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Today was a superb trotting day at Aby highlighted by the Konung Gustaf Pokal (Gr. I International, purse to winner 1,150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) that went to 1.10.6kr timed Campo Bahia (4m Muscle Hill-Americandream AT-Extreme Dream) reined by trainer Conrad Lugauer for owner Thomas Berchtold   Campo Bahia won for the sixth time in nine harness racing career starts and raised his life earnings to 3,754,000SEK.   He was off at 2.3/1 odds and bested Attraversiamo (4m Kiss Francis-Rhythm Kronos- Viking Kronos) with Erik Adielson aboard. Third was Thrust Control (4m Cantab Hall-Ideal Harbor-SJs Caviar) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Stefan Melander.   The filly classic Drottning Silvias Pokal (Gr. I International, 1,150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) this day went to 1.11.6kr clocked Activated (4f Jacose-Marelle-Viking Kronos) with Carl Johan Jepson up for owner/trainer Fredrik Wallin.   Activated                                             --ATG photo   This mare earned her sixth career victory in 19 outings now for 2,213,630SEK earned. She was off at 62.4/1 odds and defeated the 1.2/1 favorite Conrads Rodluva (4f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juliano Star) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden.   Third was 140.4/1 Convivial Church (4f Pastor Stephen-MT Halleluja-Kadabra) teamed with Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Reden.   Thomas H. Hicks

Veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) scored for harness racing trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro in the Modena Italy featured Pr. Renza Orlandi (purse 40,040€, 1600 meters autostart) clocked in a swift 1.11.7kr. The open lengths winner left from post one, surrendered the lead and quickly went back to the front and the race was essentially over. He opened lengths around the final bend and scored easily over Venanzo Jet (5m Gruccione Jet-Liza-Indro Park) handled by Lorenzo Baldi and Victor Chuc SM (5m CC’s Chuckie T-Conversa SM-Lemon Dra). The fifth dam of the winner is the legendary mare Stenographer.   Thomas H. Hicks

