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Today’s opener at Vincennes, France was the Quinte+ Prix de Chateaurenard (purse 64,000€, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) and 7.6/1 Ce Bello Romain (f Jam Pridem-Miss Echo Bella) rallied to victory timed in 1.12.6kr for Mathieu Mottier and owner/trainer S.G. Dupont. The winner recorded his 14th career win in 42 starts now for 335,290€ in life earnings. Even-money favorite Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger) was second for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and 30.8/1 Baladin Hongrois (8g Bon Conseil) ended third for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. The 12/1 Cocktail Julino (7g Pagalor) and 5.1/1 Cerenzo Turbo completed the top five. There were 63 exact order winning tickets that paid 5,810€ for a 2€ wager. The Q+ pool was 3,619,747€. The first of the groupe races this day was the Gr. III Prix Holly du Locton (monte, purse 60,000€, 2175 meters, 12 starters) for lightly raced three year old fillies. The even-money favorite Guerilla de Simm (3f Brillantissime-Poupee Charmeuse) scored with Joann Lebourgeois in the irons for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire as she scored for the second time in three career starts. 3.8/1 Girlikova (3f Torino Pierji) took second with Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Emmanuel Allard. Third was 11.1/1 Grandissima (3f Viking de Val-Bellisima Love) with Mathilde Collet up for trainer Stephane Meunier. The day’s program also included the Gr. II Prix de Nevers for five and six year olds (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, six entrants of which one was a scratch). Of the five starters three were dq’s for miscues or interference. That paved the way for the 3/10 favorite Dorgos de Guez (6g Romcok de Guez) to score timed in 1.12.8kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. Dorgos now has life earnings of 394,780€ from 16 wins in 35 starts. The 5.8/1 Elnino Montaval (5g Magnificent Rodney) was second for Eric Raffin. Bazire won two more on the card with 8.5/1 Erode Ludois and 8/10 odds Flora Venesi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The trotting Paris-Vincennes program began today with the monte Prix de Rambouillet (purse 62,000£, 200 meters, 18 starters) with an impressive 1.13.4kr victory earned by 31/1 Bourbon Somolli (8g Sam Bourbon-Jamaica Somolli) with Mathieu Mottier aboard for owner/trainer Romauld Mourice. The 4.4/1 Chalimar de Guez (7g Nahar de Beval) took second with J.Y. Ricart in the irons for Ecurie Vautors and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Distant third was 2.7/1 Capitaine France (7g Modern Jaz) and jockey Matthieu Abrivard. The 119/1 long shot Vanity Luis (5g Ideal Luis-Cristina Luis) took the Prix de Verneuil (purse 47,000£, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) timed in 1.16.4kr with Francois Lagadeuc at the lines for owner Melissa de Craemer and trainer Mlle. Melanie Gibon. The 1.1/1 favorite Elena Princesse (5f Timoko) held second, with Franck Nivard aboard, and 9/1 Epatante Star (5f Lets Go Along) was third with Eric Raffin the reinsman. The fourth through sixth finishers were off at 31, 32, and 26/1 odds respectively. Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Munich (purse 75,000£, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) saw a good level trotteurs lineup for this event. The 4.1/1 Tessy d’Ete (7g Ganymede-Love Me Tender) rallied to win for Franck Nivard, Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and trainer Philippe Billard. Race time was a quick 1.10.3kr off “speed” fractions. Tessy d’Ete now sports six career wins in FR from 23 career starts for 414,169£ earned. The 47/1 I Love Paris (9f Steinlager) was second with David Thomain up for trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was the 1.4/1 favorite Mindyourvalue WF (6g Hovding Lavec) trained by Robert Bergh and reined by Gabriele Gelormini. The 62/1 Cicero Noa, Christophe Martens up, and 7/1 Barrio Josselyn, for Jean Michel Bazire, completed the Q+ exact order top five that paid 40,367.80£ to 15 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 4,764,224£ The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel (purse 100,000£, 2850 meters, 11 starters) saw the 3/2 favorite Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove-Rangoon) prevail for pilot Anthony Barrier, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Armand Speisser. The winner recorded his fourth career victory in 19 starts now for 219,030£ earned. Race time was 1.14kr. 7.5/1 Fanina des Racques (4f Ready Cash) was second with Franck Nivard up and 34/1 Fend la Bise (4f Prince Gede) was third with trainer Franck Anne aboard. The 2.9/1 second choice Fakir du Lorault was a dq. The improving City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) took the Prix de Gournay en Bray (purse 47,000£, 200 meters, 12 European starters) at 7/10 favorite odds today with Robin Bakker aboard for trainer Erwin Bot. Ecurie Gerrits Recyling B.V. owns the now two time winner in six FR outings, clocked today in 1.14.3kr. The 27/1 Great Gatsby As (4m Abano As-Glide Be Nimble) was second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Erwin But (again) and owner L.G. Gerrits. Third was 24/1 Falco de Douet (4m kin du Cap Vert) with Tony LeBeller at the lines. The 75,000£ purse Prix de Lisieux was raced over 2850 meters by 12 European monter starters with the 1.15.3kr timed victory earned by 1.3/1 favorite Beau de Grimoult (8g Pacifque Gede-Quelle Bora). Melle. Mathilde Collet was the winning jockey for trainer Franck Anne and Ecurie de Grimoult. Beau scored for the 18th time in an 88 race career and increased his life earnings to 454,300£. 