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Today’s Gr. II Prix Camille de Wazieres (purse 100,000€, monte, 2175 meters for four year olds) saw 7/10 harness racing favorite Helitlopet (4m Un Charme Fou-Luna Vroum) capture victory timed in 1.12.2kr for Adrien Lamy and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. He won for the fifth time (last four in a row) now for 174,300€ earned. 8.5/1 odds Halios du Goutier (4m Coktail Jet-Agape Gwen) was a distant second for trainer/jockey Damien Bonne. Third was 6.2/1 Heros de Fleur (4m Ludo de Castelle) for jockey Eric Raffin and trainer Frederic Prat. Helitlopet The Prix Bellino II (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart for four year olds) was a competitive affair with victory to 5.8/1 odds Hussard du Landret (4m Bird Parker-Anakine du Bellay) timed in 1.13.9kr. Trainer Benoit Robin was at the lines as Hussard won for fourth time in his career now for 180,900€ in life earnings. 1.1/1 favorite Huwaga (4f Ready Cash-Uwaga) was game second with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up for owner Alexandre Skowronski. Third was 1.9/1 Helby d’Alesa (4m Rodrigo Jet-Violine des Loups) with Mathieu Mottier the pilot, 7.2/1 Hermine Girl was home fourth.   Hussard du Landret The groupe action was completed by the Prix Michel Marcel Gougeon (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap) with a victory to the 1.2/1 favorite Fire Cracker (6g Quaro-Urganza) timed in 1.14.6kr and overcoming his 25 meter penalty. He traveled the final 200 meters at a 1.07kr rate to secure the win for Eric Raffin, trainer Gregory Thorel and Ecurie La Pinsonniere. 23/1 Fast Domino (6f Atlas de Joudes) took second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and 3.3/1 odds Free Man (6m Ready Cash) was third, overcoming a 25-meter penalty, for Alexandre Abrivard up. Jean Pierre Barjon owns this one. Fire Cracker took his 12th career win now for 367,450€ earned. Fire Cracker The balance of today’s card saw Solcio ZL (10g Oiseau de Feux-Bebe’ Dei Pas) win the Prix Roxane Grif (purse 58,000€, 2175 meters, 6-11 year old monte performers) in 1.12.7kr, with Alexandre Abriavrd the jockey, his ninth career win now for 256,386€. In the Prix d’Espalion (purse 49,000€, 2100 meters autostart for 7-9 year olds) an accident was averted at the start as the car skidded and its driver masterfully avoided any horses. Eileen (7f Royal Dream-Liberation) won the race timed in 1.13.9kr with Romain Derieux the trainer/driver. It was her 12th career victory now for 196,230€ earned. The Prix de la Forte Mace (purse 44,000€, 2700 meters for three year olds) saw a wire to wire victory in 1.17.9kr for Impressionist (3m Ready Cash-One Lady de Nappes). Eric Raffin was the pilot for breeder/trainer Louis Baudron and Ecurie Ecurie Hunter Valley. This was his second victory in a brief career for 45,450€ earned. Impressionist   LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

January 2, 2021 - The 2.2/1 odds favorite Fire Cracker (6g Quaro-Urganza) won today’s harness racing Prix de Bar le  Duc (purse 80,000€, European, 2850 meters distance handicap) at Vincennes timed in 1.14.6kr off modest fractions. Eric Raffin teamed the Gregory Thorel trainee for Ecurie la Pinsonniere to his 11th career victory now for 326,950€ earned. The 25-meter handicapped and already Amerique qualified Diable de Vauvert (8m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) was second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Bertrand Le Beller and Ecurie de Vauvert. He was off at 2.4/1 odds. 26/1 A Sweet Dance (6f Maharajah-Sugar Step) was second for Alexis Prat and trainer Anders Lindqvist. Fourth home was 44/1 Coach Franbleu ahead of 16/1 Foxtrot Sea. Dq’s were Sobel Conway, Victor Ferm and Express Jet. Fire Cracker   On the same card was the Gr. III Prix Yvonnick Bodin (monte, apprentice jockeys, 80,000€ purse, 2700 meters, the Challenge Marolles-en-Brie) and the 9/10 odds favorite Brillant Madrik (10g Lilium Madrik-Made in Coulonces) scored in 1.13.3kr, his 24th career victory for 464,880€ earned.   Mathilde Coles was aboard for trainer L.C. Abrivard and owner Gilbert Champie. 26/1 Balzac de L’Iton (10g Panache de L’Iton) was second for Guillaume Lenain with third to 69/1 Eliska Berry (7f Rocklyn) for jockey Gaelle Godard. 15/1 Carla du Chatelet (9f Jag de Bellouet) and 85/1 pacesetter Best of Bourbon (10f Ready Cash) completed the top five. Brillant Madrik   Thomas H. Hicks  

