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Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) easily took today’s Gr. II International Prix de Communaute du Centre Thierache (Series Grande Vitesse, purse 75,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 13 starters) with a front end score timed in 1.09.6kr (mile 1:52.04) at La Capelle, France.  Off as the 1.2/1 favorite and with trainer Pierre Vercruysse aboard, the Ecurie Hunter Valley trotter won for the 10th time in 35 career starts now for 532,275€ earned. He was a good second recently to Face Time Bourbon and the Jean Etienne Dubois bred stallion looks to be back to his form of several years ago, or even better.  The 8.2/1 Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 3/1 odds Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was third for Tony Le Beller and trainer Guarato. Bold Eagle left alertly and raced second over until the lane. He was also bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. 20/1 Anzi des Liards (10g Look de Star) raced first over and was fourth for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and 14/1 Violetto Jet (6m From Above) was fifth with Franck Nivard up. Valokaja Hindo and Bahia Quesnot completed the top seven. Drole de Jet Drole in mid-stretch Replay - LeTrot, PMU files and photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Gu d’Heripre (4m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre) was an impressive winner this day at Paris-Vincennes in the Gr. II Prix Phaeton (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, four-year old males). Off at 1.6/1 odds the 1.13.4kr timed winner was teamed with Franck Nivard by trainer Philippe Billard for Ecurie d’Heripre. This was his ninth career victory now for 326,000€ earned. 2.2/1 Gelati Cut (4m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer R.C. Larue. 14/1 Girolamo (4m Uriel Speed-Seduction d’Anama) took third for pilot Franck Ouvrie and the Sylvain Roger/Noel Lolic team. Gu d’Heripre The Q+ Prix Paul Leguerney (Gr. II, purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, four year old females) was next up and victory went to 3.2/1 Green Grass (4f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) clocked in 1.13.1kr and in rein to Mathieu Mottier. Sebastien Guarato trains this winner for owner Sebastien Dewulf. She earned her ninth career victory and raised her career earnings to 457,650€.  The 7/1 Gemme de Busset (4f Brillantissime-Ovelinotte d’Ylea) and reinsman David Thomain was second with third to 14/1 Goulette (4f Up And Quick-Talida du Vivier) teamed with Franck Nivard. Green Grass The Quinte+ payoff was 30,996.80€ and the Q+ pool was 2,802,119€. Ahead on the weekend is the re-emergence of Cleangame in a Gr. II event at Vichy. His chief rivals are likely his JMB stablemates Bel Avis and Dreambreaker. See below. 19:15 C1 - GRAND PRIX DU CONSEIL MUNICIPAL 90 000€  - July 4 at Vichy Groupe II - Attelé - 2950m Course Internationale Pour 4 à 10 ans inclus. - Recul de 25 m. à 450.000. Sont seules admises à driver les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel). A race previously missed was Best Of Bourbon (9g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon) in the monte Prix de Coulombs at Caen (purse 24,000€, 2450 meters distance handicap). In this race he overcame a 25-meter handicap to win in record time of 1.12.1kr over 2475 meters. Morgane Blot was the winning jockey for trainer Vincent Jurry. He was off at 126/1 odds and secured his 12th career win now for 211,950€ earned. LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

This Sunday’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing program presented three groupe level contests for youthful trotters. The Gr. II Prix Roquepine (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds) saw 5/10 favporite Havana d’Aurcy (3f Royal Dream-Avila) record a 1.13.2kr clocked victory with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard for trainer Cyril Lelarge. It was her fifth career victory now for 176,700€ earned. 10/1 Havanaise (3f Ricimer) was a game and close second for pilot F.P. Bossuet and Hora Beji (3f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) earned the third check for Alexandre Abrivard. Havana d’Aurcy w J-M Bazire The Gr. II Prix Paul Viel (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds) went to 10/1 Heartbreaker One (3m Alto de Viette-Reine Normande) with Bjorn Goop at the lines for trainer Luc Roelens. Timed in 1.14.9kr the winner recorded his third career victory now for 98,350€ in life earnings. The 4/10 favorite Helgafell (3m Charly du Noyer) was second with Eric Raffin driving for trainer Philippe Allaire. Third went to Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner) with Jean Michel Bazire aboard. Heartbreaker One, Bjorn Goop The Gr. III Prix d’Avignon (purse 70,000€, 2150 meters autostart, four year olds) saw 6.7/1 Gelati Cut (4m Coktail Jet- Variety Cut) score very impressively with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer R.C. Larue and Ecurie Windcut, his fourth career victory that raised his earnings to 141,920€. Race time was 1.12.4kr. Gelati Cut is one to watch, a great gaited performer. The 1.6/1 favorite Go On Boy (4m Password) was second for Romain Derieux and 2.7/1 Garibaldi (4m Love You) took third for J.Ph. Monclin. Glorissima (4f Royal Dream) was fourth with Etienne Dubois aboard. Gelati Cut  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

