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The 6.8/1 Flicka de Blary (4f Sam Bourbon-Kalinkaya) took today’s Gr. III monte Prix Olry-Roederer (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 13 starters) at Vincennes with Mme. Camille Levesque in the irons for trainer/owner Thomas Levesque.  This was the sixth career victory for the winner in only 20 starts and her life earnings are now 205,730€. Race time was 1.13.8kr. The 3.6/1 Fado du Chene (4m Singalo-Star du Chene) took second with P.Ph. Ploquin aboard for trainer Julien Le Mer and owner Chaude Guedj that overcame a 25-meter handicap. 33/1 Flamboyant Blue (4f Timoko) was third ahead of 16/1 Flore de Janeiro (4f Vanishing Point) and 5.8/1 Fakir de Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash), The Prix de Cognac (purse 51,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) saw 8.1/1 odds Dollar Soyer (6g Phlegyas-Quinoa Soyer) score timed in 1.13.1kr with Anthony Barrier the pilot for trainer Gregory Thorel and Ecurie La Pinsonniere. He recorded career victory seven in 55 starts now for 259,190€. The 9/10 favorite Duel du Gers (6g Quaker Jet) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and owner J-M Rancoule. 12/1 Crazy Charm (7g Prodigious) took third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Augustin Normand. 3.8/1 Dream Cash (6g Ready Cash) was fourth ahead of 19/1 Defi Pierji. Top flight action returns on Saturday to Vincennes with four groupe contests that will showcase Gotland, Girls Talk and Grace de Fael among others. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The trotting Paris-Vincennes program began today with the monte Prix de Rambouillet (purse 62,000£, 200 meters, 18 starters) with an impressive 1.13.4kr victory earned by 31/1 Bourbon Somolli (8g Sam Bourbon-Jamaica Somolli) with Mathieu Mottier aboard for owner/trainer Romauld Mourice. The 4.4/1 Chalimar de Guez (7g Nahar de Beval) took second with J.Y. Ricart in the irons for Ecurie Vautors and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Distant third was 2.7/1 Capitaine France (7g Modern Jaz) and jockey Matthieu Abrivard. The 119/1 long shot Vanity Luis (5g Ideal Luis-Cristina Luis) took the Prix de Verneuil (purse 47,000£, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) timed in 1.16.4kr with Francois Lagadeuc at the lines for owner Melissa de Craemer and trainer Mlle. Melanie Gibon. The 1.1/1 favorite Elena Princesse (5f Timoko) held second, with Franck Nivard aboard, and 9/1 Epatante Star (5f Lets Go Along) was third with Eric Raffin the reinsman. The fourth through sixth finishers were off at 31, 32, and 26/1 odds respectively. Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Munich (purse 75,000£, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) saw a good level trotteurs lineup for this event. The 4.1/1 Tessy d’Ete (7g Ganymede-Love Me Tender) rallied to win for Franck Nivard, Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and trainer Philippe Billard. Race time was a quick 1.10.3kr off “speed” fractions. Tessy d’Ete now sports six career wins in FR from 23 career starts for 414,169£ earned. The 47/1 I Love Paris (9f Steinlager) was second with David Thomain up for trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was the 1.4/1 favorite Mindyourvalue WF (6g Hovding Lavec) trained by Robert Bergh and reined by Gabriele Gelormini. The 62/1 Cicero Noa, Christophe Martens up, and 7/1 Barrio Josselyn, for Jean Michel Bazire, completed the Q+ exact order top five that paid 40,367.80£ to 15 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 4,764,224£ The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel (purse 100,000£, 2850 meters, 11 starters) saw the 3/2 favorite Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove-Rangoon) prevail for pilot Anthony Barrier, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Armand Speisser. The winner recorded his fourth career victory in 19 starts now for 219,030£ earned. Race time was 1.14kr. 7.5/1 Fanina des Racques (4f Ready Cash) was second with Franck Nivard up and 34/1 Fend la Bise (4f Prince Gede) was third with trainer Franck Anne aboard. The 2.9/1 second choice Fakir du Lorault was a dq. The improving City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) took the Prix de Gournay en Bray (purse 47,000£, 200 meters, 12 European starters) at 7/10 favorite odds today with Robin Bakker aboard for trainer Erwin Bot. Ecurie Gerrits Recyling B.V. owns the now two time winner in six FR outings, clocked today in 1.14.3kr. The 27/1 Great Gatsby As (4m Abano As-Glide Be Nimble) was second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Erwin But (again) and owner L.G. Gerrits. Third was 24/1 Falco de Douet (4m kin du Cap Vert) with Tony LeBeller at the lines. The 75,000£ purse Prix de Lisieux was raced over 2850 meters by 12 European monter starters with the 1.15.3kr timed victory earned by 1.3/1 favorite Beau de Grimoult (8g Pacifque Gede-Quelle Bora). Melle. Mathilde Collet was the winning jockey for trainer Franck Anne and Ecurie de Grimoult. Beau scored for the 18th time in an 88 race career and increased his life earnings to 454,300£. 21/1 Varum Boy (10f Baccarat du Pont) was second for Damien Boone and 1.4/1 second wagering choice Julio de Luxe (10g Juliano Star) was third for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Bjorn Goop. