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September 12, 2015 - Saturday’s Prix Georges Dreux (Gr. III, purse €105,000, 2850 meters, monte 11 starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to 4/5 choice Nene’Degli Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joseph Cachia. Clocked in 1.14kr the winner defeated 4/1 odds Virgious du Maza (6g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) ridden by Damien Bonne for trainer Sebastien Ernault. Third went to 6.8/1 Scarlet Turgot (9f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Y-A Briand. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXzlrXi8Mbo Ulster Perrine (7m Tenor de Baune-Nana Perrine) took the Prix RMC (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) on the good undercard timed in 1.12.8kr for J-M Bazire driving for trainer J-M Baudouin, off at 2.4.1 odds. Atlas du Vinci (7g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton) was second for Joakim Lovgren at 3.4/1 with third to 6.4/1 Osiride Grif (7m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK) reined by Pierre Levesque for Nicolas Ensch trainer. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €3.15 million. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbyb6Bgm8aY   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 16 Ulster Perrine J.-M. Bazire C. Ouzzan J.-M. Baudouin 2ème 9 Alfas Da Vinci SWE J. Lövgren Stall Jamn Lenhovda J. Lövgren 3ème 12 Osiride Grif ITY P. Levesque Winner Stable N. Ensch 4ème 18 Tarass d'Amour E. Raffin Ecurie Sébastien Guarato S. Guarato 5ème 15 Urac R. Derieux A. De Sousa N. Ensch  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.150.000 € - Numéro plus : 2161   Ordre :       1.960,00€   Désordre :       39,20€   Bonus 4 :       4,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       4,00€   Bonus 3 :       4,00€ 24/1 Coeur Baroque (3g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) was victorious in the Prix de Montelimar (purse €62,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) clocked in 1.15.9kr for teamster Damien Bonne and trainer Thierry Raffegeau. Even-money favorite Chicago Blues (3m Prodigious-New Orleans) held second for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin with third to 31/1 Cow Boy Griff (3m Look de Star-Sita de Boisney) and reinsman Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. The Gr. I Prix de l’Etoile (purse €240,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) went to the 1.13.2kr clocked, 9/10 favorite Cristal Money (3m Coktail Jet-Making Money) driven by Franck Nivard. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner that defeated 6/1 Coquin Bebe (3m Rancho Gede-Noble Nenette) and teamster J-M Bazire for trainer Franck Leblanc. 43/1 outsider Barjal(4m Memphis du Rib-Jaldemosa) landed third for trainer/driver Franck Anne. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-4iwjPyKdo The Paris-Vincennes co-featured Gr. I Prix de Normadie (purse €240,000, monte over 3000 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.14.6kr timed winner Astor du Quenne (5m Opus Viervil-Qualinka du Quenne) handled by Antoine Lamy for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Haras de la Coquenne. He was off at 36/1 odds. 2.6/1 Apprenti Sorcier (5m Love You-Queen of Viking) was second for Camille Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 5.3/1 Alexia (5f Prodigious-Ilexia) was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gLzpCp2udY At Wolvega the Derby Four Year-Olds (purse €28,600, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 9.8/1 Early Stardust (4f Orlando Vici-Timely Stardust-Super Arnie) for trainer/driver Cees-F Kemminga. 4/1 Exceptional Boko (4m Virgill Boko-Uncommon Boko) was second for Rob-T DeVieger and trainer D-P Tesselaar with third to 22/1 Easytowin (4f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) with Dion-P Tesselaar up on his trainee. At Bollnas SWE this day, the Gold Division (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) was won by Nimbus CD (5g Mythical Lindy-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stefan Hultman in a 1.12.2kr tight photo over Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Daniel Reden the pilot. Beau Mec was third for Robert Bergh. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 29, 2015 - Roxane Griff, albeit finishing third, and Ave Avis were headliners in today’s Paris-Vincennes program that included five groupe events and the Quinte+. Captain Crazy, Nene Degli Ulivi, Un Charme Fou, Villeroi and well-bred Calita Wood were also victorious. Race summaries follow. The Gr. II Prix Victor Regis (€120,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters) for three year-olds went to 5/2 odds Captain Crazy (3m Quaro-Quick Scarlet) driven by Tony Le Beller for trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Le Tremont. The length winner was clocked in 1.16.1kr to defeat 29/1 Cahal des Rioults (3m Password-Plessie des Rioults) with Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire. 43/1 Chant des Sirenes (3m Opus Viervil-Nice Quenny) was third for F-P Bossuet. 