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When it comes to a preference in horses, Standardbred or Thoroughbred, Louis Baudron has only one. "My preference is they are good," Baudron said with a laugh. "When you have a good horse, I don't care if it's a trotter or a Thoroughbred. We try to find the good one." Baudron, a native of France and the 34-year-old grandson of renowned horseman Jean Pierre Dubois, has enjoyed success with both breeds during his career as a trainer, driver, and jockey. He has trained 560 harness racing winners and 151 on the Thoroughbred side. He has nearly 400 wins as a driver, including four Grade 1 events, and nearly 200 as a jockey. On Friday, he will drive for the first time in the Breeders Crown when he sits behind Cuatro De Julio in the first of two eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Cuatro De Julio, bred and owned by Dubois and trained by Marie Ortolan Bar, appears to fit Baudron's preference for a good horse. He has won nine of 13 races and his 1:51.3 mile in a division of the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 9 at Red Mile makes him the fastest of the 2-year-old male trotters entered in the Breeders Crown. Baudron drove Cuatro De Julio in the International Stallion, his first drive in the U.S. since appearing in the 2008 Hambletonian Oaks with Saorse. She finished second in her elimination and seventh in the final. "I bought her when she was a yearling, so that was really a lot of fun," Baudron said. "To be at the Hambletonian, it was a good time. It was a great experience." Baudron is hoping for another great experience in the Breeders Crown. Cuatro De Julio, who started his career on the Kentucky fair circuit and graduated to Grand Circuit stakes winner, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in his elimination. The top-five finishers from the seven-horse elimination advance to the $600,000 final Oct. 30 at Hoosier. Elimination winners draw for posts one through five. "He's sharp, he's fast, he's a very nice horse," Baudron said about Cuatro De Julio, a son of Trixton out of Clarabelle. "Sometimes he can be not so easy behind the gate, but he is strong. He's not just fast, he's strong. I think he is one of the best 2-year-olds in America. "I hope he qualifies well and then after that we hope for the best. I'm excited." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

For the fourth consecutive year the Osarus Trot – Haras des Rouges Terres sale will take place at Haras des Rouges Terres in Saint Léonard des Parcs (Normandy, France) and will take place on August 28. Following the same format as in previous years, approximately one hundred horses, mainly “in training”, will be offered for sale by the famous French Baudron-Dubois family during a lunch-sale which is staged at the stables of Louis Baudron. The sale will be broadcast live on the Osarus Trot website at www.osarus-trot.com. Since its creation in 2017, the sale has produced a great number of winners on the track such as FIASCHETTO 1’13m, winner of the Gr.3 Prix Dido and placed second in the Gr.2 Prix Félicien Gauvreau, GRAND ART 1’12, winner and placed several times at group level at Vincennes and Enghien and who took a fourth place in the Gr.3 Prix Camilla at the end of May, Good Friday 1’13, winner of 6 races, Dream 1’13, winner of 7 races and 150.000 € since he was purchased in 2018, Fame Music 1’13 winner of 6 races including 3 in Paris, Hotika Blue 1’15 (winner at Vincennes last winter) or recent winners Hotel Mystic, top price of the 2019 edition, and Gabella, impressive winner at the beginning of June at Argentan.  Osarus Trot – Haras des Rouges Terres sale Contact : rnaud Angeliaume +33 (0) 6 07 57 06 00 / trot@osarus.com www.osarus-trot.com Marie Le Roux

June 30, 2017 - The Friday (June 30) the Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes with victory going to 28/1 Dominicana (4f Rocklyn-Passion d’Haufor) with harness racing owner/trainer Louis Baudron aboard. This Prix Eva (purse €60,000, 2100 meters, 18 European starters) was clocked in a sharp 1.11.5kr as the winning mare defeated stablemate and 25/1 Douce Aventure (4f Sam Bourbon-New York) reined by G. Junod for breeder/owner/trainer Baudron. 9/10 favorite Calizza Boko (5f Querty-Trancosa Boko) was third for driver Franck Nivard. The Prix Nemausa (purse €60,000, 2100 meters, 15 starters) went to quick 1.11.2kr timed and 3.2/1 Dixon Dark (4m Sam Bourbon-Queen des Charmes) for trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen and Stall Rita, the owner. 10/1 Direct Way (4g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was 11/1 Digne et Droit (4m The Best Madrik-Planty Pocket) with Franck Nivard aboard for breeder/owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. The Vincennes June 30 featured event was the Prix Paul Delanoe (monte, Gr. II, purse €110,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.13.1kr timed and 1.1/1 odds Alpha Saltor (7m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane). Matthieu Abrivard was in the irons for trainer David Bethouart and owner P.G. David. 12/1 Vaquero de Mont (8m Kaisy Dream-Lacovia) was next for Anthony Barrier and 3.7/1 Arlington Dream (7f Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) took third for trainer Philippe Allaire and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. The June 29 Quinte+ was at Vichy in the Prix du Bors du Bouc (purse €36,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters). 3.1/1 Avatar du Valo (7g Jivaro de Vilzy) was victorious for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer/owner P.Y. Bouvier. 81/1 longshot Twist Lie (10g Indy de Vive-Fiesole de Mareuil) was second and 23/1 Astia Fligny (7f Olitro-Fiesta de L’Arvon) took the third spot. Race time was 1.16.7kr. Also on June 29 at Vichy was the featured Prix Pierre Coulon (purse €70,000, 2150 meters, 12 starters) with victory earned by the 1.13.6kr timed and 63/1 odds Coquin Bebe (5m Rancho Gede-Noble Nanette). Pierre Tijou teamed the Franck Leblanc trainee to the win over 10/1 Univers de Daidou (9g Jag de Bellouet-L’Absinthe) and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. 1.4/1 favorite Tony Gio (5m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) was third with J-M Bazire driving for trainer Vincent Martens. Thomas H. Hicks