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Batavia, NY --- International trotting came to Batavia Downs on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 6) as the French-bred Bioness shipped in and captured the $15,000 Brian Schroeder Memorial Trot. The Downs annual signature invitational trot is named for the long-time western New York trainer/driver Brian Schroeder whose specialty was breaking and racing diagonal-gaited Standardbreds. Schroeder passed away on October 11, 2007 after a lengthy illness. Schroeder conditioned and raced some of the best trotters of his era at Batavia Downs as well as on the Grand circuit. Aside from all the races he won in western New York, Schroeder's career highlights included competing in the 1993 Hambletonian with Collier St Joey and finishing second with Financial Paige in the Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly trot at Woodbine in 1995. Leaving from post eight, Bioness (Kevin Cummings) made his way to the top and settled in past the quarter in :28.1. With no opposition Cummings backed the next panel down to :29.4 and looked confident on the point. As the race made its way into the third turn, Southern Palms (Shawn McDonough) pulled first-up from fifth and started the rim trek in a slow, methodical fashion. When the group hit the three-quarters Bioness had opened up a two length lead while Southern Palms made his way to second, but still with much work to do. At the top of the lane Bioness looked home free, but McDonough was working his horse hard and getting favorable results. Southern Palms came flying down the lane while Bioness really needed the line. With both drivers in full swing, Bioness hung on by a head to win in 1:57. "The plan was to go to the front from the start and when I got there he felt fine the whole mile. He was game holding that other horse off at the wire but he was all in at that point," said Cummings after the race. Bioness ($5.00) scored his fourth win in 14 starts this year and the purse pushed his earnings to $101,688 for 2018. Northfork Racing Stable owns Bioness who is trained by Chris Oakes. The winner was greeted in the Purple Haze winner's circle by many friends and family of Brian Schroeder. Bioness (Sam Bourbon-Quiradelle D'hilly) was purchased and imported this spring through the French-American Trotting Club (FATC) program developed by the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. The 7-year-old gelding competed in three legs of the FATC series at Yonkers in August before winning the $120,000 final, going the mile and one-half in 2:58. After having a three-week sabbatical, Bioness qualified at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:54.3 before shipping to Batavia for this engagement.   Tim Bojarski

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, September 2, 2018-A second-tier Bioness (Brian Sears, $33.80) made one decisive move Sunday afternoon (Sept. 2nd), winning the $120,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's French-American Trotting Club Series. The finale, wrapping a four-race series for imported French-breds, went at the mile-and-a-half and the first of the four added-distance races. Away sixth (fifth after a breaker) from post position No. 9, Bioness made the lead from 47-1 Adagio de la Tour (Jason Bartlett) between the :28.3 opening quarter-mile and the :59.1 half. He then fought off Uhlan Noir (Brent Holland), with Deo (George Brennan) wide behind that one. While this was going on, 6-5 choice favorite Versachet (Jordan Stratton) found himself going wide to nowhere, while second choice Ursis des Caillons (Joe Bongiorno) was done in by an early break. After subsequent substations of 1:28.3, 1:58 and 2:28, Bioness opened to three lengths into the lane. Though tiring, Bioness did hold sway over a handful of pursuers, winning by a length in 2:58. Adagio de la Tour (Jason Bartlett) closed from a loose pocket and wound up second, with Alpha D'Urzy (Louis-Philippe Roy) third. Ursis des Caillions did recover for fourth, with first leader Barry Black (Austin Siegelman) lasting for the last pay envelope. For fifth choice Bioness, a 7-year-old Sam Bourbon gelding owned by Northfork Racing Stable and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his third win in 13 seasonal starts (a second and two thirds in series prelims). The exacta paid $1,004, the triple returned $6,978 and the superfecta paid $43,653 (base $2 payout). The week's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot, at the old-fashioned flat mile, was won by down-the-road Obrigado (Mark MacDonald, $5.90) in 1:55.2 Sunday's final-for-a-while summer stock presentation of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 4-Ruler of the Nile (Saratoga's 1st race) and 6-Lord Cromwell (Yonkers' 3rd race), returning $18.70 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $7,490. The next Sunday matinee is Nov. 4th (post time TBA). Note that the Raceway is dark for live racing Monday and Tuesday nights (Sept. 3rd and 4th), returning Thursday night (Sept. 6th), with the evening norm first post of 6:50 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

November 7, 2016 - Today’s rain and fog did not deter impressive victories by Douce Rebelle, the grand-dame of monte trots Scarlet Turgot and Dijon. The race summaries follow for these superb harness racing events. Today’s Gr. II Prix Reine du Corta (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 12 three year old fillies) at Paris-Vincennes went to 3.6/1 Douce Rebelle (3f Sam Bourbon-Rebelle) clocked in 1.14.8kr. Legendary owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois teamed this Yves Boireau trainee that was bred in Italy at Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. Douce Rebelle now has eight wins in 18 starts for earnings of €225,900. 6.2/1 Delia du Pommereux (3f Niky-Noure du Pommereux) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Sylvain Roger. Heavily favored at 9/10 odds was third finishing Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) that Gabriel Gelormini teamed for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Fourth was 32/1 Don’t Explain (3f Prodigious-Quarmen du Qite) for breeder/owner/trainer Allaire ans driver Matthieu Abrivard. The Prix de Lesparre (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) contested this day in rain and fog went to the 0.5/1 favorite Carat Williams (4m Prodigious-Miss Williams) clocked in 1.14kr for David Thomain and trainer Sebastian Guarato, racing barefoot. 