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Pierre Levesque teamed Thomas Levesque trainee Action Partage (6f Opium-Loumana Flor) to victory in the Q+ Prix de Mortain (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) at 2.6/1 odds. Daniele Gozlan owns the winner. 2.4/1 Arlington Dream (6g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederik Sauque. 23/1 Uppy de Vie (8g Indy de Vive-Jesira de Mormal) was third for trainer/driver P-Y Verva. Two year-olds (seven starters) battled in the €33,000 purse Prix des Bruyeres over 2175 meters with the victory to 1.15.4kr timed and 2.1/1 odds Eridan (2m Ready Cash-Tapaze d’Atout) with Eric Raffin up. Sebastian Guarato trains for Philippe Dewulf. 10.5/1 Eliseo (2m Timoko-Solaria) was a solid second for Frederic Prat, breeder/owner/trainer/driver. Third was 3.1/1 Esprit Delo (2m Royal Dream-Fressy Star) with David Thomain driving for trainer Philippe Allaire. The monte Prix de Puteaux (purse €70,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to 4/5 odds favorite Ulka des Champs (8f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) timed in 1.13.1kr and ridden by Eric Raffin. 26/1 The Tiger was second for Damien Bonne. In the remaining program the Prix de Chartres (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to 2/1 favorite Dream Valley (3f Royal Dream-Mysterious Valley) reined by breeder Jean-Philippe Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The winner was clocked in 1.17.2kr. 7.7/1 Carlotta (4f Ready Cash-Providence) produced a double for driver Pierre Levesque in the Prix d’Aurillac (purse €42,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters), timed in 1.15.3kr. Thomas Levesque also trains this one, for Ecurie JR. 6.7/1 odds Comedy Jet (4f Jag de Bellouet-Mazarina) was a good second for trainer Luc Roelens, Stall Markhove and driver Pierre Vercruysse. Thomas H. Hicks

Zongulak (7g Love You-Heartenings Crown) with harness racing driver Christophe Martens up took today’s Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri at Beaumont de Lomagne. The winner was timed in 1.15.1kr in this event with a purse of €25,000, over 2550 meters with 12 European starters. Vincent Martens trains this one that defeated 9.1/1 Un Roi d’Atout (8g Ganymede-Guinilla) with Damien Bonne up and 23/1 Titan du Lieuvin (9g Gogo-Milady de Paris) with Cedric Terry at the lines. At Carentan the turf specialists were in action in the Prix de Pommeay Busney (purse €32,000m 2850 meters, 16 starters) and 3.1/1 Agathe des Ruettes (6f Hulk des Champs-Mutine des Ruettes) scored for owner/trainer/driver Jean Francois Popot. 14/1 Urkan des Landers (8g Echo-Neva Star) took second ahead of 7/1 Alplove du Rib (6f Opium-Rockeuse du Rib) and teamster J,L,Cl, Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Winning time was 1.19.4kr over the grass course by the shoeless winner. On Saturday at Cagnes sur Mer the Prix Bilto (purse €56,000, 2925 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.15.8kr clocked and 2/5 favorite Dijon (3m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) with trainer Romain Derieux aboard. 18.9/1 Davina du Capre (3f Magnificent Rodney-Quelria du Capre) took second for David Bekaert and 16.5/1 Dauphin du Lot (3m Laetenter Diem-Qualite du Poche) took third for Christophe Martens. Thomas H. Hicks  

Bugsy Malone (5g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took a front-end journey toward a seven length harness racing victory in today’s Gr. III Prix de Provence (purse €85,000, 2700 meters voltstart, seven starters). The Philippe Allaire trained and owned speedster was reined by Yoann Lebourgeois to the 1.11.9kr score. Christian Simon bred the winner that was the 0.5/1 favorite. 19/1 A Nous Trous (6m Orlando Vici-Quallas) took second for Eric Raffin with 3.6/1 Specialess (5m Ganymede-Enna Dra) home third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and Italy’s Ecurie Nevi. The fractions were steadily swift (1.11.1kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.10.2kr at the 1000; 1.11kr at 500 remaining). Thomas H. Hicks