December 26, 2020 - A fine holiday Paris-Vincennes harness racing card this day included three groupe tests and a fast class event for older trotteurs. The Gr. II Prix Jules Lemonnier (85,000€, monte International, 2175 meters for 5-10 year olds) saw 2.1/1 odds Clegs des Champs (8g Legs du Clos-Prosperine) score in an impressive 1.10.9kr with David Thomain the jockey. Thierry Raffegeau trains this J-Y Roze owned 19-time career winner for 889,080€ earned. 7/1 Carly (8g Rolling d’Heripre) was second with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Third home was 6.6/1 Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners) with jockey Eric Raffin up for trainer Robert Bergh. The legendary Arlington Dream was a miscue dq, Clegs des Champs Veteran classmasters contested the Prix de Strasbourg (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters for 8-10 year olds) with 6.1/1 odds Be One des Thirons (9g Roi du Cog-Miss dei Thirons) victorious timed in 1.13.1kr. Philippe Daugeard, the owner/trainer, was at the lines as his trainee won for the 17th time. His career earnings increased to 429,230€. The 1.1/1 favorite Brillant Madrik (9g Lilium Madrik) was second for Leo Abrivard and 5.3/1 Cash du Rib (8g Ready Cash) took third for J.L.Cl. Dersoir. Be One des Thirons Two-year olds contested the Gr. II Prix Emmanuel Margouty (purse 85,000€, 2175 meters) with the impressive 8/10 favorite Italiano Vero (2m Ready Cash-Baraka d’ Henlou) holding game in the lane for David Thomain, timed in 1.13.5kr. Owner Philippe Allaire trains the now five-time career winner (the last five in a row) for 94,950€ earned. 9/1 odds In The Money (2m Cristal Money-Destinee Cash) rallied for second with Thierry Duvaldestin, the breeder/owner/trainer, aboard. Holding third was the 3/2 odds second choice Ideal ligneries (2m Repeat Money-Ouragane) with Franck Nivard up. Italiano Vero The Gr. III Prix Constant Hervieu (purse 70,000€, 2700 meters for 5-7 year olds) completed today’s groupe action and 1.6/1 odds Flamme du Goutier (5f Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) scored in 1.14.1kr. Theo Duvaldestin teamed the winner for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and Ecurie Saint Martin. The 16/1 odds outsider Divine Mesloise (7f The Best Madrik) was second for trainer/driver Pierre Belloche, ahead of 9/1 Elvis du Vallon (6m Reve de Beylev-Premiere de Beylev) with trainer Charles Cuiller the pilot. Flamme du Goutier   Thomas H. Hicks

A quarter to groupe level events were on stage this day at Paris-Vincennes. The Prix Joseph Lafosse (Gr. II, monte, purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, International) started the harness racing action with that victory to 5.8/1 odds Fado du Chene (5m Singalo-Star du Chene) with P.Ph. Ploquin up for trainer Julien Le Mer and owner Claude Guedj. Fado won for the 13th time in his career for 813,900€ earned. 1.8/1 favorite Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. 17/1 France Bresil took the third check for Adrien Lamy. Race time was 1.12.5kr. Fado du Chene The Prix Doyrel de Saint-Quentin (Gr. II, purse 85,000€, European, 2850 meters) went to 1.14.4kr timed and 2.4/1 odds Fakir du Lorault (5m Vaillant Cash-Native du Lorault) with Francois Lecanu up. Mickael Chanuel trains this now nine-time winner for520,290€ earned. 49/1 Rebella Matters (5f Explosive Matter) was second with Christophe Martens up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 2.6/1 Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center) took third for Alexandre Abrivard. Fakir du Lorault The Prix Vourasie (Gr. III, 2200 meters, purse 50,000€, two-year old females) was next and 3/1 Italienne (2f Goetmals Wood-Doceanide) scored in 1.17.2kr with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Kevin Tebirent. This was her third victory for career earnings of 63,370€. 6.1/1 Idylle A Vie (2f Ready Cash) was second handled by Alexis Cheradame. Third was 7.8/1 odds I Wanns Be Queen (2f Bilibili) for Alexandre Abrivard. Italienne The Gr. III Prix Ourasi (purse 50,000€, 2200 meters, two-year old colts) completed groupe action and in this one the 6/10 favorite Italiano Vero (2m Ready Cash-Baraka d’Henlou) prevailed in 1.15.4kr. David Thomain also teamed this Philippe Allaire owned and trained product to his fourth career win for 76.700€ earned. 15/1 odds In The Money (2m Cristal Money-Destinee Cash) took second for breeder, owner, trainer, and driver Thierry Duvaldestin. 77/1 Infant Perrine (2m Atlas de Joudes) captured third for P.Ph. Ploquin. Italiano Vero LeTrot files/photos   Thomas H. Hicks

