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July 26, 2019 - Friday’s harness racing Q+ was the Prix Henri Balliere (purse 32,000€, 2750 meters, 16 starters) at Cabourg. The 5.3/1 odds Carat du Goutier (7g Quido du Goutier) scored over the off track for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Marku Vartainen and Ecurie Fincumet Group OY, his seventh career victory in 41 starts. Race time was 1.15.4kr. 9/1 Av Nid de Gassard (9g Le Retour) was secomd with Alexandre Abrivard up and 25/1 Baron de l’Orne (8g Memphis du Rib) was third ahead of 4/1 Divine di’Leone and 7.9/1 Donuts Delador. The Q+ e-payoff was 18,515.20€. Carat du Goutier At Chatelaillon this day Jean Michel Bazire scored with three of his trainees. The Prix de Chatelaillon Plage (purse 17,000€, 2625 meters, 10 starters) went to 4/10 favorite Gitan de Guez (3m Niky-Allure de Star) timed in 1.15.7kr. Ecurie Vautors owns this youngster. Gitan de Guez The trainer/driver anjd owner team was back on top in the Prix Aubrion du Gers (piurse 17,000€, 2500 meters, 14 starters) with victory to the 4/10 favorite Denzo de Guez (6g Look de Star-Odyssee de Guez), his eight career win in 15 outings, and timed in 1.14.1kr for Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. Denzo de Guez Finally, in the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 35,000€, 2625 meters, 12 starters) it was Bazire again in the winner’s circle with 1.4/1 favorite Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) clocked in 1.12.6kr. Ghazi BR Thomas H. Hicks  

July 27, 2019 - Today’s Enghien-Soisy featured Prix de Washington (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 9/10 favorite Bel Avis (8g Gamymede-Gloria Maris) get up late for the 1.10kr timed victory with harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines. He scored for the 21st time in 58 career starts and the win raised his career earnings to 1,037,663€. New Blue 1 LLC (USA) owns the winner that was bred by Comte de Bellaigue. 12/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) was a head back second for Franck Nivard, owner Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and trainer Philippe Billard, 6.9/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) gamely set the pace for Gabriele Gelormini and held third . 2.3/1 Dijon (6m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) was a disappointing pocket sitting fourth for Romain Derieux and fifth was 15/1 Valko Jenilat (10m Kepler) with Paul Philippe Ploquin up. The fractions were well rated (1.09.9kr with 1000 meters remaining; 1.11.2kr at the 500). Bel Avis The Gr. III Prix de Milan (purse 80,000€, 2150 meters autostart, nine starters) was also on the card as secondary feature.  Victory went to the 9/1 odds Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) timed in 1.11.3kr for a three-length victory. Eric Raffin was the pilot for trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. Feliciano won for the sixth time in 23 career starts now for 269,790€ earned. 4.8/1 Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash) chased for second and the 4/5 favorite Mister F Daag (4m Conway Hall-Miss Love) was third for Robin Bakker. 6.2/1 IDS Boko and 25/1 Florida Sport completed the top five. Feliciano Three year old fillies began the day’s action in the Prix de la Porte Pouchet (purse 53,000€, 2875 meters, nine starters) and the 1.16.6kr clocked winner was 7/10 favorite Galaxie du Goutier (3f Kaisy Dream-Idole de Tugeras) handled by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin for Ecurie Saint Martin. This filly won for the fifth time in nine career starts. 10/1 Gesira (3f Baccarfat de Simm) was second and 9/1 Gazelle du Corta (3f Love You) was third. Galaxie du Goutier Three year old males contested the Prix de Roule (purse 53,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters) with victory to the 6.6/1odds Golfe Juan (3m Kam Pridem) that scored for the third time in eight outings for pilot Yoann Lebourgeois. 