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Orjan Kihlstrom piloted 1.6/1 odds Red Rose America (6f Varenne-Armbro Voice) to a 1.12.5kr victory in the Gr. III Prix Helen Johansson/Px Association Petits Princes (Gr. III purse €105,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters). Kihlstom recovered from a dq with Lionel in the Prix d’Amerique but this Fabrice Souloy trained, Stall Panamera Racing owned and Lou Guida bred raced superbly. The winner was developed in Italy by Jerry Riordan for Guida. Air France (6f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos) was second at 9.9/1 for Mathieu Abrivard driving for Rony Kuiper, the trainer for owner Stefan Melander. Third home was 36/1 Adeliua de Melodie (6f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) for David Thomain. 20/1 Ninepoints Lucy was fourth for owner Bengt Johansson with 6.2/1 Ustie Haufor finishing fifth for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon and driver Ch.J. Bigeon. Cayenne de Houelle Wins Prix de Meadowlands Today’s Prix de Meadowlands (purse €52,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to 14.8/1 odds, 1.14.3kr timed Cayenne de Houelle (4f Scipion du Goutier-Irina de la Frette) for Pierre Vercruysse driving for Franck Leblanc trainer. This mare has posted three straight wins for the Leblanc/Vercuysse team since December 29th. Caly Loulou (4f Gazouillis-Neige de Genetine) was second at 82/1 odds for Mathieu Abrivard. Chelsea de Champs (4f Look de Star-Toscane des Champs) took third for Eric Raffin at 6/1. Favorite Cedea Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) was fourth today at even-money after five wins and a second in her last six outings. 43/1 odds Calencia (4f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was fifth for  Domink Locqueneux at the lines. Later in the Prix d’Amerique program, three year olds battled in the €80,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) Prix Leopold Verroken with the 9/10 favorite, 1.14.7kr clocked Doberman (3m Prodigious-Ouietude Mesloise) to the line first for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. The winner now sports four wins the six starts. Dragueur (3m Speedy Blue-Tilda) was second for Mathieu Mottier at 10.7/1 odds. Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) was a 3.1/1 odds third for J-M Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc. Drop was fourth for Mathieu Abrivard with fifth to Ulisse LL for Roberto Andreghetti up. Thomas H. Hicks

December 23, 2015 - Today’s opener at Cabourg was its featured Prix des Mufliers (purse €38,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) and the 3/5 harness racing favorite Violet (6m Love You-La Rouge-Buvetier d’Aunou) scored impressively by three lengths for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Age Posthumus, owner Jack De Jong and breeder Ecurie D. The winner recorded career win 17 in 27 starts, the 11 starts being wins. His career earnings now exceed €190,000. Violet (with a career record of 1.13.2kr) was timed in 115.6kr and he circled the field mid-way, overcoming a 25 meter handicap, and closing strongly off modest fractions (1.17.4kr at 1000 meters to go; 1.16.7kr at 500 to go). Second was 3.9/1 Vivien Pro (6g Neutron du Cebe-Maria Carnaval) for trainer/driver Aymeric Thomas with 8.5/1 odds Vivario du Bellay (6g Nil du Rib-Liscia de Bellay) home third for driver Franck Nivard. Dam of the winner was a career earner of US$71,000 and dam of US$126,000 winner Red Girl and US$152,000 winner Si Seulement. Today at Cabourg the Prix des Aristoloches (purse €26,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) was taken by the 1.17kr timed Big Love (4g Sam Bourbon-Nikita One) at 7.6/1 odds for owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. 93/1 Braque Turgot (4g Nijinski Blue-Innamorata Bella) ended second for Gildas Donio ahead of 6.5/1 Bosard (4g Islero de Bellouet-Papillote Doree) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer/owner Eric-Gilles Blot. Thomas H. Hicks

