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April 21, 2019 - Derby du Dollar (8m Rodrigo Jet-Magalia du Dollar) won today’s second leg of the harness racing Trophee Vert Series, this held as the Prix des la Ville d’Ecommoy (purse 45,000€, 2750 meters distance handicap, 18starters) at the Hippodrome Ecommoy. The winner was off as the 2.8/1 favorite and Matthieu Abrivard was the winning pilot for trainer Sylvain Roger, as Derby raised his career earnings to 181,770€ in 31 starts. 9/1 Bachar (8m Prodigious) was second for trainer/trainer Emmanuel Allard after facing a 25 meter handicap, as did third finishing 26/1 Valseme (10g Bijou du Bignon) for Th. Domigny. Vro Leon was fourth ahead of 50 meter handicapped Blues des Landiers. The co-favorite Ceylan Dairpet was eighth. Race time was a quick 1.16kr on the grass. Replay - The Saturday Atlantique win, at Enghien, by J-M Bazire’s Looking Superb earned an Elitloppet invite to join stablemate Aubrion du Gers. They will travel to Solvalla to meet up with 16 others for which Readly Express, Propulsion, Dijon, Double Exposure and Uza Josselyn have been invited so far. On April 29 the Olympiatravet and the May 4th Finlandia AJO are likely to unveil further Elite sprinters. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 20, 2019 - The capable harness racing veteran Ubu Kiraly (6m Vioxx SR-Helikan-Awesome Goal), off at 6.9/1, took today’s Kincsem Park featured Soldo DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) with Lajos Marton the pilot. He was clocked in 1.16.3kr and closed out the verdict with a powerful stretch charge for his first 2019 win in this his second appearance. Even-money favorite Uran Lady (6f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) set the pace and gamely held second ahead of 11/1 Urzulina (6f Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) with Csaba Lakatos at the lines, Thomas H. Hicks  

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

April 19, 2019 - Friday night harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes featured the Prix Aletheia (purse 64,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap). The 25 meter handicapped and 1.1/1 odds favorite Chica de Joudes (7f Jag de Bellouet-Queschia Love) proved the point with a decisive 1.13.5kr timed score. Alain Laurent owns, trains and drove the winner that now has 12 career wins good for 452,720€ earned. She defeated 4.8/1 Defino (6m Speedy Blue-Miss Volo) reined by Mathieu Mottier for breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was another 25 meter penalized starter, 10/1 outsider Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) piloted by trainer Pierre Vercruysse. Detroit Castelets finished fourth. This race was the Quinte_+ race of the day and 2,765 winning ticket holders of exact order top five tickets collected 448.60€ for a 2€ wager. The Q+ pool was 3,942,506€ and the total of all wagers on this race exceeded 7,982,000€. Thomas H. Hicks  

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

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

April 19, 2019 - The 1.37/1 harness racing favorite Perfect Spirit (5m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) took today’s 250,000SEK first money Prins Carl Philips Prize at Farjestad, raced over 1640 meters autostart. Race time was 1.10.1kr. Orjan Kihlstrom reined the former Hambletonian winner that is owned by SRF Stable and trained by Daniel Reden. Perfect Spirit now has 17 career wins in 31 starts for 9,787,579SEK earned.  Hanover Shoe Farms bred the winner that defeated 13/1 Heart Of Steel (5g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) teamed by trainer Peter Untersteiner. 7.7/1 Eldorado B (5m Maharajah-Alexia Hammering-Smasher) was third with Torbjorn Jansson the pilot. Yesterday in Sweden, at Gavle, there were two interesting winner. The 3/2 favorite Acciaio (3m Love You-Light My Candle-Garland Lobell) won a 2140 meter autostart event (first prize 100,000SEK) with Alessandro Gocciador up, the trainer for owner Scuderia Pink and Black. Race time was for this three time winner in 10 career starts. Also on the Gavle card was a 2140 meters autostart event for mares (150,000SEK first prize) that went to 4.6/1 Vivacious Allie (4f Muscle Hill-KD Girl-Self Possessed). Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Daniel Reden. Race time was 1.15.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

