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January 23, 2016 - 2.6/1 favorite Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) rallied to capture the Prix de Brest (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes timed in 1.15.4kr. Harness racing driver Franck Nivard was the pilot for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner PV Racing Stable HB. 2.8/1 second choice DanteBoko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) held on for second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best with 13.3/1odds Amazon AM (6f Gigant Neo-Eclat de Bois) third for Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and owner In The Zone AB. Tagada Tagada and Tellement Haufor finished fourth and fifth. This race was the Quinte+ event of the day in France and the favorites at the top of the ticket cased a modest payoff for holders (excluding the jackpot). Your Highness The Gr. II Prix de Pardieu (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 14 monte starters) went to 1.12.8kr timed, 7.2/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) with Anthony Barrier in the irons.. Three lengths back was 2.3/1 Cloane du Vivier (4f Repeat Love-Royale du Vivier) and jockey Eric Raffin. Jean-Yves Lucuyer, a noted FR breeder, owns this one and Sebastien Guarato is the trainer. 1.2/1 favorite Cassandra d’Em (4f Kesaco Phedo-Paradisia d’Em) was third for Yoann Lebourgeois. Un Roi Mage Wins Prix de Brossac Apprentice Monte Test at Vincennes January 22, 2016 - Nils Pacha teamed 7.9/1 Un Roi Mage (8g Mage de la Merite-Crazoline) to victory in today’s €48,000 Prix de Brossac at Vincennes timed in 1.15.3kr over the 2700 meter course. The winner bested 17 rivals driven by apprentice teamsters to score in 1.15.3kr at 7.9/1 odds for owner/trainer Benoit Carpenter. 11.7/1 Urzo du Cap Vert (8g Sancho Panca-Jalna Grandchamp) was second for Alexis Collette with 14.7/1 Victor de Carsi landing third for Alexis-Philippe Grimault. On the undercard the Prix de Bouvron (purse €22,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 claiming starters) went to the 1.15,3kr timed, 2/1 favorite Auteur (6g Overtrick-One So) for driver Martin Cormy and owner RMC 2014. Mickael Cormy trains this winner. 5/1 Amtao (6g Rocklyn-Melia Clairchamp) rallied for second teamed by Kevin Venderschelden for the trainer/owner team of Yves Boireau and Jean-Pierre Dubois. 9.5/1 Athletic Charm (6g Rocklyn-Charmeuse) was third for Charley Heslouin and trainer Eric Martin. The €46,000 Prix de Beaucourt (2700 meters, 18 starters) went to 24/1 Baladin Hongrois (5g Bon Conseil-Relodie Hongroise) for trainer/driver Arnaid Desmottes clocked in 1.18kr on the rain-soaked cinders. 22/1 Bingo d’Attaque was second for Gabriel Gelormini with 39/1 Beluga du Pont third for Franck Ouvrie The top-flight Sunday card at Vincennes features the €700,000 purse Prix de Cornulier with 18 monte starters to battle in the classic affair with the winner earning a Prix d’Amerique invitation. Thomas H. Hicks

January 17, 2016 - Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) followed pacesetters third on the outer before making a four wide move off the final bend to score decisively in the Gr. II International Prix de Belgique (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) for harness racing driver Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. Bold Eagle was timed in 1.13.6kr in this three length victory, his sixth straight to increase career earnings to €1,051,800. The winner was off as the 0.5/1 prohibitive favorite. 9/1 Voltigeur de Myrt (7m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Roberto Donati and Ecurie Donati. Third went to 35/1 Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Stefan Pettersson. Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlandi Vici-I Love You Darling) was fourth driven by Roberto Andreghetti with fifth to Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash-Belisha) teamed by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire. El Mago Pellini, Amiral Sacha, Kadett CD and Support Justice were disqualified to miscues. Amiral Sacha and Support Justice raced near the lead most of the way before going off-stride late. Bold Eagle today defeated a solid field and likely established a favorite’s role in the Prix d’Amerique. He clearly showed patience behind the leaders showed his class by out-sprinting the group in the stretch. Stretch replay: Nivard Wins Four on Belgique Card at Vincennes Franck Nivard won the Prix de Belgique today with Bold Eagle and then scored three more victories with Capone Face, Diva Mouchel and Trinity Jiel on the top-flight program at Vincennes. Capone Face (4m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) recorded victory in the Gr. III Prix des 20 Ans de l’Association National des Turfistes (purse €78,000, 2100 meters autostart) for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Antonio De Sousa. Timed in 1.13.1kr this winner was off at 8.8/ and bested 7/10 favorite Cap Matyss (4m Love You-Ode Matyss) driven by J-M Bazire for trainer Leblanc. Third was 12.5/1 Cirantana (4f Jam Pridem-Kamistie Jet) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner De Sousa. Stretch replay: The Gr. II Prix Gelinotte (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to 16/1 outsider Diva du Mouchel (3f The Best Madrik-Perle du Mouchel) reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc, Timed in a slow 1.20.8kr off even slower fractions, this winner defeated 7/2 odds Don’t Explain (3f Prodigious-Quarmen du Gite) driven by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer Philippe Allaire. 1.3/1 favorite Danse d’Etang (3f Un Amour d’Haufor-Rumba d’Etang) tasted a first defeat after four wins for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. 