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Topflight trotting action took place Friday-Saturday in France at Paris-Vincennes and Enghien including Quinte+ on both programs and graded events for four year-olds (males and females). The Prix Gaston de Wazieres, a Gr. II 120,000e test for four year-old mares over 2100 meters autostart, went to Alesia d'Atout with Mathieu Mottier aboard. This pair prevailed in a close photo over two Dubois-clan rivals, Africaine with Jean-Etienne Dubois up and the Julien Dubois teamed Atlesima. The winner was timed in a solid 1.12.6kr as she recorded her sixth career victory. April 18, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Gaston de Wazieres, Gr. II females, 120,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.12.6kr 1st Alesia d'Atout (4f Defi d'Aunou-New York Jet-Halimede), Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Dominique Mottier and owner J.Y. Lherete, 3.7/1, her sixth win for 321,250e lifetime 2nd Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene), Jean Etienne Dubois driver/trainer, 3.5/1 odds 3rd Atlesima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima), Julien Dubois up for trainer Philippe Moulin, 2/1 The males four year-oilds contested the 120,000e Gr. II Prix Gaston Brunet and favored Aladin d'Ecajeul took the top prize for reinsman Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. The victory raised his earnings to over 496,000e as he scored in hand to stop the timer in 1.13kr. The son of Quaker Jet looks like he could be an aged contender for future years. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Gaston Brunet, Gr. II males, 120,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 9 starters, 1.13kr 1st Aladin d'Ecajeul (4m Quaker Jet-Nancy d'Ecajeul-Halimede), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 1.1/1 odds, owner Philippe DeWulf, ninth career win 2nd Africain (4m Oardo-Kamine), Franck Nivard up, 9/1 3rd Adonis du Goutier (4m Coktail Jet-Quintaescencia), Dominik Locqueneux, 43/1 Also on the Friday evening program at Vincennes there was an interesting undercard. The Quinte+ Prix Alethem went to Under Blue, handled by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Bjorn Goop. The six-year old daughter of Elvis de Rossignol scored in 1.14.5kr over 2850 meters. Favorites dominated the contest causing the 2e exact order payoff (absent jackpot) to be only 2,784e. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Alethem, 75,000e, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, 1.14.5kr, Quinte+ jackpot 7.45 million euros 1st Under Blue (6m Elvis de Rossignol-Jangala-Buvetier d'Aunou), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Lars Hallberg, ninth career win for 210,850e lifetime, odds were 2.5/1 2nd Ultra Classique (6m Kiwi-Javana de Moi), Eric Raffin, 6/10 odds 3rd Tina Jolie (7f Jasmin de Flore-Minea des Picanes), Anthony Barrier, 9/1 Lightly raced three year-old fillies contested the Prix Palma with victory to the second time winner Bianca de Lou. The daughter of Ready Cash from Prima de Lou by Coktail Jet was reined by Christophe Martens. Dubois fillies by Password and Goetmals Wood finished second and fourth in the closely fought event. April 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Palma, females, 35,000e, 2850 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.9kr 1st Bianca de Lou (3f Ready Cash-Prima de Lou-Coktail Jet), Christophe Martens, 2/1, Vincent Martens trainer for Ecurie Olmenhof, her second win for 30,600e euros lifetime 2nd Belle d'Hommeur (3f Password-Place d'Honneur), Julien Dubois, 66/1 3rd Blue Comet (3f Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Komete d'Urzy), P-Y Verva, 56/1 4th Be You Soon (3f Goetmals Wood-See You Soon), Patrick Chevrier, 50/1 Saturday action at Enghien showcased a solid victory by well-regarded Clint W. Boko in the Prix de l'Arginne. The five year-old son of Abano As from Holland scored in 1.12.9kr with fast closing fractions over the 2150 meter distance. Robin Bakker was in town to handle the winner for trainer Paul Hagoort. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de l'Argonne, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 72,000e, 1.12.9 kr Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.7kr at 500 1st Clint W. Boko (5m Abano As-Vantz Boko-Garland Lobell), Robin Bakker up for trainer Paul J.P. Hagoort, his ninth win for career earnings of 244,591e, Holland, 4.7/1 2nd Vulcain de Vandel (5m Jag de Bellouet-Ophelia de Vandel), Franck Nivard trainer/driver, 2.5/1 3rd Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla), Josef Franzl trainer/driver, 14/1, Germany Also on Saturday, Alex The Winner posted an impressive score in the Prix de Lons-le-Saunier for male four year-olds. Jean-Etienne Dubois piloted his owned/trained pupil to the fourth career victory for the powerful striding chestnut son of Orlando Vici. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Lons-le-Saunier, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters, 46,000e, 1.14.4 1st Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois driver/trainer/owner, 9/10 favorite, his fourth win for lifetime earnings of 72,520e 2nd Ambre Atout (4g Coktail Jet-Maya d'Atout), Franck Nivard up, 8/1 3rd Andalou d'Huon (4m Otello Pierji-Nina d'Huon), Michel Lenoir, 33/1 The day's Quinte+ event went to Uprince with Franck Nivard teaming. He defeated a solid veteran field in 1.12.7kr over 2150 meters autostart in the 60,000e Prix de la Porte d'Auteuil. The Barjon owned, Pierre Levesque driven Tornado de l'Ocean was second ahead of Elles W.Phedo with Johanna Lindqvist at the lines. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de la Porte d'Auteuil, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 60,000e, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ with 7.5 million euro jackpot 1st Uprince (6g Prince d'Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Franck Nivard, 2.7/1, his 10th win for career earnings of 312.700 euros 2nd Tornado de l'Ocean (7g Look de Star-Taluina), Pierre Levesque, 3.5/1 3rd Elles W. Phedo (8f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita), Johanna Lindqvist, 12/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Grand international mare Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca) easily dispatched 10 rivals to win today's Gr. II £120,000 Prix Theophille Lallouet at Paris-Vincennes. Reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato, and owner Ecurie Griff, the 2014 Prix de Cornulier winner secured her 18th career victory for earnings of £2,303,118 over 2700 meters. The 9/10 favorite sat a comfortable second much of the way before moving to the front with 600 meters to go, leaving the field in the cinders. Rapide du Digeon, the Damien Bonne handled campaigner, held second with Remember Jihem third in the 1.13.5kr timed event. Quarry Bay was disqualified for an early miscue. Italy's Nene'Degi Ulivi was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard. Three other graded events were on the card along with several supporting races of note. The Gr. II Prix Phaeton for £120,000 over 2850 meters, went to 29/1 upsetter Athos Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg-Tadzio de la Motte) with trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute driving. He scored in 1.13.7kr for his fifth career win and now earnings of £157,680. Astor du Quenne was second for Eric Raffin (trainer Guarato) at 2/1 with 3/2 favorite Aldodes Champs third for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Paul Leguerney for £120,000 over 2850 meters, went to the good filly Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet) with trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois at the lines. The 2.7/1 winner scored in 1.15.2kr, with a strong final 1500 meters, for her third career win and £142,820 earnings. Ten rivals followed with 2.2/1 favorite Atlessima (4f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) second with Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Athena de Vandel ended third. The Gr. III Prix de Saintes (three year-olds) for £60,000 went to Bijou de Spinelly for trainer/driver/owner Yves Dreux. The three-year-old son of Diamant Gede-Nana Loving Fair-In Love With You, won for the third time, increasing earnings to £80,300 in his young career. He scored at 5.2/1 odds by storming home to defeat favorite Buako des Angles and Franck Ouvrie in 1.13.8kr over the 2100 meter autostart course. Bioness was third for Julien Dubois at 9/1, a good effort for the son of Sam Bourbon. The Quinte+ (£6.8 million jackpot) was on the Paris-Vincennes card in the form of the Prix du Treport (£85,000, 2700 meters, European). Reinsman Christophe Martens confidently steered Italy's Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) to victory in 1.14.1kr to secure his 14th career win for £401,846. Vincent Martens trains the consistent winner, owned by Frans Delmote, as they humbled 13 rivals at 5.4/1 odds. Italy's Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks) was second for trainer Marco Smorgon and teamster Pierre Vercruysse. Reine Helene, a daughter of Instant Gede, was third for Pierre Levesque with another Italy contestant, Moses Rob (a son of Ganymede), fourth for Andrea Guzzinati. The Prix d'Aubusson for £55,000 (2100 meters autostart) was also an exciting race with the win to 22/1 Red Red Red (6f Offshore Dream-Extreme Lady-Meadow Gallant) reined, from off the pace, by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Sofia Aronsson. Red Red Red scored in 1.11.3kr for her eighth career win for £221,494 as she defeated Uvevering du Gite and Damien Bonne. That 65/1 outsider was placed second ahead of favorite Up The Green and J-M Bazire, that was second placed third. The pace was fast from the outset in this one as they reached the 1500 meters to go pole in 1.07.9kr. The pedigree of Red Red Red is of interest, she being by Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream (second dam Tableau by Joie de Vie-Seascape Lobell) from a Meadow Gallant (Super Bowl-Quiet Elegance-Speedy Crown) mare. She's 29% French trotteur; 71% standardbred. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Omas NP (6g Brandy Dei Fiori-Franciosa Fgf-Sugarcane Hanover) was a surprising winner of today's £45,100, 1660 meter, Premio Giorgio Jegher over the half-mile track Ippodromo di Montebello at Trieste Italy, that opened in 1892. Fernandoi Pisacane teamed the winner in a well-rated 1.14.8kr to defeat traffic affected favorite Linda di Casei (9f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Parinaz (5m Ganymede-Carmagnole Mb-Lemon Dra) ended a fast finishing third. Italian registered trotters also did well today at Halmstad Sweden and Rosso Pomodoro, a son of Donato Hanover), remained undefeated in 2014 with an impressive win engineered by teamster Johnny Takter. This one is owned by Falkbolagen AB and he scored today in 1.13.8kr over 2140 meters. Paramount, a son of Angus Hall, also won at Halmstad for reinsman Peter Ingves in 1.12.9kr over 2140 meters autostart. Trotting fans were treated to interesting events this weekend. On Saturday, at Solvalla, Sanity and Orjan Kihlstrom took the Gold Final Gr. II UET Maters Series. Timed in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, the eight-year-old gelded son of Love You recorded his third 2014 win in four starts, increasing his career earnings to over nine million SEK. The race winner earned 250,000SEK. Recent hot-trotting veteran Harry Haythrow was second ahead of Raja Mirchi handled by Lutfi Kolgjini. Other Solvalla winners included B.B.S Starlight in the Klass I final over 2140 meters. Peter Untersteiner teamed the son of Super Light, from a Sugarcane Hanover mare, to the 1.11.5kr win to earn 200,000SEK. Claes Boko, a son of Varenne, took the Silver Final to earn 220,000SEK. Erik Adielsson teamed this event winner in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters as they defeated Nothing But Class (Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail). Canaka B.F, a daughter of Jobie Tempest, scored in a sharp 1.10.5kr over 1640 meters to earn 200,000SEK in the Pixies Trot. Satisfied La Marc, a son of Andover Hall, won a Klass II event in 1.11.2kr over 1640 meters for reinsman Svante Ericsson. The winner prevailed in a close battle with Rose Hill Dream handled by Bjorn Goop. The day's monte feature at Solvalla went to Muskelmann G.T. and jockey Emilie Lovvold. The winner recorded his fourth straight in 2014, the last three under saddle. He's a son of Muscles Yankee, from a Dallas Lobell mare, and he scored in 1.13.9kr. At Kincsem Park in Hungary, the featured Cyrano DIJ (3160 meters distance handicap. 