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The Daniel Reden/Stall Zet 1.85/1 favored Vasterbo Highflyer took Saturday’s V75 Gold (purse to winner 150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) with Orjan Kihlstom aboard. The eight year-old gelded son of Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip recorded a 1.14.4kr clocked victory, his second in eight 2016 appearances and he increased his harness racing career earnings to 3,171,100SEK. 6.6/1 Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) was second with Jennifer Tillman aboard and 50/1 Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) landed third for Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Stefan Melander, this one bred by J-P Dubois. Also at Bollnas, the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 1.3/1 favorite Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall), that scored in 1.13.2kr for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reljo Liljendahl. The veteran recorded his second 2016 win in eight starts and fifth in only 17 career outings. 2.4/1 Hero Sjohammar (5g Super Arnie-Twilight Time-Juliano Star) was second with Erik Adielsson driving for trainer Stig H. Johansson. 22.5/1 Vasterbo Paymyday (7g Credit Winner-Vasterbo Daylight-Spotlite Lobell) was third for trainer Liljendahl and driver Magnus Jakobsson. Thomas H. Hicks

Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) took today’s featured harness racing Q+ Gr. I Prix de Selection (purse €240,000, 2299 meters, 14 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The Sebastien Guarato trainee was driven by Franck Nivard for owner Antonio De Sousa. Off at 5.5/1 odds the winner scored in 1.10.8kr to defeat 2.4/1 favorite Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) and reinsman Gabriele Gelormini. 9.4/1 Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) landed third for Eric Raffin. She raced forwardly placed with cover but the Guarato trained mare could not threaten the top two that traveled the last 500 meters quickly after a 1.11.7kr clocking at the 500 to go post. The Gr. II Prix de l’Union Europeenne (purse €160,000, 3000 meters, 11 starters) went to the 1.14.4kr timed and 1.1/1 favorite Ustinof du Vivier (8g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) for driver Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato, and owner St, Szwarc. 3.8/1 Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) held second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Yannick Alain Briand with 83/1 Tom Rush ending in the third spot. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today at Enghien the €80,000 Prix de Lure was the harness racing feature and a Pick5 wagering contest. 13 European starters went 2875 meters with the 1.14.6kr winner being 0.5/1 favorite Call Me Keeper (6m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) with Franck Nivard up for Daniel Reden training for Stall Zet. 23/1 Radieux (6g Love You-Dordogne) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini with 6/1 Auch (6g Niky-Migraine) third to the line for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Denmark’s Pingus Vang (9g SJ’s Photo-New Wonder) took the day’s Quinte + (€3.35million jackpot) at Enghien, the Prix de Sedan over 2150 meters autostart. 16 European eligibles were at the start. The winner scored in 1.15.6kr at 8/1 odds to defeat 22/1 Utelo de Carentone (8g Kiwi-Maeva d’Harcouel) and third finishing 9/1 Vivaldo Bello (7m Love You-Enfilade) driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The dam Enfilade also produced double Prix-d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Comtesse Flore (4f Sam Bourbon-Topaze de Fael) took today’s Prix de Marennes at Enghien as 15 starters battled for the €48,000 over the 2875 meter distance. Tony Le Beller teamed the 3.6/1 odds winner timed in 1.16.66kr for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 5/1 Comtesse (4f Oiseau de Feux-Oeniades) was second for Mathieu Mottier and third went to 3/1 favorite Cadeace (4f Scipion du Goutier-Orchidee Rouge) with J-M Bazire up for trainer Franck Leblanc. Yesterday at Mons Ghlin Capitole (7g Offshore Dream-Extra Dry) took the Prix Capelle Belgique over the 2300 meter autostart course for a purse of €5,760. 16 International starters were at the start with the 1.2/1 odds favorite home on top in 1.15.6kr for trainer/driver Hugo Langeweg Jr. On the same card the Prix Journal Eurotierce for €7,200 over 2850 meters was contested by nine international participants. The 1.16.2kr winner was the 9/10 favorite Trailing Edge (7m Scarlet Knight-Veda Sund) driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and Ecurie Rally. On the last weekend solid action took place in Italy. On February 27 at Aversa the €45,100 purse Gr. II Gran Premio Andreani went to the 1.13.4kr timed Telecomando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) for Enrico Bellei. The victory over 1660 meters on the half-miletrack was number eight in 15 starts for earnings now in excess of €123,000. Tobias Del Ronco (4m Love You-Leonor Del Ronco-Supergill) was second for G.P. Minnucci with third to Tulum (4m Algiers Hall-Image OM-Lemon Dra). On Sunday February 28 at Firenze’s 1000 meter track the Gr. II Prix Ponte Vecchio for €45,100 went to Radiofreccia FI (6f Ganymede-Castilia-Lemon Dra) for Enrico Bellei timed in 1.13.5kr over 2020 meters. Rum E Coca Day was second ahead of