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Today’s fourth leg of the Trophee Vert harness racing series was at Bernay in the Prix Centre Leclerc Minneval (purse 45,000€, 2800 meters distance handicap, turf) and 14/1 Doberman (6m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) scored in 1.18.9kr for pilot Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Franck Nivard and owner Richard Cohen.   The winner now has life earnings of 402,430€ as he overcame a 50 meter handicap for the victory.   35/1 Bijou du Cruchet (8g Le Retour) was second driven by David Lizee for owner/trainer Yves Lizee.   Third was the 5.2/1 Alamo du Goutier (9g Quido du Goutier) reined by Vincent Hebert, also the owner/trainer. This one also faced a 50 meter handicap at the start. Trophee Vert field at the start          --Equidia photo               Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s Prix du Haras d’Haufor at Laval saw a good field battle over 2875 meters (distance handicap) for a purse of 33,000€.   Victory was earned by 1.14.3kr timed Boyokos Atout (8g Goetmals Wood-New York Jet) reined by trainer Franck Nivard to his 14 th career win now for life earnings of 207,700€. Fast closing second went to 25 meter handicapped Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) with Pierre Vercruysse the trainer/driver for Ecurie d’As. He was clocked in 1.13.7kr.   Third went to 25 meter penalized Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) with Franck Anne up for breeder/owner Annick Bezin. Delloro Vedaquais (6g Ready Cash-Spandelle), also 25 meter handicapped, was fourth the J.Ph. Monclin teaming for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire.   At Kincsem Park (Budapest) their Saturday featured Akkuratos DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to the 1.3/1 favorite Zeal di Girafalco (4m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) with Veljko Mazsity the trainer/driver.   This was his first 2019 start and ninth career win in Hungary in 11 starts. The breeder was Russia based Elleca Society Agr. Finishing second was 27.9/1 and 20 meter handicapped Milady Amok (6f Scarlet Knight-Balett Amok-Defi d’Aunou with third to 13/1 Ujrazi! (6m Maximus Lindy-Gyarsukj!-Witsends Speedy.   Zeal di Girifalco                                 -Kincsem Park   Earlier on the program the 1.3/1 favorite Alfa Boy (3m Racino-Chippychip GT) won the Fenyves DIJ clocked in 1.18.9kr. Trainer Csaba Lakatos was the reinsman. Two interesting trotters race in a qualifying event before the main card with victory to 1.19.4kr timed Underpaid Hanover (10m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) and Csaba Lakatos over Arum Ville (3g Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) with trainer Imre Fazekas aboard.   Arum Ville was a good two year old and is owned by NFL Oakland Raiders fans under the banner Silver and Black Racing.   Top quality racing also took place Saturday in the V75 card at Boden (SWE).   The headliner was the C.Th. Ericcsons Memorial (400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart), a Gr. I event leading to the Olympiatravet.   This race went to 1.11.6kr timed and 3.5/1 odds Milligan’s School (6m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) reined by Ulf Eriksson for trainer/owner Stefan Melander. The winner was bred in the USA by Richard and Joyce McClelland of Ohio, and he recorded victory number 15 in 68 starts now for 8,676,994SEK earned. 6/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veleuve) was second for pilot Carl Johan Jepson, ahead of 25/1 Speedy Foxy Vicane (10f Chouchou des Dames) handed by Kim Eriksson.   The Solvalla undercard had five raced with 300,000SEK first money and another five for 250,000SEK first prize.   The winners of these included the following: V75 Silver 300,000SEK – Velvet Gio (5g Nad Al Sheba) 1.11.6kr over 2140 meters autostart Margaretas three year old males 300,000SEK – Fort Knox (3m Muscle Hill) 1.14.6kr over 2140m autostart Margaretas three year old fillies 300,000SEK – Zolly (3f Zola Boko) – 1.14.9kr over 2140m autostart Margaretas four year old females 300,000SEK – Racing Brooda (4f Prodigious) – 1.14.7kr over 2140m autostart Margaretas four year old males 300,000SEK – Night Brodde (4m Up And Quick) – 1.14kr over 2140m autostart Mares Elite 250,000SEK – Double Exposure (6f Donato Hanover) – 1.12.4kr over 1640m autostart Klass II Final 250,000SEK – Magic Cash (4g Ready Cash) – 1.12.4kr over 2140m autostart STL Bronze 250,000SEK – Perfect Dynamite (6g So Perfect) – 1.12.5kr over 2140m autostart Diamantstoet Final 250,000SEK – Odessa Celeber (5f Cantab Hall) – 1.13.8kr over 2140m voltstart (plus 20m handicap) Klass I Final 250,000SEK – Vlad Del Ronco (5m Iulius del Ronco) – 1.12.9kr over 2140m autostart   Thomas H. Hicks

