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March 28, 2015 - Johnny Takter teamed Maven to her first European victory today, taking the Prixies Lopp for Mares (2140 meters, 1.3 miles, Kat 1) at Solvalla, taking the co-feature worth 200,000SEK to the winner. Takter left alertly from post eight, eased three-wide to the front out of the first turn and led throughout to a five length victory, after Your Highness and Bjorn Goop made a miscue when pressing for the lead in the last turn. Maven (6f Glidemaster-M Stewart-American Winner) recorded her 30th career victory now for earnings of 14,088,134SEK for trainer Jimmy W. Takter. Maven was clocked in 1.11.2kr (off even fractions) to secure victory from Youana for Erik Adielsson and Jumble As with Flemming Jensen up. Fourth went to Stylish Hanover with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard. This victory has earned an Elitloppet invite for the talented Maven. Digital Ink Wins Today’s Gr. II UET Masters Series at Solvalla The Orjan Kihlstrom teamed, Stefan Melander’s owned and trained Digital Ink (6g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscail), took today’s featured Gold Series at Solvalla, his eighth straight to boost his career earnings to 5,282,800SEK (24th win in 48 starts). Digital Ink was away mid-pack and then advanced to a first moving position to gain command midway through the contest from which he drew away for a comfortable win to earn 250,000SEK winner share of the purse. Clocked in 1.11.4kr over the 2140 meters autostart distance, the winner took victory from OBI Wan (6g Ganymede-Heja Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) and teamster Jurgen Sunnesson with third to the Torbjorn Jansson teamed Porthos Amok (6m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine Chip). Thomas H. Hicks  

March 27, 2015 - Stefan Melander’s Digital Ink, to be teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom, is the harness racing favorite in Saturday’s Gr. II Gold UET Masters Series at Solvalla. Named the Triton Sund Trot, the first place share is 250,000SEK in this 2140 meters autostart contest. The top field of 12 includes Candor Hall, Kash’s Cantab, Obi Wan and Haraldinho. The Pixies event for mares (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) includes 12 starters. Maven and teamster Johnny Takter lead this group ahead to contestants Jumble As, My Golden, and M.T. Harmony. Thomas H. Hicks

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Arlington Dream (5m Ready Cash - Ialla Clairchamp) took Saturday’s Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray (€120,000 purse, 2850 meters, 10 starters) for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Phillipe Allaire. The Fredric Sauque owned high-stepper was off at 16/1 in the defeat of Aloa de la Mortrie (5f Drag-Queen d’Acanthe) with Anthony Barrier up for trainer/owner S.G. Dupont at 7/1 odds. 7/1 Ave Avis (5m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 22/1 outsider Anette de Miral (5f Laetenter Diem-Lisa du Mirel) was fourth for trainer Anders Lindqvist and jockey Eric Raffin. Amiral Sacha was disqualified for a miscue. The winner scored in 1.12.8kr off solid, even fractions. The Gr. II monte Prix Louis Forcinal (€120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to 9/10 favorite Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato. Stablemate Astor du Quenne (5m Opus Viervil-Qualinn des Quenne) was second at 3.1/1 for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Guarato with 7/1 Agrippinne (5f Hasting-Moquese) third for Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The winner was clocked in 1.13.8kr. The Gr. III Prix du Bois de Vincennes (€115,000, International, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to veteran Beckman (8g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) clocked in 1.14kr for Franck Nivard aboard for Fabrice Souloy, training this 38.4/1 outsider. 56/1 Talicia Bella (8g General du Pommeau-Illicia Bella) was second for Mathieu Abrivard on the lines for J-P Marmion trainer. 4.2/1 Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert took third for driver/trainer/owner Franck Anne. Aladin d’Ecajeul (5m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul was fourth at 9/10 odds for teamster Eric Raffin and trainer Guarato. Well regarded Uprince was disqualified as offstride. The €2.1 million jackpot Quinte+ Prix Jean Cabrol (€72,000, 2700 meters, 17 European starters) went to Sweden’s Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) at 9/10 odds for Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The winner romped home in 1.13.1kr after a solid finish for owner Ecurie LC Equine AB. Second was Triskell Pasha (8g Clio Josselyn-Decose de la Butte) at 6/1 for Anthony Barrier. Spain’s consistent Trebol (8m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) was third at 15/1 for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. The Prix de Gueugnon (€65,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) on the excellent undercard went to 8/1 Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and owner Ecurie J.M. Rancoule. Blues d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) was second at 127/1 for Mathieu Mottier in the bike, ahead of Bon Copain (4m Love You-Haie) for Damien Bonne and trained by Thierry Raffegeau at 6/1. Thomas H. Hicks

