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March 9, 2021 - The March 4th Vincennes harness racing program in this final Winter Meet week included three Groupe level events and a fast-class race. In the Prix Emile Allix Courboy (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European 6-10 year-olds). Here, Sobel Conway (8g Conway Hall-Jasmine Broline) scored in 1.11.5kr at 6/1 odds. Trainer Jean Michel Bazire piloted the winner for K.M. Hastfarm Holm AB as Sobel Conway won for second time in France and raised his life earnings to 331,800€. 23/1 Wild Love (7f Love You-Twins Vilda) was a fast-closing second for Alexis Prat and trainer Anders Lindqvist. 13/1 Calle Crown (7m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) took third with Bjorn Goop at the lines for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Sobel Conway The Gr. III Prix Edouard Marcillac (purse 60,000€, monte for three year-old males, 2175 meters) saw 7/10 favorite ICI C’est Paris (3m Dollar Macker-Bue Valentine) score in 1.13.4kr, Jockey Christopher Corbineau was up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire as Ici recorded his fourth victory for 74,660€ in career earnings. Isidur Paulois (3m Scipion du Goutier) was second with J.Y. Ricart in the irons. Is A Dream Louise (3m Uppercut du Rib) took third for jockey David Thomain and trainer Franck Anne. Ici C’est Paris The Gr. III Prix Holly du Locton (purse 60,000€, monte for three year old females, 2175 meters) had Ideale du Chene (3f Bird Parker-Royale du Chene) score by 20 lengths at 2.1/1 odds in 1.12.8kr. Paul Philippe Ploquin was aboard for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. This was Ideale’s third career win now for 62,850€ earned. Italia Solo (3f Magnificent Rodney-Salio Solo) took second for jockey Matthieu Abrivard at 37/1 and India du Banville was third for Francois Lagadeuc at 16/1 odds. Ideale du Chene The Gr. III Prix Vindex (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters for four year-olds) was the final Groupe event of this day and it went to 1.8/1 Hokkaido Jiel (4m Brillantissime-Victory Jiel) with P-Y Verva at the lines for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. Race time was 1.11.8kr as the winner scored for the seventh time in his career now for 190,480€ earned. Hermes Pat (4m Up And Quick-Testa Rossa Pat) was second with Gabriele Gelormini the pilot for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Maik Esper. 63/1 Haitus (4m Look de Star) landed third for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard. Hokkaido Jiel On March 3rd at Vincennes the Prix de Sedan (purse 51,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European 7-10 year-olds) went to 9/1 odds Helena di Quattro (7f Un Mec d’Heripre-Outlook Krons) timed in 1.10.8kr and reined by Franck Nivard for Philippe Billard. This was her sixth career victory for 230.594€ earned. 2.3/1 Vincent Ferm (7g Mago d’Amore-Lindyiana Font) was a close second with Jean Michel Bazire up for owner/trainer Yves Desmet. 12/1 Olle Rols (8g Ready Cash-Killer Queen Rols) was third with Gabriele Gelormini aboard for Jarmo Niskanen. Helena di Quattro On the same card the 8/10 odds favorite Zerozerosette Gar (6m Wishing Stone-Nadir Gar) took the Prix d’Alencon (purse 50,000€, 2175 meters, monte European 6-8 year-olds) with jockey Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Vitale Ciotola and owner Scuderia Nininni. The 7.4/1 Dolce Vita Phedo (8f Magnificent Rodney-Ufano del Phedo) was second with Eric Raffin in the irons for owner/trainer Olivier Touvais. Third home was 4.9/1 City Guide (6m Love You-Crys Dream) for Adrien Lamy and trainer Thomas Levesque. Gerrits Recycling BV owns this one.     Zerozerosette Gar On the weekend the Winter Meet awards were presented. Jean Michel Bazire’s barn led the earnings parade with over 2.9€ million and Bazire won 65 times as a reinsman. Face Time Bourbon won over 770,000€ and his owner Scuderia Bivans Srl took home over 825,000€. Among the sires, Ready Cash offspring produced the most dash wins and earnings during the Winter Meet led by FTB. The top money earners are listed below; FACE TIME BOURBON         (Ready Cash) - 770 500 € BAHIA QUESNOT                  (Scipion du Goutier) - 434 150 € FLAMME DU GOUTIER         (Ready Cash) - 426 750 € ETONNANT                             (Timoko) - 346 750 € DELIA DU POMMEREUX       (Niky) - 320 000 € DAVIDSON DU PONT             (Pacha du Pont) - 308 300 € GU D'HERIPRE                       (Coktail Jet) - 271 650 € HIRONDELLE SIBEY              (Gazouillis) - 204 500 € IN THE MONEY                       (Cristal Money) - 184 550 € DIABLE DE VAUVERT            (Prince d'Espace) - 182 750 € Thomas H. Hicks  

