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The Gr. III Prix Antigone for 110,000e today at Vincennes, France went to Italian invader Nene'Degli Ulivi and jockey Alexandre Abrivard in the sparkling 1.12.1kr (mile rate 1:56) time over 2850 meters (1-3/4 miles). Impressively the winner traveled an extra 25 meters in this distance handicap event. The seven year-old gelded son of Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli recorded his 24th career win for earnings of 445,086e. Vincent Lacroix trains the winner for owner Joe Cachia. Camille Levesque piloted Tolima to a soild second for trainer Mike Lenders. April 25, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Antigone, Gr. III, monte 110,000e, 2850 meters, 13 starters, 1.12.1kr 1st Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joe Cachia, breeder M,F. Cioccoloni, 2/1 odds, 24th career win. His second straight monte win in France and sixth monte win since September 11, 2013 with four at Paris Vincennes, two in Gr. III events, he traveled 2875 meters today 2nd Tolima (7f Ganymede-Ironie Jet-Coktail Jet), Camille Levesque up for Mike Lenders trainer, 5.5/1, 2850 meters 3rd Veloce du Banney (5g Quaro-Jiva du Banney), Yohan Lebourgeois up, 3.3/1, 2850 odds Nene'Degli Ulivi comes from a superb maternal family that gave the sport Iza Bizi, Miralie Lobell (winner Coaching Club Trotting Oaks and third in Hambletonian Oaks), Well Cast, Money Hanover (third in the Stanley Dancer), Meadow Bright (winner of Lady Suffolk and Colonial), Meadow Matt (winner of Prix de la Cote d'Azur) and Meadow Farr (Coaching Club Trotting Oaks winner). The excellent Vincennes undercard included victories by As Dore (4m Coktail Jet) in the Prix Maginus for Dominik Locqueneux, United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree) for J-M Bazire in the Quinte+ Prix Huberta and Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash) for Jean-Etienne Dubois in the Prix Libussa. The day's Q+ jackpot reached 7.8 million euros.  April 25, 2014 Paris Vinennes, Prix Maginus, 80,000e, 2700 meters, 13 starters, 1.14.9kr 1st As Dore (4m Coktail Jet-Dragee d'Or-Passionnant), Dominik Locqueneux up for Franck Leblanc trainer, 7.5/1, his sixth win for 145,670e lifetime. 2nd Aloa de la Mortrie (4f Drag-Queen d'Acanthe), Anthony Barrier, 5.5/1 3rd Alpha Saltor (4m Paris Haufor-Glory d'Ariare), Damien Bonne up, 49/1 April 25, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Huberta, 54,000e, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, males, 1.13.9kr 1st United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 2.7/1, owner Laurent Leduc, his 11th win for 135,980e lifetime, traveled 2850 meters 2nd Tafaiko Sax (7g Nobilis Jiel-Nofaika), Mathieu Abrivard, 9/1, 2875 meters 3rd Toutubio (7g Grassano-Helene Gem), Damien Bonne, 3.3/1, 2875 meters April 25, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Libussa, 37,000e, 2200 meters, males, 14 starters, 1.15.7kr 1st Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/breeder/trainer/drivetr, 6.3/1, fourth career win for 36,350e lifetime 2nd Baklov de Vandel (3m Love You-Kaluric de Vandel), Tony Le Beller up, 4/1 3rd Banco des Bordes (3m Memphis du Rib-Perle des Bordes), J.L.C. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais, 13/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Credit Winner's Swedish son Conrad's Fredrik (7g Credit Winner-Ahmeida-Spotlite Lobell) took today's Prix de la Thierache at Paris-Vincennes. Contested over 2700 meters by 18 rivals, the winner, driven by Jarmo Niskanen, held off Tip Top Nelliere and Jean-Philippe Mary by a nose to score in 1.14.6kr. The winner recorded his 16th career victory now with earnings of 226,825 euro to capture the winner's share of the 58,000 euro purse. The Quinte+ race of the day carried a jackpot of 3.2 million euro and with longshots gaining the top spots the exact order two euro wager paid over 97,000 euro. Prix de la Thierache, European, 58,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot 3.2 million euro 1.14.6kr Conrad's Fredrik (7g Credit Winner-Ahmeida-Spotlite Lobell), Jarmo Niskanen up at 