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May 19, 2019 - Sunday’s fifth leg of the Trophee Vert series was the Grand Prix d’Eauze (purse 45,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap on the turf) at Eauze and it was a competitive affair that was won by the 50 meter handicapped Doberman (6m Prodigious) reined by Franck Nivard to a close rallying victory for owner Richard Cohen. Doberman recorded his 11th career win now for 422,780€ in lifetime earnings. The 25 meter handicapped Boxing Day (8g Ganymede) was second driven by Manuel Criado and another 25 meter penalized performer, Comte du Vivier (7g Prince Gede) held third for Franck Jamard after setting the pace. Beach Boy (8g Jag de Bellouet) was fourth for reinsman M.X. Charlot. The next Trophee Vert leg is May 26th at Niort. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 15, 2019 - Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes-Aurore des Charmes) took today’s Gr. I monte Saint Leger des Trotteurs at Caen (purse 120,000€, 2450 meters, 11 starters) with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons for Ecurie Chalon and harness racing trainer Ch. Chalon. The 1.14kr timed winner won for the third time in 11 career starts and increased his life earnings to 177,140€. This 2/1 favorite was narrow winner over 5.1/1 Gospel Pat (3m Uriel Speed-Namorosa) with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire. Garibaldi (3m Love You-Venitienne) was third. On the same card the Q+ Prix Georges Dreux (purse 37,000€, 2450 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 22/1 odds Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbo Prestige) with David Thomain up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Stall Panamera Racing. The now winner of 201,500€ defeated 1.2/1 favorite Super Nice (5m Orlando Vici) handled by Bjorn Goop and 11/1 Belle Louise Mabon (8f Derby du Gite) with Yves Dreux aboard. 23/1 Barry Felin and 31/1 Caviar du Vivier completed the exact order top five that paid 42,733.60€ to the nine winning 2€ tickets. The Quinte+ pool was 3,073,840€ and the total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 6,556,000€ Aron The Baron Earlier the four-year olds contested the Prix de la Ville de Caen (purse 21,000€, 2200 meters autostart, 18 starters) with the 1.15.7kr timed victory earned by 1.8/1 Fidelity (4f Prodigious-Rapide Aventure) with Jean Philippe Dubois at the lines for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. The now four-time winner bested 42/1 Fils Prodigue (4g Love You-Rouge Terre) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Third home was 18/1 Figaro Vici (4m Village Mystic) with trainer Jorgen Westholm the pilot. Fidelity Thomas H. Hicks  

Three groupe level events highlighted today’s Paris-Vincennes program, one being the Quinte+ race of the day.   The first was the monte Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2700 meters, nine starters) and veteran monte performer Arlington Dream (9g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) was at his best with a start to finish victory timed in 1.12.2kr.   Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons and rated the winner exceptionally well for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederik Sauque. Arlington Dream won for 22nd time in his 75-race career to raise his life earnings to 1,107,600€. He was off as the 9/2 third wagering choice.   The 3/5 odds favorite Clegs des Champs (7g Legs du Clos) was second with David Thomain the jockey for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Third was 18/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (8f Niky) handled by Camille Levesque for breeder/owner Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. The 3.1/1 second choice Carly was a miscue dq.   The Quinte+ race was the Gr. III Prix du Perreux (purse 80,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) and what a finish for the fans.   The 1.12.9kr winner was 7.6/1 Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) reined by Pierre  Vercruysse for trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA of Belgium.   Jerry Mom stormed home traveling the final 200 meters in 1.05.6kr to get up in the final step. 2.9/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Bjorn Goop with 6.7/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash-Divann) third handled by Christophe Martens. Pierre  Vercruysse   These three all were timed in 1.12.9kr. 32/1 Dollar Soyer was fourth ahead of 18/1 Extra Light. Victor Ferm was scratched. The Q+ exact order payoff was 13,907.20€ for the 48 winning holders of 2€ tickets.   The Quinte+ pool was 4,256,484€and the total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 8,867,000€. The speed stats, photo and replay link are shown below.   The Prix du Gatinais (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) completed the groupe level races and the 2019 Elitloppet invitee and 2/5 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) escaped heavy traffic on the pegs and when free jetted away to a 1.12kr timed victory.   Looking Superb   Jean-Michel Bazire teamed his trainee to a fourth win in 11 starts in France for owner Kolbjoern O. Selmer of Norway. Looking Superb now has life earnings of 536,082€. The 73/1 outsider Azaro d’Eva (9m Lynx de Bellouet) was a fast-closing second for Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer J-M Baudouin. 77/1 Cobra Blue (7m Fortuna Fant) was third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner Nathalie Chapdelaine, 4.6/1 Detroit Castelets was fourth,     Thomas H. Hicks

