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Friday night harness racing returned to Paris-Vincennes headlined by the e-Quinte+ Prix Amalthea (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters, 16 European starters).   The 1.6/1 favorite Angle Of Attack (7g Scarlet Knight-Magyane Turgot) scored impressively timed in 1.12.5kr with Gabriele Gelormini up.   Robert Bergh trains the now career winner of 235,588€ for Roland Wiksten.   18/1 Balzac de l’Iton (8g Panache de L’Iton) took second for reinsman Romain Derieux and 29/1 Brasil de Baily (8g Baccarat du Pont) was third for Mathieu Mottier.   43/1 Montdore (9m Love You) for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Bergh was fourth ahead of 5.9/1 Christo (7g Rieussec) with Michel Lenoir the trainer/driver. The e-Quinte+ payoff was 26,983.60€.   The card’s Prix Aemilia (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) was among several good undercard contests. 1.8/1 Empire City (5m O’Donnell-Octopus) scored timed in 1.13.2kr with breeder/owner/trainer Nicolas Roussel at the lines.   The now winner of 101,440€ defeated Ejag (5g Jag de Bellouet) handled by Pierre Vercruysse and 98/1 Esquire (5m Qwerty) with breeder/owner/trainer Adrien Lamy aboard.   Empire City                -LeTrot photo   Four year olds followed to contest the Prix Adrastea (purse 35,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) with undefeated, now in four starts, 1.6/1 favorite Ferry Jet (4m Uriel Speed-Ulla Jet-Love You) winning timed in 1.13.3kr.   Luc Roelens trains the Yannick Desmet owned colt that Pierre Vercruysse teamed. Jean Etienne Dubois was the breeder of this 46,800€ winner. 8.3/1 Flyer du Noyer (4g Roc Meslois) took second for Benoit Robin and 22/1 Fresh Bidder (4g Quaker Jet) was third for Eric Raffin.   Thomas H. Hicks

February 6, 2019 - Today’s 6/1 Angle Of Attack (7g Scarlet Knight-Magyare Turgot) won the Q+ race of the day, the Prix de L’ille-et-Vilaine (purse 48,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters), timed in 1.11.7kr for harness racing reinsman Gabriele Gelormini. The winner scored for the first time in two starts in France, for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Roland Wiksten. His career earnings are now 191,668€. The 4/5 favorite Bryssel (7m Ready Cash-Spacelane) was second with trainer Bjorn Goop up. Third was 7.4/1 Coalinga City (7g Coktail Jet-Mamaora) for Jean Michel Bazire for trainer Frederic Senet. The top five was completed by 9/1 Mellby Drake (g Viking Kronos) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Bergh, and 18/1 Bayokos Atout (8g Goetmals Wood-New York Jet) for Mathieu Mottier. The 2€ Quinte+ exact order wager paid 945.60€ to 471 winning ticket holders. The total wager on the Q+ this day was 3.69€ million and over 8€ million was wagered on the Q+ race (all bets). Angle Of Attack Replay: https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2019-02-06/7500/1 On today’s card was also the Prix de Bourg-en-Bresse (purse 52,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 13 starters) with that victory to the 4/5 favorite Darling Berry (6f Prince Gede-Osaka Berry) for the owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. It was the winner’s ninth life victory in 30 appearances, now for 207,290€ earned, and she overcame a 25 meter handicap. The 9/2 odds Digeudor (6f Mage de la Merite) took second with Franck Ouvrie the pilot for trainer Christophe Ecalard. 6.8/1 Diva du Granit (6f Prodigious) took third for teamster Anthony Barrier. Darling Berry Five year olds contested the 47,000€ purse Prix de Juvigny (2850 meters, 13 European starters) with longshots at the top of the results sheet. 65/1 Vacino Mec (5m Ghiaccio del Nord-Dance Speed) scored timed in 1.15.1kr in this his first appearance in France. Gennaro Casillo trains the invader from Italy and Antonio Di Nardo was aboard. Vacino Mec now has life earnings for 112,530€ after today’s 21,150€ first prize. 23/1Pelle Barosso (5m Explosive Matter-Madam Lavec) took second for Eric Raffin and third was 19/1 Elvis d’Evron (5g Defi d’Aunou) handled by Anthony Barrier. The 3/5 favorite Portland was a dq. Sunday’s Grand Prix de France field has been trimmed to 12 and it still includes the top international trotting stars. C4 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350 000€ Thomas H. Hicks

