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January 24, 2019 - Prix de Yonkers Raceway (purse 52,000€, 2850 meters,18 European starters, harness racing six year old females) was today’s Paris-Vincennes co-feature and it went to the 8/10 favorite Darling Berry (6f Prince Gede-Osaka) reined by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer J-M Bazire. The winner recorded her eighth career victory in 29 career starts for 193,890€ earned. Race time was 1.14.2kr. The 18/1 Lesperanza (6f Ready Cash-Esperance) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop ahead of 71/1 Dascalia (6f Norginio) and her teamster Dominik Locqueneux. The next two on the line were 4.9/1 Dastavia de Guez reined by Nicolas Bazire for trainer Jean-Michel and 191/1 Darling Franbleu (6f Quaro) with Kevin Leblanc aboard for trainer Franck Leblanc. Yonkers Raceway racing officials were on-hand to present a trophy to Eric Raffin. Darling Berry rallies to win Thomas H. Hicks

Sunday’s Trophee  Plages (surf) harness racing series began at Julloubille-les-Pins with the Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais (purse €20,000, 2700 meters distance handicap, surf) with victory to 25 meter penalized Bolt (6m, Prince Gede-Souvola) in rein to  Christophe Gallier, also owner/trainer. Athena de Blain (7f Flash de Cosse-Image de Toronto) took second for trainer/driver Franck Furet. Time was unreported. The next surf events are set for June 30, July 2 and August 27. Trotting on turf took place this day as well. At LaRoche-Posay was the Prix du Futuroscope (purse €32,000, 2600 meters, 16 starters). 9.6/1 As d’Urfist (7g Instill-Perle d’Urfist) scored for Pierre Tijou teaming for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc, racing at Solvalla. The Prix de la Municipalite (purse €32,000, 2600 meters, 16 entrants) went to 14/1 Valto ds Landiers (8g Kesaco Phedo-Ovetane du Louvet) driven by breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Cheradame. Times of these turf events were not reported. On the dirt course at Chartres the Prix Ste L’te Thoreau (purse €24,000, 2800 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.14kr timed and 3/1 odds Gross Weight (m Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) reined by Clement Duvaldestin, for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Johann Schembri. Today (May 29) racing was at LeCroise Laroche with a top event being the Prix Yarrah Boko (purse €25,000, 2825 meters, 14 starters). Victory went to 1.4/1 Alpha d’Azif (7g Jain de Beval-Irecte Barbes) teamed by the trainer, Romain Derieux, a monte winner yesterday at Solvalla. His trainee this day was timed in 1.13.7kr. Action also took place on the turf, a Sunday summer staple, at Sable-sur-Sarthe with the Grand Prix Poulonneries et Visseries (purse €24,000, 2825 meters distance handicapped). Jacques Bruneau teamed his trainee Bon Vent (6g Baccarat du Pont-l’Aventuriere) to victory for owner Ecurie JR. The 25 meter handicapped Azuer des Caillons (7m Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) was second for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks

January 15, 2017 - Briac Dark (6m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) rallied three wide and then tracked outside of pacesetting Call Me Keeper (7m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) and Bjorn Goop, and with harness racing driver David Thomain’s urging the 23.1/1 outsider, trained by Thierry Duvaldestin for owner Guy Barou, rallied past the 3.4/1 leader to score by a length in the Grand Prix de Belgique (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters). Call Me Keeper held bravely for second as stablemate Wild Honey (5f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy) closed well for third, driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. This trainer/owner pair also campaign Call Me Keeper. 7.9/1 Lionel (7m Look de Star-Aurora Sun), trained by Reden for Goran Antonsen of Norway, was fourth with Matthieu Abrivard driving and 110.3/1 Trebol (10m Hot Blue-Sally Can Wait) was fifth for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou of Spain. Trinity Zet, Akim du Cap Vert and Oasis Bi were next in a contest in which six horses were dq’d and Propulsion, another Reden trainee, was scratched. Race time was 1.13.8kr off slow fractions in heavy rain (1.14.3kr at 1500 to go; 1.14.3kr at the 1000; 1.14.6kr with 500 meters remaining). The top three finishers received Prix d’Amerique invitations. Discours Joyeux and Val Royal Wins Gr.III Paris-Vincennes Contests Discours Joyeux (4m Goetmals Wood-Quelle Copine) rallied at 6/1 odds for driver Eric Raffin to win the Gr. III Prix Riberac (purse €78,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) at Vincennes on Prix de Belgique Day. Thierry Raffegeau trains this winner for owner J-Y Roze. 3/2 Dream Life (4f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) held second for breeder/driver Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 12/1 Dokha Vedaquaise (4f Prodigious-Sestriere) was third for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and driver Yoann Lebourgeois. Race time was 1.14.6kr with modest fractions. The Prix Toulouse (purse €78,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) went to 1.14.2kr timed, 2/1 odds Alphea Barbes (7f Look de Star-Lova Barbes) by open lengths for driver Ch.J. Bigeon, trainer Christian Bigeon and breeder/owner Andre Francis Bigeon. 13/1 Alamo du Goutier (7g Quido du Goutier) and 12.1/1 Arthuro Boy (7m Le Retour) were next to the line on this undercard event. 4.4/1 odds and barefoot Val Royal (8m Capriccio-Quanda du Rib) secured a 1.13.1kr timed victory in the Gr. III Prix Djerio (monte, purse €110,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters). Alexandre Abrivard was the pilot for trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 12/1 Adelia de Melodie (7f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) was second for David Thomain (trainer St. Meunier) and 19.4/1 Tripolia (10f Sancho Panca-Garivane) was third for jockey Mathieu Mottier (trainer J.Ph. Mary). Thomas H. Hicks

