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June 24, 2015 - The June 23 (Tuesday) activity at Marseille-Borely began with the Prix d’Allauch (€22,000 purse, 2400 meters, 13 European starters) and the 6/1 veteran Super G (10g Gidde Palema-Super Jacqueline) won for Kevyn Thonnerieu, trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joe Cachia (Malta). The winner scored in 1.13.6kr to defeat Ulex Gede (7m Diamant Gede-Fouine du Ruisseau) with Quentin Seguin up for trainer Yannick A. Briand and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 8/1 Siriuis de Felliere (9g Ganymede-Jamaique du Pont) was third for Virgile Foucault, trainer ean-Maris Roubaud and owner Ecurie Sylvain Roubaud. Ubanji (7g Jag de Bellouet- Perle d’Aunou) at 12/1 took the Borely featured Prix de Martigues (€32,000 purse, 3000 meters, 16 starters) timed in 1.15.3kr for Stephane Cingland. Jerome Huguet trains the winner for Ecurie de Vieux Chene. 20/1 Rose de Briouze (10f Look de Star-Sina) was second for Jean-Charles  Feron with 8/1 Un Roi d’Atout (7g Ganymede-Gunilla) third for Jerome Chavette. The Prix de Fontvielle (€22,000 purse, 3000 meters, 11 starters) at Borely went to 8/1 Blackbird Wood (4m Ready Cash-Revolution) with Laurent Lamaziere up for trainer Guillaume-Richard  Huguet and owner Ecurie D. The 1.16kr winner defeated 52/1 Breviana (4f Lann Bihove-Nuit de la Masree) and Emile Gout, also trainer, with third to 2.2/1 Babas du Melevc (4g Kenor de Cosse-New Star Rush) and reinsman Christophe Martens for owner/trainer Yannick A. Briand. The Prix de Gignac (€22,000 purse, 2300 meters, 12 European starters) at Marseille-Borely went to the 1.16.2kr winner Oronte di Cesato (7m Allison Hollow-Enzaran) at 1.2/1 odds teamed by trainer Christophe Martens. Italy’s Onorio Perfetti is the owner. 5/1 Tamaris Becceur (8m Jam Pridem-Kinsesic Berceuse) was next for Junior Guelpa up for owner/trainer Stephane Guelpa. 68/1 Olaz (7f Ganymede-Ialaz) was third with Stephane Cingland driving for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joe Cachia from Malta. The Prix du Perche (€23,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) at Vichy resulted in a 1.17.3kr clocked victory for Broadway (4m Baccarat du Pont-Perle d’Aunou) at 8/1 for reinsman/trainer Romain Derieux and owner Antonio De Sousa. Tony Le Beller teamed 10/1 Bravo la Revelle (4g Islero de Bellouet-Jiranica la Ravelle) home second for owner/trainer Eric-Gilles Blot with 7/1 Bonheur Nocturne (4g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Rencontre) third for trainer/driver Guy Verva. The Prix Marcel Gougeon (€38,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) at Vincennes went to 11/1 Australia Beco (5f Jam Pridem-High Star) with Guillaume Marin up for trainer Maxime Bezier timed in 1.16.7kr. 8/1 Arisa de Tilou (5f Pagalor-New Sommer Dream) was second ahead of 1.7/1 Avoine (5f Pine Chip Wood-Grege) for Guillaume Blanchard, trainer Romain Derieux and owner Antonio De Sousa. At Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Thalia (€37,000 purse, 2850 meters, eight starters) victory went to .5/1 favorite Currency (3f Orlando Vici-Precious of Fee) with Franck Nivard up. Fabrice Souloy is the trainer for Ecurie le Tremont as the winner was clocked in 1.16.1kr. 4/1 Callas de Marzy (3f Lynx de Bellouet-Sultane de Marzy) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer B-R Plaire. 5/1 Creation (3f Rieussec-Ovation) was third for trainer/driver J.G. Van Ecckhaute. This day at Lavel the Prix de la Cote de Jade (€21,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 starters) went to 14/1 Aurore Sautonne (5f Ready Cash-Galaxie Sautonne) for trainer/driver Tony LeBeller and owner Ecurie de Sautonne. The 1.15kr winner easily handled 7/1 Alamo du Goutier (5g Quido du Goutier-Opoa de Tourelle) with Vincent Hebert up and 12/1 Ablette Jihem (5f Gros Grain-Poesie du Vivier) for teamster Jean-Philippe Minclin. Today at Nancy-Brabois the Prix www.GENY.com (€21,000 purse, 2600 meters, 12 starters) was won by 4/1 odds Caresse d’Occagnes (3f Nice Love-Rari Pierre) for Spain’s trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Clocked in 1.17.2kr the winner easily defeated 10/1 Cyploa Calendar (3f Oiseau Feux-Quela de Calendes) for reinsman Yann Gerard and 27/1 Caret Jiel (3g Nobilis Jiel-Quarindia Jiel) for Christophe Croix. Saturday June 27 Enghien hosts a fine racing card led by the Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix de Washington. Conditions and entries are shown below. The well balanced field includes Roi du Lupin, Vincennes, Robert Bi, Pascia’Lest and Chapeau. UET Masters Series - Groupe II - International - Attelé - €120.000 purse - - 1.609 mètres  autostart Primes : 6 750 €, 3 750 €, 2 100 €, 1 200 €, 750 €, 300 €, 150 € Prix : 54 000 €, 30 000 €, 16 800 €, 9 600 €, 6 000 €, 2 400 €, 1 200 € For 4-10 year-olds winners over €160,000 ; 12 starters 1. Roi du Lupin : Jean-Michel Bazire 2. Beckman : Franck Ouvrie 3. Vincennes : Jos Verbeeck 4. Robert Bi : Robin Bakker 5. Pascia' Lest : Andréa Guzzinati 6. Princess Grif : Roberto Andreghet 7. Rêve de Beylev : Eric Raffin 8. Rue du Bac : David Thomain 9. Uprince : Franck Nivard 10. A Nous Deux : Jean-Pierre Dubois 11. Moses Rob : Dominik Locqueneux  12. Chapeau : Christophe Martens  Thomas H. Hicks  

