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February 22, 2018 - 7/10 favorite Cleangame (6g Ouregon de Celland-Red Bell) scored in Thursday’s Quinte+ Prix du Cantel (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) with trainer J M Bazire up for Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule. Race time was 1.14.5kr off modest fractions. 13/1 Danne Edel (8g Coktail Jet-Osprey Boko) and driver Matthieu Abrivard was second, for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Stall Edelstoff AB. Third to the line was 6.3/1 Tinamo Jet (6m Naglo-Lituania Jet) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 9/1 Panoramic (8g Scarlet Knight) and 89/1 Final Oak (8m Make It Happen) completed the top five. Thursday was the second Winter Meet contest for coldbloods, this the Prix des Pays Nordiques “Jarvsofaks Trophee” (purse €20,000, 2100 meters autostart) with the 1.24.7kr timed verdict going to 3.2/1 Josveis (9g Uieskes-Jonsa) with Atti Ojanpera up  for Finland owner Paul Lindregen. 8/1 Tand Tuff (9m Jarvsofaks-Gott Turfa) rallied for second with J-O Persson the trainer/driver. 73/1 Pireus (10g Turo) was third. Four year olds contested the Prix d’Epinay (purse €37,000, 32850 meters, 12 starters)  and the 1.15.2kr timed winner was 7.6/1 Eucalyptus du Mont (4g Sam Bourbon-Qualinda du Donjon) reined by Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Guillauime Macaire. 15/1 Epson d’Ariane (4m Uppercut du Rib) took third for J-M Bazire. This winner rallied impressively for the victory and could be one to watch going forward. The Prix de Plestin-les-Greves (purse €55,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters) went to 3.4/1 Business Class (7f Love You-Perle d’Avril) clocked in 1.12.1kr for J. Ph. Monclin, trainer J.M. Monclin and Ecurie des Charmes. 8.6/1 Bachar (7m Prodigious-Princesse  Victoire) took second for Emmanuel Allare, also trainer. 7/1 Banco de l’Iton (7g Magnificent Rodney) and pilot Eric Raffin rallied for third, The final Grand Prix de Paris lineup for Sunday numbers 14 as follows: C4 - GRAND PRIX DE PARIS 400 000€ European Trotting Masters Series 2018 14 Engaged are below with driver/ trainer: Captain Sparrow, G. Gelormini, Luc Roelens Diablo du Noyer, Wm. Bigeon driver and trainer Apollon de Kacy, M.Mottier, J. Westholm Cash Gamble, F.Nivard,  P. Billard Call Me Keeper, B. Goop, D. Reden Best of Jets, T. LeBeller, J.M. Beaudouin Briac Dark, A. Abrivard, Th. Duvaldestin Carat Williams, D. Thomain, S. Guarato Ave Avis, Frederic Darondel, J-M Bazire Bilibili, A. Abrivard, L.C. Abrivard Django Riff, Y. Lebourgeois, P. Allaire Akim du Cap Vert, Franck Anne driver and trainer Belina Josselyn, J-M Bazire driver and trainer Bird Parker, J. Ph. Monclin, P. Allaire Thomas H. Hicks

February 21, 2018 - Today’s Pick5 featured Prix de Noirmoutier (purse €80,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters) at Enghien went to the 23/1 outsider Ducato Bourbon (5m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) that returned to winning ways timed in 1.15.1kr for harness racing driver Adrien Lamy. Franck Leblanc trains Ducato for Ecurie Siray. His breeder was SARL Haras Saint Martin. 6.1/1 Doctuer d’Erable (5g Ganymede-Rue d’Erable) was a close second for David Thomain and trainer J.P. Thomain, ahead of 1.4/1 favorite Desperado (5m Kesaco Phedo-Sirella) handled by J-M Bazire who trains for Mlle. Megali Moureaux. C4 - GRAND PRIX DE PARIS 400 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 4150m European Trotting Masters Series 2018 Course Internationale   Engaged are below with trainer: Captain Sparrow, Luc Roelens Diablo du Noyer, Wm. Bigeon Vebezia de Mai, F. Blot-Cariot Apollon de Kacy, J. Westholm Cash Gamble, P. Billard Call Me Keeper, D. Reden Best Of Jets, J.M. Beaudouin Briac Dark, Th. Duvaldestin Carat Williams, S. Guarato Ave Avis, J-M Bazire Bilibili, L.C. Abrivard Django Riff, P. Allaire Akim du Cap Vert, F. Anne Belina Josselyn, J-M Bazire Bird Parker, P. Allaire Thomas H. Hicks    

