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The grande mare Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) rallied late past the leaders to win the Gr. II Grand Prix de Bourgogne at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes today (purse 110,000€, 2100 meters autostart) with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. Billie was off at 16/1 and she recorded career victory 19 in 100 starts now for 2,082,981€ earned. She earlier earned an Amerique ticket with a third in the Bourbonnais. Sebastien Guarato trains Billie for breeder/owner Philippe Dauphin. The well-traveled mare raced during the summer in the Tour European and raced well at Kouvala, Mons, Wolvega, Avenches, Son Pardo, Gelsenchirchen and Montegiorgio. This day 16/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) was second for Junior Guelpa, her trainer, and gained an Amerique invite. 3.8/1 Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) also earned a ticket with his third-place finish with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. The 11/1 Uza Josslyn (8g Love You-Teza Josselyn) rallied wide for fourth with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Rene Aebischer. 2.1/1 favorite Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was used hard from post eight to gain a seat third on the pegs briefly, before pilot Eric Raffin sent him to the lead. The Eagle led by four length turning into the stretch and weakened mid-stretch to end fifth. The 70/1 Carat Williams and 96/1 Lookiing Superb completed the top seven. Ringostarr Treb, Tessy d’Ete and Activated were dq’s. Belina Josselyn showed nothing and finished 12th with Davidson du Pont home 10th. To watch the race, click here.  The Grand Prix d'Amerique qualifiers now number 10: Davidson du Pont – Bretagne Chica de Joudes Looking Superb Delia du Pommereux – Bourbonnais Bold Eagle Billie de Montfort - Bourgogne Excellent – Tenor de Baune Face Time Bourbon – Criterium Continental Bahia Quesnot – Bourgogne Vivid Wise As - Bourgogne The GP Bourgogne was the day’s Quinte+ race of the day and there were 33 winning exact order tickets each worth 28,633.20€. The Q+ pool exceeded 5.65€ million and over 11.35€ was wagered on the race – all pools. Chica de Joudes wins Prix de Bar-le-Duc   The already Amerique qualified Chica de Joudes (7f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love-Love You) took today’s 80,000€ Prix Bar-le-Duc at Vincennes, raced over 2850 meters distance handicapped. This one overcame a 25-meter penalty to score in 1.13.3kr for owner/trainer/driver Alain Laurent, her 15th career victory now for 606,870€ earned. Dostoievski (6g Ganymede) was a close second for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB with third to stablemate Dayana Berry (6f Scipion du Goutier) handled by owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Cash du Rib (7g Ready Cash) and Capitaine France (7g Modern Jazz) completed the top five. The Gr. III monte Prix Yvonnick Bodin (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters) saw Coach Franbleu (7g Prince d’Espace-Olydra) rally down the middle top victory timed in 1.12.8kr. Florent Guerineau was the jockey for trainer/owner Franck Leblanc as the Coach won for the 13th time in his career and raised career earnings to 564,139€. Carly (7g Rolling d’Heripre) held second for Maxime Tijou and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious) was third for Adrien Ernault and trainer Sebastien Ernault. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The gallant mare Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort), off at 1.1/1 odds as the favorite, took today’s Grand Prix de la Toussaint (purse 120,000€, 2300 meters autostart, 13 starters) which was the Tour Europeen Trotteur Francais Finale, held at Hippodrome Wallonmie (Mons Ghlin). Race time was 1.12.3kr as Billie recorded her 18th career victory in 96 starts, now for 2,010,221€ earned. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee that is owned by breeder Philippe Dauphin. The 40/1 Blues d’Ourville (8g Password-Pursuit of Charm) took second for Benjamin Rochard, trainer Virginie Moquet and owner Damiel Marcon. Third was another Guarato trainee, the 7.9/1 Eridan (5m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout), with Hugo W. Langeweg Jr. at the lines for owner Philippe Dewulf. It was a fine racing weekend for trainer Guarato following last evening’s Breeders Crown victory with Bold Eagle in Canada.                On the undercard was the  Grand Prix des Geniteurs (purse 35,000€, 2300 meters autostart, 16 three year olds) and 2.2/1 Miss Moneypenney (3f Varenne-Cecile du Caillou) scored timed in 1.15.6kr for trainer/driver J.P. Van Den Putte for the Triumph Stable. The 9/1 Mateo de Reve (3m Silver Pierji)  was second for Luc Roelens and 11/1 Mya du Calvaire (3f Sugar Trader) took third for Hanna Huygens. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The grand mare Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) scored at 4.3/1 at Gelsenkirchen Germany in the 50,000€ purse fourth leg of the Tour European Trotteur Francais. Raced over 2600 meters autostart the raced was named the Grand Prix Gelsenkirchen and Billie, with Hugo Langeweg Jr. at the lines, recorded her 16th career victory in 76 starts now for 1,766,816€ earned. Race time was 1.13.3kr for the Sebastien Guarato trainee that is owned by breeder Philippe Dauphin. She has posted a series second at Wolvega and Son Pardo and fourth at Avenches before today. Billie defeated a Guarato stablemate and 7/10 favorite Valko Jenilat (9m Kepler-Perle de Roc) that Dauphin bred and Guy Chaumont now owns, with Eric Raffin aboard. 