Village Mystic heads an even field of nine 4YO stallions in the harness racing Group two Prix Octave Douesnel over 2700m at Vincennes on Sunday. Louis Baudron's son of Love You is a group one winner having prevailed in the Prix de Selection, the inter-generational classic held annually around the beginning of March each year. He won the Prix Jules Thibault (Group II) in August and ran sixth in his first start back from a spell in the Prix Marcel Laurent a month back when he was sent out third favourite behind the winner Victoire. Village Mystic was the well-beaten favourite in the Criterium des 4 Ans, and is currently fourth in the V-generation earnings behind precocious mare Vanika de Ruel and monte stars Vanishing Point and Vision Intense. Also in the Prix Marcel Laurent field was Jean Michel Bazire's Vaux le Vicomte who was second favourite, and ran fourth but is something of a perennial groomsman - although in pretty esteemed company. The son of Nahar de Beval was a credible third in the European Derby or Grand Prix De l'Uet (Gr1) in Sweden two starts back in October and was also second in the Criterium des 3 Ans held at this very meeting 12 months ago. Vaux le Vicomte won four of his first six starts but has only won once in his last 20, which says a lot about the calibre of the opposition. Still French trotting amply rewards its higher class horses with decent stake money down to seventh place (and a 10 per cent bonus to the breeder) and has earned a respectable 333,000 euros - which places him 12th in the V-generation rankings. Roberto Donati's Voltigeur de Myrt was a somewhat surprising winner of the Criterium des 4 Ans - it was just his fifth win in what at that point been 25 starts and he started at 16-1 odds in a pretty open field. The son of Opus Viervil has not won since and went into a "grand galop" in the Prix Marcel Laurent, the second time in a row he had broken stride. Vigove is another five-win trotter, and being by Gazouillis, is probably bred more to the saddle than the bike, although he has only started in one monte and showed little aptitude for it. But Franck Leblanc's stallion is a very useful performer with two group two wins and a third in the group one Criterium des 4 Ans, after finishing in the same position in the leadup race, the Prix Phaeton. However he has not placed higher than sixth in three starts back from a five month break although he does possess the fastest record in this field (1.10.9 or 1.54MR). Ecurie Victoria Dreams has two sons of Password entered, the first of which, Volcan d'Urzy is the only one in the field who commenced stud duties this season and is a half-brother to Leader Chip who finished second in both the Danish Travkriterium and Travderby. The Criterium des 4 Ans runner up has won five of just 19 starts including the group two Prix Kalmia and was also runner-up in two group one Prix Albert Vie and will be driven by Jean Philippe Dubois. Coincidentally his sire Password, a son of Goetmals Wood out of a mare by US Champion 2YO Workaholic, also won the Prix Kalmia and was runner up in the Prix Albert Viel. The other Password progeny is Voyage de Reve, who has six wins including the group two Prix Jacques De Vauloge. But that was 12 months ago and he has struggled in this higher grade so far, with just two more placings. Julien Dubois is his driver. PRIX OCTAVE DOUESNEL Vincennes 08/12/13 Group two 4M 2700m â‚¬120 000 1 Vulcain de Vandel (4h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2 Valentin du Gite (4h Iton du Gite - Oh Biche Jolie) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Jean Lelievre 3 Viking de Val (4h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 4 Voyage de Reve (4h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Volcan d'Urzy (4h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 6 Vigove (4h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 7 Vaux le Vicomte (4h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 8 Voltigeur de Myrt (4h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Roberto Donati 9 Village Mystic (4h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron Dave Sanders
