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Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) returned from stallion duty to win today’s harness racing Gr. II Grand Prix du Sud Quest (purse €200,000, 2575 meters autostart, 11 starters) at Agen La Garenne. Bjorn Goop reined the winner for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. The Paul Van Klaveren bred veteran recorded his 31st victory in 88 career starts now for €4,236,538 earned. Timed in 1.11.6kr, Timoko was quick to the lead with Dante Boko in the pocket. Brissac, from post 11, came alongside and raced much of the way in the death seat before giving way as Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash-Belisha) rushed forward in the final turn for J-Ph Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. This Christophe Toulorge bred speedster took the lead and held it to the line under heavy urging albeit Timoko re-rallied to a just-beaten second. But, as Timoko closed on the pegs, Bird Parker moved right despite his teamster leaning to the outside, with his right wheel placed under Timoko’s left, impeding his progress and forcing driver Goop inside the pylons. Thus, Bird Parker was a dq placed second. 20.3/1 Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) was third for driver/trainer J-M Bazire and owner Mme. O. Roffi-Urano. Comte de Bellaige bred this one. Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) was an all out fourth for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was a fast closing fifth for Franck Nivard and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. The third through fifth finishers were together timed in 1.11.9kr. Replays follow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdXZ-MHbhvE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLl8VAvZHAE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRo_y3aSWW8 The fine Agen program also included the Grand Prix Baron d’Ardeuil (purse €21,000, 2575 meters autostart, 14 European starters) with the 1.15.2kr timed victory to 35.7/1 Royal Roc (5f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc) with Mathieu Abrivard the trainer/driver for Scuderia Sant Eusebio. 32/1 New Approach was second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Bel Avis (5g Ganymede-Alorca Maris) took the €19,000 Prix de l’Agglomeration over the 2625 meters distance, besting nine rivals timed in 1.13.9kr. Bel Avis was off as 2/5 favorite for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Comte de Bellaigue bred the winner that defeated 9.6/1 Bolero d’Houlbec. The Prix President Dominique de Bellaigue (purse €23,000, 2625 meters, 11 European starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 4/1 odds Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia). Dominik Locqueneux reined this winner for trainer Johanna Lindqvist and Scuderia Super Chico SAS. 9.4/1 Unetelle d’Artease (8g Capriccio-Escapade) was second for Franck Nivard and third was 57/1 Univers d’Enfer. On Friday evening at Enghien two year-olds (11) contested the Prix du Pont de la Tournelle (purse €32,000, 2150 meters autostart). The 1.20.5kr timed winner was 1.1/1 Envieux (2m Kaisy Dream-Vista Wood) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois driving for trainer Yves Boireau. Ecurie D bred this one. 7/1 Evariste du Bourg (2m Jasmin de Flore-Saratoga du Bourg) was second for owner/trainer Sebastian Guarato and driver Ch. Thierry. 42/1 Etendard Majuro was third. Thomas H. Hicks

The Gr. I Grand Prix de L’UET (purse €400,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to the 0.5/1 favorite Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) for driver Jorma Kontio, trainer Timo Normos and Brave AB of Sweden. The 1.12kr quick timed winner over the rain soaked harness racing track now has earnings of €799,275. 10.1/1 Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC) was a brave second for Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and Brixton Medial. Third was 30.4/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yasmine), also a Reden trainee and handled today by Kenneth Haugstad. 