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July 5, 2019 - The 2.3/1 harness racing favorite Denzo Montaval (6f Laetenter Diem) took today’s Quinte+ Prix du Mont Saint Michel at Cabourg, the race for a purse of 32,000€ and contested by 14 starters over 2750 meters. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the winner timed in 1.14.4kr, to this ninth career win in 41 outings. 14/1 Domingo Bello (6g Look de Star) was second for Mathieu Mottier and 6.2/1 Dassero (6g Ubriaco) took third, ahead of 9/2 Daddy Cut (6g Coktail Jet) and 21/1 Denys Davsson (6f Meaulnes du Corta). There were 128 winning Quinte+ tickets that paid 5,122.80€ each. The Q+ pool this day Was 3,683,777€ and the total handle on the race exceeded 7,426,000€ Two days prior, the Q+ was at Enghien and longshots prevailed in the Prix Porte Charenton (purse 51,000€, 2875 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) as 38/1 Benuro d’Auvillier (8g Laetenter Diem) scored timed in 1.14.4kr. Dominique Mottier trains the winner and Antoine Dubouis was the pilot. 89/1 Baileyse (8f Opus Viervil) was second for Alexis Garandeau, overcoming a 25 meter handicap. 9/1 Amour du Coglais (9g Ganymede) tool third with Franck Nivard up. 12/1 Azar d’Azif and 16/1 Be One des Thirons completed the top five and there were no winning exact order Q+ tickets. The top five disorder paid 35,202€ to 26 ticketholders in this race that showed a Q+ handle of 2,978,786€. Total handle on this race exceeded 6.653,000€. Benure d’Auvillier Later on the Enghien card was the Prix de la Madeleine (purse 53,000€, 2875 meters, 10 starters) with victory to the well-bred and 3/2 favorite City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) that was reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Erwin Bot and owner Ecurie Gerrits Recycling BV. The winner was timed in 1.13.5kr while recording his fourth victory in 10 starts in France, now for 130,980€ in career earnings. The 2.1/1 second choice Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) was second with Alexandre Abrivard aboard and 27/1 Florida Sport (4f Tornado Bello) was third handled by M.X. Mestre Suner. City Guide On July the Q+ race at Vichy produced another exact order non-winning ticket day in the Prix Jean Michel Bazire (purse 31,000€, 2950 meters, 15 starters. The disorder winning tickets paid 14,016.40€ to 64 ticketholders as the top five finishers went off at 6.4, 72, 12, 10 and 99/1 respectively. The Q+ pool was 3,045,459€ and total handle on the race exceeded 6,456,000€. The winner was Alinea (9g Baccarat du Pont) reined by Charles J. Bigeon, for trainer Christian Bigeon, to his 18th lifetime win in 92 starts. Alinea Thomas H. Hicks  

June 30, 2019 - Sunday’s GP Citta’ di Napoli (purse 154,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Napoli Agnano racecourse saw an impressive harness racing performance by the 1.13.9kr timed Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) reined by trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. He took the lead after 400 meters and maintained advantage throughout. Johan Sjoestrand owns the winner of 230,146€. Al Capone Stecca (3m Napoleon Bar-Ombretta Bar-Ganymede) was second, handled by G.P. Minnucci, and Alrajah One (3m Maharajah-Mariu’-Varenne) took third with Enrico Bellei up. The companion GP Citta’ di Napoli Filly (purse 88,000€, 1600 meters autostart) went to the 1.12.3kr timed Audrey Effe (3f Up And Quick-Simphony Effe-Going Kronos) reined by Andrea Farolfi. She held off second finishing Alouette and Amber Prad (3f Timoko-Sinead Prad-Love You) with Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. Audrey Effe The prior day trotting action was at Roma Capannelle. The four year old mares contested the Pr. Antonio Carena (purse 88,000€, 1640 meters autostart) with pacesetting Zabriskie OK (4f Conway Hall-Georgia Pines-Pine Chip) holding on for the victory timed in 1.12.3kr. Roberto Vecchione teamed the Holger Ehlert trainee to her eighth win in 14 outings for 160,524€ earned. The threatening Zaniah Bi was a dq (finished second) for a brief miscue in the lane. That enabled Zima Jet (4f Igor Font-Rebecca Lag-Supergill) to be second and placed third was Zuid Afrika Jbay (4f Nad Al Sheba-Il Faut Le Faire-Kaisy Dream). Zabriskie OK, (inside) The companion for four year olds males was the Pr. Tino Triossi (purse 154,000€, 2100 meters autostart). The 1.11.3kr timed (a new record) winner was the very impressive Zacon Gio (4m Ruty Grif-May Glade Font SM-Yankee Glide) reined by Vecchione for trainer Ehlert. Zacon BI had defeated Face Time Bourbon in his previous endeavor. Zaccaria Bar (4m Ready Cash-Filanda-Lindy Lane) was second for Roberto Andreghetti and Zefiro d’Ete (4m Mago d’Amore-Isotta Fraschini-Angus Hall) took the third spot. Zacon Gio Thomas H. Hicks  

