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This day’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix Jean Boillereau (purse 53,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) at Cagnes sur Mer. 7.7/1 Bulle de Laumont (9f Hand du Vivier-Ozo de Laumont) rallied from far back off a 25 meter handicap to score in 1.12.4kr. Stephane Cingland teamed his trainee to victory for owner Andre Pigace, the 22nd career victory for this nice mare that now sports life earnings of 462,780€. Josaine Pigace bred this winner. The 8.7/1 Cash des Caillons (8g Paris Haufor) was second for Eric Raffin and 2.3/1 Angle of Attack (8g Scarlet Knight) took third for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Robert Bergh. 8.4/1 Black d’Arjeanc and 8.7/1 Conchitana Jenilou completed the top five. The Q+ exact order winning tickets paid 2,263.80€ and there were 157 of them. The Q+ pool was 3,570,910€ and the total wagered on this race reached 7,712,000€. Bulle de Laumont On Sunday there are three groupe level contests and an event for the coldbloods: Gr. III Prix Beur FM (purse 90,000€, 2175 meters, European) Gr. I Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (purse 170,000, 2700 meters, three year olds) Gr. III Prix d’Orthez (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, four year olds) Prix Tortteurs Sang Froid (purse 18,000€, 2100 meters autostart, coldbloods) LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 3/2 favorite Danae de Corbery (7f Quel Amour Dudel-Riventosa) took this day’s Quinte+ Prix de Senlis (purse 43,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Franck Ouvrie was the winning pilot for owner/trainer Yann Docquin. The winner was timed in 1.11.7kr as she recorded victory number eight in 34 starts now for 170,280€. The 9/1 Comete des Vaux (8f Singalo) was a distant second for L.J. Legros and 4.4/1 Ugolinast (7f Civil Action) was third for Santo Mollo. 10/1 Unar Bi (7f Toss Out) was fourth for Robin Bakker and 20/1 Dwelling Heights (7f Quaker Jet) was fifth with Franck Nivard up. The exact order Q+ payoff was 763.40€ with 1,120 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,400,210€ and over 7,385,000€ was wagered on this race. Danae de Corbery The prior day at Vincennes saw the Prix de Chambord (purse 59,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) go to 43/1 Calle Crown (6m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) clocked in a quick 1.11.1kr. Pierre Vercruysse was his pilot for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Calle Crown raised his life earnings to 266,404€. Calle out battled the 1.1/1 favorite Vipera Killer Gar (6f Varenne-Uakland) in the lane, the latter reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Vitale Ciotolo. 11/1 Ghazi BR (6m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was third for Alexandre Abrivard driving for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Calle Crown At Krieau Austria that day was the Prix US-Isle of Capril Amateur (purse 3,000€, 2100 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 3.2/1 Traffic Lux (8g Self Possessed-Buena di Jesolo) score for owner/driver Milan Kovacevic for trainer Sascha Fischer, timed in 1.18.4kr. 3.6/1 Madness (6g Brandy dei Fiori) was second for Martin Jelleschiutz and 3.6/1 Pik Dame (6f November) was third for Mme Nadja Reiserba, Traffic Lux This race brought attention to the upcoming FEGAT World Amateur Championship that is scheduled for February 22-26 at Florida’s Isle Pompano Park. LeTrot, PMU, FEGAT files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Unique Vil (7m Conway Hall-Debroah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) took the weekend Kincsem Park featured Imike DIJ (purse 600,000€, 1960 meters distance handicap) with a 1.18.1kr timed victory. He was handicapped 40 meters and reined by trainer Istvan Papp, off at 12.4/1 odds. Two other 40 meter penalized trotters followed the winner with second to 7.7/1 Milliondollar Lux (14m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) handled by Ferenc Nagy III. Third was 3/1 Victory Knick (8g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) with Emil Csordas aboard. Unique Vil Horsemen and women and their horses were honored at the annual Gala held at Kincsem Park. Kincsem Park