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Races named for two of the all-time great international trotters were contested today at Cagnes sur Mer. Axius du Fosse (4m Jag de Bellouet-Joie du Fosse-Cygnus d’Odyssee) took the 24,000 euro purse Prix Elaine Rodney in 1.15kr for driver Charles Criado at 6/1 odds. The winner scored over the 2150 meter course over Amiara de la Croix (4f Jasmin de Flore-Lamelare-Workaholic) with Italian trainer/driver Marco Smorgon aboard. The Prix Ourasi for 50,000 euro purse over 2925 meters went to Slow du Beauvoisin (8g Jain de Beval-Gina du Beauvoisin-Podosis) and trainer/driver Romuald Mourice. The 3/1 second choice used a 25 meter distance advantage to secure his 13th career win, now for earnings of 274,850 euro. The winner scored in 1.15.6kr to defeat 14 rivals including second place Quiby des Caillons at 61/1 for reinsman Nicolas Ensch that traveled 2950 meters. At Wolvega, the Prix Robert Bi – Elite Challenge went to Mister Bi (5g Andover Hall-Georgia Bi) in 1.15.6kr over 2100 meters autostart. Robin Bakker drove the winner for trainer Arnold J. Mollema and owner Az. Agr. Biasuzzi Srl. Tomorrow Paris-Vincennes presents two graded events, the Gr. II Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve led by the Ready Cash daughter Axelle Dark, with Joseph Verbeeck to drive, and the Gr. II monte Prix Leon Tacquet headed by Vision Intense and usual jockey Nathalie Henry. Thomas H. Hicks  

Italian invader Nerfertite Del Rio won today's 62,000 euro purse Quinte + Prix de Salvanhac at Vincennes, her 16th career win that increased lifetime earnings to almost 260,000 euro. Alexandre Abrivard did the teaming as the winner prevailed in a blanket finish timed in 1.14.6kr over the 2700 meter course. Tiva de la Frette, Elles W. Phedo and Global Midnight were noses apart for second in the 17 horse field. Vincennes, Prix de Salvanhac, 62,000 euro purse, European females, 2700 meters, Quinte+ jackpot 2.1 million euro, 17 starters  1.14.6kr 1st Nerfertite Del Rio (6f Varenne-Zeudia-Royal Prestige), Alexandre Abrivard up; 16 time career winner now for earning of 259,982 euro 2nd Tiva de la Frette (6f Indy de Vive-Kiva de la Frette-Turquetil), Franck Nivard up 3rd Elles W. Phedo (7f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita-Rapido), Pierre Vercruysse aboard 4th Global Midnight (6f Ganymede-Global Business-Victory Dream), Pierre Levesque up 5th That's Life (6f Chef de Chatelet-Alexandrie-James Pile), Matthieu Abrivard driving The co-featured Prix de Baumont-de-Lomagne for monte performers carried a 65,000 euro purse and went to the Coktail Jet mare Vraie Blonde in 1.14.1kr over 2175 meters. The Jean-Etienne Dubois owned and conditioned mare held off the Louis Baudron owned/trained Viva Jenilou to earn her sixth career victory. Vincennes, Prix de Beaumont-de-Lomagne, 2175 meters, 65,000 euro purse, 9 starters, monte  1.14kr 1st Vraie Blonde (4f Coktail Jet-Main Street-Defi d'Aunou), Yohan Lebourgeois up for trainer/owner Jean-Etienne Dubois, her sixth career win for earning 144,920 euro 2nd Viva Jenilou (4f Phlegyas-Louve Jenilou-Tipouf), Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Louis Baudron placed second Two year-olds contested the Prix des Eglantiers later in the card and the Philippe Allaire/Joseph Verbeeck team had another Ready Cash winner, this time with the colt Bouclier d'Or as he defeated offspring of Love You and Sam Bourbon, the latter named Black Gold and driven by his owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Vincennes, Prix des Eglantiers, 44,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 10 starters, two year-olds  1.16.4kr 1st Bouclier d'Or (2m Ready Cash-Dragre d'Or), Jos. Verbeeck aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner P. Garreau 2nd Booster Winner (2m Love You-Quille Viretaute), J. Ruaults up 3rd Black Gold (2m Sam Bourbon-Seldovia), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner, trainer Patrick Chevrier by Thomas H. Hicks for            Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.        