3/2 favorite Good Friday (4m Village Mystic-Maflymede) held second after a courageous journey for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Luc Roelens. Thiurd was 23/1 General Sport (3g Kaisy Dream) for M.X. Mestre Suner. Race time was 1.16.6kr. Golfe Juan The day’s e-Q+ was the Prix Dominique Savary (purse 51,000€, 2150 meters, 14 starters) that saw a contested finish led by 6.3/1 Coalinga City (7f Coktail Jet-Mamaora) reined to the 1.12.3kr score by Franck Nivard for trainer Francois Senet. The now seven-time winner is 64 appearances defeated 2.1/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet) and Ch. J. Bigeon and 9/1 Brandeis Jet (8m Coktail Jet-Qasida Jet) with Pierre Vercruysse up. 22/1 Bois de Bosnet and 10/1 Ballais d’Ourvfo completed the exact order top five that paid 4,597.40€. Coalinga City   Best Of Bourbon Wins Prix de Bunny Sur Loire Enghien-Soisy’s Prix de Bunny Sur Loire (monte, purse 49,000€m 2875 meters, 12 starters) was the Thursday featured event this evening and monte specialist Best Of Bourbon (8g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon) won again for Mlle. Mathilde Cullet at 1.4/1 odds. As usual Mlle. Collet went right to the front and never looked back in the 1.14kr timed journey. This Vincent Jarry trained, and Ecurie Nice Nasach owned, performer won for the 11th time in 55 career starts, now for 175,540€ earned. SARL Haras Saint Martin bred the winner that defeated 8.4/1 Diktat du Start (6g Quaker Jet) handled by Matthieu Abrivard and 3.2/1 Delta Fac (6g Tucson) piloted by Franck Nivard. Best of Bourbon For a video replay click on this link.    Thomas H. Hicks  

July 17, 2019 - Champion Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) was killed yesterday in a training accident at the harness racing training center of Jean Michel Bazire. Stablemate Cyrano du Pont succumbed to injuries in the same accident. Aubrion du Gers won 46 times in 73 career starts for earnings in excess of 2.5€ million. He won 16 straight at one point in 2018-19 before losing the final heat of the Elitloppet. The FR veteran trotteur will be greatly missed, and in many of the greatest International contests. He was to represent France in the 2019 Yonkers International Trot. Back to the racing scene, Sunday at Rojan was the 10th leg of the Trophee Vert series, this one raced on the turf over 3100 meters by 15 starters for the 45,000€ purse. 10/1 Aldo d’Argentre (9m Qualmio de Vandel-Isabelle de Yalda) scored timed in 1.15.7kr with owner/trainer E Lamy aboard. The winner scored his 28th victory in 104 career starts. Aldo d’Argentre 39/1 Aribo Mix (9g Reve des Vallees) took second for D. Cordeau and 38/1 Calsaka de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac) was third for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB. Viking Dream and Blues des Landiers completed the top five. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 6, 2019 - It was a JMB harness racing sweep today at Vichy in the Grand Prix du Conseil Municipal (Gr. II, purse 90,000€, 2950 meters, 10 International starters). Jean Michel Bazire won the race for the sixth time starting in 2010 (Aubrion du Gers won the 2017-18 editions) and his trainees finished 1-2-3 with son Nicolas Bazire catch driving the fourth-place finisher. The 6/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) scored with Jean Michel Bazire aboard for owner J-M Rancoule, his 25th victory in 40 career starts now for 865,970€ in life earnings. Cleangame now has posted six wins in seven 2019 starts with a second-place finish. Race time was 1.14.4kr. 4.4/1 Ble de Gers (8g Quinoa de Gers) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, teaming for the Bazire-Rancoule team. Third was another JMB trainee, 4.1/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger), with Christophe Martens up. Nicolas Bazire teamed 22/1 Cicero Noa (7g Mandarino Blue) to a fourth-place finish for breeder/owner/trainer Jan Van Houcke. 27/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede) took fifth money with trainer Mickael Cormy at the lines. Thomas H. Hicks  

