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June 3, 2020 - Calou Renardiere (8g Lets Go Along-Rosee Renardiere), off at 4.7/1 odds, took this sixth leg of the harness racing Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) raced at Laval. Eric Raffin teamed this J.M. Baudouin trainee that was timed in 1.13.6kr. The 5.6/1 Dollar Soyer (7g Phlegyas-Quinoa Soyer) was second for pilot Anthony Barrier and trainer Gregory Thorel. Defi Pierji (7g Roc Meslois) was third for Leo Abrivard. Divine Mesloise (7f The Best Madrik) and 25 meter handicapped Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet) completed the top five. Calou Renardiere   Thomas H. Hicks  

May 30, 2020 - The harness racing Dubois family won three times on Saturday in France. At Argentan the Prix des Glaievls (purse 18,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.3/1 Hede Darling (3m Password-Queen Darling) timed in 1.14.7kr for owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois. Joelle Laroche bred this Kevin Vanderschelden trainee. The Prix Ibiscus (purse 18,000€, 2800 meters autostart, 12 starters) at the same venue saw 5/10 favorite Follow Dream (5m Royal Dream-Vita Dream) score in 1.17.5kr for his seventh victory in 14 career starts. Jean Philippe Dubois was the pilot for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Follow Dream At Salon de Provence the Prix Rene Laffont (purse 15,000€, 2200 meters autostart, 13 entrants) went to 1.18.1kr timed and 3.3/1 Horchestro (3g Sam Bourbon-Alisma du Corta) in his first career victory, this one with trainer Kevin Vanderschelden aboard. The owner/breeder is Jean Pierre Dubois. Horchestro   Thomas H. Hicks

Action returned this day to Le Croise-Laroche for the fifth harness racing leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf for five to ten year olds (purse 75,000€, 2825 meters distance handicap). The impressive Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vincenza) took a give and go strategy to rally for victory timed in 1.14.1kr. Jean Philippe Dubois teamed the Ecurie Victoria Dreams mare that Philippe Moulin trains to her 12th career victory now for 269,170€ earned. She has a 1-1-1 slate in her four 2020 appearances. This unchecked mare raced without front shoes. The 25- meter handicapped Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) was a game second timed in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. The 25-meter penalized Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik) was third for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Richard Westerink. 25 meter handicapped Fric du Chene (5m Nobody du Chene) was fourth for Francois Lagadeuc and fifth was Altius Fortis (10m Ganymede) with Philippe Masschaele aboard. attacking for the lead Watch the Replay here Ready Cash turned age 15 this week and recently Varenne reached 25. Two great champions!!! Ready Cash Varenne There are still five positions left to fill for the 2020 Elitloppet eliminations. Saturday May 23 will be a last chance to shine as the Gr. II International V75 Gold (300,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) field will face the mobile at Gavle. We will see who joins Earl Simon, Sorbet, Cokstile, Makethemark, Looking Superb, Missile Hill, Tae Kwon Deo, Attraversiamo, Elian Web, Chief Orlando and Vivid Wise As. Zarenna FAS Scheduling changes have been implemented in FR from now to month end as co-called RED Covid19 areas are again banned from racing. The premier cards from May 22-29 have been moved as follows: May 22 – Vincennes to Mauquenchy May 23 – Enghien to Laval May 24 – La Capelle to Chartres May 25 – Amiens to Mauquenchy May 26 – Vincennes to Mans May 27 – Reims to Lyon Parilly May 29 – Vincennes to Laval Yesterday was groupe level action at Paris-Vincennes on this last day of racing there this month. There were three top races starting with the Prix Camilla (Gr. III, purse 60,000€, 2850 meters, four-year olds with Europeans eligible). Victory went to Girolamo (4m Uriel Speed-Seduction d’Anama) with Franck Ouvrie up timed in 1.12.8kr. This Sylvain Roger trainee that Noel Lolic owns now has a 2-1-1 slate in four 2020 starts and five career wins for 148,170€ earned. Stablemare Gimy du Pommereux (4m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was next for Mathieu Mottier for the same connections and Lolic was the breeder. Gelati Cut (4m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) took third with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer R.C. Larue. Girolamo The Prix Heraclite (Gr. III, 2850 meters, four-year old European females) was next with All Wise As (4f Varenne-Temple Blue Chip) the 1.14.1kr winner for Gabriele Gelormini, trainer H.E. Bondo and owner Peter Wilhemsen. This was her first win in FR and her career earnings are now 140,103€. Gamme de Busset (4f Brillantissime-Ovelinotte d’Ylea) held on gamely for second with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire, with third to Greyline (4f Sam Bourbon-Si Seulement) for owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. All Wise As The Gr. II Prix Kalmia (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, three tear olds) went to Helgafell (3m Charly du Noyer-Baaria) was an impressive 1.13.8kr timed winner for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. Helgafell has a 2-1-0 slate in four starts this year. Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) was second with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up for owner Michel Aladenise. Hugh de Banville (3m Akim du Cap Vert-Sissi de Banville) took third for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. Helgafell Watch the replay here. It was a good day of racing and much more will soon follow.   LeTrot, ATG files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

May 14, 2020 - Era de Lavadour (6f Flash de Cosse-Melba du Chatelet) took the Thursday GP Dynavena Maisagri (purse 30,000€, 2550 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne in this harness racing reopening week in France. The 3.3/1 odds winner was timed in 1.15.2kr as she won for the sixth time in 53 career starts for 183,770€. Mathieu Auvray owns, trains and drove Era de Lavadour. The 25-meter handicapped and 1.6/1 favorite Cap de Narmont (8m Islero de Bellouet) was second for Denis Brossard individually timed in 1.14.7kr. 16/1 Camiros du Goutier (8g Quido du Goutier) was third for Jerome Chavette. 26/1 Christmas du Cebe and 9/1 Boxing Day completed the top five with Boxing Day racing well timed in 1.14.8kr with his 25-meter handicap. Era de Lavador The 18 horse field in late race action Early in the week the veteran horseman Jean Pierre Dubois won twice with another second in his three drives. On May 11 at Le Croise-Laroche JPD was second with Hello Jo Darling (3m Bird Parker-Lets Go Along) in a three year old event and that was followed by a victory for Gospel Truth (4g Sam Bourbon-Rebelle) clocked in 1.15.4kr in the Prix de Wasquchal (purse 12,000€, 2700 meters autostart, an Open des Regions Grand Nord event). JPB breed this winner through his Scuderia Bolgheri Srl and J.A. Hernandez-Navarro is the trainer. Gospel Truth The next JPB winner was May 13 at Mareille Borely in the Prix de Septemes Les Vallons (purse 23,000€, 2300 meters autostart, an Open des Regions Sud-Est three year old contest). He scored with Headline (3f Brillantissime-Mara Bourbon) in 1.15.4kr, her third victory in the last five starts. Kevin Vanderschelden trains this nice filly that was bred by Dubois’ Ecurie Dream With Me. Headline On the Elitloppet front, Earl Simon and Sorbet have been added to invitee list. They join Cokstile, Makethemark, Looking Superb, Missile Hill, Tae Kwon Deo, Attraversiamo, Elian Web, Chief Orlando and Vivid Wise As. Earl Simon won this week at Caen easily defeating a good field that included Bold Eagle. Earl Simon We expect others to follow (five open spots remain) after Sunday’s Copenhagen Cup 2020 at Charlottenlund. Zacon Gio and Vitruvio will be ones to watch. Zacon Gio is conditioned by Holger Ehlert and was the 2019 Yonkers International winner.   Thomas H. Hicks  

May 13, 2020 - The Prix Calvados (monte, purse 35,000€, 2450 meters voltstart, 16 European eligibles) began the excellent monte harness racing action this day at Caen with two groupe level tests on the stage. The 1.13.0kr timed winner of the monte kickoff was 6.9/1 Diamant de Treabat (7g Kuadro Wild-Sud Africa) handled by Clement Frecelle. The 1.9/1 favorite Emir de Rebomard (6g Kepler-Ufania de Guez), with Julien Raffestin up took second, and 9/1 odds Chalimar de Guez (8g Nahar de Beval-Phoebe de Guez) was third with J-Y Ricard aboard for trainer J.M. Bazire. Diamant de Treabat The Gr. I Prix Saint-Leger des Trotteurs (monte, purse 100,000€, 2450 meters voltstart, 14 starters) was quite a contest with the top three at the finish together, all clocked in 1.15.6kr. The winner was 37/1 Hopla des Louanges (3f Gazouillis-Jolie Lily) with Adrien Lamy in the irons for trainer Franck Leblanc. This was her second 2020 victory in six starts (the year and career). 