February 21, 2018 - 12/1 Agora du Goutier (f Jardy-Olympe Pierji) took Tuesday’s Quinte+ Prix du Chesnay at Paris-Vincennes (purse €88,000, 2850 meters distance handicapped, 18 starters). Race time was 1.13.6kr for the Franck Nivard driven trainer of David Cherbonnel and owner Yves Faucheux. 2.8/1 Venosc de Minel (9g Laetenter Diem) was timed in 1.13kr as he overcame a distance penalty to just miss on the line driven by Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Mme. Serverine Raimond. 18/ Baraka de Bellou (7f Prodigious) was third for Gabriele Gelormini with fourth to 3/2 favorite Bauloise Haufor (7f Kool du Caux) and Charles J. Bigeon and breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. 22/1 Ulysse Maria (10g Nuage de Lait) completed the top five with Pierre Vercruysse aboard. Wednesday’s Prix de Cahors (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 2.1/1 Deux Etoiles Gede (5f Roc Meslois-Trois Etoiles Gede) driven by Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Alexandre Pillon. 7.5/1 Unar Bi (5f Toss Out-Navarra Bi) with Rick Ebbinge up was second and 14/1 Dona Nina (5f Tucson-Quolombre Winner) took third for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 18, 2018 - The 1/5 favorite Spike won Sunday’s harness racing Grand Prix BMW Suisse at St. Moritz, Switzerland, as part of the White Turf program that spanned three weekends from February 4, 11 and 18.  The programs includes a variety of trot and gallop events on the snow before a huge crowd that numbered 11,000 yesterday. Spike (12g Jag de Bellouet-Julie Jacqueline) scored timed in 1.27.4kr for driver Mme. Fanny Homderger and owner/trainer Nathaie Gowin. He won this event last year driven by his owner/trainer. Spike now has 14 wins in 81 outings for €281,727 earned. 16/1  Rubis du Gilet (13g Hulk des Chapms-Idee du Gilet) was second for Armin Koller and third went to 14/1 Terry Gahn (11g Karikalo-Katia Chere) with owner/trainer/driver Mme. Caroline Huguelet up. White Turf racing movies 04/02/2018 White Turf racing movies 11/02/2018 White Turf racing movies 18/02/2018 Thomas H. Hicks

February 19, 2018 - Twenty-two have been engaged to Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris (Gr. I, purse €400.000 4250 meters). The third leg of the harness racing FR Triple Crown, this race commenced in 1962 and was raced at the 3150-3100 meters distances until 1994 when it was changed to 4150 and then in 2000 the distance became 4125 meters, as it remains today. The marathon event winners are an honorabe group that includes three time winners Jardy (2005-2007), Vourasie (1993-1995) and Bellino II (1975-1977). American bred performers Timothy T (1974) and Apex Hanover (1965) have been victorious, the latter then owned and traied in Russia and driven to victory by Maria Burdova. Race time record was set at the current distance in 2015 by doube winner Up And Quick, clocked in 1.13.5kr. Single time winners include Bold Eagle, Lionel (a 2018 likely starter), Ready Cash, Maharajah, Roxane Grif, Jag de Bellouet and Ourasi. Belina Josselyn, the recent Prix de France winner a week ago, Bird Parker, monte star Bilibili and the Daniel Reden trained entry of Propulsion, Lionel, Wild Honey and Call Me Keeper are among those engaged. See the lineup below. Thomas H. Hicks   Tables of the starters     NOT Horse HER Ferr. Dist. Driver Coach Music General Record Earnings Rapp. Prob. Rapp. PMU to -: - Rapp. LETURF to -: - 1 Captain Sparrow  M6 - 4150   L. Roelens 2a 1a (17) 2a 3a 1'11 "9 € 248,780 0.00 - - 2 Diablo Walnut  M5 - 4150   W. Bigeon 4a Da (17) 4m 6a 1'11 "5 € 307,040 0.00 - - 3 Venezia May  F9 - 4150   Mrs F. Blot-Cariot 8a 6a 15m 8a (17) 1'11 "9 312 € 490 0.00 - - 4 Blooma of Herypre  F7 - 4150   G. Thorel Da Da (17) 2a 1a 1'12 "3 € 341,320 0.00 - - 5 Ultra Landes  F10 - 4150   S. Hardy 15m (17) 11m 8m 5a 1'13 " 352,530 € 0.00 - - 6 Violine Mourotaise  F9 - 4150   E. Raulline 10a 6a (17) 3a 3a 1'12 "5 411 280 € 0.00 - - 7 Anette of Mirel  F8 - 4150   Anders Lindqvist 8m 13a 8a 6a (17) 1'11 "9 $ 423,435 0.00 - - 8 Apollo of Kacy  M8 - 4150   J. Westholm 2a 4a 5a (17) 9a 1'11 "9 € 426,260 0.00 - - 9 Cash Gamble SWE  M7 - 4150   Ph. Billard 4a Da (17) 8a 1a 1'11 "6 541 829 € 0.00 - - 10 Tony Gio ITY  M6 - 4150   V. Martens 6a 10a 4a (17) 5a 1'10 "4 $ 564,195 0.00 - - 11 Call Me Keeper SWE  M8 - 4150   D. Redén 9a 2a 4a Da (17) 1'10 "6 € 595,190 0.00 - - 12 A Serenade  F10 - 4150   Serge Peltier 2a 2a (17) 3a 1a 1'10 "6 € 623,030 0.00 - - 13 Best of Jets  M7 - 4150   J.-M. Baudouin 7a 16m (17) 12a 6m 1'10 "6 707 660 € 0.00 - - 14 Briac Dark  M7 - 4150   T. Duvaldestin 4a 5a 11a (17) 3a 1'10 "4 € 728,910 0.00 - - 15 Carat Williams  M6 - 4150   S. Guarato Da Da (17) 4a 7a 1'10 "8 € 805,040 0.00 - - 16 Ave Avis  M8 - 4150   J.-M. Bazire 12a (17) Da 2a 5a 1'10 "5 € 837,420 0.00 - - 17 Attentionally  F8 - 4150   P. Viel 4m Dm 9m (17) 3m 1'11 "2 957,330 € 0.00 - - 18 bilibili  M7 - 4150   L.