April 27, 2019 - The heavy 1/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) held on for half-length harness racing victory in today’s Gr. II Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, the initial leg of the Challenge Cup Grand Vitesse, held at Argentan. With owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines, the Elitloppet 2019 invitee, won his 44th race in a 68-race career. He now has career earnings of 2,263,447€. The 4.8/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied for second with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner/breeder Philippe Dauphin. 43/1 Tamure Roc (7f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc) took the third check with Santo Mollo at the lines. Aubrion du Gers Earlier in the card was the Prix Texas Charm (monte, purse 25,000€, 2875 meters, 14 starters) and the easy winner was 1.4/1 favorite Napa Valley (7m In Dix Huit-Nadja) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Cees F. Kamminga and owner Tim Oosterhof. The classy performer won for the ninth time in 18 starts in France now for 180,926€ earned. 9/2 Zauni (6m Quite Easy) took second for Mme. Ronja Walter, ahead of 42/1 Cash Drive (7g Reflet Jet) with Mlle. Alexiane Lepage in the irons. Napa Valley Thomas H. Hicks  

Tuesday Paris-Vincennes action was all about three-year old trotteurs led first by the Prix Paul Karle (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, three-year old colts).   In this harness racing event the 1.6/1 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) scored timed in 1.12.4kr, his seventh career win in eight starts, now for 251,500€ earned.   Eric Raffin was the pilot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire of the fine colt bred by Jean Pierre Guay. 9/1 General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec) was a game second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Frederic Prat, with third going to 133/1 Gilmour (3m Tag Wood) reined by Mathieu Mottier. The 3.9/1 odds Gamble River was fourth.   The fillies then took the stage in the Gr. II Prix Masina (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters, three year old fillies) and that race produced a relatively easy score for 6.3/1 Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) with David Thomain up. She was clocked in 1.13.3kr for her fifth career victory in ten starts, now for 212,000€ earned. Philippe Allaire bred and trains the winner for Gitte Paulsen- Allaire.   Girls Talk        - LeTrot photo   Second was 25/1 Gee (3f Brutus de Bailly) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Bruno Bourgoin. 13/1 Grai9ne de Crack (3f Booster Winner-Pearl Mip) took the third check with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Allaire. The 5/10 favorite Green Grass was a miscue dq after coming into the race with three straight wins in 2019.   Thomas H. HIcks

The 3/2 favorite Dream de Lasserie (6g Orlando Vici-Rumba Vinoir) took the fourth of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf on Wednesday at Beaumont de Lomagne.   Race time was 1.13kr of this 85,000€ purse contest raced over 2550 meters distance handicap by 14 harness racing entrants.   The winner, reined by trainer Romain Derieux, for owner Ecurie Daidou, recorded his 18 th career win in 40 appearances, now for 282,250€ earned. 4.9/1 Cap de Narmont (7, Islero de Bellouet) was second for trainer/driver Denis Brossard, with third to 3.3/1 Canular (7g Jet Fortuna) with Franck Nivard aboard. 33/1 Vegas des Pres (10g Indy de Vive) and 23/1 Cross Dairpet (7m Quaker Jet) completed the top five in this Quinte+ race of the day.   There were 424 winning exact order Q+ tickets with each returning 1,541.20€. The Q+ pool was 3,327,144€ and total of all wagering pool on this race exceeded 7,348,000€. . Thomas H. Hicks

