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After battling the now age-retired Scarlet Turgot, the superb harness racing six year-olds Bellissima France (6f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) and Bilibili (6m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) battled to line in the Gr. II Prix du Calvados (purse €150,000, 2850 meters) at Vincennes. Both were away toward the end early with Bilibili outside of Bellissima, before Bilibil and Alexandre Abrivard (trainer L.Cl. Abrivard, owner Jean Pierre Barjon) zoomed to the front around the final bend and jetted off to what looked like an insurmountable lead. Bellissima France (driver Matthieu Abrivard, also trainer, owner LD-M Abrivard) escaped her position locked on the pylons and worked toward the top pack, then darted toward the inside and drove past Bilibili on the line. She was clocked in 1.13.6kr off rated fractions (1.14.5kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.14.1kr with 1000 remaining; 1.13.9kr at the 500) and raised her career earnings to €643,330. Bilibili now has earned €590,800.  Bellissima France was off at 1.3/1 and Bilibili at 2.6/1. 8/1 Attentionally (7f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was third for David Thomain and owner/trainer Paul Viel Bellissima France The undercard’s Prix Scarlet Turgot (Crack Series Six Year Olds) went to the 1.14.3kr timed Carabinieri (6m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess) reined by Johan Untersteiner for AB Ybena of SWE and trainer Peter Untersteiner, at 2.6/1 odds. Second was 8.9/1 Scellino Luis (6g Andover Hall-Susy Trio) with Matthieu Abrivard driving for trainer Daniel Reden and Lekeryd AB, also of SWE. King Sir Kir (6m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) landed third at 5.3/1 for J-M Bazire and Sweden’s Ecurie I.C. Equine AB. Italy’s Super Fez (6m Love You-Lucia FI) was fourth for Gabriel Gelormini ahead of Bel Auteur (6m Password-Possession) with Jean Philippe Dubois up. The Bigeon family stable shined toward program end. Costa Haufor (5f Saphir d’Haufor-Santa Haufor) took the Prix de Talence (purse €39,000, 2850 meters) at 7.4/1 for Charles Julien Bigeon at the lines for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. Cybele des Peria (5f Quaker Jet-Miss du Boisnant) took second for Franck Nivard ahead of Comete cdes Vaux (5f Singalo-Queen Marie Vaux) and Yoann Lebourgeois. A race later Ch. J and trainer Christian returned another winner in the Prix Salon de Provence (purse €58,000, 2100 meters autostart) with Aufor de Mire (7g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dix) clocked in 1.13.1kr. A.F. Bigeon owns this one. Auch (7g Niky-Migraine) at 4.4/1 was second for the same connections, Christian Bigeon as driver/trainer/owner. Both of these now have career earnings in excess of €215,000. Third was 21/1 After River (7f Quaker Jet-Ogusa de la Merite) driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastian Guarato. Thomas H. Hicks

January 8, 2017 - 17.1/1 Doberman (4m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) trained and reined by Franck Nivard, for owner Richard Cohen, won the €120,000, 2175 meters, Prix Crack Series 2016 for harness racing three-year-olds in a blanket finish. The winner now has €254,230 in career earnings. 5.3/1 Diego du Guelier (4m Kepler-Ophelie la Garenne) was a head back in second for Mathieu Mottier driving for owner/trainer Denise Mottier. Third was Draft Life (4f Ubriaco-Maflymede) at 6.6/1 for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Louis Baudron. The most favored Django Riff (4m Ready Cash) was fifth at 1.1/1 odds and Dollar Macker (4m Saxo de Vandel) ended fourth at 4.3/1, both of these trainer by Philippe Allaire. Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix-Cracks des Cracks 2016 for a purse of €88,000 over 2100 meters autostart. The impressive winner was 1.2/1 Call Me Keeper (7m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper), trained by Daniel Reden for Stall Zet, and reined by Pierre Vercruysse. Fractions were steady with the finish in 1.11.5kr (1.09.1kr at 1500 to go; 1.10.1kr at the 1000; 1.11.7kr with 500 remaining). The winning pair reached the front at the halfway point and easily handled this field to score for the 10th time, now with career earnings of €476,890. Arazi Boko (10g Varenne-Laura Kemp) at 5.1/1 was second for driver J-M Bazire and 9/1 Beau Gamin (6m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) landed third for Eric Raffin. Akido (7g Love You) and Orient Horse (9m Abano As) took the fourth and fifth spots. Thomas H. Hicks