June 30, 2019 - Sunday’s 9th leg of the Trophee Vert series was the harness racing Grand Prix BVS held at Sable-Sur-Sarthe. 18 trotteurs contested this 2800 meter distance handicap events for a total purse of 45,000€. The 1.16.8kr timed victory went to Derby du Dollar (6m Rodrigo Jet-Magalie du Dollar) that overcame a 25 meter handicap teamed by Matthieu Abrivard. Sylvain Roger trains the eight time career winner in 35 starts for owner Thierry Coupireau. His career earnings advanced to 233,070€. Baladin Hongrois (8g Bon Conseil) overcame a 50 meter handicap to be second for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. Berry Felin (8m Nahar de Beval) was third for Gilles Delacour, this one handicapped 25 meters. Braquo, Ali de Saint Marc, Citizen Kane and Absolut Perfect completed the top seven and earned checks. Click on this link for Replay The next leg of the Trophee Vert is July 14 at Royan-la-Palmyre. Thomas H. Hicks  

On a beautiful day at Kincsem Park (Budapest) this afternoon was held the 105 th edition of the Hungarian Trotting Derby and a host of other harness racing stakes events.   The big race today was the 105 th edition of the Magyar Ugeto Derby (purse 10,000,000Huf, 2500 meters autostart, four year olds, 12 starters).   The 1.18kr timed victory went to 12/1 Zsenoz (4f SJs Photo- Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) that was bred by Kabala Menes Kft. Mitja Slavic teamed the winner.   Zapato (4m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL-Friendly Face) was a game front end performer and held second with Imre Fazekas aboard for trainer Csaba Lakatos.   Third Was Zotta (4m Naglo-Gazza Jet-Supergill) with Veljko Mazsity up and Zseda (4f Frullino Jet-Filigran-Witsends Speedy) took fourth for Lakatos. Earlier, the Daniel Bisbac Memorial (purse 600,000aHuf, 1900 meters autostart) began the higher level action with a victory on the wire for 3.7/1 Timoteo (7m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) clocked in 1.16.6kr. Veljko Mazsity teamed the winner to the narror win over Hennrik Ibsen AT (7m Worship) with Csaba Lakatos aboard and Lago d’Amore (5m Mago d’Amore) piloted by Mitja Slavic. Unique Vil (6m Conway Hall) was fourth for Roland Balogh. Timoteo There were two division of the Grof Esterhazy Miklos Moris Memorial, each for a purse of 1,800,000Huf and each raced over 1800 meters autostart. The open division for three year olds went to 1.18.9kr timed and 3.4/1 Aurum Ville (3g Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands).  Gyorgy Horvath teamed the Imre Fazekas trainee to the win for Silver & Black Racing. Second was Aronville (3g Calypso Capar-Saraville- What A Man) that had the lead early in the lane but yielded to his rival on the line. Imre Fazekas trains and reined Aronville. Aronville Third was Sabath Black AT (3m Amiral Sund-Simb Lorikeet-Pearsall Hanover) with Csaba Lakatos up. The battle of the five and six year olds under the same race name saw 11/1 Ujrazz! (6m Maximus Lindy- Gyorsulj!