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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

February 24, 2015 - Jean-Pierre Dubois teamed his Cristal Wood (3m Goetmals Wood - Topaze Bourbon) to victory in tonight’s featured Prix de Cassis (€34,000, 2925 meters, 9 starters) at Hippodrome Cote d’Azur at Cagnes sur mer. Jean Baudron trains the winner that was favored at 2.8/1 odds. 16/1 Colibri du Vivier (3m Oiseau de Feux - Iguine du Vivier) was second with third to 15/1 Canberra Tonique (3f Jasmin de Flore - Prima Beautiful). Interest is heating up for the March 8 Grand Criterium de Vitesse for €200,000 over 1609 meters (one-mile) autostart, also at Cagnes sur mer. Timoko, Maven and a host of invaders from Italy may be likely entrants. Varenne won the fastest edition of this event in 2002 covering the course in 1.09.9kr (1:52.46 mile rate). Thomas H. Hicks

February 22, 2015 - Ecurie Quick Star’s bred and owned Up And Quick (7m Buvetier d’Aunou - Fichtre -Quitron du Coral) secured today’s third Triple Crown event at Paris-Vincennes. The 7/10 favorite drew off comfortably coming off the last bend for J-M Bazire and held safe Anna Mix (5f Ludo de Castelle - Ires) handled by Franck Nivard and Texas Charm (8m Cygnus d’Odyssee - Kamela Charm) with Julien Dubois aboard. Tiego d’Etang (8m Chaillot - Harolene) was home fourth for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Villeroi, Severino and Roxane Griff were disqualified for miscues. The winner, trained at Grobois by Franck Leblanc, also trainer of Anna Mix, won for the 12th time in a career that has not produced earnings of €1,921.060. The Gr. I International UET Master Series Prix de Paris carried a purse of €400,000 with 45% to the winner in this 4150 meter test (2-5/8 miles). Up And Quick was clocked in 5:05.19, a 1.13.5kr rate (1:58.26 mile rate). Bazire kept the winner well placed throughout after gaining an early advantage. He yielded twice before vacating the pocket and riding first up with Texas Charm following him. In the lane there was no serious challenge to the winner after steady fractions (1.14.7kr at 1500, 1.14kr at 1000 and at 500 mark). Replays follow: Thomas H. Hicks

February 22, 2015 - Terry Gahn (8g Karikai - Katia Cherie) won today’s Grand Prix BMW (Gr. III Snow Trotting Champions at Saint Moritz, International, 1700 meters, purse 30,000FS) today in-hand for trainer/driver Caroline Huqualet.  St. Moritz is a resort town in the Engadine valley in Switzerland The 1.3/1 favorite record his 10th career win to defeat 26/1 Rebecca de Corday (10f Lilium Madrik - Fantasia Top) and Silvan Krusi with third to 8/1 Patchino (12g Hibiscus du Rib - Katalina) with Evelyn Fankhauser in the bike. The winner was clocked in 2:48.68 (1.39.2kr) in the deep snow. Thomas Hicks