January 12, 2017 -  Franck Nivard today teamed 11.1/1 Apollon de Kacy (7m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kids) to victory in the prestigious Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur (purse €150,000, 2925 meters, 16 starters) at Cagnes sur Mer for harness racing owner/trainer Jorgen Westholm of Sweden. The winner raced barefoot in this 1.13.7kr clocking to defeat 15.1/1 Baby Lou Max (6g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) for Nicolas Mortagne and 18.5/1 Radieux (7g Love You-Dordogne) of Italy was third for Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 3.5/1 Balbir (6g Ganymede-Manzir) was fourth for Mickael Cormy, also trainer, and fifth finishing 62.3/1 Shark Attack (9g April Perfect-Step By Step) for owner/trainer/driver Mario Dooyeweerd of Holland. Each of the top five raced barefoot. The Q+ exact order payoff on this race was €59,200 for a €2 wager. The Prix Cagnes sur Mer (purse €50,000, 2925 meters distance handicap, 18 European starters) went to 1.14.3kr timed, 10.3/1 odds Aigle Jenilou (7g Prodigious-Queen Jenilou) that was bred and is owned/trained by Louis Baudron. The winner was reined by Gwenn Junod. 3.1/1 Bering was second for Christophe Martens, 3.6/1 Ut d’Ylea was third for Franck Nivard and distance penalized 5/2 odds Archangel AM (7g Going Kronos-No More Time) was fourth timed in 1.13.8kr for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The Prix Meteor II for a purse of €40,000 and raced over 2925 meters went to 3/2 favorite Colonel Bond (5g Revel d’Anama-Miss Margaretha). Timed in 1.14.1kr, the Pierre Vercruysse teamed J.P. Ensch trainee defeated twelve rivals. Antoine du Bourg (7g Oyonnax-Pin Up du Bourg) was second for Nicolas Mortagne and 23.5/1 Balthazar Maza (6g Prodigious-Paloma) landed third for Romauld Mourice. Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday at Paris-Vincennes, three year-old open performers contested the €55,000 Prix de Chatillon (2700 meters, 12 starters) and a blanket finish saw 44.3/1 Donzelle Moniga (3f Sanymede Tivoli-Ravana Verderie) secure victory for Franck Ouvrie timed in 1.16.5kr. 1.1/1 favorite Drageur (3m Speedy Blue-Tilda) landed second for trainer/driver Mathieu Mottier with 10/3/1 Darwin Maza (3m Coktail Jet-Paloma) third along the pegs for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The Gr. II Prix Louis Forcinal (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, seven monte starters) resulted in an easy victory for 4/5 favorite Athena de Vandel (6f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel). Matthieu Abrivard was in the irons for trainer Cedrik Megissier and Ecurie La Tour de Vandel. 3.9/1 Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) took second for David Thomain ahead of placed third Annees Folles (6f Memphis du Rib-Juva Fortuna) ridden by Mathieu Mottier. Time for the winner was 1.13.7kr. Saturday’s Quinte+ was the Prix Jean Cabrol (purse €72,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The upper class warriors displayed their skills with victory to fast-closing Universal Rider (8m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) at 16/1 odds. Mathieu Mottier teamed that winner that he also trains. Timed in 1.12.4kr off steady fractions (1.11.8kr at the 1500 and 1000 meters to go posts; 1.12.4kr at the 500) the winner nipped 6.7/1 Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel), and trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse, on the line. 9.5/1 A Nous Trois (6m Orlando Vici-Quallas) landed third for Franck Nivard and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 67/1 Uniflosa Bella (8f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) was fourth for Antoine Wiels ahead of 62/1 Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem-Lisa de Mirel) handled by Anthony Barrier for trainer Anders Lindqvist. The Gr. III Prix de Vincennes (purse €115,000, 2700 meters, 13 international starters) was a Pick5 contest that drew fast-class aged performers. 7/10 favorite Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) scored for driver Gabriel Gelormini and trainer Florent Lamara/owner Ecurie Sidere from 20/1 Kadett CD (9m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life) and Dominik Locqueneux. Robert Bergh trains Kadett CD for In The Zone AB. 44/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) took third for J.Cl. Hallais ahead of 21/1 Brillantissime (5m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner/breeder Frederic Sauque and fifth was Spain’s 11/1 Trebel (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) for Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. Fractions were relatively modest for this class (1.13.3kr at 1500 to go; 1.12.8kr at the 1000; 1.14 at 500) with a fast finish ending 1.12.9kr race time.Amiral Sacha Today’s Prix de Beaux (purse €65,000, 2700 meters) for four year-old females went to 2/1 second choice Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) with Franck Nivard up. Timed in 1.14.9kr the winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy for Scuderia Eurocolor SRL of Italy. 