well-regarded Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill). The race winner recorded her 15th victory in 55 starts now for over €395,000 earned. Veteran Mack Grace SM (10m CC’s Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) has made two recent starts in Italy after eight months away from the races. On January 28 he scored a 1.13.2kr victory at Albenga  over 1600 meters and on February 28 the classy old-timer finished second at Milano timed in 1.13.9kr. He’s earned €3,668 in those two efforts. It was also reported that Prix de Paris winner Lionel will get a short rest to be ready for a next start in mid-April at Enghien in the Prix de l’Atlantique. The son of Look de Star, he by Coktail Jet, would then likely return to Norway for the Oslo Grand Prix, a Gr I International test at Bjerke Racecourse on June 12, a race to which Lionel has already been invited. Oslo GP 2016: Thomas H. Hicks  

The Paris-Vincennes featured Gr. I UET Master Series Grand Prix de Paris (purse €400,000, 4150 meters, 12 starters) went to relentlessly closing Lionel (6m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) for Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen. The winner at odds of 8.9/1 tracked leading Bird Parker and then followed Bold Eagle, as he took the lead into the stretch, before storming home a with a length to spare. Bold Eagle held second for Franck Nivard with 88/1 Tagada Tagada third, 14/1 Bird Parker fourth and 7/1 Timoko fifth. Lionel’s win denied Bold Eagle the Triple Crown as he increased career earnings to over €711,000. Timoko was first to lead off the start and then yielded to Bird Parker. Content with a pocket spot Timoko could not keep with Bird Parker late in the final bend and tired late. The marathon distance took its toll also on Bold Eagle as he weakened late after surging to the front at top stretch. Time was 1.14.8kr (5:10.32) with a quick last 1000 meters off a slow pace (1.16.9kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.16.1kr at 1000). The replays and pre/post race coverage – spectacular! Grand Prix de Paris Thomas H. Hicks

After the Q+ was hit yesterday with favorites Bold Eagle and Timoko at the top of the ticket, today’s Quinte+ jackpot was €2.1 million in the Prix de Senlis (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European entrants). Owner/trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin teamed Valse d’Avignere (7f Look de Star-Hermine d’Avignere) to victory at 7/1 timed in 1.13.3kr in this front-ending score. 19/1 Vestale du Goutier (7f Quido du Goutier-Olympe Pierji) was second for Anthony Barrier with third to 10/1 Princess Kronos (7f Donato Hanover-Malibu Princess) reined by Christophe Martens. Danae Quesnot (3f Rocklyn-Megara) took the Prix d’Oloron (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, nine three year-old filly starters) for Eric Raffin. The winning filly at 9/1 rallied late between rivals for defeat 9/10 favorite Dynamite’s Fella (3f Ready Cash-Romane’s Fella) and driver Franck Nivard. Dynamite is trained by Fabrice Souloy for Hodij Coatings BV. 29/1 Divine Seven (3f Niky-Terre d’Any) stormed down the outside for Alexandre Abrivard to be third, she owned and trained by J-M Bazire. Pacesetter 3.6/1 Douchka Love (3f Love You-Shucca) held fourth for Bernard Piton, trainer Benedetto Marigliano and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The winner and field showed a quick final 500 meters to be timed in 1.17.8kr after very slow fractions (1.19.4kr at 1500 to go; 1.19kr at the 1000 and 500 to go posts). Today’s Prix de Juan les Pins (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, 17 European entrants) went to 12/1 Armess de Guez (6f Fleuron Perrine-Obiana de Guez) with J-M Bazire, the trainer, up for Ecurie Vautors. 24/1 Algue d’Occagnes (6f Odeisis de Vandel-Occa Pierre) was second for Franck Ouvrie with Delphine Flevo (6f Sugar Trader-Volga River) third at 10/1 for Rick Ebbinge. 26/1 Riviera As (f Cantab Hall-Fortune As) was fourth for Gabriele Gelormini. Thomas H. Hicks  

Alexandre Abrivard teamed Prix de Cornulier winner Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) to victory in today’s Gr. I International €200,000 purse Prix d’Ile-de-France (2175 meters, monte, 13 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The 2.4/1 harness racing favorite trailed for much of the 2175 meter test, long behind open lengths leader Vaillant Cash, before making a three-wide move to get into contention around the final bend. Once in range she darted to the pegs and got past Vaillant Cash (7m Offshore Dream-Kara du Rebon) on the line. Vaillant Cash was off at 9.6/1 odds and was reined by Clement Frecelle. Scarlet Turgot is trained by Yannick-Alain Briand for owner Mme. Th. Hoste. 29.7/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Harlane du Terme) was third for Eric Raffin and trainer J-M Bazire. 49/1 Udayama (8f Echo-Lancia du Pont) was fourth (she the race winner last year) and 44/1 Nonant Le Pin (9f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice) ended fifth for Yoann Lebourgeois. The winner was clocked in 1.10.6kr off fast fractions (1.06.8kr at 1500 to go; 1.07.5kr at 1000; 1.098kr at 500). With the victory Scarlet Turgot became a legend of sort by recording the Cornulier/Ile-de-France double and lowering the mounted trotting time record at Paris-Vincennes with the 1.10.6kr score. Malakite held the old record at 1.108kr set in May, 2008. Scarlet also lowered the Prix d’Ille-de-France record set by Picsou de Villabon (1.10.9kr in 2011). The Vaillant Cash led fractions today set up the new time standard (1.06.