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Saturday’s V75 harness racing card in Sweden was at Mantorp. The big races were the STL Gold worth 200,000SEK to winner of the 2140 meters autostart event contested by seven upper level campaigners.   The 1.13.1kr timed winner was 3.4/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M-Red Xing) with Carl Johan Jepson aboard.    This was the first 2019 appearance for the now 11 time career winner of 2,212,543SEK. Second was 7.3/1 Vasterboonthenews (11g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) with Orjan Kihlstrom up and third was 3.7/1 Milligan’s School (6m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) for Ulf Eriksson.   This one was bred in the USA (Ohio) by Dick and Joyce McClelland.   The co-featured Kjell P Dahlstroms Minne (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, nine starters) saw the 1.8/1 favorite Zack’s Zoomer (5m Deweycheatumnhowe-Passageway-Angus Hall) score timed in 1.14.1kr.   The Stall TZ owned and Stefan Melander trained winner secured his 15 th career victory with Orjan Kihlstrom up this day, in 37 starts now for 2,712,260SEK earned, with this first 2019 start.   Brittany Farms bred Zack’s Zoomer last raced in the USA for Erv Miller in October 2017. 12.9/1 Catch My Love (5f Symphonic Hanover-Give Me Your Love-Pine Chip) took second ahead of 4/1 Transcendence (5g Maharajah-Full Authority-Scarlet Knight).   Thomas H. Hicks

March 15, 2019 - Today was the finale of the harness racing Winter Meet at Cagnes-sur-Mer and there was a good lineup of trotting action that began with the Prix de Syracuse (purse 27,000€, 2925 meters, 13 European starters). In this race the 5/10 favorite Popeye Diamant (8g Love You-Jasmin Diamant) won again timed in 1.14.5kr, his fourth win in eight starts in France. Gerhard Biendl trains and drove the winner for Stall M.S. Diamanten as he increased his career earnings to 154,789€. 3.4/1 Ursus Caf (6m Toss Out-Nespola Caf) was two lengths back second for Enrico Bellei, and third was 8.3/1 Callicot du Vivier (7g Repeat Love-Kalika du Vivier) with trainer Y-A Briand at the lines. Popeye Diamant The Cagnes-sur-Mer Winter Meet finale feature today was the Gr. III Prix de Vincennes (purse 80,000€, 2925 meters, 11 starters). The 4.9/1 odds Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier-Ozo de Laumont) scored timed in 1.13.8kr with trainer Stephane Cingland aboard for owner Josiane Pigaue, her 18th career win in 52 starts that raised career earnings to 306,830€. 78.6/1 Creative Castel (f Pomerol de Laumac) was second for J.Ch. Feron, the pilot for trainer Nicolas Ensch. 2.7/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede) took third for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy, ahead of the 2/1 favorite Calle Crown (5m Great Challenger) with David Bekaert up. 2.9/1 Bolt (8m Prince Gede) was fifth for Junior Guelpa in this competitive field. Bulle de Laumont To watch a replay of this race click here.             Today’s featured trot at Mauquenchy was the Prix de la Societe des Courses de Bihorel (purse 29,000€, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) and 1.6/1 favorite Moni Viking (6m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) prevailed with Bryan Coppens teaming for trainer Pierre Vercruysse. The winner is owned in Norway by Jan Lyng and racing barefoot today he recorded his third victory in 10 starts in France, now for 186,629€ earned for the career. 12.6/1 Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) rallied for second handled by David Thomain for trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA, this one a full-brother to Traders. 19.5/1 Concerto Cointerie (g Quopeck) took third for Nicolas Dromigny ahead of 4.2/1 Caresse (7f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover) reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Bjorn Goop. Moni Viking Earlier in the week it was announced that the 2019 Prix d’Amerique winner, Belina Josselyn, was sidelined until Fall Season due to injury. Belina also won the Prix de Paris marathon event that completed the France Triple Crown events. She was the first mare in 20 years to win the Amerique. The injury statement follows (translated): Wednesday, late in the morning, Jean-Michel Bazire gave news of his champion, Bélina Josselyn (eight years old), victim of a slight crack of the rudimentary internal metacarpal of the anterior left. "At the end of the meeting, I felt that she had lost some flexibility, but I thought the whole rest would do her good," says JMB. But we saw a little mark on the result of the control radio that she passed; This is a small crack. Nothing serious, he adds, even if his spring season is cancelled. " Heroic, this winter, in Vincennes, during which time she won the Grand Prix of America and the Paris Marathon, the ballerina of the French trot could be reviewed in the fall, in the province. "If all goes well, she will be re-started in September or October," said Bazire. Belina will have six weeks of stall rest due to the injury. Thomas H. Hicks