December 22, 2015 - The Quinte+ was the Prix de la Tramblade (purse €66,000, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) and the 1.14kr winner was 19.1/1 Tabrouk de Payre (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Oreade de Payre) owned and trained by J-Y Touillet and driven by Pierre Vercruysse. 3/1 Un de Mai (7g Echo-Loyale) was second for teamster Franck Nivard, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. 17.1/1 odds Midsummer King (10g King Lavec-Pietra) was third with Junior Guelpa up for owner J-Ch Sorel. Akayama (5f Prodigious-Hirosaka) took the Prix de Marenees-Oleron (purse €64,000, 2700 meters 11 European starters) timed in 1.13.9kr for David Thomain and trainer Alain Roussel. This 1.3/1 odds favorite defeated 4.2/1 Ninepoints Lucy (5f Spotlite Lobell-Lucky Kelly) driven by Gabriel Gelormini for trainer Jorgen Westholm and owner Bengt Johansson. Third was 18.3/1 outsider Aigrette (5f Vivaldi de Chenu-Jomina). On December 22 at Paris-Vincennes the €85,000 purse Prix Pierre Giffard (2700 meters, 13 European monte starters) went to 4.1/1 Tayson de Houelle (8g Insert Gede-Irina de la Frette) for jockey Eric Raffin, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Pricing Power. 1.8/1 favorite Ugolin du Maine (7g Hugo du Bossis-Oriane du Maine) was a close second for Franck Nivard ahead of the outdistanced 12.9/1 Topaze Royale (8f Light Up de Vonnas-Lea Royale) for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The winner was clocked in 1.13.5kr. The Prix de la Reole (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 16 monte performers) at Paris Vincennes went to the 1.1/1 favorite Canadian d’Am (3m Ready Cash-Kanadia) reined by Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc training for Laurent Edin. 23.6/1 Codrag de Bellouet (3g Jag de Bellouet-Odra de Bellouet) was next for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 4.2/1 Camarade Sympa (3g Legs du Clos-Mona du Vivier) ended third for David Thomain. The Prix des Hortensias, groupe A, for a purse of €34,000 over 2700 meters, drew 14 two year-old fillies with the 1.17.2kr winner being 2.1/1 odds Dokha Vedaquaise (2f Prodigious-Sestriere). Yoann Lebourgeois drove this winner for Philippe Allaire. 4.1/1 Duchesse de Jiel (2f Oiseau de Feux-Quilea Jiel) was  second for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer J.L. Dersoir. Third was 11.6/1 Danae Quesnot (2f Rocklyn-Megara) teamed with Eric Raffin. Draft Life (2f Ubriaco-Maflymede) at 3.8/1 odds took the Prix des Hortensias (B) for teamster C. Beurel and owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 13 two year-olds traveled 2700 meters in this event for a purse of €34,000. Draft Life was timed in 1.16.7kr to defeat 17.8/1 Douchka Love (2f Love You-Shucca) handled by Bernard Piton for Yves Boireau trainer for Jean-Pierre Dubois. 26.7/1 Decadence (2f Invar-My Lady Way) was third for driver/trainer/owner Tony Le Beller. At Bordeaux-Le Bouscat the Grand Prix de Noel (purse €30,000, 2650 meters, 16 European starters) was won by 29.9/1 Topaze de Landerie (8f Legs du Clos-Onee Line) for driver J-Ph Monclin. 1.6/1 favorite Vivaldo Bello (6m Love You-Enfilade) was second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin (this one from the dam of Offshore Dream, Prix d’Amerique double winner) and 6.8/1 Ursa Major (7f Ganymede-Good Way) landed third for owner Ecurie Danover. The winner was clocked in a solid 1.14.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks

December 15, 2015 - The Prix de Montaigue (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) at Paris-Vincennes on Tuesday went to 1.8/1 odds favorite, 1.16.2kr timed, Caracas (3f The Best Madrik-Menthe Fraiche) reined by trainer Pierre Vercruysse. 19.2/1 Crystal Race (3f Goetmals Wood-In Race) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Luc Roelens. Dam of Crystal Race, In Race (Coktail Jet-Rangone-High Echelon), produced Trotting Race (US$705,000) and Rangone foaled Dream With Me (US$1,493,000). Third was 15.7/1 Charlotte Jisce (3f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Off Course) for Eric Raffin ahead of 32/1 Cherry Love (3f Nice Love-Star des Charmes) and trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard. Two year-olds battled in the Prix des Camelias (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) with the outcome to 3/5 odds winning favorite Danse d’Etang (2f Un Amour d’Haufor-Rumba d’Etang) handled by trainer/driver Christian Bigeon for owner F-L Adam. 16.2/1 odds Douce Rebelle (2f Sam Bourbon-Rebelle-Defi d’Aunou-Island Dream-Coktail Jet) was second for driver Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Rebelle has produced Statue of Liberty and Clarabelle while Island Dream produced Infinitif (US$735,000), Viva Island (US$355,000) and Not Distrub (US$354,000). Outsider 106.7/1 odds Dynastic Aldo (2f Kiwi-Ocre Barbes) was third for William Bigeon and owner/trainer J.L. Bigeon. 4.8/1 Daylight Jet (2f Jag de Bellouet-Ocarina Jet-Coktail Jet-Hermine Jet) was fourth for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Jean-Etienne Dubois. The winner was timed in 1.17.7kr. Challenger FAC (3g Ganymede-Onde de la Lune) won the Prix de Florac (purse €34,000, 2700 meters, 16 monte starters) by open lengths for Franck Nivard at 6.5/1. Nivard also trains this winner for Ecurie FAC and was clocked in 1.17.3kr. 3/2 favorite Cash du Rib (3g Ready Cash-Quille Castelets) was second for trainer/jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir and Ecurie Jeluca. 20.1/1 odds Casting de l’Aumoy (3g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Quella de Vive) ended third. The €36,000 purse Prix de l’Angoumois (2700 meters, 10 monte starters) went to the 1.15.8kr timed, 4/5 favorite Belebrine (4f In Love With You-Ebrine) with Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Y-A Briand. Belebrine recorded victory 5 in 7 career starts. 5.2/1 Bahia Blue (4f Prince Gede-Ravissante Jo) was second for Mathieu Mottier and third was 10.1/1 odds Brune Julry (4f Mirage du Goutier-Irosagne) was third for Mathieu Abrivard, 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  

October 9. 2015 - Friday evening activity at Paris-Vincennes produced several interesting winners. The Prix Undina for two year-old fillies (purse €46,000, 2200 meters, 7 starters) went to the 1.18.7kr timed, 8/1 odds Dawana (2f Ready Cash-Sanawa) for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer/owner Philippe Allaire with second to 3/5 favorite Demonica Roma (2f Password-Rome To Paris) for Joseph Verbeeck and owner/trainer Allaire. 2.4/1 Dresse de Gueron (2f Melchoir Jet-Olivia) was third for trainer/owner/driver Franck Anne. The Quinte+ (jackpot €2.7 million) Prix Hera (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 5.8/1 Sullighan (9g Sancho Panca-Terre de Sautreuil) for Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir and trainer J.L. Cl. Dersoir clocked in 1.14.1kr. 13/1 Une de Villetrot (7f Canada-Oste) was second for trainer/owner/driver Sebastien Baude with third to 7.2/1 Tibere Gitan (8g Korean-France Gitane). Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 4 Sullighan Mme C. Hallais-Dersoir Ecurie Jeloca J.L.C. Dersoir 2ème 6 Une de Villetot S. Baude S. Baude S. Baude 3ème 7 Tibère Gitan F. Jamard Mme E. Revillon A. Bonnefoy 4ème 2 Uska West F. Ouvrie Ec Haras des Quatre Vents P. Forget 5ème 5 Un Fiacre G. Gelormini F. Provost F. Provost  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 2.700.000 € - Numéro plus : 0497     Ordre :       6.868,20€     Désordre :       65,60€     Bonus 4 :       19,00€     Bonus 4sur5 :       6,60€     Bonus 3 :       4,40€                     Monte performers battled in the Prix Gordonia (€82,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) and the 1.12.9kr winner was 1.2/1 favorite Tess de Villeneuve (8f Goetmals Wood-Joie de Villeneuve) with Joann Lebourgeois aboard. 