The Christophe Martens reined harness racing horse Alcoy (7m Ready Cash-Divann) captured the Gr. III Prix Pierre Desire Allaire (purse 80,000€, 2925 meters, six-to eleven year-olds) at Cagnes sur Mer. Alcoy scored in 1.14.9kr as he was off at 2,2/1 odds for his tenth career victory, now for 498,410€ in life earnings. 3/1 odds Elsa de Belfonds (7f Tornado Bello-Taifa) was second with trainer Nicolas Ensch up, racing with shoes, for owner Ecurie Thomas Levesque. 9/1 Dreambreaker (8g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) was third with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Alcoy On February 25 at Vincennes was the Prix du Cantal (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, European six to eight year-olds). The 1.14.3kr timed winner was 25 meter handicapped and 6.4/1 odds Wild Love (7f Love You-Twins Vilda) handled by Alexis Prat for trainer Anders Lindqvist. This was her first victory in France and increased her life earnings to 273,915€. The 27/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Equinoxe Jiel (7m Rancho Gede-Themis Jiel) was second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer J.L. Dersoir. Third home was 10/1 odds Ribaude (8g Conny Nobell-Yessie Hornline) with Benoit Robin up for trainer Bjorn Goop. Wild Love Sunday at Vincennes will be a great card led by the Prix de Paris (Gr. I International, purse 400,000€, 4150 meters, 4-11 year-olds). That lineup is shown below. The card also includes the Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard (monte, 2700 meters, purse 100,000€, five year -olds); the Prix Vivier Montfort (monte, 2700 meters, 80,000€, 7-11 year-olds); Prix de la Mayenne (Gr. III, 2700 meters, purse 80,000€, European five to six year-olds). For full race results, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Prix d'Amérique undercard harness racing action at Vincennes racecourse on Sunday. A Sweet Dance Wins Gr. III Prix Helen Johansson A Sweet Dance (6f Maharajah-Sugar Step), off at 7/1 odds, rallied to win the Gr. III Prix Helen Johansson (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart) today at Vincennes timed in a quick 1.11.0kr. Alexis Prat piloted this Anders Lindqvist trainee for owner S. Kristensson Akorie AB to her second win in France and now for life earnings of 349,119€. The 10/1 odds Dear Friend (8f Orlando Vici) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner, and third home was 2.7/1 Decoloration (8f Prince d’Espace) for Tony Le Beller. Rebella Matters was fourth at 2.1/1 for Jean Michel Bazire. A Sweet Dance To watch the video replay click here. Aetos Kronos wins Gr. II Prix Bold Eagle Aetos Kronos (5m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) rallied in deep stretch to win the Gr. II Prix Bold Eagle (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Vincennes timed in 1.11.8kr. This Jerry Riordan trainee, off at 1.8/1 odds, was driven by Jean Michel Bazire for owner Team Snyder AB to secure his first win in France and increased his life earnings to 757,367€. The 4.6/1 Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet) was a close second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer R.C. Larue and 10/1 Alrajah One (5m Maharajah) was third for Alessandro Gocciadoro. Grand Art at 227/1 and 20/1 Empire earned the fourth and fifth checks. Aetos Kronos  For the replay click here.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Gr. II Prix Camille de Wazieres (purse 100,000€, monte, 2175 meters for four year olds) saw 7/10 harness racing favorite Helitlopet (4m Un Charme Fou-Luna Vroum) capture victory timed in 1.12.2kr for Adrien Lamy and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. He won for the fifth time (last four in a row) now for 174,300€ earned. 8.5/1 odds Halios du Goutier (4m Coktail Jet-Agape Gwen) was a distant second for trainer/jockey Damien Bonne. Third was 6.2/1 Heros de Fleur (4m Ludo de Castelle) for jockey Eric Raffin and trainer Frederic Prat. Helitlopet The Prix Bellino II (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart for four year olds) was a competitive affair with victory to 5.8/1 odds Hussard du Landret (4m Bird Parker-Anakine du Bellay) timed in 1.13.9kr. Trainer Benoit Robin was at the lines as Hussard won for fourth time in his career now for 180,900€ in life earnings. 