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The first of three groupe level contests this day at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes was the Gr. III monte Prix Holly du Locton (purse 60,000€, 2175 meters, three year old females) and 3.3/1 Harley Rock (3f Bird Parker-Victoire du Biwetz) prevailed in 1.14.9kr for jockey Benjamin Rochard and breeder/owner/trainer Tony LeBeller. She won for third time in four career starts now for 55,350€ earned. The 1.8/1 Happiness Ellis (3f Opus Viervil) was second with Mathieu Mottier aboard. Horee d’Ar (3f Uriel Speed) was third for jockey Damien Bonne and breeder/owner/trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Harley Roc The three year old males contested the Gr. III monte Prix Edouard Marcillac (purse 60,000€, 2175 meters) and the game front striding 3.7/1 Hudson Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Beilsa Vedaquaise) held on to score in 1.14.2kr with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. Philippe Allaire owns and trains this J.P. Guay bred youngster that posted his third career win now for 67,680€ earned. The 2.6/1 Heart of Gold (3m Bird Parker-Corsica) was second for David Thomain and owner/trainer Allaire. 17/1 Hugh de Banville (3m Akin di Cap Vert) was a distant third for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Franck Anne. Hudson Vedaquais The Gr. III Prix de Nevers (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters) drew a large talented field of older trotteurs with 2.1/1 Violetto Jet (6m From Above-Nocciolaia Jet) the winner reined by Franck Niavrd for Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaele and trainer Philippe Billard. Violetto won his third straight and eighth in France now for life earnings of 353,942€. The 28/1 Elvis du Vallon (6m Reve de Beylev) followed for Charles Cuiller and third home was 5.3/1 Velvet Gio (6g Nad Al Sheba) for Gabriele Gelormini. 25/1 Portland and 9/1 Calina completed the top five. Well regarded Classic Connection was a miscue dq late in the stretch drive. Violetto Jet The Quinte+ race this day was the Prix de Chateaurenard (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European) and 15/1 Diablo du Noyer (7m Jasmin de Flore-Une et Indivisible) scored impressively timed in 1.13.5kr with Eric Raffin at the lines. William Bigeon trains the winner for Claude Guedj as he raised his life earnings to 365,050€. The 9/1 Dostoievski (7g Ganymede) rallied for a nose beaten second with Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 4.1/1 Cyrell d’Atom (8g Otello Pierji) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois beaten less than a half length. The next two on the line were off at 57/1 and 88/1 respectively and that set up a Q+ exact order payoff of 146,477.80€ for four winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,691,474€ and over 8,136,000€ was wagered on the race. Diablo du Noyer LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The Saturday Paris-Vincennes program was special..very special. It began with the monte Gr. II Prix Louis Tillaye (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, seven starters) and a son of Bird Parker-Redemption Song names Gainsborough scored at 9/1 odds and clocked in 1.16.2kr off slow fractions. Yoann Lebourgeois was the jockey for trainer Romain Derieux and owner Jan Stins. This was his fourth win in ten outings and his life earnings increased to 174,720€. Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes) was second with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons. 33/1 Galactique Merita (3f Boccfador de Simm) took third with J.Y. Ricard in the irons for trainer J-M Bazire. 13/1 Going Jet (3f Very Nice Mareceaux) was fourth. The next Gr II event was the Prix Reine du Corta (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, ten three year old female starters) saw the 5/2 odds Gunilla d’Atout (3f Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) scored in 1.13.4kr with Eric Raffin the pilot for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Ecurie Saint Martin owns the now six time winner in eight starts. The 8.6/1 Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) took second for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman David Thomain. 11/1 Gondole Jenilou (3f H-Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) was third for trainer Louis Baudron and driver Lebourgeois. 7.1/1 Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) was=fourth for Gabrielel Gelormini, trainer Guarato and owned Sebastien Dewulf. Aged performers contested the Prix d’Argentan (purse 75,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and the 5/10 favorite Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz-Houville d’Atout) scored in 1.13.4kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, his 13th career victory in 39 starts now for 298,230€. Mme. Ottavia Roffi-Urano owns this winner. The 12/1 Be Bop Haufor (8g Notre Haufor) was next for Damien Bonne with third to 19/1 Doum Jenilou (6g Rancho Gede), ahead of 40/1 Class de Loriol (7f Ready Cash) and 13/1 Carlo de Carsi (7g Ismael du Pont) The Gr. III Prix de Languedoc (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, nine starters) produced an impressive 1.13.3kr timed victory for 8/10 favorite Chica de Joudes (7f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love). Owner/trainer Alain Laurent was her teamster of her 14th career win in 44 starts. Her life earnings are now 530,770€. Look for Chica in the “B”: races. The 11/1 Coach Franbleu (7g Prince d’Espace) was second with Franc Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 1.9/1 second choice Valokaja Hindo(8m Great Challenger) was third with J-M Bazire up and 59/1 Blues d’Ourville (8g Password) was fourth for Pierre Houel and Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash) was fifth for Pierre Vercruysse. The three year olds males went to battle in the Gr. II Prix Abel Bassigny (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, ten starters) with the 1.14.3kr timed victory to the 7/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa). His tenth career win in 14 starts. Eric Raffin teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee that he owns and J-P. Guay bred. His career earnings advanced to 440,100€. The 8.1/1 Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) took second for trainer Allaire, owner Michel Tessier and reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois. 104/1 Get Happy (3m Bird Parker-Rasta Perrine) was third for J.Ph. Monclin. 