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Vincennes, France – Following the outside cover of Davidson Du Pont, harness racing driver Bjorn Goop and Face Time Bourbon weaved their way around horses and was able to post a two-length triumph to win the 100th Grand Prix d’Amerique race at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes Sunday. It was the 19th victory in just 22 career starts for Face Time Bourbon. The five-year-old son of two-time Prix d’Amerique winner, Ready Cash, is now harness racing newest international trotting star. The race began with a Calvary charge for control of the early lead with horses racing three-wide for the first half mile of the 1.67-mile race (2,700 meters). Billie De Montfort (Gabriele Gelormini) held the early lead, then Excellent (Alexandre Abrivard) got to the front and Propulsion (Orjan Kihlstrom) was able to drop into the two-hole along the rail. And all the while there was Davidson Du Pont and driver Franck Ouvire parked out first-over and not giving up an inch. Meanwhile, Goop and Face Time Bourbon were following their cover second over. Excellent then went off-stride and that allowed Looking Superb (David Thomain) a brief time on the lead, but as they finally reached the top of the stretch, Davidson Du Pont, parked the mile, was in the lead, but Goop moved down along the rail and passed them by with Face Time Bourbon for the victory in 1’11’50. Davidson Du Pont held for the second place with the mare, Belina Josselyn (Jean-Michel Bazire), last year’s Prix d’Amerique winner, finishing third. Bold Eagle was never in the hunt and finished 10th in the field of 18 starters. Ringostarr Treb, making his final start before going to the stud barn, make a break and finished last. Trained by Sebastien Guarato, Face Time Bourbon is owned by Scuderia Bivans SLR. It was his sixth straight win. He went off at odds of 4.9-1 odds. Before the Prix d’Amerique race, everyone at the track was treated to an unbelievable show on the racetrack celebrating American soldiers coming to help France in World War I. The crowds were so packed that is was impossible to try and get on the track apron to watch the show. Luckily for most, it was broadcast on all three jumbo screens in the infield. It was a presentation that left many speechless, amazed and proud to be part of this special day’s events. On the track were the following: 100 children dressed in driver colors with helmets 100 Horse costume parade and dance 100 Harley-Davidson motorcycles parade, each with an American Flag 100 cheerleaders in USA outfits carrying Prix d’Amerique and American Flags Introduction of the 18 drivers in the Prix d’Amerique race, each driver came through the throngs of crowds, holding the hand of a child dressed in USA colors. Drivers giving Hi-Fives to fans, posing for selfies and then were escorted off the track on two-seater Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Before the Prix d’Amerique race there was an outstanding performance of horsemanship by the French Royal Lancers. They performed precision riding with both lances and sabers while their special band played. There was also a very strong undercard at Vincennes with seven Graded Stakes. Total purses for the day was over 1.6 million euros. Major sponsors of this year’s Prix d’Amerique included Case IH Agriculture, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Lalique, RMC Sports Talk Radio, Gras Savoye, Lenotre Paris, FRM (Medicale), 20 Minutes and Printemps Nation. 100,000€ Prix Harley-Davidson This Groupe II stake was monte (racing under saddle) going 2700 meters (1.67 miles). It was a standing start and once the word go was given, jockey Mathie Mottier came charging from the far outside with Fame Music to take a commanding six length lead. As the field settled down, Flicka De Blary and jockey Camille Levesque went on the outside and had to settle for a pocket trip behind Fame Music as those two held a five-length lead over the field. Then as they came around the final turn, Fame Music went off-stride and was pulled to the inside of the track. That left Flicka De Blary and Levesque all alone in the lead and they held that lead through the stretch to win by six open lengths in 1”14’10. Flicka De Blary is a five-year-old mare by Sam Bourbon. She is trained by Thomas Levesque for the Levesque Stable. Flicka De Blary was the 2-1 favorite. 100,000€ Prix Case This Groupe II stake was another monte event but longer in distance at 2,850 meters (1.77 miles). The race belonged to Emir De Robomard and jockey Julien Raffestin who took the early lead away from Aribo Mix (Guillaume Martin) and then led the field nearly the entire race. As they charged down the stretch, Canan Prior and jockey Aurelien Desmarres kept gaining ground and collared Emir De Robomard at the wire to win by a half-length in 1’13’80. It was the 21st win for the eight-year-old son of Sancho Panca, who is owned and trained by Sylvain Desmarres. He went off at odds of 4-1. 100,000€ Prix RMC Sports Talk Another Grade II stake, only this race went behind the starting gate with 14 starters. Gotland (Eric Raffin) was first to leave the cut the mile until halfway through the race when Green Grass (Mathieu Mottier) came first-over, giving live cover to Gu D’Heripre (Franck Nivard). Then in a classic stretch drive to the wire, Gu D’Heripre was able to hold off a late charge by the race favorite, Gunilla D’Atout (Bjorn Goop), to win by a neck in 1’11’60. For Gu D’Heripre, a four-year-old son of Coktail Jet, it was a lifetime mark for trainer Philippe Billard and the D’Heripre Stable. He was the second choice in the race at odds of 4-1. TRACK NOTES: John Campbell, President and CEO of the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Society has been in Paris this week for the big race and was overheard saying that plans are in the works for Bold Eagle to come back to America and race. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Vincennes, France - With twenty minutes to the first race at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, the traffic jams outside are two miles long, horse vans are trying to cut through and make it to the race paddock area for Prix d'Amerique Day. Lines stretch out from the track entrance as people are trying to get in before the first race goes off at noon. There is also added security checking all bags that are brought into the track. It's a pleasant madness as everyone is trying to get their place to sit or stand for the biggest days of harness racing in the world. There are four elevators on the main floor and it takes around ten minutes to get inside one, even if you have to go down two floors and then back up to the main level and then hopefully you can get to upper floor. Everyone tries to crowd in and then the buzzer goes off and one or two have to leave before the door will close. But being stuck on the elevator at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes is not such a bad thing as each elevator has a television monitor in it so you can views the races. The languages spoken throughout the plant are intense, French, Swedish, English (USA, Ireland, UK), German, Finnish, Norwegian, Italian and more. Same goes in the race paddock.  The best part is that everyone is happy and looking forward to a great day of racing. It's cloudy and some fog but around 50 so it is not so cold like earlier this week and fortunately no rain. The first race just went off and the day starts with a 14-1 long shot, Feline De Calvi with driver David Thomain coming from off the pace to win going away down the stretch.  More to come! by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

Paris, France – Sunday afternoon the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes will transcend into the biggest day of harness racing around the globe. It’s the 100th anniversary of the classic trotting event, the Grand Prix d’Amerique. There will be 18 world class trotters racing from a standing start, 2,700 meters (1.67 miles), down and up a hill, completing for 900,000€ in prize money. But at Vincennes, it’s more than just a rich race. It’s a tribute week honoring America for its help in fighting World War I. The track is already decorated throughout the entire facility with the Red, White and Blue and Stars and Stripes of America. There will be more than 1.6 million euros in prize money for the afternoon. There are 11 races, 7 of them graded stakes. It is estimated that more than 30 million euros will be wagered on the afternoon to evening race program. The races start at noon (6:00 am in the USA east coast) with six races held. Then the following takes place after the sixth race. Parade of 100 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, 100 young drivers, 100 flag bearers, acrobats, dancers, stilt walkers, surprise birthday party for the 100th Grand Prix d’Amérique The 18 drivers in the Prix d’Amerique will be presented individually on the Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris track. The French Royal Lancers Show on the racetrack arena. The post parade of the 18 horses and drivers in the Prix d’Amerique. Then the Grand Prix d’Amerique race will start at 4:10 pm followed by a victory lap for the fans by the official winner of the race. That will be followed by a major winner’s circle presentation to the winning connections followed by the last four races on the program. For the Prix d’Amerique race itself. Bold Eagle is the class of the field. A career winner of 4,956,617€, Bold Eagle is a son of Ready Cash who will have the top driver Eric Raffin in the sulky. He has won the Prix d’Amerique twice, just as his sire did. If he can finish in the top four positions, he will surpass the great Timoko and become the richest French trotter in history. Back in November he came to Canada and the won the Breeders Crown for Older Trotters. The horse most people are talking about is Face Time Bourbon. Also sired by Ready Cash, Face Time Bourbon is a five-year-old stallion that was a late bloomer, but in the past two years has made just 21 starts, but has won 18 times with two second place finishes. His driver, Bjorn Goop, won the Prix d’Amerique in 2018 with Readly Express. There are six mares in the field and the top one is last year’s Prix d’Amerique winner, Belina Josselyn. This nine-year-old daughter of Love You was sidelined with an injury for the better part of the 2019 season but has made a superb comeback. She was so dominant recently in the Grand Prix de Belgique that she may very well be able to defending her title from last year. She also had the great Jean-Michel Bazire driving. Other horses that cannot be overlooked include Propulsion, Billie De Montfort, Davidson Du Pont, Uza Josselyn and Ringostarr Treb, who will be retired to stud duty as the Prix d’Amerique will be his last start as a racehorse. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Grosbois, France – As one of the top harness racing drivers in all of Europe, Bjorn Goop knows his horses and he says that his horse in Sunday’s 900,000€ Grand Prix d’Amerique, Face Time Bourbon, is in prime shape. The horse heads into the Prix d'Amerique on a five-race winning streak. “The horse is good,” Goop stated. “I think it is I that will need to have a little luck.” Goop was referring to and explaining that the Prix d’Amerique is so different from any other horse race because it is done from a standing start. There is no starting gate used for this world class field of horses. “It is not easy to be ready in a standing start,” Goop explained. “You have to stay in your general area and keep on moving, waiting for the word to start. You need to time it just right and yet you need some luck too. “You do not want to be last at the start,” Goop added, “And you do not want to be in the middle of the pack on the rail and then you are trapped for the race and cannot get out.” There are 18 horses going in the Prix d’Amerique, 18 older trotters, most of whom earned their way into the race by winning other Groupe races. More than half the field have each won over 1 million euros with Bold Eagle leading way. The two-time Prix d’Amerique winner has career earnings of 4,956,617€. A win, second or third place finish will put Bold Eagle over the 5-million-euro mark. Face Time Bourbon is a five-year-old stallion by Ready Cash, the same sire as Bold Eagle, who also won the Prix d’Amerique twice. The 2019 race season was superb for Face Time Bourbon as he started just 11 times with 9 wins and two second