December 18, 2018 - Harness racing two-year-olds contested the Prix des Iris (purse 35,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) on Tuesday at Vincennes with victory to 14/1 Granaggiolo (2m Timoko-Manille du Lec) with Alexis Prat aboard for his second career win in four outings. Race time was 1.15.6kr for the Frederic Prat trainee that Ecueie du Liamore owns. Even-money favorite Giant Cash (2m Ready Cash-Richyly) was second for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer Philippe Allaire, with 148/1 outsider Gregorio (2m Quarlos) taking the third check. The Prix de la Tremblade (purse 65,000€, 2850 meters, 18 starters) saw 2.9/1 Archbald (8g Meaulnes du Corta) score impressively timed in 1.13.8kr with trainer Thomas Levesque driving. Pierre Levesque owns and bred this now 11 time career winner in 61 starts. 27/1 Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier) was second for Franck Ouvrie and 46/1 Orlando Beji (10g Orlando Vici) held third. Later in the program 6/1 Julio de Luxe (9g Juliano Star) took the Prix Pierre Giffard (purse 82,000€, 2850 meters, 15 European starters –monte) timed in 1.13.7kr. Alexandre Abrivard was in the irons for trainer Bjorn Goop and BS Stables AB. 3.3/1 Ange de Lube (8g Laetenter Diem) was second for owner/trainer/jockey Matthieu Abrivard and 7.5/1 Banjo del a Noemie (7g Flambeau des Pins) was with Anthony Barrier up. Stallion Coktail Jet has passed On a sad note the great racehorse and stallion Coktail Jet has passed. The 1990 son of Quouky Williams-Armbro Glamour-Super Bowl was the result of one of those few occasions when the FR stud book admitted Franco-American matings and this one help re-charge the FR bloodstock. Coktail Jet won 24 times in 62 starts for 1,896,774€ earned, taking a 1.11.2kr speed mark for trainer/driver Jean Etienne Dubois and owner Daniel Wildenstein. Coktail Jet has a sensational 1996 winning the Prix d’Amerique. Prix de France and the Elitloppet Final with a stirring stretch burst. As a sire he led the FR production for seven years, was widely used throughout Europe and left the sport with his successor Love You (a 1999 foal) along with The Best Madrik and Naglo. His racing accomplishments, pedigree and sire stats follow along with several memorable videos. Coktail Jet will appear on pedigree pages for years to come through his 1,801 FR foals so far and nearly 1,200 in other countries. Coktail Jet on the track - At 4, Winner of Gran Premio d'Europa, second in Prix de Sélection, third in Prix René Ballière. At 5, Winner of Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, Criterium des 5 ans, Prix René Ballière, Prix Jockey, Prix de Washington, Prix de l'Etoile, second in Criterium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur, Prix du Plateau de Gravelle, Prix du Bois de Vincennes, Prix de la Marne, third in Prix du Luxembourg, Prix de Bourgogne, Prix Chambon P. At 6, Winner of Prix de l'Atlantique, Prix de Washington, Prix d'Europe (Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère), Prix de France, Prix d'Amerique, Elitloppet, second in Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Prix d'Eté, Prix de Bourgogne. Coktail Jet Quouky Williams (FR) 1982 Fakir du Vivier (FR) (89 0,96) 1971 At 3, Winner of Criterium des 3 ans. At 4, Winner of Criterium des 4 ans, Prix de Sélection, Gran Premio d'Europa. At 5, Winner of Prix de Sélection, third in Prix du Bourbonnais. At 7, second in Preis der Besten, Prix d'Amerique, third in Prix de France, Gran Premio Della Lotteria. At 8, third in Prix d'Amerique. Sabi Pas (FR) Carioca II (FR) Mousko Williams (FR)   Quovaria (FR)   Infante II (FR) Hernani III (FR)   Sa Bourbonnaise (FR)   Ua Uka (FR) Kerjacques (FR) Quinio (FR)   Arlette III (FR)   Flicka (FR) Ibarra (FR)   Va Sylva (FR)   Dolly Williams (FR) 1969 At 3, third in Criterium des Jeunes. Pacha Grandchamp (FR) Fandango (FR) Loudeac (FR)   Tombelaine (FR)   Atalante de Grand. (FR) Mistral (FR)   Naive Etoile (FR)   Quassia Williams (FR) Ogaden (FR) The Great McKinney (US)   Uranie (FR)   Tanagra (FR) Sam Williams (US)   Ernee (FR)   Armbro Glamour (CA) (92 0,75) 1985 Super Bowl (US) (93 0,99) 1969 At 2, Winner of International Stallion Stake, Walnut Hall Cup. At 3, Winner of American-National, Colonial Trot, Hambletonian, Horseman Futurity, Kentucky Futurity, Review Stakes, Yonkers Trot. Star's Pride (US) Worthy Boy (US) Volomite (US)   Warwell Worthy (US)   Stardrift (US) Mr McElwyn (US)   Dillcisco (US)   Pillow Talk (US) Rodney (US) Spencer Scott (US)   Earls Princ.Martha (US)   Bewitch (US) Volomite (US)   Bexley (US)   Speedy Sug (US) 1979 Speedy Count (US) Speedster (US) Rodney (US)   Mimi Hanover (US)   Countess Song (US) Victory Song (US)   The Viscountess (US)   Sug (US) Hickory Smoke (US) Titan Hanover (US)   Misty Hanover (US)   Cassin Hanover (US) Hoot Mon (US)       Replays: Elitloppet 1996 Final Prix d’Amerique 1996 Interview w Jean Etienne Dubois Prix de France 1996   Thomas H. Hicks