74/1 Nappa Scar (4m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) was fourth for Per Lennartsson and 57/1 Breidablicks Nubbe was fifth for Conrad Lugauer. Cash Gamble (5m Ready Cash-No Way Back) started top class action with a 6.7/1 victory timed in 1.13.4kr in the Quinte+ Prix Bohemia (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters). J-M Bazire teamed the Fabrice Souloy trainee that Norway’s Stall TJ Gamble owns. 30.4/1 Blues d’Ourville (5g Password-Pursuit Of Charm) captured second for Mathieu Mottier ahead of 9.2/1 Super Fez (5m Love You-Lucia FI) for Gabriel Gerlormini and H.E. Bondo training for Italy’s Scuderia Cumana Group SRL. 142/1 Tiger di Poggio (4m Andover Hall-Idole di Poggio) and 35/1 Owen Face (5g Gift Kronos-Muscles Mcnuggets) were fourth and fifth, this pair teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom and Pierre Vercruysse. The Gr. I Championnat Europeen for 3 Year-Olds (purse €100,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to the 0.5/1 impressive favorite Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) for driver Joann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains the three-length winner for breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire. Timed in 1.14.1kr off modest steady fractions in the pouring rain, Django Riff bested 14.2/1 Phantasm SOA (3m Cromwell-Ulver H) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer A. Lundstrom Wolden and Norwegian owner Gudbrand ALM Skiaker. 23..6/1 Moni Viking (3m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) was third for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Frode Hamre and Jen Lyng also from Norway. 3.5/1 Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) was fourth for Gabriel Gelormini and 8.6/1 Jerry Mom (3m Ready Cash-Gaziella) was fifth, these two also Allaire trainees. The monte featured Prix Gordonia (purse €82,000, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) went to 169.2/1 outsider Safari Dream (10g Fai Brillant-Le Memonia) that swept to the front at head stretch, drew off and held on for easy score timed in 1.13.3kr. J-Y Ricard was in the irons foe Ecurie de Rougemont. 32.5/1 Sydney du Rib (10g First de Retz-Eva du Rib) held second for PY Verva, trainer A. Ripoll Rigo and Cuadra Hermanis Ibigeuz, the owner. 6.2/1 Americaine (6f Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) ended third for J-P Minclin. Favorite at 1.2/1 was Ulka des Champs that was unplaced. Thomas H. Hicks  

Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet), off at 1/10 odds, held off determined 7.9/1 Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) to win the Gr. I Championnat Europeen for harness racing 5 Year-Olds (purse €100,000, 2100 meters autostart) clocked in 1.13.8kr off slow fractions at Paris-Vincennes. Franck Nivard teamed the Sebastian Guarato trained winner that Pierre Pilarski owns. Jean-Etienne Dubois bred Bold Eagle, now with 28 wins in 32 starts for €2,155,300 earned. Bold Eagle and Bolero Love traded the lead on several occasions before Bold Eagle took over in the second lap and appeared to draw clear mid-stretch until Bolero Love surged late for Gabriel Gelormini to get within a half-length on the line. Guarato trains Bolero Love for owner Mme. Mauriette De Sousa. Ecurie D bred Bolero Love. Third was 15/1 Baltic Charm (5m Password-Ilikovo) that closed strongly for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and owner St. Szwarc. Jean-Philippe Dubois bred Baltic Charm. 62/1 Nelson Nora (5f Muscles Yankee-Lindy’s Holiday) was fourth for Bjorn Goop and 53/1 Booster Winner (5m Love You-Quille Viretaute) landed fifth for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Guarato. The top three in this contest were bred by the Dubois family and Sebastian Guarato trains them all. Sire Ready Cash’s offspring had quite a rainy evening at Vincennes as the three Gr. I events all went to sons of Ready Cash, Bold Eagle in the Championnat European for 5 Year-Olds, Readly Express in the Grand Prix de L’UET and Django Riff in the Championnat European for 3 Year-Olds. The Quinte+ Prix Bohemia also went to a five year-old Ready Cash son, Cash Gamble. Thomas H. Hicks

The coming weekend in Paris should be sensational on October 14 as Vincennes hosts three harness racing Gr. I contests. Championnat Europeen 3 Year Olds (Gr. I, 100,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart) Deesse de Gueron, Anne Phantasm SOA, Kihlstrom Ratu Royale, Koivunen Muscle Scott, Bakker Jerry Mom, Thomain Shocking Superman, Goop Moni Viking, Vercruysse Django Riff, Lebourgeois Dawana, Gelormini Douce Ligneries, Marigliano Drop, A. Abrivard   Grand Prix de L’UET (Gr. I, €400,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart) In Vain Sund, Haugstad Caly Loulou, M. Abrivard Readly Express, Kontio Toseland Kyu, A. Abrivard Nappa Scar, Lennartsson Tobin Kronos, Kihlstrom Copimade, Nivard Cuise la Motte, E. Raffin Bryssel, Goop Breidablika Nubbe, Lugauer Cahal des Rioults, J.P. Monclin Clif du Pommereux, S. Roger   Championnat Europeen 5 Year Olds (Gr. I, purse €100,000, 2100 meters autostart) Booster Winner, M. Abrivard Ginger Heldia, Nimczyk Nelson Nora, Goop Brillantissime, Vercruysse Bold Eagle, Nivard Billie de Montfort, Thomain Bolero Love, Gelormini Sugar Rey, Andreghetti Specialess, Bazire Baltic Charm, E. Raffin   Aprion (6g Nahar de Beval-Idole Verte) scored in today’s Quinte+ Prix du Pont des Arts (purse €44,000, 2150 meters autostart) at Enghien. The 8.8/1 winners was driven by J-Ph Monclin to the 1.14.1kr timed victory for owner/breeder Michel Candillier. 