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The back half of the today’s Paris-Vincennes card was terrific and included the eQ+ race of the day.  The eQuinte+ Prix d’Arras (purse 48,000€, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) this day went to 1.13kr timed Class Action with Ch. Dreux aboard, the owner/trainer as well. Off at 23/1 Class Action defeated the 25/1 odds Tooltime (9f Carmody Lobell-Etoile) with David Thomain aboard for trainer Bjorn Goop. Angle Of Attack (7g Scarlet Knight) was third as the 1.1/1 favorite and reined by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Robert Bergh. 12/1 Angel d’Or and 44/1 Coco de Rocha completed the top five. The exact order eQuinte+ paid 148,650.20€. The featured Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson, also named the Criterium des Jeunes 2019, (Gr. I, purse 170,000€, 2700 meters) for three year olds saw 3/2 odds Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) prevail by a short nose for driver Gabriele Gelormini, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. Green Grass now has six career wins in 10 starts for 238,900€ earned. Race time was 1.14.3kr off even fractions. The 9/1 Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) was second driven by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Michel Tessier. 37/1 Girls Talk (3f Brilliantissime-Be My Girl) took third with David Thomain up for trainer Allaire, ahead of another Allaire trainee, the 26/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) that Anthony Barrier teamed for owner J.F. Mary. 10/1 General du Park was fifth for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of Granon Vedaquais and Greenpeace. Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) was a powerful, mostly front end harness racing winner of today’s Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, six starters) timed in 1.12.6kr with trainer Pierre Vercruysse aboard at Vincennes. The winner scored for the seventh time in a 30 race career now for 446,860€ in life earnings. The 2.9/1 odds winner defeated 2.4/1 Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Third was the 1.2/1 Earl Simon (5f Prodigious-Tindrana) handled by Franck Ouvrie for Ecurie Skytten and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. The Prix des Pontavices (Gr. III monte, purse 90,000€, 2175 meters) went to the 4/5 odds favorite Boss du Meleuc (8g Lucky Blue-Rafales du Meleuc) timed in a quick 1.10.5kr (fractions 1.07.8kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.08.9kr at the 1000 and 1.10.8kr with 500 meters remaining) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer/owner Yannick Alain Briand. The Boss scored for the 18th time in 61 career starts for 650,100€ earned. The 3/2 second choice Clegs des Champs (7g Legs du Clos) was second for David Thomain, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J.Y. Roze. 52.8/1 Codie de Beaulieu (7g Oyonnax) was third for jockey Mathieu Mottier. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The season’s first major harness racing trotting event at Kincsem Park was Saturday’s Geza Sennyey Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters) that saw 8.5/1 Pierra del Bar (10f Abano As-Exile Bar-Muscles Yankee) make a three wide move in the final bend and draw off for a 1.15.7kr timed victory with Imre Fazekas aboard. Zoltan Ozvar trains and owns the classy mare that defeated Part Two (10f Offshore Dream-Bel Ditto-Wired Pine) with Attila Budai the reinsman. Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was third for pilot Balazs Juhasz. Milady Amok and Tennessee Effe completed the top five. Race time was just shy of the 1.15.6kr record of 2011 set by Imike.Pierra del Bar The prior winners of this race since 2009 are shown below along with the program page. The undercard featured the Globus DIJ (purse 600,000, 1800 meters autostart), named for the 2009 winner of the Geza Sennyey Memorial, with 9.7/1 Salihamidzic (8m Wall Street Banker-Heliken-Awesome Goal) the winner timed in 1.17kr for trainer/driver Lajos Marton. The 4.5/1 Under World (6g Racino-Aba-Yankee Class) was second for Joze Sagaj, the pilot for trainer Emil Csordas, and third was 18.9/1 Ugyeska (6f Ata Star L) with Sandor Varga aboard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Barcelone (purse 49,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, European starters) at Cagnes sur Mer. The 25 meter handicapped and even-money favorite Baby Lou Max (8g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) scored for trainer/driver Nicolas Mortagne. Timed in 1.12.8kr the winner recorded his 20th career victory in 59 starts for 539,940€ in life earnings. The winning owner is J.D. Besson. Balzac de l’Iton (8g Panache de l’Iton) was a pressuring second for trainer/driver David Bekaert and Ecurie de l’Iton at 9.1/1 odds and third was 6/1 Baldi Star (8g Rombaldi) for driver Steve Stefano and trainer J.M. Roubaud. The next two were 25 meter penalized and 15.8/1 Aprion (9g Nahar de Beval) for Y.A. Briand and 45.8/1 Bingo d’Attaque (8m Pomerol de Laumac) with trainer David Cinier at the lines. The exact order Q+ payoff was 1,302.40€ for a 2€ wager by 295 winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool today was 3,693,126€. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s opener at Vincennes, France was the Quinte+ Prix de Chateaurenard (purse 64,000€, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) and 7.6/1 Ce Bello Romain (f Jam Pridem-Miss Echo Bella) rallied to victory timed in 1.12.6kr for Mathieu Mottier and owner/trainer S.G. Dupont. The winner recorded his 14th career win in 42 starts now for 335,290€ in life earnings. Even-money favorite Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger) was second for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and 30.8/1 Baladin Hongrois (8g Bon Conseil) ended third for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. The 12/1 Cocktail Julino (7g Pagalor) and 5.1/1 Cerenzo Turbo completed the top five. There were 63 exact order winning tickets that paid 5,810€ for a 2€ wager. The Q+ pool was 3,619,747€. The first of the groupe races this day was the Gr. III Prix Holly du Locton (monte, purse 60,000€, 2175 meters, 12 starters) for lightly raced three year old fillies. The even-money favorite Guerilla de Simm (3f Brillantissime-Poupee Charmeuse) scored with Joann Lebourgeois in the irons for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire as she scored for the second time in three career starts. 3.8/1 Girlikova (3f Torino Pierji) took second with Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Emmanuel Allard. Third was 11.1/1 Grandissima (3f Viking de Val-Bellisima Love) with Mathilde Collet up for trainer Stephane Meunier. The day’s program also included the Gr. II Prix de Nevers for five and six year olds (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, six entrants of which one was a scratch). Of the five starters three were dq’s for miscues or interference. That paved the way for the 3/10 favorite Dorgos de Guez (6g Romcok de Guez) to score timed in 1.12.8kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. Dorgos now has life earnings of 394,780€ from 16 wins in 35 starts. The 5.8/1 Elnino Montaval (5g Magnificent Rodney) was second for Eric Raffin. Bazire won two more on the card with 8.5/1 Erode Ludois and 8/10 odds Flora Venesi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Tuesday tro,tting action at Paris-Vincennes included the Quinte+ Prix de Chateau-Gontier (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) with that victory to 18.8/1 Popeye Diamant (8g Love You-Jasmin Diamant) reined by trainer Gerhard Biendl for Stall MS Diamanten. Timed in 1.12.1kr the winner increased his life earnings to 130,489€. The 11.1/1 Thor di Girifalco (7g Dream Vacation-Iduna November) with Franck Nivard up was second for trainer/owner Jens Bergmann. The 4.8/1 Ready Ribb (8g Ready Cash-Joyous Sound) took the third check for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, ahead of the Goop trained stablemate 108/1 Juvels Boy (8g Olimede) that Matthieu Abrivard teamed. Fifth was the 3/2 favorite DaVinci BR (8g Ken Warkentin-Armbro Barefoot) with Jean Michel Bazire aboard for Mme. Helene Kolle of Norway. The exact order Q+ payoff was 90,583.20€ for a 2€ wager. The Q+ pool was 3,635,583€. On the card was also the Prix de Bercy (purse 39,000€, 2850 meters, 12 European starters) that resulted in a 1.14.1kr timed victory for 8.3/1 Gustafson (6g Quick Wood-Ultimate Lady) with Rick Ebbinge the pilot for trainer Jeroen Engwerda and owner J.A.M. Knipscheer. 4.4/1 Don Salluste (6g Un Amour d’Haufor) took the second check for pilot Francois Lagadeuc, ahead of the 13.1/1 outsider Domino Dream (6g Blue Dream) handled by Franck Nivard. There are a host of groupe contests on February 14th and 17th as shown below. Gotland, Green Grass and General du Parc are in the Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson, a Gr. I event. February 14 Prix Edouard Marcillac (monte Gr. III, 60,000€ purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters) Prix Holly du Locton (Gr. III, 60,000€, 2175 meters, 12 starters) Prix de Nevers (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, six starters) February 17 Prix Ovide Moulinet (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters) Prix