May 24, 2015 - Today’s featured harness racing action in France took place at various rural venues with one on the turf. The Prix Bernigaud (€34,000 purse, 2625 meters distance handicapped, 15 European starters) went to 15/1 Triton de Meunier (8g Camelia du Donjon-Ora de Meaunier) that overcame a 25 meter penalty to score in 1.17.1kr over 2650 meter distance. J-I Verrier teamed and trains and owns the winner. Uncle Oaks (7g Le Big Boss-Ile d’Or) was second for Th. Issautier at 5/1 with third to 4/1 Scarlet de l-Iton (9f Ideal d’Iton-Hermine de l’Iton) with trainer Thierry Collaud up. 6/1 Going As (7g Pink Diamond-Go Lucky) was fourth for Germany’s owner Stall Germanian and Stall Rubin. At Avignon the turf masters were at the start in the Prix du Chateau de Segries (€45,000 purse, 2650 meters distance handicapped, 16 starters). Barefoot Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) and reinsman Daniel Bekaert overcame a 25 meter penalty to score in 1.18.1kr at 2/1 over his 2675 meter distance. 11/1 Verdict d’Honneur (6g Prodigious-Ploace d’Honneur) was second ahead of 50 meter penalized 87/1 Ramses des Charmes (10g Kiss Francis-Hydra de l’Epinay). Laurent Simon trains the first and third place finishers. At Solvalla today the two Elitloppet 2015 eliminations were drawn as shown below. 1a Elimination Univers de Pan (Philippe Daugeard) Support Justice (Geir Vegard Gundersen) Vincennes (Örjan Kihlström) Mosaique Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) Ustinof du Vivier (Mattieu Abrivard) Royal Fighter (Jennifer Tillman) Nuncio (Stefan Melander) Wind Of The North (Dave Palone) 2a Elimination B.B.S.Sugarlight (Peter Untersteiner) Nahar (Robert Bergh) Bret Boko (Ari Moilanen) Maven (Johnny Takter) Magic Tonight (Örjan Kihlström) On Track Piraten (Erik Adielsson) Timoko (Björn Goop) Voltigeur de Myrt (Gabrielle Gelormini)   Univers de Pan drew post one in the opener and he was full of trot and blocked in the Finlandia AJO. Fast front-runner Mosaique Face (1:09) Saturday in Sweden drew the advantageous post four for Lutfi Kolgjini. Four year-old Nuncio and trainer/driver Stefan Melander drew post seven with US invader Wind Of The North at post eight for sulky-sitter Dave Palone, the American driver who has just passed the 17,000 victories. Per Eriksson’s Royal Fighter drew post six for driver Jennifer Tillman. Elimination two has Timoko and Bjorn Goop scoring from post seven with Nahar and Robert Bergh from post two.Finlandia AJO pacesetting winner Bret Boko goes from post three and Maven starts from post four for Johnny Taker and trainer Jimmy Takter, today an easy winner in the US with Father Patrick in the Maxie Lee Memorial, defeating pocket-sitting Bee A Magician. Thomas H. Hicks

April 28, 2015 - The afternoon harness racing card at Saint Galmier this day featured the Quinte+ and the Grand Prix du Centre Est. Ubanji (7g Jag de Bellouet-Perle d’Aunou) took the Quinte+ Prix de la Chorale de Roanne (€35,000, 2650 meters, 15 European starters) in 1.15.5kr for teamster Franck Nivard at 6/1. Tantale de Fol (8g Impact du Rib-Ivorine Folle) landed second for Serge Peltier at 12/1 with 5.2/1 Univers Love (7m Love You-Harazina) home third for Mikael Cormy. The card at Saint Galmier featured the Grand Prix du Centre Est. (€100,000, 2650 meters, international 10 starters) and 34/1 Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong-Noelle de Massy) took the win in 1.15.1kr for Y-A Briand. 40/1 Ulk Medoc (7m Karikal-Organza Haut Gilet) rallied for second for Franck Corbineau with third to 1.6/1 favorite Swedishman (9g Gogo-Volganc) and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. The Vincennes featured Prix Rene Palyart (€120,000, Gr. II monte, 8 starters, 2175 meters) went to Eric Raffin teamed Booster Winner (4m Love You-Quille Viretaute), victorious as 3/5 favorite. Clocked in 1.12.2kr the winner handled Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) at 8/1 with third to 23/1 Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castille-Neus du Rosier) with L.C. Frecelle up. On the Vincennes evening undercard Cottie Cash (3f Sam Bourbon-Kidea) took the Prix Arachne (€37,000, 10 starters, 2200 meters) with Mathieu Abrivard up, clocked in 1.16.7kr for trainer Philippe Allaire. Off at 1.2/1 odds the winner defeated 135/1 Chance des Douits (3f Power Jet-Pony Girl) and 88/1 Cahora Fonciere (3f Severino-Quietude Fonciere). The winner is from Kidea a 1998 foal and dam of Ready Cash and six winners from nine foals, three with earnings in excess of €100,000. KIdea is by Extreme Dream and has Workaholic, Star’s Pride and Kimberland (Nevele Pride) represented in the pedigree. Thomas H. Hicks

Sweden’s Ed You benefitted from a masterful drive by Torbjorn Jansson to storm home past compatriot Mosaique Face to became the third winner of the Group 1 UET Trotting Masters Final (500,000 euros) at Denmark’s Charlottenlund racetrack. Three of the top four UET Masters’ Series ranked Swedish horses were in the field for the 2500m race including French-trained Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), in his very last start of stellar career in Europe before embarking on a swansong to the Untied States Indeed it was Fabrice Soulouy’s 11-year-old chestnut who began the fastest holding off Ed You (Love You) in the initial speed duel, the latter settling into the trail. Into the straight for the first time Europe’s highest ranked horse Timoko (Imoko) of France sprinted up from the back to try and outflank Commander Crowe, but was forced to sit parked and then ended up in the one-one when Lutfi Kolgjini moved up with last year’s Swedish TravDerby winner Mosaïque Face(Classic Photo) a lap out. Commander Crowe kept up the tempo as Mosaïque Face applied the pressure and the two accelerated out of the turn of the back straight for the last time, with Prussia (Ken Warkentin) and Solvato (Donato Hanover) also sprinting hard three and four wide turning for home. Timoko