1.4/1 favorite Cristal Money finished fifth. The Gr. II monte Prix Camille Lepecq (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to 1.2/1 favorite Nene Degli Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli) for Alexandre Abrivard. Vincent Lacroix trains this one for owner Joe Cachia. Clocked in 1.14kr (fractions 1.17.2kr at 1500; 1.14.8kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500) the winner vanquished 3.9/1 Tess de Villeneuve (8f Goetmals Wood-Joie de Villeneuve) and David Thomain with 7/1 Roxane Griff (10f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) and Eric Raffin home third. Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio-Lanaka) was fourth for Adrien Lamy at 21/1. Roxane earned €16,800 today and that placed her career earnings at €3,003,818.  The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.2 million) today was the Prix de Neuilly (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) and the winner was Un Charme Fou (7m Love You-Ma Crown) at 3.3/1 odds and reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Cl. Guedy. The winner recorded career victory 14 in 54 starts. Tina Jolie was a close second but was disqualified causing 4.3/1 Urus (7g Liwi-Trojka de Mai) to be placed second with Gabriel Gelormini aboard. Placed third was Rififi Nonantais (10g Kerido du Donjon-Info Nonantaise) with trainer/driver Romain Derieux up. Time for the winner was 1.13.1kroff rated fractions (1.14.2kr at 1500; 1.13.3kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500 to mark). The Gr. III Prix de Beaugency (purse €105,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to pacesetter Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux-Pocahontas) for teamster Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. This 3/5 favorite held off 10/1 Tornado Bello (8m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) with returning to action Pierre Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders. Dam Enfilade produced Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Third today went to 37/1 Ugor du Beauvoisin (7m Olitro-Klea du Beauvoisin) with Alexandre Abrivard driving and fourth was 26/1 Very Nice Marceaux (6m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna) for Pierre Vercruysse. The winner was timed in 1.13.2kr after reaching the 500 to go marker in 1.13.3kr. Today’s feature event was the Gr. I Criterium des 5 Ans (purse €240,000, 3000 meters, 13 starters) and after three recalls and the scratching of Anna Mix that refused to start, the field finally was underway and during the course were four more disqualifications including favorite Amiral Sacha just as he was surging to the lead. Ultimately, J-M Bazire and his barefoot trainee Ave Avis (5m Kasaco Phedo-Magna Avis) prevailed at 13/1 for owner Ottavia Roffi-Urano. 1.8/1 Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retiz-Prima du Cap Vert) rallied to be second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne, also racing without shoes. 18/1 Africaine (5f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) was third for Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois despite being impeded by the breaking Amiral Sacha. Athena de Vandel (5f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel) was fourth at 128/1 for Cedrik Megissier with fifth to the Tony Le Beller reined, Anders Lindqvist trained 102/1 Anette du Mirel. Time of the race was a sharp 1.12.6kr over the extended distance with solid fractions (1.14kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000;1.12.8kr at 500 to go mark). The Gr. II Prix Uranie (€120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 15 three year-old female starters) went to the Jean-Pierre Dubois owned and reined Calita Wood (3f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) at 4/1 and trained by Yves Boireau. This filly raced all of the contest on the outer and midway rallied three wide to the death-seat where she remained before surging to the front off the final turn. Once on the lead she held the front firmly under minimal urging. Calita Wood was timed in 1.15.1kr with steady, rated fractions. 23/1 Caline Elde (3f Laetenter Diem-OK Floride) was second for Mathieu Mottier ahead of 40/1 Cuise La Motte (3f Repeat Love-Onagra du Vivier) and Tony Le Beller. 4.2/1 Cere Josselyn (3f Kaisy Dream-Kate) was fourth for David Thomain and fifth went to 12.3/1 Couleur Citron (3f Coktail Jet-L’Aunou du Fier) for driver Pierre Levesque and owner J-P Barjon. The winner’s dam Qualita Bourbon earned $1,826,528 with victories at ages three and four in the Criterium des Jeunes, Prix de l’Etoie, Prix Roquepine, Prix de Selection, Grand Prix de l’UET and Criterium Continental. At five she was a game third in the Prix d’Amerique. In a stellar career she won 21 times in 31 starts. Qualita Bourbon has also produced Tast of Bourbon 1:55.1 ($263,105) and Quel Bourbon 1:53.2 ($35,392) and her dam Etta Extra (Florestan-Une Crown-Speedy Crown) produced Mara Bourbon 1:53.4 ($1,967,940) and Sam Bourbon 1:55.1 ($443,397). Thomas H. Hicks  

