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May 11, 2018 - Post work week harness racing fans observed tonight’s Prix Pegulus (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to 1.13.6kr timed and 28/1 Crazy Dream (6g Repeat Love-Daisy Chain). Julien Dubois teamed the Yves Boireau trainee that Pierre Schmidt owns and Ecurie D bred. 11/1 Copernic de Play (6g Giant Cat-Orelie de Play) held second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Blandin. 41/1 Chtiot de Bella (6g Defi d’Aunou-Joyeuse Coulonces) rallied for third with trainer Pascal Danet the driver. The winning Crazy Dream is a big rugged horse from the sire Repeat Love (Coktail Jet-Guilty Of Love-And Arifant), a full brother to Love You) from the Speedy Somolli mare Daisy Chain (Kravotte-Caprior), dam of Kaisy Dream, Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Kaisy Dream won over one million euro and sired Brigham Dream, a major US stakes winning filly, The Quinte+ Prix Leo (purse €55,000, 2100 meters, 16 European starters) resulted in a blanket finish with 9/1 Ardente du Clos (8f Reve des Vallees-Lumiere duClos) emerging victorious. The quick 1.11.2kr timed winner has handled by owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard as he increased career earnings past the €260,000 mark. 2.8/1 King Sir Kir (7m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) took second for Alexandre Abrrivard, ahead of 4.7/1 Lover Face (10g Love You-Ambra OK) with Franck Nivard up. 20/1 Verrazano Bridge (9g Offshore Dream) and 15/1 Vafleury (9g Memphis du Rib). Friday’s Prix Burgunda (purse €42,000, 2850 meters, eight starters) went to 1.15kr timed and 2,8/1 Free Man (3m Ready Cash-Olly Star). Mathieu Mottier teamed the Dominique Mottier trained colt that Jean Pierre Barjon owns. 4.4/1 Faithful (3m Village Mystic-Horsaca) was half-length beaten second with Alexandre Abrivard up for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 2.1/1 favorite Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) was third for the driver/trainer  team of Clement and Thierry Duvaldestin. Thomas H. Hicks

May 9, 2018 - Tuesday’s Prix Fama (Gr. III, purse €66,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to undefeated (five of five) and 2/5 harness racing favorite Fleche Bourbon (3f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) driven by J.Ph.Monclin. Sebastien Guarato trains the fine filly that is owned and was bred by Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. Race time was 1.16.5kr for the now winner of €79,650. 7.2/1 Avalon Mists (3f Pastor Stephen-Sunshine Bi) took second for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stable Why Not of Holland. 8.2/1 Freegate Island (3f Timoko-Ahneska) was third for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Bjorn Goop and owners P&D Bronsman AB. 13/1 Firefly (3f Ready Cash) and 10/1 Full Option (3f Fast Photo) were next to the line. On Wednesday at Marseille Borely was the Prix du Departement (purse €30,000, 3000 meters, 14 starters) with 1.4/1 Defi The Best (5m Timoko-Pamia) the winner driven by Y-A Briand. He trains for Ecurie des Charmes. 12/1 Crazy Horse (6m Saphir d’Haufor) was second for Jonathan Asselie and third was 15/1 Boccador (7g Prince Gede) for Herve Chauve-Laffay. In France, J-P Dubois’ Echauffour farm burned and caused extensive damage, loss of memories and documents. No damage occurred to human and equine inhabitants. In Sweden, Johnny Takter announced his driving retirement but not before winning two at Solvalla on Tuesday. He scored with A Sweet Dance (3fMaharajah-Sugar Step-Sugarcane Hanover) for trainer Helena Burman, the fourth straight win in 2018 for the winner that now has five wins in eight career outings. Race time was 1.14.5kr and 300,000SEK was earned by the winner of this Wallenius-Kleberg Juvenile contest raced over 2140 meters autostart. Earlier, Takter won with Hevin Boko (4f Going Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) in a 2140 meters autostart event worth 300,000SEK to the Timo Nurmos trainee. Race time was 1.12.9kr. On Friday the Paris-Vincennes program includes three groupe events including the Prix Guillaune de Bellaigue, a monte international Gr. III test for a purse of €120,000 and raced over 2700 meters. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 24, 2018 - The Prix Masina (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 three year old females) began the top harness racing action this evening and it went to 26/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up and Quick-Ravissante Jo) timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc trains this one for owner Emmanuel Baziller, and Ted now has three wins in 13 starts for €147,380 earned. 11/1 Fantastic Life (3f Prodigious-True Life) took second driven by breeder Jean Philippe Dubois for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 78/1 Fipsie de Guez (3f Tango Quick-Utsie de Guez) has third for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. 3/5 favorite Fly With Us was a dq. The co-feature Tuesday evening at Vincennes was the Prix Paule Karle (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 three year old colts) and 2/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) scored in 1.15kr for driver Franck Niavrd. This Sebastien Guarato trainee is owned by Scuderia Bivans Srl, was bred by Ecurie Dream With Me, and now has five wins in eight career starts for €146,950. 1.9/1 Fajor du Lorault (3m Vaillant Cash-Native du Lorault) was a close second for Francois Lecanu and trainerFrederic Heon. with 6.4/1 Fantissime (3m Ready Cash-Invre de Victoire) took third with Yoann Lebourgeois up for breeder/trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederic Sauque. The Gr. I International Olympiatravet takes place at Aby on Saturday with a nice field at the start. Thomas H. Hicks

