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The 3/2 favorite Danae de Corbery (7f Quel Amour Dudel-Riventosa) took this day’s Quinte+ Prix de Senlis (purse 43,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Franck Ouvrie was the winning pilot for owner/trainer Yann Docquin. The winner was timed in 1.11.7kr as she recorded victory number eight in 34 starts now for 170,280€. The 9/1 Comete des Vaux (8f Singalo) was a distant second for L.J. Legros and 4.4/1 Ugolinast (7f Civil Action) was third for Santo Mollo. 10/1 Unar Bi (7f Toss Out) was fourth for Robin Bakker and 20/1 Dwelling Heights (7f Quaker Jet) was fifth with Franck Nivard up. The exact order Q+ payoff was 763.40€ with 1,120 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,400,210€ and over 7,385,000€ was wagered on this race. Danae de Corbery The prior day at Vincennes saw the Prix de Chambord (purse 59,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) go to 43/1 Calle Crown (6m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) clocked in a quick 1.11.1kr. Pierre Vercruysse was his pilot for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Calle Crown raised his life earnings to 266,404€. Calle out battled the 1.1/1 favorite Vipera Killer Gar (6f Varenne-Uakland) in the lane, the latter reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Vitale Ciotolo. 11/1 Ghazi BR (6m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was third for Alexandre Abrivard driving for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Calle Crown At Krieau Austria that day was the Prix US-Isle of Capril Amateur (purse 3,000€, 2100 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 3.2/1 Traffic Lux (8g Self Possessed-Buena di Jesolo) score for owner/driver Milan Kovacevic for trainer Sascha Fischer, timed in 1.18.4kr. 3.6/1 Madness (6g Brandy dei Fiori) was second for Martin Jelleschiutz and 3.6/1 Pik Dame (6f November) was third for Mme Nadja Reiserba, Traffic Lux This race brought attention to the upcoming FEGAT World Amateur Championship that is scheduled for February 22-26 at Florida’s Isle Pompano Park. LeTrot, PMU, FEGAT files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The road to the Prix d’Amerique began today when the 2.9/1 Davidson du Pont (6m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) scored for harness racing driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer J-M Bazire and owner/breeder Albert Rayon with a superb late rush in the Gr. II Prix de Bretagne. Timed in 1.12.7kr over the 2700 meter course the winner earned 49,500€ of the 110,000€ purse in this contest with the top three .gaining entrance for the Prix d'Amerique. The winner earned his 12th career victory in 36 starts now for 899,410€ in life earnings. The 13/1 Chica de Joudes (7f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love) held second for Alain Laurent and 4.4/1 Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) was a very game third with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Bazire, this one traveling most of way on the outer, near the leader. The 16/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) was fourth for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer Sebastien Guarato with fifth to 6.6/1 Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Sylvain Roger. Belina Josselyn and Bilibil finished 14th and 15th. This race was the Quinte+ race of the day and the exact order payoff was 9535.20€ for a 2€ wager. The Q+ pool was 5,596,370€ and over 11,093,000€ was wagered in all pools on this event. by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Wednesday action at Enghien highlighted two winners trained by Luc Roelens. The Prix de Saint Amard les Eaux (purse 52,000€, 28775 meters, 18 starters) went to 1.14.7kr timed and 7.10 favorite Comedy Jet (6f Jag de Bellouet-Mazarina). Franck Ouvrie teamed the Stall Markove owned mare that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. The 3.3/1 Brose du Coglais (7f Prince Gede) was a rallying second with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. The 27/1 Balade Majyc (7f Baccarat du Pont) emerged for third handled by her trainer Antoine Lherte. The Prix de l’Aigle (purse 60,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters) saw the 1.8/1 Desir Castelets (3m Quaker Jet-Ophelie Jet) scored with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Roelens. This colt now has eight career wins in 18 starts, with his 1.13.1kr score. 2/1 second choice, Dream de Lasserie (5g Orlando Vici), was second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. The 11/1 Dream Cash (5g Ready Cash-Susy Love), owned by Ecurie des Charmes, took third for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. Today at Cabourg was the Prix de Percy (purse 32,000€, 2050 meters autostart, 14 starters) and what a blanket finish it produced with 13/1 Defi Pierji (5m Rock Meslois) the winner for driver David Thomain and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Race time was 1.13.3kr.  