Brillantissime (2m Ready Cash-Ivre du Victorie-Buvetier d'Aunou) took today's Gr. II Prix Emmanuele Margoty (120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters) for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Joseph Verbeeck. He just lasted over stablemate Bird Parker, also a son of Ready Cash, handled by Pierre Vercruysse and Franck Anne's Bolide de Gueron in a closely contested event. The winner scored in 1.14.7kr for his fourth victory in the early stages of what may be a promising career and the same may be said for the next two on the line. Three European eligible upper class races were on the undercard. The winners were from mares by Royal Prestige, Workaholic and Speedy Somolli, all US exports that made a lasting impact on European trotting pedigrees. Results of the four featured races are shown below. Prix d'Ambrose (Q+, 54,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European, 18 starters) 1.13.4kr 1. Nefertite del Rio (6f Varenne-Zeudia-Royal Prestige), Alexandre Abrivard up, odds 15.7/1, trainer L-C Abrivard, 15th career win for earnings 232,082 euro; 2. Tiva de la Frette (6f Indy de Vive-Kiva de la Frette), Franck Nivard up was second; 3. Soline de Fontaine (7f Vivaldi de Chenu-Jecarine de Mee), Anthony Barrier driving for third Prix Emmanuel Margoty (120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, Gr.II) 1.14.7kr 1. Brillantissime (2m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d'Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck up, odds 2.5/1, trainer Philippe Allaire, Owner F. Sauque, 4th career win for 140,150 euro earnings; 2. Bird Parker (2m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier), Pierre Vercruysse driving, trainer Philippe Allaire, owner Mme. El. Allaire; 3. Bolide de Gueron (2m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Olivia), Franck Anne driver/trainer was a good third Prix Sans Dire Qui (105,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European monte) 1.13.2kr 1. Nene' Degli Ulivi (6g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up, trainer Vincent Lacroix, owner Joe Cachia (Malta), 22nd career win for 336,696 euro earnings; 2. Un Team de Nacre (5m First de Retz-Lagune de Nacre-Dream With Me), Damien Bonne aboard ended second; 3. Ugo de Nieul (5m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Harmonie de Nieul), Romain Derieux driving, also trainer, was third Prix de Compiegne (62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European) 1.15.1kr 1. Uppercut Orange (5m Jag de Bellouet-Mim L'Abeille-Workaholic), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/driver, Ch. Berqeier owner, 4th career win for 163,570 euro earnings; 2. Uzo Josselyn (5m Love You-Lezira Josselyn), Dominik Locqueneux up landed second; 3. Un Diamant d'Amour (5g Diamant Gede-Havane de la Motte), Eric Raffin driving earned third money by Thomas H. Hicks for            Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.        

Puy de Sancy (10g Volcan-Calexane) with Noel Baldacchino (Malta, 42 years of age, now with 744 career victories) captured the Prix Recontres International du Trotteur Francais (2100 meters autostart, 22,000 euro purse) in a driving finish timed in 1.14.9kr to celebrate the French Trotteur and the nations supporting the breed. Quassia de Bon Air (9g Capriccio-Lo de Courson) rallied late to be second for Hans Petter Tholfsen (Norway, 67, 3,984 career wins) with pacesetter Prieure (10g Hasting-Dolomite) holding for third and representing host France with Pierre Vercruysse aboard (France, 50, 1,711 wins). Canada's Doug McNair was unable to compete due to his mount beiong a late scratch. A number of graded events were conducted today at Paris-Vincennes. The UET Masters Series Prix Pual Buquet (2850 meters, 120,000 euro purse, international monte) went to 9.2 odds Rabis Dairpet (8g Kaiser Soze-Betty de la Noe) with Eric Raffin up. The Sebastian Guarato trainee scored in 1.13.6kr over Rapide du Digeon (8g Ufist des Pores-Gerbeine Barnes) and Damien Bonne The Prix Saint Georges de Didonne (2850 meters, 90,000 euro purse) went to Toscane de Bruyere (6f Tenor de Baune-Jealously de Retz) with Francois-Pierre Boussuet up, scoring in 1.14.2kr at 5.6/1 odds. Thorgan Aimef (6g Onyx du Goutier) was second for William Bigeon and Eric Raffin was third with Sangoten. The Prix Doynel de Saint Quentin (2850 meters, 120,000 euro) was captured by Une Fille d'Amour (5f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) and David Thomain in 1.15.1kr. This pair prevailed in another close battle over Orient Horse (5m Abano As-Ima del Rio) and Franck Nivard with third to the distance handicapped Univers de Pan (5m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore) with Philippe Daugeard aboard. The Prix Vourasie (2200 meters, 80,000 euro purse) for two year old fillies went to Be My Girl (2f Love You-Ornelia Rainbow) as 3/5 favorite for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire. She scored in 1.16kr over Bergame Madrik (2f Prince d'Espace-Houlba de Pouline) with J-M Bazire aboard. Tomorrow at Vincennes the GNT (Grand National du Trot) Final is the headliner for 150,000 euro purse. Points leader Swedishman and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin is the early wagering favorite. by Thomas H. Hicks for            

Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes today hosted three graded events on a well-rounded top-class card. The Prix Joseph LeFosse (Gr. II monte, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) went to the 2/1 second-favorite Ulysse (5m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) with Thomas Levesque aboard. He covered the classic distance in 1.13.9kr to win for owner Ecurie des Pommiers and trainer Mike Lenders, scoring his ninth career victory for earnings of 444,530 euro. Un Team de Nacre (5m First de Retz-Laqune de Nacre-Dream With Me) was second with Damien Bonne up with 3/2 favorite Utoky (5m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Epopee-Kimberland) third for Franck Nivard. Denmark invader New Line(8g King Conch-Pa'En Igan Frokjaer-PayDirt) took the Prix des Landes (Gr. III European, 110,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) for Pierre Levesque, catch driving the Anders Svanstedt trainee. New Line, the 1.3/1 favorite, won for the 18th time to increase his bankroll to 361,356 euro. He scored easily in 1.14.4kr to defeat Turbo Jet (6m Joyau d'Amour-Elite d'Atout-Sugarcane Hanover) handled by Jean-Etienne Dubois with Quebir de Leau (9g Elcir de Leau-Defensive Gede-Sancho Panca) home third for Franck Nivard. The chestnut trotter led most of the way before drawing clear down the lane. The Prix Urgent (Gr. III Monte, 90,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) went to 1.4/1 favorite Atlessima (3f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) with Eric Raffin in the irons for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Phillipe Moulin trains the winner who scored in 1.15.9kr. Atlessima now sports four lifetime wins for earnings of 135,540 euro. Air de Marine (3g Caroy-Hydre de Marne-Verdict Gede) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, off at 5/2 odds. with Al Capone Jet (3m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Morgagne-Coktail Jet) third for Matthieu Abrivard. Several other races caught our attention. The Prix de Saint-Aubin-Les Elbeuf (males, 85,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to the Matthieu Abrivard driven, 23/1 outsider, Ut Viniere (5m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere-Quarsenis). He was timed in 1.14kr in what was his sixth win for 224,180 euro career earnings. Up The Green (5m Espeyrac Sun-Neimenine-Cezio Josselyn) ended second for J-M Bazire. The Prix de la Comarque (european, 60,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) produced a victory for Teatro (6m Ganymede-Josette-Arnaquer) handled by Christian Bigeon. Off at 2.6/1 Taetro won for the eighth time good now for 201,410 euro as he scored in 1.13.2kr. Favored Ed You broke stride and was disqualified. Tiva de la Frette (6f Indy de Vive-Kiva de la France-Turquetil) was second for Franck Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. Trinity Jiel (6f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel-Ourasi) was third for Joseph Verbeeck at 79/1. The Prix de Beauvoir (females, 44,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) wen t to 19/1 outsider Vicky Love (4f Love You-Oeuvre Choisie-Quadrophenio) with Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard. Jean Baudron owns and trains the winner that defeated 13 rivals in 1.15.4kr for her first win. Venus de Fromental (4f Joker de Rozoy-Quinne du Vivier-Cedre du Vivier) was second at 13/1 for Franck Anne with 82/1 longshot Verona du Chep (4f Ganymede-Kira Pride-Bolide d'Odyssee) third for reinsman Sylvain Roger. The Prix de Mirecourt (female three year-olds, 35,000 euro purse, 2200 meters) was taken by Anais d'Olaine (3f Gogo-Melodie d'Olaine-Vivaldi de Chenu) with Alexandre Dessartre up. The 11/1 outside scored in 1.15.8kr over 43/1 Alma Dream (Lets Go Along-Orneria-Cygnus d'Odyssee) with Julien Dubois aboard for trainer Phillipe Moulin and owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Anoella des Landes (3f Paisy Dream-Janoela des Landes) was third for teamster Sebastien Hardy. She was off at 22/1 to complete the list of high-odds placings. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