The 5/10 favorite Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) took today’s Quinte+Prix de L’Oblisque (purse 64,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 14 starters) timed in 1.12.6kr and reined by harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire for Ecurie des Charmes. The 13 time winner in 55 career starts won his second straight and increased his life earnings to 371,950€. The 10/1 Class de Loriol (7f Ready Cash) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, ahead of 39/1 Valfleury (10g Memphis du Rib) driven by Clement Duvaldestin. 12/1 Tinamo Jet and 4.2/1 Nancy America completed the top five and that set up an 871.40€ payoff for 982 winning 2€ ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,963,000€ and the total of all wagering pools on the Q+ race exceeded 8,265,000€ The Prix du Rhone (purse 63,000€, 2150 meters autostart) produced and unexpected result when 2.3/1 Dostoievski and rival 3.3/1 Exit Money crossed the wire first and were both disqualified. Diademe Atout wins on double dq--LeTrot photo That created a victory for 41/1 Diademe Atout (6m Timoko-La Lagune) handled by Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens and Ecurie Olmenhof, the owner. Race time was 1.12.8kr. 13/1 Digne et Droit (6m The Best Madrik) was placed second with Tony LeBeller aboard and placed third was 11/1 Coumba Kuky (7f Matador de Vrie) handled by her trainer Gabriel Angel Pou Pou.   Thomas H. Hicks

The 2/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) won today’s Gr. II Prix des Ducs de Normandie (purse 130,000€, 2450 meters, 12 International starters) at Caen with a patient, smart drive engineered by harness racing owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire.   He was away second on the outer and after 300 meters took the lead from early leader and 3.1/1 odds Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato.   From then forward Aubrion du Gers maintained the front and won by over a length timed in 1.12.5kr for his 15 th consecutive victory and 45th in a 69-race career. His earnings are now 2,321,947€.   Bold Eagle increased his life earnings to 4,047, 120€ with the second-place finish and is now 43 career wins from 62 outings.   Bugsy Malone (8g Ready Cash-Night Captain) held third after pressing the pace around the final bend and boxing Bold Eagle on the pegs until late-stretch, for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Winning teamster Bazire rated the front with Aubrion du Gers to keep Bold Eagle in the pocket until late in the lane. 18/1 Billie de Montfort and 123/1 Django Riff completed the top five.   Aubrion du Gers now heads to Solvalla for the Elitloppet late in May. The 2/5 favorite Fadu du Chene (4m Singalo-Stardu Chene) took today’s monte Prix Henri Balliere (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2450 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.12.8kr and reined by jockey P.Ph. Ploquin for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. Fadu du Chene                               ---LeTrot photo He won for the 10th time in 17 career starts now for life earnings of 620,700€. 6.1/1 Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) took second for jockey Eric Raffin for owner Carlos Lerner and trainer Philippe Allaire. 9/1 Freeman de Houelle (4m Vigove) earned the third check with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for breeder/trainer Franck Leblanc.   Thomas H. Hicks  

May 5, 2019 - Groupe level and fast class racing continued on today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing program and Jean Michel Bazire was again on stage for part of it. The Gr. II Prix Albert Demarcq (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, five year olds) saw the 3.2/1 Eugenito du Noyer (5m Saxo de Vandel-Pakarina) score timed in 1.12.5kr off even fraction with Eric Raffin at the lines for trainer J.M. Baudouin and owner Ecurie Ostheimer. This victory increased the winner’s life earnings to 188,620€ with this his sixth career victory in 27 starts.  The 25 meter handicapped and 1.2/1 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was second for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 3/2 second favorite Excellent (5m Real de Lou) was third with Alexandre Abrivard teaming, as they relegated 12/1 Elite du Ruel and 34/1 El Villagio to the fourth and fifth positions. Eugenito du Noyer The Gr. II Prix Kerjacques (purse 100,000€, 200 meters, International starters) brought a fine field of veteran campaigners, that were no match for the Jean-Michel Bazire trained and reined Cleangame (7g Ouragon-Red Bell), that scored timed in 1.12.6kr for his 24th victory in 39 starts, now for 825,470€ earned. Jean-Michele Rancoule is the owner. Cleangame closed out the victory swiftly after the clocking with 500 meters remaining was 1.14.4kr. He was off at 1.8/1 odds. Second was 9/1 Carat Williams (m Prodigious-Miss Williams) for driver David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 5.9/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) gamely held third with Alexandre Abrivard teaming for trainer Bazire and owner Rancoule. 