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March 3, 2017 - 6.1/1 Tell Me No Lies (8g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) held on (on the pegs) to win today’s harness racing Quinte+ Prix Stockholm (purse €60,000, 2825 meters, 15 starters) timed in 1.14kr. Franck Nivard teamed the KLV Holdings owned and Philippe Billard trained campaigner, now a career winner of €317,064. 31.8/1 Une Serenade (9f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) just missed and ended second for trainer/driver Serge Peltier. 36.2/1 Probo OP (8m From Above-Elimara) was third for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Ed. Moni. 41.2/1 Bocage d’Ortige (6m Mirage du Goutier-Providence d’Ortage) rallied for fouth for Regis Le Vexier ancd trainer Nicolas Ensch. Fifth was 28.5/1 Undici (9g Kaiser Soze-Jobeth) for trainer/driver David Bekaert. The 1.6/1 favorite Red Rose America raced near or on the lead throughout for Bjorn Goop and faded late. Watch for the upcoming €200,000 purse, 1609 meters (one mile autostart) Grand Criterium de Vitesse on March 12 at Cagnes-sur-Mer, it’s always a great tussle by the sprinters. Thomas H. Hicks  

At Kalmar SWE top action included the Kalmarsundspolalen (150,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) and international harness racing veteran B.B.S. Sugarlight (7g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) scored timed in 1.10.2kr for Peter Untersteiner. Off the 2.8/1 the winner recorded victory 21 in 76 starts now for 6,972,005SEK earned. 23/1 Vasterbo Highflyer (8g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and the trainer/owner team of Daniel Reden/Stall Zet. 10/1 Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) was third for Thomas Uhrberg ahead of Harry Haythrow, Magic Tonight and Royal Fighter. The secondary Kalmar feature was the Viola Silas (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, mares) and even-money favorite Trinity Zet (5f SJ’s Photo-Kleo Zet-Angus Hall) scored in 1.12.8kr for driver Erik Adielsson and the Reden/Stall Zet team. 4.9/1 Georgie Mae (6f Valley Victor-Missmandarine-Malabar Man) took second for Johnny Taker, trainer Lars Nilsson and owner Euro Vets Inc. USA. Peninsula Farm bred this one. Third was 3.7/1 Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and fourth was the Jerry Riordan trained, Christoffer Eriksson reined Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream). Sunday’s Grand Prix des Pays-Bas (purse €33,000, 2600 meters, 12 starters) went to the 1.16.07kr timed Caen Oldersson (7m Offshore Dream-Krona Oldeson) at 19.3/1. John De Leeuw reined the winner for trainer F.A. Westerveld and ownerJuchthaven de Groot BV. This one bested Vincennes invader Beckman (9g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) with Caes Kamminga aboard for Ecurie Commander & Loaded Boys AM, off at 4.3/1. 4/1 Duke Of Greenwood (6m Otello Pieji-Nikki Groenhof) took third for driver Hugo Langeweg and trainer Peter J. Strooper ahead of 121/1 Orchetto Jet (8m Supergill-Frutute Jet) with Puud Pools driving for trainer Stephanie Lepetit and Ecurie GSL Trotting. Thomas H. Hicks

This week showcased two harness racing Groupe events, first at Lyon-Parilly and then at Paris-Vincennes Action at Lyon-Parilly showcased the Gr. III Grand Prix du Centre-Est for a purse of €100,000 and contested by 11 over the 2850 meter distance. Franck Nivard teamed 3.6/1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) to victory clocked in 1.15.6kr. Fabrice Souloy trains this winner. 6.8/1 Truman Dairpet (9g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Third went to 1.2/1 favorite Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina du Mirel) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Florence Allera. Lyon Parilly’s Prix de la Beauce (purse €25,000, 2000 meters, 7 starters) this day went to 6.6/1 odds Disco Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Romance Darling) and driver Bjorn Goop for trainer Wm. Ruth timed in 1.16.1kr. 31/1 Delicatesse (3f Mercaneaire-Thalie dHaumoniere) took second ahead of 7/1 Danse de Bertramnge (3f Korean-Olga du Chateau) for owner/trainer/driver Thierry Busset. Also at Lyon Parilly was the Quinte+ Prix du Pays Picois (purse €30,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) and 19/1 Uge d’Urzy (8g Jasmin de Flore-Jepee) prevailed for Serge Peltier, the reinsman. 7/1 Vespa du Bourgogne (7f Echo-Gym du Bois Morin) took second for Pierre Callier with 4/1 By Air (9g From Above-Come Fly With Me) flying home for the third spot. The winner was clocked in 1.15.6kr. The Gr. II Prix Rene Palyart (purse €120,000, Gr. II monte with nine starters, 2175 meters) headlined this Paris-Vincennes program with the impressive win to 1.13.3kr timed, 2.3/1 odds Cyprin d’Erable (4m Prodigious-Quinine d’Erable) with David Thomain in the irons. The Y-A Briand trainee is owned by Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. 40/1 Candela (4f First de Retz-Ofara) was second in a close finish with the third place horse 4.1/1 Chanceliere Citrus (4f Goetmals Wood-Noblesse du Corta). The latter is owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon, trained by L.Cl. Abrivard and Alexandre Abrivard was up. Also at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Henri Chretien (purse €48,000, 2200 meters, 13 monte starters with apprentice lad jockeys) went to the 1.16kr timed, 7.4/1 odds Venicio Bello (7g Kiwi-Illicia Bella) reined by Leo Abrivard for trainer Benjamin Goetz and owner Jorma Niskanen. 