9/1 Happiness Ellis (3f Opus Viervil-Belle de Cahot) was next for Mathieu Mottier, with 91/1 Hera Landia (3f Ludo de Castelle-Tina des Loups) third handled by P. Ph. Ploquin. Hispanen and Hytte du Terrior completed the top five. Six of the 14 starters were fillies. The Prix Henri Balliere (Groupe II monte, purse 85,000€, 2450 meters voltstart, 14 starters) wrapped up the groupe level monte action this day, with victory to 1.14.3kr timed and 6/1 odds Guide Moi Forgan (4m Neutron du Cebe-Trajane) with jockey Christopher Corbineau in the irons. This was her second 2020 victory in four starts and fourth lifetime win in 13 outings. The 12/1 Gainsborough (4m Bird Parker-Redemption Song) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Romain Derieux. Third went to 9/1 Gemme de Busset (4f Brillantissime-Overlinotte d’Ylea) with David Thomain at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire. Grace de Fael and Gatsby Perrine followed the top three. Guide Moi Forgan Thomas H. Hicks  

French horse racing giant Pari-Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has been hit with a 900,000€ ($983,000US) fine from France’s Competition Authority after it was found to have failed to maintain its commitment to splitting online and retail liquidity. While the operator has upheld the commitment first made in 2013 - then mandated by the Authority in February the following year - to keep betting pools for each channel separate for domestic racing, it has maintained shared pools for international racing. This prompted complaints from Betclic Everest Group’s Betclic brand and Zeturf, which argued that PMU was flouting the February 2014 agreement. PMU has commingling agreements in place to offer coverage of South African, Irish, American, Norwegian and Swedish racing. Betclic and Zeturf noted that these are currently offered with identical odds and prize pools on its website and in retail outlets. The combined online and offline pools are then combined with those of its foreign partners to offer a single, large jackpot under the terms of these commingling agreements. “Therefore, within the framework of these partnerships, PMU is able to offer betting on foreign racing on its website and in its retail network on equally attractive terms,” the Competition Authority explained. “[This] corresponds directly with the situation for [French] horse race betting, before it committed to [splitting online and offline liquidity] in 2014.” The Authority, however, said that the order in 2014 to split online and retail liquidity was “unambiguous”, and covered all racing, rather than just domestic events. This 2014 ruling stated that by combining its online and retail pools - following a complaint from Betclic - PMU had an unfair advantage over other operators offering horse racing pools. The decision to split the pools was therefore taken to ensure consumers were offered a diversified range of betting options. France’s igaming regulator, L’Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) supported this assessment, while PMU was also warned that pooling liquidity may not be factored into any commingling agreements. Indeed, the Authority added, PMU had drafted the commitment itself, meaning there was no possible way that it could have been permissible to having a separate set of rules for betting on foreign racing. “Even if, at this time, commingled foreign racing pools only constitute a small part of PMU’s horse racing betting revenue, the breach is all the more serious since the commitment to split liquidity was a key component of the arrangement to prevent the operator’s PMU.fr site from benefiting from its retail monopoly,” it explained. The dispute between PMU, the undisputed horse race betting market leader in France, and challengers such as Betclic and Zeturf stretches back to the opening of the country's regulated igaming market in 2010. As well as forcing the operator to split its online and retail pools, this has also seen the French courts order PMU to pay Betclic Everest an unspecified sum in compensation for anti-competitive practices. With files from the France Competition Authority