Extra Light (4f Village Mystic-Ulotis du Goutier) took the co-featured Prix Laetitia (70,000€ purse, 2850 meters, eight starters – four-year-old mares) timed in 1.15.1kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Stephane Meunier. She posted her fifth career victory in 27 starts, now for 159,380€ earned. Even-money favorite Electra Jet (4f Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) rallied late for second with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Ecurie des As. 25/1 Eternelle Delo (4f Saxo de Vandel-Princess Royale) was third. The co-featured Prix Mebsuta (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 14 starters all four-year-old males) went to 2.9/1 Exit Money (4m Coktail Jet-Making Money) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie Yvan Bernard. Race time was 1.14.2kr for this seven-time winner in 17 career starts, now for 156,110€ earned. The 1.4/1 Early Dream (4m Royal Dream-Uniformity) was second for Jean Philippe Dubois, Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 47/1 Elisea (4g Timoko) was third for Adrien Lamy. Three year-old fillies contested the Prix Florentera (purse 35,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 entrants) where 24/1 First Thing First (3f Qualypso Jiel-New Creation) scored on a dq to win for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer/breeder Arnold J. Mollema. Longshot at 54/1 Free Europa (3f Tabby Point) was second for Adrien Lamy and 10/1 Freedom l’Eijy (3f The Best Madrik) was third. Race time was 1.16.8kr for this blanket finish. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Perfect weather and great racing, including the Quinte+, at Enghien brought out the fans and the action began with the Prix de Notre Dame (purse 41,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters) and the legendary Jean Pierre Dubois was victorious with 1.15.6kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Folie Amoureuse (3f Coktail Jet-Tes Amours) for her third career win in seven starts, now for 46,480 euro earned. Yves Boireau trains this rugged filly for Mr. Dubois and his Ecurie D was the breeder. She raced on the outer throughout before powering to the front. The 22/1 Fine Perle du Gite (3f Tabriz du Gite) was second ahead of 8.6/1 Fiorentina Somolli (3f Love You). Today’s Quinte+ was at Enghien in the Prix de la Porte Montmartre (purse 54,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 16 entrants). The 1.12.9kr timed victory went to 5.4/1 Balfour (g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill) with Gabriele Gelormini up for owner/trainer Robert Bergh. The breeder was Marie Josee Nordin. 6.6/1 Usain Herna (8m Super Light-Kassandra Kuron) was second for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm and third was 3.7/1 Capraio (6g Coktail Jet) for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues.The 7.9/1 Tesauto (6g Filipp Roc) and 19/1 Romi Mms (8f Turbo Sund) were fourth and fifth and the Quinte exact order ticket paid 5,140 euro. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix de Buenos-Aires (purse 120,000 euro, 4150 meters, 10 starters) went to rallying 2/5 favorite Cleangame (6f Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines for Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule. The 28/1 Tony Gio (6m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. 7/2 Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) was third with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Serge Peltier. 56.1 As Dore and 14/1 Akim du Cap Vert captured fourth and fifth money. Race time was 1.17.7kr over the 2 and 9/16 miles plus distance. The Gr. III Prix de Rome (purse 85,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters) was a competitive event that 10/1 Fifty Kalouma (3m Ready Cash-Sadaya de Cerisy) secured the victory for Clement Duvaldestin, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and breeder/owner Philippe Boff. For the winner it was career win number three in nine appearances, now for 147,000 euro earned. 1.7/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) rallied late to be second driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Scuderia Bivans. Ecurie Dream With Me bred this one. The 3.9/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Raviscarte Jo) took third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 62/1 Fanina des Racques 3f Ready Cash) and 13/1 Zilath (3m Maharajah) were fourth and fifth, this pair reined by Eric Raffin and Andrea Guzzinati. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sunday’s Trophee Vert was the Grand Prix d’Agglomerations du Villeneuvois at Villeneuve Sur Lot (purse €45,000, 2600 meters on the turf, 16 starters, distance handicapped). The 9/1 Cash Pride (6g Coktail Jet-Elitloppa) scored in a blanket finish timed in 1.15.7kr and driven by Manuel Criado. Mme. Maryse Criado owns this performer that bested 5.7/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) that traveled an additional 25 meters with Christophe Feyte the trainer/driver. The 41/1 Akido (8g Love You-Isba) rallied furiously from a 50 meters handicap to be third for Charles Bouvier. Benjamin Goetz trains this one for legendary Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. The 2.4/1 favorite Chic Carisole was a miscue dq and 7.5/1 Bebert Express finished ninth while 3.3/1 Authorized was home sixth. At Reims this day was the Grand Prix de Reims (purse €21,000, 2550 meters, 16 starters) with the 1.13.9kr timed victory earned by 5/2 Cartel (6g Prodigious-Sonate d’Aunou). Romain Derieux was the driver/trainer of the winner for Mme. Mauricette De Sousa. The 4.6/1 Cherie Quick (6f Prodigious) was second for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Patrick Chevrier and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner. 10/1 Charline de Victhi (6f Kepler) held third for David Armellini, driving for trainer Gregory Houel and owner Philippe Raymond Collet. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