Gabriele Gelormini reined well-regarded Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) to victory in the Gr. III Prix de Plateau de Gravelle (purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart) at Paris-Vincennes. The well-regarded winner, off at 1.8/1 odds, recorded his fifth harness racing victory in the last ten outings. Ecurie Sidere owns Amiral Sacha. Second was 26/1 Beckman (9g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) with Franck Nivard up and third finishing was fast-closing Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) at 9/10 odds for driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc.The excellent field also included Tornado Bello that was fourth for Pierre Levesque and the Bjorn Goop teamed Luckycharm Hanover that hugged the pegs to be fifth. Time for the winner was 1.11.9kr off rated fractions (1.12.5kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.12.5kr at the 1000, 1.12.6kr at the 500). Zonguldak (7g Love You-Heartenings Crown) took the Q+ Prix du Cantal (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) for Christophe Martens, Vincent Martens trainer and Joseph Danduffel owner. Timed in 1.15.2kr the winner was off at 5.9/1 odds. 2.7/1 Ange de Lune (g Laetemter Diem-Kera Elle) was next for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard but didsqualifed, with third placed second to 5.2/1 Rosemary Gar (6f Donato Hanover-Allstar FC) for J-M Bazire, trainer Salvatore Minopli for Allenamento Team Minopoli. Udo’s Oiler was fourth placed third for Dominik Locqueneux at 16/1 and Rico Follo was fifth placed fourth for Bjorn Goop at 36/1. Poker Kronos (7g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec) was placed fifth driven by Pierre Vercruysse. The Norwegian coldbloods were featured in the Prix des Trotteurs “Sang-Froid” for a purse of €20,000 over the 2100 meter autostart course. Finnskog Fokus (9g Spikeld-Silje Spreta) recorded victory at 25/1 odds for Gunnar Austevol timed in 1.24.2kr over Guli Rask (8g Jarvsofaks-Guli Tessan) handled by Franck Nivard ay 4.7/1. Third was Jarvso Rasmus (7g Lumjor Eik Anna) at 31/1 for Bjorn Goop. The Prix d’Epinay (purse €37,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) was timed in 1.12.9kr by the winner 17.4/1 odds Clint d’Ambri (4g Hulk des Champs-Old Girl) driven by Gabriele Gelormini. 13/1 Chocolat du Bourg (4m Nahar de Beval-Malouvia) was second for Joel Van Eeckhaute, also owner/trainer. 14/1 Cocktail d’Auvrecy (4g Kaiser Soze-Meliana Bella) was third for Ecurie Jeloca and trainer/driver J.L.Cl.Dersoir. 2.8/1 favorite Bayern (5g Jam Pridem-Fulanera) took the monte Prix des Andelys (purse €65,000, 2700 meters) for Leo Abrivard for owned/trainer Yannick A. Briand timed in 1.14.3kr. The victory was his second straight in 2016 and fourth in the last ten outings. His career earnings now exceed €151,000. 75/1 Bifidus (5g Quopeck-Omaha Lika) was second for P-Edouard Mary with third to 12.5/1 Beautiful Dussac (5g And Arifant-Olympe de Dussac). The 0.5/1 heavy favorite Cedea Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) took the Prix de Guise (purse €65,000, 2700 meters) timed in 1.15.6kr for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire for Yvan Barnard, owner. Cedea Josselyn scored her fifth victory in the last eight efforts and her earnings now exceed €112,000. 