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December 1, 2018 - Gr. II monte Prix Joseph Lafosse at Vincennes, purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, eight harness racing five year old starters, saw the 4/5 odds favorite Dexter Fromentro disqualified for a miscue and that open the door for 2.2/1 second choice Dryade du Parc (5f Ludo de Castelle-Orelia d’Ecublei) to score for Eric Raffin, in the irons for breeder/owner/trainer Patrick Lecullier. Race time was 1.13.2kr for the now eight time winner in 33 career starts that had her earnings increase to 235,170€. 5.1/1 Daelia de Vandel (5f Ready Cash-Maelia de Vandel) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Cedrik Megissier. 13/1 Dubai d’Essarts (5f Kaisy Dream) was third for Francois Legadeuc ahead of 35/1 Dragon du Fresne (5m Saphir Castelets) and 85.1 Danja du Desert (5f Meaulnes du Corta). The Q+ Prix de Saint-Georges de Didonne (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) went to 5.5/1 Canular (6g Jet Fortuna-Gohelle) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Didier Brohier. Race time was 1.14.3kr off even fractions. The 11/1 Coquin de Fontaine (6g Ozio Royal) was second for Anthony Barrier and breeder/owner/trainer Bruno Courault. The 25 meter handicapped  and 14/1Chica de Joudes (6f Jag de Bellouet) was third for owner/trainer/driver Alain Laurent. Cabernet (6g Prince Gede) at 5.2/1 and 8.5/1 Cocktail Julino (6g Pagalor), handicapped 25 meters, completed the top five in exact order and those 2€ ticket holders received 9,096€ Thomas H. Hicks

November 20, 2016 - 8.6/1 Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) rallied in spectacular fashion for harness racing driver Franck Nivard and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc to get up in the final strides and win the Gr. II Grand Prix de Bretagne (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 18 international starters). Anna caused a false start, as she has done in the past, but with a little handler help got away on a second try, albeit many lengths behind the field. After 600 meters she had only one horse beaten and then began moving forward with cover in the third tier. She entered into contention, second over in tier three, late in the final bend and began a steady surge that nailed 4/1 Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae) and driver Orjan Kihlstrom (trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet) nearing the line. 24/1 Princess Grif (7f Varenne-Fauve Grif) was third for Roberto Andreghetti (trainer Fabrice Souloy, owner Azienda Agricola Biasuzzio. The top three earned an automatic qualification to the Prix d’Amerique, as will the top three finishers in the remaining B’s. 7.3/1 Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash) was fourth for pilot Anthony Barrier and fifth was 219/1 outsider Trebol (9m Hot Blues), frome Spain, with trainer Gabriel Angel Pou at the line. The winner was timed in 1.13.1kr off even fractions (1.13.3kr at 1500 to go ; 1.13.kr at the 1000, 1.13.5kr at 500 to go). Replays : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvAaVE-aosA #15 Anna Mix ; #6 Propulsion ; #13 Princess Grif ; #16 Bird Parker ; #9 Trebol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVJmnae7Qaw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu1P9S78YHA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwZY3NGCxdA Thomas H. Hicks  