found himself in a difficult position as these attacks occurred, unable to move out and and lost ground and momentum. In the home straight, Commander Crowe’s brave bid faded as Mosaique Face got to the front but Jansson found room to get Ed You off the fence, and used the kinder inside run to his advantage to get by Mosaïque Face with a irresistible burst. Canaka B.F. (Jobie Tempest) found room on the inside ahead of Commander Crowe to grab third just ahead of Timoko, who came on strongly with a stayer’s run for fourth. For Ed You, a late bloomer and controversial winner in July of the prestigious Hugo Abergs Memorial after Un Mec d'Héripré's disqualication, this was best result of his career. He is trained by the Swede Robert Bergh. In the supporting N.J. Kosters Memorial Fredrik Solberg’s BBS Sugarlight (Super Light) shot out of the gate to take a lead he never relinquished. From ther Peter Untersteiner took control of the race from the front with Amour Rapide (Love You) and top Swedish driver Johnny Takter in the bike settling into the trail. Untersteiner released the brakes off BBS Sugarlight at the top of the final bend and he responded superbly and cruised to the line with ease, covering the 1600m journey in a 1.12.0 kilometre rate (1.55.8MR). Flemming Jensen’s veteran warhorse O’Grady (SJ’s Photo) who had sat second-over for most of the race, charged home to nose out Amour Rapide for second money. The previous day at Vincennes, there were two national Group ones, the most prestigious races on the French calendar, with a placing from first to seventh enough to earn prestigious black type in France and coveted Classique status. In the Prix de l'Etoile, an intergenerational race over the Vincennes sprint distance of 2150m, which brings the cream of the 3, 4 and 5 year-old crops together in a handicap setting similar to weight for age racing, Brillantissime (Ready Cash) and Black d’Avril (Oceano Nox ) fought for the early lead, with the inside horse handing up to Brillantissime before the turn into the Joinville plain. Favourite Biche des Clos (Rolling d'Heripre ) moved up prominent outside Brillantissime up the hill and these two led the field down the sweeping turn and into the front straight. Biche des Clos poured on the pressure and Brillantissime could not respond, while Black D’Avril pulled out of the trail and once clear showed terrific acceleration to swoop past Biche des Clos and claim the coveted Group one. Former age group star Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore ) nabbed Brillantissime on the line for third place. The Prix d’Normandie, one of the top three monte races in the world, for 5YOs, is raced over 3000m for 240,000 euros and here it was Vittel de Brevol (Jag de Bellouet) who took control of the race down the straight for the first time, while hot favourite Vision Intense (Prodigious) got parked three wide and five back. At the top of the hill David Thomain pressed the go button on Vittel de Brevol and by the crossroads where the flat inside floodlit track joins the “grand piste” had slipped clear by seven lengths. Vittel de Brevol still had a handy lead into the straight and though Vision Intense tried desperately to close the gap, the line came up too quickly. Valse Castelets was a long way back third ahead of Viva Forest. The winner recorded a slick 1.13,9 (1.58.9MR) for the 3000m, just a little outside Prince Gede’s record 1.13.6 (1.58.4MR) which was set in 2009. Courtesy Of Harness Racing New Zealand

The monte classic Gr. I Prix de Normandy today went to favorite Vittel de Brevol ridden by David Thomain for trainer Sebastian Ernault. The E240,000 purse event, over 3000 meters, was timed in 1.13.9kr with the winner recording his 13th victory in 19 starts now for career earnings over E323,000. The great monte mares Vision Intense (Nathalie Henry aboard) and Valse Castelets (JLC Dersoir) were next on the line. Vision Intense raced superbly and gained steadily after a slow start, finally staging an inside rally in late stretch. Gr. I Prix de Normandie, E240,000 purse, 3000 meters monte, 14 starters Fractions: 1.14.9kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500 and finish Vittel de Brevol (5m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol), David Thomain, trainer Sebastian Ernault, 2/1 odds, 13th win in 19 starts for earnings E323,850 Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action), Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 2.2/1 odds Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), JLC Dersoir, 7/1 odds The secondary monte feature today was the E105,000 Gr. III Prix Georges Dreux over 2850 meters. Eight contestants were at the start and it ended in a dead-heat in 1.14kr with Uppercut de Manche and Sourire de Voutre inseparable. Uppercut de Manche with DamienBonne was off at 2/1 while Sourire de Voutre was the 7/10 favorite for jockey Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Prix Georges Dreux, Gr. III purse E105,000, 2850 meters, 8 starters, monte Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500; 1.14.9kr at 1000; 1.14.1kr at 500; 1.14kr finish Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Ceba-Nuit de Manche), Damien Bonne, 2/1 odds, 13th win in 59 starts for E364,500. Dead heat for win Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis-Guella), Franck Nivard for trainer/owner Franck Leblanc, 7/10 favorite in dead heat for win Quarnac de L'iton (10g Ideal de L'iton-Classic Mesloise), Mathieu Mottier, 47.2/1 Quoumba de Guez (10f Urfist des Pres-Vanina de Mareuil), 8.1/1 odds Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.      