1.6/1 favorite Tentation Ans (4f Muscles Yankee-Coronation Ans) held second for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini and Scuderia Phenomena SRL. Third went to fast-closing Clarabelle (4f Ready Cash-Rebelle) with Gabby Gelormini up for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trained Yves Boireau. The final groupe race this day was the Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray for a purse of €120,000 and conducted over 2850 meters by eight quality starters. J-M Bazire teamed his trainee Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) to victory timed in 1.14.2kr for owner Yvan Bernard as the 1.4/1 favorite. 1.6/1 odds Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) was a close second for Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Antonio De Sousa. 2.6/1 Baltic Charm (6m Password-Ilikova) was third driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Guarato and owner Stephane Szwarc. The top three finishers were all timed in 1.14.2kr. The closer of a great card this Saturday was the €65,000 purse Prix de Gueugnon over 2700 meters with 18 European participants at the start. The 1.14.6kr winner was Italy’s Toseland Kyu (4m Love You-Zoraya Kyu) off at 2.4/1 and driven by Alexandre Abrivard. Catello Savarese trains this one for Scuderia 4AB SAS. 3.6/1 Cupidon du Vivier (4m Love You-Odessa du Vivier) was a solid second for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and owner Jean Yves Lucuyer, 24/1 Cash Okay (4m Ready Cash-Tresokay) rallied to nab third ahead of 57/1 Flashback (4m Expo Bi-Pine Spirit) that Franck Ouvrie teamed for Arnold J. Mollema. At Graignes FR, lightly raced Diable du Vivier (3m Orlando Vici-Rodie du Vivier) took the €18,000 Prix Presse de la Manche over 2700 meters, defeating nine rivals over the rain soaked course, clocked in 1.20.5kr. Sebastien Ernault teamed the winner, trained by owner/breeder Jean Yves Lucuyer. At Gavle SWE today the featured Fyraaringslopp for Mares (150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the impressive favorite Timbal (4f From Above-Clear As A Bell-Super Arnie) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. She recorded her 16th career win in 22 starts now for 2.24SEK million earned. This Menhammer Stuteri AB bred mare is owned by Stall Gaffelby. In Toto Sund (4f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Daniel Reden with Spoil Me (4f Going Kronos-Mystical Ann-Kadabra) third for Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Roger Walmann. US import Wild Honey was scratched from this race that would have been her initial European appearance. On the same card the Forsmark AB for 30,000SEK to the winner went to the Reden trained, Stall Zet owned Stand Bayou (5m Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec). Ulf Eriksson teamed the winner, bred by Pete Spears’ Windsong Stable. Stand Bayou recorded his second 2016 victory to go along with two second place finishes in four starts. He’s now 13 times first through third in 18 outings. Explosive River (4g Explosive Matter-Just About Enough) was second the Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Walmann. Thomas H. Hicks

8.8/1 Banquiere (5m Quopeck-Ile d’Emerade) won today’s Prix Elma at Enghien for a purse of €50,000 over 2875 meters. 15 rivals contested the event timed in 1.16.1kr. 2.3/1 Bilfie de Guez (5f Vivaldi de Chenu-Quefie) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire ahead of 10/1 Betsy du Quenne (5f Quaker Jet-Mon Egerie) for David Thomain. The Prix de Montsalvy (purse €38,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters) went to 87.2/1 Douce Ligneries (3f Love You-Ouragane) timed in 1.18.2kr for trainer/driver Bruno Marfigliano. 2.5/1 Difa Girl (3f Love You-Rifa Rainbow) was second for J-Ph Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G, Poulsen-Allaire. 17/1 Daliemosa (3f Kaiser Soze-Jaldemosa) ended third for David Thomain. Also at Enghien the €37.000 Prix de l’Authie over 2150 meters autostart drew 13 starters and the 1.1.1kr winner was 2.7/1 City Sees (4f Sam Bourbon-Dolly du Buisson) over 6.4/1 Comete (4f Niky-l’Aventuriere) for Mathieu Abrivard. Third was 5.3/1 Chimere du Goutier (4f Kaisy Dream-Queen Bourbon) for Cl. Duvaldestin and Ecurie Saint Martin. At La Croise Laroche the Prix de Beaupreau (purse €18,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 1.4/1 favorite Crossroads (4m Quaker Jet-Modesty) timed in 1.17.3kr for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin and Ecurie Bresil. 45/1 Claudius Servinois was second with 15/1 Caravaggio (4m Quaker Jet-Nicotera) third for Julien Raffestin and Ecurie Mexique Ranch. The Prix de Verdun at La Croise Laroche went for €30,000 over 2700 meters autostart. 16 rivals battled with the 1.14kr win to 3.9/1 Apollpn de Kacy (m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kyles) with owner/trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm aboard. 4.8/1 Tiennov and 1.4/1 Vivaldi chased the winner to the line. At Mariendorf Berlin the Prix Berthe Morisot (purse €5,000, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to the 1.16.9kr winner 28.6/1 Amigo Kievitshof (9g Jag de Bellouet-Armbro Pagan) for owner/trainer/driver Andre Schiller. 