The featured Gr. II Prix Leon Tacquet at Vincennes (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters) was won by 4/1 Canadien d’Am (5m Ready Cash-Kanadia) with Mathieu Mottier in the irons for harness racing trainer Franck Leblanc, timed in 1.12.3kr off even fractions (1.12kr with 1500 to go; 1.11.7kr at the 1000; 1.12.3kr with 500 remaining). Second was 10/1 Candela (5f First de Retz-Ofara) with Antoine Lherete up for breeder/owner/trainer Paul Viel. Third was 3.3/1 Celina Polka (5f Kool du Caux-La Canella) for Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. The monte Prix de Sully (purse €70,000, 2175 meters) went to 2.9/1 Alto du Lys (7g Magnificent Rodney-Hi Fi d’Eronville) timed in a quick 1.12.03kr (fractions 1.09.2kr at 1500 remaining ; 1.10.5kr at the 1000 ; 1.11.9kr with 500 to go). Clement Frecelle rode the winning J.L. Bigeon trainee. 2/1 Aqiitaned’Aron (7f Neutron du Cebe-Miss d’Iquaine) was second for Damien Bonne and the 8.5/1 Vamp Gede (8f Capriccio-Feerie Gede) was third for jockey Joann Lebourgeois. Dream Gold (4m Royal Dream-Simplicity) took the Prix de Gontaud (purse €37,000, 2700 meters) clocked in 1.15.7kr with a fast final 500. The 7/2 odds winner was teamed by Julien Dubois for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Dexter des Baux (4g Querido des Baux-Perle des Baux) rallied to besecond for trainer Franck Leblanc and reinsman Franck Nivard. 5.2/1 Defi Dream (4m Royal Dream-Quelea MIP) was third for Jean Michel Bazire. Un Nuage de Betton (9g New Aldo-Haloona de Betton) at 20.3/1 odds captured the Quinte+ Prix de Breteuil (purse €55,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters) at Vincennes. William Bigeon teamed the winner clocked in a sharp 1.12.1kr, a horse that is owned/trained and was bred by Jean Luc Bigeon. 11.1/1 Uhendo Rivelliere (9g Nil du Rib-Nana Montbrun) took second in a blanket finish for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard, and third was 2.4/1 Ufelo de Carentone (9g Kiwi-Maeva d’Harcouel) that Franck Nivard reined for J.G. Van Eeckhaute. 36/1 Thesee de Corbery was fourth and fifth was 21.4/1 Vivaldi d’Amboise. Baila Sport at 15.7/1 took the Prix de Maisons-Alfort (purse €66,000, 2850 meters, 14 European starters). The six year-old daughter of Jag de Bellouet-Koea Josselyn was teamed by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer Jacques Leloutre. 14.4/1 Easytowin (6f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) and trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar took second for owner Gerrits Recycling BV of Holland. 5.5/1 Barbue (6f Hernes du Bisson-Harengere) was third for driver/trainer/owner Karl Champenois. Pierre Levesque reined Blue Story to a fourth place finish. The winner was clocked in 1.15.2kr. The Prix de Chateaugiron (purse €39,000, 250 meters, 15 starters) went to 5/10 favorite Cash And Go (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) in rein to Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastian Guarato. This brother to Bold Eagle is owned by Pierre Pilarski and was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. 8.7/1 Crack de la Brosse (5g Hibiscus du Rib-Katia de la Brosse) rallied for second driven by trainer Matthieu Abrivard and 7.6/1 Chef Dairpet (5g Severino-Prunella du Pre) was third for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Race time was 1.15.2kr. Action also took place at Cagnes sur Mer this day and the Prix Ideal du Gazeau (purse €17,000, 2150 meters autostart) for three year-olds went to 1.16.9kr timed and 7.3/1 odds Elstar (3m Look de Star-Liste d’Atout). Trainer Marco Smorgon was at the lines for owner Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS. 7.8/1 Elite Darling (3f Sam Bourbon-Lets Go Darling) was second for owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Third was 19/1 Easy Going (3g Very Pleasant-Urkane JAB). At Romme SWE the day’s V75 action was led by the V75 Gold for 150,000SEK first money raced over 2640 meters autostart. The winner was veteran class-master On Track Piraten (9g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) at 1.02/1 for driver Johnny Takter and trainer Hans R. Stromberg. Timed in 1.14.2kr the “Pirate” now has a slate of 32-21-12 in 100 career starts for 13,649,710SEK earned. 8/1 Usain Henna (7m Super Light-Kassandra Kuron-Gidde Palema) was second fore Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Oskar Svanberg. Third was 46/1 Fly The World (7f Juliano Star-Nigh Mare E-Ride The Night) with Ulf Eriksson driving for trainer Bjorn Rocklinger. At Bologna Italy on January 6 was the Grand Premio Della Vittoria for €25,300 and raced over 2460 meters. The 1.15.6kr winner was veteran Oncle Photo VL (9g SJ’sPhoto-Balalaica SLM-Lemon Dra) for Fed. Esposito, his 29th career victory in 105 starts. Second was Rorimac Baba (7m Frisky Bieffe-Zucca di Casei-Lemon Dra) handled by Gior. d’Allessandro Jr. Third went to Thetis Moon (5f Idale Luis-Fairy Mabel-Crowning Classic) for driver Roberto Vecchione. Sunday action again showcases top trotting and family entertainment. Next weekend at Paris-Vincennes includes the fourth “B” Prix de Belgique, a Gr. II International event raced over 2850 meters for €120,000. The top three finishers earn a Prix d’Amerique invitation. On January 14-15 there are seven groupe level trots. Thomas H. Hicks