4.3/1 Demonia Roma (3f Password-Rome To Paris) closed for fourth driven by J-Ph Monclin, nosing out Allaire stablemate Deep Purple (3f Prodigious-Ornella Rainbow) reined by Pierre Vercruysse. Replay: Vaillant Cash (7m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon) scored in the Gr. II Prix Djerid (purse €110,000, 2200 meters, 13 monte starters) timed I for a four length margin. Clement Frecelle was in the irons for trainer Yves Letellier and the winner now has career earnings €390,950. Udayama (8f Echo-Lancai du Pont) took second for trainer/jockey Loic Groussard in a three way photo over third finishing Orione Degli Dei (8g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) with Damien Bonne up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and fourth placed Nonant le Pin (9f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Mlle. Stephan Lepetit. Rue du Bac, Rocky Winner and Torre Crepin were disqualified. Replay: Other interesting winners on the Belgique undercard included the following: Umbrella de Chenu (8f Meaulnes du Corta-Nina de Chenu) for Nils Pacha in the €48,000 Prix de Chatelaillon-La Rochelle timed in 1.15.7kr Bel Canto (5m Lilium Madrik-Nausicaa Sautonne) for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner Jean-Pierre Viel timed in 1.13kr in the monte Prix de la Federation National des Turfistes over 2175 meters for a purse of €46,000 Vacate Money (7f Prodigious-Making Money) for Jean-Philippe Dubois and Ecurie Victoria Dreams timed in 1.13.6kr to win the Prix Ecurie RMC (purse €78,000, 2850 meters), her fifth win in the last ten starts plus four times second Trinity Jiel (9f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel) scored in 1.13.7kr in the Prix du Jura (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart) for Franck Nivard, trainer J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luick Bea Ecus (5f Quick Wood-Iffrida) took the €45,000 purse Prix de Machecoul over 2100 meters autostart timed in 1.14.3kr for owner/trainer/driver Marku Vartainen, her fourth victory in the last ten outings, also with a second and two thirds. Thomas H. Hicks

January 10, 2015 - The Gr. II Prix du Calvados/Prix Beachcomber Hotels le Mauricia (purse €150,000, 2850 meters, monte, 13 starters) went to the game 9/1 Texas de L’Iton (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iliada de l’Iton) reined by jockey Franck Nivard for trainer Hughes Levesque and Ecurie de L’Iton. He scored in 1.13.8kr over the rain soaked cinders, the second straight victory that increased career earnings to €747,570. Fractions were modest (1.14kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.7kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500). Ukerlza du Benjo (8f Blizzard Poterie-Jolie Abbevilloise) was a rallying second at 19/1 for Mathieu Mottier with Americaine (6f Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) third for Antoine Wiels and trainer J-P Marmion at 8.6/1 odds. Veloce du Banney and Tess de Villeneuve ended fourth and fifth. Athos des Elfes and Vivier de L’Oison were disqualified for miscues. Well regarded Ustinof du Vivier and Olmo Holz contested the lead early and for much of the event before both faded badly. Anna Mix showed nothing and was unplaced. Vagabondu Mag and Torre Crepin were in a dead-heat for sixth. The Gr. II Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve/Prix Beachcomber Hotels Dinarobin (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight entrants with one scratch – Coquin Bebe went to Cahal des Rioults (4m Password-Plesse des Rioults) timed in 1.13.5kr for teamster J-Ph Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas. The winner was off at 20/1 odds. J-M Bazire’s Coquin Bebe was scratched and 2/1 favorite Cobra Bleu was disqualified for a late stretch miscue as he was trying to rally against the two leaders. Finishing second was 4.2/1 Cavalleria (4f Prodigious-Janga) for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Castagniccia. Third went to 52/1 outsider Coup de Poker (4m Coktail Jet-Tacticienne) for owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. Call Me Keeper (6m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) led all the way to secure the Prix de ic-sur-Cere/Prix Beachcomber Trou Aux Biches (purse €66,000, 2700 meters,  15 starters), the Q+ race of the day (jackpot €3.15 million) , for driver Bjorn Goop, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet of Sweden. The winner, off at 1.6/1 odds, was timed in 1.13.3kr off modest fractions (1.14.6kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.7kr at 1000; 1.13.7kr at 500). 11/1 Avenir de Blay (6g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) landed second for Tony Le Beller, also owner and trainer. Third was A Nice Boy (6g Niky-Pretty Perle) for David Thomain, trainer J-P Thomain and Ecurie du Haras d’Erable at 7.3/1 odds. Italy’s Radieux (6g Love You-Dordogne) was fourth for Mathieu Abrivard (trainer Kutfi Kolgjini) at 17/1 with fifth to 28/1 Alix Julry (6m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Malika Julty) and driver/trainer Jean-Paul Gauvin. The top five to the line raced without shoes. Veteran class-masters met in the €88,000 purse Prix de Lille/Prix Beachcomber Hotels Paradis over 2100 meters autostart with 10 entrants. Swedish invader Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) secured victory at 3/5 odds for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and P.V. Racing Stable HB. The win was her second straight at Vincennes and third in the last four outings. Her earnings are now €409,534 for this impressive 1.12.7kr timed score of honest fractions (1.08.4kr at 1500; 1.11kr at 1000; 1.13.2kr at 500). 2.2/1 odds Val Royal (7m Capriccio-Quarda du Rib) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire ans Ecurie des Charmes with third to 32/1 Ultimate du Rib (8g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois) for J.Cl. Dersoir, Ecurie Rib and trainer Joel Hallais. 29/1 Nonant le Pin (9f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice) rallied late to nail fourth for Eric Raffin, Mlle. Stephanie-Catherine Lepetit and Scuderia le Pradine after getting away last from post nine and trailing the field until late. Nuage en Ciel (9m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle) followed cover and rallied for fifth driven by Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Souloy and Ecurie Fast Horse SRL of Italy. Dream Magic BE and Anette du Mirel finished sixth and seventh. Thomas H. Hicks