1.1/1 favorite Huwaga (4f Ready Cash-Uwaga) was game second with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up for owner Alexandre Skowronski. Third was 1.9/1 Helby d’Alesa (4m Rodrigo Jet-Violine des Loups) with Mathieu Mottier the pilot, 7.2/1 Hermine Girl was home fourth.   Hussard du Landret The groupe action was completed by the Prix Michel Marcel Gougeon (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap) with a victory to the 1.2/1 favorite Fire Cracker (6g Quaro-Urganza) timed in 1.14.6kr and overcoming his 25 meter penalty. He traveled the final 200 meters at a 1.07kr rate to secure the win for Eric Raffin, trainer Gregory Thorel and Ecurie La Pinsonniere. 23/1 Fast Domino (6f Atlas de Joudes) took second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and 3.3/1 odds Free Man (6m Ready Cash) was third, overcoming a 25-meter penalty, for Alexandre Abrivard up. Jean Pierre Barjon owns this one. Fire Cracker took his 12th career win now for 367,450€ earned. Fire Cracker The balance of today’s card saw Solcio ZL (10g Oiseau de Feux-Bebe’ Dei Pas) win the Prix Roxane Grif (purse 58,000€, 2175 meters, 6-11 year old monte performers) in 1.12.7kr, with Alexandre Abriavrd the jockey, his ninth career win now for 256,386€. In the Prix d’Espalion (purse 49,000€, 2100 meters autostart for 7-9 year olds) an accident was averted at the start as the car skidded and its driver masterfully avoided any horses. Eileen (7f Royal Dream-Liberation) won the race timed in 1.13.9kr with Romain Derieux the trainer/driver. It was her 12th career victory now for 196,230€ earned. The Prix de la Forte Mace (purse 44,000€, 2700 meters for three year olds) saw a wire to wire victory in 1.17.9kr for Impressionist (3m Ready Cash-One Lady de Nappes). Eric Raffin was the pilot for breeder/trainer Louis Baudron and Ecurie Ecurie Hunter Valley. This was his second victory in a brief career for 45,450€ earned. Impressionist   LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Bahia Quesnot (10f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines), sent off at 18/1 odds, and in only her fifth career monte harness racing appearance, raced in range of the leaders throughout and then gamely rallied back along the pegs to win the Gr. I monte Prix de Cornulier at Vincennes. 18 horses faced the starter and raced 2700 meters for the 700,000€ purse. Matthieu Abrivard was her jockey for trainer Junior Guelpa and owner Tahor Alt-Hamouda. Bahia won for the 11th time in her career and increased her earnings to 1,453,408€ with the 315,000€ winner’s share of today’s purse. She is already qualified for next Sunday’s Prix d’Amerique. This great mare began her career in 2013 and including today now has been 29 times first and second in 106 starts. Previously, she won the Gr. I Royal Mares at Napoli and has been second in the Gr. I Oslo Grand Prix and Olympiatravet. She was seventh in the 2020 edition of the Prix d’Amerique. There have been a number of champions that contested both the Cornulier and Amerique, the most recent that I recall being Roxane Griff that won the Cornulier in 2014 and 2015 and then was fourth and sixth in those Amerique editions. Amerique winner Oyonnax in 2010 was seventh in the Cornulier. He tried it again in 2011-2012 and was fourth in the Cornulier but unable to win the following week in those years. Nevertheless, it can be done with some luck and performance. In today’s race, the 3.7/1 Flamme du Goutier (6f Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) looked like a winner mid-stretch, and she held second for Antoine Wiels and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 10/1 Etoile de Bruyere (7f) was third for Adrien Lamy and trainer Charles Dreax. Behind the top three were 105/1 Jerry Mom, 8.4/1 Etonnant, 29/1 Dynamite Marceaux and 3.5/1 Feeling Cash. Jerry Mom is a full brother to Traders that won the Cornulier in 2018. Bahia Quesnot Bahia Quesnot in Italy Her pedigree follows. Watch the race replay click here! LeTrot files/photos   Thomas H. HIcks  

