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Cleangame (8g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell), off at 2/10 odds, and reined by his harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire, was an easy 1.11.2kr timed winner of the Gr. II International Prix d’Ete (purse 145,000€, 2700 meters). This was Cleangame’s 36th career win in 56 starts now for 1,447,320€ and he is currently one of the top older campaigners in France. J.M. Rancoule owns Cleangame. 12/1 Tony Gio (8m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) rallied late to earn second for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl, also owner of Face Time Bourbon. Third today was 5.1/1 Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Hunter Valley. Alcoy (6m Ready Cash-Divann), off at 11/1, finished fourth for Christophe Martens and Ceke Farm BVBA. Cleangame The Gr. II Prix de Basly (monte, purse 85,000€, 2175 meters, seven three year olds) completed today’s groupe level action and it went to 4.2/1 odds Heros de Fleur (3m Ludo de Castelle-Rue Chance Folle) with Eric Raffin in the irons. Frederic Prat is the owner/trainer of this now four time career winner for life earnings of 108,190€. Race time was 1.13.4kr. 5.2/1 odds Hytte du Terroir (3f Boccador de Simm) took second money for Alexandre Abrivard and third was 13/1 Hispanien (3m Magnificent Rodney) for Anthony Barrier. Heros de Fleur   The exceptional trotting action continued this day in the USA and CA. An abundance of top-level winners caught my attention and I hope yours too.   Captain Corey 2yotc by Googoo Gaagaa 1:53.3f $253,000 PASS Final   Flawless Country (by Southwind Frank) 2yotf PASS Final 1:54.3f   Ready For Moni (by Ready Cash) 1:52.1s in the Goodtimes at Mohawk Atlanta (by Chapter Seven) 1:50.4s in C$560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk   Tomorrow the trots continue at Jagersro and is worth our attention as the Svenskt Derby is on tap. LeTrot, PMU, Jagersro, Woodbine Mohawk, Pocono Downs files/photos   Thomas H. Hicks

Dream de Lasserie (7g Orlando Vici-Rumba Vinoir) took the Quinte+ (tireline 1,000,000€) at Vincennes timed in 1.12.2kr in the Prix du Mont Saint Michel (purse 49,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) with harness racing trainer Romain Derieux aboard. Ecurie Daidou owns the now 20 time winner in 52 starts for 415,489€ in career earnings. He was off at 3.3/1 odds and bested 10/1 Dostoievski (7g Ganymede) by a long neck, that one handled by Nicolas Bazire for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 9/1 Black Jack From (9g Scipion du Goutier) was third for Eric Raffin, ahead of 2.7/1 Dayana Berry and 5.8/1 Divine Mesloise. All of the top five finishers raced with a 25-meter handicap. The Q+ payoff was 7,351.40€ to 204 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 4,595,869€ and over 9,213,000€ was wagered on this race. Dream de Lasserie                                  --LeTrot photo The Gr. III Prix de Montier en Der (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, European five-six year olds) saw 2/1 Lover Boy (5m Conway Hall-Marlot DK) charge down the lane for the 1.12.5kr clocked victory handled nicely by David Thomain. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for Ecurie DSM Trotting of Belgium, his fifth win in France from 15 starts. The victory advanced his life earnings to 204,611€. 16/1 Martin de Bos (6m Maharajah) was second for pilot Franck Nivard and 45/1 Éclair du Mirel (6m Orlando Vici) took third for Christophe Martens. Lover Boy                                      --LeTrot photo   Thomas H. Hicks