The 118/1 outsider Daisy Team (5f Timoko-Daisy Chain) was second for owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. Ecurie D bred this one that is from the excellent broodmare Daisy Chain (1991 f, Speedy Somolli-Kravotte-Caprior), she dam of 16 foals including Kaisy Dream (by Extreme Dream), Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Kaisy Dream was a fine racehorse (shown below)and a good sire including the 2008 North American Breeders Crown winner Brigham Dream (2004 f, Kaisy Dream-Crysta’s Image-Balanced Image) that also was the Ontario Sires Gold Final winner at age three.   Kaisy Dream (FR)           h, by Extreme Dream (FR)   - Daisy Chain (FR)     At 3, Winner of Prix Kalmia, Prix Maurice de Gheest, second in Criterium des 3 ans, Criterium des Jeunes, Prix Albert Viel, Prix de l'Etoile, Prix Jacques Vauloge, third in Europeiskt Treåringschampionat. At 4, Winner of Prix de Sélection, Prix Ephrem Houel, Gran Premio d'Europa, second in Prix de Milan, Prix René Ballière, third in Prix de l'Etoile, Prix de Washington. Tomorrow we will see upper level trotting at Mons Ghlin and Paris-Vincennes. At Mons is the Grand Prix de la Toussant Belgique (purse 120,000€, 2300 meters, 16 starters). Aubrion du Gers, Valko Jenilat, Billie de Montfort and Anna Mix are expected to be at the start in this Tour Europeen Trotteur Francais final. At Vincennes is the Gr. III Prix Louis Cauchois (purse 80,000€, 2200 meters, eight starters, two year olds), with undefeated Granon Vedaquais and Gotland among the starters. The Gr. III Prix Pierre Van Troyen (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) and the Gr. III Prix Gisella (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters, three year olds males). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

December 1, 2017 - 16/1 Fabriz du Gite (2m Tabriz du Gite-Salamander du Gite) took Friday’s Paris-Vincennes featured Prix Ourasi (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2200 meters, 14 two year old male starters) timed in 1.16.1kr for harness racing driver Franck Ouvrie.  Rodolphe Barette trains the colt that Georges Lelievre bred and owns. 18/1 Fast des Brousses (2m Ganymede-Malda des Brousses)  was a close second for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Philippe Billard and breeder/owner Mme. Virginie Dubois. 4.7/1 Fric du Chene (2m Nobody du Chene-Oseille du Chene) was third for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Julien Le Mer and owner/breeder Claude Guedj. The7/10 favorite Feeling Cash (2m Ready Cash) was a miscue dq. The Quinte+ Prix Hilda (purse €46,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters six year old mares) was the undercard highlighter and 6.6/1 Business Class (6f Love You-Perle d’Avril) prevailed for J.Ph. Monclin. The 1.14kr timed winner is trained by J.M. Monclin for Ecurie des Charmes.4/1 Bilfie de Guez (6f Vivaldi de Chanu-Quefie) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer J-M Bazire. 9/2 Borcina de Viette (6f Prodigious-Onde du Bouffey) took third for Eric Raffin. Bellina d’Ourvie and Bardane Turgot completed the top five. Thomas H. Hicks

July 24, 2017 - Today’s featured Prix Vrai Lutin (purse €30,000, 2900 meters, 12 starters) at Amiens went to 8/1 Vival Thieric (8g Vivaldi de Chenu-Justice Provee) teamed by harness racing owner/trainer Franck Ouvrie. 7/2 Blueberry Zen (6m Jag de Bellouet-Just Love) was second driven by Glenny Delaune and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Third was 9/1 Aura Deff (7f Opium-Janina Deff) handled by David Thomain and trainer J.P. Thomain.  Yesterday at Axevalla SWE was a fine card led by the Gr. I National Stochampionatet (Mares Championship), with 1,200,000SEK (US$145,909) to the winner, raced over 2640 meters autostart. The 1.13kr timed winner was 5.1/1 Ultra Bright (4f Zola Boko-Patina-Viking Kronos) for trainer/driver Fredric Persson. 5.4/1 Darling Mearas (4f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) was second for Stefan Persson, ahead of 60/1 Schatzi Payline (4f Maharajah-Dream Fayline-Spotlite Lobell) driven by Kim Eriksson for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. The 1.9/1 favorite Cash Crowe was a misque dq. The mares consolation raced over 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK first prize, went to 17/1 Maremma Sock (4f Andover Hall-Victoria Sock-Victory Party) driven by Mika Forss for trainer Heiskanen. That race time was 1.14.4kr. Earlier that day was the Monte Championship (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 2/1 Raspberrysky (6f Exploit Caf-Fraise-Lindys Crown) was victorious for Jennifer Oscarsson and trainer Heiskanen timed in 1.13kr. Thomas H. Hicks