January 23, 2021 - Dorgos de Guez (8g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) rallied after overcoming a 25-meter handicap to win the harness racing Gr. III Prix de Brest (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 6-11 year old Europeans) this day at Vincennes. He was off as the 5/10 odds favorite and scored in 1.13.2kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. This was his 29th career victory and raised his career earnings to 882,830€. 6.1/1 Duel du Gers (8g Quaker Jet-La Chasse Verte) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and owner Ecurie J.P. Bragato. 33/1 Elvis du Vallon (7m Reve de Beylev) was third for Eric Raffin, ahead of 17/1 Mindyourvalue WF and 29/1 Ble du Gers, the latter two being 25-meter handicapped. Dorgos de Guez The Prix d’Agen (purse 44,000€, 2700 meters, five year old females) was also on this card and 5.4/1 odds Greyline (5f Sam Bourbon-Si Seulement) was the winner for owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. This one scored for the sixth time in her career now for 136,590€ earned. 7.8/1 odds Gailee des Pres (5f Travel Jet) was second for Maxime Bezier ahead of 3.5/1 Gravure Gema (5f Saxo de Vandel) was home third for Eric Raffin. Greyline Tomorrow is the classic monte event named the Prix de Cornulier. The lineup follows: Jan. 24 C4 - PRIX DE CORNULIER 700 000€  Groupe I - Monté - 2700m - Grande piste Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, les 4 à 6 ans ayant gagné au moins 180.000, les 7 à 11 ans ayant gagné au moins 250.000. Une priorité de participation au Prix de Cornulier est accordée au gagnant du Prix Emile Riotteau et celui du Prix Joseph Lafosse du présent meeting, quels que soient leurs gains, ainsi qu'aux 1er, 2ème et 3ème du Prix du Calvados du présent meeting. The Cornulier began in 1931 and there have been many superior winners. The 2019-20 winner Bilibili, trained by Laurent Claude Abrivard, did not return for 2021. Bilibili holds the race record of 1.11.2kr set in 2019. There are five three-time winners (Souarus, Gardon, Bellino II, Kaiser Trot, and Jag de Bellouet). Trainer Joel Hallais has won this race eight times and jockey Jean Mary is also an eight-time winner of the Prix de Cornulier. A special date is on tap for tomorrow at Vincennes. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 23, 2021 - The 2.3/1 odds Hallix (4f Roc Meslois-Titania) rallied for harness racing jockey Eric Raffin the Gr. II monte Prix de Pardieu this day at Paris Vincennes. Timed in 1.11.9kr the four-year old daughter of Roc Meslois-Titania is trained by Guillaume Gillot for Ecurie Cheffreville, She won for the sixth time in her career now for 150,850€ earned. 23/1 outsider Hora Bot Eur Moel (4f Prodigious-Oeurmoel) earned second money for jockey Guillaume Martin and conditioner Arnaud Desmottes. Third was 13/1 Hera Landia (4f Ludo de Castelle) with Paul Philippe Ploquin aboard. ​Hallix   On January 21 at Vincennes the featured Prix d’Erbray (purse 51,000€, 2100 meters autostart for 9-10 year old Europeans) saw 3.7/1 Carioca (9g Jag de Bellouet-Quantas) rally to win timed in 1.11.6kr with Thomas Levesque at the lines for Pierre Levesque and owner Camille Levesque. This was his 12th career victory now for 219,180€ earned. The 1.7/1 favorite Comtes des Tithais (9g Neoh Hiel) held second for pilot Eric Raffin and trainer/owner Sylvain Marmion. Third home was 36/1 Say That Again (10g Viking Kronos-Kiss Me Again) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and Stall Kennys. Carioca That day at Cagnes sur Mer saw the featured Prix Jag de Bellouet (purse 39,000€, 2700 meters autostart, 7-10 year olds) go to 1.8/1 Deko de Tilou (8g Royal Dream-New Sommer Dream) with Christophe Martens up for Ecurie Pietors and trainer Vincent Martens. Dekoi scored for the 11th time in his career now for 189,760€ earned. 3.8/1 Cristal du Lupin (9g Ganymede) was second for Stephane Cingland and 33/1 Davina du Capre (8f Magnificent Rodney) was third for Virgile Foucault. Deko De Tilou   Thomas H. Hicks    