Monday’s Quinte+ race of the day was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix de la Chartru Sur le Loir (purse 39,000€, 2850 meters, 17 European starters). The 25/1 outsider Cekai (7g Quitus du Mexique-Paillota de Cyn) score with relative ease timed in 1.14.7kr with Franck Nivard aboard the Florent Lamare trainee that is owned by Ecurie J.P.F. Larime. The 18/1 Carmin (7g Jag de Bellouet) took second for Bjorn Goop and third was 3.3/1 Titanium Gar (7g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) with trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. driving. 14/1 Cactus d’Yvel (7g Jasmin de Flore) and 2.5/1 Champium Dore (7g Prince Gede) completed the top five, with the Q+ exact order payoff for winning 2€ ticketholders of 63,878.00€. On the program was also the Prix de Coulommiers (purse 38,000€, 2700 meters, 11 three year olds) with the victory to 1.2/1 favorite Galilea Money (3f Bold Eagle-Uturn Money) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. Garde Rapprochee, a Prodigious filly, was second for owner/trainer Julien Dubois and Gavotte du Prat (3f Meaulnes du Corta) was third for Matthieu Abrivard. Race time was 1.18.2kr. Other interesting winners on the card were 44/1 Fleur de Lyus Delo (4f Quaker Jet) clocked in 1.15kr for Pierre Vercruysse, 3/2 Elissa Berry (5f Rocklyn) in 1.13.9kr for Jean-Michel Bazire, Race favorite at 1.4/1 First Class (4f Texas Charm-Ida Bourbon) timed in 1.15.9kr in a monte contest for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner Jean Philippe Dubois, and 5/1 Formi (4m Tucson) reined by Eric Raffin timed in 1.13.8kr as he defeated Fligny (4m Coktail Jet). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) returned to action today at Feurs in the Grand Prix du Centre-Est (Gr. III International, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap) and he overcame a 25 meter handicap to score by a length timed in 1.13.3kr. Franck Nivard piloted the Sebastien Guarato trainee for owner Pierre Pilarski. The victory was Bold Eagle’s 42nd in a stellar career that has spanned 55 outings and his career earnings have now reached 4,311,620€. Jean Etienne Dubois bred Bold Eagle. The 1/5 odds favorite pleased the large and enthusiastic crowd as he defeated 6.7/1 Cavalleria (6f Prodigious-Janga) handled by trainer Nicolas Ensch and 56/1 Baronne de Bapre was third. The Feurs undercard included the Prix Timoko (purse 23,000€, 2850 meters, three year olds – the Open des Regions) and that saw 10/1 Fee de Janeiro (3f Tag Wood-Triskele Janeiro) score for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch and Ecurie de Tremont, timed in 1.18.1kr. 1.9/1 favorite Fakir de Puch (3g Ganymede) was next for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne and 52/1 Fraise Blanche (3f Tucson) was third for driver Laurent Lamaziere. The Prix Ready Cash (purse 21,000€, 2050 meters autostart, Open des Regions four year olds) brought 3.4/1 Exaltation Citron (4f Niky-Bara de Pintignies) to victory for Franck Nivard, trainer David Haon and Ecurie HD Trot. J-P Barjon bred this winning mare. Race time was 1.12.2kr. 2.7/1 Etincelle du Parc (4f Redlight Jet) got the second check for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne, with third to 24/1 Epona de Chenu (4f Vanishing Point) for driver Y-A Briand. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

A fine Sunday card was on stage at Paris-Vincennes and it began with the Prix du Cap Vert (monte, purse 50,000€, 2175 meters, 10 starters). The 5/10 favorite Crossfire (6g Prince de Charme-Katiana) scored for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Stephanie Lepetit timed in 1.13.1kr. Armand Turguet-Lepreux owns the 10 time career winner of 126,150€ and today’s impressive score was his eighth straight in 2018. 2.2/1 Cyrano du Port and 41/1 Crazy Look watched the winner perform from a distance. The Quinte+ event this day was named the Grand Prix du Portugal (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters, 17 starters). Biniou de Connee (7g No Ho Ped d’Ombree-Kana d’Olaine) scored for Alexandre Abrivard timed in 1.11.4kr. The winning owner/trainer is Christophe Mallet of this 4.2/1 third wagering choice. The 4/1 As de Godisson (8g Gai Brillant) was a distant second for Matthieu Abrivard and 8.7/1 Be Bop Meslois (7g Rocklyn) took third with Eric Raffin up. The 2.2/1 Bise de Coglais and 31.1 Busy Money Ringeat completed the top five and the exact order 2€ wager returned 6,943.60€. An interesting development took place in the Prix Radio Alfa (purse 70,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 European starters) as 2.1/1 odds Ranch Kelly (10f Tsar d’Inverne-Gabriela Kemp-Speedy Somolli) scored in a quick 1.10.1kr for Hannu Torvinen, trainer Jean Baudron and owner Kelly’s Team of Finland. Ranch Kelly made her first appearance a winning one and increased her career earnings to 452,154€. The 9/1 Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem) and 3/1 Sharon Gar (7f Varenne) completed the top three. The winner’s pedigree inspires some grand memories as the maternal family is that of Spinster Hanover and her daughter Pompanette. That’s the family of the magical Magician, a winner of US$3.5 million, plus Speedy Spin, Netted, Filet Of Sole, Crevette, Piggvar, King Of The Sea and Lifetime Chance. The afternoon’s featured event was the monte Gr. I Prix des Elites (purse 240,000€, 2200 meters, nine starters) with victory to the wide rallying and  6/1 odds Elladora de Forgan (4f Gazouillis-Hemina) for jockey Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner S.J. Dupont. This mare recorded her sixth career win in 23 starts now for 560,070€ earned. The 3.8/1 Philippe Allaire trainee Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner Carlos Lerner. 