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July 19, 2017 - Wednesday’s Quinte+ was the Grand Prix de la Region Normandie (purse €35,000, 2625 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) with victory earned by 4.6/1 odds Valfleury (8g Memphis du Rib-Idague) timed in 1.17kr. Clement Duvaldestin teamed the winner that is trained by his father Thierry Duvaldestin. 3.3/1 and 25 meter handicapped Brune des Forge (6f Rolling d’Heripre-Salsa d’Orgeres) was second driven by David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Third went to 7.1/1 Voici du Roc (8g L’as de Boussiezes-Quita des Etangs) with Patrice Toutain at the lines. Same day trotting was also at Cagnes-sur-Mer and the featured Prix Villes et Motiers d’Art (purse €33,000, 2925 meters, 15 starters) went to 5.7/1 Vardi d’Pm (8g Neoh Jiel-Heavenly) that scored in 1.15.3kr for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch and owner Ecurie MIP. 16/1 Alexis (7g Ganymede-Myrtille des Bois) was second for Romuald Mourice, the trainer/driver, ahead of 64/1 Titan d’Abo (10g Hyperion-Foirfoville Letrat) with Stephane Cingland the pilot. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 28, 2017 - The Prix d’Amerique harness racing weekend is underway today with an excellent program at Vincennes. The opening Prix Offshore Dream (monte, purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 13 European starters), named after the former Prix d’Amerique winner, went to 2.4/1 Corona de Joudes (5f  Saxo de Vandel-Java de Joudes) with David Thomain aboard. Thierry Duvaldestin trains for Ecurie La Tour de Vandel. Pierre Levesque, trainer of Offshore Dream, awarded the trophy. Race time was 1.15.1kr. Second was 2.9/1 Candie d’Atout (5f Magnificent Rodney-Licorne d’Atout) for Matthieu Abrivard, also trainer, and third was earned by 16.2/1 Cenora (5f Blue Dream-Nalara) with Mathieu Mottier up for breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Mottier. The Prix de Paray-Le-Monial (monte, purse €55,000, 2175 meters, 13 European starters) went to the impressive 1.12.9kr clocked and 4.7/1 odds Bahamas (6m Goetmals Wood-Pin Up de la Loge). Alexandre Abrivard teamed the L.Cl. Abrivard trainee that is owned by Marquise de Moratella. 16.2/1 Silverado Lux (6g Amigo Hall-Mabelle As) was second for Anthony Barrier, trainer Holger K. Ehlert and Scuderia Fast Horse SRL. 4.6/1 Butch Cassidy (6g Forst de Retz-Pale de Retz) took third for Franck Nivard and owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 15, 2017 - Briac Dark (6m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) rallied three wide and then tracked outside of pacesetting Call Me Keeper (7m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) and Bjorn Goop, and with harness racing driver David Thomain’s urging the 23.1/1 outsider, trained by Thierry Duvaldestin for owner Guy Barou, rallied past the 3.4/1 leader to score by a length in the Grand Prix de Belgique (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters). Call Me Keeper held bravely for second as stablemate Wild Honey (5f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy) closed well for third, driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. This trainer/owner pair also campaign Call Me Keeper. 7.9/1 Lionel (7m Look de Star-Aurora Sun), trained by Reden for Goran Antonsen of Norway, was fourth with Matthieu Abrivard driving and 110.3/1 Trebol (10m Hot Blue-Sally Can Wait) was fifth for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou of Spain. Trinity Zet, Akim du Cap Vert and Oasis Bi were next in a contest in which six horses were dq’d and Propulsion, another Reden trainee, was scratched. Race time was 1.13.8kr off slow fractions in heavy rain (1.14.3kr at 1500 to go; 1.14.3kr at the 1000; 1.14.6kr with 500 meters remaining). The top three finishers received Prix d’Amerique invitations. Discours Joyeux and Val Royal Wins Gr.III Paris-Vincennes Contests Discours Joyeux (4m Goetmals Wood-Quelle Copine) rallied at 6/1 odds for driver Eric Raffin to win the Gr. III Prix Riberac (purse €78,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) at Vincennes on Prix de Belgique Day. Thierry