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Four excellent events graced today’s Enghien-Soisy card, including this days’ Quinte+ race. The feature race was the Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles for €95,000 contested by 11 European starters over 2150 meters autostart. Timed in 1.11.3kr, the Louis Baudron owned, trained and teamed Village Mystic scored a 12.5/1 upset. The five year-old son of Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account, bred by M.L. Baudron, nailed tiring favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) on the line, by a neck, the latter off at 3/5 for reinsman Franck Nivard. Voltigeur de Myrt was third for Eric Raffin. Winning Village Mystic now has 11 career wins for €720,320 earned. The secondary feature was the €85,000 Gr. III Prix du Louvre over 2875 meters for five year-old Europeans. 11 horses were at the start with the favorite Arlington Dream off at 4.3/1 in a wide-open affair. Clint W. Boko prevailed for the win handled by Robin Bakker in 1.15.1kr. The winner is a five year-old son of Abano As-Vantz Boko-Garland Lobell, trained by Paul Hagoort for Stable Unlimited. The winner secured his 10th career win now for €297,157. Germany’s Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla-Defi d’Aunou) was a close second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Josef Franzl and Vive Majyc ended third for Louis Baudron. Plutonio was fourth with J-P Dubois’ Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover) fifth and was  not a factor for Damien Bonne. Arlington Dream was a dq for a miscue.   The Q+ race (jackpot €5.2 million) was the €68,000 Prix du Palais de Chaillot over 2875 meters for Europeans. 18 went postward and the race handled €1,166,918 for win and place only. Italy’s Olimpus Caf scored the victory in 1.14.3kr for Damien Bonne. He’s a six year-old son of Varenne-Eviola’caf-Supergill, owned by Scuderia Mantaro and trained by J-E Le Bec. The win today was his 12th lifetime for €203,259. Germany’s Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way) was a close second for Dominik Locqueneux with Tempo (7m Coktail Jet-Haute Voltige) flying  home third for David Thomain. Replay follows: A host of outsiders in the top five exact order generated a great outcome for winning punters. This exact order crew was off at odds of 5,5. 12, 74, 46 and 9/1 respectively. Big fields make for unexpected results and payoffs. The other interesting contest today, also for European entrants, was the €48,000 Prix de Villiers that drew 16 starters over the 2150 meter autostart course. Italy’s Painting Wise took the victory in 1.12.9kr for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi owns the five year-old son of Equinox Bi-Catalina Wise-Supergill as the 1.2/1 favorite defeated Adman Perrine with Franck Nivard and Amiral du Bission and teamster P-Y Verva. The winner was bred in Italy by Scuderia Wise H and the win today was his 13th in a career that has earned €96,610. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Quinte+ events dominated the week’s activity in France. Today’s  Q+ at Cabourg was the Prix du Journal GENY Courses (Paul Viel) for €38,000 over 2850 meters. A total of 16 contestants took part with the win secured by Soleil du Verger (8g Gogo-Fabiola du Verger-Marco Bonheur) steered by owner/trainer Philippe Daugaerd. Timed in 1.15.3kr the winner, off at 4.2/1, won for the ninth time in a career that nopw shows earnings of €201,510. Tic Tac du Monte was second for Anthony Barrier. The Q+ jackpot this day was €5,150,000 and the exact order payout without the jackpot was €13,910. A great enthusiastic throng was on hand. Quinte+ action (jackpot €5,050,000) moved to Enghien on July 9 with the Prix de l’Opera for a purse of €58,000, contested by 16 European entrants over 2150 meters autostart. Tabriz du Gite (7m Ganymede-Kanrizia du Gite) scored at 5.3/1 in 1.13.5kr for teamster Pierre Vercruysse.  The winner recorded his eighth career win for life earnings of €262,680. The Q+ race created a win-place only handle of €900,000. Conrad’s Fredrik from Sweden, handled by Jarma Niskanen, ended second with Tzarine Fac third for David Thomain. Quinte+ action (jackpot €5,000,000) moved to Les Sables d’Olonne this day for the €35,000 Prix Jean Houssaint that drew 15 European starters. They battled over 2775 meters with the win going to Urfee Jallerie (6f Neutron du Cebe-Nana du Domaine-Caballio In Blue) handled by Damien Bonne for owner Elevage Peo. Urfee Jallerie recorded her 20th career win now for earnings of €307,660. Trophee de Jaba was second for J-M Bazire and Italy’s Nefertite Del Rio finished third for Alexandre Abrivard. During this week several announcements of interest took place. Tony Le Beller will replace Franck Nivard as the FR representative in the European Drivers Championship to be held August 18-19 at Solanget and Umea. The upcoming Hugo Abergs Memorial will have Commander Crowe at the start replacing Napoleon Bar due to the latter’s drug test positives. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The hotly contested Quinte+ Prix de la Manche today at Enghien-Soisy (suburban Paris) went to hard-driving Repay Merci and reinsman Anthony Barrier. The Fabrice Souloy trainee nailed long-time pacesetter Swedishman and Franck Nivard (who traveled 2900 meters this day) on the line in 1.14.8kr over 2875 meters. The six year-old son of Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News won for the 12th time in his career, now for earnings of £281,920. The winner was off at 12/1 odds. Favorite Indigious ended third for teamster Eric Raffin. July 5, 2014 Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Manche, European, Quinte+ with jackpot £4.85 million, purse £85,000, 18 starters, 2875 meters distance handicapped Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1000; 1.14.8kr at 500 and finish 1st Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News), Anthony Barrier for Fabrice Souloy trainer and Ecurie Repay (Denmark) owner, 