Three groupe level events highlighted today’s Paris-Vincennes program, one being the Quinte+ race of the day.   The first was the monte Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2700 meters, nine starters) and veteran monte performer Arlington Dream (9g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) was at his best with a start to finish victory timed in 1.12.2kr.   Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons and rated the winner exceptionally well for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederik Sauque. Arlington Dream won for 22nd time in his 75-race career to raise his life earnings to 1,107,600€. He was off as the 9/2 third wagering choice.   The 3/5 odds favorite Clegs des Champs (7g Legs du Clos) was second with David Thomain the jockey for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Third was 18/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (8f Niky) handled by Camille Levesque for breeder/owner Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. The 3.1/1 second choice Carly was a miscue dq.   The Quinte+ race was the Gr. III Prix du Perreux (purse 80,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) and what a finish for the fans.   The 1.12.9kr winner was 7.6/1 Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) reined by Pierre  Vercruysse for trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA of Belgium.   Jerry Mom stormed home traveling the final 200 meters in 1.05.6kr to get up in the final step. 2.9/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Bjorn Goop with 6.7/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash-Divann) third handled by Christophe Martens. Pierre  Vercruysse   These three all were timed in 1.12.9kr. 32/1 Dollar Soyer was fourth ahead of 18/1 Extra Light. Victor Ferm was scratched. The Q+ exact order payoff was 13,907.20€ for the 48 winning holders of 2€ tickets.   The Quinte+ pool was 4,256,484€and the total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 8,867,000€. The speed stats, photo and replay link are shown below.   The Prix du Gatinais (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) completed the groupe level races and the 2019 Elitloppet invitee and 2/5 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) escaped heavy traffic on the pegs and when free jetted away to a 1.12kr timed victory.   Looking Superb   Jean-Michel Bazire teamed his trainee to a fourth win in 11 starts in France for owner Kolbjoern O. Selmer of Norway. Looking Superb now has life earnings of 536,082€. The 73/1 outsider Azaro d’Eva (9m Lynx de Bellouet) was a fast-closing second for Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer J-M Baudouin. 77/1 Cobra Blue (7m Fortuna Fant) was third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner Nathalie Chapdelaine, 4.6/1 Detroit Castelets was fourth,     Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s excellent late afternoon Paris-Vincennes program was highlighted by two Gr. III harness racing events for three year olds.   The males battled in the Prix de Faulquemont (Gr. III purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) with victory earned by 32/1 Aramis Bar (3m Napoleon Bar-Guendelina Bar), his third win along with two second place finished in six appearances.   Filippo Rocca was the pilot for trainer Fausto Barelli and owner Luigi Truccone in the 1.14.9kr timed event. 3.9/1 Galactic (3m Oh James-Amilka) was second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Jacques Bruneau. 18/1 Get Happy (3m Bird Parker-Rasta Perrine) took the third check with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. The 1.7/1 favorite Gamin des Perdrit was a dq.   The fillies competed in the Prix Fama (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, nine starters) with the 1.16kr timed victory to 3/1 Gaia Olmendorf (3f Ready Cash-Valerie Oldeson) with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer Vincent Martens and Ecurie Olmendorf, the breeder/owner. Gaia Olmendorf                                    -LeTrot photo   12/1 Grande de Ranchy (3f Sancho Turgon) took second driven by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer Emmanuel Varin. 21/1 Girl des Mottes (3f Very Nice Marceaux) was third for Charles Dreux. Gemme de Bussett (3f Brillantissime) and Arquana As (3f Chapter Seven) completed the top five. The Love You filly and 1.2/1 favorite Gazelle du Corta was a dq. The veteran monte performers took part of the Prix Iclea (purse 42,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters, apprentice jockeys) saw 2/1 Best Of Bourbon (8g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon-And Arifant) score impressively by four lengths timed in 1.13.5kr with Mathilde Collet in the irons. He repeated a previous victory at Enghien for trainer Vincent Jarry and Ecurie Nice Nasach, the winners’ ninth career victory now for 126,690€ earned. SARL Haras Saint Martin bred Best Of Bourbon that is a son of the 488,957€ winning Herba Bourbon. 22/1 Coeur de Dompie (7g Roc Meslois) was second with Clara Jacob the jockey for trainer Mickael Cormy. 16/1 Crack D’Ariane (7g Paris Haufor) was third with Samy Djeson Jarden up for trainer Daniel Bethouart. Best Of Bourbon                -LeTrot photo Replay:   Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s fourth leg of the Trophee Vert harness racing series was at Bernay in the Prix Centre Leclerc Minneval (purse 45,000€, 2800 meters distance handicap, turf) and 14/1 Doberman (6m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) scored in 1.18.9kr for pilot Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Franck Nivard and owner Richard Cohen.   The winner now has life earnings of 402,430€ as he overcame a 50 meter handicap for the victory.   35/1 Bijou du Cruchet (8g Le Retour) was second driven by David Lizee for owner/trainer Yves Lizee.   Third was the 5.2/1 Alamo du Goutier (9g Quido du Goutier) reined by Vincent Hebert, also the owner/trainer. This one also faced a 50 meter handicap at the start. Trophee Vert field at the start          --Equidia photo               Thomas H. Hicks

Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) reined by J.P. Carreras won Saturday’s Premi ID Jet Mab at Hipodrom Torre del Ram (400€ to winner, 2100 meters autostart, International) timed in 1.17.3kr, his 44 th consecutive win in Spain (eight in 2019) and he now sports 76 career wins in 138 appearances for life earnings of 686,216€.   Cuadra Sa Farola owns the champion of Spain, and a multiple Gr. I winner in Europe.   Trebol, from post seven, followed cover from the 600 meters mark and surged forward with 400 meters remaining to draw clear in the lane.   Ultra du Lovet and Caviar d’Occqagnes finished second and third.   His win streak exceeds the prior record of 42 set by the coldblood champion Jarvsofaks.   Thomas H. Hicks