Two year-old fillies began the harness racing action in the Prix des Hortensias (purse €34,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) with victory to 7/1 Exotic Destination (2f Love You-Quiromartica) with Franck Ouvrie up. Yves Boireau trains the filly for owner/breeder Jean-Pierre Dubois that was timed in 1.17kr. The dam is by Emil Suede-Bomecombe-Jet du Vivier with Emil Suede being by Napoletano from a Florestan mare. 2.8/1 El Si Seulement (2f Goetmals Wood-Si Seulement) was second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Ronny Kuiper and breeder/owner Ecurie D. The dam, a US$152,000 winner, is a daughter of Coktail Jet-La Rouge-Buvetier d’Aunou that produced Red Girl and Violet, both winners of over US$125,000. Third was 60/1 Ebene du Logis (2f Titan d’Occagnes-Jazza Bourbon) with Bjorn Goop driving. Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Tourcoing (purse €70,000, 250 meters, 18 starters). The 1.15.1kr timed winner was 3/1 Vison Fromentro (7g Ganymede-Princess Natacha) with Dominik Locqueneux up. Jorgen Westholm trains this one for Ecurie Anders Van Dapperen HB. Second was 15/1 Tema du Bassiere (9f Hulk des Chamos-Kelly de Corday) and third went to 56/1 Tresor d’Egypte (9g Nelson de Vandel-Image Folle) with P-Y Verva aboard for owner/trainer Franck Boismartel. Belle Bauloise (5f Ludo de Castelle-Sweet Pearl) took the monte Prix du Neubourg (purse €80,000m 2700 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.13.7kr for jockey J. Balu, trainer J.L. Bigeon and breeder/owner Joel Seche. Off at 5.3/1 the Belle bested 1.9/1 favorite Banbina Blue (5f Lucky Blue-Quea Blue) and 13/1 Boardo (5g Niky-Oroadauna) that Alexandre Abrivard piloted. The Prix de Lussac A division (purse €34,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.15.3kr clocked and 2/5 odds favorite Cash And Go with Franck Nivard up. The Sebastian Guarato trainee is owned by Pierre Pilarski. The four year-old stallion was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois and is a full brother to Bold Eagle, he being by Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet. 19/1 Chorus de l’Iton (4g OBrillant-Monre de l’Iton) was second for trainer Hughes Levesque and third was 6/1 Clown de Locq (4g Pitt Cade-Rencontre Inopinee) for driver Franck Ouvrie. Charly de l’Aunay (4g Qualmio de Vandel-Fleur Viniere) at 100/1 took the Prix de Lussac A (purse €34,000, 2700 meters 18 starters)  this day at Vincennes. L.M. David teamed this winner clocked in 1.15.4kr, he also owner/trainer. 1.2/1 favorite Caleo Josselyn (4m Scipion du Goutier-Lezira Josselyn) took second for driver J-M Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc. 27/1 Cador de Romaz (4g Jasmin de Flore-Perle de Bouliere) was third for Lorenzo Donati, trainer Roberto Donati and breeder/owner Marie Reine Peltier. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Prix des Gardenias (two year-olds, purse €33,000. 2100 meters autostart) went to 9/10 favorite Estella Love (2f Love You-Shucca) and driver Franck Ouvrie. Yves Boireau trains this filly for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and breeder Ecurie Dream With Me. The open-lengths winner was timed in 1.15.1kr in the defeat of 5.8/1 Extasia Bella (2f Prodigious-Rare Perle) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for owner/trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Third was 14.5/1 Eternity du Belver (2f Coktail Jet-Sindy de la Noe) reined by A.A. Barassin and trainer Robert Chauvin. The winners’ dam Shucca (Goetmals Wood-Hucca-Kimberland) was a US$226,000 winner. The day’s Quinte+ Prix des Pyrenees (purse €50,000, 2850 meters,14 European starters) went to 1.14.3kr timed and 1.2/1 odds Acefor de Mire (6g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dry). Christian Bigeon reined his trainee for owner A.F. Bigeon. 5.6/1 Diamond (6g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) was a close second for driver Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and Holland’s Ecurie Mille Fleurs. 40/1 Panoramic (6g Scarlet Knight-Cartolina Spin) was third for trainer/driver Ch.C. Degiorgio and owners M&G Scicluna (Malta). The 3/5 favorite Dear Lover (3m Love You-Luna du Goutier), a striking chestnut, won the Prix de Quincy Sous Denary (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) timed in 1.16.4kr. Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastian Guarato trainee for Scuderia Bivans SRL. 16/1 Derby du Dollar (3m Rodrigo Jet-Magalie du Dollar) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger and 20/1 Darling Atout (3m Timoko-Opaline d’Atout) was third for driver Mathieu Abrivard and trainer J.L. Dersoir. Three year old fillies contested the Prix de la Ferte-Vidame A (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) with the 1.17kr victory earned by 5.6/1 Diane d’Haufor (3f Paris Haufor-Diane des Essarts). Breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon was the teamster. Danae de la Frette (3f Quaro-Queen de la Frette) was second with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Franck Leblanc and third went to Daisy Team (3f Timoko-Daisy Chain) for owner/trainer/driver Julian Dubois. Ecurie D bred this one. Her dam Daisy Chain (Speedy Somolli-Kravotte) produced US$1.14 million winner Kaisy Dream and also Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream, all useful stallions. Thomas H. Hicks  