d’Orthez (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters) Prix du Pontavice de Heussey (Gr. III monte, purse 90,000€, 2175 meters) Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (Gr. I, three year old open, 170,000€ purse, 2700 meters) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Senlis (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The 4.4/1 third choice Cidjie de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Prima du Guez) scored timed in 1.11.9kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. It was her 12th career victory in 45 starts now for 166,780€ earned. The 3.1/1 Caresse (7f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover) was next for David Thomain and trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was 4.3/1 Celestial Light (8f Love You-Celebrate Light) fir trainer/driver Gerhard Biendl and owner Thomas Kestel. 29/1 Bona Fide (8f Kesaco Phedo) and 13/1 Merles Simone completed the top five. The 2€ exact order Quinte+ payoff was 18,546.20 and the Q+ pool was 3,286,255€. Lightly raced three year olds fillies contested the Prix d’Oloron (purse 38,000€, 200 meters, 11 starters) this day with the 1.16kr timed victory earned by 18/1 Gazelle du Corta (3f Love You-L’Aunou du Fier) with Mathieu Mottier up. The 2.1/1 Goldy Mary (3f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was a four length back second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard, and third was 2.1/1 Gloranie des Noes (3f Uniclove) with Thierry Duvaldestin aboard. Yesterday at Krieau (Austria) their featured Prix Jean Pierre Vidal (purse 5,000€, 3100 meters autostart, seven starters) produced a three horse exciting finish timed in 1.1.4kr by the winning 1.6/1 Cashback Pellini (6g Ready Cash-Gulietta Broline) with trainer Gerhard Mayr aboard for Stall Antonshof. The even-money favorite Lord Brodde (8g Mr Pine Chip) took second for trainer/driver Christoph Fischer, and third was 5.1/1 Global Player (12g Ditka Hanover), ahead of 10/1 Sammi Ms (8g Chrome Dei) and 27/1 Vrai Lord (10m Meaulnes du Corta). Also on Sunday was trotting action on the mixed card at Madinina Martinique where the Prix des Tulips (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap, six starters) went to Usly de Visais (11g Defi d’Aunou-Pristina Jet). Clocked in 1.20kr on the turf, he was reined by Alexandre Faive for owner/trainer Corinne Gleize, and increased his career earnings to 154,150€, Ussein Royal (11g Ilium Madrik) was second for driver J.F. Gate and Bonheur Toujour (8g Pablo) took third for driver Manuel Dupelin. The Prix des Begonias (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap) went to Boycott (8g Goetmals Wood-Mine d’Or) that battled back along the inside to win for owner/trainer/driver Christine Lebreton clocked in 1.20.1kr. Boycott earned his eighth career victory and now sports life earnings of 49,060€. Avis Contraire (9g Infant du Bossis) was second with owner/trainer Alexandre Faive at the lines. Third was Argan de Vandel (9g Look de Star) that Miguel Dupelin piloted. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream), off at 1.2/1, was a decisive front end winner of today’s Grand Prix de France (Gr. I International, purse 350,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) timed in 1.10.3kr and reined by Bjorn Goop. On the lead early, pilot Goop set a quick pace, eased the middle speed and jetted away in the lane for victory, the fourth for Readly Express in eight starts in France, now with life earnings of 2,125,324€. Timo Nurmos trains Readly Express for owner Bro Byggnads AB. Fractions were 1.06kr at the 1500 meters remaining point; 1.10.1kr at the 1000; 1.11.2kr with 500 to go.  The 37/1 longshot Uza Joselyn (8f Love You-Teza Joselyn) sat the pocket and remained there to the line, three lengths back, for Gabriele Gelormini, Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm and Blues. The 2.3/1 Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was away fourth on the pegs before moving first over in the late stages, but under the urging of Franck Nivard he could not threaten the winner and ended third, a long neck behind Uza Josselyn. The 79/1 Dijon (6m Ganymede) was fourth for Romain Derieux and 153/1 Billie de Montfort was fifth for Eric Raffin. The 240/1 Hard Times was a distant sixth. There were many miscue dq’s and all the Bazire trainees were affected – Belina Josselyn, Traders, Valko Jenilat, Davidson du Pont and Looking Superb. The Gr. III Prix Chambord (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) began today’s groupe action. This winner was the 7/10 favorite Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) handled by the trainer Jean