Dreambreaker (8g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko), off at 23/1 odds, won the Gr. III monte Prix Djerid (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters) at Vincennes today in a quick 1.11.5kr, in his first harness racing monte try. Jean Yann Ricard was the jockey for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and Stall Oberkracher as he won for the 11th time in his career now for 551,328€ earned. He raced barefoot and bested 1.2/1 odds shoeless favorite Carly (9g Rolling d’Heripre) that had Mathieu Mottier in the irons for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 17/1 Caban Prior (9g Sancho Panca) was third for Aurelien Desmarres and this one raced with shoes. Fourth was 18/1 Bell Louise Mabon (10f Derby du Gite) with Eric Raffin up. Aged trotteurs (age 8-11) contested the Prix Gras Savoye Willis Tower Watson (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and 10/1 Baron Daidou (10g Saxo de Vandel) scored in a quick 1.10.5kr for pilot Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Cyril Chenu. The winner recorded his 22nd career victory now for life earnings of 339,590€. 6/1 Conchitana Jenilou was second with Romain Derieux at the lines. Third home was 8/1 Crescendis with J-F Senet the reinsman. Baron Daidou   LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks  

January 17, 2021 - In The Money (3m Cristal Money-Destinee Cash) took today’s Gr. II Prix Maurice Gheest (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, three year old International starters) for harness racing breeder/owner/trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. Off at 3.4/1 odds, the winner was timed in 1.15.3kr as he won for the fourth time in his career and advanced life earnings to 108,000€. 24/1 Inoui Danica (3m Boccador de Simm) was second for pilot Eric Raffin and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third home was 5.3/1 Invincible Cash (3m Ready Cash) with David Bekaert up. 70/1 Idem du Pont (3m Quinoa du Gers) and 39/1 Ole Bro (3m Muscle Massive) completed the top five. In The Money The Prix Reverdy “de Riberac” (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters for four year olds) was next and 1.7/1 Hokkaido Jiel (4m Brillantissime-Victory Jiel) scored in 1.13.5kr for pilot P-Y Vervam. J.L. Dersoir trains the winner for Ecurie Luck as Hokkaido won for the sixth time now for 146,480€ in career earnings. 114/1 outsider Hamilton Renka (4g Charly du Noyer) was second for driver Christophe Martens and 25/1 Help Me Win (4f Otello Pierji) took third for Matthieu Abrivard. Hokkaido Jiel   Thomas H. Hicks

The Gr. III Prix du Forez (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters for 7-11 year olds) saw 5.7/1 Colonel (9g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) rally to harness racing victory for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie des Charmes. This was the 17th career win for Colonel that now sports life earnings of 568,080€. 2.3/1 Eclat de Gloire (7g Teigo d’Etang) held second for trainer/driver Loris Garcia. Third home was Et Voila de Muze (7g Royal Dream) ahead of 6.3/1 Be One des Thirons (10g Roi du Cog) and 70/1 Blues d’Ourville (10g Password). Colonel Three year olds fillies contested the Gr. II Prix Gelinotte (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, International) in the Vincennes snow and 2/1 odds Inoubliable (3f Prodigious-Dream Life-Royal Dream) rallied in the lane to score for Jean Philippe Dubois timed in 1.16.3kr. Philippe Moulin trains this filly for Dubois’ Ecurie Victoria Dreams to her third straight victory now for 85,410€ earned. 93/1 Idylle A Vie (3f Ready Cash-Vie A Deux) was second for Alexis Charadame at the lines for trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 45/1 Ideale du Chene (3f Bird Parker) ahead of 68/1 Iseult Flower (3f Nahar de Beval) and 12/1 Isla Bonita (3f Love You). Inoubliable LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

In the Vincennes co-featured Prix de Croix (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, International five year olds), the well regarded Power (5m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici) circled the harness racing field in the lane to score at 15/1 odds with Eric Raffin the pilot. Robert Bergh trains Power for In The Zone AB as he recorded career victory 14 in 30 starts, now two win in France from three starts, and his life earnings increased to 909,746€. Race time was 1.16.2kr over a heavy, snow affected course (fractions 1.16.6kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.16.7kr at the 1000 and 1.16.6kr with 500 meters remaining). 15/1 Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) held second on the pegs for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer R.Ch. Larue. 20/1 Goldy Mary (5m Ready Cash-Bloody Mary), bred by Jean Pierre Dubois, was third for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and Ecurie HM Stable. 