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The marvelous Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) led from the start to victory in today’s Gr. II Prix Octave Douesnel (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters. 10 starters) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. He was reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato and clocked in 1.14.6kt as the 3/10 favorite. Ecurie Bivans Srl owns the winner that SARL Haras Saint Martin owns. Face Time now sports 17 career wins in 20 starts for 978,550€ earned. The pace was a walk in the park as there were no challengers to the winning FTB (1.17.1kr with 1500 meters to go; 1.16.6kr at the1000 and 1.16.3kr with 500 remaining as then FTB jetted away). The 12/1 Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash-Native du Lorault) was second for Francois Lecanu and trainer Mickael Charuel. Third was 44/1 Fun Quick (4m Carpe Diem-Activity Quick) for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Maik Esper and Ecurie Quick Star. Fighter Smart and Follow You completed the top five. Face Time is likely to appear again in two weeks in the four-year old Criterium Continental, the winner of which earns a Prix d'Amerique invitation. To watch the race replay, click here. Today’s Paris-Vincennes co-feature was the monte Gr. II Prix Raoul Balliere (purse 100,000€,  2175 meters, 11 starters) and 9/1 odds Gangster du Wallon (3m Let’s Go Along-Umeda du Wallon) scored in 1.13.4kr with Benjamin Rochard in the irons for owner/trainer Damien Lecroq. The winner scored for the third time in 18 starts now for life earnings of 166,640€. The 11/1 Gladys des Plaines (3f Opus Viervil) was second for jockey Eric Raffin and trainer Gilles Curens. 5.6/1 Gee (3f Brutus de Baily) was third for Mathieu Mottier. The 4/10 favorite Grace de Fael was a dq. A series of upper class races were also on the stage including the Quinte+ Prix d’Hautefort (purse 58,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) and the quick 1.11.4kr timed winner was 1.4/1 Bryssel (7m Ready Cash-Spacelane) with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. T The winner raised his life earnings to 275,980€. Second was 30/1 Big Headache (9g EL Miko) for Philippe Daugeard and third was 4/1 Canular (7g Jet Fortuna) with Yoann Lebourgeois up. 18/1 Be Cool and 3.8/1 Calyu des Bose completed the top five creating an exact order Q+ payoff of 3,166.20€to 192 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 4,087,320€ and total of all pool on this race exceeded 8,969,000€ Gu d’Heripre (3m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre), off at 1.4/1 odds, took the Prix de Mansle (purse 70,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European three year old starters). Franck Nivard teamed the 1.12.4kr timed winner to his sixth career victory in nine starts, now for 122,750€ earned. 2.6/1 Empire (3m Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal) was second for reinsman Bjorn Goop and 6.7/1 Gelati Cut (3m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) was third for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer R.C. Larue. Calina (5f Archipelago-Caltina Hall) took the Prix Narquois (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) for David Thomain and trainer Jean-Michel Bazire. Off at 1.4/1 odds Calina won for the first time in France for Norwegian owner C.G. Myhre. The 4/1 Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was second for trainer/driver Bazire and third was 2.5/1 Violetto Jet (5m From Above-Nocciolaia Jet) for Franck Nivard. 6.7/1 Vipera Killer Gar (5f Varenne) and 20/1 Hard Times (5m Coktail Jet) completed the top five. As a result of this race trainer/driver Bazire was suspended again, this time apparently due to the teaming up of stablemates Calina and Ghazi BR in the final turn. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Friday evening Vincennes card featured the Q+ Prix Hilda and the Gr. III Prix Vourasie for two-year old fillies. The former saw 24/1 Diva Beauregard (6f Otello Pierji-Realite Beauregard) score timed in 1.13.3kr in the Prix Hilda (purse 37,000€, 2850 meters for 6-7 year-old females) with J.G. Van Eeckhaute the trainer/driver for Ecurie Beauregard. Dina won for eighth time in 71 career starts to raise her life earnings to 151,280€. The 5.9/1 Desiree des Landes (6f Paisy Dream) was second and 24/1 Cool Star (7f Kid Blue) took third. 