January 6, 2016 - Friday’s harness racing action was at Cagnes sur Mer headed by the Prix de la d’Argent (monte, purse €32,000, 2825 meters, 12 starters). The 1.14.7kr timed open-lengths winner was 5.2/1 Veritable Crack (8g Little Crack-Narvale Somolli) ridden by F. Desmigneaux for trainer Vincent Martens. Second was 2/1 Verdi de Carrelis (8g Nahar de Beval-Mine de Tillard) with R. leCreps up. Third was 38/1 Volnico la Vallee (8g Le Retoru-Nora du Cadran) handled by R. Thonnerieu. The Prix Jain de Beval (purse €26,000, 2925 meters, 15 starters) went to 6.8/1 odds, 1.16.4kr timed, Urion de Piervive (9g Chaillot-Nestoria Marceaux) reined by trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. Second was 2.7/1 Arthus Mijoro (7g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-KJoline Jamas) with Christophe Martens up for trainer Vincent Martens. 70.2/1 Voici de Lahaye (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Pearl du Boscail) was third for J.Ch. Feron, also the trainer. Cagnes sur Mer races trot and gallop during the spring season, often in conjunction with Paris-Vincennes, where the races of the two venues are off every 15 minutes on the simulcasting networks. Shortly after completion of the FR Triple Crown (Amerique, Paris and France) the spectacular Cagnes sur Mer hosts groupe international mile distance classic. Thomas H. Hicks

