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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: http://info.pmu.fr/live-et-replay?num-reunion=4&num-course=5&date-fr=07042019 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

Groupe level events continued this afternoon at Paris-Vincennes. The Gr.II monte Prix Theophile Lallouet (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters) brought out a files of salty veterans and 3.1/1 Clegs des Champs (7f Legs du Clos-Prosperpine) scored easily timed in 1.12.2kr for jockey David Thomain, harness racing trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Clegs earned his 14 th career win in 27 starts to increase his life earnings to 577,080€. The 1.3/1 favorite Arlington Dream (9g Ready Cash) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire, after trailing the field early and sweeping to the front out of the final bend. 2.2/1 Boss du Meleuc (8g Lucky Blue) held third for Alexandre Abrivard. The Prix d’Aubusson (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart) brought out a competitive field of 18 speedsters. The pace was fast in this 1.10.9kr journey (1.07.2kr at the 1500 remaining post; 1.08.2kr at the 1000 and 1.10.5kr with 500 meters to go) with the victory to the 2.2/1 favorite Nancy America (8f Revenue-Camargue) reined by Franck Nivard for owner Stall Laumas and trainer Philippe Billard, her fourth win in 14 starts in France and now with life earnings of 273,878€. Nancy America                -LeTrot photo Out of clouds fast finishing Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) was second at 28/1 for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA. This full brother to Traders bested 9/1 Ultra Wind Bi (6m Love You-Catch The Wind) with Gabrielle Gelormini up for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. 4/1 Calaska de Guez and 13/1 Beppe Am completed the top five. 4/1 Popeye Diamant, off a winning streak, finished 14 th . Four year old males contested today’s Prix Phaeton (Gr. II, 2175 meters, 100,000€ purse)and 3/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) was just that, an impressive front-end winner timed in 1.11.0kr (fractions 1.10.6kr at the 1500; 1.11.6kr with 1000 meters remaining; 1.11.6kr at the 500). Face Time Bourbon              -LeTrot photo Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for owner Scuderia Bivans Srl to his 12 th career victory in 14 starts, now for 532,150€ earned. He was bred by SARL Haras Saint Martin. The 12/1 outsider Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash) was second for Francois Lecanu and trainer Mickael Charuel. Third was 14/1 Feliciano (4m Ready Cash) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire. 11/1 Fun Quick (4m Carpe Diem) was fourth. Face Time is a fine colt, the likely heir to Bold Eagle and Ready Cash as the king of the trotteurs in France Four year old mares battled in the Gr. II Prix Paul Leguerney (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters) with the 1.11.1kr timed victory to 5.2/1 Freyja du Pont (4f Quinoa du Gers-Parade du Pont) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard for Ecurie Albert Rayon. Freyja du Pont               -LeTrot photo The Celine Bazire bred mare posted her eighth career win in 14 outings now for 154,650€ earned. 12.8/1 Fend la Bise (4f Prince Gede-Una Prima Speed) was second for trainer/driver Franck Anne, ahead of 6.2/1 Fame And Fortune (4f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) reined by owner/trainer Franck Nivard. 5/1 Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) took foruth for J.Ph. Monclin and fifth was the pacesetter, 50.7/1 Ferreteria (4f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria), reined by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Yves Boireau and owner J-P Dubois.   Thomas H. Hicks

The 30/1 outsider Cristal River (7m Quaker Jet-Olga de la Greane) took the Friday evening Quinte+ Prix Gratia (purse 48,000€, 2700 meters) at Paris-Vincennes.   Francois Legadeuc teamed the Sebastien Guarato harness racing trainee that is owned by breeder Gerard Manzi. He scored for only the fourth time in 58 career starts but now has 218,630€ earned.   Race timed was 1.14.1kr. 13/1 Coumba Kuky (7f Matador de Vrie) took second for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou and 9/1 Dimmosia (6f Phlegyas) was third for trainer Loris Garcia and pilot Matthieu Abrivard. 12/1 Baron du Gouthier and 3/2 favorite Calou Renardierre completed he exact order top five finishers and set off a 54,137.60€ payoff for the eight winning 2€ Q+ tickets.   6th April   The Q+ pool was 4,332,038€ and the total pools of all bets on this race exceeded 8,656,000€. The 14/1 outsider Coach Franbleu (7g Prince d’Espace-Olydra) was fast off the start for Yoann Lebourgeois, opened a 15 length advantage and gamely held off late challengers to win the 75,000€ purse Prix du Treport raced over 2700 meters.   Coach Franbleu         - LeTrot photo   The winner, owned and trained by Franck Leblanc, now has 12 career wins in 53 outings for 495,870€ earned. Race time was 1.12.2kr.   The 7/10 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici)rallied late along the pegs for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire to be second and third was 4.9/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede) with Franck Nivard up. 60/1 Detroit Castelets and 22/1 Cantin de l’éclair completed the exact order top five and the Quinte+ payoff was 13,153.80€ for the 36 winning ticketholders.   The Q+ pool this day was 4,564,058€ and the total of all wagering pools on the race was 9,547,000€.   Earlier the Prix de Saintes (Gr.III, purse 70,000€, 2100 meters autostart, three year old fillies) went to 1.1/1 favorite Galilea Money (3f Bold Eagle-Uturn Money) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard.   Galilea Money   - LeTrot photo   Race time was 1.14.8kr. The winner recorded her fourth career win in seven appearances, now for 87,960€ earned.   She was impressive with this last to first surge. 4.3/1 Gaia Olmendorf (3f Ready Cash) was a game second for Christophe Martens and breeder/owner Ecurie Olmendorf. 4/1 Gemme deBussett (3f Brillantissime) held third for pilot David Thomain   Thomas H. Hicks  

Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) rallied from a blocked position on the pegs early in the lane to score by half-length in the Gr. III Prix Angers Loire Metropole (purse 55,000€, 3100 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) at Hippodrome Angers.   Trainer/owner Jean Michel Bazire teamed the 1.12.8kr timed winner to his 43 rd career harness racing victory in 67 starts, now for 2,222,947€ earned.   He overcame a 50 meter handicap and got into striking position early before yielding to Bugsy Malone (8g Ready Cash-Night Captain) and getting blocked.   Marie Brigitte Anty bred the great champion that is accepted in the 2019 Elitloppet and today was the 2/5 favorite. The 50 meter handicapped Bugsy Malone, off at 5.4/1 odds, raced gamely to be second for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and driver Yoann Lebourgeois. 17/1 Beau de Grimoult (8g Pacifique Gede) took third for trainer/driver Franck Anne after a 25 meter penalty.   7.1/1 Archibald (9g Meaulnes du Corta) was fourth for Thomas Levesque and fifth went to 25 meter handicapped 33/1 outsider Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas) for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominique Cheradame.   Well-regarded Super Fe was eighth and Django Riff was ninth.   Replay http://www.pmu.fr/turf/live-et-replay/?num-reunion=1&num-course=1&date-fr=03042019   There was other interesting action this week in Europe. Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes Go Along (3f Ready Cash-Oxano de Chanterne) scored in the Prix Enif (47,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) at 1.2/1 odds.   Go Along     ---LeTrot photo   The Philippe Allaire owned and trained filly was timed in 1.16.4kr with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard.   On Monday at Argentan three year olds contested the Prix Vesta (purse 21,000€ 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 4/1 Guerande (3f Quaker Jet-Symphonie) scored for Yann Lorin, also the trainer for owner J.M. Lorin. 3.9/1 Gourgandine (3f Bold Eagle-Udine) was second for breeder/owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois, ahead of the 1.7/1 favorite Genialissime (3g Brillantissime)reined by Tony LeBeller.   Later in that program was the Prix Phebus (pure 27,000€, 2875 meters, 18 starters) that saw 6.1/1 Cadet Joyeux (7g Love You-Cadette) score timed in 1.14.6kr for David Thomain. Second was 10/1 Crazy Dream (7f Repeat Love-Daisy Chain) for trainer/driver Yves Boireau.   Cadet Joyeux            --PMU/LeTrot photo   This J.P. Dubois bred campaigner rallied from far back in the final bend.   Thomas H. Hicks

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Today’s Gran Premio Italia (purse 40,040€, 1660m autostart) at Bologna went to the impressive Ayrton Treb (3m Majestic Son-Letter Bomb Treb-Enjoy Lavec) with Andrea Farolfi aboard and timed in 1.12.5kr.   He defeated All Wise As (3f Varenne-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) with trainer Erick Bondo at the lines.   Third was Al Capone Stecca (3m Napoleon Bar-Ombretta Bar-Ganymede) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro driving.   Other news during the week was the move of stallions. Algiers Hall has moved to Spain, Crazed to Finland and Flocki d’Urzy to Sweden, this one a young son of Ready Cash. Further it was announced that Ringostarr Treb will start in the April 27 th Olympiatravet at Aby and if he does well it could set up his defense of the Elitloppet trophy.   Algiers Hall in Spain Thomas H. Hicks  