April 13, 2018 - The Friday evening program at Paris-Vincennes included the Q+ Prix Eukrate (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and the Gr. II Prix Jean Riaud (purse €115,000, 3535 meters distance handicap, 13 starters). The former went to 12/1 Vanillette (9f Lord du Pin-Etoile de Rivray) reined by Adrien Lamy for trainer Jean Morice. The winner recorded her 10th career victory now for €226,170 earned. 8/1 Ahrima Turgot (8f Prodigious-Night Turgot) was a close second for Mathieu Daougabel driving for trainer Herve Dauougabel. 1.9/1 favorite  Andiamo de Monchel (8g Kiwi) was third for J-M Bazire ahead of 5.5/1 Biniou de Connee (7g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) and 12/1 Bettina de Tillard (7f Ouragon de Cellard). Race time was 1.12.7kr. The Prix Jean Riaud went to 12/1 Beau Gamin (7m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) timed in 1.13.6kr for J-M Bazire the trainer/driver. Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule owns this 11 time career winner now for €631,110 earned. 15/1 Cash Gamble (7m Ready Cash-No Way Back) was second for J.Ph. Monclin teaming for Norway’s Stall T.J. Gamble. 2.8/1 Valko Jenilat (9f Kepler) overcame a 25 meter penalty to capture third with Aric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 25 meter handicapped Traders (6m Ready Cash) at 8.4/1 took fourth for Joann Lebourgeois and 43/1 Tony Gio (6m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) was fifth with Matthieu Abrivard driving. The 25 meter handicapped Uniflosa Bella at 9/1 and 50 meter penalized Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou) at 80/1, a winner of €2,046,040, raced well with the latter clocked in 1/12/9kr Thomas H. Hicks  

April 7, 2018 - Saturday’s excellent Paris-Vincennes harness racing program showcased four groupe tests led off by the Prix de Plovescat (monte, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) and won by the 1.12.1kr timed  and 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp). Jockey Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Fredric Sauque as Arlington Dream recorded his 19th career victory in 64 outings, now for €865,800 earned, with this 1.12.1klr timed score. 9/2 Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis) was second for Adrien Lamy ahead of 6.4/1 Alpha Saltor (8m Paris Haufor) with Matthieu Abrivard up. Between the groupe races was the Prix des Federation Quest at Basse-Normandie (purse €55,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters). The impressive 1.11.1kr timed winner was 4.2/1 Diamond (8g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Mille Fleurs. 5.6/1 Class de Loriol (6f Ready Cash) was a good second for Eric Raffin and 46/1 Lover Face (10g Love You) was third for driver Franck Nivard. The Prix de Saint Brieve(Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 15 starters four year old females) went to 1.12.4kr timed and 5/10 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (4f Scipion du Goutier-Thesa d’Oliverie) with Franck Nivard up. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Ecurie de l’Oliverie. 63/1 Elisione Mag (4f Quaker Jet) was next for Alexandre Abrivard and 14/1 Elite du Ruel (4f Timoko) was third for Franck Anne. Four year old males competed in the Gr. II Prix Phaeton (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 four year old male starters) with 14/1 Ever Pride (4m Prodigious-Queenly Pride) scoring timed in 1.12.2kr. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee that Philippe Dewulf owns. 6.2/1 Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) was second for driver Franck Nivard and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. 59/1 Easy des Racques (4m Rodrigo Jet) was third for J.Ph. Monclin and 7.1/1 Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood), Pierre Vercruysse up, was placed fourth in the blanket finish when 2.4/1 Eridan was a dq nearing the line. The Prix de Santes (Gr. III, purse €60,000, 2100 meters, 11 three year old filly starters) went to 1.13.1kr timed and 9/2 odds Fantastic Life (3f Prodigious-True Life) scored for Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 7.8/1 Freegate Island (3f Timoko-Agresica) rallied for second for driver Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Bjorn Goop and owners P&D Bronsman. 15/1 French Darling (3f Love You-Native Darling) was third for Matthieu Abrivard, her second start after being acquired at the January Prix d’Amerique sale. Offspring of the successful sire Prodigious (Goetmals Wood-Imagine d’Odyssee-Buvetier d’Aunou) were evident in this program and the €644,130 has been a consistent successful sire including Vision Intense, Valse Darling, Carat Williams and others. Sharon Gar Takes Q+ at Vincennes April 7, 2018 - Saturday’s Q+ Prix du Treport (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 1 European starters) went to 11/1 Sharon Gar (7f Varenne-Geneve Gar) timed in 1.13.5kr for reinsman J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Philippe Billard, and owner Scuderia Rory’s Horses. The winner now has career earnings of €441,714. 5.8/1 Venose de Minel (9g Laetenter Diem) took second for Tony LeBeller ahead of 21.1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password) driven by Jean Philippe Dubois. Completing the quinte top five were 16/1 Blooma d’Heripre (7f Rolling d’Heripre) for Eric Raffin and even money favorite Bel Avis (7g Ganymede) reined by J-M Bazire for Ireland’s legendary Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Thomas H. Hicks