24/1 Dynasty Pierji (5f Prodigious) was third for owner/trainer/jockey Damien Bonne.17/1 Exotica de Retz (4f Prodigious) and  2.6/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood) completed the top five with 1.8/1 favorite Fado du Chene (3m Singalo) home sixth. On Friday Paris-Vincennes hosted its evening card that included two interesting races. The Prix de la Confederation de Vil de Mar (purse 65,000€, 2850 meters, 11 four year olds) saw 3.9/1 Electra Jet (4f Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) score timed in 1.14.1kr for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie d’As. Jean Etienne Dubois bred this four time winner (two of the last three) now of 167,510€earned. The 17/1 Extra Light (4f Village Mystic) was second for David Thomain and 6.7/1 Enska (4f Coktail Jet) was third for Franck Ouvrie. The Friday Quinte+ was the Prix de la Ville de Fontenay Sous Bois (purse 44,000€, 2850 meters, 18 starters) at Vincennes. Charly de l’Aunay (6g Qualimo de Vandel-Fleur Viniex) scored in 1.14kr for owner/trainer/driver L.M. David. This winner record his 14th career victory in 45 starts now for 197,690€ earned. Best Match (7g Ready Cash) was second at 6.7/1 and 2.8/1 Bonefish Life (g Quatre Juillet) was third. The 34/1 odds Caliu des Bose and 19/1 Brandeis Jet completed the top five, producing an exact order payoff of 3,194.40 for the 2€ wager. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tuesday evening at Vincennes showcased two divisions of the four year- old Grand Prix de L’UET (both raced over 2100 meters autostart and each with a 60,000€ purse). Division A drew nine starters with victory to the 4/5 odds favorite Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) that Franck Nivard teamed for Ecurie Skytten and trainer Jorma Niskanen. The winner was timed in 1.12.7kr as he posted career win nine in 14 starts now for 354.950€ earned. 58/1 Esmondo (4m Un Mec d’Heripre-Uourga) was a game second for Jerome Chavatte and owner/trainer Richard Westerink and 32/1 Easy des Racques (4m Rodrigo Jet-Ombre des Racques) took third for J. Ph. Monclin.9 Éclair du Mirel (4m Orlando Vici-Tentation du Mirel) closed well for fourth driven by Anthony Barrier for Anette Holmgren (owner/breeder) and trainer Anders Lindqvist. Victor Gio was sixth and Classic Connection were dq’s. Division B saw 4.3/1 odds Broadwell (4m Conway Hall-Boria) score for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Gerrits Recycling BV. Race timed was 1.12.1kr as the winning team bested 18/1 Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) with David Thomain up. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for owner Philippe Dewulf. 38/1 Hooters USA (4m Armbro Embellish-Keetje Tippel) took the third check for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer A.J. Mollema. Even-money favorite Vivid Wise As finished sixth and 2.3/1 Express Jet was a dq. On Wednesday at Vire was the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (purse 90,000€, 2800 meters, 17 starters) that was also the Quinte+ race of the day. Even-money favorite Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) scored for trainer/driver Tony LeBeller and Ecurie Daidou. Race time by the winner was 1.13.7kr. 1.8/1 second choice Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) was second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie J-M Rancoule. A string of outsiders were next and they drove the Q+ exact order payoff to 8,745.80€. Third went to 40/1 Abydos du Vivier (8g Diamant Gede); 30/1 Artiste de Joudes (8m Prodigious) took fourth; and 127/1 Virgious du Maza (9g Prodigious) completed the top five. On Wednesday at Solvalla was a conditioned event for six year-olds and up (1640 meters autostart, 40,000SEK to the winner). The 1.11.9kr timed winner was 2.7/1 Canari Match (6m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostal) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. The winner recorded his seventh career victory in 54 outiings. 32/1 Spitcam Jubb (7g Campbell Hall-Lola Spit) was second for Jorma Kontio and 61/1 Explosive de Vie (7g Explosive Matter-Ava) was third for Kevin Oscarsson. 16/1 Maori Time and 1.36/1 favorite (and Elitloppet winner) Ringostarr Treb both made breaks in the later going. The latter is slated for an early October USA trip to compete in the Yonkers International. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 2018 UET European Driving Championship began June 27 at Bjerke and concluded today at Aby, with 12 drivers competing over 10 races. The chart below shows the outcome of each race (top three finishers). Franck Nivard won the last three races to win the trophy, the last win with Karl Sjuhammar (4m Adrian Chip) a Tomas Malmqvist trainee. UET Drivers Championship 2018 1. Franck Nivard (Frankrike) – 97 poäng 2. Rick Ebbinge (Holland) – 97 poäng 3. Eirik Höitomt (Norge) – 85 poäng 4. Michael Nimczyk (Tyskland) – 81  5. Mika Forss (Finland) – 79  6. Rodney Gatt (Malta) – 70  7. John Richardson (Irland) – 60  8. Hubert Brandstätter J:r (Österrike) – 56  9. Steen Juul (Danmark) – 56  10. Miguel Mestre (Spanien) – 52  11. Ulf Ohlsson (Sverige) – 44  12. Mario Minopoli Jr (Italien) – 43 The Nordic Monte Trophy (300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) highlighted the race card with 1.12.4kr timed and 3/2 Be Mine de Houelle (7f Scipion du Goutier-Olita de Kefrauso) scored for Marie Bacsich, trainer Franck Leblanc and co-owners Leblanc and Corty.   