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The .5/1 odds favorite Canadien d’Am (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia) took the €120,000 purse, 2175 meter Gr. II Prix Ceneri Forcinal against eight harness racing monte rivals. Timed in 1.13.3kr, Mathieu Mottier teamed the winner trained by Franck Leblanc and owned by Laurent Edin. 7.1/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) was second for Anthony Barrier and third was 4.3/1 Chicicahua (4f Pomerol de Laumac-Phoenix Arizona) with Alexandre Kloess. The co-feature was another monte test, the Prix Andre Rover for a purse of €70,000 and raced over 2850 meters by 17 starters with apprentice jockeys aboard. The 1.14.1kr timed winner was 36/1 Sydney du Rib (10g First de Retiz-Eva du Rib) with Yann Jublot up for trainer Antonio Ripoll Rigo. The narrowly photo determined winner bested 2/1 Valse de Reve (7f Mister President-Nouba Houba) trained by owner Alain Roussel and reined by Benjamin Rochard. 4/1 The Tiger (9g Nelson de Vandel-Notre Dame Bourbon) landed the third spot with Alexis Prat in the irons. European action next weekend moves to Bjerke that hosts the UET Trotting Masters Final and the Norwegian Derby’s for four and three year-old males and females. The Trotting Masters has 12 starts racing over 2100 meters autostart for 1,822,944NOK to the winner. The field is a showcase for Nuncio against a good but probably overmatched group, with the list below in post position order: Oasis Bi, Erik Adielsson Nuncio, Orjan Kihlstrom On Track Piraten, Joseph Verbeeck Mosaique Face, Adrian Kolgjini Spring Erom, Ulf Ohlsson Vasterbo Highflyer, Geir Vegard Gundersson Explosive De Vie, Kevin Oscarsson Volstead, Bjorn Goop Exodus Hanover, Kenneth Haugstad Global Money, Torbjorn Jansson Rod Stewart, Tom Erik Solberg B.B.S. Sugarlight, Peter Untersteiner The Derby events for four year-olds has the colts going 2600 meters autostart for 1NOK million to the winner. Elite BR (Muscles Yankee), Cash Okay (Ready Cash) and Greyhound d’Estino (Muscle Mass) are likely choices. The mares will go 2100 meters autostart with 500,000NOK first prize. Thai Bakery (Coktail Jet), and ML’s Superstar (Gentle Star) lead this 12 horse group. The three year-old colts will go 2100 meters autostart for 750,000NOK to the winner. Undefeated Ferrari BR (Muscles Yankee) takes on Cokstile (Quite Easy), a three time winner in four outings. The three year-old fillies will race 2100 meters autostart for 375,000NOK to the winner, with likely leaders being Nice Eleven L (Coktail Jet) and NY Diamond In The Sky (Dream Vacation). Thomas H. Hicks

September 7th at Les Sables d’Olonne was the latest leg of the prestigious Gr. III Grand National du Tror Paris Turf, conducted by 18 starters over 2750 meters distance handicapped for a purse of €90,000. This was the harness racing Quinte+ race of the day in France. The 1.13.8kr timed winner (not penalized) was 4.4/1 Boeing du Bocage (5m Scipion du Goutier-Lova du Cap Vert) racing shoeless for driver Luc Guinoiseau, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Mme. Boisnaud. 93.3/1 Tiger Danover (9g Ipsos du Ptitz-Kelly du Bouquet) nearly overcame a 50 meter penalty to earn second timed in 1.13.2kr for Francois Lecanu, trainer Stephane Provoost and Ecurie Danover. 28/1 Topaze Jef (9f Islero de Bellouet-Katie Gourdonnaise) landed third for Pierre Vercruysse ahead of 11/1 Alienor de Godrel and Franck Anne with fifth to 10/1 Amiral du Bisson with Anthony Barrier driving. On September 6 at Marseille Borely was the Prix du Mugel (purse €23,000, 3000 meters, 12 European starters) with the 1.15.7kr timed victory to 5.5/1 odds Angelo AM (6g Gigant Neo-Armbro Deity). Christophe Martens teamed the Ecurie du Domaine du Parc owned trainee of Vincent Martens. 14/1 Vampire Fromento (7g Jag de Bellouet-Quena Fromento) was second ahead of 9/1 Verdelet (7g Notre Haufor-Ebene de Saures). September 6th at Paris-Vincennes included the Prix Amalia (purse €38,000, 2200 meters, six starters, two year-olds) with 3/5 favorite Everest Vedaquais (2m Ready Cash-Spandelle) prevailing for Yoann Lebourgeois. This Philippe Allaire owned and trained colt was bred by Jean Pierre Guay, and could be still another Allaire champion performer. 5/2 Eros de Chene (2m Un Amour d’Haufor-Oulanover de Lou) took second for driver Franck Nivard and 29/1 Edison Perrine (2m Tucson-Pretty Perrine) was third with Jerome Rualts up, also for owner/trainer Allaire. September 5th at Feurs was the Prix de la Ville de Feurs (purse €35,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 1.6/1 odds Balbir (5g Ganymede-Manzir) with trainer Mickael Cormy driving for Ecurie di Vieux Chene. 