April 6, 2018 - Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) was an impressive winner of Friday evening’s Q+ Prix Gratia (purse €47,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) scoring in a quick 1.12.3kr for harness racing driver Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke.  This 4.7/1 second choice bested 2.6/1 Cocktai Julino (6g Pagalor) with Matthieu Abrivard up for owner/trainer L.B. Martin. 9/1 Cyriel d’Atom (6g Otello Pierji) was third for P.Y. Verva. Completing the top five were 83/1 Arrival de Ginai and 12/1 Bambino du Pre. The Saturday Vincennes program is highlighted by the Q+ and four groupe level contests. Thomas H. Hicks

March 23, 2018 - Trotting action returned to Vincennes on Friday evening with the Quinte+ Prix Maia (purse €52,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) being the featured contest. The 1.14.6kr timed winner was 3.9/1 Baraka (7f Love You-Polanska) handled by trainer Franck Nivard for Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. 80/1 Amaya Djob (8f Mambo King-Kismie Djob) was home second driven by Mme. Sophie Larduinat-Descout for trainer Dominik Cordeau. 16/1 Ahrima Turgot (8f Prodigious-Night Turgot) took third for Mathieu Daougabel and trainer Herve Daougabel. 16/1 Crepe de Satin (6f LeRetour) and 3.2/1 Celeste Dry (6f Goetmals Wood) completed the top five. The Q+N exact order payoff exceeded €190,000. The program included several events for lightly raced females such as the Prix Clorinda A (purse €33,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters – four year old mares).10/1 Egerie Quesnot (4f Sam Bourbon-Urania Bourbon) scored for driver Bjorn Goop clocked in 1.15.4kr/ Romain Jajolet owns and trains the winner that defeated 5.8/1 Elevation (4f Sam Bourbon-Queen Scarlet) reined by Valentin Royer. 32/1 Eclaircie (4f Rombaldi-Ire du Ciel) took the third check for driver Sylvain Direaudonne. The Prix Alcyone (purse €36,000, 2200 meters, 11 three year old filly starters) went to the favored 9/10 odds Freche Bourbon (3f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) clocked in 1.15.7kr. She race on the lead with a rival alongside before drawing away in the lane for J.Ph. Monclin. Sebastien Guarato trains this winner for Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. 7.4/1 Filoe de Jary (3f Timoko-Sierra d’Albert) took second money for Quentin Machet and trainer Richard Westerink, developer and trainer/owner of Timoko. Third home was 6.2/1 Fierte d’Aunou (3f Quaker Jet-Tempete d’Aunou) for owner/trainer/driver Etienne Dubois. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 22, 2018 - 7/10 favorite Cleangame (6g Ouregon de Celland-Red Bell) scored in Thursday’s Quinte+ Prix du Cantel (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) with trainer J M Bazire up for Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule. Race time was 1.14.5kr off modest fractions. 13/1 Danne Edel (8g Coktail Jet-Osprey Boko) and driver Matthieu Abrivard was second, for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Stall Edelstoff AB. Third to the line was 6.3/1 Tinamo Jet (6m Naglo-Lituania Jet) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 9/1 Panoramic (8g Scarlet Knight) and 89/1 Final Oak (8m Make It Happen) completed the top five. Thursday was the second Winter Meet contest for coldbloods, this the Prix des Pays Nordiques “Jarvsofaks Trophee” (purse €20,000, 2100 meters autostart) with the 1.24.7kr timed verdict going to 3.2/1 Josveis (9g Uieskes-Jonsa) with Atti Ojanpera up  for Finland owner Paul Lindregen. 8/1 Tand Tuff (9m Jarvsofaks-Gott Turfa) rallied for second with J-O Persson the trainer/driver. 73/1 Pireus (10g Turo) was third. Four year olds contested the Prix d’Epinay (purse €37,000, 32850 meters, 12 starters)  and the 1.15.2kr timed winner was 7.6/1 Eucalyptus du Mont (4g Sam Bourbon-Qualinda du Donjon) reined by Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Guillauime Macaire. 15/1 Epson d’Ariane (4m Uppercut du Rib) took third for J-M Bazire. This winner rallied impressively for the victory and could be one to watch going forward. The Prix de Plestin-les-Greves (purse €55,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters) went to 3.4/1 Business Class (7f Love You-Perle d’Avril) clocked in 1.12.1kr for J. Ph. Monclin, trainer J.M. Monclin and Ecurie des Charmes. 8.6/1 Bachar (7m Prodigious-Princesse  Victoire) took second for Emmanuel Allare, also trainer. 7/1 Banco de l’Iton (7g Magnificent Rodney) and pilot Eric Raffin rallied for third, The final Grand Prix de Paris lineup for Sunday numbers 14 as follows: C4 - GRAND PRIX DE PARIS 400 000€ European Trotting Masters Series 2018 14 Engaged are below with driver/ trainer: Captain Sparrow, G. Gelormini, Luc Roelens Diablo du Noyer, Wm. Bigeon driver and trainer Apollon de Kacy, M.Mottier, J. Westholm Cash Gamble, F.Nivard,  P. Billard Call Me Keeper, B. Goop, D. Reden Best of Jets, T. LeBeller, J.M. Beaudouin Briac Dark, A. Abrivard, Th. Duvaldestin Carat Williams, D. Thomain, S. Guarato Ave Avis, Frederic Darondel, J-M Bazire Bilibili, A. Abrivard, L.C. Abrivard Django Riff, Y. Lebourgeois, P. Allaire Akim du Cap Vert, Franck Anne driver and trainer Belina Josselyn, J-M Bazire driver and trainer Bird Parker, J. Ph. Monclin, P. Allaire Thomas H. Hicks