The 3.4/1 Ulka des Champs (10f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) was second for jockey Guillaume Martin. 11/1 Tromb Access (6g Turbo Sund-Sue Access) was third for Tuuli Kurkinen. Highly regarded Anna Mix with Franck Nivard up refusted the start was scratched. On June 26 Paris-Vincennes’ Tuesday evening card the featured Pick5 Prix Irene (purse 38,000 euro, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.14kr timed and 4.3/1 odds Express du Gers (4m Coktail Jet-La Chasse Verte) with Franck Ouvrie aboard. This easy barefoot winner is owned by Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule and trainer by Philippe Billard. 1.9/1 favorite Equiano (4m Rockefeller Centre-Sofia Thourjan) was next for driver Franck Nivard and Ecurie Eric Lemaitre. Third went to 7.9/1 Elan Baroque (4g Quaro-Joie Baroque). Trotting action this day June 28 at Enghien was led by the Prix de la Nation (purse 48,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 13 four year old females). 3.8/1 Eloise des Charmes (4f Neoh Jiel-Royale Star) was the 1.14.5kr timed winner driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Alexandre Buisson and Ecurie des Charmes.  The11/1 Egerie du Vivier (4f Repeat Love-Geisha Normandie) and pilot Sebastien Ernault were next for breeder/owner/trainer Jean Yves Lecuyer. Third was the 1.4/1 favorite Esperance (4f Olitro-Klea du Beauvoisin) for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin and breeder/owner Jacques Cottel. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Vincennes, FR - The even-money Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was an almost gate to wire harness racing winner for driver Franck Nivard of today’s Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere at Vincennes (200,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters). He was timed in an evenly rated 1.10.3kr. At top stretch the Eagle fought off when seemed liked apparent challengers and then drew off for an easy victory over 33/1 Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. Third was 1.6/1 Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) with trainer J-M Bazire up for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. 8/1 Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) held fourth with J.Ph. Monclin at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. The winning Eagle now shows 40 career wins in 53 starts for 4,221,670 euro earned. Race fractions were 1.08.9kr with 1500 remaining, 1.10.1kr at the 1000 and 1.10.2kr with 500 meters to go. by Thomas H. Hocks, for Harnesslink

The long shot at 18/1 Comtesse du Chene (6f Quaker Jet-Imperiale du Chene) took the seventh leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 2550 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, Q+ race of the day) held at Hippodrome Reims. Franck Nivard teamed the winner that overcame a 25 meter handicap to record her seventh career win in 32 outings for €341,650 earned. Julien LeMer trains the Comtesse for Claude Guedj. The 9/1 Cicero Neo (6g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) was second for driver Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. 24/1 and 25 meter penalized Cathy A Quira (6f Password-Quira des Jacquets) took third for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Jorma Niskanen and breeder/owner Etienne Desmet. The 4.8/1 Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet) and 45.1 Artiste de Joudes (8m Prodigious), this one also 25 meter handicapped, completed the top five. Race time was a quick 1.11.6kr.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 9 Comtesse du Chêne F. Nivard C. Guedj J. Le Mer 2ème 7 Cicero Noa P. Vercruysse J. Vanhoucke J. Vanhoucke 3ème 12 Cathy A Quira A. Abrivard E. Desmet J. Niskanen 4ème 5 Direct Way A. Barrier J. Pauc Ph. Allaire 5ème 14 Artiste de Joudes D. Thomain Ecurie de Tierceville J.-P. Thomain    Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0227   Ordre :       34.408,00€   Désordre :       361,60€   Bonus 4 :       20,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       13,20€   Bonus 3 :       7,80€       On the undercard was the Prix Jacques Moreau (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 11 European starters) and 8/1 Onceforall Face (7g Viking Kronos-Lemonsoda OM) scored timed in 1.13.3kr for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Jeppe Juel and Team Juel. 6.5/1 Abercombis (8g Hyperis) was second for trainer/driver J.F. Senet and 8.7/1 Virus (9g Bassano) took third driven by Tanguy Devouassoux for the breeder/owner/trainer Thierry Devouassoux. ​by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Friday evening Paris-Vincennes action saw three upper level races at the start. The Prix Constellation (purse €51,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.13kr timed and 23/1 odds Dollar Sayer (5g Phlegyas-Quinoa Soyer) with Eric Raffin up for Ecurie La Pinsonniere and trainer Gregory Thorel. 