Day At The Track
Davidson du Pont, harness racing

100,000€ Prix Kerjacques to Davidson du Pont

Davidson du Pont (8m Pacha du Pont - Laguna du Pont) rallied late in the lane to capture today’s Gr. II Prix Kerjacques (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, International) clocked in 1.11.9kr at Paris-Vincennes for reinsman Nicolas Bazire, breeder/owner Albert Rayon and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Off at 8.3/1 odds, Davidson recorded his 15th victory now for 1,654,010€ earned. 23/1 Detroit Castelets (8m Neoh Jiel) was second and 44/1 Carat Williams (9m Prodigious) took third ahead of Chica de Joudes and 2/10 favorite Dorgos de Guez. Davidson du Pont On the undercard 13/1 Gout Baroque (5m Offshore Dream - Joie Baroque) took the Gr. II Sulky Summer Series Third Qualifier for five year olds (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters) clocked in 1.12.7kr after a powerful closing burst. Eric Raffin teamed this Thierry Raffegeau trainee to his ninth career win now for 234,700€ earned. The 1.9/1 favorite Green Grass (5f Bold Eagle - Tootsie Smiling) held second for Mathieu Mottier and 4.1/1 Genay de Banville (5m Jasmin de Flore) took third for Jean Michel Bazire. Giant Chief and Grand Art completed the top five.Gout Baroque Heliade du Goutier (4f Prodigious - Voltige du Goutier) captured the Gr. III Prix du Vaueluse (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, European four year olds) timed in 1.13.7kr. Heliade won for the third time in her career for 163,050€ earned. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for Ecurie Saint Martin. This 8/10 favorite bested 2.1/1 Haziella d’Amour (4f Un Amour d’Haufor) with Alexandre Abrivard up. Third was 12/1 Beautiful Colibri (4f Ready Cash)-Gilly LB) for Francois Lagadeuc. Heliade du Goutier The Gr. III Prix de L’Aube (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, European four year olds) went to 17/1 Hades de Vandel (4m Ganymede - Silene de Vandel) for Robin Bakker timed in 1.14.7kr. Paul Hagoort trains this one for Stable Why Not as Hades won his fourth, now for 134,550€ earned. 2.1/1 odds Harvest de Buliere (4m Charly du Noyer) was second and 4.4/1 Bolero Gar (4m Varenne) took third for Leo Abrivard. Hades de Vandel The Gr. II monte Prix Jean Gauvreau (monte qualifier one for five year old monte performers, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters) went to 7/10 favorite Gef de Play (5m Gazouillis - Paradise Island) with Yoann Lebourgeois the jockey for Franck Leblanc. Race time was 1.10.9kr as Gef won his fifth, now for 235,770€ in life earnings. The 14/1 Granvillaise Blue (5f Jag de Bellouet) took second for Camille Levesque and 15/1 Gloria du Gers (5f Ready Cash) was next for J.Y. Ricard in the irons. Gef de Play Last on this power packed card was the Prix du Rouergue (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European 7-10 year olds) and 2.1/1 Calle Crown (7m Great Challenger - Hillary Crown) scored in 1.11.4kr for David Thomain, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Easy KB. Calle won for the fifth time in France and now posts earnings of 430,014 for his career. The 5.8/1 Equinoxe Jiel (7m Rancho Gede) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 5/2 Decoloration (8f Prince d’Espace) was third for Tony Le Beller. Dexter Chatho and Wild Love completed the first five. Calle Crown This was a superb racing day at Vincennes. Many more ahead this summer. LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Hickothepooh, harness racing

Hickothepooh captures Finlandia Ajo

37/1 Hickothepooh (9f Triton Sund-Hilarious Face-Pine Chip) rallied from last to first to take the Finlandia Ajo (purse 190,000€, 1620 meters autostart) at Vermo Helsinki. Vidar Hop was the pilot for trainer Trond Anderssen and Stall Sorlie Kiosk. The winner was victorious for the 27th time in 90 career starts and added 110,000€ to his 196,794€ bankroll entering the race, the lowest money earner of any starter going in. Race time was 1.09.9kr. The 7.4/1 odds Next Direction (8g Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx-SJs Photo) was second for Iikka Nurmonen and 5.6/1 Vernissage Grif (7m Varenne) was third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Milliondollarrhyme finished fourth. Gocciadoro also won with Aston Bar (5m Ready Cash-Marasque-Daguet Rapide) on the same card with a 1.14.1kr victory. Aston Bar is undefeated in 2020-2021 with 11 straight wins and he is 16 for 21 in his career. Replay: https://www.veikkaus.fi/fi/veikkaustv/tototv/81085 Yesterday at Napoli (ITY), Gocciadoro won the GP Freccia d’Europe (purse 154,000€, 1600 meters autostart) with the 1.10.4kr timed Alrajah One (5m Maharajah-Marfiu’-Varenne). The victory increased his career earnings to over 721,000€. Antony Leone (5m Libessio Grif) was second ahead of Zefiro d’Ete (6m Mago d’Amore). Alrajah One Italy’s three year olds battled today at Bologna in separate male and female division of the GP Italia. In the male group Carlomagno d’Esi (3m Love You-Primula d’Esi) scored in 1.14.1kr for Andrea Farolfi. The purse was 40,040€ and the race distance was 2,060 meters autostart. The females raced for the same purse and over the same distance with Farolfi again the winning reinsman. This time the 1.15.3kr timed winner was Cher Ek (3f Nad A; Sheba-Freedom Ek-Bon Vivant). Vermo Areena, Gaet files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Delia du Pommereux, harness racing