-C. Abrivard 2m 3m 1m (17) 16a 1'10 "5 € 1,084,300 0.00 - - 19 Django Riff  M5 - 4150   Ph. Allaire 2a (17) 4a 1a 4a 1'11 " 1 189 000 € 0.00 - - 20 Akim of Cape Verde  M8 - 4150   F. Anne (17) 14a 6a 2a 7a 1'10 "5 € 1,307,180 0.00 - - 21 Lionel NOR  M8 - 4150   D. Redén Da 10a (17) 8a 5a 1'10 "9 € 1,389,138 0.00 - - 22 Propulsion USA  M7 - 4150   D. Redén 3a 3a (17) 1a 4a 1'08 "1 € 1,401,073 0.00 - - 23 Wild Honey USA  F6 - 4150   D. Redén 7a 12a 9a (17) 9a 1'09 "9 € 1,406,941 0.00 - - 24 Bélina Josselyn  F7 - 4150   J.-M. Bazire 1a 4a Da (17) 6a 1'10 "2 € 1,443,230 0.00 - - 25 Bird Parker  M7 - 4150   Ph. Allaire 6a 1a (17) 10a 1a 1'09 "7 € 1,608,605 0.00 - -   Duke of Carless wins Q+ Prix de Fontainebleu at Vincennes The Q+ today at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix de Fontainebleu (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters). 12/1 Duke of Carless (5m l’As de Viretaute-Jinou de Caless) scored for driver Nocolas Mortagne and owner/breeder/trainer Philippe Mortagne. Rface time was 1.13.7kr. 1.9/1 favorite Dudu du Noyer (5g Real de lou) was next for J-M Bazire and trainer Syvain Roger. Third went to 21/1 Urbanio (5m Adrian Chip-Ophelia Blue Chip) driven by Gabriele Gelormini. Dexter des Baux and Ulberto completed the top five and the exact order payoff exceeded €15,000. The apprentice jockeys battled in the Prix Patrick Mottier (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters)at Vincennes. The impressive 1.13.7kr timed winner was 17/1 Benjamine Gede (7f Insert Gede-Niquette Gede) with Louis Jublot in the irons for trainer Alexandre Pillon. 1.7/1 favorite Union de Bellarde (10f Ladaick Jiel) took second withg Julien Balu up for owner/trainer Georges Fournigault. 9/1 Varum Boy (9g Baccarat du Pont) was third for Mlle Marie Bazire and trainer Yves Dreux. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 17, 2018 - Emil Csordas teamed his trainee Victory Knick (6g Cantab Hall-Lappenta Knick-Lindy’s Crown) to his fourth straight Kincsem Park victory in Saturday’s Geza Sennyey Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) timed in 1.17.1kr. The 2017 import from Sweden, shown, defeated Conway Boko (9m Castleton Bass-Wascon Boko-Conway Hall) with Sandor Varadi aboard, he also the trainer. Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) captured third for driver Imre Fazekas and trainer Jozsef Rutkai. On the undercard was the Erika DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.20.4kr timed victory went to Samuel Becket AT (6m Diablo Va Bene-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover) handled by Andor Angyal for trainer Sandor Varadi. Second was the consistent Timoko RL (5m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) and third went to Zabrina (5f Owen Kemp-Merci Beaucoup-Gidde Palema). Thomas H. Hicks

The day’s featured Gr. I Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson at Vincennes (Criterium des Jeunes, purse €200,000, 2700 meters, three year old open), resulted in an upset harness racing victory by 15/1 Folelli (3f Timoko-Andree d’Ecajeul) with Alexandre Abrivard up. Frederic Pratt is trainer/breeder of this one that Flavien Pratt owns. Race time was 1.14.5kr. 37/1 Fend la Bise (3f Prince Gede-Una Prima Steed) was second for trainer/driver Franck Anne and owner Ecurie AB Trot. 51/1 Fabriz du Gite (3m Tabriz du Gite-Salamandre du Gite) was home third driven by Franck Ouvrie. 20/1 File Gin (3m Repeat Love) and 4/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) completed the top five. There were five dq’s and they included 1.3/1 Fly With Us, 9/1 Feeling Cash 7.5/1 Fastissime. Folelli - 2018 Youth Criterium - Vincennes Brazil day festivities of music, dance and racing included the Prix de la Lusophonie “Finistere” (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, ten starters) and this victory went to 1.13.9kr timed and 25/1 odds Danae de la Frette (5g Quaro-Queen de la Frette) with Adrien Lamy up for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie du Grand Buisson. 2.2/1 Deesse des Landes (5f Millenium Wood-Tifosa) was second for L.M. David, the owner/trainer/driver. 19/1 Daylight (5f Prodigious-Ilexia) took third for Jean Philippe Dubois. The Brazil Carnival got rolling surrounding the Quinte+ of the day. The Q+ Prix du Bresil (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to 13/1 Valfleury (9g Memphis du Rib-Idague) with trainer Thierry Duvaldestin up, timed in 1.14kr. 8.6/1 Diamond (8g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) with reinsman Matthieu Abrivard held second for driver Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Mille Fleurs. 