June 26, 2015 - Friday’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.6 million) Prix de Parisien (€58,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to Sweden’s Calvin Borel (5m Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Furan-Lindy’s Crown) with Conrad Lugauer aboard as owner/trainer/driver. The 15/1 winner recorded his eighth career victory timed in 1.11.4kr to vanquish 7/1 Bolide de l’Oison (4m Paris Haufor-Punaise) with Franck Ouvrie teaming for trainer Christine Delamare. 5/1 American Jet (5m Quaker Jet-Marlena) was third for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner Antonio Dee Sousa. 2/1 favorite Fredericus (5g Allison Hollow-Fridericia) was fourth for reinsman Michael Nimczyk and German owner Ecurie Preusen. The monte Gr. III Prix Paul Delanoe (€110,000 purse, 2700 meters, 8 European starters) went to Italy’s 3/10 favorite Nene’ Deglo Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joe Cachia. The winner scored in 1.13.9kr (fractions 1.16.7kr at 1500; 1.15kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500) and recorded his 28th career victory for earnings of €685,385. 16/1 Udayama (7f Echo-Lencia du Pont) was second for jickey G. Prat and owner/trainer Loic Groussard. 15/1 Texas de l’Iton (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iladia de l’Iton) was third for Joann Lebourgeois, trainer Hughes Levesque and owner Ecurie de l’Iton. Recent new mile distance monte record holder Torre Crepin raced second on the outer before fading to last out of the final bend. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 9, 2015 - Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Faux-Pocahontas) took today’s co-featured Prix du Gatinais (€85,000 purse, 14 European starters, 2700 meters) timed in 1.12.6kr for harness racing driver Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. Ecurie Pierre Pilarski owns the winner that scored at odds of 4.7/1. Tornado Bello (8m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade), the half-brother to Offshore Dream, was a game pacesetting second for Thomas Levesque and trainer Mike Lenders as 2.3/1 favorite and third went to Triskell Pacha (8g Elio Josselyn-Derose de la Butte) and teamster Franck Nivard. Sometime pressed the lead during much of the contest but tired and went offstride late. Fractions were solid with a quick final 500 meters (1.13.1kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.2kr at 500 and 1.12.6kr finish). This race was today’s Quinte+ with a jackpot of €3.55 million. The Gr. III Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue (monte, €120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 7 International starters) went to rallying Nene’Degli Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) and Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Vincent Lacroix. Off at 7.7/1 the winner recorded career victory 17 in 40 outings, scoring in 1.14.4kr off slow fractions (1.13.5kr at 1500; 1.15kr at 1000; 1.15.7kr at 500, 1.14.4kr finish) set by second place 25/1 odds Vision Intense (6f Prodigious-Intense Action) ridden by Nathalie Henry for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Rarely a pacesetter Vision Intense raced very well. Great mare Roxane Griff (10f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) rallied valiantly late to be a close third for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and Ecurie Griff. She was off at 4.7/1 and raced fifth on the pegs until late in the lane. The Prix du Perreux (European, €80,000 purse, 13 starters) for upper class campaigners went to Rember Mail (5m Toss Out-E Mail Spin) and reinsman Christophe Martens for trainer Victor Martens at 3.1/1 odds. He rushed to the front with 1000 meters to go and led to the line scoring in 1.14.8kr for owner Ecurie GIGA Srl of Italy. Perkins Grif (6m Classic Photo-Radiant Victory) was second at 7.5/1 after making a strong push of the last turn and sustaining that run throughout the stretch for Roberto Andreghetti. Fabrice Souloy trains this one for Scuderia Future 2004 Srl. Rooibus (6m Rotation-Miss Tessani) was third along the pegs for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner BS Stables AB at 8.5/1.  Fractions were pedestrian that set up a quick and wild finish (1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.15.5kr at 1000; 1.16.2kr at 500; 1.14.8kr finish). Thomas H. Hicks