Paralympiatravet to Delia du Pommereux

Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky-Noune du Pommereux-Halimede) rallied to win today’s Paralympiatravet (purse 279,095€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 entrants) clocked in 1.10.9kr for harness racing reinsman Eric Raffin, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Delia won for the 15th time in 71 career starts now for 1,545,048€ in life earnings. She was off at 2.3/1 and benefitted from a vicious early speed duel between Who’s Who and Ecurie D. The first 500 meters was clocked in 1.06.7kr. Delia followed Aetos Kronos third over in tier two, and then rocketed past in the lane. 8.9/1 Very Kronos (7m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) was up for second handled by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath and third was 6.1/1 Aetos Kronos (5m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Jerry Riordan. 6.4/1 Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet) and 105/1 Ble du Gers (10g Quinoa du Gers) completed the top five. Who’s Who ended sixth and Ecurie D staggered home last. DELIA DU POMMEREUX REPLAY   Delia du Pommereux PMU, ATG, Aby files/photos. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Elvis De Vallon, harness racing

Elvis Du Vallon rocks feature

This day’s Bordeaux le Bouscat featured Gr. III Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 61,000€, 2650 meters for 6-11 year olds) went to 1.12.6kr timed Elvis du Vallon (7m Reve de Beylev) for David Thomain and trainer Charles Cuiller. Off at 2.4/1 the winner overcame a 25-meter handicap to record his 15th career victory now for 467,290€ earned. 6.4/1 Desir de Bannes was second for owner/trainer Herve Sionneau and third home was 15/1 Fakir Merite handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Marty. For a race replay, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 1.2/1 favorite Tjacko Zaz (9g Crazed-Kinoras Zaz-Angus Hall) took the La Capelle featured Prix Federation des Courses du Nord (purse 27,000€, 2700 meters autostart, 7-10 year old Europeans) timed in 1.14.9kr over the rain soaked surface. This was Tjacko’s fourth win in France and the victory increased his life earnings to 181,278€. Franck Nivard patiently teamed the winner for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owners Kings Arms/Avesta AB. The 3.6/1 Even Dream Music (7f Kaiser Soze) was second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne and 22/1 Haubergs Knight (8m Scarlet Knight) was third for Franck Ouvrie and trainer F.B. Larsson For a race replay, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Hegate Love (4f Bilibili - Regate du Popey) took the Summer Races Monte 1st Qualifier for four year olds (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, monte), clocked in 1.12.5kr at Paris-Vincennes. Alexandre Abrivard was the jockey for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard as the winner scored for the fifth time for 129,550€in life earnings. She was off at 6/1 odds and defeated 25/1 Hyette du Terroir (4f Boccador de Simm) with Leo Abrivard in the irons for L.C. Abrivard. 36/1 Hollywood Night (4f Boccador de Simm) took third for P.Y. Verva. Hegate Love The same day at Chartres saw three year olds on stage. In the Prix Roger Pateny/Open des Regions Haute Normandie-Ile de France (purse 17,000€, 2800 meters) the 2.1/1 In Love With Chenu (3f Briac Dark) scored in 1.20.3kr for Pierre Pellerot and breeder/owner/trainer Franck Pellerot. Second was 3/1 Isolente Revisite (3f Ready Cash - Mara Bourbon) for Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer J,A. Hernandez-Navarro. In Love With Chenu In the Prix Ambulance Phenix/Open des Regions Haute Normandie Ile de France (three year olds, purse 17,000€, 2800 meters) Infiel (3m Goetmals Wood - Avenue Victoria) scored in 1.19kr for owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Hernandez-Navarro. Off at 10/1 Infield now has two career wins in as many starts for 13,500€ earned. The 9/10 favorite Isocrate d’Ela (3m Bird Parker) was second