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July 8, 2017 - Saturday harness racing action at Vichy was highlighted by the Gr. II Grand Prix Conseil Municipal (purse €120,000, 2850 meters distance handicap). The 25 meter penalized Aubrion du Gers (7g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) rallied around the final bend for owner/trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and held strong by two lengths plus in the rain, timed in 1.14.5kr. This classy campaigner recorded his 23rd career win and now has earnings of €1,050,372. Tallien (10g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) took second for driver/trainer/owner Herve Sionneau, ahead of Venus de Bailly (8f Chaillot-Oceane de Bailly) and reinsman Jean Boillereau. Finish is shown below. Also July 8 was the Prix Okwo (purse €25,000, 2700 meters distance handicap, 13 starters) at Graignes. The well regarded, 50 meter handicapped, 1.4/1 favorite, Charly du Noyer (5m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) scored timed in 1.14.5kr for driver Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner M.A. Thomas. This classy campaigner had been misque dq’d in five of his last six outings, but not today. He now has 10 wins in 31 starts for earnings in excess of €656,000. 46/1 Amarena Danover (7f Oiseau de Feux-Etoile du Cuglais) was second for P.Ch. Jean and 5/2 Citizen Kane (5g Orlando Vici-Queen of Viking) overcame a 25 meter penalty to earn third for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque. Turf action took place at Segre in the Prix Ozo (purse €25,000, 2700 meters distance handicap) and the 25 meter handicapped Chistor d’Iraty (5g Quick Wood-Irrintzina) scored for J.Ph. Monclin and owner/trainer Jacques Bodin. Equally handicapped Crepe de Satin (5f Le Retour-Ina d’Avril) was second ahead of Belicco Wild. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 24, 2017 - Franck Nivard teamed Express Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Kamera Bourbon-Cezio Josselyn-Etta Extra) to a 1.17kr victory this day in the Prix du Green Horse Festival (purse €21,000, 2850 meters, three year-old open). Sebastien Guarato trains this winner for owner Yvette Engelke. Haras Saint Martin bred Express Bourbon that is from a US$221,000 winning mare. Second was another well-bred three year-old, this the filly Erabella Madrik (3f Ready Cash-Talina Madrik-Korean-Ketty d’Occagnes-Workaholic) driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois, also owner, and trained by Yves Boireau. Her dam won US$439,000. Third was Early Morning (3m Coktail Jet-Passion d’Amour-Joyau d’Amour) reined by Thibault Borderie. Fourth went to Expeditious (3m Prodigious-Rapide Aventure-Love You-Bahama), his dam a winner of US$244,000, and today driven by Julien Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The quality of this race set the pace for a superb Paris-Vincennes program tomorrow, with seven groupe races and a myriad of top performers led by Bold Eagle and Belina Josselyn in the Gr. I UET Masters Prix Rene Balliere for a €200,000 purse. The other Gr. I events are the Prix d’Essai, Grand Prix du President de la Republique and Prix Albert Viel. Eiffel Tower, Django Riff and Ecu Pierji are favorites in these. Program here: The great horses and races highlight a day of family entertainment at the Temple du Trot first featuring the equine stars.  Thomas H. Hicks

June 19, 2017 - The Q+ this day was the Prix de Cognat-Lyonne at Vichy, raced for a purse of €38,000, and contested over 2850 meters by 18 starters. The 4/5 favorite Avrik de Guex (7g Joker de Rozoy-Quoumbaya de Guez) prevailed easily for harness racing driver J-M Bazire and owner/trainer J.Ph Ducher. 17/1 Anduro des Landes (7g Kesaco Phedo-Odemeraude) rallied for second reined by breeder/owner/trainer Sebastien Hardy. Third in the 1.14.3kr timed event was 16/1 Tessy du Moulin (1of Dahir de Prelong-Lune des Genets) with fourth and fifth to Victoria du Viaduc and Verso de Crennes. At Caen was the Prix de Corneville (purse €28,000, 2200 meters, 16 starters) with the 1.12.9kr victory going to 11.2/1 Reine du Zack (7f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Giulia Grif) with trainer Marco Smorgon at the lines. Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS owns the winner. 181/1 outsider Verse de Made (8g Lord du Pin-Miranda) was second for Lorenzo Donati, ahead of 9/1 Twitter (8g Offshore Dream-Face For Ever) driven by Sebastian Ernault for owner/trainer Bjorn Goop. Thomas H. Hicks