11/1 Uranus du Corta (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Hydre de Lorne) took second ahead of 10/1 Uzo Josselyn (8m Love You-Lezira Josselyn) that Dominik Locqueneux teamed for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Robert Bergh. The Trophee Verte final was September 4th at Craon in the Prix Seche Environment, a Gr. II turf event for a purse of €80,000 over 2775 meters. There were 18 starters in this Q+ wagering contest. Veteran 4/1 second choice Tagada Tagada (9f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) scored in 1.18.7kr for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer/owner Emanuel Varin. 2.2/1 Unifloisa Bella (8f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) was second for Antoine Wiels and owner/trainer Jean Paul Marmion, with third to 9.8/1 Univers de Daidou (8g Jag de Bellouet-L’Absinthe) with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and Ecurie Daidou. Ulk Medoc and Twiggy were next home. The Craon program featured trots, steeplechase and cross country races. Wolvega hosted the September 4th Grand Prix de Victoria Park (purse €50,000, 2600 meters autostart, 11 entrants) that continued the traveling showcase of the Trotteur Francias. This day the 1.14.9kr timed winner was 10.3/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) with owner/breeder J.Cl. Hallais driving. J.W. Hallais trains the 14 time winner in 108 starts, now for €817,350 earned. 9/10 favorite Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was second for David Thomain, trainer Sebastian Guarato and breeder/owner Philippe Dauphin. 7.2/1 Swedishman (10g Gogo-Volgana) was third for Rik Ebbinge, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and breeder/owner Gaylor Chaudemanche. Solea Rivelliere, Sthieric and Booster Winner were next home. Also at Wolvega the Grand Prix Paris-Turf (purse €8,800, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to 1.14.7kr timed and 3/10 favorite Tuonoblu Rex (4m Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex) with Robin Bakker aboard. Paul Hagoort trains the winner for Stable Why Not. Jaguar Broline and Zenyatta were next to the line. A great program is ahead for Saturday September 10 at Paris-Vincennes, with six top flight events. Be there for superb trotting action. Gr. II monte Prix de Basly, eight three year-olds, purse €120,000, 2175 meters Prix RMC, 18 European starters, purse €75,000, 2700 meters Gr. III Prix Joseph Aveline, 14 four year-olds, purse €80,000, 2850 meters Gr. I International Prix d’Ete, 10 starters, purse €200,000, 2700 meters (field includes Your Highness, Bird Parker, Beline Josselyn) Prix de Mont Saint Michel, 14 European starters, purse €65,000, 2700 meters Gr. III Prix Emile Wendling, 12 European starters, purse €80,000, 2700 meters Thomas H. Hicks

Marie Bacsich teamed the Franck Leblanc trainee Be Mine de Houelle to victory in the harness racing Monte Elite at Solvalla (May 29) for 150,000SEK first money. The veteran FR monte campaigner was timed in 1.10.2kr (mile rate 1:52.95f) over the mile (1609 meters autostart) distance, the second fastest timed victory over that course. The mile race record was set a year ago in the same event on Elitloppet Day by Torre Crepin, timed in 1.10kr (1:52.63), handled by Adrian Lamy. Be Mine de Houelle is co-owned by Pauline Corty and trainer Leblanc. The five year-old daughter of Scipion du Goutier-Olita de Kettauso-Full Account posted her sixth career victory in 37 starts, now for 2,812,120SEK earned (US$341,138). Nantucket was second for Sofia Adolfsson with another Leblanc trainee Tsar de Houelle home third with Sofia Aronsson aboard. Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s Prix de Selection day harness racing undercard at Paris-Vincennes was a good one featuring two other groupe events and two more upper-class races. The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (purse €120,000, monte, 2850 meters, ten starters), a top undercard event Saturday at Paris-Vincennes, went to 3.1/1 Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) handled by David Thomain for trainer/owner Paul Viel.The 1.13.7kr timed winner rallied to defeat 16/1 El Mago Pellini (7m Chocolatier-My Intuition) reined by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Vitkindade AB. Third went to 1.4/1 favorite Veloce du Banney (7g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie du Guard. The Gr. II Prix Louis le Bourg (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 11 monte starters) went to 1.14.1kr timed, 3.4/1 odds Canadien d’Em (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia) with Mathieu Mottier up. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Laurent Edin. Even-money favorite Cyprien des Bordes (4m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes) was second in a photo for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 12.2/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) was third for Anthony Barrier. The €66,000 purse Prix de Montsoreau (2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to 4.7/1 odds Lover Face (8g Love You-Ambra OK) for J-M Bazire for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Bengt Olsson clocked in a quick 1.11.9kr. 1.1/1 Unbridled Charm (8m Password-Intense Action) was a close second for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Third was 27/1 Unique de l’Iton (8g Capriccio-Majeste de l’Iton) for trainer Hughes Levesque. Aero King took Saturday’s Prix d’Alencon (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine monte European starters) timed in 1.14kr. The winner Aero King (6g Hooper-Quarmina de Hour) was off at at 5.2/1 odds for Anthony Barrier. The pair rallied to nail 5.6/1 Amour Fou (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nice Star) and jockey Franck Nivard on the line. 2.2/1 Botido (5g l’As de Neige-Otida) was third for Mathieu Mottier. Thomas H. Hicks  

Orjan Kihlstrom piloted 1.6/1 odds Red Rose America (6f Varenne-Armbro Voice) to a 1.12.5kr victory in the Gr. III Prix Helen Johansson/Px Association Petits Princes (Gr. III purse €105,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters). Kihlstom recovered from a dq with Lionel in the Prix d’Amerique but this Fabrice Souloy trained, Stall Panamera Racing owned and Lou Guida bred raced superbly. The winner was developed in Italy by Jerry Riordan for Guida. Air France (6f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos) was second at 9.9/1 for Mathieu Abrivard driving for Rony Kuiper, the trainer for owner Stefan Melander. Third home was 36/1 Adeliua de Melodie (6f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) for David Thomain. 20/1 Ninepoints Lucy was fourth for owner Bengt Johansson with 6.2/1 Ustie Haufor finishing fifth for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon and driver Ch.J. Bigeon. Cayenne de Houelle Wins Prix de Meadowlands Today’s Prix de Meadowlands (purse €52,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to 14.8/1 odds, 1.14.3kr timed Cayenne de Houelle (4f Scipion du Goutier-Irina de la Frette) for Pierre Vercruysse driving for Franck Leblanc trainer. This mare has posted three straight wins for the Leblanc/Vercuysse team since December 29th. Caly Loulou (4f Gazouillis-Neige de Genetine) was second at 82/1 odds for Mathieu Abrivard. Chelsea de Champs (4f Look de Star-Toscane des Champs) took third for Eric Raffin at 6/1. Favorite Cedea Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) was fourth today at even-money after five wins and a second in her last six outings. 43/1 odds Calencia (4f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was fifth for  Domink Locqueneux at the lines. Later in the Prix d’Amerique program, three year olds battled in the €80,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) Prix Leopold Verroken with the 9/10 favorite, 1.14.7kr clocked Doberman (3m Prodigious-Ouietude Mesloise) to the line first for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. The winner now sports four wins the six starts. Dragueur (3m Speedy Blue-Tilda) was second for Mathieu Mottier at 10.7/1 odds. Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) was a 3.1/1 odds third for J-M Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc. Drop was fourth for Mathieu Abrivard with fifth to Ulisse LL for Roberto Andreghetti up. Thomas H. Hicks

January 2, 2016 - The Gr. II Prix Yvonnick Bodin (purse €105,000, monte 2700 meters, 16 starters) started the Saturday harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes with victory to 4.1/1 Tayson de Houselle (9g Insert Gede-Irinade la Frette) with Yann Joblot in the irons for Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Pricing Power. 4.2/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) was second for Jean-Yann Ricard and trainer J-M Bazire with 45/1 Vivier de l’Oison (7g Prince de Montfort-Ponaise) landing home third for Aurelien Desmarres. Scratched was well regarded Vaillant Cash. The Quinte+ Gr. II Prix de Bar-le-Duc (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) was won by the barefoot 3.2/1 Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel) timed in 1.14.6kr for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Mme. Florence Allera. The winner stormed home after a picture-book jourmey first on the front early, then yielding for a pocket spot before emerging again from heavy traffic at top stretch. 