28.8/1 Dolomit R was second for Norbert Bierman ahead of 7/10 favorite Fiobana driven by Thorsten Tietz. Friday evening’s top race was the Gr. III Prix de Joinville le Pont (purse €80,000, 2925 meters, 14 starters) at Cagnes-sur-mer. The 3/1 favorite Ugo du Nieul (8m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Harmoinie de Nieul) scored in 1.13.1kr for Romain Derieux, trainer/driver foir D.J. Rousseau, the owner. 11/1 Vicomte Boufarcaux (7m Oh James-Olympe du Boufard) was second for Gabriele Gelormini ahead of 15/1 Truman Dairpet (9g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Favored 1.7/1 Sid finished ninth. Nicolas Ensch was been named to the FR driving team in an upcoming contest against Team America that will kickoff at Yonkers Raceway in March. Also at Cagnes-sur-mer the Prix Radisson Blu Nice (purse €44,000, 2925 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.16.4kr timed winner the 5.5/1 Altea de Piencourt (f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Moonlight Disques) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. 2.4/1 Bently de Raconis (5g Repeat Love-Bodomie) was scond for trainer Nicolas Emsch and owner Antonio De Sousa. 7.8/1 Bolide de la Cote (5g Quatre Juillet-Scarlet Pride) was third for trainer/driver Cl-A Mary. Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris has been moved to race six with off time of 10:20am US eastern time. The sports world will be watching Bold Eagle in his quest for the FR Triple Crown. Thomas H. Hicks

Mathieu Abrivard teamed 12.5/1 Athena de Vandel (6f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel) to victory timed in 1.11kr (1:54.24 mile rate) in today’s Gr. I Prix des Centaures (purse €240,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters, monte) for harness racing four through six year-olds at Vincennes.  The winner is trained by Cedrik Megissier for owner Ecurie Le Tour de Vandel. 10.7/1 Cloane du Vivier (4f Repeat Love-Royale du Vivier) drifted wide but held second for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Jean-Yves Lucuyer. Favored 1.7/1 Bilibili (5m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) was third today for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Jean-Pierre Barjon, the owner. It was a dead-heat for fourth, 12.5/1 Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) with David Thomain up and Americaine (6f Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) with Antoine Wiels in the irons reached the line together. Replay” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2EEE7indQY The excellent Vincennes program also included the Gr. III Prix de Luneville (purse €76,000, 2700 meters, 10 monte starters) produced a rallying 1.14.7kr victory for 4.7/1 Canadien d’Am (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia). Mathieu Mottier teamed this one for Franck Leblanc, trainer, and Laurent Edin, owner. 11.8/1 Caid de Bengale (4g Loulou Jet-Tierce de Bangale) held second for Eric Raffin with 12/1 Chiricahua  five lengths back third. Three year-old males contested the Prix Michel Potiez (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.15.5kr victory earned by 5.4/1 Dahlia du Rib (3m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) with J.L.Cl Dersoir driving. Joel Hallais trains the winner for Ecurie Rib. 5.4/1 Diablo du Noyer (3m Jasmin de Flore-Une et Indivisible) held second for trainer/driver William Bigeon with 2/1 favorite Dragueur (3m Speedy Blue-Tilda) third for trainer/driver Mathieu Mottier. Bisaon du Cebe (5g Melchior Jet-Novissima Verba) scored at 18/1 for Martial Viel in the monte Prix les Voyages de Thybus-Reseau Selectour Afat (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters). Franck Leblanc owns and trains the winner. 3.5/1 Botido Mottier (5g L’As de Neige-Otida) was second for Mathieu Mottier with 1.7/1 favorite Bolide Jenilou handled by Anthony Barrier. The winner was clocked in 1.15kr. The Prix de Macon (purse €56,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) at Vincennes went to 10/1 Bianca Thepol (5f Sancho Panca-Le Diva de Riez) with trainer J.L.Cl. Dersoir aboard. Timed in 1.15.4kr off even fractions the winner defeated 3.6/1 Velieve Seven (5f Jasmin de Flore-Lea Vinoir) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and 27/1 Bodega Chereviere. Comete Somolli (4f Millenium Wood-Ophelia Somolli), at 30/1 odds, took the Prix de L’Amitie Franco-Russe (or the Prix Josselin, purse €37,000, 2700 meters, 13 strarters)) for driver Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Patrick Godineau. Timed in 1.17.1kr the winner defeated 1.8/1 favorite Chistera (4g Querty-Medicis) handled by Pierre Levesque and 4/1 Calineka Gwen (4f Orlando Vici-Kaline de Tellor) with Anthony Dollion aboard. The Prix de Juvigny (purse €72,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to 19/1 Badius de Tilou (5m Pagalor-Quetty Turgot) with P-Y Verva driving. The 1.13.7kr timed victory left 5.9/1 Brindor (5g Mage de la Merite-Houba des Etangs) second with Franck Nivard up and 2.9/1 Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier-Pika Joselyn) held third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. Udine de la Coudre (8f Fortuna Fant-Hakimore) scored in the Prix des Vosges (purse €65.000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) timed in 1.15.4kr at 123.6/1 odds for Fabien Gence. J-L Forget is trainer/owner. 