18/1 Cathy A Quira (4f Password-Quira des Jacquets) rallied for second for Franck Nivard with third to 62/1 Class Petteviniere (4f Repeat Love-Nice Petteviniere) for teamster Franck Ouvrie. Victoire Smiling (7f Memphis du Rib-Kediva) took the Prix de Vire (purse €70,000, 2175 meters, monte) for Julien Raffestin timed in 1.12.6kr. She was off at 36/1 odds in defeat of 7/1 Volcan de Bellande (7g Magnificent Rodney-Etoile de Bellande) with third to 6/1 Accordeon (6g Baccarat du Pont-Quaba des Corvees) with Alexandre Abrivard up. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 3, 2015 - On June 2 at Vincennes there were two group level events and a fast class monte test. The Gr. III Prix Caecilia (€80,000 purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to 18/1 Balva Montaval (4f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou) with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. She was clocked in 1.14.1kr (3:20.18) in the defeat of 7/1 Bourbon Somolli (4m Sam Bourbon-Jamaica Somolli) with David Thomain driving for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The 9/10 favorite Bel Avis (4g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Wildenstein Stables Ltd. The very competitive Prix Perseus (monte, €80,000 purse, 2700 meters) produced an upset winner in 18/1 Surlando de Viette (9g Quadrophenio-Jolmira) for jockey Florian Prioul. Ecurie Fast owns the 1.13.6kr winner that is trained by Loic-Marie Dalifard. 9/2 Veloce du Banney (6g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer France Leblanc with 31/1 Satin d’Avril (9m Chef du Chatelet-Ina d’Avril) third in hand to Aurelien Desmarres. The Gr. III Prix Dido (monte, €60,000 purse, 2200 meters, 10 three year-old filly starters) wrapped up the fast-class Vincennes action tonight as 15/1 Cappricia Verdene (3f Mah Jong du Vivier-Prisca Verdere) captured victory in 1.15.7kr for Emilie Le Beller and trainer Bertrand Le Beller. Next to the line was 9/1 Caennaise (3f Memphis du Rib-Opaline Blanche) for Camille Levesque and third was Celine de Faco (3f Quiz des Brouets-Romance des Isles) at 18/1 for Julien Reffestin. Also on June 2 at Bologne Italy (Ippodromo Arcoveggio) Pace del Rio (6m Varenne-Urbem d’Asolo-Ata Star L) took the featured Grand Premio Della Republica (€45,100, 1660 meters autostart) for Santo Mollo in a quick 1.11.6kr. Rombo di Cannone (5m Varenne-Cannoniera-Diamond Way) was next for V.P. Dell’Annunziata ahead of Miguel WF (9m Super Arnie-Dinlastia OR-Lemon Dra) handled by G.P, Minnucci. Napoleon Bar and Louvre were fourth and fifth. The winner recorded career victory 11 in 32 starts. In other European trotting news it was reported that Timoko will start on June 27 in the Kymi Grand Prix over 2100 meters autostart. Ustinof du Vivier is slated to start for driver Eric Raffin in the June 14 Oslo Grand Prix at Bjerke, also over the 2100 meter autostart distance. Mosaique Face, Support Justice, B.B.S. Sugarlight, Univers du Pan and Trebol are expected to enter. Spain’s Trebol  (by Hot Blues-Dally Can Wait) will be that country’s first entrant in a Gr. I event. He is trained and reined by Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. On June 3 the two year-old half-brother to Roxane Griff, named Don Juan Griff (2m Look de Star-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), qualified at Caen in 1.18.4kr. The dam has produced nine foals, six of which are winners to date. Sebastian Guarato is the trainer. On the weekend at Kincsem Park (Budapest) two good events were on the Saturday card. The Francis Diamond DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.16.5kr winner Conway Boko (6m Castelton Bass-Waecon Boko) for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal and owners Illetmeny Kft and Szilvia Hajnal. The Medic Hanover DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to Sanger MS (5f Victory Scream-Samba MS) clocked in 1.18.2kr for 2000 meters (40 meter penalty) with trainer Mitja Slavic aboard. Italy’s Equine MS Srl is the owner. Red Bull was second for Csaba Lakatos. Thomas H. Hicks