Calle Crown (6m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) rallied to win the Grand Prix de Vincennes (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2925 meters, International) at Cagnes sur Mer timed in 1.14.2kr. Pierre Vercruysse reined this Tomas Malmqvist trainee that now has two wins and a second in his last three for owner Easy KP. His career earnings are 286,404€. Dream de Lasserie (7g Orlando Vici) was second for Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. Third was the 25-meter handicapped Brooke du Boscar (9f Look de Star) with Yves Hurel aboard.Callie Crown On the undercard were two upper level races. First, the Prix de Syracuse (purse 29,000€, 2925 meters, European) went to 5.6/1 odds Making Love (9g Ken Warkentin-Nouvelle Action) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for owner Measurable Success AB and trainer Daniel Parling. This was the winner’s first win in France and it raised his life earnings to 110,648€. Emiliano (6m Love You-Quarda du Rib) was second with Dominik Loqueneux the pilot for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Yannick Alain Briand. Third was the Steve Stefano teamed Batum des Bruyeres (9g L’Eau du Vernay) for trainer J.M. Roubaud. Making Love The undercard also included the Prix de Saint-Malo (purse 33,000€, 2925 meters, European) and Pierre Vercruysse was again the winner, teaming Eden Basque (6g Singalo-Janga) to the 1.14.3kr victory. Nicolas Ensch trains this now nine-time winner for Ecurie Castagniccia. Eden raised his life earnings to 177,890€. Delmonica (7f Prince d’Espace) was second for Stephane Cingland and trainer Anthony Muidebled. Third was the Jean Charles Feron trainer and reined Belle au Vent (9g Jag de Bellouet). Eden Basque Vercruysse posted three consecutive wins this day at Cagnes sur Mer, as reported above, and his trainee Moni Viking took the feature at Enghien. The Winter Meet at CSM showcased the Grand Criterium de Vitesse that went to Vivid Wise As from the Gocciadoro stable. The other results from the winter meet are shown below.   TOP 3 HORSES (excl. Grand Critérium de Vitesse Nice-Matin) Elsa de Belfonds - 108 200€ Good Morning - 64 800€ El Villagio - 58 170€   TOP 3 TRAINERS- MEETING 2019-2020 Romuald Mourice - 33 victories Yannick-Alain Briand - 30 wins Vincent Martens - 24 wins   TOP 3 DRIVERS - MEETING 2019-2020 Christophe Martens - 25 victories David Bekaert - 21 wins Yannick-Alain Briand - 12 wins LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The Grand Criterium de Vitesse Nice-Matin (Gr. I, UET Masters Series, purse 170,000€, 11 starters) today at Cagnes sur Mer was raced with video, with wagering and with fans and the 1.8/1 favorite Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) scored, timed in 1.09.7kr (1:52.16) for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Scuderia Bivans Srl owns the now four-time winner in France and his life earnings reached 774,636€. The race time was well off the 1.08.9kr race record jointly held by Readly Express and Bold Eagle. The 4.5/1 Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrama) was second with Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skyttem. 12/1 Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore) rallied late for third after being trapped on the pegs with Gabriele Gelormini up. The 9/2 Delia du Pommereux (7f Niky) was fourth and 6.4/1 Looking Superb finished fifth ahead of the other two check earners Uza Josselyn and Bahia Quesnot. Former Elitloppet winner Dijon was a miscue dq. Une de Mai won this classic five times; Ourasi plus Timoko are four-time winners. The last USA winner was Moni Maker in 2000 with Jimmy Takter driving. The seven other USA winners include Peace Corps and Express Ride. Vivid Wise As Race Replay:  https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-03-08/0601/5 LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Six of the seven Cagnes sur Mer trots in France this day were at the 1609 meter autostart distance (one mile) to kickoff the Criterium de Vitesse weekend. Unfortunately, the races were conducted without spectators and without wagering. The featured Prix de Padoue (purse 22,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European) saw Vincent Ferm (6g Mago s’Amore-Lindyliana Font) score in 1.10.9kr (mile 1:54) for pilot G.P. Minnucci and trainer Mario Baroncini. It was his second win in France and increased his career earnings to 108,482€. Vesna (6f Libreccio Grif) was second for Rene Legati and trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Making Love (9g Ken Warkentin) took third for Dominik Locqueneux. Vincent Ferm   The other winners of one mile events this day were: Doro Desbois (7g Quaro) timed in 1.11.1 (1:54.4) for Steve Stefano in the Prix de Cesena; Visia Spin (6f Varenne-Karisma Zet) clocked in 