3/1 Veloce du Banney (6g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) was second for Eric Raffin and third was 25/1 Sydney du Rib (9g First de Retz-Eva du Rib). The featured Prix Bohemia (purse €85,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to the 1.11.8kr winner Specialess (4m Ganymede-Enna Dra) off at 5.8/1 odds for teamster Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy for Ecurie Nevi. 2.8/1 Radieux (5g Love You-Dordogne) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini. Re Degli Dei (5m Conway Hall-Blitz) was third at 21/1 for J-M Bazire, trainer Souloy and Scuderia SKC. 76/1 Sognio d’Amore (4m Broadway Hall-Do It Wise) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse, Mario Baroncini trainer and Scuderia DIUR. At Les Sables d’Olonne on Thursday the Prix Pierre Trichet for three year-olds (purse €22,000, 2775 meters, 15 starters) was won by 2.6/1 odds Caid Griff (3m Password-Savane Griff) with Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Griff. Timed in 1.15.1kr the winner defeated 4.6/1 Concerto du Ruel (3g Prince Gede-Jacarandine) for Franck Anne, also trainer, and third finishing 2.6/1 Chateauroux (3m Sam Bourbon-Only Way) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois up for trainer Yves Boireau. Cowboy Griff (3m Look de Star-Sita de Buisnay) was fourth at 40/1 with 94/1 Cote Quest (3m Goetmals Wood-Island Dream) fifth. Weekend highlights are largely on Sunday with Rome, La Cepiere, Gelsenkirchen and Krieau Vienne being the venues. At Rome will be the 88th Derby Italiano for €770,000, the Trotting Oaks for €220,000 and the Grand Premio Turilli for €187,000, the latter for aged performers. La Cepiere hosts the 38th Grand Prix du Sue Quest-Paris for €200,000 with Roi du Lupin, Nahar and Roxane Griff at the start. Gelsenkirchen hosts the €50,000 Grand Prix Gelsenkirchen with 15 international starters going 2600 meters, the same distance as the €30,000 Graf Kalman Hunyady at Krieau in Vienna. Romi Mms starts in that event. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Gr. I Gran Premio Continentale at Bologna Arcoveggio (purse €209,000, 2060 meters autostart) went to FR invader Brillantissime (4m Ready Cash-Ivory de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) trained by Philippe Allaire and reined by Pierre Vercruysse. The pair scored impressively in gate to wire fashion clocked in 1.13kr. Two lengths in arrears was Smeralda Jet (4m Gigant Neo-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride) handled by Antonio Di Nardo with Santiago d’Ete (4m Daguet Rapide-Love Me Tender-Supergill) third driven by Roberto Andreghetti. US-breds Vanity Matters (Bjorn Goop up) and Hillustrious (Johnny Takter driving) finished seventh and ninth. The Continentale Filly (purse €55,000, 1660 meters autostart) at Bologna went to 1.13.1kr winner Sundance Bi (4f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) with G.P. Minnucci up in a three-filly photo. Saikala (4f Turbo Sund-Clorinda Bi-Valley Boss Bi) was second  for Antonio Farolfi, with Sharon Gar (4f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra)  third, the latter with Pippo Gubellini aboard. Salome Bar and Sunrise Dancer finished fourth and fifth. On the undercard at Bologna was the 26th Wayne Eden Memorial (€14,300 purse, 1660 meters autostart, invitational) and its two elims each for €7,700 over the same distance. The Finale went to Oncle Photo VL (7g SJ’s Photo-Balalaica SLM-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.13.1kr for Federico Esposito driving. He won the first elim timed in 1.14.5kr over Nonant Le Pin, Rejna Inn Ronco and Rugiada SMS. Second in the Finale was Disco AE (7m Scarlet Knight-Queen As-Super Arnie ) with Roberto Andreghetti up. He  was fourth in elim two behind winner Potrenza OM clocked in 1.13.3kr, Rhythm’s Blues and Procella Marina. Third in the Finale was Potenza OM (6m Yankee Slide-Fiancee di Jesolo-Kramer Boy) and driver Pippo Gubellini ahead of Rejna Inn Ronco (5f Donato Hanover-Cynthia del Ronco-Sugarcane Hanover) and teamster Enrico Bellei with fifth to Nonant Le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) and Alessandro Gocciadoro. Thomas H. Hicks