April 19, 2019 - Tomorrow’s Enghien-Soisy harness racing headliner is the Gr. I International UET Master Series’ Prix de l’Atlantique to be raced over 2150 meters autostart. Now, 11 horses will be at the start. Presumed favorite Bold Eagle has been scratched. The Jean-Michel Bazire trainee Looking Superb (starting from second tier post 11 based on career earnings) along with the top performing Dijon with trainer Romain Derieux the pilot from post six (now in one slot) are likely to be in the hunt.  Comments from the connections of Bold Eagle follow: “The announcement was made on Friday night on Equidia: Bold Eagle will not participate in the Prix de l'atlantic Casino Barrière Enghien-les-Bains, his last blood test having revealed a white blood cell count too high. Thomas Bernereau, co-owner of the winner of two Grand Prix of America, said on Equidia:  "the horse was very well at work but by acquired conscience, so as not to repeat the scheme of Cagnes, we realized this blood sample that revealed this rate very high. The vet is thinking of a viral episode. We prefer to abstain and then we will see if we go on the Prix of the Dukes of Normandy or the Prix René Ballière. In fact, we decided to put this protocol of blood before any potential race.” The Enghien card remains sensational with other races including Face Time Bourbon, Fleche Bourbon, Ferreteria and Orlando Jet among a host of top tier trotteurs. In the days ahead (April 25) in Italy will be the Gran Premio Nazionale and its Filly Division counterpart. The lineups for these prestigious events are shown below. Axl Rose is a likely favorite in the open.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Saturday at Paris-Vincennes showcased several groupe events beginning with the Prix Jean Riaud (Gr. III, purse 90,000€. 13 starters, a Quinte+ race of the day), named after the trainer/driver of the great Jamin.   In this one, trainer J-M Bazire send out a talented team of three from his training stable and all were in the top five finishers. 9/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) was the 1.12.5kr timed winner with Alexandre Abrivard the reinsman for trainer Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule.   He won for the 19 th time in 55 career starts now for life earnings of 78,360€. Bazire’s favorite, the 2.3/1 Cleangame (7gOuragon de Celland-Red Bell), took second with J-M Bazire up for owner Rancoule.   Third was 19/1Anzi des Liards (9g Look de Star) handled by Romain Derieux. 29/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne) and 17/1 Bel Avis (8g Ganymede) completed the top five, the latter a Bazire trainee and reined by Nicolas Bazire.   19/1 Traders and 41/1 Delia du Pommereux earned the last two checks. The Q+ payoff of a 2€ exact order winning ticket was 2,713.80 and there were 276 winners. The Q+ pool was 4,850,782€ and the total of all the race pools was 90,826,000€. The co-featured Gr. II Prix Henri Levesque (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, nine five year old starters) produced an impressive victory for 9/10 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. The win was the first in 2019 for the now nine time career winner in 30 starts for 522,780€ earned. Race time was a swift 1.11kr. The 2.8/1 second choice Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) was second, driven by Alexandre Abrivard and 3.6/1 Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout), a Prix D’Amerique starter, was a distant third for pilot David Thomain. 22/1 Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko-Romances du Ruel) finished fourth for trainer/driver Franck Anne. The Prix de Chateau-Gaillard (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 18 starters) included some upper level campaigners and victory went to 3.1/1 Nancy America (8f Revenue-Camarque) in rein to Franck Nivard for Stall Leumas and trainer Philippe Billard. The victory increases her life earnings to 299,078€. Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) took second as the 7/10 favorite and with Jean Michel Bazire driving. Third was 12/1 Bleu Ciel (8g Milord Drill) with Adrian Lamy the pilot. Monte performers (three year olds) contested the Gr. II Prix Hemine (monte, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, seven starters, three year olds) and even-money favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes-Aurones des Charmes) prevailed for jockey Paul Philippe Ploquin, trainer Christophe Chalon and owner Ecurie Chalon. Gala Tejy                              -LeTrot photo He earned his second career victory in 10 outings now for 123,140€ earned. Race time was 1.14.8kr. 2.4/1 Guerilla de Simm (3f Brillantissime) took second with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard the Philippe Allaire owned and trained filly. Third was 15/1 Girlikova (3f Torino Pierji) that Emmanuel Allard trains and Mathieu Mottier was in the irons. Thomas H. Hicks