40//1 Currency (4f Orlando Vici-Precious Of Fee) was next for driver Franck Nivard and trainer Souloy with third to 13/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (5m Magnificent Rodney-Nymphe du Dollar) took third for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger. The grande monte mare Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) at 9/10 odds took the Gr. II Prix Reynolds (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 monte starters) timed in 1.12.6kr (mile rate 1:56.81) with a front-end score for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Y-A Briand and owner Mme. Th. Hoste. Christian Hoste bred the 22 time career winner from 90 starts, now for earnings of €1,376,250. 8/1 Tornade de Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Halana du Torme) was second for Eric Raffin and 44/1 Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Noir-Madone On Wood) finished third for Leo Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 3.3/1 Attentionally was fourth for jockey David Thomain. The Quinte+ Prix d’Arcachon (purse €82,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to 4.2/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) for driver Eric Raffin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Pirat of Sweden. The winner was timed in 1.12.5kr. Two stablemates were second and third. 12.2/1 Up The Green (8m Espeyrac Sun-Nemerine) was second for Franck Nivard and owner Jean Louis Colombier and third was 27.4/1 Nuage en Ciel (9m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle) with Pippo Gubellini driving for owner Scuderia Fast Horse Srl of Italy. The Gr. II Prix Abel Bassigay (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, seven three year old colts) went to 1.14.1kr timed and 6.7/1 odds Dijon (3m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner Mme. Mauricette De Sousa). Heavily favored 1/10 odds Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) went down to defeat with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire. 23.2/1 Diablo du Noyer (3m Jasmin de Flore-Une Et Indivisible) rallied for third with trainer William Bigeon driving. Thomas H. Hicks    

Paris-Vincennes’ Prix Sapientia (Pick 5 harness racing event) was raced by 14 entrants over 2700 meters for the €36,000 purse. The 1.15.7kr winner was 5.9/1 odds Cats de la Ferme (4f Sam Bourbon-Premiere Blue) for reinsman Franck Nivard. Jean Baudron trains this one and was also breeder. 54/1 C’est Facile (4f Rocklyn-Maflymede) took second for Louis Baudron, he trainer and breeder. Mme. Amandine Baudron owns this one. 24/1 Caline Bretonne (4f Bassano-Madame de Lorge) took third spot for trainer/driver Didier Brohier. The day’s featured event was the Gr. III Prix Jean Paul Fairand, a monte contest over 2175 meters for a €90,000 purse. Nine were at the start (along with their apprentice jockeys) with 25.3/1 Safari Dream (10g Gai Brillant-La Nemoria) recording the quick 1.11.1kr victory for Mlle. Lolita Balayn, trainer Lois Peschet and Ecurie de Rougemont. The mile rate for the winner was 1:54.40 over 1.35 miles distance, a monte record for the distance at Paris-Vincennes. 9/10 favorite Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Nois-Madone On Wood) was second for Leo Abrivard and trainer Benjamin Goetz, with third to 15/1 Tonnerre de Retz (9g First de Retz-Kaline du Solnan) third for Antoine Dabouis and trainer J-F Senet. The race pace was fast (1.05.8kr at1500 meters to go, 1.07.2kr at 1000 meters remaining). The pupil of Loïc Peschet surpassed the 2010 record of Picsou de Villabon (1.11.3kr). On the same program the Prix Penelope (purse €35,000, 2850 meters, ten starters) went to 1.9/1 favorite Dulcinee Vrie (3f Royal Dream-Primeur Vrie) with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baiudron clocked in 1.16.3kr. The daughter of a Prix d’Amerique winner defeated 4.6/1 Diane d’Houlbec (3f OBrillant-Perplexe Lucanoise) with Matthieu Abrivard up, finishing ahead of 2.9/1 Daelia de Vandel (3f Ready Cash-Maelia de Vandel) handled by trainer Cedrik Megissier for Ecurie La Tour de Vandel. Thomas H. Hicks

This week showcased two harness racing Groupe events, first at Lyon-Parilly and then at Paris-Vincennes Action at Lyon-Parilly showcased the Gr. III Grand Prix du Centre-Est for a purse of €100,000 and contested by 11 over the 2850 meter distance. Franck Nivard teamed 3.6/1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) to victory clocked in 1.15.6kr. Fabrice Souloy trains this winner. 6.8/1 Truman Dairpet (9g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Third went to 1.2/1 favorite Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina du Mirel) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Florence Allera. Lyon Parilly’s Prix de la Beauce (purse €25,000, 2000 meters, 7 starters) this day went to 6.6/1 odds Disco Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Romance Darling) and driver Bjorn Goop for trainer Wm. Ruth timed in 1.16.1kr. 31/1 Delicatesse (3f Mercaneaire-Thalie dHaumoniere) took second ahead of 7/1 Danse de Bertramnge (3f Korean-Olga du Chateau) for owner/trainer/driver Thierry Busset. Also at Lyon Parilly was the Quinte+ Prix du Pays Picois (purse €30,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) and 19/1 Uge d’Urzy (8g Jasmin de Flore-Jepee) prevailed for Serge Peltier, the reinsman. 7/1 Vespa du Bourgogne (7f Echo-Gym du Bois Morin) took second for Pierre Callier with 4/1 By Air (9g From Above-Come Fly With Me) flying home for the third spot. The winner was clocked in 1.15.6kr. The Gr. II Prix Rene Palyart (purse €120,000, Gr. II monte with nine starters, 2175 meters) headlined this Paris-Vincennes program with the impressive win to 1.13.3kr timed, 2.3/1 odds Cyprin d’Erable (4m Prodigious-Quinine d’Erable) with David Thomain in the irons. The Y-A Briand trainee is owned by Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. 