June 8, 2017 - On Tuesday (June 6) the harness racing action was at Avenches Suisse, and the featured Coupe des 5 Ans Switzerland (purse €13,976, 2350 meters nine starters) went to 1.15.1kr timed and 7/10 favorite Canoue de Bocage (5f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Ladylike). Trainer Loris Ferro was the pilot for owner Marlon Segl. 17/1 Global Spotify (5g Judge Joe-Claudia) took second for Marcel Humbert, trainer Rudolf Haller and Stall Allegra. Third was 8/1 Chopin du Martza (5m Ganymede-Polka du Martza) for trainer/driver Renaud Pujols. At Vincennes that day was the Groupe III Prix Caecilia (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) with victory earned by 2.2/1 Dunbar (4m Look de Star-Ima du Houx). Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for Pierre Pilarski. 9/2 Desiree (4f Ready Cash-Richesse d’Orient) was second for Alain Laurent, the driver/trainer for breeder/owner Etienne Desmet. Third was 4.4/1 Drole d’Espoir (4m Nem-Orphea de Nay) for J.Ph. Monclin. Race time was 1.13.6kr. The Prix Perseus at Paris-Vincennes (monte, purse €80,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) produced a 1.12.9kr score by 2.6/1 Alpha Saltor (7m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer David Bethouart and owner P.G. David. 11/1 Bolida Jenilou (6g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) took second for jockey Damien Bonne with 61/1 outsider Vaquero du Mont (8m Kaisy Dream-Lacovia) the third pair to the line including jockey Mlle. Lolita Balayn. 7/10 favorite Arlington Dream was fourth. On Tuesday at Ebreichsdorf (AUT) was the Coup (purse €7,000, 1640 meters autostart, 11 entrants) and the 1.12.6kr timed winner was 4.2/1 Panic Launcher (7f Thai Tanic-Alert Launcher) reined by Sweden’s Johnny Takter for trainer Wolfgang Ruth. 3/2 favorite Evita Viking (7f Love You-Cindy Viking) was second for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr. Third was 6/1 Pocahontas Diamant (6f Look de Star-Ionia Dei) and her pilot, trainer Gerhard Biendl. At Chatelaillons FR was the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse €30,000, 2625 meters, 11 starters) with the 1.15.9kr clocked verdict to 3.2/1 Cash Okay (5m Ready Cash-Tresokay). Olivier Raffin was the pilot, he also the trainer for Norway’s K.O. Molander. Second went to 17.7/1 Romanesque (7m Love You-Guantanamera) reined by Rik Dupuydt for trainer Marc De Cock. Third was the 1.1/1 favorite Gross Weight (6m Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) with Clement  Duvaldestin at the lines for his father, trainer Thierry. The same day at Reims was presented the Prix l’Association Roseau Reims (purse €32,000, 2550 meters, 12 starters).The 4/5 favorite Dominator (7m Donato Hanover-Untra Sund) survived a close battle to score for Eric Raffin timed in 1.14.9kr.Bjorn Goop trains the winner for Stall Kennys. 24/1 Userio de Carvel (9g Isero-Ullia du Carfvel) landed second for P.Y. Verva and trainer Cristian Rizzo. 3.2/1 Romi Mms (7f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB) was third driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Philippe Billard and owner Marko Slavic of SRB. The Q+ on June 7 was at Laval that hosted the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf for a purse of €90,000 and was raced by 18 rivals over 2875 meters distance handicapped. This sixth leg of the GNT series went to 3/1 Violine Mourotaise (8f LeRetour-Mourotaise) teamed by owner/trainer Emmanuel Raulline. The winner was clocked in a sharp 1.12.9 over the distance and scored her 11th career victory in 71 starts for €328,860 earned. 5.6/1 Baladin Hongrois (6g Bon Conseil-Reladie Hongroise) was next with Arnaud Desmottes up, and third was 18/1 Virgious de Maza (8g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault. These two were penalized 25 meters as were the fourth and fifth finishers, 3.4/1 Bugsy Malone and 38/1 Tiger Danover. 110.1 Ursa Major was sixth, also penalized 25 meters in this prestigious Quinte+ event. Thomas H. Hicks  