March 15, 2019 - Today was the finale of the harness racing Winter Meet at Cagnes-sur-Mer and there was a good lineup of trotting action that began with the Prix de Syracuse (purse 27,000€, 2925 meters, 13 European starters). In this race the 5/10 favorite Popeye Diamant (8g Love You-Jasmin Diamant) won again timed in 1.14.5kr, his fourth win in eight starts in France. Gerhard Biendl trains and drove the winner for Stall M.S. Diamanten as he increased his career earnings to 154,789€. 3.4/1 Ursus Caf (6m Toss Out-Nespola Caf) was two lengths back second for Enrico Bellei, and third was 8.3/1 Callicot du Vivier (7g Repeat Love-Kalika du Vivier) with trainer Y-A Briand at the lines. Popeye Diamant The Cagnes-sur-Mer Winter Meet finale feature today was the Gr. III Prix de Vincennes (purse 80,000€, 2925 meters, 11 starters). The 4.9/1 odds Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier-Ozo de Laumont) scored timed in 1.13.8kr with trainer Stephane Cingland aboard for owner Josiane Pigaue, her 18th career win in 52 starts that raised career earnings to 306,830€. 78.6/1 Creative Castel (f Pomerol de Laumac) was second for J.Ch. Feron, the pilot for trainer Nicolas Ensch. 2.7/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede) took third for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy, ahead of the 2/1 favorite Calle Crown (5m Great Challenger) with David Bekaert up. 2.9/1 Bolt (8m Prince Gede) was fifth for Junior Guelpa in this competitive field. Bulle de Laumont To watch a replay of this race click here.             Today’s featured trot at Mauquenchy was the Prix de la Societe des Courses de Bihorel (purse 29,000€, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) and 1.6/1 favorite Moni Viking (6m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) prevailed with Bryan Coppens teaming for trainer Pierre Vercruysse. The winner is owned in Norway by Jan Lyng and racing barefoot today he recorded his third victory in 10 starts in France, now for 186,629€ earned for the career. 12.6/1 Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) rallied for second handled by David Thomain for trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA, this one a full-brother to Traders. 19.5/1 Concerto Cointerie (g Quopeck) took third for Nicolas Dromigny ahead of 4.2/1 Caresse (7f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover) reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Bjorn Goop. Moni Viking Earlier in the week it was announced that the 2019 Prix d’Amerique winner, Belina Josselyn, was sidelined until Fall Season due to injury. Belina also won the Prix de Paris marathon event that completed the France Triple Crown events. She was the first mare in 20 years to win the Amerique. The injury statement follows (translated): Wednesday, late in the morning, Jean-Michel Bazire gave news of his champion, Bélina Josselyn (eight years old), victim of a slight crack of the rudimentary internal metacarpal of the anterior left. "At the end of the meeting, I felt that she had lost some flexibility, but I thought the whole rest would do her good," says JMB. But we saw a little mark on the result of the control radio that she passed; This is a small crack. Nothing serious, he adds, even if his spring season is cancelled. " Heroic, this winter, in Vincennes, during which time she won the Grand Prix of America and the Paris Marathon, the ballerina of the French trot could be reviewed in the fall, in the province. "If all goes well, she will be re-started in September or October," said Bazire. Belina will have six weeks of stall rest due to the injury. Thomas H. Hicks