March 15, 2019 - The great gelding Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) returned to harness racing action today at Caen, winning the Prix de Cauvicourt (purse 32,000€, 2200 meters autostart, 14 starters in this Quinte+ event). Owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the now 42-time winner in just 66 starts to the 1.13.2kr timed victory. His career earnings reached 2,197,179€ with today’s win. Marie Brigette Anty bred this champion. The 1/5 favorite left the gate from post one and was away third between horses before gaining the lead that he did not relinquish. 25.1/1 Blues de Landiers (8g Phlegyas-Mega des Landiers) rallied for second and 17.7/1 Clif de Pommereux (7m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) took third with David Thomain up for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 19.6/1 Dreammoko (6m Timoko) took fourth ahead of 32.6/1 Alamo du Goutier. The Quinte+ payoff for a winning 2€ ticket was 1844.60€. There were 495 winning tickets and the Q+ pool was 3,883,229€. The race total pools, all bets, reached 8,029,000€. Aubrion du Gers For the Race Replay click here.   On the same card was the Prix de Canapville (purse 31,000€, 2450 meters, 13 European starters) and the 1.12.7kr timed winner was 2.1/1 Very Kronos (5m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) with Erik Adielsson at the lines for trainer Svante Bath and owner Kjell Johansson. The winners career earnings increased to 133,507€ as Very Kronos won his first race in France in two starts. 10.4/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for breeder/owner/trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 5.6/1 Current Affair (5f Love You-Global Future) secured the third check with David Thomain aboard for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. 2.2/1 Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was fourth for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. The pace in this race was contested initially by Spickleback Face (5g Raja Mirchi-No Finish Line) that Robert Bergh trains and Frabck Nivard teamed. Very Kronos For the race replay click here.    Thomas H. Hicks

March 10, 2019 - Today top trotting action was at Padova (Italy) with two co-featured harness racing events. The Gr. III Grand Premio Citta di Padova (purse 40,040€, 1640 meters autostart) saw Zabul FI (4m Ganymede-Sole del Rio-Varenne) score timed in 1.12kr over the half-mile track, with Andrea Farolfi aboard for trainer Mauro Baroncini. The winner sat the pocket before emerging for stretch surge that increased his career earnings to 205,996€. Zlatan (4m Napoleon Bar-Nastassia Bar) was second after racing parked out for driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Zante Laser (4f Maharajah-India di Jesolo-Toss Out) was third. The other top race was the Grand Premio Padovanelle (purse 40,040€, 1640 meters autostart) and veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) benefitted from a pocket trip engineering by driver Alessandro Gocciadoro to win timed in 1.12.3kr. Sonia (8f Donato Hanover-Ele Cod-Uronometro) was second for driver Rene Legati, with third to Viola Trio (5f Nad Al Sheba-Face Trio-Toss Out). On Saturday March 9 the V75 Gold in Sweden was at Farjestad (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with victory to 1.4/1 favorite On Track Piraten (11g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), his second straight Gold win in 2019. Rikard N. Skoglund teamed the Hans R. Stromberg trainee that scored in 1.13.1kr, for the 45 time in a 144 race career now for 17,516,005 SEK earned. 9.3/1 Phantasm SOA (6m Cromwell-Uiver H-Uver LB) took the second check for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Anders Lundstrom. Third went to the 89.5/1 longshot Rocky Winner (11m Credit Winner) reined by Oskar J. Andersson for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Today at Kalmar 2/1 Muscle Hustle (6m Muscle Mass-Crown Lauren-Cantab Hall) scored in the Stayerserien (35,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart) timed in 1.14.3kr with trainer Robert Bergh at the lines. Bergh and Ecurie des Charmes own Muscle Hustle that won for the 15th time in 47 career starts now for 3,945,230€ earned. He last raced in October 2016 in Canada before export. He is being pointed for a possible Elitloppet appearance in late May. Thomas H. Hicks