15.5/1 Soleil de France (10g Giant Cat-Histoire de France) earned second for driver Franck Nivard with 8.8/1 Tallien (9g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) third for Herve Sionneau, owner/trainer/driver. 2/1 favorite Unbridle Charm was first to the line for Jean-Philippe Dubois but was disqualified. Ten Russian Orloff trotteurs were showcased in the Paris-Vincennes finale today,  the Prix des Trotteurs Orloff (purse €20,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 International starters). The 1.19.8kr timed winner was 12/1 General (8m Kalokol-Girlyanda) driven by trainer Sergy Kuleshov and owned by Farm Druzhba. 21/1 Komitent (5m Malpost-Kartinka) was second for the same trainer/owner and reined by Anthony Barrier. Third was 6/1 Kolokolchik (5m Kunak-Karmen) driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Alekandor Mashinets and Farm Diurtiulimebel. The Orloff’s put on a nice show and illustrated the usefulness and beauty of the breed. The Orloff trotter is the oldest and most popular "stud" breed in Russia. Orloffs are not as fast as the Standardbred and French trotters, but are more robust, massive, endurable, sure–footed, strong, and tough. Their trotting action is impressive and they are extremely valued in Russia. At San Siro-Milano (ITY) the €45,100 purse Premio Gran Locatelli went to Radiofreccia FI (6f Ganymede-Castilia-Lemon Dra) in a thrilling finish timed in 1.12.5kr defeating Ranio Lest (6f Love You-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way). Enrico Bellei teamed the winner while Alesandro Gocciadoro reined Rania Lest. Real Mede SM (6m Ganymede-Gil Ast SM-Supergill) finished third. Oncle Photo VL led early before Rania Lest assumed the front and held to the line as the winner inched past. The time was well off the record of Varenne at 1.10.9kr. 7 PR. GRAN PREMIO LOCATELLI E 45.100 mt 1650 - Trio   1° 3 RADIOFRECCIA FI  A E.Bellei 12.5       2° 8 RANIA LEST A.Gocciadoro 12.5       3° 6 REAL MEDE SM M.Minopoli Jr 12.6       4° 5 ONCLE PHOTO VL  A Fed.Esposito 12.8       5° 9 RUE VARENNE DANY A.Di Nardo 12.9       6° 11 RICK DEL DUOMO Mass.Castaldo 13.3       7° 7 SCEICCO A.Guzzinati 13.3       8° 2 OUDRY DEI VELTRI V.Luongo 13.5       9° 1 NO MAN'S LAND P.Gubellini 13.6         4 RADICE DEL NORD L.Becchetti R.P.         10 PERSIADE LANS M.Volpato           At Angers this day the featured €28,000 Prix Nominoe (3125 meters distance handicap, `18 European starters) went to 12.6/1 Figaro Sanna (9g Spotlite Lobell-Strands Sparkling) driven by J-F Senet for Happy People Racing AB. Timed in 1.17.2kr the winner traveled the stated distance to defeat the handicapped 10/1 Ursin Meslois and 12/1 Ultra de Gade. In Sweden the fine US-bred mare Delicious (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) was named horse of the year. Bred by Lindy Farms, Delicious earned US$254,000 in America before export. She earned a 3, 1:52.2 mark at Lexington and recorded eight victories in 23 starts. Her racing career has blossomed in Sweden, especially in 2015. Thomas H. Hicks

Alexandre Abrivard teamed Prix de Cornulier winner Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) to victory in today’s Gr. I International €200,000 purse Prix d’Ile-de-France (2175 meters, monte, 13 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The 2.4/1 harness racing favorite trailed for much of the 2175 meter test, long behind open lengths leader Vaillant Cash, before making a three-wide move to get into contention around the final bend. Once in range she darted to the pegs and got past Vaillant Cash (7m Offshore Dream-Kara du Rebon) on the line. Vaillant Cash was off at 9.6/1 odds and was reined by Clement Frecelle. Scarlet Turgot is trained by Yannick-Alain Briand for owner Mme. Th. Hoste. 29.7/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Harlane du Terme) was third for Eric Raffin and trainer J-M Bazire. 49/1 Udayama (8f Echo-Lancia du Pont) was fourth (she the race winner last year) and 44/1 Nonant Le Pin (9f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice) ended fifth for Yoann Lebourgeois. The winner was clocked in 1.10.6kr off fast fractions (1.06.8kr at 1500 to go; 1.07.5kr at 1000; 1.098kr at 500). With the victory Scarlet Turgot became a legend of sort by recording the Cornulier/Ile-de-France double and lowering the mounted trotting time record at Paris-Vincennes with the 1.10.6kr score. Malakite held the old record at 1.108kr set in May, 2008. Scarlet also lowered the Prix d’Ille-de-France record set by Picsou de Villabon (1.10.9kr in 2011). The Vaillant Cash led fractions today set up the new time standard (1.06.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.07.5kr at 1000; 1.09.8kr at the 500) and the top finishers, each clocked in 1.11.3kr or better, compared to the aforementioned Picsoo Villabon and the 1.11.3kr winners Nouba Turgot in 2009 and Hot Tub in 2008. The opening monte contest this day was the €95,000 purse Gr. III Prix Indienne over 2175 meters. The nose winner timed in 1.11.5kr was 4/5 odds Boss du Meleuc (5g Lucky Blue-Rafale du Meleuc). Eric Raffin teamed the winner for trainer/owner Yannick Alain Briand. 