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Monday’s Quinte+ at Vichy was the Prix de Gennat (purse 32,000€, 2950 meters, 18 starters) and 9/1 Cow Boy Tuilerie (7g Biesolo) scored for harness racing pilot Kevin Leblanc for owner/trainer Mlle. Cl. Desmontils timed in 1.14.3kr, the winners’ third career victory in 44 starts. 5.8/1 Clovis Montaval (7g Qualimo de Vandel) was a game second with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. 1.1/1 favorite Cobalt Chatho (7g Jam Pridem) was third, handled by Tony LeBeller. 45/1 Cetagvati and 11/1 Cantelliva completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 12,276.60€ for 14 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool this day was 2,800,116€ and the total of all wagering pool on this race was 6,092,000€.   Thomas H. Hicks

Three year old harness racing fillies contested the Prix Eunyke (purse 47,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) on Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes. The 2.7/1 second wagering choice Giuletta Jet (3f Rolling d’Heripre-Ulla Jet) scored timed in 1.14.4kr with Franck Nivard up. Jarmo Niskanen trains the winner that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. It was her third triumph in seven career starts. 2.3/1 Gondole de Blary (3f Sam Bourbon) was a close second with Yoann Lebourgeois the pilot for owner/trainer Sebastien Guarato. 14/1 Geisha d’Em (3f Kiwi) was third for Tony LeBeller and trainer J.P. Allix.   Thomas H. Hicks

Delfino (6m Speedy Blue-Miss Volo) was a game winner of the seventh harness racing leg of the Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf, this day at Hippodrome Reims.   Off at 5.2/1 the winner was reined by Mathieu Mottier for breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Mottier and he won for the seventh time in 33 career starts.   Race time was 1.12.6kr. 4.7/1 Calaska du Guez (7F Pomerol du Guez) was a rallying second for Eric Raffin and trainer Jean Michel Bazire, almost overcoming a distance handicap of 25 meters and timed in 1.11.9kr.   Third was 8.1/1 Belle Louise Mabon (8f Derby du Gite) was third for breeder/owner/trainer/reinsman Yves Dreux. 13/1 Bamour, another Dominique Mottier entrymate, and 44/1 Chablis d’Herfraie completed the top five.   The winning 2€Q+ exact order tickets paid 11,434.20€ to 68 ticketholders.   The Q+ pool this day was 3,272,639 and total wagered on the race in all pools totaled 6,723,000€.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 15, 2019 - Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) took Boden’s harness racing featured Norbottens Stora Pris (Gr. I International UET Masters, 2140 meters autostart, 10 entrants) clocked in 1.11.7kr with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard. Daniel Reden trains the Stall Zet stallion that won for the 35th time in 71 career starts now for 26,439,062SEK earned. The total purse today was 1.75SEK million with 1,000,000SEK to the winner. Propulsion defeated Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty) reined by Ulf Ohlsson. Third finishing was Muscle Hustle (6m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel) with trainer Robert Bergh driving. Propulsion Propulsion won this classic for the fourth consecutive time. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 15, 2019 - Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici - Kara Kickan) was an easy winner of today’s Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola (purse 170,000€ with 100,000€ to the winner, 2100 meters autostart, 10 harness racing entrants with one scratch) clocked in a rated 1.11.7kr. Joakim Lovgren trains and reined the winner that now sports nine career wins in 44 starts for 362,165€ in life earnings. Trainer Lovgren stated in post-race interview that he was proud of the winner that is now at the best in his career. He was off at 29/1 odds on the PMU network and 8.8/1 at ATG. Finishing second was Next Direction (6g Orlando Vici / Be My Luxx) with Iikka Nurmonen aboard and third went to Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M) handled by Carl Johan Jepson. Chief Orlando (6m Orlando Vici) was fourth with Bjorn Goop handling the lines. Racing Mange Racing Mange and happy connections The sire in the spotlight this day was Orlando Vici, a solid performing sire of winners in France, Sweden and Australia where is among the leading money winning sires. Siring three of the first four Kymi finishers today is testimony to his performance. Orlando Vici Orlando Vici has become one of the most popular young Sires in Europe. A two year old winner himself and winner of nine Group races at ages three and four, on the racetrack Orlando Vici won 12 times in 32 starts for 835,990€ earned. His progeny have won close to 32 Million Euros in Europe. With a 72 percent starters to live foals in France, progeny show an ability to both sprint and stay, with an exceptional clean gait. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 15, 2019 - Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) rallied off cover for Jean Philippe Dubois to win today’s Enghien featured Prix New York (purse 75,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 14 European starters), the harness racing Quinte+ race of the day. Yves Boireau trains the winner for owner/breeder Jean Pierre Dubois as 12/1 Classic Connection won for the third time in 16 starts in France to raise his career earnings to 210,620€. His dam was an exceptional Grand Circuit winner in the US, Race time today was 1.10.9kr off steady fractions. Classic Connection was away from post 12 and secured a pegs position third before moving to the second tier with cover. He surged to a third tier position at top of stretch, gained and held advantage to the line. 6.4/1 Clarck Sotho (7g Oiseau de Feux) held third for Guillaume Martin. 9/1 Cicero Noa and 7.9/1 Viking d’Hermes completed the top five and set up a Quinte+ exact order payoff of 22,097.20€ that 29 winning ticketholders enjoyed. The Q+ pool was 4,100,259€ and the total pools for the Prix New York exceeded 8,802,000€. Classic Connection The undercard’s Prix de la Porte de la Plaine (purse 56,000€, 2875 meters, 16 European starters) was a competitive affair that went to 2.8/1 Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) timed in 1.13.2kr and reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Yves Desmet and owner Ecurie DSM Trotting. He won for the first time in France and increased his career earnings to 84,390€. The 3.7/1 odds City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) took second with Pierre Vercruysse the pilot for trainer Erwin Bot and owner Gerrits Recycling BV. This brother to Classic Connection has recorded five wins in his last seven starts including today. 3.2/1 Emilion (4m Sam Bourbon-Emily de Jesolo) was third for Michael Nimczyk. Lover Boy Thomas H. Hicks  

