento (7g Light Kronos-Gara Del Vento-Toss Out). Alessandro Gocciadoro enjoyed a fine day at Milano winning five including the GP Nazionale. His other wins were with Afrodite Grif (3f Varenne-Fauve Grif-Viking Kronos) in 1.12.7kr; Tantalio (7m Le Touquet-Powerful Victory-Valley Victory) in 1.11.5kr; Zaniah Bi (4f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) in a record 1.10,5kr; and the 1.11.3kr clocked Visia Spin (5f Varenne-Karisma Jet-Enjoy Lavec). The batterias have been announced for the May 1 running of the Gr. I UET Masters Series Gran Premio Lotteria, its 70th edition and with a total purse of 765,900€. There are three batterias and eight upper level trotters in each, followed by the final and a consolation raced at the Agnano racecourse. The lineups include the J-M Bazire teammates Bel Avis and Abydos du Vivier that will face a host of locals in their respective eliminations. Thomas H. Hicks  

Tuesday Paris-Vincennes action was all about three-year old trotteurs led first by the Prix Paul Karle (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, three-year old colts).   In this harness racing event the 1.6/1 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) scored timed in 1.12.4kr, his seventh career win in eight starts, now for 251,500€ earned.   Eric Raffin was the pilot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire of the fine colt bred by Jean Pierre Guay. 9/1 General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec) was a game second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Frederic Prat, with third going to 133/1 Gilmour (3m Tag Wood) reined by Mathieu Mottier. The 3.9/1 odds Gamble River was fourth.   The fillies then took the stage in the Gr. II Prix Masina (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters, three year old fillies) and that race produced a relatively easy score for 6.3/1 Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) with David Thomain up. She was clocked in 1.13.3kr for her fifth career victory in ten starts, now for 212,000€ earned. Philippe Allaire bred and trains the winner for Gitte Paulsen- Allaire.   Girls Talk        - LeTrot photo   Second was 25/1 Gee (3f Brutus de Bailly) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Bruno Bourgoin. 13/1 Grai9ne de Crack (3f Booster Winner-Pearl Mip) took the third check with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Allaire. The 5/10 favorite Green Grass was a miscue dq after coming into the race with three straight wins in 2019.   Thomas H. HIcks

The 3/2 favorite Dream de Lasserie (6g Orlando Vici-Rumba Vinoir) took the fourth of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf on Wednesday at Beaumont de Lomagne.   Race time was 1.13kr of this 85,000€ purse contest raced over 2550 meters distance handicap by 14 harness racing entrants.   The winner, reined by trainer Romain Derieux, for owner Ecurie Daidou, recorded his 18 th career win in 40 appearances, now for 282,250€ earned. 4.9/1 Cap de Narmont (7, Islero de Bellouet) was second for trainer/driver Denis Brossard, with third to 3.3/1 Canular (7g Jet Fortuna) with Franck Nivard aboard. 33/1 Vegas des Pres (10g Indy de Vive) and 23/1 Cross Dairpet (7m Quaker Jet) completed the top five in this Quinte+ race of the day.   There were 424 winning exact order Q+ tickets with each returning 1,541.20€. The Q+ pool was 3,327,144€ and total of all wagering pool on this race exceeded 7,348,000€. . Thomas H. Hicks

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