September 30, 2017 - Drole de Jet (4m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet-Defi d’Aunou) and harness racing trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse set the pace and hung on for a neck victory in today’s Gr. I International Grand Prix de l’UET (purse €400,129, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters, four year olds). The winner, lightly raced by Vercruysse who said his colt is “very good”, left from post two and led from the start, setting a modest tempo. Off at 18/1 on the ATG network Drole de Jet bested 4.3/1 Born In The USA (4m Muscle Hill-Christina Rose-Chocolatier) and driver Erik Hoitomt for trainer Nora Hanssen. Third went to 7/1 Monark Newmen (4m Orlando Vici-Lady Value-Alf Palema) and Fredrik Persson. Gareth Boko was fourth after a pocket journey. The winning Drole de Jet recorded his sixth career victory in 13 starts.  Race time was 1.11.9kr (fractions 1.09.9kr at the first 500 meters, 1.12.5kr at the 1000 mark, 1.13.1kr after 1500 meters).  DROLE DE JET | Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. - Solvalla (30.09.2017) Grand Prix de l'UET 2017, Europe Tour - Victory Celebration Thomas H. Hicks  

May 6, 2017 - The Groupe II Prix Albert Demarq at Vincennes (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, eight starters) for five year-old males went to 23/1 Coup de Poker (5m Coktail Jet-Tacticienne) that held by a nose for harness racing breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. Timed in 1.15kr this front ending colt just held off Bold Eagle’s brother Cash And Go (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) reined by Franck Nivard for Sebastien Guarato, trainer for Pierre Pilarski. Jean-Etienne Dubois bred this one that was off at 3/1, and this colt came from last to almost first with a superb finishing charge. 11/1 Caid Grif (5m Password-Savane Griff) was third for Matthieu Mottier, trainer Guarato and Ecurie Griff, the breeder/owner. 3/5 favorite Cyprien des Bordes was fourth. The Gallier family was very happy!!! The Prix Rouerque (purse €72,000, 2100 meters, 16 European starters) went to 1.11.8kr timed Vanille du Dollar (8f Magnificent Rodney-Magalie du Dollar) reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Sylvain Roger and Ecurie la Petteviniere. This 3.3/1 second choice narrowly bested 6./1 Super Ariel (8f Super Arnie-Orika Lep) with Gabriel Gelormini the pilot. Third was 24/1 Univers de Daidou (9g Jag de Bellouet-L’Absinthe) with trainer Thierry Duvaldestin aboard. 2.6/1 favorite Unbridled Charm (9m Password-Intense Action) gamely held fourth for Jean-Philippe Dubois and setting quick fractions. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s classique Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to the 9/10 harness racing favorite Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) with Joann Lebourgeois teaming. The “Jazzman” is owned by breeder Elisabeth Allaire and trained by Philippe Allaire. The fine colt now has nine wins in 13 career starts for €521,900 earned. He was clocked in 1.13.8kr over the classic “grande piste” distance at Vincennes. 18/1 Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) was a solid second for driver Gabriele Gelormini. This filly is also an Allaire owned and trained pupil and was bred by Jean-Pierre Guay. 3.1/ Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was a rallying third with J-Ph Monclin aboard. Who else but Allaire is the trainer, this time with Olivier Henri Thomas the owner. 11.3/1 Dahlia du Rib (3m Oyonnax-Passiflore du RFib) took the fourth spot for trainer Joel Hallais, owner Ecurie Rib and teamster J.L.Cl. Dersoir. The Gr. III Prix de Grasse (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 17 European starters) went to 1.12.4kr timed Roxanne Bar (6f Exploit Caf-Gwendalina Bar). Roberto Andreghetti drove the 38.1/1 longshot winner for trainer Catello Savarese and Scuderia Stecca SRL of Italy. 7/10 favorite Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos) held second for Conrad Lugauer, trainer for Ecurie Th.&J. Weber-Berchtold of Germany. Third was 101/1 longshot As Dore (6m Coktail Jet-Dragee d’Or) reined by Sebastian Ernault for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Mme. O. Roffi-Urano. 56/1 Rue du Bac (6m Infinitif-Ici) was fourth driven by Bjorn Goop and 6.2/1 El Catwalk (5f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) was fifth for J-M Bazire. This pair is both trained by Fabrice Souloy, The Prix de Bulgarie (purse €52,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) was a walk in the park this day for 5/2 odds favorite Cash Maker (4g Coktail Jet-Salt Lake City). Trainer Sebastian Ernault reined the winner timed in 1.14.2kr for owmer N.V.Hicewa. 21/1 Caviar du Vivier (4m Kiwi-Kea du Vivier) took second for teamster Franck Ouvrie, ahead of 2.9/1 Call Back (4m Neutron du cebe-Pearl Back) handled by trainer J-M Bazire. The winner’s dam, Salt Lake City (10f Insert Gede-La Star-Defi d’Aunou) also produced the good three year-old colt Dollar Macker and Belgian Beauty. Second dam Bahama (by Quito de Talonay) is a superb producer, having produced four solid winners, Quelle Aventure (US$366,962), Nouvelle Aventure (US$292,561), Rapide Aventure (US$244,435) and Mercenaire (US$149,458). Today’s Q+ at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix Bertrand Deloisun (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) and the 1.13.2kr clocked winner was 3,3.1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) for Bjorn Goop. Fabrice Souloy trains this one for Norway’s P. Hauger. 2/1 favorite Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo) raced well to land second for J-M Bazire, also the trainer. 29/1 Artiste des Joudes (6m Prodigious-Memory de Joudes) rallied to gain third for David Thomain and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) went to 8.5/1 odds, 1.13.2kr timed, Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) from Italy with Christophe Martens aboard. Vincent Martens trains the winner for Ecurie Bivans SRL. 6.3/1 Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) was second for Bjorn Goop, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Eurocolor SRL (Italty), 17/1 Coeur Baroque (4g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) was third for Damien Bonne, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Even-money favorite Traders finished unplaced. Thomas H. Hicks