5/1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) from Sweden was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy ahead of 23/1 Alienor de Godrel (6f Orlando Vici-Julietta) for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Ecurie AB Trot. 15/1 El Mago Pellini (7m Chocolatier-My Intuition) was fourth for Eric Raffin (Lutfi Kolgjini trainer for Stall Vitkindade HB of Sweden) ahead of 30/1 Alpha Saltor (6m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) and driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Q+ race handle in win and place pools only exceeded €1.1 million. The jackpot was €5.2 million this day. The Prix de Meulan (purse €44,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.15.8kr timed, 1.3/1 favorite, Carlo de Carsi (4g Ismael du Pont-Orenie de Carsi) driven by J-M Bazire for trainer/owner J-M Baudouin. This narrow winner scored over 5/1 Cook Star (4m Look de Star-Originalite) reined by Mathieu Abrivard for Sebastien Guarato, trainer, and third finishing 5.5/1 Cupidon du Vivier (4m Love You-Odessa du Vivier) teamed by Eric Raffin for trainer Guarato and legendary owner/breeder Jean Yves Lucuyer. The €70,000 purse Prix de Damville (2100 meters autostart, 8 starters) went to 1.12.7kr timed, 3.2/1 odds Belle Bauloise (5f Ludo de Castelle-Sweet Pearl) reined by trainer William Bigeon, ahead of 4.4/1 Belle des Morles (5f Goetmals Wood-Nouvelle Rush) for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 4.3/1 Bianca des Iles (5f Open Charm-Hija Paquerie) hanlded by Mathieu Abrivard. The 2100 meter autostart Prix de Sainte-Marie-du-Mont (purse €50,000, 15 European starters) went to the barefoot 2.2/1 favorite Donttellmeanymore (7g Andover Andover-Possessive Lilly). Franck Nivard teamed this 1.12.8kr easy winner for traimer Fabrice Souloy and owner Sweden’s Wallen Invest. 41/1 Mystery Love (7m Love You-First Leader) took second for David Thomain, trainer Peter G. Norman and Sweden’s Stall Pershion. 68/1 Picard del Ronco (7m Varenne-d’Amour la Vie) landed third for Gabriel Gelormini and Italy trainer/owner connections. Painting Wise, Rocket Zet and Shiraz Brodde were all disqualified for miscues. Newly minted three year-olds contested the €44,000 purse Prix des Eglentiers (2850 meters, 9 starters) with victory earned by Philippe Allaire trainee, 7/10 favorite, Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) with Yoann Lebourgeois driving. Olivier Henri Thomas owns the winner. 3.6/1 Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) was second for J-M Bazire, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Siroy. Third was 7.5/1 Drop (3m Opus Viervil-Querriana) teamed by Mathieu Abrivard. The race winner was clocked in 1.16kr for his open-length victory. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 1, 2015 - Franck Nivard teamed 2/1 favorite Anna Mix (5f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) to victory in today’s €60,000 purse Grand Prix Andre de la Vaissiere, the 2875 meter distance handicap feature event at Laval contested by 18 European participants.  The winner, that overcame a 25 meter penalty, is owned and trained by Franck Leblanc and was timed in 1.13.4kr. 2.2/1 Falcon Haleryd (6g Varenne-Falnos Bellona) ended second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Johan Untersteiner and Stall Invexbo AB. 106/1 outsider Succes de Vaux (9g Edcon Tilly-Idole de Brenard) was third for Michael-Gerard Baron. The Prix Annick et Georges Dreux (purse €40,000, 2850 meters, 12 European monte starters) today at Laval went to the 1.13.7kr winner Bijou d’Auvillier (4g Kepler-Olive d’Auvillier) at 2.2/1 odds for Mlle. Caroline Cheradame up for trainer Joann Lebourgeois. 6.7/1 Talicia Bella (8f General du Pommeau-Illicia Bella) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer J-M Marmion ahead of the 51/1 Valetta Strix (5g Going Kronos-Afrodite Sund) that is trained by Lutfi Kolgjini and ridden by Mlle Marie Bacsich. The Prix Albert et Raymond Poitevin (purse €30,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters) at Laval went to 6.9/1 Capone Face (3m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) timed in 1.16.6kr and reined by Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Antonio De Sousa. 6.3/1 Coeur Baroque (3g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) ended second for Damien Bonne with third to 3.9/1 Canari Match (3m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostel) for teamster Frederic Prat. Sunday at Berlin Mariendorf the PMU affected higher purses showcased the Champions-Serie (purse €10,000, 3100 meters autostart, 7 International starters) and the 1.15.9kr winner was 13/1 Wild Viking (7g Vikings Way-Walpurgis Crown) handled by trainer/driver Rudolf Haller for Stall Wieserhof. 1.7/1 second choiuce Indio Corner (6g Gigant Neo-Indira Corner) was second for Josef Franzl with 49/1 Charming Oreau (6f Eilean Donan-Oreau Hendrika) third for reinsman Benjamin Hagan and trainer Alle Lomar. The 9/10 favorite Oncoming Diamant (7g SJ’s Photo-Oruscha Diamant) was fourth with Detlef Fleischer doing the driving for trainer Gerhard Biendl. At Nimes the Prix des Haras d’Uzes (purse €25,000, 2750 meters, 15 starters) went to 84/1 Trust Speed (8g Ludo de Castelle-Kitty Speed-Tenor de Baune) for teamster A. Barre timed in 1.19kr in the defeat of 4.2/1 Ultimate Love (7g Gros Grain-Kelly Charm) driven by Junior Guelpa. Third went to 5.6/1 Vormensito (6g Quatre Juillet-Carmensita) driven by Kevin Vanderschelden, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Thomas H. Hicks