Asana Trembladaise (3f Kuadro Wild-Passion d’Alban) with Anthony Dollion aboard captured Tuesday's Gr. II Prix Louis Tillaye (2700 meters, purse 120,000 euro) for monte three year-olds at Paris-Vincennes. The winner scored in a tight finish, timed in 1.16.7kr, over Aquarelle de Fael (3f Look de Star-Nadia Pierji) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Atwood Griff (3m Goetmals Wood-Qualane Griff) took third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. The co-featured Prix de Languedoc (European, 2700 meters, purse 95,000 euro) went to the J.P. Marmion owned and trained Talicia Bella (6f General du Pommeau-Illicia Bella) handled by Anthony Barrier. She scored in 1.13.6kr in a close battle on the line over Swedish invader Caballion (7m Kasaco Phedo-Lady Brick) with Joseph Verbeeck up. Favored, and recently productive, Global Manhattan (6m Love You-Devilish Yankee) secured third for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. At Lyon La Soie, Jean-Pierre Dubois won again, this time driving his own Valerio Jet (4g Ganymede-Jessica Jet) in 1.17kr in the 21,000 euro, 2700 meters Prix Perdreaux. Jean Baudron trains the winner. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

Marielles (7f Kick Tail-Egida Play-Waikiki Beach) was a rallying upset winner of today’s (Monday's) Gran Premio Della Nazioni (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, 308,000 euro purse) at Turin Italy. Driven by Roberto Andreghetti for FR trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Mme. S. Galanti, the veteran mare scored in 1.13.7kr over favored Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant) handled by Joseph Verbeeck for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. Linda di Casei (8f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) was a fast closing third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Naploean Bar and Probo OP finished fourth and fifth respectively in the nine horse field. Well regarded Owen’s Club, with Pietro Gubellini up, set the pace until the final turn before fading to seventh. He parked Timoko throughout when it appeared Timoko took a bad step and lost ground early in the contest when making an effort to gain the front. Driver Verbeeck took back, steadied his charge and was content to sit on the outside until late in the contest when he took an inside route that was not enough to hold off the charging Marielles. The card’s co-feature was the Gr. II UET Masters Series’ Premio Coppa di Milano raced over 1600 meters autostart with two eliminations worth 15,400 euro purse leading to the 55,000 euro final. The first elim went to Pellegrino Jet (4m Pine Chip-Liberte) reined by Roberto Andreghetti to the 1.12.5kr win over Owen CR (5m Cantab Hall-Boemia CR-Lemon Dra) and Oncle Photo VL (5g SJs Photo-Balalaica Sim-Lemon Dra). Elimination two produced a 1.14kr score for No Man’s Land (6f Coktail Jet-AJs Baby Doll-Donerail) handled by trainer Pietro Gubellini for Ecurie Gardesana. She defeated Indy Kronos (9g Malabar Man-Twiggy FC-Speedy Somolli) and Maestrale Spin (7m Lindy Lane-Princess Godiva-Ideal du Gazeau). The final was taken by the Gubellini trained and reined No Man’s Land in 1.12.8kr in a blanket finish over Owen CR and Iper Roc (9m Lemon Dra-Banner Roc-Crowning Point). by Thomas H. Hicks for  