J-M Bazire teamed 9.4/1 Utinka Selloise (8f Ojipey Vinoir-Merecedes Tebe) to victory in Wednesday’s Quinte+ Gran National du Trot du Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 2575 meters distance handicap, 16 starters), a Gr. III harness racing event at Reims. The Q+ jackpot was €2.4million. The winner scored in a quick 1.12.2kr over 2600 meters, overcoming a 25 meter handicap to defeat non-penalized 16.1/1 Attila du Gabereau (6g Mercenaire-Lola du Gabereau) handled by trainer Matthieu Abrivard. 66/1 Topaze Jef (8f Islero de Bellouet-Katie Gourdonnaise) was third for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer J-M Baudouin and owner/breeder Julie Freyssenge, this one also handicapped 25 meters. Also at Reims, the Prix duChampagne de Castelnau (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed, 7.3/1 odds Conway Fortuna (7m Conway Hall-Saratpga Yankee) and driver Dominik Locqueneux. Henk Grift trains the winner for Gerrits Recycling BV of Holland. 5.2/1 Ugo du Fosse (8g Diable Indien-Mynda du Fosse) was second for Francois Levcanu and trainer Fabrice Legros, with third to 40/1 Another (6m Kool du Caux-Calmness) with Aymeric Thomas up for trainer Ch.A. Mary. Another US-sired performer took the Prix de Journal l’Union (monte, purse €30,000, 2575 meters, 13 European starters). 16.3/1 Tokio Hotel Hall (6m Andover Hall-La Star Bi) scored in 1.14.6kr for Julien Raffestin, trainer Vincent Martens and Swedish owner Johan Sjostrand. 40/1 Un Beau Jour (8g Lilium Madrik-Limo Sna) took second for Tino Aguiar, also owner/trainer, with 33/1 Single Max (10g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) home third for Jonathan Vanmeerbeck The Reims wrap-up was the Prix Fernand Floribert Dubois (purse €22,000, 2575 meters) with victory to 1.13.7kr timed, 3.3/1 odds, Brandeis Jet (5m Coktail Jet-Qasida Jet) handled by trainer Pierre Vercruysse. 30/1 Beverly Jiel (5f Flash de Jiel-Rhea Jiel) took second money for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer J.L. Dersoir, with third to 5.8/1 Beguin d’Ali (5g Little Crack-New Star de Foot) with Nico d’Haenens aboard. At Gelsenkirchen, the US-sired winners this day continued in the Prix de Bochun Allemagne (purse €4,500, 2000 meters autostart, 12 international starters) as the 1.15.3kr winner, at 3/5 odds, was Frank W (4m Federal Flex-Zoe Eden) reined by trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr., for Stall Bot. 6.8/12 Fury Boko (4m Donato Hanover-My Fire Bi) landed second for Erwin Bot, also trainer, for owner Gerrits Recycling BV. Also at Gelsenkirchen, the Prix de Recklinghausen (purse €4,500, 2000 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to 1.16kr timed, 2.8/1 odds Velten Black Jack (3g RC Royalty-Wanda Kievitshof) with Michael Nimczyk and trainer Arnold J. Mollema. 13.2/1 Fiores Greenwood (4m Russel November-Victoria Transfer) was second. Thomas H. Hicks

At Momarken SWE the V75-6 was the Stienlagers with 250,000SEK to the winner of the 1640 meter autostart harness racing event. The race was promoted as the comeback of the 2015 Yonkers International winner Papagayo E (6m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomali) after a lengthy sideline period. He raced well first on the outer and then flattened in the lane to finish third for driver Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Jan Kristgian Wagler. The race went to rallying Donna di Quattro (6f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) for Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Pacesetter Allaballakaitoz (8g Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory) held for third driven by trainer Peter Untersteiner. Southwind Sweetbay is a daughter of Speedy Beauty 1:58.2 ($45,735), winner of the Acorn at age two, she a daughter of Speedy Crown-Perfect Beauty 1:57.3 ($191.892). Perfect Beauty won the American National at age three and was second in the Stanley Dancer. In today’s V75-6 were Call Me Hanover (7g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pine Chip) and veteran Traveling Man (11m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli). 1.7/1 odds co-favorite Athos de Ludreau (6g Panache de l’Iton-Anais Danyk) took Saturday’s Hippodrome Lisieux Grand Prix de la Societe des Courses de Lisieux (purse €35,000, 2725 meters, 16 starters) clocked in 1.16kr for Franck Nivard. The winner defeated 1.7/1 co-favorite Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) that nearly overcame a 25 meter penalty to finish second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin (this one clocked in 1.15.4kr). Third went to 20/1 Ulhior du Beziau (8m Orsy Dream-Jipsie du Beziau) for David Thomain in a nearly blanket finish with ten contestants within four lengths at the line. Also at Lisieux was the €22,000 Prix de la Communaute de Communes de Lisieux with 13 starters battling over the 2725 meter distance. Timed in 1.16.8kr was the 6.2/1 odds winner Catch One (4m Prodigious-Possession) with Julien Dubois aboard for Philippe Moulin, trainer for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The 1.7/1 odds favorite Calico Bello (4m Jasmin de Flore-Rosaria Bella) was second for Antoine Wiels and owner/trainer J-P Marmion. 9.1/1 Clara du Bocage (4f Nuage Noir-Sarah du Bocage) landed third for trainer/driver Bertrand Le Beller. Thomas H. Hicks