Manhattan invaded Paris on Saturday as the Prix Emile Bezire (80,000 euro, 2700 meters, European, nine starters) went to Global Manhattan (6m Love You-Devilish Yankee-Yankee Glide) with Franck Nivard driving in 1.15.7kr. Fabrice Souloy is trainer of Global Manhattan that recorded his 17th win for 326,705 euro lifetime. Nancy Sco (6f SJs Photo-Faice Sco-Baltic Speed) was second with Eric Raffin driving and another Italy invader Nephenta Lux (6f Pine Chip-Miss Camela OM-Mr. Vic) landed third with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Souloy. The Prix de Clermont Ferrard (80,000 euro, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to Very Nice Marceaux (4m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant) with Pierre Vercruysse up for Gregory Laurent trainer. He was off at 2.4/1 and recorded his 10th career win for 236,100 euro in the bank. The Prix d’Ancenis (Quinte+, 50,000 euro European, 2700 meters, 18 starters), also named the 2014 Prix Miss Hippodrome, went to Supreme Paulca (7f Kaiser Soze-Johanna des Anges-Sancho Panca) with P-Y Verva up, timed in 1.14kr. The winner scored her seventh career victory for 227,250 euro. She was off at 13/1. Silver Pierji (7m Jag de Bellouet-Intaille-Workaholic), with Pierre Vercruysse up, was second. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Today’s Quinte+ in France was the Prix RMC (European, 58,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) and Sephir de Fille (7m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene) recorded the win for teamster Eric Raffin, his 13th career victory in 86 appearances for over 260,000 euro banked. The 6/1 odds winner scored in 1.15kr over Richmond Park (8g Jan de Beval-Inrosa Girl) handled by Franck Ouvrie and Quartz Littoral (9g Halimede-Joyeuse Coulonces). The Q+ jackpot today was 5.95 million euro and it paid (without jackpot) 10,948 euro for a two-euro ticket. The Gr. I Prix de L’Etoile for three year-olds (240,000 euro purse, 2200 meters) produced another impressive victory for Avila (3f Ready Cash-Encombevineuse-Workaholic) and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. The winner now shows earnings in excess of 430,000 euro after this 1.14.6kr score for owner C. Lelarge and breeder SARL Serge Bernereau. Avila finished with gusto after the time at the 1000 meter to go mark flashed 1.16.2kr. Anastasia Fella (3f Goetmals Wood-Jeannes’s Fella-Coktail Jet) finished second for Franck Nivard driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Atlas de Joudes (3m Ready Cash-Queschua Love-Love You) was home third for Pierre Vercruysse with highly-regarded Akin du Cap Vert (3m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert-Cezio Josselyn) on the line fourth for Franck Anne. The Prix Georges Dreux (monte, purse 105,000 euro, 2850 meters) went to Sourire de Voutre (7g Gazoullis-Goella) for jockey Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. He decisively scored in 1.14.1kr over Santa Rosa France (7f Kaisy Dream-Helice France) wiith P-Y Verva aboard with third to Quarlos (9m L’As de Vivetaute-Cette Angevine) and Michel Mottier. The winner now shows earnings over 630,000 euro with 15 wins in 24 starts. The weeks’ action in Sweden also produced interesting results : September 14 at Farjestad : October Kronos (5m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember-Viking Kronos), a 1.11.1kr winner for Adrian Kolgjini in Bronze Division over 1640 meters autostart for 110,000SEK first prize. He’s been 16 times first and second in just 21 lifetime starts ; Hankypanky Pagan (4f Love You-Pion-Speedy Tomoli), a 1.13.4kr winner for trainer/driver Robert Bergh in 100,000SEK first money Corvana Ind. Prix over 2140 meters, turning start ; KLM Buymethemoon (5m Pine Chip-KLM See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover) was