Saturday at Paris-Vincennes, three year-old open performers contested the €55,000 Prix de Chatillon (2700 meters, 12 starters) and a blanket finish saw 44.3/1 Donzelle Moniga (3f Sanymede Tivoli-Ravana Verderie) secure victory for Franck Ouvrie timed in 1.16.5kr. 1.1/1 favorite Drageur (3m Speedy Blue-Tilda) landed second for trainer/driver Mathieu Mottier with 10/3/1 Darwin Maza (3m Coktail Jet-Paloma) third along the pegs for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The Gr. II Prix Louis Forcinal (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, seven monte starters) resulted in an easy victory for 4/5 favorite Athena de Vandel (6f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel). Matthieu Abrivard was in the irons for trainer Cedrik Megissier and Ecurie La Tour de Vandel. 3.9/1 Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) took second for David Thomain ahead of placed third Annees Folles (6f Memphis du Rib-Juva Fortuna) ridden by Mathieu Mottier. Time for the winner was 1.13.7kr. Saturday’s Quinte+ was the Prix Jean Cabrol (purse €72,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The upper class warriors displayed their skills with victory to fast-closing Universal Rider (8m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) at 16/1 odds. Mathieu Mottier teamed that winner that he also trains. Timed in 1.12.4kr off steady fractions (1.11.8kr at the 1500 and 1000 meters to go posts; 1.12.4kr at the 500) the winner nipped 6.7/1 Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel), and trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse, on the line. 9.5/1 A Nous Trois (6m Orlando Vici-Quallas) landed third for Franck Nivard and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 67/1 Uniflosa Bella (8f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) was fourth for Antoine Wiels ahead of 62/1 Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem-Lisa de Mirel) handled by Anthony Barrier for trainer Anders Lindqvist. The Gr. III Prix de Vincennes (purse €115,000, 2700 meters, 13 international starters) was a Pick5 contest that drew fast-class aged performers. 7/10 favorite Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) scored for driver Gabriel Gelormini and trainer Florent Lamara/owner Ecurie Sidere from 20/1 Kadett CD (9m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life) and Dominik Locqueneux. Robert Bergh trains Kadett CD for In The Zone AB. 44/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) took third for J.Cl. Hallais ahead of 21/1 Brillantissime (5m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner/breeder Frederic Sauque and fifth was Spain’s 11/1 Trebel (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) for Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. Fractions were relatively modest for this class (1.13.3kr at 1500 to go; 1.12.8kr at the 1000; 1.14 at 500) with a fast finish ending 1.12.9kr race time.Amiral Sacha Today’s Prix de Beaux (purse €65,000, 2700 meters) for four year-old females went to 2/1 second choice Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) with Franck Nivard up. Timed in 1.14.9kr the winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy for Scuderia Eurocolor SRL of Italy. 1.6/1 favorite Tentation Ans (4f Muscles Yankee-Coronation Ans) held second for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini and Scuderia Phenomena SRL. Third went to fast-closing Clarabelle (4f Ready Cash-Rebelle) with Gabby Gelormini up for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trained Yves Boireau. The final groupe race this day was the Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray for a purse of €120,000 and conducted over 2850 meters by eight quality starters. J-M Bazire teamed his trainee Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) to victory timed in 1.14.2kr for owner Yvan Bernard as the 1.4/1 favorite. 1.6/1 odds Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) was a close second for Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Antonio De Sousa. 