The Gr. II Grand Prix du Department 06 at Cagnes sur Mer (purse €180,000, 1609 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to noted harness racing sprinter and 1/5 favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) with Jean-Michel Bazire up. Fabrice Souloy trains the Ecurie d’Heripre campaigner that was bred by Mlle Eugenie Quintin. He was timed in 1.09.8kr (mile rate 1:52.31) and recorded his 26th victory in 50 starts, now for €1,713,332 earned. Racing barefoot, Un Mec d’Heripre defeated another shoeless trotter, Pascia’Lest that Pippo Gubellini teamed for trainer Souloy and owner Samuel Querci of Italy as a 15/1 outsider. 13/1 Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa), also barefoot, was third for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. 46/1 Princess Grif (7f Varenne-Fauve Grif) was fourth for Bjorn Goop, trainer Souloy and Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi with fifth to 11.2/1 Olmo Holz (8m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) and Christophe Martens. The Vitesse Trot (high-speed "TGV") at the mile distance had three venues this year, at Argentan, LaCapelle and Cagnes-sur-Mer. Organizers offered a bonus of €30,000 to the owner of the horse having trotted, during one of the stages of the TGV timed in 1.08.8kr or less, breaking the European record achieved on August 27, 2011 at Cagnes-sur-Mer by Commander Crowe (1.08.9kr). The winning trotter must, however, win one of the other events of the TGV. If the record of Commander Crowe is not broken (and it was not today), the premium was still offered to the owner of the horse who won two of the three tests of high speed trotting timed in 1.10.5kr or less.   Un Mec d’Heripre having won the opening stage, in lower Normandy, in the reduction of 1.10r, took the jackpot by winning in 1.10.5kr or less. The Fabrice Souloy trainee, with Jean-Michel Bazire in his sulky (with whom he fit well: nine wins and more than 85% top three finishes) did not disappoint and performed this day to form (last courses on the mile at Solvalla, Enghien and Mikkeli) in a sharp 1.09.8kr. On the sprinter oriented Cagnes sur Mer program the Prix de la Capelle (purse €30,000, 1609 meters autostart, nine European starters) went to 1.11.6kr timed (1:55.20 mile rate), 3/5 favorite Beverly Boulevard (7f Quite Easy-Long Beach) with Bjorn Goop up. Fabrice Souloy trains the winner that is owned by Mme. Camilla Vikstrom of Sweden. 2.7/1 Princess Kronos (7f Donato Hanover-Malibu Princess) took second for Christophe Martens. The Prix de Jagersro at CSM (purse €56,000, 2925 meters, 11 starters) went to 1.8/1 favorite Colonel Bond (4g Revel d’Anama-Miss Margharetha) timed in 1.13.9kr and handled by Pierre Vercruysse. J.P. Ensch trains the winner. 3.7/1 Creature Castelets (4f Pomerol de Laumac-Tragical Song) was second with J.Ch. Feron driving for trainer Nicolas Ensch and 64/1 Cavino (4g Severino-Ma Vive) was third. Orleans Font (8m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SM) won the Prix d’Argentan (purse €30,000, 1609 meters autostart, 10 European starters) clocked in a swift 1.11.6kr. Christophe Martens teamed the Vincent Martens trainee for owner Ecurie Domaine du Parc, that was off at 10.7/1 odds. The Prix d’Amiral Mauzun (purse €56,000, 2925 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.13.1kr timed and 1.6/1 odds Ambassadeur d’Em (6g Orlando Vici-Halatte) with Christophe Martens up. Vincent Martens trains the Ecurie du Domaine du Parc performer. 8.1/1 Antoine du Bourg (6g Oyonnax-Pin Up du Bourg) was second, six lengths in arrears, with 21/1 Atout du Cerre (6g Oakwood du Closet-Haquikmie) home third, this one owned by Franck Anne. Today, Mons Ghlin’s featured Prix Darby 4 Ans Belgique (purse €6,600, 2300 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 1.3/1 Iron Vivant (4g Smoldering Pine-Ironie) with Rik Ebbinge driving. J.W.M. Engwerda trains this Jan Rits owned performer. 