The Paris-Vincennes Tuesday featured Gr.II Prix Jean-Paul Fairand (purse 80,000€, 2175 meters, 13 starters, apprentice jockeys, monte) went to the impressive 2/5 harness racing favorite Carly (7g Rolling d’Heripre-Thea des Jelua) with Emeline Desmigueux in the irons.   Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner for owner Michel Nardji as Carly won for fthe 20 th time now for 470,910€ in life earnings. He is now seven wins in eight starts in 2019. Race time was 1.11.2kr off quick fractions (1.08.5kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.09.7kr at the 1000 and 1.11kr with 500 remaining). 13/1 Vivier de L’Olsion (10g Prince de Montfort) was second handled by Cindy Saout for trainer Vincent Jarry. Third was 39/1 outsider Biooka du Boscail (8f Look de Star) with Sandy Treich aboard.   Today, trotting action was at Marseille-Borely and the feature was the Prix de Saint Tronc-Le Saint Michel (purse 28,000€, 3000 meters, 16 starters). The 1.13.9kr timed winner was 12/1 Viking Fromentro (10g Capriccio-Orminda) trained by Nicolas Ensch and reined by Pierre Vercruysse. He scored for the 10 th time in 82 career starts, now for 378,290€ in life earnings. The 3/5 favorite Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier) was second with trainer Stephane Cingland the pilot. 10/1 Blue Label (8g Love You) was third. Top trotting on the weekend occurs on June 15. The top UET events are the Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola, Finland and the Norrbottens Stora Pris at Boden.     The lineups include several upper level performers as shown below. Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola (total purse 174,000€, 2100 meters autostart) 1. Handsome Brad - CJ Jepson 2. Chief Orlando - B. Goop 3. Hickothepooh - V. Hop 4. Billie de Montfort - H. Jr Langeweg 5. Racing Mange - J. Lövgren 6. Jairo - P. Ingves 7. Eelis - O. Koivunen 8. Next Direction - I. Nurmonen 9. Caliu des Bosc - G. Pou Pou 10. Colonel - J. Verbeeck Billie de Montfort   Norrbottens Stora Pris at Boden (1,000,000Nokr purse, 2140 meters autostart) 1. Milliondollarrhyme – F.B. Larsson 2. Muscle Hustle – R. Bergh 3. On Track Piraten – R. Skoglund 4. Propulsion – O. Kihlstrom 5. Makethemark – U. Ohlsson 6. Vasterbo Fantast – H. Olofsson 7. Mindyourvalue WF – E. Adielsson 8. Digital Ink – Owe Lindqvist 9. Hesiod – P. Joki   Thomas H. Hicks