Raffegeau trains this winner for owner J-Y Roze. 3/2 Dream Life (4f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) held second for breeder/driver Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 12/1 Dokha Vedaquaise (4f Prodigious-Sestriere) was third for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and driver Yoann Lebourgeois. Race time was 1.14.6kr with modest fractions. The Prix Toulouse (purse €78,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) went to 1.14.2kr timed, 2/1 odds Alphea Barbes (7f Look de Star-Lova Barbes) by open lengths for driver Ch.J. Bigeon, trainer Christian Bigeon and breeder/owner Andre Francis Bigeon. 13/1 Alamo du Goutier (7g Quido du Goutier) and 12.1/1 Arthuro Boy (7m Le Retour) were next to the line on this undercard event. 4.4/1 odds and barefoot Val Royal (8m Capriccio-Quanda du Rib) secured a 1.13.1kr timed victory in the Gr. III Prix Djerio (monte, purse €110,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters). Alexandre Abrivard was the pilot for trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 12/1 Adelia de Melodie (7f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) was second for David Thomain (trainer St. Meunier) and 19.4/1 Tripolia (10f Sancho Panca-Garivane) was third for jockey Mathieu Mottier (trainer J.Ph. Mary). Thomas H. Hicks

December 18, 2016 - The Q+ Prix Jean Dumouch (purse €115,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 7.3/1 Viking Va Bene (m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont). Matthieu Abrivard teamed the Thierry Duvaldestin trained Norwegian owned trotter. 4.7/1 Val Royal (7m Capriccio-Quanda du Rib) was second with trainer Jean-Michel Bazire up for breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes. Third was the 2.2/1 favorite Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) from Germany, driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souoy. The Prix Albert Rayon (Gr. II three year-old fillies, purse €76,000, 2100 meters, 12 starters) went to well-bred and 1.4/1 favorite Dream Life (3f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) timed in 1.14.3kr. The impressive filly rallied late for the two length victory driven by breeder Jean-Philippe Dubois for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Royal Dream was a Prix d’Amerique winner when he powered past Ready Cash in mid-stretch. 9.8/1 Dorla Desbois (3f In Love With You-Naniez) held second for owner/trainer/driver Christopher Feyte. Third was 22.7/1 Douceur de Vie (3f Rocklyn-Resless) for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean-Philippe Dubois also bred this one. Brooklyn Bridge (5g Quatre Julliet-Mysterious Valley) took the Prix de Poissy (monte, purse €50,000, 2175 meters, eight starters) at 6.9/1 for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc , owner Manuel Garcia and the breeder was Ecurie D. Race time was 1.13.8kr. 17/1 Besama Mucho (5g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Mille Et Une Nuits) was second with David Thomain up for trainer Alain Roussel. 7/10 favorite Bunkes de Retz (5g First de Retz-Nymphe Turgot) was third handled by Joann Lebourgeois for breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Ake Kristoffersson. On December 17 at Treviso was the 37th Palio Nazionale (purse €36,300, 2060 meters) and the 1.14kr winner was Stonehenge MMG (5m Ganymede-La Elma MMG-Toss Out) with Mass Castaldo up. Patrick As (7m Pine Chip-Gelosis dei Fiori-Waikiki Beach) took second and third was Shaghy (5g Gigant Neo-Maui Bi-Varenne) for Enrico Baldi. Upcoming featured events in FR and ITY follow: Prix Pierre Giffard, 12/20 monte purse €85,000, 2850 meters autostart, at Paris Vincennes Prix Sans Dire Oui, 12/23 Gr. III monte European, purse €105,000, 2850 meters, Paris Vincennes Prix Emmanuel Margouty, 12/23 Gr. II two year-old colts, purse €120,000, 2175 meters Prix Une de Mai, 12/24 Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, Paris-Vincennes Prix Jules Lemonnier, 12/24 Gr. II monte International, purse €120,000, 2175 meters Prix Constant Hervieu, 12/24 Gr. III European, purse €105,000, 2875 meters Prix de Strasbourg, 12/24 purse €88,000, 