6.7/1, his 16th lifetime win for 226,825 euros (Sweden) Tip Top Nelliere (7g Go Lucky-Novely Blue-Fleuron Perrine), Jean-Philippe Mary up at 53/1 Trinity Jiel (7f Goetmals Wood-FGlaya de Jiel-Ourasi), Jos. Verbeeck up at 9/1 Parkin (8g Tap In-La Bigi-Peace On Earth), Pierre Vercruysse up at 75/1 (Sweden) Another European eligible contest, the 48,000 euro purse Prix de Montpellier over 2700 meters with 18 starters, went to the Franck Blandin piloted Vrai Souvenir in 1.15.2kr. The five year-old son of Hugo du Bossis, off at 12/1, rallied and defeated a host of other longshots with Italian invaders finishing in the third through fifth spots. The winner recorded his fith career win and increased earnings to 88,630 euro. Prix de Montpellier, European, 46,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters 1.15.2kr Vrai Souvenir (5m Hugo du Bossis-Ovation du Bois-Cesar d'Argos), Franck Blandin up at 12/1, the winners fifth career victory for 88,630 euro won Vol de Nuit (5m Goetmals Wood-Manon Lescaut-Vikings Way), Pierre Levesque up, Mike Lenders trainer, 9.3/1 Painkiller Va (5g Everest As-Dalia Cr-Toss Out), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Mauro Baroncini, 33/1 (Italy) Pitango Jet (5m Supergill-Fanfara Jet-Kramer Boy), Roberto Vecchione up for trainer Holger Ehlert, 47/1 (Italy) Prevedello (5m Pine Chip-Jovelinotte-Passionnant), Jos. Verbeeck up, 122/1 odds (Italy) As the Prix d'Amerique approaches, comments of several drivers pointed out the importance of the start. Teamsters Vercruysse, Levesque, and Nivard offered the following to Paris-Turf: Good start and a horse that is a good starter is important Last 30 seconds before go are vital - must keep composure as race is not won at the start but can be lost there Horses feel the pressure too from on-track activities and crowd noise that can get the horses somewhat agitated Difficult to win the race start to finish; better to be well-placed and avoid pitfalls This group of reinsman have seen it all in recent years and had the good fortune to win or be second with Ready Cash, Offshore Dream, Mealunes du Corta and Quaker Jet. Watch for their comments to take life on Sunday. Thomas H. Hicks  

Favored Ulysse (6m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) drew away in the late stages of the 2850 meter, 150,000 euro purse Gr. II Prix du Calvados at Vincennes to score impressively in 1.14.1kr. Thomas Levesque was in the irons for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie des Pommiers. The winner secured his 10th career win now with increased earnings of 512,030 euro. The race is an International UET Masters Series event and a test leading to the Prix du Cornulier on January 19. The winner of that race earns a bid to the Prix d'Amerique a week later. The 2013 Prix du Cornulier winner Singalo was disqualified today after what appeared to be a tiring miscue. He had battled to overcome a 25 meter handicap that also affected 8th place finishing Risque Tout, both being the highest money earners in the field. Rapide du Digeon was second for Damien Bonne with Utoky third for Franck Nivard, riding for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson. Taiga du Rib, trained by monte specialist Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, ended fifth with Yohan Lebourgeois up. 1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix du Calvados, Gr. II, purse 150,000 euro, UET Masters Series International monte, 2850 meters, 12 starters 1.14.1kr Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500, 1.14.4kr at 1000, 1.14.4kr at 500 Ulysse (6m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream), Thomas Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie des Pommiers; winner now with 10 career victories for 512,030 euros earned. Rapide du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes-Qlorest des Vivier), Damien Bonne up Utoky (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Epopee-Kimberland), Frank Nivard up for Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Cte. P. de Montesson Vagabondu Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary-Kiwi), Mathieu