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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    

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    

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    

Today’s Trophee Vert second leg was the Prix de la Sagerie (purse 45,000€, 3500 meters distance handicap, 6-10 year olds) at Tours-Chambray, France and Brillant Madrik (10g Lilium Madrik - Made In Coulonces), off at 1.9/1 odds, overcame his 50 meter handicap to win in 1.15.3kr for harness racing driver Alexandre Abrivard. He is owned by Gilbert Champie and is trained by L.C. Abrivard and this was his 24th career victory now for 482,080€ in life earnings. Etoile du Perche (7f Pine Chip Wood) was second for P.Ph. Ploquin and trainer Vincent Sequin and raced without a distance handicap. He was off at 8.8/1 odds. Third was the 25-meter penalized and 90/1 odds Clyde de la Roche (9g Oiseau de Feux) handled by Aymeric Thomas for trainer David LIzee. The next Trophee Vert leg will be on May 2nd at Rambouillet. Brillant Madrik PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The third leg of the Gran National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 3250 meters distance handicap) took place this day at Lyon la Soie. The 4.8/1 odds Eden Basque (7g Singalo - Janga) scored in 1.13.8kr for pilot Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Nicolas Ensch and Ecurie Castagniccia. This was Eden’s 13th career victory now for 313,740€ earned. The 25-meter handicapped Elvis du Vallon (7m Reve de Beylev) was second for David Thomain and trainer Charles Cullier. Third was 11/1 Degannawldah (8g by  with Francois Lecanu up for trainer Stephane Provoost. Eden Basque PMU files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Decoloration (8f Prince d’Espace - Maradadi Buissonay) took the second leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf at Marseille, France (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, national 5-10 year olds) clocked in 1.12.4kr on Wednesday. She overcame a 25-meter handicap to win for the 15th time in her harness racing career and boost her life earnings to 378,000€. She is owned by her trainer J.M. Baudouin and was off at 2/1 odds. Second was 2.9/1 Eliot d’Ambri (7g Ti Punch River - Rivale du Rolais) for Alexandre Abrivard. Firello (6m Goetmals Wood - Sirella) was third at 6.5/1 odds with Nicolas Bazire up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Fourth was 6.2/1 Gamble River (5m Un Mec d’Heripre - Olga de la Grenne) with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Sebastien Guarato up for breeder/owner Gerard Manzi. Decoloration On the same card was the Prix de Cavaillon (purse 20,000€, 2300 meters autostart, LeTrot Open des Regions Sud-Est for three year-olds) and 5,5/1 odds Idylle Darling (3f Goetmals Wood - Rapid Darling) scored in 1.15.4kr. David Bekaert teamed the winner for trainer J.A. Hernandez-Navarro and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. She won for the second time in her brief career now for 16,050€ earned. The 51/1 outsider Ishtar Font (3f Boccador de Simm - Urania Bourbon) was second with Filippo Rocca aboard for trainer Fausto Barelli. Third was 7.8/1 Indeskaya Bird (3f Scipion du Goutier) for owner/trainer/driver Edouard Goubard-Meunier. Idylle Darling For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Enghien-Soicy hosted this day’s upper level harness racing trots in France led by the Prix du Pont de Granelle (monte apprentice lad jockeys, purse 52,000€, 2250 meters, European eligibles). The 8.5/1 odds East River (7f Soleil d’Enter - Perle Fine) scored easily in 1.12.3kr for Guillaume Lanain, trainer Christophe Clin and owner Pierre Georges Veugeois). This was her 13th career victory now for 248,070€ earned. The 1.8/1 favorite Esta Bueno (7g Quaro - Rolga Dorma) was second for Bastien Joseph with 4.2/1 Solcio Zi (10g Oiseau de Feux) third for jockey Thomas Rallier. East River The Prix de Pont d’Lena (purse 50,000€, 2875 meters, European fine year olds) was also on the program and it was a competitive event. The 2.6/1 odds Giant Chief (5m Un Mec d’Heripre - Quick Scarlet) was the 1.14.2kr timed winner handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Philippe Billard and Ecurie le Tremont. The winner recorded his third straight victory and seventh in his career now for 154,350€ earned. The 5.9/1 Galon de Vire (5g Laetenter Diem - Victorie de Vire) earned second for Mathieu Mottier and third went to 35/1 Juan Bros (5m Muscle Mass - Ziezo Buitenzorg) piloted for Pierre Levesque for trainer Billard nd owner Tramonton Srl. Giant Chief LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