Astor du Quenne (4m Opus Viervil-Qualinka des Quenne-Extreme Aunou) easily vanquished ten rivals in today’s €120,000 purse monte Gr. II Prix Ceneri Fuccinal for four year-olds at Paris-Vincennes. Eric Raffin rode the winner, for trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Ecurie Hs de la Coquenne, to his 11th career victory now for €353,340 earned. Off at 4.7/1 odds the winner scored in 1.12.7kr over 2175 meters to defeat Al Capone Jet (4m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Morgane) with Mathieu Abrivard up and A Nous Dous (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik) ridden by Nathalie Henry. The victory by the Guarato and Raffin combination was the 66th graded win for them, quite an accomplishment. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Session #2 at the Argana Trot Sale was expectedly weakened after a solid first day featuring proven stallions, but was comparatively solid. Of the 140 sold from 233 cataloged and 230 offered after outs.  Gross proceeds totaled €2,066,000, almost identical to the 2012 and 2013 sessions #2 of the sale. The average sale price was €14,757, up by 5.4% vs. 2013 and the median also gained from prior year same session. Percent of those sold to the number offered (after outs) increased slightly from the first session. Hip #271, a Sancho Panca colt, led the session at €60,000 with the final bid to Damien Bonne. Several other lots were the source of competitive bidding including most notably lot 331, Djin de Corday a son of Opus Viervil which Michel Gasselin (Normandie Trot) bought for €47,000, as well as Diablo du Noyer (lot 272), a son of Jasmin de Flore sold for €44,000 to Franck Amar (Neuilly Bloodstock) and will be trained by William Bigeon. Tomorrow’s third session should close the sale positively as it features new and emerging stallions such as Royal Dream, The Best Madrik, Texas Charm, Timoko, Rodrigo Jet, Tucson, Severino, Singalo and Treskool du Caux. Summaries over pictured leaders today are presented below. #271 Diable Blanc (m, Dancho Panca-Java Blanche-Viking’s Way), first dam has produced Astre Blanc (€86,680), Un Diablo Blanc (€85,710) and Vif d’Or Blanc (€85,710) and this is the family of Rachmaninov Seven (€418,975) and Historien (€485,457). #272 Diablo du Noyer (m, Jasmin de Flore-Une Et Indivisible-Jag de Bellouet), second dam a winner of €183,914 and dam of 12 foals including Statue of Liberty (€260,130), Jitterbug (€163,314) and Possession (€148,920) #210 Darshan (m, Jag de Bellouet-Tinou Madrik-Ganymede), second dam a semi-classique winner, third dam produced classique winner Sinou Madrik (1,579,299SEK), Tison Madrik (€260,270) and Orelie Madrik (€221,820). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

 The European summer season is in full swing and there were several races in the elite UET Masters Series last week – as the grand final looms next month with races in France and Sweden on Saturday (Sunday morning NZT). At Bergsaker (Sweden), rising star 5-year-old Quid Pro Quo (Yankee Glide) benefitted from a patient drive from Erik Adielsson and was too strong in the straight for his elder counterparts in the 205,000 euro Group 1 Sundsvall Open Trot over 2,140 metres. He eventually won in 1’11’’2 km rate with Oasis Bi (Toss Out) taking second spot from Canada B.F (Jobie Tempest). Quid Pro Quo is now 9th in the UET Masters Series, with 1450 points. At Vincennes, top jockey Franck Nivard took 8-year-old gelding Sourire de Voutré (Gazouillis ) to the lead straight from the starting shute in the Prix Camille Lepecq, a Group 2 monte worth 120,000 euros. By the time he reached the top of the hill, his opponents were struggling and he accelerated on the downhill turn into the straight to leave champion mare Roxane Griff (Tenor de Baune )and Uppercut de Manche (Neutron du Cebe) behind. This was a 2700m race and the winner covered the distance in 1’12’’4 km rate (1.56.5MR). On the same card was one of the glamour events on the French calendar, the Criterium des 5 Ans, where the cream of the 5YO crop did battle over 3000m for a purse of 240,000 euros. It was Raffin again, who showed the same winning touch in the bike when he guided outsider Vabellino (5h Ouragan de Celland) to a stunning victory over Vulcain de Vandel (5h Jag de Bellouet) and Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont) with favourite Very Nice Marceaux (5h Jag de Bellouet) fourth. This is a race just 200m short of the the NZ Cup distance and includes two uphill climbs (the 3000m start is the toughest at Vincennes) and was still completed in a 1’12”7kr or a mile rate of 1.57. The record set last year by Up And Quick is an unbelievable 1’11”5 or a 1.55 mile rate. The following day there were two major races in Denmark at the Charlottenlund racetrack near Copenhagen with the UET Masters Series’ the Rex The Great Lopp (Group 2, 2,000 metres) was raced for 50,000 euros. It was won by the locally trained 8-year-old O’Grady (S J's Photo) who, on a slow track, was skillfully driven from the front by his trainer Flemming Jensen who stacked up the field and held off Politiken (Ens Snapshot) Obi-Wan (Ganymede), Neo Holmsminde (Valley Sentry) and US import Fawkes (SJ’s Caviar). The winner trotted slow 1’14’’5 km rate. On the same programme was the Group 1 Danish Trotting Derby worth 180,000 euros , which was won a few years ago by New Zealand-resident Peak, and this year’s renewal saw one of Sweden’s top reinsman Björn Goop guide Tumble Dust (4h, Crazed ) to victory for Tomas Malmqvist from Tano Bork (4h, Great Challenger ) and Tango Vang 4g (Lindy Lane). The slow track did not prevent a new record for the race, with the time of 1.14,7a for the 3000m journey or just over a 2 minute mile rate. EUROWATCH Videos Sundsvall Trot Click here to view Criterium des 5 Ans Click here to view Prix Camille Lepecq Click here to view Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand  