2.6/1 Baltic Charm (6m Password-Ilikova) was third driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Guarato and owner Stephane Szwarc. The top three finishers were all timed in 1.14.2kr. The closer of a great card this Saturday was the €65,000 purse Prix de Gueugnon over 2700 meters with 18 European participants at the start. The 1.14.6kr winner was Italy’s Toseland Kyu (4m Love You-Zoraya Kyu) off at 2.4/1 and driven by Alexandre Abrivard. Catello Savarese trains this one for Scuderia 4AB SAS. 3.6/1 Cupidon du Vivier (4m Love You-Odessa du Vivier) was a solid second for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and owner Jean Yves Lucuyer, 24/1 Cash Okay (4m Ready Cash-Tresokay) rallied to nab third ahead of 57/1 Flashback (4m Expo Bi-Pine Spirit) that Franck Ouvrie teamed for Arnold J. Mollema. At Graignes FR, lightly raced Diable du Vivier (3m Orlando Vici-Rodie du Vivier) took the €18,000 Prix Presse de la Manche over 2700 meters, defeating nine rivals over the rain soaked course, clocked in 1.20.5kr. Sebastien Ernault teamed the winner, trained by owner/breeder Jean Yves Lucuyer. At Gavle SWE today the featured Fyraaringslopp for Mares (150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the impressive favorite Timbal (4f From Above-Clear As A Bell-Super Arnie) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. She recorded her 16th career win in 22 starts now for 2.24SEK million earned. This Menhammer Stuteri AB bred mare is owned by Stall Gaffelby. In Toto Sund (4f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Daniel Reden with Spoil Me (4f Going Kronos-Mystical Ann-Kadabra) third for Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Roger Walmann. US import Wild Honey was scratched from this race that would have been her initial European appearance. On the same card the Forsmark AB for 30,000SEK to the winner went to the Reden trained, Stall Zet owned Stand Bayou (5m Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec). Ulf Eriksson teamed the winner, bred by Pete Spears’ Windsong Stable. Stand Bayou recorded his second 2016 victory to go along with two second place finishes in four starts. He’s now 13 times first through third in 18 outings. Explosive River (4g Explosive Matter-Just About Enough) was second the Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Walmann. Thomas H. Hicks

Vea du Vivier (7f Jeanbat du Vivier-Kea du Vivier) won today’s Quinte+ Prix Guy Lux (purse €75,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) for Franck Ouvrie driving for St. Meunier, trainer for owner Jean Paul Sassier. The 11.4/1 odds winner was timed in 1.14kr to defeat 9/10 favorite Vacate Money (7f Prodigious-Making Money) driven by Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 6.9/1 Utinka Selloise was third for J-M Bazire with Pleasure Kronos (7f Varenne-Speaks Volume) fourth for Dominik Locqueneux Today’s featured Gr. II Prix Jean le Gonodec (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, nine starters) at Paris-Vincennes was a competitive affair with the top four at the line together. 1.6/1 odds Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) was the narrow winner for driver/trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ecurie Yvan Bernard. 5/2 odds Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) was next for Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Antonio De Sousa, owner. Conlight As (5m Conway Hall-Delight As) lasted third, off at 7.8/1 odds, along the pegs with Christophe Martens teaming for trainer Svante Bath and Ecurie Olof Brodin AB. Great mare Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was fourth at 3.6/1 for driver Eric Raffin and trainer Guarato. The winner was clocked in 1.11.9kr off quick fractions (1.08.1kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11.2kr at 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500 remaining). Belina Josselyn now has career earnings of €366,130. Thomas H. Hicks

January 1, 2016 - Donna di Quattro (6f Love You-Whoopie As) took todays Quinte+ (jackpot €5.15 million) Prix d’Angouleme (purse €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters) clocked in 1.12.3kr for driver Franck Ouvrie. Langebro Konsult AB owns this one and Tomas Malmqvist is the trainer of the 5.7/1 odds winner. 39/1 Akido (6g Love You-Isba) was second for trainer/driver Franck Novard for Comte P de Montesson. Third was favorite (1.6/1 odds) Apprenti Sorcier (6m Love You-Queen of Viking) ended third for owner/driver Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. Airframe and Amiral du Bisson were fourth and fifth respectively. Uccello Somolli (8g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli) took today’s Prix du Croise-Laroche (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters). Genny Delaume piloted the trainee of Sebastien Guarato, also owner. He was timed in 1.15kr in victory over 2.5/1 Vico du Petit Odon (7g Otello Pierji-Mine Éclair) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Mabler, with third to 6.4/1 Venise Girl (7f Oxford du Rib-Matanzas Girl) for owner/trainer/driver Yves Dreux. The Prix de Pithiviers (purse €44,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to 3.9/1, 1.15.7kr clocked, Cedea Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) driven by trainer J-M Bazire for owner Yvan Bernard. 19.3/1 Calencia (4f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was second for Dominik Locqueneux and owner trainer BVBA Vanberghen with third to 26.4/1 City Life (4f Let’s Go Along-Life Is Good) driven by Etienne Dubois for the trainer/owner team of Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Thomas H. Hicks    