Two year-olds harness racing colts contested the Gr. II Prix Ourasi (purse €80,000, 2200 meters, 10 starters) Friday evening with 6.2/1 Eridan (2m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout-Coktail Jet) posting an impressive 1.15.7kr timed victory. David Thomain teamed the Sebastian Guarato trainee that is owned by Ph. Dewulf. The winner’s dam was a career winner of €179.541 with a 1.12.7kr record. The 4/5 favorite Everest Vedaquais was a dq. Finishing second was 17/1 Everest de Ginai (2m Love You-Nymphe de Ginai) handled by Gabriel Gelormini for trainer Philippe Allaire and Finland owner Reima Kuisla OY. Third was Eros du Chene (2m Un Amour d’Haufor-Oulanova) for Franck Nivard. The evening’s Quinte+ Prix Hilda (purse €46,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.15.7kr timed and 4.8/1 odds Aurore de Chloee (6f Islero de Bellouet-Loisiane de Nacre). Anthony Barrier piloted this winner for trainer Emmanuel Varin inn defeat of 85/1 Ariane du Nil (6f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Melby du Lin) with Maxime Bezier the trainer/driver. 4.9/1 Azela des Plaignes (6f Lilium Madrik-Ibiza des Plaignes) was third in a photo for trainer/driver Denis Brossard, also trainer. Secret Boy (8g Allison Hollow-Sugarcanes Riviera) took tonight’s Winter Cup at Wolvega (purse €6,960, 2100 meters autostart, 8 starters) timed in 1.15kr at 5/1 for Dion P. Tesselaar.  The 9/10 favorite Olympic Kronos (8g Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos) was second for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Third was 29/1 Radamante (6g Ganymede-Tenderembrace) Thomas H. Hicks  

December 1, 2016 - 1.2/1 favorite Daida de Vandel (3f Real de Lou-Gallia de Vandel) held off two others to secure victory in the harness racing Gr. III monte Prix Urgent (purse €90,000, 2700 meters, 8 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Alexandre Abrivard reined the winner for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Ch. Germain. 23/1 Dino de Jilme (3g Orsy Dream-Une du Maine) was a close second for P.Y. Verva and 9/1 Dragon d’Avril (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Sirene d’Avril) landed third for jockey Adrien s’Avril and owner/trainer Sebastian Houyrey. The winner was clocked in 1.16.5kr off even fractions. The Gr. II monte Prix Paul Buquet (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) for upper class trotters went to 7.7/1` Veloce du Banney (7g Quaro-Java du Banney) and jockey Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Ecurie du Grand Buisson. 2.9/1 Nene’Degli Dei (9g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) from Italy was a close second for Alexandre Abrivard, and trainer Vincent Lacroix. 12/1 Texas de l’Iton (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iliadra de l’Iton) took third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Hughes Levesque, ahead of 4/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) with Eric Raffin up for trainer J-M Bazire. 1.9/1 The Tiger (9g Nelson de Vandel-Notre Dame Bourbon) was fifth for Damien Bonne and owner/trainer Benjamin Goetz. Time for the winner was 1.14.5kr. Veloce du BanneyThe Prix d’Angles (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters) went to 51/1 Douceur de Vivre (3f Rocklyn-Resless) that rallied between rivals to win for breeder/driver Jean-Philippe Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 5.4/1 Diamond Crown (3f Repeat Love-Ma Crown) was second for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastian Guarato, owner Lady O’Reilly and breeder Ecurie D. 6.1/1 Doria Desbois (3f In Love With You-Ivaniez) was third Action returns to Vincennes tomorrow with the Gr. III Prix Ourasi for two year olds. Everest Vedaquais is the likely favorite. On Saturday three groupe events highlight the program along with the eighth edition of the Prix des Rencontres Internationale. Sunday’s program include five groupe contests headed by the €150,000 purse Grand National du Trot Finale. Swedishman, Val Royale and Ultimate du Rib are in the Gr. II field that will battle over 2850 meters. Thomas H. Hicks    

November 20, 2016 - Venkatesh (7m Varenne-Honey Face) stormed home in the four wide path to win the harness racing Prix de Cosse Le Vivien (purse €75,000, 2100 meters, 15 European starters) at Vincennes. The Lutfi Kolgjini trainee was driven by Pierre Vercruysse for Sweden’s Stall Venkatesh. The 21.1/1 odds winner was timed in 1.11.8kr off quick fractions (1.07.6kr at 1500 to go, 1.10.9 at the 1000; 1.12kr at 500 remaining. Even-money favorite Reckless (6m Ready Cash-Haver) held for second the photo finish with Bjorn Goop aboard, also trainer/owner. Ulexa des Plans (8f Jag de Bellouet-Lola Dessuti) was third for pilot Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Philippe Deaugeard. Thomas H. Hicks

