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December 1, 2018 - Harness racing Groupe tests at Vincennes on Saturday included the Gr. II Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin, purse 120,000€, 2850 meters, 11 European starters, harness racing five year olds) that saw 4.2/1 Dark Night Love (5f Royal Lover-Qucrida de Vonnas) score timed in 1.14.3kr with trainer J-M Bazire aboard. 14/1 Desir Castelets (5m Quaker Jet-Ophelie Jet) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Luc Roelens. 6.2/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) rallied for third with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire 18/1 Dreamer Boy (5m Gazouillis) and 69/1 Dragon des Racques (5m Love You) completed the top five and 7/10 favorite Detroit Castelets was a dq and last year’s Grand Prix d’UET winner Drole de Jet was unplaced, this being his second appearance since September 2017. The Prix de Rencontres Internationales (purse 20,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) drew a good collection of international drivers. Two were scratched including a horse drawn to USA’s Hunter Oakes. The winner was 3/1 Amigo Turgot (8g Prince d’Espace-Paloma de Collerie) with Mykola Volf up for trainer Franck Blandin. Second was 5.3/1 Up Ans Go (10g Fripon Rose) with Alexandre Abrivard up and third was 35/1 Viking Dream (9g Iserio) with Clint Vassallo up for trainer A.G. Maillard. Ultimo du Douet with Mme. Renate Aarle aboard and Vif d’Or du Poli with driver Niels Jongejans at the lines completed the top five. Race time was 1.13.9kr by the winner. The Prix Vourasie (Gr. III, 80,000€, 2200 meters, 10 European starters, two year olds) completed the groupe events and this one went to 8.3/1 odds Green Grass (2f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. This filly now has three wins in five career appearances for 72,400€ earned. Race time was 116.4kr. The 5.7/1 Gloria Berry (2f Quaker Jet-Tequila Berry) was a close second for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, and 3.8/1 Grainer de Craere (2f Booster Winner-Pearl MIP) was third with Yoann Lebourgeois driving for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The 1.1/1 favorite and previously unbeaten in four starts, Girls Talk (2f Brillantissime-Be My Girl), was a miscue dq. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 4, 2017 - The Prix d’Alencon (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine European monte starters) began the Saturday Paris-Vincennes harness racing program and it went to 1.13.6kr timed and 10.4/1 odds Shadow Gar (6f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) with jockey Franck Nivard up, for trainer H.E. Bondo and Scuderia Erodi di Gubellini of Italy. 2.2/1 Catalogne (6f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Jabadie) was second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 17.1/1 Belle Louise Mabon (6f Derby du Gite-Nefertiti Mabon) for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Yves Dreux. The Gr. II Prix Louisle Bourg (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, ten monte starters) produced a rallying victory for 3/2 favorite Durzie (5f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Ecurie Augustin-Normand. 6.1/1 Dominator Blond (4m Kenor de Cosse-Orchidee Blonde) was second for Damien Bonne and third was 11.6/1 Dahlia du Rib (4m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) for jockey Alexis Collette, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, the breeder/owner. The Q+ Prix Maurepas (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.14.8kr timed and 2.8/1 Carla Love (5f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnas) for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire. 14.6/1 Calencia (5f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. 6.8/1 Clea Madrik (5f Prince d’Espace-Paisy Tivoli) took third for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Benoit Robin. The next two finishers were off at 19/1 and 50/1 odds respectively. The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, nine starters) went to a game front-ending 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for owner Frederic Sauque. Arlington now has 12 wins in 48 starts for €464,650 earned. 14.1/1 Alpha Saltor (7m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) rallied for second ridden by Matthieu Abrivard and third was 10.9/1 Texas de l’Iton (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee) for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Hughes Levesque. 10.3/1 odds Venezia de Mai (8f Prodigious-Iomoe de Tesse) took the Prix de Montsoreau (purse €66,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) timed in 1.12.9kr. The barefoot winner was reined by Nicolas Mortagne. 3.2/1 Monas Invercote (8f Vikings Kronos-Monas Speranza) was second, beaten a neck for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Third was 14/1 Un Cher Ami (9g Jag de Bellouet-Olygarchy) for Mathieu Daougabel. The featured Prix de Selection (Gr. I, purse €240.000, 2200 meters distance handicap, nine starters) went to 1.11.4kr timed and 47.4/1 odds Discours Joyeaux (4m Goetmals Wood-Quelle Copine). Racing barefoot for Damien Bonne, the winner is trained by Thierry Raffegeau for owner J.Y. Roze. 25.6/1 Dreammoko (4m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, and trainer Richard Westerink, also trainer/owner of the champion Timoko. 20.4/1 Black d’Avril (6m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) took third reined by J-M Bazire for trainer Frederic Prat. 2/1 favorite Carat Williams was fourth ahead of fifth finishing Doberman. Thomas H. Hicks

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