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Roi du Lupin reined by Anthony Barrier, for for owner/trainer Jean Paul Marmion, today defeated Elitloppet 2014 winner Timoko to capture the Gr. II Prix de la Ville de la Capelle and secure the winners' share of the £100,000 purse. The sprinter challenge contest over 1609 meters autostart was never in doubt as the winning nine year-old gelded son of Fleuron Perrine-Helios de Saint Pol-Quiton du Coral secured the lead three wide off the gate and Barrier rated a comfortable pace thereafter. Heavily favored 2/5 odds Timoko started from post seven and was taken back by pilot Bjorn Goop for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. Timoko eventually followed cover and rallied three wide late in the last turn but only could get to 1-1/2 lengths of Roi du Lupin that won for the 27th time and raised his career earnings to £1,696,345. Time for the one mile distance was 1.10.9kr (1:54.13) over the rain soaked racecourse at La Capelle. Reve de Beylev ended third for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato By Thomas H. Hicks

The next round of Scandinavian trotting classics occurs Saturday at Kouvola, Finland with the Gr. I Kymi Grand Prix with a €150,000 purse (2100 meters autostart course). Last year’s winner Womanizer will battle 2014 Elitloppet winner Timoko (Bjorn Goop to drive) and 11-year-old champion Commander Crowe, a winner last weekend at Wolvega against weak competiton. Robin Bakker will team the Commander for trainer Fabrice Souloy.  Commander Crowe won this event in 2009 and 2012. Prussia, Italy’s Ken Warkentin mare that was sixth in the Elitloppet final, will be at the start for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini. Jag de Bellouet recorded that fastest time in 2006 at 1.11.1kr. Kymi Grand Prix - €150.000 – Gr. I UET Masters Series – 2100 meters autostart 1.            Up Date Hoss (Erik Adielsson) 2.            Bagley (Johnny Takter) 3.            Commander Crowe (Robin Bakker) 4.            Deuxieme Picsous (Peter Ingves) 5.            Amour d’Occagnes (Christopher Martens) 6.            Ed You (Mika Forss) 7.            Aaron de Veluwe (Tuomas Korvenoja) 8.            Prussia (Pietro Gubellini) 9.            Womanizer (Tommi Kylliäinen) 10.          Timoko  (Björn Goop) 1998-2013 winners of this top race in Finland, begun in 1998, are shown below. Year Winner Sex/Age Coutry Timekr Sire Driver Second Third 2013 Womanizer S H.9  Suède 1'12"2 Tap In Tommi Kylliäinen Hard Livin Caddie Comet 2012 Commander Crowe H.9  Suède 1'12" Juliano Star Christophe Martens Womanizer Maxwell Mayday 2011 Rapide Lebel H.6  France 1'12"8 Ginger Somolli Éric Raffin Lisa America Amour Ami 2010 Brioni M.7  Allemagne 1'12"7 Timberland Joakim Lövgren Oceano Nox Lisa America 2009 Commander Crowe H.6  Suède 1'13" Juliano Star Peter Ingves Marathon Man Oceano Nox 2008 L'Amiral Mauzun H.9  France 1'12"3 Bon Conseil Jean-Michel Bazire Going Kronos Arras 2007 Camilla Highness F.7  Suède 1'12"8 Super Arnie Peter Ingves Spring Ray Lupin de l'Odon 2006 Jag de Bellouet M.9  France 1'11"1 Viking's Way Christophe Gallier Lass Zefyr Passionate Kemp 2005 Prime Prospect M.6  États-Unis 1'12"8 Primrose Lane Andrea Guzzinati Tag the Devil Cold Hard Wind 2004 Kart de Baudrairie H.5  France 1'13"2 Bridge Jean-Michel Bazire Tag the Devil Classico Merett 2003 Flambeau des Pins M.7  France 1'13"2 Quiton du Coral Mathieu Fribault E.V.Cane Noa Savoy 2002 Legendary Lover K. M.7  États-Unis 1'14" Armbro Goal Steen Juul Jam Pridem Général du Pommeau 2001 Exchequer M.9  France 1'13"5 Takima Ahti Antti-Roiko Com Hector Lanceur 2000 BWT Magic M.4  Finlande 1'14"9 Lançon Ahti Antti-Roiko Incognito Kemp The Bad Boy 1999 Défi d'Aunou M.8  France 1'14"9 Armbro Goal Jean-Étienne Dubois Meadowbranch Lou Louise Laukko 1998 Dryade des Bois F.7  France 1'14"6 Off Gy Jos Verbeeck Express First Call Me by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Today’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix des Ducs de Normandie went to the legendary veteran trotter Roi de Lupin for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. J-M Bazire teamed the winner to victory in 1.12.7kr over 2450 meters. He earned his 26th career win and the winner’s share of the €150,000 purse raised lifetime earnings to €1,636,450. Swedishman and Reve de Beylev followed the winner home in a good field that also included Turbo Jet, Uhlan du Val, Tiego d’Etang and other upper-class “trotteurs”. Summary follows. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, €150,000, 16 starters over 2450 meters, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ jackpot €8.75 million 1st Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for trainer/owner/breeder J-P Marmion, his 26th win for €1,636,450, 2.3/1 odds 2nd Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver, 4/1 3rd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie), Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 28/1 4th Turbo Jet (7m Joyau d’Amour-Elite d’Atout), Jean Etienne Dubois driver/trainer, 20/1 5th Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 7/1 Beaten field included 3.8/1 Tiego d’Etang, Quinoa du Gers, Axelle Dark, Valse Darling, Sam Gibus, Valse Castelets, Talicia Bella. The Caen undercard, conducted on this perfect May day before a huge gathering, featured graded monte action. Four year-old Love You stallion Airport took the Gr. II Prix Henri Balliere with a €120,000 purse. The winner was handled by Eric Raffin and scored in 1.13.7kr by open lengths for trainer Ake Kristofferson and owner Ecurie des Charmes. The favorite winner boosted his lifetime earnings to over €197,000. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix Henri Balliere, Gr. II monte €120,000, 2450 meters, 13 starters, 1.13.7kr 1st Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Eric Raffin up for Ake Kristofferson and owner Ecurie des Charmes, 1.5/1 favorite, his fifth win for €197,400 2nd Albertains (4m Power Jet-Nymphe de Feugeres), Julien Raffestan up for J-E Senet, 41/1 3rd Athos du Roc (4m Odeisis de Vandel-Herbe des Brouets), Franck Nivard up for trainer D-J Brault, 14/1 The Gr. I Prix Saint-Leger des Trotteurs for €150,000 went to the “jazzman”, Bird Parker with Yohan Lebourgeois up. Phillipe Allaire trains the winner for Elisabeth Allaire, as he crushed his foes to score in 1.13.8kr. Career earnings of this one are now just short of €262,000. Bird Parker has favorably responded to the switch to monte competition as his last three monte starts have been exceptional. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix Saint-Leger des Trotteur/Prix Jeux Equestres Mondiaux, Gr. I monte, €150,000, 14 starters, 2450 meters, 1.13.8kr 1st Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire trainer and owner Mme. Elisabeth Allaire, breeder M.C. Toulorge, 1.1/1 odds, his third win for €261,980 2nd Barbar des Brouets (3m Giant Cat-Pin Up des Brouets), Philippe Masschaele up, 9/1 3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), Adrien Lamy aboard, 64/1 Aged monte campaigners, 19 of them in fact, battled in the €65,000 Prix du Calvados ov2nd er 2450 meters. Uppercut de Manche took the inside route to victory for Damien Bonne, in the irons for trainer Thierry Raffegeau, to score in 1.13.8kr to pick up his 11th lifetime win, now with earnings of €240,450. He was the even money favorite and defeated the 13/1 Tun Winner, a son of Kaisy Dream that stood one season in North America. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix du Calvados, European monte, €65,000, 2450 meters, 19 starters, 1.13.8kr 1st Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche-Coktail Jet), Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau, 1/1 odds, 11th career win for €240,450 2nd Tun Winner (7g Kaisy Dream-Isaline Fortiniere), S-E Pasquier up, 13/1 3rd Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence, 33/1 Good three year-olds took to the sulky in the €36,000 Prix de la Touques over 2200 meters autostart. The Ready Cash sired Bold Eagle took this one impressively for Jean-Etienne Dubois as the 4/5 favorite. He recoded victory five in a brief career with the win over Black Gold, a son of Sam Bourbon and now trained by Franck Leblanc after being recently acquired at public auction. May 14, 2014, Caen, Prix de la Touques, three year-olds, €36,000, 2200 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.15kr 1st Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean Etienne Dubois, driver/trainer/owner/breeder, 4/5 favorite, fifth win for €52,550 2nd Black Gold (3m Sam Bourbon-Seldovia), Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc trainer 3rd Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois), G. Delacour trainer/driver On the May 13 evening card at Paris-Vincennes