3.7/1 Dwilling Heights and 12/1 Dotka de Loiron completed the top five and that set up a 93,051.20€ exact order payoff to five winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,699,906€ and the total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 7,559,000€ The Gr. III Prix Vourasie (purse 60,000€, 2200 meters, 14 two-year old fillies) saw the 1.7/1 favorite Beautiful Colibri (2f Ready Cash-Gilly LB) remain undefeated with this her fourth straight timed in 1.14.6kr. David Thomain was her pilot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire as she raised career earnings to 39,880€. The 24/1 outsider Havanaise (2f Ricimer) was second for Francois Pierre Bossuet, the reinsman for Ecurie Tenor. Third was 5.3/1 Hill’s Angel (2f Muscle Hill-Gossip Gal) with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer H.E. Bondo and Stall Panamera. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

November 23, 2019 - The Jacques de Vaulogé Prize brought together the best harness racing three year old males on the Gravelle plateau.  Eleven colts started in this Group II, played on the 2,700 meters of the big track.  Philippe Allaire's armada hit hard again, placing his residents in the top three places with Gallant Way in the lead. Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) took the Vincennes co-feature (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) timed in 1.14.6kr. David Thomain teamed the 9/1 winner for trainer Philip Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc to his sixth career win in 14 starts, now for 166,700€ earned. 2.6/1 Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) was second for trainer Allaire, pilot Yoann Lebourgeois and breeder/owner Michel Tessier. The 7/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) was third with Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Allaire. 16/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) was fourth, this one too an Allaire trainee that Anthony Barrier teamed for owner Jean Francois Mary. What a day for Allaire and sire Ready Cash. Ready Cash   Defi de Retz Wins Q+ Prix de Quimper at Vincennes Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Quimper (purse 59,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) saw the 9/10 favorite Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz-Nouvelle s’Atout) score timed in 1.12.5kr, his 14th career win in 40 starts. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the J-M Bazire trainee that now sports career earnings of 224,790€ for owner Mme Ottavia Roffi-Urano. 12/1 Django Bocage (6g Real de Lou) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and 5.7/1 Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream) took third for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Bazire. 16/1 Diablo du Noyer and 8.6/1 Diego Sautonne completed the top five. There were 319 exact order Q+ winning tickets that paid 1.799.60€ each. The Q+ pool was 2,719,969€ and the total of all pools on this race exceeded 5,884,000€. Defi de Retz (Le Trot Photo) On the undercard was the Prix de Meslay du Maine (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and 32/1 Capitane France (7g Modern Jazz-Quanta Rosa Sun) scored timed in 1.14.4kr. Matthieu Abrivard teamed this William Bigeon trainee to his ninth career win in 47 starts. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s top level Paris-Vincennes action began with the Prix Annick Dreux (Gr. II, purse 110,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) and 1.9/1 favorite Gunilla d’Atout (3f Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) was the 1.14.6kr clocked winner for Bjorn Goop, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Saint Martin. It was her seventh career win in nine starts now for 197,900€. The 4.1/1 Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) took second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. 11/1 Galilea Money (3f Bold Eagle-Uturn Money) was third with Nicolas Bazire up for trainer J-M Bazire and owner Yvan Bernard. Fourth was the 15/1 Gourmandine (3f Bold Eagle-Udine) handled by Franck Ouvrie for breeder/owner J-P Dubois and trainer Kevin Vanderschelden, Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) was fifth for Davis Thomain and trainer Philiple Allaire, The Prix Equidia (Gr. III, purse 80.000€, 2700 meters, European starters four and five year olds) saw 68/1 Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash-Native du Lorault) score in 1.11.7kr for Benoit Robin and owner Mme Juellke Laijal. The winner recorded his seventh lifetime win now for 356,140€ earned. The 7.1/1 Calina (5f Archipelago) was second with David Thomain up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Third was 12/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) with Francois Lagadeuc up for owner Claude Guedj and trainer Julien LeMer. 