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Calle Crown (6m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) rallied to win the Grand Prix de Vincennes (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2925 meters, International) at Cagnes sur Mer timed in 1.14.2kr. Pierre Vercruysse reined this Tomas Malmqvist trainee that now has two wins and a second in his last three for owner Easy KP. His career earnings are 286,404€. Dream de Lasserie (7g Orlando Vici) was second for Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. Third was the 25-meter handicapped Brooke du Boscar (9f Look de Star) with Yves Hurel aboard.Callie Crown On the undercard were two upper level races. First, the Prix de Syracuse (purse 29,000€, 2925 meters, European) went to 5.6/1 odds Making Love (9g Ken Warkentin-Nouvelle Action) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for owner Measurable Success AB and trainer Daniel Parling. This was the winner’s first win in France and it raised his life earnings to 110,648€. Emiliano (6m Love You-Quarda du Rib) was second with Dominik Loqueneux the pilot for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Yannick Alain Briand. Third was the Steve Stefano teamed Batum des Bruyeres (9g L’Eau du Vernay) for trainer J.M. Roubaud. Making Love The undercard also included the Prix de Saint-Malo (purse 33,000€, 2925 meters, European) and Pierre Vercruysse was again the winner, teaming Eden Basque (6g Singalo-Janga) to the 1.14.3kr victory. Nicolas Ensch trains this now nine-time winner for Ecurie Castagniccia. Eden raised his life earnings to 177,890€. Delmonica (7f Prince d’Espace) was second for Stephane Cingland and trainer Anthony Muidebled. Third was the Jean Charles Feron trainer and reined Belle au Vent (9g Jag de Bellouet). Eden Basque Vercruysse posted three consecutive wins this day at Cagnes sur Mer, as reported above, and his trainee Moni Viking took the feature at Enghien. The Winter Meet at CSM showcased the Grand Criterium de Vitesse that went to Vivid Wise As from the Gocciadoro stable. The other results from the winter meet are shown below.   TOP 3 HORSES (excl. Grand Critérium de Vitesse Nice-Matin) Elsa de Belfonds - 108 200€ Good Morning - 64 800€ El Villagio - 58 170€   TOP 3 TRAINERS- MEETING 2019-2020 Romuald Mourice - 33 victories Yannick-Alain Briand - 30 wins Vincent Martens - 24 wins   TOP 3 DRIVERS - MEETING 2019-2020 Christophe Martens - 25 victories David Bekaert - 21 wins Yannick-Alain Briand - 12 wins LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Helgafell (3m Charly du Noyer-Baaria) began groupe action this day by winning the Gr. II Prix Maurice de Gheest (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 10 three year old starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Eric Raffin teamed the 5/10 favorite for trainer Phillipe Allaire and Ecurie Normandy Spirit. He won for the sixth time in seven career starts now for 182,900€ earned. Marial Turbiaux bred this winner that scored in 1.16.1kr. 4.8/1 Heaven’s Pride (3m Brillantissime-Queenly Pride) took second for pilot David Thomain and trainer Allaire, followed by 10/1 Holzarte Vedaquais (3m Brillantissime-Chikka Vedaquaise) that Francois Lagadeuc drove for trainer/owner Allaire. Heartbreaker One was fourth for Bjorn Goop. The Quinte+ Gr II Prix de Croix (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, 13 European starters) brought out some top five-year olds in that class and victory was earned by 9/1 Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella). David Thomain was the pilot for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. The 1.13.4kr timed winner scored for the 10th time in 30 career starts now for 474,340€ earned.  