Friday night harness racing returned to Paris-Vincennes headlined by the e-Quinte+ Prix Amalthea (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters, 16 European starters).   The 1.6/1 favorite Angle Of Attack (7g Scarlet Knight-Magyane Turgot) scored impressively timed in 1.12.5kr with Gabriele Gelormini up.   Robert Bergh trains the now career winner of 235,588€ for Roland Wiksten.   18/1 Balzac de l’Iton (8g Panache de L’Iton) took second for reinsman Romain Derieux and 29/1 Brasil de Baily (8g Baccarat du Pont) was third for Mathieu Mottier.   43/1 Montdore (9m Love You) for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Bergh was fourth ahead of 5.9/1 Christo (7g Rieussec) with Michel Lenoir the trainer/driver. The e-Quinte+ payoff was 26,983.60€.   The card’s Prix Aemilia (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) was among several good undercard contests. 1.8/1 Empire City (5m O’Donnell-Octopus) scored timed in 1.13.2kr with breeder/owner/trainer Nicolas Roussel at the lines.   The now winner of 101,440€ defeated Ejag (5g Jag de Bellouet) handled by Pierre Vercruysse and 98/1 Esquire (5m Qwerty) with breeder/owner/trainer Adrien Lamy aboard.   Empire City                -LeTrot photo   Four year olds followed to contest the Prix Adrastea (purse 35,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) with undefeated, now in four starts, 1.6/1 favorite Ferry Jet (4m Uriel Speed-Ulla Jet-Love You) winning timed in 1.13.3kr.   Luc Roelens trains the Yannick Desmet owned colt that Pierre Vercruysse teamed. Jean Etienne Dubois was the breeder of this 46,800€ winner. 8.3/1 Flyer du Noyer (4g Roc Meslois) took second for Benoit Robin and 22/1 Fresh Bidder (4g Quaker Jet) was third for Eric Raffin.   Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s Prix du Haras d’Haufor at Laval saw a good field battle over 2875 meters (distance handicap) for a purse of 33,000€.   Victory was earned by 1.14.3kr timed Boyokos Atout (8g Goetmals Wood-New York Jet) reined by trainer Franck Nivard to his 14 th career win now for life earnings of 207,700€. Fast closing second went to 25 meter handicapped Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) with Pierre Vercruysse the trainer/driver for Ecurie d’As. He was clocked in 1.13.7kr.   Third went to 25 meter penalized Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) with Franck Anne up for breeder/owner Annick Bezin. Delloro Vedaquais (6g Ready Cash-Spandelle), also 25 meter handicapped, was fourth the J.Ph. Monclin teaming for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire.   At Kincsem Park (Budapest) their Saturday featured Akkuratos DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to the 1.3/1 favorite Zeal di Girafalco (4m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) with Veljko Mazsity the trainer/driver.   This was his first 2019 start and ninth career win in Hungary in 11 starts. The breeder was Russia based Elleca Society Agr. Finishing second was 27.9/1 and 20 meter handicapped Milady Amok (6f Scarlet Knight-Balett Amok-Defi d’Aunou with third to 13/1 Ujrazi! (6m Maximus Lindy-Gyarsukj!-Witsends Speedy.   Zeal di Girifalco                                 -Kincsem Park   Earlier on the program the 1.3/1 favorite Alfa Boy (3m Racino-Chippychip GT) won the Fenyves DIJ clocked in 1.18.9kr. Trainer Csaba Lakatos was the reinsman. Two interesting trotters race in a qualifying event before the main card with victory to 1.19.4kr timed Underpaid Hanover (10m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) and Csaba Lakatos over Arum Ville (3g Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) with trainer Imre Fazekas aboard.   Arum Ville was a good two year old and is owned by NFL Oakland Raiders fans under the banner Silver and Black Racing.   Top quality racing also took place Saturday in the V75 card at Boden (SWE).   The headliner was the C.Th. Ericcsons Memorial (400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart), a Gr. I event leading to the Olympiatravet.   This race went to 1.11.6kr timed and 3.5/1 odds Milligan’s School (6m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) reined by Ulf Eriksson for trainer/owner Stefan Melander. The winner was bred in the USA by Richard and Joyce McClelland of Ohio, and he recorded victory number 15 in 68 starts now for 8,676,994SEK earned. 6/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veleuve) was second for pilot Carl Johan Jepson, ahead of 25/1 Speedy Foxy Vicane (10f Chouchou des Dames) handed by Kim Eriksson.   The Solvalla undercard had five raced with 300,000SEK first money and another five for 250,000SEK first prize.   The winners of these included the following: V75 Silver 300,000SEK – Velvet Gio (5g Nad Al Sheba) 1.11.6kr over 2140 meters autostart Margaretas three year old males 300,000SEK – Fort Knox (3m Muscle Hill) 1.14.6kr over 2140m autostart Margaretas three year old fillies 300,000SEK – Zolly (3f Zola Boko) – 1.14.9kr over 2140m autostart Margaretas four year old females 300,000SEK – Racing Brooda (4f Prodigious) – 1.14.7kr over 2140m autostart Margaretas four year old males 300,000SEK – Night Brodde (4m Up And Quick) – 1.14kr over 2140m autostart Mares Elite 250,000SEK – Double Exposure (6f Donato Hanover) – 1.12.4kr over 1640m autostart Klass II Final 250,000SEK – Magic Cash (4g Ready Cash) – 1.12.4kr over 2140m autostart STL Bronze 250,000SEK – Perfect Dynamite (6g So Perfect) – 1.12.5kr over 2140m autostart Diamantstoet Final 250,000SEK – Odessa Celeber (5f Cantab Hall) – 1.13.8kr over 2140m voltstart (plus 20m handicap) Klass I Final 250,000SEK – Vlad Del Ronco (5m Iulius del Ronco) – 1.12.9kr over 2140m autostart   Thomas H. Hicks

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