July 4, 2015 - Today’s Enghien harness racing feature was the Gr. III Prix de Berlin (€85,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 10 European starters) and it went to 4/5 odds favorite Coquin Bebe (3m Rancho Gede-Noble Nanette-Gazouillis) clocked in 1.13.8kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Mme. Annie Bezier. Fast closing 17/1 Chateauroux (3m Sam Bourbon-Only Way-Vikings Way) rallied late for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau for second. Eric Raffin piloted Caid Griff (3m Password-Savane Griff-Tenor de Baune) was third at 8/1 for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. Italy’s Toseland Kyu (3m Love You-Zorayo Kyu), trained by Catello Savarese and driven by Santo Mollo, was fourth ahead of Tantalio (3m Le Touquet-Powerful Victory) trained by Fabrice Souloy and handled by Anthony Barrier, this one also from Italy. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pInqNgSnsCM Also on the fine Enghien card was the Quinte+ (€4 million jackpot) Prix de la Manche (€85,000 purse, 2875 meters, 15 European starters) and it went to the 1.15.3kr easy winner Romanesque (5m Love You-Guantanamera-Viking Kronos). Trainer Christophe Martens was aboard for owner BVBA Campus RPF. Marco Smorgon bred this one that was off at 2.4/1 odds. Romanesque recorded career win 11 for €203,748 earned. Perkins Grif (6m Classic Photo-Radiant Victory) was second at 4/1 for Anthony Barrier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 9/1 Uranie Lorraine (7f Goetmals Wood-Garonnaise) was third for reinsman Franck Nivard, with fourth to 9/1 Tischendorf Padd (8g Baccarat du Port-Milady de Padd) and Mathieu Abrivard ahead of 26/1 Unice de Guez (7f Capriccio-Eau Blanche) for Eric Raffin and trainer J-M Bazire. Thomas H. Hicks

June 9, 2015 - Yann Jublot piloted the Franck Leblanc trained Veloce du Banney (6g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) to victory in tonight’s featured harness racing Gr. III Prix Jean Paul Fairand (€90,000 purse, monte, 12 starters, 2175 meters) clocked in 1.12.5kr. Ecurie des Grand Buisson owns the winner that was off at 7/2 odds. 4.2/1 Surelando de Viette (9g Quadrophenio-Jolimira) was second for Florian Prioul and trainer Lois-Marie Daliford, ahead of third finishing 14/1 Troufion (8g Legs du Clos-Armee) with jockey Emilie LeBeller up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau. The evening card also showed a win by Always Perfect (5m Prodigious-Oh Butterfly) in the Prix Lomia (monte, purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.13.8kr for jockey Eric Raffin. Off at 9/2 odds the winner is owned and trained by Julien Dubois. 1.4/1 favorite As du Godisson (5g Gai Brillant-Deesie de Godisson) was second for David Thomain. 6/1 Abatha (5f Light Up Vonnas-Herione de Heerdt) was a distant third for jockey Anthony Barrier. Lastly, the Prix Siri (€35,000 purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters, three year-olds) went to 5/2 second choice Classic Way (3m Prodigious-Pole Position) with Jean-Philippe Dubois driving. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 1.3/1 favorite Cheri Cheri (3m Pomerol de Loumac-Nancy du Mont) was second for Mathieu Mottier with third to 58/1 outsider Chief Catle (3g Lontzac-Manon Cade) with Franck Lecanu aboard. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing trainer/driver Richard Westerink showcased lightly raced Cocomoko (3m, Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) today at Le Cepiere and it produced a comfortable win clocked in 1.17.3kr in the Prix Aerocons Tellation (€22,000 purse, seven starters) as the 9/10 favorite. 2.8/1 Cristal des Baux was second ahead of 11.7/1 Carl des Penguen. The winner is worth tracking for the future. At Vincennes the Prix Regulus (€55,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to As Dore (5m Coktail Jet-Dragee d’On) for teamster Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Franck Leblanc. Timed in a sharp 1.12.7kr the 10.1/1 odds winner handled Arpont d’Ostal (5m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine) and J-Ph Mary ahead of third finishing Valmayor (5g Le Retour-Kornnaya du Bac) for Joseph Verbeeck at 4.7/1. The card also featured the Prix Leo (€55,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) resulted in a 1.11.6kr victory for 9.1/1 odds Toopie du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixla de Perthos) and Eric Raffin. Favorite at 1.3/1 odds Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) ended second for Mathieu Mottier with Ucapata third at 14/1. Thomas H. Hicks