2700 meters Criterium Continental, 12/25 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. I purse €240,000, 2100 meters autostart Prix de Vincennes, 12/25 Gr. I monte, purse €240,000, 2700 meters Prix Emile Riotteau, 12/25 Gr. II monte, purse €120,000, 2700 meters Prix Tenor de Baune, 12/25 Gr. II International, purse €120,000, 2700 meters Gran Premio Allevatori, 12/26 Gr. I purse €187,000, 2100 meters autostart, Rome Italy Gran Premio Allevatori Filly, Gr. II purse €66,000, 1640 meters autostart Gala International del Trotto, Gr. I UET Masters Series, purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart   Thomas H. Hicks  

November 28, 2016 - 5.8/1 odds Valse d’Avignere (7f Look de Star-Hermine d’Avignere) took today’s Quinte+ Prix de Meslay du Maine (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 18 entrants) timed in 1.13.7kr with owner/trainer Thierry Duvaldestin aboard. 2.2/1 Vasco Flower (7g Niky-Nimea) was second for driver/owner Christian J. Bigeon. 34/1 Verso du Jaar (7g Ico Kiki-Paola d’Or Fix) landed the third spot. Two year-olds were in action in the Prix des Giroflees (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters). 1.6/1 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (2f Scipion du Goutier-There d’Oliverie) scored in 1.16.5kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and breeder/owner Ecurie de l’Oliverie. 14/1 Envolee Desfinee (2f Uniclove-Oceanara) was second for Clement Duvaldestin and breeder/trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 38/1 Elisione Mag (2f Quaker Jet-Perle du Ravary) was third with David Thomain up for breeder/owner Michel Agostini. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 16, 2016 - Swedishman (10g Gogo-Volgana) took today’s Grand Prix de Gelsenkirchen (purse €50,000, 2600 meters autostart, 10 International starters) in Germany, driven for harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin by Clement Duvaldestin and clocked in 1.14.7kr. The 9/10 favorite, owned by breeder Gaylor Chaudemanche, started from post six and defeated 6.2/1 Solea Rivelliere (10f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere)with trainer Philippe Daugeard driving for breeder/owner Jean Claude Robert Lucas. Third was 5.1/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) with J.Cl. Hallais up, he also breeder/owner for trainer J.W. Hallais.. Athos des Elfes and Un Nuage d’Osmoz were next to the line for their reinsman Joseph Verbeeck and Emmanuel Allard. The veteran Swedishman now has 29 wins in 87 starts for earnings of €1,059,155. Thomas H. Hicks

Thierry Duvaldestin teamed his trainee the 1.2/1 odds hjarness racing favorite Swedishman (10g Gogo-Volganna) to victory in Saturday’s €50,000 purse Grand Prix des Beleares at Son Pardo. The winner covered the 2650 meter autostart course in 1.14.4kr for owner/breeder Gaylor Chaudemanche. Swedishman scored his 29th career victory in 87 starts now for earnings of €1,059,155. 22/1 Solea Rivelliere (10f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere) was second for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard and owner J.Cl.R. Lucas, ahead of 7/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) and teamster J.Cl. Hallais. This one is trained by J.W. Hallais for breeder/owner Ecurie J.Cl. Hallais. Fourth was 6.6/1 Booster Winner (5m Love You-Quilla Vivetaute) for Francois Lecanu, trainer Sebastien Guarato and breeder/owner Ecurie Winner. Thomas H. Hicks  

10.6/1 Cere Josselyn (4f Kaisy Dream-Kate) took the Gr. II Prix Guy le Gonidec (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) Saturday at Paris-Vincennes clocked in 1.14kr with David Thomain up for harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 332/1 outsider Caline Elde(4f Laetenter Diem-OK Floride) was second for Mathieu Mottier and third was 12.5/1 Cathy A Quira (4f Password-Quira des Jacquets) took the third spot for Franck Nivard and trainer Jorma Niskanen. The Gr. III Prix de Beauquency (purse €105,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters) went to J-M Bazire as driver/trainer/owner with 0.5/1 favorite Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) clocked in 1.12.2kr, racing barefoot. 