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Franck Nivard was reunited today at Paris-Vincennes with Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and it produced a length victory in a rated 1.13.8kr (soft fractions 1.17kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.9kr at 1000 remaining, 1.15.1kr at the 500) over the harness racing classic 2700 meter grande piste. Off at 1/10 odds, Bold Eagle recorded his 26th win in 30 career starts, now for earnings of €2,002,300, in the Gr. II Prix Jockey (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, eight starters). Bold Eagle was away on the lead, yielded and then retook for the balance. Sebastian Guarato trains the winner for owner Pierre Pilarski and Jean-Etienne Dubois was the breeder of Bold Eagle. 8.3/1 Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn( rallied strongly to be second for J-M Bazire, also the trainer for owner/breeder Yvan Bernard. Third was 18/1 Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Guarato and owner Franck Amar. 44/1 odds  Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was fourth after a peg hugging journey for David Thomain, trainer Guarato and breeder/owner Philippe Dauphin. 50/1 Beau Gamin was fifth for Eric Raffin, who had driven the race winner in his prior endeavor. Next up for Bold Eagle is the September third Criterium des 5 Ans. Thomas H. Hicks

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

Paris-Vincennes’ Prix Sapientia (Pick 5 harness racing event) was raced by 14 entrants over 2700 meters for the €36,000 purse. The 1.15.7kr winner was 5.9/1 odds Cats de la Ferme (4f Sam Bourbon-Premiere Blue) for reinsman Franck Nivard. Jean Baudron trains this one and was also breeder. 54/1 C’est Facile (4f Rocklyn-Maflymede) took second for Louis Baudron, he trainer and breeder. Mme. Amandine Baudron owns this one. 24/1 Caline Bretonne (4f Bassano-Madame de Lorge) took third spot for trainer/driver Didier Brohier. The day’s featured event was the Gr. III Prix Jean Paul Fairand, a monte contest over 2175 meters for a €90,000 purse. Nine were at the start (along with their apprentice jockeys) with 25.3/1 Safari Dream (10g Gai Brillant-La Nemoria) recording the quick 1.11.1kr victory for Mlle. Lolita Balayn, trainer Lois Peschet and Ecurie de Rougemont. The mile rate for the winner was 1:54.40 over 1.35 miles distance, a monte record for the distance at Paris-Vincennes. 9/10 favorite Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Nois-Madone On Wood) was second for Leo Abrivard and trainer Benjamin Goetz, with third to 15/1 Tonnerre de Retz (9g First de Retz-Kaline du Solnan) third for Antoine Dabouis and trainer J-F Senet. The race pace was fast (1.05.8kr at1500 meters to go, 1.07.2kr at 1000 meters remaining). The pupil of Loïc Peschet surpassed the 2010 record of Picsou de Villabon (1.11.3kr). On the same program the Prix Penelope (purse €35,000, 2850 meters, ten starters) went to 1.9/1 favorite Dulcinee Vrie (3f Royal Dream-Primeur Vrie) with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baiudron clocked in 1.16.3kr. The daughter of a Prix d’Amerique winner defeated 4.6/1 Diane d’Houlbec (3f OBrillant-Perplexe Lucanoise) with Matthieu Abrivard up, finishing ahead of 2.9/1 Daelia de Vandel (3f Ready Cash-Maelia de Vandel) handled by trainer Cedrik Megissier for Ecurie La Tour de Vandel. Thomas H. Hicks

Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) easily won today’s Gr. II Prix Louis Jarel (purse €120,000, 2175 meters volt start, nine entrants) at Paris-Vincennes, his first appearance after breeding season, for harness racing  trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The winner was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois and was timed in 1.10.8kr. 12.8/1 Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) was two lengths beaten second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Guarato and owner Antonio De Sousa. Ecurie D bred this one. Third was 50.1/1 Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) with David Thomain up for Guarato and owner/breeder Philippe Dauphin. 9.7/1 Baltic Charm was fourth for Eric Raffin and 2.7/1 second choice Bird Parker was fifth, reportedly affected by an injury. Bold Eagle waited near the back early and circled opponents for an easy win without requiring driver Nivard to urge him on. Billie de Montfort rallied nicely to be third behind Bolero Love. Baltic Charm also closed well in the late going. The fractions were steady (1.10.6 at 1500 to go; 1.12kr at the 1000; 1.11.7kr with 500 remaining) with a quick final 500 to finish in 1.10.8kr, as noted above. Thomas H. Hicks

