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January 13, 2019 - Bird Parker was placed first in today’s harness racing Quinte+ Grand Prix de Belgique (Gr. II International, 110,000€, 2850 meters, 14 starters) at Vincennes, the last of the “B” qualification races leading to the Prix d’Amerique in two weeks. After two false starts and several lead changes the 1.1/1 favorite Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) and pilot J-M Bazire surged past 9/1 Bird Parker (8m Ready Cash-Belisha) with J.Ph. Monclin up to be first on the line with 48/1 Bahia Quesnot (8g Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) third handled by Junior Guelpa. However, Guelpa filed an objection against Bazire for interference near top stretch as Belina Josselyn escaped the pocket. That objection with upheld by the judges and Belina was disqualified moving Bird Parker to first (his 21st victory in 79 outings for 2,079,705€ earned) for owner Elisabeth Allaire, trainer Philippe Allaire and the winning breeder was Christophe Toulorge. Bahia Quesnot was placed second and earned an auto-invite to Amerique. Carat Williams was placed third ahead of Eridan. Readly Express raced at the back before ending sixth placed fifth with Uza Josselyn and Billie de Montfort were placed sixth and seventh. Favorite Belina Josselyn was on the lead before yielding to Bird Parker and this was blocked until Bazire caused the escaping interference. The Amerique invites so far based on qualification races are: Bold Eagle, Bird Parker, Bahia Quesnot, Belina Josselyn, Carat Williams, Eridan, Readly Express, Uza Josselyn, Looking Superb, and Delia du Pommereux. Interference Belina Josselyn dq’d for interference against Bahia Quesnot Belina Josselyn Happy connections of Bird Parker Green Grass Wins Prix Gelinotte at Vincennes Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) won today’s Prix Gelinotte (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 10 three year old filly starters) at Paris-Vincennes, leading throughout for Gabriele Gelormini, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien DeWulf. Bred by Frederic Brouilloux, this filly  won for the fourth time in eight career starts now for 117,400€ earned. 1.9/1 Greenpeace (3f Memphis du Rib-Quelle Aventure) stayed close on the outer all the way but could not get by in the lane, falling two lengths short with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. His Ecurie D bred this one. Third was 16/1 Graine de Crack (3f Booster Winner-Pearl Mip) that Yoann Lebourgeois handled for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Race time was 1.15.6kr off modest fractions ( at the 1500 to go mark; 1.16kr at the 1000 and 1.16.7kr with 500 meters remaining). Green Grass Fubria Wins Prix de Riberac at Vincennes Today’s Paris-Vincennes card was filled with groupe contests, this the Prix de Riberac (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 13 starters four year olds). The blanket finish victory went to head-winner and 3.9/1 Fubria (4f Password-Sanawa) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. J-P Guay bred this winner now of six in 10 career outings, for 142,000€ earned. Race time was 1.14.2kr off even fractions, with a fast final 500 meters. 9/1 Fun Quick (4m Carpe  Diem) was second for Bjorn Goop and Ecurie Quick Star, with 32/1 Fairy White (4f Ouragon de Celland) third with Anthony Barrier up for breeder/owner/trainer Christophe Gallier. Fast finishing fourth was 40/1 Fame And Fortune (4f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) that Matthieu Abrivard teamed for Yves Boireau, trainer for owner Jean Pierre Dubois and breeder Ecurie D. Fubria Thomas H. Hicks  

January 6, 2019 - The harness racing veteran monte specialist Bilibili (8m Niky-Quetty du Donjon), off as 2.2/1 second wagering choice), won today’s Gr. II monte Prix Calvados (purse 130,000€, 2850 meters, eight starters) timed in 1.12.4kr with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer J.Cl. Abrivard. Bilibili scored for the 11th time in a 40 race career and raised his life earnings to 1,159,600€.  Jean Pierre Barjon bred and owns Bilibili that tracked leading and 1.4/1 favorite Traders (7 m Ready Cash-Graziella) until mid-stretch, before surging past for the convincing victory. Traders was handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Third went to 7/2 odds Briac Dark (8m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) reined by jockey Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin for owner Guy Barou. 