The much anticipated Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to 4.6/1 Baltic Charm (5m Password-Ilikova) with harness racing horseman Eric Raffin driving. Sebastien Guarato trains this winner for owner Philippe Uzan and the victory increased Baltic Charm’s earnings to over €195,000. 67/1 Steven del Ronco (5g Ganymede-Ina Effe) took second with third to 26/1 Bambina Magic (5f Nuage de Lait-Rive Magic). The hot 0.5/1 favorite Bugsy Malone was a misque’d disqualification as was Boeing du Bocage. Saphire Bi (5f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi) was fourth for David Thomain and fifth was Savannah Bi (5f Ganymede-Dakota Bi) Bilibili (5m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) was an impressive winner in the Gr. II Prix Gras Savoye (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, eight monte starters) timed in 1.13.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. L.Cl. Abrivard trains the Jean Pierre Barjon owned homebred winner, now with over €523,000 earned. Best Of Jets (5m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) was second for Francois Lagadeuc and Biscuit Delavera (5m Ludo de Castelle-Neva du Rosier) was third for Clement Frecelle. Be Mine de Houelle was fourth. Fractions were rated (1.15.7kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.14.1kr at the 1000, 1.14kr at the 500). The Prix de Montauban (purse €65,000,2700 meters, 12 starters) went to 45/1 Coup de Poker (4m Coktail Jet-Tacticienne) reined by owner/trainer Christophe Gallier. He increased career earnings to over €114,000 with the victory timed in 1.13.4kr. The fractions were 1.14.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.4kr at the 1000 and 500 posts. Cash Maker (4g Coktail Jet-Salt Lake City) was second for trainer/driver Sebastien Ernault  as 1.9/1 favorite with third to 54/1 Crin Noir des Baux (4g Que de t’Aime-Perle des Baux) and P-Y Verva. The 2.6/1 second choice Cupidon du Vivier (4m Love You-Odessa du Vivier) was fourth for Eric Raffin. The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.2 million) today at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix de Mende (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) and 2.9/1 Bakchich (5g Quopeck-Paix de Villeneuve) recorded the 1.13.8kr victory for Tony Le Beller. 5/1 Bel Urzy (5m Coktail Jet-Perle d’Urzy) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Antonio De Sousa. Bicolore (5g Look de Star-Oranica) was third at 8/1 and 4/1 Boccaccio was fourth. Be Bop Meslois ended fifth at 11/1. Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Noir-Madone On Wood) was an impressive five length winner as 9/10 favorite , all the way on the front, in the €85,000 purse Prix Vivier de Montfort/Paris-Turf over 2700 meters for 11 monte performers. Leo Abrivard teamed the winner, now with five straight wins and €391,000 earned. Ugolin du Maine (8g Hugo du Bossis-Oriane de Maine) took second for Mathieu Abrivard at 9/1. 73/1 Utopie Imperiale (8f Kepler-Joie Imperiale) was third in this contest ahead of Virgious de Maza. Timed was 1.13.2kr off even fractions (1.13.9kr at 1500; 1.13kr at the 1000; 1.13.1kr at 500 to go). At Nantes the Prix du Souvenir (purse €25,000, 3000 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.16.1kr timed 17.5/1 odds Vintage Dream (7g Password-Ida Bourbon) for Etienne Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 20/1 Vadro du Parc was second ahead of 116/1 outsider Venus Barbes. Thomas H. Hicks

January 11, 2016 - Today’s Quinte+ (€2 million jackpot after a weekend winner) was at Paris-Vincennes in the 2850 meter Prix de l’Aveyron (purse €65,000, 17 starters – seven through nine year old females). The 1.13.6kr winner was Vodka du Wallon (7f Onyx de Goutier-Neige des Hameaux) with J-M Bazire up for owner/trainer Jean Michel Baudouin. Vodka won his second straight at Vincennes following a New Year’s Eve victory. The 1.8/1 odds favorite this day defeated 23/1 Umala du Rib (8f Kaiser Soze-Kamala Castelets) handled by J.L.Cl. Dersoir for Ecurie Rib and trainer Joel Hallais. Third was Ulka des Champs (8f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) teamed by Eric Raffin at 2.8/1 with 15/1 Vonochka and 56/1 Theresa de Cerisy fourth and fifth on the line. The €88,000 purse Prix Christelle Zimmer (2850 meters, 12 monte tarters) went to 1.14.8kr winner Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Noir-Madone On Wood) with Leo Abrivard up for trainer Benjamin Goetz. This 5/2 favorite now shows seven wins in his last ten outings, six of the victories in monte contests. Ugo’s career earnings increased to €283,490. 