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Carioca de Lou (8g Jag de Bellouet-Lola de Lou), off at 12/1 odds, took today’s Quinte+ Prix du Cantal (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap at Paris-Vincennes, clocked in 1.13.6kr with Leo Abrivard at the lines for owner/breeder Christian Germain. The winner recorded his 17th career victory in 58 appearances now for 314,100€ earned. He overcame a 25-meter handicap as did second finishing Hard Times (6m Coktail Jet-Tigerlily) that trainer Jean Michel Bazire handled as the 1.4/1 favorite. The 12/1 Dorlando du Vivier (7g Orlando Vici) was third for Eric Raffin. 9/1 Charme Creolie and 12/1 Dollar Soyer completed the top five and set up an exact order payoff of 11,837.40€ to 29 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,251,439€ and over 7,141,000€ was wagered on the race. Carioco de Lou Le Trot, PMU files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today’s fine Enghien program included the Prix de Geneve (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2875 meters, 11 European starters, four-year olds) that went to 1.13.2kr timed and 1.8/1 odds Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. It was his seventh career victory in 24 starts now for 305,790€ earned. 11/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) rallied for second with Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. 1.8/1 co-favorite Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove) took third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Next up was the day’s Quinte+ race of the day, the Prix du Port de L’Alma (purse 51,000€, 2150 meters, 15 starters). The 1.12.9kr timed victory went to 4.7/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet-Glamour d’Haufor) with Charles J. Bigeon up for breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. It was the winner’s 10th career win in 46 starts now for 248,570€ in life earnings. The 1.9/1 favorite Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) held second for Eric Raffin and third was 44/1 Bel Air (8g Ganymede) handed by P-Y Verva. 12/1 Aron The Baron and 60/1 Panoramic completed the top five and it set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 128,673€ to three winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 2,982,881€ and over 6,608,881€ wagered on the race. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (purse 130,000€, 2875 meters, International UET Masters Series) saw 27/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) score from the pocket with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer J-M Bazire. Race time was 1.12.9kr as the winner scored for the 10th time in 18 starts in France. His career earnings are now 489,654. The stablemate and 4/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) held second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule. 62/1 Cash Gamble (6m Ready Cash-No Way Back) took third for Eric Raffin, ahead of 22/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) and pilot Franck Nivard. Fast class five-year olds contested the Prix de la Porte de Versailles (purse 59,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 10 starters) with victory to 1.8/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop for Germany owner Mme. M. Jauss, his fourth win in France in 11 starts, now for life earnings of 232,282€. Race time was 1.13.3kr. The 2.1/1 Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was placed second with J-M Bazire the trainer/driver. Classic Connection was second and a dq due to a miscue on the line. 18/1 Broadwell (5m Conway Hall-Boria) was placed third with Robin Bakker the pilot. Placed fourth was 28/1 Vanity Luis (5f Ideale Luis) handled by Eric Raffin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Wednesday action at Enghien highlighted two winners trained by Luc Roelens. The Prix de Saint Amard les Eaux (purse 52,000€, 28775 meters, 18 starters) went to 1.14.7kr timed and 7.10 favorite Comedy Jet (6f Jag de Bellouet-Mazarina). Franck Ouvrie teamed the Stall Markove owned mare that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. The 3.3/1 Brose du Coglais (7f Prince Gede) was a rallying second with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. The 27/1 Balade Majyc (7f Baccarat du Pont) emerged for third handled by her trainer Antoine Lherte. The Prix de l’Aigle (purse 60,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters) saw the 1.8/1 Desir Castelets (3m Quaker Jet-Ophelie Jet) scored with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Roelens. This colt now has eight career wins in 18 starts, with his 1.13.1kr score. 