June 25, 2017 - Groupe action today at Paris Vincennes included three monte events, two being Gr. I tests. The monte day began with the Prix Xavier de Saint Paris (monte, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 12 starters) and it went to 6.5/1 Cassate (5f Neoh Jiel-Quivadu Rib) with Adrien Lamy in the irons for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. 22/1 Cavalleria (5f Prodigious-Janga) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato, with third to 18/1 Clara du Pontseuil (5f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) for jockey Anthony Barrier. The heavy 9/10 favorite Canadien d’Am was a miscue dq. The Gr. I Monte Prix Dessai (purse €200,000, 2175 meters, 12 starters, three year olds) went to 1.13kr clocked and 5/10 odds favorite Eye Of The Storm (3m Village Mystic-La Dolce Vita) with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. The Philippe Allaire owned and trained product was bred by Hugues Rousseau. 20/1 Epatante (3f Village Mystic-Suricate) almost nailed her stablemate on the line with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Allaire and breeder/owner Pierre Tebirent. 5/1 Eiffel Tower (3f Ready Cash-Nouvelle d’Atout) took third for jockey David Thomain, trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ottavia Roffi-Urano. The race winner bounced back nicely from a pair of recent miscue dq’s. Draft Life (4f Ubriaco-Maflymede) at 10/1 took the prestigious Gr. I Monte Grand Prix du President de la Republique (purse €240,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) with Eric Raffin in the irons. Raffin powered Draft Life to the front after 1000 meters and opened a huge margin that the pair held to the line. Louis Baudron bred, owns and trains the winner. Draft Life recorded her eighth career win in 21 starts, now for €482,170 earned. 13/1 Dawana (4f Ready Cash-Sanawa) was second for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was 6/1 Dragon de Fresne (4m Saphir Castelets-Rosee des Bois) with Matthieu Abrivard, the jockey. Heavily backed Django Riff and Darling de Reux was miscue dq’s. Race time was 1.12.8kr. This event was presented, as was the entire program, very professionally and garnered great support from the large crowd in the fan and entertainment areas and in the winner’s circle. Great racing, great horses and fan entertainment makes for an unbeatable afternoon. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwfHsvcL7vw This win by Eric Raffin placed him in the points lead for the E-challenge and culminated superb monte action. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 20, 2016 - The top FR harness racing three year-old fillies contested the Gr.II Prix Annick Dreux (purse €130,000 2700 meters, 15 starters) and the favorites were defeated by 9.1/1 Draft Life (3f Ubriaco-Maflymede) reined by Eric Raffin for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. She scored in 1.14.4kr in the heavy rain off modest fractions (1.14.3kr at 1500l 1.14.4kr with 1000 to go ; 1.14.kr at the 500). 57/1 Diana du Chatelet (3f Real de Lou-Tirade du Chatelet) was second for trainer/driver Aymeric Thomas and the 1.2/1 favorite Dawana (3f ReadyCash-Sanawa) was a tired third for Gabriel Gelormini and trainer Philippe Allaire. Delia du Pommereux and Dynamite Fella were fourth and fifth. Second choice Douce Rebelle contested for the gained the lead but she too tired late and was a dq. Thomas H. Hicks

Paris-Vincennes’ Prix Sapientia (Pick 5 harness racing event) was raced by 14 entrants over 2700 meters for the €36,000 purse. The 1.15.7kr winner was 5.9/1 odds Cats de la Ferme (4f Sam Bourbon-Premiere Blue) for reinsman Franck Nivard. Jean Baudron trains this one and was also breeder. 54/1 C’est Facile (4f Rocklyn-Maflymede) took second for Louis Baudron, he trainer and breeder. Mme. Amandine Baudron owns this one. 24/1 Caline Bretonne (4f Bassano-Madame de Lorge) took third spot for trainer/driver Didier Brohier. The day’s featured event was the Gr. III Prix Jean Paul Fairand, a monte contest over 2175 meters for a €90,000 purse. Nine were at the start (along with their apprentice jockeys) with 25.3/1 Safari Dream (10g Gai Brillant-La Nemoria) recording the quick 1.11.1kr victory for Mlle. Lolita Balayn, trainer Lois Peschet and Ecurie de Rougemont. The mile rate for the winner was 1:54.40 over 1.35 miles distance, a monte record for the distance at Paris-Vincennes. 9/10 favorite Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Nois-Madone On Wood) was second for Leo Abrivard and trainer Benjamin Goetz, with third to 15/1 Tonnerre de Retz (9g First de Retz-Kaline du Solnan) third for Antoine Dabouis and trainer J-F Senet. The race pace was fast (1.05.8kr at1500 meters to go, 1.07.2kr at 1000 meters remaining). The pupil of Loïc Peschet surpassed the 2010 record of Picsou de Villabon (1.11.3kr). On the same program the Prix Penelope (purse €35,000, 2850 meters, ten starters) went to 1.9/1 favorite Dulcinee Vrie (3f Royal Dream-Primeur Vrie) with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baiudron clocked in 1.16.3kr. The daughter of a Prix d’Amerique winner defeated 4.6/1 Diane d’Houlbec (3f OBrillant-Perplexe Lucanoise) with Matthieu Abrivard up, finishing ahead of 2.9/1 Daelia de Vandel (3f Ready Cash-Maelia de Vandel) handled by trainer Cedrik Megissier for Ecurie La Tour de Vandel. Thomas H. Hicks