33/1 Agi de Crennes (8f Joyou d’Amour), 36/1 Twitter (9g Offshore Dream) and 2/1 Siebella Park (7f Varenne) rounded out the top five finishers. Festivities of Brazil Day at the hippodrome surrounded this race. The very impressive Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) recorded an easy victory in the Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet (purse €120,000, 2700 meters) for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and Ecurie Albert Rayon.  This 1.1/1 favorite was timed in 1.13.4kr off soft fractions (1.16.1kr at 1500 remaining; 1.14.8kr at the 1000 and 1.14kr with 500 to go) on the front. 2.8/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire. 5.7/1 Diego Sautonne (5m Look de Star-Olympe Sautonne) took third with Matthieu Abrivard up for breeder/owner Marielle Touillet.  Davidson du Pont is a horse to watch in this and future years. The Gr. III Prix Rio Conseils et Credits (purse €100,000, 2700 meters, four year olds) went to the rallying 1.14.2kr timed and 12/1 odds Voltaire Gifont (4m Quaker Jet-Realm of Fancy). Legendary Pietro Gubellini reined the winner for trainer Cristian Rizzo and owner Mme. Catarina Ballini. 5.2/1 Elvis Madrik (4g Overtrick-Tequila Dara) held second for Frack Nivard and trainer/owner Jean Michel Baudouin. Third was 12/1 Espella Vedaquais (4f Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanche) driven by Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 8.2/1 Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis-Oranginette) took the Gr. III monte Prix SLCR (purse €110,000, 2175 meters, European eligibles) timed in a sharp 1.11.2kr off quick fractions (1.09.1kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.10.2 at the 1000 and 1.11.1kr with 500 remaining). Adrien Lamy was in the irons for owner/trainer P.E.  Mary.  Favored Val Royal (9m Capriccio-Quarda du Rib) took second for Eric Raffin, trainer J-M Bazire and breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes. 9/1 Valse de Reve (9f Mister President-Nouba Houba) took third for jockey Guillaume Martin and trainer Alain Roussel. The Prix Mediatica (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) showcased a 1.13.2kr timed victory for 2.3/1 Diaghilev (5m Goetmals Wood-Qadidja) driven by trainer/owner Jorgen Westholm and Team Westholm AB. 6/1 Diamant d’Isques (5m Rolling d’Heripre) was second for Gabriele Gelormini. A special annual event near the end of the Winter Meet at Paris-Vincennes is the Prix des Trotteurs Sang-Froid (purse €20,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 international coldbloods) and 4.9/1 Josveis (9g Viesker) driven by Antti Ojanpera for owner Paul Lindgren of Finland. Race time was 1.25.3kr. 5.3/1 Tand Tuff (9m Jarvsofaks) was a just beaten second for driver J.Ph. Monclin, trainer J-O Persson (the trainer of Jarvsofaks) and owner Christer Lindstrom of Sweden. Next Sunday at Vincennes is the third leg of the Triple Crown that is the Prix de Paris for €400,000 and contested over 4150 meters. Thomas H. Hicks

February 26, 2018 - Today the Quinte+ was at Cagnes-sur-Mer in the Prix de Barcelone (purse €60,000, 2925 meters, 17 European starters) and the 1.13.4kr timed winner was 29/1 Brune des Forges (7f Rolling d’Heripre-Salsa d’Orgeres) with harness racing trainer Nicolas Ensch the pilot. Ecurie Louis d’Aur is the owner. 5/2 favorite Boss du Meleuc (7g Lucky Blue) took second spot for owner/trainer/driver Y-A Briand. Third was 6.6/1 Cathy A Quick (6f Password) for Romain Derieux and trainer Jarma Niskanen. 4.6/1 Cirrus Atout with Gabriele Gelormini and 54/1 Ultimo des Dovet with Dominik Locqueneux completed the top five finishers. The Prix de Jerez de la Frontera (purse €38,000, 2925  meters, eight four year olds) went to 1.16.4kr timed and 2/1 odds Ever Pride (4m Prodigious-Queenly Pride) for Gabriele Gelormini, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe DeWulf. 3/2 favorite Elvis du Vallon (4m Reve de Beylev) rallied nicely for second drive by trainer Nicolas Ensch, while 13/1 Estancia Love (4f Repeat Love-Quelle Aventure) was third for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and  owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Three year olds contested the Prix de Madrid (purse €30,000, 2925 meters, eight starters) at end of today’s program and victory went to 27/1 Favorite Fligny (3f Rockefeller Center-Africa Fligny) with Sylvain Dieudonne up for trainer Gregory Thorel. Ecurie La Pinsonniere owns the winner that was timed in 1.17.8kr. Second was 16/1 Frisbee d’Am (3m The Best Madrik) for Jerome Chavatte, trainer Richard Westerink and owner Mme. Nicole Jasiejko. 