May 5, 2019 - Groupe level and fast class racing continued on today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing program and Jean Michel Bazire was again on stage for part of it. The Gr. II Prix Albert Demarcq (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, five year olds) saw the 3.2/1 Eugenito du Noyer (5m Saxo de Vandel-Pakarina) score timed in 1.12.5kr off even fraction with Eric Raffin at the lines for trainer J.M. Baudouin and owner Ecurie Ostheimer. This victory increased the winner’s life earnings to 188,620€ with this his sixth career victory in 27 starts.  The 25 meter handicapped and 1.2/1 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was second for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 3/2 second favorite Excellent (5m Real de Lou) was third with Alexandre Abrivard teaming, as they relegated 12/1 Elite du Ruel and 34/1 El Villagio to the fourth and fifth positions. Eugenito du Noyer The Gr. II Prix Kerjacques (purse 100,000€, 200 meters, International starters) brought a fine field of veteran campaigners, that were no match for the Jean-Michel Bazire trained and reined Cleangame (7g Ouragon-Red Bell), that scored timed in 1.12.6kr for his 24th victory in 39 starts, now for 825,470€ earned. Jean-Michele Rancoule is the owner. Cleangame closed out the victory swiftly after the clocking with 500 meters remaining was 1.14.4kr. He was off at 1.8/1 odds. Second was 9/1 Carat Williams (m Prodigious-Miss Williams) for driver David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 5.9/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) gamely held third with Alexandre Abrivard teaming for trainer Bazire and owner Rancoule. 60/1 Cash Gamble and 6.3/1 Anzi des Liards took the fourth and fifth checks. The Elitloppet invitee Uza Josselyn finished eighth. Cleangame The Prix du Rouergue (purse 64,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European starters) saw Jean Michel Bazire win again with his trainee Super Fez (8m Love You-Lucia FI). Off at 1.7/1 Super Fez was super sharp and an easy winner, timed in 1.10.7kr with a quick final brush after being at 1.11.1kr with 500 meters remaining. The Scuderia Cumana Group owned stallion scored his seventh win in 35 starts and raised his life earnings to 382,644€. The 4.6/1 second finisher was also a Bazire trainee, Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) was his name. Alexandre Abrivard teamed this fine trotteur that has eight wins in 14 outings since moving in from Norway. Third home was 20/1 Ardente du Clos (9f Reve des Vallees) with Matthieu Abrivard the pilot. Ce Bello Romain at 4/1 and 8/1 Cicero Noa completed the top five finishers. Super Fez   Thomas H. Hicks  

May 4, 2019 - Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font-Invicta d’Italie-Varenne) took today’s harness racing featured Dr. Tamas Borostyankoy (two eliminations for 500,000Huf purse raced over 1800 meters autostart, 1,800,000Huf purse final raced over 1960 meters distance handicap) at Kincsem Park.  Zeal, off at 3/2 odds, won his elimination timed in a quick 1.16.8kr considering a heavy, rain-soaked track, with Veljko Mazsity the driver/trainer. He recorded his second 2019 win in as many starts in defeating Ujrazz! (6m Maximus Lindy) with Laszlo Kolozsi up and Timoko RL (6m Doctor Sugar RL) with Robert Varhidi at the lines. Zeal di Girifalco (elim 1) The second elimination saw 2.4/1 Villam Ville (5g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) score in 1.17.4kr for trainer/driver Goran Zolnaji. He too has two wins in two starts in 2019. Henrik Ibsen AT (m Worship) was second in this elim with Csaba Lakatos aboard and third went to Sanger MS (9g Victory Scream) for driver Boris Kecenovic. Villam Ville (elim 2) The final of the Borostyankoy Handicap saw 1.3/1 Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font) score easily for Veljko Mazsity timed in 1.19.4kr on the heavy going. 14.8 Ujrazz! (6m Maximus Lindy) was second for Laszlo Kolozsi and Villam Ville (5g Beissinger Hanover)at 5.9/1 odds was third for Goran Zolnaji. The veteran class masters competed in the Lajos Matucza Memorial (purse 1,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters – starting car not used due to track conditions). The 1.18.4kr timed victory went to 2.4/1 Aileron (7g Scarlet Knight-Quacelle-Jackpot du Relais) reined by Imre Fazekas for Prolongo Trading and trainer Jozsef Rutkai. Aileron won for second time in three 2019 starts. 56/1 Super Bull (8m Yankee Slide-What A Toy-Alf Palema) was second ahead of 20/1 Time To Say Goodbye (7m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian). Aileron handled the muddy conditions with perfection. Aileron Three year olds were on center stage for the Laszlo Ferge Memorial (purse 1,800,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with the 1.21.2kr timed victory going to 23.5/1 Apollo Creed (3m Vioxx SR-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian). Lajos Marton teamed his trainee to the victory, overcoming a 20 meter handicap. 53/1 Aron K (3m Yankee Mustang-Klementine-LV Glory Bound) took second for trainer/driver Goran Zolnaji and 6/1 Inez Foxx AT (3f Amiral Sunday-Impromtu Hall-Like A Prayer) was third with Boris Kecenovic up for trainer Csaba Lakatos. Ann Bella M (3f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey) was fourth for Branislav Mukity, this one also faced with a 20 meter handicap. Apollo Creed Thomas H. Hicks  