place finishes. Every one of his starts was in a Groupe I, II or III races. Face Time Bourbon is trained by Sebastien Giuarato, who has three starters in the Prix d’Amerique, Face Time Bourbon, Valko Jenilat and the mare, Billie de Montfort. Face Time Bourbon is owned by Scuderia Bivans SRL, who also has Vivid Wise AS in the Prix d’Amerique. Bjorn Goop has his choice of whom to drive in the Prix d’Amerique and he choose Face Time Bourbon. “He is such a great horse,” Goop said. “He can race well from behind or can go on the front. I think for this race maybe we sit in the middle and see what happens. He is coming into this race in very good shape.” Goop is no stranger to the Prix d’Amerique. He won the race in 2018 with Readly Express and then raced back with him again in 2019 and was third. This past year Goop scored his 7,000th career win and has over 2,000 wins as a trainer. Track Notes: Of the 18 starters in the Prix d’Amerique, 8 are mares. All 18 horses will be not be wearing shoes in the race, which is not uncommon in European trotting. It was also reported that the Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) have posted a better-than-forecast set of provisional results for 2019, with turnover of €9.56 billion and an operating profit returned to fund racing and trotting of €760 million. That is €13 million ahead of budget and will be welcome news to both the Trotters and Thoroughbreds, both of whom have been forced to tighten their belts in terms of running costs in recent years. Saturday’s race card at Vincennes will feature the Groupe II Prix de Luxembourg with a purse of 100,000€. Thursday first day of the Arqana-Trot Prix d’Amerique Sale saw 152 lots presented with 95 sold (62.5%) for gross proceeds of 1,263,000€. Stallion shares and broodmares highlighted the offering, many of the mares being in foal. Charmeause Mayjc (8f Prince Gede) led the sale at 120,000€ to AM Bloodstock. She was bred to Love You in 2019 and is barren, but her Ganymede first dam Teza Josselyn has produced the million euro plus winner Uza Josselyn that starts in Sunday’s Prix d’Amerique. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Vincennes, France – The maiden visit to the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes was an amazing experience to this first-time visiting American. And I never saw a horse on the track. There was no live racing today because the entire grandstand area was jammed packed with exhibits for the Prix d’Amerique Horse Expo plus outside was the annual ARQANA Trot horse sale. Just about anything you could imagine for your horse was there and so were the people, hundreds of people, visiting the booths, socializing with friends and business acquaintances, making deals for stallion breeding’s. They had just about everything that you could want for your horse and then some. And there was champagne, not just bottles, cases and more. Of the 100 or so exhibits I think 70% of them offered perspective business associates’ champagne. And we all drank some. Well, more than just some. I also saw tons of empty bottles stacked or being tossed out. “When you are in France, you drink champagne,” said Filip Van Hauwermeiren, a top breeder and trainer from Belgium who owns Star Breeding. “It is actually less expensive than bottled water or coke.” Hauwermeiren was promoting his stud farm where he not only has local stallions, but can provide breeders with frozen semen from world champion stallions Father Patrick, Trixton, Southwind Frank, Propulsion and Paster Stephen. There were plenty of stud farms there, along with a huge display from Finn Tack of all the equipment you can imagine from harnesses to jogging and race sulkies. There were horse shoes, feed, track surface materials, even a small backhoe just perfect for the smaller farms. Out of the racetrack, on the apron area you could check out the latest horse vans and trailers. There was even a big display of newest Hippocenter that sells swimming treadmills and water therapy units for horses. They even had the newest portable washing machine called My Groom that is able to clean all horse equipment. Not just a winter blanket that a horse has been rolling in the mud with. But you can even throw in the harness and bridle with the bit and this machine will clean it right up and in many cases all you need is the cleaning soap and a little water. It was just amazing. And, for those of you that are hungry, and we all need some food after drinking all that champagne, then just stop by one of the many concession stands that sold hamburgers and fries or perhaps a two pound lobster, some colossal shrimp, oysters and clams for $100 per person. They had it all there.   Check out the photos as they can tell the story of what this major Expo was all about. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Paris, France – Not a lot of people can really say in Paris that they know nothing about the Prix d’Amerique race this Sunday at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. It’s on nearly every major street pole intersection throughout this wonderful city. Big, bold and beautiful, a harness racing horse draped in the colors of the American flag. Every year the Prix d’Amerique is the richest race in the world for old trotters, only this year the prestigious event is even bigger as it is the 100th anniversary of this spectacular day of racing. The Grand Prix d’Amerique was created to pay homage to the Americans for the help which they gave to France during the First World War. And every year the French go all out in this special day as a tribute to America. The race card will have 11 races, most of them held in early on. Then it’s parade time with perhaps the greatest display of tribute to America taking place on the track. The drivers are brought in on Harley-Davidson antique motorcycles, stilt-walkers dressed in the Stars and Stripes, the prestigious French Lancers Brigade on horseback and much more will take place. And then there is the actual Prix d’Amerique race. There will be 18 of the world’s top older trotters and sadly no representation from North America this year. These horses will go from a standing start and race 2,700 meters (1.67 miles), up and down a slight hill on the course at breakneck speeds. And, they