March 9, 2019 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured trot was the Ezerjo DIJ (purse 600,000€, 2400 meters autostart, seven starters) and the 1.17.2kr timed winner was 2.3/1 odds Zseda (4f Frullino Jet-Filigran-Witsends Speedy) reined by Csaba Lakatos. He co-owns the winner with Napsugar and Zseda was bred by Kabala Menes Kft. The 5/2 second favorite Disney HR (6f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) was second for Balazs Juhasz and third went to 3.4/1 Timoko RL (6m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal). Trotting action resumes on March 17 and that program includes the fast class Janos Brody Memorial. Below are the remaining fast class events scheduled for 2019 including the Magyar Trotting Derby on June 30th. Zseda Thomas H. Hicks

March 9, 2019 - Saturday’s harness racing trotting action at Cagnes sur Mer showcased the start of the weekend of speed with five of the seven races contested at the unusual 1609 meters (one mile) autostart format. The Prix de Pise (purse 21,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European eligibles six year old females) saw Gina Schermer (6f Varenne-Ellymay) score in gate to wire fashion for Rick Ebbinge, the pilot for trainer Jeruen Engwerda and owner Stal Schermer. She was timed in 1.10.6kr (mile 1:53.4) and the victory increased her career earnings to 84,599€. Ua Huka (6f Muscles Yankee-Fancy Bi) took second with Rene Legati at the lines for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third was Ulena Car (6f Garden Spot-Ghinea Car) with G.P. Minucci up for trainer Lorenzo Baldi. Gina Schermer The other mile distance races also showed speed. The Prix Pisoni (purse 20,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European eligibles) went to the 3/5 favorite Rache HBD (9m Brad’s Photo-Liebe HBD) timed in 1.11.2kr (mile 1:54.6) with Cesare Ferranti aboard for trainer/owner Matteo Rostelli, 33.4/1 Thiago Three (g Naglo) was second for Romain Derieux and Bella de la Basle (8f Echo) took third for pilot Y-A Briand. The winner now has career earnings of 117,606€. The six year old males battled in the Prix de Balogne (purse 21,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European eligible six year old males) with Umberto (6m Broadway Hall-Depuis Blue) victorious for driver Filippo Rocca and trainer Fausto Barelli. Race time was 1.11.2kr (mile 1:54.5) for the now career winner of 86,352€. Muscle Boy AS (6m Muscle Hill-Zelda Per) was second for Cornelia Mayr, trainer Gerhard Mayr and Stall Antonshof. Third went to Unorcs duc Grafa’ (6m Goetmals Wood-Minuit) with Claudio Baldi aboard for trainer Cristian Rizzo. Apprentice drivers contested the Prix de Naples (purse 12,000€, 1609 meters autostart) with Vitinou (10f Jet Fortuna-Hircca) victorious timed in 1.11.8kr (mile 1:55.5). Thomas Audin teamed this Junior Guelpa trainee. Amateur drivers battled in the Prix de Modene (purse 5,500€, 1609 meters autostart) with Cactus du Donjon (7g So Lovely Girl-Reine du Donjon) scoring, timed in 1.12.6kr (mile 1:56.8). Celine Huguet teamed the winner for trainer Guillaume Richard Haguet. On the good harness racing undercard this Grand Criterium de Vitesse day was a selection of races for three, four and five year olds plus the day’s Quinte+ event.  The Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Rome (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters, 15 European starters) with the favorite being 1.2/1 Cash And Go, the brother to Bold Eagle. He was in the hunt early, took a pocket seat, and showed little in the lane as the death seat traveling and 13.7/1 Colonel Bond (7g Revel d’Anama-Miss Margaretha) scored timed in 1.13.8kr. Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot for trainer J.P. Ensch and owner Alain Dutheil. The winner recorded his 13th career win in 56 starts now for 378,050€ earned. 11.8/1 Viking Fromentro (10g Capriccio) was second for Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque, ahead of 12.8/1 Balooka du Boccail (8g f Look de Star) reined by trainer Yves Hurel. 6.8/1 Usain Henna and 16.9/1 Baldi Star completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff for a 2€ ticket was 92,382.20€. There were 18 winning tickets and the Q+ pool was 6,284,172€, setting up total race pools (all bets including the Quinte+) of over 10,039,000€. The Prix de Vichy (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, eight three year old starters) went to the 7/10 favorite Go On Boy (3m Password-Balginette) reined by trainer Romain Derieux to his fourth win in just seven career starts, Race time was 1.15.4krkr for the now earner of 49,420€.  