3.1/1 Violetto Jet and 22/1 Alcoy completed the top five and this Quinte+ race payoff was 157,346.20€. The Q+ pool was 3,352,086€ and the total of all pools on this race exceeded 8,496,000€. The Prix de Bagnoles de l’Orne (purse 67.000€, 2700 meters, seven to ten year olds) wrapped up the upper level contests this day and in this one 9/1 Balzac de L’Iton (8g Panache de L’iton) scored timed in 1.13.5kr. Eric Raffin was the teamster for trainer Franck Nivard as the winner scored for the 11th time in 68 lifetime starts. 1.3/1 favorite Be Bop Haufor (8g Notre Haufor) was second as Damien Bonne piloted the Christian Bigeon trainee. 5.1/1 Alinea (9g Baccarat du Pont) took third for Charles J. Bigeon and trainer Christian. Racing also took place the previous two days at Vincennes. Yesterday 4.4/1 Champion Dore (7g Prince Gede) scored for Matthieu Abrivard in the 49,000€ Prix Hermentaria timed in 1.13kr. Abrivard also owns and trains this one that picked up his 10th career win. On Thursday 7.1/1 Gross Weight (8g Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) scored in the Prix de L’Ile de Re (purse 67,000€, monte) clocked in 1.12.9kr over the 2875 meter distance. Antoine Voisin was in the irons for Thierry Duvaldestin who trains for Johann Chembri, the owner. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Saturday Paris-Vincennes program was special..very special. It began with the monte Gr. II Prix Louis Tillaye (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, seven starters) and a son of Bird Parker-Redemption Song names Gainsborough scored at 9/1 odds and clocked in 1.16.2kr off slow fractions. Yoann Lebourgeois was the jockey for trainer Romain Derieux and owner Jan Stins. This was his fourth win in ten outings and his life earnings increased to 174,720€. Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes) was second with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons. 33/1 Galactique Merita (3f Boccfador de Simm) took third with J.Y. Ricard in the irons for trainer J-M Bazire. 13/1 Going Jet (3f Very Nice Mareceaux) was fourth. The next Gr II event was the Prix Reine du Corta (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, ten three year old female starters) saw the 5/2 odds Gunilla d’Atout (3f Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) scored in 1.13.4kr with Eric Raffin the pilot for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Ecurie Saint Martin owns the now six time winner in eight starts. The 8.6/1 Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) took second for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman David Thomain. 11/1 Gondole Jenilou (3f H-Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) was third for trainer Louis Baudron and driver Lebourgeois. 7.1/1 Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) was=fourth for Gabrielel Gelormini, trainer Guarato and owned Sebastien Dewulf. Aged performers contested the Prix d’Argentan (purse 75,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and the 5/10 favorite Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz-Houville d’Atout) scored in 1.13.4kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, his 13th career victory in 39 starts now for 298,230€. Mme. Ottavia Roffi-Urano owns this winner. The 12/1 Be Bop Haufor (8g Notre Haufor) was next for Damien Bonne with third to 19/1 Doum Jenilou (6g Rancho Gede), ahead of 40/1 Class de Loriol (7f Ready Cash) and 13/1 Carlo de Carsi (7g Ismael du Pont) The Gr. III Prix de Languedoc (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, nine starters) produced an impressive 1.13.3kr timed victory for 8/10 favorite Chica de Joudes (7f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love). Owner/trainer Alain Laurent was her teamster of her 14th career win in 44 starts. Her life earnings are now 530,770€. Look for Chica in the “B”: races. The 11/1 Coach Franbleu (7g Prince d’Espace) was second with Franc Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 1.9/1 second choice Valokaja Hindo(8m Great Challenger) was third with J-M Bazire up and 59/1 Blues d’Ourville (8g Password) was fourth for Pierre Houel and Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash) was fifth for Pierre Vercruysse. The three year olds males went to battle in the Gr. II Prix Abel Bassigny (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, ten starters) with the 1.14.3kr timed victory to the 7/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa). His tenth career win in 14 starts. Eric Raffin teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee that he owns and J-P. Guay bred. His career earnings advanced to 440,100€. The 8.1/1 Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) took second for trainer Allaire, owner Michel Tessier and reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois. 104/1 Get Happy (3m Bird Parker-Rasta Perrine) was third for J.Ph. Monclin. 