-Witsends Speedy) score timed in 1.15.7kr for trainer/driver Laszlo Koloizsi. Uran Lady (6f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) was second for reinsman Veljko Mazsity and Urzulina (6f Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) took the third spot with Csaba Lakatos aboard. This competitive event saw the winner gain the lead mid-stretch and gamely hold off her main rivals at the line. Ujrazz Veteran aged trotters then battled in the Jozsef Sinka Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.15kr clocked victory went to 3.7/1 Aileron (7g Scarlet Knight-Quacelle-Jackpot du Relais) with Imre Fazekas at the lines for Prolongo Trading and trainer Joszef Rutkai. Aileron won for third time in five 2019 starts at Kincsem Park. Time To Say Goodbye (7m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) was a game second ahead of Alexander UR (5g Infinitif-Hoily TRFoily Fau-Egon Lavec) with Csaba Lakatos driving for trainer Rutkai. The Rutkai/Prolongo team sent out four of the eight starters in this fast class event. On the non-betting early races the two year old qualifiers continued. The impressive Coumba (3f Ready Express-Namibia-Varenne) scored timed in 1.22.4kr for traier Rutkai and pilot Imre Fazekas. This filly is by the recently retired International star Readly Express and was bred in by Menhammar Stuteri AB (Stockholm). She is worth consideration when the two year old racing begins.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 29, 2019 - Today’s Enghien harness racing action featured the Quinte+ Prix du Roussillon (purse 48,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 15 European starters). Conrad Lugauer was back in the winner’s circle with his trainee winner, 28/1 Calvin Borel (9g Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Furan), a horse he also owns, timed in 1.12.4kr. Lugauer won yesterday at Vincennes with Norton Commander. Calvin Borel now has life earnings of 249,476€. 3/1 Calou Renardiere (7g Lets Go Along) took second for Eric Raffin and 7.4/1 Crescendis (7f Querido de Blary) was home third with J.F. Senet the trainer/driver. 21/1 Vasterbo Grosbois and 18/1 Beloit Royal completed the top five. That set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 74,782.40€ for seven winning 2€ ticket holders. The Q+ pool today was 3,848,175€ and the total wagered on the race exceeded 8,172,000€. On the card was also the Prix de l’Observatoire (purse 52,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters) that drew a fine field. The quick timed 1.10.9kr winner was 2.8/1 Violetto Jet (5m From Above-Nocciolara Jet) with Franck Nivard the pilot for trainer Philippe Billard. Violetto Jet The 23,400€ first money improved the winner’s career earnings to 141,492€. The 1.6/1 favorite Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was second with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. 10/1 Docteur d’Erable (6g Ganymede) was third for David Thomain ahead of 3.6/1 Hambo Transs R (5g Love You) and 19/1 Ursa Caf (6m Toss Out). Thomas H. Hicks  

June 29, 2019 - Aetnos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will If A Woman-Muscles Yankee) rallied late for a nose victory in the E3 Final at Eskilstuna, a harness racing Gr. I International event. Race timed was 1.11.8kr for the winner that now has a 3-1-4 slate in nine career starts. Orjan Kihlstom teamed the winner to this record performance for trainer Jerry Riordan and the Snyder-Aetnos ownership. First prize was 1,000,000SEK in this 2140 meters autostart contest. Aetnos Kronos trailed sixth for much of the way before making a three-wide surge on the backstretch of the second lap. Off at 3.7/1 he wore down the 4.8/1 odds leader Bythebook (3g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos) reined by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Third went to 44/1 Zola Key (3g Zola Boko-Jennie J-Super Arnie) with Bjorn Goop up. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 28, 2019 - Today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing featured Gr. III Prix Paul Delanoe (monte, 2850 meters, 90,000€ purse, European starters) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 9/10 favorite Clegs des Champs (7g Kegs du Cloc-Prosepine) with David Thomain in the irons. Thierry Raffegeau trains the J.Y. Roze owned gelding that won for the 16th time in 30 career starts. His life earnings are now 680,580€. 15/1 Vertige de Chenu (10g Lynx de Bellouet) was second with Eric Raffin up for trainer J.M. Baudouin. 37/1 Al Capone Jet (9g Jag de Bellouet) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois, 7.6/1 Daida de Vandell and 61/1 Baron du Goutier completed the top five. On the undercard was the Quinte+ Prix Eva (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) that went to 32/1 Vipera Killer G (5f Varenne-Uakland) in rein to Eric Raffin. Vincent Lacroix trains the winner for Scuderia Fioredigio. This mare now has career earnings of 105,398€. 