2/1 second choice, Dream de Lasserie (5g Orlando Vici), was second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. The 11/1 Dream Cash (5g Ready Cash-Susy Love), owned by Ecurie des Charmes, took third for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. Today at Cabourg was the Prix de Percy (purse 32,000€, 2050 meters autostart, 14 starters) and what a blanket finish it produced with 13/1 Defi Pierji (5m Rock Meslois) the winner for driver David Thomain and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Race time was 1.13.3kr.  The 118/1 outsider Daisy Team (5f Timoko-Daisy Chain) was second for owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. Ecurie D bred this one that is from the excellent broodmare Daisy Chain (1991 f, Speedy Somolli-Kravotte-Caprior), she dam of 16 foals including Kaisy Dream (by Extreme Dream), Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Kaisy Dream was a fine racehorse (shown below)and a good sire including the 2008 North American Breeders Crown winner Brigham Dream (2004 f, Kaisy Dream-Crysta’s Image-Balanced Image) that also was the Ontario Sires Gold Final winner at age three.   Kaisy Dream (FR)           h, by Extreme Dream (FR)   - Daisy Chain (FR)     At 3, Winner of Prix Kalmia, Prix Maurice de Gheest, second in Criterium des 3 ans, Criterium des Jeunes, Prix Albert Viel, Prix de l'Etoile, Prix Jacques Vauloge, third in Europeiskt Treåringschampionat. At 4, Winner of Prix de Sélection, Prix Ephrem Houel, Gran Premio d'Europa, second in Prix de Milan, Prix René Ballière, third in Prix de l'Etoile, Prix de Washington. Tomorrow we will see upper level trotting at Mons Ghlin and Paris-Vincennes. At Mons is the Grand Prix de la Toussant Belgique (purse 120,000€, 2300 meters, 16 starters). Aubrion du Gers, Valko Jenilat, Billie de Montfort and Anna Mix are expected to be at the start in this Tour Europeen Trotteur Francais final. At Vincennes is the Gr. III Prix Louis Cauchois (purse 80,000€, 2200 meters, eight starters, two year olds), with undefeated Granon Vedaquais and Gotland among the starters. The Gr. III Prix Pierre Van Troyen (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) and the Gr. III Prix Gisella (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters, three year olds males). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Two Group I contests were featured on the Saturday Paris-Vincennes card. The Prix de Normandie (monte, Gr. I, 240,000€ purse, 3000 meters, 12 starters) saw 5.3/1 Durzie (5f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) score timed in 1.13.9kr for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard.  Ecurie Augustin-Normand owns the now eight-time winner in 27 starts for 404,100€ earned. 9/1 Dryade du Parc (5f Ludo de Castelle-Orelia d’Ecublei) was second for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Pierrick Cellier. The 9/10 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) took third for Camille Levesque, riding for trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque. The co-featured Prix de l’Etoile (Gr. I, 240,000€ purse, 2200 meters, 10 starters) went to 5/10 favorite Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) with trainer J-M Bazire up for breeder/owner Albert Rayon. Timed in 1.10.8kr the winner now has 10 wins in 26 outings for 627,110€ earned for his career, 12/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and Scuderia Bivans SRL. The breeder was Ecurie Dream With Me. Third home was 13/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire. Several other upper class events took place including the Quinte+ Prix de Moulins la Manche (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) where 13/1 Auch (8g Niky-Migraine) scored in 1.12.8kr for Damien Bonne and trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. The 14/1 Lover Face (10g Love You), 3/2 favorite Vertige de Chenu (9g Lynx de Bellouet), 13/1 Blues des Laidiers (7g Phlegyas) and 7.7/1 Attaque Parisienne (8f Hulk des Champs) completed the top five. The Q+ exact order payoff was 5,282.40€ Full Of Charm (3m Texas Charm-Ushuaia) took the Prix de Bagneres (monte, 50,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) timed in 1.16.1kr with Eric Raffin in the irons for owner/trainer Julien Dubois. Ecurie D bred this now three-time winner in five starts for 66,850€ earned. The even-money favorite bested Didji Gepe and France d’Anama. Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) took the Prix de Montelimar (purse 65,000€, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) off at 1.4/1 odds and with Bjorn Goop up for Sebastien Guarato, the trainer for Scuderia Bivans. This one has now five wins in six starts for 84,150€ earned. Ids Boko (3g From Above) was second for Robin Bakker, ahead of 34/1 Feliciano (3m Ready Cash) for Eric Raffin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The good Monday card at Paris-Vincennes included the Apprentice Prix Andre Rouer (monte, purse 70,000€. 