40/1 Candela (4f First de Retz-Ofara) was second in a close finish with the third place horse 4.1/1 Chanceliere Citrus (4f Goetmals Wood-Noblesse du Corta). The latter is owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon, trained by L.Cl. Abrivard and Alexandre Abrivard was up. Also at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Henri Chretien (purse €48,000, 2200 meters, 13 monte starters with apprentice lad jockeys) went to the 1.16kr timed, 7.4/1 odds Venicio Bello (7g Kiwi-Illicia Bella) reined by Leo Abrivard for trainer Benjamin Goetz and owner Jorma Niskanen. 4.7/1 Ardelot was a three-length beaten second ahead of 28/1 Valroy. The prior days (May 2 and May 1) there was solid action at other venues. On M<ay 2 at Enghien-Soisy was the Prix du Pont Charles de Gaulle (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters). 10/1 Baladin Hongrois (5g Bon Conseil-Relodie Hongroise) recored the victory for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes clocked in 1.14.9kr. Second went to the narrowly beaten 16/1 Best Buissonay (5m L’ecu du Vernay-Nyota Buissonay) hanlded by trainer\/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute with 4.2/1 Bily de Gaeriniere (5g Prodigious-Haldane) gaining the third spot in a close photo for driver/trainer Matthieu Abrivard. Easytowin (5f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) at 5.1/1 rallied to win the Prix de Millau (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters) at Enghien timed in 1.15.2kr. Trained Dion P. Tesselaar piloted the winner for owner/breeder Gerrits Recycling BV. The Dutch-bred mare bested 23/1 Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda) driven by trainer Thomas Levesque for owner Pierre Levesque. Third in a blanket finish for that spot went to 46/1 Botanie (5f Rieussec-Prima Simardiere) handled by Alexandre Abrivard. On May 2 at Cholet the 12/1 odds Bon Copain (5m Love You-Haie) took the Prix GTA Toutlemonde (purse €33,000, 2800 meters, 18 European starters) for trainer/driver Thierry Raffegeau. Clocked in 1.15.9kr this winner bested 13.5/1 Un Charme Fou (8m Love You-Ma Crown), reined by Loic Guinoiseau for trainer Franck Leblanc, and third finishing 1.1/1 favorite Avenir de Blay (6g Hooper-Mira Belle de Blay) with owner/trainer/driver Tony LeBeller at the lines. On May 1 at Alencon the turf specialists were on display in the Grand Prix Super U. Alencon for a €32,000 purse and contested over the 2650 meter distance by 16 horses. The 1.19.5kr timed winner was 1.3/1 odds favorite Verrazano Bridge (7g Offshore Dream-Kuala Lumpur) with trainer Thomas Levesque teaming for owner Pierre Levesque. 4.7/1 Vulcanie de Godrel (7f Memphis du Rib-Julietta) took second for reinsman Franck Nivard and 41/1 Vallee d’Haufor (7f Oiseau de Feux-Kabylie du Relais) took third for Ch.J. Bigeon driving for trainer Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

Friday evenings’ harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes included the Q+ Prix Neptuna (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 17 entrants) and a host of upper-class events including two Groupe II contests. The Gr. II Prix Gaston de Wazieres (purse €120,000, 2100 meters, 17 female four year-old participants) began the groupe action. 5.4/1 Combattante (4f Sam Bourbon-New York) scored timed in 1.12.4kr for Pierre Vercruysse. Louis Baudron trains and owns the fine mare. 24/1 Caly LouLou (4f Gazouillis-Neige de Genetine) took second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and 47/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) was third to the line. The Gr. II Prix Gaston Brunet (purse €120,000, 2100 meters, 11 four year-old male starters) was won by 2.3/1 Charly du Noyer (4m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) timed in 1.12.4kr and reined by Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for Olivier Henri Thomas. 19/1 Caid de Jumily (4m Oiseau de Feux-Ravenna) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 3.8/1 Clif du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) took third spot for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger. Charly du Noyer The Q+ started the festivities and the 1.12.9kr clocked winner was 1.7/1 Akayama (6f Prodigious-Nirosaka) with David Thomain aboard for trainer Alain Roussel. She defeated 3.2/1 Verzee Carisaie (7f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Harmonie Carisaie) handed by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer J-Et. Thuet.  Outsider Vizzavona (7f l’As de Viretaute-Gocity Coulonces) at 73/1 was third for owner/trainer/driver M-X Charlot. The Prix Aletheia (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) was next and the 1.13.1kr winner was 2.3/1 Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J;arrive du Gers) with trainer/owner Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines. 2.3/1 co-choice Athos des Volos (6m Lynx de Bellouet-Penelope des Volos) rallied for second with Matthieu Abrivard driving and 4.6/1 Aero King (6g Hooper-Quormina du Hour) held third for reinsman Anthony Barrier. Near end of the program, and on the petit piste, was the Prix Palma (purse €35,000, 2850 meters, 12 three year-old filly starters) and 5/2 odds Datcha (3f The Best Madrik-Quoska des Arris) was an easy winner for Franck Nivard and trainer Emmanuele Ruault. Ecurie Comte P de Montesson is the owner. 12/1 Dynamite du Boulay (3f Defi d’Aunou-Mona Lisa Jet) rallied for second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Thierry Reffegeau. Third was 11.3/1 Dunyasha (3f Sam Bourbon-Troila du Corta) that Gabby Gelormini teamed for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois; The race time for these lightly raced females was 1.18.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks

Today at Enghien the €80,000 Prix de Lure was the harness racing feature and a Pick5 wagering contest. 13 European starters went 2875 meters with the 1.14.6kr winner being 0.5/1 favorite Call Me Keeper (6m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) with Franck Nivard up for Daniel Reden training for Stall Zet. 23/1 Radieux (6g Love You-Dordogne) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini with 6/1 Auch (6g Niky-Migraine) third to the line for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Denmark’s Pingus Vang (9g SJ’s Photo-New Wonder) took the day’s Quinte + (€3.35million jackpot) at Enghien, the Prix de Sedan over 2150 meters autostart. 16 European eligibles were at the start. The winner scored in 1.15.6kr at 8/1 odds to defeat 22/1 Utelo de Carentone (8g Kiwi-Maeva d’Harcouel) and third finishing 9/1 Vivaldo Bello (7m Love You-Enfilade) driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The dam Enfilade also produced double Prix-d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Comtesse Flore (4f Sam Bourbon-Topaze de Fael) took today’s Prix de Marennes at Enghien as 15 starters battled for the €48,000 over the 2875 meter distance. Tony Le Beller teamed the 3.6/1 odds winner timed in 1.16.66kr for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 5/1 Comtesse (4f Oiseau de Feux-Oeniades) was second for Mathieu Mottier and third went to 3/1 favorite Cadeace (4f Scipion du Goutier-Orchidee Rouge) with J-M Bazire up for trainer Franck Leblanc. Yesterday at Mons Ghlin Capitole (7g Offshore Dream-Extra Dry) took the Prix Capelle Belgique over the 2300 meter autostart course for a purse of €5,760. 16 International starters were at the start with the 1.2/1 odds favorite home on top in 1.15.6kr for trainer/driver Hugo Langeweg Jr. On the same card the Prix Journal Eurotierce for €7,200 over 2850 meters was contested by nine international participants. The 1.16.2kr winner was the 9/10 favorite Trailing Edge (7m Scarlet Knight-Veda Sund) driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and Ecurie Rally. On the last weekend solid action took place in Italy. On February 27 at Aversa the €45,100 purse Gr. II Gran Premio Andreani went to the 1.13.4kr timed Telecomando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) for Enrico Bellei. The victory over 1660 meters on the half-miletrack was number eight in 15 starts for earnings now in excess of €123,000. Tobias Del Ronco (4m Love You-Leonor Del Ronco-Supergill) was second for G.P. Minnucci with third to Tulum (4m Algiers Hall-Image OM-Lemon Dra). On Sunday February 28 at Firenze’s 1000 meter track the Gr. II Prix Ponte Vecchio for €45,100 went to Radiofreccia FI (6f Ganymede-Castilia-Lemon Dra) for Enrico Bellei timed in 1.13.5kr over 2020 meters. Rum E Coca Day was second ahead of well-regarded Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill). The race winner recorded her 15th victory in 55 starts now for over €395,000 earned. Veteran Mack Grace SM (10m CC’s Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) has made two recent starts in Italy after eight months away from the races. On January 28 he scored a 1.13.2kr victory at Albenga  over 1600 meters and on February 28 the classy old-timer finished second at Milano timed in 1.13.9kr. He’s earned €3,668 in those two efforts. It was also reported that Prix de Paris winner Lionel will get a short rest to be ready for a next start in mid-April at Enghien in the Prix de l’Atlantique. The son of Look de Star, he by Coktail Jet, would then likely return to Norway for the Oslo Grand Prix, a Gr I International test at Bjerke Racecourse on June 12, a race to which Lionel has already been invited. Oslo GP 2016: http://www.bjerke.no/Bjerke/OGP/2016/4siders%20A4%20folder_2016_korrektur3.pdf Thomas H. Hicks  

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

14.6/1 Sud (10g Kerido du Donjon-Ima du Houx-Vikings Way) was the upset winner of today’s Quinte+ Gr. III Prix Jules Roucayol (purse €80,000, 2925 meters, 15 European starters) driven by Xavier Fontaine. 117.6/1 Starter du Rib (10g Ganymede-Jiviga) was second for trainer/driver J-Ch Feron and owner Ecurie Rib, with 7.9/1 Oropuro Bar (8m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks) home third. 14.6/1 Sire de la Creuse was fourth with well-regarded 5.3/1 Going For Gold ZAZ (8m Scarlet Knight-Spritte ZAZ) fifth for Dominik Locqueneux. Time for the winner, now with career earnings of €669,820, was 1.14.2kr and the longshots generated a sizeable exact finish Q+ payoff. Also at Cagnes-sur-mer the Prix de Pezenas (purse €17,000, 2925 meters, 13 starters) went to 7/10 favorite Defi The Best (3m Timoko-Pampa) for trainer/driver Yannick Alain Briand and Ecurie des Charmes. 4.6/1 Destin de Bry (3m Coktail Jet-Ovadara) was second for driver/trainer Romain Derieux and owner Antonio De Sousa. Time was 1.20.3kr for the lightly raced youngster. On the rain-soaked CSM course 3/5 favorite Bering (5g Sam Bourbon-Nigella-Cedre du Vivier) scored in 1.18.9kr in the Prix de Seville (purse €28,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters) for driver Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Stall Verrazzano AB. 78.8/1 Bijoa des Loups (5g Nahar de Beval-Jodie du Bois) was second for trainer/driver M-J Ruault. 6.8/1 Beaux Arts (5g Coktail Jet-Royale Surprise) ended third for Romain Derieux and owner De Sousa. At CSM the 1.8/1 odds As Dore (6m Coktail Jet-Dragiree D’Or) won timed in 1.15.1kr in the Prix d’Olargues (purse €32,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters) with Dominik Locqueneux aboard for trainer Robert Bergh. 7/1 Togo de Bassiere (9g Orsy Dream-Gerasa) ended second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. At Toulouse Le Cepiere another Timoko foal, Douloureuse (3f Timoko-Migraine), scored in the €21,000 purse Prix d’Astaffort over 2100 meters. Timed in 1.20.7kr the winner bested seven rivals including second finishing Demolition Blue (3f Maestro de Neuvy-Narkese Blue). Racing at Wolvega this evening produced several interesting winners. The €6,600 purse Finale Regio Challenge over 2100 meters autostart went to the 1.16.8kr winner Darwin Boko (6g From Above-True Colors) with John De Leeuw up for trainer Peter J. Strooper. Frankie Lobell (4g Dream Vacation-Lightning Prayer) took the €6,600 Prix Wilma Vab der Zwann over 2100 meters autostart. Hugo Langeweg Jr. drove this one to the 1.16.1kr victory. First Dream (4m Lindy Lane-Hungadream) also scored at Wolwega timed in 1.1.9kr for Dion P. Tesselaar in an event worth €5,500 over the 2100 meter autostart course. The day’s featured Prix Gouden Paard (purse €9,900, 2600 meters, eight starters) went to the 1.16.3kr timed, 4.3/1 odds Secret Boy (8g Allison Hollow-Sugarcanes Riviera) for Dion Tesselaar. Favorite Banker Transs R was second with Crizzly Bear third for Jos. Verbeeck. Thomas H. Hicks  