The 3.9/1 Gun Sissi (4m Vabellino) was second with trainer Y-A Briand aboard and 9.7/1 Giorgio Perrine (3g Aladin d’Ecajeul) was third for owner/trainer/driver Anthony Muidebled, who has a great day at CSM along with Derieux. Famous Lady (4f Prodigious-Une Lady de Nappe) took the Prix Var-Matin (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, four year olds) clocked in 1.13.7kr with Eric Raffin the catch-driver of this 5.4/1 odds mare. Nicolas Ensch trains this one for breeder/owner Louis Baudron and the win increased her life earnings to 77,990€. The 9/10 favorite First In Love (4m Goetmals Wood-Just In Love) was second with Loris Garcia aboard for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. Third was 16.2/1 Franklin Park (4g Prince Gede) for the aforementioned Anthony Muidebled, the owner/trainer/driver. The 14.2/1 outsider Ekiango de Nile (5g Olimede-Sophia Saint Juvin) took the Prix du Club de l’Eco (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, five year olds) timed in 1.13.7kr and reined by owner/trainer Anthony Muidebled to victory that raised his life earnings to 123,310€. The 4/5 favorite Elvis du Vallon (5m Reve de Beylev) was second reined by trainer Nicolas Ensch. Third went to 5/1 Eclat de Gloire (5g Tiego d’Etang) with trainer Loris Garcia at the lines. The Prix Club Sante (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, 11 starters) went to the 5/2 favorite Django du Bocage (6g Real de Lou-Plume Bleue) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Romauld Mourice to the 1.13.6kr victory, his 10th in 42 starts for 158,800€ earned. 14.8/1 Dimidisia (6f Phlegyas) was second for trainer/driver Loris Garcia and 4.6/1 Delmonica (6f Prince d’Espace) was third handled by owner/trainer Anthony Muidebled. Thomas H. Hicks

March 10, 2019 - Today’s Gr. I UET Master Series Grand Criterium de Vitesse Nice-Matin (purse 170,000€, 1609 meters autostart, nine harness racing International starters) went to late rallying Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Timo Nurmos and owner Bro Byggnads AB.  The grand champion tied the race record of 1.08.90kr set a year ago by Bold Eagle, and increased his career earnings to 2,201,824€. Goop and Ready Express were away from the gate sixth as Romain Derieux put Dijon (6m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) on the lead with Uza Josselyn (8f Love You-Teza Josselyn) in the pocket for Gabriele Gelormini. Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) fired off the gate from past seven and engaged Dijon, but Derieux did not take back. Dijon parked the Eagle around the first turn and into the backside when Bold Eagle showed weakness. He was being followed by Bahia Quesnot (8g Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) and her pilot Junior Guelpa took up the challenge to Dijon as they battled into the long lane when Dijon looked a winner until Readly Express caught him nearing the official finish post at Cagnes sur Mer and moved ahead by half-length at the extra 1609 meter finish line. Dijon and Bahia Quesnot, both timed in 1.09kr, gamely held second and third with Uza Josselyn fourth clocked at 1.09.2kr. Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was away fifth and finished fifth timed in 1.09.3kr and trying to follow Readly Express. Unique Juni and Bold Eagle was dq’s, the latter pacing in the lane after fading badly. Click here for a video replay   Thomas H. Hicks

March 5, 2019 - Today’s harness racing trotting action at Kuurne Belgium featured the Grand Prix d’Hivier (purse 24,000€, 2875 meters, 16 International starters). The 11.9/1 outsider Panoramic (9g Scarlet Knight-Cartolina Spin) scored timed in 1.16kr for Jules Van Den Putte Jr. and trainer Henk A.J. Grift. The win raised his career earnings to 186,428€ for owners M&G Scicluna. 8.2/1 Valentino Strix (8g Going Kronos) took second money with Joseph Verbeeck aboard and third was 11.6/1 Highness Worthy (8m SJs Photo) for Mme. Hanna Huygens. 5.4/1 Riviera As (9f Cantab Hall-Furtune As) was fourth and the 3/2 favorite Thai Investment was a dq. Panoramic Lightly raced three year old fillies contested the Prix de Pivoines (purse 23,000€, 2150 meters autostart, eight starters) at Cagnes sur Mer. The 5.4/1 Guard’s Fella (3f Royal Dream-Romane’s Fella) scored for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch timed in 1.17.1kr, her second career victory in five outings. 12.1/1 Glace Au Chocolat (3f Village Mystic) was second for trainer/driver Pierrick Le Moel and 3.6/1 Guadalupe (3f Vulcain de Vandel) was third, handled by her trainer Dominick Locqueneux. The 3/5 favorite Gelinotte de Bry (3f Bold Eagle) was fourth for Romain Derieux, after winning her first career start. Guard’s Fella Thomas H. Hicks