10.4/1 Alfas du Vinci (8g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton) finished second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. Third was 17.7/1 Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. The undercard also included the Prix de Perpignar (purse €47,000, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) with another victory for driver Bazire, with 3.6/1 Siebella Park (5f Varenne-Grandora Park). This Salvatore Minopoli trainee, also owned by him, was timed in 1.14kr. The September 2 Q+ at Vincennes went to 8/1 Bering with Christophe Martens up clocked in 1.13.2kr over 2850 meters. 18 starters battled for the €42,000 purse in the Prix Lampetia. Vincent Martens trains the winner for Stall Verrazzano AB. On the same 9/2 card was the Prix Alexandia for €44,000 raced over 2100 meters autostart. 18 European starters were in this event with the 1.12.6kr clocked victory to  1.6/1 Powell Bi (7m Toss Out-Gulfstream) with Marcello Vecchione aboard, he also trainer for Scuderia Lunaset SRL. The September 1 feature was at Vincennes, that being the Gr.II Monte Prix Legoux-Longpre for a €120,000 purse and raced over 2850 meters by 10 starters. The 1.14.3kr timed win went to 1.9/1 odds Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Ormanda). Camille Levesque teamed the winner for trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Pierre  Levesque. The winner, off at 1.9/1 odds recorded career victory 10 in 26 starts now for earnings of €285,330. 5.6/1 Bellisima France (5f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) was next for trainer/jockey Mathieu Abrvard and 1.8.1 favorite Baraka d’Henlou (5f Diamant Gede-Lawn d’Etangville) was third with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Gildo Carnesecca. The Q+ that day was the Prix de Cagnes sur Mer (purse €49,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) with Diva Griff (3f Sam Bourbon-Royale de Bea) the 1.16.5kr winner for Gabriel Gelormini, Ecurie Griff and trainer Sebastian Guarato. Thomas H. Hicks  

Trotting action on turf was center stage Sunday in France as the Prix Yves Rocher (purse €36,000, 3100 meters, 18 starters) took place at Le Gacilly. The 2.6/1 Venise (7f Nice Love-Okita) scored the victory for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin clocked in 1.18.69kr. 6/1 Venicio Pommereux (7g Love You-Noune du Pommereux) was second for Sylvain Roger, also trainer, and 5,5/1 Vicomte de Corveil (7g Orlando Vici-Miss de Corveil) took third for driver Eric Raffin. Turf action continued at Agon-Coutainville with the Grand Prix de la Ville d’Agon-Coutainville (purse €45,000, 3425 meters, 18 starters). The 5.8/1 Uniflosa Bella (8f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) scored for Antoine Wiels and owner/trainer J-P Marmion over a good field. Second was 10.3/1 Soleil de France (10g Giant Cat-Histoire de France) with Franck Nivard up and third was 4.6/1 Univers de Daidou (8g Jag de Bellouet-l’Absinthe) for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. Race time was 1.22.60kr on the grass. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin teamed Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) to victory in today’s Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf, its first leg at Hippodrome Amiens. The purse was €90,000 for the 16 rivals that battled over 2900 meters. Uno Dancer was off at 2.4/1 odds and was timed in 1.17kr to defeat 25.2/1 Ursa Major (8f Ganymede-Good Way) with Francois Lecanu up for St. Provoost, trainer. 17/1 Ulster du Veinou (8m Mirage du Goutier-Mia Amona) landed third for Franck Ouvrie ahead of 65/1 Upman and 11/1 Altesse du Mirel. Ursa Major and Altesse du Mirel tried to overcome distance handicaps. The Amiens’ Prix Duc de Reve (purse €16,000, 2400 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to 1.18.6kr timed Dazzle Jet (3f Oiseau de Feux-Trackmania) at 2.6/1 odds for Franck Ouvrie and trainer Luc Roelens. 