February 18, 2015 - The last leg of the French Triple Crown the Prix de Paris takes place Sunday and 14 harness racing  entrants remain following removal of Timoko today, by his connections, from the marathon (4150 meters) test for a purse of €400,000. Roxane Griff leads the career earners with defending champion Up And Quick (J-M Bazire up) hoping to gain redemption from his miscue disqualification in the Prix de France two weeks ago. Texas Charm, Tiego d’Etang and Anna Mix deserve recognition. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 16, 2015 - Today’s Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet (€120,000, 2700 meters, 7 starters) was an expected victory for 0.5/1 favorite Aladin d’Ecajeul (5m Quaker Jet  -Nancy d’Ecajeul) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The winner, clocked in 1.13.2kr, now has 12 wins in 25 career starts for €818,740 earned for owner Ph. Dewulf. 5/1 Africaine (5f Oiseau de Feux - Italienne) was second for teamster Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. 34/1 Alesia d’Atout (5f Defo d’Aunou - New York Jet) landed third for Mathieu Mottier. Monday’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Cahors (€60,000, 18 European five year-olds, 2700 meters) and the 1.14.7kr winner was Italy’s Roxanne Bar (5f Exploit Caf - Guendalina Bar) at 13/1 for Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Catello Savarese. She rallied off the final bend to gain the lead and sustained her drive to the line. Favorite 1.7/1 odds Action Package (5f Opium - Loumana Flor) was second for Pierre Levesque and trainer Mike Lenders. Italy’s 24/1 Rosemary Gar (5f Donato Hanover - Allstar FC) was third for Mario Minopoli and trainer Salvatore Minopoli. The Prix de Bracieux (€56,000, 18 European starters) ended with victory by 3/1 Falcon Haleryd (6g Varenne - Falnos Ballona) teamed by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Johan Untersteiner. Timed in 1.14.5kr the winner defeated a driving 8/1 King of the World (6m Magnificent Rodney - Queen of Hearts) with Michael Nimczyk up and third place 28/1 Viking du Pilet (6g Kuadro Wild - Indra du Pilet) handled by Franck Ouvrie. The initial engagement for Sunday’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Grand Pris de Paris includes 26 and leading performers Timoko, Up And Quick and Roxane Griff. It looks to be a competitive group. UET Masters Series - Groupe I - International - Attelé - 400.000 € - 4.150 mètres (2.58 miles) - Grande piste Primes : 22 500 €, 12 500 €, 7 000 €, 4 000 €, 2 500 €, 1 000 €, 500 € Prix : 180 000 €, 100 000 €, 56 000 €, 32 000 €, 20 000 €, 8 000 €, 4 000 € Separately the excellent mare Prussia (6f Ken Warkentin - Elvezia-Pine Chip) was named Italy’s Trotter of the Year at ceremonies Sunday at Naples. The Pietro Gubellini trainee won the L’Etain Royal in Finland, the Gran Premio Turilli at Rome and the Gran Premio delle Nazioni at Naples. Thomas H. Hicks

February 15, 2015 - Today’s harness racing action in Italy was led by the Prix Locatelli (Gr. II, €45,100, 1600 meters autostart) at Torino with the 1.13.7kr victory by the lanky sorel Oneghin del Ronco (7m Love You - Talia del Ronco - Park Avenue Joe), his 21st in 67 career starts. He defeated Rodeo Drive OK (5f Conway Hall - Georgia Pines - Pine Chip) with Andrea Guzzinati aboard with third to Owen CR (7m Cantab Hall - Boemia CD - Lemon Dra) with Pietro Gubellini. Favored Mack Grace SM (9m CC’s Chuckie T - Ambro Gace SM - Armbro Goal) was fourth after a front end trip for Roberto Andreghetti, a 55 time winner in 105 starts for eanings esceeding €1.59 million. He faded late after strong pressure in the final quarter by the winner. At Napoli, their Prix Invitational (€13,200, 1600 meters autostart) went to Skyline Dany (4m Varenne - Celeste PL - Lemon Dra) with G.P Minnucci up. The winner now of 9 races in 22 starts was clocked in 1.12.1kr. Style by Lions (4m Southwind Vernon - Web Fish-Self Confident) was second. Thomas H. Hicks  