Mottier aboard Taiga du Rib (7f Nice Love-Galinette Cendree-Quitons du Coral), Yohan Lebourgeois aboard, Joel Hallais trainer for Ecurie Rib 25 meter handicapped Singalo was a dq; Risque Tout ended 8th The co-featured Prix de Lille (Gr. III European, 2100 meters autostart) went to the Sweden invader Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Alf Palema) in 1.11.6kr. Franck Nivard piloted the decisive winner (now with 24 career wins worth 397,181 euro) for Ecurie Commander and conditioner Fabrice Souloy. Another Swedish veteran, Caballion (a 20 time winner for 495,931 euro) rallied to be a distant second for Jos. Verbeeck who drove for trainer Frederik B. Larsson and Caballiion AB & Co. The Christian Bigeon owned, trained and reined Un Amour d'Haufor ended third at 44/1 odds. 1/5/14 Vincennes - Prix de Lille, European Gr. III, purse 105,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters.11.6kr Fractions: 1.09.6kr at 1000, 1.11.4kr at 500 Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nina Palema-Alf Palema), Franck Nivard driving Swedish veteran for Ecurie Commander, trainer Fabrice Souloy, 24th career win for earnings 397,181 euro lifetime Caballion (8m Kaseco Phedo-Lady Brick-Super Arnie), Jos. Verbeek handled this Swedish entrant for Caballion AB & Co. and Fredrik B. Larsson trainer; the winner with 20 wins for 495,931 euro lifetime Un Amour d'Haufor (6m Love You-Glamour d'Haufor-Passionnant), Christian Bigeon owner/trainer/driver Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz-Flora Castelets-Sancho Panca), J.L.C. Dersoir up was fifth Talicia Bella was a dq as co-favorite. Yesterday at Halmstad Sweden V75 day, several high class events were won by US or former US sired horses, namely Dream Vacation, Credit Winner and Andover Hall. The Andover Hall winner, Nothing But Class, is a five year old stallion (winner of over US$130,000 before export) from the Donerail mare Bold Dreamer, also dam of US$1.6 million winner Pampered Princess (also by Andover Hall) and her Conway Hall daughter Satin Pillows is dam of To Dream On, a Credit Winner filly winner of US$975,000. 1/4/14 Halmstad, Motor Halland Klass 1, 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner 1.12kr Bear Dancer (4g Dream Vacation-Epoque Effe-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop up The Divine Miss F (4f Kiss Francais-Fast Wise As-Yankee Glide), Johnny Takter 1/4/14 Halmstad, Bengan Boys, Gold Division, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner 1.13kr I'm The Answer (6g Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane), Jorgen Sjunnesson up, now 16 wins in 49 starts for earnings of 4,037,741SEK Capello Bob (8g Trade Balance-Yroflickas-Ron B Hanover), Stefan Persson 1/4/14 Halmstad, Stolopp, 2140 meters turning start, 100,000SEK to winner 1.15.7kr Stirling Allstar (5f Credit Winner-Super Starlet-Muscles Yankee), Johan Untersteiner Deli Deli (7f Deliberate Speed-Smoking Scoop-Texas), Peter Untersteiner 1/4/14 Halmstad, Silver Division, 1640 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner 1.12.1kr Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos), Yohan Untersteiner Thomas H. Hicks  

Today's Prix de Bourgogne undercard featured several excellent monte events. The Prix de Brioude for 60,000 euro over 2700 meters went to Linda Vercruysse' Transamerica (6f Offshore Dream-Klassic Aunou-Defi d'Aunou) in a front-stepping 1.14.1kr for Yohan Lebourgeois. The winner scored her fifth career win, now with earnings of 196,820 euro for her NY born owner and trained by Pierre Vercruysse. She sports red-white-blue colors that also fit Transamerica's pedigree, being by the double Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream with earning of over US$3.3 million (2002, Reve d'Udon-Enfilde-Tarass Boulba). Tarass Boulba is by Speedy Somolli and Enfilade's dam, Tableau (Joie de Vie-Seascape Lobell-Speedy Crown-Somolli) directs to Somolli. Transamerica's pedigree further reflects franco-american blending as her dam was sired by Defi D'Aunou, by Armbro Goal from Nesmile, making him a half-brother to Buvetier d'Aunou (by Royal Prestige) and