June 20, 2020 - Easy To Love Blues (6f Rolling d’Heripre-Up Me Dryme) was a narrow winner of today’s Prix de Tabac du Centre de Toury at Chartres (monte, purse 23,000€, 2800 meters, 11 starters) timed in 1.13.0kr with Mathieu Mottier in the irons. He trains this winner for Ecurie D.M. Mottier and she now has won four straight and five of her last six this year. For the career she has 10 victories in 39 appearances for 168,330€ earned. Off at 1.8/1 odds she defeated 2.5/1 Espace Winner (6g Prince d’Espace) with Alexandre Abrivard up and third finishing was pacesetter Calin du Rhonneau (8m First Way) that was off at 2.7/1 odds with Eric Raffin aboard, Easy To Love Blue Replay This day in Sweden was racing at Rattvik with four Breeders Crown (BC) divisions and the Midsommar Lopp 2140 meters autostart) for aged performers. In that one the 4.3/1 odds Milligans School (7m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) scored in 1.13.8kr for Ulf Eriksson and owner/trainer Stefan Melander. It was his first 2020 victory in six outings. Mellby Free was second. Milligans School The BC events were won by the following: Hector Sisu (3g Zola Boko-Donatomesswithme-Donato Hanover) at 3.5/1, Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Petri Salmela, his second 2020 win in five appearances; No Business (3f The Bank-TT de Luxe-Center Field) at 3.3/1 for Bjorn Goop and trainer Oscar Berglund Bythebook (4g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Svante Baty at 8.2/1 odds; Anthara Bi (4f Donato Hanover-Dakota Bi-Toss Out) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop at 1.9/1 odds Thomas H. Hicks    

June 19, 2020 - Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) survived a vicious harness racing duel with Fleche Bourbon and scored in today’s Prix Xavier de Saint Palais (Gr. II monte, purse 85,000€, 2225 meters, five year olds) at Mauquenchy (transferred card from Vincennes) clocked in 1.12.3kr. Eric Raffin, the masked man, was the winning jockey for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. Feeling Cash, who drifted right in the lane, was off at 4.9/1 odds and won for the eighth time in his career, now for 897,100€ earned. 36/1 Flore de Janeiro (5f Vanishing Point-Ozie de Janeiro) was second with Anthony Barrier in the irons for trainer/owner Franck Blandin. Third home was 38/1 Fiona Gendreenne (5f Akim du Cap Vert-Pekinois) with Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Dominique Lemetayer. Feche Bourbon was a misque dq when engaged in the struggle with the eventuial winner. Feeling Cash On Sunday racing resumes (really) at Paris-Vincennes and what a card it is on Champions Journey Day. There are six groupe races including the Gr. I Prix Albert Viel for three year olds and the Gr. I International UET Masters Prix Rene Balliere that has Face Time Bourbon and Bold Eagle at the start in a talented field. Thomas H. Hicks  

14th June - Veteran Blues des Landiers (9g Phlegyas-Mega des Landiers) rallied from his 50 meter handicap to win today’s Grand Prix Groiup Bouttemy (purse 40,000€, 2875 meters voltstart distance handicap, 18 starters), the seventh leg of the harness racing Trophee Vert Series, held at Arras. The winner was handled by breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Cheradame to his 22nd career victory now for 599,570€ earned. He was off at 11/1 odds. Second was 13/1 odds and 25 meter handicapped Astor de Rozoy (10m Ready Cash-Natacha de Rozoy) for pilot L.J. Legros. Third was 5/2 favorite Desis du Goutier (7m Oiseau de Feux-Quety du Goutier) reined by Francois Lecanu. The field raced in a tight bunch until off the final bend. Blues des Landiers   Thomas H. Hicks  