21/1 Varum Boy (10f Baccarat du Pont) was second for Damien Boone and 1.4/1 second wagering choice Julio de Luxe (10g Juliano Star) was third for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Bjorn Goop. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 28/1 Twitter (9g Offshore Dream-Face For Ever) took today’s Prix de l’Opera (purse 58,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) clocked in 1.12.7kr and reined by Mathieu Mottier for trainer A.H. Post and owner Haras du Arctic of Holland. The 12/1 Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier) took second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie. 91/1 Viking Dream (9g Iserio-Helfie) was third handed by owner/trainer A.G. Maillard. 6.8/1 Lover Face (10g Love You) and 13/1 Baraka de Belleu (7f Prodigious) completed the top five and the outsiders led to no exact order ticket winner. The disorder top five payoff was 7,918 euro. The Prix de Rochechouart (purse 50,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European starters) went to 15/1 odds and 1.12.8kr timed Dona Nina (5f Tucson-Quolombre Winner). The breeder/owner/trainer Jarmo Niskanen was at the lines. The 73/1 Vanity Luis (4f Ideale Luis-Cristina Luis) was a distant second driven by Francois Lagadeuc for trainer Mlle. Melanie Gibon. Third was 18/1 Volturina Jet (4f Ken Warkentin-Eterea) for Filippo Rocca and trainer Fausto Barelli. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

September 17, 2017 - Two  Gr. I events highlighted a superb Paris-Vincennes Sunday harness racing card and the Gr. I Prix de l’Etoile (purse €240,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters) went to 8.5/1 Ecu Pierji (3m Tucson-Tosca Pierji) for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ph. Dewulf timed in a quick 1.11.1kr (solid fractions 1.09.8kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.09.4kr at the 1000 and with 500 meter left). 3.1/1 Erming d’Oliverie (3f Scipion du Goutier) was four back in second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. 56/1 Easy des Racques (3m Rodrigo Jet) was home third for J.Ph.Monclin. The Gr. I Prix de Normandie (monte, purse €240,000, 3000 meters, 15 starters) went to 6.5/1 Cassate (5f Neoh Jiel-Quiva du Rib). Antoine Lamy teamed the winner for J.L. Dersoir, trainer for Ecurie Luck. 21/1 Chablis d’Lerfraie (5m Giant Cat) was next for jockey David Thomain and third was 6.3/1 Cyprien des Bordes (5m Ouragon de Celland) for trainer Joel Hallais and J.L. CL Dersoir in the irons. Race time was 1.14.3kr. The program also included the Prix Alfred LeFevre (monte, purse €100,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and 7/10 favorite Traders (5m Ready Cash-Graziella) prevailed for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 59/1 Caduceus des Brux (5g Mark Speed-Festina des Baux) took second for Mathieu Abrivard and 13/1 Boeing du Bocage (6m Scipion du Goutier) was third for the Franck Nivard/Franck Leblanc team. Earlier the Prix de Montelimar (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, eight European starters) drew three year old males and the 3/2 second favorite Express Jet (3m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) scored for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Opale timed in 1.14.7kr. The 1.3/1 favorite Classic Connection (3m Love You-Crys Dream) was a solid second for Franck Nivard, teaming for Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 10/1 Echo de Larre (3m Echo-Sonnette Mike) was next for Mathieu Abrivard. The Quinte+ Prix de Moulins la Marche (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) saw a host of longshots on top of the ticket timed in 1.13.2kr. 26/1 Vasco de Viette (8g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) scored for David Thomain ahead of 14/1 Apollon de Kacy and Franck Nivard. 79/1 Totem d’Azur, 24/1 Tell Me No Lies and 23/1 Venus de Bailly were home third through fifth. The payoff was huge. On Friday the Q+ was the Prix Ophelia (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and hard-working 1.9/1 odds Bolt (6m Prince Gede-Souvola) scored again for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. This victory was Bolt’s 15th in 48 career starts and raised his career earnings to €244,070. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 26, 2017 - Grand Prix de Paris day began with the Groupe II harness racing Monte Prix Paul Bastard (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, eight starters). A large crowd saw the 1/2 favorite Canadian d’Am (5m Ready Cash-Kanadia) be a decisive 1.14.3kr winner for jockey Mathieu Mottier, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Efin. The winner recorded his tenth victory in 22 starts now for earnings of €516,410. 6.1/1 Celina Polks (5f Kool du Caux-La Canella) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. Third went to 6.2/1 Cyprien de Bordes (5m Ouragon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) for jockey J.L.Cl Dersoir. Legendary Joel Hallais trains this one for Ecurie Rib. This winner stalked the slow pace from a loose death seat position until surging to the front late in the final bend. Canadian d’Am then coasted to a open lengths lead and held off his pursuers to the line.    