5.2/1 Imuscle Vrijthout (4m Muscle Mass-Winjet Vrijthout) rallied for second with Jo Corbanie up for owner/trainer Mlle. An-Sofie Bruyneel. Third was 2.4/1 Inlove Vrijthout (4g Love You-Penny Jet) for driver Nico Dhaenens and trainer/owner Rudy Smets. Also, today at Divonne le Bains, the Grand Prix du Trotting (purse €32,000, 2675 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 1.2/1 favorite Une Serenade (8f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) with Serge Peltier aboard. 5/1 Upsalin des Baults was second ahead of 17/1 Vencedor. Thomas H. Hicks

On August 20 at Cagnes sur Mer the Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse €75,000, 2925 meters, 11 European starters) went to the barefoot 7/10 harness racing favorite Baby Lou Max (5g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) for Nicolas Mortagne and trainer Philippe Mortagne. 8/1 Varus du Bocage (7, Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage) was second ahead of 4.7/1 Slow duBeauvoisin (10g Jain de Beval-Gina du Beauvoisin). The winner was timed in 1.14.1kr. August 20 at Graignes included the Prix de Saint-Hilaire-Petitville (purse €25,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) with the 1.16.6kr clocked win to 13.6/1 Calicot du Vivier (4g Repeat Love-Kalika du Vivier) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois driving. Yves Boireau trains the wined bred by Jean Yves Lucuyer. 14/1 Cow Boy Senoville (4g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Rive Magic) took second and 15/1 Caucasien (4g Rocklyn-Nuce de Plantine( ended third. That day at Les Sables d’Olonne was the Prix de Talmont Saint Hilaire (purse €25,000, 2650 meters autostart, nine European starters). The 1.14.9kr timed win went to 1.3/1 favorite Anua (6g Coktail Jet-Nuit de Reve) racing shoeless for Eric Raffin. Ecurie Serge Bernereua is owner/breeder. 5.5/1 Speed Delicious (6m Fast Photo-Ala Delicious) was second for Yann Lorin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Mattias Ludvigsson of Sweden. 4.6/1 Aprion took third. Craon turf trotting on Sunday August 21st included the Prix Ianthin (purse €28,000, 2775 meters, 15 turf trotters) with the 1.22.5kr timed victory to 22/1 Ugophenio (8g Quadrophenio-Kia du Fossey) for trainer/driver Denis Bethouart for owner Ecurie P.G. David. 7/10 favorite Arthuro Boy (6m Le Retour-Guyane) was second for owner/breeder/trainer/driver Yves Dreux. Third went to 38/1 Veleury Derro (7g Kesaco Phedo-Jestine Derro) for the Leblanc team. Thomas H. Hicks

Friday’s Q+ Prix Bruno Coquatrix (purse €45,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) at Cabourg went to 11.2/1 Vasco de Viette (7g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) with harness racing driver Vincent Seguin up, his first Quinte+ victory. 8.1/1 Vramdao (7m Quido du Goutier-Kiss Me Coulonces) was second for Tony LeBeller, trainer Arnold J. Mollema and breeder/owner Pail Van Klaveren. The dam of Vramdao also produced international star Timoko, Umako and 10 money winners from 11 foals. She is a daughter of And Arifant-Allez Coulonces-Lutin d’Isigny. Second dam Vanina B was winner of the Prix de France and second in the Prix d’Amerique. Third today was 148/1 Viking du Pommeau (7g Biesolo-Actrice du Pommeau). The winner was clocked in 1.13.7kr for the open lengths score. Two year-olds contested the Prix des Souris (purse €13,099, 2050 meters autostart, eight participants) with victory to 1.17.9kr timed Evert de Ginai (2m Love You-Nymphe de Ginai). Off at 1,2/1 odds this Philippe Allaire trainee is owned by Ecurie Reimo Kursla OY. Second was 2.1/1 Eridan (2m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout), a Sebastian Guarato trainee for Philippe Dewulf and driven this day by Ch. Lefarx, finishing ahead of 10.6/1 Easy Turgot (2m Orlando Vici-Tamise Turgot) with trainer Sylvain Roger up. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Enghien feature was the monte Prix de la Pace de Valoius (total purse €50,000, 2875 meters, 11 starters). The 2.8/1 Corona Gede (4f Insert Gede-Exqoise Gede) took the 1.16.4kr victory with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for trainer Tony LeBeller. Nicolas Ensch owns the winner that now posts four wins in ten starts for over €67,000 earned in a brief career. 21/1 Crack de Pebrisy was second for Clement Frecelle and Callisto Marjack ended third at 9/1. Friday at Bollnas SWE the Lindy Farms US-bred Delicious (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) returned to the races and was victorious at 1.1/1 in the John Deeres Pokal for 75,000SEK to the winner. She was driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet, timed in 1.12.3kr to defeat veteran Reven d’Amour (11m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Fredrick B. Larsson. Poochai (6m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride) was third for Jimmy H. Andersson in the five horse field. Delicious won for second time in 2016 in this her second start. She last raced April 21st after a 2015 year in which she was 6-1-0 in just nine appearances.  The most recent victory was Delicious’ sixth straight albeit during the streak she was scratched three times. Her career slate is 21-9-7 in 46 starts for 5,776,572SEK earned. For trotting fans that missed Saturday’s Aby Stora Pris, won by Un Mec d’Heripre, and today’s Grand Prix de Wallonie in Belgium, won by Amiral Sacha, below are the video replay links. Also below is the Ahlsell Legends race at Aby won by Eder Bob and Canada’s Per Henriksen. Aby Stora Pris Finale-Un Mec d’Heripre 8-13-16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZuWGsZHGlk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgpYxaNZSfc Aby Stora Prix Heat 2-Un Mec d’Heripre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QknptuqwCV0 Aby Stora Pris Heat 1-Propulsion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLoeKvr6rAs Grand Prix de Wallonie –Amiral Sacha 8-14-16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGXd490aVkM Eder Bob with Per Henriksen – The Ahlsell Legends at Aby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnSfAUnbUQk Thomas H. Hicks

The August 9th harness racing feature at Cabourg was the Prix des Hetres (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, ten starters) and 2.3/1 Bugsy Malone (5g Ready Cash-Night Captain) scored, clocked in 1.13.3kr. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Philippe Allaire owned and trainer performer, now with 11 career wins in 19 starts for earnings of €303,460. The 1.4/1 favorite Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash-Belisha) was second for teamster J-Ph Monclin and trainer Allaire. Elisabeth Allaire owns Bird Parker. 11/1 Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) was third, handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire and 14/1 Bille de Montfort was fourth with David Thomain aboard. The same day at Baden-Vienne (Austria) was the Prix Vincent Gerard for €7,000 over 2100 meters autostart. Ten starters competed with the 1.15.7kr victory to 20/1 Global Player (9g Ditka Hanover-Gravitat) with Erich Kubes driving. 10/1 Abasi (6f Love You-Abani W) rallied for second with Mme. Cornelia Mayr up for trainer Gerhard Mayer, who landed third driving 0.5/1 favorite Vrai Lord (7m Meaulnes du Corta-Orelady), one he trains for Stall Antonshof. Thomas H. Hicks