February 19, 2018 - Twenty-two have been engaged to Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris (Gr. I, purse €400.000 4250 meters). The third leg of the harness racing FR Triple Crown, this race commenced in 1962 and was raced at the 3150-3100 meters distances until 1994 when it was changed to 4150 and then in 2000 the distance became 4125 meters, as it remains today. The marathon event winners are an honorabe group that includes three time winners Jardy (2005-2007), Vourasie (1993-1995) and Bellino II (1975-1977). American bred performers Timothy T (1974) and Apex Hanover (1965) have been victorious, the latter then owned and traied in Russia and driven to victory by Maria Burdova. Race time record was set at the current distance in 2015 by doube winner Up And Quick, clocked in 1.13.5kr. Single time winners include Bold Eagle, Lionel (a 2018 likely starter), Ready Cash, Maharajah, Roxane Grif, Jag de Bellouet and Ourasi. Belina Josselyn, the recent Prix de France winner a week ago, Bird Parker, monte star Bilibili and the Daniel Reden trained entry of Propulsion, Lionel, Wild Honey and Call Me Keeper are among those engaged. See the lineup below. Thomas H. Hicks   Tables of the starters     NOT Horse HER Ferr. Dist. Driver Coach Music General Record Earnings Rapp. Prob. Rapp. PMU to -: - Rapp. LETURF to -: - 1 Captain Sparrow  M6 - 4150   L. Roelens 2a 1a (17) 2a 3a 1'11 "9 € 248,780 0.00 - - 2 Diablo Walnut  M5 - 4150   W. Bigeon 4a Da (17) 4m 6a 1'11 "5 € 307,040 0.00 - - 3 Venezia May  F9 - 4150   Mrs F. Blot-Cariot 8a 6a 15m 8a (17) 1'11 "9 312 € 490 0.00 - - 4 Blooma of Herypre  F7 - 4150   G. Thorel Da Da (17) 2a 1a 1'12 "3 € 341,320 0.00 - - 5 Ultra Landes  F10 - 4150   S. Hardy 15m (17) 11m 8m 5a 1'13 " 352,530 € 0.00 - - 6 Violine Mourotaise  F9 - 4150   E. Raulline 10a 6a (17) 3a 3a 1'12 "5 411 280 € 0.00 - - 7 Anette of Mirel  F8 - 4150   Anders Lindqvist 8m 13a 8a 6a (17) 1'11 "9 $ 423,435 0.00 - - 8 Apollo of Kacy  M8 - 4150   J. Westholm 2a 4a 5a (17) 9a 1'11 "9 € 426,260 0.00 - - 9 Cash Gamble SWE  M7 - 4150   Ph. Billard 4a Da (17) 8a 1a 1'11 "6 541 829 € 0.00 - - 10 Tony Gio ITY  M6 - 4150   V. Martens 6a 10a 4a (17) 5a 1'10 "4 $ 564,195 0.00 - - 11 Call Me Keeper SWE  M8 - 4150   D. Redén 9a 2a 4a Da (17) 1'10 "6 € 595,190 0.00 - - 12 A Serenade  F10 - 4150   Serge Peltier 2a 2a (17) 3a 1a 1'10 "6 € 623,030 0.00 - - 13 Best of Jets  M7 - 4150   J.-M. Baudouin 7a 16m (17) 12a 6m 1'10 "6 707 660 € 0.00 - - 14 Briac Dark  M7 - 4150   T. Duvaldestin 4a 5a 11a (17) 3a 1'10 "4 € 728,910 0.00 - - 15 Carat Williams  M6 - 4150   S. Guarato Da Da (17) 4a 7a 1'10 "8 € 805,040 0.00 - - 16 Ave Avis  M8 - 4150   J.-M. Bazire 12a (17) Da 2a 5a 1'10 "5 € 837,420 0.00 - - 17 Attentionally  F8 - 4150   P. Viel 4m Dm 9m (17) 3m 1'11 "2 957,330 € 0.00 - - 18 bilibili  M7 - 4150   L.-C. Abrivard 2m 3m 1m (17) 16a 1'10 "5 € 1,084,300 0.00 - - 19 Django Riff  M5 - 4150   Ph. Allaire 2a (17) 4a 1a 4a 1'11 " 1 189 000 € 0.00 - - 20 Akim of Cape Verde  M8 - 4150   F. Anne (17) 14a 6a 2a 7a 1'10 "5 € 1,307,180 0.00 - - 21 Lionel NOR  M8 - 4150   D. Redén Da 10a (17) 8a 5a 1'10 "9 € 1,389,138 0.00 - - 22 Propulsion USA  M7 - 4150   D. Redén 3a 3a (17) 1a 4a 1'08 "1 € 1,401,073 0.00 - - 23 Wild Honey USA  F6 - 4150   D. Redén 7a 12a 9a (17) 9a 1'09 "9 € 1,406,941 0.00 - - 24 Bélina Josselyn  F7 - 4150   J.-M. Bazire 1a 4a Da (17) 6a 1'10 "2 € 1,443,230 0.00 - - 25 Bird Parker  M7 - 4150   Ph. Allaire 6a 1a (17) 10a 1a 1'09 "7 € 1,608,605 0.00 - -   Duke of Carless wins Q+ Prix de Fontainebleu at Vincennes The Q+ today at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix de Fontainebleu (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters). 12/1 Duke of Carless (5m l’As de Viretaute-Jinou de Caless) scored for driver Nocolas Mortagne and owner/breeder/trainer Philippe Mortagne. Rface time was 1.13.7kr. 1.9/1 favorite Dudu du Noyer (5g Real de lou) was next for J-M Bazire and trainer Syvain Roger. Third went to 21/1 Urbanio (5m Adrian Chip-Ophelia Blue Chip) driven by Gabriele Gelormini. Dexter des Baux and Ulberto completed the top five and the exact order payoff exceeded €15,000. The apprentice jockeys battled in the Prix Patrick Mottier (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters)at Vincennes. The impressive 1.13.7kr timed winner was 17/1 Benjamine Gede (7f Insert Gede-Niquette Gede) with Louis Jublot in the irons for trainer Alexandre Pillon. 1.7/1 favorite Union de Bellarde (10f Ladaick Jiel) took second withg Julien Balu up for owner/trainer Georges Fournigault. 9/1 Varum Boy (9g Baccarat du Pont) was third for Mlle Marie Bazire and trainer Yves Dreux. Thomas H. Hicks  