for Romain Derieux and 3.7/1 Invincible Bourbon (3m Love You - Ceta Extra Bourbon - Ready Cash-Etta Extra) rallied for third for Eric Raffin. Infiel LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The second leg of the Criterium de Vitesse was held this day at Argentan, France in the Grande Vitesse de Basse-Normandie (Gr. II, purse 90,000€, International, 1609 meters autostart). Ce Bello Romain (9g Jan Pridem - Miss Echo Bello). Off at 3.1/1 odds, scored in 1.09.9kr (mile rate 1:52.4) for harness racing driver Mathieu Mottier. He is owned by trainer S.G. DuPont and Ce Bello won for the 21st time now for 691,730 in life earnings. The 32/1 Valokaja Hindo (10m Great Challenger - Hinde Enghave) was second showing improved form and reined by Nicolas Bazire. He is trained by Jean Michel Bazire for owner Eirik Djuve. Third was 92/1 Digne et Droit (8m The Best Madrik - Plenty Pocket) for Franck Nivard, trainer Pierre Alain Rynwalt-Boulard and owner Jose Fernandez-Sanchez. Bahia Quesnot, Cicero Noa, Etonnant and Billie de Montfort next followed the top three. Bahia and Etonnant battled early and it inflicted a toll on them. Wild Love and Blues des Landiers were miscue dq’s. Ce Bello Romain For race replay, click here.     On the same card was the Prix Up And Quick (purse 23,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European five year olds) with the 1.11.4kr timed victory (mile rate 1:54.8) to the 2.4/1 odds Ampia Mede SM (5f Ganymede - Polimpia Slide Am) for pilot Franck Nivard. This Scuderia Sc.Fin property is trained by Fabrice Souloy and she  recorded her first win in France now for 84,696€ in life earnings. 6.3/1 Adeline (5f Village Mystic) was second for Alexis Charadame, trainer Souloy and owner Stephane Bernardi. 23/1 Genevrier (5g Niky) was third for Francois Lecanu, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Ampia Mede Sm   At Rambouillet was the third leg of the Trophee Vert 2021 series (purse 45,000€, 2800 meters distance handicap). Detroit Ace (8g Texas Charm - Rose de Beauregard), at 15/1 odds, scored   The 105/1 long shot Caid Dore (9g Corot) was second for Bruno Marie and 17/1 Dream de Lasserie (8g Orlando Vici) took third, overcoming a 50 meter handicap, for trainDetoiter/driver Romain Derieux.   Detroit Ace   Soon to follow is Aby’s Paraympiatravet with the starters listed below along with prior winners of this classic event.         Previous winners: the race once named Olympiatravet LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Moni Viking (8m Maharajah - Jeunesse Doree-Coktail Jet) returned from a good winter season in France to win today’s Orebro International Stayerlopp (400,000SEK first money, 3140 meters distance handicap) timed in 1.13.6kr. Bjorn Goop teamed the winner that overcame a 40-meter handicap to post the victory for owner/trainer/breeder Jan Lyng. He was off at 2.1/1 odds and recorded his second 2021 victory in seven starts, and his 15th career win in 54 outings. His earnings now is 7.323,348SEK. The winner’s fifth dam is Yankee Sweetheart (Florican - Yankee Maid-Volomite-Elizabeth, Elizabeth the dam of Greyhound/ Moni Viking Chasing Moni Viking was second finishing Ivory di Quattro (6m Love You - Outlook Kronos - Cantab Hall) off at 6.7/1 odds with Rikard N. Skoglund up for trainer Robert Bergh. Third was 8.4/1 Algot Zonett (8g Maharfajah - Hiulda Zonett - Spotlite Lobell) for trainer/driver Daniel Wajersten.     On the same card was the Hakan Lillis Olssons, a Paralympiatravet qualifier, for 150,000SEK first prize. The distance was 16509 meters autostart and 30/1 Dragster (9g Micro Mestg - Timber Marie - Dahir de Prelong) prevailed. Trainer Roger Malmqvist teamed the 1.10.4kr timed winner that won his 17th in 79 career starts, now for 2,297,627SEK earned. This was Dragster’s first 2021 win in three appearances. The 3.2/1 Sorbet (10m Super Photo Kosmos - Altar Bound - Supergill) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and the Stall Zet/Daniel Reden team. The 19/1 odds Harann Boko (7g Maharajah - Zilan Boko - Muscles Yankee) was third for Conrad Lugauer. Dragster Dragster’s pedigree follows:     Ahead in Northern Europe is the Finlandia Ajo on May 9th at Vermo Helsinki. That group includes Click Bait, Dear Friend, Grainfield Aiden, Hickothepooh, Le Gros Bill, Milliondollarrhyme, Ubertino Grif and Zarenne Fas, a Jerry Riordan trainee. The Elitloppet 2021 invitees now include Dorgos de Guez, Aetos Kronos. Don Fanucci Zet, Vivid Wise As and Ecurie D. ATG, Orebro. Elitloppet files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Freeman de Houelle (8m Vigove - Rafina de Houelle) easily took the Gr. III monte Prix Antigone (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 5-10 year old European eligibles) at Vincennes, clocked in 1.12.3kr