2.4/1 Anna Mix (8f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) took third for Loic Guinoiseau and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. 41/1 Ultimate du Rib (10g Dahir de Prelong) was fourth. Beau Gamin was scratched. The undercard showcased the Prix Moet & Chandon (purse 10,000€, 2600 meters, eight starters) with the 5/10 favorite El Magnifico (4g Tucson-Nigella) home first timed in 1.14.4kr with trainer Robbin Bot driving. Stall Cortina owns the winner that bested 4/1 Birdy de Neuilly (7g Quentocky) and driver Eric Raffin, for trainer Johan Bot and Stall de Groningers. The 6.8/1 Apocha Jeloca (8g Memphis du Rib) was third handled by Jaap Van Rijn. The Wettstar (purse 3,500€, 2000 meters autostart, 12 starters) brought out some well-bred performers, with victory to 5/10 favorite Free Bird (3m Ready Cash-Zandra Sib) handled by Michael Nimczyk, timed in 1.16.2kr. The victory was the third straight for the winner, that snapped a two race win streak of second finishing L'Amicus (4g Love You) reined by Robbin Bot. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

January 10, 2017 - Tuesday’s Quinte+ Prix du Limousin (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) was at Paris-Vincennes and was won by 6.6/1 Viking Madrik (8g Jasmin de Flore-Keltry d’Occagnes) timed in 1.15.2kr for Gabriel Gelormini, driving for harness racing owner/trainer Yannick-Alain Briand). 1.8/1 Ange de Lune (7g Laetenter Diem-Kera Elle) landed the second spot for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 10.7/1 Alf de Melandre (7g Panache de l’Hon-Luciole de Bisoir) and driver Franck Nivard. The same day 4/5 favorite Class Action (5f Scipion du Goutier-Nepeta) and reinsman J-M Bazire took the Prix de Ribeauville (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) timed in 1.14.7kr. Ch. Dreaux is owner/trainer of the winner that defeated 10.6/1 Circe Le Chesnaie (5f Repeat Love-Gitance de Billeron) handled by Genny Delaune for trainer Sebastian Guarato and Scuderia Bivans SRL. 52.6/1 Coral Sea (5f Niky-Quest For Love) and Alexandre Abrivard was third for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Prior day (Monday) at Paris-Vincennes provided several interesting winners. The Prix d’Etrepagny (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) was won by 1.13.7kr timed, 3.4/1 odds, barefoot, Corenzo Turbo (5m Ganymede-Poesie de Vigne) with J-M Bazire. 9/2 Clever Lymm (5m Korean-Oquidia) and reinsman Franck Nivard was second. The top two finishers are trained by Ph. Billard. 1.1/1 favorite Cleangame (5g Ouragan de Celland-Red Bull) was third for Eric Raffin. In the €85,000 purse Prix de Villedieu (monte, 2700 meters, eight starters) the 1.2/1 Broardo (6g Niky-Proadayna) was victorious timed in 1.15.3kr for jockey Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Vincent Martens and Ecurie Olmenhof. Later in the program the 4/5 favorite Detroit Castelets (4m Neoh Jiel-Rosanna Bonheur) scored victorious for Franck Ouvrie, trainer J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luck. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 21, 2016 - 3.8/1 Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) won today’s Paris-Vincennes featured Gr. II monte Prix Edmond Henry (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) clocked in 1.14.6kr. David Thomain piloted the winner for trainer/owner/breeder Paul Viel. 2.9/1 Astor du Quenne (6m Opus Viervil-Qualinka du Quenne) was a close second for jockey Damien Bonne, trainer Sebastian Guarato and Haras de la Coquenne, the breeder/owner. 41/1 Alpha Saltor (6m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) took third with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. 2.4/1 favorite Begum Fromentro was fifth in this contest for five-six year-olds, excluding geldings. The Q+ Prix de Montignac-Charente (purse €88,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.13.5kr timed and 5.4/1 odds Unice de Guex (8f Capriccio-Eau Blanche) with trainer J-M Bazire aboard. Ecurie Vautors owns the winner. 11/1 Alienor de Godrel (6f Orlando Vici-Julietta), owned by Ecurie AB Trot, was second with trainer Franck Anne the driver. 9.9/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) was third for David Thomain, Ecurie Pirat and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 85/1 Anette du Mirel and 18/1 Duke of Greenwood were fourth ands fifth. The 7/10 favorite Call Me Keeper was unplaced. Thomas H. Hicks

Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) won today’s Gr. III Prix Georges Dreux for harness racing monte performers at Vincennes racing barefoot. The €105,000 purse event has nine starters. The winner, with David Thomain up for trainer/breeder/owner Paul Viel, was timed in 1.13.1kr and was off at 7.6/1 odds. 6.6/1 Amour Fou (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nice Star) was second with Franck Nivard in the irons for Thierry Raffegeau trainer and owner J-Y Roze. 1.7/1 favorite Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) was third for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Y-A Briand. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrmJ1BlBgpQ Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Moulins la Marche (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) and the 1.15.1kr timed victory went to 4.2/1 Univers de Daidou (8g Jag de Bellouet-L’Absinthe) for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin, also racing shoeless. Ecurie Daidou is the owner and breeder. 32/1 Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur) held second for Conrad Lugauer, the trainer/driver, ahead of 2.4/1 Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) for Gabriel Gelormini and trainer Johanna Lindqvist. The featured Groupe I Prix de Normandie (monte, purse €240,000, 3000 meters, 14 starters) went to an impressive 1.13.7kr timed and 15.9/1 odds Bellissima France (5f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun). Mathieu Abrivard teamed and trains the winner for Ecurie L.D.M. Abrivard and she too raced barefoot on the Vincennes surface. 13.7/1 Boeing du Bocage (5m Scipion du Goutier-Lova du Cap Vert) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer Franck Leblanc, with third to 16/1 Baraka d’Henlou (5f Diamant Gede-Laura d’Etangville) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Gildo Carnesecca. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glKTNA_BsRg Thomas H. Hicks

This week showcased two harness racing Groupe events, first at Lyon-Parilly and then at Paris-Vincennes Action at Lyon-Parilly showcased the Gr. III Grand Prix du Centre-Est for a purse of €100,000 and contested by 11 over the 2850 meter distance. Franck Nivard teamed 3.6/1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) to victory clocked in 1.15.6kr. Fabrice Souloy trains this winner. 6.8/1 Truman Dairpet (9g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Third went to 1.2/1 favorite Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina du Mirel) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Florence Allera. Lyon Parilly’s Prix de la Beauce (purse €25,000, 2000 meters, 7 starters) this day went to 6.6/1 odds Disco Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Romance Darling) and driver Bjorn Goop for trainer Wm. Ruth timed in 1.16.1kr. 31/1 Delicatesse (3f Mercaneaire-Thalie dHaumoniere) took second ahead of 7/1 Danse de Bertramnge (3f Korean-Olga du Chateau) for owner/trainer/driver Thierry Busset. Also at Lyon Parilly was the Quinte+ Prix du Pays Picois (purse €30,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) and 19/1 Uge d’Urzy (8g Jasmin de Flore-Jepee) prevailed for Serge Peltier, the reinsman. 7/1 Vespa du Bourgogne (7f Echo-Gym du Bois Morin) took second for Pierre Callier with 4/1 By Air (9g From Above-Come Fly With Me) flying home for the third spot. The winner was clocked in 1.15.6kr. The Gr. II Prix Rene Palyart (purse €120,000, Gr. II monte with nine starters, 2175 meters) headlined this Paris-Vincennes program with the impressive win to 1.13.3kr timed, 2.3/1 odds Cyprin d’Erable (4m Prodigious-Quinine d’Erable) with David Thomain in the irons. The Y-A Briand trainee is owned by Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. 40/1 Candela (4f First de Retz-Ofara) was second in a close finish with the third place horse 4.1/1 Chanceliere Citrus (4f Goetmals Wood-Noblesse du Corta). The latter is owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon, trained by L.Cl. Abrivard and Alexandre Abrivard was up. Also at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Henri Chretien (purse €48,000, 2200 meters, 13 monte starters with apprentice lad jockeys) went to the 1.16kr timed, 7.4/1 odds Venicio Bello (7g Kiwi-Illicia Bella) reined by Leo Abrivard for trainer Benjamin Goetz and owner Jorma Niskanen. 4.7/1 Ardelot was a three-length beaten second ahead of 28/1 Valroy. The prior days (May 2 and May 1) there was solid action at other venues. On M<ay 2 at Enghien-Soisy was the Prix du Pont Charles de Gaulle (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters). 10/1 Baladin Hongrois (5g Bon Conseil-Relodie Hongroise) recored the victory for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes clocked in 1.14.9kr. Second went to the narrowly beaten 16/1 Best Buissonay (5m L’ecu du Vernay-Nyota Buissonay) hanlded by trainer\/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute with 4.2/1 Bily de Gaeriniere (5g Prodigious-Haldane) gaining the third spot in a close photo for driver/trainer Matthieu Abrivard. Easytowin (5f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) at 5.1/1 rallied to win the Prix de Millau (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters) at Enghien timed in 1.15.2kr. Trained Dion P. Tesselaar piloted the winner for owner/breeder Gerrits Recycling BV. The Dutch-bred mare bested 23/1 Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda) driven by trainer Thomas Levesque for owner Pierre Levesque. Third in a blanket finish for that spot went to 46/1 Botanie (5f Rieussec-Prima Simardiere) handled by Alexandre Abrivard. On May 2 at Cholet the 12/1 odds Bon Copain (5m Love You-Haie) took the Prix GTA Toutlemonde (purse €33,000, 2800 meters, 18 European starters) for trainer/driver Thierry Raffegeau. Clocked in 1.15.9kr this winner bested 13.5/1 Un Charme Fou (8m Love You-Ma Crown), reined by Loic Guinoiseau for trainer Franck Leblanc, and third finishing 1.1/1 favorite Avenir de Blay (6g Hooper-Mira Belle de Blay) with owner/trainer/driver Tony LeBeller at the lines. On May 1 at Alencon the turf specialists were on display in the Grand Prix Super U. Alencon for a €32,000 purse and contested over the 2650 meter distance by 16 horses. The 1.19.5kr timed winner was 1.3/1 odds favorite Verrazano Bridge (7g Offshore Dream-Kuala Lumpur) with trainer Thomas Levesque teaming for owner Pierre Levesque. 4.7/1 Vulcanie de Godrel (7f Memphis du Rib-Julietta) took second for reinsman Franck Nivard and 41/1 Vallee d’Haufor (7f Oiseau de Feux-Kabylie du Relais) took third for Ch.J. Bigeon driving for trainer Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