13/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine), another Allaire trainee, and 36/1 Grand Art (3m Prodigious-Real Artist) trained by Paul Hagoort finished fourth and fifth. Gotland is a very nice colt with an attractive future. Aged females were on stage in the Prix Atlantic (purse 51,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and 5,1.1 Douceur du Chene (6f Ouif de Villeneuve-Karling du Chene) was up in the final strides for victory timed in 1.14.5kr. Frank Nivard teamed the winner for owner Claude Huedj and trainer Julien LeMer. This were her 11th lifetime victory in 39 starts for 229,490€ in career earnings. The 5/10 favorite Darling Berry (6f Prince Gede-Osaka Berry) held second for her owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. 25/1 Datcha (6g The Best Madrik) was third for Joann Lebourgeois. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) surged wide to the lead in the first lap and then gamely held on for a short victory over Amon You SM (3m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’ OM-Lemon Dra-Keystone Sante Fe) in winning the Grand Premio Orsi Mangelli Finale in Italy, clocked in a record 1.11.3kr. Alessandro Gocciadoro reined and trains the winner and Antonio Greppi teamed the stablemate that is a grand-daughter of the great Keystone Sante Fe that the late Dave Rankin successfully campaigned in the USA.. The previous race record was 1.11.6kr from 2011 by Brad de Veluwe. The Grand Premio Orsi Mangelli Finale was raced over 1600 meters for a purse of 319,000€. Gocciadoro trainees also were third and fourth. Aramis EK (3m Nad Al Sheba) and Orjan Kihlstrom took third ahead of Ares Cat (3m Ideale Luis) with Antonio DiNardo aboard. Velten Von Flevo was fifth for Rick Ebbinge. The two batterias (eliminations) leading to the finale produced upsets. Juan Bros (3m Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzong) took the first 1600 meter elim for a purse of 22,000€. Pietro Gubellini teamed the Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee. Race time was 1.12.7kr. Gocciadoro was second with Aramis EK (3m Nad Al Sheba-Freedom EK-Bon Vivant). Third was the invader from France, General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec-Amazon du Parc-Extreme Aunou), reined by Alexis Prat. Fourth was Alrajah One (3m Maharajah-Mariu’-Varenne) with Enrico Bellei at the lines. Trainer Gocciadoro started three in this batteria. The second batteria (same distance and purse as the first) saw Aom You SM (3m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’ SM) score timed in 1.11.9kr with Antonio Greppi aboard for trainer Gocciadoro who started four in this elim. Axl Rose (3m Love You-Lindi di Casei-Uronometro) with trainer Gocciadoro aboard, was second, ahead of Velten Von Flevo (3m Ganymede-Babette Flevo) teamed by Rick Ebbinger for trainer J.W.M. Engwerda. Another Gocciadoro trainee Ares Caf (3m Ideale Luis-Ira Caf) ended fourth for Antonio DiNardo. Arnas Cam Wins Orsi Mangellli Filly Arnas Cam (3f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam-Varenne-Zeffira AC) rallied to win the PR Orsi Mangelli Filly (purse 88,000€, 1600 meters) last evening at Ippodromo Vinovo, timed in 1.12.8kr and reined by Santo Mollo. Erik Bondo trains the impressive grey filly that defeated Amber Prad (3f Timoko-Sinead Prad-Love You) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro her pilot. Graine de Crack (3f Booster Winner-Pearl MIP-Workaholic) took third money for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Andrea Guzzinati. Ampia Mede SM (3f Ganynmede-Polimpia Slide SM-Yankee Slide) was fourth, handled by Vincenzo D’Allessandro Jr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Prix Elsa (purse 43,000€, 2100 meters autostart, six year olds females) at Paris-Vincennes went to 6.1/1 Noble Dolly (6f Ready Cash-Harriet Fridoi) with Nicolas Bazire up on the IMY Talli Oy (Finland) owned and Jean-Michel Bazire trainer campaigner that now shows 86,730€ in life earnings. Race time was 1.11.6kr. The 6.1/1 Datcha (6f The Best Madrik) was second handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. 