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Thierry Duvaldestin drove Swedishman to an impressive front-stepping victory in today's £45,000 Gr. III International Grand Prix Angers Loire Metropole in France held over 3100 meters (distance handicap). The winner, an eight-year-old gelded son of Gogo, traveled 3125 meters in 1.14.8kr to record his 22nd career win, now for earnings of £580,980. The Duvaldestin trained veteran defeated a solid group with Ricmis de Val and Talicia Bella ending second and third. The beaten field also included Roi du Lupin, Tiego d'Etang, Severino, Quoumba de Guez and Uprince. This event comprised the day's Quinte+ with a jackpot of £6.65 million. The exact order top-five ticket holders cashed £3,080 for a £2 wager. On the same Hippodrome Angers card, J-M Bazire scored with his Bel Avis, a three year-old gelded son of Ganymede from the Workaholic mare Gloria Marie. The 1.4/1 favorite recorded his maiden victory in the Prix Tenor de Baune, a £22,000 event over 2425 meters. A 38/1 outside, Buvetier (three year-old filly by Goetmals Wood from the Love You mare Rapide Aventure), was a fast closing second for Alexis Dugard, driving for trainer Patrick Chevrier and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Rapide Aventure was a Fabulous race-mare with earnings of US$362,000 and she's from the even more talented Bahama, a winner of over US$2.24 million with graded wins at ages three through five. This productive family has also delivered the Canadian owned, stakes winning Intense America, plus Belle Nana, Reve d'Amerik, La Star Dream and Reve Avec Moi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Paris-Vincennes hosted a superb trotting card today with an early noon first race post time. The nine race card handled over £2 million in the win only pools. The card also included the day's Quinte+ race with a jackpot of £6.1 million and win/place handle on that race exceeded £1.26 million on this race #7. Viking de Val took the sulky-featured Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray for trainer/driver Eric Lambertz. Lambertz record his second Gr. II win, 20 years after his first such victory. The five year-old son of Baccarat du Pont scored in 1.13.7kr over 2850 meters to secure the winners' share of the £120,000 purse. He won for the eighth time in a career that has produced earnings of £380,940. The winner held on for a close win with a speedy final 500 meters. Trainer/driver Lambertz was pleased with this semi-classique win, commenting that his trainee is somewhat better coming from off the pace. Villeroi was second for trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois with Victoria du Jouan ending third. The five year-olds next face the starter on April 12 in the Prix Henri Levesque. The Gr. III Prix de Bois de Vincennes (£115,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters), a co-feature on the program, went to front-stepping Rapide du Digeon with jubilant Damien Bonne teaming. The gelded son of Urfist des Pres scored in 1.12.7kr for his 14th career win, this one at 30/1 odds. The Thierry Raffegeau trainee now has earnings of £692,030. Amoud d'Occagnes was second at 18/1 for reinsman Christophe Martens. Today's Quinte+ Prix Jean Cabrol (£72,000, 2700 meters European, 18 starters) carried a jackpot of £6.1 million. Triskell Pacha recorded a rallying victory for Franck Nivard, at the lines for trainer/owner David Cherbonnel. The veteran son of Elio Josselyn won for the 12th time, increasing his career earnings to £349,470. Italy's Olmo Holz was second for Christophe Martens with Sam Gibus ending third in the race timed in 1.13.2kr. Favorite Orupuro Bar raced on the front for Marco Smorgon and ended fifth. An exact order £2 ticket paid £27,111. The Paris-Vincennes card also revealed other interesting winners. Renoir Dany (four year-old son of Varenne) took the Prix de Gueugron (£65,000, 2700 meters, European males) in 1.14.2kr for teamster Franck Ouvrie at 12/1. The Marco Smorgon trainee was a rallying winner by disqualification with Italian stablemate Romanesque (by Love You) second in a photo, with Smorgon driving at 26/1. Another Italian invader, Re Degli Dei (by Conway Hall), took fourth for Tommaso DiLorenzo. The Prix de Chatillon (£55,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters, for three year-olds) went to undefeated Boccador de Simm, his fourth victory now for £62,100 earned. Joseph Verbeeck steered the bold going chestnut son of Rieussec for trainer Philippe Allaire. He scored in 1.16.8kr with a rapid final 500 meters. Rieussec is a lightly raced son of Goetmals Wood from Ironie Jet by Coktail Jet and from a Workaholic dam. by Thomas H. Hicks. for Harnesslink.com