The Prix Raymond Fouard (Gr. III, purse 70.000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) saw 17/1 Golden Bridge (4m Ready Cash-Usenza) score for reinsman David Thoman, harness racing trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Michel Tessier. He was clocked in 1.13.8kr off even fractions and the victory raised his career earnings to 243,450€. The was the first of three groupe wins this day for trainer Philippe Allaire. The 8/10 favorite Gelati Cut (4m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer R.C. Larue and Ecurie de Windcut. 3/1 odds Girolamo (4m Uriel Speed) took third for pilot Franck Ouvrie.  Golden Bridge   Next up was the Prix d’Essai (Gr. I Monte, purse 145,000€, 2175 meters, 15 starters three year olds) and Allaire’s owned and trained Hudson Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Bielsa Vedaquaise) was victorious for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois at 3.1/1 odds. This J.P. Guay bred colt won for the fourth time in nine starts now for 132,930€ earned. Race time was 1.12.6kr off very fast early fractions (the mark with 1000 meter remaining was 1.08.9kr). 25/1 Hera Landia (3f Ludo de Castelle) was a narrowly edged second for P.Ph. Ploquin and owner/trainer Ph. Girmault after setting the wicked pace. 26/1 Hispanien (3m Magniificent Rodney) was third for Anthony Barrier with 75/1 Hook Up Absolute finishing fourth. Hudson Vedaquais Allaire won his third of the day in the Prix Albert Viel (Gr. I, purse 145,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) as 8/10 favorite Helgafell (3f Charly du Noyer-Baania) scored timed in 1.13.7kr off rated fractions. Eric Raffin teamed this one for Allaire and owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. Helgafell has now won eight times in 11 outings good for 311,400€ in life earnings. 10/1 Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) was up late for second reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Jean Miche Bazire. Third was the Jean Pierre Dubois owned and reined Hede Darling (3m Password-Queen Darling) that was off at 10/1 and coming in off four straight wins. He raced well. 25/1 Hokkaito Jiel (3m Brillantissime) and 76/1 Hakim Griff (3m Brillantissime) completed the first five to the line.   Helgafell LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Today the exceptional 2020 Prox d’Amerique winner Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) scored at Vincennes in the Prix Rene Balliere (Gr. I Intermational UET Masters, purse 145,000€, 2100 meters autostart) clocked in 1.09.4kr (mile race 1:51.66) for pilot Bjorn Goop, harness racing trainer Sebastiem Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. He was bred by SARL Haras Saint Martin. Face Time, off at 5/10 odds,  took the lead from  Enino de Pommereux (6m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) and first leading Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and took it all the way in the fast fractions (1:06.4kr with 1500 meters remaining; 1.08.2kr at the 1000 to go mark; 1,10kr with 500 meter remaining). He was tested with over 1000 meters remaining by first up and 62/1 Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet-Defi d’Aunou) who maintained the pressure all the way, falling a length and a half back at the line, with trainer Pierre Vercruysse aboard for Ecurie Hunter Valley. This one, bred by Jean Etienne Dubois, won the GP l’Uet in 2017. Third home was 9/1 Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. 33/1 Valokaja Hindo and 49/1 Bahia Quesnot completd the top five. 4.6/1 Enino de Pommereux and 7.7/1 Bold Eagle finished sixth and seventh. Watch the replay click here. Face Time Bourbon Face Time Bourbon won for the 21st time in 25 career starts now for 1,716,300€ for this five year old that today set a speed record for the distance. In comparison, as the great Ready Cash, bred by Jean Etienne Dubois and trained by Sebastien Guarato, likely is winding down his racing career at age nine,  has 46 victories in 73 starts for 4,980,467€ earned.   LeTrot, Vincennes files/photos   Thomas H. Hicks

May 22, 2020 - Two Groupe level events graced the Vincennes at Mauquenchy harness racing program on Friday. The Prix du Crepuscule (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European eligibles) saw Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Landy Fromentro) score in 1.11.8kr with Alexandre Abrivard at the lines. Jean Michel Bazire trains this winner for Ecurie Vautors. Dorgos recorded his 22nd career victory now for 605,680€ earned. The classy mare Chica de Joudes (8f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love) was second for owner/trainer/driver Alain Laurent. Third went to Detroit Castelets (7m Neoh Jiel) handled by David Thomain for trainer J.L. Dersoir. Dorgos de Guez The Gr. II Prix Ozo (purse 85,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters all three year olds) went to a game 5/10 favorite Havana d’Aurcy (3f Royal Dream-Avila) timed in 1.17.5kr with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and breeder/owner Cyril Lelarge. 9/2 odds Havanaise (3f Ricimer-Version Philo) took second with F.P. Bossuet the trainer/driver. Third was 15/1 Hirondelle Sibey (3f Gazouillis) for Eric Raffin. Havana d’Aurcy The day before turf action for the trotteurs was at Avignon-Le Pontet at Nimes. There, the Prix de la Ville du Pontet (purse 11,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, three-year olds on the turf) went to Hede Wood (3f Niky-Care Mia Wood) in her first career victory, with David Bekaert aboard. She was timed in 1.24.3kr for breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Stablemate and 25 meter handicapped Horchestro (3g Sam Bourbon-Alismada Corta) was second for trainer Kevin Vanderschelden and of course breeder/owner JPD. The 25-meter penalized High Machine (3f Goetmals Wood) was third for Y.A. Briand and breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes. Hede Wood (inside) Thomas H. Hicks  