March 6, 2019 - This day’s Quinte+ race of the day was the first leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse 85,000€, 2900 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) at Amiens, with victory earned by 8.1/1 Bleu Ciel (8g Milord Drill-Quelle Action) with Adrien Lamy aboard for breeder/owner/trainer Mme. Jean Morice. The winner recorded his 13th career win in 78 appearances and increased his life earnings to 295,650€. The 1.8/1 favorite Cadix (7f Ready Cash-Mazurka) was second for trainer/driver Alain Laurent and Ecurie Cheffreville. Third was 7/1 Diego du Guelier (6m Kepler-Ophelie la Garenne) for Mathieu Mottier and his owner/trainer Dominique Mottier. 17/1 Beerscott and 9/1 Cyriel d’Atom completed the top five and the exact order Q+ 2€ winning tickets returned 10,400.20€. The Q+ pool was 3,766,480€ and the race total pools, including Q+, exceeded 8,240,000€. The field is now set for the Gr. I UET Masters Series Grand Criterium du Vitesse, to be held at Cagnes sur Mer on March 10. Readly Express drew post one with Bjorn Goop to drive for trainer Timo Nurmos. Bold Eagle drew post seven with regular pilot Franck Nivard aboard. Speed weekend begins Saturday with five races scheduled over the 1609 meters distance, unusual in France. The lineup follows for the Grand Criterium of Speed: C6 - GRAND CRITERIUM DE VITESSE NICE-MATIN 170 000€ The speed record for the race was lowered in 2018 by Bold Eagle to 1.08.9kr as he defeated Billie de Montfort and Dijon (both starters in the 2019 edition), besting the 1.09.5kr record set in 2017 by Timoko at 1.09.5kr, that was the fourth win of this classic by the great Timoko. Thomas H. Hicks

March 2, 2019 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing program featured the Tavaszi Handicap (purse 1,100,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap. The 3.8/1 Asterix Evo (7m Broadway Hall-Rompaway Quincy-Tabor Lobell) scored timed in 1.21.1kr with Sandor Turbucz driving for trainer Laszlo Kolozsi, his second victory in three 2019 starts. 3.1/1 Kelvin AT (6m Even Better Odds-Keystone Bluejay-Sierra Kosmos) was second with trainer Csaba Lakatos aboard. The 20 meter handicapped and 8.8/1 odds Uncia (6f Medic Hanover-Fenicia-Yankee Yankee) took third with Branislav Mukity at the lines. Asterix Evo The top undercard race was the Pipacsos DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters) with the veteran Sanger MS (9g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) victorious at 8.1/1 odds, timed in 1.18.1kr. Goran Zolnajz was the driver and also the trainer of Sanger MS that now has three 2019 wins in as many starts. 2.1/1 favorite Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was second with trainer Balazs Juhasz aboard and 16.3/1 Oldtimer Diamant (9g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) took the third check with Andor Angyal driving for trainer Emil Csordas. Sanger MS Also on the wagering card was the Uveg Tigris DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.1/1 favorite Queen Of Korea BD (4f Korean-Queen Cape) prevailed timed in 1.20.7kr for Goran Zolnaji aboard. The Korean daughter, he the sire of now US based Sebastian K, was bred in Romania by Albisor Marius. Of particular interest this day was the reappearance of undefeated Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) that Gyorgy Horvath piloted in a qualifying event. The Imre Fazekas trainee scored in 1.17.5kr on the front from the first step off the gate as she won by some 20 lengths. This fine mare was bred in Germany by Munster based Kornelius Heitmann, and she posted three wins in the fall of her three year old year and another seven straight at age four. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 2, 2019 - With the winter harness racing meet at Vincennes concluded this day, interesting trotting action is moving to other venues. The Cagnes sur Mer winter meet continues and today was the Prix Fan Idole (purse 36,000€, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters). 12.7/1 outsider Antoine du Bourg (9g Oyonnax-Pin Up du Bourg) scored with Christophe Martens aboard, timed in 1.13.64kr. It was his 11th career win in 85 starts, now for 261,575€ earned. 7.2 Bise du Coglais (8f Prince Gede) was second handled by L.G. Richard for trainer Romuald Mourice, and third went to 4/1 Baileyse (8f Opus Viervil). Antoine du Bourg The card also included the Prix Mister Lucker (purse 29,000€, 2925 meters, eight starters) and the 1.14.79 timed winner was 2.2/1 odds Do It Again (6g Singalo-New Creation) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Arnold J. Mollema and owner Draviet Stables. Do It Again Cagnes sur Mer will be on the radar screen next Sunday as it features the Criterium of Speed. The race usually attracts some of the better International sprinters currently racing and this year Bold Eagle and Readly Express are rumored to be starters. Thomas H. Hicks