Akido (6g Love You-Isba) took tonight’s Quinte+ Prix St. Sauveur at Vincennes with harness racing trainer Franck Nivard up. Ecurie Comte P de Montesson is the owner. The purse was €72,000 and 14 Europeans contested the event over 2700 meters with the winner timed in 1.13.7kr. 12/1 Alpha Saltor (6m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was second for Matthieu Abrivard with 6/1 Duke of Greenwood (6m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) third for driver Hugo Langeweg Jr, and trainer Peter J. Strooper. On the same evening card the 3/2 favorite Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda) took the €55,000 purse Prix Dejanira (2700 meters, 12 starters) clocked in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque. Pierre Levesque is the owner. 9/1 Belline d’Urzy (5f Otgello Pierji-Querida d;Urzy was next with Franck Ouvrie up and 11/1 Action du Chatelet (6f Opium-Olvera du Chatelet was third. Thursday’s  (May 19) Lyon-Parilly feature was the Prix de Dax (purse €28,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) and 5.7/1 odds Bonheur d’Occagnes scored timed in 1.15.2kr for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner J.P. Micholet. This five year-old son of Diamant Gede-Onaka defeated 6/1 Bolde Major (5m Hulk des Champs-Nuit de France). At Chartres the Prix Opal Chartres for a €35,000 purse (2800 meters, 16 starters, Pick5) went to the 1.6/1 favorite Victoire de Levres (7f LOntzac-Eve Linu) with Franck Nivard piloting. Timed in 1.13.7kr this winner bested 11/1 Tikuor de Beylev (9f Sancho Panca-Jasmine du But) with Vh. Dreux aboard. Third was 28/1 Soleil de France (10g Giant Cat-Histoire de France). Also at Chartres was the monte Prix Chartrexpo (purse €23,000, 2800 meters, 15 European participants). Eric Raffin rode 25/1 Toscan de Carel (9g Ipsun de Mormal-Kiwadatta) to the 1.14.9kr victory for owner/trainer Mlle. M-A Goetz. 11/1 Alezane d’Urzy (6f Oiseau de Feux-Jepes) was second ahead of 10/1 Voiseau Smiling (7g Oiseau de Feux-Milady d’Ombree). On Wednesday May 18 there was interesting trotting action at Solvalla and Jagersro. 1.9/1 My Gliding Angel (6f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) won a mares event worth 80,000SEK to the winner as Kenneth Haugstad teamed the winner to a 1.13.2kr score over 2140 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop trains this one that defeated 4/1 Unique Julia (6f Juliano Star-Staro Unique-Supergill) that Ulf Ohlsson teamed for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Flight Plan (3f Scarlet Knight-Dana di Ala-Supergill) took at three year-old filly event that earned her 40,000SEK first money. Owner/trainer/driver was Stefan Melander in this 2140 meter autostart contest that was off at 3.9/1. 10/1 Rio Rita Face (3f Joke Face-Musclesonbroadway-Muscles Yankee) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Liljendahl. The race was clocked in 1.15.7kr. Also at Solvalla an 80,000SEK first money event for four year-old mares went to 3/10 favorite Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden, The winner was timed in 1.12.7kr and recorded her first 2016 win in her second start. Wild Honey’s career slate is 18-8-0 in 30 outings. Salmo Silvio (4f Ken Warkentin-Almo Silvio-Copiad) was second for  driver Magnus Jakobsson.  