24/1 odds Fabulous Dream (5m Royal Dream-Story Charm) took Paris-Vincennes Prix de Fontainbleau on Tuesday in this Quinte+ harness racing event for a purse of 50,000€, contested by 16 trotteurs over the 2100 meter autostart course. Eric Raffin teamed the Jo Corbanie trainee for owner JPB Building BVBA.   The winner was clocked in 1.11.5kr as Fabulous Dream won for fourth time in a career that has produced life earnings of 162,560€. 113/1 Zerozerosette (5m Wishing Stone) was second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Vitale Ciotola. Nicolas Bazire teamed 8/1 Fidele Royal (5m Vaux le Vicomte) to a third place finish. 2.2/1 Fifty Black (5m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) was fourth ahead of 3/2 favorite Firello (5m Goetmals Wood).   There were three Q+ winning tickets that each paid 50,398.20€. There was over 6,982.000€ wagered on this race with 3,059,053€ in the Quinte+ pool.   On the same card was the monte Prix d’Avenches (purse 70,000€, 2175 meters, 11 starters) for four year olds and in this one the 6.5/1 Galactic (4g Oh James-Amilka) scored with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer Jacques Bruneau. Galactic won for the third time in his career and now sports life earnings of 131,330€. 2.9/1 Gabiano (4g Brutus de Baily) was next for Mathieu Mottier and 9/1 Gloria Berry (4f Quaker Jet-Tequila Berry) captured the third check for jockey J.Y. Ricart and trainer J.M. Bazire.   The previous day the 9/1 odds Prosperous (6g Prodigious-Gloriy) scored in the Q+ Prix de Bracieux at Vincennes (purse 43,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters).   Dominik Locqueneux teamed this Henk Grift trainee for Draviet Stables of Holland. Race time was 1.13.6kr and the winner increased his life earnings to 157,607€. 7.5/1 Equinoxe (6m Texas Charm) was second with Matthieu Abrivard aboard, ahead of 13/1 third finishing Minnestads El Paso (7m Adrian Chip) with owner Mme. Rebecca Dahlen at the lines. 11/1 Echo de Chanlecy and 4.1/1 Vincero’Gar completed the top five, the latter a son of SJs Photo that was reined by “Pippo” Gubellini. The Q+ payoff was 7,713,60 to 51 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 2,607,927€ and the race wagered total was over 6,553,000€.   Thomas H. Hicks

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  

For the third time in a row, Bilibili and harness racing jockey Alexandre Abrivard won the Prix de l’Ile de France, a Group I under saddle race, at Vincennes Sunday afternoon (Feb. 2) and was timed in a new world record 1.52.3 (mile rate). A 9-year old French trotter, Bilibili is under saddle specialist. In fact, all his lifetime earnings of more than $2 million were won in under saddle races. Bilibili was the 1-5 favorite to win this 1/5-16 mile event which has a standing start. A victory also added 100,000 Euro to as a bonus for Bilibili winning the three biggest under saddle races during the winter meeting. Although he won, Bilibili had to fight for the victory, as outsider Etonnant, with Eric Raffin in the saddle, was hard to get by. Etonnant was in command from start and with half-mile to go, it seemed that Bilibili would have a very tough task to catch him. But going down the stretch Etonnant started to fade and Bilibili was now flying. Bilibili trotted the last fraction in :27.3 and and won by a length. Bilibili is sired by Niky and his grandson is Viking’s Way, the grandsire of Ready Cash. He is owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon, recently elected chairman of the French Le Trot-organization, and is trained by Laurent-Claude Abrivard, the father of the his rider. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