10/1 Fils de Star (3m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Tata Star) took third for Michael Izzo and owner/trainer Michel Lenoir. Sunday the action at Paris-Vincennes includes four groupe contests and an open event for Coldbloods. The Gr. I Criterium des Jeunes “Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson” leads the way and the field includes top performers Follow You, Fastissime, File Gin, Feeling Cash and others. It’s also a day that celebrates Brasil.  Lot’s of Festivities for sure on Sunday. Thomas H. Hicks    

February 15, 2018 - Today’s superb harness racing card at Paris-Vincennes included the Quinte+ race and three groupe contests. The Gr. II monte Prix Edouard Marcillac (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 4/5 odds favorite Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) with Paul Philippe Ploquin up. Julian LeMer trains for breeder/owner Claude Guedj. 16/1 First Daidou (3m Univers de Pan-Djakarta) was second for trainer Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. 17/1 Fascinoso de Lou (3m Prodigious-Riviera de Lou) with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. The groupe level action continued with the Gr. III Prix de Nevers (purse €110,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.15.2kr timed victory earned by 3.1/1 Coffee Look d’Eam (6g Look de Star-Nidra Pierji) for Franck Nivard. 9/1 Chica de Joudes (6f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love) was second for owner/trainer/driver Alain Laurent. 5.5/1 Colonel (6g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) was third for J-M Bazire who trains for Ecurie des Charmes. The Gr. II monte Prix Holly du Locton (purse €120,000, 2175 meters nine starters) produced an impressive victory by the 5/10 favorite Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) that score her second monte win in a very brief career. Matthieu Abrivard was the jockey for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. SARL Haras de Villepelee bred the winner, timed in 1.13.8kr, that defeated 25/1 Flore de Janeiro (3f Vanishing Point-Ozie de Janeiro) with Anthony Barrier in the irons for owner/trainer Franck Blandin. 6/1 Fylla du Goutier (3f Scipion du Goutier-Scylla du Goutier) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Saint Martin. The Q+ Prix Chateaurenard (purse €75,000, 2700 meters, 17 European starters) went to 1.12.7kr timed and 1.2/1 favorite Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines for Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule. 18/1 Blues d’Ourville (7g Password-Pursuit Of Charm) was second for Pierre Houel driving for Mme Virginie Lecroq, the trainer. 17/1 Auch (8g Niky-Migraine) took third for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. 12/1 Sorbet (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) and driver Franck Ouvrie and 97/1 Voeland (9m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Oquita  d’Harcourt) with Dominik Locqueneux completed the top five finisher, and set up a €17,286 exact  order payoff. Jean Michel Bazire recorded another victory in the Prix de Marcenat (purse €50,000, 2175 meters, 12 starters) with 1.12.4kr timed and 10/1 odds Defi de Retz (5m First de Retz-Nouvelle j’Atout), a mare he trains for breeder/owner Ottavia Roffi-Urano. Before groupe action commenced. the Prix de Guerande (purse €50,000, 2175 meters, 14 starters) took the stage and the 1.13.5kr timed victory went to 4.9/1 Daisy Team (5f Timoko-Daisy Chain) with owner/trainer Julien Dubois aboard. Ecurie D was the breeder of this mare and she reflects a superb pedigree that includes 16 foals of Daisy Chain (1991, Speedy Somolli-Kravotte-Caprior), 11 winners such as Kaisy Dream (profiled below and sire of a US Breeders Crown winner Brigham Dream), Orsy Dream, Paisy Dream, Jackpot Dream, Crazy Dream: 1998 Kaisy Dream (FR)      1.12,4v  1.12,3a   EUR 1,017,503   43  12- 13- 5        h, by Extreme Dream (FR)   - Daisy Chain (FR)     At 3, Winner of Prix Kalmia, Prix Maurice de Gheest, second in Criterium des 3 ans, Criterium des Jeunes, Prix Albert Viel, Prix de l'Etoile, Prix Jacques Vauloge, third in Europeiskt Treåringschampionat. At 4, Winner of Prix de Sélection, Prix Ephrem Houel, Gran Premio d'Europa, second in Prix de Milan, Prix René Ballière, third in Prix de l'Etoile, Prix de Washington   Thomas H. Hicks  