Prominent New Zealand harness racing breeder Grant Beckett is a big fan of French stallion Sam Bourbon and jumped at the chance to once again breed to the popular French stallion when his semen was reintroduced to New Zealand by Haras des Trotteurs this season. “I was firstly attracted by his looks, he is a stunning horse,” says Beckett, who breeds both rams and standardbreds at his farm in Cheviot. Becket breeds for the sales from six or seven predominantly trotting mares each year and has produced the likes of Group I winner Quite A Moment and the good winners Duke Of The Moment, Phoebe Revival, Hot Chocolate Tart, KD Hall, KD Muscles, Phoebe Gladiator, Phoebe Sunset and Twice As Much – a sub 2 minute son of Sam Bourbon. Originally named KD Bourbon, the colt was bought at the 2013 Premier yearling sales in Christchurch by legendary French breeder Jean Pierre Dubois and Australian trainer Anton Golino for $25,000. “Seeing the ‘Godfather of Trotting Trainers’, J P Dubois as a part owner of a horse I bred gives me a great thrill,” admits Beckett. “Just a shame we didn't have anyone bidding against him on sale day.  They promptly changed his name to Twice As Much, obviously what they thought they were going to have to pay.” Precocious, like his sire, Twice As Much won the Listed NSW 2YO Breeders Challenge and is currently spelling at Anton Golino's new premises at Ballarat before embarking on his 4YO campaign. Beckett also has a full sister to the colt out of his good mare Kazzle Dazzle called KD Spirit who he says has her dad’s good looks and has just had a growth spurt. Both Twice As Much and KD Spirit have wonderful temperaments says Beckett. “I love the fact Sam Bourbon is by super sire Goetmals Wood out of a broodmare gem Etta Extra, amazingly she has two Elitloppet winners Dimitria and dual winner Roquepine very close up in her pedigree, this with the addition of Stars Pride and Speedy Crown. “Goetmals Wood also has Caprior in his pedigree, supposedly he had a heart like Phar Lap. I also was sent a DVD of him racing which really got me hooked on him, in a couple of races he had to work two and three times and still won impressively.” Sam Bourbon’s price was and still is attractive, says Beckett. “Originally $2500 when he stood in France for 14,000 euros. Even at his new price ($3000 + GST) he is terrific value considering he is now a top line proven sire in France. “ A classical performer on the racetrack himself, Sam Bourbon displayed early speed and  was second in both the  Criterium des Jeunes (Group I) and the Prix Championnat Européen des 3 ans (European 3YO Championship) ( Group I) and third in the intergenerational Prix de l'Etoile ( Group I). He also won the Group II Prix Jules Thibault. A tall, elegant, athletic horse, Sam Bourbon has passed his early speed and athleticsm to his progeny such as outstanding daughter Combattante, who was the first filly home when third in the recent blue riband Criterium des 3 Ans after earlier winning the Group II Prix Reina du Corta, in which another Sam Bourbon filly, Cylee Nevele, was third. Sam Bourbon has been one of the top five leading sires of 2YO trotters in each of his three crops and was fifth in the just completed 2YO season earnings. Harnesslink Media

October 13, 2015 - An excellent trotting card was on stage this evening at Paris-Vincennes. Combattante (3f Sam Bourbon-New York) took the Prix Ophiucus (purse €58,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) as the Eric Raffin piloted filly scored in 1.15.7kr at 6.3/1 odds. Louis Baudron owns and trains the winner that is from New York 1:57.1 (US$145,660), she a daughter of In Love With You-Comtesse d’Aunou-Baltic Speed-Nesmile, the latter dam of Buvetier d’Aunou, Defi d’Aunou, Extreme Aunou and Unispeed. New York previously produced Texas Style 1:57.3 (US$342,277) and is a 100% producer from her first five foals. 15/1 Capucine des Neuzy (3f Rambaldi-Julie a’Aubrac) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and 13/1 Creation (3f Rieussec-Ovation) landed the third spot for trainer/driver J-G Van Eeckhaute. The featured Prix Ludovica (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 11 four year-old starters) this evening went to 4.4/1 odds Babylone Seven (4f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala) timed in 1.14.3kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 25/1 Beaute de Baily (4f Vivaldi de Chorce-Oceane de Bailly) was a close second ahead of Bianca des Iles (4f Open Charm-Itija Paquerie) on the petit course at Vincennes Monte three year-old performers contested the Prix Phact (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters), a Gr. II event, that went to 5.2/1 odds Candela (3f First de Retz-Ofana) clocked in 1.15.2kr for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois in an open-length victory. 17/1 Cincinnati Bond (3f Prince Gede-Miranda d’Odyssee) was next for Anthony Barrier and third was earned by 79/1 outsider Caceaude Noel (3m Corot-Nuit de Noel) ridden by Philippe Masschaele. Vincennes’ Prix Algina for two year-olds (purse €38,000, 2200 meters, 7 starters) resulted in a narrow victory for the Yves Boireau trained Dream Darling (2m Sam Bourbon-Let’s Go Darling) and driver/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois clocked in 1.18.3kr and off at 4.9/1 odds. Let’s Go Darling 1:57.5 (US$370,959) is a daughter of Coktail Jet-Fly Darling-Podosis and Fly Darling is dam of Valse Darling 1:54.3 (US$560,587). The 3/5 favorite Django Riff (2m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) was second, driven by Joseph Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Darwin Maza (2m Coktail Jet-Paloma) was third at 6.1/1 odds for Ecurie de Maza and trainer Sebastien Guarato. At Mons Ghlin Belgium today the featured Prix Journal Eurotierce Belgium (purse €8,400, 2850 meters autostart, 10 entrants) went to 1,2/1 favored class-master Olmo Holz (7m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) driven by trainer Christophe Martens for owner Frans Delmote. The winner scored narrowly in 1.16.5kr over Out of Nowhere (9m Great Challenger-Gladstone) and third finishing Une de Bannes (7f Vroum d’Or-Jeune de Bannes) and reinsman Rik Dupuydt. Thomas H. Hicks