Groupe level harness racing action took place this week at Mauquenchy (relocated from Vincennes) with two events. The Gr. III Prix Caecilia (purse 60,000€, 2850 meters voltstart, four year olds) saw Gelati Cut (4m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) score timed in 1.16.2kr for Alexandre Abrivard. R.C. Larue trains this performer that now has five career victories for 170,370€ earned. Girolamo (4m Uriel Speed-Seduction d’Anama) was second with Franck Ouvrie at the lines. Third was Gimy di Pommereux (4m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) with Matthieu Abrivard the pilot for the Roger/Lolic team. The co-featured Gr. III Prix de Gien (purse 60,000€, 2850 meters voltstart, three year olds, European eligibles) produced a 1.16.6kr score for the game Heavens Pride (3m Brillantissime-Queenly Pride) reined by David Thomain. This Philippe Allaire trainee now has four career wins good for 84,700€ earned. Hokkado Jiel (3m Brillantissime-Victory Jiel) was a fast closing second with P.Y. Verva aboard for trainer J.L. Dersoir. Hohneck (3m Royal Dream-Caranca) was third for Simon Rousselle up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire.   LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks    

June 6, 2020 - A super harness racing card today was raced at Laval (transferred there from Vincennes) that included three groupe level contests. The Gr. II Prix Chambon P (purse 85,000€, 2875 meters voltstart, International five year olds and up) produced a 1.12.4kr victory for 5.1/1 Enino du Pommereux (6m Coktail Jet - Noune du Pommereux) with Matthieu Abrivard up. Sylvain Roger trains this Noel Lolic campaigner. This was his 10th career score now for 821,030€ earned. Heavily favored 4/10 odds Cleangame (8g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) was second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner J.M. Rancoule, although he was flat in the lane. 8.1/1 Delia du Pommereux (7f Niky-Noune de Pommereux) rallied for third with Franck Nivard up for the Roger/Lolic team. 81/1 Vipera Killer G (6f Varenne-Uakland) was fourth for J.G. Van Eechhoute and trainer Vitale Ciotola. Fifth was 11/1 Bahia Quesnot (9f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) took fifth for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. Enino du Pommereux Five-year olds battled in the Prix Louis Jariel (Gr. II, purse 85,000€, 2225 meters) and 4.3/1 Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) rallied to win in 1.12.3kr for pilot David Thomain. Philippe Allaire trains this now 11 time lifetime winner for Ecurie des Charmes. His career earnings reached 517,590€.  Second was the 2.5/1 favorite Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vincenza) handled by Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Third went to 3.4/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik-Miska des Rondes) that Alexandre Abrivard teamed for trainer Richard Westerink. This race was the Q+ event of the day and the exact order payoff was 55,522.20€. Feliciano The Gr. III Prix d’Istres (three year old fillies, purse 60,000€, 2875 meters voltstart, European eligibles) saw the impressive Headline (3f Brillantissime-Mara Bourbon) rally from fifth to win in 1.15.9kr under no urging. This was third straight victory and fifth win in her last seven. Her life earnings reached 81,200€ for owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Kevin Vanderschelden. She was off at 3.3/1 odds and bested 53/1Hermine Girl (3f Atlas de Joudes-Salut Beaute) handled by Ch. Lebissonnais for Ecurie Danover with third to 2.7/1 Hirondelle Sibey (3f Gazouillis-Celina du Chatele) for Eric Raffin. The start was delayed when Hatha Josselyn unseated reinsman Jean Michel Bazire and ran off. Headline w JPD The winning Headline was bred by JPD’s Ecurie Dream With Me and is from one of his great mares, Mara Bourbon, a winner of 1,657,405€ from 18 career victories and a 1.10.7kr record. She won the Osloi GP, GP du Bourbonnais and the European Championship 5 Ans among others. For Dubois as driver, he now has seven 2020 wins from 23 starts and 1,394 career driving wins in 6,854 starts. As an owner he has 25 wins in 2020 from 121 starts. Quite a story orchestrated by a legendary horseman and he is only 79. Below is a list of his groupe I and II victories so far that illustrate his Franco-American trotting mastery. Groupe 1[   France Prix d'Amérique – 2 – High Echelon (1979), Hymour (1982) Prix de France – 2 – Hymour (1982) Grand Critérium de vitesse de la Côte d'Azur – 2 – High Echelon (1979), Hymour (1982) Prix de l'Atlantique – 2 – Défi d'Aunou (1998), Ganymède (1999) Critérium des Jeunes – 4 – Fortuna Fant (1996), Juliano Star (2000), Mahana (2003), Qualita Bourbon (2007) Critérium des 3 ans – 3 – Rainbow Runner (1986), Vasquez (1990), Buvetier d'Aunou (1992) Critérium des 4 ans – 2 – Buvetier d'Aunou (1993), Extreme Dream (1996) Critérium Continental – 5 – Rangone (1987), Bahama (1993), Extreme Dream (1996), Hermès du Buisson (1999), Love You (2003) Critérium des 5 ans – 1 – High Echelon (1978) Prix Albert Viel – 5 – Bahama (1992), Esotico Star (1995), Island Dream (1999), Juliano Star (2000), Mahana (2003) Prix de l'Étoile – 4 – Rainbow Runner (1988), Bahama (1993, 1994), Qualita Bourbon (2007) Prix de Sélection – 4 – High Echelon (1979), Buvetier d'Aunou (1993), Kaisy Dream (2002), Qualita Bourbon (2008) Prix des Élites -1- Mara Bourbon (2003) Prix d'Essai – 1 – Fly Mourotaise (1996)  Denmark  Copenhague Cup – 1 – Mara Bourbon (2006) Italy  Gran premio d'Europa – 3 – Rainbow Runner (1987), Bahama (1993), Kaisy Dream (2002) Grand Prix Continental – 3 – Esquirol (1974), Bahama (1993), Camino (1994) Palio des Communes – 1 – Bahama (1994) Grand Prix Freccia d'Europe – 1 – Bahama (1994) Norway  Grand Prix d'Oslo – 2 – Ganymède (1999), Mara Bourbon (2006) Netherlands  Prix des Géants – 1 – Promising Catch (1995)  Europe Championnat Européen des 3 ans – 1 – Mahana (2003) Championnat Européen des 5 ans – 2 – Camino (1995), Mara Bourbon (2005) Grand Prix de l'UET – 2 – Rangone (1987), Daguet Rapide (2004) Groupe 2[   France Prix Pierre Plazen – 7 – Bon Conseil (1992), Cézio Josselyn (1993), Ever Jet (1995), Juliano Star (2000), Love You (2002), Not Disturb (2004), Quatre Juillet (2007) Prix Kalmia – 7 – Radjah de Talonay (1986), Une de Rio (1989), Bon Conseil (1992), Esotico Star (1995), Juliano Star (2000), Kaisy Dream (2001), Love You (2002) Prix Jacques de Vaulogé – 6 – Une de Rio (1989), Vasquez (1990), Buvetier d'Aunou (1992), Cézio Josselyn (1993), In Love With You (1999), Love You (2002) Prix Masina – 6 – Bahama (1992), Island Dream (1999), Let's Go Darling (2002), Mahana (2003), Orelady (2005), Rapide Aventure (2008) Prix Guy Le Gonidec – 6 – Buvetier d'Aunou (1993), Ganymède (1998), Hermès du Buisson (1999), Love You (2003), Mara Bourbon (2004), Royal Crown (2009) Prix Ozo – 5 – Bahama (1992), Danse avec le Feu (1994), Island Dream (1999), Just Like That (2000), Mahana (2003) Prix Victor Régis – 5 – Ker Seddouk (1979), Fébrile (1996), Kaisy Dream (2001), Love You (2002), Not Disturb (2004) Prix Gélinotte – 5 – Une de Rio (1989), Bahama (1992), Island Dream (1999), Mahana (2003), Qualita Bourbon (2007) Prix Guy Deloison – 5 – Island Dream (1999), Let's Go Darling (2002), Mahana (2003), Nina Madrik (2004), Qualita Bourbon (2007) Prix Maurice de Gheest – 4 – Bon Conseil (1992), Cézio Josselyn (1993), Ever Jet (1995), Kaisy Dream (2001) Prix Phaeton – 4 – Camino (1994), Extreme Dream (1996), Goetmals Wood (1998), Daguet Rapide (2004) Prix Jockey – 4 – High Echelon (1978), Vizir de Retz (1992), Bahama (1994), Love You (2004) Prix Ovide Moulinet – 4 – Unnamed (1991), Camino (1995), Love You (2004), Mara Bourbon (2005) Prix des Ducs de Normandie – 4 – Bahama (1994), Goetmals Wood (1999), Love You (2004, 2005) Prix Paul Viel – 4 – Cézio Josselyn (1993), Fortuna Fant (1996), Juliano Star (2000), Quick Wood (2007) Prix Annick Dreux – 4 – Bahama (1992), Coda Josselyn (1993), Do Wind (1994), Mahana (2003), Qualita Bourbon (2007) Prix Charles Tiercelin – 4 – Rainbow Runner (1987), Extreme Dream (1996), Goetmals Wood (1998), Quatre Juillet (2008) Prix Gaston de Wazières – 4 – Rangone (1987), Vasquez (1992), Bon Vivant (1993), Qualita Bourbon (2008) Prix Jules Thibault – 4 – Vasquez (1991), Buvetier d'Aunou (1993), Repeat Love (2009), Sam Bourbon (2010) Prix Paul Karle – 3 – Une de Rio (1989), Cézio Josselyn (1993), Esotico Star (1995) Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve – 3 – Bon Vivant (1993), Extreme Dream (1996), Goetmals Wood (1998) Prix Abel Bassigny – 3 – Cézio Josselyn (1993), Daholic (1994), Kaisy Dream (2001) Prix Éphrem Houel – 3 – Bahama (1993), Goetmals Wood (1998), Kaisy Dream (2002) Prix Henri Levesque – 3 – Rainbow Runner (1988), Bahama (1994), Love You (2002) Prix Robert Auvray – 3 – Rainbow Runner (1988), Love You (2004), Mara Bourbon (2005) Prix Emmanuel Margouty – 3 – Quarisso (1984), Radiant du Val (1985), Quick Wood (2006) Prix Une de Mai – 3 – Orelady (2004), Pretence (2005), Qualita Bourbon (2006) Prix Roquépine – 3 – Bambina (1992), Island Dream (1999), Qualita Bourbon (2007) Prix Gaston de Wazières – 3 – Camino (1994), Hermès du Buisson (1999), Qualita Bourbon (2008) Prix de Washington – 2 – Ker Seddouk (1981), Bahama (1994) Prix de la Côte d'Azur – 2 – Hymour (1982), Promising Catch (1995) Prix de Croix – 2 – Vasquez (1992), Love You (2004) Prix Louis Jariel – 2 – Love You (2004), Mara Bourbon (2005) Prix du Bourbonnais – 2 – High Echelon (1979), Mara Bourbon (2005) Prix Gaston Brunet – 2 – Bon Vivant (1993), Repeat Love (2009) Prix Uranie – 2 – Qualita Bourbon (2006), Calita Wood (2015) Prix Reine du Corta – 2 – Bahama (1992), Douce Rebelle (2016) Prix Ariste Hémard – 1 – Rangone (1987) Prix de l'Union Européenne – 1 – Défi d'Aunou (1999) Prix Marcel Laurent – 1 – Love You (2004) Prix Albert Demarcq – 1 – Mara Bourbon (2005) Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin – 1 – Mara Bourbon (2005) Critérium de Vitesse de Basse-Normandie – 1 – Love You (2005) Prix Octave Douesnel – 1 – Olitro (2006) Grand Prix du Conseil Général des Alpes-Maritimes – 1 – Mara Bourbon (2006) Jean Pierre Dubois Thomas H. Hicks  