10/1 Urbanio (5m Adrian Chip-Ophelia Blue Chip) was second for Gabriele Gelormini in a close call with 1.7/1 Devirmant (5g Kaiser Soze) that Joel Hallais trains and J.L.Cl. Dersoir piloted. The Q+ Prix du Crepuscle (purse €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) produced an 18/1 victory for Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) timed in 1.10.9kr and reined by Romain Derieux, the trainer for owner Ms. Mauricette De Sousa. 9/1 Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis) was second with Eric Raffin up and 64/1 Jaqueu du Mont (9m Kaisy Dream) was third with Franck Nivard driving. 6.8/1 Venose de Minel and 1.4/1 Beau Gamin completed the top five. The featured Groupe II Prix Ozo (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) was won by 1.14.5kr timed and 7.1/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Ravissarte Jo) with Frank Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. 76/1 Florida Sport (3f Tornado Bello) was second on the pegs for Guillermo Ardreau-Adrover with third to 1.4/1 favorite Folelli (3f Timoko) and reinsman Alexadre Abrivard. Fly With Us and Ferreteria were misque dq’s. Saturday’s Sweden Cup saw each elimination raced over 1640 meters autostart, seven starters, purse €19778 each. Elimination 1 went to 4.4/1 Sorbet (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) with Orjan Kihlstom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Germany’s 5.3/1 Cash Hanover (6m Love You-Impasse) took second for Michae Nimczyk and third was 4.6/1 Spitcam Jubb (7g Campell Hall-Lola Spit) with O.J. Andersson up. Cool Keeper was fourth. Elimination  2 saw 1.1/1 favorite Arazzi Boko (11g Varenne-Laura Kemp) score easily for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro.  The Italian owned veteran bested 2/1 Caid Griff (6m Password-Savanne Griff) for the Kihlstrom, Reden, Stall Zet team. Third was 7.3/1 Vappa Scar (6m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) and trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. Arazi Boko The third Sweden Cup elimination went to 1.09.7kr timed and 4/1 Charrua Forlan (8g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar) with trainer Hans Owe Sundberg driving for La Celeste AB. 1.6/1 Love Matters (5m Explosive Matter) was second for Kihlstrom/Reden/Stall Zet and 2.7/1 Jairo (7g Love You) took third for Joakim Lovgren. 2.7/1 Billie de Montfort was seventh. Charrus Forlan by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

April 27, 2018 - The Friday harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes began with a 4/1 victory by Etoile de Houelle (4f Goetmals Wood-Sawasde de Houelle) in the Prix Maginus (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) and riven this day by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc. 2.3/1 Everest Vedaquais (4g Ready Cash-Spandelle) held second for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 13/1 Eureka du Fosse (4f Soleil du Fosse) with Anthony Barrier the pilot, took third among a group at the line together. Race time was 1.14.3kr for this three-time career winner. The day’s Q+ was the Prix Huberta (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.13.6kr timed victory was earned by even money Caprice du Lupin (6g Chaillot-Nadega Fencerie) with Antoine Wiels up  for breeder/owner/trainer J-P Marmion. 20/1 Cerenzo Turbo (6m Ganymede) took second for Franck Ouvrie and 57/1 Chocolat du Bourg (6m Nahar de Beval) was third for Gabriele Gelormini, ahead of 11/1 Aldo d’Argentre and 24/1 Bambou Tahiti. The winner now has 11 wins in 22 career starts. The Gr. III Prix Antigone (purse €110,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters monte starters) went to 13/1 Ungaro d’Eva (10g Ipson de Mormal-Iomolly) with David Thomain in the irons for owner/trainer Jean Michel Beaudouin. The victory increased his earnings to €330,110 for this 11 time winner. 6/1 Gross Weight (7g Scarlet Knight-Elman Jet) was second and 2.3/1 Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis) was home third. On April 26 (Thursday) at Gavle SWE the well-regarded Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom, pictured below, won an event raced over 2140 meters autostart for 40,000SEK first prize. Race time was 1.12.1kr as this Daniel Reden trainee, bred in the USA by Caldwell/Bluestone Farr, recorded his 25th victory in 54 outings now for 5,935,545SEK earned. Off at even money, Propulsion bested 21/1 French Laundry, Ulf Ohlsson up, and Final Oak at 85/1 reined by Claes Sjostrom. 76/1 From Dusk To Dawn landed fourth for Ulf Eriksson.   On that card the USA Windsong Stable bred Stand Bayou, off at 1.6/1, scored in 1.12.9kr, with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. First prize was 35,000SEK for the seven-year old stallion son of Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec. Stand Bayou was won three of his last four and now has 12 career wins in 36 starts. On Friday night (April27), the 2017 Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit was back in action for his second straight win, this at Aby, in a division of the Konung Gustaf each for 100,000SEK first money and raced over 2140 meters autostart. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the four-year old stallion by Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra that Daniel Reden trains for SRF Stable and Hanover Shoe Farms bred. The winners’ slate shows nine wins in 20 career starts for 6,291,079SEK earned. He was off at 1.52/1 and bested 24/1 Vikens High Yield (4g Love You) reined by Magnus Jakobsson and 4/1 Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven) that Johnny Takter teamed for trainer Stefan Melander and owner Stall Courant AB. Lucifer Lane and Velvet Gio won other divisions of this race. Fillies contested the Drottning Silvias Pokal divisions (each for 100,000SEK first money and raced over 2140 meters autostart) with victory to Diabra (4f Ready Cash-Moonlight Kronos-Viking Kronos) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Roger Walmann. She was clocked in 1.13.1kr for her ninth career victory in 14 starts. Tropicanna As (4f Manofmanymissions-Tropical Breeze As-Striking Sahbra) also won a division for trainer Jerry Riordan, driver Johnny Takter and owners Henrik Eriksson and Tordis Svensson. ACL Stuteri AB bred this filly that was timed in 1.14.3kr. Electrical (4f Dream Vacation) won another division of this race. On Saturday is the Olympiatravet Final at Aby. Thomas H. Hicks

Philippe Allaire trainee Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) was an iron tough 4.4/1 odds length winner of today’s Gr. I International Grand Prix de Paris (purse €400,000, 4150 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.14.3kr. This Philippe Allaire trained, and Elisabeth Allaire owned campaigner recorded his 19 th career victory in 66 starts, now for €1,788,605 earned. Christophe Toulorge bred Bird Parker, that has been a factor in each Triple Crown event and the “B” elims to the Prix d’Amerique. He is real tiger over the longer distances. He gained the lead late in the second lap and held gamely to defeat 1.4/1 Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) and trainer/driver J-M Bazire and breeder/owner Yvan Bernard.   She raced fifth on the outer and then advanced behind Briac Dark and the winner but could not close late against the winner. 2.8/1 Briac Dark (7m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and Ecurie Guy Barou, was a game third as he advanced from third on the outer. 11/1 Carat Williams and 87/1 Apollon du Kacy completed the top five in this Q+ contest.   The early pacesetters Best of Jets, Call Me Keeper and Captain Sparrow were no match for these and monte champion Bilibili made the top early in the last lap and gamely took the field to the final bend.   He too weakened as the pace quickened (fractions 1.16.3kr with 1500 to go; 1.15.4kr at the 1000; 1.14.9kr with 500 meters remaining).   The Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) for monte performers went to 1.4/1 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombre). CamilleLevesque teamed the winner for Thomas (trainer) and Pierre (owner) Levesque. Race time was 1.14.4kr. 7.1/1 Darlhey du Rib (5f Ganymede) was second for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 122/1 Daida de Vandel held third for Leo Abrivard. Dexter Fromentro                                        - Le Trot photo   J-M Bazire won the Prix Concorder Travel (purse €76,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) with 1.13.7kr timed and 1.6/1 odds Ble de Gers (7g Quinoa de Gers-Moorea) that is owned by J-M Rancoule. 5/1 Big Boss (7g Xaar) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Herve Chauve-Laffay. This Bazire win continued a great day after the defeat of gallant mare Belina Josselyn. He also took the Prix Secours Popullaire (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) with 1.14.2kr timed and 3/2 odds Colaska de Guez (6f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) that he trains for Ecurie Vautors.  This one defeated the six year old Ready Cash mare Class de Loriol that Matthieu Abrivard drove. Ble de Gers                    - Le Trot photo   J-M Bazire recorded another win in the Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) with a 1.13.4kr victory piloting Robert Bergh trainee Mindyourvalue WF (5g Hovding Lavec- Mind Your Manners) that Christer Englund owns, today the 9/10 favorite.   He’s been a super horse during the Winter Meet at Vincennes. 8.6/1 Super Nice (5m Orlando Vici-Flax Avenue) ended second for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Ann-Marie Jansson. 13/1 Dandy de Godrel (5m Timoko-Nigelle Witt) took third for owner/trainer/driver Goop. Bazire also won the Prix Jacques Moreau (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) with 3/2 favorite Defi de Retz (5m First de Retz-Nouvelle d’Atout) that Mme. Ottavia Roffi-Urano owns. Mindyourvalue WF            - Le Trot photo   The Gr.III monte Prix Vivier de Montfort (purse €85.000, 2700 meters. 15 starters) went to 14/1 Arious du Douet (8g Oyonnax-Nakita du Douet).   The Franck Nivard trainee today had Romain Marty in the irons for this 1.13.2kr timed victory. Billy de la Calade was next for Guillaume Martin and third was Ariane de Caponet for Adrien Lamy. Arius du Douet                  - Le Trot photo               Thomas H. Hicks      