files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Davidson du Pont (7m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont), off at 1.3/1 as favorite, and reined expertly by his trainer Jean Michel Bazire, held off the magnificent late rush from 2.4/1 Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) to win the Gr. I Grand Prix de France (International UET Masters Series, purse 350,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes on Sunday clocked in 1.11.1kr. Davidson, away alertly and raced on the front, is owned by his breeder Albert Rayon and he now has earned 1,297,310€ from 13 victories in 41 starts. Bazire had not driven Davidson since March 2, 2019 when he was second to Face Time Bourbon in the Prix de Selection when he was timed in 1.10.1kr and was handicapped 25 meters that day. Today, Face Time, driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Scuderia Bivans Srl, was away third behind pocket sitting Uza Josselyn and then moved to third in the second tier but he was blocked until it was too late to catch Davidson that Bazire rated perfectly. Face Time closed stoutly with impressive late speed. 20/1 Delia du Pommereux (7f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) made a late rush to earn third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 99/1 Bahia Quesnot (9f Scipion du Goutier) held fourth for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa after making a death seat challenge to Davidson during the contest. To watch the race replay, click here.  The 23/1 Vitruvio (6m Adrian Chip) was fifth for Alessandro Gocciadoro, nosing out 11/1 Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash) with Eric Raffin up. 35/1 Billie de Montfort was seventh ahead of 281/1 veteran Valko Jenilat and 39/1 Uza Josselyn. Davidson du Pont   Bazire and Goop The Grand Prix de France was the Quinte+ race of the day and 420 exact order winning tickets each returned 5,841.20. The Q+ pool was 7,253,687€ and the total wagered on the race (all pools) was 14,004,000€. Next up in two weeks is the Grand Prix de Paris, a marathon event raced over 4150 meters for a 350,000€ purse, that completes the Triple Crown of the Winter Meet at Paris-Vincennes, of which there will not be a 2020 champion. The 2019 Paris edition went to Belina Josselyn that today was a miscue dq early in the race. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today’s featured Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, four-year olds) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes saw 1.1/1 favorite perform with an impressive 1.13.8kr victory engineered by Franck Nivard. Gu d'Heripre recorded his eighth victory in 13 career starts now for 287,750€ earned. Philippe Billard trains the winner for Ecurie d’Heripre. Gu d'Heripre  The 7.2/1 Goldy Mary (4f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and Ecurie HM Stable, this mare bred by Jean Pierre Dubois. 9/1 Gamble River (4m Un Mec d’Heripre) was third for Bjorn Goop, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner/breeder Gerard Manzi.Gu d’Heripre The Prix de Munich (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart) was the Quinte+ race of the day and the 3.7/1 Calaska de Guez (8f Pomerol de Laumac) scored timed in 1.10.8kr. Alexandre Abrivard teamed this J-M Bazire trainee that Ecurie Vautors owns. She won for the 23rd time in 57 starts now for 529,690€ in life earnings. The 13/1 Ange de Lune (10g Laetenter Diem) took second for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 9/1 Viking d’Hermes (11g Sancho Panca) was third for Eric Raffin. Nancy America and Clif du Pommereux completed the top five and set up a Q+ exact order payoff of 1,726.20€ to 568 winning ticketholders. Over10,158,000€ was wagered on this race with 4,801,921€ in the Quinte pool Calsaka de Guez Calaska de Guez The Prix de Lisieux (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, monte, European eligibles) put a cap on top level action this day and the 1.12.3kr timed victory went to 50/1 Vivier de l’Oison (11g Prince de Montfort-Puraise) with Mlle. Cindy Saout in the irons. The winning trainer is Vincent Jurry and the owner is Ecurie Nice Nasach, as the winner recorded his 10th career victory in 88 starts now for 497,430€ earned. The winner is sired by a solid monte performer of years past, especially known for his fast victories at a mile distance in Sweden and Norway. The 12/1 Unique Juni (7f Uptown Yankee) was second today for jockey Mathieu Mottier and trainer Jorgen Westholm, with third to 16/1 Brio de Tillard with Mlle. Neomie Hardy at the lines. Vivier de l’Oison by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Florida Sport (5f Tornado Bello-Victoria Sport) took the Gr. II Prix Jean de Gomidec (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters) at Vincennes clocked in 1.12.3kr. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Donimique Blond trainee for Ecurie Bruni. Florida Sport earned her sixth career victory now for 237,980€ earned. Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vincenza) was second after staging a furious stretch rally for Jean Philippe Dubois and trainer Philippe Moulin. Ecurie Victoria Dreams owns this mare. Third was Freya du Pont (5f Quinoa du Gers-Parade du Pont) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire the pilot. Well regarded Fleche Bourbon was an early miscue dq. Florida Sport The Prix Guy Lux et Leon Zitrone (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European eligibles) led the undercard and Dear Friend (7f Orlando Vici-Juventas Broline) rallied late along the pegs to score her second straight win in France. Johan Untersteiner teamed the winner, that he also trains, for owner S.F. Mauro. Timed in 1.13.2kr Dear Friend now has 331,745€in career earnings. Dayana Berry (7f Scipion du Goutier-Idee du Corta) was second handled by Alexandre Abrivard for owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Datcha (7f The Best Madrik) took third with Yoann Leborugeois up for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Dear Friend On Sunday a great Vincennes program features the Gr. I International Grand Prix de France with a lineup of 14 for the world’s best trotteurs. Face Time Bourbon will seek to repeat his Amerique victory, this time from post eight behind the mobile barrier, against rivals Davidson du Pont, that Jean Michel Bazire will drive, Belina Josselyn, Bold Eagle, Uza Josselyn, Vituvio and Billie de Montfort. 15:55 C5 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2020 Course Internationale Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (G à V), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. The program also includes the Gr. I monte Prix des Centaures. Feeling Cash and Evangelina Blue headline this nine horse field of four to six year olds. 14:35 C3 - PRIX DES CENTAURES 200 000€ Groupe I - Monté - 2200m - Grande piste Pour 4, 5 et 6 ans (G, F et E), hongres exclus, les 4 ans ayant gagné au moins 38.000, les 5 et 6 ans au moins 45.000. - Avance de 25 m. aux 4 ans. Sont seules admises à monter les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

A total 31 top class trotteurs have been engaged to Sunday’s (February 9) Grand Prix de France (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, purse 350,000€) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes including the Prix d'Amerique stalwarts Face Time Bourbon, Davidson du Pont and Belina Josselyn. This group also includes Bold Eagle, Billie de Montfort, Vituvio and Propulsion. The shorter distance could assist the veteran performers. J-P Dubois’ Classic Connection was engaged and he is also listed in Saturday’s Prix de Munich on Saturday. He won on the Amerique card in impressive fashion in 1.11.4kr over 2100 meters. Classic Connection Perhaps this victory is a signal for the future. Ther winners’ dam Crys Dream foaled a nice Tactical Landing filly on January 10 at Arcadia Farm in Kentucky. Congrats to Marie Ortolan and veterinarian Dr. Justin Murray. Crys Dream (12f Taurus Dream-Crystas Image-Balanced Image) was a 12 time winner in 21 career starts for US$997.378 in life earnings. C4 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350,000€  Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2020 Course Internationale Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (G à V), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. The Sunday (February 9) Paris-Vincennes card also includes the Gr. I monte Prix des Centaures (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters distance handicap, four to six year olds). This group of 41 engaged includes Face Time Bourbon, Feeling Cash, Fado du Chene, Evangelina Blue and Etonnant, the latter that races superbly against Bilibili last weekend. We will know on Thursday which event Face Time Bourbon will contest. J-P Dubois’ Classic Connection was also engaged and he is also listed in Saturday’s Prix de Munich on Saturday. He won on the Prix d'Amerique card in impressive fashion.   