January 4, 2016 - Sweden’s Super Ariel (7f Super Arnie-Oriiea Lep) took today’s harness racing Quinte+ (jackpot €2.7 million) Prix de Charleville at Paris-Vincennes (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European female starters) timed in 1.13kr for driver Franck Nivard. This 3.2/1 odds winner is owned by Stall Torpet HB and trained by K. Haggstrom. Second was 16.9/1 Pancottina Bar (7f Varenne-Valuta Lavec) for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Catello Savarese and Italy’s Scuderia Stella SRL. 4.4/1 Peace Of Mind (7f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa), from Italy, landed third for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy ahead of 24/1 Volcania de Dypp (7f Prodigious-Hesta Express) for Gabriel Gelormini and 54/1 Venus Haufor (7f Nice Love-Newly Haufor) for Ch-J Bigeon. On today’s undercard Cooper (4g Official Secret-Kerlude de Retz) took the Prix Pavilly (purse €60,000, 2175 meters, nine monte starters) timed in 1.14.4kr for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Tony Le Beller. 20/1 Caid de Bengale (4g Loulou Jet-Tierce de Bangale) for Eric Raffin and trainer Gilles Curens was a close second ahead of 4.2/1 Castel Black (4m Ludo de Castelle-Princesse Black) hanlded by Bruno Chanonat for trainer/owner Jean-Paul Piton. The 1.14.6kr winner of the Prix de Nort Sur Erdre (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) was 1.9/1 Amour Fou (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nice Star) for Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. 2.8/1 odds Asis Bot Eur Moel (6g Pagalor-Cora du Niel) was second for Guillaume Martin and trainer Arnaud Desmottes with third to 4.4/1 Andalouse (6f Tenor de Baune-Mosaique) handled by Anthony Barrier for owner/trainer Flavien Provost. The newly turned three year-olds competed in Toulouse Le Cepiere’s Prix de Mauriac (A) for a €16,000 purse over the 2150 meter autostart course. 15 starters battled with the rallying 5.8/1 Darwin (3m Timoko-Samantha Bleue) taking victory for Robert Lacroix. Richard Westerink is the trainer (also of Timoko) for Comte P de Montesson with the 1.19.9kr winner finishing ahead of 6.8/1 Divine Winning (3f Jam Pridem-Sandia du Coglais) for owner/trainer/driver Norbert Vimond and third finishing 27/1 Desiree Idef (3f In Love With You-Rhea de Feline) for owner/trainer/driver Jerome Paille. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 3, 2015 - Several Crack Series events took place on Prix de Bourgogne Day at Paris-Vincennes, for sulky and monte finalists, Four year-olds Cloane du Vivier and Caorches, both females, were victorious. Summaries of these events, among them blanket finishes, are shown below. The Prix Django Riff Crack Series (purse €60,000, 2175 meters, nine monte starters) for female 2105 three year-olds went to wide side drifter 1.9/1 Cloane du Vivier (4f Repeat Love-Royale du Vivier) for jockey Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner/breeder Jean Yves Lucuyer. Timed in 1.13.5kr this winner bested 9.5/1 Celina Pollca (4f Kool du Caux-La Canella) and Anthony Barrier for owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. 13/1 Codie de Beaulieu (4f Oyonnax-Melody d’Arcy) was home third. 1.6/1 favorite Caoeches (4f Goetmals Wood-Queensbury) took the Prix Cristal Money Crack Series (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters – females) timed in 1.14.7kr. Franck Nivard reined this winner for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin for Ecurie Augustin Normand. Second was 6.6/1 Cleopatre Turgot (4f Coktail Jet-Nouba Turgot) for trainer/driver Franck Anne. 3/1 Caracas (4f The Best Madrik-Menthe Fraiche) landed third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Mme. Florence Allera. David Thomain teamed 3.1/1 Adorable (6g Prince Gede-Ostiana) to victory in the Prix des Sulky d’Or (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, monte 8 starters) clocked in 1.15.6kr. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner for Mme. M.DF. Fairand. Baltique du Margas (5f Derby du Gite-Matinale du Margas) at 10/1 took the highly competitive Prix Akim du Cap Vert Crack Series (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) clocked in 1.16.6kr as 11 starters were in the picture within four lengths on the damp Paris-Vincennes grande piste. Pierre Levesque drove this winner for trainer J-P Lecourt and owner Mme. A. Lecourt. The Bold Eagle Crack des Cracks (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 9/2 odds, 1.14.3kr timed Utalo de Carentone (8g Kiwi-Maeva d’Harcouel) for trainer/driver Guy Maillard for owner Mme. Mireille Maillard as eight were within 2-1/1 lengths on the line. The Prix Timoko Crack Series (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 3/1 Black d’Arjeanc (5g Prince d’Espace-Perle de Riviere) with Damien Bonne up, timed in 1.13.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 27, 2015 - Today’s Paris-Vincennes opener to an outstanding Winter Meet harness racing program at Paris-Vincennes was the €34,000 Prix de Conches for three year-old females over 2175 meters. 3/1Cresta Rosa (3f Repeat Love-Quercifolia) earned a two-length win for driver Franck Ouvrie and owner/trainer Jean Baudron timed in 1.15.3kr. 13.6/1 Caline Belri (3f Magnificent Rodney-Ma Tourangelle) was second for trainer/driver Bruno Chanonat ahead of 3.7/1 Cadence de Brion (3f Vivaldi de Chenu-Kijoue du Montil) and trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Emile Riotteau for four year-olds (purse €120,000, 10 monte starters, 2700 meters) went to 2/1 second choice Bilibili (4m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) timed in 1.14.2kr and ridden by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Jean-Pierre Barjon. 1.9/1 favorite Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) was a close second for Francois Lagadeuc and trainer/owner Jean-Michel Baudouin. 5.9/1 Boeing du Bocage (4m Scipion du Goutier-Lova du Cap Vert) ended a distant third for Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Leblanc with fourth to 26.8/1 Beauty Turgot (4f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane) reined by Anthony Barrier for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Replay The co-featured Gr. II International Prix Tenor de Baune (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) was captured by 1.4/1 favorite Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) and driver Franck Nivard. Fabrice Souloy trains this Norwegian-registered trotter for Goran Antonsen. 1.8/1 Robert Bi was second for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and K.K. Bijkerk, the owner. 