three year-olds did battle with J-M Bazire winning both the female and male contests with Babylone Seven and Bandit Charentais. Summaries follow: May 13, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Murzim, €42,000, 2700 meters for females, 9 starters, 1.17.3kr 1st Babylone Seven (3f Oiseau de Faux-Nyala), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 2.7/1 2nd Blanche Mencourt (3f Ready Cash-Navaja Blanche), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire, 7/10 favorite 3rd Balva Miontaval (3f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou), Eric Raffin up, 46/1 4th Belle d’Hommeur (3f Password-Place l’Honneur), Julien Dubois trainer/dri ver, 8/1 May 13, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Hesperia, €36,000 for males, 2200 meters, 12 starters, 1.15.3kr 1st Bandit Charentais (3m So Lovely Girl-Here I Am), J-M Bazire up for J-M Baudouin, 9/10 favorite 2nd Bambino du Mont (3m Quitus de Mexique-Porta Mag), Pierre Vercruysse up for A-P Schmitt trainer, 50/1 3rd Bazooka Nep (3m Quatre Juillet-Star de Gautiers), Damien Bonne for Sebastian Guarato trainer, 20/1 Of other interesting note the veteran 11 year-old Commander Crowe makes his first 2014 start on May 17 at Wolvega. 1 Oaks de Villeneuve, L.G.M. De Groote 2 Lobell Countess, M.F. Rothengatter 3 Commander Crowe, R. Bakker 4 Sage de Bresles, H.W. Langeweg jr. 5 Quito de Roche, J.H. Schwarma 6 Picardo, C. De Groote 7 Attrape Moi, C.F. Kamminga 8  Andriy Fortuna, P.J. Strooper UET Masters Series point leaders were also announced. The final will be in September in Copenhagen. Elitloppet starter Timoko ranks second with other last weekend winners Univers de Pan and Roxane Griff near the top. 1 ITALIE MACK GRACE SM(M 8) 3300 2 FRANCE TIMOKO(M 7) 3050 3 FRANCE ROXANE GRIFF(F 9) 2275 4 FRANCE UNIVERS DE PAN (M 6) 2100 5 SUEDE COMMANDER CROWE(H 11) 2000 6 SUEDE NAHAR(H 9) 1900 7 FRANCE UP AND QUICK(M 6) 1650 8 FRANCE SAVE THE QUICK(F 8) 1600 9 SUEDE SANITY(H 8) 1550 10 ITALIE NAPOLEON BAR(M 7) 1500 11 SUEDE PANNE DE MOTEUR(M 6) 1400 12 FRANCE TEXAS CHARM(M 7) 1275 13 SUEDE MAHARAJAH(M 9) 1250 14 ITALIE PASCIA'LEST(M 5) 1200 15 FRANCE TIEGO D'ETANG(M 7) 1150 16 ITALIE OWEN CR(M 6) 1150 17 FRANCE READY CASH(M 9) 1100 – retired or is he ? 18 SUEDE SEBASTIAN K.(M 8) 1050 – now in USA 19 FRANCE THE BEST MADRIK(M 7) 1025 - retired 20 SUEDE DEUXIEME PICSOUS(M 7) 1000 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Four 24,000e finals took place today at Mons Ghlin, France, each over the 2300 meter autostart course. The fastest event, named the Prix Queen L, went to Urry Up d'Heripre, a six year-old daughter of Orlando Vici in 1.15.3kr. Anders Lindqvist trains the winner and Mlle. Johanna Lindqvist did the teaming of the second favorite in the contest. Also on the card was the Prix de la Saint Valentin. This race represented a second comeback tune-up for veteran Roi du Lupin and he did not disappoint punters and fans. He scored in 1.15kr over 2850 meters as the prohibitive favorite, his 25th career win and earnings now almost 1.5 million euros. Anthony Barrier drove the winner for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. Another classy veteran, the mare Quoumba de Guez was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer J-M Bazire. Mons Ghlin results are shown below. February 15, 2014 Mons Ghlin, Prix Moni Maker, 24,000e, 2300 meters autostart, females final, 12 starters 1.16.5kr 1st Alegria Renka (4f Joker de Rozoy-Pepito d'Urzy), Rick Ebbinge, 2.3/1 2nd Amalia (4f Ganymede-Jasoda), Geert Lamoo up, 4.3/1 3rd Amber Merett (4f Or de Bruges-Olympia Mons), Marc Huygens, 3/1 February 15, 2014 Mons Ghlin, Prix Queen L, 24,000e, 2300 meters autostart, females, 11 starters 1.15.3kr 1st Urry Up d'Heripre(6f Orlando Vici-Nouvelle Victoire-Defi d'Aunou), Mlle. Johanna Lindqvist up for trainer Anders Lindqvist, 3.2/1 odds 2nd Ulite de Duffel (6f Ganymede-Oldie de Duffel), Christophe Martens, 0.7/1 3rd Unika Slipper (6f Infant du Bossis-Oulda du Tumulus), Gunther J-P Loix up, 20/1 February 15, 2014 Mons Ghlin, Prix Sea Cove, 24,000e, 2300 meters autostart, males, 12 starters 1.16.5kr 1st Vamos Jet (5g Coktail Jet-Madre Marla), Lucv Roelens aboard, 5.8/1 2nd Useul (6g Horse de Cottun-Offie du Bosquet), Gerard Vergaerde the reinsman, 1.8/1 3rd Vadrouilleur (5g Otello Pierji-Langoureuse), Rafael Depuydt up, odds 69/1 February 15, 2014 Mons Ghlin, Prix Balou Boy, 