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  

Today’s superb Belgique harness racing program also had other groupe level events on the stage. The Prix de Riberac (Gr. IiI, 70,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 15 starters) saw 5/1 Garibaldi (4m Love You-Venitienne) score in 1.13.4kr for Jean Phillipe Monclin and owner Manuel Martinez. The winner recorded his fourth career victory in 11 starts now for 126,780€ earned. The winner joined the hunt with slightly over 500 meters remaining and was a decisive factor in the lane. 17/1 Gelati Cut (4m Coktail Jet) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of 27/1 Galaxie du Goutier (4f Kaisy Dream) with Clement Duvaldestin aboard. The Prix Association Nationale des Turfistes (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart) saw the turf writers on hand to make the winners presentation to 5.9/1 odds Belle Louise Mabon (9f Derby du Giute), the 1.11.9kr timed victorious trainee of breeder/owner/trainer Yves Dreaux. Eri Raffin was the pilot as Belle Louise won for the eighth time in 58 starts now for 358,980€ in life earnings. “Louise” was there to help receive the winners’ congratulations. The 7/10 favorite Charmeause Royale was second for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard ahead of Black Jack From reined by Jean Michel Bazire. Belle Louise Mabon The Prix Djerid (monte Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2200 meters, eight European starters) completed today’s groupe action and in this one the 1.12.1kr winner was the game 5.2/1 Daida de Vandel (7f Real de Lou - Gallia de Vandel) handled by jockey Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard. It was her 10 th career victory in 42 starts and her raised lifetime earnings to 402,580€. Eroa du Chene (6m Un Amour d’Haufor) was second with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons for trainer Julien La Mer and owner Claude Guedj. 1.9/1 favorite Curly (8g Rolling d’Heripre) took third for jockey Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Daida de Vandel With the day complete some analysts foresee an Amerique lineup that might look something like shown below. Here the bold print horses are those already qualified. Those with a question mark are just that, unknowns at this moment. Several of the outsiders are lifetime winners of over a million euro. It appears that the Cornulier (January 19) is not factored in below.   Thomas H. Hicks

January 4, 2019 - Today’s Vincennes featured Gr. II Prix Emile Riotteau (monte, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters International) went to 1.13.3kr timed and 7/10 odds Fado du Chene (5m Singalo-Star du Chene) ridden by jockey P.Ph. Ploquin for harness racing trainer Julien Le Mer and owner Claude Guedj. This was Fado’s 12th career victory now for 735,700€ earned. 3.4/1 Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for Eric Raffin and third went to 3/1 Flicka de Blary (5f Sam Bourbon) with Camille Levesque aboard. This race began an interesting program at Paris-Vincennes today and tomorrow. The day’s Quinte+ race was the Prix de Breteuil (purse 51,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and the 1.11.7kr clocked winner was 3/2 favorite Caliu des Boss (8g Pomerol de Laumac-Quest For You) with owner/trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou aboard. This was his third win in his last five appearances and tenth in the career now for 249,990€ earned. 4.2/1 Callas du Bouffey (8f Look de Star) was second for Matthieu Abrivard up and 7.3/1 Biniou de Connee (9g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) was third for Eric Raffin. The next two finishers were off at 22/1 and 20/.1 and there were 1,210 winning exact order tickets that each paid 878.40€. The Q+ pool was 4,361,524€ and there was over 9,341,000€ wagered on the race. Caliu des Boss   In the Prix d’Epinal (purse 37,000€, 2100 meters autostart) the 16/1 outsider Erasme Williams (6m Quai Bourbon-Miss Williams-Sancho Panca) scored, clocked in 1.12.5kr. Philippe Daugeard owns, trains and teamed the winner to his fifth career win now for 113,570€ earned. The winner’s dam is a daughter of Goetmals Wood-Hippodamia-Workaholic, she the dam of Carat Williams (by Prodigious) an 18-time winner for 1,072,989€ earned. Erasme Williams The Prix de Maisons-Alfort (59,000€ purse, 2850 meters, European eligibles) saw 7/10 favorite Vipera Killer Gar (6f Varenne-Uakland) score for Eric Raffin and trainer Vitale Ciotola. The Italian invader is owned by Scuderia Fioedigio and she recorded her fourth victory in France and now has career earnings of 197,598€. Race time was 1.13.9kr. 5.3/1 Virginia Grif (5f Varenne-Francy Capar) was second with Bjorn Goop driving for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Horses Our Passion Srl. 19/1 Eive d’Herios (5f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) was third. Vipera Killer Gar The 2019 French stallion results were issued today and Ready Cash led the way followed by his sons including Bold Eagle, Brillantissime and Bird Parker. Quite an accomplishment!!! Thomas H. HIcks  