C7 - PRIX DES CENTAURES 200,000€    Groupe I - Monté - 2200m - Grande piste Pour 4, 5 et 6 ans (G, F et E), hongres exclus, les 4 ans ayant gagné au moins 38.000, les 5 et 6 ans au moins 45.000. - Avance de 25 m. aux 4 ans. Sont seules admises à monter les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

This Sunday’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing program presented three groupe level contests for youthful trotters. The Gr. II Prix Roquepine (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds) saw 5/10 favporite Havana d’Aurcy (3f Royal Dream-Avila) record a 1.13.2kr clocked victory with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard for trainer Cyril Lelarge. It was her fifth career victory now for 176,700€ earned. 10/1 Havanaise (3f Ricimer) was a game and close second for pilot F.P. Bossuet and Hora Beji (3f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) earned the third check for Alexandre Abrivard. Havana d’Aurcy w J-M Bazire The Gr. II Prix Paul Viel (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds) went to 10/1 Heartbreaker One (3m Alto de Viette-Reine Normande) with Bjorn Goop at the lines for trainer Luc Roelens. Timed in 1.14.9kr the winner recorded his third career victory now for 98,350€ in life earnings. The 4/10 favorite Helgafell (3m Charly du Noyer) was second with Eric Raffin driving for trainer Philippe Allaire. Third went to Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner) with Jean Michel Bazire aboard. Heartbreaker One, Bjorn Goop The Gr. III Prix d’Avignon (purse 70,000€, 2150 meters autostart, four year olds) saw 6.7/1 Gelati Cut (4m Coktail Jet- Variety Cut) score very impressively with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer R.C. Larue and Ecurie Windcut, his fourth career victory that raised his earnings to 141,920€. Race time was 1.12.4kr. Gelati Cut is one to watch, a great gaited performer. The 1.6/1 favorite Go On Boy (4m Password) was second for Romain Derieux and 2.7/1 Garibaldi (4m Love You) took third for J.Ph. Monclin. Glorissima (4f Royal Dream) was fourth with Etienne Dubois aboard. Gelati Cut  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Dr. Paul Spears of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company and Hanover Shoe Farms spoke on Tuesday at Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary on “Breeding a Derby Champion” to an enthusiastic audience of trotting breeders and trainers (National Trotting Breeders’ Association of Hungary “UTOE”). The program was part of an ongoing series of educational events arranged by the UTOE. Dr. Spears focused his remarks on pedigree analysis and the factors that have proven successful in the USA and at Hanover Shoe Farms. He illustrated that success using the profile of Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit, also a multiple fast-class winner in Europe. The UTOE’s Karoj Kotun (Breeding Manager) and Dr. Attila Balogh (President) presented Dr. Spears with a gift of thanks for his work to benefit Hungarian breeders. Thanks also to the other team members that made this educational event successful:  István Pacsi - CEO of two companies Kincsem Nemzeti Loverseny Kft (racing organizer) and Magyar Loversenyfogadast Szervezo Kft (wagering company) Rezső Szecsi - Vice President of UTOE  Botond Kovacs - works with the racecourse company Andrea Fazekas - amateur driver, works with UTOE György Horvath - driver, breeder (left to right – Mr. Karoj Kotun, Dr. Paul Spears, Dr. Attila Balogh)   It was a packed house to hear Dr. Paul Sears speak. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Racing resumed today at Kincsem Park following their exceptional New Year’s Eve celebration and the featured Evnyito DIJ (purse 600,000HUf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to 1.17.9kr timed and 16/1 odds Vital RG (6m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park). Tibor Hajnal teamed the winner to his eighth win in 32 starts in Hungary. The 1.2/1 favporite Alexander UR (6g Infinitif) overcame a 20 meter handicap and rallied for second with Sandor Varga aboard. Another 20 meter penalized trotter, Pierra del Bar (11f Abano As), ended third with Balazs Juhasz at her lines. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