3.3/1 Vaillant Cash (7m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon) was a close second for pilot Benjamin Rochard and trainer Yoann Letellier. Third was 9.9/1 Scylla de Corbery (10f Gazouillis-Hermine du Genet) for jockey Mlle. Alexiane Lepage. The €70,000 purse Prix de Croissanville (2700 meters, 12 starters) was taken by Caduceus des Baux (4g Mark Speed-Festina des Baux) with Mathieu Abrivard aboard for trainer Marion Hue and owner Jack Dowie. The 15/1 winner scored in 1.15.1kr and recorded his third victory in the last ten outings. Coup Droit (4m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) was second for reinsman Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort for Stable Why Not. 3.7/1 odds Cyprien des Bordes (4m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes) landed third for the team of J.L.Cl. Dersoir, Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. The Prix de Villedieu (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine monte starters) went to 9/10 favorite Unsert Dairpet (8g Insert Gede-Passion du Cedre) for Clement Frecelle and trainer Jean-Luc Bigeon timed in 1.14.8kr. This one record his second straight at Vincennes and now has three wins in his last eight covering 2015-2016, each in monte events. Up Julry was second for jockey Leo Abrivard with third to Vincent des Obeaux for Julien Raffestin. Later in the program the €38,000 purse Prix d’Aubervilliers (2200 meters, 11 three year-old female starters) turned into an easy victory for 1.17.1kr timed Delinda (3f Coktail Jet-Royale de Crepon) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie des Charmes. The 1./1 favorite defeated Daylight Jet (3f Jag de Bellouet-Ocarina Jet) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse driving for owner Jean-Etienne Dubois. Third was Dolly Bird (3f Real de Lou-Quibble) handled by Alexandre Abrivard at 45/1 for trainer Laurent-Claude Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks  

The influence of the Coktail Jet line on world trotting continues unabated, reigning French champion Love You showing he too is now a formidable sire of sires with his leading son Quaker Jet, finishing in the top 20 (16) on the French classification, with only four crops racing. Coktail Jet (by French sire Quoky Williams from Canadian mare Armbro Glamour) is still in the top 10 (8) of the General classification alongside his sons Love You (1) and Look de Star (7),  the trio representing the Sam Williams line, which was imported into France before World War II and the post-war closing of the French stud book. Another son of Coktail Jet, Magnificent Rodney (12) joins Love You’s son Quaker Jet in the top 20 while there are a further half dozen sons and grandsons of Coktail Jet - a total of 11 - in the top 50. But that influence is growing exponentially with latest 3YO stats showing that no less than half of the top 20 sires of qualifiers are descendants of Coktail Jet led by grandson Quaker Jet, who tops the list. Coktail Jet, Love You’s brother Repeat Love, who is becoming a force in his own right, and another son Saxo de Vandel are in the top ten while The Best Madrik, whose first crop this is, joins Love You in the top 20. There are a further eight Coktail Jet line sires in the top 50 3YO sires, including Korean who had fame last year as the sire of the World’s fastest ever horse, Sebastian K. The recently completed 2YO season saw no less than 10 of the top 20 sires of qualifiers being Coktail Jet line horses including four in their debut season including Coktail Jet sons Tucson and Uniclove and two more sons of  Love You in Prix d’Amerique winner Royal Dream and Un Amour D'Haufor. With Quaker Jet’s brilliant son Aladin d’Ecajeul already at stud, the Coktail Jet revolution is in full cry. Indeed Quaker Jet had three 2YO winners in the last weeks of the season, in Du Gite (2425m Angers) Direct Way (2050m Cabourg) and Dauphine du Mont (2YO 2050 Cabourg). Love You’s richest son has also been producing a steady stream of winners at the Vincennes Winter Meeting, where the very best of French trotting assemble for the sport’s richest series. Last week Champion trainer Sebastien Guarato’s lightly raced mare  After Winner won the Prix de Chambord, becoming the latest of Quaker Jet’s progeny to win over €100,000. And early 4YO Charming Boy Fac made it two wins from two starts for Julien La Mer, with his victory at Vincennes in the Prix d’Erbray under the guidance of Franck Nivard, breaking the 2min rate (1’14”6) for the 2100m. Meanwhile in Sweden, Quaker Jet gelding Yoggi Composite has won four of his last five starts. Dave Sanders

November 9, 2015 - Cristal Money (3m Coktail Jet-Making Money) took today’s Gr. II Prix Abel Bassigny (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 three year old starters) clocked in 1.13.3kr (fractions 1.10.9kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.12.6kr at the 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500), closing stoutly for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Richard Cohen. The even-money favorite defeated Coquin Bebe (3m Ranhco Gede-Noble Nenette) at 2.4/1 handled by J-M Bazire for trainer Franck Leblanc. 