Havana d’Aurcy (2f Royal Dream-Avila) took the Gr. II Prix Une de Mai (purse 150,000€, 2175 meters, two-year olds) this day at Vincennes for Jean Michel Bazire and harness racing breeder/owner Cyril Lelarge.   The .13.7kr clocked victory increased the winner’s life earnings to 86,700€. 21/1 Harrah Dibah (2f Brillantissime-Vanille des Noyer) was second for trainer Sebastien Guarato and driver Yoann Lebourgeois. Third went to 83/1 Habile Gede (2f Jeanbat du Vivier) was third for Damien Bonne.   Monte specialists battled in the Prix Sans Dire Qui (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2850 meters) with 3.9/1 Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou-Gallia de Vandel) prevailing for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard. This was her ninth career victory for now 362,080€ earned. Race time was 1.12.9kr. 6.1/1 Emir de Rebomard (5g Kepler) was second with Julien Raffestin in the irons. Diamant de Treabat (6g Kuadro Wild) rallied for third with Clement Frecelle up for trainer/owner Pascal Monthule.   Daida de Vandel                      --LeTrot photo   The monte trotteurs also contested the Prix de Montemart (purse 56,000€, 2850 meter) with a 1.12.8kr victory earned by 9/10 favorite Chacha de Gontier (7f Olitro-Diana Kaer) ridden by Antoine Weils for trainer J.P. Marmion. This win was her 13 th in a career that has produced 234,440€ in life earnings. Chacha de Gontier                              --LeTrot photo The Quinte+ race of the day was on this card in the Prix d’Amboise (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters). 9/2 odds Datcha (6f Quoska des Arric) scored for Yoann Lebourgeois for owner Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. Race time was 1.13.5kr. 9/2 Dastavia de Guez, 24/1 Dona Viva, 41/1 Dance d’Etang and 111/1 Belle du Matin completed the top five and there were six exact order winning tickets each paying 95.853.80€. The Q+ pool was 3,117,660€ and 6,966,000€ was wagered on the race.   Thomas H. Hicks