May 5, 2019 - The Groupe I featured Quinte+ Criterium des 4Ans (purse 200,000€, 2850 meters voltstart, 18 starters) went to the 2.7/1 second favorite Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove-Rangoon) with Franck Nivard up for harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Armand Speisser. Falcao won for fifth time in his 23 race career and now has life earnings of 362,030€. Race time was 1.13.2kr off even fractions. 163/1 Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik-Miska des Rondes) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third was 25/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) with Francois Lagadeuc aboard. 8.7/1 Filou d’Auvergne and 24/1 Foxtrot Sea completed the top five. The 2.1/1 favorite Freyja du Pont was among the miscue dq casualties. The Q+ exact order 2€ ticket paid 510,123€ to the three winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 5,560,559€ and the combined pools of all wagers on this race exceeded 11,217,000€. After early rain and sleet the weather turned sunny and the track fast for this classic event. Falcao de Laurme The top flight groupe level action today at Vincennes began early. Eolie de Houelle (5f Goetmals Wood-Sawas de Houelle) took the Gr. III Prix Jean Gauvreau (monte, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, five year olds) with a rallying 1.12.3kr timed victory for jockey Anthony Barrier, trainer/breeder Franck Leblanc and owner Daniel Augereau. She scored for the sixth time in a 30 race career and raised her life earnings to 247,260€. 11/1 Etoile de Bruyere (5f Kenor de Cosse) was second for Damien Bonne, ahead of 20/1 Emilius de Play (5m Hulk des Champs with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. The 1.4/1 favorite Evangelina Blue and 3.3/1 Exotica de Retz were both miscue dq’s. Eolie de Houelle Thomas H. Hicks  

May 4, 2019 - Dante Boko (9g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) took today’s harness racing co-featured V75 Gold at Orebro (200,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart). Trainer Adrian Kolgjini teamed the winner that was timed in 1.10.9kr. The winner scored for the 26th time in 97 career starts and now has life earnings of 8,718,561SEK. Second went to 1.7/1 favorite Charrua Forlan (9g Up Front Larry-Friske Bar-Frisky Frazer) with Emilia Leo aboard for trainer Hans Owe Sundberg. Third was 64/1 Snowstorm Hanover (5m Muscle Massive) with Stefan Melander driving. The other featured event today at Orebro was the Orebro International Stayerlopp (Gr. II, 400,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart). The 1.13.8kr timed victory went to 6.6/1 Mack Dragan (6g Zola Boko-Stons Nettan-Rite On Line) reined by C.J. Jepson for owner/trainer Withelmsson Morgan, as he won for the 19th time in 38 career starts, now for life earnings of 1,697,300SEK. The winner overcame a 20 meter handicap. Second was the 3.4/1 choice On Track Piraten (11g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) that faced a 40 meter handicap and was reined by Rikard N, Skoglund for trainer Hans R. Stromberg. 15/1 Enzo AM (5g Scarlet Knight-Timbe Madrik-Jam Pridem) took third money for pilot Per Nilsson. Mack Dragan The feature for trotting mares today was the Enoch Karlssons Minne (125,000SEK first prize, 2100 meters autostart). The 1.12.1kr timed victory went to 2/1 Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) that Jerry Riordan trains for Italy’s Pietro Gubellini. The winning catch driver was Adrian Kolgjini and Shadow Gar now has 24 career wins in 86 appearances for 5,060,918SEK in life earnings. 10/1 Ginny Weasley (6f Andover Hall-Donepunk-Donerail) took second with Robert Bergh aboard. Third was 8/1 Unique Juli (6f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique-Supergill). Thomas H. Hicks  