Today's Laval co-featured Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais, a European monte test for 27,000e, went to veteran Jag de Bellouet stallion Remember Jihem. Fabien Gence rode the J-M Monclon trainee to his first victory since early June 2013. He rallied along the pegs with 700 meters to go in the 2875 meter test to score easily in 1.14.4kr, his 10th career victory. Longshots Rescousse de Barb and Riquewihr finished two-three. March 12, 2014 Laval, Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais, 27,000e, European monte, 10- starters, 2875 meters (m=male; f=female)  1.14.4kr 1st Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana-Pietro), Fabien Gence up for Jean-Marie Monclon, 2.5/1 odds, his 10th career victory for earnings of 349,700e 2nd Rescousse de Barb (9f L'as de Vivetaute-Gaie Melodie-Quadrophenio), Mlle. Marion Lemonnier, 58/1 3rd Riquewihr (9g Tenor de Baune-Itara-Reve d'Udon), Yann Joblot up, 24/1 Last Sunday's Grand Criterium de Vitesse winner, Univers de Pan, will soon begin his initial season at stud at Haras du Prieure while also racing. Trainer Philippe Daugeard will point his pupil, a beautiful and great gaited son of Kenya du Pont, toward the April 19 Prix de l'Atlantique at Enghien and will consider Sweden's Olympiatravet, the Oslo Grand Prix and Kymi Grand Prix albeit they may represent tight scheduling difficulties. Daugeard commented that his first concern is the horse, and having him fresh and ready for the next winter meet at Paris-Vincennes. On the Sunday Cagnes sur mer card Germany's Armando Kievitshof and reinsman Rik Dupuydt took the 50,000e Prix de Rome in 1.14kr over 2925 meters. The son of Ganymede, from a Spotlite Lobell dam, scored at 9.6/1 odds for his ninth lifetime win. March 9, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Rome Tor di Valle, 50,000e, 2925 meters, 15 starters 1.14kr 1st Armando Kievitshof (7g Ganymede-Continental Lobell-Spotlite Lobell), Rik Dupuydt up for trainer Carine de Soete, owner DVBA Campus RPF, 9.6/1 odds, his ninth career win for 293,599e 2nd Saphir de Fille (8m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene-Ortolan), Eric Raffin aboard, 2.3/1 3rd Swing d'Eronville (8g Jag de Bellouet-Lucie d'Eronville-Workaholic), J-C Feron up at 30/1 Other European racing of interest took place Saturday at Farjestad (Sweden) as the Jag de Bellouet stallion Francois de Gull took the V-75 Gold Division in a quick 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart. He defeated a well-balanced field including BAHT Launcher. On the card trainer Per Eriksson recorded a training win with the Cantab Hall mare Livacious Lindy. March 8, 2014 Farjestad Sweden, Gold, 1640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner  1.11.3kr 1st Francois du Gull (7m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane), Erik Adielsson up, winners' 13th in 67 starts for 2,547,172SEK 2nd BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Orjan Kihlstrom up 3rd Dileva Kall (8f Muscles Yankee-Leva Kall-Spotlite Lobell), Daniel Reden driver/trainer March 8, 2014 Farjestad Sweden, conditioned 2640 meters turning, 100,000SEK to winner 1.15.6kr 1st Livacious Lindy (5f Cantab Hall-Luscious Hall-Pine Chip), Jorma Kontio driver for trainer Per K. Eriksson who co-owns with Per Rodert; this 2010 import from US has won four times in five 2014 starts and five of 28 lifetime by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The Prix de Selection is the final Group I race of the rich Vincennes Winter Meeting and is an aptly named race which is often a precursor to a rich stud career for the place-getters. An inter-generational race for 4-6YOs, it is the second (after the Prix des Centaures) to be run under the new handicapping system which has reduced the handicap for older horses to address the more precocious modern horse, which has seen 4YOs dominate this traditional stallion identifying race. Only Milord Drill (Sancho Panca) as a 6YO in 2006 and Kiwi (Coktail Jet) at 5 in 2003 have won the race in the last 21 years, but the change from a 50m to a 25m handicap should readdress the balance. But even with this anomaly the race's success as a test of stallion potential can be seen by a quick look at its alumini who have been well represented in this Winter Meeting. Royal Prestige's son Buvetier d'Aunou, sire of superstar Up And Quick, winner of the Prix de Paris and runner up in the Prix d'Amerique won the race in 1992, while the following year's winner Cygnus d'Odysee, a son of former US 2YO star Workaholic is the sire of the brilliant Texas Charm, who was favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique after a superb win in the Prix de Bourgogne until injury. And 2001 winner Jasmin de Flore is the sire of Criterium