1.1/1 favorite Vitesse du Val (7f Super Photo Kosmis-Jenny Kici) was second for pilot Franck Ouvrie ahead of 15.6/1 Bandit Hornline with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Sayobo AB. The top three finishers raced without shoes. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Friday opener at Paris-Vincennes was the €52,000 purse Prix Atropos raced over 2850 meters by 16 European contestants. The 1.4/1 favorite King Sir Kir (5m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) scored, timed in 1.13.3kr for harness racing driver J-M Bazire. Fabrice Souloy is the winners’ trainer and Ecurie IC Equine AM is the owner. 10.9/1 Super Fez (5m Love You-Lucia FI) was second, driven by Gabriel Gelormini for Scuderia Cumana Group SRL and trainer H.E. Bondo. Third went to 12.6/1 Balando (5m Nijinski Blue-Quitalia) with Dominik Locqueneux driving for Alphonsee Vanberghen, the breeder/owner/trainer. The featured Quinte+ Prix Charlie Mills (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to impressive 1.12.9kr timed and 40.3/1 odds Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur) with trainer Conrad Lugauer teaming. Team Art On Line AB of Sweden owns this winner. 1.8/1 favorite Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) held for second for Pierre Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Mme. Bruni of Italy. 53.2/1 Prince di Poggio (7m Varenne-Moon Shadow) took third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Fourth was another Souloy trainee, the 2.9/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) with J-M Bazire up for owner Ecurie Pirat. 10.9/1 Vanese de Mirel (7g Laetenter Dien-Melia Monochrome) was fifth with Tony LeBeller driving. Race namesake Charlie Mills was the legendary German horseman born of an Irish horse trainer father, Anthony Mills. Mills won his first race in 1903 and influenced European trotting after WWII through the FR-bred Gelinotte that won the 1956 and 1957 Prix d’Amerique classiques, the Lotteria and the 1957 Copenhagen Cup. Earlier he won the 1934 Prix d’Amerique with US-bred Walter Dear with which he captured the 1931 and 1932 Copenhagen Cup. Mills won 4,354 races as driver/trainer/breeder. The Prix Rouanier (purse €46,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 30.9/1 odds Caprice du Bission (4g Meaulnes du Corta-Pamela du Bisson) with owner/trainer Franck Anne driving. 25.5/1 Christo (4g Rieussec-Panacee) was next with trainer Michel Lenoir up for Ecurie des Amis. Third was 20.9/1 Crazy Dream (4g Repeat Love-Daisy Chain) with trainer Yves Boireau up for breeder/owner Ecurie D (Jean Pierre Dubois). The monte Prix Homoria (purse €48,000, 2200 meters, 13 European starters) went to the 1.13.5kr timed and 18.8/1 odds Vamp Gede (7f Capriccio-Feerie Gede). Damien Bonne was in the irons. 17.3/1 Queasy (7g Donato Hanover-Marinated Herring) landed second for Guillaume Martin, trainer Ronny Kuiper and Travkompaniet Stall SB of Sweden. 1.9/1 favorite Volcan du Moulin (7g Jomo du Rib-Lune des Geneta) ralled for third. Thomas H. Hicks    

October 3rd harness racing action at Enghien featured theQ+ Prix de Saint-Chamond (purse €42,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 European starters) that went to 1.13.1kr timed and 14/1 odds Anisa de Tilou (6f Pagalor-New Sommer Dream) with Gabriel Gelormini up. 6/1 American Jet (6m Quaker Jet-Marlena) was second for Romain Derieux, trainer/driver for Mme. Mauricette de Sousa. 1.4/1 favorite Speed Delicious (6m Fast Photo-Ala Delicious) landed third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 17/1 Lets Dance De (6m Oscar Schindler SL-Sirmione) was fourth for Klaus P. Kern, also trainer, and fifth was 14/1 Riviera As (6f Cantab Hall-Fortune As) with Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Salvatore Campolo and Ecurie Z (Belgium). The Prix d’Egletons (purse €52,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters) on the Enghien card went to 1.14.5kr timed 11/1 Easytowin (5f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way-Koos Van Camstra) for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar and Gerrits Recycling BV (Holland) in a furious finish. 9.2/1 Baileyse (5f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) was second for Alexis Garandeau ahead of Seibella Park (5f Varenne-Grandera Park) with Pierre Vercruysse teaming for Salvatore Minopoli and Scuderia Allenamento Team Minopoli. Thomas H. Hicks