Friday evenings’ harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes included the Q+ Prix Neptuna (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 17 entrants) and a host of upper-class events including two Groupe II contests. The Gr. II Prix Gaston de Wazieres (purse €120,000, 2100 meters, 17 female four year-old participants) began the groupe action. 5.4/1 Combattante (4f Sam Bourbon-New York) scored timed in 1.12.4kr for Pierre Vercruysse. Louis Baudron trains and owns the fine mare. 24/1 Caly LouLou (4f Gazouillis-Neige de Genetine) took second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and 47/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) was third to the line. The Gr. II Prix Gaston Brunet (purse €120,000, 2100 meters, 11 four year-old male starters) was won by 2.3/1 Charly du Noyer (4m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) timed in 1.12.4kr and reined by Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for Olivier Henri Thomas. 19/1 Caid de Jumily (4m Oiseau de Feux-Ravenna) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 3.8/1 Clif du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) took third spot for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger. Charly du Noyer The Q+ started the festivities and the 1.12.9kr clocked winner was 1.7/1 Akayama (6f Prodigious-Nirosaka) with David Thomain aboard for trainer Alain Roussel. She defeated 3.2/1 Verzee Carisaie (7f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Harmonie Carisaie) handed by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer J-Et. Thuet.  Outsider Vizzavona (7f l’As de Viretaute-Gocity Coulonces) at 73/1 was third for owner/trainer/driver M-X Charlot. The Prix Aletheia (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) was next and the 1.13.1kr winner was 2.3/1 Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J;arrive du Gers) with trainer/owner Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines. 2.3/1 co-choice Athos des Volos (6m Lynx de Bellouet-Penelope des Volos) rallied for second with Matthieu Abrivard driving and 4.6/1 Aero King (6g Hooper-Quormina du Hour) held third for reinsman Anthony Barrier. Near end of the program, and on the petit piste, was the Prix Palma (purse €35,000, 2850 meters, 12 three year-old filly starters) and 5/2 odds Datcha (3f The Best Madrik-Quoska des Arris) was an easy winner for Franck Nivard and trainer Emmanuele Ruault. Ecurie Comte P de Montesson is the owner. 12/1 Dynamite du Boulay (3f Defi d’Aunou-Mona Lisa Jet) rallied for second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Thierry Reffegeau. Third was 11.3/1 Dunyasha (3f Sam Bourbon-Troila du Corta) that Gabby Gelormini teamed for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois; The race time for these lightly raced females was 1.18.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks

October 13, 2015 - An excellent trotting card was on stage this evening at Paris-Vincennes. Combattante (3f Sam Bourbon-New York) took the Prix Ophiucus (purse €58,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) as the Eric Raffin piloted filly scored in 1.15.7kr at 6.3/1 odds. Louis Baudron owns and trains the winner that is from New York 1:57.1 (US$145,660), she a daughter of In Love With You-Comtesse d’Aunou-Baltic Speed-Nesmile, the latter dam of Buvetier d’Aunou, Defi d’Aunou, Extreme Aunou and Unispeed. New York previously produced Texas Style 1:57.3 (US$342,277) and is a 100% producer from her first five foals. 15/1 Capucine des Neuzy (3f Rambaldi-Julie a’Aubrac) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and 13/1 Creation (3f Rieussec-Ovation) landed the third spot for trainer/driver J-G Van Eeckhaute. The featured Prix Ludovica (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 11 four year-old starters) this evening went to 4.4/1 odds Babylone Seven (4f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala) timed in 1.14.3kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 25/1 Beaute de Baily (4f Vivaldi de Chorce-Oceane de Bailly) was a close second ahead of Bianca des Iles (4f Open Charm-Itija Paquerie) on the petit course at Vincennes Monte three year-old performers contested the Prix Phact (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters), a Gr. II event, that went to 5.2/1 odds Candela (3f First de Retz-Ofana) clocked in 1.15.2kr for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois in an open-length victory. 