Sweden’s Calvin Borel (6m Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Foran) with harness racing owner/trainer Conrad Lugauer driving took today’s Quinte+ Prix du Conseil Departmental (purse €38,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) at Cabourg. Racing barefoot the rallying winner was off at 2/1 and was timed in 1.14.9kr. 18/1 A Nice Boy (6g Niky-Pretty Perle) held on for second, driven by David Thomain, and third was Finland’s 32/1 Big Headache (6g EL Mikko-Southwind Roselle) with trainer Philippe Daugeard up. The Q+ jackpot this day was €3,150,000 and the exact order payout was €48,430. The Pornichet featured Grand Prix de la Ville de Pornichet (purse €34,000, 2725 meters, 18 European starters) went to Italy’s  13/1 Paparazi (7g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo) with Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Cete Trav AB. Timed in 1.14.3kr this one bested 13/1 Tsunami (9g Defi d’Aunou-Lais de la Duchee) handled by Mathieu Mottier and 2.6/1 Ulyssee de Fountain (8g Neutron du Cebe) with owner/trainer Y.R. Le Mee up. Thomas H. Hicks

Italy’s Romanesque (6m Love You-Guantanamera) took the Quinte+ Enghien featured Prix du Parc des Princes (purse €65,000, 2150 meters, 16 European starters) this day at 1.7/1  odds. Harness racing driver Christophe Martens teamed the Vincent Martens trainee for Stall Campus RPF, clocked in 1.14.9kr. 11/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) was second for Franck Nivard, Ecurie Pirat (SWE) and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 6.8/1 Varus du Bocage (7m Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage) was third with Mathieu Abrivard at the lines. Franck Anne, trainer/driver, and 20/1 Concerto du Ruel (4g Prince Gede-Jacgarandine) recorded a 1.15kr victory in the Prix de Jonquieres (purse €65,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) at Enghien. The winner bested 26/1 Chicago Blues (4m Prodigious-New Orleans), trained by Thierry Duvaldestin and reined by Ch. Duvaldestin. 6/1 Curly Light (4m Redlight Jet-Orphea de Monci) landed third for driver Franck Nivard. Also at Enghien, the Prix d’Uzes (purse €39,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 entrants) went to 3.2 favorite Catch One (4m Prodigious-Possession) with Franck Nivard up. The Sebastian Guarato trainee scored in 1.15.4kr for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 11.4/1 Campo Grande took second for Alexandre Abrivard and third was 16/1 Casimir de Survie driven by J-P Maillard. Berlin-Mariendorf had four races this day on the PMU wagering schedule with the Prix d’Enghien (purse €4,500, 1900 meters autostart, eight starters) leading off for victory by 9.4/1 Fantasia Newport (4f Andover Hall-Giant Emotion) with Michael Nimczyk up for owner PS Ter Borgh. The winner’s dam is a sub-1:55 daughter of Giant Victory from Trolley Square by Speedy Somolli, she dam of Hambletonian winner Deweycheatumnhowe.  1/5 favorite Bellevue (4f SJ’s Photo-Belle Arnie) was a narrowly defeated second for trainer/driver Thorsten Tietz and 7.4/1 Dukenightstar VS (6g Look de Star-Vanja Limburgia) took third for reinsman Michael Honeman and owner/trainer Jens Niklas. Mariendorf’s Prix de Cabourg, over 1900 meters autostart, drew eight starters for the €4,500 purse. The 0.5/1 favorite Lighten Up Today (6g Love You-Celebrate Light) scored clocked in 1.14.4kr for Michael Nimczyk. Mr Smith held second for Gerhard Mayr. Thomas H. Hicks

2.6/1 Seattle Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi) took Tuesday’s Quinte+ Prix de Laqoubran (purse €25,000, 2650 meters autostart, 13 European starters) at Hyeres, France, scoring in 1.14.9kr for harness racing driver Roberto Andreghetti. Scuderia Dielle SRL of Italy owns the winning mare that Alessandro Gocciadoro conditions. 19/1 Orleans Font (8m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SM) took second in a close finish for driver Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Ecurie du Domaine du Parc. 10/1 Venus Castelets (7f Jasmin de Flore-Natural  Pearl) earned third for J-Ch Feron and Ecurie de Rougemont. 