4.1/1 Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) ended third for trainer/owner/driver Franck Anne with fourth to 12.5/1 Call Me Keeper (5m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for the combination of Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Africaine (5f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) landed fifth for Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. Scratched was A Nous Trois. The fractions were very pedestrian in this groupe II event (1.15.7kr at 1500 to go; 1.15.5kr at 1000; 1.15.3kr at 500, finish 1.14kr) until the final 500 meters when Lionel exploded with speed. Lionel now shows nine wins in 15 starts for career earnings of €531,716 and this win comes with an automatic Prix d’Amerique qualification. Replay The Gr. I Prix Vincennes (monte, purse €240,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to favored 4/5 odds Cassandra d’Em (3f Kesaco Phedo-Paradisia d’Em) ridden by jockey Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Jean-Pierre Allix and Ecurie d’Em. The easy five-length winner recorded victory six in 12 outings now for €223,880 earned. With seven starters disqualified, 10/1 Caline des Plages (3f Scipion du Goutier-Nuit de la Marfee) landed second for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie de l’Empereur. 48.7/1 Candela (3f First de Retz-Ofara) was third for trainer/owner Paul Viel and jockey Antoine Lherete. 99.1/1 Cappricia (3f Mah Jong du Vivier-Prisca Verderie) was fourth for Mme. Emilie Le Beller and trainer Bertrand Le Beller. 103.4/1 Caennaise (3f Memphis du Rib-Opaline Blanche) was fifth for Mathieu Abrivard. The race winner was clocked in 1.14.6kr. Today’s performances by, Lionel, Robert Bi, Specialess and Akim du Cap Vert set up an interesting final month before the Prix d’Amerique, and all of these are relative youngsters (will be ages five and six in 2016). Thomas H. Hicks  

Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) continued his spectacular career with an easy harness racing victory in the Gr. I Criterium Continental (with a Prix d’Amerique invitation) timed in 1.10.5kr over the 2100 meter autostart course. The purse was €240,000 and the win increased Bold Eagle's career earnings to €997,800 with this being his 19th victory in 22 lifetime starts. The 3/10 favorite was again driven by Franck Nivard for Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. Italy's Specialess (4m Ganymede-Enna Dra) was second for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Nevi at 10/1 with 18.5/1 Bird Parker (4m Ready Cash-Belisha) third for teamster Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. 63/1 Bolero Love (4m Love You-Orelady) landed fourth for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Guarato and Antonio De Sousa, the owner. 18/1 Conlight As (4m Conway Hall-Delight As) was fifth for last minute driver change to Christophe Martens, Svante Bath trainer and Olof Brodin AB trainer. 13/1 Billie de Montfort set an early wicked pace and then faded badly midway in the final bend to finish 10th. Disqualifed were Black d'Avril, Baltic Charm and Belina Josselyn. Fractions were quick from start to finish (1.04.6kr at 1500 to go; 1.09.2kr at 1000 with Bold Eagle on the front; 1.10.8kr at 500 to go and 1.10.5kr at finish). This race was the day's Quinte+ (jackpot €4.9 million) and €1,354,000 was wagered on just win/place total by the large on-hand audience and widely simulcasted PMU network. Thomas H. Hicks

December 19, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.5 million) Prix Michel Thoury (purse €80,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to even-money favorite Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) timed in 1.11.7kr and handled by Franck Nivard. Fabrice Souloy trains this winner for PV Racing Stable HB. 4.9/1 Unice de Guez (7f Capriccio-Eau Blanche) was a close second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. 35.7/1 Sahara Fairytale (6f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow) was a distant third for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Manocapo AB. 21.9/1 Trou Normand (8g Bon Conseil-Jilanska) ended fourth for Eric Raffin with fifth to 50.2/1 Vea du Vivier (6f Jeanbat du Vivier-Kea du Vivier) and Franck Ouvrie. The Prix Jules Leppentier (Gr. III, purse €76,000, 2100 meters, 11 starters) was secured by the 1.12.5kr winner, 5.5/1 odds Clarck Sotho (3g Oiseau de Feux-Mocanda) reined by Mathieu Mottier. 9.7/1 Clif du Pommereux (3m Love You-Noure du Pommereux) was second for Sylvain Roger with third to 31/1 Cyprien des Bordes (3m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes) driven by J.L.Cl. Dersoir for trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Saturday at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Oscar Collard (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters) was won by the 1.11kr timed, 3/1 odds Viking Va Bene (5m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Souloy trained 1.9/1 odds favorite Specialess (4m Ganymede-Enna Dra) was second driven by Roberto Andreghetti for Ecurie Nevi. Third went to 11.5/1 Apprenti Sorcier (5m Love You-Queen of Viking) driven by owner Pierre Levesque and trained by Thomas Levesque. Saturday at Kincsem Park their featured Feiser Emlekverseny (purse 600,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) went to the fast Sanger MS (5g Victory Scream-Samba MS) driven by  part-owner Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs, along with Pimri Bt, and trained by Imre Fazekas. Timed in 1.18.7kr the 1.6/1 favorite defeated 4.3/1 Alliance de l’Iton handled by Dejan Katanic with 4.3/1 Oldtimer Diamant finishing third for Emese Vezer.  Thomas H. Hicks

December 13, 2015 - Today’s Prix Octave Douesnel (purse €120,000. Gr. II for four year-olds, 2700 meters, eight starters) went impressively to the 3/10 favored Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) for teamster Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski clocked in 1.12.9kr for a three-length victory. 