February 22, 2015 - Ecurie Quick Star’s bred and owned Up And Quick (7m Buvetier d’Aunou - Fichtre -Quitron du Coral) secured today’s third Triple Crown event at Paris-Vincennes. The 7/10 favorite drew off comfortably coming off the last bend for J-M Bazire and held safe Anna Mix (5f Ludo de Castelle - Ires) handled by Franck Nivard and Texas Charm (8m Cygnus d’Odyssee - Kamela Charm) with Julien Dubois aboard. Tiego d’Etang (8m Chaillot - Harolene) was home fourth for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Villeroi, Severino and Roxane Griff were disqualified for miscues. The winner, trained at Grobois by Franck Leblanc, also trainer of Anna Mix, won for the 12th time in a career that has not produced earnings of €1,921.060. The Gr. I International UET Master Series Prix de Paris carried a purse of €400,000 with 45% to the winner in this 4150 meter test (2-5/8 miles). Up And Quick was clocked in 5:05.19, a 1.13.5kr rate (1:58.26 mile rate). Bazire kept the winner well placed throughout after gaining an early advantage. He yielded twice before vacating the pocket and riding first up with Texas Charm following him. In the lane there was no serious challenge to the winner after steady fractions (1.14.7kr at 1500, 1.14kr at 1000 and at 500 mark). Replays follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDmPw9VM1Do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6UWZRotUas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzeQtp_7dRM Thomas H. Hicks

February 15, 2015 - The Gr. I Criterium des Jeunes (€200,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters, three year-olds) saw heavily favored Cristal Money disqualified from an early break, setting up victory for 5.7/1 Coquin Bebe (3m Rancho Gede - Noble Nenette) with J-M Bazier driving for trainer Franck Leblanc and clocked in 1.14.7kr with a solid closing brush. 36/1 Caid Griff (3m Password  -Savane Griff) was next for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato with third to 7/1 Canari Match (3m Extreme Aunou - Ruelle d’Ostal) with Franck Ouvrie up. The Gr. III Prix de Heussey (€110,000, European monte, 2175 meters) went to  0.5/1 odds favorite Uppercut de Manche (7g Neutron du Cebe - Nuit de Manche) with Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau as he scored by three lengths, clocked in 1.11.4kr after quick even fractions (1.09.6kr at 1500, 1.11.1kr at 1000, 1.11.5kr at 500). The winner sat outside the from the start pacesetter Nonant le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood - Blazing Janice - Pine Chip) at 6.7/1 ridden by David Thomain for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro, and she jetted away at top of stretch but tired late and could not hold off the winner. Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio - Laraka) ended third at 41/1 with fourth to 5.4/1 second favorite Udayama (7g Echo - Lancia du Pont). The top four across the line raced without shoes. The Gr. III Prix d’Orthez (€100,000, European four year-olds, 2700 meters, 15 starters) produced a front-end win for the Jerry Riordan trained, Bjorn Goop teamed Sapphire Bi (4f Conway Hall - Valley Jean Bi) at 2.5/1. The Scuderia Della Cass owned Italian filly scored in 1.14.5kr, without shoes, sprinting clear in the stretch with a quick kick (fractions 1.15.7kr at 1500 ; 1.15.3kr at 1000 ; 1.15kr at 500). 29/1 Bamako des Angles (4g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree - Ixia des Angles) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer J.P. Piton with third to Italy’s Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip - Lindes de Gloria) with Gabriel Gelormini up for trainer Santo Mollo and owner Scuderia Pentacom at 18/1 odds. Sapphire Bi Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MGxxmH41cI The undercard was also a good one. The opener was the monte Prix de Pouilly (€45,000, 12 starters) and the 1.14.5kr winner was Accro au Rock (5g Rocklyn - Nice Story) with Eric Raffin in the irons for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulinm. Off at 5.6/1 odds the winner defeated Andy de Touchyvon (5g Jeanbat de Vivier - Joy du Buisson) at 9/1 for jockey/trainer Franck Nivard that ended ahead of 65/1 Athletic Sport (5m Jag de Bellouet - Quipia Josselyn). The Quinte+ Prix RMC (€54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval - Hanska) at 3.4/1 (co-favorite) with Mathieu Mottier up, clocked in 1.13.7kr (fractions 1.13.7kr at 1500, 1.14kr at 1000, 1.14.2kr at 500). The winner was well placed throughout and took the lead with 1500 meters to go. Tic Tac du Mont (8g Kerido du Donjon - Douala) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer J-P Marmion also at 3.4/1 odds. Ulyssee de Curgies (7g Gabor Star - Idoles de Curgies) took third at 23/1 for Jos Verbeeck and trainer Eric Prudhom. Universal Rider Reply : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SajNXPwM1-4 The Prix de la Gacilly (€56,000, 2700 Meters, 16 European females) went to Vadette des Landes (6f New des Landes - Dolia du Houlbet) at 12/1 for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy. Timed in 1.14.4kr she defeated 24/1 Venture Jiel (6f Neoh Jiel  -Oceane Jiel) with Franck Ouvrie driving and third place 2.6/1 favorite Monas Invercote (6f Viking Kronos - Monas Speranza) for teamster Christophe Martens and trainer Svante Bath. Alexas (5m Ganymede - Myrtille des Bois) captured, at 4/1, the Prix du Finistere (€80,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire in a tightly contested finish. He was clocked in 1.15.2kr off slow fractions. Accordéon (5g Baccarat du Pont - Quaba des Conveu) was second at 31/1 for Benoit Robin ahead for Adman Perrine (5g Nijinski Blue - Pretty Perrine) for Franck Nivard at 9/1. Thomas H. Hicks