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.07.5kr at 1000; 1.09.8kr at the 500) and the top finishers, each clocked in 1.11.3kr or better, compared to the aforementioned Picsoo Villabon and the 1.11.3kr winners Nouba Turgot in 2009 and Hot Tub in 2008. The opening monte contest this day was the €95,000 purse Gr. III Prix Indienne over 2175 meters. The nose winner timed in 1.11.5kr was 4/5 odds Boss du Meleuc (5g Lucky Blue-Rafale du Meleuc). Eric Raffin teamed the winner for trainer/owner Yannick Alain Briand. 2.6/1 Aventurier Cehere (6g Niky-Iloa de l’Orne) at 2.6/1 was second for Antoine Wiels with a distant third to 79/1 Aurea Vikland (6f Prince de Montforf-Kettina de Monti) and joc key P-Y Verva. The Quinte+ today had a €3.85 million jackpot and the race was the €60,000 purse Grand Prix d’Afrique over 2850 meters with 18 contestants. Also named the Prix de la Gironde, the race winner was 3.2/1 Ange de Lune (6g Laetenter Diem-Kera Elle) for owner/trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard clocked in 1.14kr. 19/1 Vivaldo Bello (7m Love You-Enfilade) was second for Franck Nivard teaming for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin.  16/1 Aupiquaria (6f Goetmals Wood-Illys Way) held third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. The Gr. III International Prix de la Marne (purse €110,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to the rallying wide Ustinof du Vivier (8g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) at 3.1.1 odds for Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Bred by Jean-Yves Lecuyer,the winner scored in 1.12.5kr off fast even fractions (1.11.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.10.9kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500 to go) and prevailed to victory when leading 0.5/1 odds favorite Viking Blue went off-stride and took dq. 62/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) reached second for J.Cl. Hallais and Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) took third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 25/1 Luckycharm Hanover (8m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover) hugged the pegs to be fourth  for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden with fifth to 25/1 Beckman (9g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) that Orjan Kihlstrom reined for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Gr. III Prix de Royen (purse €100,000, 2700 meters, 12 European starters) went to 2.7/1 Briac Dark (5m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) for trainer/driver Franck Anne and owner Guy Barou. This one scored timed in 1.13.4kr after quick early fractions (1.11.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500). Briac Dark surged to a nice lead after Arlington Dream and Red Rose America made the pace, with Arlington Dream off-stride off the final bend., and then held gamely as 6.5/1 Vikind Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) closed in for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 5/2 odds Akido (6g Love You-Isba) rallied for third for trainer/driver Franck Nivard and Wcurie Comte P de Montesson with 23.2/1 A Nous Trois (6m Orlando Vici-Quallas) getting fourth for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer  Sebastien Guarato. The wrap-up today was the Prix Toque Blanches (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters, monte for apprentice jockeys) and Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Noir-Madone On Wood) took victory at 9/10 odds with Leo Abrivard up. 3.2/1 Unsert Dairpet was second for Julien Balu and 24.8/1 Uppercut Orange held for third for Alexis Collette.The winner was timed in a sharp 1.13kr. Thomas H. Hicks

December 27, 2015 - Today’s Paris-Vincennes opener to an outstanding Winter Meet harness racing program at Paris-Vincennes was the €34,000 Prix de Conches for three year-old females over 2175 meters. 3/1Cresta Rosa (3f Repeat Love-Quercifolia) earned a two-length win for driver Franck Ouvrie and owner/trainer Jean Baudron timed in 1.15.3kr. 13.6/1 Caline Belri (3f Magnificent Rodney-Ma Tourangelle) was second for trainer/driver Bruno Chanonat ahead of 3.7/1 Cadence de Brion (3f Vivaldi de Chenu-Kijoue du Montil) and trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Emile Riotteau for four year-olds (purse €120,000, 10 monte starters, 2700 meters) went to 2/1 second choice Bilibili (4m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) timed in 1.14.2kr and ridden by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Jean-Pierre Barjon. 1.9/1 favorite Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) was a close second for Francois Lagadeuc and trainer/owner Jean-Michel Baudouin. 5.9/1 Boeing du Bocage (4m Scipion du Goutier-Lova du Cap Vert) ended a distant third for Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Leblanc with fourth to 26.8/1 Beauty Turgot (4f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane) reined by Anthony Barrier for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Replay The co-featured Gr. II International Prix Tenor de Baune (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) was captured by 1.4/1 favorite Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) and driver Franck Nivard. Fabrice Souloy trains this Norwegian-registered trotter for Goran Antonsen. 