November 20, 2016 - Harness racing favorite Cash Gamble (5m Ready Cash-No Way Back) rallied from close to the pace to secure victory in the Prix de Bossy Saint Leger (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) at Vincennes. Timed in 1.11.6kr off quick fractions (1.06.7kr at 1500 meters remaining, 1.10.1kr at the 1000 ; 1.12.5kr at 500), the Fabrice Souloy trainee is owned by Norway’s Stall TJ Gamble. 2.3/1 Carat Williams (4m Prodigious-Miss Williams) was second for David Thomain, driving for trainer Sebastian Guarato, and 146/1 Cliff du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) was third for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger. Thomas H. Hicks    

November 15, 2016 - Tuesday’s Grand Prix Dynavera Maisagri (purse €40,000, 2550 meters, 12 European starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne went to 2/5 favorite Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance Of Joy) timed in 1.14.7kr. Harness racing driver Bjorn Goop teamed Buzz Mearas for owner Pierre Pilarski and trainer Vincent Lacroix. 7.8/1 Victoria du Viaduc (7f Canada-Luna du Viaduc) was second for J.A. Eliphe, ahead of 74/1 Uricano (8g Esotico Star-Kaline de Nuit) for trainer/driver J.P. Lecourt. At Reims was the Grand Prix de Reims (purse €32,000, 2550 meters, 16 starters)  and 1.4/1 Tiger Feat (9g Niky-Milady d’Heripre) was victorious clocked in 1.16.56kr for Franck Nivard. 3.1/1 Violet (7m Love You-La Rouge) with Pierre Vercruysse aboard for owner J.G.H. De Jong. Ecurie D bred this one. 4/1 Vemax (7g Nice Love-LaFolly d’Ar) was third for trainer/driver Romain Derieux. On the evening program at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix Laetitia (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) and 2.8/1 Cathy A Quira (4f Password-Quira des Jacquets) scored in 1.14.6kr. Gabriel Gelormini was the pilot of the Jorma Niskanen trainee that Etienne Desmet owns. 19/1 Calencia (4f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was next for Eric Raffin, ahead of 6/1 Class de Loriol (4f Ready Cash-Oraqeuse de Maryon) with Anthony Barrier at the lines. Citizen Kane (4g Orlando Vici-Queen Of Viking) with Thomas Levesque driving, won the Prix Mebsuta (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) clocked in 1.14.9kr for owner/breeder Pierre Levesque. Thomas Levesque is the trainer. 5.8/1 Clarck Sotho (4g Oiseau de Feux-Mocanda) was second for Anthony Barrier with third to 35/1 Curly Light (4m Redlight Jet-Orphea de Mouci) and pilot J.Ph. Monclin. Two year-olds contested the Prix Gyptis (purse €42,000, 2200 meters, 10 starters) at Vincennes, with victory to 27/1 Elite du Ruel (2f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) for trainer/driver Franck Anne. The 1.16.7kr clocked winner bested 2.9/1 Ere Nouvelle (2f Love You-Kidea) that Gabriel Gelormini teamed to best third finishing 32/1 Ecume des Louanges (2f Gazouillis-Jolie Lily) with Franck Ouvrie up. On November 14 action at LeCroise Laroche featured the Grand Prix du Nord des 4 Ans (purse €40,000, 2800 meters, 11 starters). 58/1 Caline de Chahains (4f Rolling d’Heripre-Nuit de Plainville) was victorious timed in 1.15.7kr, defeating 2..1/1 Cobra Bleu (4m Fortuna Fant-Nuit Irisee), the favorite, with trainer Pierre Vercruysse driving for breeder/owner Nathalie Chapdelaine. 5.1/1 Choicolat du Bourg (4m Nahar de Beval-Malouvia) was third for J.G. Van Eeckhaute aboard. And in Spain At Son Pardo (Spain) was the Criterium 2 Year-Olds Spain (purse €15,000, 1650 meters autostart, 14 starters). 2.6/1 Es Gonyador de Fon (2m SJ’s Photo-Dalia de Kit) scored in 1.18.1kr for J.A. Riera.Cuadras Morro bred and trains the winner. 4.9/1 Espiga des Liorer (2f JackThe Ripper-Ohlala Tirety) took second and 15/1 Enigma de Ladil (2f Petit Poucet-Tota de Ladil) landed third. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 14, 2016 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix du Languedoc (purse €95,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.12.6kr timed ands 5.3/1 odds Valko Jenilat (7m Kepler-Perle du Roc) with Eric Raffin driving for Ecurie G&F Raffre and harness racing trainer Sebastien Guarato. 4/1 Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) took second for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy with 35/1 Alienor de Godrel (6f Orlando Vici-Julietta) third for trainer Franck Anne and driver David Thomain. 5.7/1 Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel) was fourth. The Quinte+ exact order ticket paid €5,066 for a €2 wager. The featured monte Gr. II Prix Louis Tillaye (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) this day went to 1.14.9kr timed and 5.6/1 odds Dhikti Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanque) with Anthony Barrier in the irons. Philippe Allaire is owner/trainer of the colt bred by Jean-Pierre Guay. The 1/5 favorite Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was second for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois and owner Olivier Henri Thomas. Allaire also trains Dollar Macker. Third was 13.2/1 Dragon d’Avril (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Sirene d’avril) for Antoine Lamy and trainer/owner Sebastien Houyuet. Race fractions were modest (1.16.3kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.8kr at the 1000; 1.15.3kr with 500 meters remaining). The sire Thorens Vedaquais 1:56.2 (US$729,796) is by Cygnus d’Odyssee, a son of Workaholic, and the dam is Muntanyetai  by Cezio Josselyn (by Armbro Goal) from a Florestan mare. Thomas H. Hicks