17/1 Cincinnati Bond (3f Prince Gede-Miranda d’Odyssee) was next for Anthony Barrier and third was earned by 79/1 outsider Caceaude Noel (3m Corot-Nuit de Noel) ridden by Philippe Masschaele. Vincennes’ Prix Algina for two year-olds (purse €38,000, 2200 meters, 7 starters) resulted in a narrow victory for the Yves Boireau trained Dream Darling (2m Sam Bourbon-Let’s Go Darling) and driver/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois clocked in 1.18.3kr and off at 4.9/1 odds. Let’s Go Darling 1:57.5 (US$370,959) is a daughter of Coktail Jet-Fly Darling-Podosis and Fly Darling is dam of Valse Darling 1:54.3 (US$560,587). The 3/5 favorite Django Riff (2m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) was second, driven by Joseph Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Darwin Maza (2m Coktail Jet-Paloma) was third at 6.1/1 odds for Ecurie de Maza and trainer Sebastien Guarato. At Mons Ghlin Belgium today the featured Prix Journal Eurotierce Belgium (purse €8,400, 2850 meters autostart, 10 entrants) went to 1,2/1 favored class-master Olmo Holz (7m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) driven by trainer Christophe Martens for owner Frans Delmote. The winner scored narrowly in 1.16.5kr over Out of Nowhere (9m Great Challenger-Gladstone) and third finishing Une de Bannes (7f Vroum d’Or-Jeune de Bannes) and reinsman Rik Dupuydt. Thomas H. Hicks

At Paris-Vincennes the €240,000 Prix des Elites (Gr. I monte, 2200 meters, 11 starters) went to 3/2 favorite Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute) for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Philippe Aloisio. Timed in 1.12.5kr the winner benefitted from a 50 meter advantage over competitors four and five years old to score easily, his sixth career win for earnings now of €365,050. Second choice Brutus de Bailly was second for Mathieu Mottier with Viva Forest home third for Franck Nivard and trainer Souloy. This one also overcame the 50 meter handicap to be third, timed in 1.11.5kr, with handicapped A Nous Deux fourth for Julien Raffestin, aboard for Ronny Kuiper trainer and Jean-Pierre Dubois owner. The European Criterium for five year-olds at Vincennes went to 3/2 favorite Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane-Lindy Lane) for trainer/driver Geir-Vegard Gundersen from Norway. Timed in 1.11.6kr over 2100 meters autostart, the winner scored for the 19th time in his career now for earnings of €603,861, in this Gr. I European event for €150,000 purse. The 29/1 Swedish  entrant El Mago Pellini (5m Chocolatier-My Intuition) was second with Dominick Locqueneux aboard for trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini. Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres) was third for owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron and Increased Workload (5m Scarlet Knight-My Darling) was home  fourth for J-M Bazire and trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Pascia L’est and Very Nice Marceaux were next across the line in a solid 11 horse field. The Prix Ovidius Naso-Beachcomber Hotels for €85,000 went to Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette-Arnaquer) and Ch. J. Bigeon. He scored for the 11th time now for earnings of €332,650 in this European event over 2850 meters. Timed in 1.14.5kr the winner, off at 9/10 odds, narrowly defeated Elles W.Phedo (8f Kasaco Phedo-Elles W.Lolita) with Johanna Lindqvist aboard and Tornade du Digeon with J-M Bazire up.Teatro At Solvalla the main event was the Swedish Kriterium for three year-old colts, with a purse of €443,200, contested by 12 horses over 2640 meters autostart. The winner in 1.14.01kr was Je T’aime Express (3g Symphonic Hanover-Je T’aime Marron) handled by Johan Untersteiner for trainer Peter Untersteiner. Stall Wetact owns the winner that scored at 31/1 odds. Buddha (3m Muscle Mass-Kinshasa) was second at 23/1 for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with 56/1 From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) third for Johnny Takter and trainer Lars Nilsson. Wingait Holger and Conlight As crossed the line fourth and fifth. The Swedish Trotting Oaks (three year-old fillies) for a purse of €310,240 went to Face’Em (3f Offshore Dream-Tuula Boko) with trainer Peter G. Norman up. The 6/1 odds winner covered 2140 meters autostart in 1.13.8kr. Differenceadaymade (3f Muscle Hill-Trophy Stand) was second at 25/1 for Bjorn Goop and Op’s First Girl (3f Flirtin Man-Jobi nhorse) ended third for Erik Adielsson at 28/1. The Graf Kalman Hunyady Memorial was also held today at historic Krieau (Vienna, Austria). Contested by eight over 2600 meters autostart with a €30,000 purse, the International event went to 31/1 outsider Solo Nolo (5g Dream Vacation-Vupti) for Hubert Brandstatter Jr. aboard. He trains the winner that scored in 1.15.3kr over Colin McKenzie (10g Just Had A Vision-Christie) and teamster A. Kaarlenkaski. Brandstatter also trains this one that bested third place Vrai Lord (5m Meaulnes du Corta-Orelady) off at 10/1 for Gerhard Mayr. Heavily favored at 1/10,9 Your Love Lois (9g Love You-Realy Furniture) was fourth for Rik Ebbinge. Abano Boy and legendary reinsman Heinz Wewering was fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Reve de Coeur (9g Kiwi-Fine Perle) took today’s featured €16,378 Prix Trophee Vert Suisse at Avenches in France. Timed in 1.17.6kr over 2000 meters on the turf, the winner recorded victory 14 in 90 starts for earnings of €220,045. Jean Matthey drove the 7.2/1 odds winner that defeated a pair of Giant Cat sired veterans Negotians d’Oritige and Padium du Rib. At Cabourg, Couleur Citron took a two year-old fillies event for €13,000 over 2050 meters autostart, the Prix d’Argentan. Eleven contested this one with Couleur Citron home first in her maiden effort for Yohan Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire timed in 1.19.6kr. The daughter of Coktail Jet-L’aunou du Fier is owned by J-P Barjon  and was 7/10 favorite, Barjon the owner of Prix d’Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta. Louis Baudron was second with his trained and owned C’est Facile (2f Rocklyn-Maflymede) at 10.9/1 As the sun set at Cabourg, the €24,000 Prix du Vira (2840 meters, 14 starters) went to Baron de Fleur in 1.18kr for Johanna Lindqvist, driving for trainer/owner Anders Lindqvist, her father. The three year-old son of Biesolo-Oseille Folie scored at 6.8/1 over Bellinissimo (3m Baccarat du Pont-Jaconde) handled by Thomas Levesque for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie Pierre Levesque. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The Hambletonian weekend and two important Derby’s in Europe (Germany and Hungary) did not diminish excellent graded trotting action in France. Village Mystic and owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron took the Gr. II Prix de la Haye at Enghien in a driving finish, holding off veteran Swedishman with Franck Nivard up. The €120,000 purse was contested over 2875 meters by 13 International rivals and the winner scored in 1.15.2kr as the favorite. The victory, his 12th career score, increased his life earnings to €774,320. August 2, 2014 Enghien, Gr. II Prix de la Haye, €120,000 purse, 2875 meters, International 13 starters, 1.15.2kr Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account), Louis Baudron owner/trainer/driver, 1.4/1 Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 3.5/1 Victoire (5f Kitko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up, 38/1 .................................................................................................... The Gr. III Prix de Henri Cravoisier also went to a well-regarded, well-known performer in the Philippe Allaire trained Brillantissime. The three year-old daughter of Ready Cash is owned by Frederic Sauque and she won for the ninth time, now with career earnings of €445,450. Veteran Joseph Verbeeck teamed the winner as even-money favorite. She is from the good producing Buvetier d’Aunou mare Ivre de Victoire. Italy’s Sceicco was second for Andrea Guzzinati in the one mile test timed in 1.11.6kr. August 3, 2014, Enghien, Gr. III Prix de Henri Cravoisier, purse €85,000, European 10 starters, 1609 meters autostart, 1.11.6kr Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire trainer, Fredric Sauque owner, 1.1 favorite Sceicco (3m Look de Star-Iuta), Andrea Guzzinati trainer/driver for Ecurie Louisiana, 7.2/1, Italy Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avri), Franck Ouvrie for trainer Frederik Prat, 12.8/1 ........................................................................................................... The European Prix de la Ville de Cannes was held at Cagnes sur mer and this €60,000 purse test over 2925 meters went to Tempo de Carless and teamster David Bekaert. The favorite was a length winner in 1.14.3kr over Sweden’s Ouch with Christophe Martens aboard. Italy’s Osiride Griff, a son of Varenne, ended third.. Cagnes sur mer, Prix de la Ville de Cannes, €60,000 purse, European 13 starters, 2925 meters, 1.14.3kr Tempo de Carless (7m Grisbi de Carless-Joie de Carless), David Bekaert up for Ph. Mortagne. 1.6/1 Ouch (7g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough), Christophe Martens, 6.4/1, Sweden Osiride Griff (6m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK), Nicolas Ensch, 24.8/1, Italy Thomas H. Hicks

Four excellent events graced today’s Enghien-Soisy card, including this days’ Quinte+ race. The feature race was the Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles for €95,000 contested by 11 European starters over 2150 meters autostart. Timed in 1.11.3kr, the Louis Baudron owned, trained and teamed Village Mystic scored a 12.5/1 upset. The five year-old son of Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account, bred by M.L. Baudron, nailed tiring favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) on the line, by a neck, the latter off at 3/5 for reinsman Franck Nivard. Voltigeur de Myrt was third for Eric Raffin. Winning Village Mystic now has 11 career wins for €720,320 earned. The secondary feature was the €85,000 Gr. III Prix du Louvre over 2875 meters for five year-old Europeans. 11 horses were at the start with the favorite Arlington Dream off at 4.3/1 in a wide-open affair. Clint W. Boko prevailed for the win handled by Robin Bakker in 1.15.1kr. The winner is a five year-old son of Abano As-Vantz Boko-Garland Lobell, trained by Paul Hagoort for Stable Unlimited. The winner secured his 10th career win now for €297,157. Germany’s Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla-Defi d’Aunou) was a close second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Josef Franzl and Vive Majyc ended third for Louis Baudron. Plutonio was fourth with J-P Dubois’ Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover) fifth and was  not a factor for Damien Bonne. Arlington Dream was a dq for a miscue.   The Q+ race (jackpot €5.2 million) was the €68,000 Prix du Palais de Chaillot over 2875 meters for Europeans. 18 went postward and the race handled €1,166,918 for win and place only. Italy’s Olimpus Caf scored the victory in 1.14.3kr for Damien Bonne. He’s a six year-old son of Varenne-Eviola’caf-Supergill, owned by Scuderia Mantaro and trained by J-E Le Bec. The win today was his 12th lifetime for €203,259. Germany’s Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way) was a close second for Dominik Locqueneux with Tempo (7m Coktail Jet-Haute Voltige) flying  home third for David Thomain. Replay follows: A host of outsiders in the top five exact order generated a great outcome for winning punters. This exact order crew was off at odds of 5,5. 12, 74, 46 and 9/1 respectively. Big fields make for unexpected results and payoffs. The other interesting contest today, also for European entrants, was the €48,000 Prix de Villiers that drew 16 starters over the 2150 meter autostart course. Italy’s Painting Wise took the victory in 1.12.9kr for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi owns the five year-old son of Equinox Bi-Catalina Wise-Supergill as the 1.2/1 favorite defeated Adman Perrine with Franck Nivard and Amiral du Bission and teamster P-Y Verva. The winner was bred in Italy by Scuderia Wise H and the win today was his 13th in a career that has earned €96,610. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