will be racing for total prize money of 900,000€ euros ($1 million dollars US depending on exchange rate). On the betting side, around $40 million euros ($44.3 million US) will be wagered on Sunday. There will be 40,000 plus people coming out to the racetrack to view the race and all the special festivities that day and approximately 36 countries will broadcast the race on four different continents. It’s a big deal to say the least. And what about the horses that have entered the race. The return winner from last year, Belina Josselyn, is back. She is one of only a handful of mares who will be taking on their male counterparts in the Prix d’Amerique. Jean-Michel Bazire trains and drives Belina Josselyn, who comes into the race off a very impressive triumph two weeks ago in the Grand Prix of Belgium at Paris-Vincennes. The nine-year-old mare by Love You is a career winner of 2,335,470€. Other world class champion trotters in the race include two-time Prix d’Amerique winner, Bold Eagle, who back in October 2019 traveled to Canada and won the Breeders Crown at Mohawk Park; 3.1 million euro winner Propulsion is shipping in from Sweden; 2018 Elitloppet winner Ringostarr Treb will be in the race for trainer Jerry Riordan, Face Time Bourbon, Beillie de Montford and a host of other top flight trotters will be in the race. Also, this week Harnesslink will be reporting from the world class training facility, Grosbois, plus coverage of the horse sale Thursday and Friday, the Standardbred Expo Friday and the superb race cards this Saturday and Sunday at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. It’s been sunny and around 40 in Paris as we toured the wonderful city a bit after landing this morning. There is a possible forecast of rain showers on Sunday and it is hopeful that will change later this week. Our hotel, the Pullman in Bercy Centre, is sold out this weekend as are other hotels in the area as the hype begins to build for the big race day on Sunday. Here are the leading 25 horses for the Prix d'Amerique. This number will get reduced to 18, By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Sunday at Paris-Vincennes is the fourth “B”  race leading to the 900,000€ Prix d’Amerique 2020, it’s the Gr. II Grand Prix de Belgique for 110,000€ purse and raced over 2850 meters. The harness racing field includes the 2019 Elitloppet winner Dijon, 2019 Prix d'Amerique winner Belina Josselyn and a few that have already qualified – Looking Superb, Delia du Pommereux and Davidson du Pont. Others that need a good showing are Enino du Pommereux, Carat Williams and Uza Josselyn, the latter coming in off two fourth place finishes in the last two “B” races. Qualifiers (10) to date for the 2020 Grand Prix d’Amerique include: GP Bretagne – Davidson du Pont, Chica de Joudes, Looking Superb GP Bourbonnais – Delia de Pommereux, Bold Eagle, Billie de Montfort GP Bourgogne – Billie de Montfort (previously qualified), Bahia Quesnot, Vivid Wise As Criterium Continental – Face Time Bourbon Prix Tenor de Baune – Excellent Amerique 2020 Promo We’re heading to a highly competitive Prix d'Amerique the last Sunday this month. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Cream Ridge, NJ - 12/23/19 - Today is the last day for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's, (SRF)12 Days of Giving, and the sale of raffle tickets to win the trip to the Prix 'd Amerique or Disney!   Please share your holidays with the horses who have touched your life in many ways. We have so many to care for and they have many needs. The office will close today at 4pm as the staff has been working many hours and after hours with the recent rescue efforts of the 53 horses.   12 Days Gifts   1. GIFTED! Fill the hayloft for one month for the geldings who wear down the earth as they pace back and forth checking out the nearby fillies and mares $1,200.THANK YOU to Bob Muscara, for a full loft in January, and Lisa Stith who will get us the rest of the way through to Spring!   2. Senior feed for a month for one of the very golden oldies - $125. There are so many in their late twenties and thirties, what a very sturdy breed with so much heart!   3.Retire one of our companions to your farm and let the smiles begin, a priceless gift for a horse, or how about sponsoring one at our farm in any amount monthly-To choose one or sponsor a horse click here!   4.Fill the hayloft for a month for the fillies and mares who strut around and tease the geldings over the fence- $850   5. Stall guards, we don’t even have one. For our last event, so guests could enjoy nuzzles from our horses, SRF borrowed them. Three are needed at 36.90 each with shipping included. Here is a link to the least expensive. You may purchase and send, or donate and we will do the ordering! Stall Guards:   6. A full year of sponsorship including hoof care, worming dental etc. is $4,500. What a wonderful gift to a horse. There are 376 to choose from. THANK YOU to Lisa Stith, and Carol Kardon who are taking care of life for 2 of the recent 53 horses helped. There are 4 foster homes offered of which two are SRF adopters Arlene Santhouse, and Lori Davis. The new fosters will be recognized in the upcoming newsletter once they are approved as foster homes.   7. SRF's horses live long healthy lives in fields with sheds, so preserving hay by using hay racks saves a great deal and keeps the bossy horses from the sweet and meek so all can keep their bellies warm this winter! 2 hay racks are needed - $249 each THANK YOU to Howard Ouriel, PD   8.GIFTED! Be SRF's special sponsor for the Elitlopp fundraising trip in May; This makes our very important fund raiser possible. $4000. THANK YOU to Marc and Marcy Goldberg and family in memory of one of the greatest horses of all time, Arch Madness.   9. A pedicure! When these noble warriors come out of the rural communities in-particular, after working so hard plowing fields and serving as transportation, it is horrifying to see their feet (and their teeth). Not one angle on a foot matches another, and all are sooo long in their toes yet have heels about 4 inches high, like Stilettos. It’s just $35 to trim once, but most need several trims to get them right. Would you bring us the blacksmith for one or more, please, we have 396? THANK YOU to Jean Bokman, and Sue Skipper.   