October 28, 2016 - Featured harness racing action this evening was at Mons Ghlin including the Quinte+ Grand Prix de la Toussaint for aged international performers, as well as two other upper class events. The Mons Ghlin feature was the Grand Prix de la Toussaint (purse €100,000, 2300 meters autostart, 16 aged international starters, quinte+ wagering). Timed in 1.12.4kr the winner was 1.3/1 odds barefoot Anna Mix (f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) with Franck Nivard at the reins. Anna Mix is owned and trained by Franck Leblanc. In the fast class field 17.3/1 Solea Rivelliere (10f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere) was second for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard. Third was 13.2/1 Booster Winner (5m Love You-Gaille Viretaute) for teamster Dominik Locqueneux and the beaten field included Swedishman and Ave Avis, Shiraz Brodde (7g Love You-Stephanie Brodda) took the Grand Prix Paris-Turf Belgique at Mons Ghlin (purse €48,000, 2850 meters autostart, 15 international starters). The Roberto Andreghetti piloted 17/1 longshot was clocked in 1.13.6kr for trainer Vincent Martens and owner Olof Brodin AB. 1.7/1 favoritre Bazir Dimanche (8g Orlando Vici-Storer Meslosa) was second for Dominick Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Dimanche, 5,8/1 Bullseye (8g Love You-BWT Spirit) landed third for Rik Depuydt ahead if Michael Nimczyk’s King of the World, Big Headache (6g EL Mikko-Southwind Roselle) at 11.7/1 took the Prix Champagne Moet (purse €12,000, 2300 meters autostart, 16 international starters) timed in 1.13.5kr for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard. Timo Hulkkanen owns the winner. Second was 35.5/1 Seyffwnstein (7g November-Brenda) with veteran Jos Verbeeck up for Team Neuhat and trainer Conrad Lugauer. 4.9/1 Ordalia (8f Cherokee Chef-Pat River VL) was third for trainer Salvatore Campalo, ahead of 6.3/1 Butler (5m Ready Cash-Odyssee d’Isques) for Clement Duvaldestin and trainer/owner Anders Lindqvist. Also at Mons Ghlin was the Prix Finale GP des Geniteurs (purse €40,000, 2300 meters autostart, 10 male three year-old starters). 2.6/1 favorite Jack Lj (3g Otello Pierji-Tell Me More) scored timed in 1.17.3kr for Rik Depuydt, Ecurie Lj and trainer Mme, C. DeSoete. 4.3/1 Jointness Sidney (3m Look de Star-Super Sidney) took second and third went to 3/1 Janus Boshoeve. Thomas H. Hicks  

The game FR mare Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune), off as the 3/5 favorite, captured the €172,320 total purse Gr. I Prix Maharajah European Mares Championship at Solvalla. Erik Adielsson was the pilot for harness racing trainer Sofia Aronsson and owner Franck Leblanc. She was clocked in 1.11.5kr over 2140 meters autostart off even fractions and she raced in the death seat throughout (1.09.8kr after 500 meters, 1.11.5kr at the 1000; 1.11.9kr after 1500). 4.2/1 Some Summit (5f Dream Vacation-Graceland Summit-Armbro Trick) set the pace, for trainer Veijo Heiskanen and reinsman Jorgen Sjunnesson, and just missed the win. Third was 7/1 Venice (7f Quite Easy-Vivace-Express Ride) from Finland and reined by Mika Forss. Oibambam Effe ended fourth and Nelson Nora was fifth. Well-regarded D’One raced second over for Orjan Kihlstrom and faded in the lane to be unplaced. The Big Noon for three and four year-olds (purse €43,457) went to 9/1 French Laundry (4m Muscles Yankee-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) for Kihlstrom/Melander timed in 1.11.7kr over 1640 meters. He earned his first 2016 win in seven starts and 12th in 37 career outings, now for 5,831,243SEK earned. Jerry Riordan trainee Tango Negro (4m Infinitif-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra) raced well for driver Christoffer Eriksson to be a close second as the winner rallied on the pegs. Pacesetter Mellby Emeralds (3g Muscle Hill-Mellby Rubin-Pine Chip) lasted for third with Ulf Ohlsson up. 4/5 favorite Cruzado Dela Noche was unplaced. The Ahlsell Legends (purse €21,701, 2140 meters autostart) brought out great drivers from the past and one of the best, Stig H. Johansson, won with Robert Bergh’s trainee Michelangelo As (5g Allstar Hall-Harmonica As-Mack Lobell) timed in 1.12.8kr gate to wire. The 9/10 favorite bested Pepe di Jesolo (7f Ganymede-Zanna di Jesolo-Baltix Speed) driven by Giampaolo Minnucci with 34/1 Petter Rags (9g Mr. Commissioner-Julia Rags-Super Arnie) third home for Mihail Koslov. Unique Julia was fourth for Olle