September 2, 2015 - Today’s 9th Leg of the Gr. II Grand Natiional du Trot (purse €90,000, 2900 meters distance handicap, 18 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €2.3 million) went to Ulyssee de Curgies (7g Gabor Star-Idole de Curgies) at 17.6/1 odds for driver Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Eric Pridhon. Clocked in 1.14.3kr the winner traveled 2900 meters to defeat two rivals that went 2925 meters. 7/1 Tiger Danover (8g Ipsos de Petz-Kelly du Bouquet) was second for Francois Lecanu and trainer Stephane Prevoost with 3.9/1 Truman Dairpet (8g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) third for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Thomas H. Hicks

June 20 2015 - Harness racing at Chartres on Saturday included the Prix de Bar PMU “L’Olympic” (€21,000 purse, 2800 meters, 14 starters) and the 1.18.4kr winner was 4/1 Bago du Plessis (4m Rieussec-Jessica du Plessis) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. 21/1 Bijou des Loups (4g Nahar de Beval-Jodie de Bois) was next for Anthony Barrier with third to 7/1 Broneu Vici (4g Saxo de Vandel-Eau du Loir) with M-J Chevalle driving. Saturday at Chartres led the action that day in France including the Prix PMU “Be Lucky” (€27,000 purse, 2800 meters, 16 starters) and Franck Nivard teamed 2.4/1 Valsa d’Aviqniere (6f Look de Star-Hermine d’Avigniere) to the 1.16.3kr win. Thierry Duvaldestin is the trainer/owner. 12/1 odds Tcherkess (8g Cedre du Vivier-Lianesde) was next for Franck Ouvrie ahead of 40/1 Viano Turbo (6g Orsy Dream-Guimauve des Sarts) for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Legandary Jean-Pierre Dubois piloted his Calicot du Vivier (3g Repeat Love-Kalinka du Vivier) to victory in the Prix Epicerie PMU (€21,000 purse, 2800 meters, 14 starters) at 3.1/1 odds, clocked in 1.18.7kr. Yves Boireau trains the winner that defeated 15/1 Cherry Cadence(3f Redlight Jet-Oderose) and 14.7/1 Cool Buissonay (3m Kool du Caux-Lutara Buissonay) with owner/trainer/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute up. Cavaillon on Saturday hosted the Prix Alain  Paul Nitard (€25,000, 2626 meters autostart, 15 European starters) and the 1.16.2kr winner was 14/1 Midsummer King (10g King Lavec-Pietra) with J. Guelpa up. 32/1 Head Line(8g Rite On Line-Fanopoli) was next for David Bekaert with 3/5 odds Romanesque (5m Love You-Guantanamera) third for trainer/driver Christophe Martens and owner Ecurie Campus. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 22, 2015 - The opener this evening at Vincennes went to 15/1 outsider Regio (5m Varenne-Leopardia) in the Pris Constellation (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters). Clocked in 1.14.1kr the winner was teamed by Pierre Vercruysse for harness racing trainer Paul Hagoort and Holland’s owner Ecurie Victoria Park. 19/1 Andalovsie (5f Ganymede-Napoula) was second for Jacques Bruneau ahead of 72/1 Atino de l’Ormerie (5g Qualmio de Vandel-Padine du Lac and reinsman Bertrand Le Beller. The Quinte+ Prix Ville de Nogent-Sur-Marne (€90,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) produced a thrilling dead-heat timed in 1.11.7kr between peg-side rallying Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) for Eric Raffin and red-hot Ustinof du Vivier. This 9/1 co-winner is trained by Y-A Briand. 2/5 pacesetting favorite Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) and Mathieu Abrivard led a quick pace, drifted out in stretch and then re-rallied to equal Scarlet Turgot on the line. Sebastian Guarato trains this one. Spain’s consistent 15/1 Trebol (8m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) closed for third for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. 