1.12.kr (1:56.3) for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro in the Prix de Pise;  Blue Label (9g Love You-Mary Louy Wic) in 1.12.2kr (1:56.2) for apprentice reinsman Pierre Repichet and trainer J.M. Roubaud; Vlad del Ronco (6m Julius del Ronco) in 1.10.8kr (1:53.9) in the Prix de Bologne for pilot Leo Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard; Djember du Pont (7g Baccarat du Pont) in the Prix de Modene in 1.15.5kr (2:01.4) for Emeline Jousset in the event for amateur drivers Tomorrow, of course, is the Gr.I Criterium de Vitesse for 11 top class trotteurs. LeTrot files/photo by Thomas H. HIcks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday’s Grand Criterium de Vitesse has 11 fine trotteurs in its final field at Cagnes sur Mer. Today’s post position draw has Bahia Qeasnot, Uza Josselyn, Earl Simon, Vivid Wise As and Billie de Montfort on the first tier inside. Jean Michel Bazire will team Looking Superb from post nine. LeTrot files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 5.5/1 Defi Pierji (7g Roc Meslois-Overlinotte d’Yeu) took today’s first leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf held at Amiens. The 2900 meters distance handicap event carried a purse of 85,000. The winner was timed in 1.13.6kr with Leo Abrivard up for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard, as he won for the ninth time in a career that has yielded 257,350€ in life earnings. The 16/1 Desalla (7f Nonginio) was second with David Thomain aboard for trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. 4.1/1 Dextre Chatho, 53/1 Belle Louise Mabon and 12/1 Fashion Queen completed the top five and set up an exact order Quinte+ payoff of 32,058.40€. The Q+ pool was 3,511,108€ and over 7,682,000€ was wagered on the GNT race. Defi Pierji The March 9 Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur now has 15 entrants with post positions to be drawn tomorrow. The distance is 1609 meters autostart and the purse is 170,000€ in this Gr. I International event. It is likely to be a very competitive race. The prior day at Cagnes sur Mer shows several one mile events to help spur interest in the great Speed Criterium. Friday at Napoli marks the racing return of Zacon Gio, the 2019 Yonkers International winner. The Holger Ehlert trainee will appear in a 12,100€ purse Invitational against nine rivals. Roberto Vecchione will again be aboard Zacon Gio. Gio will start with a 40 meter handicap in this 2060 meters distance handicap event. LeTrot, PMU, Gaet files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

A total of 39 upper level harness racing trotteurs have been engaged to the March 8th Gr. I International UET Masters Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur. The purse is 170,000€ and the distance is 1609 meters autostart. The Hippodrome Cagnes sur Mer is the host track of the first in the Circuit de Vitesse. The event has drawn a very competitive field that includes Billie de Montfort, Uza Josselyn, Dijon, Earl Simon, Looking Superb and Vivid Wise As. The race record is 1.08.9kr and this race was won five times by the legendary Une de Mai. Four time winners are Timoko and Ourasi of the race that began in 1982. Post positions are drawn on Thursday with top lifetime money winners to appear in the first tier with the next group lining up in the second tier if needed. Those engaged to the 2020 edition of GCV are shown below. C3 - GRAND CRITERIUM DE VITESSE DE LA COTE D' 170 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 1 609m Groupe I Course Internationale Circuit de Vitesse Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus, hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. 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). Racing action on March 1 appeared everywhere. At Agen la Garenne the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 45,000€, 2625 meters distance handicap) saw Crack Money (8g Singalo) won timed in 1.13.2kr for Cedrik Terry. It was his 14th career victory now for 221,320€ earned. At Hyeres in the Prix de Bureau Technique Regional (purse 15,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, four year olds) the J.P. Dubois owned entry finished first and second. Goofy Goof (4g Goetmals Wood) won in 1.17.8kr for David Bekaert and trainer J.A. Hernandez with 25 meter penalized Gonna Fly (4g Royal Dream) second with trainer Kevin Vanderschelden up. At Karukera Guadeloupe was the Prix des Poissons Chirurgiens (purse 4,000€, 2500 meters, turf) and Emilio Maza (6g Ganymede-Karen Pierji) scored for Stephane Douiteau and owner/trainer Rony Irdor. LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