1.8.1 favorite Conway Fortuna (7m Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee) captured fourth for Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Henk Grift and Gerrits Recycling BV of Holland. In other European action the Championnat des Indigena (purse €13,850, 2000 meters autostart, five turf starters) at Avenches (Suisse) went to 1/5 favorite Attenarco (6g Ready Cash-Mattmara) timed in 1.16.4kr, quick clocking on the grass. Henri Turrettini drove the winner that he owns and Nunes du Oliveira V trains. Tango du Martza (9g Jag de Bellouet) rallied for second with Fra Quatreuil up. The Prix de Vitre Suisse (purse €9,233, 2000 meters autostart, six turf starters) went to the 1.19.3lr timed, open lengths winner Semola GK (5f Allison Hollow-Gary MP). This 1.1/1 choice was reined by Jean Matthey. 2.3/1 Fast And Furious (4m Main Wise As-You’ve Got Mail) was second for owner/trainer/driver Andre Humbert Back on dirt the Cabourg feature was the Prix des Lupins B (purse €26,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters). 53/1 Caballis (4g In Love With You-Republica) scored timed in 1.17.3kr for Ch-A Mary, also trainer to owner/breeder Bernard Giraudon. Racing barefoot, second was 2.6/1 Capitano de Lou (4g Ready Cash-Riviera de Lou) for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of 3/1 shoeless Cedre de Bellouet (4g Quel Amour Dudel-Saga de Bellouet) handled by David Thomain. Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing action today took place at several venues. First was La Capelle’s Prix Erloy (purse €30,000, 2750 meters, 16 starters) resulted in victory for 7/1 Best du Hauty (5g Roc Meslois-Nadrema) handled by owner/trainer Olivier Bizoux. 2.3/1 favorite Brume de Forges (5f Rolling d’Heripre-Salsa d’Orgeres) was next for Glenny Delaune and trainer Sebastian Guarato with 4/1 Blues d’Ourville (5g Password-Pursuit of Charm) home third for driver Pierre Houle. Time for the winner was 1.15.8kr. Racing at Enghien featured the Gr. III Prix de la Porte Pouchet (purse €65,000, 2875 meters, 10 starters – three year-old fillies) and it resulted in a 1.17.1kr victory for 4.9/1 Douce Rebelle (3f Sam Bourbon-Rebelle). Owner Jean-Pierre Dubois was the pilot for trainer Yves Boireau. Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri SRL was the breeder. 6/1 Daylight Jet (3f Jag de Bellouet-Ocarina Jet) was a close second for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse for owner/breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois.Third at 14/1 was Dista Love (3f Royal Dream-Usita Love) with Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Mike Lenders. The breeder was Jean-Pierre Dubois. Also at Enghien was the Prix des Halles (purse €34,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) with earned victory to 2.7/1 Daphne du Clos (3f Revel d’Anama-Polka du Prey). Pierre Vercruysse drove the G.M. Durand trainee for owner Ecurie du Haras du Clos. 23/1 Danse de la Vallee (3f Saxo du Vandel-Monie de la Vallee) was second for owner/trainer Patrick Lebrousse, ahead for 13/1 Dryde du Bouffrey (3f Rolling d’Heripre-Macumba du Bouffey) and trainer Sylvainn Lelievre. Winners’ time was 1.1.6kr. The trotting on turf continued today at Aix les Bains with the Grand Prix de Savoie (purse €45,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters). Victory went to 1.6/1 favorite Tagada Tagada (9f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) handled by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer/owner Emanuelle Varin. 6.3/1 Vespade Bourgogne (7f Echo-Gym du Bois Morin) finished second for Pierre Collier (breeder/owner/trainer/driver) and third was 33/1 Utiwit (8m Niky-Kawabata) for driver Martin Cormy, trainer Mickael Cormy and Ecurie de Vieux Chere. The winner has excelled on the turf in 2016 and also in long distance upper level contests. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Quite+ (jackpot was €2.7 million) at Enghien was the Gr. III Prix de Milan (purse €85,000, 2150 meters autostart, European eligibles) and Italy’s Traders (4m Ready Cash-Grazella) prevailed with a 1.12.6kr score for David Thomain and harness racing trainer Philippe Allaire. 