17/1 Tornardo Bello with Thomas Levesque and 15/1 Viking de Val and pilot Eric Lambertz were next in this upper level field. The top two appear to be “elite” level players at this time. Tonight’s Vincennes feature was the Gr. II Prix Ozo (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, 11 starters). The 1.13.5kr winner was Cosmic Girl (3f Sam Bourbon-Oriane Jolie) at 59/1 for Pierre Vercruysse, a longshot double for the veteran teamster. Gerard Laurent trains. Favorite at .5/1 was Ciperla Mag (3f Quaker Jet-Perle du Ravary) that was second for JM Bazire ahead of 56/1 Clea Madrik (3f Prince d’Espace-Paisy Tivoli) for owner/trainer/driver Benoit Robin. On the excellent Vincennes nocturnal card the Prix Sirrah (€55,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.13.2kr winner Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) at even-money for Mathieu Mottier. 20/1 Undici (7g Kaiser Soze-Jobeth) was second for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Alain Roussel ahead of 13/1 Solo de Val (9g Sobrazac-Girl Villa) in rein to owner/trainer Eric Lambertz. At La Cepiere this day the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (€35,000 purse, 2325 meters, 13 European starters) was conducted with the 1.14.3kr winner the 2.2/1 odds Uno de Montauran (7m Sancho Panca-Nijinskaya) with Denis Brossard up. 5.2/1 Royal Blessed (5m Varenne-Ivory Kronos) was next to the line for trainer/driver Wilhelm Paal with third to 5/1 Let Win and owner/trainer/driver J-H Treich. Thomas H. Hicks

May 9, 2015 - Today’s featured Speedy Foster DIJ (600,000HUf purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to the Finish import Rinette Streamline (8f Kashner Hanover-Keep Praise-Prakas) for harness racing trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos for owners Drimwind Zoll Kft. and Stall Magic Square. The winner is undefeated in three HU starts after arriving from Helsinki, today going wire to wire timed in 1.14.7kr. Ollyan Nincs was second for Imre Fazekas ahead of Masterpiece and teamster Lajos Marton. The winner’s sire is by American Winner from Keystone Impala-Speedy Crown-Ima Lula and the excellent maternal family includes Keystone Crown, Fancy Donut, Fancy Crown, Honor Donut and Honor Bright. The KP secondary feature was the Templar Handicap (500,000HUf purse, 1800 meters autostart) and Andorra Gold (7f Andover Hall-Olympics) took the win in a well-rated 1.19.1kr for Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver for owners Drimwind 2011 Kft. and Ari Pylvalainen. Polemic and Open were next to the line. At LaCroise Laroche (France) this day, Best Dream (4m Goetmals Wood-Harricana) took the Prix de la Cote d’Opale (€20,000 purse, 2825 meters, 12 starters) for owner/trainer Jean Baudron and teamster Joseph Verbeeck. The open lengths victor was clocked in 1.16.2kr. At the same venue Athos d’Urzy (5m Ganymede-Perle d’Urzy-Cygnus d’Odyssee) scored in 1.14.6kr to take the Prix de l’Artois (€22,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 13 entrants) for teamster Pierre Vercruysse. At Wolvega the Criterium des 4ans Pays Bas (€17,600 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 13 entrants) went to Europort Pride in 1.13.81kr for Kurt Rueges. Express Rapide was second for driver Rick Ebinge. Thomas H. Hicks

Tim Tetrick has long been one of North America's top harness racing drivers. Now he is ready to take on the world. A native of Illinois who now lives in southern New Jersey, Tetrick will represent the U.S. in the World Driving Championship in Australia. The competition, which brings together 10 drivers from around the world for a 20-race series at six different tracks, begins Saturday at Tabcorp Park Menangle in New South Wales. The 33-year-old Tetrick, a four-time U.S. Driver of the Year who has led North America in purses seven of the last eight years, is making his first appearance in the World Driving Championship. "It's a great honor to be able to represent the United States and hopefully I can win it and make America proud," Tetrick said. "I love competing at a very high level and this is on the international scene. I'm just going to go into it and try to have a good time and enjoy myself and do what I love to do, which is race horses." The World Driving Championship, introduced in 1970, is now conducted every two years. France's Pierre Vercruysse won the 2013 edition, held in his home country, and will defend his title in Australia. Also