March 20, 2015 - After a post-winter meet break. harness racing resumed this week at Paris-Vincennes with night cards on Tuesday and Friday and an afternoon program slated for Saturday, highlighted by graded events. Friday’s featured race was the Quinte+ (jackpot €2.1 million) Prix Maia (purse €52,000, 18 European female starters, 2850 meters distance handicapped). Eric Raffin teamed Verzee Carisale (6f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree - Harmonie Carisaie) to victory clocked in 1.14.2kr for trainer/owner J-Et. Thuet as the 1.6/1 punters choice. Sweden’s Monas Invercote (6f Viking Kronos - Monas Speranza) was second at 10/1 for Franck Ouvrie teaming for Svante Bath ahead of Italy’s Peace of Mind (6f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa) at 17/1 with Franck Nivard aboard for trainer Fabrice Souloy). Well regarded Petra Axe ended 10th. Tuesday’s headliner was the Prix Bernard Simonard (€72,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters for apprentice lad jockeys). Timed in 1.14.3kr the winner was Vinci Pierji (6g Meaulnes du Corta - Intaille) with Nils Pacha in the irons for trainer Mathieu Abrivard off at 1.2/1 odds. 4/1 VF d’Or du Poli (6g Ludo de Castelle-Fantare du Poli) was next for Christelle Coz and trainer/owner Bernard Piton, with third to 5/1 Tonniere de Retz (8g First de Retz-Kaline du Solnan) with Clare Dodard-Trigual up for trainer J-F Senet. The Quinte+ on March 18 was at Agen le Passage and that event was the Grand Prix Dynavens Maisagri Duran (purse €45,000, 2625 meters distance handicapped). 23/1 odds Sportif (9g Ganymede - La Perle-Coktail Jet) scored in 1.14.6kr for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy) over 13/1 Taquine du Loisir (8f Ganymede-Kaline du Loisir) with Jerome Chavette up. 4/1 odds Irfee Jallerie overcame a 25 meter penalty to nail third for Damien Bonne. The winner is owned by Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson and he scored career victory 13 for €231,910 earned. Thomas H. Hicks

March 15, 2015 - Group II action at Ippodromo Padova resulted in victory by Santiago D’ete (4m Daguet Rapide - Love Me Tender) in the Gr. II Prix Citta di Padova for four year-olds on Sunday. The winner, reined by Roberto Andreghetti, scored in a record 1.11.5kr to record career victory seven in 24 starts for earnings of €118,529. The purse was €45,100 for this 1640 meter autostart test over the half-mile track. Sharon Gar (4f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) was second for Pietro Gubellini with third to Superbo Capar (4m Calpso Capar-Dark Degli Ulivi-Indro Park). The card also included the Gr. II Prix le Padovanelle (purse €45,100, 1640 meters autostart) that went to Re Italiano Ur (5m Ganymede - Dark Lux SM) clocked in 1.12.4kr for Enrico Bellei. The 11 time winner in 35 starts has earned €272,641. Royal Blessed (5m Varenne - Ivory Kronos) was second for Wim Paal ahead of Per Amour Gual and teamster Roberto Andreghetti. While conducted at Halmstad (SWE) Italy’s Rossella Ross (5f Self Possessed - Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell), trained by Jerry Riordan and driven by Johnny Takter, took the 40,000SEK first money Lars B Persson Foto for five year-old mares. The winner is owned by breeder Francesco Rosselli and she recorded her ninth career win in 25 outings. Donna di Quattro (5f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo was second for Christoffer Eriksson. Whoopie As is a daughter of Why Indeed by Speedy Crown. Fascination ended third for Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

March 16, 2015 - Kincsem Park (Budapest) has opened its 2015 trotting program with higher purses, fueled by improved pari-mutual wagering outlets, simulcasting signals, video broadcasting and a wagering menu that includes a version of the enticing Quinte+. Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, and one of the largest cities in Central Europe. Last Saturday, the featured Ezerjo DIJ (600,000HUF purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to 5/1 odds Philadelphia (6g Detroit - Gertrud) with Viktoria Nemeth aboard for well-regarded owner AMMA. Clocked in 1.18.4kr the winner bested ten rivals. Jogging (12g Valley Guardian-Sportlady) was second for Sandor Varga ahead of Amazing Lobell (8f Incredible Crafts-US Companion). The previous Saturday the top race was the Tavaszi Handicap (1,100,000HUF purse, 1960 meters distance handicap) and Overnight (7g Jonas Laukko - Hurricaine) took that verdict in 1.198kr for amateur teamster Sandor Turbucz. Let It Be TN (5f World By The Tail-Crewel Hanover) was second for Laszlo Kolozsi ahead of Vernon Boko (12g Castleton Bass-JJ’s Miracle) and trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. Stone Capes Judy (8f SJ’s Caviar-Kallasy) was fourth for Pal Vicen, saddled with a 40 meter handicap. On the same card the Henriett Varga Memorial (600,000HUF purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to classmaster Ollyan Nincs (7g Pickaflick - C’est la Guerre) with amateur driver Andrea Fazekas up for trainer Imre Fazekas. The winner was clocked in 1.15.9kr to defeat Orangyal (7f Wall Street Banker-Derengo) and trainer/driver Czaba Lakatos with third to Rose’s La Nena (8f Pearsall Hanover-O’Hill’s Rose) with Sandor Varga at the lines. Thomas H. Hicks