The day’s featured Gr. I Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson at Vincennes (Criterium des Jeunes, purse €200,000, 2700 meters, three year old open), resulted in an upset harness racing victory by 15/1 Folelli (3f Timoko-Andree d’Ecajeul) with Alexandre Abrivard up. Frederic Pratt is trainer/breeder of this one that Flavien Pratt owns. Race time was 1.14.5kr. 37/1 Fend la Bise (3f Prince Gede-Una Prima Steed) was second for trainer/driver Franck Anne and owner Ecurie AB Trot. 51/1 Fabriz du Gite (3m Tabriz du Gite-Salamandre du Gite) was home third driven by Franck Ouvrie. 20/1 File Gin (3m Repeat Love) and 4/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) completed the top five. There were five dq’s and they included 1.3/1 Fly With Us, 9/1 Feeling Cash 7.5/1 Fastissime. Folelli - 2018 Youth Criterium - Vincennes Brazil day festivities of music, dance and racing included the Prix de la Lusophonie “Finistere” (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, ten starters) and this victory went to 1.13.9kr timed and 25/1 odds Danae de la Frette (5g Quaro-Queen de la Frette) with Adrien Lamy up for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie du Grand Buisson. 2.2/1 Deesse des Landes (5f Millenium Wood-Tifosa) was second for L.M. David, the owner/trainer/driver. 19/1 Daylight (5f Prodigious-Ilexia) took third for Jean Philippe Dubois. The Brazil Carnival got rolling surrounding the Quinte+ of the day. The Q+ Prix du Bresil (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to 13/1 Valfleury (9g Memphis du Rib-Idague) with trainer Thierry Duvaldestin up, timed in 1.14kr. 8.6/1 Diamond (8g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) with reinsman Matthieu Abrivard held second for driver Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Mille Fleurs. 33/1 Agi de Crennes (8f Joyou d’Amour), 36/1 Twitter (9g Offshore Dream) and 2/1 Siebella Park (7f Varenne) rounded out the top five finishers. Festivities of Brazil Day at the hippodrome surrounded this race. The very impressive Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) recorded an easy victory in the Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet (purse €120,000, 2700 meters) for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and Ecurie Albert Rayon.  This 1.1/1 favorite was timed in 1.13.4kr off soft fractions (1.16.1kr at 1500 remaining; 1.14.8kr at the 1000 and 1.14kr with 500 to go) on the front. 2.8/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire. 5.7/1 Diego Sautonne (5m Look de Star-Olympe Sautonne) took third with Matthieu Abrivard up for breeder/owner Marielle Touillet.  Davidson du Pont is a horse to watch in this and future years. The Gr. III Prix Rio Conseils et Credits (purse €100,000, 2700 meters, four year olds) went to the rallying 1.14.2kr timed and 12/1 odds Voltaire Gifont (4m Quaker Jet-Realm of Fancy). Legendary Pietro Gubellini reined the winner for trainer Cristian Rizzo and owner Mme. Catarina Ballini. 5.2/1 Elvis Madrik (4g Overtrick-Tequila Dara) held second for Frack Nivard and trainer/owner Jean Michel Baudouin. Third was 12/1 Espella Vedaquais (4f Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanche) driven by Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 8.2/1 Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis-Oranginette) took the Gr. III monte Prix SLCR (purse €110,000, 2175 meters, European eligibles) timed in a sharp 1.11.2kr off quick fractions (1.09.1kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.10.2 at the 1000 and 1.11.1kr with 500 remaining). Adrien Lamy was in the irons for owner/trainer P.E.  Mary.  Favored Val Royal (9m Capriccio-Quarda du Rib) took second for Eric Raffin, trainer J-M Bazire and breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes. 9/1 Valse de Reve (9f Mister President-Nouba Houba) took third for jockey Guillaume Martin and trainer Alain Roussel. The Prix Mediatica (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) showcased a 1.13.2kr timed victory for 2.3/1 Diaghilev (5m Goetmals Wood-Qadidja) driven by trainer/owner Jorgen Westholm and Team Westholm AB. 6/1 Diamant d’Isques (5m Rolling d’Heripre) was second for Gabriele Gelormini. A special annual event near the end of the Winter Meet at Paris-Vincennes is the Prix des Trotteurs Sang-Froid (purse €20,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 international coldbloods) and 4.9/1 Josveis (9g Viesker) driven by Antti Ojanpera for owner Paul Lindgren of Finland. Race time was 1.25.3kr. 5.3/1 Tand Tuff (9m Jarvsofaks) was a just beaten second for driver J.Ph. Monclin, trainer J-O Persson (the trainer of Jarvsofaks) and owner Christer Lindstrom of Sweden. Next Sunday at Vincennes is the third leg of the Triple Crown that is the Prix de Paris for €400,000 and contested over 4150 meters. Thomas H. Hicks

Elite du Royal (4f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) at 12/1 ran off to a huge lead in the Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) for trainer/driver Franck Anne and held it for a 1.18.9kr harness racing score. Mme. Annick Bazin bred and owns the winner. 3.7/1 Enino du Pommereux (4m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) and J-M Bazire was second for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 1.1/1 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (4f Scipion du Goutier) was third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. The day’s featured Q+ Prix de Munich (purse €95,000, 2100 meters, 15 European starters) went to Bigeon stalwart 1.8/1 favorite Afghan Barbes (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Nuance Barbes) with Charles J. Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon and owner Andre Francis Bigeon. The 1.17.