4.7/1 Ardelot was a three-length beaten second ahead of 28/1 Valroy. The prior days (May 2 and May 1) there was solid action at other venues. On M<ay 2 at Enghien-Soisy was the Prix du Pont Charles de Gaulle (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters). 10/1 Baladin Hongrois (5g Bon Conseil-Relodie Hongroise) recored the victory for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes clocked in 1.14.9kr. Second went to the narrowly beaten 16/1 Best Buissonay (5m L’ecu du Vernay-Nyota Buissonay) hanlded by trainer\/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute with 4.2/1 Bily de Gaeriniere (5g Prodigious-Haldane) gaining the third spot in a close photo for driver/trainer Matthieu Abrivard. Easytowin (5f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) at 5.1/1 rallied to win the Prix de Millau (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters) at Enghien timed in 1.15.2kr. Trained Dion P. Tesselaar piloted the winner for owner/breeder Gerrits Recycling BV. The Dutch-bred mare bested 23/1 Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda) driven by trainer Thomas Levesque for owner Pierre Levesque. Third in a blanket finish for that spot went to 46/1 Botanie (5f Rieussec-Prima Simardiere) handled by Alexandre Abrivard. On May 2 at Cholet the 12/1 odds Bon Copain (5m Love You-Haie) took the Prix GTA Toutlemonde (purse €33,000, 2800 meters, 18 European starters) for trainer/driver Thierry Raffegeau. Clocked in 1.15.9kr this winner bested 13.5/1 Un Charme Fou (8m Love You-Ma Crown), reined by Loic Guinoiseau for trainer Franck Leblanc, and third finishing 1.1/1 favorite Avenir de Blay (6g Hooper-Mira Belle de Blay) with owner/trainer/driver Tony LeBeller at the lines. On May 1 at Alencon the turf specialists were on display in the Grand Prix Super U. Alencon for a €32,000 purse and contested over the 2650 meter distance by 16 horses. The 1.19.5kr timed winner was 1.3/1 odds favorite Verrazano Bridge (7g Offshore Dream-Kuala Lumpur) with trainer Thomas Levesque teaming for owner Pierre Levesque. 4.7/1 Vulcanie de Godrel (7f Memphis du Rib-Julietta) took second for reinsman Franck Nivard and 41/1 Vallee d’Haufor (7f Oiseau de Feux-Kabylie du Relais) took third for Ch.J. Bigeon driving for trainer Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

Friday evening action at Paris-Vincennes featured a solid program including the Gr. III Prix Antigone for 13 monte performers over the 2850 meter distance (distance handicapped) for a purse of €110,000. The impressive 1.12.8kr timed winner was 4.4/1 Ulka des Champs (8f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) for Eric Raffin as they bested 2.6/1 Botido (5g L’as de Neige-Otida) withMatthieu Mottier up. 23/1 Bijou d’Auvillier (5g Kepler=Olive d’Auvillier) was third ahead of 52/1 Vagabondu Mag, that one timed in 1.12.5kr after a distance penalty. On the same card the Prix Maginus (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.13.6kr timed, 3.8/1 odds Coup de Poker (4m Coktail Jet-Tac Ticienne) for owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. 4.3/1 Caduceus des Baux (4g Mark Speed-Festina des Baux) was next for Matthieu Abrivard with 8/1 Class de Loriol (4f Ready Cash-Orageuse de Margin) third. This was a Pick5 wagering race. The Quinte+ this evening was the Prix Huberta (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.12.9kr winner was 1.3/1 favorite Anzi des Liards (6g Look de Star-Narsicaa du Sud) with Romain Derieux at the lines. 3.6/1 Vivaldo Bello (7m Love You-Enfilade) landed second for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Enfilade is the dam of Offshore Dream and many other good performers. 22/1 Accordeon (6g Baccarat du Pont-Quaba des Corvees) was third for driver Beloit Robin. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 14 Anzi des Liards R. Derieux Ecurie Bkr D. Békaert 2ème 13 Vivaldo Bello F. Nivard R. Boucret T. Duvaldestin 3ème 10 Accordéon B. Robin L. Leduc L. Leduc 4ème 2 Apollo de Souvigné M. Lenoir G. Simon M. Lenoir 5ème 8 Alik Julry J.-P. Gauvin Ecurie Julry J.-P. Gauvin     At Napoli (Agnano) Italy the Amateur Friendship competition began between Italy and the USA. The first event (purse €5,500, 1600 meters autostart) went to Team Italy’s Perche’ Si Jet (7m Pine Chip-Sovrana Jet-Sharif di Jesolo) with Giovanni DeSimone Jr. aboard timed in 1.15.1kr. The five-length win was secured over Matteo and Hannah Miller with third to Paplov and driver Ciro Ciccarelli. The second amateur event went to Obelix Bi (8g Angus Hall-Claudette Bi-Toss Out) for Team USA’s Dein Spriggs. The 1.15.6kr timed winner defeated Ologramma with Antonio Simioli up and third was Oliseo and Ciro Ciccarelli. Another battle is set for April 30 with Hannah Miller’s mount the favorite from post 10. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin teamed Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) to victory in today’s Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf, its first leg at Hippodrome Amiens. The purse was €90,000 for the 16 rivals that battled over 2900 meters. Uno Dancer was off at 2.4/1 odds and was timed in 1.17kr to defeat 25.2/1 Ursa Major (8f Ganymede-Good Way) with Francois Lecanu up for St. Provoost, trainer. 17/1 Ulster du Veinou (8m Mirage du Goutier-Mia Amona) landed third for Franck Ouvrie ahead of 65/1 Upman and 11/1 Altesse du Mirel. Ursa Major and Altesse du Mirel tried to overcome distance handicaps. The Amiens’ Prix Duc de Reve (purse €16,000, 2400 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to 1.18.6kr timed Dazzle Jet (3f Oiseau de Feux-Trackmania) at 2.6/1 odds for Franck Ouvrie and trainer Luc Roelens. 