1.8/1 Robert Bi was second for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and K.K. Bijkerk, the owner. 4.1/1 Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) ended third for trainer/owner/driver Franck Anne with fourth to 12.5/1 Call Me Keeper (5m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for the combination of Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Africaine (5f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) landed fifth for Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. Scratched was A Nous Trois. The fractions were very pedestrian in this groupe II event (1.15.7kr at 1500 to go; 1.15.5kr at 1000; 1.15.3kr at 500, finish 1.14kr) until the final 500 meters when Lionel exploded with speed. Lionel now shows nine wins in 15 starts for career earnings of €531,716 and this win comes with an automatic Prix d’Amerique qualification. Replay The Gr. I Prix Vincennes (monte, purse €240,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to favored 4/5 odds Cassandra d’Em (3f Kesaco Phedo-Paradisia d’Em) ridden by jockey Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Jean-Pierre Allix and Ecurie d’Em. The easy five-length winner recorded victory six in 12 outings now for €223,880 earned. With seven starters disqualified, 10/1 Caline des Plages (3f Scipion du Goutier-Nuit de la Marfee) landed second for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie de l’Empereur. 48.7/1 Candela (3f First de Retz-Ofara) was third for trainer/owner Paul Viel and jockey Antoine Lherete. 99.1/1 Cappricia (3f Mah Jong du Vivier-Prisca Verderie) was fourth for Mme. Emilie Le Beller and trainer Bertrand Le Beller. 103.4/1 Caennaise (3f Memphis du Rib-Opaline Blanche) was fifth for Mathieu Abrivard. The race winner was clocked in 1.14.6kr. Today’s performances by, Lionel, Robert Bi, Specialess and Akim du Cap Vert set up an interesting final month before the Prix d’Amerique, and all of these are relative youngsters (will be ages five and six in 2016). Thomas H. Hicks  

December 10, 2015 - 10.7/1 Orione Degli Dei (7g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) rallied to win today’s Prix de Blois (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) timed in 1.11.6kr for driver Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Bologna 2011. 5.8/1 Trophees de Jabe (8g Kesaco Phedo-Otika Vita) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Mme. Daniele Gozlan. Tabriz du Gite (8m Ganymede-Kadaizia du Gite) finished third at 16/1 for driver David Thomain ahead of 31/1 Oropuro Bar (7m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks) for Pierre Vercruysse, Scuderia 4AB and trainer Harry Rantanen with fifth to 27/1 Global Midnight (8f Ganymede-Global Business) for teamster Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Global Farm AB. This event was the day’s Quinte+ race (jackpot €4.05 million, exact order payoff €15,330). Today’s Prix Jussy at Paris-Vincennes (purse €80,000, 2175 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.12.6kr winner, 5.5/1 odds Biwa Nectar (4m Nectar-Nika ) driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. 10/1 Armstrong Jet (5m Love You-Jenny Jet) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 11/1 Blues d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) rallied to be third for Mathieu Mottier. On December 8 ay Roma was the prestigious Prix Tino Triossi (purse €209,000, 2100 meters autostart) and it went to pacesetter Sugar Rey (4m Look de Star-Aurora Boreale-Indro Park) timed in 1.14.1kr for Pietro Gubellini. The three-quarter length winner score victory nine in 29 career starts for €425.960 earned. Sereno OP (4m From Above-Grandinat-Crown’s Invitation) was second for Antonio Veloti with third to Stankovic OK (4m Self Possessed-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) and driver Enrico Bellei. Santiago d’Ete (4m Daguet Rapide-Love Me Tender-Supergill) ended fourth for Roberto Andreghetti. Thomas H. Hicks

October 28, 2015 - Mathieu Abrivard teamed the Sebastien Guarato trained Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) to victory at 7/10 odds today in the €110,000 purse Gr. III Prix de Cevennes at Paris-Vincennes. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr over the 2700 meter distance against 11 competitors. 18/1 Trophee de Jaba (8g Kesaco Phedo-Otika Vita) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire with 5.3/1 El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-My Intuition) third for Joseph Verbeeck, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Vitkindade. 10/1 Tornado Bello (8m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) was fourth for Pierre Levesque with fifth to 27/1 Trebol (8m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) and Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Olmo Holz and Nefertite del Rio were next in the talented field with the top four finishers racing barefoot. The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.8 million) this day was the €70,000 purse Prix de Soulac over 2700 meters and with 18 participants. The 1.13.1kr winner was 13.3/1 Un Diamant d’Amour (7g Diamant Gede-Havane de la Motte) for Eric Raffin and trainer Ch.A. Mary. 6.9/1 Urac (7g Coktail Jet-Innce de la Loge) was second for reinsman Romain Derieux, owner Antonio De Sousa and trainer Nicolas Ensch. 