2875 meters, 12/1 2nd Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer, 2900 meters, 6.9/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin up for trainer Stig H. Johansson, 1.8/1 The co-featured Prix de Berlin for three year-old colts went to heavily favored Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) and pilot Joseph Verbeeck. This pair led from the early going and fought off very determined Secretariat (Italy) before pulling away in late stretch to score in 1.14.1kr. The 2150 meter autostart contest carried an £85,000 purse for this Gr. III event. Bixente was third for Jean-Etienne Dubois. July 5, 2014 Enghien Soisy, Prix de Berlin, 2150 meters autostart, European Gr. III, £85,000, 9 starters Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500, 1.14.1kr finish 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire trainer and Frederic Sauque owner, 3/10 favorite, seventh career win for £368,950 earned 2nd Secretariat (3m Ganymede-Venella Gius), Antonio Velotti up for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, 8.6/1, Italy 3rd Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Kitty Meslois), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 6/1 by Tom Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

July 4, 2014. Timoko next tests the starter on Sunday at La Capelle and Philippe Allaire's Brillantissime leads the field Saturday at Enghien in the Prix de Berlin against a competitive group of three year-olds. See the entries below for these weekend headliners. July 5, 2014 Enghien-Soisy Features Prix de la Marche, £85,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters. Field includes Indigious (by Prodigious) with Eric Raffin up for Stig H. Johansson and Swedishman with Franck Nivard steering for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer. Prix de Berlin, £85.000, 2150 meters autostart, European, 9 starters for three year-olds. This group includes Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire, Bioness (by Sam Bourbon) with Erik Raffin aboard, Secretariat (Ganymede) for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, Scoop Grif Italia (Varenne) for Pierre Vercruysse/Marco Smorgon, and Silverado Lux (Amigo Hall) for the Nivard/Souloy team. July 6, 2014 La Capelle Feature Prix der la Communaute de Communes, 1609 meters autostart, £100,000, Gr. II International, field in post position order below (horse, driver, trainer): Reve de Beylev, Raffin/Guarato Oibambam Effe, Carro/Carro Spirit Beji, Bullier/Provost Quinoa du Gers, Ouvrie/Souloy Roi du Lupin, Barrier/Marmion Krangel, Locqueneux/Westholm Timoko, Goop/Westerink Quick Viervil, Gallier/Gallier Viscaria, Piton/Gillot Timoko and Richard Westerink Earlier this week solid action took place in Sweden with Happy Days winning his elimination and the final of the Sprinter Masters. In the final Express Duo and Tumble Dust trailed the winning horse/driver pair that were timed in 1.10.7kr. On July 2 at Lindesberg Mr. Picolit took the aged main event in 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. US entrant Uncle Peter was scratched. July 3, 2014 Halmstad Sprinter Masters 1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money each elimination, Elim 1, 1.11.7kr Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem), Pekka Korpi, Finland, 20th win in 32 starts for 3,494,704SEK Elim 2 1.12.0kr Dream With Me (4m Dream Vacation-Jolly Jane-Pink Diamond), Lutfi Kolgjini, Netherlands, 6th win in 20 for 649,172SEK Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Dream Vacation), Bjorn Goop, Denmark, now in 20 starts 4-5-6 slate for 2,064,059SEK Elim 3, 1.10.l9kr Happy Days (4g Dream Vacation-Kiss Me Once-Varenne)m Johnny Takter, eighth win in 11 for 1,179,300SEK Final, 1.10.7kr, first money 902,660SEK Happy Days, Johnny Takter, first on the line Express Duo, Pekka Korpi TumbleDust, Bjorn Goop Other relevant winners on the Halmstad card were: Oliver Kronos (6g Varenne-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop, 1.13.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 100,000SEK first money, eighth win in 18 appearances. Your Highness (5f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall), Bjorn Goop, 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK first prize, 10th win in 20 tries for 1,461,904SEK career earnings. July 2, 2014 Lindesberg Winners Talk The Talk (4f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed), Daniel Olsson up for Stefan Melander, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 60,000SEK to winner. Paris Metro (3f Cantab Hall-Mrs Ronerail-Donerail), Bjorn Goop for trainer Melander, 1.12.6kr over 1640 meters autostart, 60,000SEK winners prize. Paducah Dream (4f Infinitif-Padme Hanover-Credit Winner), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.13.8kr, 1640 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner. High Speed Call (6g From Above-Love Call-Alf Palema), Carl-Erik Lindblom up, 1.11.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 110,000SEK to winner. Mr. Picolit (7m Scarlet Knight-Good Enough-Mr. Vic), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money, defeating Occione Jet with Erik Adielsson and Bagley with Conrad Lugauer. Uncle Peter was scratched. Thomas H. Hicks