This final day of the harness racing Winter Meet on Saturday at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes included four groupe level races and the Quinte+ race of the day. Action began with Grace de Fael (4f Sam Bourbon-Acquarella de Fael), off at 3.9/1, taking the Gr. II Prix Louis le Bourg (monte, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters) at Vincennes, racing with shoes, and with jockey Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the 1.13.9kr clocked mare for owner Jose Fernandes. Grace now has eight career wins for 230,000€ earned. 27/1 odds Guide Moi Forgan (4m Neutron du Cebe) was second for jockey Christopher Corbineau with third earned by 12/1 Get de Play (4m Gazouillis) handled by Adrien Lamy for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. Grace de Fael The featured event on this last day of the Vincennes Winter Meet was the Gr. I Prix de Selection (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters, four to six year olds). The 1/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) scored in 1.10.9kr with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Face Time won for the 20th time in his career that has so far yielded 1,651,050€. The 11/1 Enino du Pommereux (6m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) took second for* Matthieu Abrivard aboard for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 21/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik) was third for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Richard Westerink. Face Time had a remarkable Winter Meet with four wins including the Grand Prix d’Amerique, three of those being Gr. I wins, plus a second place finish in the Grand Prix France. He also lowered his personal time badge to 1.10.6kr in the Criterium Continental. Face Time Bourbon The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, monte, International) was up next and saw 4.2/1 Evangelina Blue (6f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) score, timed I 1.14.2kr, with Mathieu Mottier aboard for trainer J.P. Mary, the winners’ ninth career victory now for 662,000€ earned. 4.1/1 Etoile de Bruyere (6f Kenor de Cosse) was a game second for jockey Adrien Lamy. Third was Caban Prior (8g Sancho Panca) handled by Aurilien Desmarres. Evangelina Blue The Prix du Plateau de Gravelle (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International) saw JMB on the victory stage as it went to 1.11.1kr timed Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Landy Frometro) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. Dorgos won for the 21st time in a career that now shows 605,6580€ earned. He was off as the 8/10 odds favorite and he defeated 5.4/1 stablemate Colonel (8g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) with Nicolas Bazire up for owner Ecurie des Charmes. Detroit Castelets (7m Neoh Jiel) took third for David Thomain. Dorgos de Guez The day’s Quinte+ race was the Prix de Montsoreau (purse 58,000€, 2700 meters, European) with victory to 3.9/1 Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Dorec) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Jan Lyng. This was his sixth victory in France and it raised his career earnings to 267,141€. Race time was 1.12.4kr. The 9/1 Datcha (7f The Best Madrik) was second for J.Ph. Monclin and third was 33/1 Divine Mesloise. 35/1 Baron Daidou and 118/1 Altius Fortis completed the top five. The exact order Q+ payoff was 136,224€ to eight winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 4,185,945€ and 8,912,000€ was wagered on the race (all wagering pools). Moni Viking The Paris-Vincennes Winter Meet is now complete. In addition to the performance of Face Time Bourbon the top drivers, jockeys and trainers based on number of wins are shown below:   Drivers: Eric Raffin 69, Jean Michel Bazire 58, David Thomain 37 Jockeys: Eric Raffin 25, Alexandre Abrivard 19, Mathieu Mottier 15 Trainers: Jean Michel Bazire 83, Philippe Allaire 23, Laurent Claude Abrivard 23. There were three others with 22 training wins – Sebastien Guarato, Christian Bigeon and J.M. Baudouin It was quite a race meet, horses and equine. Equine also saw great victories by Davidson du Pont and the exceptional Belina Jocclyn.    