500,000Huf purse) went to Ollyan nincs, a six year-old gelded son of Pickaflick from the exceptional producing mare C'est la guerre. Andrea Fazekas teamed the winner to a rallying win (with 20 meter handicap) over Racerstina and Csaba Lakatos who almost overcame a 40 meter penalty to hold on after leading most of the way in this marathon-like test. Oguz took third for trainer Imre Fazekas, also trainer of Ollyan nincs. Replay can be viewed using the link below. US pedigreed sires Tony Oaks and Pickaflick produced two wins each on the card. Veteran Off Road also won on the program, the fifth straight for the gelded son of P.S. Dimo. http://82.131.211.99/video/ugeto/2014/2014_03_29/6_futam.wmv Next week in Italy (April 6) the Premio Societa Campo di Mirafiori (Gr. I, £110,000, 1600 meters) at Torino promises to be a great race as Mack Grace SM has been engaged along with Pascia'Lest, Marielles, Owen CR and Napoleon Bar, this group recently contesting top-class races in France and Italy. Owen Cr Marielles Napoleon Bar Mack Grace Sm Pascia’ Lest Moses Rob Oropuro Bar Orione Degli Dei Probo Op Oibambam Effe Newyork Newyork Pace Del Rio Solid action also took place on March 28 at Paris-Vincennes. Tornado l'Ocean took the Prix RMC before a great evening crowd. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot that had grown to £6.4 million. Pierre Levesque teamed the 8/1 odds winner home in 1.13.3kr over 2100 meters autostart, for owner J-P Barjon and trainer Mike Lenders. US owned (Jesmeral Stable) Quid du Vivier finished sixth in this field of 18. The Ready Cash three year-old filly Blanche Mencourt took the Prix de Quartier Carnot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and veteran teamster Joseph Verbeeck. This even-money favorite scored for the second time in her young career, with this 1.16.7kr victory over 2850 meters. The monte featured Prix Monoceros (£55,000 purse, 2200 meters, lad jockeys) went to veteran campaigner Strogoff and jockey Aurelien Desmarres. Strogoff recorded his 11th career victory with this 1.14.2kr win that increased his career earnings to £267,980. J-E David trains the winner as he defeated favored Surlando de Viette. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Yohan Lebourgeois steered Vicomte Boufarcaux to victory in today's first leg of the Grand National du Trot series. The Prix de la Ville d'Amiens was contested by 14 starters for 90,000e over 2900 meters (distance handicap). The race also was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of 5.25 million euros. The winner, a five year-old son of Oh James, is trained by Michael-Jean Ruault and recorded his fourth career win for 270,570e earned. He traveled 2900 meters in 1.14.5kr to defeat Reine Helene as she traveled 2925 meters with Pierre Levesque up. The popular GNT series consists of 14 races, 13 legs held a multiple venues and a final in late November at Paris-Vincennes. Swedishman took the series win in 2013 for Thierry Duvaldestin. March 5, 2014 Amiens, Prix de la Ville d'Amiens GNT, 90,000e, 2900 meters distance handicap, 14 starters 1.14.5kr 1st Vicomte Boufarcaux (5m Oh James-Olympe du Boufard-Eclat de la Crau), Yohan Lebourgeois, 2900 meters, 9.4/1 odds, trainer Michael-Jean Ruault 2nd Reine Helene (9f Instant Gede-Fabuleuse Helene-Triton du Ranch), Pierre Levesque, 2925 meters, 8.5/1, Patrick Martin 3rd Ugo de Nieul (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Harmonie de Nieul-Helios des Bois), Romain Derieux driver/trainer, 13/1 Prior Winners 2013 : Swedishman 2012 : Riskaya 2011 : Quif de Villeneuve 2010 : Quoumba de Guez 2009 : Punch du Chenu 2008 : Oasis G 2007 : Orla Fun 2006 : Marathon Man 2005 : Land Danover 2004 : Kazire de Guez 2003 : Jest 2002 : Hugo de Mai 2001 : Gala de Juigne Calendar 2014 5 Mar 2013 : Amiens 26 Mar : Marseille-Borély 9 Apr : Saint-Galmier 23 Apr : Agen-Le passage 21 May : Le Croisé-Laroche 4 Jun : Laval 18 Jun : Marseille-Vivaux 6 Aug : Saint-Malo 3 Sep : Reims 24 Sep : Graignes 15 Oct : Lyon-Parilly 5 Nov : Nantes 19 Nov : Mauquenchy 30 Nov : Paris-Vincennes Olimpia Pan (Italy) took the co-feature Prix de Salon du Chocolat, a European monte event for 28,000e over 2900 meters. 13 starters contested this one and Eric Raffin steered the winner, a six year-old daughter of Brad's Photo, to the win for trainer Vincent Lacroix. She scored in 1.16.7kr for her 14th career victory. March 5, 2014 Amiens, Prix de Salon du Chocolat, European monte, 28,000e, 2900 meters, 13 starters  1.16.7kr 1st Olimpia Pan (6f Brad's Photo-Fight Full-Indro Park), Eric Raffin for trainer Vincent Lacroix, her 14th career win for €119,846 (Italy), 7.1/1 odds 2nd Upsalin des Bose (6g Eros du Rochey-Elvira du Vast-Turquetil), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Franck Harl trainer, 3/1 3rd Tulipe Mika (7f Ideal de l'Iton-Idole Mika-Arnaquer), G. Munnier for Sylvain Roger, 9/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Superb monte racing was presented on the last racing program of the winter meet at Paris-Vincennes. The 120,000e Gr. III International Prix Henri Desmontils went to the popular and consistent 10 year-old mare Quarry Bay with Camille Levesque aboard for breeder/owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. The daughter of Cygnus d'Odyssee recorded her 18th career win and now has earnings of 1,112,020e. As the 1.3/1 favorite she defeated the Damien Bonne ridden Rapide du Digeon by two lengths timed in 1.12.8kr over the 2850 meter distance. Remarkably, Quarry Bay's last 13 monte starts since November 22, 2012 have produced five wins, six seconds and one third, all but one of these starts being in in graded races. Mike Lenders trains the winner. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Henri Desmontils, 120,000e Gr. III, monte, International, 2850 meters, 10 starters 1.12.8kr 1st Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarolle-Fakir du Vivier), Camille Levesque for trainer Mike Lenders, owner/breeder Ecurie Pierre Levesque, 1.3/1 favorite, her 18th win 2nd Rapides du Digeon (9g Urfist des Pres-Gerveine Barbes), Damien Bonne, 17/1 3rd Texas de L'iton (7g Cygnus d'Odyssee-Iliade de L'iton), Yohan Lebourgeois, 2.3/1 The Gr. II €120,000 Prix Louis le Bourg over 2850 meters, went to 3.6/1 odds A Nous Deux with Nathalie Henry aboard. She scored in a close battle timed in 1.15.3kr to record her fourth win for 189,250e in lifetime earnings. This four year-old daughter of Goetmals Wood is trained by Ronny Kuiper at Grobois for owned Jean-Pierre Dubois who bred the mare as Ecurie D. Favored Airport (a son of Love You) was second for Eric Raffin at 2/1 for trainer Ake Kristoffersson. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Louis le Bourg, 120,000e, Gr II monte, 2850 meters, 11 starters 1.15.3kr 1st A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry for Ronny Kuiper trainer for J-P Dubois and breeder Ecurie D, 3.6/1, her fourth win 2nd Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine), Eric Raffin for Ake Kristoffersson and Ecurie des Charmes, 2/1 3rd A Priori (4m Capriccio-Loctudy), David Thomain for Jacques Bruneau, 13/1 The monte European 85,000e Prix Alencon went to Ukerlza du Benjo as she covered the 2700 meter distance in a sharp 1.13.4kr to record her 10the win, good for 181,070e in career earnings. The six year-old daughter of Blizzard Poterie is owned and trained by Philippe Rouer and scored by three lengths at 2.1/1 odds for jockey Mathieu Mottier. Volcan d'Occagnes ended second for Yohan Lebourgeois. March 1, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Alencon, 85,000e, 2700 meters, European monte, 13 starters 1.13.4kr 1st Ukerlza du Benjo (6f Blizzard Poterie-Jolie Albevilloise-Ahmes), M. Mottier for Philippe Rouer owner/trainer, 2.1/1. Her 10th career win 2nd Volcan d'Occagnes (5g Quido du Goutier-Hermina Beauces), Yohan Lebourgeois, 4.3/1 3rd Umaga (6f Eclat de la Crau-Nikita Luchoise), Nathalie Henry, 28/1 Win pool only handle on the nine race card exceeded 2..8 million euros. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Today's Prix des Charentes for females over 2100 meters autostart produced a driving 1.13.7kr win for the Insert Gede five year-old mare Vuelta du Lys. She secured the winners' share of the 60,000e purse defeating eight rivals for driver William Bigeon. The even money favorite scored over the Julien Dubois teamed Vallee Secrete for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. February 3, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix des Charentes, 2100 meters autostart, 60,000€, females, 9 starters 1.13.7kr 1st Vuelta du Lys (5f Insert Gede-Ivresse du Lys-Bamaro King), Wm. Bigeon for J-L Bigeon trainer, 1.1/1 odds, her fifth victory for career earnings of 134,250e 2nd Vallee Secrete (5f Goetmals Wood-Libre Allure), Julien Dubois driving for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 17/1 3rd Vanille du Dollar (5f Magnificent Rodney-Magalie du Dollar) with Sylvain Roger trainer/driver, odds 6/1 The Quinte+ race of the day went to Tsunami for trainer/driver Eric Raffin in 1.14.4kr over 2700 meters. The seven year-old son of Defi d'Aunou took the Prix de la Chartre-sur-le-Loir carrying a 46,000e purse with 18 battlers contesting. The winner scored by two lengths at 5/1, leading a Quinte+ exact order payoff without the jackpot of 54,692e for the 2e wager. January 3, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de la Chartre-sur-le-Loir, European 2700 meters, 46,000e, 18 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot 3,750,000e  1.14.4kr 1st Tsunami (7g Defi d'Aunou-Lais de la Ducheer), Eric Raffin trainer/driver, 5/1 odds 2nd Tom Rush (7g L'As de Viretaute-Itanema de Beval), Gildas Donio up, 9/1 3rd Joker Stursk )7g Rotation-Ariel Stursk), Pierre Levesque up for trainer Torbjorn Jansson, 8.8/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The great French mare Roxane Griff controlled the field and the pace, drawing clear for an easy seven length win in today's "classique" Prix de L'lle-de-France at Paris-Vincennes before a large and enthusiastic crowd on a clear, sunny day. The Gr. I International UET Masters Series event drew eight starters for a purse of 200,000e contested over 2175 meters. Roxane Griff was competing in her third Gr. I race in as many weeks as she took the January 19 Prix de Cornulier, then finished fourth in the Prix d'Amerique on January 26. She was timed in 1.11.6kr with a sharp final 500 meters Roxane and jockey Eric Raffin drew clear albeit she drifted wide down the lane. Quarry Bay, another great mare, in rein to Camille Levesque, was second after making a fine run from a trailing position. Quarry Bay was no match for the winner but increased her career earnings to 1,058,020€ for trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Race record was set in 2011 by that years' victor Piscou de Villabon timed in 1.10.9kr. The race began in 1980 and was won last year by Singalo, Priscilla Blue in 2010 and Revenue in 2003. February 2, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de L'lle-de-France, Gr. I UET Masters Series, monte, 200,000€, 2175 meters, 8 starters 1.11.6kr Fractions: 1.11.2kr at 1500; 1.11.4kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500; 1.11.6kr finish 1st Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin up, Sebastien Guarato trainer, Ecurie Griff owner/breeder, 0.7/1 favorite, her 17th career win for earnings of 2,193,118e 2nd Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barrorolle-Fakir du Vivier), Camille Levesque up for Mike Lenders trainer and Ecurie Pierre Levesque owner, 3/1 odds, this mare with 17 career wins and earnings of 1,058,020e 3rd Saphir de Morge (8m Guenor-Folie de Morge-Roc), P-Y Verva up, Franck Terry trainer, owner Ecurie Pole Position, 6.6/1 odds for this winner of 558,490e 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede=Targa du Chalange-Jorky), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy trainer and owner Ecurie le Tremont, 14/1 odds, this mare with 21 career victories for 990,343€ Congratulations to Roxane Griff and her connections. She is an honor to watch on the racetrack. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The prestigious amateur event on Prix d'Amerique weekend went to reinsman Alf-Torfina Skele and his Italian charge Lord Dany in the Prix Coupe d'Europe des Amateurs on Saturday, carrying a purse of 16,000 euro over the 2100 meter autostart course. This years' race, which was open to International equine starters, was limited to European drivers. Lord Dany (9g Varenne-Athena Egral-Supergill) was off at 3.8/1 odds and is trained by Italy's Marco Smorgon. The winner scored, timed in 1.14.7kr, by a dwindling margin over fast closing Middle East (9g Express Ride-East Is East-Victory Dream) and teamster Joey Vignoni for Swedish trainer Jarma Niskanen. This one was a 44/1 outsider. January 25, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Coupe d'Europe des Amateurs, 16,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters 1.14.7kr Fractions: 1.12.9kr at 1000, 1.13.9kr at 500, 1.14.7kr at finish 1st Lord Dany (9g Varenne-Athena Egral-Supergill), Alf-Torfina Skele up, 3.8/1 odds, Marco Smorgon trainer (Italy) 2nd Middle East (9g Express Ride-East Is East-Victory Dream), 44/1 with Joey Vignoni driving for trainer Jarma Niskanen 3rd Yewel Boshoeve (9f Diamond Way-Justy Boshoeve-Smokin Yankee), Mlle. Sophie Blanchetiere up at 7.8/1 (Germany) 4th Pinocchio HJ (7m Gill;s Victory-Bolette Canyon-Samaritan Lobell), Mme. Bernadett Balogh driving, she from Hungary, 15/1 (Denmark) 5th Lander (8g Castleton Bass-Norma-El Querido), Piet Van Pollaet driving at 58/1 odds (Italy) The Quinte+ race of the day, the Prix du Jura, went to front-stepping