March 14, 2015 - Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Digital Ink (6g Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres - Filou du Boscail) to victory today on the Eskilstuna card in Sweden in the 2640 meter autostart Gold Division to secure the 150,000SEK first prize. The pair were clocked in 1.12.6kr in a close verdict over Candor Hall (7g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) with Bjorn Goop up. Porthos Amok was third for Torbjorn Jansson. The winner, owned by Stall TZ (Stefan Melander), now has 23 wins in 47 career outings and is undefeated in four 2015 starts. His earnings increased to 5,032,800SEK. Digital Ink could be a factor in the 2015 Elitloppet. The excellent Eskilstuna card also showcased a win by US bred Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover - Letsjusttalkaboutme - Self Possessed) timed in 1.13.5kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and owner Stall TZ. The 2640 meter autostart Bronze Division carried 110,000SEK to the winner. Canada’s Melvin Hartman bred the winning mare, that now has nine wins in 33 career starts, and three straight victories this year. Super Otto was second for Kenneth Haugstad. The Klass I event, for 100,000SEK to the winner, over 1640 meters autostart, went to the Johnny Takter teamed Folli (6g Self Possessed - M.T. Angel - Juliano Star) clocked in 1.12.2kr. Fredrik Persson trains the winner, now with seven wins in 12 lifetime starts and his second straight in 2015. Johan Roc was second for Bjorn Goop. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan scored a training double Wednesday at Jagersro in Sweden as a pair owned by Lisa Riordan and bred by the late Lou Guida took impressive wins. Sylvester America (4m Varenne - Armbro Voice - Garland Lobell) scored in 1.13.7kr to earn 70,000SEK first money in a 2140 meter autostart event for four-year olds. Christoffer Eriksson was the pilot as Sylvester recorded career win seven in 17 starts. He’s undefeated in two 2015 starts. The winner is from an excellent family that includes $100,000 plus winners Laurel America, Red Rose America and Michael America. In the card’s finale Radysin America (5f Donato Hanover - Zagabria Dei - Victory Dream) scored in a sharp 1.11.6kr over 1640 meters to earn 60,000SEK first prize. The event for mares saw the Peter Ingves teamed winner defeat Alchemilla Rich with Johnny Takter aboard. The winning mare, trained by Riordan, secured her 10th career win in 28 starts and first in the current year. She’s a half-sister to top international performer Lisa America. Thomas H. Hicks  

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March 8, 2015 - Harness racing driver Bjorn Goop teamed the Richard Westerink trained Timoko (8m Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces - And Arifant) to a two length score in today’s Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur (Gr. I UET Masters Series, 12 international starters, €200,000 purse, 1609 meters autostart) . Away alertly Timoko, racing barefoot, yielded to Pascia’Lest and then regained the front that he never relinquished. Scoring his 26th career victory, Timoko improved life earnings to €3,235,478. Off at 7/10 favorite odds Timoko held off a determined Maven (6f Glidemaster - M. Stewart) with Johnny Takter up. Maven was taken off the gate at the start from post eight and followed the field in the second tier until moving four wide off the final bend. She finished steadily, easily circling the balance of the field. She was off at 5.7/1 and raced with no shoes in front. Vanika du Ruel (6f Jardy - Jacarandine) was third at 18/1 for trainer/driver Franck Anne ahead of Une Fille d’Amour (7f Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) at 23/1 for David Thomain, with fifth to 45/1 Linda di Casei (10f Uronometro - Comtesse Ferm) for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Timoko reportedly will travel to the US later in 2015 to contest the International and the Breeders Crown. Today Timoko was clocked in 1.11.3kr (1:54.72 mile time), well off the race record held by Varenne (1:52 established in 2002). Timoko captured this race in 2013 timed in 1.10.2kr. Thomas H. Hicks