February 13, 2018 - 16/1 Danne Edel (8g Coktail Jet-Osprey Boko) took today’s Q+ Prix de Chateau-Gontier (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) at Vincennes timed in 1.12.4kr for harness racing trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Stall Edelstoff AB owns the winner. 13/1 Romero (8m Kadabra-Etrille) was second for trainer/driver Andrea Guzzinati for Ecurie Louisiana. 12/1 Andiamode Monchel (8g Kiwi) was third with J-M Bazire up, ahead of 2.6/1 MT Joinville (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Ivy LB) and Jorma Kontio with fifth to 16/1 Sylvester America (7g Varenne-Armbro Voice) driven by Davis Thomain for owner/trainer Jerry Riordan. Trainer/driver Bjorn Goop piloted 12/1 Tellmeastory (6g Zola Boko-Katydid) to a 1.16.2kr victory in the Prix de Bercy (purse €46,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters). Tero Pohjolainen owns the winner and Goop booked victory two on the program. 24/1 Cabernet (6g Prince Gede-Neophyte) took second for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer/owner P. Edouard Mary. 5/2 odds Tarim (6m Varenne-Explosive) was third for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer H.E. Bondo for Scuderia AEC Borsani.  11/1 Canular (6g Jet Fortuna) was fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois. The Prix du Mesle (purse €52,000, 2175 meters, 12 starters-four year old females) produced victory for 7.4/1 East Island (4f Very Pleasant-Queen Along) clocked in 1.14.1kr for driver Julien Dubois, Ecurie Victoria Dreams, trainer Philippe Moulin and breeder Jean Philippe Dubois, 5.4/1 Extremity (4f Coktail Jet-Tentation de Star) held second for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault and owner N.V. Hicewa. Ecurie D bred this one. 2.3/1 Elena Princesse (4f Timoko-Quatinka) rallied for third handled by J-M Bazire for trainer Philippe Billard and Ecurie le Tremont. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 12, 2018 - Monday’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Senlis (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters seven and eight year old harness racing females) at Paris-Vincennes. 70/1 Royal Roc (8f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc) scored the upset timed in 1.12.2kr for driver Filippo Rocca that started from post 17. Lucio Becchetti trains the winner for Scuderia Saint Eusebio. 11/1 Arrival de Genai (8f Jag de Bellouet-Nymphe de Genai) was second for trainer/driver Patrice Pacaud and breeder/owner Pascal Plassais. Third was 3.1/1 Olympia Gold (7f Olimede-Shelle Gold) handled by David Thomain for trainer Per Linderoth and Team Gold. 13/1 Black Rain (5f Niky) was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard and fifth was 34/1 Bela du Vivier (7f Korean) for Matthieu Verva and trainer Guy Verva. The top four finishers raced barefoot. There were no Q+ exact order winning tickets on this event. The Prix de Blain-Bouvron-le Gavre (purse €52,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters) produced an impressive 1.12.7kr timed victory for 1.9/1 Exit Money (4m Coktail Jet-Making Money) with trainer J-M Bazire the pilot for Ecurie Yvan Bernard. This youngster now has four wins in 10 career starts. 4.8/1 Etonnart (4m Timoko-Migraine) was second with Bjorn Goop driving for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. 26/1 Esteban Jiel ) 4m Coktail Jet-Dirkonia Jiel) took third money for driver Matthieu Abrivard and trainer J.L. Dersoir. Freegate Island (3f Timoko-Agneska) was an easy 1.17kr winner of the Prix d’Olouom (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, seven starters) with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. Jean Etienne Dubois bred this filly that is now owned by P&D Bronsman AB. The 9/1 winner bested 4.7/1 Fa de Bellouet (3f Quinoa du Gers) with trainer J-M Bazire up for owner Jean Claude Montwean. 3.1/1 Famille Royale (3f Village Mystic-New York) was third for driver Eric Raffin and Louis Baudron, the breeder / trainer / owner. The Prix de Juan les Pins (purse €46,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters) this day went to 11/1 Freeway Fortuna (6f Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee) timed in 115.5kr and driven by Matthieu Abrivard. ACEM Schoonderwoerd trains and owns this fast closing mare. 2.4/1 Kash Brodde (6f Ready Cash-Kismet la Marc) was second for driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Peter Untersteiner and Full Moon Stable. 4.9/1 Capella de Vrie (6f Prince d’Espace) was third for driver Franck Nivard and breeder/owner/trainer Roger Baudron. Thomas H. Hicks    