Shortly thereafter a 60,000SEK first money race went to Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson and trainer Melander, off at 13.5/1 amd timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart. Nato Dream increased his career earnings to 1,822,085SEK. 4/1 Blue Martini As (6f Allstar Hall-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) was second for driver Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. At Jagersro a 70,000SEK first prize test over 1640 meters autostart went to even-money favorite Royal Fighter (8m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) with Jennifer Tillman up for trainer Per K. Eriksson. The Per Rodent and Christina Nilsson owned veteran scored in 1.10.1kr to defeat 2.3/1 Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch) and trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. Stand and Deliver was third for Birger Jorgensen ahead of Harry Haythrow, Kash’s Cantab and Rod Stewart. The winner scored career victory 15 in 70 starts for earnings of 2,564,500SEK. He’s been 1-2-3 in the last six starts and raced barefoot in this one and certainly seeks an Elitloppet invitation. Elitloppet 2016 Prep Video: Thomas H. Hicks

Franck Nivard piloted 2/1 Dynamite’s Fella (3f Ready Cash-Romane’s Fella) to victory this Tuesday April 12 evening in the Prix Atlas (purse €60,000,  2100 meters autostart, 12 entrants) at Paris-Vincennes. Timed in 1.15.3kr the Fabrice Souloy trainee is owned by Hodj Coatings BV. 7.8/1 Douce Rebelle (3f Sam Bourbon-Rebelle) was a good second for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. 8.8/1 Douce Ligneries (3f Love You-Ouragame) rallied for third with Bruno Marigliano up, ahead of 31/1 Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) and Gabby Gelormini for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Fifth was 6/1 Daylight Jet (3f Jag de Bellouet-Ocarina Jet) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Jean-Etienne Dubois. Same day, same venue, the Prix Dorophea (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) went to 1.14.6kr timed, 2.6/1 odds, Caly Lou Lou (4f Gazouillis-Neige de Genetine) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 5.2/1 Comtesse (4f Oiseau de Feux-Oeniades) was second for Antoine Triho and trainer Denise Mottier with third to 3.4/1 Comtesse Firoe (4f Sam Bourbon-Tapaza de Fael) with Tony LeBeller driving. On April 13 at Dinslaken Germany, the Prix Jorky (purse €4,500, 2100 meters, nine starters) went to 1.17kr timed, 3.2/1 odds Sabsevar As (5f Donato Hanover-Galiera As) for Thomas Kroyman and owner Peter P. Aleman. 7.2/1 Cooper Star (7b Juliano Star-Secret Star) rallied for second driven by Robbin Bot. The winner’s dam Galiera As 1:55.3 (US$164,030) was winner of the Gran Premio d’Europa at age 4 and is a daughter of SJ’s Photo-Victoria Sib-Armbro Goal. Her second dam is Tackle Box (Bonefish-Brenda Lee Hanover), the maternal family of the great Magician. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Veteran B.B.S. Sugarlight (7g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) won Saturday’s V75 Gold Olympiatravet Trial for 150,000SEK (US$18,395) to the winner. B.B.S. Sugarlight was timed in 1.10.8kr, a new course record at Axevalla, after fast early fractions. The race distance was 2140 meters, autostart. Peter Untersteiner teamed the winner that now has a 20-15-11 slate in 73 career starts for earnings in excess of 6,672,000SEK. Off at 2.8/1, the winner bested Sauveur (6m Echo-Operah Bob-Easy Lover) and driver Ake Lindblom with third to Norway’s Papagayo E (6m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomali) handled by UIlf Ohlsson. Venkatesh and Global Money were fourth and fifth. The upcoming Olympia Final (April 30 at Aby Racecourse) will reportedly include B.B.S. Sugarlight, On Track Piraten, Anna Mix and Your Highness, the latter a solid winner this day at Paris-Vincennes in a non-groupe event. The Gr. I Olympia Trot race benefits the Swedish Olympic Committee and Paralympics that have received well over US$27 million since the race began that the SOC and ATG arrange. Also at Axevalla this day were several other notable winners including Next To None Sib (9g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop in a 1640 meter autostart sprint test worth 125,000SEK to the winner. Bartender In (6g Muscles Yankee-Garfish Face-Viking Kronos) won for Johan Untersteiner, also trainer, in a 110,000SEK first money race over 2640 meters autostart. Roses Glory (5f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed) was second in this one for Veljo Heiskanen. A V4 event worth 100,000SEK first prize went to 3/1 odds Nobel Southwind (4g Explosive