2850 meters, 15 starters). The 11/1 odds Al Capone Jet (8m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Morgane) scored clocked in 1.14.3kr with Louis Jublot up for trainer Pierre Coignard and owner J.L. Feray. Jean Etienne Dubois bred the now winner of 400,480€. 9/2 Art d’Erable (8g Coktail Jet) was second for Arthur Rebeche ahead of 15/1 Butch Cassidy and 1.3/1 favorite Union de Bellande. The Gr. II Prix Ceneri Forcind (purse 120,000€, 2175 meters, 10 monte starters) went to 1.11.8kr timed and 2.2/1 second- favorite Elladora de Forgan (4f Gazoulillis-Hamcina) with Franck Nivard in the irons. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for S.J. Dupont. 3.4/1 Exotica de Retz (4f Prodigious-Quayaya) was second with Mme. D. Beuafils Ernault up for trainer Sebastian Ernault and breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes.  The 1.4/1 favorite Etonnant (4m Timoko-Migraine) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Richard Westerink. Eye Of the Storm was a dq, off at 11/1 odds. On the weekend (Saturday) was the V75 Gold at Solanget (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) with the upset 14.5/1 victory to 1.12.1kr timed Dreammoko (5m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) with Peter Peter Ingves up for trainer Richard Westerink. 3/1 Makethemark (5m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 1.7/1 favorite Diamanten (5m Adrian Chip-Iata Kill-Ata Star L) driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Stig H. Johansson. On Sunday the VG Norskt Travderby (2600 meters autostart, purse 45.295.000Nok) was held at Bjerke Norway. The 1.13.5kr timed victory was earned by 7.8/1 odds Gretsky BR (4m Quite Easy-Metion Missy-Tagliabue) handled by Magnus Teien Gundersen. 7.5/1 Zelov (4m Love You-Global Tooma) took second for Asljorn Tengsareid, ahead of the 8.4/1 Spidertman TG (4g Crediot Winner-Arisane-Lindy Lane) reined by Geir Vegard Gundersen. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

October 21, 2017 - Today’s marathon Gr. III International Grand Prix de la Ville de Caen (purse €80,000, 4400 meters distance handicap, 18 International starters), also the Q+ race of the day, went to 10/1 Uniflosa Bella (9f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Bella) that overcame a 25 meter handicap to win for Eric Raffin. Timed in 1.15.1kr the J.P. Marmion owned trainee, bred by Remi Boucret, recorded her 23rd career win in 83 outings for €640,440 earned. Second finishing Val Royal (8m Capriccio-Quar du Rib), also penalized 25 meters at the start, set the pace throughout for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and gamely held on at 6.4/1. The 3/2 favorite Cantin de l’éclair and 2.1/1 Traders were misque dq’s. 22.4/1Alienor de Godrel (7f Orlando Vici-Julietta) was third this day for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Ecurie AB Trot. 19/1 Visconti (8g Magnificent Rodney) was fourth for trainer/driver Franck Nivard, this one also 25 meter handicapped. 50 meter handicapped and 131/1 Athena de Vandel (7f Prince Gede-Maclia de Vandel) landed the fifth sport for Mathieu Mottier. Longshots continued in the Prix de Champcerie (purse €46,000, 2200 meters autostart, 18 starters) at Caen with victory earned by 48.4/1 Valea MIP (8f Ganymede-Javotte Ducale) reined by Alexandre Ramage for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie MIP, The 1.12.4kr timed winner defeated 182/1 Blooma d’Heripre (6f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta Por Favor) and teamster Anthony Menager and trainer Gregory Horel. Third went to 13.8/1 Athos des Volos (7m Lynx de Bellouet-Penelope des Volos) handled by Eric Raffin, 3/1 Bolt was a misque dq. At Orebro SWE today was the Express Gaxe raced over 2100 meters autostart for 150,000SEK first money. What was billed as a FR prep for Nuncio turned into a stunning defeat. Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) scored in gate to wire fashion from post six, driven by trainer Johan Untersteiner for Invexbro AB, breeder/owner. The 12.5/1 shot bested pocket sitter Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) with Christoffer Eriksson up and 10.5/1 I Love Paris (7f Steinlager-Marie Dulcinea-Egyptian Gentleman) rallied three wide in the last quarter and earned third for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Nuncio has post one and was away fourth on the pegs before moving first over after 400 meters. He stayed second on the outer thereafter for Stefan Melander before stalling in the final bend and through the lane, ending fifth. Race time was 1.12.3kr off even fractions, the 1500 meter mark time was 1.12.2kr and the 1000 was 1.12.9kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 21, 2017 - Uniflosa Bella (9f Jag de Ballouet-Koctiflosa Gede) took Sunday’s 5th Leg of the Trophee Vert, this one at Niort, in France in the form of the Prix du Credit Mutuel (purse €45,000, 3575 meters distance handicap, turf course). The 1.17.9kr timed winner was reined by Antoine Wiels and overcame a 50 meter penalty for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. The winning mare secured her 22nd career win now for €545,690 earned. 