a 1.12.7kr easy winner in 100,000SEK first money New Wave Profile Prix ; Yarrah Boko (8m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), was a 1.12.2kr winner of 150,000SEK first money in the Gold Division feature over 2140 meters autostart. Kai Johansen drove the winner to his fourth victory in four 2013 starts and his 34th lifetime win in 75 appearances. He’s now won 9.57 million SEK. Harry Haythrow finished second with You Bet Hornline home third. September 13 at Kalmar Mermaid As (5f Broadway Hall-Superlou As-Super Bowl) was an easy 1.12.1kr winner for 100,000SEK first money over 2140 meters autostart. Peter Untersteiner is trainer/driver of the winner, that has now won 10 times in 41 starts for 3.72 million SEK. Beverly Boko (5f Kadabra-Vision Boko-Donerail) finished second for Stefan Persson. Twilight Laday (4f Mr. Pine Chip-Angus Twirl-Angus Hall) was fifth in this event and Onice Axe (5f Love You-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) finished seventh in a well-matched field ; Pearl Axe (4f Love You-Griffe du Chef-Muscles Yankee) won over a handicapped 2180 meters turning start, to earn 100,000SEK first prize with a 1.12.9kr score. Kenneth Haugstad did the teaming for trainer Jerry Riordan as the winner now shows lifetime earnings of 1.2 million SEK with seven wins in 30 attempts . Ragna Opal (5f Mr. Pine Chip-Lindys Opal-Lindy’s Crown) took second for Kasper Andersen. Laurel America (8f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) was fourth for Kim Eriksson. September 10 at Jagersro/September 9 at Halmstad Caliber TT (6g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcpon Lep) earned 35,000SEK for his 1.12.4kr win over 2140 meters autostart. Oscar Nilsson drove the winner ; Neona Princess (3f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline) won the Folksams Sommarstoserie Final for Peter Untersteiner to earn 75,000 SEK first prize. She covered the 2140 meters turning start in 1.15.3kr to post her sixth win in eight 2013 starts . Red Rose America (3f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) was second for the Haugstad/Riordan combination ; Riordan and driver Johnny Takter won with Paolo America (4m Love You-Armbro Voiuce-Garland Lobell) at Halmstad on September 9th, taking the 3140 meter turning start Stayerlopp in 1.15.7kr. by Thomas H. Hicks
Yohan Lebourgeois, the leading monte jockey in France in 2012, today steered Valdice de Mars (4f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie) to victory in the Gr. II Monte Prix Ceneri Forcinal (120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters) at Paris-Vincennes. Off at 2.6/1 the winner defeated Viva Forest (4f Mickael de Vonnas-Java de Bazeille), with Anthony Barrier aboard, timed in 1.13.1kr, with third going to Vic du Boisnant (4m Gazoullis-Ode du Boisnant), Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. Three year-old monte performers Saturday contested the Prix de Basly, (Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters). Alexiandu Cherisay (3f The Big Boss-Precious Thing) scored in 1.14.1kr with Pierre-Yves Verva up at odds of 21/1. Antara Buissonay (3f La Retour-Jadelle Buissonay), P-Edouard Mary aboard, was second with third to Asana Trembladaise (3f Kuadro Wild-Passion d’Alban), Anthony Barrier up. Also, from the weekend, it was reported today that Ready Cash (8m Indy de Vive-Kidea-Extreme Dream) decisive victory in the UET Masters Series Finale ( purse 500,000 euro), raised his lifetime earnings to 4,239,300 euro, inching past retired French trotting icon Jag de Bellouet with 4,223,699. Converted to US dollars the Ready Cash bankroll is about $5.7 million, now above Varenne $5.63 million, Jag de Bellouet $5.6 million and Moni Maker with $5.58 million. Ready Cash’ sire is a son of Vikings Way by Bonefish while his dam is by a son of Florestan from a daughter of Workaholic. His inbreeding coefficient is 5.2%. The Criterium des 5 Ans winner Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre- Quiton du Coral) smashed that event’s speed record with his 1.11.5kr win over 2700 meters. In 2010 Scoop d’Yuel set the previous mark of 1.12.7kr for this race. Royal Dream won the 2013 Prix d’Amerique in 1.11.9kr that had been the previous standard for the 2700 meter distance, turning start. Up And Quick’s sire is a son of Royal Prestige from the great mare Nesmile while the winners’ dam is by a son of Chambon P. His inbreeding coefficient is 1.7%. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