21/1 Dulcinee du Dollar (6f Magniificent Rodney) was third for Franck Nivard. Jean Michel Bazire was back aboard Dream Cash (6g Ready Cash-Sissy Love) at 8/10 odds to win the Prix Felicitas (purse 43,000€, 2100 meters autostart, six year old males) clocked in 1.12.1kr. Owned by Ecurie des Charmes, the winner recorded his seventh career victory in 30 starts now for 196,950€ earned, The 6.4/1 Darlington Park (6g Orlando Vici) was second for Franck Nivard, with third to 10/1 Dreamer de Chenu (6g Timoko). The day before at Toulouse was the Criterium de Vitesse de Toulouse (purse 41,000€, 2150 meters autostart) and Azir des Caillons (9n Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) scored timed in 1.13.3kr for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. This 14th lifetime victory raised his career earnings to 307,000€. Baldi Star (8g Rombaldi) was second with Steve Steffano the pilot. Beppe AM (8g Enjoy Lavec-Via di Jesolo) was third reined by Franck Marty. Replay: https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2019-10-28/3103/7 Tomorrow at Vincennes is the Gr. III Prix des Cevennes, a 2850 meter event for a purse of 90,000€ The field is shown in the photo section. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - France's Bold Eagle made the trip to Canada for the $500,000 (US) Breeders Crown Open Trot a winning one as driver Brian Sears guided the 8-year-old son of Ready Cash to a command performance victory in 1:52 over an off surface at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night. Bold Eagle got away fourth as Lindy The Great jetted to the front in the early stages cutting a :26 2/5 opening quarter while rivals Atlanta and Guardian Angel As settled in behind. Sears wasted little time in going on the offensive with Bold Eagle and turning into the backstretch sent the $5.3 million winning International star on a mission to gain command which he did through a :55 2/5 first half clocking. Six Pack and Ake Svanstedt had left the gate hard from post 10 and waited in the early stages for Bold Eagle to get on the move and then once that happened he was left without cover. Six Pack continued to march forward through three quarters in 1:24 and turning into the stretch was a serious threat. Also looking for a shot was Atlanta and Yannick Gingras as that pair angled out with a shot to track down Bold Eagle. Brian Sears looked confident and comfortable heading into the stretch but he kept asking Bold Eagle to trot and trot he did right through the wire coming a final quarter in :28 flat and scoring in a respectable 1:52 clocking in his first North American appearance. Six Pack was valiant in second with Atlanta up for third. Lindy The Great and Marion Marauder rounded out the top five. Sebastien Guarato trains Bold Eagle who won for the third time this year in just 10 starts. Ecurie P Pilarski owns Bold Eagle who returned $5.70 was the post time favorite. Jean Etienne Dubois bred Bold Eagle. "He was a little tough scoring down. Everything went pretty smooth after that," Sears said. "He dug in down by the wire." "We're very satisfied," said Pierre Pilarski the winning owner. "It was a long trip to come here. I promised John Campbell two years ago and it worked out this year". To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society

The 5.9/1 odds Fashion Queen (4f Ready Cash-Usenza) took this evenings Gr. III Prix Pierre Van Troyen (purse 74,000€, 2850 meters, seven starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Eric Raffin teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee owned by J-M Tessier to the 1.14.4kr timed victory, her sixth in a 20 race career that so far has produced life earnings of 215,460€. The 8/10 favorite Freyja du Pont (4f Quinoa du Gers-Parade du Pont) was second for trainer/drive Jean Michel Bazire that is owned by Albert Rayon. Third was 4.6/1 Electra Jet (5f Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) that trainer Pierre Vercruysse teamed for Ecurie des As and this one was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois (more to follow). The day’s Q+ race was the Prix du Pays de Gex Aglo (purse 49,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters) with that victory to 1.12.9kr timed and even-money favorite Darling Barry (6f Prince Gede-Osaka Berry) with owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. This was her 10th career win in 33 starts now for 229,340€ earned. The 15/1 Desiree de Landes and 8.8/1 Dascalia trailed the winner. There were 395 winning Q+ exact order tickets that each paid 2,037.80€. Total handle on the race exceeded 7,420,000€ with 3,604,042€ in the Q+ pool. The two year colts were next up in the Prix Louis Cauchuis (Gr. III, purse 54,000€, 2200 meters, nine starters) and the 1.15.5kr clocked winner was the 5/10 favorite Helgafell (2m Charly du Noyer-Baaria) reined by Eric Raffin for Ecurie Normandy Spirit and trainer Philippe Allaire. He scored for the third time in four starts to raise his life earnings to 65,700€. 