part of this year's field is Canada's Jody Jamieson, a two-time WDC champion. Past U.S. champs are Joe Marsh Jr. (1974), Ron Pierce (1989) and Dave Magee (1995). "Timmy, good luck over there," Pierce said in a video message to Tetrick. "I hope you get on the right horses and put it on them boys. You know you're better than them. "You're driving for all of us, so we're all rooting for you." Drivers already have received their post positions for the World Driving Championship's 20 races and will drive whichever horse randomly draws the matching starting spot. Tetrick will drive the post No. 10 horse in the opening heat. All drivers will start twice from each of the 10 posts. "Hopefully they give me the best horses," Tetrick said with a laugh. "I'm going to study it the best I can, work with what horses they give me to drive, and hopefully I don't embarrass myself too badly. There are a lot of different (driving) styles. We're all kind of in the same boat, but hopefully I get some good luck with the draws." Learning to compete against various driving styles will be among Tetrick's most difficult challenges. "It was a completely different style of racing than what I was used to," said David Miller, who represented the U.S. in 1999 and finished fifth. "It took me a while (to adjust). We raced at five or six different racetracks and they were action packed. "I think (Tim) could probably watch tapes of races, maybe study the horses. I would just tell him to have fun. Go over there, go all out, and try to win the whole thing. He's a great driver, but you've got to get the horses and you've got to have luck." Andy Miller, who represented the U.S. in 2005 and 2007, with a best finish of fourth, said having a good time is important. "The camaraderie and meeting new people are great memories," Miller said. "I would tell him to have a great time and meet everybody you can and take everything in that you can. It's something you don't get to do very often, so enjoy it. If you're having fun, the wins will come and you'll do better." Tetrick, who in his career has won more than 8,500 races - including the Hambletonian Stakes and 14 Breeders Crowns, is one of five drivers making his first trip to the World Driving Championship. The others are Spain's Guillermo Adrover, Denmark's Knud Monster, France's Tony LeBeller, and Norway's Vidar Hop. Rounding out the field are Australia's Chris Alford, New Zealand's Dexter Dunn, and Finland's Mika Forss. "I definitely want to win," Tetrick said. "But I'm looking forward to visiting the country and seeing what it's like. I'm familiar with a few of (the other drivers). I'm looking forward to hanging out with them and getting to know them, and hopefully coming out with more friends." Ken Weingartner / Harness Racing Communications

February 5, 2015 - Today’s Q+ (jackpot €5.25 million) Prix Guy Lux (€75,000 purse, 18 European starters, 2700 meters) went to 17/1 odds pacesetting Traveling Man (10m Supergill - Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) from Sweden. Pierre Vercruysse teamed the impressive winner for trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. He scored in 1.13.9kr off well-rated fractions (1.15.5kr at 1500; 1.14kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500). The winner, in this his first 2015 start, now has 26 career wins for €312,282 earned. Team Job (8g Buvetier d’Aunou - Just Love) was second for Romain Derieux and trainer Yoan Teerlnck at 25/1. Ugor du Beauvoisin (7m Olitro - Klea du Beauvoisin) was third for Alexandre Abrivard at 7/2.