Mickael Gilles Lemarchand, driving Be Cash Money a son of Ready Cash, took the first of two legs of the French-American Friendship Trot over the 1200 meter inner track at Hippodromo Argentan in Normany today. Alan Schwartz led team America to a second place finish driving the Ready Cash filly Bety Du Goutier. Schwartz generously survived a judge's inquiry as the first try at a start resulted in a wild and crazy array of horses that caused a recall. Bob Davis' horse was scratched for not having his paperwork in order which negated all of two days of studying the program and viewing videos. Jean Phillipe Bazire, cousin of the French very accomplished driver of the same name, did not disappoint the family name garnering a third place finissh. Peter Kleinhans recovered from an early break to finish Fourth and Tony Ciuffetelli took the nickel. I, also badly affected by the recall, was placed seventh with four horses of the twelve being disqualified. All in all not a bad showing and on Tuesday evening at Vincennes will either make us champs or goats. In reality The North American Amateur Drivers have the distinct honor of being the very first amateurs ever invited to France to compete against their counterparts. "The French Le Trot placed us in the hands of three great hosts, Damien, Marie-Anh and Emmanuelle, who chauffeured us around. We were shown every hospitality from a brasserie in Trouville to restaurants in Arromanches and Caen. Tomorrow is a free day in the City of Lights with a scheduled dinner cruise on the Siene under the watchful eye of the Tower Eiffel. Tuesday's menu includes a visit to the famed training center at Grosbois followed by an evening race, the Prix Iphigenia. The French had much more to celebrate than their amateur victory as the 10 year old French bred Timoko, who was barely bested in the return of the International Trot at Yonkers Raceway two years ago, won the Ellietlop today in Sweden. This is the last year that Timoko can race in France and hopefully the $1,000,000 International at Yonkers on October14th will temp his connections to return for revenge. by Joe Faraldo, NAADA team leader

May 21, 2017 - Uniflosa Bella (9f Jag de Ballouet-Koctiflosa Gede) took Sunday’s 5th Leg of the Trophee Vert, this one at Niort, in France in the form of the Prix du Credit Mutuel (purse €45,000, 3575 meters distance handicap, turf course). The 1.17.9kr timed winner was reined by Antoine Wiels and overcame a 50 meter penalty for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. The winning mare secured her 22nd career win now for €545,690 earned. 50 meter handicapped Tresor Wic (10m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) was second for pilot Florian Joseph and trainer Laurent Simon. 25 meter penalized Bingo d’Attacques (6m Pomerol de Lauman-Lady de la Roche) was home third for reinsman Gabriel Gelormini. The Trophee Vert series brings quality trotting to more rural communities and is well attended by enthusiastic race-goers. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 17, 2017 - The superb Caen harness racing card this day began with the Q+ Prix Georges Dreux (purse €43,000, 2450 meters, 16 European starters) and the 1.13.2kr victory belonged to 1.7/1 Azaro d’Eva (7m Lynx de Bellouet) reined by owner/trainer J-M Bazire. 20/1 Apprenti Sorcier (7m Love You-Queen of Viking) was a close second for owner/pilot Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. 