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Enghien’s Gr. II Prix de Londres (monte, purse 100,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters) was the Saturday headliner and the “London Prize” for the third time went to veteran monte class-master and 7/10 favorite Arlington Dream (9g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp). He was clocked in 1.13.7kr with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederic Sauque. Arlington Dream raised his career earnings to 1,153,640€ with this his 23rd victory in 77 career starts. Arlington Dream won this event in 2017-2018 with a best clocking of 1.12.6kr last year. Today, he was away near the back and Lebourgeois patiently closed the gap to the leaders before sweeping to the front starting into the final bend. In post race interview jockey Lebourgeois commented his mount’s exceptional monte consistency and three wins in this race - "You have to have a hell of a horse to do that. Tactically, I always try to take a quiet ride with him and I ask him to engage afterwards, which he knows how to do perfectly." Arlington Dream, after gaining the advantage, then coasted home to defeat 4.1/1 Caban Prior (7g Sancho Panca) reined by Aurelien Desmarres and third finishing 35/1 Al Capone Jet (9m Jag de Bellouet) with Francois Lagadeuc up. 6.9/1 Carla du Chatelets (7f Jag de Bellouet) and 28/1 Atout du Hainaut (9g Gazouillis) completed the top five. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Thursday Enghien program included the Prix de la Porte de Montreuil (two year olds, 32,000€ purse, 2250 meters, 11 starters) with victory to 1.17.5kr timed and 10/1 Halowie Renardier (2f Uniclove-Teva du Port) with Alexis Prat aboard for trainer Frederic Prat and Ecurie di l’Amore. This was her first career win in two appearances. The 21/1 Hermine Sibey (2f Atlas de Joudes) was second for Louis Baudouin and trainer J-M Baudouin. Third home was the 1.6/1 favorite Halbane du Vivier (2f Quaker Jet) reined by Frank Nivard. The Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix Place Denfert-Rochereau (purse 43,000€, 2875 meters, 15 starters). The 2.2/1 odds winner was Elzir du Home (5g Offshore Dream-Riviere Javanaise) with J.Ph. Monclin aboard for breeder/owner/trainer Yves Marie Vallee. He won for the seventh time in 20 lifetime starts and was clocked in 1.14.4kr. 2.7/1 Emphasis Turbo (5m Jet Fortuna) was second ahead of 36/1 Epona du Passage (5f Real de Lou). The 11/1 Effigie Royale and 21/1 Eklango du Nile completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 18,477.20€ to 34 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,089,964€ and total wagered on the race exceeded 6,617.000€. The Prix de la Concorde (purse 58,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters) completed the day’s card and the 1.15.7kr timed winner was 3/5 favorite Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines for Ecurie des Champs. Colonel won for the 14th time in 60 career starts now for 402,550€ earned. 5.6/1 Cerenzo Turbo (7m Ganymede) was second for pilot Franck Nivard and 3.2/1 Caprice du Lupin (7g Chaillot) took third with Antoine Wiels aboard for trainer J-P Marmion. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The well-regarded and 7/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) held on for Eric Raffin to win today’s Enghien featured Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse 70,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 12 starters). Race time was 1.11.3kr (mile 1:54.66). Jean Pierre Guay bred the winner that Philippe Allaire owns and trains. Gotland now shows nine career wins in 11 starts for 345,100€ in life earnings. The 40/1 Alcide Roc (3m Daguet Rapide-Inga Allmar) was a fast closing second driven by Fili[ppo Rocca for trainer Fausto Barelli and Scuderia Sant Eusebio SNC. Third home was 7.3/1 General du Parc (3m LeJacque d’houlbec) that Alexandre Abrivard teamed for trainer Frederic Prat,. This one battled the winner until giving was late in the lane. Replay: https://info.pmu.fr/live-et-replay?num-reunion=3&num-course=6&date-fr=04082019 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Friday Q+ was at Cabourg in the Prix des Tournesols (purse 32,000€, 2750 meters, 16 starters) with victory to 17/1 Eclat d”Isques (5m Tucson) reined by Vincent Boulogne, also his trainer, for owner Christian Lahuche, timed in 1.15.8kr,  Second was 8.3/1 Ecu de Mieloui (5m Soleil du Fosse) for David Thomain and third was 28/1 Esprits Crimineis (5g New des Landes) with owner/trainer Sebastian Hardy at the lines. The 36/1 Email de l’Iton (5g Magnificent Rodney) was fourth for Paul Pierre Ploquin and 9/1 Earl Chick (5g Nahar de Beval) earned the fifth-place check. There were three winning Q+ exact order tickets and they paid 129,359.20€ each with the Q+ pool reaching 3,622,806€. There was over 7,247,000€ wagered on the race. The same day at Pornichet was the Grand Prix de Pornichet (purse 30,000€, 2725 meters, 12 starters) that went to 1.14.8klr timed and 38/1 odds Love Dancer (9g Love You) reined by Christophe Gallier. The victory raised his life earnings to 112,232€. 5/1 Dancelli (8g Norvelous Hanover) took second with Olivier Raffin aboard and 2.9/1 Braquo (8g Ludo de Castelle) was third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