March 2, 2019 - Four groupe events and the Quinte+ race of the day completed the Paris-Vincennes harness racing Winter Meet 2018-19 this day. Action began with the Gr. II monte Prix Louis Le Bourg (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters) that produced a 1.14kr victory for the 17.5/1 outsider Freeman de Houelle (4m Vigrove-Rufina de Houelle) with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for breeder/trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Stephane Gorier. The winner scored for the third time in nine career starts now for 86,730€ in life earnings. 9.3/1 Flore de Janeiro (4f Vanishing Point-Ozie de Janeiro) held second for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Frabck Blandin. Third was 36.4/1 Fiona Gerdreene (4f Akin de Cap Vert) with jockey Mathieu Mottier aboard for owner/trainer Dominique Lemeteyer. Freeman de Houelle The Q+ this day was the Prix Maurepas (purse 47,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters – five year old mares) and 1.7/1 favorite Erolina (5f Prodigious-Keralda) scored with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. The 1.13.6kr tined victory was her second straight in 2019 and seventh in a 31 race career, now for 146,000€ earned. 13/1 Elegant Delo (5f Goetmals Wood) was second with Bjorn Goop driving for trainer Alain Roger, and third was 25.5/1 Etonne de Carsi (5f Okapi de Fael) for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Franck Leblanc. 11.5/1 Etoile des Yedrag and 86.9/1 Eureka du Fosse were fourth and fifth, the latter owner and trained by Ulf Nordin. There were ten winning Q+ 2€ tickets on this race and they paid 103,513.40€ each. The Quinte+ pool was 4,143,931€ and the race pools total exceeded 8€ million. Erolina The undercard’s Gr. III Prix du Plateau de Gravelle (purse 90,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International) went to the 6/10 favorite Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire for New Blue 1 LLC of the USA. Bel Avis won for 18th time in a 51 race career now for 676,890€ in life earnings. Race time was 1.10.7kr by the front running favorite that opened six lengths on the field entering the lane before gamely fighting off exhaustion late. 16.6/1 stablemate Abydos du Vivier (9g Diamant Gede-Osme du Vivier) took second for driver Nicolas Bazire and owner Mlle. Claudine Minier. This Jean Yves Lucuyer bred veteran held off third finishing 13.2/1 Ange de Lune (9g Laetenter Diem) with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard piloting.  15/1 Sharon Gar (8f Varenne) and 13.4/1 Calin de Morge (7g Ozio Royal) completed the top five. Bel Avis The Bazire team scored again in the Prix de Montsoreau (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European eligibles) with a 1.11.8kr fast finishing score by Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) piloted by Nicolas Bazire and off at 2.1/1 odds. This property of Ecurie des Charmes posted his 11th career win now for 310,270€ in life earnings. 9.2/1 Class de Loriol (7f Ready Cash-Orageuse de Marjon) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 12.6/1 Beach Julry (8f Hulk des Champs) was third with owner/trainer J.P. Gauvin at the lines. Colonel The Prix Henri Desmontils (monte Gr. III, 90,000€ purse, 2850 meters, International) saw 3/5 favorite Clegs des Champs (7g Legs du Clos-Prosperine) score on the front-end with David Thomain up. Thierry Raffegeau trains the now 13 time winner in 26 starts for Jean Yves Roze. The winner now has life earnings of 532,080€. Race time was 1.13.8kr off modest fractions. 7/2 odds and 25 meter handicapped Arlington Dream (9g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) rallied for second with jockey Yoann Lebourgeois up for the owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This notorious front runner relaxed throughout, well back on the outer with cover, before surging late in the lane. He was impressive. 15.9/1 Bloomer (8g Niky) took third with Alexandre Abrivard aboard and 20.2/1 Varum Boy was fourth. Clegs des Champs The featured Prix de Selection (Gr.I, purse 200,000€, 2200 meters distance handicap, four to six year olds) completed the Winter Meet groupe action for the racing meet 2018-19. Well-regarded Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) held on for a two length score timed in 1.10.8kr with Bjorn Goop driving for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Scuderia Bivans Srl. The time was a new record for the age and distance, better that the 1.11.3kr that was held by Aladin d’Ecajeul. He was off at 1.8/1, the second choice, and recorded his 11th career victory in only 13 starts, now for 487,150€ earned. The 7/10 favorite and 25 meter handicapped Davidson du Pont (6m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) rallied late for second with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up for breeder/owner Albert Rayon. He was timed in 1.10.1kr. 1.4/1 Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove) took third for Anthony Barrier with 51.2/1 Farina des Racques (4f Ready Cash) fourth for pilot Franck Nivard. Face Time Bourbon J-M Bazire was back a winner in the Prix de Monpazier (purse 47,000€, 2700 meters, 14 starters) with his trainee the 1.7/1 favorite Fairplay d’Urzy (4m Ready Cash-Romane d'Urzy).  The winner was timed in 1.13.8kr as he won for the fifth time in nine career starts for Ecurie Marechal. 