January 24, 2020 - Harness racing action this day of the Etalons Expo at Vincennes was at Cagnes sur Mer where the Prix des Ancolies (purse 35,000€, 2925 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.14.4kr timed and 10/1 odds Give Me Cash (4m Ready Cash-Vive Majyc) with Gwenn Junod up. Louis Baudron bred and trains the winner that now has three career wins. The 1.9/1 favorite Gun Sissi (4m Vabellino) took second for Yannick Alain Briand and 54/1 Guards (4f Ouragon de Celland) was third with Kevin Devienne aboard. Give Me Cash The prior day at Vincennes the Prix de Wolvega (purse 49,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) saw the 3/5 favorite Douxor de Guex (7g Jasmin de Flore) score for Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie Vautors timed in 1.14.4kr. This one recorded his 12th win in 24 appearances, now for 198,420€ earned, and he has five wins in his last six outings. Douxor de Guez Bazire earned another win when he teamed 2.6/1 CD (6f Great Challenger-Quite A Beauty) to victory in the Prix Yonkers Raceway (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) timed in 1.17.7kr. She won for the third time in 10 starts in France and now has career earnings of 167,056€. Stald CD of Denmark owns CD. The 43/1 Eliska Berry (6f Rocklyn) was second with Hugues Monthule at the lines for owner/trainer Pascal Monthule. The driver also cares for champion Bold Eagle. CD Tomorrow is the Gr. III International Prix du Luxembourg and its a greta lineup of upper level horses. The early favorites are Dorgos de Guez, Mindyourvalue WF and Detroit Castelets although watch our for Valokaja Hindo, Earl Simon, Tessy d’Ete, Shadow Gar and Orlando Jet. Thomas H. Hicks

January 23, 2019 They shone in the 2019 edition The magical trio of Jean-Michel Bazire Belina Josselyn, Looking Superb and Davidson du Pont, respectively 1st, 2nd and 4th of the 2019 edition (review the race) are again in the running this year. The ambitions are the same but the distribution of forces is quite different, in particular by the rise in power of Davidson du Pont, qualified from the first race of winter and superb finisher in the recent Grand Prix de Belgique. To do better than last year Bold Eagle and Propulsion had to be content with small places in 2019 but are at the head of exceptional prize lists which give them again this year a leading role in the context of the race. Bold Eagle will participate in his fifth Grand Prix d’Amérique, a race which he has twice pinned down: in 2017 and 2018. He is the most active French trotter and can even pass Timoko to this classification in case of good weather. performance Sunday. Eric Raffin, Gold Sulky in 2019, will be associated with him: together they have two successes in four joint attempts. Twelve months ago, Bold Eagle finished 6th just behind the Swedish Propulsion, which will race the Grand Prix d’Amérique for the fourth time. He never won it but was there. In Scandinavia, it is the absolute benchmark in age horses and even more since the retirement of Readly Express. His bank account proves it: with more than 3 million euros in earnings, he is the second richest horse at the start. Three mares have shone in Europe in recent months and will also try to do better than in 2019. Uza Josselyn (7th) was crowned European Champion of Mares last summer (see article), Billie de Montfort (No Placed) won the European Tour of the French Trotter and Bahia Quesnot (Not Placed) lived an incredible 2019 season all over the planet-races (see article). Add to this beautiful skewer of champions, Délia du Pommereux (Disqualified) who arrives in much better shape than last year and pleased observers in the Grand Prix de Belgique. Finally, Valko Jenilat (Not Placed) will be the dean of the race from the age of 11, the maximum age newly authorized to participate in the race. We remember his prestigious success this summer