Michel Bazire for Stall Oberkracher. The 1.11.9kr timed winner now shows six wins in 12 outings in France for 257,168€ in life earnings. The 11/1 Divine Mesloise (6f The Best Madrik) was second with Alexandre Abrivard driving for Pierre Belloche and Ecurie Bois Doufray. Generaal Bianco (6f Ufo Kievitshof was third at 7.8/1 odds with Franck Nivard up for trainer Peter Untersteiner. Braquo (8g Ludo de Castelle-Reuve de Presse) took today’s Quinte+ Prix des Vosges (“Chia”) at Vincennes, where 18 starters contested the 2850 meter event for a purse of 48,000€. Antoine Dabouis teamed the nine time winner in 58 career starts that was timed in 1.15.2kr for trainer Michel Dabouis and owner Tanguy Bernier. The 16/1 Beach Julry (8f Hulk des Champs) was second for breeder/trainer/driver Jean Paul Gauvin. 9/1 Croma du Guibel (7f Infant du Bossis) took third with Franck Nivard up, ahead of 4./1 Bleu Ciel and 3.9/1 Cyriel d’Atom. The Q+ exact order 2€ ticket paid 84,679€ and the Quinte pool reached 6,118,124€ today. Monte performers battled in the Prix de Centaures (Gr. I, purse 200,000€, nine starters) and the 1.11.5kr timed victory went to 3.9/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) with jockey Mathieu Mottier aboard. J.Ph. Mary trains and owns this now six time winner in 19 starts for 310,800€ in career earnings. The 4/5 favorite Fado du Chene (4m Singalo-Star du Chene) was second handled by P.Ph. Ploquin for trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj. 7.4/1 Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) took third with Eric Raffin in the irons. In the Gr. II Prix Jean le Gonidec (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters five year olds) was raced in pouring rain and it resulted in a dramatic late winning surge by 21/1 Eclipse Danica (5f Hasting-Odyssee du Ravary) timed in 1.13.9kr and teamed by her trainer Pierre Vercruysse. Comte Paul de Senneville owns this mare. He previously owned Amiral Mauzon that won an Elitloppet. Eclipse Danica was away quickly and obtained the pocket. She was subsequently shuffled far back and emerged between horses off the final find, then sweeping to the far outside for the winning move. The final 500 was quick (1.07.2kr) for the winner (1.12.4kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.13.7kr at the 1000 and 1.15kr with 500 remaining). Eclipse Danica won for the eighth time in 21 career starts for 275,960€ earned. The 5.3/1 Estola (5f Nectar-Nika) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte Pierre de Montesson. Third was 22/1 Extra Light (5f Village Mystic-Ulotis du Goutier) with David Thomain up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

February 9, 2019 - Trots at Kincsem Park on a perfect sunny day saw the Deer Dust Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) go to the game 1.7/1 favorite Titan Ville (7g Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) that overcame a 20 meter penalty to win for  trainer Imre Fazekas. Titan Ville went from last to first, was passed in the lane before battling back to win. Race time was 1.18.8kr. 9/1 Prometheus (10m Fabulous-Istis Toujou-Dylan Lobel) was second for teamster Kalman Papp, and third went to 12.6/1 Serafina Ketti (8f Farketti-Biz-Taurard) for Adel Szeanovitz, driving for trainer Judit Kelle. Titan Ville The Laszlo Tolnay Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 2560 meters distance handicap) was another hard fought finish, this one between two tablemates. The winner was 10.7/1 Timoko RL (6m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina) with trainer Robert Varhidi aboard, up in the final strides to defeat 1./1 favorite Villeneave (5m Pilgrims Taj-Brise Emma-Brise Robatto) with this Varhidi trainee handled by Gyorgy Horvath. 15/1 Oldtimer Diamant (9g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) was third in a photo, overcoming a 20 meter handicap, for Andor Angyal. Timoko RL Thomas H. Hicks    

The trotting Paris-Vincennes program began today with the monte Prix de Rambouillet (purse 62,000£, 200 meters, 18 starters) with an impressive 1.13.4kr victory earned by 31/1 Bourbon Somolli (8g Sam Bourbon-Jamaica Somolli) with Mathieu Mottier aboard for owner/trainer Romauld Mourice. The 4.4/1 Chalimar de Guez (7g Nahar de Beval) took second with J.Y. Ricart in the irons for Ecurie Vautors and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Distant third was 2.7/1 Capitaine France (7g Modern Jaz) and jockey Matthieu Abrivard. The 119/1 long shot Vanity Luis (5g Ideal Luis-Cristina Luis) took the Prix de Verneuil (purse 47,000£, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) timed in 1.16.4kr with Francois Lagadeuc at the lines for owner Melissa de Craemer and trainer Mlle. Melanie Gibon. The 1.1/1 favorite Elena Princesse (5f Timoko) held second, with Franck Nivard aboard, and 9/1 Epatante Star (5f Lets Go Along) was third with Eric Raffin the reinsman. The fourth through sixth finishers were off at 31, 32, and 26/1 odds respectively. Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Munich (purse 75,000£, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) saw a good level trotteurs lineup for this event. The 4.1/1 Tessy d’Ete (7g Ganymede-Love Me Tender) rallied to win for Franck Nivard, Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and trainer Philippe Billard. Race time was a quick 1.10.3kr off “speed” fractions. Tessy d’Ete now sports six career wins in FR from 23 career starts for 414,169£ earned. The 47/1 I Love Paris (9f Steinlager) was second with David Thomain up for trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was the 1.4/1 favorite Mindyourvalue WF (6g Hovding Lavec) trained by Robert Bergh and reined by Gabriele Gelormini. The 62/1 Cicero Noa, Christophe Martens up, and 7/1 Barrio Josselyn, for Jean Michel Bazire, completed the Q+ exact order top five that paid 40,367.80£ to 15 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 4,764,224£ The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel (purse 100,000£, 2850 meters, 11 starters) saw the 3/2 favorite Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove-Rangoon) prevail for pilot Anthony Barrier, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Armand Speisser. The winner recorded his fourth career victory in 19 starts now for 219,030£ earned. Race time was 1.14kr. 7.5/1 Fanina des Racques (4f Ready Cash) was second with Franck Nivard up and 34/1 Fend la Bise (4f Prince Gede) was third with trainer Franck Anne aboard. The 2.9/1 second choice Fakir du Lorault was a dq. The improving City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) took the Prix de Gournay en Bray (purse 47,000£, 200 meters, 12 European starters) at 7/10 favorite odds today with Robin Bakker aboard for trainer Erwin Bot. Ecurie Gerrits Recyling B.V. owns the now two time winner in six FR outings, clocked today in 1.14.3kr. The 27/1 Great Gatsby As (4m Abano As-Glide Be Nimble) was second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Erwin But (again) and owner L.G. Gerrits. Third was 24/1 Falco de Douet (4m kin du Cap Vert) with Tony LeBeller at the lines. The 75,000£ purse Prix de Lisieux was raced over 2850 meters by 12 European monter starters with the 1.15.3kr timed victory earned by 1.3/1 favorite Beau de Grimoult (8g Pacifque Gede-Quelle Bora). Melle. Mathilde Collet was the winning jockey for trainer Franck Anne and Ecurie de Grimoult. Beau scored for the 18th time in an 88 race career and increased his life earnings to 454,300£. 21/1 Varum Boy (10f Baccarat du Pont) was second for Damien Boone and 1.4/1 second wagering choice Julio de Luxe (10g Juliano Star) was third for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Bjorn Goop. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Friday’s Quinte+ was the Cagnes sur Mer contested Prix d’Olargues (purse 32,000£, 2925 meters, 18 starters) and it went to timed Elsa de Belfonds (5f Tornado Bello-Taifa) with trainer Nicolas Ensch driving for owner Thomas Levesque. Elsa scored for the seventh time in 27 appearances now for life earnings of 208,040£. The 16/1 Americo Vespucci (9g Niky) took second for Steve Stefano with third to 41/1 Bella du Vivier (8f Korean) handled by A.A. Chavatte. The 11/1 Ekiango de Nile (5g Olimede) with Anthony Muidebled up and 6.4/1 Eclat de Gloire, with trainer Loris Garcia up, completed the exact order top five, the Quinte+, that paid 19,797.20£ for the 2£ wager. The Q+ pool totaled 3,689,659£. The CSM featured Prix Jules Roucayrol (purse 49,000£, 2925 meters, 13 starters) saw the veteran and 4.8/1 odds Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir) rally to victory for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy and owner Ecurie du Vieux Chene. Race time was 1.14kr and the winner now has 28 career wins for 655,230£ earned. The 4.6/1 Tinamo Jet (7m Naglo) rallied for second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 1.7/1 favorite Elvis du Vallon (5m Reve de Beylev) was third in a photo for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. 3.2/1 Bolt (8m Prince Gede) with teamster Junior Guelpa and 11/1 Deimos Racing (6g Quite Easy) with Enrico Bellei up completed the top five. Friday evening trots were also at Wolvega with their feature race being the Prix le Cheval d’Or (purse 11,000£, 2600 meters, ten starters). The 1.1.2kr timed victory went to 3/1 odds Out Of The Slums (7g Muscles Yankee-Sugar) and pilot Michael Nimczyk. 39/1 outsider Ennyus Boko (8g Virgill Boko-Valencia Boko) took second for Mme. Caroline Aalbers, the owner/trainer/driver. The 9/10 favorite Thai Investment (10g Broadway Hall) was third for driver Jaap Van Rijn and trainer H.A.J. Grift. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