July 17, 2019 - Champion Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) was killed yesterday in a training accident at the harness racing training center of Jean Michel Bazire. Stablemate Cyrano du Pont succumbed to injuries in the same accident. Aubrion du Gers won 46 times in 73 career starts for earnings in excess of 2.5€ million. He won 16 straight at one point in 2018-19 before losing the final heat of the Elitloppet. The FR veteran trotteur will be greatly missed, and in many of the greatest International contests. He was to represent France in the 2019 Yonkers International Trot. Back to the racing scene, Sunday at Rojan was the 10th leg of the Trophee Vert series, this one raced on the turf over 3100 meters by 15 starters for the 45,000€ purse. 10/1 Aldo d’Argentre (9m Qualmio de Vandel-Isabelle de Yalda) scored timed in 1.15.7kr with owner/trainer E Lamy aboard. The winner scored his 28th victory in 104 career starts. Aldo d’Argentre 39/1 Aribo Mix (9g Reve des Vallees) took second for D. Cordeau and 38/1 Calsaka de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac) was third for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB. Viking Dream and Blues des Landiers completed the top five. Thomas H. Hicks  

Hotel Mystic (2m. Love You-Natchka d’Orgeres) topped Thursday’s Osaras-Trot Haras des Rouges Terres Sale. Jo Corbani was the winning bidder at 255.000€. He qualified in 1.19.1kr and is a full brother to Village Mystic. Another qualified two-year old, High Power (2m Village Mystic-Maflymede), was the runner up bringing 230,000€ from Langlais Bloodstock. He was clocked in 1.19kr recently at Caen. Many of consigned horses represented Baudron/Dubois bloodstock. There were 66 lots sold from 124 consigned and the average was 37,290€, up from 31,186€ a year ago. Sales statistics follow. The sale topper pedigrees are shown below. HOTEL MYSTIC Sexe / Col M / bf Date of birth 08/04/2017 Vendor ROUGES TERRES Haras des SOLD Purchaser CORBANI JO Price 255 000,00 € VET FILE VARIOUS INFORMATIONS UPDATES Dans la 1ère mère : Netchka d'Orgères est la mère de 12 produits, 11 en âge de courir, 10 qualifiés, 7 vainqueurs dont : American Dollar nouveau record 1'12 2e du PRIX D'ENGHIEN à MARSEILLE (04/07) 3e à AVIGNON - LE PONTET (23/06) EL VILLAGIO 5e du PRIX LOUIS JARIEL Gr.2 à VINCENNES et 195 830 € Good Mood (f. Love you) qualifiée (24/05) à CAEN en 1'18     Thomas H. Hicks          