2.6/1 Fire Cracker (4g Quaro) was second for Eric Raffin and third was 26.2/1 Fahrenheit Flow (4g Village Mystic) with Alexandre Abrivard at the lines. The V75 action today in Sweden was at Halmstad. Several interesting races were on the program including the Autoexperten Mares (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). In that one 5.1/1 Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) scored for owner/driver Pietro Gubellini timed in 1.12.5kr. Jerry Riordan trains this mare that now has 23 wins in 83 starts for 4,748,418SEK in life earnings that today defeated Unrestricted and Wild Love. The V75 Gold (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart)brought the veteran performers and 20.2/1 Probo OP (10m From Above-Ellmara-Lemon Dra) scored for trainer/driver Wim Paal timed in 1.10.7kr. Probo won for the 22nd time in 84 starts for 5,217,875SEK earned. 3.9/1 Donatomite (7g Donato Hanover-Malvictorian) was second for Thomas Uhrberg and 2.1/1 Dante Boko (9g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) took third for Adrian Kolgjini. Kadett CD was fourth for Robert Bergh. The Diamantstoet (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 15 four to seven year old mare starters) was the V75-4 event and it went to 1.14.3kr timed and 17.1/1 odds Je T’Aime Lucky (5f Lucky Chucky-Je T’Aime Dream-Sugarcane Hanover) with Johan Untersteiner aboard for trainer Peter Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

Friday’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Stockholm (purse 41,000€, 29215 meters, 15 European starters) at Cagnes sur Mer. Viking d’Hermes (10g Sancho Panca-Norina Way) scored at 2.7/1 odds with David Bekaert aboard for trainer J.M. Roubaud and owner Sylvain Roubaud. Race time was 1.14.1kr. The winner recorded his 16 th career win in 51 appearances now for 428,490€ earned. 14.1/1 Aprion (9g Nahar de Beval) was second for Y-A Briand and third went to 19.5/1 Athena des Ravaux (9f Prince d’Espace) for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. 5.8/1 Auch and 8.5/1 Carlo de Carsi completed the exact order top five that paid 11,647.40 to the 53 holders of 2€ winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,765,519€ and the total of all wagering pools on the Q+ race exceeded 7.69€ million. The impressive Popeye Diamant (8g Love You-Jasmin Diamant) scored again at Cagnes sur Mer with trainer Gerhard Biendl aboard for owner Stall Diamanten. The 1.12.5kr timed victory was his third in six starts in France and increased life earnings to 142,639€ in this Prix d’Helsinki (purse 27,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters). Off at 5/10 odds Popeye defeated 5.1/1 Bon Grain Tivoli (8g Gros Grain-Ma Vero) with trainer David Bekaert aboard and 23.3/1 Anakin Skywalker (9g Laetenter Diem).   Thomas H Hicks

February 28, 2019 - The Quinte+ race was today at Paris-Vincennes in the harness racing Prix Emile Allis Courboy (purse 64,000€, 2700 meters, 15 European starters). The 2/5 favorite Dorgos de Guez (6g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) scored timed in 1.13kr with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. Ecurie Vautors bred and owns the winner that recorded his 11th career victory in 36 starts now for 423,580€ earned. 7.7/1 Chica de Joudes (7f Jag de Bellouet) took second for owner/trainer/driver Alain Laurent and 36.4/1 Delloro Vedaquais (6g Ready Cash-Spandelle) held third with J.Ph. Monclin the pilot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 59.1/1 Unique Juni (6f Uptown Yankee) and 16.9/1 Cash And Go (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) completed the top five, the latter a full-brother to Bold Eagle. The Q+ exact order winning tickets paid 7,098.60€ to the 118 winning 2€ ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,607,233€ and the total of all pools in the Q+ race reached 7.718€ million. Dorgos de Guez The first of today’s groupe level events was the monte Gr. II Prix Felicien Gaureau (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, eight three year old starters). The 1.15.3kr timed winner was the 6.6/1 odds Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes-Aurone des Charmes) with Paul Phillipe Ploquin in the irons for owner/trainer Ch. Chalon. The winner earned his first career victory in nine outings. 