Olympic Kronos (6m Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine C hip) and trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. The paid easily scored in 1.14.5kr over the 2850 meter distance. The Quinte+ jackpot this day was 3.3 million euro and a two euro exact ticket without the jackpot paid 31,650 euro. Tomorrow's special Q+ jackpot is 10 million euro for the "classique" Gr. I International Prix d'Amerique. January 25, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Jura, European, 58,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 19 starters, Quinte+ race of the day 3.3 million euro jackpot 1.14.5kr Fractions: 1.15.6kr at 1500, 1.14.8kr at 1000, 1.14.8kr at 500, 1.14.5kr at finish 1st Olympic Kronos (6m Vikings Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip), Lutfi Kolgjini trainer/driver at 3.1/1 a start to finish winner, his 11th career win 2nd Un Soir Baroque (6g Hand du Vivier-Joie Baroque-Capitole), Eric Raffin up at 5.1/1 3rd Ubu du Metz (6g Millenium Wood-Hera du Metz-Vikings Way), Anthony Barrier at 20/1 4th Osiride Grif (6m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK-Lanson), Pierre Levesque up for trainer Nicolas Ensch, 24/1 5th Olimpionico (6m Uronometro-Rita Tomali-Speedy Tomali), Roberto Vecchione up for trainer Holger Ehlert, 25/1 (Italy) 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  

The world's classic trotting race has engaged a classic field of 25 for next Sunday's one million euro Gr. I International Prix d'Amerique over 2700 meters at Paris-Vincennes. Today's Prix de Cornulier winner Roxane Griff is in the mix (earnings in chart below exclude today's race and now stand at 2,023,118 euro), along with veteran performers Ready Cash (a double winner), Timoko (likely with Jos. Verbeeck at the lines, he a four time driving winner of the Prix d'Amerique) and The Best Madrik. Last year's winner Royal Dream was not engaged after two weak recent efforts. New players Triode de Felliere, Up And Quick and Soleil du Fosse should not be overlooked. The same can be said of a group from Italy, Sweden and Norway that includes Sweden's surprise entrant Maharajah. Recent impressive winner at Vincennes, Yarrah Boko, should have a chance along with some of the Italian contingent that includes sprinter Mack Grace SM on a twelve race win streak, Nesta Effe that raced today at Florence, Pascia' Lest and longshot Marielles. As usual the Prix d'Amerique shapes up as a superior race with superior equine talent. 1 Spirit Beji 2 Unabella Perrine 3 Uhlan Du Val 4 Soleil Du Fosse 5 Triode De Felliere 6 Santa Rosa France 7 Marielles 8 Renommee D'Obret 9 Pascia' Lest 10 Univers De Pan 11 Up And Quick 12 Roxana De Barbray 13 Vanika Du Ruel 14 Titego D'Etang 15 Mack Grace Sm 16 Quinoa Du Gers 17 Nesta Effe 18 Yarrah Boko 19 Reve de Beylev 20 The Best Madrik 21 Save The Quick 22 Roxane Griff 23 Timoko 24 Maharajah 25 Ready Cash In just a week another champion will join a list of immortals (last 28 listed below) in the 2014 edition of the race begun in 1920 to celebrate America's role in creating freedom from tyranny in Europe. Nowhere is America celebrated better than with the Prix d'Amerique, nowhere is international racing better presented. Be there !!! 2013 Royal Dream (Jean-Philippe Dubois) 2012 Ready Cash (Franck Nivard) 2011 Ready Cash (Franck Nivard) 2010 Oyonnax (Sebastien Ernault) 2009 Meaulnes du Corta (Franck Nivard) 2008 Offshore Dream (Pierre Levesque) 2007 Offshore Dream (Pierre Levesque) 2006 Gigant Neo (Dominik Locqueneux) 2005 Jag de Bellouet (Christophe Gallier) 2004 Kesaco Phedo (Jean-Michel Bazire) 2003 Abano As (Jos Verbeeck) 2002 Varenne (Giampaolo Minnucci) 2001 Varenne (Giampaolo Minnucci) 2000 Général du Pommeau (Jules Lepennetier) 1999 Moni Maker (Jean-Michel Bazire) 1998 Dryade des Bois (Jos Verbeeck) 1997 Abo Volo (Jos Verbeeck) 1996 Coktail Jet (Jean-Etienne Dubois) 1995 Ina Scot (Helen Johansson) 1994 Sea Cove (Jos Verbeeck) 1993 Queen L. (Stig H. Johansson) 1992 Verdict Gédé (Jean-Claude Hallais) 1991 Ténor de Baune (Jean-Baptiste Bossuet) 1990 Ourasi (Michel-Marcel Gougeon) 1989 Queila Gédé (Roger Baudron) 1988 Ourasi (Jean-René Gougeon) 1987 Ourasi (Jean-René Gougeon) 1986 Ourasi (Jean-René Gougeon)* (Files from Paris-Turf) by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Swedish invader Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell) overcame a 25 meter penalty to win today's Gr. III 120,000 euro purse European Prix de Brest for upper level performers at Paris-Vincennes. Handled by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Malin Lofgren and owner Stall Sanity, the pair rallied late for a close victory over Tornade du Digeon and long shot Sierra Leone. Sanity won for the 28th time now for earnings of 915,895 euro. This handicap race was the Quinte+ event of the day, with a 2.8 million euro jackpot, and it produced a competitive driving finish to the line. January 18, 2014 Paris Vincennes - Prix de Brest, Gr. III European, 120,000 euro purse, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters 1.13.2kr Fractions: 1.14.9kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.5kr at 500; 1.13.2kr finish 1st Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell), Franck Ouvrie up, owner Stall Sanity, trainer Malin Lofgren, 4.6/1 odds, his 28th career win for 915,895 euro 2nd Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme-Kimberland), J-M Bazire up at 5/1 3rd Sierra Leone (8f John Arifant-Une d'Havetot-Hakitan), Jean-Claude Hallais up at 33/1 4th Sissi du Mirel (8f Grassano-Haltise du Morin-Off Gy), Philippe Daugeard aboard at 3.7/1 5th Roxane de Baumee (9f Jain de Beval-Lisa de Baumee-Capitole), Pierre Levesque up at 46/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