14/1 Diane du Nord (3f The Best Madrik-Odyssee des Bordes) finished second for Pierre Vercruysse, the driver for Ronny Kuiper training fore Stall Escapade AN. 33/1 Diva Tejy was third. On March 8 the action was at Cagnes-sur-Mer where the €25,000 Prix du Jasmin took place over 2925 meters with ten starters. The 1.18.7kr winner was 6.8/1 Cybele Castelets (4f Quaker Jet-Elide) for driver Nicolas Ensch with second to 4/1 Classic Word (4g Password-Rumba du Moncel) with Gabby Gelormini up for trainer Henk Grift and owner Topkip BV. 1.8/1 favorite Calin de Glasnet (4m Orlando Vici-Mallory de Glasnet) was third for Romain Derieux, driver/trainer for Ecurie AB Trot. The €21,000 purse Prix des Dahlias over 2925 meters had seven starters with the winner being 1.19.6kr timed 2.4/1 Diabolito(3m Look de Star-Reine de la Roge) for David Bekaert, trainer Romain Derieux and Antoine De Sousa, owner. 29/1 Diable Mauve (3m Repeat Love-For Ever Young) was next for J-Ch Feron with third to 6/1 Dayton (3m Rieussec-Gitane d’Odyssee) with trainer Y-A Briand driving Thomas H. Hicks  

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

January 17, 2016 - Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) followed pacesetters third on the outer before making a four wide move off the final bend to score decisively in the Gr. II International Prix de Belgique (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) for harness racing driver Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. Bold Eagle was timed in 1.13.6kr in this three length victory, his sixth straight to increase career earnings to €1,051,800. The winner was off as the 0.5/1 prohibitive favorite. 9/1 Voltigeur de Myrt (7m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Roberto Donati and Ecurie Donati. Third went to 35/1 Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Stefan Pettersson. Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlandi Vici-I Love You Darling) was fourth driven by Roberto Andreghetti with fifth to Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash-Belisha) teamed by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire. El Mago Pellini, Amiral Sacha, Kadett CD and Support Justice were disqualified to miscues. Amiral Sacha and Support Justice raced near the lead most of the way before going off-stride late. Bold Eagle today defeated a solid field and likely established a favorite’s role in the Prix d’Amerique. He clearly showed patience behind the leaders showed his class by out-sprinting the group in the stretch. Stretch replay: Nivard Wins Four on Belgique Card at Vincennes Franck Nivard won the Prix de Belgique today with Bold Eagle and then scored three more victories with Capone Face, Diva Mouchel and Trinity Jiel on the top-flight program at Vincennes. Capone Face (4m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) recorded victory in the Gr. III Prix des 20 Ans de l’Association National des Turfistes (purse €78,000, 2100 meters autostart) for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Antonio De Sousa. Timed in 1.13.1kr this winner was off at 8.8/ and bested 7/10 favorite Cap Matyss (4m Love You-Ode Matyss) driven by J-M Bazire for trainer Leblanc. Third was 12.5/1 Cirantana (4f Jam Pridem-Kamistie Jet) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner De Sousa. Stretch replay: The Gr. II Prix Gelinotte (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to 16/1 outsider Diva du Mouchel (3f The Best Madrik-Perle du Mouchel) reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc, Timed in a slow 1.20.8kr off even slower fractions, this winner defeated 7/2 odds Don’t Explain (3f Prodigious-Quarmen du Gite) driven by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer Philippe Allaire. 1.3/1 favorite Danse d’Etang (3f Un Amour d’Haufor-Rumba d’Etang) tasted a first defeat after four wins for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. 4.3/1 Demonia Roma (3f Password-Rome To Paris) closed for fourth driven by J-Ph Monclin, nosing out Allaire stablemate Deep Purple (3f Prodigious-Ornella Rainbow) reined by Pierre Vercruysse. Replay: Vaillant Cash (7m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon) scored in the Gr. II Prix Djerid (purse €110,000, 2200 meters, 13 monte starters) timed I for a four length margin. Clement Frecelle was in the irons for trainer Yves Letellier and the winner now has career earnings €390,950. Udayama (8f Echo-Lancai du Pont) took second for trainer/jockey Loic Groussard in a three way photo over third finishing Orione Degli Dei (8g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) with Damien Bonne up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and fourth placed Nonant le Pin (9f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Mlle. Stephan Lepetit. Rue du Bac, Rocky Winner and Torre Crepin were disqualified. Replay: Other interesting winners on the Belgique undercard included the following: Umbrella de Chenu (8f Meaulnes du Corta-Nina de Chenu) for Nils Pacha in the €48,000 Prix de Chatelaillon-La Rochelle timed in 1.15.7kr Bel Canto (5m Lilium Madrik-Nausicaa Sautonne) for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner Jean-Pierre Viel timed in 1.13kr in the monte Prix de la Federation National des Turfistes over 2175 meters for a purse of €46,000 Vacate Money (7f Prodigious-Making Money) for Jean-Philippe Dubois and Ecurie Victoria Dreams timed in 1.13.6kr to win the Prix Ecurie RMC (purse €78,000, 2850 meters), her fifth win in the last ten starts plus four times second Trinity Jiel (9f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel) scored in 1.13.7kr in the Prix du Jura (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart) for Franck Nivard, trainer J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luick Bea Ecus (5f Quick Wood-Iffrida) took the €45,000 purse Prix de Machecoul over 2100 meters autostart timed in 1.14.3kr for owner/trainer/driver Marku Vartainen, her fourth victory in the last ten outings, also with a second and two thirds. Thomas H. Hicks