Matter-Lagunilla-Meadow Road) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. This one overcame a 20 meter distance handicap, traveling 2660 meters for victory. Another 100,000SEK first money event was a V75 Klass II test that went to Top Yllit (5g Skogans Joker-Diggers Catrine-Super Tilly) for driver Jens Laursen over 2140 meters voltstart; and the 100,000SEK first money Skara Hastlands Race was won by Tumble Dryer (4m Jacose-Wash And Wear-Smokin Yankee) for Mads H. Nielsen and trainer Tomas Malmqvist at 20/1 odds over 2140 meters autostart. The V75-4 Klass I contest for 100,000SEWK to the winner went to 5/1 Topgear (5m Standpoint-Fancy Storm-Rapido) for trainer/driver Hans G. Eriksson; and a 2140 meter autostart event for 100,000SEK first prize went to Dark Chocolate (7f Pine Chip-Norine Hornine-Lindy’s Crown) with Johnny Takter at the lines for trainer Per Hedberg. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

At Cherbourg on March 28 two owned by the late Comte Pierre de Montesson were winners, both driven by Franck Nivard. Datcha (3f The Best Madrik-Quaska des Arris) took the €20,000 purse Prix Point Couses “La Cravache d’ru” over 2625 meters, besting nine rivals and timed in 1.21.5kr. Making only her second career start for trainer Emmanuele Ruault after a second place initial appearance, the 1.9/1 favorite defeated 17/1 Dynamite du Boulay (3f Defi d’Aunou-Mona Lisa Jet) and 9/1 Duchesse Aldo (3f Roc Meslois-Olita Barbes). The other Montesson stable winner was 3/2 odds favorite Black (5g Islero de Bellouet-Okita) in the €22,000 Prix du Journal Paris-Turf. Franck Nivard drove this one that he also trains, timed in 1.16.5kr to raise career earnings to €62,100. 7.2/1 Belphegor du Paj (5g Derby du Gite-Papite Club) finished second ahead of 85/1 Black Jack From (5m Scipion du Goutier-Off Key). Comte Pierre de Montesson, who passed away in 2015, wass well known in both trotting and gallop as owner of Une de Mai, Toscan and Katko. His stable colors continue to win high-level groupe races The same day, at Beaumont de Lomagne, the lightly raced Cocomoko (4g Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) won the €20,000 Prix Love You for owner/trainer/driver Richard Westerink. This full brother to Timoko scored in 1.15.5kr over 2550 meters to defeat 12 rivals. The winner now has career earnings of €43,040 with three wins and five placings in 11 starts. At La Capelle, the Prix de la Ville du Guise (purse €25,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 entrants) went to 6.4/1 Apollon de Kacy (6m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kids) for driver/trainer/owner Jorgen Westholm, clocked in 1.14.5kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing driver Franck Nivard teamed 6.5/1 Vanille du Dollar (7f Magnificent Rodney-Magalie du Dollar) to victory Wednesday in the second leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf, a 3000 meter distance handicap event with 16 starters. The total purse was €90,000. Timed in 1.14.2kr the winner bested three rivals that sought to overcome a 25 meter penalty. 4/5 favorite Viking Blie (7g Prodigious-Idole Blue) was second for trainer/driver Y-A Briand and 30/1 Ursa Major (8f Ganymede-Good Way) landed the third spot ahead of 35/1 Slow du Beauvoisin (10g Jain de Beval-Gina du Beauvoison) and driver Stephane Cingland. 21/1 Urus (8g Kiwi-Troika de Mar) was fifth for Cedrik Terry. The prestigious GNT series visits many rural venues throughout the summer and fall season before a final at Paris-Vincennes at start of the winter meet. This day’s GNY was the Quinte+ race of the day with a €4 million jackpot. The same day at Solvalla was the Kentucky Fibbers over 1640 meters autostart with 80,000SEK to the winner. Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) made his 2016 first start an easy winning one for owner/driver Stefan Melander. Timed in 1.10.7kr Nuncio, bred by Russell Williams in Pennysylvania,  took the lead early and battled Oreccechietti before that one tired and was disqualified. Venkatesh (7g Varenne-Honey Face-Viking Kronos) ended second for Orjan Kihlstrom, over eight lengths off the winner. Smilin Eli (6m Muscles Yankee-Gerri’s Joy-Enjoy Lavec) was third for Daniel Reden ahead of fourth finishing Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip and driver Per Lennartsson. Saturday’s V75 card is at Solvalla and it includes several events worth 200,000SEK of better to the winners. Top flight horses will be on display such as Donna di Quattro, Blended Scotch, On Track Piraten, Spring Erom and Marta Chip. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s harness racing action at Hippodrome Chartres resulted in their €35,000 purse Grand Prix de la Ville de Chartres (2800 meters, 16 starters) going to the Franck Nivard teamed, 1.3/1 favorite, Urbain The Best (8g Lilium Madrik-Frivole des Bois). Timed in 1.16.7kr the F-J Peltier trainee bested 3.3/1 Vinci d’Em (7g Insert Gede-Classical Star) with Franck Ouvrie aboard and the 99.5/1 outsider Voyou des Gacheres (7g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Ogeliniere) that finished third for J.Cl. Maucour. Also at Chartres was the €21,000 Prix du Centre Nautique “l’Odyssee” over 2800 meters with 16 starters. This distance handicap event was for apprentice lad drivers. The 1.17kr winner was 4.3/1 Votre President (7g Love You-Nanyotiere) with Yann Lorin aboard for trainer P.A Rynwalt-Boulard. 5.2/1 Angel Dark (6g Look de Star-Ouadrata des Jipes) rallied to be a close second for driver Jorgen Berggren, and trainer/co-owner Anders Lindqvist along with Peter Gerry. 3.8/1 Vito des Lardiers (7g Paisy Dream-Jenny Vinoir) was third for Benjamin Bonne and trainer Gaeten Ligeron. The top three each overcame 25 meter handicaps. Trotting on turf has also resumed in FR and today’s feature was at Fougeres where the Prix de Ministere de l’Agriculture (purse €35,000, 3200 meters, 16 starters) went to 5.1/1 Voldakir (7m Olimede-Quanta Gioia) for owner/trainer/driver Jean-Philippe Borodajko. 2/1 favorite Vif Pin (7g Millenium Wood-Nogara) was second for Thomas Levesque in the 1.33.1kr timed event over soft grass. 5.5/1 Ascot de l’Olsin (6g Lilum Madrik-Fuldera) ended third for Glenny Delaume. At Reims the Grand Prix du Champagne Canard Duchene (purse €30,000, 2600 meters, 11 starters) went to the 1.13.9kr timed, 1.4/1 favored Viatka Madrik (7f Jeanbat du Vivier-Natly Pride) for owner/trainer/driver Gaetan Ligeron. 1.7/1 second choice After River (6f Quaker Jet-Ogusa de la Merite) ended second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Sebastien Guarato with third to 7.2/1 Action du Chatelet (6f Opium-Olvera du Chatelet) handled by Mickael Chareul for trainer Christian Jouenne. At Beaumont de Lomagne the Prix  Maurice Roucolle (purse €25,000, 2950 meters autostart, 13 European starters) went to 1.16.1kr timed and 9/10 odds favorite Trailing Edge (7m Scarlet Knight-Veda Sund) handled by Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and Ecurie Rally of Sweden. 14.3/1 A Nous Bosdarros (6g Lilium Madrik-Libellu le du Coq) was second ahead of third finishing, 10.6/1 odds Avenir d’Or (6g Orlando Vici-Epec d’Or). At Trieste Italy’s 805 meter track, the €45,100 Premio Giorgio Jegher (1660 meters autostart) went to the 1.14kr timed Superbo Capar (5m Calypso Capar-Dark Degli Ulivi-Indro Park) for driver Giuseppe Lombardo Jr. This winner scored his 13th career win in 56 starts and increased his career earnings to over €150,000. Seattle Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi-Toss Out) was second for Alessandro Gocciadoro with Sharon Gar (5f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) third for V.P. Dell’Annunziata. Supermar (5m SJ’s Photo-Gianne de Vie-Angus Hall) was fourth with Roberto Andreghetti up and Romi MMS (6f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB-Self Possessed) was fifth for Mitja Slavic. Thomas H. Hicks

Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) took today’s featured harness racing Q+ Gr. I Prix de Selection (purse €240,000, 2299 meters, 14 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The Sebastien Guarato trainee was driven by Franck Nivard for owner Antonio De Sousa. Off at 5.5/1 odds the winner scored in 1.10.8kr to defeat 2.4/1 favorite Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) and reinsman Gabriele Gelormini. 9.4/1 Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) landed third for Eric Raffin. She raced forwardly placed with cover but the Guarato trained mare could not threaten the top two that traveled the last 500 meters quickly after a 1.11.7kr clocking at the 500 to go post. The Gr. II Prix de l’Union Europeenne (purse €160,000, 3000 meters, 11 starters) went to the 1.14.4kr timed and 1.1/1 favorite Ustinof du Vivier (8g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) for driver Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato, and owner St, Szwarc. 3.8/1 Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) held second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Yannick Alain Briand with 83/1 Tom Rush ending in the third spot. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today at Enghien the €80,000 Prix de Lure was the harness racing feature and a Pick5 wagering contest. 13 European starters went 2875 meters with the 1.14.6kr winner being 0.5/1 favorite Call Me Keeper (6m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) with Franck Nivard up for Daniel Reden training for Stall Zet. 23/1 Radieux (6g Love You-Dordogne) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini with 6/1 Auch (6g Niky-Migraine) third to the line for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Denmark’s Pingus Vang (9g SJ’s Photo-New Wonder) took the day’s Quinte + (€3.35million jackpot) at Enghien, the Prix de Sedan over 2150 meters autostart. 16 European eligibles were at the start. The winner scored in 1.15.6kr at 8/1 odds to defeat 22/1 Utelo de Carentone (8g Kiwi-Maeva d’Harcouel) and third finishing 9/1 Vivaldo Bello (7m Love You-Enfilade) driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The dam Enfilade also produced double Prix-d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Comtesse Flore (4f Sam Bourbon-Topaze de Fael) took today’s Prix de Marennes at Enghien as 15 starters battled for the €48,000 over the 2875 meter distance. Tony Le Beller teamed the 3.6/1 odds winner timed in 1.16.66kr for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 5/1 Comtesse (4f Oiseau de Feux-Oeniades) was second for Mathieu Mottier and third went to 3/1 favorite Cadeace (4f Scipion du Goutier-Orchidee Rouge) with J-M Bazire up for trainer Franck Leblanc. Yesterday at Mons Ghlin Capitole (7g Offshore Dream-Extra Dry) took the Prix Capelle Belgique over the 2300 meter autostart course for a purse of €5,760. 16 International starters were at the start with the 1.2/1 odds favorite home on top in 1.15.6kr for trainer/driver Hugo Langeweg Jr. On the same card the Prix Journal Eurotierce for €7,200 over 2850 meters was contested by nine international participants. The 1.16.2kr winner was the 9/10 favorite Trailing Edge (7m Scarlet Knight-Veda Sund) driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and Ecurie Rally. On the last weekend solid action took place in Italy. On February 27 at Aversa the €45,100 purse Gr. II Gran Premio Andreani went to the 1.13.4kr timed Telecomando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) for Enrico Bellei. The victory over 1660 meters on the half-miletrack was number eight in 15 starts for earnings now in excess of €123,000. Tobias Del Ronco (4m Love You-Leonor Del Ronco-Supergill) was second for G.P. Minnucci with third to Tulum (4m Algiers Hall-Image OM-Lemon Dra). On Sunday February 28 at Firenze’s 1000 meter track the Gr. II Prix Ponte Vecchio for €45,100 went to Radiofreccia FI (6f Ganymede-Castilia-Lemon Dra) for Enrico Bellei timed in 1.13.5kr over 2020 meters. Rum E Coca Day was second ahead of well-regarded Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill). The race winner recorded her 15th victory in 55 starts now for over €395,000 earned. Veteran Mack Grace SM (10m CC’s Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) has made two recent starts in Italy after eight months away from the races. On January 28 he scored a 1.13.2kr victory at Albenga  over 1600 meters and on February 28 the classy old-timer finished second at Milano timed in 1.13.9kr. He’s earned €3,668 in those two efforts. It was also reported that Prix de Paris winner Lionel will get a short rest to be ready for a next start in mid-April at Enghien in the Prix de l’Atlantique. The son of Look de Star, he by Coktail Jet, would then likely return to Norway for the Oslo Grand Prix, a Gr I International test at Bjerke Racecourse on June 12, a race to which Lionel has already been invited. Oslo GP 2016: Thomas H. Hicks  