and off as the 5/10 favorite. Eric Raffin was the harness racing jockey for trainer/breeder Franck Leblanc and owner Stephane Gohier. This was Freeman’s ninth victory for 476,580€ earned. He overcame a 25 meter penalty in this one. Byrh Gede (10g Ganymede) took second for Damien Bonne and owner/trainer Alexandre Pillon. Third home was Edition Gema (7f Prince Gede) for jockey Gaelle Godard and trainer/owner Marc Sassier. Freeman de Houelle The upcoming weekend will include the Trophee Vertg Leg 2 (purse 45,000€, 2800 meters distance handicap) at Rambouillet and that field includes two 50 meter handicapped performers, Brillant Madrik and Express Jet. The same day will have the Criterium de Vitesse de Basse-Normandie at Argentan. (purse 90,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 4-10 year olds Intertnational). Etonnant and Billie de Montfort are among the starters. LeTrot, PMU files/photos http://www.letrot.comFor full race results, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Crack Money (9g Singalo - Quiona) rallied down the middle to secure the 4th leg of the Gran National du Trot Paris-Turf  series (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 2859 meters distance handicap) at Maure de Bretagne. Harness racing driver Cedrik Terry piloted the winner for trainer Patrick Terry and owner Maurice Maige. This was the winners’ 17th career win now for 285,520€ earned. Race time was 1.13.2kr. Second was the 6/10 favorite Epsom d’Herfraie (7g Rieussec) for Eric Raffin and 20/1 Golden Bridge (5m Ready Cash) overcame a 25-meter handicap to be third for David Thomain and trainer Philippe Allaire. Crack Money In the prior day’s Paris-Vincennes groupe action, Italiano Vero (3m Ready Cash - Baraka) scored in the Sulky Summer Qualifier 1 for three year old colts (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, the Prix Paul Karle) clocked in 1.12.2kr. This was the seventh career victory for the David Thomain teamed trainee of owner Philippe Allaire and his earnings reached 227,450€. He was the 9/10 favorite and bested 9/1 Ideal Ligneries (3m Repeat Love - Ouragame) handled by Franck Nivard for the recently reinstated trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie  le Tremont. Third was 6/1 In The Money for Theo Duvaldestin. Italiano Veo The Sulky Summer Three Year Old Filly 1st Qualifier (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart – the Prix Masina) went to 1.13kr timed and 1.1/1 odds Its Now Or Never (3f Charly du Noyer - Deep Purple) reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Gitte Pousen-Allaire. This was her fourth career victory now for 134,950€ earned. The 3.7/1 Inoubliable ()3f Prodigious - Dream Life-Royal Dream) made a huge run that was am nose short for Jean Philippe Dubois, Ecurie Victoria Dream and trainer Philippe Moulin. 59/1 Illusive Artist (3f Prodigious - Rea; Artist-Love You) landed third for Julien Dubois and the Moulin/Ecurie Victoria Dream team. Its Now Or Never On April 25 at Modena Ghirlandina was the Gran Premio Tito Giovanardi (purse 154,000€, 2080 meters autostart, Gr. I for three year olds) and Philippe Allaire send his trained and owned Calmthebreeze (3m Trixton - Gilly LB-Supergill) to the 1.14.5kr clocked victory. Andrea Guzzinati was the pilot. Second home was Chuky Roc (3m Nad Al Sheba - Simphony Roc - Daguet Rapide) for Filippo Rocca and third was Classic Garf (3m Vivid Wise As - Savoia As - Varenne) for reinsman Vincent Luongo. Calmthebreeze The winning pedigree is a good one:   LeTrot, Gaet Modena Ghirlanina files/photos by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink    

AND ONE IS HEADING DOWNUNDER TO NORTHERN RIVERS EQUINE IT isn’t an everyday occurrence that a harness racing trainer gets to train two brothers that win over $3.6 million between them. So the Swedish-born and legendary North American trainer Jimmy Takter must count his lucky stars to have Pastor Stephen and then his full-brother Father Patrick waltz into his New Jersey barn in 2009 and 2012 respectively. Pastor Stephen, who was judged the USTA Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year in 2010, will later this year board a plane bound for Northern Rivers Equine at Kyabram, Victoria to commence his first breeding season in the flesh Down Under. The two-season race career of Pastor Stephen’s resulted in 22 starts for 10 wins, eight placings and prizemoney of $1,048,607. His trainer Jimmy Takter summed him up nicely; “He was a really good gaited colt, easy horse to be around and race. He was top three of his class as a three-year-old. Unfortunately he got injured in a transport incident before the Hambletonian where he finished third in his elimination and fifth in the Final from post 10. After that a coffin bone injury put an