5.6/1 Zoe Grif Italia (4f Ready Cash-One Dream Grif) rallied for second with J-M Bazire her pilot and trainer. 2.9/1 Hillary Queen (5f Quick Wood) took third for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 4.8/1 Feerie Wood and 19/1 Voyage d’Amour rounded out the exact order top five that paid 49,019.60€ to seven holders of winning 2€ Quinte+ tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,437,733€ and 7,060,000€ was wagered on the race (all betting options). Vipera Killer Also on today’s card was the Prix Nemausa (purse 45,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) and the 1.1/1 favorite Norton Commander (5m Gift Kronos-Push The Button) was victorious, teamed with trainer Conrad Lugauer. This 1.10.9kr timed winner increased his life earnings to 105,219€ with the victory. 18/1 Emphasis Turbo (5m Jet Fortuna) was second for Franck Nivard and 36/1 Fakir de Mahey (4m Reve de Baylev) was third with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard. 8.5/1 Inspector Bros finished eighth and 2.9/1 Follow Me was sixth in the competitive field. Norton Commander Thomas H. Hicks  

The gallant Spanish trotting stallion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) won his 47th straight harness race on Tuesday, this one at Ippodrom Torre del Ram in the Premi Tap Dance Kid (purse 500€, 2100 meters autostart,  International).    Trebol scored timed in 1.15kr with C.S. Fuster the pilot for Cuadra Sa Farola.   The victory was Trebol’s 11th win in 2019 and he now shows 79 career wins in 141 starts for 686,666€ in life earnings. Caviar d’Occagnes was second ahead of The De Chine.   Trebol’s career chart is shown below: Thomas H. Hicks  

Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Jungfrau DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.18.3kr timed and 1.8/1 odds Vakarcs RG (5m Racino-Victory Va Bene-Diablo Va Bene) with harness racing trainer Goran Zolnaji aboard.   This was his third 2019 victory. Zero di Jesolo (4m Frullino Jet-Diva di Jesolo- Sugarcane Hanover) was second handled by Roland Balogh and Unreal Boss (6f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) took the third check with Veljko Mazsity at the lines.   On the undercard the Gazai Handicap (400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) saw 17.6/1 Asterix Evo (7g Broadway Hall-Rompaway Quincy-Tabor Lobell) scored timed in 1.17.1kr with trainer Lazslo Kolozsi the pilot. On the pre-race qualifying program two more two year olds made the grade, both trainer by Imre Fazekas. Blue Moon (2m Calypso Capar-Norah Jones-Zador) scored with Andrea Nagyvary driving and Bold Lady (2f Napoleon-Elegant Lady-Mill H) was a close second with Imre Fazekas aboard.   Thomas H. Hicks  

The classy veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) was a gate to wire harness racing winner of Sunday’s Pr. Costa Azzurra (purse 220,000€, 1600 meters autostart, nine starters) timed in 1.11.4kr with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro at the lines. Bel Avis (8m Ganymede-Gloria Maris-Workaholic) was a game second with Andrea Guzzinati aboard for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. This was away near the back and moved three wide at the 600 meter mark to the death seat. He battled Arazi Boko the rest of the journey but could not gain an advantage, ending a length short. Victor Ferm (5m Nad Al Sheba-Gavina di Casei-Uronometro) landed third for trainer/driver Santo Mollo. Ursa Caf and Tamure Roc completed the top five.   Thomas H. Hicks