60/1 Cash Gamble and 6.3/1 Anzi des Liards took the fourth and fifth checks. The Elitloppet invitee Uza Josselyn finished eighth. Cleangame The Prix du Rouergue (purse 64,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European starters) saw Jean Michel Bazire win again with his trainee Super Fez (8m Love You-Lucia FI). Off at 1.7/1 Super Fez was super sharp and an easy winner, timed in 1.10.7kr with a quick final brush after being at 1.11.1kr with 500 meters remaining. The Scuderia Cumana Group owned stallion scored his seventh win in 35 starts and raised his life earnings to 382,644€. The 4.6/1 second finisher was also a Bazire trainee, Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) was his name. Alexandre Abrivard teamed this fine trotteur that has eight wins in 14 outings since moving in from Norway. Third home was 20/1 Ardente du Clos (9f Reve des Vallees) with Matthieu Abrivard the pilot. Ce Bello Romain at 4/1 and 8/1 Cicero Noa completed the top five finishers. Super Fez   Thomas H. Hicks  

Bel Avis (8m Ganymede-Gloria Maris-Workaholic) roared home for harness racing trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, just as he did in his batteria, to take the 70th edition of the Gran Premio Lotteria (purse 603,000€, 1600 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.3kr over the 1000 meter track at Napoli. Disco Volante (6g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) was second for reinsman Bjorn Goop after a pace setting trip where he parked Vitruvio throughout, and third was Ursa Caf (6f Explot Caf-Crismar) with Antonio Esposito aboard. Bazire and Bel Avis followed Disco Volante from a second over journey before making a three wide surge past the tiring Vitruvio late in the final bend, and it was over. Watch the replay here! Bel Avis                    Bel Avis reached the finale with another furious finish to win the third batteria (purse25,300€, 1600 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.6kr. In this one he was away fourth after a slow start and worked his way toward the leaders before jetting away late. Timone EK (m Mr. Vic-Gemona) with Roberto Vecchione up set the pace and gamely held second, ahead of Vanesia EK (5f Explot Caf-Nike EK) with Pietro Gubellini driving. The other batterias went to (the first) Disco Volante (6g Scarlet Knight) with Goop aboard timed in 1.11.9kr in a gate to wire score over Attack Diablo (9g Blue York Yankee) handled by Fed. Esposito and the third finishing Urlo Dei Venti (6m Mago d’Amore).  Disco Volante with Goop       Gaet photo The second batteria saw Vitruvio (5m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM) win timed in 1.11.5kr with an impressive first up brush to the lead at the 600 meter mark and from then on it a controlled win engineered by the trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. This team defeated Ua Huka (6f Muscles Yankee-Fancy Bi) for Rene Legati and third finishing Ursa Caf (6f Exploit Caf) for Ant. Esposito. Before the finale there was the Lotteria Consolation (purse 33,000€, 1600 meters autostart). Here the front end winner was veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) with Gocciadoro again the driver/trainer. Race time was 1.11.1kr. Vernissage Grif (5m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe) was second and Very Joy (5m Napoleon Bar-Nieves Joy) took the third check ahead of Voltaire Gifont (5m Quaker Jet).   Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday at Paris-Vincennes showcased several groupe events beginning with the Prix Jean Riaud (Gr. III, purse 90,000€. 13 starters, a Quinte+ race of the day), named after the trainer/driver of the great Jamin.   In this one, trainer J-M Bazire send out a talented team of three from his training stable and all were in the top five finishers. 9/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) was the 1.12.5kr timed winner with Alexandre Abrivard the reinsman for trainer Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule.   