50 meter handicapped Tresor Wic (10m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) was second for pilot Florian Joseph and trainer Laurent Simon. 25 meter penalized Bingo d’Attacques (6m Pomerol de Lauman-Lady de la Roche) was home third for reinsman Gabriel Gelormini. The Trophee Vert series brings quality trotting to more rural communities and is well attended by enthusiastic race-goers. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 4, 2017 - The Prix d’Alencon (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine European monte starters) began the Saturday Paris-Vincennes harness racing program and it went to 1.13.6kr timed and 10.4/1 odds Shadow Gar (6f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) with jockey Franck Nivard up, for trainer H.E. Bondo and Scuderia Erodi di Gubellini of Italy. 2.2/1 Catalogne (6f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Jabadie) was second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 17.1/1 Belle Louise Mabon (6f Derby du Gite-Nefertiti Mabon) for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Yves Dreux. The Gr. II Prix Louisle Bourg (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, ten monte starters) produced a rallying victory for 3/2 favorite Durzie (5f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Ecurie Augustin-Normand. 6.1/1 Dominator Blond (4m Kenor de Cosse-Orchidee Blonde) was second for Damien Bonne and third was 11.6/1 Dahlia du Rib (4m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) for jockey Alexis Collette, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, the breeder/owner. The Q+ Prix Maurepas (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.14.8kr timed and 2.8/1 Carla Love (5f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnas) for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire. 14.6/1 Calencia (5f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. 6.8/1 Clea Madrik (5f Prince d’Espace-Paisy Tivoli) took third for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Benoit Robin. The next two finishers were off at 19/1 and 50/1 odds respectively. The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, nine starters) went to a game front-ending 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for owner Frederic Sauque. Arlington now has 12 wins in 48 starts for €464,650 earned. 14.1/1 Alpha Saltor (7m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) rallied for second ridden by Matthieu Abrivard and third was 10.9/1 Texas de l’Iton (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee) for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Hughes Levesque. 10.3/1 odds Venezia de Mai (8f Prodigious-Iomoe de Tesse) took the Prix de Montsoreau (purse €66,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) timed in 1.12.9kr. The barefoot winner was reined by Nicolas Mortagne. 3.2/1 Monas Invercote (8f Vikings Kronos-Monas Speranza) was second, beaten a neck for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Third was 14/1 Un Cher Ami (9g Jag de Bellouet-Olygarchy) for Mathieu Daougabel. The featured Prix de Selection (Gr. I, purse €240.000, 2200 meters distance handicap, nine starters) went to 1.11.4kr timed and 47.4/1 odds Discours Joyeaux (4m Goetmals Wood-Quelle Copine). Racing barefoot for Damien Bonne, the winner is trained by Thierry Raffegeau for owner J.Y. Roze. 25.6/1 Dreammoko (4m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, and trainer Richard Westerink, also trainer/owner of the champion Timoko. 20.4/1 Black d’Avril (6m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) took third reined by J-M Bazire for trainer Frederic Prat. 2/1 favorite Carat Williams was fourth ahead of fifth finishing Doberman. Thomas H. Hicks