December 30, 2015 - Michael Nimczyk teamed 6.1/1 Montecore Mo (6g Jpoker Mauritz-Mystere Hanover) to victory in the Prix Champions Series Finale at Berlin Mariendorf. Mommert Ulrich owns the winner that scored in 1.12.8kr over 1900 meters autostart against nine rivals for the €15,000 purse. 3.9/1 Wild Viking (7g Mandarino Blue-Lucie Justice) was second for Rudolf Haller with third to 7.2/1 Abano H with Jochen Haide driving. Also this evening at Mariendorf was the Prix Dinner For One (purse €5,000, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 11/1 Jana (5f Franic-Tille Lobell) took victory timed in 1.16.6kr for driver Heinz Wewering and owner/trainer H-J Ganschow. 3/1 Abano W (5g Abano As-Countess Diamond) was second for Michael Nimczyk with 20/1 Dolomit R (8g Ghiotto-Dodona) third for driver Norbert Bieman. Wewering was back in the winners’ circle with Impulsiv (3g Muscles Yankee-L’Amica) at 4.9/1 timed in 1.15.6kr in the €6,000 Prix Mr. Pommeroy over 1900 meters autostart (11 starters). Heinz Wewering trains this winner for owner Schmeer Schiffler. 1.8/1 favorite Holy Wood Star (3f Goetmals Wood-Hello Merrylou) was next for Micael Nimczyk with 3.4/1 Hera (3f Alesi OM-Divina) third to the line for teamster Thomas Panschow. At Paris-Vincennes amateur drivers contested the €14,000 Prix de Saint-Denis (2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) and the 1.13.6kr winner was 2.4/1 Unrefundable (7g Offshore Dream-Lilyjessbrand) with Romain Poree up. Pierre Vercruysse trains Unrefundable that defated 10.1/1 Soprano de Mai (9g Lucky d’Hilly-Chinson de Mais) for Jean-Charles Piton. Third was 65/1 Safie Pont Vautier (9f Jolmeto-Lisa Pont Vautier) for owner/driver Franck Lair. Thomas H. Hicks

December 25, 2015 - Christmas Day trotting at Paris, Vincennes, took place on an overcast lightly raining afternoon this day. A solid harness racing program included three groupe events. Today’s Prix de Pons (purse €37,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) went to 15/1 Bleu Ciel (4g Milord Drill-Quelle Action) and driver David Thomain for trainer/owner Jean Morice. Timed in 1.15kr this winner defeated 36/1 Best des Jacquets (4g Coktail Jet-Kodessa) handled by trainer/driver P.Edouard Mary with 76/1 Barry de la Cavee (4g Oceano Nox-Paolitia) third for owner/trainer/driver Sebastien Baude. Fractions were even in this contest (1.15kr at 1500 to go meters; 1.14.8kr at 1000; 1.15.3kr at 500). The Quinte+ (jackpot €4.8 million) was the Prix de Pierrefonds (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) and the 1.14.7kr winner on the stands side was 20/1 Baileyse (4f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) for trainer/driver Alexis Garandeau. Franck Anne teamed his owned/trained 37.4/1 Bellaya (4f First de Retz-Kelaya) to a second place finish ahead of 2.8/1 Blue Story (4f Opium-Loumana Flor) for driver Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. The bold-striding Viking Blue (6g Prodigious-Idole Blue) easily took the Prix Constant Hervieu (purse €105,000, Gr. III, 2700 meters, 7 starters) at 3/5 odds for driver Dominik Locqueneux. Yannick A. Briand trains the winner, for Gerard Leboureau, that traveled the course timed in 1.12.7kr. Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) was second at 3.7/1 for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 3/1 Uniflosa Bella (7f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) with Eric Raffin up for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. The winner now has recorded 19 wins in 53 career starts, good for earnings of €317,000. The Gr. III monte Prix Sans Dire Oui (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to the 1.13.8kr timed, 17.5/1 odds Attentionally (5f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) handled by David Thomain for owner/trainer Paul Viel. 27.1/1 outsider Vaillant Cash (6m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon) was second for Clement Frecelle and trainer Yoann Letellier. The 1.2/1 favorite Americaine (5f Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) was third on the pegs for Antoine Wiels and trainer J-P Marmion. 28.2/1 Agrippine (5f Hasting-Mogueuse) was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Emmanuel Margouty (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 two year-old starters) went to 3/5 favorite Django Riff (2m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. This winner record victory number four in seven starts, now for €150,000 earned. 15/1 Derrick de Nganda (2m Tucson-Nymphe de Nganda) was next for Francois Lagadeuc and trainer J-M Baudouin with third earned by 5.3/1 Ducson Imperial (2m Tucson-Joie Imperiale) for Eric Raffin, trainer Julien Le Mer and Ecurie FAC. Django Riff scored easily after turning back a challenge by Dream Darling, that eventually faded to fifth, at the midway point. Fractions were modest setting up a solid final 500 meters by the winner (1.11.3kr at 1500, 1.13.1kr at 1000, 1.14.8kr at 500, finish 1.14.4kr). Well regarded Ducato Bourbon was disqualified. The Prix de Brive la Gaillarde (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, three year-old males) went to 4.7/1 Cyprien des Bordes (3m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes-Jasmin de Flore) for J.L.C. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 1.8/1 favorite Cap Matyss (3m Love You-Ode Matyss) finished second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Franck Leblanc and Elevage Matgea. Third was 5.8/1 Cheri Cheri (3m Pomeroldf de Laumac-Nancy du Mont) reined by Mathieu Mottier for trainer Dominique Mottier. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 6, 2015 - Today’s strong card included Regional Finals such as the LeTrot Open des Regions for three year-olds. The Gr. III event over 2700 meters carried a purse of €85,000 and the winner was clocked in 1.15.2kr. The winner was 2.1/1 Coeur Baroque (3g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) handled by Damien Bonne for trainer Thierry Raffegeau. Second was 3.3/1 Caid Griff (3m Password-Savanne Griff) for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Griff, ahead of 18.5/1 Caduceus des Baux (3g Mark Speed-Festira des Baux) and Mathieu Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Philippe du Rozier (Gr. II monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 8 starters) went to 27.3/1 Be Mine de Houelle (4f Scipion du Goutier-Olitade Kefrauso) trained by Franck Leblanc and ridden today by Mlle. M. Bacsi. 2/1 Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) was second for Francois Legadeuc and trainer/owner Jean-Michel Baudouin. 5.1/1 Blooma d’Heripre (4f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta For Favor) was third for Damien Bonne. Bolero Love led for much of contest before being a late disqualification. The fractions were quick (1.08.5kr at 1500; 1.09.9kr at 1000; 1.11.9kr at 500; 1.12kr finish). The LeTrot Open des Regions four year-olds (Gr. III purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to the 1.14.9kr winner Big Boss (4g Xaar-Le Balafre) at 9.9/1 odds for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer/owner Herve Chauve-Laffey. 51/1 Bar d’Or (4g Orlando Vici-Star du Donjon) was second with Brindor (4g Mage de la Merite-Houba des Etangs) third for Frankc Nivard overcoming a 25 meter penalty as did fourth finishing Barry Felin. Fractions in this test follow (1.15kr at 1500; 1.12.9kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500). Ullster Perrine (7m Tenor de Baune-Nana Perrine) won today’s featured €150,000 purse Masters Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf over 2850 meters distance handicap (plus 15 meters for winners over €400,000 lifetime). This race was the Quinte+ (jackpot €3.85 million) of the day. The 2.8/1 favorite was driven by Franck Nivard for trainer J-M Baudouin and timed in 1.12.8kr in the narrow verdict over 5.3/1 Uniflosa Bella (7f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) and Eric Raffin for trainer J-P Marmion. 12/1 Tornado Bello (8m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade), starting with a 25 meter penalty, was third for Pierre Levesque and trainer Mike Lenders (dam Enfilade produced double Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream). The fractions were quick from the start (1.11.6kr at 1500; 1.11.7kr at 1000, 1.12.8kr at 500). Original favorite Anna Mix, second in the first “B” showing an impressive effort, was scratched by judges after refusing the start twice, as he has done previously. The Prix de L’Eure (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to the decisive rallying 7.2/1 Tell Me No Lies (6g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) driven by J-M Bazire for Fabrice Souloy trainer for KLV Holding AB. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed 3.3/1 Olivier Kronos (7g Varenne-Glide About) home second for trainer Ulf Stenstomer with 8.5/1 Ustov (7g Niky-Oh Manon) third for David Thomain for trainer J-P Thomain. The winner was clocked in 1.13.7kr off even fractions (1.13.6 kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.7kr at 1000; 1.14.2kr at 500 mark). The LeTrot Open des Regions for five year-olds (purse €85,000, Gr. III over 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to 3.9/1 Anzi des Liards (5g Look de Star-Navaicaa du Sud) for driver Romain Derieux and trainer/owner David Bekaert. Favorite at 4/5 was second finishing Alinea (5g Baccarat du Pont-Pavive) for trainer/driver Damien Bonne while 16/1 Alamo du Goutier (5g Quido du Goutier-Opa de Tourelle) was third. The winner was timed in 1.14.3kr with a strong finish off slow fractions (1.16.7kr at 1500 and 1000 meters to go posts; 1.15.9kr at 500). Thomas H. Hicks  