February 6, 2019 - Today’s 6/1 Angle Of Attack (7g Scarlet Knight-Magyare Turgot) won the Q+ race of the day, the Prix de L’ille-et-Vilaine (purse 48,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters), timed in 1.11.7kr for harness racing reinsman Gabriele Gelormini. The winner scored for the first time in two starts in France, for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Roland Wiksten. His career earnings are now 191,668€. The 4/5 favorite Bryssel (7m Ready Cash-Spacelane) was second with trainer Bjorn Goop up. Third was 7.4/1 Coalinga City (7g Coktail Jet-Mamaora) for Jean Michel Bazire for trainer Frederic Senet. The top five was completed by 9/1 Mellby Drake (g Viking Kronos) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Bergh, and 18/1 Bayokos Atout (8g Goetmals Wood-New York Jet) for Mathieu Mottier. The 2€ Quinte+ exact order wager paid 945.60€ to 471 winning ticket holders. The total wager on the Q+ this day was 3.69€ million and over 8€ million was wagered on the Q+ race (all bets). Angle Of Attack Replay: On today’s card was also the Prix de Bourg-en-Bresse (purse 52,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 13 starters) with that victory to the 4/5 favorite Darling Berry (6f Prince Gede-Osaka Berry) for the owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. It was the winner’s ninth life victory in 30 appearances, now for 207,290€ earned, and she overcame a 25 meter handicap. The 9/2 odds Digeudor (6f Mage de la Merite) took second with Franck Ouvrie the pilot for trainer Christophe Ecalard. 6.8/1 Diva du Granit (6f Prodigious) took third for teamster Anthony Barrier. Darling Berry Five year olds contested the 47,000€ purse Prix de Juvigny (2850 meters, 13 European starters) with longshots at the top of the results sheet. 65/1 Vacino Mec (5m Ghiaccio del Nord-Dance Speed) scored timed in 1.15.1kr in this his first appearance in France. Gennaro Casillo trains the invader from Italy and Antonio Di Nardo was aboard. Vacino Mec now has life earnings for 112,530€ after today’s 21,150€ first prize. 23/1Pelle Barosso (5m Explosive Matter-Madam Lavec) took second for Eric Raffin and third was 19/1 Elvis d’Evron (5g Defi d’Aunou) handled by Anthony Barrier. The 3/5 favorite Portland was a dq. Sunday’s Grand Prix de France field has been trimmed to 12 and it still includes the top international trotting stars. C4 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350 000€ Thomas H. Hicks

Today the Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix Grace Ducal (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 18 European starters) raced in sunshine on the seashore at Cagnes sur Mer. The 5.5/1 Cash de Caillons (7g Paris Haufor-Nuit des Caillons) scored in a very competitive event, timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Romuald Mourice and owner Andre Georget. Cash de Caillons scored for the 12th time in a 49 race career and increased his life earnings to 215,800€. The 22/1 outsider Bently de Recanis (8g Repeat Love) was second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Third was 2.8/1 Viking d’Hermes (10g Sancho Panca) for David Bekaert that overcame a 25 meter handicap as did fourth finishing 7/1 Colonel Bond (7g Revel d’Anama) and 13/1 Voeland (10m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) that ended fifth. The exact order Q+ payoff was 24,896.20€ for a 2€ wager. Over 3.4€ million was wagered on the Q+ bet and over 7.3€ million was wagered on all bets taken on the Q+ race. The co-feature this day was the Gr. III Prix Pierre Laroque (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters, 10 starters in this LeTrot Open des Regions for four year olds). The 11/1 Formidable d’Azur (4m Orlando Vici-Tadolie) was the 1.14.8kr timed winner for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Joseph Vanduffel. The 21/1 Fipsie de Guez (4f Tango Quick) was second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa, ahead of 6.2/1 First In Love (4m Goetmals Wood) that was handled by trainer Loris Garcia. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Monday’s Quinte+ race of the day was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix de la Chartru Sur le Loir (purse 39,000€, 2850 meters, 17 European starters). The 25/1 outsider Cekai (7g Quitus du Mexique-Paillota de Cyn) score with relative ease timed in 1.14.7kr with Franck Nivard aboard the Florent Lamare trainee that is owned by Ecurie J.P.F. Larime. The 18/1 Carmin (7g Jag de Bellouet) took second for Bjorn Goop and third was 3.3/1 Titanium Gar (7g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) with trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. driving. 14/1 Cactus d’Yvel (7g Jasmin de Flore) and 2.5/1 Champium Dore (7g Prince Gede) completed the top five, with the Q+ exact order payoff for winning 2€ ticketholders of 63,878.00€. On the program was also the Prix de Coulommiers (purse 38,000€, 2700 meters, 11 three year olds) with the victory to 1.2/1 favorite Galilea Money (3f Bold Eagle-Uturn Money) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. Garde Rapprochee, a Prodigious filly, was second for owner/trainer Julien Dubois and Gavotte du Prat (3f Meaulnes du Corta) was third for Matthieu Abrivard. Race time was 1.18.2kr. Other interesting winners on the card were 44/1 Fleur de Lyus Delo (4f Quaker Jet) clocked in 1.15kr for Pierre Vercruysse, 3/2 Elissa Berry (5f Rocklyn) in 1.13.9kr for Jean-Michel Bazire, Race favorite at 1.4/1 First Class (4f Texas Charm-Ida Bourbon) timed in 1.15.9kr in a monte contest for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner Jean Philippe Dubois, and 5/1 Formi (4m Tucson) reined by Eric Raffin timed in 1.13.8kr as he defeated Fligny (4m Coktail Jet). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Next Sunday’s second leg of the FR Triple Crown of Trotting will be raced at Paris-Vincennes. The Grand Prix de France, a Gr. I International European Trotting Masters 2019 event, is raced over 2100 meters autostart for a 350,000€ total purse. The Bazire Big Three is entered (Belina Josselyn, Looking Superb and Davidson du Pont) along with the remaining world’s top trotters currently racing. C4 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m   European Trotting Masters Series 2019 Course Internationale   Départ à l'autostart The Grand Prix de France began in 1956 and there have been three-time winners only three times – Jamin, Eleazar and Ourasi. Raced over what is called the FR sprinter distance, the record race time is 1.09.8kr set by Kool du Caux in 2007. This year’s 98th Prix d’Amerique winner Belina Josselyn won the GP de France in 2018 over Bold Eagle and Propulsion in a driving finish. Bold Eagle won the 2016-2017 editions and Ready Cash and Meaulnes du Corta have been double winners in the last ten years. Be there for what will likely be a superb race and program at Paris-Vincennes.  Last year’s race replay follows from the Equidia network, as Belina Josselyn rallied late to nip hard-used Bold Eagle on the line: by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Saturday’s harness racing trotting action at Kincsem Park in Budapest featured the Imike DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap, nine starters).  The 4.1/1 second choice Sanger MS (9g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) scored on the front end for trainer/driver Goran Zolnaji timed in 1.21.6kr, his second straight victory. The 1.7/1 favorite and 20 meter handicapped Victory Knick (7g Cantab Hall-Lappenic Knick-Lindy’s Crown) was a fast closing second for Istvan Papp, ahead of 10.3/1 Oldtimer Diamant (9g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) reined by Andor Angyal.  The undercard featured the Betolakodo DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to the 1.2/1 favorite Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) teamed with trainer Balazs Juhasz, timed in 1.19.7kr, for his 13th win in 41 HU starts. The 31.9/1longshot Kings Call (5g Sjs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) was second for Istvan Papp and third went to 15.9/1 Betty Evo (6f Orlando Vici) with Laszlo Kolozsi aboard. The same day trotting action was at Aby (SWE) as their V75 races took place. The featured V75 Gold Gr. II International (400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters) was won by the 3.4/1 Sorbet (8m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound-Supergill) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Sorbet won for the 12th time in 44 starts timed today in 1.13.7kr. 12.1/1 Nimbus CD (9g Mythical Lindy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) took second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Third went to 25.1/1 Timone EK (7m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) reined by Thomas Uhrberg for trainer Jerry Riordan. The 2.1/1 favorite Zenit Brick was sixth. Also at Aby the V75 Silver (300,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.14.5kr timed and 10.6/1 Erik Sting (7g Sam Bourbon-Hottentott-Zoot Suit) also reined by Kihlstrom and this one trained by Timo Nurmos. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today in bright sunlight celebrated Afrique in France with a fine harness racing card of groupe level contests and the day’s Quinte+ race. The monte Prix de L’A.L.A. “Association de Lotteries Africaines” (Gr.III, purse 80,000€, 2175 meters, nine starters) began the action with a victory by 5.2/1 Eqao Jenilou (5g Village Mystic-Queen Jenilou) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Louis Baudron and owner Nicolas Baudron. The winner scored for the sixth time in 20 career starts and increased his life earnings to 173,050€. The 3/5 favorite Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou) was second for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard. 34/1 Espion Joune (5g Kesaco Phedo) took third with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. The Prix Africain I was next in the 35,000€ purse event raced by 12 over 2100 meters autostart. 15/1 First Lame (4f Kaisy Dream-Poesie de Beylev) scored for Gabriel Angel Pou Pou, also trainer, timed in 1.14kr. 3.3/1 First Lady Carjac (4f Voltigeur de Myrt) was second for pilot Eric Raffin, ahead of 24/1 First Thing First (4f Qualypso Jiel-New Creation) with Pierre Vercruysse up for breeder/trainer A.J. Mollema. The Quinte+ Grand Prix d’Afrique (purse 45,000€, 2850 meters, 18 starters) produced a fine race with 12/1 Cigjie de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac) victorious for Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie Vautors. This mare recorded her 11th career win in 44 starts and increased her life earnings to 146,530€. Race time was 1.14kr with a quick final 500. 30/1 Dorus Well (6g Gogo) took second for Franck Nivard and 8.8/1 Blacky de Cambron (8g Onyx du Goutier) teamed with Eric Raffin for third. The 3.2/1 Dentella Bella (6f Ready Cash) and 7.7/1 Concerto des Dunes completed the exact order top five that returned 23,010.60€ for the 2€ wager to 58 winning ticketholders. The Prix de L’Ile de France (Gr. I International monte, purse 170,000€, 215 meters, nine starters) was the final leg of the FR Monte Triple Crown. Absent were Cornulier winner Bilibili and the second finishing Traders. Today it was even-money favorite Dexter Fromentro (6m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) coming from the back to score timed in 1.12.6kr. Dexter won for the eighth time in a 42 race career, now for 726,970€ earned, for trainer Thomas Levesque, owner Pierre Levesque and most importantly the jockey Camille Levesque. The winner traveled the final 500 meters at a 1/10kr rate. The 2.9/1 Daelia de Vandel (6f Ready Cash-Maelia de Vandel) was second for jockey Matthieu Abrivard  ahead of 58/1 Valse de Reve (10f Mister President) with Guillaume Martin in toe irons for trainer Alain Roussel. 48/1 Cassate (7f Neoh Jiel) was fourth for Adrien Lamy. The Prix Miss Africa France (“de la Marne”, Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2700 meters, 10 starters) saw the 3/5 favorite Ble de Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) score for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and owner J.M. Rancoule. The winner scored for the 18th time in a 52 race career, now for 695,360€ earned. Race time was 1.11.7kr off steady fractions with the clocking at the 500 meters to go mark 1.12kr. The 7.7/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took second for Christophe Martens ahead of 21/1 Anzi des Liards reined by Romain Derieux. 9/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede) was fourth for Mickael Cormy and placed fifth was 99/1 Drole de Jet (5m Coktail Jet). Digital Ink was sixth in this race that honored by the trophy presenting Miss Africa France,  The Prix de L’Amite (“de Rouen’), a Gr. III event for an 80,000€ purse, was raced over the 2700 meters classic distance by ten competitors. 5.7/1 Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) scored for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie des As to record his sixth career wi in 29 outings, now for 401,860€ earned. The 4/5 favorite Vainqueur RP (5m Infinitif-Global Affair) was second for driver Eric Raffin and trainer J.L. Bigeon. Third went to 37/1 Estola (5f Nectar) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte de Montesson. 9/1 Doberman (6m Prodigious) and 5/1 Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko) completed this top five. The winning Express Jet was away fourth, brushed to lead after about 1000 meters and controlled thereafter for a two length victory.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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