10. Just like us, horses’ teeth need regular care and the older ones need it more often. Their teeth break and fracture, wear down, move, and loosen. Please help one or more in any amount $40-$160 depending on the actual need of the horse sitting in that dreaded chair.   11. GIFTED! A new Server - we are an Apple (Mac) based non-profit and are in need of a new server due to upgrades on software. The Apple Mac Mini fits our needs perfectly with a 3.6Ghz 6-Core Processor, lots of storage (for all those gorgeous horse photos!), and a super fast processor for running our databases. Cost range from $1200 to $1600 depending on storage purchased. THANK YOU to Lisa Stith.   12. Wormer, my goodness with 396 we go through a lot of wormer. Boehringer-Ingleheim is generous during the year, but we cant expect them to donate it all. When on sale and in bulk the cost is about $1.99 to $5.50 each. Eqvalan, Zimectrem or anything similar that is Ivermectim paste, and any number of them is appreciated.   Need a gift giving idea? Sponsoring a horse is perfect! Who needs another ugly sweater anyway? Any amount monthly, or one time makes a great gift and if it totals more than $250 we will send an SRF sweatshirt to your favorite person. To sponsor a horse click here!   RAFFLE-Prix or Disney   The trip to the Prix D'Amerique in Paris is for 2 and includes a 5 day/4-night stay in Paris at a four-star hotel. The trip starts with a city sightseeing tour to the Arch of Triumph, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, and a three-course dinner and French wine. It also includes a tour to Grosbois, the training center; cocktail parties; up to a $1,200 voucher for airfare; and the famous race, all during Jan. 25 - Jan. 29, 2020 or choose to attend the 2021 race instead.   Choose the Disney vacation instead and design it your way; Disney World or Disneyland awaits you! Create the package for you and 3 additional guests, for whenever the dates suit you during 2020. Hotel, travel, and theme park tickets can all be included. This package is valued up to $5,000. Visit Disneyland’s new park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, visit during the Festival of Holidays, or wait until warmer months. Disney World brings you the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and so much more!   Contact Information   To offer a needed 12 Days gift, make a tax deductible gift, or purchase raffle tickets for the drawing on Dec. 26th, 2019 please contact Tammy at 609-738-3255, you can also visit SRF's website at please make a note in your donation payment, or mail to: SRF, 42 Arneytown-Hornerstown Rd., Cream Ridge, NJ 08514   Thank you for changing their lives, there are very few people who have a love and respect for these noble horses. Please don't assume someone else will help, these horses are in need and every day SRF spends approximately $3,500 just to keep them fed. Only 4% of SRF's funding comes from harness racing organizations, more than 80% comes from people like you who care. Thank you and we wish you happy holidays and the best of good luck in 2020!   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation

Auckland, NZ - John Curtin, founder and CEO of Harnesslink has announced that a team of harness racing journalists from North America and Europe will be in Paris, France the last week of January, 2020, to provide coverage of the prestigious Prix d’Amerique trotting classic.  With a purse of 900,000€ ($1 million US), the Prix d’Amerique is one of the richest Standardbred races in the world and is held annually at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. The race was first held in 1920 and it was developed as a tribute to America for its aid to France in World War I. Heading the Harnesslink team going to Paris is harness racing Hall of Fame Communicator, Steve Wolf. Wolf, who resides in Florida, has been Harnesslink’s Director of Operations for the past seven years and prior was the head of racing operations and publicity at Pompano Park and head of publicity at Freehold Raceway. “I have been fortunate in my career to have covered all the major harness races held in North America and also the Elitloppet in Sweden,” Wolf said. “But I have never covered the Prix d’Amerique in person and I think this will be one of the greatest weeks of my life. We have a top team assembled and promise to provide race fans around the world with full coverage of the events leading to and on Prix d’Amerique race day, January 26.” Providing the Social Media coverage will be the world-renowned Heather Vitale from Delaware.  Whether it is Facebook, Instagram, tweeting or any other social media platform, when you look up harness racing, there is Heather Vitale. Vitale will be covering the Prix d’Amerique for the first time and is over the top excited to be going to Paris. “When Steve Wolf called and asked if I would come to France and cover the Prix d’Amerique,” Vitale exclaimed. “I was in total shock. Then I asked him what the dates were and when he told me (and there were no conflicts), I said Yeah Baby, I’m going to Paris! “I have covered harness racing around the world,” Vitale said. “But this is Paris, the superb food, flowing champagne, the night life, the museums, the shopping….oh yes, and the great harness racing too. This won’t be work for me.” Plans call for trips to the world-renowned training center, Grosbois, just outside of Paris, where most of the horses racing in the Prix d’Amerique will be headquartered. Grosbois is also the home of the Trotting Museum in France. Coverage will also include Thursday and Friday evening at the Grand Prix Horse Auction and also, on Friday, the Standardbred Expo featuring trotting professionals, stud farms, equipment suppliers, associations and foreign trotting federations. Taking photographs for Team Harnesslink will be Scotland’s Sarah Thomas. Thomas, a consummate horsewoman, who first started out as a reporter for Harnesslink, will be covering all the events of the big weekend with her camera and video. This past year she won the World Trotting Conference Media Award for best Film/Video. “I have been to Vincennes twice,” Thomas said. “But never in a working capacity nor for the Prix