Timoko, the French invader, heads a compact nine rivals field for the 308,000 euro Gr. I International Gran Premio Della Nazioni to be contested at Torino, Italy on November 10th. The Richard Westerink owned and trained son of Imoko has been a consistent top-level performer during the late spring and summer European racing season. Driven by veteran Joseph Verbeeck, Timoko will take on some of Italy’s finest campaigners including Owen’s Club, Probus Op, Marielles and Oibambam Effe. Expect to see many Timoko fans on hand to cheer their star trotter in Italy. TORINO 10 November 2013 GRAN PREMIO DELLE NAZIONI ( Gr. 1 – Internntional)- € 308,000 – 4 year-olds and uo 2100 meters 1. Owen’s Club (P. Gubellini) 2. Moses Rob (x) 3. Lotar Bi (A. Raspante) 4. Timoko (J. Verbeeck) 5. Linda di Casei (A. Gocciadoro) 6. Napoleon Bar (E. Bellei 7. Probo Op (E. Moni) 8. Marielles (R. Andreghetti) 9. Oibambam Effe (A. Guzzinati) 10. Timoko by Thomas H. Hicks for  

The possible emerging star filly Be My Girl (2f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream) won tonight’s Gr. III Prix Marcel Dejean at Paris-Vincennes. The Joseph Verbeeck driven, Philippe Allaire trained winner scored over 2200 meters in 1.17.6kr to earn the first place share of the 80,000 euro purse. Her dam Ornella Rainbow was a $136,000 career winner with a 1:57.5 mile record. Be My Girl won her fourth straight and now has earnings of 85,950 euro. She trotter the last 500 meters in a sparkling 1.11kr rate for owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire to defeat the Franck Nivard steered Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane) with Bergame Madrik (2f Prince d’Espace-Houlba de Poulin) third for J-M Bazire. The undercard produce another Love You sired winner as Aime Moi (3f Love You-Ma Crown-Full Account) took the Prix Lucretia over 2850 meters for a purse of 34,000 euro. Eric Raffin drive this winner for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Her dam Ma Crown (Full Account-Une Crown-Speedy Crown) was a sub-2:00 record winner of over $142,000. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

The Gr. I International Gran Premio Delle Nazioni is set for November 10 at Torino, Italy. The 2100 meter event for four year-olds and up will carry a purse of 308,000 euro. A group of 12 are likely to comprise the final field that includes the well-regarded Timoko, owned and trained by Richard Westerink and driven by Joseph Verbeeck. Timoko has been a consistent force in European trotting during the late spring and summer months. Commander Crowe has also been nominated along with a host of Italy’s best performers (albeit Mack Grace SM) is not among them. Commander Crowe has raced inconsistently of late signaling that his storied career may be nearing an end. Nevertheless he remains a great drawing card for European trotting fans. The nominees are: Commander Crowe –SWE Linda Di Casei Lotar Bi Marielles Moses Rob Napoleon Bar Oibambam Effe Owen Cr Owen’s Club Probo Op Timoko –FR Zorro Photo –SWE The Orsi Mangelli fields have been set for November 1st racing at Torino. The open (220,000 euro) and filly (66,000 euro) divisions are listed below: GRAN PREMIO ORSI MANGELLI (Gr. I International), € 220.000 - meters 2100 1. Remo Gas (R. Vecchione) 2. Rori Axe (A. Guzzinati) 3. Rod Stewart (A. Farolfi) 4. Rossella Ross (R. Andreghetti) 5. Rotary Ok (M. Smorgon) 6. Re Italiano Ur (E. Bellei) 7. Rambo Zs (P. Gubellini) 8. Rombo Di Cannone (V.P. Dell'annunziata) 9. Robert Bi ( R. Bakker) 10. Ruty Grif (G.P. Maisto) 11. Rockfeller Font (A. Velotti) 12. Red Baron (Fed. Esposito) 13. Rodin Inn Ronco (A. Gocciadoro) 14. Rombo Jet (Santo Mollo) GRAN PREMIO ORSI MANGELLI – FILLY (Gr. II International)-€ 66.000, 1600 meters 1. Rubina Blak (E. Bellei) 2. Ranja Dei Fiori G. Lo Verde) 3. Roxanne Bar(A. Farolfi) 4. Royal Roc (M. Racca) 5. Raffle Lb (L. Besana) 6. Danae F Boko (Nl) (R. Bakker) 7. Rouge Bi (A.Greppi) 8. Robinia (Mass. Castaldo) 9. Regina Bybo (M. Sibilla) 10. Rosita Bi (M. Biasuzzi) 11. Rangona Jet (R. Andreghetti) 12. Rodeo Drive Ok (P. Gubellini) 13. Rejna Inn Ronco (R. Vecchione) 14. Rugiada Del Rio (A. Guzzinati) Prominent in these groups are two IT registered and recently SWE campaigned performers with significant North American bloodlines, namely Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) and Rod Stewart (3m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane). by Thomas H. Hicks for  

Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) took tonight’s Quinte+ (jackpot 8 million euro) Prix Juno at Paris-Vincennes in 1.13.4kr over 2850 meters with a purse of 62,000 euro. Open to European competitors, the Sweden registered Beckman is trained by Fabrice Souloy and he scored over a talented field with favored Ed You and Conrads Fredrik finishing four and fifth respectively. The winner defeated Tony Boy (6g First de Retz-Kuenza Sautonne) trained and reined by J.M. Bazire with Vasterbocheckpoint (8m Comets Tail-Com Eva) third handled by Dominik Locqueneux. The card also featured the Gr. III Prix Louis Cauchois (2200 meters, 80,000 euro purse) that went to Bolide de Gueron (2m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Olivia) for driver/trainer Franck Anne in 1.16.6kr. Brillantissime (2m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire) was second for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Phillipe Allaire with Best Of Sly (2m Sam Bourbon-Quinella Aimef) third for P-Y Verva and trainer Sebastien Guarto. Ready Cash and newcomer Sam Bourbon, whose yearlings were in great demand this year, appear to be sires of significance. Another Gr. III event, the Prix California (2850 meters, 90,000 euro purse), went to J.M. Bazire driving Vagabondu Mag (4g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary) in 1.14.1kr over Votre Atout (4m Quido du Goutier-Kaline d’Atout) and Pierre Belloche. Uprince finished third for Franck Nivard. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

In a fierce battle, the 7/10 favorite Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant) fought back bravely from apparent defeat and split rivals for a nose win in the Grand Prix du Sud-Quest at Hippodrome Beaumont de Lomagne. The 36th edition of this race (Gr. II UET Masters Series) carried a purse of 200,000 euro over the 2400 meter autostart course (1-1/2 miles). Sanity (7g Love You-Flash Light), off at 2/1, burst off the car for Franck Ouvrie to gain immediate advantage and parked rival Timoko for most of the distance. Coming offf the final bend Sanity appeared to be the winner and Timoko found the pylons some two lengths behind. Outsider Ru de L’Airou (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville) then appeared with a bold outside brush for Michel-X Charlot to battle alongside Sanity down the long stretch and inched past Sanity as the line approached. However, Joseph Verbeeck and Timoko were not done. Timoko closed quickly on the leaders and Verbeeck steered him between rivals to win by a nose for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. Ru de L’Airou gained second by half-length over Sanity in a superb trotting contest of strategy and late finishing speed. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

Favored Global Manhattan (6m Love You-Devilish Yankee), off at 1.7/1, took Friday's Prix Charley Mills (64,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, European eligible) in 1.13.3kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Stall Sharon HB of Sweden. The winner showcased what has been a remarkable year by the stallion Love You (Coktail Jet-Guilty of Love-And Arifant), a classic winner of 1.4 million euro and 22 races, whose offspring have captured many classic races (Royal Dream winner of Prix d’Amerique and Nahar in the 2013 Elitloppet plus stalwarts such as Qualita Borubon, Queen’s Glory and Quaker Jet). Sirocco Jibace (7g Jolmeto Jallia du Chesnay) ended second with Pedro Vici (10g Hulks des Champs-Eau du Loir) third for David Thomain. At Marseille Pont-de-Vivaux another European invader scored as Napolean Caf (6m Viking Kronos-Imminent Hanover-Donerail) took the featured Prix de Lacydon (30,000 euro purse, 2650 meters, European eligible) in 1.16.1kr for Christophe Martens. The 3/2 favorite defeated Reefscape (8g Dahir de Prelong-Jacor-Quadrophenio) with Germany’s Lets Go On (8g Lets Go-Vasterbo Bodyguard-Spotlite Lobell) third for veteran reinsman Joseph Verbeeck. by Thomas H. Hicks for  