Today’s featured harness racing trot was the Prix de Meadowland (purse 30,000€, 2550 meters, 18 starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne.   The 2/1 second choice Cap de Marmont (7m Islero de Bellouet) scored timed in 1.14.82kr with Dominik Cordeau up for trainer Denis Brossard. From post 18 he won for the 15 th time in 62 career starts.   The 1.1/1 favorite Dimoko de Jamal (6g Timoko) held second with Manuel Criado at the lines and 37/1 Brillant Madrik (8g Lilium Madrik) was third with Mme. Elise Lepage aboard. Cap de Narmont and Brillant Madrik raced from 25-meter handicaps.   On yesterday’s trots program at Enghien was the Quinte+ Prix de L’Opera (purse 58,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters).   Victory went to 10/1 All Feeling (9m Otello Pierji) with Eric Raffin up timed in 1.12.2kr, his seventh career win in 58 outings. 19/1 Amour Orageux, Yoann Lebourgeois up, and Showmar (8m SJs Photo) was third for trainer/driver Andrea Guzzinati,   All Feeling   Even-money favorite Azur des Caillons and 19/1 Bauloise Haufor completed the exact order top five that paid 19,242,60€ to the 16 holders of a 2€ ticket.   The Q+ pool was 3,103,892€ and the race handle exceeded 6,774,000€. The day before (July 9) the Q+ was the Prix Synergie (purse 35,000€, 3000 meters, 16 European starters) at Chateaubriant. Usain Henna (9m Super Light-Kessandra Kuron) was the 1.14.4kr timed winner, his sixth score in 16 outings in FR now for 318.480€ in life earnings, for reinsman Mathieu Mottier and trainer Jorgen Westholm. Usain Henna The 4.8/1 Bleu Ciel was second for David Thomain and 52/1 Aperto Wild was third, ahead of 21/1 Atino de L’Ormerie and 7.1/1 Juvels Boy. There was two winning tickets that paid 158,602.60€ with the Q+ pool being 2,781,135€ and the race handle was above 6,420,000€.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Trotting harness racing action returned to Madinina Martinique last weekend on the monthly turf racing program of gallop and trots.   The Prix des Tulips (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap, turf) began the day and Al Zamil (9g Goetmals Wood-Ivory Pearl) was a front-stepping winner timed in 1.21kr with Raymond Saint-Rose aboard.   It was his 10 th career win and his life earnings are now 78,600€. Unoki (11g Meaulmes du Corta) was second for pilot David Lepere and Ussein Royal (11g Lilium Madrik) overcame a 25-meter handicap to be third for J.F. Gate. The second and third place finishers are owned/trainer by Christine Lebreton. The Prix des Begonias (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap, turf) completed the trots and the 1.19kr timed winner was Cytise de Neret (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Edila de Neret) for reinsman J.F. Gate. Cytise de Neret 25-meter handicapped Boycott (8g Goetmals Wood) was second for David Lepere and owner/trainer Christine Lebreton, and third went to 25 meter handicapped Bavarois du Varlet (8g Laetenter Diem) with J.L. Langeron up. Corinne Gleize owns and trains this one.   Thomas H. Hicks

Tomorrow trotting action returns to Cagnes-Sur-Mer with the featured event being the Gr. III Grand Prix de la Ville de Cagnes-Sur-Mer, an International harness racing contest.   Viking Fromentro and Citizen Kane are among the seven-horse field.   19:50 C4 - GRAND PRIX DE LA VILLE DE CAGNES-SUR-MER 66 000€ Groupe III - Attelé - 2925m Course Internationale Pour 5 à 10 ans inclus, n'ayant pas gagné 750.000. Saturday trots are at Enghien with two groupe III events, the Prix de Bruxelles with Orlando Jet at the start, and the Prix du Louvre with Excellent and Electra Jet among the starters.   15:50 C4 - PRIX CANALTURF.COM (PRIX DE BRUXELLES) 80 000€ Groupe III - Attelé - 2150m Course Européenne Départ à l'autostart Pour 5 à 10 ans inclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000 mais pas 875.000 Sont seules admises à driver les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses dont dix au trot attelé (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel).     16:25 C5 - PRIX DU LOUVRE 74 000€ Groupe III - Attelé - 2875m Course Européenne Pour 4 et 5 ans, ayant gagné au moins 30.000, mais pas 291.000.   Sont seuls admis à participer à cette épreuve les chevaux n'ayant pas, dans les 12 mois précédant la course, été classés, au trot attelé, 1er, 2ème ou 3ème d'une épreuve de Groupe I.     Thomas H. Hicks  