This historic racing day at Paris-Vincennes would not be complete without mention of a new tribute to French Champion Trotteur Ourasi. A bronze statue was provided today to Paris-Vincennes to mark the iconic career of Ourasi who died at age 33 last year. Today’s final two graded events at Paris-Vincennes went to Vulcain du Vivier and Vabellino. Vulcain du Vivier took the monte Prix Xavier de Saint Palais for Franck Nivard, in the irons for trainer Yannick A. Briand. Breeder and owner of this son of Look de Star is legendary commercial breeder Jean-Yves Lecuyer. Vulcain du Vivier recorded his 11th lifetime win for €220,450 as he scored in 1.12.2kr over 2175 meters. Viva Jenilou and Veracity ended two-three in this event for five year-olds. Prix Xavier de Saint Palais, Gr. II monte, €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters Fractions: 1.09.6kr at 1500; 1.10kr at 1000; 1.11.3kr at 500; 1.12.2kr finish 1st Vulcain du Vivier (5m Look de Star-Idea du Vivier-Tarass Boulba), Franck Nivard for trainer Y-A Briand, owner Ecurie Jean-Yves Lecuyer and breeder SNC Jean-Yves Lecuyer, 1.7/1 odds, raced with shoes to secure his 11th win for €220,450 2nd Viva Jenilou (5f Phlegyas-Louve Jenilou), Philippe Masschaele up for Louis Baudron trainer, 9/1 3rd Veracity (5f Neutron du Cebe-Jovialidade), C. Frecelle up, 27/1 4th Viscaria (5f Gai Brillant-Lajounie des Cinty), G. Gillot trainer/jockey, 105/1 The Gr. III Prix de Gasse ended an exciting racing day and the European event for €80,000 purse went to Vabellino and Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains the €217,000 plus winner as he flashed home in 1.13.5kr over the 2700 meter grand piste. Italy’s Olimpus Caf was a solid second for Damien Bonne. Prix de Grasse, Gr. III European, €80,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters Fractions: 1.13.6kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.13.6kr to 500; 1.13.5kr finish 1st Vabellino (5m Ouragan de Celland-Girl de Chantepie), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato, 2.3/1 odds, his 11th win for €217,950 lifetime 2nd Olimpus Caf (6m Varenne-Evoila Caf-Supergill), Damien Bonne, 71/1, Italy 3rd Up The Green (6m Espeyrac Sun-Nemenine), J-M Bazire, 4/1 4th Clint W. Boko (5m Abano As-Vantz Boko), Robin Bakker, 25/1, Denmark Reply of the drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W81fNAbIydw This historic racing day at Paris-Vincennes would not be complete without mention of a new tribute to French Champion Trotteur Ourasi. A bronze statue was provided today to Paris-Vincennes to mark the iconic career of Ourasi who died at age 33 last year. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

One of the summer season highlight cards is underway at Paris-Vincennes before a big crowd under sunny skies. The nine race card features purses totaling €1,267,000 and includes four Gr. I events and four other graded and European eligible contests. Two exceptional monte races were on the card including the €240,000 namesake contest that drew 17 starters. Results of the first three races follow. The Gr. I monte Prix d’Essai for €200,000 went to pacesetting upsetter Bingo Winner ridden by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato. This team set a blistering pace at 9/1 odds and tracking favorite Bird Parker (by Ready Cash) was unable to close the gap at any time, trailing about 10 lengths at the end. June 22, 2014 Paris Vincennes Prix de Nesles, €52,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters Fractions: 1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.14.7kr at 1000; 1.14.5kr at 500, 1.13.8kr finish 1st As d’Urfist (4m Install-Perle d’Urfist), Franck Nivard, 5.4/1 2nd A Nous Trois (4m Orlando Vici-Quallas), Louis Baudron, 5.4/1 3rd Amiral du Bisson (4g Jeanbat du Vivier-Melodie du Bisson), Pierre-Yves Verva, 3.6/1 Prix Raymond Fouard, Gr. III European, €85,000, 12 starters Fractions: 1.14.4kr at 1500; 1.12.9kr at 1000; 1.12.7kr at 500; 1.12.7kr finish 1st Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg), Jan Van Eeckhaute trainer/driver, 1.6/1 2nd Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof), Dominik Locqueneux, 7.6/1 3rd Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia du Vandel), Cedric Megissier, 3.6/1 Prix d’Essai, Gr. I monte, €200,000, 2175 meters Fractions: 1.11.1kr at 1500; 1.10.6kr at 1000; 1.12.5kr at 500; 1.13.3kr finish 1st Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute), Eric Raffin, 9.3/1 odds, trainer Sebastien Guarato 2nd Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Balisha), Yohan Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire, 9/10 favorite 3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), A. Lamy, 69.1/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