=2kr timed winner now has 16 victories in 45 career outings for €523,260 earned. 3.1/1 Bel Avis (7g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire, owner Wildenstein Stables and the breeder was Comte de Belaigue. 18/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (7m Magnificent Rodney) with Matthieu Abrivard up took third ahead of 81/1 Coquin Bebe (6m Rancho Gede) and 20/1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password) that completed the top five. Treasure Kronos was 1th and Rod Stewart was a dq in this event. The Prix de Verneuil (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 13 European starters) went to 3/1 Deesse des Landes (5f Millenium Wood-Tifosa) with owner/trainer L.M. David at the lines. Race time was 1.21.9kr over the heavy surface. 12/1 Decennie (5f Love You-Parabola) was second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was Danseuse du Citrus (5f Otello Pierji) with David Thomain up for trainer Bjorn Goop, and Gilda Newport landed the fourth spot. The monte Prix de Lisieux (purse €88,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) produced a 23/1 odds victory for Vinci Pierji (9g Meaulnes du Corta-Intaille) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Race time was 1.17.3kr. 17/1 Tell Me No Lies (9g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious was next for pilot David Thomain, KLV Holding AB and trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 1.9/1 Shadow Gar (7f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer/owner Pietro Gubellini. The Prix de Selestat (purse €33,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) began the Saturday racing action over a heavy, thawing, snow melting day at Vincennes. The winner was 7/2 odds Famous Quality (3f Rocklyn-Union Quality) with Jean Philippe Dubois up for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin.  Time was 1.22.1kr. 1.9/1 favorite Flora du Pommereux (3f Up And Quick-Salsa du Pommereux) took second for Franck Nivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Third went to 7.3/1 Ficite de Baille (3f Neutron du Cebe-Korella)  for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Dominique Mottier and breeder/owner Ecurie Mathieu Mottier. Later in the program the Prix du Bouscat (purse €37,000, 2700 meters) went to 1.19.3kr timed Ducal Vrie (5g Kesaco Phedo-Shalima Vrie) with Franck Nivard up for legendary breeder/owner/trainer Roger Baudron (now with 1,104 training victories). Thomas H. Hicks  

February 3, 2018 - Today’s harness racing groupe action at Vincennes began with the Gr. II Prix Roquepine (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, seven starters-three year old fillies) and the 1/5 favorite and previously unbeaten Fly With Us was a dq paving the way for 28/1 Fanina des Racques (3f Ready Cash-Nina des Racques) to score timed in 1.15.3kr with J.Ph. Monclin up. Alexandre Buisson owns and trains this filly now with two wins in 10 outings for €96,090 earned. Mme. Josette Warin bred this one. 8/1 Folelli (3f Timoko-Andrea d’Ecajeul) was second for Alexandre Abrivard for breeder/trainer Frederic Prat and owner Flavien Prat. 11/1 Fortaleza (3f Prince d’Espace-Houlba de Pouline) took third for driver J-M Bazire and owner/trainer J-M Baudouin. The Gr. III Prix d’Avignon (purse €80,000, 2100 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.12.2kr timed Elsa du Pommereux (4f Coktail Jet-Salsa du Pommereux) for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. This 28/1 odds winner defeated 6.3/1 Espella Vedaquais (4f Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blasque) and 11/1Everglades (4f Rodrigo Jet-Penang) for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque and owner Pierre Levesque. Eagle Lignerie and Extasy d’Ourville were fourth and fifth, the latter after two straight wins. The day’s co-featured Prix Paul Viel (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters – three year old colts) produced an impressive winner in 6.8/1 Fastissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire). Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Philippe Allaire bred and trained performer that Frederic Sauque owns. Race time was 1.14.8kr. 5/1 File Gin (3m Repeat Love-Toscara Pellois) was second for Guillermo Roig-Baliguer and breeder/owner Philippe Levy. 38/1 Fakir du Lorault (3m Vaillant Cash-Native du Lorault) was home third for Francois Lecanu. 22/1 Fabriz du Gite was fourth. The 2.1/1 favorite Feeling Cash was ninth after being first up and then weakened in the lane. The Q+ Prix de la Gironde (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters, distance handicapped) went to 23/1 Vicomte de Corveil (9g Orlando Vici-Miss de Corveil), shown below, timed in 1.14.1kr with a quick final 500 meters for driver J.Ph. Monclin and owner/trainer David Cherbonnel. The 25 meter handicapped and 1.7/1 favorite Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) was second with trainer J-M Bazire up for owner J,M, Rancoule. Third was 10/1 Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier-Madrine) and trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie. 8.3/1 Bora Bora Jiel and 12/1 Bocsi de Lespi completed the top five. In the mid-card Prix de Barfleur (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) 7.8/1 Dorus Well (5g Gogo-Parama) scored in a quick 1.11.7kr (1:55.36 mile rate) for Franck Nivard. Antonius Wilderbeek bred, owns and trains this impressive winner, shown below. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 29, 2018 - Day one post Amerique showcased the Quinte+ Prix de Rethel (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters European) and 16/1 Brihana (7f Korean-Roxane Nova) scored in 1.14.7kr for harness racing driver Mathieu Mottier and owner/trainer Daniel Delaroche. 16/1 Ballerina Bella (7f Scipion du Goutier) was a rallying second for Matthieu Abrivard and owner/trainer Christophe Feyte. 4.6/1 Thorn Bird (7f Clerk Magistrate) and Eric Raffin were third for trainer Eric Martinsson. 1.6/1 Basic and 8.8/1 Black Rain completed the top five. The Prix d’Yvetot (purse €36,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) went to 2.2/1 Dan Josselyn (5m Quaker Jet-Quena Josselyn) for driver David Thomain and owner/trainer Fredrik Wallin.  Race time was 1.14.2kr. 12/1 D’Artegnan de Lara (5g Otello Pierji) took second for Mathieu Mottier and 23/1 Dornadu (5g Flash de Cosse) was third for the owner/breeder/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. The Prix de Faverolles (monte, purse €58,000, 2200 meters) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 6.6/1 odds Bariane James (7f Goetmals Wood-Ma Sissi James) with Franck Nivard in the irons for trainer Philippe Billard. Batata (7f Mood West) was second with Adrien Lamy up and Baron du Bourg (7g Lilium Madrik) was third for Eric Raffin. Although Amerique 2018 is old news, its’ impact on racing goes on with analysis of the winners’ pedigree and speculation on the future, especially upcoming Triple Crown races, the Prix de France and Paris. Carina du Parc Wins Q+ and Dark Night Love Scores in Prix de Laval January 30, 2018 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Vittel (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) this day went to 6.7/1 Carina du Parc (6f Roc Meslois-Nymphe du Parc) for Franck Ouvrie. Christian Boisnard owns and trains this winner. 15/1 Cambridge (6f Coktail Jet-Symphonie) and driver J-M Bazire was a close second with third to 12/1 Thetis Moon (6f Idele Luis-Fairy Mabel) took third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciador. 86/1 Contree d’Erable and 16/1 Terra del Rio (6f Varenne) completed the top five. The Prix de Cholet (monte, purse €44,000, 2175 meters, nine starters) went to 7/2 odds Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) timed in 1.15.2kr with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Yves Boireau trains the J-P Dubois owned filly. 1.6/1 favorite Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) held gamely second for P.Ph.Ploquin aboard for Julien LeMer, training for Claude Guedj. 39/1 Fiascetto (3m Ubriaco-Andalouse Lady) was a distant third. The featured  Prix de Laval (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 European) went to 1.12kr timed Dark Night Love (5f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnes) with trainer J-M Bazire up with the 1.3/1 favorite. 6.5/1 Divine d’Ecajeul (5f Ready Cash-Mutine d’Ecajeul)  was second for Christophe Martens and Ecurie Olmenhof. 4.4/1 Dominicana (5f Rocklyn-Passion d’Haufor) held third along the pegs for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Unison Kronos finished eighth and Unica Steed was 12th. The Prix d’Ambert (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) produced another Dubois family victory as Fly To The Moon (3m Rocklyn-Vendetta de Joudes) literally flew past the opposition for Julien Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains the winner for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and breeder Jean Philippe Dubois. Race time was 1.17kr. The winner off at 6.1 odds was away a distant last, then sixth over in the outer, then sweeping to the front in late stretch. Quite impressive!. 7/2 Francesco (3m Sarenne As-Flair As) held second for Christophe Gallier, breeder/owner/trainer/driver. 6.5/1 First Daidou (3m Univers de Pan)  was a good closing third for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. The seventh race Prix Jean et Andre de la Vaissiere (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) went to game 1.14.6kr timed and 6.5/1 Ever Pride (4m Prodigious-Queenly Pride) with Gabriele Gelormini up. Sebastien Guarato trains and Philippe DeWulf owns Ever Pride. 18/1 Elnino Montaval (4g Magnificent Rodney) with Eric Raffin up and 3.1/1 Eagle Speed (4m Jasmin de Flore-Perle Speed) trailed the winner, the latter trained by Guarato for Bold Eagle’s owner Pierre Pilarski. Thomas H. Hicks

January 28, 2018 - Today’s Prix d’Amerique Vincennes program offered three good monte contests, two groupe events and an apprentice jockey race to end the harness racing card. The Prix Camille Blaisot (Gr. II monte, purse €120,000, 285 meters) began racing action this day and it went to Dexter Fromentro  (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) with Camille Levesque aboard for trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque. Race time was 1.14.4kr. Darhley du Rib (5f Ganymede-Quille Castelets) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir in the irons was second, that one a Joel Hallais trainee that Ecurie Rib owns. Dayana Berry (5f  Scipion Goutier-Ider du Corte) landed third for J.Y. Ricart and owner/trainer J-M Bazire. The winning jockey attacked past the midway point, gained the front and held gamely at the line. The Gr. II monte Prix Jacques Andrieu (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, Internationale) showcased Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) as he came from last and a 25 meter penalty to bury the opposition once again, scoring in 1.12.7kr, with Yoann Lebourgeois up. Philippe Allaire trains for Frederic Sauque as 3/5 favoritre Arlington Dream recorded his 17 career win now for €757,800 earned. He bested Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis-Oranginette) with Adrien Lamy in the irons for trainer P.E. Mary off at 8.1/1, and third finishing 19/1 Ariane de Caponet (8f One du Rib-Noya de Joudes) with Matthieu Abrivard up. Fractions were rated except the mid-race portion when Arlington Dream powered wide to the front and accelerated to a huge advantage that he maintained to the line(1.13.2kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.11.9kr at the 1000 meters remaining, 1.12.2kr with 500 to go) in an overpowering performance. The monte Prix Tidalium Pelo (apprentice jockeys, purse €62,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) closed the program and went to 8.5/1 Viking du Pilet (9g Kuadro Wild) with Theo Peltier up. Yann Docquin owns and trains the winner that was timed in 1.13.6kr. 5.5/1 Ange Karlann (8g Diamant Gede) took second for Mlle. Ludivine Drapier and third was earned by 3.9/1 Vivaric du Bellay (9g Nil du Rib) with Arthur Rebeche up for trainer A.A. David. Thomas H. Hicks

January 22, 2018 - Monday’s featured Prix de Cavaillon at Vincennes (purse €65,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to 6.2/1 Extasy d’Ourville (4f Tucson-Mona d’Odyssee) with David Thomain up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie J.P. Raffre. Race time was 1.12.5kr as the winner easily bested 14/1 Elande Piencourt (4f Opium-Una Bella Jain) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard ans owner Robert Malherbe. Third was 117/1 Energy du Bouffey (4f Scipion du Goutier-Soraya du Bouffy) for Michel Lenoir. The day began in the fog and heavy rain the created a visually surreal setting. The Prix de Sainte-Gauburge (claiming, purse €20,000, 2700 meters,14 starters) went to 7.1/1 Auteur Compositeu (8g Rocklyn-Pazing) for Mlle Marion Donabedian for trainer Kevyn Thonnerieux and owner Yves Beck. 3.8/1 Boss du Marny (7g Rocklyn-Queens du Marny) was second for Mlle Adele Doyere ahead of fast closing 15/1 Angel Dark (8g Look de Star) driven by Jorgen Berggren for co-owner/trainer Anders Lindqvist. Race time was 1.16kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 18, 2018 - Today’s harness racing featured Q+ Prix Jean Paul Bertrand (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed 24/1 odds Costa Haufor (6f Saphir d’Haufor-Santa Haufor) driven by Christian J. Bigeon for breeder/owner/trainer Charles J. Bigeon. 10/1 Calizza Boko (6f Qwerty-Trancosa Boko) was a close second for J.Ph. Monclin and owner Mme. Camilla Vikstron and trainer Ph. Billard. 26/1 Carina du Parc (6f Roc Meslois)  and driver Franck Ouvrie ended third with the next two spots going to 74/1 Culture du Clos, Franck Anne up, and 60/1 Cats de la Ferme, with plot Pierre Vercruysse. That  finish set up a “fine” Q+ exact order payoff (below). One race later trainer/driver Christian Bigeon won the Prix Louis Cussinet (purse €55,000, 2100 meters autostart) with his 3/2 odds Dornella de Janze (5f Un Amour d’Haufor) timed in 1.14.7kr. Christian Bigeon now has three wins in seven 2017 starts as driver. The Vincennes’ Prix Jean Pierre Reynaldo (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed 2.6/1 odds Desperado (5m Kasado Phedo-Sirella) with trainer J-M Bazire up. Mlle Magali Moureaux bred and owns the winner. 9/1 Darlington Park (5g Orlando Vici-Inrosa Girl) was second for Franck Nivard and breeder/owner Mme. Michelle Stihl. 18/1 Dexter des Baux (5g Querido des Baux) took third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Franck Nivard. On Wednesday at Vienna Austria was the Prix Paris (purse €5,500, 1600 meters autostart, 12 starters). The 1.13.8kr timed and 4/5 favorite Delux Ms (6g Coktail Jet-Divna Ms) scored for Mitja Slavic, the owner/driver, and trainer Marko Slavic Jr. 3.7/1 Mister Big Yankee (5g Muscles Yankee-Lady Medal) was second for Christoph Fischer and trainer Gregor Krennmayr. 12/1 Lady Muscles (5f Muscle Hill-Chieftess) was a very distant third for Gerhard Mayr. On Tuesday some great veterans competed in the Prix Achille Cassart at Mons Ghlin (purse €7,200, 2850 meters, 10 starters). 9/10 favorite Ustinof du Vivier (10g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) was a 1.16.1kr timed winner for Joseph Verbeeck and Union Stable. Jean Yves Lecuyer bred this 35 time winner in 94 starts for €1,070,440 earned. 3/1 Ru de l’Airou (13g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville) was second fow owner/driver Sven Hoste, this one a 41 time career winner for €866,672. 83/1 Maffioso Face (9g Revenue-Nouchka) was third for Daniel Parling. At Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday was the featured Internationaler January (purse €7,000, 2000 meters, eight starters) and the 1.17kr timed winner was 5/2 Lotus Star (10g Look de Star-Lotusblute) for driver Tim Schwarma and owner Tim Raulf. 1.1/1 favorite Dream Magic BE (9m Dream Vacation-Dantesca CLA) took second for trainer/driver Mike Lenders. 6.5/1 Alaska Joe (10g Timberland) was third for Michael Nimczyk. Thomas H. Hicks               

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