24,000e, 2300 meters autostart, males, 8 starters 1.16.1kr 1st Adios Amigo (4m Nahar de Beval-Olivia Barbes), Thomas Panschow up, 0.4/1 favorite 2nd Akhala Kamy (4m Ideal de L'Iton-Histoire de Laleux), Guido Laureys driving, 24/1 3rd Arthur d'Atom (4m Sanchp Panca-Manouchka), Gerard Vergaerde up, 6/1 February 15, 2014 Mons Ghlin, Prix de la Saint Valentin, 8400e, 2850 meters autostart, 8 starters, 1.15kr 1st Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol-Quiton du Coral), Anthony Barrier driving for trainer/owner J-P Marmion, off at 0.3/1 odds and recorded his 25th career win for 1,498,700e 2nd Quoumba de Guez (10f Urfist des Pres-Vanina de Mareuil), Alexandre Abrivard aboard for trainer J-M Bazire at 4.5/1 3rd Picardo (11m Hermes de Pericard-Farandole du Corta), Nico D'Haenens up at 18/1 At Kincsem Park in Hungray, the former HU Derby winner Ollyan Nincs, a son of Pickaflick, scored a narrow win for trainer Imre Fazekas. The Laszlo Tolnay Memorial was contested over 2560 meters for a purse of 500,000Huf. The winner moved around the last turn to take command and held off fast closing Kiskarcsi (by Castleton Magic) on the line. On the card, the well-bred Supergill mare Mellby Schwim won an 1800 meter autostart event named the Bonvivan Handicap for driver/trainer Sandor Varga. February 15, 2014 Kincsem Park, Laszlo Tolnay Memorial, 2560 meters, 500,000Huf purse, 6 starters 1.18.7kr 1st Ollyan Nincs (6g Pickaflick-C'est la Guerre), Imre Fazekas trainer/driver, 1.4/1 favorite 2nd Kiskarcsi (10g Castleton Magic-Best Love), Istvan Papp aboard 3rd Masterpiece )8m Tony Oaks-Fairplay), L. Marton February 15, 2014 Kincsem Park, Bonvivan Handicap, 1800 meters autostart, 330,000Huf purse, 8 starters1.18.1kr 1st Mellby Schwim (9f Supergill-Impish Hornline), Sandor Varga trainer/driver for owner Diadora IV 2nd Jackpot Star (11m Allison Hollow-Aniko Star), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver 3rd Montgomery (8m Baltic Bet-Sandti), L. Marton trainer/driver by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com    

Veteran class-master Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol-Quiton du Coral) took todays Prix General du Lupin at Mons Ghlin, after a year's absence due to injury. Teamed by Anthony Barrier for legendary owner/trainer Jean-Paul Marmion, the short-money favorite scored in 1.14.4kr over the 2300 meter autostart course. Roi du Lupin now has 24 career victories and earnings of nearly 1.5 million euros. Marmion said his charge is in good shape and is being prepped for fast-class races during the spring season. Another veteran, Paladin Bleu, was second with Denmark's hopeful Ouch ending third. February 4, 2014 Mons Ghlin, Prix General du Lupin, International, 7,200€ purse, 2300 meters autostart, 10 starters  1.14.4kr 1st Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint-Pol-Quiton du Coral), Anthony Barrier up for trainer J-P Marmion and Ecurie Jean-Paul Marmion, 0.4/1 winning favorite, his 24th career win for earnings of 1,494,700€ 2nd Paladin Bleu (11m Jag de Bellouet-Una Picolina-Lanthin), M.Loic Thieulent up, 4.8/1 odds on this winner of 11 races for 749,610€ lifetime 3rd Ouch (8g Ganymede-Juvel Gill-JR Broline), Gerard Vergaerde up 12/1 (Denmark) by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The second session of Arqana Trot's Prix d'Amerique Mixed Sale was devoted exclusively to stallion breeding shares. A total of 77 lots were offered with 52 sold for an average of 13,725 euro. Aggregate sale value was 713,700 euro, up 9.3% from last year. Shares of 2014 Prix d'Amerique starter The Best Madrik (2007 Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo) led the way. Two shares sold for 58,000 euro each and one for 59,000 euro. The share buyer owns 1/90th and is entitled to one breeding annually. The Best Madrik stands for 10,500 euro (500 euro being a booking fee) at Haras de Perriere. He is a well-regarded "classique" winner of Gr. I events and entered the stud in 2011. One share of Texas Charm sold for 45,000 euro; one share of recently retired Quaker Jet for 40,000 euro and one share of Up And Quick for 36,000 euro. Up And Quick (2008 Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre-Quiton du Coral), also a Prix d'Amerique starter, entered stud in 2013 and stands at Haras de Sassy for 7,000 euro (including 1,000 euro reservation fee). Arqana Trot was formed on 2012 as a result of the merger between Arqana's two subsidiaries Trotting Promotion and l'Agence Française du Trot. Arqana Trot has produced a more streamlined sales calendar made up of eight yearly sales spread out to best effect on its three sales complexes, Paris-Vincennes, Cabourg and Deauville. The final sale session at Paris-Vincennes on Friday evening features a host of current and future racing prospects. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Is the grand mare of French Trotting back? Today she was as Roxane Griff stormed home for Eric Raffin to capture the classic Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I UET Masters Series, 700,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) in a sharp 1.12.3kr, the second fastest time in the history of the race that began in 1931. Roxane Griff was an upset winner at odds of 10-1. Raffin had the chestnut nine year-old daughter of Tenor de Baune away alertly and settled along the pylons where during most of the journey she was fourth on the inner and seventh overall. Ulysse set a torrid pace and defended a challenge by last year's winner Singalo but was unable to match favorite Tiego d'Etang and C-J Bigeon into the long stretch. Raffin eased to the outside with Roxane Griff and followed live cover briefly before driving past Tiego d'Etang for a comfortable score. Saphir de Morge was third at 59/1. Singalo faded to ninth, behind Save The Quick (sixth) and Ulysse (eighth). Roxanne Griff is trained by Sebastien Guarato for Ecurie Griff. She posted her 16th career win in 89 starts and increased life earnings to 2,023,118 euro (over US$2.73 million). She had raced consistently in 2013 but not to her form of 2011-2012. Today's sharp finishing triumph was a reminder of Roxane Griff at her best. Can she show that form next week? Only two Prix de Cornulier winners of the past came back to win the Prix d'Amerique (Bellino II and Jag de Bellouet) but in a wide open 2014 anything can happen. Don't count her out. January 19, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cornulier, Gr. I UET Masters Series, 700,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 17 starters 1.12.3kr (second fastest time in race history behind Singalo's 1.12kr) Fractions: 1.11kr at 1500, 1.11.5kr at 1000, 1.12.1kr at 500, 1.12.3 at finish 1st Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Yves Bertrand's Ecurie Griff, 10/1 odds, her 16th career victory in 89 starts, now for career earnings of 2,023,118 euro (US$2,738,432) 2nd Tiego d'Etang (7m Chaillot-Haroiene-Vroum d'Or), C-J Bigeon up at favorite odds 2.7/1 3rd Saphir de Morge (8m Guenor-Folie de Morge-Roc), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 59/1 4th Taiga du Rib (7m Nice Love-Galinette Cendree-Quiton du Coral), Matthieu Abrivard up at 33/1 5th Twist des Caillons (7f Jam Pridem-Heyra des Caillons-Tout Bon), J.L.C. Dersoir aboard at 19/1 Replay link follows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldww3VDDu-k A large crowd was on hand at Paris-Vincennes on this sunny beautiful winter's day. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com     

The superb six year-old Up And Quick moved three wide early to gain command for J-M Bazire and then drew away from rivals to win the Gr. II International Prix Tenor de Baune, the second last major event before the Prix d'Amerique. Franck Leblanc conditions the winner for Ecurie Quick Star. Longshot Unabella Perrine was second at 25/1. Uhlan du Val, off as 3/1 second choice, was fourth ahead of two entrants from Sweden, Rocky Winner (by Credit Winner) and Disco AE (by Scarlet Knight). None were a match for the winner. January 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes - Prix Tenor de Baune, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters turning start, 10 starters 1.13.3kr Fractions:1.15kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000, 1.13.7kr at 500, 1.13.3kr finish 1st Up And Quick (6m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Franck Leblanc, his 10th career win for earning in excess of 880,000 euro, odds 0.7/1 as favorite 2nd Unabella Perrine (6f Diamant Gede-Minnie Perrine-Viking Sun), Franck Ouvrie up at 25/1 3rd Une Fille d'Amour (6f Infant du Bassis-Never So Great-Ever Jet), David Thomain up at 7.5/1 4th hlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 3/1 odds 5th Rocky Winner (6m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer), Dominik