Cobra Bleu (4m Fortuna Fant-Nuit Irisee) took Saturday’s featured Gr, II Prix de la Republique de Bachkirie (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The winner scored as 1.4/1 harness racing favorite, timed in 1.14.8kr over a sloppy course. Pierre Vercruysse is trainer/driver of Cobra Bleu for owner G.E. Morin. The well-bred 27/1 Calita Wood (4f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) was a fast closing second for Bernard Piton, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 20/1 Canari Match (4m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostal) was third for Frederic Prat. The winner’s sire Fortuna Fant is a son of And Arifant that won the Criterium des Jeunes and Prix Paul Viel at age three. Three year-olds contested the Prix JSS Hippodrome de Russie (purse €32,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) and 2.6/1 Dobra Droga (3f Goetmals Wood-Oublies Moi) recorded the 1.17.7kr victory for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Soukoy and Ecurie Hodij Coatings BV. 152/1 Desideria (3f Coktail Jet-Tentation de Star) was second for trainer/driver P-Y Verva with 1.4/1 favorite Dame Island home fourth for J-M Bazire. Uza Josselyn (5f L’As de Viretaute-Hada) took the Quinte+ Prix CTA Commonwealth Trotting Association (purse €72,000, 2700 meters, 15 European entrants) timed in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 4/1 Belle Bauloise (5f Ludo de Castelle-Sweet Pearl) ended second for William Bigeon with 9/1 Easytowin home third for Franck Nivard. 45/1 Babylone Seven was fourth for Gabriele Gelormini with fifth to 150/1 Sheyla EK (5f Varenne-Camargue OM) driven by Santo Mollo and trainer Cristian Rizzo and Scuderia RM Team SRL. Today’s card and Sunday as well honored Russia and its equine industry. The monte performers battled in the Prix de la Region Varone J (purse €88,000, 2700 meters, 12 European monte starters) with the 1.14.2kr victory to 1.4/1 favorite Tayson de Houelle (9g Insert Gede-Irina de la Frette) for Eric Raffin, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Pricing Power. 10.6/1 Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur) was second with Damien Bonne driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy andTeam Art On Line AB. 7/2 Ugolin du Maine ended third for Mathieu Abrivard. Your Highness (7m Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) took the Prix de la Region Irkoutsk (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 European starters) timed in a sharp 1.11.5kr as the 0.5/1 favorite over the sprinter distance. Franck Nivard was aboard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and PV Racing Stable HB. 4.2/1 Val Royal (7m Capriccio-Quarta de Rib) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie des Charmes with 18.5/1 Tropic du Hetre (9g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthuis) third for Eric Raffin. In Sunday’s Grand Prix de France Rolling d’Heripre has been scratched in the race billed as a battle renewed between Timoko and Bold Eagle. Thomas H. Hicks

Paris, France - Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and driver Franck Nivard overcame a wide journey to inch past leading Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) and Bjorn Goop to win the €400,000 purse Gr. I Grand Prix de France, a UET Master Series event contested over 2100 meters autostart at Vincennes. Heavy rain earlier in the program dulled the race track. Fractions were 1.09.4kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.09.4kr at the 1000; 1.10.6kr at the 500 and 1.10,7kr at the finish (a mile rate of 1:53.59). The leading pair started from post positions eight and seven and were off at 2/5 and 4.6/1 odds, respectively. Voltiguer de Myrt, Anna Mix and Bird Parker were next to the line. Lionel was a disqualification in the 15 horse field after Un Mec d’Heripre was scratched. The race was competitive from the beginning as Bold Eagle, hot in the pre-race