After a brief respite, harness racing action returned today at Paris-Vincennes and what a card it was! Four Gr. II events highlighted the excellent Monday program under sunny skies, a forerunner to the next Vincennes winter meet. The E120,000 purse Gr. II Prix Pierre Plazen for European three year-olds over 2175 meters, went to well-regarded Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin teaming for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Aloisio. He scored in 1.13.4kr in the eight horse field at 3.6/1 odds over Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha) and Yohan Lebourgeois for Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. Elisabeth Allaire. Black d'Avril and Franck Ouvrie was third ahead of favorite Brutus du Bailly with J-M Bazire aboard. Time was 1.13.4kr for the winner. Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val) took the E120,000 Gr. II Prix Jockey for five year-olds. 13 horses faced the starter going 2700 meters. The 10/1 winner was teamed by trainer/owner Eric Lambertz timed in 1.14.3kr off slow fractions (1.15.7kr at 1500; 1.15.5kr at 1000; 1.15.2kr at 500 meters to go mark). Second favorite at 1.9/1 was second place finisher Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Julie Fortuna) with Pierre Vercruysse up. Very Nice Marceaux was first to lead and then followed early speed before traffic trouble was encountered. When free in the lane, Very Nice Marceaux could not gain on the winner. Victoire ended third for Mathieu Mottier with Voltigeur de Myrt home fourth for Eric Raffin. The 1.8/1 favorite Vinci de l'Abbaye was a dq for reinsman J-M Bazire. The three year-old European females battled in the E120,000 Gr. II Prix Guy Deloison over 2175 meters with 12 starters. Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d'Heripre-Moon d'Eronville) prevailed by a neck at 4.1/1 for teamster Mathieu Mottier in 1.12kr after fast early fractions (1.08.4kr at 1500; 1.09.9kr at 1000; 1.12.8kr at 500 to go mark) set by 57/1 Swan Wise As (3f Varenne-Golden Variety) that faded to eighth when challenged. Favorite Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quisny de Montfort) was a solid second for Eric Raffin with Beauty Turgot and Franck Nivard third ahead of Bardane du Houlbut, fourth for R-C Larue. Well-regarded Sister Dany Bar and Be My Girl (both off at under 10.1) were disqualified for miscues. The monte Gr. II Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard for E120,000 over 2175 meters was contested by 13 five year-olds. Valse de Reve (5m Mister President-Nouba Houba) was the winner at 12.3/1 for Camille Levesque as this pair defeated second choice Vittel de Brevol (5m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol) and David Thomain. 3/2 favorite Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action) was a fast closing third for Nathalie Henry with Valdice de Mars fourth for Yohan Lebourgeois. Race time was 1.12kr after speedy fractions (1.09.3kr at 1500; 1.10.3kr at 1000; 1.11.6kr with 500 to go). Vision Intense was away toward the back and was slow to move toward the lead until late in the contest when Ms. Henry pulled the plugs and her great mare accelerated without bearing out. Off this effort she will likely be a factor in the winter. Thomas H. Hicks

Today's eighth leg of the Gr. III National Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (€90,000 purse, 18 starters) was held at Hippodrome Saint Malo. The race was the Quinte+ race of the day in France with a jackpot of €2.9 million (jackpot now increases by â‚100,000 each day when not hit by a ticket holder). The GNT was contested over 2950 meters turning start with three levels of distance. Highest money winners were penalized either 25 or 50 meters at the start. Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellouet-Herland du Terme-Kimberland) took an easy win for reinsman J-M Bazire, despite a penalty of 25 meters. The veteran mare was timed in 1.14.5kr and was off at 13.5/1 odds. Urfee Jallerie was second for Damien Bonne and Pierre Levesque teamed Tornado Bello (half-brother to two-time Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream) to a third place finish. Favored Uprince finished ninth and veteran Quoumba de Guez, penalized 50 meters, ended unplaced. Bazire left the start aggressively with the winner and stated post-race that she is a good mare with potential to compete with the best. This was her first start in the 2014 GNT series. Race summary follows. August 6, 2014 Saint-Malo, Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf, Gr. III National, €90,000 purse, 2950 meters, 1.14.5kr, Quinte+ jackpot €2.9 million. Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme-Kimberland), J-M Bazire driver/trainer, 13.5/1 odds, her 14th career win for €503,070, raced barefoot and handicapped 25 meters Urfee Jallerie (6f Neutron du Cebe-Nana du Domaine), Damien Bonne up, 4.9/1, 25 meter penalty. Tornado Bello (7m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Pierre Levesque, 7.2/1, 25 meter penalty. Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette), Ch. J. Bigeon up, 16.5/1 Starter de Rib (8g Ganymede-Jiniga), Gilles Delacour aboard for trainer Joel Hallais, 22.2/1, 25 meter handicap GNT equine point leaders through eight legs follow. Bazire is the series' leading driver and trainer. 1er Ugo du Loisir 39 points 2e Urfée Jallerie 36 points 3e Vicomte Boufarcaux 30 points 4e Quotient Gédé 24 points 4e Reine Hélène 24 points The Q+ exact order payoff was €13,310 for a €2 wager. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s European top trotting action took place at Enghien-Soisy (FR) and Visby (SWE). The Quinte+ (jackpot €5.75 million) was the Prix Meduc with 16 starters battling over 2875 meters for a purse of €65,000. J-M Bazire won it with Italy’s Nuage En Ciel, a seven year-old son of Daguet Rapide trained by Fabrice Souloy. Scuderia Fast Horse SRL of Italy owns the victor. The winning pair scored in 1.14.2kr, his 14th career win for €188,065, over Holland’s Aisa Boko with Robin Bakker aboard. The exact order Quinte payout, excluding jackpot, was €1,064 for a €2 wager. July 23, 2014 Enghien-Soisy, Prix Meduc, €65,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.14.2kr 1st Nuage En Ciel (7m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle-Extreme Dream), J-M Bazire, 1.5/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Fast Horse SRL, Italy 2nd Aida Boko (7f From Above-Staro Almighty), Robin Bakker up, trainer Paul Hagoort for Gerrits Recylcling BV, Holland, 7.2/1 3rd Ton Ami Du Prieur (7g Lynx de Bellouet-Jenny Du Prieur), M. Bezier trainer/owner/driver, 9.3/1 The Enghien feature was the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin for €85,000 over 2875 meters with 11 starters.  