4.3/1 Briac Dark (4m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes), an early pacesetter, was second for trainer/driver Franck Anne and owner Guy Barou. Third went to 51/1 Boeing du Bocage (4m Scipion du Goutier-Lova du Cap Vert) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Franck Leblanc. Bird Parker (4m Ready Cash-Belisha) landed fourth. Bold Eagle was first to the lead and then settled in a pocket spot until sprinting out in upper stretch (fractions 1.14.3kr at 1500, 1.13kr at 1000 and 500). Bold Eagle could be one to watch in the 2016 Prix d’Amerique despite being age five at that time. The Eagle won today for the seventh time in 2015 in just eight appearances. The featured Quinte+ (jackpot €4.2 million) Criterium des 3 Ans (Gr. I, purse €240,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to 5.7/1 odds Charly du Noyer (3m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) driven by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas clocked in 1.13.6kr. This one narrowly scored in a photo over 6.1/1 Cobra Bleu (3m Foruna Fant-Nuit Irisee) trained and reined by Pierre Vercruysse for owner G.E. Morin. Third was 16.7/1 Combattante (3f Sam Bourbon-New York) handled by Damien Bonne for owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Rated fractions set up a quick sprint home by the leading pair (1.15kr at 1500, 1.13.9kr at 1000, 1.14.2kr at 500). The second “B”, named the Prix du Bourbonnais (Gr. II UET Masters Series International, purse €120,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 13 starters after scratching of Delicious), went to the 1.2/1 favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (7m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) handled by Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy training for Ecurie d’Heripre. The 1.14.7kr winner held off 16.8/1 Moses Rob (9m Ganymede-Etoile Rob) reined by Pierre Levesque for Italy’s Scuderia Sole Che Sorgi with third to 2.6/1 Village Mystic (6m Love You-Natchka d’Orgeres) teamed by Damien Bonne for trainer/owner Louis Baudron. Vision Intense and Solea Riveliere were next followed by Texas Charm (extra 25 meters), Olmo Holz, Tiego d’Etang (extra 25 meters), Trebol (traveled the death seat and weakened) and Up and Quick (extra 25 meters). Fractions were very modest in the early going (1.16.5kr at 1500 meters to go, 1.15.8kr at 1000, 1.15.5kr at 500). Texas Charm, Tiego d’Etang and Up and Quick were all timed in 1.14.3kr or faster. Two year-olds battled in the Prix des Jacinthes (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) with victory to 3.9/1 Dollar Macker (2m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) timed in 1.16.7kr for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas. This promising youngster held off fast-closing Ducato Bourbon (2m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) handled by J-M Bazire for trainer Franck Leblanc, with third to 37/1 Dragon des Racques (2m Love You-Quinte des Racques) driven by Alexandre Abrivard. Fractions were modest setting up a rapid final 500 meters (1.19.2kr at 1500 to go mark, 1.17.4kr at 1000, 1.17.2kr at 500). The winner was the second score today for the Allaire/Thomas team. Thomas H. Hicks

December 12, 2015 - Top harness racing action took place today at Paris-Vincennes as the card included three Groupe races and several other upper class events. Belina Josselyn (4f Love You-Lezia Josselyn) and J-M Bazire was the upset (odds 6/1) winner of the Gr. II Prix Ariste Hemard (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 11 four year-old female starters) rallying to defeat 7/10 favorite Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 53/1 Bambina Magic (4f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic) was third for Mathieu Mottier. Billie was away to an early lead and then relinquished to 3.6/1 odds Blue Grass that led until making a disqualifying miscue in mid-stretch. Billie was boxed on the pegs until driver Raffin vacated the pocket in early stretch, could not find an opening, and then darted back inside but could not out close the winner. As Billie moved back inside Blue Grass went off-stride. The race time was 1.14.2kr off lazy fractions (1.15.2kr at 1500, 1.14.5kr at 1000, 1.15.1kr at 500 meters to go) The €85,000 purse Prix de Seiches-sur-le-Loir (distance 2175 meters, 12 monte starters) went to 3.1/1 Vincent des Obeaux (6g Derby du Gite-Leila) ridden by Julien Raffestan for the training/owning pair of Alain and Arnard Chavatte. The winner was timed in 1.12.5kr off quick fractions (1.08.6kr at 1500; 1.09.9kr at 1000, 1.12.9kr with 500 to go). 68/1 Viking de Tremahou (6g Flash de Cosse-Lia Fortuna) was second with third to Vailant Cash (6m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redan) at 57/1. 11/1 And Gibus (5g Diamant Gede-Ok Lady) finished fourth. The €60,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart Prix d’Hautefort with 18 European contestants went to 5.2/1 Ultra de Vindecy (7g Jasmin de Flore-Nora The Best)  racing barefoot for Eric Raffin and trainer Serge Peltier. This one scored career victory 13 in 46 starts, now for earnings in excess of €240,000. 5.7/1 Urus (7g Kiwi-Troika de Mai), also shoeless, was next for J-M Bazire while 5.2/1 Ustou (7g Niky-Oh Manon) landed third for David Thomain. Race time was a quick 1.11.8kr after a sharp pace. The Gr. II Prix Raoul Balliere (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, seven starters after one scratch) went to 5.8/1 Caline des Plages (3f Scipion du Goutier-Nuit de la Marfee) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie de l’Empereur. The winner, a reluctant starter, was timed in 1.13.8kr with a front-end score off even-fractions (1.13kr at 1500, 1.13.2kr at 1000, 1.14kr at 500). This one held strongly despite a washed-out nervous beginning. 1/1 favorite Che Jenilou (3m Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) was second for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Antonio De Sousa. 4.6/1 Chiricahua (3f Pomerol de Laumac-Phoenix Arizona) landed the third spot in this event for three year-olds. The €75,000 purse Prix de Crecy la Chapelle (2850 meters, 18 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot €4.15 million) went to the 2.1/1 favorite Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Breval-Hanska) racing barefoot for driver Mathieu Mottier. 4/1 Venue de Bailly (6f Chaillot-Oceane de Bailly) was solid second for J-M Bazire ahead of 29/1 outsider Vulcania de Godrel (6f Memphis du Rib-Julietta) with Franck Nivard up. Time of the winner was 1.13.4kr off even fractions (1.14.8 at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.2kr at 1000, 1.13.5kr at 500 mark as the pace quickened). The Gr. III Pri Narquois (purse €95,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) was underway after two false-starts and 2.2/1 Alderman (5g Phlegyas-Initia) raced out to 15 length lead for Eric Raffin after surging ahead of early leader Altesse du Mirel (5g Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel) and trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. 4.3/1 Altesse then raced third on the pegs before escaping top stretch to begin narrowing the leader’s advantage but Alderman held strong for a two-length victory clocked in 1.12.5kr (1.11.5kr at 1500, 1.11.6kr at 1000, 1.12.7kr at 500 to go). 4.7/1 Aubrion de Melodie (5g Memphis du Rib-J;Arrive du Gers) was third for owner/trainer/driver J-M Bazire, seven lengths in arrears Thomas H. Hicks  