15/1 Bon Copain (6m Love You-Haie) was third for Franck Nivard. The next in line were Twins Fairytale,  Arlequine d’Em, Berry Felin and Paparazzi in the good quality field. The classique Gr. II UET Masters Series Prix des Ducs de Normandie (purse €150,000, 2450 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.10.5kr timed and 5.3/1 odds Amiral Sacha (7m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) reined by Gabriel Gelormini for Ecurie Sidre and trainer Franck Lemare. Sacha now has 15 wins in 40 career starts for €1,013,430 earned. 4/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (7g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) was second for driver/trainer/owner J-M Bazire, after four straight 2017 victories. 9/1 Traders (m Ready Cash-Graziella) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Bird Parker, Billie de Montfort and Timone EK were next to the line and veteran Univers de Pan was scratched. The Prix Calvados (monte, purse €60,000, 2450 meters, 16 European starters) wen t to 1.12.8kr timed Vervein du Mont (6f Orlando Vioci-Douala) for Mlle. Audrey Laroche, off at 3.2/1. Franck Blandin trains the winner for Ecurie AB Trot. Ultra des Landes (9f Baccarat du Pont-Justive d’Or) rallied for second with Mlle. Noemie Hardy at 21/1 and 28/1 Aventurier Cehere (7g Niky-Il Oa de l’Orne) was home third for Antoine Wiels. The Gr. I monte Saint Leger des Trotteurs (purse €150,000, 2450 meters, 19 starters) went to 1.14.3kr clocked and 39.3/1 Eiffel Tower (3f Ready Cash-Nouvelle d’Atout) with David Thomain in the irons for trainer J-M Bazire and owner Mme. O.Raffi-Urani. 39.2/1 Emilius de Play (3m Hulk des Chjamps-Orielie des Play) took second for Matthieu Abrivard ahead of 8.3/1 Elegante du Mont (3f Saxo de Vandel-Lacovia) for Eric Raffin. Favored Eye Of The Storm was a miscue dq, his second straight dg but the first of his monte career. The Gr. II monte Prix Henri Balliere (purse €120,000, 2450 meters, eight starters, four year-olds) went to 1.13.4kr timed and 1.1/1 odds Dragon du Fresne (4m Saphir Castelets-Rosee des Bois) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for L.Cl. Abrivard, the trainer. 1.7/1 Dawana (4f Ready Cash-Sanawa) was a rallying second for Yoann Lebourgeois, and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was 5.2/1 Darlhey du Rib (4f Ganymede-Quille Castelets), that legendary Joel Hallis trains. On May 16 at Eskilstuna was the Reeb Kungofs Elektriska Mares (35,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) and Delicious US (8f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) was victorious for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and the David Reden/Stall Zet team. The quick ,mare was timed in 1.11kr and recorded her fourth  win in four 2017 outings after a five for five 2016. She was 26 scores in 53 career starts for 6,481,572SEK earned. The even-money favorite bested 14/1 Spoil Me (5f Going Kronos) for Kenneth Haugstad and 13/1 Galactica (5f Super Photo Kosmos) driven by Lares Ake Soderholm. Delicious is expected to receive an Elite Race invite. As of today there are ten Elitloppet accepted invites albeit Delicious. Nuncio amd perhaps Amiral Sacha could join them. The ten are Bold Eagle, Timoko, Propulsion, Up and Quick, Resolve, DD’s Hitman, Dante Boko, Elian Web, Spring Erom and Cruzado dela Noche. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 7, 2017 - At La Capelle on Sunday was the Prix Carrefour (purse €30,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) and the 1.15.8kr clocked winner was 12/1 Pantarei Ans (8m Classic Photo-Demetra Ans) with P-Y Verva aboard for harness racing trainer Bjorn Goop and Ecurie Chikh. 