at La Capelle (review the race). Qualified newcomers If all the aforementioned trotters can count on their experience to achieve the best possible performance, it will however be a great first for those featured in this chapter. Another common point: they and she all won their place by qualifying in one of the qualifying races. First of all, the very popular Chica de Joudes, who won her ticket at the British Grand Prix de Bretagne. Vivid Wise As achieved its goals in the Grand Prix de Bourgogne while Enino du Pommereux had to wait for the Grand Prix de Belgique (2nd) to secure his place on the starting grid. In the Prix Tenor de Baune and Critérium Continental, there was only one qualifying ticket, so you shouldn’t miss it. The displays of strength and speed of Excellent and Face Time Bourbon convinced their supporters and perhaps even converted some of them. The foreign coalition Three trotters from Europe complete this peloton of eighteen units: the Swedish Milligan’s School presented by Stefan Melander, the Italian Vitruvio and Ringostarr Treb, winner in 2018 of the Elitloppet and 7th in the 2018 edition of the Grand Prix d’Amérique. For the full field click here Reprinted with permission of Le Trot    

January 23., 2020 - Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de la Semaine Intertnational (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, European eligibles) at Paris-Vincennes with the 1.17.1kr timed victory earned by 14/1 odds Docteur d’Erable (7g Ganymede-Rue d’Erable). David Thomain teamed the J.P. Thomain trainee for Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. His life earnings are now 234,490€. 10/1 Champion Dore (8g Prince Gede) was second for Matthieu Abrivard with 14/1 Dandy de Godrel (7m Timoko) third for Alexandre Abrivard. 8.5/1 Moni Viking (7m Maharajah) with Pierre Vercruysse up and 159/1 Chistera (8f Qwerty) handled by J.Ph. Monclin completed the top five and set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 353,865.60€. The Q+ pool was 3,064,804€ and over 6,732,000€ was wagered on the race. Yesterday the Q+ race was at Cagnes sur Mer in the Prix Une de Mai (purse 44,000€, 2925 meters) with the 1.13.4kr timed victory going to 7/10 favorite Elsa de Belfonds (6f Tornado Bello-Taifa). Nicolas Ensch teamed and trains this now 12 time winner for owner Thomas Levesque. Elsa has career earnings of 353,690€. She scored by less than a length over 23/1 Creature Castelets (8f Pomerol de Laumac) with J.Ch. Feron at the lines. Nicolas Ensch also trains this one. The other top five finishers were 89/1 Baronne de Bapre, 7.8/1 Christo and 147/1 Balthazar Maza and these longshots created a Q+ exact order payoff of 26,005.80€. The Q+ pool was 3,313,927€ and over 7,274,000 was wagered on the race. Elda e Belfonds Groupe Contests at Vincennes (plus amateur classic), listed below, will make the upcoming weekend very special. January 25: Prix de Luxembourg (100,000€, Gr. III International, 2100 meters autostart) Coupe d’Europe des Amateurs (14,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International)   January 26 Prix Harley-Davidson (Prix Camille Blaisot) Gr. II monte, 100,000€, 2850 meters Prix Case IH (Prix Jacques Andrieul) Gr. II monte, 100,000€, 2850 meters, International Prix RMC (Prix Charles Tiercelin) Gr. II, 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European Prix d’Amerique, Gr. I, 900,000€, 2700 meters, International Prix Gras Savoye Willis Towers Watson, Gr. III, 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European Prix Lenotre (Prix Helen Johansson), Gr. III, 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European Prix Fondation Pour la Rechache Medicale, Gr. III, 60,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European In addition, certain races are named for other sponsors Lalique, Printemps Nation and 20 Minutes. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 23, 2019 - Today begins the annual Arqana-Trot mixed sale at Paris-Vincennes. This attractive sales includes stallion shares, season 2020 breedings, broodmares and racing stock. There are three sessions, 7:00pm today local time and 11:00am and 7:00pm tomorrow with the last two sessions sharing the stage with the Etalons Expo. Dinner is served in the sale facility. The Expo hosts many exhibits by stud farms, stallion owners, equipment and feed suppliers. The sale and Expo draw a huge audience from throughout Europe. For the Catalogue click here. Thomas H. Hicks