The 4/5 odds favorite Carly (7g Rolling d’Heripre-Thea de Jelma) easily took the featured Prix Cornelia (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) at Paris-Vincennes.   Race time was 1.13.3kr as the winner recorded her 18th harness racing career victory in 40 starts, now for life earnings of 401,160€.   Carly has won five in a row in 2019 and has eight victories in his last nine starts, all monte events.   His jockey today was Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin.   The 10/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (8f Niky-Kuala Lampur) took the distant second with Camille Levesque in the irons for trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Pierre Levesque. 52/1 Vivier de l’Oison (10g Prince de Montfort-Punaise) took the third spot for jockey Morgane Blot and trainer Vincent Jarry.   Carly                       -LeTrot photo   On the undercard was the Prix Clorinde (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) that went to 1.11.9kr timed and 10/1 odds Eire d’Helios (5f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Pomme du Lys). Francois Lagadeuc was the pilot of the Franck Harel trainee that is owned by Ecurie d’Helios. The winner took her seventh victory in 18 career starts, now for 103,600 earned.   43/1 Eclipse d’Orient (5f Un Mec d’Heripre-Richesse d’Orient) was second for David Thomain and 13/1 Evitade Reux (5fGoetmals Wood-Tensita Love) took the third check, with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard aboard.   Superb trots are on tap for April 20 at Enghien. The Gr. I Prix de l’Atlantique headlines the program supported by the Gr. II Prix Gaston de Waziers (100,000€ purse, 2875 meters, four year old females) and the Gr. II Prix Gaston Brunet (purse 100,000€, 2875 meters, four year old males).   These races will showcase Bold Eagle, Fleche Bourbon and Face Time Bourbon. See below for the Atlantique lineup.     Thomas H. Hicks

Sunday’s trotting action at Torino (Italy) included the Premio Campili (two eliminations for purses of 11,000€ each, 1600 meters autostart) and a final for €13,200 purse and raced over the same distance.   The batteria (elimination) winners were Ua Huka (6f Muscles Yankee-Fancy Bi-Toss Out) timed in 1.12.6kr with harness racing driver Rene Lagati up. She defeated Unno del Duomo and Venanzo Jet.   The second batteria saw Varieta’ Luis (5m Ideale Luis-Griff Baby-Sugarcane Hanover) win timed in 1.11.6kr. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the better that defeated Specialess and Ticket To Ride.   The finale was a match race and Varieta’ Luis went offstride early and Ua Huka zoomed to victory timed in 1.14.1kr for Rene Lagati.   On the card was also the Premio Mario Riccio Memorial (purse 13,200€, 1600 meters autostart).   The 1.11.9kr timed winner was Pantera del Pino (10f Turbo Sund-Desire’ del Pino-Sugarcane Hanover) reined by Rene Legati and she has career earnings of 223,342€.   Urlo dei Venti (6m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) was second and Vernissage Grif (5m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe) was third. Timone EK was sixth upon return from Sweden.   Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday at Paris-Vincennes showcased several groupe events beginning with the Prix Jean Riaud (Gr. III, purse 90,000€. 13 starters, a Quinte+ race of the day), named after the trainer/driver of the great Jamin.   In this one, trainer J-M Bazire send out a talented team of three from his training stable and all were in the top five finishers. 9/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) was the 1.12.5kr timed winner with Alexandre Abrivard the reinsman for trainer Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule.   He won for the 19 th time in 55 career starts now for life earnings of 78,360€. Bazire’s favorite, the 2.3/1 Cleangame (7gOuragon de Celland-Red Bell), took second with J-M Bazire up for owner Rancoule.   Third was 19/1Anzi des Liards (9g Look de Star) handled by Romain Derieux. 29/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne) and 17/1 Bel Avis (8g Ganymede) completed the top five, the latter a Bazire trainee and reined by Nicolas Bazire.   19/1 Traders and 41/1 Delia du Pommereux earned the last two checks. The Q+ payoff of a 2€ exact order winning ticket was 2,713.80 and there were 276 winners. The Q+ pool was 4,850,782€ and the total of all the race pools was 90,826,000€. The co-featured Gr. II Prix Henri Levesque (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, nine five year old starters) produced an impressive victory for 9/10 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. The win was the first in 2019 for the now nine time career winner in 30 starts for 522,780€ earned. Race time was a swift 1.11kr. The 2.8/1 second choice Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) was second, driven by Alexandre Abrivard and 3.6/1 Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout), a Prix D’Amerique starter, was a distant third for pilot David Thomain. 22/1 Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko-Romances du Ruel) finished fourth for trainer/driver Franck Anne. The Prix de Chateau-Gaillard (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 18 starters) included some upper level campaigners and victory went to 3.1/1 Nancy America (8f Revenue-Camarque) in rein to Franck Nivard for Stall Leumas and trainer Philippe Billard. The victory increases her life earnings to 299,078€. Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) took second as the 7/10 favorite and with Jean Michel Bazire driving. Third was 12/1 Bleu Ciel (8g Milord Drill) with Adrian Lamy the pilot. Monte performers (three year olds) contested the Gr. II Prix Hemine (monte, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, seven starters, three year olds) and even-money favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes-Aurones des Charmes) prevailed for jockey Paul Philippe Ploquin, trainer Christophe Chalon and owner Ecurie Chalon. Gala Tejy                              -LeTrot photo He earned his second career victory in 10 outings now for 123,140€ earned. Race time was 1.14.8kr. 2.4/1 Guerilla de Simm (3f Brillantissime) took second with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard the Philippe Allaire owned and trained filly. Third was 15/1 Girlikova (3f Torino Pierji) that Emmanuel Allard trains and Mathieu Mottier was in the irons. Thomas H. Hicks