J-S Senet teamed 24.6/1 Ut Viniere (8m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere) to victory in tonight’s €90,000 Grand Prix de Vincennes on the Cagnes-sur-Mer harness racing program. Mathieu Abrivard trains the winner for Stephane Seveno, owner. Timed in 1.13.9kr Ut Viniere defeated 2.6/1 Zonguldak (7g Love You-Heatenings Crown) for Christophe Martens with 1.2/1 favorite Udo’s Oiler (8g Orlando Vici-Carmela Kemp) home third for Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and Etoile Sweden HB. On the CSM card was also the €56,000 Prix de Cabourg with 12 starters over the 2925 meter course. Timed in 1.15.2kr was the 1.4/1 favored winner Cyprin d’Erable (4m Prodigious-Quinine d’Erable) reined by trainer Yannick Alain Briand for Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. 2.3/1 Clarabelle (4f Ready Cash-Rebelle) was second for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. 5/1 Calin de Glasnet landed third. 25/1 Dimmidisia (3f Phlegyas-Prune Rouge) landed the €56,000 purse Prix de Vichy at CSM. 11 starters contested the 2925 meter adventure with 1.17.2kr timed winner handled by owner/trainer/driver Loris Garcia. 8.6/1 Derby d’Auvrecy (3m Texas Charm-Meliana Bella) was second for teamster Dominik Locqueneux with 9/10 favorite Dauphin du Lot (3m Laetenter Diem-Qualite du Pache) finishing third for Christophe Martens. On Saturday at Momarken SWE the Yonkers International winner in 2015, Papagayo E, returns to the racing scene in the 10th race V75 day featured event. Also at Kincsem Park 14 upper level trotters will contest the classic Brody Janos Memorial for a purse of 1.5Huf million over 1960 meters, with eight of the participants going 1980 meters in the distance handicapped contest. Conway Boko is the favorite. Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s Prix de Selection day harness racing undercard at Paris-Vincennes was a good one featuring two other groupe events and two more upper-class races. The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (purse €120,000, monte, 2850 meters, ten starters), a top undercard event Saturday at Paris-Vincennes, went to 3.1/1 Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) handled by David Thomain for trainer/owner Paul Viel.The 1.13.7kr timed winner rallied to defeat 16/1 El Mago Pellini (7m Chocolatier-My Intuition) reined by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Vitkindade AB. Third went to 1.4/1 favorite Veloce du Banney (7g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie du Guard. The Gr. II Prix Louis le Bourg (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 11 monte starters) went to 1.14.1kr timed, 3.4/1 odds Canadien d’Em (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia) with Mathieu Mottier up. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Laurent Edin. Even-money favorite Cyprien des Bordes (4m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes) was second in a photo for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 12.2/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) was third for Anthony Barrier. The €66,000 purse Prix de Montsoreau (2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to 4.7/1 odds Lover Face (8g Love You-Ambra OK) for J-M Bazire for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Bengt Olsson clocked in a quick 1.11.9kr. 1.1/1 Unbridled Charm (8m Password-Intense Action) was a close second for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Third was 27/1 Unique de l’Iton (8g Capriccio-Majeste de l’Iton) for trainer Hughes Levesque. Aero King took Saturday’s Prix d’Alencon (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine monte European starters) timed in 1.14kr. The winner Aero King (6g Hooper-Quarmina de Hour) was off at at 5.2/1 odds for Anthony Barrier. The pair rallied to nail 5.6/1 Amour Fou (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nice Star) and jockey Franck Nivard on the line. 2.2/1 Botido (5g l’As de Neige-Otida) was third for Mathieu Mottier. Thomas H. Hicks  