14/1 Diane du Nord (3f The Best Madrik-Odyssee des Bordes) finished second for Pierre Vercruysse, the driver for Ronny Kuiper training fore Stall Escapade AN. 33/1 Diva Tejy was third. On March 8 the action was at Cagnes-sur-Mer where the €25,000 Prix du Jasmin took place over 2925 meters with ten starters. The 1.18.7kr winner was 6.8/1 Cybele Castelets (4f Quaker Jet-Elide) for driver Nicolas Ensch with second to 4/1 Classic Word (4g Password-Rumba du Moncel) with Gabby Gelormini up for trainer Henk Grift and owner Topkip BV. 1.8/1 favorite Calin de Glasnet (4m Orlando Vici-Mallory de Glasnet) was third for Romain Derieux, driver/trainer for Ecurie AB Trot. The €21,000 purse Prix des Dahlias over 2925 meters had seven starters with the winner being 1.19.6kr timed 2.4/1 Diabolito(3m Look de Star-Reine de la Roge) for David Bekaert, trainer Romain Derieux and Antoine De Sousa, owner. 29/1 Diable Mauve (3m Repeat Love-For Ever Young) was next for J-Ch Feron with third to 6/1 Dayton (3m Rieussec-Gitane d’Odyssee) with trainer Y-A Briand driving Thomas H. Hicks  

After the Q+ was hit yesterday with favorites Bold Eagle and Timoko at the top of the ticket, today’s Quinte+ jackpot was €2.1 million in the Prix de Senlis (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European entrants). Owner/trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin teamed Valse d’Avignere (7f Look de Star-Hermine d’Avignere) to victory at 7/1 timed in 1.13.3kr in this front-ending score. 19/1 Vestale du Goutier (7f Quido du Goutier-Olympe Pierji) was second for Anthony Barrier with third to 10/1 Princess Kronos (7f Donato Hanover-Malibu Princess) reined by Christophe Martens. Danae Quesnot (3f Rocklyn-Megara) took the Prix d’Oloron (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, nine three year-old filly starters) for Eric Raffin. The winning filly at 9/1 rallied late between rivals for defeat 9/10 favorite Dynamite’s Fella (3f Ready Cash-Romane’s Fella) and driver Franck Nivard. Dynamite is trained by Fabrice Souloy for Hodij Coatings BV. 29/1 Divine Seven (3f Niky-Terre d’Any) stormed down the outside for Alexandre Abrivard to be third, she owned and trained by J-M Bazire. Pacesetter 3.6/1 Douchka Love (3f Love You-Shucca) held fourth for Bernard Piton, trainer Benedetto Marigliano and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The winner and field showed a quick final 500 meters to be timed in 1.17.8kr after very slow fractions (1.19.4kr at 1500 to go; 1.19kr at the 1000 and 500 to go posts). Today’s Prix de Juan les Pins (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, 17 European entrants) went to 12/1 Armess de Guez (6f Fleuron Perrine-Obiana de Guez) with J-M Bazire, the trainer, up for Ecurie Vautors. 24/1 Algue d’Occagnes (6f Odeisis de Vandel-Occa Pierre) was second for Franck Ouvrie with Delphine Flevo (6f Sugar Trader-Volga River) third at 10/1 for Rick Ebbinge. 26/1 Riviera As (f Cantab Hall-Fortune As) was fourth for Gabriele Gelormini. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 3, 2015 - Several Crack Series events took place on Prix de Bourgogne Day at Paris-Vincennes, for sulky and monte finalists, Four year-olds Cloane du Vivier and Caorches, both females, were victorious. Summaries of these events, among them blanket finishes, are shown below. The Prix Django Riff Crack Series (purse €60,000, 2175 meters, nine monte starters) for female 2105 three year-olds went to wide side drifter 1.9/1 Cloane du Vivier (4f Repeat Love-Royale du Vivier) for jockey Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner/breeder Jean Yves Lucuyer. Timed in 1.13.5kr this winner bested 9.5/1 Celina Pollca (4f Kool du Caux-La Canella) and Anthony Barrier for owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. 13/1 Codie de Beaulieu (4f Oyonnax-Melody d’Arcy) was home third. 1.6/1 favorite Caoeches (4f Goetmals Wood-Queensbury) took the Prix Cristal Money Crack Series (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters – females) timed in 1.14.7kr. Franck Nivard reined this winner for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin for Ecurie Augustin Normand. Second was 6.6/1 Cleopatre Turgot (4f Coktail Jet-Nouba Turgot) for trainer/driver Franck Anne. 3/1 Caracas (4f The Best Madrik-Menthe Fraiche) landed third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Mme. Florence Allera. David Thomain teamed 3.1/1 Adorable (6g Prince Gede-Ostiana) to victory in the Prix des Sulky d’Or (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, monte 8 starters) clocked in 1.15.6kr. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner for Mme. M.DF. Fairand. Baltique du Margas (5f Derby du Gite-Matinale du Margas) at 10/1 took the highly competitive Prix Akim du Cap Vert Crack Series (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) clocked in 1.16.6kr as 11 starters were in the picture within four lengths on the damp Paris-Vincennes grande piste. Pierre Levesque drove this winner for trainer J-P Lecourt and owner Mme. A. Lecourt. The Bold Eagle Crack des Cracks (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 9/2 odds, 1.14.3kr timed Utalo de Carentone (8g Kiwi-Maeva d’Harcouel) for trainer/driver Guy Maillard for owner Mme. Mireille Maillard as eight were within 2-1/1 lengths on the line. The Prix Timoko Crack Series (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 3/1 Black d’Arjeanc (5g Prince d’Espace-Perle de Riviere) with Damien Bonne up, timed in 1.13.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 9, 2015 - Cristal Money (3m Coktail Jet-Making Money) took today’s Gr. II Prix Abel Bassigny (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 three year old starters) clocked in 1.13.3kr (fractions 1.10.9kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.12.6kr at the 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500), closing stoutly for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Richard Cohen. The even-money favorite defeated Coquin Bebe (3m Ranhco Gede-Noble Nenette) at 2.4/1 handled by J-M Bazire for trainer Franck Leblanc. 15/1 Cahal de Rioults (3m Password-Plesse des Rioults) was third for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Joseph Verbeeck ahead of Cobra Bleu (3m Fortuna Fant-Nuit Irisee) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse at 9/1. Clever Lymm (3m Korean-Oquidia) was next for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie le Tremont. This group represents a leading contingent of FR-bred three year-old colts at this time. The Gr. II Prix Reine du Corta (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 three year-old filly starters) was also the Pick5 event and 17.9/1 Combattante (3f Sam Bourbon-New York) took the victory rallying late for Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Louis Baudron. This filly was timed in 1.12.5kr after quick fractions (1.08.9kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.10.6kr at 1000; 1.12.7kr at 500). Cavalleria (3f Prodigious-Janga) was second, trained by Sebastien Guarato and driven by Eric Raffin. Cylee Nevele (3f Sam Bourbon-Quick Nevele) ended third for Joseph Verbeeck and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire with fourth to Cirantana (3f Jam Pridem-Kamistie Jet) driven and trainer by Romain Derieux and owner Antonio De Sousa. Favorite Calita Wood challenged on the outer mid-race and then was pulled up. Dam of the winner, New York, is unusually inbred for a FR mare, she by In Love With You (Coktail Jet-Amour d’Aunou-Speedy Somolli-Nesmile) from Comtesse d’Aunou (Baltic Speed-Nesmile). New York is dam of Texas Style 1:57.3 (US$342,277) and Nesmile produced Unispeed US$321,000), Buvetier d’Aunou (US$907,000), Defi d’Aunou (US$2,680,000) and Extreme Aunou (US$278,000). Monte leaders battled in the Prix Orly Roederer (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, seven European four year-old participants) and even-money favorite Best Of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) was the easy start to finish winner for jockey Francois Lagadeuc for owner/trainer Jean-Michel Baudouin. 