He won for the 19 th time in 55 career starts now for life earnings of 78,360€. Bazire’s favorite, the 2.3/1 Cleangame (7gOuragon de Celland-Red Bell), took second with J-M Bazire up for owner Rancoule.   Third was 19/1Anzi des Liards (9g Look de Star) handled by Romain Derieux. 29/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne) and 17/1 Bel Avis (8g Ganymede) completed the top five, the latter a Bazire trainee and reined by Nicolas Bazire.   19/1 Traders and 41/1 Delia du Pommereux earned the last two checks. The Q+ payoff of a 2€ exact order winning ticket was 2,713.80 and there were 276 winners. The Q+ pool was 4,850,782€ and the total of all the race pools was 90,826,000€. The co-featured Gr. II Prix Henri Levesque (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, nine five year old starters) produced an impressive victory for 9/10 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. The win was the first in 2019 for the now nine time career winner in 30 starts for 522,780€ earned. Race time was a swift 1.11kr. The 2.8/1 second choice Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) was second, driven by Alexandre Abrivard and 3.6/1 Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout), a Prix D’Amerique starter, was a distant third for pilot David Thomain. 22/1 Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko-Romances du Ruel) finished fourth for trainer/driver Franck Anne. The Prix de Chateau-Gaillard (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 18 starters) included some upper level campaigners and victory went to 3.1/1 Nancy America (8f Revenue-Camarque) in rein to Franck Nivard for Stall Leumas and trainer Philippe Billard. The victory increases her life earnings to 299,078€. Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) took second as the 7/10 favorite and with Jean Michel Bazire driving. Third was 12/1 Bleu Ciel (8g Milord Drill) with Adrian Lamy the pilot. Monte performers (three year olds) contested the Gr. II Prix Hemine (monte, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, seven starters, three year olds) and even-money favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes-Aurones des Charmes) prevailed for jockey Paul Philippe Ploquin, trainer Christophe Chalon and owner Ecurie Chalon. Gala Tejy                              -LeTrot photo He earned his second career victory in 10 outings now for 123,140€ earned. Race time was 1.14.8kr. 2.4/1 Guerilla de Simm (3f Brillantissime) took second with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard the Philippe Allaire owned and trained filly. Third was 15/1 Girlikova (3f Torino Pierji) that Emmanuel Allard trains and Mathieu Mottier was in the irons. Thomas H. Hicks

Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) rallied from a blocked position on the pegs early in the lane to score by half-length in the Gr. III Prix Angers Loire Metropole (purse 55,000€, 3100 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) at Hippodrome Angers.   Trainer/owner Jean Michel Bazire teamed the 1.12.8kr timed winner to his 43 rd career harness racing victory in 67 starts, now for 2,222,947€ earned.   He overcame a 50 meter handicap and got into striking position early before yielding to Bugsy Malone (8g Ready Cash-Night Captain) and getting blocked.   Marie Brigitte Anty bred the great champion that is accepted in the 2019 Elitloppet and today was the 2/5 favorite. The 50 meter handicapped Bugsy Malone, off at 5.4/1 odds, raced gamely to be second for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and driver Yoann Lebourgeois. 17/1 Beau de Grimoult (8g Pacifique Gede) took third for trainer/driver Franck Anne after a 25 meter penalty.   7.1/1 Archibald (9g Meaulnes du Corta) was fourth for Thomas Levesque and fifth went to 25 meter handicapped 33/1 outsider Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas) for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominique Cheradame.   Well-regarded Super Fe was eighth and Django Riff was ninth.   Replay http://www.pmu.fr/turf/live-et-replay/?num-reunion=1&num-course=1&date-fr=03042019   There was other interesting action this week in Europe. Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes Go Along (3f Ready Cash-Oxano de Chanterne) scored in the Prix Enif (47,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) at 1.2/1 odds.   Go Along     ---LeTrot photo   The Philippe Allaire owned and trained filly was timed in 1.16.4kr with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard.   On Monday at Argentan three year olds contested the Prix Vesta (purse 21,000€ 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 4/1 Guerande (3f Quaker Jet-Symphonie) scored for Yann Lorin, also the trainer for owner J.M. Lorin. 3.9/1 Gourgandine (3f Bold Eagle-Udine) was second for breeder/owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois, ahead of the 1.7/1 favorite Genialissime (3g Brillantissime)reined by Tony LeBeller.   Later in that program was the Prix Phebus (pure 27,000€, 2875 meters, 18 starters) that saw 6.1/1 Cadet Joyeux (7g Love You-Cadette) score timed in 1.14.6kr for David Thomain. Second was 10/1 Crazy Dream (7f Repeat Love-Daisy Chain) for trainer/driver Yves Boireau.   Cadet Joyeux            --PMU/LeTrot photo   This J.P. Dubois bred campaigner rallied from far back in the final bend.   Thomas H. Hicks

The 1.1/1 favorite Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn), with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard, bravely won today’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Grand Prix de Paris (purse 350,000€, 4150 meters, 11 starters) at Paris-Vincennes on a clear sunny day before a great audience.   Bahia Quesnot, Looking Superb and Tessy d’Ete were in the top spots for the first half of the race with Looking Superb on the front with 1500 meters to go. Then veteran Valko Jenilat made a strong move into contention forcing Belina Josselyn out of fourth position and she surged forward leaving Valko Jenilat three wide in the final turn.   Belina then engaged and move past stablemate Looking Superb in the upper stretch under strong Bazire urging.   She drew ahead by three lengths and then held by a length on the line ahead of fast closing Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) handled by Christophe Martens that was off at 28.5/1.   Carat Williams (7m Prodigious-Miss Williams) also rallied strongly late in the lane to be three lengths back in third at 10.4/1 with David Thomain up.   Belina Josselyn won for the 21 st time in her 65-race career with life earnings advancing to 2,284,930€. Race time was 1.13.9kr, well of the 1.13.5kr race record of Up And Quick in 2015.   Belina also won the Prix d’Amerique and completed the double last done in 2017 by Bold Eagle. The fractions were steady throughout (1.14.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.14.3kr at the 1000 and 1.14kr with 500 meters remaining). Cash Gamble. Tessy d’Ete, Looking Superb and Bahia Quesnot earned the fourth through seventh checks.     by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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

January 27, 2019 -  Favorite 5/2 odds Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn-Workaholic) rallied late in the lane for harness racing trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire to win the 98th Prix d’Amerique (Gr. I International UET Masters Series 2019, purse 900,000€, 2700 meters) timed in 1.11.7kr. The victory was career number 20 in 63 starts for the now winner of 2,127,430€. The great mare was bred and is owned by Yvan Bernard. Stablemate and 66/1 outsider Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) was second after rallying from behind Readly Express with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Bazire and owner Kolbjoern O. Selmer. Third was 3.2/1 third wagering choice Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) that Bjorn Goop teamed for trainer Timo Numos. The 2018 Amerique held game to the end after enduring the death seat for the final half of the race to nip the tough 14/1 Davidson du Pont (6m Pacha du Pont) that Frank Ouvrie piloted for trainer J-M Bazire, as he raced on the front inner in the later stages after Uza Josselyn led early. The 5.1/1 Propulsion was fifth ahead of 2.8/1 second choice and double Amerique champion Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash) that was sixth after getting away near the end and was sixth over in tier two before making a late attempt to engage the leaders. 