November 23, 2019 - The Jacques de Vaulogé Prize brought together the best harness racing three year old males on the Gravelle plateau.  Eleven colts started in this Group II, played on the 2,700 meters of the big track.  Philippe Allaire's armada hit hard again, placing his residents in the top three places with Gallant Way in the lead. Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) took the Vincennes co-feature (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) timed in 1.14.6kr. David Thomain teamed the 9/1 winner for trainer Philip Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc to his sixth career win in 14 starts, now for 166,700€ earned. 2.6/1 Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) was second for trainer Allaire, pilot Yoann Lebourgeois and breeder/owner Michel Tessier. The 7/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) was third with Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Allaire. 16/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) was fourth, this one too an Allaire trainee that Anthony Barrier teamed for owner Jean Francois Mary. What a day for Allaire and sire Ready Cash. Ready Cash   Defi de Retz Wins Q+ Prix de Quimper at Vincennes Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Quimper (purse 59,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) saw the 9/10 favorite Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz-Nouvelle s’Atout) score timed in 1.12.5kr, his 14th career win in 40 starts. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the J-M Bazire trainee that now sports career earnings of 224,790€ for owner Mme Ottavia Roffi-Urano. 12/1 Django Bocage (6g Real de Lou) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and 5.7/1 Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream) took third for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Bazire. 16/1 Diablo du Noyer and 8.6/1 Diego Sautonne completed the top five. There were 319 exact order Q+ winning tickets that paid 1.799.60€ each. The Q+ pool was 2,719,969€ and the total of all pools on this race exceeded 5,884,000€. Defi de Retz (Le Trot Photo) On the undercard was the Prix de Meslay du Maine (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and 32/1 Capitane France (7g Modern Jazz-Quanta Rosa Sun) scored timed in 1.14.4kr. Matthieu Abrivard teamed this William Bigeon trainee to his ninth career win in 47 starts. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s 12th harness racing leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, 14 starters) at Nantes and it went to the 4/10 favorite and 50-meter handicapped Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule.   Cleangame won for the 30 th time in 47 career starts now for 1,130,220€ earned for his career and may well be among the top five trotteurs currently racing. 7.3/1 Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) was second for Eric Raffin and 7.3/1 Dorgos du Guez (6g Romcock de Guez) was third for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB, this one handicapped 25 meters. 21/1 Clarck Sotho (7g Oiseau de Feux) was fourth after his 25- meter penalty, reined by Guillaume Martin. 56/1 Brelan du Vivier completed the top five with Matthieu Abrivard aboard.   This race was the day’s Quinte+ event and 1242 winning tickets were each worth 622.00€. 8,168,000€ was wagered on the race with 3,828,477€ of that being in the Q+ pool.   The November 5 (Tuesday) Paris-Vincennes feature was the Prix Medusa (purse 52,000€, 3525 meters distance handicap, 12 starters) and it brought about the second start off a long layoff by the 25-meter handicapped Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn). Off at 2.7/1 she finished sixth timed in 1.15.1kr for Romain Congard. The race winner was the 1.5/1 favorite Contree d’Erable (7f Prince Gede - Soiree d’Erable) with Cl. Thomain up for trainer J,P. Thomain, timed in 1.15.2kr. This one recorded her 14 th career win in 52 starts now for 290,140€ earned. 7.2/1 Big Boss (8g Qualmio de Vandel) and 8.5/1 Atoll Danover (9g Land Danover) completed the top three.   Contree d’Erable   The November 4 (Monday) Vincennes card was a good one and began with the Prix de Lesparre (purse 59,000€, 2700 meters, 13 starters) that saw 6.4/1 Fashion Queen (4f Ready Cash-Usenza) reach the line first with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owned J-M Tessier. Race time was 1.14kr as the Queen bested 9/10 favorite Fairplay d’Urzy (6m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 3.7/1 Éclair du Mirel (5m Orlando Vici) took third money with Matthieu Abrivard up. 28/1 Eride Luduis and 8.7/1 Electra Jet completed the top five. This was the Quinte+ race of that day and the exact order top five payoff was 529.40€ paid to 521 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 2,9021,395€ and 6,287,000€ was wagered on all wagering pools in this race.   Fashion Queen   The Prix d’Arcachon (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw even-money odds Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) score timed in 1.11.3kr for Nicolas Bazire. Ecurie des Charmes owns and Jean-Michel Bazire trains the now 15-time winner in 63 career starts for life earnings of 432,700€. 7.6/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet) was second for Christian Bigeon, his breeder/owner/trainer/driver. The 35/1 stablemate Costa Haufor (7f Saphir d’Haufor) was second handled by Damien Bonne for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. 2.3/1 Super Fez (8m Love You) was fourth for reinsman Jean Michel Bazire ahead of 8.4/1 Nancy America (8f Revenue) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois.   Thomas H. Hicks  

The 5/10 favorite and superb harness racing mare Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) took today’s Gr. I monte Prix des Elites today at Vincennes.   Raced by 11 three to five year olds for a purse of 200,000 and over 2150 meters distance handicap (plus 50 meters for the four and five year olds) the course was not a problem for the Sebastien Guarato trainee that had Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin.   Clocked in 1.11.7kr this was her 11 th career victory in 16 outings for 459,050€ earned as she overcame the 50 meter penalty. 4.1/1 Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was a fast closing second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner.     Ecurie des Charmes bred this one as well as the third place finisher Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious-Quayaya), a mare they own, Sebastien Ernault trains and Delphine Beaufils-Ernault rode, at 17/1 odds. 23/1 Ganster du Wallon (3m Lets Go Along) was fourth benefitting from a 50 meter advantage and 82/1 Excessive Well (5f Gobernador) finished fourth.   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  

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