2.6/1 Aventurier Cehere (6g Niky-Iloa de l’Orne) at 2.6/1 was second for Antoine Wiels with a distant third to 79/1 Aurea Vikland (6f Prince de Montforf-Kettina de Monti) and joc key P-Y Verva. The Quinte+ today had a €3.85 million jackpot and the race was the €60,000 purse Grand Prix d’Afrique over 2850 meters with 18 contestants. Also named the Prix de la Gironde, the race winner was 3.2/1 Ange de Lune (6g Laetenter Diem-Kera Elle) for owner/trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard clocked in 1.14kr. 19/1 Vivaldo Bello (7m Love You-Enfilade) was second for Franck Nivard teaming for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin.  16/1 Aupiquaria (6f Goetmals Wood-Illys Way) held third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. The Gr. III International Prix de la Marne (purse €110,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to the rallying wide Ustinof du Vivier (8g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) at 3.1.1 odds for Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Bred by Jean-Yves Lecuyer,the winner scored in 1.12.5kr off fast even fractions (1.11.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.10.9kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500 to go) and prevailed to victory when leading 0.5/1 odds favorite Viking Blue went off-stride and took dq. 62/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) reached second for J.Cl. Hallais and Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) took third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 25/1 Luckycharm Hanover (8m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover) hugged the pegs to be fourth  for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden with fifth to 25/1 Beckman (9g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) that Orjan Kihlstrom reined for trainer Fabrice Souloy.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upqe1rWk7Go The Gr. III Prix de Royen (purse €100,000, 2700 meters, 12 European starters) went to 2.7/1 Briac Dark (5m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) for trainer/driver Franck Anne and owner Guy Barou. This one scored timed in 1.13.4kr after quick early fractions (1.11.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500). Briac Dark surged to a nice lead after Arlington Dream and Red Rose America made the pace, with Arlington Dream off-stride off the final bend., and then held gamely as 6.5/1 Vikind Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) closed in for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 5/2 odds Akido (6g Love You-Isba) rallied for third for trainer/driver Franck Nivard and Wcurie Comte P de Montesson with 23.2/1 A Nous Trois (6m Orlando Vici-Quallas) getting fourth for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer  Sebastien Guarato. The wrap-up today was the Prix Toque Blanches (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters, monte for apprentice jockeys) and Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Noir-Madone On Wood) took victory at 9/10 odds with Leo Abrivard up. 3.2/1 Unsert Dairpet was second for Julien Balu and 24.8/1 Uppercut Orange held for third for Alexis Collette.The winner was timed in a sharp 1.13kr. Thomas H. Hicks

December 5, 2015 - Today’s excellent program at Paris-Vincennes included two Gr. II and one Gr. II trotting events. The Prix Joseph LaFosse (Gr. II, monte, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to the 1.134kr winner, 9/1 odds Athena de Vandel (5f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel) that was teamed by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer Cedrik Megissier and Ecurie la Tour de Vandel. The winner rallied late and drew off easily with second going to Americaine (5f Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) for jockey Antoine Wiels and trainer J-P Marmion. Americaine raced on or near the front throughout and held gamely ahead of third finishing 2/1 Apprenti Sorcier (5m Love You-Queen of Viking) with Camille Levesque aboard for Mike Lenders training for Ecurie Pierre Levesque. This one also was well placed and led into the stretch before fading. 9.7/1 odds Amazone du Dollar (5f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Magalie du Dollar) was fourth for P-Y Verva and trainer Sylvain Roger. Fractions were even during the contest (1.13.2kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.12.5kr at 1000, 1.13.4kr at 500). The card also included the Quinte+ (jackpot €3.8 million) Prix de Saint-Georges de Didonne (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters). This victory went to the red-hot 7/10 favorite Viking Blue (6g Prodigious-Idole Blue) reined by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Y-A Briand. The winner now has 19 wins in 53 career starts with earnings in excess of €265,000 lifetime. The comfortable win by Viking Blue was timed in 1.13.3kr off even fractions (1.14kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.6kr at 1000; 1.13.1kr at 500). 6.5/1 Venus de Bailly (6f Chaillot-Oceane de Bailly) was second for J-M Bazire with third to 18.9/1 Univaldi d’Aval (7g Vivaldi de Chenu-Kiss Me d’Aval) handled this day by Mathieu Abrivard. Another red-hot performer took the Gr. II Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin (purse €120,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 11 starters) as Norway’s 3/2 favorite Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) scored in 1.14kr for Franck Nivard driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen. Lionel rallied late to defeat 2.3/1 Ave Avis (5m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) at 2.3/1 odds and teamed by trainer J-M Bazire. Third went to 8.5/1 odds, 25 meter handicapped Robert Bi (5m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) teamed by Robin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort for owner K.K. Bijkerk. Robert Bi closed with strength from a position at the back of the field until late in the final bend and he now has career earnings in excess of €900,000. Robert Bi could be a force in the 2016 Prix d’Amerique. His second dam is the Bonefish mare Icefolly. 