The V75 Gold on Saturday went to Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover - B My Honey - Viking Kronos handled by Johnny Takter clocked in 1.13.3kr. He earned 150,000SEK for the victory over 2140 meters autostart. Obi Wan was second for Flemming Jensen ahead of 11 year-old veteran Montgomery Hall with Kenneth Haugstad. The Silver Division (125,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) went to Italy’s Naglo del Nord (8g Naglo - Entita del Nord - And Arifant) with Veijo Heiskanen up timed in 1.13.2kr. Daniel Reden teamed Vasterbo Highclass  (7f Look de Star - Vasterbro Highclass - Pine Chip) home second ahead of Caliber TT (8g Cromwell - Marcon Lady - Marcop Lep) and Johnny Takter. Other winners on the card included Djali Boko (5m Ready Cash - Lucky Lavec-Pine Chip) in 1.13.8kr for Per Nordstrom to earn 110,000SEK for this 2640 meter autostart contest ; Flex Lane (4m Federal Flex - Margo Hall - Like A Prayer) in 1.15.2kr over 2140 meters autostart for Erik Adielsson for 100,000SEK first money ; Folli (6g Self Possessed - M.T. Angel - Juliano Star) in 1.13.3kr in his 1640 meter autostart contest for Johnny Takter to earn 100,000SEK and Geisha Sund (5f Love You - Kanadia - Canada) 1.12.8kr for Torbjorn Jansson. The one earned 100,000SEK for the win over 2140 meters autostart. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 15, 2015 - The Gr. I Criterium des Jeunes (€200,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters, three year-olds) saw heavily favored Cristal Money disqualified from an early break, setting up victory for 5.7/1 Coquin Bebe (3m Rancho Gede - Noble Nenette) with J-M Bazier driving for trainer Franck Leblanc and clocked in 1.14.7kr with a solid closing brush. 36/1 Caid Griff (3m Password  -Savane Griff) was next for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato with third to 7/1 Canari Match (3m Extreme Aunou - Ruelle d’Ostal) with Franck Ouvrie up. The Gr. III Prix de Heussey (€110,000, European monte, 2175 meters) went to  0.5/1 odds favorite Uppercut de Manche (7g Neutron du Cebe - Nuit de Manche) with Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau as he scored by three lengths, clocked in 1.11.4kr after quick even fractions (1.09.6kr at 1500, 1.11.1kr at 1000, 1.11.5kr at 500). The winner sat outside the from the start pacesetter Nonant le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood - Blazing Janice - Pine Chip) at 6.7/1 ridden by David Thomain for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro, and she jetted away at top of stretch but tired late and could not hold off the winner. Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio - Laraka) ended third at 41/1 with fourth to 5.4/1 second favorite Udayama (7g Echo - Lancia du Pont). The top four across the line raced without shoes. The Gr. III Prix d’Orthez (€100,000, European four year-olds, 2700 meters, 15 starters) produced a front-end win for the Jerry Riordan trained, Bjorn Goop teamed Sapphire Bi (4f Conway Hall - Valley Jean Bi) at 2.5/1. The Scuderia Della Cass owned Italian filly scored in 1.14.5kr, without shoes, sprinting clear in the stretch with a quick kick (fractions 1.15.7kr at 1500 ; 1.15.3kr at 1000 ; 1.15kr at 500). 29/1 Bamako des Angles (4g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree - Ixia des Angles) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer J.P. Piton with third to Italy’s Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip - Lindes de Gloria) with Gabriel Gelormini up for trainer Santo Mollo and owner Scuderia Pentacom at 18/1 odds. Sapphire Bi Replay: The undercard was also a good one. The opener was the monte Prix de Pouilly (€45,000, 12 starters) and the 1.14.5kr winner was Accro au Rock (5g Rocklyn - Nice Story) with Eric Raffin in the irons for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulinm. Off at 5.6/1 odds the winner defeated Andy de Touchyvon (5g Jeanbat de Vivier - Joy du Buisson) at 9/1 for jockey/trainer Franck Nivard that ended ahead of 65/1 Athletic Sport (5m Jag de Bellouet - Quipia Josselyn). The Quinte+ Prix RMC (€54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval - Hanska) at 3.4/1 (co-favorite) with Mathieu Mottier up, clocked in 1.13.7kr (fractions 1.13.7kr at 1500, 1.14kr at 1000, 1.14.2kr at 500). The winner was well placed throughout and took the lead with 1500 meters to go. Tic Tac du Mont (8g Kerido du Donjon - Douala) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer J-P Marmion also at 3.4/1 odds. Ulyssee de Curgies (7g Gabor Star - Idoles de Curgies) took third at 23/1 for Jos Verbeeck and trainer Eric Prudhom. Universal Rider Reply : The Prix de la Gacilly (€56,000, 2700 Meters, 16 European females) went to Vadette des Landes (6f New des Landes - Dolia du Houlbet) at 12/1 for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy. Timed in 1.14.4kr she defeated 24/1 Venture Jiel (6f Neoh Jiel  -Oceane Jiel) with Franck Ouvrie driving and third place 2.6/1 favorite Monas Invercote (6f Viking Kronos - Monas Speranza) for teamster Christophe Martens and trainer Svante Bath. Alexas (5m Ganymede - Myrtille des Bois) captured, at 4/1, the Prix du Finistere (€80,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire in a tightly contested finish. He was clocked in 1.15.2kr off slow fractions. Accordéon (5g Baccarat du Pont - Quaba des Conveu) was second at 31/1 for Benoit Robin ahead for Adman Perrine (5g Nijinski Blue - Pretty Perrine) for Franck Nivard at 9/1. Thomas H. Hicks