Second choice Very Nice Marceaux rallied through the stretch to score for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun. The five year-old son of Jag de Bellouet won for the 14th time, now with €429,250 earned. Kalle was second for Anthony Barrier and the Stig H. Johansson trained Indigious ended third with Eric Raffin aboard. July 23, 2014, Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin, €85,000 Gr. III, 11 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.15kr 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun, 2.2/1 2nd Kalle (6g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Dagfin Aarum, 25.8/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin, Stig H. Johansson trainer for Harald Kragmann owner, Germany, 1.8/1 Vercruysse returned to win the €41,000 Prix de L’Esplanade over 2875 meters in 1.16.2kr with Ask For You. The four year-old daughter of Love You went off as favorite for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, also an active owner in the US. Apple Road was second for Tony Le Beller. July 23, 2014, Enghien-Soisy, Prix de L’Esplanade, €41,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Ask For You (4f Love You-Intrigue-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, 1.9/1 2nd Apple Road (4f Laetenter Diem-Nikita), Tony Le Beller for trainer/owner Claude Ramond, 3.1/1 3rd Aphrodite d’Arbaz (4f Coktail Jet-Mascote d’Arbaz(, Franck Ouvrie for trainer Mme. Marie Christine Cousin, 43.5/1 Today’s top race in Sweden was at Vichy on the V86 card. The Gotlandslopningen for 125,000SEK to the winner was won by Deuxieme Picsous over 2140 meters autostart and seven rivals in 1.12.8kr. The seven year-old son of In Love With You-Carmela Stromline-Delvin Kosmos scored by a length for Torbjorn Jansson driving for trainer and co-owner Johan Lejon with Marie Stenberg. The veteran campaigner, a previous winner of this race, now has earnings in excess of 5.4SEK million. The Lindy Lane son David Sisu was second with Photo Sea, by SJ’s Photo, home third. 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  

The next round of Scandinavian trotting classics occurs Saturday at Kouvola, Finland with the Gr. I Kymi Grand Prix with a €150,000 purse (2100 meters autostart course). Last year’s winner Womanizer will battle 2014 Elitloppet winner Timoko (Bjorn Goop to drive) and 11-year-old champion Commander Crowe, a winner last weekend at Wolvega against weak competiton. Robin Bakker will team the Commander for trainer Fabrice Souloy.  Commander Crowe won this event in 2009 and 2012. Prussia, Italy’s Ken Warkentin mare that was sixth in the Elitloppet final, will be at the start for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini. Jag de Bellouet recorded that fastest time in 2006 at 1.11.1kr. Kymi Grand Prix - €150.000 – Gr. I UET Masters Series – 2100 meters autostart 1.            Up Date Hoss (Erik Adielsson) 2.            Bagley (Johnny Takter) 3.            Commander Crowe (Robin Bakker) 4.            Deuxieme Picsous (Peter Ingves) 5.            Amour d’Occagnes (Christopher Martens) 6.            Ed You (Mika Forss) 7.            Aaron de Veluwe (Tuomas Korvenoja) 8.            Prussia (Pietro Gubellini) 9.            Womanizer (Tommi Kylliäinen) 10.          Timoko  (Björn Goop) 1998-2013 winners of this top race in Finland, begun in 1998, are shown below. Year Winner Sex/Age Coutry Timekr Sire Driver Second Third 2013 Womanizer S H.9  Suède 1'12"2 Tap In Tommi Kylliäinen Hard Livin Caddie Comet 2012 Commander Crowe H.9  Suède 1'12" Juliano Star Christophe Martens Womanizer Maxwell Mayday 2011 Rapide Lebel H.6  France 1'12"8 Ginger Somolli Éric Raffin Lisa America Amour Ami 2010 Brioni M.7  Allemagne 1'12"7 Timberland Joakim Lövgren Oceano Nox Lisa America 2009 Commander Crowe H.6  Suède 1'13" Juliano Star Peter Ingves Marathon Man Oceano Nox 2008 L'Amiral Mauzun H.9  France 1'12"3 Bon Conseil Jean-Michel Bazire Going Kronos Arras 2007 Camilla Highness F.7  Suède 1'12"8 Super Arnie Peter Ingves Spring Ray Lupin de l'Odon 2006 Jag de Bellouet M.9  France 1'11"1 Viking's Way Christophe Gallier Lass Zefyr Passionate Kemp 2005 Prime Prospect M.6  États-Unis 1'12"8 Primrose Lane Andrea Guzzinati Tag the Devil Cold Hard Wind 2004 Kart de Baudrairie H.5  France 1'13"2 Bridge Jean-Michel Bazire Tag the Devil Classico Merett 2003 Flambeau des Pins M.7  France 1'13"2 Quiton du Coral Mathieu Fribault E.V.Cane Noa Savoy 2002 Legendary Lover K. M.7  États-Unis 1'14" Armbro Goal Steen Juul Jam Pridem Général du Pommeau 2001 Exchequer M.9  France 1'13"5 Takima Ahti Antti-Roiko Com Hector Lanceur 2000 BWT Magic M.4  Finlande 1'14"9 Lançon Ahti Antti-Roiko Incognito Kemp The Bad Boy 1999 Défi d'Aunou M.8  France 1'14"9 Armbro Goal Jean-Étienne Dubois Meadowbranch Lou Louise Laukko 1998 Dryade des Bois F.7  France 1'14"6 Off Gy Jos Verbeeck Express First Call Me by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