November 9, 2015 - Cristal Money (3m Coktail Jet-Making Money) took today’s Gr. II Prix Abel Bassigny (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 three year old starters) clocked in 1.13.3kr (fractions 1.10.9kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.12.6kr at the 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500), closing stoutly for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Richard Cohen. The even-money favorite defeated Coquin Bebe (3m Ranhco Gede-Noble Nenette) at 2.4/1 handled by J-M Bazire for trainer Franck Leblanc. 15/1 Cahal de Rioults (3m Password-Plesse des Rioults) was third for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Joseph Verbeeck ahead of Cobra Bleu (3m Fortuna Fant-Nuit Irisee) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse at 9/1. Clever Lymm (3m Korean-Oquidia) was next for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie le Tremont. This group represents a leading contingent of FR-bred three year-old colts at this time. The Gr. II Prix Reine du Corta (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 three year-old filly starters) was also the Pick5 event and 17.9/1 Combattante (3f Sam Bourbon-New York) took the victory rallying late for Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Louis Baudron. This filly was timed in 1.12.5kr after quick fractions (1.08.9kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.10.6kr at 1000; 1.12.7kr at 500). Cavalleria (3f Prodigious-Janga) was second, trained by Sebastien Guarato and driven by Eric Raffin. Cylee Nevele (3f Sam Bourbon-Quick Nevele) ended third for Joseph Verbeeck and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire with fourth to Cirantana (3f Jam Pridem-Kamistie Jet) driven and trainer by Romain Derieux and owner Antonio De Sousa. Favorite Calita Wood challenged on the outer mid-race and then was pulled up. Dam of the winner, New York, is unusually inbred for a FR mare, she by In Love With You (Coktail Jet-Amour d’Aunou-Speedy Somolli-Nesmile) from Comtesse d’Aunou (Baltic Speed-Nesmile). New York is dam of Texas Style 1:57.3 (US$342,277) and Nesmile produced Unispeed US$321,000), Buvetier d’Aunou (US$907,000), Defi d’Aunou (US$2,680,000) and Extreme Aunou (US$278,000). Monte leaders battled in the Prix Orly Roederer (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, seven European four year-old participants) and even-money favorite Best Of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) was the easy start to finish winner for jockey Francois Lagadeuc for owner/trainer Jean-Michel Baudouin. 1.6/1 second choice Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa de Gers-Cadette) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato with 12/1 Be Mine de Houelle (4f Scipion du Goutier-Olita de Kefruso) third for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Nivard. The winner scored in 1.14.3kr off a rated pace (1.14.8kr at 1500; 1.14.4kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500). Aged performers battled in the Gr. III Prix du Languedoc (purse €95,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters age six and up) with 2.8/1 Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) the rallying winner for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie IC Equine AB. The 1.13.9kr clocked winner defeated El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-Mr Intuition) and Joseph Verbeeck, driving for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini at 8.7/1. Shadow d’Odyssee (9g Urfist des Pres-Battante d’Odyssee) was third at 11/1 driven by Eric Raffin and trainer Pierre Belloche, finishing ahead of Prince di Poggio (6m Varenne-Moon Shadow) and teamster Mathieu Abrivard for trainer Vincent Lacroix. Quick Fix, Reine Helene and Spain’s Trebol were next across the line. Fractions during this competitive event were rated (1.14.2kr at 1500; 1.14.5kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500) before the group stormed home. The card also included today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.4 million) Prix d’Azay le Rideau (A) for €38,000 purse over 2700 meters. From the 16 horse field emerged winner Bambou de Calvi (4g Korean-Gremonde) for teamster M. Verva and Ecurie Mexique Ranch. This 35/1 winner scored in 1.14.3kr off even fractions (1.13.9kr at 1500 to go point; 1.13.2kr  at 1000; 1.14.1 at 500). 9/1 Boogie Bouy (4g Saxo de Vandel-Massada) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Sylvain Roger with third to 11/1 Balthazar du Gite (4g Mon Premier Cehere-Miss du Gite) and driver Pierre Vercruysse. The relative longshots produced a large exact order payoff in excess of €93,000 for a €2 wager, without the jackpot. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 10 Bambou de Calvi M. Verva Ecurie Mexique Ranch G. Verva 2ème 9 Boogie Boy F. Nivard N. Lolic S. Roger 3ème 11 Balthazar du Gîte P. Vercruysse G. Lelièvre J. Lelièvre *4ème 1 Be One de Nappes G. Lannoo K. Lavigne A. Lannoo 5ème 15 Bahiz de Florange Christ. Bigeon Ecurie Christian Bigeon Christ. Bigeon  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 4.400.000 € - Numéro plus : 1168     Ordre :       93.072,00€     Désordre :       775,60€     Bonus 4 :       40,80€     Bonus 4sur5 :       20,40€     Bonus 3 :       13,60€                     The €64,000 purse Prix de Colombes over 2700 meters drew 13 starters with victory to Ah Mon Idylle (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Idylle du Bouquet) and Mathieu Mottier aboard. The 10.5/1 winner defeated 6.3/1 Andalousie (5f Ganymede-Napoule) and trainer/driver Jacques Bruneau with third to 5.3/1 Alexandra Mauzin (5f Goetmals Wood-Ocely de la Merite) with Christophe Martens up for trainer Vincent Martens. On Sunday interesting action centered at Argentan on the Prix Paul Buquet (purse €40,000, 2875 meters, 18 international starters) and 12.9/1 winner was Ultimate du Rib (7g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois) owned by Ecurie Rib and teamed by trainer Joel Hallais. Timed in 1.14.7 Ultimate du Rib defeated 5/2 Un De Mai (7g Echo-Loyale) with Franck Nivard up for owner Ecurie Comte P de Montessan, and third went to the Mathieu Abrivard trained and driven Tiburse de Brion at 8/1. On the Argentan card the €30,000 purse Prix Cassiopee over 2875 meters drew 13 starters with 9/10 favorite Caid Griff home the winner. Eric Raffin piloted this three year-old son of Password-Savane Griff to victory for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Griff. Caviar du Vivier was second for trainer/driver Stephane Meinier and third was Cruziki du Rib with Joel Hallais teaming. Thomas H. Hicks