June 9. 2019 - The gallant Spanish champion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) won again tonight at Ippodrom Torre del Ram with J.P. Carreras aboard. He scored in 1.17.2kr from post eight in the Premi Sirgio (purse 200€, 2500 meters autostart, eight International starters) and recorded his 10th 2019 victory in as many starts. Trebol has now posted 46 consecutive wins from 2017 forward in his home country for owner Cuadra SA Farola and he has 78 career wins in 140 starts for 686,416€ in life earnings. Three lengths back second was Caviar d’Occagnes and it was another three back to Andronic. Trebol has a career best time of 1.11kr and is Spain’s only Groupe I European winner. Spanish champion trotter Trebol Thomas H. Hicks  

Saturday’s excellent Kincsem Park harness racing card showcased the two heat Dr. Jozsef Vecsekloy Memorial (purse 1,900,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, four starters, two heats best in placing determines the winner). Ujrazz! (6m Maximus Lindy) with Laszlo Kolozsi up and Villam Ville (5g Beissinger Hanover) with Goran Zolnaji aboard, each won a heat and finished second in the other, resulting in a split decision with each securing 750,000Huf for their efforts. Ujrazz! scored in 1.16.2kr in the first heat and his rival won the second heat in 1.18.7kr. Last year’s winner Time To Say Goodbye was third in the placing. Villam Ville              --Kincsem Park photo The co-featured Nemzeti DIJ (2,000,000Huf prese, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to 1.18.9kr timed Sabath Black AT (3m Amiral Sund-Simb Lorikeet-Pearsall Hanover) with Csaba Lakatos the trainer/driver. Sabath Black AT                             --Kincsem Park photo         Race time was 1.18.9kr for this 8.5/1 outsider. The 1.7/1 favorite Aurum Ville was second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas and Zseneroz was third for Mitja Slavic, this one facing a 40 meter four year old handicap. On the undercard was the Butterfly DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) for the better aged campaigners. Herrik Ibsen AT                              --Kincsem Park photo   The 3.6/1 odds, 1.17.3kr timed winner was Henrik Ibsen AT (7m Worship-Her Only Child) reined by trainer Csaba Lakatos. Mitja Slavic teamed Sanger MS to a good second place finish ahead of Milady Amok paired with Laszlo Kolozsi. Thomas H. Hicks

Italy’s Vitruvio (5m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) took today’s Oslo Grand Prix (purse 2,830,000Nokr, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters after Looking Superb was scratched.   Jorma Kontio teamed the winner to a rallying score for harnes racing trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro, Vitruvio’s third 2019 win in four starts and 16th in his career that spans 36 appearances.   His life earnings are now 9,987,837Nokr. Bahia Quesnot was a game second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa after racing first over and putting away the breaking pacesetter Ringostarr Treb at the end of the final bend.   Valokaja Hindo rallied for third with Christophe Martens teaming for trainer Jean-Michel Bazire. Former Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit was also a miscue dq for his break into the first turn.   Vitruvio                                 --Bjerke Travbane, ATG, Rikstoto files/photos   Race time was 1.11.6kr for the 7.1/1 odds winner. The undercard action at Bjerke was excellent.   The 555,000Nokr total purse Energima Cup Final went to 1.11.3kr timed Gigant Invalley (Gigant Neo) with Gunnar Austevoll up. This one was third in his elimination. The two elimination winners were Une Etoile Gar (Varenne) clocked in 1.11.2kr and Donatomite (Donato Hanover-Malvictorian) in 1.12kr.   The Finn Tack Europamatch (565,000Nokr purse, 2100 meters autostart) went to 1.12.9kr timed Heart of Steel (Cantab Hall) with Peter Untersteiner up. Gina Shermer (Varenne) took the Akershus Tracktors for Mares with a 410,000Nokr purse, clocked in 1.11.8kr over the 1609 meters autostart course.   The YesBox Trot (255,000Nokr purse, 1609 meters autostart) saw Reigning Moni (Donato Hanover) score in 1.11.6kr with Orjan Kihlstrom driving for trainer Daniel Reden.   Early in the program was the Kingsrod Trading Monte (195,000Nokr purse, 1609 meters autostart) and Be Mine de Houelle (Scipion du Goutier) scored for jockey Maria Bacsich timed in 1.11.6kr. Franck Leblanc trains this one that was recently third in Solvalla’s Monte Elite, a race she won in 2018.     Thomas H. Hicks

June 8, 2019 - Milligan’s School (6m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) took Saturday’s harness racing Gr. II UET Masters Series Jamtlands Stora Pris at Ostersund (purse to winner 700,000DSEK, 2140 meters autostart) clocked in 1.11kr to secure his 16th career victory in 72 starts now for 9,427,994SEK earned. Stall TZ (Stefan Melander) owns and trains the 3.6/1 odds winner that was bred in Ohio USA by Richard and Joyce McClelland. Carl Johan Jepson teamed the winner that defeated the 2/1 favorite Double Exposure and 10/1 Queer Fish. Thomas H. Hicks