The Gr. II Prix Louis Jariel was the featured event on today's noon-day card at Paris-Vincennes. The 120,000 euro purse drew a field of nine five-year-olds traveling 2175 meters. The hotly contested, hot-paced event went to Very Nice Marceaux, craftily reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent. The 4/1 odds winner took the inside path before escaping heavy traffic into the homestretch. There Vercruysse found a way out and once fee the son of Jag de Bellouet responded rapidly to just nip Voltigeur de Myrt and teamster Eric Raffin on the line, timed in 1.10.9kr. Favored Village Mystic led the field into the stretch and held third for Louis Baudron. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Louis Jariel, Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, 9 starters Fractions: 1.09.9kr at 1500; 1.10.7kr at 1000; 1.11.3kr at 500; 1.10.9kr finish 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse up, trainer Gregory Laurent, 4/1 2nd Voltigeur de Myrt (5m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois), Eric Raffin for trainer R. Donati, 6.3/1 3rd Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres), Louis Baudron owner/trainer/driver, 1.8/1 favorite 4th Valse Darling (5m Prodigious-Fly Darling), Julien Dubois up, 26.7/1 5th Victoire (5f Kitko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Mme. D. Mottier, 9.2/1 The undercard was worth watching as well. Trainer Marco Smorgon sent Sister Dany Bar to the Prix d'Istres, a European eligible event for 65,000e. Anthony Barrier catch-drove the favored winner, a three year-old daughter of Love You from Red Hot Action by American Winner and a full sister to Le Dany Bar, a Smorgon trained winner of over US$667,000. Red Hot Action is a daughter of Crysta's Girl (Crysta's Crown-Video Chip-Bonefish). Video Chip is a full sister to Grand Circuit winning Bolla. Sister Dany Bar dispatched 13 rivals with her 1.15.4kr score as the favorite. June 7, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Istres, 65,000e, European, 2700 meters, 14 starters Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.15.7kr at 1000; 1.15.8kr at 500; 1.15.4kr finish 1st Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Marco Smorgon and owner Ecurie 4AB Sas, Italy, 7/10 favorite, her sixth win for €79,398 2nd Bonnie Cadence (3f Qualypso Jiel-Potuna Saint Andre), Emmanuelle Allard trainer/driver, 59.3/1 3rd Blanche Mencourt (3f Ready Cash-Navaja Blanche), Jos. Verbeeck for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire, 9.6/1 Jean-Michel Bazire enjoyed another fine day with wins handling Ave Avis and United Back, a pair he also trains. Ave Avis, a son of Kesaco Phedo scored in 1.14.2kr as 9/10 favorite, to easily defeat Arlington Dream and Amensito. Bazire's other winner, as the .5/1 favorite, was United Back in the 50,000e Prix de Villeneuve Sur-Lot. Summaries follow. June 7, 2014, Paris Vincennes, Prix du Dauphine, 58,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters Fractions: 1.16.3kr at 1500; 1.15.1kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.14.2kr finish 1st Ave Avis (4m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis-Tenor de Baune), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 9/10 favorite and easy winner, fifth win for 104,930e 2nd Arlington Dream (4m Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire, 1.6/1 3rd Amensito (4m Love You-Carmensita), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver, Jean Baudron trainer, 27.6/1 June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot, 50,000e, European, 2700 meters, 18 starters Fractions: 1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500; 1.13.6kr finish 1st United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 0.5/1 favorite, 14th win for 206,630e 2nd New Way (7g Uronometro-Elsinor Princess), Christophe Martens for Vincent Martens, 12.4/1, Italy 3rd Orient Horse (6m Abano As-Irma del Rio), Roberto Andreghetti for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 12.8/1, Italy The day's Quinte+ went to Global Manhattan handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The impressive winner led much of the way, was headed out of the final turn only to rally back for a length victory in 1.14.3kr. The son of Love You from Devilish Yankee by Yankee Glide earned his 21st career win for earnings now over 531,000e. Lobell Countess nailed down the second spot over a game Beckman that fought bravely from the death seat. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Quercy, 85,000e, European, 2850 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3.45 million Fractions: 1.14.2kr at 1500; 1.14.7kr at 1000; 1.15.2kr at 500; 1.14.3kr finish Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee-Yankee Glide), Eric Raffin for Fabrice Souloy and owner Stall Sharon AB, 6.9/1, 21st win for 531,455e 1st Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond), Dominik Locqueneux for Peter J. Strooper, 14.8/1 2nd Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema), J-M Bazire for Fabrice Souloy, 2.3/1 3rd Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell), Pierre Vercruysse up for Vincent Lacroix, 26.7/1 4thMint Kronos (8m Love You-Zamia FC), Anthony Barrier, Fabrice Souloy trainer, 65.6/1 Lastly, the 65,000e Prix Gien went to Bold Eagle, a son of Ready Cash driven by Jean-Etienne Dubois, his owner/trainer. Bazire was second with pacesetter Brosses Troubadour as even-money choice among the punters. The winner is from a Love You-Hippodamia mare, with Hippodamia the dam of €100,000 plus winners Pancho Villa and Quai Bourbon. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Gien, 65,000e European, 2700 meters, 15 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 4.9/1, sixth win for 81,800e 2nd Brosses Troubadour (3m Showtime Bourbon-Houri de Malte), J-M Bazire up, 1/1 favorite 3rd Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute), Eric Raffin aboard, 25.7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Solid trotting took place during the past week at various European venues. Coverage below is of racing at Jagersro (SWE), Avenches (Switzerland), Mantorp (SWE), Kincsem Park (HU), Bologna (ITY) and Paris-Vincennes where Gr. III events were featured on June 3. The Prix Caecilia went to the rallying roan Meaulnes du Corta filly Arpent d'Ostal for J-Ph Mary. The same day the monte Prix Dido went to Buffalo de Beylev for Yohan Lebourgeois, winning as the 2/5 favorite should. On June 2 at Bologna, the Premio GP Republica went to Papandreu for Enrico Bellei. The five year-old son of Abano As scored in 1.12.7kr over 1660 meters autostart for winners' share of a purse of €45,100. Oncle Photo VL took the co-featured Invitational on that card and veteran classmaster Italiano won the Greyhound Invitational that same day at Follonica. On May 31 at Mantorp (SWE) the Ina Scots went to Remo Gas (four year-old son of Varenne) for teamster Erik Adielsson. The V75 Gold produced a victory for Porthos Amok (five year-old son of Orlando Vici) and Orjan