de Juenes winner Billie de Montfort. Prominent stallions who have won the race include Kaisy Dream (sire of group one winners Santa Rosa France and So Lovely Girl), the aforementioned Kiwi (sire of Criterium des 3 and 4 winner Quaro), Full Account (sire of Criterium de Jeunes winner Kinder Jet), Insert Gede and Meaulnes du Corta, Nice Love and rising star Saxo de Vandel. And underlining just how important the race can be for predicting great sires can be further illustrated by a look at some of the runners-up in the race - none other than Coktail Jet, Ganymede, Orlando Vici, Kesaco Phedo, Giant Cat and the next superstar sire Ready Cash. Last year's winner Village Mystic (who is already at stud) lines up against a swag of group one winners and such is the strength of the field that Louis Baudron's son of Love You will probably be seventh or eighth favourite. After running a narrow second in the Goup 1 Grand Prix de France Univers du Pan will be the favourite for this race, given the reduced nature of the handicap against his talented younger rivals. Philippe Raugeard's son of Kenya du Pont is in rare form, with three second placings in a row against the best older horses in the world, which will set him up for a great shot at this. Prix De Bretagne winner Uhlan du Val, who was also second to current star Up And Quick in last year's Criterium des 5 Ans, is also well in the mix here . Cedric Megissier's son of Islero de Bellouet is the only one of the field who graced the Grand Prix d'Amerique where he finished a meritorious sixth and his last three starts have all been in the crucible of the French triple crown. He also looks to be in great shape against his own and younger age-groups after such a torrid build up. Of the younger horses, who will start with a 25metre advantage on the 2175m trip, Sebastien Guarato's rising star Aladin d'Ecajuel (Quaker Jet ) is favoured to test the older horses and maintain the dominance of 4YOs, while Akim du Cap Vert (First de Retz) is also a very talented stallion. Mares have also enjoyed rare success with only the exceptional Pearl Queen and Qualita Bourbon having won the race in the past 20 years, but the A generation has been dominated by the female gender up until very recently. But whether the leading lights Axelle Dark (Ready Cash), Anastasia Fella (Goetmals Wood) and Atlessima (Rocklyn) are of that quality is the 240,000 euro question. PRIX DE SELECTION  Vincennes 2014-03-01 Group I 2175 4-6YOs € 240 000e 1 Aldo des Champs (4h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2175 2 Alesia d'Atout (4m Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 2175 3 Astor du Quenne (4h Opus Viervil - Qualinka du Quenne) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2175 4 Atlessima (4m Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2175 5 Aladin d'Ecajeul (4h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2175 6 Anastasia Fella (4m Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2175 7 Akim du Cap Vert (4h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2175 8 Axelle Dark (4m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 2175 9 Vanna Coletto (5m Lejacque d'Houlbec - Paloma du Donjon) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Guillaume Grelier 2200 10 Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2200 11 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 2200 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (5h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Roberto Donati 2200 13 Une Fille d'Amour (6m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 2200 14 Village Mystic (5h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 2200 15 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 2200 16 Univers de Pan (6h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Raugeard Tr: Philippe Raugeard 2200 by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

David Thomain piloted Une Fille d'Amour to a 17/1 longshot victory in today's Gr. III Prix du Plateau de Gravelle at Paris-Vincennes. The six year-old daughter of Infant du Bossis scored in a quick 1.11.2kr for owner/trainer Cyril Raimbaud in this 110,000e international contest over 2100 meters autostart. Pacesetter Triode de Felliere held the lead until late stretch when the winner and Sweden's On Track Piraten rallied, the latter that had defeated Maharajah in a prep leading to his Prix d'Amerique victory. February 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Plateau de Gravelle, 110,000e Gr. III International, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters 1.11.2kr 1st Une Fille d'Amour (6f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great-Ever Jet) David Thomain up for Cyril Raimbaud trainer/owner, 