Locqueneux up for Jorgen Westholm trainer, 17/1 odds 6th Disco AE (6m Scarlet Knight-Queen AR-Super Arnie), Eric Raffin up for Stefan Melander owner/trainer, 57/1 The winner's pedigree is productive, he being sired by legendary Buvetier d'Aunou (Royal Prestige-Nesmile-Caprior) from the mare Fichtre by Quiton du Coral. She is dam of seven foals, six winners ranging in life earnings from 99,000 euro to 880,000 euro, and each by a different sire. Up And Quick's pedigree is 63% French trotter and 37% standardbred with a 1.7% inbreeding coefficient. Up And Quick is in fact quick and able to go the distance. He'll be a likely contender in the Prix d'Amerique, at least among the youngsters first tackling the full-scale veteran, top-level, international players. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

The Winter harness racing Meet at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes continued New Year’s Eve and Day before good crowds and rain-free weather. Starter du Rib captured the New year’s Eve featured Prix de Poitiers for trainer Joel Hallais and owner Ecurie Rib for his 18th career victory. Jean Loic Claude Dersoir steered the winner home in 1.13.7kr over 2700 meters. Highly regarded Sam Gibus ended second with Renardo Bello, a half-brother to double Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream, fourth. Starter du Rib (8) Vincennes – Prix de Poitiers, 78,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 17 starters Q+ 1.13.7kr Starter du Rib (7g Ganymede-Jiviga-Sancho Panca), J.L.C. Dersoir, 10/1 odds, trainer Joel Hallais for Ecurie Rib, 18th win lifetime for 392,280 euro Sam Gibus (7g Jet Fortuna-Harmonie Gibus-Viking Sun), Sebastien Baude up, 5/1 odds Roller Quick (8m Derby du Gite-Arquebuse-Florestan), Anthony Barrier, 29/1 odds Renardo Bello (8m Kiki-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Damien Bonne Racing Charm (8m Love You-Feraine d’Occagnes-Workaholic), Julien Dubois The January 1 feature ended with sons of Conway Hall finishing one-two in the 2100 meter autostart Prix d’Angouleme carrying a 95,000 euro purse. Conway Fortuna rallied for a convincing win in 1.12.4kr for Pierre Vercruysse. The winner is trained in Holland by Hugo Langeweg, Jr. for Gerrits Recycling Group and is from Saratoga Yankee by Yankee Glide. Conway Fortuna Vincennes – Prix d’Angouleme, European, 95,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters, 1.12.4kr Conway Fortuna (Holland) (5m Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee-Yankee Glide), Pierre Vercruysse up for Hugo Langeweg Jr. and Gerrits Recycling Group, his 10th career win for earnings of 116,975 euro Paper Caf (Italy) (5g Conway Hall-Enda Caf-Supergill), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Bimag Srl Vive Magic (5f Baccarat du Pont0Manny Blue-Coktail Jet), Eric Raffin aboard for owner/trainer Louis Baudron, 18/1 odds The undercard revealed several other interesting winners. The Quinte+ Prix du Croise-Laroche for 72,000 euro went to Ulk du Las Vegas in a photo with Italy’s Olimpus Caf (by Varenne). Dominik Locqueneux steered the winner to the 1.14.8kr victory, his eighth career success, at odds of 17/1. Ulk du Las Vegas (12 inside) Vincennes – Prix du Croise-Laroche, 72,000 euro purse, European, 2850 meters, 19 starters, Q+ 1.14.8kr Ulk du Las Vegas (5g Hulk des Champs-Elite du Las Vegas-Quiton du Coral), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer/owner Jacques Fernandes, 8th career win for earnings of 153,060 euro, 17/1 odds Olimpus Caf (Italy) (5m Varenne-Eviola Caf-Supergill), David Thomain up, 9/1 odds Sammarco (Swe) (7g Enjoy Lavec-Tropic Heat-Sugarcane Hanover), Eric Raffin up, 3/1 odds The year’s first three year-old event of the year went to another Philippe Allaire trained/owned daughter of Ready Cash from the Love You dam Quick Nevele. The Jerome Ruaults teamed winner just got up in the late stages to beat Bambina Magic and the pacesetter Brave Story with Jean-Pierre Dubois up. Bliss Nevele (10) Vincennes - Prix de Mezieres, 34,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters, three year-old females1.19.6kr Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You), Jerome Ruaults up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, 2nd lifetime win Bambina Magic (3f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic-Jasmin de Flore), Franck Nivard up Brave Story (3f Repeat Love-Heaven