The famous Seinajoki harness race took place today in Finland, raced over 2100 meters autostart, seven starters) and 11.3/1 Atupem (6, Andover Hall-Rudy Rose) scored timed in 1.11.8kr with a strong late rally from the back, engineered by pilot Santtu Raitala. First prize was 70,000€ to the Finland-bred winner. Pastor Bob was a close second with Johan Untersteiner up. Chief Orlando held third for driver Antti Teivainen. Trendy OK was a game fourth after racing first over for Alessandro Gocciadoro and On Track Piraten was fifth with Hans R. Stromberg driving. Dreammoko was sixth for Win Paal. The race time was anew race record, lowering the 1.12.1kr mark set in 2016 by El Mago Pellini then handled by Adrian Kolgjini. Earlier in the day at Umaker (SWE), the UM Fastfigheter V75 Gold went to 1.3/1 Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom to the 1.11.3kr timed victory. Propulsion recorded his 37th career win in 67 starts now for 23,439,062SEK earned. 3.9/1 Muscle Hustle (6m Muscle Mass- Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) was second for Robert Bergh, ahead of 56.9/1 Eder Bob (8m Crazed) reined by Rickard N. Skoglund.   Thomas H. Hicks

Friday’s harness racing action at Milan Italy featured the Grand Premio Nazionale Prep (purse 13,200€, 2250 meters autostart) and Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) impressed with a 1.13kr seven-length victory with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro driving.   The career winner of 170,714€ defeated Adelante (3m Ready Cash-Iniziale) reined by Marco Smorgon and third finishing Ares Caf (3m Ideale Luis-Ira Caf) with Andrea Guzzinati the pilot. The in the Premio Lana del Rio (purse 13,200€, 1650 meters autostart) the winner was Vitruvio (5m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) clocked in 1.11.3kr. He was a five length winner after rallying from fifth with a three-wide move into the final turn. Trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro reined the winner of 697,196€. Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) and Unicorno SLM (6m Love You-CL Brightness-King Conch) followed the winner.   Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s featured harness racing trot at Kincsem Park was the classic Pulay Kornel Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the rallying Underpaid Hanover (10m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) got up on the line to win timed in 1.15.2kr.   He was off at 73.8/1 in this his first 2019 start.   Driver Csaba Lakatos steered the winner, for trainer Jozsef Rutkai and owner Prolongo, that raised his career earnings to 67,979,392Huf.   The veteran Milliondollar Lux (13m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) was a game second for Emese Vezer and trainer Emil Csordas, off at 147.2/1 odds. The 19.4/1 Victory Knick (7g Cantab Hall-Lapponic Knick-Lindy’s Crown) was third, this one also trained by Csordas and reined by Ferenc Nagy II. 17/1 Pierra du Bar and 3.2/1 Iago d’Amore earned the next two checks while even- money favorite Aileron finished eighth. Earlier, in the Cenzor DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart), Longines was a gate to wire winner for Gyorgy Horvath and trainer Imre Fazekas. Longines                  -Kincsem Park files/photos      The Pimri owned mare earned her first 2019 victory after a game second two weeks ago over an extended distance. She is now 11 wins in 12 career starts. The five year old daughter of Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor today bested Sacramento TIM and Villeneuve. Ahead in early May is the annual Kincsem Park Food Truck Festival complete with racing, music, entertainment and racing covering the May 3-5 programs. -Kincsem Park files/photos  Thomas H. Hicks