December 24, 2015 - 18/1 Una Fix (7f Kiwi-J’Y Pense-Jet du Vivier) in rein to driver/trainer Franck Ouvrie for owner Mme. Odile Cordier took today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.75 million) at Vincennes, timed in 1.14.2kr over the 2700 meter grande piste. Contested by 18 European starters for a €58,000 purse this Prix d’Amboise winner (scoring her third straight victory) prevailed in rated fractions (1.13.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.9kr at 1000; 1.14.8kr at 500). 1.3/1 favorite Vacate Money (6f Prodigious-Making Money) was a rallying second for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 11.6/1 Venise Girl (6f Oxford du Rib-Matanza’s Girl) was third for driver/trainer/owner Yves Dreux ahead of 14.4/1 Fortuna Sund (6f Angus Hall-Nanny As) teamed by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Peter G. Norman and owner Peter Eriksson. The Prix de Compiegne (purse €64,000, 2700 meters, 11 European contestants) went to the 1.14.3kr timed, 2.8/1 odds Anry de l’éclair (5g Hulk des Champs-Judicieuse Sun) driven by Tony Le Beller for Ecurie Éclair and trainer Nicolas Catherine. The fractions were soft at the end (1.12.1kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.3kr at 1000, 1.15kr at 500). 96/1 outsider Aralo Montaval (5m Qualypso Jiel-Ovalie Montaval) was second for Vincent Seguin and trainer Fabrice Lercier, with 22.6/1 Ryan Kronos (5g Varenne-Lollypopwise) home third for Franck Ouvrie, trainer Peter G. Norman and Ecurie Loaded Boys. Jean-Philippe Dubois was in the winners enclosure in the €46,000 purse Prix de Sable sur Sarthe (2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) with his 1.12.4kr timed, 4.6/1 odds Bel Auteur (4m Password-Possession-Gros Grain) that Philippe Moulin trains and Ecurie Victoria Dreams owns. The winner held gamely to defeat 63.3/1 longshot Bel Air (4g Ganymede-Kaldeira) handled by P-Y Verva for trainer/owner Franck Boismartel. 5.4/1 Bocognano (4m Coktail Jet-Qualarossa) was third for Franck Nivard, trainer Jorgen Westholm and Ecurie Nolimit HB. Fractions were quick in this contest (1.07.5kr at 1500; 1.10.7kr at 1000; 1.12.3kr at 500). Jean-Philippe Dubois was back for another win in the Prix de Gencay (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) scoring in 1.16.9kr with 5/1 Crazy Charm (3m Prodigious-Know How-Blue Dream), this one also Philippe Moulin trained and Ecurie Victoria Dreams owned. 54/1 Chuck Calendes (3m Quai Bourbon-Oka de Calendes) landed second for owner/trainer/driver Ch. Dreux, ahead of 27/1 Calimero (3m Nectar-Kosmaye) with David Thomain up for Emmanuel Ruault, trainer for Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. Two year-olds contested the €35,000 Prix des Iris (2200 meters, 13 male starters) with 3.4/1 Dijon (2m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou-Coktail Jet-Klassik Aunou) scoring in 1.17.4kr for Romain Derieux, trainer for Antonio De Sousa. Klassik Aunou is also dam of US$244,000 winner Transamerica by Offshore Dream. 16/1 Diplomatic Deal (2m Password-Nymphe Jet) landed second for Frederic Senet, trainer Mme. Michele Stihl and owner H.G. Stihl. Third went to 37/1 Don Vito Gap (2m Power Jet-Quiberonnaise) for Sebastien Hardy and trainer Patrick Guarnieri. At Cagnes-Sur-Mer the Grand Prix de Noel (purse €60,000, 2150 meters, Gr. III with 13 starters) went to 16/1 Soumoulou (9g First de Retz-Nouvelle Perle) for owner/trainer/teamster Anthony Laigron. The 1.12.8kr winner scored his 19th victory in 122 outings and increased his career earnings to 611,000. 61/1 Vicomte Boufarcaux (6m Oh James-Olympe du Bouford) landed second for Loris Garcia with 7/2 Un Diamant d’Amour (7g Diamant Gede-Havana de la Motte) third for trainer/driver Ch.A Mary. Veteran Treskool du Caux (8m Kool du Caux-Intervista) was fourth at 25/1 for Yannick A. Briand driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The actual race winner at 29/1 was the disqualified Sud and 5/2 favorite Ricimer was also a dq. At Mons Ghlin (Belgium) the Grand Prix de Noel Belgique (purse €8,400, 2850 meters, 8 International starters) went to fast closing 2.1/1 Ru De l’Airou (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville) driven in the 1.14.5kr photo score by Nico d’Haenen for trainer Jean-Marc Chaineux and owner Sven Hoste. 4/5 favorite Univers de Pan (7m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere) was a close second for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard, in his continued effort to regain top form, with 12/1 Vic Felin (6g Lejacque d’Houlbec-Krisma des Bois) third for trainer/driver Kristof Depuydt. Also at Mons the Grand Criterium for Belgian Three Year-Olds (purse €10,800, 2300 meters autostart, 12 starters) was held and the 19.5/1 odds winner was Cooper Peron (3g Magnificent Rodney-Mistimee) for driver Erik Van Capellen and trainer Luc X.M. Verpoorten. The 1.16kr winner defeated 1.3/1 favorite Indo Loco (3g Pittman-Volita Wynendale-Super Darby) for Gunther Loix and trainer/owner Hedwig Sleaurs. 