17.4/1, 10th career win for earnings of 558,940e 2nd On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Manrovia-Rite On Love) Erik Adielsson up for Hans R. Stromberg trainer, 5.3/1 (Sweden) 3rd Triode de Felliere (7f Derby du Gite-Linea de Vandel-Cezio Josselyn) Anthony Barrier driving for trainer/owner Jean-Paul Marmion, 1.4/1 In other action, the well-regarded Italian invader Oneghin Del Ronco took the 90,000e European Prix du Cantal over the 2850 meter distance. J-M Bazire teamed the winner, a six year-old son of Love You, for trainer Vincenzo Tufano. He won for the 20th time in his career, now with earnings for 187.812e. Fellow Italian trotter No Man's Land took second for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini over the Love You gelding Ultra Daidou with Tony LeBeller driving. February 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Cantal, 90,000€ European, 2850 meters, 13 starters  1.15.8kr 1st Oneghin Del Ronco (6m Love You-Talia Del Ronco-Park Avenue Joe) J-M Bazire up for trainer Vincenzo Tufano and owner Vincenzo Collola, 2.1/1, winners' 20th career win (Italy) 2nd No Man's Land (7f Coktail Jet-AJs Baby Doll-Donerail) Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver for Scuderia Gardesano, breeder J-Et. Dubois, 7.6/1 (Italy) 3rd Ultra Daidou )6g Love You-Djakarta-Workaholic) Tony LeBeller trainer/driver, 13.6/1, breeder/owner Ecurie Daidou The cold-blood trotters visited Paris-Vincennes and contested the 20,000e Prix des Trotters "Sang-Froid". Doctor Jaros was victorious at 11/1 for Geir Gudmerstad in a close photo over disqualified Narby Kalabalik that Eric Raffin handled for Jan-Olav Persson who trained legendary Jarvsofaks. Persson himself earned second today with Juni Kongren. The cold bloods will be back in action Sunday. February 20, 2014 Prix des Trotteurs "Sang-Froid", International, 20,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters 1.24.7kr 1st Doctor Jaros (7m Mortvedt Jerkeld-Faks Perla-Jarvsofaks) Geir Gudmerstad driver/trainer, 11/1 (Norway) 2nd Juni Kongren (6m Lome Kongen-Majtindra-Slogum Brage) Jan-Olav Persson driver/trainer, 8/1 (Sweden) 3rd Norheim Jaerz (6m Jarvsofaks-Norheim Elle-Elding) T-E Solberg up for G. Svedrup, 2.5/1 (Norway) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The three year-old male and female monte rivals were showcased on today's Paris-Vincennes card. Baggio du Chatelet, a three year son of Niky, easily took the 120,000e Prix Edouard Marcillac with Mathieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, as the less than even-money favorite. He scored by open lengths in 1.14.8kr over a short field, his third career win, now for earnings of 95,750e. The distance was 2175 meters. Well-bred Brooklyn Bridge captured second. February 13, 2104 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Edouard Marcillac, Gr. II monte, males, 120,000e, 2175 meters, 8 starter 1.14.8kr 1st Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet-Gobernador), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, 0.9/1 favorite, his third career victory. 2nd Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley-Goetmals Wood), Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Manuel Garcia 3rd Bazaki Seven )3m Kesaco Phedo-Rani Duophi), F. Lagadeuc up for trainer J-M Baudouin at 9/1 The female division produced another decisive winner at Beauty Turgot scored in 1.15.3kr in the 120,000e Prix Holly du Locton, a Gr. II affair over 2175 meters. She scored over nine rivals for Franck Nivard at the lines for Fabrice Souloy. The good gaited filly was off at 6.2/1 with one of the chief adversaries, Biguglia by Coktail Jet, finishing third behind 12/1 outsider Brise de L'alba, February 13, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Holly du Locton, Gr. II monte, females, 120,000e, 2175 meters, 10 starters 1.15.3kr 1st Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane-Korean), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 6.2/1 2nd Brise de l'Alba (3f Quido du Goutier-Celyde la Meritee), Eric Raffin up for William Bigeon trainer, 12/1 3rd Biguglia (3f Coktail Jet-La Faisanderie), Jonathan Carre up for Frederik Plat trainer, 3.8/1 The mid-week car also included the Gr. III Prix de Nevers, a 110,000e event over 2850 meters. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a special single-day 10 million euro jackpot. Bold-striding Uppercut Orange took the win in 1.14kr at 6.5/1 odds, his sixth career win for over 240,000e earnings. The six year-old son of Jag de Bellouet closed relentlessly to defeat Ulf du Noyer and Ultimate du Rib. J.L.C. Dersoir trains the winner with his wife capably at the lines. February 13, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Nevers, Gr. III, 110,000e, 2850 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ special jackpot 10 million euros 1.14kr 1st Uppercut Orange (6m Jag de Bellouet-Mimi d'Abeille-Workaholic), Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir in the irons for J.L.C. Dersoir trainer, 6.5/1, his sixth lifetime win. 2nd Ulf du Noyer (6m Love You-Pagoda-Gai Brillant), Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer, 2.8/1 3rd Ultimate du Rib (6g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois-Sancho Panca), Michel Lenoir up for trainer Joel Hallais, 24/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Today marked the first session of the annual Grand Prix d'Amerique Mixed Sale conducted by Arqana Trot. Comprised of young, lightly raced and unraced stock, the initial session saw 71 horses offered of which 62%, or 44, sold for an aggregate value of 251,500 euro, an average of 5,716 euro. Sale topper was hip 53, the three year-old colt Bold de Tonnerre (by Diamant Gede) that brought 15,000 euro off a qualifying effort at La Capelle. Session #2 on Thursday is comprised of only stallion shares, including those of Goetmals Wood, Password, Quaker Jet, Royal Dream, Sam Bourbon, Texas Charm, The Best Madrik, Timoko and Up And Quick. Racing continued at Paris-Vincennes and Cagnes sur Mer on Tuesday-Wednesday with much European influence in races so designated. The feature today at Cagnes sur Mer was the 55,000 euro purse Prix Une de Mai over 2925 meters with 17 starters. This Quinte+ race of the day (jackpot 3.15 million euro) went to Tailor handled by trainer Yannick Briand. Tailor increased career earnings to over 189.000 euro with the 1.14.2kr win, his 13th lifetime victory. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was 15,470 euro for a two euro wager. January 22, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix Une de Mai, 55,000 euro purse, 2925 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ with 3.15 million euro jackpot  1.14.2kr 1st Tailor (7m Intrepide-Une Gamine-Hetre Vert), Yannick A. Briand driver/trainer, 2.7/1, 13th career win for 189,940 euros won 2nd Roller Quick (9m Derby du Gite-Arquebuse-Florestan), Jean Uroz trainer/driver at 7.3/1 3rd Superdu Chatelet (8g Jag de Bellouet-Jaina du Chatelet-Jet du Vivier), Roland Jaffrelot up at 16/1 Three year-olds competed in the Prix du Perigord today on the shore at Cagnes sur Mer with Busquesda taking victory at 18/1 for Laurent Fresneau. Favored Blanco du Biwetz was second for Christophe Martens with Black Blues third for Jean-Pierre Dubois. Black Blues is cataloged to sell Friday at the Arqana Trot Prix d'Amerique Sale. January 22, 2014, Cagnes sur mer - Prix du Perigord, 16,000 euro purse, 2125 meters, 9 starters  1.17.9kr 1st Busquesda (3f Repeat Love-Quelette-Hasting), Laurent Fresneau trainer/driver/owner, 18/1 odds 2nd Blanco du Biwetz (3m Orlando Vici-Lio du Biwetz-Capriccio), Christophe Martens up at 3/2 3rd Black Blues (3m Sam Bourbon-Scarlet Lady-Kaisy Dream), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner at 3/1 The Prix de Pont-Audemer showcased European males on Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes for a 58,000 euro purse over the sprinter distance of 2100 meters autostart. The Peter J. Strooper trained Duke Of Greenwood prevailed for reinsman Hugo Langeweg, Jr. in 1.14kr in a front-stepping score. The German registered trotter increased his earnings to over 101,000 euro. Jos. Verbeeck was second with a son of Ready Cash named Alto de Viette that closed strongly for second at 20/1 ahead of Renoir Dany and Italy's Marco Smorgon, off at 15/1. Another Italian performer was fifth, that being the Infinitif colt Rue du Bac, he from Ici by Diamond Way. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Pont-Audemer, European males, 58,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters  1.14kr 1st Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg, Jr. up for trainer P.J. Strooper and owner Michel F. Rothengatter, his third win for 101,836 euro (Germany) 2nd Alto de Viette (4m Ready Cash-Mini Ceinture-Dahir de Prelong), Jos. Verbeeck up at 20/1 3rd Renoir Dany (4m Varenne-Nikita November-Viking Kronos), Marco Smorgon up at 15.1 (Italy) 4th Amazon du Floriange (4g Echo-Peoleta-Ganymede), Loic Guinoiseau up at 12/1 5th Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way), Eric Raffin up at 4/1, bred by Scuderia Bolgheri (Italy) European monte practitioners contested the 62,000 euro Prix de Dieppe over 2700 meters. Mathieu Abrivard prevailed with his partner, the seven year-old mare Tuanita d'Occagnes in 1.14.4kr. The mare recorded her fifth career win and increased earnings to over 227,000 euro. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Dieppe, European monte, 62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 16 starters 1.14.4kr 1st Tuanita d'Occagnes (7f Tenor de Baune-Juanita d'Occagnes-Quadrophenio), Mathieu Abrivard up at 7.2/1; her fifth career win for 227,740 euros lifetime 2nd Tsar de Houelle (7g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte-Granit), Franck Nivard up at 4.3/1 for trainer Franck Leblanc 3rd Surlando de Viette (8g Quadrophenio-Jolimira-Workaholic), Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier up at 37/1 Another European event, the 90,000 euro Prix de Mironde with 17 starters, went to the Franck Nivard teamed Vulcain de Vandel in 1.14.2kr over the classic 2700 meter distance. German invader Dream Magic BE was a good second for Josef Franzl at 35/1. He's by Dream Vacation from a Defi d'Aunou mare. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Mironde, European, 90,000 euro purse, 17 starters  1.14.2kr 1st Vulcain de Vandel (5m Jag de Bellouet-Ophelia de Vandel-Defi d'Aunou), Franck Nivard up at 2.2/1; his seventh career win for 179,550 euro 2nd Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla-Defi d'Aunou), Josef Franzl aboard the German invader at 35/1 3rd Vicomte Boufarcaux (5m Oh James-Olympe du Bouford-Eclat de la Crau), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 71/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

Tagade Castelets, in rein to Arnaud-Albert Chavatte, took today's Prix de la Cote d'Or at Cagnes sur mer, the Quinte+ race of the day in France. The seven year-old daughter of Jag de Bellouet earned her fifth win, for career earnings in excess of 132,000 euro. The Quinte+ jackpot today was 1.8 million euro and a winning ticket (top five in exact order without jackpot) paid 8,230 euro for a two euro investment. Handle on just win and place on the Q+ race exceeded 1.1 million euro, illustrating the Q+ race draw across the PMU wagering network and across wagering alternatives. Cagnes sur mer - Prix de la Cote d'Or, 46,000 euro purse, 2925 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ 1.15.6kr st Tagade Castelets (7f Jag de Bellouet-Gitane Castelets-Sancho Panca), Arnaud-Albert Chavatte up for trainer Alain Chavatte and owner Ecurie des Alouettes, her fifth career win for 132,390 euro, 2.6/1 odds 2nd  Ufifan de Couddes (6g Kaiser Suze-Oralie du Vivier-Capitole), Lois Lerenard up 3rd  Rex du Rib (9g Ganymede-Kamala Castelets-Sancho Panca), Pierre Vercruysse aboard On the undercard, lightly raced three year-olds contested the Prix de la Cote Saint-Andre for 23,000 euro. Sons of Sam Bourbon led the way (first and second) with the winner being Bolide d'Arbaz with Jean-Pierre Dubois aboard for trainer Patrick Chevrier. Dubois owns this first time winner. Cagnes sur mer - Prix de la Cote Saint-Andre, 23,000 euro purse, 2125 meters, 11 starters, three year-olds  1.18.4kr 1st Bolide d'Arbaz (3m Sam Bourbon-Mascotte d'Arbaz-Corot), Jean-Pierre Dubois up and owner, Patrick Chevrier trainer, first career win at 11/1 odds 2nd Bolero de Daidou (3m Sam Bourbon-Djakarta-Workaholic), Jean-Francois Senet up at 28/1 3rd Belle de Bry (3f Rocklyn-Pin Up Girl-Hermes de Pericard), Romain Derieux up for owner Antonio DeSousa 4th  Bolera du Corta (3m Saxo de Vandel-Romain du Corta-Ipson de Mormel), Marco Smorgon aboard Other interesting wins on this sunny crisp day included As de Jal at 18/1 for Pierre Vercruysse in the Prix de la Cote Vermeille and Vasco de Viette for David Cinier in the 30,000 euro Prix des Cote d'Armor over 2150 meters autostart. The latter scored in 1.13kr at 8/1. Cagnes sur mer - Prix de la Cote Vermeille, 23,000 euro purse, 2925 meters, 17 starters  1.18.1kr 1st  As de Jal (4m Ozio Royal-Ottero la belle-Arnaquer), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Yves Hallais, 18/1 2nd  Athos Williams (4m Nice Love-Formule Sport-Jiosco), Christophe Martens, 6.5/1 odds 3rd  Alvarado (4g Nice Love-Quelea Mip-Korean), J-F Senet aboard, 7.8/1 Cagnes sur mer - Prix des Cotes d'Armor, 30,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 11 starters  1.13.kr 1st  Vasco de Viette (5g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli-Auxerrois), David Cinier trainer/driver at 7.9/1 2nd Verano du Raynard (5m Insert Gede-Nuranie des Noes-Coktail Jet), Loris Garcia up at 2.8/1 3rd Vougeot du Mourrez (5m Quaro-La Fleur d'Epinay-Capitole), A.A. Chavatte up 4th Vita Dream (5f Password-Nice Celebrity-Coktail Jet), Yannick A. Briand trainer/driver for Ecurie Victoria Dreams by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Races named for two of the all-time great international trotters were contested today at Cagnes sur Mer. Axius du Fosse (4m Jag de Bellouet-Joie du Fosse-Cygnus d’Odyssee) took the 24,000 euro purse Prix Elaine