January 22, 2017 - 3.2/1 second choice Bellissima France (6f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) tracked the pace before making a strong move in the lane to wear down 18.8/1 Tornade du Digeon (10f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) to win the harness racing Gr. I Monte Prix de Cornulier (purse €700,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) at Vincennes. Owner/trainer/jockey Matthieu Abrivard piloted Bellissima France to a 1.13kr victory, well off the 1.12kr record set by Quif de Villeneuve. Tornade du Digeon raced gamely for Eric Raffin, trainer J-M Bazire and owner J-Y Roze. 1.7/1 Bilibili (6m Niky-Quetty du Donjan) was third for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon. 8.6/1 Attentionally (7f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was fourth for David Thomain and breeder/owner/trainer Paul Viel, ahead of 4.7/1 Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) for Anthony Barrier, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. The exceptional event also honored last year’s winner Scarlet Turgot and her connections. She was on display pre-race and will be bred to Ready Cash in 2017. Prix De Cornulier 2017 - Bellissima France (M. Abrivard)   Thomas H. Hicks  

January 21, 2017 - Today’s Gr. II Prix Pardieu (harness racing monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to Durzie (4f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) at 6.7/1 odds with Alexandre Abrivard up. L.Cl. Abrivard trains this one for Ecurie Augustin Normand. 1.8/1 Darlhey du Rib (4f Ganymede-Quille Castelets) was second for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, respected monte trainer Joel Hallais and owner Ecurie Rib. 18/1 Dona Maza (4f Jag de Bellouet-Rczyana) was third in a photo for Damien Bonne, trainer Sebastian Ernault and Ecurie de Maza. Fractions were quick and steady (1.12.2kr at 1500 to go; 1.12.2kr at the 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500 remaining, 1.13.4kr finish). The Quinte+ Prix Brest (Gr. III purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) went to 12.4/1 Ustie Haufor (9f Niky-Lara du Houlbet) in a late surge for Charles J. Bigeon, and breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. 1.4/1 favorite Avenir de Blay (7g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) held second for owner/trainer/driver Tony LeBeller and fast-rallying 32/1 Rod Stewart (7m Love You-Valley Lane) was third with Gabriel Gelormini teaming for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Graziano Ceccaroni. The winner was timed in 1.14.2kr off steady fractions (1.15.7kr at 1500 to go; 1.14.8kr at 1000 remaining; 1.14.5kr at the 500). The Gr. III Prix PMU Lyon/Prix de Pornichet (purse €78,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) was won by 6.2/1 Uno Dancer (9g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) in rein to Antoine Dabouis for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and breeder/owner Josette Boivin. 3.3/1 Volcan de Bellande (8g Magnificent Rodney-Etoile de Bellande) was second for Mlle. Noemie Hardy and 10.8/1 Verveine du Mony (8f Orlando Vici-Douala) was third for Mlle. Audrey Laroche, trainer Franck Blandin and Ecurie AB Trot. Yesterday at Vincennes was the Prix de Beaucourt (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) and the 1.14.1kr winner was 11.5/1 Coffee Look d’Eam (5g Look de Star-Nidra Pierji) with Anthony Barrier aboard. Second was 4/5 favorite Cash And Go (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet), the full brother to Bold Eagle, reined by Franck Nivard for Sebastien Guarato (trainer) and owner Pierre Pilarski. 11.2/1 Coco Flanel (5g Kaiser Soze-Organza Jet) held third for Yoann Lebourgeois. Thomas H. Hicks

Sebastien Ernault piloted 4/1 Vittel de Brevol (7m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol) to victory in today’s harness racing Quinte+ Grand Prix de la Ville de Cabourg (purse €56,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) timed in 1.13.6kr. Ernault also trains the winner that defeated  4.8/1 Andaloise (6f Tenor de Baune-Mosaique) with Tony LeBeller up with third to 4.7/1 Lover Face (8g Love You-Ambru OK) and teamster Pierre Levesque for trainer Sebastian Souloy. Vulcain, Tiger Danover and favorite Vibourg completed the top six in the competitive field. Monte performers contested the Prix Fandango (purse €53,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) with victory to 4.7/1 Baraka d’Henlou (5f Diamant Gede-Laura d’Etangville) with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard for Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Gildo Carnesecca. 1.2/1favorite Botido (5g L’As de Neige-Otida) took second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Denise Mottier. 141/1 Tomik A La Bruyere (9g Chef du Chatelet-Great Winner) landed third in this event that was clocked in 1.13.7kr. At Pornichet the Prix du Bar PMU “Le Murat” Saint-Nazaire (purse €24,000, 2725 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.19.3kr timed 1.1/1 favorite Drakkar Delo (3m Texas Charm-Utanema Didef) with Alexandre Abrivard aboard for L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Ecurie RMC 2015. 17/1 Dard Roc (3m Roc Meslois-Mutme Marceaux) was second and 13/1 Damien Rouge Phi (3g Rancho Gede-Elvire d’Arlau)  was third. 5/2 second choice Delano (3m Ganymede-Perle d’Aunou) was fourth for Julian Dubois. Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s trotting excellence continued at Paris-Vincennes with three groupe contests and a quality harness racing undercard. The featured Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue, a Gr. III event for monte specialists over 2700 meters, saw a field of ten vying for the €120,000 purse. 30/1 Tornado Bello (9m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) recorded a narrow rallying victory for Camille Levesque timed in 1.12.8kr. The Thomas Levesque trainee bested 3/10 favorite Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. This gallant mare is trained by Yannick Alain Briand for Mme. Th. Hoste, the owner. 22/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) garnered the third spot for Eric Raffin and trainer J-M Bazire. The opener for monte practitioners was the Prix de Rennes (purse €45,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) and 17/1 More Caviar (6m Mr. Pine Chip-More Impulse) earned the win for P-Y Verna, trainer Arnold J. Mollema and Draviet Stable of Holland. 20/1 Urzo du Cap Vert (8g Sancho Panca-Jalna Grandchamp) was second for trainer/jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir with 29/1 Ubac (8g Lynx de Bellouet-Kazaria du Val) third on the pegs for Franck Nivard. The Q+ this day was the Prix Jean Gabin (purse €64,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 1.4/1 favorite Unbridled Charm (8m Password-Intense Action) prevailed with the 1.13.5kr score driven by Jean-Philippe Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 6/1 Veritable Crack (7g Little Crack-Vavale Somolli) was second for Christophe Martens ahead of 74/1 Team Job (9g Buvetier d’Aunou-Just Love-Coktail Jet) for teamster Pierre Vercruysse, 16/1 Ulf du Noyer and 32/1 Venus de Bailly were next across the line. Uza Josselyn (5m L’As de Viretaute-Hada), the 3/5 favorite with trainer J-M Bazire driving, took the Gr. III Prix du Perreux (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters). Timed in 1.12.4kr Uza Josselyn is owned by Yvan Bernard and scored by a length. 33/1 Styaro Haly (5m Make It Happen-Irene Bi) took second for Christophe Martens with 7/1 El Catwalk (5f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) third for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The fourth and fifth finishers were 5/1 Montdore (6m Love You-Self Made Woman) driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and 14/1 Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanadia) for driver Tony LeBeller and trainer Bergh. The Gr. II Prix du Gatinais (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to the 7/10 odds favorite, 1.13.3kr clocked, Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Itiana du Mont) with Franck Nivard driving. This Fabrice Souloy trainee defeated stablemate Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) and Eric Raffin, this one off at 7.1/ 83/1 outsider Seduisant Fonteau (10m Gazouillis-Elisalde) was third for Ch. Dreux. Thomas H. Hicks  

8.8/1 Banquiere (5m Quopeck-Ile d’Emerade) won today’s Prix Elma at Enghien for a purse of €50,000 over 2875 meters. 15 rivals contested the event timed in 1.16.1kr. 2.3/1 Bilfie de Guez (5f Vivaldi de Chenu-Quefie) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire ahead of 10/1 Betsy du Quenne (5f Quaker Jet-Mon Egerie) for David Thomain. The Prix de Montsalvy (purse €38,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters) went to 87.2/1 Douce Ligneries (3f Love You-Ouragane) timed in 1.18.2kr for trainer/driver Bruno Marfigliano. 2.5/1 Difa Girl (3f Love You-Rifa Rainbow) was second for J-Ph Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G, Poulsen-Allaire. 17/1 Daliemosa (3f Kaiser Soze-Jaldemosa) ended third for David Thomain. Also at Enghien the €37.000 Prix de l’Authie over 2150 meters autostart drew 13 starters and the 1.1.1kr winner was 2.7/1 City Sees (4f Sam Bourbon-Dolly du Buisson) over 6.4/1 Comete (4f Niky-l’Aventuriere) for Mathieu Abrivard. Third was 5.3/1 Chimere du Goutier (4f Kaisy Dream-Queen Bourbon) for Cl. Duvaldestin and Ecurie Saint Martin. At La Croise Laroche the Prix de Beaupreau (purse €18,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 1.4/1 favorite Crossroads (4m Quaker Jet-Modesty) timed in 1.17.3kr for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin and Ecurie Bresil. 45/1 Claudius Servinois was second with 15/1 Caravaggio (4m Quaker Jet-Nicotera) third for Julien Raffestin and Ecurie Mexique Ranch. The Prix de Verdun at La Croise Laroche went for €30,000 over 2700 meters autostart. 16 rivals battled with the 1.14kr win to 3.9/1 Apollpn de Kacy (m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kyles) with owner/trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm aboard. 