February 12, 2015 - Trebol (8m Hot Blues - Sally Can Wait) rallied for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou to secure the Prix de Chateaurenard (€75,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters, Quinte+ with jackpot €2.1 million) clocked in 1.11.8kr with an excellent last 500 meters (fractions: 1.06.7kr at 1500; 1.10kr at 1000; 1.12.6kr at 500). The Spanish invader, that usually races well at the winter meet, is owned by Olivia Crespi-Perez and was off today at 5.3/1. Pacesetter (at 59/1) Tabrize de Gete (8m Ganymede - Kabrizia du Gete) held second for driver David Thomain with Sweden’s 9/10 favorite Traveling Man (10m Supergill - Kimberly Lobell) third for Bjorn Goop. Italy’s Orione Degi Dei (7g Conway Hall - Elissa Dei) was fourth at 12/1 for Franck Nivard.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 2.100.000 € - Numéro plus : 0176   Ordre :       22.128,00€   Désordre :       184,40€   Bonus 4 :       21,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       6,90€   Bonus 3 :       4,60€ Favorite Anna Mix (5f Ludo de Castelle - Ires), off at 9/10 with Franck Nivard up, took the Prix de Nevers (€110,000, Gr. III, 2850 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) in 1.14.2kr with the quick last 500 meters (fractions: 1.18kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000, 1.15.2kr at 500). Franck Leblanc trains and owns the rugged mare now with nine career victories and earnings of €464,300. Anette de Mirel (5f Laetender Diem - Lisa du Mirel) was second at 50/1 for Eric Raffin, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner/breeder Anette Holmgren. The top finishers both overcame 25 meter handicaps. Va Tres Bien (6g Nez Perce - Giboulee de Mars) was third for Pierre Vercruysse at 16/1. Noel Busset trains this one. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sMz3QgLrgs The Gr. II Prix Edouard Marcillac (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, monte, males, 9 starters) went to fast-finishing Carlos des Caux (3m Mien - Star Dodienville) with Mathieu Abrivard up at 2.7/1. Jacques Bruneau trains the four length winner that was timed in 1.15.1kr. Chalimar de Guez (3m Nahar de Beval - Phebe du Guez) was second for Damien Bonne and trainer J-M Bazire with third to Cash Phil (3m Ready Cash - Orelic Phil) with Joann Lebourgeois up for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. The Gr. II Prix Holly du Locton (€120,000, monte, 11 starters, 2175 meters) ended in an easy victory,clocked in 1.15.2kr, for 3/2 favorite Ciperla Mag (3f Quaker Jet - Perle du Revary) handled by Mathieu Mottier for trainer Bruno Bourgoin. 15/1 Corsica (3f Coktail Jet - Jarifante) was second for Anne Barthelemy and trainer Guillaume Moinon, ahead of Carina de Gueron (3f Paisy Dream - Narbonne) with jockey Antoine Lherete for trainer Franck Anne at 55/1. Earlier in the solid card, the Prix de Mancenat (€48,000 purse, 2175 meters, 12 starters) went to 20/1 Avatar Bataille (5m Gazouillis - Quinzeline) with trainer/owner/driver Philippe Ternisien. He scored in 1.12.1kr off quick fractions (1.09.8kr at 1500; 1.10.1kr at 1000; 1.11.5kr at 500), defeating 9/10 favorite Attacus (5g Hand du Vivier - Nelocata) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Artiste du Lys (5g Oiseau de Feux - Jaquissime) and teamster William Bigeon at 7/1 for trainer Jean Luc Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

The monte classic Gr. I Prix de Normandy today went to favorite Vittel de Brevol ridden by David Thomain for trainer Sebastian Ernault. The E240,000 purse event, over 3000 meters, was timed in 1.13.9kr with the winner recording his 13th victory in 19 starts now for career earnings over E323,000. The great monte mares Vision Intense (Nathalie Henry aboard) and Valse Castelets (JLC Dersoir) were next on the line. Vision Intense raced superbly and gained steadily after a slow start, finally staging an inside rally in late stretch. Gr. I Prix de Normandie, E240,000 purse, 3000 meters monte, 14 starters Fractions: 1.14.9kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500 and finish Vittel de Brevol (5m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol), David