16/1 Cahal des Rioults (4m Password-Plesse des Riouts) was second, also an Allaire trainee, with J-P Monclin aboard. The 1.3/1 favorite, also from Italy, was third finishing Timone EK (4m Mr Vic-Gemona) handled by Bjorn Goop for Fabrice Souloy. The Gr. III Prix du Roule (purse €65,000, 2875 meters) was a competitive event taken by late rallying, 17/1 Discours Joyeux (3m Goetmals Wood-Quelle Capine) with Eric Raffin up. Thierry Raffegeau trains this 1.15.6kr clocked winner for J-Y Roze that was bred by SC Elevage de Folleville. 2/1 favorite Dream Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Lets Go Darling) was a close second after a tough outside journey for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau that gained the advantage mid-stretch but could not hold off the winner. 7/2 Dream de Nilrem (3g Jet Fortuna-Naomi de Chamant) was third for trainer/driver Frederick Pratt. The Gr III Prix Dominique Savary-de la Mediteranee (purse €82,000, 2150 meters autostart) at Enghien produced a 1.11.8kr timed victory for 11/1 Rocky Winner (8m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo). Matthieu Abrivard was the pilot for Jorgen Westholm. The 7/10 favorite Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) was next for Gabriele Gelormini and Sebastian Guarato, the trainer. Ecurie D bred this one. 5/1 Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) was third for Bjorn Goop and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Prix de la Bourse (purse €44,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) was an Italian sweep led by 1.12.7kr winner, 6.8/1 odds, Pancottina Bar (7f Varenne-Valota Lavec) racing shoeless. Roberto Andreghetti drove the Vitale Ciotola trainee that is owned by Scuderia Stecca SRL. 2.2/1 favorite Powell Bi (7m Toss Out-Gulfstream) was second for trainer/driver Marcello Vecchione and Scuderia Lunaset SRL. Oro Fks (8m Unronometro-Fuschini America) rallied for third at 45/1 with Christophe Martens up for Vincent Martens and Scuderia Strebe SRL, this one also racing barefoot. Traders Thomas H. Hicks

Vittorio de Carly (7g Quaro-Gamine des Sarts) took Thursdays’ Prix de la Place d’Italie (purse €60,000, 10 monte European starters with apprentice jockeys, 2875 meters) at Enghien clocked in 1.15.5kr with Antoine Voisin up for trainer Arnaud Desmottes, and racing shoeless. 23.8/1 Valdenberg (7g Jeanbat du Vivier-Niella Clairchamp) rallied for second for Nils Pacha and trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux. 5.7/1 Titan du Closet (9g Jag de Bellouet-Granada du Closet) lasted for third with Mlle. Audrey Laroche up for trainer Stephane Maunier. The Prix d’Aix en Provence (purse €50,000, 2250 meters, 13 monte starters) was timed in 1.16.4kr by the winner, 18.4/1 odds, Belina des Agos (5f Prince Gede-Manta de Loc), with Th. Dromigny up for trainer Vincent Lacrox. 12.8/1 Baron Herald (5g Next Kinney-Presty Herold) landed second for Franck Nivard, also trainer, for Ecurie Patrick Aubin. 19.3/1 Broadway Delo (5g Replay Oaks-My Lovely Star) was third with P-Y Verva the jockey Good action took place July 27 at Ostersund, Sweden that hosted Derby events for the coldbloods. The four year-old Derby mares battled for 450,000SEK first money over 2140 meters autostart, with 2.5/1 BW Gullis (4f Moe Odin-Gullan Fax-Jarvsofaks) the winner. Orjan Kihlstrom was the pilot for trainer Thomas Lann, timed in 1.28.5kr for his fifth victory in 13 career outings. Derby males (four year-olds) raced for 700,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart. 11.3/1 Mjolner Herkules (4m Horgen Tore-Myrtrolla) scored in 1.24.6kr for trainer/driver Jan Ruan Mjojnerod. The aged coldbloods contested the Sven O. Perssons for 150,000SEK to the winner, over the 2140 meter autostart course. The 1.22.8kr timed winner was .06/1 heavy favorite Manprinsen AM (9m Svall Ivar-Manskara-Jarvsofaks). Trainer Gunnar Melander was