March 9, 2019 - Saturday’s harness racing trotting action at Cagnes sur Mer showcased the start of the weekend of speed with five of the seven races contested at the unusual 1609 meters (one mile) autostart format. The Prix de Pise (purse 21,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European eligibles six year old females) saw Gina Schermer (6f Varenne-Ellymay) score in gate to wire fashion for Rick Ebbinge, the pilot for trainer Jeruen Engwerda and owner Stal Schermer. She was timed in 1.10.6kr (mile 1:53.4) and the victory increased her career earnings to 84,599€. Ua Huka (6f Muscles Yankee-Fancy Bi) took second with Rene Legati at the lines for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third was Ulena Car (6f Garden Spot-Ghinea Car) with G.P. Minucci up for trainer Lorenzo Baldi. Gina Schermer The other mile distance races also showed speed. The Prix Pisoni (purse 20,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European eligibles) went to the 3/5 favorite Rache HBD (9m Brad’s Photo-Liebe HBD) timed in 1.11.2kr (mile 1:54.6) with Cesare Ferranti aboard for trainer/owner Matteo Rostelli, 33.4/1 Thiago Three (g Naglo) was second for Romain Derieux and Bella de la Basle (8f Echo) took third for pilot Y-A Briand. The winner now has career earnings of 117,606€. The six year old males battled in the Prix de Balogne (purse 21,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European eligible six year old males) with Umberto (6m Broadway Hall-Depuis Blue) victorious for driver Filippo Rocca and trainer Fausto Barelli. Race time was 1.11.2kr (mile 1:54.5) for the now career winner of 86,352€. Muscle Boy AS (6m Muscle Hill-Zelda Per) was second for Cornelia Mayr, trainer Gerhard Mayr and Stall Antonshof. Third went to Unorcs duc Grafa’ (6m Goetmals Wood-Minuit) with Claudio Baldi aboard for trainer Cristian Rizzo. Apprentice drivers contested the Prix de Naples (purse 12,000€, 1609 meters autostart) with Vitinou (10f Jet Fortuna-Hircca) victorious timed in 1.11.8kr (mile 1:55.5). Thomas Audin teamed this Junior Guelpa trainee. Amateur drivers battled in the Prix de Modene (purse 5,500€, 1609 meters autostart) with Cactus du Donjon (7g So Lovely Girl-Reine du Donjon) scoring, timed in 1.12.6kr (mile 1:56.8). Celine Huguet teamed the winner for trainer Guillaume Richard Haguet. On the good harness racing undercard this Grand Criterium de Vitesse day was a selection of races for three, four and five year olds plus the day’s Quinte+ event.  The Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Rome (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters, 15 European starters) with the favorite being 1.2/1 Cash And Go, the brother to Bold Eagle. He was in the hunt early, took a pocket seat, and showed little in the lane as the death seat traveling and 13.7/1 Colonel Bond (7g Revel d’Anama-Miss Margaretha) scored timed in 1.13.8kr. Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot for trainer J.P. Ensch and owner Alain Dutheil. The winner recorded his 13th career win in 56 starts now for 378,050€ earned. 11.8/1 Viking Fromentro (10g Capriccio) was second for Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque, ahead of 12.8/1 Balooka du Boccail (8g f Look de Star) reined by trainer Yves Hurel. 6.8/1 Usain Henna and 16.9/1 Baldi Star completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff for a 2€ ticket was 92,382.20€. There were 18 winning tickets and the Q+ pool was 6,284,172€, setting up total race pools (all bets including the Quinte+) of over 10,039,000€. The Prix de Vichy (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, eight three year old starters) went to the 7/10 favorite Go On Boy (3m Password-Balginette) reined by trainer Romain Derieux to his fourth win in just seven career starts, Race time was 1.15.4krkr for the now earner of 49,420€.  The 3.9/1 Gun Sissi (4m Vabellino) was second with trainer Y-A Briand aboard and 9.7/1 Giorgio Perrine (3g Aladin d’Ecajeul) was third for owner/trainer/driver Anthony Muidebled, who has a great day at CSM along with Derieux. Famous Lady (4f Prodigious-Une Lady de Nappe) took the Prix Var-Matin (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, four year olds) clocked in 1.13.7kr with Eric Raffin the catch-driver of this 5.4/1 odds mare. Nicolas Ensch trains this one for breeder/owner Louis Baudron and the win increased her life earnings to 77,990€. The 9/10 favorite First In Love (4m Goetmals Wood-Just In Love) was second with Loris Garcia aboard for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. Third was 16.2/1 Franklin Park (4g Prince Gede) for the aforementioned Anthony Muidebled, the owner/trainer/driver. The 14.2/1 outsider Ekiango de Nile (5g Olimede-Sophia Saint Juvin) took the Prix du Club de l’Eco (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, five year olds) timed in 1.13.7kr and reined by owner/trainer Anthony Muidebled to victory that raised his life earnings to 123,310€. The 4/5 favorite Elvis du Vallon (5m Reve de Beylev) was second reined by trainer Nicolas Ensch. Third went to 5/1 Eclat de Gloire (5g Tiego d’Etang) with trainer Loris Garcia at the lines. The Prix Club Sante (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, 11 starters) went to the 5/2 favorite Django du Bocage (6g Real de Lou-Plume Bleue) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Romauld Mourice to the 1.13.6kr victory, his 10th in 42 starts for 158,800€ earned. 14.8/1 Dimidisia (6f Phlegyas) was second for trainer/driver Loris Garcia and 4.6/1 Delmonica (6f Prince d’Espace) was third handled by owner/trainer Anthony Muidebled. Thomas H. Hicks