Rodney in 1.15kr for driver Charles Criado at 6/1 odds. The winner scored over the 2150 meter course over Amiara de la Croix (4f Jasmin de Flore-Lamelare-Workaholic) with Italian trainer/driver Marco Smorgon aboard. The Prix Ourasi for 50,000 euro purse over 2925 meters went to Slow du Beauvoisin (8g Jain de Beval-Gina du Beauvoisin-Podosis) and trainer/driver Romuald Mourice. The 3/1 second choice used a 25 meter distance advantage to secure his 13th career win, now for earnings of 274,850 euro. The winner scored in 1.15.6kr to defeat 14 rivals including second place Quiby des Caillons at 61/1 for reinsman Nicolas Ensch that traveled 2950 meters. At Wolvega, the Prix Robert Bi – Elite Challenge went to Mister Bi (5g Andover Hall-Georgia Bi) in 1.15.6kr over 2100 meters autostart. Robin Bakker drove the winner for trainer Arnold J. Mollema and owner Az. Agr. Biasuzzi Srl. Tomorrow Paris-Vincennes presents two graded events, the Gr. II Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve led by the Ready Cash daughter Axelle Dark, with Joseph Verbeeck to drive, and the Gr. II monte Prix Leon Tacquet headed by Vision Intense and usual jockey Nathalie Henry. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Winter harness racing Meet at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes continued New Year’s Eve and Day before good crowds and rain-free weather. Starter du Rib captured the New year’s Eve featured Prix de Poitiers for trainer Joel Hallais and owner Ecurie Rib for his 18th career victory. Jean Loic Claude Dersoir steered the winner home in 1.13.7kr over 2700 meters. Highly regarded Sam Gibus ended second with Renardo Bello, a half-brother to double Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream, fourth. Starter du Rib (8) Vincennes – Prix de Poitiers, 78,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 17 starters Q+ 1.13.7kr Starter du Rib (7g Ganymede-Jiviga-Sancho Panca), J.L.C. Dersoir, 10/1 odds, trainer Joel Hallais for Ecurie Rib, 18th win lifetime for 392,280 euro Sam Gibus (7g Jet Fortuna-Harmonie Gibus-Viking Sun), Sebastien Baude up, 5/1 odds Roller Quick (8m Derby du Gite-Arquebuse-Florestan), Anthony Barrier, 29/1 odds Renardo Bello (8m Kiki-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Damien Bonne Racing Charm (8m Love You-Feraine d’Occagnes-Workaholic), Julien Dubois The January 1 feature ended with sons of Conway Hall finishing one-two in the 2100 meter autostart Prix d’Angouleme carrying a 95,000 euro purse. Conway Fortuna rallied for a convincing win in 1.12.4kr for Pierre Vercruysse. The winner is trained in Holland by Hugo Langeweg, Jr. for Gerrits Recycling Group and is from Saratoga Yankee by Yankee Glide. Conway Fortuna Vincennes – Prix d’Angouleme, European, 95,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters, 1.12.4kr Conway Fortuna (Holland) (5m Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee-Yankee Glide), Pierre Vercruysse up for Hugo Langeweg Jr. and Gerrits Recycling Group, his 10th career win for earnings of 116,975 euro Paper Caf (Italy) (5g Conway Hall-Enda Caf-Supergill), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Bimag Srl Vive Magic (5f Baccarat du Pont0Manny Blue-Coktail Jet), Eric Raffin aboard for owner/trainer Louis Baudron, 18/1 odds The undercard revealed several other interesting winners. The Quinte+ Prix du Croise-Laroche for 72,000 euro went to Ulk du Las Vegas in a photo with Italy’s Olimpus Caf (by Varenne). Dominik Locqueneux steered the winner to the 1.14.8kr victory, his eighth career success, at odds of 17/1. Ulk du Las Vegas (12 inside) Vincennes – Prix du Croise-Laroche, 72,000 euro purse, European, 2850 meters, 19 starters, Q+ 1.14.8kr Ulk du Las Vegas (5g Hulk des Champs-Elite du Las Vegas-Quiton du Coral), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer/owner Jacques Fernandes, 8th career win for earnings of 153,060 euro, 17/1 odds Olimpus Caf (Italy) (5m Varenne-Eviola Caf-Supergill), David Thomain up, 9/1 odds Sammarco (Swe) (7g Enjoy Lavec-Tropic Heat-Sugarcane Hanover), Eric Raffin up, 3/1 odds The year’s first three year-old event of the year went to another Philippe Allaire trained/owned daughter of Ready Cash from the Love You dam Quick Nevele. The Jerome Ruaults teamed winner just got up in the late stages to beat Bambina Magic and the pacesetter Brave Story with Jean-Pierre Dubois up. Bliss Nevele (10) Vincennes - Prix de Mezieres, 34,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters, three year-old females1.19.6kr Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You), Jerome Ruaults up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, 2nd lifetime win Bambina Magic (3f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic-Jasmin