September 28, 2015 - Today’s two year-old Prix du Pont de Tolbiac (purse €32,000, 2250 meters, 12 starters) went to owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois and his 4.1/1 Douce Rebelle (2f Sam Bourbon-Rebelle). Yves Boireau is the trainer. 15/1 Diana du Pech (2f Origero Lap-Rivale du Pech) was second for Yves Dreaux with third to 6/1 Daphne du Coglais (2f Texas Charm-Jasmine du Coglais) driven by Julien Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Fourth went to 3.1/1 Douloureuse (2f Timoko-Migraine) for owner/trainer/driver Richard Westerink. Race time was 1.18.3kr. The pedigree of the winner is one of the best in Europe. Dam Rebelle, a winner of US$100,225) is a 2005 daughter of Defi d’Aunou (Armbro Goal-Nesmile) and Island Dream (Coktail Jet-Bambina), she dam of Infinitif (US$750,093) by Pine Chip, Viva Island (US$374,815) by Goetmals Wood and Not Disturb (US$373,948) by Defi d’Aunou. Infinitif has proven to be a useful sire, despite small books in a variety of countries, including Monday night’s Ontario Sires Gold 1:54.4s winner at Mohawk (last quarter :27.4), Don’t Rush (3m Infinitif-Color Me Pretty-Muscles Yankee) trainer by part-owner R. Dustin Jones. The Quinte+ Prix de Sqint-Chamond (purse €45,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) went to Italy’s 8.8/1 odds Prevedello (6m Pine Chip-Jouelinotte) for reinsman Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens, clocked in 1.14.1kr. Holders of an exact order €2 ticket earned €5,672 (excluding jackpot that today was €3.95 million). David Thomain piloted 5.8/1 Voltigeur (6g Quaro-Haute Voltige) to second for trainer Sebastien Guarato with 8.7/1 odds Caen Oldeson from Holland home third. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 12 Prevedello ITY C. Martens M. Nangniot V. Martens 2ème 1 Voltigeur D. Thomain Ecurie Serge Bernereau S. Guarato 3ème 7 Caen Oldeson HOL J. de Leeuw Jachthaven de Groot B.V. F.-A. Westerveld 4ème 15 Viking America SWE D. Locqueneux WHAP Trotting AB Lutfi Kolgjini 5ème 14 Mr Looba Looba FIN E. Raffin Tmi Hilmi Mme S. Aronsson    Rapports (pour 2€)     Tirelire 3.950.000 € - Numéro plus : 0975       Ordre :       5.672,60€       Désordre :       104,40€       Bonus 4 :       16,80€       Bonus 4sur5 :       8,40€       Bonus 3 :       5,60€                     The Prix de Saulieu (purse €40,000, 2150 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to the 1.15.7kr winner Combattante (3f Sam Bourbon-New York) for Eric Rafffin and owner/trainer Louis Baudron. At 2.7/1 odds Combattante defeated 2.6/1 Causeway Bay (3f Look de Star-Prime Rose) driven by Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. 7.5/1 Chiba de Vandel (3f Ganymede-Tilka de Vandel) was third for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. On Sunday at Kincsem Park (“KP”) the featured 600,000Huf Billund DIJ over 2400 meters autostart, went to Ordog Hegeduse (7g Medic Hanover-Dallam-Megnas) for driver/trainer Ferenc Nagy II clocked in 1.19.4kr at 3/1. Speedy Boy (4g Wall Street Banker-Vat Lady-Endless Sands) was second, as favorite, for Veljko Mazsity. Veteran Jogging (12g Valley Guardian-Sportlady) was third for trainer/driver Sandor Varga. Also on the KP card was the 500,000Huf purse Lara Molnar for two year-olds over 1800 meters autostart. Undercover (2f What A Man-Gesa) was the 13/1 winner in 1.20.9kr for driver Pal Vicsen, trainer Joseph Rutkai and owner Prolongo Kft. Ugeto Star (2m America’s Dust-Intelligent Star-Oaklea Bluejay) was second at 2/1 for Laszlo Kolozsi ahead of the Sandor Varga teamed Ujrazz (2m Maximus Lindy-Gyorsalj-Witsends Speedy) at 35/1. The top older trotters contested the 400,000Huf Charlottenlund DIJ over 1800 meters autostart. Sanger MS (5g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) secured this win clocked in 1.16.6kr at 2/1 for driver Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs, trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Equine MS Srl. (Italy). Harlynda (6f Abano As-Sparkling-Coktail Jet) was a distant second with third to Salihamidzic (4m Wall Street Banker-Hellkon-Awesome Goal). Other interesting winners, all well-bred mares, on the KP card were 32/1 odds Alegria Dream (7f Andover Hall-Adri di Jesolo), Raffaella SM (5f Love You-Gus Oli SM) and Saxicola Jet (4f Naglo-Campala RAL). Thomas H. Hicks