the pilot for the winners’ ninth win in 18 starts in 2016. There were two fine warmblood contests on the Ostersund card. The Diamant Mares (purse 100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 3/1 Mellsea Darling (4f Ken Warkentin-Melby Ultra-Viking Kronos) with Sandra Eriksson driving. The 60/1 Nerida (5f Coktail Jet-Inviting Smile-Express Ride) was second for Jan Olaf Johansson. The Klass II over 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK to the winner went to 1.8/1 Raja Ribb (4g Raja Mirchi-Joyous Sound-Sugarcane Hanover) for driver Tomas Pettersson. Thomas H. Hicks

Franck Nivard piloted 1.8/1 favorite Best Buissonay (5m L’Ecu du Vernay-Nyota Buissonay) to victory in today’s €85,000 Gr. III Prix de la Cheussee d’Antin at Enghien. The winner was timed in 1.16.1kr over the 2875 meter distance. Joel Van Eeckhaute trains the now seven time winner in 45 starts for career earnings of €226,870. 88/1 Beaute de Bailly (5f Vivaldi de Chenu-Oceane de Bailly) took second for Franck Ouvrie with 3.9/1 Artiste de Joudes (6m Prodigious-Memory de Joudes) third with David Thomain driving for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The days’ Quinte+ also at Enghien was the Prix du Medoc (purse €65,000, 2875 meters with 17 European starters) and the 1.15.6kr timed winner was 8.2/1 Juliano Rags (8m Juliano Star-Julia Rags). Yann Lorin teamed the Fabrice Souloy trained that is owned in Norway by Stall Julliano. 21.2/1 Team Job was second and 33.4/1 Tsar d’Andain took third as the top of ticket outsiders set up a large exact order payoff, excluding jackpot. Thomas H. Hicks    

At Isle Sur Sorgue (L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a town and commune on the Sorgue river in southeastern France) the Grand Prix de Trot de la Ville de Isle Sur Sorgue (purse €45,000, 2650 meters, 16 harness racing turf starters) went to the open-lengths winner, at 11.3/1 odds, Tamisso (9g Nobody du Chene-Hastavisja), racing barefoot for trainer Roland Jeffrelot and breeder/owner Patrick Gerard Cavey. 18/1 Sauterelle du Parc (10f Archille-Hauturiere) was second for Pierre Calllier, also trainer, with 19/1 Atot du Lerre (6g Oakwood du Closet-Haquikmie) home third. Franck Anne owns this one that Srephane Cingland trains and drove. The winner negotiated the course in a quick 1.14.9kr. At Bernay, the turf specialists raced the Prix de la Societe SMCB (purse €36,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters) with 4.3/1 Authorized (6g Kaisy Dream-Joconde) victorious for breeder/trainer/driver Thomas Levesque. Pierre Levesque is the owner of the 1.19kr clocked Authorized. 3/1 Univers de Daidou (8g Jag de Bellouet-l’Absinthe) was second for Thierry Duvaldestin who trains for Ecurie Daidou. Third was 122/1 Voici Faverol (7g Diamant Gede-Nonoletta) with trainer Sylvain Roger at the controls. At Graignes was the Prix Renault Scauto-Coutances (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) that went to 1.15.1kr clocked, 7/1 odds Soleil de France (10g Giant Cat-Histoire de France), handled by P-J Desaunette. The barefoot winner scored over 12/1 Thesee de Corbery (9m Corot-Lyssa de Corbery) with Francois Legadeuc driving and 146/1 Travelles Checque (9g Goetmals Wood-Mafia) with trainer J-W Hallais aboard. The previous evening, at Cagnes sur Mer, was the Prix du Cap Camarat (purse €28,000, 2925 meters, 16 starters) went to 7.1/1 Aphrodite Bond (6f Prodigious-Kelly Charm) and trainer/driver J.P. Ensch for owner Martine Hery. Timed in 1.14.9kr the winner scored by two lengths over 22/1 Angel Dark (6g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes) for driver Jarma Niskanen and co-owners Anders Lindqvist (also trainer) and Peter Gerry (Angel Dark is now over €100,000 career earnings). Third was 19/1 Alister Suret (6g Love You-Kalie du Suret) for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Thomas H. Hicks  

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