3.7/1 Heart of Gold (2m Bird Parker) took second for owner/trainer Allaire. The Gr. III Prix Marcel Dejean followed, an event for two year old fillies, and raced over 2200 meters by 12 starters for the 54,000€ purse. The 1.15.9kr timed winner was 25/1 Havana d’Aurcy (2f Royal Dream-Avila with Romain Congard aboard for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and breeder/owner Cyril Lelorge. It was her second victory in four starts now for 41,700€ earned. 5.4/1 Havanaise (2f Ricimer) was second for trainer/driver F.P. Bossuet. On the undercard was the Prix Gisela (purse 38,000€, 2850 meters, 15 starters) and 9/1 Giant Celebrity (3f Love You-Ida Bourbon) scored for Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. She was timed in 1.14.6kr. The dam Ida Bourbon is a foal of 1996 and dam of Royal Dream, the Prix d’Amerique winner of 1,591,310€, he a foal of 2005. At Enghien on Wednesday was the Prix de la Porte Chaumont (purse 29,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) and it saw a maiden victory for 21/1 Gourgandine (3f Bold Eagle-Udine) clocked in 1.14.9kr. She is owned by breeder Jean Pierre Dubois and is newly trained by Kevin Vanderschelden to her first win in nine outings now for 25,180€ earned. Her dam is a daughter of Coktail Jet-Idylle that won 13 times for 281,110€ earned. The Dubois name, associated several times above in recent races in France, also appeared this week in Australia at Melton Tabcorp Park, with Jean Etienne Dubois driving his My Tribeca (5f Goetmals Wood-Image-Coktail Jet) to victory at a mile rate of 1.59.2. Dubois now lives in New South Wales and formerly won the Prix d’Amerique and Elitloppet. He currently most notable racehorse, Bold Eagle, a horse he bred and developed, goes tonight in the Breeders Crown at Mohawk Woodbine Park near Toronto. Anton Golino trains the Italian bred My Tribeca for Jean Etienne Dubois. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s STL Gold Svenskt Masterskap V75 at Aby, Sweden (500,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.11.7kr timed Milliondollarrhyme (5g Ready Cash-Nursury Rhyme-Credit Winner) in rein to harness racing trainer Fredrik B. Larsson, his fourth 2019 victory in 13 starts and 10th career win. His life earnings increased to 3,038,000SEK. Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos) was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and owner Stall TZ (Stefan Melander). Third went to Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici) with his pilot and trainer Joakim Lovgren. On the same card was the Gr. II National Sto-SM (500,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) with 80/1 Global Upper Style (5f SJs Caviar-Platinim Shine-Viking Kronos) scoring in 1.12.4kr for trainer Peter Untersteiner and reinsman Ulf Ohlsson. It was her first 2019 victory and eighth for the career, now for 3,125,066SEK in life earnings. Cash Crowe (6f Ready Cash) and Speedy Foxy Vicane (10f Chouchou des Dames) trailed the winner. The good card also saw 25/1 Bonnies Celebrity (6g Celebrity Secret) win the Monte SM (250,000SEK to the winner) for Tova Bengtsson. The Larlings SM (125,000SEK first prize) this day went to 9/1 Maggie Cash (4f Djali Boko) with Victor Rosleff up for trainer Jerry Riordan. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) easily won today’s UET 400,000€ Grand Prix held at Vermo racecourse, Helsinki, Finland. Harness racing driver Bjorn Goop reined the 1.48/1 odds favorite for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. The victory was his 16th in a 19 race career now for 933,550€ earned after the 200,000€ first prize today. Goop had the winner placed third on the pegs early from post four and then moved behind cover with a lap remaining. He then brushed three wide on the backside of the last lap and it was essentially over. Face Time Bourbon, perhaps the top four year old in Europe, was a five length winner over Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik-Miska des Rondes-Extreme Aunou) piloted by Alexandre Abrivard and Mister F Daag (4m Conway Hall-Miss Love-Love You) with Robin Bakker teaming for Paul Hagoort. Race