4.8/1 Tiennov and 1.4/1 Vivaldi chased the winner to the line. At Mariendorf Berlin the Prix Berthe Morisot (purse €5,000, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to the 1.16.9kr winner 28.6/1 Amigo Kievitshof (9g Jag de Bellouet-Armbro Pagan) for owner/trainer/driver Andre Schiller. 28.8/1 Dolomit R was second for Norbert Bierman ahead of 7/10 favorite Fiobana driven by Thorsten Tietz. Friday evening’s top race was the Gr. III Prix de Joinville le Pont (purse €80,000, 2925 meters, 14 starters) at Cagnes-sur-mer. The 3/1 favorite Ugo du Nieul (8m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Harmoinie de Nieul) scored in 1.13.1kr for Romain Derieux, trainer/driver foir D.J. Rousseau, the owner. 11/1 Vicomte Boufarcaux (7m Oh James-Olympe du Boufard) was second for Gabriele Gelormini ahead of 15/1 Truman Dairpet (9g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Favored 1.7/1 Sid finished ninth. Nicolas Ensch was been named to the FR driving team in an upcoming contest against Team America that will kickoff at Yonkers Raceway in March. Also at Cagnes-sur-mer the Prix Radisson Blu Nice (purse €44,000, 2925 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.16.4kr timed winner the 5.5/1 Altea de Piencourt (f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Moonlight Disques) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. 2.4/1 Bently de Raconis (5g Repeat Love-Bodomie) was scond for trainer Nicolas Emsch and owner Antonio De Sousa. 7.8/1 Bolide de la Cote (5g Quatre Juillet-Scarlet Pride) was third for trainer/driver Cl-A Mary. Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris has been moved to race six with off time of 10:20am US eastern time. The sports world will be watching Bold Eagle in his quest for the FR Triple Crown. Thomas H. Hicks

December 28, 2015 - David Thomain teamed 27/1 Vida du Vivier (6f Jeanbat du Vivier-Numiva du Vivier) to victory in Monday’s Prix de Neuville Pont-Pierre (purse €48,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+) at Paris-Vincennes. The 1.14.5kr winner defeated 3.8/1 Valentine’s Day (6f Carpe Diem-Heie du Bauvatier) for trainer/driver G. Houel and third finishing 4.6/1 Valse du Pirai (6f Essaim Laurent-Kesmeralda) for Michel Lenoir and owner/trainer G-A Lachemi. The featured €70,000 Prix de Beaumont-de-Lomagne (2175 meters, 10 monte female starters) went to the Mathieu Abrivard trained and ridden Bellissima France at 3.2/1 odds. This four year-old daughter of Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun-Kiwi scored in 1.13.1kr for owner L.D.M Abrivard. Second dam of the winner is Kantara Sun by Beautiful Somolli. 2.1/1 Bixenta du Gers (4f Quinoa du Gers-Seventy Seven) took second for Alexandre Abrivard aboard for owner/trainer J-M Bazire. 31/1 Baraka du Rib (4f Coktail Jet-Ornatis) was third for jockey J.L. Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. The €52,000 Prix de Chambord (2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to the 1.13.1kr timed, 3/2 favorite After River (5f Quaker Jet-Oguss de la Merite) reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 14/1 Alexane d’Urzy (5f Coktail Jet-Oree Bourbon) was a good second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Augustin Normand. 94/1 Ariane d’Arry (5f Oyonnax-Pensee d’Array) landed third. Three year-old females contested the €54,000 Prix du Merlerault (2100 meters autostart, 12 participants) with that 1.14.2kr victory earned by 12.5/1 Castafiore (3f Jag de Bellouet-Nicia du Tija) and driver F-P Brossuet, trainer J-B Bossuet and Ecurie Tenor. 4.1/1 Comtesse du Chene (3f Quaker Jet-Imperiale du Chene) closed stoutly for second for Pierre Vercruysse and third went  to 21/1 Class Petteviere (3f Repeat Love-Noce Petteviniere). Thomas H. Hicks  

November 25, 2015 - Lutfi Kolgjini’s trainee Maffioso Face (6g Revenue-Nouchka) took today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.3 million) Prix de la Camarque (purse €62,000, 2700 meters, 18 European entrants) timed in 1.13.7kr for teamster Mathieu Abrivard. The 3.7/1 odds winner held along the pegs to defeat fast closing 10/1 Vasco de Viette (6g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) reined by Eric Raffin with third to 17/1 Victor de Levres (6f Lontzac-Eva Lina) and driver Anthony Barrier. Tell Me No Lies and Va Et Vient finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 3 Maffioso Face SWE M. Abrivard Folk&Fä HB Lutfi Kolgjini 2ème 5 Vasco de Viette E. Raffin Mme B. Chaudemanche F. Lercier 3ème 7 Victoire de Lèvres A. Barrier Ecurie de Neret F. Provost 4ème 12 Tell Me No Lies SWE F. Nivard KLV Holding AB F. Souloy 5ème 14 Va et Vient D. Thomain J. Coupez C. Nicole  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.300.000 € - Numéro plus : 0557     Ordre :       6.830,00€     Désordre :       136,60€     Bonus 4 :       24,00€     Bonus 4sur5 :       12,00€     Bonus 3 :       8,00€                     Two year-olds contested two divisions of the Prix des Gnemones each for a purse of €35,000 over 2200 meters. The A division had 13 starters with 6.7/1 Diva du Mouchel (2f The Best Madrik-Perle  du Mouchel) emerging victorious for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Edin clocked in 1.17.5kr. 24/1 Diana du Chatelet (2f Real de Lou-Tirade du Chatelet) was a close second ahead of 5/2 favorite Delmonica Vet (2f So Lovely Girl-Harmonie Chery) handled by trainer Bertrand Le Beller The B division saw 12 entrants at the start and the 1.19kr winner was 2.2/1 odds Daylight Jet (2f Jag de Bellouet-Ocarina Jet) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse aboard for owner Jean-Etienne Dubois. 3.6/1 Dream Filly (2f Tucson-Nectarine) was second in the win photo for Eric Raffin ahead of 5.1/1 Dochine de Hovelle (2f Gazouillis-Olita de Kefrauso) with Franck Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. Dam of the winner, Ocarina Jet, is a 2002 daughter of Coktail Jet-Hermine Jet-Buvetier d’Aunou. She also has produced Norman Jet 1:57.1 (US$227,919) and two other winners of in excess of US$63,000. It’s also the maternal family of Abercrombie 1:56.3 (US$488,279), Camino 1:56.2 (US$1,168,559) and Gobernador 1:54.1 (US$996,594). Prior day (Tuesday) at Paris-Vincennes was the €58,000 purse Prix Lachesis (2200 meters, 15 starters) and 1.6/1 favorite Akayama (5f Prodigious-Hirosaka) took victory in 1.15.6kr for David Thomain and trainer Alain Roussel. 7.3/1 Action Partage (5f Opium-Loumana Flor) was second for driver Pierre Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Daniele Gozlan. 33/1 Agrippa Mesloise (5f Jasmin de Flore-Jessces Mesloise took the third spot. A solid card at Vincennes awaits fans on Thursday featuring the €90,000 monte Prix  de L’Ile de Re over 2850 meters with 20 contestants. Thomas H. Hicks  

Romanesque (5m Love You-Guantanamera) with trainer Christophe Martens aboard took today’s featured Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Gr. II, €150,000 purse, 2875 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.15.3kr. This 3.1/1 odds winner is owned by Ecurie Rompus REF and defeated even-money favorite Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 7/2 Vinci de l'Abba’e (6m Otello Pierji-Kyboumette) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire with fourth and fifth to 22/1 veteran mare Roxanne Grif and 52/1 Pascia’Lest. Duke of Greenwood was scratched. The Quinte+ Prix de l’Union de la Presse Hippique (€52,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2150 meters autostart) went to the 1.12.5kr winner Ulexa des Plans (7f Jag de Bellouet-Lola Dessut) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Philippe Daugeard. The winner, off at 6.6/1, defeated 0.5/1 favorite and pacesetter  Going For Gold ZAZ (7m Scarlet Knight-Sprite ZAZ) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Third was 36/1 Succes de Vaux (9g Edson Tilly-Idole de Branard) for trainer/owner M.G. Baron. The Gr. III Prix de l’Association Nat des Turfistes (€85,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 starters) went to 0.8/1 favorite Bird Parker (4m Ready Cash-Belisha) with Joseph Verbeeck at the lines. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for owner Elisabeth Allaire and was clocked in 1.14.9kr. He scored with a steady stretch-long drive that caught 2.4/1 Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette), trained by Sebastien Guarato and reined by Eric Raffin, with third to 16/1 Bardane du Houlbet (4f Jet Fortuna-Hagu du Houlbet) for driver/trainer R.Ch. Larue. The Gr. III other division of the Prix de la Federation Nat des Turfistes (€80,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters) went to the 1.12.4kr winner 41.8/1 odds Adelia de Melodie (5f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) for teamster Franck Ouvrie and trainer St. Meunier. 16/1 Tiger Woods As (5m Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip) was second at 16/1 for driver Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort with third to 1.9/1 Red Rose America (5f Varenne-Armbro Voice) with J-M Bazire up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Favorite at 1.7/1 was Akido and driver Franck Nivard and this pair ended fourth. On August 11 at Cesena the Breeders Course (Premio Allvamento Folli Srl) for two year-olds (purse €14,300, 1660 meters autostart) went to Ultimo Sogno (2m Gruccione Jet-Giamaica-Indro Park) clocked in 1.17.1kr with second to Ulisse LL (2m Allison Hollow-Vincenza Gius). Sire of the winner is a son of Pine Chip from Petite Victory, she by Valley Victory from Petite Evander. Thomas H. Hicks

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