January 22, 2019 - Snow appeared in the Paris-Vincennes region this day and harness racing took place on a muddy racecourse. The featured Prix de Port-Audemer (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart) with victory earned by the 7.1/1 Four Your Madrik (4m Up And Quick-Quelea Madrik) handled by J. Ph. Monclin for trainer J.L. Bigeon and owner Joel Seche. Far West du Rib (4m Memphis du Rib-Unopaline du Rib) was second at 50/1 with J.L.Cl. Dersoir driving for Ecurie Rib and trainer Joel Hallais. 14/1 Facetieux (4m Niky-Shustina) was third for J-M Bazire. Race time was 1.13.kr over the off going. Four You Madrik The Prix de Lamballe (purse 31,000€, 2700 meters) capped the card and produced a 1.16.4kr timed victory for 11/1 Elite de Duffel (5f Ready Cash-Reine de Duffel) and reinsman Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Mme. Ingrid Vonckx. 10/1 Enigme des Andiers (5f Sun Ceravin) was second with trainer Jeremy Koubiche at the lines. Third was 4.4/1 Emba du Vivier (5f Riseaide Jeux) with Jean Michel Bazire driving. Elite de Duffel At Mons Ghlin the featured Prix Bresil (purse 7,200€, 1750 meters autostart, nine European starters) went to the veteran class-master and 2.2/1 second choice Truman Dairpet (12g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) timed in 1.13.7kr and reined by Piet Va Pollaert. The Union stable owned performer won for the 31st time in 131 career outings now for 691,548€ earned. 4.3/1 Gossip Sidney (9g SJs Photo-Super Sidney) was second for Marc Huygens and 17/1 Va Zizou (10g L’ecu du Verney) took third with trainer Mathieu Brun at the lines. The 8/10 favorite As Dore was a dq. Truman Dairpet The region’s snowfall covered Grosbois as well, ahead of the world’s greatest trotting race on Sunday.  The pre-weekend festivities also feature the 32nd Edition of the Prix d’Amerique Mixed Sale conducted by Arqana Trot and the Etalons Expo with over 100 vendors, farms and association represented. The catalog link “smart format” and the listing follow: Smart Catalogue Arqana Trot Prix d’Amerique Sale click on this link Listing Catalog click on this link A directory of the presenters may be found on the Arqana-Trot website (www.arqana-trot.com). Thomas H. Hicks  

Afternoon trotting action at Paris-Vincennes saw the Gr. III monte Prix de Roubaix (purse 80,000€, 2175meters, 10 starters) contested with the red-hot 5/10 favorite Daytona Jet scoring clocked in 1.12kr.   The six-year old daughter of Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet won the fourth time in her last six outings, those victories all in monte events, and all with Mlle. Mathilde Collet in the irons.   Stephane Meunier trains the winner for owner Ecurie du Londel and she was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois.   Daytona Jet recorded her eighth career win in 43 starts now for 305,210€ earned. 6.1/1 Cash du Rib (7g Ready Cash-Quille Castelets) took second for Mlle. Clara Dersoir and trainer J.L.Cl. Dersoir. Third went to 11/1 Barry de Courtison (8g Quirky Jet) with Louis Jublot up. LeTrot photo   LeTrot photo   The card also included the day’s Quinte+ Prix de Brionne (purse 45,000€, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) and that produced an exact order Q+ payoff of 68,019.20€ to the four holders of winning tickets.   The winner was 1.12.7kr timed and 6.5/1 odds Calou Renardiere (7g Lets Go Along-Rosee Renardiere) handled by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer J.M. Baudouin, his 12 th career victory in 40 career trotting starts, now for 177,730€ earned. Second was the 29/1 outside Angle Of Attack (7g Scarlet Knight-Magyare Turgot) with Dominik Locqueneux at the lines for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Roland Wiksten. 7.9/1 Champion Dore (7g Prince Gede) took the third check for his owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard.   The final pair to the finish were 10/1 Canolar (7g Jet Fortuna) with Franck Nivard up and 2.4/1 Tellmeastory (7g Zola Boko) reined by Bjorn Goop.   LeTrot photo   A nice group of five-year old monte performers contested the Prix de Charbourg (purse 35,000€, 2175 meters, 16 starters). In that one the 4/1 Eole du Phenix (5m Qwerty-Velanda du Rabutin) came from nearly last to first along the pegs to win for jockey Mme. Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque timed in 1.12.9kr.   Eole du Phenix won for the third time in his career and increased life earnings to 65,340€. The 3/1 Evening Quick (5g Magnificent Rodney) finished second for Adrien Lamy and Ecurie Quick Star, with 16/1 Éclair Desbois taking the third check with jockey Benjamin Rochard aboard.   As the Prix d’Amerique is now less than two weeks away there are 11 horses that earned automatic invites from their performances in the six qualifying races. Those invitees are Bird Parker, Bahia Quesnot, Carat Williams,   Looking Superb, Eridan, Bold Eagle, Readly Express, Uza Josselyn, Delia du Pommereux, Belina Josselyn, and Davidson du Pont. Recent training news indicates that Propulsion is back to training well following an illness and Italy’s Timone EK, after a weak performance in SWE, will not seek the Amerique.   Thomas H. Hicks