May 4, 2019 - Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) took today’s harness racing Gr. I Finlandia AJO at Vermo Helsinki, Finland (purse 190,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters), a length the best at the end, timed in 1.10.5kr (mile rate 1:53.43). Bjorn Goop directed the 1.1/1 favorite to the lead at the 600 meter mark and the race was effectively over. Readly Express, trained by Timo Nurmos, won for the 26th time in 35 career starts and the first money raised his career earnings to 23,011,367SEK. The Bro Byggnads AB owned champion now heads for the Elitloppet later this month. 3/1 Next Direction (6g Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx-SJs Photo) was second for Iikka Nurmonen and 23/1 Chief Orlando (6m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) took third with Antti Teivainen aboard. 10/1 Sorbet and 38/1 Peace Of Mind completed the top five. Readly Express Replay show: The Elitloppet (May 26) invitees to date are: Readly Express, Propulsion, Dijon, Aubrion du Gers, Looking Superb, Uza Josselyn and Double Exposure. Thomas H. Hicks

May 3, 2019 - Jerry Mon (6m Ready Cash-Graziela) took the Friday Quinte+ Prix Bettina (purse 48,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) at Paris-Vincennes with a come from behind five length score timed in 1.11.2kr. Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot for trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA.  It was the second win in France for Jerry Mom and the victory raised his career earnings to 212,896€. He left from post eight and was off at 1.3/1 odds. 20/1 United Love (6m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Bjorn Goop. 46/1 Digne ET Droit (6m The Best Madrik-Plenty Pocket) was third for Tony LeBeller. 6.4/1 Deux Etoiles Gede and 8.3/1 Onceforall Face completed the top five and the Q+ exact order 2€ ticket with those numbers paid 6,846.80€ to the holders of 77 winning tickets. The Q+ pool this day was 4,062,139€ and the total of all race pools exceeded 8,209,000€. On the undercard was the Prix Glauice (purse 47,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters). 4/1 odds Follow Me (4m Volcan d’Urzy-Royale Flower) scored in 1.14.1kr for Eric Raffin and the Jerry Mom connections of trainer Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA.  Follow Me recorded his fifth win in 12 starts in France and increased his career earnings to 83,100€. 7.4/1 Falco du Douet (4m Akin du Cap Vert) was second for Gabriele Gelormini and 13/1 Filou des Tyll (4g Rancho Gede) took the third check with Alexandre Abrivard up. Follow Me The 47,000€ purse Prix Ida (2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) was also on the program and that victory went to the 3/2 odds favorite Feerie Wood (4f Rockefeller Center) with Alexandre Abrivard the reinsman, timed in 1.14kr. 4.8/1 Fiesta des Belver (4f Roi du Coq) was a close second, handled by Gabriele Gelormini. Feerie Wood The upcoming May 5th program at Paris-Vincennes is superb, led by the Gr. I Criterium des 4Ans with entries shown below. The class leader, Face Time Bourbon, at that age opted out of this event to try for the European Championship in Italy. Gr. I Criterium des 4Ans  The May 5 card also includes three other groupe contests: Gr. II monte Prix Jean Gauvreau (100,000€ purse, 2175 meters); Gr. II Prix Albert Demarcq (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters); Gr. II Prix Kerjacques (100,000€ purse, 200 meters international) and the Prix du Rouergue (purse 64,000€, 2100 meters autostart) Thomas H. Hicks  

May 1, 2019 - The great international harness racing traveler Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) recorded his 43rd consecutive victory this day in Spain, the Premi Mao Especial Nacionals at Hipodrom Municipal de Mao, where the winner earned 300€. Trebol was bred, raised and raced as a youngster in Spain before moving to France with then trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. That team achieved great success including several Groupe level victories such as the Gr. I Kymi Grand Prix that he won twice defeating such stalwarts as Timoko, Maven and Oasis Bi. He exhibited a quick turn of foot and was a superb closer at his best in France and elsewhere on the European Masters Circuit. He remained owned in Spain and returned home in 2017, beginning his win streak September 30, 2017 that has now reached 43, besting the previous all-time winning streak of 42 by a trotter, set by the great coldblood Jarvsofaks. Trebol took a record of 1.11kr and has now earned 685,816€ for the career that has produced 75 lifetime wins in 137 starts. Following is a summary of Trebol’s career and photos of him at his best and most recently in victory at Torre del Ram on April 28. Resumen posiciones   Año 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 A D R Nº Carreras Récord Importe 2019 7                     7 1' 17'' 3 982,00 € 2018 28                     28 1' 15'' 7 3.516,00 € 2017 8       2 1 1         12 1' 11'' 5 17.396,00 € 2016 2   1   2   3         8 1' 11'' 6 166.810,00 € 2015 2 2 3 1 1 1 1         11 1' 11'' 6 214.530,00 € 2014   2 1 3   1 3         10 1' 12'' 7 51.720,00 € 2013 2 1 2   1 3 1         10 1' 13'' 5 110.560,00 € 2012     1 1   1           3 1' 14'' 1 9.540,00 € 2011 8   1               1 10 1' 13'' 6 32.203,00 € 2010 9                     9 1' 15'' 3 69.292,00 €   Trebol draws away in the stretch at Torre del Ram (April 28, 2019 Thomas H. Hicks  