November 2, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4,050,000) was the Prix de Lesparre (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) for four and five year-olds. Bolero Love (4m Love You-Orelady) at 4.6/1 odds took victory for Franck Nivard driving for Sebastien Guarato and owner Antonio De Sousa. Fractions were even (1.14.1kr at 1500; 1.14kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500, finish 1.13.6kr). Blue Grass (4f Ready Cash-Princesse Natacha) was second at 8.3/1 for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire with third to 7/1 Apprenti Sorcier (6m Love You-Queen of Viking) driven by Pierre Levesque and trained by Mike Lenders. 107/1 Accordeon (5g Baccarat du Pont-Quaba des Corvees) was fourth for Benoit Robin ahead of the 4.2/1 Boskio de Vandel (4g Prince Gede-Ottih de Vandel) handled by Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 13 Boléro Love F. Nivard A. De Sousa S. Guarato 2ème 4 Blue Grass Y. Lebourgeois C. Toulorge Ph. Allaire 3ème 15 Apprenti Sorcier P. Levesque Ecurie Pierre Levesque M. Lenders 4ème 8 Accordéon B. Robin L. Leduc L. Leduc 5ème 1 Boskio de Vandel C. Martens BVBA Campus RPF V. Martens  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 4.050.000 € - Numéro plus : 0190     Ordre :       88.992,00€     Désordre :       741,60€     Bonus 4 :       111,60€     Bonus 4sur5 :       9,30€     Bonus 3 :       6,20€                     The undercard’s Prix de Savigny (monte, purse €75,000, 2175 meters, 16 starters with apprentice jockeys) went to 29/1 Tayson de Houelle (8g Insert Gede-Irina de la Frette) ridden by Yann Jublot for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Pricing Power. 5.6/1 Votka Bleue (6f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse Bleue) was second for Nils Pacha, owner Ecurie Comte Pierre de Montesson and trainer Fredrik Terry with third to Utopie Imperiale (7f Kepler-Joie Imperiale) for Mlle Audrey Laroche. The top four were within two lengths on the line after solid fractions (1.09.7kr at 1500; 1.10.7kr at 1000; 1.11.7kr at 500; finish 1.12.3kr). Today’s Pick 5 Prix d’Arcachon (purse €82,000. 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) was a competitive group with the winner being 19/1 Tropic du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthuis) driven by Eric Raffin. 2.4/1 favorite Ulster Perrine (7m Tenor de Baune-Nana Perrine) was second for J-M Bazire ahead of 4.6/1 Nuage En Ciel (8m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle) for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 13/1 Tess de Villeneuve (8f Goetmals Wood-Joie de Villeneuve) was fourth for Jos. Verbeeck and rallying 11/1 Nonant le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice) was fifth for Pierre Vercruysse after being boxed at the end of the pack, at top of stretch. The fractions were quick and honest (1:07.1kr at 1500 to go; 1.09.5kr at 1000; 1.11kr at 500; finish 1.10.9kr) Also at Vincennes this day the Prix d’Amiens (purse €50,000. 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to Aghinetti (5m Magnificent Rodney-Quonossa de Visais) handled by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Stall Courant AB. The 1.14kr winner was off at 7.3/1 and defeated 39/1 Avertin Belri (5m Fortuna Fant-Kolarkie) and 6.8/1 Arthuro Boy (5m Le Retour-Guyane). At Krieau Vienna the featured Coupe d’Or des Amateurs Final (purse €7,000, 2600 meters autostart, 12 starters) was won by driver Manfred Strebel teaming Italy’s Saskatchewan (4g Angus Hall-Impasse) timed in 1.16.5kr for trainer Johann Lichtenworther at 8.4/1 odds. Scuderia Bolgheri Srl (Jean-Pierre Dubois) bred the winner. The 3/10 favorite, Italy’s Samovar As (4m Igor Font-Flaminia Bi) was second for driver Thomas Royer and trainer Rudolf Haller with third to Germany’s Lantino (6g Jillis Joker-Xentiana) at 6.4/1 for driver Gundula Baur. The winners’ dam is a daughter of Enjoy Lavec-Cindy America and she is dam of Germany’s solid 2015 three year-old Cash Hanover (by Love You). Third dam is Meadowbranch Emily (Prakas-Delmonica Hanover) and she’s dam of five foals with earnings in excess of US$100,000 including Beauty America 1:56.5 (US$690,759) by Pine Chip. Prix d’Amerique winner Delmonica Hanover produced Hambletonian winner Park Avenue Joe and Merrie Annabelle winner Delmegan. 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

October 19, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.35 million) was the Prix de Pomarez (purse €52,000, 2875 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.14.6kr victor was 6.1/1 odds Un de Mai (7g Echo-Loyale) driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Emmanuele Ruault and Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. 9.2/1 Vermeil Somolli (6g Olimede-Quitalia Somolli) was second for Ecurie Somolli and trainer/driver J.P. Fichaux. Vintage (6m Mckname-Shadline( was third at 2,2/1 odds for driver Pierre Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Mme. Daniele Gozlan. The Q+ without jackpot paid €3,768 for a €2 wager. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 17 Un de Mai F. Nivard Ecurie Cte P de Montesson E. Ruault 2ème 3 Vermeil Somolli J.-P. Fichaux Ecurie Somolli J.-P. Fichaux 3ème 1 Vintage P. Levesque Mme D. Gozlan M. Lenders 4ème 7 Un Cher Ami P.-Y. Verva Mme M. Jacquault E. Audebert 5ème 4 Voilà Péo D. Bonne Mlle A. Orriere M. Lecourt    Rapports (pour 2€)     Tirelire 3.350.000 € - Numéro plus : 0541       Ordre :       3.768,00€       Désordre :       31,40€       Bonus 4 :       7,80€       Bonus 4sur5 :       3,00€       Bonus 3 :       3,00€                     The €70,000 purse Prix de Palais Royal (2875 meters, 11 starters) went to the 1.15.7kr winner 13.3/1 odds Blues d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard. 1.8/1 favorite Bugsy Malone (4g Ready Cash-Night Captain) was second for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire and reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois ahead of third finishing Black Charm (4m Prodigioius-Podana) at 3.4/1 for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Charms. The Prix de Bezons (purse €68,000, 2875 meters, 13 monte starters) this day at Enghien-Soisy went to David Thomain and his mount 7.2/1 Brut de la Cote (4g Kepler-Ombria Mai Fu) clocked in 1.16.5kr for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 38/1 Beautiful Dussac (4g And Arifant-Olympe de Dussac) for trainer/jockey P-Y Verva and Ecurie Griff. 124/1 outsider Bandoneon (4g Jaguar Bethune-Quoba des Corvees) was third for Leo Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks    