October 21, 2015 - 3.2/1 odds Axel Tilly took Wednesday’s Prix de l’Aigle (purse €66,000, 2875 meters, 17 starters) at Enghien-Soisy. The five year-old gelded son of Offshore Dream-Joyeuse Tilly was reined by Pierre Vercruysse in the 1.15.2kr victory (race time 3:36.25). Aux Lefroutins (5g Pad d’Urzy-Moon de Verbois) was second at 8.7/1 odds for Franck Nivard a length from the winner, with third to 3.2/1 Aghinetti (5m Magnificant Rodney-Quanossa de Visais) driven by trainer Robert Bergh for Stall Courant AB. Avenir de Blay (5g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) at 2.7/1 was fourth for owner/trainer/driver Tony Le Beller with fifth to 82/1 Angel Dark (5g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes) for Johanna Lindqvist and trainer Anders Lindqvist. At Solvalla the Armbro Keepsake (80,000SEK to the winner, 1140 meters autostart sprint) went to 2.1/1 Food Money (7g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) with Jennifer Tillaman aboard for Thomas Jezek trainer. 2.5/1 Tycoon Conway Hall (5m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) was second for Thomas Uhrberg for trainer Steen Juul ahead of third finishing Georgina Corner (6f Love You-Georgetown-Kramer Boy) driven by Erik Adielsson. On the same card 2.8/1 Arvie Hanover took the Trearingslopp (40,000SWK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) for Erik Adielsson, trainer Svante Bath and owner Global Farm AB. Interestingly this winner is a three year-old filly by pacing stalwart Somebeachsomewhere-All American Apex-Western Hanover. This winner has a slate of 1-2-1 in four starts this year, previously racing outside of Europe on the pacing gait making five starts at age two. Top flight racing is scheduled on the weekend in FR and SWE. Friday at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Pierre Van Troyen (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters), a Gr. III event. J-M Bazire teams Belina Josselyn as a probable favorite in the contest. The Prix Gisella (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters), also a Gr. III event led by Cicero Face with Jos. Verbeeck and Cow Boy Griff with Pierre Vercruysse set to drive. Two year-olds also will battle in the Gr. III Prix Louis Cauchois (purse €80,000, 2200 meters, nine starters) with top contenders being Derrick de Njanda for J-M Bazire, Django Riff to be reined by Jos. Verbeeck and Diaz Dairpet with Mathieu Abrivard set to rein. At Mons Ghlin the Quinte+ Grand Prix de la Touscaint Tour (purse €120,000, 2300 meters autostart, 16 entrants) will be led by Roi du Lupin for Bjorn Goop and Solea Rivelliere for Philippe Daugeard. On Saturday at Jagersro will be held the Gr. II International UET Masters Series 2015 C.L. Mullers Memorial with 500,000SEK to the winner of the 2640 meter autostart distance. The good field follows: Dreams Take Time, Per Lennartsson Beau Mec, Erik Adielsson Calvin Borel, Conrad Lugauer Oliver Kronos, Carl Johan Jepson Alfas du Vinci, Joakim Lovgren Repay Merci, Knud Monster Vasterbo Highflyer, Daniel Reden Royal Blessed, Wim Paal Obi Wan, Flemming Jensen Global Money, Robert Bergh Backfire, Torbjorn Jansson Delicious, Orjan Kihlstom Thomas H. Hicks  

September 12, 2015 - Saturday’s Prix Georges Dreux (Gr. III, purse €105,000, 2850 meters, monte 11 starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to 4/5 choice Nene’Degli Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joseph Cachia. Clocked in 1.14kr the winner defeated 4/1 odds Virgious du Maza (6g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) ridden by Damien Bonne for trainer Sebastien Ernault. Third went to 6.8/1 Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Y-A Briand. Replay: Ulster Perrine (7m Tenor de Baune-Nana Perrine) took the Prix RMC (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) on the good undercard timed in 1.12.8kr for J-M Bazire driving for trainer J-M Baudouin, off at 2.4.1 odds. Atlas du Vinci (7g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton) was second for Joakim Lovgren at 3.4/1 with third to 6.4/1 Osiride Grif (7m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK) reined by Pierre Levesque for Nicolas Ensch trainer. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €3.15 million. Replay:   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 16 Ulster Perrine J.-M. Bazire C. Ouzzan J.-M. Baudouin 2ème 9 Alfas Da Vinci SWE J. Lövgren Stall Jamn Lenhovda J. Lövgren 3ème 12 Osiride Grif ITY P. Levesque Winner Stable N. Ensch 4ème 18 Tarass d'Amour E. Raffin Ecurie Sébastien Guarato S. Guarato 5ème 15 Urac R. Derieux A. De Sousa N. Ensch  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.150.000 € - Numéro plus : 2161   Ordre :       1.960,00€   Désordre :       39,20€   Bonus 4 :       4,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       4,00€   Bonus 3 :       4,00€ 24/1 Coeur Baroque (3g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) was victorious in the Prix de Montelimar (purse €62,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) clocked in 1.15.9kr for teamster Damien Bonne and trainer Thierry Raffegeau. Even-money favorite Chicago Blues (3m Prodigious-New Orleans) held second for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin with third to 31/1 Cow Boy Griff (3m Look de Star-Sita de Boisney) and reinsman Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. The Gr. I Prix de l’Etoile (purse €240,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) went to the 1.13.2kr clocked, 9/10 favorite Cristal Money (3m Coktail Jet-Making Money) driven by Franck Nivard. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner that defeated 6/1 Coquin Bebe (3m Rancho Gede-Noble Nenette) and teamster J-M Bazire for trainer Franck Leblanc. 43/1 outsider Barjal(4m Memphis du Rib-Jaldemosa) landed third for trainer/driver Franck Anne. Replay: The Paris-Vincennes co-featured Gr. I Prix de Normadie (purse €240,000, monte over 3000 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.14.6kr timed winner Astor du Quenne (5m Opus Viervil-Qualinka du Quenne) handled by Antoine Lamy for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Haras de la Coquenne. He was off at 36/1 odds. 2.6/1 Apprenti Sorcier (5m Love You-Queen of Viking) was second for Camille Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 5.3/1 Alexia (5f Prodigious-Ilexia) was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Replay: At Wolvega the Derby Four Year-Olds (purse €28,600, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 9.8/1 Early Stardust (4f Orlando Vici-Timely Stardust-Super Arnie) for trainer/driver Cees-F Kemminga. 