November 13, 2016 - The harness racing favorite 1/5 odds Bugsy Malone scored a narrow victory in today’s €40,000 purse Prix Paul Buquet at Argentan. The winner covered the 2875 meter course timed in 1.15,2kr for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Bugsy is a five year-old gelded son of Ready Cash-Night Captain. 85/1 Tessy du Moulin (9f Dahir de Prelong-Lune des Genets) held second for Yann Lorin and owner/trainer J.M. Lorin. 10/1 Swedishman (10g Gogoi-Volgana) rallied for third with trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin and owner/breeder Gaylor Chaudemanche. 13/1 Paparazzi (7g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Cette Trav HB. Sierra Leone was fifth. Yesterday action in Sweden was at Bergsaker with the V75 Gold Hilda Zonnetts (150,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) going to 1.12kr timed Knows Nothing (7m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image). Ulf Ohlsson teamed the Reijo Liljendahl trainee that Ravitalliu Laakkonen owns. The winner now has career earnings of 6,258,156SEK and 19 wins in 59 starts. Vasterbo Loveboat (6g Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath. Increased Workload (7m Scarlet Knight-My Darlingf-Mr. Vic) landed third for Jan Norberg and trainer Robert Bergh. Magic Tonight and Montdore were fourth and fifth. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 2.6/1 Raz Mackenzie (8g Love You-Good Looking-Lindy’s Crown) for owner/trainer/driver Roger Nilsson. Timed in 1.13.6kr, this 22 time winner in 62 starts now has earnings of 1,293,602SEK. Beppe Am (5g Enjoy Lavec-Via di Jesolo-Super Bowl) took second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann with Order By Keeper (6g Credit Winner-Fabulous Kemp-Yankee Glide) third for Ulf Eriksson, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Thomas H. Hicks