42/1 Guzz Mearas (5m Muscle Mass-Intensity Kronos) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse, ahead of the 1.3/1 favorite Gu d’Heripre (5m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre) for Nicolas Ensch. 177/1 Grand Art, 215/1 Gala Tejy and 2.7/1 Aetos Kronos finished sixth through eighth. The race start was delayed due to shoeing work on Power and track maintenance. https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2021-01-16/7500/5 Tomorrow is the Prix de Belgique, the sixth Amerique qualifier, and with 13 horses at the start. This Gr. II event includes several horses already Amerique qualified. The lineup follows as well as the current Amerique horses: Amerique qualified (10) horses are listed below: Diable de Vauvert Feliciano Bahia Quesnot Face Time Bourbon Victor Ferm Moni Viking Gu d’Heripre Feerie Wood Vivid Wise As Delia du Pommereux   LeTrot, blodbanken files/photos   Thomas H. Hicks

January 15, 2020 - Galius (5m Love You-Star de Villenueve) held gamely on the front to secure the Prix de Mauriac (purse 53,000€), 2850 meters for European harness racing five year olds timed in 1.12.9kr. Yoann Lebourgeois was the pilot for owner/trainer Severine Raimond as Galius won for the 13 time in his career, now for 172,550€ earned. Galius has a career slate of 13-0-1 in 14 appearances. Second today was 7.9/1 Alcide Roc (5m Daguet Rapide-Inga Allmar) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 8.7/1 Gondole Jenilou (5f Goetmals Wood) took third with Eric Raffin the pilot for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Fourth home was 7/1 Gloria du Gers (5f Ready Cash) for trainer Jean Michel Bazire with fifth to 14/1 Gimy du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet) with Alexandre Abrivard aboard. Galius (13) Sunday at Vincennes is the sixth Prix d’Amerique qualifier, The Gr. II Prix de Belgique has 13 top flight trotters contesting the three tickets to the Amerique and several horses in the field are already qualified. See below for the lineup. Prix de BelgiqueC4 - PRIX AMERIQUE RACES ZETURF QUALIF #6  purse 110 000€ Groupe II - Attelé 2 850 meters - Grande piste Groupe II Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000 Thomas H. Hicks

January 10, 2021 - Fado du Chene (6m Singalo-Star du Chene), off at 2.3/1 odds, captured the harness racing Gr. II monte Prix du Calvados (purse130,000€, 2850 meters for 4-11 year olds International) at Vincennes timed in 1.12.5kr. Paul Philippe Ploquin was the jockey for breeder/owner Claude Guedy and trainer Julien LeMer. Fado du Chene won for the 14th timed in his career that has yielded 873,400€. The 11/1 Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove) was second with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer/breeder Franck Leblanc. The 2.9/1 second choice Daida de Vandel (8f Real de Loo) took third with Alexandre Abrivard up. Dynamite Marceaux and Etoile de Bruyere completed the top five. Fado du Chene The fine four-year old Hohneck (4m Royal Dream-Caranca) surged late and captured the Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters for four-year olds) clocked in 1.13.4kr for Franck Nivard and off at 2.2/1 odds. Philippe Allaire owns and trains this now nine-time career winner for 267,590€ earned that was bred by J.P. Guay. Hohneck traveled his final 500 meters in 1.10.2kr. The 1.8/1 favorite Hirondelle Sibey (4f Gazouillis) took second for Eric Raffin, driving for trainer J.M. Baudouin. Third home was 3.7/1 Beautiful Colibri (4f Ready Cash) that Philippe Allaire owns and trains and Francois Lagadeuc as the pilot. 2.1/1 Hooker Berry (4m Booster Winner) and 6.6/1 Hatchet Man (4m Goetmals Wood) were fourth and fifth. Hohneck The Prix de Lille (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 6-11 year olds European eligibles) saw 10/1 odds Flamme du Goutier (6f Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) score in 1.11.3kr for reinsman Theo Duvaldestin. This Thierry Duvaldestin trainee now has 12 career wins for 365,570€ earned. 35/1 Violetto Jet (7m From Above) was a close second for pilot Franck Nivard and trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 5,4/1 Eclat de Gloire (7g Tiego d’Etang) was third for trainer/driver Loris Garcia. 