4/1 Exceptional Boko (4m Virgill Boko-Uncommon Boko) was second for Rob-T DeVieger and trainer D-P Tesselaar with third to 22/1 Easytowin (4f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) with Dion-P Tesselaar up on his trainee. At Bollnas SWE this day, the Gold Division (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) was won by Nimbus CD (5g Mythical Lindy-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stefan Hultman in a 1.12.2kr tight photo over Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Daniel Reden the pilot. Beau Mec was third for Robert Bergh. Thomas H. Hicks  

The four-day  harness racing meet at the Clearfield County Fair came to an end today (Wednesday), with the last card featured sophomore pacers: two geldings upped their fair records for the year to 6-5-1-0, and one filly - already very familiar with winning - also notched her fifth fair win of 2015.   In three divisions for the males, the Western Terror gelding Royaltyhasarrived recorded the fastest clocking, 2:01.1, to post his fifth straight fair victory, this time by 6¼ lengths.   The all-time track recordholder at Hughesville by virtue of a 1:58.1 victory there in July, Royaltyhasarrived won again Wednesday for driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn.   Driver Brown also won another division of this event with EJ And Orr in 2:03.1 for conditioner Dan Walski and the Walski Stables LLC, to give him three scores on the day.   R N Nate also impressed as he kept pace with Royaltyhasarrived, having to race on the rim throughout, yet still tallying in 2:01.3 by 12¾ lengths.   Owner/trainer/driver/breeder Roger Hammer is the guiding force behind the altered son of Nuclear Breeze - whose dam, R N Artist, was the 2003 PA Fair Champion in her sophomore division.   The Western Terror filly Tropical Terror, who led all North American two-year-olds last year with 16 visits to the winners circle (including 15 at the fairs), ran her 2015 tally to five victories on the twicearounds (four in current succession) with a 2:04.1 win for driver/uncle Chris Shaw, trainer/father Jason Shaw, and owner Mason Shaw, like the filly a three-year-old and the CEO/COO/CFO of the powerful Team Shaw.   The fastest filly division fell to the McArdle filly Clear Winner, who pulled a 2:04 major upset of Keystone I Wish, co-fastest PA fair horse of the year with Royaltyhasarrived (her 1:58.1 was at Gratz).   Keystone I Wish made an early burst after the ¼ to the lead, but Clear Winner, 6¼ lengths behind at the 3/4s, unleashed a powerful move through the turn and the stretch to edge her rival by a head for most of the team behind Royaltyhasarrived: driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owner Virginia Schoeffel, with Fred and Seth Dowling also co-owning Clear Winner.   For the four days of racing, Roger Hammer had eight driving victories and seven training triumphs to lead all horsemen; the sulky success allowed Hammer to win the Buster DiSalvo Trophy for most driving wins at Clearfield for the twelfth time.   Hammer solidified his perch atop the season-long standings, now having 40 sulky victories and 39 conditioning wins.   The highlight of the meet had to be the 2:02 trotting victory by Simeon and Dave Wade on Tuesday, equaling Cottonwood Sam's all-age track trotting record set in 2003.   The 2015 Pennsylvania fair circuit reaches its midpoint next week with racing at two fairs, stops number 10 and 11 on the 20-stop circuit, and about as far apart as you can get in Pennsylvania - there are 358 miles between Waynesburg PA (hometown of Dave Palone), in the southwest corner of the state, and Honesdale PA in the far northeast.   Waynesburg will race 2YO events this coming Tuesday and 3YO events this coming Wednesday, with first post each day 10 a.m.   The racing starts Wednesday at Honesdale at 4 p.m., with 3YO contests plus a $2000 FFA pace, while Thursday's 1 p.m. start will showcase 2YOs and a $2000 FFA trot.   Jerry Connors

February 11, 2015 - Tuesday at Vincennes the Prix de Chateau-Gontier (€54,000 purse, European males, 18 starters, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ with €5.5 million jackpot) went to the Thierry Duvaldestin pupil Uno Dancer (7g Offshore Dream - Laura Dancer) with Franck Nivard up. The winner was off at 2.7/1 odds, and clocked in 1.13.3kr, as he defeated Italy’s Orient Horse (7m Abano As - Irma del Rio) at 15/1 for Gabriele Gelormini and third finishing Tsunami (8g Defi d’Aunou - Lais de la Duchec) at 8.5/1 for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.500.000 € - Numéro plus : 0931   Ordre :       3.378,20€   Désordre :       59,80€   Bonus 4 :       10,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       5,10€   Bonus 3 :       3,40€   Replay: On the same card the Prix de Bercy (€46,000 purse, European males, 17 starters, 2700 meters) went to rallying 14/1 longshot Valmayor (6g Le Retour - Korinaga), clocked in 1.14.1kr for reinsman Jos Verbeeck and conditioner Vincent Viel. Italy’s 22/1 Platone GSO (6m L’as de Boussieres - Egida Play) was second for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Heikei Korpi with 5.5/1 Virtuel Haufor (6g Diamant Gede - Kelle Haufor) third for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