Extreme Aunou (by Baltic Speed). Nesmile is one of Europe's best producing mares and her daughter Amour d'Aunou produced Guilty of Love, dam of Love You, Repeat Love, Nice Love and In Dix Huit. Vincennes - Prix de Brioude (monte, 60,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 12 starters)   1.14.1kr 1st Transamerica (6f Offshore Dream-Klassik Aunou-Defi d'Aunou), Yohan Lebourgeois up for owner Mme. Lynda Vercruysse and trainer Pierre Vercruysse, her fifth win for career earnings of 196,820 euro 2nd  Tonnerre de Retz (6g First de Retz-Kaline du Solnan-Corot), P-Y Verva aboard 3rd  Tinosa du Chene (6f Nobody du Chane-Inosa du Chene-Jiosco), M. Mottier up The Sunday monte co-feature (Prix de Tarbes for 60,000 euro purse) went to Auria Vikland in 1.13.6kr over 2175 meters for three year-old females. She scored impressively for P-Y Verva and is a daughter of the fastest monte performer to date Prince de Montfort, still racing in Germany and northern European countries. J-P Dubois' A Nous Deux was second in this event with Nathalie Henry in the irons. Vincennes - Prix de Tarbes (60,000 euro purse, monte, female three year-olds, 2175 meters, 10 starters)   1.13.6kr 1st  Aurea Vikland (3f Prince de Montfort-Kethna de Monte-Vif Argent Ludois), P-Y Verva up, 5/1 odds, fourth career win for earnings of 84,550 euro 2nd   A Nous Deux (3f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry aboard for trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois, 3/1 odds 3rd  Aureness (3f Mercenaire-Ornaise de Morgane-Himo Josselyn), Francois Lagadeus up, 17/1 odds The 48,000 euro purse Prix de Cabrieres went to Ugolin de Chambre with Mathieu Mottier up. This one is by a son of Passionnant (by Florestan) from a Tenor de Baune (Prix d'Amerique winner with 33 wins in 47 career starts) dam and the winner scored impressively in 1.13.7kr with a powerful stretch run. Vincennes - Prix de Cabrieres (monte, males, 48,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, 12 starters)  1.13.7kr 1st  Ugolin de Chambre (5g Ginger Somolli-L'Avayronnaise-Tenor de Baune), Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Jacques Rajalu and owner Alain-Jean Dubois, 11/1 odds 2nd  Un Aller (5g Le Retour-Elmia-Origan Noir), O. Touvais up, 5/2 favorite 3rd  Ultra Or (5g Orlando Vici-Petra du Chene-Jain de Beval), Anthony Barrier up for Fabrice Souloy trainer and owner Ecurie AB Trot, 38/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Today's excellent Paris-Vincennes card was headlined by two Gr. II events. The Prix Une de Mai for juvenile fillies (Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters). The race went to 9/1 upsetter Billie de Montfort (2f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) in 1.13.7kr for Eric Raffin. The Sebastian Guarato trained, Philippe Dauphin owned filly remained undefeated in five starts, now with earnings of 97,200 euro. She closed stoutly to get by 2/1 favorite Be My Girl (2f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream) handled by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner G. Poulsen-Allaire. This one now has five scores in six starts for 151,950 euro. Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane-Korean) was third for Franck Nivard ahead of Bassanc de Marlu (2f Sam Bourbon-Jessie de Vonnas-Podosis) reined by her owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Dubois has recorded 35 wins in 129 starts since May 1st including four graded wins (he has been 69 times 1-2-3). The Prix de Damville (Q+ race of the day, 70,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters) was up next as the Quinte+ jackpot was 1.5 million euro today. Valse Mika (4f Niky-Ellamika-Malouin) won this event in 1.14.6kr for Sylvain Roger (trainer/driver) with a strong closing brush for the filly owned by Ecurie La Petteviniere. Her earnings increased to 133,350 euro with this her sixth career win. Victoria du Jouan (4f Insert Gede-Jirondelle-Coktail Jet) held second for Wm. Bigeon and third went to Vega du Noyer (4f Kiwi-Mansourah-Dream With Me). The prestigious Prix Jules Lemonnier (120,000 euro purse, International