45/1 odds Athos des Elfes (5m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg) was fourth for trainer/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute. Well respected Red Rose America was fifth, Africaine ended sixth and Backfire was eigth in the competitive field. Again fractions in this contest were rated (1.15.2kr at 1500; 1.14.5kr at the 1000 and 500 meters to go posts).  Relay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEAvwFapZlM At Vincennes today the Gr. III Prix Vourasie (purse €80,000, 2200 meters, 13 starters, two year-olds) went to 13.7/1 Bombastic Design (2f Prodigious-Athenas Lucky Girl) handled by Franck Ouvrie for Denmark’s trainer/owner Kenneth P. Hansen. 3/1 Deesse de Gueron (2f Melchior Jet-Olivia) was second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne with third to 16.5/1 Diva du Mouchel (2f The Best Madrik-Perle du Mouchel) for the driver/trainer team of Franck Nivard and Franck Leblanc. The winner was clocked in 1.16.3kr finishing strongly off slow fractions (1.17.4kr at 1000 to go; 1.18kr at 500).  Also today at Vincennes was the annual Prix des Recontres Internationales (purse €22,000, 2100 meters autostart, claiming 15 starters), the driver’s championship for representatives of PMU partner nations. Victory went to the FR home team with Mathieu Abrivard teaming the 1.16.2kr winner, at 7.1 odds, Saxo de Breteil (9g Look de Star-Jayena de Beval) that is trained by Stephane Provoost for Ecurie Danover. Trailing the winner is a close battle to the line were Sage de Gueriniere (Zydrunas Vasilionka up), Rocco Darche (Juan-Antonio Riera Rossello), Rickshow (John DeLeeuw) and Rite du Bocage (Marc Huygens). No Canadian and United States teamsters were in this year’s contest.  Thomas H. Hicks

June 21. 2015 - The Gr. II Prix Xavier de Saint Paris (monte, €120,000 purse, 2175 meters, 12 starters) went to 2.2/1 Athena de Vandel (5f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel-Coktail Jet) for jockey Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Cedrik Megissier. The winner scored in 1.11.3kr for career win number nine and earnings of €401,600. The owner/breeder is Ecurie la Tour de Vandel. Second at 10/1 was Astor du Quenne (5m Opus Viervil-Qjualinka du Quenne) for Eric Raffin with third to 57/1 Amiral du Poitou (5m Oxford du Rib-Katia de Loimade) handled by Damien Bonne The Gr. I International UET Masters Series Prix Rene Balliere (€200,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) started the Gr. I events and it went to 6/1 Voltigeur de Myrt (6m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois-Tenor de Baune) with Gabriel Gelormini up for owner/trainer Roberto Donati. The top-performing winner was clocked in 1.10.3kr (race time 2:27.59, mile rate 1:53.11) for his ninth career victory good for €1,040,083 earnings. 3/1 Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) was second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. 5/1 Vinci de l’Abbaye (6m Otello Pierji-Kyboumette) ended third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. Roxane Griff was a miscue disqualification and Italy’s Olmo Holz and Pace del Rio finished fourth and fifth. Bilibili (4m Niki-Quetty du Donjon) and Alexandre Abrivard took the Gr. I Prix du President de la Republique (monte, €240,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) clocked in 1.13kr (race time 3:27.97). The victory was his fourth in a career that now shows €273,700 earned. L. Cl. Abrivard trains Bilibili for owner/breeder J-P Barjon. 4/1 Booster Winner (4m Love You-Quille Viretaute) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato with third to 1.9/1 Best Of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) for Francois Lagadeuc and trainer/owner Jean Michel Baudouin. Bird Parker was disqualified for a miscue. The Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (€200,000 purse, 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to the Pierre Vercruysse trained/driven 10/1 odds Cobra Bleu (3m Fortuna Fant-Nuit Irisee). He scored in 1.13.6kr for owner/breeder G.E. Morin. The winner recorded his sixth career victory for €204,340 earned. 29/1 Coktail Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ocarino Mesloise) was second for trainer/driver Pierre Belloche ahead of 6/1 Cristal Money (3m Coktail Jet-Making Money) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 1/1 odds favorite Captain Crazy was a dq early for a break. The Gr. I Prix d’Essai (monte, €200,000 purse, 2175 meters, 14 starters) went to 2/1 Carlos des Caux (3m Mien-Star Dodienville) with Mathieu Abrivard aboard. Jacques Bruneau trains this one for Jean-Louis Postel that scored in 1.13.9kr (race time 2:40.72). 3/1 Che Jenilou (3m Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) was second for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Antonio de Sousa. 49/1 Cincinnati Bond (3f Prince Gede-Miranda d’Odyssee) was third for Anthony Barrier. The Group races were well received by a huge crowd this day under sunny skies. Thomas H. Hicks