Thomain, trainer Sebastian Ernault, 2/1 odds, 13th win in 19 starts for earnings E323,850 Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action), Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 2.2/1 odds Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), JLC Dersoir, 7/1 odds The secondary monte feature today was the E105,000 Gr. III Prix Georges Dreux over 2850 meters. Eight contestants were at the start and it ended in a dead-heat in 1.14kr with Uppercut de Manche and Sourire de Voutre inseparable. Uppercut de Manche with DamienBonne was off at 2/1 while Sourire de Voutre was the 7/10 favorite for jockey Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Prix Georges Dreux, Gr. III purse E105,000, 2850 meters, 8 starters, monte Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500; 1.14.9kr at 1000; 1.14.1kr at 500; 1.14kr finish Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Ceba-Nuit de Manche), Damien Bonne, 2/1 odds, 13th win in 59 starts for E364,500. Dead heat for win Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis-Guella), Franck Nivard for trainer/owner Franck Leblanc, 7/10 favorite in dead heat for win Quarnac de L'iton (10g Ideal de L'iton-Classic Mesloise), Mathieu Mottier, 47.2/1 Quoumba de Guez (10f Urfist des Pres-Vanina de Mareuil), 8.1/1 odds Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.      

Bold Eagle took today’s Gr. II Prix Victor Regis at Paris-Vincennes. Contested over 2700 meters for three year-olds, Bold Eagle got up in the final strides for owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois to score in 1.14.8kr to secure the winners’ share of the €120,000 purse. Racing on the pegs mid-pack, the winner watched Booster Winner, Bird Parker and Brillantissime (Jos. Verbeeck) exchange leads until Brillantissime, the 1.1/1 favorite took the front heading into the lane. Dubois then eased Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You) four wide and steadily wore down the leader to score by a neck. Bold Eagle has won six straight now in 2014 and has eight wins in ten career outings for €144,800 earned. The winners’ dam is from Hippodamia, by Workaholic, she dam of 1:56.1 winner Quai Bourbon (US$260,686). Booster Winner was third today behind Brillantissime, with Black d’Avril (Franck Ouvrie) and Bird Parker (Johan Lebourgeois) ending fourth and fifth. Fractional times of this race were modest as the field clocked 1.16.1kr with 1000 meters remaining, before speeding home. The Gr. II monte Prix Camille Lepecq over 2700 meters for €120,000 went to 2.7/1 odds Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis-Goella) with Franck Nivard up for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. The 9/10 favorite and classique winner Roxane Griff (Mathieu Abrivard) was well-placed throughout and ended second after drifting wide in the lane. She lacked her usual powerful closing kick today. Uppercut de Marche was third, beaten a neck for second, for Damien Bonne. The winner recorded his 17th win in 29 starts (also six placing on his card) for earnings of €757,340. The pace was solid and quick for this group with the winner scoring in 1.12.4kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Reven d’Amour (9m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) took today’s Gr. I International €140,000 purse Prix Saint Michel, contested over 1609 meters (one mile) at the fast Mikkeli Finland racetrack. The race was a UET Masters Series event. Seven starters battled in this one after the scratch of Joke Face. Prussia and She Loves You were out early, disqualified for miscues. Monster Drive gained the front early for Jorma Kontio and controlled the pace until top of stretch when second over Reven d’Amour rallied wide to win comfortably in 1.10.3kr (1:53.1 mile time). The Swedish registered trotter was driven by Mika Forss for trainer Fredrik B. Larsson and owner Stall Harriet. The winner now has 21 career wins in 77 starts for €700,629 earned. The victory cements a solid 2014 comeback for Reven d’Amour and also for the Larsson family who suffered a 2014 Copenhagen Cup reported disqualification of Caballion for a banned substance in Denmark. Caballion was trained for that race by Franck Leblanc. Finland’s Surprise Lord (8m Classic Response-Beauty Bro-Arnaquer) finished second today for IIkka Normonen driving for Mme. K. Kindsberg trainer. Another Finland trotter Super Frido (6m Love You-Empress Kemp) closed for third for trainer/driver Markku Nieminen. Monster Drive faded to fourth with USA’s Beer Summit fifth. The card today at Mikkeli also showcased wins by Vesuvio As (8m Windsong’s Legacy-Remini As-Mack Lobell), Dance Photo (10m SJ’s Photo-Dancing Trout-Dancer’s Victory) and Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem). By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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