February 13, 2015 - Germany’s Chapeau (6m Love You - Crown Tess-Crowntron) won this evenings Quinte+ Prix de Barcelone (€55,000 purse, 17 European starters, 2925 meters distance handicap) at Cagnes sur mer. Christophe Martens handled the Victor Martens trainee for owner Renato Bruni, timed in 1.14.7kr, as the team overcame a 25 meter handicap to score easily at 1.6/1 odds. Chapeau secured career win 14 now for earnings of €266,806. 8/1 Tamarro (8g Opus Viervil-Kality Street) was second for trainer/driver David Bekaert, and owner Christophe Gallier, ahead of Ubine (7f Podosis-Ehrine) and trainer/driver/owner Yannick A. Briand at 5/1. Replay:  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 10.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 1897   Ordre :       740,00€   Désordre :       14,80€   Bonus 4 :       7,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       3,60€   Bonus 3 :       2,40€   The evening’s Prix de Seville (€28,000, 14 male starters, 2700 meters autostart) went to 1.6/1 favorite Andover Jet (5g Prodigious - Delmonica Jet-Tarass Boulba) and trainer/driver Romain Derieux. Antonio De Sousa owns the winner of €81,620 and four career scores that was clocked in 1.16.1kr over the sloppy surface. Amigo de la Vallee (5g Look de Star - Joie de le Vallee) was second at 4/1 for the team of Christophe and Victor Martens. 27/1 Avenier (5m Kiwi - Musique de Mai) was third for reinsman David Bekaert and trainer Jerome Huguet. The co-featured Gr. III Prix de Jerez de la Frontera (€42,000, 2925 meters, nine starters) went to 10/1 Best Perle (4f So Lovely Girl - Perle Magique) and trainer/driver Romain Derieux, who scored a double this night. Timed in 1.17.9kr the winner defeated 4/5 favorite Buvetier (4m Goetmals Wood - Rapide Aventure) with Jean-Pierre Dubois up. Buvetier is trained by Yves Boireau for Dubois’ Ecurie D. 16/1 Brutus la Mesange (4m Lilium Madrik - Infante du Buisson) was next for trainer/driver David Bekaert. The Prix de Madrid (€30,000, 2925 meters, seven three year-olds) went to hard-charging 3.1/1 odds Chateauous (3m Sam Bourbon - Only Way) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois aboard, timed in 1.19.6kr. He recorded career win number three for €42,950 earned. Jean Baudron is the trainer of this one and second finishing 3.3/1 stablemate Cristal Wood (3m Goetmals Wood - Topaze Bourbon-Love You) with David Bekaert up for Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri . Cash For Ever (3m Sam Bourbon - Salome-Love You) was third at 5/1 for Christophe Martens and trainer Victor Martens. Thomas H. Hicks

February 12, 2015 - Trebol (8m Hot Blues - Sally Can Wait) rallied for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou to secure the Prix de Chateaurenard (€75,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters, Quinte+ with jackpot €2.1 million) clocked in 1.11.8kr with an excellent last 500 meters (fractions: 1.06.7kr at 1500; 1.10kr at 1000; 1.12.6kr at 500). The Spanish invader, that usually races well at the winter meet, is owned by Olivia Crespi-Perez and was off today at 5.3/1. Pacesetter (at 59/1) Tabrize de Gete (8m Ganymede - Kabrizia du Gete) held second for driver David Thomain with Sweden’s 9/10 favorite Traveling Man (10m Supergill - Kimberly Lobell) third for Bjorn Goop. Italy’s Orione Degi Dei (7g Conway Hall - Elissa Dei) was fourth at 12/1 for Franck Nivard.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 2.100.000 € - Numéro plus : 0176   Ordre :       22.128,00€   Désordre :       184,40€   Bonus 4 :       21,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       6,90€   Bonus 3 :       4,60€ Favorite Anna Mix (5f Ludo de Castelle - Ires), off at 9/10 with Franck Nivard up, took the Prix de Nevers (€110,000, Gr. III, 2850 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) in 1.14.2kr with the quick last 500 meters (fractions: 1.18kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000, 1.15.2kr at 500). Franck Leblanc trains and owns the rugged mare now with nine career victories and earnings of €464,300. Anette de Mirel (5f Laetender Diem - Lisa du Mirel) was second at 50/1 for Eric Raffin, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner/breeder Anette Holmgren. The top finishers both overcame 25 meter handicaps. Va Tres Bien (6g Nez Perce - Giboulee de Mars) was third for Pierre Vercruysse at 16/1. Noel Busset trains this one. Replay: The Gr. II Prix Edouard Marcillac (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, monte, males, 9 starters) went to fast-finishing Carlos des Caux (3m Mien - Star Dodienville) with Mathieu Abrivard up at 2.7/1. Jacques Bruneau trains the four length winner that was timed in 1.15.1kr. Chalimar de Guez (3m Nahar de Beval - Phebe du Guez) was second for Damien Bonne and trainer J-M Bazire with third to Cash Phil (3m Ready Cash - Orelic Phil) with Joann Lebourgeois up for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. The Gr. II Prix Holly du Locton (€120,000, monte, 11 starters, 2175 meters) ended in an easy victory,clocked in 1.15.2kr, for 3/2 favorite Ciperla Mag (3f Quaker Jet - Perle du Revary) handled by Mathieu Mottier for trainer Bruno Bourgoin. 15/1 Corsica (3f Coktail Jet - Jarifante) was second for Anne Barthelemy and trainer Guillaume Moinon, ahead of Carina de Gueron (3f Paisy Dream - Narbonne) with jockey Antoine Lherete for trainer Franck Anne at 55/1. Earlier in the solid card, the Prix de Mancenat (€48,000 purse, 2175 meters, 12 starters) went to 20/1 Avatar Bataille (5m Gazouillis - Quinzeline) with trainer/owner/driver Philippe Ternisien. He scored in 1.12.1kr off quick fractions (1.09.8kr at 1500; 1.10.1kr at 1000; 1.11.5kr at 500), defeating 9/10 favorite Attacus (5g Hand du Vivier - Nelocata) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Artiste du Lys (5g Oiseau de Feux - Jaquissime) and teamster William Bigeon at 7/1 for trainer Jean Luc Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