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.250.000 € - Numéro plus : 0390   Ordre :       82.392,00€   Désordre :       686,60€   Bonus 4 :       80,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       29,10€   Bonus 3 :       19,40€ Today’s feature event was the Gr. II UET Masters Series Prix Jean le Gonidec (€120,000, European 10 starters, 2175 meters) and it resulted in an impressive open-lengths score by 4/5 favorite Amiral Sacha (5m Ganymede - Nostalgique Sacha - Goetmals Wood) and driver Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Florent Lamare clocked in 1.13.1kr, with a powerful closing kick off modest fractions (1.13.7kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500). Andre Battal owns the winner. Amiral Sacha now has seven career wins good for €442,430 earned. Africaine (5f Oiseau de Feux - Italienne), at 2.8/1 odds, rallied from a second over position to end second for Jean-Etienne Dubois, also trainer/owner) ahead of Astor du Quenne (5m Opus Viervil - Qualinka du Quenne) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 35/1 Re Italiano UR (5m Ganymede - Dark Lux SM) sat outside the winner most of the journey and held fourth for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Catello Savarese ahead of fifth place Duke of Greenwood (5m Otello Pierji - Nikki Greenwood) off at 26/1 for teamster Robin Bakker for trainer Peter J. Strooper. Venosc de Minel (6g Laetenter Diem - Melia Monochrome) and J-M Bazire took the Prix Leon Zitone (€58,000 purse, European 14 starters, 2700 meters) clocked in 1.14kr. This 2.7/1 favorite, trained by Mme. Severine Raimond, defeated Sweden’s Falcon Haleryd (6g Varenne - Falnos Ballona) with Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Johan Untersteiner, with third to another Swedish invader Tell Me No Lies (6g Offshore Dream  -B Glorious) with Franck Nivard aboard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Thomas H. Hicks

January 17, 2015 - The Gr. II Prix de Pardieu (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters monte, 13 starters, four year-old females) went to 3/1 Beauty Turgot (4f Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) in 1.13.2kr, after a quick early tempo, with Anthony Barrier in the irons for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The comfortable winner easily dispatched Bianca d’Atout (4f Saxo de Vandel - Geline d’Atout) and Matthieu Mottier at 9/1 and third place Brise de l’Alba (4f Quido du Goutier-Celq de la Meritee) with David Thomain aboard at 15/1 odds. The Quinte+ Prix de Granville (€75,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters) produced an impressive victory for Ugor du Beauvoisin (7m Olitro - Klea du Beauvoisin) for reinsman Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L. Cl. Abrivard. The 11/1 odds winner handled second place Topaze de Landerie (8f Legs des Clos - Oree Line) with Pierre Vercruysse up at 23/1 by two lengths. Tollemont Haufor (8f Ganymede - Mamba d’Haufor) ended third at 6/1 for Christian J. Bigeon. The Gr. II European Prix de Brest (€120,000 purse, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to the game mare Princess Grif (6f Varenne - Fauve Grif) at 17/1 for Italian teamster Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi. The winner, timed in 1.13.9kr, nosed out 5.2/1 Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux-Pochahontas) trained by Sebastian Guarato and reined by Gabriele Gelormini. Guarato was also third as trainer with Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star - Melba du Vivier), the 1.4/1 favorite with Eric Raffin up. Repay Merci landed fourth for Anthony Barrier and Triskell Pacha was fifth for Franck Nivard. Lightly raced three year-old males contested the Prix de la Ferte Mace (€42,000 purse, 2200 meters, 13 starters) over the petite course. Pacesetter 1.6/1 favorite Cobra Bleu (3m Fortuna Fant - Nuit Irisee) held on for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse for the 1.16.3kr score. Cote Ouest (3m Goetmals Wood -Island Dream  -Coktail Jet) was a fast closing second along the pegs at 8/1 for Joseph Verbeeck, trainer Patrick Chevrier and owner J-P Dubois. The first dam of Cote Ouest, Island Dream, is a great one, having produced Infinitif USD750,093, Viva Island USD374,815, Not Disturb USD373,948 and Rebelle USD100,225. Third today went to 16/1 Colibri de Larve (3m Echo - Sagresse de Larre) for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger.Cobra Bleu Thomas H. Hicks

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