Yoann Lebourgeois teamed 7.4/1 Amour de la Vie (6g Diamant Gede-La Vie Est Belle) to victory in the Quinte+ Prix Austria (purse €44,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) on the Paris-Vincennes evening harness racing program. Timed in 1.13.7kr the winner bested 48.4/1 Vivaldi d’Amboise (7g Kid Blue-Oceane d’Amboise) and 39/1 Aerobate (6g Kiwi-Fabriere). Didier Brohier bred and also trains Amour de la Vie. Two year-olds contested the Prix Hekate (purse €42,000, 2200 meters, eight starters) with the 1.18.4kr timed victory earned by 4/5 favorite Ecume de Reville (3f Hand du Viviewr-Perla Villetot). Eric Raffin teamed the winner. 2.6/1 Exclusive Red (2f Love You-Tornade de Neuvy) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. 6/1 Elec Madrik (2f Goetmals Wood-Quelea Madrik) rallied for third with trainer William Bigeon driving. The evenings’ featured Prix Felicitas (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) produced a powerful surging winner timed in 1.12.9kr, that being 11.8/1 Cocotte Jolie (4f Gogo-Milady de Roche) with Mathieu Mottier the pilot. 13.4/1 Captain Sparrow (4m Ready Cash-Holly du Locton) held gamely for second driven by Yoann Lebourgeois and trained by owner Ulf Nordin. 6.1/ Colorado Blue (4g Oue Je T’aime-Star de Gueron) took the third spot. Thomas H. Hicks  

Visconti (7g Magnificent Rodney-Hematite) rallied to take today’s Quinte+ Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf at Le Mont Saint-Michel. Trainer Benjamin Goetz teamed the barefoot winner for owner Daniele Gozlan in this 1.16.2kr score over 3250 meters. 18 starters battled for the €90,000 purse. Off at 5.6/1 Visconti bested 2.3/1 Vacate Money (7f Prodigious-Making Money) with Jean-Philippe Dubois at the lines for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 49.2/1 Tiburce de Brion (9g Ganymede-Macapa du Vivier) was third with Mathieu Abrivard up. The 2/1 favorite Utinka Selloise was a miscue dq with J-M Bazire up. Caly LouLou Wins Grand Prix de L’UET Caly LouLou took today’s Grand Prix de L’UET (purse €60,000, 2100 meters autostart, four year-olds, 12 starters) at Paris-Vincennes on its evening program. 5.8/1 Caly LouLou was driven by trainer Mathieu Abrivard and is a four year-old daughter of Gazouillis-Neige de Genetine. She was clocked in 1.13kr to defeat 40.3/1 Toseland Kyu (4m Love You-Zoraya Kyu) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Vitale Ciotola. Cahal des Rioults (4m Password-Plesse des Rioults) landed third for J-Ph Monclin, trainer, and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Cuise la Motte (4f Repeat Love-Onagra du Vivier) ended third for Bjorn Goop, ahead of Clif du Pommereux, Tuonoblu Rex and Calita Wood. The 2/5 favorite Charly du Noyer was a miscue dq. The undercard Prix Aldebaran (purse €42,000, 2200 meters, eight two year-old starters) went to 1.17kr timed and 4.2/1 odds Esprit Pierji (2m Goetmals Wood-Lady Pierji) for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Richard Cohen. 2.4/1 Everest de Ginai (2m Love You-Nymphe de Ginai) landed second with Gabriel Gelormini driving for trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie Reima Kuisla OY. Edile du Goutier (2m Coktail Jet-Scylla du Goutier) was third. Thomas H. Hicks

3.8/1 Traders (4m Ready Cash-Graziella) took today’s Prix Fidelidade (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) at Vincennes, the harness racing Quinte+ race of the day. David Thomain teamed the 1.12.3kr timed winner for trainer Philippe Allaire and Scuderia Colibri SAS of Italy. Traders won for the fifth time in 12 starts and raised career earnings to €240,910. 9.4/1 Carat Williams (4m Prodigious-Miss Williams) was second with Gabriel Gelormini up for Sebastian Guarato. Third was 12.8/1 Coeur Baroque (4g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) with Damien Bonne driving for Thierry Raffegeau. The 7/10 favorite Classic Way (4m Prodigious-Pole Position) ended sixth. Fractions were quickly set by the front stepping winner (1.10.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11kr at the 1000 and 1.12.3kr with 500 remaining). The Grand Prix du Portugal (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.15.2kr timed and 49.6/1 odds longshot Beatbox (5g Opus Viervil-Quolombe Winner) with breeder/trainer/driver Jarme Niskanen up for Ecurie Piper. 4.2/1 Be Bop Mara (5g Mambo King-Quida de Faverol) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and trainer/owner Vincent Renault. 17.2/1 Bleuet des Podis (5m Jag de Bellouet-Fleur Champetra) was third ahead of 3./1 Bel Auteur (5m Password-Possession) and Eric Raffin. Thomas H. Hicks    