June 27, 2015 - Enghien-Soisy hosted today’s harness racing Quinte+ (jackpot €3.65 million) named the Prix du Roussillon (€48,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, European) with the win going to 1.14.2kr clocked Oro Fks (7m Uronometro-Fuschini America) and teamster Roberto Andreghetti. The Italian-bred stallion is owned by Stephano Bernardini and Fabrice Souloy is the FR trainer. He was off at 5.9/1 odds in the defeat of 10.6/1 Shamfalla (9f Den des Sark-Feria du Ringeat) with Eric Raffin up. 2.9/1 Undici (7g Kaiser Soze-Jobeth) was third for J-M Bazire, trainer Alain Roussel and owner Ecurie Roussel & Co. The Q+ exact order payoff without jackpot exceeded €5,500. The Prix de la Porte Saint-Martin (€55,000 purse, 2875 meters, 12 European starters) at Enghien this Saturday went to 1.16.8kr winner, 14/1 odds, Chanson d’Amour (3f Sam Bourbon-Song Of Love) for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Song Of Love is a 2006 foal of Coktail Jet-Guilty Of Love she the dam of Tonato Of Love (1:55 by Donato Hanover). Guilty Of Love is dam of Love You, Nice Love, In Dix Huit, Repeat Love and Perhaps Love, all winners of US$141,000 or more. 3.6/1 Tresor Dream (3f Andover Hall-Rafaele) from Italy was next for trainer/driver Santo Mollo and owner Scuderia Dream SAS. 5.2/1 Cathy A Quire (3f Password-Quira des Jacquets) was third with Franck Nivard teaming for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Belgium owner M.E. Desmet. The Prix de l’Observatoire (€55,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) at Enghien went to 7.3/1 odds, barefoot Prince Wind (6m Glidemaster-Solairesse) with trainer/driver Pipo Gubellini aboard for owner Scuderia Faillian of Italy. He scored in 1.13.9kr to defeat 3.8/1 Argol (5m Kool du Caux-Graminee) for Franck Ouvrie and trainer Vincent Jarry, also racing shoeless. 9.8/1 barefoot Verano du Reynard (6m Insert Gede-Nuranie des Noes) was third for Eric Raffin and conditioner Gregory Laurent. Fourth and fifth were Peace Of Mind and Pioneer Gar. Bionella (4f Jam Pridem-Hiona-Biesolo) was victorious at Enghien in the Prix de la Place des Alpes (€36,000 purse, 2875 meters, 15 female starters) clocked in 1.17.2kr. Franck Ouvrie was the pilot for trainer Anders Lindqvist, the third career win for Bionella, off at 18/1. 17/1 Belle de Marche (4f Legs du Clos-Neigede Marche) was second for Thibaut Le Floch, trainer/driver. 2.5/1 Bea Ecus (4f Quick Wood-Iffrida) was third for trainer/driver Markku Vartianen. Vire’s Prix de Neuilli-Levallois (monte females, €34,000 purse, 2250 meters, 10 starters) went to the 1.17kr winner, off at 2.9/1 odds, Coconut Citrus (3f Jag de Bellouet-Quize Sun) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L-Cl. Abrivard and owner J-P Barjon.  22/1 Chiurfa de Visais (3f Mood West-Perle d’Ouxy) was second for A.Tintillier and third finisher was 4.8/1 Cobrizia du Gite (3f Quatre Juillet-Hobrizia du Gite) with Eric Raffin in the irons. Also at Vire, the Prix Agrial (€22,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart), 14 entrants) went to 3/2 odds favorite Vacate Money (6f Prodigious-Making Money) for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, clocked in 1.13.6kr. 7/2 Valiant du Lamee (6g Karikal-Gouache de Girai) was second for teamster Sebastien Ernault and trainer Loic-Marie Dalifard with third to 5/1 Venus Castelets (6f Jasmin de Flore-Natural Pearl) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for Loic Peschet trainer. In Sweden, at Farjestad, this day the E3 Final Mares (Gr. I, 2140 meters autostart, 900,000SEK first money) went to Timbal (3f From Above-Clear As A Bell-Super Arnie) with Robert Bergh teaming for Stall Gaffelby. The winner, clocked in 1.12.5kr, now has a career slate of 9-0-0 in 11 starts for earnings in excess of 1,242,000SEK. Tunika (by Zola Boko) was second for Bjorn Goop with third to Facile Boko (by Virgil Boko) driven by Erik Adielsson. The E3 Gr. I Final International for males (2140 meters autostart, 900,000SEK to winner) became a four length victory for Poet Broline (3m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal) for Peter Untersteiner. Sucre (ny Jacose) was second for Christoffer Eriksson with third to Heavy Sound (gelded son of Ken Warkentin) and Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Roger Walmann. The winner was timed in 1.12.4kr. The aged trotters at Farjestad contested the Karlstad Metelisering AB (2140 meters autostart, 250,000SEK to winner) and the length victor was Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laure Kemp=Express Ride) with Christoffer Eriksson up clocked in 1.11.2kr. Hard Livin (8m SJ’s Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream) was next for Erik Adielsson and Stall Zet with third to Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) with Ulf Ohlsson up. Thomas H. Hicks

April 28, 2015 - The afternoon harness racing card at Saint Galmier this day featured the Quinte+ and the Grand Prix du Centre Est. Ubanji (7g Jag de Bellouet-Perle d’Aunou) took the Quinte+ Prix de la Chorale de Roanne (€35,000, 2650 meters, 15 European starters) in 1.15.5kr for teamster Franck Nivard at 6/1. Tantale de Fol (8g Impact du Rib-Ivorine Folle) landed second for Serge Peltier at 12/1 with 5.2/1 Univers Love (7m Love You-Harazina) home third for Mikael Cormy. The card at Saint Galmier featured the Grand Prix du Centre Est. (€100,000, 2650 meters, international 10 starters) and 34/1 Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong-Noelle de Massy) took the win in 1.15.1kr for Y-A Briand. 40/1 Ulk Medoc (7m Karikal-Organza Haut Gilet) rallied for second for Franck Corbineau with third to 1.6/1 favorite Swedishman (9g Gogo-Volganc) and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. The Vincennes featured Prix Rene Palyart (€120,000, Gr. II monte, 8 starters, 2175 meters) went to Eric Raffin teamed Booster Winner (4m Love You-Quille Viretaute), victorious as 3/5 favorite. Clocked in 1.12.2kr the winner handled Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) at 8/1 with third to 23/1 Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castille-Neus du Rosier) with L.C. Frecelle up. On the Vincennes evening undercard Cottie Cash (3f Sam Bourbon-Kidea) took the Prix Arachne (€37,000, 10 starters, 2200 meters) with Mathieu Abrivard up, clocked in 1.16.7kr for trainer Philippe Allaire. Off at 1.2/1 odds the winner defeated 135/1 Chance des Douits (3f Power Jet-Pony Girl) and 88/1 Cahora Fonciere (3f Severino-Quietude Fonciere). The winner is from Kidea a 1998 foal and dam of Ready Cash and six winners from nine foals, three with earnings in excess of €100,000. KIdea is by Extreme Dream and has Workaholic, Star’s Pride and Kimberland (Nevele Pride) represented in the pedigree. Thomas H. Hicks

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