d’Amerique. This will be very exciting and knowing both Steve Wolf and Heather Vitale, it will be a pleasure to be able to work with them again.” The final member of the Harnesslink Team lives right in Paris and is none other than renowned trainer Anders Lindqvist. The Swedish-born, French trainer has his stable at Grosbois Training Center. Linquest speaks fluent English, French and Swedish and will assist the Harnesslink Team with any translations needed as Wolf, Vitale and Thomas do not speak a word of French. “I first met Steve Wolf via Facebook and then at the Elitloppet in Sweden years ago and we became instant friends,” said Lindqvist. “I look forward to helping these young professionals to bring the Prix d’Amerique race coverage world-wide from France.” “The Prix d’Amerique is so prestigious,” Said Harnesslink’s John Curtin. “it really has no equal in the harness racing world and deserves the best coverage possible. Not only does the race draw over 40,000 race fans, but they wager on average, 31 million euros ($34.5 million US) on the afternoon program. Plus, there is all the pageantry and parades before the start of the race card. It really is a premier event with week-long activities.” Updates for the Team Harnesslink Prix d’Amerique 2020 coverage will be forthcoming. From Harnesslink Media

Cream Ridge, NJ - 12/10/2018 - Only hours left to purchase tickets to win a trip to the famous Prix d'Amerique race in Paris or to Ride in Ireland to benefit Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF). The drawing is today, Monday, December 10, 2018 at 5:30pm, the winner does not have to be present to win.   The Prix d'Amerique trip for 2 includes a 5 day/4-night stay at a four-star hotel including a visit to Grosbois, the Standardbred training center, it is like no other. There is a city sightseeing tour of Paris to the Arch of Triumph, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower and more. Among other things, an airfare voucher up to $1,200, and tickets to the famous race, a cocktail party are also included during Jan. 24 - Jan. 28, 2019.   The Ireland trip for 2 includes a 5 day/4-night stay at a fabulous eighteenth century castle, up to $1,200 airfare voucher, and $200 allowance for airport transfer or car rental. Lessons or riding are included for beginners to advanced for three hours a day in many disciplines. There are 1,000 miles of trails through forests, and fields. The castle has a full spa, and other activities are available as well including golf. The dates can be decided at your leisure based on availability. Don't ride, then take lessons right there!   Every day SRF spends approximately $3,000 to feed the horses under its care and supports nearly 380 more horses than any other organization with Standardbreds. Also, different than any other organization, SRF has a lifetime follow-up program in place since 1989 so no adopted horse is ever at risk.   All raffle ticket sales support the 403 trotters and pacers SRF has under its full expense. SRF has no regular funding to support these horses. For raffle tickets call the SRF office at (609) 738-3255, or email us at   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation  

Cream Ridge, NJ - 12/5/2018 - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) added a fabulous option to its raffle to win a trip to the famous Prix d'Amerique race in Paris.   For those who prefer 1,000 acres to ride through in Ireland, an 1800's castle to tuck into at night, a full spa to relax at and so much more. SRF is offering your choice of either when you win! The drawing is Monday, December 10, 2018, the winner does not have to be present to win.   The Prix d'Amerique trip for 2 includes a 5 day/4-night stay at a four-star hotel including visit to Grosbois, the Standardbred training center, it is like no other. There is a city sightseeing tour of Paris to the Arch of Triumph, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower and more. Among other things, an airfare voucher up to $1,200, and tickets to the famous race, a cocktail party are also included during Jan. 24 - Jan. 28, 2019.   The Ireland trip for 2 includes a 5 day/4-night stay at a fabulous eighteenth century castle, up to $1,200 airfare voucher, and $200 allowance for airport transfer or car rental. Lessons or riding are included for beginners to advanced for three hours a day in many disciplines. There are 1,000 miles of trails through forests, and fields. The castle has a full spa, and other activities are available as well including golf. The dates can be decided at your leisure based on availability. Don't ride, then take lessons right there!   In addition, for every $25 donation until the winner is drawn, SRF will enter another ticket in your name to win one of these dream trips.   Different from every other organization. SRF supports a large number of horses on a daily basis, and has a lifetime follow-up program in place since 1989 so no adopted horse is ever at risk. All raffle ticket sales support the 403 trotters and pacers SRF has under its full expense. SRF has no regular funding to support these horses. For raffle tickets call our office at (609) 738-3255, or email us at   SRF is Different: Is the largest Standardbred adoption program in the U.S. Helps Standardbreds exclusively, young, aged, injured, neglected, or abused. Is feeding and caring for nearly 400 trotters and pacers in need of homes. Is providing lifetime homes for more than 190 retirees and provides lifetime follow-up for every adopted horse, never to be at risk again.   Standardbred Retirement Foundation, 42 Arneytown-Hornerstown Rd, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is announcing the return of the Vincennes Invitational trot on Hambletonian Day, August 4 this year.   The Vincennes played an important role for many years as a compliment to harness racing's biggest day, providing a race for top older trotters that are not eligible to the marquee John Cashman Memorial. It also pays homage to our pari-mutuel partners the French PMU, a betting union controlled by France that takes wagers on the Hambo program.   Over the years a number of horses have used the Vincennes as a springboard to bigger and better things. Verlin Yoder's Natural Herbie came to the race in 2014 as a regional sensation from Indiana to gain national respect and win the International Preview later that season.   The purse for the 2018 Vincennes will be $30,000.   Interested parties should contact Meadowlands Director of Racing Peter J. Koch at (201) 842-5130.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