Kihlstrom. At Kincsem Park, the featured Tony Oaks DIJ went impressively to Orangyal (six year-old daughter of Wall Street Banker) for reinsman Pal Vicen and at Avenches the Grand Prix 5Ans (Suisse) went to Playboy Wind (five year-old son of In Love With You) and trainer/driver Wilhelm Paal. On May 29 at Jagersro, the Jerry Riordan trained Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Gaerldan Lobell) recorded his first career victory in his third start for driver Linda Allerecrantz. Race summaries follow including reply of the Premio GP Republica. June 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Caecilia, Gr. III, €80,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters, 1.14.4kr 1st Arpent d'Ostal (4m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine), J-Ph Mary trainer/driver 24/1 2nd Alpha Saltor (4m Paris Haufor-Glory d'Ariane), Damien Bonne up, 4.3/1 3rd Adio Josselyn (4m And Arifant-Queda Josselyn), J-M Bazire aboard, 3/2 favorite June 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Persues, 80,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters, monte, 1.14.1kr 1st Rescousse de Barb (9f L'As de Viretoute-Gaie Melodie), P-Y Verva, 27/1 2nd Quango (10g Joyau d'Amour-Belle Argence), Julien Raffestin up, 9/1 3rd Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence up, 3.3/1 June 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. III Prix Dido National Monte, 60,000e, 2200 meters, 7 starters, 1.15.6kr 1st Buffalo de Beylev (3m Memphis du Rib-Rafale du Plessis), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Hubert Hardy trainer, 2/5 favorite 2nd Boy du Plessis (3m Odeisis de Vandel-Natik des Loges), Paul-Philippe Ploquin up for Patrick Ploquin, 5/1 3rd Best de Marco (3m Gogo-Fille de Marco), Julien Raffestin up for J-F Senet trainer, 42/1 June 2, 2014, Bologna Italy, Premio GP Republica, 45,100e, 1660 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.12.7kr 1st Papandreu (5m Abano As-Capucine-Sugarcane Hanover), Enrico Bellei up 2nd Orsia (6f Angus Hall-Tiogre OM-Zebu), Allesandro Gocciadoro 3rd Le Vida Loca (9f Ganymede-Diasia-Arndon), Roberto Andreghetti Beaten field included Look MO, Oibambam Effe, Probo OP and Nesta Effe June 2, 2014 Bologna Italy, Premio Lorenzo Sisal Invitational, 11,000e, 1660 meters autostart, 8 starters, 1.13kr 1st Oncle Photo VL (6g SJs Photo-Balalajaca SLM-Lemon Dra), Federico Esposito up 2nd Per Amore Gual (5f Varenne-Dalmatica Gual-Uronometro), Enrico Bellei driving 3rd Nonant Le Pin (7f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip), Allesandro Gocciadoro trainer/driver June 2, 1014 Follonica Italy, Prix Greyhound Invitational, 6,600e, 1600 meters, 7 starters, 1.12.3kr 1st Italiano (10g Goant Cat-Coming Up Cash-Baltic Speed-Casino Evil-Speedy Crown-Ah So), 30 wins in 93 starts for 779,782e in Italy, G. Casillo teaming 2nd Oblio Dei Venti (6m Yankee Slide-Belinda GIM-Lemon Dra), Man. Matteini up 3rd Proper Wise (5m Varenne-Flirt Alert-Valley Victory-Triangle Park-Mystic Park-Miss Flirt), L. Becchetti aboard May 31, 2014 Kincsem Park, Tony Oaks DIJ, 1800 meters autostart, 500,000HUf purse, 1.15.6kr 1st Orangyl (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands), Pal Vicen, 4.7/1, 1.15.6kr 2nd Lady Luna (9f Sierra Ranger-Lune-Surry Lobell), Joze Sagaj, 3.3/1 3rd Nemesur (7m Tony Oaks-Elegant Lady- Mill H), Veljko Mazsity, 2.5/1 May 31, 2014 Mantorp SWE, Ina Scots, 300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13kr 1st Remo Gas (4m Varenne-Isotta Gas-Toss Out), Erik Adielsson, Italy, seventh win from 19 starts for 2,608,516SWEK 2nd Rosso Pomodoro (4m Donato Hanover-Unbelievable F-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter, Italy 3rd Carelin (4m Super Arnie-Carte Blanche-Kosar), Kenneth Haugstad May 31, 2014 Mantorp SWE, Gold Division, purse 320,500SEK, 2640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.13.8kr 1st Porthos Amok (5m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine Chip), Orjan Kihlstrom, sixth win in 39 tries for 2,731,292SEK 2nd Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson for Svante Bath trainer 3rd Deuxieme Picsous (7m In Love With You-Carme la Strom Line-Delvin Kosmos, Johnny Takter for Joham Lejon trainer May 31, 2014 Mantorp SWE, Silver Division, purse 251,500SEK, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.11.2kr 1st Octopus (7m Yankee Glide-Decapose-Cumin), Ulf Ohlsson up 2nd Vendi (9f Armbro Trick-Wizy Fly-Speedy Fly), Jorma Kontio driver 3rd Art On Line (7g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy), Mikko Aho up May 31, 2014 Marseille-Borely, Prix de Zonza, €21,000, 2300 meters autostart, 8 starters, 1.15.4kr 1st Bolero Love (3m Love You-Orelady-And Arifant), Nicolas Ensch up for Patrick Chevrier trainer for Jean-Pierre Dubois and breeder Ecurie D, 7.8/1 odds, second career win for €28,350 2nd Bonjour (3m Rieussee-Queenie d'Urzy), Y-A Briand trainer/driver, 2/1 3rd Bently de Raconis (3g Repeat Love-Bodomie0Podosis), David Vakaert up for Patrick Chevrie trainer and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois, 1.3/1 May 31, 2014 Marseille-Borely, Prix d'Ajaccio, 24,000e, 3000 meters, 6 starters, 1.16.3kr 1st Vucain du Vivier (5m Look de Star-Idea du Vivier-Tarass Boulba), Y-A Briand trainer/driver, 1/5 favoritge for owner Ecurie Jean-Yves Lucuyer and breeder SNC Jean-Yves Lucuyer, 10th win for 166,450 euros 2nd  Viking d'Orion (5m Jag de Bellouet-Erfa du Vivier), Mikael Cormy up, 5.3/1 3rd Vipitano (5g Love You-Prune Rouge), Dylan Garcia up, 20/1 May 30, 2014 Avenches, Grand Prix des 5 Ans Suisse, 12,284e, 2400 meters, 10 starters 1st Playboy Wind (5m In Love With You-Kattanouga), Wilhelm Paal trainer/driver, Stall Allegra Racing 2nd Vattigo (5g Gros Grain-Julia du Martza) finished second. 3rd May 29, 2014 Jagersro, ICA Malmborgs, 2140 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, 1.16.kr Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell), Linda Allercrantz up for Jerry Riordan trainer, first win in three starts by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

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

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