25.2/1 Ulhior du Beziau (7m Orsy Dream-Jipsie du Beziau) ended third for David Thomain and the longshots drove a sizeable exact order payoff of over €680,000 for a €2 wager. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 16 Un Diamant d'Amour E. Raffin B. Giraudon C.-A. Mary 2ème 18 Urac R. Derieux A. De Sousa N. Ensch 3ème 6 Ulhior du Béziau D. Thomain L. Slama A. Pereira 4ème 11 Rio Grande F. Jamard Ecurie Joël Desprès J. Desprès 5ème 5 Samba Dorée J.-M. Bazire M. Mourice R. Mourice    Rapports (pour 2€)     Ordre 165.109,40 € - Numéro plus :       Ordre :       681.670,00€       Désordre :       13.633,40€       Désordre :       2.709,00€       Tirelire :       3.800.000€       Bonus 4 :       314,40€       Bonus 4sur5 :       35,20€       Bonus 3 :       8,40€                     The Prix du Dorat (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) on the Vincennes card went to 1.14.1kr winner Venus de Bailly (6f Chaillot-Oceane de Bailly) at 11/1 for Franck Ouvrie for Ecurie L.B. Bourgoin. Favorite 1.3/1 Volare de Lou (6g Korean-Pareastern de Lou) was second for Christophe Martens with 6.9/1 Vinochka (6f Milord du Chene-Miss du Chene) third for Joseph Verbeeck. Also on the card was the €50,000 purse Prix de Maure de Bretagne (A) over 2700 meters. Twelve contestants battled and the 1.15.8kr winner was 7.4/1 Arlesienne (5f Niky-Orange) driven by trainer J-F Senet for Ecurie Elevage du Gade ahead of second finishing 18/1 Arbella du Parc (5f Jenko-Boucheka) and Joseph Verbeeck. 16/1 Alexane d’Urzy (5f Coktail Jet-Oree Bourbon) was third for Alexandre Abrivard for Ecurie Augustin-Normand. At Solvalla today there were several interesting winners bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. The Owners Trophy with 200,000SEK to the winner went to 17/1 Underpaid Hanover (6m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and Stall Blatt. This one overcame a 20 meter handicap (traveling 2160 meters) to win, clocked in 1.12.5kr, over favorite 1.6/1 Daley Lovin (4m Conway Hall-Dreamsmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Zet, also traveling 2160 meters. The co-featured Menhammer Stutueri (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters distance handicap, was won by 1.8/1 odds Bethel Hanover (5f Donato Hanover-Beignet Hanover-Malabar Man) with Erik Adielsson up for Stall Palema and trainer Par Hedberg traveling an extra 20 meters, and timed in 1.12.7kr. Coco de Vie (4f Chocolatier-Bliss-Angus Hall) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer/owner Stefan Melander. The Muscle Hill-Girlie Tough four year-olds mare Heavens Door finished fourth, traveling an extra 40 meters. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 5, 2015 - Vincennes featured Quinte+ Prix d’Ete (Gr. II International UET Masters Series, purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) went to Norway’s Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) with Franck Nivard driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen. Lionel recorded his fifth straight victory. The 3/5 odds favored winner scored in 1.12.1kr by a length in rated fractions (1.13.7kr at 1500, 1.12.5kr at 1000, 1.12.6kr at 500 to go mark). Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) was a good second at 4.9/1 for teamster Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Sebastien Guarato with third to 7/2 odds Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retiz-Prima du Cap Vert) and owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. Classy veteran mare Roxane Griff (10f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), recently passed the €3 million career earnings level, ended fourth for Eric Raffin at 28/1, trainer Guarato and Ecurie Griff. Romanesque finished fifth. Nahar was disqualified for a miscue. The Gr. II Prix de Basly (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 entrants) went to fast-closing Che Jenilou ((3m Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Antonio De Sousa. The winner scored in 1.14.2kr after a blistering pace set by Classica du Ruel (3f Scipion du Goutier-Romance du Ruel) that faded to fourth (1.10.2kr at 1500, 1.11.4kr at 1000, 1.13.4kr at 500) for David Thomain. Finishing second was Caline des Plages (3f Scipion du Goutier-Nuit de la Marfee) with third to Carles des Caux (3m Mien-Star Dadienville). Vaisman (6m Memphis du Rib-Iula du Douetil), at 1.6/1 odds for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne, won the Prix du Mont Saint Michel (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) timed in 1.13.2kr, 4.2/1 Gold For Gold ZAZ (7m Scarlet Knight-Spritte ZAZ) was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and 38/1 outsider Conrads Fredrik (8g Credit Winner-Ahmeida) was third for driver Eric Raffin. The Gr. III Prix Joseph Aveline (purse €82,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) produced a victory for fast finishing Belina Josselyn (4f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) and trainer/driver J-M Bazire as they nailed Briac Dark (4m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) driven by Franck Anne on the line. Bolero des Vignes (4m Quai Bourbon-Poesie du Bouffey) ended third, three lengths back. The winner was clocked in 1.14.1kr off even fractions. On the non-groupe undercard, the Prix de Neuil sur Layon (€46,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to the 1.12.1kr winner Black Charm (4m Prodigious-Podana) with Eric Raffin teaming for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 22, 2015 - Norway’s Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) took today’s Paris-Vincennes featured Gr. III Prix de Provence (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, eight European starters) with Franck Nivard up for harness racing trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen. The even-money winner was timed in a sharp 1.12.9kr to defeat Sweden’s  5/2 odds Dante Boko (5g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) that raced well on the front for Dominik Locqueneux, driving for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Stall Be The Best, and that effort was half-length short of victory. 