The Swedish invasion is in full swing as Sanity arrives in France to contest the rich Prix de Brest, an international group three, with group two money at stake, 120,000 euros for the 2850m race at Vincennes on Saturday. Malin Löfgren's Love You gelding won two races last year in France, and picked up second and third place cheques in a successful raid on the French Winter Meeting riches and returns from a three-month layoff. He will start off the 25metre mark in the hands of Franck Ouvrie and is one of four elite international horses in the 17 horse field. Another Swedish-bred son of Love You in Global Manhattan, now in the stable of Fabrice Souloy and fellow V75 gold division stalwart Maxwell Mayday, a Finnish S J's Photo gelding to be driven by Frenchman Dominik Locqueneux for Finland's Jarmo Niskanen make up the Scandinavian contingent. Italy will be represented by Marco Smorgon's Libeccio Grif, a Lotteria-winning son of Andover Hall, who will be handled by local driver Pierre Vercruysse will start of the 25m mark. But despite his group one credentials he will be sent out at very long odds. French handicappers have stuck with their own making a loose favourite, in a wide open betting field is last start winner Sissi du Morin, a journeyman on the Trot Europeene Francais circuit. Philippe Daugeard's 8YO mare by Grassano has won 14 of 59 career starts, but has been consistently in the money of late. Jean Michel Bazire's Tornade du Digeon is the second favourite while also well supported is Jean Etienne Dubois' Turbo Jet. Also coming in for early local support are Sam Gibus a Jet Fortuna gelding trained and driven by Sebastien Baude, Starter du Rib, a Ganymede gelding from Joel Hallais' barn and Ton Reve de Cahot, a Hand du Vivier gelding trained by Jean Pierre Thomain. All three, who leave from the front mark, are at shorter odds than the European contingent.. PRIX DE BREST Vincennes Group III international 2850m 6-10 E120 000 1 Sam Gibus (g Jet Fortuna - Harmonie Gibus) Dr: Sebastien Baude Tr: Sebastien Baude 2850 2 Renardo Bello (h Kiwi - Enfilade) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Christian Bigeon 2850 3 Tornade du Digeon (m Jag de Bellouet - Herlane du Terme) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2850 4 Ton Reve de Cahot (g Hand du Vivier - Nona de Cahot David Thomain Tr: Jean Pierre Thomain 2850 5 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2850 6 Starter du Rib (g Ganymede - Jiviga) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Joel Hallais 2850 7 Roxane de Beaumee (m Jain de Beval - Lisa de Beaumee) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 2850 8 Global Manhattan (h Love You - Devilish Yankee) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2850 9 Soumoulou (g First de Retz - Nouvelle Perle) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2850 10 Sierra Leone (m John Arifant - Une d'Havetot) Dr: Jean Claude Hallais Tr: Jean William Hallais 2850 11 Sissi du Morin (m Grassano - Haltise du Morin) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 2850 12 Querios du Mirel (g Kitcho d'Ecajeul - Ina de Mirel) Dr: Tony Le Beller Tr: Anders Lindqvist 2850 13 Qwidil (g Hibiscus du Rib - Idylle Fayenne) Dr: Junior Guelpa Tr: Stephane Guelpa 2850 14 Maxwell Mayday (g S J's Photo - Counting Crowns) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Jarmo Niskanen 2850 15 Libeccio Grif (h Andover Hall - Southwind Val) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Marco Smorgon 2875 16 Sanity (g Love You - Flash Light) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Malin Löfgren 2875 17 Roi du Lupin( v Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 2900 by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

It is a rich day of racing on Saturday at Vincennes with a pair of  Group I, Group II and Group III's featuring the Prix Maurice de Gheest , the male preparatory race for the upcoming Criterium des Jeunes, the first group one for the B generation, which takes place on the third Sunday of February. There is a field of nine top colts assembled including the first five home in last month's top two-year-old race in France the Prix Emmanuel Margouty, led by Philippe Allaire's pair of Ready Cash colts Brilliantissime and Bird Parker who provided the quinella. Brillantissime who will be driven again by Jos Verbeeck is the early favourite, from Bruno de Gueron's Brutus de Bailly (Niky), Franck Anne's Bolide de Gueron (Cygnus d'Odyssee) and Bird Parker who are all heavily supported. Sebastien Guarato's Best of Sly (mam Bourbon) and Thierry Duvadestin's Goetmals Wood colt Bosco du Goutier are also colts with a lot of talent. Earlier in the day the Prix de Croix brings the best staying five-year-olds in Europe in a UET Masters Series race over 2850m. Viking du Val, who was third in the Criterium Continental last month is the early favourite ahead of last year's Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur De Myrt and Stephane Melander's Swedish stallion Porthos Amok, the runner up in last year's Swedish TravDerby. The backmarker is the well performed group one winning Love You stallion Village Mystic, who was runner up in the Criterium Continental but has to concede a 25m start to his 12 rivals. European group one winners Princess Grif (Italy), a Varenne mare now in Fabrice Solouy's care, and Lars I Nilsson's Dreams Take Time (mweden), an Andover Andover stallion, are also receiving heavy early support alongside French stallion Vigove, a group two winner and a Criterium des 4 Ans placegetter. The day kicks off with the Prix de Luneville, a 95,000 euro monte for 5YOs over 2175m which sees Emannuel Ruault's exciting prospect Votka Bleu back under saddle for the third time, and the first since running second in a stellar field in the Prix Olry Roederer - beating home Vision Intense that day. He will face the emerging talent of Veloce du Banney who comes into the race on the back of two group three monte wins and has compiled a very fine record of five wins in just 12 starts for Franck Leblanc, all of them under saddle. She will be ridden by star monte jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Vermeer Jarzeen and Vraie Blonde are also last start monte winners with claims in this. The fourth group race on the card is the Prix du Forez, one of the wonderful series of rich races for older horses, which demonstrate the French commitment to providing decent racing for the entirety of a horse's racing life, This group three over 2850m is restricted to horses older than for seven-years-old who race for a purse of 110,000 euros. The favourite is Jean Luc Dersoir's recent winner The de Chine (Blue Eyes America) from Jean Michel Bazire's mare Tornade du Digeon (Jag de Bellouet). Third favourite is Ru de l'Airou, one of the lesser lights of the much-vaunted R generation who has still managed to amass 610,000 euro racing in the shadow of Ready Cash, Rapide Lebel, Royal Dream et al. Like several in this race, the son of Cygnus d'Odyssee is a regular on the Tour Europeene as is the well supporterd Swedishman and Ton Reve de Cahot - also talented geldings who are perhaps a little off the pace among the European elite but given their chance to make decent money in the brilliant French system. Having said that, Ru de l'Airou finished second in the rich Grand Prix du Sud Ouest in October to T-generation star Timoko, beating into third place Swedish star Sanity, a group one winner and a gold division