end to his career in USA and he was sold to Europe. I have reserved two breeding rights to him now that he is back in USA." Jimmy Takter Pastor Stephen Pastor Stephen was purchased in 2018 by Kentucky, USA, based Taylor Made Stallions but a lengthy legal battle delayed his return to the stallion barn until this year. He is now located at Premier Acres in Indiana with the full book sign hoisted in early April. He is the older full-brother to the champion Father Patrick 1:50.4 $2.558 million. Father Patrick also didn’t win the Hambletonian but was voted the USTA Trotting Colt of the Year as a Two and Three-Year-Old. He has now commenced his stallion career in glorious style having sired the millionaires Greenshoe 1:49.8 and Amigo Volo 1:51 plus the outstanding filly Sister Sledge 1:51.4 in his first two crops. On April 11 Father Patrick was the sire of the highest-priced trotting yearling ever sold in Australia when the colt from the Angus Hall mare Une Belle Allure was knocked down for $170,000. The pedigree of Pastor Stephen has two-year-old speed stamped all over it - evidenced by; ** Pastor Stephen - the 2010 USTA Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. ** Father Patrick - the 2013 USTA Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. ** Cantab Hall [the Sire of Pastor Stephen and Father Patrick] - undefeated in 10 starts as a two-year-old and voted the 2003 USTA Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. ** Chocolatier [half-brother to the dam of Pastor Stephen] - voted the 2005 USTA Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Cantab Hall, who is a descendant of the Valley Victory sireline, was an instant hit as a sire from the time he commenced stud duty in 2005. He has now sired 11 millionaires and is about to shoot past $100 million in progeny earnings. In 2020 he sired both the colt and filly winners of the North American Breeders Crown Finals. Pastor Stephen will make a perfect consort for so many mares in the Southern Hemisphere and especially mares by Majestic Son. Majestic Son, who is by Angus Hall, has sired more than 800 foals in the Southern Hemisphere who are now three-year-olds or older so the owners of those 400 or so mares should have Pastor Stephen on their radars. To date two of Father Patrick’s best three progeny are from mares sired by that Garland Lobell sireline, which is responsible for Majestic Son. Pastor Stephen is a grand looking 16 hands individual. Take a look at the impressive video on the Northern Rivers Equine website and judge for yourself. Dr Kath McIntosh and her team are thrilled to be providing his Southern Hemisphere base in 2021 . His Service Fee is $5,500 including GST. Bookings are now being taken by calling Northern Rivers Equine [03] 5852 2845 or by calling - Dr Kath McIntosh 0427 497 429 / John Coffey 0429 278 279.  

A superb card at Enghien featured three groupe level events. In the Gr. II Sulky Summer (four year olds qualifier I), purse 100,000€, 2875 meters, seven starters) the 2.2/1 odds Hatchet Man (4m Goetmals Wood - Suricate) scored impressively in 1.13.2kr with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire. This was his eighth career win in 18 starts now for 187,280€ earned. 26/1 Hety du Goutier (4m Ready Cash - Quety du Gouteir) garnered second and 3/10 favorite Hohneck (4m Royal Dream - Caranca) was third with Franck Nivard up for owner/trainer Allaire. Hatchet Man In the Gr. II Sulky Summer Four Year Old Filly (purse 100,000€, 2875 meters, qualifier II) the 2/1 co-favorite Hirondelle Sibey (4f Gazouillis - Cenlna du Chatelet) scored in 1.13.1kr for Eric Raffin, trainer J.M. Baudouin and Ecurie Le Rivage. This was her eight career victory in 23 outings for 414,100€ earned. The 18/1 Havanaise (3f Ricimer) was second for Franck Nivard and 2.1/1 co-favorite Heliade du Goutier (4f Prodigious) was third for Gabriele Gelormini, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Saint Martin. Hirondelle Sibey The big show was the Gr. I Prix d’Atlantique (purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and 1.8/1 Vivid Wise As (7m Yankee Glide - Temple Blue Chip) was the best with his 1.11kr victory. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed his trainee for Scuceria Bivans Stl to his seventh win in France in 20 appearances, now for 1,221,898€ in career earnings. The 16/1 longshot Etonnant (7m Timoko - Migraine) was a game second for Anthony Barrier and trainer/owner Richard Westerink. The 2.3/1 Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky - Noune du Pommereux) took third money for Eric Raffin, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Fourth after a big late rally was 65/1 Jerry Mom (8m Ready Cash - Graziella) for Pierre Vervruysse, trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPG Horses. Vivid Wise As     On April 24 at Halmstad the local Jerry Riordan trainee Aetos Kronos (5m Bold Eagle - Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) scored in the Paralympiatravet Third Qualifier (150,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.12kr. Off at 7.3/1 Aetos won impressively from the back with Magnus A. Djuse teaming for Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB. Aetos now has 13 wins in 31 starts for 8,544,252SEK. And he has two wins in 2021. He started from post 12 to defeat 41/1 Nadal Broline (11g Yankee Glide - Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) handled by Bjorn Goop. 68/1 odds Heart Of Steel (7g Cantab Hall - Angel Heikant) landed third for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Cyber Lane was fifth and Handsome Brad finished eighth. On April 22 at Bollnas the impressive Don Fanucci Zet (5m Hard Livin - Kissed By The West-Western Terror) scored in 1.11.9kr for Orjan Kilhstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. He now has 11 career wins in 19 starts for 5,088,500SEK earned. Diamanten finished second this day. He last started April 2 in his first 2021 appearance when he was second to Clock Bait timed in 1.09.9kr. So far there are four Elitloppet invites for the 2021 event – Ecurie D. Don Fanucci Zet, Aetos Kronos and Vivid Wise As. SEK, PMU, LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Prix Aletheia (purse 67,000€, 2850 meters) led the way today at Paris-Vincennes and 6.6/1 Feerie Wood (6f Rockfeller Center-Vive Fee) was back in form for the 1.12.5kr timed victory. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the L.Cl. Abrivard trainee to her eighth career victory in 43 starts, now for 391,500€ earned. Feerie Wood was bred by Ecurie D. Today she bested 39/1 Deus Ex Machina (8g Ricimer) with trainer Herve Soinneau up. Third home was 20/1 Fragonard Delo (6g Akim de Cap Vert) for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Feerie Wood On the same card 3/1 Guevara du Pont (5m Tabler - Tina du Pont) scored in a quick 1.11lr for Nicolas Bazire, trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owner J.P. Bragato in the Prix Asterope (purse 43,000€, 2100 meters autostart, five year olds). This was his tenth career victory and advanced his earnings to 130,190€. This win was a close one, a nose over 3.9/1 Gold River (5g Coktail Jet - Riviere Eskerorce handled by Matthieu Abrivard. Guevara du Pont The day’s Prix Neptuna (purse 51,000€, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to 5.8/1 Eileen (7f Rooyal Dream - Liberation) teamed with trainer Romain Derieux for owner Mauricette De Sousa, as shw won for the 14th time in 32 starts for 247,310€ earned. The  7.1/1 Fiable (6f Ready Cash - Nika) was second handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for Ecurie Comte P de Montesson and trainer Emmanuel Ruault. Third was the 3/1 odds favorite Electra du Vivier (7f Password - Fee de Beauvoisin) for jean Michel Bazire and owned by breeder Jean Yves Lecuyer. Eileen On the prior weekend (April 18) the legendary Jean Pierre Dubois drove two winners at two different tracks. At Alencon the victory was on turf in the Prix de la Conorvine de Saint-Gorma (purse 13,000€, 2675 meters, three year olds). Infiel (3m Goetmals Wood - Avenue Victoria) was victorious for JPD in her first start. Time was not recorded. J. A. Hernandez-Navarro trains this colt. Infiel To watch the race video, click here. At Bihorel des Rouen Dubois won the Prix Brasserie le BG (purse 11,000€, 2500 meters, three year olds) with his Ilismo (3m Scipion du Goutier - Alisma du Corta). This was his first career victory and he was bred by Scuderia di Vergiano Srl. Ilismo PMU, LeTrot files/photos For full race results, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Hatha Josselyn (4fn Charly du Noyer - Ta Josselyn) took the Prix de la Porte Saint-Cloud (purse 38,000€, 2150 meters autostart, nine starters) at Enghien this day timed in 1.14.0kr. Hatha was the 1.7/1 favorite and recorded her third career victory now for 63,850€ earned. Jean Michel Bazire teamed his trainee for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. Happy Story (4f Prodigious - Rapide Aventure) was second handled by breeder Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Holly Mesloise (4f Roc Meslois) was third for reinsman Eric Raffin Hatha Josselyn On April 21 at Solvalla was the Onions Lopp (purse 20,700€, 1640 meters autostart) that went to 4.9/1 Milliondollarrhyme (7g Ready Cash - Nursery Rhyme-Credit Winner) clocked in 1.10.7kr. Trainer Fredrick B. Larsson teamed the winner to his 13th career victory in 50 starts now for 4,824,738SEK earned. He is a likely Elitloppet invitee. There was a dead-heat for second between 