15/1 Cahal de Rioults (3m Password-Plesse des Rioults) was third for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Joseph Verbeeck ahead of Cobra Bleu (3m Fortuna Fant-Nuit Irisee) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse at 9/1. Clever Lymm (3m Korean-Oquidia) was next for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie le Tremont. This group represents a leading contingent of FR-bred three year-old colts at this time. The Gr. II Prix Reine du Corta (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 three year-old filly starters) was also the Pick5 event and 17.9/1 Combattante (3f Sam Bourbon-New York) took the victory rallying late for Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Louis Baudron. This filly was timed in 1.12.5kr after quick fractions (1.08.9kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.10.6kr at 1000; 1.12.7kr at 500). Cavalleria (3f Prodigious-Janga) was second, trained by Sebastien Guarato and driven by Eric Raffin. Cylee Nevele (3f Sam Bourbon-Quick Nevele) ended third for Joseph Verbeeck and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire with fourth to Cirantana (3f Jam Pridem-Kamistie Jet) driven and trainer by Romain Derieux and owner Antonio De Sousa. Favorite Calita Wood challenged on the outer mid-race and then was pulled up. Dam of the winner, New York, is unusually inbred for a FR mare, she by In Love With You (Coktail Jet-Amour d’Aunou-Speedy Somolli-Nesmile) from Comtesse d’Aunou (Baltic Speed-Nesmile). New York is dam of Texas Style 1:57.3 (US$342,277) and Nesmile produced Unispeed US$321,000), Buvetier d’Aunou (US$907,000), Defi d’Aunou (US$2,680,000) and Extreme Aunou (US$278,000). Monte leaders battled in the Prix Orly Roederer (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, seven European four year-old participants) and even-money favorite Best Of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) was the easy start to finish winner for jockey Francois Lagadeuc for owner/trainer Jean-Michel Baudouin. 1.6/1 second choice Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa de Gers-Cadette) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato with 12/1 Be Mine de Houelle (4f Scipion du Goutier-Olita de Kefruso) third for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Nivard. The winner scored in 1.14.3kr off a rated pace (1.14.8kr at 1500; 1.14.4kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500). Aged performers battled in the Gr. III Prix du Languedoc (purse €95,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters age six and up) with 2.8/1 Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) the rallying winner for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie IC Equine AB. The 1.13.9kr clocked winner defeated El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-Mr Intuition) and Joseph Verbeeck, driving for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini at 8.7/1. Shadow d’Odyssee (9g Urfist des Pres-Battante d’Odyssee) was third at 11/1 driven by Eric Raffin and trainer Pierre Belloche, finishing ahead of Prince di Poggio (6m Varenne-Moon Shadow) and teamster Mathieu Abrivard for trainer Vincent Lacroix. Quick Fix, Reine Helene and Spain’s Trebol were next across the line. Fractions during this competitive event were rated (1.14.2kr at 1500; 1.14.5kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500) before the group stormed home. The card also included today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.4 million) Prix d’Azay le Rideau (A) for €38,000 purse over 2700 meters. From the 16 horse field emerged winner Bambou de Calvi (4g Korean-Gremonde) for teamster M. Verva and Ecurie Mexique Ranch. This 35/1 winner scored in 1.14.3kr off even fractions (1.13.9kr at 1500 to go point; 1.13.2kr  at 1000; 1.14.1 at 500). 9/1 Boogie Bouy (4g Saxo de Vandel-Massada) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Sylvain Roger with third to 11/1 Balthazar du Gite (4g Mon Premier Cehere-Miss du Gite) and driver Pierre Vercruysse. The relative longshots produced a large exact order payoff in excess of €93,000 for a €2 wager, without the jackpot. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 10 Bambou de Calvi M. Verva Ecurie Mexique Ranch G. Verva 2ème 9 Boogie Boy F. Nivard N. Lolic S. Roger 3ème 11 Balthazar du Gîte P. Vercruysse G. Lelièvre J. Lelièvre *4ème 1 Be One de Nappes G. Lannoo K. Lavigne A. Lannoo 5ème 15 Bahiz de Florange Christ. Bigeon Ecurie Christian Bigeon Christ. Bigeon  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 4.400.000 € - Numéro plus : 1168     Ordre :       93.072,00€     Désordre :       775,60€     Bonus 4 :       40,80€     Bonus 4sur5 :       20,40€     Bonus 3 :       13,60€                     The €64,000 purse Prix de Colombes over 2700 meters drew 13 starters with victory to Ah Mon Idylle (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Idylle du Bouquet) and Mathieu Mottier aboard. The 10.5/1 winner defeated 6.3/1 Andalousie (5f Ganymede-Napoule) and trainer/driver Jacques Bruneau with third to 5.3/1 Alexandra Mauzin (5f Goetmals Wood-Ocely de la Merite) with Christophe Martens up for trainer Vincent Martens. On Sunday interesting action centered at Argentan on the Prix Paul Buquet (purse €40,000, 2875 meters, 18 international starters) and 12.9/1 winner was Ultimate du Rib (7g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois) owned by Ecurie Rib and teamed by trainer Joel Hallais. Timed in 1.14.7 Ultimate du Rib defeated 5/2 Un De Mai (7g Echo-Loyale) with Franck Nivard up for owner Ecurie Comte P de Montessan, and third went to the Mathieu Abrivard trained and driven Tiburse de Brion at 8/1. On the Argentan card the €30,000 purse Prix Cassiopee over 2875 meters drew 13 starters with 9/10 favorite Caid Griff home the winner. Eric Raffin piloted this three year-old son of Password-Savane Griff to victory for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Griff. Caviar du Vivier was second for trainer/driver Stephane Meinier and third was Cruziki du Rib with Joel Hallais teaming. Thomas H. Hicks

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