26/1 Benjamine Gede and 37/1 Cassate were the next pair to the line. The top three finishers earned an auto-invite to the Prix de Cornulier that this year carries a 600,000€ purse, a week before the Prix d’Amerique. Bilibili returns Bilibili rallies past Traders to qualify for Prix Cornulier The Prix de Vic Sur Cere (purse 63,000€, 2850 meters, 13 European starters) was next and it was a field of upper lever performers led by the J-M Bazire trained Looking Superb, off as the 7/10 favorite with Alexandre Abrivard up. Races are not certain and Looking Superb was a misque dq. The field produced a thrilling finish with victory earned to the very game 5.2/1 odds Dexter Chatho (6g Un Amour d’Haufor-Okayama) reined by trainer Christian Bigeon to his eight career win in 21 starts, now for 235,360€ earned. Race time was off rated fractions (1.14.1kr at the 500 meters remaining mark). Second went to 17/1 Dollar Soyer (6g Phlegyas-Quinoa Soyer) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Gregory Thorel. 9/1 Desir Castelets (8m Quaker Jet-Ophelie Jet) took third for Franck Nivard and fourth was 12/1 Moni Viking (6m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse the pilot. Dexter Chatho Thomas H. Hicks  

December 30, 2018 - Today’s third “B” was the Grand Prix de Bourgogne at Vincennes (Gr. II, purse 120,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters, Quinte+ harness racing race of the day). The top three finishers receive an auto-invite to the Prix d’Amerique. Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) prevailed timed in 1.11.8kr by a length after a pocket trip engineered by driver Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The Eagle was off as 2.9/1 second wagering choice and he sprinted to the front from post eight, yielding to the 2.2/1 favorite Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) piloted by Bjorn Goop for trainer Timo Nurmos and BRO Byggnads AB, the owner. Ready Express led into the lane and his challengers weakened (Carat Williams) made a misque (Cash Gamble) to enable the Eagle to escape from behind Carat Williams and surge past. Bold Eagle recorded his 43rd career win in 58 starts now for 4,377,620€ earned. 11/1 Una Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn) took third and with it a Prix d’Amerique ticket. Alexandre Abrivard teamed this Rene Aebischer trainee. 12/1 Carat Williams (6m Prodigious) and 18/1 Briac Dark (7m Prince Gede) completed the top five and the Q+ exact order payoff was 2,119€ for a 2€ wager. ' The remaining “B” race is January 13th at Vincennes, the Prix de Belgique, that may add to the invites to date that now include Bold Eagle, Readly Express, Uza Josselyn, Davidson du Pont, Delia du Pommereux, Bird Parker, Belina Josselyn, Looking Superb and Eridan. Franck Nivard and Bold Eagle Yesterday at Romme (SWE) was the V75 STL Gold raced over 2640 meters autostart for 200,000SEK to the winner. There were seven entrants in what was to be a Prix d’Am prep for the well-regarded Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) that was off at 1.08/1 odds with Orjan Kihlstrom up. Not so, as veteran On Track Piraten (10g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), scored at 5.2/1 for teamster/trainer Hans R. Stromberg clocked in 1.13.8kr. Piraten scored for the 43rd time in 141 career starts now for 17,066,005SEK earned. The veteran class-master is owned by Stall Morkermasse and he went to the lead early in the final lap. Propulsion was taken to the back early and began following cover in the final lap, then going three wide to get to the wheel of Piraten. That was it as Stromberg lightly urged his charge to an easy victory. 45/1 Rokkakudo (8m Varenne-Ikegana-Valley Victory) was third for Ulf Ohlsson. On Track Piraten holds off Propulsion It was reported post-race that Propulsion was sick and his possible challenge in the Prix d’Amerique is uncertain. Tomorrow ends the racing career in France of a host of fast-class trotters that comes to an end at age 10 (the “U” names). This group includes the excellent international performers Up And Quick (a Prix d’Amerique winner and third in the 2018 Yonkers International), Un Mec d’Heripre, Ustinof du Vivier, Unique Quick and others. They will be missed. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 29, 2018 - Saturday’s co-featured harness racing Prix Yvonnick Bodin (Gr. III, purse 105,000€, 2700 meters,16 starters) was for apprentice jockeys. The 2.2/1 favorite Beau de Grimoult (7g Pacifique Gede-Quelle Bora) scored impressively for Mlle. Oceane Briand in the irons for trainer Franck Anne and Ecurie de Grimoult, for his 17th career victory in 85 starts, now for 418,650€ earned. Race time was a quick 1.12.9kr as the winner kept increasing speed throughout (1.15.3kr with 1500 meters to go; 1.14kr at the 1000 and 1.13.3kr with 500 remaining). 