Franck Nivard won both Gr. I events on the Paris-Vincennes card Sunday, the secondary feature being in the European Championship for Five Year-Olds with Un Mec d’Heripre timed in 1.10.5kr. This race was over 2100 meters autostart for a purse of 150,000 euro. The winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy for Ecurie d’Heripre. Nivard carefully stalked pacesetter Brad de Veluwe (5m Andover Hall-Amazing Ride) driven by Toumas Korvenojauntil taking command at the top of the long stretch and drawing clear for an easy win. Uhlan du Val was third. The 240,000 euro Prix Radio Alpha (Gr. I Monte, 2200 meters distance handicapped, 240,000 euro purse) also went to Nivard aboard Anastasia Fella (3f Goetmals Wood-Jeanne’s Fella) timed in 1.13kr over 2200 meters. Ecurie le Tremont owns the winner, trained by Fabrice Souloy. Ultissimo, Michel Mottier up, was second timed in 1.11.6kr (handicapped 50 meters) with the Nathalie Henry handled Utopie Imperiale third timed in 1.11.7kr (also traveling 2250 meters). Other top class events on the card were the Prix du Portugal (2850 meters, 80,000 euro purse, European) that went to the Lutfi Kolgjini trained Juggle Face (7m Viking Kronos-Rakel Sund) with Dominick Locqueneux aboard. He won in 1.14kr over Marielles (7f Kick Tail) and Franck Nivard and another Italian invader Maestrale Spin (7m by Lindy Lane) third. The European Prix d’Issigeac (2100 meters, 52,000 euro) went to Eric Raffin handling Nancy Sco (f6 SJs Photo-Felce Sco) for trainer J.M.A. Roussel and owner Ecurie Ocres SRL. The winner scored in 1.12.6kr over Winning Love (7m by Love You) with Joseph Verbeeck up and Conrads Fredrik (6g Credit Winner). In Spain, the French sponsored Prix des Baleares (2650 meters autostart, 50,000 euro purse) at Son Pardo, went to Roxana de Barbray (8f Speed Clayettois-Iriane des Enclos) with Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Ecurie Donati. The classy international mare scored in 1.15kr over Salea Rivelliere with Phillipe Daugeard aboard. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Top flight undercard races from Paris-Vincennes on Saturday are summarized below, along with fast-class events at Bollnas: Prix Berck-Sur-Mer, 40,000 euro purse, 2100 meters, 1.15.1kr 1. Union des Pres (5f Indy de Vive-Kerrie du Prieur), M. Bezier up (odds 27/1) 2. Une Dame (5f Jeanbat du Vivier-Girl Begonia), Jacques Bruneau driving  3. Ultima de Carsi (5f Hulk des Champs-Heenike de Carsi), Anthony Barrier aboard Prix Emile Wendling, 85,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 1.14.4kr 1. Rori Axe (3f Ready Cash-Gamine Grif), Joseph Verbeeck, trainer Phillipe Allaire, owner Scuderia Colibri 2. Jonesy (3m Muscles Yankee- Ripley), Tomas Korvenoja, owner Ecurie OY Trot AB 3. Tast of Bourbon (3f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver and owner, Jean Baudron trainer  4. Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Upfront JM), Dominick Locqueneux, R. Hagoort trainer, owner K.K. Bijerk (Holland) Prix Joseph Aveline, 80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 1.17.2kr 1. Vassila D'Orgeres (4f Love You-Falamine), Louis Baudron driver/trainer 2. Violetta Mauzin (4f Love You-Ouely de la Merite), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin 3. Viva Island (4f Goetmals Wood-Island Dream), Jean-Pierre Dubois (plus 25 meter handicap) 4. Very Nice Girl (4f Jasmin de Filore-Pocanontas de Line), B. Groult driver Prix de Basly, Gr. II monte, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 1.14kr winning time 1. Alexiandu Cherisay (3f The Big Boss-Precious Thing), Pierre-Yves Verva the winning jockey at 21/1 odds 2. Antara Buissonay (3f La Retour-Jadelle Buissonay), P-Edouard Maryaboard 3. Asana Trembladaise (3f Kuadro Wild-Passion d'Alban), Anthony Barrier up was third Prix Montier en Der. European, purse 75,000 euro, 2700 meters, 1.13.5kr winning time 1. Upman (5g Keplar-Niyafi), B. Mascle up in a driving finish 2. Orione Degli Dei (5g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei), Pierre Vercruysse up was second, trainer Mario Baroncini, owner Ecurie Balogna 3. Lobell Countess (5f Abano As-Countess Diamond), Hugo Langeweg Jr. up was third 4. Oibambam Effe(5f Classic Photo-Etna Sec), Pierre Levesque driving ended fourth 5. Torrcelli (6m First de Retz-Olympic Star), Joseph Verbeeck up was fifth 6. Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema), J-M Bazire was sixth Prix du Mont Saint Michel, 62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, Quinte+ race of the day 1. Renardo Bello (8m Kiwi-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Damien Bonne aboard at 10/1 odds - this is a 12 time career winner of 329.000 euro and half-brother to Offshore Dream 2. Pedro Vici (10g Hulk des Champs-Eau du Loir), W. Bigeon up was second 3. Tintin d'Ecouves (6m Lucky d'Hilly-Oasis de la Basie), J-M Bazire up ended third As noted, excellent racing also took place this day at Bollnas with exceptional winners being: True Advantage (6f Conway Hall-Paragon Princess-Mr. Lavec) for Ulf Ohlsson in 1.10.7kr in the Bollnas Kommun for mares; winners share of purse was 125,000SEK over 1640 meters autostart, her 18th lifetime win good for over 2.75 million SEK. Gisela As (4f Infinitif-Golden Door Lindy-Cambest) was second for Ake Svanstedt; Credit Fayline (7m Credit Winner-Fay Topline-Mr Nevele), a 1.10.9kr winner for Magnus Jakobsson in a Silver Division contest over 1640 meters for 125,000SEK first prize; New Line (8g King Conch-Pa'en Igen Frokjar-Pay Dirt) a 1.11.6kr winner over 2140 meters autostart in a Gold Division affair worth 150,000SEK to the winner. Ake Svanstedt piloted New Line that now has 16 wins and 2,392,000SEK earned; Royal Apanage (5m Offshore Dream-Queen Apanage-Alf Palema), a 1.12.2kr winner in a Class II event for 100,000SEK first money over the 1640 meter autostart course. Ulf Ohlsson was the pilot. Thomas H. Hicks  