July 6, 2019 - The 9/10 favorite Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) continued his improvement as this full-brother to Traders scored in today’s Enghien harness racing featured Quinte+ Prix de la Manche (purse 80,000€, 2875 meters, 14 European starters) clocked in 1.13.2kr. Pierre Vercruysse teamed the Luc Roelens trainee that is owned by JPB Building BVBA, to his fifth career win in 28 starts in France. His slate for the last eight starts is an impressive 4-3-1 and his life earnings have reached 332,446€. 5.2/1 Cerenzo Turbo (7m Ganymede) was second for Franck Nivard, with 15/1 Colorado Blue (7g Que Je T’Aime) third with Francois Lagadeuc the pilot. 12/1 Bachar and 10/1 Cocktail Julino completed the top five finishers. The Q+ exact order payoff was 744.00€ to 1405 recipients. The Q+ pool was 3,996,436 and 8,547,000€ was wagered on this race. On the undercard was the Gr. III Prix de Berlin (purse 70,000€, 2875 meters, 13 European starters) and 28/1 Godfather (3m Village Mystic-Horsaca) scored a narrow victory with trainer Louis Baudron teaming for owner Mauricette De Sousa. The winner recorded his third win in 13 career starts. Godfather 78/1 Guerner Royal (3m Very Nice Marceaux) and 12/1 Grand Art (3m Prodigious) completed the top three as the 9/10 favorite Aramis Bar was a dq. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 5, 2019 - The 2.3/1 harness racing favorite Denzo Montaval (6f Laetenter Diem) took today’s Quinte+ Prix du Mont Saint Michel at Cabourg, the race for a purse of 32,000€ and contested by 14 starters over 2750 meters. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the winner timed in 1.14.4kr, to this ninth career win in 41 outings. 14/1 Domingo Bello (6g Look de Star) was second for Mathieu Mottier and 6.2/1 Dassero (6g Ubriaco) took third, ahead of 9/2 Daddy Cut (6g Coktail Jet) and 21/1 Denys Davsson (6f Meaulnes du Corta). There were 128 winning Quinte+ tickets that paid 5,122.80€ each. The Q+ pool this day Was 3,683,777€ and the total handle on the race exceeded 7,426,000€ Two days prior, the Q+ was at Enghien and longshots prevailed in the Prix Porte Charenton (purse 51,000€, 2875 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) as 38/1 Benuro d’Auvillier (8g Laetenter Diem) scored timed in 1.14.4kr. Dominique Mottier trains the winner and Antoine Dubouis was the pilot. 89/1 Baileyse (8f Opus Viervil) was second for Alexis Garandeau, overcoming a 25 meter handicap. 9/1 Amour du Coglais (9g Ganymede) tool third with Franck Nivard up. 12/1 Azar d’Azif and 16/1 Be One des Thirons completed the top five and there were no winning exact order Q+ tickets. The top five disorder paid 35,202€ to 26 ticketholders in this race that showed a Q+ handle of 2,978,786€. Total handle on this race exceeded 6.653,000€. Benure d’Auvillier Later on the Enghien card was the Prix de la Madeleine (purse 53,000€, 2875 meters, 10 starters) with victory to the well-bred and 3/2 favorite City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) that was reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Erwin Bot and owner Ecurie Gerrits Recycling BV. The winner was timed in 1.13.5kr while recording his fourth victory in 10 starts in France, now for 130,980€ in career earnings. The 2.1/1 second choice Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) was second with Alexandre Abrivard aboard and 27/1 Florida Sport (4f Tornado Bello) was third handled by M.X. Mestre Suner. City Guide On July the Q+ race at Vichy produced another exact order non-winning ticket day in the Prix Jean Michel Bazire (purse 31,000€, 2950 meters, 15 starters. The disorder winning tickets paid 14,016.40€ to 64 ticketholders as the top five finishers went off at 6.4, 72, 12, 10 and 99/1 respectively. The Q+ pool was 3,045,459€ and total handle on the race exceeded 6,456,000€. The winner was Alinea (9g Baccarat du Pont) reined by Charles J. Bigeon, for trainer Christian Bigeon, to his 18th lifetime win in 92 starts. Alinea Thomas H. Hicks  

June 30, 2019 - Sunday’s 9th leg of the Trophee Vert series was the harness racing Grand Prix BVS held at Sable-Sur-Sarthe. 18 trotteurs contested this 2800 meter distance handicap events for a total purse of 45,000€. The 1.16.8kr timed victory went to Derby du Dollar (6m Rodrigo Jet-Magalie du Dollar) that overcame a 25 meter handicap teamed by Matthieu Abrivard. Sylvain Roger trains the eight time career winner in 35 starts for owner Thierry Coupireau. His career earnings advanced to 233,070€. Baladin Hongrois (8g Bon Conseil) overcame a 50 meter handicap to be second for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. Berry Felin (8m Nahar de Beval) was third for Gilles Delacour, this one handicapped 25 meters. Braquo, Ali de Saint Marc, Citizen Kane and Absolut Perfect completed the top seven and earned checks. Click on this link for Replay The next leg of the Trophee Vert is July 14 at Royan-la-Palmyre. Thomas H. Hicks  