June 3, 2020 - Calou Renardiere (8g Lets Go Along-Rosee Renardiere), off at 4.7/1 odds, took this sixth leg of the harness racing Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) raced at Laval. Eric Raffin teamed this J.M. Baudouin trainee that was timed in 1.13.6kr. The 5.6/1 Dollar Soyer (7g Phlegyas-Quinoa Soyer) was second for pilot Anthony Barrier and trainer Gregory Thorel. Defi Pierji (7g Roc Meslois) was third for Leo Abrivard. Divine Mesloise (7f The Best Madrik) and 25 meter handicapped Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet) completed the top five. Calou Renardiere   Thomas H. Hicks  

May 30, 2020 - The harness racing Dubois family won three times on Saturday in France. At Argentan the Prix des Glaievls (purse 18,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.3/1 Hede Darling (3m Password-Queen Darling) timed in 1.14.7kr for owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois. Joelle Laroche bred this Kevin Vanderschelden trainee. The Prix Ibiscus (purse 18,000€, 2800 meters autostart, 12 starters) at the same venue saw 5/10 favorite Follow Dream (5m Royal Dream-Vita Dream) score in 1.17.5kr for his seventh victory in 14 career starts. Jean Philippe Dubois was the pilot for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Follow Dream At Salon de Provence the Prix Rene Laffont (purse 15,000€, 2200 meters autostart, 13 entrants) went to 1.18.1kr timed and 3.3/1 Horchestro (3g Sam Bourbon-Alisma du Corta) in his first career victory, this one with trainer Kevin Vanderschelden aboard. The owner/breeder is Jean Pierre Dubois. Horchestro   Thomas H. Hicks