The Arqana-Trot Yearling Sale at Deauville was completed today. The third session produced aggregate sale proceeds of 3,091,500 euro as 125 head sold from 179 offered (69.83%). Aggregate proceeds for the session dropped 18.3% from prior year when the 130 head sold grossed 3,786,000 euro. The last day average was 24,732 euro this year compared to 29,015 euro in 2012. Day three did yield the overall sale topper, hip 487 Chambord (male 2-24-12 by Saxo de Vandel-Encombenineuse-Workaholic) to Jean Luck for 200,000 euro. This colt is half-brother to Kinder Jet (467,000 euro winner) and to the Ready Cash filly Avila, already a classic winner. Other leading yearlings on the last session were: Hip 529 – Clezio Josselyn (male 5-11-12 by The Best Madrik-Ezire Josselyn-Royal Prestige) to Neuilly Bloodstock for 160.000 euro. This one is half-brother to 367,000 euro winner Pezia Josselyn Hip 444 – Carbure (male 4-27-12 by Sam Bourbon-Olvera Jet-Defi d’Aunou) to Stefan Hultman for 65,000 euro Hip 429 – Cantal de la Giro (male 1-1-12 by Rieussec-Nelly des Feux-Buvetier d’Aunou) for 60,000 euro to Jean-Etienne Dubois Hip 213 – Cahal des Rioults (male 2-22-12 by Password-Plesse des Rioults-Coktail Jet) for 60,000 euro Hip 504 – Chianti Premium (male 4-7-12 by Sam Bourbon-Prima Bourbon-Coktail Jet) for 56,000 euro to Vincent Martens. This colt is half-brother to Virginie Prime and from a strong maternal family Hip 437 – CaptainMarancourt (male 3-25-12 by The Best Madrik-Perle Magique-Buvetier d’Aunou) to Stall Courant AB for 55,000 euro Hip 535 – Clovis (male 1-22-12 by Sam Bourbon-Reine de la Loge) for 55,000 euro to an unreported buyer The final session, which represented young stallions, produced winning bids from leading European trainers and owners such as Lutfi Kolgjini, Stefan Melander, Louis Baudron, Pierre Levesque, Jean-Etienne Dubois, Thierry Duvaldestin, Pierre Vercruysse and Neuilly Bloodstock. For the three days combined, the sale of 358 yearlings (from 511 offered, 70%) produced aggregate sales of 8,802,500 euro, averaging 24,588 euro each. Total aggregate sales were down 0.11% from prior year and average was down 2.2%. 349 yearlings sold in 2012. Top 20 Products 1. Lot 487: Chambord (M.) Saxo de Vandel / Encombevineuse 200 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : LUCK Jean. 2. Lot 63: Cappriccio Face (M.) Coktail Jet / Matsuyama 170 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : Neuilly Bloodstock. 3. Lot 107: Chicago (M.) Jag de Bellouet / Hermine d'Urga 170 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : ERNAULT Sébastien. 4. Lot 98: Chaparal de Vandel (M.) Ready Cash / Maélia de Vandel 160 000 € Vendor : Tour De Vandel, Buyer : TOULORGE Christophe. 5. Lot 103: Chemsak Vedaquais (M.) Coktail Jet / Jupilles 160 000 € Vendor : Védaquais, Buyer : STALL COURANT AB. 6. Lot 529: Clezio Josselyn (M.) The Best Madrik / Ezira Josselyn (us) 160 000 € Vendor : Bois Josselyn, Buyer : Neuilly Bloodstock. 7. Lot 6: Colbert d'Am (M.) Goetmals Wood / Kalmie Melody 150 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : Ecurie Lutfi Kolgjini AB. 8. Lot 26: Cristal Money (M.) Coktail Jet / Making Money 110 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : . 9. Lot 30: Cross Dairpet (M.) Quaker Jet / Passion du Cèdre 110 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : CORMY Mickaël pr : ECURIE MICHEL SARDOU. 10. Lot 3: Cocktail du Biwetz (M.) Coktail Jet / Olga du Biwetz 100 000 € Vendor : Sassy, Buyer : DE JONG Jack G.H. pr : DRAGON TROTTERS BV . 