January 10, 2018 - Jean Michel Bazire teamed his trainee Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris), off as the 2.2/1 favorite, to a rallying victory in today’s harness racing Quinte+ Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur (purse 120,000€, 2900 meters distance handicap, 16 starters after Coktail Fortuna was scratched) at Gagnes. The 50 meter handicapped veteran score his 17th career win now for 636,390€ earned. Race time was a quick 1.12.5kr over the extended distance, for owner New Blue 1 LLC (USA). Comte de Bellaigue bred the winner that defeated 36/1 Bolt (8m Prince Gede-Souvola) handled by trainer Junior Guelpa for breeder/owner Christophe Gallier and that was penalized 25 meters at the start. Third went to 10/1 and 50 meter handicapped Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir) with trainer Mickael Cormy aboard. Comte de Bellaigue also bred this one. 9/1 Voltaire Gifont (5m Quaker Jet) with Pietro Gubellini up and 18/1 Deimos Racing (6g Quite Easy) handled by Matthieu Abrivard completed the top five, this pair handicapped 25 and 50 meters respectively. Bel Avis winning the Prix de la Cote d’Azur at Cagnes The Q+ exact order payoff was 95,259.40€ for a 2€ wager. Thomas H. Hicks

Betting on horse races has declined in several years in France, and a cut in purses was expected. The French governing body for harness racing, Le Trot, has announced that purses in races in 2019 will be cut by 11 percent – that is 26 million Euro. Europe’s richest harness race for elder trotters, the Grand Prix d’Amerique, will now have a total purse of 900,000 Euro – down from one million. The winner will get 405,000 Euro – down from 450,000 Euro. Other big races in the Winter Meeting like the Prix de France and Prix de Paris will now each have a total purse of 350.000, down from 400,000 Euro. The world’s richest under saddle race, Prix de Cornulier, will see a decrease from 700,000 Euro to 650,000. Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

April 28, 2018 - Veteran Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre), a former Prix d’Amerique winner, driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Antoine Lherte and Ecurie Quick Star, won today’s Gr. II Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie (purse €100,000, 1609 meters  autostart, 13 starters) clocked in 1.10.7kr at Argentan. He earned this score through miscue dq of Romanesque that got up first on the outside, only to be placed out. 2/1 Up And Quick bested 11/1 Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) with Yann Lorin up and third placed was 4.6/1 Ave Avis (8m Kesaco Phedo=Magna Avis) with trainer J-M Bazire up. 1.9/1 favorite Bille de Montfort was fourth for David Thomain. The winner is now 16 for 65 yielding €2,089,040 earned for the career. Thomas H. Hicks

March 12. 2018 - Monday’s Bordeaux Le Bouscat featured Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran at Bordeaux (purse €40,000m 2650 meters distance handicap, 15 starters) went to 10/1 and 25 meter handicapped Shark Attack (10g April Perfect-Step By Step) handled by owner/trainer Mario Van Dooyeweerd. The game veteran now has nine wins in 33 FR starts and raised his career earnings to €238,058. Heinrich Platvoet bred the winner in Germany that is by a son of Armbro Goal and the dam Step By Step is a daughter of Allison Hollow from a Shogun Lobell dam. He was nicknamed early in his career “Crazy Horse” for his antics and as Claudia Platvoet now states  “We ❤ u crazy horse”. Another 10/1 and 25 meter penalized performer Aribo Mix (8g Reve des Vallees) rallied late for second, a neck short, for driver Dominik Cordeau with third to 4/5 favorite Diego Sautonne (5m Look de Star) reined by conditioner Matthieu Abrivard. A horse really named Crazy Horse was ninth. Thomas H. Hicks

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