Tuesday’s Paris-Vincennes featured Prix de Pont-Audemar (purse 53,000€, 2100 meters autostart) saw 1.2/1 Golden Renka (4m Saxo de Vandel-Saskia des Emois) rally to a harnes racing victory for pilot Jean Michel Bazire, Ecurie Ostheimer and trainer J-M Baudouin.   The winner was clocked in 1.12.6kr as he won for the fourth time in 16 career starts, now for 108,190€ earned. 4.9/1 Gwendolo Bella (4m Booster Winner) was second for owner/trainer/driver Christophe Feyte and 5.4/1 Genet de Boitron (4g Ubriaco) took third with owner/trainer Franck Anne aboard.   Racing action returned on the weekend (January 19) at Madinina Martinique with the Prix de la Societe des Courses de Madinina (purse 5,000€, 2600 meters on the turf, distance handicap) and victory went to Beautiful Atout (9g Roc Meslois-Saga d’Atour) with owner/trainer Alexandre Faivre aboard. The winner recorded his first win in Martinique and first career victory now for 62,280€ earned. Bavarois Varlet and Boycott trained the winner, these two handicapped 50 and 25 meters.   Beautiful Atout On the Madinina card was also the Prix Claude Cayol (purse 5,000€, 2600 meters distance handicap on the turf) saw 25 meter handicapped Ussein Royal (12g Lilium Madrik-Heloire) score in 1.20.3kr for J.F. Gate, his third win in the last four starts and 13 th in his career, now for 83,160€ in life earnings. 25 meter penalized Unoki and non-penalized Avais Contraire trailed the winner to the line in a driving finish.   Thomas H. Hicks

January 19, 2020 - Saturday’s Cornulier harness racing program at Vincennes included several other groupe level races and some other interesting events. The Prix Roxane Griff (monte, purse 50,000€, 2175 meters, nine starters) began the “interesting” action with a quick 1.11kr clocked victory by 9/10 favorite Egao Jenilou (6g Village Mystic-Queen Jenilou) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Louis Baudron. He won for the ninth time in 26 career starts now for 272,460€ earned. 7/2 Dede de Montauren and 9/1 Daniel Bon trailed the winner to the line. The first groupe test was the Prix Bellino II (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2100 meters, 11 starters) and 5.5/1 Gimy du Pommereux (4m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) scored for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. The victory was his fourth in 12 career starts now for 132,810 in life earnings. 18/1 Gia Olmenhof (4f Ready Cash) rallied for second for Christophe Martens and 2/1 Girolamo (4m Uriel Speed) took third for Franck Ouvrie. Gimy du Pommereux The 80,000€ purse Prix de Mirande (Gr. III, 2700 meters, eight five year old starters) produced a 1.12kr timed victory for 3/2 odds Fire Cracker (5g Quaro-Urganza) for Eric Raffin at the lines for trainer Gregory Thorel. He scored for the eighth time in 24 appearances for career earnings of 191,200€. 1.1/1 favorite Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash) and driver Jean Michel Bazire was second and 6/1 Foxtrot Sea (5m Olitro) was third for Cedrik Megissier. Fire Cracker The Gr. III Prix Michel Marcel Gougeon (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, nine starters) saw 3.2/1 Eliot d’Ambri (6g Tipunch River-Rivale du Raleis) score for the hot teamster Eric Raffin. Race time was 1.14.9kr as the winner increased his career earnings to 196,380€. 2.8/1 Eclat de Gloire (6g Tiego d’Etang) was second for Loris Garcia and 10/1 Éclair du Mirel (6m Orlando Vici) and pilot Matthieu Abrivard took third money. Eliot d’Ambri Monte action resumed in the Prix Camille de Wazieres (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, eight starters). 5.6/1 Gospel Pat (4m Uriel Speed-Namorosa) scored timed in 1.12.9kr for jockey David Thomain and trainer Philippe Allaire. This was his fifth career victory in 16 outings now for 174,050€ earned. 6.5/1 Gef de Play (4m Gazouillis) was second with Adrien Lamy in the irons for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. 5.1/1 Gainsborough (4m Bird Parker) took third with Yoann Lebourgeois up. Gospel Pat   Thomas H. Hicks  

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