February 11, 2015 - February 9 at Halmstad showed a victory by the Jerry Riordan trained Rare Wise As (5f Varenne - In Wise As - SJ’s Caviar), clocked in 1.13.5kr. Second dam is Garden Variety by Tagliabue. Lisa Riordan owns the winner, driven this day by Johnny Takter in the Hallands Lopp providing 35,000SEK to the winner. The distance was 1640 meters autostart and the winner recorded career victory number seven. Replay: February 10 at Jagersro the half-brother of Commander Crowe, Master Crowe (5m Conway Hall - Somack - Mack Lobell, won for the fourth time in five career starts. Thomas Uhrberg drove the winner for owner/trainer Petri Puro. The victory was his second in two 2015 starts in this event clocked in 1.15.7kr over 2140 meters voltstart. The winners’ purse share was 20,000SEK. Second dam is Somolli Ribb by Speedy Somolli. Replay: Thomas H. Hicks      

February 11, 2015 - Tuesday at Vincennes the Prix de Chateau-Gontier (€54,000 purse, European males, 18 starters, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ with €5.5 million jackpot) went to the Thierry Duvaldestin pupil Uno Dancer (7g Offshore Dream - Laura Dancer) with Franck Nivard up. The winner was off at 2.7/1 odds, and clocked in 1.13.3kr, as he defeated Italy’s Orient Horse (7m Abano As - Irma del Rio) at 15/1 for Gabriele Gelormini and third finishing Tsunami (8g Defi d’Aunou - Lais de la Duchec) at 8.5/1 for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.500.000 € - Numéro plus : 0931   Ordre :       3.378,20€   Désordre :       59,80€   Bonus 4 :       10,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       5,10€   Bonus 3 :       3,40€   Replay: On the same card the Prix de Bercy (€46,000 purse, European males, 17 starters, 2700 meters) went to rallying 14/1 longshot Valmayor (6g Le Retour - Korinaga), clocked in 1.14.1kr for reinsman Jos Verbeeck and conditioner Vincent Viel. Italy’s 22/1 Platone GSO (6m L’as de Boussieres - Egida Play) was second for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Heikei Korpi with 5.5/1 Virtuel Haufor (6g Diamant Gede - Kelle Haufor) third for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