time was 1.10.7kr over the 2120 meter autostart course. Chart and photos follow: Earlier on the Vermo card was the EM-3 for 60,000€ to the winner of this 2120 meter autostart test. The undefeated Ecurie D (3m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscle Yankee) remained so for teamster Bjorn Goop and timed in 1.13.5kr. It was not without a scare as the 1.3/1 favorite was offstride before the start and far behind the field. He caught the rivals at the halfway point and Goop patiently waited until the final bend before engaging the leaders. In the lane he was much the best and defeated Golden Dream ME (3m Buzzin Brian-TJ Mixy-Armbro Plush) with Noralf P. Braekken up and the third finishing Raskolnikov Frido (3m Muscle Hill-Hulda Frido-Love You) reined by Santtu Raitala. The winner is trained by Frode Hamre for owner Jean Pierre Dubois and now has an eight-race win streak. Between these events was the EM-5 for 50,000€ to the winner of the 2120 meters autostart event. Stonecapes Queila (5f Otello Pierji-Fast Food US-SJs Caviar) scored, timed in 1.11.9kr for Hannu Torvinen. She defeated Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffe;l Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop, with third earned by Hotshot Luca (5m Dream Vacation-Emma Rose-Andover Hall) with Pekka Korpi aboard. The winner recorded her 12th career victory in 31 outings with seven wins this year. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Two harness racing eliminations were held this day at Paris-Vincennes of the Grand Prix de l’UET, each for a 60,000€ purse and contested over 2100 meters autostart. The first saw the 1/5 favorite Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) win easily for reinsman Bjorn Goop timed in 1.10.7kr. The Sebastien Guarato trainee scored for the 15th time in 18 career starts and raised his life earnings to 733,550€. Scuderia Bivans Srl owns Face Time Bourbon, that defeated 6.2/1 Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik-Miska des Rontes) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Richard Westerink (of Timoko fame). The 10/1 Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot OK) was third for J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Yves Desmet and DSM Trotting. Fourth finisher was 18/1 Friendly Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Une Belle Bourbon) with Eric Raffin handling the lines for trainer Guarato and Haras de Saint Martin. Between the l’UET elims was the Gr.III Prix Emille Beziere (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 11 starters) that went to the rallying 4.7/1 Epic Julry (5m Nice Love-Ophelie de Bas) with breeder/owner/trainer J-P Gauvin aboard for Ecuie Julry. This 1.14kr timed winner recorded career victory number 12 in 44 outings now for 303,460€ earned. The 5.4/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and 37/1 Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) was third for Franck Anne. 11/1 Cerenzo Turbo and 80/1 Direct Way completed the top five. The second L’UET elim was raced in a heavy rainstorm and the 7/10 favorite Mister F. Daag (4m Conway Hall-Miss Love) scored in 1.12.4kr with Robin Bakker the pilot for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner J.A.C. Vanduffel, which raised the winner’s career earnings to 363,689€. The 5.4/1 Florida Sport (4f Tornado Bello-Victoria Sport) rallies for second with M.X. Mestree-Suner the trainer/driver for Ecurie Bruni. 6.7/1 Follow You (4m, Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) held third for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Frank Anne’s 7.4/1 Fend la Bise (4f Prince Gede-Una Prima Speed) was fourth. After the big races two-year olds battled in the Prix Hekate (purse 44,000€, 2200 meters) and the even-money favorite Hola Destinee (2f Cristal Money-Popinee de Timbia) remained unbeaten in three starts for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. Timed in 1.20.5kr over the off going, the winner now has life earnings of 36,000€. She was a narrow winner over 1.3/1 Halowie Renardier (2f Uniclove-Teva du Pont) with Alexis Pratt at the lines. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Cable Wise AS (3/14/18 male. Bold Eagle-Gabby’s Dream-Dream Vacation) led the September 9-10 ITS Yearling Sale bringing 175,000€ from Scuderia Bivans.   Bivans also bought the 145,000€ priced Cash Wind (m, Ready Cash), the second among sale toppers.   Overall there were 199 lots offered for sale with 159 selling (79.4%) for 5,441,000€, an average of 34,437€.   