Today’s featured Gr. I Prix des Elites at Paris-Vincennes (monte, purse €240,000, 2200 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.7/1 harness racing favorite Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) teamed by Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains this seven time winner in 14 starts, for Olivier Henri Thomas. His career earnings increased to €468,450. 5/1 Bellissima France (5f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) was a distant second with Mathieu Abrivard up, also trainer/owner. Dhikti Vedaquais (3m Thorsens Vedaquais-Marte Blanque) was third for Anthony Barrier, also trained by owner Philippe Allaire. Beau Gamin, Dragon du Fresne, Billie de Montfort and Best Of Jets were next in the talented field. Dollar Macker was clocked in a sharp 1.12.7kr off solid fractions (1.10.8kr at 1500 to go; 1.11.3kr at the 1000; 1.12.5kr at 500 remaining). The Gr. III  Prix des Benevoles (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) produced an impressive stalking victory earned by 8.1/1 barefoot Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos) handled by trainer Conrad Lugauer. The winner is owned in Germany by Th & J Weber-Berchtold. The .5/1 favorite Bugsy Malone (5f Ready Cash-Night Captain) set the pace for Yoann Lebourgeois and was overwhelmed by the winner at mid-stretch. Philippe Allaire owns and trains Bugsy. Third was 126/1 outsider The Last Ticket (3m Thai Tanic-One Way Ticket) reined by Mathieu Abrivard for Norwegian owner Bjron Nyhus. Specialiess (8m Ganymede-Enna Dra) was fourth for Franck Nivard and Fabrice Souloy, trainer for Italy’s Ecurie Nevi. 20/1 Apollon de Kacy was fifth. The winner was clocked in a quick 1.12.3kr off steady fractions (1.12.7kr ay 1500 to go; 1.12.1kr at the 1000; 1.12kr with 500 to go). The Gr. III Prix Alfred Lefevre (monte, 2850 meters, 12 starters) wrapped up Groupe action this day with victory to 1.13.6kr timed, 3/2 odds favored, barefoot and Eric Raffin teamed Ulka des Champs (8f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs). 12.8/1 Americaine (6f Chef du Chatelet-Marfine Raudiere) was a rallying second for Antoine Wiels and 28.7/1 Sydney du Rib (10f First de Retz-Eva du Rib) took third with Mathieu Mottier up. Fourth was 17.8/1 Valse de Reve (7f Mister President-Nouba Houba) handled by Camille Levesque. The winner led throughout in quick, steady fractions (1.12.1kr at 1500 to go; 1.12.8kr at the 1000; 1.13.5kr with 500 remaining). Thomas H. Hicks  

Wednesday’s harness racing Quinte+ Grand Prix Federation Regionale du Nord (purse €100,000, 2700 meters autostart, 14 international starters) resulted in an impressive 1.11.4kr win for 13/1 Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa). This one raced barefoot and was an open length winner for Adrian Kolgjini, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. 4.1/1 Briac Dark (5m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) took second for Franck Anne, also trainer, for Ecurie Guy Barou. 1.7/1 favorite Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was third for owner/driver Franck Leblanc and driver Franck Nivard. Duke of Greenwood, Valko Jenilat and Voltigeur de Myrt were the next three across the finish line. Also at Le Croise Laroche was the Prix Leopold Verroken (purse €32,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and the 1.13.7kr winner was barefoot 3/2 favorite Vitesse du Val (7f Super Photo Kosmos-Jenny Kiss) with Franck Ouvrie up. 48/1 Cuba Cohiba (8f Scarlet Knight-Hananna’s Hanna) was second ahead of 63/1 Tesaco de Pont (9g Kesaco Phedo-Ma Soiree du Pont) with trainer Alexis Garandeau driving. Wednesday at Solvalla was the ASVT Trottex Auktionslopp for 240,000SEK to the winner, one division for the fillies and colts, raced over 1640 meters autostart, each for the same first money. The filly division went to 1.16.3kr timed Staro Lochlyn (2f Varenne-Loch Ness Broline-Andover Hall) trained by Svante Bath and teamed by Erik Adielsson at 5.7/1. This was her initial career. Vasterbo Rainbow (2f Brioni-Victoria ROK-Super Arnie) took second for Joakim Lovgren, also trainer, and third was Restless (2f Ready Cash-Grail Lady Ann-Supergill) for trainer/driver Ake Lindblom. The colt division went to 24.6/1 Mr. Deauville (2g Prodigious-Glimma du Ling-Running Sea) for trainer/driver Mattias Djuse. Timed in 1.15kr this one bested Ripkin Joe (2m Ken Warkentin-Maggie Qvickstep-Wired Pine) handled by Bjorn Goop with third to Chapuy (2g Quite Easy-Popcorn Lavec-Enjoy Lavec) for Ake Lindblom, trainer/driver. Today’s Paris-Vincennes featured Quinte+ Prix de Mehun Sur Yavre (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to 51/1 Ochongo Face (5g Kiss Francais-Jubel Kemp) for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Bjorn Goop and Ecurie Abron 35 AB. 8.4/1 Bar d’Or (5g Orlando Vici-Star du Donjon) was second for trainer/driver Alexis Garandeau. 