7/2 Vaisman (6m Memphis du RibIula du Donetil) was a distant third for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne ahead of Italy’s 18/1 Prince di Poggio (6m Varenne-Moon Shadow) and teamster Eric Raffin. Fractions were 1.14.7kr at the first 500 meters; 1.12.9kr at the 1000 mark; 1.12.4kr at the 500 and 1.12.9kr at the finish. Also on the card was the Prix de Lury Sur Arnon (purse €38,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) and it went to 7.7/1 odds Borsalino du Jal (4m Oyonnax-Riva Pellois) for trainer Sebastien Guarato and teamster Guillaume Jouve for owner RMC 2014. Second went to 13/1 Bambou de Calvi (4g Korean-Gramonde) for Matthieu Verva ahead of 3.7/1 Binky (4g Niky-Pristounette) driven by J-M Bazire for trainer J-M Baudouin. Winning time was 1.12.6kr. The well-bred Crazy Dream (3g Repeat Love-Daisy Chain-Speedy Somolli), off at 2/1, won the Prix de Lagny (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) in driven by trainer Yves Boireau for owner Ecurie D. 25/1 Clear Sky (3m Oyonnax-Tosea) was second for trainer/driver Charles Antoine Mary ahead of 65/1 Camel Griff (3g Nice Love-Reine Griff) reined by Gaetan Ligeron. Legendary broodmare Daily Chain has produced 16 foals, the last in 2013, 12 money winners and five with over US$100,000 earned including Kaisy Dream 1:56.2 ($1,205,145), Orsy Dream 1:56.2 ($257,337), Paisy Dream 1:59.2 ($170,861) and Nice Dream 1:59.1($134513) In Sweden on August 21 at Gavle the well-bred Tobin Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) took the E3 Consolation (80,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.3kr. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the winner to defeat Token Bi (3g Equinox Bi-Ida Grandi-Toss Out) with Columbus Sisu (3g Korean-I Enjoy Beinga Girl-Conway Hall). Zamia FC 1:58.1 ($500,352) was winner of the Gran Premio Citt’di Napoli and has produced eight foals, six money winner and six in 1:59.1 or better including Gift Kronos 1:51.2 ($358,901), Mint Kronos 1:55.1 ($271,513) and Namale Kronos 1:55.2 ($153,648). Second dam of the winner is Twiggy by Speedy Somolli from Dance Slipper by Noble Victory. Thomas H. Hicks

Geir Vegard Gundersen piloted his trainee Support Justice (6m Kadabra-Artisane-Lucky Lane) to a 1.11.6kr victory, in a two-horse race-off, in the Aby Stora Pris (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 1640 meters autostart, each heat with 400,000SEK to the winners and the final worth 1.2SEK million first prize). First heat winner Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) driven by trainer Daniel Reden was second after setting the pace. Reden, from post one, took the race-off lead and held it to top of the stretch with Support Justice alongside for much of the 1640 meters autostart. Support Justice then took over and drew clear for a three-length score. The winner now has a slate of 26-3-2 in 38 career starts, for earnings of 7,634,613SEK. He earned 1.6SEK million for the race-off and heat two victories. Vasterbo Highflyer won heat one in a fast 1.09.4kr defeating Mosaique Face (6m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) with Lutfi Kolgjini up and BBS Sugarlight (6g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) was third for Peter Untersteiner. Rue du Bac and Nahar finished next in line. Heat two went to 1.10.2kr winner Support Justice over BBS Sugarlight and Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) with Jennifer Tillman driving. Repay Merci was fourth in this heat as Rue du Bac and Nahar were disqualified for going off-stride. Also on the Aby card was the Gr. II International UET Masters Series Lyon Grand Pris Summer Meeting (500,000SEK to winner, 3140 meters autostart). Mellby Viking (7m Viking Kronos-Naomi de Lou-Extreme Dream) rallied late for a convincing victory driven by Jorma Kontio for trainer Timo Nurmos. The winner has an 18-4-0 slate in 32 starts now for 2,955,080SEK earned. Alfas du Vinci (7g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) was second for Joakim Lovgren with third to veteran Traveling Man (10m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) with Ulf Ohlsson aboard for trainer Daniel Reden. Time was 1.13.4kr over the stayer distance. Candor Hall and On Track Piraten, the pacesetter, finished fourth and fifth. Aby Grand Pris promo video follows. Despite rains a fine audience was on-hand for today’s superb racing program. The last ten years has seen many of the trotting sport’s leaders win the Aby Stora Pris. Year Winner Driver Trainer Second Third 2015 Support Justice Geir Vegard Gundersen Geir Vegard Gundersen Västerbo Highflyer   2014 Commander Crowe Örjan Kihlström Fabrice Souloy Quid Pro Quo Juliano Rags 2013 Sebastian K. Jorma Kontio Åke Svanstedt Save The Quick Commander Crowe 2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Commander Crowe Oracle 2011 Rapide Lebel Eric Raffin Sebastien Gurato     2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Jerry Riordan Torvald Palema Beanie M.M. 2009 Torvald Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Commander Crowe Garland Kronos 2008 Garland Kronos Lutfi Kolgjini Lutfi Kolgjini     2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B. Larsson Fredrik B. Larsson Oiseau De Feux   2006 Red Chili Pirat Örjan Kihlström Patrik Södervall Passionate Kemp Adams Hall 2005 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Steinlager   Thomas H. Hicks  