January 24, 2015 - The Prix Ready Cash (€60,000 purse, 2850 meters, 18 European harness racing six year-old males and geldings) went to Rooibus (6m Rotation-Miss Tresami) ) in 1.14.6kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Off at 5/1 the winner handled another 5/1 shot, Italy’s Paparazzi (6g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo) with Adrian Kolgjini up. 2.3/1 favorite Princes di Paggio (6m Varenne-Moon Shadow) was third for Franck Nivard. The Prix Varenne (€55,000 purse, 2175 meters, monte with eight European starters) went to Scoot To Score (6g Quite Easy-Twilight Sund) at 19/1. Vincent Martens trains the winner and Jonathan Carre was up as he scored in 1.14.4kr to defeat Valentino Neige (6g Norman Jet-Notre Neige) and Mathieu Mottier. Viking Dream was third for Eric Raffin. Bjorn Goop teamed the Daniel Reden trainee Call Me Keeper (5m Pine Chip-Aliza Keeper), at 1.2/1 odds, to victory in the Prix de Chateaubriant (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters). Stall Zet owns the winner. Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) was second for Frank Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen, ahead of Aventin Belri (5m Fortuna Fant-Kolarkie) at 13/1. Time was 1.14.5kr. The Prix Offshore Dream (€70,000 purse, 2700 meters, 11 European monte starters) went to 1.7/1 Argan du Loulay (5m Jam Pridem-Ma Bella Ile) with Alexandre Abrivard up for J-M Bazire, trainer. The winner scored in 1.14.1kr over As de Godisson (5g Gai Brillant-Deese de Godisson) and David Thomain. Astre Blanc was third at 26/1 for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Sebastian Guarato. The final of the sunny afternoon at Paris-Vincennes (Prix Moni Maker) was the second drive of the day for US reinsman Yannick Gingras and first at the volt start. Teaming Franck Anne’s Bahira Buissunay at 22/1, Gingras found an excellent starting spot and was away nicely until the false-start siren sounded. On the second start the mare was among a cluster of horses trying to depart from the inside and she was forced toward the back. The race developed with three tiers and when Gingras  sought to make a backside brush on the petite piste his mare made a miscue and was disqualified. At least he had two volt experiences and will likely have a bit more luck when it counts tomorrow. Thomas H. Hicks

January 17, 2015 - The Gr. II Prix de Pardieu (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters monte, 13 starters, four year-old females) went to 3/1 Beauty Turgot (4f Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) in 1.13.2kr, after a quick early tempo, with Anthony Barrier in the irons for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The comfortable winner easily dispatched Bianca d’Atout (4f Saxo de Vandel - Geline d’Atout) and Matthieu Mottier at 9/1 and third place Brise de l’Alba (4f Quido du Goutier-Celq de la Meritee) with David Thomain aboard at 15/1 odds. The Quinte+ Prix de Granville (€75,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters) produced an impressive victory for Ugor du Beauvoisin (7m Olitro - Klea du Beauvoisin) for reinsman Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L. Cl. Abrivard. The 11/1 odds winner handled second place Topaze de Landerie (8f Legs des Clos - Oree Line) with Pierre Vercruysse up at 23/1 by two lengths. Tollemont Haufor (8f Ganymede - Mamba d’Haufor) ended third at 6/1 for Christian J. Bigeon. The Gr. II European Prix de Brest (€120,000 purse, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to the game mare Princess Grif (6f Varenne - Fauve Grif) at 17/1 for Italian teamster Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi. The winner, timed in 1.13.9kr, nosed out 5.2/1 Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux-Pochahontas) trained by Sebastian Guarato and reined by Gabriele Gelormini. Guarato was also third as trainer with Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star - Melba du Vivier), the 1.4/1 favorite with Eric Raffin up. Repay Merci landed fourth for Anthony Barrier and Triskell Pacha was fifth for Franck Nivard. Lightly raced three year-old males contested the Prix de la Ferte Mace (€42,000 purse, 2200 meters, 13 starters) over the petite course. Pacesetter 1.6/1 favorite Cobra Bleu (3m Fortuna Fant - Nuit Irisee) held on for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse for the 1.16.3kr score. Cote Ouest (3m Goetmals Wood -Island Dream  -Coktail Jet) was a fast closing second along the pegs at 8/1 for Joseph Verbeeck, trainer Patrick Chevrier and owner J-P Dubois. The first dam of Cote Ouest, Island Dream, is a great one, having produced Infinitif USD750,093, Viva Island USD374,815, Not Disturb USD373,948 and Rebelle USD100,225. Third today went to 16/1 Colibri de Larve (3m Echo - Sagresse de Larre) for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger.Cobra Bleu Thomas H. Hicks

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