4.9/1 Calina (7f Archipelagio) was fourth and 9/1 Unique Juni (8f Uptown Yankee) landed fifth money. Flamme du Goutier Fine trotting is on tap later this week. On January 14 Cagnes sur Mer will host the Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur with a 120,000€ purse for International trotteurs. Then on January 16 at Vincennes there will be three groupe contests (Prix Gelinotte for 100,000€ for Gr. II International three year olds; the Gr. III Prix du Forez for 80,000€ featuring aged horses; Gr. II Prix de Croix for 100,000€ for International five year olds). The Prix de Croix lineup follows and it’s a great field. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 8, 2021 - Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetis de Vaujours), off at 4/10 odds, crushed her competition at Vincennes, to win the harness racing Gr. II monte Prix Emile Roiteau (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, International) to earn a Prix de Cornulier ticket. Mathieu Mottier was the jockey for trainer Gilles Curens and owner Augustin Rada. Gladys won her fourth straight monte contests and this was her eighth career won now for 434,220€ earned. 8/1 All Wise As (5f Varenne-Temple Blue Chip) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer H.E. Bondo and owner Peter Wilhelmsen. 74/1 Girly Beco (4f Tiego d’Etang-Verveine Gede) was third for Guillaume Martin and trainer Michel Bevier. 3.5/1 Good Luck Quick and 35/1 Gef de Play completed the top five. Gladys des Plaines   Thomas H. Hicks

January 2, 2021 - The 2.2/1 odds favorite Fire Cracker (6g Quaro-Urganza) won today’s harness racing Prix de Bar le  Duc (purse 80,000€, European, 2850 meters distance handicap) at Vincennes timed in 1.14.6kr off modest fractions. Eric Raffin teamed the Gregory Thorel trainee for Ecurie la Pinsonniere to his 11th career victory now for 326,950€ earned. The 25-meter handicapped and already Amerique qualified Diable de Vauvert (8m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) was second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Bertrand Le Beller and Ecurie de Vauvert. He was off at 2.4/1 odds. 26/1 A Sweet Dance (6f Maharajah-Sugar Step) was second for Alexis Prat and trainer Anders Lindqvist. Fourth home was 44/1 Coach Franbleu ahead of 16/1 Foxtrot Sea. Dq’s were Sobel Conway, Victor Ferm and Express Jet. Fire Cracker   On the same card was the Gr. III Prix Yvonnick Bodin (monte, apprentice jockeys, 80,000€ purse, 2700 meters, the Challenge Marolles-en-Brie) and the 9/10 odds favorite Brillant Madrik (10g Lilium Madrik-Made in Coulonces) scored in 1.13.3kr, his 24th career victory for 464,880€ earned.   Mathilde Coles was aboard for trainer L.C. Abrivard and owner Gilbert Champie. 26/1 Balzac de L’Iton (10g Panache de L’Iton) was second for Guillaume Lenain with third to 69/1 Eliska Berry (7f Rocklyn) for jockey Gaelle Godard. 15/1 Carla du Chatelet (9f Jag de Bellouet) and 85/1 pacesetter Best of Bourbon (10f Ready Cash) completed the top five. Brillant Madrik   Thomas H. Hicks  

January 3, 2020 - The 6/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (6m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) battled on the outside from post nine to eventually wear down harness racing pacesetter 2.2/1 Davidson du Pont and then hold off onrushing 18/1 Vivid Wise As (7m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) handled by his trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third home was 27/1 Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) for David Thomain and trainer Sylvain Roger. Face Time Bourbon won for the 28th time in his career now for 2,197,440€ earned, with Sebastien Guarato his trainer for owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Vivid Wise As has the same owner. Race time was 1.10.4kr off even fractions. Behind the top three were Davidson du Pont (8m Pacha du Pont-Laguna de Pont) with Jean Michel Bazire up for owner Ecurie Albert Rayon. 135/1 Etonnant (7m Timoiko-Migraine) was fifth for Anthony Barrier and trainer/owner Richard Westerink. 126/1 Calina (7f Archipelago-Caltina Hall) was sixth with seventh to 38/1 Bahia Quesnot (10f Scipion du Goutier - Queebn Ines). Billie de Montfort followed Face Time but could not keep pace in the lane, finishing eighth and Moni Viking was ninth. Face Time Bourbon (9) inside, Vivid Wise As (4), Delia du Pommereux (6) Replay - https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2021-01-03/7500/4 There are now 10 Amerique invitees with one qualifier remaining.   Thomas H. Hicks

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