1.2/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) was second with Anthony Barrier aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner J.F. Mary. Third home was 25.9/1 Gilmour (3m Tag Wood-Roxane Nova) with jockey Mathieu Mottier aboard. Paul Phillipe Ploquin Gala Tejy The Gr. III Prix Vindex (80,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 11 starters) was 1.14.6kr timed and 15.7/1 odds Flora Quick (4f Prodigious-Star Quick) score for Gabriele Gelormini. Maik Esper trains the Ecurie Quick Star owner mare that earned her fifth career victory in 15 appearances, now for 129,770€ in life earnings. Her 6.4/1 stablemate Fun Quick (4m Carpe Diem-Activity Quick) was second with Franck Nivard up. Third was 77.2/1 Free Rider (4m Love You-Sardaigne) piloted by Benoit Robin for trainer J.L. Bigeon. Flora Quick The final groupe contest this day was the monte Gr. II Prix Ali Hawas (purse 100,000€, 200 meters, 12 starters) and the 1.16.6kr timed winner was 3.9/1 odds Gee (3f Brutus de Bailly-Qualine du Ru) reined by jockey Alexandre Abrivard for owner/trainer Bruno Bourgoin. This filly won for the first time in her 14 race career and the victory raised her life earnings to 99,730€. The 1.1/1 favorite Guerilla de Simm (3f Brillantissime-Poupee Charmeure) was second with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. A close third was 22.1/1 Gimhagine Nobless (3f Roi Vert) with jockey Arthur Rebeche up for owner J-M Rancoule. Gee Ahead over the next several days are trotting programs at Cagnes sur Mer (March 1st the Prix de Salernes – Open Regions Four Year Olds Southeast) and at Paris-Vincennes (March 2 with four groupe level events): Prix Louis Le Bourg (Gr. II monte, 100,000€ purse, 2850 meters, four year olds) Prix Plateau de Gravelle (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International) Prix Henri Desmontils (Gr. III monte, 90,000€ purse, 2850 meters, International) Prix de Selection (Gr. I, purse 200,000€, 2200 meters, four through six year olds) – the lineup is below featuring some of the finest European trotters now racing Prix de Selection (Gr. I, purse 200,000€, 2200 meters, four through six year olds) Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Sedan (purse 48,000€, 200meters, 17 European starters) and the 9.7/1 odds Cadiz (7f Ready Cash-Mazurka) scored for Alain Laurent and Ecurie Cheffreville.   The winner recorded his 17 th career win in 38 starts now for 241,520€ earned. 2.4/1Angle Of Attach (7g Scarlet Knight) took second for pilot Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Robert Bergh.   4/1 Nancy America (8f Revenue) was third with Franck Nivard up, ahead of 6.8/1 Colorado Blue handled by J-M Bazire and 22.3/1 Well Done la Marc with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard.   The Q+ exact order payoff was 12,094.60€ for the 2€ wager and there were 36 winning tickets.   The Q+ pool was 3,300,600€ and the race handled over 6.9€ million (all bets including the Quinte+).   Jean-Michel Bazire teamed his trainee Galilea Money (3f Bold Eagle-Union Money) to a 1.17.7kr victory in the Prix de Montsalvy (purse 46,000€, 2700 meters, nine starters) as the 9/10 favorite.   The filly recorded her third victory in six career starts for Bazire and owner/breeder Yvan Bernard.   Galilea Money     - LeTrot photo   It was two straight for Bazire in the Prix de Lure (purse 52,000€, 2700 meters, 14 starters) as he piloted trainee 1.6/1 Cidjie de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Prima de Guez0 to a 1.13.3kr.This mare is owned by Ecurie Vautors.   Bazire was back for another victory in the Prix de Bemecourt (purse 31,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) with 1.1/1 favorite Euripide Ludois (5g Kepler-Rhapsodie Kudoise). Stephane Bourlier trains the winner.     by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Saturday’s V5 action was at Bergsaker and the aged trotters raced in the V75 Gold (200,000SEK to winner 2140 meters autostart).   The 1.13.4kr timed winner was 4.3/1 odds Elian Web (7g Like A Prayer- EL Dolly-Conway Hall) reined by Jorma Kontio for trainer Katja Melkko, to his 20th career win in 43 appearances, now for 5,083,700SEK earned. 24.3/1 outsider Nappa Scar (7m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover) took second for Per Lennartsson ahead of 6/1 Queer Fish (10g Varenne- Gambari-Victory Dream) with Ulf Eriksson up. Fourth went to 39.4/1 Kadett CD (12m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune).   Saturday at Kincsem Park was he featured Wind Scot DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and it produced an explosive finish with the victory to 5/1 Uptown Boy M (6g Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey) handled by Ferenc Nagy III for trainer Balazs Juhasz.   Race time was 1.19.3kr as the winner bested six rivals in the picture with second to Ujrczz! (6m Maximus Lindy) and driver Sandor Turbucz for the trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. Third was Trencsen (7m Ata Star L) with trainer Istvan Papp at the lines.   Uptown Boy M     -Kincsem Park and ATG photos   The undercard included the Dolgos Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with the 1.18.8kr timed victory earned by 2/1 Asterix Evo (7m Broadway Hall-Rompaway Quincy-Tabor Lobell) with Sandor Turbucz up for trainer Laszlo Kolozi. Unipress (6f Incredible Cole) took the second check with third to Vanadium Boy (5g Maximus Lindy).   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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