The offspring by Muscle Hill, Ready Cash, Bold Eagle and Readly Express were the sire sale leaders based on median.          by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The annual Arqana Trot Yearling Sale at Deauville has been completed with good results. There were 328 lots sold at an average 25,077€ with gross proceeds in excess of 8.2€ million. There were five lots sold for over 100,000€ led by sons of Ready Cash, Bold Eagle, Carat Williams and Bird Parker. Catalog pages of the two sale toppers are attached. The third sale session featured yearlings sired by first and second crop stallions. 120 lots sold in session three for an average of 38,658€ (gross sales 4,639,000€). Offspring of Charly du Noyer and Cristal Money averaged 42,000€ and 33,500€respectively. 15 lots by Carat Williams sold for an average of 38,000€ led by hip 416, Iceman du Klau and the offspring by Django Riff and Dollar Macker were well sold. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Alcoy (5m Ready Cash-Divann) won the Cagnes sur Mer Saturday featured Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 66,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 12 starters European) timed in 1.14.3kr. Christophe Martens teamed the winner for Ceke Farm BVBA and trainer Vincent Martens. The 9/10 favorite, now a five-time winner in France in 18 appearances, and with life earnings of 322,660€, defeated 5.6/1 Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier) with Stephane Cingland at the lines and third finishing 33/1 Creature Castelets (7f Pomerol de Laumac) handled by J.Ch. Feron. A pair of 25-meter handicapped performers, Balbir and Cicero Noa, finished fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s fine Enghien program included the Prix de Geneve (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2875 meters, 11 European starters, four-year olds) that went to 1.13.2kr timed and 1.8/1 odds Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. It was his seventh career victory in 24 starts now for 305,790€ earned. 11/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) rallied for second with Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. 1.8/1 co-favorite Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove) took third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Next up was the day’s Quinte+ race of the day, the Prix du Port de L’Alma (purse 51,000€, 2150 meters, 15 starters). The 1.12.9kr timed victory went to 4.7/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet-Glamour d’Haufor) with Charles J. Bigeon up for breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. It was the winner’s 10th career win in 46 starts now for 248,570€ in life earnings. The 1.9/1 favorite Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) held second for Eric Raffin and third was 44/1 Bel Air (8g Ganymede) handed by P-Y Verva. 12/1 Aron The Baron and 60/1 Panoramic completed the top five and it set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 128,673€ to three winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 2,982,881€ and over 6,608,881€ wagered on the race. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (purse 130,000€, 2875 meters, International UET Masters Series) saw 27/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) score from the pocket with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer J-M Bazire. Race time was 1.12.9kr as the winner scored for the 10th time in 18 starts in France. His career earnings are now 489,654. The stablemate and 4/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) held second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule. 62/1 Cash Gamble (6m Ready Cash-No Way Back) took third for Eric Raffin, ahead of 22/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) and pilot Franck Nivard. Fast class five-year olds contested the Prix de la Porte de Versailles (purse 59,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 10 starters) with victory to 1.8/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop for Germany owner Mme. M. Jauss, his fourth win in France in 11 starts, now for life earnings of 232,282€. Race time was 1.13.3kr. The 2.1/1 Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was placed second with J-M Bazire the trainer/driver. Classic Connection was second and a dq due to a miscue on the line. 18/1 Broadwell (5m Conway Hall-Boria) was placed third with Robin Bakker the pilot. Placed fourth was 28/1 Vanity Luis (5f Ideale Luis) handled by Eric Raffin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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