12/1 Forfantone AM (6m Muscle Hill - Tamla Celeber - Cantab Hall) reined by Torbjorn Jansson and the 4/10 favorite Missle Hill (6m Muscle Hill - India Hall - Garland Lobell) with Orjan Kihlstrom up. 34/1 Chestnut Hill (4m Muscle Hill) and 9/1 Click Bait (5m Cantab Hall) completed the top five. Milliondollarrhyme   PMU, Solvalla files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove - Rafina de Houelle) easily won the Prix Cornelia (purse 80,000€, monte, 2850 meters, eight starters) this day at Paris-Vincennes timed in 1.12.2kr. Eric Raffin was the winning jockey for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Stephane Gohier as Freeman won for the eighth time in 31 appearances for 436,080€ in career earnings. He was off as the 4/10  odds favorite and defeated the 6/4! Diamant de Treabat (8g Kuadro Wild) with Clement Frecelle in the irons for trainer/owner Oascal Monthule. Third was 7.7/1 Carioca de Lou (9g Jag de Bellouet) for jockey Leo Abrivard. Freeman de Houelle On Wednesday the Onions Lopp takes place at Solvalla and from that might emerge Elitloppet invitations. Click Bait, Missle Hill and Milliondollarrhyme are among the likely rivals. On Friday at Vincennes will be the Prix Aletheia with that field including Feerie Wood and Feydeau Seven. Then on Saturday at Enghien will be the Gr. I International Prix d’Atlantique (purse 170,000€, 2150 meters) and two divisions of the Summer Race qualifiers for four year olds, each for a 100,000€ purse and raced over 2985 meters. The Atlantique field includes five million euro plus career winners led by 2.44€ million winner Billie de Montfort. The filed is listed below in post position order by horse/driver/trainer: Chica de Joudes (Alain Laurent driver/trainer) Davidson du Pont (Jean Michel Bazire driver/trainer) Billie de Montfort (Gabriele Gelormini, Sebastien Guarato) Vivid Wise As (Alessandro Gocciadoro driver/trainer) Vitruvio (Federico Esposito, Alessandro Gocciadoro) Delia du Pommereux (Eric Raffin, Sylvain Roger) Etonnant (Anthony Barrier, Richard Westerink) Valokaja Hindo (Nicolas Bazire, Jean Michel Bazire) Wild Love (Alexis Prat, Anders Lindqvist) Jerry Mom (Pierre Vercruysse, Luc Roelens) Calle Crown (David Thomain, Tomas Malmqvist) Unique Juni (Matthieu Abrivard, Jurgen Westholm) PMU, Gaet files and photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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Davidson du Pont (8m Pacha du Pont - Laguna du Pont) rallied late in the lane to capture today’s Gr. II Prix Kerjacques (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, International) clocked in 1.11.9kr at Paris-Vincennes for reinsman Nicolas Bazire, breeder/owner Albert Rayon and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Off at 8.3/1 odds, Davidson recorded his 15th victory now for 1,654,010€ earned. 23/1 Detroit Castelets (8m Neoh Jiel) was second and 44/1 Carat Williams (9m Prodigious) took third ahead of Chica de Joudes and 2/10 favorite Dorgos de Guez. Davidson du Pont On the undercard 13/1 Gout Baroque (5m Offshore Dream - Joie Baroque) took the Gr. II Sulky Summer Series Third Qualifier for five year olds (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters) clocked in 1.12.7kr after a powerful closing burst. Eric Raffin teamed this Thierry Raffegeau trainee to his ninth career win now for 234,700€ earned. The 1.9/1 favorite Green Grass (5f Bold Eagle - Tootsie Smiling) held second for Mathieu Mottier and 4.1/1 Genay de Banville (5m Jasmin de Flore) took third for Jean Michel Bazire. Giant Chief and Grand Art completed the top five.Gout Baroque Heliade du Goutier (4f Prodigious - Voltige du Goutier) captured the Gr. III Prix du Vaueluse (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, European four year olds) timed in 1.13.7kr. Heliade won for the third time in her career for 163,050€ earned. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for Ecurie Saint Martin. This 8/10 favorite bested 2.1/1 Haziella d’Amour (4f Un Amour d’Haufor) with Alexandre Abrivard up. Third was 12/1 Beautiful Colibri (4f Ready Cash)-Gilly LB) for Francois Lagadeuc. Heliade du Goutier The Gr. III Prix de L’Aube (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, European four year olds) went to 17/1 Hades de Vandel (4m Ganymede - Silene de Vandel) for Robin Bakker timed in 1.14.7kr. Paul Hagoort trains this one for Stable Why Not as Hades won his fourth, now for 134,550€ earned. 