2.7/1 Inlove Vrijthout (3g Love You-Penny Jet) was a close third for Nico d’Haenen and owner/trainer Rudy Smets. Yesterday at Bergsaker veteran classmaster Nahar (10g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie), former Elitloppet winner, took the Gosta Bergengrens Minne (150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) at 2.8/1 odds for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. 2.1/1 Cool Keeper (5m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) landed second for trainer/driver Leif Witasp with 7/1 Labero Broline (7m Pine Chip-Armbro Natural-Speedy Crown) third for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Svante Bath. Thomas H. Hicks

December 7, 2015 - Franck Ouvrie teamed 35/1 Scylla de Corbery (9g Gazouillis-Hermine du Grenet) to victory today in the €60,000 Prix de Blanquefort over 2100 meters autostart at Paris-Vincennes. The winner scored in 1.12.6kr over 14 European rivals. 10/1 Shamfalla (9f Dan Des Sarts-Fenia du Ringeat) was next for Eric Raffin with third to 17/1 Uncon des Pres (7f Indy de Vive-Kerrie du Prieut). The Prix de Parthenay for monte performers over 2700 meters (purse €48,000, 7 starters) went to 1.16.4kr timed, 9/10 favorite Charmeuse de Simm (3f Singalo-Poupee Charmeuse) handled by Damien Bonne for trainer Louis Baudron and owner Pierre Pilarski. 32/1 Cahora Fonciere (3f Severino-Quietude Fonciere) was second while 6.3/1 Cathy de Janeiro (3f Scipion du Goutier-Ozie de Janero) was third for trainer and jockey Martial Viel. The Prix des Dahlias (purse €33,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 two year-old starters) produced an easy victory for the 1.16.2kr timed winner Dzeus d’Avignere (2m Ganymede-Marion du Fanil) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Off at 2.4/1 the winner defeated 2.8/1 Dijon (2m Ganymede-Sonata d’Aunou) handed by Romain Derieux, also trainer for Antionio De Sousa. Third went to 19/1 Delano (2m Ganymede-Perle d’Aunou-Coktrail Jet) for owner/trainer/driver Julian Dubois. Well-respected 2- year-old sire Ganymede 1:54.4 (US$857,889) swept this event, he being a son of Buvetier d’Aunou-Udames-Quioco, and winner of the Oslo Grand Prix and Prix de l’Atlantique. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 30, 2015 - Franck Ouvrie teamed his trainee Una Fix (7f Kiwi-J’Y Pense) to victory today in the Quinte+ (jackpot €3.55 million) Prix des Alpes (purse €48,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Timed in a sharp 1.12.7kr (mile rate 1:56.97) the 5.1/1 odds winner defeated 15/1 Ula de Baudrairie (7f Niky-Olga de Baudrairie) for Michel Lenoir, with third to 23.2/1 Uni de Travouille (7g If Only-Linka du Saptel). The exact order ticket for €2 paid €52,185 excluding jackpot. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 9 Una Fix F. Ouvrie Mme O. Cordier F. Ouvrie 2ème 12 Ula de Baudrairie M. Lenoir Mme J. Strang Mme J. Strang 3ème 11 Uni de Travouille J. Dubreil J. Dubreil J. Dubreil 4ème 6 Un Diable Blanc J.-F. Senet S.-S. Dumont J.-F. Senet 5ème 15 Unanime Quick D. Locqueneux Ecurie Quick Star Cees.J. de Leeuw  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.550.000 € - Numéro plus : 0857     Ordre :       52.185,60€     Désordre :       748,40€     Bonus 4 :       73,00€     Bonus 4sur5 :       23,70€     Bonus 3 :       15,80€                     The Prix de Berry (monte, purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) at Vincennes went to the 1.16kr timed shoeless winner Bellisima France (4f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. Off at 1.7/1 the winner easily defeated 2.3/1 Bixenta du Gers (4f Quinoa du Gers-Seventy Seven) for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer/owner J-M Bazire, also barefoot this day. Third went to 4.5/1 Bofa Fligny (4f Magnificent Rodney-Orsa Major de Jay). The Prix de Mirambeau (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to the 1.14.4kr winner, 16.7/1 odds Belle des Molles (4f Goetmals Wood-Nouvelle Rush) handled by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 11.6/1 Beautiful River (4f Quaker Jet-Olga de la Grenne) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato, with third to 1.6/1 favorite Believe Seven (4f Jasmin de Flore-Lea Vinoir) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. The €50,000 purse Prix de Sault (2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) also at Paris went to the 1.14.1kr timed, 15/1 odds Aviva Aimef (5f Love You-Harmonie du Fosse) for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. 13.2/1 Anza du Carbonel (5f Lontzac-Lea Girl) was next for trainer/driver Franck Blandin with 11.6/1 A Cappella (5f Prodigious-Kiralla) home third for David Thomain. At La Croise Laroche, the Grand Prix de Morcq-en-Baroeul (purse €25,000, 1900 meters autostart, 15 entrants) went to 4.8/1 Vicky du Bolage (6f Joker de Rozoy-Pretty de Dramard) for Gabriel Gelormini ahead of 6.7/1 Ulgape du Voulgis (7f Infant du Bossis-Baelie du Voulgis) with third to 40/1 outsider Tchao Chamant (8g Look de Star-Jasmin de Chamant). The top three all raced shoeless. Thomas H. Hicks