regular. Vincennes RACE 1 11/01/14 PRIX DE LUNÃ' d'VILLE 2014-01-11 Group III monte 5YOs 2175m € 95 000 1 Version Star's (m Prince d'Espace - Planete Rapide) Rd: Thomas Levesque Tr: Emmanuel Varin 2 Vermeer Jarzeen (g Oh James - Perle Jarzeenne) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Warin 3 Vraie Blonde (m Coktail Jet - Main Street) Rd: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 4 Viking d'Henlou (g Hand du Vivier - Laura d'Etangville) Rd: Elisabeth Allaire Tr: Philippe Allaire 5 Velasquez Vrie (h Prodigious - Marozia de Vrie) Rd: Olivier Touvais Tr: Louis Baudron 6 Veloce du Banney (g Quaro - Jiva du Banney) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Leblanc 7 Vic du Boisnant (h Gazouillis - Ode du Boisnant) Rd: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 8 Votka Bleue (m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Emmanuel Ruault RACE 2 PRIX DE CROIX 11/01/14 FR UET Masters Series - Group II Vincennes 2850 5YO €120,000 1 Villeroi (h Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Louis Baudron 3 System Performance (m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 4 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Viking de Val (h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 6 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Stefan Melander 7 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 8 Vigove (h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 9 Vive Daidou (m Ouragan de Celland - Orange Douce) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Princess Grif (m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Fabrice Souloy 11 Dreams Take Time (h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Lars I. Nilsson 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 13 Village Mystic (h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 25m RACE 4 PRIX DU FOREZ 11/01/14 Group III 2850m 7-10 €110 000 1 Tintin de Roche (g Jet Fortuna - Mademoiselle Dany) Dr: Frederic Prat Tr: Frederic Prat 2 Tolima (m Ganymede - Ironie Jet) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 3 Topaze de Gournay (m Kepler - Haute Tension) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Franck Ouvrie 4 Tolca de Bellouet (m Orlando Vici - Quenavora) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 5 Tamara Jiel (m Neoh Jiel - Heredia Jiel) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Jean Luc Dersoir 6 Ton Reve de Cahot (g Hand du Vivier - Nona de Cahot) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Jean Pierre Thomain 7 Tsar Pazenais (g Ever Jet - Aube de Sapicourt) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Tornade du Digeon (m Jag de Bellouet - Herlane du Terme) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 The de Chine (g Blue Eyes America - Heparine) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 10 Racing Charm (h Love You - Feraine d'Occagnes) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 11 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 25m 12 Ru de L'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Sebastien Ernault Tr: Patrick Martin 25m RACE 6 PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST 11/01/14 Group II 2 700 3M €120,000 1 Bosco du Goutier (h Goetmals Wood - Idole de Tugeras) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Bajazet (h Qwerty - Perkine) Dr: Jacques Bruneau Tr: Jacques Bruneau 3 Black d'Avril (h Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Frederic Prat 4 Black Gold (h Sam Bourbon - Seldovia) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 5 Brutus de Bailly (h Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 6 Bird Parker (h Ready Cash - Belisha) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Philippe Allaire 7 Best of Sly (h Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 8 Bolide de Gueron h( Cygnus d'Odyssee - Olivia) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 9 Brillantissime (h Ready Cash - Ivre de Victoire) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

Italian invader Nerfertite Del Rio won today's 62,000 euro purse Quinte + Prix de Salvanhac at Vincennes, her 16th career win that increased lifetime earnings to almost 260,000 euro. Alexandre Abrivard did the teaming as the winner prevailed in a blanket finish timed in 1.14.6kr over the 2700 meter course. Tiva de la Frette, Elles W. Phedo and Global Midnight were noses apart for second in the 17 horse field. Vincennes, Prix de Salvanhac, 62,000 euro purse, European females, 2700 meters, Quinte+ jackpot 2.1 million euro, 17 starters  1.14.6kr 1st Nerfertite Del Rio (6f Varenne-Zeudia-Royal Prestige), Alexandre Abrivard up; 16 time career winner now for earning of 259,982 euro 2nd Tiva de la Frette (6f Indy de Vive-Kiva de la Frette-Turquetil), Franck Nivard up 3rd Elles W. Phedo (7f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W. Lolita-Rapido), Pierre Vercruysse aboard 4th Global Midnight (6f Ganymede-Global Business-Victory Dream), Pierre Levesque up 5th That's Life (6f Chef de Chatelet-Alexandrie-James Pile), Matthieu Abrivard driving The co-featured Prix de Baumont-de-Lomagne for monte performers carried a 65,000 euro purse and went to the Coktail Jet mare Vraie Blonde in 1.14.1kr over 2175 meters. The Jean-Etienne Dubois owned and conditioned mare held off the Louis Baudron owned/trained Viva Jenilou to earn her sixth career victory. Vincennes, Prix de Beaumont-de-Lomagne, 2175 meters, 65,000 euro purse, 9 starters, monte  1.14kr 1st Vraie Blonde (4f Coktail Jet-Main Street-Defi d'Aunou), Yohan Lebourgeois up for trainer/owner Jean-Etienne Dubois, her sixth career win for earning 144,920 euro 2nd Viva Jenilou (4f Phlegyas-Louve Jenilou-Tipouf), Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Louis Baudron placed second Two year-olds contested the Prix des Eglantiers later in the card and the Philippe Allaire/Joseph Verbeeck team had another Ready Cash winner, this time with the colt Bouclier d'Or as he defeated offspring of Love You and Sam Bourbon, the latter named Black Gold and driven by his owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Vincennes, Prix des Eglantiers, 44,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 10 starters, two year-olds  1.16.4kr 1st Bouclier d'Or (2m Ready Cash-Dragre d'Or), Jos. Verbeeck aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner P. Garreau 2nd Booster Winner (2m Love You-Quille Viretaute), J. Ruaults up 3rd Black Gold (2m Sam Bourbon-Seldovia), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner, trainer Patrick Chevrier by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.        