Ready Cash (8h Indy de Vive-Kidea) and driver Franck Nivard easily won Saturday’s Prix d’Ete and Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. The race was the Gr. II European Masters of Trot Series Finale with a purse of 500,000 euro ($659.000 US) over the 2,700 meter grande-piste from a turning start. Save The Quick (7g Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchesse) was first to lead for Bjorn Goop and set a moderate pace until Commander Crowe brushed to the front at the halfway point for J-M Bazire. The field bunched coming off the final bind with Ready Cash taking a first over position and then dispatching a fading Commander Crowe easily to draw off to a four length margin that he held to the end. Ready Cash was favored at 7/10 odds. Second choice Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) rallied late for second after being boxed on the pylons until half-way down the stretch, with Joseph Verbeeck up. The Best Madrik (6h Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik) ended third for Jean-Etienne Dubois with Save The Quick and Bagley taking the next two spots followed by Brad de Veluwe and On Track Piraten. Ready Cash earned the victory in 1.11.9kr (1:55.68 mile rate over the 1-11/16 mile course), with a swift finish as the leader Commander Crowe was at a 1.12.4kr mark with 500 meters to go. The Phillipe Allaire owned, Thierry Duvaldestin trained stallion is always “Ready” for the classic races with significant “Cash” at stake and today was no exception. Many trotting fans wonder how Ready Cash and Timoko would fare against North America’s Intimidate and others after Intimidate’s fast closing 1:51s score in last night’s Credit Winner Trot at Vernon Downs, the fastest trotting mile in Vernon’s 60 years of operation. by Thomas H. Hicks  

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