The 29/1 Falco de Laurma (5m Uniclove-Rangoon) took second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin with third to 5.6/1 Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vincenza) handled by Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 90/1 Florida Sport (5f Tornado Bello) and 22/1 Fashion Queen (5f Ready Cash) completed the top five. The exact order Q+ payoff was 20,833€ paid to 31 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 4,414,116€ and over 9.304,000€ was wagered on the race (all wagering pools). The Gr. III Prix du Forez (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, 10 European starters) is an opportiunity to impress and perhaps gain an Amerique berth, no guarantees however. J-M Bazire send out a flock of starters and he won driving his 6.7/1 trainee Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) to the 1.11.9kr victory. Hindo, owned in Norway by Eirik Djuve, won for 11th time in 25 appearances in France to raise his life earnings to 582,920€. He stormed home from the backfield to score over five rivals also timed in 1.11.9kr. 5.5/1 Dorgoss de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) was second for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB, ahead of 5/1 Tessy d’Ete (8f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) reined by Franck Nivard. 118/1 Alamo du Goutier was fourth for owner/trainer/driver Vincent Hebert and fifth was 9/2 pacesetter Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec) for Yoann Lebourgeois. Dreambreaker and Chica de Joudes completed the top seven with nine horses clocked in 1.12.1kr or better. Hindo’s pedigree is 100% standardbred and the sire Great Challenger was a US$160,000 yearling. His dam was registered in Denmark and is by Victor Victor from a Buckfinder mare. Late in the card in the Prix de Bois-Guillaume (purse 33,000€, 2100 meters autostart) the great veteran horseman Pierre Levesque was in the winner’s circle after teaming 8.5/1 Furyo (5g Quaker Jet-Laliflo Gede) to a 1.13.2kr victory. He owns and bred this now four-time winner that Thomas Levesque conditions. Levesque drives sparingly now but what a career he has enjoyed as driver and trainer. As driver he won the Prix d’Amerique in 2007-2008 with trainee Offshore Dream and with trainee Meaulnes du Corta he won the 2010 Prix de France, 2009-2010 Grand Criterium de Vitesse with Meaulnes and the 2006 Criterium Continental with that horse. As trainer he also won the Prix d’Amerique with Mealunes plus the 2009 Prix de France, the 2005 Criterium 5 Ans and the 2004 Prix de Selection. Meaulnes du Corta retired with 2,786,760€ earned and Offshore Dream won 1,992,024€. With the victory today Pierre Levesque has 2,317 driving wins in 15,283 starts (and 1,511 wins as trainer). He has won over 100 races in five seasons. by Thomas H. HIcks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Quinte+ harness racing event of the day was the Prix du Cantal at Paris-Vincennes (purse 52,000€, 2850 meters, 2850 meters, 15 European starters). The 1.12.2kr timed victory was earned by the 2.2/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire to his seventh win in 11 starts in France. He is owned by Eirik Djuve of Norway and now has career earnings of 310,004€ with today’s win in which he overcame a 25 meter distance handicap.  The 2.7/1 Titanium Gar (7g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) gamely held second for Hugo Langeweg Jr. and owner Stall Arend of Holland.  The 23.3/1 outside Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) was third with David Thomain up for trainer Luc Roelens and JPB Building BVBA of Belgium. This one is a brother to the exceptional Traders. The top five was completed by two 25 meter penalized contestants, the 33.1/1 Brasil de Bailly for Alexandre Abrivard and 30.8/1 Cash du Rib with J.L.Cl. Dersoir up. The Q+ payoff for a 2€ ticket was 15,332.60€ and the total pool was 3,373,352€ Bazire scored again in the Prix de Guise (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) with 2/1 Freyja du Pont (4f Quinoa du Gers-Parade du Pont) that he also trains for Ecurie Rayon. Freyja won for the seventh time in 13 starts now for 109,650€ in life earnings. Race time was 1.14.7kr. 17.6/1 Fiorentina Somolli (4f Love You-Quitalia Somolli) rallied to be second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Jerome Compas. Third went to 3.3/1 Fame And Fortune (4f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Franck Nivard, who bought this mare from Jean Pierre Dubois at the Prix d’Amerique Sale. A race later Jean Michel Bazire won his third of the day in the Prix de Grignes (purse 47,000€, 2850 meters, 13 European starters) driving 9/2 odds Enska (5f Coktail Jet-Polenska) that Emmanuel Ruault trains for Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris lineup is now set with a 12 horse field led by the trotting queen Belina Josselyn (by Love You) and perhaps a chief rival Uza Josselyn (also a Love You mare), both eight years old and both substantial career euro earners. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