May 26, 2020 - Fleche Bourbon (5f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) won today’s Prix Victor Cavey (Gr. II harness racing monte, purse 85,000€, 2950 meters, five-year olds) held at La Mans in France.  Race time was 1.13.8kr and Alexandre Abrivard was the jockey for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie du Haras des Saint Martin.  The winner, off as the 6/10 odds favorite and racing barefoot, recorded her 14th career victory now for 587,300€ earned and this was her second straight monte victory.  25/1 Fille Vauloger (5g Vaillant Cash-Onda Vauloger) was a fast closing second for Adrien Lamy, ahead of third finishing 59/1 Fable du Plessis (5f Neutron du Cebe) with P.Ph.  Ploquin in the irons. Fleche Bourbon The top weekend action in FR begins Friday at Laval that hosts the Prix Lavater (Gr. II monte, 85,000€ purse, 2875 meters, four-year olds) and the Prix Pythia (purse 56,000€, 2850 meters, European eligibles). Thomas H. Hicks  

May 23, 2020 - Saturday harness racing action in France was at Laval, the card moved from Enghien due to shutdown of the populated Red areas. Here, the Quinte+ Prix de l’Obelisque (purse 56,000€, 2050 meters, 16 starters) went to 6.9/1 Dostoievski (7g Ganymede) clocked in 1.11.6kr. Eric Raffin drove this Jean Michel Bazire trainee for Ecurie des Charmes. This was his ninth career victory in 46 starts now for 325,980€. 5.2/1 Dream de Lasserie (7g Orlando Vici) was second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and third went to 9/1 Cyriel d’Atom (8g Otello Pierji) for Franck Nivard. 36/1 Cash du Rib and 1.2/1 Dayana Berry completed the top five leading to a Q+ exact order payoff of 35,537.40€ Dostoievski On the undercard was the Prix du Rhone (purse 50,000€, 2050 meters autostart, 15 starters) with the 1.12.1kr timed victory to 16/1 Equinoxe Jiel (6m Rancho Gede-Themis Jiel) for pilot Gabriele Gelormini. Ecurie Luck owns the winner that is conditioned by J.L. Dersoir. 57/1 Eliseo (6g Timoko) and 61/1 El Diablo d’Aut (6m Saxo de Vandel) completed the top three. Equinoxe Jiel Ahead on May 26 is the Prix Victory Cavey (Gr. II monte, 2950 meters, purse 85,000€, five-year olds) to be raced at Mans due to Red area shutdown. This great field includes Fleche Bourbon, Flicka de Blary and Fidele Royal. It should be a super event. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 14, 2020 - Era de Lavadour (6f Flash de Cosse-Melba du Chatelet) took the Thursday GP Dynavena Maisagri (purse 30,000€, 2550 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne in this harness racing reopening week in France. The 3.3/1 odds winner was timed in 1.15.2kr as she won for the sixth time in 53 career starts for 183,770€. Mathieu Auvray owns, trains and drove Era de Lavadour. The 25-meter handicapped and 1.6/1 favorite Cap de Narmont (8m Islero de Bellouet) was second for Denis Brossard individually timed in 1.14.7kr. 16/1 Camiros du Goutier (8g Quido du Goutier) was third for Jerome Chavette. 26/1 Christmas du Cebe and 9/1 Boxing Day completed the top five with Boxing Day racing well timed in 1.14.8kr with his 25-meter handicap. Era de Lavador The 18 horse field in late race action Early in the week the veteran horseman Jean Pierre Dubois won twice with another second in his three drives. On May 11 at Le Croise-Laroche JPD was second with Hello Jo Darling (3m Bird Parker-Lets Go Along) in a three year old event and that was followed by a victory for Gospel Truth (4g Sam Bourbon-Rebelle) clocked in 1.15.4kr in the Prix de Wasquchal (purse 12,000€, 2700 meters autostart, an Open des Regions Grand Nord event). JPB breed this winner through his Scuderia Bolgheri Srl and J.A. Hernandez-Navarro is the trainer. Gospel Truth The next JPB winner was May 13 at Mareille Borely in the Prix de Septemes Les Vallons (purse 23,000€, 2300 meters autostart, an Open des Regions Sud-Est three year old contest). He scored with Headline (3f Brillantissime-Mara Bourbon) in 1.15.4kr, her third victory in the last five starts. Kevin Vanderschelden trains this nice filly that was bred by Dubois’ Ecurie Dream With Me. Headline On the Elitloppet front, Earl Simon and Sorbet have been added to invitee list. They join Cokstile, Makethemark, Looking Superb, Missile Hill, Tae Kwon Deo, Attraversiamo, Elian Web, Chief Orlando and Vivid Wise As. Earl Simon won this week at Caen easily defeating a good field that included Bold Eagle. Earl Simon We expect others to follow (five open spots remain) after Sunday’s Copenhagen Cup 2020 at Charlottenlund. Zacon Gio and Vitruvio will be ones to watch. Zacon Gio is conditioned by Holger Ehlert and was the 2019 Yonkers International winner.   Thomas H. Hicks  