Guillermo Sport (3m Orlando Sport-Quoda Jesselyn) was an 11/1 upset harness racing winner of today’s Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) at Paris-Vincennes.   The winner, handled by a jubilant PJ Pascual Lavanchy for trainer MX Mestre Suner, won his fifth in nine starts, now for 162,750€ in life earnings.   Ecurie Bruni owned this winner that defeated 4.3/1 Gamble River (3m Un Mec d’Heripre) reined by Francois Lagadeuc for breeder/owner Gerard Manzi and trainer Sebastien Guarato.   10/1 Gamin des Perdrix (3m Booster Winner) was third for J-M Bazire. Race time was 1.13.9kr. 12/1 odds Gassman d’Esse and 69/1 Gilmour were fourth and fifth. 3.1/1 General du Parc and 13/1 Greenpeace took the last two checks.     The first groupe test of the day was the Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) with 17/1 IDS Boko (4g From Above-Celestial Boko) rallying for an upset victory timed in 1.14.7kr. Robin Bakker teamed the Paul Hagoort trainee that Running Stable owns.   The victory increased IDS Boko’s life earnings to 133,308€. 1.6/1 favorite Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik) was a close second reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Richard Westerink. Third was 5/1 Zilath (4m Maharajah) with trainer Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines for owner SC Leonardo Srl.   IDS Boko The Gr. III Prix de Grasse (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) completed the day’s groupe contests. With Classic Connection a scratch, it was an open field and 2.7/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash- Divann) scored for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Ceke Farms BVBS. Alcoy was timed in 1.12.7kr off soft fractions as he defeated 1.6/1 favorite Portland (5m Ganymede) teamed with trainer Bjorn Goop. 13/1 Dollar Soyer (6g Phlegyas) took third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Gregory Thorel. 7.2/1 El Villagio (5m Love You) and 4.2/1 Epic Julry (5m Nice Love) completed the top five. Fast class veterans contested the Prix Bertrand Deloison (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, European starters), also labeled the Prix de Grosbois. The 5.7/1 Diable de Vauvert (6m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) rallied on the pegs for victory timed in 1.11.7kr, with Gabriele Gelormini up for breeder/owner Franck Lemuet. It was the sixth career victory for the winner, in 47 starts, now for 351,130€ in life earnings. 1.7/1 Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) rallied to lead off the final bend and appeared for victory before bearing out mid stretch. Luc Roelens trains this brother to Traders for JPB Building BVBA and Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot. 2.2/1 Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz) held third for Jean Michel Bazire. At the end of the card was the Prix de Nesles (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) and this one went to the 1.10.9kr timed and 1.8/1 favorite Azur des Caillons (9m Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard aboard. This handsome, great gaited winning trotteur scored for the 13th time in his 62 race career, his third win in 2019. Azur’s life earnings increased to 281,910€ with this victory. The 5.4/1 Belle Louis Mabon (8f Derby du Gite) took second for breeder/owner/trainer/pilot Yves Dreux. Third was 189/1 Very First (10g Orlando Vici) with Julien Raffestein at the lines.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 23, 2019 - Today’s Q+ Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere at Vincennes (purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International, Quinte+ race) had harness racing champions Bold Eagle, Dijon and Looking Superb in the lineup. Dijon was an early dq and that opened the door for a start to finish victory for Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethiu Rah Jet). Timed in 1.10.2kr, Bold Eagle, off at 2.1/1 and reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owned by Pierre Pilarski, gamely prevailed by a quarter length over the stalking 1.2/1 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) teamed with trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 20/1 Detroit Castelets (6m Neoh Jiel) rallied for third reined by Matthieu Abrivard for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. 