March 6, 2015 - Racing at Hippodrome de la Cote d’Azur (Cagnes sur mer) this weekend features Sunday’s Criterium de Vitesse, but the Friday evening seven race card began the festivities with five events at the 1609 meters autostart (one mile) distance. European performers won the first four races for the sprinters. Leticia Bi (10f Sugarcane Hanover - Amerique Top - Coktail Jet) took the Prix de Naples (€18.000, European starters) in 1:57.91 as the  0.8/1 favorite. Trainer Edoardo Moni teamed the Italian invader to victory for owner Scuderia Pari, her 38th career win for €336.692 earned. Marshal Hackstable (10m Power to Charm - Melodic Hackstable - VIP Tilly) took the Prix de Padoue (€32,000, European eligibles) at 6.2/1 for Bjorn Goop driving for trainer Sofia Aronsson. The Frakstad Lantbruss AB owned mare from Sweden scored in 1:55.87 for her eighth career win good for €147,450 earned. The Prix de Pise (€25,000, European females) went to Italy’s Princess Kronos (6f Donato Hanover - Malibus Princess - Malabar Man) timed in 1:56.96 for reinsman Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Ecurie du Domaine du Pak. The even-money favorite recorded her 10th career win for €98,355 earned. The Prix de Bologne (€25,000, European males) went to 12/1 Pacha dei Greppi (6m Juliano Star - Dresda dei Greppi-Cougar Lobell) with Antonio Greppi up for trainer Holger Ehlert and owner Nicola del Rosso. This Italian raider scored in 1:56.42 for career win 20 and €94,312 earned. The Prix de Modena (€8,000, Amateur drivers) ended the evening of speed with a 1:57.29 victory by Ultorius (7g Biesolo - Novelty - Lutin d’Isigny) and teamster Sophie Blancheiere. Yannick A. Briand trains the winner, favored at 1.4/1, for owner Ecurie Aime Gavin, that recorded career win seven for €75,710. Thomas H. Hicks

March 5, 2015 - Thierry Duvaldestin reined his trainee Swedishman (9g Gogo - Volgana - Myoto Barbes) to victory Thursday in the Prix de Parigny (€40,000, 18 starters, 2450 meters distance handicap) at Caen as he overcame a 25 meter handicap to score in 1.13.2kr.   The 1.4/1 favorite recorded his first 2015 victory in his first appearance after ending 2014 with three straight win in Gr. II and Gr. III events.   The winner recorded victory 27 for career earnings of €905,330 for owner Gaylor Chaudemanche.   Sire de la Creuse was second for trainer/driver Jean-Francois Senet over third placed Urse Major at 23/1 for teamster Francois Lecanu and trainer Stephane Provoost.   Swedishman is worth watching during summer 2015 in fast class events that allow geldings.   Thomas H. Hicks

March 4, 2015 - Franck Ouvrie teamed 18/1 Richmond Park (10g Jaim de Val - Inrosa Girl-Buvetier d’Aunou) to a rallying win in today’s Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf at La Capelle. He scored in 1.14.7kr over the 2750 meter course to earn the 45% winners’ share of the €90,000 purse. Hans-Georg Stihl owns the winner, trained by Michelle Stihl. Tic Tac du Mont (8g Kerido du Donjon - Douala) was second for Antoine Wiels and trainer J-P Marmion at 4/1 with third to 5/1 Trou Normand (8g Bon Conseil - Jilanska) and Eric Raffin. The GNT legs will be presented throughout France with the final one of the early Winter Meet 2015-2016 featured events. The GNT was the Quinte+ race of the day with a €2.2 million jackpot.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 2.200.000 € - Numéro plus : 2130   Ordre :       20.701,00€   Désordre :       198,40€   Bonus 4 :       25,60€   Bonus 4sur5 :       5,40€   Bonus 3 :       3,00€   The secondary feature today was the Prix Genes Diffusion (€27,000 purse, 2750 meters, 16 European starters) and Venice Girl (6f Oxford du Rib - Matenzas Girl) captured this one at 3/2 odds for owner/trainer/driver Yves Dreux. 4/1 Verymuchkiss Karsk (6g Kiss Francis - Kissme Karsk) was second for trainer P.G. Norman and teamsterDominik Locqueneux, ahead of Kalle (7g Smok’n Lantern - Burning Desire) for Ake Kristofersson at 7/1. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 2, 2015 - Sunday’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Criterium de la Cote d’Azur headlines the March 8 harness racing card at Cagnes sur mer, worth a €200,000 purse over 1609 meters autostart. Timoko, Univers de Pan, Maven and Roxane Griff would appear to be the leading contenders in a field that also includes several invaders from Italy.  The winners of the last two editions, namely Pan Universe and Timoko should be part of the mile on the Riviera on Sunday.  The eldest, recent winner of the Grand Prix de France , will start with an advantage over the Black Prince, which is less sharp.  Easy winner for his return to Mons, champion Philippe Daugeard accused shot the famous second race since being dominated by Paladin Bleu , which is not boxing in the same category currently.  No doubt he will mount it and display a different face to defend his crown.  The US Maven faces its stated goal of winter, its favorite distance.  We can not ignore the application Roxane Griff, who wants to get through the course of the 3 million.   A Love Girl, author of the second part of winter beauty, will also sell its dearly skin for places. Watch for updates as the field narrows. Thomas H. Hicks