June 8, 2019 - The Gr. III Prix Istres (purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) began today’s harness racing Groupe events at Vincennes and this one went to 7.3/1 Arnas Cam (3f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam) timed in 1.14.3kr and reined by Jean Michel Bazire for Ecurie La Camargue Srl. Her trainer is Andrea Baveresi. The 7/10 favorite Gloria du Goutier (3f Timoko) was a game second with J.Ph. Monclin up for Ecurie Saint Martin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 45/1 Gesira (3f Boccador de Simm) was third with Alexis Prat up for trainer Frederic Pratt. Another of this day’s Groupe events was the Prix Louis Jariel (Gr. II, 100,000€ purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters) and 9/1 Eugenito du Noyer (5m Saxo de Vandel-Pakarina) was a start to finish quick timed 1.10.4kr winner. Eric Raffin was a happy reinsman for trainer J.M. Baudouin and owner Ecurie Ostheimer. Eugenito won for the seventh time in a 29 race career and advanced his life earnings to 236,770€. The fractions were fast (1.05.5kr with 1500 meters remaining; 1.07.6kr at the 1000; 1.10.9kr at 500 to go). The 7/10 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet) was a game, chasing second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 12/1 Eridan (5m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) was a distant third for David Thomain, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dewulf. Eugenito du Noyer Today’s Quinte+ race was the Prix de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot at Vincennes (purse 48,000€, 2850 meters, 15 starters) and the game winner was 6.8/1 Dollar Soyer (6g Phlegyas-Quinoa Soyer) with Anthony Barrier aboard. Gregory Thorel trains the winner for Ecurie La Pinmsonniere and he was clocked in 1.13.7kr off even fractions. 2/1 Duel des Gers (6g Quaker Jet) was second with trainer Matthieu Abrivard at the lines for owner J.M. Rancoule. 9/1 Destin Casisaie (6g Uniclove) rallied for third with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner/trainer Jacques Etienne Thuet. 7.4/1 Delfino and 34/1 Dancing Love completed the top five and set up an exact order payoff of 2,405.40€ to 347 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 4,063,314€ and over 7,714,000€ was wagered on this Q+ race. Dollar Soyer On the undercard the Prix du Dauphine (purse 47,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to the 1.4/1 favorite Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet-Queen Grulette) clocked in a quick 1.11kr with Eric Raffin up for trainer J.M. Beaudoin and Ecurie le Riverge. The winner wscored for the 13th time in a 56 race career, now for 195,280€ in life earnings. 4.7/1 Caliu des Bose (7g Pomerol de Laumac) was second for owner/trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Third was 7.7/1 Chaud Devant (7g Otello Pierji) for pilot Franck Nivard. Cocktail Desbois Thomas H. Hicks  

June 8, 2019 - The Gr. II International Prix Chambon P at Vincennes (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, nine starters) produced a big harness racing upset as 15/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) rallied late in the lane to score for Eric Raffin timed in 1.11.7kr. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Scuderia Bivans Srl. Tony Gio won for only the sixth time in 47 career starts and today raised his life earnings to 804,365€. The 3/10 favorite Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib), second in the Elitloppet Final, was second under heavy urging of trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire after racing third until around the final bend. He moved slowly to the lead in mid-stretch but could not hold off Tony Gio. Tony Gio Anzi des Liards (9g Look de Star) off at 39/1, rallied quickly toward the line to be a close third with Romain Derieux aboard. Django Riff and Cash Gamble were next to the finish. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 5, 2019 - The sixth leg of the harness racing Gr.I Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse 85,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) was held Wednesday at Laval. This race was also the Quinte+ race of the day.  The 1.9/1 odds second choice Calaska de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) scored for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie Vautors. This was the winner’s 17th career victory now for life earnings of 298,100€. The 1.8/1 favorite Dream de Lasserie (6g Orlando Vici) was second for owner Ecurie Daidou and reinsman Romain Derieux. 20/1 Candidat d’Ortige (7m Giant Cat) was third for Kevin Leblanc. The top five was completed by 7.81 Colorado Blue and 22/1 Azaro d’Eva and that set up an exact order payoff of 2,127.00€ to 326 winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 3,389,893€ and the total race handle (all wagers) exceeded 7,711,000€. The next GNT leg will be June 19 at Reims. Thomas H. Hicks  