30/1 Orlando Jet (6g Orlando Vici) was fourth for Rudi Haller and fifth was 18/1 Tessy d’Ete with Frnack Nivard up. Bold Eagle won for the 44th time in a 63 race career and he now has life earnings of 4,553,620€ with this his fourth consecutive Prix Rene Balliere victory. Bold Eagle This was the day’s Quinte+ race and a winning 2€ exact order ticket paid 4,539.20€ to 485 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 5,637,919€and the total of all pools on this race esxceeded 10,290,000€ Recent winners of the Rene Balliere are shown below Gala Tejy wins 170,000€, Gr. I Prix d’Essai Today’s exceptional card at Paris-Vincennes had three year old monte performers on stage in the Gr. I Prix d’Essai (purse 170,000€, 2175 meters, 15 starters) and the 9/10 favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes-Aurore des Charmes) prevailed clocked in 1.13kr. P. Ph. Ploquin was in the irons for Ecurie Chalon and trainer Christophe Chalon. He scored for the fourth time in a 12 race career and increased his life earnings to 253,640€. Gala Tejy  Gala relentlessly pursued 9/2 Gangster du Wallon (3m Lets Go Along) reined by Benjamin Rochard for owner/trainer Damien Lecroq. 37/1 Gepsonnia (3f Sun Ceravin) was placed third on the dq of Gee. Romain Marty reined Gepsonnia for trainer Cyril Raimbaud. Fleche Bourbon upset winner of Gr. I Prix du President de la Republique The Gr. I monte Prix du President de la Republique (purse 200,000€, 2850 meters, four year olds) was this day’s Vincennes feature race. Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) was a very impressive and easy winner with Alexandre Abrivard her jockey for trainer Sebastien Guarato and breeder/owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. Alexandre Abrivard She won for the eighth time in 13 career starts and raised her life earnings to 279,060€.  Fleche Bourbon 5.3/1 Freeman de Houelle (4m Vigove) took second for trainer Franck Leblanc and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. 13/1 Flicka de Blary (4f Sam Bourbon) was third with Camille Levesque in the irons. Due to a dq the 104/1 outsider Forever Speed (4m Uriel Speed) was placed fourth and 32/1 Fiona Gendreenne was placed fifth. The 5/10 favorite Fado du Chene  and 30/1 Fawley Buissonay were two dq’s in this race. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 21, 2019 - Top flight harness racing trotting action takes place today through Sunday at Paris-Vincennes. There are seven groupe level races and the Prix de Grosbois with many of Europe’s better horses on stage. Today was the monte Prix Xavier de Saint Palais, a Gr. II event for five year olds, worth a  100,000€ purse and raced over 2175 meters. This one had 3.6/1 Et Voila de Muze (5m Royal Dream-Noloaila) score timed in a sharp 1.10.9kr with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Union Stable. The winner won for the 15th time in 27 career starts now for 212,276€ in life earnings. 7/1 Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious) was second for jockey Mme. D. Beaufils-Ernault, trainer Sebastien Ernault and Ecurie des Charmes. Far back in third was 1.3/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue) for Mathieu Mottier. Et Voila de Muze Today’s card also included the Quinte+ Prix Clementine (purse 45,000€, 2850 meters, 14 European starters). The 1.14kr timed winner was 3/5 favorite Bandit Brick (6m Yankee Glide-Blazing Kemp) trained and reined by Jean Michel Bazire. Stald Pimax of Denmark owns the handsome and great gaited winner that scored for the first time in France and raised his career earnings to 114,292€. 6.4/1 Dimoko de Jamac (6g Timoko) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and 86/1 Ulberto (6m Broadway Hall) took third with Pierre Vercruysse aboard. 26/1 Constantina Magic and 36/1 Dayan Winner completed the top five and set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 12,946.60€ for the 2€ wager. Bandit Brick The Q+ pool this day was 3,699,807€ and the total wagering pools on this race exceeded 7,582,000€ Sunday there are six groupe contests at Vincennes, as summarized below along with expected favorites: Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters led by Foxtrot Sea and Zucchino Roc) Gr. I Prix d’Escai (monte, purse 170,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds) with Gala Tejy a likely favorite Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere (purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International) with champions Bold Eagle, Dijon and Looking Superb in the lineup Gr. I monte Prix du President de la Republique (purse 200,000€, 2850 meters. Four year olds) with Freeman de Houelle a probable favorite Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) with a good field led by Good Boy Ligneries at the start Gr. III Prix de Grasse (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) with Germany’s Portland and Jean Pierre Dubois’ Classic Connection in the field Prix Bertrand Deloison (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, European starters), also labeled the Prix de Groisbois, with Nancy America, Jerry Mom and Defi de Retz in the lineup Earlier in the week (June 18) was the Arqana Trot Mixed Sale at the Hippodrome de Cabourg. 