One harness racing driver heads to Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot with his name already etched among previous winners of the race. The driver, of course, is John Campbell. Campbell won the 1988 International Trot as part of a magical campaign with Mack Lobell. The legendary trotter won 17 of 19 races that season and also counted the prestigious Elitlopp among his victories on his way to a second consecutive Horse of the Year honor. The International Trot was first contested in 1959 and held through 1995. The event was resurrected last year by Yonkers Raceway President and CEO Tim Rooney. It will be race six on a 13-race card Saturday at Yonkers. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. (EDT), with the International Trot expected to go at 3:20 p.m. Mack Lobell is one of five horses to win the Elitlopp and International Trot in the same year, with Jamin (1959), Roquepine (1967), Ideal du Gazeau (1982), and Peace Corps (1991). "It was a thrill to be in it," Campbell said about the 1988 International Trot. "Mack had already been to the Elitlopp and was having a tremendous 4-year-old year, which is really remarkable for a 4-year-old to do what he did that year against seasoned older horses. "The International has so much value and panache in Europe," the Hall of Famer added. "I think we underestimate just how much it means to the people in Europe to be in the International and the horses that have won it in the past." This year, Campbell will sit behind Denmark's Tano Bork in the International Trot. Campbell is harness racing's all-time leading money-winner with $298.6 million in purses. He has won 23 races worth at least $1 million in his career, the most of any driver in history. "I got a call that the owners of this horse wanted me to drive him," Campbell said. "Anytime you get to race for a million dollars, I'm up for that." Tano Bork, a 6-year-old gelding who has won six of 13 races this year and 16 of 54 lifetime including the European Championship for 3-year-olds in 2013, will leave from post nine in the 10-horse field. Post nine is in the second tier, where Tano Bork will follow post No. 1's Hannelore Hanover to the start. Hannelore Hanover is 4-1 on the morning line, the second choice to 3-1 Resolve, who has post two. Tano Bork, who has earned $339,176 in his career, is 20-1. "He's got a really good post; he's following the two horses to beat in Hannelore Hanover and Resolve," Campbell said. "As long as he's good at the gate, he's going to be forwardly placed, and then after that we're at the mercy of fractions and traffic. But I'm really happy with our starting point." Tano Bork is owned by Stald Tano Bork and trained by Christian Lindhardt. The gelding is a son of 2003 Matron Stakes winner Great Challenger out of the mare Frederikke Bork. "I got word from the owner that (Tano Bork) trained very well the other day at Yonkers, they were very happy with him, so I think he's going into the race in good shape," Campbell said. "He's a horse that knows how to win; he's won six races. From what I understand, the mile-and-a-quarter is really his distance; he races well at that." Following is the Yonkers International Trot field in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 4/1 2 - Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 3/1 3 - Jonesy - Muscles Yankee - Tuomas Korvenoja - Tuomas Korvenoja - 15/1 4 - Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Brian Sears - Rene Dion - 6/1 5 - Oasis Bi - Toss Out - Erik Adielsson - Stefan Pettersson - 5/1 6 - Obrigado - Boy Band - Mark MacDonald - Paul Kelley - 6/1 7 - BBS Sugarlight - Super Light - Vidar Hop - Fredrik Solberg - 6/1 8 - On Track Piraten - Kool Du Caux - Orjan Kihlstrom - Hans Stromberg - 10/1 9 - Tano Bork - Great Challenger - John Campbell - Christian Lindhardt - 20/1 10 - Explosive De Vie - Explosive Matter - Kevin Oscarsson - Jim Oscarsson - 12/1 Tano Bork and Explosive De Vie start in the second tier. For more about this year's competitors, visit the Yonkers International Trot website by clicking here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

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