Today produced another solid crowd and good weather for the annual Christmas Day of racing at the Temple du Trot. Ukir du Charroux (5g Jeanbat du Vivier-Geribia du Donjon-And Arifant) took today's opener, the Prix de Charroux (50,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters), with a close win in 1.12.9kr as 2/1 choice for J-M Bazire. 48/1 outsider United du Tay (5g Halimede-Helonia d'Archon-Reve d'Udon) was second for Laurent Fortin ahead of Unique de l'Iton (5g Capriccio-Majeste de l'Iton-Sancho Panca) handled by Tristan deGenouillac. The winner scored for the seventh time in his career and increased earnings to 127,520 euro. The featured Prix Constant Hervieu (Gr. III European, 105,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the currently successful Swedish invader Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Ald Palema). He was off as 4.4/1 second choice with Franck Nivard driving for Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Commander. Beckman won for the 24 time in his career that now shows earnings of 397,181 euro. Tzigane du Rib (6g Kaiser Soze-Medda) took second for Ecurie Rib with J.L.C. Dersoir at the lines. Toreador (6g Fleuron Perrine-Jubelione-Jet du Vivier) landed third for teamster Francois-Pierre Bassuet. The Prix de Salers (35,000 euro purse, monte, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to the 3.3/1 second choice Azalee Dedienville (3f Lontzac-Byrsa Pascalo-Marpheulin) with Anthony Barrier in the irons for J.P. Marmion. Timed in 1.17.5kr she defeated Antillaise de Mai (3f New Aldo-Jaconde Royale-Royale Romeo and Aquitaine d'Aron (3f Neautron du Cebe-Miss d'lquaire-Voyou du Golfe), the latter with Damien Bonne aboard for Franc Leblanc. The Prix de Craon (62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European, 14 starters) went to 3/1 Tornado de l'Ocean (6g Look de Star-Talvina-Valmont) with Pierre Levesque teaming for owner Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon (owner of Prix d'Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta). He scored with a solid rally in 1.14kr for his 12th career victory, now for earnings of 250,320 euro. Mike Lenders trains the winner who defeated Spain's Trebol (6m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) with Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou driving. This 28 time winner, for 230,862 euro, races consistently well at the Paris-Vincennes winter meet and again he closed stoutly for his trainer/driver. The Gr. III Prix de Chateau-Chinon (95,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to 3/2 favorite Astor du Quenne (3m Opus Vierul-Qualine du Quenne-Extreme Aunou) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The winner scored in 1.14.6kr, his ninth career victory, now with earnings for 212,940 euro. J-M Bazire's Adio Josselyn (3m And Arifant-Queba Josselyn-In Foot) was home second as 5/2 second choice ahead of Ausone du Kastel (3m Gros Grain-Lancee-Courlis du Pont) and reinsman Emmanuel Allard. The Prix de Jonvelle (34,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, monte, 11 starters) went to Uranie d'Hucheloup (5f Lutin Malin-Hardie de Bource-Quintolet) with jubilant Cedric Terry aboard. She was timed in 1.14.9kr as the 42/1 longshot bested 7/1 Une Corzeene (5f Jaguar Bethune-Melisse d'Orme-Capriccio) with Eric Raffin in the irons. At Aby (Sweden) this day, the Aby Travsallskaps (100,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) went to the veteran O'Grady (7m SJs Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) handled by Flemming Jensen. He scored in 1.15.1kr to defeat US import Solvato (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) driven by Veijo Heiskanen with third to Montgomery Hill (9g SJs Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic) with Johnny Takter up. On the card, Ricardo Mols (Denmark registered 5g Chipmate-Kejerinden-Tap In) scored in 1.12kr for Jensen to earn 60,000SEK in a 1640 meter autostart event. The winner scored for the seventh time in eight 2013 appearances. In a two year-old filly event at Aby for 30,000SEK first money, over 1640 meters autostart, Shakira di Pippo (2f Uronometro-Lussoria-Lindy Lane) won her initial lifetime start in 1.17.8kr with Andre Eklundh driving for Italian trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro who is in Italy for Derby weekend at Napoli. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Swedish-bred Beckman heads a strong international contingent in the field for the the group III Prix Constant Hervieu the 105,000 euro feature Quinte race on the traditional Christmas Day meeting at Vincennes for 5 and 6 YOs. Beckman is now trained in France by Fabrice Solouy but he will be joined by his compatriots Discco A.E. Haraldhino on the back mark of 25m along with Italian star Olmo Holz while Sweden's Conrads Fredriks (a son of Credit Winner) and Twigs U.Canfly are off the frontline along with a trio of Italian entries, Orchetto Jet, Over The Moon and Orient Horse, plus Per Mento, the lone Danish entry. Beckman, a gelding by one of Viking Kronos's best sons Turbo Sund a former European 3YO champion, has been in super form in France, with three wins on the trot at Vincennes in Group III international company. Something of a late developer, Beckman joined Solouy's barn from Ake Svanstedt's Swedish operation after recording 10 wins from 14 starts with now US resident trainer, who was the horse's fourth trainer and really stepped him up through the grades in Sweden. He might also attract a bit of US handicapper money if he is racing at Vincennes at Prix d'Amerique time - he races in the colours of the US flag! Solouy is also the trainer of Italian-bred and owned Orient Horse who was second in the Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin at the beginning of the Winter Meeting, and is also a runner-up in a Group one race in Italy. The favourites on the early tote, however, are French locals Toutobio and Toreador. Toutobio is owned and trained by Damien Bonne and has been one of those horses who has taken his time to go through the grades, mainly in provincial meetings with the odd visit to Vincennes for their lower stake races. But after a win and a second at in this year's Winter Meeting at Vincennes he stepped up and won his first Group III race last start in the Prix de Crecy la Chapelle at the Temple du Trot.   Similarly Jean Baptiste Bossuet's Toreador, a gelding by Fleuron Perrine, has won 9 of his 29 starts, mainly in lesser provincial company but has won two and had a second in his last three starts at the Hippodrome de Paris at Vincennes. Two others from the T generation's emerging ranks who are also coming in for handicapper support are Tzigane du Rib from Jean Luc Claude Desior's barn and Tony Boy, who is from the stable of Jean Michel Bazire who is a master at bringing a horse quietly through the grades. Another interesting runner is Turbo Jet from the stable of Jean Etienne Dubois, and is the winner of 12 of his 47 starts, and 379,350 euros in the bank - the most money earned in this field. The Joyau d'Amour stallion was also second in the Prix des Landes - a 110,000 euro group III at Vincennes at the end of last month and this is the sort of patient build up shown by a certain Royal Dream, the winner of the Prix d'Amerique, and a winner of this very race two years ago. A different Dubois stable, perhaps, but the brothers learned from the master, their incomparable father Jean-Pierre.     PRIX CONSTANT HERVIEU Vincennes 25/12/2013 FR Group III Europeene 2850 5-6 € 105,000 1 Twigs U.Canfly (5m Naglo - Twigs Likepine) Dr: Johanna Lindqvist Tr: Eva Skantz 2 Per Mento (6h Buvetier d'Aunou - Grace Classy) Dr: Jean Michel Alain Roussel Tr: Jean Michel Alain Roussel 3 Orient Horse (5h Abano As - Irma Del Rio) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4 Over the Moon Lf (5m Ganymede - Fantastica Cof) Dr: Nicolas Roussel Tr: Salvatore Minopoli 5 Tzigane du Rib (6g Kaiser Soze - Medda) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 6 Orchetto Jet (5h Supergill - Frutute Jet) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Stephanie Lepetit 7 Un Charme Fou (5h Love You - Ma Crown) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 8 Toutobio (6g Grassano - Helene Gem) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 9 Toreador (6g Fleuron Perrine - Jubellone) Dr: Francois Pierre Bossuet Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet 10 Tony Boy (6g First de Retz - Kuenza Sautonne) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 11 Conrads Fredrik (6g Credit Winner - Ahmeida) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jarmo Niskanen 12 Union Life (5m Not Disturb - Izakaline) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Cedric Herserant 13 Disco A.E. (5h Scarlet Knight - Queen A.E.) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 25m 14 Haraldinho (6g Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Catarina Lundström 25m 15 Olmo Holz (5h Uronometro - Veuve du Kras) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Vincent Martens 25m 16 Unikaranes (5m Montecatini - Pivoine des Hayes) Dr: Laurent Claude Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 25m 17 Beckman (6g Turbo Sund - Nins Palema) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 25m 18 Titus de Baffais (6g Kaiser Soze - Lady Dry) Dr: Nicolas Bazin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 25m 19 Turbo Jet (6h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 25m by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

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