Europe’s best four year-olds squared off in today’s Gr. I Criterium Continental with a €240,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters with one scratch at Paris-Vincennes in the UET Masters Series) vying for its winners invitation to the Prix d’Amerique. The slick gaited, well-mannered Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Stall Tumble Boys, rallied to score by a nose at 13.8/1 odds in 1.10.7kr. Tumble Dust scored from post nine, outside first tier, and battled to the front in fast tempo before allowing a game 16/1 Amiral Sacha (4m Ganymede-Nostalgia Sacha) to gain the front for Gabrielle Gelormini with Malmqvist’s stablemate 33/1 Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde) behind Tumble Dust. Positions remained unchanged until even-money choice Aladin d’Ecajeul rolled near the leaders on the outside. Off the final bend Tumble Dust found room to the outside and Backfire found space on the pegs as the favorite faltered and Amiral Sacha battled on with great courage. The top three were noses apart on the line. Tumble Dust secured his tenth career win now for earnings of €510,169. Aladin d’Ecajeul ended fourth, Akim du Cap Vert fifth and J-P Dubois’ Tast of Bourbon was seventh. Fractions were 1.05.2kr at 1500; 1.08.5kr at 1000; 1.10.9kr at 500, 1.10.7kr at the finish. On post-race interview reinsman Bjorn Goop was quoted as saying Tumble Dust was good today, got over the track well and still had gas left. Goop recorded his seventh win in France this year with the Criterium Continental triumph. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Un Mec d’Heripre took today’s Gr. II International Prix d’Ete at Paris-Vincennes. One of this summers’ best European based trotters, the six-year-old son of Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling scored in 1.13.2kr over the 2700 meter course to win for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The winner now has 17 career victories good for earnings of €1,001,780. Roxane Grif, a career winner of €2,474,618 battled gamely throughout, much of the journey uncovered on the outside, to hold second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. What a great mare she is! Veteran Roi du Lupin closed steadily to be third for Anthony Barrier. He’s now a career winner of €1,856,845 for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. The Vincennes card today was a good one with four graded events including the monte Prix de Basly for €120,000, and two other upper level events. Race summaries of these events are shown below. 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Emile Wendling, Gr. III €85,000 purse, 2700 meters, 12 starters, 1.15kr 1st Balva Mointaval (3f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou), Mathieu Abrivard, 4.6/1 2nd Serpilla Spin (3m From Above-Karisma Zet), Franck Nivard, 10.3/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filanda), Pierre Vercruysse, 2.5/1 odds 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Montier En Der, Gr. III, €80,000 purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters 1st Up The Green (6m Espeyrac Sun-Nemenine), J-M Bazire, 6/1 2nd Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet), Franck Nivard, 4/5 odds 3rd Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Mathieu Mottier, 27.9/1 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Basly, monte Gr. II, €120,000 purse, 2175 meters, 8 starters for three year-olds Fractions: 1.10.1kr at 1500 to go; 1.10.5kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500, 1.13.3kr finish 1st Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), Mathieu Mottier, 1.8/1 odds for this easy win 2nd Bocage d’Ortige (3m Mirages du Goutier-Providence d’Ortige), David Thomain aboard, 2.2/1 3rd Boy du Plessis (3m Odesis de Vandel-Natoes des Loges), P-Ph Ploquin up, 11.5/1 odds 9/6/14 Paris Vincennes, Prix d’Ete, Gr. II purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 8 starters Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.9kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling), Franck Nivard aboard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie d’Heripre, 7/10 odds 2nd 3rd Roxane Grif (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 4.9/1 odds 3rd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol), Damien Bonne for J-P Marmion, 3.1/1 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Mont St. Michel, European €65,000 purse, 16 starters, Q+ €4.45 million jackpot Fractions: 1.13.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.5kr at 1000, 1.13.4kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Elles W. Phedo (8f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita), Johanna Lindqvist up for trainer/owner Th. Claesson, 29.1/1 2nd Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven), J-M Bazire, 1.9/1 favorite 3rd Orione Degli Dei (6g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei), Mauro Baroncini, 45.2/1 Quinte+ results of the race produced an exact order payoff of €112,440 for a €2 wager, excluding jackpot. 9/6/14 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Joseph Aveline, €82,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters, 1.15.1kr 1st Alceate du Goutier (4m Quido du Goutier-Matsuyama), Mathieu Abrivard up, 6.4/1 2nd Anette du Mirel (4m Laetenter Diem-Lisa du Mirel), J-M Bazire for trainer Anders Lindqvist, 2.5/1 3rd Alto de Viette (4m Ready Cash-Mini Ceintire), Joseph Verbeeck, 7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for

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