A fine harness racing card today at Paris-Vincennes included three groupe contests and the Q+ race of the day. The Q+ with a jackpot of €3.4 million was the Prix Amile Allis Courboy for a purse of €82,000 contested over 2700 meters by 16 European trotters. The 1.13kr winner was 51/1 outsider Tellement Haufor (9f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor) with Ch-J Bigeon up for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. 12/1 Universal Rider (8m Nahar de Beval-Hansica) was second for pilot Mathieu Mottier and 7/1 Valleo Jenilat (7m Kepler-Perle du Roc) landed third for Genny Delaume and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The first groupe event was the €120,000 Gr. II Prix Ali Hawas over 2700 meters for 12 monte filly participants. Favorite at 3/5 was Docha Vedaquarse that was a dq leading to a victory by 12.5/1 Diva Charentaise (3f Prince Gede-Jessie Charentaise) timed in 1.16.8kr for jockey Francois Lagadeuc and trainer/owner Jean Michel Baudouin. 8/1 Dons de Bailly (3f Scipion du Goutier-Ninon de Bailly) was a distant second for Eric Raffin ahead of 48/1 Diebara (3f Pad d’Urzy-Ulla du Goutier) with Mathieu Abrivard in the irons. The Gr. II Prix Felicien Gauvreau (purse €120,000, 11 colt monte starters) went to 1.17kr timed winner Dreamer Delo (3m Ready Cash-Reverie d’Ar) at 1.3/1 odds and teamed by Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains this winner for Scuderia Winner Stable. 1/9/1 Dhikfi Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanque) was a good second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. Another Allaire trained pupil was 7.5/1 Deuxieme Souiffle (3m Polerol de Laumac-Quorelia du Gite) that was third for Mathieu Abrivard. The Gr. III Prix Vandex (purse €95,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) was won timed in 1.13.2kr by front-stepping Cap Matyss (4m Love You-Ode Matyss) at 3/2 odds for teamster Jean-Michel Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc. Elevage Marjea own the winner that defeated 5/1 Clif du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noure de Pommereux) with trainer Sylvain Roger aboard. 5.9/1 Caid de Jumilly (4m Oiseau de Feux-Ravenna) was a nosed-out third for David Thomain. The second place finisher raced gamely in parked position the entire well and held on well in the drive. Fractions were steady (1.13kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.4kr at 1000; 1.13.5kr at 500). The Prix de Marmande (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 10 monte starters) again showcased the monte performers and 1.8/1 Brisbane du Bourg (5f Jasmin de Flore-Nistelle d’999Aveze) scored in 1.15.4kr for jickey Steeve Lambert for owner/trainer Sebastien Guarato. 23/1 Baraka Gede (5f Repeat Love-Gagnante Gede) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and third was 2.2/1 Bellaya (5f First de Retz-Kalaya). The next weekend at Paris-Vincennes showcases major events including the monte Gr. II Prix Louis de Bourg for €120,000, the Gr. I Prix de Selection for €240,000 (includes Cobra Bleu, Amiral Sacha, Booster Winner and Bille de Montfort), the monte Gr. II Prix Henri Desmontils for €120,000 (with Torre Crepin, Orione Degli Dei and Dyson de Houelle at the start) and the Gr. II Prix de l’Union Europeenne for €160,000 (Scarlet Turgot, Swedishman, Kadett CD and Ustinoff du Vivier among the starters). Thomas H. Hicks  

December 25, 2015 - Christmas Day trotting at Paris, Vincennes, took place on an overcast lightly raining afternoon this day. A solid harness racing program included three groupe events. Today’s Prix de Pons (purse €37,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) went to 15/1 Bleu Ciel (4g Milord Drill-Quelle Action) and driver David Thomain for trainer/owner Jean Morice. Timed in 1.15kr this winner defeated 36/1 Best des Jacquets (4g Coktail Jet-Kodessa) handled by trainer/driver P.Edouard Mary with 76/1 Barry de la Cavee (4g Oceano Nox-Paolitia) third for owner/trainer/driver Sebastien Baude. Fractions were even in this contest (1.15kr at 1500 to go meters; 1.14.8kr at 1000; 1.15.3kr at 500). The Quinte+ (jackpot €4.8 million) was the Prix de Pierrefonds (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) and the 1.14.7kr winner on the stands side was 20/1 Baileyse (4f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) for trainer/driver Alexis Garandeau. Franck Anne teamed his owned/trained 37.4/1 Bellaya (4f First de Retz-Kelaya) to a second place finish ahead of 2.8/1 Blue Story (4f Opium-Loumana Flor) for driver Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. The bold-striding Viking Blue (6g Prodigious-Idole Blue) easily took the Prix Constant Hervieu (purse €105,000, Gr. III, 2700 meters, 7 starters) at 3/5 odds for driver Dominik Locqueneux. Yannick A. Briand trains the winner, for Gerard Leboureau, that traveled the course timed in 1.12.7kr. Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) was second at 3.7/1 for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 3/1 Uniflosa Bella (7f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) with Eric Raffin up for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. The winner now has recorded 19 wins in 53 career starts, good for earnings of €317,000. The Gr. III monte Prix Sans Dire Oui (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to the 1.13.8kr timed, 17.5/1 odds Attentionally (5f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) handled by David Thomain for owner/trainer Paul Viel. 27.1/1 outsider Vaillant Cash (6m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon) was second for Clement Frecelle and trainer Yoann Letellier. The 1.2/1 favorite Americaine (5f Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) was third on the pegs for Antoine Wiels and trainer J-P Marmion. 28.2/1 Agrippine (5f Hasting-Mogueuse) was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Emmanuel Margouty (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 two year-old starters) went to 3/5 favorite Django Riff (2m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. This winner record victory number four in seven starts, now for €150,000 earned. 