de Flore), Franck Nivard up Brave Story (3f Repeat Love-Heaven d’Hilly-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner for trainer Patrick Chevrier 2014’s first monte contest went to a three year-old son of Niky named Baggio du Chatelet. P-Y Verva was in the irons for this 13/1 upsetter that scored easily to earn the winners share of the 33,000 euro purse. Nicolas Raimbeaux trains the winner. Baggio du Chatelet Vincennes – Prix de Nimes, 33,000 euro, 2200 meters, 15 starters, monte three year-olds 1.17.6kr Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet-Gobernador), P-Y Verva for trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, odds 13/1 Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley-Goetmals Wood), Mlle Celine Leclercq, 23/1 odds, Patrick Chevrier trainer for J-P Dubois, breeder Ecurie D Bikini des Molands (3m Gai Brillant-Quiche des Molands-Carpe Diem), Anthony Dollion jockey, trainer, owner, 6/1 odds Another outsider, Aslak, took the Prix de Conde with its 35,000 euro purse at 8/1 odds. The four year-old son of Lilium Madrik is trained by Ronny Kuiper and was driven today by Pierre Vercruysse, his second driving victory of the day. Aslak 1/1/14 Vincennes – Prix de Conde, 35,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 12 starters 1.17.3kr Aslac (4g Lilium Madrik-L’Atlante-Quarsenis), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Ronny Kuiper, 8/1 odds Amiral de Virmont (4m Sancho Panca-Perie de Virmont), J.L.C., Dersoir driver/trainer, 2/1 favorite Almarok (4m Norman Jet-Malice Morane-Elmon), Mathieu Mottier driving the 52/1 outsider. (Paris-Turf photos) Thomas H. Hicks  

Brillantissime (2m Ready Cash-Ivre du Victorie-Buvetier d'Aunou) took today's Gr. II Prix Emmanuele Margoty (120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters) for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Joseph Verbeeck. He just lasted over stablemate Bird Parker, also a son of Ready Cash, handled by Pierre Vercruysse and Franck Anne's Bolide de Gueron in a closely contested event. The winner scored in 1.14.7kr for his fourth victory in the early stages of what may be a promising career and the same may be said for the next two on the line. Three European eligible upper class races were on the undercard. The winners were from mares by Royal Prestige, Workaholic and Speedy Somolli, all US exports that made a lasting impact on European trotting pedigrees. Results of the four featured races are shown below. Prix d'Ambrose (Q+, 54,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European, 18 starters) 1.13.4kr 1. Nefertite del Rio (6f Varenne-Zeudia-Royal Prestige), Alexandre Abrivard up, odds 15.7/1, trainer L-C Abrivard, 15th career win for earnings 232,082 euro; 2. Tiva de la Frette (6f Indy de Vive-Kiva de la Frette), Franck Nivard up was second; 3. Soline de Fontaine (7f Vivaldi de Chenu-Jecarine de Mee), Anthony Barrier driving for third Prix Emmanuel Margoty (120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, Gr.II) 1.14.7kr 1. Brillantissime (2m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d'Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck up, odds 2.5/1, trainer Philippe Allaire, Owner F. Sauque, 4th career win for 140,150 euro earnings; 2. Bird Parker (2m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier), Pierre Vercruysse driving, trainer Philippe Allaire, owner Mme. El. Allaire; 3. Bolide de Gueron (2m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Olivia), Franck Anne driver/trainer was a good third Prix Sans Dire Qui (105,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European monte) 1.13.2kr 1. Nene' Degli Ulivi (6g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up, trainer Vincent Lacroix, owner Joe Cachia (Malta), 22nd career win for 336,696 euro earnings; 2. Un Team de Nacre (5m First de Retz-Lagune de Nacre-Dream With Me), Damien Bonne aboard ended second; 3. Ugo de Nieul (5m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Harmonie de Nieul), Romain Derieux driving, also trainer, was third Prix de Compiegne (62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European) 1.15.1kr 1. Uppercut Orange (5m Jag de Bellouet-Mim L'Abeille-Workaholic), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/driver, Ch. Berqeier owner, 4th career win for 163,570 euro earnings; 2. Uzo Josselyn (5m Love You-Lezira Josselyn), Dominik Locqueneux up landed second; 3. Un Diamant d'Amour (5g Diamant Gede-Havane de la Motte), Eric Raffin driving earned third money by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.        

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 €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

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