1.6/1 second choice Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa de Gers-Cadette) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato with 12/1 Be Mine de Houelle (4f Scipion du Goutier-Olita de Kefruso) third for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Nivard. The winner scored in 1.14.3kr off a rated pace (1.14.8kr at 1500; 1.14.4kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500). Aged performers battled in the Gr. III Prix du Languedoc (purse €95,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters age six and up) with 2.8/1 Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) the rallying winner for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie IC Equine AB. The 1.13.9kr clocked winner defeated El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-Mr Intuition) and Joseph Verbeeck, driving for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini at 8.7/1. Shadow d’Odyssee (9g Urfist des Pres-Battante d’Odyssee) was third at 11/1 driven by Eric Raffin and trainer Pierre Belloche, finishing ahead of Prince di Poggio (6m Varenne-Moon Shadow) and teamster Mathieu Abrivard for trainer Vincent Lacroix. Quick Fix, Reine Helene and Spain’s Trebol were next across the line. Fractions during this competitive event were rated (1.14.2kr at 1500; 1.14.5kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500) before the group stormed home. The card also included today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.4 million) Prix d’Azay le Rideau (A) for €38,000 purse over 2700 meters. From the 16 horse field emerged winner Bambou de Calvi (4g Korean-Gremonde) for teamster M. Verva and Ecurie Mexique Ranch. This 35/1 winner scored in 1.14.3kr off even fractions (1.13.9kr at 1500 to go point; 1.13.2kr  at 1000; 1.14.1 at 500). 9/1 Boogie Bouy (4g Saxo de Vandel-Massada) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Sylvain Roger with third to 11/1 Balthazar du Gite (4g Mon Premier Cehere-Miss du Gite) and driver Pierre Vercruysse. The relative longshots produced a large exact order payoff in excess of €93,000 for a €2 wager, without the jackpot. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 10 Bambou de Calvi M. Verva Ecurie Mexique Ranch G. Verva 2ème 9 Boogie Boy F. Nivard N. Lolic S. Roger 3ème 11 Balthazar du Gîte P. Vercruysse G. Lelièvre J. Lelièvre *4ème 1 Be One de Nappes G. Lannoo K. Lavigne A. Lannoo 5ème 15 Bahiz de Florange Christ. Bigeon Ecurie Christian Bigeon Christ. Bigeon  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 4.400.000 € - Numéro plus : 1168     Ordre :       93.072,00€     Désordre :       775,60€     Bonus 4 :       40,80€     Bonus 4sur5 :       20,40€     Bonus 3 :       13,60€                     The €64,000 purse Prix de Colombes over 2700 meters drew 13 starters with victory to Ah Mon Idylle (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Idylle du Bouquet) and Mathieu Mottier aboard. The 10.5/1 winner defeated 6.3/1 Andalousie (5f Ganymede-Napoule) and trainer/driver Jacques Bruneau with third to 5.3/1 Alexandra Mauzin (5f Goetmals Wood-Ocely de la Merite) with Christophe Martens up for trainer Vincent Martens. On Sunday interesting action centered at Argentan on the Prix Paul Buquet (purse €40,000, 2875 meters, 18 international starters) and 12.9/1 winner was Ultimate du Rib (7g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois) owned by Ecurie Rib and teamed by trainer Joel Hallais. Timed in 1.14.7 Ultimate du Rib defeated 5/2 Un De Mai (7g Echo-Loyale) with Franck Nivard up for owner Ecurie Comte P de Montessan, and third went to the Mathieu Abrivard trained and driven Tiburse de Brion at 8/1. On the Argentan card the €30,000 purse Prix Cassiopee over 2875 meters drew 13 starters with 9/10 favorite Caid Griff home the winner. Eric Raffin piloted this three year-old son of Password-Savane Griff to victory for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Griff. Caviar du Vivier was second for trainer/driver Stephane Meinier and third was Cruziki du Rib with Joel Hallais teaming. Thomas H. Hicks

March 5, 2015 - Thierry Duvaldestin reined his trainee Swedishman (9g Gogo - Volgana - Myoto Barbes) to victory Thursday in the Prix de Parigny (€40,000, 18 starters, 2450 meters distance handicap) at Caen as he overcame a 25 meter handicap to score in 1.13.2kr.   The 1.4/1 favorite recorded his first 2015 victory in his first appearance after ending 2014 with three straight win in Gr. II and Gr. III events.   The winner recorded victory 27 for career earnings of €905,330 for owner Gaylor Chaudemanche.   Sire de la Creuse was second for trainer/driver Jean-Francois Senet over third placed Urse Major at 23/1 for teamster Francois Lecanu and trainer Stephane Provoost.   Swedishman is worth watching during summer 2015 in fast class events that allow geldings.   Thomas H. Hicks