November 11, 2016 - Agoura du Goutier (6f Jardy-Olympe Pierji) at 11.5/1 odds took this evenings Prix Gemma (purse€46,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) with harness racing driver Franck Nivard up. The winner increased his career earnings to €155,710. 3.4/1 Anais d’Olaine (6f Gogo-Melodie d’Olaine) was second and third was 17.5/1 Alite de la Cote (6f Quaker Jet-Kelite Jet) with David Thomain driving. Race time was 1.14.6kr. The featured Prix Titan (monte, purse €50,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.14.6kr clocked and 6.1/1 Carlo de Carsi (4g Ismael du Pont-Orence de Carsi) with Francois Legadeuc in the irons for trainer/owner Jean Michael Baudouin. 5.5/1 Cocktail Winner (4m Magnificent Rodney-Pipinela) took second for Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer L.Cl.Abrivard. Third went to 8.9/1 Cook Star (4m Look de Star-Originalite) reined by Eric Raffic for breeder/trainer Sebastian Guarato. On the weekend action moves to Wolvega for the Prix des Geants Pays Bays (purse €61,600, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) that has attracted a solid field that includes Solea Rivelliere, BBS Sugarlight, Ustinof du Vivier, Rocky Winner, Booster Winner, Rod Stewart, Coldtown and Diamond. Thomas H. Hicks

November 10, 2016 - Today’s top flight harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes began with the Q+ Prix de Cognac (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 44.4/1 And de Saint-Prest (6g Othello Pierji-Queen Madone) was victorious timed in 1.14.2kr for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Erik Lepine. 3/1 Arturo Boy (6m Le Retour-Guyane) was second for driver/trainer/owner/breeder Yves Dreux. Second in a dead heat was 25/1 Asis Bot Eur Moel (6g Pagalor-Lora du Niel for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. Azura d’Eva was fourth at 2.2/1 (the favorite) and fifth was 191/1 Utelo de Garentone. The day’s co-feature was the Gr. II Prix Olry-Roederer (monte, purse €120,000, 2100 meters, nine starters). Even-money favorite Canadien d’Em (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia) scored for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Edin. The winner held off charging 27/1 Talisker Horse (4f Pine Chip-Ira Horse) with Camille Levesque up for trainer Thomas Levesque. Third was 5/1 Celina Polka (4f Kool de Caux-La Canella) for Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. Thomas H. Hicks

November 9, 2016 - 104/1 longshot Toutman (9g First Way-Manon de la Forte) took today’s Prix du Comite Regional du Trot (purse €32,000, 2650 meters, 14 starters) at Pont de Vivaux for driver J.Ch. Sorel and trainer/owner Sylvan Roubaud. Timed in 1.16.3kr the winner defeated 6.5/1 Une Serenade (8f Gazoulillis-Moonlight Serenade) and third finishing 8.7/1 Varus des Bocage (7m Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage) Tomorrow at Paris-Vincennes two Gr. II events are on the program, the first being the monte Prix Orly-Roederer (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, nine four year-olds). The fifth race is the Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent (purse €120,000, 2100 meters, nine starters) and the favorite from post seven is Bold Eagle (Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) with Franck Nivard and trainer Sebastian Guarato. He will race without shoes in front. The field follows, that includes three Philippe Allaire and Guarato trainees: Bolero Love, Gabriel Gelormini, Guarato Tony Gio, Christophe Martens, V. Martens Traders, David Thomain, Allaire Tessy d’Ete, Yann Lorin, Souloy Charly du Noyer, Yoann Lebourgeois, Allaire Brillantissime, Philippe Vercruysse, Allaire Bold Eagle, Nivard, Guarato Breidabliks Nubbe, Conrad Lugauer, Lugauer Baltic Charm, Eris Raffin, Guarato Thomas H. Hicks  