The Gr. II Prix Louis Jariel was the featured event on today's noon-day card at Paris-Vincennes. The 120,000 euro purse drew a field of nine five-year-olds traveling 2175 meters. The hotly contested, hot-paced event went to Very Nice Marceaux, craftily reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent. The 4/1 odds winner took the inside path before escaping heavy traffic into the homestretch. There Vercruysse found a way out and once fee the son of Jag de Bellouet responded rapidly to just nip Voltigeur de Myrt and teamster Eric Raffin on the line, timed in 1.10.9kr. Favored Village Mystic led the field into the stretch and held third for Louis Baudron. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Louis Jariel, Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, 9 starters Fractions: 1.09.9kr at 1500; 1.10.7kr at 1000; 1.11.3kr at 500; 1.10.9kr finish 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse up, trainer Gregory Laurent, 4/1 2nd Voltigeur de Myrt (5m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois), Eric Raffin for trainer R. Donati, 6.3/1 3rd Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres), Louis Baudron owner/trainer/driver, 1.8/1 favorite 4th Valse Darling (5m Prodigious-Fly Darling), Julien Dubois up, 26.7/1 5th Victoire (5f Kitko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Mme. D. Mottier, 9.2/1 The undercard was worth watching as well. Trainer Marco Smorgon sent Sister Dany Bar to the Prix d'Istres, a European eligible event for 65,000e. Anthony Barrier catch-drove the favored winner, a three year-old daughter of Love You from Red Hot Action by American Winner and a full sister to Le Dany Bar, a Smorgon trained winner of over US$667,000. Red Hot Action is a daughter of Crysta's Girl (Crysta's Crown-Video Chip-Bonefish). Video Chip is a full sister to Grand Circuit winning Bolla. Sister Dany Bar dispatched 13 rivals with her 1.15.4kr score as the favorite. June 7, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Istres, 65,000e, European, 2700 meters, 14 starters Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.15.7kr at 1000; 1.15.8kr at 500; 1.15.4kr finish 1st Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Marco Smorgon and owner Ecurie 4AB Sas, Italy, 7/10 favorite, her sixth win for €79,398 2nd Bonnie Cadence (3f Qualypso Jiel-Potuna Saint Andre), Emmanuelle Allard trainer/driver, 59.3/1 3rd Blanche Mencourt (3f Ready Cash-Navaja Blanche), Jos. Verbeeck for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire, 9.6/1 Jean-Michel Bazire enjoyed another fine day with wins handling Ave Avis and United Back, a pair he also trains. Ave Avis, a son of Kesaco Phedo scored in 1.14.2kr as 9/10 favorite, to easily defeat Arlington Dream and Amensito. Bazire's other winner, as the .5/1 favorite, was United Back in the 50,000e Prix de Villeneuve Sur-Lot. Summaries follow. June 7, 2014, Paris Vincennes, Prix du Dauphine, 58,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters Fractions: 1.16.3kr at 1500; 1.15.1kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.14.2kr finish 1st Ave Avis (4m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis-Tenor de Baune), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 9/10 favorite and easy winner, fifth win for 104,930e 2nd Arlington Dream (4m Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire, 1.6/1 3rd Amensito (4m Love You-Carmensita), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver, Jean Baudron trainer, 27.6/1 June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot, 50,000e, European, 2700 meters, 18 starters Fractions: 1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500; 1.13.6kr finish 1st United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 0.5/1 favorite, 14th win for 206,630e 2nd New Way (7g Uronometro-Elsinor Princess), Christophe Martens for Vincent Martens, 12.4/1, Italy 3rd Orient Horse (6m Abano As-Irma del Rio), Roberto Andreghetti for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 12.8/1, Italy The day's Quinte+ went to Global Manhattan handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The impressive winner led much of the way, was headed out of the final turn only to rally back for a length victory in 1.14.3kr. The son of Love You from Devilish Yankee by Yankee Glide earned his 21st career win for earnings now over 531,000e. Lobell Countess nailed down the second spot over a game Beckman that fought bravely from the death seat. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Quercy, 85,000e, European, 2850 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3.45 million Fractions: 1.14.2kr at 1500; 1.14.7kr at 1000; 1.15.2kr at 500; 1.14.3kr finish Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee-Yankee Glide), Eric Raffin for Fabrice Souloy and owner Stall Sharon AB, 6.9/1, 21st win for 531,455e 1st Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond), Dominik Locqueneux for Peter J. Strooper, 14.8/1 2nd Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema), J-M Bazire for Fabrice Souloy, 2.3/1 3rd Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell), Pierre Vercruysse up for Vincent Lacroix, 26.7/1 4thMint Kronos (8m Love You-Zamia FC), Anthony Barrier, Fabrice Souloy trainer, 65.6/1 Lastly, the 65,000e Prix Gien went to Bold Eagle, a son of Ready Cash driven by Jean-Etienne Dubois, his owner/trainer. Bazire was second with pacesetter Brosses Troubadour as even-money choice among the punters. The winner is from a Love You-Hippodamia mare, with Hippodamia the dam of €100,000 plus winners Pancho Villa and Quai Bourbon. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Gien, 65,000e European, 2700 meters, 15 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 4.9/1, sixth win for 81,800e 2nd Brosses Troubadour (3m Showtime Bourbon-Houri de Malte), J-M Bazire up, 1/1 favorite 3rd Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute), Eric Raffin aboard, 25.7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Hippodrome Le Croise Laroche hosted today’s fifth leg of the Gr. III prestigious traveling series the Grand National de Trot Paris-Turf. The race was contested for €90,000 by 17 performers over the 2800 meter course with distance handicaps applied. Franck Nivard, as trainer/driver, steered favorite Vulcain de Vandel to victory in 1.13.3kr, recording his ninth career win for €286,050. Vagabondu Mag was second for J-M Bazire. The exact order Quinte+ payoff was €1,230 for a €2 wager. May 21, 2014 Le Croise Laroche, 5th Leg Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf, €90,000, 2800 meters distance handicap, 17 starters, 1.13.3kr, Quinte+jackpot €2.2 million 1st Vulcain de Vandel (5m Jag de Bellouet-Ophelia de Vandel-Defi d’Aunou), Franck Nivard trainer/driver, 1.1/1 odds, traveled 2800 meters, ninth career win for €286,050 for Richard Cohen owner 2nd Vagabondu Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary), J-M Bazire up for trainer B. Bourgoin, 3/1, traveled 2825 meters 3rd Vive Majyc (5f Baccarat du Pont-Mammy Blue), Eric Raffin up for trainer Louis Baudron, 8.3/1, 2800 meters The undercard this day was very interesting as well despite occasional rain at the Lille track, that has the same great racing surface as Paris-Vincennes. The secondary featured Prix du Croise-Laroche for €26,000 went to veteran Freeman T. Porter with Joseph Verbeeck at the lines for trainer Conrad Lugauer. He traveled plus 25 meters to the stated 2825 meter course, a distance handicapped event, to score his 15th career win timed in 1.14.9kr. The good-looking winner is by Korean from a Somollison dam. 5/21/14, Le Croise Laroche, Prix du Croise-Laroche, European €26,000, 2825 meters, 16 starters, 2825 meters distance handicap, 1.14.9kr 1st Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Jos. Verbeeck for Conrad Lugauer trainer, 3.4/1, 2850 meters, his 15th win for €181,579 2nd Saladin (8g Hand du Vivier-Herodiarde), Antoine Wiels for J-P Marmion trainer, 53/1, 2850 meters 3rd Stormy Nightriver (7m Likeable Rover-Lamberonika), Nico d’Haenens up for trainer Henri-Joseph Pools, 2825 meters, 104/1 odds, Germany Verbeeck also won later in the card with Anantara Jet in division B of the Prix de Saint-Omer for €21,000. The four year-old daughter of Ganymede is trained by Luc Roelens and scored in 1.17.1kr over 2850 meters as she overcame a 25 meter penalty. May 21, 2014 Le Croise Laroche, Prix de Saint Omer Gr. B, €21,000, 2825 meters distance handicap, 12 starters, 1.17.1kr 1st Anantara Jet (4f Ganymede-Reethi Rah Jet), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Luc Roelens, 8.3/1, 2850 meters 2nd Argovie (4f Gogo-Nymphe Jet), Eric Raffin up for Michele Stihl, 32/1, 2825 meters 3rd Aizanau d’Ocque (4m Jason de Vandel-Kairosine), Julien Degardin trainer/driver, 76/1, 2825 meters Division A of the Prix de Saint-Omer, also for €21,000, was of special interest to me. Johanna Lindqvist patiently steered Angel Dark to another come from behind victory, his fourth in nine lifetime starts and second straight. The Anders Lindqvist trained, and co-owned with Peter Gerry of Arden Homestead Stable, four year-old gelded son of Look de Star looked boxed approaching the stretch but Mlle. Lindqvist found an opening and her charge rallied once free to sweep past rivals for a six length victory in 1.16.8kr. Gerry  commented  post-race “I am in France and attended the race at Le Croise-Laroche. It is a beautiful track near Lille. Angel Dark raced the best he has ever raced. Johanna gave him a textbook drive. It was a glorious feeling winning in France. It was fun, fun, fun. It is also surreal. I now go to Sweden to attend the races at Solvalla. It promises to be a great weekend of racing.”  May 21, 2014 Le Croise Laroche, Prix de Saint-Omer Gr. A, €21,000, 2825 meters distance handicap, 14 starters, 1.16.8kr 1st Angel Dark (4g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes), Mlle. Johanna Lindqvist up for trainer/co-owner Anders Lindqvist and Peter Gerry, 1.8/1, 2825 meters, increased earnings to €30,730 with career slate 4-2-1-1 in nine starts 2nd Aphrodite d’Arbaz (4f Coktail Jet-Mascotte d’Arbaz), Jean-Francois Senet driver, 15/1, 2850 meters 3rd Avartin Belri (4m Fortuna Fant-Kolankie), Bruno Chanonat up, 13/1, 2850 meters The great GNT day of racing concluded for me with the three year-olds competing in the Prix Grand Lille TV for  €22,000 over 2700 meters autostart. The well-bred daughter of Goetmals Wood scored easily in 1.16.1kr for trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen, she the favorite. Bruno Bakalao was second for Spain’s Gabriel-Angelo Pou Pou at the lines. May 21, 2014 Le Croise Laroche, Prix Grand Lille TV, €22,000, 2700 meters autostart, 15 starters, 1.16.1kr 1st Belle de Reux (3f Goetmals Wood-La Rouge-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jarmo Niskanen trainer/driver, 1.9/1 2nd Bruno Bakalao (3m Orsy Dream-Jimmberlay), Gabriel-Angelo Pou Pou up for trainer Antonio Ripoli Rigo, 24/1 3rd Bossanova Marza (3f Rocklyn-Pierji),  Matthieu Verva for Mlle. Celine Leclercq, 9/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

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