4.3/1 Accord Marjacq (8g Odeisis de Vandel) was an eight length back second for jockey Victor Saussaye and 32/1 Volcan de Bellande (9g Magnificent Rodney) was third for Mlle. Noemie Hardy. Beau de Grimoult Beau de Grimoult and connections The Quinte+ Prix de Bar-le-Duc (purse 105,000€, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) saw 15/1 Tessy d’Ete (6f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) score for driver Franck Nivard, Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and trainer Philippe Billard. Rec time was 1.12.7kr. The 1.4/1 favorite Super Fez (7m Love You-Lucia FI) was second with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard for Scuderia Cumana Group Srl. Third was 27/1 Chica de Joudes (6f Jag de Bellouet-Queschwa Love) for owner/trainer/driver Alain Laurent. 16/1 Class de Loriol and 26/1 Tinamo Jet completed the top five and the Q+ exact order payoff was 7,860€ for the 2€ ticket. Tessy d’Ete with Franck Nivard and connections Thomas H. Hicks

December 21, 2018 - Today’s monte Gr. III Prix Sans Dire Oui (purse 105,000€, 2850 meters, seven European starters) went to the game 5/2 second wagering choice Mindyourvalue WF (5g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners) at Vincennes with harness racing Eric Raffin in the irons for owner Christer Englund and trainer Robert Bergh. The winner was timed in 1.14kr and recorded his seventh win in nine starts in France to raise his career earnings to 439,983€. 2/5 favorite Clegs des Champs (6g Legs du Clos-Proserpine) was second with David Thomain up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. A distant third was the 29/1 outsider Clara du Ponseuil (6f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) with P-Y Verva the jockey. The day’s Quinte+ race was on the card in the Prix d’Amboise (purse 55,000€, 2700 meters, 18 European starters). Longshots prevailed with victory to the 10/1 Contree d’Erable (6f Prince Gede-Soiree d’Erable) driven by David Thomain for trainer Jean Pierre Thomain and owner Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. The victory was the 13th in the career of the winner, now with 227,130€ earned. 61/1 Coumba Kuky (6f Matador de Vrie) was second for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou, and third was 27/1 Tooltime (8f Carmody Lobell) with trainer Bjorn Goop up. 13/1 Costa Haufor and 19/1 Croix du Buisson completed the top five and paved the way for an exact order payoff of 352,674.40€ payoff for the 2€ wager. Race time was a good 1.13kr. The Prix de Pierrefonds (purse 58,000€, 2700 meters, 14 starters all four-year old mares) saw 3.4/1 odds Etonne de Carsi (4f Okapi de Fad-Ophelie du Pommeau) score with Anthony Barrier driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. This mare recorded her fifth career win in 18 starts, now for 111,140€ earned. 7/2 odds Erolina (4f Prodigious) was second with Eric Raffin piloting for breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. The 3.1/1 Exciting Lady (4f Sam Bourbon) was third for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. Action on the weekend at Vincennes features the Criterium Continental and Prix Tenor de Baune, with those winners receiving an invitation to the Prix d’Amerique 2019. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 21, 2018 - Gotland (2m Ready Cash-Sanawa) remained unbeaten in five starts winning today’s Gr. II Prix Emmanuel Margouty (purse 120,000€, 2175 meters, eight starters all two-year old colts) at Vincennes clocked in 1.14.9kr and with harness racing driver Eric Raffin up. This 7/10 favorite is owned and trained by Philippe Allaire and was bred by J-P Guay. He now has earnings of 161,100€. 5.8/1 General du Parc (2m Lajacque l’Houlbec-Amazone du Parc) was a gaining second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Frederic Pratt. The race winner’s stablemates followed, with third to 4.9/1 Gatsby Perrine (2m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Allaire and breeder/owner J-F Mary; and fourth to 8.8/1 Get Happy (2m Bird Parker-Rasta Perrine) that J.Ph. Monclin reined for Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. J-F Mary bred this one as well. Thomas H. Hicks