Goop. The other legend drivers included William O’Donnell, Peter Gerry, Helen A. Johansson, Will Rode, Anders Lindqvist and Bo Eklof. The undercard also produced a victory for Caddie Lisieaux (3f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann in the Wallenius Cup. She was clocked in 1.11.3kr to defeat Rato Royale, a three year-old Credit Winner filly. The Energetics Monte race led off the program as Tsar De Houelle (9g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte-Granit) scored for FR owner Franck Leblanc and trainer/jockey Sofia Aronsson, a super day for her. Thomas H. Hicks

Today at Axevalla Sweden, the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart, nine starters) went easily to FR invader Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) timed in 1.12kr. Harness racing driver Erik Adielsson drove the Sofia Aronsson trainee that Franck Leblanc owns. She now has  a career slate of 11-8-6 in 37 starts for 7,229,354SEK earned. Off at 3.26/1 Anna Mix defeated .67/1 favorite Call Me Keeper (6m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper-Credit Winner) and the Orjan Kihlstrom/Daniel Reden driver/trainer team. Third was 12.3/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Spring Flickan-Prince Mystic) and Bjorn Goop for trainer Dan Widegren. Repay Merci, Solvato and Tumble Dust were in the beaten field. The prior day at Axevalla there were three events for 100,000SEK first money. Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) scored in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters autostart for Carl Johan Jepson and trainer Jerry Riordan. Pasquale Ciccarelli owns this 14 time winner in 32 starts for the career. Another 2140 meter autostart test went to .66/1 favorite Je T’aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je T’aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) timed in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. The other 2140 meter test, for three year-old fillies, was won by Caddie Lisieux (3f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) at .79/1 and clocked in 1.15.2kr for Kenneth Haugstad. Roger Walmann trains this one. The Broad Bahn filly Flo Jo Keeper was second with trainer/driver Bjorn Goop up. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 31, 2016 - The opener this day was the Gr. II Prix Camille Blaisot/Prix Lenotre (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 7 starters) and the impressive 3/10 winner was Bilibili (5m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon. The winner was clocked in 1.14.6kr off slow fractions (1.16.5kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.15.4kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500 mark). Biscuit Delavera (5m Ludo de Castelle-Neva du Rosier) was second at 5.8/1 odds for jockey Clement Frecelle and trainer J.L. Bigeon, ahead of third finishing Boldena (5f Qwerty-Jessie Jet) with Cedric Terry aboard for Franck Terry, trainer, at 56.6/1odds. 11.6/1 Baron du Chene (5m Goetmals Wood-Imperiale du Chene) was fourth for Franck Nivard, jockey for trainer Franck Leblanc. Watch for Bilibili as his career moves forward. The €70,000 purse Prix de Montreal/Prix Lalique (2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to barefoot Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier- Pika Josselyn) timed in 1.11.4kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Mme. O-Roffi-Urano. The winner rallied late, off fast fractions (1.08.5kr at 1500; 1.109kr at 1000; 1.11.3kr at 500 meters to go). Second was game Black Atout (5m Prodigious-La Caqure) at 109/1 odds for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Franck Leblanc, also racing without shoes, Black Charm (5m Prodigious-Podana) was a shoeless third for Eric Raffin and trainer/owner team of Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Fourth was Sharz Roc (by Gigant Neo) for Mathieu Abrivard, fifth was Scellino Luis (by Andover Hall) for