2.1/1 Diamond (7g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) was second driven by Robin Bakker and trainer by Paul Hagoort for Ecurie Mille Fleurs. Third was another Goop trainee, 1.3/1 I Love Paris (7f Steinlager-Maris Dulcinea) that Morton Gunnar owns and Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot. Trophee Vert action also continued Sunday at Bernais with the Prix du Centre le Clerc Menneval (purse €45,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters on the turf). The 3/2 favorite Tresor Wic finished eighth for Anthony Barrier, opening the way for 7.5/1 Bingo d’Attaque (6m Pomerol de Laumac-Lady de la Roche) to score for Gabriel Gelormini timed in 1.20.1kr before a good crowd. 13/1 All Feeling (7m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) was second and 14/1 Viola Ecus (8g Korean-Iffrida) took the third spot. This day racing in Germany was at Berlin, Gelsenkirchen and Karlsruhe. At Berlin legendary Heinz Wewering teamed his trainee Impulsiv (5g Muscles Yankee-L’Amka) to victory. At Gelsenkirchen Ivy Corner (5f Love You-Indira Corner) was victorious for trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk and amateur pilot Thomas Maasen. The sister to this winner is racing competitively in the US for Jesmeral Stable. Thomas H. Hicks

April 29, 2017 - Veteran and former Prix d’Amerique winner Up And Quick (9m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) gained an impressive gate to wire harness racing victory in today’s Gr. II first speed leg of the FR summer, this one named the Criterium de Vitesse de Base Normandie and raced at Argentan. Franck Nivard teamed the Franck Leblanc trainee that is owned and was bred by Ecurie Quick Star. The winner recorded his 14th win in 58 starts for €1,988,540 earned. Today’s event carried a purse of €100,000 and was raced over 1609 meters autostart, clockwise direction. The 5.5/1 barefoot winner bested 2.8/1 and pocket placed Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) reined by David Thomain for Sebastien Guarato, trainer for owner/breeder Philippe Dauphin. Third was the 1.6/1 favorite Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) driven by J.Ph. Monclin for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Target Kronos and Arazi Boko were the next two to the line.  Race time was 1.09.4kr, the mile rate a sizzling 1:51.64. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 22, 2017 - Coupe Droit (5m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) took Saturday’s Prix de la Ville de Saint Gratien at Enghien (purse €72,000, 2150 meters autostart, 10 European starters) scoring at 1.8/1 odds for driver Robin Bakker on the Bold Eagle undercard. The winner was clocked in 1.14.2kr and recorded his fourth career win in 30 starts, now for €251,110 earned. Paul Hagoort trains Coupe Droit for Stable Wby Not. 1.7/1 favorite Cirrus Atout (5g Look de Star-Ire du Ciel) held gamely for second driven by Gabriel Gelormini for trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Ecurie de Aaris. Third was 4.9/1 Capitaine France (5g Modern Jazz-Quanta Rosa Sun) in rein to owner/trainer William Bigeon. For Stable Why Not it was a superb weekend following a 1:52.1 (mile) victory in the Friday evening US$ 20,000 purse Preferred Trot at New Meadowlands (USA) by Tuonoblu Rex (5m Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex-Lindy Lane). That one was driven by Andy Miller and trained by Julie Miller in his first US appearance for a purse. Well-regarded and 3/5 favorite Crazy Wow, a career winner over US$1.5 million, was a head-beaten second after leading from the quarter mark in his first 2017 start for a purse. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 22, 2017 - “Trotteurs” were back in harness racing action Saturday on the turf at Martinique Madinina (Hippodrome de Carrere Martinique) with the Prix de Caen (purse €5,000, 2600 meters distance handicap) going to 50 meter penalized Titan Pierji (10g Jardy-Kora Pierji) timed in 3:53 over the rain drenched turf course and in a pouring rainstorm. Titan Pierji now has won four of his five 2017 starts for owner/trainer/driver Lora Duplessis-Kergomard. The 25 meter handicapped Vlatou des Salines (8g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines) rallied for second reined by Jean Luc Langeron, also the trainer. Third home was Tyran du Vautour (10g Fan Quick-Katia des Vautour) driven by Jean Pierre Loury for trainer Abdon Rene Colas. In the Prix de Cabourg (purse €5,000, 2600 meters distance handicap) the winner placed by disqualification was Tosca du Logis (10f Islero de Bellouet-Maria du Logis) driven by Alexandre Faivre for owner/trainer Edmond Langeron. 