December 18, 2018 - Harness racing two-year-olds contested the Prix des Iris (purse 35,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) on Tuesday at Vincennes with victory to 14/1 Granaggiolo (2m Timoko-Manille du Lec) with Alexis Prat aboard for his second career win in four outings. Race time was 1.15.6kr for the Frederic Prat trainee that Ecueie du Liamore owns. Even-money favorite Giant Cash (2m Ready Cash-Richyly) was second for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer Philippe Allaire, with 148/1 outsider Gregorio (2m Quarlos) taking the third check. The Prix de la Tremblade (purse 65,000€, 2850 meters, 18 starters) saw 2.9/1 Archbald (8g Meaulnes du Corta) score impressively timed in 1.13.8kr with trainer Thomas Levesque driving. Pierre Levesque owns and bred this now 11 time career winner in 61 starts. 27/1 Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier) was second for Franck Ouvrie and 46/1 Orlando Beji (10g Orlando Vici) held third. Later in the program 6/1 Julio de Luxe (9g Juliano Star) took the Prix Pierre Giffard (purse 82,000€, 2850 meters, 15 European starters –monte) timed in 1.13.7kr. Alexandre Abrivard was in the irons for trainer Bjorn Goop and BS Stables AB. 3.3/1 Ange de Lube (8g Laetenter Diem) was second for owner/trainer/jockey Matthieu Abrivard and 7.5/1 Banjo del a Noemie (7g Flambeau des Pins) was with Anthony Barrier up. Stallion Coktail Jet has passed On a sad note the great racehorse and stallion Coktail Jet has passed. The 1990 son of Quouky Williams-Armbro Glamour-Super Bowl was the result of one of those few occasions when the FR stud book admitted Franco-American matings and this one help re-charge the FR bloodstock. Coktail Jet won 24 times in 62 starts for 1,896,774€ earned, taking a 1.11.2kr speed mark for trainer/driver Jean Etienne Dubois and owner Daniel Wildenstein. Coktail Jet has a sensational 1996 winning the Prix d’Amerique. Prix de France and the Elitloppet Final with a stirring stretch burst. As a sire he led the FR production for seven years, was widely used throughout Europe and left the sport with his successor Love You (a 1999 foal) along with The Best Madrik and Naglo. His racing accomplishments, pedigree and sire stats follow along with several memorable videos. Coktail Jet will appear on pedigree pages for years to come through his 1,801 FR foals so far and nearly 1,200 in other countries. Coktail Jet on the track - At 4, Winner of Gran Premio d'Europa, second in Prix de Sélection, third in Prix René Ballière. At 5, Winner of Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, Criterium des 5 ans, Prix René Ballière, Prix Jockey, Prix de Washington, Prix de l'Etoile, second in Criterium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur, Prix du Plateau de Gravelle, Prix du Bois de Vincennes, Prix de la Marne, third in Prix du Luxembourg, Prix de Bourgogne, Prix Chambon P. At 6, Winner of Prix de l'Atlantique, Prix de Washington, Prix d'Europe (Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère), Prix de France, Prix d'Amerique, Elitloppet, second in Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Prix d'Eté, Prix de Bourgogne. Coktail Jet Quouky Williams (FR) 1982 Fakir du Vivier (FR) (89 0,96) 1971 At 3, Winner of Criterium des 3 ans. At 4, Winner of Criterium des 4 ans, Prix de Sélection, Gran Premio d'Europa. At 5, Winner of Prix de Sélection, third in Prix du Bourbonnais. At 7, second in Preis der Besten, Prix d'Amerique, third in Prix de France, Gran Premio Della Lotteria. At 8, third in Prix d'Amerique. Sabi Pas (FR) Carioca II (FR) Mousko Williams (FR)   Quovaria (FR)   Infante II (FR) Hernani III (FR)   Sa Bourbonnaise (FR)   Ua Uka (FR) Kerjacques (FR) Quinio (FR)   Arlette III (FR)   Flicka (FR) Ibarra (FR)   Va Sylva (FR)   Dolly Williams (FR) 1969 At 3, third in Criterium des Jeunes. Pacha Grandchamp (FR) Fandango (FR) Loudeac (FR)   Tombelaine (FR)   Atalante de Grand. (FR) Mistral (FR)   Naive Etoile (FR)   Quassia Williams (FR) Ogaden (FR) The Great McKinney (US)   Uranie (FR)   Tanagra (FR) Sam Williams (US)   Ernee (FR)   Armbro Glamour (CA) (92 0,75) 1985 Super Bowl (US) (93 0,99) 1969 At 2, Winner of International Stallion Stake, Walnut Hall Cup. At 3, Winner of American-National, Colonial Trot, Hambletonian, Horseman Futurity, Kentucky Futurity, Review Stakes, Yonkers Trot. Star's Pride (US) Worthy Boy (US) Volomite (US)   Warwell Worthy (US)   Stardrift (US) Mr McElwyn (US)   Dillcisco (US)   Pillow Talk (US) Rodney (US) Spencer Scott (US)   Earls Princ.Martha (US)   Bewitch (US) Volomite (US)   Bexley (US)   Speedy Sug (US) 1979 Speedy Count (US) Speedster (US) Rodney (US)   Mimi Hanover (US)   Countess Song (US) Victory Song (US)   The Viscountess (US)   Sug (US) Hickory Smoke (US) Titan Hanover (US)   Misty Hanover (US)   Cassin Hanover (US) Hoot Mon (US)       Replays: Elitloppet 1996 Final Prix d’Amerique 1996 Interview w Jean Etienne Dubois Prix de France 1996   Thomas H. Hicks