May 13, 2020 - The Prix Calvados (monte, purse 35,000€, 2450 meters voltstart, 16 European eligibles) began the excellent monte harness racing action this day at Caen with two groupe level tests on the stage. The 1.13.0kr timed winner of the monte kickoff was 6.9/1 Diamant de Treabat (7g Kuadro Wild-Sud Africa) handled by Clement Frecelle. The 1.9/1 favorite Emir de Rebomard (6g Kepler-Ufania de Guez), with Julien Raffestin up took second, and 9/1 odds Chalimar de Guez (8g Nahar de Beval-Phoebe de Guez) was third with J-Y Ricard aboard for trainer J.M. Bazire. Diamant de Treabat The Gr. I Prix Saint-Leger des Trotteurs (monte, purse 100,000€, 2450 meters voltstart, 14 starters) was quite a contest with the top three at the finish together, all clocked in 1.15.6kr. The winner was 37/1 Hopla des Louanges (3f Gazouillis-Jolie Lily) with Adrien Lamy in the irons for trainer Franck Leblanc. This was her second 2020 victory in six starts (the year and career). 9/1 Happiness Ellis (3f Opus Viervil-Belle de Cahot) was next for Mathieu Mottier, with 91/1 Hera Landia (3f Ludo de Castelle-Tina des Loups) third handled by P. Ph. Ploquin. Hispanen and Hytte du Terrior completed the top five. Six of the 14 starters were fillies. The Prix Henri Balliere (Groupe II monte, purse 85,000€, 2450 meters voltstart, 14 starters) wrapped up the groupe level monte action this day, with victory to 1.14.3kr timed and 6/1 odds Guide Moi Forgan (4m Neutron du Cebe-Trajane) with jockey Christopher Corbineau in the irons. This was her second 2020 victory in four starts and fourth lifetime win in 13 outings. The 12/1 Gainsborough (4m Bird Parker-Redemption Song) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Romain Derieux. Third went to 9/1 Gemme de Busset (4f Brillantissime-Overlinotte d’Ylea) with David Thomain at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire. Grace de Fael and Gatsby Perrine followed the top three. Guide Moi Forgan Thomas H. Hicks  

May 13. 2020 - Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana), with Franck Ouvrie up, powered away from his rivals to win today’s harness racing Prix des Ducs de Normandie (purse 110,000€, 2450 meters voltstart, 16 starters) at Caen in a quick 1.11.0kr. Off at 10/1 Earl Simon was away to the lead that he wrested from first leading Bold Eagle and then yielded to Bugsy Malone. Ouvrie then moved the winner to the front in early stretch and they jetted away to an easy victory. Jorma Niskanen trains Earl Simon for Ecurie Skytten and he now shows a 2-2-2 slate in six 2020 starts. He is 15 for 33 in the career. Enino du Pommereux (6m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was second for pilot Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Sylvain Roger at 26/1. Stablemate Delia du Pommereux was third but disqualified for interference in mid stretch. That placed Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) third at 12/1 with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was placed fourth at 134/1 and handled by David Thomain for Philippe Allaire. His 12/1 stablemate Bugsy Malone (9g Ready Cash-Night Captain) was placed fifth with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard. Ceylan Dairpet was a dq and the big favorite 3/10 Cleangame was unplaced. Cleangame was away toward the back on the far outside and moved up by the top of stretch before weakening. There was a “false depart” that appeared to have been Bold Eagle caused. Earl Simon Replay -   Racing in France resumed on Monday with a card at Vichy. Germany also opened with racing at Munich Daglfin. Next up for the top rung of trotteurs is May 17 at Charlottenlund with the Copenhagen Cup that drew a good field as shown below. Expect more Elitloppet invites to flow from this event to join the current invitees Cokstile, Makethemark, Looking Superb, Missile Hill, Tae Kwon Deo, Attraversiamo, Elian Web, Chief Orlando and Vivid Wise As. Thomas H. Hicks  

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