February 11, 2015 - Tuesday at Vincennes the Prix de Chateau-Gontier (€54,000 purse, European males, 18 starters, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ with €5.5 million jackpot) went to the Thierry Duvaldestin pupil Uno Dancer (7g Offshore Dream - Laura Dancer) with Franck Nivard up. The winner was off at 2.7/1 odds, and clocked in 1.13.3kr, as he defeated Italy’s Orient Horse (7m Abano As - Irma del Rio) at 15/1 for Gabriele Gelormini and third finishing Tsunami (8g Defi d’Aunou - Lais de la Duchec) at 8.5/1 for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.500.000 € - Numéro plus : 0931   Ordre :       3.378,20€   Désordre :       59,80€   Bonus 4 :       10,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       5,10€   Bonus 3 :       3,40€   Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxblnQaKpoM On the same card the Prix de Bercy (€46,000 purse, European males, 17 starters, 2700 meters) went to rallying 14/1 longshot Valmayor (6g Le Retour - Korinaga), clocked in 1.14.1kr for reinsman Jos Verbeeck and conditioner Vincent Viel. Italy’s 22/1 Platone GSO (6m L’as de Boussieres - Egida Play) was second for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Heikei Korpi with 5.5/1 Virtuel Haufor (6g Diamant Gede - Kelle Haufor) third for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

February 5, 2015 - Today’s Q+ (jackpot €5.25 million) Prix Guy Lux (€75,000 purse, 18 European starters, 2700 meters) went to 17/1 odds pacesetting Traveling Man (10m Supergill - Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) from Sweden. Pierre Vercruysse teamed the impressive winner for trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. He scored in 1.13.9kr off well-rated fractions (1.15.5kr at 1500; 1.14kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500). The winner, in this his first 2015 start, now has 26 career wins for €312,282 earned. Team Job (8g Buvetier d’Aunou - Just Love) was second for Romain Derieux and trainer Yoan Teerlnck at 25/1. Ugor du Beauvoisin (7m Olitro - Klea du Beauvoisin) was third for Alexandre Abrivard at 7/2.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.250.000 € - Numéro plus : 0390   Ordre :       82.392,00€   Désordre :       686,60€   Bonus 4 :       80,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       29,10€   Bonus 3 :       19,40€ Today’s feature event was the Gr. II UET Masters Series Prix Jean le Gonidec (€120,000, European 10 starters, 2175 meters) and it resulted in an impressive open-lengths score by 4/5 favorite Amiral Sacha (5m Ganymede - Nostalgique Sacha - Goetmals Wood) and driver Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Florent Lamare clocked in 1.13.1kr, with a powerful closing kick off modest fractions (1.13.7kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500). Andre Battal owns the winner. Amiral Sacha now has seven career wins good for €442,430 earned. Africaine (5f Oiseau de Feux - Italienne), at 2.8/1 odds, rallied from a second over position to end second for Jean-Etienne Dubois, also trainer/owner) ahead of Astor du Quenne (5m Opus Viervil - Qualinka du Quenne) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 35/1 Re Italiano UR (5m Ganymede - Dark Lux SM) sat outside the winner most of the journey and held fourth for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Catello Savarese ahead of fifth place Duke of Greenwood (5m Otello Pierji - Nikki Greenwood) off at 26/1 for teamster Robin Bakker for trainer Peter J. Strooper. Venosc de Minel (6g Laetenter Diem - Melia Monochrome) and J-M Bazire took the Prix Leon Zitone (€58,000 purse, European 14 starters, 2700 meters) clocked in 1.14kr. This 2.7/1 favorite, trained by Mme. Severine Raimond, defeated Sweden’s Falcon Haleryd (6g Varenne - Falnos Ballona) with Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Johan Untersteiner, with third to another Swedish invader Tell Me No Lies (6g Offshore Dream  -B Glorious) with Franck Nivard aboard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Thomas H. Hicks

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