4.2/1 King Sur Kir (5m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) was third with Franck Nivard aboard. Ecurie IC Equine AB owns this one and Fabrice Souloy trains. Time for the winner was 1.12.1kr. The Prix Bernard le Quellec (purse €68,000, 2700 meters, 11 european starters) went to 1.14kr timed 3/5 favorite Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) with Jean-Michel Bazire up for Ecurie Pirat. Fabrice Souloy trains this horse. 4.7/1 Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) was second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. 7.9/1 Tabrouk de Payre (9g Meaulnes du Corta-Orcade de Payre) was a close third for J-Ph Monclin. Today’s Prix de Taverny (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 12 european starters) went to 1.15kr timed and even-money favorite Draft Life (3f Ubriaco-Maflymede). Eric Raffin teamed this Louis Baudron owned, bred and trained filly. 3.2/1 Dream Life (3f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) took second for Jean-Philippe Dubois, Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 28.5/1 Danse Cadence (3f Un Amour d’Haufor-Potuna Saint Andre) was third for Emmanuel Allard, owner/trainer/driver. Thomas H. Hicks

Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) was the 3.7/1 upset harness racing winner of the Gr. I Prix de L’Etoile at Vincennes (€240,000 purse, 2200 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.10.4kr for teamster Gabriel Gelormini. Racing barefoot this Sebastian Guarato trainee (bred by Ecurie D) defeated 7/10 favorite Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) and Yoann Lebourgeois. This Philippe Allaire trainee was bred and is owned by Elisabeth Allaire. 6.1/1 Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City), another Allaire trainee, was third for J-Ph Monclin and owner Olivier Henri Thomas. Prix de l'Etoile G1 BOLERO LOVE The excellent Vincennes card also included the €50,000 Prix d’Avallon (2100 meters autostart, 12 European starters) went to 1.11.5kr timed and 11.7/1 odds Seattle Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi). Roberto Andreghetti teamed the Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee owned by Scuderia Dielle. 22/1 Blue Sky (5f Opium-Loumana Flor) took second for Pierre Levesque (trainer Thomas Levesque) and third was 123/1 Baileyse (5f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) with Alexis Garandeau up for breeder/trainer Christian Douillet. Thomas H. Hicks

Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) won today’s Gr. III Prix Georges Dreux for harness racing monte performers at Vincennes racing barefoot. The €105,000 purse event has nine starters. The winner, with David Thomain up for trainer/breeder/owner Paul Viel, was timed in 1.13.1kr and was off at 7.6/1 odds. 6.6/1 Amour Fou (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nice Star) was second with Franck Nivard in the irons for Thierry Raffegeau trainer and owner J-Y Roze. 1.7/1 favorite Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) was third for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Y-A Briand. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrmJ1BlBgpQ Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Moulins la Marche (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) and the 1.15.1kr timed victory went to 4.2/1 Univers de Daidou (8g Jag de Bellouet-L’Absinthe) for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin, also racing shoeless. Ecurie Daidou is the owner and breeder. 32/1 Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur) held second for Conrad Lugauer, the trainer/driver, ahead of 2.4/1 Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) for Gabriel Gelormini and trainer Johanna Lindqvist. The featured Groupe I Prix de Normandie (monte, purse €240,000, 3000 meters, 14 starters) went to an impressive 1.13.7kr timed and 15.9/1 odds Bellissima France (5f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun). Mathieu Abrivard teamed and trains the winner for Ecurie L.D.M. Abrivard and she too raced barefoot on the Vincennes surface. 13.7/1 Boeing du Bocage (5m Scipion du Goutier-Lova du Cap Vert) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer Franck Leblanc, with third to 16/1 Baraka d’Henlou (5f Diamant Gede-Laura d’Etangville) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Gildo Carnesecca. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glKTNA_BsRg Thomas H. Hicks