December 16, 2018 - The Prix de Briare (purse 55,000€, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) kept the winning streak going for 1.1/1 favorite Valokaja Hindo (7m Great Challenger-Jindo Enghave) and harness racing trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. Eirik Djuve (Norway) owns the winner now of five straight in seven starts in France. His career earnings increased to 231,504€. Race time was 1.13.9kr. 14/1 Casting de Chenu (6m Baccarat du Pont) was second for Tony Le Beller and trainer/owner J-M Baudouin. The Prix de Cancale (purse 48,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) saw the excellent performance of Florence Bourbon (3f Ready Cash-Urgentissime-Coktail Jet-Ivre de Victoire) continue. Off at 3.7/1 Bjorn Goop piloted the winner for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. Race time was 1.15.5kr for the nose winner that now has five career wins in six starts, for 77,260€ earned. 6.4/1 Feen du Goutier (3f Un Mec d’Heripre-Queen Bourbon-Love You-Urika Speed) was an almost dead-heat second with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Guarato and Ecurie Saint Martin. Fairy White (3f Ouragon de Celland) was third for Anthony Barrier. Monte specialists battled in the Prix de Limeil (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, eight European starters) with 6.8/1 Crepe de Satin (6f Le Retour-Ina d’Avril) prevailing for jockey Mlle. Mathilde Collet and trainer Bruno Marie. Race time was 1.15.2kr. The 2/5 favorite Carla du Chatelets (6f Jag de Bellouet) held second for Mlle. Oceane Briand and third was 8.1/1 Brainstorm (7m Polerol de Laumac) with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. At Milano le Maura (Italy) was the Palio dei Proprietari (purse 36,300€, 2700 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.16.5kr timed victory to Tornado del Vento (6m Light Kronos-Gara del Vento-Toss Out) reined by Giuseppe de Filippis. Seleniost (7m Varenne-LeFirst-Indro Park) was second ahead of Umberto Axe (5m Love You-La Furiosa Spin-Angus Hall). Well regarded Severino raced at or near the front early before fading badly. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 7, 2018 - The 1.3/1 odds favorite Dorado Bello (5g Pad d’Urzy-Jora de du Fruituies) took the Friday evening harness racing featured Quinte+ Prix Hestia (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) timed in 1.12.4kr. The now seven time winner in 27 career starts, Dorado Bello was teamed with Eric Raffin for trainer J.M. Baudouin and owner Ecurie le Rivage. Dreamer de Chenu (5g Timoko) at 11/1 was second for driver J-M Bazire and breeder/owner/trainer Franck Pellerot. 21/1 Dandy Gede (5g Rancho Gede) took third for driver Damien Bonne. 12/1 Devil Or Angel and 11/1 Dad du Cedre completed the top five, and the exact order 2€ ticket Q+ payoff was 8,556.40€. On Saturday there are a host of groupe contests worth the watch: Prix Albert Rayon (Gr. III, 76,000€, 2100 meters autostart, three year olds) led by Fabria; Prix Raoul Balliere (Gr. II monte, 120,000€, 2175 meters) with Ferreteria, Feeling Cash and Flamme Speed among the starters; Prix Ariste Hearard (Gr. II, purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, four year olds) with Elladora de Forgan and Electra Jet in the field; Prix Narquois (Gr. III, purse 95,000€, 2700 meters, European eligibles) with J-M Bazire’s Dreambreaker at the start The Sunday menu includes three more groupe events: Prix Octave Douesnel (Gr. II, purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, four year olds) led by Earl Simon Prix de Mansle (Gr. III, purse 76,000€, 2100 meters autostart, three year olds) with Fun Quick and Fuego de Houelle at the start; Grand Prix du Bourbonnais (Gr. II International, 120,000€ purse, 2850 meters) with the now barefoot Bold Eagle in the field – he previously raced with shoes on behind). Bold Eagle was last year second in the Bourbonnais, Bourgogne, Belgique, Amerique and de France before winning the Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes sur Mer in March. Thomas H. Hicks    

December 2, 2018 - Today’s featured harness racing Gran National du Trot Paris-Turf Finale at Vincennes, Gr.II, purse 150,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters, followed 13 legs in regional venues throughout the summer-fall racing season. The 7.4/1 odds and 25 meter handicapped Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) scored in a quick 1.12.2kr. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the winner of trainer J-M Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule. He recorded victory 17 in a 50 brace career that has now earned 634,860€. 1 0/1 odds Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP), also penalized 25 meters, took second for trainer/driver Tony LeBeller. The 3/5 favorite and 25 meter handicapped Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) landed third for trainer/driver Bazire and owner Rancoule. 