August 9, 2015 - Today’s Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie (UET Masters Series, 2300 meters autostart, purse €180,000, nine starters International) went to Princess Grif (6f Varenne-Fauve Grif) for driver Roberto Andreghetti for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi, timed in 1.14.4kr. Off at 5.3/1 odds the winner benefitted from the scratch of Aladin d’Ecajeul and disqualification of favored Roi du Lupin and Olmo Holz. 41/1 Paladin Bleu (13m Jag de Bellouet-Uno Picolina) was second with Marc Huygens up and third went to 35/1 Onyx D’em (13g Uranes Sautonne-Becilia) for Rik Depuydt. Other longshots 24/1 Nene’degli Ulivi and 48/1 Roller Quick were next to the line in this contest. The turf contestants battled today at Royan in the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (€32,000 purse, 2475 meters, 13 starters) with the 1.19.6kr win going to 3/2 favorite Univers de Marzy (7g Look de Star-Lovelie de Marzy) for J-Ph Monclin and trainer/owner B.R. Plaire. 17/1 Tui de Narmont (8m Ipson de Mormal-d’Oree de Narmont) was second in a good effort, ahead of third finishing 48/1 Telfanto de Coudde (9g Orlando Vici-Jalna de Couddes) Also on grass, at Carentan, was the Grand Prix de la Ville de Carentan (€45,000 purse, 2850 meters distance handicap, Trophee Vert series) and the 1.17.1kr winner was 19/1 Un Soir Baroque (7g Hand du Vivier-Joie Baroque) for Flavien Michot. Thierry Raffegeau is the trainer. 7/1 Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) was next for Anthony Barrier with third to 36/1 Uno de Guinette (7g Kaiser Soze-Isis de Guinette) for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy. At Enghien the Prix Café de la Mairie de Groussainville (€56,000 purse, 2875 meters) went to the Thierry Duvaldestin trained 13/1 odds Cere Josselyn (3f Kaisy Dream-Kate) with Damien Bonne driving. Time was 1.18.8kr with second to 2/1 Currency (3f Orlando Vici-Precious of Fee) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 43/1 Cana de Bailly was home third for pilot Franck Ouvrie. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 11, 2015 - The Saturday July 11,the Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles (€95.000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters) at Enghien presented a top flight harness racing lineup on a sunny day before a fine audience: Nene’Degli Ulivi, Pierre Vercruysse Olmo Holz, Ch. Martens Ru de l’Airou, FranckOuvrie Texas de l’Iton, T. De Genouil Scarlet Turgot, Eric Raffin Princess Grif, Roberto Andreghetti Tornado Bello, Thomas Levesque Beckman, Franck Nivard Tornade du Digeon, Jos. Verbeeck Rue du Bac, Tony Le Beller (Italy) Moses Rob, Andrea Guzzinati Italian-bred Princess Grif (6f Varenne-Fauve Grif), at 6/1 odds, staged a victorious late rally for teamster Roberto Andreghetti to score in 1.12.8kr, by two lengths, for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi, from pacesetter Olmo Holz (7m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) handled by trainer Christophe Martens, also Italian-bred. Italy’s Moses Rob (9m Ganymede-Etoile Rob) was third for teamster Andrea Guzzinati and owner Scuderia Sole Che Sorgi. The fractions were moderate and speed steadily increased during the contest (1.13.4kr at 1000; 1.13kr at 500). It was an Italian clean sweep. The first of several other top class races July 11 at Enghien was the Prix du Louvre (Gr. III €85,000 purse, 2875 meters, 10 European starters) and after a mid-race no contest ruling the race was re-started and the 0.5/1 favorite prevailed. Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) scored in 1.15.5kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen. 6/1 Red Rose America (Italian-bred by the late Lou Guida, followed to be second for Tony Le Beller, trainer Souloy and owner Stall Panamera Racing. 13/1 Alpha Saltor (5m Paris-Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was third for Mathieu Abrivard. Race fractions were modest (1.16.3kr at 1000; 1.15.8kr at 500) with Lionel controlling the affair throughout. The Prix de Villiers (€48,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) was the day’s Q+ event (€4.35 million jackpot) and it went to the 9/10 favorite, Sweden-bred, Calvin Borel (5m Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Furan) with owner/trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer driving. The winner led for much of the race and barely held on for the 1.13.6kr victory (fractions 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.4kr at 500). Mathieu Mottier teamed 11/1 Blues d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) to second ahead of 43/1 Arlequin (5m Hasting-Imagine) with Joseph Verbeeck up for trainer Luc Roelens.