November 30, 2017 - 2.4/1 Veloce de Banney (8g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) won Thursday’s Paris-Vincennes featured Prix Paul Buquet (monte, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2850 meters) timed in 1.13.5kr. Franck Nivard was the jockey for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie du Grevol Buisson. 1.8/1 favoritre Alpha Saltor (7m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer David Bethouart. Third went to 4.1/1 Julio de Luxe (8g Juliano Star-Nigritilla Nigra) that Bjorn Goop trains and Alexandre Abrivard piloted this day. 33/1 Urai Voyou and 19/1 Athena de Vandel took the next two spots at the finish. The program also showcased three year olds in the Prix Urgent (Gr. III, monte, 2700 meters), the victory earned by 1.6/1 Elladora de Forgan (3f Gaouillis-Hamina) with jockey Franck Nivard up, again for trainer Franck Leblanc, and for owner S.J. Dupont. Christian Bard bred this filly, clocked in 1.15.1kr. 7.3/1 Everly (3f Quarlos-Top Angevine) was second for Antoine Dabouis and Michel Dabouis, the breeder/owner/trainer. 14/1 Emilius de Play (3m Hulk des Champs-Orelie de Play) was third for Matthieu Abrivard who was in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Another batch of three year olds battled in the Prix d’Angles (purse €60,000, 2700 meters) and the 1.15kr timed winner was 44/1 Espella Vedaquais (3f Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanque) that is owned by trainer Philippe Allaire, was bred by J.P. Guay and was teamed by Yoann Lebourgeois. 19/1 Everglades (3f Rodrigo Jet-Perang) was second with trainer Thomas Levesque driving for owner/breeder Pierre Levesque. 4.9/1 Elite de Jiel (3f Niky-Quick Star de Jiel) took third for driver Franck Ouvrie. J.L. Dersoir trains this one for Ecurie Luck. Estancia Love (3f Repeat Love-Quelle Aventure) took fourth. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 13, 2017 - The Prix Bohemia (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart, European eligibles) Friday evening at Paris-Vincennes went to 5.9/1 Ultra Wind Bi (4m Love You-Catch The Wind) piloted by Franck Nivard and trainer for Scuderia Cumcina Group Srl by Philippe Billard. Race tine was 1.12.4kr. 73.4/1 Capraio (5g  Coktail Jet-Une de Bussy) was a solid second for Franck Ouvrie and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. Third went to 5.6/1 Vasterbo Hand (5m Ready Cash-Super Pilaar) with Eric Raffin driving for trainer Bjorn Goop and SZ Consulting AB. The evenings Quinte+ race was named the Prix le Parisien (purse €60,000, 2850 meters) and this event was race timed in 1.13.7kr by the winning 10.4/1 Valfluery (8g Memphis du Rib-Idague) in rein to Clement Duvaldestin for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 7.6/1 Astral Viretaute (7g Kalahari) took second for David Thomain and 1.7/1 favorite Alamo du Goutier (7g Quido du Goutier-Opa de Tourelle) was third on the line. The exact order payoff was €3,960 for a €2 play. The Prix Gordonia (monte, Gr. III, purse €82,000, 2850 meters, 10 European starters) went to very impressive, hard rallying 16/1 Vittorio de Carly (8g Quaro-Gamine des Sarts) with jocky Guillaume Martin aboard for trainer Arnaud Desmottes. Race time was 1.12.9kr with quick final fractions after the field was clocked at 1.13.8kr with 1000 meters remaining in the contest. 1.8/1 Alpha Saltor (7m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was a game second for Eric Raffin and 9.4/1 Ulka des Champs (9f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) took third. Favorite Arlington Dream and Alienor de Godrel were misque dq’s, the former off on a wild gallop early. Thomas H. Hicks

October 3, 2017 - The Trotteur Francais series called Tour European continued last weekend at Son Pardo with the harness racing Grand Prix des Baleares. This event for high class FR bred trottuers went to the classy mare Anna Mix, off as the 1/2 favorite and driven by Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc owns and trains Anna Mix that now has over €1.15 million earned. Uppercut de Manche and veteran Swedishman were next to the line in this third leg of the five race series Tour European. In October the final two events are set for Mons Ghlin and Gelsenkirchen. Race summary follows. Son Pardo – Grand Prix des Baleares (purse €50,000, 2650 meters, 14 starters) September 30, 2017 1/2 Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires), Franck Nivard up, Franck Leblanc owner/trainer, her 16th win in 59 career starts for €1,157,053 earned 7.1/1 Uppercut de Manche (9g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche), Francois Lecanu driver, Thierry Raffegeau trainer, J.Y. Roze owner 8.3/1 Swedishman (11g Gogo-Volgana), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver. This veteran now with €1,151,676 career earnings Also on the weekend were more significant races for three year-olds at Solvalla. Candu La Marc (by Scarlet Knight) won the Trav Oaks and the Trav Kriterium went to Villiam (by Muscle Hill). Races for aged males and mares also took place. Poochai (by Make It Happen) won the Frances Bulwarks at 44/1 odds and the Giant Diablo for mares went to I Love Paris (by Steinlager) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop. Race summaries follow. Solvalla – Frances Bulwarks (250,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, Gold division) October 1, 2017 Race time 1.11.7kr 44/1 Poochai (7m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson driver, Svante Bath trainer, Roxy Horses KB owner 4.4/1 Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide), Johnny Takter driver, Stefan Melander trainer/owner 1/1 Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsal Egral-Supergill), Wim Paal driver, Jerry Riordan trainer   Solvalla – Trav Oaks (1,400,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, grade I national) October 1, 2017 Race time 1.12.6kr 24.4/1 Candy La Marc (3f Scarlet Knight-Oiseau-Andover Hall), Erik Adielsson up, Lars Marcussen owner/trainer/breeder 1.4/1 Dibaba (3f Ready Cash-Moonlight Kronos-Viking Kronos), Orjan Kihlstrom owner, Roger Walman trainer, SRK owner 3.2/1 Run Chica Run (3f Scarlet Knight-Ron Body Run-Super Arnie), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver   Solvalla – Trav Kriterium (Gr. I national, 2640 meters autostart, purse 2,000,000SEK to winner) October 1, 2017 Race time 1.12kr 2.3/1 Villiam (3m Muscle Hill-Gold Strike-Striking Sahbra), Jorma Kontio driver, Timo Nurmos breeder/trainer/owner – slate 6-1-0 in 7 career starts for 4,155,000SEK earned 2.5/1 Coin Perdu (3m SJs Caviar-Pioul Kronos-Viking Kronos), Orjan Kihlstrom driver, Svante Bath trainer 13.7/1 Husse Boko (3m Chocolatier-Vintage Boko-Garland Lobell), Joakim Lovgren trainer/driver   Solvalla – Giant Diablo Mares (purse 200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) October 1, 2017 Race time 1.11.5kr 1/2 I Love Paris (7f Steinlager-Maria Dulcinea-Egyptian Gentleman), trainer/driver Bjorn Goop 10.9/1 Spoil Me (5f Going Kronos-Mystical Ann-Kadabra), Kenneth Haugstad, Roger Walman trainer, SRF owner 4/1 Indoor Voices (6f Yankee Glide-Celebrity Whisper-SJs Caviar), Orjan Kihlstrom driver, Roger Walman trainer Thomas H. Hicks

August 6, 2017 - Saturday, the very accomplished Bold Eagle (purse €180,000, 2300 meters autostart, 12 starters) scored at Mons Ghlin for harness racing driver Franck Nivard timed in 1.13.4kr over an off track at 1/10 odds, holding off 19/1 stablemate Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) and David Thomain by a diminishing length. Sebastien Guarato owns this pair, the first owned by Pierre Pilarski and bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois, the second owned by Philippe Dauphin. 49/1 Booster Winner (6m Love You-Quille Viretaute) took third for Christophe Thierry and trainer Guarato. Ecurie Winner owns this one. Quick Fix and Zorro Photo finished fourth and fifth in a field outclassed by the top two. Bold Eagle now has posted 37 trotting victories in 43 starts for career earnings of €3,426,020. Bold Eagle The same day at Enghien was the monte Prix de Forges-les-Eax (purse €70,000, 2875 meters, nine starters) and the 1.17.2kr timed winner was 2.4/1 Dreole Verderie (4g Kalusphenio-Reole Verderie) with Eric Raffin in the irons. 47/1 Coranie Lebel (5f Quido du Goutier-Star Lebel) rallied to be second ahead of the 3/5 favorite Jerry Mom (4m Ready Cash-Graziella) that rallied for the three spot. Dreole Verderie Yesterday the Enghien action was focused on the Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse €85,000, 1609 meters, ten starters). The punters liked 2/5 favorite Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) and he won the race on disqualification of Varieta’Luis (3m Ideal Luis) that rallied past the roughed up pacesetter than Enrico Bellei drove for trainer Marco Smorgon and owner Scuderia Bivans SRL. Race time was 1.12.2kr. 34/1 Espoir des Vaux (3g Ubriaco-Marina des Vaux) was placed second, and 8/1 Euro du Chene (3m Neoh Jiel-Oseille du Chene) was placed third, a length back. The turf action this Sunday was leg 12 of the Trophee Vert raced at Carentan, the Prix Maurice de Folleville (purse €45,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). 3.7/1 Bugsy Malone (6g Ready Cash-Night Captain) overcame a 50 meter penalty to win for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This team extinguished the handicap quickly, open a lengthy lead mid-race, and held game for victory as he tired and swerved to the fan side in the lane. Time was a good 1.16kr on the grass and Bugsy won for the 17th time in 33 career starts now for €522,810 earned. 51/1 Univers de Marzy (8h Look de Star-Lovelie de Marzy) was second for Clement Duvaldestin and 7.4/1 Bon Copan (6m Love You-Haie) landed third. The prior week’s Trophee Vert at La Gacilly went to Bolt and driver Christophe Gallier but he was not entered today. Last week there was also a turf contest at Brehal for €35,000 purse and favored Authorized took that one for Pierre Levesque. Sweden’s Saturday V75 action was at Rattvik. The V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner) went to 1.8/1 Seedorf OMF (6g Algiers Hall-Indy’s Lindy-SJs Caviar) timed in 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart for Orjan Kihlstrom, driving for trainer Stig H. Johansson, another great active legend in the sport. The featured event of the day was the Gr. II National for 300,000SEK to the winner of the 2660 meter test. 4.9/1 Trot Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Melody Not-Coktail Jet) scored timed in 1.13.5kr for Jan Norberg, driving for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. Thomas H. Hicks

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