A well-bred and lightly-raced harness racing filly named Indie Love (3f Ready Cash-Tes Amours-Goetmals Wood) took the Prix du Vallon de la Figuiere (purse 16,000€, 2300 meters autostart, three year olds, the LeTrot Open des Regions Sud-Est) at Marseille Borely timed in 1.15.3kr. Trainer Loris Garcia teamed the winner for owner Jean Pierre Dubois to her first victory and raised her earnings to 8,320€. Ecurie D bred this one and her grand dam is Amour d’Aunou (Speedy Somolli-Nesmile) and what a maternal family this is 0 Guilty of Love, In Love With You, Love You, Nice Love, In Dix Huit, Private Love and Buvetier d’Aunou, Defi d’Aunou, Extreme Aunou. Indie Love Second to Indue Love were 27/1 Iellena (3f Oh James) and 2.4/1 Icehouse (3f Booster Winner). Fourth was the winner’s Jean Pierre Dubois stablemate, 18/1 Intrigante Darling (3f Quaker Jet-Apple Darling).   On April 4th at Torino will be the GP Costa Azzura, a Gr. I event to be raced over 1600 meters for a purse of 180,000€. A solid field is expected.   For full race results, click here. LeTrot, Gaet files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Cicero Noa (9g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) took the Caen featured Prix de Cauvicourt (purse 31,000€, 2200 meters autostart, Europeam 5-11 year olds) on March 18. Clocked in 1.10.6kr this 2.6/1 odds highly regarded harness racing trotterur was reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Nico d’Haenens for breeder/owner Jan Vanhoucke. Cicero won for the ninth time in France and increased his life earnings to 478,230€. The 38/1 outsider Blues des Landiers (10g Phlegyas) was second racing with shoes for Hugo Marie and breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Cheradame. Third was 64/1 Ce Retour d’Oscar (9g Le Retour) for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer Ludovic Guitton. Fourth was 70/1 Datcha (8f The Best Madrik) handled by trainer Emmanuel Ruault for Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Cicero Noa On March 19 at Enghien the Prix de Pierrehite sur Seine (purse 58,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European 7-11 year olds) went to 1.5/1 odds Wild Love (7f Love You-Twins Vilda) timed in 1.12.8kr and reined by Alexis Prat for trainer Anders Lindqvist for Simbergs Hovslageri AB. This was the winner’s second win in France and her life earnings advanced to 316,765€. Wild Love raced throughout in the outer before pulling away in the lane. The 18/1 Whole Lotta Love (8g Dream Vacation-For You) was second for pilot Sebastien Olivier and trainer Philippe Daugeard. The 39/1 Bryssel (9m Ready Cash-Spacelane) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois and 33/1 Eliseo (7g Timoko) was fourth for Tonyt Le Beller. Wild Love The recently concluded Cagnes sur Mer Winter Meet announced its meet ending stats. The leading money earner was Ecuriel Jenilou (four wins for 108,770€ earned). The leading trainer was Vincent Martens with 35 wins and Christophe Martens led the drivers with 37 victories. The top monte jockey was Florian Desmigneux with six wins and a 54.5% win percentage. For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 2/10 odds harness racing favorite Ivoire Prestance (3m Prodigious-Quelle Prestance-Buvetier d’Aunou) won today’s Cagnes sur Mer featured Prix de Vichy (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters for three year olds, the LeTrot Open Regions and Prix Journal Paris-Turf). Christophe Martens reined the four for four undefeated colt for trainer Vincent Martens and owner Joseph Vanduffel. The winner now has career earnings of 45,000€. Race time was 1.17.7kr. The 5.3/1 Ingrid Turgot (3f Un Mec d’Heripre) was second for Nicolas Ensch and trainer J,P. Ensch. Third was 29/1 It’s Easy (3f Prodigious-C;est Facile) with Gwenn Junod up for breeder/trainer Louis Baudron and owner Amandine Baudron. Fourth was 54/1 Indye du Chene (3f Charly du Noyer) for J.Ch. Sorel, trainer J.P. Ensch and owner Claude Guedj. Ivoire Prestance The aforementioned trainer Louis Baudron won a pair on Sunday as the Cagnes sur Mer Winter Meet came to a close. The Prix de Rome Tor di Valle (purse 44,000€, 2925 meters, European 7-11 year0olds) went to 1.5/1 Ecuriel Jenilou (7g Village Mystic-Melode Jenilou) timed in 1.13.4kr for reinsman Gwenn Junod, trainer Louis Baudron and owner Nicolas Baudron. This was the winners’ 15th career win now for 296,980€ earned. The 24/1 Derby du Dollar (8m Rodrigo Jet) was second for David Thomain followed by 4.8/1 Bleak d’Arjeabe (10g Prince d’Espace) with Nicolas Ensch up. Ecuriel Jenilou was the leading money winning equine at the Cagnes Winter Meet. Ecuriel Jenilou  In the Prix de Florence (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, five year-olds) Baudron’s trainee Godfather (5g Village Mystic-Horsacs) took the Prix de Florence (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, five year-olds) clocked in 1.14.2kr with Nicolas Ensch up for breeder/trainer Baudron and owner Mauricette De Sousa. This 9/10 favorite won for the sixth time in his career now good for 172,330€ earned. 