This last day of the Paris-Vincennes Winter Meet was quite a card. The Gr. I Prix de Selection (€240,000 purse, 2200 meters) went to the outstanding Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You) for Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The easy victory was his 10th straight and 13th victory in 15 career appearances. Lifetime earnings of the winner now total €522,800 as the 2/5 favorite scored in 1.11.4kr off solid fractions (1.10.4kr at 1500 and 1000, 1.12kr at 500). Guarato trainees took the next two spots with 3.8/1 Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quisnay de Montfort) second for Eric Raffin with third to Bocage d’Ortige (4m Mirage du Goutier-Providence d’Ortige) and teamster Mathieu Abrivard ay 66/1 odds. Bold Eagle The Prix de L’Union Europeenne (Gr. II, €160,000 purse, 12 starters, 3000 meters) went to 9/1 Akim de Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert-Cezio Joselyn) for owner, trainer, driver Franck Anne. The long-striding chestnut scored his eighth win for earnings of €822,380. Sweden took the next two sports with 16/1 Chelsea Boko (6m Chocolatier-Kelsea Boko) second for reinsman Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Pacesetter and 2/1 favorite On Track Piraten (7g Kool du Caux-Monrovia) held on for third with Erik Adielsson up for H.R. Stromberg. Voltigeur de Myrt and Vabellino were next across the line. The winner was clocked in 1.14.1kr off modest fractions (1.16.2kr at 1500, 1.14.9kr at 100, 1.14.8kr at 500), closing stoutly. Akim de Cap Vert and Franck Anne The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (€120,000 purse, 2850 meters, nine monte starters) went to 1.1/1 favorite Uppercut de Manche (7g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit du Manche-Coktail Jet) with Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau) as the 21 time winner of €813,900) defeated 31/1 Texas de L’iton (8g Cygnus d’Odysse-Iliad de L’iton) and Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Hughes Levesque. Veteran Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio-Lanaka) was third in the event, with the winner clocked in 1.13.7kr.  The Gr. II Prix Louis le Bourg (€120,000, 2850 meters, 10  monte starters) ended in victory for the Anthony Dollion owned, trained and reined Bikini des Molands (4m Gai Brillant0Quiches des Molands) at 15/1 odds and clocked in 1.15.3kr. Favorite 1.1/1 odds Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) ended second for Eric Raffin and Biscuit Delavara (4m Ludo de Castelle-Meva du Rosita) was third at 5/1 for Clement Fercella.Bikini des Molands Italian invader Nuage en Ciel (8m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle-Extreme Dream) took the €2.3 million jackpot Quinte+ Prix de Montsareau (€70,000 purse, European, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters) clocked in 1.12kr for J-M Bazire. The 1.6/1 favorite is trained by Fabrice Souloy for Scuderia Fast Horse Srl. This 17 time winner of €284,865 earned was bred by J-P Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. Second went to 21/1 Uranie Lorraine (7f Goetmals Wood-Garonnaise) and Franck Nivard. 11/1 Ta Falko Sax (9g Nohilis Jet-Nafalko) was third for Franck Ouvrie and trainer J.L Dersoir.  The great card that concluded the Meeting d’Hivier also included the Prix d’Alencon (€85,000, European, 2700 meters, 14 starters) that resulted in victory for Vaisseau (6g Le Retour-Nansissa Santonne) with J.L. Cl. Dersoir up for trainer Jean Pierre Viel. The 1.4/1 favorite scored in 1.14.6kr to vanquish Italy’s Roxanne Bar (5f Expoloit Caf-Guendalenma Bar) trained by Cat Savaresse with Alexandre Abrivard aboard. That 18/1 outsider pushed 7/1 Varum Boy (6m Baccarat du Pont-Hawai Girl) to the third spot for Eric Raffin and trained Yves Dreux.  Racing at Paris-Vincennes resumes in two weeks with the start of night programs on Tuesday and Friday. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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