90 head were presented for sale with 59 sold, averaging 12,390€ compared to 12,921€ a year ago. The two sale leaders were acquired by Christian LeBarbey (ITS) led by hip #85 Get Up Smart (2016 f Ready Cash-Una Bella Fier-Love You) in foal to Muscle Hill. Get Up Smart The runner-up was hip #84 Flower Power (2015 f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream) that sold in foal to Bird Parker. Pedigree follows, a fine maternal family. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 15, 2019 - Best Of Bourbon (8g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon) took the Enghien monte featured Prix de la Place Belard (purse 48,000€, 2875 meters distance handicap, 13 monte starters) with another start to finish harness racing score timed in 1.13.5kr (1:58.26 mile rate). Melle Mathilde Collet was the jockey for trainer Vincent Jarry and Ecurie Nice Nasach. He won for the 10th time in a 53 race career to increase life earnings to 153,290€. Off as the 1.6/1 favorite Best Of Bourbon bested 3.6/1 Atout du Hainaut (9g Gazouillis) with Eric Raffin in the irons and 5/1 Barack (8g Ludo de Castelle) with Alexandre Abrivard up. 19/1 Bettina de Tillard and 10/1 Byrh Gede completed the top five in this 1.79 mile event. Best Of Bourbon Thomas H. Hicks  

June 15m 2019 - Saturday’s solid Kincsem Park trotting card included two events for harness racing three year olds and the featured Szeptevo DIKJ for veteran trotters. First, the two divisions of the All Stars DIJ (each for a 400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart). The first division with nine starters went to 1.21.8kr timed and 8.9/1 odds Andika (3f Calypso Capar-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) reined by her trainer Imre Fazekas. This paid defeated Angello (3g Dundee) with Emese Vezer up for trainer Emil Csordas. Third was Anna (3f Frullino Jet) with Balazs Juhasz aboard. The second All Stars division also presented nine starters and the 1.20.6kr timed winner was 4.1/1 Adamo Fling (3m Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) with trainer Emil Csordas up. He bested Ambrosia Gielle (3f Belami) handled by Sandor Varda and Aranypok (3m Yankee Mustang) was third with Laszlo Kolozsi at the lines. Adamo Fling The veteran classmasters competed in the Szeptevo DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart, six starters) and even-money favorite Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) scored impressively timed in 1.18.1kr, his fifth 2019 win in as many starts and 13th in his career that spans 15 outings. Zeal di Girifalco 29.2/1 Unika Vik (6f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) was second for pilot Goran Zolnaji that finished ahead for Urania RL (6f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip). Zeal di Girifalco Thomas H. Hicks  

The eighth leg of the Trophee Vert harness racing series was the Grand Prix Montlucon-Communaute (purse 45,000€, 3000 meters, 14 starters) on the grass at Hipprodrome Montlucon before a large audience.   3.6/1 Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas-Mega des Landiers) scored for Sebastien Hardy and breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Charadame, his 19 th career victory in 105 starts now for life earnings of 504,551€.   Time was not reported.   The 3/2 favorite Doberman (6m Prodigious) was a close second with Franck Nivard up for owner Richard Cohen. 4.7/1 Cromy (7g Baccarat du Pont) took third with trainer Tony LeBeller up.   Fourth was 17.1 Beerscott (8m General du Pommeau) with A.A. Chavatte aboard.   Thomas H. Hicks  

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