191/1 Uza Josselyn (8f Love You) ended seventh. Grand Prix d'Amérique 2019 - La course - Victoire du couple Belina Josselyn & Jean-Michel Bazire Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) battled successfully as the 4/10 favorite to win the Prix Association SIS Autisme France (“Charles Tiercelin”) timed in 1.11.2kr for reinsman Bjorn Goop, trainer Sebastien Guarato, owner Scuderia Bivans and breeder SARL Haras Saint-Martin. This exceptional colt won for the 10th time in 12 career starts now for 397,150€ earned. He was timed in 1.09kr over the final 500 meters as he swept three wide to engage the leader in the final bend. The 7.5/1 Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash) was second for Francois Lecanu and trainer Frederic Heon. Third went to 91/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Julien LeMer. Holy Water (4m Pastor Stephen) at 21/1 and Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove) completed the top five. Face Time Bourbon is cited by some a likely successor to Bold Eagle and Ready Cash as the top International trotteur. Face Time Bourbon on the final bend Face Time Bourbon An explosive rainstorm during the Prix Lalique, also the Prix de Montreal (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) did not deter the winning 9/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) with Alexandre Abrivard up for breeder/owner/trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard. Excellent recorded his fifth career victory now for 177,760€ in career earnings. Race time was a quick 1.11.7kr off very fast fractions set by second finishing 11/1 Elnino Montaval (5m Magnificent Rodney) with Eric Raffin up. The kr rate at the 1500 mark was 1.06.9 and at the 1000 it was 1.09.5kr; 1.11.6kr with 500 meters remaining). Germany’s Portland (5m Ganymede) was third for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, ahead of 78/1 Eugenito du Noyer (5m Saxo de Vandel) and 163/1 Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream), the latter with legendary Jean-Pierre Dubois driving a shore he bred and owns. Excellent Evangelina Blue winning the Prix Harley-Davidson (the “Camille Blaisot”, Gr. II, 100,000€ purse, monte, 2850 meters, eight starters, harness racing five year olds) began the Prix d’Amerique day at Paris-Vincennes before a huge crowd despite rain and clouds. The winner scored her second straight win at Vincennes and fifth of her career, timed in 1.13.8kr (she won in 1.11.8kr on January 5). Mathieu Mottier was in the irons for owner/trainer Jean Philippe Mary on this five year old daughter of Speedy Blue-Happy Blue who now has life earnings of 220,800€, and today was off at 3.1/1. Easy des Racques (5m Rodrigo Jet) was a 25/1 second for Anthony Barrier and 9/1 Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious) was a distant third with Delphine Beaufils-Ernault the jockey. The 5/10 favorite Ekeren finished fourth. Evangelina Blue Thomas H. Hicks

January 10, 2018 - Jean Michel Bazire teamed his trainee Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris), off as the 2.2/1 favorite, to a rallying victory in today’s harness racing Quinte+ Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur (purse 120,000€, 2900 meters distance handicap, 16 starters after Coktail Fortuna was scratched) at Gagnes. The 50 meter handicapped veteran score his 17th career win now for 636,390€ earned. Race time was a quick 1.12.5kr over the extended distance, for owner New Blue 1 LLC (USA). Comte de Bellaigue bred the winner that defeated 36/1 Bolt (8m Prince Gede-Souvola) handled by trainer Junior Guelpa for breeder/owner Christophe Gallier and that was penalized 25 meters at the start. Third went to 10/1 and 50 meter handicapped Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir) with trainer Mickael Cormy aboard. Comte de Bellaigue also bred this one. 9/1 Voltaire Gifont (5m Quaker Jet) with Pietro Gubellini up and 18/1 Deimos Racing (6g Quite Easy) handled by Matthieu Abrivard completed the top five, this pair handicapped 25 and 50 meters respectively. Bel Avis winning the Prix de la Cote d’Azur at Cagnes The Q+ exact order payoff was 95,259.40€ for a 2€ wager. Thomas H. Hicks

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