Orjan Kihlstrom and sixth home was Suerte’s Cage (by Igor Font) for Gabby Gelormini and trainer Holger K. Ehlert. The Gr II Prix Kusmi Tea/Prix Jacques Andrieu (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 12 monte starters) went the impressive Ukerlza du Benjo (8f Blizzard Poterie-Julie Abbevilloise) for Mathieu Mottier and a happy owner/trainer Philippe Rouer, clocked in 1.13.6kr off a modest pace (1.14.1kr at 1500 to go, 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.kr at 500 meters to go).The winner took the lead at the halfway point. Texas de l’Iton was second at 4.3/1 odds for Franck Nivard and trainer Hughes Levesque. 9/1 Teatro (9m Ganymede-Josette) landed third for Ch.J. Bigeon and owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. Vrai Voya and Satin d’Avril were next to the line. Vaillant Cash was unplaced after a monte win on January 17. The Gr III Prix RMC/Prix Jean-Rene Gougeon (purse €105,000. 2100 meters autostart, 16 European entrants) went to quick timed 1.11.2kr, 7/10 odds, Aubrion du Gers (5g Memphis du Rib-J’arrive du Gers) for owner/trainer/driver J-M Bazire. The pace was fast from the start (1.09.1 at 1500 to go; 1.10.5kr at 1000, 1.11.3kr at 500) with Lutfi Kojgini’s Dante Boko setting the pace. 4.6/1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) was second  for Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Fabrice Souloy and P. Hauger the owner. Third was the game 7.2/1 Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. Ten finishers were clocked in 1.11.8kr or better in the competitive contest. Alpha Saltor (Mathieu Abrivard aboard), Quite An Avenger (Finland’s Mike Forss up), Increased Workload (Bjorn Goop for trainer Bergh and owner Melander) and Germany’s Dream Magic BE (Jozef Franzl trained, Vercruysse driven) were next to the line.Udo’s Oiler was scratched. The Gr. II Prix Charles Tiercelin/Prix Harley-Davidson (purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 four year-olds European starters excluding geldings) went to Traders (4m Ready Cash-Graziella) with Nicolas Roussel up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Scuderia Colibri SAS, off at 2.6/1 odds. Second at 13/1 was Caid Griff (4m Password-Savane Griff) with Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato and Ecurie Griff. Third was 9/10 favorite Charly du Noyer (4m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas with fourth to 16.1 odds stablemate Cahal du Rioults (4m Password-Plesse Des Rioults) also owned by Olivier Henri Thomas and trained by Allaire. The top six to the line were timed in 1.11.9kr with fifth to 65/1 Talisker Horse (4f Pine Chip-Iri Horse) handled by trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Sixth was Calita Wood (4f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) for Bernard Piton, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Fractions were fast from the start and the winner was on top or second after the 1000 meter to go mark (1.06.2kr at 1500 to go; 1.09.6 at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 500 remaining). Traders replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbwkQjNpzAg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls5tU_6k4GA The day’s  10th race closer was the Prix Tidalium Pelo (purse €62,000, 2850 meters, 18 monte starters with apprentice jockeys) with victory to the barefoot Up Julry (8m Ludo de Castelle-Jatcha) with Leo Abrivard up for trainer Jean-Pail Gavin and Ecurie Julry at 1.1/1 odds. 12.7/1 Speed Pacha (10g Kuadro-Heline de la Butte) was second for Mlle. Alexiane Lepage and owner/trainer David Cherbonnel and third to 51.9/1 Toto du Minon (9g In Love With You-Kaline du Minon) with Valentine Pateau aboard for trainer Sylvain Roger. Videos of Le Trot’s highlights of the full week at Paris-Vincennes: Prix d’Amerique replay - Prix d'Amérique Opodo 2016 - Bold Eagle triomphe !: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvC50BEAHeU