Tuesday’s Quinte+ was the Prix de la Federation – Sud Quest (purse €40,000, 2950 meters, 14 European entrants) at Le Cepiere. The 1.17.1kr timed winner was 2/1 Bazire Dimanche (8g Orlando Vici-Store Mellosa) with Dominik Locqueneux up for harness racing trainer Robert Bergh and Firma Stall Dimanche. At 16/1 another Bergh trainee, Rico Follo (8g Gentle Star-Effi Follo), was second for Pierre Vercruysse and AB Trop Och Smahus. 2.3/1 Shiraz Brodde (7g Love You-Stephanie Brodde) was third for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent and Ecurie Olof Brodin AB. The top three are Sweden owned. The Vincennes Tuesday monte feature was the Prix Pictor (purse €42,000, 2850 meters, 12 apprentice jockeys) with victory earned by 10.5/1 Alezane d’Urzy (6f Oiseau de Feux-Jepee) for F. Prioul clocked in 1.14.1kr. 20/1 Urva Visais too the second spot some four lengths back. The Tuesday feature at Baden-Vienna Austria was the Prix Usain Bolt (purse €8,000, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) with easy victory to quick clocked 1.11.4kr winner Romi Mms (6f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB) at 1.6/1. Mitja Slavic teamed the winner for trainer Marko Slavic Jr. and Scuderia Equine MS SRL. 7/1 Charles de Gaulle (8g Jag de Bellouet-Courina) was second for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller, ahead of 1.9/1 Vrai Lord (7m Meaulnes du Corta-Orleady) with trainer Gerhard Mayer up for Stall Antonshof. Ecurie D bred this one. The Self Possessed mare Ready del Sile was a miscue dq with Joze Sagaj up. Atout du Lerre (6g Oakwood du Closet-Haquikmie) with Stephane Cingland the trainer/driver took the Wednesday Cavaillon featured Grand Prix de Trot de Cavaillon (purse €30,000, 2600 meters, 12 starters) clocked in 1.15.1kr over an off track. This even-money favorite bested 11/1 Apere du Midi and same odds Broardo, Christophe Martens the pilot. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Paris-Vincennes high-class harness racing program was conducted before a large crowd and sunny skies. Five Groupe event showcased great racing that featured the Gr. II International Prix d’Ete. The program is covered below. Today’s featured Gr. II International Prix d’Ete (purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters less one scratch) went to the impressive mare Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) at 1.4/1 for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. She scored in 1.13.1kr off modest fractions to earn her 14th win in 34 career starts, now for €712,230 earned. 46/1 Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Bazire. 99/1 Moses Riob (10m Ganymede-Etoile Rob) was third for Roberto Andreghetti. Dante Boko , Univers de Pan, Tiego d’Etang and Bird Parker were next across the line. Baltic Charm and Call Me Keeper were miscue dq’s and Your Highness was scratched. Today’s Prix de Basly (Gr. II monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight starters) produced an exciting finish to start the Groupe events, with victory to 2.3/1 Dragon du Fresne (3m Saphir Castelets-Rosee des Bois) with Mathieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Timed in 1.13.8kr the pair bested 1.3/1 favorite Dreamer Delo (3m Ready Cash-Reverie d’Ar) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato and Scuderia Winner Stable. 52/1 Daily Up (3f Goetmals Wood-Up Lady) took third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer R.Ch. Larue. The winner now has posted €214,510 in career earnings. The Quinte+ Gr. III Prix RMC (purse €75,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to 8.2/1 Archangel AM (6g Going Kronos-No More Time) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Behall AB. This 1.13.4kr timed winner bested 7.2/1 Apollon de Kacy (6m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kids) that was driven/trained and is owned by Jorgen Westholm. 74/1 Winston Sisa (5m ENS Snapshot-Keenness Sisa) was third for Christophe Martens, trainer Marc De Cook and Stall Campus of Belgium. Blue Grass (5f Ready Cash-Princess Natacha) was fourth ahead of Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier-Pika Josselyn). Cash Gamble, Radieux and From Dust To Dawn were in the beaten field. The race winner now has career earnings of €208,950. The Gr. III Prix Joseph Aveline (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to the dominant 2/5 odds choice Classic Way (4m Prodigious-Pole Position) with Eric Raffin up for Pierre Pilarski and his trainer Sebastian Guarato. Jean-Philippe Dubois bred the winner that scored in 1.13.7kr by five langths over 13/1 Cupidon du Vivier (4m Love You-Odessa du Vivier). David Thomas teamed this one for trainer/owner/breeder Jean Yves Lucuyer. 