25 meter Quamalox de Guex (13g Dahir de Prelong-Esyptia de Salomon) was placed second for driver/trainer/owner Benoit Magdeleine. Trotting action occurs monthly on a mixed trot/gallop program at the Hippodrome. Thomas H. Hicks

April 19, 2017 - 4.8/1 Barry Felin (6m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois) won today’s Quinte+ harness racing featured Prix de la Ville de Cordemais (purse €40,000, 2825 meters, 18 starters) timed in 1.13.7kr for reinsman Dwight Pieters. Gilles Delacour trains the wines that defeated 2/1 Bronnus Seven (6g Scipion du Goutier-Melie Dhaumoniere), owned/bred/trained/reined by Jean-Michel Bazire. 3.8/1 Baladin Hongrois (6g Bon Conseil-Relodie Hongrise) took third for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. At Paris-Vincennes yesterday was the Prix Henrietta (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters) that produced a dead-heat victory shared by 1.7/1 Dandy de Godrel (4m Timoko-Nigelle Witt) for trainer/owner/driver Bjorn Goop and 6.5/1 Davidson du Pont (4m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) with Franck Ouvrie driving for owner/trainer J-Y Rayon. Third went to 5/2 Driver Cadence (4m Saxo de Vandel-Rose Pourpre) driven by trainer Emmanuel Allard. Fourth was 10.9/1 Derby d’Auvrecy (4m Texas Charm-Meliana Bella) driven by Dominik Locqueneux and trainer M-J Ruault. Race timed was 1.14.5kr. Also at Vincennes was the Gr. III Prix Cornelia (monte, purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 10 European starters) that resulted in a 1.13.4kr resounding victory for 1.6/1 Alpha Saltor (7m Paris-Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) with jockey Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Daniel Bethouart trains the winner for P.G. David. 7/1 Valse de Reve (8f Mister President-Noubu Itouba) took second for Mlle. Camille Levesque and trainer/owner Alain Roussel. 16.1/1 Vrai Voyou (8g Gazouillis-Oranginette) was third for Adrian Lamy and owner/trainer P.E. Mary. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 19, 2017 - Bold Eagle leads a classy harness racing field of 11 in Saturday’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Prix de l’Atlantique at Enghien. The recent Triple Crown winner, first in 41 years, drew post one in the 2150 meters autostart affair for a purse of €200,000. The lineup follows:   Thomas H. Hicks

March 30, 2017 - Alinea won today’s Grand Prix de l’Hippodrome de Reims (purse €32,000, 2600 meters, 14 starters) at Reims, with Damien Bonne aboard. The 3/5 favorite is a six year-old gelded son of Baccarat du Pont-Pavive)  trained by Bonne for owner Christian Georges Labbe and timed in 1.13.8kr. 40/1 Tenor du Passage (10g Gazouillis) was second ahead of 84/1 Tino de Tortiere (10g Baccarat du Pont) reined by P-Y-Verva At Lyon la Soie this day the Prix des Colombus (purse €26,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) went to 6.3/1 Amiral de Carsi (7g Nuage de Lait-Heenlike de Carst) reined by trainer/owner J.P. Ensch. The 1.15.9kr timed impressive winner defeated 4.2/1 Berry Felin (6m Nahar de Beval) and 40.3/1 Ugo des Jacquots (9g Mood West) Thomas H. Hicks

March 22, 2017 - The 7/10 favorite Brissac (6m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Jannibelle) scored an easy and impressive harness racing victory in today’s Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse €45,000, 2625 meters, 17 European starters) at Agen le Passage, timed in 1.12.9kr for owner/trainer/driver Jean Alain Eliphe. 40.6/1 Univers Solaire (9g Lutin Malin-Intertaction) was second for Pierre Houel and third went to 7.1/1 Bon Copain (6m Love You-Haie) for Eric Raffin, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and J-Y Roze. 14/1 Victoria du Viaduc and Matthieu Abrivard and 20/1 Victoria de Marzy with Gabriel Gelormini up finished fourth and fifth in this contest. Thomas H. Hicks