15/1 Derrick de Nganda (2m Tucson-Nymphe de Nganda) was next for Francois Lagadeuc and trainer J-M Baudouin with third earned by 5.3/1 Ducson Imperial (2m Tucson-Joie Imperiale) for Eric Raffin, trainer Julien Le Mer and Ecurie FAC. Django Riff scored easily after turning back a challenge by Dream Darling, that eventually faded to fifth, at the midway point. Fractions were modest setting up a solid final 500 meters by the winner (1.11.3kr at 1500, 1.13.1kr at 1000, 1.14.8kr at 500, finish 1.14.4kr). Well regarded Ducato Bourbon was disqualified. The Prix de Brive la Gaillarde (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, three year-old males) went to 4.7/1 Cyprien des Bordes (3m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes-Jasmin de Flore) for J.L.C. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 1.8/1 favorite Cap Matyss (3m Love You-Ode Matyss) finished second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Franck Leblanc and Elevage Matgea. Third was 5.8/1 Cheri Cheri (3m Pomeroldf de Laumac-Nancy du Mont) reined by Mathieu Mottier for trainer Dominique Mottier. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 27, 2015 - Vincennes’ Prix Legoux-Longpre (monte Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 8 starters) went to the 1.14.2kr winner, 18/1 odds Attentionally (5f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) with David Thomain up for trainer/owner Paul Viel, in a narrow photo finish. 17/1 Al Capone Jet (5m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Morgane) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois. 6/1 Baron du Bourg (4m Lilium Madrik-Pin Up du Bourg) was third for Camille Levesque and trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute ahead of 29/1 Amie Volo (5f Nelson de Vandel-Kurfa Volo) handled by Damien Bonne for owner/trainer Viel. The Gr. II Prix Jules Thibault (purse €120,000, 10 starters, 2700 meters) this day went to the 1.14kr consistent winner Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) at 1.2/1 odds for teamster Franck Nivard for Sebastien Guarato, trainer, and owner Pierre Pilarski. 34/1 Booster Winner (4m Love You-Quille Viretaute) was second for Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Guarato and owner Philippe Oloisio. Second choice at 1.6/1 odds was third finishing Bird Parker (4m Ready Cash-Belisha) with Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allair and Mme. Elisabeth Allaire, owner. Guarato trained Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) was fourth at 6.6/1 for driver Eric Raffin. The Prix de l’Allier (purse €38,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to 9.7/1 odds Calicot du Vivier (3g Repeat Love-Kalika du Vivier) clocked in 1.15.2kr for driver/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Three lengths behind was the 2.4/1 favorite Crack du Fruitier (3g Let’s Go Along-Jorade du Fruitier) with Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer/owner Jacques Bruneau. 65/1 Classical Love (3g Repeat Love-Just In Love) was third for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Yves Boireau for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Sire of the Dubois entry, Repeat Love (10m Coktail Jet-Guilty Of Love-And Arifant) was a winner of $345,142 and with a 1:57.5 record. The maternal family is one of Europe’s best as Guilty Of Love produced Love You ($1,681,942), Nice Love ($517,265), In Dix Huit ($291,873) and Perhaps Love ($141,900). Second dam Amour d’Aunou is a Speedy Somolli-Nesmile and she produced Private Love ($1,005,868), In Love With You ($267,272), Our Love ($267,121), Tes Amour ($217,917) and Keystone Dream ($206,543). Nesmile produced the great Defi d’Aunou ($2,828,830), Buvetier d’Aunou ($951,364) and Extreme Aunou ($292,233). What a family!!! Also at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix de Corbeil (purse €38,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) and the winner was 2.8/1 Belle de la Vallee (4f Repeat Love-Anita de la Vallee) driven by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer S. Ferchaud. 9.4/1 Baraka Thieben (4f Kool du Caux-Hargne des Souvigne) was second for David Thomain and owner/trainer Jacques Bruneau. 9.3/1 Betty Quick (4f Carpe Dien-Kaline d’Arpel) was third for teamster J-M Bazire, owner Ecurie Quick Star and trainer C.J. De Leeuw. The winner was clocked in 1.14.1kr over the “sprinter distance”. Several good events also took place at Aby SWE. The Henning Kraffts Minne (100,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) went to a two length winner Ariel Boko (8f Lemon Dra-Exciting Kronos-Viking Kronos), a 1.13.6kr timed score for Orjan Kihlstrom driving for trainer/owner Per Linderoth. This one recorded her 25th victory in 79 starts. Frutcake (7f Juliano Star-Comma Svebelle-Speed Merchant) was second for Claes Svebsson ahead of Donna di Quattro (5f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) and reinsman Bjorn Goop. On the card were two three-year old event. The Quick Pay (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 1.12.1kr length winner Crème de la Crème (3f Ready Cash-Wood Be Great-Yankee Glide) driven by Anders Svanstedt. She was six victories in eight starts. Second was Gematria (3f Explosive Matter-Gineve-SJ’s Caviar) driven by Stefan Soderkvist with third to L Dees Maggiesbest (3f Explosive Matter- L  Dees Maggie-Conway Hall) handled by Peter Ingves. The colts raced in the Count’s Pride (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.13.1kr victorious R.G’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The Wind-Windsong’s Legacy) and reinsman Johnny Takter took this one, his sixth win in 13 career starts. Tornatore Grif (3m Varenne-Meadowbranch Nan-Pine Chip P took second for Peter Ingves ahead of Dolan Spring (3m Muscle Hill-High Class Gal-Broadway Hall) with Peter Untersteiner aboard. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 26, 2015 - Today’s featured Gr. II Orix Guy le Gonidec (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) went to the Eric Raffin driven Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) easily by four lengths timed in 1.13.1kr. Sebastien Guarato trains this Philippe Dauphin owned mare that was off as the 4/5 favorite. 21/1 Bahia Quesnot (4f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) was second for reinsman Mathieu Abrivard with third to 16/1 Balva Montaval (4f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou) driven by Gabriel Gelormini. Also on the afternoon card was the Prix des Cyclamens (€33,000 purse, 2175 meters, 10 two year-old starters) and it was won by 5.1/1 odds Dista Love (2f Royal Dream-Usita Love) driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois, also owner, and trained by Yves Boireau. The 9/10 favorite Deep Purple (2f Prodigious-Ornella Rainbow) was second driven by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. 33,000 purse, 2175 meters, 10 two year-old starters) and it was won by 5.1/1 odds Dista Love (2f Royal Dream-Usita Love) driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois, also owner, and trained by Yves Boireau. The 9/10 favorite Deep Purple (2f Prodigious-Ornella Rainbow) was second driven by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. 36/1 Dame du Campdos (2f Uaukir-La Conseillante) was third in the contest clocked in 1.18.1kr. The winner’s dam is a daughter of Goetmals Wood-Carmensite-Florestan. Carmensita, from 12 foals, has produced three winners of $100,000 or more including Marlene 1:58.5 ($296,318) by Goetmals Wood, Tensita Love 1:58.1 ($114,664) by Love You and Amensito 2:00.3 ($104,702) also by Love You. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 25, 2015 - Today’s Enghien harness racing card included the Quinte+ Prix de Plaisance (€56,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 14 European starters) with the Q+ jackpot of €3.55 million. The 1.13.3kre winner was 9/1 Tropic du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthurs) with Eric Raffin piloting for trainer Bruno Bourgoin, the winners’ 15th career score in 61 starts. 7/1 Olimpus Caf (7m Varenne-Evoila Caf) was second for Julien Dubois, trainer Jean-Etienne Le Bec and Ecurie Montaro of Italy. 12/1 Nantucket (9m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady) was third witjh Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Sofia Aronsson and Stall Express of Sweden. The top three finishers raced without shoes. At Vichy this day the Prix Pierre Coulon (€70,000 purse, 2150 meters, 13 International starters) went to 2.1/1 Tabriz du Gite (8m Ganymede-Kabrizia du Gite) for David Thomain and trainer Jean Lelievre, racing barefoot as did the next two finishers. 43/1 Ugo du Loisir (7m Niky-Isla Bonita) was second for owner/trainer/driver Jean-Philippe Ducher ahead of 12/1 Sophie du Vif (9f Jenko-Lavalliere du Vif) handled by owner/trainer Aymeric Thomas. The time of the winner was 1.12.3kr and the beaten field included notables Global Midnight, Probo OP, Nefertite del Rio, Anette du Mirel and Armando Kievitshof. At Aby (SWE) trainer Jerry Riordan enjoyed a successful day with three wins, a second and a third. In a three year-old event Riordan finished first and second, with the winner Tornatore Grif (3m Varenne-Meadowbranch Nan-Pine Chip) handled by Peter Ingves for owner Mauro Prospero of Italy. This 1.15kr victor defeated stablemate Tres Bien IT (3g Daguet Rapide-Imatra Bi-Supergill) for reinsman Frank Nilsson and owners Lisa Riordan and Al. Folli Srl in this  event over 2140 meters autostart with 35,000SEK first money. Riordan stables’ Super Bull (4m Yankee Slide-What A Joy-Alf Palema) won the Molndals Postens (30,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) in 1.11.8kr for reinsman Christoffer Eriksson by six lengths. Mauro Prospero also owns Super Bull. Quantum Gliding and Bennet finished second and third. Prospero owns another Riordan trainee, Superfly Effe (4m Varenne-Chipping Image-Pine Chip), that scored in 1.14.7kr in the Grillnatta (2140 meters autostart, 12,000SEK to winner). Scuderia Gardesana Srl bred this winner. Carbon Launcher and Renoir Bi finished behind the Riordan trainee. Riordan was later third in the Moindals (2640 meters distance handicap, 40,000SEK to winner) with owner Prospero’s Spitfire Effe (4m Varenne-Victorian Bride-Valley Victory, a length behind winner Light Brode (5m Classic Photo-Luck Of the Day-Mr. Lavec) for Lutfi Kolgjini and second place Vasterbo Eclair (4m Echo-Vasterbo Flash-Spotlite Lobell) with Joakim Lovgren driving. On the same Aby card the Coop Forum Kallereds (40,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to US-bred (by Polly and William Hilliard) My Gliding Angel (5f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man-Bedell-Speedy Crown) trained and driven by Bjorn Goop, timed in 1.11.2kr. The winner has a 8-4-3 slate in 24 career starts. Pin Kronos (6f Cantab Hall-Luck Of The Day-Mr. Lavec) was second for teamster Johan Untersteiner and owner Stall Courant AB. Paducah Dream (5f Infinitif-Padme Hanover-Credit Winner) was third for Peter Ingves and trainer/owner Jenny Nordensson. Ecurie Reve Avec Moi bred this one. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 14, 2015 - An excellent performance on today’s Bjerke OGP harness racing card was set by Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) and teamster Eric Raffin. The Sebastien Guarato trainee, owned by Philippe Dauphin, scored with ease in 1.10.8kr to increase her earnings to 8,031,876Nokr. The long bodied, long-striding filly now has a slate of 14-6-3-1 in 25 career starts. The FR bred female defeated the boys as Mr. Lindy (Cantab Hall) and Orjan Kihlstrom was second in his initial appearance in Europe after import from the US. Third was Expo Express (Expo Bi) and reinsman Jorma Kontio with Jerry Riordan trainee Sylvester America (Varenne) fourth for Bjorn Goop. Kapow Hanover (Explosive Matter) set a quick and steady pace with Mr. Lindy and Well Built following until Billie crushed their hopes. Sylvester America came from the back and a three-wide final turn surge got him into contention but he did not threaten the top three. Chart and photos follow.   Totalisatorløp 5 14.06.2015 Bjerke Travbane Gjensidige 4 års elite Premiesum:  400 000,- - Distanse:  1 609 Startmetode:  Auto     V75-1 Plass Vinner Duo Tvilling Trippel     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 3 Billie de Montfort (FR) 1 609 10,8a Eric Raffin 200 000,- 13 2 4 Mr Lindy (US) 1 609 11,1a Ørjan Kihlstrøm 100 000,- 318 3 6 Expo Express (DE) 1 609 11,4a Jorma Kontio 50 000,- 895 4 8 Sylvester America (IT) 1 609 11,5a Bjørn Goop 25 000,- 53 5 5 Kapow Hanover (US) 1 609 11,7a Erik Adielsson 15 000,- 131 6 1 Well Built (US) 1 609 11,7a Frode Hamre 10 000,- 162 - 10 Jontte Boy (FI) 1 609 11,8a g Tuomas Korvenoja   129 - 7 Elton Attack (DE) 1 609 12,5a Steen Juul   1283 - 2 Lightning Force (US) 1 609 12,7a Kenneth Haugstad   367 - 9 Pippa Barosso (DE) 1 609 dist Roberto Andreghetti   1015                     Tempo: første 500 1 09 5 (5 Kapow Hanover), 1000 1 11 3 (5 Kapow Hanover), siste 500 1 10 3 Also on the card was a fine KJass I Strelfors win by Sweden’s front-stepping Emmett Brown (4m Muscle Hill-Traci Spur-SJ’s Photo) for teamster Erik Adielsson and legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. Stall Kennys Andelhasten own the winner, now with a career slate of 5-1-1-1- in 12 starts for 482,878Nokr earned. Emmett Brown was clocked in 1.13.2kr as the lightly raced colt defeated J-P Dubois bred, Bjorn Goop teamed Sudbury (Infinitif) by a length and Rio Grande D.K. (Love You) with Steen Juul up closed for third. Totalisatorløp 6 14.06.2015 Bjerke Travbane Strålfors løpet (kval. til Klass1) Premiesum:  195 000,- - Distanse:  2 100 Startmetode:  Auto     V75-2 Plass Vinner Duo Tvilling Trippel     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 2 Emmett Brown (SE) 2 100 13,2a Erik Adielsson 100 000,- 22 2 1 Sudbury (IT) 2 100 13,3a Bjørn Goop 50 000,- 70 3 7 Rio Grande D.K. (DK) 2 100 13,5a Steen Juul 25 000,- 99 4 10 Novel Broline (SE) 2 100 13,5a Magnus Teien Gundersen 12 000,- 206 5 3 Paolendry Like (IT) 2 100 13,6a Hugo Langeweg Jr. 8 000,- 27 - 6 Muchmoremuscles (SE) 2 100 13,8a Kenneth Haugstad   147 - 5 Inchgower Level (SE) 2 100 13,9a Pål Buer   474 - 11 Toto (DK) 2 100 14,0a Christian Lindhardt   376 - 9 Vicky Corner (DE) 2 100 brg Ørjan Kihlstrøm   242 - 4 Twist Shadow (DK) 2 100 STR Eirik Høitomt   0 - 8 Snabba Cash (FR) 2 100 STR Peter Untersteiner   0 1.13.2kr- 12 Trine Hellebjerg (DK) 2 100 STR Anders Pedersen   0                     Tempo: første 500 1 10 9 (2 Emmett Brown*), 1000 1 14 6 (2 Emmett Brown*), siste 500 1 12 9 Thomas H. Hicks    

Harness racing trainer/driver Richard Westerink showcased lightly raced Cocomoko (3m, Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) today at Le Cepiere and it produced a comfortable win clocked in 1.17.3kr in the Prix Aerocons Tellation (€22,000 purse, seven starters) as the 9/10 favorite. 2.8/1 Cristal des Baux was second ahead of 11.7/1 Carl des Penguen. The winner is worth tracking for the future. At Vincennes the Prix Regulus (€55,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to As Dore (5m Coktail Jet-Dragee d’On) for teamster Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Franck Leblanc. Timed in a sharp 1.12.7kr the 10.1/1 odds winner handled Arpont d’Ostal (5m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine) and J-Ph Mary ahead of third finishing Valmayor (5g Le Retour-Kornnaya du Bac) for Joseph Verbeeck at 4.7/1. The card also featured the Prix Leo (€55,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) resulted in a 1.11.6kr victory for 9.1/1 odds Toopie du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixla de Perthos) and Eric Raffin. Favorite at 1.3/1 odds Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) ended second for Mathieu Mottier with Ucapata third at 14/1. Thomas H. Hicks

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