57/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) was fourth for Eric Raffin and fifth was 62/1 Best du Hauty (7g Roc Meslois) for owner/trainer/driver Olivier Bizoux. The GNT Paris-Turf was the day’s Quinte+ event and a 2€ exact order ticket returned 62,737.20€. Total handle on the race exceeded 10.6€ million. Monte performers contested the Gr. II Prix Philippe du Rozier (monte, purse 120,000€, eight starters) and in a close finish the victory went to 5.1/1 Exotica de Retz (4f Prodigious-Quayaya) ridden by jocket Mme. Delphine Beaufils-Ernault for trainer Sebastien Ernault and owner Ecurie des Charmes. Race time was a quick 1.11.8kr, and the win was career victory four in 19 starts for the winner now of 318,950€. Even-money favorite Elladora de Forges (4f Gazouillis-Hamina) was second with jockey Franck Nivard in the irons for traiuner Frabck Leblanc and owner S.J. Dupont. 9/1 Etoile de Bruyere (4f Kenor de Cosse) was third for Adrien Lamy and owner/trainer Ch. Dreux. The 2.2/1 odds and well-respected Etonnant was a dq. The Gr. III LeTGrot Open des Regions 4Ans (purse 85,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) saw the 1.14.1kr timed ans 7/10 favorite Evrik de Guez (4g Un Mec d’Heripre-Quoumbaya de Guez) score for trainer J-M Bazire for Ecurie Vautors. The winner earned his 10th career win in 15 starts nie for 171,000€ earned. 4.9/1 Eden de Banville (4m Look de Star) was second for DSavid Thomain and 8.4/1 Elixir du Bocage (4g Un Mec d’Heripre) was third for driver Franck Nivard and trainer Erno Szirmany. The Gr. III LeTrot Open des Regions 3Ans (purse 85,000€, 2850 meters, eight starters) produced victory for 37/1odds Favorite Fligny (3f Rockefeller Center-Africa Fligny) timed in 1.14.4kr and reined by Sylvain Dieudonne for trainer Gregory Thorel and Ecurie de Pinsonniere. This winner for the fifth time in a 20 start career now for 128,670€ earned. 19/1 Free Rider (3m Love You-Sardaigne) was second with Benoit Robin up for trainer J.L. Bigeon. 5.6/1 Fakir du Lorault (3m Vaillant Cash) was third. The Gr. III LeTrot Open des Regions 5Ans (purse 85,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) had Diablu d’Herfraie (5g Jasmin de Flore-Slice d’Herfraie) score timed in 1.13.5kr for David Thomain. Off at 8/1 odds the winner is trained by J.P. Thomain for Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. Diablo scored for the eighth time in 22 career starts for 136,160€ earned. 3.9/1 Doux Parfum (5g Singalo-Lambada Jet) was second for Eric Raffin and third went to 2.6/1 Diamant du Lupin (5g Jasmin de Flore) reined by Adrien Lamy. The Prix Miss Hippodrome (purse 54,000€, 2850 meters) produced an impressive 1.13.5kr timed victory by 3.7/1 Cocktail Fortuna (9g Love You-Dalloah NO) reined by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Robert Bergh and Sandra Racing Stable. The win increased the career earnings of the winner to 230,296€. 32/1 Casting de Chenu (6m Baccarat du Pont) took second money for Tony LeBeller and third was 8/1Black Jack From (7g Scipion du Goutier) with Eric Raffin up. Thomas H. Hicks

December 1, 2018 - Harness racing Groupe tests at Vincennes on Saturday included the Gr. II Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin, purse 120,000€, 2850 meters, 11 European starters, harness racing five year olds) that saw 4.2/1 Dark Night Love (5f Royal Lover-Qucrida de Vonnas) score timed in 1.14.3kr with trainer J-M Bazire aboard. 14/1 Desir Castelets (5m Quaker Jet-Ophelie Jet) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Luc Roelens. 6.2/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) rallied for third with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire 18/1 Dreamer Boy (5m Gazouillis) and 69/1 Dragon des Racques (5m Love You) completed the top five and 7/10 favorite Detroit Castelets was a dq and last year’s Grand Prix d’UET winner Drole de Jet was unplaced, this being his second appearance since September 2017. The Prix de Rencontres Internationales (purse 20,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) drew a good collection of international drivers. Two were scratched including a horse drawn to USA’s Hunter Oakes. The winner was 3/1 Amigo Turgot (8g Prince d’Espace-Paloma de Collerie) with Mykola Volf up for trainer Franck Blandin. Second was 5.3/1 Up Ans Go (10g Fripon Rose) with Alexandre Abrivard up and third was 35/1 Viking Dream (9g Iserio) with Clint Vassallo up for trainer A.G. Maillard. Ultimo du Douet with Mme. Renate Aarle aboard and Vif d’Or du Poli with driver Niels Jongejans at the lines completed the top five. Race time was 1.13.9kr by the winner. The Prix Vourasie (Gr. III, 80,000€, 2200 meters, 10 European starters, two year olds) completed the groupe events and this one went to 8.3/1 odds Green Grass (2f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. This filly now has three wins in five career appearances for 72,400€ earned. Race time was 116.4kr. The 5.7/1 Gloria Berry (2f Quaker Jet-Tequila Berry) was a close second for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, and 3.8/1 Grainer de Craere (2f Booster Winner-Pearl MIP) was third with Yoann Lebourgeois driving for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The 1.1/1 favorite and previously unbeaten in four starts, Girls Talk (2f Brillantissime-Be My Girl), was a miscue dq. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 22, 2018 - Thursday’s harness racing Quinte+ was at Vincennes in the Prix de Sille le Guillaume (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) with the 1.143.7kr timed victory earned by the 1.9/1 favorite Super Fez (7m Love You-Luria FI). Trainer J-M Bazire teamed the winner for Scuderia Cumana Group as Super Fez recorded his sixth career win in France now for 313,324€ earned, 3.4/1 Be Bop Haufor (7g Notre Haufor-Ica Haufor) was second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. 113/1 Valseme (9g Bijou du Bignon) was third for Th. Dromigny and the top five finishers was completed by 17/1 Bauloise Haufor (7f Kool du Caux) and 14/1 Utino de l’Ormerie (8g Qualimo de Vandel). The exact order winning tickets paid 7,264.60€ for a 2€ wager. The day’s featured event was the monte Prix de L’Ile de Re (purse 95,000€, 2850 meters, 13 European starters). The 3.1/1 Caban Prior (6g Sancho Panca-Fita Prior) was victorious timed in 1.14.3kr with Aurelian Desmarres in the irons. He scored for the 16th time in a 51 start career. 10/1 Buster de Baufour (7g Rolling d’Heripre-Pignata) was a close second for owner/trainer/jockey Damien Bonne, and third was 6.2/1 Accord Marjang (8g Odeisis de Vandel) with Arthur Rebeche up. Thomas H. Hicks

Vincennes, FR - The even-money Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was an almost gate to wire harness racing winner for driver Franck Nivard of today’s Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere at Vincennes (200,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters). He was timed in an evenly rated 1.10.3kr. At top stretch the Eagle fought off when seemed liked apparent challengers and then drew off for an easy victory over 33/1 Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. Third was 1.6/1 Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) with trainer J-M Bazire up for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. 8/1 Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) held fourth with J.Ph. Monclin at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. The winning Eagle now shows 40 career wins in 53 starts for 4,221,670 euro earned. Race fractions were 1.08.9kr with 1500 remaining, 1.10.1kr at the 1000 and 1.10.2kr with 500 meters to go. by Thomas H. Hocks, for Harnesslink

The 9/1 As des Jacquets (8m Ready Cash-Kodessa) took the Friday Q+ Prix Hygica (48,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) clocked in 1.13.4kr and reined by Robbin Bot, also trainer, for Stall Cortina. The 3.6/1 Balzac de Souvigne (7g Lontzac-Jalna de Souvigne) was second for trainer/driver Michel Lenoir and 5.2/1 Bad July (7g Prince Gede) was home third for trainer/driver J.P. Gauvin. 7.2/1 Vixel and 15/1 Angel d’Or completed the top five. Titanium Gar (6g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) opened the Friday evening card by winning the Prix Clementina (purse 48,000 euro, 28750 meters, 14 European starters). Trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. piloted the winner to a 1.13.5kr score for owner Stall Arend (Holland) at 9/10 odds. 32/1 Caresse (6f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Lars Erik Aulin. 20/1 Capella de Vrie (6f Prince d’Espace-Pandore Vrie) was third driven by Franck Nivard for the legendary breeder/owner/trainer Roger Baudron. Grand Chelem (2m Love You-Kidea), a half brother to Ready Cash) led the sale at 100,000 euro going to Jack G.H. DeJong amnd sold by Pierre Tebirent. This youngster qualified at Caen on May 24 timed in 1.18kr. Sale results in total were up significantly from prior year.  Sunday action at Vincennes is quite a card featuring the reappearance in France of Bold Eagle and he will face Belina Josselyn and a host of solid international trotteurs. ​by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Vincennes, FR - The 1.2/1 favorite Valse de Reve (9f Mister President-Nouba Houba) took Tuesday evening’s Gr. III Prix Jean Paul Fairand (apprentice jockeys, monte, purse €90,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) clocked in 1.12.6kr and ridden by apprentice Julien Balu, his 47th victory. Valse de Reve, trained by Alain Roussel, also owner, recorded his ninth career victory in 79 starts now for €687,170 earned. The 35/1 Arena del Phedo (8f Magnificent Rodney-Feria de Vrie) was second with Pierre Thieulent in the irons and third was 128/1 Vulcan de Bellande (9g Magnificent Rodney-Etoile de Bellande) for jockey Dylan Dulong. Valse de Reve is head number 13 on the pegs in the photos below. Quite a monte finish!!! Also on the card was the Prix Loma (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 12 European starters) and the 1.13.5kr timed winner was 3.9/1 Dede Au Chalet (5g Quito Kebir-Mammy Noce) with Alexandre Angot in the irons. This winner scored for the eighth time in 24 career appearances now for €140,300 earned. 