Hippodrome Enghien-Soisy today featured the Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix de Washington, a one-mile autostart test for a purse of €120,000. Ten horses battled in this one, on a rain-made soggy clay surface, including heavily favored Univers de Pan. Off the mobile gate Pierre Vercruysse hustled Napoleon Bar to the front from post four. Pascia’Lest took the pocket immediately.  Napoleon Bar maintained his advantage to the line to win by a diminishing length. Pascia’Lest held the pocket position for Franck Nivard until emerging late to gain second. Roi du Lupin  raced in the death seat with Univers de Pan and Philippe Daugaerd  behind that one and veteran Ru de L’Airou third on the inner. Rapide Lebel was rough gaited at the start, lost position, and raced third on the outer before again becoming choppy gaited late to finish eighth. Behind Napoleon Bar at the finish in order were Pascia’Lest, Roi de L’Airou with Pierre Levesque up closing on the inner, Univers de Pan on the outside and game Roi du Lupin holding stoutly fifth. Univers de Pan lacked his usual kick at the end and albeit gaining slightly lost a photo for third as the 3/2 favorite. The race was clocked in 1.10.7kr after a modestly rated pace (1.11.5kr at the 500 meters to go mark), far off the race record of 1.09.4k set by Rapide Lebel in 2012 and followed by 1.10kr in 2009 by that winner Premiere Speed. June 28, 2014, Enghien-Soisy, Prix de Washington, €120,000 purse Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.10.7kr (time 1:53.81) Napoleon  Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazia-Coktail Jet), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Catello Savarese and owner Emiliano Stecca, 2.1/1, Italy, his 15th career win for €811,671 earnings Pascia’Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Samuele Querci, 5.8/1, Italy, career earnings now €983,772 Roi de L’Airou (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville-Opior), Pierre Levesque aboard for trainer Patrick Martin, 42/1 Napoleon Bar is from the Italian registered mare Dalmazia (Coktail Jet-Takeda-Mon Tourbillon). Next dam Madamacristina is by Top Hanover, a son of Ayres-Elaine Rodney. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes program featured excellent trotting and the celebration of the Franco-Chinese relationship.    The featured Grand Prix China Horse Industrial Park was contested over 2700 meters.  This  Gr.  III monte test carried a purse of €110,000 and went to the Franck Nivard teamed, Franck Leblanc owned and trained Sourire de Voutre. The eight year old gelded son of Gazouillis scored in 1.13.7kr over Italy’s Nene’Degli Ulivi with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons, as the slight favorite. The winner recorded his 16th career victory. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix China Horse Industrial Park-Trophee Yida, €110,000, monte, Gr. III, 2700 meters, 9 starters, 1.13.7kr 1st Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis-Goella), Franck Nivard up for trainer/owner Franck Leblanc, 2.1/1, his 16th career win for €703,340 lifetime earnings 2nd Nene’Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up, 1.1/1 3d Quarnac de L’Iton (10g Ideal de L’iton-Classic Meslois), Mathieu Mottier up, 67.8/1 The secondary feature, the Grand Prix de L’Annee du Cheval for €58,000 purse, went to Italy’s Pancottina Bar (5f Varenne-Valuto Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover) trained by Catello Savarese for owner Scuderia Stecca. The winner scored for teamster Pierre Vercruysse in 1.12kr over 2100 meters autostart. Vulcania de Godrel  finished second for Franck Ouvrie and Porpora Lux, another Italian entrant, ended third for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix de l’Annee du Cheval, €58,000, European, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.12kr 1st Pancottina Bar (5f Varenne-Valuto Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Catello Savarese and owner Scuderia Stecca, 6.9/1, Italy, 14th win for €112,939 2nd Vulcania de Godrel (5f Memphis du Rib-Julietta), Franck Ouvrie up, 12.5/1 3rd Porpora Lux (5f Self Possessed-Geladrier PL), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 107/1 The evening’s Quinte+ race of the day in France (jackpot €4.450,000) was the Grand Prix L’Amitie Franco-Chinoise 50eme Anniversaire, This 2100 meter autostart event carried a purse of €58,000 for European starters of which there were 18. Germany’s pacesetting King Of The World scored in 1.12.7kr at 19.8/1 odds for driver Michael Nimczyk, trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk and owner Johann Lenz. King Of The World is an accomplished five year-old son of Magnificent Rodney (Nordin Stable star of a few years ago) that now has 15 career wins for €88,007 as most of his racing has been in Germany for low purses. In fact, King Of The World has posted, since May 6, 2013, 12 wins and 4 placings in 16 appearances. Italy’s Ringostarr Treb, a four year-old son of Classic Photo, was second for driver Vercruysse and trainer Holger Ehlert. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was over €116,000 for a €2 play. June 27, 2014, Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix l’Amitie Franco-Chinoise 50eme Anniversaire, €58,000, European, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ with jackpot €4.45 million 1st King Of The World (5m Magnificent Rodney-Queen of Hearts-Hermes de Pericard), Michael Nimczyk driver for owner Johann Lenz  and trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk (Germany), 19.8/1, 15 wins for €88,007, last 15 starts since May 6, 2014 with slate 12-2-1 and one fifth place finish 2nd Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral), Pierre Vercruysse for Holger K. Ehlert, 6.2/1 3rd Vanychef (5m Offshore Dream-Manychaille), Michel Lenoir trainer/driver, 32.1/1 Later in the card three year-old fillies contested the Grand Prix des Enterprises Chinoises en France – Trophee China Telecom for a purse of €36,000. Sixteen starters battled over 2100 meters autostart with the win going to 5.8/1 odds Braga (by Oiseau de Feux), owned and trained by J.M.A. Roussel and reined by Pierre Vercruysse. The winner recorded her second lifetime win. The Quaker Jet filly Bakerloo Line was second in this event, timed in 1.14.4kr. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix des Enterprises Chinoises en France – Trophee China Telecom, €36,000, three year-old females, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.14.4kr 1st Braga (3f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Joie), Pierre Vercruysse up for owner/trainer J.M.A. Roussel, 5.8/1, her second career victory for €31,610 earned 2nd Bakerloo Line (3f Quaker Jet-Fenatoria), J. Koubiche, 5.7/1 3rd Bienvenue du Gers (3f Quinoa du Gers-La Chasse Verte), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 61.5/1 Other venues in France and Switzerland also hosted good racing this day. Sullighan took the €34,000 Prix Credit Agricole Normandie at Cherbourg. The veteran eight year-old gelded son of Sancho Panca scored in 1.14.2kr over 2625 meters for Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir. At Toulouse Le Capiere, the G.P. Dynavenu Maisagri Duran for €35,000 went to Rambo Jet reined by R.W. Denecher. The nine year-old son of Goetmals Wood scored at 23.6/1 over Jean-Etienne Dubois’ Turbo Jet (by Joyau d’Amour). At Avenches (Switzerland) the €16,378 Coupe des 5 Ans Suisse went to 3/5 favorite Playboy Wind with trainer Wilhelm Paal aboard for Stall Allegra Racing. The five year-old son of In Love With You scored in 1.16kr over the 2350 meter course. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com 

In Sweden trainer Jerry Riordan has experienced a super week to-date. On June 24 at Jagersro, Riordan trainee Rare Wise As scored in 1.13.8kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 15,000SEK first prize.  The four-year-old daughter of Varenne-In Wise As- SJ’s Caviar is owned by Lisa Riordan and was steered by Linda Allercrantz. The Riordan team also won with Paolo America in 1.15.3kr to earn 15,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start contest. Paolo America is a five year-old gelded son of Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell, owned by Lisa Riordan and reined by Allercrantz to her 11th career victory. On June 26 at Aby the Riordan trained, Allercrantz reined Riordan Kronos scored in 1.15.3kr to earn 10,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start event. The four-year-old gelded son of Going Kronos-Exclusive Kronos-Self Possessed is owned by Lisa Riordan and secured his first 2014 win in four starts.  Trainer Riordan was also third in the Aby featured Henning Kraffts Minne (100,000SEK to winner) for mares with Rossella Ross (4f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) for owner Francesco Rosselli and driven by Thomas Uhrberg. Captivating As (6f Conway Hall-Cascade As-Mack Lobell) won this event in 1.11.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop reined the winner, to her 11th career victory, that defeated Single Sock (4f Conway Hall-Socksy’s Sister-Credit Winner) with Jorgen Sjunnesson aboard in a close finish. This one was developed in the US by Dan Daley Global Midnight and reinsman Christophe Martens won today’s Quinte+ Prix de Plaisance at Enghien. The winner secured her 16th career win for earnings of €274,621 for trainer Vincent Martens. Global Midnight is a seven year-old mare by Ganymede from Global Business by Victory Dream. Take and Tabby Point trailed the winner across the line. The day’s Quinte+ paid €188,246 for an exact order €2 wager. Jackpot this day was €4.4 million. June 26, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Plaisance, European €56,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €4.4 million, 1.14kr 1st Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business-Victory Dream), Christophe Martens, 4.4/1 odds, Victor Martens trainer, 16th lifetime win for €274,621 2nd Take (7m Carpe Diem-Koncole), Franck Nivard, 6.8/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer 3rd Tabby Point (7m Coktail Jet-Nobody Else), Sebastien Ernault, 70/1, Ulf Nordin trainer At Vichy the €80,000 purse International Prix Pierre Coulon went to favored Uprince with Eric Raffin aboard. Thierry Raffegaeu trains the winner that is now a career earner of over €377,000 from 11 victories. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr to defeat Italy’s 89/1 outsider Oibambam Effe. June 26, 2014 Vichy, Prix Pierre Coulon, International €80,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 1.12.7kr 1st Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Eric Raffin, 2.5/1, Thierry Raffegeau trainer, 11th career win  for €377,470 2nd Oibambam Effe (6f Classic Photo-Etna Sec), Salvatore Carro up, 89/1 3rd Sophie du Vif (8f Jenko-Lavalliere de Vif), Aymeric Thomas up, 22/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Emerging Angel Dark took the €38,000 (US $51,692) Prix Irene (Merci Alfred) for four-year-olds tonight at Paris-Vincennes before a large enthusiastic crowd. Expertly reined by Johanna  Lindqvist for trainer Anders Lindqvist (co-owner with Peter Gerry/Arden Homestead Stable) the 32/1 longshot winner scored for the fifth time in 12 starts (all in 2014). Angel Dark has earned 10 checks for €50,130 (US $68,192) earned. The winner qualified in early February and made his first start at Mons-Ghlin on February 28. His steady improvement has been worth watching, culminating on today’s 1.15kr (2:00.67 mile rate) win over the 2700 meter (1.68 miles) grand piste. From head number four Mlle. Lindqvist took an outside starting position and zoomed to the early lead that the pair held until yielding to favorite Apace de Beaum and J-M Bazire heading up the backside hill. Lindqvist patiently remained in the pocket until getting out of tight quarters in the stretch. Angel Dark did the rest, powering to the line decisively. Lindqvist and Perry acquired Angel Dark at the 2013 Prix d’Amerique mixed sale. June 24, 2014 Paris Vincennes,Prix Irene (Merci Alfred), €38,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters Fractions: 1.16.8kr at 1500; 1.15.8kr at 1000; 1.15.4kr at 500; 1.15kr finish 1st Angel Dark (4g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes-Flash de Cosse), Johanna Lindqvist up for trainer Anders Lindqvist who co-owns with Arden Homestead Stable (Peter Gerry), his fifth win in 12 starts, all in 2014 for earnings of €50,130; 32/1 odds 2nd Apache de Beaum (4m Vivaldi de Chene-Quinda Louise), J-M Bazire, 1.3/1 favorite 3rd Along (4m Ganymede-Orange de Vire), Eric Raffin, 102/1 4th Amadeus Quick (4g Prince d’Espace-Quinta Vaumicel), Pierre Vercruysse, 10/1 5th American Jet (4m Quaker Jet-Marlena), Franck Nivard, 3/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