February 4, 2017 - Today’s Gr. II Prix Paul Viel (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) went to the game 13.3/1 Ecu Pierji (3m Tucson-Tosca Pierji) with Mathieu Mottier up for harness racing trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe DeWulf. 10.8/1 Eliseo (3m Timoko-Solaria) was second for Eric Raffin, trainer Frederic Prat and Ecurie Liamore. Third was 9.5/1 Easy des Racques (3m Rodrigo Jet-Ombre des Racques) with J.Ph. Monclin driving. The heavy favorites Equinoxe and Everest Vedaquais were miscue dq’s, both lately affected by repeated breaks. Race time was 1.13.1kr. The prestigious Gr. II Prix Roquepine (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) went to 2.8/1 Elea Madrik (3f Goetmals Wood-Quelea Madrik) timed in 1.12.7kr with trainer William Bigeon on the lines. C.L. Guedij owns the winner that defeated 13.7/1 Elisione Mag (3f Quaker Jet-Perle du Ravary) and driver David Thomain. Michel Agostina is owner/breeder of this second finishing Bruno Bourgoin trainee. Third was 8.8/1 Estella Love (3f Love You-Shucca) that closed sharply on the pegs for Franck Ouvrie. Yves Boireau trains this one for owner Jean Pierre Dubois and breeder Ecurie Victoria Dream. On the undercard, the Prix la Gironde (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) went to 1.14.8kr timed and 4/5 odds Alphea Barbes (7f Look de Star-Lova Barbes). Charles Jean Bigeon continued his top flight reinsmanship, in this case for trainer Christian Bigeon and owner A.F. Bigeon. 12.7/1 Unieme (9g Niky-Gitane) was second for Eric Raffin. The Prix Barfleur (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) on this program went to the impressive 4.9/1 Coffee Look d’Eam (5g Look de Star-Nidra Pierji) racing with shoes on for pilot Anthony Barrierand trainer David Cherbonnel. Two five year-old gelded sons for Ready Cash finished second and third in this 1.12.2kr timed event. They were Chilkoot Train and driver J.Ph. Monclin and Capitano de Lou reined by Alexandre Abrivard. Paris-Vincennes action continues tomorrow incuding the Gr. I Prix de L’Ile de France for a €200,000 purse. February 5, 2017 Jean-Michel Bazire piloted 1/5 favorite Aubrion de Gers (7g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) to a 1.12.8kr timed victory in the Gr. III Prix de la Marne (purse €110,000, 2700 meters, nine starters). Bazire owns and trains the winner, the stormed home after even and modest fractions (the time was 1.13.8kr with 500 meters remaining). 8.4/1 Avenir de Blay (7g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) was second for owner/trainer/driver Tony LeBeller. 125/1 outsider Black d’Avril (6m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) was a close third for Alexis Prat, trainer Frederic Prat and owner J.J. Rahier. Today’s Quinte+ Grand Prix d’Afrique (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) was won by 5.4/1 barefoot Boy Dancer (6g Magnificent Rodney-Laura Dancer) racing barefoot for Clement Duvaldetin, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Mme. J. Boivin. 32/1 Berry Faith (6m Mahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois) was second for J.L.Cl. Dersoir and third was 12.3/1 Baraka de Bougy (6f Norginio-Piccata de Bougy) for Alexandre Abrivard. Race time was 1.15.2kr afte*r slow early fractions. Bilibili Wins Monte Prix de L’Ile-de-France in Record Time February 5, 2017 Jean-Pierre Barjon owned and bred Bilibili (6m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) won today’s Gr. I monte Prix de L’Ile de France (purse €200,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Alexandre Abrivard was the pilot for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard in the seven length record time performance, 1.10.5kr (mile rate 1:53.43) after quick fractions (1.06.8kr at the 1500 to go mark, 1.08.1kr at the 1000 and 1.10.5kr with 500 remaining). 10.4/1 Attentionally (7f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was second for David Thomain and breeder/owner/trainer Paul Viel. Third was 18.3/1 Adelia de Melodie (7f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) for Anthony Barrier, the jockey. The torrid pace was set by Valdice de Mars, Tornade du Digeon and Vaillant Cash with the winner watching the action from the outer tier until a decisive move in the final bend. This famous monte event began in 1978 and today’s record time eclipsed the mark set a year ago by Scarlet Turgot. French trotters have won each edition except three that were won by Sweden’s Revenue (by Reve d’Udon), Vasterbo Daylight (by Spotlite Lobell) and Hot Tub (by Sugarcane Hanover). Codie de Beaulieu Wins Gr. III Prix Association des Lotteries Afrique February 5, 2017 The Gr. III Prix Association des Lotteries Afrique (purse €95,000, 2175 meters, 10 monte starters) today at Paris-Vincennes went to 1.12.5kr timed and 7/2 odds Codie de Beaulieu (5f Oyonnax-Melody d’Arcy) . J-Y Ricart was in the irons for Ph. Rouer, the owner/trainer, and breeder Dorrine Rouer. 4.7/1 Botido was second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier, ahead of 15/1 Chiricahua and Matthieu Abrivard. The Prix Colmar (purse €37,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) victory was secured by 1.13kr timed and 6/1 Divine Beji (4f The Best Madrik-Jolie Colline) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Jacques Bruneau. 