October 20, 2015 - Vea du Vivier (6f Jeanbat du Vivier-Kea du Vivier) won today’s €82,000 purse, 2850 meter Prix Isara at Paris-Vincennes. Thirteen contestants battled in this event timed in 1.14.3kr by the 3.2/1 odds by the Franck Ouvrie teamed winner, trained by St. Meunier for owner Jean Paul Sassier. 2.6/1 Shadow d’Odyssee was second for Eric Raffin and Ecurie Percheronne with third to 2.4/1 Very Nice Marceaux (6m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna) reined by Pierre Vercruysse. Cavalleria (3f Prodigious-Janga) took the Gr. III Prix Timocharis (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) timed in 1.15.8kr for reinsman Eric Raffin at 3.3/1 odds. Sebastien Guarato trains the winner for Ecurie Castagnieria. Favorite 1.4/1 odds Cylee Nevele (3f Sam Bourbon-Quick Nevele) finished second for David Thomain and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 6.6/1 Combattante (3f Sam Bourbon-New York) was a closing third for Pierre Vercruysse for owner/trainer Louis Baudron. The evening’s Paris-Vincennes feature was the Gr. III Prix California (purse €90.000. 2850 meters, 9 starters) and the result was a dominating winning performance by Alderman (5g Phlegyas-Initia) reined by Eric Raffin. The barefoot winner overcame an early rough-gaited period to gain the front and open a nearly 20 length margin before scoring by 10 panels timed in 1.12.8kr. This 3/1 favorite is owned by Ecurie J-P Masselin. 37/1 Alpha Saltor (5m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariene) ended second for Mathieu Abrivard with third to 7/1 Artiste de Joudes (5m Prodigious-Memory de Joudes) with David Thomain up for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 5, 2015 - Today’s Gr. II UET Masters Series Prix Fromagers (€100,000 purse, 1609 meters autostart, International) went to J-P Marmion’s trained and owned veteran Roi du Lupin (10g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol) at 7/2 odds. Franck Ouvrie teamed the winner to the 1.11.6kr victory (1:55.25 mile rate). 3/2 favorite Aladin d’Ecajeul (5m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul) was a quick closing second for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ph. Dewulf. 25/1 Zorro Photo (9m SJ’s Photo-Zorra Sotha) was third for trainer/owner Stephanie-Catherine Lepetit and reinsman Pierre Vercruysse. Philippe Daugeard piloted his trainee Univers du Pan (7m Kenya de Pan-Gypsilore) to fourth at 2.8/1 for owner Olivier Horvath. 30/1 Sometime (9f Blue Dream-Isaline Fortiniere) was fifth for trainer/driver Christophe Martens and owner Ecurie du Haras de l’Orne. Roxane Griff was sixth and Italy’s Pascia’Lest was eighth. Roxane de Barbray and Vinci de l’Abbaye were scratched from the original 11 entrants. The 12th stop on the Trophee Vert took place today at Sable sur Sarthe, with the feature being the Grand Prix Ville de Sable Associe PMU le Maine (€45,000 purse, 2825 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). Ultima Keroda (7f Kazire du Guez-Louve du Tresor) scored in 1.17.3kr on the turf for Jean-Philippe Monclin, trainer/owner Aurelien David at 5.4/1. Sierra Leone (9f John Arifant-Lene d’Havetot) was next for J-Claude Hallais, the driver/owner, for trainer J-W Hallais at 7/1. Spike (9g Jag de Bellouet-Jolier Jacqueline) was third at 28/1 for Alexis Popot driving for trainer Jean-Francois Popet. PMU took wagering on three turf events at the track, all of which were well-contested, Thomas H. Hicks  

Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana) took today’s Gr. III International Grand Prix Anjou-Maine at Angers, a 3125 meter distance handicap event with a purse of €100,000. 17 starters contested this Quinte+ race of the day with a €5.7 million jackpot. Franck Nivard teamed the winner for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin to his 25th career victory, now for €801,330 earned. Swedishman overcame a 25 meter handicap to score in 1.13.5kr at 3.6/1 odds and has proven this summer that he can handle upper-level competition in France. Stetheric  (8g Alpha Barbes-Justice Pruvee) was second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie with Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia) third at 29/1 for Eric Raffin, he also handicapped 25 meters. Ulk Medoc and Roi du Lupin were in the beaten field. Swedishman Thomas H. Hicks  

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