13/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine), another Allaire trainee, and 36/1 Grand Art (3m Prodigious-Real Artist) trained by Paul Hagoort finished fourth and fifth. Gotland is a very nice colt with an attractive future. Aged females were on stage in the Prix Atlantic (purse 51,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and 5,1.1 Douceur du Chene (6f Ouif de Villeneuve-Karling du Chene) was up in the final strides for victory timed in 1.14.5kr. Frank Nivard teamed the winner for owner Claude Huedj and trainer Julien LeMer. This were her 11th lifetime victory in 39 starts for 229,490€ in career earnings. The 5/10 favorite Darling Berry (6f Prince Gede-Osaka Berry) held second for her owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. 25/1 Datcha (6g The Best Madrik) was third for Joann Lebourgeois. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Paris-Vincennes program was highlighted by two groupe level contests. The first was the Prix Pierre Gamare (Gr. II, monte, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters for three-year olds).  Here the 10/1 odds Gainsborough (3m Bird Parker-Redemption Song) sat patiently in the pocket for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois before emerging late for the 1.15.6kr timed length victory over 6/10 favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Judes). Gala was in this event off four straight wins and Paul Pierre Ploquin had this Christophe Chalon trainee on the front from the start until late stretch. The 21/1 Gaia du Pont (3f Memphis du Rib) was a game third with Eric Raffin in the irons for owner/trainer Franck Bombot. The longshot race winner, trained by Romain Derieux for owner Jan Stins, scored only his third career victory in 14 starts while increasing his life earnings to 100,220€. The Gr. II Prix de Provence (Gr. III, purse 74,000€, 2700 meters voltstart for European five and six year olds) saw the well-bred 4/1 odds Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) score timed in 1.13kr for breeder/owner/pilot Jean-Pierre Dubois. Classic Connection patiently worked his way to the front in front of the grandstand, yielded to 1.3/1 favorite Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) reined by Eric Raffin, and then rolled from the pocket off the final turn to an eventual three length victory. Classic Connection won for the fourth time in his last ten starts, now for 255,120€ in life earnings. The 39/1 Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbro Prestige-Gossip Gal) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Stall Panamera Racing. Third was 21/1 Cocktail Julino (7g Pagalor) with Matthieu Abrivard up. Jerry Mom held fourth and fifth was 83/1 Discours Joyeux (6m Goetmals Wood). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

January 13, 2019 - Bird Parker was placed first in today’s harness racing Quinte+ Grand Prix de Belgique (Gr. II International, 110,000€, 2850 meters, 14 starters) at Vincennes, the last of the “B” qualification races leading to the Prix d’Amerique in two weeks. After two false starts and several lead changes the 1.1/1 favorite Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) and pilot J-M Bazire surged past 9/1 Bird Parker (8m Ready Cash-Belisha) with J.Ph. Monclin up to be first on the line with 48/1 Bahia Quesnot (8g Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) third handled by Junior Guelpa. However, Guelpa filed an objection against Bazire for interference near top stretch as Belina Josselyn escaped the pocket. That objection with upheld by the judges and Belina was disqualified moving Bird Parker to first (his 21st victory in 79 outings for 2,079,705€ earned) for owner Elisabeth Allaire, trainer Philippe Allaire and the winning breeder was Christophe Toulorge. Bahia Quesnot was placed second and earned an auto-invite to Amerique. Carat Williams was placed third ahead of Eridan. Readly Express raced at the back before ending sixth placed fifth with Uza Josselyn and Billie de Montfort were placed sixth and seventh. Favorite Belina Josselyn was on the lead before yielding to Bird Parker and this was blocked until Bazire caused the escaping interference. The Amerique invites so far based on qualification races are: Bold Eagle, Bird Parker, Bahia Quesnot, Belina Josselyn, Carat Williams, Eridan, Readly Express, Uza Josselyn, Looking Superb, and Delia du Pommereux. Interference Belina Josselyn dq’d for interference against Bahia Quesnot Belina Josselyn Happy connections of Bird Parker Green Grass Wins Prix Gelinotte at Vincennes Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) won today’s Prix Gelinotte (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 10 three year old filly starters) at Paris-Vincennes, leading throughout for Gabriele Gelormini, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien DeWulf. Bred by Frederic Brouilloux, this filly  won for the fourth time in eight career starts now for 117,400€ earned. 1.9/1 Greenpeace (3f Memphis du Rib-Quelle Aventure) stayed close on the outer all the way but could not get by in the lane, falling two lengths short with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. His Ecurie D bred this one. Third was 16/1 Graine de Crack (3f Booster Winner-Pearl Mip) that Yoann Lebourgeois handled for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Race time was 1.15.6kr off modest fractions (1.16.kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.16kr at the 1000 and 1.16.7kr with 500 meters remaining). Green Grass Fubria Wins Prix de Riberac at Vincennes Today’s Paris-Vincennes card was filled with groupe contests, this the Prix de Riberac (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 13 starters four year olds). The blanket finish victory went to head-winner and 3.9/1 Fubria (4f Password-Sanawa) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. J-P Guay bred this winner now of six in 10 career outings, for 142,000€ earned. Race time was 1.14.2kr off even fractions, with a fast final 500 meters. 9/1 Fun Quick (4m Carpe  Diem) was second for Bjorn Goop and Ecurie Quick Star, with 32/1 Fairy White (4f Ouragon de Celland) third with Anthony Barrier up for breeder/owner/trainer Christophe Gallier. Fast finishing fourth was 40/1 Fame And Fortune (4f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) that Matthieu Abrivard teamed for Yves Boireau, trainer for owner Jean Pierre Dubois and breeder Ecurie D. Fubria Thomas H. Hicks  

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