February 11, 2015 - Tuesday at Vincennes the Prix de Chateau-Gontier (€54,000 purse, European males, 18 starters, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ with €5.5 million jackpot) went to the Thierry Duvaldestin pupil Uno Dancer (7g Offshore Dream - Laura Dancer) with Franck Nivard up. The winner was off at 2.7/1 odds, and clocked in 1.13.3kr, as he defeated Italy’s Orient Horse (7m Abano As - Irma del Rio) at 15/1 for Gabriele Gelormini and third finishing Tsunami (8g Defi d’Aunou - Lais de la Duchec) at 8.5/1 for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.500.000 € - Numéro plus : 0931   Ordre :       3.378,20€   Désordre :       59,80€   Bonus 4 :       10,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       5,10€   Bonus 3 :       3,40€   Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxblnQaKpoM On the same card the Prix de Bercy (€46,000 purse, European males, 17 starters, 2700 meters) went to rallying 14/1 longshot Valmayor (6g Le Retour - Korinaga), clocked in 1.14.1kr for reinsman Jos Verbeeck and conditioner Vincent Viel. Italy’s 22/1 Platone GSO (6m L’as de Boussieres - Egida Play) was second for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Heikei Korpi with 5.5/1 Virtuel Haufor (6g Diamant Gede - Kelle Haufor) third for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

Uppercut du Manche (7g Neutron du Cebe- Nuit de Manche) won Sunday’s Gr. II Prix du Calvados (€150,000 purse, 2850 meters, 10 monte starters) in 1.13kr with Damien Bonne up. The Thierry Raffegeau trainee scored his 19th career win now for earnings of €680,400. The 2.8/1 favorite defeated 13/1 Vagabondu Mag (6g Ozio Royal-Perle du Revary) with Mathieu Mottier and Un Fille d’Amour (7f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) and David Thomain. The Grand Prix des Crackseries 2014 (€95,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters, time 1.11.3kr) went to the consistent Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. She scored at 1.1/1 odds to defeat 10/1 Vaiko Jenilat (6m Kepler-Perle du Roc) for trainer Sebastian Guarato. 14/1 Tellement Haufor (8f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor) was third for Ch. J. Bigeon. This Quinte+ event generated win/place only wagering in excess of €1.54 million.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.650.000 € - Numéro plus : 0355   Ordre :       4.880,00€   Désordre :       97,60€   Bonus 4 :       20,80€   Bonus 4sur5 :       6,60€   Bonus 3 :       4,40€ Later in the program driver Bjorn Goop won again in Paris, this time with Chelsea Boko (6m Chocolatier-Kelsea Boko) in the Prix de Lille (€88,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters, time 1.11.5kr). The Timo Nurmos trainee, at 2.1/1 odds, defeated 2.3/1 second choice Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Yannick A. Briand and legendary breeder/owner Jean Yves Lucuyer. Repay Merci (7m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) was a solidly closing third for Franck Nivard and conditioner Fabrice Souloy. Separately, the leading drivers/trainers in Sweden for 2014 were announced with Bjorn Goop being the top dash winning and earnings leader. Robert Bergh was the top trainer. Drivers wins Björn Goop, 353 Ulf Ohlsson, 333 Jorma Kontio, 246 Peter Untersteiner, 201 Örjan Kihlström, 197 Robert Bergh, 181 Erik Adielsson, 176 Johnny Takter, 158 Johan Untersteiner, 147 Torbjörn Jansson, 104 Drivers earnings Björn Goop, 44 640 980 kr, US$ 5,714,629 Örjan Kihlström, 38 899 094 kr Erik Adielsson, 28 181 456 kr Ulf Ohlsson, 22 293 512 kr Jorma Kontio, 21 003 945 kr Trainers earnings Robert Bergh, 30 000 353 kr (280 wins), US$3,840,437 Peter Untersteiner, 22 921 776 kr (213) Björn Goop, 22 048 563 kr (213) Svante Båth, 16 804 271 (124) Lutfi Kolgjini, 16 699 025 (122) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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