Veteran Mack Grace SM, a son of CC’s Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal, heads the Torino Italy lineup in the €45,100 Gran Premio Locatelli on Sunday in Italy. Roberto Andreghetti will team his pupil. The field of nine includes Owen CR with trainer Pietro Gubellini up and Royal Blessed with Wm. Paal aboard. Program page follows: TORINO - Domenica 15 Febbraio 2015 GRAN PREMIO LOCATELLI Euro 45.100,00 (16.031,00-7.667,00-4.182,00-2.091,00-1.394,00 e 8.200,00) agli allenatori (1.886,00-902,00-492,00-246,00-164,00) ai guidatori (943,00-451,00-246,00-123,00-82,00) Premi Iscr GP (Tot Cav. 29) (2.767,50-1.537,50-922,50-615,00-307,50) - Indigeni di 5 anni ed oltre Esteri di 4 anni ed oltre. Metri 1600. (corsa internazionale).   Sc.Galla Placidia P.Gubellini A.Guzzinati 1 RODEO DRIVE OK     1600 Conway Hall Georgia Pines Coppola Vincenzo Vinc.Tufano A.Di Nardo 2 ONEGHIN DEL RONCO     '' Love You Talia Del Ronco Daponte Antonio R.Andreghetti R.Andreghetti 3 MACK GRACE SM   A '' Cc's Chuckie T Ambro Grace Sm Sc.Brianza Sas P.Gubellini P.Gubellini 4 OWEN CR     '' Cantab Hall Boemia Cr Sc.Vit Vit Snc W.Paal W.Paal 5 ROYAL BLESSED     '' Varenne Ivory Kronos Sc.Don Miguel S.F.Mollo S.F.Mollo 6 PICONE S   '' Credit Winner Fabiaz Sc.Scarton Stable H.Ehlert R.Vecchione 7 RINGOSTARR TREB     '' Classic Photo Farsalo Egral Sc.Wave Srl E.Bondo Fed.Esposito 8 LOUVRE     '' Piccardo Defile' Cavallero M.G. M.Finetti Santo Mollo 9 PACE DEL RIO S   '' Varenne Urbem D'asolo   Last weekend (Sunday) at Firenze the €45,100 Gran Premio Firenze at 1600 meters went to Saikala (4f Turbo Sund-Clorinda Bi-Valley Boss Bi) clocked in a record 1.11.6, her 14th victory in 25 outings. Andrea Farolfi was the pilot. Swan Wise As (4f Varenne-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) with Roberto Vecchione up and Saba del Ronco (4f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover) with Enrico Bellei followed the comfortable winner across the line.   FIRENZE Visarno - 1000 mt taratura pista 21.0 Domenica 08/02/15 ultimi aggiorn.     6 16.15 - GRAN PREMIO FIRENZE E 45.100 mt 1600 - Trio   1° 2 SAIKALA A.Farolfi 11.6           2° 3 SWAN WISE AS R.Vecchione 12.1           3° 1 SABA DEL RONCO E.Bellei 12.3           4° 9 SUPERMAR L.Baldi 12.6           5° 4 SONNY CLUB E.Baldi 12.8           6° 8 SUPERBO CAPAR G.Lombardo Jr 13.0           7° 6 SERGENT PEPPER V.P.Dell'Annunziat 13.6           8° 7 SMASH SLIDE SM G.P.Minnucci 14.6             5 SHIRAZ ROC I.Guasti r                 by Thomas H. Hicks, for

February 9, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Senlis (€54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters) went to owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon and Ustie Haufor (7f Niky - Lana du Houlbet) at 8/1. She was timed in 1.12.8kr for the victory ahead of 1.8/1 Urfee du Moochel (7f Buvetier d’Aunou - Olga du Mouchel) with Mathieu Abrivard up. Third went to 13/1 Xea Venus (7f Charmy Skeeter - Xea Lobell), a Robert Bergh trainee driven by Dominik Locqueneux. Replay stretch drive: Favorites dominated the top five, resulting in a modest exact order Quinte+ consolation payoff.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 2758   Ordre :       900,00€   Désordre :       16,60€   Bonus 4 :       6,60€   Bonus 4sur5 :       3,30€   Bonus 3 :       2,20€   At Le Cepiere, the Prix d’Arbois (€28,000 purse, 2950 meters, 18 European starters) went to Bearhawaii (5g Dream Vacation - Honalulu Lulu), the 3/2 favorite driven by Christophe Martens for trainer Victor Martens. He was clocked in 1.16.3kr to defeat Utile Lebel (7g Biesolo - Jernasca) with trainer/driver Christophe Feyte aboard with third to Uniflosa Bella (7g Jag de Bellouet - Koctiflosa Gede) and Antoine Wiels for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. It was reported today (Paris-Turf and Maharajah facebook page) that Sweden’s champion Maharajah has been retired. The 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner last raced in October at Solvalla, finishing third. The 10 year-old son of Viking Kronos, trained by Stefan Hultman, won numerous major events such as the Svenskt Travkriterium at age 3; the Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. and Svenskt Travderby. at age 4; at 6, second in Prix d'Amerique and Prix de France; at 8, winner of Olympiatravet  and the aforementioned 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner at age 9. 2014 Prix d’Amerique replay: Thomas H. Hicks

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