This Friday evening Paris Vincennes program included two groupe III harness racing events and the Quinte+ race of the day.   The Prix Caecilia (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) began the groupe action and it went to 9/1 Foxtrot Sea (4m Olitro-Vezia) reined by owner/trainer Cedrik Megissier and timed in 1.14kr.   Frisbee d’Am (44fm The Best Madrik) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Richard Westerink, the trainer of legendary Timoko. 30/1 Florida Sport (4f Tornado Bello) took third for trainer/driver Miguel X Mestra Suner.   The 7/10 favorite Filou L’Auvergnier was fourth.   Friday’s Quinte+ race was on the Vincennes card and it was the Prix Titania (purse 48,000€, 2850 meters, 14 starters), with victory to the 6.6/1 odds Crescendis (7f Querido de Blay-Libertatis) timed in 1.14.4kr with J-F. Senet at the lines. Senet also trains the winner for breeder/owner Thierry de Wazieres.   Crescendis                 --LeTrot photo   Crescendis won for the ninth time in 46 starts for 227,960€ in life earnings. 5.1/1 Deux Etoiles Gede (6f Roc Meslois) took second with Franck Nivard up for conditioner Alexandre Pillom. 19/1 Inga In Heaven (6f Orlando Vici) was third, handled by Franck Ouvrie for owner/trainer Fredrik Wallin. 3.6/1 Dascalia and 5.7/1 Dimmidisia completed the top five and resulted in the exact order Q+ payoff of 15,878.40€ for 26 winning ticketholders.   The Q+ pool was 3,868,236€ and total of this race handle was 7,944,000€.   The second groupe contest this evening was the Prix de Gien (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 14 starters). The 4.1/1 Good Boy Ligneries (3m Un Mec d’Heripre-Amy Ligneries) scored with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Philippe Billard (Souloy-Billard) and Ecurie le Tremont.   This winner scored for the fourth time in five starts now for 78,350€ in career earnings. Race time was 1.15.4kr. 6,1/1 Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash) was placed second with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire.   That was the result of the dq of second finishing Aramis Bar. Placed third was Gassman d’Essa handled by Anthony Barrier   15:50 C4 - PRIX CHAMBON P 100 000€ (June 8, 2019 at Vincennes) Groupe II - Attelé - 2850m - Grande piste Course Internationale Pour 5 à 10 ans inclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000.).     Thomas H. Hicks  

Victor Ferm (4m Nad Al Sheba-Farina di Casei-Uronometro) took Sunday’s Gr. III Grand Premi Della Republica (purse 40,040€, 1660 meters autostart) at Bologna ITY. Santo Mollo reined the harness racing winner to the 1.11.5kr timed victory.   A length and a half back second was Vernissage Grif (4m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe) and third went to Deimos Racing (6g Quite Easy-Athena Haleryd-Pine Chip), Enrico Bellei up.   Entries for the Oslo Grand Prix have been revealed for this UET Masters classic with a purse of 308,000, and raced over 2100 meters autostart. The race is held at Oslo’s Bjerke Racecourse. There have been double winners in the race history: Copiad, Gidde Palema, Grande Frances and Rex Rodney. The 2018 winner, Urlo dei Venti, clocked in a race record 1.10kr, was disqualified for doping. Post Position Order (horse, country, driver and trainer: 1. Slide So Easy (Denmark), Flemming Jensen also trainer 2. Perfect Spirit (SWE), Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden 3. Ringostarr Treb (ITY), Wilhelm Paal, Jerry Riordan 4. Vitruvio (ITY), Jorma Kontio, Alessandro Gocciadoro 5. Bahia Quesnot (FR), Junior Guelpa also trainer 6. Gretsky BR (Norway), Magnus Teien Gunderson, Geir Vegard Gunderson 7. Valokaja Hindo (Norway), Christophe Martens, Jean Michel Bazire 8. Uza Josselyn (Suisse), Gabriele Gelormini, Rene Aebischer 9. Nadal Broline (FIN), Bjorn Goop also trainer 10. Looking Superb (Norway), Jomar Blekken, Jean Michel Bazire Other top races soon to arrive are Jamtlands Store Prix at Ostersund on June 8 that has Double Exposure among an upper class field; and on June 15 is the Kymi Grand Prix that has Dijon Billie de Montfort and Colonel among those committed. Great summer racing in Europe for the many fans and supporters.   Thomas H. Hicks

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