The day’s Quinte+ race was at Saint Galmier in the Prix Saint-Etienne Metropole (purse 32,000€, 2650 meters, 15 starters).   This event went to 1.15.4kr timed and 4.1/1 odds Defi de Nay (6g Kiwi) with Martin Cormy at the lines for trainer Mickael Cormy and owner Ecurie Manuel Garcia.   This was the winner’s 12th career victory in 34 starts and it increased his career earnings to 169,910€. 1.3/1 odds Chaud Devant (7g Otello Pierji) was net for Adrien Lamy and 8.2/1 Cross Dairpet (7m Quaker Jet) took third for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy. 8/1 Dixit Danica and 11/1 Bosseuse Rush completed the top five.   The exact order Q+ ticket paid 1,111.40€ to 416 winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 3,261,376€ and the total of all pools on this race exceeded 6,818,000€ This same day at Paris-Vincennes was the Gr. II monte Prix Rene Palyart (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, nine starters) with the 1.12.1kr timed victory to the 4/5 favorite Fadu du Chene (4m Singalo-Star du Chene) with jockey P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons for trainer Julien LeMer and owner/breeder Claude Guedj. Fado du Chene                                  -LeTrot photo The winner scored for the ninth time in 16 career appearances and increased his career earnings to 575,700€. The 2.6/1 odds Ferreteria (4f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) was second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 13/1 outsider Flore de Janeiro (4f Vanishing Point) took third money with Anthony Barrier the jockey for owner/trainer Franck Blandin/ Thomas H. Hicks

This third leg of the prestigious Trophee Vert harness racing Series was the Grand Prix de la Ville de Nord Saint Erdre (purse 45,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, 16 starters on the turf) at the hippodrome of the same name.   Victory went to 3.2/1 Beau de Grimoult (8g Pacifique Gede-Quelle Bora) reined by J.F. Senet for trainer Franck Anne and Ecurie de Grimoult. Race time was 1.19.6kr.   The winner recorded career victory 19 in 92 outings, now for 521,100€ in career earnings. 4.4/1 Blues des Landiers (9g Phlegyas) was second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominique Cheradame. Third was the 3/1 odds Vertige de Chenu (10g Lynx de Bellouet) with Eric Raffin at the lines for owner/trainer J.M. Beaudouin.   Thomas H. Hicks

April 27, 2019 - The heavy 1/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) held on for half-length harness racing victory in today’s Gr. II Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, the initial leg of the Challenge Cup Grand Vitesse, held at Argentan. With owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines, the Elitloppet 2019 invitee, won his 44th race in a 68-race career. He now has career earnings of 2,263,447€. The 4.8/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied for second with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner/breeder Philippe Dauphin. 43/1 Tamure Roc (7f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc) took the third check with Santo Mollo at the lines. Aubrion du Gers Earlier in the card was the Prix Texas Charm (monte, purse 25,000€, 2875 meters, 14 starters) and the easy winner was 1.4/1 favorite Napa Valley (7m In Dix Huit-Nadja) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Cees F. Kamminga and owner Tim Oosterhof. The classy performer won for the ninth time in 18 starts in France now for 180,926€ earned. 9/2 Zauni (6m Quite Easy) took second for Mme. Ronja Walter, ahead of 42/1 Cash Drive (7g Reflet Jet) with Mlle. Alexiane Lepage in the irons. Napa Valley Thomas H. Hicks  

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