November 7, 2016 - Today’s rain and fog did not deter impressive victories by Douce Rebelle, the grand-dame of monte trots Scarlet Turgot and Dijon. The race summaries follow for these superb harness racing events. Today’s Gr. II Prix Reine du Corta (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 12 three year old fillies) at Paris-Vincennes went to 3.6/1 Douce Rebelle (3f Sam Bourbon-Rebelle) clocked in 1.14.8kr. Legendary owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois teamed this Yves Boireau trainee that was bred in Italy at Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. Douce Rebelle now has eight wins in 18 starts for earnings of €225,900. 6.2/1 Delia du Pommereux (3f Niky-Noure du Pommereux) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Sylvain Roger. Heavily favored at 9/10 odds was third finishing Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) that Gabriel Gelormini teamed for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Fourth was 32/1 Don’t Explain (3f Prodigious-Quarmen du Qite) for breeder/owner/trainer Allaire ans driver Matthieu Abrivard. The Prix de Lesparre (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) contested this day in rain and fog went to the 0.5/1 favorite Carat Williams (4m Prodigious-Miss Williams) clocked in 1.14kr for David Thomain and trainer Sebastian Guarato, racing barefoot. 40//1 Currency (4f Orlando Vici-Precious Of Fee) was next for driver Franck Nivard and trainer Souloy with third to 13/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (5m Magnificent Rodney-Nymphe du Dollar) took third for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger. The grande monte mare Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) at 9/10 odds took the Gr. II Prix Reynolds (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 monte starters) timed in 1.12.6kr (mile rate 1:56.81) with a front-end score for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Y-A Briand and owner Mme. Th. Hoste. Christian Hoste bred the 22 time career winner from 90 starts, now for earnings of €1,376,250. 8/1 Tornade de Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Halana du Torme) was second for Eric Raffin and 44/1 Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Noir-Madone On Wood) finished third for Leo Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 3.3/1 Attentionally was fourth for jockey David Thomain. The Quinte+ Prix d’Arcachon (purse €82,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to 4.2/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) for driver Eric Raffin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Pirat of Sweden. The winner was timed in 1.12.5kr. Two stablemates were second and third. 12.2/1 Up The Green (8m Espeyrac Sun-Nemerine) was second for Franck Nivard and owner Jean Louis Colombier and third was 27.4/1 Nuage en Ciel (9m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle) with Pippo Gubellini driving for owner Scuderia Fast Horse Srl of Italy. The Gr. II Prix Abel Bassigay (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, seven three year old colts) went to 1.14.1kr timed and 6.7/1 odds Dijon (3m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner Mme. Mauricette De Sousa). Heavily favored 1/10 odds Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) went down to defeat with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire. 23.2/1 Diablo du Noyer (3m Jasmin de Flore-Une Et Indivisible) rallied for third with trainer William Bigeon driving. Thomas H. Hicks    

November 4, 2016 - Tonight’s Quinte+ Prix de la Ligue Nationale (purse €46,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed and 6.6/1 Atout de Kacy (6g Orlando Vici-Pretty des Charms) with harness racing trainer Aymeric Thomas driving. This pair defeated 14.6/1 Afghan Barbes (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nuance Barbes) teamed by David Thomain and trainer Christian Bigeon. The 11.8/1 Alf de Melandre (6g Panache de l’Iton-Luciole de Bisoir) with J.Ph. Monclin aboard. The Pick5 at Le Croise LaRoche was the Grand Prix du Nord des 5 Ans and 15.4/1 Best du Hauty (5g Roc Meslois-Nadreria) took victory timed in 1.14.5kr for owner/trainer/driver Olivier Bizoux. 21.3/1 Baute en Train (5g Love You-Nanyitiere) for driver/trainer P.Y. Verva. 2.3/1 Black d’Avril (5m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) landed third. Sunday at Milano, La Maura is superb racing led by the Gr. I Gran Premio Della Nazione. Lineup follows. The card also includes the Coppa de Milano with three eliminations (each over 1650 meters for a €13,200 purse) and the €55,000 final at end of program. A fine group of upper level trotters will participate including Sky Dancer, Rossella Ross, Rania Lest, Sundance Bi, Newyork Newyork and Louvre. 8 15.45 - PR. GRAN PREMIO DELLE NAZIONI - gruppo 1 E 308.000 - mt 2250   1 SEATTLE BI 2250 A.Gocciadoro           2 PAPALLA " M.Barbini           3 TRUMAN DAIRPET-F- " N.Ensch           4 TROJA D'ASOLO " Rene' Legati           5 RINGOSTARR TREB " R.Vecchione           6 RADIOFRECCIA FI " E.Bellei           7 TESORO DEGLI DEI " V.P.Dell'Annunziata           8 SHARON GAR " G.Di Nardo           9 TIMOKO " B.Goop           10 TIMONE EK " J.Verbeeck           11 PASCIA' LEST " P.Gubellini           12 PRINCESS GRIF " R.Andreghetti             Thomas H. Hicks    

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