January 28, 2018 - The Timo Nurmos trained, Bjorn Goop driven and Bro Byggnads AB owned and 2.2/1 second choice Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) raced perfectly second over in tier two around the final bend and then surged to the front on then leading Bird Parker and gamely held off 2.1/1 harness racing  favorite, defending and two time champion, Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and Franck Nivard to win the winter classic timed in 1.11.2kr. The 97th edition of the Prix d'Amerique is raced over the grande piste at 2700 meters for a purse of €1,000,000 and had 18 of the world’s best at the start, that took the judges several attempts to get the field underway. Fractions were steady (1.12.6kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.11.6kr at the 1000 and 1.11.7kr at 500 remaining). Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae) at 4.2/1 rallied for third driven by Orjan Kihlstrom after being the second leader when he took over from Oasis Bi. Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezire Josselyn) also rallied nicely for J-M Bazire at 6.8/1  to capture fourth ahead of 72/1 Briac Dark (7m Prince Gede) and driver Matthieu Abrivard. Leader Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash) and Italy’s Ringostarr Treb (8m Classic Photo earned the final checks. The exact order Quinte+ payoff was €993. Follow You Wins Gr. III Prix Leopold Veroken The Prix Leopold Veroken (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2100 meters autostart) produced an impressive victory this evening at Vincennes for Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) timed in 1.14.4kr and driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato for Stall Bivans Srl. Jean-Pierre Dubois’ Ecurie Dream With Me bred the youngster now with four wins in six career starts. Ziosauro Jet (3m Maharajah-Liberte) was second for Vincenzo d’Alessandro Jr.Third was Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Ravissante Jo) for Anthony Barrier. Dubois was the interviewing star in the winners’ circle. The winners’ dam Mara Bourbon (And Arifant-Etta Extra) was a winner of €1,657,405) with a speed record of 1.10.7kr. Her last win was in 2006 at Cagnes sur Mer in the Gr. II Grand Prix du Conseil General Alpes Maritimes and just prior she won the Oslo Grand Prix with Jean Pierre Dubois up. Watch for the colt Follow You, he could be special. Ebella Aimef Wins Prix Meadowlands at Vincennes Ebella Aimef (4f Kiwi-Harmonie du Fosse) took this evenings’ Prix Meadowlands (purse €50,000, 2850 meters petite piste) as the rains began to fall at Vincennes. Eric Raffin teamed the 1.7/1 odds winner timed in 1.14.9kr for trainer J.L. Bigeon. Elena Princesse (4f Timoko-Quatinka) was second for J-M Bazire at 7.2/1and Ecurie le Tremont while third went to Eclipse Danica (4f Hasting-Carine Romanie) at 8.8/1 with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Comte de Senneville. The US Hambletonian Society Management (John Campbell and wife, Moira Fanning and former CEO Tom Charters) presented the trophy. Thomas H. Hicks

The 97th Grand Prix d’Amerique lineup is final with 18 world class harness racing trotteurs at the start Sunday at 10:05am (eastern). The Amerique begins the Triple Couronne in France. Twelve of the Sunday starters have over €1,000,000 earned led by Bold Eagle. This year is likely to be a big battle between the FR starters and an array of excellent non-FR leaders such as Readly Express (by Ready Cash), Propulsion, Oasis Bi, Lionel and Ringostarr Treb. Be there for a superb weekend of racing (also the Saturday Prix du Luxembourg), the Expo Etalons on Friday and the Arqana-Trot mixed two day sale that begins today. The sale includes Bold Eagle and other stallion shares. N° Cheval Casaque Fer. S A Distance Driver / Jockey Entraîneur Musique Record absolu Gains (€) Crack Series                             1 TONY GIO M 6 2 700 CH. MARTENS V. MARTENS 4a (17) 5a 2a 7a 3a 6a 1a 3a 4a 6a 8a 1'10"4 562 995 € 72 2 BRIAC DARK M 7 2 700 M. ABRIVARD T. DUVALDESTIN 0a (17) 3a 0a 1a 2a 5a 1a (16) Da 6a 7a 5a 2a 5a Da 6a 6a 4a 9a 1'10"8 646 910 € 85 3 CHARLY DU NOYER M 6 2 700 Y. LEBOURGEOIS P. ALLAIRE 7a (17) 3a 8a 3a Da 2a 2a 7a 1a Da Da Da 1a Da Da 3a 2a 0a 4a 1'10"3 793 390 € 28 4 CARAT WILLIAMS M 6 2 700 D. THOMAIN S. GUARATO Da (17) 4a 7a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 4a 1a 2a Da 1a 2a 1a 1a 2a 1a 1'10"8 805 040 € 5 5 RINGOSTARR TREB M 8 2 700 G. GELORMINI J. RIORDAN (17) 0a 3a Da 3a Da 1a 1'12"6 851 394 € 2461 6 BOOSTER WINNER M 7 2 700 M. MOTTIER S. GUARATO 8a (17) 9a 0a Da 5a 0a 6a 3a 4a 7a 4a 5m 7a 3a 4m 3m 0a 3a 6a 1'10"2 987 650 € 293 7 VALKO JENILAT M 9 2 700 E. RAFFIN S. GUARATO 6a (17) Da 1a 1a 2a 4a 2a 1a 2a 1a 1a 3a 2a 3a 0a 4a 5a 2a 8a 1'10"7 1 064 190 € 11 8 READLY EXPRESS M 6 2 700 B. GOOP T. NURMOS 3a (17) 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1'12"0 1 080 224 € 190 9 BELINA JOSSELYN F 7 2 700 J.M. BAZIRE J.M. BAZIRE Da (17) 6a 6a 9a 5a Da 1a 3a 1a 4a 2a Da 1a Da Da Da 1a 2a 2a 1'11"0 1 183 230 € 27 10 PROPULSION M 7 2 700 O. KIHLSTROM D. REDEN (17) 1a 4a 1a 3a 1a 2a 2a 1'10"5 1 205 073 € 108 11 TIMONE EK M 6 2 700 E. BELLEI P. BILLARD (17) 2a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 5a 3a ra (15) 3a 1'09"9 1 215 608 € 564 12 LIONEL (NOR) M 8 2 700 G. ANTONSEN D. REDEN 0a (17) 8a 5a 1a 4a 1a Da 3a 4a (16) 2a 1'11"1 1 389 138 € 152 13 VOLTIGEUR DE MYRT M 9 2 700 L. DONATI R. DONATI (17) 0a 0a 7a Da 1a 0a 1a Da 3a 8a 5a 3a Da 6a 3a Da 6a 7a 2a 1'10"3 1 402 317 € 346 14 WILD HONEY F 6 2 700 D. OLSSON D. REDEN 9a (17) 9a 1a 2a Da 3a 1'12"9 1 402 941 € 16086 15 BILLIE DE MONTFORT F 7 2 700 A. ABRIVARD S. GUARATO (17) 4a 2a 3a 3a 2a 2a 2a 4a 5a 2a 2a 2a 7a 6m 6a 2a 4a 4a 3a 1'09"2 1 547 216 € 20 16 BIRD PARKER M 7 2 700 J.PH. MONCLIN P. ALLAIRE 1a (17) 0a 1a 4a 1a 1a 3a 1a 1a 4a 3a 4a 3a 1a 3a 0a 5m 2a 4a 1'09"7 1 588 605 € 22 17 OASIS BI M 10 2 700 