1/1 Dentella Bella (4f Ready Cash) was second for Antoine Weils and owner/trainer Jean Paul Marmion. Third was 15/1 Daelia de Vandel (4f Ready Cash) for trainer/driver Cedrik Megissier. The Prix Briey/Solidarite Africaine (purse €38,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 1.13.1kr timed and 9.2/1 odds Copernic de Play (5g Giant Cat-Orelie de Play). Franck Blandin drive his trainee that he also owns. 6.9/1 Chantelou Lignerie (5g Paris Haufor) was second for trainer/driver Damien Bonne and third was 5.3/1 Caruso Gablinlea (5g Saxo de Vandel) for Bjorn Goop. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 29, 2017 - Today’s 2017 Prix d’Amerique program was a great display of top fight harness racing and festivities for the enthusiastic crowd. Canadien d’Em (5m Ready Cash-Kanadia) started today’s racing action with victory in the Gr. II Prix Harley Davidson/Camille Blaiset (monte, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters). Mathieu Mottier teamed the Franck Leblanc trainee for Laurent Edin. The 1.14.1kr timed winner bested Cypien des Bordes in rein to J,.L.Cl. Dersoir for the legend Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Third was Celina Polka with Alexandre Abrivard up for owner/trainer Joel VanEeckhaute. The Prix de Montreal/Le Parisien(purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) was next up and it went to 1.11.3kr quick clocked 2/1 Calin de Morge (5g Ozio Royal-Paradise Princess). Matthieu Abrivard was the pilot for David Haon, trainer for Ecurie HD Trot. 22/1 Tesauro (5g Filipp Roc-Iniziale) rallied for second, driven by Pietro Gubellini for trainer Christian Rizzo and Scuderia RB Team Srl. 13/1 Clever Lymm (5m Korean-Oquidia) was third for Anthony Barrier, Ecurie Le Tremont and trainer Philippe Billard. Fractions were 1.07.4kr at 1500 meters remaining; 1.09.4kr at the 1000 mark and 1.11kr with 500 to go. The Gr. II Prix RMC/Jacques Andrieu (monte, purse €120,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 11 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamps) at 4.8/1 for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire is the trainer for Frederic Sauque, the owner of this now €332,800 career winner. The often unpredictable Arlington Dream was on a loose lead throughout and weakened in the lane albeit still posting an easy victory (fractions 1.12.6kr with 1500 remaining; 1.11.4kr at the 1000 and 1.12.3kr at 500 to go). The 25 meter penalized Texas de l’Iton (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iliada de l’Iton) was second at 4.9/1 with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Hughes Levesque and third was Italy’s Nene’ Degli Ulivi (10g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) for jockey Eric Raffin. Draft Life (4f Ubriaco-Maflymede) took the Gr. II Prix Lalique/Charles Tiercelin (purse €120,000, 2100 meters, 13 four year-old starters) timed in 1.12.1kr for Eric Raffin. The 1.9/1 second wagering choice is trained/owned/bred by Louis Baudron. 1.3/1 favorite Django Riff (4m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner/breeder Elisabth Allaire. 22/1 Dahlia du Rib (4m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) rallied for third teamed by J.L.Cl. Dersoir and trained by Joel Hallais for owner Ecurie Rib. The winner stormed home after the modest time of 1.12.7kr with 500 meters remaining. Cash Gamble (6m Ready Cash-No Way Back) took the Gr. III Prix Jean Rene Gougeon/Maison Coilieres (purse €105,000, 2100 meters, 11 starters) clocked in 1.11.8kr with J-M Bazire driving for Philippe Billard training for Stall TJ Gamble. This 1.8/1 favorite defeated 11/1 Apollon de Kacy (7m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kids) driven today by Franck Niavrd for owner/trainer Jorgen Westholm. Third was 22/1 Blues d’Ourville (6g Password-Pursuit of Charm) reined by Gabriel Gelormini. The Gr. III Prix Helen Johansson/Lenotre (purse €105,000, 2100 meters, 18 starters) provided the landscape for a Dubois victory as 7.9/1 Vacate Money (8f Prodigious-Making Money) scored in 1.11.9kr for Jean-Philippe Dubois and his Ecurie Victoria Dreams, The Philippe Moulin trainee was rated beautifully by Dubois and held steady to the line, defeating 56/1 Super Ariel (8f Super Arnie-Orika Lep) with Matthieu Abrivard up. 105/1 El Catwalk (6f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) and Franck Nivard was third. The Gr. III Prix Association La Chaine de l’Espoir (purse €80,000, 2100 meters, 13 starters) saw 1.2/1 favorite Eros de Chene (3m Un Amour d’Haufor-Oulanova) score in a well-rated 1.16.7kr in this event for lightly raced three year-olds. Franck Nivard reined the winner, owned and bred by Clause Guedy. 38/1 Elsa du Pommereux (3f Coktail Jet-Saba du Pommereux) with Mathieu Mottier up was second for breeder/owner Noel Lolic, and 4.8/1 Estella Love (3f Love You-Shucca) was a good third for Franck Ouvrie, owner Jean Pierre Dubois and Yves Boireau, trainer. Ecurie Dream With Me bred this one. The Prix de Meadowlands (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 14 European four year olds) was a competitive event with 10.8/1 Una Bella Gar (5f SJ’s Photo-Georgette Gar) rallying for the 1.14.9kr victory with Antonio Greppi up. The Mme. D.R. Cortina owned mare is trained by Lorenzo  Colletti. 7/2 Ursel Gio (4f Love You-May Glide Font SM) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner R.F. Nooteboom. 