Guillermo Sport (3m Orlando Sport-Quoda Jesselyn) was an 11/1 upset harness racing winner of today’s Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) at Paris-Vincennes.   The winner, handled by a jubilant PJ Pascual Lavanchy for trainer MX Mestre Suner, won his fifth in nine starts, now for 162,750€ in life earnings.   Ecurie Bruni owned this winner that defeated 4.3/1 Gamble River (3m Un Mec d’Heripre) reined by Francois Lagadeuc for breeder/owner Gerard Manzi and trainer Sebastien Guarato.   10/1 Gamin des Perdrix (3m Booster Winner) was third for J-M Bazire. Race time was 1.13.9kr. 12/1 odds Gassman d’Esse and 69/1 Gilmour were fourth and fifth. 3.1/1 General du Parc and 13/1 Greenpeace took the last two checks.     The first groupe test of the day was the Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) with 17/1 IDS Boko (4g From Above-Celestial Boko) rallying for an upset victory timed in 1.14.7kr. Robin Bakker teamed the Paul Hagoort trainee that Running Stable owns.   The victory increased IDS Boko’s life earnings to 133,308€. 1.6/1 favorite Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik) was a close second reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Richard Westerink. Third was 5/1 Zilath (4m Maharajah) with trainer Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines for owner SC Leonardo Srl.   IDS Boko The Gr. III Prix de Grasse (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) completed the day’s groupe contests. With Classic Connection a scratch, it was an open field and 2.7/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash- Divann) scored for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Ceke Farms BVBS. Alcoy was timed in 1.12.7kr off soft fractions as he defeated 1.6/1 favorite Portland (5m Ganymede) teamed with trainer Bjorn Goop. 13/1 Dollar Soyer (6g Phlegyas) took third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Gregory Thorel. 7.2/1 El Villagio (5m Love You) and 4.2/1 Epic Julry (5m Nice Love) completed the top five. Fast class veterans contested the Prix Bertrand Deloison (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, European starters), also labeled the Prix de Grosbois. The 5.7/1 Diable de Vauvert (6m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) rallied on the pegs for victory timed in 1.11.7kr, with Gabriele Gelormini up for breeder/owner Franck Lemuet. It was the sixth career victory for the winner, in 47 starts, now for 351,130€ in life earnings. 1.7/1 Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) rallied to lead off the final bend and appeared for victory before bearing out mid stretch. Luc Roelens trains this brother to Traders for JPB Building BVBA and Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot. 2.2/1 Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz) held third for Jean Michel Bazire. At the end of the card was the Prix de Nesles (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) and this one went to the 1.10.9kr timed and 1.8/1 favorite Azur des Caillons (9m Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard aboard. This handsome, great gaited winning trotteur scored for the 13th time in his 62 race career, his third win in 2019. Azur’s life earnings increased to 281,910€ with this victory. The 5.4/1 Belle Louis Mabon (8f Derby du Gite) took second for breeder/owner/trainer/pilot Yves Dreux. Third was 189/1 Very First (10g Orlando Vici) with Julien Raffestein at the lines.   Thomas H. Hicks

The eighth leg of the Trophee Vert harness racing series was the Grand Prix Montlucon-Communaute (purse 45,000€, 3000 meters, 14 starters) on the grass at Hipprodrome Montlucon before a large audience.   3.6/1 Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas-Mega des Landiers) scored for Sebastien Hardy and breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Charadame, his 19 th career victory in 105 starts now for life earnings of 504,551€.   Time was not reported.   The 3/2 favorite Doberman (6m Prodigious) was a close second with Franck Nivard up for owner Richard Cohen. 4.7/1 Cromy (7g Baccarat du Pont) took third with trainer Tony LeBeller up.   Fourth was 17.1 Beerscott (8m General du Pommeau) with A.A. Chavatte aboard.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Monday’s Quinte+ at Vichy was the Prix de Gennat (purse 32,000€, 2950 meters, 18 starters) and 9/1 Cow Boy Tuilerie (7g Biesolo) scored for harness racing pilot Kevin Leblanc for owner/trainer Mlle. Cl. Desmontils timed in 1.14.3kr, the winners’ third career victory in 44 starts. 5.8/1 Clovis Montaval (7g Qualimo de Vandel) was a game second with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. 1.1/1 favorite Cobalt Chatho (7g Jam Pridem) was third, handled by Tony LeBeller. 45/1 Cetagvati and 11/1 Cantelliva completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 12,276.60€ for 14 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool this day was 2,800,116€ and the total of all wagering pool on this race was 6,092,000€.   Thomas H. Hicks

Three year old harness racing fillies contested the Prix Eunyke (purse 47,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) on Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes. The 2.7/1 second wagering choice Giuletta Jet (3f Rolling d’Heripre-Ulla Jet) scored timed in 1.14.4kr with Franck Nivard up. Jarmo Niskanen trains the winner that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. It was her third triumph in seven career starts. 2.3/1 Gondole de Blary (3f Sam Bourbon) was a close second with Yoann Lebourgeois the pilot for owner/trainer Sebastien Guarato. 14/1 Geisha d’Em (3f Kiwi) was third for Tony LeBeller and trainer J.P. Allix.   Thomas H. Hicks

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