scorings, was taken off the gate as Kadett CD, Oasis Bi and Timoko rushed for the lead. Oasis Bi prevailed for Franck Ouvrie until Timoko gained front position after the first 600 meters and he faced immediate pressure from Spain’s Trebol and driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. Trebol held gamely and Bold Eagle secured a position behind him into the final bend when Trebol suddenly went right allowing Bold Eagle to get through and move near Timoko. Timoko moved away to a length lead and then Bold Eagle began a relentless advance finally getting by as the line approached. Voltigeur de Myrt raced well along the pegs to be third about four lengths from the leading pair while Anna Mix rallied strongly for fourth after starting from post 13. Bold Eagle and Timoko were both timed in 1.10.7kr, well off the record set in 2007 by Kool du Caux of 1.09.8kr. Pierre Pilarski owns Bold Eagle and Sebastian Guarato does the training. The winners’ career earnings are €1,681,800 with today’s victory.   Année Cheval S/A[1] Pays Temps Père Driver Entraîneur Propriétaire Deuxième Troisième 2016 Bold Eagle M.5  France 1'10"7 Ready Cash Franck Nivard Sébastien Guarato Pierre Pilarski Timoko Voltigeur de Myrt 2015 Timoko M.8  France 1'11"4 Imoko Björn Goop Richard Westerink Richard Westerink Texas Charm Linda di Casei 2014 Noras Bean M.9  Suède 1'12"1 Super Arnie Björn Goop Ulf Stenströmer Stall Asunden HB Univers de Pan Tiégo d'Étang 2013 Ready Cash M.8  France 1'11"4 Indy de Vive Franck Nivard Th. Duvaldestin Philippe Allaire Royal Dream Timoko 2012 Royal Dream M.7  France 1'11"6 Love You Jean-Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin Éc. Victoria Dreams Main Wise As Ready Cash 2011 Ready Cash M.6  France 1'10"3 Indy de Vive Franck Nivard Th. Duvaldestin Philippe Allaire Maharajah Lana del Rio 2010 Meaulnes du Corta M.10  France 1'11"7 Voici du Niel Pierre Levesque Pierre Levesque J.-P. Barjon Première Steed Queen's Glory 2009 Meaulnes du Corta M.9  France 1'11"6 Voici du Niel Pierre Vercruysse Pierre Levesque J.-P. Barjon Nouba du Saptel Opal Viking 2008 Exploit Caf M.7  Italie 1'10"7 Toss Out Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Scuderia Sa.For. Meaulnes du Corta Orla Fun 2007 Kool du Caux M.9  France 1'09"8 Bijou du Bignon Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy J.Villetorte Kesaco Phedo Opal Viking 2006 Jag de Bellouet M.9  France 1'11"6 Viking's Way Christophe Gallier Christophe Gallier Michel Gallier Gigant Neo Kazire de Guez 2005 Naglo M.6  Suède 1'12"2 Coktail Jet Orjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman Stall Carall Ilster d'Espiens Kazire de Guez   by Thomas H. Hicks, for    

January 31, 2016 - The 7/10 favorite Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) took a two-length victory in today’s Gr, I International Prix d’Amerique (purse €1,000,000, 2700 meters, 18 International starters) for Franck Nivard and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Pierre Pilarski owns the youthful winner that lowered the race record to 1.11.4kr set by Royal Dream of 1.11.9kr. The top five today were timed in 1.11.6kr or faster. Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) was a game second for Bjorn Goop and owner/trainer Richard Westerink at 5.3/1 odds. A half-length back in third was Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) superbly handled by Pierre Vercruysse that benefited from a favorable journey on the pegs behind the leaders at 60/1. Fourth was 19/1 Akim du Cap Vert for Franck Anne and 5/1 Moses Rob ended fifth for reinsman Pierre Levesque. Solea Riveliere was sixth with Bird Parker (another son of Ready Cash) seventh. Well regarded Univers de Pan ended ninth, Un Mec d’Heripre 10th, Mosaique Face 12th, Support Justice 13th and last year’s winner Up And Quick faded to 14th after a battle with the leaders around the final bend. Lionel, Athos des Elfes, Viking de Val and Tiego d’Etang were disqualified for going off-stride. Back in the locker room after his success at Bold Eagle sulky in the Prix d'Amérique 2016, Franck Nivard book a lucid analysis. 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

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