Last week’s Prix de Cornulier – Scarlet Turgot Victory:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWmapwRutzk Other Vincennes Racing from Prix d’Amerique-Opodo Week; Trebol Wins Gr.III Prix du Luxembourg 4.2/1 odds Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) found his winning  ways again with a stunning come from behind victory in the January 30 featured Prix du Luxembourg (purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 international starters) clocked in 1.12.1kr. Trainer Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou teamed the Spanish bred veteran owned by Cuadro Oivia-Crespia Perez. 1.9/1 favorite Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. 5.4/1 Orione Degi Dei (8g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) landed third for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy andowner Scuderia Bologna 2011. 92.7/ odds Orient Horse (driver Alessando Gocciadoro) and 14.9/1 El Mago Pellini (Adrian Kolgjini up) were fourth and fifth. In the beaten field were well-regarded Ave Avis (sixth), Rocky Winner (seventh), Beckman (eighth), Vagabondu Mag (ninth) and Brutus de Bailly (tenth) Tentation Ans (4f Muscles Yankee-Coronation Ans) took the day’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.45 million) Prix Moni Maker (purse 37,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) timed in 1.15.2kr for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini at 8/1 odds. Far back in second was 17.2/1 Tamure Roc (4f Exploit Caf-Emc Roc) for Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Tomas Cecere and owner Scuderia Sant Eusebio and third was 38.3/1 Conga du Buret for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer P.Y. Rochard The same day at Vincennes was the Prix de Paray-le-Moniel (purse €2175 meters, 11 monte European starters) went to 1,4/1 odds barefoot Alto du Lys (6g Magnificent Rodney-Hi Fi d’Eronville) piloted by Clement Frecelle for trainer J.L. Bigeon. 6.4/1 Artist Kelao (6g by Quido du Gautier) was second for jockey Th. Dromigny and 8.5/1 Adorable (6g by Prince Gede) was third with Antoine Wiels aboard. The Quinte +(jackpot 3.35 million euro) from January 28 at Vincennes went to Italy’s Pleasure Kronos (7f Varenne-Speaks Volume) for driver Pietro Gubellini and owner Scuderia Cristian SAS at 49.1/1 odds, timed in 1.13.5kr. UIlulu Bella (8f Jam Pridem-Nathalia Bella) was second for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer J-P Marmion at 12.8/1 with third to Tell Me No Lies (7g Offshore Dream-B. Glorious), at 3.1/1 odds, and pilot Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The 2.1/1 favorite Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) ended fourth for Eric Raffin and trainer Johanna Lindqvist and Scuderia Super Chico SAS. This Prix de la Semaine Internationale carried a 65.000 euro purse over the 2700 meter grande piste for 18 European starters. The January 28th Quinte+ event was the Prix de Yonkers Raceway (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The 1.13.7kr timed winner was 15.7/1 Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanadia) driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Etoile Sweden HB. 8/1 Amie d’Andy (6f Coktail Jet-Nanyotiere) was piloted by P-Y Verva, also the trainer. 31/1 odds Reine du Zack (6f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Giulia Grif) took third for trainer/driver Marco Smorgon and owner Scuderia Della Stelle of Italy. On January 26 the  Paris-Vincennes featured €90,000 purse Prix de Mirande (2700 meters, 14 European starters) went to 3/5 odds favorite Bugsy Malone (5g Ready Cash-Night Captain) driven by Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and clocked in 1.14kr. This one is consigned to the Arqana Trot sale later this week at Paris-Vincennes. 7.9/1 odds Bolide Jenilou (5g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) landed second for pilot Anthony Barrier, ahead for 4.4/1 Boeing du Bocage (5m Scipion du Goutier-Louada du Cap Vert) for J-M Bazire aboard for trainer Franck Leblanc. Thomas H. Hicks