May 2, 2015 - Athena de Vandel (5f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel) took Saturday’s first graded event at Vincennes on an exceptional harness racing card by winning the Gr. II Prix Jean Gaureau (monte, €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters). Timed in 1.12.4kr the Mathieu Abrivard teamed winner, trained by Cedrik Megissier, was off at 14/1 in defeat of Agrippine (5f Hasting-Moqueuse) and Alexandre Abrivard with third to 1.2/1 favorite Astor du Quenne for Eric Raffin. The prestigious Criterium des 4 Ans (€240,000, Gr. I, 15 starters, 2850 meters) resulted in an impressive 1.13.2kr score for Bird Parker (4m Ready Cash-Belusha) for Joseph Verbeeck at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Off at 7/1 the winner defeated 18/1 Briac Dark (4m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) for trainer/driver Franck Anne with third to the Sebastian Guarato trained Bolero Love (4m Love You-Orelady) and teamster Gabrielle Gelormini at 21/1. 2/1 favorite Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) ended fourth with Eric Raffin up for trainer Guarato. Another graded event on the card was the Gr. II Prix Albert DeMarcq (€120,000, 2850 meters, 9 starters) and it went to 1.6/1 favorite Arlington Dream (5m Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) for Yoann Lebourgeois at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Fredrick Sauque. The big striding winner (shown below) was timed in 1.13kr and defeated 16/1 Anette du Mirel (5f Laetender Diem-Lisa du Mirel) with Eric Raffin teaming for trainer Anders Lindqvist. Third went to 3.3/1 Ave Avis with trainer/driver J-M Bazire up. The Prix du Rouergue (€75,000, 2150 meters autostart, European) went to fast closing Orione Degli Dei (7g Conway Hall-Elisa DeiI) at 9/1 with Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Clocked in a quick 1.11.6kr the winner stopped Nuage En Ciel (8m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle) at 3/1, also trained by Souloy and reined by J-M Bazire. Global Midnight (8f Ganymede-Global Business) took third at 8/1 for Christophe Martens with 2.4/1 favorite Trebol fourth for G-A Pou Pou. Thomas H. Hicks

February 7, 2015 - The excellent Saturday Paris-Vincennes harness racing program began with the Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel (€120,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters) went to Bardane du Houel  (4f Jet Fortuna - Hague du Houlbet) with David Thomain the pilot for R-Ch. Larue trainer. The 7.6/1 winner was clocked in 1.14.3kr with a quick last panel off modest fractions (1.15.4kr at 1500; 1.15kr at 1000; 1.14.7kr at 500) to score easily over Briac Dark (4m Prince Gede - Queen des Charmes) the 9/10 favorite handled by trainer Franck Anne. Black d’Avril (4m Oceano Nox - Olivia d’Avril) was third for teamster Frack Ouvrie and trainer Frederic Prat at 9.1/. The winner recorded her third career win now for €203,340 earned. The Quinte+ Prix de Munich (€95,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to 6/1 Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong - Noella de Massy) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Y-A Briand. Favorite Chelsea Boko made a misque at the start. The winner was clocked in a sharp 1.11.7kr off even fractions (1.09.8kr at 1500; 1.11.2kr at 1000; 1.11.9kr at 500). Italy’s Princess Griff (6f Varenne - Fauve Griff) was second at 9/1 for trainer Fabrice Souloy and pilot Roberto Andreghetti. 31/1 Septour (9g Love You - Kenitra) was third for Julien Dubois.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.350.000 € - Numéro plus : 0897   Ordre :       35.712,00€   Désordre :       297,60€   Bonus 4 :       66,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       11,40€   Bonus 3 :       7,60€   Nonant le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood - Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) took the Prix de Lisieux (€88,000, 2700 meters, 12 European monte starters) took this test in her first ridden start for David Thomain, trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Scuderia le Pradine. The Italian invader scored at 14.3/1 odds timed in 1.14kr (mile rate 1:59) after even fractions (1.15.1kr at 1500; 1.14.2kr at 1000; 1.14.1kr at 500), during which she took an early lead, yielded and raced third until around the final bend when she rallied to the front and edged away for a two-length victory over 3/2 favorite Valleroi (6m Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) with Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato and 3/1 Veloce du Banney (6g Quaro - Jeus du Banney) handled by Joan Lebourgeois for trainer Franck Leblanc. Nonant le Pin now has 20 wins for €316,656 earned. The five year-old mare Prix de Verneuil (€75,000, 2700 meters, European 13 starters)) went to Aupiquaria (5f Goetmals Wood - Illys Way) with trainer/driver J-M Bazire up as 1.6/1 favorite. She scored in 1.15kr with a good closing effort from soft fractions (1.16.8kr at 1500; 1.15.2kr at 1000; 1.15.9kr at 500) to defeat 10/1 Alpine du Rib (5f Opium - Rockeuse du Rib) reined by J.L. C. Dersoir for trainer Joel Hallais. The Divine Miss F (5f Kiss Francis - Fast Wise As) was a 20/1 third for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Halena Burman for Folkbolagen AB from Sweden. Tomorrow is Grand Prix de France day and what a racing program it promises to be. Thomas H. Hicks

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