11. Lot 374: Corot de Vandel (M.) Scipion du Goutier / Ophélia de Vandel 92 000 € Vendor : Tour De Vandel, Buyer : Neuilly Bloodstock. 12. Lot 84: Casta Madrik (F.) Goetmals Wood / Pretty Jet 90 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : BIGEON Jean-Luc. 13. Lot 11: Connecticut (M.) Love You / Qualie Flore 85 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : . 14. Lot 8: Colonel de Reux (M.) Coktail Jet / La Rouge 76 000 € Vendor : Reux, Buyer : MANCEAU Pascal-Maurice pr : CHAMPIE Gilbert. 15. Lot 85: Casualty Of Love (F.) Goetmals Wood / Ma Crown 75 000 € Vendor : Brosse, Buyer : Ecurie Lutfi Kolgjini AB. 16. Lot 110: Ciel d'Azur (M.) Gazouillis / Perle de Mai 75 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : Neuilly Bloodstock. 17. Lot 75: Carmin (M.) Jag de Bellouet / Tina Perle 67 000 € Vendor : Trois Rivières, Buyer : BIGEON Jean-Luc. 18. Lot 38: Cyrano (M.) Goetmals Wood / Queen Bird 65 000 € Vendor : Ecajeul, Buyer : Neuilly Bloodstock. 19. Lot 43: Cyrus des Roseaux (M.) Jag de Bellouet / My Love Lady 65 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : STALL COURANT AB. 20. Lot 362: Comme un Fou (M.) Repeat Love / Night Shade 65 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : Neuilly Bloodstock. by Thomas H. Hicks
It was the field for the Kentucky Sires Stakes final, in which 8 of the 9 starters were sired by one horse, Deweycheatumnhowe, which triggered this comparison. In France this weekend, the Criterium Des 5 Ans had 17 runners and 17 different sires. And while both US sires were from the same sireline (Valley Victory-Speedy Crown-Peter Scott) the French field had three separate genuine outcross sirelines, the majority deriving from the standardbred line of Hambletonian, but there were also representatives of both the Godolphin (Une de Chelun (m Flash de Cosse) and Heir of Linne lines (Ulk Medoc (h Karikal)). Granted it is not a like for like, a restricted age group race for a championship age group race – but it was none-the-less a stark reminder of the vast differences between the trotting industries of France and the US. For while the United States has refined its breeding through commercially driven Sires Stakes type incentives, it has also narrowed its ability to outcross, and therefore provide the chances of heterosis which happened in France especially with the introduction of stallions such as Workaholic in the 1980s. That introduction has had a profound effect - indeed Workaholic was represented by a grandson Ugo de Nieul (h Cygnus d'Odyssee) and was one of four from the Speedy Crown lines in the race – including the winner Up And Quick by Buvetier d'Aunou (Royal Prestige) regarded in France as the strongest of the Franco-Americans from the 1980s open window. But they haven’t completely taken over, far from it in fact, because there were also representatives from both the US sirelines which were introduced in the 1930s, Sam Williams (another son of Peter Scott who had three representatives) and The Great McKinney (from the now almost defunct Hambletonian line of George Wilkes in the US). Indeed the Great McKinney provided the race favourite Un Mec d'Heripre (h Orlando Vici) who finished fifth – and who is already at stud and proving very popular, with what are regarded in France as state of the art bloodlines. The Peter Volo line was well represented too, but not altogether from purely US origins. Two of the runners were from the Victory Song line which came out of Italy to France through And Arifant who had two grandchildren in the race Une Fille d'Amour (m Infant du Bossis) and Ulysse du Ravary (h Hugo du Bossis).Star’s Pride only mated with one French mare, the great mare Roquepine while on a visit to race in America. The offspring from that mating was not allowed to race in France but since he was purchased from his breeder Henri Levesque by the French National Stud (Haras Nationaux), Florestan was allowed