This historic racing day at Paris-Vincennes would not be complete without mention of a new tribute to French Champion Trotteur Ourasi. A bronze statue was provided today to Paris-Vincennes to mark the iconic career of Ourasi who died at age 33 last year. Today’s final two graded events at Paris-Vincennes went to Vulcain du Vivier and Vabellino. Vulcain du Vivier took the monte Prix Xavier de Saint Palais for Franck Nivard, in the irons for trainer Yannick A. Briand. Breeder and owner of this son of Look de Star is legendary commercial breeder Jean-Yves Lecuyer. Vulcain du Vivier recorded his 11th lifetime win for €220,450 as he scored in 1.12.2kr over 2175 meters. Viva Jenilou and Veracity ended two-three in this event for five year-olds. Prix Xavier de Saint Palais, Gr. II monte, €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters Fractions: 1.09.6kr at 1500; 1.10kr at 1000; 1.11.3kr at 500; 1.12.2kr finish 1st Vulcain du Vivier (5m Look de Star-Idea du Vivier-Tarass Boulba), Franck Nivard for trainer Y-A Briand, owner Ecurie Jean-Yves Lecuyer and breeder SNC Jean-Yves Lecuyer, 1.7/1 odds, raced with shoes to secure his 11th win for €220,450 2nd Viva Jenilou (5f Phlegyas-Louve Jenilou), Philippe Masschaele up for Louis Baudron trainer, 9/1 3rd Veracity (5f Neutron du Cebe-Jovialidade), C. Frecelle up, 27/1 4th Viscaria (5f Gai Brillant-Lajounie des Cinty), G. Gillot trainer/jockey, 105/1 The Gr. III Prix de Gasse ended an exciting racing day and the European event for €80,000 purse went to Vabellino and Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains the €217,000 plus winner as he flashed home in 1.13.5kr over the 2700 meter grand piste. Italy’s Olimpus Caf was a solid second for Damien Bonne. Prix de Grasse, Gr. III European, €80,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters Fractions: 1.13.6kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.13.6kr to 500; 1.13.5kr finish 1st Vabellino (5m Ouragan de Celland-Girl de Chantepie), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato, 2.3/1 odds, his 11th win for €217,950 lifetime 2nd Olimpus Caf (6m Varenne-Evoila Caf-Supergill), Damien Bonne, 71/1, Italy 3rd Up The Green (6m Espeyrac Sun-Nemenine), J-M Bazire, 4/1 4th Clint W. Boko (5m Abano As-Vantz Boko), Robin Bakker, 25/1, Denmark Reply of the drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W81fNAbIydw This historic racing day at Paris-Vincennes would not be complete without mention of a new tribute to French Champion Trotteur Ourasi. A bronze statue was provided today to Paris-Vincennes to mark the iconic career of Ourasi who died at age 33 last year. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Un Mec d’Heripre (six year-old son of Orlando Vici) won today’s €200,000 Prix Rene Balliere on disqualification for rough-gait (as determined by judges)  of line-leading and pacesetter Uhlan du Val reined by Cedric Megissier. Franck Nivard steered the placed-winner for trainer Fabrice Souloy to the 1.10.7kr score over 2100 meters autostart. Uhlan du Val led decisively from the beginning and was two lengths best across the line before the dq. Tiego d’Etang raced well to be a closing second for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Veteran Reve de Beylev was a solid third along the inner for Mathieu Abrivard. Prix Rene Balliere, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, €200,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters Fractions: 1.09.4kr at 1500; 1.10kr at 1000; 1.10.1kr at 500; 1.10.7kr finish 1st Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 2.1/1 2nd Tiego d’Etang (7m Chaillot-Harolene), Christian Bigeon trainer/driver, 3.9/1 3rd Reve de Beylev (7m Fortuna Fant-Heloise Poterie), Mathieu Abrivard, Sebastien Guarato trainer, 10.1/1 4th Severino (8m Gobernador-Katia de Tillard), Damien Bonne up for trainer Christian Bigeon, 66.2/1 5th Villeroi (5m Oiseau de Feux-Pocohontas), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 28/1 Uhlan du Val first across the line easily as pacesetter and disqualified; Roxane Griff parked three-wide without cover early and then pulled back/eased Eric Raffin rode his second Gr. I monte winner today as he steered Atlessima to victory in the prestigious featured event at Paris-Vincennes. The four year-old daughter of Rocklyn raised her career earnings to over €442,000 with this her sixth win. Philippe Moulin trains the winner for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Anna Mix and Al Capone Jet trailed the winner home as favorite A Nous Deux was disqualified for an early miscue. Axelle Dark (by Ready Cash) made her initial monte start and ended fifth, after her recent performance to sulky has tailed off. Prix du President de la Republique, Gr. I monte, €240,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters Fractions: 1.14.9kr at 1500; 1.13.8kr at 1000; 1.13.7kr at 500; 1.14.1kr finish 1st Atlessima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima), Eric Raffin for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, sixth lifetime win for €442,740, 5.4/1 2nd Anna Mix (4f Ludo de Castelle-Ires), Franck Nivard up, Franck Leblanc trainer, 8.8/1 3rd Al Capone Jet (4m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Mougane), Mathieu Abrivard up, 30.3/1 4th Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine), P-Y Verva up, 18.6/1. Ake Kristoffersson trainer Axelle Dark (4f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes), Yohan Lebourgeois for Philippe Allaire, 8.7/1 Favored A Nous Deux dq for break in first 500 meters Today’s Pick-5 Prix de Grobois at Paris-Vincennes produced a driving eight-horse finish that went to Olmo Holz (by Uronometro) teamed by Christophe Martens. The Italian-bred campaigner is owned by Frans Delmonte and trained by Vincent Martens. This 16th career win raised the winners’ earnings to over €496,000. Ursule du Bouffey and Lobell Countess trailed the victor. The winner overcame a 25 meter distance penalty to win timed in a sharp 1.13.5kr. Prix de Grobois, European, €90,000, 2850 meters distance handicapped, 16 starters Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1500; 1.15.2kr at 1000; 1.14.8kr at 500; 1.13.5kr finish Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe), Christophe Martens driver, Vincent Martens trainer, Frans Delmonte owner, 9/1, traveled 2875 meters, 16th career victory for €496,596, Italy Ursule du Bouffey (6f Indy de Vive-Illusion du Coq), P-Y Verva up, 1.6/1 favorite, 2850 meters Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way), Dominik Locqueneux up, Peter J. Strooper trainer, 12/1, 2850 meters The day’s co-featured Prix Albert Viel, a Gr. I event for three-year old males for a purse of €200,000, produced a 1-2 finish order for Philippe Allaire trainees, both of which overcame rough-gaitedness to hold up on the official board.  