November 1, 2015 - Franck Nivard teamed 2/1 favorite Anna Mix (5f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) to victory in today’s €60,000 purse Grand Prix Andre de la Vaissiere, the 2875 meter distance handicap feature event at Laval contested by 18 European participants.  The winner, that overcame a 25 meter penalty, is owned and trained by Franck Leblanc and was timed in 1.13.4kr. 2.2/1 Falcon Haleryd (6g Varenne-Falnos Bellona) ended second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Johan Untersteiner and Stall Invexbo AB. 106/1 outsider Succes de Vaux (9g Edcon Tilly-Idole de Brenard) was third for Michael-Gerard Baron. The Prix Annick et Georges Dreux (purse €40,000, 2850 meters, 12 European monte starters) today at Laval went to the 1.13.7kr winner Bijou d’Auvillier (4g Kepler-Olive d’Auvillier) at 2.2/1 odds for Mlle. Caroline Cheradame up for trainer Joann Lebourgeois. 6.7/1 Talicia Bella (8f General du Pommeau-Illicia Bella) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer J-M Marmion ahead of the 51/1 Valetta Strix (5g Going Kronos-Afrodite Sund) that is trained by Lutfi Kolgjini and ridden by Mlle Marie Bacsich. The Prix Albert et Raymond Poitevin (purse €30,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters) at Laval went to 6.9/1 Capone Face (3m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) timed in 1.16.6kr and reined by Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Antonio De Sousa. 6.3/1 Coeur Baroque (3g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) ended second for Damien Bonne with third to 3.9/1 Canari Match (3m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostel) for teamster Frederic Prat. Sunday at Berlin Mariendorf the PMU affected higher purses showcased the Champions-Serie (purse €10,000, 3100 meters autostart, 7 International starters) and the 1.15.9kr winner was 13/1 Wild Viking (7g Vikings Way-Walpurgis Crown) handled by trainer/driver Rudolf Haller for Stall Wieserhof. 1.7/1 second choiuce Indio Corner (6g Gigant Neo-Indira Corner) was second for Josef Franzl with 49/1 Charming Oreau (6f Eilean Donan-Oreau Hendrika) third for reinsman Benjamin Hagan and trainer Alle Lomar. The 9/10 favorite Oncoming Diamant (7g SJ’s Photo-Oruscha Diamant) was fourth with Detlef Fleischer doing the driving for trainer Gerhard Biendl. At Nimes the Prix des Haras d’Uzes (purse €25,000, 2750 meters, 15 starters) went to 84/1 Trust Speed (8g Ludo de Castelle-Kitty Speed-Tenor de Baune) for teamster A. Barre timed in 1.19kr in the defeat of 4.2/1 Ultimate Love (7g Gros Grain-Kelly Charm) driven by Junior Guelpa. Third went to 5.6/1 Vormensito (6g Quatre Juillet-Carmensita) driven by Kevin Vanderschelden, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Thomas H. Hicks

February 8, 2015 - The Gr. I Prix des Centaures (€240,000, 2200 meters distance handicap, monte, nine starters) resulted in a decisive win clocked in 1.12.5kr for Booster Winner (4m Love You - Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin up for harness racing trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 2/1 favorite handled, by four lengths, 3.9/1 Bali du Leard (4f Gazouillis-Irman Williams) with Franck Nivard in the irons for Franck Leblanc. Beauty Turgot (4m Hand du Vivier-Quouragane) ended third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Gr. III Prix de Luneville (€78,000, 2700 meters, seven starters, monte) went to 1.7/1 odds Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castelle - Neva du Rosier) in an easy score clocked in 1.16kr after slow fractions (1.17.9kr at 1500; 1.17kr at 1000; 1.16.2kr at 500). Clement Frecelle reined the winner for trainer Jean Luc Bigeon. 