d’Hilly-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner for trainer Patrick Chevrier 2014’s first monte contest went to a three year-old son of Niky named Baggio du Chatelet. P-Y Verva was in the irons for this 13/1 upsetter that scored easily to earn the winners share of the 33,000 euro purse. Nicolas Raimbeaux trains the winner. Baggio du Chatelet Vincennes – Prix de Nimes, 33,000 euro, 2200 meters, 15 starters, monte three year-olds 1.17.6kr Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet-Gobernador), P-Y Verva for trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, odds 13/1 Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley-Goetmals Wood), Mlle Celine Leclercq, 23/1 odds, Patrick Chevrier trainer for J-P Dubois, breeder Ecurie D Bikini des Molands (3m Gai Brillant-Quiche des Molands-Carpe Diem), Anthony Dollion jockey, trainer, owner, 6/1 odds Another outsider, Aslak, took the Prix de Conde with its 35,000 euro purse at 8/1 odds. The four year-old son of Lilium Madrik is trained by Ronny Kuiper and was driven today by Pierre Vercruysse, his second driving victory of the day. Aslak 1/1/14 Vincennes – Prix de Conde, 35,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 12 starters 1.17.3kr Aslac (4g Lilium Madrik-L’Atlante-Quarsenis), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Ronny Kuiper, 8/1 odds Amiral de Virmont (4m Sancho Panca-Perie de Virmont), J.L.C., Dersoir driver/trainer, 2/1 favorite Almarok (4m Norman Jet-Malice Morane-Elmon), Mathieu Mottier driving the 52/1 outsider. (Paris-Turf photos) Thomas H. Hicks  

Texas Charm (second choice in wagering, son of Cygnus d'Odyssee) rallied to win today's third "B" leading to January 26th Prix d'Amerique. Julien Dubois expertly handled the winner for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Triode de Felliere was a solid second for Anthony Barrier driving for J-P Marmion owner/trainer. Favored Ready Cash was third after a two-hole trip behind pacesetter Timoko (Jos. Verbeeck up) who faded to ninth after a very fast pace (race time 1.10kr, mile rate 1:52.63) in which he parked Vanika du Ruel and Franck Anne. Ready Cash had no excuse and was unable to close on the leaders in the late going and held off fourth place finisher Tiego d'Etang. Timoko took the field to the first 600 meters in a mile rated time of 1:45.55 and held the pace to 1:49.25 with 1000 meters to go in the 2100 meter autostart contest (1-5/16 miles). Race summary follows showing the top 10 order of finish. Vincennes - Prix de Bourgogne, 120,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 17 starters, Quinte+ 1.10kr (mile rate 1:52.63, race time 2:27.10) Fractional times: 1.05.6kr at 1500; 1.07.8kr at 1000; 1.09.7kr at 500 meter to go post 1st Texas Charm (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Kamela Charm-Coktail Jet), Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, odds 2.1/1 2nd  Triode de Felliere (6f Derby du Gite-Linea de Vandel-Cezio Josselyn), Anthony Barrier up for J-P Marmion 3rd Ready Cash (8m Indy de Vive-Kidea-Extreme Dream), Franck Nivard aboard for owner Philippe Allaire, Thierry Duvaldestin trainer 4th Tiego d'Etang (6m Chaillot-Herolene-Vroum d'Or), Ch. J. Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon 5th Roxane Griff (8f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin driving for trainer Sebastien Guarato 6th Marielles (7f Kick Tail-Egida Play-Waikiki Beach), Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy 7th The Best Madrik (6m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo), Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard 8th Up And Quick (5f Buvetier d'Aunou- Fichtre-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for trainer Franck Leblanc 9th Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces -And Arifant), Jos Verbeeck driving for Richard Westerink owner/trainer 10th  Univers de Pan (5m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere), Philippe Daugeard driver/trainer by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Uhlan du Val (5m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli) was an easy 10/1 upset winner of the first “B” leading to the 2014 Prix d’Amerique in January. He scored in 1.12.9kr in a race in which the pace quickened with each 500 meter clocking. Time at the 1500 meter mark was 1.14.2kr. This Gr. II International UET Masters Series contest, over 2700 meters for 120,000 euro purse, may signal a changing of the guard (albeit Ready Cash and other international stars were not starters) as veterans Roxanne Griff, Quinoa du Gers and Reve de Beylev ended fifth, sixth and seventh in the 13 horse field (other well-known players Quoumba du Guez, Singalo, Main Wise As, Vanika du Ruel and  early leader Kadett CD were either back in the pack or disqualified). The long-striding, great-gaited winner scored for the sixth time in his career, good for over 560,000 euros. Cedric Megissier drove Uhlan du Val for owner J-P Megissier. Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre-Quiton du Coral) raced well again to be second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Favorite Tiego d’Etang (6m Chaillot-Harolene-Vroum d’Or) was third for Christian Bigeon with Treskool du Caux (6m Kool du Caux-Intervista-Off Gy) fourth with Tony LeBeller aboard. The Quinte+ race of the day (1.2 million euro jackpot) was the Prix de Cosse-Le-Vivien (2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 72,000 euro purse) with the winner being the Denmark registered New Line (8g King Conch-Pa’En Igen Frokjaer-Pay Dirt) with Pierre Levesque catch-driving for trainer Ake Svanstedt. He scored in 1.12kr to record his 17th career win good for 311,000 euros banked. Off at 3/1, the winner (who reminds this writer of Pay Dirt) defeated Tornade du Digeon (6f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme-Kimberland) and reinsman J-M Bazire with Sweden’s Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) third for Robert Bergh and owner Stall Sedin HB. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Yohan Lebourgeois, the leading monte jockey in France in 2012, today steered Valdice de Mars (4f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie) to victory in the Gr. II Monte Prix Ceneri Forcinal (120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters) at Paris-Vincennes. Off at 2.6/1 the winner defeated Viva Forest (4f Mickael de Vonnas-Java de Bazeille), with Anthony Barrier aboard, timed in 1.13.1kr, with third going to Vic du Boisnant (4m Gazoullis-Ode du Boisnant), Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. Three year-old monte performers Saturday contested the Prix de Basly, (Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters). Alexiandu Cherisay (3f The Big Boss-Precious Thing) scored in 1.14.1kr with Pierre-Yves Verva up at odds of 21/1. Antara Buissonay (3f La Retour-Jadelle Buissonay), P-Edouard Mary aboard, was second with third to Asana Trembladaise (3f Kuadro Wild-Passion d’Alban), Anthony Barrier up. Also, from the weekend, it was reported today that Ready Cash (8m Indy de Vive-Kidea-Extreme Dream) decisive victory in the UET Masters Series Finale ( purse 500,000 euro), raised his lifetime earnings to 4,239,300 euro, inching past retired French trotting icon Jag de Bellouet with 4,223,699. Converted to US dollars the Ready Cash bankroll is about $5.7 million, now above Varenne $5.63 million, Jag de Bellouet $5.6 million and Moni Maker with $5.58 million. Ready Cash’ sire is a son of Vikings Way by Bonefish while his dam is by a son of Florestan from a daughter of Workaholic. His inbreeding coefficient is 5.2%. The Criterium des 5 Ans winner Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre- Quiton du Coral) smashed that event’s speed record with his 1.11.5kr win over 2700 meters. In 2010 Scoop d’Yuel set the previous mark of 1.12.7kr for this race. Royal Dream won the 2013 Prix d’Amerique in 1.11.9kr that had been the previous standard for the 2700 meter distance, turning start. Up And Quick’s sire is a son of Royal Prestige from the great mare Nesmile while the winners’ dam is by a son of Chambon P. His inbreeding coefficient is 1.7%. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Ecurie Quick Star's bred and owned Up and Quick (5m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre-Quiton du Coral) handily won today's Gr. II Prix Louis Jariel for 120,000 euro at Paris-Vincennes.

Benefitting from a head to head speed duel between Traveling Man (Untersteiner) and Monster Drive (Svanstedt), patient harness racing trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini sat second on the pylons with Italy's Owen's Club (5m Duke of York-Duse Tab-Sugarcane Hanover) until past the three quarter mile mark.

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