Gr. II UET Masters Series, monte, 2175 meters, 14 starters) included big-time career winners and perhaps showcased those that may contest the Prix de Cornulier a week prior to the 2014 Prix d'Amerique. Today 15/1 Save The Quick (7f Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchesse-Blue Dream) gained attention as she scored in a quick 1.11.5kr for Mathieu Mottier, in the irons for conditioner Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Quick Star. The splits were fast in this event (1.09.2kr at the 1500, 1.10.4kr at the 1000 and 1.11.6kr at the 500) before they sprinted home. Her career earnings are now 1,557,474 euro with this her 13th lifetime win. 5/1 Singalo (7m Goetmals Wood-Ingala-Buvetier d'Aunou) raced well and held second for David Thomain. Louis Baudron owns and trains Singalo, last years' Prix de Cornulier winner, and a career winner of over 1.1 million euro. 3/1 Quarry Bay (9f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarelle-Fakir du Vivier) also battled throughout and gained third along the pylons for Ms. Camille Levesque. Mike Lenders trains Quarry Bay for Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Veteran Paladin Bleu (10m Jag de Bellouet- Una Picolina-Ianthin) was fourth for Ms. Margot Groli ahead of 2/1 favorite Roxane Griff (8f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancha Panca)with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. She's a career winner of over 1.7 million euro but today appeared to be disinterested in the challenge until the very late going. The Prix de Strasbourg (80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters) was up next and Quartz de Fleurier (9g Hooper-Urzeile-Jorky) proved the best at 27/1 for P-Y Verva. He scored in 1.15kr for his 15th lifetime win. Pedro Vici (10g Hulk des Champs-Eau de Loir-Lutin d'Isigny) was home second for Wm. Bigeon ahead of Starter du Rib (7g Ganymede-Jiviger-Sancho Panca) and J.L.C. Dersoir. He's owned by Ecurie Rib and conditioned by Joel Hallais, a leading monte trainer. The Prix de Brive-La-Gaillarde (54,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters on the petit piste) showcased three year old males and 3/1 odds Akeste du Goutier (3m Quido du Goutier-Matsayama-Sebrazac) took the easy victory (his sixth career score) for Matthieu Abrivard. Amazar de Florange (3m Echo-Pauleta-Ganymede) secured second for Franck Nivard ahead of As Dore (3m Coktail Jet-Dragee d'Or-Passionnant) handled by Dominik Locqueneux. Note that the two graded events on today's card were won by offspring of Jasmin de Flore (1997 foal by Vivier de Montfort-Etoile du Pasteret-Mon Tourbillon). He won the Prix Jacques Vauloge, Criterium des 4ans, Prix de Milan, Prix de Selection and Criterium des 5ans during a successful career on the racetrack. His close-in pedigree shows no standardbred bloodlines, an 83% French trotter mix and 4% inbreeding coefficient. Tomorrow the 240,000 euro purse Criterium Continental headlines the Paris-Vincennes card. Louis Baudron's Village Mystic may be the favorite in what promises to be a competitive affair (18 starters) over 2100 meters. 1. Princess Grif (F.Nivard) 2. Village Mystic (L.Baudron) 3. Vanika du Ruel (F.Anne) 4. Victoire (M.Mottier) 5. Pascia' Lest (E.Bellei) 6. Voltigeur de Myrt (D.Loqueneux ) 7. Vera Pierji (T.Duvaldestin) 8. Vaux le Vicomte (J.M.Bazire) 9. Dreams Take Me (J.Takter) 10. Porthos Amok (E.Raffin) 11. Indigious (E.Adielsson) 12. Votka Bleu (A.Barrier) 13. Voyage de Reve (J.Dubois) 14. Volcan d'Urzy (J.Ph.Dubois) 15. Viking de Val (E.Lambertz) 16. System Performance( F.Ouvrie) 17. Vigove (P.Vercruysse) 18. Viva Island (J.P.Dubois) by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Exceptionally competitive trotting highlighted today's Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes harness racing card, readying race-goers for tomorrows Grand Prix de France. Today's featured Prix Ephram Houel (Grade II, 120,000 euro, 2,175 meters) was taken by the 4 year-old mare Victoire (by Kitko), driven by Mathieu Mottier for owner/trainer Danielle Mottier.

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