to stand at stud. And he became a great sire and was represented in this race by two great-grandchildren including second favourite and third placegetter Univers de Pan (h Kenya du Pont) and the mare (Usaurie de Melodie (m Okapi de Fael). Bonefish’s French son Viking’s Way had three representatives in the race including runner up Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet). There were also 16 maternal families involved in the race, four originating from the US including the double occurrence, these families were US, U402 – Kentucky (2), U326 - Laura Logan, U403 - Lady Pierce and U1456 – Edna. None of these families have surviving US trotting descendants. The Criterium Des 3 Ans contestants details. FUSCHIA (Godolphin(1)) Une de Chelun (m Flash de Cosse - Malice d'Haufor) Flash de Cosse-Tenor de Baune- Le Loir-Kerjacques-Fuschia-Godolphin U402 – Kentucky THE HEIR OF LINNE (Bartletts Childers(1)) Ulk Medoc (h Karikal-Organza Haut Gilet) Karikal-Jiosco-Quo Vadis-James Watt-Phaeton-The Heir of Linne- Eclipse-Bartletts Childers E1025 – Melanie HAMBLETONIAN (Flying Childers(1)) THE GREAT McKINNEY Un Mec d'Heripre (h Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) Orlando Vici-Quadrophenio-The Great McKinney-George Wilkes- Hambletonian U326 - Laura Logan PETER SCOTT (Sam Williams (3), Speedy Crown(4)) SAM WILLIAMS Un Amour d'Haufor (h Love You-Glamour d'Haufor) Love You (FR)-Coktail Jet-Sam Williams-Peter Scot-PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E39 – Kairouan Udine (m Coktail Jet- Idylle) Coktail Jet C5 1995-Quouky Williams-Sam Williams-Peter Scott-PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E8 - Fa Mi Sol (TheBest Madrik, Kiwi,Vanika De Ruel – Ovidius Naso (Prix D’Amerique 2x) Un Nuage d'Osmoz (h Nuage Noir - L'Etoile d'Escrit ) Nuage Noir (3rd C5)-Cyrus Buissonay-Ura-Carioca II-Sam Williams-Peter Scott – Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E49 - L'Aigle Baie SPEEDY CROWN (4) Ugo de Nieul (h Cygnus d'Odyssee -Harmonie de Nieul) Cygnus d'Odyssee (FR)- Workaholic (US)-Speedy Crown-Peter Scot-PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E24 - Fernande Used to Me (h Nuage de Lait-North Lane) Nuage de Lait- Defi D’Aunou-Armbo Goal-Speedy Crown-Peter Scot-PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian U403 - Lady Pierce Up And Quick (h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Buvetier d'Aunou-Royal Prestige-Speedy Crown-Peter Scot - PTG –Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E13 - Duegne Unikaranes (m Montecatini -Pivoine des Hayes) Montecatini (FR)-Defi D’Aunou-Armbo Goal-Speedy Crown-Peter Scot-PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian U402 - Kentucky PETER VOLO (Stars Pride (5), Victory Song (2)) STAR’S PRIDE FLORESTAN (2) Usaurie de Melodie (m Okapi de Fael - Isaurie) Dr: Richard Joly Tr: Stephane Meunier Okapi De Fael-Gai Brillant-Florestan-Star’s Pride-Peter Volo-PTG –Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E4 - La Kapirat Univers de Pan (h Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore) Kenya du Pont-Baccarat du Pont-Florestan-Star’s Pride- Peter Volo-PTG –Pilot Medium-Hambletonian U1456 – Edna BONEFISH (3) Umoko (h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces) Imoko U122 – Viking’s WayE112 – Bonefish U32 – Star’s Pride-Volomite-PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E40 Osmonde Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful ) Islero De Bellouet-Viking's Way-Bonefish-Star's Pride-Peter Volo-PTG –Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E1012 - Amaranthe Up the Green (h Espeyrac Sun - Nemenine) Espeyrac Sun -Vikings Way- Bonefish-Stars Pride-Volomite- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E41 – Baillette VICTORY SONG (2) Une Fille d'Amour (m Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) Infant du Bossis-And Arifant-Quick Song-Victory Song-Peter Volo- PTG- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E6 - La Pille Ulysse du Ravary (h Hugo du Bossis - Epee) Hugo du Bossis (Gr1 monte)-And Arifant-QuickSong-Victory Song-Volomite- Pilot Medium-Hambletonian E77-Printaniere By Dave Sanders