The 88,000€ purse Premio Citta di Torino was raced Sunday at Torino Italy over 2060 meters by a good harness racing field of four year olds.   Victory went to 1.12.5kr timed Zacon Gio (4m Ruty Grif-May Glide Font SM) trained by Holger Ehlert and reined by Roberto Vecchione.   He rallied on the backside on the final lap to defeat Zlatan (4m Napoleon Bar-Nastassia Bi) with G.P.Minnucci aboard. Ziosauro Jet (4m Maharajah- Liberte) took third ahead of Vidana Grif (4m Ready Cash) and Zilath (4m Maharajah) completed the top five.   The winner’s pedigree:     On Saturday other trots in Europe included the LC Peterson Broddas Minne at Jagersro, this an Olympiatravet trial for 200,000SEK first money.   The 1.11.4kr timed winner over the 2140 meters autostart course, was 9.6/1 Day Or Night In (7m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Peter Untersteiner aboard and Invexbro AB and trainer Yohan Untersteiner. 3/1 Cyber Lane (6g Raja Mirchi- Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) was second for Johan Untersteiner and 3/1 Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema) was third with Joakim Lovgren up.   Thomas H. Hicks

Sunday’s first leg of the prestigious Trophee Vert series (purse 45,000€, 2650 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) drew a big audience at Hippodrome d’Oraison.   The 1.21.9 timed victory went to 162/1 odds outsider Aulne Planais (9g Orsy Dream-Fella Josselyn) reined by trainer Christopher Haret for owner G.J. Brunet.   He scored for the ninth time in 87 career starts now for 166,230€ in life earnings. 16/1 Vencedor (10m Prodigious), handicapped 25 meters, was second for David Bekaert and third was 5.9/1 Comte du Vivier (7g Prince Gede) handled by Franck Jamard, this one also handicapped 25 meters.   The 2.1/1 favorite Visitor finished eighth.   Replay: The same day at Avenches was the Grand Prix de Printemps (purse 10,663€, 2400 meters) that brought together the best aged trotteurs in Switzerland. The 1/5 odds favorite Uza Joselyn (8f Love You-Teza Josselyn) scored timed in 1.15.6kr for trainer Rene Aebischer, owner Ecurie Rhythm and Blues and reinsman Gabriele Gelormini. Uza Josselyn                                       -LeTrot photo A winner 19 times in 40 starts, Uza now has life earnings of 1,049,670€. 19/1 Verrazano Bridge (10g Offshore Dream) was second for Adrien Burger and third was 3.8/1 Swedishman (13g Gogo) handled by trainer Mme. Patricia Felber, this one a career winner of 1,337,280€.   Thomas H. Hicks

Today at Lyon la Soie was the third harnes racing leg of the prestigious Gr. II Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse 85,000€, 3250 meters distance handicap), also the Quinte+ race of the day.   Victory went to the 1.4/1 favorite Colt des Essarts (7m Olitro-Navy Vaumicel) piloted by Francois Lagadeuc for breeder/owner Ecurie d’Essarts to his 16 th career win in 37 starts now for 316,290€ earned. Race time was 1.13.8kr.   Second was the 3.6/1 odds and 25 meter handicapped Ceylan Dairpet (7g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) with Tony LeBeller aboard. The 41/1 longshot Verika Dairpet (10f Kudo de Castelle) was third handled by Lean Boillereau.   The last pair in the exact order top five was 17/1 Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas), also a 25 meter handicapped horse, reined by Dominique Cheradame, and the fifth finishing 24/1 Criss Dairpet (7m Quaker Jet) piloted by Mickael Cormy.   Colt d’Essarts       -LeTrot photo   The Q+ exact order 2€ ticket paid 24,772.20€ to the 35 winning ticketholders and the Q+ pool was 3,677,812€.   The total of all wagering pools on the race, including the Q+, was 7,863,000€.   Tuesday at Vincennes was the Gr. III Prix Atlas (purse 70,000€, 2100 meters autostart) for three year old males. The 2.2/1 favorite Gamble River (3m Un Mec d’Heripre-Olga de la Grenne) scored for driver Francois Lagadeuc, trainer Sebastien Guarato, and owner/trainer Gerard Manzi.   Gamble River     -LeTrot photo   The winner recorded his fourth victory in nine starts now for 86,000€ in life earnings. Race time was 1.13.1kr.   A close second was 2.3/1 Gospel Pat (3m Uriel Speed-Namorosa) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. 6.6/1 Galactic (3m Oh James) took the third check with Matthieu Abrivard the pilot.   Thomas H. Hicks

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