14/1 Unique Dream Bar (4f Goetmals Wood-Genial Power) took third for Santo Mollo and Scuderia Guida Edoardo. Tom Charters of the Hambletonian Society and his team (Moira Fanning and Jay Farrar) presented the trophy and spoke about The Meadowlands, host of the three year old US trotting classic, the Hambletonian Stake. The program ending Prix Tidalium Pelo (monte apprentice jockeys, purse €62,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) went to placed winner by dq awarded to 30.5/1 Vicomte d’Havane (8g Invar-Mandoline de Ry) with Pierre Sorais in the irons for trainer Bruno Marie and Ecurie BKM. First home but dq’d was 8/1 Uhendo Rivelliere. Placed second was 9.3/1 Uno de Guinette (9g Kaiser Soze-Isis de Guinette with Mlle. Noeme Hardy aboard and placed third was 56/1 Visa de la Noemie (8m Cygnes d’Odyssee-Bea de la Noemie) with Florent Guerineau up. Race time was 1.14.3kr. The Amerique Day at Vincennes was quite spectacular, as always, professionally presented and well received by the huge crowd. Next up in two week increments are the Prix de France, Prix de Paris and then the Cagnes sur Mer Grand Criterium de Vitesse. Thomas H. Hicks

January 15, 2017 - Today’s Prix de Belgique festivities began with harness racing monte action and the Gr. II Prix Gelinotte. Cenora (5f Blue Dream-Nalara) took today’s opener, the Prix de Castera-Venduzan (monte, purse €46,000, 2175 meters, eight starters). Mathieu Mottier was in the irons for this 1.13.6kr timed victory. Dominique Mottier is owner/trainer/breeder of the fine mare. Second was 2.9/1 Cannelle de Pipan (5f Singalo-Pour d’Aube) with Adrien Lamy up for trainer Bruno Marie, and third was 2.3/1 Calypso Queen (5f Scipion du Goutier-Dan’s Girl) with Franck Nivard aboard. The co-featured Gr. II Prix Gelinotte (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to 1.15kr timed rallying 9.4/1 Elea Madrik (3f Goetmals Wood-Ouelea Madrik). William Bigeon reined and trains the winner that Cl. Ghedj owns and Emmanuel Leclerc bred. Even-money favorite Erming d’Oliverie (3f Scipion du Coutier-These d’Oliverie) held second for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and breeder/owner Ecurie de l’Oliverie. 10.7/1 Elisione Mag (3f Qualker Jet-Perla du Ravary) was third for David Thomain. The Prix Jura (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) producing a driving finish with the victory to 22.7/1 odds Tamisso (10g Nobody du Chene-Hastavissa). David Thomain teamed the R. Jaffrelot trainee that is owned by breeder Patrick Gerard Cavey. 11/1 Venus de Bailly (8f Chaillot-Oceane de Bailly) was second for Franck Ouvrie and 3.8/1 Ultra de Vindecy (9g Jasmin de Flore-Nora The Best) took third for Eric Raffin. The 7/2 favorite Unbridled Charm was unplaced. Thomas H. Hicks

The featured Gr. II Prix Leon Tacquet at Vincennes (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters) was won by 4/1 Canadien d’Am (5m Ready Cash-Kanadia) with Mathieu Mottier in the irons for harness racing trainer Franck Leblanc, timed in 1.12.3kr off even fractions (1.12kr with 1500 to go; 1.11.7kr at the 1000; 1.12.3kr with 500 remaining). Second was 10/1 Candela (5f First de Retz-Ofara) with Antoine Lherete up for breeder/owner/trainer Paul Viel. Third was 3.3/1 Celina Polka (5f Kool du Caux-La Canella) for Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. The monte Prix de Sully (purse €70,000, 2175 meters) went to 2.9/1 Alto du Lys (7g Magnificent Rodney-Hi Fi d’Eronville) timed in a quick 1.12.03kr (fractions 1.09.2kr at 1500 remaining ; 1.10.5kr at the 1000 ; 1.11.9kr with 500 to go). Clement Frecelle rode the winning J.L. Bigeon trainee. 2/1 Aqiitaned’Aron (7f Neutron du Cebe-Miss d’Iquaine) was second for Damien Bonne and the 8.5/1 Vamp Gede (8f Capriccio-Feerie Gede) was third for jockey Joann Lebourgeois. Dream Gold (4m Royal Dream-Simplicity) took the Prix de Gontaud (purse €37,000, 2700 meters) clocked in 1.15.7kr with a fast final 500. The 7/2 odds winner was teamed by Julien Dubois for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Dexter des Baux (4g Querido des Baux-Perle des Baux) rallied to besecond for trainer Franck Leblanc and reinsman Franck Nivard. 5.2/1 Defi Dream (4m Royal Dream-Quelea MIP) was third for Jean Michel Bazire. Un Nuage de Betton (9g New Aldo-Haloona de Betton) at 20.3/1 odds captured the Quinte+ Prix de Breteuil (purse €55,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters) at Vincennes. William Bigeon teamed the winner clocked in a sharp 1.12.1kr, a horse that is owned/trained and was bred by Jean Luc Bigeon. 11.1/1 Uhendo Rivelliere (9g Nil du Rib-Nana Montbrun) took second in a blanket finish for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard, and third was 2.4/1 Ufelo de Carentone (9g Kiwi-Maeva d’Harcouel) that Franck Nivard reined for J.G. Van Eeckhaute. 36/1 Thesee de Corbery was fourth and fifth was 21.4/1 Vivaldi d’Amboise. Baila Sport at 15.7/1 took the Prix de Maisons-Alfort (purse €66,000, 2850 meters, 14 European starters). The six year-old daughter of Jag de Bellouet-Koea Josselyn was teamed by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer Jacques Leloutre. 14.4/1 Easytowin (6f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) and trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar took second for owner Gerrits Recycling BV of Holland. 