2.4/1 Gaia Olmenhof (5f Ready Cash) was second for Christophe Martens and 46/1 Gordon Flash (5n Village Mystic) was third for trainer/driver Yannick A. Briand. Godfather For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The Le Croise Laroche features Grand Prix Charles Desrourseaux (purse 31,000€, International 5-10 year-olds, 2825 meters distance handicap) went to 5.4/1 odds Apple Wise As (5f Royalty For Life-Desert Flower K) reined by Nicolas Bazire for Scuderia Acquario Srl and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. This was her first win in France and the victory increased her life earnings to 105,999€. The 12/1 odds Cicero Noa (9g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) was second overcoming a 25 meter handicap, for pilot Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Nico d’Haenens and owner Jan Vanhoucke. 27/1 Favorite Fligny (6f Rockfeller Center-Africa Fligny) took third for P-Y Verva. Ecurie le Pinsonniere and trainer Gregory Thorel. Ble du Gers (10g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) overcame his 25 meter handicap to be fourth as the 9/10 favorite. This winner of 1,029,321€ was reined today by Eric Raffin for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule. Apple Wise As LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur (purse 170,000€, 1609 meters autostart, International 4-11 year-olds) at Cagnes sur Mer saw 3/2 odds Vivid Wise As (7m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) gamely hold for a narrow victory timed in 1.10.1kr (1:52.83 for the mile). Trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner for owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. This win was the sixth win in France for Vivid Wise As and it increased his life earnings to 1,145,398€. Delia de Pommereux (8f Niky-Noume du Pommereux) rallied and just missed, finishing second at 6.5/1 for Eric Raffin, trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Third home as 8.9/1 Bahia Quesnot (10f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa as she held gamely after pressing the pacesetter Vivid Wise As early in the contest. The 25/1 Billie de Montfort (10f Jasmin de Flore) was fourth for Gabriele Gelormini and 74/1 Elsa de Bellfonds (7f Tornado Bello) ended fifth. Vivid Wise As The winner’s maternal family is that of Muscles Yankee and Defiant Yankee. Vivid Wise was bred in Italy by the partners Allevamento Della Serenissima and Scuderia Wise H Sas. Temple Blue Chip is a 2009 foal by Andover Hall-Debbie Goes Down-Maiden Yankee-Speedy Crown. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sunday’s Grand Criterium of speed at Cagnes sur Mer, France, has 11 fast-class trotteurs at the start in this Gr. I International event for a purse of 170,000€ and raced over 1609 meters autostart (one mile). Prix de Paris winner Etonnant will be at the start along with Prix de France winner Delia du Pommereux. Off time Sunday from the Cagnes sur Mer course is 9:15am eastern USA time. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today’s first leg of the Gran National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III, 2550 meters distance handicap, 5-10 year-olds) raced at Reims, saw 85/1 Be Cool D’eb (10g Kuadro Wild-Leslie Baby Cool) score in 1.13.1kr for pilot Anthony Barrier. Eric Beudard is his breeder/owner/trainer as Be Cool won for the 14th time in his career now for 262,745€ earned. The 9/1 odds Degarawidah (8g Kaisy Dream-Sweet Caroline) was second with Francois Lecanu up for Ecurie Danover and trainer Stephane Provoost. Third home was 32/1 Carioca (8g Jag de Bellouet-Quantas) with Thomas Levesque the reinsman for trainer Pierre Levesque and owner Camille Levesque. The 25-meter handicapped Elvis du Vallon finished fourth. Be Cool D’Eb LeTrot files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

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