October 18, 2015 - Ecurie Pierre Pilarski’s Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Jet-Love You) easily took today’s €350,000 purse Grand Prix de l’UET at Victoria Park Wolvega (Netherlands) over 2100 meters autostart. A big crowd was on hand despite rain and cold to see a dominant performance by the Sebastien Guarato trainee driven by Franck Nivard. Bold Eagle was away on top from post three and briefly let stablemate Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) gain the front before retaking quickly on the back stretch. Billie kept pace in the pocket until off the final bend when Bold Eagle opened a five length advantage to the line, timed in 1.12kr. The 3/10 odds favorite was impressive and may well be the world’s best trotter currently racing. Billie de Montfort was second clocked in 1.12.5kr for Eric Raffin as the FR-bred, trained and owned pair made a shambles of this field. Sorbet (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) was third for trainer/driver Daniel Reden with Flex Lane (4m Federal Flex-Margo Hall) fourth for Christoffer Eriksson and Cash Gamble (4f Ready Cash-No Way Back) was fifth for reinsman Per Lennartsson. Stretch replay: The Bold Eagle victory was his 17th in 20 career starts, now for €835,800 earned. He was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois and race for Dubois through August 2014. First dam Reethi Rah Jet is a US$150,796 winner by Love You-Hippodamia-Workaholic and also dam of Anantara Jet 2:00.1 (US$95,704). Hippodamia produced nine foals seven of which were money winners including Quai Bourbon 1:56.1 (US$217,233). Aladin d’Ecajeul Wins Faber Audiovisiuals Elite Trophy at Wolvega Classy Aladin d’Ecajeul (5m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul-Halimede) won today’s €13,200 purse Faber Audiovisuals Elite Trophy at Wolvega for reinsman Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ph. Dewulf. Away from the outside post eight in this 2100 meter autostart contest, Raffin took the pocket with the winner behind pacesetter Your Love Lois driven by Rick Ebbinge. Zenyatta raced third for Cess F. Kamminga until making a move in the final bend to finish second beaten 1-1/2 lengths to Aladin d’Ecajeul, that sprinted past leading Your Love Lois for the comfortable victory clocked in 1.13kr or 2:33.20. The winner secured his 14th career win, now for earnings of €950,140, as the FR connections swept the Wolvega featured events. Ouch finished fourth for teamster Jorma Kontio. Sire of the first dam of the winner is a son of Buvetier d’Aunou from Udames, dam of US$857,889 winner and top sire Ganymede. Second dam of the winner is the Florestan mare Gathia d’Ecajeul. Thomas H. Hicks

September 29, 2015 - The impressive Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) took at heat of the Grand Prix de l’U.E.T. over 2100 meters autostart for a purse of €60,000. Nine European contestants battled against 3/10 odds winner driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. Bold Eagle recorded his 16th career victory in 19 starts, now for earnings of €660,800. The winner scored in 1.11.7kr (1:55.36 mile rate) closing hastily after the first 1100 meters were timed in a 1.13.1kr rate. Guarato trainees finished in the top three positions. Second, two lengths from the winner, was 3.1/1 odds Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) owned by Philippe Dauphin. This great mare has 15 wins now in career 28 starts for earnings of €956,175. 46/1 Bocage d’Ortige (4m Mirage du Goutier-Providence) was third handled by Mathieu Abrivard and fourth went to Black d’Avril (4m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) with Franck Ouvrie up. Exceptional Boko (4m Virgill Boko-Uncommon Boko) was fifth for pilot Robin Bakker and trainer Dion P. Tessalar at 28/1 Etienne Dubois teamed sixth finishing Belly Charm (4f Prodigious-Jelly Charm) for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Billie de Montfort was first to lead and then achieved a pocket trip as Bold Eagle gained the front before the 1000 meter mark. Bold Eagle was much the best this day. The U.E.T Final is October 18 at Wolvega. Replay: The €80,000 monte Prix Lilius (2850 meters, 12 European starters) at Vincennes went to hard charging 8.7/1 odds Bijou d’Auvillier (4g Kepler-Olive d’Auvillier) handled by Mlle. Caroline Charadame. The winner scored in 1.13.7kr off rated fractions (1.13.4kr with 1000 meters to go ; 1.13.2kr with 500 remaining ; 1.13.7kr at finish). Second was Boston Terrie (4g Kesaco Phedo-Nouvelle Idole) for Paul-Philippe Pioquin at 34/1 with third to 4.4/1 Asis Bot Eur Noel (5g Pagalor-Cora du Noel) for jockey Guillaume Martin. Next to the line were Italy’s Radieux (5g Love You-Dordogne) for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini ahead of And Gibus (5g Diamant Gede-Ok Lady) with Alexis Garandreau aboard. At Cabourg today the Prix des Millepertuis (purse €14,000, 2850 meters, 10 two year-old starters) went to 9/1 odds Don Williams (2m Opus Viervil-Mass Williams) driven by trainer Emmanuel Allard and clocked in 1.20.7kr. 10/1 Dard Roc (2m Roc Meslois-Mutine Merceaux) was second for trainer/driver Pierre Belloche, ahead of even-money favorite Dandy Charm (2m Prodigious-Life Is Good) with Julien Dubois up for trainer Philippe Moulin. 4.7/1 odds Askino (5m Nijinski Blue-Nalana) with Mathieu Mottier up won the Prix de Cintheaux (€27,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) at Cabourg, timed in 1.15kr. He overcame a 25 meter handicap to defeat 3.2/1 Angel Sky (5m Orlando Vici-Iffrida) handles=d by trainer Tuomas Korvenoja and third finishing 11/1 Atome de l’Ormeau (5g Open Charm-Parnela de l’Ormeau) and 14/1 Altius Fortis (5m Ganymede-Neia la Fortis) with Philippe Masschaele driving. Masschaele was back on FR duty after winning a pari-mutuel monte contest at Mohawk in Ontario, Canada last weekend in a North American race record time of 1:56.4s  with Santo Domingo, an Amigo Hall gelding, over the mile distance. Thomas H. Hicks  

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