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.350.000 € - Numéro plus : 1644   Ordre :       80.760,00€   Désordre :       1.615,20€   Bonus 4 :       159,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       42,00€   Bonus 3 :       11,20€ The Prix du Palais de Chaillot (€68,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 European starters) went to Sweden-bred Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner-Level Forty Two) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard for trainer Jorgen Westholm and owner Nortronic KB. Off at 7/1 odds the winner was clocked in 1.14.4kr over the extended distance with accelerating speed (fractions 1.15.5kr at 1000, 1.14.6kr at 500). Tina Jolie (8f Jasmin de Flore-Mirea des Picares) was next for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Helena Krom with third to Urgos (7m Kesaco Phedo-Orcieres) and teamster Joseph Verbeeck and trainer J-M Bazire.  Thomas H. Hicks  

June 22, 2015 - Sunday’s harness racing undercard at Vincennes also included two Gr.III events and the day’s Quinte+ with a €3.35 million jackpot. Starting that action  was the Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (€85,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) was clocked in 1.13.7kr by the victorious 1.6/1 favorite Beau Gamin(4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Jean Michel Rancoule. The winner recorded his eighth win now for earnings of €227,440. 7/1 Balva Montaval (4f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou) finished second for Franck Nivard with 44/1 Bolide de Gueron (4m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Olivia) third for Franck Anne, the driver/trainer/owner. The Prix de Gresse (Gr. III, €80,000 purse, 2700 meters, 12 European starters) went to the 1.12.5kr winning Norwegian Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Dign-Smokn Lantern) for J-M Bazire. The 3/1 winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy for Goran Antonsen. Lionel scored his ninth career win for earnings of €203,216. 25/1 Red Rose America (5f Varenne-Armbro Voice) was second for Tony LeBeller driving for trainer Souloy and the Denmark owner Stall Panamera Racing. This one was bred in Italy by the late Lou Guida. 39/1 Atout du Lorre (5g Oakwood du Closet-Haquikmie) was third for Franck Anne also trainer/owner. Rooibus and Rember Mail finished fourth and fifth while As Dore and Arlington Dream were disqualified. The Quinte+ Prix Bertrand Deloison (€90,000 purse, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) went to the 1.13.8kr timed, 2.3/1 odds Val Royal (6m Capriccio-Quarda du Rib) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner/breeder Ecurie des Charmes. The winner posted his 11th career victory now for €353,720 earned. Germany’s 3/1 Chapeau (6m Love You-Crown Tess) was second for trainer/driver Christophe Martens and Italian owner Renato Bruni. 29/1 Urgos (7m Kesaco Phedo-Orcieris) was third for Joseph Verbeeck driving for trainer Bazire. Italy’s Perkins Grif was fourth. Win-place handle alone on the W+ race exceeded €1,147,000.      Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.350.000 € - Numéro plus : 0397     Ordre :       1.281,80€     Désordre :       23,40€     Bonus 4 :       7,20€     Bonus 4sur5 :       3,60€     Bonus 3 :       2,40€           Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 7 Val Royal J.-M. Bazire Ecurie des Charmes J.-M. Bazire 2ème 11 Chapeau GER C. Martens R. Bruni C. Martens 3ème 10 Urgos J. Verbeeck M. Moureaux J.-M. Bazire 4ème 4 Perkins Grif ITY F. Nivard Scuderia Futura 2004 Srl F. Souloy 5ème 16 Scarlet Turgot E. Raffin Mme T. Hoste Y.-A. Briand               Thomas H. Hicks  

June 20 2015 - Harness racing at Chartres on Saturday included the Prix de Bar PMU “L’Olympic” (€21,000 purse, 2800 meters, 14 starters) and the 1.18.4kr winner was 4/1 Bago du Plessis (4m Rieussec-Jessica du Plessis) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. 21/1 Bijou des Loups (4g Nahar de Beval-Jodie de Bois) was next for Anthony Barrier with third to 7/1 Broneu Vici (4g Saxo de Vandel-Eau du Loir) with M-J Chevalle driving. Saturday at Chartres led the action that day in France including the Prix PMU “Be Lucky” (€27,000 purse, 2800 meters, 16 starters) and Franck Nivard teamed 2.4/1 Valsa d’Aviqniere (6f Look de Star-Hermine d’Avigniere) to the 1.16.3kr win. Thierry Duvaldestin is the trainer/owner. 12/1 odds Tcherkess (8g Cedre du Vivier-Lianesde) was next for Franck Ouvrie ahead of 40/1 Viano Turbo (6g Orsy Dream-Guimauve des Sarts) for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Legandary Jean-Pierre Dubois piloted his Calicot du Vivier (3g Repeat Love-Kalinka du Vivier) to victory in the Prix Epicerie PMU (€21,000 purse, 2800 meters, 14 starters) at 3.1/1 odds, clocked in 1.18.7kr. Yves Boireau trains the winner that defeated 15/1 Cherry Cadence(3f Redlight Jet-Oderose) and 14.7/1 Cool Buissonay (3m Kool du Caux-Lutara Buissonay) with owner/trainer/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute up. Cavaillon on Saturday hosted the Prix Alain  Paul Nitard (€25,000, 2626 meters autostart, 15 European starters) and the 1.16.2kr winner was 14/1 Midsummer King (10g King Lavec-Pietra) with J. Guelpa up. 32/1 Head Line(8g Rite On Line-Fanopoli) was next for David Bekaert with 3/5 odds Romanesque (5m Love You-Guantanamera) third for trainer/driver Christophe Martens and owner Ecurie Campus. Thomas H. Hicks  

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