2.1/1 odds Harvest de Buliere (4m Charly du Noyer) was second and 4.4/1 Bolero Gar (4m Varenne) took third for Leo Abrivard. Hades de Vandel The Gr. II monte Prix Jean Gauvreau (monte qualifier one for five year old monte performers, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters) went to 7/10 favorite Gef de Play (5m Gazouillis - Paradise Island) with Yoann Lebourgeois the jockey for Franck Leblanc. Race time was 1.10.9kr as Gef won his fifth, now for 235,770€ in life earnings. The 14/1 Granvillaise Blue (5f Jag de Bellouet) took second for Camille Levesque and 15/1 Gloria du Gers (5f Ready Cash) was next for J.Y. Ricard in the irons. Gef de Play Last on this power packed card was the Prix du Rouergue (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European 7-10 year olds) and 2.1/1 Calle Crown (7m Great Challenger - Hillary Crown) scored in 1.11.4kr for David Thomain, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Easy KB. Calle won for the fifth time in France and now posts earnings of 430,014 for his career. The 5.8/1 Equinoxe Jiel (7m Rancho Gede) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 5/2 Decoloration (8f Prince d’Espace) was third for Tony Le Beller. Dexter Chatho and Wild Love completed the first five. Calle Crown This was a superb racing day at Vincennes. Many more ahead this summer. LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    
37/1 Hickothepooh (9f Triton Sund-Hilarious Face-Pine Chip) rallied from last to first to take the Finlandia Ajo (purse 190,000€, 1620 meters autostart) at Vermo Helsinki. Vidar Hop was the pilot for trainer Trond Anderssen and Stall Sorlie Kiosk. The winner was victorious for the 27th time in 90 career starts and added 110,000€ to his 196,794€ bankroll entering the race, the lowest money earner of any starter going in. Race time was 1.09.9kr. The 7.4/1 odds Next Direction (8g Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx-SJs Photo) was second for Iikka Nurmonen and 5.6/1 Vernissage Grif (7m Varenne) was third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Milliondollarrhyme finished fourth. Gocciadoro also won with Aston Bar (5m Ready Cash-Marasque-Daguet Rapide) on the same card with a 1.14.1kr victory. Aston Bar is undefeated in 2020-2021 with 11 straight wins and he is 16 for 21 in his career. Replay: https://www.veikkaus.fi/fi/veikkaustv/tototv/81085 Yesterday at Napoli (ITY), Gocciadoro won the GP Freccia d’Europe (purse 154,000€, 1600 meters autostart) with the 1.10.4kr timed Alrajah One (5m Maharajah-Marfiu’-Varenne). The victory increased his career earnings to over 721,000€. Antony Leone (5m Libessio Grif) was second ahead of Zefiro d’Ete (6m Mago d’Amore). Alrajah One Italy’s three year olds battled today at Bologna in separate male and female division of the GP Italia. In the male group Carlomagno d’Esi (3m Love You-Primula d’Esi) scored in 1.14.1kr for Andrea Farolfi. The purse was 40,040€ and the race distance was 2,060 meters autostart. The females raced for the same purse and over the same distance with Farolfi again the winning reinsman. This time the 1.15.3kr timed winner was Cher Ek (3f Nad A; Sheba-Freedom Ek-Bon Vivant). Vermo Areena, Gaet files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  
Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky-Noune du Pommereux-Halimede) rallied to win today’s Paralympiatravet (purse 279,095€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 entrants) clocked in 1.10.9kr for harness racing reinsman Eric Raffin, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Delia won for the 15th time in 71 career starts now for 1,545,048€ in life earnings. She was off at 2.3/1 and benefitted from a vicious early speed duel between Who’s Who and Ecurie D. The first 500 meters was clocked in 1.06.7kr. Delia followed Aetos Kronos third over in tier two, and then rocketed past in the lane. 8.9/1 Very Kronos (7m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) was up for second handled by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath and third was 6.1/1 Aetos Kronos (5m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Jerry Riordan. 6.4/1 Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet) and 105/1 Ble du Gers (10g Quinoa du Gers) completed the top five. Who’s Who ended sixth and Ecurie D staggered home last. DELIA DU POMMEREUX REPLAY   Delia du Pommereux PMU, ATG, Aby files/photos. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  
This day’s Bordeaux le Bouscat featured Gr. III Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 61,000€, 2650 meters for 6-11 year olds) went to 1.12.6kr timed Elvis du Vallon (7m Reve de Beylev) for David Thomain and trainer Charles Cuiller. Off at 2.4/1 the winner overcame a 25-meter handicap to record his 15th career victory now for 467,290€ earned. 6.4/1 Desir de Bannes was second for owner/trainer Herve Sionneau and third home was 15/1 Fakir Merite handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Marty. For a race replay, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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