Four graded events took place today at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes as afternoon racing returned to the “Temple of Trot”. The Prix de Jockey (2700 meters, Gr. II 120,000 euro purse) for five year-olds was won by Un Mec d’Heripre (5m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) with J-M Bazire aboard. The 9/10 favorite scored in 1.13.7kr over the grande piste for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The 12 time career winner now has earnings of over 598.000 euro. Univers de Pan finished second. The Prix Guy Deloisin for three year-old fillies (2175 meters, 120,000 euro purse, Gr. II) produced a 1.12.7kr win for second wagering choice Avila (3f Ready Cash-Encombenineuse-Workaholic) with Thierry Duvaldestin teaming. He also trains this one. The powerful filly scored easily over another Ready Cash filly, favorite Axelle Dark (3f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes-Look de Star), handled by Joseph Verbeeck for trainer/owner Phillipe Allaire, also owner of Ready Cash. Axelle Dark was shuffled back mid-race and was free late to rally for second. The next graded event was the Gr II monte Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (2175 meters, 120,000 euro purse) that went to 8/1 outsider Unikaranes (5f Montecatini-Pivoine des Hayes-Go Lucky) in 1.12.1kr for Alexandre Abrivard. Trained by L.C. Abrivard, the winner convincingly scored over Udayama (5f Echo-Lancia du Pont-Le Loir) and Gaetan Prat. Unikaranes now has career earnings in excess of 288,000 euros. The Gr. II Prix Pierre Plazen (2175 meters, purse 120,000 euro, three year-old males) resulted in a victory for 4/1 Ausone du Kastel (3m Gros Grain-Lancee-Courlis du Pont) with Emmanuel Allard driving. He scored in 1.13.7kr for his fifth career win and earnings of 107,000 euro. Alberic was second for Franck Nivard. Good older trotters battled in the Prix de Beaune (2700 meters for 55,000 euro) with veteran Global Money (6g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide) the winner for Hugo Langeweg Jr. in 1.12.8kr. The win was number 21 in the career of the Sweden registered winner, off at 27/1 in this contest. Sam Gibus finished second for Sebastien Ernault. by Thomas H. Hicks
The World Trotting Conference commenced yesterday in Paris. 18 country delegates are attending.
Today's Quinte+ (FR) race at Toulouse was the fourth leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot for 90,000 euro over a 2950 meters (1-13/16 miles) distance.
Look Mp (8h Sugarcane Hanover-Atlantis Gar-Supergill) today won the 110,000 euro International Gr. I Premio Campo Mirafiori as a 12/1 outsider for harness racing driver Vincenzo P. Dell'Annunziata, holding off 22/1 upset minded Orient Horse (5h Abano As-Irma del Rio-Viking Kronos) with Roberto Vecchione up.
Timoko, driven by Joseph Verbeeck for owner/trainer Richard Westerink, won the “Flying Mile” at Cagnes ser mer today.
Arqana Trot held its annual Mixed Sale on March 5 at Deauville. 189 head were presented for sale, of which 110 sold for an average of 9,779 euro, down from the 2012 average of 12,343 euro.
At day-4 the field for Sunday's harness racing 400,000 euro Prix de Paris has narrowed to twelve, led by Ready Cash, Maharajah and Main Wise As (a son of Yankee Glide).
The Criterium des 3 Ans -- the biggest race of the season for 3-year-old French trotters -- was won by the filly Vanika du Ruel, driven by her trainer Franck Anne, in a battle with the colt Vaux le Vicomte, with harness racing driver Jean Michel Bazire in the bike.
Harness racing trainer Fabrice Souloy has brought one of his top trotting mares from France to compete against North America's top aged trotters, hoping he can capture the 59th edition of the Maple Leaf Trot this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.