12/1 Curly Light (4m Redlight Jet-Orphea de Mouci) took third for J-Ph Monclin. J-P Dubois’ well-bred Calita Wood was a miscue dq. The Prix de Mont Saint Michel (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 14 European entrants) went to a game 4.5/1 Anzi des Liards (6g Look de Star-Nausscaadu Sud) clocked in 1.13kr for driver Romain Derieux and trainer David Bekaert for Ecurie BKR. 5/2 Arizi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) was next for Franck Nivard, Ecurie Pirat and Fabrice Souloy, trainer. 3/2 favorite Romanesque (6m Love You-Guantanamera) ended third for Christophe Martens The Gr. III Prix Emile Wendling (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 12 European starters) went to Robert Bergh trainee and Ecurie Forspro AB owned Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall). Off at 7/10 odds the Dominik Locqueneux teamed winner scored easily timed in 1.15.1kr with most of his journey on the front end.  Trainer Bergh races veteran Nahar tonight in Toronto in a Maple Leaf Trot elimination, with Ake Svanstedt to be the pilot. 2.6/1 Doberman (3m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard, ahead of 17/1 United Love (3m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) with Eric Raffin at the lines. The finale this day was the €46,000 Prix de Nueil Sur Layon for four year-olds over 2700 meters. 18 horses contested and the result was three-way photo with 35/1 Capital Charm (4g Password-Melly Charm) the winner for Gabriel Gelormini and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean-Philippe Dubois bred the winner that scored in 1.13.7kr off even fractions in a furious rally to the line. 8/1 Chocolat du Bourg (4m Nahar de Beval-Malouvia) was second with Franck Nivard up and third was 1.9/1 favorite Cheltenham (4m Baccarat du Pont-Quickly Victory) with Cl. Duvaldestin aboard. Thomas H. Hicks  

10.6/1 Cere Josselyn (4f Kaisy Dream-Kate) took the Gr. II Prix Guy le Gonidec (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) Saturday at Paris-Vincennes clocked in 1.14kr with David Thomain up for harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 332/1 outsider Caline Elde(4f Laetenter Diem-OK Floride) was second for Mathieu Mottier and third was 12.5/1 Cathy A Quira (4f Password-Quira des Jacquets) took the third spot for Franck Nivard and trainer Jorma Niskanen. The Gr. III Prix de Beauquency (purse €105,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters) went to J-M Bazire as driver/trainer/owner with 0.5/1 favorite Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) clocked in 1.12.2kr, racing barefoot. 10.4/1 Alfas du Vinci (8g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton) finished second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. Third was 17.7/1 Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. The undercard also included the Prix de Perpignar (purse €47,000, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) with another victory for driver Bazire, with 3.6/1 Siebella Park (5f Varenne-Grandora Park). This Salvatore Minopoli trainee, also owned by him, was timed in 1.14kr. The September 2 Q+ at Vincennes went to 8/1 Bering with Christophe Martens up clocked in 1.13.2kr over 2850 meters. 18 starters battled for the €42,000 purse in the Prix Lampetia. Vincent Martens trains the winner for Stall Verrazzano AB. On the same 9/2 card was the Prix Alexandia for €44,000 raced over 2100 meters autostart. 18 European starters were in this event with the 1.12.6kr clocked victory to  1.6/1 Powell Bi (7m Toss Out-Gulfstream) with Marcello Vecchione aboard, he also trainer for Scuderia Lunaset SRL. The September 1 feature was at Vincennes, that being the Gr.II Monte Prix Legoux-Longpre for a €120,000 purse and raced over 2850 meters by 10 starters. The 1.14.3kr timed win went to 1.9/1 odds Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Ormanda). Camille Levesque teamed the winner for trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Pierre  Levesque. The winner, off at 1.9/1 odds recorded career victory 10 in 26 starts now for earnings of €285,330. 5.6/1 Bellisima France (5f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) was next for trainer/jockey Mathieu Abrvard and 1.8.1 favorite Baraka d’Henlou (5f Diamant Gede-Lawn d’Etangville) was third with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Gildo Carnesecca. The Q+ that day was the Prix de Cagnes sur Mer (purse €49,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) with Diva Griff (3f Sam Bourbon-Royale de Bea) the 1.16.5kr winner for Gabriel Gelormini, Ecurie Griff and trainer Sebastian Guarato. Thomas H. Hicks  

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