11/1 Buckingham Park (4m Coktail Jet - North American) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux ahead of Bilooka du Boscail (4f Look de Star  -Mirza du Vivier) with Nathalie Henry in the irons. Yves Hurel trains this one. In other upper class races Agrippine (5f Hasting - Moquevse) took today’s Prix Salam (€95,000 purse, monte, 10 five year-old starters, 2850 meters) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard at 3.8/1. The winner was clocked in 1.14kr in defeat of Attentionally (5m Jasmin de Flore - Intentionally) at 7/1 for David Thomain with third to Astre Blanc (5m Memphis du Rib - Java Blanche) at 11.1 for Mathieu Mottier and conditioner Sebastien Guarato. Norway’s Lionel (5m Look de Star - Aurora Sign) captured the Prix Application Parieurs (€75,000, 18 European five year-old males) for Franck Nivard. The 7/2 odds winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy and owned by Goran Antonsen. Aubrion du Gers (5g Memphis du Rib - J’Arrive du Gers) was second at 2.7/1 for owner, trainer, pilot J-M Bazire ahead of Italy’s third place Raul Breed (5m Yankee Slide - Flamma d’Asolo) at 124/1 for reinsman Mario Minopoli Jr. and trainer Salvatore Minopoli. The Prix Janval (€60,000, 2700 meters, nine three year-old starters) produced a win by Cirrus du Chene (3m Milford du Chene - Oasis du Chene) teamed by Franck Nivard. The 2.7/1 odds winner scored in 1.16.6kr as he defeated Cobra (3m The Best Madrik - Phuket Island) at 8/1 for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and third finisher Christo (3m Rieussec - Panacee) at 32/1 for Michel Lenoir, trainer/driver. Today at Le Bouscat the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duren (€35,000 purse, 2650 meters, 17 European starters) went to Jean-Pierre Dubois driven and owned Tast Of Bourbon (5f Donato Hanover - Qualita Bourbon). Jean Baudron trains this winner that was the 2/1 favorite.  Second was 2.8/1 Berry’s Boy (7g Love You - Realy Furniture) trained by Sebastien Guarto and driven by Glenny Delaune. Third was 16/1 Twist des Pleignes (8g Gazouillis - Ibiza des Plaignes) for owner/driver Denis Broussard. The earlier reported Prix de France summary is shown below with the winner Timoko. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjejaDIwSvk What a racing day this was, in this second leg of the French Triple Crown. Two weeks from now will be the Grand Prix de Paris over the marathon distance of 4150 meters. The Gr. I UET Masters Series event for €400,000 was won a year ago by Up And Quick with J-M Bazire up as he defeated Tiego d’Etang and Roxane Griff. Thomas H. Hicks

Two monte contests of merit headlined the Tuesday night Vincennes card. The Prix Lilius for €80,000 went to Italy’s Palomar Lb handled by Elisabeth Allaire. The son of Varenne scored over 2850 meters in 1.13.9kr at 14/1 over the 46/1 outsider Veracity. Palomar Lb recorded his 12thcareer victory. Summary follows: Palomar Lb with Elisabeth Allaire September 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Lilius, European monte, €80,000 purse, 11 starters, 2850 meters, 1.13.9kr Palomar Lb (5m Varenne-Gilly Lb-Supergill), Elisabeth Allaire, 14/1, Italy, trainer Harri Ratanen, 12th career win for €155,101 earned Veracity (5f Neutron du Cebe-Jovialidade), Clement Frecelle, 46/1 Viking de Tremahou (5g Flash de Cosse-Lea  Fortuna), Richard Joly up, 13/1 The secondary monte feature was the Prix Jean Mary for €78,000, this race for apprentice jockeys. Tayson de Houelle and Yann Joblot  held on for a narrow victory in 1.13kr over 2200 meters, over Safari Dream with Lolita Balayn up. See below: Tayson de Houelle (inside) September 30, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jean Mary, monte apprentice jockeys, €78,000 purse, 2200 meters, 13 starters, 1.13kr Tayson de Houelle (7g Insert Gede-Irina de la Frette), Yann Jublot up, 4.5/1 Safari Dream (8g Gai Brillant-CC Memoria), Lolita Balayn aboard, 2/1 Ursula Speed (6f Ludo de Castelle-Johanna Dream), Alexis-Philippe Grimnault up, 15/1 Thomas H. Hicks

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