5.5/1 Barbue (6f Hernes du Bisson-Harengere) was third for driver/trainer/owner Karl Champenois. Pierre Levesque reined Blue Story to a fourth place finish. The winner was clocked in 1.15.2kr. The Prix de Chateaugiron (purse €39,000, 250 meters, 15 starters) went to 5/10 favorite Cash And Go (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) in rein to Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastian Guarato. This brother to Bold Eagle is owned by Pierre Pilarski and was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. 8.7/1 Crack de la Brosse (5g Hibiscus du Rib-Katia de la Brosse) rallied for second driven by trainer Matthieu Abrivard and 7.6/1 Chef Dairpet (5g Severino-Prunella du Pre) was third for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Race time was 1.15.2kr. Action also took place at Cagnes sur Mer this day and the Prix Ideal du Gazeau (purse €17,000, 2150 meters autostart) for three year-olds went to 1.16.9kr timed and 7.3/1 odds Elstar (3m Look de Star-Liste d’Atout). Trainer Marco Smorgon was at the lines for owner Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS. 7.8/1 Elite Darling (3f Sam Bourbon-Lets Go Darling) was second for owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Third was 19/1 Easy Going (3g Very Pleasant-Urkane JAB). At Romme SWE the day’s V75 action was led by the V75 Gold for 150,000SEK first money raced over 2640 meters autostart. The winner was veteran class-master On Track Piraten (9g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) at 1.02/1 for driver Johnny Takter and trainer Hans R. Stromberg. Timed in 1.14.2kr the “Pirate” now has a slate of 32-21-12 in 100 career starts for 13,649,710SEK earned. 8/1 Usain Henna (7m Super Light-Kassandra Kuron-Gidde Palema) was second fore Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Oskar Svanberg. Third was 46/1 Fly The World (7f Juliano Star-Nigh Mare E-Ride The Night) with Ulf Eriksson driving for trainer Bjorn Rocklinger. At Bologna Italy on January 6 was the Grand Premio Della Vittoria for €25,300 and raced over 2460 meters. The 1.15.6kr winner was veteran Oncle Photo VL (9g SJ’sPhoto-Balalaica SLM-Lemon Dra) for Fed. Esposito, his 29th career victory in 105 starts. Second was Rorimac Baba (7m Frisky Bieffe-Zucca di Casei-Lemon Dra) handled by Gior. d’Allessandro Jr. Third went to Thetis Moon (5f Idale Luis-Fairy Mabel-Crowning Classic) for driver Roberto Vecchione. Sunday action again showcases top trotting and family entertainment. Next weekend at Paris-Vincennes includes the fourth “B” Prix de Belgique, a Gr. II International event raced over 2850 meters for €120,000. The top three finishers earn a Prix d’Amerique invitation. On January 14-15 there are seven groupe level trots. Thomas H. Hicks

The .5/1 odds favorite Canadien d’Am (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia) took the €120,000 purse, 2175 meter Gr. II Prix Ceneri Forcinal against eight harness racing monte rivals. Timed in 1.13.3kr, Mathieu Mottier teamed the winner trained by Franck Leblanc and owned by Laurent Edin. 7.1/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) was second for Anthony Barrier and third was 4.3/1 Chicicahua (4f Pomerol de Laumac-Phoenix Arizona) with Alexandre Kloess. The co-feature was another monte test, the Prix Andre Rover for a purse of €70,000 and raced over 2850 meters by 17 starters with apprentice jockeys aboard. The 1.14.1kr timed winner was 36/1 Sydney du Rib (10g First de Retiz-Eva du Rib) with Yann Jublot up for trainer Antonio Ripoll Rigo. The narrowly photo determined winner bested 2/1 Valse de Reve (7f Mister President-Nouba Houba) trained by owner Alain Roussel and reined by Benjamin Rochard. 4/1 The Tiger (9g Nelson de Vandel-Notre Dame Bourbon) landed the third spot with Alexis Prat in the irons. European action next weekend moves to Bjerke that hosts the UET Trotting Masters Final and the Norwegian Derby’s for four and three year-old males and females. The Trotting Masters has 12 starts racing over 2100 meters autostart for 1,822,944NOK to the winner. The field is a showcase for Nuncio against a good but probably overmatched group, with the list below in post position order: Oasis Bi, Erik Adielsson Nuncio, Orjan Kihlstrom On Track Piraten, Joseph Verbeeck Mosaique Face, Adrian Kolgjini Spring Erom, Ulf Ohlsson Vasterbo Highflyer, Geir Vegard Gundersson Explosive De Vie, Kevin Oscarsson Volstead, Bjorn Goop Exodus Hanover, Kenneth Haugstad Global Money, Torbjorn Jansson Rod Stewart, Tom Erik Solberg B.B.S. Sugarlight, Peter Untersteiner The Derby events for four year-olds has the colts going 2600 meters autostart for 1NOK million to the winner. Elite BR (Muscles Yankee), Cash Okay (Ready Cash) and Greyhound d’Estino (Muscle Mass) are likely choices. The mares will go 2100 meters autostart with 500,000NOK first prize. Thai Bakery (Coktail Jet), and ML’s Superstar (Gentle Star) lead this 12 horse group. The three year-old colts will go 2100 meters autostart for 750,000NOK to the winner. Undefeated Ferrari BR (Muscles Yankee) takes on Cokstile (Quite Easy), a three time winner in four outings. The three year-old fillies will race 2100 meters autostart for 375,000NOK to the winner, with likely leaders being Nice Eleven L (Coktail Jet) and NY Diamond In The Sky (Dream Vacation). Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s Prix de Selection day harness racing undercard at Paris-Vincennes was a good one featuring two other groupe events and two more upper-class races. The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (purse €120,000, monte, 2850 meters, ten starters), a top undercard event Saturday at Paris-Vincennes, went to 3.1/1 Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) handled by David Thomain for trainer/owner Paul Viel.The 1.13.7kr timed winner rallied to defeat 16/1 El Mago Pellini (7m Chocolatier-My Intuition) reined by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Vitkindade AB. Third went to 1.4/1 favorite Veloce du Banney (7g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie du Guard. The Gr. II Prix Louis le Bourg (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 11 monte starters) went to 1.14.1kr timed, 3.4/1 odds Canadien d’Em (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia) with Mathieu Mottier up. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Laurent Edin. Even-money favorite Cyprien des Bordes (4m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes) was second in a photo for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 12.2/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) was third for Anthony Barrier. The €66,000 purse Prix de Montsoreau (2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to 4.7/1 odds Lover Face (8g Love You-Ambra OK) for J-M Bazire for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Bengt Olsson clocked in a quick 1.11.9kr. 1.1/1 Unbridled Charm (8m Password-Intense Action) was a close second for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Third was 27/1 Unique de l’Iton (8g Capriccio-Majeste de l’Iton) for trainer Hughes Levesque. Aero King took Saturday’s Prix d’Alencon (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine monte European starters) timed in 1.14kr. The winner Aero King (6g Hooper-Quarmina de Hour) was off at at 5.2/1 odds for Anthony Barrier. The pair rallied to nail 5.6/1 Amour Fou (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nice Star) and jockey Franck Nivard on the line. 2.2/1 Botido (5g l’As de Neige-Otida) was third for Mathieu Mottier. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 26, 2015 - Today’s fabulous Vincennes harness racing program in Paris included the Gr. II Prix Une de Mai (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 two year-old female starters) and 44.5/1 odds Don’t Explain (2f Prodigious-Quarmen du Gite) rallied for victory driven by Mathieu Abrivard, and trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. 6.2/1 Deesse de Gueron (2f Melchior Jet-Olivia) landed second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne ahead of 2.6/1 favorite Demonia Roma (2f Password-Rome To Paris) trained by Allaire and reined by J-Ph Monclin. 53/1 Diana du Chatelet (2f Real de Lou-Tirade du Chatelet) was fourth for Aymeric Thomas, also trainer, with 7.5/1 Dista Love (2f Royal Dream-Usita Love) fifth for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trained Yves Boireau. Dista Love battled alongside Demonia Roma for quite a distance and both held gamely albeit it probably cost them a higher placing. The Gr. II International Prix Jules Lemmonier (purse €120,000, 2175 meters) went to peg-side rallying, 8.3/1 odds, Texas d’Liton (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iliada de l’Liton) for jockey Mathieu Mottier, trainer Hughes Levesque and Ecurie de l’Iton. 3.8/1 Roxane Griff (10f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) was a game second after setting the pace for Eric Raffin, Ecurie Griff and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Favorite 1.3/1 Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) was a no-excuses third for Franck Nivard, Ecurie I.C. Equine AB and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 42.7/1 Vagabondu Mad (6g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary) landed the fourth spot. Aladin d’Ecajeul and Torre Crepin were disqualified. Roi du Lupin ended sixth after racing evenly with cover on the outer. Fractions were quick ans steady (1.09.4kr at 1500; 1.10.8kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 500; 1.11.9kr finish, a mile rate of 1:55.69 over the 1.35 mile distance on the grande piste). The race signified the FR career end for Roxane Griff and Roi du Lupin that have excited trotting fans with their great performances for many years. Roxane ends her career with earnings of €3.1 million, 21 victories of which four were Gr. I classics. Roi du Lupin concluded his career with earnings of €2.1 million, 32 wins of which one was a Gr. I test. They will be missed and both were quite competitive at the highest levels to their career end. Badius de Tilou (4m Pagalor-Quetty Turgot) took today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.85 million) Prix de Luynes (2700 meters, 18 starters, purse €58,000) in a close photo verdict for P-Y Verva at 7.5/1. The Izaac trainee is owned by Ecurie Eric Lemaitre. 8.1/1 Be Bop Haufor (4g Notre Haufor-Ica Haufor) was second for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon and third was 6.6/1 Bob (4m Overtrick-Fee du Houx) for Eric Raffin, just beaten a neck. The winners’ time was 1.14.1kr off even fractions (1.14.5kr at the 1500; 1.14.3kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at the 500 to go post). The exact order Quinte+ payoff, without jackpot, exceeded €21,000 for a €2 wager. The €88,000 Prix Strasbourg drew a field of 13 to this 2700 meter test. 3.2/1 Shadow d’Odyssee (9m Urfist des Pres-Battante d’Odyssee) answered with a 1.15kr victory for driver Eric Raffin, Ecurie Percheronne and trainer Pierre Belloche. Second was 3.9/1 Teatro (8m Ganymede-Josette) handled by owner/trainer Christian Bigeon ahead of 23/1 Topaze Jef (8f Islero de Bellouet-Katie Gourdonnaise) and reinsman Francois Lagadeuc and trainer J-M Baudouin. Favored 2.9/1 Truman Dairpet was disqualified. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 17, 2015 - Today’s €30,000 purse Prix Societe des Courses de Saint Malo (2775 meters, 18 European starters) went to the Mathieu Mottier reined, D.M Mottier trained and owned Viva Lover (6f Look de Star-Kaline Lover) at 3.7/1 odds. Racing shoeless the winner was timed in 1.14.3kr to defeat 1.3/1 odds favorite Donttellmeanymore (6g Andover Andover-Possessive Lilly) with J-M Bazire up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Wallen Invest I (Sweden), also racing barefoot, as was third finishing 3.3/1 Prince Orlando (7g Orlando Vici-Sago Queen) for Anthony Barrier, trainer Souloy and Swedish owner G. Personiluthyrning AB. The €20,000 purse Prix Fortunato II (2775 meters, 16 starters) also at Les Sables d’Olonne went to 4/1 Catch One (3m Prodigious-Possession) handled by Julien Dubois for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 3/2 odds favorite Cheltenham was second for Cl. Duvaldestin with third to 32/1 Carlos du Garabin (3m Othello Bourbon-Laska d’Iquaine) for owner/trainer Roberto Donati. This day at Orebro SWE there were several interesting winners including  Borups Puma (2m From Above-Borups Julia-Naglo) for Magnus Jacobsson, Dixi Sisu (2f Ready Cash-Hey Gorgeous-Cantab Hall) for Per Nordstrom in the 2015 Svampen Orebro for two year-olds worth 505,000SEK to the winner, and Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) for Bjorn Goop in the Gold Division Express Gaxes for 150,000SEK to the winner as he defeated Arden Homestead bred Volstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. Other Orebro winners in races with 100,000SEK or more to the winner included Sauveur (5m Echo-Operah Bob-Easy Lover) for Robert Bergh, Diamond (5g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi-Yankee Glide) for Bjorn Goop, and Mellby Diamant (3g Muscle Hill-Mellby Smaragd-Pine Chip) for Ulf Ohlsson. Thomas H. Hicks  

Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier)) scored a decisive six length victory in today’s Gr. I Prix de Vincennes (€240,000, 2700 meters monte, 13 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. This winner was off at 6.3/1 odds while favored Booster Winner finished a fading eighth at 1.3/1. Yohan Lebourgeois rode Bird Parker as the pair drew clear from the field starting at head-stretch. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for owner Elisabeth Allaire. Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly) was second for Mathieu Mottier at 13/1 with Best of Jets (3m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) and Bilibili (3m Niky-Quetty du Digeon) next across the line. The winner was timed in 1.13.7 in modest fractions (1.12.7kr at 1500; 1.12.8kr at 1000; 1.13.3kr at 500; 1.13.7kr at finish). Bird Parker recorded his fifth career win for €525,430 earned. 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

The monte classic Gr. I Prix de Normandy today went to favorite Vittel de Brevol ridden by David Thomain for trainer Sebastian Ernault. The E240,000 purse event, over 3000 meters, was timed in 1.13.9kr with the winner recording his 13th victory in 19 starts now for career earnings over E323,000. The great monte mares Vision Intense (Nathalie Henry aboard) and Valse Castelets (JLC Dersoir) were next on the line. Vision Intense raced superbly and gained steadily after a slow start, finally staging an inside rally in late stretch. Gr. I Prix de Normandie, E240,000 purse, 3000 meters monte, 14 starters Fractions: 1.14.9kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500 and finish Vittel de Brevol (5m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol), David Thomain, trainer Sebastian Ernault, 2/1 odds, 13th win in 19 starts for earnings E323,850 Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action), Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 2.2/1 odds Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), JLC Dersoir, 7/1 odds The secondary monte feature today was the E105,000 Gr. III Prix Georges Dreux over 2850 meters. Eight contestants were at the start and it ended in a dead-heat in 1.14kr with Uppercut de Manche and Sourire de Voutre inseparable. Uppercut de Manche with DamienBonne was off at 2/1 while Sourire de Voutre was the 7/10 favorite for jockey Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Prix Georges Dreux, Gr. III purse E105,000, 2850 meters, 8 starters, monte Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500; 1.14.9kr at 1000; 1.14.1kr at 500; 1.14kr finish Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Ceba-Nuit de Manche), Damien Bonne, 2/1 odds, 13th win in 59 starts for E364,500. Dead heat for win Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis-Guella), Franck Nivard for trainer/owner Franck Leblanc, 7/10 favorite in dead heat for win Quarnac de L'iton (10g Ideal de L'iton-Classic Mesloise), Mathieu Mottier, 47.2/1 Quoumba de Guez (10f Urfist des Pres-Vanina de Mareuil), 8.1/1 odds Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.      

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