Boccador de Simm (by Rieussec) took the close win for Pierre Vercruysse timed in 1.14.4kr over the 2700 meter grand-piste course. Favored Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) was second for Joseph Verbeeck with Brutus de Bailly finishing well to be third for J-M Bazire. The winner took the top prize for the sixth time in a career that now shows over €211,000 earned. Prix Albert Viel, Gr. I three year-olds, €200,000, 2700 meters Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1500; 1.14.3kr at 1000; 1.14kr at 500; 1.14.4kr finish 1st Boccador de Simm (3m Rieussec-Poupee Charmeuse-Hetre Vert), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Olivier-Henri Thomas, 3.7/1, his sixth score for €211,350 2nd Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire), Joseph Verbeeck for trainer Allaire, 3/1 3rd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), J-M Bazire up, 5.5/1 4th Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril), Franck Ouvrie up, 36/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

One of the summer season highlight cards is underway at Paris-Vincennes before a big crowd under sunny skies. The nine race card features purses totaling €1,267,000 and includes four Gr. I events and four other graded and European eligible contests. Two exceptional monte races were on the card including the €240,000 namesake contest that drew 17 starters. Results of the first three races follow. The Gr. I monte Prix d’Essai for €200,000 went to pacesetting upsetter Bingo Winner ridden by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato. This team set a blistering pace at 9/1 odds and tracking favorite Bird Parker (by Ready Cash) was unable to close the gap at any time, trailing about 10 lengths at the end. June 22, 2014 Paris Vincennes Prix de Nesles, €52,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters Fractions: 1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.14.7kr at 1000; 1.14.5kr at 500, 1.13.8kr finish 1st As d’Urfist (4m Install-Perle d’Urfist), Franck Nivard, 5.4/1 2nd A Nous Trois (4m Orlando Vici-Quallas), Louis Baudron, 5.4/1 3rd Amiral du Bisson (4g Jeanbat du Vivier-Melodie du Bisson), Pierre-Yves Verva, 3.6/1 Prix Raymond Fouard, Gr. III European, €85,000, 12 starters Fractions: 1.14.4kr at 1500; 1.12.9kr at 1000; 1.12.7kr at 500; 1.12.7kr finish 1st Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg), Jan Van Eeckhaute trainer/driver, 1.6/1 2nd Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof), Dominik Locqueneux, 7.6/1 3rd Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia du Vandel), Cedric Megissier, 3.6/1 Prix d’Essai, Gr. I monte, €200,000, 2175 meters Fractions: 1.11.1kr at 1500; 1.10.6kr at 1000; 1.12.5kr at 500; 1.13.3kr finish 1st Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute), Eric Raffin, 9.3/1 odds, trainer Sebastien Guarato 2nd Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Balisha), Yohan Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire, 9/10 favorite 3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), A. Lamy, 69.1/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Franck Anne teamed the improving Urac de Valong to victory in the Quinte+ Prix du Journal GENY Courses at Vincennes, defeating 17 rivals in 1.14.6kr over 2700 meters. The European eligible event carried a €48,000 purse. It was a close battle for second with four contestants within a length. Ulk de Godisson and Staro Foot Loose ended second and third respectively. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was €3,390 excluding the €4.1 million jackpot. Replay of stretch drive. Race summary June 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Journal Geny Courses, €48,000, European six year-olds, 18 starters, 2700 meters, Quinte+, 1.14.6kr Urac de Valfong (6g Membo King-Helenime), Franck Anne, 4.5/1 Ulk de Godisson (6g Obrillant-Deesse de Godisson), Franck Ouvrie, 8.2/1 Staro Foot Loose (6m Daguet Rapide-Ideal Lease), Robin Bakker, 3.6/1 Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet), Franck Nivard, 12.7/1 Oronte di Cesato (6m Allison Hollow-Enzaran), Roberto Andreghetti, 20.5/1 ................................................................................................. The excellent card also showed victories by Freeman T. Porter (son of Korean, sire of Sebastian K, handled by trainer Conrad Lugaur), Altesse du Mirel (by Ready Cash and trained/reined by Pierre Vercruysse) and Vittel de Breval (Sebastian Ernault up on this son of Jag de Bellouet). Race summaries follow. June 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Hygica, €50,000, 2850 meters, European, 16 starters, 1.13.7kr Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver, 8.4/1 Tamisso (7g Nobody du Chene-Hastavissa), Cedrik Megissier, 5.9/1 Tabrouk de Payre (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Orcade de Payre), J-Ph Monclin, 27.9/1 ................................................................................................ June 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Sappho, €52,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.8kr Altesse du Mirel (4f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel), Pierre Vercruysse trainer/driver, 5.3/1 Aura des Racques (4f Coktail Jet-Ohana des Racques), Franck Nivard, 24.3/1 Aida d'Heripre (4f Prodigious-Norma d'Heripre), David Thomain up, 2,6/1 ............................................................................................ June 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Lydia, €54,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters, 1.13kr Vittel de Breval (5m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol), Sebastien Ernault trainer, driver , 7/10 favorite Vaisman (5m Memphis du Rib-Iula du Douetil), Franck Anne owner, trainer, driver, 3.9/1 Venosc de Mirel (5g Laetenter Diem-Melia Monochrome), J-M Bazire, 12.3/1 Thomas H. Hicks  

Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazia-Coktail Jet) took today’s €115,000 Gr. III European Prix de New York at Enghien-Soisy. Pierre Vercruysse teamed the winner, for trainer Catello Savarese and owner Emiliano Stecca, to his 14th career win now with earnings over €757,000. Vercruysse put the 7.7/1 odds Napoleon Bar on the front shortly off the gate, yielded and then immediately regained the lead that he held comfortably for the rest of the contest, conducted over 2150 meters autostart. Uprince was second at 10/1 for Franck Nivard with 24/1 Shadow d’Odyssee third for Eric Raffin. Favored 1.3/1 Pascia’Lest ended seventh for Enrico Bellei after a ground saving trip. He was empty in the stretch. Napoleon Bar now has two wins plus a second and third in his last four appearances. June 14, 2014 Enghien-Soisy, Prix de New York, Gr. III European, €115,000, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.12.kr Fractions: 1.12.4kr at 1000, 1.12.4 at 1500 mark, 1.12kr finish (time 2:34.76) 1st Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazia-Coktail Jet), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Catello Savarese and owner Emiliano Stecca, his 15th win for earnings of €809,421, 7.7/1 (Italy) 2nd Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Franck Nivard up, 10/1 3rd Shadow d’Odyssee (8m Urfist des Pres-Battante d’Odyssee), Eric Raffin up, 24/1 Favorite Pacia’Lest, off at 1.3/1 for Enrico Bellei was seventh after a ground saving journey. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Two Gr. II trots, a fine undercard and Tropicale Night brought out large numbers of racing and entertainment fans  tonight at Paris-Vincennes. The  Prix Chambon P, a Gr II  international event for €120,000 over the 2850 meter distance, went to the gritty Uhlan de Val and Cedric Megissier. The six year-old son of Islero de Bellouet won for the eight time and increased earnings to €815,390. Reve de Beylev was first to the lead, then yielded to Olmo Holz and he then to first over Rapide du Digeon. Olmo Holz sat in the pocket. Severino was first up at that point and Reve de Beylev moved second in the outer. Uhlan du Val then swept three wide to the lead and was striding home to hold off a gaining and game Reve de Beylev, with Eric Raffin aboard, on the line. Time was a sharp 1.11.9kr for the distance, just over 1-3/4 miles. May 30, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Chambon P, Gr. II International, €120,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters, 1.11.9kr (race time 3:25.03) Fractions: 1.13.1kr at 1500; 1.12.1kr at 1000, 1.11.9kr at 500 and finish 1st Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 1.2/1 odds, eighth win for €815,390 for owner J-P Megissier 2nd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Fant-Heloise Poterie), Eric Raffin for Sebastien Guarato, 13.3/1 3rd Ru de L’airou (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’inTheuille), Pierre Levesque for Philippe Martin, 33.5/1 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede-Targu du Chalange), Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy 5th Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, 4.1/1 Jean-Pierre Dubois’ A Nous Deux took the Gr. II Prix Lavatar for monte specialists with an impressive rallying win for jockey Mlle. Nathalie Henry and trainer Ronny Kuiper. The pair raced with cover along the inner until coming off the final bend when they made a winning move to the front. A Nous Deux scored in 1.14.2kr over 2850 meters to defeat Anna Mix with Franck Nivard aboard. The winner is a four year-old mare by Goetmals Wood, bred by Ecurie D. May 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Lavater, Gr. II monte, €120,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters, 1.14.2kr Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.15kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500; 1.14.2kr finish 1st A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry up for trainer Ronny Kueiper, owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and Ecurie D is the breeder, 1.6/1 odds, her sixth win for €304,050 and raced without shoes 2nd Anna Mix (4f Ludo de Castelle-Ires), Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc trainer, 13.4/1 3rd Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine), P-Y Verva for Ake Kristoffersson, 2.1/1 Atlessima ralled for fourth after 25 meter handicap for Eric Raffin The Quinte+ race also highlighted the card and went to favored Tornado Bello with Pierre Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders. The seven year-old son of Jag de Bellouet is from Enfilade, dame of Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Tornado Bello scored in 1.12.5kr over 2700 meters in the €72,000 Prix de la Soiree Tropicale, Romain Derieux teamed Ugo de Nieul to a second place finish. The Quinte+ exact order paid €64,550 for a €2 wager excluding the €3,050,000 jackpot. May 30, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de la Soiree Tropicale, €72,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3,050,000, 1.12.5kr 1st Tornado Bello (7m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Pierre Levesque for Mike Lenders trainer, 3.5/1 odds and 12th win for €423,190 earned 2nd Ugo de Nieul (6m Cygnis d;Odyssee-Harmonie de Nieul), Romain Derieux trainer/driver, 5.5/1 3rd Ten Reve de Lahot (7g Hand du Vivier-Nona de Cahot), David Thomain for J-R Thomain, 9.1/1 4th Elles W.Phedo (8f Kasaco Ohedo-Elles W.Lolita), J-M Bazire for Thomas Chaesson trainer, 14.8/1 5th Ugor du Beauvoisin (6m Olitro-Klea du Beauvoisin), Alexandre Abrivard for L-C Abrivard trainer, 55.9/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Friday’s card at Paris-Vincennes is highlighted by two graded events, one being monte, and the day’s Quinte+ event with the jackpot over €3 million. The classic €120,000 Prix Chambon P starts off the card, a Gr. II international UET Masters Series event with 10 quality starters. Uhlan du Val is the early choice and will be handled by reinsman Cedrik Megissier. The Prix Lavater for monte specialists is a distance handicap event and the early favored Atlessima starts with a 25 meter penalty. Erik Raffin will be in the irons of Atlessima. Prix Chambon P, Gr. II UET Master Series International, €120,000, 2850 meters, 10starters Oropuro Bar, Marco Smorgon,  Italy Olmo Holz, Christophe Martens, Italy Ru de l’Airou, Pierre Levesque, FR Une Fille d’Amour, David Thoman,  FR Uhlan du Val, Cedrik Megissier, FR Rapide du Digeon, Damien Bonne, FR Roxana de Barbray, Pierre Vercruysse, FL Severino, Christian Bigeon, FR Quinoa du Gers, Franck Nivard, FR Reve de Beylev, Eric Raffin, FR Early choices-Uhlan du Val, Severino, Olmo Holz Prix Lavater, Gr. II Monte, €120,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 10 starters Astree de l’iton, Yohan Lebourgeois Anna Mix, Franck Nivard Agrippine, Alexandre Abrivard Aquarelle de Fael, David Thomain Aston Fly, Jonathan Carre Al Capone Jet, Mathieu Abrivard Airport, Pierre-Yves Verva A Nous Deux, Nathalie Henry Asana Trembladaise, Anthony Dollion Atlessima, Eric Raffin, travels 2875 meters Early choices-Atlessima, Anna Mix, A Nous Deux Prix Pythia, European, €72,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3,050,000 Ugor du Beauvoisin, Alexandre Abrivard Elles W.Phedo, J-M Bazire, Sweden Orione Degli Dei, Pierre Vercruysse, Italy Uprince, Franck Nivard Tamara Jiel, Jos. Verbeeck Richmond Park, Frederic Senet Tintin d’Ecouves, Mathieu Abrivard Krangel, Damine Bonne, Sweden Sometime, Christophe Martens Titus de Baffais, Thierry Duvaldestin Touch of Quick, Eric Raffin Tpoaze de Gournay, P-Y Verva Sam Gibus, Sebastien Baude Ton Reve de Cahot, David Thomain Ugo de Nieul, Romain Derieux Radjah de Venel, Anthony Barrier Tornado Bello, Pierre Levesque Early choices-Uprince, Tornado Bello,Orione Degli Dei In other news,  Commander Crowe trained yesterday at Caen and is expected to race next week at Wolvega in preparation for the Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola, a race that he won in 2009 and 2012. It was also reported that Rapide Lebel is being aimed for the June 28 Prix de Washington. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes card featured two high level graded events and the day’s Quinte+ with a €2.4 million jackpot. The top race of the night was the Gr. II Prix Ozo for three year-old females. Billie de Montfort, off as 3/10 favorite, did not disappoint as she scored easily in 1.13.6kr with the front-end and strong finishing performance. Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee to her eighth career victory now for €355,200 earned. The winner is a daughter of Jasmin de Flore and is best of her class. May 23, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Ozo Gr. II females, €120,000, 2175 meters, 1.13.6kr Fractions: 1.12.6kr at 1500; 1.12.5 at 1000; 1.14.2kr at 500 1st Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant), Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin, 3/10 odds, her eighth win for €355,200 2nd Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragone), Franck Nivard, 5.5/1 odds, trainer Fabrice Souloy 3rd Biana d’Atout (3f Saxo de Vandel-Geline d’Atout), Mathieu Mottier driver/trainer, 16/1 The co-featured Prix du Crepuscule for €90,000, a Gr. III event for a European field, went to Un Mec d’Heripre and Franck Nivard. Fabrice Souloy trains the winner that now has 14 career wins for €730,530. The 2/1 favorite is a six year-old son of Orlando Vici and appears to be a future factor in top level international events. He was timed tonight in 1.11.2kr over the 2100 meter autostart course. May 23, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Crepuscule Gr.  III European, €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, 1.11.2kr (time 2:29.55) 1st Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou), Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie d’Heripre, 2/1 odds, his 14th career win for €730,530 2nd Moses Rob (8m Ganymede-Etoile Rib), Andrea Guzzinati, 26/1 3rd Une File d’Amour (6f Infant de Bossis-Never So Great), David Thomain, 5/1 4th Ru de l’Airou (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville), P-Y Verva. 32/1 5th Nene’Degli Lilivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell), Alexandre Abrivard, 48/1 The Quinte+ race of the day went to 41/1 odds Vermeil Somolli and trainer/driver J-P Fichaux. The four year-old son of Olimede scored in 1.13.9kr over 2700 meters in this European event for €50,000 purse, Three of the top fine on the line were off at odds of 18/1 or higher and it established an exact order payoff for a €2 wager of €227,928. May 23, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de Joinville, European €50,000, 2700 meters, Quinte+ jackpot €2.4 million, 1.13.9kr Fractions: 1.14.8kr at 1500, 1.13.2kr at 1000, 1.13.5kr at 500 1st Vermeil Somolli (4m Olimede-Quitalia Somolli-Ginger Somolli), trained/reined by Jean-Paul Fichaux for owner Ecurie Somolli, 41/1 odds, eighth win for career earnings of €115,270 2nd Visa de Blary (5g Nice Love-Kassandie de Blary), J-M Bazire up, 35/1 3rd Priest Prav (5m Pine Chip-Ginny Grift), Salvatore Carro up, 43/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

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