March 11, 2017 - The pre-Criterium de Vitesse speed evening was Friday and included several one-mile harness racing tests at Cagnes-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean Sea. The first such contest was the Prix Sophia Metropole Mag (purse €32,000, 1609 meters autostart, 14 European starters). The 1.11.7kr (1:55.36) timed winner was I Love Paris (7f Steinlager-Marie Dulcinea) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop for owner Martin Gunnar Sem. This 9/10 favorite easily bested 57.5/1 Vertige de Vauvert (8g Memphis du Rib-Dolly de Vauvert) driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Henk Grift and Holland’s Patrick Davidson, the owner. This was 3.8/1 Reine du Zack (7f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Giulia Grif) for Edoardo Loccisano, trainer Marco Smorgan and Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS. The Prix de Pise (purse €25,000, 1609 meters autostart, 12 European starters) went to 1.12.9kr (1:57.26) timed and 2.2/1 favorite Sonia (6f Donato Hanover-Ele Code) driven this evening by Rene Legati for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Scuderia Indal SRL owns the winner, that defeated 6.7/1 Badiane du Pont (6f Baccarat du Pont-Ophelic la Garenne) in rein to Stephane Cingland. Third was 5/2 second choice Sirena d’Asolo (6f Conway Hall-Berta d’Asolo) for G.P. Minnucci, trainer Gaetano Giannelavigna and owner Mme. Caterina Citarella. Beatles (10g Love You-Shesellsseashells) took the speed evenings Prix de Naples (purse €16,000, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters) timed in 1.12kr (1:55.78 mile rate) at 5.1/1 for  driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and owner Etoile Sweden HB. 2.6/1 Tip Top Nelliere(10g Go Lucky-Novely Blue) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and 19/1 Udson de Rerz (9g And Arifant-Osima) held third for trainer/driver Yannick A. Briand. The mile distance contests continued with the Prix de Bologne (purse €25,000, distance 1609 meters autostart, 14 European starters) and the 1.11.7kr (1:55.34) timed winner was 7.5/1 Burano (6g Mon Premier Cehere-Nazoulene) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa and owner Leomy SARL. 40/1 Balou d’Angis (6g Hermes de Pericard-History Jet) was second for trainer/driver Romuald Mourice with 23.7/1 Sogno d’Amore (6m Broadway Hall-Do It Wise) third for driver Pietro Gubellini and trainer H.E. Bondo. Fourth was the 1.4/1 favorite Severno (6m Domma Tore d’Oro-Ujane du Basse) reined by G.P. Minnucci for trainer Gaetano Giannelavigna. The Prix de Modene (purse €8,000, 1609 meters autostart, 12 starters with amateur drivers) went to 3.8/1 Bleu Blanc Bleu (6g Jag de Bellouet-Georgia) with Mme. Viginie Baudier-Cormy aboard. Mikael Cormy trains the gelding for breeder/owner Michel Gallier. Time was 1.12.1kr (mile 1:55.97). 3/5 favorite Bonnie Star (6f Echo-Lenny des Beilles) was second for Mlle. Sophie Blanchetiere and trainer Yannick A. Briand. On March 11 at Bollnas (SWE) the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.1/1 odds On Track Piraten (9g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) reined by Johnny Takter. The 1.12.7kr clocked winner is trained by Hans R. Stromberg for Stall Monrovia and recorded his ninth consecutive victories after being fourth at Yonkers in their 2016 International. 18/1 Pochai (7m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Svante Bath. Third was 10.55/1 Claes Boko (8m Varenne-Salma Boko-Express Ride) driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Stig H. Johansson and owner Lekeryd Interior & Design AB. Thomas H. Hicks

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