P. VERCRUYSSE S. PETTERSSON 2a (17) 3a 9a 7a 0a 3a 0a 3a 3a (14) 0a 1'10"0 1 798 210 € 9044 18 BOLD EAGLE M 7 2 700 F. NIVARD S. GUARATO 2a (17) 2a 2a 2a 1a 1a 4a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 2a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1'10"1 3 601 620 € 1     Past winners   Année Cheval Pays Père Réd. km Driver Entraineur Propriétaire 2017 Bold Eagle  France Ready Cash 1'11"2 Franck Nivard Sébastien Guarato Pierre Pilarski 2016 Bold Eagle  France Ready Cash 1'11''4 Franck Nivard Sébastien Guarato Pierre Pilarski 2015 Up and Quick  France Buvetier d'Aunou 1'12"2 Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc Écurie Quick Star 2014 Maharajah  Suède Viking Kronos 1'13"3 Örjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman Travkompaniets Stall AB 2013 Royal Dream  France Love You 1'11"9 Jean-Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin Écurie Victoria Dreams 2012 Ready Cash  France Indy de Vive 1'12" Franck Nivard Thierry Duvaldestin Philippe Allaire 2011 Ready Cash  France Indy de Vive 1'12"1 Franck Nivard Thierry Duvaldestin Philippe Allaire 2010 Oyonnax  France In Love With You 1'12"4 Sébastien Ernault Vincent Brazon Manuel Ahres 2009 Meaulnes du Corta  France Voici du Niel 1'12"5 Franck Nivard Pierre Levesque J.P. Barjon 2008 Offshore Dream  France Rêve d'Udon 1'12"1 Pierre Levesque Pierre Levesque Éc. de Rougemont   Cavalleria Wins Q+ at Cagnes sur Mer Cavalleria (6f Prodigious-Janza) took the Quinte+ Wednesday at Cagnes sur Mer, the featured Prix Une de Mai (purse €55,000, 2925 meters, 14 starters). Nicolas Ensch teamed the 3.9/1 winner that he trains for Ecurie Casttegniccia, timed in 1.13.7kr. 1.2/1favorite Bakchich (7g Quopeck) was second for Tony LeBeller, trainer J.M. Legros and A. Turquet Lepreux. 50/1 Vic du Pommereux (9m Love You) took third for David Bekaert and trainer Sylvain Roger. 7.3/1 Colonel Bond and 18/1 Voeland were foruth and fifth. King Sir Kir Wins Q+ at Vincennes Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de la Semaine Internationale (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) and the 1.14.3kr timed winner was 21/1 King Sir Kir (7m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Ecurie LC Equine AB. 10/1 Beppe AM (7g Enjoy Lavec-Via di Jesolo)  and trainer/driver Bjorn Goop was second for owner Stall Chikh. 6.6/1 Bily de Guerniniere with Matthieu Abrivard, 30/1 Beau de Grimoult for Franck Anne and 14/1 Diamond and David Thomain completed the top five. On this card were races named for simulcast partners Mons, Krieau, Wolvega and Baleares. The Prix Yonkers Raceway (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, nine European starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 1,2/1 favorite Calaska du Guez 96F Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez. JM Bazire teamed the winner that Ecurie Vautors owns. 24/1 Pandora Face (6f Muscle Hill-Concher) was second for Lutfi Kolgjini and 16/1 Culture du Closet (6f Ozio Royal) was third for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. Thomas H. Hicks  

Millstone Township, NJ - 12/15/17 - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) raffle winner for the trip to the famous Prix d'Amerique race in Paris is from Fair Lawn, NJ, are race horse owners, and are SRF supporters since 2010.   SRF hasn't been able to reach them to share the good news.   Thank you to all our supporters of this very important fund raising effort.   All raffle ticket sales will help SRF feed and care for the more than 300 trotters and pacers under its full expense, as well support its youth programs.   SRF is Different:   * Is the largest Standardbred adoption program in the U.S.   * Helps Standardbreds exclusively, young, aged, injured, neglected, or abused.   * Is feeding and caring for more than 300 trotters and pacers. * Is providing lifetime homes for more than 150 retirees and provides lifetime follow-up for every adopted horse, never to be at risk again.   Standardbred Retirement Foundation, 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101, Millstone Twp., NJ 08535

Millstone Township, NJ- 12/12/17 - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) raffle to win a trip to the harness racing famous Prix d'Amerique race in Paris, the drawing is Friday, December 15, 2017. The trip for 2 includes a 5 day/4 night stay in Paris at a four star hotel; including sightseeing and city tours; a tour to Grosbois, the training center; cocktail parties, up to a $1,200 voucher for airfare, and the famous race, all during Jan. 25 - Jan. 29, 2018.   The trip starts with a city sightseeing tour of Paris to the Arch of Triumph, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower and more, accompanied by an English speaking tour guide followed by a three-course dinner and French wine. You'll visit Grosbois, the training center, it is like no other, and here the horse is king. People rave about it and say nothing else is quite like it. Spend a day at the races at Vincennes, what many call the most opulent harness track in the world. You can enjoy races of a variety of distances all from a standing start. On race day join fans from all over the world for the big race.   You may also consider extending your trip by booking accordingly. All raffle ticket sales support the nearly 300 trotters and pacers SRF has under its full expense, as well as its youth programs. Different from every other organization, SRF supports this large number of horses on a daily basis, and has a lifetime follow up program in place since 1989, so no adopted horse is ever at risk.   SRF needs help to continue to serve the horses that have served many and asks for support of this important fundraiser. For raffle tickets call our office at (732) 446-4422, or email us at   SRF is Different:   * Is the largest Standardbred adoption program in the U.S.   * Helps Standardbreds exclusively, young, aged, injured, neglected, or abused.   * Is feeding and caring for more than 300 trotters and pacers.   * Is providing lifetime homes for more than 150 retirees and provides lifetime follow-up for every adopted horse, never to be at risk again.     Standardbred Retirement Foundation | | SRF email  

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