Raffin and Bazire LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The grande French Champion harness racing mare, Belina Josselyn, who won last Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris (Gr. I, UET Masters Series, 170,000€ purse) was then retired by owner Pascal Bernard. She will enjoy a brief rest and then will be bred to champion sire Ready Cash. "Respect" as Jean-Michel Bazire will say last Sunday to conclude his interview on Equidia after his second victory in the Paris Grand Prix with Belina who concludes her career with superb performances. 2,618,970€ in life earnings  Four Group I wins  One Prix d’Amerique victory Two Grand Prix Paris wins and one Grand Prix France score Record: 1'10''2kr Recent LeTrot writings cite correctly her elegance, her gait, which has often earned her comparison to a ballerina who had made the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes her favorite racecourse. She created fond fan memories of communion with the public when Jean-Michel Bazire offered his champion to the spectators.  Belina excelled among the talented 2011 B’s that included Bold Eagle, Bird Parker, Bilibili, Billie de Montfort, and Booster Winner. Belina Josselyn emerged at the top of her game in the 2017 Prix Tenor de Baune and followed that with a victory in the 2018 Grand Prix France. The daughter of Love You then won the 2019 Grand Prix d’Amerique following that with the marathon distance 2020 Grand Prix de Paris, to complete the circle of victory of the three biggest races of the French winter meet. Belina Josselyn's pedigree (source LeTrot) embodies the quintessence of the breeding of Yvan Bernard and his son, Pascal. Her dam Lezira Josselyn is a daughter of Workaholic, and is thus  is imbued with American blood. Bélina Josselyn is thus inbred on Speedy Crown (5x3) and Speedy Count (5x4), as well as on Speedster (6x7x5x5). Great credit goes to Belina’s trainer Jean Michel Bazire who seemed always successful in pointing the fine mare for the sport’s leading races, and to her supporting breeder/owners. What a superb job by all!!! LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Belina Josselyn (9f Love You-Lezira Josselyn-Workaholic) captured today’s Grand Pris de Paris (Gr. I International UET Masters Series 2020, 4150 meters) with harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines. She was timed in 1.14.4kr and off as the 1.8/1 favorite. Ecurie Yvan Bernard owns and bred the winner that now has 22 career victories for 2,461,470€ earned. 20/1 Tony Gio (8m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) rallied for second reined by Eric Raffin. Third was 11/1 Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana) that Franck Ouvrie teamed for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and 45/1 Calaska de Guez (8f Pomerol de Laumac) was fourth for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB. Delia du Pommereux (7f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) was fifth. This race, the third leg of the FR Triple Crown that began in 1962, saw Belina win for the second time in back to back fashion. She joins Up And Quick (the race record holders at 1.13.5kr in 2015), Une de Mai and Eleazer as double winners. Three time race winners are Jardy, Vourasie, and Bellino II. On the undercard Fleche Bourbon (5f Saxo de Vandek-Uzara Josselyn-Goetmals Wood) on the Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard for monte five year olds (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters), She was clocked in 1.13.1kr and Alexandre Abrivard was the pilot for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie du Haras Saint Martin. The win was her 12 th in a career that so far has yielded 504.050€. 27/1 France Bresil (5f Vaillant Cash) was next for jockey David Thomain and 42/1 Force Vive (5f Oh James) took third for Francois Lagadeuc. The 9/10 favorite was a dq interference.   Thomas H. Hicks

The Jean Michel Bazire harness racing trainee and 4/10 favorite Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger) won this day’s featured Gr. III Prix Joinville le Pont (purse 80,000€, 2925 meters, European eligibles) at Cagnes sur Mer.   The winner was timed in 1.14.3kr and Christophe Martens was the pilot. Eirik Djuve owns the now 12 time winner for 605,420€ earned. 36/1 Aprion (10g Nahar de Breval) was placed second for Y.A. Briand due to the interference dq of Balooka du Boscail. Eridan (6m Ready Cash) was placed third for driver David Bekaert and Cobra Bleu (8m Fortuna Font) was placed fourth with Bryan Coppens at the lines.     Thomas H. Hicks  

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