4.7/1 Dame de Bellouet (5f Mon Bellouet-Odra de Bellouet) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third home was 1.1/1 favorite Derby Show (5g Reflet Gede) handled by trainer P-Y Verva. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A terrific trotting card Saturday at Paris-Vincennes was highlighted by four groupe contests, the first being the Prix de la Ville de Plouescat (Gr. III, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, European).  The Gr. II co-featured Prix Louis Jariel (purse €120,000, 2175 meters) produced an easy score timed in 1.10.6kr for 1.1/1 Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel-Rosanna Bonheur). Matthieu Abrivard was the pilot for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. The 2.2/1 Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) rallied for second reined by Eric Raffin for Louis Baudron, the breeder/owner/trainer. 3.9/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Naume du Pommereux) was third driven by trainer Sylvain Roger and owner/breeder Noel Lolic. Well-regarded Davidson du Pont was scratched. The Prix du Quercy (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) resulted in an easy 1.13.9kr victory for 3.2/1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password-Intense Action).Breeder Jean Philippe Dubois teamed the winner for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. The 1.6/1 favorite Bel Avis (7g Ganymede) was second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Comte de Bellaigue bred this one. 4.8/1Cicero Noa (6gMandarino Blue) was third for Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. The day’s Q+ was the Prix de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.13.2kr timed winner was 8.5/1 Super Fez (7m Love You-Lucia FI) with Franck Nivard up for Scuderia Cumana Group SRL and its trainer Gennaro Casillo. 2.4/1 Cobra Ar Carac (6g Kaiser Soze) was a game second for Anthony Barrier and third went to 11/1 Boccador (7g Prince Gede) for Matthieu Abrivard. 70/1 As des Jacquets and 43/1 Quincy Frontline completed the top five, Fleche Bourbon kept her win streak intact (six straight in an undefeated career to date) scoring in 1.14.3kr in the Gr. III Prix d’Istres (purse €68,000, 2700 meters, European) with J-Ph Monclin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. The three year old daughter of Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) now has earnings of €110,250 in her brief career. She was off as the even-money favorite and bested 8/1 Fashion Queen (3f Pablo As) with Eric Raffin up, for trainer Philippe Allaire, and 86.1 Isabella Boshoeve (3f Ready Cash) reined by her trainer Dion P. Tesselaar. 53/1 Full Option (3f Fast Photo) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Allaire. The Gr. II featured Prix Chambon P (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, International) went to the great mare and 1.3/1 favorite Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) that was bred and is owned by Ecurie Yvan Bernard and handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Race time was 1.12.3kr and Belina recorded her 19th victory in 56 career starts for €1,660,430 earned. The 2.7/1 Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) was a good second for J-Ph Monclin and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was 20/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede0Nostalgique Sacha) with Gabriele Gelormini up. 76/1 Akim du Cap Vert was fourth. The June 8 Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Titania (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.14.2kr timed and 9/1 Caline de Fleur (6f Mago de la Merite-Maika du Maninay) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer Thierry Raffegeau. The 4.3/1 Class Action (6f Scipion du Goutier) was second for driver/trainer/owner Charles Dreux, and 3.2/1 Brisbane du Bourg (7f Jasmin de Flore) was third with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 51.1 Venus du Rosay and 7.4/1 Romi Mms were fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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