Elite du Royal (4f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) at 12/1 ran off to a huge lead in the Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) for trainer/driver Franck Anne and held it for a 1.18.9kr harness racing score. Mme. Annick Bazin bred and owns the winner. 3.7/1 Enino du Pommereux (4m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) and J-M Bazire was second for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 1.1/1 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (4f Scipion du Goutier) was third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. The day’s featured Q+ Prix de Munich (purse €95,000, 2100 meters, 15 European starters) went to Bigeon stalwart 1.8/1 favorite Afghan Barbes (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Nuance Barbes) with Charles J. Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon and owner Andre Francis Bigeon. The 1.17.=2kr timed winner now has 16 victories in 45 career outings for €523,260 earned. 3.1/1 Bel Avis (7g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire, owner Wildenstein Stables and the breeder was Comte de Belaigue. 18/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (7m Magnificent Rodney) with Matthieu Abrivard up took third ahead of 81/1 Coquin Bebe (6m Rancho Gede) and 20/1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password) that completed the top five. Treasure Kronos was 1th and Rod Stewart was a dq in this event. The Prix de Verneuil (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 13 European starters) went to 3/1 Deesse des Landes (5f Millenium Wood-Tifosa) with owner/trainer L.M. David at the lines. Race time was 1.21.9kr over the heavy surface. 12/1 Decennie (5f Love You-Parabola) was second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was Danseuse du Citrus (5f Otello Pierji) with David Thomain up for trainer Bjorn Goop, and Gilda Newport landed the fourth spot. The monte Prix de Lisieux (purse €88,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) produced a 23/1 odds victory for Vinci Pierji (9g Meaulnes du Corta-Intaille) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Race time was 1.17.3kr. 17/1 Tell Me No Lies (9g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious was next for pilot David Thomain, KLV Holding AB and trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 1.9/1 Shadow Gar (7f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer/owner Pietro Gubellini. The Prix de Selestat (purse €33,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) began the Saturday racing action over a heavy, thawing, snow melting day at Vincennes. The winner was 7/2 odds Famous Quality (3f Rocklyn-Union Quality) with Jean Philippe Dubois up for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin.  Time was 1.22.1kr. 1.9/1 favorite Flora du Pommereux (3f Up And Quick-Salsa du Pommereux) took second for Franck Nivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Third went to 7.3/1 Ficite de Baille (3f Neutron du Cebe-Korella)  for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Dominique Mottier and breeder/owner Ecurie Mathieu Mottier. Later in the program the Prix du Bouscat (purse €37,000, 2700 meters) went to 1.19.3kr timed Ducal Vrie (5g Kesaco Phedo-Shalima Vrie) with Franck Nivard up for legendary breeder/owner/trainer Roger Baudron (now with 1,104 training victories). Thomas H. Hicks  

February 10, 2018 - Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) again took the Saturday feature at Kincsem Park, this one the Laszlo Tolnay Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 2560 meters distance handicap). The winner overrcame a 20 meter penalty to score timed in 1.19.9kr for driver Imre Dome and trainer Jozsef Rutkai. The 20 meter handicapped Bimbo de Chenu (7f Scipion du Goutier-Orice du Chenu-Casino des Sports) was a close second and Gigant Wings (4m Quick Wood-Winning Winds-Gidde Palema) finished third. The undercard was highlighted by a 1.19.7kr victory by Une Dame (5f Vioxx SR-Ionyos-Supergill) driven by Lajos Marton and a 1.22.7kr score in the 400,000Huf purse Cinema DIF by Urzulina (5f Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) driven by Andor Angyal for trainer Sandor Varadi. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 10, 2018 - Madinina Martinique conducted its monthly harness racing / gallop program Saturday. The Prix  des Tulipes (purse €6,000, 3800 meters distance handicap on turf) went to 25 meter penalized Vlatou des Salines (9g Magnificant Rodney-Griffe des Salines) driven by J.L. Langeron, also the trainer. Race time was 1.29.1kr on the off surface. Typhon du Plantis (11g Loulou Jet-Light Turgot) was second for J.P.Loury ahead of Rivage du Layon (13g Chaillot-Deesse du Lagon) for teamster Christophe Moise. The Prix des Begonias (purse €6,000, 3800 meters distance handicap on turf) for trotteurs went to 1.27.5kr timed Ussein Royal (10g Lilium Madrik-Heloire)  handled by Jean Francois Gate for owner/trainer Christine Lebreton. 25 meter penalized Bavarois du Varket (7g Laetenter Diem) took the two spot for J.L. Langeron and third was Argan de Vandel for driver J.Ch. Villetrie. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 11, 2018 - The co-featured harness racing Prix des Centaures (Gr. I monte, purse €240,000, 2200 meters) this day at Paris-Vincennes was contested in heavy rain, but 2/5 favorite Draft Life (5f Unbriaco-Maflymede) still prevailed for Eric Raffin, and breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. The victory for Draft Life was her 10th in 26 starts, now for €881,570 earned. She raced on the pegs third and fourth throughout before surging between rivals at top stretch to score easily albeit moving wide to the fans as the line approached. Race time was 1.11.5kr (fractions 1.10.4kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11.3kr at the 1000; 1.11.7kr with 500 to go). 6/1 Cyprien des Bordes (6m Ouragon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) was second for jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir, Ecurie Rib and trainer Joel Hallais. Third was 8.3/1 Dragon du Fresne (5m Saphir Castelets) and Alexandre Abrivard finished ahead of Elladora de For at 15/1 for jockey Franck Nivard. Today’s action began with the Prix Michel Potiez (purse €46,000, 2700 meters , ten starters – lightly raced three year olds) with victory to strong rallying 4.8/1 French Man (3m Voyage de Reve-Oh Butterfly) timed in 1.16.2kr over the still slow (early afternoon) Vincennes course for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. 1.4/1 favorite Feliciano (3m Ready Cash-Ravanella) held second for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. 18/1 For You Madrik (3m Up And Quick-Quella Madrik) took third with David Thomain up for trainer J.L. Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

VINCENNES, FR - The great mare Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Joselyn), off at 5.2/1, with trainer J-M Bazire up, won the Grand Prix de France today, the second leg of the 2018 France Triple Crown, with a powerful stretch drive to nip the game pacesetter Bold Eagle on the line. Timed in 1.10.2kr (fractions 1.06.5kr at 1500 to go; 1.08.9kr at the 1000; 1.10.3kr with 500 remaining), a new race record having lowered the 1.10.3kr of Ready Cash in 2011. Belina rallied late and five wide after being shuffled back from post three to record her 18th career win in 46 starts now for €1,442,230 earned for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. Timone EK led early and then 1.2/1 favorite Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) moved three wide to the lead for Franck Nivard on a quick front 600 meters.  The Eagle continued on the lead with 46/1 Wild Honey, Timone EK and then 2.1/1 Propulsion in pursuit, with 54/1 Ringostarr Treb working closer from post 15.  Belina then got loose for Bazire and mounted her relentless wide charge in the lane for the narrow score over Bold Eagle. Between these two horses going to the wire was Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae) for the Orjan Kihlstom, Daniel Reden and Stall Zet team to grab third place by just a half length. The 31/1 Briac Dark (7m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) took fourth for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Guy Barou. Ringostarr Treb (8m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral) flattened to be fifth for Gabriele Gelormini, Jerry Riordan and EVAM Racing. The 39/1 Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn) and 46./1 Wild Honey (6f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy) completed the top seven. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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